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1978

'78
Charles P. Johnson

Charles Phillip Johnson M.A. ’78, Oct. 9, 2013. He was born in Independence, Missouri on June 8, 1924. He was very proud of his service in the Navy which he joined immediately after Pearl Harbor in 1941. He had to have parental permission to join because of his young age. He spent his entire tour of duty aboard ships in action in the South Pacific. His ship was one of the first to sail into Tokyo Harbor at the end of World War II. He enrolled in William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and received his BA degree. He partnered with his father in the family monument business founded by his grandfather in 1897. He sold his interest in the business to his younger brother and moved to San Francisco January 1, 1965. He started a driving school in San Francisco. After several years he began teaching Driver Education in the high school district in Sunnyvale, CA. He could see the writing on the wall concerning the future of Driver Education and took the necessary courses to begin teaching Special Education which he continued to teach until his retirement. He received his Masters degree in Special Education at Santa Clara University. November 1, 2000 he moved to Santa Rosa, CA where he resided until his death on October 9, 2013. Charlie was a member of the American Guild of Organists for over 60 years, first in Kansas City, later in San Jose and then Santa Rosa. He had played the organ in many churches over the years in these places and finally the Episcopal Mission of St. Andrew in Monte Rio, CA. Because of failing health he retired and was honored to be named Organist Emeritus October 30, 2011. He was a 67 year Master Mason. First in Independence Lodge and after moving to Santa Rosa, LaFayette Lodge #126 in Sebastopol, CA where he received his 50 year certificate. He was also a member of the Royal Arch and the Scottish Rite. He is survived by his business partner and best friend of 52 years Douglas DeForeest, his loving niece Marcia Hankins (Bill) and nephew Tripp Johnson (Sally).

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:35P
'78
Brian P. Beasley

Brian P. Beasley ’78, born 2/4/55, passed away on 9/29/12. A resident of Dublin, Brian died suddenly at the age of 57. Brian grew up in Cupertino and lived his last 12 years in Dublin, CA. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Brian went on to a career in the food industry as a food broker. Brian is survived by his wife of 21 years, Charlene and his daughters Elizabeth and Rebecca. Brian is also survived by his parents, Ralph and Betty Beasley and brother Patrick. A devoted husband and father, Brian enjoyed all aspects of life including sports, music, laughter, and quality time with family and friends.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 2:46P

1979

GRD Engineering '79
Stanley John Skidmore

Stanley John Skidmore MS ’79 died on October 9, 2010 in Layton, Utah. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 4, 1947, to Helen Glauser and Arthur John Skidmore Jr. Stan was an active person who loved all sports and the outdoors. He was an avid golfer and mountain biker. He also loved woodworking and created many beautiful things for his home and yard. An electrical engineer by profession, he worked at Iomega Corp. for 20 years. He received his B.S. from the University of Utah and M.S. from the University of Santa Clara. He served in the Vietnam conflict as a naval officer. He served a mission in the Franco-Belgian Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1966-1968. A dedicated volunteer, Stan tutored math students at the detention center in Roy. Stan is survived by his wife, Kathleen McDonald, son, Jeremy (Jessica), daughter, Melinda Taylor (Jason), son, Brett (Brittany), daughter, Lindsay Hickman (Blaine), father, Arthur Skidmore Jr., sisters, Christi Heal (Robert), and Shelley Kendall (Michael), and his 11 grandchildren, the joys of his life. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Helen Glauser Skidmore. 

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 12:26P
GRD Law '79
Ronald James Gomes

Ronald James Gomes J.D. '79, a Nellis Air Force Base Internet Administrator (Web Master), passed away April 13, 2011. Ron had a law degree from the University of Santa Clara law school, and an MBA and a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University. A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, he was born Jan. 13, 1946, in San Jose, Calif., and had been a resident of Nevada since 1960. Ronald is survived by his mother, Mildred; brothers, Geoffrey, Dennis, and Stephen; four nieces; and six nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen; and his brother, Douglas Paul.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 11:14A
'79
Robert T. Faubert

Robert Theodore Faubert M.S. ’79, 66, of Purcellville, VA, beloved husband, father, brother and friend, passed away on May 8, 2013 at Inova Loudoun Hospital after a brief illness. Ted spent most of his professional life working in the defense industry for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Corporation, and more recently for TASC Corporation in Chantilly, VA. Ted was an avid golfer and enjoyed scuba diving and helping with his children's sport and other activities. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed. Newsletter Ted was born on October 26, 1946 in El Paso, Texas to the late Victorand Clara Faubert. He graduated from Washington State University with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and later earned his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in California. Ted is survived by his wife of twenty three years Lorie Faubert of Purcellville, VA their two children Daniel and Claudia Faubert of Purcellville, VA four brothers Lawrence Faubert of Bend, OR: Charles Faubert of Richland, WA Richard Faubert of San Jose, CA David Faubert of Richland, WA one sister Victoria Fish of Livermore, CA and nine nieces and nephews. 

submitted May. 23, 2013 1:18P
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Norman D. Vesely

Norman D. Vesely MBA '79 died on January 17, 2010.

submitted Nov. 5, 2010 1:20P
'79
Natalia Ortiz Mead

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. 

 

submitted Feb. 1, 2013 12:17P
'79
Michael G. Ruso

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.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 2:59P
'79
Margaret Saal Blatner

Margaret Saal Blatner, MBA ’79, J.D. ’80 passed away in January 2013 after a short illness.

 
submitted Jan. 7, 2014 10:25P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '79
Luis Guerrero

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.

submitted Feb. 17, 2015 9:50A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '79
Loris Louise Lynch

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.

submitted Jan. 20, 2012 12:59P
'79
Kathy Clements Hunt

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.

submitted Jan. 12, 2014 9:22A
'79
Joyce Marilyn McLean

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.

submitted Jan. 20, 2012 1:09P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
John Marvin Langholff

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.

submitted Jun. 15, 2011 1:30P
GRD Engineering '79
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
GRD Law '79
Isamu "Sam" Yoshida

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. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:18A
GRD Law '79
Gerald A. Kimble Jr.

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. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 4:09P
'79
Frederick L. J. Leverenz Jr.

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.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 7:54P
'79
Edward T. Oakes

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."  

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:38P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
Edward Durkin Helms '79

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.

submitted Oct. 5, 2009 11:32A
'79
Donna J. Parsons

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.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:26P
'79
Dennis Cavender

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. 

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 11:49A
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Corazon Tamayo

Corazon Tamayo '79 on March 21, 2009.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 12:53P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '79
Charles A. Graziani

 Charles A. Graziani '43 on August 30, 2008.  He is survived by his father, Charles Graziani.

submitted Oct. 22, 2009 12:21P
'79
Carol Sarappa Arnold
Carol Sarappa Arnold MBA '79, the wife of Dr. Charles "Buddy" Arnold, formerly of Cullison, was born Sept. 1, 1942, in Camden, N.J. Her parents were Vincenzo James Sarappa and Stella Marie Sarappa of Waterford Works, N.J. Carol grew up in Waterford Works, and in 1960 graduated from Edgewood High School. Carol was a National Honor Society member, National Arts Honor Society member, Student Council member, on school sports teams, editor-in-cChief of her senior yearbook, and a high school cheerleader. Carol attended on scholarship Douglass College which is the ladies' division of Rutgers University of New Jersey. During college she swam for four years with the Niereds, the Douglass Synchronized Women's Swimming team, was a member of the Chemistry Club, and graduated in 1964 with an AB in Bacteriology with a minor in Chemistry. As an aside, she did three years of German language studies.
 
After Douglass College, Carol worked as a laboratory scientist in the animal drug research laboratories of major pharmacy companies located in the Philadelphia, Pa., area until her marriage to David Wilson. Sadly, Carol lost two babies prematurely during pregnancy, something that affected her deeply. Eventually, David and Carol separated. Carol returned to work at Smith Klein Pharmaceutical Company (SKP) and later in 1972 was transferred to their new Palo Alto, Calif., division.
 
During her Palo Alto presence and promotions, Carol became aware she needed additional business knowledge, so while working, she began an evening business program at Santa Clara University where she completed her MBA with honors in 1980. During that time, Carol was managing Seven Reports to her section in her SKP company position which required an extensive amount of travel especially to multiple European sites. After she received her MBA, SKP planned to promote her, and to have her return and work at the headquarters in Philadelphia. But, by that time she had become a "California lady" and so took early retirement.
 
A year after leaving SKP, Carol entered the financial planning world, secured her appropriate licensing, and in 1989 acquired her CFP (Certified Financial Planner) credential. She then developed a very busy successful CFP practice founding with associates the Foothill Financial Group in Silicon Valley. In 1991 she became a member of the Practitioner Division of the International Association for Financial Planning.
 
In 1998, after her husband retired, they moved from Atherton, Calif., to Tiburon, Calif., and she moved her CFP practice office with her assistant to her new home in Tiburon. On Dec. 30,1980 Carol married Dr. Charles Arnold, a Palo Alto Medical Foundation internist/oncologist whom she met on an Apre Ski Club trip to Banff, Canada in March 1979. During their marriage, Carol and Charles both enjoyed elegant indoor festivities such as dining, house parties, reunions, plays, music, operas, ballet, and personal ballroom dancing. They also were both outdoor people, who enjoyed national parks, saddle pack trips in the high California Sierra Mountains, and stream and lake fishing.
 
Charles assisted Carol in obtaining her California hunting license, they became international scuba divers, and sailed on many world wide cruises with friends. Despite injuries and fractures, they also became reasonably advanced mountain snow skiers and enjoyed many stunningly beautiful United States, Canadian, and European slopes.
 
In January 2010, Carol set up a three-year buyout retirement sale of her successful CFP practice. In July 2010, Carol was diagnosed as having an ovarian type of cancer. She subsequently in the following four years had the two major surgeries, received extensive cycles of advanced chemotherapy programs, participated in oncology research programs, and had surgical cyber-knife radiotherapy for two small brain metastatic tumors which were successfully treated.
 
Between therapies from 2010 to 2014, Carol and Charles did extensive traveling and cruising with friends and family members to many US and international places. In the last few months Carol’s energy level diminished slowly, she reviewed her chemotherapy options, and decided with her husband and physicians that further research trials would not improve her quality of life. Her final plan was to achieve comfort so that she could enjoy her loving family, her beautiful home, and her fantastic friends.
 
Carol was at home, comfortable and essentially pain free those last few weeks. On Sept. 1st, Carol was alert and celebrated her 72nd birthday with family and a few close and loving buddies. She, at the end, extended blessings and thanks to all who knew her, loved her, and who enjoyed their wonderful active life with her and her husband Charles.
 
Carol is survived by many wonderful friends, her loving husband, loving stepchildren, Gary Arnold, Christopher Arnold, and Lisa Maldewin (husband Greg), her charismatic brother John Sarappa, five wonderful nieces and nephews and many very close cousins.
 
On September 11, Carol’s ashes were interred at the Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, CA, followed by a private funeral at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Tiburon. May her search for successes and her endearing love of the joys of life be carried forever in the hearts of all who shared parts of their life with Carol. May Carol’s God bless each and every one of you as it did her during her life.

 

 

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