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Fall 2016
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Sisters Stacey Antista Shrake `10 and Stephanie Antista Dworsky `05 are asking for help from fellow UCSB alumni to raise funds for the medical care and treatment of Dworsky’s son Kacy, who suffers from Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (CMN). The family’s insurance does not cover the cost of Kacy’s procedures for this rare medical condition. If you would like to help raise awareness and donations for Kacy Dworsky’s medical treatments, please click here.

UCSB alums receive Super Lawyer distinction

Left: Penn Butler '70, Right: Kevin Brodehl '95

Two Gauchos were among the outstanding attorneys named in the 2016 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers – Penn Butler ’70 (left), a retired bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights lawyer, and Kevin Brodehl ’95 (right), who works in real estate law. Both Butler and Brodehl are part of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, a firm based in Northern California.

In Memorium

Kirk Ward ’57 died on May 27 in Orinda, California. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and ROTC. He went on become a partner in Ward Ryder Realty and later started his own real estate development company. Ward also served on the Board of Directors for the UCSB Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees for UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Laura Appleton MA `67, Ph.D. `76 died on August 11 in Washington. Appleton was the first female faculty member hired at the Central Washington University (CWU) Department of Sociology and was the first woman to receive the CWU Distinguished Professor of Teaching. She also co-chaired the Campus Climate Task Force, and travelled to Ghana, China, and Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar. Appleton was the founding member of the CWU Gender Studies Committee and also was instrumental in building the Hospice Program at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Yakima, Washington. Appleton established the Laura L. Appleton Endowment for Graduate Study in Sociology to help sociology majors meet application, admission and attendance costs at a graduate program in sociology.

Rev. Thomas Frank Kennedy `82 died on August 19. Kennedy served as the senior research fellow in music at the University of Oxford’s Campion Hall and was a former member of the Board of Trustees at Loyola University Maryland. Kennedy co-founded the music department at Boston College in 1989, where he served in many other prominent faculty and administrative leadership roles for over 30 years. He also served as a trustee at Loyola University New Orleans, the Terezin Foundation and the Boston Early Music Festival.


Jonathan Turner '65

Jonathan Turner ’65 is a graduate research professor at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Sociology. Turner is the 38th professor in the University of California system to receive this honor. For 48 years, he served as a distinguished professor of sociology at UC Riverside.

The researchers and students aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, owned by Ocean Exploration Trust founded by Robert Ballard ’65, conducted a 19-day seafloor mapping endeavor in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary area off the coast of Santa Barbara this summer.

Wayne Burton MD ’69 received the 2016 Centennial Kammer Merit in Authorship Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.


Author and community leader Karen Ramsdell ’71 is the president of the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society.

Sanger Swysen & Dunkel announced the association of retired Judge Frank J. Ochoa ’72 with the Central Coast-based law firm. After serving for 32 years on the Santa Barbara trial court bench, Ochoa retired in 2015 to return to practice as a lawyer.

The Coalition on Human Needs honored the leadership and activism of Ruth Flower ’72, a longtime leader at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, at the CHN 13th Annual Human Needs Hero Reception in Washington, D.C.

The portraits of artist Holli Harmon ’84 are on display at Revelations: Culture and the Human Landscape of the Central Coast, a multimedia art exhibit at the Elverholj Museum of History and Art in Solvang, California. The exhibit featuring portraits by Central Coast artists will run through August 14, 2016.

Linda Stirling ’76, ’10 has been elected to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s board of directors. Stirling participated in the Spirit of Dana Point tall ship education program for six years and has served as a member of many nonprofit boards in the area -- including the UCSB Alumni Association, the Junior League of Santa Barbara, CASA, Peabody Charter School and All Saints-by-the-Sea Vestry.

Landscape architect Susan Van Atta ’77 will be designing the seven-acre campus of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Van Atta’s plan to restore Lagoon Park at UC Santa Barbara won an American Society of Landscape Honor Award. She will be designing the seven-acre campus of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to provide universal access and a permanent butterfly exhibit.

Dr. Carolyn Drake ’78 is the medical director for commercial products at Tufts Health Plan.

UCSB graduate and acclaimed Latina film maker Roxanne Frias ’78 shares stories from the demographic revolution taking place across Latin@ communities across the country with her documentary “Latino: The Changing Face of America.” Her thought-provoking film offers a glimpse into a not-to-distant future of young Latin@s empowered to become influencers and leaders in American society. Frias’s film premiered at the UC Santa Barbara Pollock Theater this October 2016.


Dr. John Pallister Ph.D. ’80 is nominated for the National Security and International Affairs Medal at this year’s civil service awards, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. Pallister serves as the chief of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Matt Plaskoff ’84 founded One Week Bath, a high-quality bathroom remodeling business. Plaskoff worked as a construction consultant on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition and is the founder and CEO of Plaskoff Construction.

Deanne Bloch '84

Deanne Bloch ’84 is vice president of business and legal affairs at STARZ, a premium cable and satellite network based in Colorado.

Anne Hubbard ’88, MA ’90 is the superintendent of Hope Elementary School.

Ken Katsura ’89 and his company Nexus Nova Scientific made a breakthrough in neuropsychological paranormal research with the isolation, coining and identification of metaphor precognition.



Bruce R. McFadden Jr. ’90 was appointed to the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Board of Trustees.

Melinda Dinin ’91 is the marketing and business development manager at E3 California Inc.

Justin Redmond '96

Justin Redmond ’96, a Licensed Professional Fiduciary, joined the Channel Islands Fiduciary Group (CIFG). The Santa Barbara-based firm offers conservatorship and trust administration, personal care coordination, in-home care management and powers of attorney services.

Renee Watson Fairbanks '97

Attorney Renee Watson Fairbanks ’97 is chair of La Fiesta Pequeña, the official opening of Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara.

The Ventura County Star recently featured Dr. Zolly Kryger ’97 and his brother Dr. Gil Kryger in the story “Transgender surgery in Thousand Oaks aimed at confirming identity.” The Krygers, are one of the few surgery practices who perform gender confirmation services in Southern California.

LoaTree and sister company LoaCom, founded by LoaTree CEO David Fortson ’98, announced the opening of their new office at 508 E. Haley Street in Santa Barbara, California.



Melody Ngaue-Tuuholoaki ’00 is the first Tongan American elected to the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education.

Juniper Networks paid $165 million to acquire Goleta-based start-up Aurrion, a UC Santa Barbara spinout co-founded by UCSB, Professor John E. Bowers, who also serves as the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology. Dr. Eric Hall Ph.D. ’01 serves as vice president of Aurrion’s business development department.

Baseball athlete Michael Young ’02 became the 20th member to be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame. Young spent 12 of his 13 years in the Majors with the Rangers and holds franchise records for games played (1,823), hits (2,230), runs (1,085), doubles (415), triples (55) and at-bats (7,399).

Alma Batista DMA ’02 won first prize at 2016 Composition Competition at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Avanti Bakane '05

Avanti D. Bakane ’05 is a partner at the Chicago office of national law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

MSNBC/NBC reporter Katy Tur ’05 chronicled her coverage of the Donald Trump campaign in the September Issue of Marie Claire.

The inaugural Global Food Initiative 30 Under 30 Awards recognized individuals outside and inside the University of California system who have made outstanding contributions in food-related fields. This year’s list included UCSB alum Kate Polakiewicz ’09, an agricultural scientist and educator specializing in sustainable production and extension services for small-scale producers in the developing world.

House Beer, co-founded by Brendan Sindell ’09, will be expanding distribution of its product to Pittsburgh this fall and in Northern California by the end of next year. House Beer is currently available in Southern California and New York.

Dana Loughlin ’09 is the Director of Development for Arts & Lectures at UC Santa Barbara.

Victor Fung

Internationally renowned dance artist Victor Fung received the 2016/17 Clore Fellowship from the U.K.’s Clore Leadership Program.

Apeel Sciences, founded by James Rogers MA ’12, Ph.D. ’14, received the Food and Drug Administration’s “Generally Recognized as Safe” certification. The Santa Barbara-based company creates plant-based products that help extend the shelf-life of produce. A member of the UCSB Alumni Association board of directors, Rogers serves as Apeel’s science director and CEO.

The award-winning tour company Fiat Luxe Tours, founded by Andrew “A.J.” Rawls ’12, will be offering luxury tours in Santa Barbara. Guests can relive their days as an undergrad with the “Isla Vista Experience” and learn more about local history with a spooky twist at the “Haunted and Historic Santa Barbara” tour.

The Yankees acquired former UCSB baseball ace Dillon Tate ’17, last year’s fourth overall pick in the draft. Right-fielder Yankee Carlos Beltran was traded to the Texas Rangers for Tate less than two hours before the Major League Baseball trading deadline.

Hannah Seyb '16

Hannah Seyb M.Ed. ’16 is a member of the 2016 cohort of Teaching Fellows chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Seyb is one of 34 teaching fellowships awarded by the Foundation to early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers this year.

In Memorium


Ellen May “Pat” Banks ’38 died on October 18 in Vienna, Virginia. Banks was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma sorority and taught home economics at the University for five years. She went on to teach at Santa Barbara High School and La Colina Junior High for 17 years. She also worked as a dietician for Sansum Clinic and volunteered as a docent for the Santa Barbara Art Museum.


Gladys K. Reeve ’43 died on June 27 in California. After graduating from UCSB, she went on to earn a master’s degree at Long Beach State College. For 38 years, Reeve worked as an elementary school counsellor for the Long Beach School District.

Chester Byron Walker died on July 16 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Walker served as the vice president and general manager of American Warehouse. He was also the president of the Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity and was recognized as the Fresno Transportation Club’s 1974 Trucker of the Year.

Alexander Stewart Orton MacDougall died on June 21 in Santa Barbara, California. MacDougall was one of the lead designers for the Monsanto House of the Future in Disneyland. He also designed several large sculptures displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at various locations in Santa Barbara.


Jose Armand Escalante ’50 died on July 17 in Oxnard, California. He taught Spanish and English at Baldwin Park High School, before moving on to spend 31 years at a teaching position at Mount San Antonio College. Escalante also studied language culture and literature as a Fullbright Scholar to Colombia.

Jason Talmage Harbert ’50 died on July 1 in Seaside, California. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he finished his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara and went to to earn a master’s degree from Colorado State University. Nicknamed “the Silver Fox of the Forest,” Harbert coached basketball and football at Carmel High and Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach.

Shirley Brashier ’50 died in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences from UC Santa Barbara, and was a member of the Chi Omega sorority.

Marian Ross ’54 died on May 7 in California. Ross graduated with a degree in physical education from UC Santa Barbara.

Anna Lee (Mitchell) Locke ’56 died in California. She graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara, with a degree in home economics. She earned her J.D. from McGeorge Law School and passed the California State Bar. She also remodeled several houses, taught home economics, and worked as a demonstrator for Texas Electric’s “Kitchen of Tomorrow.”

Edgar Rickard Mohun ’56 died in Santa Barbara, California. Mohun taught secondary school at San Marcos High School and La Cuesta. He also worked as chief flight instructor for Apollo Aviation.

Robert Eugene Westlund ’56 died on May 14 in Corvallis, Oregon. He worked as vice president for principal gifts to athletics for Oregon State University, and was a member of the Oregon State University Foundation for 22 years.

John De La Rosa ’57 died on June 24. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he spent his career as an educator in the Oxnard School District, teaching elementary school and worked as vice principal, principal and director of special projects. De La Rosa served as superintendent of the Santa Paula Elementary School District in 1976.


Robert L. Lawson MA ’61 died on July 16 in Santa Barbara, California. Lawson was a senior partner at the accounting firm of Bartlett, Pringle and Wolf, and served on local, state and national accountancy boards. He also served on the boards of many local foundations, including the Lobero Theater, the YMCA, Sanctuary House, Casa Dorinda and the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation.

Robert Phillip Palmer ’62 died on July 8 in Santa Cruz, California. After he graduated with a degree in economics from UC Santa Barbara, Palmer went on to earn his architecture degree from UC Berkeley. He worked as the principal planner for Makiki Park on Oahu, and worked on various large-scale townhouse projects throughout Hawai’i. He also taught architecture at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and at Cabrillo College.

Tom Morgan ’63 died on August 31 in Hawaii. A dedicated Gaucho leader, he served as a UCSB Foundation Trustee, on the UCSB Alumni Association Board of Directors, and on the Class of 1963 50th Reunion Committee. Morgan worked as UCSB’s athletics business manager before moving on the Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Foundation, where he served as assistant director and founded the Southern California High School Golf Championships. He served as the first full-time executive director of the Century Club and led San Diego’s annual PGA Tour stop. He also co-founded San Diego County’s Save Our Schools program.

Janet Gail Bartlett ’65 died on July 12 in California. After graduating from UCSB, Bartlett worked as a paraprofessional educator and administrative assistant.

Rosalind Ann McKeown ’65 died on June 4 in Half Moon Bay, California. After she graduated from UCSB, McKeown taught elementary school in Goleta, University Elementary School and Tulare City Schools. She also served as a master demonstration teacher at Fresno State University.

Phyllis Ruth Pierce ’67 died on June 17 in Santa Barbara, California. She earned a degree in history and her teaching credential at UC Santa Barbara. Pierce taught history at Dos Pueblos High School for 20 years.

Lorraine Bruce ’67 died on May 10 in New York City. After graduating from UCSB, Bruce went on to earn her master’s degree in computer technology from Nova Southeastern University. She taught kindergarten, elementary and middle school students in California, Maryland and New Jersey, and was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” for her work in computer education. Bruce also served as a mentor teacher and master supervisor of student teachers and pre-professionals at UC Santa Barbara.

Judith Ann Merrill ’67 died on July 18 in San Jose, California. After she graduated from UC Santa Barbara, Merrill earned her teaching credential from San Jose State.

Peter Becker ’68 died on August 1 in Santa Barbara, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Becker spent ten years working in residential construction before earning his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Colorado in Denver. He worked with Charles Moore, Frank Gehry and as a senior associate at Lehrer Architects. In 1990, he started his own residential architectural practice in Santa Barbara.

John Brigham ’68, Ph.D. ’76 died on July 7 in Bakersfield, California. After graduation, he went on to teach history and political science at Bakersfield College. During his tenure at BC, Brigham received the Sam McCall Award and the Beautiful Bakersfield Humanitarian Award, and co-founded the BC Center for Political Education. After he retired, Brigham co-founded Progressive Education and Action in Kern (PEAK).

Thomas Harvey Leger ’69 died on June 5 in Solvang, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Leger worked with the Santa Barbara Probation Department until he retired in 2000.

Katherine Jones Starr died on May 31 in Santa Barbara, California. She spent her career teaching, selling real estate and managing property.

Gertrude Estelle Mastoris MA ’69, Ph.D. ’75 died on July 14 in Ventura, California. Before she earned her MA and doctorate from UC Santa Barbara, Mastoris taught English at the University of Nebraska.


Terry Dahl ’70 died on June 18 in Tacoma, Washington. After he graduated from UC Santa Barbara, Dahl enjoyed a long career in biomedical engineering. He lent his name to many patents and worked as the engineering manager on the artificial heart program led by Dr. Robert Jarvik in Utah.

John Bacon ’73 died on May 18 in Torrance, California. Bacon spent his career in the aerospace industry, working for Northrup Grumman, TRW, Disney Imagineering and Sikorsky Aircraft.

Christine Louise Craig ’73 died on June 26 in Virginia. She worked as a carpenter, a scientist, and as associate editor and webmaster of the LaRouche Movement’s publication 21st Century Science & Technology.

James A. Barringer ’74 died on June 16 in Lafayette, California. After graduating from UCSB, he went on to earn a law degree from UC Hastings College of Law, where he also served as the editor of the Law Review. Throughout his law career, Berringer worked in estate and trust litigation.

Toni Clark Ph.D. ’74 died on August 23 in Claremont, California. For 40 years, she taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis before moving on to serve as the Dean of Women, Associate Dean of Students and Associate Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Pomona College. A pioneer in women’s and ethnic studies, Clark founded the Women’s Union at Pomona College.

Michelle Claussen ’76 died on June 15 in Roseville, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she moved to Santa Monica and worked as a media buyer and later as a human resource officer for a biotech company.

John Dugan ’77 died on May 24 in Redding, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he attended UC San Francisco and Loyola Law School. He served in the armed forces, where he earned the rank of major, and served at Fort Benning, Fort Knox, Vandenberg Air Force Base and in South Korea.

Miriam Allen Keilar died on May 17 in Mission Viejo, California. After attending UC Santa Barbara, Keilar moved to Australia where she completed her undergraduate degree.


Kristen Schwenkmeyer ’81 died on July 20 in Hermosa Beach, California. After she graduated from UCSB, Schwenkmeyer served as political director of the California Democratic Party. After the 1984 election, she co-founded the Democratic consulting firm Gordon and Schwenkmeyer (GSI), a communications and telemarketing company. Schwenkmeyer was the founding member of the California Commission on Health Safety and Workers Compensation, where she served as chair in 1999.

Daniel Duncan Mcintyre ’86 died on May 11. While at UCSB, Mcintyre was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He worked in information technology, and helped found Infotec Development Inc. in Camarillo, California. He later served as CIO of YAR Advertising Co. in New York City.


Julie Jane Otten Raffety ’96 died on July 11 in Santa Barbara, California. After running her own business providing bookkeeping and tax accounting to clients in Santa Barbara, Raffety earned her B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara at the age of 52.


Ryan Robert Gehr ’11 died on June 20 in Chino, California. He graduated with a degree in history from UC Santa Barbara, where he also earned his single-subject teaching credential in 2012. A contract substitute teacher at the Chino Valley Unified School District, Gehr also worked for the City of Chino Community Services Department, Senior Center and Preserve.

In memorium: UC Santa Barbara Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Friends

Daily Curtis Baise died on January 6. He worked as a summer park ranger at Cachuma Lake and served as a purchasing agent at UC Santa Barbara for 25 years.

Naomi (Lozano) Chavez died on June 10 in Porterville, California. After attending UC Santa Barbara, Chavez moved on to work as a quality control inspector at Lindsay Olive, where she was the first woman to hold an executive management position. She later worked in quality control for Early California Foods, Vlasic Foods, and Safeway.

Robert Burns “Bob” Donnelly died on August 14 in Santa Barbara, California. A former professional football player for the Hollywood Bears, Donnelly worked at the UCSB Atheletics Department until he retired.

Renowned California botanist John Robert Haller died on August 17 in Goleta, California. Haller joined the faculty at UC Santa Barbara in 1957, teaching for four decades before retiring to serve as an educator at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. He taught classes and lead field trips with his wife Dr. Nancy Vivrette. In 2001, Haller was honored as a Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent.

George Taborsky died on June 3. Before he retired in 1992, Taborsky worked at the UCSB department of molecular chemistry and developmental biology. Before he worked at UC Santa Barbara, he taught at Yale University.

Dr. Alexander Deconde, emeritus professor of history at UC Santa Barbara, died on May 28 in Goleta, California. Deconde served as chair of the UCSB history department from 1964 to 1967. During that time, he spearheaded a major buildup of faculty in the department and was elected Faculty Research Lecturer by his peers in recognition of his scholarly accomplishment. Over the course of his career, Deconde published over 20 books with academic and trade presses -- including The American Secretary of State, the first and only study of the secretaryship.