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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2013

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Spring 2013by USD Staff

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The first annual spirit team reunion last fall was a celebration for those who’ve celebrated Toreros through the years....


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Love Plus One

Noreen Ippolito ’90 says that the decision her family made to adopt son Kirby from Ethiopia was meant to be....


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The Ballad of Twila Noble

Looking for a change, nursing alumna makes a split-second decision to pack her bags and head for a job on a Navajo reservation....


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1950s

[1958]

LUZ (GAYTAN) MELOY (BS) writes, “Enjoying retirement in our new home after 35 years of living in Vienna, Va.”

1960s

[1965]

CAROLYN SHAFFER’S (BA) husband of 25 years, Sypko Andreae, died on May 31, 2012, in their home in Ashland, Ore. His memorial service was held on July 22.

[1969]

ROBERT BROWER (BA, MEd ’74) reports that his brother, Ken Brower ’70 (BA), has been teaching at Fallbrook High School for 43 years. Robert’s son, Matt Brower ’03 (JD), is out of the Marines after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and he is now a prosecutor for San Diego County.

JAMES FLYNN (BA) is retired after 27 years as a Marine Corps officer and 17 years with General Dynamics Land Systems. “Living in a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., while our new home is being built nearby,” he writes.

1970s

[1971]

GREGORY STAHL (BA, MA ’73) manages fundraising for the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University. “I maintain an apartment in D.C.,” he says, “but our permanent home remains in upstate New York.”

[1974]

SHARON (LOUGHLIN) BOLLINGER (BA, MA ’75) retired from El Paso Community College and plans to move to a Chicago suburb where she can live near her adult children and her grandchildren.

1980s

[1982]

RUSSELL PARKMAN (JD) was promoted to assistant professor of taxation at National University’s School of Business and Management in La Jolla, Calif. He writes, “Thanks to my law school for an excellent education and wonderful post-graduate support and encouragement.”

[1986]

MARCIA CARRUTHERS (MBA) is co-founder, chief executive officer and president of Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC). In February 2013, she expects to step down as CEO and assume the role of chairman of the board, continuing her involvement in the trade association. DMEC strives to improve workforce productivity by assisting employers in developing cost-saving programs and returning employees to productive employment.

[1988]

ERIN (REAGAN) LIGHTLE (BA) moved back to Kodiak, Alaska, while her husband continues his career in the Coast Guard. “Looking forward to retiring in San Diego in 2013 or 2014,” she says.

[1989]

MARTA RODRIGUEZ-SELA (BBA) has two children: a son, 16; and a daughter, 12.

INSA (MOELLER) SIMON-GRAHAM (BA) reports that she welcomed twins, Elena and Lorence, in July 2012.

1990s

[1992]

PETE FAJKOWSKI ’92 (BA) has started a new company, DreamLoan, which he says will be “larger than Angie’s List.” This “first-ever mortgage and real estate education site for consumers” allows members to be referred to a national network of the “very best and most talented real estate and mortgage professionals in the nation, ensuring that they are in excellent hands as they enter the largest financial transaction of their lives.” Learn more at www.dreamloan.pro.

KATHRYN KELLY (BA) writes, “Now happily retired on a mere ‘shoestring.’ New grandchild was born in March 2012, making three total, blessedly!” She earned a master’s degree in theological studies in 2012 from Liberty University and is working on a master of divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. “Hoping to work as a hospice or hospital chaplain, or in a spiritual support area, in a year or so.”

ERIC MILLS (LLM) was promoted to vice president of Pacific Life Insurance Company’s life insurance division.

[1993]

MATT GARDNER (BA, MA ’01)was appointed chief business officer of the Bay Area Council in San Francisco. He previously served as a senior vice president of Tech-America and as president and chief executive officer of BayBio, a biotech industry group. The Bay Area Council has a history of civic leadership dating back to 1945, including the establishment of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.

[1994]

ERIN (PACE) DERMODY (BA) writes, “This spring, we moved back to Virginia from Germany with our three boys.” Their youngest was born in Germany in July 2011. “We had a great 2½ years of European living, but are excited about living in Virginia Beach again,” she says.

[1995]

DAVID MORGAN (BAcc) recently expanded his firm, Dave Morgan CPA, Inc., with plans for continued growth.

[1996]

JAMES FONTAINE (BA, JD ’99) was named 2012 San Diego County Prosecutor of the Year, along with Mark Amador, by the San Diego Deputy District Attorneys Association.

[1997]

JAMES BUNKER (BA) earned his PhD in 2011 from the University of Utah’s Department of Communication. He is a clinical assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University.

WADE GOCHNOUR (JD) was named to the 2012 Mountain States Super Lawyers list. The selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluations of candidates, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in the mountain states group (Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming) are named to Super Lawyers. Wade is an attorney with Howard & Howard, a full-service law firm with offices in Michigan, Illinois and Nevada.

[1998]

KATIE (SELFRIDGE) GONZALEZ ’98 and husband Aaron Gonzalez ’97 met at USD. They’ve been together for 13 years and married for nine years. Aaron is currently working as a history professor and varsity golf coach at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego. He recently completed the Triple Crown Half Marathon 2012 in San Diego as well as the Carlsbad, La Jolla and America’s Finest Half marathons. Katie is the office administrator and senior paralegal for a law firm in downtown San Diego. She recently started a portrait photography business, called Kate James Photography. They have two boys, James, 6, and Nathan, 2.

GREGORY WONG (BA) has a new job as customer service manager for Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning. “We are developing a renewable air conditioning system for downtown Honolulu using seawater for the primary source of cooling.” Gregory also reports that he and his wife, Caryn, welcomed a baby girl, Eva, in April 2011.

[1999]

JASON ALLDAY (BBA) was recently promoted to vice president, strategic initiatives and operations, at Steadfast Capital Markets Group, a real estate investment company based in Orange County, Calif.

CLAIRE (PATIN) FALCONE (BA, MEd ’03) relocated with her family back to San Diego from Chicago, where they lived from 2008 to 2011. “Our first son, Daniel, was born on Dec. 17, 2010,” she says. “We are excited to be back in San Diego, which we call home.”

ARIANNA (DAGOSTINO) PLEAT (MBA) mourns the loss of her very loved mother, AnnamariaCaccavo, who died of cancer at age 67 on Sept. 11, 2012, in Milan, Italy. She is survived by her husband, Damiano Dagostino; daughter, Arianna, and her son-in-law, Bruce Pleat ’98; son, Giovanni Dagostino, daughter-in-law Chantelle Kern; and two grandchildren.

2000s

[2000]

RICHARD COMBS (BBA) writes, “Have been happily married since 2007 and now have two beautiful children. I recently relocated back to San Diego from the Bay Area and started my own business.”

[2001]

RODD MILLER (BBA) started the firm, Miller Wealth Management, in 2011 to help individuals with financial strategies and investment management. “We opened an office in Carlsbad, Calif., and are looking to expand into other areas in the years ahead,” he says.

[2002]

ELIZABETH (ROGERS-WITTE) GARRIOTT (BA) and her husband, Omar, welcomed their first daughter, Amaya Ann, in May 2012. They relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from Washington, D.C., and have been happily adjusting again to life in California.

PRENTICE LeCLAIR (BA) and his wife, Ingrid, are celebrating the birth of their son, Sebastian, on July 13, 2011. The family recently moved back to California, after living for several years in New York.

ROBERTO MEDEIROS (MBA) recently moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, after 13 years in San Diego. “I am helping to grow Qualcomm’s presence in Latin America, being responsible for engineering and product marketing for the region,” he says.

DORON OHEL (JD) and Jaclyn Marks welcomed their second child, a son, Eitan Ohel, on May 31, 2012. Eitan joins a big sister, Avani. Doron continues to run his trust and estates law practice in Cupertino, Calif., and recently opened a second office in Fremont, Calif.

[2003]

CINDY (CHACON) CHILDERS (MEd) writes, “I left beautiful San Diego in 2003 to marry my childhood crush. We just celebrated our seven-year wedding anniversary on June 11. We are the proud parents of two tenacious Jack Russells.”

ERIN (SHEA) GREIDER (BA) and her husband, Todd, were married in December 2011 and they welcomed their first son in August 2012.

MELISSA (FELDMEIER) HAMANN (BA) joined the Maritime Practice Group of Willcox & Savage, P.C., in February 2012. Her practice serves maritime clients in matters such as admiralty and maritime law, maritime employment law, and import and export compliance. Prior to law school, Melissa was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. As a surface warfare officer specializing in nuclear engineering, Melissa served on the USS Anzio and USS Ronald Reagan.

PATRICIA LEDEZMA (BBA) returned to work for the Catholic Church as director of parish life/creative services. “In my role, I am helping the Catholic Church with their creative (graphic and web design) and marketing strategy, as well as creating programs for age-specific groups to help them grow spiritually.” She is also working toward a master’s degree in pastoral theology at Loyola Marymount University, and reports that she purchased her first home this year.

CATHERINE SANCIMINO (BA) is a psychologist for the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children within the Psychological Services Department of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

ALISON (HEILMAN) SHANGLE (BA) and her husband, Carl, were married on June 25, 2011, in La Jolla, Calif. Alison is the senior assistant director of admissions at USD and she is finishing her master’s degree in public health at San Diego State University. Carl is a neonatologist in San Diego. “We are just enjoying married life and spending time with our golden retriever puppy,” she says. “We plan to move to Carlsbad in the near future.”

EMILY (STEVENSON) ZIEROLF (BA, MA ’08) welcomed her second child, Madison Kate, on Feb. 17, 2012. She weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. “I am so blessed to have two beautiful and healthy children!” she says.

[2004]

JULIE (TOMKA) BITTNER (BA) and her husband, John, welcomed their first child, Jack Victor, on March 13, 2012. “We are so blessed to have him in our lives,” Julie says.

HEATHER (CASSIDY) HENDERSON (JD) was promoted to lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. She has been practicing as the Region Environmental Counsel for the Navy Region Southwest for two years. Heather also is proud to announce the birth of a baby girl in August 2011.

LEIGH JEDEIKIN (BBA) lived and worked in San Francisco after graduating from USD. He earned an MBA with a concentration in international management and finance from the University of Arizona and then accepted a position with Dimensional Fund Advisors in Austin, Texas.

JENNIFER REID (BA) writes, “After searching for work without success in San Diego, and a move back home to Washington state, I recently started a new job with PSI as a client services consultant.” PSI is an assessment company that provides pre-hire employment selection, managerial assessments, licensing and certification tests, and license management services.

DEAN SCRIVENER (BA) retired from the U.S. Navy with nearly 21 years of service, both enlisted and in the officer corps, and recently landed a private sector job, his first, with Datron World Communications.

[2005]

CLAUDIA (DAVALOS) ARCINIEGA (BS) began working with the San Bernardino County Fire Department after graduation and became the grant coordinator for Homeland Security grants. She then transferred to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, where she wrote and managed several Department of Justice grants. “Two years ago, my life took a huge spin,” she says. “I was promoted into a job with the Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupation Program, I reunited with my elementary school sweetheart (after 16 years), got married in October 2010, and became a stepmom to two wonderful boys, Pablo and Isaac.”

EMILY (BYRNES) MOYNIHAN (BA) graduated in June 2012 from Santa Clara University with a master’s degree in interdisciplinary education, focused on curriculum and instruction.

JOE WALSH (JD) ran on the Democrat-Farmer-Labor platform for a seat in the House of Representatives in north-central Minnesota’s District 15A in the fall of 2012. More information is available at www.walshformn.com.

[2006]

ELIZABETH THOMETZ (BA) moved to Germany in September 2011 to help develop an adaptive sports program for U.S. Army soldiers in the Warrior Transition Unit. The program helps to rehabilitate soldiers who are transitioning back into regular Army life or the civilian sector after a physical or mental injury.

[2007]

LT. CHRISTINA (DOUGLAS) APPLEMAN (BA) was married to Lt. Ryan Appleman on June 16, 2012, at The Immaculata. Christina and Ryan live in Monterey, Calif., where they are both pursuing master’s degrees at the Naval Postgraduate School.

BENJAMIN LEE (BA) is taking a full course of study and an apprenticeship for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

VANESSA (SANCHEZ) LOKAN (BAcc) and her husband, Carl, welcomed a son, Phillip, on Dec. 29, 2011.

LENA (HARPER) McMILLIN (BA) and her husband, Andrew, were married in 2010 and welcomed their first child, Isaac Harper, in January 2012. “I am now working at San Diego Gas and Electric in information technology, and Andrew is back at USD in University Ministry,” Lena says.

ALEX THIBEAULT (BA) and two teammates won the Institute for Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation at North Carolina State University. Their project focused on increasing North Carolina’s high school graduation rate. Alex is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He also was named a recipient of a 2011–12 Psy Chi graduate research grant for his work with Julie Mendez on “Psychological Well-Being and Adjustment in Recently Arriving Immigrant Adolescents.”

ISHMAEL VON HEIDRICK-BARNES (BA) is proud to announce the publication of his first book of poetry, Intimate Geography, published by Princeton’s Ragged Sky Press this month. Ish, also knownas Peter Barnes, attended USD with the class of 1986. His book includes poems inspired by his time at USD and some that were originally published in USD’s The Vista and Stage Four newspapers. Ish is also currently writing lyrics for German opera singer Andrea Hoerkens’ and musician Thomas Roderburg’s duo, Tender Art. Learn more at www.vonheidrickbarnes.com or www.raggedsky.com.

BETH (YANEZ) WAKEFIELD (BAcc) was married in June 2012 and moved back to San Diego from the East Coast. “I started a job that combines my accounting degree and my passion for helping people!” Beth says. “I’m a staffing manager for Accountemps!”

[2008]

NEEL BHATTACHARYYA (BBA) is a full-time MBA student at the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management. His wife, Megan ’08, expects to start a new role in marketing for Intuit in the Los Angeles area. Neel and Megan were married at Founders Chapel in May 2010 and recently celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary.

ADA (DELGADO) CARPENTER (BA) is a member of the USD Orange County Alumni Chapter Committee.

AMY ENGLISH (BA) recently started her dream job as a public affairs manager at the British Embassy.

BRIAN FREEMAN (BBA) writes, “After starting my own technology development company and running sales and marketing for a new brewery, I landed my dream job with MOGL Loyalty Services. MOGL is the most well-funded technology startup to ever come out of San Diego and I’m loving it!”

JENNIFER (BUTLER) JOHNSON (BA) is a fourth-year PhD student in clinical psychology with a forensic emphasis. “I was also married in June 2011!” she says.

DANIELLE JONES (BBA) started an MBA program in September 2012.

LT. J.G. JONATHAN LEWIS (BA) deployed with the USS Mobile Bay, a Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser, to the Gulf region. The USS Mobile Bay will support existing naval force requirements in the Middle East.

GISSELL MALFITANO (BA) moved from New York City to Los Angeles.

KYLIE (CASSINAT) NELSON (MA) was married in 2008, and in February 2012, Kylie and her husband adopted a beautiful baby girl.

MATT RUTZ (BA) graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine on May 19, 2012. He planned to enter an emergency medicine residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

[2009]

ANDREW ALDRIAN (BA) has been working at National Defense University-Near East South Asia (NDU-NESA) since graduating from USD in December 2009. In the fall of 2012, he began studying comparative and regional studies in the Middle East as a graduate student at American University.

ALICIA BEDROSIAN (BA) writes, “It has been very exciting growing my family business after graduating from USD.” After two years as a branch manager at Bedrosians Tile and Stone in Vista, Calif., Alicia was promoted to product manager at the corporate office in Anaheim, Calif., where she purchases and sources materials from all over the world.

EMILY D’AMICO (BAcc, MS ’11) recently accepted a position with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as vice president of finance for the San Diego Group.

LAMBERT de GANAY (BA) began working on a master’s degree in international strategy and economics at the University of St. Andrews.

RACHEL FREEMAN (BA) produces a Los Angeles-based radio talk show, “Speak and Be Heard,” on adrenalineradio.com and AM 1680. It can be heard live on Monday nights, 6 to 8 p.m. PST. “The show has such promise, not just to listeners, but to all who have something to say, but do not know the venue to voice their remarks,” Rachel says. “The show discusses pressing social issues while introducing the world to the underground movement of spoken-word poetry and up-and-coming musical artists.” The show’s website is www.speakandbeheard.net and its Facebook page is www.facebook.com/SpeakBHeard.

ELIZABETH MENDOZA (BBA) completed a master’s degree in technology management in August 2011 and a master’s degree in business administration in August 2012. Both degrees are from the University of Maryland University College.

CAROL JOY (WORTHY DONOHUE) WILHELM (MEd) served as site administrator/teacher for a personalized learning school in San Diego for 10 years. She married a retired psychologist/rancher and they moved to his hometown in Arizona, where — with no teacher openings — they developed a nonprofit pain management practice. Carol Joy is now head of the foreign language department at St. Johns High School in St. Johns, Ariz. The cultural roots of the area are unique, she says, with families of Spanish, Basque and Mexican heritage, descendants of Mormon settlers from a century ago, and four major Native American communities. “USD’s philosophy has helped me to see the value in keeping the cultural heritage of these students alive while still preparing them well for economic and social competition for their futures.”

2010s

[2010]

NASER ALABDALJALEEL (BBA) returned to his home country, Kuwait, following his graduation in the summer of 2010. He is now a communications advisor reviewing reputation management for Shell in Kuwait.

MICHELLE DOMINGUEZ (BA) is working toward a master’s degree in medical science at Boston University School of Medicine. In the fall of 2012, she became a general chemistry laboratory instructor for four sections with a combined total of 80 students. “I am very excited to give these students the knowledge I learned at USD through my TA experience in the chemistry and biochemistry department,” she says. She also is conducting research at the Sleep Lab at Boston Medical Center on the effects of depression on the sleep cycle.

SARA KATHLEEN HENRY (PhD)recently accepted the position of director of student organizations and leadership at Sacramento State University. She also writes a blog, called “Live Waste Free,” to share her efforts in adopting a more environmentally friendly way of life and in living more mindfully for the planet.

WESLEY ROTHMAN (BA) and Megan Menconi ’08 were married in September 2012 in Lucca, Italy. Megan is a consultant for Kidde and works with UTC Aerospace Systems. Wesley completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Emerson College and he teaches writing at Emerson and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is an assistant poetry editor for Ploughshares, one of the country’s leading literary journals. His writing has received numerous awards. He either has been or will be published by a number of literary journals, including Bellingham Review, Salamander Magazine, Ruminate, Newcity and The Critical Flame.

CORBAN TOMLINSON (BBA) has been with Trigild, a growing real estate company that deals with asset and property management and court-appointed receivership, since October 2010. He recently accepted a promotion and relocation offer to Washington, D.C., where the company is opening an office for East Coast operations.

[2011]

SHANNEN CRAVENS (BA) moved to Baltimore, Md., after graduating from USD. Now a second-year biophysics PhD student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she recently joined the lab of James Stivers.

NICOLAS ESTRADA (BA) was appointed director of youth and young adult ministry for St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in River Forest, Ill. He is in his final year of graduate study in church history at Loyola University Chicago.

PAIGE HABER (PhD) finished her first year as a faculty member in the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program at Texas State University, San Marcos.

JOEY HOISESCU (BAcc) is in the process of starting a number of businesses in the San Diego area. “I’m hoping to involve USD students from multiple schools on campus as a way to give them valuable experience and promote the entrepreneurial way of life,” he says.

VIENNA MUNRO (JD) finished her first year as a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and began a detail to the Pentagon.

GABRIELLE OBEJI (BA) is a market development manager for Coca-Cola. She lives in San Francisco and is having a great time with her best friend and her Gamma Phi sisters.

[2012]

KARA MILLER (BS) graduated on May 12, 2012, with a master’s degree from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawaii. She also received a certificate in ocean policy and Pacific Island studies. She has been an intern for two years in International Fisheries, Pacific Region, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and became a full-time employee for NOAA in June 2012. Kara is currently on loan to the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Pohnpei, Micronesia, where she is working on the effort to agree on tuna conservation in the Pacific.

In Memoriam

RAYMOND FRANCIS BURG ’63 (BS, JD ’74) died on July 19, 2012. He was 72. He attended St. Augustine High School in San Diego and was ASB president at the College for Men.

DAVID CLEMENTS ’77 (BA) passed away on July 27, 2012. Born with a unique muscle disease, he became wheelchair dependent at the age of 12, and a battle with pneumonia in 1982 forced him to rely on a respirator for the rest of his life. Despite these seemingly overwhelming setbacks, David lived life to the fullest. At USD, he was editor-in-chief of The Vista, and graduated fourth in his class. He earned both master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, San Diego, mastered seven languages and traveled all over the world. He leaves behind his parents, Ron and Patti Marcoux, four brothers, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

CHARLES (CHUCK) ROBERT COOK ’12 (BAcc) passed away on Aug. 13, 2012, at age 35. A leader within the USD community, Chuck served on Associated Students and participated in Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi, Torero Days, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Chuck logged more than 200 hours preparing income taxes for low-income filers through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Home Start and SAY San Diego. He was preparing for the CPA exam and a job at KPMG when he was in a car accident that, after a courageous battle, took his life.

RICHARD FORD ’70 (BA) died unexpectedly of natural causes at home on Aug. 1, 2012. “His smile will be missed,” writes his wife, Pam Ford.

DOMINIC DANIEL FOUTS ’01 (BA) passed away after a three-year battle with cancer on Aug. 12, 2012, in Portland, Ore., at the age of 34. In high school, he was named Athlete of the Year and also Student of the Year in both math and science. Dominic earned a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle Pacific University and became a science teacher in the Greater Seattle school system and a camp counselor during the summer. He loved snowboarding and surfing, and his travels took him to France, Spain, London, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Canada and Italy. He is survived by his loving family and many dedicated friends.

JAMES C. KRAUSE ’75 (JD) died on August 16, 2012 at age 62 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Gale Jensen Krause, and their three sons, Andrew ’12 (BA), Mark and David. Jim specialized in complex commercial litigation and was a founding partner of Krause, Kalfayan, Benink and Slavens, LLP. He served as a member of the USD Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors at the Law School. In 2005, he was recognized by the School of Law with its Distinguished Alumni award.

JOSEPH (PEPE) WILLIAM MORRIS ’81 (BA) passed away on March 27, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. After graduating from USD, Pepe went to the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He lived and practiced dentistry in the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, and his sons, William, Leonard and John.

DOROTHY (DANI) JEAN NEWMAN ’90 (MBA) passed away on Jan. 24, 2010, in Solana Beach, Calif., from a pulmonary embolism. After earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Dani served as an officer in the Navy Nurse Corps and was active in the Naval Reserves until 1998, when she was called to service during Desert Storm. She earned an MBA from USD, and subsequent positions included manager of The Breast Cancer Project for the Department of Defense, Western Division, where she helped many women, including her two sisters, through the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. She loved outdoor adventures and never missed an opportunity to travel, visiting Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, China, Japan, Finland and Italy. Dani is survived by her beloved daughter, Jami Rose Altschuler; her mother, brothers, sisters, and many extended family members and friends.

SUZANNE “SUZI-Q” (AMUNDSON) ROGERS ’80 (BBA) passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 23, 2011 from an aneurysm. She loved life, friends and family, athletics, wine, practical jokes and just having a good time, not necessarily in that order. She is missed and will always be remembered by her dear friends from USD.

GEORGE ALBERTO SILVA ’78 (BS, JD ’81) passed away on June 2, 2012. He was an attorney and real estate broker for 30 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Denise (Calvin) Silva ’74.

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