UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2006
1970s

[1970]

BILL HITT (J.D.) graduated in 2003 from the Claremont School of Theology with a master’s of divinity. He currently is assigned as the senior pastor at the United Methodist Church in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

ROSEMARY JOHNSON (B.A., M.A. ‘90) was awarded the distinguished citizen award by the San Diego County Bar Association, and the community service award by the Lawyers Club of San Diego, for her advocacy on homeless issues. She recently received her certificate in preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, located on the campus of St. Louis University. She has served as program director of the Interfaith Shelter Network since 1997.

[1972]

CAROLYN FLIEGNER (B.A.) is a wedding and portrait photographer who owns a photography business in San Diego. She recently changed the business name from Carolyn Marie Photography to Charisma Photography. She runs the business out of her Mira Mesa, Calif., home, which she shares with her cat, Tiger. Carolyn reports that she often is on the USD campus to photograph weddings and says the campus really has blossomed over the years.

[1973]

LISA (MCCLOSKEY) GESERICK (B.A.) says her son, Matt, graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, Calif. In the fall, he began studying architecture at the University of Idaho. Lisa and husband Dave are planning a safari trip to South Africa in May 2006.

[1974]

THERESE FRANCOIS (M.ED., M.A. ‘89) has been a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at St. Michael’s School since 1973. She has been the assistant principal for six years and has a grown daughter, Ericka Francois (B.A. ‘02).

[1975]

C. DAN CONAWAY (J.D.) retired after 30 years of practicing law. He says that at 62, he’s ready. Dan will continue his nonprofit affiliations and look for other things to do, but emphasizes that they won’t be too strenuous. “Maybe I’ll be the plant watering person at the local Home Depot. It’s my wife’s insolent idea. Or a gate guard at a gated community — another of her ideas,” he says. “Seriously, I intend to stay busy and enthused about a number of things that interest me.”

JOSEPH WILIMEK (M.A.T.) is beginning his 15th year as superintendent of the Bret Harte Union High School District in California’s Calaveras County, the home of the Jumping Bullfrogs. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserve and is looking forward to full retirement in a few years.

[1976]

MARILYN DITTY (B.A.) represented Southern California as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C., in October 2005. The conference is held every 10 years.

SALLY (GOLDFARB) GREER (B.A., M.A. ‘77) enjoyed a recent USD meeting held in Washington, D.C., and was proud of the beautiful development of the campus. In the area of career, Sally still is in private practice. She no longer is with the Department of State and is looking forward to being involved with the Alumni Career Network.

DENISE MCGUIRE (J.D.) recently retired from her position as chief deputy of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.

[1977]

MAUREEN (GRIFFIN) RICKETTS (B.A., M.ED. ‘78) is finishing her third year as an elementary school principal, and says she loves every minute of it. Her oldest daughter, Erin, 23, just graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in business administration. Her son, Sean, 21, attends DeAnza College and daughter Colleen, 17, attends Cupertino High School.

[1978]

MICHELLE PON GURNEE (B.A.) celebrated her 10-year anniversary on June 24, 2005. She and her husband enjoy traveling.

SYLVIA (FERRER) MCGRADE (B.A., M.ED. ‘79) works as a literacy support resource teacher for San Diego City Schools. Her husband, Paul McGrade (B.B.A. ‘78), is self employed, involved with commercial real estate acquisitions and other ventures. They have two children, Jason, 23, and Katelyn, 15.

LOUIS MCKAY (B.A., M.ED. ‘80) has been singing spiritual music at various gatherings, including in Douglas, Ariz., for the Cancer Relay for Life and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also is a member of the choir and a soloist at the University Christian Church. Louis is a survivor of throat cancer. “Going on four years clear,” he says.

JOHN YORCHAK (B.A.) is senior director of human factors at Avaya in Westminster, Colo. He is proud that his oldest son, Nick, is in the Class of 2008 at USD. John plans to celebrate, as his 30th reunion is the same year that Nick graduates.

[1979]

RUTH (FRIEDRICH) ERNE (B.S.N.) reports that she has been in a solo practice, as a master level advanced practice nurse practitioner, for 25 years. She has a successful family practice, with between 4,000 and 5,000 patients, and slowly is reducing her hours, because she no longer wants to work 14-hour days, six days a week. Ruth says she has loved her career and hopes more nurse practitioners who are adequately educated and experienced will go into private practice. “My hunch is that with universal health care — it is coming — the nurse practitioner will be the first-level provider. I never dreamed when I graduated with an R.N. in 1956, that I could ever have such an exciting and fulfilling professional life,” she says.

ALICE YARDUM-HUNTER (J.D.) was honored for the second time in the “Super Lawyer 2005” issue of Los Angeles Magazine, in its immigration law category. Alice represents foreign citizens, their American employers and their close relatives, and is an expert witness in cases where immigration law issues impact litigation.

SISTER ANASTASIA LOTT (B.A.) returned to the United States in July 2003 after spending 15 years in the African nations of Kenya and Namibia. Now she is a planned giving director. “A very different life compared to leadership and health training in rural Africa,” she says.

MARK A. WALDSCHMIDT (B.B.A., M.B.A. ‘86) has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 20 years. They have two daughters, ages 18 and 16, Amanda is a freshman at the University of Pacific and Tara is a junior at Mt. Carmel High School. Mark just completed his 25th year at SAIC, where he has worked since graduating from USD in 1979.