from the president our future histor y
Throughout this momentous 75th Anniversar y year, we looked back , we learned, we leapt for ward all at once Stories to tell and retell, honoring our mission So many intersecting within a single moment
I vividly remember one On the evening of March 9, Fiona H ill, senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Polic y program at the Brook ings I nstitution, appeared at the Ath as one of our 75th Anniversar y Distinguished Speakers As the exper t on the nation’s front page news that week , she was inter viewed by our ver y own exper t, H ilar y Appel, Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Rober ts Fellow, weighing in on Russia’s invasion of the Uk raine, the historical and psychological forces that drove it, and the implications for our future world of affairs
Disappointingly, I had to leave the discussion early On that same evening, the city of Claremont architectural commission scheduled its vir tual meeting to review our plans for the new Rober t Day Sciences Center With Fiona H ill’s commentar y on the Uk raine war in the background on one vir tual Ath screen, I listened in to the architectural commission on the other At the conclusion of that session, one of the commissioners was so impressed by our architectural vision and its legac y contributions to our community, he exclaimed: “this is our future histor y!”
And that was just one packed moment in our 75th
More than 6,000 alumni, parents, and friends par ticipated in an exciting array of CMC programs highlighted in these pages The acclaimed Athenaeum speaker series, chapter events, archival exhibitions, Family Weekend, and our largest Alumni Weekend in histor y The memories The friendships The stories The celebrations Where we’ve been Where we all are Where we are headed
National summer recognition As repor ted by Forbes, using cost and earnings data, CMC ranked first among all liberal ar ts colleges for return on investment The College was also ranked on top of the national college and university list for financial strength by Forbes, and named among the best colleges for career placement by the Princeton Review
Student success Our first Rhodes Scholar in 28 years Two Schwarzman Scholars CMS with four top five NCAA finishes, eight SCIAC titles, a Women’s Tennis national championship, and an eighth place finish in the national Lear field Directors’ Cup for Division III
Outstanding recognition of our facult y Professor Daniel K rauss honored with a national Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award Professor Jennifer Feitosa recognized with a prestigious U S Scholar Fulbright grant
Big announcements The record break ing Campaign for Responsible Leadership The K ravis Depar tment of I ntegrated Sciences The new Rober t Day Sciences Center as its iconic home And yes, the go all in vision of the expanded Rober ts Campus
Yes, we look back and step for ward
Back to nourish the roots of our mission
For ward to write our future histor y
Our CMC moment at 75 All in
Vibrant Art Enlivens
Sculptures designed by significant contemporar y ar tists have become unique, recognizable landmarks on the Claremont McKenna College campus Several new installations are now transforming the campus landscape and adding to the College’s ar tistic reputation
This year, the collection of prominent public ar t has continued to grow. Whimsical red benches designed by the Danish ar tist Jeppe Hein, now outside Adams Hall, and an undulating wall of over a thousand solid glass bricks designed by Southern California ar tist (and ’85 Scripps College alumna) Pae White will be installed in the fall in the recently renovated M id Quad area between Crown and Valach Halls.
They join an impressive number of other recent public ar t pieces on campus: four polished and rusted steel and scrap metal sculptures by Brook lyn based ar tist Carol Bove in the walk ways and landscaped space in front of Collins Dining Hall; a sculpture of streetlights and benches by the late conceptual ar tist Chris Burden in front of Rober ts Pavilion; the 40 foot white painted stainless steel totem by the late polymath Ellswor th Kelly that stands between Appleby and Phillips Halls; and a painted and neon tube abstract mural by Los Angeles based painter Mar y Weather ford in the Marian M iner Cook Athenaeum.
Mar y Beebe, who built and oversaw the internationally recognized Stuar t Collection on the UC San Diego campus for 40 years and is an exper t on public ar t, voices enthusiastic approval of the flourishing collection of campus ar t at CMC “ The individual choices are fabulous,” she said in an inter view “ These are impor tant ar tists To star t out with Ellswor th Kelly and Chris Burden, and then add Carol Bove and Jeppe Hein! And Pae White’s big wall is k ind of remark able People will notice them They ’ll make a difference on campus ”
“Qwalala,” by Pae White (to be installed in Fall 2022 in the mid-Quad area south of Collins Dining Hall)
A cur ved wall made of more than 1,500 solid Venetian glass bricks will stretch 75 meters long and have two archways where people can pass through, making it a piece of public ar t that people can experience as well as view
It was originally displayed in 2017 18 on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy, as a satellite installation during the 57th Venice Biennale The sculpture will change visually throughout the day depending on the play of light and shadow on its swirling colored and clear bricks, each of which weighs about 40 pounds
Its name is a term the Pomo tribe of native Americans uses to refer to the meandering path of the Gualala River in the nor thern coast of California
Ar tist Pae White received her BA from Scripps College and an MFA from Ar t Center College of Design In addition to her many public ar t pieces, she has exhibited widely nationally as well as internationally, in media as diverse as tapestr y and animation, in addition to sculpture Multiple donors, many who ser ve on CMC ’s Public Ar t Committee, funded the acquisition of Qwalala
“Modified Social Benches” by Jeppe Hein (installed in 2022 outside Adams Hall)
The bright red metal benches are the first group of Danish ar tist Jeppe Hein’s benches commissioned for a U S college campus They were a gift to the CMC community from Denise and Benjamin K raus ’11
Benjamin K raus met the ar tist when K raus sat on one of Hein’s benches in Brook lyn Bridge Park “Although much of his work speaks to behavioral and societal trends, I find the benches provide a fun, creative, and playful way for anyone to interact with their surroundings,” said K raus “Hopefully all current and future CMCers will be able to experience their environment in a new way, promoting creativity and joy on campus for years to come ”
The ar tist, who is based in Berlin, has had solo shows and permanent installations throughout Europe, the United States, including LaGuardia Airpor t, and a commission in summer of 2022 at Rockefeller Center H is work exists at the junction where ar t, architecture, and technical inventions intersect, and often involve the use of humorINSTALL ATION VIEW OF QWAL AL A AT LE STANZE DEL VETRO IMAGE BY ENRICO FIORESE COURTESY THE ARTIST
This enormous painted and neon tube abstract mural covers much of one wall in the Athenaeum, and was designed by Los Angeles based painter Mar y Weather ford to reflect CMC ’s location “ What makes this place so special?” the ar tist asked when the piece was installed “ Well, there’s a mountain not ver y far from us I kept think ing about it ”
Weather ford’s style is rooted in color field painting and abstract expressionism Her work is in collections ranging from the Museum of Modern Ar t, The Hammer Museum, The Brook lyn Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Ar t I n 2013 14, Weather ford was invited by Professor Rober t Faggen, who was the Gould Center director at the time, to be a Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and Podlich Distinguished Fellow, over which time she created the site specific mural and taught a five par t seminar on contemporar y painting
Six CMC trustees, who all ser ve on the Public Ar t Committee, contributed to acquiring the painting
CMC ’s collection “compares ver y, ver y well” to those at other colleges and universities that have invested in public ar t, Beebe said “CMC will become k nown for ar t, which is really great ”
“Quality is ever ything when an institution is selecting public ar t,” she continued “And I cer tainly think CMC is paying attention to that, which is significant because it doesn’t always happen I t is wonder ful that they ’ve got some alums who are behind it big time And I think they are having control of quality with these smar t alums ”
One of the smar t alums Beebe mentioned by name is former Trustee Christopher Walker ’69, chair of CMC ’s Public Ar t Committee He’s an avid ar t collector who has ser ved on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Ar t and the Museum of Contemporar y Ar t in Los Angeles, as well as on the Trustee Council of the National Galler y of Ar t
“ The transformation of CMC and its campus over the last 30 years is one of the great success stories in higher education,” said Walker He credits President H iram Chodosh, former Trustee Board Chair Harr y McMahon ’75 P ’08 P ’09, and current Chair David Mgrublian ’82 P ’11 for their advocac y and continued suppor t of CMC ’s ambition to build a high quality contemporar y public ar t program
Walker obser ved that public ar t can mirror the educational experience of a classroom “Contemporar y ar t often challenges viewers with an idea,
“From the Mountain to the Sea” by Mar y Weather ford (installed in 2014 inside the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum)
or perhaps asks a question that begs an answer, as a professor might introduce a new idea to students in a classroom,” he said.
Kimberly Shiring, CMC’s director of Public Art, does much of the heavy lifting for these large-scale projects, acting as a liaison between the Public Art Committee, the Trustees at large, CMC administration, and the artists, their representatives, galleries and fabricators. These permanent campus additions are sometimes years in the planning and installation.
“Public art asks you to consider what the artist’s relationship is with the artwork and place, as well as your own. One’s interaction with public art is not static, it is an encounter that can be carried forward and perhaps even lead to an expanded viewpoint. I am hopeful the art on campus helps all to have a varied experience whether they are here for work or play. I have been fortunate to be involved with almost all of the public art projects at CMC. These installations are a result of collaboration with many campus partners in particular, Matthew Bibbens ’92, vice president for campus planning and capital projects and special counsel, and Larry Burik and Michelle Barlow, members of the facilities and campus services team. These individuals each bring thoughtfulness to the program and all play a critical role in realizing an artist’s creative aspirations by bringing technical expertise to support the public art program.”
“Four Loops,” “The Enigma of Pleasure,” “Cretaceous,” and “Lingam” by Carol Bove (installed in 2020 in the walkways and landscaped space in front of Collins Dining Hall)
These four massive sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Carol Bove were commissioned and funded by former Trustee Christopher Walker ’69 and represent the artist’s largest public permanent installation and her first on a college campus.
“Four Loops” is a tubular glyph of polished steel painted white with loops that appear to float in space. “The Enigma of Pleasure” is a collage of rusted scrap metal, folded and crushed steel painted orange and a highly polished black steel disc. “Cretaceous” and “Lingam” are made from rusted low carbon steel and petrified wood.
Bove has had numerous solo exhibitions worldwide including a commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been included in three Venice Biennales and the Whitney Biennial in New York, among other exhibitions.
Public ar t exper t Mar y Beebe noted that permanent installations on campuses create special relationships with students Not ever yone pays attention to a new sculpture right off, but students have the experience of seeing the pieces over and over “Even if at first they ’re going ‘oh my, what is that?’ they slowly get to see them and hopefully think about them and interact with them in some way,” she said “I t promotes a new way of think ing and seeing and that is really impor tant ”
And when a campus has more than a few sculptures to consider, another learning element takes place, said Beebe “As a critical mass of sculpture builds, you can’t help but notice that these are all different, they represent different points of view and different ways of think ing ”
The ar tists also are aware that their works have a different relationship with viewers on a campus than, say, in an exhibition hall Pae White plans to have her glass brick wall lit at night, a nod to the round the clock nature of college life
“I t ’s also really nice that dorms are surrounding the piece,” she said “I really like having viewers from many different locations, from on the ground, from a dorm window, from higher up, from a plane I t ’s a really ideal situation for a work of ar t ”
White believes that colleges offer unique and critical sites for public ar t “I t ’s great to have it on a campus because there are minds that are really open,” she said “I t ’s the most open your mind is going to be in many ways Lots of things are being considered at this time in your life I n a way, it ’s a gift to the students ”Allison Engel
Untitled totem by Ellswor th Kelly (installed in 2017 on the site of the original Stor y House, between Appleby and Phillips Halls)
This soaring landmark , rising 40 feet, was the gift of George Rober ts ’66 P ’93 Made of white painted stainless steel, its smooth, modern form was designed to converse with its surroundings, emphasizing the juxtaposition of the natural and the human made
The late Ellswor th Kelly, one of America’s most celebrated ar tists, designed the totem as a space for self reflection as viewers are dwar fed in the presence of the pillar
Kelly created lithographs, drawings and paintings, in addition to work ing as a sculptor throughout his career H is painting and prints were associated with hard edges and bright colors, and his sculptures tended to be simple and unadorned
He had solo exhibitions in major museums worldwide, and commissions around the globe He was awarded the National Medal of Ar ts in 2013
This circular arrangement of eight street lamps and 24 benches is reminiscent of the late conceptual artist’s best known work, 2008’s “Urban Light,” a grouping of 202 restored Los Angeles streetlamps that stands at the entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The lamps automatically illuminate at sunset and turn off at sunrise.
The sculpture was designed to be optimistic, welcoming, and provocative, and provide a social setting where students, faculty, and staff can interact with each other—and the artwork.
Burden, who earned his BA from Pomona College and an MFA from UC Irvine, has work held by many major museums. This sculpture was also the gift of George Roberts ’66 P’93.
“Meet in the Middle” by Chris Burden (installed in 2016 in front of Roberts Pavilion)Kimberly Shiring CMC’s director of public art
Heard at The Ath
“I define progress as improvements in human flourishing. Human flourishing would consist of dimensions such as life, health, sustenance, prosperit y, peace, freedom, safet y, knowledge, leisure, and happiness. If they ’ ve increased over time, that, I submit, w ill be progress. ”
Steven Pinker, cognitive psychologist and bestselling author, Progress and Enlightenment in the 21st Centur y
Coming up at The Ath
For decades, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum has hosted a spec trum of luminaries with exper tise and insight on a wide range of topics, both historical and contemporar y.
Throughout 2021 22, a stellar roster of thought leaders and innovators spoke at the Athenaeum as par t of CMC ’s 75th Anniversar y Distinguished Speaker Series Prominent exper ts highlighted the themes of “Civilization and Commerce,” “Unity and Division,” and “Science and Polic y,” including: Daron Acemoglu, Jennifer Burns, France A Córdova, Anna Deavere Smith, Atul Gawande, Fiona Hill, Mar tha Jones, Glenn Lour y, Mar tha Minow, and Steven Pinker.
As we enter the academic year, we look for ward to the following speakers, among others, tak ing the podium at the Athenaeum, CMC ’s iconic venue for social and intellec tual engagement.
Lynda Barr y Car toonist, Author, and Associate Professor of Ar t, University of Wisconsin Madison
What “It” Is: Does Creative Activity Have a Biological Function?
Jared Diamond Historian, Ornithologist, Professor of Geography, UCLA Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
CEO, Percapita and Former Managing Direc tor, Morgan Stanley Can Banks Earn the Trust of the Diverse Majority?
Tim Fr ye Professor of Political Science, Columbia University Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia
Award Winning Poet and Associate Professor of Literatures in English, Cornell University Little Music: Reading and Reflections
Editor in Chief, Money20/20 and CEO, Guppy Fintech: Fables, Fallacies, and Futures
Founding Chair, Kravis Depar tment of Integrated Sciences, CMC
Charles Darwin Meets Computer Science: How Computation has Led to Fundamental Discoveries in Evolution
Amanda Little Professor of Journalism and Science Writing, Vanderbilt University and Columnist, Bloomberg
The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World
Oriana Mastro Author and Center Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University China’s Unusual Rise: How China Builds and Exercises Military Power, 1995 2020
Imani Perr y Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
Jon Shields and Stephanie Muravchik Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, CMC
The Republican Civil War: What Liz Cheney’s Wyoming Tells Us About the Past, Present, and Future of the American Right
Jesse Washington Journalist, Author, and Documentar y Filmmaker, ESPN's Andscape Free at Last? Race, Sports, and the Evolution of Black Athletes
Bari Weiss Journalist, Author, and Editor The New Founders America Needs
Mar y Ziegler
Professor of Law, UC Davis
After Roe: What it Means to Lose a Constitutional RightLibeskind Hadas
Labor of Learning
Senior theses launch lifelong pursuits
Rober t Day ’s thesis is the stuff of legends.
In it, CMC ’s celebrated 1965 alumnus laid out the basic plan for Trust Company of the West His reader, Prof Proc ter Thomson, had serious misgivings. “Let me urge you to think this through ver y, ver y carefully,” he wrote on Day ’s manuscript, and gave him a “B for braver y ”
Just four years later, Day set the wheels in motion to build the asset management firm he’d outlined in his senior thesis. Years later, he sold it to the Societe Generale for more than $2 billion The rest, as they say, is histor y.
Augie Nieto ‘80 is another famous CMC entrepreneur who founded mega business, Life Fitness/Life Cycle, which grew out of his senior
Nieto are ex treme examples. But they illustrate the life shaping potential of this CMC rite of passage.
Senior thesis is “definitely a hallmark of CMC ’s general education curriculum,” said registrar Elizabeth Morgan, who has overseen the requirement for 23 years. “I t ’s a positive and uplifting experience. And it builds a great sense of accomplishment and pride and ownership ”
For Hugh Hallman ’84, senior thesis was a watershed that continues to make ripples in his life. Written under Prof. Ward Elliott, the project called into question the value of SAT scores in predicting college success, as measured by GPA. Hallman had a chip on his shoulder, having scored a 1,300 combined SAT as a high schooler. Yet by his junior year at CMC, he’d managed to win election as student body president and was on track to graduate summa cum laude. Invited to serve on CMC’s 10year master planning committee, Hallman gained access to academic data on five years of graduating students, stripped of identifiers. Using applied economics and econometrics, he demonstrated that high school GPA is a far stronger predictor of college success than SAT scores.
“My thesis had a real purpose,” said Hallman, who in his role on the master planning committee distributed copies to CMC trustees, senior faculty and other important stakeholders in the hope of persuading them to reduce the weight given to SAT scores in the CMC admission
“Itprocess.putto use my entire undergraduate education to prove a valuable point. I took an applied economics approach with a political science professor as my reader precisely because I was trying to influence a very august body of people.”
After graduating, Hallman studied law at the University of Chicago and went into private practice in his hometown of Tempe, Arizona. He’s a former two-term mayor of the city.
But insights from his thesis kept drawing Hallman into leadership roles with a succession of educational enterprises. Having helped co-found Tempe Prep Academies in 1996, he back-burnered his law practice in 2009 to serve a five-year term as headmaster of the public charter schools. Hallman also co-founded the Kazakh-American Free University, located in Kasakhstan, where he’s remains a presidential adviser and professor of business law and economics after almost 30 years.
“That thesis got me invested in education to figure out how we could do it better,” he said.
Emily Pears ’08 has been on both sides of the senior thesis.
As a CMC government major working under Prof. Mark Blitz, she wrote a yearlong thesis exploring the logic behind modes of election used in the “That’sConstitution.whattipped me into going into academia,” Pears said. “I just loved the experience of getting to pick a topic I cared about and diving really deep into the primary source material. Toward the end, I asked Mark: ‘How do I do more of this?’ And he said:
‘You get a Ph.D., and you become a professor.’ And that’s what I did.”
She still studies the same topics her senior thesis explored. It was the basis for her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation at University of Virginia, and grew into her first book, Cords of Affection: Constructing Constitutional Union in Early American History, published in 2021 (see p. Pears22).returned
to CMC as an assistant professor of government in 2016. Since then, she’s advised six theses, most recently 2022 valedictorian Andrea Leibenhaut’s investigation of constitutional “votes of courage.”
Pears calls it “an exceptionally good thesis,” which earned Leibenhaut the year’s “Best Thesis in Government” award.
A dual major in economics and government, Leibenhaut looked at votes cast by members of Congress against partisan self-interest in defense of the Constitution. She developed a theory of the civic-education value of such “votes of courage” and created a set of case studies, including one for U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.
Even for students not contemplating a Ph.D. or other advanced degree, Pears sees the thesis as vital, because it ensures “that every senior has academics as a part of their identity.”
“Students develop personas on campus,” she explained. The athlete. The volunteer. The student government activist. But academics should be front-and-center in a liberal arts education. “I think it’s really important that the basketball player also be known as the person writing a thesis on labor markets, and the super RA become the person writing a thesis on Crime and Punishment.”
For multidisciplinary scholars like Robert Cain ’21, the thesis can go in unexpected directions. What started as a creative thesis—a new media project featuring Cain’s audio interviews and photos of seven powerful CMC Black women students—morphed into a historical analysis of Black portraiture. “Reimagining the Black Body through Portraiture” traced how early African American photographers like Richard Samuel Roberts, James VanDerZee, and Gordon Parks challenged racist stereotypes to “contest degrading portrayals of blackness and reclaim stolen agency.” Cain’s readers were CMC literature and film professor James Morrison, and media scholar Andrew Long, a lecturer at Pomona College and Keck Graduate Institute. His original project became the digital gallery exhibition, “When a Black Woman Speaks, You
with dual majors in applied math and media studies. An unlikely pairing, but Cain said, “I like to push myself. That’s what it means to be a liberal arts student, especially at CMC.” That fearless curiosity continues to push Cain in new directions. He’s now a professional photographer and new media artist and co-host of The Aftergrad Podcast, which explores the challenges of “navigating adulthood in the midst of overwhelming uncertainty.”
Growing up in Baltimore, Susanna I ngalls ’07 fantasized about living abroad Senior thesis was her springboard to mak ing that fantasy her reality An Athenaeum talk by economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifk in, author of The European Dream, laid the foundation I ngalls, a math and economics accounting major, asked Luisa Lamber tini, a visiting economist from I taly, to be her reader, and plunged headlong into researching the dollar to euro exchange rate She meticulously analyzed the socioeconomic positions of the United States and the European Union, sifting through data on labor markets, population and immigration, the historical record of current account balances, GDP growth rates, and unemployment “Europe,” she concluded, “offers a better quality of life overall for its people ”
“My thesis research helped nail down my decision to move to Germany,” I ngalls said “I t convinced me to pursue my own European Dream ”
I ngalls spent seven years as a financial consultant in Frankfur t and Paris, earning an MBA at the Mannheim Business School I n 2015, she and B school classmate Saif Qazi, now her husband, moved to Doha, where they co founded Urban Point, an incentives platform connecting trendy consumers with high end businesses in Qatar
Creative theses are a longstanding tradition at CMC
“O ver the years, students have written collections of shor t stories, novels, or collections of poetr y This interest has deep roots,” said Prof N ick Warner, who teaches literature
Some have used the creative thesis to explore their heritage
That ’s what LaTanya Wright Channel ’91 did A literature major, she had taken several courses on the civil rights movement and grew interested in how ordinar y people reacted to Mar tin Luther K ing Jr ’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech
Her family went back six generations in Washington, D C , and she’d grown up within a few Metro stops of the National Mall Yet when she asked her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles for their memories of the March on Washington, Channel was shocked to learn that no one had attended For them, it was just an ordinar y Wednesday
Work ing with Warner and Prof Marie Denise Shelton, who teaches French literature, Channel developed a creative thesis around this insight, crafting a historical novella from the perspective of a 10 year old girl born and raised in D C
“ The writing process was amazing,” she recalls “I spent a lot of time talk ing to my mom, grandmother, and extended family ” The thesis grew into a coming of age stor y set in the civil rights struggles of the mid ‘60s
Civil rights became a central theme in Channel’s life After graduating, she returned to D C to work in the civil rights division of the U S Depar tment of Agriculture (USDA) She was par t of the Clinton Administration team tasked with overhauling the USDA, notoriously k nown as “the last plantation” for its discriminator y lending practices and foreclosures Channel co wrote the seminal USDA Civil Rights Action Plan of 1998 She subsequently earned a law degree at Rutgers University and became an attorney with the federal government ’s disadvantaged business contracting program She currently heads up the U S Small Business Administration’s state office in Tennessee Channel didn’t become a novelist, but her creative thesis sowed the seeds for 30 years of public ser vice in defense of civil rights
“The writing process was amazing. I spent a lot of time talking to my mom, grandmother, and extended family.”
According to Kevin Moffett, a visiting associate professor at CMC since 2013, the creative thesis needs to be more than “just an expression. In the true spirit of a liberal arts education, it should be informed by what the student has read, synthesizing material from their classes in history, philosophy, government and so on.
“It’s not just pure invention. It’s analytical. I’ve had students write theses where each chapter is a meditation on a different political philosophy or political system,” said Moffett, a prolific essayist and fiction writer known for his own bold experimentation in new media narrative forms.
Last semester, Moffett was the reader for David Gushue ‘22, winner of the “Best Senior Thesis in Literature” prize at CMC. A double major in literature and PPE, Gushue produced “Devil in a New Dress Shirt,” a collection of short stories, essays and memoirs on postmodern masculinity, with a unifying theme of fathers and sons.
With two expert readers closely focused on craft and content, creative theses, Moffett contends, receive more scrutiny than most novels published by a commercial press.
Whether a novel or a political science treatise, each senior thesis is a unique journey with the potential to delight and enlighten everyone involved.
Prof. Marc Massoud has read hundreds of senior theses over his 43-year career at CMC.
“For many years I was the only accounting faculty member, so I was reading six or seven theses per semester,” he said. Nowadays, with seven full-time accounting faculty and two guest faculty to share the workload, Massoud averages two a “Andyear.I
still enjoy reading them,” he said, with a laugh.– Diane Krieger
Since 2010, CMC has used Scholarship@Claremont, managed by The Claremont Colleges Library, as a senior thesis repository and searchable portal. CMC alumni from earlier years may choose to retroactively upload their senior theses to the archive.
Thesis: Then and Now
It’s a bit unclear how the senior thesis tradition began at CMC. According to Elizabeth Morgan, it made its first appearance in the 1947 course catalogue, as “Honors Course 180.” The 1952-3 Bulletin rolled out “Senior Thesis 160,” described as “an honors course required of all students in the final year.” Beginning in 1982, senior thesis titles were published in the commencement Fewprogram.schools
have a universal senior thesis requirement, said Morgan, who is CMC’s registrar and associate vice president for academic affairs. Those that do are typically liberal arts colleges, like Claremont McKenna.
Though it’s “something of a sacred cow,” the senior thesis has seen incremental change in the 23 years that Morgan has managed the program.
For example, students are no longer required to submit bound copies of their theses. Formerly, the manuscripts were tucked into cabinets in the Bauer Center’s Crocker Reading Room for five years before being returned to their authors at class reunions. With the rise of digital archiving, that tradition has fallen by the wayside.
Over the years, CMC has established clear standards to promote “academic rigor.” The Registrar’s Office closely scrutinizes each thesis proposal to confirm that it’s topical to the student’s major areas of study and conducted under the supervision of faculty members with relevant expertise. Gone are the days when a government major could have a psychology professor as her only thesis reader.
“The great news is that our students are capable, and they have a lot of agency over their approach,” Morgan said. “They can choose their topic. They can choose their reader. They get to do something for which they are wellprepared. It should be an enjoyable and exciting project that no one should find intimidating.”
Building the hub
The R andall Lewis Center for I nnovation and Entrepreneurship (RLCIE) functions like a star tup
“ We’re always look ing for ways to iterate, to get feedback from students and alumni on what we could be doing better, and what new programs we should introduce,” said Ron LaPierre, entrepreneur in residence, who heads the RLCIE with Faculty Director Darren Filson, the James G Boswell Professor of Economics and George R Rober ts Fellow
And it was precisely that feedback that produced the Center itself in 2012 and its signature Fellows Program in 2018 Launched at Claremont McKenna College in response to student demand for programming and experiences around tech and star tups, the Center is constantly evolving to provide 5C students with the best possible foundation sk ills while encouraging individual exploration I n 2020, it was named for real estate industr y leader R andall Lewis ’73 P ’10 P ’11 P ’13
The Fellows Program resulted from a student pitch for a formal and cohesive co curricular pathway through innovation and entrepreneurship R yan Bellissimo ’20 and Adele English ’19 were two of the RLCIE student leaders driving its creation
“ We asked ourselves, what ’s the holistic toolk it for an aspiring entrepreneur? What real world content and experiences can we deliver that will help undergrads when they enter the innovation economy?” said English, who had ser ved on the RLCIE student leadership team since her first year at CMC
Bellissimo drafted a proposal for the program, where he mapped out a “pseudo curriculum” that included various ver ticals, including fintech and product development, and a set of requirements for each, such as attending a cer tain number of workshops in one sector and writing an ex tracurricular paper When he presented it at the nex t board meeting, it was approved on the spot He and English became co Montgomer y Student Managers, implementing and managing the new program
“ We designed the program to be exactly what we, as students, wanted to experience and learn,” said Bellissimo, a graduate of the 3+2 program who studied economics and engineering at CMC and earned a second bachelor ’s degree in computer science, specifically ar tificial intelligence and machine learning, from USC in 2021Ryan Bellissimo ’20 and Adele English ’19 helped steer the direction of the RLCIE’s Fellows Program
“I realized from these conversations not only what a deep bench of CMC and 5C alumni there are in tech and startups, but what a powerful alumni base the school has and how much the alumni care and want to give back,” LaPierre said.
The initial plan to bring practitioners to campus to lead the workshops pivoted to working with alumni practitioners. “And I think that’s been a huge piece of how and why the program has grown, especially as it’s a great way for young alumni to get connected to the school,” he said.
The current requirements for the Fellows Program include workshops, a first-year pitch competition, a summer internship, at least four relevant courses, and a capstone project, which could be anything from a thesis or research paper to a business plan, consultation, or part-time work with a startup. Recent program enhancements include a mentor program and a networking series, both focused on building students’ professional network with alumni.
“We were pushing for mentorship, professional development, networking — the types of things you can’t learn in a classroom that are going to be helpful for all professional opportunities, including building your own venture,” English said.
As part of the proposal, the students suggested hiring an entrepreneur in residence. LaPierre, who had spent 20 years in business development and operating roles at a series of small and scaling tech companies, took that role in June 2018. And Filson took over for founding Faculty Director and Professor of Economics Janet Smith.
One of the first things LaPierre did was draft a list of 60 workshop topics to review with the Board. Then he got on the phone with alumni.
“I wanted to figure out what the alumni thought about what we were doing and if there was a role for them to play in launching and executing the Fellows Program.”
He was overwhelmed by the response.
English has stayed involved since graduation not only because she helped launch the Fellows Program, but also because the program shaped her professional career. Each spring, a select number of fellows candidates receive free registration for the annual Montgomery Summit, the tech conference held in Santa Monica, which is hosted by former board member Jamie Montgomery P’15 P’19, co-founder and managing partner at March Capital from whom the RLCIE Montgomery student managers get their title. Her attendance back in 2018 was lifechanging. “It was the best professional experience I had ever had,” she said. “I got exposure to the funding side of entrepreneurship and knew I wanted to do that.”
English, who joined the RLCIE Advisory Board in 2020, is heading the Venture Program with March Capital, a new track within the Fellows Program. This spring, 40 students participated in the three-month program, which included workshops and guided research projects that culminated in an investment thesis pitch competition.
There were 142 RLCIE fellow candidates at the end of FY 22, representing all five undergraduate institutions of the Claremont Consortium. Almost 10% of the total CMC student body is enrolled in the program.
Economics and computer science major Sumer Sareen ’23 served as the Montgomery Student Manager during the last academic year. He has been working in product management within edtech, fintech, and Web3 startups, and is currently working as a product intern at a hedge fund in New York City. Eventually, he wants to start his own tech
Hecompany.hasfound the workshops and his alumni mentor to be invaluable in developing a foundation in entrepreneurship and innovation and insight into blockchain and other technologies.
“In the RLCIE, we get a lot of relevant knowledge from industry professionals,” he said. “It’s a seamless and easy way to get networking opportunities and understand what it’s actually like to be in a particular job in a particular industry.”– Julie Riggott Adele English ’19, senior associate at March Capital, joins other representatives with students Justin Ongchin ’24, third from left, Jocelyn Jimenez ’24, center, and David Enders ’24, third from right, during the RLCIE’s inaugural “Venture Program with March
’13 is one of many alumni who have participated in the RLCIE Networking Series
I t star ted in Borneo in 2016: 10 students and eight faculty members from across the 5Cs met up with a dozen peers from Singapore’s Yale NUS College to take a deep dive into the complex relationships between oil palm plantations, dams, deforestation, and the local economy
During a 10 day immersive learning experience in Borneo, they met with local tribes, corporate executives from a major oil palm producer, international bird and wildlife advocates, and representatives from several NGOs The 2016 trip, funded by an exploration grant from the Henr y Luce Foundation, has blossomed into a marquee CMC program
“I t ’s pretty popular and quite selective,” said Alber t L Park , lead principal co investigator of the subsequent $1 4 million Luce implementation grant that created EnviroLab Asia The multifaceted initiative also suppor ts faculty and student research and curricular development, but the EnviroLab Asia class (EA20/CMC H ist160) is among its “coolest ” program
Lcomponentsastfall,130students applied for just 16 coveted spots
O ffered each spring for the past six years, the course is open, by special application, to students from all five Claremont Colleges, without prerequisites, and culminates in a 10 day Asian fieldwork experience The clincher : all travel costs including air fare, lodging, and meals are fully covered by the Luce grant
Park , who is a historian and the Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies at CMC, team teaches this novel research methodology course with rotating colleagues from other disciplines Frequent guest lectures by chemists, geologists, musicologists, economists, and other specialists give the student fellows additional research tools across many disciplines Par ticipants are simultaneously placed in the labs of four faculty researchers recruited to lead their clinic trips
EnviroLab Asia brings together the social sciences, ar ts, and humanities, culminating in projects that challenge conventional norms
Together with Park, EnviroLab Asia co-founders
Professors Branwen Williams (Keck Science), Tamara Venit-Shelton (CMC) and Marc Los Huertos (Pomona) hand-pick each year’s student fellows from the large applicant pool, curating for a diverse mix of backgrounds and academic disciplines.
The 2022 cohort returned in May from Singapore and Hawaii, where the teams investigated such boundary-bending environmental study topics as genetic expression in the enology and brewing industries and links between the natural world and the practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Terril Jones, a CMC visiting professor, led his student fellows to Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, a purpose-built metropolis erected on reclaimed marshland.
CMC student Nadine Zahiruddin ’24 joined the Maui clinic trip led by Scripps Prof. Hao Huang. Her team studied the effects of Chinese (Hakka) immigrant histories and cultural traditions on local ecology. They looked at early trends involving sandalwood deforestation and whaling as well as more recent encroachments from high-altitude ranching and mass tourism.
“In Lanai, more than 97 percent of species are invasive—pigs, deer, many bush and plants are not endemic to the island,” Zahiruddin explained, in a clinic trip video she and her classmates produced. “Many of us struggled to comprehend the juxtaposition of how beautiful the island was compared with the reality that much of what we were seeing was non-native.”
Projects springing from EnviroLab Asia upend conventional wisdom about where the boundaries of environmental studies can or should be
Traditionally,drawn.theenvironment has been studied through a single lens, Park explained. “It’s either history or science or economics. We envisioned EnviroLab Asia as a way to rethink the entire model. A cross-disciplinary, multifaceted way to look at the environment produces more nuanced approaches to deal with these complex issues,” he said.
Since 2017, EnviroLab Asia has sent some 100 students to Japan, Thailand, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Borneo, Hawaii and other environmentally sensitive Pacific Rim destinations.
When the pandemic forced EnviroLab Asia to forego travel, program leaders found creative work-arounds. Park’s own 2021 clinic trip, slated to study rural and agricultural issues in South Korea, pivoted from fieldwork to contributing research to a major exhibition at the 2021 Vienna Biennale. Collaborating with law students and spatial designers from Seoul National University and visual artists from UC San Diego, the EnviroLab Asia team played a key role in creating “CiViChon.” The installation mixed environmental science with policy, ethnography, design, and history to imagine a “city-village” in response to the Kwichon movement, a return-to-village migration gaining steam in South Korea.
Plans call for a 2023 “domestic” clinic trip to New England, where EnviroLab Asia cofounder Prof. Branwen Williams is pursuing NSF-funded research on rapid warming and ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine. The project blends water culture experiments with paleoceanographic reconstructions and will result in policy recommendations related to current taxpayer-funded interventions.
Williams, who is the George R. Roberts Professor of Environmental Biology in the Keck Science Department, appreciates the practical value of anchoring field research in public policy. She’s no less keen, however, on exploring intersections between environmental science and the arts. In 2018, she led a group of students to Khung Krabaen Bay in Thailand to study how reforested native mangroves were faring alongside commercial shrimp farms.
In a culminating clinic trip activity, the same student fellows who had performed precision analysis on soil samples, sea grass, snails, and tree oysters joined with visiting ethnomusicology students from Singaporebased Yale-NUS and Burapha University (Saen Suk, Thailand) in a performance of indigenous songs, bird calls, and dances for visitors to a conservation area. They donned mangroveleaf skirts they’d made by hand. To dramatize the effects of casual littering in the sensitive wetlands, they wove into their costumes pieces of trash found among the mangroves.
EnviroLab Asia has generated an impressive amount of scholarship and original content over its short lifespan. The inaugural 2016 trip to Borneo yielded 10 policy papers, published in the first volume of EnviroLab Asia, a scholarly journal now in its sixth year.
While the clinic trips are the initiative’s most visible feature, EnviroLab Asia prioritizes many other research-boosting activities.
It awards small grants for scholarly travel and covers the hidden costs associated with bringing fledging research to the proof-ofconcept stage. It employs cross-disciplinary postdoctoral fellows. Over the past two years, it has sponsored 54 “academic products,” hosted 16 public events, backed seven undergraduates doing independent field research in Asia, and awarded eight grants to 5C faculty engaged in overhauling existing environmental studies courses or developing a new one.– Diane Krieger
Col. Mark Olsen ’96 shares leadership lessons at ROTC commissioning
As Army Colonel Mark Olsen ’96 stood before the 13 cadets who were moments away from pledging their oath to ser ve the United States of America, he couldn’t help but recall his own commissioning at Claremont McKenna College
Twenty six years before, nearly to the day, it was Olsen graduating from the College’s ROTC program in what he remembered as a “lower key ” ceremony than the one where he was now the guest speaker
At the 2022 ceremony, Olsen who, as a brigade commander with U S Army Cadet Command, which oversees the nation’s ROTC programs, has witnessed many of these ceremonies couldn’t help but notice that President H iram Chodosh and several board of trustees members were among the family, friends, and other suppor ters gathered in McKenna Auditorium
“As a CMC graduate, I was gratified to see that level of institutional commitment to ROTC as par t of the Claremont community and experience,” said Olsen,
whose area of responsibility encompasses eight states across the Southwest and the Rock ies
Olsen’s presence before the cadets ser ved as a reminder that while the lessons in leadership delivered at CMC are timeless, the world into which they were being commissioned is k inetic, with ever changing geopolitics and rapid technological advancements in the tools of war
As an example, Olsen spoke of how he left CMC and, 18 months later, found himself leading a rifle platoon in the hills of eastern Bosnia, a small cog doing its par t to maintain the region’s peace, however uneasy.
“On that same deployment,” he recalled, “I shared a small base, separated only by a small stream and a rickety footbridge, with a contingent of Russian paratroopers These situations demanded judgment, tactical competence, and good decision mak ing significant responsibility to entrust to a young second lieutenant.”
Only a few years later, as a captain, Olsen led a battalion task force north into Iraq, navigating off a map printed on PowerPoint slides. When the occupation started, his company was responsible for the security of two large neighborhoods in Baghdad, attempting to navigate an unsure security situation and balance latent sectarian tensions with very limited resources. “Much will be expected of you from the moment you arrive at your first unit,” Olsen told the cadets. “And you will be trained and ready to meet those expectations.”
Training was a point Olsen emphasized in his remarks, or as he put it, “advice…an old soldier could give to young ones.” He told the cadets it is essential to “master our profession” so they may execute the fundamental skills of their branches in less-thanideal circumstances, such as at night, in the rain, or on little sleep. Then, they must do the same for the troops under their command.
“Train your unit to the same standard,” Olsen said. “The deepest love that you can show the soldiers of any unit you serve in is to ensure that they are trained and ready to meet any challenge they might face.”
In conclusion, Olsen underscored to the cadets: “This oath is simple and deliberately unconditional, pledging loyalty not to any individual or political party but to the Constitution of the United States— a legal document that symbolically represents every American citizen.”– Mike Branom
CMC cadets earn their first salutes
Standing tall before family, friends, trustees, and supporters including President Hiram Chodosh, 13 cadets received their rank insignia of second lieutenant; swore the Oath of Commissioned Officers to support and defend the Constitution of the United States; and earned their first salute.
The May 14 commissioning ceremony, held in conjunction with the College’s Spring 2022 Commencement, commissioned into the Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard, three cadets from CMC, with the remaining from local universities such as Cal Poly Pomona and CSU San Bernardino.
It was the first ROTC on-campus commissioning ceremony at CMC for Lt. Col. Dan Hayden, who chairs CMC’s Military Science department. Inspired by the moment and to reinforce the CMC connection, Hayden tapped into the College’s very own community for the guest speaker, Col. Mark Olsen ’96.
Col. Olsen, Fifth Brigade Commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command, spoke nearly 26 years to the day of his own commissioning at CMC.
After the ceremony, new Lieutenant Lauryn Jeans ’22 described her path to service. Jeans came to CMC from Evergreen, Colo. for athletics, but when she received an out-of-nowhere email from the ROTC program, she felt it was fate.
What followed were countless early-morning fitness runs, as well as cleanings, inspections, classes, field exercises, and more – plus studies for a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a season starting for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s soccer team, highlighted by the clinching shootout kick to put the Athenas into the sectionals of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship.
“I would be lying if I said it was easy. It was probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done,” said Jeans.
Hayden made it a point to allow the cadets to personalize the ceremony, by allowing them to select who pinned on their lieutenant bar, the commissioned officer who swore them in, as well as the enlisted personnel who rendered their first salute.
For Robin Peterson ’22, that meant being sworn in by one grandfather, a former infantry lieutenant colonel who was an early graduate of the esteemed Ranger School. Rendering her first salute was another grandfather, a retired Navy sonar technician who did three tours in Vietnam during the war.
“It was a great decision on Lt. Col. Hayden’s part to have parents and older relatives participate. To me, it shows military service spans generations,” said Olsen.
As a thank-you gesture for their support, Jeans selected her parents to pin on her bar. Delivering her first salute was Military Police Officer Staff Sgt. Natalie Pfaff, and, as tradition, Jeans responded by handing over a silver dollar. In between, Hayden rendered her the oath of office.
As Jeans transitions from cadet and college student to active duty as a combat engineer, she sees parallels between bedrock Army values — “Duty. Honor.
“It’sCountry.”leadership, dedication, personal courage, and selfless service,” Jeans said. “They make your mission effective and possible.”Robin Peterson ’22, a newly commissioned cadet, joins Lt. Col. Dan Hayden, Col. Mark Olsen ’96, and CMC Trustees E. David Hetz ’80 P’10 and Robert C. Nakasone ’69 P’98
the hub on the bookshelf
Throughout the year, CMC facult y have been prolific publishing books that showcase their research and deepen our collective conversation. Here are a few recent publications from CMC authors spanning the topics of America’s founding; leadership in the workplace; and the rise of the New D emocrats in the Clinton era
Prof. Lily Geismer’s research and teaching focuses on 20th centur y political and urban histor y in the United States, specifically liberalism and the Democratic Par ty
The Book: Geismer traces recent political histor y in Left Behind: The D emocrats’ Failed Attempt to S olve Inequalit y, delving into the 1980s and ’90s and the rise of the New Democrats and the Clinton era.
Published in March 2022, Left Behind has earned wide praise, with the editors of The New York Times Book Review including it among their “10 Books We Recommend This Week ” Geismer has been busy touring with Left Behind, appearing at the Tucson Book Festival, the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, and Politics & Prose in Washington, DC
Prof. Emily Pears ’08, who earned her B A with honors as a government major at CMC, focuses her research in areas including political behavior, 19th centur y U S federalism, American political development, and American nationalism At CMC, Pears is affiliated with the Rose I nstitute of State and Local Government and the Salvatori Center for the Study of I ndividual Freedom in the Modern World.
The Book: I n Cords of Affection: Constructing Constitutional Union in Early American Histor y, published in December 2021, Pears offers histor y lessons and an analysis of the strengths, weak nesses, and pitfalls of various approaches to constructing national political attachments that are applicable today Cords of Affection was recognized by the American Political Science Association for “best book in American Political Thought ”
One reviewer said: “ While illuminating a crucial period in the countr y ’s past, Pears speaks to one of the most impor tunate challenges of the present ”
Prof. Sher ylle Tan is a developmental psychologist and director of I nternships and KLI Research at the K ravis Leadership I nstitute I n her research, Tan focuses on women, gender, and inclusion
The Book: Tan’s Women and Leadership: Journey Toward Equit y, co written with Lisa DeFrank Cole, was recognized as a “2022 Most Promising Tex tbook ” by the Tex tbook & Academic Authors Association
I n Women and Leadership, Tan explores the dynamics of women in the workforce, delving into the barriers and challenges women face in leadership roles, including stereotypes, bias, inequality, discrimination, and domestic responsibilities The tex t includes several chapters devoted to strategies and tools for overcoming obstacles, creating structural change, and moving towards greater equity.
Claremont McKenna Selected for Pasadena’s 134th Rose Parade®
Claremont McKenna College’s 75th Anniversary commemoration will cap off in celebratory style with the entry of a float in the 134th Rose Parade presented by Honda on January 2, 2023. This will be the first Rose Parade float for CMC or any of The Claremont Colleges, and is completely Thedonor-funded.RoseParade® theme, “Turning the Corner,” celebrates the unlimited potential that each new year brings.
Designed and built by noted float builder, Fiesta Parade Floats, which has earned the most awards in Rose Parade history, CMC’s float will include thousands of roses and flowers and honor our deep history while celebrating the “WeCollege.lookforward to sharing the beauty of CMC with millions of parade viewers,” said Evan Rutter ’06, assistant vice president for alumni and parent engagement. “This is the perfect way to bring our community together and celebrate our more than 75 years of excellence.”Applebaum
Since 1890, the Tournament of Roses® has produced America’s New Year Celebration®, bringing the traditions of the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game® to Pasadena and the CMCersworld.of all ages can join the fun with a slate of engaging events, including at the Tournament House in Pasadena, a family-friendly event at the float barn, float decorating, and other gatherings to celebrate CMC and 2023. To learn more, please visit: www.cmc.edu/roseparade
Josh Angle ’23 eyed the clock at his bank ing internship in San Francisco, pondering whether he’d make that day ’s victor y parade for the Golden State Warriors as it ’s only proper for the Stags’ lights out shooting guard to honor the NBA champion Splash
All American and All SCIAC first teamer, Angle’s classwork matches his play on the cour t But with time tick ing away before graduation, there’s always more to learn
Current and past CMC student athletes say competing for CMS rewarded them with life lessons and lifelong connections not to mention all the trophies and banners they bring home
Few outside of NCAA Division III would consider Claremont McKenna College to be a “spor ts school” but why shouldn’t they?
Sure, ESPN College GameDay hasn’t broadcast from campus on a fall morning before the Sixth Street Rivalr y game, but there’s little doubt athletics is an integral par t of the CMC experience More than 40 percent of the student body par ticipates in Athletics, either intercollegiate, clubs, or intramural Also, the Claremont Mudd Scripps Stags and Athenas routinely rank high in the annual standings of the Directors’ Cup, which measures all NCAA Division III schools against each other in all spor ts CMS recently had an eighth place finish the latest of nine consecutive years landing among the top 15.
Even more impor tant, spor ts at CMC are embraced for how they spur personal development, as student athletes current and former say they learned lessons in responsible leadership, discipline, and much more.
That ’s why Angle feels for tunate to have Stags basketball alumni in the Bay Area to call upon for professional advice: “ Whatever you want to do (in finance), somebody else has done it already and laid the path for you.”
These CMC grads still compete in rec leagues, and Angle is grateful for that mentorship, too The previous weekend, Angle met with another sharp shooting economics major, Tyler Gaffaney ’14, to gain insight into properly executing the Stags’ offense.
“One of the most valuable things about the alumni network,” said Angle, “is their willingness to invest in us as the next generation.”
ELLA BRISSET T
You can have it all at Claremont McKenna College
That ’s what Ella Brissett ’25 tells prospective student athletes when she’s giving them tours of campus Brissett would k now, as she’s a biochemistr y major on a pre med track, yet as a first year, still had the time (and energy) to win 24 of 27 singles tennis matches including the final victor y clinching the Athenas’ second national championship. O ff the cour t, she’s also involved with Keck Science’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
"Because I’m in STEM, a lot of people ask me how hard it is to balance athletics and academics and still par ticipate in CMC activities,” Brisset said “I'm able to tell them, honestly, I can, because CMC has so many resources that allow me to do that " When Brissett looked at colleges, some Division I universities made her list But CMC ’s close k nit environment appealed to her: “Being able to invite my professors and friends to my matches, those relationships I’ve built will be lasting ”
As a high schooler look ing for a quality college baseball program, Eric Affeldt ’79 endured an ugly encounter with the coach of a southwestern powerhouse. I t ’s five years of school, Affeldt and his father were told, because athletics comes first and forget about playing a second spor t But esteemed Stags coach Bill Arce showed Affeldt it didn’t have to be that way Not only did Affeldt graduate in four years with majors in religion and public affairs, his first letter was earned in basketball
As for baseball, Affeldt credits Arce for the unlikely chain of events that led to a successful business career Arce’s coaching of the U S national team in the inaugural Amateur World Series led to Affeldt, at 20 years old, managing the Belgian squad and on the flight overseas, Affeldt ’s chance conversation with another passenger led to a job offer in finance: “And it all happened because Coach Arce invited me to play for CMC.”
WENDY COLE PRAT T
The walk to the women’s soccer practice facility was not shor t especially for the players carr ying balls, equipment, and water, duties which decades ago were typically assigned to first years That slog is where Wendy Cole Pratt ’92 got a lesson in leadership: one sweltering, smoggy day during her freshman year, the team captains declared it was their turn to haul ever ything
TOM, LISA, AND SAM HARRISON
Going off bloodlines, it was safe to assume at least one of the Harrisons’ four children was destined to play aquatic spor ts at CMC.
However, that ’s not how it was seen by the swimmer in the Ted Ducey CMS Hall of Fame ( Tom ’86) and former women’s swimming team captain (Lisa ’90) Stiff admission standards were only half the “challengeWeloveCMC, but we k new it had to be a good fit for each k id and it ’s not a good fit for ever ybody,” said Tom, who met Lisa at an event for aquatics alumni.
During the next three seasons, Cole Pratt wore a “C ” on her jersey Given that responsibility, she organized pregame dinners, kept ever yone connected during offseasons, convinced the coach to allow costumes to be worn at practices on Halloween, and, as Ted Lasso later would, cheered up a young star who was desperately homesick.
“One year, I was named ‘Most Inspirational,’” she said. “I look at that as a leadership award, and I was prouder about that than being named MVP that season.”
Cole Pratt also made sure to follow the example set by her predecessors: twice a year, she and her co captains carried the gear.
te Claremont McKenna’s stellar ation for education, athletics here an academic exercise, so to speak, no score kept High achievers are high achievers because they pete often finishing in first place.
ming out of high school, academics s impor tant to Sabrine Griffith ’19. so was track, and few colleges uld offer a solid pairing. Even better, outhern California’s lovely weather ffers year round training, drawing unners from across the globe Consequently, Griffith faced top talent at nearly ever y meet.
Along with the oppor tunity to earn degrees in economics (CMC ) and engineering (Har vey Mudd), she loved that.
“I t was a nice mix of academics and athletics,” Griffith said “I k new even though we were D3, SCIAC, and surrounding SoCal track meets offered a competitive landscape.”
When Griffith graduated, she left as a legac y the school record in the 4x100 relay, not to mention the conference title.
Second child Sam ’22 did attend his parents’ alma mater, earning All American accolades in water polo Like them, he never thought it was fated In fact, the idea had him rolling his eyes
“But touring CMC planted it in the back of my mind Then, at Admitted Students Day, when you interact with more people from the school … I realized ever ything in my life made sense,” Sam said “I had been raised in a ver y CMC way, so it was a clean fit for me ”
“I want to do my best and see what I am capable of no matter who is on the track,” Griffith said. A M
Athletics at Claremont McKenna, say the competitors, opens doors to careers, creates personal connections that remain bound years later, develops positive habits, fosters a sense of a campus community, and so much more Yet outsiders still may ask , what about winning?
For that, point them toward the impressive collec tion of trophies proudly displayed at Rober ts Pavilion as well as the banners hanging in the teams’ facilities rewards earned over the decades for eight team national championships plus 352 conference championships
These are commemorations of past triumphs These are motivators for today ’s Stags and Athenas. Finally, these are milestones passed en route to bright futures
LISA HARRISON HARRISON E N D Y COLE PRATTMike Branom
With a national championship from women’s tennis, a third-place finish from men’s golf and top-10 finishes from men’s tennis and women’s golf this spring on top of earlier successes from fall and winter sports, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps placed eighth in the NCAA Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, which rank D3 athletics programs based on success at NCAA postseason competition.
Baseball – With a 24-15 record, the Stags recorded their most wins since the 1997 season.
Golf (Athenas) – At the NCAA Division III Championships, the Athenas placed ninth, earning a top-10 finish nationally for the fourth season in a row.
Golf (Stags) – By placing third at Nationals, the Stags had the second-highest finish in program history in the first season for new head coach Mitchell Fedorka. The Stags also won the SCIAC championship for the 14th time, capturing the title by a margin of over 30 strokes.
Lacrosse – The Athenas made their fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round with a win over George Fox University.
Softball – The Athenas tied for fourth in SCIAC with a 19-19 overall mark, 12-9 in SCIAC games.
Tennis (Athenas) – After winning NCAA Regionals and the SCIAC Championship, the Athenas won the NCAA Division III National Championship for the second time in program history. CMS defeated No. 1 Chicago 5-1 in the finals to complete a dominant run, which saw the Athenas win their five NCAA matches by a combined margin of 25-3. Four members of the team earned All-America honors in the individual championships as well.
Tennis (Stags) – For the 11th-consecutive season, the Stags won regionals to advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. In addition, the Stags won their 15th-straight SCIAC title, while extending their winning streak in SCIACsponsored matches to 144 in a row, passing the previous record of 143, set by Redlands from 1963-76.
Track & Field (Athenas) – CMS won its sixth-straight SCIAC Championship and 19th overall and qualified seven individuals for Nationals, where three had All-America performances.
Track & Field (Stags) – The Stags won their second-straight SCIAC Championship and 26th overall and qualified eight individuals and one relay team for Nationals, where two notched All-America performances.
Water Polo (Athenas) – With a 16-9 mark and 12-2 in SCIAC, the Athenas’ 12 conference wins were a program record.
To those at CMC who know the story, it is affectionately referred to as “The Walk.”
A few years ago, at a meeting of the College’s Campus Planning and Facilities Committee inside Kravis Center, President Hiram Chodosh and the group of 12 or so members began discussing where a new integrated sciences building could live on campus. Someone from the committee raised the possibility of constructing a new facility on the northeast corner of campus where the CMS Baseball team plays its games.
Initially, for some, it seemed “too far, too removed,” Chodosh remembered. Yet from his own office in Bauer Center, he knew that getting from one end of CMC to another was a fairly effortless trek in time and distance, 0.3 miles to be exact. The proposed site also carried another huge advantage: extending the success of the northern mall from Kravis Center through the current Bauer Center, channeling more social energy into the main artery of campus where so much of CMC’s residential life happens a path from one iconic building to another.
So, Chodosh ran a quick experiment. “Let’s walk it, and see,” he suggested. The group huddled and started the seven minute journey across campus. Along the way, past the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and Emett Student Center, past throngs of students strolling or skateboarding in the California sun, Chodosh tested the “strain and fatigue” of the distance by jokingly asking the group if anyone needed to sit and take a break or have some water. Upon arriving to Bill Arce Field with ease, someone exclaimed, “Well, that wasn’t far!”
Chodosh frequently recalls that impromptu excursion.
This summer, the new 120,000 square foot Robert Day Sciences Center officially broke ground on the northeast end of campus With its open and light filled design, the breathtaking building is the centerpiece of a major campus master plan expansion christened the Roberts Campus after a $140 million commitment from George ’66 P’93 and Linnea Roberts that will reimagine CMC over the course of the next decade and beyond It’s a pivotal moment for CMC to surpass all previous expectations for the entire campus east of Mills and the extension across Claremont Boulevard to the 75 acre former gravel pit simply known as The Pit
Turns out “The Walk” is taking CMC even further than anyone could have imagined.
“In our earliest conversations about the placement of the Robert Day Sciences Center, it was often viewed as an end point. The last major building on the east, much in the same way that Bauer exists now,” Chodosh said “But as we now see with the proposed expansion of campus extending to the other side of Claremont Boulevard to The Pit, we’ve created a line through and beyond integrated sciences to even bigger, brighter possibilities. And that is all happening now. We don’t have to wait to realize CMC’s future ”
Thinking beyond is nothing new for CMC
Throughout its 75th Anniversary year, a momentous celebration of the past, present, and future that concluded this summer, the College only pushed itself to be bolder and better as a preeminent academic and opportunity leader in liberal arts education.
Perhaps not so coincidentally, the College’s commitment to these crucial next steps of growth and development could be best summarized by a George Roberts quote inscribed on the feature wall near the entrance of Roberts Pavilion.
“ Whatever you do, go all in.”
It’s one of the qualities Chodosh most admires about the longtime philanthropist and KKR co founder his dedication to wanting CMC to be the best While planning for Roberts Pavilion in 2015, Chodosh recalled their conversation about how having a world class facility that matched the prowess of its scholar athletes would inspire students to choose CMC and win national championships. Roberts responded: “Hiram, keep saying that, and you’ll find everyone repeating it back to you.” In the years that followed, they have done exactly that.
CMC has painted a similar, increasingly ambitious picture with the creation of the Robert Day Sciences Center, home for its new Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences. It should be CMC’s goal, Chodosh said, to not just keep pace with the trajectory of higher education, but to push further To lead it through a new path of scientific and computational discovery anchored in an interdisciplinary approach to responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions CMC’s singular mission of liberal arts education
The Robert Day ’65 P’12 and Henry Kravis ’67 gifts, announced in December 2021 and February of this year respectively, were foundational As conversations evolved about how to integrate the Robert Day Sciences Center with existing infrastructure, it was clear that the best path would be to expand the campus with an iconic
“In our earliest conversations about the placement of the Robert Day Sciences Center, it was often viewed as an end point. The last major building on the east, much in the same way that Bauer exists now.”
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structure to open up the eastern side of campus. That meant pushing the master plan to grow and develop in ways that once seemed merely theoretical for a distant future.
When David Mgrublian ’82 P’11, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Chodosh first developed the Roberts Campus vision and proposal, they were moved by images from the 1950s campus infrastructure plan, the genesis of so many important buildings that now comprise the College’s historic campus. The string of major projects in CMC’s first full decade as an academic institution helped grow and sustain the College for decades to come, a throughline back to the “dreams nurtured in the Quonset huts in the South Pacific” that fed the educational aspirations of the College’s earliest veteran students, Chodosh said.
In essence, the question of CMC’s future growth should be guided by the answers found in its leadership driven past. And just like Roberts’ involvement in the athletics complex that bears his name, the sustaining mantra should also be rooted in CMC’s desire to think big and be the best.
Go. All. In.
Pivoting off the Robert Day Sciences Center, the Roberts Campus expansion empowers CMC to realize all of its future academic, social, and residential opportunities, most notably by acquiring the entire 75 acre parcel that runs from Foothill Boulevard on the north, Arrow Route on the south, Claremont Boulevard on the west, and Monte Vista Avenue on the east doubling the size of campus to 152 acres
The $140 million gift from Roberts also serves as a commitment to infrastructure that will leverage further investment from future donors. Initiatives supported by the Roberts gift include:
the construction of academic and administrative buildings, expanded student apartments, and a Commencement Green; creation of three pedestrian malls to encourage interaction, engagement, and public art; and the development of eight athletic and practice fields in a uniquely designed “Sports Bowl,” along with a new aquatics center, golf practice range, recreational area, and a pedestrian bridge across Claremont
in CMC infrastructure, George is providing leadership that encourages others to follow,” Mgrublian said. “To my knowledge, no other donor to a liberal arts college has done this. But then again, there also is no other donor like George and no other liberal arts college like CMC.”
The irony of all this glistening expansion: None of it would be possible without an unlikely, unglamorous source a hole in the ground that has been more of an eyesore than inspiration for anyone driving past the fenced in area known as The Pit.
Behind the scenes logistics for the Roberts Campus have been some two decades in the making, dating back to conversations about enrollment growth and what CMC would need to do to expand to 1,400 students if that was ever its desire, said Matthew Bibbens ’92, vice president for campus planning and capital projects.
The short story: The Pit, an abandoned quarry, had long been owned by The Claremont Colleges, with the consortium earmarking the property for new college development only That edict changed in the early 2000s, with CMC and Pitzer acquiring pieces of The Pit 45 acres initially for CMC. The undeveloped parcel was always envisioned as an ideal landing spot for sports fields if campus
growth required moving them, Bibbens said, which is exactly what is happening now. CMC acquired the full 75 acres in 2019.
Because of The Pit, CMC can do it all: Shift most of its athletic fields to an all–purpose Sports Bowl across Claremont Boulevard; allow the Robert Day Sciences Center to serve as a main axis to multiple parts of campus from the east; and still preserve the character and scale of the core, historic CMC campus from the former Mills Avenue to the west—the biggest consideration of all.
“If Mills Avenue is the spine of the book, and opening up the left side is the historic west campus and the right side is the new east campus, it’s almost a mirror image. The proportions of green space to open space and the density levels are parallel,” Bibbens said.
“Not many liberal arts colleges are in a position to build from scratch such a significant portion of campus and do so in a way that preserves its history while still building a campus of the future,” he added. “To take an open area and design it to fit our academic and social needs, to be sustainable with new construction, and to still maintain all the important human connections that make us a small, residential campus is pretty
of the behind-the-scenes work with The Pit’s acquisition from the last decade-plus, CMC is also ready to start the initial construction of the Robert Day Sciences Center and Roberts Campus now—an incredible advantage. “From 2005 to 2015, if you were just driving around campus, you would not have seen any changes to The Pit,” Bibbens said. “But because of all the planning and execution that prepared us for this moment, we’re ready to go.”
First up: Constructing the Robert Day Sciences Center. The impressive building, which is slated for completion in the fall of 2024, is supported by a lead gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation and investments from foundations affiliated with the Day family.
The collaborative Center is the entry point for everything that follows, said Lorenz Krisai, an associate and senior designer at BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, a world-renowned architectural firm working with CMC on the master plan. BIG, with its expertise on wide-ranging, award-winning, multi-use projects from New York to Japan, has proven to be an ideal partner in helping CMC think through and beyond the integrated sciences.
“In coming up with design and organizational principles that are part of CMC’s DNA, conversations evolved into how the sciences, both structurally and departmentally, could not only influence the master plan, but enhance it,” said Krisai, who works in the Danish firm’s New York office. “CMC obviously had done a lot of thinking about its future prior to our involvement—where it wanted to be in the next 20, 30, 40 years. That foundation helped us understand the beliefs and principles for how we could approach this project with all the goals, history, and climate advantages that comprise it. And then, if we’re doing our job right, the uniqueness we bring as designers naturally comes out.”
Krisai is especially excited about how the Robert Day Sciences Center will serve as a new anchor point to bring the entire campus community— not just science majors—together “to meet, create opportunities, and exchange ideas, just as you would expect on a liberal arts campus with beautiful California weather,” he said. Its open, accessible design is intentional, too. “We want
people to see the outside, to get a glimpse of the mountains. To enter the atrium and see the second floor, or a terrace on the third level, and feel a sense of exploration for what else is going on above them. It’s no different with the master plan. You want those smaller moments to open up, like chapters on their CMC journey.”
with campus leaders and alumni like Bibbens who double as project advisers, Krisai said BIG has been propelled by the preservation of CMC’s greatest strength—community.
Though not every long-term Roberts Campus question has a fully defined answer, through all its decision making, BIG wants to create an emotional impression with multiple generations and audiences, Krisai said. CMC’s social warmth and energy—or the ability to create “social collisions” where anyone on campus can stop and say ‘hi’ or have a friendly conversation— prompted several of the plan’s components, most notably, the proposed diagonal mall from the Robert Day Sciences Center to Roberts Pavilion.
The corresponding initial phase of construction, which should span the next five to seven years, includes two new academic buildings, a north mall extension, the teardown of Bauer Center, and initial preparation of the Sports Bowl by moving baseball, softball, and soccer fields. In talking
“It’s a big challenge: How do you double the area of CMC without making it feel like a disconnected add-on or spreading out campus too much and diluting the essence of what CMC is all about?” Krisai “Especiallysaid. on a college campus, you have to think about everyone who uses the space. With alumni, for example, you want them to recognize something about themselves and their personal experience at CMC. But you also have this exciting chance to create a new home that future students will forever associate with CMC. We’ve had to be very thoughtful about how the entire vision comes together and will resonate with everyone who has made this place their home.”
Similarly, Chodosh recalled a recent Alumni Weekend on campus where he and his wife, Priya Junnar, made the rounds to all of the reunion classes. They sat down for a longer visit with a small group of alumni celebrating their 60th reunion.DURING A CAMPUS PRESENTATION, President Hiram Chodosh highlights the new Robert Day Sciences Center, an early investment in the Roberts Campus expansion.
“I’ll never forget it. They were just marveling at what their little College had become,” Chodosh said. “And one of them, with some tears in his eyes, said, ‘I can’t believe that I came to this College.’”
Reflecting on the memory, Chodosh added, “I want those same words to be said at the 60th reunions of all current and future students and alumni.”
This little College. Seventy-five years and counting. And yet no matter how strong it is today, Chodosh emphasized, CMC has to continue to be ambitious. Has to continue to accelerate its trajectory. Has to continue to think through and beyond what seems possible today, tomorrow, and 25 years from now at the College’s 100th Anniversary. It has to go all in.
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The Expanding Open Academy
Now in its fourth year, The Open Academy continues to grow and flourish as a model for tackling the most significant challenges facing higher education and society
To speak freely and listen well. To make the best from our disagreements. To find common ground beneath our divisions. In sum, to strengthen the national practice of our democracy.
pon its official launch as The Open Academy in 2018, CMC’s foundational commitments to Freedom of Expression, Diversity of Viewpoint, and Constructive Dialogue have guided, strengthened, and expanded the College’s mission to develop future generations of responsible leaders in business, government, and the professions With an eye on continued growth as a national initiative, Heather Ferguson an associate professor of Ottoman and Middle Eastern history and Jon Shields a professor of government who teaches courses on issues such as policing, free speech, and culture wars were named inaugural faculty co directors in April. Both professors joined President Hiram Chodosh and David Mgrublian ’82 P ’11, Chair of the Board of Trustees, for a conversation about The Open Academy’s construction and evolution as a higher education model of leadership learning, how its successes have been extended to new opportunities and new thinking, and why CMC students and alumni are best equipped to apply these ideas and solutions to their daily livesChodosh Mgrublian Shields Ferguson
Last semester, CMC and President Hiram Chodosh hosted the 7C Interfaith Dinner for the first time at the Athenaeum—a gathering that brought together the religious communities of The Claremont Colleges for a tradition that went on hiatus during the pandemic. Faculty, administrators, staff, and students packed the venue for the event whose purpose, as Rev. Dr. Naima Lett explained, was “to gather and have a community discussion about how we can strengthen faith and religious interactions and traditions across The Claremont Colleges.”
Planned and organized by the Chaplaincy— including Lett, Protestant chaplain; Shaila Adrabi, coordinator of Muslim Life for the 7Cs; Rabbi Hannah Elkin; and Father Joe Fenton, Catholic chaplain—in collaboration with the 7C Committee on Religious Affairs (CORA), the event facilitated compassionate conversation with a diversity of voices around four questions:
• How have your faith/beliefs given you hope, especially over the last two years?
• What do you think is the most significant value for us together as people of faith?
• How do you find inspiration in your faith tradition for environmental stewardship?
• What is a meaningful memory or story that you would like to share about your religious life and practice?
Chodosh talked about the importance of questions and the power of curiosity, especially in times when a “deeper understanding of ourselves and others through dialogue” can often feel like a disappearing reality.
“Your presence, your openness to one another and courage in sharing experiences so that we can all learn from them, is momentous,” Chodosh continued. “Momentous because our world is simultaneously so wired and interconnected—and so contentious, so isolating, so separated, so segregated, so disconnecting.”
It should be no secret to anyone that we are living in increasingly polarized, divided times—division that can manifest itself everywhere from the national political arena to college campuses to the family dinner table to your personal social media feed. How is CMC equipped to deal with the “forces that pull us apart” that The Open Academy states it is committed to addressing?
Chodosh: The cause and consequence of social, political division in our national community, political polarization and distrust, the amplifications of social media, and other trends are formidable. And yet, at CMC, we are strongly equipped to combat these forces in three powerful ways through The Open Academy. First, to understand and face these forces, not just complain about them; but instead, to provide insight on the underlying changes that appear to be driving our divisions. Second, to create and sustain, through our leading example, an open, resilient academic and social environment that is capable of engaging honestly and thoughtfully in the great controversies of our moment. Third, to collaborate nationally with other colleges, universities, civic institutions, and leaders in business, government, and the professions who are capable of reinforcing core commitments to support free expression, especially when it is in sharp disagreement with our own views; to listen actively to the widest range of diverse viewpoints; and to work through our differences to solve controversial problems through bringing people together in dialogue.
Mgrublian: I think Harvard psychologist Mina Cikara accurately describes the forces at work when she frames our mindset shifts from “you and me” to “us and them.” The former brings us together and the latter pulls us apart. In a higher education context, anything that pulls apart inhibits learning, and in the CMC context, inhibits us from our mission of developing responsible leaders in business, government, and the professions.
Ferguson: The intimacy of a small liberal arts college is a precious resource, one that CMC faculty, students, and staff have fully committed to. Simply by signing up for the CMC experience, every single individual in our community has signaled the willingness to engage with each other in sustained—and often intense—encounters in dorms, classrooms, offices, and at extracurricular events. As a faculty member, I am often awed by the range of voices that shape the classroom experience, and these voices challenge me and students to constantly evolve in our understanding of regional and global events. Trust is an essential component of any effort to foster engagement and collaboration rather than antagonism, and trust is difficult to build without the intimacy of the liberal arts college model.
Shields: I think it also helps that we’re not seeking unity. There isn’t a widespread desire for intellectual conformity on campus, either among faculty or students. So, there isn’t a sense that our disagreements are a problem that should be wished away or remedied. That’s an important starting place. It opens a space for us to learn from and challenge one another. Our faculty do a great job of nurturing those spaces. And as our faculty has grown and diversified, students also take more classes that expose them to a
wider range of perspectives and interests. That exposure widens their minds, allowing them to think in new and more heterodox ways.
Historically, how have Open Academy commitments been integral to CMC—and why is that important in understanding how today’s liberal arts student is an ideal audience for this kind of curricular, programmatic, and social skill development?
Ferguson: The liberal arts, especially at CMC, urges us all to reengage with wonder, curiosity, and exploration. It jostles us out of our comfort zones, challenges our assumptions, but also provides the tools to shape moral ideals that guide us into the future. The true work of a liberal arts college experience, despite appearances, is not the tests, papers, problem sets, and projects; but rather the willingness to open up to new modes of understanding each other and the world around us.
Shields: The CMC motto “civilization prospers with commerce” was always understood by the most forward-looking College founders to include the commerce of ideas. And from the beginning, the College has also been devoted to educating future leaders who need to be fluent in the controversies and problems that shape our public life. Those commitments had a formative influence on the College and the institutions it built, like the Athenaeum and research institutes.
Chodosh: Through our comprehensive Open Academy programming, we see and reinforce the integrated social and intellectual capabilities and skills to resolve controversial questions as core to such preparation. Capabilities and skills that appear to be increasingly scarce in our society, and yet vital to the sustainability of our nation and the broader civilization. This means taking this commitment seriously in all we do, from the integrated liberal arts learning in our classrooms to the leadership experience in every facet of student life.
PRINCIPLES IN PRACTICE
As part of its expanded focus as a national initiative, The Open Academy is working with CMC students and faculty on curricular innovation and engagement through a new Open Academy Student Collaboration Project. Supported by a gift from Buzz Woolley ‘59 P’90 P’92, the project kicked off last spring in partnership with Professor George Thomas of the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World and Professor Stacey Doan of the Berger Institute for Individual and Social Development. Thomas’ expertise on constitutional values, coupled with Doan’s research on resilient leadership and fragilities at the foundation of challenges that The Open Academy seeks to address, made them ideal partners.
“The culture of CMC since its early days has placed great value on open discussions about diverse ideas. Coupled with this have been opportunities for CMC students to participate in developing the life and culture of the institution. This project builds upon these foundations,” said CMC Life Trustee Woolley.
With the support of this funding, CMC students have spent time with both Thomas and Doan—along with inaugural Open Academy faculty co-directors Heather Ferguson and Jon Shields—researching ways to introduce incoming students to the core commitments of freedom of expression, viewpoint diversity, and effective dialogue and designing workshops for their fellow classmates. This summer, the work extended to a bridge program on CMC’s campus for students from high schools in the Pomona Unified School District. The two-week residential program helped underrepresented students learn Open Academy concepts through various workshops and seminars. Sample topics included moral foundations, criticism versus cancellation, and threat reduction.
“We not only tested our Open Academy programs that we worked hard to develop, but we also listened to professors from various colleges speak on freedom of speech, toleration of dissent, and so much more,” said Catherine Ruan ’25, a neuroscience major who worked with Prof. Doan on research and served as a facilitator and residential guide for the July program. “These talks and small group discussions are important to learn and host so that we and the students are able to remove ourselves from personal echo chambers and begin to practice openness and respectful dialogue. These are also topics and concepts that should happen everywhere, both on campus and even in home life or amongst friends.”
This fall, these same CMC students will lead Open Academy workshops for First-Year Guides. The FYGs will then utilize these ideas during Orientation for incoming first-years. The goal is to eventually disseminate what CMC has learned to the broader community, including convenings with critical partners beyond campus.
Shields: Generally, young people at this age are just beginning to think about the larger world and their place in it. Then the college experience develops those dawning, nascent interests by pulling them out of the cocoon of their homes and neighborhoods and thrusting them into a larger orbit where they encounter a more varied mix of people and ideas. It’s an exciting time of transition.
Mgrublian: Open Academy principles have been part of CMC since its founding and are central to our liberal arts mission. I believe that if we do what we have always done well, our graduates will continue to be leaders of reason and tolerance in an increasingly unreasonable and intolerant world.
As recently named faculty co-directors, do both of you—Professor Ferguson and Professor Shields—have ideas for the evolution of your roles and increased engagement across campus?
Shields: We believe in investing in more programming that strengthens our intellectual community. The idea is to develop events that build social trust and intimacy, especially between students and faculty. That’s necessary to cultivate more brave spaces, where we can enter into territory that makes us uncomfortable. One such initiative we’re pursuing is Saturday Salons, where a small group of students and faculty (both from within and outside CMC) will gather to discuss challenging topics before enjoying a meal together in the Claremont Village or in a faculty home.
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Ferguson: Our hope is that The Open Academy can also be an avenue to facilitate collaborative structural change—and this change can only happen if we provide a platform for our students, who are often wiser than we are as they navigate emergent environmental and social crises. We can only succeed if The Open Academy is truly a shared investment by College leaders, faculty, students, and staff. Our initial programming as co-directors demonstrates this by immediately bringing each of these community members into our planning efforts to better embed The Open Academy into CMC. For example, we have formed a Faculty Advisory Council with members from every department; empowered Open Academy student interns who worked over the summer to identify goals and principles and plan potential dialogue workshops; established meetings with the Dean of Students and First Year-Guides to constructively engage with Orientation; and organized upcoming sessions with campus tour guides. This initiative simultaneously captures the unique qualities of CMC and also challenges us to listen to others with compassion and embed openness to difference into our learning environment—and into our lives.
The Athenaeum's programming exemplifies the College’s commitments to freedom of expression, viewpoint diversity, and constructive dialogue. The space allows for a broad range of speakers, including equality advocate and Brandeis University Prof. Anita Hill and political commentator George Will.
INSPIRATION AT THE ATH
If The Open Academy needed to draw inspiration for how its core commitments could be put into action with students, well, it didn’t have to look very far On any given night during the academic year, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum serves as an exemplar for how scholars, public figures, thought leaders, artists, and innovators can engage with an eager campus audience on a range of important topics and diverse viewpoints
“At its core, the Ath is a space of active and respectful listening It also exemplifies engagement through an animated and thoughtful Q&A,” said Priya Junnar, Athenaeum director “We seek to appreciate differences in perspective, challenge intellectual boundaries, and engage in the back and forth and exchange of ideas These skills are fundamental to our democracy and increasingly critical in sustaining a civic and civil society I am grateful to be purposefully engaged in realizing that vision at the Ath ”
Another critical component to the Ath’s success so much of its fundamental work is done by (not just for) students Whether it’s the Ath’s student fellows who are hired each year to steward programming and discussion, or attending students who excitedly socialize and share insights over lunch or dinner multiple times a week, Junnar said the goal is to encourage core life skills like leadership, dialogue, respect, and empathy. Students also get the opportunity to chat informally with signature speakers before and after their presentation, and better yet, are the only ones allowed to sit at the head table “Can I just say how amazed speakers are that they get to sit with students and not the president, board chair, or other VIPs?” Junnar added “Speakers typically have never been exposed to this paradigm elsewhere; they unequivocally point out how insightful, thoughtful, and smart the students are throughout ”
In a precursor to how The Open Academy would soon take shape at CMC, one of Junnar ’s favorite Ath moments was a three part 2018 program where Robert Malley P ’20, an American diplomat, led a dinner discussion on the Israeli Palestinian conflict His framework on peaceful resolutions was followed a month later by a presentation from the legal adviser of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs who had actively worked on negotiations The next evening, the former legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team spoke of the process from the Arab perspective “The most important thing was that these three people knew each other, worked with each other, respected each other and despite their differences called each other friend,” Junnar said “They talked about the rigorous debates they al l had, yet they admired one another for their commitments to their ideals and causes And they modeled the kind of behavior that we hope for our students and community one of respectful dialogue ”
Even more impressive: CMC students created a lunch program after the series to discuss the ideas that had been generated “The students embraced it and wanted to learn more with each other,” Junnar said proudly “And that, to me, is what the Ath is, and what The Open Academy has since become and been about ”
In the two years since it was announced, CMC’s Presidential Initiative on Anti Racism and the Black Experience in America has taken significant steps 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, which coincides with core commitments of The Open Academy, has been responsible for supporting impact through a Faculty Fellows program and sustained participation in community learning and engagement that touches all parts of campus life This includes Dean of Students training, CMS Athletics outreach, CARE Center programming, and a number of leading Black intellectuals and leaders Anna Deavere Smith, Peniel Joseph, Anita Hill, Glenn Loury, Martha Jones, and Michael Steele, among others at Athenaeum sponsored events To learn more about The Presidential Initiative and read a comprehensive report on its progress, visit www cmc edu/presidential initiative
Where has The Open Academy made significant impact on the CMC campus community? Where do these core commitments tend to become most visible or tangible as learning opportunities?
Mgrublian: I think The Open Academy’s impact can be seen in our classrooms, at the Athenaeum, and in our campus life Though there is always room for improvement, I believe the College is far ahead of other higher ed institutions in living Open Academy commitments to freedom of expression, viewpoint diversity, and constructive dialogue
Chodosh: Beneath all of the rich programming, from the Ath to our dialogue training, from the CARE Center to Model UN, the most important impact has been the internalization of Open Academy values in conversations about college life. The strongest evidence is found in criticisms of the College Are we open and listening to those who disagree with us most sharply? Are we committed to the joint communication that leads to constructive dialogue? So, it’s not just what we do with programming, evidence of impact is in how these commitments shape how we hold ourselves accountable to these values.
Shields: The Open Academy isn’t a top down initiative, either It should be shaped and informed by a broad group of faculty and students One of our challenges is to develop new programs that have a noticeable, positive impact on the climate of inquiry on campus That’s a lot more challenging than just bringing in a handful of contrarian thinkers each year who stir the pot up
Ferguson: We should always return to the potential opportunities inherent in a small college setting we have the ability to reach out to extant networks and build new pathways for communication and dialogue with ease, as we know, live, and work with each other on a daily basis Jon and I have experienced first hand, in just a few months, how eager each member of our community is to participate in an initiative with an honest commitment to inclusivity As I mentioned before, trust is key. Without trust, a small community can fragment, especially in a national and global context in which speaking up the willingness to be vulnerable is truly a fraught exercise It can be terrifying to fully step into a classroom discussion if a student knows that the thoughts shared there may define experiences in the cafeteria, the dorm, and at the next social event. Social media, as we all know, has heightened the risks involved in both building and sustaining an environment of free expression and openness to diversity for both students and faculty Further, while difference can be illuminating, it can also stagnate into division divisions defined by economic status, gender, racial, and ethnic identities, or ideology
How has (or can) Open Academy impact be extended further into the world—especially for students who are practicing and trying to master these skills and capabilities? What are the lessons that prove most valuable and accessible to everyone? The greatest challenges?
Chodosh: Our biggest impact is through our students and their impact on the world, in life, work, and their communities and through our faculty through their research and along with staff, all of our impact on our students. When they enter the world with Open Academy commitments, it makes an immediate impact on every situation they encounter, every person they work and live with.
Ferguson: CMC students are always out and about in the world, via summer internships, off-campus study programs in the U.S. or abroad, civic engagement programs, and in our excellent Inside-Out program. If our Open Academy goal is to embed humility and the ability to be open to difference, the willingness to pause and listen with compassion rather than reacting with antagonism, then that ethic of engagement will also inform student actions
in all their activities both during their academic career and in their future professional positions. We need to model an alternative to polarization as a system-wide commitment which can then shape individual choices.
Mgrublian: Perhaps that could be done by “exporting” The Open Academy to other educational institutions. I believe most students are looking for an Open Academy environment, so adopting and living these commitments is in the best interest of these educational institutions. But more importantly, it is key for our nation and the world to adopt Open Academy commitments to counter the divisiveness that is prevalent today.
Chodosh: Our greatest challenge may be that in our society, our fundamental commitment to persuade, to solve problems effectively, appears to have weakened. For a number of reasons that are difficult to isolate, so many seem more interested in conclusions in search of evidence, signals over rationales, antagonistic statements over understanding. These powerful forces appear to be increasingly embedded in the structural incentives of our politics, our media, our
culture Turning this around will take leadership and a concerted effort This set of challenges will frustrate our objectives And yet, at the same time, this is what makes The Open Academy so important.
Shields: With all of these considerations in mind, one of things we’d like to do is convene a national conference that brings together faculty from other colleges who are working on similar projects Mostly this has been done in our own little silos That’s a shame because we have much to learn from one another
Do each of you have a favorite moment or value of The Open Academy and its commitments in action that carries personal or special professional significance?
Mgrublian: The Ath will always be my favorite aspect of The Open Academy in action The ability to have diverse even controversial viewpoints expressed and then discussed in a constructive and very public manner is a core CMC value
Shields: I organized an event on the future of Roe v. Wade last spring that brought together a really eclectic mix of students They engaged with two feminist thinkers who shared a lot of common ground, but disagreed about Roe one was pro life, the other pro choice On the one hand, the conversation was civil and thoughtful; but on the other, it was also spirited and free flowing It was followed by a dinner where the speakers sat at different tables. The students, to their credit, didn’t simply cluster around the speaker they most agreed with Instead, they swapped tables about halfway through the dinner
Ferguson: I am surrounded by faculty colleagues invested in pedagogical practices that enable deep and critical engagement with potentially volatile topics We value open intellectual inquiry and the ability to evolve in our methods and frameworks for understanding the past and the present Consequently, we are also aware of the challenges we face both in our classrooms and in our institution and are willing
to speak up and take action Knowledge without action leads to its own form of myopia and stagnation and can shore up privileged statuses rather than lead to inclusive, equitable, and just systems I value these combined qualities: education open to diversity that does not reinforce division; willingness to adapt and change as new possibilities and challenges emerge; and the courage to speak up and take action when necessary
Chodosh: A few years ago, Nyree Gray (Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Civil Rights Officer) and I did a dialogue workshop for our student leaders We designed a problem for them to resolve, based both on a Supreme Court case from the early 70s and a controversy we had on our own campus With little more than a half hour of explanation and exercises, the student groups were each able to work through the problem on their own, coming to a sustainable solution for all involved, without any need for administrative, top down intervention This demonstrated the pre existing skills of our students and the effective power of even modest training experiences on their superior leadership capabilities
As I reflect on the broader significance of The Open Academy at CMC, it drives from our focus on the most significant challenges facing higher education and how to surmount them in service to society and the world beyond The challenge of social and political division and polarization; the chilling impact on free expression; minds increasingly closed to those who differ; the inability to talk through controversies these all threaten learning, civic learning, and learning to participate constructively in our democracy, in our economy, and in our communities. That’s what I value most, putting us at the basecamp of that important climb, and I could not be prouder of the faculty, students, staff, Board, alumni, parents, and friends of the College in taking on these formidable challenges
These interviews have been edited for length and clarityThomas Rozwadowski
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Consulting at No Charge
From packing tomatoes to management consulting to overseeing Big Tech corporate finances, “retired” businessman Richard Chino ’90 has made unpaid ser vice his latest career move.
When Richard Chino ’90 “retired” at age 40, slowing down was the far thest thing from his mind. With two young sons in diapers, the management consultant turned tech star tup executive and his wife, Michelle, a veteran marketing professional with companies like Pillsbur y and Nestle, threw themselves into full time parenting and community ser vice
Fast for ward a dozen years and little has changed.
“ We’re ver y busy,” Chino said, grinning. “ We do a lot of work , but nobody pays us.” Chino doesn’t see himself as “retired ” He considers volunteering his profession Currently, he divides his time between CMC ’s Randall Lewis Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he’s in his seventh year of board ser vice, and Flintridge Prep, the school his teenage sons attend, where Chino is a board member Chino previously ser ved eight years on the CMC Alumni Association board (CMCAA), including a three year stint as alumnus trustee on the College’s Board of Trustees. On a face to face basis, he has mentored a succession of CMCers eager to break into management consulting, and he’s led many workshops in the high stakes “case inter view ” process that can unlock the door to prestige management consulting firms such as McKinsey, Bain & Co., and Boston Consulting Group
As a side gig, Chino continues to invest in small star tups through the nonprofit Pasadena Angels, with an eye toward grooming promising young CEOs He currently ser ves on three corporate boards
Oneof Richard Chino’s proudest achievements is having mentored Daniel Cahir ’05.
When they were paired through a CMCAA mentorship program, Cahir was a sophomore economics major.
“He had the raw materials,” Chino recalled. “He was very motivated and very bright, but he seemed young.”
Chino began coaching Cahir for the high-stakes case interview. The first stage in the management consulting hiring process, it’s a trial by fire in which the candidate is asked to solve a business problem in 30 minutes.
Chino offers the following real-world example: “Revenues at our client’s paper factory have been down three years in a row. The CEO wants your advice. Go.” Interviewers have in their mind what the right answer is. They will provide whatever financial data is requested, but they’ll also create distractions to throw dust in a candidate’s eye.
“If you don’t start asking the right questions and probing into the right data, you won’t get to the next round,” Chino said.
Projecting confidence isn’t enough. “Wearing the suit, being able to carry yourself in those conversations only gets you so far,” he would tell mentees. “They put you under so much stress that you can’t hide anything.”
Should a candidate nail the case interview, the odds of getting a job offer remain small.
“When I was at my management consulting firm, we had 500 applicants for one job,” recalled Chino, who spent five years at Theodore Barry & Associates and Gemini Management Consulting in the early and mid-1990s.
“It’s really competitive, but we hold our own, especially on a per-capita basis,” he
into management consulting, he noted, “is 10 times, maybe 50 times easier” for top business school grads than undergraduates. And in a perverse catch-22, nothing beats prior management consulting experience to gain admission in elite MBA programs.
Which leads back to the dreaded case interview.
It’s difficult to do well without special coaching. And the only people really qualified to coach are those who’ve been inside the industry—like Chino. Few management consultants, however, are in a position to give back the way Chino has. “It takes alumni who have time to do this and a desire to do it.”
In the case of Cahir, Chino’s mentorship and coaching paid off big-time. Having graduated summa cum laude, he landed a consulting job at Bain and went on to earn his MBA from Harvard in 2011. He’s currently CEO/chief investment officer at Sapling Capital LLC in Los Angeles.
“Not every mentee I had got their dream job,” Chino said, “but so many did! That’s what inspires me to continue: the thought that they could become like Danny. He’s someone who means a lot to me, and hopefully I mean a lot to him.”
Cahir, now 39, has been a Kravis Fellow for several years, connecting with the next generation of ambitious CMCers.
Growing up, the only boards Chino knew anything about were the 2x4s sold at lumber stores. An incubator was where baby chicks were hatched, and an accelerator was a pedal on the floor of the truck.
“When I went to CMC, I had no idea about the business world,” said the Vista, Calif., native who now lives in Pasadena. “My parents were tomato farmers, actually. I worked in the packing plants from the time I could stand,” Chino added.
Sundays were particularly brutal: young Richard and his sister Carrie toiled alongside their parents for up to 14 hours, boxing and loading tomatoes onto trucks bound for L.A.’s Monday morning produce Themarkets.Chino family didn’t own land. Because tomato crops are rotated yearly, the family rented and farmed a different spread each season. His uncle was in charge of picking; his dad was responsible for packing.
On school days, the kids worked two-hour shifts at the packing plant before doing homework. Somehow, they found time to be scholar-athletes. Richard played varsity baseball through high school and graduated with a 4.6 GPA. Carrie went on to play softball at UC Riverside.
At CMC, Chino pitched for the Stags all four years while double majoring in economics-accounting and math. A first-gen student whose father hadn’t finished middle school, Chino gained a deep understanding of the non-agricultural meaning of boards, incubators, and accelerators thanks to dedicated faculty mentors Marc Massoud P’89 and Jim Taylor, among others.
At some point, Chino set his sights on a career in management consulting and defied the odds when he was hired straight out of college by Theodore Barry & Associates. He was one of only a handful of CMCers in the Class of 1990 to get a management consulting job. A few years later, he went back for his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business, where he met his wife, Michelle.
As the dotcom boom built steam, Chino transitioned out of management consulting. Best friend and CMC
suitemate Talmadge O’Neill ’90 P ’21 P ’25 recruited him from the audit depar tment at Silicon Graphics to the C suite at GoTo com, a pioneer in the emerging internet paid search industr y (renamed as O ver ture and later acquired by Yahoo!) From there, Chino followed O’Neill to his star tup, MeziMedia, a platform for coupon codes and comparison shopping. The company ’s lucrative 2007 buyout by ValueClick put Chino, then chief revenue officer, in a position to retire at age 40
Besides CMC faculty and friends, Chino credits career counselor Jonathan Palmer with setting him up for a lifetime of success.
I t was Palmer who prepped Chino for the brutal “case inter views” that crush the hopes of so many management consulting candidates.
“He gave me some good inter view techniques. He was an inspiration,” Chino said of Palmer, who went on to be president of Principia College in I llinois Palmer passed away in 2018 Chino star ted paying it for ward at CMC in 2003 He would speak to Profs Massoud’s and Taylor ’s classes and help students and alumni find jobs He volunteered with a CMCAA sponsored program called Mentoring Café. With his insider experience, Chino realized he was in a unique position to coach mentees for case inter views using real world cases Soon he was holding case inter view workshops through the Soll Center for Student Oppor tunity to scale his impact One recruiting season, he recalls doing 20 half hour case inter views back to back
“Not ever y mentee I worked with got their dream job, but so many did,” Chino said. “I can’t claim credit for it, because they earned that in their own right,” he qualifies But coaching surely helped He plans to keep on giving back to CMC.
“ What better thing to do with my time than to suppor t students many of whom don’t come from privileged backgrounds?” asked Chino “I t ’s really rewarding because these folks now have a chance at a different life That ’s what CMC does We suppor t each other ”
Brothers in Farms Richard
Chino no longer spends his Sunday ’s packing tomatoes, but he grows them for fun
“I really enjoy gardening,” he said “I like to star t vegetables from seed ”
It’s a tradition that goes back three generations in his family Chino’s grandfather, Sei, left his home in the Japanese fishing village of Hashigui in the 1920s The ship docked in Chile, and Sei made his way to Los Angeles on foot
A little later, his brother Junzo also set sail for Chile He, too, walked to Los Angeles, but the brothers had no way to reconnect One day they bumped into each other accidentally in a produce market on Pico Boulevard.
Both had found work in the Los Angeles farming community Chino’s great uncle went on to be ver y successful.
“My last name carries a lot of weight in the farming world,” Chino said, smiling Junzo founded Chino Farms in Del Mar, California one of the nation’s premier organic farms, trumpeted by celebrity chefs Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck. The New Yorker published a long feature about the family run business in 1992.
Unlike his cousins, Richard Chino said, “we weren’t par t of that celebrity farm experience. We just grew tomatoes on rented land.”
Chino’s father, Kaz, was only 11 when Sei died He left school to suppor t the family and eventually par tnered with his future brothers in law, and later, his brother.
“Farming was kind of their whole life,” Chino said of his parents, now in their 90s.
As land values soared in the late 1980s, renting acreage to grow tomatoes no longer made economic sense. So, Chino’s father sold the packing plant and went to work driving a tow truck and later super vising militar y base construction projects
A decade later, Chino found himself standing again on familiar soil. As vice president of business planning at Over ture, he helped acquire a company headquar tered on farmland his father had once rented to grow tomatoes
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I accept the Alumni Association presidency for the next two years. As both an alumnus and a parent, CMC has been near and dear to my heart for more than three CMC’sdecades.trajectory
is like no other. After a successful 75th Anniversary that saw more than 6,000 alumni engage with CMC, our investments in campus infrastructure, students, and integrated sciences are poised to put CMC in a class of its own. I hope that you, like me, are extremely proud of our alma mater, and the direction we are headed.
With great appreciation for Emily Meinhardt’s ’10 leadership over the past two years, I look to continue our engagement trajectory and support our students and alumni in even greater ways moving forward. As we begin to turn the corner on COVID, I’ve witnessed the strong demand for alumni to connect both in local chapters and on campus. Our 2022 Alumni Weekend brought more than 1,000 alumni and friends back on campus and the mood was festive, to say the least. I hope you plan to join us June 1-4, 2023, for the next Alumni Weekend.
I look forward to growing alumni involvement at the College during this final year of the Campaign, and increase engagement like never before with our participation in the Rose Parade®, and many other opportunities. During these next two years, we will expand our alumni-student interaction via the Engage.CMC platform, increase chapter and regional opportunities, and support our students with jobs and internships to a greater degree. We also heard from many of you how impressed you were with how the College brought the experience to you during the pandemic with remote Athenaeum programs and other chances to meet with and engage with faculty and each other on important topics. We are excited to solidify our CMC Connects programming moving forward as we focus on virtual lifelong learning.
This year, the CMC Alumni Association will be looking at ways to support you. We hope, in turn, you will continue to join us where you are, and on CMC’s campus, to support each other and our incredible 76-year-old institution. Together, we can make sure a CMC education is affordable to all, and have the same, and more, opportunities that we cherished in our time.
With gratitude, crescit cum commercio civitas! Torrey
Planning Department. A lifelong environmental activist, Frank served on the State Environment Quality Control Council under California Governor Ronald Reagan. Sonny Bono, when the mayor of Palm Springs, appointed him to the Palm Springs Planning Commission. His experiences prompted him to chronicle the lifestyle of several unique periods such as the 1970s in a chapter, “The Sexual Revolution.” Memories of his “wonderful” years at CMC include the fragrant smell of the orange groves that surrounded the campus and the architecturally inspiring Andalusian gem that is Scripps College across the street (Frank was an outspoken critic of CMC’s odd mix of new and old buildings). Can’t wait for the completed edition with all the details, artwork, and pictures. Frank was the only one from the Class of ’55 attending our 65th Reunion at this year’s 75th Anniversary alumni gathering. But he was able to share the dinner with the very hospitable Class of ’57 attendees. Look for some surprise “notes” in the next (Fall) edition of CMC Magazine, if they get by the censors.
TOM BERNSTEIN ’55 email@example.com
’56 CHUCK BATTERSON ’56 firstname.lastname@example.org
“My wife, Shirley, is an exerciser, as I should be. We are both in relatively good health and stay up to date on the news of the day, elections, and all of that. I still rant about the Federal Reserve and the stupidity of Chairman Powell, but I suspect that is common with all of us.”
BURT CORSON writes, “I don’t have anything in the usual vein of yearbook classics, since I’ve covered those for the last 60+ years. But this occurs to me: doctors of all stripes have struggled with my unusual aorta (how it performs) and since 1987, none of them have found anything that slows me down other than old age itself. Next is coronary artery congestion, but there are no serious blockages, and they don’t want to risk a procedure due to feared trauma to the kidneys and my age; so that option is out. Last have been my weakening kidneys, which by the results of the last lab test show substantial improvement from over a month ago when I was in the hospital for all of the above, but after six days I was released with a whole bag of medicines. My kidney doctor says five out of six of those contribute nothing to my condition. So the five were eliminated, no more B.P. medications, blood thinners, and the like, and I feel much better, but a little weak from all the drugs. But more importantly, I’m here, leading what most would consider a fairly normal life, while being able to participate in most family matters.
“That’s the short story of an elderly guy who wants to contribute what he can to his family and retain positive cognitive skills in the process.”
FRANK TYSEN is putting the final touches on his memoir, titled Born at the Right Time Frank wants it known that he did not describe it as “salacious.” That comment was attributed to an elderly lady editor who is no longer involved in the project. He hopes to have it published by the end of the year. But in the meantime, here are some advanced highlights and some of the subjects to be covered.
Frank was born and raised in Holland and witnessed firsthand the Nazi invasion of The Hague by German paratroopers that dropped near his family home. Born at the Right Time follows his wild ride through postwar Holland, America, India, and the world. Along the way, he was fortunate to meet many interesting people, including Maria Rasputin, the daughter of the mad monk who was the trusted advisor to the Czar of Russia, and the Maharana of Mewar, India, whose friendship enabled him to be part of the Maharana’s ancient royal lifestyle and be a frequent guest at his immense palace in Udaipur, which is now a boutique hotel. Frank’s academic and professional achievements include graduating from CMC, magna cum laude, (he’s one of the few Class of ’55ers who could get into CMC now), a Fulbright Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, attending Princeton Graduate School, as well as a Congressional Fellowship and Ford Foundation Fellowship with the Calcutta (India)
PETER KEADY P’86 GP’21 reports, “Myself and three of my children and eight grandchildren traveled all of Ireland, from Galway to Dublin, by bus and train. Visited with many local cousins along the way. Visited the town of Keady and the entire eight days was a once-ina-lifetime experience.”
AL SCHEID P’82 writes, “My wife and I did attend the Saturday part of the reunion. I’m sure everyone knows there were few there from our class. I met them at Hiram’s speech. The format was a bit disconnected, so it was easy to be there and not find the folks you wanted to “Mysee.life,
hmmm. Since I am still not fully retired, my business is big in my life. Wine sales are going really well. We shipped 760,000 cases of wine last year— up from 566,000 the year before; we’ve increased shipments every year for the last decade. I commute to my office every day—about 30 feet from my bedroom. With all the communications we have today the only difference is that I see people only on screen. And, I am still active in the stock market, which has been challenging lately.
“At 90, I no longer play golf and my walking distance is somewhat limited. I guess we all have the same issues, so why bore readers with mine.
PETER KEADY ’57 P’86 GP’21 email@example.com
WALT PARRY ’57 firstname.lastname@example.org
’ BOB MCCRARY ’58 P’92 email@example.com
One of our own, BILL BURNETT P’02, died recently and I failed to mention it in the last issue. Bill was a good friend, a great classmate, and a person admired and loved by many. He will be missed by his family and our class as well as lots of others. OMER LONG writes, “A very nice funeral for Willy B. I gave his boys the 90-day diary we did in Europe in 19, what, 60???”
COVID and now the war have stymied BOB BEASLEY from teaching his normal twice-a-year stints in Ukraine with RITE seminary, but Zoom meetings with the students have been a partial answer to those problems.
BART BROWN sent in this note: “Age and the virus mutations have made things pretty quiet in Orange County. I had lunch with BUCK JONES recently. I talk your class? to to learn more.
with AL SCHEU by phone periodically and trade book ideas. Al is planning on hosting a lunch at his Upland home as soon as world traveler CLARK BOOTH returns from Venice, Italy. TONY ARNOLD ’60 drives down from his Wrightwood mountain hideaway for these lunches. Laurie (Schweitzer, Scripps ’59), and I recently became great grandparents, which is exciting but reminds us that we’re younger than dinosaurs but not by much.”BOB BEASLEY ’59 firstname.lastname@example.org
cases. Especially the good drinks that never stopped flowing. JOHN FARANDA ’79 guided some of the walks around the campus, pointing out some of the sculpture art forms. Curious, but perhaps not to everyone’s liking.
In unsupervised tours of the sports pavilion and the athletic field, TOM THURESSON, JACK MICUDA, my wife, Patti, and I met and talked with the funding benefactor (JOHN C. PRITZLAFF III ’76) of the soccer field construction. Patti and I listened with interest to the lecture on the idea of the future integrated (science) curriculum. Sounded very promising.
“We all noted that the campus had grown over the years. The landscaping was green, and appropriate. The weather was unexpectedly cool, and the air moist.
secret desire to see Squam Lake. Jump to May 2022. Our first trip since the pandemic was to spend almost a month between May and June with our son, Edward, and his family in Cambridge, Mass. In a phone conversation planning for the trip Edward said that his family wanted to spend the Memorial Day weekend at Squam Lake. ‘You probably haven’t heard of it,’ he said, ‘but we’ve joined the Squam Lakes Association and think you’d like the place.’ I told him how we knew Squam and jumped at the opportunity for Mary to revisit the site of her summer camp adventure some 70 years ago and for me to see it for the first time. While there we learned that our grandson, David (age 13), had canoed to one of the Squam islands with friends in the fall of 2021 and spent the night. It’s a small world.”
Like many CMC classes, several members of the Class of 1961 attended the 75th Anniversary party and all-class reunion at CMC on May 26–28. Those who represented us were JOHN TONE, DARYL BUTCHER, JACK MICUDA (with his wife, Mary Louise), ANDY SARKANY (with his wife, Patti), TED MUEGENBURG (with his wife, Dale) and TOM THURESSON P’92 P’97 GP’24. John, Andy, and Daryl were there both days and stayed on campus. Tom, Jack, and Mary Louise drove down for the Class Reunion and dinner on Saturday. The afternoon was spent socializing with all the classes under a huge tent with comfortable seating and endless supply of drinks on Parents Field. Our scrumptious buffet was served in the Athenaeum, where we were joined by members of the Classes of 1960 and 1961. A good time was had by all. Since the reunion Daryl has written that he does not believe that this reunion has to be our last. I agree but I do not think it advisable to wait 10 years.
Most of our class lives on the West Coast. Daryl and I have family in Southern California and Andy has ties there. I think it appropriate that whenever one of us has plans we should make it known so others can act accordingly. We can get together in Claremont or wherever it is convenient. Others can simply invite us and we can come if we are able.
Just prior to the reunion, ANDY SARKANY and I completed the preliminary edition of the class anthology and we are in the process of making additions and corrections prior to posting on our new class website which JOHN FARANDA ’79 set up for us on Facebook. Each of our classmates for whom we have an email address will be personally invited to join. So those of us who are not on Facebook must join. If you think we do not have your email address and have not heard from us, please send. This is the means by which we will keep in touch with one another and make additions to our anthology. You are always invited to send us notes on your activities directly, but we encourage you to use our webpage to keep us up to date. Included with the anthology is a listing of our class with contact information. We encourage you to stay in touch with one another and keep us posted on the details.
On a sad note, we received word that JOEL HOLLIDAY, whom many of us respected and knew well, has passed. We anticipate that we will be receiving information on his life and many achievements and this will be added to the anthology.
As mentioned, ANDY SARKANY and his wife, Patti, stayed on campus for the reunion. I include his thoughts: “The food was excellent, and plentiful in most
“We have learned of the plans to expand the campus over the recently purchased acreage, on the other side where there is the giant hole, the remnant of a former mining activity.
“The on-campus lodging, some of us took advantage of, was convenient as to location. We have seen a lot more just by being right there across from the big tent. It took some effort getting used to the high bunk beds. One had to step on a chair to get up there, or just jump very high, if one was not afraid of falling back to the floor.”
We will be in touch. Your Class Liaisons, Tom and Andy
TOM THURESSON ’61 P’92 P’97 GP’24 email@example.com
ANDY SARKANY ’61 firstname.lastname@example.org
LARRY BERGER ’64 email@example.com BILL DAWSON ’64 firstname.lastname@example.org
STEVE HALLGRIMSON ’64 email@example.com
’65 PAT MULLIN writes, “Sherry and I enjoyed returning to CMC two times in the reunion month. First time we attended the last Stag baseball game being played on Arce Field as the field makes way for new CMC buildings. Then, our return for our ’65 mini reunion for those who could attend. Sorry that there were not more classmates. This week we drive to Iowa to bicycle from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River on our 25th year of cycling the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Upon return to Oxnard, Calif., I will again serve as president of our Oxnard Rotary Club’s 102nd year. In the month of February 2023, if on Maui, join us for mai tais.”
The all-class reunion took place on the weekend of May 26 along with lots of entertainment to celebrate the College’s 75th year. Our class members attending included BRENT HOWELL, SANDY WEINER, BOB LOWE, and BILL SYMINGTON, just to mention a few. Our dinner was combined with the Classes of ’60 and ’61. The spring 2022 CMC magazine contained lots of news on future developments and the school provided me with a list of our current class members with personal information. If you would like a copy of this list just email me. Many of you expressed an interest in attending but due to travel and COVID issues elected to stay at home. Understandable.
MARSHALL SALE ’62 505-690-0299 firstname.lastname@example.org
LARRY FORD ’63 email@example.com
WESTON NAEF writes, “I met Mary Dawes Meanor, my wife, in 1962 in a Scripps College pottery class. At some point in our 1962–1963 courtship, Mary told me that one of her fondest memories growing up was a canoe adventure on Squam Lake in New Hampshire, with a group from her summer camp. She said the highlight was an overnight stay in tents and sleeping bags on one of the small islands. For half a century I’ve had a
HOWARD SOHN checks in with, “While life is good here in Marin County, north of S.F.—with two sons’ families close by, and my wife Ann, Scripps ’64, having turned 80 in March—stories of this late chapter in our lives do not make fascinating reading. A couple of recent Claremont links: I’ve lately been wearing, on mountain bike rides, a sports shirt emblazoned with CMS SOCCER, given me by a daughter-in-law (Pomona ’90) whose nephew picked it up on a campus visit. To my granddaughter’s close friend, a student at Pitzer, I noted to her recently that I was there at its birth.”
KEITH NIGHTINGALE reports, “My book, Normandy, The Human Face of D-Day, will be published in spring 2023. Just finished a great annual liberation, walking the troops through the battle sites of the period. Lots of chicken in cream sauce and Camembert from the locals. Trying to save my California green from our everlasting drought. Semi-annual trips to Maui to counsel our daughter.”
ANSON REGO and LEE LIVINGSTON both recommend KEITH NIGHTINGALE’s podcast, My Military Life (https:// youtu.be/7qYpu_Q18hM). Lee states, “Keith is fantastic on the podcast. His voice is as powerful as the stories. Bravo on your career and the retelling.”
LEE LIVINGSTON writes, “The Livingstons moved to Sandy Springs, Ga. to be close to kids and new granddaughter. Leaving a dysfunctional state and city made the move easier.”
JIM PIGNATELLI informs us, “I am still here alive, kicking, and enjoying my Johnny Walker Black.”
TONY CHILDS, one of our most traveled classmates, discusses the joy of post COVID travel, “Speak ing of pick leball
“Susan and I were scheduled to play in The Great Lakes and the Atlantic South regional tournaments Regionals are big tournaments
“But then Susan hur t her hamstring and we decided to cancel our par ticipation in the tournaments but still go on the trip The idea of driving from For t Wayne, I nd , to Opelik a, Ala , with a couple of days in Lexington, Ky , aroused our wanderlust
“Morning of depar ture we began to get notices of late depar tures from American Airlines for our San Diego to Dallas flight I tried to call them but the best I could get from the automated system was a return call in 1 3/4 hours K nowing that we would never make our connecting flight from Dallas to For t Wayne, I booked a hotel at the Dallas airpor t for that night, and made a new reser vation for a Dallas to Nashville flight the next morning; with no tournament, sk ipping For t Wayne was not a problem
“ While we were in the shuttle to the airpor t from our reser ved park ing spot, we finally got the American Airlines call Ask ing them and POINTEDLY ask ing them to cancel JUST the Dallas to For t Wayne por tion of our tickets, she agreed and then repeated what she had
at the airpor t and attempted to check in at the outside baggage area No luck YOUR RESER VATIONS HAVE BEEN CANCELED He can do nothing about it so we go inside to the airline’s desks There is a line for economy stretching literally halfway through the walk way from the outside to the terminal No problem for M r and M rs I mpor tant Front of the Airplane Passengers, right? WRONG There is a line of about 75 people in front of the FRONT OF THE AIRPLANE desk As we gape at it we overhear a person in the line say an expletive we have been here 45 minutes and only moved six feet ’
“ We just went home ”
BOB SUMMERS recalls his senior thesis for O W Phelps in 1965 titled “Government Control of Grain Warehouses” summarizing the grain handling industr y at that time The year 2021 was the 150th anniversar y of the founding of Hutchinson and Reno County, K ansas Bob wrote a series of 45 week ly essays for the Reno County H istorical Society covering the development of the grain handling and processing industr y in the central Great Plains during this 150 year period The essays have been compiled into a 116 page book , Mills and Elevators 1871 2021, to be published this summer O ver 175 images, including vintage photographs as well as current photos taken by the author, bring the narrative to life These works ser ve as bookends to Bob’s lifelong career and interest in agribusiness
RICHARD LE WIS sends an update with, “Glad all are well Would enjoy seeing ever yone To TONY CHILDS, I played my first pick leball Great game Spending my heir ’s inheritance as fast as possible Ever yone stay well I woke up today feeling like a 20 year old but could not find one ”
JOSEPH BR ADLEY contributes, “Enjoyed Alumni Weekend although a bit disappointed that so few 1965 classmates attended, but great to see WALLY DIECKMANN, DEAN DAVIDGE, PATRICK MULLIN, and
FREDERICK ‘FRITZ’ WEIS P ’94 Ever ything was first class I was told the tent for the event could hold two 737s The roundtable discussion with the three presidents was a highlight for me
JOE BRADLEY ’65 jbradley2004@verizon net
’66 ROBIN BARTLETT ’67 rbbartlett01@gmail com
I n Memor y of DUANE QUAINI: Duane was one of five CMC Class of 1967 classmates who graduated from Stanford Law School in 1970 Duane was the most traditionally successful attorney and philanthropist in our CMC group, having been the managing par tner at a ver y large Chicago commercial litigation law firm for many years Duane was also a major donor to Stanford Law School’s newest faculty building, and his name is prominently displayed there STE VEN RUDD commented that a Stanford Law School classmate, David Elson, sent him the following email “I am sorr y to repor t that Duane passed away Monday, June 6, at his home in Chicago I n recent years Duane suffered from a spine condition that limited his ability to travel, but he was still able to enjoy his favorite pastimes fine dining and attending the opera I was able to pay Duane a visit when I was in Chicago last October H is condition made it impossible for him to travel so he missed the last few law school reunions, but he was his usual self despite his physical problems He had been in failing health recently and died with family around him ” Duane was an accomplished lawyer, philanthropist, and a connoisseur of music and ar t He joined the Sonnenschein Law Firm and practiced commercial litigation for 40 years including 10 as chairman He and his late wife, Christine, endowed both the Christine & Duane Quaini Scholarship Fund and the Christine & Duane Quaini Fund for the Ar ts at CMC
ROBIN BARTLE T T commented that many of us spent time with DENNIS MANN at our 55th Reunion He is wheelchair bound and we helped him navigate Parents Field and assisted him with loading and unloading from transpor tation Despite his lack of mobility, Dennis remains a happy and enthusiastic conversationalist, prolific writer, stor yteller, and friend to all H is stor y is an inspiration
Dennis writes, “I have had Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) since Januar y 1968 This disorder attacks the sheathing around the ner ves When the sheathing star ts look ing like Swiss cheese, ner ve impulses star t sending signals where they ’re not supposed to go Twenty thousand Americans get this ever y year (about 55 per day) I t k ills about half of us, usually over a shor t period of time Five days after contracting GBS, I found myself under an oxygen tent receiving last rites I received an experimental drug that worked and brought me back from death’s door I feel I’ve been luck y to sur vive the next 54 years! Ever y day is a
“presentGBScame and went in my life from 1968 until 2013 Ever y five to seven years, it reared its ugly head; something would go haywire for two to three months and then I’d recover I n 2013, I star ted to fall without warning My gym trainer and doctor pointed
out that if I fell and broke a hip or my pelvis, I could wind up bedridden for the rest of my life So, I got into a wheelchair and have been in one ever since Despite this, I have maintained a mostly cheer ful attitude and outlook on life and living How, you may ask , did I manage this?
“I cope in several ways I’ll star t with my parents My mother suffered from multiple sclerosis for 37 years When asked how she was doing, her answer was always, “I’m FINE!” She never complained; she might ask for help, but never uttered a word of complaint about her ‘spitty ’ disease or how she was doing I have tried to adopt her attitude of perseverance and dealing with things I cannot change Lesson learned!
“Suppor t is also critical I t ’s impor tant to have good doctors who will help, not hinder I got rid of one guy who told me that there was no hope for me and that I should curl up and die (this said from the window of his new Ferrari) But the most impor tant suppor t person in my life has been “My Beautiful Bride ( TM),” my wife, K aren She helps me with all the inside and outside stuff that I can no longer do And remember, if you have a caregiver, your job as the patient must always be to make sure his or her life is pleasant I t is so impor tant to say thanks for all their help: it pays enormous dividends
“My greatest challenge has been to deal with the fact that ever ything takes so much longer Ever y activity takes far more time than before, including response time from my caregiver I was frustrated until I faced the realization that I could no longer do all the things I used to I t took me years to realize this and get past my anger at the loss of time and mobility I am much calmer now and delays are more acceptable
“When I star ted falling in 2013, the docs looked for anything mechanical wrong with me They found nothing, but six years later they discovered all the car tilage in my left shoulder had magically vanished But I am still luck y ver y luck y Pain is intermittent and occurs only when I am using my left arm for lifting O ther wise, I do not have to deal with chronic pain If I ever encounter chronic pain, I intend to get some of those really good drugs to deal with it!
“‘ Why me?’ is a question I often ask myself If I need to cr y, I do so; no sense in bottling up poisons I t used to take a couple of quar ts of beer for me to achieve the emotional release, but I don’t need that crutch anymore We all need to manage this in our lives Ever y 60 days or so I throw myself a ‘pity par ty ’ and run through all the burn that I must deal with My advice: get it out in the open, look at it, put it aside, and carr y on
“Time will eventually take all of us away Something will put a hitch in our swagger If you understand what I’ve said, you’ll be better able to deal with it when it rears its ugly head and lays you low (even if just temporarily) I n the meantime, let the good times roll while they can! And remember to smile and laugh as frequently as possible: laughter IS the best medicine!”
BRUCE BEAN exclaimed that he was delighted to be at our 55th “For me, and probably for all of us, the most impor tant thing was talk ing with our classmates I t was fun renting a car with ROBIN BARTLE T T and following him around to the various meetings as par t of his role as our Class Liaison We had some good discussions with staff that I would never have had if I hadn’t joined up with him
“I t was interesting talk ing with DENNIS MANN and pushing him around in his wheelchair For tunately, BOB NOVELL P ’94 and several others also helped Dennis get around At 6’7” and 300+ pounds, he is a big pack age to deliver!
“BILL BOWERS was helpful on the subject of homeowner ’s association board management He’s had years of experience dealing with this subject, and my wife, Mar y Bean SCR ’67, has just star ted a position on our condo board I’ve passed on Bill’s advice Needless to say, Nevada is ver y different from M innesota, but most of the issues are quite similar
“Getting in and out of the bed in the CMC dorm room where I stayed was an exciting experience and one I would like to forget The beds are high because they have a 3 drawer dresser underneath them I slipped out of the bed on my first tr y getting into it That might have made for a funny YouTube video, but it wasn’t funny experiencing it
“JIM STEPHENSON was interesting to talk with about climate change I have sent him the name of the book Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, And Why It Matters, by Steven E Koonin, former undersecretar y for science in the U S Depar tment of Energy under the Obama Administration This may adjust his views on the subject
“ Talk ing with BOB NOVELL P ’94 and his wife, Sharon Novell P ’94, was a delight, and the same is true about talk ing with STE VE RUDD and Mar tie I was sorr y to see that Dr John Ferling has died He was an impor tant par t of my success in graduate school at MIT I took calculus from him as a senior If I hadn’t done that, I don’t think that I would have sur vived H is course also contained the use of an IBM 1620 and was ver y much on a par with what was taught at MIT ”
“Due to a much smaller multi class crowd overall,” commented BOB GROSS, “the reunion venue was a more pleasurable experience than the jam packed 50th Reunion, where you couldn’t see the forest for the trees The quiet, private cour tyard dinner location was ver y nice I t was good to see classmates again and reflect upon things they had to say during the personal sharing session
“I was asked to make a presentation about my interest in bird photography, and so I did with great pleasure in talk ing about hawks hunting, ducks hatching, turkeys strutting, and wrens singing Red tailed Hawks are a daily sight where I live, and there are great oppor tunities to photograph them, such as the hawk that I followed while it was hunting squirrels but ended up with a blue bellied lizard instead; and the three juvenile hawks sparring with each other in the middle of the road (photos and video) over some fresh roadk ill, with cars passing by all the while; lots of drama here Do you k now what an egg tooth is? I showed a photo of one of those in the segment about ducks hatching And a Rock Wren video in Morro Bay was made for an avian opera demonstration I also had fun with Wild Turkey behavior during mating season: strutting, gobbling, beak to beak fighting, copulation (!), all captured in stills and video I t was a good moment to lighthear tedly make comparisons of these turkey behaviors with that of some of our classmates while at CMC Thanks to FRED MERKIN, GARY CL ARK, and JOE JOHNSON, for being good spor ts ” (ROBIN BARTLE T T added that Bob’s PowerPoint and video presentation was the highlight of our dinner as we learned all about turkey behavior and mating rituals and enjoyed Bob’s award winning photography and videos )
Bob continued, “ Three years ago, I star ted writing a blog about my obser vations of birds, and thanks to the encouragement of several classmates who follow it, I am in the process of putting my collections of stories in book form with hopes of finding a publisher later this year You can find all my blog stories, including the ones I talked about at the reunion, online at www rober tgroosphotography com Let me k now if you would like to be added to my mailing list ”
Summing up the past three months, BOB NOVELL repor ted, “I t has been a hectic year for Sharon and me The last weeks of March ended with our family coming together for a sk i trip to Mammoth, Calif Sharon unfor tunately could not make it, but other wise, it still turned out to be a wonder ful trip for ever yone Our family sk ied together and reached all of the major slopes at Mammoth; we enjoyed great meals together, and shared family stories
“ The month of May saw wildfires star ting first in Colorado Our daughter JENNIFER NOVELL ALVER ADO ’94, and her oldest son, Cole, celebrated bir thdays in the same week Cole had just graduated from high school and his younger brother, Ben, graduated from middle school We all celebrated bir thdays and graduations with a weekend par ty inviting neighbors, friends, and schoolmates
“Our 55th Reunion was amazing We star ted Thursday night and ended Sunday President H iram Chodosh and the CMC staff did a mar velous job of providing a stimulating program and oppor tunities to view par ts of the ‘new ’ campus each day Many of us were astounded to see the changes that had taken place and the plans for continuing development of the footprint of the campus I come to reunions to see classmates that I k new well while at CMC, but at ever y reunion, I have an oppor tunity to meet and get to k now classmates that I did not k now well For me, it is a gift to k now my classmates better Our class is active and unique in comparison to many of the other classes in this regard Finally, I want to thank STE VE RUDD, ROBIN BARTLE T T, JIM C ARSON, and FRED MERKIN who worked together to make our 55th Reunion a special event ”
Summing up his feelings about the reunion, STE VE RUDD wrote that it was hear twarming to see so many classmates I t was also nice to see that so many of us are now enjoying retirement, family, and friends Steve enjoys playing men’s doubles tennis at Saratoga Countr y Club in the Santa Cruz mountains three days a week H is recent trips include tak ing Mar tie and her daughter, Shannon, and her family to Yosemite Valley this past spring He also took Mar tie and her other daughter, K risti, and her family to Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe this past summer H ik ing and horseback riding along the ridge trails was a highlight of the trip and Steve repor ts that he only fell off his horse once while dismounting! Steve plans to attend a pro soccer match at Stanford stadium in late June and to watch the July 4 fireworks show after ward He is also look ing for ward to a Rudd family reunion at Lake Casitas in Ojai, Calif , in July, and to a Vaughan family reunion at Por tage Lake, Onek ama, M ich , in August
FRED MERKIN’s fondest recollections of Alumni Weekend 2022 and the 55th Reunion relate to the rare oppor tunity he enjoyed visiting with classmates “ With 22 in attendance, along with 12 wives and girlfriends, those interactions were priceless Due to my granddaughter ’s high school graduation, I was only able to take in the last two days (Saturday and Sunday) of the reunion Our class conversation (ak a ‘sharing’) and our class dinner which included superb presentations by both classmates and College Ambassador at Large, JOHN FAR ANDA ’79, now an honorar y member of our class, were highlights of the evening
“Saturday morning was devoted to listening to presentations by President H iram Chodosh about the State of the College and by the founding chair of the new K ravis Depar tment of I ntegrated Sciences, Ran (‘Ron’) Libesk ind Hadas, about his new depar tment While I was previously aware of most of thisinformation, I found the presentations stimulating and informative
“I was privileged to ser ve on the leadership team for the 55th Reunion along with ROBIN BARTLE T T, JIM C ARSON, STE VE RUDD, and BOB NOVELL P ’94 I had previously ser ved on our 50th Reunion committee
“I am ver y for tunate that I love to read and listen to music I am also a political junk ie, and there’s a group of us from CMC who correspond about events of the day I n my case, it involves acquainting my conser vative friends and classmates with liberal thoughts they haven’t encountered since graduation They tr y to do the same with me on topics I did not major in (like econ and finance) The following classmates help me to stay sane and focused on what is happening in the world and how best to respond: JIM C ARSON, MART Y K APL AN, BOB GROOS, ROB MAGGS, FRED MERKIN, PE TE SCHOE T TLE, GARY CL ARK, BRUCE BEAN, JOHN MA ZZ A, STE VE MARTIN, JOHN ‘BUNJAR’ PE T TIT P ’91, VAN SMITH, and WILLIAM ‘VAN’ WOHLBACH If you are ever dealing with an intractable health issue, keep your friends close and your mind and body as active as you can
John Mazza ’67
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ohn Mazza ’67 didn’t wear shoes until he was eight, prefers color ful Hawaiian shirts to button downs, and wrote his senior thesis on Andy Warhol and underground movies.
Yet he describes himself as a “quant,” who parlayed a lifelong interest in the stock market into a career that has spanned decades. Mazza has also been devoted to community service in his longtime home, Malibu, where he has lived for more than 50 years.
Mazza discovered Claremont McKenna College while paging through a guide to America’s 100 best colleges, after he notched a per fect math score on the SAT.
Mazza spent the beginning of his childhood barefoot in Trona, a mining town, just southwest of Death Valley, because “you don’t need shoes in the desert.” His family moved to the coastal town of San Clemente when he was 11, and he soon fell in love with sur fing. Mazza figured Claremont was close enough to the beach, so he headed to CMC, where he majored in fine arts, accounting, and economics and was introduced to computer programming, which helped to shape his career trajectory. But it’s the camaraderie generated from being on campus during the mid 1960s that Mazza treasures most. He fondly recalls Tijuana road trips with Robert Lewis ’67 and the late John Porter ’67. To this day, Mazza gathers with classmates and friends, including Paul Scripps ’67 and Tom Burton ’68, and sustains an interest in helping to fund scholarships.
After CMC, Mazza earned his MBA from USC and began a 16 year career with equity research and advisory firm William O’Neil & Co., where he eventually worked his way up to CFO. When O’Neil launched Investor’s Business Daily, Mazza served as president of the financial newspaper, which he built into a national presence before leaving to start his own company, Drake Capital Securities, in the early 1980s, which he sold in 1998 and then retired from the corporate world.
Mazza currently manages his own securities portfolio and a commercial property investment company he founded in 1980. He moved up the coast to Malibu in 1972. “At that time Malibu was a little town in the country,” Mazza recalled. “ The highway was empty. It was a paradise for sur fers.” He feels protective of his sur fside home, and has served for more than 15 years on Malibu’s planning commission.
Mazza channels the sur fing lifestyle, and champions the sport. He serves on the board of the Sur fing Heritage and Cultural Foundation and the Adamson House State Park Foundation located at Sur frider Beach in Malibu, along with various civic and corporate boards. A portion of his personal sur fboard collection, which represents the evolution of sur fing and sur fboard technology, is on permanent loan to Pepperdine University.
As he reflects on his time at CMC, does Mazza have one last message? “Send your kids to Claremont McKenna!” he said with a robust laugh.
in 2017. Both experiences were enjoyable because the planning entailed interacting with many of my classmates and the College.”
VAN WOLBACH summarized his feelings about the 55th Reunion: “Several classmates, and particularly ROBIN BARTLETT, spent considerable effort to ensure a terrific 55th Reunion. Incidentally, I see where Forbes ranked CMC number one in financial health.”
“I made a PowerPoint presentation at our class dinner about my forthcoming book, from Casemate Publishers—Vietnam Combat: Firefights and Writing History,” added ROBIN BARTLETT “It’s taken me 10 years to write my experiences as a combat infantry platoon leader in I Corps with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and two more to rewrite after some solid editing and WTF questions from AL CARPENTER’s wife, Daisy (Loe) Carpenter SCR’67. I showed some photos that will be included in the book and discussed what it was like to make helicopter combat assaults. That 20-minute presentation was the longest I’ve spoken about my experience in 54 years. Expected publication date is January 2023. See Amazon or come to my website for more information. Also, Google: The Trail by Robin “Greetings,Bartlett.”gentlemen!”
wrote FRANK PETTERSON He hoped our class enjoyed a great 55th Reunion. He had planned to “toss the ox” with all on the various subjects of the day in person. Unfortunately, a metastatic melanoma diagnosis late last summer has been an interruption and has been interesting and character building to say the least…plus all encompassing. “One of my new realities,” Frank writes, “is that my calendar is now written in pencil with an eraser, not pen.” He reports that he is feeling well, but leery of traveling large distances in a single bound. “The new cancer diagnoses and cures are working but not overly predictable (as for how long). One must approach all this with a positive mindset.
“One positive outcome has been that some of the cancer drugs I take cost (retail) $400+ per pill and I take five per day. But because I’m a vet, they cost me about nine cents each. I guess you non-vets pick up the difference. (It certainly wouldn’t be that big pharma is playing games like having the government pick up a considerable amount of their new drug research costs and then adding that cost back into price, now, would it?) I could blather on about my imminent demise; I could blather on about yours. But by now, most of us realize nobody gets out of life alive. It’s time to settle back and try to bear it as best as one can. I had this wonderful aunt, an old-school nurse who served in Europe in WWII, working on ambulance trains bringing soldiers back from the front. She saw a lot of dying in her day, but she was always positive and stayed that way. When soldiers were close to their end, she’d just tell them she loved them. And it really worked! I’ve used her example before and plan to use it more as time goes on. Pax vobiscum. P.S. Love you guys.”
VAN SMITH also reported he was also unable to attend the reunion. Although, for him, it’s a bit less of a health issue (one of the 300,000 per year with prostate issues), than impecuniousness…“my ‘wages from a life of crime,’ which prevents my attendance. When you get to my turn in the conversation, please have someone read a paragraph from my recent tome Conquistador, for some of my word salad. CMC and all of you, each and every one, were a great highlight for me. I thank you. P.S. I’ve gone most of the way through life as ‘Van,’
knowing almost no other Vans, and there are now three of us in our class, VAN WOLBACH, VAN WEBSTER, and me. This has to prove something!”
ED STANTON sent in a favorite memory of boxing at CMC. “After Coach Ducey cut me from the basketball team, which was clearly the right decision, I was moping around and looking for something to fill the void. One of my buddies suggested I go out for the boxing team. Initially I was skeptical, but he said it was fun and convinced me to go to the training meeting to meet the coach. This guy looked just like Burgess Meredith from Rocky. Afterwards we ran over to the gym for our weigh-in. I hit the scales at 175 and the coach said I’d be fighting as a light heavyweight (182–190). When I asked why, he said I’d be quicker than my opponent. Actually, he already had a senior in the 172–182 level and needed an entry into the higher weight, so I was to be sacrificed. We all sat as the coach gave us a ‘pep talk’ and explained what he expected. After about five minutes, I raised my hand and asked, ‘When is our first match?’ Coach thanked me for the question, looked at his clipboard and said, ‘Three weeks.’ After another boring five minutes of prattle, I again raised my hand and asked, ‘Who is our first opponent?’ Ready for this question, Coach fired back, ‘El Toro Marine Base.’ I retired that afternoon—UNDEFEATED. Then I went out for lacrosse as I was told they had keggers after every game. I love lacrosse and played it for my remaining three years at CMC.”
STEPHEN MARTIN reported, “We flew to the north of Mexico this past quarter and walked through the border station that was part of the airport into the United States. We also flew to the south of Mexico and rode from there across the border into Guatemala. We listened to mariachi music floating around as our neighbor’s extended family celebrated one of their own who turned 93. This is all part of expatriate living.”ROBIN BARTLETT ’67 firstname.lastname@example.org
“My wife, Morgan (aka Nancy), and I have lived in La Jolla, California, Bainbridge Island, Washington, and now Spokane, Washington. In each we built or rebuilt a “we’ll be here forever” home. We are now downsizing, to a home that’s easier to manage about a mile from our existing abode. History is once again repeated as we are near the end of a year-long remodel prior to move-in. Two sons and four grandchildren round out my troop. I often wonder how the last decades have gone by so fast.”
REFLECTIONS ON THE OLD BAXTER JOINT SCIENCE CENTER, BASEBALL, AND PROGRESS BY RODGER BAIRD P’11:
“Baxter Hall seems tiny today, but as a freshman in 1964, it felt exactly right to me. The Joint Science Center housed physics, chemistry, and biology labs, offices, and lecture facilities for CMC, Scripps, and Pitzer. I don’t recall a larger lecture hall on CMC’s campus than what Baxter offered. It became clear that there was a plan to expand the science program, as the Joint Science resources were expanded with the construction and dedication of the gray concrete science building adjacent to Baxter in ’67, along with a 50% increase in chemistry and physics faculty. Three decades later, the W.M. Keck Science Center was greatly expanded and moved to its current location where Scripps, Pitzer, and CMC meet at what used to be the intersection of 9th St. and Mills near Bauer Center.
MICHAEL BARKIN writes, “Loan and I are now living in Rancho Mirage, California, and we’ve adapted to the heat easily. In this Del Webb community there are so many activities that it’s like being on a cruise. No rest for the retired. And we’re on our way at the end of July for the last time (haha) to a Rolling Stones concert in Stockholm. Hey, it’s only Rock ’n’ Roll!”
We are thrilled to hear from DANIEL SMITH after a decade. He writes a brief summary of the last 50+ years starting with a CMC memory. “During the summer of 1967, I was at Ft. Benning, Georgia for ROTC basic camp. Sunday was usually a non-training day. Time for getting one’s gear ready for the week ahead, a complete cleaning of the barracks, and, of course, a visit to the cadet beer garden. A 16-ounce can of 3.2% Bud was 25 cents. On Sunday, while sitting on my footlocker shining my boots, who walks in for a visit but 2LT ROBIN BARTLETT ’67
“After the Army, I went to work for one of the then-Big Eight accounting firms in Los Angeles. Did a year as an auditor before switching to the tax department. Stayed with the firm for six years, then opened my own shop. Have worked with some interesting clients and focused on the bottom line rather than growth. I still work from the comfort of my home office.
“Back in ’64, there were only three chemistry majors— RAYMOND DRUMMOND and I represented the entire field from CMC, with one student from Pitzer. Also, there were perhaps three physics majors in our class. The science lecture hall and labs were filled, however, by about a third of our incoming class, most of whom had declared as 3/2 M-E majors, intent on transferring to Stanford after junior year. Most of these young men likely could boast of two shared attributes: (1) a full set of brains; (2) a rejection letter from Stanford. It was a raucous group of more than 60 shaved-head freshmen that assembled that first morning in 1964 for classes in chemistry-physics, facing Professor Lowry and his soonto-be infamous failed experiments and demonstrations gone awry.
“By graduation day in ’68, I was the only CMC chem major left, Ray having changed majors (ending up at Stanford in grad school anyway); GREGORY HINCKLEY and DAN WATERS were the graduating physics majors. Only a handful of the original M-E crowd had stayed in the program and moved on to Stanford. As the only surviving chem major, I had to take several upper division classes at Harvey Mudd, which often made me consider my sanity and commitment to the sciences.
“As our various classes dwindled from 60+ to a half dozen or fewer students, Baxter Hall seemed relatively deserted on the days I hiked through the Scripps campus shortcut to the lab. In reality, though, by ’67-’68, the JSC was bustling with students from the three colleges. In summer of ’67, when the new joint science building was completed, I spent the summer working on a research grant for my thesis advisor, Dr. Pinnell, and helping set up a new research lab. It was a place I frequented most evenings the following year, completing experiments and writing my thesis, while ignoring old Baxter.
“I remember that we had a few laboratory bumblers, especially in organic chem lab, and the place was often saturated with some errant odor or another—but those smells were far better than the small fires that popped
up now and then Physics labs and the electricity and magnetism units had their own share of odd noises and smells, too One enter taining highlight came in the form of a rattlesnake caught by the custodian in the ’67 summer, which was placed in a glass terrarium awaiting the biology depar tment ’s return at summer ’s end I was amused to find that same custodian ‘feeding’ the rattlesnake one night with a mouse he’d caught I was imper tinent enough to suggest that it wasn’t a good idea, but he showed me the hammer he said would protect him if the snake threatened to strike The man had obviously never seen a rattler strike; apparently, this one was still in sullen shock, so it never nailed him
“ Those of us who played on spor ts teams were for tunate that several faculty members at Baxter JSC and Har vey Mudd were understanding spor ts fans, because we usually needed to split our lab sessions in half in order to make it to practices and games This was just one example of the advantages of the small size of the JS depar tment it afforded students a nearly personalized education in the basics of our science I ndeed, I spent so much time in their offices, they may have thought they ’d adopted me For tunately, Drs Bovard and Pinnell at Baxter/JSC, and Dr Kubota at Har vey Mudd encouraged me to apply to grad school, and by spring of ’68, I was in My last memor y of JSC was the afternoon of my oral exam a ‘big game day,’ as it were and I honestly cannot remember whether it was in Baxter or the new building All that mattered at the end of that day as I sprinted south through Scripps back to my dorm, was that I had passed “ When baseball season ended with the NAIA District playoffs at about that same time, Coach Arce offered a job to JAMES “JIM” C AMERON P ’05 and me to tear down the outfield fence of the baseball field to make way for construction of Bauer Center and other assor ted facilities The ‘new ’ and upgraded baseball field was moved east, becoming today ’s Arce Field Now, more than 50 years later, Arce Field, Athena Field, and the adjunct softball facilities are destined to be moved far ther east onto the rock quarr y proper ty to make way for the new I ntegrated Sciences Center a light year away from old Baxter Hall Hopefully, the new ball fields will have the same luster as the new ISC, and Baxter Hall will continue as a college resource in some useful capacity ”
Roger continues by adding that: “I got my MS in chem at San Diego State in 1970 and went to work in the emerging environmental sciences field right after I worked my entire career for Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts and retired as section head of the Laboratories Section in 2002 I was also active with development of test methods for water and wastewater in several editions of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and retired as chair of the Editorial Board of that publication in 2018 Nothing glamorous just interesting and challenging ”
MICHAEL HOUGHTON repor ts: “I t is now 54 years since graduation, leaving the United States and living overseas My wife, Susan K aneshiro, who graduated from Whittier College, and I, have lived and worked for extended periods in several countries, with the longest period, 37 years, here in Melbourne, Australia At the age of 75, we gratefully continue to teach and manage our business, Bik ram Yoga Fitzroy This remark able yoga practice has sustained our physical, mental, and emotional health in more ways than we could ever have imagined ”
DOUGL AS “DOUG” C AMPBELL wrote to say that he recently enjoyed a video chat with classmates RODGER
BAIRD P ’11, STANLEY “STAN” EUBANKS, TOM RYAN, and CR AIGE CITRON as par t of his 75th bir thday celebration He continues to enjoy retirement with his wife, Fran, in H ighlands Ranch, Colorado ”
FRED LE VY notes: “I’m enjoying being in touch with classmates NE W TON ‘DOUG’ GRIMWOOD and STEPHEN ‘STE VE’ TESSLER, remembering the Dialogue on Educational Objectives Conference we held at CMC My wife and I are happily retired, enjoying life in New York City and environs despite pandemic constraints This year we planned to celebrate our 75th bir thdays with a trip to Vietnam in Februar y 2022, pandemic permitting Our trip was postponed until 2023 due to mild COVID cases over Christmas All is good in our family now ”
RICHARD OSMANSKI commented, “Audrey and I are now, at long last, grandparents to a vivacious baby girl named Soraya Still loving Mexico retirement Best wishes to all I hope you are safe and well ”
SCOT T ERIKSON added, “I was in the CMC Stanford combined degree program, so I only had two years at CMC, but they were wonder ful, formative years and I am planning a campus visit soon I went on to grad school at Berkeley, then practiced law and developed real estate in New York , the M iddle East, and London I am now ‘retired’ on a ranch in East Texas Two daughters, one granddaughter, and about 300 head of cattle ”
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Always good to hear from TERRY GIPS: “ What ’s new for me? I’m healthy and happy while seek ing to address our many societal and planetar y challenges I’m still volunteering as the president of the Alliance for Sustainability (www afors org) and super vising 15 great student interns from across the countr y who are work ing on our SHE K indness Campaign (Sustainability, Health, Equity, and K indness) and our public polic y and business and school programs My 18 year old son, Adam, is off to M iddlebur y College this fall My 24 year old daughter, Gloriana, just completed her master ’s in piano per formance at the San Francisco Conser vator y of Music How ’s all of that for news not fit for print?!”
We haven’t heard from ORL ANDO (DAN) DAVIDSON for years Glad to see him emerge, just in time for our 50th Reunion Dan repor ts that “My wife, Dana H inze Davidson (Ph D CGU ’77), and I are enjoying our second retirement location in Por tland, Oregon We first retired to Western Nor th Carolina after my 35 year career (lawyer, planner, developer, public official) in Honolulu, Hawaii I developed my craft of fiction writing in Asheville, Nor th Carolina, and my crime novel, Baseline Road, will be published by Ar temesia Publishing in Januar y 2023
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’ BOB BILLS ’72 rdbills@aol com
PAUL BENINGER P ’09 is the first this time: “I have been honored by Professor Ran Libesk ind Hadas, the founding chair of the K ravis I ntegrated Sciences Depar tment, through his invitation to ser ve on the depar tment ’s 10 member Alumni Advisor y Council This is CMC ’s new science center, ‘rooted in CMC ’s foundational liberal ar ts and leadership mission, unique in its approach to organizing science education around grand socio scientific challenges, leveraging computation as a power ful vehicle for discover y and systematic solutions, and integrating CMC ’s core strengths in the social sciences and humanities We have already met vir tually
“And, yes, it is that Baseline Road the one in Claremont Set in Claremont and nearby towns, the novel tells the stor y of a fictional 1970 radical bombing at the Claremont Graduate School that occurred in the aftermath of Cambodia and Kent State and resulted in the death of a young economics professor The FBI arrests a k nown campus radical and quick ly closes the case But what if the deed was something entirely different Two dogged cops, acting on a tip, decide to take another look at the case, and it leads them down a dark path Dodging sinister characters and unsure whom they can trust, our heroes proceed down Baseline Road toward a complicated truth Written from afar, it is both a crime novel and a remembrance of Claremont and the I nland Empire as it existed in those unsettled days Drenched in local color, and packed with hippies, bikers, and rock ’n’ roll, Baseline Road features the bars and restaurants that we called home when we were at CMC I t was an absolute blast to write ”
MARLO LE WIS updates us: “No big changes in my life since the 45 year Reunion Still work ing on climate and energy polic y at the Competitive Enterprise I nstitute in
Washington, D.C., still playing guitar and mandolin, and still keeping physically active. See everyone at our 50th Reunion.”
And PETER NICHOLSON reports that “2022 is the first year of retirement 2.0. It’s been great to travel and fulfill some meet-up plans with friends and family. Recently, I visited Maine for mucho lobster, seascapes, and some classic old golf venues. Yeah, short season up north, so they are fanatical. Has been rewarding to see all the great coverage of the 75th Anniversary and looking forward to the 50th for the Class of ’73 next year. Book it, Dano! Best to all.”
DON WADDELL notes another milestone life moment: “We welcomed our second grandson, Reid Myers, in February, born to our daughter Elizabeth. Born on my wife Tami’s birthday, so we will be having fantastic birthday parties in the future. I was privileged to attend the International Congress of Little League Baseball in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in June. This is a onceevery-four-years meeting of volunteers from around the world to discuss the future of Little League. I tacked on five days of sightseeing with my son Chris around Pennsylvania and New York which was great fun.
“I am looking forward to our 50th Reunion, now less than a year away. I am hopeful we will have a big turnout for this definitely once-in-a-lifetime event. See you all there.”
Very good to hear from CHUCK HAUK as well this time. “Being a year younger than most of you guys, I finally turned 70 this year. It’s not so bad! I’m pleased that, with COVID restrictions relaxing, I’m back to teaching Aikido on a regular basis. I’m also back to using a rowing machine three days a week and have gotten back to rowing over 6,000 meters in 30 minutes. Cumulatively, I’ve accrued over 5.1 million meters.
My oldest grandson celebrated his Bar Mitzvah this past June. Mazel Tov! Sue and I went on a cruise up and down the California coast recently and enjoyed visiting with HANS NIELSEN ’75 and his wife, Nancy, in Santa Barbara for a day. Other than that, most days I’m interacting with my three grandchildren. Life is good! I’m looking forward to our 50th Reunion next year.”
TIM TAYLOR writes: “In recent months I’ve been in touch with such terrific CMC ’73 classmates as BRUCE FLAXMAN (now in the desert), GARY SMITH (back in San Francisco), MIKE MANNING (still in Las Vegas), DEAN TAYLOR (in Kansas City), GLEN MARTZ ’72 (43 years in Eugene, Oregon) and my brother TODD TAYLOR ’75 (in Maryland). All retired pretty much. Gary is still practicing law as needed by his clients and firm. Dean is consulting with the Royals. I am retired and live in Phoenix. Wish I would have stayed in San Francisco, but most of my family moved a few years ago to Arizona, so here I am.”
You should have recently received a 50th Reunion newsletter from the College in the mail. If not, please contact the CMC alumni office, any of the class Reunion Committee, or me so we can get you on the list for the reunion. The dates are now set: June 1–4, 2023. See you there.
KEN GILBERT ’73 214-641-8648 email@example.com
’74 As I wrote to our class this past winter, SAMUEL “SAM” REECE has passed away. In January, classmate MARK BUCHANAN arranged a Celebration of Life service for Sam along with other CMCers including HARRY WRIGHT ’71, GREGORY DELONG, ARNE HENDRICKSON ’72, and HARVEY GOLDHAMMER ’73
Our classmates responded with these recollections to the news of Sam’s passing:
BRENT BAILEY remarked, “He was one of the most engaging and unique people I’ve ever known. His joy of life will be greatly missed.”
GERALD “JERRY” PERTTULA shared this: “Sam’s dynamic personality left a mark on the world. He thought and spoke the unexpected. I shall always remember his eccentric nature which was a welcome relief to a world of tepid monotony.”
ROBERT “GIB” JOHNSON noted Sam was “an unforgettable guy.”
And MARK BUCHANAN was “moved by the fact that Sam aimed high in life, paid a price, and yet through it all, became a better version of himself.”
Classmates attending Sam’s Celebration of Life in January included MARK BUCHANAN, BRIAN BUCHANAN, GREGORY BREEN, THOMAS REES, CARLOS GARCIA, JAMES “JIM” MCELWEE P’12, TIMOTHY DONAHOE, JIM WEBSTER, GARY RATTET, DARRELL SMITH P’00, GREGORY DELONG, ROBERT “GIB” JOHNSON, CEDRIC JOHNSON, and myself (my regrets if I missed anyone on the Zoom call).
And of course, Sam will be remembered at our next reunion when we continue our new tradition of remembering all our lost friends/classmates as we gather around the JOHN ALLEN Memorial Tree for a time of reflection and gratitude.
And other notes. Contrary to the notice in the last issue of CMC Magazine, classmate WILLIAM “BILL” BARR did not pass away. Bill is alive and well in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Now that’s uplifting news.
In other notes, I asked our classmates what was a particularly important accomplishment in their career? JOHN VALLANDIGHAM wrote, “There are too many memories to catalog, but certainly high on the list is COVID. This little bugger hasn’t allowed me to slow down at work; the past two years have been as busy, or busier, than any time in the past. I’m hoping 2023 will be better. Tell everyone to get a vaccine—if only to help me out. Or save their life.”
And from KIM LEDBETTER, “One day, as I entered Collins Hall for another meal, I saw a poster advertising two new math classes at Harvey Mudd. The poster asked a question, ‘What, me be an actuary?’ As a math and economics major, I was looking for a career that would combine my two majors into one profession. I found that in the actuarial profession. After graduation, I took a job at Standard Insurance Company in Portland, Oregon as an actuarial student. One of my responsibilities was to study and pass all 10 exams administered by the Society of Actuaries in order to earn the designation of a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA). The exams are quite challenging and most who start do not ultimately pass all 10. By November of 1980, I managed to pass my last exam and earn the FSA designation. That success led to
increasing job responsibilities and my retirement as a senior vice president for the company in 2009. I want to also mention that I met my wife, Barb, at the company and we celebrated 44 years of marriage earlier this year—another accomplishment of which to be proud.”
Now that’s some accomplishment.
Everyone should have received via mail a save-the-date flier for our 50th Reunion, May 30 - June 2, 2024. Put it on your calendars now so you don’t double-book the weekend with a trip to Hawaii or somewhere else fun!SKIP WEISS ’74 P’15 firstname.lastname@example.org
’75 Class Liaison VIK BATH reports, “DAN BURG sent an email, and he and I talked, catching up on 47 years. He has been married for 45 years, has two wonderful children, and two grandchildren who keep him and his wife very busy. He is retired after working in the aerospace industry. He lives in the L.A. area, and doesn’t see any moves in the near future, the grandkids being a key factor in those plans.
“Spoke with JEFF KLEIN P’08 P’11 P’14 He and his wife are spending time in Dallas helping out with the grandkids. He and his wife retired to Oxnard where they live when not in Dallas.
“Was in New Jersey recently and had a great lunch with JACK LUCAS He is retired as I mentioned previously, with no plans on moving. He has spent time over the past few years in Cardiff, Wales, and is looking forward to a return in the near future.
“It is clear in the contacts I have had that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent measures to control the same have had a big impact on all our lives. Plans put on hold, lifestyle changes, impacts on employment, and even an esprit de corps that our class has always manifested, has been tamped down. I have all the confidence in the world that we will regain our ‘mojo.’”
BILL ANDREWS ’75 email@example.com
VIK BATH ’75 firstname.lastname@example.org
’76 MARK LAURIA ’76 P’08 email@example.com
Our 45th Reunion was held during the College’s 75th Anniversary festivities. The Class of ’77 contingent who registered for the reunion included CARL-ERIC BENZINGER, MICHAEL BLATT, CONRAD CORCORAN, GREG DORST, AL HARUTUNIAN, DAVE KAVRELL, BILL MORROW, STEVE RODRIGUEZ, and JOHN WEED JOHN FARANDA ’79 led an eye-opening tour of the campus. The plans to ultimately move most of the outdoor sports facilities to the abandoned rock quarry property (which has doubled CMC’s footprint), demolish Bauer North and South (“the toilet bowl”), and extend the campus eastward (with some impressive replacement buildings), were presented in hi-tech style under the tent on Parents Field. The rock quarry is zoned low-density because of the private Cable Airport to the east, so athletic fields (baseball, football, soccer) are well-suited to its use.
JOHN WEED reported, “My wife and I enjoyed attending the CMC anniversary Alumni Weekend. I had not been back to campus in many years, and was surprised at all the changes. The program, festivities, and food were first class! I also was interested in hearing about the future direction in which CMC is headed. I enjoyed seeing some familiar and new faces.”
CONRAD CORCORAN was his usual warm and gregarious self at the reunion. He commented, “Yes, the 45th went off like a charm. I dare say the powers that be really know how to put on the ‘Ritz.’ Never seen a welcome tent that big. Quite a show. The time with Emeritus Economics Professor Gerald Eyrich P’83 at dinner on Friday night was the highlight. Gerald was a real task master as a professor, and was very verbal after a couple of wines about the ‘real history’ of CMC, as opposed to the administration’s official version. TOM KOLEPP ’76 and I had a long hard laugh that night as Gerald told the ‘truth.’ DAVE KAVRELL and I had many a laugh at the expense of many; great fun. What a hoot that guy is. GREG DORST remains timeless. CARL-ERIC BENZINGER is busy building new furniture in his shop at home. He looks like the day he graduated. I left early Sunday as I needed a real bed and headed to the beach for a few days down San Diego way. Look forward to the 50th!”
AL HARUTUNIAN III ’77 619-844-5960
Sadly, DAN GOLZBAND reported, “My wife, Julie Thompson, SDSU ’69, passed away last Thanksgiving. She was the most important thing that ever happened to me, short of birth or conception, and much of the credit for my ongoing quest to make the most of life is due to our 28 years together. She was very pleased, before she passed, to see me transition from full-time corporate work to teaching at SDSU and UCSD, and I look forward to seeing members of ’78 at our reunion next year.”
SLOANE CITRON reports that he happily connected with CMC friends recently. He said, “My daughter Arielle—who lives in L.A. with her husband, Danny, and their two little boys—and I visited with MARK SCHWARTZ and his wonderful wife, Lisa, at their spectacular spot in Beverly Hills. Then had a great dinner in the exquisite backyard of JOHN BANISTER along with our old gang, GARY CARSON, MARK STOTT, HAL REQUA, and BILL JANSSEN. And then again met up with these guys (minus Banister, who was out of town) along with some of our Scripps gals, Wendy Gauntlett-Shaw, Julie Lydon Cornell, and Kristi Nilson Sanford, in San Diego at a lively memorial weekend for Julie’s Hollywood parents (Jimmy Lydon). Still living in Menlo Park, publishing magazines (so good to have an office to go to), hanging with my now seven grandchildren, and spending more time in Tel Aviv where my youngest son, Coby, lives and where we now have a home. He finished his stint in the Israeli air force and now works in cybersecurity. Of course, I have some challenges to deal with, but I’m trying to stay focused on the positives.”
MICKEY MONETA sends his regards: “Hi classmates and fellow Geezers. The brief update on my life is that in 2018 I retired from the Oregon National Guard (37 years in military service). In 2019 I retired from private medical practice as an anesthesiologist. Not long after, I left the Pacific Northwest and moved to San Juan Capistrano, Calif. A latitudinal change I do not recommend unless, like me, you have had a pet desert tortoise for your entire life, and he needs a warmer climate. Please join me in San Juan Capistrano if you are ever in South Orange County. Happy to take anyone surfing or let you feed my tortoise, Snappy, who is 66 years old plus and may outlive me. (509)-448-0844”
STAN HELFAND reports that “since retiring at the end of last year from the FBI, I have replaced crime scenes with nature scenes. I volunteer at a national park near my house several days a week helping replant native grasses, as well as willow and oak trees. Additionally, I have successfully completed training to become a park docent, which has me regularly leading interpretive hikes (primarily for fourth graders) through the 8,800acre Malibu Creek State Park. I also staff the park’s visitor center a couple of weekends each month. So, if anyone wants to do a docent-led hike (led by someone who may tell you things which may or may not be 100% accurate, but at a minimum entertaining), please reach out. And of course, tipping is not required.”
RICK VOIT reports, “Yup, I pushed the retirement button just before the new owner of our company (Merrill Lynch) was about to reduce the payout. After 44 years in financial services, the break is welcome, but an adjustment and I finally got the hang of it. Landed with the main house in Wilmette (Chicago) with the fun house out in Spokane, Wash. With a kid in Chicago and first grandkid I’m stuck with that place, too. Good times, we just fly a lot and Delta Airlines makes it easy for me to expand my carbon footprint.”
To paraphrase comedian Ron White, “The bulk of your classmates are your age, and you are aging at the same rate they are. That makes you relevant. They like hearing what you have to say.” So, send us a note. In particular, in talking with classmates the number-one question seems to be, “how do you stay engaged and relevant in retirement?”
FRANK CHMELIK ’78 P’18 firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many steps and tests towards adulthood. Every Passover, the youngest at the Seder table asks the four questions. Being the youngest in my family, I was
Last month’s entreaty to “tell us something interesting or funny or profound about your life” brought the following Class Notes.
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both proud and fear ful of that task I remember standing up to recite the Four Questions (and their answers) before my entire family (including my two older brothers, who were look ing to pounce on any of my mistakes) While I was hardly able to read English (I was little), my task that night was to do it in Hebrew! Well, I’ve asked my classmates to answer the four questions below (not in Hebrew), and I was ner vous about what the responses would be But, given CMC ’s histor y of free speech, I was confident that no one would be canceled
Here were my questions, with the Class of ’79 answers (in alphabetical order):
1 If you could do it over again, would you have gone to CMC in 1975?
2 If you could do it over again, would you still have chosen your major, and if different, what would it have been?
3 If you could have had any person in histor y as your college advisor (a non family member), who would it have been?
4 If you could choose to have gone to college in 1975 or in 2022, which year would you choose? ( You can’t say 2022 so that you can live an extra 47 years )
JOHN BECKER responds, “1 I could not have picked a better school Great classmates with the exception of PE TER CROLIUS ’80 (note the wink), great professors, great intramural spor ts, ability to play NCAA/NAIA spor ts, food fights, toga par ties, crawling back from Scripps, STEPHEN SL AT TERY, fire extinguisher wars, the Buck horn Lodge, buffalo chips at the Buffalo I nn, I nstant Burger, Foster ’s Donuts, Fatburger, Tommy ’s Burgers, Benihanas/Trader Vic ’s, weekends at Newpor t Beach the list is endless 2 Quantum physics just k idding I doubled in economics and literature Both have ser ved me well 3 Keanu Reeves or Noam Chomsk y 4 1975 ”
KENT BR AITHWAITE writes, “1 I would definitely choose to attend CMC if I had to do it over again, yet I doubt if many members of our class would manage to get admitted to today ’s CMC CMC provided me with a solid foundation enabling me to pursue careers in various fields Additionally, over the course of my career in education, I am proud to have steered some of my best students to CMC: MARIA (RODRIGUEZ) CURIEL ’94, HORTENCIA VALLES ’94, LEONARD FERNANDEZ ’94, ANGELICA (CASTILLO) DAFTARY ’96, ENRIQUE ALVARADO DE LA ROSA ’03, EDITH CASTANEDA RANGEL ’08, GLORIA DIAZ ’09, and I hope I haven’t forgotten to mention any others I also have long ago lost count of the number of students who chose other Claremont Colleges 2 I would still choose to major in political science/ government (whatever it was called back then) I have worked on and off in politics on the side of social justice throughout my career I also encouraged my students to pursue careers in politics When I retired from my career in education, the congressman from our district (who is now chair of the Congressional H ispanic Caucus), the Riverside County super visor from our district (he was previously the majority leader in the State Assembly), the State Assembly member from our district, the mayor and a majority of City Council from the city in which my high school was located were all former students 3 I never met with my CMC designated advisor O ver the course of my career at CMC, Dr Rober t Fossum became my closest
faculty advisor I am still glad he did Bob provided me invaluable guidance, allowing me to pursue a career in writing I have written widely in the field of crime fiction (I’ve been published internationally), and I recently wrapped up my third stint as a member of Myster y Writers of America’s judging panel for the Best Novel Edgar Allan Poe Award 4 I’m glad I attended CMC when I did We were (as was CMC ) up and comers at the time, and I’m glad I was there with all of you then ”
JACK COHEN writes “1 Yes 2 Yes Management engineering 3 Jack Merritt, Joint Science teacher 4 1975 ”
GARY ENGLER responds, “I only have an answer to #3: Liz Cheney She will be remembered in histor y as one of our countr y ’s greatest patriots I t is too bad members of her own political par ty and residents of her own state won’t recognize this in time to re elect her to Congress I would bet that most Democrats (like myself ) recognize and appreciate her patriotism as she demonstrates a profile in courage and a commitment to firmly held principles as she shines in her work with the Januar y 6 Committee She should run for president ”
JOHN FOK writes, “1 Yes 2 Yes (I was a ME) 3 Not sure 4 1975 ”
FORD FROST writes, “1 Since CMC was the only place I applied, then yes 2 Sure; however, when I applied, I k new nothing about the 3 2 program I nstead, I arrived with the cer tain counsel from parents that I was luck y to get in and that ever yone would be talk ing over my head First adventure was the discover y of TERRY
MARPERT already moved into the Berger double we’d call home for the year Second adventure was bailing out of MARK DOUGL AS’S ’76 dorm meeting that evening with ANDY ABR AHAM, Terr y, and CLINT GREENBAUM to explore Scripps the latter two disappeared through some Scrippsie’s open window Andy and I explored elsewhere Third adventure was the following morning’s climb out the dorm window facing Benson with tools to defeat the pennied in door we discovered Hating my existence that first semester, I par tied hard, I had multiple conversations in Dean Garris’ office culminating with his question, ‘Do you want to be here?’ and thankfully, fellow Berger Frosh JOEL ACHR AMOWICZ (the Cram) and PATRICK L AU asked what ’s wrong, what did I miss to cause my unhappiness That conversation then revealed the 3 2 program (the reason they each applied to CMC required classes included calculus, chemistr y, and physics that I missed ) I switched majors immediately for the second semester ; counsel from parents was that I would fail The rest is histor y 3 A committee consisting of the following: Professor Alfred Balitzer P ’88 GP ’21, Lafayette, Samuel Adams, Jefferson, JP Morgan, Richard Marcinko (USN ret look him up ) 4 1975, because of the challenge then and compared to the current weak manifestation of 3 2 For example, who in the faculty is today ’s Professor John Rutledge bringing academic rigor?”
RONNY GIMBEL responds, “1 Yes, great school No regrets 2 I’m a management engineering major Would choose it again 3 Warren Buffett 4 Socially 1975 K nowledge wise 2022 ”
KE VIN GOODWIN P ’16 writes, “1 I am definitely happy that I went to CMC, star ting in Januar y 1976 Second best decision I ever made I t is highly likely that I never would have had the oppor tunity to make my best
decision had I made the wrong one re CMC (see, EILEEN (O’DONNELL) GOODWIN ’81 P ’16) 2 Also happy with my hybrid major in economics and philosophy and with Gordon Bjork and Steve Smith my advisors 3 I waffle on who I would change them out for ; maybe former Secretar y of State George Shultz GP ’16? 4 I am also ver y happy to have done it in the ’70s What a great era to go to college, and especially CMC Plus, what would CMC 2022 be like without all the fabulous people I had the oppor tunity to share college with? I wouldn’t trade the class of ’79 for any other ”
CLINT GREENBAUM writes, “1 Yes But, because of the five college system, I was able to take half of my total classes at the other four colleges I ended up writing and producing a play as my senior thesis that was per formed at Scripps’ Balch Auditorium 2 Yes I was a literature major I t taught me how to read and write 3 I went to CMC intending to be a political science major, but after having Professor Ladell Payne in freshman literature, I switched to his subject area Payne was my advisor until he left the second semester of my senior year to become president of Randolph Macon College Good for him, bad for me 4 Thank goodness I went to college in 1975 During my play ’s run, I was called into the office of President JACK STARK ’57 GP ’11 due to written criticism from a member of the greater Claremont community This audience member thought the play was anti Semitic and compared it to the vulgarity of Mel Brooks I was in heaven I would never fit in the woke college environment of 2022 ”
RUSS GREENBERG P ’18 responds, “1 I definitely would have again chosen to go to CMC! The education and friends have been fantastic! 2 I would have again chosen economics but would have added a second major of math 3 I would have liked to have Ronald Reagan as my advisor 4 I would still choose to graduate in 1979 We have had a good run!”
MICHAEL GUNNING responds, “1 Absolutely! I often say, I will live my life to make enough money to live like I did the four years at CMC the best in academics, social activities, spor ts, and environment (beautiful Claremont!) 2 While I love being a double major histor y and political science there are times I think about economics, but then I have flashes of that macro class and it all goes away! 3 Same person I had, Professor Rober t Dawidoff of Claremont Graduate School great mentor, friend and counselor 4 1975, of course! The last ‘all Men’s class’ of CMC!”
CLIFF HOCKLEY writes, “1 Yes, I feel positive about my CMC education 2 Same major, maybe would have taken a finance class or two 3 No answer to this one Life worked out OK for me so far 4 I am OK with
who I am and the experiences that have come my way. Starting college in 1975 worked for me. Starting college in 2022 seems more hectic and technically oriented, not really exciting for a people person like me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the energy I had in 1975, but I have huge expertise in real estate sales and leases.”
DAVID KRONICK responds, “1. Yes. 2. Same majors: theater and philosophy. 3. ROBIN WILLIAMS ’73 4. Definitely ’75.”
JAY MADDOX writes, “1. Yes. 2. Yes. 3. I’d still stick with Gordon Bjork and Jerry Eyrich P’83. 4. 1975 because I’d never be accepted to CMC in 2022!”
BRIAN O’CONNOR responds, “1. Yes. 2. No, Political science. 3. Professor GEORGE DUNN ’72. 4. 1975”
BRUCE SOLL P’12 P’15 P’17 writes, “1. I had no idea then just how lucky I was to be able to go to CMC. Now, more than ever, I’d be so grateful to have attended CMC! 2. I was an economics and political science major. CMC didn’t have a philosophy, politics, and economics major yet…and, if I had it to do over, I’d love to have done PPE. 3. As a college advisor, I’d have loved to get advice from a great coach like John Wooden. 4. As much as I’d love to have a chance to attend CMC today, I really loved coming of age in the ’70’s…and being able to go to Washington right after law school in the
early ’80’s. It was a terrific time to be involved in law and politics.”
STEVEN TRENHOLME responds, “1. Absolutely yes. Going to CMC was a highlight. My one regret is that I didn’t take advantage of all that CMC offered academically. I wish I had really dug into my classes. I also regret that I didn’t go to every dinner at the Athenaeum and listen to every speaker. The food was better, and the speakers were worth hearing. 2. I did a double major in political science and literature. Since I wanted to be a lawyer, I thought majoring in political science was the thing to do, but I was wrong. If I had to do it over again, I would have majored in religion or philosophy. If it had been offered at CMC, and if I had known that the major and field of city planning existed, I would have majored in city planning. 3. Jesus was a person in history. He is the obvious answer as to who to pick for a college advisor. If I couldn’t get my first pick, my second choice would be Professor John Roth. Roth is such a wise and good man. 4. If the question centers on ‘going to college’ in general, my answer is that although there have been many changes in society between 1975 and 2022, I don’t think those changes would make any significant difference in one’s experience. If the question centers on going to CMC in particular, there would be a tremendous difference in the atmosphere at an all-male college in 1975 and a coed college in
2022. I am glad I was able to experience the all-male school in 1975. Also, the students at CMC in 2022 are a lot brighter than we were in 1975. I am certain I would not be accepted at CMC in 2022. Thus, I am very glad I went in 1975.”
ERIC WEBER P’13 responds, “1. I would have gone to CMC again in 1975 because there weren’t other schools that would allow me to play collegiate basketball. My one true regret is only playing for one year. 2. If I had to do it over again, I’d have done the 3-2 to Stanford in management-engineering. It would have been difficult, and it would have changed me in other ways. 3. If I had another college advisor from history it would be George Patton-the greatest combat general from World War II. 4. In 1975, the Internet was in its infancy; we still had to do many tasks by hand, and it facilitated, I think, a more practical common-sense approach to the world rather than ‘There must be an app for this’ response. I’d rather do 1975 over again. Call me old-fashioned or whatever we grew to be adults in an amazing time that taught us the value and power of people skills and hard Here’swork.”thenews from the class:
JOHN BECKER reports, “I don’t often claim to know many trendsetters, members of the rich and famous, or leaders of society, but for the second time I can say I know ‘Somebody.’ Earlier this week, I was driving into work getting my day’s opinions from NPR, when I heard that sports broadcaster’s voice–a blast from my past. Yes, STUART UPSON now joins JEFF EISENACH as one of two people famous enough to be interviewed on Morning Edition that I can claim to know. Congrats, Stu and congrats to Pickleball USA. I got kicked off of my military health benefits and have had to register for Medicare... what a shame! I went to Puerto Vallarta with my wife, my son, and his family (including two granddaughters) to celebrate my 65th... life is good.”
KENT BRAITHWAITE reports, “While retired from education, I am still pursuing projects in the literary field, political consulting, and professional sports management. My daughter Laura recently gave birth to my second grandson—Isaac Cornelius Otto—who has a third cousin in Congress and two great-uncles who represented Michigan for over three decades in Congress–one in the Senate and one in the House.”
JACK COHEN writes, “Three of our four kids got or are getting married this year, and the fourth is looking for love. Three live in Brooklyn, one lives in Los Angeles. Nancy and I live in Aspen. NOT retired. Running two commercial real estate lending platforms headquartered in Denver. Got my second Type Rating to fly all the Cessna Citation Jets single pilot. Living my best life; truly blessed.”
RONNY GIMBEL writes, “I’m working in the family business in Mexico. If anyone from our class comes to Mexico City–let me know.”
KEVIN GOODWIN P’16 updates, “My wife, EILEEN (O’DONNELL) GOODWIN ’81 P’16 and I are just back from a long trip celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. We started in Athens and then cruised up the coast, hitting some Grecian Islands and coastline (Cephalonia, Párga, Corfu) and then Albania and Montenegro, ending up in Dubrovnik. There, our daughter MICHELLE GOODWIN ’16 and her boyfriend joined us. We did up Dubrovnik and the islands of Korcula and Hvar before it was all over. Great trip. There is so much history, ancient and current, along that route. That, plus wonderful
people, food, wine, and crystal-clear ocean water made for a most memorable celebration. Now back to all of the weeds and other projects that did not go away while we were gone.”
RUSS GREENBERG P’18 writes, “My daughter Alexi got married this past September and she is expecting a baby in August so I will become a grandpa!”
MICHAEL GUNNING reports, “On April 26th, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed me to the California State Teachers’ Retirement System Board (www.bit. ly/3BsAZXz). Really excited to be able to help the retired teachers of California, like my mom, Monica Gunning P’79.”
CLIFF HOCKLEY writes, “We sold our company in December of 2021, and I stayed to help the transition for six months. I am still involved in commercial real estate brokerage. We just moved to South Orange, NJ from Portland, Ore. to be closer to grand kids. It will take some time to unpack and hang the pictures. This next set of adventures should be fun.”
DAVID KRONICK writes, “Old news: Divorced, retired (five years ago), cancer survivor. New news: Act III is mostly comprised of creating theater at a tiny nonprofit in NYC, building a multidisciplinary artist retreat center on a 10-acre farm in Bethlehem, Conn. and globetrotting (Australia, Italy, and Portugal this year) with my new love. (We met three weeks before the pandemic!) What a ride!”
JAY MADDOX updates, “I’m a principal at Avison Young in the Capital Markets Group. Still living in Los Angeles. My wife, Gia, and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary. My older son, Ethan, will be attending Occidental College in the fall. His younger brother, James, will be a senior at Crespi Carmelite High School, where he is the top long-distance runner and all-CIF eSports champion. He was runner up at the eSports national championship in Orlando last month and will compete in the invitational U.S. national sprint triathlon championship next month in Milwaukee… not bad for 16!”
BRIAN O’CONNOR writes, “I’ve been practicing law in Santa Barbara for 35 years. My wife’s family is in the wine business…so we live on a 60-acre vineyard with spectacular views of the Santa Rita Hills, and I recently became a grandpa. Life is good.”CLINT GREENBAUM ’79 email@example.com
’80 How nice it was to celebrate our 40th Reunion (albeit two years late)! The campus looked beautiful, and the College did a great job organizing an actionpacked weekend. While the turnout for the Class of 1980 was limited, it was so nice to reminisce with fellow classmates. We hope to see many more of you in less than three years for our 45th Reunion.
Thanks to Scott, Pablo, and Bill for their current Class Notes submissions. Those of you who are holding back, let’s plan to get your entries in for future editions. We really want to know what you’ve been up to.
From SCOTT TATE: “I have not written for years but after reading KEVIN GOODWIN ’79 P’16’s recent submission re: his distinction of being the last male admitted to the Men’s College, I was moved to write an update and
claim a CMC distinction of my own. First, an update.
“After 37 years of practicing in S.F., I retired this year. We are building a retirement craftsman in the historic old East End in Boise—geothermally heated on Warm Springs Ave. My wife, Lauren, Cal ’83, was just named Mediator of the Year in S.F., and will continue to mediate and travel back and forth, but I am relocating to Boise/McCall with trips back to our cabin/shack in Lake Tahoe to see our daughter Clara, Mt. Holyoke ’13, as a regular stop. Have refereed high school and college football for 18 years and will continue in Boise. (You can see my fat rear end at the City/Laney game on Last Chance U, S.5, Ep.5; I am the U.)
“Personal note: several years ago our Clara was hit head on in an auto accident when the driver of a large truck fell asleep and crossed over the line on Highway 89, both vehicles going 55. Neither vehicle braked and Clara was saved by her Subaru and a Takata airbag— which left a Harry Potter zig zag scar on her forehead. She broke everything from her skull to her toes and as a result we spent months and months in the ICU and other wards and rehab facilities. (Thankfully, she is 95% back now, jumping horses and snowboarding, etc. in Tahoe.) It was quite an adventure, and many families don’t survive these things but, somehow, we did. I am blessed. And, actually, we prospered as we found angels everywhere: doctors, nurses (the ICU nurses are all complete studs in Reno—all marathoners and mountain climbers), the rehab therapists, the cooks, the custodians, etc., etc., and when Clara came home to Piedmont for a time, our local firemen regularly came to carry her litter up the 20 stairs to the house and down so she could enjoy a wheelchair excursion or go get her hair done. (How anyone could refuse to wear a mask or refuse the shot and possibly endanger these fellow American angels is beyond me.)
“I was fortunate to work occasionally for JAY ROSENLIEB and the United Methodists and note his two boys are all grown up—a baker and a professor. (Did you all know that Jay and BARRY GOLDNER ’79 are law partners in Bakersfield?) I see Grampa STU RYLAND ’81 and Grandma TERRI (SMITH) RYLAND ’81 often in Sacramento and at the south end of the Lake. Their two sons have generated five grandkids and Stu and Terri are perfect grandparents. Saw the Goodwins at the Rylands last summer for August birthday celebrations. Sorta hate them as they have traveled almost as much as Jenny J. and DEREK “RIKO” WERNER. (I plan to review the old Riko/Jenny travelogs to focus our travel for the future—better than having your own travel agent!)
Talked to the “Chairman” GREG LEE ’81 the other day who was in a snit cuz I called him Greg instead of the Chair! Daughter Sunny graduated from Loyola this spring and son Conor is headed east to Rensselaer this “Justfall.returned from Alumni Weekend this year—1980 was grouped with the Classes of 1981 and 1982. And it was great to not only catch up with ’80 classmates (especially CARRIE GEORGE P’16 P’18, SHERI STRELOW, and LOUIE CARON) but to catch up with DAVID “YAZ” YASUKOCHI ’81 P’22 and DAVE MGRUBLIAN ’82 P’11, KENNY VALACH ’82, AMIE (FRIEDLANDER) YEHROS ’82, GIGI BIRCHFIELD P’12, and MICHELE (DAVIS) STRATTON ’82 from dear old Green Hall! (All looked great and were sufficiently gracious to forget my transgressions and hold only good memories.) Great catching up and the three-year grouping (thank you COVID?) was a positive move.
“Not many CMC distinctions for me but I am pretty sure the one I can claim is to have been fired the most times in a single year from the Athenaeum! Poor NANCY ENZMINGER had to fire me at least twice (but I think three) times for ‘waiter/bartender malpractice’—shall we say ‘over serving’ students (e.g. tossing beers over the wall behind me when the bar was set up outside) and other similar acts of mischief. Each time Margo (Ryan) Peck (I am sure at the urging of Dean Jerry Garris P’91 P’01 or Torrey Sun), knowing I had no meal plan, ensured I was reinstated.
“I loved my years at CMC; fell in love with my classmates, my professors, and Denison Library! I thank you all. Be safe; be well.”
From PABLO NATHAN: “Wow, the campus looked incredible! The College pulled out all the stops in welcoming all of us back to campus. The tent on Parents Field was amazing and an incredible venue for the various events. We were so fortunate that Gordon Bjork and his wife, Susan, joined us for dinner. We were so thrilled as both are an integral part of our class. Professor Bjork gave an excellent presentation at Bauer Center which was very well attended and enjoyed by all. While our class had a small representation at the reunion a great time was had by all. As usual, our master of ceremonies (WAYNE SLAVITT) made sure we were all entertained. See you all for our 45th.”
From BILL ANDERSON: “Sorry I missed the reunion. It looked like a fun time. We were in Costa Rica on a family trip that was planned long ago with our daughter’s college volleyball team. Keeping with the tradition of small, liberal arts colleges, she’s going to Allegheny College in western Pennsylvania, experiencing another part of the country and smalltown America. We’re living the good life in San Diego. Trying to find that balance, I’m teaching a couple of urban economics classes at UCSD, consulting on urban planning projects around the country, volunteering on the board of the San Diego Parks Foundation, and carving out time for recreation and relaxation. I’ve been able to catch up with JEFF ARCE P’22, DAVID SCHNEIDER, LEE RODGERS, and PERRY TRIBOLET ’81 these last few months. Hope to make the next reunion.”WAYNE SLAVITT ’80 firstname.lastname@example.org
MARC FRANKLIN P’14M’14 P’21 writes, “I have fun sibling info this month. My daughter, JENNIFER FRANKLIN ’21, flew in from Israel this month for the in-person CMC Class of 2021 graduation. My son, MICHAEL FRANKLIN ’14M’14, is marrying his fiancée, Lindsey, in Temecula in August.”
ADAM BERCOVICI writes, “I’ve been retired from the LAPD for 10 years, after a 30-year career (1982–2012). I finished up as the lieutenant officer-in-charge of Homicide Special, Robbery-Homicide Division. The last 10 years have been full of travel, plenty of adventures, continued work as a police expert, and occasional producer of unscripted content (American Cartel on Amazon Prime and Discovery Plus). Life is good. We’ve settled in Bend, Ore. We have four very grown and amazing children and now a grandson! If anyone is ever in Bend, drop me an email at email@example.com.”
KEN WECHSLER writes, “This past April I received the proverbial ‘offer I can’t refuse’ as the VP, total rewards
Jon Ballesteros ’86
Regional Manager, State and Local Government Relations, JPMorgan Chase & Co tops hligt
JonBallesteros ’86 has spent many successful years working in public affairs, a profession which oftentimes is about hearing others’ viewpoints and understanding their needs while still staying true to what your side wants.
As it turns out, Claremont McKenna College was a great learning ground for Ballesteros’ chosen career path.
That was the foundation,” Ballesteros said. “Where I have been successful in my career is having that ability to talk to people on the other side, how to understand them, and how to work together to find solutions.”
Looking across a divide was how Ballesteros found himself upon arriving at CMC as a first-year. His political views were decidedly left leaning, which made him stand out among his more conservative classmates.
Ballesteros remembers getting sound advice from his professors: Don’t change.
“ They encouraged me to be vocal with my positions even though they were quite different from my colleagues, at school,” Ballesteros recalled. “And I really appreciated the other students were willing to listen, and they didn’t just shut everything down because I didn’t agree with what a lot of them were thinking.”
Those experiences at CMC served Ballesteros as affirmation he chose the correct profession.
After graduating with an economics degree, he attended the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs before embarking on his career.
“In this day and age, it’s so important, the ability to speak to people of different mindsets, to those who don’t think exactly like you do,” Ballesteros said.
Currently, Ballesteros works in a government relations role for JPMorgan Chase in Sacramento. As a vice president for in state and local government relations, he represents the banking giant in four western states, including California
Along with his public affairs works, Ballesteros has thrown himself into a niche agribusiness, one that’s potent and packing a smoky flavor: mezcal. As a founding member of the California Agave Council, he’s helping bring together growers (himself included) and craft distillers to put a Golden State spin on a spirit that’s been dominated by Mexican producers.
“It’s a new movement called, ‘Mezcalifornia,’” said Ballesteros, who has paired with a friend to start up a small agave farm in Lake County. Other cultivating facilities are in the counties of Santa Barbara and Yolo.
“It’s experimental right now, seeing which grows best where.”
Ballesteros recently returned to Claremont for Alumni Weekend and his Covid delayed 35th class reunion. He hadn’t been back in more than 25 years, but after emceeing last year’s virtual event for the Class of ’86, he felt it was time to reconnect with old friends face to face.
Once here, Ballesteros was wowed by the school’s appearance: “Looking at this beautiful campus, it’s phenomenal work they ’ve done.”Mike Branom
(global compensation and benefits) for Ak amai Technologies (10k employees globally) You probably don’t k now us, yet you probably use us daily, given approx one third of all internet traffic touches our ser vers The company is focused on delivering a secure internet experience for all and by 2030 will have a zero carbon footprint (we’re purchasing renewable energy sources such as wind farms, etc ) I t ’s an amazing group of people and I’m planning this to be my final role before joining many of my fellow classmates in the retirement phase!
“On a personal note, my two daughters, who are 25 and 22, are (as I draft this) finishing their Bir thright trip in Israel I have stepsons who are now 20 and 17 and doing well, and my wife, Olivia, and I celebrated our sixth anniversar y at the end of June We’re in the Boston area if you’re ever in the neighborhood! We’ve been ver y for tunate to take care of ourselves these past few years given all the challenges!”KEN WECHSLER ’81 kenwechsler@gmail com
’82 PATRICK BRENNY writes, “After 40+ years living and work ing overseas, I am finally opening the chapter called ‘retirement,’ whatever that means these days My career star ted shor tly after CMC graduation in 1981 with the Peace Corps in The Gambia, then on to marriage with my wife, Mei, a new family (Benjamin and Sophie), and a master ’s degree in the Netherlands From there into a new adventure with the United Nations helping to k ickstar t the global response to AIDS beginning in late 1987 (first with WHO and then later UNAIDS) at the WHO Regional O ffice for Africa in the Congo Republic, followed by six years in the I ndia countr y office A brief intermezzo from 1997 2004 as the countr y director with a U S 501(c)(3) NGO called PAC T in Madagascar (where we had the far thest flung CMC alumni chapter reunion with ERIC REUTER, EL AINE ROSSI ’83, and CHIP ANDRÉ ’83), and then I went back to the UN and UNAIDS for the last 18 years as the countr y director for Thailand, Malawi, and Tanzania, and three and a half years in our Geneva headquar ters as the deputy chief of staff in the office of our executive director, before being selected for my final post these past four years as the regional director for West and Central Africa based in Dak ar, Senegal
“Mei and I have now left Dak ar and moved back to our apar tment on the canals in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where we hope to see more of our son, Benjamin, (who works on various projects with the Dutch National Technical Organization TNO), his par tner Galja (a Croatian microbiologist), and our (first) grandchild Adriana Our daughter, Sophie, and her husband, Cliff, have just moved from the Netherlands to Tok yo, where Sophie is work ing as a manager with Accenture to suppor t the development of smar t buildings and sustainable cities Classmates are always welcome to stop by, just let us k now when you are ever in the neighborhood, Pat Brenny and Mei Zegers, email: pjbrenny@yahoo com ”
NOHEMI (GUTIERREZ) FERGUSON ’82 P’17 nohemi ferguson@gphlawyers com
H i k ids Mark your calendars for our 40th, June 1 4, 2023 You’ll never look better than you do now, so come on down
I’ll star t with me TAMMIE (C ALEF) KRISCIUNAS: “ We bought a 45 foot motorboat last summer a Linssen DS45 and trucked it from Por tland, Maine, to Por tland, Ore We had a couple of lessons on driving and maintenance, spent a handful of weekends overnight at the dock and then deferred maintenance of the previous owner caught up with us: mostly k nown, some unexpected We got to experience ‘real’ boating Slow for ward seven months, and she’s out of the shop and we just took her out for a spin this weekend (after one more driving lesson) Totally wor th the wait Our beautiful floating R V ”
LINDA FINDLEY: “I’ve spent the last 26 years devoted to the hot springs and spiritual center called Harbin in Nor thern California I am currently the lead minister and managing director I am deeply into rebuilding our facilities and programs as we lost 95% of our buildings and residential community in the 2015 Valley Fire My work has always been about ser ving Spirit We are rebuilding in the physical sense and redeveloping our presence on the sacred land of the Pomo This has been my life’s work and I’m happy to repor t it I appreciate hearing about the fascinating ways we have all moved into the world Thanks for your ser vice ” TK note: stay tuned to next quar ter ’s request for photos!
WILLIAM (BILL) JONES: “Hello, fellow alumni We have had a busy late spring and early summer, with more planned I n May, my family and I went to Washington, D C , for an event called LDAC related to the professional organization to which I belong, the Appraisal I nstitute One of the reasons for the trip was to meet with members of Congress and their staff to talk about issues affecting my profession, including the issue of appraisal bias Due to concerns about COVID, most meetings were done vir tually I t was ironic to travel 3,000 miles to visit with elected representatives only to find ourselves on Zoom calls a few blocks from them So close but yet so far This only enhanced my skepticism about how government operates My son Sammy is nine and has a ver y busy summer ahead of him with swimming and diving lessons (thanks, Pomona College Swim Team!), basketball lessons, guitar lessons, and tutoring He recently told us that he wants to go to Har vey Mudd College! No idea where that came from but we live near the campus and the mom of one of his best friends at school works there, so maybe that was a factor in his interest After seven years with my employer, I have left to star t a new
job with another lender I am look ing for ward to the oppor tunity My family is going on an Alask a cruise in August and we are look ing for ward to that we’ve never been to Alask a! I hope ever yone has a great summer, and I hope you can all make it to our 40 year grad anniversar y in 2023! All the best ”
PE TER HUT T: “LIBBY VANCE HUT T ’85 and I are doing the Sunshine Coast in July! Right now we are just outside of Machu Picchu (Photos emailed next quar ter ) I’ve been in contact with LYNN SONES and LESTER LEE ’84 fairly recently and am sensing a groundswell of suppor t for our 40th! I imagine I’ll be sweltering out in Palm Deser t before and after the reunion Best ”
ANDY HASKELL P ’14: “Love the photos ” ( TK note: send me your email address if you are not on my list and want to see photos ) “One thing that would be really interesting to k now is how many of us in our class had a son or daughter at CMC or another Claremont school
My daughter HIL ARY HASKELL ’14 graduated in 2014 ”
BILL MOSES: “I was so sorr y to hear about JOHNNY ELLIS ’82’s passing I’d k nown him since we were both in Boy Scouts together in Anchorage Never frightened off by daunting contests, at CMC Johnny established the Claremont Colleges Democratic Club at the height of the Reagan era After college, he went on to ser ve the people of Alask a as a dedicated Democrat in our often ver y red home state as both a state rep and state senator for more than 30 years Johnny was always well organized (even in junior high!), optimistic, and dedicated to mak ing our alma mater, home state, and nation a better place He was much beloved and I am among the many people from Alask a and CMC who will miss him
“My personal news is that this spring President Joe Biden appointed me to the Board of Advisors on H istorically Black Colleges and Universities I have worked with HBCUs for much of my career and it ’s an honor and thrill to be work ing on behalf of the more than 100 HBCUs that have been educating African Americans and our nation for more than 150 years
Here’s the link : www bit ly/3odAAk2 ” ( TK note: again, I’ll email this link next quar ter if you don’t want to tr y to type it in )
RICK SEGIL: “I t ’s been 40 years, but your note hit me on a couple levels (1) Just got back from Belize one week sailing, one week scuba second time down there I sailed with my high school best friend, and I previously sailed with PE TER MUIZNIEKS and Anne and BRIAN DANIELLS years ago (2) Just got back from the San Juan Islands I love it up there My mother in law has a place on Brown Island (3) Spent most of Q1The class of 1982 had a fairly strong attendance to celebrate our 40th reunion I t was great to see ever yone and catch up on their lives Those in attendance, to the best of my recollection, (which gets worse ever y year) were: GIGI BIRCHFIELD P ’12, DAVID MGRUBLIAN P ’11 and Margaret Mgrublian P ’11, ERVANG, ANE SEMEL, AMIE (FRIEDL ANDER) YEHROS, CINDY SCHWARTZ) GOLDBERG, STUART WILLIAMS P ’19, ENISE TROT TER ELIOT, KE VIN ENNIS, DOUG BEIGHLE, ERRY SCHWARTZ and K AREN SCHWARTZ ’83, RICK STARR AT T, JON STOT T, MICHELLE (DAVIS) STR ATON, MARK ELLSON, GIL TEPPER, CHARLIE KLINGE, ERIC L AUCIUS, MEGGAN KNOT T, and PAM HINDS
sk iing (or tr ying to this year) (4) Retired to play a lot of golf! (5) A grandparent with k ids off the payroll!
“Cheers and I will write a note one of these days! May our paths cross again, as it appears CMC taught us how to have similar par ty fun!”
MARK SPALDING is president of The Ocean Foundation, which was recently featured: www credit suisse com/ microsites/empowering entrepreneurs/en/episodes season 2/mark spalding of the ocean foundation html#1 3979981504
LISA (SCHAMEL) CUNDALL is riding the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada follow her journey on horseback “K iddo set up an I nstagram: 8hear tbeatsonthePC T,” and her webpage is www LAFonPC T com
That ’s it for this quar ter Hope all is well Your faithful liaison, Tammie (Calef ) K risciunas
TAMMIE (CALEF) KRISCIUNAS ’83 tammiekrisciunas@mindspring com
while splitting time between Cannon Beach and Por tland, Oregon, and traveling with family and friends ”
ROD STREEPER is now running two window and door screen companies in San Diego He and his wife, Jeannine, continue to volunteer at the tidepool in Cabrillo National Monument Their daughter I rene is a counselor at the Scout camp near Lake Arrowhead, and son Steven is work ing on plans to open another escape room in the fall
JIM BURGESS P ’20: “ELIZ ABE TH C ASEY BURGESS ’85 P ’20 and I attended CMC ’s commencement for the Class of 2020 to watch our daughter CL ARE ’20 graduate CMC did a great job with commencement After work ing for two years following her actual graduation, Clare is star ting law school in Washington, D C , this fall ”
BILL MCCOLL: “I’m still playing rugby! I’m off to the Saranac Lake 60+ tournament and then on to a tour with Thunderbird Global Management School alumni to Morocco I had lunch with MAT T KLEIN in Arizona, where he has founded and runs a chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse ”
PAIGE (KEENE) and MIKE BINGHAM: “All goes well here in M innesota We just spent a terrific week in Santa Barbara with our two daughters Greer and Blair Both are living and work ing in NYC so we have to plan time with them If any classmates find themselves coming to the Twin Cities, don’t hesitate to reach out ”
TRICIA KNOT T: “I had lunch at the end of the school year with Professor Marc Massoud P ’89 He told me I needed to get a job and I agreed Someday My daughter and his grandson went to the same college with graduations a year apar t in 2020 and 2021 We all k now what happened with those events The college hosted 2020 and 2021 together so both Dad Massoud and I were there together I t was easier to see him by driving 50 miles than when we were a mile apar t with 10,000 people My daughter had the better class day graduation speaker, Ashton Kutcher I didn’t get a selfie so I can’t send a picture I did meet Jim, a friend of SCOT T GORDON ’83, when I was there I am too old to remember last names ”
L AURIE (TE T T) RYNTIES P ’20: “I spent a lovely and emotional day on CMC ’s campus this past May watching my son, MONTANA ’20, graduate I n attendance with me was my former husband, CURT RYNTIES ’88 P ’20, and best friend and aunt to all three of our children, SHARI WEINTR AUB I enjoyed the appearance of STE VE BULLOCK ’88 P ’24 and the crowds were so big I missed congratulating JANICE (SHIROMA) GOULD P ’20 and her daughter as well as ELIZ ABE TH C ASEY BURGESS ’85 P ’20 and JIM BURGESS P ’20 and their daughter I t ’s always breathtak ing to obser ve the amazing focus and accomplishments of Montana’s classmates and contemporaries I’m enjoying retirement from N ike
JEFF GAMER: “A lot has happened since I last wrote Last October, I sold my house in Por tland and moved to a 16 acre rural proper ty in Sk amania, Washington, in the hear t of the Columbia River Gorge Melissa and I enjoy wak ing up to beautiful views of the river and mountains and the peace and quiet of the new proper ty Learning to operate two tractors and not injure myself or destroy the proper ty has been a fun challenge We built a 2,500 square foot garden this past spring and are just now enjoying the first fruits and vegetables from it
“Like many in our class, I celebrated my 60th bir thday in December 2021 JOHN GALLOWAY turned 60 earlier in the year and gracefully showed the rest of us that life was only getting better O ver the past few months,
JOE MARTINE T TO, JEROME HAIG P ’22, FR ANK MUCI, and ANDY GORDON joined the sexagenarian club MITCH GOLD does not ever seem to age so we’re not sure if he is planning to join us! I t ’s been 2+ years since we’ve seen each other in person, and I hope we will be able to gather together soon to celebrate our collective bir thdays ”
JEROME HAIG P ’22: “I was back on the 5C campus in May for my son’s (NOAH HAIG ’22, Har vey Mudd ’22) graduation He star ted out at CMC but ended up a Mudder, so he’s still a CMCer forever (I guess) I t ’s always nice being back on campus, and I made sure to do a walk through CMC, even though no one in my family seemed to care as much as I for the stroll in the late spring heat Even though the campus has changed a great deal, there’s much that looks and feels the same My son is off the to the U S Navy, training to be a nuclear officer, and my wife and I are now officially empty nesters ”
JEROME HAIG ’84 P’22 jeromehaig@me com
’85 TIMOTHY BURBERY writes in, “Our daughter Claire star ts at Carleton College (M inn ) this fall We’re sad she’s leaving, of course, but also excited for her She’ll play soccer for them However, that puts me in a bind, as Carleton plays CMC/Scripps in soccer this fall Not quite sure which team to root for Maybe I’ll order a two toned jacket ”
PETER OTTE ’85 P’26 peter@popsb com
’86 RICH GUSTAFSON writes, “After CMC, I spent three years at a Big Eight accounting firm in San Diego Realizing that it wasn’t going to be my long term desire, I moved to the real estate development industr y and spent 10 years with Shea Homes in San Diego I n 2000, I star ted my own company, CityMark Development, and have been at it ever since doing primarily urban infill residential development in San Diego with a few forays into Las Vegas and Riverside My two oldest k ids, 29 and 26, are launched and living and work ing in San Diego; our youngest girl, 16, sails competitively and that has taken us all over the countr y and Europe over the last couple years; as I write this, we are in New Jersey as she sailed in the U S National Championship and in two weeks, we’ll be in Houston for the Youth Worlds Championship Lots of travel but loving it I hope all is well with all of you If you’re in San Diego, look me up ”
KURT KUYPER, “After CMC and a few years in commercial real estate in SoCal work ing with office and retail clients, I ended up representing restaurateurs This led to work with major quick ser vice chains such as Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell (pre Tricon days) After a move to Raleigh, N C , I found the K rispy K reme brand After helping franchisees grow domestically, I moved to Sydney for a few years to manage the development and operations in Australia A k idney transplant for my daughter, Gabrielle, brought us back to the United States and to Phoenix, where the Mayo Clinic West is conveniently located I was for tunate to be a match and her donor one of the first live transplants in Arizona We’ve been here ever since and are pleased to say that Gabrielle is 28 years old, teaching high school geology, anatomy, and ar t quite a talented young woman! My eldest son, Hans, 23, is wrapping up studies as an accounting major and also thriving after a k idney transplant from my wife Both k iddos have a recessive gene issue (which neither my wife nor I were aware we carried) The entire experience has brought us all closer and makes life sweeter each day My youngest boy, K ieran, 21, is studying software engineering and is an avid outdoorsman, rugby player and, of course, podcaster I can’t keep up For the past six years, I have been for tunate to be president of WKS K rispy K reme with shops in seven states out west The past two years have been the most challenging time I can remember in the restaurant industr y, but we are growing more
resourceful each day and looking for ways to innovate. I’ve been fortunate to talk with some of you from time to time and wish you and your families well.”
JANE (KAUFMANN) SANKER writes, “Actually, I don’t think I’ve written before, so here’s my story in a nutshell. I lived in the L.A. area for 20 years and worked in finance at Disney, UniversalNBC, and Jefferies. In 2007, my family relocated to northwest Arkansas, where I raised my two sons, Julian and Jon. I’ll be an empty nester this fall with Julian at Yale and Jon at USC. I’m currently working remotely and looking forward to traveling more. I’m planning on spending time in Europe and anywhere I can snorkel. If anyone wants to join, let me know!”
BASSAM KAANAN reports, “I am currently on vacation in Taormina, Italy; taking family time from my work where I have been based in Jordan working as EVP for Corp Dev and M&A for Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC. My eldest just graduated from Columbia University and my middle son is at Babson College, but I still have a few years left before my youngest daughter finishes high school. I’m looking forward to taking more vacations in the coming years while I’m still young enough to enjoy them.”
SHAROKH ENGINEER reports, “After graduating in 1986, I joined the family business in India. I married Nina in 1989, and we settled in my home city, Mumbai (which was formerly known as Bombay). In 1999, we moved to sunny Dubai (our boys were 1 and 4 at the time) and I started my own business. Fast forward to 2018, my wife enrolled for a BSc nutrition degree in London, where she had lived and schooled in her younger days. I was her first client. She was strict, but the outcome was a success for me, and it was free.
“Our younger son, Cyrus, 23, graduated last year with a master’s in mechanical engineering from UCL in London and now works here for one of the big four in a field he is passionate about. Our older son, Shahaan, 26, and his girlfriend have both been working in NYC since 2019, and we travel often to visit them, so let me know if anyone is in the vicinity and wants to meet up if the dates match up. If anyone plans to visit Dubai, get in touch if you like.
TOM WALKER P’25 writes, “After graduating and getting my law degree, I worked in downtown L.A. for two law firms. I met my wife playing volleyball on the beach and convinced her that it was always sunny and beautiful in Seattle. While she may not have believed me, we did move to Issaquah and raised three kids. The oldest has been teaching in Madrid which of course is always an excuse to travel. The last will be starting his college sophomore year.
“Professionally, I was the general counsel of two public companies and then asked to serve on the board of directors of one. Currently, I work in the office of our local Catholic church and take care of my dad, who lives in his own home and will turn 100 in a few weeks. Still enjoy recreational basketball. Sorry to have missed the reunion and hope all are well.”
KAISER KABIR writes, “It took me a while to find my true north. After CMC, I went off to the University of East Anglia and then the University of Oxford to study economics. After my degrees, I staggered from job to job pretending to be an economist. Finally, due to a couple of fortuitous circumstances, I got into business
in 1997. That’s when I discovered that business is my true passion.
“I now run a pharmaceutical company, Renata Limited, in Bangladesh. In 1990, I married Erum, my girlfriend of seven years. We have two great kids, Omar, 25, and Ayaana, 16.”
DAVID MOLINARO writes, “Looking forward to being empty nesters Version 2.0 with my daughter Brianna about to move out for the second time. She moved back home to complete her second bachelor’s degree, this time in nursing, and has now been employed full time at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach. Despite our best efforts to steer her towards geriatric care, she’s now working in the brain and spine wing and wants to continue to focus on neuro care. Really enjoyed this WFH (architecture, specialized in medical) the two and a half weeks from our home in Denver with a little opportunity for fishing at Mount Massive Lakes with my brother. With my sister (now) on the cusp of retirement and my wife making moves to the exit, we’re focusing on what happens next in our second middle age. Life and work continue to be good and I wish you all well.”
TOM HARRISON P’22M’22 writes, “After graduation, I spent four years in accounting. Not my thing. Got into commercial real estate and been there ever since. I work with multi-tenant industrial business parks mostly in Orange County. Married LISA (COEL) HARRISON ’90 P’22M’22, and we have four kids. Oldest is married and living in L.A. Second just graduated from CMC and will shortly start a consulting job in San Francisco. We had a ball going to CMC to watch his water polo games and parent weekends. Third just finished his freshman year at Stanford and plays water polo as well. Fourth is still in high school. Lisa just started a college consulting business that seems to be taking off. I still surf three days a week and Lisa and I enjoy traveling to Europe when we can.”
CAROLYN (QUINN) TUOMALA writes, “I enjoyed seeing ’86 classmates and being on campus during the reunion. My favorite part was hearing about what folks are currently doing and learning about their decision process to attend CMC. Me? I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 31 years. Most of my career has been spent working for ultrasound manufacturers and I still very much enjoy being part of that industry. My husband and I are empty nesters now that our older daughter is in graduate school and our younger daughter is in college.”
JON BALLESTEROS writes, “After more than 25 years, I finally made it back to campus for our 35th/36th Reunion and I am so glad I made it. Not only was it fantastic to get caught-up with so many familiar faces, but it also was great to see all the changes that have taken place on campus. While there have been tons of additions and upgrades, the core remains familiar, so I felt right at home after all these years. If you haven’t been to CMC in a while, it is worth a trip.
“Of course, the highlight of the reunion was spending time with so many of our classmates. We created so many memories over the weekend, but some that stick out are the class dinner, brunch at Walter’s, and staying up well until past 1 a.m. two nights in a row with JEN TSANG, PENJALEE KENNEDY, JEN UNER, NICK BAGATELOS, and LISA MCCAFFERY on our floor in the Towers. Special shout out to TOM HARRISON P’22M’22 who provided me with so much encouragement to pursue my soon-to-be encore career as an agave
grower and possibly craft distiller. You convinced me to jump in feet first, Tom. Stay tuned to hear more from everyone!”
JULIE SUTHERLAND writes, “While I have worked for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee as a financial controller for the past 22 years, the pandemic reminded me about what is most important in life: family and community. For most of the pandemic my adult stepdaughter, Paula, served on the front lines as a registered nurse but is now working as a nurse administrator and starting her own board and care home. My adult stepson, James, is now a journeyman machinist and programmer using state of the art programming tools to machine parts. I couldn’t be more happy that they are creating meaningful lives for themselves. As for my husband and me, we have a new member of our family: Jock, a Scottish Terrier puppy. Our lives will never again be the same.”
DANIEL VELA reports, “I attended the class dinner at Alumni Weekend. It was great to catch up with LISA MCCAFFREY and CAROLYN (QUINN) TUOMALA during dinner. I had an especially nice time getting to know Carolyn’s daughter and husband.
“One connection that I didn’t expect was with HENFRED BRARD and EAMON GARCES. We knew each other by name during school, but in talking to them, I found out they were educators at a high school near where I live. Their counsel will come in handy when it’s time to make a choice a year from now.
“So great to see everyone, and I did miss YVETTE LOHSE-STEELE and DIANA MOLLER in person.”
MIKE HUBER reports, “My wife and I are still in the Seattle area (Mercer Island). I recently retired after a long career at Microsoft, and have more time for traveling and outdoor adventures. On the family front, we are super excited for the upcoming wedding of my middle child (son) this September. I wish the best to the entire Class of ’86!”
PENJALEE KENNEDY writes, “Currently, I’m enjoying my carefree days of summer vacation. It’s one of the perks of being a teacher for the last 25 years. The reunion was such an incredible opportunity to reconnect with some people I have not seen since graduation 36 years ago! One of them being JON BALLESTEROS. He has the same great positive energy and that same contagious smile. It was a great laughathon with JEN TSANG, JEN UNER, NICK BAGATELOS, LISA MCCAFFREY, LAURA (MAY) GRISOLANO, MARSHALL OZAWA, and DAVE TOOMEY, to name a few. The campus has changed incredibly for the better and expansion plans are in the works. Reflectively, we know time waits for no one. I encourage you to be intentional in spending quality time with your peeps. It can be as simple as sending an email or text. Let people know they still matter to you.”
JOANNA KISHNER writes, “ The Class of 1986 was well represented at Alumni Weekend and we all enjoyed ourselves. While years have passed, we were able to walk down the proverbial memory lane by visiting the Ath, having late night conversations in the ‘tower dorms’ and enjoying a brunch at Walter’s. You could tell the effort CMC and all the committees put into making the multiple-class reunion an informative and enjoyable celebration so that we could all share time together, meet other alumni, and also learn what has changed since our college days. Their hard work was appreciated.”
“Meanwhile, take care everyone and stay well!”
BILL TARKANIAN writes, “2022 has been an emotional roller coaster for me. I lost my father, suddenly and unexpectedly, to a heart attack in February, and eulogized him in a Celebration of Life at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA in March, a fitting backdrop to a career coach at Pasadena City College over five decades. The outpouring of love and support was a soothing balm to an otherwise painful experience that many of us have experienced, I’m sure. Not a day goes by where I don’t feel his loss and miss his extraordinary presence in my life. He and my mother would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this summer, and I’ve experienced the blessing of being more present in her life as we console each other, my sisters, and all eight of their grandchildren through our collective loss and grief.
“On the happier side, I celebrate 13 years working with, and now serving as the director of program development, of a community-based behavioral health nonprofit, LA CADA, that reached $40 million in annual revenues and exceeded 400 employees in 2022. In June, the agency was awarded $10 million from the State of California for capacity building, and we were awarded nearly $3 million in funding from the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments to expand outreach to persons experiencing homelessness.
“Finally, I was able to participate in one day of CMC Alumni Weekend activities in May, and spent all my time with the lovely JENNIFER TSANG. We had lunch at Juanita’s (hasn’t changed a bit—as good as ever), toured the beautiful campus, and visited our old dorm rooms (courtesy of a very patient maintenance worker with keys to everything)! We both attended the kick-off reception and I got to meet the not-so-new College President, Hiram Chodosh, who is an extremely impressive person. I left that night with a great sense of pride for what CMC is today. I won’t speak for Jen, but I sure know I couldn’t get admitted into CMC in 2022!”
PENNIE GORDON writes, “After graduation from CMC/ HMC, I returned to the Bay Area, married a fellow Mudder, and entered the computer industry. Finding that two bachelors didn’t make up for being 22 (and of the female persuasion), we (hubby and I) got our marketing MBAs at the evening program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga—not a lot of housekeeping got done! Though our relationship had survived Claremont and HMC, in late ’93 we separated amicably and in January of ’94 I relocated to Austin with IBM. I really enjoyed the dancing and music in Austin but realizing that I wasn’t cut out to be a ‘pretty young fille’ and wasn’t going to sport big hair, in ‘95 I moved even further east to the Washington, D.C. area, where I shared a house with my brother (CGS ’87). Highlights were our monthly themed house parties (revolving around the preparation and consumption of food) and lots of dancing at Glen Echo and other ballrooms. Heeding the siren call of the fog horn, I moved back West and lived with my grandmother in the family manse above the Haight-Ashbury until I bought my (still current) abode in Alameda in September 1998. I would have stayed in San Francisco, but that was the height of the dot-com bubble and as a single woman I had enough problems closing in Alameda. After two layoffs (IBM and Verizon) and facing Silicon Valley’s ageism, sexism, and disdain for strategic planning, in early 2015, I pivoted to the food industry and started Nutriate to provide business travelers and office workers with good-for-you and good-for-theplanet, ready to eat/heat food and beverage. Thanks
to the global pandemic totally upending my business model, I’m regrouping. Perhaps 2023 will see the launch of Small Planet Gourmet’s line of adventurous condiments. Meanwhile, I met my perfect life partner (while dancing, natch) and we married last December 31st via an intimate ceremony on Zoom so our families and closest friends on both coasts could participate. If you’re in the Bay Area and looking for live music, theater, food, and dancing, give me a ping!”
JAMES LANSCH writes “After our ’86 CMC graduation, I worked in auditing for a Big 4 (then Big 8) firm in Los Angeles for two years. I really didn’t enjoy it, so I applied to law school at the University of Illinois in ChampaignUrbana. I remember my first year there… Of course it was ‘the coldest year in 100 years.’ I remember with the wind chill, it was literally minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and I was defrosting a steak from the freezer one night, which was plus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and I thought ‘Wow, it is literally 100 degrees warmer in my freezer than it is outside right now.’ Then, when spring came, we were greeted by the 17-year-cicadas. After those cold winters, I went to Miami to work at a law firm for three years doing tax, corporate law, and estate planning.
“After three years in Miami, I returned to New York to work in the state and local tax practice of Arthur Andersen. Once Andersen started having Enron issues, I found an in-house tax position in New York with a manufacturing company in the sustainable plastics business. It’s called Ampacet and it makes the ‘green in the Dasani cap’ and the ‘orange in the Tide detergent bottle’ and the ‘White in the Crest toothpaste tube.’ At Ampacet, I attended NYU in the evenings to get my LL.M. in taxation. Now, I’ve been at Ampacet for 20 years as their director of tax and legal affairs. Time really has gone by so quickly.
“On the personal front, we definitely are not ‘empty nesters’ yet… we have three girls and one boy, and our oldest, Brooke, is just entering 9th grade in the fall. She made it on the cheerleading team and is also playing volleyball. Ashley is entering 8th grade and she loves soccer and lacrosse. William and Amira are younger and William has gotten us to go to more monster truck shows than I would have ever imagined!
“Recently, I was able to meet up in NYC with LISA MCCAFFREY and DIANA MOLLER which was so awesome. If anyone is in the tri-state area, I would be happy to get together.”
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JEFF HAUSMAN writes, “As you likely saw from the pictures, we had a small but strong reunion turnout. It was great to see TONY POER, SCOTT MAUVAIS, TODD ACHILLES P’25 and ROBYN (KAWAKAMI) ACHILLES P’25, MIKE WANG, RICH CHINO, TALMADGE O’NEILL P’21 P’25, LISA (COEL) HARRISON P’22 M’22 (and THOMAS C. HARRISON ‘86 P’22M’22), KIRK PEACOCK (and PAM TANASE ’88), TATE BROWN, and VICKY (CHANG) STYLES (and MIKE STILES ’91). We had fun reminiscing, craft beer tasting, shooting pistols at the range in Bauer basement (mind you after beer tasting), and as you saw, even made it to the Hi Brow very late one night. Tony continues to be a great source of wine knowledge (and wine) and we are looking to get him (and maybe Talmadge) to host another virtual wine tasting for the class.”
JEFF HAUSMAN reports, “On a personal note, I have left ServiceNow and will be joining Samsara as chief product officer. Liza and I also have been touring colleges with our youngest daughter, Leigh, who has an affinity for small, liberal arts colleges. Besides touring The Claremont Colleges (where we ran into JOHN FARANDA ’79), we took a 1,700-mile five-day trip to visit many East Coast schools as well. Finally, our son Cole has found his calling as a computer science major at Bucknell.”
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JENNIFER BURNS, chief auditor at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” For more information, visit https://bit. ly/3SkQR4m.
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Emily Rollins ’92
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DuringEmily Rollins’ successful career as a public accountant, she sat in countless boardrooms of name brand conglomerates. While helping these businesses, Rollins ’92 was struck by something missing among these corporate directors: people who looked like her.
“I was oftentimes, the only woman and/or the only person of color in the boardrooms I was sitting in as a service provider,” Rollins recalled.
That’s why Rollins decided setting this right would be a priority of hers once she’d retired from accounting giant Deloitte: “I saw there was a need, and felt I had the right background and experience to corporate boards.”
Rollins already had served on boards of nonprofits committed to diversity issues. “(Deloitte‘s) leadership believed in giving back to the communities in which we lived, especially in organizations that we felt passionate about,” she said.
Rollins stepped down as audit and assurance partner in September 2020, and in her self described “second act,” she’s bringing her professional background to the boardrooms of corporations. Among these companies are Dolby Laboratories, Science 37, Xometry, and Dwolla.
“I’m loving serving on these boards. They ’re mission-focused, they have elements of innovation and technology,” Rollins said. “I really like being able to provide the insights I’ve had in serving hundreds of clients and seeing moments that matter, decision points, for companies and executives.”
All this is possible through her knowledge gained, character developed, and connections made at CMC.
“ The two most important things I learned were hard work and perseverance,” said Rollins, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics accounting and international relations.
“CMC was far more challenging than high school, and, on top of that, I had to work, so I had to find a balance ”
Rollins credits accounting professor Marc Massoud P ’89 for aiding her start on a 28 year career path. For her success, in 2017 Rollins was honored as the Outstanding Accounting Alumna.
“Professor Massoud believed in me because I worked hard all the time,” Rollins said. “He would talk me up to all the accounting firms, so I was able to get several offers that I could choose from. He was being a sponsor, in terms of his personal capital, to tell the firms about me.”
Rollins said her relationship with Massoud “an amazing professor, an amazing friend” remains strong, even after all these years.
In addition to the board work, Rollins has invested in a novel alternative for supportive care needed by America’s growing senior population. Town Square is a nationwide chain of adult enrichment centers providing specialized activities for seniors.
The activities offered, Rollins said, go beyond “just bingo and socialization,” but are designed for neurostimulation. Town Square NW Austin is the only franchise in Texas, Rollins said, as well as the largest.Mike Branom
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SOPHIA KANG AUJAY lives in Huntington Beach, Calif. She is the director of inmanufacturingfoodatFreshnLeanAnaheim,Calif.
ADAM MCHUGH is releasing his newest book, Blood from a Stone: A Memoir of How Wine Brought Me Back from the Dead, on October 11th. It tells the tale of how Adam shifted from hospice chaplain and grief counselor in Pasadena, Calif. to wine educator and tour guide in the Santa Ynez Valley.
BERNIE BURROLA testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June on the topic of “Strengthening our Workforce and Economy through Higher Education and Immigration.” He answered questions from Senators Amy Klobuchar, Alex Padilla, Cory Booker, and even Marsha Blackburn. Bernie was recently promoted to vice president for international, community, and economic engagement at the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities. He is still in Washington, D.C. and enjoys meeting folks that pass through town. If you would like to see Bernie’s testimony, visit https://bit. ly/3OTXRCu. His testimony starts at minute 40:00.
KRISTAL DEKLEER seconds Bernie’s sentiments, “As a fellow D.C. resident, I can confirm the fun of seeing friends and alums that visit D.C.”
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’99 The ever-brilliant O’KEEYA SINGLETON writes to us from Sin City to catch us up on life since becoming a husband (’07) and a father (’11 and ’13). He has moved on from teaching and education to gaming as an operations manager for Stations Casinos.
Professor KRISTOPHER BURRELL published a piece in the Journal of Civil and Human Rights, vol. 8, issue 1 (Spring/Summer 2022) titled, “Recasting the Global South,” about the book Ten Days in Harlem: Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s. He also spoke at the American Library Association in Washington, D.C., on June 25, presenting, “Doing History: How I Introduce My Students to Primary Sources,” for Adam Matthew Digital, Ltd.
LANCE LANFEAR reports his newest effort, Best Foot Forward, came out on Apple TV+ on July 22! Great
enjoyment for the kids and the whole family. He reports it was an incredible show to make as unit production manager and co-producer, and is inspired by the life of an amazing person, Josh Sundquist (look him up!).
He also recently wrapped a limited series with Donald Glover for Amazon. Finally, he’s currently in production on a pilot with 20th/Freeform. Both NDAs won’t allow him to say much more just yet.
Lance was also recently elected VP of Toluca Baseball Operations, where he’s an active volunteer member on the board and coaching with his boys on multiple youth baseball travel, all-stars, and rec teams (and occasionally has some fun overlap with various L.A. Dodgers players and coaching their kids).
MARC DEVORE and ANDREW ORR co-wrote an article for Military Review: “Winning by Outlasting: The United States and Ukrainian Resistance to Russia”
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time reconnecting, seeing the many changes on campus, and reliving favorite activities like Ath tea and Monte Carlo. A special treat was reconnecting with friends from the Class of 2001, since so many additional classes were on campus for make-up reunions. We hope to see a bigger group of you in 2027!”
CHERYL BRONSTEIN KAHN: “The first book of my young adult fantasy series, Touch, was published earlier this year, with the second book, Taste, coming this fall. Touch already received an award in a juvenile/young adult book competition! CHRISTIANA DOMINGUEZ ’01, NICK JANOF, and WARREN ROBINSON were all early readers for me, and CAMILLE GRIEP ’99 (a fellow author) also gave her support. If anyone would like to check it out, it can be found on Amazon by searching for Cheryl Kahn. I was Cheryl Bronstein at CMC, but am married to STEVEN KAHN ’01. We just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and still live in the Bay Area.”
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DAVID ENRICH ’01, who is business investigations editor at The New York Times, has published his latest book, Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump, and the Corruption of Justice.
Enrich previously was finance editor at the Times and a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal in New York and London. His previous books are the best-seller, Dark Towers about Deutsche Bank and Donald Trump, and The Spider Network, about a math genius at the center of a vast financial scandal.
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MIKE AVENT is holding down the fort out on Bainbridge Island, listening to the Trolls movie (and Trolls 2) soundtracks on repeat.
“If anyone wants to hear a three-year-old sing every word of ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling,’ I have the girl for you. We did a Vegas trip full of idiots recently. DAVE HONG was in the States from Taiwan and MEHMET PIRILTI came from Turkey, so we went on a moderateto-severe bender for old times’ sake.”
CARRIE (DYK) CAVANAUGH: “I am very thankful for this season of my life. My time, energy, and heart are engaged in teaching my five kids (Silas, 4, Mark, 6, Paul, 8, Anna, 10, and Job, 12), students at a wonderful university model school in Houston, Texas. This last year I have also begun sharing the lecture duties for my church’s women’s Bible study—which has been a joy. This summer, I’ve been reading about gifted children and adults and it has caused me to reflect on my time at CMC. What a blessing those four years were to take engaging classes and be surrounded by my brilliant friends.”
KENNETH “LOCKY” CHAMBERS: “Life is great in Newport Beach with some future CMCers—we have a 2.5-yearold daughter, 1-year-old son, and we’re expecting our third in December!”
MELISSA CROWLEY: “A small but mighty group represented the Class of 2002 at Alumni Weekend for our (gulp!) 20th Reunion! I attended with HEATHER WATSON, ANNIE LEE, STEVE FURST, SOPHIA BAQAI, JOYCE LIAO, and DOMINIQUE WOOD. We had a great
In September 2020, MICHAEL SCHARF moved from NYC to Boca Raton, FL.. Michael simultaneously sold MyClean to Surge Private Equity. A few months later, he partnered with Surge to buy a majority stake in Contractor Connect and came on as CEO. Michael’s son, Julien, is turning three years old this month and his daughter Brielle was born in December 2021. He’s very busy with young kids. Michael still plays hoops twice per week; although now he’s much more of a shooter than a slasher these days. Gotta play that old man game!
RICKY HELKE finally got his work to pay for an educational sabbatical, so in August he will be starting a second master’s degree program as a civilian at the Command and Staff College of the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va. Looking forward to getting paid to learn.
BEAU MILLER writes that “after two years of our passports gathering dust as the pandemic kept us from traveling outside of Japan, the Miller crew embarked on a three-state American reunion tour this summer.” They linked up with CMC buds NICK RICH ’03 and ZACK KRELLE/INA LABERMEIER ’06 and spent a few days in Joshua Tree during a stop in Southern California, and enjoyed some quality time with Beau’s parents and brother in Charlotte and Asheville, N.C., before stopping in Waikiki and Maui on the way back home to Sapporo—where the Millers are assigned to the U.S. Consulate General for two more years. That’s two
more ski/snowboard seasons for any visitors looking to sample some of Hokkaido’s legendary powder.
Just for context, if you reasonably thought Buffalo was pretty snowy with eight feet last winter, Sapporo got hammered with almost double that this year—while nearby Niseko Resort welcomed 47 glorious feet of that fresh, white, pillowy, magical “Japow” this season. January and February saw almost daily dumps, where March is traditionally best for stunner bluebird days. Beau’s two daughters, now aged 5 and 8, basically lived in their snowsuit onesies for four months. Hokkaido’s other seasons aren’t bad either, and they would love to welcome houseguests once Japan relaxes its border restrictions for tourists.
SUSIE KIM writes in: “Over the past year I’ve been working on building Coji, a brand of modern baby and toddler bedding and essentials. Growing up, I always loved the traditional Korean blankets that we used in our house. They were so elegantly minimal with soft-hued, woven fabrics that got softer with every wash. It’s what inspired me to start Coji—to share premium bedding and textiles with great design, quality materials, and craftsmanship at approachable price points…starting with a baby and toddler. I’m thrilled to introduce our collection of all-season bedding and essentials that look and feel amazing for the little ones. Our softwashed fabrics come in a palette of modern neutrals that are made to last and pass down from kid to kid. Based in California and produced in South Korea, Coji products are ethically made with fair trade partners and suppliers.”
SCOT MATAYOSHI had another kid, Connor, in March, while PETER LI wrote in to invite ’06ers to come visit him in NYC.
BRIAN WEEKS added: “Not sure when my last update was, but we had another kid, Henry, and he’s a fullblown toddler at 19 months. Henry/Hank/Hankers/ Henners/Hank the Tank is a beast and a joy. He loves his big bro Charlie. Charlie starts kindergarten in the fall. Currently, we are displaced due to our kitchen flooding on Memorial Day, so our summer is being spent in a rental, however, the kids are loving it! Professionally, I am somehow still a lawyer in good standing and was part of a team of public defenders hired into a newly-created public office repping parents in child protection and our office has grown five times since… so life is moving along. Bummed I couldn’t make the reunion that I was encouraging ’05–’07ers to commit to so I could buy a ticket to no avail. Of course many decided at the last minute to attend and MSP to LAX was $1k+ by then…CMCers are always last minute!” firstname.lastname@example.org
ASHLEY THOREN writes, “ANDRE SERITA ’08 and I married in September 2021 with our dog Hana and I am celebrating nine years in cyber security in Silicon Valley.”
HILLARY TRIBBS updates, “I just completed my Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) through the Educational Leadership Program at UCLA! I’m officially a Bruin alum now. It was a wild three years, mainly during the pandemic, but it was with a great cohort of educators, so that made it even more worthwhile. I am working as the director of special projects at Caltech and I love living near campus here in Pasadena. I still play soccer on occasion with BRITTNEY WATSON and am trying to convince KRISTIN FOLLMER to come play as well. Lots
of other Athenas (and their families) in and around Pasadena to hang out with, too.”
LUKE JOHNSON reports, “This past January, I moved to Berlin after 10 years in Washington, D.C. I’m still working in journalism and for think-tanks. I would love to connect with other CMC alumni in the region.”
RYAN LARSEN happily reports, “On August 26, 2021, we welcomed our second daughter, Ellis Marion Larsen, to the world! In February 2022, I took a new job as the head football coach at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
KYLE RAGINS writes, “July 4th weekend, I enjoyed a great time with NICK WARSHAW in Santa Barbara, where we attended the wedding of ALEXANDER ‘KALE’ FEIN ’11 and had a lot of fun reconnecting with a class we shared two years at CMC with, but haven’t shared any reunions with since. As usual, the CMCers were tearing up the dance floor, putting Kale’s wife’s Duke alumni crew to shame. Kale snagged himself the dream of a doctor spouse in Lauren Wessel, who is a very cool person and fits right into the CMC family, despite her Duke crew’s inferior dance floor performance.
GREGORY HALL reports, “I started a new job at the Federal Home Loan Bank Chicago.”
HELENA BOT TEMILLER E VICH writes, “I just left my job as senior repor ter at Politico to launch my own publication focused on food polic y! I t ’s called Food Fix so if any of you are in the food industr y, advocac y, or academic space, please check it out, and tell your friends Aside from joining the ‘Great Resignation,’ I’m still enjoying life in Washington, D C with my husband and ver y tall two and a half year old Most of the CMC crew here has long depar ted (boo!), but the great news is that SAR AH BEAT TIE ’11 and I live in the same neighborhood, so we get to hang out all the time ”
KRISTINE GRIGSBY writes, “JOHN SLOAT and I just moved back to the U S after living in Nor way for six years We live in Seattle with our two year old daughter, Charlie, and four year old pit bull, Bella Happy to have repatriated, and close to our CMC crew on the West Coast ”
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MONIC A C ASON: “I’m getting married to my high school sweethear t this September in Chicago after more than a decade of dating!”
MARK BLUMENFELD no longer lives with his mother He bought an apar tment and, when he is not selling real estate, he spends time decorating it and walk ing his dog, Violet Violet agrees he has quite the eye for interiors While his mom misses him as her longtime tenant, they see each other frequently
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I n June, C AITLIN HIGHL AND star ted as the director of lawmaker communications at an organization called Future Now, where she’ll suppor t state legislative candidates’ and lawmakers’ communications effor ts across the countr y through The Lawmaker Network and The States Project initiatives She’s still in Atlanta but will be traveling a lot more in this role, so hopefully she’ll be able to see some classmates She’s excited to host
L AUR A EPSTEIN, K ANUPRIYA RUNGTA, and NEIL MAL ANI ’13 this summer and has loved seeing CHRISTINE WILKES ’16 regularly now that they live in the same city!
ABBY MICHAELSEN: “I had so much fun reuniting with our classmates at our five turned seven year reunion! I t was so special that the Classes of 2016 and 2017 were there, too, which really made it feel like we were back in college I launched my business Statement Home with my first product, ‘Jack of all Trays,’ two years ago and my product/brand is blowing up on TikTok and with celebrity customers posting their trays on social media!”
AMELIA E VRIGENIS: Amelia moved to Raleigh in 2020 and is currently work ing in globalization product management for a software company She attended the five turned seven year reunion in May and had the best time reconnecting
ELHAM ALI: “I was accepted for a doctoral in public health (DrPH) at Johns Hopk ins University with a focus on health equity and social justice I’m currently work ing with local and state governments to do large scale organizational health equity transformation ”
JENNA HUSSEIN: Jenna graduated from the Har vard Kennedy School with an MPA in May 2022 and the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA in June 2022 I n September, she is moving to San Francisco to work at Google on product strategy for Google Maps
K ARINA HWANG: “East African adventure! ANDRE W NAM, IKE THOMAS, IRIS LIU ’16, JOE NEUMAN, Lai Saechao, and I joined SAR A LINSSEN ’16 in Uganda for ALICE CHANG’s wedding by the N ile River! We witnessed Alice and Elliot ’s beautiful, moving union and are now about to embark on a safari trek together ”
EL AINA FAUST: Elaina completed a master of global human development degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Ser vice and began a new job as senior par tnerships manager at Dimagi
SALLY XIE: “Finally mak ing up my mind to move back to China after seven years of finance work in SoCal, I am ver y excited, also ner vous, to star t my new chapter back home If any CMCers are in Shenzhen, China, please hit me up!”
LINDSEY DAVIDSON: “Married with two dogs and star ted my own clothing brand, Lenny! I would love a CMC intern! I recently co hosted a pop up event in NYC for Lenny with ABBY MICHAELSEN and her brand Statement Home ”
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NOLAN RAJAKUMAR writes, “Reach out to the people you were friends with in Claremont, no matter how long it’s been since you last spoke, you might just make their day.”
VALERIE HUANG reports, “Moved to Vancouver!”
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ANOUSH BAGHDASSARIAN graduated from Harvard Law School in May and has moved to knothe Netherlands to work at the International Criminal Court. If you are in The Hague, or any nearby city or country, please reach out and say hello!
ANNA SHEPARD recently left her job on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on two nominations to the Supreme Court. She’s moving to New York City for grad school, but in the meantime she’s island hopping in Greece. She’s loving life!
GRACE STEWART recently received her master of music degree in opera performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach. She was recognized with the Graduate Dean’s List Award of University Scholars and Artists.
STEPH WONG is living in Los Angeles and continuing her public service career with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments—which includes Claremont in addition to 30 other regional cities. She recently saw wild manatees swimming along the Gulf Coast in central Florida. She’s loving life!
CAM VAN writes: “Passed the California Bar, threw my hat in the professional track and field ring, and cofounded, along with AUSTIN SCHOFF, a startup called Couro. Couro is a platform where athletes, coaches, and trainers can share exclusive content with their fans to provide insight into their athletic training in exchange for subscriptions. Couro Pros set their own subscription rates, and on Couro, anyone can become a Pro—check us out at www.Couro.io.”
ALEXANDER HUESING moved out to Bentonville, Ark., to corner the market for Nerf guns in America.
EVAN OPPERMAN moved to Sweden where he is volunteer-coaching and playing baseball for fun, and working as a client director for a metaverse video game developer!
HUNTER “ASH” ASHBURN has officially retired from the Army as a captain and will be attending the Darden School of Business for his full time MBA at the University of Virginia, graduating in 2024.
OLIVER MAUSNER is super excited to have just signed with Prysm Talent Agency; a well-known U.S.-based booking agency. He recently had his first headline show in San Francisco at one of their bigger clubs, and he is going on his first U.S. tour with some artists from Germany starting this fall!
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EDGAR WARNHOLTZ writes, “Moved to San Diego and am now closer to CMC!”
CHRISTIAN TCHAMITCHIAN writes, “New job, Telesto Strategy.”
TIMMY SONG updates, “My fiancée Dory Linneman (a Scripps alumna) and I are living in Washington with our dogs Mavis and Della, and I am currently pursuing a master’s in education at USC.”
JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ writes, “I came back to campus to see GABRIEL BENDANA ’22 walk the stage. The student class speaker JAYSON YASUKOCHI ’22 was incredible. Must see speech. Love you now and forever CMC.”
ZACH WONG reports, “After three years working in Congress and the CFPB, I recently joined crypto payments company Circle on our policy team. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and get to run, hike, ski, and camp regularly!”
JAKE HUDSON-HUMPHREY writes, “Finally got out of my post-grad pandemic funk. Living in Boulder with NICK LABERGE and SAM BECKER. Nick and I have been dating for six years and keep changing together in exciting ways. Job-wise, I’ve been designing and building terrariums for a plant shop & doing some marketing work. Much love 2 u all :-).”
BLAKE LAPIN reports, “My chapbook, I Look at You Instead of the Road, was just published by Bottlecap Press.”
ADELE ENGLISH writes, “Still with March Capital, glad to be helping students learn more about VC through the Randall Lewis Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs. Looking forward to bringing KIMMY TUTTLE and HANNAH BERG to my hometown of Portland, Oregon this month.”
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President Chodosh apologizes for an editorial error in his Spring 2022 letter, which incorrectly used the word “prime” instead of “whole.” The phrase, “the sum of all of the prime numbers 1 to 100” should have read “the sum of all whole numbers 1 to 100.”
Walter D. Wiley ’48 of Las Vegas, Nev., died November 24, 2020. Born in Chadron, Nebraska, his family relocated to Southern California, where he attended CMC. He then went on to earn both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. Wiley spent his career as an educator, working in the public school system in Southern California and then transitioning to higher education in 1966. In 1985 he received the Great Teacher Award from the students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He retired as the dean of students there in 1988. He is survived by his four children and four grandchildren.
Henry Poy ’50 P’90 GP’21 died on March 21, 2022 in Claremont. After graduating from CMC, Poy served in the military during the Korean War. In 1956, he earned a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law and launched a 58-year career in private practice. Poy started the Northern California chapter of the CMC Alumni Association in 1954. Before he passed away, he established the Poy Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at CMC, to “increase access to higher education for students from underrepresented backgrounds and to encourage the study of the law.” Among his survivors are his wife, Shirley; son, Robert ’90 (Rebecca Butler ’90); and granddaughter, Anne ’21
Byers S. Manchester ’51 died February 24, 2002.
David Tallant Jr. ’53 of Glencoe, Ill. died May 12, 2022. After graduating from CMC, Tallant earned his law degree from Duke Law School in 1956, and joined the law firm of Chapman & Cutler based in Chicago, where he primarily practiced banking and financing law. In addition to the firm’s principal banking client, Harris Bank, he represented and handled legal matters for other banks, including several foreign banks with branches in the U.S. Listed in “Who’s Who in American Law” and “Who’s Who in America,” Tallant also acted as special counsel for many multi-bank lending syndicates. He is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren.
David Mellon ’54 of Pasadena, Calif., died March 9, 2022.
David J. Park ’57 of Los Angeles, died December 20, 2020. After graduating from CMC, Park studied economics at the University of Southern California.
Brooks M. Fiske ’58 of Salinas, Calif., died December 28, 2021. An Eagle Scout, he was a member of Army ROTC and a business administration major at CMC. Fiske earned a master’s in business administration at the University of Santa Clara and became a licensed CPA. He then founded an accounting practice in Salinas, successfully operating it for nearly 47
years. His wife, Antonia, survives him, as do his four children, his brother Preston Fiske ’65, and 10 grandchildren.
Denman (Denny) P. Gambill Jr. ’58 of Pomona, Calif., died April 23, 2022. A business administration major at CMC, he later earned an MBA at UC Berkeley. Denny served as the dean of financial aid for CMC and Harvey Mudd College during the years the two institutions shared an admission and financial aid office. He volunteered as head timer for the SCIAC swim championships in the 1980s and continued in that role for more than 20 years. Gambill was a long-time aquatics supporter and honorary aquatics alumnus. The Gambill Scholarship Fund at CMC was established in memory of his parents.
Edgar A. Kerry ’58 of Round Rock, Texas, died May 9, 2022. He was a humanities major at CMC.
Kenneth J. Knebel ’58 of El Dorado, Wash., died October 23, 2019. He was a business administration major at CMC.
Jerome C. Withrow ’58 of Shady Cove, Ore., died March 2, 2022. Born in Chicago, Withrow’s family moved to California when he was in elementary school. Withrow served in the U.S. Air Force before attending CMC as a business administration major. He met his wife, Martha, during this time. He spent his career as a salesman and retired in Arizona. He eventually made his way to Oregon, where he enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by three children, two stepsons, and four grandchildren.
William C. Sunderland ’59 of Clayton, Calif., died March 26, 2019. He was a business administration major at CMC.
Richard P. Yates ’59 of Hagerstown, Md., died February 12, 2022. Raised in Wisconsin, Yates was a business administration major at CMC. Following graduation in 1959, he served in the U.S. Army on two tours of Vietnam, as well as in West Berlin, Korea, and Tehran. Yates retired as a decorated lieutenant colonel in 1981. He earned a master’s in psychology from Pepperdine University in 1979, and a master’s in religion from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1985. Yates then became an ordained pastor in the United Christ of Church and served congregations until retirement in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Ruth.
Walter D. (Walt) Clapp ’60 of Santa Barbara, Calif., died June 27, 2022. A business administration major at CMC, he retired from the global packaging company Jefferson Smurfit Corp.
David W. Clark ’60 of Reno, Nev., died May 17, 2022. Born in Danville, NY, his family moved to Riverside, Calif. in the 1940s. Clark majored in economics and also was an Air Force ROTC cadet during his time at CMC. After graduating, he studied at Boalt Hall Law School in Berkeley before pursuing a military career. Clark served in the 4th Air Commando Squadron in Vietnam, and was a missileer for the Air Force Global Strike Command at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. He later pursued real estate and construction
before founding construction company Clark and Sullivan, which made the top 50 construction companies list by the Associated General Contractors of America. In 1990, Clark shifted his focus to banking and organized the founding of Sierra Bank, later sold to Bank of the West. He also invested in numerous real estate developments in his retirement years. Clark cared deeply about his employees and his local communities, serving in various roles on many boards. He is survived by his wife, Sue, three children, and five grandchildren.
Kenneth (Ken) Hammel Cole ’60 of Albuquerque, N.M. died May 2, 2022. Cole majored in accounting at CMC, and earned a JD degree from UC Berkeley in 1963. At CMC, he was a member of the Tortugateers of Prado Dam. In the 1960s, he served two years in the Peace Corps in Guayaquil, Ecuador in a program to support a startup system of credit unions—a system that continues to provide financial services in the area. Following the Peace Corps, Cole sustained his interest in international economic development throughout his career. He spent 28 years at the InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB) in Washington, D.C., where his projects included coordinating a program to combat family poverty through microfinance and micro-enterprise throughout Latin America. He served as president of the Esquel Group Foundation from 1995-2001, promoting the strengthening of civil society and conservation of arid lands in Latin American countries. In 2004, Cole and his wife, Jane, moved to Albuquerque, where he became a board member and six-year chairperson of the board of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWild). Other volunteer activities were in diverse areas including politics, college alumni organizations, and the international folk art market. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and one daughter.
George N. Kidd ’61 of Virginia Beach, Va., died March 4, 2021. He was a history major at CMC. In 1962, Kidd enlisted in the Naval Officers’ Candidate School and went on to serve as a navigator on USS Paul Revere and an executive office on USS Mataco. He went on to serve many shore responsibilities, retiring from the U.S. Navy on July 1, 1983, upon which he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal. He is survived by his wife, Glennis, a daughter, a son-in-law, a stepdaughter, and one granddaughter.
Allan L. Leonard ’62 of Princeville, Hawaii, died April 12, 2022. He was a business administration and economics major at CMC. He became president and CEO of securities sales company Clemson Financial Corporation.
Gaylon R. McIntire ’62 of Littleton, Colo., died April 23, 2021.
Thomas J. Earle ’63 P’93 of Georgetown, Texas died on July 2, 2018.
Richard W. Edelman ’63 of Dallas, Texas, died June 22, 2022. Following graduation from CMC with an economics and business administration degree, he did a year of service with the U.S. Coast Guard prior to earning his MBA at Columbia University. Returning to his native Dallas, he joined the family air conditioning business before beginning a long and successful career in the securities industry, working primarily with Schneider, Bernet & Hickman
and Sanders, Morris & Harris. An avid tennis player, sports fan, and music aficionado, Edelman enjoyed everything from the Dallas Symphony to jazz. He served for many years on the board of Merit Health. He is survived by three children and one grandson.
Bruce P. Emmeluth ’63 of Santa Barbara, Calif., died August 11, 2021. A business administration and economics major, he served on the Associated Students of CMC, was an athletic chair, an Appleby social chairman, a junior class council member, and was active in the Knickerbocker Social Club. He followed CMC with an MBA in finance from UCLA and enlisted in the Army National Guard, where he became a sharpshooter and completed leadership training. An accomplished financial executive with expertise in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and venture capital, Emmeluth’s career spanned numerous financial concerns, culminating at Wells Fargo as senior managing director of investment banking. A dog lover and world traveler, his family honors his sense of humor, generosity, and quick wit. His wife, Canda, survives him.
Robert R. Reece ’66 of Hendersonville, N.C., died August 19, 2021. He was a science major at CMC.
Edward T. (Ted) Herlihy ’67 of Sandpoint, Idaho, died August 4, 2020. Herlihy majored in economics at CMC, later receiving his MBA from the University of Southern California. After graduation, Herlihy fulfilled his ROTC commitments, serving as a first lieutenant in Vietnam. Known as an avid outdoorsman, he spent time working on family-owned farms, working with boats, and finally becoming a pilot. He was able to land his own pontoon plane on the lake close to his Idaho home. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and a daughter.
Michael Morrill ’67 of Las Cruces, N.M., died January 15, 2022. He was a physics and astronomy major at CMC, then completed some post-graduate work in astronomy at San Diego State University. During his time at CMC, he worked as an assistant to Dr. Robert Chambers at Brackett Observatory of Pomona College, and for Dr. S. Leonard Dart at Baxter Science Laboratory of the 3-College Joint Science Program. Morrill’s career began at Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a technical staff member, working on image processing for various space probe cameras, observation programs, and science teams for almost 13 years. He then became a senior scientist with Lockheed Martin Space Systems working more closely on sensor evaluation and operation, sensors, and camera systems for the Solar and Astrophysics Lab. For the rest of his career, Morrill was as an electro-optical systems engineer for Space Systems, Lockheed Martin, and NASA Ames Research Center. Just before retirement, he briefly worked as a patent application writer for a law firm in Seattle. Morrill turned to woodworking in his retirement, building custom boxes and cabinets.
Duane C. Quaini ’67 of Chicago, died June 6, 2022. Quaini was a political science major at CMC, then attended Stanford Law School. He joined the Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal Law Firm where he practiced commercial litigation for 40 years, became chairman, and eventually retired as partner. At CMC, Quaini was heavily involved in debate
and was also Dorm Bowl chairman and Academic Events chairman. He later served on the advisory board for the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights. He noted Martin Diamond as his favorite professor at CMC and one of the significant influences of his life. Professor Orme Phelps was his mentor at CMC. Quaini was active with many organizations, serving as board member for Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation, former chair of Cook County Justice for Children, director emeritus for Les Turner ALS Foundation (as his stepson was afflicted with ALS), former chair for Equip for Equity, and board member for Legacy Charter Schools. He and his late wife, Christine, endowed both the Christine & Duane Quaini Scholarship Fund and the Christine & Duane Quaini Fund for the Arts at CMC. He is survived by two stepchildren, two grandchildren, and a granddaughter.
Timothy L. Oliver ’68 of Camarillo, Calif., died May 26, 2020.
Robert T. (Rob) Bly ’69 of Los Altos, Calif., died April 8, 2021. Bly majored in management-engineering at CMC, then completed graduate school in engineering at Stanford University. In 2008, he joined Powertech Engines Inc. and served as chairman and CFO.
Peter H. (Pete) Wells ’65 of Pendleton, Ore., died December 31, 2021. He was a mathematics major at CMC who later studied law at University of Oregon. Wells held a number of positions in Pendleton, Ore., but one of his most prominent was city attorney, a role he filled from 1992-2011. Wells is survived by his wife, ElRae, four children, and five grandchildren.
Barry A. Smith ’71 of Las Vegas, died March 4, 2022. He was a management-engineering major at CMC, and studied finance and strategy at the University of Chicago. He retired as senior VP and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley.
Laird B. Craig ’72 of Brentwood, Calif., died March 7, 2022. He was a history major at CMC.
Michael F. O’Kelley ’72 of Ventura, Calif., died June 2, 2019. Born in Atlanta, O’Kelley’s family moved to California when he was 10 days old. He was an accounting major at CMC. O’Kelley is survived by his wife, Maeda, three children, one son in-law, and three grandchildren.
Nathan L. Rosenberg ’72 of La Quinta, Calif., died August 1, 2018. Rosenberg was a political science and history major at CMC. Rosenberg went on to attend law school at Georgetown University and was the principal and owner of Barrister & Barrister in La Quinta, Calif. He is survived by one son, a stepdaughter, a stepson, and brother, Robert Rosenberg ’76
William Solomon ’72 of Westlake Village, Calif., died May 27, 2022. He was a psychology major at CMC.
William D. (Doug) Aderhold ’73 of Santa Ana, Calif., died June 10, 2019. He was a literature major at CMC.
Mark Clemens ‘75 of Piney Flats, Tenn., died May 2, 2022. After earning a degree in psychology from CMC, Clemens spent his career working for two large national insurance companies, specializing in the surplus lines area of the business. He eventually went out on his own, using his knowledge to form his own company. Clemens is survived by his wife, Kimberly, his son, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Paul Fitzgerald ’75 of Stoneham, Mass., died on December 3, 2021. A history major at CMC, he is survived by his companion, Mary, and one son.
Robert H. Rix ’77 of Irvine, Calif., died December 9, 2017. He was an economics major at CMC.
Sarah (Rector) Aguilar ’82 of South Pasadena, Calif., died May 15, 2022. A history major at CMC, she became an educator of special needs children in the Pasadena Unified School District. Aguilar played four musical instruments, and was known to be an athlete as well as a medaled marathon runner. She is survived by two children.
Peggy (Ross) Mejia ’82 of Riverside, Calif., died April 23, 2018. A native of North Carolina, she was a political science and psychology major at CMC. After graduating, Mejia and her husband served a mission in Texas for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She is survived by her husband, Juan, four children, and 30 grandchildren.
Michael W. Gazeley-Romney ’12 of Portland, Ore., died July 1, 2021. He was a pre-law major at CMC.
Traven W. Tapson ’17 of Carmel, Calif., died March 2, 2022. A political science major at CMC, Tapson played on the CMS baseball team. He was an adventurer who loved traveling all over the world. He is survived by his father, step-mother, and three siblings.
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John Ferling, professor emeritus and CMC ’s first full time mathematics professor, who established the College’s computer lab, died on May 31, 2022 Ferling taught at CMC for 44 years from 1957 to 2001, becoming the first faculty member to teach operations research at The Claremont Colleges. Named the Dengler Dykema Professor of Mathematics, Ferling taught calculus and applied analysis and oversaw CMC ’s IBM 1620 computer system
As computer science emerged as an academic discipline, Ferling introduced digital computers at CMC In 1962, under George Benson’s presidenc y, Ferling taught several computer courses and eventually established CMC ’s computer lab His research interest was on error propagation in test and measurement systems and uncer tainty analysis He also developed conference sessions on national and international uncer tainty analysis. Born in Koenigsberg, Germany (now K aliningrad, Russia), Ferling attended high school in West Germany At age 21, he emigrated to the United States, receiving his B S from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ in three semesters. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Southern California, concentrating on abstract math, nonlinear integral equations, and fluid dynamics. Ferling is remembered among his colleagues as a respected scholar, mentor, and engaging member of the faculty Jack Stark ’57 GP ’11, CMC president from 1971 to 1999, said Ferling was proud of star ting and completing his career at a growing and dynamic institution “John Ferling was not just a longtime noted colleague, he and his wife, Hannelore, were treasured friends,” said Stark. “John taught me how to use the computer and helped me make the long term financial projections that are so necessar y for a well run institution John had a terrific influence on the past, present, and future of Claremont McKenna College ”
Henr y “Hank” Krieger, former Claremont Mudd Scripps men’s tennis coach and Har vey Mudd professor of mathematics, died June 29, 2022 Krieger was responsible for an impressive legac y of more than 50 years of contributions to The Claremont Colleges He was inducted into the Ted Ducey CMS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004, after a 22 season tenure coaching the men’s tennis program, in which the Stags won more than 400 matches (407 222) During that time, his overall winning percentage was 647 and his SCIAC winning percentage was .865 (212 33). A two time NCAA Division III Coach of the Year Award winner in 1985 and 1993, Krieger was at the helm for the Stags’ first national championship in 1981 Krieger guided CMS to nine SCIAC Championships in his career, including eight in a dominant nine year stretch from 1986 1994 The Stags also had 18 top 10 finishes in the final NCAA Division III rank ings during his 22 seasons. In addition to his legac y of championships, the CMS Athletics depar tment also instituted the Hank Krieger Award in 2000 following his retirement as the program’s head coach The award is given each year to a graduating senior who exhibits athletic excellence, academic excellence, and leadership in athletics and campus life “Hank ’s impact extended well beyond the cour ts,” said Mike Sutton ’76, who ser ved as the athletic director at CMS and is the current director of athletics advancement “He was a clear voice and advocate for the athletic experience at HMC, as well as a suppor tive mentor/ advisor to me, first as a young coach and later as AD. He fiercely promoted the scholar athlete and ultimately his family initiated the Krieger Award in his honor ”
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
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
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 Michael Larson ’80 Chief Investment Officer, Cascade
Tao Li ’02
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Teng Yue Partners
James B. McElwee ’74 P’12
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
Douglas L. Peterson ’80 P’14 P’15
President and CEO, S&P Global 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
Tanya Remer Altmann ’94 Founder & Pediatrician, Calabasas Pediatric Wellness Center Eric Fujimoto ’93 P’24 Founder, Ho‘ea – Wealth Advisory Group Tendo Nagenda ’97 Vice President, Netflix
John Faranda ’79 Rebecca Pelen Evan Rutter ’06
Vice President for Advancement
Ex Officio Trustees
Allison Aldrich P’24
President of the CMC Parent Network Board
Scott Torrey ’91 P’23 P’26
President of the CMC Alumni Association
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
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 GP’26
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.
John V. Croul ’49
Retired Co-Chairman, Behr Process Corporation Glenn L. Hickerson ’59 President, Hickerson Associates
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Issues of CMC magazine for ’21 and ’22 have been combined into Volume 44. Volume 45 will begin in 2023.
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With the return of on-campus events, our summer of festivities capped off with a special ceremony that brought back the Classes of 2020 and 2021 for a send off unlike any other. Celebration Weekend brought together our recent graduates and their families, who gathered on campus for a full Commencement to reconnect with old friends and create lasting CMC memories.