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James Joseph Loftus III '72 passed away from cancer the morning of Sept. 3, 2013. He was at home, resting peacefully, and in the company of loved ones. Jim was born May 17, 1950, to James Joseph Loftus Jr. and Mary King Loftus; both of San Francisco, Calf. He was raised in Mill Valley and San Francisco, attending St. Cecelia's elementary and Riordan High. He attended San Francisco City College, studying engineering, subsequently transferring to, and graduating from, Santa Clara University in 1972 with a degree in civil engineering. San Francisco's culture, ocean beaches and childhood friends remained strong identifiers throughout his life. With an eagerness to expand his horizons, he seized upon the chance in summer 1972 to move to Fairbanks. He persevered through that first winter, determined to give his new home a fair chance, eventually landing work on survey crews for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. During the next few years, young Loftus worked in Alaska during the construction season and traveled extensively in the off-season. His work on the pipeline solidified his desire to live in Alaska, despite his rather unique distinction of having spent five consecutive Septembers in Atigun Pass! He welcomed Alaska's challenges, the unparalleled scenery, and the host of characters that became friends, mentors and, eventually, family. Increasing responsibilities and in-depth exposure to engineering while working on the pipeline inspired him to return to school, completing a graduate degree in structural engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Upon finishing his master's degree in 1979, he returned to Fairbanks for perhaps the most important summer of his life during which he fell in love with Eileen Stack. The lovely couple married Oct. 6, 1979, and were a picture perfect pair! Suit on and freshly groomed, the now husband and father pounded the pavement in Seattle, seeking work as structural engineer. Landing a job at a well-respected firm, he flourished and developed his skills while working on prominent projects in Seattle, including the iconic Columbia Tower. It wasn't long before the call of the wild beckoned and in 1984 Jim and Eileen packed up their growing family and headed north to Fairbanks. Recognizing the need for local structural engineering services, Loftus Engineering, Inc was formed. Jim's professional mindset, first-hand knowledge of Alaska's extreme climate, and a true passion for structural engineering contributed to the company's success. The company grew over time through several mergers with other local firms, becoming PDC Engineering, Inc. in 1998. As a principal partner, Jim managed the structural engineering department, and under his direction, PDC designed many of Fairbanks' well known structures including the Rabinowitz State Courthouse, UAF's Museum of the North and the Centennial Pedestrian Bridge. You can hardly look more than two directions in Fairbanks without identifying a structure to which he directly contributed. A biography of Jim Loftus would hardly be complete without mention of his running career. Beginning at a young age, he enjoyed running and competing against others. He became an accomplished middle distance runner while in junior college, and for many years after he was a fixture at the all-comers track meets in the Bay area, often leading the pack in his specialty, the 800-meter. For Jim, running and training became, as he described it, a form of personal yoga, bringing peace, reflection, and opportunity for personal improvement. He was active in the local running scene, organizing, volunteering, and mentoring Fairbanks runners and track meets from the mid-'80s until 2012. As a metaphor for the gentle parenting and encouragement he gave as a father and coach, he preferred to allow young runners to "wiggle in the blocks" rather than call a false start, believing it important that everyone gets to run the race. He pursued running throughout his life and had well respected finishes of second place at the U.S. Masters National Championships in 2000, and fifth place in the World Senior Championships in 2005, both in the 800-meter. He considered these to be great personal accomplishments, caring more about the experience than the finish; he relished meeting and running with elite runners of the world. With a turntable in constant rotation and often a book in hand, music and reading were cornerstones of his daily routine. He was intensely interested in an astonishing range of music from Americana and vintage rock to punk and alt-country. Readings later in life focused on philosophy and history, meticulously building a base for more probing thought. Using a scholarly approach, he studied philosophy from classic to current and actively engaged fellow scholars in discussion as he searched for continued understanding of the human experience. His beliefs of expanding one's knowledge of the greater world around us, personal responsibility and work ethic were applied to both his professional and family lives. Jim's greatest joy and most valued accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his wife Eileen, sons Aran, Oliver, Michael, and daughter Clare. He loved to be among them all, delighting in their diversity, marveling at their individuality and thankful for their unity. He is also survived by his father, James Joseph Loftus Jr., and sisters, Jeanne, Rosemary, Teresa, Eileen and Julie. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Loftus. In the last months of his life, Jim's physical condition deteriorated, though his inquisitive mind and quick laughter remained. Many will retain an image of him running, tall and strong, powering through the last turn, arms and legs churning like pistons, an outward symbol of his capacity for precise, intelligent and consequential work, and his deep love of the whole show. According to his wishes, his passing will be marked by an Irish style wake, commencing at 5 p.m. Sept. 13, 2013, at the Fairbanks Mushers Hall off Farmers Loop Road. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Jim's preferred charities: Running Club North, Engineers Without Borders USA, or the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Center in Fairbanks. A thoughtfully recorded interview of Jim recounting his adventures is available through UAF's Oral History Program.
William F. Caro '54, J.D. '73. Feb. 26, 2014. Born in San Jose in 1932, Caro inherited his father's devotion to SCU's fabled football history and loved to recount, play-by-play, Santa Clara's heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Stanford in the very first college game he ever attended, as an eight-year-old, on Oct. 12, 1940. Athletic loyalties notwithstandng, he did graduate work at Stanford, earning his M.B.A. in 1960 with an emphasis in marketing. His subsequent career as an advertising media director brought him to agencies in San Francisco and Los Angees and Eventually to Coakley-Heagerty in Santa Clara. He later taught advertising at San Jose State University. Caro spent his retirement years in Santa Clara, not far from where the palm and olive mingle. He occasionally enjoyed an idle hour in the university library researching the glory days of Bronco football. He is survived by his brothers, Robert, S.J. '58, M.Div '70 and Paul '62.
For more than two decades, Judge Thomas W. Cain '70, J.D. '73 stayed one step ahead of cancer as the disease ravaged his body, all while overseeing some of Silicon Valley's most colorful estate cases. But after 27 surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, the popular Santa Clara County Superior Court judge succumbed on Jan. 11, 2014, at age 65.
Nancy Diers Gullion ’73, 61, passed away on January 14, 2013 at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA, from complications caused by her 12-year battle with Leukemia. Nancy was born on June 25, 1951 in Salinas and had lived in Salinas all of her life. She attended Hartnell Community College and Santa Clara University, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and English from Santa Clara. Nancy met Paul '72, J.D. '75, her husband of 40 years, while they were attending Hartnell Community College. For the past 20 years, she worked as the manager of her husband's law office. Nancy was very active at First Presbyterian Church in Salinas and enjoyed reading, gardening, and being with her family. She will always be remembered for her smile, her laughter, her positive attitude, her love of God, and her love for her family and friends. She made an impact on everyone she met. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Johnson Diers, and her father-in-law, Eugene ""Gene"" Gullion. Nancy is survived by her husband, Paul D. Gullion; her son, Matthew P. Gullion; her daughter, Shelley C. Escobar; her son-in-law, Nick Escobar; her granddaughter, Grace Escobar; and her grandson, Troy Escobar; her father, Herman ""Lucky"" Diers; and her mother-in-law, Wanda Gullion.
Milton Crane MBA ’73, October 22, 2013. He died in Sparks, Nev. Milton was born in New York to Charlotte and Louis Cohen. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and was trained as an Aviation Electronic Tech Third Class served until June 1946. He was awarded both the Victory Medal & American Theatre Medal. He was able to attend college on the GI Bill at Cal Poly Tech. in San Luis Obispo, CA, Stanford and the University of Santa Clara. He met his wife Jean at Stanford and they were married in September of 1961. Milton was an electronics engineer for Lockheed Corp in California and Arizona. Milton is survived by his son, Matthew, daughter Gretchen (Michael) de la Torre, granddaughters Mia, Emma, and his sister Barbara (Carl) Parducci. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at The Cascades of the Sierra in Sparks, NV. Even though he had been there a short time, the care and compassion shown to him was wonderful and made a big impact on his final days.
Loretta Edita Cabacungan Silvagni ’73 passed away on Jan. 15 at her home in Napa. Loretta was born in the San Antonio barrio of Narvacon Ilocos Sur in the Philippines in 1950, and moved to San Jose, Calif., when she was 5 years old. After graduating as the salutatorian of her class at Lincoln High School, she attended Santa Clara University, where she met her future husband, Steven Silvagni '73. They married and attended graduate school together at San Diego State University. Loretta and Steven moved to Napa together in 1978. She worked many different jobs as a licensed clinical social worker over the years, ranging from employment at the Napa State Hospital, having her own successful private therapy practice, teaching at Pacific Union College, and therapy and mentoring in Napa Valley Unified School District. She loved singing and participated in the St. Thomas Aquinas Church Choir and the Napa Valley College Chorale. She was a fourth-degree black belt (Yodan) in jujitsu and provided many years of service to the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation as manager of examinations. As sensei of her own dojo, Napa Valley Jujitsu, she shared her love of the sport with her students who ranged in age from 5 and 6 to those in their 50s and 60s. In the last few years of her life, Loretta suffered from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) which slowly robbed her of the ability to do all of the activities she loved. But nothing about the disease changed the love she had for her family, which surrounded her until the end. She is survived by her beloved husband, Steven Silvagni; her mother, Angela Cabacungan; her daughters, Sarah DeFelice and Teresa Silvagni, and their husbands, Marcus DeFelice and Ryan Nuez; and her two grandsons, who loved taking rides on Nonna's chair Marcus DeFelice, II, and Dominic Nuez. She is also survived by cousins in the Cabacugan and Raymundo families, as well as many other friends and relatives.
Joyce Ardell Jackson '73: 1947-2013 Joyce Ardell Jackson departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in San Pedro, Calif., following a decades-long struggle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Born June 2, 1947, in Berkeley, California, she was a spirited youngster, adventurous and friendly. At the age of 12, she contracted arthritis, a defining period in her life. Over the years she faced many challenges because of her condition, enduring more than 50 operations. Yet she rarely succumbed to self-pity. At one point she even called herself "The Bionic Woman," a moniker she had borrowed from a popular 1970s TV series.
After attending public schools in Oakland and Hayward, Calif., Joyce attended Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., graduating in 1973. Determined to be independent, she worked for a number of firms in the Bay Area, including McDonnell Douglas, British Telecommunications, The San Jose Mercury News, and Community Resources for Independent Living. At times, she found it necessary to juggle two part-time jobs with her full-time job.
John Arlen McKay M.A. ’73, Oct. 25, 2013. He passed away peacefully due to complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease, with family members by his side. John was born Dec. 22, 1932, in Keokuk, to John Henry and Mildred Dorothy McKay. John served in the U.S. Army in Korea. After returning, he completed his college degree in mathematics. The family moved to Mountain View, Calif., in the early 1960s. John worked for Lockheed as a scientist and computer programmer. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Santa Clara. He worked at Lockheed until his retirement. He enjoyed classical music, spending time with his wife, caring for the family’s dogs, and trips to Reno. He is survived by his wife, Soon Im; and sons, John K. (Michelle) and James Lee. He is survived locally by his brother, Samuel Thomas McKay (Sharon); sisters, Kay Branson (George) and Carolyn Dodson (Norman); and many nieces and nephews.
Edward P. Davis Jr. J.D ’73 died July 19, 2013. He came from an unusual background for a man who emerged as a strong advocate of freedom of the press. He was a child of the military, a Naval ROTC student at Stanford and a former federal attorney who helped prosecute Patty Hearst.
For a long stretch in the 1980s and early 1990s, Davis was the attorney for the Mercury News at a time when a confident and improving newspaper did battle with local governments over public records and public meetings. He rarely lost a case. "There was no better advocate for open government and open meetings than Ed Davis," said Bob Ingle, the former executive editor of the Mercury News. "He wouldn't have put the time and effort into those cases if he hadn't been a true believer.''
Davis, 64, died on July 19 in San Antonio from complications of a double-lung transplant in 2011. His friends say the surgery was successful but left Davis vulnerable to infection. A witty man who had the ability to think on his feet and regale friends with stories, Davis in recent years had defended white-collar clients charged with a variety of crimes -- anti-trust, money-laundering, export offenses and tax fraud.
Even when his health declined, the attorney retained a sense of community obligation: After undergoing his lung transplant, he spoke to groups about his experience and volunteered with Donate Life California, an advocacy group for organ donation.
Davis was born in La Jolla on Aug. 23, 1948, the son of Shirley Stock Davis and Lt. Commander Edward P. Davis Sr. As a "military brat,'' he moved frequently. It was in Hawaii, where he attended Punahou School for two years, that he became a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan while listening to the recorded summations of their games. Davis graduated from Blackford High School in San Jose, where he met his wife, Sheryl Cook M.A. ’80. He went on to Stanford, where he joined NROTC in hopes of becoming a naval aviator. When medical reasons prevented that, he became a private pilot anyway -- and later an accomplished sailor. His friends say his experience at Stanford left him with a decidedly more liberal political outlook than his parents. After graduating from Santa Clara Law School in 1973, Davis clerked for U.S. District Judge Oliver Carter for a year and then joined the federal prosecutor's office in San Francisco, where he worked between 1974 and 1978 and served as a junior attorney on the Hearst case. Then he joined the Rankin Oneal law firm in downtown San Jose, where he became the Mercury News attorney. When he won a public records case, executive editor Ingle published a photo of the check the government wrote to pay for Davis' attorneys fees. Davis moved his practice to the Pillsbury law firm when it opened an office in downtown San Jose in the mid-1980s. He later joined a boutique law firm and practiced at Gray, Cary Ware & Freidenrich before finishing his career as a partner with Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe. He also taught at Santa Clara University. A former San Carlos resident who moved with his family to Wimberley, Texas, to be closer to his son, Davis is survived by his wife, Sheryl, a son, Braden, his daughter-in-law Amy, and two grandchildren.
Arthur William Anderson J.D. ’73 was born Aug. 14, 1927, and passed away on Jan. 13, 2013. A resident of Saratoga, Arthur passed away peacefully with his loving wife, June, by his side. Arthur was born in Shanghai, China, to Eileen and Arthur Anderson, and raised in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Galileo High School, UC Berkeley and UCSF Medical School. Later in life, he graduated from Santa Clara University, School of Law, while continuing his medical practice. On December 19, 1948, he married the 'love of his life and joy of his heart', June Ann Nickelson, theirs was a lifetime of love, recently celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. After serving two years in the Korean War as a US Army doctor in Okinawa, he returned home and established practice as an orthopedic surgeon in San Jose. He touched the lives of many, in a practice that spanned over fifty years; during that time, he served as Chief of Orthopedics, Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at O'Connor Hospital. Arthur instilled a love of family, a sense of loyalty, integrity and the value of hard work in all. He was a man of many interests and passionate about each of them. He was the ultimate outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout his life, while also enjoying backpacking, woodcarving, bonsai, stained glass, culinary arts, and learning foreign languages; and his tremendous love of books fulfilled his insatiable quest for knowledge. He will live forever in the hearts of his five children and their spouses: Mark Anderson (Nancy), Jeff Anderson (Mary Beth), Chris Anderson (Terri), Carol Johnson (Cliff), Marlene Kuh (John). 'Grandfather' will also be greatly missed by his twelve grandchildren: Katie Hogan (John) '97, Chris Anderson (Wendy) '01, Lauren Townsend (Josh), Lindsay Doody (Ian), Hayley Alverson (Adam), Billy Anderson, Sarah Greenwood (Brian), Jonathan Johnson (Shelly), Mark Johnson (Anna), Taylor Johnson; Brad and Colin Kuh; and his eleven great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his sister Jacqueline, and beloved grandson Kevin Anderson.
Steven Gunia MBA '74, a resident of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly October 21, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. He was 65. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Dolores; his mother Virginia of San Jose, sister Jacque Hennig (Jon) of Campbell, nieces Lindsay Hennig and Brittany Gilhooly (Tim), nephews Michael and Wyatt Gilhooly, stepson Sean Murphy, grandchildren Christina and Brenden Murphy (Laura) and great-granddaughter Scarlett. Born in 1948, Steven was a graduate of Blackford High School and San Jose State University. A lifelong thirst for education led Steven to continue his education and obtain his Masters degree at Santa Clara University, and later on his law degree. In 1985, Steven and Dolores moved to Monterey. In addition to his legal practice, Steven became very active in his community. The United Way, the Monterey Museum of Art, Jesters, The Monterey County Symphony and The Ombudsmen are among some of the charitable causes he gave his time to. He also loved to open their home and host events for many non-profit organizations. Steven loved to play bridge, and achieved Life Master status. He was a bridge director, and also began directing and teaching bridge on cruise ships, combining his love of the game with his passion for travel, allowing him and Dolores to travel the world. He loved museums, enjoyed cooking, was an avid golfer and enjoyed his membership at Corral de Tierra Country Club. A lover of nature, Steven enjoyed the outdoors - especially fly-fishing and skiing.
Frank Dee Rabourn MBA '74 Nov. 21, 1929 - Nov. 13, 2013 Resident of San Jose Frank was a devout Christian throughout his life and passed into the arms of his savior, Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 13, 2013 surrounded by his beloved family: Joyce Rabourn, his wife of forty-three years, and his children- Karin Moscato, Michael Rabourn, Lise Lucas, Frank M. Rabourn, Dianne Rabourn, Nancy (Tina) Serfozo, and Jess B. Rabourn. He spent his early years in Texas and Oklahoma. His family was his first love, followed by flying his aerobatic airplane and scuba diving throughout the world. Frank also enjoyed hunting and had a rule that anything that was shot must be eaten. Once one of his young sons pridefully shot a crow on a telephone line from an impressive distance. Frank forced him to clean, cook, and eat his crow. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the post World War II occupation of Germany. He then graduated in Physics from the University of Oklahoma and from Santa Clara University with an MBA. His career took him to Tinker Air Force Base, North American Aviation, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Lockheed Martin. He leaves nine grandchildren: Sean Rabourn, Wayne Kearns, Michael Kearns, Douglas Kearns, Ethan Kearns, Caroline Rabourn, Donald Lucas III (Luke), Madeline Lucas, and Cole Lucas. He is also survived by siblings Ira Rabourn, Nan Conway and Jess C. Rabourn. The family thanks Frank's exceptional caregiver, Shanna Gans. Frank was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS, in late 2008. He was the inspiration for The ALS Emergency Treatment Fund, one of the few organizations focused on immediate treatment options.
Alfred Kok-Ching Chan M.S. ’74, a resident of Sunnyvale, died peacefully in his home on March 20, 2013. Born September 27, 1938 in Hong Kong, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. He is survived by spouse Chu Lee, children Clara and Timothy Chan, and siblings Paula Leung, Calvin and Albert Chan.
Amy Jeanne Seevers Nelson M.A. ’75, born Oct. 14, 1932 and resident of Santa Cruz, passed away June 13, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was 80 years old. Amy lived in Santa Cruz for the past 19 years, and before then in Palo Alto and Saratoga where she and her husband David Carl Nelson raised their family. Amy earned her nursing degree from the University of Minnesota - where she met her husband in 1955. She later earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and worked many years in Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. A talented athlete, Amy enjoyed sports. She excelled in tennis and golf, and was a member of both Valley Gardens and De La Veaga Women's Golf Clubs. Amy also liked to waterski and enjoyed many seasons of camping and boating with family and friends. She loved music, theater, and museums and her family cherishes fond memories of the special events they attended together. She was able to travel widely, and journeyed with her husband Dave over 6 continents. A member of First United Methodist of Santa Cruz, Amy served as chairman of the Social Concerns Committee, and also sang in the church choir. She and her husband helped to launch the Reconciliation Congregation Movement to promote a welcoming inclusiveness for everyone. Amy also volunteered for the Society of the Blind. Amy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dave Nelson of Santa Cruz; her three daughters, Kris Nelson of Santa Cruz, Cindy Nelson of Palo Alto, and Kimberley Nelson of Berkeley; her son, David Nelson of Santa Cruz, and her five grandchildren, Kati, Juli, Madeline Amy, Elijah, and Kiala. Amy was deeply loved by her family and her kindness, enthusiasm, and passion for life continues to have a positive impact on all of their lives.
Joseph P Kelly III ’76, May 5, 1954, to Feb. 12, 2014. He was a resident of Santa Clara, the son of the Hon. Joseph P. Kelly ’34 and Cloiva Kelly of La Cañada. In 1972, Joe continued the family tradition of attending Santa Clara University and resided in the Bay Area ever since. Relatives who also attended SCU were cousins Kelly Idiart ’71, Roger Idiart ’75, and Daniel J. Kelly ’70. For close to 20 years Joe was a faithful employee of Old Republic Title Company. Joe traveled extensively and became a cruise expert. He enjoyed all things English and Irish. His untimely passing has left his family and friends with memories of his love, laughter, wit and kindness.
Charles Dean Williamson '76 March 21, 1954 - Dec 17, 2013 Resident of Santa Clara Past away at age 59. Born and raised by James and Pauline Williamson in Sunnyvale and survived by sister Rosemary Albrecht and brother James. "Chuck" graduated from Sunnyvale High School in 1972, obtained a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University in 1976, and two Masters Degrees in Human Resources from Boston University and Chapman University. He served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the medical corps and then worked for the U.S. Veterans Service Hospital in Palo Alto until he retired in 2010. Chuck enjoyed current events, movies, dining out and his cat Rusty. Chuck loved traveling, visiting 48 states, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.
Michael Peter Bini ’77, a resident of Scotts Valley, died in December 2013. Michael, a gifted storyteller, passed away after a brief illness. He leaves behind his daughter, Casey Lynn Colwell, his parents, Louis and Marie Bini, his sisters—Suzanne Shehadeh, Adrienne Bini, and Tosca Bini (Adam Lawrence)—his brother, Robert Bini (Sarah Lindsay), his niece, six nephews, and many relatives. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Michael, 59 years old, worked in commercial real estate for over thirty years. His generous heart and free spirit will be greatly missed.
James R. Eichenberg '77 died Feb. 10, 2014, in a Temple, Texas, hospital. He was born May 22, 1951 in San Bernardino, CA to William and Laura Eichenberg.
Jim joined the Army as a Private, but after 4 years, he went to Santa Clara University on an ROTC scholarship and re-entered the Army as a Lieutenant. Jim truly enjoyed his military career which took him worldwide. He retired in 1993 as a Major. While in the Army, Jim received 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, the 2 National Defense Service Medals, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, 2 Overseas Service Ribbons, the Parachutist Badge and finally, the Expert Field Medical Badge, of which he was most proud.
Jim married Patti McDonald on September 7, 1986. They adopted 2 girls, Ana and Laura, from Romania while they were stationed in Germany. After a 1 year retirement, Jim returned to work. He spent 4 years in Saudi Arabia with Vinnell Corporation training Saudi Nationals in Field Medical care. After returning stateside, Jim was a Field Manager for Healthnet Federal Services and spent several years in Dallas and Fort Drum, New York. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Harker Heights.
Jim was a wonderful husband and father. He was also up for the children's activities, but he did frequently ask why little girls yelled so much. We were often the site of many sleepovers and watched their impromptu dancing. Jim was a good sport about everything "pink".
Jim was also a "softie" when it came to the dogs, which grew to include 6 shih tzu's, a rabbit, a hamster and numerous fish. His easy-going nature made him a friend to everyone.
Jim is survived by his wife Patti '75, daughters Ana and Laura, brothers Bill '65 (Flo) of Ridgecrest, California, and Tom '76 (Yvonne) of Elk Grove, California. His sister Katie of Monterey, California passed away in 2011. Jim also leaves niece Caroline Manno '99, nephews James '92 and Robert '94. His father was William Sr. '41.
Ted T. Yamamura MBA ’78 was born to Masakazu and Tatsuko on January 3, 1949. He passed away peacefully on August 18, 2013 at the age of 64 with his family members by his side. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. He will always be loved and remembered by his wife of 40 years, Lilly, along with his children Brandon (Kathy) and Peter. To his family he will always be the dad with a loving and positive attitude. He was very supportive of his children's endeavors and cherished time with his family. He coached his sons' sports teams and never missed any of their school events. They also frequently took family vacations to sunny places such as Hawaii and enjoyed crabbing at their summer home. Born and raised in Seattle, Ted attended Queen Anne High School then earned a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics at UW. He continued his education in California at Santa Clara University and received an MBA degree with concentrations in finance and marketing. After graduating, Ted worked for seven years at Lockheed Martin before moving back to the Seattle area. He then began his career at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer and later became the Regional Director of the Global Asia Markets. During his 33 year career at Boeing, he traveled and built work relationships with people from all over the world. Ted had a strong passion for mentoring and empowering people. He was an active member in the community and held many leadership positions. For example, he is co-founder and developer of the Executive Development Institute (EDI), a program aimed to build culturally diverse leaders. He was President of the Boeing Asian American Professional Association (BAAPA), President of the Asian Management Business Association (now known as the National Association of Asian American Professionals - NAAAP), President of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the board of many organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Henry. The surviving family members include Aunt Ayako Mochizuki, Uncle Mitsuo (Peggy), Sister-in-law Susan, Brother George (Laurie), brother-in-laws, cousins, nephews and their families.
Karen Elizabeth LaMothe ’78, March 25, 1956, to April 23, 2013. Karen was born in Portland to Barbara and Roger Wagner. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1974 and attended the University of Santa Clara spending her junior year in Florence, Italy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology she remained in San Francisco working in the investment banking field. She re-met her husband Greg '78, a fellow Santa Clara graduate, in 1987 and they married soon afterwards. They moved to Portland in 1991 and were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Noel in 1993. Karen loved watching classic movies, gardening, reading a good book in the sun and making her friends and family laugh. Everyone who knew her will miss her keen wit and wry sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Wagner and is survived by her husband, Greg; daughter, Noel; mother, Barbara and stepfather, Jack McKinnon; brother, Eric (and wife, Cindy) Wagner; and sister, Gretchen Wagner-Lariviere.
Father John "Jack" Joseph Folmer ’78 died at Sacramento's Mercy General Hospital after a brief illness. Only son of the late Harry and Agnes Folmer, he was born in Sacramento. He came of age in a time of great social change and lived his life helping others. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969, after studying at St. Pius X and St. Patrick's Seminaries, Jack earned a doctorate in canon law from Catholic U, a JD from UC Davis and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. A member of the California Bar for more than 20 years, he practiced law briefly in San Francisco. Jack served as a canon lawyer 30 years in SF, Sacramento and Monterey and was president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1985. His career included pastoral work in Fairfield, Vallejo, Sacramento and St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco as well as Newman Centers in Davis and Sacramento. He served as Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and, more recently, as Parochial Vicar at St. Mel's Parish in Fair Oaks. Jack was also active as an educator. He taught canon law at St. Patrick's Seminary, and also served as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers HS and later at St. Francis HS, both in Sacramento. Jack was an avid reader and film lover, a raconteur, champion of those in need, spiritual advisor and a true and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed. Closest relatives (cousins) include John Doyle (Windsor, CA), Deborah Doyle and Melvin Whartnaby (SF), Jerry and Jane Button (Fort Collins), Laurence Doyle (Newport News), Agnes Shoemaker (Omaha).
John "Papa" Eastus M.S. ’78, deputy city manager, City of San Jose (Ret.), and a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully in his home on March 7, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born in San Luis Obispo, CA to Charles and Josephine Eastus and raised in Marin County. He joined the US Marine Corps at the age of 17. After being honorably discharged, he attended San Jose State University earning a degree in civil engineering and a masters degree in public administration at Santa Clara University. John started working for the City of San Jose as an Assistant Director of Public Works, promoted to the Director of Public Works, and retired in 1984 as a Deputy City Manager. After retiring from the city, he became a partner with HMH Engineering and later he was a consultant as Chief Engineer for the City of Brisbane. John loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, golf, and spent many hours working in his garden. He leaves behind his wife Sherry of 43 years, his brother Frank Eastus and sister Diane Wheeler, along with his 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.
Charles Phillip Johnson M.A. ’78, Oct. 9, 2013. He was born in Independence, Missouri on June 8, 1924. He was very proud of his service in the Navy which he joined immediately after Pearl Harbor in 1941. He had to have parental permission to join because of his young age. He spent his entire tour of duty aboard ships in action in the South Pacific. His ship was one of the first to sail into Tokyo Harbor at the end of World War II. He enrolled in William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and received his BA degree. He partnered with his father in the family monument business founded by his grandfather in 1897. He sold his interest in the business to his younger brother and moved to San Francisco January 1, 1965. He started a driving school in San Francisco. After several years he began teaching Driver Education in the high school district in Sunnyvale, CA. He could see the writing on the wall concerning the future of Driver Education and took the necessary courses to begin teaching Special Education which he continued to teach until his retirement. He received his Masters degree in Special Education at Santa Clara University. November 1, 2000 he moved to Santa Rosa, CA where he resided until his death on October 9, 2013. Charlie was a member of the American Guild of Organists for over 60 years, first in Kansas City, later in San Jose and then Santa Rosa. He had played the organ in many churches over the years in these places and finally the Episcopal Mission of St. Andrew in Monte Rio, CA. Because of failing health he retired and was honored to be named Organist Emeritus October 30, 2011. He was a 67 year Master Mason. First in Independence Lodge and after moving to Santa Rosa, LaFayette Lodge #126 in Sebastopol, CA where he received his 50 year certificate. He was also a member of the Royal Arch and the Scottish Rite. He is survived by his business partner and best friend of 52 years Douglas DeForeest, his loving niece Marcia Hankins (Bill) and nephew Tripp Johnson (Sally).
Robert Theodore Faubert M.S. ’79, 66, of Purcellville, VA, beloved husband, father, brother and friend, passed away on May 8, 2013 at Inova Loudoun Hospital after a brief illness. Ted spent most of his professional life working in the defense industry for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Corporation, and more recently for TASC Corporation in Chantilly, VA. Ted was an avid golfer and enjoyed scuba diving and helping with his children's sport and other activities. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed. Newsletter Ted was born on October 26, 1946 in El Paso, Texas to the late Victorand Clara Faubert. He graduated from Washington State University with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and later earned his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in California. Ted is survived by his wife of twenty three years Lorie Faubert of Purcellville, VA their two children Daniel and Claudia Faubert of Purcellville, VA four brothers Lawrence Faubert of Bend, OR: Charles Faubert of Richland, WA Richard Faubert of San Jose, CA David Faubert of Richland, WA one sister Victoria Fish of Livermore, CA and nine nieces and nephews.
Margaret Saal Blatner, MBA ’79, J.D. ’80 passed away in January 2013 after a short illness.