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Class Notes Archive 1931-2014

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Class notes from the 1960s

1960Charles Nagel, Ph.D., who retired from the faculty of Washington State University in 1992, has had a novel species of bacteria named after him. Lactobacillus nagelii, isolated from a wine, was discovered by fellow WSU professor Charles Edwards. Edwards said he chose to honor Nagel for his lifetime of wine research and for his contributions to the industry in Washington. (appeared in the Fall 2000 issue)   The British Veterinary Zoological Society made Fred Frye, D.V.M. '64, an honorary member at its annual general meeting in November. The award is given to individuals who have advanced the field of veterinary zoological medicine and the aims of the society. (appeared in the Spring 2002 issue)    Gary Matteson, M.S. '67, retired in November after more than 41 years with the University of California, most recently working as director of energy and utilities planning in the Office of the President. He is now working as a visiting researcher at UC Davis, teaching and doing research on biomass, and he is helping with speeches for the state governor's office, providing guidance on alternative forms of energy and the Enron bankruptcy. (appeared in the Spring 2002 issue)    Carl Hansen, a member of the family that founded the Crystal Cream & Butter Co. in Sacramento, died in September 2002 at age 63 of complications from pulmonary disease. In addition to working with the family business, he was an active leader of numerous philanthropic organizations. Survivors include his wife, Judy, and his four children. (appeared in the Winter 2003 issue)    Wilfried Brutsaert, M.S., Ph.D. '62, the W.L. Lewis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, recently received two awards for his decades-long research into the earth's resources: the 2003 Jule G. Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society and the 2002 international award from the Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources. He has been a professor in Cornell's College of Engineering since 1974. (appeared in the Spring 2003 issue)    Robert Granados, who has worked as a researcher with the Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, N.Y., since 1964, was among the recipients of the 2003 Award of Distinction, given by the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He specializes in insect pathology. (appeared in the Spring 2004 issue)    Calvin Qualset, M.S., Ph.D. ’64, also received a 2003 Award of Distinction from the college. He is a UC Davis professor emeritus of agronomy and range science and is currently coordinating multidisciplinary research programs in wheat genomics and conservation of crop genetic resources. (appeared in the Spring 2004 issue)    Timothy Altenhofen died in March at age 65. Dr. Altenhofen received his M.D. from UC San Francisco and served in the Vietnam War. A neurosurgeon, Dr. Altenhofen was chief of staff of surgery at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where he worked from 1970 to 1983. Survivors include his wife, Rita; and his children, Rebecca, Keith and Janine, and their families. (appeared in the Summer 2004 issue)    Nearly 50 years after their first date, Bill Hollingshead and his high school sweetheart, Dianne, were married in January 2004. The couple lost touch after Bill left for UC Davis in 1954 and did not meet again until a high school reunion in 2000. They live in Davis. (appeared in the Summer 2005 issue)    Robert Fridley, M.S., professor emeritus and former department chair of biological and agricultural engineering at UC Davis, received an Award of Distinction from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Fridley’s work has advanced the agriculture, forestry and aquaculture industries. (appeared in the Winter 2006 issue)    Lenora Morris received a Best of Show award in the KVIE Art Auction 2005 for her acrylic-on-board entry titled Forest Rocks. (appeared in the Winter 2006 issue)    James Ticer, D.V.M. ’62, died in June 2005 at the age of 71. Dr. Ticer served in the U.S. Navy before earning degrees in veterinary medicine and radiology. Dr. Ticer taught at the University of Missouri–Columbia, the University of Florida and UC Davis, and authored two textbooks on animal X-ray techniques. He and his wife retired to Western Oregon, where they lived until his death. Survivors include his wife of over 50 years, Vivian (Oakman) Ticer, three sons and one daughter. (appeared in the Winter 2006 issue)    Allen Christensen, M.S., was appointed by President Bush to a two-year term on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. He also directs the Benson Institute at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, an organization designed to help poor families in rural areas achieve self-sufficiency. (appeared in the Summer 2006 issue)    Desiree de Angelise’s community and campus suicide prevention program, A Sense of Life, was named the 2007 “Trim-Tab” project at Jean Houston’s Social Artistry Intensive for Leadership. ASOL was formed in reaction to the suicide of a UC Davis dramatic arts classmate. It was honored for being “a simple idea with the potential to change the world.” (appeared in the Winter 2008 issue)    Max "Kip" Herzog received the Holstein Association USA's 2008 Elite Breeder Award. He was honored for his work with his family's Sleepy Hollow Dairy in Petaluma, which, according to the association, had been a source of superior Holstein stock from the time Herzog became a partner in the business in 1961 until it was sold in 2000. (appeared in the Fall 2008 issue)    CARL LUHN, M.S. ’60, died at the age of 79 after a brief illness. After receiving his graduate degree at UC Davis, he stayed at the university to work for the USDA in the plant pathology department. He helped develop the use of indicator grape varieties to check for viral disease in grape stocks. Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Emily, daughter, Lori Katsch of Davis, sons Roger Luhn of Stoughton, Wis., and Wade Luhn of Staunton, Va., brother Duane Luhn of Loomis, Wash., and nine grandchildren. (appeared in the Summer 2009 issue)    Bill Hollingshead was featured in The Rotarian for his efforts in helping fellow polio survivors live better lives and for raising tens of thousands of dollars to help eradicate the disease. He is the PolioPlus chairman and a member of the Davis Rotary Club. Hollingshead spent his career as a concert producer, representing acts like Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson and The Kingsmen. He lives in Yolo County with his wife, Sharon Dianne. (appeared in the Spring 2010 issue)    Bonnie Scheffler, a Santa Rosa resident who raised birds of all kinds, died in October after a battle with cancer. She was 73. She was a longtime member and a former president of the Redwood Empire Cage Bird Club; she and her husband raised emus for several years. (appeared in the Winter 2013 issue)    Janice Forbes Geil, Cred. ’66, died in June after a long battle with leukemia. She was 75. She founded Sierra Heritage Magazine, serving as its publisher for 30 years, and published the Auburn Sentinel newspaper for 18 years. (appeared in the Fall 2013 issue)    Donald Peart, a farmer in Colusa and Yolo counties, died in June. He was 77. Survivors include his wife, Vesta, ’62, Cred. ’62, and two sons.  (appeared in the Fall 2013 issue)