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Happy New Year 2010, amazing to be here after all
these years! Now, Steve and I have two married
daughters and a one year old grandson. Life is
treating us well in Whitefish, Montana. Enjoy the
I'm married to Tom Beatty, also from the class of
1970, and we just celebrated our 28th anniverary.
Tom is a lawyer and I have been busy
raising four children, Stewart, 24, is a chef at
Bridges in Danville. Heather, 21, is a senior at
William and Mary in Virginia. Grayson, 18, is a
Freshman at the University of Iowa, and Jaclyn, 13, is
an 8th grader. Life is good!
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The Pacific Northwest has been my home since
graduation from college(Whitman). Happily married to a
native Oregonian for 29 years. I have 2 stepsons and
a beautiful 26 year old daughter who graduated
from Cal Poly SLO...her dream was to go to school in
California! I recently retired from a career as a
school counselor. I enjoy working out,traveling,
trying to learn golf, volunteering, reading and being
thankful each and every day. I have many fond
memories of my years at Awalt and growing up in the
Bay Area. I would love to hear from other Awalt
I was browsing Radwin and noticed my profile sort of
disappeared... Poof, I'm back!
After Graduation I became a technical sales
representative. This involved helping manufacturing
plants and/or the components that made up their end
assemblies more efficient and therefore cost
effective. I have worked with fortune 1000
corporations or represented manufacturers from every
State in the Union, Europe and the Pacific rim. Very
interesting work if you can get it.
My mother died in 2002 and that event caused me to
stop and take stock of my life. So at the ripe old
age of 50, I retired. I have reduced my travel to
for pleasure only. Now I have reinvented myself at my
beloved Smith Lake. I buy and sell recreational
property. I can tell you this is quickly becoming a
full time job. I am meeting my new life with
enthusiasm and vigor!!
My son turned 21 a few days ago and will be graduating
from college in January. Life goes on. I hope you
are all having great lives. I look back at Awalt very
I have been in the museum field since receiving an MA
from the University of Arizona in 1976. First big job
was at Hearst Castle, where I was Chief Curator for 10
years. I left there to go to Florida and be Chief
Curator at another house museum, the Flagler Museum.
From there I went to England to be Director of the
American Museum in Britain. I spent 6 years there and
returned last year to be Chief Executive at the Armory
Art Center. I just got married to a man I met in
England, and we live in West Palm Beach. He is a
business consultant named Paul Coombs. We have a
miniature dachshund who runs the house.
After Awalt, I attended colleges in Oklahoma and
North Carolina, then worked at newspapers in
Oklahoma and Phoenix, the San Jose
Mercury and, from 1990 to June 2004, the L.A. Times.
After being laid off from the Times, I went back to
school and got a credential to teach special ed, and have just started
my fourth year teaching at Buena High School in Ventura.
I have two daughters, both adopted from Calcutta, who are 17
The other major component of my life is A.A. I
celebrated 30 years of sobriety in July.
I am still in the area, Just bought my first home in
Sunnyvale. Working at a bio-tech company (Affymetrix).
Love my work as an administration assistant for the
manufacturing group. Had left El Camino Hospital after
20 years due to lack of pay increases. Have one
daughter Gina Marie. She is now 29 years old and lives
in Willow Glen area. I spend my free time traveling
and will be going on my second cruise in Nov 2005.
Paula Ansley, also from the class of 1970, and I
have been married 28 years, have four children,
Stewart, 24, Heather, 21, Grayson, 18, and Jaclyn, 13.
Stew is a chef at Bridges in Danville, Heather a Sr. at
William and Mary in Virginia, and Grayson is a freshman
at the Univ. of Iowa. Jaclyn's in 8th grade.
We live in Walnut Creek, CA . I am an attorney
specializing in representing schools in
litigation. Loved the 30th reunion and hope
there's another in 2005!
Have stayed pretty much in the south bay area
since 1970. Unhappily married 1985, divorced 1987,
remarried 1991 (happily) 1 son Cliff 14 and a stepson
Bill. Self employed real estate appraiser, I drive by
Awalt often and think of some of the best times i
remember having. It must have been the herb that Bill
Rauch, Dwight Fowler and I put in the applesauce cake
in Mrs. Stangs boys home economics class which also
sent me packing to oregon to finish my senior year of
high school. My best wishes to all the class of 1970.
Update May 1, 2002. Hello to all, moved to Gilroy
(Eagle Ridge) on the golf course-now no work will get
done. All else is OK my best to all Awaltians.
Ok, I'm still in Sunnyvale and working on enjoying
life. When I have time I enjoy hiking in the
foothills, camping and fishing in the Sierra and the
occasional day bird hunting with my Dad in the San
Antone Valley. I also enjoy winetasting, especially
California Zinfandels from the Sierra Foothills.
I work for SAP America as a Software Applications
Consultant. I often travel in my job but am currently
working on a local assignment at SAP Labs in Palo Alto.
Its really nice NOT to get on a plane twice
a week! Its great to eat home cooked meals, and sleep
in your own bed.
My twin daughters are grown, graduated from college
and employed. Now, if I could only get them both moved
out of the house at the same time...
That's all for now. I hope to see everyone at the next
I live in Thousand Oaks, Ca. I am a general contractor
and own a window business. We specilize in vinyl
replcement windows. I also do a lot of residencial
remodelling. I stay very active with music, sports
and work. I have family in the Bay Area and visit them
a couple times a year. It is great living in So. Cal.
but I miss Mtn. View and Los Altos.
Moved to So Cal in 1979. I bought a house with my
cousin. I worked in electronic repair business then
real estate appraisal, then got into construction and
became a gen. contractor. I play music, baseball and
collect classic cars. I work hard everyday and stay
very busy with hobbies. I often think of old friends
at Awalt and wonder how everybody is doing. I still
stay in touch with a few friends from Awalt. I hope
all is well with everyone.
Hello Fello Classmates,
I have stayed in the area. I have been married and now
divorced. I have one daughter, Gina. She lives in the
area, so I enjoy her company.
I have worked as a medical secretary for over 20
years. In 1999 the changes in the industry cause me to
change careers. I now work as an Administration
Assistant for a new start-up co. The company is
involve with Gene Technology. I am sorry I missed the
reunion. Hope all had fun! Glad to see most of my
fellow class mates have had interesting and fulfilling
lives. Good luck to all.
Bob & I are still living in Mountain View with a house
full of older children. We both work locally although
Bob travels to Europe about half the time. I see a
lot of Awalt alumni fairly often. Our women's group
meets once a month for dinner and includes some of
Awalt's best. I just bought a painting from the very
talented Jane Altizer Kleinschmidt who is living in
Montana. Becky Anderson Collins and Kathy Kares
Sutton and I are planning a trip to Paris in a month.
We have done New York a couple of times. Our dear
friend, Sue Lawrence, is the victim of early onset
alzheimers and resides in a Belmont facility. This
reminds us to live our lives well.
I have been married for 42 years. I have a daughter 40 and a son
37. We have four grandchildren. I live in southern CA. Have moved
numerous times all over the US. My husband is a pastor of a
church in Lake Elsinore. I am a Hospice Nurse.
looking forward to retirement.
Let's see...graduated in 1970, went to Santa Clara for
a year, my father got transferred (again) to Canada, so
off I went to University of Alberta for a while, then
my father got transferred (again) so I followed the
family--it took years to break that habit!--to ALGIERS,
which finally broke me of that habit. (It was hellish)
I escaped and returned to the States, got a journalism
degree at the University of Kansas, where I met my
husband Robert. (His original pickup line at the dorm
cafeteria: if you don't want that dessert, I'll take
I've been a business journalist covering the high tech
industry for quite a few years. Robert got a fellowship
to do his PhD at the University of London, so we went
overseas for three years. We now live up in the Santa
Cruz Mountains. Robert does field work in places like
Papua New Guinea, and will soon be on an Animal Planet
TV show looking for giant tree crocodiles. (I did say
when we got married that I never wanted to be bored. I
haven't been, although terrified more than once.)
I start working for a dot.com in August (dbusiness.com)
as a reporter covering high tech startups.
We also have started a dot.org: The Virtual Museum of
Natural History at curator.org. It is a worldwide
effort to create a database (The Web of Life) for
accurate species descriptions) and connect readers
(from kids to environmentalists to government officials
to specialists) to verifiable accurate scientific data.
Take a look. My picture is on the site and you will see
I haven't changed much--still short curly hair (let's
not mention the bifocals.)
I am planning on coming to my first reunion in
October! I am happily living and working in Carmel
Indiana. Life has been very good to me. I have
been living here in Indianapolis since I graduated
from DePauw University. It was a wonderful place to
raise my family. I am an RN and RLC working in
I have 2 wonderful sons which are both married. No
grandchildren yet. Oldest is 31 and
working as an attorney in San Francisco. Youngest is
27 and is urban planner in Denver.
I love travel, running, cycling, snow skiing and
generally being outside. Excited to visit at the 40th!
Hello, again to all who attended the reunion! It was
fun seeing everyone! And thanks to the committee for
all of their hard work! Nice job!
I promised I'd fill this in better, so here goes...
Larry & I have been married for 27 years after
meeting at UCDavis. We have two girls: Nicole is 23
and ready to embark on the life of a Navy wife(she's
been married for 1 year), Colleen is 19, attending
Jr.College locally, & very involved in theater both on-
stage and back-stage.
We have moved around from Ohio to Washington state
(both when Larry was in the Air Force) and then from
San Jose to the Morgan Hill area (San Martin). I have
been a school teacher off and on for a number of years
& have decided I enjoy substitute teaching since there
are no staff meetings or paperwork comparatively!!
Larry has moved around a bit, but has been working at
Becton-Dickinson for the last 10 years.
I finally realized my life-long dream of owning and
breeding horses. We have 3 Arabs and 3 Quarter Horses
currently, plus a "menagerie" of cats, dogs, ducks,
etc. It feels a bit like a farm & definitely the
"country" even this close to the city!
Feel free to e-mail us... we love visits from old
friends! Hope we'll see even more of you at the next
After graduating from Awalt I went to Foothill
Community College for two years. Went to Germany for
the '72 Summer Olympics with a Christian youth ministry
called YWAM (Youth With A Mission). Received my draft
notice while in Germany and then joined the U.S. Coast
Guard Reserve.Spent 6 months basic training and active
service inAlameda, CA, Newport News, VA and Baltimore,
Finished undergraduate college work in Santa Cruz at
Bethany Bible College in 1974. Went to work as a
volunteer youth pastor at my home church Foothill
Christian Center in Los Altos where I met my wife,
Valerie, in the summer of 1975. We married in September
1976. The following year I became a full-time youth
pastor at Foothill Christian Center. Served there 5
years. In March 1982 a friend and I co-founded a
church in San Jose called North Valley Christian
Fellowship. I served there as executive pastor and
then co-pastor for 15 years. While there I worked on
my masters degree and graduated from Fuller
Theological Seminary (Pasadena,CA) in 1994. Valerie
and I then founded and pastored a church in Fremont,
California by the name of Fremont Christian Fellowship
from March 1997 to August 2000. In September 2000 I
took a position on the senior pastoral staff of
Fremont Community Church in Fremont, CA and served
there 5 years.
In November 2005 I became the Lead Pastor at Shorelife
Community Church in Capitola, CA whee I am stil
serving today. Valerie and I have been married 35
years. We have three married kids: Josh (33), Ariel
(29), and Nat (25). We have five granddaughters and
one more on the way.
My parents transferred in & out of the area; I only
attended for 2 years ('66-67 and '67-'68). Would like
to chat with anyone.
Currently, am a student at U/M; been married and
divorced, but have 2 beautiful (adult) children, and 3
Gary and I married in 1975 and have been happily
married ever since. We have 3 children, Heather (31)
and Matt & Cassie(25). We also have one adorable
grandson, Mason (3).
Gary retired in Nov. of 2008 after 30 years with Cal
Fire. I am planning on retiring next March and then
off for some much deserved traveling.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 40th reunion!
For the past 18 years I have lived in Discovery Bay,
CA. I'm married and have 2 boys, 17 and 15. I'm an
elementary school teacher, now. In our spare time, we
water ski, and snow ski. The boys also swim, play
soccer, and are getting their Eagle in Boy Scouts.
Hope to see you all at the reunion.
I'm now living in Camano Island, Washington with my
woman partner of 10 years. After graduating a year
early in 1969, I went on to Foothill and Lewis & Clark
College, got married my senior year and finished my BA
at Cal State Hayward. I moved to Washington State in
1976. I have two children in their early 30's who make
me proud. In my 40s it became clear that I needed to
be with women; I got divorced in '96 after 24 years of
I have been a computer programmer, technical writer,
and English teacher; I now work in healthcare. I did
graduate work in English/Creative Writing and have
published many poems. In my spare time I read lots of
good novels, quilt, walk our dogs, and occasionaly
work on my poems. I look forward to more time for all
of these when I retire.
It's been a busy life, as evidenced by the 40 years it
has taken me to catch up with all of you.
After graduating from Berkeley, I became licensed as
an architect. In '80-81 I Traveled around the World.
In addition to practicing architecture I have served
on several faculties as an Adjunct Professor in
Married to Maureen Steele Bellows (architect)with 2
step-sons, one currently in law school and the other
in venture capital banking. I currently serve on the
State Board of Architects, the Board of Directors for
the National Board (NCARB) and have a small but active
architecture practice in St. Paul specializing in
educational, retail and religious projects.I almost
forgot Lefty, our new golden retriever puppy,who is
excellent at chewing up socks. Come visit us (but not
in January or February unless you like 20 below), we
have 2 spare bedrooms. You are always welcome and
Maureen loves to cook.
Went surfing in 1969, and never made it home. I have
been a Genreral Contractor for many years and do the
full range of construction work in the Santa Cruz and
surrounding areas. Unmarried, with no offspring I am
aware of. Still surfing, golfing, and enjoying life.
Give me a call if you make it to the coast.
When I left High School I spend a year in the Bay
Area/Lake Tahoe area then headed north to British
Columbia and never came back. I spend 15 years in
central B.C. and moved to Vancouver's lower mainland
in 1987. I am now more Canadian than American. I
have two sons Tory 30 years old, married with a
daughter Breanna soon to be two. He is a chef for
the Four Seasons on the island of Nevis in the lesser
Antillies,Carribean. My younger son Wade, 27 is also
married and works for my brother Gary in Grass
Valley, California. I currently work as a Recreation
Therapist with the older adult at Peace Arch Hospital
in White Rock, one mile from the boarder to
Washington State. Anyone visiting the area are
welcome to contact me. B.C. is a beautiful province.
Vancouver may be hosting the 2010 winter Olympics at
Whistler. A visit to Vancouver is a must for that one.
My biggest accomplish to date is my 500 mile trek
across Northern Spain last summer "The Camino de
Santiago" It took me 34 days with many blisters, and
many lessons learned about myself and life. To
everyone- may all your dreams come true. Judy
From 1992-2003 was living near Washington, DC
working on a whole host of wildlife conservation
issues. For eight years I worked as conservation
director and then vice president for Defenders of
Wildlife and was heavily involved in the return of
wolves to Yellowstone National Park. Then I worked
for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as their vice
president of environmental protection and restoration
and spending a lot of time on Bay waters--both
professionally and for recreation.
I then served as executive director of the Community
Environmental Council in Santa Barbara heading up a
50-person staff working on energy, pollution,
transportation, stream restoration, education and a
whole host of other environmental issues. I also
finally settled down and got married in January 2005
to a wonderful woman--Carlene Marie Ramus--a first
for both of us.
Since we got married it has been an adventure and I
have held non-profit CEO jobs in Vermont, DC and now in
Bellingham, WA where I run an organization called RE
Sources for Sustainable Communities
(www.re-sources.org). We just bought a nice little
house with great views of Bellingham Bay and also the
sewage treatment facility--you've got to take the good
with the bad.
Living in Texas, have my own rubber stamping and
scrapbooking business as well as working as Assistant
Controller for a Financial Services Co. Married son
Josh, wife Margie and three adorable grandchildren,
Will, Samantha ANNE, and Maggie; daughter Ashley 24,
single and looking; husband Dave - 35 years in 2011.
After high school I went to UC Davis, graduated, got
teaching credential-couldn't find job, worked for
construction company for about 8 years, worked for
Adobe Systems for about 9 years (was employee number 20
believe it or not!); taught ADD/ADHD kids at Los Altos
Christian School; moved to CT. for 3 years with
husbands job, moved to Texas. Volunteer in nursery at
church and that's about it!
The 40th Class of '70 reunion date will be held on
Saturday, October 16th at Michael's at Shoreline in
Mountain View. You can join our Facebook page (Awalt
High School Class of '70 Reunion) See reunion details
at top of this page.
Been living in Boise, Idaho for 32 years. I currently
work for a company called Blackhawk. We design and
manufacture accessories for the shooting sports, law
enforcement and the military. I have a son, Nate, who
will graduate from the College of Idaho in June. He
spends alot of his free time playing lacrosse and is
currently working as an intern for the governor of Idaho.
If you are ever in Idaho and need to pitch a tent or
someone to go tubing with on the Boise River look me
up. Keep on truckin'... Any Dead heads left in this
I've spent 30+ years in the Pacific
Northwest, and called Arcata/Eureka area home.
I attended Humboldt State University for close to
forever--I really enjoyed it and the surrounding
community. I reveived a B.S. and a M.S. in Natural
Resources Mamagement, and Vegetation/Forest Ecology.
For work, I spent most of the time working as
vegetation ecologist conducting research in forest
ecology and natural resource management of Federal
and State lands throughout California, Oregon, and
other areas on the Pacific coast.
A few of my more noteworthy jobs:
--I worked as Wilderness Partolman in the Trinity Alps
Wilderness (Shasta/Trinity National Forest ) for three
years. Here I met a historic character; George Jorstad
(of “Jorstad’s Cabin” on topo maps). George and his
wife had built a cabin on a gold mining claim on the
North Fork of the Trinity River, in the Trinity
Wilderness in 1937! In later years I transcribed his
journals from that time, and we published it
as “Behind the Wild River.”
--I was as a “Porpoise Observer” for the National
Marine Fisheries Service. I was put on a commercial
tuna purse-seiner ship that traveled around out in the
Pacific off of Panama and Columbia trying to catch
tuna. I was there to see how many porpoise they killed—
I suggest that you all eat only Solid White Tuna, to
avoid killing porpoise.
--I then spent my time, on land, as a
botanist/ecologist with jobs in private consulting,
and jobs with the Forest Service, Park Service, and
Universities. These jobs included;
--Botanist for the Hupa Indian Tribe in Northern
--Interpreter and tree planting Inspector in the
Olympic National Forest,
--collected data on old growth forests throughout
Southwest Oregon for the classification of habitat
types of old growth forests,
--collected data in research on edible wild mushrooms
on the coast of Northern California,
--and collected much more data for the classification
of riparian/wetland vegetation types throughout the
I also spent some of the early net years working as a
computer techie(website design, etc) for a variety of
I moved back to Los Altos in 2004 to take care of some
medical adventures including, and associated with,
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (things are going well
now). I stayed down here to spend more time helping my
mother -who died in 2008.
I am now working for Caltrans at the Oakland HQ as an
Associate Environmental Planner Biologist/Ecologist
for transportation projects in Sonoma County--tracking
down endangered species and wetlands-- and working
to get permits from all of the Federal and State
I now live in Hayward.
Best wishes to all.
For the last 15 years I've been Director of
Publications & Communications for the College of
Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. For close to
30 years I've been married to Kevin Clark, poet and
professor. We have two kids: Joe (23), an actor and
barista in New York City; and Hannah (19), a sophomore
at Barnard College/Columbia University. Recently--in
response, I think, to the Empty Nest--I found myself
competing in triathlons, including the Wildflower last
May and the Scott Tinely on Oct. 2.
My husband of 32 years, Robert, and I have lived in
Martinez since 1981. We returned to Northern CA when
our daughter, Debby, was a baby. We lived in So. CA
for 7 years while my husband finished school and
started to practice Optometry at Kaiser Permanente.
In 1983, Michael was born and I continued to be an at-
home mom. I had received my BS in Child Development
in 1973 from UC Davis and taught several days each
week at our Jewish temple. I was also a professional
volunteer raising funds for several local groups.
In 1990, I received my Multiple Subject teaching
credential at St. Mary's College, Moraga. As of 2007,
I have taught for the Mt. Diablo School District as a
middle school science teacher for 13 years and the
past 3 years as a science and math teacher at the
continuation high school. Some of us just can't get
My husband and I are seriously considering retirement
in the next few years. In recent years we have
traveled to many warm places. Our adult children live
in the East Bay. Debby graduated from UCD and is a
professional photographer. Michael graduated with his
bachelor's degree from Ex'Pressions in Emeryville. He
is a video and sound production director and his
company can be located at colemanfilm.com (Check it
I am planning on attending the reunion the first
weekend in October, 2007 at Cuesta Park. See you
Now living in Martinez CA. Returned to California in
1999 after 18 years out of state in Chicago and
Boston. Always happy to hear from old friends.
After Awalt and Foothill, I went to the California
Institute of the Arts, where I got my BFA and MFA. I'm
now living in Los Angeles. There's a show of my recent
drawings at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
from Feb. 26-Apr.29,2000; and a traveling retrospective
of my work will open here in LA in 2002. All that
said, like most artists, I work at a job! I do
advertising design for the LA Weekly. I also have a
wonderful partner, Bob, who's a rabbi. (Where is Cindy
Rosenthal, now that I need her??) This website is great
(Lisa Miller, class of '69, told me about it) – does
anyone know where Linda Sekeley or Dave Stone are? Or
Cindy, for that matter?
Update: Bob and I are living in Los Angeles, raising his daughter, Suzie,
who is 15, willowy and surgically attached to the instant messenger
function of my laptop. I'm now teaching at Art Center College of
Design, having a wonderful time with younger artists. (I've got to that
age where, when they ask how old I am, I just reply: "Older than you.")
Work in the studio goes well; I had a show last year here in LA with one
painting going to the Museum of Contemporary Art here and a drawing
to the Hammer Museum. The website I've linked to will take you to
some images of my work.
My folks still both live in Mountain View near Awalt, and my dad and I
often go for walks up there. It's quite spectacular - hard to recognize
the former sites of such famous landmarks of our time as the giant
weed in the middle of the courtyard!
By the way, I did reconnect to Cindy Hailpern (Rosenthal) and Dave
Stone - still wondering where Linda Sekeley is these days. Heard from
Linda Curtis last year (graduated with the class of '69) - she now lives
in the Seattle area with her partner. Had a lovely visit with Patience
Milrod and her family recently, they're thriving in Fresno.
Okay, now it's beginning to sound like one of those Christmas letters,
so I'll stop. Hope you're all thriving as well!
Well as you can see I fled the mainland and am living
with the "Aloha Spirit" here in Maui.
I have two boys Wesley turning 21 in a few days and
Jared turning 20.
After Wesley was born, we first moved to French Gulch
and lived in an old miner's log cabin(Our"summer
vacation home"). When they started school we moved
into town-Redding (Still Northern California)and
raised both boys there. Went from one extreme to
another to another.
I moved on to Arizona and helped certify "The Global
Express" for Honeywell. (It's a pretty spectactular
aircraft!) After 2 years in Arizona,(too hot for
me!!!) I moved here to Maui and I love it. Different
life style and great weather.
Just turned a "TuTu" (Grandma in Hawaiian) on January
2,of this year. I told my kids I was too young, but
now I am truly enjoying the thought of
Sure would like to hear how all is.
This is great- Who would have thought that 30 years
down the road, we would be able to find all the haps
on our class like this!!!!
Remember my red Corvair? Drivers Ed? I mean, I'm 45
and still alive...and still pass for early 30's! I
play in a reggae / ska band and we do pretty good
gigs. We open for lots of internationally famous acts
and do lots of festivals and good clubs. I work as an
Engineer in Santa Cruz to pay the mortgage. I walked
through the campus recently and man oh man it sure
brought on some feelings. I remember the class of 1970
being called a group of misfits. Anybody remember Ms.
Zoanne Wolf's 1st period English class?? I think we
were the cream of the misfit group. I'll never forget
those years at Awalt. Sex, drugs and growing up! The
Grateful Dead played! Gravey Train in the pool.
Remember the stink plot? Then our senior plot, which
I had zero to do with, the fake modular scheduling and
the VP hunt to find the real one. Anyone remember
Just learned of this web page at a "get-together" with
10 Awalt class of '70 ladies last month. A large
flexible group of folk have reconnected the last 5
years or so thru e-mail. I married Don Brown (high
school sweethearts) 32 years ago. We moved quite a bit
all over the country in the late 70s as Don was a Navy
Pilot for 7 years. We eventually settled in N Calif
(East Bay x 20 years) and raised our two children.
Recently moved to Sacramento due to a job transfer-IT
IS HOT! Don is an air traffic controller and I am an RN
at UC Davis Med Center. We have been blessed with good
health and look back fondly at our Awalt years and friends.
Graduated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Married since 1981 (Eva), 2 kids,
Worked at many companies around the silicon valley including 7 startups.
burned out and now live on the central coast and have a small company
of my own, this time in my hobby interests, new and old automobiles
original and modified. If you are in the Atascadero CA area, stop by and
see our store, Freedom Street Rods. (My Selfish attempt at advertising).
Always interested in hearing from classmates, feel free to Email.
Graduated from Chico State University with a BA in
Liberal Studies in Dec. 1998, Multiple Subjects
Credential with CLAD and supplementals in Science and
Social Science in Summer of 1999, and from Sacramento
State University in 2003, a Special Education Level II
Credential in Mild/Moderate disabilities. Some of my
collegues are looking forward to retirement and I am
very much looking forward to a career!!!
My husband of almost 28 years died unexpectedly of
heart failure in June of 1999, the same summer I
received my multiple subjects credential. I am
definately a stronger person from that experience. At
that time, my two daughters and I were in college and
my son was a junior in high school. I am very proud
of them all for keeping focused in their lives.
My oldest daughter Angela got married at Lake Tahoe in
July of 2001. They then moved from California to
Minneapolis, Minnesota to a home they bought. My other
daughter Aimee is working full time at an insurance
agency and my son Grant is attending Shasta College as
a business major in information technology. He loves
computers and is still very much into soccer, both
indoor and outdoor. Although he has been involved in
soccer,even participating in Europe, his name still
pops up in the Grass Valley area in playing football
for Nevada Union. He is remembered as
the small town hero who kicked the winning 35-yard
field goal in the last few seconds of pouring down
rain and very muddy and windy conditions for first
place at his division I high school. He was a rookie
kicker in his senior year and kicked 48/56 fieldgoals
(including 12 out of 12 in a playoff game). He was
known as "Mr. Automatic."
I am a gramma as of 12/21/2002. Ashlyn Brooke is her
name and she is a cutie! This IS more fun than
raising your own!
WOW-seems I've been missing and missing out on great
reunions! I was Shay Seegmiller 21 years; Brett 36-
Brenden 15, Liliana 11; Laura 34-Tiana 6; Lindsay
27yrs.; now Shay Johnson 8 yrs. Wonderful life in
Truckee and Reno. So sorry to have missed everyone in
October- I would have loved see you all! Keep me
informed please-thank you.
I've been living in beautiful Carmel for the past 20
years and still adore it...with my three wondrous
daughters--all surfers, all artists. I am an art
consultant in a gallery here. In my leisure time, I
run, follow the live music scene, and socialize! All
is well here.
I have started working on an intensive initiative to
eradicate polio worldwide. It is exciting to be a
small part of such an important effort.
My family moved to Illinois the Summer of '69 and so I
was not able to graduate from Awalt, but I still
consider Awalt "where I went to high school." I
stayed in the Midwest until 1988, when I moved to
Atlanta, GA to work at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC). www.cdc.gov
I, too, have not landed too far from the proverbial
tree. I have lived in Cupertino for 26 years where
Shirley T. found me and told me to "get on the
website". Having grown up with a military family I
know how to take orders so here I am... . As to what's
been going on since graduation, I went to UCSC and
graduated with a hard science degree. Worked for Smith-
Kline Instruments until I got fed up and landed in
real estate in '76, then went into the mortgage
business in '92 after following my husband's job from
here, up to Oregon, down to L.A. and back here. I have
been married for 26 years and have two kids (11 and
14). I guess I haven't changed too much (shorter hair,
more gray) since Shirley Tavenier recognized me at
Private Dental Practice in Lemoore, CA following
retirement from U.S. Navy. Married with four children.
Sending kids to college. Aaayyee! Started a church in
Lemoore: Emmanuel United Reformed Church. Owner of a
Lotus Elise! Yee hah!
It's wonderful to read about your lives.
Since 1980 I have lived in Jordan, Oman, Sri Lanka and
Peru. I have four children: Heidi, who teaches writing
at NYU, Zeid, who has a job with The Advisory Board,
Charlie,recent college graduate who is job hunting,
and Sara, a sophomore at Yale.
In our time abroad I was King Hussein's tennis coach
in Jordan, ESL teacher for the British Council in
Oman, college lit instructor in Sri
Lanka, and president of an embassy nonprofit, and
jewelry designer in Peru.
After 36 years, our marriage ended, and I now, at
our age, am on my own.
Onward and upward.
I am married to St. Francis grad, Tom Gaspich we
have one daughter, Bella 24. After 30+ years in Los
Gatos we sold our home (2007) and moved to Carmel.
25 years as a Creative Director/Partner in a Palo Alto
Ad Agency/Design Studio has me now appreciating the
slower pace of life at the beach. We are both involved
in numerous charitable organizations on the Monterey
Peninsula. Tom still works but seems to find time to
get out to the golf course 3 or 4 days a week. My Mom
is in Los Gatos so I am up there often.
A group of about 20 women (Kaki Saxon, Janet Mize,
Nancy Burke, Shirley Hunton, Julie Grochowik, Sarah
Breslin, Jill Garcia and myself to name of few)
get together for dinner once a month, on average 10
make it to any given dinner. If you are in the
Greater Bay Area, are interested in coming, send one of
us an email so we can include you in our next gathering.
If you were at the 40 Year Reunion and are on
Facebook, join our Class FB Page so you can post your
pictures. Facebook Groups: Awalt High School Class of '70
Audio Systems, Virage Logic, Inc.
Education: Bachelor of Science Cum Laude, Aeronautical
Operations, School of Engineering, San Jose State
Tom Paddock has over 26 years of experience in the
engineering, design, evaluation and measurement of
electro-acoustical, acoustical and psychoacoustical
Tom Paddock was the founder, president and CEO of Sound
Research. Sound Research is an audio engineering
group, tasked with creating sound systems and
acoustical designs for Windham Hill, Stanford
University's Center for Computer Research in Music and
Acoustics, George Winston,
Grateful Dead Productions, Carlos Santana, Cher, Clear
Channel, among others. Tom Paddock has co-authored and
holds multiple patents in the field of audio and signal
processing and has been awarded more than nine (9) RIAA
Platinum and Gold Records, awarded for audio systems
engineering, acoustical and speaker systems design and
Tom Paddock has conceptualized, collaborated on or
engineered more than 275 OEM products for Intel, Analog
Devices, Asustek, Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, Samsung,
Lenovo and C-Media, among other OEMs during his tenure
-Sonic Focus <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Focus>
-ARC Int'l &
-Virage Logic, Inc. < NASDAQ: VIRL >
Tom Paddock has been featured in the following
publications: Stereophile Magazine, Forbes, Wall Street
Journal, Dave Graveline Live at CES 2008, Business
Wire and EuroInvestor.
The following patents were authored or co-authored by
Advanced Technique for Enhancing Delivered Sound.
Advanced processing techniques for enhancing delivered
audio signals. Filed June 5, 2002.
Acoustical Virtual Reality Machine. Advanced
processing techniques for enhancing delivered audio
signals. Filed May 20, 2003.
Acoustical Virtual Reality Machine and Advanced
Technique for Enhancing Delivered Sound: Advanced
processing techniques for enhancing delivered audio
signals. Filed June 5, 2003.
Advanced Technique for Enhancing Delivered Sound.
Filed June 5, 2003.
Acoustical Virtual Reality Machine. Filed December 4,
The following trademarks were authored by Tom Paddock:
"Sonic Focus", Reg. No. 3,614,375
Sonic Focus "Wings Logo design", Reg No. 3,614, 376
"Adaptive Dynamics", ARC Int'l. 2008
Divorced on 4/22/03 after 19yrs being married.
Have three grandchildren from son Christopher(34yrs
old). Work full time at Kaiser Permanente - Santa
Clara in Nuclear Medicine. Part time professional
chauffeur for Le Grande Affaire Limousine since Oct.
2000. Recently, contacted Michael (Christopher's
biological dad)after 33yrs via internet,and he came
from New Zealand to reunite with Christopher. This was
the first time he met his dad. ...life is good : )
hope all is well for everyone else!!!
Perhaps some of you recall me! I went to Huff
Elementary with many of you, then on to Isaac Newton
Graham Junior High, and then attended my freshman year
at Awalt. During those years, I was playing a lot of
clarinet. After my freshman year I moved with the
family to Gilroy and graduated from Gilroy High School
in 1970. I went on from there to Westmont College
where I earned a B.A. in English Literature, then went
on to Fuller Theological Seminary and earned a M.Div
in Theology. I never entered the ministry formally,
and have spent the last many years in higher
education, fundraising and advertising, and the arts.
I am currrently a Vice President with Russ Reid, a
major adverstising/fundraising firm with offices in
Pasadena and in Washington,DC, but work out of my home
office in Pleasanton doing largely new business
development for the company. I have been at this
company for 23 years, but also along the way have done
some writing and publishing, as well as done a lot of
visual art, occasionally doing exhibits and shows
across the country. I am currently also executive
producer of a film about a very famous self-taught
artist Howard Finster that perhaps will be out next
I am married with 30 and 27 year old sons.
I look forward to joining some of you at the 40th
soon! I welcome interaction with anyone who would like
to be in touch! And that includes folks from Awalt or
many of my friends that went on to Mountain View High
I've remade, re-educated, recreated myself a few
times. Medical research librarian cut loose and
became a holistic health practitioner, working with
complementary techniques for cancer treatments, back
pain, migraines, golfer's elbow, other musculoskeletal
aging boomer issues and acute illnesses. Very happy
with this incarnation. Two great daughters -- Emily,
age 26, married, is currently a Special Education
Teacher in Baltimore County Schools, and Leigh Ann,
age 23, is a health consultant in San Diego for
American Specialties Health. Stepson Paul, 26, is an
aspiring musician in Austin, Texas. Living and
working in Scripps Ranch in San Diego with husband,
Bob. Been up to Carmel for continuing education
programs in Carmel the past year and enjoyed
revisiting with Chris Owens Gaspich and husband, Tom.
Hi to John Painter, if he ever sees this website.
Hi Y'all, I am back in the San Jose area, doin well
now and life is showin up! how bout you guys! drop me
an email and let me know! love to catch up....Eric is
at Dads house working with Job Corps....I am much
involved with the Music and Mens ministry at Crosswalk
Community Church SV....great place...the Lord has been
incredible to me....very grateful for all He is
doing....Write and I will Squawk back at ya.
After high school I attended Foothill college for a
few years. I worked full time for AT&T and held
several different positions. I married in 1976 and had
a son born in 1977, now age 27, and then a daugher
born in 1980, now age 24. I was widowed in 1988 when
my husband died.
I am currently working as a supervisor for a major
cable and internet company in the bay area. My
mother still lives in Mountain View and I live in San
Jose. It's nice to see so many familiar names on
this website. I hope everyone is happy, healthy and
safe. Feel free to say hello in an email any time.
OK, technically I graduated a year early in 1969 but
otherwise I would have been class of 70. I've never
regretted graduating early.
I went to design school at the Fashion Institute of
Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. After
graduating, I designed clothing for five years, after
which I went into window display, where I worked for
the next 14 years (Macy's, Bullock's, freelance). I
got married in 1988 to a musician, but we divorced in
1994. We bought and fixed up two vintage houses
together, and after the divorce I continued to do
house restoration for a living. I am currently
renovating house #10. It will be the keeper house, as
it is a huge, amazing Arts and Crafts home built in
1905 by a man who owned a lumber yard. In the course
of all this renovation, I picked up a lot of obscure
knowledge which I eventually synthesized into a book-
Bungalow Kitchens, which was published by Gibbs-Smith
in May 2000.( Ah, wouldn't my English teachers be
proud.) My second book, Bungalow Bathrooms, was
released in 2001, and in November 2003 my third book,
Linoleum, was released (note: it's not about vinyl!).
My next book, Bungalow Details Exterior, came out
in the fall of 2004, followed by the coffee table book
Bungalow:The Ultimate Arts and Crafts Home shortly
after. My last book (so far),Bungalow Details:Interior,
was released in 2006. I have also written articles for
Old House Journal, American Bungalow, Old House
Interiors, Style 1900, and the San Francisco Chronicle
Magazine.I write when I feel like it for the Berkeley
Because of the books, I have also gotten to appear on
TV- once on Food Network's Ultimate Kitchens, and
three times on HGTV's Curb Appeal. (In one Curb Appeal
show I gained a fake husband- TV is not like reality)
All right, my life is starting to sound really
glamorous, so let's have a little balance here. In 2000
I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I went
through six months of chemotherapy and I am currently
in remission and hope to stay that way. There are,
however, no guarantees. In fact, three years ago I
relapsed into a indolent lymphoma called Chronic
Lymphocytic Leukemia. The use of the term indolent
always makes me think of a cancer cell lounging in a
hammock with a margarita. Indolent cancers are harder
to treat, as they don't respond to chemotherapy, which
kills fast growing cells, and these cells aren't
growing that fast. So treatment is mainly with
monoclonal antibodies, which, for the patient, are a
lot more pleasant- no hair loss, nausea, etc. So far
it's been kept in check, but it is chronic, so it keeps
Here's the lesson I learned from my illness: don't put
off doing what you want to do, because life is random
and you may never get the chance.
And a note to any teachers or staff reading this: I'm
57 years old now and I still have no respect for
I followed my passion, journalism, and got a bachelor's and master's in
journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern
University. I spent 30 fascinating, and sometimes exciting, years
working as a reporter and editor for newspapers, ranging from a small
(but fun) paper in Ohio to The Washington Post, where I was the
national technology reporter, to three-plus years at a large paper in
Tokyo, Japan. I had two stints at the San Jose Mercury News, as a
reporter covering the early days of Silicon Valley and doing
investigative pieces and later as an editor overseeing technology
coverage and assisting with international and national commentary. I
feel really fortunate to have had such a stimulating career and to have
met so many interesting people along the way.
I left newspapers a few years ago, just before the industry crashed,
and I now do some editing and tutor kids in writing. My husband of 28
years and I are both very oriented toward Asia, and we have a
wonderful teenaged daughter who attends school in Palo Alto.
Well Mark and I finally did make it. We retired this
past spring and now live in the beautiful Cochella
Valley. We have a daughter Rebecca who will be
married this next spring and our son Joey is the
principal of an elementary school in Skokie, IL. We
are also the proud grandparents of our darling
Meital. She is one year old and we absolutely adore
her. Can't get enough of her from the computer since
she is in IL too. Try to get together with the gals
up North whenever I am in the area - Dad still lives
up there and my 3 brothers are still in their
respective homes. Life is great - Come visit if you
are in the area.
Hi everyone! I've been happily married for 27 years to
a great guy from Mountain View. We don't have any kids
but we do have 3 big dogs and 2 cats. I worked for the
U.S. Geological Survey (in Menlo Park, CA and Carson
City, NV) for 17 years as a Systems Administrator. We
moved to Carson City, Nevada in 1989 and two years ago
I transferred to the Bureau of Land Management. We
enjoy living about 15 miles north of Carson City in a
valley with a small lake and great views of the Sierra
Mountains. We also enjoy fishing, camping and riding
our dirt bikes. Hope to see many of you in July!
As many have said, it's hard to sum up 39 years in a
few paragraphs! After High School I worked at Advanced
Micro devices for some time as a final inspector.
Decided that wasn't my cup of tea and moved on to the
medical field. I became a licensed Paramedic.I married
a great guy in 1973 we had a beautiful daughter in "75"
but we ended up divorced a year later...Married again
and had to more wonderful Kids.So I have Kristi,33
Alesha 31 and my son Eli who is 29. Thank the good Lord
they were so much fun to raise and did'nt cause me to
become bi-polar or anything for which I will always be
grateful.I became single when my youngest was 2! So I
guess you have figured out that marriage and I werent'
ment to be!!! I raised the kids in Southern Oregon and
moved to Hawaii after my son graduated and was off to
college.Brother Bob lives in Maui and I am on the Big
Island..I retired last year after dropping dead in the
driveway from what's called a Ventricular Fibulation! I
am now the proud owner of a pacemaker and defibulator!!
Iam told that only one out of twenty even make it to
the hospital!!! So to say the least, I am grateful! I
became a grandmother of a beautiful little girl who
will be 2 this July! She is my reason for living!!! I
hope to make the next gathering of the Spartins!!! It
would be so fun to see everyone!! I still see the
Raffertys and have been in touch with Rebecca Curry who
is now living in Costa Rica. Sadly we lost Roxanne
Reyes..way to young..Well I have probably put you to
sleep by now! would love to hear from you please drop
me an email..Thanks for the memories! HUGS SUE
After Awalt I went to Foothill College for 2 years and
then I did some time at U.C. Santa Cruz. After that I
got a job at Atari working as a tech on a game called
Pong. I worked there for the next 21 years. I now work
at Silicon Entertainment making NASCAR simulators. One
day I may have to get a real job, but I hope not. I
met my wife Jackie through Atari and we have two
children Andrew 7 and Caroline 11.
I see that my last update predicted our cruising
departure date to be mid-September, 2009. Well, we
left on Sept. 27 -- not half bad! We sailed to San
Diego with several stops along the way. Then we
traveled with a large group of boaters (about 190
boats in all) from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas
arriving on Nov. 5, 2009. We continued on from there
and are currently located in La Paz. It is beautiful
here, sunny and warm, and we have no desire to
return. However, for the first three summers, I may
return during the summer to refill the cruising
kitty. If there is a reunion this summer, I'll be
If you are interested, you can follow our adventures
at www.muggsandlarry.com. We are cruising on a 45'
ketch-rigged sailboat. My high school Spanish has come
in very handy, too!
I graduated with a b.s. degree in graphic design from San Jose State.
After working in Silicon Valley as a freelancer I moved to the Los
Angeles area and got a job at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 1996 I
started my own business—I design exhibition catalogues and
monographs for museums.
I met my husband, Tod Fitch, in 1991 on a ski trip and we married in
’92. Because he is a talented software engineer, head hunters from
Silicon Valley found him and convinced us that his future was here
instead of L.A. We bought an Eichler in Sunnyvale in 1999 and have
been slowly refurbishing it. We love living in the Bay Area.
Hi all, not much new to report in this update. Grad
school at University of Oregon, post doc at Caltech.
Since 1986 I have taught geology and geophysics at
Arizona State University in Tempe, where I have just
become department chairman.
Got married in 1993 (late bloomer), two kids - a girl
8, a boy 6 (as of fall 2003). My wife Lisa
is a planetary scientist at the USGS in Flagstaff,
AZ. She will be involved in the Mars Exploration
Rover missions that will land on Mars in January 2004 -
Living in Utah since 1983. Married with 2 beautiful
daughters and just 1 hansom husband. (aka mountain man)
We relocated both my parents from Mountain View to
Morgan in 2009. They are in their 90s and doing well.
Does anyone know how to find Debbie Tidwell?
I've been happily married to another Awalt grad
Jim Amato for 32 years. We still live in the ole
home town and both love that we stayed in the
Bay Area. We have 2 great kids, our son
Jameson is a firefighter with the City of Santa Clara
and our daughter Joanne is living in New York and
determined to be a working actress; she has
had success in parts in an off-off broadway show and
some regional theatre shows. I am currrently
enjoying my freedom from the 8 to 5 grind and working
on remodeling our home. I love the outdoors and have
really been getting a kick out of hiking the hills
around the bay area (reminiscing about the wild
parties we used to have up there!), swimming, and
gardening -- its great to have time to enjoy all the
bay area has to offer; I just need to keep Jim
working to support me!
Hope all is well with everyone from the class of 70!
I was class of 1971' but graduated 1 year early.
I graduated from San Jose State (BS graphic design)76
I lived in Europe for 2 1/2 years from 79 - 82.
I lived in Santa Rosa CA from 1982 until 2013. In
June 2013 my husband and I retired to the beautiful
Married to a lovely woman, Deborah, since 1973. God
blessed us with very interesting and challenging
adventures in the having children department. We have 4
[2010 ages], 29, twins 26, and 24. Two boys and
two girls. We adopted the first three-and an almost
international adoption, then one the normal way. We
have 6 grandkids aged 2-9, 3 nearby and 3 in
I was a hydrologist with USGS 1976-2010, doing flood
and ground water modeling, water quality and web
database managmeent, 7 years in
Sacramento, 8 in Austin, TX, and in WA since '91. We
love it here. We are very active in an independent
Christian Church. I coached water polo at the local
high school in '02, and since then have been a ref.
Ever since Rick Wunderman took me sailing on a
catamaran in 1970, I've been a boating nut [>14
personal boats to date]. Designed and built a 26 ft
Pontoon boat with standing headroom cabin, 200 HP
outboard and sails in '03. We built a
home on a lake in town and moved in in 04. Retired
2010. Now continuing my 4
year-old boat sales business full time--see
wordboats.com & economycruisers.com. Debbie has been
a school nurse 8 years after 10 years of home-schooling
and... We have guest bedroom [s] in our house. Come
b) first baby, Essi Anna
c) help! (calls & visitors welcome)
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Natural History
Museum, Mineral Sciences, Global Volcanism Pgm.,