Class Notes

Class Notes | Obituaries

Submit a Class Note or Obituary »

Showing obituaries submitted anytime

1968

GRD Leavey/MBA '68
Jerry A. Howard

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.


submitted Feb. 21, 2010 10:05P
'68
James Heyburn

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.

submitted Sep. 9, 2014 4:03P
UGRD Leavey Business '68
James C. Ciardelli

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. 

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 4:07P
GRD Engineering '68
Jack Keuhler

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.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:38P
GRD Leavey/MBA '68
Grady Hall

Grady B. Hall '68 passed away on June 5, 2008. 

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 12:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '68
Gordon Belcourt

Gordon Belcourt ’68, the executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, died July 15, 2013, in Billings.

Belcourt, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and a former Missoula resident, was hailed as an unwavering advocate for Indian Country who took over the tribal leaders council 15 years ago and built it into a powerful regional and national voice for Native peoples.
His determination only increased, his family said, after the murder of one of his eight children in Billings a dozen years ago.
“The most devastating loss of his life was the loss of his daughter Elena Katie,” the family said in his obituary. “After her passing, he doubled his efforts to honor her life by helping to improve the quality of life for others. Forever a Blackfeet warrior, he decided he would never be defined by the problems he encountered.”
Belcourt was 68, and had been ill for some time when he died at St. Vincent Healthcare, according to his family.
 
The oldest of nine children, Belcourt was born in the winter of 1945 and grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He was given the name “Meekskimeeksskumapi,” or “Mixed Iron Boy,” in remembrance of World War II and the battle wreckage his uncle, Paul Home Gun Jr., observed after returning from five years of combat.
 
Belcourt was valedictorian of his Browning High School graduating class, but never considered continuing his education until, his family says, his high school principal “took him aside and informed him he would be going to college.”
 
Belcourt received a full scholarship to the University of Santa Clara in California, where he also entered the ROTC program and became a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
 
He initially arrived in Missoula to attend law school at the University of Montana, where he met his wife of 43 years, Cheryl. Instead of getting his law degree, however, Belcourt went back to California to earn a master’s in public health from the University of California at Berkeley before returning home to Montana, where he lived and worked on the Blackfeet Reservation and in Missoula before moving to Billings.
 
In 2003, UC-Berkeley’s School of Public Health named Belcourt one of its Public Health Heroes for his work on behalf of Native health care. The University of Montana awarded Belcourt an honorary doctorate in 2007.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl. Their daughter Elena was 21 when she was shot to death by a Lodge Grass man in Billings in 2001 after rejecting his sexual advances.
 
The Belcourts had seven more children together: Sol, Paul Thunder, Annjeanette Elise, Jaime Ruth, Ben David, Alex Anson and Sienna Noel.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:03P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '68
Gerald Lee Walker

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.

submitted Jul. 13, 2010 11:40A
'68
Gary G. Ford

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

submitted May. 15, 2013 1:47P
GRD Law '68
Fred Domino

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.

submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:38A
'68
Edward Scanlan

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 Santa Clara Valley dating back to the 1870s. With his father a descendant of Irish immigrants and his mother of Croatian, many old world values were instilled in him from the beginning. He spent a great deal of time while growing up on the family's ranch in Cupertino that grew apricots, prunes, and cherries. From childhood, his family and friends knew Edward affectionately as "Skeeter." It was evident, at an early age, the love Ed had for building things and working with tools. He was always thinking "outside the box" and coming up with something new. He loved to work on cars with his father and anything mechanical always piqued his interest. As young as the age of 12, Edward made from scratch a walking, talking robot out of household scraps. That landed him an appearance on the Captain Satellite Show which was popular for children in the 1950s. He attended Blackford High School, Santa Clara University, and then upon graduating received his master's from the University of the Redlands. His creativeness was never ending, enough so that he was offered a job on the Imagination Team that was spearheaded by none other than Walt Disney. As he got older his love for anything mechanical grew. In his teens and into his early 20s he built award-winning slot cars and models, of which two won the Grand National Roadster show in Oakland for his category. With his father being a charter member, Ed was also a member of the West Coast Chapter of the Crosley Club as one of his pastimes was to collect and restore these cars. Eventually Ed found his passion in model trains. From the H.O. Scale to the narrow gauge, live steam that he was hoping to finish that encircles his house. He is known by many as "The man with tracks in his driveway." His love for everything mechanical followed Ed into his work place for many years to follow. He worked at Chemelex on heat tracing for nuclear power plants. In the late 1970s and into the mid-1980s, he worked for the government at Quantic Industries making parts for the space shuttles. He found his final workplace to be Lifescan in Milpitas of 22 years. Ed is survived by his wife Linda, sons Christopher, Patrick, and Daniel, and his sister Patty Massa.

 

submitted Feb. 22, 2010 12:37P
'68
Douglas Demmert

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.

submitted Aug. 31, 2009 4:33P
UGRD Engineering '68
Donald H. Austin

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.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:13P
'68
David R. Seitz

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. 

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:25P
'68
Daniel C. Harrington

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. 

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 3:24P
'68
Claudia Borello Alexander

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. 

submitted May. 22, 2013 3:41A
'68
Charles B. Ish

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. 

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 11:03P

1969

GRD Engineering '69
William "Bill" Francis Bearden

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."

submitted Apr. 19, 2012 4:03P
'69
Warren Garrison

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.

submitted Sep. 9, 2014 3:00P
UGRD Leavey Business '69
Walter Lembi

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.

submitted Aug. 19, 2010 11:30A
'69
Thomas W. Allen

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.

submitted Apr. 30, 2010 10:45A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '69
Thomas E. Kropp
Thomas E. Kropp ’69, who greatly loved the adventure of life and his adoring family, died on December 20, 2010 after a valiant battle against cancer. A native of Salem, Ore., Tom lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his life. His first steps into the life and career he created in California began at Santa Clara University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was a charter member of the SCU chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. More important, he met his future wife Gail Orr Kropp ’71. After graduation, Tom earned his Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics from UC Davis. Tom's interest in the arts made San Francisco a perfect fit when he and Gail decided to settle centrally for their work. With his family, Tom took advantage of the cultural riches the area has to offer. Tom also loved the natural beauty of the Bay Area and the Sierras, relishing the moments of exploration and discovery in these settings with family and friends, whether hiking, cycling, or skiing. Tom's regard for nature and the arts offered a healthy balance to a career that was intellectually demanding and significant. He had over thirty years experience in research and development, software development, network engineering, network security, project management and professional services. He spent over twenty years at Sterling Software. For nearly six years he worked as a manager in Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs (CIPP) at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Tom then applied his expertise in the private sector as Director of CIPP at Nexant Technology in San Francisco. As a worker, Tom was thoughtful and quiet by nature. As a leader, he had a gift of being able to inspire confidence in everyone around him. Tom's quiet leadership style was something made possible by his professionalism and his integrity combined with an uncommon sense of humility. Tom was also notable for his indomitable sense of optimism, always possessing a positive attitude. Right up to his last days, Tom continued his work with such dedication and dignity that many of his colleagues were unaware of the extent of the fight he was up against. These qualities served him well when he led several important initiatives aimed at improving the security of the United States electric grid. His accomplishments in this area included helping develop some of the cyber-security guidelines and federal regulations still in use today. While at EPRI and later at Nexant, Tom proudly served as the American delegate to CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems. One of the leading worldwide organizations on electric power systems, CIGRE covers technical, economic, environmental, organizational and regulatory matters related to energy. His work included IEC working groups, study committees and the drafting and presentation of technical papers. He thoroughly enjoyed the many colleagues he met from around the world through this important work. When Tom faced challenges in his life, he met them with courage and tenacity, turning most of these times into triumphs. Sadly, his final challenge with illness was not something he was able to overcome. But all who witnessed his courage and will to live were touched and changed by his strength and determination. During times when most would have sought respite and quiet, Tom continued to work in his profession to the very last days of his life. He had stellar and remarkable support from his friends, peers and colleagues at Nexant, something which he often said was a great blessing for him and his family. His beloved surviving family includes his wife Gail and their daughter, Julia; his brother John L. Kropp ’56 and the extended Kropp and Orr families. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lillian Kropp. In addition to the many friends and family who have provided significant support and expressed such great concern, the family wishes to thank Tom's medical team that included Dr. G. Xon Ng of UCSF Internal Medicine and Tom's Stanford Urological Oncology team. At the very end, the care and compassion they provided Tom will never be forgotten.
submitted Feb. 11, 2011 11:34A
'69
Shirlene Ann Soto

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.

submitted Jun. 2, 2010 12:11P
'69
Robert E. Maloney

Robert E. Maloney J.D. ’74 passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2013, in Grass Valley, Calif. His battle with cancer is finally over. He was surrounded in love by his family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
 
Bob is survived by his wife, Nina Maloney; daughter Erin Maloney; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Tricia Maloney; grandchildren Janine Petmecky, Jake Petmecky, Katelyn Maloney, Joshua Maloney; and sister Patricia Durie.
 
Bob was born July 14, 1929, in New York. After high school, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1950 to the end of 1952. He earned his BSEE from University of Texas in 1957 and his MSEE Degree from University of Santa Clara, Calif. in 1969.
 
Bob worked as an engineer until 1974 in Mountain View, Calif., when he earned his Juris Doctor from University of Santa Clara and started his own law practice, specializing in family law, immigration and small business. Education was a true passion for Bob.
 
In July 1960, Bob traveled overseas and met the love of his life in Denmark, as he so many times said he brought back his “Great Dane.” Bob and Nina were married Dec. 31, 1960 and spent 53 years together and enjoyed many wonderful adventures and experiences in that time, not to mention a few golf games and even more bridge.
 
Bob’s greatest sense of joy and pride was his family and friends; he will be missed by so many. Bob will be remembered for his jokes and friendly attitude. He loved reading, crossword puzzles and Sudokos. Bob was a true optimist and was a member of the De Anza Optimist Club for many years.
 
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:23A
'69
Richard J. Conner

Richard J. Conner ’69 was born April 2, 1947 and died Nov. 11, 2012. He was a resident of San Ramon. A fighter to the end, Rich finallly ran out of credits at the video poker machine of life and succumbed to glioblastoma after a fierce battle with the disease. Predeceased by his father Glease Conner in 1982 and his mother Euphrasia (Lillie) by only seven days, he is survived by his daughter Shannon (Tom), brother Bill (Joan), Fiance Cynthia, nephew Michael and niece Elizabeth Walker. Rich was born and raised in San Rafael and grew up in the house his father was born in, back in 1912. He had a love for fishing, gambling, music and his all time favorite, his work-outs at Club Sport of San Ramon. Rich was a graduate of Marin Catholic High School in 1965 and Santa Clara University in 1969. His first job was selling photocopiers for IBM, where he made a name for himself and was soon hired by Ethicon. The last 25 years of his life he worked for Hill-Rom, earning several prestigious awards and superior sales achievements. A well kept secret, Rich was an accomplished ballroom dancer and he and Cynthia spent many nights at Top of the Mark in San Francisco dancing the night away. He will be deeply missed by those he mentored and loved, both professionally and personally.

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 10:59A
GRD Law '69
Randall A Hays

Randall A.  Hays '67, born April 12, 1943, in Berkeley, Calif., the son of William and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Hays, died May 19, 2010, in North Bend. Randy was raised and educated in Ukiah, Ca where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Doretta "Dori" Washburn, on June 18, 1966. Randy attended the University of California, Berkeley his freshman year, then transferred to Oakland City College, where he received his Associate of Arts degree. He then went to San Jose State, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in law enforcement. He lastly went to Santa Clara University, where he earned a Juris Doctor law degree. Randy worked as the city attorney for the cities of Ukiah, Redding, and Lodi in California until retiring. He was an active member of the Rotary Club in Ukiah and Redding and the Elks Lodge in Redding. Randy and Dori have made their home for the last six years in Coos Bay, where he was a member of the Pacific Coast Corvette Club. Randy enjoyed working on cars and building engines, hunting with his sons, reading, traveling, driving the Corvette, working around their property, and most of all, spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Dori Hays of Coos Bay; sons, Sean and Shelly Hays of Anderson, Ca, and Bryan and Jeannie Hays of Roseville, Ca; four grandchildren; stepfather, Arthur Church of Ukiah; and half-sisters, Candice "Candy" Rhinehart of Aurora, Co, and
Debbie Berryman of Denver, Colo.
 

submitted Jun. 14, 2010 1:36P
Viewing 676-700 of 1226 (page 28 of 50)
first | prev | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | next | last

Search all notes/obituaries: