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Class Notes: Fall 2014

1940Wendell Shipman, of Carmichael, died June 7 at age 98. He worked as an engineer for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T) for 40 years.
1952Arthur Aseltine Jr., of Forbestown, died June 3 at age 83.
    John Lindt Jr., M.S. ’60, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, died June 18 at age 85. He was an Army veteran, rice researcher, retired World Bank agricultural project official and charter member of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.
1963David Erickson, ’63, of Santa Rosa, died Feb. 1 at age 84. A Korean War Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, he was a retired consultant and food chemist whose six patents included one for the Swift Butterball self-basting turkey.
1966An international jury selected conceptual artist Bruce Nauman, M.A., as this year’s laureate of the Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts. The prize comes with 55,000 euros, or close to $73,000. Jury members described Nauman as “one of the most radical and successful artists of his generation” and one of the “world’s re-inventors.” He lives near Gallisteo, New Mexico.
1967Wayne Gardner, Ph.D., Woodland, died April 19 at age 94. He was a World War II veteran and retired plant sciences professor at South Dakota State University. Among survivors are daughter Susan Gardner Larock ’68 and granddaughter Mary Lee ’17.
1968Melita Wade (Drane) Thorpe, M.A., won an award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in August for “exceptional service and outstanding support.” Her San José travel company, MWT Associates, offers tours around the world for viewing the aurora borealis, meteor showers, eclipses and historical astronomy.
1969Richard Hastings, M.A.— an Air Force veteran and architect, archeologist and Sacramento’s first preservation director —died July 14. He was 83.
1970Executive coach Russell Bishop, M.A. ’75, has joined Morgan Samuels consulting firm as a senior partner. An expert in personal and organization transformation, Bishop previously started Insight Seminars and four other successful companies and has consulted to leadership teams at Fortune 500 companies around the world. The author of Workarounds That Work (McGraw-Hill, 2010), he helped develop sections of The Huffington Post focused on improving quality of life as well as a stress reduction app, GPS for the Soul.
    A new novel by Alaskan historian and author Steven Levi, Cred. ’72, is available in paperback and as an e-book. A Walrus with a Gold Tooth is a fictionalized account of how Anchorage locals kept the mob from gaining a foothold during the city’s post-World War II economic boom.
    David Requa, M.S. ’71, received a lifetime achievement award in March from WateReuse California for his leadership in advancing water recycling. He served 24 years on the national WateReuse Association board of directors and, as president in 1998–2000, guided the expansion of the California-based trade group into an international organization. He retired from Dublin San Ramon Services District in October 2013 after 18 years as assistant general manager-district engineer. He spent 15 years with Black and Veatch Consulting Engineers and 27 years with public agencies including Union Sanitary District and Contra Costa Water District.
    Henry Hagedorn, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of the University of Arizona, Tucson, and expert on reproductive physiology of mosquitoes, died in Cross Plains, Wisconsin, on Jan 12. He was 73.
    Tamara (Oates) Navarro, M.S. ’72, Ph.D. ’88— a retired Sacramento marriage and family therapist — died July 9 at age 65.
1972Ronald Soriano, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, died May 21 at age 64. He was a retired congressional staffer and U.S. Commercial Service export official.
1973Jan (Bridges) Bardsley wrote the book Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014). She is associate professor of Asian studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her partner, Phil Bardsley (attended 1969–71), works as a research associate at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Population Center.
1974Kent Steinwert, chairman, president and CEO of Farmers and Merchants Bank of Central California, is a new member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s 12th District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. The council provides input to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors on economic and lending conditions.
    Hot Bed, a comedic mystery novel by Rex Thomas, M.A. ’78, is available as e-book on Amazon. The manuscript was edited by Berkeley’s Alan Rinzler, who has worked with luminaries like Hunter S. Thompson and Toni Morrison. “Alan agreed to work with me after I won a Bay Area novel writing contest,” said Thomas. A real estate investor and former advertising and public relations writer, he lives in Oakland.
1976Still Here: Not Living in Tipis, a collaborative book with photos by Sue Reynolds and poems by Victor Charlo, is available at Reynolds, a Walnut Creek fine art and documentary photographer, has been taking photos at powwows and other Native American ceremonies since 2005. Her website is
1977Sacramento State University Professor Emeritus Lorie Hammond, Cred., Cred. ’88, M.A. ’93, Ph.D. ’00, is academic director of a growing private, nonprofit school in Davis. Peregrine School, which she launched with a preschool program in 2007, moved over the summer into bigger quarters that will allow its K–6 elementary program to eventually expand to K–8.
    Jan Conroy —who, as a graphic designer, editor and manager—helped shape the direction of UC Davis Magazine for 29 years, died June 12 when his car drifted off a levee road near Walnut Grove. He was 67. During his 1977–2012 tenure with the university, he also designed logos, fliers, brochures and the UC Davis Medal. His continuing contributions in retirement included a Doxie Derby illustration in a spring 2014 feature, “100 Picnic Days.”