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Class notes from the 1970s

1978Christopher Daly was recognized by the American Meteorological Society for his contributions to the advancement of applied meteorology. He founded and is the director of the Spatial Climate Analysis Service at Oregon State University in Corvallis. (appeared in the Spring 2004 issue)   Bruce Hildenbrand retired in 2001 as a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems. He now pursues various outdoor activities in the Bay Area, Colorado and Europe and is active in several charitable organizations helping the needy, public schools and national parks and monuments. (appeared in the Summer 2004 issue)    Phil Maher runs the Lean Manufacturing group for Seagate Technology, a disk drive manufacturer. The Fremont resident previously spent five years as the general manager of a high-tech factory in Singapore. (appeared in the Summer 2004 issue)    Physician Eugene Ogrod, J.D., chief executive officer of the Oregon Medical Association, received the American College of Physician Executives fellowship award, recognizing his contributions to the advancement of medical management. (appeared in the Summer 2004 issue)    Ron Sufrin, J.D., was promoted to executive vice president, business and legal affairs, for MGM Home Entertainment Group in Los Angeles. He will oversee affairs for home entertainment, video-on-demand, pay-per-view and consumer product operations. (appeared in the Summer 2004 issue)    Bernard “Bernie” Feldman, Ph.D., was killed in an auto accident in February 2004 at age 66. He was an internationally recognized clinical pathologist and hematologist and was a faculty member of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. He led efforts in the mid-’90s to create the Companion Animal Blood Bank, used by veterinary practices throughout the two states. Survivors include his wife, Karen Thomason ’81, D.V.M. ’86, and his son, Jay. (appeared in the Summer 2004 issue)    Tom Daley and his wife, Vivian Hawksbee, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in August. Daley works in the risk management department of Bragg and Associates; his wife is a nurse for Sutter Roseville Medical Center. (appeared in the Fall 2004 issue)    Ingrid Barrett Smith, M.A., passed away in July 2004 at age 48 from stomach cancer. She studied statistics and economics in college and worked as a data applications designer for several technological companies. She was an active volunteer in her Menlo Park community. Survivors include her mother, Clotilde, her husband, Lyle, and two sons, Colin and Derek. (appeared in the Fall 2004 issue)    Prescott Deininger, Ph.D., received a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a research program in cancer genetics at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is associate director of the Tulane Cancer Center and holds the Zimmermann Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. His wife, Celia Hemphill Deininger ’77, is a high school tennis coach and tutors reading for at-risk second-graders. They have two grown daughters, Emily and Lisa. (appeared in the Winter 2005 issue)    Irène Pijoan, M.F.A. ’80, died in August 2004 of breast cancer. She was 50. She was a prominent artist and San Francisco Art Institute associate professor since 1983. Her work, which ranged from oil paintings to cutout paper and metal, has been shown at museums in the United States and Europe, including the Guggenheim Museum, Oakland Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum. Survivors include her husband, Craig Nagasawa, and her daughter, Emiko. (appeared in the Winter 2005 issue)    Michael Gan of Meritage House of Photography in Pleasanton earned a master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America. Gan is one of only some 200 master photographers in California. (appeared in the Summer 2005 issue)    Gail Hayden was named Farmers’ Market Manager of the Year by the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association. Hayden, who co-founded the California Farmers’ Markets Association in 1994, oversees 12 certified farmers’ markets in the San Francisco Bay Area, which gross over $10 million annually for local family farmers. (appeared in the Summer 2005 issue)    Jeffrey Volberg joined the Sacramento law office of Santa Barbara-based Hatch & Parent in the firm’s water law and legislative advocacy groups. Volberg had been the principal consultant to the California Assembly committee on water, parks and wildlife for four years. (appeared in the Summer 2005 issue)    Joan Bachand died in July 2005 at age 49 from complications relating to a bone-marrow transplant for the treatment of leukemia. After graduating, she began work at McKesson Corp. in San Francisco where she eventually became manager of the benefits department. Most recently she served as director of employee benefits at the law firm Fenwick & West LLP. Survivors include her husband, Edward, and children, Michael and Jacqueline. (appeared in the Fall 2005 issue)    Richard Moreno has published the expanded third edition of The Nevada Trivia Book (Gem Guides Books), which highlights Nevada’s colorful history through facts about interesting people and events. Another of his books, The Roadside History of Nevada (Mountain Press), has gone to a second printing. Moreno is the publisher of Nevada Magazine and author of seven books about the Silver State. (appeared in the Spring 2006 issue)    Genevieve Shiroma chairs the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, an agency that works to guarantee fair labor practices in California agriculture. She is also the president of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board of directors. As SMUD president, Shiroma has helped to expand the utility’s service area and to seek alternative energy sources through such programs as “Leftovers to Lights.” She lives in Sacramento with her husband, Michael Abbott. (appeared in the Spring 2006 issue)    William Slikker Jr., Ph.D., has been named acting director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research. Slikker is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. (appeared in the Spring 2006 issue)    Nancy (Kilpatrick) O’Rourke was recently named deputy director of business services at Kidango, a nonprofit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides care, education and mental health services for young children and their families. She lives in Fremont with her husband, John, and her daughter, Kristin, a high school senior. (appeared in the Summer 2006 issue)    Terry Price, J.D., joined the Birmingham, Ala., office of Ford & Harrison LLP as a partner. Price, who specializes in employment and labor law, had been working at Lehr Middlebrooks Price & Vreeland. (appeared in the Summer 2006 issue)    James “Alan” Turnquist died in March 2006 at age 51 following a lengthy illness. After holding positions of increasing responsibility at National Semiconductor and Epson, Mr. Turnquist joined Advantest America Research & Development Center in 1985. From that point until his retirement as director of engineering in 2003, he lead R&D teams in the creation and development of innovative new technology. He was awarded six patents and co-authored five more. He is survived by his sister, Linda, of Davis; his brothers, David and Richard of Santa Clara, and Jeffery of San Rafael. (appeared in the Summer 2006 issue)