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Just Married!

Kristine Gail Zapata '97 and Caesar Gonzalez '96 were married on June 16, 2007 in Pasadena, California.  Although both Bishop Amat alumni, they met while at the University of La Verne.  They are looking forward to a long and wonderful lifetime together.

Posted on 7/17/2007, by : Kristine G. (Zapata) Gonzalez

Vietnam Vet Honored

from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune
by Nisha Gutierrez, Staff Writer for the Tribune and also
a Bishop Amat Alumnae, Class of 1998

Mr. Joe Getherall, Parent of Joey Getherall '97, was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart on Thursday at Camp Pendleton.  Mr. Getherall served two tours of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and was wounded three times.

HACIENDA HEIGHTS - More than 40 years after serving in the Vietnam War, a former Marine sergeant from Hacienda Heights has been awarded the Silver Star. 

Joseph T. Getherall, 60, visited Camp Pendleton Thursday with family and friends to receive the long-awaited Silver Star and a Purple Heart.

"I felt a lot of emotions," Getherall said Tuesday from his Hacienda Heights home. "I accepted it not for myself but on behalf of my squad, I'll wear it for them." 

Getherall, discharged from the Marine Corps in 1967, received the Silver Star for dragging a wounded Marine to safety and throwing an enemy grenade back toward the attackers. 

He said the accolades are overwhelming. 

"It means much more now even though 40 years have passed, simply because everything happens for a reason," he said. "Things worked out for the best. This way I was able to share it with my family and friends. Before it would have been just a cold thing like `here it is."' 

Getherall was recommended for the Silver Star by his former platoon commander, Gary Loveridge. 

Loveridge said it took decades for Getherall to be recognized because the necessary paperwork was either lost or never completed by the Marine Corps. 

In the early morning hours of Dec. 22, 1966, Getherall moved across dangerous open terrain to drag a wounded Marine to safety and threw an enemy grenade back toward the attackers. 

That night Getherall was the squad leader with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, 3rd Division during Operation Chinook.
According to accounts from Getherall and squad members, the squad was in a night defensive position near the Co Bi-Than Tan Corridor of the Thua Thien Province when intense enemy fire erupted from the 802nd Viet Cong Battalion. 

Getherall was seriously injured in both legs and suffered a fractured arm, but he refused medical evacuation and continued leading his unit. 

"When the bullets start flying and kicking up around you, you don't have time to think about anything. You have to act right then and that's when your training kicks in," Getherall said. 

Getherall said he felt no pain from his wounds and continued taking ammunition to his squad, directing their fire and making sure there perimeters were secure. 

In addition to the Silver Star, Loveridge also got the attention of Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, who introduced a bill requesting the president award Getherall the Congressional Medal of Honor for the same actions that night. 

Getherall was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1967 . He spent 28 years in law enforcement and retired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 1996. Getherall has three adult children, five grandchildren and has been married to his wife, Chieko, for nearly 40 years.

Posted on 4/26/2007, by : Alumni Office

News from Andre Gonzalez, '90

I recently moved back to The United States after living in Zurich Switzerland. I was offered an opportunity to coach the top professional Swiss team Vol’ero Zurich in The European Top Teams Cup; one of the most prestigious professional leagues in the world. Our team went undefeated winning both the Swiss NLA and Swiss Cup Championships. While in Zurich I was offered a head coaching position in Salzburg Austria to coach the Red Bull Salzburg team but opted to accept an assistant coaching position at the University of Arizona. My plans are to return to Europe in four or five years to live and coach permanently, hopefully in Spain, Russian, or Italy. I just bought new home in Tucson and plan to begin a Masters Program.

Posted on 4/7/2007, by : Alumni Office

Bishop Amat Alumni Wins Florida House of Representatives Seat

From the press release...

Delray Beach, FL - Maria Lorts Sachs, Bishop Amat Memorial High School Class of 1967, has been elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

Rep. Sachs took office in November and was named to the Safety and Security Council, the Committee on Health Innovations, and is the ranking Democrat on the Committee for Constitutional and Civil Law.

In addition to her newly elected office, Rep. Sachs has been practicing law in South Florida at 203 NE First Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444.

Maria lives in Boca Raton with her husband, Peter, and three children, Natasha who is studying international politics at Johns Hopkins University and opera at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Boston; Marcello who attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; and Taylor, a senior at St. Andrews Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida.


Posted on 1/25/2007, by : Alumni Office

50th Year Anniversary

Bishop Amat High School's 50th Year Anniversary will be taking place during the 2007-2008 school year.  If you are interested in assisting with the planning and/or participating in the festivites, please contact the Alumni/Development Office at (626) 962-2495 press #1 at the sound of the tone and extension 7456. 

Posted on 1/25/2007, by : Alumni Office

Mrs. Colleen McLean passed Friday, January 4th

Mrs. Colleen McLean, mother of Mike McLean, '69; Maureen McLean, '71; Katie McLean, '72; Becky McLean, '73; and Tim McLean, '74, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2007.  She is survived by nine children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be privately held.  Please keep Mrs. Colleen McLean and her family in your prayers.


Posted on 1/8/2007, by : Alumni Office

Sean Bryan Funeral Services

Sean Bryan Funeral Services

Mass will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

314 West Workman Street, Covina, CA 91723

A reception will immediately follow the services in the church courtyard. 

Posted on 1/2/2007, by : Alumni Office

Sean Bryan (Class of '77) Memorial Fund

A memorial fund has been set up to assist Sean's wife and two kids with the funeral expenses.  If you would like to contribute, the following information has been provided: 

Make checks payable to:  Deborah Goman (Sean's sister-in-law) & attach a note asking that the funds be deposited into account # 311056659.  Mail your donation to Pomona First Federal Bank, 801 S. Glendora Avenue, Glendora, CA. 91740.  You may also donate at a your nearest Pomona First Federal Bank using the above account number. 

To find the closest PFF Bank you can call customer service @ 1(888) 342-5733.  

Funeral arrangements are still pending and will be posted once those plans have been finalized.

Thank you,

Joe Nunez (Class of '77)





Posted on 12/27/2006, by : Joseph Nunez

Kathleen (Miller) Davis, '63

Kathleen (Miller) Davis, '63 retired last June after 30+ years of teaching- the last 24 years in Bakersfield. My husband, Rick also retired last Spring. We both really enjoy spending time with our 19 month old grandson. I would enjoy getting news from other 1963 graduates.

Posted on 11/28/2006, by : Alumni Office

Wedding Announcement

Marty Avalos '90 and Diane Sennatt were married on November 4, 2006 in Fullerton, CA.  The 'Best Man' was Marty's brother and former Amat football coach, John Avalos.  The happy couple are looking forward to a long, happy life together and hopefully be blessed with some future Lancers.

Posted on 11/27/2006, by : Marty Avalos
Recent Alumni Registered

Passing of Eduardo Grana '82
Date Posted: 5/22/2018
Passing of Marie Noland
Date Posted: 5/14/2018
Passing of Jim Vogts
Date Posted: 5/14/2018
Joan Wiederholt '70 - Rest in Peace
Date Posted: 3/28/2018
Passing of Larry Carter
Date Posted: 3/20/2018
Passing of Mr. Escalera
Date Posted: 3/12/2018
Passing of Brock Wonders
Date Posted: 2/13/2018
Passing of Mrs. Sylvia Montoya
Date Posted: 2/7/2018
Passing of Sister Colette Smith
Date Posted: 1/4/2018
Passing of Hortencia Garcia
Date Posted: 11/7/2017