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Roger J. Barron (’67)

roger-barronPassed away March 22, 2013 at the age of 68. Roger graduated from UC Berkeley in 1967, where he met his future wife, Peggy Bauman. They were married that same year. Roger continued his studies at Northwestern Medical School and completed a pediatric residency before focusing on allergy and immunology. An advocate on behalf of patients and committed to long-term solutions for chronic health ailments, Roger established the Allergy and Asthma Adult and Pediatric Medical Group of the Redwoods in 1977, which grew into three offices. Roger was known to spend time with patients in an era when medical care was moving toward ever-higher patient loads that sometimes sacrificed face-time with physicians. An avid traveler—often in the company of his wife and two daughters—he found ways to combine his love of medicine and his deep commitment to philanthropy. He held various leadership roles in professional organizations in addition to his work with charitable organizations.

 

David Edwin Matteson (’43)

Died unexpectedly of a stroke on September 19, 2012 in Greenbrae, California, at the age of 91. He graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1938 and received a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley in May 1943, where he enjoyed wrestling, was a four-year resident and President of Bowles Hall, and became a member of Scabbard and Blade, the ROTC military honor society.

In 1942 he joined Madison Lodge #23 of the Masonic Order in Grass Valley. In 1944, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Antiaircraft Artillery and was detailed to the Corps of Engineers, serving in the European theater of World War II. In 1950, he was recalled from the inactive reserve for service in the Korean War. At the time of his discharge in March 1952 he was a Captain in the 378th Engineer Combat Battalion. After the Korean War, David returned to Pacific Telephone and worked in a number of capacities in Marin County, Sacramento and San Francisco. During that period, he was active in Toastmasters and the Lions and Optimist’s Clubs. The family settled in Greenbrae in 1955, where David retired in June 1982 after 14 years as Pacific Telephone’s Assistant Vice President for Personnel.

 

Henry C. Duffie (’51)

henry-duffiePassed away July 26, 2012 at the age of 83. Hank earned a baseball scholarship to UC Berkeley, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Political Science. A week later, he married the love of his life, Dorothy (Dotteye). He spent his career in corrections and probation, including positions in Orange County and Phoenix, where he earned a masters degree from Pepperdine University and served as President of the Western Correctional Association for several years. Hank and Dotteye retired to the house they built in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, where he continued dabbling in his lifelong passion and infatuation: gold.

 

Richard A. Vignolo (’59)

Died May 28, 2012, in San Francisco at the age of 85. During his 21-yearlong association with Halprin’s office, where he was design principal and vice president of the firm, Richard designed many well-known gardens and open spaces. After establishing his independent practice in San Francisco in 1972, leading architectural firms repeatedly asked him to collaborate with them on their own projects, including Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s new Federal Reserve Bank on Market Street and the 333 Bush Street Tower. Elsewhere in California, he conceived outdoor settings for Carmel Plaza, the Vallejo City Hall, Siefert Community Center in Stockton, and the Spanish Bay Townhouses in Pebble Beach. A descendent of pioneer California families, he attended Stockton schools and UC Berkeley, where he received a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture. Later, he received a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, after which he was awarded a Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship for travel and study in Europe. He was also a veteran World War II.

 

John Spence Stephens, Jr. (’90)

Passed away May 1, 2012 at the age of 43. Spence graduated from Boulder High and went ont to receive his bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and his MBA at Rice University. Spence spent the majority of his career working as an executive in electronic banking strategies. Spence was an active member at St. Anne’s Catholic Church of Houston where he sang in the church choir.

 

William Latane Sale (’42)

Passed away March 17, 2012, at the age of 90, on the same ranch where he was born. He attended Red Bluff High School and UC Berkeley, where he participated in wrestling and was a member of the Army ROTC. Upon completion of his degree in 1942, Bill was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. He served in the 99th Infantry Division in the European theater during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the Battle of the Bulge. He was part of the occupation forces in Germany at the end of World War II. Upon the completion of his commitment, he had attained the rank of Captain. Bill married Jean Block and worked on the family ranch, Sale Orchards. Soon after, he was recruited to work for Sunsweet Growers in Chico, for whom he served as plant manager and field man for 37 years. He was instrumental in the building of the Sunsweet plants in Corning and Red Bluff. After his retirement, Bill served on the Board of Directors for Sunsweet. As a member of the Tehama County Prune Growers, he was the recipient of the Prune Grower of the Year in 1973.

Bill was a strong believer in giving back to his community. He was a member of the Red Bluff Union High School Board of Trustees and served on the Governing Board and Advisory Board of St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. He was also a director of the Federal Land Bank and served as president of the Red Bluff Rotary Club and Wilcox Oaks Golf Club.

 

Kevin Lacanlale (Freshman)

lacanlaleDied March 15, 2012, after a vehicle crashed into his 1996 Camry. Kevin was one of 1,000 students nationwide to win the Gates Millennium Scholarship Award—intended to encourage academic excellence and provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. He was also part of the campus association and lived at Bowles Hall. He grew up in Silverdale, Washington and was a National AP Scholar, graduating as salutatorian of his class before coming to UC Berkeley. An active athlete, he ran high school varsity track, making it to the state championship in the 4×100 relay.

 

Raymond A. Colvig (’53)

Died March 4, 2012, of sudden heart problems in Berkeley at the age of 80. For 27 years, Ray served as spokesman for UC Berkeley and was a beloved leader of the campus’s Public Information Office until his retirement in 1991. From 1964 to 1991, he served as manager of the campus’s former Public Information Office. His tenure spanned the upheavals of the Free Speech Movement, anti-Vietnam protests, People’s Park riots and the Patty Hearst kidnapping, not to mention UC Berkeley’s rise to academic and research excellence rivaling that of Harvard and MIT. He served seven chancellors, from Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg to Chang-Lin Tien.

After his retirement, Ray collaborated with Seaborg on two books: “Chancellor at Berkeley,” about Seaborg’s years as chancellor, and “Roses from the ashes: breakup and rebirth in Pacific Coast intercollegiate athletics.” He also wrote “Turning Points and Ironies: Issues and Events–Berkeley, 1959-67,” about the turbulent 1960s and the tempestuous tenure of UC Berkeley’s first chancellor, Clark Kerr. Born in Weed, California, Ray graduated from UC Berkeley in 1953 with a degree in English and journalism and lived at Bowles Hall for the 1950-51 year. In 1954, he earned a master’s degree in English from Cornell University and after a two-year stint in the U.S. Army became an agricultural news writer, first at UC Davis and then at UC Berkeley. He joined UC Berkeley’s Public Information Office as a science writer in 1959 and was appointed manager in 1964. He was a cofounder of the Northern California Science Writers Association.

 

John Barnes Leddy (’46)

Died January 20, 2012, in San Jose, just two days before his 90th birthday. Jack showed an early interest in science, so his father took him to science lectures at CalTech, including talks given by Albert Einstein and Guglielmo Marconi. An avid radio fan from a young age, Jack had a ham radio license, W6PLJ, and fixed radios as a hobby. In 1938, he and Tom Nelson, along with several other high school friends, organized a high school radio club with the call letters N6EM. In 1940, Jack was accepted to UC Berkeley and was elected to Bowles Hall President that same year. In 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked, he relayed messages to the War Department from Hawaii by way of a station at the top of Bakersfield High School. Although Jack never graduated from Berkeley (due, he said, to a bad case of dysentery and the fact that he was unable to obtain Berkeley credit for his studies at Harvard and MIT during the war), sometime in the 1980s he was invited back to Berkeley to give a talk about his career. Jack saw that as a kind of vindication.

In 1968, Jack founded his own manufacturer’s representative company, Leddy Associates, which was located for the longest period in Burlingame. In 1990, he sold the business and retired, when his main interests were world travel with his wife Jane, his radio ham contents and his work with the American Red Cross in emergency preparednesss.

 

James David Shelton (’59)

james-sheltonDied January 8, 2012, following a valiant three-year fight with liver cancer. Jim graduated from UC Berkeley in 1959 and received his Masters in Science at the University of North Texas in 1991. In 1963, he moved to Amarillo, Texas to work for Santa Fe Railroad. He was co-owner of Adams-Shelton Communications with his long-time business partner, Keith Adams, owning several radio stations in West Texas, including Z-93 and KLS. He and Adams were also publishers of Accent West magazine. Jim worked as a counselor in various programs at The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage for 12 years until leaving in 2005 to form his own intervention practice. Just prior to his death, he was made a emeritus member of The Network of Independent Interventionists in recognitions of his years of dedication and service in the recovery field.

 

Wayne Robinson Woodruff (’53)

Passed away suddenly December 18, 2011 at the age of 80. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1953 and the following day started work at what’s now known as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. There, he was involved in many atmospheric tests in the Pacific and was named test group director for the Nevada Test Site. He later earned an MS degree in physics from Cal State Hayward. Later in life, Wayne served at the federal level on international arms treaty negotiations. A long-time member of the Sierra Club, he led outings in the U.S. and internationally and taught rock-climbing for the Sierra Club in San Francisco and competed and won medals in NASTAR skiing events. After retiring in 1991, Wayne volunteered with the San Francisco Ballet, serving as president of its volunteer arm (BRAVO) and Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet Association, and performed many roles in some of SF Ballet’s story ballets. He is survived by his wife, Laureen.

 

David Leroy Brenner (’45)

Passed away on December 6, 2011 at the age of 88. David attended UC Berkeley and lived in Bowles Hall, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for more than 30 years for U.S. Steel in Pittsburg, California, and then for Shell Oil for six years prior to retiring. Dave was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and was a past member of the Pitttsburg Lodge, as well as member of the Episcopal Church for 50 years.

 

Lloyd John Old (’55)

lloyd-oldPassed away on November 28, 2011 at the age of 78. Dr. Old was internationally recognized as one of the founders and standard-bearers in the field of cancer immunology. He began his career in 1958, when tumor immunology was in its infancy; today, cancer immunotherapies are emerging as a significant advance in cancer therapy. Many seminal findings in the field were contributed by Lloyd, his students and his colleagues. He held a Chair of Cancer Immunology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he was director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. In vivo veritas, Lloyd’s motto, embodied what many would consider his greatest contribution: his unwavering dedication and commitment to translating basic research in animal models into clinical research in humans. Few scientists have been more instrumental in bringing the study of tumor immunology into the human arena.

 

Joseph F. Angello, Sr. (’54)

joseph-angelloPassed away unexpectedly November 19, 2011 at the age of 81. Joe was a prominent Sacramento architect and businessman. Raised in Sacramento, he received his BA and MA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and was an active Bowles Hall Alum, serving on the leadership committee for the Bowles Hall Alumni Association and working tirelessly on the preservation of the Hall. He served in the Army, and his patriotism deeply influenced his life. He started a private architectural practice with Ralph Vitiello (Angello Vitiello Associates) in 1961; the firm received numerous awards, including an AIA Honor Award for the Anthony Patricia Angello residence in Carmichael. Joe was one of the architects for the Sacramento Community Theatre and Convention Center project, completed in 1974. He was also deeply involved in historic preservation in Old Sacramento. Early in his life, Joe began actively participating in community events and service/social clubs, from can collections for the war effort and Bachelor Club involvement to his membership in The Native Sons of the Golden West at the time of his death. His many memberships include The Brotherhood of Knights of the Vine and The Grandfathers Club; and he was a founding member of the California Hall of Flowers. He served as Past President of the Central Valley Chapter of the American Institutes of Architects.

 

Douglas Norman Dickson (’56)

Passed away November 15, 2011. After his third year at Cal, Doug was admitted to Stanford Medical School, after which he became an obstetrician and gynecologist, practicing in San Leandro for 20 years until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and retired. Doug maintained as busy a life as he could, with travel, skiing, fishing and gardening, ultimately living with Parkinson’s for 35 years.

 

Rollin Kirby Post (’52)

Died October 3, 2011 at his Corte Madera home at age 81. Rollin lived and breathed politics for his more than 30 years on Bay Area television, but his work was very different from the hot talk “gotcha” journalism that dominates the airwaves today. He was a familiar figure on local television, working as a reporter, commentator and interviewer on three stations from 1961 until his retirement in 1997. For decades, there wasn’t a person in statewide politics who wasn’t grilled by Rollin at one time or another. He even appeared (as himself) in Robert Redford’s 1972 political film “The Candidate.” Rollin was the most respected political reporter and TV commentator in California from the late 1960s-90s.

After a year at San Francisco State College and a year in the Army, Rollin attended UC Berkeley, rooming in Bowles Hall with Bob Sayles, Joe Angello and Emmett Forester, and graduating in 1952 with a degree in political science. He began his career in journalism as a copy boy at CBS Radio in Los Angeles, where he met Diane Opley, who became his wife in 1954. In 1961, he moved back to the Bay Area as a morning producer and assignment editor for KPIX and later worked for KQED, where he was a commentator on the evening roundtable show “Newsroom” and later co-host with Belva Davis of “A Closer Look” and KRON’s “California This Week” interview show. After his retirement, Rollin stayed involved in civic activities in Marin County, where he lived for 47 years, tutoring young students, raising money for the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, and serving as a volunteer board member for Common Cause, the World Affairs Council, the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies and the Marin County Historical Society. He was a Charter Member (2005) of BHAA.

 

Roger K. Guilford (’49) [Photo in Sept 2013 newsletter]

Passed away September 8, 2011. Roger earned his graduate and postgraduate degrees in Education and Plant Pathology from UC Berkeley, UC Davis and OSU, and followed with a career as a college professor. He developed a landscaping and interior design business with his wife, Mary (Darland), whom he married in 1959. Roger was a devoted boater, creating fond memories with his family aboard The Dragon Lady. He was proud that he had lived in such a special place at UC Berkeley. Mary sent a contribution in Roger’s name toward the restoration of Bowles Hall.

 

John “Jack” Cooney (’51)

Jack graduated High School from Red Bluff Union High School and was Valedictorian of his class. At age 16, Jack enrolled at UC Berkeley, where he earned his Bachelor of Civil Engineering and then his Masters of Civil Engineering at the age of 22. Jack worked towards his PhD at the University of Purdue, but his education was interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Jack was stationed in Heidelberg Germany where he developed procedures for Engineering and Intelligence for use by NATO countries. Jack’s work with Morrison-Knudsen moved the family all over the world including locations throughout the U.S., Canada and South America. During his time working with Morrison Knudsen, Jack fulfilled many roles including Senior Project Director of the company’s environmental group and the Deputy Project Director at the Weldon Springs Site Remedial Action Project. He retired in 1999 after 47 years for Morrison-Knudsen. Jack was a generous patron of the arts in Boise, including the Boise Philharmonic, Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho, Boise Little Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the Community Concert Series, to name a few.

 

Ralph Peter Juhl (’55)

Died at home April 15, 2011, at the age of 78. Ralph was a dentist with the varied interests of a Renaissance man, an independent nature, good humor and professional skill. He practiced dentistry in Pleasanton for 35 years until his retirement in 1994. He was a skilled woodworker; after being diagnosis with leukemia, he traveled to Denmark to help remodel his daughter’s second home there. He also completed a remodel for his son. He had a full woodshop in his home and routinely made furniture.

Ralph was a past-president and founding member of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton as well as a member of the Pleasanton Men’s Club. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Castlewood Country Club. He excelled in athletics at Washington High School, earning letters in track, basketball and baseball. He led the basketball team in scoring and was offered a minor league contract in baseball after graduating. Instead, he pursued his interest in dentistry. He started at Cal in 1951 and transferred to the UC San Francisco dentistry school in 1953. Following completion of the UCSF Dental School, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Army.

During a pre-registration week at Cal, he met the love of his life, Claudia Rasmussen. They married June 19, 1955, two days after Claudia graduated from Cal. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in June 2010. Ralph was a BHAA member since 2007, and his widow Claudia has become a Friend of Bowles Hall.

 

Brent Wesley Wahlberg (’43)

Passed away March 29, 2011, at the age of 89. Brent graduated from Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana College and UC Berkeley. Immediately after graduating from Berkeley, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II as an officer on a U.S. tank landing ship (LST 515) that participated in the D-Day invasion. Prior to D-Day, he was on his LST when it distinguished itself during a highly secretive D-Day full-dress rehearsal conducted off of the coast of England (“Exercise Tiger”) as the ship’s captain, disobeying orders from on-shore commanding officers, turning to retrieve and recover survivors and bodies whose ships had been destroyed by torpedoes fired by German Schnellboote (fast elusive torpedo boats). Extraordinary measures were taken to keep the events of that morning unknown, initially, to prevent any leaks of the anticipated D-Day invasion and to keep secret the scope of loss.

Following the war, Brent married Jean Sutherland. He worked in the citrus and avocado business, both as a grower and ultimately as Vice President of Production of the Eadington Fruit Company, where he also served on the Board of Directors. He also served on the boards of Sunkist, Calavo and The Bank of Yorba Linda. Following his retirement, Brent added golf to his regular activities, including twice weekly rounds with the “Floggers,” and he found great pleasure in sharing regular luncheons with his Elks Club buddies. Brent was a BHAA member since 2008.

 

Hugh Edward Kelly (’50)

Died February 14, 2011, in Eureka of a stroke at the age of 86. Hugh graduated from Eureka High School, leaving home at age 16 to join the crew surveying the Alaska-Canada Highway. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II as an infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge, where he earned a Bronze Star for bravery. He met his future wife, Fern Williamson, during his senior year at Cal. After graduating with a business degree, he and Fern settled in Eureka, where he spent his career and took much pride in his partnership with Mike O’Hern, forming Kelly-O’Hern Associates. He loved his work, which brought him into contact with the natural beauty of Humboldt County and many interesting characters and their stories. He was recognized by the Humboldt Chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association with a Lifetime Achievement award, having filed more than 1,100 surveys, parcel maps and subdivisions—the highest number in the State of California. Hugh was a member of the Bowles Hall Class of 1951.