UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Fall 2007
1970s

[1970]

THOMAS BELLEPERCHE (B.A.) resigned from his law practice and is now semiretired and involved with volunteer work.

IDA (DEGIORGIO) SCANLON (B.S.N.) is retired and living in Carlsbad.

[1971]CHARLES GIBB (B.A.) published a novel, “The Gold Buckle,” in 2007. “This was inspired by a true story of a lad who went to Germany in 1938 with his father and was inducted into the Nazi army,” he writes. The book is available on Amazon.com. Charles also wrote a screenplay based on the story, which is being shown to producers in New York City.

CAROLE STERN-CHILDS (B.A.) retired from teaching elementary school and is now an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz., where she teaches English as a Second Language.

[1972]FATHER THOMAS SIMONS (B.A.) has been pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Norton Shore, Mich., for the past 13 years. He recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

[1975]DONALD ERNST (J.D.) has been practicing law with Ernst and Mattison in San Luis Obispo since 1980. The firm specializes in personal injury, insurance bad faith and class actions involving annuities abusively sold to elders. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and president-elect of the Consumer Attorneys of California. Don and his wife, Teri, have been married for 24 years and they have two children who both attend the University of California at Santa Barbara.

ANN KOZA (J.D.) has been practicing law for 30 years in Los Angeles. Her specialty is personal injury, where she has had much experience in legal research and writing, discovery, law and motion, appeals and a number of jury trials.

KATHLEEN (BATTLE) SWANKE (M.S.)spends most of her time taking care of her husband, John, who turned 80 in May 2007. They planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2007. Their oldest son, John, an alumnus, is a director of operations for the U.S. Army. Son Thomas, also an alumnus, teaches economics at Chadron State College in Nebraska. Kathleen and John have 18 grandchildren.

[1976]ERNEST ADLER (J.D.) received the Access to Justice Award from the State Bar of Nevada for providing pro bono legal services to low-income people over the last several years.

WARREN PATCH (B.A.) is a chiropractor in San Diego and recently added a nonsurgical spinal decompression machine to his practice so he can help people with herniated lumbar discs or sciatica.

[1977]FRANK GONTARSKI (B.A.) and his wife, Susie, participate as actors in a drama ministry at their church. They also facilitate marriage preparation classes for engaged couples. Frank and Susie have been married for 22 years and have two children.

SKIP LeBLANG (J.D.) would love to see any of the 1977 law graduates who come through the Big Apple. To encourage impromptu reunions, he says lunch is on him at New York icon the Carnegie Deli. “Just give me some advance notice, and we can swap San Diego stories at the best deli in the U.S.A.,” he says.

[1978]YARA BALL (M.A.) retired in 1990 and is living in Miami.

KATHY (KINDER) KEARNEY (B.A., M.Ed. ’81) and her husband, Tom, have four children, ages 21, 18, 12 and 10. Kathy is a parent education teacher, helping pre-schoolers and their families.

[1979]KATHLEEN O’GRADY-WINSTON (M.S.N.) is dean of the Health Sciences, Human Services and Emeritus Institute division at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. She recently returned to USD to complete her long-delayed Ph.D. dissertation, and she looks forward to reconnecting with USD friends and colleagues. Kathleen’s husband is the director of the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation, and her daughter lives in San Diego.

ROBERT TRENTACOSTA (J.D.) is supervising judge of the San Diego Superior Court, South County Division, in Chula Vista.