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Jerry Franklin Kirk M.S. ’68, 80, a resident of Santa Clara, entered into rest on Aug. 4, 2012, at the Terraces of Los Gatos, a skilled nursing facility, after fighting a battle with cancer. Jerry was born in Salisbury, N.C., to Arnold Burtis Clay Kirk and Virley (Maxwell) Kirk on April 13, 1932.
He was preceded in death by his parents, ABC and Virley (Maxwell) Kirk; and his brothers and sisters, John Clay (Catherine), Dorothy Eamich (Richard), Raymond (Lois), Arnold Jr (Ettamae), Mildred Shortall (William), Evelyn Jean Kirk-Ramsey (Jack) and Margaret Larabee (Leo). He is survived by his sister, Nina Jo Kirk-Scoggins (William) of Lexington, N.C.; three sons, Steven Arnold, Kevan Scot and Jody Kenneth; and five grandchildren.
Jerry graduated from Boyden High School in Salisbury Class of 1950. He served as a radar engineer in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. After his military service, Jerry attended the University of Maryland and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Jerry married Betty Jo Gregg in San Diego, Calif. He spent most of his career at, and retired from, Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif. He worked primarily on the now declassified reconnaissance satellite programs "Gambit" and "Hexagon." Since the programs became declassified, Jerry was able to share the details of his involvement in the programs and was extremely proud of his contribution to the programs success.
Jerry continued his education while raising a family and working for Lockheed-Martin and obtained a Masters in Engineering from Santa Clara University. While Jerry was growing up, the family owned a horse at the Milford Hills residence outside of Salisbury, N.C. Through his childhood experiences, Jerry developed a life-long passion for horses and horse racing. Once asked what made him smile, his response was, "Picking a horse race winner!"
Jerry A. Howard MBA '68 died Dec. 18, 2009 in McKinney, Texas. He was 67 years old. He was born on September 17, 1942 in Moscow, Idaho, to Alfred and Adeline (Boller) Howard. Dr. Howard grew up in Potlatch, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho, in Moscow, on a football and track scholarship. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Agriculture. Dr. Howard received his MBA at Santa Clara University, and earned his doctorate of economics from Washington State University. While in college, Dr. Howard worked six months with impoverished farmers in South Korea, on a youth service project. He also worked in Nigeria, teaching crop management for FMC Corporation. Dr. Howard married Peggy Cass Begala on April 11, 1981, in Houston, Texas. Dr. Howard was CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Atrion Corporation from 1984 to 1998, and also worked with many different charitable organizations, including serving as President of the United Way in Florence, Alabama. He took great pleasure in mentoring his stepchildren as well as many young business associates. Although Dr. Howard's business career took him to many places, his heart was always in Potlatch, Idaho with his family and many friends. Some of his fondest memories were of working with his father, brothers and cousins on the family ranch. His keen sense of adventure led him to try his hand at everything from bull riding to downhill skiing to big game hunting to obtaining his pilot's license to leading a group of Texas students to Colima, Mexico to study Spanish, at age 60. Dr. Howard is survived by his wife Peggy. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Kathleen Begala, and husband, Yves Istel of New York, New York, David Begala and wife, Becky, of Houston, Texas, Paul Begala and wife, Diane, of McLean, Virginia, Christopher Begala and wife, Jeanie, of Houston, Texas, and Michael Begala of Addison, Texas. His grandchildren filled his life with joy. They are: John, Billy, Charlie, Patrick, Sam, Grace, Katherine, Nicole, and Christopher Begala. Dr. Howard is also survived by his brothers, John Howard and wife Jennifer, of Potlatch, Idaho; and Julian Howard, of Lewiston, Idaho; and a host of other loving family. He is preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Adeline (Boller) Howard.
James M. Heyburn '68, born September 23, 1946, entered into eternal rest on April 14, 2014, after a very brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. Jim died peacefully surrounded by loving family members. He leaves behind his heartbroken family and friends from across the United States and around the world. He is survived by his sons George and Michael. Also survived by his sisters Liz Millier ’70, Susan Molumby, Mary Maro, Julie Keller, Tess Heyburn, and Ann Lane, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.He was predeceased by his parents, Eugene Heyburn ’49 and Melba Heyburn.
Jim attended St. Joseph's Seminary and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1964 and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1968. He went to Liberia, West Africa in 1968 as a Peace Corps volunteer and remained in West Africa for 40 years working in the international shipping industry until his retirement in 2011 from Maersk Lines.
James Conrad Ciardelli '68, MBA '80 June 9, 1945 - May 9, 2014 A resident of Walnut Creek, James (Jim) Conrad Ciardelli died peacefully Friday of an aggressive bladder cancer after being diagnosed in January. His family was in town for his final days to offer him comfort and to enjoy his big personality one last time. He will be missed and remembered for his sharp sense of humor and for his love of tennis, music, football, travel and cooking.
Mr. Ciardelli was born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep and University of Santa Clara, where he also earned an MBA. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-72 and was stationed at Beale AFB in Marysville and Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. He had a career in international finance, working for J.A. Jones Construction Co. in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 1975-78; Louis T. Leonowens (Thailand) Ltd., in Bangkok, from 1986-92; and for many years in San Francisco for Castle & Cooke, Getz Corp and Infac India Group. In recent years he worked as a commercial appraiser.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dolores Fox Ciardelli; son Joseph Pepe Ciardelli of Berlin, Germany; daughter Zoe Ryan, son-in-law Jeff Ryan and granddaughter Camille Ryan, 2, of Lake Forest; sister Sue Martin of Pleasanton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Diane and George Lechner of San Jose; and nieces and nephews.
Jack Keuhler '54 on Dec. 20, 2008. A native of Grand Island, Neb., he started at IBM as an associate engineer at the San Jose Research Laboratory in 1958. He was elected IBM senior vice president in May 1982 and became vice chairman of the board and a member of the executive committee in January 1988. He was elected president in May 1989 and resumed the title of vice chairman in 1993. The former engineering alumnus served on SCU's Board of Trustees, and in 2005 he and his wife donated $1 million to the School of Engineering. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children; and 12 grandchildren.
Grady B. Hall '68 passed away on June 5, 2008.
Gordon Belcourt ’68, the executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, died July 15, 2013, in Billings.
Gerald Lee Walker, 66, of Cannon Beach, died Monday, June 28, 2010, in Seaside, Ore. He was born Feb. 7, 1944, in Vancouver, Wash., to missionaries Orland and Nola Archer Walker. His parents preceded him in death. Raised in Eugene, he attended South Eugene High School. In 1961, he married Susan Philpin, the mother of his son. They later divorced. He worked for the Lockheed Corporation while attending college. In 1968, he graduated from the University of Santa Clara, Calif., with a law degree. In 1992, he married Kathy White of Arizona. They later divorced. In 1969, upon passing the bar exam, he partnered to work for Kane, Canelo & Walker, Attorneys at Law in Merced, Calif. As a trial lawyer his specialties were personal injury and wrongful death. He later went on to enjoy a successful career in corporate law and became the general council for Tescon America in 1986. He retired in 1992. After retiring, he assisted his parents in their missionary work and traveled around the world. Family members said he enjoyed collecting art, traveling, hiking, watching sports and rooting for the underdog. He enjoyed challenges and did volunteer work for people he felt were being taken advantage of. He is survived by two sisters and their families, Patricia Klonoski of Tucson, Ariz., and Betty Allison of Vida; and a son, Darryl Walker of Cannon Beach. He was preceded in death by a brother.
Gary Gene Ford ’68, former San Jose resident, died on April 25 after a long illness. Gary was the son of the late Vern Ford and Margie Ford. He is survived by Vivienne his wife of 40 years; his mother Margie; his sister Vicki (Bill); his daughter Aurora; his two sons Conan (Negar) and Nathan (Julie); his nephew Michael and his granddaughter Tara. Gary was born in Perry Iowa and moved to San Jose in 1954 with his family. He graduated with honors from James Lick High School in 1964 and Santa Clara University in 1968. He studied at the University of British Columbia earning a MS degree in mathematics and studied mechanical engineering as well. He worked in the Canadian oil and gas industry before retiring. He was an accomplished tuba player, an aspiring poet and spent his last years caring for his love birds
Fred "Freddie" Domino ’61, J.D. ’68 was born in Chicago in 1939 and passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, in Morgan Hill. He was a lawyer. His parents were Sylvester "Jack" Domino and Ann Domino. His sister was Kathy Domino. He is survived by wife Ruby Domino of Morgan Hill, daughter Dawn Domino of Morgan Hill, niece Trista (Domino) Zwemke of Palm Springs, and nephews David Domino of San Jose and Thomas Angelo Smith of San Francisco. He loved golfing and taking trips to Italy.
Edward "Skeeter" Scanlan ‘68 on Jan. 31, 2010 after a 5-year battle with cancer. Edward was brought into this world on July 27, 1946 to Richard "Dick" and Katherine "Kay" (Perusina) Scanlan. His family history is one that is deeply rooted in the
Ed Niland '68, J.D. '75 died on August 4, 2015. Ed's death was due to complications associated with the treatment of esophageal cancer. Ed lived in Scotts Vallley. He practiced law from his office in Los Gatos. He is survived by his wife Julia and daughters Jessica and Danielle.
Douglas Demmert, BA '68, passed away Aug. 9, 2009, in Glendale, Calif. He leaves behind his wife Pam (Edwards) '68, son Greg, daughter Allison, brother Henry Demmert '65, and three grandchildren.
Donald Howard Austin ’68 passed away on March 31st, 2013, with his family at his side. Don was born in Salem, OR, on August 1, 1946, to Howard and Helen (Zuber) Austin. He attended USF and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Civil Engineering. His career focused on heavy construction. He married his college sweetheart, Nancy (Streuter) '68, and eventually they settled in San Anselmo, where they raised their two children, Thomas (Rose) Austin '98 and Kathryn (Brandon) Collins. Don loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and skiing with his family and friends. In addition to his wife and children Don is survived by two grandsons, Chael and Lane, and his brother Douglas (Beckey) Austin.
David R. Seitz ’68 April 28, 1946 - Feb. 2, 2014 Formerly of Castro Valley Dave Seitz passed away on Feb. 2nd in Rocklin, Calif. after a long, courageous battle with Huntington's Chorea. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Vickey Seitz ’69, sons, Steven (Kristen), Matthew (Toni), and Timothy, and grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Nikolai, and Kaia. He is also survived by his sister, Joan (Art) Romero and brother, Brian Seitz. He is predeceased by his brother, Jim Seitz. Born and raised in Oakland, Calif. Dave attended Bishop O'Dowd High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University and earned his MBA from California State University Hayward. He served in the United States Army as a captain. For twenty-five years, Dave worked in the electronics/computer industry both in Oakland (Brill Electronics) and Silicon Valley (Kieruff, Seagate Software, Bell Micro). The last twenty years of his business career he was a financial planner. He worked for Cal Cap Planning, Inc. where he loved helping clients realize their financial potentials. A resident of Castro Valley for over 35 years, Dave was a member of the Castro Valley Rotary. He had served as president of the Chabot Swim Team and had been a member of the Castro Valley branch of the Indian Y-Guides. He was an active member of the Our Lady of Grace Parish serving on the school board, the fall festival board and as a lector/Eucharistic Minister. Dave loved sports (football, basketball), traveling, playing golf, cards and Pictionary. He was a true gentleman, a dedicated husband, a devoted father, and a proud grandfather. He leaves a legacy of courage, humility and quiet persistence. His sharp wit and great sense of humor will be missed by all.
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.
Dr. Claudia Borello Alexander M.A ’68, 78, of Vienna, Va., passed away Feb. 20, 2013. She was born to the late Marco and Irene Borello, October 4, 1934, in San Jose, California. Claudia graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University; an M.A. from Santa Clara University; and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. She was an Associate Professor Emeritus of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana, where she taught for 17 years. She also taught at Leigh High School in San Jose, California and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. While at Southeastern Louisiana University she was active in the Arts directing and acting in plays for the SLU Theater Department and the Columbia Theater Players. For the English Department she directed an annual Renaissance Banquet which was always memorable. Claudia was passionate about both Literature and Teaching. She loved introducing students to all kinds of literature and history. She defended classic literature with tireless energy. Interested in Women's Studies she received grants to present papers and give classes on the subject. She researched and edited The Quotable Woman by Elaine Partnow. Claudia's family was most important to her, she devoted her life to them. She is survived by her brother, Leonard F. Borello, of Saratoga, California; three children, Eric Alexander of Atlanta, Georgia; Ariel O'Heeron, of Orlando, Florida and Adrienne Lutz of Vienna, Virginia. She also is survived by seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild, five nieces, six nephews as well as several grand nieces and grand nephews.
Charles "Brad" Bradwell Ish '68 passed away on May 22 at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just two months prior. He was a beloved grandfather; father, brother, uncle, and friend to many.
Ish was born on June 21, 1946, in Chicago, IL. As a kid, Brad traveled the world with his family due to his father's work in the oil business. Graduating from high school in Rome, Italy, Brad went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. It was at SCU that Ish met his wife of 27 years, Karen Boggio Ish ’68. Brad and Karen where married in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 28, 1968 and shortly after they moved to Virginia where Brad enrolled in Officers Candidate School and into the MBA program at George Washington University.
In 1972, Brad began his 42-year career in the wine industry by joining Gallo Wines. Brad spent that last 20+ years of his wine career as a co-owner of the American Beverage Group, a wine import and distribution company based in Petaluma, Calif. In addition to his career in wine, Brad served for 31 years in the United States Navy and raised to the ranking of Captain before retiring in 1997. He also worked as a professor of wine sales and marketing courses at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Although Brad lived all over the world, he always called California home. He loved Northern California and spent the last 25 years of his life in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Larkspur and most recently South San Francisco, which is where he passed away. Brad enjoyed life to the fullest and loved his family more than anything in the world. He was loved by many because of his kind demeanor and his wonderfully positive attitude. Ish was truly a ray of sunshine and will be deeply missed. His four children, Tina Ish of Burlingame, Calif.; Mark Ish of Austin, Texas; Erik Ish of Phoenix, Ariz., and Stephen Ish of San Mateo, Calif. survive him. His wife, Karen passed away in 1995 of ovarian cancer at the age of 48.
William “Bill” Francis Bearden M.S. ’69, a resident of Sunnyvale, was born Aug. 1, 1936 and died Mar. 25, 2012. William F. "Bill" Bearden, loving husband, father, and grandfather, is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn; his daughters Betsy Bearden and Susan Peterson (Eric); and his grandsons Evan and Liam. He is predeceased by his son Michael. Bill received a BSEE from Northwestern University and an MSEE from Santa Clara University. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy and spent over 40 years as an engineer in the Silicon Valley. Bill enjoyed photography, table tennis, personal computing, fixing and building electronics, watching college sports, and supporting patriotic organizations. He took up woodworking late in life, calling it "making sawdust."
Warren Vaughn Garrison M.S. '69, a resident of Mountain View, born February 3, 1941, in Long Branch, NJ, died July 30, 2014, in Mountain View, CA with his loving girlfriend, Carol Guanella of Santa Rosa, by his side. He attended U.C. Berkeley and graduated with a BA degree in Mathematics in 1963. He earned his Masters in Applied Mathematics in 1969 from Santa Clara University. He worked at Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale from 1963 - 1998. He retired and taught graduate math at Santa Clara and De Anza Community College. He was an avid Oakland A's fan and a member of Lefty O'Doul's Chapter of Society for American Baseball Research and the Pacific Coast League Historic Society. Warren traveled to many minor league parks and almost all of the parks in the major leagues. It was on one of those baseball tours eight years ago that he met Carol.
Walter Lembi '69 on August 17, 2010. Lembi, 63, died from from cancer of the esophagus. Diagnosed in August 2009, he had battled the disease for the past year. Despite surgery to remove the cancerous portion of the esophagus in April, complications set in, and Lembi spent more than three months in intensive care at UCSF medical center, according to Lembi Group attorney, Ed Singer. Singer said Lembi died peacefully with his family at his side, including his father, Frank Lembi, who along with Walter, built what became the largest residential property empire in San Francisco.
Thomas W. Allen J.D. '69 on April 5, 2010. Tom was born in Pasadena on September 11, 1937 and grew up in Santa Ana. An Army veteran, Tom attended Santa Clara University Law School, and had a long career serving as City Attorney for several cities in the Orange County area, including Stanton, Los Alamitos, and Lake Forest. He retired from active practice several years ago, but was still enjoying occasional work as a Hearing Officer for local municipalities. Tom's lifetime passion was the sea. From the time he was a young boy who hitchhiked from Santa Ana to fish off the piers in Newport Beach or catch a ride on a half-day boat, his life was spent around the ocean. He became a deckhand and earned his way up to serve as captain of several Newport-based fishing boats, taking passengers to the best fishing spots off Catalina and San Clemente. Tom even signed on to a Portuguese commercial tuna boat and spent months off of South America, poling giant tuna over his head from the boat's rolling swim step. In later years, Tom continued his sea adventures, taking dives from his own boat and voyaging to Alaska and Mexico and everywhere in between. He was a member of the Avalon Tuna Club, the Balboa Angling Club and the Catalina Conservancy. Tom was a robust, big-hearted man who never met a stranger and was never short of a smile. Tom's passing has left a big hole in his family and in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Whitesides Allen, his son, Matt Allen, his brother and sister- in-law, Bob and Eleanor Allen, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Paula and Pat Nielsen and Terry and Jim Hawley, and by his nieces and nephews, Kathy and Jon Shamrell, Tim and Julie Nielsen, Kristin and Steve Braucht, Kellie and Robert Smith, Kathleen Hawley, Tom Allen, Matt Nielsen, and Luke Hawley.
Shirlene Ann Soto '69 and her husband, Walter Elliott, died in a tragic car accident, Friday, October 23, 2009. Shirlene was born in January 1947 at Mountain View hospital in San Luis Obispo. Walt was born in June 1925 in Southern California. Shirlene was the epitome of a well-rounded individual. She excelled in school, and earned her bachelor''s degree from San Francisco State University and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. She wrote books and articles, was a savvy businesswoman, mastered two languages and was the best daughter, sister, aunt and wife anyone could ask for. Shirlene was greatly admired for her light-hearted jokes and calm, sensitive nature. She taught at several universities, including Cal Poly, University of New Mexico, College of the Canyons, UCLA and University of Northridge. Walt was known for his generosity and quick-witted comments. He always had a joke to tell and a smile on his face. Walt's school accomplishments included a bachelor's degree, two master's degrees and a Ph.D. in physics. He served the country during World War II and taught Physics at Cal Poly in his early days. Later in life, he worked for Rocketdyne, Boeing and other companies associated with space travel and research. Shirlene and Walt met while teaching at Cal Poly. They enjoyed traveling the world and had visited various places in South America, Mexico, Europe, China, and Russia. After retirement, they retired to their dream home in Los Osos, which they designed and built. Shirlene is survived by her parents, Vernon and Althea Soto of Cambria; and brother, Robert Soto. Walt is survived by his sister, Adele Brink of San Diego, Calif.