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Class of 1989
Sonya with her book

This past summer, Sonya Sigler, ’89, was busy publishing the audio version and accompanying workbook for What’s Next for My Career? and the workbook for WELCOME to the Next Level, all of which are part of her PractiGal Career Mentor series. She and her husband Keir Morgan recently moved to Vancouver, WA where they enjoy picking berries, singing in the Vancouver Master Chorale, and exploring nearby wineries.

Class of 1952

Hello Classmates – Here are pictures of your Class co-secretaries greeting the group and thanking the Chancellorfor making our 70th reunion so successful.

Man speaks in front of crowd
Photo by Keegan Houser
Class of 1962

Sixty Out from ’62 — Reunion ’22! 

Friday, September 23, 2022 

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

The Great Hall of The Faculty Club 

We’re just four weeks away from our Sixtieth (Diamond!) Year Reunion-don’t miss the chance to hear Chancellor Christ and raise a glass and song in celebration of our last six decades as proud Cal Bears! Oski, Straw Hatters, Pom Pom Girls, and Song-oh my, what a time we’ll have! Your Committee has gathered some great memorabilia, photos, and film footage with sights and sounds from our time at Cal. Plus, what’s up for your Ninth Decade? Hear what some of our classmates have planned! 

What and When: 

5:30 p.m. – Beverages on the patio and a visit from Chancellor Christ 

7:00 p.m. – Dinner and celebratory activities in the Great Hall  

Dinner Choices:  

Filet mignon, salmon or mushroom ravioli, plus wine served with dinner 

Register now! Sign up at, where you’ll also find links to fun ’62 stuff!  

For details on Cal’s Homecoming, September 23-25, visit  

Committee Co-Chairs: Brian Van Camp (916) 425-1469 and Dottie Ahlburg Johnson (616) 402-5498. 

Committee: Larry Beyersdorf, Carol Clazie, Ted Craig, Donna Hartman Dutton, Ana Mohn Gade, George Goldberg, Fred Gregory, Stu Gordon, Ann Turner Flinn, Mike Halloran, Roger Hollander, Tom Jones, Steve Lind, Dave Lombardi, Jerry Newfarmer, Joyce Putnam, Jan Smith, Gerry Soderberg, Marne Sorgen, Toni Thomas and Vic Willits.

Class of 1980
Book cover

Jamie Bowman ’80 just published her first book, Bike Riding in Kabul: The Global Adventures of a Foreign Aid Practitioner.  Getting roughed up by Islamic fundamentalists, the weekly “feline sex-fest” in Kyiv, bribing Russian police to avoid jail in Moscow, sheltering under the sink (with the lizards) when the ammo dump exploded in Juba, automatic weapons training in Indiana, and that ill-fated morning bike ride in Kabul. It was a great job!  

Bike Riding in Kabul follows the professional and personal adventures ofinternational legal consultant Jamie Bowman, an attorney from California, as she endeavors to update the laws of Kosovo, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Moscow, Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, Rwanda, and Afghanistan.  

As seen through Ms. Bowman’s good humor and unique perspective, Bike Riding in Kabul moves with effortless charm through a fascinating array of personalities and events. It is full of exotic locations, difficult work challenges, strong female role models, and quirky characters, and explores a wide range of themes, including the important role of reform, Islamic attitudes toward a Western woman, endemic corruption, post-Cold War sentiments, and how other countries view the United States. Throughout the book, Jamie is supported by an Argentine boyfriend who helps her make sense of the crazy situations she finds herself in.  

Fast-paced, funny, occasionally heartbreaking, but always wholly original, Bike Riding in Kabul captures the challenges of an American working overseas and is a story of finding the strength necessary to do the right thing, even when the consequences may be personally damaging.

Class of 1954 Beryl smith voss' grandfather

This is the 100th anniversary of Beryl Smith Voss’s father’s graduation from Cal – Charles Sheridan Smith, Jr. – who received his bachelor’s in 1922. This served as inspiration for Voss to attend Cal and also her son, Tim Curran (1984).

Here’s his photo from the 1922 Blue & Gold.

Class of 1954

Cal was a place to “Grow Up”! Bob Burrows’ participation in fraternities (Beta Theta Pi), Civil Engineering and Chi Epsilon, Winged Helmet, Skull and Keys, Big C and Crew with Ky Ebright, Order of Golden Bear, ROTC (when most young men were avoiding the draft for the Korean War). That segued into a year in the Alaskan hinterlands building DEW support airfields, when never was so much heavy equipment entrusted to a “green second lieutenant”. Burrows is a strong believer in a “Public Service” two year stint for any Land Grant College graduate: military, peace corps, local volunteer.

Burrows passed up the invitation for a stint in the regular Army, became a civilian, and a General Contractor. He was hired out of the Army Corps of Engineers, in that same year Navy Seabees Lieut J.G, and a lieutenant from the US Marine Corp. “We could build ANYTHING!” And did at Williams and Burrows, Contractors: one of the largest in California. They joined a Japanese contractor, Takanaka (a fellow Young President Organization fellow) to build the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco: truly a “joint venture” with Mitsubishi our elevator and HVAC subcontractor.

Burrows likes wine. He and his then wife, Sara (née Zumwalt) made pretty good wine in their backyard in Ladera. Years later, he bought 110 acres of fir trees, on Howell Mountain, cleared much of it to plant Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. They sold bunches of fruit, and made award winning Cabs: Liparita was our label. Fifteen years later, they sold the site to Jess Jackson (Cal, 1952), to anchor his Cardinale label with mountain top fruit.

Now, Burrows is living in Winston-Salem with his NC wife, Kathryn, an art curator of Wake Forest art collection. He does miss San Francisco and Napa. Barring Covid, he spends several weeks in the summer to return to long time friends.

Class of 1954

After Cal, Richard Bartalini graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. He married Anne Evanoff and they had three children, Robert, Denise, and David; two grandchildren Christopher and Jessica and two great-grandchildren Joshua and Jordan.

After Hastings, Bartalini worked for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and then as General Council for the Key System Transit Line, the local bus company which later became AC Transit.

Bartalini practiced law in Oakland for several years and then in 1967 he started his own law firm in Alameda, Davis, Craig and Bartalini.

In 1977 he was appointed as Judge of the Superior Court of California and remained such until his retirement in 1995.

In retirement, Bartalini’s passion became volunteerism and he has received several awards including the California JC’s One of California’s Five Outstanding Young Men and the City of Alameda’s Lifetime Achievement Award for over fifty years of activism and service to the community.

He has also had the opportunity to travel. Bartalini and his family have been to China, Japan and several times to Europe. While in Italy, he and his family had the opportunity to reunite with his grandfather’s family in Filettole.

Bartalini’s hobbies include gardening and big game hunting.

Class of 1954

Usually when Georgia Wilcox McDaniel talks about UC she raves about the Daily Cal, but it occurs to her that one class has given her many, many hours of follow-up pleasure: Anthropology 1 taught by Theodore McCown. He spent a couple of weeks on Archeology and that lit a flame such as no other class had inspired. Currently she has a shelf of her bookcase devoted to various areas of archeology, including recent books by Mary Beard. While Wilcox McDaniel was raising her two boys she always had library books on the subject handy; she’s always been a bookworm (and a library volunteer until the pandemic hit). Of course, she can’t read the books she own because the type is too small, but she can get eBooks free from the public library and older books are discounted on Amazon/Kindle. You can enlarge the type to fit your needs!

Class of 1954

Approximately a year ago, Ginger and Alan Parcells ’54 moved into an assisted living facility in Lowell, Michigan. This puts them considerably closer to Ginger’s daughter who is being helpful in many respects. Having turned 93 last January, Parcells ain’t going anyplace! He wishes all his fellow
classmates a happy reunion.

Class of 1954

William Prucha married Joan Lesley (’53) two days after graduation. Started as a reporter for the Hayward Daily Review, which led to advertising in San Francisco with Doyle & Hawley. Transferred to Atlanta with three children and became involved with three mergers leading to selling print sports publications nationally. Back to the Bay Area in 1977, still in print sales, with retirement in 1990. Moved to Grass Valley for twenty-plus years, then back to the Bay Area (Walnut Creek). Joan died in 1966 and he just turned ninety.

Class of 1975 guy taking a selfie

Frank Kilpatrick announces that Stay Alive, his award-winning Mental Health documentary, was released on Friday on Amazon Prime. The film features Kevin Hines (“The man who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and lived”), noted UCLA psychiatrist Mark Goulston, MD, and musician Rayko.

Class of 1983

Tracie White’s book, The Puzzle Solver (Hachette Press), was named the
Winner of the Narrative Non-Fiction Award at the International Book
Awards in June, and, in July, was named a Finalist for the Chanticleer Book
Awards “Journey Award” for emerging new talent and outstanding work in
the genre of overcoming adversity.