JOHN BOWMAN (B.A., M.A.T. ’73) retired after 37 years as a high school teacher. “Many of my fondest memories concern my years spent as a student at USD,” he says. “I will be 80 years old in October (and my spelling still stinks).” He and his wife celebrated their 50th anniversary in June.
SISTER MARY EILEEN CLANCY (B.A., M.A. ’66) retired to the motherhouse in August 1994 and was assigned as secretary to the convent prioress for 10 years. She reports she is in fairly good health at age 85 and enjoying helping those who are less able, as well as using a computer, knitting and spending extra time in the chapel. “Love and prayers for all.”
ALEXANDER HARPER (B.A., J.D. ’63) is semi-retired as a securities trial attorney. He has been married to wife Edna for 45 years. Her topiary garden, featured on HGTV’s “Offbeat America,” is a local tourist attraction at Union and Vine in the Mission Hills area of San Diego and keeps both of them busy. (See story on page 40.)
JOHN MARKLEY (B.A., M.A.T. ’68) is completing his 44th year of teaching, the last 36 years at San Diego City College.
SIMONE (GENNETTE) OSTRANDER (B.A., M.A. ’66) retired in 2005 from 40 years of teaching. She and husband Gary built a house for their oldest daughter and were in the process of building another for their son. Simone is a master gardener and belongs to a wildlife conservation group and the San Joaquin River Restoration Project, which she says is “holding off developers and preserving our environment.” She also put their dog Chester into the International Dog Therapy Program, visiting hospitals and retirement homes to bring “joy and wet kisses to sick kids and old folks.”
CECILE (GAGNE) SISCO (B.A.) and several of her classmates enjoyed an August 2005 gathering for lunch at the home of alumna Colleen Lynch O’Connor in Point Loma. Sister Virginia Rodee brought them up to speed on USD activities.
TIMOTHY WILBUR (B.A.) sold M.T. Wilbur Inc. on Sept. 1, 2005, and is retired.
SANDRA (CASSELL) FARRELL (B.A.) tried retirement after 21 years in private practice — but flunked. She returned and reduced her work week to two days and finds that a good balance. “Love those five-day weekends!” She also keeps busy with four “adult kinder” in three states, parish council, Rotary, working with high schoolers and traveling with husband Jerry. They went to China in 2005 and were planning a trip to Croatia in 2006 in addition to many domestic trips. They’ve also reconnected with many friends from USD and are deeply grateful for “enduring friendships that span nearly 50 years.”
RONALD GARDON (B.A.) retired as a school administrator in 1993. He has had health concerns since 1998, including the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. He has three daughters and five grandchildren. “Life has been good to me and my family.”
PAULETTE (SANTOS) KONCELIK (B.A.) travels a lot in her work for a company that owns and manages nursing homes in Texas. She also is the grandmother of a wonderful granddaughter, Megan Paulette. Daughter Joelle is a social worker and son Joey is an artist and computer tech.
ALMA WIESNER (B.A.) still teaches full time and may go on a mission trip to the South African nation of Malawi to help start a new school.
HERLINDA (RODRIQUEZ) BELCHER (B.A.) is a supervisor for San Diego State University’s Imperial Valley campus and serves on the Imperial County Board of Education.
RALPH FEAR (B.A.) retired from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in March 2002 after 32 years.
DONNA (ZUEGE) KING (B.A.) continues teaching high school math, having been called back each year since “retiring” in 2000. She and her husband are enjoying their seven grandchildren and spending summers in Wisconsin.
ARTHUR WICAL (B.B.A.) and his wife have traveled in recent years to Russia, China, Norwegian countries, England and the British Isles. They are thinking of going to Africa and Egypt. “I still attend every homecoming — and the last seven WCC basketball tournaments with my twin brother, Charlie, who played basketball with me at USD for four years from 1959 to 1963.”
MARGARET MORGAN-ASHTON (B.A.) remarried in 2000 at age 58 and moved with her husband to Vermont. They are both special educators and live in western Vermont near New York. “The downside is that the nearest tortilleria is in Montreal, Quebec — 200 miles to the north, in Canada. The upside is everything — clean air, two-lane freeways and great people!”
JO ANN (KOZICKI) FRITSCHEL (B.A.) retired from San Diego City Schools after more than 37 years. She now lectures at the American Language Institute and volunteers at the visitors center for Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. She is enjoying quality time with her horses and dogs.
LORRAINE MASTERS (B.A.) had her last mission, which lasted 20 years, at the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Her last job was as director of ethnic ministry, and she now lives at the motherhouse Victory Noll.
BENTON BECKLEY (B.A., J.D. ’76) heads Beckley Commercial Properties, which includes rental apartments and a motel. He has a new sailboat and a new C-6 Corvette. He also builds custom motorcycles.
MONICA (COLE) GREENE, who attended USD in 1966 and later went on to earn a master’s degree in social work at Arizona State University, works in international adoption. She is an associate of American Professionals Abroad and lives in Heidelberg, Germany, with her husband and the youngest of her four children. After Hurricane Katrina, she returned to the United States and volunteered with the American Red Cross for several weeks, providing disaster mental health services.
ARDEL NELSON (B.A.) retired from full-time to part-time professor in 2005.
JANE FLYNN (B.A.) retired from St. Rose of Lima Elementary after 27 years. Her daughter and son also graduated from USD.
WILLIAM CONWILL (B.A.) has moved with his family to Gainesville, Fla., where he and wife Faye have joined the University of Florida faculty. Oldest son Giles Harrison-Conwill — named after his uncle and USD graduate, the Rev. Giles Conwill — is a graduate student at Duke University, while younger brothers Mondlane and Justin attend school in Gainesville. William received the Martial Artist of the Year award in 2005 from the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and competed in Athens, Greece, in 2004.
THOMAS BRIGGS (B.S.) retired at the end of 2004 after 32 years with Delmarva Millwork in Lancaster, Penn. His wife retired from the same company. They are the proud new grandparents of Mayra Rose Briggs, and are enjoying her immensely. They spend time in their Lancaster home and also at beach homes in Ocean City, Md., and Marco Island, Fla. Tom planned to do volunteer work at the Rookery Bay Estuary in Naples, Fla.
RICHARD KNOTT (B.S.) retired at the end of 2005. “I will spend time with my lovely wife Maureen, do a little consulting work, serve on various boards of directors and enjoy life.”