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UC Davis Magazine

Class Notes: Spring 2015

1950Evert Schlinger, Ph.D. ’57, a UC Berkeley entomology professor emeritus and philanthropist, died in October in Lafayette. He was 86. As an undergraduate, he played football, ran track and belonged to Calpha fraternity. He was a charter member of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, established an endowed chair in insect systems and received the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ 1999 Award of Distinction.
1956Kenneth Tucker, Ph.D., a retired entomologist/apiculturist, died in October 2014 in Santa Barbara at age 90. After working as a University of Minnesota Extension entomologist, he joined the federal Honey Bee Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where part of his research was on Africanized bees in Venezuela.
1960An oral history interview with longtime concert and live-event producer Bill Hollingshead has been posted on the National Association of Music Merchants website. His wife, Sharon Dianne (Fritter) Hollingshead ’63, Cred. ’63, had an exhibition at the Buehler Alumni Center this spring of her oil painting interpretations of historical photos by Bill’s father, Paul.
1972Donald Bell is commander of The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He oversees all Salvation Army programs in 15 Southern states. He held a similar position in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga the past five years.   Entomologist Mary Louise Flint received the UC Davis Academic Federation’s 2014 James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award. She retired last summer after 31 years as Cooperative Extension specialist in the Davis-based UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program. “Her name is synonymous with IPM, pest control alternatives and public service . . . worldwide,” said Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology. Flint is married to Stephen Meyer ’71, a Sacramento attorney and son of the late former Chancellor James Meyer, for whom the award is named.
1973After serving eight years in the Idaho Legislature, Les Bock has joined nonprofit Centro de Comunidad y Justicia as an immigration attorney. The Boise Democrat spent 2006–08 in the Idaho House of Representatives and 2008–14 in the state Senate.   Cyclist Ken Mercurio was going 28 mph on a training ride in 2007 when his bike fork snapped, catapulting him onto his head and breaking his neck and six other bones. In Head Over Wheels (Sunbury Press, 2014), the retired Carnation/Nestlé USA nutrition director writes about his recovery from the near-fatal crash.
1974Jim Rutledge, Ph.D., is making a second attempt at retirement. He served as CEO of Coffee Memorial Blood Center in Amarillo, Texas, for 11 years, retiring in 2011. Nine months later he became interim executive director of Harrington Regional Medical Center, also in Amarillo. He and his wife relocated to Lebanon, Oregon, to be further away from job offers and closer to grandkids and water.   Neil Barker, Patty Gaffney Tescher, Bert Levy, Curt Robinson, M.A. ’81, Ph.D. ’95, and Chris Bonfiglio, held a micro-reunion in Davis last November, enjoying Aggie football and sharing memories of their UC Davis days. Barker is a Pasadena attorney. Tescher is a retired Sacramento County human resources manager. Levy is a state appellate court justice in Fresno. Robinson directs the nonprofit Floodplain Management Association in Sacramento. Bonfiglio directs San Rafael nonprofit Casa Allegra Community Services.
1975Gary Gilliland, an expert on cancer genetics, became president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle in January. He previously was vice president of precision medicine at Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, an executive at Merck Research Laboratories and a professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
at Harvard Medical School.
1976Tom Garrison, M.A., hiked 25 desert trails to write Hiking Southwest Utah and Adjacent Areas, Volume One (CreateSpace, 2014). His 2013 book, Challenge Authority: Memoir of a Baby Boomer, won second place for nonfiction in the League of Utah Writers Published Book Contest last September.   A bilingual children’s book by Katora Ann (Cox) Morejohn, Maria and the Lost Calf (Portuguese Heritage Publications, 2014), tells the story of a young farm girl who gets lost searching for her favorite calf in the Marin headlands. Morejohn’s husband, Dwight Morejohn, illustrated the book.
1979Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Steve Montgomery, D.V.M. ’83, of Blythe, to another term on the Colorado River Fair board of directors, where he has served since 1998. Montgomery owns Circle H Veterinary Hospital in Blythe.   Debby Stegura is president of the Palos Verdes Library District board of trustees. She also is vice-president and president-elect of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.   John Cole, M.S. ’86, production director for Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate in Santa Rosa, died in December of complications from multiple myeloma. He was 57. His wine career experience also included posts at Fetzer Vineyards and Trefethen Vineyards.
1982Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Jim Bertoli and other legal professionals in country rock band Court ‘n’ Disaster released their first CD, Guilty as Charged. The band’s website is
1985D. Rachael Bishop is the communications director for the American Anthropological Association, based in Arlington, Virginia. She has more than 25 years of experience in science communications and public affairs, the last five years with the American Chemical Society. For the past six years, she also taught writing and literature courses at the University of Virginia.
1987Chuck Fox, an entomology professor at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, returned to UC Davis in November to speak at an entomology seminar. He specializes in insect genetics and behavior and evolutionary ecology.
1988Redding attorney Patrick Wallace, J.D., ’91, died in February of complications from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 62.
1989A garment designed by Juliette (Howland) Kimes, won the Best Suited for Travel category in the 2014 Association of Sewing and Design Professionals Power Suit Challenge. Her outfit, “Going Places,” was featured in the April/May 2015 issue of Threads magazine. She lives with her husband, three dogs and two donkeys in the Texas Hill Country region near Austin, Texas.