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Summer 2016



Anthony Geist ’67

Anthony Geist ’67 is now a member of the Order of Isabella the Catholic as a Caballero de la Gran Cruz de Oficial -- an honor conferred on those who have given exceptional service to the benefit of Spain. Geist received one of Spain’s highest civil honors from Spanish Honorary Consul Luis Fernando Esteban at a ceremony held at the University of Washington on April 16.

Geist is a professor and former chair of the University of Washington’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. He has published over a dozen books, including “La poetica de la Generacion del 27 y las Revistas Literarias” (1980), “Cartografia Poetica” (2004) and “El Canon Abierto” (2015). He also produced the traveling exhibition “They Still Draw Pictures: Children’s Drawings from the Spanish Civil War to Kosovo,” a 2001 photo essay and a 2006 documentary on the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Geist is the founding director of UW’s Study Center in Leon, Spain.

Alumni Artist

Artist Yumiko Glover, Lorin Letendre ’68 and Karen Letendre (Photo credit: Olivia Hayden ’16

The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association celebrated the inaugural installation of the painting Moe Elements of the Floating World IV by UCSB MFA candidate Yumiko Glover at the Lorin and Karen Letendre Alumni Art Gallery Wall at Mosher Alumni House last month. A past president of the UCSB Alumni Association, Lorin Letendre ’68, MA ’70 is the president of the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy and is the principal/partner at Resultive Boards in San Jose, California.

Pictured: Artist Yumiko Glover, Lorin Letendre ’68 and Karen Letendre (Photo credit: Olivia Hayden ’16)


Betty K. Koed '83

Celebrating UCSB’s notable alumnae at “Exceptional Women, Exceptional Gauchos”

The UCSB Alumni Association honored Dr. Betty K. Koed ’83, MA ’91, PhD ’99 with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the “Exceptional Women, Exceptional Gauchos” panel discussion on May 21 at the Bacara Spa & Resort in Goleta, California.

Koed is the first female Historian of the United States Senate and head of the United States Senate Historical Office. A former UCSB American history professor, Koed earned her B.A. in English as well as her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from UC Santa Barbara.

Over the past 18 years, Koed has made it her mission to shed light on and bring attention to the important role played by women in Senate history. She quoted an old Chinese proverb in her keynote speech after she accepted the award. “When you are drinking the water, don’t forget who dug the well,” she said.
Koed joined other notable alumnae at a panel discussion discussing the achievements and challenges faced by the 21st century woman. Nicolasa Sandoval Ph.D. ’07 moderated the discussion featuring Koed, Helpr founders Becka Klauber Richter’07 and Kasey Edwards ’07, State Sen. Jean Fuller Ph.D. ’99 and Maritza Meija-Wilson ’02.

The panelists spoke on their experiences and how they overcame the lack of gender diversity in their chosen careers. Fuller, the first woman to serve as Senate Republican leader in the California Legislature, recalled seeing the row of photographs of past senators – all men. “The ’why not’ is me,” she said .”I don’t care what party you are in – it makes a difference either way.”

Koed shared how she was mistaken as an administrative assistant by a colleague in elevator. “You become the educator and the informer,” she said. “You figure out how to pick your battles.”

Both Klauber Richter and Edwards noted how women still were underserved and underrepresented in the tech industry. “Only 4 percent of venture capital goes to women,” said Edwards.

All the panelists ended with a tribute to the past generation of women, who had to find their way in a world where their gender kept them from achieving their full potential. “I look to my family first,” said Mejia-Wilson. “They saw me as a chance to break the cycle of poverty.”

“Why pretend – why diminish yourself?” said Fuller to the audience. “This is who I am and why I believe what I believe.”

Pictured: Jan Campbell ’74, Kasey Edwards ’07, Sen. Jean Fuller Ph.D.’89, Dilling Yang HA’01, Chancellor Henry Yang HA ’01, Dr. Betty K. Koed ’83, MA ’91, Ph.D. ’99, Maritza Mejia-Wilson ’02, Nicolasa Sandoval Ph.D. ’07, Jan Campbell ’81 and Becka Klauber Richter ’07. (Photo credit: Olivia Hayden ’16)

Dr. Stephanie Couch MA ’11, Ph.D. ’12

Dr. Stephanie Couch MA ’11, Ph.D. ’12 is the executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. Couch helped design and launch the statewide California STEM Learning Network and has served as interim associate vice president of research and professional development at California State University, East Bay, with joint appointments as Bayer executive director the Institute for STEM Education at the Gateways East Bay STEM Network.


Dennis Allen ’64 has joined the board of the Environmental Defense Center.

Robert D. Lane ’66 was featured by the award-winning open-source, para-academic, inter-disciplinary collaboration Figure/Ground in an in-depth interview by Laureano Ralón on April 21.

Dr. Wayne N. Burton '69

Dr. Wayne N. Burton ’69 received the 2016 Centennial Kammer Merit in Authorship Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The Kammer Award recognized Burton’s piece “The Association of self-reported employee physical activity with metabolic syndrome, health care costs, absenteeism, and presenteeism,” published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, as an outstanding scientific contribution to the field of occupational and environmental medicine. 


John Onsum ’70 is the vice chairman of the Joyful Ranch Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The 3rd Annual Santa Barbara Basketball Court of Champions honored six Gauchos this year. Among the athletes, community leaders and educators featured in the SBBCC Class of 2016 were John Zant ’68, Jo Ann Reck ’72, MA ’75, Cliff Lambert ’73, Erick Burkhardt ’84, Conner Henry ’99 and Kristi Rohr-Taylor ’00, MA ’03.

Carole A. Jensen ’73 received a Fullbright Scholarship to Copenhagen, Denmark last year. In 2014, Jensen received the California Real Estate Educator’s Association’s (CREEA) Norman A. Woest Most Oustanding Real Estate Teacher in California Award.

After six years of serving on the UC Santa Barbara Board of Directors, Wenonah Valentine ’77 finished her final term this summer, proud of her work as a diversity champion for students and alumni.

Leticia Perez ’78 is the co-chair of the 13-member state panel established to direct the expenditure of money saved from releasing state prison inmates convicted of non-serious, non-violent crimes, in accordance with Proposition 47, the California ballot initiative passed in 2014. Perez serves on the Kern County Board of Supervisors.


The Riviera Rose and the Margerum M5, wines made by vintner Doug Margerum ’81, made the “Wine of the Week” list on the San Diego Union-Tribune. The M5 made it to the list on National Wine Day.

Gary Pearce ’82 was inducted into the SBIT Hall of Fame this year. He earned second-team All-American honors as a member of the UCSB Volleyball team in 1980. Stevin Minie '83

Dr. Stevin Minie ’83 is the president of the California Optometric Association (COA), the largest state association of its kind in the United States. For 27 years, Minie has practiced as a doctor of optometry and has been a COA board member since 2010. Minie volunteers patient care one day each month at MEND, a non-profit based in Pacoima, California. He also serves as a preceptor for optometry students at the Western University of Health Sciences.

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.

Renowned photojournalist and multidimensional artist Colin Finlay ’87 launched “Evolving Focus,” seeking to educate and inspire through multidimensional engagement.

Phyliss Schmedake '84

Phyliss Schmedake ’84 was named the 2015 San Diego Business Journal’s CFO of the Year. She currently serves as CFO at Altman Plants, Inc. in San Diego, California.

Former NASA astronaut and 2016 Hispanic Hero Award recipient Jose Hernández MS ’86 was the keynote speaker at the Santa Barbara Unified PEAC Program presentation, made possible by the James S. Bower Foundation and other key community partners, at La Cumbre High School in Santa Barbara, California. Hernández’s speech is part of a series of special events celebrating Santa Barbara Unified School District’s 150th Anniversary.

Christopher Morales '87 is an account manager and officer at Northern Trust.

Mark Altmar ’88 celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mark Aid on April 6. “I would like to to take the time to thank the Alumni Association, all the Pubbies, Jay Lee and Mike Metcalf – and last, but not least, everyone who came out and supported me,” he wrote. Nine years ago, Altmar underwent his second open heart surgery. Altmar works with at-risk youth in a YouthBuild program and oversees volunteers at AmericCorps.


During the tragic shooting at UCLA, graduate students observed Dr. Christopher Lynch MA ’90, Ph.D. ’92 —a professor at the UCLA mechanical and aerospace engineering department -- rush to block the shooter inside the room at Boelter Hall.

Dr. Scott Thomas ’90, Ph.D. ’94

Dr. Scott Thomas ’90, Ph.D. ’94 has been named dean of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. Thomas currently serves as the dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont University. He will begin his UVM tenure on July 1. Thomas is the editor of the Journal of Higher Education and co-editor of International Studies in Higher Education. He also serves as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

For the second year in a row, Sonny Kathari ’90 received national recognition as a top financial advisor in Barron’s annual “Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State” list. Kathari, a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, also made it to The Financial Times “Top 400 Financial Advisors” list. Kathari focuses his practice on wealth planning and implementation strategies for families with $1 million and above in assets. A dedicated Fullerton and Brea community member, Kathari also serves on the boards of the Fullerton Elementary School, Fullerton High School and OCEA.

Baseball pitcher Scott Randall ’94 was inducted into the SBIT Hall of Fame this year. He played for SBCC and UCSB before joining the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round of the 1995 MLB Draft. He appeared in 15 games for the Reds, with two starts and two wins.


Dr. Jeffrey Moniz MA ’02, Ph.D. ’06 is the vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Hawai’i—West O’ahu. program in professional educational practice.

Attorney Kristen Nesbit ’02 is one of the “Rising Stars” recognized in the Southern California Super Lawyers 2016 Edition. A member of the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association Board of Directors, Nesbit is a partner at Fisher Phillips in Los Angeles, California.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards recognized Gaucho scientists Dr. Stacey Patterson MS ’03, Ph.D. ’09, Dr. Xia Zhou Ph.D. ’13 and Dr. Christo Wilson ’06, MS ’07, Ph.D. ’12.

Melissa Mendoza '04

Melissa Mendoza ’04 is on her second year as assistant principal at the Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy in Los Angeles, California. Previously, she taught in bilingual kindergarten and first grade classrooms at the Academy for six years. Before she joined the Academy, she worked as a bilingual and intervention teacher at the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Jake Leraul ’04 worked to promote democratic transition in support of several field missions as an intern at the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid. Leraul serves as member of the Board of Directors of the UC Davis School of Law King Hall Legal Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing equal access to the American Legal System for underserved populations.

Brandi Rivera ’06 and Tyler Hayden ’09 and made it to the annual Editor & Publisher “25 under 35” list recognizing the next generation of newspaper leaders across the nation. Both Hayden and Rivera work at The Santa Barbara Independent. Hayden serves as a news editor whose work earned him and his staff a 2015 Pulitzer Prize nomination as well as first and second place awards for the 2014 CNPA Better Newspapers Contest. Rivera serves as the Independent’s chief financial officer.

Megan Miller Trabucco ’08 and her husband Jared welcomed their first baby Ansel Westin Trabucco on January 17, 2016. Ansel, named after the American photographer Ansel Adams, arrived 4 days early. He weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces, and measured 21 inches long.

Rory Davis ’08 is the sales and marketing coordinator Giants Enterprises in San Francisco, California. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Professional Convention Management Association’s Northern California Chapter.

David Rabie '09

Tovala founder and CEO David Rabie ’09 announced his company’s Kickstarter campaign, with backing from Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator. Tovala produces a smart countertop oven paired with a meal delivery service providing premium fresh ingredients.

Trevor Ditzler ’09 won the 2016 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching from Teach for America, a national non-profit that places teachers in high-need classrooms across the country. Ditzler, an elementary school teacher in Miami, Florida, is the co-founder nad lead advisor for Club Code, his school’s first enrichment program. He also serves as the founding director of the school’s dance program and the summer “Exploration Academy.”



Alexa Greenbaum '10k

Alexa Greenbaum ’10 is an associate for the Sacramento office of Fisher & Philips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers. Greenbaum’s practice focuses on labor and employment issues within the healthcare industry.

Next Energy Technologies co-founders Corey Hoven Ph.D. ’10 and Daniel Emmett are raising Series B funding with plans to commercialize the Goleta-based startup by 2018. Hoven and Emmett formed the business after winning the UCSB New Venture Competition in 2010. Next Energy aims to channel solar power to produce 20 percent of a commercial building’s energy needs through specially-made windows. The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation have awarded the startup more than $3 million in grants.

Dr. Michael Johnson MA ’10, Ph.D. ’13 received both the NASA Einstein and Hubble Fellowships. Johnson is currently an Event Horizon Telescope Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he works with an international team to image the event horizon of the black hole in the center of the Milky Way.

A selection committee for the University of California (UC) Board of Regents nominated Paul Monge ’11 to assume the role UC Student Regent.

Monge served as Associated Students President during his senior year at UC Santa Barbara, where he played a role in establishing the A.S. Food Bank. After graduating from UCSB, Monge went on to receive a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. He is now a law student at UC Berkeley, where he also serves as a graduate student representative for the UC Student Association (UCSA) committee on planning and budget.

Monge will begin his term as a non-voting, student-regent designate for the 2016-2017 academic year. He will assume the role of the UC Student Regent in July 2017.

Whitaker Cohn ’13 is a research assistant at the UCLA Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Focused on bottom-up proteomics, Cohn is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Thermo LTQ Orbitrap EL instruments.

Former UCSB baseball pitcher Greg Mahle is the eighth player from the 2014 draft to move up to the majors – the other seven were selected 55th or higher. A 15th-round selection (449th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels, Mahle joined the team this April to replace right-hander A.J. Achter on the roster.

Katey Thompson '14

Club H Volleyball Coach Katey Thompson ’14, ’15 led the club’s 14’s team to a bronze medal championship in their age group. Thompson was a four-year varsity player on the women’s volleyball team at UC Santa Barbara. As a senior, she was named First Team All-Big West, with her team as Big West Champions. She is now serving her first season as assistant coach for the Newport Harbor Girl’s program.

In Memorium


Sybel Louise Morris ’43 died on April 2 in Thousand Oaks, California. For 21 years, Morris taught home economics and consumer education high school classes.

Jane Hefflefinger ’45 died in Los Angeles, California.

Dale Rhodehamel Rossi ’47 died on March 22 in Santa Ynez, California. After Rossi graduated from UCSB, she taught home economics at Santa Monica High School and earned her master’s degree in education from UCLA. For over a decade, Rossi served as the regional coordinator for the California State Department of Education. She co-owned the Los Olivos Art Gallery and was a founding member of POLO, the Preservation of Los Olivos organization. She also served as a member of the board of the Santa Ynez Historical Museum, the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Barbara Historical Society.

George Andrew Herold ’48 died on May 12 in Santa Barbara, California. Herold taught English literature at San Marcos High School and Santa Barbara High School.

Hewson Gadsby ’48 died on March 15 in Santa Barbara, Californoa. Gadsby served in the US Air Corps during World War II before he graduated from UCSB. He went on to earn his master’s degree from Claremont Graduate School and taught woodshop classes at Santa Barbara High School. He moved on to work as a school counselor at La Cumbre Junior High and Goleta Valley Junior High until he retired in 1982.

Jeannine Dessa Viljoen died on April 21 in Santa Rosa, California. After attending UCSB and UCLA, Viljoen raised her family in Carmel Valley before earning her degree in women’s studies from UC Santa Cruz at the age of 55. Viljoen wrote columns for the Santa Barbara News-Press, Monterey Peninsula Herald and the Carmel Valley Outlook.

George David Geib ’48 died on March 5 in Stuart, Nebraska. Before he retired in 1988, Geib served as the area vice president of Glendale Federal.

Russell Vogel ’49 died on February 25 in Ojai, California. After earning his master’s degree at USC in 1963, Vogel served as principal of Montavo Elementary School in Ventura County until he retired in 1984.

Jean Pfotenhauer ’49 died on April 30 in Soquel, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Pfotenhauer taught in Portland, Oregon.

George Edward Hopping ’49 died on March 20 in Santa Maria, California. During World War II, Hopping served as a first sergeant on the 158th Infantry Regimental Combat Team in the Philippines and received a medal for saving his squad during a friendly fire incident. After he graduated from UCSB, he earned his teaching credential and master’s degree from Claremont Graduate School. A dedicated educator, Hopping taught at La Cumbre Junior High School, Santa Barbara High School and San Marcos High School until he retired in 1976.


Shirlie Casier ’50 died in Santa Barbara, California. At UCSB, she was an active member of the Alpha Theta sorority and served as the vice president of the student body. After graduation, she went on to teach at Berkeley’s Oxford Elementary School and Monte Vista School.

Jean Marilyn Hayes Dobson died on April 11 in Contra Costa County, California. After attending UC Santa Barbara and San Jose State, Dobson worked as a teacher in Asia and Europe. She went on to teach at the Saratoga Union School District until she retired.

Annette Fauerso Bredall died on March 25 in Solvang, California. After attending UCSB, Bredall moved to Solvang where she worked at The Smart Shop, Iron Art, Dr. France Optometry and at Svendsgaard’s Danish Lodge.

Theodore Knudson ’51 died on May 24 in Goleta, California. Knudson earned his industrial arts degree at UC Santa Barbara, then known as the Santa Barbara College of the University of California at the original Riviera campus. He was also an active member

Gerald Frederick Brock ’51 died on March 24 in San Mateo, California. He served in the South Pacific during World War II and was a Merchant Marine before he enrolled at UC Santa Barbara. After graduating from UCSB, Brock worked as an English teacher until he was deployed for two years to Germany. He earned his master’s degree from Stanford University and went on to work 33 years as a classroom teacher and school principal in Millbrae, San Mateo and Foster City schools.

Jessie Giffin ’53 died in Santa Paula, California. A dedicated educator, Giffin taught at Meiner Oaks, Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula until she retired in 2005.

William H. Brown ’53 died on January 11 in Sarasota, Florida. After he graduated from UC Santa Barbara, he served as a first lieutenant infantry platoon leader with the 44th Division in the Korean War. He went on to found a scuba diving company in Puerto Rico and supervised the ecological program for the construction of the Palmas del Mar Resort.

Mark Gerald McIlvaine ’54 died on May 9 in Torrance, California. He taught P.E. and served as activities advisor and head coach at South Torrance High School before he retired in 1991.

Lynn Paul Reitnouer ’55 died on March 10 in Huntington Beach, California. After graduating from UCSB, Reitnouer went on to earn his master’s degree from California State University Los Angeles in 1959. For 52 years, he worked at Crowell, Weedon & Co. in Los Angeles, where he became partner. He served as a Governor of the National Association of Security Dealers, director for the Securities Industry Association and was the founding chairman of the NASDAQ Marketing Committee.

Reitnouer was mayor of San Marino City and served on the San Marino City Council from 1976 to 1986. He received a number of honors for public service, including a decoration from the Republic of San Marino for his support during the 1984 Olympics and for establishing a Sister City Relationship, and the Silberne Ehrenzeichen from the Republic of Austria.

A proud Gaucho and dedicated philanthropist, Reitnouer served as Chair of the UCSB Board of Trustees and president of the Chancellor’s Council. In 2010, the UCSB Alumni Association honored Reitnouer’s commitment to the University with the Graver Service Award. He shares the honor of lending his name to the Winnie and Lynn Reitnouer Intercollegiate Auditorium with his wife Winnie Coyne Reitnouer ’54, in recognition of their generous support and leadership.

Mary Stegeman ’56 died on February 21 in Quartz Hill, California. For 15 years, Stegeman worked at the Valley News and Green Sheet as assistant manager of the classified advertising section.

Russell James Ruskauff ’58 died on March 27 in Santa Barbara, California. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and was a beloved Cub Scout den leader and Scout Master.

Former Camarillo City Mayor Stan Daily ’58 died on March 25 in Camarillo, California. Daily was the last surviving member of the original Camarillo City Council elected in 1964 when the city was incorporated. He was re-elected six times as mayor of Camarillo. Daily was honored for his dedication to public service with the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 1978.

Korean War veteran and educator Jack Albert Van Dorn ’59 died on March 13 in San Diego, California. Van Dorn taught for 31 years in the San Diego Unified School District.

Kathryn Goodcell Thompson ’59 died on March 26 in Newport Beach, California. A dedicated wife and mother, Thompson was an active member of the Delta Gamma sorority at UC Santa Barbara.


Erline Dessie Goodell ’61, MA ’87 died on March 30 in Santa Barbara, California. She taught religious studies and women’s studies at Santa Barbara City College and is the author of Journey Toward Bold, Gossamer Ribbons, Seeking Substance and Explorations. Goodell co-founded MidLife Zest Inc., where she served as director and facilitator of workshops in women’s spirituality.

Cordelia Earle English MA ’62 died on May 14 in Santa Barbara, California. She served in World War II in the Office of Strategic Services in both England and France. After graduating from UCSB, she taught until she moved on to her second career as a massage therapist.

Jane Alyce Hilgendorf ’63 died March 26 in Corona del Mar, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Hilgendorf went on to earn her master’s degree in physical education from UCLA in 1967. She joined the physical education department at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, where she coached women’s volleyball from 1973 to 1990. Her teams won five conference championships and advanced to the playoffs 15 times. Hildgendorf went on to serve as dean and athletic director of the Orange Coast College Physical Education Department.

Susan Barnes Robinson died on February 19 in Los Angeles, California. Robinson attended UC Santa Barbara before transferring to UCLA where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She went on to finish her doctorate at the University of Michigan, where she received a Fulbright Scholarship to complete her doctoral dissertation in Rome. For 20 years, Robinson taught art history at Loyola Marymount University.

Robert Francis O’Neill ’64 died on March 5 in Woodside, California. Before he enrolled at UC Santa Barbara, O’Neill served in the US Navy as an aerographer’s mate during World War II. For 50 years, he worked at the California Racing Association. He received Woodside’s 2006 Horseman of the Year Award and was honored by the San Mateo County Mounted Patrol in 2009. O’Neill’s equestrian expertise was featured in the 2003 documentary “Seabiscuit: The Story Beings in San Francisco” and the 2011 film “Last Days at Bay Meadows.”

Robert Porter ’64 died on March 25 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A dedicated backcountry skier, Porter founded the Chama Ski Service.

Truleen Delgado ’66 died on March 18 in Eugene, Oregon. Since 1980, Delgado worked as a teacher in Springfield, Oregon.

Diane Shaver Clemens Ph.D. ’66 died on May 18 in Berkeley, California. She served as assistant professor of history at MIT and was a professor of history at UC Berkeley. In 1970, Clemens also wrote Yalta, a non-fiction book exploring the impact of the controversial post-war conference.

Actress, ballerina and synchronized swimmer Judy Boss Wong Debs ’68 died on February 9 in Santa Barbara, California. A child actress, Debs appeared in the Hollywood film production of “Flower Drum Song.” For 37 years, she worked at the Santa Barbara Unified School District at Franklin, Adams and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, and helped create the foundation for the SBUSD bilingual education program.

Anne Mitchell Llewellyn ’69 died on February 13 in Naples, Florida. After graduating from UCSB, she worked for Capital Research & Management Company in Los Angeles, and went on to serve as senior vice president of the Investment Company of America.


Lawrence A. Emrich ’70 died on February 17 in Ventura, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Emrich began his teaching career at Fillmore High School, where he also coached the basketball team. In 1994, he went on to serve as principal of Ventura High School until he retired in 2006.

Kay Lynn Hartzell ’70 died on February 26 in Washington, D.C. One of the first female officers in the U.S. Coast Guard, Hartzell served as the first female commanding officer of an isolated duty station at the Coast Guard LORAN Station in Lampedusa, Italy. She also served in San Francisco, Key West and as a commander at the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. until she retired in 1993.

Michael Anthony Bartoli died on March 1 in Winnetka, California. After attending at UC Santa Barbara as a marine biology major, Bartoli went on to work in the film industry as a commercial editor. He worked at Red Car, Mad River Post and Film Core before he co-founded Hybrid Edit.

Cheryl Terrass Naslund ’72 died on October 13, 2015 in Vestal, New York. After she graduated from UCSB, Naslund received her MLS from the University of Michigan and worked as a librarian at UE High School.

Harrihar Ajodhya Pershadsingh MA ’72 died on February 10 in Bakersfield, California. Pershadsingh completed his postdoctoral studies at at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He went on to graduate from medical school from the Columbia Medical School at the University of Missouri. After teaching lab medicine at UC San Francisco, Pershadsingh moved on to become the director of research at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. An author of over 60 scientific articles and a featured speaker at national conferences, Pershadsingh held multiple patents and formed his own bioresearch company.

Lindee Lee Fairbrother died on February 12 in La Jolla, California. After attending UCSB as a psychology major, Fairbrother went on to work in financial planning for over a decade.

Robert Edwin Callis ’74, ’86 died in Ventura, California. After earning his first B.A. from UCSB in experimental psychology in 1974, Callis returned to UC Santa Barbara to finish a second undergraduate degree in mathematics in 1986 and a teaching credential in 1987. For 29 years, Callis taught at the Hueneme High School in Oxnard.

Author, engineer and educator Dr. Joseph Herbert Immel Jr. ’75, Ph.D. ’80 died on April 2 in Santa Rosa, California. After he received his undergraduate degree from UCSB, Immel went on to earn his master’s degree in biology/neurobiology from UCLA before returning to pursue his doctorate at UC Santa Barbara. He did postdoctoral research at Stanford University and UC San Francisco, and earned a teaching credential from Dominican University. He worked as an R&D engineer at Sutter Instrument Company and as director of marketing and technical support at Axon Instruments. He went on to start his own management consulting firm Immel Resources LLC and taught science and engineering at the Technology High School at Sonoma State University, where he founded the Biotechnical Engineering Program. Among his many awards, Immel was honored as Educator of the Year by the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati in 2015.

Ron Chegwidden MA ’74 died on March 1 in Ventura, California. Throughout his career, Chegwidden worked as a civil servant at the Point Mugu Naval Base engineering and computer sections.

Ruth L. Hughes MA ’75 died on February 8 in Des Plaines, Illinois. After graduating from UCSB, she joined the Peace Corps and taught high school math in Ghana, Africa. She also taught math at Ventura College and worked as a mathematician in national security for the federal government at Edwards AFB in Lancaster, California. After moving to Des Plaines, Illinois, Hughes edited online math tutorials for Simon & Schuster. Hughes was an accomplished flautist and served as a member of PEO International, Alpha Delta Chi, American Mathematics Society and the Pi Mu Epsilon Fraternity for Mathematicians.

Gregory Paul Sanchez ’76 died on March 22 in Santa Barbara. He worked at San Marcos High School where he earned the Distinguished Service Award before he retired in 2011.

Linda Chatham died on March 15 in Rock Creek, Montana. After attending UC Santa Barbara, Chatham worked for Cray Computer Corporation in Boulder, Colorado and worked as a travel agent, legal secretary and computer teacher on the Big Island of Hawai’i. After earning her undergraduate degree at Sonoma State University, Chatham served as the Windsor Unified Schools District Librarian.

Hollywood publicist and talent agent George Goldey ’76 died on March 31 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Goldey headed the public relations department at the science/science fiction magazine Omni, before going on to serve as senior executive of the corporate division of Rogers & Cowan in Los Angeles.

In 1993, Goldey founded the Beverly Hills-based talent agency The Goldey Co. and represented actors like Barry Newman, Jan-Michael Vincent, Julie Benz, David Strickland and Michael J. Pollard. Before his death, Goldey taught a Cambridge language course at the University of Saigon.

Georgia Storm Claessens ’77 died on February 27 in Palos Verdes, California. As a UCSB student, Claessens was a member of the legendary 1972-74 women’s volleyball team that advanced to the semifinals at the AIAW National Championship tournaments through three consecutive occasions. In 2014, Claessens and her teammates were inducted into the UCSB Gaucho Athletic Hall of Fame. An accomplished businesswoman, Claessens founded her own landscaping business and the Mulligan Family Fun Center in Torrance, California. She also served as a member of the Storm Industries Board of Directors.

Jonathan C. Floyd ’76 died on March 3 in Poulsbo, Washington. He attended law school and earned his graduate degree in communications at California State University Northridge, where he also taught for eight years. He worked in corporate communications for DeAnza Corporation in Los Angeles and produced educational videos through his own company The Knowledge Merchant.

Susie Klein ’78 died on May 14 in Burlingame, California. Klein ran her own business as a jazzercise instructor in northern California.


Jean Thomson ’81 died in Santa Barbara, California. She worked at the Air Pollution Control District.

Kevin Robert Jones ’83 died on April 29 in Santa Cruz, California. Before his death, Jones was pursuing a career in nursing.

Gabrielle M. Kotite died on February 24. After she attended UC Santa Barbara, Kotite enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

John Howell Jackson died on January 31 in Sacramento, California. After attending UCSB, Jackson went on to earn a degree in journalism from California State University. For 14 years, he worked at Continental Airlines in Houston, Texas.

Deirdre Marie (Wild) Kauer died on March 30 in San Rafael, California. After attending UC Santa Barbara, Kauer worked as a teacher and librarian in the Mill Valley School District for 30 years.

Capt. Deborah Price Trader-Miller ’84 died on April 25 in Chesapeake, Virginia. During her 28 years of naval service, Trader-Miller was a career Navy Reserve Intelligence officer who served during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Alice Steier Moran ’85 died on May 24 in Bellevue, Washington. During her time at UCSB, Moran was a dedicated member of the Chi Omega sorority.

Joan Marie Malette ’86 died on April 8 in Santa Barbara, California. After graduating from UCSB, Malette went on to earn her master’s degree in library science at UC Berkeley. She and her late husband Harry founded HLM Air Services in Independence, Oregon.


Robert J. Cooper ’98 died on April 25 in Santa Barbara, California. A scion of the Philadelphia cordials and liqueurs house Charles Jacquin et Cie, Cooper started his own spirits company and introduced the popular elderflower liqueur St-Germain in 2007. In 2012, he sold St-Germain to Bacardi Ltd. And went on to release vintage bar ingredients like Crème Yvette and Hochstadter’s Slow & Low. In 2013, he launched Lock Stock & Barrel, a 13-year old straight rye whiskey.

Connie Jean Vinson MA ’99 died on February 26 in Sacramento, California. Vinson spent 30 years working for the State of California through various departments like the California Department of Education, the the California Department of Finance, the California Water Resources Control Board and the Office of the Attorney General. For ten years, she taught social sciences and language arts to middle and high school students at the Oxnard Union High School District and the Pajaro Unified School District.


Jessica Marie Hildreth ’05 died on March 21 in Marin County, California. She worked as an office manager at Lifeforce Family Chiropractic, a sales associate at Peloton Cycle and was an advisor at Yoga Works.

Lisa Mendelson ’11 died on March 17 in Santa Barbara, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Mendelson went on to earn a teaching certificate from Northridge University. She taught elementary school in Los Angeles until she moved to Santa Barbara. A dedicated volunteer at the physical rehabilitation unit at Cottage Hospital, Mendelson was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012.

Eric Paul Seidman ’12 died in Santa Barbara, California. He worked as a technical support manager at Invoca and as a mechanical engineer at Griplock Systems.

Kevin Anthony Mesplou ’12 died on March 14 in Lomita, California. Mesplou worked as an engineering project manager for IES Engineering in Bakersfield, California.

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

Cedric Robinson, a longtime professor and author in the UCSB Black Studies Department, died on June 4 in Santa Barbara. Robinson served as the chair of the Black Studies Department and director of the Center for Black Studies during his more than three decades at UCSB. His most recent books were Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition and Anthropology of Marxism. He received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and his doctorate from Stanford University.

Author and researcher Dr. Mattison Mines, professor emeritus and former chair of the UCSB department of anthropology, died on February 25 in Portland, Oregon. Mines also served as a research professor and director of the UC Study Center in the Netherlands.

Physicist, Nobel laureate and humanitarian Walter Kohn died on April 19 in Santa Barbara, California. A UCSB faculty member since 1979, Kohn won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with fellow theoretical chemist Sir John Pople for their contributions to the understanding of electronic properties of materials. His work helped develop many insights into the development of supercomputers and electronic materials, as well as providing a deeper understanding of atomic and molecular structure.

Kohn is the first of six Nobel laureates at UC Santa Barbara and is the founding director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Born in Vienna in 1923, Kohn and his sister escaped the Nazi regime in one of the last Kinderstransport missions that brought children out of Nazi Germany, Austria and other German-occupied territories. He received his undergraduate and his master’s degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Toronto, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard in 1948. He worked at Carnegie Mellon University after serving in Copenhagen as a National Research Council of Canada post-doctoral fellow. In 1960, he served physics department chair at UC San Diego before he went on to take the founding director position at UCSB’s Institute for Theoretical Physics. Since 1984, he has served as a professor at the UCSB Physics Department.

Alen Nazari died on April 8 in Goleta, California. A psychology major, Nazari was a third-year student with senior level standing at UC Santa Barbara.

Jonah Matthew Lantaya died on March 31 in Goleta, California. A junior-level student, Lantaya was attending his first year at UC Santa Barbara as a chemical engineering major. Before enrolling at UCSB in the fall of 2015, Lantaya served for 10 years as a medical laboratory technician in the U.S. Army and as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

William Statts Thomas Jr. died on March 27 in Santa Barbara, California. Since 2000, Thomas worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, and served as a Trustee of the UCSB Foundation.

Sofia Marie Menzel died on March 6 in Arizona. Menzel worked for 22 years at UC Santa Barbara, where she worked her way up to head dietician in food service. She was instrumental in setting up programming for diet meals at the University and worked to coordinate banquet galas honoring dignitaries like Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Navy veteran and renowned mathematics scholar Marvin David Marcus died on February 20 in Santa Barbara, California. In 1962, he joined the UCSB Department of Mathematics and went on to hold joint appointments in Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science.

From 1978 to 1986, Marcus served as Vice Chancellor and Dean of Research and Academic Development. In 1979, he founded the UCSB Microcomputer Laboratory where he served as director until his retirement in 1991. A prolific author, Marcus wrote several books and over two hundred articles during his lifetime.

Former Deputy District Attorney and Court Commissioner Harry Johnson Loberg died on March 3 in Santa Barbara, California. After graduating from Cornell in 1967, Loberg worked at UC Santa Barbara as a personnel analyst before moving on to attend law school at UCLA.

Community leader and accomplished pianist Nadia Kelada died on February 10 in Montecito, California. Kelada served as President of the UC Santa Barbara General Affiliates Board, the University’s largest community support group.

Nellie G. Casselman died on February 22 in Santa Barbara, California. She worked at UC Santa Barbara in the Reprographics Department until she retired in 1991.

Betty Ann Hogan Brown died on March 8 in Santa Barbara, California. She worked as a work-study coordinator at UC Santa Barbara.

Marshall Ackerman died on February 7 in Goleta, California. He served as the vice chairman of the UCSB Communications Department Advisory Board. Before moving to Santa Barbara, he served as the vice chairman of Rodale Press, the publisher of Prevention, Organic Gardening and Theatre Crafts magazines and president of the American Institute of Wine & Food.

Ronald Ondrejka died on April 7 in Carpinteria, California. For 12 years, Ondrejka was the conductor of the Santa Barbara Symphony. From 1967 to 1979, he also served as a faculty member at the UCSB Music Department, where he led the conducting program and directed the University Symphony. Ondrejka was honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music.

Carson “Kit” Kittle died on April 13 in Santa Barbara, California. He served as the manager of the transportation department at UC Santa Barbara until 1981.

Hayden Charles Werner died on May 20 in Santa Barbara, California. A pre-biology major, Werner was a second year honors student with a junior level standing at UC Santa Barbara. He was a member of the UCSB Ski Team and was named 2015 Instructor of the Year in the Orange County Lifeguard Program.