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KENNETH GOODMAN (’53 M.A.), professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, was featured as a teaching pioneer in an article published by the Arizona Jewish Post for his work founding the whole language approach to reading.


THOMAS DEBLEY (’67), a retired business historian, was elected president of the board of directors of Oakland Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit historic preservation organization in Oakland.

FRANCISCO GAVIÑA (’69, ’72 M.S.), serves as the vice president of F. Gaviña & Sons Inc., which was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s top minority-owned businesses list.

RON GUSTAFSON (’67) serves as president and chairman of Coast Packing Co. The North American Meat Institute Scholarship Foundation has established a scholarship in his name.

BETTY LaDUKE (’60, ’62 M.A.) was an exhibiting artist for the Schneider Museum of Art at the Oregon Center for the Arts.

DONALD TAKEDA (’67, ’71 M.A.) retired after 46 years teaching math and biology at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.

PATRICK WIDNER (’69), executive director for Solar Cookers International, teamed up with Bob Metcalf, a Sacramento State University microbiology professor, to develop a portable microbiology laboratory to detect E. coli in drinking water.