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Class Notes

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June Bacon-Bercey ’54

June Bacon-Bercey ’54, the first African American to receive a degree in meteorology and America’s first female TV meteorologist, passed away in Burlingame, Calif., on July 3, 2019, the family announced recently. She was 90. Her final wish was to relaunch the 1978-1990 June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship for Women pursuing STEM studies, which took several months […]

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Maria Strong ’85

Maria Strong ’85 (Life member) has been appointed to lead the U.S. Copyright Office as Acting Register of Copyrights. On December 18, 2019, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced that she had appointed Strong as Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office, effective January 5, 2020. “I am pleased to announce […]

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Paul Knotter, M.F.A. ’79

Artist Paul Knotter, M.F.A. ’79, passed away in September, 2019, at the age of 67. A memorial and art show was held in his honor on November 9. In the 1980s and early ’90s, Knotter wowed and charmed the L.A. art scene with his unconventional approach to painting and video art, and his funny, insightful […]

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Larry Lauerhass, M.A. ’59, Ph.D. ’72, M.L.S. ’76

Ludwig “Larry” Lauerhass Jr., M.A. ’59, Ph.D. ’72, M.L.S. ’76, a UCLA librarian emeritus in the history department and a philanthropist known for his passion for diverse Latin American cultures, died Dec. 29 at his home in Brentwood. He was 84. Lauerhass earned his master’s degree in Latin American studies and his doctorate in history, […]

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Hanna Garth, M.A. ’09, Ph.D. ’14

Hanna Garth, M.A. ’09, Ph.D. ’14, has published her first book, “Food in Cuba: The Pursuit of a Decent Meal.” The book follows Cuban families as they struggle to maintain a decent quality of life in Cuba’s post-Soviet welfare state by specifically looking at the social and emotional dimensions of shifts in access to food. […]

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Jill Kiecolt, M.A. ’76, Ph.D. ’82

Jill Kiecolt, M.A. ’76, Ph.D. ’82, professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The emerita title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to […]

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Adam Mendler, MBA ’10

Adam Mendler, MBA ’10, launched a new business, leadership and personal/professional development podcast, “Thirty Minute Mentors,” consisting of one-on-one interviews with America’s most accomplished and insightful people on how they made it to the top and how listeners can too. “My goal is to give listeners access to invaluable content from the best network of […]

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Matthew Miller ’90

Matthew Miller ’90 has joined DLA Piper’s litigation practice as a partner in the firm’s in San Francisco office. Miller has extensive experience in cryptocurrency and blockchain matters, as well as complex business litigation and breach of contract and unfair competition matters, including misappropriation of intellectual property, business interference torts, breach of employment contracts and […]

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Andrew J. Guilford ’72, J.D. ’75

Recently retired U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford ’72, J.D. ’75, has joined Judicate West, one of California’s leading providers of private dispute resolution services, as a member of its roster of neutrals. Judge Guilford will be based in the Santa Ana office and is available for mediations, arbitrations and private judging assignments nationwide. “Andy […]

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Susan Krumplitsch ’93

Susan Krumplitsch ’93 has joined DLA Piper’s patent litigation practice and life science sector as a partner in the firm’s in Silicon Valley office. Krumplitsch, a psychology major as an undergraduate, has extensive experience representing and providing counsel to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and medical device companies in patent litigation and other intellectual property matters. See […]

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Paul Knotter, M.F.A. ’79

Artist Paul Knotter, M.F.A. ’79, passed away in September, 2019, at the age of 67. A memorial and art show was held in his honor on November 9. In the 1980s and early ’90s, Knotter wowed and charmed the L.A. art scene with his unconventional approach to painting and video art, and his funny, insightful […]

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