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In Touch 1960s-1970s


Glenda (Hemsley) Bayless (1962, B.S., business administration–accountancy) remains a certified public accountant in Apple Valley at age 82. She received the CalCPA 2010 Trailblazer Award for her accomplishments and is a co-founder and board chairman of Inland Community Bank. She met her husband, Gerry Bayless (1962, B.S., business administration), at the campus. “We now have 42 descendants and are both still working in real estate investments and my CPA practice,” she said.


Terence T. Cunningham (1967, B.S., microbiology) retired in February as CEO of Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles. After earning a master’s at George Washington University in Washington D.C., “I served as a senior hospital executive for over 40 years, 30 of which were as a CEO or COO leader at 11 different hospitals, eight years of which were in Europe,” he said. Married to Mary (Kasarda) Cunningham (1966, B.A., English literature), he now teaches in CSULB’s health care administration program.

The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame inducted George E. Kramer (1969, B.A., English literature) as the first California recipient of its Legendary Communicator award. He began writing about fishing in 1973, later became a columnist in Western Outdoor News and Fishing & Hunting News, and continues to write for outdoor publications and websites in addition to authoring two bass fishing books.


The University of California Board of Regents appointed Linda S. Greene (1970, B.A., health science) as UC San Diego’s vice president of equity, diversity and inclusion. She was the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her law degree at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall.

The International Lions Clubs honored Jack F. Tanaka (1970, B.A., social work) and his wife, Wanda, with its Lion of the Year Award, one of the organization’s highest honors. They are active in the Diamond Bar Breakfast Lions Club and in a variety of community organizations. Jack is a retired California corrections counselor and parole officer and is mayor pro tem of Diamond Bar.

Cal State Fullerton honored Silas H. Abrego (1971, B.A., industrial arts) with the title emeritus vice president for student affairs after serving the university for 27 years. The son of farm workers was the first in his family to attend college and earned his M.A. and doctorate at USC.

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors bestowed the title of professor emerita on Linda J. Arnold (1971, B.A., history) in recognition of 29 years of service to the university. An authority on Mexican history and law, she earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Texas at Austin.

The American Society for Nutrition presented Leann L. Birch (1971, B.A., psychology) with its E. V. McCollum Award for her studies on human development factors that control food intake. She is distinguished professor of human development and professor of nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania State University

The World Affairs Council of Orange County presented Fred M. Ameri (1972, M.S., civil engineering) with its Golden Orange Award for service to the organization and the community. He is senior vice president of RBF Consulting and past chair of the council.

Skip Kenney (1972, B.A., physical education) retired in July as the Goldman Family Director of Swimming at Stanford University. He coached the team for 33 years, winning seven NCAA titles and 31 Pac 10/12 championships and is an International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee.

Russell Lee Campbell (1973, B.A., music) retired in 2007 after an extensive career conducting California elementary through college band programs. His Fairfield High School bands were selected twice to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. His numerous awards include the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Merit as one of the nation’s top 10 band directors as well as regional and state band director honors.

The Washington State Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame inducted Richard V. Belcher (1973, B.A., speech communication), a teacher of English and other subjects at Eastlake High in Sammamish, Wash., who retired as head basketball coach in 2007. He previously coached in Bellevue, Wash., and in Southern California. He was a CIF and Washington State Coach of the Year and former USA Olympic basketball development team head coach.


Jim B. Clarke (1975, MPA) was elected to the Culver City Council in April.

Warbird Consulting Partners of Atlanta, Ga., appointed Douglas W. Fenstermaker (1975, B.S., public administration) as vice president of healthcare, which includes the CFO Consulting Network that assists hospitals and physicians with accounting and financial projects.

Partners Community Bank of California named H. Kent Falk (1976, B.S., business administration–finance) as executive vice president and chief lending officer for the Mission Viejo-based bank, which serves commercial and individual clients. He has nearly 40 years of banking experience.

The USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame inducted Wendy Cluff Perez (1976, B.S., interior design) for accomplishments in artistic gymnastics. She was a member of the 1968 U.S Olympic team, performed on the SCATS team and served as a gymnastics coach. She now is an elementary school teacher.

Richard A. Pierce (1977, B.S., recreation) retired in July after 34 years with the Bellflower Recreation Department, where he served as director since 1989.

Judith P. Smith (1977, M.A., English literature) recently retired after 25 years as a writer and media relations officer with the Arizona State Marketing and Strategic Communications Office. She previously was a reporter for the Anaheim Bulletin.

Peter H. Bloom (1978, B.S., zoology; 1989 M.S., biology) was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in May. He is president of Bloom Biological Inc. in Tustin and continues his long-term studies of birds of prey in Southern California.

Wayne Powell (1978, B.S., business administration–accountancy) was elected mayor of the city of Manhattan Beach. He also is a Los Angeles County Beach Commissioner.