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1955

The California Bankers Association named James H. Gray (1958, B.S., business administration–marketing) as Distinguished Banker of the Year in January. Gray, chairman of the board and a founding director of Beach Business Bank, also was a founding officer of Harbor Bank and Generations Trust Bank. He is a former trustee of the California State University and Desert Community College. CSULB presented him with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2000.

1960

Barbara Joyce Bush (1963, M.A., elementary education) recently published a book, Mastering Motherhood: Biblical Patterns for Parenting, through AuthorHouse.

1965

Toni Castellucci (1966, B.A., English literature) writes: “After graduating from CSULB, I earned a master’s (1973) at Santa Clara University, living and working in San Francisco and Santa Monica for 25 years. Embarking on a second career, I have a new company, Off the Grid, which helps people to find and move to the actual place of their dream. This business has enabled me to locate my dream to live and work in Palm Springs, Calif., and New York City, four blocks from my two absolutely fantastic grandsons, Atticus and Hudson.”

Prolacta Bioscience named John Bacich (1967, B.S., microbiology) to its board of directors. Bacich retired in 1998 as president of the Baxter Healthcare Bioscience Division. Prolacta, a Monrovia, Calif. firm, provides specialty formulations of human milk for premature and ill infants.

The September issue of Money magazine featured Darold Cummings (1967, B.A., art–industrial design) in a special section on active retirement. Cummings retired in 2004 as a Boeing Phantom Works Technical Fellow and inventor who originated more than 20 patents. He also holds 12 motorcycle land speed records.

Jerry L. Baker (1968, MBA) was promoted to chief executive officer of First Horizon National Corp. in January. He has more than 25 years of banking and finance experience and joined First Horizon in 1998. The firm is a national financial services company in retail, commercial and mortgage banking and capital markets.

The California Art Education Association selected Pam Fraleigh (1968, B.A., art) as the state’s 2006 Outstanding Elementary Visual Art Educator. She is a fourth grade teacher at Vintage Hills Elementary School in Temecula, Calif.

Guy C. Kimbrough (1969, B.A.; 1976, M.A., history) is the Political Science Department chair at the Mount San Jacinto College Menifee Valley Campus. He was a Democratic Party nominee for the 43rd Congressional District three times and received the endorsement of Sen. John Glenn in 1988. He has a daughter, Nicole, and he and his wife, Pam, recently had their fourth child.

Patricia M. Ash (1969, B.A., social science, elementary education) has been superintendent of High Bridge School District in High Bridge, N.J., for seven years. She also taught in the education administration master’s program at Rutgers University, where she received her Ed.D. in 1992.

Dave Chapel (1969, B.A., history) joined the faculty of Argosy University as a supervisor of student teachers and also will teach in the doctoral program. He is the clerk of the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees and will represent the district this year on an International Education Commission to Mexico and China.

The United States Forest Service presented Thomas W. Jeffries (1969, B.S.; 1972, M.S. microbiology) with the 2006 Chief’s Honor Award for Technology Transfer. Jeffries, who received a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, is a research microbiologist at the Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory and a professor in the Bacteriology and Food Science departments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was recognized for his work on improving the fermentation of a type of sugar found in hardwoods and agricultural residues to make ethanol and other chemicals.


1970

Gene Campbell (1971, B.S., business administration–information systems) retired in June 2006 after 34 years with the Garden Grove Unified School District. He was a teacher, athletic director, head basketball coach and then principal at Garden Grove High School and later principal of Rancho Alamitos High.

James Lokey (1971, B.S., business administration–finance) will become the new president of Rabobank N.A., the California subsidiary of a Dutch financial services company. Lokey was president and CEO of Mid-State Bank and Trust in Arroyo Grande, Calif., which is being acquired by Rabobank. The merged firm will operate more than 80 branches throughout California.

Bill Ruzgis (1971, B.S., criminal justice) retired from the Orange County Marshal’s Department and is a real estate broker specializing in Seal Beach Leisure World homes. He and his wife, Trudy, live in the Naples area of Long Beach.

 


Kathleen Rae King (1972, B.A., recreation) was named director of philanthropy for the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, where she concentrates on fundraising to support science education. King previously was national vice president for development for the Volunteers of America.

Eileen O. Brownell (1973, M.S., recreation administration) graduated in July 2006 as a licensed minister of the Church of Religious Science International and became pastor of the Oroville Church of Religious Science in October.

Richard E. Wheatfill (1973, B.S., zoology) wrote that after graduating as valedictorian from Northwestern University Dental School in 1976, “I have practiced successfully in California for 30 years, finally building a practice in Aliso Viejo. Robin and I have five children, four boys and one girl,” and six grandchildren.


1975

John Cragin (1975, B.A., psychology) is the new director of corporate and foundation giving for Goodwill Southern California. He received a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and has nearly 20 years of educational experience, from teacher to assistant superintendent. He also has more than 10 years of nonprofit development experience.

Rentech Inc. of Denver, Colo., named Robert L. Freerks (1975, B.S., chemistry) as director of product development. Freerks earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Irvine and has more than 25 years of experience in the formulation and development of synthetic and oil-based fuels and lubricants.

Dave Moeller (1975, B.S., zoology) retired in September as Santa Cruz County agricultural commissioner. He served with the commission for 27 years, the last 16 as its head.

Lynn Frangos (1976, B.A., art) earned an M.A. in arts administration at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1994 and is the annual fund officer for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where she is responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of upper level donors.

Henry P. Rupp (1976, B.A., political science) is general counsel for Rodney Co., a multinational real estate and investment firm. He is admitted to practice law in New York and California.

Josie Cabiglio (1977, B.A., journalism) was selected as a participant in the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship Program. Cabiglio, who received a master’s degree in communications/journalism from Cal State Fullerton, is a freelance reporter for Nguoi Viet 2, the English-language component of Nguoi Viet, the nation’s oldest and largest Vietnamese-language newspaper. The fellowship program is offered by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Magnetek Inc. promoted David Reiland (1977, B.A., business administration–finance) to president and CEO from executive vice president and chief financial officer. Magnetek, which manufactures digital power and motion control systems, recently relocated from Chatsworth, Calif., to Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Steve Greenberg (1978, B.F.A., illustration), editorial cartoonist for the Ventura County Star and the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, held his first solo gallery exhibit. “Burning Bushes: Editorial Cartoons by Steve Greenberg” was a collection of cartoons on President Bush, Iraq, environmental and Jewish topics shown in February and March at the A Shenere Velt Gallery of The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring in Los Angeles.

Kenneth T. Smith (1978, MPA) is a new senior vice president and regional manager for Sunwest Bank. He has more than 25 years of banking industry experience, including with Bank of Orange County, Banco Popular, Sanwa Bank and others. He also is active in a number of civic organizations and is a member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Porsche Cars North America appointed Karen (Muffi) Merriman (1979, B.S., business administration–marketing) as general manager of the Porsche Academy, where she is responsible for the development of all technical and non-technical retail personnel throughout the United States and Canada. She previously was manager of retailer training and development for Volvo Cars of North America.

Michael C. Young (1979, B.A., political science) retired after 34 years in the telecommunications field. He spent 15 years as senior vice president for Joslyn Electronic Systems Corp. and most recently was with Coldwell Banker in Houston, Texas.

Zantaz Inc. appointed David Milam (1979, B.S., business administration–finance; 1983, MBA) as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Zantaz specializes in content archiving and electronic discovery technologies. Milam previously was senior vice president and chief marketing officer for EMC and executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Documentum.