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The western tale There Really Was an Elfego Baca, written by Sid Hoskins (1958, M.A., education), is available as an e-book to CSULB library users and through Hoskins is a retired Los Angeles Unified School District principal.


Robert J. Lidgard (1961 B.S., civil engineering) writes that he designed values for three companies in the 1960s. In 1972, he joined Ponton Industries selling control equipment to chemical, refining and engineering companies. He retired as the firm’s president in 2000.

Ronald P. Milligan (1962, B.A., social science) retired as director of administration and human resources for the Maryland Department of Environment in 1991 and currently is a part-time driver education instructor. He spent four years in the U.S. Army, leaving in 1968 as a captain.

Parker Aerospace promoted Franklin R. Thompson (1962, B.S., business administration–finance) to group vice president for supply chain. Before joining Parker in 1998, he was materials director and purchasing manager at Interstate Electronics and Hughes Aircraft.


Charles P. Hurley (1965, B.S., industrial technology) retired in October as a senior electrical engineer with the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Building Operations. With 32 years of federal service, he earned an M.S. from George Mason University, an M.A. from the Naval War College and is a registered engineer in Maryland. He continues part-time engineering work with the Washington, D.C., office of URS Corp.

John D. Boyd (1967, B.A., art) retired this May as professor of printmaking at Wichita State University’s School of Art and Design. He taught printmaking and drawing for 36 years beginning in 1972 and has been head of the Print Department since 1982. Many of his former graduate students teach printmaking at campuses nationwide and in Australia.

District VII of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education presented Deborah (Cox) Mandabach (1967, B.A., English literature) with the Tribute Award in December for outstanding service to higher education advancement and communications. She retired in 2006 as director of public relations and communications for the University of Redlands.

David R. Sonksen (1967, B.S., business administration–accountancy) retired this April as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsemi Corp. of Irvine, Calif. He was with the semiconductor and electronics firm since 1986.

Robert L. Straight (1968, B.A., art) is a professor of art at the University of Delaware and coordinator of its painting program. A number of his paintings were exhibited last fall and this spring at various East Coast galleries.

Robert E. Katherman (1969, B.S., civil engineering; 1979, MPA), director of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), was elected to the Association of California Water Agencies Region 8 board. He is vice president of the WRD board of directors.


Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., named English Department Chair Michael M. Dinielli (1970, M.A., English) as dean of the School of Language Arts. He was English Department chair for 14 years prior to assuming his new position.

Evelyn (McFaul) Smith (1970, B.A., art) saw her first novel, Boardinghouse Stew, published in February by Hannover House. She is a published playwright.

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Donna (Chesus) Crisp (1971, B.A., family and consumer sciences) is the new commander of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii, which oversees identification and recovery of service members from all U.S. military branches lost in previous conflicts. She was director for Manpower and Personnel for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Fredric B. Green (1971, M.A., sociology) is senior manager for learning and development at Medtronic Inc. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology, is a former training director for Kaiser Permanente and was a panelist for the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. He also participated in the United Nations World Assembly on Aging in Vienna, Austria, and has numerous publications on leadership development and organizational change.

Jeff Hathcock (1971, B.A., theatre arts) is president of Iron Horse Entertainment Corp. He recently produced and directed the thriller “The Alley,” slated for release this year, and his western, “Three Bad Men,” starring George Kennedy is on DVD. He has directed 130 plays, written material for Walter Matthau, Jack Klugman and Walt Disney Productions and was talent supervisor for Knott’s Berry Farm.

Caryl Miller (1971, B.A., English literature) is the new assistant superintendent of student support services for the Hemet Unified School District, where she oversees special education. She was executive director of the Riverside County Special Education Local Plan Area and earned a doctorate in education from USC.

Heritage Bank of Commerce in San Jose, Calif., named Ronald N. Steager (1971, B.A., political science) as a senior vice president and construction loan officer. He has more than 30 years of financial experience.

Meri Fedak (1972, B.A., Spanish) was named 2007 California History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America, a White House national history initiative. She teaches fifth grade at Kettering Elementary School in Long Beach.


Daniel J. Pratt (1972, B.A., public administration) retired in March as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in the Norwalk Courthouse. He has been a judge since 1988 and was a former public defender and later a deputy district attorney.

Tom Bogard (1973, B.S.; 1979, M.S., civil engineering) rejoined the Orange County Transportation Authority where he manages the $5 billion Renewed Measure M freeway improvement program. He managed the original $3 billion Measure M freeway improvement program for OCTA in the 1990s.

Robert M. A. Wilson (1973, B.S, criminal justice), writing as R. Michael Wilson, now has 10 published titles focusing on the Old West and launched his Web site, He spent 25 years in law enforcement and earned a J.D. degree from Western State University College of Law.

Danell Adams (1974, B.A., kinesiology and physical education; 1989, M.S., criminal justice) retired in December as a captain in the Laguna Beach Police Department. An avid equestrian, she rode a Peruvian Paso horse in the 2008 Rose Parade.

Gail Browne (1974, B.A., creative writing) is executive director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She operated arts marketing and firms in Los Angeles and San Francicommunicationssco before moving to Tucson in 2001.

Gary Owens (1974, B.A., music) is a 33-year member of 1950s singing group The Diamonds.


Former Long Beach City Manager Gerald R. Miller (1976, B.A.; 2004, M.S., psychology) was named a Fellow Member of the Inter­national Economic Development Council, a Washington, D.C.-based organization.

Jackie Townsend Konstanturos (1976, B.A., liberal studies) recently merged her San Diego-based public relations firm Townsend Agency with the marketing firm JHG to form JHG-Townsend. The new company represents clients including Cox Communications, National Hockey League and area businesses.

Mark L. Overstreet (1977, B.A., sociology) writes that after completing his B.A. and credential at CSULB, he taught elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 15 years. He later earned two M.S. degrees and a credential at Cal State L.A., chaired the Mexican-American Education Commission and founded the Eastside Association for Gifted Children. He received several community honors, was named “Educator of the Week” by KFWB radio and KTTV channel 11 and been listed four times in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.”

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Pam Pope (1977, B.S., zoology) to the North Pacific Research Board in December. Pope is with BP Alaska Exploration Inc. as a project health, safety and environmental manager. The research board manages a comprehensive science program relating to marine ecosystems and fisheries in the North Pacific and Arctic oceans.

The city of Commerce, Calif., named Jorge Rifa (1977, B.A., public administration) as city administrator in December. He was deputy city manager of Salinas, Calif., and held various city administrative positions in Monterey County since 1984.

A retrospective exhibition of California watercolor artist Timothy J. Clark (1978, M.A., art) is traveling the nation, beginning at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, followed by museums in Ohio and Lowell, Mass., and concluding next January with a solo exhibition in New York City. An accompanying book, Timothy J. Clark, is published by Pomegranate Communications.

Frank Benest (1978, MPA) is retiring in June as Palo Alto, Calif., city manager. He has managed six cities in his more than 35 years of municipal service.

Deborah Cook (1978, B.S., earth science) became mayor of Huntington Beach in November. She is involved in several local and state boards and commissions. Her husband, John T. Fisher (1975, B.A., political science), is with Spacesaver Corp.

Debbie (Bamberger) Haag (1978, B.A., liberal studies) recently saw her new book published, titled When Night Begins to Fall…My Depression and Discovery. She is a certified dyslexia screening specialist in Orange County.

Rajnit R. Jain (1978, B.S., business administration–marketing; 1980, MBA) is founder, vice chairman and managing director of RS Software in Kolkata, India. RS is a major international provider of software for the electronic payments industry.

Wayne Powell (1978, B.S., business administration–accountancy) was elected vice chairman of the Manhattan Beach City Plan­ning Commission and will become chairman this year.

Biopharmaceutical company Allos Therapeutics appointed Bruce K. Bennett (1979, B.A., industrial technology) as vice president of manufacturing. He has more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries.

England’s The Telegraph newspaper named Timothy Gallagher (1979, B.A., journalism; 1983, M.A., English literature) among its “Fifty Most Influential Britons in America.” Gallagher is editor of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Living Bird magazine and was instrumental in the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas in 2004. His newest book, Falcon Fever, was published this spring.