JONI (KREJSA) TIERNAN (B.A.) and her husband, Thomas ’60, are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this year. They have five children and eight grandchildren. “Our retirement has been filled with travel, enjoying our grandchildren and, in general, simply enjoying life with all of its blessings and challenges,” she says. Joni and Thomas live in Redlands, Calif., and report that many of the town’s high school graduates go to USD, where they praise their university experience. “For us, as very early graduates of the College for Men and College for Women, to know that the vision and good work started … by Bishop Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill continues to this day is most gratifying!” Joni says.


PATRICIA FLYNN (B.A.) re-entered the job market in San Jose when her children were older. She worked as a probation officer and a social worker, and spent 24 years as an insurance fraud investigator. Most recently, she served on the Santa Clara County civil grand jury. Patricia has three grown children. “They frequently spend time in Spain visiting family on their dad’s side (Joaquin Duran ’61),” she says. “I am thrice blessed!”


MICHAEL MARQUES (B.A.) is in his 33rd year as sports coordinator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in San Ysidro.

ERMILA “MILLIE” RODRIGUEZ (B.A.) is a substitute teacher at Palo Verde Valley High School in Blythe, Calif. In 1991, she retired from her position as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. Millie is active in local politics and is president of the Blythe Chamber of Commerce.

PEGGY (D’AGOSTINO) THOMPSON (B.A.) retired after 40 years of teaching elementary school music, but was called back due to a teacher shortage in Las Vegas. She taught for three more years and retired a second time. Peggy is now a consultant for Clark County Schools, mentoring 38 new music teachers. Peggy reports that the area Catholic churches are also full. She is the wedding coordinator at her parish, St. Joseph, which serves 10,000 families. Peggy and her husband, Don, have five grandchildren. “We love to travel,” she writes, “and all of this keeps us quite busy. My sister, Sandy (D’Agostino) Wilimek, and I are active with Las Vegas USD alumni.”


MARILYN (QUALIATO) JACANIN (B.A.) retired after 21 years at the White House. “What a wonderful career I had covering four presidents — Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and the current Bush — as deputy director for operations in the Photo Office,” she reports. “I’ve traveled all over the world, even on Air Force One.” Marilyn’s youngest son, Joe, is a foreign service officer in Shanghai. Today, Marilyn enjoys her 2-year-old Chinese grandson, adopted by Joe and his wife, and her twin grandsons, 16 months old. See profile on page 34.

GARY ZELLMER (B.B.A.) retired in 1998 and lives half the year (summer months) in Sequim, Wash., and the other half (winter months) in Paradise, Calif. He spends his free time fishing, golfing and traveling, and he ministers as a deacon as time allows. “Feel free to call,” he says.


DELLE WILLETT STATTIN (B.A.) is very busy as director of marketing for the San Diego Natural History Museum. Delle is marketing the most comprehensive exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls and related antiquities and manuscripts ever assembled.

ANNE WHITLOCK (B.A.) retired in 1993 and teaches a French reading class in the Mission Valley Macy’s store through O.A.S.I.S., an organization that provides classes for mature adults.


KATHY (STEVES) McDONNELL (B.A.) travels, golfs and enjoys her 10 grandchildren. Kathy and her husband, Mike, have four children, three of whom are married. Mike still has his law practice of 40 years and enjoys off-road racing with their sons and son-in-law.

MARY (SCHOEN) NAZZARO (B.A.) works in special education and especially enjoys working with children with autism, their families and other team members. “It is exciting that USD has the Autism Institute and that Dr. Anne M. Donnellan, an outstanding leader in the field, heads it,” she says.

DENNIS WICK (B.A.) retired after 37 years of developing and directing programs for mentally challenged young adults at Antelope Valley College. He is still directing the local Special Olympics after 30 years. Dennis received the annual Access Award from L.A. County for outstanding contributions to disabled students.


MARGARET (BAKER) MARTINEAU (B.A.) has been a school psychologist, and marriage and family therapist for 27 years. Margaret, who has two sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren, enjoys hiking, swimming and traveling.


CAROL (ROSSI) FRITZ (B.A.) retired from teaching at St. Raphael’s School in Santa Barbara in June 2006. She was a teacher there for 17 years, and also held positions as vice principal and religion coordinator. Carol and her husband, Paul, live in Santa Barbara, where she joined the board of the Santa Barbara Council of the U.S. Navy League. She also is involved with Operation Interdependence, an organization that coordinates civilian support of deployed troops. Carol and Paul’s daughter, Kate, graduated from USD in 1999, and their son, Steven, graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in June.

ANTHONY GHIRONI (B.A.) teaches seventh grade science at San Diego’s Francis Parker School, where he has been a teacher for 38 years. Early in his career, he coached football and other sports in addition to his teaching duties.


MICHAEL HUMPHREY (B.A.) retired for the second time from a six-year position as principal at St. Michael Academy in San Diego. He was in education for 38 years as a teacher, special educator and principal. He says he hopes to teach and supervise in the administrative preparation program at USD, and play a lot more golf.