College of Science & Engineering Alumni Newsletter

Fall 1999

  News from Your Classmates

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    Biologist, psychologist and conservationist Leonore McCrystle Bravo (BA ’35, Biology & Social Sciences, CR ’37, Education) has been very busy since graduation. She was a teacher in Indian schools in Nevada and California and secondary schools in San Francisco, a psychologist for Sacramento and Oakland schools, and an assistant principal for Indio High School. Leonore also held various positions in many organizations - the CA Teacher Associations, CA Academy of Sciences, CA School Psychologists Association, CA State Beekeepers Associations, Woman’s International League Peace and Freedom, San Francisco Democratic Women’s Forum, Friends of Earth, Tamalpais Conservation Club, and many more. Bravo is the founder of the People for Preservation of the Natural and Wild in Bay Area Open Space and the San Francisco Beekeepers Association.  She was featured in the ‘85-’86 Who’s Who of American Women, 5th edition.

    World-renowned jazz saxophone player John Handy (BA ’75, Clinical Science) is the artist-in-residence at San Francisco State University. When asked “from your perspective, what have been some of the most important developments of the 20th century, and how will the world be different 100 years from now?” Handy answered “being born in 1933 and remembering that in Dallas they were starting to replace horse-drawn delivery wagons with trucks reminds me of how far transportation has developed. We actually owned a Model-T Ford and a Hupmobile. We did a lot of traveling hauling itinerant farm workers, mainly poor whites. It was like ‘The Grapes of Wrath.’ We’d see these people on the highways with everything the owned saying, ‘Go back. There is no work.’ The cars now are so advanced, but you can’t haul as many people because there are no running boards for them to stand on. The cars are so sleek and fast now; they have trains in Japan that go 150 miles an hour. I was on one and I was totally petrified. I project that we will have satellites in space on which people will live, if you call it that. We’ll have people stupid enough to take that trip.” Handy just celebrated a release of his newest CD on the Boulevard with the Class.

    Robert Kawasaki (BS '70, Civil Engineering) was appointed by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors to his new post as the Calaveras County Director of Public Works, Road Commissioner and County Surveyor.  Kawasaki has been a registered engineer since 1975 and a Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Galt since 1985. As the new Director, Kawasaki will oversee the operations of the county surveying department, solid waste and recycling programs and related items.

    Michael A. Kruge (BA ’80, Geology), a geology professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has been named the new chairman of the Geology Department at SIUC since the beginning of the fall 1999 semester.  Kruge began his career at SIUC as an assistant professor in 1987 and was promoted to professor in 1998. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, he earned his doctorate and master’s degree in geology from the University of California, Berkeley. Kruge previously worked for British Petroleum geochemist in their oil exploration division.  His specialties include organic geochemistry and environmental geochemistry. At SIUC, Kruge did research on the problem of sulfur in Illinois coal and has looked at the problems of industrial contamination in coastal environments. Kruge is a member of the European Association of Organic Geochemists, the Geochemical Society, the American Chemical Society (Division of Geochemistry, the American Geophysical Union and the Society for Organic Petrology. He is an associate editor of the journal Organic Geochemistry.

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Updated by Lannie Nguyen-Tang on August 3rd, 2000