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1950

Harry O’Neil (1954, B.A., social science) is a retired teacher and author who writes and speaks about the history of Arizona.

1955

Col. Camillo Wilde (1959, M.A., education) was honored by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors for 31 years of service as a public school administrator, 27 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and more than two decades as a member and chairman of the County Planning Commission and Assessment Appeals Board.

1960

Eugene J. Borgna (1961, B.A., political science) retired as president of KLB Associates Inc., a business planning and human resources consulting firm he founded in 1991, and as a partner in The Leadership Center in New Jersey. He held executive human resources positions with Purolator Courier Corp. and Orange & Rockland Utilities in New York. Married for 46 years to the former Karen Taylor (1964, B.A., elementary education), they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

1965

Ronald Morgan (1966, B.A., political science) is administrator of the Wells House Hospice, which has facilities in Long Beach and Stanton for palliative treatment, hospice and end-of-life care.

1970

Attorney Charles J. Rossi (1970, B.A., history) opened a second office in Laguna Beach, Calif., focusing on employment law. He also has an office in Irvine, Calif.

Frank R. Salcido (1970, B.A., psychology; 1975, M.S., education–counseling) is a licensed educational psychologist in Santa Maria, Calif., and is a volunteer with the Marian Medical Center Hospice program.

Glenn B. Hoffman (1971, B.A.; 1972, M.A., sociology) retired in May as an instructor emeritus and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Butte College in Oroville, Calif. He taught sociology at CSULB and other colleges for 35 years. “Now, I’m working on my 10-acre almond ranch in Durham, Calif.,” he said. “I am most honored to be a successful graduate of CSULB and my education has served me well.”

Leslie (Greer) Bennett (1971, B.A.; 1977, M.A., music) retired as head of the Music Services Department at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library, where she had been since 1983. She has worked with students, faculty and musicians in the Eugene/Springfield area and visitors to the Oregon Bach Festival.

Frank Scialdone (1971, B.S., criminal justice) completed his term as mayor of Fontana, Calif. He was Fontana’s police chief who became a city council member after retirement.

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) selected Jo-Michael Scheibe (1972, B.A.; 1976, M.A., music) as president. He is chair of the USC Thornton School of Music Department of Choral and Sacred Music and conducts the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. ACDA has more than 20,000 members who teach and lead choral music in schools, community groups and houses of worship.

Michael D. Solomon (1972, B.A., kinesiology and physical education) founded a sports tourism business in Kenya training elite middle and long distance runners and started a study abroad program for U.S.-based student-athletes with United States International University in Nairobi.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Kluga (1973, B.A., art–illustration) is an award-winning artist in Weimar, Calif., and a former senior designer for the Infant Division of Mattel Toys.

SCAN Health Plan selected Randy Stone (1973, B.S., business administration–management-accountancy; 1980, MBA) as new chief financial officer of SCAN Health Plan Arizona and Long-Term Care Arizona. He was CFO of L.A. Care Health Plan.

James Burley (1974, B.S., industrial technology) writes, “Since November 2008, I have held the position of vice president of human resources/administration for Square Enix Inc. (America). Prior to this, I was the chief administrative officer for a fixed income investment advisor who held more than $8 billion in assets under management at its peak.”

President Barack Obama nominated Mario Cordero (1974, B.A., political science) as one of five members of the Federal Maritime Commission, which regulates United States ocean commerce, ports and related services.

The Oceanside Museum of Art is exhibiting works by Everett L. Peck (1974, B.A., art–illustration) through January. Peck is an illustrator, painter and animator who created the animated TV shows “Duckman” and “Squirrelboy” and whose artwork has appeared in major magazines and is part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. The museum’s executive director is Edward D. Fosmire (1990, B.A., art history; 1993, M.A., art).

1975

Former California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell (1975, credential) joined the board of ECMC Group, a non-profit corporation that provides higher education finance services. He is a past California Assembly and Senate member.

The Commercial Law League of America selected Richard D. White Jr. (1977, B.S., criminal justice) as an attorney board member. He is a shareholder of the law firm of Barber & Bartz in Tulsa, Okla.

Pure Bioscience named Thomas Myers (1978, B.S., biology) as executive vice president of sales and marketing for the San Diego firm, which develops bioscience products and antimicrobials.

Wayne Powell (1978, B.S., business administration–accountancy) became mayor pro-tem of the Manhattan Beach City Council. He also serves on the Los Angeles County Beach Commission.

Richard R. Vargas (1978, B.A., English–creative writing) is editor and publisher of the Más Tequila Review and earned the Editor’s Choice Award from the anthology New Poets of the American West.

President Barack Obama nominated 2006 California Teacher of the Year Denis J. Cruz (1979, B.A., liberal studies–speech communication; 1986, credential) to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Cruz now is principal of Laurel Elementary School in the East Whittier School District.