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Class Notes

Breaking news of those breaking new ground

This is where we celebrate noteworthy achievements and life changes of fellow Bruins.
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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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Sherry S. Bragg ’84, J.D. ’87

Sherry S. Bragg ’84, J.D. ’87, of Weintraub Tobin, has been named “Attorney of the Year” by the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI). Honorees of this award are advocates for veterans and have made significant contributions to veterans’ causes. She will be honored at the Lawyers for Warriors 2020 event in Costa Mesa in September. Bragg […]

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Angela Agrusa ’84

Law firm DLA Piper has selected Angela Agrusa ’84 — co-chair of the firm’s business and commercial litigation sub-practice, as well as its food and beverage sector — to serve as managing partner for its Los Angeles office. Agrusa represents international brands, major companies and prominent individuals in high-stakes, complex commercial cases and class actions. […]

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Karen B. Goldberg ’91

Selman Breitman LLP attorney Karen B. Goldberg ’91 has been elected to the firm’s partnership. “Karen immerses herself in her cases, learning everything about her clients and their business challenges,” said Selman Breitman Name Partner Neil Selman. “This approach allows her to provide excellent service to her clients. She is a great asset to the […]

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Debra (Hinkel) DiNapoli ’73

Debra (Hinkel) DiNapoli ’73 is CEO of Senior Planning Services (SPS), which marked its 30th anniversary with the acquisition of Ventura-based Meditech Services. SPS serves people and families in the Santa Barbara area in need of elder care. Senior Planning Services was launched by Suzanne McNeely, a social worker in Santa Barbara who had seen […]

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Desiree de la Torre ’02

Desiree de la Torre ’02 has been named to the class of 2020 Presidential Leadership Scholars. A psychobiology major, de la Torre is currently Director of Community Affairs and Population Health Improvement at Children’s National Hospital in Chevy Chase, Md.

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John Sheriff, MBA ’04

John Sheriff, MBA ’04, passed away peacefully Feb. 3 in Los Angeles. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1999 and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Sheriff began a career in corporate finance, which was cut short by a diagnosis of brain cancer in December 2009. While battling the disease, […]

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Earl A. Nehring, M.A. ’52, Ph.D. ’58

Earl Arthur Nehring, M.A. ’52, Ph.D. ’58, died on January 31 at Presbyterian Manor of Lawrence, Kan. He was 99. Nehring was born in Gildford, Mont., on May 28, 1920, the son of Arthur and Myrtle (Burfield) Nehring and graduated from Gildford High School in 1936. He attended Northern Montana College from 1936 to 1938 […]

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Josephine Gao ’19

Josephine Gao ’19, a human biology and society major as an undergraduate, is pursuing a master of science in human genetics and genetics gounseling degree at Keck Graduate Institute, and is also a member of the Pomona College Band, one of the oldest college bands in the United States. The band welcomes undergraduates, faculty and […]

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