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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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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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Robert Deffeyes (BS '57)

I retired 20 years ago. 2 years ago, my wife and I moved from Austin to Seattle. We are in a retirement home A met a watercolor artist and I put on a two man exhibition. He had a couple of dozen watercolor pictures and I had a "matching" set of photographs of the same subject. He painted a scene of a fjord on the north coast of Norway in 1950. I had a picture standing on almost the same spot in 2002. We were asked to do a talk during the exhibition. As I prepared for the talk, I realized that I knew him. He is Dr. Thane McCullogh a geology professor at Caltech when I was an undergraduate. I had written a front page article in The California Tech about a Friday demonstration lecture by Dr McCullough. That article appeared 60 years to the day of our talk. Naturally, I displayed a copy of the article to the audience at the talk. I am still masquerading as an artist.

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Samuel Phillips (BS '56, MS '57)

In 2007 we moved from Portola Valley, near Stanford, to Grass Valley in the Gold Country, near children and grandchildren. I continue to consult in product design and manufacturing, often as an expert witness in patents and trade secrets.

News of classmates: Ross Brown, BS56ME, is still running Cryogenic Industries and Cosmodyne, where I worked in the '60s. Hunt Small, BS56ME, and Fritz Trapnell, BS56Ph, have retired from Lockheed and HP/Compaq, respectively. Andre Treyer, MS57ME, our friend from Ecole des Mines, retired from the ball-bearing industry to run a music school near Paris. Other friends: Jack Rocchio, BS55Ph, has retired as a captain for Delta/PanAm in Europe, while from Texas Jim Lewis, BS55ME, consults in liquefied natural gas.

Our professors Jim Davies (history) and J. Kent Clark (English) might have approved of my recent editing of a Civil-War journal ("Torn by War," U. Okla. Press).

I invite my Caltech friends to visit me here in the Sierra foothills.

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Steve Andreas (BS '57)

Steve Andreas (BS '57) is an active practitioner, author, and teacher in the field of brief psychotherapy, which aims to address the impact of painful memories as a means to treat the effects of maladies such as anxiety, depression, or post traumatic stress disorder. His latest two books, "Transforming Negative Self-Talk" and "MORE Transforming Negative Self-Talk," are published by W.W. Norton and Company. 

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Richard Stark (BS '57, MS '58)

Richard Stark (BS '57, MS '58) is now retired after a long career with the Aerospace Corporation. He finds inspiration hosting tours at the Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit in Exposition Park, L.A. "We graduated the same year as the launch of Sputnik," Stark notes. "The span of our careers mirrored that of the space age, including its impact on science and technology. [Today's technology] is a long way from manually soldering transistors on printed circuit boards."

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