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UC Davis Magazine

Class Notes: Summer 2013

1940Norman B. Slater Jr., a longtime Clarksburg farmer, died in May at 94. He attended UC Davis in the late 1930s, then farmed with his father, Norman Sr., and his uncle, Colby “Babe” Slater ’17—brothers who were members of the U.S. rugby team that won the gold medal at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. After World War II, he and a brother grew sugar beets, safflower, alfalfa and other crops. He retired in 1981.
1947James Ferrell, a longtime Imperial Valley farmer, died in March in Brawley. He was 92. He was a World War II veteran who participated in the battles of Normandy, France, and Okinawa, Japan.
1948Sidney de Kadt, of the Netherlands, who attended UC Davis during 1947–48 died in January. He was 92.
1949Thomas Banks, D.V.M. ’59, a retired Bakersfield veterinarian who co-founded the community’s California Living Museum, died in March at age 91. A Korean War veteran who received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for combat service in the Punchbowl region, he later helped the U.S. Army’s Fifth Regimental Combat Team sponsor a Korean boys orphanage. He was also active in Rotary, Flying Samaritans and a raptor treatment facility at California State University, Bakersfield. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Beverly (Rinehart) ’58; and daughter, Lynda Thomas ’75.   Richard “Dick” Brown, a retired California Highway Patrol officer and World War II Navy veteran, died in his Santa Rosa home in May at age 85. He was a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
1950John “Jack” Foott, a UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor whose grape research helped cultivate California’s Central Coast wine industry, died in his San Luis Obispo home in April. He was 89. A World War II veteran, he worked 40 years as a farm advisor in Tulare and San Luis Obispo counties. Beginning in the 1960s, he conducted trials to determine the wine grapes best suited for the region. Survivors include his wife, daughter and son, Scott, Ph.D. ’89.   James Thomas Jr., D.V.M. ’54, a longtime veterinarian in the San Diego community of La Mesa, died in April at the age of 84. A veteran of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, he opened Parkway Pet Hospital in 1960. After retiring in 1988, he volunteered for Sharp Hospice Care and Stephen Ministries.    Leroy Sharp Jr., of Tulare, died in March at age 85. He was a World War II veteran and retired livestock producer who in the early 1980s developed a cost-effective biogas digester that used manure to generate electricity and heat for his farm.    Paul Thomas—a plant breeder who developed 73 hybrid vegetables, including seven All-America winners—died at a Woodland convalescent hospital in March. A U.S. Army veteran, he was 84. He worked during 1958–93 for Petoseed Co., and was a pioneer in hybrid vegetable seed breeding for disease resistance.
1955Robert Ball, who as a longtime UC Davis employee worked to ensure that growers receive best quality seeds and other agricultural products, died in March. An U.S. Air Force veteran, he was 82. He was the manager of the California Crop Improvement Association and assistant director of Foundation Seed and Plant Materials Service. He played a major role in planning UC Davis’ seed research center. In 1985, he received the Academic Federation’s James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award. He is survived by a sister; six children, including daughter Jan ’77, M.D. ’88; and 11 grandchildren.
1957William Schnathorst, Ph.D., a plant pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a Davis resident, died in February at age 83. His wife, Rosemarie, died three weeks later.
1966Judy (Coontz) Fields wrote her second book, The New E.A.T. and Be Healthy weight-loss guide released last December by her company, Nutrition for You ( A registered dietitian for 44 years, she has offices in Fair Oaks and Vacaville. She earned a master’s degree in health systems leadership at the University of San Francisco in 1987.
1969Marsha Truman Cooper’s new poetry chapbook, A Knot of Worms, was published by Finishing Line Press in May. She has won first prize in the New Letters Literary Awards competition for poetry and received the Bernice Slote Poetry Award from Prairie Schooner. Her poem “Ironing at Midnight” appeared in Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” newspaper column.
1970A second collection of poetry by Frank Kozusko, Boomer Bounce, Poems on a Generation, was released last fall by Poetica Publishing Co. Kozusko is an associate professor of mathematics at Hampton University in Virginia.
1971Daniel Koenigshofer is the editor-in-chief of the HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, 2nd ed., released in April by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. He is vice president for healthcare at Dewberry Engineers’ office in Chapel Hill, N.C.    Robin Ann (Ross) Williams was honored as Michigan’s Diabetes Educator of the Year 2012 by the Michigan Coordinating Body of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She is coordinator of an accredited diabetes self-management education program for Family Health Care in Baldwin, Mich.    Chris Jarvi, M.S., a former associate director for the National Park Service, died of pancreatic cancer at his Anaheim Hills home in April. He was 68. During his 2003–10 tenure with the Park Service, he oversaw partnerships with nonprofit organizations. He previously spent 22 years as park superintendent and director of community services for the city of Anaheim.    Karlene Joyce Taylor, Cred. ’72, a former high school teacher who started her own trucking business, died at her Riverside home in March at age 64. She taught at Santa Rosa, Fontana and Arlington high schools before launching K/J Taylor Trucking Inc.    Roger “Terry” Turner, a Davis artist and civil rights activist who joined the 1965 Freedom March with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., died of complications of pancreatic cancer in April. He was 74. A professor of art and humanities at Woodland Community College for 35 years, he traveled to Mississippi last year on a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the history of the civil rights movement.
1972David Carle and wife Janet (Broughten) Carle ’75 wrote Traveling the 38th Parallel, a Water Line around the World, released by UC Press in April. The book chronicles their environmental journey around the Northern Hemisphere’s temperate latitude—including Mono Lake where they both worked as state park rangers for 20 years.