USD Magazine

HERLINDA RODRIGUEZ BELCHER (BA) serves on the Imperial County Board of Education, the Carnegie Technology Committee and the board of a New Education Foundation. Her daughter, Catherine, earned a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches in the education department at Loyola Marymount. Herlinda’s son, Roland, earned a master’s degree at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. Herlinda has three grandchildren: Aitana, 9; Nathan, 4; and Alfonso, 2.

JIM DELANEY (BA) retired in January 2010 after 48 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, half on active duty followed by 24 years as the chief operating officer of the Air Force Aid Society in Arlington, Va. “Barbara and I plan to remain in our Springfield, Va., home,” he says.

DICK WILBUR (BA) retired after spending almost 40 years in the printing industry. He retired again after three years as the dean of students at a small Catholic school in Concord, Calif. “Keeping busy traveling and being a very active member of the Knights of Columbus,” he says. “I’d like to hear from my old friends from USD.”

VICTOR BIANCHINI (JD) is a retired San Diego County Superior Court judge, a retired U.S. magistrate judge and a retired colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps. Recalled to work, today he serves the western and northern districts of New York as a U.S. magistrate judge and the central district of California on a special settlement project. During his 31 years of service in the Marine Corps, Victor earned 24 military decorations. His judicial honors included Judge of the Year by the San Diego Trial Lawyers. Victor is the vice chair of the Veterans Village of San Diego, and he has served in numerous adjunct professor positions.

ART WICAL (BBA) and his wife, Carol, have traveled to 58 countries so far. Last year, they revisited mainland Greece, then visited five Greek islands and also Turkey. They still hope to visit southern Africa and Antarctica soon. “Geography has always been a pet subject, and my studies at the University of San Diego further fueled my desire to travel,” he says.

LARRY CAMPBELL (JD) is a published poet, with his poem, “Appetizers,” included in the “2009 Osher Learning Institute Journal.” He also is proofreading his personal/family memoir, “G-Man’s Journey,” a legacy to his children and grandchildren.

ATILANA RAMBAYON (BA) raised three kids, worked as a teacher and volunteered with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity in Guam and Gawad Kalinga (which means “giving care”) in the Philippines. She retired from Guam Community College in 1989. In 2006, she donated one hectare of land in Moncada, Tarlac, Philippines, to Gawad Kalinga to honor her late son-in-law, Cmdr. Willie McCool, who perished with his crewmembers in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident on Feb. 1, 2003. The GK McCool village is for the poorest of the poor in Moncada, Tarlac.

JO ANN FRITSCHEL (BA) retired from San Diego City Schools in 2003 after 38 years. She still teaches on request at the American Language Institute at San Diego State University, volunteers in the visitor center gift shop at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, and has been on the board of the park’s interpretive association, which furthers the mission of the park. Jo Ann plans to move to Descanso, in San Diego County’s backcountry, this year.

BENTON BECKLEY (BA, JD ‘76) spends summers at his house at Lake Arrowhead, Calif., where he sails. He’s also been active in the local Corvette Club and has been showing his V-8 Boss Hoss Cycle at statewide shows. “Everything is great,” he says.

RICARDO GRAY (BA) and his wife, Marli, returned to La Quinta, Calif., in January. “The Foreign Service still mandates retirement at 65, so we will begin our new life looking for new things to do: politics, home business, teaching, maybe even golf,” he says. “After 11 years living overseas, it will be a challenge and a lot of fun to live again in sunny Southern California. And we’ll finally have time to get to know our grandchildren!”

DONALD CLINE (JD) has a law practice in San Diego, where he represents injured parties in workers’ compensation, personal injury and Social Security disability appeals.

MIKE STRADA (BA) sailed his 50-foot trimaran from Lake Ontario, Canada, through the Erie Canal (with 30 locks), down the Hudson River and into the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During one storm, he was surfing down waves at 20-plus knots. He planned a stop in St. Lucia, West Indies, after hurricane season. Mike lives in Kailua, Hawaii; he is a senior vice president with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

MARY ERIN WALSHE HERRON (BA) is finishing her last year as a special education teacher for the Orange County Department of Education. She plans to retire in October. She lives in Dana Point with her husband of 40 years, J.R. Their oldest son, Tom, is a fourth-year medical student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; their middle son, Taylor, is a photographer and graphic artist; and their youngest son, John, just graduated from USD and is preparing for the LSAT.

EDWARD MILLER (JD) writes, “After recently selling most of our businesses, I’m beginning a partial retirement and enjoying spending more time with my wife, three daughters and grandchildren.”

LAUREEN GRAY REID (JD) retired in 2001 after 29 years as a senior attorney with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. “A wonderful career where I helped many people improve their lives,” she says. Her husband, Ron Reid, is a retired Santa Ana homicide detective. They have 10 grandchildren, with two more on the way and all are “gifted, witty and beautiful,” she says. “I do miss friends who have passed away, but I know they are happy on the other side.”