Milestones  Spring 2011


In mid-2009, (J.) Norman Grim, '56, published a book dealing with his longtime avocation, called To Fly the Gentle Giants. The Training of U.S. WW II Glider Pilots. It is a result of a 29-year association with many of the WW II glider pilots and more than 150 taped oral histories and much other information. Grim is a power and "sport" sailplane pilot. Also, after receiving his 2nd lieutenant commission via the ROTC program at UCSB, he continued for 32 years in the reserves and retired as a colonel. Professionally, he was a professor of biology at Northern Arizona University for 27 years. As a cellular biologist since 1965, he continues to do research and publishes on protozoa that live (are symbionts) in the intestines of marine fish and amphibians.


Bob Kovitz, ‘64, has been elected president of the Tucson, Ariz., local access television board of directors.

Mary Jo Guia Holmes, '68, was named the 2010 Redlands Woman of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner. Holmes was recognized for her broad community involvement, including Redlands Area Panhellenic, Redlands Community Foundation, Assistance League, Heritage Auxiliary, Assisteens, Family Service Association, Valley Preparatory School, and Andiamo women's society. At UCSB, Holmes was involved in Legislative Council, Alpha Phi sorority, Honey Bears, Panhellenic, and a number of other activities. Following graduation, Holmes was a San Francisco- based flight attendant for United Airlines, lived in Germany for three years, moved to Tiburon, Calif., and ultimately back to her hometown of Redlands, Calif. She has been a teacher, dental assistant, and claims adjustor for California. She is married to J.E. Holmes III. They have one daughter, Ashley Anne of Washington, D.C., who will be married in Redlands in September 2011.

Profile—Dr. Joseph H. Pollock

Dr. Joseph H. Pollock was named an Honorary Alumnus in recognition of his vision and service as a patron of film and media studies at UC Santa Barbara. The UCSB Alumni Association award highlights Dr. Pollock's commitment and generosity over a decade that has culminated in the Pollock Theater at the UC Santa Barbara Carsey-Wolf Center. The recently completed 300-seat theater is an unparalleled state-of-the-art film, digital video and surround sound facility. Dr. Pollock received the award on Oct. 23, 2010.


Walt Rehm, '70, was inducted into the San Marcos High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a two-sport athlete in baseball and cross-country. In 1966, Rehm set the San Marcos record for most consecutive wins in baseball with eight wins. In that same year, he had 89 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched, while also batting .375. For his accomplishments, he was named the team MVP and also to the First Team All-Channel League. Rehm moved on to UCSB as a pitcher from 1968-70. He holds the sixth-best single season ERA of 2.06 from his 1970 season, has the second-best career ERA of 2.31 and holds the record of the fewest career earned runs. In 1970, Rehm pitched a game in which he had 16 strikeouts, which has stood as the UCSB single game strikeout record, only to be tied by Barry Zito in 1997.

David Gomez, '72, superintendent of the Santa Paula Union High School District, has been elected vice president of the Association of California School Administrators. ACSA was established in 1971 and is an umbrella organization for the nation's school leaders. Gomez has been active with ACSA for more than 22 years. He lives in Ventura with his wife, Kathryn, a fifth-grade teacher, and their two sons.

Tony Ventimiglio, '72, was recently inducted into the Chabot College Football Hall of Fame. Ventimiglio was a two-sport athlete at Chabot, participating in football and wrestling 1969-70. He was All-GGC in football, kicking 12 of 15 field goals with a longest of 47 yards. He received a full scholarship to attend UC Santa Barbara, where he was an All-PCAA first team kicker. He also wrestled at Chabot on the 1970 undefeated championship team. Ventimiglio coached football and wrestling at Quincy High School from 1973-1983 and was the assistant principal at Soledad High School from 2009-2010. He and his wife Lisa have lived in Chico for the past 13 years.

John Grant, '73, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 770. He served previously as the in-house counsel and director of the Packinghouse, Food Processing and Manufacturing Division. UFCW Local 770 represents more than 35,000 workers employed in retail food and drug and food processing and manufacturing industries.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has chosen retired diplomat Marc Grossman '73 as the new U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, administration officials said. Grossman previously served as undersecretary for political affairs, assistant secretary of state for Europe and ambassador to Turkey. He replaces Richard C. Holbrooke, who died last December.


Patricia Clark Doerner, '80, has been awarded Ojai's 2010 Historic Preservation award by the city of Ojai. Clark Doerner, a fourth-generation Ojai resident, has been a member of Ojai's Historic Preservation Commission for 18 years and has been instrumental in helping preserve buildings and historic landmarks in the Ojai Valley.

John Pate,'82, was inducted into the San Marcos High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an integral member of the 1977 San Marcos High School boys' golf CIF-Southern Section championship team. He then moved on to SBCC, where he was the No. 1 player in 1978 and 1979. In 1978, he was the Conference Player of the Year. Pate then moved on to UCSB, where he was the No. 1 player in 1980 and '81, and also earned Academic All-American status. He has won more than 150 amateur tournaments, including six Santa Barbara City Championships. He has also qualified for 16 United States Amateur Championships and Mid-Amateurs, and represented California in the USGA State Team Championship in 1995 and 1999. In 1999, Pate won the highly prestigious Southern Californian Golf Association Amateur Championship, which is one of the nation's oldest continuously contested amateur championships. In 2000, Pate added to his resume by winning the SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship.

Michael Slonim, '82, has been appointed to the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. The subcommittee provides advice and counsel on issues involving U.S. export control policy as well as other security-related trade and competitiveness matters. Slonim works at Honeywell in Washington, D.C.

Louis R. Mauro, '83, has been appointed as an associate justice in the Third Appellate District Court of Appeal. Mauro, 49, of Carmichael, Calif., has served as a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court since 2009. He served as chief deputy legal affairs secretary for the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2006 to 2009. Mauro worked for the California Attorney General's Office from 1994 to 2006, where he served as a senior assistant attorney general, supervising deputy attorney general and deputy attorney general.

Elizabeth Winterhalter, '84, has joined Bank of the West as a mortgage banker. Winterhalter has more than six years of mortgage lending experience and previously served as vice president of mortgage loans at the Bank of Santa Barbara for the past five years. Winterhalter is president of the board of directors for two local nonprofits, Coastal Housing Partnership and Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons. She is a resident of Summerland.

Laura Lollar Wolfe, '84, has been appointed the interim executive director for the Arts Council of Kern after serving the nonprofit as the development officer. Wolfe said her mission, as well as the Arts Council's, will be getting the arts into the schools. Wolfe is a native of Wasco, Calif.

Lois Phillips, Ph.D. '86, was honored as Member of the Year and as founding president of the local AWC chapter by the Association for Women in Communication.

Profile—Carol Greider, '83

Carol Greider, '83, was named a Distinguished Alumna by the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association on Jan. 22. The Nobel laureate gave a free public lecture at UC Santa Barbara's Corwin Pavilion titled "How Chromosome Ends Affect Cancer and Age-Related Disease."

The event was part of the Frontiers in Cancer Research lecture series that brings prominent scientists to campus to meet with students and faculty members to discuss advances in the treatment and prevention of cancer.


Christine M. Burke, '94, has earned a master of arts degree in communication studies from CSU Northridge. She graduated from Buena High School in 1986, earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics in 1994 from UC Santa Barbara, and received a master's in speech and drama in 2005 from Artemis School of Speech and Drama in West Sussex England.

Ashlea Boyer, '95, was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 by The San Luis Obispo Tribune for 2011. She joined her mother, Kathi Foster, in 2004 to work in the family real estate business and start pismohomes.com. A member of the Associate Leadership Committee for Keller Williams Realty Central Coast, she mentors new agents and teaches classes. Boyer worked as a newspaper and magazine editor and as a producer for KSBY before real estate. The incoming president for the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, she has a 4-year-old son, Jack, and lives in Arroyo Grande.

Scott Reed, '96, who began working with the Music Academy of the West as an intern and went on to oversee fundraising operations, has been named president of the renowned music institution. Reed has been vice president for institutional advancement at the Music Academy, and was selected as president from among more than 50 applicants. Reed earned a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from UC Santa Barbara, where he performed in opera productions, vocal ensembles and solo recitals. Between 1997 and 2004, Reed served as coordinator of alumni and student affairs, major gifts officer and executive manager of the campus long-range facility upgrade campaign. Reed also served as associate director of development at San Francisco Opera for two years, prior to returning to the Music Academy in 2005 to oversee fundraising.


Stephen Lloyd-Moffett, M.A. '01, Ph.D. '05, was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 by The San Luis Obispo Tribune for 2011. He has taught at Cal Poly for six years. Lloyd-Moffett grew the religious studies program from one student to 75 and founded Cal Poly Theisms. He earned master's and doctorate degrees at UC Santa Barbara, and a master of theology from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. With Fulbright and Thomas J. Watson fellowships, he conducted research in Greece and monasteries around the world. President of St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church, he strives "for that elusive goal of diversity within unity." From Seattle, he and wife Fiona have two sons: Basil, 8, and Phineas, 5.

Jessica Lee Burch, '05, and Dane Logan Campbell, '06, exchanged marriage vows Nov. 5, 2010, at First Methodist Church in Santa Barbara, and a reception was held at Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center. The bride works as a first-grade teacher in Goleta. The groom works as a wine educator for Zaca Mesa Winery in San Ynez Valley. They reside in Santa Barbara.

Cami Rouse,'05, was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 by The San Luis Obispo Tribune for 2011. She has been a family advocate for Transitions Mental Health Association since 2009. An advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, she works with Cal Poly's Pride Center to train Transitions employees in these issues. She has volunteered with LifeBound Leadership Youth Development Program and helped found the county's Courage Campaign Equality Team. From Clovis, she lives in San Luis Obispo with fiance James Statler.

Jillian Baucher, '08, and Noah Farrell, '05, plan to marry May 14, 2011, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. The couple met while attending UC Santa Barbara. The bride-to-be earned her bachelor of arts degree in biological science from UC Santa Barbara and her associate's degree in dental hygiene from San Joaquin Valley College, and is a registered dental hygienist. The groom-to-be earned his bachelor of arts degree in business economics at UC Santa Barbara, and is a risk and business consultant. They plan to reside in Marina del Rey.

Nicole A. Archambeau, Ph.D. ‘09, is a lecturer in the History Department and the Writing Program, teaching classes cross- listed with the Department of Feminist Studies and developing a World History course called Plague in the Pre-modern World.

Justin Bengry, Ph.D. ‘09, is the Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Post Doctoral Fellow in History at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.

April Haynes, Ph.D. ‘09, is currently a Hench Post-dissertation Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, where she is revising her dissertation, "Riotous Flesh: Gender, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice, 1830-1860," for publication.

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Ph.D. ‘09, has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor Appointment at Claremont McKenna College.

Profile—Jaime Maggio, '00

Jaime Maggio, '00, has been serving as a sports anchor and reporter for Los Angeles-based CBS-2 and KCAL-9 since May 2010. Her professional background includes being a talent coordinator, operations assistant and production manager for L.A.- based Fox Sports Net, a sideline reporter for Fox NFL and a Philadelphia 76ers courtside reporter for Comcast SportsNet.


Paul Sandul, Ph.D. ‘10, has been appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

In Memoriam

Agnes "Aggie" B. Hurst, ‘37, died Feb. 12, 2011. She was 96. Hurst was born on Aug. 14, 1914, in Los Angeles and grew up in Willowbrook, Calif. She graduated from Santa Barbara State College (now known as UC Santa Barbara) with a bachelor of arts degree, then returned to her hometown to start her teaching career in the same school district she had attended as a child. She later moved to Bellflower and retired in 1977 after teaching elementary school for 40 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Don, and is survived by her son, Michael.

Jean Ann (Tahajian) Bartholomew, ‘51, died Jan. 3, 2011. She was 81. Jean was born on March 13, 1929, in Los Angeles. She graduated from Corcoran High School, and received a bachelor's degree and teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, she served as president of the American Association of University Women. She earned her master's degree from Cal State Long Beach in 1961. Bartholomew served as a teacher in Kern, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties before moving to Rubidoux in 1970. She is survived by her sister Miriam; brother Gerald; and sons, John, Bruce, and David.

Denis Laurence Dutton, ‘66, Ph.D. '73 Philosophy, a distinguished scholar, author, public radio advocate and Internet trailblazer, died Dec. 28, 2010 from complications of prostate cancer in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he had taught philosophy at Canterbury University since 1984. He was 66. Born in Los Angeles on February 9, 1944, to William and Thelma Dutton, he grew up in North Hollywood. In 1961, his parents launched Dutton's Books, which became one of the best-known independent bookstores in the Los Angeles area before shuttering in 2006. At UC Santa Barbara, Dutton began his education as a chemistry major but switched to philosophy after one year. Dutton held the position of KCSB's general manager when the station went from AM to FM in the early '60s. After graduation, Dutton joined the Peace Corps and travelled to India where, among other things, he learned to play sitar from a student of Ravi Shankar. Before returning stateside, Dutton met an Indian couple who wanted to start a school of their own. He gave them a Zenith transoceanic radio, rare and valuable in India at the time. They sold the radio and, with the proceeds, they founded Dutton School. In 1968, Dutton enrolled in the graduate philosophy program at New York University. Finding the tuition too expensive, he transferred after one year to his alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. After obtaining his doctorate, he taught philosophy at the University of Michigan from 1973 to 1984 before going to the University of Canterbury. In 1998, Dutton created one of the first and most influential aggregator sites on the Internet, "Arts & Letters Daily," pulling together literary essays, reviews, op-eds and more from a wide variety of online sources. The London Observer rated it the world's top website and, in 2002, the site was awarded the "People's Voice" Webby Award. Time Magazine, in 2005, named Dutton one of "the most influential media personalities in the world." In addition to his brothers, Dave, Doug and sister, Dory, Dutton is survived by his wife, Margit, and two children, Ben and Sonia.

Ronald Buck, ‘75, died Jan. 23, 2011. He was 57. Born Dec. 10, 1953, Buck led his life with strength and determination. He was a lifelong, avid athlete and enjoyed lacrosse, wrestling, running, tennis and refereeing college volleyball and youth soccer. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in Economics and was, at the time of his passing, the budget officer for the city of Concord. He is survived by his wife, Kim; daughters Stephanie and Amy; father Ron; brother Steve; and sister Pam.

Arthur Franklin "Frank" Duncan, Jr., ‘57, died Feb. 7, 2011. He was 88. Duncan was born on June 10, 1922, and graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1940, then attended classes at Santa Barbara State (now known as UC Santa Barbara) before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He was assigned to the 30th Infantry Division as a medical corpsman and his unit landed on Omaha Beach on June 12, 1944. He was discharged in November 1945, and resumed his studies at Santa Barbara State working toward a teaching credential. In the spring of 1947, he was approached about teaching summer school at Juvenile Hall, he wound up staying until his retirement in 1979. Duncan was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Marie. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy; son, Arthur; and brother, Donald.

Anthony "Tony" Wallace Rairden, ‘67, died Jan. 10, 2011. He was 66. Tony was born May 2, 1944, in Seattle, Wash., and raised primarily in Santa Barbara, attending Peabody and Adams elementary schools, La Cumbre Junior High and San Marcos High School, class of 1961. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara. He was a naval aviator from 1969-1977, then spent most of his adult life in Nashville, Louisville and Atlanta working in the marketing and software industries before returning to Santa Barbara. He joined the UC Santa Barbara staff as the integrated marketing communications manager for the College of Engineering and editor of Convergence Magazine, the award-winning magazine of Engineering and the Sciences. He is survived by his wife, Lily Carey; daughter, Lindsay; mother, Martha; and sisters Kathy and Martha.

Lee Kent Harrington, ‘68, died Feb. 4, 2011. He was 64. Harrington was born June 21, 1946, in Long Beach, Calif. He graduated on the Dean's List at UC Santa Barbara, earning a bachelor's degree in political science and earned his juris doctorate from the USC School of Law in 1975. He was also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. From 1985 until 2006, Harrington was president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit group that represents local business interests, providing economic research and consulting on land use and infrastructure projects. Harrington is survived by his wife, Margaret; son Ryan; and parents, Barbara and Jack.

Guy Emerson Orr, ‘74, died Jan. 25, 2011. He was 63. Orr was born in Long Beach, Calif., in March 1947. He graduated from Fillmore High in 1965 and attended Ventura Community College before earning a bachelor's in History from UC Santa Barbara. In 1968, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served one year in Vietnam. Orr then joined the crew of the USS Sperry stationed in San Diego. He was commissioned 1st lieutenant in 1974 in the U.S. Army and later became Commander of the American Legion Post. He was a broker before retiring in 1996, and is survived by the mother of his children, Patricia; his children, Kym and Samuel; and sisters, Jane and Patricia.

Matthew Loyola Voge, ‘85, died Dec. 31, 2010, after a battle with brain cancer. He was 48. Voge was born in Orange, Calif., and was one of nine siblings. He earned a degree in biology from UC Santa Barbara and an advanced degree in physical therapy from CSU Long Beach. Voge worked for Kaiser Permanente for more than 17 years and gained extensive training through Kaiser's Clinical Residency program, taking on the role of clinical specialist for Kaiser in Santa Rosa. In addition to serving his patients, Voge enjoyed training and mentoring interns. He also enjoyed coaching soccer, baseball and basketball at Santa Rosa High School and served on Santa Rosa American Little League Baseball's Board of Directors for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, Terese; his sons, Nathaniel and Stefan; his mother, Margaret; and siblings Mark, Amy, Chris, Lisa, Toby, Marta, Nic and Camille.

Tom Sizgorich, Ph.D. ‘05, died Jan. 27, 2011. He was 41. Sizgorich's path-breaking book, Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity: Militant Devotion in Christianity and Islam (2008), catapulted him into the first ranks of a new generation of scholars of early Islamic history. He attributed some of the risk-taking he took with research and his devotion to his students to his atypical academic career. A re-entry student at Cal State Long Beach, Sizgorich graduated cum laude. He received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara and helped lay the foundations for the Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group. He taught at the University of New Mexico and was associate professor of History at UC Irvine and had just received tenure when he died prematurely from a stroke. He is survived by his wife, Nancy McLoughlin, and sister, Rachael.