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When Santa Clara University announced it would admit women starting in the fall of 1962, Larry Specchierla '63 was among a group of mourning students who lowered the flag on campus to half-mast.
When Larry looks back on his initial reaction, he can only shake his head.
"It's the best thing that ever happened to Santa Clara," he says. And it might be the best thing that ever happened to Larry, as one of the first female students at SCU would become his wife.
This fall, Larry and Maureen '65 Specchierla celebrate two golden milestones—their 50th wedding anniversary and Larry's 50th reunion. Larry and Maureen have three grown children (two of whom are SCU grads), five grandchildren, and throughout their marriage they have lived and worked in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and London.
With all that moving around, the Specchierlas' philosophy for good living is no surprise: "Grow, adjust and adapt," Maureen says, "but that doesn't mean compromising your values!"
Larry and Maureen's involvement with SCU exemplifies their motto. When they lived in New York, the Specchierlas founded the first tristate alumni chapter in New York with fellow SCU alum David Doyle '60. Now, Larry is co-president of the Palm Springs chapter of the alumni association, and they have included SCU in their estate to help fund scholarships.
"No matter what a student's economic situation is," Maureen says, "they need to have access to the rock-solid foundation for life that SCU provides."
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