1960–Spring ’18 Class Letter
Deborah Johnson Van Slyke
480-284-5564 / 619-889-5061
Congratulations to KEN LUBER ’60 for his musical abilities. He has co-written a musical, entitled “Esperanza the Musical of Hope,” with his composer Saverio Rapessi. Ken and Saverio also wrote a song, “The Revenge is Near,” for the highly-awarded film Odeon. The song won Best Song at the Italian Oniros Film Awards. Once again, well done from all of us.
JANET GORN ’60 has no retirement plans on the horizon. She is a Diplomat with the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. She has had temporary duty assignments in Buenos Aires, Bucharest, Paris, and Vienna this year. In Paris, she served as the U.S. Representative to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Steering Committee meetings and in Vienna was the U.S. Representative and Head of Delegation to the Meeting of the Parties of the Joint Convention on Nuclear Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste. She was named a lifetime achiever by Marquis Who’s Who. Check out her extension career in the 2017-2018 Who’s Who in America.
DANNY HOLDEN ’60 and DEE GRAY HOLDEN ’60 of Littleton, Colorado, have been traveling with a Mediterranean Cruise in September 2017 and then a golf trip with friends to Marbella, Spain. Dan golfed in Spain while Dee walked on the beach and practiced her Spanish. They are very proud of grandsons serving in the Military. Beckett is finishing nuclear engineering training in the Navy and Cooper was commissioned in December at graduation from Northern Arizona University. He is in training now with the USAF in Panama City, Florida.
We lost two of our friends since the last alumni update. LIVIO VALLI JR. ’60 passed in Chicago on October 22, 2017. BILL BROOKS ’60 was a beloved Biology Professor at Ripon for 35 years and he passed this winter. There was memorial service for him on March 16 at the college.
As for me, the four cats and I are enduring a cold spell in Scottsdale…58 degrees and waiting for the heat to rise again. An ex-employee asked me to return to help with interviewing prospective new employees so I am enjoying working a day and a half a week. I think keeping active will help me keep writing the newsletter for a few more decades.
DEBORAH JOHNSON VAN SLYKE ’60