Barbara Condon Sonsini

My life activities for the past 62 years fall into three relatively equal spans of time. The first third was devoted to education 4 different high schools, Pomona College and Stanford for my teaching credential and Master's degree.

Then upon graduating I began my teaching career of sixteen years. I taught French and German at Cupertino High School and spent many summers studying here and in France, Austria and Mexico. Luckily I stayed home one summer and met my wonderful husband, Larry, who is a Silicon Valley corporate attorney. We married soon after that, and I began the third segment of my life parenting and volunteerism.

We have three children, two boys of Larry's and a daughter of our own. We have two grandsons who live nearby and our Alison (23) lives in San Francisco and works for Robertson Stephens. All three kids are Cal Berkeley graduates as is their dad. While raising the children I didn't have much free time but did manage to help in their respective schools. It seemed I always ended up running some event before I knew what it entailed. I have served on several boards over the years but have narrowed down to only one. I am currently active on the board of the Palo Alto Bridge club.

Besides Larry and Alison my true passions are my 2 German shepherd dogs, tennis, travel and duplicate bridge. I became a bronze life master last year, and I do love this game!

As I look back at Pomona I remember so clearly the elegant campus, lovely lawns and classical buildings with sunny rooms where so many wonderful professors shared their knowledge. I particularly relish my memories upstairs in Holmes Hall where Carl Baumann and Robert Leggewie held their classes. We learned so many rich life lessons from reading literatures of the past.

I am so looking forward to revisiting our beautiful Pomona for the first time in 40 years and chatting with old friends and classmates.