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GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Gary R. Skinner

Gary Skinner MBA '84 passed away on March 16, 2011. He was from Chico, Calif., and a graduate of Chico High School and U.C. Davis. His obituary appeared in The Herald newspaper in Monterey County, where he lived for the last 28 years of his life. It also appeared in the Chico Enterprise-Record.

submitted Nov. 16, 2012 3:18P
Elizabeth "Missy" Scurich Powers

Elizabeth Julie Powers ’84, affectionately named "Missy" by friends and family, passed away from complications endured during a more than a two-year struggle with breast cancer.

Missy is survived by her sons, Joey Powers (18) and Matt Powers (15), and husband, John Powers ’83 all  of Watsonville; mother Susan Scurich of Watsonville; brothers Tony Scurich ’81 and Mike Scurich ’84 of Watsonville and sister Mimi Scurich ’89 of San Jose. Missy was blessed to have the love of a large and supportive family including nieces Casey and Megan; nephews Jeff, Scott, Luke, and Zach; as well as sisters-in-law Julie ’82 and Jennifer ’83. She joined her father, Luke “Bud” A. Scurich ’54, in heaven who passed away nearly two years ago.

submitted Jan. 24, 2012 8:45P
Chris F. Merryman

Chris F. Merryman MA '84 passed away May 20, 2010, Sunnyvale, Calif., age 69. A long-time teacher, administrator, and counselor in the Bay Area, he earned an MFT degree from University of Santa Clara. Chris enjoyed travel, cars, movies, games, jokes, and dinners with friends. Even after being slowed by the onset of Parkinson's disease later in life, he was a strong advocate for community youth programs, stressing leadership, communication, and support services.

submitted Sep. 3, 2010 11:20A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '84
Bobbi G. Hoover

Bobbi G. Hoover M.A. ’84, Aug. 20, 2011. Hoover was born in 1932 and lived in Los Gatos.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:52P
GRD Law '84
Bob Lee

Bob Lee J.D. '84, October 12, 1957 - October 18, 2014. Lifelong Resident of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee died at home after a battle with cancer. He was 57.

As Santa Cruz County's top prosecutor, Bob advocated tirelessly for victims of crime. He was passionate about giving victims a voice in the criminal justice system. Bob restructured the District Attorney's office, creating units to prosecute gangs, sex offenders, elder abuse and domestic violence, as well as consumer protection and environmental cases. He created the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force, an interagency team focused on suppressing gang violence and prosecuting gang members. Recently he spearheaded the formation of the Downtown Accountability Program, focused on repeat offenders in downtown Santa Cruz. His leadership transformed his office and enhanced public safety.

Bob was a truly gifted trial lawyer. He was justifiably proud of his remarkable trial record, having never lost a jury trial in Santa Cruz County. He never shied away from difficult cases, prosecuting some of the County's most challenging high profile cases. Throughout his twelve years as the elected District Attorney, Bob mentored other prosecutors helping them become better trial lawyers. He was a champion for victims of crime insisting on treating them with the compassion, consideration and respect they deserve.

Bob was a life-long resident of Santa Cruz County. The youngest of four brothers, Bob graduated from Soquel High School in 1975. He received a bachelor's degree in Public Administration with honors from California State University Sacramento in 1980, followed by his Juris Doctorate degree in 1984 from Santa Clara University School of Law. He began his career as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's office in Monterey County. He joined the District Attorney's Office in Santa Cruz County as an Assistant District Attorney in 1988. He was elected as the District Attorney in 2002.

Growing up in Santa Cruz, Bob loved the ocean. Much of his free time during his "coming of age" years was spent with friends at the Cove and at Blacks Beach. He was an avid body surfer. He also spent considerable time playing pick-up basketball at Jade Street Park. He was one of the driving forces in the formation of "Royal Touch", a mainstay softball team of the late 70s. He was the founder of the "World Series of Poker", a winner-take-all dealer's choice poker tournament open to 30-40 of his closest friends (costumes mandatory.) He created one of the earliest fantasy football leagues in the country in 1983, and the BFL (Bobby's Football League) continued through 2001. He enjoyed playing tennis and took the game seriously, especially in his later years.

Bob married the love of his life, Barbara (nee Bush), in 1997. Bob was an Assistant District Attorney and Barbara, a probation officer. Their life together was rich and full; they enjoyed walks on the beach, bonfires, traveling, and good Zin. Their home was the hub of the neighborhood and their events (pumpkin carving, Christmas caroling, and line dancing, among others) and parties bonded their neighborhood. Bob was devoted to their dogs Charles, Cubbie, Chloe, Barkley and Audrey, and their cat Ollie.

Bob loved the San Francisco Giants since childhood. He was convinced that they would win the World Series in 2014, and lived to learn that they had won the pennant. Ever the true fan, he was adamant that his memorial service not conflict with a World Series game.

Bob is survived by his wife Barbara, his mother, Enid, his three brothers, Doug, Mark and Bill. He was predeceased by his father Robert. He was loved by those who knew him and touched the lives of many. He will be dearly missed.

submitted Oct. 22, 2014 1:07P


Virginia Mirrione

The world lost a beautiful, generous soul when Virginia "Geeg" Mirrione M.A. '85 slipped peacefully into eternal rest on July 22, 2014. Born in San Jose, CA, on February 15, 1938, to the late Edna (nee Santos) and Vincent Mirrione, loving niece of Florence Morrison, sister to Vincent, Peter (Barbara), Charlie (Linda), Helen (Pete, deceased) Ostrander, and Freda (Bud) Hudson, Auntie to 8 nephews, 7 nieces, 9 great-nephews, 13 great-nieces, 3 Godchildren.

Geeg graduated from Santa Clara High in 1955 and coached girls' volleyball at St. Clare's School. In 1958, she received her calling to serve her Lord, becoming Sister Vincent de Paul, SND. She taught in Hawaii and in California (Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Yuba Counties). Upon leaving the order, her service to educating young minds continued as a teacher /principal at Franklin-McKinley and Mt. Pleasant School Districts, and in Van Buren, ME. She earned her Master's in Education Administration at Santa Clara University, and continued her career in education. In 1994, she retired from Franklin-McKinley School District, then Geeg became principal of Resurrection Catholic School in Sunnyvale, CA until 2003. She continued her involvement in the ICF Branch 408 and the Santa Clara Senior Center. She enjoyed day trips to the casinos, visiting friends and family, and watching the 49ers and Giants. Geeg was blessed to have a large network of friends who were there to share her journey. But most important to her were her family and thousands of students, whose laughter brought her the most happiness, and whose lives have been forever changed by her kindness, humor, generosity, and "happy pills" (a.k.a. donuts). 

submitted Sep. 9, 2014 4:23P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Thomas J. Bahr

Thomas J. Bahr ’85, a resident of Mountain View, passed away on April 21, 2013, after a reoccurrence of brain cancer first diagnosed 25 years ago. Born on August 12, 1963, he leaves behind loving parents Alfred and Caroline Bahr and sister Anne Bahr-Katarincic. Before his illness he was active in a group devoted to the music and dance of his Croatian heritage and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1985 with a degree in science and math. Limited by the disability suffered as a result of his affliction he was never able to work in this field, but he managed to go back to school to pursue his real passion, graphic design. He received certificates in graphic design and production in 1995 and 1996. He produced a legacy of a large number of high-quality digital art pieces that will be cherished by his family. 

submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Stephen D. Paietta Jr. '85

Stephen Donald Paietta Jr. '85, born May 28, 1963, in Los Angeles, passed away August 31, 2009 in San Jose, Calif. He graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale, Calif., and received a bachelor's degree in political science from Santa Clara University. Stephen is survived by his mother, Kay; his sister Madeline (Edward) Munn; his sisters Mary Davis and Margaret Goodman; his brother Dan (Diane) Paietta; his brothers Michael, Chris, and Robert; and three nieces and six nephews.

submitted Oct. 5, 2009 11:49A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Ruth W. Renzel

Ruth W. Renzel '85 December 12, 2008, age 46.

submitted Aug. 2, 2010 10:35A
Rudolph G. Kraft

Rudolph G. Kraft Jr. M.A. ’85 received his SCU degree in marriage, family and child counseling. The knowledge from attaining this degree assisted him as a family law attorney. He died August 10, 2011 in Walnut Creek, Calif. Born on August 4, 1929 in Philadelphia, Penn., he was raised in Longmeadow, Mass. by his late parents, Rita H. and Rudolph G. Kraft. He graduated from Classical High School, Springfield, Mass/, as well as from Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Rudolph served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and remained in the Air Force Reserve for over 20 years. He practiced law in San Jose, Calif. until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Lorna Gillio; his children, Rudolph Kraft III, Terence Kraft, Maggie Kraft and Kathleen Kraft. He was predeceased by a son, Paul Kraft in 2003; his stepchildren Sherril Wunder, Gregory Hurd; brothers, James Kraft of Old Chatham, N.Y. and Frank Kraft of West Suffield, Conn.; along with six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.



submitted Jan. 9, 2014 11:14A
GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Oceana del Fuego

Oceana del Fuego MBA ’85 died on November 28, 2010. Born January 28, 1955 in Essex England, she died at her Bellevue home surrounded in love by her friends and family. She earned her MBA from Santa Clara University. Oceana's love for nature, her passion to heal self and others and her passion for giving and music inspired all who knew her. This led her to start the non-profit Puerta Abierta Foundation (PAF), providing basic necessities for the indigenous Bri-Bri people and other groups in Costa Rica. She also reached out to migrant farm workers in organizing a care program to show her concern. Her passion for music led her to become a guitar teacher. Oceana's spiritual practice of mindfulness and gratitude drew people to her. Her signature salutation was "Blessings". Oceana, the blessing is to have known you. She is survived by her partner Max Mathies, parents Marjorie and Samuel Broom and her relatives in England.


submitted Jan. 10, 2011 2:15P
GRD Law '85
Miguel S. Demapan

Miguel S. Demapan J.D. ’85, retired chief justice of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, passed away on June 30, 2012, in Saipan. During the course of his nearly 20-year career, Demapan served as both a Judge Pro Tempore in the Superior Court of Guam and Justice Pro Tempore of the Supreme Court of Guam. Chief Justice of Guam F. Philip Carbullido said, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Chief Justice Miguel S. Demapan.  He served the judiciaries of the CNMI, Guam, and Micronesia with integrity and fairness. His colleagues throughout the Marianas and Micronesia had the deepest respect and admiration for his untiring commitment to the Rule of Law. I join my colleagues in the CNMI, Guam, and Micronesia in extending our deepest sympathy to Frances and their children.”

submitted Aug. 3, 2012 10:51A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '85
Marion Roberta (Danskin) Milligan

Marion Roberta (Danskin) Milligan M.A. '85, age 77 of Valparaiso, formerly of Sunnyvale, CA, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012. She was born in Gary, IN, the daughter of Robert and Elsie Fern Danskin (nee Willmoth). Survived by her husband, David Milligan of Valparaiso; sister, Margaret (George) Yetsko and aunt, Virginia Park, both of Hobart. Marion graduated from Emerson High School, Class of 1953. She received her B.S. Degree in Nursing from Indiana University and her Master's Degree from the University of Santa Clara, California. Marion retired as Head Nurse at NASA AMES, Moffett Field, CA. She lived in California for 38 years. Marion loved golf and was a world traveler.

submitted Nov. 16, 2012 9:19A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Julianne Katherine Abney-Lovin
Julianne Katherine Abney-Lovin ’85 passed away on January 1, 2011. Julie is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Douglas, mother Polly, father Albert and brothers Paul and Michael. She is also survived by extended family, college friends, coworkers, her book club and other friends. She grew up in Thousand Oaks but moved to Santa Clara County after high school and resided there the rest of her life. Julie was a computer science graduate of Santa Clara University. During these years, she developed strong ties and a love of Saratoga where she resided for over 20 years. She maintained her friends from Santa Clara University and was always a proud supporter of the Jesuit education she received. An engineer by profession, Julie loved traveling with her family and friends. Whether it be on a cruise, Las Vegas, camping or her favorite Hawaii, she was happiest in the sun chatting and reading or playing with her puppy - Buddy. Julie enjoyed shopping and was fond of giving gifts. She loved to surprise people by trying to make their lives easier with a present or kind word. She always put others in front of herself and gave more than she ever took. Julie will be remembered as a kind soul. She always tried to make people smile even when cancer progressed. She was strong in ways we'll never know and we will miss her everyday.
submitted Feb. 11, 2011 12:30P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Jean Marie Adam Forti
Jean Marie Adam Forti '85 passed away peacefully on August 25, 2015, in her home surrounded by her family and pets. She filled her 52 years with love, laughter, adventure and care for others. 
Jean was born in San Mateo, CA, on May 7, 1963, to Kay and Bob Adam. At the age of 6, she and her family moved to a beautiful apricot and walnut orchard in sunny San Jose, CA. Growing up, she was very active in many community and school activities, including Girl Scouts, summer camps, backpacking, tennis, skiing, horseback riding (good old sway-backed George), volunteering, and many family trips around the country.
She was a good student in San Jose, CA, participating in a senior prank involving a helicopter and ping pong balls. Her further adventures included a trip to Guatemala, driving around the country with her cousin, and exploring Europe with a best friend.
She graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Combined Sciences. After college, she crossed the country with two friends in a VW Bug, to start a new life in Albany, NY.
Jean worked with troubled children at St. Catherine's, and then with Senior Services of Albany. She joined the Hudson Mohawk Sierra Club, only to get lost on a hike and meet her future husband, Tony.
On August 24, 1991, they married in Los Gatos, CA, surrounded by good friends and family, redwood trees, and deer (who ate the flowers).
Jean and Tony spent the next 24 years building up their house in Knox, raising 3 children, farm animals and countless gardens. Their door and their hearts were always open to anyone who came along.
Jean was a pillar in her community. She co-led Girl Scout Troop 1758, helped run the Pony Pals 4-H Club, and organized the Elementary and High School Science Fairs and many PTA after school programs. She was instrumental in the Knox Youth Council and summer camp, Knox Food Pantry, Fox Creek Farm, Meals-on-Wheels, Fox Creek Players, and many other community functions. 
Despite her illness, she stayed involved as long as possible.
Jean brought a feeling of excitement and adventure into everything, always wanted to include everyone and bring any stranger into her circle. She taught her family and friends how to get the most out of every moment. 
Jean is survived by her husband Tony, daughters Katie and Marcy, son Adam, sisters Sara (Raymond) Luhrman and Cris Adam-Nakayama, brother Scot Adam, mother Kay Adam, several cousins, a niece and two nephews.
submitted Sep. 17, 2015 1:16P
Herbert Blake Jr.

Herbert Blake Jr. PhD '85, June 1, 1942 - July 2, 2014.

Born in Denver, raised in Fort Morgan, CO. Served as a naval officer in Vietnam. BS in international affairs U 0f CO, Boulder. MBA in decision sciences, CSUS. PhD in decision sciences, Santa Clara U. Professor in School of Business, Management Dept. CSUS. Survived by wife Nancy (Sacto), daughter Chelsea (W. Hollywood), son Brook, daughter-in-law Amber and granddaughter Nevaeh (Sacto), brother Alan (Texas), and many other relatives and friends.

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:56P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '85
Edna "Teddy" Marie Pescatore Renzullo

Edna (Teddy) Marie Pescatore Renzullo M.A. ’85  passed away on June 8th, 2013 in Yuba City, Calif. Her love and caring for her students will be missed by all. Edna was born in Torrington, Conn. November 27, 1940. She attended Seaton Hall University in N.J. and later obtained a Masters of Education from Santa Clara University in Calif. She was a teacher for over 40 years. The last 28 were at Saint Isidore's Catholic School in Yuba City. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Ivilo "Mike" Renzullo, her son, Chris Renzullo (Jodi) her granddaughters, Gillian and Lauren of Yuba City, CA brothers, Michael (Lorraine) of Florida and Richard (Lilly) of Connecticut and many nieces and nephews. When Edna was not in the classroom teaching, you could find her bowling, playing cards, or supporting her grandchildren in their various endeavors. 

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 10:59A
GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Donald W. Pray

Donald W. Pray '85, a long-time resident of Cupertino, died on June 7, 2009 at age 82 after a short illness. He is survived by his daughter Jane Pray-Silver, two sisters, and six grand-children. Don was raised in the Boston area and he traced his family history in the U.S. back to the 17th century. Don completed a 22-year career in the Navy, aboard the USS Coral Sea, as a chief petty officer. During a tour of duty in the Philippines, he met, courted, and then later married his wife Josephine. After retiring from the Navy, Don completed his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at San Jose State University. He completed an MBA at Santa Clara University while at Underwriters Laboratory, where he worked for 19 years, retiring from his position as Associate Managing Engineer in 1989. After retirement, Don continued his many pursuits. He maintained his vintage VW Beetles. He was certified as a small airplane pilot, and loved to fly his single-engine Cessna. He was an avid bicyclist and military historian. He is preceded in death by his wife and their son Joseph.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 10:23A
GRD Law '85
David J. Osborne

David J. Osborne J.D. ’85, June 3, 2013. Dave was in the middle of a jury trial. He was in the midst of defending a client against charges of child abuse. Dave was a public defender, appointed by the Court to defend the most despised in our society. He gave his life to and for his clients. He defended and saved the lives of many of our citizens. He was most proud that he convinced a jury to spare the life of one man who the state was trying to execute. David James Osborne was born on April 1, 1956 to James and Katie Osborne in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is survived by his only sister, Jane Frydenlund, of Floodwood, Minnesota. He loved miniature trains as a boy. One of his granddads had been an engineer. His dad was managing editor of the Grand Rapids newspaper. His mom, Katie, had been one of its first female reporters. She quit so that she could raise Jane and Dave. Dave went to a ""free school"" and never graduated from high school. He was proud of his GED and displayed it proudly on his law office wall. He was proud of his clear and cogent writing which he credited to his parents and their life of letters. Dave's best friends in Grand Rapids, Michigan were Kimbo and Jim Reed. In 1980, he graduated from Michigan State University, a student of philosophy and political science. In 1981, he moved to California, with his sweetheart, Diane Meconis. She was accepted into the Hastings School of Law at University of California in San Francisco. Dave got a job at The College Avenue Burrito Shop. A year later, he was accepted into the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He said he wasn't smart enough to get into Hastings, so he went to Santa Clara, with one of his best friends, David Michmerhuizen, who moved out from Michigan to live with him. When I was told by my girlfriend not to bother coming home, Dave offered his couch. When his next door neighbor, Ben O'Mahoney, had his apartment burned by his crazy roommate, Osborne, O'Mahoney, Michmerhuizen and I all moved to a locked, iron door neighborhood in downtown San Jose. That house, or the mattresses where the people lived below it, caught fire. The fire started, perhaps, by firecrackers thrown in the floor heater, investigated by fire inspector Piper, continued to spark Dave's fascination with explosives. Osborne barely survived first year final exams after catching double pneumonia. I finally took him to a doctor for antibiotics. He eventually moved with me to Felton, California. We lived with a fellow, Randall G. Binks, III, also known as White Cloud. Dr. Michael Freeman of Ben Lomond would commute with Osborne to law school that year and became his friend. In 1985, his last home during law school was a cottage in San Jose behind the house of Doug Bird and Stewart Wilson, lawyers with the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County. They also volunteered for The National Lawyers' Guild. Dave helped found the University of Santa Clara County Chapter of The National Lawyers' Guild. The Lawyers' Guild at that time observed and represented protestors arrested during Presidential campaigns of the day. A few months before he died, he planned with me to establish a National Lawyer Guild Chapter in Redding to advocate for Native Americans here. Dave's next love was a radical lawyer in San Jose, Constance Carpenter. He loved her passion for justice, her crazy ways, her celebrations of life and love of tequila. Her law partners, Dan Mayfield and Jeff Lake J.D. ’92 were his good friends. Somehow, Dave graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He loved Ed Steinman's Civil Procedure and Alan Sheflin M.A. ’87's Forensic Persuasion classes. His photographic memory and razor sharp intellect somehow substituted for class and study, and Dave graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law and passed the California Bar exam. He followed me up to Redding, California to work for Frank J. O'Connor, the Shasta County Public Defender. Steven C. Kennedy, Bob Willie, Greg Parker, Brian McNally, Erin O'Toole McNally, Gary Roberts, Daphne Wilson, Bill Malloy, Doug Gardner and Jeff Gorder J.D. ’84 all worked with him at the office. Gary Roberts once accused him of stomping on Gary's toe. Dave enjoyed playing practical jokes on Gary, sending envelopes with white powder and wrapping Gary's porch with crime scene tape. Gary said Dave Osborne was one of the three reasons he left Shasta County. After Frank O'Connor left the Public Defender's office, he and Dave Osborne then shared an office across the street from the courthouse for many years. Dave loved Berkeley, the Mediterranean CafT, the record stores. He loved Oakland and Mama's Royal CafT. He loved San Francisco and the Schezuan Restaurant. He fantasized about moving back, going back to college to study Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. He wanted my wife, Monica, to find him a mosque in Chico where he would be welcome. He loved the beauty of the Koran. In earlier years, Dave dug African history and music: King Sunni Ade in the 1980s and Ali Farke Toure and Hugh Masekela in the 1990s. He always appreciated guitar, especially Leo Kottke. He himself played the bass. He loved to play and listen to Motown like The Temptations or The Neville Brothers and The Wild Tchoupitoulas. Of course, he loved the Reggae music of Bob Marley and the Wailers and Toots and the Maytals. Twenty years ago, I would often find Dave after work at the Squire Room having a beer with buddies, John Webster and Frank O'Connor. Dave loved and doted on his friends' children, Corbin, the son of his best friend, Rich, Mary Ellen, the daughter of his sister, Jane, and especially Savannah, his God-daughter, my daughter. He wanted us to dedicate a room in our home so that he could build a huge train track and train set for our kids. We never got a chance. He often shopped for these kids and thought of them and tried to imagine what kinds of things they might like. He collected Barbies, and went shopping for Barbies, and had Barbies at his home that he never had a chance to give to my daughters before he died. After moving to Redding in 1986, he found a new true love, Christy Zink. She was a park ranger and Fish and Game warden. They lived together on the Sacramento River, his friend John Webster living in a cottage on the property, where they brewed beer. After that he lived with Al Myrtle, and became involved in Kenpo karate with Scott Halsey and his best friend, Rich. Dave used to love to tell stories, funny stories about himself and others. He never lost the relish for repeating these. He loved to tell about the one time that he met my dad when my dad showed up with a T-shirt that said ""Get a lot of the beach while you're young!"". In his last ten years, his secretary, Sharon Rader, became like a sister, and a mom, to him. He complained constantly to her about his health, but seldom saw a doctor or changed his habits. She cursed him daily after his death. Dave's mother, Katie Osborne, lived into her 90s. She died just a few years ago. She would continue to come and visit him for several weeks each year, until she broke her hip, and could no longer tangle with Dave's huge dogs. Dave lived for these visits each year with his mom, complained about them, complaining that he would have to get his house clean and presentable for her visits. His mom would tell Dave that she wasn't buying any green bananas. 

Every Christmas, he would fly to be with his mom and his sister to Grand Rapids, to Brownsville, to Virginia, to Minnesota. Osborne loved the music festivals in Northern California. He loved to camp all weekend in the fairgrounds while drum circles play all night, people sold acid outside his tent flap, youngsters offered to buy his fried eggs, or sell him sticky balls or ganga spaghetti. He looked forward to another summer of Reggae-on-the- River and the World Music Festival in Grass Valley. Dave loved to backpack with me and Frank O'Connor in the Trinity Alps. Dave's poor health slowly caused him to postpone and only dream. He never gave up dreaming of doing these things that he loved.

submitted Jul. 22, 2013 5:18P
GRD Law '85
Constance M. Ridder

Constance "Connie" M. Ridder J.D. '85 died at her Pebble Beach home on August 5, 2011 surrounded by family. She was 70 and had battled intestinal cancer.  "She was the voice of reason," said her husband, P. Anthony Ridder, former Knight Ridder Chief Executive and SCU Board of Trustees member, as well as the 1986 recipient of an SCU honorary degree. "I could talk things through with her, and her judgment about situations was always very mature. With some people in life, you never know what you're getting on a certain day. With Connie, everything was very even-keel."  Constance Louise Meach Ridder was born in Charlotte, Mich., the second of three children. She was raised in Traverse City, Mich., where her father was a small-business man who at one time owned a boat store before buying a dry-cleaning shop, where her mother also worked.  It was a traditional Midwestern family with solid values—something that would serve her well during a life that would become more privileged than most, but was marked by a sense of frugality and a no-nonsense work ethic that aided her transformation into an accomplished attorney, dedicated golfer and passionate gardener.  From an early age, she also reveled in competitive sports, including skiing—she was Central U.S. Ski Champion in 1957—as well as tennis and golf. At one time she posted an 11 handicap.  She met Tony Ridder while both were enrolled in the same philosophy course at the University of Michigan. They were married during their junior year after a short engagement.  "She was smart and fun, and we just fell in love," said her husband, who recalled telling her with a smile, "Stick with me; you'll go places." While she interrupted her studies to get married, Tony Ridder continued on, graduating from the university in preparation for a career in his family's newspaper chain. After stints at Ridder newspapers in Aberdeen, S.D., and Pasadena, the couple moved in 1964 to San Jose, where Tony Ridder worked his way up to publisher at the Mercury News.  In 1986, after he was named president of the newspaper division of Knight Ridder, the couple left for the company's headquarters in Miami. In 1995, he became chairman and CEO of Knight Ridder. In 2006, part of the chain, including the Mercury News, was purchased by its current owner, MediaNews. But it was while living in Saratoga, where they were raising their four children, that Connie Ridder decided she wanted to do something more with her life, starting with earning her college diploma.  "She was always a person who felt like she wanted to work and earn what she had," said her best friend, Sally Lucas.  In 1977, she began at West Valley College, earning straight A's. She then enrolled at Stanford University for three years, graduating with a degree in political science.  Wondering what she should do next, her husband—who had once been interested in attending law school himself—suggested she apply."I told her that way I could vicariously go to law school," he recalled. During a four-year program at Santa Clara University, her family said, she was determined to balance her responsibilities as a wife and mother—even if it meant sitting on the bleachers during her son Par's football practices reading law books, Par Ridder recalled.  "She was still very much our mother. That was always her priority," said daughter Susie Ridder, who also earned a law degree at SCU. "Tony and her family were the love of her life—that's what really meant everything to her," Lucas said.  In many ways, Connie Ridder's goals coincided well with her move to Miami. By that time, her children were mostly grown. And being in a new city where she at first knew few people, she could focus on her career, initially as a corporate attorney, and then as a trust and estate attorney. The training was tough, but she was conscientious, refusing to bill clients for the total amount of hours she put in until she got up to speed, her family said.  "I told her, 'You're the only attorney in America who doesn't bill their clients for the full hours they put in on the job,'" Tony Ridder said. Her goal was to become partner, and by 1992 she did so at the Miami office of Holland & Knight, one of the country's largest law firms. "She didn't do anything lightheartedly," said daughter Linda Walker. "She was very tenacious."  Over the years, Connie Ridder had taken up golf and, like other endeavors, was determined to master it in her own way, beginning with a set of her husband's right-handed clubs, even though she was left-handed. The game was a social opportunity, but also a test of her skills against others. "She was a student of golf," said daughter Katie Ridder, who noted that her mother was forever studying magazines and videotapes to improve her game. "She analyzed everything." Not long after returning to the Bay Area with her husband in 1998, she wound down her law career and threw herself into civic activities, serving as the first female president of the governing board at the Filoli Center in Woodside, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and later as a trustee of the Carmel chapter of The Garden Club of America. She was also the longtime head of the Ladies Golf Committee at the Cypress Point Club. "What Connie brought to the board was wisdom coupled with grace," said Jane Risser, Filoli's executive director, who called her "very strategic," but mindful of Filoli's culture and the value of its 1,300 volunteers. "She was able to help everyone understand that we had the same shared vision for Filoli, which was to make the institution enjoyable and accessible to the whole public, from young children to people with physical disabilities," Risser said.  Her passing, Risser said, is "a tremendous loss for everyone."

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 3:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Beverly Ann Rossi

Beverly Ann Rossi '85 on August 8, 2010. After a courageous battle with cancer, Beverly passed peacefully at her home in Saratoga surrounded by her family. Born the daughter of Jerry & Dolores Zafiratos on June 16, 1949 in McCloud, Calif. Loving wife of Richard Rossi and Sister of Gus Zafiratos, Beverly is survived by her devoted husband, daughters Cynthia Rossi and  Rikki Hanna, step-daughters Teresa Anderson and Kristina Carter, precious grandchildren Tina Metz, Michaela Anderson, Jessica Carter, Justin Carter, Ryan Hanna and Mason Hanna, great-grandchildren Dylan Metz and Alexis Metz.  Beverly received her Bachelor of Science and master degrees from Santa Clara University and doctorate in psychology from Pacific Graduate School in 1994. She had her own private Marriage & Family Counseling practice in San Jose, CA for 15 years where she touched and helped so many lives. She was a dedicated board member of the Valle Monte League, Calif. She will always be remembered for her strength, grace, intelligence, and her passion for life. She left a lasting impression wherever she went and will truly be missed.

submitted Aug. 19, 2010 11:23A


GRD Leavey/MBA '86
William F. Weitz

William F. "Bill" Weitz Jr. MBA '86, resident of San Jose, died March 31, 2010, in Needham, Mass., after a courageous battle with cancer. Born September 15, 1951, in Pittsburgh, Penn.; he was the son of the late William F. and Elizabeth (Alex) Weitz Sr. Bill served in the Navy as an electronics technician from 1969-1973, aboard the USS Seattle. He graduated from U.C. Irvine and later with an MBA from Santa Clara University. He enjoyed a long career in talent management with various high tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Watkins-Johnson, KLA Tencor, Yahoo! and Solectron. He volunteered for many years with Furry Friends Animal Rescue and united many pets with their forever homes. He will be missed by family and friends, including children Joey and Jennifer Weitz and their mother Beth Weitz, daughter-in-law Kristin Weitz and granddaughter, Ashlynn Weitz all of San Jose and his companion Kerry Sullivan of Concord, Mass. He was the brother of Cynthia (Pix) DeMann, Pamela Grove and Richard Weitz.

submitted Apr. 30, 2010 11:34A
Sydney Byron Darington

Sydney Byron Darington ’86, of Fremont, Calif., passed away July 21, 2011.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:26P
GRD Leavey/MBA '86
Philip Chike Nchekwube

Philip Chike  Nchekwube '83, MBA '86 on March 8, 2010. A native of Aguleri in Anambra State, Nigeria, Chike was born in Lagos to Georgina Nchekwube and the late Matthias Nchekwube. He returned to Aguleri at the onset of the Nigerian civil war and completed his secondary school studies at All Hallows Seminary in Onitsha. Chike then moved to the United States in 1979 and subsequently obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA from Santa Clara University in California where he graduated with distinction as the class valedictorian. He also held a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley and worked at various times as an accountant at Xerox, an attorney at the global law firm of Jones Day in Washington DC, a business owner of three GNC stores in northern California, a deputy prosecutor in Lake County, Indiana and a professor of Business Law and Accounting at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Left to mourn Chike are his wife, Miranda Nchekwube sons, Ikenna and Nnamdi Nchekwube; mother; brothers, Emeka and Chiedu Nchekwube; sisters, Angelina Ivenso, Uju Nchekwube, Victoria Nchekwube; in-laws, along with countless other friends and family members who were blessed to have known him. Chike had a good wit and enjoyed long conversations with friends and kin, championing the aspirations of the Aguleri people in the diaspora, and being with his family. He touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of wit and stubborn integrity all the way to the end.

submitted May. 24, 2010 4:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Peter C. Hellwig

Peter C. Hellwig ’86 on Feb. 2, 2008.

submitted Jun. 29, 2010 11:15A
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