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Class of 1971 - 50th Reunion Class Panel

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am

The Journey: 50 Years Since Stanford

Moderators:

Grace Carroll received her B.A., 2 M.A.s and Ph.D. from Stanford. She is retired from working in the field of education (UC Berkeley and Howard University). She currently continues consulting on research projects and collaborates with her son, daughter and 11 grandchildren to create children’s books and curriculum with an emphasis on literacy through Wordsmith Jr, LLC. She is the Board President of a non-profit, Akira’s Book Club, created to partner with Wordsmith Jr, families, programs, and schools to advance literacy in young children by providing books without charge.

Ron Elving According to Ron, “It's been a bad five years in Washington but a good time to get off the frontline of news coverage and find a more age-appropriate activity.” Ron still makes regular contributions to NPR (where he's been since the Clinton Administration in the last century) but spends more time with his teaching gig in the School of Public Affairs at American University. In 2016, he was honored with the University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment. He has also taught at George Mason and Georgetown. He is also part of an archiving project interviewing survivors and participants from the January 6 riot as a board member of the US Capitol Historical Society.

Panelists:

Elsa Kircher Cole tells us: In 1976 I was an assistant attorney general for the State of Washington assigned the University of Washington as a client. The regulations implementing Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, including athletics, had been issued by HEW the year before. The University, like virtually every institution of higher education, needed to implement a multitude of changes to come into compliance with the law, and I was asked to work with Athletics to do so. Thus began my career-long interface with Title IX, first at Washington, then the University of Michigan, the NCAA and finally the University of New Mexico. Many changes made, but many still need to happen.

Dave Iverson spent his career in broadcast journalism, first in Wisconsin and then at KQED in San Francisco, hosting local talk shows and producing documentary films for PBS. Among them was the story he reported for the PBS Frontline series about his family's battle with Parkinson's disease called My Father, My Brother and Me, and an inspirational and uplifting 2015 film called Capturing Grace that tells the story of what happens when a legendary New York dance company joins forces with people with Parkinson's. When Dave was about to turn 60, he did something he never imagined: he moved in with his 95-year-old mom. Over the next decade, Dave says he learned that being a caregiver means you experience love and loss, frustration and joy, usually when exhausted and often on the same day. Fortunately, he adds, Lynn Hanbery Fuller (’71) decided to marry him anyway. Dave has a book about caregiving called Winter Stars coming out in early 2022.

Judy Johnson tells us: Runt of my litter: not as tall, smart or pretty as my older sisters. Born a decade later than my siblings, I slipped through America’s racial vortex just at the right moment, courtesy of the Civil Rights Movement. My life then became defined by opportunity rather than the limitation that sealed the fate of my ancestors. Stanford was pivotal in my narrative: bestowing not just an Ivy League degree but tremendous self-confidence to a young Black woman from Richmond, California about to enter a legal profession dominated by white males. Making it at Stanford meant I could achieve anything! And in my career, I achieved many “firsts”: among the first women prosecutors in San Francisco; first woman and lawyer of color to serve as the State Bar of California’s chief ethics prosecutor; longest serving Executive Director of the State Bar, and lastly superior court judge. Now retired, I continue to engage our youth in law academies in California’s high schools.

Beverly Lorell tells us: Arriving at Stanford from Tucson, I felt like Dorothy parachuting into Oz. At Roble Hall-- during its last year as a “girls’ dorm”--I laughed and cried with women who became life-long friends. In fact, three of us recently returned from Glacier National Park. But Stanford’s biggest impact on me was the need to get out of my comfort zone in the face of the enormous cultural and political upheavals on campus, across the U.S., and in other parts of the world. In sophomore year, I studied at Stanford-in-Austria when Soviet Union tanks were on the streets of Prague, and Vienna was a hot bed of political activism. Back at Stanford my sophomore year, each day brought fierce debate on Vietnam, racism, and what it meant to be a woman. I reconsidered my goals and pivoted to take the risk of going to medical school and enrolled at Stanford Medical School. I found that I loved hearts as well as surgery and ultimately became an interventional cardiologist, researcher, and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard. With my wonderful husband, we navigated having a family. I then took a leap and became the corporate Chief Medical Officer of a biotech company. Now I’m the Senior Medical & Policy Advisor for the law firm King & Spalding in Washington and very engaged in mentoring young women to embrace change.

Jim Masland tells us: My first two years after Stanford I worked as a VISTA Volunteer for a non-profit housing sponsor rehabilitating torn apart inner-city housing. Following that, in the midst of a recession when architects weren’t hiring, I began working for a builder and have been building ever since. I worked for Habitat for Humanity as a Site Supervisor and Construction Manager for 15 years. Interspersed with that I was elected to my local Selectboard (akin to a town/city council), was elected to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (1 term as president) and then to the Vermont Legislature in 1998, where I’ve been ever since. I serve as a Trustee of the Vermont State Colleges. I helped start our regional ambulance district and ECFiber, a regional non-profit fiber-optic-to-the-premises organization that is thriving and proving to be a model for the rest of Vermont.

Dave Velasquez's service to our class began early. He [along with John Elger, John Ford and Teresa Cady] served on the Senior Class Council of Presidents. Even after 50 years, Dave shares with others that "the opportunity to attend Stanford truly changed my life" for the Bay Area was, indeed, a very different and intimidating world from the one this poor, Latino, gay kid had known in El Paso, Texas. Personally, it has been quite a journey for it was not until the age of 28 that he shared these three words--"I am Gay"--with another person, and yet another 17 years until he "came out' to his larger circle of friends and to his school community. Professionally, he feels blessed to have had two jobs and one career, all of which he genuinely enjoyed--in the biz world in Chicago for three years post receiving his Stanford M.B.A., a four year stint in the Stanford Undergrad Admission Office, and a 40 year career at the Brentwood School in West Los Angeles. At Brentwood he was a strong proponent of a robust financial aid program and a passionate advocate for true diversity and inclusivity at the school, believing wholeheartedly that a big part of all students' education is with whom they are being educated.

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