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Accelerating Our Leadership Trajectory Responsible leadership requires an interdisciplinary approach, with a computational backbone, to tackle the world’s socio-scientific grand challenges.
From the President The Hub THE OPEN ACADEMY
THE PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVE ON ANTI-RACISM AND THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA CAMPUS LIFE ATHLETICS
Looking Back Alumni News PROFILES
CMCAA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE CLASS NOTES 75TH ANNIVERSARY MESSAGE IN MEMORIAM
Pictured above: Prof. Cathy Reed’s PURSUE Project measures brain waves using Brain Vision electrodes.
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from the president Leading Better For starters, some math. Can you add the sum of all whole numbers 1 to 100? Give it a try. It might take you a while, unless you are as sharp as the famous mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss (when he was only in elementary school!). The story? Gauss got the answer immediately: 5,050. How? Instead of adding numbers in a simple progression from 1 up, he realized that if he added the lowest and highest numbers, 1 plus 100, then 2 plus 99, each calculation resulted in a sum of 101. Since you need only do that 50 times, he multiplied 101 by 50 to get 5,050. This is what, in a recent book, the Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy calls Thinking Better, a kind of short-cut, not just doing lots of calculations faster or just an easy way, but a new, smarter way to solve problems. Why do I tell you the story of Gauss? Because at CMC, we’re always committed to leading better. The pages of this magazine reflect how we are leaping ahead. It starts with focusing on the most important challenges and opportunities to take on. Breaking down the barriers that stand between outstanding young leaders and the realization of their most expansive opportunities. Joining freely expressed, diverse viewpoints and experiences through effective dialogue as a powerful way to learn and lead in a divided democracy. Preparing this generation (and the next) to take on the complex, grand challenges and opportunities of health, brain, and the planet at the intersections of business, policy, and ethics. In these pages, you will see the evidence of CMC thinking better, competing better, learning better, and yes, leading better. Expand Opportunity Our phenomenal students, from our two recent graduates, who were awarded the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarships. Stz-Tsung (Stone) Han ’21 and Andrew Ciacci ’20, to our Frank Applebaum ’24, national champion and D3 record-holder in the 200-yard butterfly.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Dianna “DT” Graves ’98; and Tracy Wang ’04, senior research program manager at Microsoft’s Azure Engineering. Honor Mission Our inspiring Model UN team, ranked 4th in the nation and best in the west. The appointment of two tremendous inaugural faculty co-directors, Professors Heather Ferguson and Jon Shields, of The Open Academy in pursuit of our CMC commitments to freedom of expression and open inquiry, diversity of viewpoint and experience, and constructive and effective dialogue. The peerless programs of the Athenaeum, including a focus on Ukraine during the Athenaeum’s 75th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Series visit of Dr. Fiona Hill. The core convictions of the Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America: to expand our Black community and to find effective ways to eliminate racism. Our leading faculty, from Jennifer Feitosa, assistant professor of psychology and director of our METRICS Lab, who is CMC’s 36th Fulbright Scholar, to Daniel Krauss, professor of psychological science, attorney, and director of our Psychology and Law Policy Lab, recipient of the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the American Psychology-Law Society. Integrate Sciences The biggest leap of all. The implementation of our ambitious vision for a new integrated sciences program and facility: the world-class Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences, and its new, iconic home in the Robert Day Sciences Center. At CMC, this is how we lead better. Many congratulations to you all. Very best,
The exemplary careers of our alums: Ambassador Larry “Chip” André ’83, United States Ambassador to Somalia;
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The Open Academy In keeping with CMC’s mission to educate students for thoughtful and productive lives and for roles in responsible leadership, CMC’s Open Academy is a critical response to the educational imperative of our time: Overcoming what divides us to solve the world’s most challenging problems. The Open Academy is rooted in three CMC Commitments that are foundational to the College’s academic experience and programs: Freedom of Expression and Open Inquiry, Diversity of Viewpoint and Experience, and Constructive Dialogue.
CMC Professors Heather Ferguson and Jon Shields are the inaugural co-directors of The Open Academy.
To learn more about The Open Academy, visit: theopenacademy.cmc.edu
This spring, Professors Heather Ferguson and Jon Shields were tapped as the inaugural faculty codirectors of The Open Academy. “As faculty co-directors of The Open Academy, Heather and Jon are each committed and highly qualified to make powerful contributions to The Open Academy and expand its impact on our campus and nationally,” said Heather Antecol, vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the faculty. Ferguson is an associate professor of Ottoman and Middle Eastern history. Her teaching resonates with students, who honored her in 2021 with the Glenn R. Huntoon Award for Superior Teaching. Her scholarship has also been recognized, earning the 2019 Koprülu Book Prize by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association for The Proper Order of Things: Language, Power, and Law in Ottoman Administrative Discourses, as well a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship. In addition, Ferguson has taken on leadership roles across The Claremont Colleges, including her selection as a 2018 7C Claremont Faculty Leadership fellow.
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Shields, a professor of government, teaches courses on controversial issues, such as policing, free speech, and culture wars. He is the author of three books on the American right, including Trump’s Democrats (coauthored with Stephanie Muravchik). His writings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Shields, who will serve as chair of CMC’s Government department next year, is also a founding member of the Academic Freedom Alliance and Heterodox Academy. “As faculty leaders and inaugural co-directors, Heather and Jon exemplify and champion our Open Academy commitments in all ways,” said President Hiram Chodosh. “We are all moved by the enormous promise of their appointments and critical roles in the future of CMC, the academy, and our efforts to bolster the educational foundations of our democracy.” Shortly after being named as co-directors of The Open Academy, Ferguson and Shields engaged in a spirited conversation about their shared values, the importance of teaching openness to new ideas, and the necessity of encouraging diverse viewpoints across campus. The following is an edited version of their conversation: Congratulations! What are you looking forward to as you shape the direction of The Open Academy at CMC? SHIELDS: I think we have a lot of room to put our heads together and think in new, innovative ways about how to enhance the curriculum and pull a lot of other faculty members into this conversation. FERGUSON: Jon and I are both eager to make sure that The Open Academy is truly a College-wide effort, with every individual in our community feeling like they have a place and even some kind of ownership. Moreover, our hope is that their participation will somehow embody who they are, and reflect perspectives emerging from whatever their own individual status or role is at the College. So, whether it’s a student, a faculty or staff member, or somebody who’s leading an institute, that everyone feels like they have shared goals in building multivocality on campus, and the potential to impact the shape of The Open Academy. These will be the conversations that are important for changing the campus learning environment, so that The Open Academy becomes a vehicle through which ideas for how to think about free speech and
potentially contentious issues both nationally and globally can be productively explored on campus. How do you do that? What’s your approach? SHIELDS: The challenge is to try to cultivate a culture of open inquiry, and that includes norms that can facilitate the pursuit of knowledge and truth. That’s challenging because I think the wider culture encourages us to be self-righteous. And there’s a space for that in politics, but I think at the College we have a more countercultural mission. And we want students to appreciate that mission and to embrace it. FERGUSON: It’s also the casual conversations that are really important—the grassroots, ground-up approach. This is what I do in the classroom. I always want to ensure that every class contains multiple perspectives about any given issue, and that students are led through those diverse viewpoints and lived experiences. It’s not necessarily about adopting one or the other perspective but rather giving students the framework necessary for them to make their own moral and ethical choices about how they first understand and then act on a given issue. What makes CMC unique in its focus in comparison to other liberal arts colleges? SHIELDS: We are trying to push this in a more formal, programmatic way than a lot of other institutions, particularly other liberal arts colleges. I think we’re ahead of the curve, as we are developing resources to support this and trying to develop leadership around it. FERGUSON: I agree 100 percent. And, because CMC is a place where a spectrum of voices is represented, that also puts us ahead of the game on creating the institutional space for embedding those voices into every level of what we’re doing. We are thinking about curriculum development, student leadership, and community-building in ways that enhance these skills. Making the choice to have Jon and me as co-directors is, I think, an effort to suggest that the spectrum of voices and perspectives is also represented in the very structure of The Open Academy. When we institutionalize multiple voices in conversation, something more dynamic emerges.
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Core Commitment On June 18, 2020, President Hiram E. Chodosh announced CMC’s Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America. The Presidential Initiative aspires to develop a vision, strategy, action plan, and accountable measures for a “long-term, structural, integrated educational response to racism, inequality, and inequity.” This work, a core priority of the College, is challenging and vital to CMC’s shared success. Even through the pandemic, we made progress in 2020-21—and we will build on this progress “until we have developed a community that no longer needs The Presidential Initiative,” according to President Chodosh.
Core Commitments The Initiative was created not just to support our Black community, but to expand it. Not just to study racism, but to find effective ways to end it. President Chodosh identified the following in his 2020 letter to the community: • We learn best when we own it. This is our work, our shared responsibility. • We learn by doing. This is a learning experience. • Change is effective when centrally embedded in our daily work. This is a fully integral educational response. • What’s measured gets done. This is about outcomes.
Faculty Impact The College implemented new coursework, workshops, research collaborations, and institutional resources to bolster our commitments, most notably through a robust Faculty Fellows program with a cohort of 14 faculty and an additional five funded Course Development Grants.
Learning Experience Several programs concretely strengthened the learning experience at CMC in grappling with the role of race and racism and its impacts. This touched all parts of campus life, including Dean of Students training and engagement, CMS Athletics outreach, and Athenaeum programming.
Shared Responsibility The Presidential Initiative is committed to a collaborative, community effort. Our leadership team, through work with engaged steering committees for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, has established a foundation of achievement and a pathway for future actions in pursuit of clear outcomes.
The Road Ahead By synthesizing recommendations within our community and learning from and building upon the accomplishments and challenges faced in the first phase of The Presidential Initiative, we will continue to pursue key priorities in the year ahead. To find out more about The Presidential Initiative, visit: presidentialinitiative.cmc.edu
Why Did Russia Invade Ukraine? With the world on the brink of nuclear war, Dr. Fiona Hill and Prof. Hilary Appel grappled with the major questions in a discussion at the Ath
n early March, mere weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine, instigating the largest military conflict since World War II, Dr. Fiona Hill analyzed the crisis for a packed audience at CMC’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.
Hill shared her deep expertise on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, based on her years serving three presidents, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, and as senior director for European and Russian affairs on the U.S. National Security Council from 2017 to 2019.
Hilary Appel, the Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College, moderated the conversation. The Ath discussion and the student Q&A covered a breadth of issues from the U.S. response, to China’s part in the crisis, and the potential legacies of this war, with Appel drawing upon questions that arose during her own classroom discussions.
“So, why did Russia invade Ukraine?” Appel asked Hill. “This is of course the major question that everyone has been grappling with,” Hill said. “I want to say first of all that Russia, per se, hasn’t done this. This is a decision made by one man and a small group around Vladimir Putin, and has a lot to do with the way he thinks about the world.” That viewpoint has its roots in history, Hill said, going back to the 17th century and the Treaty of Andrusovo when parts of Ukraine were given to Russia. She added, “Putin clearly believes that there needs to be some kind of reversal of the consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet Union” in 1991, which he called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century. Appel shared that she feels “Putin… has so much to lose if he fails in Ukraine. If he fails in Ukraine, he cannot survive as the Russian president…. He will fight to the bitter end, and he will use every weapon at his disposal to do so. Given the danger of escalation, what can the United States do to prevent… a nuclear catastrophe?”
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Heard at The Ath “This [invasion] is a decision made by one man and a small group around Vladimir Putin, and has a lot to do with the way he thinks about the world.” – Dr. Fiona Hill, at the Ath on March 9, 2022
“That’s definitely what’s keeping me up at night,” Hill said. “He’s already shown that he’s willing to do really nasty, ruthless things and to use unusual and cruel punishments… You can be sure he’s trying to figure out some way of escalating the situation so that we de-escalate…. He wants to get us to the negotiating table. He wants to change the conversation from just being about Ukraine to about the future of nuclear war.” “What we have to continue to do,” she said, “is not rise to the bait, and engage with the other national powers… to push back against that and to head off any pretext that Putin may be trying to make about this.” That unified front needs to start with our own polity, Hill suggested in response to a student question. “I’m worried about the party infighting, the political performances that we started seeing, the lack of responsibility in people’s rhetoric, and this tendency that we always have to fall upon each other at times like this. Because again, I think this is precisely why Putin thought he could get away with this,” Hill said. Before appearing at the Ath, Hill, who is currently a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institute, met with a group of Appel’s students, who are majoring in international relations and government for an in-depth discussion inside the Keck Center Library.
Timely Talks During the Ukraine crisis, the CMC community called upon two of the College’s own renowned experts, Professors Wendy Lower and Hilary Appel to answer questions and apply context to events as they were unfolding.
Lower and Appel each appeared on the Ath patio for spontaneous conversations with faculty, students, and staff. Lower, as a Holocaust historian and director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, has spent significant time in the Ukraine conducting research. In her work, Appel, who is Lower director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, examines the politics behind post-Communist economic reforms, policies of retrospective justice, and the role of the EU and NATO in Eastern Europe. “We are all bearing witness to this crisis in real time,” Lower said. “We are all bystanders.”
PHOTO BY MAXIMILIAN WEIRAUCH ‘22
CMC Model UN Makes History
he CMC Model United Nations (MUN) team has scored another historic success, ranking fourth in the nation, and earning its highest national ranking ever.
In addition, team members topped their West Coast competitors by taking the No. 1 slot—becoming “Best in the West.”
The team first broke into the Top 5 in the Best Delegate rankings in 2019-2020, landing fifth in the nation and first on the West Coast. After a year without in-person conferences during the pandemic, the CMC MUN team—which has always emphasized teamwork and camaraderie over awards—looked at 2021-2022 as a year for rebuilding. “We had not one, but two classes, so half of our team were newbies and had never been to a single in-person conference,” CMC MUN President Kelsey Clarke ’22 said. “So, our expectations were that we wanted to rebuild to make sure that we had a solid foundation to work our way back up to Top 5 in future years.” Instead they surpassed expectations, and ranked fourth in the United States, in the company of the University of Chicago, American University, and Georgetown University, according to
the Best Delegate’s Fall 2021 North American College Model UN rankings. “To get to fourth in the nation right off the bat was surprising, and so rewarding!” Clarke said. “It goes a long way to show how much preparation we’ve done. We’ve taken time to revamp our team over COVID, and we modified and strengthened our training program for both General Assembly and Crisis Committee training. As a result, we’ve had a much stronger presence on the circuit.” CMC Prof. Jennifer Taw, the team’s faculty advisor, acknowledged the challenges that CMC MUN overcame. “The MUN leadership and team members showed remarkable resiliency and dedication after the frustration of trying to train, team-build, and attend conferences online for over a year,” she said. “Despite all, the MUN organization rebounded, bringing on fantastic first years and sophomores, refreshing and building up everyone’s skills, and creating a strong team dynamic,” Taw continued. “It was a pleasure working with Kelsey and Calder (Altman ’22, CMC MUN vice president) as they navigated unusual challenges and worked hard to maximize the team’s strengths.”
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Some of the accomplishments that earned CMC MUN their highest ranking ever were winning delegation awards at three of the five conferences the team attended. They swept the West Coast—Berkeley, UCLA, USC and UCSB—with a pair of Best Large Delegation awards at Trojan MUN and SBI MUN, and received an Outstanding Small at NCSC. Beyond the training, Clarke said they fared so well because they are a “culture-first, award-second type of team.” “We have this tight-knit community that we foster. Our motto is ‘team comes first.’ It doesn’t matter who’s winning these individual awards. All that matters are delegation awards,” said Clarke. Membership fluctuates between 30 and 36 members, with a high percentage of international relations, PPE, and economics majors, and everyone gets to participate.
“We have this tight-knit community that we foster. Our motto is ‘team comes first.’” – CMC MUN PRESIDENT KELSEY CLARKE ’22
“A lot of teams on the circuit are way bigger than ours, and only the best are allowed to travel and to compete at conferences,” she said. “With us, if you’re on the team, you get to go and compete—thanks to President Chodosh making sure we’ve always been well funded.” The CMC MUN team has tackled topics such as political elections and cybersecurity, the European refugee crisis, and sex trafficking, as well as historical committees on the Arab Spring and the Cold War. “The thing that I love, more than anything, is that these issues are real and they’re happening,” Clarke said. “And we go beyond understanding and talking about the issues to actually thinking of our own solutions. It could be the IsraelPalestine issue or the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We ask, ‘What can we do to solve this?’”
Prestigious Schwarzman Scholarships Awarded Two Claremont McKenna College graduates were awarded prestigious Schwarzman Scholarships, recognizing their exemplary leadership qualities and potential for bridging cultural and political differences. As Schwarzman Scholars, Stz-Tsung (Stone) Han ’21 and Andrew Ciacci ’20 will be fully funded to pursue a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning.
Launched in 2015 and inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholarship has previously been awarded to only one other CMC graduate—William Cullen ’19. The mission of the Schwarzman Scholars Program is to develop global leaders who understand the economic, political, and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s increasing importance as a global power.
Highly competitive, the Schwarzman Scholars program annually supports up to 200 Scholars. This year, out of nearly 3,000 applicants, 151 Scholars were chosen, representing 33 countries and 106 universities, with a roughly equal proportion of American, Chinese, and international Scholars. “Having one Schwarzman Scholar is a distinct honor for CMC— having two in the same year is a remarkable achievement, and truly showcases how competitive and successful CMC students are on the international stage,” said Brian Davidson ’08, director of Fellowships Advising at CMC’s Center for Global Education. Beginning August 2022, Han and Ciacci will live in Beijing for a year of rigorous study of global affairs with a core curriculum emphasizing leadership, China, and global affairs; immersion in Chinese commerce and culture; and personal and professional development opportunities, including internships. Scholars are taught by faculty at Tsinghua and other leading international institutions.
thehub from the valuable network that she will be building.” Fulbright Scholars receive a grant to teach and/ or conduct research in a foreign country. The program started in 1946 to promote goodwill through cultural exchange among students, educators, and professionals. A total of 36 CMC faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars, including most recently Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert and Albert L. Park.
Entering an Elite Cadre
Jennifer Feitosa is named a Fulbright Scholar
For Feitosa, who has long dreamed of becoming “a citizen of the world,” this award means that she is a little closer to fulfilling that dream, as she heads to Madrid for the 2022-23 academic year. Feitosa, who is an assistant professor of psychology and director of CMC’s METRICS lab, will deepen her research and teaching, which is focused on workplace diversity, teamwork, training, and measurement. “It is a lot easier to appreciate and understand people when we immerse ourselves in their world and culture, and practice perspective-taking,” she said. “My time in Madrid will not only enhance my professional identity related to understanding diverse teams but also personally, as I form relationships with people in other parts of the world.”
CMC Prof. Jennifer Feitosa has joined an elite cadre, having recently been recognized with a prestigious U.S. Scholar Fulbright grant.
Spain, she explains, is an ideal site for her work, given that it is a leading country for expatriates, who comprise 15% of the workforce.
“The CMC community is incredibly proud of Prof. Feitosa,” said Heather Antecol, CMC’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “This award is a career-changer for her, as earning a Fulbright will allow Prof. Feitosa to expand her research and further develop her teaching. In addition, CMC will benefit
“Teaching and researching abroad in Spain, a country whose workforce is significantly impacted by increased diversity in workplaces in general, and teams in particular, will contribute to the development of evidence-based practices to support the pressing needs of belonging,” said Feitosa. “Moreover, these
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practices need to be developed from cultural- and linguistic-diverse perspectives as well.” Feitosa said she was grateful for the support and advice from Prof. Park, a four-time recipient of Fulbright Fellowships for Research, as she assembled her own Fulbright proposal. “Prof. Feitosa had a strong research proposal and a dynamic record of scholarship that made her a fantastic applicant for this prestigious fellowship,” said Park, who is the Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies at CMC. “I am confident that Prof. Feitosa will gain so much from this Fulbright experience, especially building networks of collaboration that will further enhance her research and help her to break new ground in her fields of study,” he said, noting that his Fulbright fellowships allowed him to conduct vital research to write his book on environmentalism in South Korea. In addition to working on her research project, “Integrative Team Belonging Training: An Inclusive Research and Teaching Perspective” (originally codeveloped with Claremont Graduate University Prof. M. Glória González-Morales), at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Feitosa will teach an organizational behavior course to MBA students and will lead case studies. Upon her return to CMC, Feitosa hopes that her students will be inspired by her Fulbright experience to embark on their own overseas learning opportunities and that she’ll be able to bring what she’ll learn in Madrid back to her classroom and METRICS research lab. Feitosa, who is originally from Brazil, understands the value of exploring diverse cultures. She is trilingual (Portuguese, English, and Spanish), and spent time during her high school years in a small town in Minnesota, eventually earning her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida.
Dan Krauss Earns Mentor and Teaching Award An enthusiastic and devoted professor, who also leads CMC’s Psychology and Law Policy Lab, Daniel Krauss was recently honored with the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award for 2022 from the American Psychology-Law Society. His nomination was supported by letters from several colleagues and former students who are now in graduate school or the professions and continue to interact with him long past their graduation from CMC. In one nomination letter, a former student wrote: “Dr. Krauss is incredibly engaging and consistently interweaves his own personal practice experiences with the academic material. He is approachable, with an excellent sense of humor, and he makes himself readily available for students to visit his office, talk after class, or discuss topics by email.” Despite his approachability, students commented that Krauss is not an “easy” professor. “His exams were difficult, and he rigorously graded papers, but if a student invested energy into the class, she would reap the benefits. “ Colleagues are equally enthusiastic about Krauss’ teaching, with one writing, “From the first time he stepped into a classroom at CMC, Dan has been an exceptional teacher…. Students appreciate his knowledge, enthusiasm, caring, and his ability to present both complex research findings and intriguing clinical case studies. Dan is not only a terrific teacher, he is also an incredibly caring and capable mentor. “ Krauss said he is honored by the award. “My goal has always been to provide excellent teaching, research, clinical training, and mentoring to my students, but more importantly to help them develop the critical thinking skills and experiences that make them better people whatever career path they pursue.”
Casting an eye to the future, Feitosa said she would love to spend research time incorporating other cultural diversity components to teams. “There is still a big divide in our Western/Eastern as well as Northern/Southern knowledge, thus a continuous push for debunking some of our scientific findings is necessary,” she said.
Finding Value in Real Estate As part of a new, first-of-its-kind experiential learning program, a team of nine CMC students spent hours throughout their fall— often in front of the Hub—collaborating on commercial real estate pitches, development plans, and financial models. This student team came together through a special partnership between CMC’s Soll Center for Student Opportunity and Project Destined, a national commercial real estate program that delivers hands-on experience through project-based learning and pitch competitions. Project Destined trains diverse students in commercial real estate fundamentals through mentorship and a rigorous curriculum. To reinforce what they’ve learned, students take part in “Shark Tank-style” pitch competitions with rival corporate-sponsored teams from other colleges and universities. To further prepare for the competitions, student teams work with leading executives to evaluate live deals in their community and create pitch presentations. Executives from a leading commercial real estate firm, Marcus & Millichap, served as mentors for the CMC team. Each student also virtually attended a series of lectures featuring industry executives focused on a specific part of a real estate transaction. To apply what they learned, the team worked on a live deal—based on a real multifamily property in Pomona—and presented it to a group of judges who are real estate professionals. To complete the project, team members collaborated to create an offering memorandum, which includes an investment risk profile for the property, an understanding of the property’s location and tenant base, as well as a renovation plan to upgrade each unit. For team member Sabrina Zhou ’23, the program has been “transformational.” Zhou, who is currently working toward her BA in economics and an MA in finance, credits her Project Destined experience with sparking her interest in real estate as a potential profession. She shifted her employment recruitment efforts to real estate and recently accepted an offer to join Mack Real Estate Group as a 2022 summer analyst.
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Winter Standouts Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics enjoyed a successful set of accomplishments as teams concluded their winter seasons. Here are a few notables: • Men’s Swimming and Diving: Won its 39th SCIAC Championship in program history. The team also came in eighth place at the NCAA Division III Championships with its highest point total since 1998. Frank Applebaum ’24 won a national championship in the 200-yard butterfly in NCAA Division III record time (1:44.01); while Lucas Lang HMC ’25 came in second in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Nick Tekieli HMC ’24 was third in the 100-yard backstroke; Applebaum fifth in the 100-yard butterfly; and Marco Conati HMC ’22 seventh in the 100-yard butterfly for individual first-team All-America performances. Three relay teams (200-yard medley relay, 400yard medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay) also earned first-team All-America distinction. • Women’s Swimming and Diving: Finished 11th at the NCAA Division III Championships, the program’s highest finish since 2012. Augusta Lewis ’22 was a first-team All-American in three different events, finishing second in the 400-yard individual medley, third in the 200-yard individual medley, and fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke. Ava Sealander SCR ’22 was sixth in the 100 fly, and Jameson Mitchum ’23 was seventh in the 200 backstroke, earning first-team All-America honors with top-eight finishes. • Women’s Indoor Track and Field: Brooke Simon ’23 and Meredith Bloss HMC ’23 earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. Simon came in sixth place in the pole vault by matching her personal best at 3.80 meters, while Bloss was in seventh place in the 5,000 meters, after previously earning All-America honors during cross-country season in the fall, when she led CMS to a second-place finish.
• Men’s Basketball: Josh Angle ’23 earned Academic All-America honors for the Stags when he was named to the third team after leading CMS in scoring (18.8 points per game) and helping the Stags to a 17-8 final record and a third-place finish in SCIAC. Angle, who carries over a 3.9 grade point average in economics, became the fourth player in program history to earn Academic All-America distinction and was one of only two non-seniors out of 15 chosen to the three Academic All-America teams.
ACCELERATING OUR LEADERSHIP TRAJECTORY Responsible leadership today requires a commitment to address and anticipate the big questions of science and technology in the public sphere. To fulfill this commitment, CMC is developing a next-generation integrated sciences program that will offer an innovative, inclusive, powerful approach to the socio-scientific grand challenges of health, brain, and planet. The program integrates and leverages CMC’s strengths in the social sciences and humanities with cutting-edge capabilities in computation, data science, and the life sciences.
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“We have an opportunity: rather than trying to build bridges between existing disciplinary boundaries, we can just build a program that doesn’t have those boundaries to begin with.” — Ran Libeskind-Hadas CMC Founding Chair for the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences
Prof. Cathy Reed’s PURSUE Project
ourtney Hooks ’23 is the face of the future. Her career goal is to play a leadership role in the therapeutics industry. To succeed, she’ll need to stretch beyond biology, her undergraduate major. She’ll also need all the tools a liberal arts education can bestow. Claremont McKenna College keeps pushing Hooks “outside my comfort zone.” She’s discovered a love of Middle Eastern art and history. “I am also getting a great deal of leadership experience—much more than I would have gotten at a larger school,” said Hooks, who plans to pursue graduate study in biochemistry and is head consultant with the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and an Appel Fellow. In blending disciplines, Hooks is doing it right, and CMC is ensuring that all students make the most of their liberal arts education to thrive in their chosen professions. (Read more about Courtney Hooks ’23 in Student Spotlight on page 23.) To that end, the College is working to transform the way that science is taught in a liberal arts context, beginning with a the creation of an innovative general education sequence that will be taken by all CMC students. These courses will provide students with powerful and general approaches to problem-solving scientific reasoning, while continuing to engage future scientists. “We live in a world in which scientific discovery, computational breakthroughs, and the technological applications of them are infusing almost everything we do,” said CMC President Hiram E. Chodosh. “Responsible leadership means leading in response to the socio-scientific grand challenges and opportunities. It is our
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responsibility to prepare students for the intersections that haven’t yet been reached.” Breakthroughs in genomics, neuroscience, and renewable energy come with increasingly complex societal, economic, political, legal, and ethical implications. Tomorrow’s legal experts, policymakers, consultants—not to mention CEOs—will need fluency to participate in a science-rich discourse that increasingly touches every decision. The key lies in integrated sciences. When so much is connected to science and big data, a siloed model of undergraduate education rooted in the 19th century no longer works. Integrated sciences break down those boundaries, and CMC has embraced the concept in a paradigm-shifting way. Building on its core strengths and foundational liberal arts and leadership mission, CMC is becoming a national model. Alumni of the future will reflect on 2021-22 as the most significant academic year in the College’s history, a transformational moment.
“To be successful in a complicated world requires a multidisciplinary approach. It is not just a concept, it’s how you teach students to think, because we don’t live in silos. Everything is connected. Introducing CMC students on how to integrate concepts such as policy and data science is incredibly important.” Tracy Wang ’04 Senior Research Program Manager Microsoft’s Azure Engineering (Read more about Tracy Wang on p. 58.)
The year opened with the College recruiting Ran Libeskind-Hadas as the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences founding chair, and Muriel Poston to fill the newly created position of vice president of strategic initiatives. Libeskind-Hadas and Poston worked closely with Heather Antecol and Emily Wiley, respectively CMC’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty and associate dean of faculty, to develop an expansive vision and ambitious implementation plan. CO N T I N U E S O N PAG E 2 2
“Education is about teaching students how to think and to problem solve. To have the ability to address questions about the ownership of genomic findings, the sanctity and privacy of personal data, the conflicts between technologies that advance commerce while harming the environment.… Ethical consideration has to be part of everything we do, not just in technology, but in the humanities, in politics, and in science. In every field.”
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Henry Kravis ’67 CMC Trustee Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chairman Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Students during their EnviroLab Asia Clinic Trip in Borneo
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Health, Brain, Planet CMC’s Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences program will build a “common on-ramp to the sciences” through general education courses and create meaningful conversations around the impact of science on society. The program will be organized around three major socio-scientific grand challenges: health, brain, and planet. Several of the facets of these grand challenges were highlighted by the National Science Foundation in 2021 as among “the most important challenges that humankind has ever faced.” The three priorities interrelate with one another and provide opportunities for important intersections with the study of psychological sciences, history, economics and business, government and policy, philosophy and ethics, and other disciplines at CMC. The Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences’ three foci will prepare students for myriad pathways upon graduation. • Health (Genomics, Systems Biology, and Health)—the exploration of molecular data to understand the function and regulation of genes, the biological systems that they control, and the development of predictive models that ultimately contribute to improving human health; • Brain (Brain, Learning, and Decision)—the investigation of mental processes, behavior, and decision-making, including aspects of neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; and • Planet (Climate, Energy, and the Environment)—the examination of atmospheric processes and the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of climate change, and the interactions of human activities and the natural and built environments.
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After 18 months of remarkable challenges due to the pandemic, the CMC community made a triumphant return to campus and realized our vision by implementing the 2019 CMC Strategy Report through a significant investment in integrated sciences. By the end of the fall semester return to campus, CMC unveiled plans for an iconic structure to house the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences. Known as the Robert Day Sciences Center, the 140,000-square-foot facility honors Robert Day ’65 P’12, a 50-year CMC trustee, and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair and Chief Executive Officer. It is supported by a $40 million lead gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation, and generous investments from foundations affiliated with the Robert Day family. The College announced the naming of the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences to kick off 2022. Philanthropist, trustee, and alumnus Henry Kravis ’67 and his wife, Marie-Josée, made a transformative commitment of up to $215 million in support of CMC’s vision for a next-generation program. “A liberal arts education is about teaching students how to think and to problemsolve. It’s imperative for both science and humanities majors to receive a broad education. Ethical consideration has to be part of everything we do, not just in technology, but in the humanities, in politics, and in science. In every field,” Kravis said.
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The Kravises’ gift will support the appointment of 25 world-class liberal arts faculty, including 12 Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences chairs. The new integrated sciences faculty seek to blur the boundaries between the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, embracing computation as a tool to explore contemporary questions. Together, the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences and the Robert Day Sciences Center represent an educational evolution in how the College will prepare CMCers—one that deliberately and coherently integrates sciences and computation with the humanities and social sciences to address big thematic priorities in scientific discovery and application: such as (i) health, including genomics, systems biology; (ii) brain, including brain health, as well as learning and decision sciences; and (iii) planet, including climate, energy, and the environment. “The opportunity to be a participant in building an entirely new science program in the middle of the 21st century is absolutely exciting,” says Poston, an environmental biologist and an authority on science education public policy who has filled major leadership roles at the National Science Foundation. Libeskind-Hadas shares Poston’s excitement. “Our approach is a real game-changer for CMC,” says the computer scientist, formerly the R. Michael Shanahan Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College. CO N T I N U E S O N PAG E 2 6
“As I think about leadership over the next 25 years, it is apparent that all leaders will need to be conversant in technology and the sciences. I’m really excited about the promise of interdisciplinary learning, and everything that makes the study of leadership at CMC so special.” Tina Daniels ’93 CMC Trustee and Chair, Kravis Leadership Institute Advisory Board Managing Director, Analytics & Measurement, Google
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT In classic CMC fashion, Courtney Hooks ’23 is pursuing a wide variety of academic interests. Although Hooks is a biology major, she is deeply passionate about Middle Eastern art and history. “The plethora of opportunities at CMC has pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to get involved in activities both familiar and completely new,” she said. “I am also getting a great deal of leadership experience, much more than I would have gotten at a larger school.” Hooks is the head consultant with CMC’s Center for Writing and Public Discourse, holds an Appel fellowship, and participates in clubs and activities, which have helped her stretch herself in a similar way. She highlights Prof. Heather Ferguson as one of her most “impactful” mentors at CMC. “I took her Graphic Novel and Middle Eastern History class my first semester of CMC, and she was also my advisor for the Appel fellowship,” Hooks said. “She is very encouraging and gives great advice.” While Hooks’ interests still range wide, her long-term aspirations have already taken a clear direction. She plans to attend graduate school and study biochemistry, with the goal of pursuing a therapeutics industry career in research and development. Eventually, Hooks hopes to “work in a capacity that directly impacts underserved communities in my hometown of Los Angeles, and address disparities in access to life-saving treatments and therapeutics in clinical trials,” she said.
“The leadership of our nation, and globally, will need to have a clear understanding of the process of science, the way in which the data that science generates can be interpreted and modeled, and to understand the kinds of processes and skills that it takes, particularly computational skills, to be predictive about what may happen next. And that’s what we hope to foster so that CMC will be producing leaders who have these basic skill sets of understanding how data can become predictive and, most importantly, where data comes from, in order to be able to apply that to the scientific challenges of the 21st century.” Muriel Poston CMC Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Aditi Chitre ’22 is passionate about building a more scienceinclusive campus culture at CMC. Which explains why her hand was among the first to go up when CMC administrators requested student volunteers to offer feedback on how CMC should shape the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences, to be housed in the new Robert Day Sciences Center. “I hope that my contributions from a student perspective make the CMC experience more fulfilling for future students, those pursuing a career in science and those who aren’t,” she said. “The Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences proposes to offer more courses at the intersection of STEM and the humanities, which naturally appeals to me as a neurophilosophy major.” In her time at CMC, Chitre has also worked as an undergraduate research assistant with Prof. Cathy Reed in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and served as president of the Claremont Colleges Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) club. With CCEMS, Chitre created public health education initiatives, research discussion groups, healthcare speaker panels, and a nationwide virtual free tutoring/mentoring network for K-12 students. The Claremont native’s future plans involve working in the healthcare industry before heading to medical school. “CMC’s approach to science is what our students need,” Chitre said. “Some of the most important issues society faces—and will continue to face—have to do with public health crises, climate change, and artificial intelligence. The integrated sciences department will equip CMC students, both in science and non-science, with the skills needed to tackle these challenges.”
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Libeskind-Hadas and Poston both speak from experience. He co-chaired the committee that led to the most recent revision of Harvey Mudd’s core curriculum. Poston developed Howard University’s initial environmental science program. Faculty searches will commence as early as the 2022–23 academic year, and the first handful of Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences appointments may arrive as soon as the fall of 2023. When fully constituted, the 25-member department will organize and integrate science education around socio-scientific grand challenges falling under the broad themes of health, brain, and planet (see sidebar p. 21). New interdisciplinary majors will be proposed and launched under each theme. Our future leaders—be they economists, politicians, journalists, consultants, or CEOs—will learn science by doing science. Because computational methods are now ubiquitous to all knowledge, everyone will study the foundations of programming, data visualization, statistics, and machine learning. According to Libeskind-Hadas, few other liberal arts colleges in the country currently provide this level of computing and quantitative literacy for all students. Because the program is organized around overlapping foci rather than traditional scientific disciplinary units, the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences will instill confidence in all CMC graduates to take on novel problems that do not neatly fit into traditional silos and embolden them, throughout their careers, to employ whatever methods and concepts may apply. CMC’s program will respond to a growing need for computationally-rich science curricula, hands-on learning opportunities, and “science in the public sphere,” especially for non-science majors. This will include building a “common on-ramp to the sciences” through general education courses and creating meaningful conversations around the impact of science on society—for instance, in cross-disciplinary areas like neuroeconomics, climate policy, bioethics, science journalism, and the ethics of algorithms. “Our program is unique in creating a common science experience for all students,” LibeskindHadas says. “We want to make everyone a better thinker, so they’re able to synthesize the complexities of the world, which simply don’t arrive in neat and tidy disciplinary boxes. “Our integrated approach will provide all our majors with cross-cutting problem-solving skills,” Libeskind-Hadas said. – Diane Krieger
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Fundamental Principles A unique feature of the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences program is a general education sequence called IIS: Introduction to Integrated Sciences. Informally, the course is being conceived as “The Code of Life”–where “code” is a double entendre referring both to the genetic code and to computer code. In this course, students will learn fundamental principles of biology beginning with the transcription and translation of genes to the cells and complex biological systems that they regulate and control. Students will also learn to program in Python to analyze and make inferences from the data that they collect in their lab work as well as to design and implement computational models that can serve to explain and predict the behavior of biological systems. The envisioned course will be organized around a sequence of month-long microcosm research modules, each one presenting a compelling and current openended question and providing students with both the scientific and computational tools required to design, conduct, and analyze experiments to discover their own answers to the question. In many cases, these questions will have important connections to ethics, policy, and other human and societal connections that will provide rich opportunities for engagement with the humanities and social sciences.
“Very simply, the gift funds the single most transformative strategic initiative in the history of the College.” E. David Hetz ’80 P’10 CMC Vice Chair of the Board CEO, Prager & Co., LLC
Students will also learn to present data in clear and meaningful ways and to communicate their findings to a broad audience. In a typical module, students may make a podcast or infographic presentation of their findings and conclusions. At the end of the IIS sequence, students will have an opportunity to work on a capstone research project and present their results at a College-wide poster session. By the end of this course, students will have developed an understanding of the processes of scientific discovery through first-hand experiences. They will also have a powerful toolkit in computing and data science that can be leveraged in many other contexts beyond the sciences. Finally, they will have developed the skills to reason and communicate scientific results—and their impacts and relationship to society—to a broad audience.
Integrated Sciences Advisory Council CMC has named 13 highly accomplished scientists and science educators to its inaugural Integrated Sciences Advisory Council. “It’s an incredible cohort, and we’re very excited about what they see as the big challenges and opportunities for undergraduate science education in this country,” said Ran Libeskind-Hadas, founding chair, Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences, who convened the council’s first meeting in March.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Senior Director, Science Education
University of Texas at Austin Director, The Oden Institute Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Computing Systems
Harriet B. Nembhard ’91 University of Iowa Dean, College of Engineering CMC Trustee
Pavel Pevzner University of California San Diego Ronald R. Taylor Chair and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Director, NIH Center for Computational Mass Spectrometry
Lynn Stein Olin College of Engineering Professor of Computing and Cognitive Science
Robert Gentleman Harvard Medical School Founding Executive Director, Center for Computational Biomedicine
Ted Abel University of Iowa Director, Iowa Neuroscience Institute Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience Department Executive Officer, Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Steve Willard P’23 Member, National Science Board Former CEO, Cellphire Therapeutics
Mark Kamlet Carnegie Mellon University University Professor, Economics and Public Policy Provost Emeritus
Andrew Dessler Texas A&M University Professor, Reta A. Haynes Chair in Geosciences
Linda Hyman Marine Biological Laboratory Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education
Carl Wieman Stanford University Professor, Physics and Graduate School of Education
Ajit Singh Partner, Artiman White Space Investments Adjunct Professor, Stanford School of Medicine
“The Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences proposes to offer more courses at the intersection of STEM and the humanities, which naturally appeals to me.” Aditi Chitre ’22 (Read more about Aditi Chitre ’22 in Student Spotlight on page 25.)
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“What our society needs at this time, in terms of sciences, technology, engineering, and math, will be met in fabulous ways through the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences.” Harriet B. Nembhard ’91 CMC Trustee Dean of the University of Iowa College of Engineering
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Before graduating CMC with a neuroscience degree, Bryan Marin ’22 had already landed a job as a software engineer at Palantir, a tech company with a global presence. Bryan said he was ready, thanks to his liberal arts education and residential campus experience. “Being on a campus like CMC’s prepares you for working with all kinds of people,” he said. “I learned a lot just talking to my friends from a wide range of majors.” While at CMC, Bryan switched from majoring in computer science to neuroscience, although he ranks the algorithms course co-taught by Xanda Schofield and Ran Libeskind-Hadas as one of his all-time favorite courses. LibeskindHadas—now founding chair of the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences at CMC —also served as Bryan’s advisor. While Palantir had been on his radar since his middle school days in Hollywood, Florida, Bryan learned about the job through 1Gen, a CMC support group for first-generation college students. Now his brother Kevin ’25 has joined him on campus, pursuing a degree in data science. “I came to CMC because Bryan was having such a high-quality experience,” Kevin says. “I want to work in coding,” he adds, noting that his favorite class is “Computing for the Web” with mathematics professor Michael Izbicki. “I’m thankful to have Bryan to guide me. He’s introduced me to so many opportunities on campus.”
An Iconic Space Designed by the world-renowned architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the Robert Day Sciences Center’s open and light-filled design is a metaphor for conversations between core disciplines and the College’s innovation of undergraduate integrated sciences education. “Transformational programs require equally powerful facilities,” said President Hiram E. Chodosh. The 140,000-square-foot center is BIG’s latest foray into higher education. In addition to the CMC project, BIG is working on a number of buildings throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East. BIG’s architectural designs emerge out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Upon entering, students will find themselves in a full-height atrium with open spaces that invite collaborative activity. Composed of mostly glass walls, the building will convey a sense of transparency needed to foster dynamic interaction between students, faculty, staff, and experts. Inside the Center, more high-trafficked areas—the Workshop, the Innovation Hub, and the Agora—will provide spaces for study, group projects, multidisciplinary work, presentations, and virtual convenings throughout the facility. There will be classrooms, offices for faculty, and teaching and research labs—all flexibly designed to adapt to multiple uses. Plans also call for terraces allowing easy access to the outdoors, visibility to the main atrium, plenty of natural light, and space for public art. Located on the eastern edge of the current campus footprint at the corner of Ninth Street and Claremont Boulevard, the Robert Day Sciences Center will create a strong presence and gateway on Claremont Boulevard, while launching a series of campus developments and improvements to prepare CMC for its next chapter. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with an estimated two-year build timeline.
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“Students of today must learn how to solve the complex problems of tomorrow. This new center will provide a powerful platform for innovation in pursuit of CMC’s leadership mission to seize the opportunities of scientific discovery and responsibly put them to work in the economy and our democracy.” Robert Day ’65 P’12 CMC Trustee W.M. Keck Foundation chair and chief executive officer
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The Campaign for CMC: Responsible Leadership is rooted in the legacy of our founding mission, yet looks ever forward. Through this historic campaign, CMC will continue to educate students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions, to meet the challenges of an evolving world.
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An aerial view of the Claremont McKenna College campus, circa 1952. The North Mall’s expansion continues with the addition of the Robert Day Sciences Center.
A CMC MVP
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hen the call came, Dianna “DT” Graves ’98 was up to her elbows in cancer DNA samples. Only a year out of college, with a degree in biology, she’d landed a plum job as a research associate in City of Hope’s molecular genetics department. Then one July morning, CMS Athletic Director David Wells ’72 phoned with a jaw-dropping proposal: How would she like to take over for Penny Graves as head women’s volleyball coach? “I don’t know why he recruited me,” said Graves, who is no relation to the previous coach. “I mean, it’s crazy. I was 22. You don’t get to coach college athletics at your alma mater at 22. It doesn’t happen. Ever.” Young as she was, Graves was a promising pick for leading the Athenas. She’d been a three-sport scholar-athlete at CMC, earning 11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and track. She’d received the prestigious Dickinson Award for athletic leadership, was CMC Female Athlete of the Year, served as head resident assistant, and won the Berger Award as one of two outstanding graduating seniors in her year. That was 20-plus years ago. Graves has been a fixture at CMC ever since. First as volleyball coach, then as director of academic planning, assistant vice president for strategic initiatives, and currently as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. None of it would have been possible, she said, without four high-impact Claremont mentors. “On paper, there’s nothing about my childhood that would put me in any of these roles at this kind of institution,” she explained. “So, when people talk about paying it forward, I take that really seriously.” Graves was born in Denver, the child of teenage parents with little money and no college education. “Mom was 16 when they had me; Dad was just a bit older,” she said. “I’m the oldest of five. It was a struggle right out of the gate, but my parents were committed to the best education they could find for us.”
Graves’ dad, Mark Turner, recently retired after a 40-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. Her mom, Erin Donnegan, ran a thriving day care center from their modest home. (Graves’ nickname, “DT,” stands for Dianna Turner, her maiden name). The Turners worked hard to send their five kids to Catholic school, where they received a rock-solid education built on a strong support network. But along with the support came intense social scrutiny. Looking for a fresh start in college, Graves jumped at the chance to attend CMC, where she could pursue a rigorous premed track while playing on an NCAA team. In high school, she’d played volleyball, basketball, and soccer, but as a freshman at CMC she confined herself to volleyball. “It never crossed my mind that you could do more than one sport in college,” she admitted. When the volleyball season ended, however, “I was just miserable,” Graves recalled. “I missed it so much—just being involved in athletics: the competitiveness of it, and the physicality, the community.” Basketball season was already over, and soccer season overlapped with volleyball. “So, I went out for the track team, which I had never done before.” She ended up throwing the javelin and discus all four years. Starting sophomore year, she joined the basketball team, too. In 2020, she was inducted in the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics Hall of Fame. But her path wasn’t always smooth. As a CMC student, four individuals stepped up as life-changing influencers: women’s basketball (now women’s golf ) coach Jodie Burton and her husband, CMS Athletic Director David Wells ’72, biology professor (now emeritus) David Sadava, and Jeff Huang, thenassociate dean of students. Graves credits the College—but especially these four mentors—with “hanging in there with me, challenging me, and holding me to account. Nobody at CMC ever told me what I couldn’t do. They kept asking me: ‘Who do you want to be?’”
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Burton and Wells welcomed Graves into their family life at a time when she was flailing. “Neither of my parents went to college, and I was really kind of lost,” she said. Desperately homesick, she felt guilt over leaving her four younger siblings behind. “And Jodie could feel it,” Graves recalled. “She would ask about my siblings. She knew them all by name, though she’d never met them.” Burton hired Graves to tutor her three sons. “I was struggling with my family issues, and Jodie opened the door to her family and let me right in,” Graves explained. “Her kids became like my little brothers.” The Burton-Wells home wasn’t idyllic. David Wells was in the late stages of throat cancer. “He was so sick,” Graves said, sadly. “Yet rather than close the door, they were like: ‘Here’s our family, and this is what life with cancer looks like.’” Wells, who died in 2001, had loved to cook but could no longer eat. A tracheotomy required he use a feeding tube. That didn’t stop him cooking for all the CMS players at their annual New Year’s Day viewing party. Another key mentor for Graves was biology professor David Sadava. She had approached him as a potential thesis advisor in her first year, proposing an ambitious four-year project on an unspecified topic. “He laughed out loud,” she recalled, “and sent me on my way, saying, ‘Come back in four years.’” A year later, she became his TA, although she ended up writing her thesis under another professor, Merri Lynn Casem. But Sadava advised her at crucial crossroads. Originally aiming for medical school, Graves unexpectedly fell in love with genetics lab work the summer before senior year, while interning at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research in Denver, an opportunity she secured with a strong letter of recommendation from Sadava. With his blessing, she decided to switch gears. Upon graduation, it was Sadava who lined up her job at City of Hope. When Wells dangled before her eyes the prospect of coaching CMS volleyball, the first person Graves consulted was Sadava. “My whole focus was on research and medicine, and then this opportunity came up out of nowhere,” she said. Graves was still a year shy of the two-year contract she had agreed to at City of Hope. “Dr. Sadava got me the job in the first place, so I wanted to make sure I wasn’t burning that bridge. I remember crying,” she said. “I told him: ‘I don’t know how to say no to this opportunity, but I will say no if it’s going to hurt your relationship with this scientist.’”
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“Nobody at CMC ever told me what I couldn’t do. They kept asking me: ‘Who do you want to be?’” Sadava, now retired from teaching but still active in research, shrugged off that reservation. Professional politics “never even crossed his mind,” Graves said. “All he cared about was that I avoid making an impulsive, gratuitous decision I might someday regret. He’s an amazing human." Graves’ fourth big influencer was Jeff Huang. Ironically, he was dean of students then—the same job Graves currently occupies. When the volleyball coaching opportunity arose, she went to see Huang in person. “I told him, ‘I don’t know how to handle this. I don’t know how to think about this kind of opportunity.'” He, too, helped her work through the puzzle of assessing her own talents and aspirations. The last person Graves spoke to was her former basketball coach, Jodie Burton. “I asked her: ‘Do I have what it takes to do this—to be a good coach?’” She knew Burton would pull no punches, even as the wife of the CMS athletic director who was recruiting her. In the end, coaching trumped cancer research. “I felt like science would still be there, and this wouldn’t. Then 12 years later I was still coaching and loving it,” she said. Wells had wanted Graves to start on a master’s—college coaches typically have advanced degrees—so she enrolled in Claremont Graduate University, eventually earning a Ph.D. in education in 2015. Returning to CMS felt right on a personal level, too. Her husband, Steve Graves, was—and still is—rooted there as head athletic trainer. They married in 2002 and now have two teenage children, Matthew, 17, and Erin, 16. In 2010, Graves hung up her coach’s whistle, but she didn’t return to science. Her thoughtful, data-rich administrative reports and self-studies written for the athletic department had caught the eye of CMC Dean of the Faculty Gregory
Hess, who recruited her for the newly created post of director of academic planning. Six years later, she became assistant vice president for strategic initiatives under President Hiram Chodosh, and played a leading role in hammering out the College’s strategies to address sexual assault, drug and alcohol use, academic integrity, and campus climate—winning recognition with the 2015 Exceptional Service Award. In 2018, she was recruited to student affairs and is now associate vice president and dean of students. That’s a big title, but Graves keeps it real. “I’m waving and yelling out my window at students all day long,” she said. “I’m texting to check in if I haven’t seen someone in a week. We’re a very high-touch school. It’s hard to be anonymous here, and this role provides a chance to give back to a place that has given me so much.” In 2019, she was honored by the CMC Alumni Association with the John P. Faranda ’79 Student Service Award. Though her life has turned out nothing like she originally planned, looking back, Graves wouldn’t change a thing. “I miss science. I miss the clarity and the control of science. Coaching and student affairs is nothing like that,” she said. “But I’ve never regretted leaving the lab behind.” She takes great pride in shaping young lives and hopes to instill in the students who cross her path—just as her own mentors did in her—“the feeling that somebody believes in them, somebody will hang in there with them, and that they should pay it forward someday.” – Diane Krieger
CMCAA president’s message
Greetings, my fellow alumni! Much like the finale at a Fourth of July fireworks show, our beloved CMC has made some really big announcements as we go into the final phases of the 75th Anniversary celebration. Between the new Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences and its accompanying state-of-theart, starchitect-designed Robert Day Sciences Center, this has been a year to celebrate having a vision and, most importantly, a strategy for what CMC will look like at 100 and beyond. More than a time to celebrate our unique history, this is a time for celebrating where we are going. It is safe to say that we will be making up for lost time at what will be the largest Alumni Weekend in CMC’s history, as we welcome three times the usual number of classes to campus. Reflecting on the last two years in my role with the CMC Alumni Association, it is clear that my expectations were bound to be different from reality. I expected to travel to campus more frequently. I looked forward to feeling like an honorary member of the staff. I thought I would treat the campus like it was my second home once again. While a masked Dave Edwards still faithfully greeted me at the Athenaeum, and I have kept my luggage in his office on more than one occasion, the vast majority of my CMC time was spent on Zoom or over the phone. As a solopreneur, it was meaningful to have regular check-ins with the committee chairs, board members, and staff. Seeing their faces provided much-appreciated stability and community during my pandemic experience. Despite the last two years not going as expected, two highlights stand out. The first was the Association’s progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Working with a dedicated group of alumni, including Carrie George ’80 P’14 P’16, Angelica Quicksey ’12, Skip Weiss ’74 P’15, Lorraine Bains ’88, Tyler Finn ’17, Camille Griep ’99, Hillary Lundberg ’14, Faye (Karnavy) Sahai ’90, and Edgar Warnholtz ’19, as well as staff member Rebecca Pelén, we created a volunteer program to pair Black
alumni with Black admitted students, as well as a program to better understand the experiences and attitudes of Black alumni as a part of the Presidential Initiative. I am so proud of the collaboration between alumni and college offices to make those programs happen. The second highlight was seeing our younger board members join the conversation with curiosity, boldness, and thoughtful engagement. How refreshing to be told, “You might be wrong about this” or “Have you looked at it this way?” by someone younger than me. I am excited to see what Scott Torrey ’91 P’23 P‘26 will do as our next president. After serving on the advisory boards for both the Randall Lewis Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Financial Economics Institute, and previously leading the London and Seattle alumni chapters, Scott will bring his enthusiasm and expertise to a broader alumni audience. Under his leadership, I predict that chapter events will experience a boom—not just because of the pentup demand due to the pandemic, but because of Scott’s skill for connecting people over their passions and location. I can also guarantee that he will lead with an eye for efficiency. As an undergraduate, I recall taking a longitudinal survey on the topic of leadership. One of the agree/disagree questions has always stuck with me because I hadn’t thought of leadership this way before: “It is right to lead when asked.” Never has it felt more right than when asked to serve an institution I love so much. Warmly,
Emily Meinhardt ’10 President Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association
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Class Liaison DAVE ARBUCKLE passed away peacefully at home in Auburn, Calif., on Dec. 12, 2021, just 10 days after celebrating his 90th birthday. He enjoyed a full and happy life. He was a proud graduate of Claremont Men’s College in 1953; he also pursued post-graduate studies at UCLA, Chapman College, Mexico City College, and the University of Puerto Rico. A lifelong passion for travel came from his parents’ early trips to Mexico. After an active-duty tour with the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in the Arctic, he lived in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and London. While in Paris, he saw an ad for a trainee position with the U.S. Army in Orleans, France, and that began a 30-year career in technology as a civilian with the U.S. Department of Defense. Moving from France to Germany, then to Japan, the Philippines, and Italy with the U.S. Navy, he was able to travel the world. With his growing family, he returned to the U.S. in 1979 for a position at Alameda Naval Air Station from which he retired in 1994. In retirement in Auburn, he was a volunteer counselor with AARP’s Tax-Aide program, serving as local coordinator and later as technology specialist. He is survived by his wife, Anne Thompson; four children and five grandsons.
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South Orange County residents BOB HOWARD and HOMER WISHEK, JR. P’81 survived the COVID pandemic and celebrated with lunch in San Juan Capistrano. That brings back memories of our lunches with HUGH HALLENBERG at the elegant Elephant Bar Restaurants, which are, unfortunately, no longer in existence. Anyone wishing to join them at future lunches, contact Bob at rwhowardconsulting@yahoo. com. Bob is still very active with his real estate consulting business and enjoying life in the Laguna Hills retirement village. Homer says he’s coping successfully with some medical issues and getting around OK.
Out of Florida comes news from beyond the grave: FRANK COLSON’s widow Diana Colson sends word that the housing market is so hot in Sarasota that she just got an offer of $2,575,000 for Frank’s gravesite at the National Cemetery. Diana says Frank’s artwork still sells like hotcakes! FRANK TYSEN still divides his time between Palm
Springs and Sherman Oaks. He’s putting the finishing touches on his memoirs, which he describes as “salacious” and expects to publish at the end of this year. I have a feeling this is a fair warning to all of us who attended CMC during his years there and we’ll have to wait, and read. TOM BERNSTEIN ’55
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SCOTT EVANS reports, “DICK HAUSMAN passed away on Jan. 20, at
home in Newport Beach, too weakened by years of multiple sclerosis to fight off weeks of COVID. He was my CMC roommate, best man at my wedding, and one of my lifelong best friends. With 68 years filled with memories, this setting calls for a few of my earliest recollections: “Like you, my early years at CMC were largely consumed with developing deep and lasting friendships. So, it was during that time that our band of brothers gathered from all over campus and converged on the second floor of Wohlford Hall, where Dick and I became good friends among good friends and decided to room together. It turned out that we had far more in common than our likes and beliefs—our parents knew each other and, surprise, we even had the same baby nurse!
“A shared interest in certain niceties made our room a social center for suitemates and dormmates, including DICK BAIRD, BURT CORSON, STUART HO, JERRY LA DOW, TOM USSHER, GALEN YOUNG. Our well-stocked refrigerator, jazz on our stereo, classics on our TV (Gunsmoke, Dragnet, I Love Lucy...), and our frequent before-dinner cocktail hours (bourbon and cheap wine) no doubt led years later to firmly established traditions. “Not just fun, of course, we were serious students and did rather well on our academics. We were also serious athletes. Not wanting to get hurt, however, we decided against contact sports. Instead, we went out for fencing. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a mistake. The coach kicked us off the team for dancing around, yelling ‘en garde’ and ‘touché’ and generally making a joke out of our chosen sport. We spent the rest of our athletic requirement whacking golf balls. “So many memories! “Dick was diagnosed with MS at 28. Year after year, I watched him put that horrible disease in place, but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I finally told him what I needed to tell him from the beginning of his journey: ‘Richard, you’re the bravest person I know.’ I vividly recall his response, his exact words, and it was so very him: ‘Bullshit! What else can I do? I can’t just give up.’ I didn’t disagree with him then, but I will now. ‘Bravery’ is written all over what many of our friends have written about him: Dick was always upbeat and courageous, not allowing MS to distract from his interest in reaching out and being involved. He attended our class functions and had been a Trustee of CMC. —JOHN DEVEREUX Dick came to the alumni weekend that we held here in Sun Valley. He was the shining light of the whole function—full of humor, memories, laughter. There was a brightness that always shone around Dick that was very infectious. It inspired all of us. Simply put, he was the man we knew, who lived bravely with a handicap but rose above all that to show us how to be inspired and happy. God blesses him, and always has. —DON SAMMIS Dick impressed in a quiet and thoughtful way, even when some of his comments were very succinct; a man of few words, but what he had to say was worth hearing. He was a treat to know and I miss him tremendously already! —BURT CORSON Dick and Marilyn had friends wherever they went, and they will both be deeply missed, always remembering how they made our lives a little more fun. They were both great friends to have and the memory of those days will always be bright. With deepest condolences —STUART HO
What a wonderfully brave man. Jerry and I spent many, many days with Dick and Marilyn. Always happy ones. He will be greatly missed. —Sally La Dow God bless you, Dick! You are a very strong person and always attended our class reunions, happy always and positive. May you rest in peace! God bless. —PETER KEADY P’86 GP’21
May God bless Dick Hausman. He was a dependable and honest man who conducted himself that way in a business environment with many temptations. I’ll never forget all my down-to-earth conversations with him, nor will I dismiss his advice in difficult circumstances. He was a true friend, and those seem to be very hard to find these days! All of our best goes out to Dick’s family now and in the future. —BURT CORSON I was saddened by his death after his courageous, longterm struggle with MS. He remained independent and engaged with those around him, and with the issues and people he was interested in. He will be missed by many. With blessings. —DEAN PAINTER Lee and I have enjoyed a number of visits with Dick in recent years, after moving to Newport Beach near him. Always with his loving smile and happy greeting, we will miss our friend Dick. God Bless him and his family. —JOHN DEVEREUX “The last time I saw Dick was over his birthday weekend last June, highlighted by dinner with Lee and JOHN DEVEREUX, Sally La Dow, and my Sally. We all knew how very important it was to be together again; special friends with a long history rooted at Wohlford Hall. We enjoyed an extended cocktail hour, sang ‘Happy Birthday,’ and recalled happy times. “Over the years, Dick and I called each other every few months. Other than especially good or bad news, we seldom talked for more than a few minutes. We stayed in touch and that was enough. This all changed in early January. He started calling me every few days and we talked for only a minute or two, and he almost always ended with ‘I just wanted to hear your voice.’ “He knew. I knew. And we didn’t need to talk about it.” —SCOTT EVANS BURT CORSON reports, “Nothing earthshaking up here
on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound. We have both escaped the perils of COVID, depending on good immune systems entirely. “Phyllis has improved with her Stage 4 COPD. She uses two oxygen machines, depending on what she is doing, and a nebulizer for better bronchial health daily. She was on hospice for a few months last summer, but the doctors took her off that service, noting her improvement. We take it one day at a time, and her wonderful attitude makes the whole situation better than one might expect. I do OK, with a few ‘minor’ annoyances, but I get nowhere near a hospital; those places will kill you if you give them half a chance! “Our traveling days are seemingly over, so we’re both glad we did so many outstanding things much earlier in life and don’t feel compromised by old age or have any remorse over what we might have done. The word ‘remorse’ reminds me of a line in one of Hemingway’s Africa books: ‘Remorse is a great name for a racehorse; but nothing to be carried on your shoulder like a
pet monkey.’ I often think about that phrase when pondering life in general.” Old cheerleader WALT PARRY reports that he has been running four or more miles every day for the past 43 years—though he does substitute an hour swim or two hours of tennis now and then. While coaching boys’ and girls’ cross-country and track at Fallbrook High School, he was encouraged by the administration to set an example for his athletes, so even during his retirement, it is a daily routine and certainly an addiction or an obsession. STUART HO writes, “I notice we seldom talk about parents who graciously invited us into their homes during our CMC years. Maybe I thought it’s because ‘hosted’ is an awkward, evasive way to describe encounters between pajama-clad parents walking into their living rooms only to find an unidentified body splayed out on the couch. Anyway, that’s how I remember my introduction to Mrs. Neuhoff (GARY NEUHOFF’s mother) at 7 a.m. on a bright Balboa Sunday. Mrs. Neuhoff carried off the encounter like the champ she was.
“So, I have a list of parents that, space permitting, I’d love to re-thank, regardless of whether they knew I would darken their doorstep. The list of those I can remember: DONALD PEAK’s folks; LaVerne and Al Ecoff, ROGER HAWTHORNE's mom and step-dad; MICKEY MCINTYRE ’56’s mother; JERRY LA DOW’s folks; DICK OBERHOLZER’s folks; and, of course, the wonderful Delbrueck family. Also, Scott’s dad, who weaned me out of flip-flops; and the Krals for all those Serbian Christmases. I know they have all passed, but my memory of them is still bright and, in keeping with PETE KEADY’s specs, they taught this island boy as much about life as would a Professor Orme Phelps course or one of Pavlovich’s Socratic interrogations. As we say in the islands: no da kine space, no problem, brah!” JACK STARK GP’11 writes, “We have been able to stay busy with 19 members of our family living in Claremont. We actually reside at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, about a foot over the city line in Pomona, but close enough to say Claremont, too. The 19th person in our family is a little girl, named Jiliann, after her two great grannies. Jiliann’s mom is ALY STARK VELASQUEZ ’11, our oldest granddaughter. We are very lucky to be able to go to the Athenaeum and other events on the campus. We are eager to see lots of alumni at the big reunion in May this year.” SCOTT EVANS writes, “No travel, seeing doctors, tending to home and garden, getting rid of stuff, fixing stuff... very much preoccupied with COVID and now Putin. In other words, I have nothing of interest to report to classmates. Nor does anyone else as far as I know.” JOHN DEVEREUX writes, “One of the best things that happened to me was attending CMC and having graduated with the very unique Class of 1957, now celebrating our 65th anniversary! Getting to know such wonderful guys, and having been taken in by many of their families while away from my Hawaii home, were special. Playing football was a highlight. ROTC resulted in becoming an officer in the Army. Later I received an MBA from Claremont Graduate School and enjoyed an active real estate career, while also owning a flower company on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our class
established three scholarships. Lee and I are fortunate to meet these remarkable students at luncheons each year at the Athenaeum. We have had enjoyable class reunions, including at homes of LARRY HAMMETT P’84 in Santa Barbara, RUSTY GROSSE twice in Carlsbad, PETER KEADY in Tahoe, DON SAMMIS in Hailey, Idaho, and at AL SCHEID P’82’s Family Winery in Greenfield, Salinas Valley. Last year, Rusty, Peter, and I, with support from many others, had a well-deserved bronze statue made of JIL STARK ’58 GP’11, the amazing wife of our classmate JACK STARK, whom she assisted during his successful 29 years as CMC president. It is now placed in the garden next to the Athenaeum, which Jil was instrumental in developing and becoming its future director. Most important in my life is my loving wife, Lee, and my supportive family. I have been truly blessed with a wonderful life! Aloha, John.” LOU and Maggie KNAFLA write, “We began our travels after two years at home by spending January in Oceanside, where we enjoyed the beach and the surroundings, and had an enjoyable dinner with the Starks and Marshalls. We spent several days at Bodega Bay with the Evanses, which was a first for us. This month we are at Victoria, British Columbia, enjoying another seaside town with Lou, who’s doing research on a study of the legal culture of B.C.’s interior during its ‘wild west’ of the 1860s to 1914. Lou published an essay on the Court of Star Chamber last autumn, and his volume seven of Kent at Law on the ‘Court of Exchequer, Equity Proceedings,’ was published last month. He is currently working to complete the next volume on the Court of Admiralty. With best wishes to all, Lou.” PETER KEADY and WALT PERRY would like to end with a thank you to the previous Class of 1957 liaison: “BERNIE MARSHALL, you were and still are a standout amongst our class. With all the difficulties that we endured with electrons, you put up with them. You knew how to compose and sprinkle the words around the infield and made it come out perfect. A big thank you from all of us!” PETER KEADY ’57 P’86 GP’21
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firstname.lastname@example.org JOHN POER P’90 reports that his (and Barbara’s) son, TONY POER ’90, will be pouring his award-winning Meyer Family Cellar wines at Alumni Weekend, May 2629, in Claremont. Also, of note, Tony’s wife, Rachael, has recently been named president/CEO, as well as chief philanthropy officer, of the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. Both are longtime residents in Napa and are very involved in local affairs in the wine country.
JOHN BAKER writes, “While COVID forced us to change many travel plans, Dorothy and I did manage a barge trip in Alsace. We are going ahead with a Black Sea trip that may be more adventurous than we thought. We became great-grandparents for the first time recently, a fact that is traceable to grandchildren getting married in their 30s. Our health is pretty good considering the normal wear and tear of 85 years.” CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE
Dear Friends, This 75th Anniversary celebration year has been remarkable. More than 5,500 alumni and parents have participated in original programming, including special virtual talks, an acclaimed Athenaeum speaker series, chapter programs, eight archival exhibitions, Family Weekend, and soon to be our largest Alumni and 5-Year Reunion Weekends in history. Many of you have submitted stories and photos, sharing your CMC memories with others, and attended events where you reminisced about our shared histories. I hope you have enjoyed this anniversary year and continue connecting, celebrating, and learning. We are excited to announce that, in further celebration of the 75th Anniversary, CMC will be participating in the 2023 Tournament of Roses Parade with a 75th-themed float, scheduled for Monday, January 2, 2023. The parade theme is “Turning the Corner.” There will be many opportunities for activities and events in support of building the float and enjoying this storied Southern California tradition. Look for more information in the coming months about how you can get involved with our Rose Parade celebration! As we cross this threshold of celebrating 75 years, we look forward to what the next 75 years will offer. This edition of CMC Magazine profiles integrated sciences, which represents part of CMC’s embrace of the future. The generous donations from Robert Day ’65 P’12, Henry R. Kravis ’67, George R. Roberts ’66 P’93 and many other individuals have anchored the historic capital campaign of the College. The modernization and expansion of our classrooms, labs, and centers of learning will provide our students and faculty with worldclass facilities where they can continue to prepare for the careers and leadership roles of the future. Over the past 18 months, the College acquired substantial real estate to the east of campus, which has doubled the acreage of the College. The potential to reimagine the campus over the coming years will attract top students and faculty and serve the learning needs of our future leaders. And if you enjoyed this anniversary, mark your calendar now: in July 2026 CMC will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College’s transition to coeducation! Thank you for your continued support of CMC. With deep appreciation, Susan Matteson King ’85 P’18 CMC Trustee Chair, 75th Anniversary Committee
SHERMAN MCCLELLAN writes, “In April 2022, my son, Tom McClellan, and I will begin our 28th year of publishing The McClellan Market Report. It features unique indicators for timing the stock market, bond market, and gold as well as other assets of current interest. Subscribers have a choice of our eight-page report published twice a month or our Daily Edition published each market day. A free Chart in Focus article is published weekly and can be signed up for on our website: www.mcoscillator.com. I continue to be a member of the CMT Association (Chartered Market Technicians Association) and the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts (AAPTA).
“It continues to amaze me that people who have no qualms about teaching their brain to deal effectively with danger refuse to teach their immune system to recognize and deal with the danger of COVID-19. Teaching our immune system with an injection is easy. Teaching our brains, as CMC continues to prove, is much more complex.” JIL STARK ’58 GP’11 writes, “In 2021, Jack and I were able to spend six months at our 1924 cabin right on Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop of lakes. We even received our boosters up there, with no line at all! In 2022, we will be there for a little over four months, as our youngest daughter, Jennifer Stark, is running for her second term on Claremont’s City Council and we want to be south in October to support her campaign. The biggest news for us is that our oldest granddaughter, ALY STARK VELASQUEZ ’11, made us first time greatgrandparents.” DAVID REYNOLDS reports, “It doesn’t seem all that long ago that I was at CMC as a member of the Class of 1958. I still keep in touch with my good friends, BOB MCCRARY P’92 and RON HIGGINS, until he passed away last summer. I’m still married to my high school girlfriend, Marlene, who unfortunately has dementia and her short-term memory is gone. I am now her primary caregiver and we have a wonderful lady who helps me five days a week. I am fortunate to be in good health; we live in our family house in La Jolla that was built in 1907. I still try to play golf once a week and average about a 12 handicap at my local course. I’m involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and have been sober for almost 39 years. We are members of our local Presbyterian Church and attend online services. I still look forward to our class reunions and would be interested in how some of my classmates are doing.”
along with tilting at some windmills in the form of blue whales, as well as Canary Island palm trees. “Blue whales are the largest animal on earth, and up to 80 per year are killed in the Santa Barbara Channel via ship strikes. My effort is to raise public consciousness concerning the issue so that the powers that be will favorably consider closing or modifying the International Shipping Channel from inside to outside the S.B. Channel. A very complex issue, and one that I would be happy to provide additional information to anyone interested in this issue. “The Canary Island palm trees issue is more local because it involves a public road that has been designated a ‘Scenic Drive’ as it winds its way through Hope Ranch, where I reside. Our main thoroughfare is Las Palmas Drive—named for the iconic Canary Island palms which initially lined both sides. A fungus called Fusarian wilt has been transmitted to many Canary Island palms, and our board of directors has chosen the Phoenix date palm as a safe ‘look-a-like’ palm as a replacement tree! Again, this is a very complex issue, entailing a ton of research. Suffice it to say that the chosen replacement tree is sparse and more open, as compared to the original Canary Island palms.” BOB MCCRARY P’92 comments, “Thanks to all the Class of 1958 members who submitted class notes to me for the upcoming CMC Magazine. And for those who didn’t, I would hope you enjoy reading about your classmates. If you want to be included next time, please draft a short note for me, you know the drill. For the next issue, I would like to make our notes a full page in the Magazine.
“Regarding your CMC scribe, the McCrary household is just fine and survived a brush with the COVID-19 outbreak. Carol and I still live in our same house for 50 years. I am still a member of Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, now for over 55 years. In a rut, you say, I guess maybe so. Yes, I still play golf on a regular basis, mostly on Sunday afternoons with Carol, who has gotten very good, and we now can enjoy the game together. “Carol and I spend about one week a month at our small home in Solana Beach, where we have developed friends, many of whom are CMC or Scripps grads living in San Diego. Our dog, Maggie, also loves the beach and chasing her ball in the surf at the Del Mar Dog Beach.
MALCOLM CARTER writes, “Arline and I are enjoying our cottage home here at Eskaton Village, Carmichael, immediately east of Sacramento. There are some 450 folks in our community, which is large enough to operate our own TV channel and provide interesting activities for active, independent seniors. We are getting used to having great-grandchildren, in addition to one daughter and two grandchildren, nearby. To keep me out of mischief, I have been working on my historic auto. It is a Stanley Steamer, which will celebrate its 100th birthday next year. I have only owned it for 53 years and have found it to be an excellent example of steam engineering.”
“We have seven grandchildren, all but one is in college or graduated and out in the business or education world. We recently returned from the East Coast, where we attended the Ivy League Swimming Championships held at Princeton University. Our grandson, Mark, a junior at Penn (son of DOUG MCCRARY ’92), is following his dad’s footsteps in swimming. He is a backstroker and excelled in all his events. Some say he is Olympicquality material. We will see when the time comes to qualify. The one grandchild still in school is 11 years old and just earned his Junior Life Guard Certificate so he, too, is a swimmer.”
FRED HAYWARD P’82 writes, “My extracurricular
activities include ‘smushing’ acrylic paint on canvas;
BOB MCCRARY ’58 P’92
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TOM THURESSON P’92 P’97 GP’24, JOHN TONE, and ANDY SARKANY are in the
process of completing an anthology for the Class of 1961.
“Dear Classmates: As we write, we are in the process of completing our first draft of our class ‘anthology.’ At this time, we have contacted 29 of our classmates and received bios from 26. As part of our anthology, we have generated bios of nine of our classmates whom we have lost over the years. They are: JOHN BAINES P’89, SUMNER BENSON, EARLE ‘BUD’ BEVINS, FRED CARROLL, ROBERT DIAMOND, NICK FRAZEE P’92, GEORGE KIDD, RICHARD PAUL, BILL ROBINSON, and MIKE SHORE. We have phone numbers for the following and are waiting for calls back: JOEL HOLLIDAY, LEE QUAINTANCE, ROBERT SEMANS, DAVE SMITH, and EVAN WHITE. The following we have not been able to locate: STEVE HUNTER, GEORGE KROON, JOHN MILLS, and DAN NEALE. We are waiting for bios on the following: HARRY FAY, TED MUEGENBURG, GILL POWERS, and ROBERT ‘ROB’ STANBERRY. We understand what our professors must have felt like waiting for us to complete our assignments. We are offering to take down the bios on the phone if it is easier than having to type them up and e-mail. “The following are those who, at present, are included in our anthology: PETER ADAMS GP’21, GEORGE ARCHER, JOHN BAINES P’89, EARLE BEVINS, SUMNER BENSON, ARTHUR BIRTCHER, MICHAEL BLANDING P’94, HUGH BLUE P’86, ROBERT ‘BOB’ BULLA, DARYL BUTCHER, FRED CARROLL, JIM CRAFT, ROBERT DIAMOND, DON DOTY, PETER DREWLINER, VERNON EPPLEY, ANTHONY ‘TONY’ ESPINOSA, NORMAN FARQUHAR, NICK FRAZEE P’92, STANLEY HINMAN, WILLIAM JETTER, GEORGE KIDD, JOHN ‘JACK’ MICUDA, BANGGAS ‘BEN’ PANGGABEAN, RICHARD PAUL, FRANK PELLKOFER, JOHN RICE, WILLIAM ROBINSON, ANDY SARKANY, WILLIAM SELMAN, MIKE SHORE, WILLIAM ‘BILL’ SLATER, DAVE SMITH, JOHN STILES P’91, WALTER THOMPSON, TOM THURESSON P’92 P’97 GP’24, and JOHN TONE. It makes for very rich and rewarding reading. We recommend this process for all graduating classes. “One final assignment: for all who can make it, please try to come to our class reunion on May 26 to 29, 2022. Most likely, this will be our last opportunity to get together. We will also be joined by the Classes of 1960 and 1962, along with many other classes that followed in our footsteps.” TOM THURESSON ’61 P’92 P’97 GP’24
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MARSHALL SALE writes, “Our 60th year reunion in late May is really going to be a longevity award date. Hopefully you have received information about registration; if not, please visit www.cmc.edu/ alumniweekend.
“This next reunion will present the ‘new’ focus on science and a new building that infuses science and computation into our mission on campus. Genomics, systems biology, predictive biological systems, cognitive and neuroscience, artificial intelligence, machine learning, climate analysis, and yes, quantitative modeling. CMC is adapting to the future. I can hardly wait for the research to spring forth into our alumni news. “I hope we can get DANIEL KELLY ’82, a cutting-edge neurosurgeon, to speak about the use of psychedelicassisted mood and memory therapy. He could discuss this treatment disorder strategy with our own TAIN BODKIN from Baja California, Mexico, who is well versed in the medical breakthroughs from below the border. DOUG STEWART has not responded, but who knows, our class has so many talented people caught up in the late ’50s and ’60s with creative experiences. ALLAN ‘DOC’ LEONARD from Kauai, DUKE WYATT, DONALD VEACH, all free spirits, hopefully they can add insights to this ‘rebirth’ in medical research.” ALVIN W. RAY JR P’87. passed away on Nov. 14, 2021. Born Jan. 1, 1940, to Al Ray Sr. and Louise Taft Ray in Glendale, he grew up in Fallbrook on his father’s avocado ranch. He and Susan Welch Ray, Scripps ’63, married in June 1962 following his graduation. He had developed a passion for architecture and went on to earn an architectural degree from the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the prestigious Architectural Guild Senior Prize.
During the Vietnam War, Al served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and then established his architecture and planning practice in San Diego. Some of his notable projects were the Pala Mesa development in Fallbrook, the Bankers Hill Offices in Hillcrest, and the McClintock Plaza Building next to the Santa Fe Depot, as well as custom homes in San Diego and the shores of Lake Tahoe. He was active as a youth soccer coach and served many years on the San Diego Uptown Planning Board. Through the nearly 82 years of his life, he loved his family, hiking, fishing, and good movies. He always had a favorite dog, and especially enjoyed reading about Winston Churchill and the Second World War. His intelligence, enthusiasm, and ready smile will be missed always. Al is survived by his wife, their three children—JENNIFER (RAY) STAHL ’87, Jonathan Ray, Josh Ray—and four grandchildren. MARSHALL SALE ’62
LARRY FORD: “Life in Sarasota, Fla., is starting to return to normal with one big change. Our little city has now become one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Construction is everywhere, traffic
is out of control, prices of real estate are amazing, and there is no inventory; but the weather is grand and fishing is good. I just came back from a two-day trip to the Everglades, and have another local trip later in March. I head to my small town in Colorado in May for the summer, and have a reunion with our fishing group in July and another outing in September. So, all in all, I’m doing well. I’m hopeful that our world stays together in the months ahead. Lots of possible ups and downs.” BOB GREENE: “Things are getting back to normal. This
weekend, friends and I will be attending the Indian Wells tennis tourney. We’ve attended this event every year (except for last year) for the past 12-plus years, so we’re happy to enjoy that event again. Also, our annual guys’ fishing trip is planned for early May. This year, we’re planning to fish the McKenzie River and hike the McKenzie River Trail in Oregon. We had to skip it last year. I hope this will last. Aside from that, local life continues to be quite normal. My software business keeps me busy, and tennis and pickleball keep me active and connected. International life, on the other hand, is insane. My wife and I would like to travel again. She wants to do a river cruise down the Nile, but I don’t know when that will be a safe thing to do.”
JIM MASON: “Not much has changed here in the Sierra Nevada foothills. I retired a year ago and must say that it is relaxing and enjoyable. I went on a cruise to Mexico in January and will be going on one to Alaska in July. The Alaska cruise has been on my bucket list for years. I’m staying busy with my volunteer work with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, the Mariposa Arts Council, and Henry W. Coe State Park. I’m healthy and happy. What more could an old guy ask for?” BOB BOIES: “Barbara and I just returned from three weeks in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. This safari trip had been postponed three times during COVID. We had a fantastic time and saw every animal in our East Africa guidebook. I also spent quality time with my CMC roommate, ORLEY ASHENFELTER ’64, and his classmates DOUG NOBLE ’64 and BOB WALKER ’64. Orley has reduced his teaching load at Princeton and is enjoying managing his vineyards in New Jersey and Eagle Rock. Doug is still continuing his traveling as he has added to his bucket list of more than 100 countries. Bob is still serving as president of Walker Foods and adding to his collections of military miniatures and memorabilia, which is one of the world’s largest. We are happy the Res Publica lectures are resuming and hope to see other members of the Class of ’63 at these functions.”
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am establishing a telehealth private practice. My next big trip is to Stuttgart, Germany, where my son Chris is now a full Air Force colonel in the Russia Strategic Initiative. It’s been fun chasing him around the globe! I enjoy following the paths of BOB BOIES and ORLEY ASHENFELTER ’64, the most interesting pair I met at CMC! I visited Bob once at Newport Harbor High School. It must have been on a consulting trip.” BARRY ZALMA: “I had absolutely nothing to do with
science at CMC. I have let my license to practice law go inactive and spend my time now as an insuranceclaims-handling expert witness and write books on insurance, insurance claims, and insurance fraud, the latest of which are the second edition of an insurance fraud book and the second edition of eight volumes on construction defects and insurance. I go for long walks along Ballona Creek in Culver City to the Marina—four to five miles a day to keep the cardiologist away.” LARRY FORD ’63
firstname.lastname@example.org Note from your Class Liaisons: Thanks to those who answered the call and responded. It turns out that these notes indicate that we have a class of businessmen, lawyers, accountants, teachers, authors, professors, a judge, and a musician. Not bad for a small class of 120 or so. Almost all of us have expressed gratitude for the education that we received at CMC— some favoring the humanities courses then required for the first two years, some favoring the accounting/ economics courses and professors. And many mention the friendships that were formed at CMC and, happily, continue to this day.
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WAYNE OTT: “I had a good experience with science
while at CMC. I was enrolled in the managementengineering program with CMC and Stanford, and I graduated with both a business degree from CMC and a science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford. After that, I received a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Stanford and spent 30 years working as a research scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, I am an adjunct professor at Stanford University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and I am doing research measuring human exposure to marijuana. I have published more than 150 scientific papers, many of which are relevant to protecting public health.” DAVID FORREST: “I still enjoy my aerie high on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the Olympic Peninsula. I moved here just before the COVID crisis, so I know few people. A brother, his wife, his son, and family are my 'infrastructure.' Life is calm. I volunteer counseling (as a psychologist) to low-income folks and to bereaved survivors of hospice patients. I also
– Bill Dawson, Larry Berger, Doug Noble, Steve Hallgrimson DAVID “DAVE” MOFFETT P’93 P’94 GP’24 writes, “The courses I wish I had taken would be ones in political science (guess they call the major “government” today). Being a double math and accounting major was more in my comfort zone, but today, besides my business interests, much of my time is reading and talking politics. Going to grad school at Cal-Berkeley started my journey to convert from an R growing up to a D, with a time between as an independent. No, probably the same major. Being comfortable with numbers has helped me in all my business and nonprofit endeavors.”
From STEPHEN GRAVES, “I wasn’t really looking at CMC as a possible college after high school in Claremont. But when Bill Arce approached me through Claremont football, Coach Jesse Cone made an offer I couldn’t refuse. That was the good news. The bad news was that I didn’t have the sense to attempt to conduct two social lives: one at CMC and one in good ol’ Claremont. The fact that I lived at home didn’t help. At the end of our freshman year, Dean Briggs had a heart-to-heart with me and suggested I take a year or two off. I spent the winter of ‘61 in Alta, Utah. Skiing was great, but it was time to get a diploma, so I returned to school, graduating from Cal Poly. I don’t recall many of those I met at Cal Poly. But I’d remember so many of the great guys I had the honor of meeting at CMC.”
DOUGLAS “DOUG” NOBLE writes, “I probably would have taken more history courses at Pomona. Also, I think our senior year there was a Professor Israel at CMC who taught a year-long course in Japanese history, the only history courses at CMC besides Professor Rogers’ four courses on European and Russian intellectual history. I took those four and would have taken Israel’s courses, too.
“I started as an econ theory major but switched my last year to political science, both of which I liked. But if I were to do it again (and knowing that the particular undergrad major didn’t matter for law school, only grades and LSAT), I probably would have at least considered a history major.” From SCOTT VAN LINGE, “During the last semester of my junior year at CMC, I had two surgeries for what turned out to be cancer of the salivary gland. I transferred to Stanford in the management-engineering program. “When I transferred to Stanford, I recall pondering what important lessons I learned at CMC. From economics and a Western Civilization class looking at which systems of government were best for the people governed, it occurred to me that capitalism was great for business interests, but it has no conscience. As Milton Friedman said: “The only corporate responsibility a company has is to maximize its profits.” Little did I imagine that within 60 years, capitalism would be on the verge of making this planet uninhabitable for humans and most animals. “I pursued careers in social work and then medicine, but the cancer’s return led to three more major surgeries, affecting my academic yearnings, everything. It also led to a discharge from the Marine Corps officer training program. “After the tumor’s third regrowth, I was facing radical, disfiguring surgery. I was fortunate to learn selfhypnosis/visualization techniques from a professor at UC Davis (where I attended medical school) and was able to contain and reduce the tumor in 1972. So far, so good! Other than a radical prostatectomy in 2005 for prostate cancer and surgery for a pacemaker, I’ve been in good health since. “What turned out to be the most important, lifeinfluencing event during my time at Stanford occurred a couple of weeks after graduation in ’65, when I found myself sitting in the back office of a Palo Alto music store taking the first guitar lesson I paid for from an as-yet-unknown musician, Jerry Garcia. Only $3 for a half hour. Jerry steered me to a guitar store in Berkeley, where the owner reshaped braces inside an acoustic guitar to bring out more sound. Ultimately, I started a business doing this and have re-voiced more than 200 guitars. In doing this, I devised a theory based on simple physics as to where each note is created in a guitar, enabling me to reshape braces that are limiting sound. I have also built 24 guitars and enjoy playing three of them at gigs I still get locally in Silver City, N.M. “Three failed marriages yielded no offspring. “In over 50 years of playing gigs professionally, I’ve traveled to Amsterdam four times, living there over two years total while working gigs in various venues in Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Spain. I spent an interesting three months in Morocco. But most of my gigs were in Davis, Sacramento, Palo Alto, and Nevada City.” CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE
JOHN “JACK” RITCHEY writes, “In July 2019, my law partner, Nick Wyckoff POM ’66, and I retired after 50 years of practicing law in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Area. Considering the unseen oncoming COVID-19 and its related problems, our timing was perfect. We had a general practice with an emphasis in land use planning, environmental, business, real estate, estate planning, and transactional law. The attorneys in our office dedicated 10 to 25 percent of their time to local pro bono community, environmental, and other nonprofit work. I have been active with the local Chamber of Commerce, United Way (two terms as president), Rotary, Monterey Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America (legal counsel and two years as council president), Santa Cruz Waldorf School, Congregational Church, Habitat for Humanity, and other local nonprofits.
“My wife, Barbara (Mills College, 1966), and I will celebrate 54 years of marriage in October. We have enjoyed a lifetime of travel, outdoor adventures, and activities together including many backpacking and fishing trips and climbing the Matterhorn in Switzerland one summer. We have six children, three girls and three boys, in that order, and eight grandchildren who all reside in this area. “I feel I have been truly blessed in life, and I am enjoying my retirement spending time with my family, working on my boat and classic cars, ocean fishing and crabbing, hunting, working at our ranch in the Salinas Valley, vacationing in March and April on Maui, and working at Bottle Jack Winery, our family winery here in Santa Cruz. “I credit my CMC education with a lot of my success in life and giving me the confidence to pursue my ambitions. I look back at the classes I took from our college professors such as Stuart Briggs, Harold McClelland, and Winston Fisk and really appreciate the great education and individual attention I received at Claremont. I only wish I had taken more accounting from Professor Briggs, but I was fortunate enough to also be able to spend an additional year at Claremont Graduate School through a fellowship from the John C. Lincoln School of Public Finance and received a master’s degree in public administration and public finance before going on to law school at Santa Clara. I am looking forward to our 60-year reunion in 2024.” From RALPH NICHOLS, “In 2005, after much research, my wife Karen and I had a home built in Florence, Ore. Florence is a relatively small town situated geographically in the middle of the Oregon coast. It can best be described as where a river, a series of lakes, and the forest converge on the Pacific Ocean—in other words, it’s beautiful. It has all of the necessities and amenities to make it very livable. “Within a couple of years of our arrival, fellow CMC alumni KENNETH ‘KEN’ HENDERSON, ERNEST ‘ERNIE’ DOUD ’63, and STANLEY ‘STAN’ HAHN ’63, along with their wives, migrated north from California and made their homes here. This set the all-time record for the total number of CMC alumni to invade a coastal Oregon town! “Planning for all contingencies, we built the house with an indoor swimming pool (great exercise!) as well as a
room large enough for me to construct something I’d wanted for years. It took several years and a lot of work, but I was able to build a large model train layout. It’s not as fantastic as the one in Hamburg, Germany, but I did it entirely myself and it usually elicits approving comments from those that view it.
community, including a new public school focused on design education that I helped found a decade ago, and to enjoy summers in Chautauqua, N.Y., where my wife grew up, and to ski in Vail. We very much hope to be at our 60th in a couple of years and catch up with classmates.”
“I continue to be involved with the Turlock Temperance Society (TTS), an organization that could be the topic of another entire letter. It is a thirsty, nonprofit, non-philanthropic organization devoted entirely to the amusement and entertainment of CMC alumni and their selectively invited guests. Our motto is ‘Common Sense Is No Substitute for Tradition.’ Starting in 1971, the group has met continuously every year (sometimes twice a year) either as stag affairs or with spouses. Membership in the group includes RUSSEL ‘RUSS’ AHRENS ’63, ROBERT ‘BOB’ CAMPBELL ’65, ERNEST ‘ERNIE’ DOUD ’63, DAVID ‘DAVE’ BURTON P’99, KENNETH ‘KEN’ HENDERSON, STANLEY ‘STAN’ HAHN ’63, JOHN TAYLOR, EDWARD ‘ED’ NATTRASS ’63, L. MARTIN ‘MARTY’ BRANTLEY ’65, PHILIP ‘PHIL’ MANN, MICHAEL ‘MIKE’ MCCARTHY ’63, JEFFREY HAHN ’70, as well as myself. The primary goal of each of our gatherings is to discuss in detail what we did the previous year (if we can remember!).
RICHARD C. SMITH writes, “Almost 62 years ago, I arrived at CMC with the very narrow conviction that I wanted to become a lawyer. I followed my interests and majored in literature, avoiding accounting classes and anything remotely connected to math or the sciences. Ironically, my focus on literature, combined with CMC’s structured four-year required humanities curriculum, resulted in my acquiring excellent critical, analytical, and writing skills that proved to be valuable and useful tools to a future law student and lawyer. As well as this turned out, I should have been more open to the classes I avoided, particularly accounting, which might have avoided some future on-the-job angst.
“All in all, I suppose I have the same number of physical infirmities and health constraints as my classmates. I consider it another victory if I read the obituaries and discover I am not part of the subject matter. The CMC contingent always welcomes visitors to town, so if you are heading our way give us a call.” FRED LAZARUS writes, “Earlier this year, when I celebrated my 80th birthday, I had a chance to reflect on how fortunate I have been and how few regrets I have. I have had a great career building the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) into one of the best art colleges in the country, a terrific wife for more than 50 years, and many opportunities locally and nationally to make a difference through organizations I helped establish or chaired. Going to CMC was a total fluke. I had never been to California and knew almost nothing of the college. However, it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life and provided me with experiences and an education that have influenced so much of what has been meaningful ever since. The liberal arts core courses in the first two years have shaped my core values. The courses I took in political science and economics have been fundamental in my career and my activities in the community. The courses I took at Pomona and Scripps in art history opened my eyes to the arts and influenced love of the 35-plus years I spent as president of MICA. The extracurricular activities gave me leadership opportunities as well as the chance to learn from, and work with, the CMC staff.
“I do regret that having spent my life on the East Coast has kept me from being in contact with so many of my classmates and the College. COVID over the past two years has curtailed some of the activities my wife and I love doing and had planned to spend so much time on in retirement. Hopefully, life will soon return to normalcy, and we can begin to travel more, visit friends and family, and explore places that have been on our bucket list for years. Fortunately, with these times, I have still been able to work with organizations in the
“After CMC, I attended Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Upon graduation, I joined a medium-size Los Angeles law firm, Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi, where I worked on corporate acquisitions and real estate finance transactions, which, after a major financial downturn, evolved into a practice focused on real estate owned by lenders. In the late ’70s, I developed an interest in condominium and planned development projects and represented developers doing these projects and lenders financing them. After a six-month health hiatus in 1981 dealing with cancer, I returned to my law practice and took the opportunity to plan and be the principal author of a C.E.B. book titled California Condominium and Planned Development Practice (an updated version of which is still in print). “In 1987, I joined with the firm of Quinn, Kully, and Morrow and in 1996 we merged with Arnold & Porter, a large international firm based in Washington, D.C. I remained a partner there until my retirement in 2006. “Also in 1987, I taught graduate-level real estate law courses at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development, for candidates for master’s degrees in real estate development and planning, which continued until approximately 2002. “While in law school, I married and, in 1971, I became the father of twin boys, who, I am incredulous to say, turned 50 last year. They in turn produced my four grandchildren. In 1991, my wife and I divorced, and in 1992 I married my current wife, Patricia Frobes, also a lawyer. In 2009, we moved from Southern California to Portland, Ore., where we currently reside. I am enjoying retirement, having spent substantial time traveling, visiting family, fly fishing, constructing a large model railroad, and growing Cattleya orchids in a backyard greenhouse.” STEVEN “STEVE” HOOVER writes, “From CMC, I started at Hughes Aircraft Company in contracts in 1966. Went to Southwestern Law School nights from 1968 to 1972 and joined the legal department in 1979, handled all real property and insurance, finance, and related to real property through 1990. Handled expansion of nine new plants (three in California, two in Mexico, one each in South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi) as well as all leases worldwide in 45 countries. Financed
four major properties on Wall Street. Left Hughes in 1990, worked in Century City at a real estate law firm. Handled 36 cases after the earthquake in 1994. Was counsel for Cal State Northridge from 1998 to 2002. Set up MiniMed on CSUN campus under a 99-year lease. Had will and trust practice from 2002 to 2009. Served Habitat for Humanity as counsel for 20 years. Presently helping with a food bank, which continued throughout the virus problems, serving 100 families per week. Toughest class at CMC was Phelps’ econ class— whole grade rested on a one-page paper due in lieu of finals.” From LOUIS “LOU” LAGRAVE, “As for classes I wish I’d taken, I can only think of one, and that’s an accounting class. After a 35-year career with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, during which time I lived in seven different western states and 13 different cities, I retired to Cave Creek, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb. I quickly learned that retirement at 59 wasn’t for me, so I coached baseball at a middle school for a few years and then entered the advertising industry. I was full-time for a few years, and then part-time until the pandemic, at which time I decided that not working at all was now fun. “My wife, Cheryl, and I have enjoyed traveling to five continents, with our last road trip through the Alps in 2019. We really love Italy and Europe in general, but a safari through Tanzania stands out as my best travel memory. We welcomed our first great-grandson two years ago, but the ebb and flow of the pandemic has limited our travels, aside from a fly-fishing excursion last fall with my sons and another on my own after my 60th (61st) high school reunion in New Mexico.” ORLEY ASHENFELTER writes, “For better or worse I’m
quite happy with my major and course selection from ancient days. Others may have something more useful along these lines. “Here is a brief comment on a lunch here not long ago: ROBERT ‘BOB’ BOIES ’63 (we found out the famed lawyer David Boies is his cousin), DOUG NOBLE, ROBERT ‘BOB’ WALKER, and I gathered for lunch on a sunny day in my backyard in Eagle Rock in January. Reminiscing about debate tournaments, including some great stories about the departed RUSS IUNGERICH ’63 P’96, which took up an entire afternoon!” BENNET “BEN” LIENTZ remembers, “The greatest inspiration at CMC for me was Professor Janet Myhre. She got me into pursuing math and statistics. After leaving CMC, I went to her alma mater, the University of Washington, in Seattle. I received my master’s degree in mathematical statistics in 1966 and my Ph.D. in mathematics in 1968. While there, I changed my first name to Bennet. I then worked at System Development Corporation in Santa Monica, where I advanced to being a department head. There I managed several IT projects. I taught at USC in engineering from 1971 to 1974 as an assistant professor and then associate professor. In 1974, I joined UCLA Graduate School of Management and taught classes in IT and project management. I was director of administrative computing from 1979 to 1981. I retired from UCLA after 37 years of teaching. Over time, I developed my long-time interest in project management. I published articles in project management, fuzzy sets, statistics,
and operations research. I also acquired an interest in writing books. To date I have published more than 23 books. Through seminars and consulting, I pursued a long-time goal of travel. Before COVID, I had traveled to more than 120 countries and even wrote a travel book. Looking back, I think I made the right choices.” JEFREY “JEF” MATTHEWS writes, “When I do have a minute or so to myself and can’t do ‘work for the cause,’ I think of fun times at CMC, and you, DAVID PETERSEN, FRED LAZARUS (who is about the only one I stay in good touch with), BO DAY ’65, BRUCE ARMSTRONG, BILL HENRY ’65, and many others. And I think of things like: (1) That student bank David and I ran out of the safe I had in my dorm room closet and that Ferrari I had to repossess from JAMES ‘JIM’ NEECE when his trust officer (T. J. Scott, I think his name was) in Dallas wouldn’t pay off Jim’s loan with our bank; (2) My financing of that early October Junior Class concert on campus with Ella Fitzgerald after the prior year’s Student Council (of which I was secretary, thanks to LEOPOLD ‘RICK’ SCHMIDT ’63) had turned FRED LAZARUS down on financing it, etc.; and (3) That off-campus party house several of us shared (none of us lived there) in our junior year, about three miles east of campus in a very rural setting, with its very large Japanese-garden-like tranquil setting, and all the fun times we had there. Of course, Dean MacLeod let me skip a year for my senior year, so I could buy and get organized for my former college preparatory boarding school for boys in Tucson that I had graduated from in 1960; I ran it for eight or so years then. (Bo Day gave the Commencement address to our graduates when his youngest brother graduated from there in 1972!)
“Since selling out of the ‘new car business,’ I’ve been ‘doing real estate,’ mostly in Arizona and Mexico. Currently, I’ve got a GREAT LISTING in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico (where I have a second home); check out www.jefmatthews.com! “Warmest regards and hope you and yours are well and happy.” LAURENCE “LARRY” BERGER remembers, “Our freshman year offered a choice: a review of high school mathematics or calculus, both led by Professor Ferling. I chose the former, which I greatly regretted in business school and in my professional career. A strong foundation in calculus is required for investment management models and business economics.”
From JOHN “BILL” DAWSON, “The courses that had the most profound and lasting effect on me were the Western Civilization courses that dominated our first two years at CMC. These courses were standard in most colleges at that time but had disappeared by the time my own two children entered college, replaced by courses of one’s own choice. Their absence is a great academic mistake, it seems to me, as it provided us with an understanding of the ideas that have shaped us and our values based on those ideas. A college or university degree without some understanding of Plato, Dante, Erasmus, Locke, and Hume, it seems to me, is probably not worth having. However, my own belief is now in the minority. A course I should have taken, but did not, was accounting, which would have saved me the pain of the law school version I took later,
and for which I felt uniquely unprepared. Ironically, CMC had several excellent courses and professors for this subject, which I avoided to my later regret.” GILBERT “GIL” FERREY P’03 P’03 writes, “Wish I could have taken more courses on international relations with Dr. Rood. Business econ has fit me very well.” REX HEESEMAN P’95 reports, “After 45-plus years living in the Pasadena area, I am enjoying our recent move to a “nice beach town” (San Clemente), while still conducting via Zoom arbitrations and mediations.
“In December, because of COVID, our cruise went from five to 10 ‘sea days’ while sailing from Miami to California. Besides the nice weather, I can report that traveling through the Panama Canal was quite interesting.” ROBERT “BOB” WALKER offers, “The thrill of humanities was in the books. What a reading list that awaited our curiosity. I was so excited with my purchases…I couldn’t wait to ‘dig in.’ I still have them all. Dad died almost exactly 23 years ago. It was about 1:30 a.m. Saturday; two days later on Monday morning I took charge at Walker Foods. It’s been quite an adventure since. The people I’m so very fortunate to work with enrich my life in countless ways. They hold me up! Happy hunting and all the best.” JOHN TAYLOR writes, “Things have been pretty slow with the COVID situation. And I also am dealing with a physical problem that has slowed me down, especially in the boating I have enjoyed for many, many years. May have to sell my boat if I can’t keep up with it. (And hitting the big ‘Eight Zero’ hasn’t helped.) My significant other, Mary, and I hope to get back to some travel this year. I do keep up with several of our classmates, and we have been getting together annually for over 50 years.
“What class would I take over again? Corp Fin—only this time I would read the whole book.... “Best to all and see you at the reunion in 2024!” From THOMAS “TOM” SALTZMAN P’86, “After some reflection, there’s not much to say. Got every course I wanted and my major (accounting/econ) was exactly what I wanted and still use to this day. The most valuable courses, however, were ROTC. The few CPA recruiters our senior year wouldn’t even say hello. When I got home from the Republic of Vietnam, I had stunningly good offers from all the Big-8 firms within three days of mailing my resume. The managing partners of every office I had approached had been military officers in WWII.” MARSHALL JARVIS P’08 writes in, “If I had the opportunity to change my curriculum, I would have done the 3-2 engineering program with Stanford. In hindsight, I should have chosen a more rigorous path.
“I think that the humanities program at Claremont was excellent. It encouraged us to think analytically. With courses in history, philosophy, government, etc., we gained a broader view of the world around us. And, in my opinion, understanding these subjects helped us to assume positions of leadership. “The engineering courses would have provided me more tools to handle and manage the engineering side of my business. Because we design and manufacture complicated components on sophisticated CNC equipment, I am constantly dealing with engineering questions.”
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STEPHEN “STEVE” MCCLINTOCK reflects, “As I look back at the courses available at CMC, I (fortunately) focused on economics and international relations. Dr. Rood, an inspiring professor, provided me with an understanding of the relationship between economics and international relations and was also my thesis advisor.
Nice, and Solana Beach. Joe also loved his dogs and is survived by his husky, Kai. Above all, Joe loved his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. In his retired years, he spent endless hours playing with his youngest grandchild, and debating the meaning of life with the oldest of them.
“In November 1964, I started the Artillery Officers’ Basic Course at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. There was a critical shortage of aerial forward observers in Korea and we were shipped to artillery batteries, and battalions just south of the DMZ. I became a battery commander (company size) in six months.
Joe was a master engineer and had a creative and innovative way of solving just about any problem. No home or yard project was beyond his ability. His favorite motto, “A job begun is half done,” was evidenced by his tireless work on his Solana Beach property.
“In January 1967, I started my MBA at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley. Employed by Citibank in September 1968, I lived overseas for 27 of 36 years and worked in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, New York, Minneapolis, Athens (Middle East/Africa), Finland, and Saudi Arabia.
Joe and Johanna’s immaculately maintained Solana Beach home was often a place of celebration for the large extended family. A private celebration of life was held there on April 2, 2022.
“I continued my military education, graduated from the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth (Commandant’s List), was G-5 of an Infantry Brigade, was Commander of a PsyOps Battalion, and retired a colonel, U.S. Army Reserves. “What would I have done differently at CMC? This may surprise you, it surprised me. I would have joined the Debate Team and improved my skills in speaking, logic, argumentation, and persuasion. Alternatively, I might have joined the theater group. These activities would have helped my communication and presentation skills during my career.” JOSEPH “JOE” ZERBONI P’89, a long-term resident of Solana Beach, Calif., passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 17, 2022, at the age of 79. Joe’s greatest love was for his family. Joe is survived by wife Johanna Zerboni; they celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in 2021. Their children are Jennifer Staples and Jeff Zerboni. Joe is also survived by three children from his first marriage, Catherine Popovici, LEIGH ZERBONI ’89, and Joe C. Zerboni. Joe had seven grandchildren.
Born in Santa Monica, Calif., Joe attended Coronado High School, Claremont Men’s College, and Stanford University, earning degrees in business economics and industrial engineering. Joe worked for IBM for 39 years in sales, management, and executive positions in California and Europe. After retirement in 2004, he joined Vistage, the world’s largest CEO membership organization. After Vistage, Joe continued his work out of his Solana Beach home as owner of EXECTEAM. Joe was a superstar on the tennis court with an aggressive game inspired by his CMC coach Ted Ducey P’73. He competed throughout his life, earning many championship trophies and awards. In his later years, Joe competed in the National Senior & Super Senior Father & Son Hardcourt Championships and the La Jolla Tennis Championship Tournament with son Joe Jr., winning the title and a USTA gold ball in 2004. Joe was a dynamic husband and father. He was well known for his deep voice and laugh, his intelligence, curiosity, energy, and zest for life. He was generous and loving to his family and friends. The life of every party, Joe was known for swinging from trees, skinny dipping, and tearing up the dance floor. He loved the ocean and lived his life near the beaches of Coronado, Aptos, SPRING 2022
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email@example.com KEITH NIGHTINGALE checks in with, “Deploying to Normandy for the anniversary, publishing a book on my many walks and talks with the original D-Day vets, assisting a number of families in getting out of Ukraine, assisting humanitarian supplies going into Ukraine. When at home, I’m raising citrus and killing gophers.”
RICHARD A. LEWIS writes, “I am happily remarried four-plus years to Federica. We split our time between Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach, a mid-rise condo in Beverly Hills, and a home at the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, Mont. I work part-time in our family-owned real estate development company with my two brothers, a daughter, nieces, and nephews. Look forward to seeing old friends and comparing aches and pains and other maladies which old age brings.” ROBERT PERRY updates us with, “I retired after 29 years as a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, having presided over 315 murder trials and hundreds of other serious felony cases. My lovely wife, Alda, and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in August with our three children and seven grandchildren. My most recent book is Alton Moore’s Wild Ride about a case I handled years ago as a federal prosecutor. I›m very concerned about world events and America›s direction and future. Best wishes to all.” TONY CHILDS P’02 reports that he and his wife went to Alaska and Zimbabwe last year and to the Dominican Republic in January for a pickleball gathering. “We are going on a cruise to West Australia in August… we have been massively exposed to COVID-19 and not gotten it, so we think we are in the clear.” JOE BRADLEY writes, “For two years, we’ve kept a low profile due to COVID-19 with trips to our condo in Telluride, Colo., our only travel. This year, we are looking forward to a 24-day cruise to Iceland in August, barring a new surge of the virus.”
T.J. GLAUTHIER writes, “Well, we’re starting our next life transitions. Brigid and I are in the process of moving into a beach bungalow in La Jolla from our home on the bluffs overlooking the ocean in Half Moon Bay. It’s a great spot, facing the beach and two blocks from the village. We’ve never lived anywhere where we could walk to cafés, bookstores, and shops, so this is also part of the adventure. And the sunshine and lack of Half Moon Bay fog in the summer also is a welcome change. Downsizing is a challenge, but our little bungalow is a separate, 100-year-old cottage that is fun and comfortable. This is also part of a retirement community with lots of services if and when we need them and a lot of very interesting people. We’re keeping our house, too, for the next year, so splitting our time between the two locations while we adjust. We’re both keeping up some of our work activities but continuing to scale back. I am on two boards of startup renewable energy companies and continue to serve on advisory boards at the National Academy of Sciences and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I recently was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. I continue to do what I can on the national and state political fronts on energy and national security issues, but that’s all volunteer at this point, too. We’re excited about these changes and hope we have many years to enjoy it.
“For those classmates who have not heard, our classmate PETE WELLS passed away on New Year’s Eve. His family had a very nice memorial service in Pendleton, Ore., in late February that was videocast on Zoom so others of us could ‘attend.’ All the best, T.J.” RICHARD CLINE writes, “After living 45 years in San Diego County, my wife and I moved in 2013 to the East Coast. We had met in Newport, R.I., where I was in Navy training. We got married in 1967 just after I returned from a Navy tour to Vietnam. I hauled her off to California, where we raised our family. When I retired in 2013, Anne said she was going home to Massachusetts where she was born and raised. I was welcome to go with her. Since my family was spread out across the country, I thought it was a good idea to take her offer. We made a six-year stop in Portland, Maine, tracking our nurse daughter who was in the area. She kept advancing in the nursing field and moving. So, we moved in 2019 to Plymouth, Mass., near where Anne was born and raised. We are in a very nice community. The best thing is that I do not live part of each day in freeway traffic. Also, I do not have to go miles to see the woods. In fact, the woods are my favorite. There are many places to hike. Further, the history here is fascinating. To keep a bit relevant, I have taken up photography as a hobby. The Mayflower ship spends the warm months here. Our community includes our ridge, which butts up against a forest area. While hiking on the many forest trails, I was astounded to find a pickup seat with a firepit a hundred yards from a walking trail. I could not figure how it got there. Half of the neighbors in our association have dogs. We do not. So, at the dog show on Halloween, Anne and I came in costumes different from those of the dog walkers. We enjoy our time in this fascinating part of the country.” ROBERT H. SMITH of Madison, Miss., died Jan. 3, 2022. He majored in political science at CMC for two years,
he was my stockbroker until he retired. A wonderful friendship. “Then to top it off, another great friend from CMC, RORY LAUGHERY ’67 P’94 P’97, passed shortly after Dick. Rory and I were also very close for more than 50 years. He was my family doctor, hunting and fishing buddy, and we occasionally shared an adult beverage. So, throw COVID into the mix and my struggle against aging—you could pretty much say I am looking forward to this 2022 adventure and good riddance to 2021, which truly was a disaster for me. I remain optimistic as I look forward to the next adventures that life has in store.” DAVE COOPER contributed the following: “My wife, Candy, and I moved to Columbus, Ohio, from Toledo, Ohio, six years ago, to be closer to our son, Robert, who is an ER doctor. We are both retired from careers in law and are enjoying our retirement by pursuing our hobbies, which include raising two English setters, bird hunting, piano lessons, and teaching GED to immigrants.” JOHN “MCGRAW” MCGUIRE writes, “I’ve now been retired from law practice for more than 10 years, and any residual work is now done. I am very comfortable with this. Travel (Tasmania, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S.), house tasks, and a little business take some time, but after selling the ocean boat, I am contently reviving my freshwater fishing time, places, and skills. Our three daughters are in New York City, Australia, and Athens, Ga. We must have done something wrong (or right?) to have them so distant, but still very happy to have wife, Mary Anne, to share adventures with. Look forward to seeing old (oops) friends at the upcoming reunion.”
finishing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. He returned to Claremont, completing his master’s degree and several years of doctoral work at Claremont Graduate University. Following an academic career on both the secondary and college levels in Wisconsin and Missouri, he joined his sister and her husband at a retirement community in Mississippi. He is survived by his sister, Susanne. JOE BRADLEY ’65
IN MEMORY OF DICK GLASSBURN
JOHN GREEN P’94 writes, “DICK GLASSBURN, AKA Glassy, Gronk…we shared too many highlights and too much fun together to really choose one. But we did buy a ’53 Ford convertible together for $125 and drove it to El Paso, Texas, with Blappy the Wonder Dog, to visit my future wife’s (Beverly) family. Her dad was duly impressed when he
had to send a tow truck out to get us 20 miles from our destination. Hoops with Ducey, putting piranha in the Scripps pond, being on the Dean’s List continually (the other one—definitely not for academic achievement), keggers in the groves, and Knick shenanigans. It was an amazing four years with my best pal and still crazy after all these years. He was a wonderful man and a close friend to the end. I miss him terribly.” John continues, adding this note: “This past year has been a tough year for me. First off, I lost my dear wife, Beverly Semple Green, to cancer in August after 55 years of a truly great marriage. Beverly attended Scripps, and we dated for my last two years at CMC. I was truly a lucky guy. Then on Nov. 1, one of my dearest college pals, DICK GLASSBURN, passed away from septic shock after having failing health for some time. Appropriately, having had enough, Glassy died on All Saints Day. We were roomies, played hoops together for Ted Ducey, and went into the Army together on the buddy program. I introduced him to his wife, Kathy, and
DALE JACOBS volunteered the following: “I have been active with nonprofit work in Florida with an active tennis game and daily walking and exercises. Then, one day out the blue in late January, I noticed something wrong with my digestive system. A number of tests confirmed I had pancreatic cancer. We sought the best hospital and surgeon and landed at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. I had the surgery (Whipple procedure) in early March. The surgeon said everything went extremely well, and after a week recovering in the hospital I am now home and feeling pretty good. There is a six-month chemo protocol ahead, but I’m told I can expect good results and something approaching normal by the fall. I am optimistic and encouraged by the excellent medical attention I have received and the support of a very loving wife, Betty, and family and friends. All the best to my classmates. I was a transfer student for my last two years at CMC and have very fond memories of my time at CMC.” BOB DILLS wrote in to say, “Nancy and I are enjoying our retirement in Port Charlotte, Fla., although we spend our summer/fall (the hot and humid hurricane season in Florida!) in San Jose, where our children live. We are blessed to attend and serve in two wonderful churches, First Baptist Church of Boca Grande here in Florida and Liberty Baptist Church in San Jose. In both locations, we are able to spend lots of time helping with many projects at church, ranging from Nancy’s work on space planning and design, seasonal decorations, floral arrangements, and landscaping, to
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my involvement in security issues, as well as building and grounds maintenance. We love to travel, almost exclusively domestically these past few years, and I still enjoy playing golf. “Some of my fondest memories of the four years we spent together at CMC are of the way we were able to debate ideas with each other and with our professors. My memory is that we were always able to exchange ideas respectfully and that even better ideas would emerge from the process. Sadly, that fundamental notion of being able to disagree without becoming disagreeable is almost totally missing in our public discourse today. In fact, instead of debating ideas, too many of our current public figures (not to mention ‘ordinary people’) simply engage in name-calling and identity politics to hide the shallowness of their ideas and positions. All would have benefited from the education we received at CMC.” ROBIN BARTLETT ’67
IN MEMORY OF RORY LAUGHERY P’94 P’97
RONALD “RON” DOUTT P’94 shared this memory: “At CMC, RORY LAUGHERY P’94 P’97 was larger than life. He excelled in academics, athletics, and student leadership. He was hard working and honest as well as gregarious and boisterous—traits that endeared him to his gridiron teammates, who made him team captain.
“Rory and I had no classes together, few common friends, different majors, and non-compatible outside interests. CMC’s social orders could be defined by four groupings: the athletes, the Nicks vs. the Togas, the scholars, and those whose college life centered around their dorm. Rory and I were in none of these groupings together until our senior year, when Rory became proctor of Berger Hall and I lived next door to him. “Few of my Berger Hall dormmates knew Rory either. The ‘word’ we got was that he was disciplined, strict, and very much of a ‘straight arrow.’ Berger’s legendary reputation for creative RFs appeared to be at risk with his appointment. Why? Because Rory felt, correctly, that dorm discipline was part of his job. This set up the conditions for a collision between a finely tuned dorm culture and a too-strong hand at the top. “Rory started his tenure as RA by strictly enforcing school rules. Some Berger residents responded with the purpose of testing his resolve. Neither side seemed willing to work with the other. As the year progressed, Rory mellowed a bit, and the Berger Hall seniors, getting closer to graduation, seemed to grow up just a tad. At any rate, the tension between the two sides eased dramatically and Rory became a ‘good guy.’ “Living next to Rory for a year gave me the opportunity to better appreciate the depth of his commitments to CMC and the strength of his character. What impressed me most was his work ethic and the importance sports played in his life. What surprised me most was the degree to which he got involved with youngsters, especially at-risk boys. This was a new revelation to me and came to my attention by chance.
“Rory approached me a few weeks before graduation and invited me to join him and a handful of other college scholar/athletes to run a summer camp on the CMC campus for about 100 12- to 14-year-old boys, many with behavioral issues. It turned out that Rory was both chief administrator and lead counselor for this program that I’d never heard of. He had lined up an all-American swimmer from UC Santa Barbara, a baseball player from a Cal State school, a track star from one of the Arizona colleges, and a basketball player to round out the group with Rory as the football guru. The campers were assigned to one of the counselors and became teams that competed against each other in week-long ‘seasons’ in the various sports. “Just as we were about to graduate, Rory learned that his basketball coach had to drop out. As the old saying goes, ‘Desperate times require desperate measures.’ My relevant organized sports experience was limited to Little League baseball, two years as a bench warmer in high school basketball, and two years of playing football in The Toilet Bowl at CMC. I tried to explain to Rory that the program might be better off with someone else, but he convinced me to give it a try because of the kids, and, he assured me, he would be there to back me up. He also gave me a book by a famous coach to help me out. I devoured the book and tried to impart the coaching keys to success it imparted, focusing on sportsmanship as my principal teaching responsibility. “The experience was among the most gratifying I’ve ever had, even though I was only able to help him out for three weeks due to other commitments. “The camp’s closing award ceremony was the last time I saw Rory. Since then, he married Pitzer graduate Kathy Wyatt who hailed from Seattle and together they had four fine sons. Two of whom also attended CMC, TODD LAUGHERY ’94 and TYLER LAUGHERY ’97. Rory continued his academic and athletic excellence and became a well-respected family practice doctor in Everett, Wash., specializing in at-risk kids. “I never would have known that side of him had it not been for that summer camp experience. Over the years, I often wondered how important running that camp was to his choice of family practice as his medical specialty. Rest in peace, Rory.” JOHN MAZZA added this account: “One of my most vivid memories of CMC is when Berger had its first meeting with the freshmen in the lounge after freshman orientation. I believe it was our sophomore or junior year. Everyone was gathered in the lounge and Rory was proctor making his introductory speech when, about five minutes after it actually started, DAVID “DAVE” CONROY ’68 walked in totally buck naked with aviator sunglasses and sat in the corner and just stared at Rory. Rory was new to Berger and just stood there with his mouth open, as did several of the freshmen. Conroy never said a word. He had a room next to Rory, and on several Sundays (girls open house) he would sit at his desk with the aviators on naked with the door open and Rory would start spinning. I do not think he ever got used to Conroy.” JOHN GREEN ’66 P’94 commented, “Rory and I were very close for more than 50 years. He was my family doctor,
hunting and fishing buddy, and we occasionally shared an adult beverage.” IN MEMORY OF GEORGE SAUNDERS HERBERT “PETE” WILKINSON P’05 shared this memory of our classmate: “All of us grew up in what seemed, at the time, to be a simpler era. Words of wider sweep, such as ‘nice’ and ‘sweet,’ were used to describe what we found ‘good’ about our world and seemed to suffice. There wasn’t the same need, as now, to distinguish and delineate what we knew was ‘nice,’ ‘sweet,’ and ‘good.’ For me, George was all of those things—good, sweet, nice, and probably the last person of all the people I’ve encountered who needs no further explanation. George was the RA in Benson Hall my senior year. After graduation, I believe he was admitted into the Stanford Business School. My law school roommate and I were friends of his, attended his wedding, gifting him a certificate to a department store and the largest salami we could find. For a time, George and his partner lived in East Palo Alto, the only white couple on the block. And for George, his neighbors were just folks, people just like him. I lost track of him after his wedding, but since, I have been incredibly cheered by the course his life took: out of business and into anthropology, away from Stanford, and into Lawrence University, and a career as a beloved professor. George didn’t attend our 50th reunion, and the reason (expressed in the notes to our class periodical) was sadly obvious. He passed several years ago, from the effects of his neurological trauma. Anyone interested has only to visit the Lawrence University site and key in George’s name, to discover what his life became, and was.
“Another of those words from an earlier time is ‘profound.’ It is the word I would use to express how I miss him, and how extremely fortunate I am to have known him at all. One’s college experience, it seems to me, has mostly to do with the people one meets along the way. That, for me, was George. Sweet. Nice. Good. A friend. I think, the nicest person I ever met at CMC.” HERE ARE COMMENTS PROVIDED BY CLASSMATES IN RESPONSE TO OUR 55TH REUNION COMMUNICATION:
From GUY BAKER, “Half of our family lives in eastern Tennessee. We recently purchased a home in Athens, Tenn., to be near them. We will continue to maintain residency in California, but it is fun to be in rural Tennessee where there are no rules, zoning standards, or evidence of regulations. This is a far cry from California, to be sure. As a result, we recently purchased a self-storage business. This is a great hobby and one that is fun to try to apply the rules of Business 101. Between market research, PR, setting up services, and handling tenants, we have our hands full. My next trip may be to a psychiatrist. Other than that, everything is status quo. Hoping all of you are well, too, and look forward to seeing you in May.” ROBERT “ROB” MAGGS writes, “Remembered that essays for Dr. Rood we’re always a challenge. I wrote one about the Congress of Vienna in the form of a two-act play. The cast included the participants in the roles of characters from Through the Looking Glass, and it was written in rhyme based on Lewis C’s verses. He granted me an A+.”
Rob also added: “My then-best girl, and later my wife, wanted to learn to drive a stick shift so as to be able to drive my little black car. I took her to Mt. Baldy, parked on a hill, stood behind the car, and said, ‘Now just start going forward without breaking both my legs.’ She did as instructed. That resulted in her borrowing the car often, but she never learned how to fill the gas tank. We were married anyway. Still happily.” WILLIAM “BILL” GENDRON reports that he was a chemical
engineer and retired early in his 50s. He is a big collector of things, fascinated with butterflies, has a girlfriend, kids, grandkids, and believes in good health. He was a high jumper and spear chucker in track and field at CMC and still monitors activities there (he lives in Pomona). He roomed with RAYMOND WHITE in college. JOHN GOULD is not planning to come to the 55th reunion but is planning to show up for the 75th event. He and his wife seem to be happy, healthy, and content. JOSEPH “JOE” LESTER was recently diagnosed with blood cancer (multiple myeloma); he is bummed. His wife, kids, and grandkids are looking after him. He has worked (and still does a little) as an independent, technically oriented patent lawyer. EDWARD “ED” LYNDS worked for the Coast Guard. He had plum jobs in the Caribbean with WILLIAM “WILL” THOMPSON. He retired to San Diego to manage a grocery and his and his family’s stock portfolio, plus volunteer in multiple, ongoing social work commitments. Currently, he has pulled muscles in his back, issues which somewhat preclude his traveling. He plays in a banjo band and might have a gig reunion weekend in Seattle. JOHN PYLES has spent his entire chemical engineering career in salt. He ran salt flats in San Francisco Bay, for example. He continues to consult and evaluate salt operations on a worldwide basis. JAMES “JIM” STEPHENSON and his wife are happy campers and now have commandeered a motor home to explore the country. Jim and Marsh have been happily married for 54 years with kids and now young grandkids. They all live in Vancouver, British Columbia—in the same housing complex. Jim worked as a private firm consultant in software development and streamlining computer processes. In the past, Jim has worked with Al Gore on his early climate change initiatives. Currently, he is depressed by environmental issues as he sees the CO2 number in the >4% range by 2100. This has extremely devastating consequences. He is pushing for more nuclear power that puts him sidewise with the environmentalists. STEPHEN “STEVE” RUDD writes, “I recently retired as the managing attorney of Steve Rudd, Trusts & Estates, and sold our Silicon Valley law office building. I gave my share of the office building to a CMC Charitable Remainder Trust and established a financial needbased CMC student endowed scholarship fund. Instead of selling my law practice to a qualified attorney who resembles me, I gave my law practice to a qualified young black female LGBTQ attorney. I have traveled with my life partner, Martie Vaughan, on land and on riverboat throughout Europe. I have traveled online during the pandemic to Spain, Denmark, Morocco,
Turkey, Peru, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Martie and I look forward to taking a two-week railroad trip across Canada this summer with fellow Road Scholar travelers.” MARTIN KAPLIN writes, “I retired in 2006 (that is my most significant event of the past five years). I also volunteer with SCORE and like being lazy.” GEORGE “VAN” WEBSTER is now retired. He volunteers at Mt. Wilson Observatory. He authored a book on teaching archery. He occasionally consults on architectural acoustics and enjoys playing music and making landscape and fine art photographs. RAYMOND WHITE also reports that he is retired. He became a grandfather and likes reading up on critical race theory (CRT), Thomas Sowell, and others. He’s been poking into local Mountain View-Whisman School District CRT curricula and California laws that deny informed consent, parental rights, and freedom to exercise religion. He also wants to identify systemic racism in teacher certification, teacher tenure, and teacher evaluation that is not based on student progress. Ray is pushing water suppliers to list, as a risk factor, minor IQ loss to babies whose mothers are overexposed to fluoride or who are fed formula made with fluoridated water. HERBERT “PETE” WILKINSON P’05 writes, “COVID-19 is the equivalent of an underhand softball pitch and all its ramifications. Like just about everyone else I know, I’ve lost friends and family members to the disease, and have drifted away from people whose views about vaccination differ from mine. Also, Margie’s brother Bill, a Dominican priest, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago, and has rather steadily declined. He will soon be living about 10 minutes away from us, and I expect Margie will become the single most important person in his daily life. The birth of our first grandson, Colin, on Jan. 2, 2020, was epic, and continues to be. Finally, as a result of successful cataract surgeries this year, I am not wearing glasses for the first time in 70 years. Of course, that condition has also brought into focus both my weak chin and sagging eye sockets.” LOREN SATTINGER recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary on March 13, 2022. He has been retired since 2012 and living on a pension, just like Hyman Roth in the Godfather II. “However, I don’t live in Miami. I have kept busy delivering for Meals on Wheels, am a member of several clubs in the Stonebridge Community, a member of the Stonebridge IT Committee, a former member of the ADR Committee, doing small jobs for neighbors, and completely devoted to our 15-month-old mini-Goldendoodle. She’s the boss.” STEPHEN “STEVE” WOODWORTH reports, “I was touched to be invited ex-officio by the Knickerbockers, a few years ago, to their 50th anniversary celebration of a front-page Los Angeles Times event. Great to catch up with some of my blue blazer friends. I attend the Mara Toga gatherings sporadically. I’ve always enjoyed reconnecting with classmates at reunions. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the 55th reunion. My best wishes to all fellow Mara Togas, Knickerbockers, and classmates! Bottoms Up.”
DUANE QUAINI writes, “The death of my wife is the most significant event in my life. Other more positive highlights include the college graduations of my grandchildren and the birth of my greatgranddaughter. I do substantial charitable work, spend time talking and corresponding with family and friends, reading, and listening to music. I also enjoy attending symphony concerts, operas, and plays.” PETER SCHOETTLE reports, “I am active in the American Discovery Trail, the only non-motorized trail crossing in the entire Unites States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I am on their national board and serve as their congressional liaison and their coordinator for the State of Maryland. I am also an election chief judge for Montgomery County, Md., responsible for running an election precinct. I have closely observed the election machinery in excruciating detail for many years. The accusations of massive fraud are pure hogwash. Wanting to protect my privacy, I stay away from social media but spend too much time reading several newspapers. I also have addressed local immigrant youth groups helping them adjust to living in the U.S. and valuing our democracy.” ALEXANDER “SANDY” MACKIE writes, “I enjoy woodworking, have assembled quite a workshop, and enjoy larger projects including outdoor dining tables and benches, a rowboat, and a trail wagon. I am now rebuilding 100-year-old farm wagons (they take about a year to rebuild). My exercise is primarily on the golf course during the summer and treadmill and golf net in the winter. Balance issues preclude my former crosscountry ski activities. I also enjoy fly fishing and have fished such enjoyable rivers as the Methow, Missouri; Kootenai, Bighorn River in Montana; and the McKenzie in Oregon. I will be there this fall to take on the Rogue River. I am quite a reader and spend mornings with more serious works like Friedman, Sowell, and the Claremont Review of Books. I am presently working my way through the Federalist Papers. You have to admire the authors’ knowledge of history, economics, and the proclivities of mankind. In the evenings, I tackle any good detective or mystery writer I can find.” DENNIS MANN writes that is he now retired. “I came down with COVID and was diagnosed over Super Bowl Sunday 2021. Fortunately, I recovered, and it wasn’t the ‘Long COVID’ version. I contribute to a blog involving many classmates and enjoy computer gaming, board gaming, wargaming, and reading.” JAMES CARSON contributes, “Margie and I have avoided COVID so far largely by hunkering down. I published my second book in 2017 (Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth: The 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry, McFarland Co.). We traveled to England in February of 2019 and took an Alaska cruise with our entire family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We also spent a week in St. Thomas in 2020 right before COVID hit. Genealogical research and volunteer projects in historic Vienna, Va., take up a lot of my time. I am collaborating with a university professor and other volunteers doing biographic research on Union Army generals who were natives of Virginia. My biographic research may lead to another book, on the 26 men of the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry who captured and killed Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. So, you can see that I’ve
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been applying the same research skills I developed at the CIA to things that are much more interesting.” WILLIAM ‘VAN’ WOLBACH writes, “I have one grandchild. And, after years as a bachelor, I’m now living with a partner. I read, play golf, perform gentleman farming, practice conservation, and serve on conservation boards.” BRUCE BEAN reports, “Mary and I are still relatively healthy. We suffer from the normal effects of age and general grumpiness. We moved to a condo two and a half years ago in Edina, an adjacent suburb to Minneapolis, just in time to avoid the fun and games in the city itself. I have spent a lot of time on the issues of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), where I have been on the Board of Trustees for 35 years. COVID has made running a college difficult, but MCAD has handled things well. They were early adopters of distance learning, starting years ago, so the academic process has been relatively smooth compared to that of many other institutions. In addition, the football team has had great success, and, in fact, they have never lost a game—but that could be because they don’t have a football team! I also have spent a good deal of time sorting through my parents’, grandparents’, and great-grandparents’ letters, papers, and pictures. They all lived highly active and achievement-oriented lives, so there is a lot of ‘stuff’ to keep or to throw out.” ROBERT GROOS writes, “Since the beginning of COVID social restrictions, I have spent many hours doing wild bird photography and writing stories about my observations of avian behavior and life history. I built a website: www.robertgroosphotography.com, where I publish those photo-illustrated stories. My current goal is to find a publisher for my growing collection of short stories about wild birds. Suggestions or referrals are welcome.” STEPHEN MARTIN reports, “I am the treasurer of Hospital de la Familia Foundation supporting Hospital de la Familia near the border between Guatemala and Mexico. I also am president of Villa Nova, a residential community near Lake Chapala in Mexico.” GEORGE KENNEDY writes, “Cruising and reinforcing the good character of my descendants.” JACK INFRANCA reports, “I retired from the California State Board of Equalization in 2004. Dianne and I spend most of our time at home gardening. We volunteer at a local National Historic Landmark, Rancho Camulos Museum, and we enjoy spending time on the Central Coast of California. We would like to travel more both in the United States and in Europe.” RONALD DOUTT P’94 reports, “I am not working nor am I contemplating doing so. I am trying to keep up with my wife, with little success. I find myself stuck at the computer editing my email efforts. The Parkinson’s tremors I’m now dealing with leave a trail of random spaces, letter capitalizations, and errant keystrokes that require that I write carefully and proofread before hitting the send button. So here I am at ‘CMC Plus 55’ still sweating out being accurate and concise with the written word.” FRANK PETTERSON writes, “One of my daughters gave birth to twin girls. My other son is developing
an urban farm with a 1915 farmhouse on one acre. They grow and sell mostly vegetables and flowers at the neighborhood farm stand, using Venmo as the money agent. They also rent office space. My two sonsin-law have taken over my family business and have been dragging it into the 21st century. My wife and I bought a condo in Palm Springs. Since contracting cancer (metastatic melanoma), I have worked on understanding how the world lives, changes, interacts, progresses, and declines. I spend time reading, drawing, and writing to help organize my thoughts in a more coherent manner. I’ve practiced hugging my family and friends to help all of us grow happy and strong. I’m looking out our sunroom, over the rhododendrons and dwarf fruit trees, almost to the stream and the freshly crowned cedar forest to one of the best bird retreats in South West Portland. Birds of all types, plus squirrels, bunnies, and deer, make for hours of entertainment and only 15 minutes from downtown.” WILLIAM THOMPSON reports, “I’m working fewer and very flexible hours and enjoy the stimulation of developing new residential properties. In 2020, we purchased 22 waterfront units on three acres in Belvedere, the wealthiest, least diverse, and oldest community in Marin County. We’re now fighting the good fight to develop 42 units on the site with fierce opposition from folks who haven’t approved a new project in 30 years! Last year, we were selected by the state to develop 115 units of teacher housing for the Marin Office of Education on a surplus site located between the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and San Quentin Prison. We have great support for this project and should be through the entitlement process by the end of the year. I’m not retired but spend free time with our family and enjoy skiing, sailing, and helping with chores on the farm.” ROBERT NOVELL P’94 contributes, “I discovered that I had a sizable number of relatives in southern France. Sharon and I have traveled to France to meet them. After 20 years, we completed our involvement in the Reed Foundation for the Arts. The foundation provides fine arts education for disadvantaged high school students from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. Each year, we bring our two grandsons from Colorado to California for 10 days of 'Grandma Camp' that includes travel in California and to educational sites. I have gone back to playing in bridge tournaments with my partner of almost 20 years. And I often walk more than 20 miles a week and am careful with my diet. We go to UCLA football and basketball games. I am semiactive in the Arcadia Rotary Club, and recently spent more time reading books. I was never a great skier but am able to work my way down most mountains. I just finished bringing my family members to ski Mammoth Mountain and found out that I still have the skill.” JOHN PERCY writes in, “I just visited my 140th different country, saw my 1,072nd different opera on the stage, and my 1,682nd different play/musical. This will have to be updated by the reunion. Attending cultural events, traveling overseas, renovating my 122-year-old house, and giving poolside dinner parties every weekend from the late spring to early fall. I am seeing more operas, plays, and art exhibitions, visiting more countries, and staying healthy. I have added a Ukrainian flag to my front porch.”
FREDERICK “FRED” MERKIN reports, “In 2019, I was diagnosed with partial heart failure for which I underwent a quadruple bypass operation. I retired from the practice of law in 2014 but have chosen nonetheless to remain an active member of the State Bar of California. I have no aspirations at this time to return to legal practice. The time I spend with my family constitutes my most important activity. In doing so, I am committed to compensate for my failure as a practicing lawyer to set aside enough time for family matters. I have come to appreciate that there is far more to life than one’s job, as important as that may be.” JAMES STEPHENSON writes, “My highlight is the birth of our grandson and granddaughter, two and a half years ago. Our two sons, now in their 40s, finally had their first children six weeks apart. I have experienced some loss of mid-term memory. I spend my spare time speaking out to reduce climate change, taking care of 2-year-old grandchildren, skiing, and going for hikes.” CHARLES “CHUCK” HOUY writes, “Gracefully sold my construction project management business and retired. Relocated to Tucson and began group and selfeducating projects. I volunteer at a national recreation area, teaching children and adults about the web of life on the Sonoran Desert. My presentations focus on the geological history of the area. We have also traveled extensively while avoiding catching COVID and maintained an organic community garden plot nearby between daily walks/hikes and swims. My mental exercise includes Zoom-based educational courses, reading original source material, and consulting with others about nature, astronomy, and geology. I spend a fair amount of time physically exercising, enjoying neighbors, growing good veggies, and traveling throughout southern Arizona, the United States, Mexico, Africa, and Europe. I now have more time to spend with our families, too.” WILLIAM “BILL” BOWERS is in full retirement, and dealing with it. “Also, adjusting to the post-COVID world. I volunteer by leading hikes for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno. I also volunteer to prepare income taxes through AARP. These days I am more than willing to do volunteer work with definite hours rather than being on a board.” JOHN MAZZA writes, “Significant events include joining the board of Surfing Heritage and Cultural Foundation and the Malibu Adamson House State Park Foundation. And several of my dogs have passed away. I am on the Malibu Planning Commission, my personal commercial real estate company and securities management along with serving on the boards of directors of several companies. I never have free time. What a mistake. I travel between houses in Malibu, Laguna Beach, and North Shore Oahu, Hawaii.” WILLIAM “BILL” SLAVIN reports, “Since retiring from full-time work, my focus has been on ‘giving back’— helping to accelerate the professional development of the next generation of leaders. I work with All Stars Helping Kids (www.allstarshelpingkids.org). Our mission is to disrupt the cycle of childhood poverty in the Bay Area by funding and nurturing emerging non-profits. I have fun working with amazing social entrepreneurs.
My other gig is teaching management strategy at St. Mary’s College.” And, finally, ROBIN BARTLETT writes, “For the past 12 years, I have been writing a book about my experiences as a combat infantry platoon leader in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. I have received a contract to publish Vietnam Combat: Firefights and Writing History from Casemate Publishers. The book will be published in hardback in 2023. It will be a bucket list accomplishment for sure. My book occupies a great portion of my time at present. I like to stay active and busy and truly have not thought about retirement. Probably never will. Being the Class Notes liaison for ’66, ’67, and ’68 has been a real pleasure. I enjoy reading all the stories submitted by our classmates and corresponding with them about their submissions. It is a labor of joy to be first to read about their events and accomplishments. And, unfortunately, to learn of the passing of far too many of us and far too soon.” ROBIN BARTLETT ’67
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BOB BILLS ’72
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SKIP WEISS ’74 P’15
that evening, one of the Buchanan brothers (they were twins) launched the salad bowl. It rained lettuce and various leafy vegetables, it seemed like an eternity. Then the cherry tomatoes were discovered. OMG, those hurt when they hit. There was never another food fight of that magnitude. Saga came in and took over Collins Hall. Ron Tjaden was the manager, and many of us worked for him over the years. The food got better. By our senior year we could eat anywhere on five separate campuses. It was great. But man, I never forgot the flying salad. “DAVID DOSS is at A&E Networks, where he ran the
team that created Live PD; he currently oversees journalism on A&E’s original documentaries. Dave and his family live in Connecticut and he’s in regular touch with two others from the class of ’75: GEORGE RODRIGUEZ, an ER doctor in San Diego, and JEFF KLEIN P’08 P’11 P’14, who is retired and a happy grandfather of two as well as a member of the CMC Board of Trustees. David still advises CMC alumni CHRIS TEMPLE ’12 and ZACH INGRASCI ’12 on their documentary feature films. The working title of their next one is This Is Not Financial Advice. “I spoke with JACK LUCAS recently and got an update. After graduating from CMC, he attended Claremont Graduate School. He moved on to Oklahoma State University, where he earned his master’s degree in computer science and went to work for the old AT&T. They moved him to New Jersey, where he spent his career helping to develop and implement software. He still enjoys good music with a great sound system, same as he did when we were in college. “I heard from BRYAN HUSSEY, who is married and has a son and daughter, lives in Connecticut, and has spent the last 45 years in international sales, marketing, and business development with consumer goods companies. He has worked all over the world, but he is currently based in Connecticut. He has kept up with ALAN VIERGUTZ P’10 P’12, who settled in Miami after many years in Venezuela. “Not too long ago, I went to a dedication for Coach Steve Davis and saw ROBERTO ‘TIVIO’ MUNOZ ’77, JOHN PRITZLAFF ’76, and Ed ‘Cannibal’ Campbell HMC ’76. It was good to see some of the old team, and Coach, too. “I did not hear from PHILO LANGE. Maybe SCOTT LICHTIG or GREG DORST ’77 can shed some light on the roof at Scripps pool. “This year, our 45th reunion is being held, two years late. CARY DAVIDSON, JEFF KLEIN P’08 P’11 P’14, and HARRY MCMAHON P’08 P’09 are chairing the reunion committee and want as many to attend as possible. Sign up early and often! “Your class liaison, Vikram ‘Vik’ Bath” BILL ANDREWS ’75
VIK BATH ’75 reports on the Class of 1975:
“Fifty years ago: April 1, 1972, the last of the great food fights took place in Collins Hall. We knew it was coming, either by word of mouth, or it was posted and part of the historical lore of CMC. Towards the end of our dining experience
JAMES HOWARD writes, “With the expanded usage of Zoom during COVID-19, a group from ’77 have had a (usually) monthly call to exchange updates and memories. Participants have included CLINT MORRISON, JON BROWN, ROBERT YIH, MATT JARVINEN, STEVE CHAMBERS, JOHN ARNSTEIN, JON MARKOVITZ, KEVIN HALVORSON, MIKE IDEKER, GREGG JARRETT, JIM HOWARD, BOB HERRICK ’76, GEORGE FRALEY ’78, and BRUCE ISAACSON ’78. It has been great to reconnect and a blast to share stories and photos from 45 years ago. Some of those pictures were originally developed and printed in the darkroom at Baxter all those years ago.”
On Dec. 10, 2021, MICHAEL ROBERTS graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Educational Ministry degree. In addition to pastoring King of Kings Bible Church in Frisco, Texas, he is also the founder/CEO of Pastors Hope Ministries in Zambia, Central Africa. REX CLEMENT provided this update: “I retired last year after a 10-year run of helping the Tesla teams launch the Models S, X, 3, and Y. I helped implement the launches of the new Model S (Plaid) and X in 2021, and then retired in July. I’m blessed to have been part of an organization that would never say die, counted out to bankruptcy for the first five years, and slayed any competition that reared its head as we constantly defied the odds and turned the car industry upside down. I’m so proud I was part of a world-changing mission to change the industry as we know it!” CONRAD CORCORAN sent this note about the reunion: “I have slipped into retirement with a full head of hair, and a desire to spend all this money I have been saving for 50 years. Single, in shape, and full of bright ideas. I hope that this year’s reunion is populated with all those classmates who can suffer the hour drive from their SoCal homes. A bit disappointed about the lack of desire for all of my classmates to be able to spend some time with me. Assuming I am not trekking in some rainforest in Brazil or on the beaches of Monaco, I will see you in May.”
I was able to track down AL HARUTUNIAN, who, unlike much of the class, is not retiring. I write, “Beginning last November, I was asked to serve remotely from San Diego as a pro tem justice on the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 8, which is based in Los Angeles. I’m temporarily filling in for a justice who retired, and expect to stay until the Governor appoints a Los Angeles-based permanent replacement. I’m honored to have been assigned by the Chief Justice. I’ll return to the San Diego Superior Court when my assignment ends.” AL HARUTUNIAN III ’77
VIK BATH ’75
FRANK CHMELIK ’78 P’18
MARK LAURIA ’76 P’08
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For Class Notes submissions, the Class of 1979 was asked to stop watching March Madness and the Academy Awards (the request was made before the slap that was seen around the world).
JOHN FARANDA writes, “In addition to a million Zoom meetings and frantic preparations for the College’s 75th anniversary celebration—while the CMC campus was closed for COVID, I managed to squeeze in quite a few days of sailing from my home port of Newport Beach. (It turns out that no traveling, no events, no athletic contests, and no lunch or dinner meetings leaves one with many free weekends!) My great friend TAO LI ’02 suggested that it would be an auspicious time to upgrade sailboats by replacing my family’s 27-year-old Catalina 30 with something shiny and new.
“Fast forward one long year, and our new Catalina 315 was delivered from the factory in Florida. It turns out that supply chain issues are very real in the boating industry—we still are waiting for our Automatic Identification System transceiver to arrive—but the new boat finally was commissioned in San Diego and was ready for a nice February weekend sail up the coast to Newport Beach. The new boat has the same punny name that my father came up with years ago: C’est la Way. I look forward to many happy days on the blue Pacific…and hope you can join me someday when it is safe again!” From the shores of Hawaii, STAN CHONG P’09 P’13 writes, “Aloha mai kākou, e Clint a me papa CMC Kanahikukūmāiwa (’79). This means, ‘Greetings from us, Clint and CMC ’79 class!’ “Thankfully, I didn’t get COVID, nor did anyone in my immediate family or circle of friends. No travel plans yet, but my kids have been able to visit us here in Honolulu from Japan and California. Since last year, I’ve gone back to college (Honolulu Community College, or Kula Nui Kaiaulu o Honolulu)—been taking Hawaiian language (now in third semester) and Hawaiian mythology. It’s a blessing to be able to take classes via Zoom! A hui hou kākou, mālama pono!” MICHAEL GUNNING reports that he did not get COVID. He discovered: “I am even worse at golf than I thought, but it was an effective lobbying tool. Unfortunately, I only played with Republicans because everyone knows they have nothing to do with the governing of California! My first post-COVID trip was to Edgewood Golf Course in Lake Tahoe for a Legislative API Caucus event. Great hotel if you have not stayed there before. Finally, I would have stayed at CMC during COVID, if I could. Why? For the food, workout facilities, and school!” WHIT LATIMER also didn’t get COVID, since he was always on the golf course. He says he would have only stayed on campus if the event from our years that had a name like “Wimp and Pour Night” was still going on.
As for me, my wife and I have finally come out of our COVID cocoon. We’re on a spring road trip down the East Coast, with an ElliptiGO on our minivan’s bike rack. Life can be good again. CLINT GREENBAUM ’79
As we return to some sense of normalcy from the confines of COVID, the world is anything but normal. Or perhaps it is very normal. OK…enough philosophizing. As this issue went into production, our Class of 1980 eagerly awaited the celebration (two years late) of our 40th anniversary of graduating from Claremont Men’s College. I do hope to see all of you over Memorial Day weekend to share more stories and catch up after all these years.
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Thanks to Lou and Kathy for their Class Notes entries this issue. As I get paid per entry, I am hopeful more of you will submit entries for future issues. I am trying to build up my grandson’s college trust fund! From LOU CARON, “I never do this, but here you go. 200 words exactly! Survived 13 years in the Big 8/4 only to become the CFO of several companies in turnaround. Consulted with companies ranging from a pet insurer to a builder of nuclear reactors to a provider of telecommunications in Chile, among the few. Now managing the largest regional trade association serving the graphic communications industry in the western states. In my spare time, married with three offspring off the payroll, and dutifully employed: an aquatics program expert and two CPAs at KPMG. Had the opportunity to live Steve Martin’s role in Father of the Bride, and await one more wedding in 2023. Still living in San Dimas. Managed to compete in the U.S. Masters Swimming community, including a relay swim to Catalina and several between Lanai and Kaanapali. Haven’t been in the pool since 2017, but have learned to swear with the best of them on the golf course and then ask for forgiveness. Stay in touch with the aquatics gang: MIKE SUTTON ’76, TOM KOLEPP ’76, DAVE KAVRELL ’77, Page Remillard, DAVE KENT ’79, GREG DORST ’77, BILL MORROW ’77, etc. Also, the Boswell gang: LEE RODGERS ’80, MITCH SMITH ’82, and our favorite MD, JOHN SPINOSA P’14. Have still not officially apprehended the culprit who left the snake in my bed in 1979!” From KATHY (ALLEN) ORMSETH, “Greetings to all! My husband, Tom, and I are happy, healthy, and well, living in Saratoga, a suburb in the Bay Area. We have a second home in Santa Barbara and spend a lot of time there, as well. I retired from banking long ago. I worked primarily in financing large real estate development projects. Tom retired early from Hewlett-Packard 10 years ago. Since then, we have been traveling, and playing golf and bridge. We have two daughters. One is a preschool teacher, and the other is a product manager. One of our daughters is engaged and is planning on getting married next year. We feel very blessed and hope that everyone else from the class of 1980 is doing well, too!” WAYNE SLAVITT ’80
KEN WECHSLER ’81
JUNE 17-19, 2022
Join us as we work to better understand the most pressing issues facing Europe in a post-Brexit and post-COVID world. Along with alumni, faculty, and current students, we will be joined by political and business leaders from the UK and the EU as we examine ways in which CMC can understand, impact, and interact with our European partners.
www.cmc.edu/worldmeet PETER HERNRIED writes, “After 35 years in the Sacramento area, my lovely wife, Gayle, and I moved to San Clemente in anticipation of retiring. Enjoying golf in the middle of the winter in shorts and 70 degrees. Son, Andrew, in grad school, a future psychologist. Best (and only) science memory: COLIN HAYWARD and I enjoyed our astronomy class with a very relaxed Professor Dart often from the roof of the science building. We collaborated to track celestial objects using star finders from the North Quad. Seemed like it would be an easy class for econ majors. It wasn’t.”
CARL HOWELL reports, “I retired from the paint industry on Jan. 2, 2020, to spend time with my wife, who passed away March 19, 2021. I now spend most of my time with my four children and their families, having a ball with my five grandsons. Fortunately, all are here in San Diego.
“Here is my memory of the Baxter/Joint/Keck Science program: Because I dropped Professor Ferling’s Calculus II sophomore year too late, I was unable to pick up
spotlight Larry “Chip” André ’83 U.S. Ambassador to Somalia
arry “Chip” André ’83 currently represents the United States on the world stage as the Ambassador to Somalia, having developed his interest in foreign affairs as a CMC student. At CMC, André forged friendships with classmates from Ghana and Singapore, and followed his budding interest in foreign affairs to study in Denmark and the former Yugoslavia.
Before beginning his diplomatic career, André was a political science major at CMC, taking a number of international relations classes. He cites Professor Harold Rood as an influence. “His emphasis on specific, detailed facts over ideological considerations in determining foreign and security policies has stuck with me throughout my career,” André said.
But it was during his service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, that André truly realized his calling. “I quickly fell in love with the continent,” recalled André, who recently marked his 31st year as a diplomat.
His best memories, he said, emerge from his first year at CMC, when he resided in Beckett Hall. He and his classmates “elected leaders, adopted a budget, assigned housekeeping duties, and funded an annual jazz fusion concert on ‘Beckett Beach,’ the lawn next to Beckett Hall.”
Based in Mogadishu, Ambassador André leads a team of approximately 150 U.S. government employees and contractors to advance U.S. interests and goals, working closely with Somalia’s state and federal government authorities, with the U.S. military’s Africa Command, and with international partners. André’s wife, Ouroukou, is from Niger, West Africa. Together they have a son, Isidore (“Izzy”), who was born in October 2019. “Ouroukou speaks to him in French. I speak to him in English. He is learning both languages at once,” André said. His daughter, Ruhiyyih, worked for six years in Kenya after her graduation from the University of Virginia. “I am very proud of her,” André said.
Ambassador André (left) at his credentialing ceremony with Somalia President Farmaajo.
“The CMC community is characterized by a lively intellectual curiosity, in my experience,” André said. “Most students I knew were enthralled with learning, open to considering the merits of new ideas, and allergic to dogmatism. That attitude has stayed with me.” In September 2021, André was invited to speak to students in CMC’s Washington D.C. program Public Policy class. “Meeting them took me back a few decades to my time at CMC,” he said. “They were courteous, well-prepared, and ready with challenging questions. I loved it. The CMC tradition of lively intellectual curiosity clearly remains strong.”
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another class, so I took a four-unit science class at Scripps. It was a life science class studying several works including Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene. I remember it seemed everyone in the class was in the same predicament, needing units when no other classes were available. Fond memories of class with Scripps women, Pitzer students, and my one and only class with a Mudder.” GIGI BIRCHFIELD P’12 reports, “Very excited for our 40th reunion, also my daughter JENNIFER BAUTE ’12’s 10th CMC reunion! I see AMIE (FRIEDLANDER) YEHROS and DENISE (TROTTER) ELIOT pretty regularly, and I am in touch with a few others, but I am really looking forward to reconnecting with folks—hope the Class of 1982 gets a good turnout!
“All three adult kids are doing well. Although there were some inevitable work and school hiccups during the last two years of COVID lockdown, we were fortunate to have a lot of family togetherness with them that we would otherwise not have had. My husband’s trial practice was affected dramatically with all courts shutting down, but things seem pretty much back to normal now and trials are coming back online. My legal recruiting practice at Major, Lindsey & Africa luckily fared very well during the remote working phase of the pandemic (which has now become a permanent work option at our company). The family was also finally able to start traveling again, with family trips to Europe (for a wedding in Copenhagen and a wonderful foodiefocused trip to Rome), as well as the north shore of Kauai and San Juan Island, WA. Feeling very lucky! The biggest change for me is that this is the year I transition to partner pmeritus status at my company, as I cut back on search execution, focus on business development, and slow-roll my way towards retirement by the end of 2022!” JANET RIDDLE passed away May 12, 2021, in Chicago.
Janet graduated from the Pritzker School of Medicine in 1991 and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. An internist, she was a research assistant professor and the director of faculty development in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Although she worked in the big city, Janet never lost her love of the outdoors and enjoyed bicycling with her husband. JOHNNY ELLIS JR. passed away Feb. 9, 2022. He was born in Springfield, Mo., in 1960. As part of a US Air Force family, Johnny was raised in 10 places throughout the U.S. and Germany. He attended high school in Anchorage, Alaska. There, he was involved in many community and school activities and became an Eagle Scout.
He attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage for one year and then transferred to CMC. During his three years at CMC, Johnny was a leader in the College Democrats on campus. He lived in Marks and Claremont dorms—he really liked the AC. He did a Washington, D.C. internship in 1980 with Congressman Jim Lloyd, who represented Claremont in the U.S. House of Representatives. While in Washington, he volunteered on President Carter’s re-election campaign. He graduated with a degree in political science with honors in 1982. SPRING 2022
After college, he returned to Alaska and made it his home. Johnny was immediately involved in political campaigns and became a legislative aide for the state representative serving downtown Anchorage. In 1986, Johnny ran for office to replace his retiring boss. He won that race—in fact he never lost one. At 26, Johnny began his service as an elected member of the Alaska State House and served until 1993. At that time, he ran for the State Senate and served there until 2017. Johnny was a proud Democrat but consistently worked across partisan lines to address important issues. In fact, he served in the leadership of bipartisan Senate majority coalitions. Johnny had too many legislative, political, and community accomplishments to list here. But he was especially aggressive (and successful) in serving the underrepresented, those with developmental disabilities, and Alaskans without a unified voice. He is particularly remembered for supporting the University of Alaska Intern Program and mentoring many Alaskans. He became a beloved friend to several former colleagues, staff, and their families, and they feel his loss deeply. Johnny felt he had to sacrifice his personal happiness to be an effective legislator—only revealing he was gay as he retired from public service, though he pointedly urged others to live their true lives. Johnny had a witty and curious mind and loved to tell a good story, sometimes in rhyme, and was a joy to associate with. Alaska was a better place because of his time there. NOHEMI (GUTIERREZ) FERGUSON ’82 P’17
Hello, all. Consider coming to the 75th Anniversary All-Class Reunion May 26 to 29, 2022. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see old classmates from other years.
Here’s the scoop for the Class of ’83: LISA “BLING” SCHAMEL CUNDALL writes, “I am planning a 2,953-mile ride on the Pacific Crest trail. Three riders, five horses. It should be an adventure. We are blogging and hoping to have cameras. Horses have suited my retirement. Take a look at our journey so far: www. LAFonPCT.com. Let me know if you might be near the trail this summer!” MICHAEL TURPIN writes, “Still trying to change the U.S. healthcare system, and it gets tougher every day. While the old adage says one becomes more conservative as they grow older, I feel the opposite. I’ve lived abroad and witnessed different answers to hard questions. I’ve seen the inequities that exist all around me. They say a great society is marked by old men who plant trees they never expect to rest under. Perhaps the confluence of the pandemic, losing friends and family to COVID, and witnessing the catastrophic impacts of climate change, I’ve become mobilized for leaving this planet better than I found it. If I hadn’t ruined my chances for public office my freshman year of college, I’d feel compelled to reestablish a moderate’s club house at the 50-yard line of American politics where both parties seem to have been hijacked by those
who at one time should have been banished beyond the Beltway or arrested for sedition. So now I rely on local activism and an open mind to not cancel anyone but understand that the world is shades of gray. All this discussion has my T-Rex father telling me, ‘You’re out of the will,’ to which I jokingly reply that he should be careful because he could be out of mine. Looking forward to walking my eldest daughter, Brooke, down the aisle in Carmel in September. We are blessed, and it’s time to give back, and we pray we have the peripheral vision to recognize need wherever it exists outside the bubble of our affluence.” LARRY E. “CHIP” ANDRE JR. reports, “Greetings from Mogadishu. Got here two months ago. We have a great embassy team, about 100 colleagues here in Mog and another 50 in Nairobi. We live and work in a bunker/ dormitory (communal kitchen, commons room, and small living quarters). On 23 of March, there was a terror attack two miles from us (six killed), followed by six mortars fired at our chancery/dormitory. The impact points were quite near our building, and one struck a building just outside our compound. No one harmed. Our intrepid team handled the day’s events with practiced ease. Cheers, Larry.” (TK note: We can call him Chip, but others have had to call him Ambassador Andre since 2014. He’s currently our U.S. ambassador to Somalia. Before that, Chip was U.S. ambassador to Djibouti, and prior was our U.S. ambassador to Mauritania). WILLIAM “BILL” JONES shares some Claremont info: “A big winter storm wreaked havoc. Quite a few trees were downed in the ‘City of Trees and PhDs,’ blocking roads and leaving 20% of the town without electricity for days. Darkness and inconvenience ensued for e-commuters. According to the Claremont Courier, my guide to all truth in local matters, the last remaining original eucalyptus tree on College Avenue was felled by this mighty windstorm. On a separate note, Huntley Bookstore has closed. The building is going to be converted to a health research center. The plan is to eventually put the bookstore in a yet-to-be-built new seven-college student center. It looks like the naming rights are for sale, so if you have a giant pile of money sitting around, I am sure you could have that student center named after you. We bought our son a new bike, and he is getting used to shifting gears on a bike. He has never had a multi-gear bike before. Soon the weather will be warm enough to permit swimming in our unheated pool, and I’m looking forward to that. I am still working in Ontario at Citizens Business Bank, where I am the chief appraiser. My wife, Juliet, is an ICU nurse at Pomona Valley Hospital. Our 9-year-old son, Sammy, is enjoying Legos, Minecraft, and origami. His ambition in life now is to be a YouTube content creator! I hope all alumni are happy and safe. Just remember…next year our class celebrates its 40th year since graduation! I hope everyone can make that reunion weekend!” TAHIR “TEEKAY” KHURSHID: “It’s been an eventful few months. My elder son, Zain, whose wedding was constantly getting delayed by COVID-19, finally tied the knot with Areej in October in Lahore, Pakistan. We are now in process of getting her spousal visa for Canada. Unlike the U.S., it takes eons up here, but all expectation
is that she will be over to Toronto within 2022. Zain, as it happens, is on long-term logistics training in another province, and cannot take her along, so perhaps things worked out well. I guess the next big landmark is the potential arrival of grandkids, whenever that may be. Cheers.” (TK note: If CMC doesn’t publish the wedding photo, they all look gorgeous!). And now, here’s the scoop from last time. I made the deadline, but there was some sort of mix-up, so here it is, just slightly late: CMC’s 75th anniversary celebration is coming up, and the magazine asked me to ask you two questions: 1) What are your memories of Sept. 11, 2001? 2) As CMC celebrates its 75th anniversary and looks to the future, what do you think CMC will look like in 2046 as we celebrate the 100th anniversary? I, of course, begged for any news on any topic. Starting with a 9/11 memory: DAVE DEEDS remembers, “Perhaps the oddest memory of 9/11 was the strange silence of the skies for the next few days. No planes, no jets, nothing, just silence.” WILLIAM (BILL) JONES writes, “Question 1: My phone rang at an early hour on 9/11, and my sister was on the other end. She was calling from Argentina and had already seen TV footage of the first plane flying into one of the towers in New York. At first, I could not understand what she was talking about. She was very alarmed. When I turned on the TV, I understood what was happening. I had to take a test in downtown L.A. that morning, and so I went and took it, then went to work. There was a notice on the door of our suite telling us that the office was closed and we were to remain at home. When I got home, I felt a strange sense of unreality about it all…it felt like I was in a dream and I hoped to wake up any minute. I had been in New York around July 4 and walked right near the Twin Towers. I had been in them before so did not go into them again. About two months later it was 9/11. Question 2: What CMC will look like in 25 years (2046). In the 42 years since I was a freshman at CMC, tuition and fees have increased from $4,900 to $56,475, an annual rate of about 6.1%. At this rate, in 25 years tuition and fees will be about $242,000 per year. Don’t worry— assuming 3% inflation, the cost in today’s dollars will be a mere $118,000 or so. During the last 42 years CMC’s endowment has gone from $17.8 million (1979, before Project 80) to $855.4 million, an increase of about 9.7% per year. At this rate, in 25 years the endowment will grow to just about $8.6 billion. In spite of truly spectacular increases in tuition/fees and astonishing growth in our endowment, CMC alumni will still receive regular appeals for funds, as these lofty numbers just don’t cover the complete cost of an education. On a more serious note, I hope CMC will continue to focus on small class size and close interaction between students and faculty. I hope the school can continue to emphasize the importance of good communication skills, especially in writing. This will be increasingly important in a world where lol, brb, ttyl, and the like are seen as proper ways to communicate.” SUZANNE (SCHORK) GRAESER and SCOTT GRAESER went to Sedona, Ariz., in September, with JEFF WEISS
P’08 and VONA (STRAUSS) WEISS P’08, ANDY STROUD and SHELLEY BLANTON-STROUD, and RAJ GUPTA ’84 and his fiancé, Lori Brogan. “Everyone is Class
of ’83 except Raj (who was an ME ’84) and Lori (not CMC, poor woman had to listen to us retell our CMC stories over and over. I think she knows most of them by now). We celebrated our combined 60th birthdays and Raj and Lori’s engagement. We rented a gorgeous home with views of the red rocks of Sedona for five days at the end of September to early October. The weather was perfect and we had an amazing time hiking, enjoying wine, music (some of us should not sing!), and each other. Andy is still a comedian, and we laughed so hard at times we cried. Scott was our tour guide. There were vortexes, psychics, and tarantulas. We all survived and agreed that celebrating our joint 60th birthdays and Raj and Lori’s engagement was one of the highlights of our year.” STEVE NESBITT writes, “On June 16, Anita and I finished packing our stuff (way, way too much stuff ) and headed East for our new home in Palmer Lake, CO. We traded for an acre of land in the mountains and neighbors consisting of wild turkeys, deer, bear, and mountain lions (to name a few). Since the move, we’ve been busy working on phase one (kitchen) of a multiphase, major remodel and preparing for our first real winter in a long time. As for CMC, I do look back with nostalgia at the comradeship and at being young (and dumb).” NANCY ARONSON reports, “Life has been challenging in our family. In March, our house caught fire, and we have been living in a hotel since. We are still waiting for the repairs to be completed. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the three of us and two dogs are handling it. My daughter is now a sophomore in high school, but due to COVID it is her first time at the school. So many new experiences in our family. Looking forward to next year.” TAMMIE (CALEF) KRISCIUNAS writes, “Still employed, but half-time now and quite liking it. (Still clinical optometry and teaching ophthalmology residents.) Tired of COVID, but aren’t we all? Had a lovely Green Girls annual visit: ELAINE ROSSI, KAREN JACOBSON, and I, with spouses, invaded the home of Neal and GAIL (SILBERMAN) MCCARTHY. New friends are good, but old friends are the best.
“Your faithful class liaison, Tammie” TAMMIE (CALEF) KRISCIUNAS ’83
JEROME HAIG ’84
management at its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters—I embarked on a second career as a high school math teacher. Inspired by my former high school president, I completed evening classes at the University of Michigan over the span of several years to earn a master’s degree in education. One year after retirement, I now teach algebra, geometry, and statistics at nearby Taylor High School. Plans are to teach for several years until mate Martha retires and we relocate to a warmer climate.” JEANNETTE (MCMULLIN) JONES: “BRANT JONES and I enjoyed an October reunion weekend with the Benson boys and their wives in Martha’s Vineyard graciously hosted by Marilyn Roos SCR’86. We came from six different states and even another country. We enjoyed catching up with THOMAS DAVENPORT, his wife Joelle Klein, Marla and EDMUND SHAPIRO from Colorado, Joy and JEFF FRICK P’18 from California, MARK HETZ from Oregon, Susie and JOSH ROSENSTEIN from Washington, Jody and TOD PODL P’22 from Ohio, and LENA ’87 and GREG STONE ’88 from Denmark. We missed Michelle and JON MARTIN, who had to bow out at the last minute due to illness. Lots of biking, eating, drinking, and catching up. We also had the pleasure of Marilyn’s company for a March night here in Texas as she was driving cross country for a post-pandemic trip. How is it possible that we were going to the first Appleby Airband party 40 years ago?” STEVE TAO drops a line: “LISA HARRIS, PAULETTE (KASSABIAN) GERAGOS, LAURI (KRITT) MARTIN, LAURA SIMON and I had a long overdue mini-reunion dinner
last night at Factory Kitchen in downtown L.A. We reminisced, caught up on family and careers, and realized how much we still enjoy and care about each other even though it has been too many years since we’ve been together. The recent class note about my former freshman roommate TOR PERKINS ’86 passing away got us on a text chain and made us realize there’s no time like the present. Ever-organized Lisa found the date and place. Characteristically, Lauri and Paulette arrived early (Paulette brought the wine). We talked all night, celebrating us making it through the pandemic (at least to this phase), and ended the night toasting Tor for bringing us back together.” Finally, from PETER OTTE P’26: “Super excited that my son HENRY OTTE ’26 will be attending CMC this fall. He worked super hard on his application, checked all the boxes, and has been regularly harassing the soccer coach for a chance to try out. Henry has many qualities, but I think the one I most admire is his persistence. He just won’t take no for an answer. It wasn’t until he decided to apply that I began to realize how difficult it is to get accepted these days. Every year, CMC gets roughly 6,000 applications for 300 spots. We should all be proud of our alma mater.” PETER OTTE ’85 P’26
firstname.lastname@example.org PETER RODERIQUE: “At the risk of irritating my former roommate and long-time class scribe MERRILL RICHMOND, who begged for years to provide an update which I never sent, I do have some recent news beyond the status quo over our many years since graduation. Following retirement from Ford Motor Credit Company after a 35-year career—the last 20 of which were in risk
JON BALLESTEROS: “I started a new job handling government relations in California, Alaska, Hawaii, and Nevada for JPMorgan Chase. The job is based in Sacramento, so I hope all CMCers working in the area or visiting will connect. See you all at the reunion.”
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spotlight Alex Hernandez ’96 Incoming President, Champlain College
lex Hernandez ’96 heads to Burlington, Vt., this summer to take the helm as president of Champlain College. It’s a journey, he said, that CMC helped make possible.
As a high school student in Stockton, Calif., in the 1990s, Hernandez first learned about CMC as he pored over the college directories in his local Barnes & Noble (in the pre-internet days). “I was really interested in politics and public policy, and when I read that CMC specialized in government and economics, I said, ‘This sounds amazing!’ And then I learned about the PPE program, and I was sold.” Reflecting on his years at CMC, Hernandez noted the “unbelievable preparation” he received in part by “writing 10page papers every week that I would have to argue and defend in my PPE tutorials. I feel like I grew up so much during my time at Claremont. It’s where I learned how to write, think, and make sense of the world.” He also noted “on-campus recruiting was transformational for me. CMC opened doors and networks that I didn’t have access to—the College gave me social capital—but at the same time there was still a lot I had to figure out for myself.” For someone who holds such reverence for his own education, it’s no wonder that Hernandez now champions the education of others. After graduating CMC, he worked in the financial sector, eventually segueing from venture capital to the classroom, teaching math in a South Los Angeles high school.
He has worked in education ever since, earning an MBA and an MA in education from Stanford University, before becoming an administrator for Portland Public Schools in Oregon, an area superintendent for Aspire Public Schools in California, and a partner with the Charter School Growth Fund. Hernandez made the leap to higher education in 2018, currently serving as the dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) and vice provost of Online Learning at the University of Virginia, until he takes on his new role at Champlain. “I’ve dedicated my career to creating access and opportunity through education,” he said. “Champlain College helps students launch their lives through innovative, career-forward programs—the types of programs that helped my family at each step of our journey.” Hernandez forged strong social bonds at CMC, and among his favorite CMC memories are those of his nights playing guitar and singing Mexican folk songs on the “coffee house circuit” with friends. Yet, it’s Prof. John K. Roth who evokes the warmest emotions. “I think of him about once a week,” said Hernandez, who had Roth as a philosophy professor during his junior year at CMC. “He profoundly influenced my life.” So, when Hernandez received a note from Roth congratulating him on being named the 10th president of Champlain, he said, “It meant the world to hear from him.”
spotlight Tracy Wang ’04 Senior Research Program Manager, Microsoft’s Azure Engineering
hen Tracy Wang ’04 arrived at CMC as a government major, she had no idea that her career would land in the world of big tech, where she currently explores the impact of technology on how people work and behave.
motivates them to say the things they say, and do the things that they do,” she said. “And with my personality, I want to understand the biological basis for the psychology of these things.”
Now a senior research program manager at Microsoft’s Azure Engineering, the tech company’s cloud computing platform, Wang’s mission is to study what motivates people and to improve their experience with the technology platform.
According to Wang, her segue from government and policy into psychology and neuroscience wasn’t as drastic as it sounds. “Everything is related to people. Everything is related to how people function, how communities function, and how to make that better. You can either approach from the government and policy route, or you can do what I ended up doing, which is to make an impact through science. There are many different routes to get to what you want to do. I think that’s a big lesson that CMC taught me.”
It’s the ideal match for Wang, who began working with Azure after 15 years of studying memory and attention as a cognitive neuroscientist. As a human insights researcher, Wang sees “the immediate impact of our work on the world around us. This is a very big, emerging space. I’m looking at how people interact, not just with the people around them, but with the technology around them.” But it was the world of politics that initially engaged Wang. As a high school student in the San Fernando Valley, she volunteered for both statewide and national political campaigns. The experience “changed my trajectory,” she said, piquing an interest in human behavior and leading her to apply to CMC, lured by the College’s strong government department. Wang eventually followed her deepening interest in human behavior, switching her major from government to neuroscience halfway through her time at CMC. (But not before she took Prof. Jack Pitney’s Congress course, which she describes as her favorite at CMC.) “I was very interested in why people act the way they do, what
Her vision and diligent work paid off, and Wang was rewarded in 2004 with CMC’s Departmental Award for “Best Thesis in Neuroscience.” Fueled by her success, Wang continued her academic journey. She earned her MS in neurobiology and behavior from UC Irvine and finished her PhD at UT Dallas before embarking on a sixyear postdoc at UT Austin, with three years of research funded by a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship. “A lot of that research was in human memory. We used neuroimaging (fMRI) to look at memory correlates in the brain. In my postdoc, I did ‘intentional forgetting’ work on how people purposely forget, using machine learning methods to predict patterns of brain activity associated with intentional forgetting,” Wang said. Her study was impactful, garnering attention from major media outlets, such as The New York Times. CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE
CAROL (OLIVER) HARTMAN: “It’s been a while since I
have sent an update! After decades of magical views in San Francisco, I bought a home in Dallas just before the pandemic. I bought this home after leaving a big chair in a global firm to hang my own shingle for the second time. Moving, building a new company, and watching my daughter launch in NYC should all have been enough change; BUT I just landed a new role as managing director, corporate partnerships at Tassat. Tassat is a blockchain technology firm that provides this next generation tech to banks. Just when I hoped I could limp to retirement without having to learn new things, I picked a blockchain startup.” KELLY CHAN: “Hello CMC classmates, hope all is well for
you. I am into my eighth year of retirement. My wife and I live in Hong Kong, and usually in the California Bay Area during the summer. Unfortunately, I can’t join the reunion, but I am looking forward to catching up with you. I can be reached at email@example.com.” JENNIFER TSANG: “I’ve been in the automotive industry for 10 years now, the last two years as the corporate financial controller for Chile’s largest importer/ distributor, DERCO. After 2.5 years of no international travel thanks to Chile’s social unrest followed by the COVID pandemic, I made my way back to Southern California in February for my twin sisters’ 50th birthday. Turning 50 for me wasn’t such a big deal, but having my baby sisters turn the same age was earth shattering for me! I’ve managed to reconnect with a good handful of you thanks to LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram… very happy about that. Took advantage of the trip to reconnect in person with DAREN HENGESBACH ’88, BILL TARKANIAN, and KEVIN FINIGAN. Had not seen Finigan since the day we graduated, but we reconnected as if there had not been 36 years of time and space between us. Living on campus for four years together created some incredibly strong bonds and very warm feelings. I also had the fortune of hanging out with bestie PENJALEE KENNEDY more days than not; thanks, Penni! WOW! We’re nearing retirement (for those who have not already arrived there), living or facing empty nests. We’ve had almost four decades of life since our CMC days…I’m looking forward to seeing you all to share where we’ve been and the plans for the next stage of our journeys.” DAVE TOOMEY: “Spent last weekend in Las Vegas with JASON BELL, LARRY O’BRIEN (who recently moved to Grand Rapids, Mich.), JOHN GUSIFF, BRIAN BOONE, MARK SISSON, DAVE NEAULT, TOM WHITTEMORE, and DALE JACKSON ’88, MIKE LANG ’87 was supposed to
fly in from his home in London but had to cancel at the last minute. It was a great opportunity to get the band back together to relive old times, watch March Madness, and pretend to be high rollers at the craps tables. Everyone is well, and all still married (to their first wife) with kids in or around their college years. An incredibly fun 48 hours with lots of laughs—much like our days at CMC. Very grateful for these enduring (35plus year) friendships with so many quality people. I’m planning to attend the reunion in May as are many of the guys on this list. As for me, I’m still living in West L.A. with my wife, Helene. Our son is scheduled to graduate from USC this spring and our daughter is a junior at Dartmouth.”
SUZANNE AUDISS: “Don’t let JOHN HUSSEY’s top-secret nuptials to Sharon Zalezniak escape mention. As for me, 20-plus years in Corona Del Mar, Calif. I have two fantastic daughters: Sarah is a high school junior who is the captain of the CDMHS varsity basketball team and being recruited to play college soccer. She’s hoping to find a college that will meet her passion for genetic studies and where she can play soccer. Grace, kid no. 2, is a high school freshman who plays soccer, performs in local musical theater, and wants to study fashion design in NYC. I’m extremely grateful to have kids taller than me so there is someone who can reach the top shelves in the kitchen! (Yes, lofty achievement). I always thought that I’d never leave California…but socioeconomic conditions have me considering other parts of our country. Best to all.” LISA MCCAFFREY: “My husband and I decided to try out ‘snowbirding’ and spent this winter in Florida. It has been a blessing to escape the brutal winter in the Northeast. I am fortunate that my firm allowed me to work entirely remotely this winter. The COVID pandemic has likely changed the way we work permanently. I like to think of myself as a work-fromhome pioneer, as I have worked a hybrid schedule for 28 years. As a new mother of twins, I fought for the opportunity to work a part-time, and then part of that time from home, schedule. Of course, technology is much better now. Floppy disks, anyone? As I reflect on our upcoming 35th reunion, I am stunned when I think of the magnitude of that number and the number(s) representing our chronological ages. Of course, we are all still 21 contemplating or planning for retirement. I’ve decided to never retire. I think working part-time is the best of all worlds. I hope to see your smiling faces at our reunion in Claremont.” DANIEL VELA: “Can’t wait to see those who can make it to the Class Dinner on Reunion Weekend! I’m grateful that my seventh grader is attending LAUSD middle school in person since last August. Let’s just say that the 12-year-old mind is not suited for independent study. Alas, I still struggle with that myself. I’ve been in the employee benefits field since graduation. The first 16 years, I was in the actuarial consulting field and became an enrolled actuary in 1993. Starting in 2003, I have worked in Taft-Hartley ERISA benefit plan administration. I have been with the Southwest Carpenters administrative office since February 2018, and last year I became compliance manager. I’m still figuring out what that means, but for sure I am the one who nags and cajoles our benefit fund managers to meet IRS, DOL, and other compliance deadlines and obligations. I’m healthy and very happy and have lived in northeast L.A. since 2003. I became a stepfather at age 41 and a father at age 44. I’m so grateful for the life I’ve been given.” JOHN SAYRE: “Perhaps slightly ahead of the trend, my
family and I relocated to Dallas from La Cañada in 2010. Fast forward to the present day, our three children have now graduated college (College of Charleston, University of Alabama, and University of Arkansas) and all live/work in the Dallas area nearby. Lucky us! My wife, Jill, is an educator and an author of young adult books. I have been in the mortgage banking business since graduation, mostly on the capital markets side. At CMC, I spent one season on the swim team and, at
age 40, got back into the pool to compete in masters swimming. Fun fact: our Masters team held the first sanctioned swim meet that started tracking world records for masters’ relay events. So, technically, I was part of seven world records! Other hobbies include regular poker games as well as trips to our lake house for bass fishing and boating. In Dallas? Look me up!” JEN TSANG ’86
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cohartman1gmail.com JANE KAUFMANN SANKER ’86
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From ERIC STEINWINDER: “The last four years have been a world tour for the Steinwinders. In 2018, we moved from Seattle to Melbourne, Australia, with our 10- and 12-year-old daughters, as part of a new partner ecosystem role for Asia Pacific that I took on with my company. We fell in love with Australia and can see why Melbourne has consistently been ranked as the world’s most livable city. Our time there was cut short by an unexpected opportunity to step into the same role for Europe, based out of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. We ended up living near the beach in The Hague, and for a good laugh you can watch us on House Hunters International (episode is called ‘The Hague With You’). Unfortunately, our time in Europe coincided with COVID, but we still appreciated the experience of living in such a fascinating part of the world so rich in history and culture, and the opportunity to become more resilient in the process. We’re back in Seattle now in 2022, very happy to be close to long-time friends and family again, and thankful for all the new friends and memories we made during our time abroad. I remember being very passionate about living abroad when I was 18, and that desire definitely influenced my decision to make international relations my major at CMC. Little did I know it would be more than 30 years before I would be able to make it happen, but better late than never, and I’m forever grateful.”
From BRIAN MENARD, “After 18 months of pandemic delay, Audrey and I were finally thrilled to welcome a visit to us in Panama by our (now-not-so-new) grandson, Adam, and his parents (our daughter Charlotte and son-in-law Zak) from their home in Casablanca, Morocco. We moved from Africa to the American Isthmus a few weeks before Adam was born in 2020, so—until their visit started in February—to him we were only virtual grandparents who lived inside the screens of his mother’s phone/iPad/computer. Now we are full-fledged Nana and Buhpa (Adam’s construction
LISA (COEL) HARRISON P’22 writes, “My son, SAM HARRISON ’22, graduates from CMC in May with a
BA in economics and an MA in finance (through the Robert Day Scholars Program, which is amazing). TOM HARRISON ’86 P’22 and I had so much fun watching Sam and his teammates enjoy their final water polo season last fall. Our oldest, Aileen, is getting married soon to her longtime beau, Raul, and we’re thrilled for them. Our younger boy is a water polo goalie at Stanford, and our ‘baby’ is in high school. After many years focused on raising kids, I completed a certificate program in independent educational consulting through UC Irvine and launched a full-service college advising business. My favorite part is getting to know the students and watching them mature through the process—from exploring and selecting ‘good fit’ colleges to writing and editing essays about their experiences, insights, and future goals. My new site: www.empowercollegeconsulting.com. I hope to see many of you at Reunion Weekend!” FAYE (KARNAVY) SAHAI reports, “Enjoying venture investing in digital wellness and mental health startups and with www.telosity.co and being on boards. We thought we would be empty nesters after my son graduated from Pomona College in 2020, but my mother-in-law has moved in from Brazil during COVID. Appreciated my time with CMC Alumni Association Board and ’90 class liaison, and I wanted to encourage others to consider.” FAYE (KARNAVY) SAHAI ’90
email@example.com DENNIS CLARK writes, “In December, I concluded a 26-year career in environmental protection and land management, retiring from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. While I enjoyed work, my dear wife, Lynne, convinced me that I’d enjoy the fun of not working even more. A week after my final day in the office, we set off on a three-month exploration of Chile. We rented a camper van and drove the southern half of that fabulous country. Under the austral summer sun, we hiked vertiginous peaks, boated azure lakes, climbed into a glacier, ran with the guanacos, and scratched our heads over the strange Chileno Spanish. These were things we wanted to do while we are still young—and we are still young, Class of ’91! In March, we returned home to Anacortes, north of Seattle. Looking forward to many more outdoor adventures, travels, and volunteering in the years to come.”
of ‘Grandpa Brian’) who will continue banking the daily hugs and kisses until Adam and his parents head home to Morocco in a few more weeks.” From DAN O’KEEFE P’25, “My son LOGAN O’KEEFE ’25 is a freshman on the track team throwing the hammer and discus and is an IR major. I’m down there almost every weekend watching track!” SHERI (WARD) MUNTEAN is still in Anacortes, Wash., with her family. “I’m still managing my own CPA firm and have the pleasure of working with a great group that includes one of my daughters and my daughter-in-law every day. My youngest daughter owns the local skate shop and also works part-time in our firm. Another daughter has a farm in eastern Washington with her son and partner, while another is in California working in Silicon Valley with her soon-to-be husband, my son is in Utah with his wife and soon-to-be four daughters, and the other three daughters (and two spouses) are close by. Life is good, as we enjoy travel, work, and family.”
ANDY SAUTER and Julie are moving from the San Francisco area to Alexandria, Va., to be closer to their kids. All three adult kids live on the East Coast, with the eldest expecting a baby in August. Andy looks forward to connecting with JACK SPIRAKES and others in the CMC community in D.C. and stopping in again on JOE MASSOUD and Professor Marc Massoud P’89 on regular trips up to Boston. TODD THOMAS ’89
firstname.lastname@example.org ASHWIN GULATI visited CMC last month to play in the Ducey Cup Tennis Alumni Match. “Had an awesome weekend, reconnected with ANDREW CHEKIAN, and we played doubles together…felt like time travel. Great to be back on the tennis courts at CMC. I’m a turnaround executive for technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
DAN MARKERT shares retirement news too. “My update is that I started a post-military retirement career as vice president of risk management operations at a fintech startup solving the wildfire insurability problem in California. Had dinner last month with BRIAN LIPPA when he was out looking at colleges for his son and daughter.”
And CHRISTA CRAWFORD is launching a new venture. “This year I launched the Institute for Anti-Trafficking Innovation, which seeks to catalyze an industrywide shift to more effectively end exploitation. By partnering with the tech industry, academics, and
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cross-disciplinary nonprofits, we give local workers around the world greater access to the research, education, and training they need to help survivors and vulnerable communities, and to amplify those local voices to global policymakers. With the horrors happening in Ukraine, Burma, and beyond, the need to protect people who are prime targets for human trafficking has never been greater. What we are doing sounds basic, but sadly the anti-trafficking field lacks information and communication channels at the scale needed to ensure effective change. We’re excited to help build them. “After being stuck in Thailand since late 2019, I finally have a chance to return to the U.S.—just in time for our in-person reunion (Yay!!!). I will also be traveling for several weeks to catch up with friends and family and meet with potential donors and strategic partners (universities, nonprofits, business leaders, etc.). I hope to see everyone at the reunion, but if you or anyone you know would like to meet up to hear about my work or just to catch up, let me know. I’ll be in the Bay Area in early May, in Southern California late May, and in Boston/New York the first half of June. You can reach me at email@example.com.” See you all at Alumni Weekend May 26-29! INGRID (MORRIS) ENSING ’91
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CHRIS STEWART lives in Baton Rouge, La., and has been married to Rachel Palmertree for 13 years. They have two boys (11, 9) and a girl (7). Chris owns Third Coast Soccer, a specialty soccer team business he started in 1999. He has coached club and high school soccer for the last 23 years. Go Stags!! SCOTT AKASAKI reports that he has five kids (ages 11, 8, 6, 3, and 1) and just celebrated 22 years with the Dodgers. SAMARA WEINER is making Aliyah and getting Israeli citizenship. She will be working with the Israel Softball Association to help American-Jewish athletes make Aliyah and join the Israeli National teams. “We are building a talent pipeline to help Israel develop its softball and baseball programs, with an eye toward the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles! Reach out if you are headed to Israel this summer.”
In January, MENDY (BOETTCHER) MINJAREZ, MELISSA PAULISSEN, CINDY (MARESSO) GRAY, and DIANNA “DT” (TURNER) GRAVES met for a long weekend in Claremont. It was their first annual reunion since the start of the pandemic. DT reports that her favorite Keck memory was being a TA for the newly designed Introductory Biology course with Professor Sadava. She learned more about biology and teaching pedagogy than ever before and built lasting relationships at the same time. KRISTAL DEKLEER ’98
KATHRYN PEARSON ’93
CHIP NIERLICH ’94
Always great to hear from the Class of 1998!
CHARLES LUCKING is running for the
Phoenix Union High School District governing board. He invites you to learn about his campaign at www. charlesluckingaz.com.
AUSTIN SHEPPARD is settling in nicely in Manchester, England, after living 10 years in China. He would love to connect with other CMCers in the U.K.! CAMILLE GRIEP ’99
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firstname.lastname@example.org PETER CALTAGIRONE’s law firm is growing like crazy. He bought an airplane last fall and is loving life in Alaska. Notwithstanding, he confirms that winters are still very cold and long. Peter also got married last year. Our classmate, DANIEL AMTMANN, flew in from Germany to serve as the best man.
ASHLEY (BAKER) DOLIESLAGER is still living in Round Rock, Tex., with her four boys and loving it. “My oldest son is turning 13 (!) next month, which is crazy! Time just keeps on going, huh?” The highlight so far this year was the trip to Destin, Fla., with friends to celebrate her 40th birthday in March. MONICA (NELSON) FISCHER and GENA (SAMQUI) HOPPER from CMC made the trip!
Your humble class liaison was scheduled to go to Tokyo for his 40th birthday in January, but Japan was still requiring 14 days of quarantine prior to entry, which kind of ruins a 10-day trip. Instead, my wife and I went where they don’t believe in COVID—South Florida. First time going to Key West, which was a mishmash of nice beach bum retirees and Bourbon Street sleaze. Then we spent some time in South Beach, where Miami had its coldest temperatures in approximately 15 years (Yay!). Got a trip planned in May with MALCOLM MURFIN, BRYAN OSBORNE, ALEX LECKY, DAVE HONG (live from Taiwan!), MEHMET PIRILTI (live from Turkey!), and PETER OMBRES to parts unknown. MIKE AVENT ’04
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firstname.lastname@example.org ANNIE (DAUN) MEYER writes in with a fun CMC story: “I left Austin to visit New Orleans for a few days over spring break and bumped into CANDACE VALENZUELA in Audubon Park. Coincidentally, she was visiting from Dallas. I don’t think Candace recognized me, but I basically accosted her asking, ‘Didn’t you graduate from CMC in 2006?!’ We chatted while our two oldest kiddos, who happen to be close in age, ran around the park. Our husbands also connected over a shared college alma mater. What are the odds?! We’re both planning to attend the class reunion in May and are looking forward to seeing each other again. It was such a random ‘small world’ meetup and proof of how deep the CMC connection runs.”
TOM HALLOCK and his wife are very smitten with their daughter, Olive Atwood, who arrived on Dec. 2. CARL MARRONE writes in to share that “KEVIN BLAIR squandered Cooper Kupp’s historic season and lost in
identity transition like that could be supported and celebrated.” KOURTNEY (RADCLIFF) UNDERWOOD reports, “At the beginning of this year, I was promoted to director of catering and events for the hospitality group I’ve worked with for the last five years. We currently have six restaurant locations, one of which is in Claremont, and we are working toward reopening another by the end of this year as we find the new normal post-COVID.” RYAN TOOHEY writes, “I moved to Auburn, Calif., with my wife and two kids, where the canyon is steep and the river is cool. I keep in touch locally with several legends, including BREMNER MORRIS, BRIAN FUERST, PETERIS LIEPINS, and ALEXANDER REICHERT, mostly through running adventures. If you need a Toyota, I’d be happy to help, I’m working at the local dealer!” YOHEI NAKAJIMA writes, “During the pandemic, I started a VC firm, kicked off an NFT project, and we’re about to welcome baby No. 3 (first boy) into the world. Needless to say, keeping busy!”
the fantasy football finals. It’s important to note that Carl wasn’t the one who defeated me… he’s just mean.” MEREDITH (THAMES) LA PLANTE has a delayed birth announcement…for her three children who are now 6, 9, and 11. Congrats, Meredith! ANNA BEIER-PEDRAZZI hit her decade milestone
serving in the USAF JAG Corps last year, and was selected/is currently sponsored by the USAF to attend McGill University for an LLM in Air and Space Law. Shortly before starting her master’s degree at McGill last fall, she wrapped up a deployment working with special operations and a master’s degree in Joint Warfare. After completing her LLM this summer, Anna will be heading to the Pentagon to work in the Air Force’s legal operations office for space. Working in space law, she frequently runs into fellow major-andspace-nerd JEREMY GRUNERT ’09. Anna sends all of the Class of ’06 a warm best from frosty Montreal! KEVIN BLAIR ’06
EMILY FERRELL ’07
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CAMILO CUELLAR is excited and a little sad to finish his MBA this June at UCLA Anderson School. The fun had to end at some point. He’ll be joining EY Parthenon’s Los Angeles office in the fall. If anyone is passing
through Los Angeles on travel and on the Westside of town, please let him know. He would love to grab coffee, lunch, or dinner and catch up! IAN JOHNSON is finishing his third year as the P.J. Moran Family Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Notre Dame. He recently visited the Ath to give a talk about his new book, Faustian Bargain: The Soviet-German Partnership and the Origins of the Second World War, which won the 2022 Distinguished Book Prize from the Society for Military History. He and his wife have an 18-month-old daughter and a dog named Patton. KYLIE ALSOFROM writes, “That science center looks incredible. Sadly, I don’t have any exciting memories in any of the science buildings other than knowing two things: science is cool, and science is not my best subject. The irony there is that I just started working at an early-stage startup called Science! We are also excited about what science can make possible in the future as we work on brain machine interfaces. If anyone is interested in learning more or joining me, let them know they can reach out to me. :)” KYLE RAGINS writes, “Best joint science memory was hanging out with Professor Williams in the parking lot of joint science during my first year of Intro to Chemistry doing a ‘demo derby,’ where we just made a bunch of cool-looking chemistry reactions that lit up, changed colors, and exploded in various ways. A close second was when Professor Williams gave an entire chemistry lecture with a pirate accent, because it was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I was very happy to learn that Professor Williams transitioned to identifying as a woman in the years after we graduated. It made me proud to have been part of a science learning community where a challenging public
NICK WARSHAW started a new job working directly for former California Governor Gray Davis at Loeb & Loeb. Governor Davis and Nick provide strategic legal counsel to companies, nonprofits, research institutes, and universities. FREYA (LEE) HURTADO writes, “I have been working at dear old CMC since 2018 as a career coach at the career services office in the Soll Center for Student Opportunity. I love how so many members of the CMC community continue to hire from Claremont McKenna, and I especially love how my job allows me to catch up with so many of my classmates! Just in the first half of the spring 2022 semester alone, I was able to see some fellow ’09ers in person or virtually for different recruitment-related events: ALEX BONNETT, MARCO DE LA TORRE, ZACH ENGLAND, ZACH MALLOVE, NICK WARSHAW, and CHRIS BRIGHAM. There are so many others who emailed me and offered to help CMCers in multitudes of ways over the past few years—thank you all for validating my career switch from energy to education. If anybody makes it out to Claremont, please stop by the Soll Center. Can’t wait to reconnect with you!” CAMILO CUELLAR ’09
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Graduates Of the Last Decade! During the fourth annual Going for the GOLD, more than 850 donors supported the Challenge and collectively raised over $80,000! Congratulations to the Class of 2017 for maintaining the lead with 119 donors! Every dollar will be invested in CMC’s crucial programs to help broaden and strengthen the CMC experience. Thank you again for stepping up to the challenge!
# of donors: 854 Classes with the most participants: 2017, 2016, 2020 $ raised: $80,896
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NICK LILLIE writes, “I left private equity (True Wind Capital) in San Francisco, moved to Boulder, Colo., got married to my best friend (Marissa Cohen POM ’15, even though she’s a Sagehen), climbed Kilimanjaro for our honeymoon, and started as chief of staff to the CEO of a Series B tech startup called Arryved. “
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MAXWELL URMAN is living in San Diego and loving life!
After moving to Boston and experiencing one harrowing NorEaster Snowmageddon, PARKER MALLCHOK decided to move to Nashville and rent an adorable house with her adorable boyfriend and their adorable dog. Her job is less adorable (it still being Boston-based), but she is traveling to Europe frequently for work, and that is always fabulous. ANOUSH BAGHDASSARIAN will be graduating from Harvard Law School this May. Over the summer, she will participate in two human rights fellowships, one in Armenia and the other in Germany, in addition to attending our wonderful and much-anticipated fiveyear reunion! (If you talk to her, please remind her she also has a bar exam to study for and take this summer, which she seems to be neglecting!). This is also the fiveyear anniversary of Rerooted—an oral history archive she started with her Pomona peer, Ani Schug POM ’17, immediately after graduation through a grant awarded with great help from CMC. If you’d like a copy of what will hopefully be the first of many “annual reports,” please email email@example.com! Finally, in September, she will move to the Netherlands to work at International Criminal Court, returning State-side in January 2024 for a judicial clerkship on the Second Circuit. Please come visit her in The Hague between September 2022-2023! NICK GLASCOCK-ILLESCAS got his master’s at University of Colorado Boulder, moved to Norway for two years, and is now living in Austin working on satellite
communication payloads. He is still playing soccer on Sundays and keeping up with old friends. He is looking forward to his next international move. DARIUS BIEGANSKI writes, “I’ve spent the past five years working at NBC Sports in their next-gen sports division, NBC Sports NEXT. Specifically, I’m the lead software engineer for the Digital Analytics Team. Beyond work, I’m lucky enough to have bought a place in downtown Minneapolis, where I’ve been living happily with my girlfriend of five years. We teach a middle-school robotics team together. The past three seasons our team advanced to the state competition and beat out high school teams for a top-10 finish (out of 140 teams in the state). Like most people, I took the pandemic as an opportunity to learn new skills and hobbies; in my case, I decided to start building guitars! Another CMC alumnus, PATRICK QUARBERG ’18, and I have built seven guitars and two basses since the start of lockdown.” DANIEL PADILLA is working to address the worst effects of the climate crisis while at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). CAM VAN writes, “Since CMC, I’ve graduated from UC Davis Law School, and now on to start my own company with two other 5Cers. Couro.io is a social platform built for athlete empowerment. Couro levels the playing field for athletes across the spectrum, creating a community where athletes, coaches, and trainers can curate their own exclusive content. Users can subscribe for access, receiving elite athletic insights, all while supporting their favorite athlete to achieve their dreams.” JOHANNA (JAI) DUNGCA is finishing up her last year of medical school and going back to the West Coast to complete her ob-gyn residency in Tacoma, Wash.! CALLA CAMERON writes, “I’m about to leave for Peru with a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award. I’ll be doing oral history work for my dissertation on reconciliation after the Peruvian Internal Armed Conflict, and then return to Georgetown University to teach.”
After living on the West Coast and the East Coast, MAKELLA BREMS has found, in true goldilocks fashion, that the middle of the country suits her just right. Last year, she burrowed into her library hole to pursue a Ph.D. in political science at Notre Dame for the next five to 50 years of her life. After a brief stint of being work-based in various states around the country after college, GATOR ADAMS eventually relocated back to his hometown of Houston, Texas. In the several years since being back, he’s been blessed with much family time, a house, and a great career. Gator is currently a portfolio manager senior associate at Bank of America Private Bank in downtown Houston. In his free time, he enjoys hanging with friends, hunting, and shooting sporting clays competitively. MICKY FERGUSON ’17
MALKA KAUSAR writes, “The best decision was taking geology as my science GE. Our trip to Death Valley sticks with me. An important reminder that we truly are a blip on the geological time scale. Life really is that short.”
ELENA SEIFERT writes, “I’m about to wrap up my second year of medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and got a dog this year that I wish I could bring to the Bauer fountain!” EDGAR WARNHOLTZ remembers, “Taking Astronomy at Keck Science with my roommate JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ was a blast! There is something about learning about the cosmos and celestial giants that made us greatly appreciate life and CMC. :)” ADELE ENGLISH reports, “Moved from Venice Beach to
Santa Monica, enjoying VC, skiing, surfing, and visiting with my loofahs. Miss my long-term roomie and best friend, KIMMY TUTTLE, while she nomads in Montana.” NOLAN RAJAKUMAR remembers, “Struggling to find a bathroom in Keck that wasn’t locked during my 8 p.m. astronomy lab class.” CORBIN BETHUREM writes, “Last year, I placed fifth at the IPF 2021 National Championship (1356lbs @ 181lbs). I have been working on producing two albums for release in 2022. I got into Soho House. Still working for MSFT in L.A.” KIMMY TUTTLE reports, “I have been living the digital nomad life in Montana after two years in Los Angeles with my CMC roomie and best friend, ADELE ENGLISH. Add me on LinkedIn if you want to hear about jobs in the creator economy. :)”
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ELLERY KOELKER-WOLFE writes, “I moved to Boston, Mass., to start medical school, and my first-year roommate, EMMA HENSON, will be moving here this summer for graduate school. We’ll be roommates once again, and I couldn’t be happier!” OMAR RODRIGUEZ writes, “Hey, guys. Life is good. I started a digital marketing company this year, so I’m spending my days in cyberspace. Skyclicks.com launches April 15. Moving to Los Angeles soon.” PATRICK MYERS reports, “Sun still shines in California. 20-plus CMCers within three-mile radius in West Los Angeles. Coachella returns for first time in three years… finally. Entertainment, sports, and arts…Never a dull moment.” ADELE ENGLISH ’19
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In Memoriam 1940s Peter K. Maier ’49 GP’21 GP’21 of Tiburon, Calif., died December 21, 2021. He studied business administration at CMC. Born in Würzberg, Germany, he fled Nazi Germany in 1937 with his family to Belgium, then Holland, and arrived in the United States on Thanksgiving Day in 1938. He served in the U.S. Air Force after law school and had careers as a tax attorney, a professor at UC Hastings Law School, and a successful investment advisor. He also served on the board for the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco for 45 years and was chairman for 35 years. Maier is survived by his wife of 58 years, Melanie GP’21 GP’21, two daughters, and four grandchildren, including Maxwell Fisher ’21 and Gabriel Fisher ’21.
1950s Richard (Dick) S. Arthur ’52 of Sunset Beach, Calif., died September 13, 2020. After serving for two years in the U.S. Navy, Arthur enrolled at CMC, where he was voted class president and made lifelong friends. After two years at CMC, his father summoned him home to take over the family insurance business in Pasadena, which Arthur ran for 45 years. He and his wife of 65 years, Lois Anne, enjoyed long summer camping trips with their children and time spent at the beach. When he wasn’t with his family, Arthur could be found working in his garden in Pasadena and on his property in Ashland, Ore. He is survived by his wife, Lois Anne, five children, 15 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. John (Dave) David Arbuckle ’53 of Auburn, Calif., died December 12, 2021. He studied business administration at CMC, and went on to pursue post-graduate studies at UCLA, Chapman College, Mexico City College, and the University of Puerto Rico. Arbuckle served on active duty with the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in the Arctic, then moved on to a 30-year career in technology for the U.S. Department of Defense. He retired in 1994 from the Alameda Naval Air Station. Having traveled the world, Arbuckle was passionate about sailing and had an impressive ability to pick up languages. He is survived by his wife, Anne, four children, and five grandsons. Robert (Bob) A. Berliner ’53 of Beverly Hills, Calif., died October, 2, 2021. He initially began his studies in finance and economics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, but was interrupted when his unit in the Air National Guard was activated. Berliner finished his studies afterward at CMC while working in the evenings. A serial entrepreneur, his career went from aviation to corporate finance to oil and gas production. Berliner’s final career pursuit was founding Westmount Asset Management with his son Jim, which has seen success as one of the
largest independent investment advisory firms in Southern California. He is survived by his wife, June, three children, and three grandchildren.
Hausman Investments, Inc., serving as president. He is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren.
Eugene (Gene) R. Bucciarelli ’56 of Santa Barbara, Calif., died on April 2, 2021. He came to CMC under the GI Bill and studied business administration after serving in the U.S. Navy as an X-ray technician during the Korean War. After completing his MBA at Northwestern University, Bucciarelli began his lifelong career in international financial auditing for the U.S. State Department and the United Nations, for which he traveled all over Europe. He is survived by his wife, Patricia.
Richard (Dick) W. Larkin ’57 of Scotts Valley, Calif., died on June 3, 2020. He studied business administration and was an ROTC cadet while at CMC. He went to work for the Northrop Corporation as a materials manager, but soon joined his family to start O&M Machine Company. By the 1960s, they had more than 250 employees and were operating out of several buildings that encompassed an impressive 85,000 square feet. From 1965 to 1990, O&M Machining became the Richlar Company under Larkin’s guidance, who continued the family tradition of supporting Air Force contracts. In his retirement years, Larkin was the purchasing manager at Larkin Precision Machining, a new enterprise started by his sons. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and their children and grandchildren, who know him as “Papou,” a Greek nickname meaning grandpa.
Harry “Ed” Reynolds ’56 P’84 of Boise, Idaho, died on June 4, 2020. He was born in Glendale, Calif. and studied business administration at CMC. He married Mary Ann, POM ’56, after his freshman year in medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. They had a baby girl during Mary Ann’s senior year. Ed did his general surgery training at St. Luke’s in St. Louis, Mo. In 1965, during the Vietnam War, he was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. After his military service, he set up his private practice of general surgery in Turlock, Calif. He was greatly loved by his patients for his compassion, expertise and surgical skills. He was Chief of Staff at Emanuel Medical Center, President of the Stanislaus Medical Society, and President of the Stanislaus Foundation for Medical Care. While in practice, he volunteered his surgical skills for 6 weeks to the patients of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti. He also provided charitable surgical care for the people of Majuro, Marshall Islands. Ed was a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and International College of Surgeons. He retired after 25 years in practice and became a locum tenens physician, traveling to several states and Alaska. After 12 years as a traveling surgeon, he retired to live in Boise, Idaho. In 2007, he established his legacy, The Drs. Ed and Mary Ann Reynolds Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for education and women’s rights. Since its inception, the Foundation and his estate have given to university and college scholarships, homeless shelters, domestic abuse shelters, food banks, and Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti, and other institutions. He was devoted to his family and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ann P’84, daughters, Katherine Ann Reynolds ’84, and Ellen Marie Reynolds POM ’89. Richard (Dick) P. Hausman ’57 of Costa Mesa, Calif., died on January 20, 2022. Hausman studied business administration at CMC before serving his country in Korea. He began his career with Allergan Pharmaceuticals, his father-in-law’s startup company, serving as vice president. Hausman stayed connected to CMC, serving as a Trustee from 1985 to 1997 and as a longtime member of the Orange County Res Publica Board of Governors. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his mid-20s, Hausman became a committed advocate to find a cure for the disease. He was recognized by President Ronald Reagan as National Multiple Sclerosis Man of the Year for his efforts. Hausman also received a medal from UC Irvine Medical Center, for which he served as a board member. In 2000, he launched
William (Bill) F. Burnett ’59 P’02 of Pasadena, Calif., died on December 24, 2021. He studied business administration at CMC. Burnett worked in property management, developing successful neighborhood shopping centers across Southern California. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Burnett P’02, and three children, including Matthew Burnett ’02. He was predeceased by his brother Theodore Burnett Jr. ’55.
1960s Fred T. Potter ’60 of Pasadena, Calif., died on November 14, 2021. Potter graduated with a degree in humanities from CMC. While at CMC, he met his wife, Rebecca, who was attending Scripps College. Potter completed post-graduate work at Pepperdine University (business) and Phillips Graduate Institute (marriage and family therapy.) He began his career in sales and marketing for a manufacturing company, then became a psychotherapist in 1994. Potter stayed involved with his community in San Marino and South Pasadena, coaching sports, serving on committees, counseling at his church, and serving as a member of the Tournament of Roses for 27 years. He also worked to improve education in Kenya, serving as vice chairman of the board of Tembo Trading since 2010. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, two children, and five grandchildren. Thomas A. Weatherley III ’62 of Colorado Springs, Colo., died on February 15, 2021. He was an economics major at CMC. Weatherley began his career as a computer systems analyst, working for tech companies and government contractors throughout the United States He enjoyed sports, the outdoors, science, the paranormal, and playing acoustic guitar at folk and bluegrass festivals across the country. He is survived by his former wife, Karla, two children, and two granddaughters. Alvin W. Ray Jr. ’62 P’87 of Laguna Woods, Calif., died November 14, 2021. He studied humanities at CMC, completing post-graduate work in architecture at USC, for which he received the prestigious Architectural Guild scholarship. Ray
served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam War before launching an architecture and civil engineering firm in San Diego, where he designed notable development projects in the area. He received awards from the National Association of Home Builders, Partners for Livable Places, and the American Institute of Architects for his work. He is survived by his wife, Susan P’87, three children, including Jennifer R. Stahl ’87, and four grandchildren. Richard (Dick) L. Smith ’64 P’86 of Rocklin, Calif., died September 13, 2021. He was an accounting and economics major at CMC and a cadet in the ROTC program. Smith went on to study law at Loyola Law School while working for a CPA practice. He then served as a commanding officer in the U.S. Army at a boot camp in Fort Bragg, N.C. Smith returned to public accounting practice for 15 years before becoming controller of a large auto distributor, Interamerican Motor Company (IMC). He was an avid collector of music and movies, including pre-war movies. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Gayle P’86, two stepdaughters, including Jennifer (Saltzman) Üner ’86, and a grandson. Joseph (Joe) M. Zerboni ’64 P’89 of Solana Beach, Calif., died January 17, 2022. Zerboni was recruited to CMC to play tennis and studied managementengineering. Inspired by Coach Ted Ducey P’73, he was an aggressive tennis player who competed throughout his life, winning championships and trophies even in his senior years. He completed his post-graduate education at Stanford University. Zerboni spent his 39-year career at IBM in sales, management, and executive positions in California and Europe. He then began working with CEOs and eventually launched EXECTEAM, which brings CEOs together to help address major issues. He is survived by his wife, Johanna P’89, five children, including Cynthia “Leigh” Zerboni ’89, and seven grandchildren. Carl R. Brick ’64 P’93 of Fullerton, Calif., died January 31, 2022. He studied business administration and economics at CMC after serving four years in the U.S. Navy. While attending CMC, he met his wife, Terry, who was attending Scripps College. Brick spent 30 years working in human resources and marketing for Unocal, then began teaching in the Fullerton School District. Brick loved to travel and visited many countries around the world. He was also an excellent bridge player, earning his Life Master. He devoted time to the Placentia United Methodist Church and Yorba Linda Senior Center and took classes to keep his mind growing. He is survived by his wife, Terry P’93, and two daughters, including Catherine R. (Brick) Bovenizer ’93, and two grandchildren. Robert (Bob) H. Smith ’65 of Madison, Miss., died January 3, 2022. He studied political science at CMC. Smith traveled from the West Coast to the Midwest and back, teaching history and politics at the college and high school levels. Richard (Dick) B. Glassburn ’66 of Edmonds, Wash., died in November 2021. He earned a business degree and was a basketball player at CMC. Glassburn then joined the U.S. Army, serving as second lieutenant and tank commander in Germany before becoming first lieutenant. His career moved into the financial 66
sector, starting as a stockbroker and retiring as senior vice president of D.A. Davidson & Co. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, two children, and four grandchildren. Stephen (Steve) L. Dailey ’67 of Centennial, Colo., died December 14, 2021. He was a political science major at CMC. As a student, Dailey lived in Berger Hall and served as editor of the Student Handbook and was a member of the Student Court. Dailey worked in the field of real estate property management while working for Dailey & Associates in Colorado and California. Major projects that he helped to build and develop included the Desert Island Country Club in Rancho Mirage and the Palm Springs Inn. After moving to the Denver area, Dailey owned and managed several different properties. A proud alumnus, Dailey returned to campus in 2017 to celebrate his 50th CMC class reunion. George R. Saunders Jr. ’67 of Appleton, Wis., died September 17, 2020. He studied economics at CMC on a football scholarship. Saunders went on to join the Peace Corps, spending a year in Venezuela. He earned a PhD in cultural anthropology at UC San Diego, and later became a professor of anthropology and department chair at Lawrence University. In his community, he was an active supporter of Hmong immigrants. He is survived by his wife, Bickley, a son, two stepchildren, and five grandchildren. Rory M. Laughery ’67 P’94 P’97 of Seattle, Wash., died December 27, 2021. He studied science at CMC, then pursued medical school at UCLA. During his time at CMC, he met his wife, Kathleen, who was attending Pitzer College. Laughery was one of the first inductees in the National Health Service Corps and opened his own medical practice. He served as a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians and president of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. He aided victims of Hurricane Katrina through the Public Health Service. He is survived by his wife, Kathy P’94 P’97, four sons, including Tyler W. Laughery ’97 and Todd M. Laughery ’94, and four grandsons.
1970s Alfred (Al) Dauber ’71 of Scottsdale, Ariz., died February 4, 2022. Dauber was a graduate of Central Phoenix High School who transferred to CMC from Arizona State University. Once at CMC, he thrived as a political science major. But his main claim to fame was introducing Robin Williams ’73 to an unsuspecting world at the infamous “An Evening with Al Dauber” show in McKenna Auditorium on February 21, 1970. Dauber’s subsequent career was as a sales manager in the hospitality industry in Southern California, including at La Costa Resort & Spa and Pechanga Resort & Casino. In his later years, Dauber developed Parkinson’s disease, which slowed his speech but not his enthusiastic activity, including being interviewed for a recent biography of his friend Robin Williams.
attended Scripps College when they met. Edwards became a licensed architect, working in design and construction management throughout the west and the United States. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Robert A. Melashenko ’74 of Great Falls, Mont., died January 12, 2022. He was a psychology major at CMC and went on to study medicine at Loma Linda University. He is survived by his wife, Connie, and a child. Samuel Reece ’74 of Manhattan Beach, Calif., died December 8, 2021. He studied literature at CMC, then received a Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley Law School. During his time at CMC, Reece was a football and baseball athlete. He stayed connected to CMC and the athletics program, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. Reece was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He had a deep appreciation for CMC’s literature professors and a desire to promote diversity among CMC students. He was a practicing attorney until retirement in 2000, and later focused on writing a memoir, “The Adventures of Babe Wright.” He is survived by his wife, Judith, three children, and a grandson. Christopher C. Amadio ’78 of Westport, Conn., died January 2, 2022. He studied international relations at CMC. Born in Madrid, Amadio was known to be a creative writer, poet, and playwright, as well as a popular tennis player on the local junior circuit.
1980s Janet Riddle ’82 of Chicago, Ill., died May 12, 2021. Please see Class Notes on p. 55 for more information. Johnny Ellis Jr. ’82 of Anchorage, Ala., died February 9, 2022. Please see Class Notes on p. 55 for more information.
Former Trustee Jean Vick Trousdale of Aspen, Colo. died on March 27, 2021. Trousdale, a Southern California philanthropist who was married to prolific real estate developer Paul Trousdale, served as a CMC Trustee from 1985 to 1990. She is survived by two step-daughters.
Correction In the Fall 2021 issue, William A. Barr ’74 was incorrectly listed as deceased. Claremont McKenna College and the CMC Alumni Association regret the error and apologize sincerely.
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CMC Board of Trustees David G. Mgrublian ’82 P’11 Chair of the Corporation and Board of Trustees CEO, IDS Real Estate Group Hiram E. Chodosh President of the College
Regular Trustees Peter K. Barker ’70 P’01 Board Chair Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College Retired Chairman of California JPMorgan Chase & Co. Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs & Company James B. Bemowski ’76 P’07 P’09M’10 Retired Vice Chairman of the Doosan Group & CEO of the Doosan Corporation Business Operations A. Steven Crown ’74 General Partner and Co-President, Henry Crown & Company Tina Daniels ’93 Managing Director, Analytics & Measurement, Google Cary Davidson ’75 Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Reed & Davidson, LLP Robert A. Day ’65 P’12 Board Chair Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College Chairman, The W.M. Keck Foundation Chairman, Oakmont Corporation Hon. David Dreier ’75 Founder and Chairman, Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation Retired Chairman, Tribune Publishing Company Member of Congress (1981-2013) Steven L. Eggert ’82 P’15 Founder, Anton DevCo, Inc. Elyssa M. Elbaz ’94 Manager, Elbaz Family Foundation Laura M. Grisolano ’86 President and CEO, Bridge Mediation & Leadership Solutions LLC E. David Hetz ’80 P’10 Chief Executive Officer, Prager & Co., LLC Gregory K. Hinckley ’68 Retired, President of Mentor Graphics Corporation John M. Isaacson Chairman, Isaacson, Miller Susan Matteson King ’85 P’18 Board Director, Private Investor, and Senior Executive Jeffrey S. Klein ’75 P’08 P’11 P’14 Retired Executive Chairman, 1105 Media, Inc. Henry R. Kravis ’67 Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chairman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Duane K. Kurisu P’08 Chairman and CEO, aio
CMC Editorial Anne Bergman Evie Lazzarino Gilien Silsby Malia Whitenack
Michael Larson ’80 Chief Investment Officer, Cascade Tao Li ’02 Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Teng Yue Partners James B. McElwee ’74 P’12 Private Investor AMB C. Steven McGann ’73 Founder, The Stevenson Group Retired U.S. Ambassador Harry T. McMahon ’75 P’08 P’09 Board Chair Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College Senior Advisor, G100 Companies Marci Lerner Miller ’89 P’19 P’20 Partner, Potomac Law Group, PLLC Akshata N. Murty ’02 Director, Catamaran Ventures UK Robert C. Nakasone ’69 P’98 Retired CEO, Toys “R” Us, Inc. Paul Nathan ’80 Founder, Ledex Consulting Corporation Donna Wengert Neff P’21 Private Investor Douglas L. Peterson ’80 P’14 P’15 President and CEO, S&P Global Fredric J. Prager P’99 P’01 Managing Director, Prager & Co., LLC Rey Ramsey Managing Partner, Centri Capital G. Jeffrey Records, Jr. ’81 Chairman and CEO, MidFirst Bank George R. Roberts ’66 P’93 Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chairman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Richard J. Romero ’89 President & CEO, Oremor Management and Investment Co. Rossi A. Russell ’71 Attorney at Law John Shrewsberry ’87 P’24 Private Investor Retired CFO, Wells Fargo Bruce A. Soll ’79 P’12 P’15 P’17 Counselor, Soll Advisors Kenneth J. Valach ’82 CEO, Trammell Crow Residential Shaw B. Wagener ’81 Chairman, Capital Group Private Markets Christopher V. Walker ’69 Founding Partner, Leonard Green & Partners
Alumni Trustees Tanya Remer Altmann ’94 Founder & Pediatrician, Calabasas Pediatric Wellness Center
Contributors Jeremy Kniffin Diane Krieger Valerie Ramos Julie Riggott Thomas Rozwadowski
Visual Anibal Ortiz
Class Notes John Faranda ’79 Rebecca Pelen Evan Rutter ’06
Design Jay Toffoli
Vice President for Advancement Michelle Chamberlain
Spring 2022 CMC Volume 44, Number 3 Published by Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA 91711-6400
Tendo Nagenda ’97 Vice President, Netflix Harriet B. Nembhard ’91 Dean and Roy J. Carver Professor, University of Iowa College of Engineering
Ex Officio Trustees Nicole Heath P’22 President of the CMC Parent Network Board Emily Meinhardt ’10 President of the CMC Alumni Association Interior Designer, Studio Hardt
Life Trustees Gary E. Biszantz ’56 P’08 Former Chairman, Cobra Golf, Inc. Barbara W. Boswell Vice President, Boswell Family Foundation Abbott L. Brown P’00 Chairman and CEO, Ridgestone Corporation Richard E. Butler Retired President, Kilkenny Consulting Corp. Joseph T. Casey P’81 P’85 P’88 P’95 GP’20 Retired Executive Vice President and Director of Litton Industries, Inc. Marvin W. Drew ’51 P’75 GP’05 Private Investor Thomas C. Leppert ’77 Former CEO, The Turner Corp, Kaplan, Inc and Castle & Cooke Properties Former Dallas Mayor Perry A. Lerner ’65 P’89 GP’19 GP’20 Chairman & CEO, Crown Global Insurance Group, LLC Robert J. Lowe ’62 Board Chair Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College Founder and Chairman, Lowe Enterprises Inc. Thomas M. Mitchell ’66 Retired Chairman and CEO, Provident Investment Counsel Kenneth M. Novack ’67 Founding Partner, Schnitzer West William Podlich ’66 Retired CEO, Pacific Investment Management Co. Jack L. Stark ’57 GP’11 President Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College Buzz Woolley ’59 P’90 P’92 Retired President, Girard Capital, Inc.
Honorary Trustees John V. Croul ’49 Retired Co-Chairman, Behr Process Corporation Glenn L. Hickerson ’59 President, Hickerson Associates
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