Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year
Evelyn E. Roddy M.A. ’70 lost her battle with cancer on March 21, 2014 at the age of 80. She was a long-time resident of Sacramento, Calif. She was born in Jackson, Calif. and graduated from CSUS with a degree in Liberal Arts. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in 17th Century English Literature from Santa Clara University. She retired from the Department of Motor Vehicles as a manager after 20 years of service. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Harrell (James), and her many nieces and nephews.
Thomas E. Twist J.D. '71 was born in 1935 and had lived in Salem, Oregon. He died on August 21, 2014.
Jon C. Carpenter MBA '71 passed away at home May 25, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Washington, D.C. to Samuel and Kathleen Carpenter. He married Donna Kay Richards of Logan, Utah on May 1, 1962 in the Salt Lake temple. Jon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in 1962 and earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. His 33-year career at IBM took him and his family to Helena, Mont., San Jose and San Francisco, Calif., Austin, Texas, and New Canaan, Conn. He retired to Deep Creek, Md. and Salt Lake City, Utah. As an avid outdoorsman, Jon worked at Grand Canyon National Park as a teenager. He went on to serve many years as a B.S.A. scoutmaster (receiving the Silver Beaver), and enjoyed back-country hiking, from the High Sierras in California to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Jon served for 2½ years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Finland. He later served as a bishop, high councilor and in many other capacities. In 2011 he and Donna Kay returned to Finland to serve as senior missionaries in the Helsinki temple. Jon is preceded in death by his oldest son, Rick Carpenter, and is survived by his wife, Donna Kay, his four children, Scott (Diane) Carpenter, Curt (Hedi) Carpenter, Emily (JP) Hanson, Katie (Jon) Groberg, and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Craig Carpenter, and his sister, Kathie Coon.
Frank Kazmierczak MBA '71, Sept. 24 2013. A resident of San Jose, Frank was born 9/12/34 in Wheeling, WV to parents from Poland, youngest of 8 children. He received a BS (Physics) from Washington & Jefferson in '57 & an MBA from Santa Clara '71. He worked at Lockheed for 30 years & retired in '92. Was married to Mary for 30 years, who passed in '89. Married Lerelle in '92. He was active in SIRS, Kona Kai Tennis and RVing with Tea Timers & Roosters. He will be missed by his family & friends. He is survived by his wife Lerelle, 3 children, Julie (Roger), Stan (Christy), Becky (Tim), & 8 grandchildren.
Raymond "Pat" Patterson Farlin MBA '72 Jun 10, 1933 to Nov 5, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Pat was born in Mason City, Iowa, and spent his childhood in Los Angeles. He moved to San Jose during his high school years attending University High in Los Angeles, San Jose High, and Sequoia High in Redwood City. Pat received a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State in 1956 and an MBA in finance and economics in 1972 from Santa Clara University.
Pat served in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960 as a combat ready navigator and instructor in Strategic Air Command with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was awarded the Air Force Longevity Service Award. From 1961 to 1969, he served in the California Air National Guard and retired with the rank of Major. This passion for aeronautics and air travel never left him. He worked 35 years in airport management. As Deputy Director of Aviation, for San Jose and Assistant Director of Aviation, Clark County, NV. He consulted in the private sector with Hill International and Parsons Brinkerhoff in a similar role. He thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as educator of Airport Management in the Aeronautics Department of San Jose State University from 1972-1980.
Pat liked to fish and loved spending time in the Sierra Mountain home. He learned to snow ski, with his wife at Badger Pass in Yosemite and was affectionately called "Zorro" because he always wore the same black ski cap which had a black tassel that could be seen flapping behind him as he zipped downhill. His love of skiing was something he made sure to impart on all of his children and grandchildren. Pat loved golf and the social aspect of seeing his Aptos neighbors and to walk the course together.
He and his wife, June, enjoyed golfing together for many years as well as traveling to Western Europe, Norway, the UK, and Hawaii multiple times. He always said that the trip of his life was to Australia and New Zealand involving staying on a live aboard ship and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Pat loved Big Band music and boy could he dance. He had gone to cotillions as young as 13 with his older sister Charlene and her girlfriends didn't mind that he was younger because he knew all the dances, even the jitterbug. If you spent more than a few minutes with Pat, you'd pick up that he had strong opinions about American political responsibilities, was a very patriotic supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and having embraced the Internet Age, he would forward emails to ensure family and friends knew exactly where he stood on matters. Recently, he enjoyed renting Netflix black-and-white films and watching Big Bang Theory. Pat was a devoted husband, caring for his wife June until her death in January 2013. After losing his wife of 57 years, he spent time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchild. He is remembered as generous, ethical and having a terrific sense of humor. He was a man of somewhat simple tastes who drank his coffee black, liked Cheerios for breakfast and his only requirement from beer was that it was cold and wet.
Pat is survived by two sons, Mark Farlin ’79 and Kent Farlin, and a daughter Christine Farlin. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Sean, Jessica, and James Farlin, Holly and Mark Zinchefsky, and Hannah Becker.
Denise Taylor ’72 MD was a top-rated neurologist at St. Louis University, where she earned her MD. She settled in St. Louis, practicing at University Hospital for a while before launching her own private practice. In the recent few years, she closed her practice, and became a "traveling" neurologist via locum tenens. She never married but had many, many dear friends and family in St. Louis, as well as California. She battled Stage 3 breast cancer after being diagnosed in June, 2014. Her plight with cancer was short, but she fought the good fight until the end, Jan. 18, 2015. Her ashes will be buried in San Jose California in a family area. She will be missed tremendously. She is survived by her two sisters, Sharon (Chris) and Melanie, and a host of family and friends world wide. Rest in peace, my sister, safe in Jesus' arms. We will love you always.
Dale Edward De Rousse MBA '72, Oct. 10, 1928 to Aug. 31, 2014. Dale was born in Riverside and grew up in Southern California. His early years were disrupted by family issues and in later life he attributed his discipline and confidence to two tours in the navy - post WWII and Korea.
After graduation from UCLA with a degree in mechanical engineering, he joined Mattel and helped develop the voice of Barbie. In 1963, a Palo Alto company brought him up to Northern California to help in the development of a video-disk recorder used in instant replay and stop-action, familiar to TV sports fans, for which they won an Emmy. Thereafter, a long career as a consulting engineer kept him occupied, along the way acquiring an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. He spent many hours sailing his Lido 14 and later a Morgan 40. Sharing his love of being on the water with his family and friends provided joy he found nowhere else. He was an inventor, builder and artist in woodworking who was constantly trying to improve products. He was still creating and designing improvements to his home when he fell, succumbing to injuries four days later. His entire family was at his side.
Besides leaving his wife Marilyn of 45 years, he leaves two daughters, Anne Hicks of Rocklin, Jean-Marie Mott of Ione; and four sons (chronologically): Scott Kinaman of San Jose, Paul DeRousse of San Jose, Steve Kinaman of Leesburg, VA and Peter DeRousse of Chicago, IL, and eight grandchildren: Jennifer, Karina, Michael, Trevor, Jason, Georgia, Lily, and Eleanor. He was so proud of each of them. We're sad to lose our loved one but we have so many memories: wonderful family parties, visiting with friends, listening to his newest ideas, driving trips. He'll be with us forever.
Bernard Leitner M.S. '72, Sept. 30, 1927 - June 14, 2014. A resident of Palo Alto, Bernie grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Bernie fell in with a crowd of sci-fi fans, studied physics, and also fell for Jane Tynan. The two were married in China Lake, California. Bernie's work as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed-Martin took the family from the island of Oahu, to a year exploring Europe, then to Palo Alto, California, where Bernie and Jane settled in for the next fifty years. Bernie earned a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University. His career culminated with his work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
An outdoor enthusiast, Bernie bicycled the California coast, and across the Sierras, the Rockies, and the Nevada desert. He hiked over Hawaiian volcanoes, through Kings Canyon, and up to the Continental Divide. Together, Bernie and Jane globe-trotted from New Zealand to Greenland. Bernie died at his home in Windsor, California. He is survived by his wife, Jane, his son and daughter-in-law, Kam and Valerie, his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Daniel, and his grandson, Kyle. Bernie's warmth, humor, intelligence, friendship, his love and the spark that is him will be forever missed.
Mark McCambridge '73, Jan. 16, 2014.
The former vice president for finance and administration at Oregon State University died in his home from “a long and courageous battle with cancer,” according to an email from OSU President Ray and Provost Sabah Randhawa. McCambridge retired in July 2013 after 20 years at OSU. He was 62 with two children. McCambridge, who was born in Seattle and graduated from Santa Clara University, joined OSU in 1994 as director of business services. Before being named VP of finance and administration in 2001, he held several positions at OSU. In 2013, McCambridge received the Honorary Alumni Award and the Distinguished Service Award, one of OSU’s highest honors. He was well-liked and respected by colleagues and friends. “We lost a remarkable individual,” said Kavinda Arthenayake, director of University Conference Services in the LaSells Stewart Center. Arthenayake knew McCambridge for more than 10 years. When they worked together, McCambridge was Arthenayake’s direct supervisor.
McCambridge also helped the university achieve fourth place in the nation for use of renewable energy. Brandon Trelstad, sustainability coordinator, worked with McCambridge on making the university a greener campus. Trelstad said McCambridge played a particular role in helping OSU achieve its recognizable status as a leader in sustainability.
McCambridge is survived by his wife, Betsy McCambridge ’74, his son, Mark McCambridge Jr., his daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Jason Hower, and his grandchildren, Patrick and Molly Hower.
Victor Reyes J.D. '74 March 6, 1943 - Feb. 28, 2014 The Governor's office of the American Bar Association, Law Student Division, Ninth Circuit, has announced the appointment of Victor Reyes of Merced as deputy governor for the Ninth Circuit. Reyes graduated from Le Grand Union High School and is a former resident of Planada, California. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Avila of Planada. He graduated from Merced College and then enlisted in the U.S. Marines attaining the rank of sergeant, after serving in Vietnam. Upon his return from military duty he attended and graduated from Stanislaus State College at Turlock. Reyes was the recipient of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity's scholarship and attended their pre-law institute at the Univeristy of California School of Law at Davis. At the termination of his summer intern with CLEO, Reyes accepted a three-year scholarship from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. Reyes was presented with the outstanding Community Service Award, "For exceptional service in advancing the best interest in the Law School Community," by the Student Bar Association at the University of Santa Clara. One of 15 students selected out of statewide law students for the position of law clerk with California Rural Legal Services, Reyes served as law clerk for the Madera Regional Office of CRLA. He was awarded placement as an intern law clerk with CRLA by the Law students Civil Rights and Research Council Scholarship. Upon returning to Santa Clara he was also informed that he is the recipient of another scholarship from the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund-San Francisco, to assist him with his legal education.
Ronald S. Westphal J.D '74, a resident of Campbell, passed away on Sept. 1, 2014, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by the love of his life and best friend, his wife, Carolyn Westphal, a retired Campbell school teacher, and his two children, Holly and Ryan. He also leaves behind his mother, two sisters, Lisa Smith and Tina Liddie, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ron was born in Glendale, California, in 1944 to A.J. "Tiny" Westphal and Kay Scott. He moved to Odessa, Texas with his mother and his step-father O.E. Scott where he attended Jr. High and Permian High School. Ron spent a year in South Africa where he attended the University of Natal, in Durban, before serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, including an assignment to the NSA where he worked in intelligence. Ron graduated from the University of Maryland before going on to Santa Clara University School of Law.
After passing the Bar, Ron's first job, as a newly minted attorney, was with Cotrell, Hofvendahl and Roessler. He later left to hang his own shingle and had a wonderful career in the Bay Area as an Estate Planning and Business Law attorney doing what he loved best, counseling. He is known by his clients and colleagues for his integrity and quality of work. Ron was also known for his sharp wit and intellect. His quest for knowledge was insatiable and he enjoyed a wide array of subjects ranging from history, politics, philosophy, to religion. Not everyone shared his perspective, but all can attest that Ron loved the discourse and people frequently walked away from a conversation feeling enlightened or invigorated in some way. Not all of Ron's interests were cerebral. He enjoyed walking, hiking, traveling, and cycling, often referring to the later as "the church of the rolling wheel." He spent many hours riding with his wife, children and friends, on a single or a tandem bike, traveling virtually every road in the greater Bay Area and many roads beyond its borders. He was part of the Almaden Cycle Touring Club for many years and he was a Board Member of Books Aloud, a charitable organization near and dear to his heart. Ron will be incredibly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. He truly was one of a kind.
Robert Myles Tobin ’70, J.D. ’74, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born on Sept. 23, 1948, and raised in Marin County in the idyllic town of Fairfax, Calif. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, Calif. and was a star athlete. Bob participated in multiple sports, which resulted in scholarships to the University of Santa Clara, where he played on the power-house, nationally ranked Bronco basketball teams of 1967–70.
After graduation from college in 1970, he entered the U.S. Army Reserves, and was stationed in Ft. Ord, Calif. Upon his honorable discharge, he entered law school at the University of Santa Clara, and became a licensed California lawyer in June of 1975. Thereafter, Bob became a very successful trial lawyer, having enjoyed employment and partnership with the San Jose law firms of Hoge, Fenton, Jones, and Appel, and Rankin Oneal, before eventually going into solo practice.
On a personal level, Bob never met a stranger and his circle of friends was wide and varied from all walks of life. Bob had a big heart, was generous to a fault and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He exuded charm and with his tall good looks was a presence in any room. He had a sharp wit and keen sense of humor and laughed easily at life's many foibles and characters.
He embraced life and all it had to offer, having traveled worldwide and having lived abroad.
Bob is survived by his mother, Dorothy Paterson Tobin of San Rafael, Calif., his sister Catherine Tobin of Greenbrae, his sister Colleen Tobin Finney and brother-in-law Butch Finney of Novato, Calif., his brother Myles Stephen Tobin and his sister-in-law Sue Tobin of San Jose, Calif., a niece, and his best friend Jeannie Starcevich. He is preceded in death by his father, Myles Tobin, his beloved uncle, Fr. William Tobin, S.J., as well as his beloved dog Poppy.
John Gerald Duyn '74 departed this life into the arms of our Lord on Wed., April 30, 2014. John was born in 1952 to Carl Duyn and the late Donna Duyn of Carlton, Ore. John graduated from Jesuit High School in 1970 and received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University in 1974. John, the highly respected and successful CEO of Carlton Farms, grew the business over the last 40 years. Carlton Farms' high-end pork products are served in many of the finest restaurants and grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest. His never-ending dedication and commitment to excellence never overshadowed his devotion to his "family" of employees. His greatest satisfaction was being a "father"and friend to all. His generosity of time and talent was matched only by his kindness to give of his treasures to those less fortunate. His cherished Jesuit High School and the Trappist Abbey were among his favorite beneficiaries. John had the gift of charisma, and all those who were in his presence were captivated with his charm and easygoing spirit. John's never-ending selfless acts of kindness personified his inner beauty. He found great solace in the beauty of God's earth and enjoyed everything outdoors…golfing, hunting, fishing, skiing, walking, hiking, rafting… John was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Duyn (2010), and his beloved first wife, Susan Moore Duyn '74 (1981). He is survived by his loving wife and devoted partner of 32 years, Rita O'Hara Duyn. In remembrance of a man who made it his daily practice of warmly touching everyone's life, we invite you to do a random act of kindness in his memory.
Jess Robert Herrera M.S. '74 died peacefully at home on November 17, 2014, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Alicia. His family includes 6 children, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He was a loving, giving, brilliant man, amazing father and grandfather and he left us to join his beautiful Alicia. Jess had deep devotion to his family and his Catholic faith. He will be deeply missed. Born in Northern California. Dad earned his B.S. from Texas A&M University and M.S. from Santa Clara University. He retired from PG&E in 1989 as an officer of the company. Jess was an active and dedicated participant in his parish and archdiocese.
James Edward McGhee Sr. '74, Sept. 2, 1952 to May 4, 2014. He was born in Arkansas but immigrated to California as a teen. A resident of San Jose, he attended James Lick HS and Santa Clara University. James was employed in various management positions with Alpha Beta Grocery chain and Xerox where he was a Regional Sales Manager; KGO TV, as a consultant in the Broadcast Engineering department, and in Remote set-up as a Camera Technician at sporting events. Subsequently he developed his own consultant company, becoming CEO of Integrated Management Services. He founded the African American Parent Coalition (empowering parents in the Eastside Union School Districts). He was appointed to the Grand Jury, and held membership in the NAACP as well as many other Social Action Organizations. He leaves behind his wife Alison (Little) McGhee '72, his sons Eric and James Jr., and his daughter Lisa. Also, his grandsons Khalil, Tiburcio, David, and great-granddaughter LeilaniRose join his sisters Regina, Edna, Jane, and Angela and a multitude of family and friends.
Daniel E. Dietsch '74, August 15, 2014, Age 62, of Homewood, Ill. He was 62.
Beloved husband of Thelma C. Dietsch nee Silvio. Dear father of Simon (Jeanne Robinson) Dietsch and Robin (Jadi Roberts) Dietsch. Cherished grandfather of Carlo, Fox and Evelyn Dietsch. Loving son of Sue and the late Richard Dietsch. Mr. Dietsch is an ordained deacon with the Archdiocese of Chicago serving St. Joseph Parish and a member of Marian Council # 3914 K. of C.
Karen Anne Gilmour Schouten ’75, Aug. 30, 1953 to Oct. 02, 2014. Karen was a beautiful mother and wife, deeply involved in the community and the causes she cared for. She attended Loretto High School in Sacramento, Calif., and graduated from Santa Clara University with a history degree. She met her husband, Dick, while at Santa Clara and they made quite a team for 40 years, active in politics and community service. She worked as an Intel project manager for 21 years. Karen was a member of the Washington County Democrats, serving as finance chair, and was an Oregon delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. She was also a longtime volunteer, often-time chair, of the West Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee, Oregon League of Conservation Voters and City of Beaverton Sister Cities Advisory Board. Karen is survived by her husband, Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten ’74; and daughters, Erika and Marijke Schouten.
Gilbert "Gil" Seymour MBA ’75 Resident of Anaheim, Calif. Died Feb. 17, 2014. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Plummer Seymour and children Carolyn DePietro ’85, Tom and Glen. He served 4 years in the US Air Force, graduated from UC Berkeley, BSEE and later earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. Gil worked for several major firms in the Silicon Valley and then retired to Anaheim, Calif. to be near his youngest son and family.
Timothy Dunn Cheney J.D. ’76, 64, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at his home. Timothy was born March 25, 1949 in Oakland, Calif. the son of Marshall and Nancy (Dunn) Cheney. His family moved to Oregon when he was in kindergarten. Tim attended Duniway Elementary School followed by Cleveland High School in Portland, Ore., where he graduated in 1967. He attended Stanford University, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelors degree, majoring in English. Tim went to law school at Santa Clara University, passing the California Bar in 1976. Tim practiced law in Palo Alto, Calif. for a few years, and then moved back to Oregon to pursue a teaching career. Tim taught business law at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. from 1984 to 1999, achieving tenure and the rank of Professor. Tim married Cynthia Pemberton August 7, 1999. Tim and Cynthia later moved to Idaho. Tim taught business law at Idaho State University from 1999 to his retirement. Throughout his life Tim was an avid and accomplished golfer. Tims battle with cancer started in 2005. He endured five surgeries. He is survived by the love of his life, Cynthia, of Dickinson, ND. Tim is also survived by his sister, Linda and his mother, both currently of Springfield, Ore.
Robert R. Dalziel ’76 passed away at his home in Los Gatos on Jan. 11, 2015, at the age of 64.
He was born in 1951 in Oakland, California, to Robert E. and Roszeen Dalziel. Edwin and Ruth Witter raised him as if he was one of their own after the death of Robert's parents when he was ten years old. After graduating from Clayton High School in Clayton, Missouri, where he excelled in cross-country running, he was drafted into the United States Army. After serving honorably in Vietnam, he graduated from Santa Clara University and settled in Los Gatos. He retired from Consolidated Freightways after close to 30 years of employment where he made many dear friends.
Scottish proud, Robert's diversified skills, interests and attributes included an appreciation of fine food and wine. He was a gourmet chef, private airplane pilot, rancher at his beloved ranch in Central California, hunter, craftsman and gardener. He served as the "voice of reason" for the family in financial decisions, and was kind and generous with his advice.
A devoted family man, his greatest pleasure in life was spending time with family members. Robert is survived by his wife Kathy of 16 years, as well as his daughters Katherine and Abby, son Robert D. (Melissa), and stepson Jonathan (Adrien). He was a kind and loving grandpa to Casey, Christopher, Ava, Jaxon and Annabelle. Robert is survived by his brothers Donald (Marilyn), Cary (Kate), and Thomas (Preet), his sister Nancy, and many nieces and nephews. He remained close to the Witter Family, and is survived by Laura Witter, Richard Witter, Robert Witter, and their children. His optimism, professionalism and refined sense of humor had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was much loved and he will be sorely missed.
Patricia "Trish" (Towry) Corby '76 passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 9, 2014, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Trish was a patented inventor, an innovator, and a businesswoman. Trish is pre-deceased by her immediate family, but is survived by many friends, most notably her Santa Clara roommate, and dearest friend Robin Munson '76, who cared for Trish on her final journey. Trish will always be remembered by her life long "family of friends" that came to be from her days at Santa Clara University. She was living in Meridian, Idaho.
Maureen Romano ’76 passed away on Feb. 12, 2014 at the age of 59 from complications due to pneumonia. Maureen was born in Seattle, Wash. on March 12, 1954, the second child of Dr. Robert and Mary Jean Parker Romano. Maureen is survived by her father Robert, sister Anne Sarewitz (Stephen), brothers Robert, Jr. (Cathy), Stephen (Juliet), John (Grace), and James (Brooks) as well as her many nieces and nephews: Maureen, Julia, and Alison Sarewitz; and Joseph, Tommy, Mary Claire, Henry Romano ’12, Will, Juliet, Matt, Mark, Caroline, Joshua and Nicholas Romano. Her mother, Mary Jean, predeceased her. Maureen graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart Forest Ridge, received her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University that included a year in the Gonzaga-in-Florence program and obtained an MBA from the University of Washington. After a hiking accident in 1982, Maureen resided at Providence Mount St Vincent in West Seattle, where she created a life for herself enriching the lives of everyone around her. She leaves behind her extended family of caregivers, volunteers, and residents at Providence Mount St Vincent. Maureen's lifelong friends remained a constant in her life both before and especially after her accident. Every year, her Forest Ridge classmates would gather at the Mount to celebrate her birthday, bringing immense joy to Maureen as she reminisced with each and every friend. She never knew a stranger, only a friend she hadn't met. Her memory for names was impeccable. She greeted all by name- and usually with the nickname she created for them. Maureen never lost her sense of humor making all around her feel at ease. Maureen's interests included a love of languages, travel, tennis, skiing and singing. She loved singing loudly I Left My Heart in San Francisco, bringing back memories of her life in the Bay area.
John G. Houston MBA '76 died on October 31, 2014, after a 13-year battle with prostate cancer. John was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 7, 1937. He graduated from University of North Carolina in 1963. He completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 1976. He was very proud of his military service in The United States Navy, where he served on active duty during the Viet Nam War. He continued as a Reservist until 1989 with 26 years of service, and retired as a Commander. He worked as a Real Estate Broker. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bev, a son, Parker, 35, and his wife Anni, of El Dorado Hills, and a son, Taylor, 34, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. John loved music and he loved to sing!
Dennis McClenahan '76, age 60, passed away suddenly on May 30, doing what he loved – playing tennis. Dennis will be remembered as a loving partner, father and friend, a successful businessman, a superb athlete, and a generous community volunteer. He lived a rich life, excelling in many domains. Most important, he will be remembered for his kind and generous sprit and his strong devotion to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Dennis was a resident of Palo Alto and was raised in Santa Clara, Calif. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1972 and Santa Clara University with a B.S.C in Finance. He was a College All-American wide receiver at Santa Clara University and, upon graduation in 1976, he signed a professional football contract with the Oakland Raiders. Dennis's 35-year insurance career began in 1979 with Jardine Insurance Brokers, followed by Nationwide Insurance from 1988-1993. He then went on to own and operate D.A. McClenahan Insurance Agency before joining Professional Insurance Associates, Inc. as a Vice President in 2003.
Dennis was an incredible athlete, excelling at all sports. His particular passion was tennis. Dennis played on numerous USTA league teams and in many tournaments throughout the state. He was greatly admired by his teammates and opponents alike. In 2012, he was ranked number 1 in Northern California and number 7 in the state in his age category. Dennis was known as a formidable competitor as well as a true gentleman on and off the court.
He was active in the community as well. Dennis was a former member of the Santa Clara Preparatory Alumni Council as well as a past member of Santa Clara University Board of Fellows. Dennis enjoyed participating in fundraising events for the Canary Foundation, Menlo Charity Horse Show, and tutoring children from the Sacred Heart Nativity School. Dennis leaves behind his son Tyler (daughter-in-law Helen), daughter Molly Featherstone (son-in-law John), daughter Murphy, and his grandchildren, Cade, Max, Archer, Oakes, and Enzo. He is survived by his partner Laura Lauman, his brother Bob McClenahan, and sister Judy Vollenweider.