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In Touch 1950s-1970s


The San Pedro Sportswalk to the Waterfront inducted John S. Matesich (1959, B.A., social science) and Jack N. Bogdanovich (1963, B.A.; 1965, M.A., physical education) to its walk of fame that honors area athletes. Matesich has spent 55 years as a Southern California lifeguard and holds more than 50 aquatics competition titles. Bogdanovich, who also received the event’s Trani Award for contributions to community athletics, coached Cerritos College basketball from 1983 to 1998.


L. Patrick Hassey (1967, B.S., business administration–marketing) retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Allegheny Technologies, a specialty metals manufacturing firm. He previously was executive vice president of Alcoa Inc.

John Caputo (1968, B.A.; 1971, M.A., speech communication) is the Walter Ong, S.J., Scholar, professor and chair of the Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He received the 2011 Exemplary Faculty Award for Teaching and Scholarship and has guided students on an award-winning “Backpack Journalism” program in Italy for 10 summers. His wife, Joann (Geonetta) Caputo (1970, B.A. English), teaches second grade at St. Charles School in Spokane.

Robert E. Katherman (1969, B.S., civil engineering; 1979, MPA) was elected to the Association of California Water Agencies Region 8 board. He is director of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, the regional groundwater management agency.


The Academy of Management honored Dan R. Dalton (1970, B.A., economics; 1974, MBA) with its Distinguished Career Award for his years of research and service. He is dean emeritus of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and remains the Harold A. Poling Chair of Strategic Management and founding director of the school’s Institute for Corporate Governance. (Photo courtesy of Indiana University.)

Richard L. Schoen (1971, B.S., microbiology) is managing partner in the San Ramon, Calif., office of System1Search, a national executive search firm specializing in medical, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries.

Fletcher V. Davidson (1971, B.S., industrial technology) received the 2012 Executive of the Year award at the 16th annual Urban Wheels Awards event during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. He is group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Customer Services Division at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Peter A. Donnellan (1972, B.A., public administration) is vice president in the Gardena, Calif., office of Gateway Business Properties. He has more than 22 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.

Long Beach City College inducted Frank X. Gaspar (1973, B.A., creative writing) into its 2011 Hall of Fame. He was an LBCC professor of English for 31 years before retiring, then was visiting endowed chair in Portuguese studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in fall 2010. He writes on Portuguese-American subjects along with poetry and fiction.

Arthur W. Salyer (1973, B.S., materials engineering) is chief executive officer and president of Palladium Energy, an international firm based in Lisle, Ill., which makes custom battery packs.


President Obama appointed Robert L. Blazs (1975, B.A., mathematics) as U.S. commissioner for the Canadian River Compact Commission, which has representatives from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and the federal government. He is a retired U.S. Geological Survey engineer and former assistant director and data operations chief at the Oklahoma Water Science Center.

Jeffrey W. Colburn (1977, B.S., criminal justice) is a fine art photographer and writer in Northern Arizona. His recent accomplishments include an article in Photography Monthly in the United Kingdom, two photos in the November Shutterbug magazine, and displays in several Arizona public buildings.

Keith D. Curry (1977, B.A., political science; 1978 MPA) has been named director of the Center for Public Policy and visiting professor at Concordia University, Irvine. Curry also is a member of the Newport Beach City Council and served as mayor in 2010. He recently retired from a 24-year career as a managing director of Public Financial Management, a national public finance advisory firm.

Jonathan L. Atwood (1978, M.A., biology) is science director of the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Maine, which assesses emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems and advances environmental awareness. He earned a Ph.D. from UCLA.

The California Department of Education named Kenneth B. LaVigne (1978, B.A., English) as one of five 2012 California Teachers of the Year. He teaches English and is a former football coach at La Serna High School in Whittier and helped found its Organized Academic Support in School (OASIS) program to help academically at-risk students.

Valerie McCaffrey (1978, B.A., radio/TV/film) is co-producer and casting director for the feature film, “Lost and Found in Armenia,” starring Jamie Kennedy. She is a veteran casting director whose recent work includes “Rushlights” featuring Beau Bridges and “Chasing Shakespeare” starring Danny Glover.

Keith T. Hardeman (1979, B.A.; 1982, M.A., speech communication) received the 2011 campus-wide Outstanding Professor award for excellence in teaching, research and development, and college service at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. He is professor of speech communication and chair of the Communication and Fine Arts Department.

StandardAero Business Aviation selected Marc V. McGowan (1979 B.A., social work) as vice president of business development, strategy and product management, working in the Tempe, Ariz., office of the global aircraft services firm. He was vice president of international defense and space for Honeywell Aerospace.