William Sala '61, electrical & electronic engineering, retired in 2004 from the computer hardware and semiconductor sectors in California and Oregon and relocated to Wilmington, NC. He is currently a mentor and participates in business development of the Aquaculture Program at the University Of North Carolina Wilmington School Of Marine Science. His son, Steve Sala ‘86, finance real estate and law, is currently living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jonathan Wells '61, electrical & electronic engineering, retired in January 2002 from Project Management for BancTec Inc. and moved from Southern California to Austin, Texas in February 2003. He is now enjoying his grandchildren and motorcycling in the Texas Hill Country. Wells also spends his time volunteering for Austin’s Habitat for Humanity three days a week and helps local community organizations with income tax returns year-round.
Ron Colvin '60, engineering, worked in the food manufacturing business for 40 years for companies such as General Foods, Lawry's Foods, Spice Islands and Amy Kitchens, holding titles such as engineer and vice president.
Burnett '61, kinesiology,
is a retired physical education teacher
at Citrus College. He recently completed
the Triathlon World Championship in Perth,
Australia, which consisted of a one-mile
swim, a 25-mile bike ride and a 6.2 mile
Jon Wells, '61, electronic engineering,
retired in January 2002 from Project Management
for BancTec Inc. and moved from Southern
California to Austin, Texas in February
2003. He is now enjoying grandchildren
and motorcycling in the Texas Hill Country.
W. Bush '62, landscape architecture,
retired in Sept. 2001 after 39 years with
the California Dept. of Transportation
and as the chief landscape architect the
past nine years. As the chief, he was
responsible for landscaping and restoration
of the roadsides including the Scenic
Highway Program and the Safety Roadside
Rest Program. Also included was working
with the Dept. in the development of guidelines
for Context Sensitive Solutions involving
highway construction. Retirement is great
and he and his family are enjoying life
in Placerville, CA.
Allen Lang '62, business administration,
is the vice president-investments and branch manager of two offices for Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Lang is an arbitrator for NASD and the New York Stock Exchange. He lives in Langhorne , Pennsylvania with his wife Alice. They have two children, three grandchildren and one great grand child.
Bates '63, agriculture,
retired from his position as president
and chief credit officer of Kaweah Nation
Bank. He lives in the Central Valley.
Dominguez '63, horticulture,
retired in June 2002 from California Education
after serving almost 40 years as an instructor,
administrator, and CEO of 3 different
community colleges in California. He is
now residing in San Diego, CA.
C. Slocum '63, MBA,
retired in 2002 from Sanmina-SCI, where
he was the human resources manager. He
spent 39 years in the human resources
field and is currently a substitute teacher,
tutor, and reporter for a weekly newspaper.
He is also a volunteer for Court Appointed
Special Advocate, a group that aids abused
and neglected children. He and his wife,
Bobbie, live in Colorado Springs, CO and
have 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
In 1980, Duane was honored as one of Cal
Poly Pomona's Distinguished Alumni.
Mohamed '64, agronomy,
was appointed by the Imperial Irrigation
District Board of Directors to the district's
Citizens Advisory Commission to help the
district formulate a water conservation
William (Bill) D. Shelton ‘64, business administration, retired from SEH America, a silicon wafer manufacturer in Vancouver, WA in 2001 after 19 years in human resources, quality assurance and applications engineering. He also retired from the U.S. Air Force after 12 years active duty and 10 years with the Oregon Air National Guard. Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, Bill lives in Carson, WA, in the Columbia River Gorge. He and Denise, his recently deceased wife of 43 years, raised two sons, both living in Vancouver, WA. He is an active Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator, a hobby he began as a 15 year old in Brea, CA. His current call sign is K7SIM. Bill plays the Great Highland Bagpipes and is a member of Kell's Irish Pipes and Drums and the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. Bill also resumed playing clarinet after more than 40 years, and plays in the traditional jazz band, F. Scott Fedora. Bill is an adjunct faculty member at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, teaching Human Resource Management and various supervisory management courses.
Frank Cornell ’65, business administration,
was named the Distinguished Alumnus for 2004 by Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is the owner and president of FWC Realty Services located in Pacific Palisades, CA. He and his wife, Sherry, have three children.
Belprez Gunther '65, education (diversified),
has taught English, video productions
and physical education at Bishop Kelly
High School in Boise, Idaho for the past
13 years. She is also the head girls'
and boys' track coach. Last May, her girls
team finished 2nd in the Idaho state track
meet. During the past 10 years, her teams
have combined for 4 state championships.
Donald J. McGraw ‘65, biology, is currently working on a book-length research contract at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA, on a new history of their Biology group. He recently moved from San Diego, CA to central Utah. McGraw and wife Laura now have their second grandson.
Carlson '66, marketing,
is retiring as manager of the
Puyallup Fair in Puyallup, WA
. He's been running the 17-day
fair for 33 years and, under
his management, the fairgrounds
have grown by 40 percent and
fair attendance has doubled.
He lives in Edgewood , WA with
his wife, Susan. They have two
children and three grandchildren.
Kirk deFord '66, english,
is an associate in the Technology Center
of Northwest Regional Education Laboratory
in Portland, OR. He is also a volunteer
at Northwest Earth Institute, the Institute
for Sustainable Culture and the Earth
and Spirit Council.
Lemberger '66, social science,
is director of administration & access
at Colorado Legal Services with 16 offices
in Colorado Springs and Denver, CO.
Michael Lennie ‘66, mechanical engineering, received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego in 1970. A few months later he began a 3 year post as an attorney with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. In December 1973, he opened his private practice, to help authors who were having difficulties with their publishing companies, and it continues until today. Lennie changed his practice of personal injury law to help authors, after an author showed up at his office in Valley Center, CA in 1986. He set out to sue CBS, Inc. the parent company of the publisher Holt Rinehart and Winston and won a big settlement. After his big win he decided to expand his services to New York, where he received admissions to the New York state Bar. In 2005 his firm expanded into a literary agency.
Raymond Bragg ‘67, landscape architecture, is retiring after 25 years as redevelopment and special projects director in Fontana, CA. His hobbies include cycling and genealogical research. He plans to continue to travel as he and his wife have done for most of his professional life.
Sheryl Lianne Christian '67, social sciences,
teaches creative writing and poetry at
Sierra College Community Education and
Emeritus Programs. She also self-published
a book of poetry, Star Kissed Shadows,
Divining Poetry in 2004.
Conlon '67, business management,
is director of community development for
the City of Arcata since 2000. He taught
planning and dispute resolution at Humboldt
State University from 1997 to 2002. Before
that, he was director of planning and
building for Humboldt County for 11 years.
He also worked as a manager of a national
teleprocessing system, Data Dialog, at
McDonnell Douglas Corporation's Space
Systems Division in Huntington Beach and
McDonnell Douglas Aircraft's Information
Systems Division in Long Beach, which
then became McDonnell Douglas Automation
Company. He finished his graduate studies
at the University of Southern California
and received his MBA in 1968.
Gewe '67, civil engineering,
was appointed by Governor Gray Davis as
an alternate member of the Colorado River
Board of California.
Hillmer '67, horticulture, owns Hillmer's Luggage in Riverside.
Tom Mauk ’67,
business administration, has
recently been named Orange County’s
executive officer by the Board
of Supervisors. Prior to his appointment,
he served as Whittier’s city
manager for 19 years. He lives
in Whittier, CA.
Skumawitz '67, social science,
is a superintendent of the Romoland Elementary
School District in Riverside County. He
was also a teacher and principal in the
Ocean View School District in Huntington
Beach. He has two kids, a daughter living
in NYC pursuing a career in Musical Theatre
and a son engaged in professional soccer
in Germany. He enjoys the work of building
a world in which students can find success,
accomplishment and joy.
Russo '67, kinesiology,
owns the five-thousand square foot building
at the corner of Hollenbeck and Badillo
southwest in Covina, but recently sold
his Orthopedic Physical Therapy Sports
Medicine Practice to two colleagues. In
2002, he went to work at The Claremont
Club as a personal trainer and was named
employee of the month in September and
March. He was recently asked to serve
on a committee that would make an attempt
to bring "The Club" to a world-renowned
status as a premiere health care facility. Lee
continues to serve as a volunteer at his
church. After graduating from Cal Poly
Pomona, he went on to receive a masters'
degree in youth ministries and religion
at Azusa Pacific University. Russo regularly
led Bible study on the campus of Alta
Loma High School. His
hobbies include snowboarding, water skiing/ wakeboarding,
rollerblading, and skydiving.
L. Carroll '68, english,
teaches fifth-graders at Nelson Elementary
in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School
Chacon '68, landscape architecture,
has been promoted to senior associate
by Melendrez Design Partners (MDP), a
Los Angeles-based landscape architecture
design firm. He has been with the firm
since 1996. He has also received the Architectural
Design Award for Landscape and Recreational
Projects from the Los Angeles Business
Council for his project, Shane's Inspiration,
A Boundless Playground.
Driftmeir 68, accounting,
a partner in the CPA firm of Vavrinek,
Day and Co. in Rancho Cucamonga, was honored
as Accountant Advocate of the Year by
the U.S. Small Business Administration.
He was also honored at Califonia State
University, San Bernardino as the Arrowhead
Distinguished Executive Officer.
Ken Coopman '68, finance, real estate & law,
is EVP director of commercial banking
at California Federal Bank in Glendale.
Robert Johnson ‘68, business administration, ‘74 master's in business administration, is a senior vice president at Quiring Medical in Fresno, CA. He has been a senior healthcare executive for over 30 years. Jonson earned another MBA from the Santa Clara University and received a fellowship from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has been married to Lorretta Jonshon for 39 years and he is an avid endurance cyclist with several 100 mile endurance rides completed.
Luginbill '68, kinesiology,
is head coach and general manager of the
AFL's Detroit Fury.
W. Mayer '68, landscape architecture,
a partner of Troller-Mayer Associates
in Glendale, has been elected trustee
for the Southern California Chapter of
the American Society of Landscape Architects.
He is a past president of the Cal Poly
Pomona Alumni Association.
N. Miller '68, accounting,
is a partner in the CPA firm Leffler Miller
Ward & Co. in Encino. Miller specializes
in tax compliance and planning, and business
Joseph Mitchell '68, finance real estate and law, spent over 30 years in US Marine Corps as a Marine Aviator and retired in 1998. He is currently working for Northrop Grumman as Site Manager and Senior Military Analyst at Quantico , VA. Married to wife Christine on June15, 1974, they have three children and four grandchildren. As a student, he was Vice President, Class of 1968.
Murphy ’68, kinesiology,
is the recipient of the 2004 YWCA of the
West End Women of Achievement Award. She
is general director and chief executive
officer of Pomona Valley YMCA.
Pingel '68, political science,
is a trial attorney specializing in employment
law on behalf of employees. He recently
settled a $250 million case on behalf
of 1700 police officers and firefighters
in an age-discrimination class action
lawsuit. His office is in Cerritos.
Surrell '68, business administration and
is director of Information Services -
Project Office, for L.A. Car Health Plan.
He and his wife Sue live in Tustin. Their
oldest son Jason is the head women's soccer
coach at Azusa Pacific University. Their
youngest son Gregg is a police officer
for the City of Irvine. They have one
Tennyson '68, mechanical engineering,
is director of sales of Bernina of America,
Inc. in Aurora, IL, being responsible
for managing Bernina's 13 district sales
managers and directing all marketing and
sales promotions among Bernina's national
network of dealers.
Ameri '69, civil engineering,
is senior vice president at RBF Consulting.
He was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to
the stat's Santa Ana Regional Water Quality
Control Board and has been submitted to
the state Senate for confirmation.
Bellemin '69, zoology,
is a natural science professor at El Camino
College in Torrance. She was recently
named the 2003 Naturalist of the Year
by the Western Society of Naturalists,
a group concerned with how organisms function
and interact with nature. Since receiving
her master's degree from Cal Poly Pomona
in 1974, she's taught all disciplines
of zoology and field entomology and has
traveled extensively in the Galapagos
Islands, France, England, Australia, and
Brasch '69, biology, '70, teacher credential
in science/art (ceramics),
has been teaching ceramics at Chaffey
High School in Ontario for 33 years since
his teacher credentialing, and is due
to retire soon.
Carocci '69, physical education,
was selected as the El Dorado County ACSA's
Administrator of the Year in 2002. He
is currently serving as the Assistant
Superintendent for Educational Services
in the El Dorado Union High School District.
Carter '69, civil engineering,
was recently named the Director of Technical
Services for Hanson Aggregates Western
Division. He is also an instructor at
UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation
Studies. Bruce is serving as the co-chair
for the American Concrete Institute's
Centennial Convention this fall in San
Francisco. He and his wife, Carrie, reside
in Tracy, California and have two daughters,
Jennifer and Shelby. Jennifer recently
graduated from Princeton University and
is attending Harvard Law School. Shelby
is in her second year at UC San Diego.
B. Gabriel '69, social sciences,
is the vice-president of real estate for
LA Fitness International. He was also
recently elected Chairman of the Board
of the California Business Properties
Association, a group for the commercial
real estate industry.
John Goggin '69, social sciences, recently retired as an international airline captain for Delta Airlines. He lives in a suburb of Minneapolis , Minnesota with his wife of 36 years, Pricilla. They have one daughter, who lives in New York City and works for Rodale publishers.
William D. Howitt ‘69, civil engineering, has worked in the field of oil and gas pipelines his entire career. He retired in May of 2006 and now does part time consulting work out of his home in Sutherlin, Oregon.
S. Johnson, '69, business administration,
was class president in 1968. He received
an MBA from Santa Clara University and
is senior vice president of Quiring Medical,
a facility development and planning firm
for hospitals and physicians groups throughout
California. Quiring Medical is located
J. Resich Jr. '69, finance, real estate
vice president and chairman of the board
of Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho
Palos Verdes, CA, was awarded the prestigious
Certified Cemetery Funeral Executive designation
by the International Cemetery and Funeral
D. Rinehart '69, mathematics, is a Senior Manager of Information Technologies at Qualcomm Corporation headquartered in San Diego. Gary has an M.S. degree in management science from United States International University. He is also a Certified Data Processor (CDP) and a Certified Project Manager (CPM). He has a daughter, Brooke, who is a Captain in the USAF and a 2000 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Gary and his wife Nancy reside in Del Mar.
Penelope Torribio '69, english, is being honored by the Women in Theatre at the Red Carpet Awards Banquet for her work as author/puppeteer and for her community work. In 2002 Torribio toured Southern India giving performances for street and tribal children.
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