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Walter Thompson (B.A., ’55; M.A., ’62), art historian and painter, is the author of “Shades of Orange with Many Greens: Visions of Paul Cézanne” (Langdon Street Press, ’12), a new interpretation of the Post-Impressionist painter’s work and personal life.

David Madden (M.A., ’58) has written a new novel, “London Bridge in Plague and Fire” (University of Tennessee Press, ’12).

Lee Budahl (M.A., ’59) published the Civil War graphic novel “Capt. Orr’s Badge” through the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.



Ira Cooperman (B.A., ’62), a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, teaches courses about the U.S. Intelligence Community at the State University of New York at Utica and at the Chautauqua Institution.

Ralph Raymond Prime (M.A., ’64), a retired professor of music at San Joaquin Delta College, has published his choral and handbell music in Gentry Publications, Mark Foster, Pavane Publishing and the Dale Warland Series.

Geoffrey Link (B.A., ’64), executive director of the San Francisco Study Center, edited and published “Death in the Tenderloin: A Slice of Life from the Heart of San Francisco,” which features life stories of residents who died in the city’s lowest-income neighborhood. Thomas Carter (B.A., ’65) was a principal author of the book.

Henry Michalski (B.A., ’67) is co-author of “Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage” (Arcadia Publishing, ’12).

Judy Juanita (B.A., ’69; M.F.A., ’93) has written about her experience in the Black Panther movement in “Virgin Soul: A Novel” (Viking, ’13).



Steve Brooks (M.A., ’72) published a book of poetry, “Essential Occupation” (New Native Press, ’12).
Clark Wolf (B.A., ‘76) co-edited “101 Classic Cookbooks: 501 Classic Recipes” (Rizzoli New York, ’12), a 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award nominee.

William A. Delaney (B.A., ’72) and his co-author, Elena Tucker, wrote “Religion, Race, and Politics in the Age of Barack Obama, Our First African American President” (Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency, ’12).

Tamara Tinker (B.A., ’72; M.A., ’74) revised “The Impiety of Ahasuerus,” her thesis for her master’s degree at Stanford. Published on CreateSpace, the text examines the influence of the legend of the Wandering Jew on two poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Susan Kornblatt Idell (B.A., ’76; M.A., ’78) has worked in health care and aging in San Francisco for the past 30 years. Now residing in Sonoma, she and her husband grow grapes and produce wine at Idell Family Vineyards.

Lenore Weiss (M.A., ’77) explores family, politics and technology in her new poetry collection, “Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island” (West End Press, ’12).

Kevin Berndt (B.A., ’78) is celebrating 30 years as owner/sole proprietor of Berndt Landscape and Garden Maintenance in El Cerrito. He and his wife, Victoria, have two children, Danielle and Jeff, who are both graduates of St. Mary’s College of California.

Shoshana Eliahu (B.A., ’79; M.A., ’84) published the novel “The Sand Soldiers” through Eloquent Books. She has also written a one-woman play, “An Evening with Golda Meir,” which ran for a year in San Francisco.

Maria Espinosa (M.A., ’79), a PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award-winning novelist, is mentoring a group of Afghan women writers under the auspices of Afghanistan Women Writers’ Project.



Bill Johnson (B.A., ’80), the executive producer of “I Love You, Man,” is working on a new feature-length romantic comedy using “crowdfunding.” “Backseat Driver,” scheduled to be released in 2014, gives public funders the inside scoop on the film throughout its production.

Luman Wing (B.A., ’80) received a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is an executive consultant for regulatory/scientific affairs at Beckloff Associates.

Charles Michael Austin, Ed.D. (M.A., ’81) published “How to Find Work ... and Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Life” through CreateSpace last June and co-authored a paper in the December 2012 issue of the Business Education Innovation Journal.

Forrest Gander (M.A., ’81) investigates the relationships between nature and culture and language and perception in “Redstart: An Ecological Poetics” (University of Iowa Press, ’12), a collection of prose and poetry he co-authored with John Kinsella.

Kerry Anne McGinn (M.A., ’82), a recently retired clinical nursing instructor at Washington State University, is the author of “The Young Woman’s Breast Health Book: Breast changes that are not cancer for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s” (Gray Dog Press, ’12).

Donna Mendelsohn (B.A., ’82) is co-author of “Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage” (Arcadia Publishing, ’12).

Randall Lum (B.A., ’83; B.A., ’84) made his Pasadena Playhouse debut as production stage manager for its January-February production of Noël Coward’s “Fallen Angels.”

Margo Peterson, RN (B.S.N., ’86), clinical nurse supervisor IV at University of California, San Francisco’s Mt. Zion Operating Room, developed and trialed the “Count In Progress” Visual Indicator to alert all caregivers to the critical task of surgical counts.

Michael Y. Simon (B.A., ’87; M.S., ’97), a licensed marriage and family therapist and the founder of the Practical Help for Parents online support community, has written “The Approximate Parent: Discovering the Strategies That Work with Your Teenager” (Fine Optics Press, ’12).

Chris Crowley (B.A., ’88), director of venue management for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, is planning his third Olympics Games.



Margaret Harryman (M.A., ’91) has published the novel “Here Among Us” through Straight-on-Publications.

Tracy DeBrincat (M.A.,’93), a freelance creative advertising consultant, is the author of “Hollywood Buckaroo” (Black Lawrence Press, ’12), winner of the 2010 Big Moose Prize.

Patricia Delich (M.A., ’94) and her husband, Wayne Jiang, have completed “Hearts of the Dulcimer,” a full-length documentary which began screening at film festivals earlier this year.

David Pendery (B.A., ’95) has published the book “Something Super: One American Lives, Teaches and Learns in Taiwan” through Xlibris.

Jeff Lambert (B.A., ’96; M.A., ’99) is assistant director of the National Film Preservation Foundation in San Francisco.



Reginald (B.A., ’00) and Ronald (B.A., ’00) Richardson, identical twins, are co-principals at Oakland’s Claremont Middle School.

Arthur Salmon (B.A., ’02; M.S., ’06) is a lab manager at Amyris Biotechnologies.

Ryan Andes (B.A., ’04) will star in the new musical “Big Fish” opening at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre Oct. 6, 2013.

Kara Gall (M.A., ’04), a developmental English instructor at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, received a 2011-12 Outstanding Faculty and Staff Wekesser Award for her service to the college’s Lincoln Campus.

David Gabriner (B.A., ’05) is a Berkeley firefighter and vice president of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, a California- based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and helping those who have been affected by a burn injury.

Evangeline Fabia (B.A., ’06) is casting director with Authentic Entertainment for the cable TLC show “Toddlers & Tiaras.”

Christopher Chen’s (M.A., ’07; M.F.A., ’08) “The Hundred Flowers Project” won the Will Glickman Playwright Award for the best new play to premiere in the Bay Area in 2012.

Jared Ledesma (B.A.,’07; M.A. ’09) is the new curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Graham Danzer (M.S.W., ’08) is the author of “My Girls: A Story of Survival and Togetherness in the Inner City” (NASW Press, ’11), a book based on his clinical study of counseling teenage girls at an inner-city public school.

Playwright Andrea Kuchlewska (M.F.A., ’08) wrote “Complete,” a comedy that premiered in February at West Hollywood’s Matrix Theatre.

Dan Spalding (M.A., ’08) self-published “How to Teach Adults,” a book that guides readers through their first teaching job.

Andrea Alban’s (B.A., ’08) book “Anya’s War” (Feiwel & Friends, ’11) was shortlisted for the Panda Awards, an initiative that recommends books for readers in international schools in China and aims to instill in them an enduring love of reading.
Richard Hom (M.P.A., ’10) is the national optometric director for WellPoint.


In Memoriam


Aubrey Wendling (A.B., ’44)
Dec. 3, 2012, San Diego

James William “Sarge” Kennedy. Jr. (B.A., ’64; M.A., ’70)
March 1, 2013, Sacramento


Professor Emeritus James A. Hirabayashi
May 23, 2012, San Francisco

Professor Emeritus Vic Rowen
Jan. 14, 2013, Vacaville, Calif.



Elizabeth J. Choy (B.A., ’06) married Steve T. Lau (B.A., ’06) on June 17, 2012 in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Minister Patrick James B. Jacinto (attended ’98-’01) officiated.

Michael Halby (B.A., ’08) married Amy Leifur (B.A.,’08) on Nov.17, 2012 in San Francisco.


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