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Leslie Rusch (BS '80)

After 10 years in government (project management engineer), I returned to graduate studies at Princeton in 1990. With my newly minted PhD, I took a position as a professor at Univ. Laval (UL) in Quebec City. I perfected (well, not really that perfect) my French for teaching at this francophone institution. I work in optical communications with a very active research program. I spent two years (2000-2002) at Intel in Silicon Valley, but ultimately returned to academic life. My husband is also an EE prof at UL and we have two daughters. Our daughters are both studying engineering at McGill (computer and software) - proving the apple does not fall far from the tree. My connection to Caltech has waned over the years - but at least I still watch Big Bang Theory and key my ear for the nerdy jokes.

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Martin Pall (PhD '68)

I have published 6 papers on how microwave/lower frequency EMFs impact the cells of our bodies.  They activate voltage-gated calcium channels via a mechanism involving both physics and biology.  This leads, in turn, to a wide variety of impacts on the brain, the heart, the reproductive and endocrine systems; it also leads to oxidative stress and cellular DNA damage. There are also therapeutic effect.  EMFs act in plant cells via very similar mechanisms to the action in animal cells.  Since my first such paper in 2013, I have given 38 invited professional talks on this topic in 10 countries.  This is a stunning falsification of the industry propaganda which claims these EMFs only produce thermal effects.

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Pierre Jungels (PhD '73)

After Caltech, I worked more than 40 years in the international Oil and gas business mostly in Exploration and production of which more than 25 years at main Board of Directors level.
I was a Director of Baker Hughes Inc. until July this year where BHI merged with GE Oil and Gas.
I am Chairman of Velocys Plc. a technology business merging the micro channels reactor technology of Battle with hyper active catalysts from Oxford University.
This allows small scale GTL ( Fischer Tropch ) to be economical and allows small scale renewable production of Jet Fuels and Diesel from non recyclable waste or woody by products.

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Richard "Dick" Burgess (BS '64)

Richard "Dick" Burgess (Class of 1964, Page House)
I have spent my entire professional career in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at UW-Madison.  I founded and directed the UW Biotechnology Center 1984-96.  I still work 10% even though I semi-retired in 2009.  I keep busy by serving as Vice-President for Science of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Protein Expression and Purification.  I keep engaged by trying to write a scientific memoir about the discovery of the first transcription factor, sigma70 while a PhD student at Harvard 1964-69 and my life as a protein biochemist.  I also give public lectures on biotechnology and its growth in Wisconsin, on creativity at the interface of science and the arts, on the importance of basic biomedical research on drug discovery and tomorrow's therapeutics, on entrepreneurism, and on amateur archaeology.  My wife Ann and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in June, are healthy, and spend lots of time traveling to the coasts to play with our four grandchildren.  I played basketball until I was 71, but broke my leg on the court 4 years ago and have reluctantly hung up my jockstrap. []

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Richard Smyth (BS '51)

It is a good idea to try to collect information about our classmates.  My wife is the Alumni Notes editor for her class (1952) at Occidental.  She has found the long-time graduates don't respond well to internet notices.  They often do not have access to email and/or forget to look at their email.  They move to retirement homes and forget to re-establish their email address.
I am living in Lompoc, CA, which has the best climate of anywhere in the world.    My wife is here with me.  We have 5 grown children.  They have 12 children (grand children).  They have 6 children (great-grand children) with another one due this week.

Thomas Blaschko (BS '71)

Tom Blaschko's latest book, "We All Have Souls and I Think We Can Prove It," was released June 21, 2017. The book looks at evidence for souls from many sources and proposes a model that is compatible with Western Science. Well, almost compatible. We can keep all the science we have now and only need to add a new force that Tom calls life force. (It has other names in other cultures, such as Ki in karate.) Then we also need to consider the part of ourselves that interacts with the life force. That part has a lot of names, too, but Tom prefers a simple one: soul. The result is a system that respects some well-done science in soul reality and also offers an underlying model that makes sense of the millions of reports of ghosts, angels, precognition, and other phenomena that have been dismissed as impossible using the current Western science model. More information is available on the website.

Sam (formerly Bill) Autrey (BS '54)

Sylvia and I have recently moved into Capriana, a senior retirement facility in Brea, CA with 79 apartments and currently 105 residents - 74 women and 31 men.   We don't have to cook, or clean, or mow, or plant, or weed, or otherwise take care of anything except ourselves.  The meals are very good, and there are lots of local activities plus transportation to off campus activities.  I would guess the average age of the residents to be in the late eighties.  There are not a lot of active golfers, team ball players, or even swimmers.  We mostly breathe in and out a lot, read, and watch movies or TV.  And talk.  We talk a lot about everything.

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Bruce Abell (BS '62)

After a three-city career (Pasadena, Washington, DC, and Santa Fe), I'm now spending more of my retirement time than I had expected organizing local scientists and engineers (of whom there are many in Santa Fe) to provide help in local schools (which need a lot of help). I'm joined by my 1962 classmate Dean Gerber, who co-organizes science fairs with me. Along with Ed Angel, '64, we're among about 100 volunteers who comprise the Santa Fe Alliance for Science ( Previously I had been a founder of the Santa Fe Center for Emergent Strategies, vice president of Santa Fe Institute, worked at NSF, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, a Washington think tank, and even Caltech in my youth. Our daughters (an archaeologist and a conservation biologist) were born in Pasadena but raised on the east coast, where they live with their families. Nancy and I accumulate a lot of frequent flyer miles visiting our four grandchildren.

Any Caltech people in my area who would like to do some work with students, contact us through our website.

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David Hayward (BS '49)

At age 95 I am well and living in a retirement community in Huntington Beach, CA. Sadly, I lost my wife Jeanne in 2015. I keep busy mainly with World War II veterans work. One group is from my Air Force squadron. I write a quarterly newsletter for them and participate in their annual reunions. Another, the Freedom Committee of Orange County, is a group of veterans who meet monthly and go to high schools to present Living History of our wartime experiences to their history classes. With a third group I have made several return trips to China, where I served, to make similar presentations to the Chinese people. I have written a book "A Young Man in the Wild Blue Yonder." My training at Caltech has helped me substantially to perform my work.

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John Cummings (BS '69, MS '70, PhD '73)

I left Caltech and joined TRW in 1973.  In 1975 I was hired by Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, NM. I worked at Sandia for 32 years in several R&D and management positions. One of my more interesting Sandia assignments was serving in Washington DC as the Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology division (2003-2005). I retired from Sandia in 2008. My wife Ellen and I split our time between WA and CO because our 2 sons and their families (8 grandkids) live in those 2 states. In addition to spending lots of time with our extended family, we also do volunteer work and are active in our church.

Benjamin Hendricks (EX '97)

I left Caltech after two fantastic years in order to pursue a career that would combine my artistic and technical interests.  Computer Animation and Visual Effects have been a great route to accomplish that goal, and I now play big roles in setting the looks of movies and/or creating photo-realistic effects in movies like:

- Ghostbusters
- Alice Through the Looking Glass
- American Sniper
- The Amazing Spider-man

But I still love science and Caltech.  Still in touch with some classmates, and drop by the campus anytime I'm nearby.  I hope to one day work more with scientific visualizations or find other ways to apply by work to helping broaden understanding of your work. 

Cameron Campbell (BS '89)

In spring 2017, I was appointed as a Changjiang Scholar (长江学者) at Central China Normal University (华中师范大学) with the title of Visiting Professor of Early Modern and Contemporary Chinese History (中国近现代史 讲座教授), 2016-2019. Appointment as a Changjiang Scholar is the highest academic honor conferred on individual scholars by the PRC Ministry of Education.  Only a limited number of overseas scholars are recognized every year, especially in the humanities and social sciences. In connection with this appointment, I will work with Central China Normal University to advance training and research in quantitative history, with an emphasis on the construction and analysis of big social science datasets. My primary appointment remains at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where I am Professor of Social Science since 2013 and Associate Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Science.

Allan Beek (BS '50)

-- I am trying to save the Pacifica listener-supported radio network, by forming an email discussion group of listeners and hosts.  Sort of a blog without the insults.  Hoping that friends of a station will give more generously.
-- I am also trying to get the takeoff procedure changed at John Wayne Airport (Newport Beach) to a fast climb entirely over the swamps and mudflats of Upper Newport Bay, where there are no residents to be disturbed by the noise.
-- I am the original owner of a 1961 VW bug, license 1234ETC, over 600,000 Mi.
-- I have 2 daughters but NO grandchildren. You can't blame overpopulation on me.
-- I delighted my 1939 English teacher by reciting from memory, at a chance meeting, the epilog of Scott's "The Lady of the Lake."
-- A calculus student turned in a paper on June 6, 1966, commenting, "6/6/66.  How about that, Mr. Beek?"  I answered "The question is, where will you be, and where will I be, on 7/7/77?"  Answer:  We had dinner together.  And with our spouses on 8/8/88 and 9/9/99.  She died before 1/1/11.
1001 = 7x11x13.  10101 = 3x7x13x37  Good for some parlor tricks.

Harish Ravi (MS '14)

I just finished submitting my PhD thesis at Indian Institute of Science. While the contributions were small and fundamental, they were the fun small things that I could contribute in. I think nature should have a few pages for contributions from developing countries :)

Anyway I have been going around finding out a few problems at home (and international ones) and fixing them while researching on my futures and options (like stock market).

India is a wonderful place for international students to have fun locally and in clubs and malls. I have been going around in both places. We still need to have a way of securing developed country citizens in developing countries and vice versa. Or else both people will keep ending up in hospitals and the doctors will get all the money :P

I also went around travelling the country getting some fresh air. I recommed everyone to do this after their PhD. That is the best time to enjoy and chill out and travel (preferably alone or in small groups = you can break up and reunite everyday).

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Fran (Wetter) Finney (BS '76)

After graduating from Caltech in 1976, I furthered my education with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Many years down the road, after my husband Hal FInney (BS 1978) was diagnosed with ALS, I found my background was very helpful. After Hal passed away in 2014, I continued to work with other people who were living with severe and progressive neurodegenerative diseases. This year the ALS Association approached me, offering a position in their organization.  I am very happy to be able to use my experiences and expertise to help so many other people.

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