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Alumni & Friends

My Gator Valentine

In February, 54 alumni couples celebrated their love and their Gator connection at a pre-Valentine's Day dinner at SF State's Seven Hills Conference Center. The Andrew Speight Quartet performed as alumni mingled with former classmates. Talk revolved around the good ole days at SF State, a period that ranged from the 1940s to last year, depending on who was speaking.

During the reception, Thelma Schiller (B.A., '42) recalled the joy of noon dances and hanging out on the bridge outside the old gym to watch basketball games. As an undergrad, she competed in sporting events to win the coveted title of "Outdoor Girl." Her main squeeze, David Schiller (B.A. '41), was also a formidable athlete. "The Outdoor Girl and the captain of the Gator football team—what could be sweeter," she said. The Schillers will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary in December.

Later, at a sit-down dinner, emcees Stan Bunger (B.A., '77), KCBS news anchor, and Don Scoble (B.A., '62; M.A., '71), executive director, SF State Foundation, invited their fellow alumni to share stories of how they met their true Gator love. It was a subject close to their hearts. Their wives, Tharon Bunger (B.A, '83) and Barbara Scoble (B.A., '61), were also in attendance.

Peggy McShane Clifford (B.A., '62) recalled sitting in a darkened room with her Bib 'n' Tucker sorority sisters to perform the memorable "candle ritual." A candle would be passed from sister to sister before one young woman blew out the flame, which signified that she was newly engaged. "One of the thrills of my college years came when it was my turn to blow out the candle and show my sparkling diamond engagement ring to my sisters," she said. She and her husband, Jim Clifford (B.A., '62), have been married 45 years and have seven children, including two SF State graduates.

Greg Roensch (B.A, '85; M.A., '92) took his fellow alumni back to his Latin class at SF State. "While I struggled with my declensions in the back of the classroom, a wild-haired woman in the front spoke Latin as if she hailed from ancient Rome," he said of his wife of 12 years, Rosalie Lack (M.A., '88). "After a few anxiety-ridden weeks, I invited her to join me for a cup of coffee, and soon afterwards we began to study together … It didn't take long for us to realize ours really was a match made in Paradiso."

Three alumni  couples pose for pictures. Photo of a jazz quartet, base, sax, drums and piano. Photos by Gino de Grandis


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