John Stuart Glenn

photo by Tomas Ovalle

1965 John Stuart Glenn

Hometown: Exeter, Calif.; now Fish Camp, Calif.

B.S. in entomology
D.V.M., UC Davis, 1969
Ph.D. in medical microbiology, University of Georgia, 1974

John, who was raised on the front porch of the Southern Sierra Nevada, spent his career educating farmers and practicing and future veterinarians in California and beyond. Today he is retired and at home again in his “backyard,” volunteering with the Sierra National Forest … served with the U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam War … studied on the G.I. Bill with world-renowned faculty, including Richard Bohart, who gave his name to campus’s museum of entomology: “People were so incredibly good at what they did and were so happy to pass that on.” … worked as a resident advisor in the dorms and as a live-in caretaker at the Straloch Beef Barn … for more than 30 years taught many vet students at UC Davis and, as an extension vet, took university expertise out to California’s barns and pastures … helped to solve animal health problems, guide field research for industry and spur the adoption of university research … shared his expertise in food animals, especially sheep and goats, in New Zealand, Australia and Barbados ... now clears trails with a muscle-powered crosscut saw in the Ansel Adams Wilderness May through November, teaches trail work and emergency medical skills: “I like preserving the wildness of wilderness. It’s important to have places where man hasn’t interfered by using mechanized equipment.” … has two children and two grandchildren.

1969 Alice Marie Reichel Blazer

now Cave Creek, Ariz. 

B.S. in veterinary science
D.V.M., UC Davis, 1971

Alice, a general practitioner at Stonecrest Animal Hospital in Phoenix, is the persona in the 1999 primer on horse health, Dr. Alice Says: ‘Healthy Horses Seldom Burp.’

1968 unknown 

1967 Gary Evan Ford

Hometown: Chester, Calif.; now Davis, Calif.

B.S. in electrical engineering, UC Davis, 1967
M.S. in electrical engineering, Stanford University, 1968
Ph.D. in electrical engineering, UC Davis, 1976

Gary got a taste of teaching in his sophomore year by grading assignments and helping students solve physics problems. Those opportunities inspired a 36-year career as a professor and academic administrator at UC Davis … teaching was the most rewarding part of his career and he still hears from students — even from his freshman year as a professor ... won the Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1984 … conducted research on algorithms for image and signal processing, served as an associate dean and associate vice provost for undergraduate education, and is now in part-time role since retiring in 2011 … helping UC Davis through academic accreditation reviews and working to make more class seats available despite severe budget cuts … as a freshman, met former UC President Clark Kerr, chief architect of the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education: “It’s disappointing we’re sliding off that plan. That’s made it bittersweet.” … served in the U.S. Air Force … married with two children.

1966 David Clay Fruchtenicht

Hometown: Lakeport, Calif.; now Durham, N.C.

B.S. in botany

Life has been sweet for David in so many ways. A course in beekeeping at UC Davis cultivated an interest that began in high school: “It deepened my understanding. Beekeeping felt like something I’d like to do.” And so he did. At one point he grew his business to 450 hives and sold honey commercially. Today he keeps 60 … earlier had headed to graduate studies at Duke University but found he had been better at taking exams than he was at doing research … with the beekeeping suit, also picked up carpentry tools and spent a lifetime renovating homes and repairing termite damage: “I made a lot of people’s houses better.” ... now retired and working on his own cabin … frequently plays the strategy board game Go with a club in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area … married with a grown daughter.