Albert Whittlesey (BS '62)

At JPL, spent many happy years years in same engineering discipline rather than advancing up the food chain. Retired as "Engineering Principal". In retirement wife and I have traveled lots in the US (local car travel and other travel farther away) and abroad, mostly European cruises and land travel. Kept up more with friends, with several trips supplementing phone calls. Learning the mysteries of and dealing with TIAA and medical retirement alternatives. Did my dream of driving a race car; did 146.31 mph on Fontana raceway.
Tbd: so far haven't got around to reading wife's retirement gift of book, "How to Avoid Boredom in Retirement".
 

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Dwight Moberg (MS '57)

Thanks to heart valve replacement, COPD, pneumonia & prostate cancer I've slowed down a bit. I did manage to run every day for 32 years and 3 months before the heart surgery, doing 28 marathons and 456 races in the process. Since "retirement" in '97, I've been working half time for Econoday.com, giving you real time updates of economic indicator releases and FOMC news. More significant career accomplishments were serving as Program Manager for the Apollo Reaction Control Engine at Marquardt, and as Program Manager of the MIRACL high energy laser for 10 years at TRW. Before CalTech, I had spent 2 years in the USAF as a Nuclear Weapons Officer, directing bomb assembly for
B-36's, eventually retiring as a Lt.Colonel. My wife June and I will have been married for 62 years this February 19, and we have been enjoying the pleasure of trying to head our 5 grandchildren in the right directions. Our eldest grandson has applied for a STEM fellowship at JPL and our youngest granddaughter has just applied for entrance to CalTech. During the coming year, we hope to go on our 40th cruise, although that would mean leaving our great weather in Manhattan Beach, where we've been since 1972.

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Luc Olivier Bauer (MS '64, PhD '68)

Failed miserably in my attempt to retire, but I enjoy tremendously my work at the nanotechnology venture capital fund of Nanodimension, where I have to chance to sit on boards of innovative companies and interact with the young entrepreneurs. I also enjoy a lot my work with Optilux/Invenios of Santa Barbara, where we are in the process of ramping production of miniature liquid lenses for cell phone customers.

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Daniel Loeb (BS '86)

Last yesterday we celebrated the 11th anniversary of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice pjvoice.org which I help publish. The event honoring Dan Segal was standing room only. The Philadelphia Jewish Voice is a part of the Fair Districts PA coalition fairdistrictsPA.org which hopes to improve the redistricting process and end the gerrymandering which has plagued Pennsylvania.

My son Jonathan is in his last year at Drexel and he just won a $15,000 grant from the university to fund a start-up as part of his upcoming entrepreneurship coop. His goal is to acclimatizing people to self-driving cars. My daughter Gabrielle is in her 4th year of medical school at Columbia University where she is specializing in interventional radiology. Meanwhile, Benjamin is graduating this year from Lower Merion High School while Rachel is graduating from elementary school at the Perelman Jewish Day School.

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Jeff Hecht (BS '69)

For the past 40 years I have been writing about lasers, optics and fiber optics, and in October I was honored to be elected a fellow of The Optical Society "For informing and educating professionals as well as the general public in the advances in optics and lasers." Lately I've been writing for New Scientist, Nature, IEEE Spectrum, and Optics & Photonics News. I also have been dabbling in science fiction, with about three dozen short stories published over the years. It's a long way from writing for the California Tech back in the days when it was printed with lead type composed on Linotype machines. Lois and I are enjoying our work too much to retire.

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Richard (Dick) Van Kirk (BS '58)

Two significant life changes in the past 16 months. My dear wife Janet died in September 2015 from metastatic melanoma brain tumors, and I moved from our long-time (46 years) home in Arcadia to a new retirement community (MonteCedro) in Altadena. Meanwhile, I am living with a rare form of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, originally diagnosed four years ago.
I am still active with Special Olympics Southern California (President Emeritus) and we are working to take advantage of the great legacy left by the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. We have grown our program to include over 28,000 athletes, who take part in over 200 competitions a year in 12 sports throughout the southern half of the state. The athletes of Special Olympics keep me energized and thrilled by their courage, determination and joy.

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Richard Blish (BS '63, MS '64, PhD '67)

I read 3 newspapers (on line) daily, among which The Guardian is my favorite (also read Wash Post & NY Times). I often write comments back to the authors. I stay fit with daily bicycle rides (indoors due to major fall 15 yr ago) + twice a week to trainer to work on balance and flexibility. I am moderately active with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (fund raising and Advocacy), having survived pancreatic 7 yr ago (successful Clinical, only 6% survived at that time,now up to 9%). I publish a blog on Pancreatic Cancer Research. My wife died unexpectedly and quickly 8 months ago after 52 marriage. I was badly depressed and then got incredibly lucky. I met a neighbor and we hit it off really well. At our introductory meeting we discovered we went to same High School Covina in So Cal) at the same time. Yet we never crossed paths in HS or here in HOA. My daughter is now an Asst Prof in Medicine at Stanford, just 15 mi away, so I see my granddaughters often. My son is an internet security expert living in New Hampshire, but he passes through here often and I go there. Lots of traveling this past year: NH, DC+NH, Morocco, Sicily, Hawaii. Will go to DC/NH again in 2017 and intercept the total solar eclipse ... maybe more.

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Nick Stadie (MS '08, PhD '13)

A cocktail of hard work and luck, with a dash of networking in just the right amount, led me into an exciting new phase of life this year. Bozeman, Montana, the legendary western town of "Zen" fame, is my new home as of January 2017. I now teach physical chemistry in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Montana State University, following in the footsteps of my adviser Brent Fultz who instilled in me a rich appreciation for thermodynamics as he has many others before. We are also building up a research effort in designing, synthesizing, and characterizing carbon-based materials for wide-ranging applications, with long term goals of building carbon-bonded networks into 3-connected porous scaffolds of controlled structure. We will carry on an effort in modeling and understanding physisorption-based methods of hydrogen storage, an extension of my graduate work under Channing Ahn. I have many, many to thank in the Caltech community for laying the foundation for what will be a long, adventure-filled path ahead.

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Jerry Yudelson (BS '66)

Jerry published his 14th book (since 2006) on the subject of green building, water conservation, architectural design and sustainability in June 2016; he is currently lecturing in the US, Canada, and other countries on topics of green building and sustainable cities. In 2016, he and his wife moved to Oceanside, California. He publishes a regular blog at www.reinventinggreenbuilding.com.

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Charles Musgrave (Ms '90, PhD '94)

After earning my Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1994 with Bill Goddard and completing a postdoc at MIT, I started my academic career as an assistant professor at Stanford in a joint appointment between Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. After 11 years at Stanford I moved to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder where I am now the department chair and continue my research using quantum chemical calculations to design and investigate new materials and molecules for various engineering applications. I have many fond memories of my years at Caltech, especially of my Ph.D. advisor, who I would like to wish Happy Birthday on the occasion of his 80th birthday this March. Happy birthday Bill!

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Doug Cutrell (BS '87)

I have left my science and engineering careers (tutoring, software engineer, research consultant) for a life on a 16 acre farm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. My husband and I are converting mostly pasture acreage into gardens and orchards using sustainable permaculture design principles. We are also making plans for aquaponics, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, and woodworking. Old friends and acquaintances are encouraged to take a time-out and visit us on the farm.

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Ron Richmond (MS '53, PhD '57)

Now a 24/7 caregiver for Mary, my wife of 62 years, who has Parkinsons Disease but am still flying and maintaining our Piper Comanche 400 aircraft. Taught a course in Aeronautical Design at University of California Irvine for two years and led a team of senior Mechanical Engineers in the design, fabrication and successful flight testing of a 104 foot wingspan human powered airplane.

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Nick Brestoff (MS '71)

After Caltech, USC Law, and a career as a litigator, I retired and moved to the Seattle area. Then my head cleared. I now lead a tech startup, Intraspexion, which uses Deep Learning to enable corporate counsel to avoid lawsuits, instead of managing them. My patent is entitled, "Using Classified Text and Deep Learning Algorithms to Identify Risk and Provide Early Warning." I gave my first public talk about Intraspexion on November 7, 2016, at the AI World Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

Personal notes: Lois Montague and I married in 1975. Along the way Lois and I had two sons, Daniel and Jonathan. Daniel is a firearms expert. Jon is an MD-PhD, who is currently a resident in clinical pathology at Wash U. We have 3 grandchildren, ages 18, 1, and 1. They are as much fun and as scary as a startup.

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