FALL 2009
Vol. 40, No. 2
An Education in the Present and the Past
By Kathleen Foley
The School of Education Celebrates 100 Years
By George Yatchisin
Archaeologist Disputes Beliefs About Maya Civilization Collapse
By Andrea Estrada
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Alumni Authors: From Pilots to Politics
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1940s

1950s

Robert Vogelsang, ’53, received the Outstanding Retired Faculty Award of Portland State University for Service to the Profession, to the University and to the Retirement Association. Vogelsang is a professor emeritus in Communication at Portland State University.


1960s

Sherin L. (Pomeroy) Shumavon, ’64, graduated from the analyst-training program at the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts in January 2009. She maintains a private practice as a Jungian analyst in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Genevieve (Genny) Bockus Anderson, ’68, retired from Santa Barbara City College after 37 years teaching. While at SBCC, she developed the first fully online class at the campus with her department chair.

Dr. Wayne N. Burton, ’69, is the first recipient of the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award, recognizing his long career as a proponent of workplace health and wellness. The award was presented by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the National Business Group on Health. He recently retired as corporate medical director for JPMorgan Chase bank.

Brent Thompson, ’69, serves on the Ashland, Ore., Transportation Commission, the Medford Urban Growth Boundary Advisory Committee, and the Ashland Little League Board. He is also president of the Friends of Jackson County.


1970s

Glenn Brown, ’73, has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the California Insurance Guarantee Association. Brown is CEO of Fu-Gen, Inc. Research and Investigation. He also serves as inspector general for California School Districts.

Marc Grossman, ’73, was recently appointed chairman of the National Board of the World Affairs Councils of America.

Joy McCaslin, ’73, was named interim president of Pierce College by the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees following the retirement of former president Robert Garber. McCaslin, who has worked at Pierce for 21 years and was serving as the vice president of student services, was unanimously selected to lead the college until a successor is found. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, McCaslin earned a master’s degree in Special Education from UC Riverside and worked at Antelope Valley and Glendale colleges.

Elizabeth Lishner, ’75, was recently appointed administrative law judge for the Los Angeles Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

Robert K. Cowen, ’76, was named associate research dean at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Virginia Key. Cowen, a Maytag professor of Ichthyology and chairman of the Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, has written or coauthored more than 100 publications, served on the U.S. Ocean Research and Resource Advisory Panel and held other leadership positions at UM. He will now be responsible for organizing faculty teams to pursue research opportunities at the Rosenstiel School.

Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Tom Franklin, ’77, retired after more than 30 years of service. Franklin became a firefighter and engineer shortly after graduating from UC Santa Barbara. He was a captain for 18 years, a battalion chief for a year and division chief for two years, before becoming the county’s deputy chief for three years. He was named interim fire chief when former Chief John Scherrie retired last year.

Darlene Anastas, ’78, has been teaching Theater Design, Acting, and Theatrical Fencing in Milton, Mass. She just designed lighting for a set featured in the Cameron Diaz film “The Box.”

Catherine Marshall, Ph.D. ’79, a professor at the University of North Carolina, has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration.


1980s

Bren researcher Paul Berkman, ’80, spearheaded the Antarctic Treaty’s 50th anniversary event this November. The treaty was a landmark agreement that set aside the frozen continent to be “used exclusively for peaceful purposes” and in the “interest of all mankind.” Fifty years later, the Antarctic Treaty Summit served as grounds for diplomats, scientists, legislators, historians, educators and others to convene and discuss the treaty’s science-policy achievements and how to protect those resources that lie beyond national jurisdictions.

John "Hans" I. Gilderbloom, ’75, M.A. ’78, Ph.D. ’83, a professor at the University of Louisville, was honored as one of the world's top urban thinkers in an international poll by Planetizen, the leading web site on urban planning and policy. The poll received thousands of votes from around the world. Gilderbloom was 66th in the poll and in the top 50 among living thinkers.

Reina Markheim, ’83, was rewarded with the Linda Brown Excellence in Education Fellowship for the 2009-10 school year. A 24-year employee for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Markheim received her bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology and her teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara.

Wayne Tikkanen, M.A. ’80, Ph.D. ’83, received an Outstanding Professor Award from Cal State Los Angeles, where he is a professor has supported his research in selective catalytic carbon-carbon bond formation, an area that has implications in the preparation of pharmaceuticals and other products.

Fred Viehe, M.A. ’75, Ph.D. ’83, has been promoted to the rank of professor at Youngstown State University, and appointed an associate editor of the International Journal of the Humanities. He also published two articles, "Atavistic Culture: The Bete Noire of Social Change," in The Forum on Public Policy: Journal of the Oxford Round Table, and "The Teddy Boys: Britain's First Countercultural Movement," in the Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and the Humanities.

Ben Bahr, ’84, Ph.D. ’89, was appointed as the William C. Friday Chair and Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at University of North Carolina - Pembroke. Dr. Bahr directs molecular, cellular, and behavioral experiments on pathogenic cascades that cause synaptic and cognitive dysfunction, and studies new protection strategies in models of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. His work has led to more than 120 publications. Bahr is also co-founder of Synaptic Dynamics, Inc., which is developing first-in-class drugs for Alzheimer's disease and other CNS disorders.

Mindy Sheldon, ’84, will be using her 20-year’s experience as production accountant in the film and television industries to promote the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program. Newly relocated to Austin, Sheldon will work as an incentives compliance specialist in the Office of the Governor, Texas Film Commission.

Michael Vinson, ’86, was recently appointed vice president of statistical sciences and analytics at Rentrak Corporation, a leader in multi-screen media measurement that serves the entertainment and advertising industries. After earning a master’s degree in physics from UC Santa Barbara, Vinson earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Chicago, did post-doctoral work at Syracuse University, won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and do research in computational physics at Yarmouk University in Jordan, and has published dozens of academic research papers in physics, biology and chemistry journals.

Robert Curtiss, ’87, is now vice president of investments for Crowell Weedon & Co., the largest independent investment brokerage on the West Coast. Formerly a 12-year employee for Merrill Lynch, Curtiss is an active member of several charitable and civic organizations, including the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

Barry T. Ryan, ’87, was appointed as president/chief executive officer of West Coast University, where he will be responsible for all operations and development at the university. Ryan is a tenured professor in both history and law, and has served as the president of Argosy University, Southern California, and has held positions as a provost and vice president at universities on both coasts. He holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, a doctorate in European History from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in history from Westmont College. Additionally, Ryan served as the United States Supreme Court Judicial Fellow under former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

Brian Nomi, ’89, returned to Camarillo this October after a year deployed with the United States Army in Joint Base Balad, Iraq. A political science graduate, Nomi is expected to take up his solo law practice upon his return.


1990s

Radhakrishnan “Radha” Nagarajan, Ph.D. ’92
, a senior director of optical component technology at Infinera, was named a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in recognition of his pioneering work in photonic integrated circuit design. Nagarajan is one of the key architects in the development of Infinera’s large-scale photonic integrated circuits. He is also a fellow of the Optical Society of America and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Gregory Schell, ’92, screened his surfing documentary, “Chasing the Lotus,” narrated by Jeff Bridges at the 2009 Bel Air Film Festival. “Chasing the Lotus” is a cinematic journey inspired by underground filmmakers Greg Weaver and Spyder Wills.

David Court, ’94, spent several years skiing and climbing in the Alps before pursuing a master’s degree at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. He has recently been taking groups on European ski vacations while still providing some insight on the effects of global climate change. His business, Alpine Exposure, is now part of 1% for the Planet and has raised thousands of dollars for environmental protection. www.alpine-exposure.com

Eric J. Weibel, B.S. ’94, founded Alta Financial & Insurance Services, LLC, which is an insurance wholesaler. He is also working on forming a general insurance agency, which will develop, manage, and distribute property and casualty insurance products.

Jumpstart co-founder and CEO Shawn Landres, M.A. ’95, has been named to the Forward newspaper’s annual list of the 50 most influential leaders in American Jewish life. Landres has written extensively on the flowering of new Jewish spiritual communities and their leaders.

Matt Ackley, ’96, has been selected as one of the 2010 Nicholl Fellows by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same organization that presents the Oscars. Ackley’s script, “Victoria Falls,” about the friendship between two young men in war-torn Zimbabwe, was selected from a record 6,380 entries this year. He will receive a $30,000 prize as part of the fellowship.

Kevin Carson, ’96, works as a lighting technician with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Britain. His son, Milo, was born in June 2009.

Bill Watkins, Ph.D. ’98, joined the California Lutheran University staff as executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, director of master of science program in Economics, and associate professor of Economics. Watkins earned his master’s and doctorate in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and previously served as executive director of the UCSB Economic Forecast project as well as an economist with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C.

Courtney Miller, ’99, has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Metabolism and Aging and the Department of Neuroscience at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida.


2000s

After five years as an environmental insurance underwriter, Joy Brown, MESM ’00, is now working as the environmental compliance specialist for the city of Berkeley, where she resides with her husband, Sam Tabibnia, whom she married in February.

Maria Lucia Castanheira, Ph.D. ’00, was promoted to associate professor at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She is associate director of the Center for Literacy Education.

After graduation, Corrine Kirkbride, ’00, joined the Peace Corps, where she was first sent to Macedonia, evacuated due to the civil war there, and then reassigned to the island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Kirkbride earned both a master’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Teaching Mathematics at UC Davis. She recently accepted a full-time tenure track position at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif.

Nicole Berg, ’01, earned a master’s in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 2003. Until recently she was an options trader for Peak6. She has since started a nonprofit to give out scholarships to Chicago Public School kids who are economically disadvantaged: www.bettertomorrowfund.org. In the fall of 2008, she began law school, ultimately hoping to focus on human rights.

Jennifer Copeland, ’01, and Dustin Steiner, ’01, were married Aug. 1, 2009, at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. The couple met during their freshman year at UC Santa Barbara and now live in San Diego, where Copeland works as a registered nurse at Scripps Hospital La Jolla and Steiner works in local politics for the county.

Diane Siegal, ’01, a graduate of the single subject credential program in English at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education was honored as Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year.

Jaron Farnham, ’02, was recently nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role for his work in “Still the River Runs.” This annual award is given to individuals who have achieved artistic excellence in Off-Off- Broadway theater.

Maia Averett, ’03, finished a Ph.D. in Algebraic Topology at UCSD under the direction of Professor Nitya Kitchloo in 2008. She now teaches at Mills College in Oakland.

Becca Thomases, Ph.D. ’03, completed a post-doctoral position as an instructor at the New York University Courant Institute. She is now an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department at UC Davis.

Andrea (Chadden) Berkley, MESM ’04, celebrated the arrival of her daughter, Elowah (“Ellie”) June Berkley, earlier this year. Berkley is the conservation coordinator for the Columbia Land Trust, where she performs stewardship and restoration projects on conserved lands. Her spouse, Chad Berkley, is a software engineer for UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. The family lives in Portland, Ore.

Kimberly (Spears) Hopkins, ’04, had a paper titled “Quadratic Reciprocity in a Finite Group” (joint with W. Duke) appear in the March 2005 issue of the American Mathematical Monthly. Hopkins was awarded the Donald D. Harrington Fellowship to study in the Ph.D. program at the University of Texas - Austin. She is now studying number theory.

MAT alumnus Garry Kling, M.A. ’04, is the multimedia technician at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Ariz. He is in charge of identifying, acquiring, and editing audio and video material for the exhibits and the permanent research archive. He is in charge of live audio and video production, as well as assisting in the development of an in-house audio/video label for world music, for which he is the executive producer.

Helene Marsh, MESM ’04, is building one of the first LEED-H Platinum-certified custom homes in Northern California. Tiburon Bay House, which overlooks San Francisco Bay, is intended to far surpass the number of points required to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

Luke Montague, MESM ’04, married Marsha Mueller, an emergency room physician’s assistant from Upland, Calif., at a Sept. 6 wedding on Coronado Island in San Diego. Montague is currently a project manager and general manager for the Ford Mance Company, where he works in mixed use and redevelopment in San Diego.

J.J. Sclar, ’04, a graduate of the single subject credential program in History/Social Science at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education was named Teacher of the Year at Olive Pierce Middle School in the Ramona Unified School District.

Kristine (Herrington) Wall, MESM ’04, who has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management since 2004, was recently relocated to NOAA’s office in Portland, Ore., to serve as a coastal management specialist for the Pacific Northwest region. Wall works closely with state and local governments in Oregon and Washington on an array of coastal-management issues, supports regional coordination on coastal issues, and oversees a coastal-land acquisition program throughout the West Coast.

Last March, after three years as a staff research associate for University of California Cooperative Extension, where she worked on state grants improving agricultural water quality, Dale Zurawski, MESM ’04, accepted a new position as water-quality program manager for the Farm Bureau of Ventura County. She now provides day-to-day oversight and coordination of all Farm Bureau activities related to water-quality regulations and policies, and she represents agriculture as a stakeholder in issues related to water supply and demand.

Anais Burke, ’05, M.Ed. ’06, completed the single subject teaching credential program at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education in 2006. She has taught mathematics at Santa Barbara Junior High School and now teaches at Dos Pueblos High School.

Theresa Lancy, MESM ’05, purchased a home in Ventura this past July and now uses public transportation for her commute to Santa Barbara, where she continues to work for the city in the areas of water conservation and water-supply planning. She also became engaged to Brian Yack this past Valentine’s Day; the wedding is slated for summer 2010.

Jason Nazar, ’05, received a 2009 Most Admired CEO Award from The Los Angeles Business Journal for his work with DocStoc.com. Nazar is a co-founder of DocStoc.com, an online service focused around sharing professional documents.

Danny Openden, SPEDR Ph.D. ’05, clinical services director of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, won an Applied Autism Research Award from the Organization for Autism Research. The project, an extension of the remote parent training program that began at UC Santa Barbara, will examine telemedicine as a mechanism for providing ongoing follow-up training.

Karen (Wolowicz) Weiss, MESM ’05, was married to Jeremy Weiss in San Francisco on May 30. She continues to work at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Michael Cromie, ’06, a graduate of the single subject credential program in History/Social Science at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education was named Teacher of the Year at Buena High School in the Ventura Unified School District.

Jeff Danciger, ’06, was a College of Creative Studies student who earned the UC Santa Barbara Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in 2006. He is currently in the Ph.D. Program in Mathematics at Stanford University.

Yvana Hrovat and Joe Kuhn, both MESM ’06, were married in La Jolla, Calif., in July 2008. Hrovat, an environmental engineer at EDAW AECOM in San Diego, recently co-authored a paper titled “Water Sensitive Urban Design: An Emerging Model In Sustainable Design and Comprehensive Water Cycle Management,” to be published in the Journal of the National Association of Environmental Professionals. Kuhn is the stormwater program manager for the city of La Mesa.

Michelle Miller, ’06, just completed a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics at San Diego State University. Her thesis was titled Level Set Methods for Biomedical Imaging. Together with her advisor and a Ph.D. student (who developed the new image processing technique), Miller wrote an article for the Journal of Structural Biology and presented a poster at the SIAM Imaging Conference last July.

Jeffrey Moniz, Ph.D. ’06, was promoted to associate professor, awarded tenure, and appointed director for the Institute for Teacher Education, Secondary Program at the College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Zach Appelman, ’07, started his first year at Yale University in the MFA acting program.

Bliss Dennen, MESM ’07, was recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Top 100 Web Influencer, Video Storyteller, and Adventurer. As one of Ford’s Fiesta Agents, she received a free 2011 Ford Fiesta, which she uses to go on monthly missions, the most recent of which was building a home with Habitat for Humanity. After a two-week Greek vacation in September, Bliss was planning to hop into her car and drive to Cincinnati to begin her new job assignment with Procter & Gamble.

Selenne Garcia-Torres, ’07, is in the Ph.D. program at USC studying biomathematics.

Jennifer Greif Green, Ph.D. ’07, has been awarded a research grant by the National Academy of Neuropsychology to fund a yearlong study of the effectiveness of neuropsychological evaluations. The study, which began in September, will focus primarily on children and adolescents with learning disabilities. Green is a post-doctoral trainee at NESCA as well as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, where she is involved with research on adolescent medical health.

Karen Elizabeth Setty, MESM ’07, was married to Fabio Bolognesi on July 23 at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Orange County, Calif. Setty is currently working at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Cliff Dawson, ’08, a graduate of the single subject credential program in science at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and a first-year teacher was named Teacher of the Year at Pacifica High School in the Ventura Unified School District.

MAT alumnus Mark David Hosale, ’93, Ph.D. ’08, joins the faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. In addition to teaching courses in new media, Hosale manages a research facility know as Protospace, an immersive environment for the development of virtual, nonstandard, and interactive architecture. A team of researchers that includes Hosale created the “Interactive HyperWall” at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. As a prototype for an emotive wall, the Interactive HyperWall is an important step towards the development of an emotive architecture that is no longer a static backdrop for its users but a key component in a dynamic customizable environment. An emotive wall is a wall that responds to the user, a wall that has a character, a wall that can move because it wants to. The emotive Interactive HyperWall is composed of seven separate wall pieces that display real time behavior by swinging its body back and forth, displaying patterns of light on its skin, and projecting localized sound.

Paul Kessenich, Ph.D. ’08, has a post-doctoral position at the University of Michigan as a Research Training Groups assistant professor via a grant from the National Science Foundation.

After graduating, Nikki Virgilio, ’08, relocated to Arlington, Va., where she is now a forest carbon specialist with The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team, working to incorporate lessons learned from TNC’s worldwide portfolio of Forest Carbon Pilot Projects into the domestic and international policy-making processes. She has been a contributing author on two forest-carbon-related research papers submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and she authored a report titled “Forest Carbon Strategies in Climate Change Mitigation: Confronting Challenges Through on the Ground Experience.”

Rahuldeep Gill, Ph.D. ’09, was recently appointed assistant professor of Religion at California Lutheran University. A specialist in Sikh, Hindu and Muslim traditions, Gill’s studies investigate the role of literature in defining communal identity.


IN MEMORIAM

William (Bill) Russell, ’40, died in Santa Barbara on Aug. 9, 2009. He was 94. Russell graduated in 1940 from Santa Barbara State College, which would become UC Santa Barbara, where he was captain of the basketball team. After graduation, he served as graduate manager of athletics and student activities at the college through most of the 1940s. In 1950, Russell began serving as the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) commissioner of the Southern Section. In 1956 he was appointed the State Commissioner of Athletics and executive secretary of the nonprofit CIF Protection Fund, which provided affordable insurance for athletic participation. He retired in 1980. Russell had laid the groundwork for the CIF to add girls’ sports even before Title IX was passed. In 1998, the UCSB Alumni Association honored Russell with its Distinguished Alumni Award for his far-reaching work in athletics, for service to UC Santa Barbara, his city and his state. Preceded in death by his wife Dorathy, Russell is survived by his daughter and granddaughter, Diana and Thea Vandervoort.

Margaret Louise (Upson) Hamilton, ’46, died on July 6, 2009. She was born in Casper, Wyoming, on March 20, 1924. In 1942, she attended Pasadena Junior College, and then transferred to Santa Barbara, graduating from Santa Barbara State College in 1946 with a teacher’s credential. In September of 1948 she married Thomas H. Hamilton, an engineer and graduate of Caltech. In 1957 they moved to Santa Rosa, where she was a substitute teacher in elementary and junior high schools. She was very active in the Santa Rosa Ballet Guild and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was one of the founding members of the Santa Rosa Ski Club. Her survivors include her husband; her daughters Sally Bondi, Susan Borgeson, and Carolyn Dixon; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Francis Laufenberg, ’48, died Sept. 22, 2009, in Long Beach, Calif. He was 88. Laufenberg was born in 1921 in Rock Island. After returning from service in WW II as a U.S. Marine Corps officer and torpedo bomber pilot, he earned a bachelor's in Education from UC Santa Barbara and a master's and doctorate in Education at USC. While at UC Santa Barbara, he served as social director for the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He joined the Long Beach Unified School District in 1960 as assistant superintendent for business, and was later named LBUSD superintendent. He retired in 1985 and then served on the California State Board of Education, including two terms as president. Survivors include his wife, Lee; his son Lawrence Laufenberg and his wife, Dena; his daughter Linda Lea Reese and her husband, Ted Reese; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert “Bob” Lorden, ’49, died Oct. 17, 2009. He was 88. Lorden worked in student affairs for 31 years and served on the UCSB Alumni Association Board of Directors. A native of Santa Barbara County, Lorden served in the Navy in World War II and graduated with a degree in Economics from the Riviera campus of UC Santa Barbara in 1949. Starting as an assistant in the Associated Students office upon graduation, Lorden eventually was named the executive director of Associated Students and director of the University Center in 1963. He was responsible for the construction of the current University Center and helped found KCSB. He took the campus newspaper from twice a week to daily publication. In 1977, he was responsible for the opening of the UCEN II expansion project. During his career he brought some of the biggest music acts in the country to Harder Stadium and later oversaw events held at the new Events Center. He retired in 1980. From 1968 to 1974, Lorden was a member of the UCSB Alumni Association Board of Directors. He endowed the Lorden Award for Outstanding Leadership in Service to the Associated Students. In 2006, Lorden received the Alumni Association’s Charles Graver Outstanding Service Award. In recent years, he had been co-chair of the annual Riviera classes reunions held on the Riviera campus and had assisted in raising funds for the Mosher Alumni House.

Diana Beamish Buchholz, ’53, died Sept. 11, 2009. She was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 1932. While at UC Santa Barbara, she was active in her sorority, Delta Gamma, and remained dear friends with many of her “sisters” until her death. In 1953, she married Lloyd Dunning Buchholz. They had three children, Kathrine, Todd, and David. Buchholz enjoyed gardening, travel, and participating in the Sweet Adelines.

Ruth Anne Carter, ’70, died Nov. 6, 2009, in San Jose, Calif. She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Santa Barbara. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she taught English in Boron and San Jose, Calif., for more than 20 years. She was married to the late Charles Carter and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Chuck and Lora, Howard, Russ and Kate, and Steve and Dina; her sister, Mary Babcock; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Gary Lee Vaucher, ’70, passed away on Feb. 19, 2009, in a Panama helicopter accident. He was 60. An aviator, motorcyclist, and avid outdoorsman, Vaucher remained close with many of his Santa Barbara classmates and friends. He is survived by his wife, Daisy; his mother, Shirley Vaucher; and his two brothers, John and Rusty Vaucher.

Steven Charles Thomsen, ’77, died Nov. 6, 2009, in Portland, Maine, after an 11-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was born Sept. 30, 1948, and grew up in Santa Barbara. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he completed a certificate program and a fellowship focusing on prosthetics and orthotics at UCLA. His career took him to Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., where he worked for 25 years before retiring. Thomsen is survived by his wife and daughter.

Tim Kedge died May 31, 2009, of leukemia. He was 59. Kedge was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, England. He did voluntary service in Africa before going on to college studies. He had been a Ph.D. student at UC Santa Barbara from 1986-89. Kedge had spent 30 years teaching drama at Bretton Hall College in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, before retiring in 2005. He is survived by his brother and sister, and twin nephews.

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