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Clarence Underwood ‘74

Clarence Underwood ‘74, retired from Teaching and wrote over one hundred poems. Underwood worked for 15 years as a substitute teacher, grades K-12 and as an amateur astronomer. He also wrote poems in the Eastbay Astronomical Society Newletter, The Refractor. His work can be found on line as Clarence G. or just Clarence Underwood amateur astronomer.

Clarence G. Underwood '74

by Clarence G. Underwood ’74
Pittsburgh Unified School District Teacher

As a teacher, I lead the class. The lessons are easy and the test not hard to pass. My class is full a rising stars who see the light. They study and write until the night.

These kids of mine take an interest in everything. And to the classroom their questions they bring. Now, I think I'm a good teacher but, I don't know everything. So to answer their questions, sometimes I use the computer thing.

My favorite subjects are History and the study of the sky. I am also an amateur astronomer, so we fly high. They say knowing history helps you avoid mistakes. Perhaps that knowledge will give my kids some breaks.

I must confess, teaching wasn't my life's game. Working in Industry, was my claim to fame. I began teaching late in life, I suppose I got the idea from my wife. She volunteered in our children's school, I thought that very cool.

Who’s That Girl?

Kathleen (Kathy) Bell '70

In our Fall 2016 issue of Coastlines, Venita (McPherson) Jorgensen ’67 asked:

“Who is this lovely girl and where is she now? She was the absolute idea of what one should look like, circa 1963.”

Marty Unger ’70 had the winning answer:

“The picture was taken in the fall of 1967. The girl is Kathleen (Kathy) Bell '70. She and I lived at Tropicana Gardens our freshman year, from 1966 to 1967. I knew her then, but have no idea what happened to her after graduation.”

Looking for someone you’ve lost touch with over the years? Send your questions, with a photo of your time together at UCSB, to -- and get your question published in the next issue of Coastlines.

Young UCSB Alumni on the 2016 Pacific Business Times “40 Under 40” List

Six Gauchos made it to the Pacific Business Times’ annual “40 under 40” list of dynamic young business leaders shaping the economy on the Central Coast.

Nohemy Ornelas ’03Nohemy Ornelas ’03 serves as the associate superintendent of Allan Hancock College. After she graduated from Lompoc High School, she attended Hancock College before she transferred UC Santa Barbara. At her current role at Hancock College, Ornelas oversees student-centered positions like admissions, records, student health, financial services and counseling.

Dan Glaeser ’03Union Bank Vice President and Senior Credit Manager Dan Glaeser ’03 was involved in investment clubs as an accounting and business economics major at UCSB. At his current role at Union Bank (formerly Montecito Bank & Trust), Glaeser oversees consumer lending and business banking, provides the underwriting and approval process for the 10 UB branches and manages regulatory compliance.

Gene Deering ’04Former UCSB soccer player and Radius agent Gene Deering ’04 began in the real estate industry as a secretary and worked his way up to a top-performing agent serving major clients like the Starbucks center in Montecito, Merrill Lynch on State Street and the Devereux property sale to UCSB.

Leanne Schlinger ’05Leanne Schlinger ’05 is the founder and president of Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals, a short-term vacation rental business based in the Central Coast. Over the past three years, her business has grown over 100 percent and now employs seven full-time contractors and several independent contractors in the area.

Corey Hoven Ph.D. ’10Corey Hoven Ph.D. ’10 founded UCSB spin-out Next Day Technologies in 2010, where he now serves as chief technology officer. Hoven’s mentor, Nobel Laureate and UCSB Physics Professor Alan Heeger, developed the company’s flat translucent solar panels using organic light-emitting diodes.


Dos Pueblos High School (DPHS) honored Gordon McClenathan ’57 at the school’s 50th Celebration Gala by inducting the former coach and track athlete into the DPHS 2016 Hall of Fame. McClenathan qualified for the 1956 Olympic trials and worked as a cross country and track coach for 30 years. He was inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame and the UC Santa Barbara Gaucho Hall of Fame. He still continues to mentor young athletes by serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the DPHS cross country and track program.


Michael Westmore ’61 Award-winning makeup artist Michael Westmore ’61 met with students, staff and fellow UCSB alumni at LIFEFORMS, an exhibition of his creature creations and concepts at the UC Santa Barbara AD&A Museum. Westmore won multiple Emmy Awards for his work on the Star Trek franchise and an Oscar for his makeup artistry on the 1985 film Mask. He serves as a mentor on the SyFy reality show Face Off.

John Stoney ’61 was inducted into the CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame. During his long career as a coach, mentor and sports official, Stoney served for many years as San Marcos High School’s athletic director.

William Lowell Robertson ’64 and Diane (Sheerer) Robertson ’65William Lowell Robertson ’64 and Diane (Sheerer) Robertson ’65 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 3, 2016 in Nevada City, California. “All of the Sig Ep brothers lost their bets and we won big,” said Robertson.

Marion (Sheppard) Wilkins ’66 retired after 40 years in pastoral ministry with her husband Donald Wilkins. The Wilkins celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in December 2016, and have five children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, along with the many young people they have helped raise as foster parents for over 43 years. The Wilkins now reside at the Indian Lake Nazarene Campground in Vicksburg, Michigan.

Author Dr. Robert Curry ’67, MA ’73 is a finalist for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award. Curry published Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea in 2015.

James Bettinger ’69James Bettinger ’69 retired on August 31 after 47 years in journalism. Bettinger spent 20 years in daily newspapers at the Riverside Press-Enterprise and San Jose Mercury News, and 27 years as deputy director and then director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation donated $100,000 to Stanford to create a challenge fund for newsroom innovation in Bettinger’s honor. “And it all got started in 1967 at El Gaucho, the predecessor to the Daily Nexus, where I was a rock music critic, reporter, and finally editor-in-chief,” said Bettinger. “It was the best journalism education anyone could have gotten.”


Delaine Eastin MA ’71Delaine Eastin MA ’71 announced her intent to run for California governor in 2018. Eastin, who served for 8 years as the state’s top education official, has been out of public office since her finished her second term as superintendent of public instruction in 2003. She has held a number of education leadership positions and serves as the chair of the board of Educate our State, a nonprofit advocating for California schools. Eastin received the 1997 Distinguished UCSB Alumni Award and served on the Board of Directors of the UCSB Alumni Association from 1989 to 1995.

Dennis Diaz ’75Attorney Dennis Diaz ’75 has been named the Los Angeles Administrative/Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year – 2017” by Best Lawyers in America. Diaz represents hospitals and medical groups as a partner in the health law practice group Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Los Angeles, California

Wenonah Valentine ’77Wenonah Valentine ’77 joined AARP California’s District Liaison volunteer team to represent residents over 50 years old in three legislative districts -- Congressional District 37, State Senatorial District 30 and State Assembly District 59.

M. Alyce HarrisM. Alyce Harris celebrated 34 years of service at the UCSB Library with friends and family at the Mosher Alumni House on June 24, 2016. Harris, a mentor to 140 Black Studies Unit Library Assistants, won the 2016 Outstanding Library Employee Award recognizing her contributions for campus collaborations, diversity, integrity, leadership, research and learning. She was also honored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Mu Kappa Chapter for continued years of service and support.

Dr. Gregory A. Miller ’78 is the president and CEO of NatureServe. A life-long naturalist and leader for conservation efforts, Miller served as president of the American Hiking Society and was vice president at The Nature Conservancy.

Mark Mattingly ’78Mark Mattingly ’78 recently purchased Pacifica Commercial Realty from the Pacifica Real Estate Group in Santa Barbara. Since 1991, Mattingly has served as the executive vice president of Pacifica Commercial Realty, the largest commercial real estate brokerage and management firm on the Central Coast. Mattingly manages the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Paso Robles offices. A dedicated Gaucho, Mattingly serves on the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association Founders Circle.

Attorney Mark Sayre ’79 joined Foley & Mansfield, a National Law Journal 350 firm with a diverse practice of business and trial attorneys in 11 offices throughout the United States. Sayre, a veteran trial attorney, will be based in the company’s Los Angeles office and will focus his practice on product liability and toxic and mass tort litigation, as well as asbestos defense. Before he joined Foley & Mansfield, Sayre was the founding partner at Valorem Law Group, LLC.


Judy Pirkowitsch ’84Financial advisor Judy Pirkowitsch ’84 celebrates her 25th year anniversary as a CRPC and CDFA with Ameriprise Financial in Santa Barbara, California. Pirkowitsch specializes as a business financial advisor and certified divorce financial analyst.

Award-winning OB/GYN, entrepreneur and women’s health expert Dr. Sheryl Ross ’84 received the Patients Choice Award for Compassionate Doctor Recognition. Ross was also recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the best doctors in Los Angeles and as “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly in the Obstetrics and Gynecology category.

2016 UCSB Alumni Awards Celebrated Excellence and Leadership at UC Santa Barbara

Alumni Award recipientsThe UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association honored alumni leaders and campus mentors at the 2016 Alumni Awards on Oct. 7 at the Corwin Pavilion. “Our alumni are leading by example and helping us create a shared legacy,” said Chancellor Henry T. Yang during his opening remarks. “We are inspired by your exceptional achievements.”

Philanthropist Susan Worster ’70 received the Graver Service Award for her inspirational leadership at UCSB. A mentor for generations of young scientists, Worster is a member of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees, the Dean’s Cabinet for the Division of Science and serves as secretary and committee Member of the Foundation Board. With her husband Bruce Worster, she established the Susan and Bruce Worster Chair in Experimental Physics at UCSB, as well as the endowment for the Susan and Brucer Worster Chair for the Dean of Science.

Top UCSB scholar-athlete Christa Gannon ’94, who founded Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) -- a nonprofit providing education, leadership training and mentoring for at-risk teens in Santa Clara and San Mateo -- was honored with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.

This year’s Honorary Alumni Awards went to retired UCSB Coach Gregg Wilson and Dr. Joseph Incandela, who serves as Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and is the Joe and Pat Yzurdiaga Professor of Physics at UCSB.

See eCoastlines for highlights from the 2016 Alumni Awards.


Monica Orozco ’91, MA ’93 is the executive director of the Old Mission Santa Barbara.

Allison Eckstrom ’96 is a partner in the labor and employment group of Bryan Cave LLP, an international law firm with 27 offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Eckstrom will reside in the firm’s Irvine office.

Colin Murphy ’94 celebrates his 21st harvest as a vintner at the Koehler Winery in Los Olivos, California. Murphy oversees 12 different wines at Koehler, including Riesling, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon, as well as driving the potential of the vineyard’s rose and grenache blanc.

Lorraine Echavarria ’94 is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Echavarria will be based at Wilmer Hale’s Los Angeles office as part of the firm’s securities litigation and enforcement practice. Before accepting her position at Wilmer Hale, Echavarria served as associate regional director at the Los Angeles Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tony Mancuso ’95 is the president of the Page Youth Center Board of Directors. Mancuso is the chief financial officer and vice president of finance at Mission Linen Supply.

Cristi Michelon Vasquez ’97 Attorney Cristi Michelon Vasquez ’97 celebrates 15 years of providing the Santa Barbara community with legal services. Six years ago, Vasquez became the principal of her own firm specializing in business matters, real estate, landlord-tenant negotiations, trust litigation, conservatorships and general civil litigation. Vasquez will be relocating her practice to 132 E. Figueroa Street, just steps away from the Santa Barbara Courthouse in downtown Santa Barbara.

Renee M. Fairbanks ’97Attorney Renee M. Fairbanks ’97, a principal of the firm Ehlers & Fairbanks, PC, has been assigned to work on education -- including self-study programs -- for the State Bar of California’s Family Law Executive Committee. A member of the committee since October 2015, Fairbanks is a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS).


Salud Carbajal ’90 won the seat for US Congress, District 24, with 111,270 votes against Steve W. Isakson Ph.D. ’01. Jared Huffman ’86 took California’s 2nd Congressional District with 154,411 votes. Monique Limon MA ’16 ran and won the race for the 37th District, for the California State Assembly, with 89,221 votes. Das Williams MA ’05 won with 10,702 votes for the Santa Barbara County Board Supervisor for District 1.


Jennifer Lofthus ’01 is on the Domestic Violence Solutions board of directors. She serves as the policy coordinator and deputy Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer for UC Santa Barbara.

Coach Xavier Castellano ’03 brought his Estancia boys basketball team to visit UC Santa Barbara this summer. Castellano’s team reached the UCSB team small camp school division final.

Steve Ortiz ’04 is the vice president of United Way Santa Barbara County (UWSBC). The organization increased participation by 500 donors and raised $130,000 this spring. UCSB is the oldest United Way campaign in Santa Barbara County, and has raised over $570,00 for United Way programs and partners.

Paul Monge ’11Paul Monge ’11 will serve as the next UC Student Regent in July 2017. The Regents voted to approve Monge’s nomination this summer. (See eCoastlines for a special feature on Monge by Jerel Constantino ’17.)

Karen Urrutia ’11 joined the Minarets teaching team at the Chawanakee Unified School District in North Fork, California.

Matthew Fienup MA ’12, Ph.D. ’14, ’16 is the director of California Lutheran University’s Center for Economic Research & Forecasting.

Certified Financial Planner Jarrett Gorlick ’13 is a volunteer for the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s Partners in Education. Hope School District Superintendent Anne Hubbard ’88, MA ’90 and UCSB Alumni Affairs Assistant Vice Chancellor George Thurlow ’73 serve on the nonprofit’s executive committee.

Kevin Corstorphine ’13 is a senior loan officer at the Santa Barbara office of the Alison Company.

Jennifer Smith ’13 is the SMART training program coordinator and primary employee and labor relations advisor for the Division of Research and Institutional Advancement at UC Santa Barbara. Before she accepted her position at UCSB, Smith worked in Legal Aid organizations in California representing low-income families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Adam Varney ’14, MA ’16 is an upper school math teacher at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California.

Paige Van Tuyl is the events and annual fund manager at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara. Van Tuyl volunteers at PATH (Casa Esperanza) and serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces.

The Phoenix Suns guaranteed center Alan Williams ’15 a NBA contract for the 2016-2017 season.

Angelica Casas ’16 is the fifth Gaucho alumni ambassador for the USC/iDREAM summer enrichment programs. iDREAM for Racial Health Equity, a project of Community Partners, is a leadership, training and advocacy network dedicated to coaching and skill-building and committed to emerging health leaders focused on eliminating health disparities and infant mortality.

Adam Peters ’16 is pursuing his doctorate in material engineering at John Hopkins University. Peters graduated with a degree in chemistry from UCSB, where he also received the Distinction in Major Award for excellence in undergraduate research.

Christine Aboseif ’16Christine Aboseif ’16 was awarded a $10,000 Community Outreach Award Scholarship towards her first semester’s tuition at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). The scholarship recognizes students who have shown exceptional dedication to their communities, hospitals or charities. Aboseif serves as the chapter director of the UC Haiti Initiative leveraging all ten UC campuses to help support the rebuilding of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She worked to help handicapped orphans studied female health discrepancies in Egypt, and served on a medical brigade in Ecuador.


In Memorium


Frank Mitsugu Fujii died on September 26 in Santa Barbara, California. Fujii attended the State Teachers College at UC Santa Barbara’s original Riviera campus location before he was interned at the Gila River Camp in Arizona during World War II. After being released from Gila, Fujii worked with Madame Ganna Walska to create Lotusland’s Japanese Garden in Montecito. He remained at this position until his 90th birthday.


Carole H. Fuchs died on August 4 in Newport Beach, California. Fuchs earned her teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara (then known as Santa Barbara State College) and went on to teach at Long Beach and Colton school districts.

Grace Merriman Thompson Altus ’44 died on September 13 in Santa Barbara, California. Altus graduated as the valedictorian of her class at Santa Barbara State College (now UC Santa Barbara). She went on to earn her doctorate in psychology from UC Berkeley and completed her post-doctoral training at Columbia University. She worked as a school psychologist, first as head of guidance for Santa Barbara County schools and at the Goleta Union School District. Her research into factors influencing school achievement and test patterns in children was widely recognized. Altus was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association. She was also listed in the Who’s Who of American Women.

Charlotte Ruth Cobell died on October 2 in Winter Haven, New Jersey. After attending UC Santa Barbara, Cobell worked at the A&P Co. for 25 years.


Joanne Cora Hull (Dal Pozzo) Carroll died on September 20 in Santa Barbara, California. Carroll was a student at the UC Santa Barbara’s original Riviera campus and was a member of Nu Phi Delta Chi. She served at the Old Mission as council secretary, Eucharistic minister and wedding coordinator.

Samuel Thelan Rice ’54 died on September 20 in Yorba Lunda, California. Rice served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wisconsin and USS Blue during World War II and the Korean Conflict. After graduating from UCSB, he earned his master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University. For 30 years, Rice taught woodshop at Upland High School.

Margie Sharpe died on September 17 in Santa Barbara, California. Sharpe was a member of Sigma Epsilon.


Richard David Irizary Ph.D. ’60 died on August 24 in Clements, California. Irizary spent his entire career in education administration in the San Carlos School District, where he served as principal of Heather Elementary School. After he retired, Izirary worked as an area coordinator for People to People and Quo.

Ron Robertson, Sr. died on August 19 in Santa Barbara, California. After attending UCSB, Robertson went on to attend the University of the Pacific Dental School. For 22 years, Robertson operated his own dental practice in Santa Barbara. He also purchased the Balboa Building on State Street and invested in real estate properties in Montecito. He served as president of the Knowlwood Tennis Club and the Montecito Trails Foundation.

Wolfgang Lauter ’64 died on October 24 in Santa Barbara, California. Wolf served in the US Air Force from 1945 to 1948, before earning his degrees from Brooks Institute of Photography and UC Santa Barbara. He worked as a cinematographer for the 1958 Walt Disney production “The Pigeon that Worked a Miracle,” and taught biology and photography for 25 years at the Ojai Valley School, Crane School and Anacapa School in Santa Barbara.

Toni Clark MA ’64, Ph.D. ’74 died on August 23 in Claremont, California. As a doctoral candidate at UCSB, Clark and Professor Bob Potter developed and implemented the first ethnic studies course at UC Santa Barbara. Clark taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis for 10 years before accepting the position of dean of women and associate dean of students at Pomona College. She served as associate professor and chair of the English department at Pomona, and taught environmental and analysis (EA) courses. After she retired, she worked as a nature interpreter at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Margaret Ann Lawrence MA ’66 died on October 11 in Santa Barbara, California. Before receiving her master’s degree from UC Santa Barbara, she served as the executive director of the Santa Barbara Girls Club, the Long Beach Girls Club and the Erie County Council of Girls Scouts in Pennsylvania. She wrote the column “Hi Neighbor” in the Goleta Valley Times and was a regular contributor for car magazines and publications. Before she retired in 1982, Lawrence taught physical education and theater arts at Goleta Valley Junior High.

Edward Lee Horton ’67 died on August 7 in Palos Verdes Estates, California. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Horton served in the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment in Vietnam, earned the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After he returned from Vietnam, Horton went on to earn his law degree from the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He worked at Belcher, Henzie & Bieganzahn before moving to work as the Los Angeles partner for the Nashville firm Waller, Lansdown, Dortch and Davis. He then worked at Dykema Gossett until he retired in 2012. A member of the American Bar Association, Horton served on the board of Temcor in Gardena and the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.

David Paul Speyer ’69 died on August 14 in Oak Glen, California. After graduating from UCSB, Speyer went on to earn a master’s degree in accounting and worked as a certified public accountant in Beverly Hills, California.


Carol Carrig MA ’72, MA ’79 died on August 20 in Santa Barbara, California. Carrig and her husband Michael Terry spent four years as missionaries in Uganda through the Volunteer Missionary Movement. She helped establish women’s leadership training courses, developed religious studies education programs, a married couples’ leadership training program and taught at Lay Helpers’ College. She also taught nutrition, child care, health, sewing and arts, and was a champion for women’s literacy. When she returned to the United States, Carrig worked at the La Casa de Maria Retreat Center and at the Bishop Garcia High School. As Sister Mary Carol, she served as the director of the IHM Center for Spiritual Renewal in Montecito for 13 years.

Anne Riseling ’75 died on May 27 in Santa Ana, California. While at UC Santa Barbara, she participated in the Education Abroad Program in Madrid, Spain. After graduation, she spent her career working for the Orange County Housing Authority.

Steven Harold Flaherty ’75 died on October 18 in Lodi, California. After he graduated from UC Santa Barbara, he went on to receive his teaching credential from CSU. For 34 years, Flaherty taught at the Lodi Unified School District.

Olga Kokino ’77, ’78 died on September 8 in Santa Barbara, California. After graduating from UCSB, Kokino went on to earn her master’s degree at UC Riverside. She taught high students in Lake Elsinore and Long Beach, before establishing a journalism program at University High School in Los Angeles. She earned her National Board Certification and went on to publish a textbook series on journalism and served as president of the Los Angeles Journalism Teachers Association. For 20 years, Kokino also volunteered with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary in Long Beach, California.

Georgia Lee ’78 died on July 9 in San Luis Obispo, California. After graduating from UCSB, Lee went on to earn her doctorate in archaeology from UCLA. Her field research on Easter Island inspired her book The Rock Art of Easter Island: Symbols of Power, Prayers to the Gods. Lee also led several projects documenting the ancient rock art of Hawai`i and wrote Spirit of Place: Petrogylphs of Hawaii. Her research in California included an extensive study of Chumash and other ancient rock sites in the Central Coast. Lee served as a founding member of the Easter Island Foundation in 1981. She helped create the William Mulloy Library on Easter Island and a scholarship program for students of Easter Island ancestry. She also served as the founding editor of the Rapa Nui Journal.


Daniel K. Shaw ’81 died on August 18 in Clayton, California. Shaw went on to earn his MBA from Seattle University and served as informational and technology services officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In 2001, he went on to work as an investment advisor with Morgan Stanley, Piper Jaffray and Stifel.

Barbara Ann Nelson ’82 died on October 8 in Santa Barbara, California. Nelson worked for over 25 years as a dispensing optician for the Eye Surgical Medical Group of Santa Barbara.

Kathryn O. Alexander MA ’83, Ph.D. ’88 died on September 28 in Santa Barbara, California. Alexander participated in the founding of Santa Barbara City College and served for 45 years on the SBCC Board of Trustees – making her the longest-serving trustee in California. At UC Santa Barbara, Alexander served as head TA for Walter Capps’ 800-student course on Vietnam and taught a course on medical ethics after she earned her doctorate. She is the author of Californian Catholicism, the first book in a series on religion in California.


Jason Allen Kosola died in Lake Oswego, Oregon. After attending UCSB, he moved to Park City to be with family and to pursue his passion for the mountains and skiing.


Ryan Matthew Hardin ’00, MS ’03 died on October 24 in Portland, Oregon. Hardin taught English at Santa Barbara High School before moving to Oregon to work at St. Paul and Westview High School. Since 2012, he transitioned from teaching to work in talent development at Nike Inc.

Robherda Catherine “Cookie” Lange ’10 died on May 30 in Santa Barbara, California. After working at UCSB for 20 years as an administrative assistant, Lange earned her degree in English literature from UC Santa Barbara in 2010. Chancellor Henry Yang and his wife Dilling personally escorted Lange across the commencement stage to receive a hug from UCSB Vice Chancellor Michael Young.

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

Fourth-year UCSB student Marissa Chavez died on September 21 in Santa Barbara, California. She was a member of Hermanas Unidas, a familial organization for Chicanas.

Joan Magruder died on September 24 in Santa Barbara, California. For nearly three decades, Magruder worked at the UCSB Office of Public Information at Cheadle Hall. A seasoned broadcast journalist, she worked at KEYT as a news writer and assignments editor.

Orlando “Londi” Ciabattoni died on August 15 in Goleta, California. For 30 years, Ciabattoni worked at the UCSB Office of Architects and Engineers as chief construction inspector. After he retired from UCSB, he went on to work in the private sector on projects for Santa Barbara City College and Cottage Hospital. Ciabattoni was named Goleta Man of the Year in 1987. He served as the board of directors of the Alpha Resource Center and was a member of Rancheros Visitadores.

Vince Stumpo died on October 1 in Santa Barbara, California. For 12 years, Stumpo worked as a senior architectural inspector at UC Santa Barbara.

Maria Elena Castaneda died on September 30 in Santa Barbara, California. She worked at the UCSB student dining commons.

Maria Del Carmen Tapia died on September 21 in Santa Barbara, California. Tapia worked as an assistant to Dr. Raimundo Panikkar at the UCSB Religious Studies Department before moving on to serve as an administrator of faculty exchanges for the UC Education Abroad program.