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Class Notes: 1954

Class of 1954

Remember when we were looking for the oldest member of our Class? For a while, Bob Sarquis held that honor, having been born in September 1927. And then Frank Durrschmidt checked in, capturing the title from Bob. Frank was born in June 1927—a full three months before Bob. Maybe there’s someone even older? When we’re through finding the oldest, perhaps we’ll go looking for the youngest. Frank also gave us a short update on what he’s been up to: “After graduation, I joined the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, and helped build nuclear submarines. From 1970 to 1975, we (wife and four children) lived in the United Kingdom, where I was a manager at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I returned to Electric Boat and continued with submarine construction. I retired in 1992 as manager of ship management. We enjoy our life in Mystic, Connecticut, where we have lived for many years.” Harry Yasumoto, who is retired and living in San Luis Obispo, tells us that following graduation, he served two years with Uncle Sam at Fort Ord. Next, he began work as an accountant with IBM. Harry earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in public administration from Golden Gate University. This equipped him for a 35-year career in banking and real estate. He served two years on the Cal Alumni Association board of directors’ awards committee. Harry says he always feels proud to be a member of our Class “because it gifted the University with that iconic monument at the north end of the campus, the Class of ’54 Gate!” We’re still talking about a reunion later this year at the University Club atop Memorial Stadium—a lovely venue, with its outdoor terrace overlooking the Bay Area. Let us know if you’d enjoy getting together there, and we’ll proceed with the planning. Bulletin: Send us your news for this column at my address below. Write what you’ve done since graduation in 100 words or less! Let’s see who can say the most in the fewest words!

Class Secretary: Beryl Voss, 1330 Jones St No 604, San Francisco 94109, berylvoss@gmail.com, 415/673-2074

Class of 1954

Have not heard from anyone in a while! Let’s have some news! Go Bears!!! 

Class Secretaries: Bob Leslie, 40 Windward Hill, Oakland 94618, relarbmed@aol.com; Rosemary Meehan Mein, 3748 St. Francis Dr, Lafayette 94549, rosemein@comcast.net, fax 925/283-2318

Class of 1954

Reunion Bulletin!!! Your 68th Class reunion is a buffet luncheon set for Friday, September 16, 2022, at the University Club, which is high atop the west rim of Memorial Stadium! We are fortunate to have reserved this amazing venue with its spectacular views! The cost for the luncheon is $60 per person. Okay to bring adult kids and friends! Cal’s music and dancing groups will be invited to perform. Parking is available, and, of course, there’s an elevator! Interested? Please send an email no later than July 5 to Class Secretary Beryl Voss, whose address is below, and request a reservation form. Do not send any payment until after you receive your reservation form. We hope many ’54 classmates and others will attend this reunion, but for planning purposes, we must hear from you ASAP!

Joe Rodgers writes: “We graduated at a good time, got a job, and saw the end of the Korean conflict. After serving in the Army, I became an engineer and practiced my trade in various venues and industries. Charlotte and I recently celebrated 63 years of marriage with our three offspring, seven grandkids, and four great-grandkids. We enjoy helping out at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, where we reside part of the year, and are pleased to sponsor an engineering scholarship in our names at Cal. We are currently renovating a 110-year-old family home in Alameda, outrageously ambitious at age 90, and plan to enjoy it soon. We are hoping for a Class party this year.”

Nat Agliano’s family emigrated from Italy and worked in the fishing industry in Monterey. He played football and baseball and is a member of the Big C Society and Pappy’s Boys. After law school at Hastings and private practice, he was appointed to the Salinas Municipal Court by Governor Reagan. He ascended through the court system to presiding justice of the Sixth District of the Court of Appeal. After retirement from the court, he has been an arbitrator and mediator with JAMS. He was inducted into the Cal Class of ’54 Hall of Fame, and he and his wife, Lil, reside in Salinas. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Class Secretary: Beryl Voss, 1330 Jones St No 604, San Francisco 94109, berylvoss@gmail.com, 415/673-2074