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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

’67 William “Bill” J. Cruzen writes: “After 46 years of practice with the law firm of Karr Tuttle Campbell (Seattle), I am cutting back to of counsel status and resigning as the chair of the tax, trusts, and estates department of the firm. With my new status, I will work remotely from our homes in Palm Springs and Idyllwild, Calif.” / Gordon McClintock reports he is “fully retired and enjoying life in Fort Collins, Colo.” / Ann { CLASS NOTES } Special Recognition for Honorary Alumna Cecilia Blackfield Educator and philanthropist Cecilia Blackfield, who served on the UC Hastings Board of Directors, was honored by Palama Settlement at the community center’s inaugural gala on Nov. 9, 2013. Cecilia, the widow of William Blackfield ’38, who also served on the UC Hastings board, is beloved for her dedication to Hawaii’s parks. She and her husband founded numerous scholarships for high school and college students in honor of their son, Leland, as well as the William Blackfield Scholarship fund at UC Hastings. She was named an honorary alumna in 1999. She is an avid swimmer, can be found at her local YMCA five days a week, and is well known for her interest in orchids and her beautiful greenhouse. Rutherford writes: “I have been retired from the Butte Superior Court since January 2001. I have been sitting on assignment part-time. In June 2010, I married Justice Norman Epstein, PJ of Div. 4 of the 2nd DCA. My permanent residence is in Chico, but I am in LA most of the time. Well, that is where my love is! Life is good!” ’66 Guy O. Kornblum has merged his San Francisco–based civil litigation firm, Guy Kornblum & Associates, with Santa Rosa’s Cochran & Erickson to form Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison. The new firm will maintain its present offices in San Francisco and Santa Rosa. ’64 Paul Alvarado writes: “I recently attended a convention in Orlando, Fla., and afterward visited my son, Robert (U.S. Naval Academy ’11), who is stationed at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, in between deployments on the Wyoming, a nuclear submarine. He commutes from Fernandina Beach, Fla.” / Joseph Cotchett won a $1.1 billion award against three paint companies liable for exposing children to lead. The funds will be used to remove lead in California homes. He also represents the city of San Jose in its bid to lure the Oakland Athletics to San Jose. / Fritz Duda served on the board of trustees at the University of Notre Dame and chaired its Campus Planning Committee. He recently was named a trustee emeritus. Fritz continues in the real estate development business in Dallas. ’62 Terry Dempsey writes: “Still living in New Ulm, Minn. Waiting for the reunion for UC Hastings grads in Minnesota to have a meeting and review good times at UC Hastings. Working part-time as a District Court judge and serving on the MMA (state boxing board) and Minnesota Legislative Society as a board member.” ’58 The state Senate gave final legislative approval to a resolution renaming the western span of the Bay Bridge in honor of former San Francisco Mayor and State Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown Jr. Guy O. Kornblum ’66 UC HASTINGS 57


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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