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Natalia Ortiz Mead ’79 was born on April 23, 1923, and passed away on December 26, 2012. A resident of Sunnyvale, she married William E. Mead Jr. and raised two daughters, two sons, and two grandsons. She served in the U.S. Army as an aircraft mechanic, 1943-1944. A retired WWII Veteran, she was an alumnus of Santa Clara University and a retired English teacher. Mead was a dedicated 49ers and Giants fan. She coached childrens' sports. Home was always open to friends. Survived by son Michael, daughter Marguerite, and 8 grandchildren.
Michael G. Ruso '79 died on January 21, 2015, from heart failure at the age of 57. He was born on August 12, 1957 in Watsonville, CA. Mike attended Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville High School class of 1975 and graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University in 1979.
He returned to Watsonville to start his career at Wells Fargo Bank and then managed Valley National/Household Bank. Many businesses and individuals benefited from his keen sense and personal approach to lending. When banking became more corporate he left and went to work in the auto industry. He was currently sales manager of Santa Cruz Nissan Dodge and VW. He also owned the Villager Bar with childhood friend, Eric Johnson.
Following in his father Fran's footsteps, Mike was very involved in local baseball. Treasurer of Aggie's baseball for many years, he ran the local baseball tournament each August. He was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge #1300, Knights of Columbus 958, California Water Fowl Association, Rod & Gun Club and Two and Change. In the true Croation manner, he loved to cook and enjoy a good meal. He often cooked meals and brought them to his colleagues at work. An avid sports fan, he loved the Giants and the 49ers. He was happiest when he was fishing or hunting and then sharing his catch with his many friends. He loved to travel to Tahoe and Las Vegas to play poker, or to bet on sporting events. He also enjoyed Cabo San Lucas & Hawaii and the casual lifestyle there. Mike was generous to a fault, even as a child. He was kind, hardworking, nonjudgmental and forgiving with a keen sense of humor with an uncanny way of making everyone feel safe and at ease. The nicknames that he coined for friends and family stuck and sometimes replaced their legal name.
He leaves his loving wife of 11 years, Saundra; son, Michael Gene II of Aptos; mother, Jolene Ruso; mother-in law, Lea Tedrowe and father-in law, David Bowersock; siblings, Kerry Stringari (Steve), Mark Ruso, Susan Rodriguez (Frank), Jennifer Scurich '83 (Mike) and John Ruso '86; nieces and nephews, Casey Luke and Zach Scurich, Josh and Nico Stringari, Matthew and Kellie Rodriguez, John and Samantha Ruso. He was predeceased by his father Francis J. Ruso and grandparents Gene and Joanne Bartlett and Ann Ruso.
Margaret Saal Blatner, MBA ’79, J.D. ’80 passed away in January 2013 after a short illness.
Luis Guerrero Hernandez M.A. ’79 was born in Sahuayo, Mexico, on July 07, 1937, and died in Colima, Mexico, on June 3, 2014. After graduating from SCU, he joined Gas Menguc back in Mexico, from which he retired after 36 years in 2011. He was an avid reader and chess player. He is survived by his wife, Cristina; son, Alejandro; daughters Noemi, Cecilia and Beatriz and eight grandchildren.
Loris “Lori” Louise Lynch ’79, age 54, passed away during the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2011, due to heart failure in her home in Chandler, Ariz. Born in San Francisco, she was the first-born child to ballet teacher Adrienne Elaine Lynch (McHugh) of Adrienne Elaine Dance Studios and San Francisco Police Sgt. Maurice Joseph Lynch Jr., both of San Francisco. She grew up in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of San Anselmo and spent her summers working in Lake Tahoe, traveling with family and spending time at her beloved Camp Mather in Yosemite. Some of her fondest memories and friendships were made during her high school and college years. She attended The San Domenico School for Girls (1971–1975), and then went on to complete a B.A. at Santa Clara University (1975–1979), followed by a nursing degree (B.S.) at Boston University. After completing her studies, Lori had a long and fruitful career in medical sales. She also was an active member of the San Francisco Junior League for years before transferring to the Scottsdale chapter. On October 3, 2003, during a beautiful ceremony overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Lori married Richard J. Nelson of Wisconsin at the Alta Mira Hotel in Sausalito. Together, they lived in Sausalito and San Rafael, before retiring to Arizona, where they split their time between Chandler and Pinewood (Munds Park). Lori's love for travel continued after marriage with explorations to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Hawaii with her husband. As an avid cruiser, Mexico and the Caribbean were her favorites. Lori was best described as quick-witted and sharp. She loved hearty discussions, whether they were about politics, history, or a debate over a Trivial Pursuit question. She will be missed and is survived by her husband, Richard J. Nelson of Chandler, Ariz., Steven Gregory Lynch (brother) of Scottsdale, Kerri Patrice Lynch (sister) of Scottsdale, Richard Craig Lynch (brother), and family Zuzy Martin Lynch (sister-in-law) and Craig Maurice Lynch (beloved nephew) of Larkspur, Calif.
Kathy Clements Hunt ’79, age 56, of Clovis, California, died in an auto accident caused by inclement weather on November 23, 2013, while traveling home with her husband Tom ’79 from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show in Oklahoma City. Kathy is survived by her husband, Tom, and son, Miles ’12, J.D. ’15. She was a loving wife and mother who took pride in all of their accomplishments and provided them the best life possible.
Kathy and Tom met while attending Santa Clara University. They have been married for 33 years. She was most proud of Miles, 23, who also received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara and is currently enrolled in law school there. In addition to her love of her family, Kathy was an animal lover. She loved dogs and horses. She competed nationally with her AQHA registered horses. In 2009, she was the Adequan Select Pleasure Driving Champion with her horse, Sky's Moon Pie. There has been an outpouring of support for her family from Kathy's friends and fellow exhibitors in the horse industry, which demonstrates the impact she had on those who knew her.
Joyce Marilyn McLean ’79 died Dec. 13, 2011. A resident of Los Gatos, Joyce, the oldest child of John and Bertha Ellman, was born in Chicago, attended the University of Chicago Laboratory School ,followed by the University of Chicago College, and earned a Hutchins BA at the age of 18 and a master's in Learning Disabilities from the University of Santa Clara. In 1959 with husband Doug and, at the time, three children, she moved to Perth, Australia, for three years. In Perth her social activism and concern for the treatment of Australian aborigines led her to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), an organization started in 1915 in response to the horrors of WWI. On return to the U.S. in San Jose and Santa Cruz, she continued work with WILPF for 50 more years with stints as an office holder both for U.S. WILPF and on the executive committee of International WILPF. Through the Vietnam War, she participated in weekly vigils at the San Jose Induction Center. In May 1966, long before the mass protests, she and three other women, the “Napalm Ladies,” in an act of civil disobedience, blocked the loading of napalm destined for Vietnam. In a jury trial for “interfering with lawful business,” the defense was permitted to introduce into evidence the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 and the Nuremberg Judgments establishing the case that use of napalm violated International Law. The jury found them guilty. As a speaker at a subsequent demonstration organized from Stanford University at the port of Redwood City, she was interviewed by New York Times’ Tom Wicker, who recounted the profound impact of their conversation that spurred him to investigate and report on the breadth of the peace movement and the moral injustice of the war. Pete Seeger wrote and recorded two songs about the Napalm Ladies. Joyce, now raising six children, taught at night in volunteer programs for English learners. In the mid-seventies, she was elected to serve on an all-women school board of the Loma Prieta School District. In less than one term, they were recalled for, among other things, “trying to ram excellence down the throats of the community.” She, with a partner, went on to run a successful business where they tutored clients from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Governor Jerry Brown's first term reorganization of the Department put an end to that. She ran a school for a group home before becoming a coordinator and teacher for the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center's ESL Program until health issues forced her retirement. In 1995, with hundreds of other women from a dozen countries, she rode on a WILPF organized Peace Train from Helsinki to Beijing through Russia, Belarus, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and China, meeting with local peace activists and engaging them in workshops on the train. Joyce was an inveterate writer of Letters to the Editor. She read history, biography, sociology, and politics at a rate of two books per week. She was a devotee of Amy Goodman's Democracy Now. Joyce, especially as a Jew, was passionate about Israel-Palestine and Palestinian rights and was appalled by Israeli policy and that it was facilitated by the U.S. Quick witted, eager for discussion and debate with ready humor, a wonderful wife and mother, Joyce was our family's moral compass. Knowing that she was near death, which she accepted as a blessing, she brought us together for her final days to say goodbye. Immediate survivors are husband Doug, children Debra, Ken, Ruth, Rebecca, and David, twelve grandchildren, brother Michael and his children Bruce and Carol.
John Marvin Langholff '79 passed away on June 5, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved son of Marianne Langholff Morrisey and the late Marvin Langholff '58. Loving father of Daniel and Allison Langholff. Dearest brother of Mary Anne (Bill) Delaney '72, Joanie (Tom) Biniek '73, Nancy '76 and his twin brother Jim (Joan) Langholff. Graduate of St. Christophers, Bellarmine College Prep and Santa Clara University where he played Rugby. John loved to barbecue for family and friends and was an avid fan of the 49ers and Giants. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
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.
Isamu "Sam" Yoshida J.D. ’79 passed away peacefully July 4, 2012 at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital in California. He was born in Nagoya, Japan, in December 1945 and permanently moved to the U.S. with his mother, stepfather and siblings in 1960. He graduated in 1964 from Rancho High School in Las Vegas, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from March 1966 to December 1968. Sam was wounded in Vietnam, in the harrowing hill fighting during the first battle of Khe Sanh, in the spring of 1967 by exploding shrapnel which left him with a small blind spot in his right eye.
In 1972, he married Gail Etsuko Hiroshima, a native of San Francisco, in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas. During his 40 years of marriage, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973 with a B.S. Degree from the College of Engineering, received his Professional Engineer's License Civil in Engineering in 1976, graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1979, and passed the California State BAR Examination in 1979. Besides being a member of the California State BAR, he was also a member of The American Society of Civil Engineers, American Military Engineers Society, Wilderness Unlimited, and had briefly been a participating member of Rotary International.
His career path led him to work at the following institutions and businesses: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Western Division in San Bruno, Calif.; Officer in Charge of Construction Yokosuka, Japan, as Head of Acquisition; Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwestern Division San Diego, as Director of Contracts, General Services Administration (GSA), as Director of Contracts; GSA, as Director of Real Estate; Parsons Brinckerhoff San Jose office, as Contracts Manager; Los Angeles Unified School District, as Director of Facilities Contracts; Seville Group, Inc. as Senior VP and General Counsel; and finally back at Parsons Brinckerhoff International Engineering Firm San Francisco as Legal Manager, Western Region.
He was preceded in passing by his mother, Mitsuko Yoshida Lauver; brother, HN James Lauver, USN; and stepfather, TSgt John T. Lauver, USAF. Sam is survived by his devoted and dearly beloved wife, Gail; beloved companion cat, Velvet; and his loving family, sister, Bonnie (Hugh) Murtaugh; niece, Erin; and nephews, Devin and Bryan; brother, Jan (Barbie) Lauver J.D. ’81; and nephews, John-Matthew and James; brother, Dennis (Karen) Lauver; and nieces, Rebecca and Meghan.
One of the last things he told Gail was that he was eternally grateful for his wonderful life and all the many precious and lasting relationships that he had made since his middle school years in Japan.
Gerald A. Kimble Jr. J.D. ’79, 69, died September 21, 2012, in Colorado Springs. A retired Naval Officer and Attorney, he was born on August 26, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio to Gerald and Katurah Kimble. Jerry graduated in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas, 1969, and was promoted from enlisted to Naval Officer, serving 21 years as a Naval Flight Officer, retiring as Lt. Commander. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara,1979, and practiced as a Prosecutor for the District Attorney, as a County Attorney prosecuting child abuse and neglect; and for both offices started recovery of welfare fraud and collections for arrears of child support. During private practice, he fought to end child abuse as Guardian ad Litem for abused or neglected children and disabled adults. He proudly served as the first board President of Pikes Peak Family Connections, teaching nurturing classes for court ordered families and establishing KPC Kid's Place, a crisis respite center for children. During his illness, he volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to continue his work against abuse. In 2009, the El Paso County Bar honored him with the Lohman Award for his work to protect children. Surviving him are his wife, Cheryl Kimble, daughter, Jami Kimble and her husband Evan McLain, his two grandsons, Colm and Rafferty McLain, as well as his siblings, JoAn, Fleda, Phyllis, Jean, June, Harold, Roger, Tom, Vicky, and Jim.
Frederick Louis John Leverenz Jr. M.S. ’79, age 69, of Fairview, Texas passed away January 30, 2013. He was born February 9, 1943 in El Campo, Texas to Frederick Louis John Leverenz, Sr. and Mary Louise (Beaty) Leverenz. Frederick holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a MS in engineering from the University of Santa Clara. Frederick was a project manager for Battelle’s Process Safety and Integrated Risk Management group. He had over 35 years’ experience in system safety and risk assessment. He has been involved in the application and teaching of risk/hazard analysis methods since 1972. His experiences cover aerospace, nuclear power, and the chemical process industries. He managed and participated technically in hazard/risk analyses, methods development, and reliability database management. Leverenz was a key author of AIChE’s CCPS’ “Guidelines of Hazard Evaluation Procedures.” The last course Leverenz wrote was Advance Concepts for Process Hazard Analysis, which is still used today.He is survived by his wife, Gail Annette Leverenz of Fairview, Texas; daughters, Michelle Annette Crist of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer Marie Davidson (Aaron) of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Savannah Grace Davidson, Annabel Marie Davidson and Emery Katherine Davidson; brothers, James Leverenz of Seattle, Washington, Tom Leverenz of Seattle, Washington, Jerry Leverenz of Germany; sister, Lyne Prémi of Modesto, California.He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Mary Leverenz.
Catholic theologian and professor Edward T. Oakes, S.J. M.Div. '79 died in St. Louis Dec. 6, prompting his colleagues to remember his work in Christology, his wit, and his lasting effect on students.
"Fr. Oakes was a unique scholar, largely because of his Jesuit background in Classics, where he was able to really do theology within the full richness and the full texture of the Western intellectual tradition," Fr. Thomas Baima, vice-rector for academic affairs at Mundelein Seminary, told CNA. "He was a very pleasant and gregarious personality. A little bit quirky, as scholars often are," the vice-rector continued. "I always thought him delightful. He had a great wit and was very interested in current events."
Fr. Oakes, who was elected president of the Academy of Catholic Theology in 2013, had taught at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago from 2002 until October 2013, when he entered hospice care at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis. He died of complications of pancreatic cancer, the Jesuits' Missouri Province said. The Kansas City, Mo. native was 65-years-old. Fr. Baima said Fr. Oakes was best known for the "extraordinary amount of work" he did on the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century who is widely considered to be an influence on the thought of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Fr. Oakes was involved in the ecumenical group Evangelicals and Catholics Together and was a major contributor to to the ecumenical journal "First Things."
He joined the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. He taught at New York University and Regis University in Denver. He had served as a scholar in residence at Cambridge University and taught English, theater and drama at St. Louis University High School. He held a doctorate in theology from Union Theological Seminary, a bachelor's and master's degree in philosophy from St. Louis University and a master of divinity in scripture from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
His books include "Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar" and "Infinity Dwindled to Infancy: A Catholic and Evangelical Christology." Before his death he was working on a project involving the theological debate about grace and nature, Fr. Baima said. The Academy of Catholic Theology remembered Fr. Oakes as "a deeply cultured man" who "enlivened everything of which he was a part by his penetrating intelligence and warm, friendly spirit."
The Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus said in a statement that Fr. Oakes was "a joyful man" who "loved studies and the intellectual life." Fr. Baima also remembered the priest's dedication as a teacher. He recalled that one of the last public events Fr. Oakes attended at Mundelein Seminary was an Oct. 5 celebration of his book "Infinity Dwindled to Infancy." "A number of his former students, including doctoral students, came to the event," the seminary vice-rector said. "We were particularly touched by the long-term affection that they maintained for all he had done for them." "He was a teacher who was completely there for his students. He was 'all on' when it came to being a teacher," Fr. Baima said.
The Academy of Catholic Theology asked for prayers for the soul of Fr. Oakes, adding "to say that Father Oakes will be sorely missed is a profound understatement."
Edward Durkin Helms '79, born in Modesto, Calif., on May 14, 1957, to Leo T. and Maryclare Helms, passed in Roseville, Calif., September 25, 2009. The family moved to Tracy in 1963, and Ed attended St. Bernard's and Jefferson Elementary and Tracy High School where he was Student Body President in 1974-75. Ed graduated from Santa Clara University in 1979. Ed was an avid skier and hiker in his youth. He went to work and later became a principal in Helms Tractor Company, a local family farm equipment dealership. He subsequently became a Stock Broker specializing in bonds. He resided in Roseville since 1988. He is preceded in death by his father Leo T. Helms and survived by his sons Edward and Colton, mother Maryclare Helms, his brother Lee (Kathrina), sister Elizabeth (Bruce Rohrer) niece Kiley and nephew Ryan. Ed loved people and his life was his boys. He was deeply involved in the lives of Colton and Edward.
Donna Jean Parsons M.A. ’79, June 19, 2013. She died at her home after a long battle with cancer, multiple myeloma. Donna was born in Dunsmuir to Art and Vera Parsons, the middle of 3 children. She attended local schools, graduating from DHS in 1961. Donna was active with cheerleading, Rainbow Girls, and academic clubs, making many life-long friends. Donna was accepted at UC Berkeley, which was as far from her small town experiences as she could get! She was grateful to all of her teachers, including Ramey Drake, Grace Harris, and Reva Coon, as well as her parents, for encouraging her academic achievements and instilling a drive for higher education. After graduating from Cal, Donna worked in the social welfare field in several northcoast and SF Bay Area counties, finishing up that part of her career as an adoptions social worker in Alameda County. By that time she had gotten her Masters at Santa Clara University and went out on her own as a psychotherapist. She loved that work, developing even more her passion and skill for helping children and families with a variety of problems. In 2005 Donna realized a dream of returning to Dunsmuir, when she, husband Jon Jeffers and son Eric Burger, bought and renovated the old Oak Tree Inn (Motel?) into what is now the Dunsmuir Lodge. She was the last of the siblings to return to Dunsmuir and was so happy she could spend her last years here. Sadly, although the number of her last years were defined by the cancer diagnosis in 2007, the quality was not. She bravely fought this disease, although she didn't consider herself brave; she just wanted to live as long and as well as she could. She continued her other passions for the piano and knitting and photography, helped nurture the success of the Lodge, and spent time with her family and friends. She was part of a support group for multiple myeloma patients, who drew comfort from each other. Her continued friendship with classmates of 1961 and adjacent years, helped to make the 50th reunion in 2011 very successful. Donna leaves behind her husband of 33 years, Jon Jeffers her son Eric Burger, siblings Carol (Dick Keiser) and Bill (Hazel) Parsons. She was a loved stepmother, grandmother, and great grandmother to Diana Jeffers Williams, Danielle Finley-Haley and Michael Haley, and an aunt to Sheryl Burger. Carol's stepchildren Lori Keiser Usher and Rick Keiser were very grateful for her love and support during their childhoods, and through the births of their children. Donna will be missed by many but our hope is that her kindness and generosity and humor will live on with all those who knew her.
Dennis Cavender MBA '79, age 63, passed away on July 28, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Gail (nee Kephart) for over 40 years; the loving father of Amanda (Elliot) Bennett, Jackie (Matt) Wild, and Elizabeth (Adam) Dreyer; proud grandfather of Stella Bennett; devoted brother of Judith (Dennis) Berg and Joyce (Keith) Bogue; and cherished uncle to four nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and DeVona Cavender, of Denver, CO.
A native of the Denver area, Dennis also lived significant portions of his life in the San Francisco and Chicago areas. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. His four-decade career in finance and management took him around the country and the globe. He loved golf, baseball, traveling, and spending time with his family. His loved ones will remember him for his strength, sense of humor, and zeal for life. He will be dearly missed.
Corazon Tamayo '79 on March 21, 2009.
Charles A. Graziani '43 on August 30, 2008. He is survived by his father, Charles Graziani.
Bruce Kent McCormick MBA '79 was born Oct. 8, 1952. Of Granite Bay, he passed away unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Nov. 28, 2014. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Bruce spent his formative years in Yorktown, Indiana. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Purdue University in electrical engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Bruce enjoyed a productive and fruitful 36 year career as an engineering executive at Intel Corporation, where he was part of the team to generate the first successful flash-memory device. Following his career at Intel, Bruce was a founder and CEO of CogniMem Technologies Inc. He served as an elder in the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church and as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. Bruce was a loving and devoted father, friend, and community member. He especially enjoyed sharing his passion for flying and the outdoors. His presence, warm smile, and kind manner will be greatly missed.
Bruce is predeceased by his parents, Leach Snapp McCormick, Jr. and Ann Johnson McCormick, of Aiken, SC. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Moffat McCormick MBA ’79 (Granite Bay), daughter Melissa (Santa Barbara), and sons Matthew (Granite Bay) and Christopher (Jessica) of Santa Barbara. He also has three grandchildren, Logan, Jude, and Harper McCormick of Santa Barbara. Bruce's siblings include brothers Steven C. McCormick (Raymond, Nebraska) and David A. McCormick (New Haven, Conneticut), and sister Angela G. McCormick (Saint Joseph, Minnesota).
Brigit Kathleen Whims '79, on June 1, 2014, closed her crystal blue eyes, never to to reopen them again in this life. She was surrounded by her family and friends and passed on peacefully at her home in Saratoga, Calif. She is survived by her husband Jim; children Maclane, Parker and Makena, as well as by her mother Agnes and brother Kevin. Born April 6th, 1957 to Bob and Agnes Mcwalters of San Francisco, Calif., Brigit attended Mercy high school and went to Santa Clara university on an academic scholarship. Her first job out of school was with Xerox Corporation and years later she became a stock broker at E.F. Hutton.
She lived a healthy lifestyle centered on spending time with close friends and family, and always getting to the gym. She loved to travel and did her best to never miss one of her boys' Bellarmine lacrosse games or her daughter's horse shows.
Albert A. Agresti, S.J. M.Div. ’79, ThM ’81 December 13, 2013 in Lebanon, N.H. Al was born in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 5th, 1949, the son of Michael and Evelyn Sera Agresti. The family home was in Quincy and Al attended local schools there, graduating from North Quincy High School. He studied history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and when he received his B.A. degree, in 1971, he entered the novitiate of the New England Province, St. Andrew House, on Newbury Street in Boston. After first vows, in 1973, he did collegian studies at Boston College, earning an M.A. in philosophy. He spent a year as a regent, teaching English at the Cranwell School, Lenox, Mass., in 1974-75. From 1975 to 1979 he studied theology at JSTB, Berkeley, Calif., interrupting his studies there for 18 months of Clinical Pastoral Education at Bon Secours Hospital in Methuen, Mass. He was a campus minister at the University of San Francisco from 1979 to 1981 and was ordained to the priesthood at the College of the Holy Cross, in 1980. From 1981 to 1986 he studied counseling psychology at Ohio State. With his doctorate in hand, he taught psychology at several universities: Boston College, Loyola University Chicago, the University of San Francisco, and San Jose State University. He was associate dean at St. Louis University and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University. From 2005 to 2007, he engaged in retreat ministry, at Gloucester and then at Campion Center, including serving as director of the Renewal Center there. From 2007 to 2011, he was Catholic chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H. His administrative talents led to his being invited to become senior manager of operations for graduate medical education at the medical center, which is affiliated with Dartmouth Medical School. He belonged to a number of professional and scholarly associations. Quite recently, he received a diagnosis of a serious medical condition and he was making plans to step down from his position. Friends became concerned when he failed to keep appointments. He was found dead in his apartment on Friday, Dec.13. Al is survived by two brothers, Joseph Agresti (of Naples, Fla.) and Carmen Agresti (of Stoughton, Mass.); his nephews Jason, Paul, and Adam Agresti; two aunts, Enes Centofanti and Adela Contrada; and several cousins and grandnephews and grandnieces.
Stephen Louis Pessagno Sr. ’80 , 55, of Salinas, passed away peacefully in his home on June 9, 2013. He was born May 26, 1958, in San Francisco to Aldo and Anita Pessagno. Steve was an active member of and advocate for the Monterey wine industry, founding family-owned Pessagno Winery in 1999 to fulfill a 20-year dream of producing high-quality, exclusive local wines. Inspired by crushing over-ripe Zinfandel grapes for the first time at his grandfather's ranch in 1974, Steve pursued his passion for winemaking as assistant winemaker and vineyard manager for Kirigin Cellars, and then as vice president and winemaker for Jekel Vineyards and Lockwood Vineyard. His deep love for winemaking and the Monterey area culminated in Pessagno Winery, where he crafted full-bodied wines from distinctive local vineyards and engaged the community with countless social events and paella feasts. He was a leader of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, the Knights of the Vine, the Monterey County Planning Commission, and numerous other organizations. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1980, and a B.S. in Enology & Food Science from California State University, Fresno in 1986. At Santa Clara and during a short stint as an engineer, he conducted innovative research on using alternative fuel sources for combustion engines and facilities. He also will be remembered as a proud baseball coach for his four sons, an avid hunter and fisherman, and a talented engineer and craftsman. Steve is survived by his four sons, Anthony, Stephen, Robert, and John; his mother, Anita; his sister, Elaine Offenbach (Randy); his companion, Jeri Crittenden, and the mother of his sons, Janet. He was preceded in death by his father, Aldo and his best friend in duck hunting, black Labrador Keno.
Roberta T. Kuguenko J.D. '80 on June 18, 2009.
Ricardo Ivan Ramirez '80 on Oct. 25, 2008. A native of San Cristobal, Venezuela, he earned a bachelor of science degree in finance at SCU. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and two children.