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1973

GRD Law '73
Herbert Lee Keaton

Herbert Lee Keaton J.D. '73 passed away on August 6, 2010.  Herbert was born in Ozark, Arkansas on March 26, 1931. He was a resident of Lincoln, Calif., for five years, and passed away in Roseville, Calif., at the age of 79. He was an attorney; and was regarded as a "lawyers' lawyer" by his co-workers when he was engaged in the practice of law. He is survived by his Ann Keaton, his wife of 51 years; his children, Russell Keaton of Ocean Shores, Wa., and Karen Morningstar of Auburn, Calif.; grandchildren, Gabriel Morningstar of Grass Valley, Justin Keaton and Alexis Keaton of Santa Rosa, Calif.; brother Dean Barnett of Tulsa, Ok.

submitted Sep. 3, 2010 11:13A
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Gerald Grant Johnson

Gerald Grant Johnson MBA '73 died on September 16, 2010 in Healdsburg, California after a long courageous battle with MDS (myelodisplastic syndrome). Born in Idaho Falls, ID, on October 31, 1932 and reared in Oakland, CA., Jerry served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He and his wife, Marion Zimmerman Johnson, met at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1953, and they were married in September of 1954. They had just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Jerry was the adored father of Barri Johnson Lehtola of Petaluma and Martin G. Johnson of Alameda, and he was the beloved grandfather of Nicole and Jon Lehtola and Blake and Sydney Johnson. Jerry graduated from University of California-Berkeley with a B.S. degree, earned a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He began his career working in aerospace for Boeing and Lockheed. Then he shifted his career to power plants and worked for Bechtel, Gibbs & Hill, Dravo and Calpine, for whom he designed power plants, including the NCPA power plant at The Geysers. Jerry is also survived by his brothers Robert F. Johnson (Patti) and Donald R. Johnson (Dolores), both of Placerville, and his sisters, Wanda K. Johnson, of Placerville, and Judy Johnson Hermosa, of Turlock; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry was a good, kind man and a terrific father with a wonderful sense of humor. He could repair and build anything. He loved Dixieland jazz, but other than his family, the real love of his life was sailing. He owned a sailboat and raced and sailed San Francisco Bay for over 50 years. He went down with all flags flying. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Donations may be made in Jerry's name to Roots of Motive Power in Willets, CA., where he enjoyed many hours of volunteer work. He also volunteered at the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association on the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco and he was a member of the Santa Clara County Buddy Program for many years.

 

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 11:33A
GRD Law '73
Gardner F. Holmes

Gardner F. Holmes J.D. '73 on Jan. 18, 2009.  A native of Milwaukee, he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Richmond for eight years. After World War II, he earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin, joined Westinghouse, and designed the engine room of the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus. While working at Westinghouse in Sunnyvale, he attended SCU's School of Law at night and after graduating set up a practice in Cupertino. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three children; and three step-children.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:23P
UGRD Engineering '73
Ernest E. Wuethrich

Ernest E. Wuethrich M.S. '73 on Sept. 25, 2008.  A native of Olten, Switzerland, he left the country to continue his career as an engineer and explore a new life in the U.S. He spent 50 years as an electrical engineer and designer with Ford Aerospace, and later Loral Space Systems. He is survived by his wife, Dora; and two children.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:26P
'73
Edward P. Davis Jr.

Edward P. Davis Jr. J.D ’73 died July 19, 2013. He came from an unusual background for a man who emerged as a strong advocate of freedom of the press. He was a child of the military, a Naval ROTC student at Stanford and a former federal attorney who helped prosecute Patty Hearst.

For a long stretch in the 1980s and early 1990s, Davis was the attorney for the Mercury News at a time when a confident and improving newspaper did battle with local governments over public records and public meetings. He rarely lost a case.  "There was no better advocate for open government and open meetings than Ed Davis," said Bob Ingle, the former executive editor of the Mercury News. "He wouldn't have put the time and effort into those cases if he hadn't been a true believer.'' 

Davis, 64, died on July 19 in San Antonio from complications of a double-lung transplant in 2011. His friends say the surgery was successful but left Davis vulnerable to infection.  A witty man who had the ability to think on his feet and regale friends with stories, Davis in recent years had defended white-collar clients charged with a variety of crimes -- anti-trust, money-laundering, export offenses and tax fraud.

Even when his health declined, the attorney retained a sense of community obligation: After undergoing his lung transplant, he spoke to groups about his experience and volunteered with Donate Life California, an advocacy group for organ donation.

Davis was born in La Jolla on Aug. 23, 1948, the son of Shirley Stock Davis and Lt. Commander Edward P. Davis Sr. As a "military brat,'' he moved frequently.  It was in Hawaii, where he attended Punahou School for two years, that he became a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan while listening to the recorded summations of their games.  Davis graduated from Blackford High School in San Jose, where he met his wife, Sheryl Cook M.A. ’80. He went on to Stanford, where he joined NROTC in hopes of becoming a naval aviator.  When medical reasons prevented that, he became a private pilot anyway -- and later an accomplished sailor. His friends say his experience at Stanford left him with a decidedly more liberal political outlook than his parents.  After graduating from Santa Clara Law School in 1973, Davis clerked for U.S. District Judge Oliver Carter for a year and then joined the federal prosecutor's office in San Francisco, where he worked between 1974 and 1978 and served as a junior attorney on the Hearst case.  Then he joined the Rankin Oneal law firm in downtown San Jose, where he became the Mercury News attorney. When he won a public records case, executive editor Ingle published a photo of the check the government wrote to pay for Davis' attorneys fees. Davis moved his practice to the Pillsbury law firm when it opened an office in downtown San Jose in the mid-1980s. He later joined a boutique law firm and practiced at Gray, Cary Ware & Freidenrich before finishing his career as a partner with Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe. He also taught at Santa Clara University. A former San Carlos resident who moved with his family to Wimberley, Texas, to be closer to his son, Davis is survived by his wife, Sheryl, a son, Braden, his daughter-in-law Amy, and two grandchildren.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:42P
GRD Engineering '73
David R. Frank

David R. Frank MS ’73 attended the SCU "Early Bird" engineering gradute program through Lockheed for a number of years to obtain his M.S. in applied mathetics. He continued working at Lockheed/Martin, primarily in the Trident Strategic Systems Program, until his retirement in 2000. He was a native of Bellville, Texas, and a resident of Santa Cruz from 1967 until his death. After retiring, he continued his interest in model planes, photography, and advancements in engineering. David is survived by his wife, Iris, of Santa Cruz; son Reese, wife Cathy, and grandson Alexander of Woodland Hills; and son Jonathan, wife Gina, and grandson Ethan of Los Gatos.

submitted Mar. 8, 2013 12:44P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '73
Boris I. Chapnitsky

 Boris I. Chapnitsky '73 on December 20, 2008.

submitted Aug. 2, 2010 10:42A
GRD Law '73
Arthur W. Anderson

Arthur William Anderson J.D. ’73 was born Aug. 14, 1927, and passed away on Jan. 13, 2013. A resident of Saratoga, Arthur passed away peacefully with his loving wife, June, by his side. Arthur was born in Shanghai, China, to Eileen and Arthur Anderson, and raised in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Galileo High School, UC Berkeley and UCSF Medical School. Later in life, he graduated from Santa Clara University, School of Law, while continuing his medical practice. On December 19, 1948, he married the 'love of his life and joy of his heart', June Ann Nickelson, theirs was a lifetime of love, recently celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. After serving two years in the Korean War as a US Army doctor in Okinawa, he returned home and established practice as an orthopedic surgeon in San Jose. He touched the lives of many, in a practice that spanned over fifty years; during that time, he served as Chief of Orthopedics, Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at O'Connor Hospital. Arthur instilled a love of family, a sense of loyalty, integrity and the value of hard work in all. He was a man of many interests and passionate about each of them. He was the ultimate outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout his life, while also enjoying backpacking, woodcarving, bonsai, stained glass, culinary arts, and learning foreign languages; and his tremendous love of books fulfilled his insatiable quest for knowledge. He will live forever in the hearts of his five children and their spouses: Mark Anderson (Nancy), Jeff Anderson (Mary Beth), Chris Anderson (Terri), Carol Johnson (Cliff), Marlene Kuh (John). 'Grandfather' will also be greatly missed by his twelve grandchildren: Katie Hogan (John) '97, Chris Anderson (Wendy) '01, Lauren Townsend (Josh), Lindsay Doody (Ian), Hayley Alverson (Adam), Billy Anderson, Sarah Greenwood (Brian), Jonathan Johnson (Shelly), Mark Johnson (Anna), Taylor Johnson; Brad and Colin Kuh; and his eleven great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his sister Jacqueline, and beloved grandson Kevin Anderson.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:09P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '73
Arline Esther Sjerslee Bollman
Arline Esther Sjerslee Bollman ’71, M.A. ’73 died on March 15, 2011 at the age of 83. Arline Esther Sjerslee Bollman was born on April 7, 1927 in Chicago to Sem Peder Sjerslee and Esther Augusta Engsell, who were of Scandinavian descent. The family moved to Seattle when Arline was 14 years old. She completed high school in Seattle and attended the University of Washington, where she met her future husband, Victor Stanley Bollman MBA '66. They married Dec. 12, 1947, and enjoyed over 63 years together until her death. The couple went to Southern California after their university education, where Arline was a librarian at the University of Southern California. She later worked as a librarian in the San Jose Public Library and in the Los Gatos Public Library. Arline obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Education from Santa Clara University. She continued her education and earned a Master of Arts in Librarianship from San Jose State University. In 1988 Arline and her husband retired and moved to Oregon and settled in their "retirement home in the woods," in Aurora near Wilsonville. The couple traveled to Hawaii, Canada, Hong Kong and London and cruised to Alaska and to Norway's North Cape. Her hobbies included reading, walking, gardening, classical symphony and book collecting. Arline is survived by her husband and their children, Stephen Victor of Los Gatos, Calif., Allison Kay of Portland and Brian Dean of Windsor, Calif.; three grandchildren; and her sister, Grace Rauen of La Mirada, Calif.
submitted Apr. 13, 2011 9:31A

1974

'74
Victor Reyes

Victor Reyes J.D. '74 March 6, 1943 - Feb. 28, 2014 The Governor's office of the American Bar Association, Law Student Division, Ninth Circuit, has announced the appointment of Victor Reyes of Merced as deputy governor for the Ninth Circuit. Reyes graduated from Le Grand Union High School and is a former resident of Planada, California. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Avila of Planada. He graduated from Merced College and then enlisted in the U.S. Marines attaining the rank of sergeant, after serving in Vietnam. Upon his return from military duty he attended and graduated from Stanislaus State College at Turlock. Reyes was the recipient of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity's scholarship and attended their pre-law institute at the Univeristy of California School of Law at Davis. At the termination of his summer intern with CLEO, Reyes accepted a three-year scholarship from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. Reyes was presented with the outstanding Community Service Award, "For exceptional service in advancing the best interest in the Law School Community," by the Student Bar Association at the University of Santa Clara. One of 15 students selected out of statewide law students for the position of law clerk with California Rural Legal Services, Reyes served as law clerk for the Madera Regional Office of CRLA. He was awarded placement as an intern law clerk with CRLA by the Law students Civil Rights and Research Council Scholarship. Upon returning to Santa Clara he was also informed that he is the recipient of another scholarship from the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund-San Francisco, to assist him with his legal education.

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:43P
'74
Tim George Salinas

Tim George Salinas '74 on Jan 15, 2008. A native of Cleveland, he and his wife started Green Machine Landscaping in Ukiah and later, Potter Valley TurFarms. He is survived by two children and five grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:56P
GRD Engineering '74
Thomas J. McCall, Jr.

Thomas J. McCall, Jr. ’64, 'M.S. '74, a resident of Fremont, passed away in Monterey on Oct. 31, 2011. Tom is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bettina Igoa McCall, his three children Elizabeth and her husband Jason James, John and his wife Heather, Brian and his wife Cheryl, and four grandchildren: Blake, Calvin, Shaelyn, and Brynah. Survived by brother Harry and sisters, Virginia Bottino, Susan Pennel, and Sharon Cammack and their spouses and many cousins. Tom was born Aug. 25, 1942 in San Francisco to the late Grace Haley and Thomas James McCall. He graduated Burlingame High School in 1960 and then attended Santa Clara University where he received a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his career working at Spectra-Physics and Thermo Finnegan in the Silicon Valley. Tom was an Eagle Scout and kept very busy in his retirement hiking, traveling, working on renovation projects and enjoying time with his grandchildren. He will forever be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:59P
GRD Law '74
Steven Malamuth
Steven Malamuth J.D. ’74 passed away November 24, 2010 at the age of 66.
submitted Feb. 28, 2011 11:30A
'74
Steven Gunia

Steven Gunia MBA '74, a resident of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly October 21, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. He was 65. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Dolores; his mother Virginia of San Jose, sister Jacque Hennig (Jon) of Campbell, nieces Lindsay Hennig and Brittany Gilhooly (Tim), nephews Michael and Wyatt Gilhooly, stepson Sean Murphy, grandchildren Christina and Brenden Murphy (Laura) and great-granddaughter Scarlett.  Born in 1948, Steven was a graduate of Blackford High School and San Jose State University. A lifelong thirst for education led Steven to continue his education and obtain his Masters degree at Santa Clara University, and later on his law degree. In 1985, Steven and Dolores moved to Monterey. In addition to his legal practice, Steven became very active in his community. The United Way, the Monterey Museum of Art, Jesters, The Monterey County Symphony and The Ombudsmen are among some of the charitable causes he gave his time to. He also loved to open their home and host events for many non-profit organizations. Steven loved to play bridge, and achieved Life Master status. He was a bridge director, and also began directing and teaching bridge on cruise ships, combining his love of the game with his passion for travel, allowing him and Dolores to travel the world. He loved museums, enjoyed cooking, was an avid golfer and enjoyed his membership at Corral de Tierra Country Club. A lover of nature, Steven enjoyed the outdoors - especially fly-fishing and skiing.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:57P
'74
Robert M. Tobin

Robert Myles Tobin ’70, J.D. ’74, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born on Sept. 23, 1948, and raised in Marin County in the idyllic town of Fairfax, Calif. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, Calif. and was a star athlete. Bob participated in multiple sports, which resulted in scholarships to the University of Santa Clara, where he played on the power-house, nationally ranked Bronco basketball teams of 1967–70.

After graduation from college in 1970, he entered the U.S. Army Reserves, and was stationed in Ft. Ord, Calif. Upon his honorable discharge, he entered law school at the University of Santa Clara, and became a licensed California lawyer in June of 1975. Thereafter, Bob became a very successful trial lawyer, having enjoyed employment and partnership with the San Jose law firms of Hoge, Fenton, Jones, and Appel, and Rankin Oneal, before eventually going into solo practice.

On a personal level, Bob never met a stranger and his circle of friends was wide and varied from all walks of life. Bob had a big heart, was generous to a fault and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He exuded charm and with his tall good looks was a presence in any room. He had a sharp wit and keen sense of humor and laughed easily at life's many foibles and characters.
He embraced life and all it had to offer, having traveled worldwide and having lived abroad.

Bob is survived by his mother, Dorothy Paterson Tobin of San Rafael, Calif., his sister Catherine Tobin of Greenbrae, his sister Colleen Tobin Finney and brother-in-law Butch Finney of Novato, Calif., his brother Myles Stephen Tobin and his sister-in-law Sue Tobin of San Jose, Calif., a niece, and his best friend Jeannie Starcevich. He is preceded in death by his father, Myles Tobin, his beloved uncle, Fr. William Tobin, S.J., as well as his beloved dog Poppy.

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 11:13A
'74
Robert C. Schwalbe

Robert C. Schwalbe ’74, M.A. '79, a resident of Santa Clara, was born in 1952 and died in January 2013. Robert was first introduced to Yosemite by his parents Marge and Bill Schwalbe, and his love of the park continued throughout his childhood with the adventures he shared with his siblings Ronald, Joan ’65, and Richard. Beyond his love of nature, Robert was a generous and compassionate human being. He loved life and enjoyed serving the community by volunteering at St. Justin's during the holidays and Yosemite in the fall. His positive, infectious spirit will be missed greatly by his adored wife, Linda, and beloved children Matthew, Jenna, and Roxanne. 

submitted Jan. 14, 2013 2:03P
'74
Paul Nicholas Ilacqua

Paul Nicholas Ilacqua ’74 passed from this life too soon on Feb. 16, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born and raised in San Francisco, he graduated from St. Anne's Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. Paul earned a bachelor's degree at SCU and his master's degree in mathematics from Stanford University. Truly a math scholar, Paul helped many young people excel in mathematics.

He was a loving husband of Janet (Noordhoff) Ilacqua '75 and a devoted father of Nicholas Ilacqua (Kristina Scott). He was a beloved brother of Patricia (Jack) Bonanno and a caring uncle of Janine Bonanno, Annette (Robert) Olinger, Jacqueline (Derrick) Pallas, Catherine Bonanno, and Genevieve Mesch. He was a respected brother-in-law of Jack Bonanno, Paulette Noordhoff, and Mary Mesch. 

submitted Feb. 27, 2012 5:17P
UGRD Leavey Business '74
Mary L. Mini

Mary L. Mini '74 on July 18, 2008. 

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 2:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '74
Kerry Krebsbach

Kerry Krebsbach (Robbins) '74 passed away August 8, 2010 at home in Greenwich, after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. Her amazing strength and grace throughout the ordeal was truly inspirational. Born September 23, 1952, to Raymond and Lucille Krebsbach in Richmond, Calif., Kerry grew up in San Rafael, Calif., attended Marin Catholic High School and Santa Clara University. She lived many years in San Francisco, later moved to Connecticut, and worked for many years in the trust department at Wachovia Bank. Kerry had a joie de vivre that was contagious - she just loved to have a good time. Her first question to guests or family about a trip or special day was always, "Did you have fun?" Whether it was shopping (she loved traveling into Manhattan with her sisters to find just the right item at just the right price); going out to dinner with friends or family (Kerry always wanted to know what everyone was having and whether it was good or not); or gardening (an activity that required moving this plant here, that plant there, then moving all plants back to their original positions), Kerry was all about having fun. She will be sorely missed! She is survived by her husband Mercer Robbins; twin sister Mary Lou; sisters Jacquelyn, Lolita, Clare; brother Tom; many in-laws; and nephews and nieces, including Kaitlin and Ali for whom Kerry was their dear, ""crazy"" aunt. 

submitted Aug. 17, 2010 10:48A
'74
John G. Duyn

John Gerald Duyn '74 departed this life into the arms of our Lord on Wed., April 30, 2014. John was born in 1952 to Carl Duyn and the late Donna Duyn of Carlton, Ore. John graduated from Jesuit High School in 1970 and received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University in 1974. John, the highly respected and successful CEO of Carlton Farms, grew the business over the last 40 years. Carlton Farms' high-end pork products are served in many of the finest restaurants and grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest. His never-ending dedication and commitment to excellence never overshadowed his devotion to his "family" of employees. His greatest satisfaction was being a "father"and friend to all. His generosity of time and talent was matched only by his kindness to give of his treasures to those less fortunate. His cherished Jesuit High School and the Trappist Abbey were among his favorite beneficiaries. John had the gift of charisma, and all those who were in his presence were captivated with his charm and easygoing spirit. John's never-ending selfless acts of kindness personified his inner beauty. He found great solace in the beauty of God's earth and enjoyed everything outdoors…golfing, hunting, fishing, skiing, walking, hiking, rafting… John was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Duyn (2010), and his beloved first wife, Susan Moore Duyn '74 (1981). He is survived by his loving wife and devoted partner of 32 years, Rita O'Hara Duyn. In remembrance of a man who made it his daily practice of warmly touching everyone's life, we invite you to do a random act of kindness in his memory. 

submitted May. 22, 2014 10:50A
UGRD Engineering '74
Joel Hirschman

Joel A. Hirschman 74 died on September 17, 2010. He was born on September 1, 1948 in Portland, Oregon. Joel attended Oregon State University and later got his Masters in Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University. Joel Retired from IBM in 1993 after 25 years, he then became president of JHirschman Technologies in 1994-Present. Joel is survived by his father, Lawrence Hirschman; his wife, Paulette Scalese-Hirschman and five children, Leland Hirschman, Andrea (Mark) Evenson, Thomas (Jill) Hiller, Constance Scalese, Lisa (Ben) Hiller Pagel. Joel also had four grandchildren, Nicholas Lowe, Joey DeYoung, Victor Hiller and Sifer Evenson; brothers and sisters Rae LaMarche, Bruce Hirschman, and Francie Gabriel. Joel was in many organizations including the Catalina Rotary, One Man Band, Drinking Liberally, and the Breakfast Buddies.

submitted Sep. 27, 2010 2:23P
GRD Leavey/MBA '74
James L. Moore

James L. Moore, MBA '74 on July 9, 2009. The Kirkland, Wash., native served in the Army in Germany, graduated from the University of Washington in 1958, worked for General Electric in Richland, Wash. as a chemist for 4 yrs., Received an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1964;  and worked as a biochemist at Livermore Laboratory for 9 years. He served as the MBA placement director while attending Santa Clara University from 1972-74 and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma.  After completing his MBA he  worked as an R&D drug project manager at Syntex Pharmaceutical Co. in Palo Alto for 19 years before retiring in 1993. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Norma, who is currently living in Newark.
 

submitted Mar. 2, 2010 11:12A
UGRD Engineering '74
James Fauria

James Fauria '74 of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. He was born and raised in San Leandro, Calif., the son of Helen and the late Marvyn Fauria. He attended Moreau High School and Santa Clara University. A mechanical engineer, he worked in nuclear power for 35 years, 23 at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He was a dedicated husband and father, and a member of the Nativity of Our Lady parish in San Luis Obispo. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Fauria of Fayetteville; children Kaitlin, Matthew, and Jessica; mother, Helen of San Leandro; and siblings Robert and Michael Fauria of the Bay Area, and Elaine Fauria-Cacomanolis of New York City.

submitted Sep. 21, 2010 4:08P
'74
James E. McGhee

James Edward McGhee Sr. '74, Sept. 2, 1952 to May 4, 2014. He was born in Arkansas but immigrated to California as a teen. A resident of San Jose, he attended James Lick HS and Santa Clara University. James was employed in various management positions with Alpha Beta Grocery chain and Xerox where he was a Regional Sales Manager; KGO TV, as a consultant in the Broadcast Engineering department, and in Remote set-up as a Camera Technician at sporting events. Subsequently he developed his own consultant company, becoming CEO of Integrated Management Services. He founded the African American Parent Coalition (empowering parents in the Eastside Union School Districts). He was appointed to the Grand Jury, and held membership in the NAACP as well as many other Social Action Organizations. He leaves behind his wife Alison (Little) McGhee '72, his sons Eric and James Jr., and his daughter Lisa. Also, his grandsons Khalil, Tiburcio, David, and great-granddaughter LeilaniRose join his sisters Regina, Edna, Jane, and Angela and a multitude of family and friends.

submitted May. 16, 2014 11:43A
UGRD Engineering '74
James A. Roberts '74, Ph.D. '79

James A. ‘Jim’ Roberts '74, Ph.D. '79, 65, passed away September 5, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, after a courageous bout with cancer. He was born on March 11, 1944, in Vandalia, Ill., the son of James and Marjorie ('Toad') Roberts, both of whom preceded him in death. Jim grew up in Chanute where he graduated from Chanute High School in 1962 as student body president. He attended the University of Kansas, where he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity and became commander. He graduated in 1966 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, graduating first in his class. Jim moved to the Boston area, where he worked for RCA on the NASA Apollo moon mission project. During this time, he also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1968. In 1969, Jim moved to the Silicon Valley area, where he worked in the high-tech aerospace industry until 1983. While in Northern California, Jim obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. In 1983, Jim moved to the Denver area where he took over the management of a major aerospace project for TRW Inc., (now part of Northrup Grumman). He eventually became the manager of TRW-Denver. In 1990, he fulfilled a life- long dream and returned to Lawrence to become professor and Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. Beginning in January 1998, Jim served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Service and later as Associate Vice- Provost. He was the vice-provost for research from 2003 until 2007. In 2007, he returned to teaching as a full- time professor. During his time at KU, Jim also served as the president and chief operating officer of the KU Center for Research, Inc., and on Senator Pat Roberts' Advisory Committee on Science, Technology, and the Future. Among his numerous other professional, civic, and charitable activities, Jim served on the founding board of the Douglas County ECO2 Commission, the committee that wrote the Douglas County Bioscience Plan. He also served as president of the board of Big Brothers of Denver, president of the noon Kiwanis in Lawrence, and a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Personal interests included reading, genealogy, collecting Russian stamps, and spending time with family and friends at Grand Lake, Okla. He was particularly proud of his personal library, his ability to mix a great martini, and most importantly, his family. Jim married his childhood sweetheart, Carol Diane Helton, in June 1965. Other survivors include his son, Mike Roberts and his wife Anita of Overland Park, Kan.; his daughter, Sally Roberts Gorzelanski and her husband Mike of Littleton, Colo.; his four grandchildren, Abby Roberts, Jake Roberts, Max Gorzelanski and Hank Gorzelanski; his sister, Nancy Castellucci; his parents-in- law, Bill and Barbara Helton; his brother- in-law, Richard Helton and his wife Mechalina; his sister-in-law, Joan Myers and her husband Ken; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

submitted Oct. 5, 2009 11:27A
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