Alumni Stories

February 2003


John Petty ‘52 I just received the Newsletter.  It was large and had a lot of good information.  The person responsible for it should be congratulated.  Enclosed is a check to help with expenses.  You’ve done a great job.  See you at the Reunion.   John

Janet Manning (Larry ‘52) Thanks for keeping in touch.  This Christmas was the most normal since losing Larry. I had sixteen for dinner.  When Larry was here, we worked together for such events like a drill team…while having tons of fun along the way.  It wasn’t unusual while doing a project, with background music playing, for us to stop in the middle of what we were doing and dance!  The thought of joining the group for part of the Reunion sounds like fun.  The last Newsletter is still on my desk and I am looking forward to the new one.  Janet

Debbie Fowler Hess (Father, Clinton Harding Fowler 1921-2002 - See Final Taps) - Debbie sent us “Final Taps” info about her father and wrote:  I am amazed. I just stumbled upon the BMA website through a link from the John Brown University site.  I attended JBU but my brother, Clint Fowler, Jr. ‘63, graduated from BMA in 1963.  I will tell him about this site as soon as he returns from a trip out of state.

I remember going to the Dress Parades in Glendora each month.  Actually, I remember going to the Dress Parades in Long Beach also at SCMA where my brother attended from Grades 1-8 before going to Glendora.

I saw information about Daisy Buzzard on the BMA website.  I remember her in the PX.  She worked in the summer at the Day Camp that was operated on campus for several years in the 60s…Camp Buddy.

Like I said, I am just amazed there is a BMA Alumni Association and am so glad to know it.  I will check in from time to time. Thanks.   Debbie

John Petty ‘52:  John graduated from Junior College at BMA San Diego in 1952.  He was a Major and Battalion Commander.  He continued his education and received a BS in Engineering from UCLA. Active in ROTC, he received the honor of “Distinguished Military Student” (DMS).  He also was the Commander of “Bruin Rifles”, Drill Team.

John served for two years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was a First Lieutenant.

John became a Professional Engineer in both California and Alabama.  He worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Houston during his 35-year career with the Shell Companies.

John enjoys flying which is a major hobby with him.  He has a Commercial License, an Instrument rating, a Multi-Engine rating, and a Seaplane rating.

John Petty has supported the BMA Alumni Association for many years and has attended most Committee Meetings.  He says he will see us at the Reunion in Glendora.

Jose Y. Lauchengco, Jr. ‘55 Jose was Valedictorian for the BMA Class of 1955.  He graduated with a BA Degree from the University of the Philippines and a Masters in Business Administration from USC in 1964. He served as a regular officer in the Philippine Army (Ranger). He was an entrance scholar and Corps Commander of the ROTC. Jose further received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1971.

Together with his wife Elisabeth, Jose has four children. He is very proud of his children who are all college graduates…Birthe, cum laude from Harvard University, Martina from Stanford and she attained her Masters Degree as well, Duane from West Point, and Lance from West Point.

During a distinguished legal career, Jose has served on commissions, worked on behalf of the Government, served as lead counsel in a Securities and Exchange Act litigation, and has assisted in the formation of a National Bank. He has participated in educational programs and has lectured.  He is rated “AV” in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating any lawyer can receive. Among many honors, he has received a Commendation from the City of Los Angeles for outstanding services.

Full Bio [added 09/05]: Fcd online
The Impeccable Life of a Criminal Lawyer

JOSE Y. LAUCHENGCO, JR. received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Los Angeles, California in 1971. He graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1964 and Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Philippines. He was an entrance scholar and Corps Commander of the ROTC. He was Valedictorian at Brown Military Academy, San Diego, California, Class of 1955. Mr. Lauchengco served as a regular officer in the Philippine Army (Ranger), Serial 0-4529. He is rated "AV" in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating any lawyer can receive.

Together with his wife, Elisabeth, Mr. Lauchengco has four children: Birthe who graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1991; Martina who graduated from Stanford University in 1992 and attained her Masters in 1993; Duane, who graduated from West Point in 1994; and, Lance, who also graduated from West Point in 1995.

Lauchengco has represented the government of the Philippines in Republic of the Philippines vs. Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos in Los Angeles in freezing the defendants' funds in California. He represented Victor B. Lovely Jr. in In re: Victor B. Lovely, Jr., Federal Grand Jury Proceedings in which the United States sought to obtain evidence against Senators Benigno Aquino, Raul Manglapuz and Jovito Salonga, Congressman Raul Daza, and Steve Psinakis, among others, during the Reagan Administration's efforts to thwart or impede the revolutionary activities in the United States of anti-Marcos forces.

Mr. Lauchengco has served as lead counsel in a Securities and Exchange Act 10(b) and Rule 10(b)-5 litigation in federal court, has assisted in the formation of a national bank, and has successfully represented injured claimants in wrongful death, insurance matters, libel and slander, negligence law and other torts. He has also defended criminal defendants for homicide, armed robbery, rape, drug trafficking, child molestation, and insurance fraud.

A lawyers' lawyer, he has represented lawyers and members of their families, as well as doctors, in criminal proceedings. In addition, Mr. Lauchengco was counsel to the Philippine Presidential Commission on Good Government in Los Angeles, California in 1986.

He has served as a panelist in a continuing education program for lawyers on trial techniques sponsored by the Asian American Bar Associations, has taught trial advocacy in seminars held by the Philippine-American Bar Association, and has lectured to doctors on medico-legal issues. He was a member of the Commission on Judicial Procedures for the County of Los Angeles, of the Human Rights Commission for the State Bar of California, and of the Board of Directors of the Philippine-American Bar Association.

He has been honored with a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for Outstanding Pro-bono Publico Services, with a recognition for Pre-eminence in Trial Advocacy by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, and with an award as one of 20 Outstanding Filipino-Americans in the United States in 1994 by the Filipino-American Magazine, Fil-Am Image, attested by the Philippine Ambassador to Washington.

Mr. Lauchengco is a member of the US Supreme Court Bar, the Criminal Courts Bar Association, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He is a member of the Beta Sigma Fraternity (UP) and the UP Vanguard. He is listed in the Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in America.

The Law Office of Jose L. Lauchengco Jr. is located at 3545 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 247, Los Angeles, California 90010. For an appointment, please call (213) 380-9897.

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