USD Magazine

MARY SEARCY BIXBY (BA, MA ‘86) received the 2009 Women Who Mean Business Award from the “San Diego Business Journal.” Mary was chosen from 167 nominees for their outstanding contributions to business, government and the San Diego community. Mary was recognized for her commitment to education reform and for the design and implementation of education programs for disengaged students and students at risk. Mary is the founder, president and chief executive officer of The Charter School of San Diego, which earned a California Award for Performance Excellence in 2005 and 2007. She is also chair of the board of Audeo Charter School, 2009 CAPE recipient.

EDWARD SMITH (BBA) is retired and “enjoying the slow, quiet moments and company of acquaintances, along with senior moments that I call fun times.” He recently had open-heart surgery to replace a valve and reports that he has a new lease on life.

MARIAN KELLY DONOVAN (BA) lives in Hartford, Conn. Her husband, John ‘71, is deceased, and Marian raised two children by herself. Her son, John, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a computer engineer. Her daughter, Frances, is an information technology professional for Partners Health in Boston.

MYRON CAGAN (BA) has spent most of his career in the microelectronics industry. Between 2002 and 2008, he taught chemistry part time at Foothill College. Myron now works at a microelectronics start-up in Goleta, Calif. In 2010, Myron’s daughter expects to graduate from Macalester College and his son from high school. Myron and his wife hope to do some traveling soon.

MARGARET CARDWELL retired in 2007 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, where she was the director of the library. Still active in the community, she works with the Memphis Literary Council and various other projects. Her husband, Craig, is the president of Allen & O’Hara Education Services, a student-housing corporation. Both of their daughters work in education: one teaches seventh-graders in Memphis City Schools and the other is the associate dean of students at Connecticut College.

GARY GRAMLING (JD) is chairman of the board of trustees for Meals on Wheels in Greater San Diego, and he is a commissioner on the city of San Diego’s Housing Commission.

JIM BOSTWICK (JD) was certified as a specialist in appellate law by the California State Bar in 2004. He has been representing defendants in criminal appeals for more than 20 years. His wife, Yoko, is a ceramic artist and has exhibited pieces at the L.A. County Fair, at the Japanese Museum of Art in Los Angeles during Nisei Week and at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Jim became a grandfather with the birth of his grandson, Matthew Bostwick II, on June 10, 2009.

TIMOTHY HERMSEN (BA) and his wife, Mary Deirdre (Kennedy) ‘72, live in Kennewick, Wash., where she works for Washington State University and Timothy is retired from private practice as a licensed mental health counselor.

TERESA MAHER (BA) has been a Sister of the Precious Blood since 1980. She ministers as associate manager of the spiritual care department at St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif.

THOMAS STUBBS (BA, MBA ‘75) is retired from the U.S. Navy, Secondary Education. He is an adjunct professor at National University and volunteers as an administrative assistant in the Phoenix V.A. Health Care System. Thomas also is enjoying his grandchildren and creative hobbies.

DONALD STARCHMAN (JD) practices real property and estate planning law half-time with his daughter, Anita Starchman Bryant. Anita received her JD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001.

JOSEPH VECCHIO (MA) retired from the oil industry at age 55, about six years ago. “Love it, don’t miss it,” he writes.

JACK DOHERTY (JD) is the police lieutenant in charge of field operations for the San Diego Community College District Police Department. He also was recently named the president of the Supervisory and Professional Administrator’s Association, representing 165 college administrators in the district.

BRUCE GINSBURG (JD) writes, “It has been an amazing year for me. I became a grandfather recently to a great little baby boy, Jacob. What could be better than this?” Bruce continues to represent injured plaintiffs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey courts. He visits Los Angeles, where his son manages actors, writers and directors. Bruce’s daughter is completing her senior year in the business school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

DAVID ROSSI (BA) and his wife, Penny (Dingman) ‘76, have two grandsons from their eldest daughter.

RUSSELL WATTS (BA) is an accredited sign language interpreter and works with deaf students in Melbourne, Australia. He also recently coached the Australian deaf tennis team in the Deaf Olympics in Taipei. “I have wonderful memories of my days in San Diego on a tennis scholarship, and I am always happy to hear from my ex-classmates,” he writes.

KATHERINE FORTINASH (BSN, MSN ‘80) left teaching about three years ago to write and update two psychiatric nursing textbooks. She is now consulting with colleagues and lecturing on tapes regarding mental health. Last year, Katherine delivered lectures to a national insurance women’s group on empowerment and stress reduction during a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. She recently had knee surgery and plans to travel with her husband now that her knee has improved.

VIRGINIA GRIMES KINZER (MA) and her husband, John, were married in 1978. They have three children: Nicole, who is married and enrolled in the doctor of pharmacy program at Shenandoah University; Catherine, a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University; and John, who is married and a graduate of Virginia Tech. Virginia and John also have a grandson, Johny, born on Oct. 31, 1999. Virginia has a master’s degree in nursing and a post-master’s degree as an adult nurse practitioner. She works at Kaiser Permanente in the internal medicine and nephrology department.

MARY PATRICIA (DOUGAN) SHINSKY (MEd) retired from the Vista Unified School District in 2003. She writes, “Life is good! Fourteen grandchildren, one great grandson and one more on the way. We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Greece, Croatia, Turkey and an unexpected overnight in Munich. Lots more traveling in our future.”

VIRGINIA (AUSTIN) FELLOWS (BBA) recently celebrated 31 years of marriage to her husband, Jeffrey, whom she met when he was a USD campus policeman. Jeffrey retired from the San Diego Police Department in June 2009, after nearly 35 years in law enforcement. Their daughter, Jessica, is a biology major at Stonybrook University in Long Island, N.Y. Virginia and Jeffrey live in Alpine, in San Diego County, with their sons, Jeffrey Jr. and Christopher. “Other good news is that Christopher (diagnosed with cancer at 3 1/2 years old) has passed his 10-year survival mark,” she writes.

FRANCES GALLIANI (JD) has served in Los Angeles as an assembly fellow, deputy city attorney, criminal defense attorney and executive director of alternative defense counsel. She returned to San Diego briefly to start up a conflict dependency panel and then back to Los Angeles in 1996 to commence private practice in criminal defense and family law.

DAVID NEWLON (BS) moved to Palm Springs after selling his Hollywood Hills home. He starts his days with three hours of tennis before work.

BERNADETTE PROBUS (JD) is the lead housing attorney for the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. She assists homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure, and tenants facing eviction, utility shut-offs or the loss or transfer of subsidized housing. “I’m at it over 20 years now and no nearer retirement, although my husband is retired from the county now,” she says. “Enjoying our 10-year-old granddaughter very much.”

FLORENCE LUTZ (MEd) is a middle school teacher in Rialto, Calif., for a special day class with 24 students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.