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John R. Triplett J.D. ’67 was born on July 11, 1934. He passed away on Sept. 12, 2014, in Los Gatos. What characterized his remarkable life was his love for his family. Born in Pierre, South Dakota, to Renold and Mildred Triplett. He had 3 sisters. Dad served proudly in the Marines. Graduated from University of Oregon, went to law school at Santa Clara University, graduated in 1967. Dad had a private law practice and then was appointed to the Superior Court and served as a Court Commissioner for over 25 years. He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Patricia and his 3 daughters, Terry, Mary and Kate. He also had 6 grandchildren.
Daniel Sullivan Mezger '68 passed away on June 10, 2015, in Woodland, California. Dan was born in Woodland in 1945, the third child of Thomas and Rosalie Mezger and was fourth-generation Californian. He attended Holy Rosary Academy and as a young boy was active in the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the Boy Scout "Eagle Rank" status. Dan was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and a 1968 graduate of Santa Clara University where he obtained a BA in finance.
He excelled in sports, most notably football and track and field. While in his sophomore year at Santa Clara University he was named "Rookie of the Year" for the football team. For the rest of his life, he lived "full on" in any activity he undertook. Upon graduation from college, Dan moved to San Francisco to work at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange. He then joined his father Tom and brother Mark in their family's grain storage operation, Farmers Grain Elevator, est. 1937, and Mezger Trucking in 1971. Dan co-owned and operated the companies for the next 45 years with his brother Mark.
In 1977 Dan married Elizabeth Heenan of San Jose and had two children, Dan Jr. '99 and Meara. Throughout his life, Dan was active in the community, founding member of the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club and a past president of the Yolo Fliers Club. He also took time to help kids in the local community further their education by tutoring them in mathematics. He never retired but took time off, as he was an avid and skilled golfer and enjoyed doing so in the company of his son, Dan Jr., daughter, Meara, and with numerous lifelong friends from high school, college and business associates. Dan took the greatest delights in his family, children, grandchildren, friends, and Ellen Burriss his partner of the last 15 years.
He is survived by his partner Ellen Burriss, son Dan Mezger, Jr.(Sonia), daughter Meara Wallace (Justin), grandson Jake Wallace, granddaughter Quinn Wallace, brothers Tom Mezger (Mary Lynn) and Mark Mezger (Kerry), sisters Muvvie Marks (Steve) and Michelle Wark (Brett) along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas B. Mezger, brother, Matthew S. Mezger, MD, Matt's wife, Mary Patricia Hughes and his mother, Rosalie S. Mezger.
Daniel Conrad Harrington '68, age 68, a resident of San Jose, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 23. Dan is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Patricia Ann '68, M.A. '91 (Wright) Harrington; children Jennifer Harrington (Chris Derossi), Brigid Shaheen (Rodger), Colleen Fleming (Mark), Teresa "Tracy" Partridge (Craig); grandchildren Grayson and Miranda Derossi; Coleman and Casey Shaheen; Owen, William and Maeve Fleming; and Scarlett Partridge. He is also survived by his brothers, Michael Harrington and Tim Harrington, brother-in-law Michael Wright '69 and nephew Ryan Wright '99. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Kathleen "Katie" Hosford and his parents Walter and Teresa Harrington.
Dan was born in Salinas, California and raised in Redwood City. He attended elementary school at St. Joseph School in Menlo Park. A proud graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory (1964), Dan led the Bells to victories both on the football and baseball fields. He was inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame for baseball in 1999 and was a member of the Hall of Fame 1963 football team. From Bellarmine, Dan went on to attend Santa Clara University during the heyday of Bronco baseball, where he continued to excel on the baseball field before graduating in June 1968. Dan cherished his Jesuit education and truly embodied the Jesuit philosophy of being a "Man for Others."
In September of 1968, he married Patti and they embarked on two years abroad in Germany where Dan served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Air Defense Artillery division and Commanding Officer of the Hawk Missile Site in Bamberg. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in recognition of his outstanding leadership and dedication to duty. Upon returning to the Bay Area in 1971, Dan began a 43-year career in commercial insurance, most recently as Vice President at National Financial Partners (Thoits Insurance) where he dedicated 22 years of service.
Dan was a compassionate, faith-filled man with a quick Irish wit and an unforgettable smile. He taught us to love, to believe, and to laugh. His creative spirit shone through in his humor and his talent for writing. Dan had a way with words and he filled many a birthday card and valentine with heartfelt poems and sincere sentiments – all with beautifully perfect penmanship! Throughout his life, Dan was an active athlete, an avid San Francisco Giants fan, a car and music aficionado and a beach lover. He had a photographic memory – people, places, batting averages – he remembered it all.
Dan's family was his greatest joy. He had an adoring and unwavering devotion to Patti, his best friend and the love of his life. He patiently raised a house full of daughters, and especially loved now being Papa to his eight grandchildren. In recent years, Dan could often be found cheering on the sidelines of their games, applauding them as they performed onstage, or simply enjoying their company at home. He was his kids' biggest fan.
A dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Dan is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. And just as he remembered everything, we will remember him. We will carry his legacy with us every day. As his three-year old grandson so poignantly said, "Papa left his heart here."
Dan was a long-time member of St. Martin of Tours Parish in San Jose.
Gary Donald Cummings '66, J.D. '69 passed away peacefully and quietly at 70 years of age on January 11, 2015. Gary was born in Hayward, Calif., on July 10, 1944, the son of Donald and Alice Cummings. Though born in Hayward, he was a native of Oakland and spent all of his life here. Gary is survived by his sons Michael, Matthew, and Brian; his former wife, Raewyn of New Zealand; his sister, Kathleen Jordan (Clay); his brother, Tim Cummings (Sue), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gary attended St. Cyril's Grammar School in Oakland and upon his 8th grade graduation, was awarded the scholarship to Bishop O'Dowd High School. At Bishop O'Dowd, he continued to excel academically and upon graduation from O'Dowd, was awarded three scholarships to three different universities. He chose to pursue his studies in political science at the University of Santa Clara on a full four-year scholarship. After graduating from the University of Santa Clara, he was awarded a three-year fellowship to the Law School at the University. He eventually received his JD degree and passed the CA bar on his first try.
During his years at Santa Clara, he became interested In the Big Brother Organization and became a Big Brother to a little boy who did not have a father. After passing the CA Bar, Gary proceeded to enter the U.S. Army as a LT. He was ultimately stationed in Germany in Military intelligence during the Vietnam Era. He advanced to the rank of Captain and was later honorably discharged in 1972 after being awarded the National Defense Service Medal. After returning from Germany, Gary was hired as a Deputy District Attorney in the DA office in Oakland, CA. He excelled in trial work and during the next 25+ years he advanced to become Senior Prosecutor.
Gary loved books and was a voracious reader. And as I remember him growing up, always had a book in his hand or was studying. But he also loved sports and played baseball and basketball along with his younger brother, Tim. When Gary became a father, he enjoyed coaching his three sons - Michael, Matthew, and Brian and all of their teammates in soccer, basketball, and baseball. Matt and Mike both told me. that Gary and their morn never missed any of their games. Gary was also an avid golfer and even played golf with our enthusiastic, elderly mother who adored golf.
Kenneth Michael "Mike" Keller '72 passed away at his home in Grimes on Wednesday, January 28, at the age of 64. Mike, as he was commonly referred to, was born in Woodland to Kenneth Andrew Keller, Jr. and Elizabeth Joyce Keller. Mike was raised in Colusa and graduated from Colusa High School in 1968. He attended the University of San Francisco, then transferred to Santa Clara University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1972.
Summers during his college years were often spent as a camp counselor at Kennolyn Camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. After college, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, where he served in Alameda, CA; New Jersey, and Virginia. After the Coast Guard, Mike moved to the Santa Cruz region to teach at Quail Hollow Elementary. While in the Santa Cruz area, Mike married Linda Lee Reames '75 of Ben Lomond, CA in 1975. Mike and Linda have two children, Patrick (who resides in Los Angeles) and Christopher (who resides in Denver). In 1979, Mike and his family moved back to Colusa where he began farming in Grimes with his father. Mike farmed rice and other commodities over 30 years and also served the community in many ways.
For years, Mike served on the Grand Island Fire Department in Grimes and also served on various agricultural committees and groups. Mike's love of horses started as a child. He taught others horseback riding while a counselor at Kennolyn Camp and actively rode well into adulthood. Mike enjoyed giving his sons and other kids in the area horseback rides around the Keller ranch and on camping trips. Other passions of Mike's were collecting and restoring antique furniture and appliances, local and world history, and his beloved dogs: a yellow labrador retriever (Holly) and a basset hound (Charlie). For the past 22 years, Mike has been on his quest to restore Ella Miller's former residence in Grimes, affectionately known as "Gram's House." Mike is survived by his mother Joyce, sister Candyce Dormer' 75 (Candy), sons Patrick and Christopher (Carly), nephew Donald Dormer '07, brother-in-law Don Dormer '75, and girlfriend of 18 years, Kimberlee Caldwell.
James Patrick Connolly '61, M.S. '72 was born in Oakland in 1938 to James P. and Mamie W. Connolly. He attended Napa Union High School and graduated in 1956 and married Sharon in 1997. James passed away in San Jose on February 2, 2015. He was a retired engineer and manager whose career spanned 49 years at NASA, managing the design and development of Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and small spacecraft payloads. He joined the Peace Corps in 1964, and spent 2 years working on road and building projects in Tanzania. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his children Tim Connolly of Campbell, Thad Connolly of Oakland, and Michael Sommese of San Jose.
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.
Rand Irwin M.S. '73, of Raleigh NC, 77, died January 26, 2015, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born to Marian Hughes Irwin and Laurence Drummond Irwin in Oakland, California, on January 20, 1938. He graduated from Menlo School for Boys in 1955 and then attended Pomona College, graduating in 1959.
He entered the Marine Corp as a lieutenant. After he left the Marine Corp he worked for Eitel-McCullough Electronics and later Varian Associates as an accountant and computer developer. In 1970 he returned to school at the University of Santa Clara to get a teaching credential in mathematics and there met Diann Irwin '71, his wife of 42 years. He taught mathematics at Tyrell Middle School in Hayward, California; Carnage Junior High School in Raleigh; and Millbrook High School in Raleigh where he developed a computer science curriculum and taught that also.
He retired in 2003 after 32 years of teaching. He was a Boy Scout Leader for 23 years in Troop 376 and a volunteer at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh in many different capacities during his 40 year membership. He also served on the UUFR Board of Directors, The UUFR Foundation, and the Method Day Care Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife, Diann, and three sons, Keith (Joy), Brian (Zuzana) and Paul (Keiko) and their children, Natalie and Leah-Rose, Hana, and Ray and Julie. Also surviving are his three brothers, Hugh, Larry and Howard and their families.
Patrick G. Reding M.A. '74 June 14, 1932 - November 22, 2014. Reding, 82, passed away peacefully in Roseville, CA. Patrick was born in Santa Cruz, CA to John and Agnes Reding and grew up in San Jose, CA where he attended St. Mary's and Bellarmine H.S. (1950). He also obtained a BA in Education and MA in Education from San Jose State and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Pat had many accomplishments during his life which included serving 20 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves, partially during the Korean war, finishing with the rank of chief, as well as teaching for 31 years with Alum Rock U.S.D., retiring in 1991. Pat loved golf and travel, participating in both as often as possible. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jim Reding. He is survived by his loving wife of over 51 years Janice Reding, his daughter Kathleen Jettlund, son-in-law Vernon Jettlund and sister Marge Pospishek. His nephew is Timothy J. Reding ’75, and two nieces include Carol Sisney ’82, MA ’07 and Mary Reding ’98.
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.
Michael Leonard Angelastro MBA '77 passed away on January 19, 2015, from injuries sustained during a fall. He was 70 years young. Born to Broadway performers Leonardo and Aldine Teague Angelastro, on July 7, 1944, in New York City, he spent his childhood years at a school affectionately known as the "Ranch" in the Bronx. He graduated from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree and earned his MBA in Financial Analysis from Santa Clara University in 1977. He served honorably in the US Air Force from 1965 to 1969. He was married for many years to Shirley Wells Angelastro and was later divorced. In 1995 he married Lynda Goddard Sessions and they lived at Wasatch Commons Co-housing Community in Salt Lake City, Utah. They planned to celebrate 20 years of marriage later this year. Across his life he was employed by National Semiconductor and then became manager of Incentives for American Express. Later in life he was a computer programmer for various companies. He loved to read and was known for his guitar playing and his amazing garden.
Mike adored his big blended family and is survived by children: Rebecca Fattah and Mike (Jade) Angelastro Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah; Karen (Chris) Westbrooks, Griffin, Georgia; Shelley Snyder and Heidi (Cody) Preston, North Ogden, Utah; Darren (Shell) Sessions, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Jared (Dena) Sessions, Logan, Utah; and Jeffrey (Shandra) Sorenson, Layton, Utah. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mike's love and support for his extended family was a special gift that encouraged and lifted us all. He will be missed dreadfully.
Michael G. Ruso '79 died on January 21, 2015, from heart failure at the age of 57. He was born on August 12, 1957 in Watsonville, CA. Mike attended Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville High School class of 1975 and graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University in 1979.
He returned to Watsonville to start his career at Wells Fargo Bank and then managed Valley National/Household Bank. Many businesses and individuals benefited from his keen sense and personal approach to lending. When banking became more corporate he left and went to work in the auto industry. He was currently sales manager of Santa Cruz Nissan Dodge and VW. He also owned the Villager Bar with childhood friend, Eric Johnson.
Following in his father Fran's footsteps, Mike was very involved in local baseball. Treasurer of Aggie's baseball for many years, he ran the local baseball tournament each August. He was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge #1300, Knights of Columbus 958, California Water Fowl Association, Rod & Gun Club and Two and Change. In the true Croation manner, he loved to cook and enjoy a good meal. He often cooked meals and brought them to his colleagues at work. An avid sports fan, he loved the Giants and the 49ers. He was happiest when he was fishing or hunting and then sharing his catch with his many friends. He loved to travel to Tahoe and Las Vegas to play poker, or to bet on sporting events. He also enjoyed Cabo San Lucas & Hawaii and the casual lifestyle there. Mike was generous to a fault, even as a child. He was kind, hardworking, nonjudgmental and forgiving with a keen sense of humor with an uncanny way of making everyone feel safe and at ease. The nicknames that he coined for friends and family stuck and sometimes replaced their legal name.
He leaves his loving wife of 11 years, Saundra; son, Michael Gene II of Aptos; mother, Jolene Ruso; mother-in law, Lea Tedrowe and father-in law, David Bowersock; siblings, Kerry Stringari (Steve), Mark Ruso, Susan Rodriguez (Frank), Jennifer Scurich '83 (Mike) and John Ruso '86; nieces and nephews, Casey Luke and Zach Scurich, Josh and Nico Stringari, Matthew and Kellie Rodriguez, John and Samantha Ruso. He was predeceased by his father Francis J. Ruso and grandparents Gene and Joanne Bartlett and Ann Ruso.
Luis Guerrero Hernandez M.A. ’79 was born in Sahuayo, Mexico, on July 07, 1937, and died in Colima, Mexico, on June 3, 2014. After graduating from SCU, he joined Gas Menguc back in Mexico, from which he retired after 36 years in 2011. He was an avid reader and chess player. He is survived by his wife, Cristina; son, Alejandro; daughters Noemi, Cecilia and Beatriz and eight grandchildren.
Bruce Kent McCormick MBA '79 was born Oct. 8, 1952. Of Granite Bay, he passed away unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Nov. 28, 2014. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Bruce spent his formative years in Yorktown, Indiana. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Purdue University in electrical engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Bruce enjoyed a productive and fruitful 36 year career as an engineering executive at Intel Corporation, where he was part of the team to generate the first successful flash-memory device. Following his career at Intel, Bruce was a founder and CEO of CogniMem Technologies Inc. He served as an elder in the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church and as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. Bruce was a loving and devoted father, friend, and community member. He especially enjoyed sharing his passion for flying and the outdoors. His presence, warm smile, and kind manner will be greatly missed.
Bruce is predeceased by his parents, Leach Snapp McCormick, Jr. and Ann Johnson McCormick, of Aiken, SC. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Moffat McCormick MBA ’79 (Granite Bay), daughter Melissa (Santa Barbara), and sons Matthew (Granite Bay) and Christopher (Jessica) of Santa Barbara. He also has three grandchildren, Logan, Jude, and Harper McCormick of Santa Barbara. Bruce's siblings include brothers Steven C. McCormick (Raymond, Nebraska) and David A. McCormick (New Haven, Conneticut), and sister Angela G. McCormick (Saint Joseph, Minnesota).
Deacon Michael Edmond Murphy '80 died June 11, 2015, in a hiking accident in the Mount Shasta region of California. He is survived by his wife, Natalie Murphy '80, MBA '01, and their son, Patrick; his mother Patricia Lautze, and his brothers Martin Murphy (Cheryl) and Daniel Murphy (Jenn).
Michael was born in San Francisco in 1958 to Patrick and Patricia Murphy. He grew up in San Carlos, attended St. Charles School and graduated from St. Francis High School in Mountain View. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1980 with a major in history. While at Santa Clara, Mike joined the Army ROTC program, and it was in this program that he met his future wife, Natalie Eblacas. Upon graduation, Mike was commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant.
Mike and Natalie were married while both were in the military, and their son, Patrick, was born in 1988. Michael Murphy studied for and received his Teaching Credential while they were stationed in Texas. They spent three years on the East Coast, with Natalie teaching at West Point. Michael taught at Valley Central Middle School in Montgomery, N.Y. After two years of teaching, he returned to graduate school and earned a master's degree in religious studies. Once Natalie's assignment at West Point was completed, they returned to San Carlos.
Upon their return to the Bay Area in 1992, Mike went to work at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, teaching both math and religion. He also coached both boys and girls athletics teams. Michael was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop John Wester on June 25, 2006. Since that time he, and Natalie, have served at their Parish, St. Charles in San Carlos. Mike also wrote many inspiring and thought-provoking "Scriptural Reflections" for the SF Catholic.
Jeffrey William Carroll '81, 56, of Arcadia CA, passed Monday, March 2, 2015, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Jeff was born in Los Angeles, CA on February 1, 1959 to William A. Carroll and JoAnn B. Carroll. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1977 where he was awarded Athlete of the Year. He earned a B.S. Degree from Santa Clara University in 1981, while lettering in both soccer and football.
He is survived by his loving wife Debbie of 26+ years, and their two children, Alexander Jeffrey and Matthew William. He is also survived by his Father, William A. Carroll '58, stepmother, Louise Bannan Carroll '62, siblings, Richard Carroll (Connie), Colleen Lambert (Jeffrey), Kathleen Roussel (John), Mark Carroll '97, '98 (Colleen), Lisa Arnerich (David), stepsisters, Patricia Pascale (Matthew), Virginia Harvey (Jonathan), Joanne Vogt (Erik), Mary Bruno (Philip), many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his Mother, JoAnn (1987) and sister, Laura (1987).
Jeff loved life to the fullest and touched everyone in his path. He was a true family man and sports fanatic. He was an avid skier, soccer player, and his true love in life, besides Debbie and his boys, was golf.
Jonna Robinson '09, 28, died suddenly on June 23, 2015. Jonna was working on her doctorate in psychology at Azusa-Pacific University in California where she previously received her master’s degree. Jonna received her undergrad degree from Santa Clara University. She is survived by her parents, John and Jo Nelle nee Nelson; her snoods, Megan and Kaleigh; her grandmother, Marion Robinson; her godparents KT Nelson and Jeff Robinson; many aunts and uncles, and 28 first cousins all of whom she knew and loved. She is also survived by her love, Bobby Joyce, and his family, who showed her much kindness.
Alex Rayburn ’11 was lost to a tragic fall in San Francisco on Feb. 21, 2015. He was 26 years old. We are grateful that the love of his life, Jackie Tasarz, and many of his friends from Santa Clara University were with him when he passed. Alex grew up in San Rafael and Novato. He attended Saint Raphael School and Marin Catholic High School. It was a wonderful childhood with many friends made at Swimarin, Central Marin Soccer League and CYO and YMCA Basketball. Alex had an idyllic high school experience at Marin Catholic, making many dear friends and growing physically, academically and spiritually. He was fortunate to play basketball for Marin Catholic and the Oakland Soldiers AAU teams. He was a 2011 finance graduate from Santa Clara University and worked for Silicon Valley Research & Trading for the last 3 years. He was working to achieve his entrepreneurial dream of establishing a hedge fund and was in the final stages of due diligence with institutional investors. He had applied to several MBA programs in the fall and was scheduled for admissions interviews this week. His future was blooming. Alex is survived by his parents, Steve and Mindee Rayburn of Novato, his sisters Amanda Durazo (Erik) of San Francisco and Stephanie Larson (Keith) of Novato and the love of his life for the past four and a half years, Jackie Tasarz ’11, of Concord. They had dreamed of a long life together with many little Rayburn's as Alex completed his MBA program and Jackie completed her medical degree. Alex leaves this world after impacting so many that met him to be a little gentler, a little kinder. As Alex would say, "Life is hard, Be nice to people."
Senior Nick Anderson '15, a straight-A accounting major from San Jose, died unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2014. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend. The 21-year-old was witty, extremely intelligent, and very compassionate toward others. He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets, and loved playing soccer and hockey. Because of his passion for working on cars, Nick aspired to become involved in the auto industry.
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On June 17, longtime profressor of religious studies Tennant (Tenny) Wright, S.J., '63 STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) died at the age of 87. He was born in Los Angeles on September 16, 1927, the son of Tennant C. Wright, Sr., a film director and Warner Brothers executive, and Marion McMahon Wright.
Wright graduated from Loyola High School, Los Angeles, and after earning his BA in English at Loyola Marymount University, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1950. He earned further degrees in English at Gonzaga University, theology at Santa Clara, and pursued graduate studies in religious studies at the University of Chicago. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962.
Tenny was a man of many interests. His concern with social justice issues resulted in correspondence with presidents, prime ministers, members of Congress, and activists. His interest in literature resulted in a long time correspondence with Graham Greene. He also taught for a brief time in Xiamen, China, studied Zen Buddhism in Japan, and he served the Diocese of San Jose in his ministry to incarcerated youth and their families as well as to the Emmaus Community of LGBT Catholics. He also published articles and op-ed pieces in a number of newspapers and periodicals on a variety of religious and social subjects.
Mary T. Pasetta, born Oct. 7, 2014, a longtime SCU Bookstore employee, passed away on May 5, 2015 at the age of 100. Mary worked for 40 years for the University. She enjoyed helping the students find books in the bookstore. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She is survived by her son, Robert Pasetta (Patti), her daughter, Janis Neth, and grandchildren, Jason Neth and Christina Pasetta...also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dan Pasetta. May she rest in peace.
Dr. Leo Victor English Jr. died peacefully at home surrounded by family. Leo was born December 31, 1919, to Dr. Leo V English and Elizabeth Baker English in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Toledo, 1940; Howard University Medical School, 1944. While practicing medicine in Detroit Michigan he was drafted into the Korean War as Captain Leo Victor English Jr. and served 2 ½ years in Alaska.
In 1954 Dr. English decided to settle in San Jose with his family. Upon the move to San Jose he was unable to rent an office in medical building or buy the home of his liking. He bought a home near San Jose Hospital converted the front to a medical office and the back to the home for the family. Later in his career Dr. English and three associates formed an HMO where he served as medical director.
Community involvement included: 1960-1961 President of the San Jose branch of the NAACP; San Jose Police Chief’s Advisory Board; Santa Clara County Grand Jury. 1965 Leo and his wife Juanita were instrumental in finding summer housing for Selma, Alabama students. Recognition and awards include: 1991 Roll of Honor Citation Howard University Student Non-Violent, Direct Action to Desegregate Restaurants and Interstate Buses Washington D.C. in 1943 and 1944; 1959 “Distinguished Citizen Award” from San Jose City Council; 1964 “Annual Service Award” for outstanding and distinguished service in the field of human relations from the Anti-Defamation League Council of San Jose B’nai B’rith; 1972-1977 Santa Clara University board of Regents; 2002 Martin Luther King association of Santa Clara County, Good Neighbor Award.
Dr. English was a member of the Serra Club, which fosters and promotes vocations to the catholic priesthood. Dr. English was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and co-founder of Gamma Chi Boule in San Jose. He enjoyed traveling with his family and assisting his sons in 4-H club animal projects. Leo is survived by his loving wife Juanita MA '75 of San Jose California, four sons: Leo English III (Karen); Isaac English (Sonia), James English '75 (Mary '76, MA '79) and Paul English (Steven). He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Ian Murray, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering (1951-1988) and father of Barbara Murray, professor of theatre and dance, died on March 30. At 92 years old, Ian lived a long and full life, much of it spent serving at Santa Clara University. He was active in his profession as author, teacher and researcher while also dedicating time to the University community in numerous ways. He served as Faculty Senate president and was an active member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Among his creative achievements, Ian merged his passion for sailing with his academic expertise in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to develop the course, Dynamics of Sailing, in the 1960s.
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Margaret M. Casanova, born October 1, 1915, passed away peacefully, February 26, 2015, at the age of ninty-nine. Margaret was born and raised in Payette, Idaho. She attended the University of Idaho where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Margaret was a member and great supporter of the Catholic Newman Center at the University where in 2003, she established the Len and Margaret Casanova Scholarship Fund, for students who were active in Newman Center. She also was a lifelong member of the PEO Sisterhood.
Margaret married Leonard Casanova '27, Bronco Hall of Fame football player and coach 1946-1949, on August 17, 1963. He was also a University of Oregon football coach and athletic director. She was a devoted Duck fan and traveled with the football team until two years before her death.