Fall 2013 Class Notes

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AL GIGLITTO (BA) retired from the U.S. Census Bureau after 34 years of service.


ARDEL NELSON (BA) is medically retired following an amputation of his right leg below the knee due to Type 2 diabetes.


GARY LANE (JD) is a financial planning agent with New York Life in the Irvine, Calif., general office. He specializes in helping high net worth individuals protect their assets and providing business owners with no-cost-to-the-business benefit plans for employees.



STEPHEN COLE (BA) writes, “After spending almost 40 years in high school education, my wife, Sue, and I are traveling as much as we’re able. We always try to stop by the USD campus to see the exciting new facilities as we visit each year.”

LAWRENCE SYKOFF (MEd, EdD ’88) has been headmaster of Ranney School in Tinton, N.J., for 20 years. He is nationally recognized for his work in middle school education and curriculum development, and his doctoral dissertation on the education of preadolescent and early adolescent children has been widely emulated as a model by schools throughout the country. He is an active member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). In 2012, CASE honored Lawrence with the 2012 Quarter Century Award. Outside of Ranney School, he has competed in five New York City marathons and the San Diego marathon. Lawrence and his wife, Joyce, live in Freehold, N.J.

HARRY THOMAS (BA) has published several books, and his poems, essays and reviews have appeared in dozens of magazines. From 2001 to 2011, he was editor in chief of Handsel Books, an imprint he created for Other Press, a subsidiary of Random House Books. A small press in Boston published a volume of his poems and translations of poems by four modern Italians — Leopardi, Saba, Montale and Primo Levi. After 26 years back east, Harry returned to San Diego and is teaching English at La Jolla Country Day School.


SISTER TERESA MAHER (BA) works in chaplain ministry at St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif. She also conducts bereavement training for parish ministers and special training to work with families who have lost a family member through murder or suicide.


MICHAEL EARLEY (BS) received the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional award. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Metropolitan Health Networks, which was sold to Humana Inc. in December 2012.

JANICE MULLIGAN (BA, JD ’81) was honored with the James K. Carroll Leadership Award at the Library of Congress on April 27, 2013. The award was presented by the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section as part of its 80th anniversary gala. Janice is co-founder of the Law Offices of Mulligan and Banham, a San Diego firm that specializes in catastrophic injury cases, as well as legal malpractice claims. She also serves as co-council with other law firms and teaches courses in medical malpractice, legal malpractice trends in personal injury law and trial techniques. Janice is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit and all California state and federal courts.


JEANNE (PIERIK) GOODYEAR (BA) writes about recent changes she and her husband, Lawrence, have made: “Our two sons are out on their own and we have downsized and moved recently to lovely Coronado. We are on a second honeymoon!”



MINERVA (SALINAS) PADILLA (BS/BA) reports that she and her husband have been married for 31 years and they have five children. Three have graduated from college, one is a current college student and one is in junior high.


JOSEPHINE BENNETT (BBA), a vice president and senior relationship manager for U.S. Bank, received the U.S. Bank Summit Award for 2012. She was one of 22 individuals selected from a pool of 3,300 bankers nationwide. “It’s an honor to be recognized, and I’m both humbled and grateful!” Josephine says. Her community involvement included serving on USD’s One Challenge Committee, where she helped promote and publicize innovative ideas for social change.


ROBERT AMADOR (JD) was elected a San Diego Superior Court judge on Nov. 6, 2012, after a successful 30-year career as a San Diego County deputy district attorney. He is a family law judge in El Cajon, Calif.


MARK TUNNEY (BBA) was appointed assistant general manager of the Union League Club of Chicago. With nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality, convention management and marketing industry, he previously was senior vice president of sales, services and special events for Choose Chicago (formerly the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau), where he led the sales team. He also has held sales and marketing positions within the hotel industry in Chicago. Mark is a certified meeting professional, and is certified in exhibition management. He and his wife, Susanne, live in Oak Park, Ill., with their three children.


DONALD JONES (JD) writes, “Recently took on a ‘second hat’ (in addition to my role at Qualcomm) as chief digital officer, to launch Scripps Digital Medicine at Scripps Translational Science Institute, headed by the world-renowned physician, Eric Topol, MD. This effort will focus on conducting clinical trials focused on the efficacy of health care solutions created around wireless technologies. These include diagnostic, therapy management and drug/device combinations.” Donald is also vice president of global strategy and market development for Qualcomm Life.


DOUG KROLL (MA), an associate professor of history at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., published his fourth book, The Perfect Flood: Devastation, Courage and the Heroic Rescue Efforts of U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter 1307 (Hellgate Press) about the Christmas Eve floods of 1955 in Yuba City, Calif. Doug’s son, Matthew, is a Coast Guard helicopter pilot stationed in Atlantic City, N.J.


TOM GRACE (BA) was named marketing director with Lucas, Horsfall, Murphy & Pindroh (LHMP) in Pasadena, Calif. Tom has 17 years of experience in commercial banking and is a longtime resident of Pasadena. LHMP is the largest accounting firm in the Pasadena-Glendale-Burbank area.

GENEVIEVE KNYCH-ROHAN (BS) was named a senior executive recruiter with Vistage International, where she supports seasoned chief executive officers, business owners and entrepreneurs who create peer advisory groups in their local communities.

DANTE SORIANELLO (BA) is the resident agent in charge, Midland Texas Resident Office, for the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he supervises the federal drug trafficking investigative activities in nine counties of west Texas. He directly supervises the DEA State and Local Task Force, as well as the Permian Basin High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. He has worked in numerous roles with the DEA since 1987 and has received multiple commendations for outstanding performance. Dante and his wife, Lauretta, have a daughter and a son. Dante says he credits USD and its academic, athletic and spiritual staff for preparing him for a successful life and career.


AUDIE DE CASTRO (BBA) is the managing shareholder of de Castro, PC, in San Diego, where he practices business and corporate law and litigation. He is now married with two young boys.

KAY (KELL) LEE (JD) was named the 2012 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Northwest Montana Bar Association. She has practiced family and bankruptcy law for the past eight years in Kalispell, Mont., which she says dovetails nicely with her many outdoor activities — cross country and alpine skiing, biking, hiking and hunting — as well as with her indoor hobbies — watercolor painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and singing with the Glacier Symphony and Chorale.


MICHAEL STOBERSKI (BA, JD ’91) reports that his firm changed its name in October 2012 to Olson, Cannon, Gormley, Angulo & Stoberski.


STUART GRAUER (EdD), head of The Grauer School in Encinitas, Calif., published Real Teachers: True Stories of Renegade Educators (SelectBooks). Through each of the 10 stories in his book, Stuart reveals not only how these scenarios create effective tools for teachers and immersion environments for students, but also lessons in life applicable to the general public. Stuart is the founding head teacher at The Grauer School, president of The Grauer Foundation for Education and creator of the Coalition of Small Preparatory Schools.



CURTIS BLOCH (BBA) joined Tangent Medical as vice president of sales and marketing in January 2012. Previously, he held positions as director of marketing for BD Diagnostics, group product director for BD Medical and pharmaceutical sales for The Upjohn Company. Tangent Medical launched an annual recognition program to promote excellence in nursing in conjunction with National Nurses Week 2013. The Nurses’ Choice Awards honor clinicians across the nation who exemplify excellence in patient care.

PAULA TAYLOR (BBA) writes, “In the past 20 years, I have been active in fundraising and special events for nonprofit organizations. My primary focus is in the area of child abuse prevention, specifically with St. Germaine Children’s Charity, based in La Jolla, Calif. I am also a writer and copy editor. My other interests include photography, languages, travel and gardening.”


RANDY LASER (MBA) is the vice president of pricing and revenue management at Silver Airways in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


CARRIE CWIAK (BA) is an associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She is the director of the family planning division and family planning fellowship in the GYN/OB department. “I love my job!” Carrie says.


LISA MONDE (BA) moved back to San Diego from Chicago to be closer to family.


JENNIFER SCHELTER (MFA) is leading her seventh successful Radiant Retreat, a yoga, meditation and creative writing retreat in Tulum, Mexico. She is also writing Yoga Confidential, a memoir based on more than 15 years of experience teaching yoga and owning her own business.

JONAH WEINBERG (BA) was named executive director of the Minnesota Autism Society. Previously, he was executive director of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Business Center and Chamber of Commerce.


ANN TAYLOR (MSN, PhD ’09) is working on her 10th trip to Haiti to start a nursing school and planned to move from Hawaii to Nova Scotia, Canada, in May 2013 to be closer to Haiti. She also reports, “Just received notification of title of emeritus from Southwestern College in Chula Vista.”


RYAN JUDD (BA) published The Rhythm Tree: An Interactive Music Therapy Program for Children with Special Needs. He also launched an educational video blog at www.TheRhythmTree.com, where his work with children with special needs can be viewed.

JANELL O’MEARA (BA) joined the Prudential Real Estate Company, where she uses her communication and psychology degree to benefit home buyers and sellers. “My philosophy with real estate is to develop long-term relationships with my clients and families, providing the most committed and loyal real estate process to each and every client,” she says. “My dedication to my clients is the most important factor in my business.”


ABBY PARTA GOSSMAN (BA), along with her husband, Jeramie, and son, Leighton, 6, welcomed a baby girl, Liliana Abigail, on March 2, 2013. Abby is a lobbyist and manages government affairs in a six-state region in the Midwest for MedImmune, a biotechnology company. She and her family live in South St. Paul, Minn.

BRIAN McARTHUR (BBA) joined Incapital as a regional vice president of the Advisor Sales Division, covering California, Nevada and Arizona in July 2012. Brian and his wife, Christina ’98, have 3-year-old twins (a son and a daughter), and the family lives in Elfin Forest in North San Diego County.


BIENVENIDO PIERRE NILES (BBA) and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed a son, Parker Santino Lim Uy, on Jan. 28, 2013, in Shanghai, China. He weighed 6.59 pounds and was 18.11 inches long at birth.



SCOTT BERGEN (BA) and Nicole (Angle) Bergen ’02 welcomed their first baby boy on March 28, 2013. “Joseph Thomas will enroll at USD in the Class of 2035,” they report. Hospital visitors included fellow alumni Mike Milligan, Kelly (Beal) Rojas, Maureen (Richardson) Vollmer and Julie Herrin.


TAMMY (LU) ACKERMAN (MBA) reports, “Last year was tremendously busy. Right after our engagement, my fiancé and I bought our home in February and spent the rest of the year on major renovations. I was promoted at work in August and joined the brand marketing team as senior brand manager, and one month later, I was married at our new home. 2012 was a great year! I’m looking forward to another fantastic year this year and attending some alumni events now that I have more time. Go Toreros!”

BRIANNA (BARR) GANSON (BA) and her husband, Troy, are happy to announce the arrival of their first baby, Knox William, on May 6, 2012. He was born one day after Brianna graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Dentistry. She currently practices as a general dentist in Olathe, Kan.

RYAN SIMS (BA) writes, “2011 and 2012 were great years for the Sims family.” In 2011, he earned a promotion from assistant coordinator to associate director of student mental health coordination services at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after completing a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, Calif. On Oct. 20, 2012, Ryan and his wife, Lonnie, welcomed a son, Leo William. “We are overjoyed and can’t wait to provide him with a little brother or sister soon!” Ryan says.


AARON BLUM (BBA) was the keynote speaker at the VIP dinner for the Third Annual Green Industry Hall of Fame Conference and Induction Ceremony in Stockton, Calif. Aaron is a co-founder of Electronic Recyclers International, with accounts such as Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Toyota, BFI and Waste Management. Aaron has helped lead Electronic Recyclers International to the No. 1 approval rating for SB20/50 claims in the State of California, and played an integral part in working with the state to develop new regulations and improve the current SB20/50 legislation regarding electronic waste.

TARA (HAMILTON) SHIROFF (BA) is an associate at Lewis Brisbois, a law firm in Las Vegas, and has served as a legal consultant for two television shows: “CSI” on CBS and “Drop Dead Diva” on Lifetime. She and her husband, Justin, were excited to share news of their first baby. “We are thrilled about the birth of our first child, Alexander, in March 2013,” says Tara. “He’s an amazing little guy and being his mom is the best! I certainly hope he attends USD one day and becomes a fellow Torero!”

JEREMY CARRINE (BBA, BA ’02) and his wife, Hillary Finnegan, were married on Dec. 29, 2012, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


BASIL CONSIDINE (BA) spent a year living on or near the Southern Indian Ocean for research. He finished his PhD in historical musicology and ethnomusicology at Boston University, writing a musical history of the Island of Mauritius and taking thousands of photos of tropical fish. His research was supported in part by a fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.

LINDSAY (CASE) DEL REAL (BA) reports that she and her husband, Jeromy, welcomed a beautiful daughter. “I also have a 5-year-old boy and a14-month-old boy. My husband and I are very blessed to have a wonderful family!”

GEORGINA MIRANDA (BBA) successfully summited Mount Everest on May 21, 2013, as part of a challenge to climb the seven summits (the highest peak on each continent). Georgina is the founder of Climb Take Action and the 7 Summits Challenge, a campaign dedicated to empowering women in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. The website is http://climbtakeaction.com.

LUIS PRECIADO (BA) and his wife, Patricia, were married recently. Luis reports that Patricia’s son graduated from USD, as well as three of Luis’ brothers and sisters. Luis is an artist and is currently exhibiting his work at the Feminine Mystic Elite Gallery in Tubac, Ariz.

BRADLEY VAN SCOIK (BA) retired from the Navy on Feb. 1, 2013, and started a new career with Engility Corp. on Feb. 4.

ANDREW ZINGALE (BA) completed a master’s degree in environmental management (MEM) from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in January 2013.


CARISA (SAMPAGA-VERDOIA) BATTAH (BA) and her husband, Shadi, were married on Jan. 12, 2013. She reports that she is in graduate school for nursing and plans to teach.

KATE (GOODMAN) CRACHY (BA) and her husband, Justin ’00, welcomed their second child, Samantha Grace. Kate also is finishing a master’s degree in education and teaches high school in San Diego.

MARIA (TORRETTO) GAUGHAN (BA, MA ’09) and her husband, Curran, welcomed a son, Dominic, on Nov. 3, 2012. “We feel blessed beyond measure!” she says.

DAVID ORTIZ (MSEL) was promoted to vice president of packaging operations for Smurfit Kappa Orange County, with eight plants — two in the United States and six in Mexico — plus a paper mill in Texas. The company David worked for, Orange County Container Group, was acquired by Smurfit Kappa Group.


MELISSA (MURPHY) BEAMISH (BA) moved back to San Diego, married her husband, Colin, and started teaching acting at several local charter schools. Melissa and Colin also just bought a new home together. “Life is good!” she says.

DAVID BRONS (BA) is in his second year at San Francisco Law School. He is the vice president of the Student Bar Association and dean of the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity chapter.

REBECCA (RODRIGUEZ) DURAN-OJEDA (BSN) joined Planned Parenthood as a nurse practitioner.

STUART HAWKES (BA, BA ’05) and his wife, Leah, were married on the beautiful central coast of California in October 2012. “We are very happy building our life together and dreaming for the future,” he says.

MICHAEL HELLBUSCH (BA, JD ’08) joined Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle’s Orange County office, specializing in all matters related to complex civil litigation. He will support TLD’s growing practice in health care law, among other responsibilities. Previously, Michael spent nearly five years in San Diego handling construction defect and real estate cases while assisting with insurance claims and other litigation matters. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

GEORGE HONG (BBA) joined Validant in San Francisco as a consultant in December 2012.

JENNIFER (RASMUSSEN) LYONS (BA) and her husband, Chris, welcomed a son, Nolan Rawn, on Feb. 28, 2013, also his dad’s birthday. The family lives in the Seattle area, where Jennifer owns a freelance copywriting business.

JAMES MILLS (MSGL) retired from the U.S. Treasury in October 2006. He started another career in consulting and then accepted a permanent position with LPL Financial, based in San Diego. In 2012, he moved back east from San Diego and now works remotely from Virginia.


MELISSA (DIAZ) CISNEROS (BA) and her husband, Daniel, celebrated the arrival of a baby boy, Gabriel Vadid, in July 2012. “We were so excited to baptize him at Founders Chapel in October,” Melissa says.

VICTORIA CROWN (BA, BBA ’06, MSRE ’08, MBA ’09) was named one of the 2013 National Association of Realtors’ “30 Under 30.” Victoria is with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in San Diego. In addition to the University of San Diego, she has studied in Oxford, England; Washington, D.C.; and Guadalajara, Mexico. While at USD, Victoria held many leadership positions, including vice president of USD’s Student Alumni Association and director of academic programming for Associated Students.

PAMELA ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS (BA) completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico City, Mexico, in 2011-12, and then entered a master’s program in library and information science at Syracuse University. She graduated in May 2013, “librarian glasses and all!” she says. “Ready to return to the California sun.”

FRANCES RAY-EARLE (BA) joined Deloitte Consulting LLP as a management consultant and is now based in Houston, Texas.

ROBERT THOMPSON (BA) is an environmental chemist and has been working on a federal EPA site with top engineers and geologists. He writes that his work will “help with remedial action and cleanup to make the world a cleaner and safer place for our children’s future.”


LISSETTE GOMEZ (BA) relocated after almost two years of working as a school psychologist in the Bay Area. “I look forward to being back in San Diego with friends and family, and planning my wedding with my fiancé,” she says.

KEVIN LUKE (MBA) and his wife, Anna-Mary Patterson ’06, celebrated the arrival of a baby boy, Ethan David, on Dec. 15, 2012.


CLAYTON AUSTIN (BAcc) left corporate finance in the last year and is now the administrator of a skilled nursing facility. He and his wife, Kristen, welcomed a son, Cash, who is now 8 months old. “He is my new partner in crime,” Clayton says. “The story of our fast times together has been dubbed ‘The Adventures of Cash & Clayton.’”

JENNIFER JONES (MA) is working toward a PhD at USD.

LAUREL (GLASS) LEES (BA) and her husband, James, were married at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, Calif., in the fall of 2011. After their desert honeymoon, they set up home with their dog, Roo. Laurel earned a professional certificate in urban planning and development from the University of California, San Diego, and a professional certificate in grant writing from San Diego State University. She became a certified inspector of sediment and erosion control, and a qualified storm water pollution prevention plan practitioner. Laurel is also qualified to perform jurisdictional wetland delineations. She was highlighted in AMEC’s global newsletter as an outstanding under-30 professional. Laurel completed her second half marathon and is training for a third.

VIRGINIA LOH (EdD) has co-authored a new picture book, called Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America, from Sleeping Bear Press. It was released on May 1, 2013, and tells the story of Fu Lee, a young Chinese immigrant looking to find a better life for himself in 1920s America. The book has received positive reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, ReadingOnline and Children’s Book Center.


ERICA (HEWITT) HANLEY (BA) and her husband, Sean, welcomed a baby girl, Cora Hanley, on March 30. “These days I’m busy being a mom,” she says. Sean is working toward a master’s degree in applied physics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

DANE McCLEARY (BBA) manages vacation homes in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla, Calif., through 710 Beach Rentals. He earned a real estate broker’s license and plans to begin actively pursuing real estate transactions.

BLAKE MILLER (JD) joined Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy as an associate practicing business immigration law. He works with clients across a range of industries, including engineering, wireless technology, manufacturing, entertainment, athletics and the arts.



RYAN BRENNAN (BA) is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry. He applied for and was accepted into the Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program in order to establish a collaborative service project with two dental clinics and UCLA. Ryan will lead UCLA dental students as they work with faculty to provide free dental care on weekends through the Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) and Homeless Not Toothless clinics, serving the homeless and those living below the poverty line. At USD, Ryan created USD’s Dental Club and established a dental mission project to Tijuana, Mexico, through the Trans-Border Institute. He also has served in week-long intensive dental service projects in Honduras.

JOSHUA RABINOVITZ (BA) has pursued a career in real estate since graduation and decided to further his education. In August 2013, he expected to enter the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., with a fellowship in the university’s two-year MBA program.


ARIANA HARO (BA) has been teaching high school English for two years, and is active with various clubs and committees for her school. She also is a graduate student at Boise State University, studying for a master’s degree in educational technology.

LAUREN HENNO (BBA) and fellow USD alumna Marika Fedalen created Golden White Décor, an inspirational California lifestyle blog highlighting fashion and décor. Their work has been highlighted by Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Lucky Magazine, The Zoe Report and more. Lauren and Marika were featured in San Diego Magazine’s 50 People to Watch in 2013.

JENNIFER IX (BBA) is a graduate student at Point Loma Nazarene University working toward a master’s degree in education, with a concentration in school counseling and guidance.

JACLYN MILLER (BA, MA ’12) and Mark Dreschler ’09 were married in Founders Chapel on March 2, 2013. They now live in Philadelphia where Mark is in his final year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania, and where Jaclyn works in student affairs at Villanova University.

CAMILLE ROSE SCHMIDT (BA) founded her own public relations firm, Camille Schmidt Public Relations, in January 2013 in San Francisco. She already has more than 10 contract clients. Her blog, DressedandEducated.com, which she started in her dorm room her senior year at USD, is sponsored by both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and has more than 170,000 readers.

JUDY WHITE (MSN) and her husband, Mark, have a new home in Temecula, Calif. Judy also has a new job at Palomar Medical Center, all while working toward a PhD in nursing. “Busy year so far!” she says.


CHRISTOPHER BURKE (BA) moved across the country to Windsor, Conn., to pursue a career in information technology sales. He works for one of the top IT solutions providers in the nation and is an expert in the latest enterprise-grade video conferencing technologies. He specializes in next generation, home centric, health care and mobile video solutions. “Proud to be a Torero and always a Torero,” he says. “Olé!”

JOSE ROSALES CHAVEZ (BA) is in a PhD program in global health at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.

KELLI HAGAN (BA) moved to Los Angeles and landed a position as a junior publicist with a public relations firm that works with the Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros.

CIELO JIMENEZ (MA) consulted with USD Legal Clinics on some translations after graduation. In December 2012, Cielo was hired by Community Research Foundation for a clinical position and became an awardee for the MFT Consortium of California. She adds, “I have also been privileged to translate evidence-based literature, which I hope to continue doing for other frameworks. I believe this contributes to share effective forms of treatment among countries; but also supports the work of bilingual therapists who work with Spanish-speaking populations in the U.S.”

CHRISTINE LEE (MA) is working toward a doctoral degree in education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

ARTURO VAZQUEZ (MA) was admitted to the EdD program in community college/post-secondary education. He is currently conducting research on AB540 students (undocumented populations) in post-secondary institutions.

In Memoriam

DENISE DORRICOTT ’85 (BA) passed away on May 1, 2012, at Mayo Hospice in Phoenix, Ariz. After graduating from USD, she earned a master’s degree at San Diego State University and a doctorate at Penn State. She held various teaching and educational assignments at George Mason University, Cornell, Boston College and Kaiser Hospitals.

SISTER VIRGINIA MCMONAGLE, RSCJ, who joined USD as the director of constituent relations in 1972 and retired in 2002 as special assistant to the vice president for university relations, passed away on Easter Sunday 2013 in Menlo Park, Calif. She was 91 years old. The following is an excerpt from the eulogy delivered at Sister McMonagle’s celebration of life on May 1, 2013: “It is right and just that we take to heart the lessons that Virginia’s life has taught us, summed up so well in her Irish wisdom. Virginia made distances disappear through friendship. This is what she spent her life doing. If the road to a friend is never long, then make friends with everyone. You will make distance and time disappear. You will make walls crumble.”

JOSEPH “PEPE” MORRIS ’81 (BA) passed away on March 27, 2012. Pepe was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and graduated from USD and the Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. He had a practice in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. Pepe is survived by his wife, Dawn, and sons William, Leonard and John.

JOHN WAYNE WHEELER ’68 (BA) died on Dec. 25, 2012, at age 66. He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at USD and attended dental school at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He served in both the Marine Corps and the Navy, and was a retired commander. John owned a dental practice in La Mesa, Calif., and retired in 1999 to move to Iowa. He is survived by his daughter, Anna ’95; son, Devin; daughter-in-law, Alondra; and four grandchildren.

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