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Richard Certo ’71, September 5, 1949 - May 19, 2013. A resident of Scotts Valley, Certo passed away ten months after he became very ill with a rare type of lymphoma. Richard was born in Oakland, the oldest of five children, and was raised in Santa Clara. He graduated from Buchser High School in 1967, Santa Clara University in 1971, and launched his accounting career at Price Waterhouse. He then worked for Syntex and Argo Systems and moved to Scotts Valley in 1980 to serve as Seagate's first CFO. He spent the next 25 years working in business and venture capital, including time at Bell Micro and Al Shugart International. Richard worked hard and played hard. His passions were golf, good food, family, and friends. More than anything, he loved to laugh and make others laugh. He had an unforgettable smile and a loud, pure, infectious laugh that easily filled a room, a restaurant, or a movie theater. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a playful way of looking at things. He loved to have a good time and knew how important it was to enjoy life. Richard had a quick wit, a sharp mind, and a creative spirit. He loved a challenge, a complex problem, or an opportunity to improve upon something. He always had a project up his sleeve and several ideas brewing in his mind. His creations included "Improve Your Swing" golf app, several patented golf accessories, screenplays, children's books, a taco bar, and a few very eccentric Halloween costumes. He always found ways to keep life interesting and his mind engaged. He took pride in maintaining a beautiful home and yard, where he and his wife hosted many gatherings. Richard loved sports and physical activity. In addition to golfing, swimming, and cycling, he spent many years playing pick-up basketball and coaching youth soccer. In 2003 he participated in the week-long Cycle Oregon event and in 2010 he took the golf "trip of a lifetime" to Scotland. He loved to walk on the beach in Maui, play golf in Mexico, and hike through the forest at Henry Cowell State Park. His loyal corgis, Shorty and Lola, were at his side on countless walks through Hidden Glen. Richard is survived by his wife, Linda Teague, daughter Aly Certo and son-in-law Justin Weaver, son Kyle Certo, and step-children Abbey Teague and Kyle Teague. He is also survived by his siblings: Carol Poulsen, Donna Gamaly, Christine Certo, and Tom Certo. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lauren Certo. Richard's 4-year-old grandson Austin Weaver was the light of his life in recent years. Of Richard's many personal and professional accomplishments, perhaps the most valuable to him was that he was the first to make Austin laugh. Richard had hoped to travel to Southern Italy to explore his family's roots in Sicily. He loved all things Italian - the people, the food, and most of all, the Italian approach to life. Slow down. Enjoy yourself. Live in the moment. Don't take anything too seriously. As his disease progressed, Richard faced the end of his life with calm acceptance. More than once he shrugged his shoulders and said with characteristic ease and humor: "I picked the short straw." He made it home, which was his final wish, and died peacefully. He was surrounded by family and some of his closest friends in his final days. Richard's personality was larger than life, and the void that he leaves is immeasurable. If you wish to do something in Richard's honor, please consider donating blood, joining the national bone marrow registry, or volunteering with an organization that provides support to cancer patients.
Richard "Dick" Minor ’71, M.S. ’73 was 63. June 19, 1949 to July 16, 2012. Dick passed away surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Dick was born in Portland to James and Marjorie Minor and grew up in Lake Oswego. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake, Jesuit High School and Santa Clara University, with an M.S. in electrical engineering. He then earned an M.B.A. from UCLA and was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Award. Upon graduation from college, he set off alone on a 10,000 mile bicycle trek touching all four corners of the lower 48 states. Dick was an avid pilot and was instrument rated. He was a proficient photographer, and his 1970 Vortex I pictures were published in The Oregonian and featured in the OPB Oregon Experience documentary, Vortex. Dick married the love of his life, Jean, in 1987 and was devoted to his family, his community and the Boy Scout program. Dick served for many years as a leader of Troop #520 of Newberg; was involved with the scout program for 15 years; and was thrilled to see his son, Danny, receive the Eagle Scout Award, just as Dick himself had received the Eagle badge years before. Dick was a senior software engineer for dvsAnalytics for the last 17 years; and was instrumental in the design and development of the company's flagship product, Encore. He was a mentor and role model for the other software engineers and brought to the organization a wealth of knowledge and experience. He will be missed not only as a valued and loyal employee, but as a friend. Previously, Dick was one of a small group of software engineers who developed the programming for the first automatic teller machines serving banks up and down the West Coast. He also owned his own software company, Comprog. Dick is survived by his beloved family his wife, Jean; his two daughters, Megan and Colleen; and his son, Danny, all of Newberg. He is also survived by four brothers, Chris (Mary), Tim (Melinda), Bob (Cate) and Rusty (Donna); and sister, Nancy; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Dick was well known for his love of life, community service and appreciation of family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Michael John Clark ’71, M.A. ’72 was born in Richmond, Ind., Jan. 10, 1949. He passed away unexpectedly in San Luis Obispo on July 23, 2013.
He grew up in Campbell after living in Indiana for the first four years of his life. He attended Saint Lucy Catholic School in Campbell from the first through eighth grades. He attended Campbell High School where he played football and wrestled. He then attended Santa Clara University where he played football and graduated with a master's in history and teaching.
During his time attending Santa Clara University he met Maryanne Patricia Scott, “Patty.”
After graduating in 1971 and marriage in 1972, he worked for Atascadero Unified School District, where he taught English, history and driver's education for 14 years. He also coached swimming and football.
In 1973 he received his master's in administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
After 14 years of teaching, he became the assistant principal at Atascadero Junior High. He then went on to become an elementary school principal at Creston and Carissa Plains, Lewis Avenue, San Benito and San Gabriel.
Mike retired in 2005 from Atascadero Unified School District and worked for a short time at Mission Prep High School as an assistant principal.
He lived in Los Osos from 1972 to 2006, when he moved to Paso Robles to be closer to his children and grandchildren. In 2006 he became a proud grandpa.
He was a grandpa to five grandchildren. He was a proud father to three children, Kimberly Rivas (Dan), Kristi Roberson (Matt) and Will Clark (Autumn).
His students, faculty, wife, children, grandchildren and extended family were everything to him. He was dedicated to always making them happy. His sense of humor, smile and his laughter were contagious. He was selfless and often unwilling to take credit for his accomplishments. He always fought for the underdog and a just outcome. The likes of him will not soon enter this world again.
Mike was an animal lover and will be missed by his dogs, Sheena and Stryker, and his three kitties, which were dependent upon him for their many daily walks and treats.
He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, two sisters, Colleen Chiaramonte and Cathy Blass, brother, Tom Clark, and many nieces and nephews.
Marilyn Dizon Ferguson MBA '71 on Feb. 23, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Ferguson '69; and three children, including Maria '96, and Richard '98.
Larry J. Alvarez ’71, 63, a retired Tracy farmer, died Sunday, Nov. 18, at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. Born in Tracy on Aug. 5, 1949, he was a lifelong Tracy resident. After graduating from Tracy High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Santa Clara University. After college, Mr. Alvarez returned to Tracy to farm with the family farming operation, Alvarez Farms. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard Reserves and was a parishioner of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and a member of Tracy Golf and Country Club and Rhodes Bean and Supply Co-op. He was a past board member of the California Tomato Growers Association. Survivors include a daughter, Alesha Alvarez, and her husband, Gus Jimenez, of San Ramon; two sons, Mitch Alvarez of Stockton and Joey Alvarez of Tracy; and three grandchildren. Also surviving are his father, Joe Alvarez of Tracy; a sister, Patty Robidart ’69 of Pinole; a cousin who was like a brother, Jack Alvarez of Tracy; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Brijida “Bre” Alvarez.
Jon C. Carpenter MBA '71 passed away at home May 25, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Washington, D.C. to Samuel and Kathleen Carpenter. He married Donna Kay Richards of Logan, Utah on May 1, 1962 in the Salt Lake temple. Jon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in 1962 and earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. His 33-year career at IBM took him and his family to Helena, Mont., San Jose and San Francisco, Calif., Austin, Texas, and New Canaan, Conn. He retired to Deep Creek, Md. and Salt Lake City, Utah. As an avid outdoorsman, Jon worked at Grand Canyon National Park as a teenager. He went on to serve many years as a B.S.A. scoutmaster (receiving the Silver Beaver), and enjoyed back-country hiking, from the High Sierras in California to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Jon served for 2½ years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Finland. He later served as a bishop, high councilor and in many other capacities. In 2011 he and Donna Kay returned to Finland to serve as senior missionaries in the Helsinki temple. Jon is preceded in death by his oldest son, Rick Carpenter, and is survived by his wife, Donna Kay, his four children, Scott (Diane) Carpenter, Curt (Hedi) Carpenter, Emily (JP) Hanson, Katie (Jon) Groberg, and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Craig Carpenter, and his sister, Kathie Coon.
John Dudley Wilson '71, Sept. 4, 2013. Born in Lompoc, California, on Oct. 9, 1949, John graduated from Santa Clara University and Cal Poly with degrees in civil and transportation engineering. John was a consulting engineer his whole career working mostly in the Bay Area and his last professional association was with SANDIS. John had a full and successful life and will be remembered for his positive attitude. He enjoyed his family and friends, collecting books, restoring classic cars and remodeling boats. John is survived by his wife Kay of thirty years, his father Arthur Wilson, his brother Arthur Wilson Jr. and his sisters Marion, Casey, and Barbara. John was also very close to his extended family of nieces and nephews and in laws from the Wilson family and from Kay's family.
Jerome Lee Heacock J.D. '71 on Nov. 6, 2008. A native of Portland, Ore., he grew up in Washington and later moved to Salinas, where he was a real estate broker. During the 1950s he served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sumi, and two children.
Hans Camenzind MBA ’71, the Swiss emigre analog guru who invented one of the most successful circuits in electronics history and introduced the concept of phase-locked loop to IC design, passed away in his sleep at the age of 78.
Camenzind came to the United States in 1960 and worked for several years at some of the storied names of the newly developing semiconductor industry: Transitron, Tyco Semiconductor, and Signetics.
In 1971 he joined the ranks of entrepreneurs by founding InterDesign, a company specializing in semi-custom integrated circuit design. It was there, working under a contract with Signetics, that he invented the 555 timer. Signetics commercialized the device in 1972, and it went on to become one of the most successful in the industry's history. The device, used in oscillator, pulse-generation and other applications, is still widely used today. Versions of the device have been or are still made by dozens of major semiconductor vendors, including Texas Instruments, Intersil, Maxim, Avago, Exar, Fairchild, NXP and STMicroelectronics.
Camenzind also introduced the idea of phase-locked loop to design and invented the first class D amplifier.
Camenzind was a prolific author with interests as diverse as electronics textbooks and the history of the industry ("Much Ado About Almost Nothing") to a book on God and religion ("Circumstantial Evidence"). He wrote under the pen name John Penter. He received an MSEE from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara, and, during his career secured 20 patents.
He is survived by his wife Pia, his daughter Sue (Erol Kirelik), his sons Robert (Amy), Peter (Lisa), Tim (Marie), and nine grandchildren.
Gil Jones '71 on July 6, 2009. Jones passed away last week at his home in Olympia, Wash., after a two and a half year battle with cancer. Gil was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1949. He graduated from James Lick High School in San Jose and promptly began pursuing his undergraduate degree. While in college, Gil developed a love for travel; studying abroad at Heidelberg University in Germany. He graduated with honors from Santa Clara University. After college Gil spent much time traveling the world before marrying the love of his life, Twylla, in 1977. Together they developed a love for remodeling houses and entertaining friends and family. Gil also indulged his life long love of cars, owning many classic sports cars along the way. Together Gil and Twylla had three children, Jonathan, Christiane, and Sarah, to whom Gil devoted much of his time and attention. He spent the majority of his life in retail management, but refused to be defined by it. Gil was a committed man of faith, always active in his local church and supporting many non-profit organizations. He will be dearly missed by friends and family alike. He is survived by his wife and children, his daughter-in-law, Meagan, and his sister, Coral Hughes.
Franklin Dale Coffman Jr. MBA ‘71, died Aug. 7, 2011, in Shady Grove Genesis Nursing Home. Born Sept. 8, 1939, in Cambridge, Ohio, he was a son of the late Franklin D. Sr. and Donna L. Coffman. He was the husband of Virginia L. Coffman for 48 years. Mr. Coffman served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1967 in Germany and Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado School of Mines, did graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University. He was a certified professional engineer in metallurgy and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Survivors in addition to his wife include three children, Catherine Young and husband, Greg, of Mount Airy, Erin Uy and husband, Alfven of Saint Johns, Fla. and Thayne Coffman and wife, Mae, of Austin, Texas; one sister, Candace Olvera of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Carl R. Coffman Sr. of West Columbia, Texas; and 11 grandchildren.
Frank Kazmierczak MBA '71, Sept. 24 2013. A resident of San Jose, Frank was born 9/12/34 in Wheeling, WV to parents from Poland, youngest of 8 children. He received a BS (Physics) from Washington & Jefferson in '57 & an MBA from Santa Clara '71. He worked at Lockheed for 30 years & retired in '92. Was married to Mary for 30 years, who passed in '89. Married Lerelle in '92. He was active in SIRS, Kona Kai Tennis and RVing with Tea Timers & Roosters. He will be missed by his family & friends. He is survived by his wife Lerelle, 3 children, Julie (Roger), Stan (Christy), Becky (Tim), & 8 grandchildren.
Francis Joseph Hughes '71 J.D. '74 on Feb. 7, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Marya, and three children.
Fr. Gerald P. Sullivan, S.J. on May 15, 2010 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was a Jesuit for 60 years, a priest for 41. Gerry was born in Sacramento on July 26, 1931. He was raised in San Francisco until the age of six when his family moved to Redwood City. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, and entered the novitiate at Los Gatos on August 14, 1949. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at Gonzaga University, Gerry taught chemistry and mathematics at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, 1956-58 and chemistry at Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, 1958-59. He studied Theology at Alma College, Los Gatos, 1959-63, and he was ordained a priest on June 8, 1962. Upon completion of his studies, he returned to Brophy, where he taught art appreciation and religion, 1964-67. He then joined the Religious Studies department at Santa Clara as lecturer, 1967-68. Gerry came from a family of artists but assumed that, as a Jesuit, art could be no more than a hobby. He was delighted to find out that he could pursue his interests on a professional level. Gerry was accepted at the highly selective Art Students League of New York, where he studied under William Barnet and Robert Beverly Hale. In 1971 Gerry received his MFA and returned to Santa Clara University as a member of the Art and Art History department. He served as Department Chair, 1974-80 and retired as Senior Lecturer in 2009. Gerry worked in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor. He exhibited his work in a number of individual and group shows at the de Saisset Museum, the Triton Museum, and other venues. Among his work is the 8 x 24 foot acrylic on canvas mural, "The Valley Now and Then," depicting the history of the Santa Clara Valley. Commissioned by the Irvine Foundation in 1996, it now hangs in the University library. He also designed and executed the ceramic decorations for the St. Clare Chapel and Mausoleum at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. Due to declining health, Gerry moved to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, where he continued to pray for the Church and the Society. May he rest in peace. Gerry was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and John; his sister Margaret Mary; his brothers, John and Kevin; his sister-in-law, Sally; and his nephew, Mark. He is survived by his loving brother, Tom; sister-in-law, Angela; nieces, Mary, Christine, Karen, and Carrol; nephews, John, Kevin, and Stephen; and their respective families.
William L. Teglia MBA '72 on Nov. 18, 2008. A native of San Francisco, he was a partner with Berger-Lewis Accountancy Corp. in San Jose for many years and retired in 1994. He served on the board of the San Jose Civic Light Opera for many years and loved musical theater. Bill is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cathy; two sons; and three grandchildren.
William Alfred Hartman MBA '72 died on March 2, 2010. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 5, 1918 to Thomas Jefferson Hartman and Mary Winnetta Jarrell. He graduated from Oklahoma A & M in 1940 with a degree in chemical engineering. After working for the Beech Aircraft Company, in 1950 he joined General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and worked with them until entering Santa Clara University in 1970. He worked at the Quadrex Corporation in Campbell, California as a consultant, retiring in 1984. He and his wife, Ann Hathaway Hartman, lived in Carmel, California in retirement, and moved to Vantage House, a senior living facility in Columbia, Maryland, in 2005. He is survived by Ann and three children, Al Hartman (West Linn, Oregon), Tom Hartman (Columbia, Maryland) and Mary Ann Sharp (Branson, Missouri).
Theresa Louise Pfeiffer '72, J.D. '78 on Feb. 25, 2010. She died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family and friends. The cause of death was brain cancer. Terry is survived by her husband, James Jeffers, her daughters, Emily and Rachel, her parents, brothers and sisters and their families, as well as many other family members and friends. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, lawyer, friend, and adventurer. Terry was the eldest child of Jack and Louise Pfeiffer. She was a fifth generation Californian from the Almaden Valley. She cherished her family all her life. Family and friends will always remember Terry for her good nature, her optimistic and energetic spirit, her warm smile, and her kindness. Terry was a modest person. She spoke softly and never uttered an angry word, yet managed to speak honestly and directly. She always wore a genial smile on her face and was filled with warmth, compassion, and a true love of life. She was a role model and devoted mother to her two daughters, and was immensely proud of their achievements. Terry enjoyed reading, world travels, pancakes, camping, working on the Tree Farm, learning the names of birds and plants, and all aspects of the outdoors. She loved languages and had a passion for the opera. Above all, Terry rejoiced in being with her family. For over 30 years as a lawyer, Terry was an advocate for the "little guy." Terry's keen intellect and sense of justice allowed her to speak candidly for the underprivileged and put others before herself. Terry responded to challenges with poise and equanimity. She struggled with a dreadful disease with the same grace, courage, and good cheer that characterized every aspect of her life and personality. She will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to meet her. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation and thanks to Hospice of the Valley. Services were held March 6th at St. Anthony's Church in San Jose. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Ave, San Jose, CA, 95124.
Stephen B. Hailstone M.A. '72 was born January 21, 1930 in Logan, Utah and passed away at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center on Friday, September 23. He is survived by Lenore White Hailstone, whom he married December 22, 1956, and daughters Mikelea Kelley and husband Scott; Melanie Nighbert, husband Jeff and grandsons Taylor and Hunter Sasso; Amanda Blanton, husband Donnie and grandchildren Stephanie, Nicholas and Matthew Blanton. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, John Leland and Ina Mae Hailstone, brother John Leland Hailstone II, sisters Luana Kludt and Geraldine Lawton, and nephew Michael Kludt. Steve was active in the Boy Scouts, and in 1944 was one of the two youngest Eagle Scouts in the history of Santa Clara County scouting. That same year he received the American Legion award. Steve graduated from Gilroy High School and following high school attended San Jose State University. On December 26, 1950, he joined the Air Force. While stationed in Japan he earned the rank of Master Sergeant. Following his discharge from the Air Force he returned to San Jose State where he completed his BA degree in Education. Steve spent his 35 year career with San Benito Joint Union High School (SBJUHS). While teaching he continued to further his education at Santa Clara University where he earned his Master's Degree, after which he became a counselor and an administrator at SBJUHS. Upon retiring he served 12 years on the SBJUHS Board as well as serving on the Board of the Sunnyslope County Water District from 1984 to 2010 as a member and president. Steve loved spending time with Lenore and their daughters and families as well their good friends. They spent many wonderful extended weekends with their friends in the San Benito Travel Company as well as time traveling throughout the United States and Canada. He loved working in his yard, wood working, and reading. He also loved his time at their home at Lake Almanor with family and good friends. He taught his sons-in-law and grandchildren the art and love of fishing, traveling the logging roads and exploring all the beauty that that area offers. All who knew Steve know he lived life with a definite sense of humor. If you were fortunate enough to know him well you also know he was a deeply sensitive man with a strong sense of patriotism and an ongoing interest in the state of the world.
Sharad B. Dalal '72 died Dec. 16, 2009.
Raymond "Pat" Patterson Farlin MBA '72 Jun 10, 1933 to Nov 5, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Pat was born in Mason City, Iowa, and spent his childhood in Los Angeles. He moved to San Jose during his high school years attending University High in Los Angeles, San Jose High, and Sequoia High in Redwood City. Pat received a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State in 1956 and an MBA in finance and economics in 1972 from Santa Clara University.
Pat served in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960 as a combat ready navigator and instructor in Strategic Air Command with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was awarded the Air Force Longevity Service Award. From 1961 to 1969, he served in the California Air National Guard and retired with the rank of Major. This passion for aeronautics and air travel never left him. He worked 35 years in airport management. As Deputy Director of Aviation, for San Jose and Assistant Director of Aviation, Clark County, NV. He consulted in the private sector with Hill International and Parsons Brinkerhoff in a similar role. He thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as educator of Airport Management in the Aeronautics Department of San Jose State University from 1972-1980.
Pat liked to fish and loved spending time in the Sierra Mountain home. He learned to snow ski, with his wife at Badger Pass in Yosemite and was affectionately called "Zorro" because he always wore the same black ski cap which had a black tassel that could be seen flapping behind him as he zipped downhill. His love of skiing was something he made sure to impart on all of his children and grandchildren. Pat loved golf and the social aspect of seeing his Aptos neighbors and to walk the course together.
He and his wife, June, enjoyed golfing together for many years as well as traveling to Western Europe, Norway, the UK, and Hawaii multiple times. He always said that the trip of his life was to Australia and New Zealand involving staying on a live aboard ship and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Pat loved Big Band music and boy could he dance. He had gone to cotillions as young as 13 with his older sister Charlene and her girlfriends didn't mind that he was younger because he knew all the dances, even the jitterbug. If you spent more than a few minutes with Pat, you'd pick up that he had strong opinions about American political responsibilities, was a very patriotic supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and having embraced the Internet Age, he would forward emails to ensure family and friends knew exactly where he stood on matters. Recently, he enjoyed renting Netflix black-and-white films and watching Big Bang Theory. Pat was a devoted husband, caring for his wife June until her death in January 2013. After losing his wife of 57 years, he spent time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchild. He is remembered as generous, ethical and having a terrific sense of humor. He was a man of somewhat simple tastes who drank his coffee black, liked Cheerios for breakfast and his only requirement from beer was that it was cold and wet.
Pat is survived by two sons, Mark Farlin ’79 and Kent Farlin, and a daughter Christine Farlin. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Sean, Jessica, and James Farlin, Holly and Mark Zinchefsky, and Hannah Becker.
Raymond M. Barajas '72 died on August 6, 2008.
Randy Kinavey ’72, one of California High School's best known and most respected teachers, died Oct. 14. He was 62. Kinavey taught ninth grade advanced English and honors English 11 at Cal for nearly 25 years and died of complications from cancer after a years-long battle.
The son of Postal Service workers, Kinavey grew up in Oakland and Castro Valley and went to Bishop O'Dowd High School. He attended Santa Clara University as an undergrad and went to San Francisco State University for graduate studies. He taught English for 10 years and served as an administrator at Bishop for two before arriving at Cal in 1986. Also an English teacher at Diablo Valley College, Kinavey received the Warren W. Eukel award in 2010 for excellence in education. He took a medical sabbatical from Cal High and DVC that year.
Outside of the classroom, Kinavey loved watching sports, especially the San Francisco 49ers and the Giants, loved the outdoors, and went camping often. He was an avid reader, enjoyed all forms of music -- especially jazz and the Beatles -- and was known to have an affinity for plastic pink flamingos. During his sabbatical, Kinavey traveled to Europe and saw the birth of his second grandchild.
Randy Kinavey is survived by his wife, Suzanne, children, Hilary and Zach, as well as two grandchildren.
Read the full tribute in the San Ramon Express.
Kenneth Michael "Mike" Keller '72 passed away at his home in Grimes on Wednesday, January 28, at the age of 64. Mike, as he was commonly referred to, was born in Woodland to Kenneth Andrew Keller, Jr. and Elizabeth Joyce Keller. Mike was raised in Colusa and graduated from Colusa High School in 1968. He attended the University of San Francisco, then transferred to Santa Clara University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1972.
Summers during his college years were often spent as a camp counselor at Kennolyn Camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. After college, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, where he served in Alameda, CA; New Jersey, and Virginia. After the Coast Guard, Mike moved to the Santa Cruz region to teach at Quail Hollow Elementary. While in the Santa Cruz area, Mike married Linda Lee Reames '75 of Ben Lomond, CA in 1975. Mike and Linda have two children, Patrick (who resides in Los Angeles) and Christopher (who resides in Denver). In 1979, Mike and his family moved back to Colusa where he began farming in Grimes with his father. Mike farmed rice and other commodities over 30 years and also served the community in many ways.
For years, Mike served on the Grand Island Fire Department in Grimes and also served on various agricultural committees and groups. Mike's love of horses started as a child. He taught others horseback riding while a counselor at Kennolyn Camp and actively rode well into adulthood. Mike enjoyed giving his sons and other kids in the area horseback rides around the Keller ranch and on camping trips. Other passions of Mike's were collecting and restoring antique furniture and appliances, local and world history, and his beloved dogs: a yellow labrador retriever (Holly) and a basset hound (Charlie). For the past 22 years, Mike has been on his quest to restore Ella Miller's former residence in Grimes, affectionately known as "Gram's House." Mike is survived by his mother Joyce, sister Candyce Dormer' 75 (Candy), sons Patrick and Christopher (Carly), nephew Donald Dormer '07, brother-in-law Don Dormer '75, and girlfriend of 18 years, Kimberlee Caldwell.