UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Summer 2008
1970s

[1970]


ERNEST PAONE (M.A.)
is retired after teaching for 20 years at Potter Junior High School in Fallbrook.

LT. COL. ALBERT SARNO (B.A., M.A. ’71) is retired from the U.S. Air Force. He writes, “I am a 100 percent rated, combat-related, service-connected disabled veteran, having served with honor during the World War II, Korean and Vietnam eras. I am therefore trying hard to stay alive and continue to enjoy my family and grandchildren.”

[1971]


DONALD RUSH (B.S.)
and his wife, Janie Ponteprino, live in San Diego. Their son, Matthew, is a freshman at St. Augustine High School, where he played linebacker for the football team, forward in basketball and earned a 4.0 grade-point average. “Just like his dad!” Donald writes.

[1972]


DAVID CROSS (J.D.)
retired after 34 years as a prosecutor, the last 23 years as the district attorney of Trinity County, Calif. He now lives on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington and spends a lot of time aboard his sailboat, “Island Time”.

ALAN RABINOWITZ (J.D.) retired in 2007 after 34 years as an attorney. His last positions were in Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security (2003-07), and as deputy chief counsel with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Justice (1973-2003).

[1973]


THOMAS MILLER (B.A.)
and his wife, Mary, live in Lodi, Calif. Their daughter, Meridith, graduated from USD in 2005 and is finishing law school at the University of San Francisco.

[1974]


SHARON (LOUGHLIN) BOLLINGER (B.A., M.A. ’75)
is a professor of history at El Paso Community College in Texas. She has revised and edited two volumes of Mapping America: A Guide to Historical Geography.

CHRISTOPHER REDO (B.A., MBA ’78) was appointed the global head of development and alumni affairs at Insead, ranked among the world’s leading graduate business schools, with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. He relocated with his wife, Dawn, and sons, Liam and Aidan, to Fontainebleau, France.

[1975]


BARBARA (WASCAK) BURNAP (M.Ed.)
has taught a medically fragile class of multiple-handicapped students in New York for the past seven years, which combines her interest of both medicine and teaching. In March 2007, Barbara and her husband, Art, became grandparents for the first time. Their granddaughter, Madeleine, lives with her parents in Chelmsford, Mass. Barbara still keeps in touch with two alumnae: Linda (Harbin) McMorran and Angela (Marese) Boyle. “I had the chance to see firsthand the changed but still beautiful USD campus in June 2002,” she writes.

DAVID EDSON (J.D.) retired a few years ago as senior trial attorney for Chevron Corp. in San Francisco. He now lives in the Sonoma County wine country and travels frequently around the world.

[1976]


MARY GEORGOPULOS (B.A.)
and her husband, Michael, have been married for 29 years. They have five children, ranging in age from 28 to 19. “After spending 18 years at home raising children, I worked as the business manager for nine years at the Alliance for Character in Education, a nonprofit corporation that oversees the operation of two single-sex schools in Chicago,” she writes. She retired and enjoys being back in volunteer positions for Catholic causes. Mary visited USD and saw close friends, and attended the USD-Marist football game.

JOHN JAKUBCZYK (B.A.) and his wife, Petra, are raising 11 children: one has graduated from college, three more are in college, two are in high school, four are in grade school and one will start school in the fall. “Every day is exciting and a bit of an adventure,” says John. He is the past president of Arizona Right to Life and is current president of Life Educational Corp., and helped to promote the film Bella. He also spoke on the subject of fatherhood at the Maryland Catholic Family Expo.

DAVID PIERCE (B.A.) is retiring from Cubic Defense Applications but is a temporary employee for Cubic Applications Inc. He does Eucharistic ministry volunteer work at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

SUSAN (WONG) QUAN (M.Ed.) has taught for 37 years and plans to move to Carlsbad when she retires. “I have really enjoyed my 37 years of teaching in the El Centro Elementary School District,” she writes. “Teaching 4- to 5-year-old kindergarten students has been very rewarding. I love teaching.” When she retires, Susan plans to become more involved in the USD Alumni Association.

TERESA TICO (J.D.) is traveling to Antarctica and the South Pacific, producing films about the environment, coral reefs, melting ice shelves and rising sea levels. She handles complex environmental cases and was named a finalist for the Public Justice 2007 Trial Lawyer of the Year award for winning a large coral reef case. Her Web site is www.teresatico.com. Teresa also windsurfs and kite boards.

[1977]


GLENDA GERDE (B.A., M.A. ’83)
was named principal of Loma Portal Elementary in Point Loma. At the age of 53, Glenda is beginning pointe work in her ballet class. “Have you ever met a ballet dancer who needed a facelift?” she asks.

MAJOR KENNETH ZEBAL (B.S.) retired from the work force and moved to Tucson, Ariz. He will serve as a consultant to the space industry for the next few years.

[1978]


TIMOTHY CROMWELL (BBA)
has three very active boys who keep him busy in youth sports. He is the director of business development for R.D. Olson Construction in Irvine.

RICHARD DANIELSON (B.A.) is a microbiologist and vice president for Biovir Laboratories. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a summer instructor at the university. Rick and his wife, Belinda, who attended USD from 1974 to 1976, were married at The Immaculata in 1980. They visited USD during their 25th wedding anniversary with their daughters: Christina, a student at the University of California, Davis, and Janette, 13. The Danielsons live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

AILEEN FOLEY (B.A.) is president of California Connections, a government and public affairs consulting firm in Sacramento. California Connections recently sponsored a trip by John Bruton, European Union ambassador to the United States and former prime minister of Ireland, to meet with California business leaders and members of the state Legislature.

DANIEL LEETCH (B.A.) was ordained to the permanent diaconate on Aug. 3, 2007, for the Diocese of Pueblo, Colo.

COL. ROY PEARSON (BBA, MBA ’97) plans to retire in June 2008 with 32 years of service to the U.S. Marine Corps. He will begin flying as a captain on the B-767/757 for Delta Air Lines.

SUSAN WINTERS-BROWN (B.A., M.Ed. ’79) returned to working directly with students as a resource specialist, providing reading intervention. Susan had served in administration for the last 10 years. She just moved into a house with a view of Sequoia National Park, and her son, Terran, is in the fifth grade.

[1979]


THOMAS MARTIN (B.A., J.D. ’82)
has gone from minimum billing requirements, dress codes and the attitudes of a large law firm world to opening his own practice in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. He is closer to home, can spend more time with his family, and loves his clients and his profession. “I have decided to meld my passion and my profession by focusing on representing motorcyclists in civil litigation and trials,” Thomas writes. “I love running the show and having the ability to come to work in a T-shirt and shorts when I am not meeting with a client.”

WARREN THEFELD (BBA) and his wife, Julieta, have been married for 20 years, and they have two sons: Marcus, 15, and Matt, 9. Marcus attends St. Augustine High School, and Matt attends Stella Maris Academy, both in the San Diego area.

ROBERT TRENTACOSTA (J.D.) became the criminal supervising judge at the courthouse in downtown San Diego in January 2008. He is also president-elect of the USD School of Law Alumni Board.

DEBORAH (LAWRENCE) TULLY (B.A., M.Ed. ’80) is working on a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Washington State University. She is the director of evening teacher certification at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.