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'60
William Tagmyer

William Tagmyer ’60, a longtime University of Portland board member, passed away on Sept. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.

Even as he faced death, friends say he was unfailingly positive. Tagmyer approached his cancer treatment the same way he approached business, philanthropy and volunteering: with a big smile.
 
“I’m sure he had his down moments, but I never saw it,” said University of Portland President E. William Beauchamp. “He always seemed to be in a good mood.”
 
Tagmyer served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve before settling into the steel business. He ran Northwest Pipe Company for nearly 30 years, becoming president and CEO in 1986, just after its financial crisis. Tagmyer pulled the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and by 1988, Northwest Pipe reported record earnings. Under his leadership, the company grew from $19 million to more than $500 million in revenues.
 
The well-known Oregon businessman and philanthropist Bill "Tag" Tagmyer died in Boston, two weeks after undergoing surgery for thoracic mesothelioma. He was born  on Jan. 31, 1938. A compassionate and fun-loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill lived the family motto: "Work hard, play hard and contribute to society."
 
Bill was a "steel guy" who began his career with United States Steel in 1961. He worked for the Gunderson Division of FMC Corporation from 1969-75, and for L.B. Foster and its subsidiaries from 1975-85. He then joined Northwest Pipe Company, where he was president and CEO from 1985 to 2000 and board chairman from 1985 to 2012. This past summer, Bill was honored for his "55 years of exceptional service to the steel industry as an entrepreneur, visionary, leader and friend."
 
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, in which he rose to the rank of captain. He was an energetic board member for dozens of entities in Portland and California, among them are the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (chairman), the University of Portland, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Easter Seals and the Arlington Club. He was also a passionate golfer, serving as president of both the Waverley Country Club in Portland and the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., as well as the board of the Western Oregon Golf Society. Bill is survived by his wife, Lucy of Lake Oswego; sons, Bill Jr. (wife, Cindy, and children, Lindsay, Kelsey and Whitney) and Steve (wife, Vicki, and children, Michelle and Dawson); daughters, Kris Tuor (husband, Darren, and children, Dalton and Dylan) and Karey Gutierrez '90 (husband, Bernard, and children, Sophie and Ellie); brother, Bob (wife, Sue); and multiple treasured nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Rita Tagmyer; and sister, Joyce Suess.
 
He was active with many charities, including one that sends poor golf caddies to college. In addition to the university's board, Tagmyer served on the boards of theOregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and the Easter Seals Society of Oregon.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '60
William Necoechea

William M. Necoechea ’60 died January 21, 2011. 

submitted Apr. 12, 2011 1:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '60
William G. Schroder

William George Schroder ’60 died Aug. 11, 2010 at the age of 71, in Anchorage, Alaska.

submitted Sep. 27, 2010 2:31P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '60
William Edward Harley

 

William Edward Harley ’60 was born to Eternal Life on Jan. 15, 2011, at the age of 72 years. He was the eldest of four children born to William J. and Rosemarie Harley, and the grandson of William S. Harley, a co-founder of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Loving husband of 47 years of Kathleen F. Harley (nee Janik). Caring father of William P. (Grace) and Julie (Matt) Smith. Cherished grandfather of William, Ashley, and Amanda. Dear brother of Mary (John) Stocking, Robert J. (Kristy), and Rosanne (Bill) Wright. Bill was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Jan. 27, 1938. He was a graduate of Country Day School, Marquette High School, and attended Santa Clara University. Early in his career, he worked for Harley-Davidson in the accounting department. An avid duck hunter, outdoorsman and naturalist, Bill served in the Army Reserves. The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all of Bill's caregivers: the staff and nurses at St. John's Home on the Lake, Dr. Betz, Dr. Keppel, and Dr. Adl.
 

 

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 4:36P
'60
Thomas C. Reasonover

Thomas C. Reasonover ’60 passed away on Feb. 5, 2013 at Stonebrook Convalescent Hospital at the age of 87. Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma December 5th 1925, he settled in Northern California at the age of 17. He served in the Navy during World War ll as a Submariner. After his discharge, he obtained his degree from Santa Clara University. Then, was a forecasting manager executive for Kaiser Gypsum and Cement retiring after 25 years. He continued to work as a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker in Lafayette. He was a resident of Martinez. His wife, Edie, son, Randy and daughters Pam and Gretchen survive him. Tom is also survived by his granddaughters Kathryn and Kristen, nieces Phyllis and Wylma and many loving family members. 

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 8:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
Richard L. Hall

Richard L. "Dick" Hall '60 passed away peacefully on June 8, 2011, leaving behind his loving wife of 43 years, Jill, and their three sons, Dan (wife Tao), Dave (fiance Audrey), and Jeff (wife Patty), and grandson, James. He also leaves behind brothers Pete, Bob, and numerous special cousins, nephews, nieces and their children. His brother, Tim predeceased him. Dick graduated from Santa Clara University, where he maintained a long term active role in its Alumni Association, and Loyola Law School. He spent his legal career as a partner of the Pasadena law firm, Hahn & Hahn, LLP. He leaves behind many cherished friends.

submitted Jun. 17, 2011 9:32A
'60
Richard "Buzz" Kwapil

Richard “Buzz” O. Kwapil ’60, 73, passed at his home surrounded by his family on April 18, 2012. His older sister, Carmel, bestowed the nickname before he was five years old for his always "buzzing around." Yearbooks, friends, and family embraced the name.

Buzz passed away after almost 20 years of marriage to his wonderful wife, Nancy Edwards Kwapil, whom he married on January 2, 1993. In 1992, Buzz asked each of Nancy's three adult children, Kathi, John and Jim for her hand in marriage, explaining he'd been diagnosed with cancer in 1990 and wasn't sure how long he had to live, but wanted to spend the rest of his few years with their mom, if "the kids" approved. Nancy's children happily agreed and joined Corinne (Cori) and niece Elena to become a blended Kwapil family spanning Reno, Houston, Denver and Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Buzz frequently commented how blessed he was to have had two wonderful beautiful wives and such a large loving family to whom he became a father.

Buzz's first "sweetheart" was Leah Rae Larson, whom he married in 1962 and who passed away on 1991. Buzz and Leah were blessed when Corinne Marie Kwapil arrived on May 14, 1969. The couple were predeceased by two stillborn sons in 1970 and 1971. Buzz's niece, Elena, arrived to the Kwapil home in 1979 after his sister, Carmel K. Bannick, passed away from cancer. Buzz and Leah raised Elena as their second daughter.

A lawyer, world traveler, philanthropist, devout Catholic and bon vivant, Buzz fought non-Hodgkins lymphoma for more than two decades, becoming what he called a "poster boy" for his Reno oncologists and Stanford experimental treatment programs. What finally defeated him was the late effect of radiation on his heart and lungs after a treatment in July 2011 for a tumor near his heart. Regarding his prognosis-defying ordeal with cancer, Buzz declared, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going." 

Often referring to himself as "just a country lawyer," Buzz was a member of the Woodburn and Wedge law firm in Reno, Nevada from 1963 until his retirement in 2005. From its establishment in 1994, he served as Chairman and President of the Leonette Foundation, a philanthropy that supports innovative medical and assistance programs for needy seniors and deprived children who fall through the cracks of government assistance programs in Northern Nevada. 

Buzz's philanthropy and personal altruism extended far beyond his foundation work. In so many different ways he generously helped friends and family in times of dire need. One of his favorites quotes, "do unto others as you would have other people do unto you," was indeed how he tried to live each day. One of his friends for 50 years noted to him recently, "it has been a certainty that there was no way we could out-give you."

At Reno High School where he graduated in 1956, Buzz recounted that some of his teachers thought him a "lazy student." For his junior year, his parents finally sent Buzz away to a Jesuit boarding school, St. Robert Bellerman, in San Jose, "a game changer in my life." 

Already in love with Leah, he was a self-proclaimed "chiseler" who in his first months at Bellerman devised a way to visit her after receiving a letter from his father proclaiming he would miss Buzz at an upcoming duck hunt. Plotting his escape, Buzz decided to tell the stern President of the school that this was an important family tradition where men hunted and women folk cooked together. Academic leadership took pity on Buzz, allowing him a cash advance to take a bus toward Reno. 

Upon Buzz's unexpected arrival back to Reno, his parents dutifully welcomed him, he saw Leah, and took part in the duck hunt. Thereafter his parents insisted on driving him back to school, where Buzz said, "I should have known something was up." The headmaster later told Buzz that he'd never received more of a tongue-lashing than from Buzz's mother for allowing him to leave campus. 

Buzz graduated with a BSC from University of Santa Clara in 1960 and a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1963 where he served on the Law Review. For the last 30 years of his law practice, Buzz served as attorney for the Catholic Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas, encompassing the entire state. 

In 2005, Pope Benedict conferred on Buzz a special Papal Award, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, a rare token of recognition for a life of exemplary service to the Catholic Church and the public. The esteemed award acknowledges Papal gratitude and respect for him and his dignified commitment to the Christian ideals of faith, justice and charity.

Buzz was also a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, having received the highest rank of Knight of the Grand Cross. Membership is considered one of the highest honors conferred upon clergy and laity alike. Selection occurs because of meritorious service to the Church, to the community and to one's fellow man. Since 1963, Buzz was also a member of Reno Prospectors' Club. 

At the end of a walk in Bath, England in 2008, Buzz found inspiration in an old tombstone: "Here lies Fred. He's dead. Enough said." 

Before embarking on a new (successful) round of cancer treatment three years ago, he told family he wanted his own epitaph to read: "Here lies Buzz. He was . . . " 

And so it shall be done. Buzz wants others to fill in the rest, mentioning a few unprintable words some might choose, his humor intact through his last days.

Aunt Frances, the senior member of the Kwapil family whose ancestors arrived to Iowa from Bohemia in 1883, noted, "Buzz had a strong family sense. He put himself out to get the family together."

Another family member said Buzz was . . . "a toasted marshmallow, a little crusty on the outside and sometimes on fire, but all warm and mushy on the inside, and full of goodness."

The family thanks friends, clergy, doctors, and nurses (especially Stacia, Trent, Melissa, Karl-ER) at St. Mary's Hospital, and the amazing Cynthia and Tracy at BrightStar for the loving care and support provided in the past month.

Buzz is survived by his widow, Nancy, their children - daughters Corinne Kwapil-Golden (husband Kenny, Reno) known as "little Cori Kwapil," Elena (Nena) Bannick Ross (husband, Ben, Reno) and Kathi Walther Bouma (husband Richard, Johannesburg); sons, John Walther (wife Kay, Houston), Jim Walther (wife Lisa, Denver); grandchildren, Alex, Nicholis, Richard (Buzz's namesake), Hunter, Maeleigh (Reno, Idaho), Brittany, Lyndsay, Ben, Lance, Sean, Spencer, (Reno), Jack, Juliana, Karinne (Denver), Mary Claire, John (Chicago and Houston), Adam (wife Eleanor, London), William (wife Laura, London), and great grand daughter Emmie (London); niece, Elizabeth Bannick Sullivan (husband Dave, Atlanta), nephew Nick Bannick (wife Teresa, Houston); and Buzz's aunt, Frances Kwapil (Seattle), and other dear friends whom Buzz considered members of his extended family.

submitted May. 3, 2012 9:07A
'60
Melvin Prescott

Melvin Prescott '60 after a long, courageous battle with many health issues, went to eternal rest on March 14, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his wife Lynn of 41 years of marriage; loving dad to Matt (Jennifer) Prescott and Christine (Ed) Skubic; super papa to Nicole Skubic and Colin Prescott; loving baby brother to Pat Oswald and Bill Fernandez; brother-in-law to Steve Vlautin and Jean Madrieres, also many nephews and nieces. A native and proud San Franciscan, Mel attended Alvarado, James Lick Jr. High, Lowell High, and the University of Santa Clara. A Daly City resident and OLM parishioner for 41 years, Mel retired from Wyeth Labs as a sales rep. for 28 years. Mel was on the Daly City Park & Rec. Commission Personnel Board and a member of the San Mateo County Grand Jury, and a member of the Bronco Bench. Mel loved spending time with his family and friends. His children and grandchildren were everything to him, they made his face light up. His love for basketball and golf were right up there. He was athletic director and basketball coach at OLM for many years. He also ran and enjoyed the OLM festival every year. Mel was very proud of the two 8th grade teams he took to the CYO city championships. His other proud moment was his hole in one at the 14th hole at Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club (1989). He was totally beside himself over that proud moment. Playing golf with Matt and all their friends at the SF Father & Son Golf Tournament was high on his fun list. Of course watching the 49ers, high school basketball and college basketball were very high on his hit parade. His family and friends will miss him immensely. He was a giant man with a heart to match.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 3:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
Larry D. Kinser

Larry D. Kinser '60 died on March 21, 2010. He was born on August 27, 1938 in French Camp, Calif. In 1962, he married his wife, Patricia "Pixie'' Lamphere. He was the youngest of three children born to Carroll "Bud'' and Jean Kinser. Larry was raised in Stockton, where he graduated from St. Mary's H.S. Throughout his childhood, Larry loved playing sports and was a great athlete. He grew up bowling and playing baseball, football and golf. He continued to play baseball for Santa Clara University. In 1960, Larry graduated from Santa Clara University with a Business Administration degree. After college, Larry had a successful career in sales and marketing and worked at Sears, Xerox, Best Foods and Gallo Winery. In 1976, he bought Caples Lake Resort and became an entrepreneur. Other business ventures include a financial planning business, Kinser Shell Mini Mart, Sting Golf and Par 4 Homes. He was an active member of the Ripon Rotary and served a term as the President. Larry and Pixie spent the majority of their lives living in Modesto where they raised two children, Corbin Kinser and Diana Kinser Middleton. While his children were in school, Larry served as the President of the Father's Club at Sherwood School and was on the school board at Central Catholic H.S. He also coached golf, softball and little league. During his retirement, Larry enjoyed playing golf, traveling, spending time with his family and working at H & R Block doing taxes for fun.' Larry is survived by his wife Pixie, two children Corbin (Aly) and Diana (Brock), three grand- children: Jack and Quinn Kinser and Britton Middleton, sister Carole DeCristofaro and many nieces, nephews and cousins. His love and laughter will be forever missed.

submitted May. 4, 2010 2:18P
'60
Joe Michael Hester

Joseph “Joe” Michael Hester ’60 passed away May 29, 2012. Born in Oakland, Calif., he attended Catholic schools in the Bay Area, including Santa Clara University, before being drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Upon his return he transitioned straight into his life's work at McGuire and Hester in Oakland. His career spanned more than 50 years. He was so very proud of all things Catholic, Irish, and Oakland and was passionate about his family, his work, and was committed to education. He was especially generous in support of Catholic education and headed many projects at Bishop O'Dowd, St. Elizabeth, and St. Joe's High Schools.

He followed his father's footsteps in generous support of St. Vincent De Paul and at Holy Names University. As life brought him towards his life dream of a family ranch, which he found in Stonyford CA in 1998, his generosity extended north through organizations and individuals he touched.

He is survived by the love of his life, Mary, with whom he shared so close to 50 years of marriage, his brother Fr. John Hester and sister Sr. Maureen Hester, SNJM, and his children Mike (Janice), Pegge (Mike) Deely, Colleen (Paul) Ustach, Kevin (Amy) Hester, John, Moira, Tim, Annie, Matt, Rich and Allen. "Jo-Jo" to his grandchildren Nichola, Tyler, Molly, and Ben Hester; Tina, Jack, Pat, Claire, and Seamus Deely; Kaz, Cy, Stan, and Mary Ustach; and Claudia and Ella Hester. Joe also leaves many nieces and nephews and countless cousins both in the States and Ireland.

submitted Jun. 4, 2012 7:24P
GRD Law '60
James R. Tormey Jr.

James R. Tormey Jr. J.D. '60 May 27, 1935 - October 5, 2013 Resident of Medford, Ore. James "Jim" Roland Tormey, Jr., passed away on Oct. 5, 2013 in Medford, Ore. at the age of 78. Born to James R and Hope Allario Tormey of San Jose, Jim was raised in San Mateo, attended San Mateo High School ('53), then San Jose State ('57) where he met and married Mary Pat O'Donnell, also of San Mateo, in 1957. He resumed his studies after his ROTC service to earn his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University in 1960, returning to San Mateo where his 5 children were born, raised and educated. Jim practiced Law from his San Mateo offices until 1997, when he retired to his family's beloved ranch on the California/Oregon border. Jim was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District in 1971 and served on the board for 24 years. He was a founding director of the Borel Bank & Trust Company (now Boston Private Bank & Trust) from 1979 to 2002, and served as Judge Pro-Tem in the San Mateo County Courts from 1972 to 1997. Jim was an active member of several service and professional organizations, many for decades and often serving as President or Board Chair, including the San Mateo County Congress of Elected Officials, San Mateo Heart Association, Combined Health Agencies Drive, The Bombay Bicycle Riding Club and the Kiwanis, which he joined in 1963. Jim was a fierce advocate for public education, an avid skier, dedicated outdoorsman and appreciator of the challenges and rewards of the rural lifestyle. Jim is survived by Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Tormey, his wife of 28 years, of Medford, Oregon, and his children Anne (Richard) Freeman of Auburn, Erin Tormey of Half Moon Bay, Christopher Tormey of Auburn, Gregory (Stacy) Tormey of Cotati, Marc (Deanna) Tormey of San Mateo, step-daughters Tobi Fenn of Fremont and Jacqueline (Clinton) Ward of Redwood City and 11 treasured grandchildren. 

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:20P
UGRD Engineering '60
Gerald A. Benedetti

Gerald A. "Ben" Benedetti '60,  on June 16, 2009. A resident of Livermore, "Ben" passed away at home in Livermore at the age of 72 on June 16, 2009. He was born March 2, 1937 in Salinas, one of two sons of Andrew and Eula Benedetti and graduated from Salinas High in 1954. Ben's early passion in life for all things mechanical led him to the field of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University, a Masters degree from Oregon State University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. After marriage to Nancy in 1960 and starting a family, engineering moved to second place. He was a resident of Livermore since 1962 and employed at Sandia National Labs for over 35 years, retiring in 1997.  Ben loved traditional Jazz and Dixieland music; on any given afternoon or evening if you were to stop by for a visit, "his" music could always be heard coming from the stereo. He and Nancy often traveled to Jazz festivals throughout the west, especially after retirement. He also loved the outdoors and family camping trips when his two sons were young. Another avid pursuit of Ben's was fixing anything that was broken. There was seldom a time when he didn't have a mechanical project of one sort or another underway. There seemed to be nothing he couldn't fix or overhaul. Automatic transmissions, engine overhauls, washing machines, the microwave, whatever it was he'd always find a way to fix it. If anyone had some thing they needed help with, they could ask Ben and he'd help out. If he didn't know how, he'd find a manual and then become an expert on that subject. He also took the opportunity to laugh whenever he could and loved exchanging jokes and funny stories, and he loved animals. Ben is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy; sons Aaron (spouse, Karen) and Andrew (Sirikanya); grandsons Ethan and Darren; brother Don (Nadine); nephews Michael and Ronnie; niece Donna Benedetti; and brother-in-law Richard Leffingwell (Doreen), and Richard's daughters Karen and Janet. He was a generous man in all ways that mattered, whether taking time out to talk, help or offer advice. He will be dearly missed.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 4:40P
'60
George Laurence Singewald Jr.

George Laurence Singewald Jr. '60 on Feb. 8, 2009.  A native of San Jose, he worked as an assistant assessor for Siskiyou County for many years. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge #19 in Yreka and Elks #1980 in Yreka. He was active in Yreka youth baseball and football and North Siskiyou youth baseball. He is survived by his wife, Velzora; four sons; two step-sons; and 10 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:49P
'60
Gayle E. Gutierrez

Gayle Eileen Gutierrez '60 died on January 29, 2010.  Gayle was born April 30, 1940 to William O. Standrine and Rose Gallagher Standrine in San Jose, Calif. She attended St. Leos Grammar School in San Jose and then matriculated to St. Rose Academy in San Francisco. After high school, Gayle enrolled in O'Connor School of Nursing in San Jose and in 1957, she was among the first group of female students to attend the previously all-male Santa Clara University. It was there that she met her future husband, Gabriel A. Gutierrez. After obtaining her nursing degree form O'Connor School of Nursing, Gayle attended the University of Oregon Medical School where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. After graduation from the University of Oregon, Gayle was among the first to volunteer for the newly created Peace Corps. She completed her Peace Corps training at the University of Oklahoma and was then assigned to Bolivia, South America where she was a mid-wife delivering numerous babies and teaching her Bolivian students how to become mid-wives. Upon her completion of her tour of duty in Bolivia, she returned to the United States where she and her husband were reacquainted. They married in San Jose, California on April 16, 1966. Gayle thereafter commenced her career as a public health nurse in the TB and AIDS project for the Los Angeles County Health Department. She received many awards and accolades for her work from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and from the Los Angeles County Health Department. In 1987 Gayle was honored as the most outstanding registered nurse by the Los Angeles County Hospitals Commission.  She was a recognized national and international expert on TB and AIDS and presented at both national and international conferences. She was a presenter at the In ternational AIDS Conference in Paris, France in 1997. While working as a nurse for the County, Gayle was also a volunteer for the Red Cross in disaster relief and as a result, was asked to assist the Red Cross in various emergencies including Puerto Rico and the San Francisco Bay area after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Her husband Gabriel was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and subsequently transferred to Washington, D.C. as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. They returned to California and, in 1972, they purchased their home in South Pasadena. Together they raised 4 sons: Javier, a high school teacher, Felipe, a Director of Computer Services, Andres, a research scientist, and Gabriel Fernando, an R.N. During this time, Gayle was active in the Holy Family Catholic Church and was a founding member of the school board at Holy Family School. She also continued to volunteer for the Red Cross as an earthquake preparedness speaker. She was involved in many community activities, including the Romberger Guild and the South Pasadena Fourth of July Parade and S.P. Little League. She was a Lector and Eucharistic minister at Holy Family Catholic Church. Notwithstanding her busy schedule, Gayle delighted in traveling around the world with her husband of 44 years. Gayle retired as a County employee in 2000 and continued her involvement in many community affairs, including serving on the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance from April 2000 to June 2002. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2001 and struggled with that illness until she passed away on January 29, 2010. In addition to her husband, a retired Superior Court Judge, and four sons, she is survived by four loving daughter-in-laws along with seven grandsons. Gayle's wonderful sense of humor and her beautiful smile will be sorely missed.

 

submitted Feb. 22, 2010 1:14P
GRD Law '60
Frederick B. Maguire

Frederick B Maguire '57, J.D. '60 passed away on May 29, 2010 at the age of 74.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 2:18P
UGRD Engineering '60
Frank T. Cannizzaro

Frank Cannizzaro '60 entered into rest at his home in Millbrae on May 2, 2011. Frank was a San Mateo County resident for 46 years and beloved husband of Caroline Cannizzaro for 50 years. He was the loving father of Roselyn Pallas (husband Mike); Christine Cannizzaro; Frank Cannizzaro III '87 (wife Ximena); Danille Rodriguez (husband Nowell); Caroline M. Cannizzaro '01. Dear brother of Domenic, Ann, and Carmel. Also cherished by his grandchildren Mike, Frank IV, Marianna, Andrew, Trestin, Ethan, and Marissa. A 73-year-old San Francisco native, Cannizzaro was a 3 term Mayor of Millbrae, City Councilman for 17 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus for 48 years, and an active and revitalizing member of La Madonna del Lume in San Francisco.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 10:47A
'60
Frank Sousa

Frank Sousa '60 on August 2, 2009. 

submitted Jun. 29, 2010 11:05A
'60
Frank E. Quinn

Francis E. "Frank" Quinn ’60 died on August 11, 2013 in Seattle. He was born in Seattle to Albert and Frances Quinn on October 10, 1938. He graduated from the St. Joseph Grammar School and Seattle Preparatory in Seattle, and The University of Santa Clara in California. He served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He is survived by his four daughters, Corrine Fishman, Colleen Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Kelly Quinn, all of California, three grandsons, and a granddaughter. He is also survived his siblings Joseph Quinn ’56 of Medina, Philip Quinn of Seattle, Louise Sifferman of San Juan Capistrano, and Catherine Turner of Escalo, California.

submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:24P
'60
Eugene Stelzer

Eugene Stelzer ’60, born September 11, 1938, passed away August 17, 2012. He is survived by his wife Lois. Eugene received an accounting degree from the University of Santa Clara and a master's degree in Anthropology from the University of the Americas, and he worked for the state of California in the Department of Savings & Loan.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:38A
GRD Law '60
Elliott Chielpegian

Elliott Chielpegian ’57, J.D. ’60 was born October 26, 1935 and passed away September 20, 2012. In his own words, "Just a simple kid from West Fresno," Elliott was born on October 26, 1935, in a bedroom of his parents' house on Kearney Boulevard. Elliott was the third and youngest child born to Armenian immigrants, Michiel and Florence Chielpegian, who owned and operated a small corner grocery store called Boulevard Market. Ellliott attended St. Alphonsus Grammar School and graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School in 1953. While at SJM, Elliott excelled as a student, played football and basketball, and served as senior class president. Elliott continued his education at Santa Clara University, having never seen the campus prior to his arrival for the first day of classes. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, cum laude, in 1957, Elliott remained at Santa Clara for law school, graduating in 1960. Elliott cherished the wonderful education he received from the Jesuit priests and law professors at Santa Clara. In an effort to give back to Santa Clara, Elliott served as a Member of the Board of Fellows from 1973 to 1983 and as a Member of the law school Board of Visitors from 1997 until his passing. In 1960, Elliott returned to Fresno. A few years later, in the parking lot of St. John's Cathedral after Sunday Mass, he met the love of his life, Agnes Mathiesen. Elliott and Agnes were married in 1969 and had two sons, Michael '92 and Mark '94 J.D. '97. Elliott practiced law in Fresno for over 50 years. In 1979, Elliott started his own firm, the Law Offices of Elliott D. Chielpegian. Following in their father's footsteps, his sons returned to Fresno to practice law with Elliott and the name of the firm was changed to Chielpegian Law Offices. Known throughout the Valley as an attorney of skill and integrity, Elliott never once lost sight of the fact that the practice of law is a profession, and to him that meant always putting the needs of his clients first. Elliott was an early member of San Joaquin Country Club. He served as club president in 1976. Although he never quite mastered the game, he loved golf because of the unhurried time it allowed him to spend with Agnes, his sons and his many close friends. Elliott enjoyed watching sports, whether it was his grandchildren or his beloved San Francisco Giants. Despite the constant nagging from his family and doctors, Elliott loved to eat. Some of his favorites included salami, Italian sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, traditional Armenian foods, and homemade ice cream. Jazz also brought much joy to Elliott's life. Elliott's family will be forever grateful for the skill and compassion exhibited by the doctors and nurses at Stanford Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital and Hinds Hospice during Elliott's final illness, especially Dr. Chooljian, Dr. Chambers, Dr. Hackett, Dr. Wakelee, and Dr. Loo. Elliott was preceded in death by his parents, Michiel and Florence Chielpegian; sister, Doris Chielpegian; sister in law, Juanita Normart; and brother in law, Joseph Marcelli. Elliott is survived by his devoted wife, Agnes; son, Michael and his wife Laura '92; son, Mark; grandchildren, Matthew, Lucy, Gaby, and Cate; sister, Betty Marcelli; and many other loving relatives.

submitted Sep. 30, 2012 7:23A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '60
Dennis "Denny" Riopel '60

Dennis "Denny" Riopel '60 died of cancer on June 17, 2010, at his home in Anaheim, Calif. At his side were his wife Ellen of 50 years and his children and other family members. Denny retired 6 years ago following a career in sales, most recently as an insurance agent for the Knights of Columbus. Denny was very proud of his relationship with the First Friday Friars, Catholic Cursillo and the Knights; his many roles included Grand Knight, District Deputy and head of the Columbian Squires. Denny received many awards for his contributions to the Knights, insurance associations and community services, including Orange County Catholic Man of the Year in 2008.Denny is survived his wife Ellen, son Paul (Leslie and grandson Alexander) Riopel, daughter Patrice (Darrell and grandsons Christopher and Jonathon) Lee, brothers Dave (Lora), Bob (Cheryl), Richard (Harriett), Bill (Suwan), John (Joyce) and Phil (Margie) Riopel. He was preceded in death by parents John and Ardis Riopel and brother Michael.

submitted Aug. 11, 2010 2:40P

1961

UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Thomas Aloysius Branson

Thomas Aloysius Branson '61 died peacefully on October 31, 2009, with his immediate family surrounding him at home in Carmel Valley, Calif. He is survived by his loving wife, Erin Branson, as well as his four children and their spouses: Colleen and Chris Miller, Tim and Alexandra Branson, Katie and Robert Lamarre, and Bridget and Mark Albert. "Papa" was also loved by eight grandchildren: Catherine and Rory Miller, McKenna, Kelsey, and Thomas Branson, Louisa Lamarre, and William and Samson Albert. He is also survived by his brother, Phillip Branson, and his wife, Susan, but was pre-deceased by his brother Louis. Tom was born on September 24, 1939 in San Mateo, California to Hon. Joseph Aloysius "Al" Branson and Bernice Bannan Branson. Tom grew up in Burlingame, where he attended Our Lady of the Angels, and later attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. In 1961, Tom graduated from Santa Clara University, where he majored in English, played rugby, and most importantly, forged close friendships that would last a lifetime. Tom graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1964. After law school, he moved to New York City, where he received a LL.M. degree in tax law from New York University, and more significantly, met his future wife, Erin Kathleen Kane. In 1965, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. Tom and Erin were married in 1966 and soon thereafter returned to Panama, where Tom completed his tour-of-duty at the Judge Advocate General's Corps. Tom and Erin then settled in California, where they raised their four children in Redwood City. Tom joined the law firm of Kane, Thrasher & Galligan, and later started his own firm, Branson, Fitzgerald & Howard. While a practicing attorney, Tom was also an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He retired in 1999 and moved with Erin to Carmel Valley. When not spending time with his family, Tom enjoyed reading, golfing at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, hiking, volunteering as a docent at the Big Sur Lighthouse, and gardening. He was also a member of the Bohemian Club. Tom also thrived on the many friendships he sustained with his classmates from Santa Clara University's Class of 1961.

submitted Mar. 3, 2010 10:34A
'61
Robert M. "Bob" Campbell

Robert M. "Bob" Campbell ’61, one of the most influential leaders in the California commercial real estate industry for more than four decades,  passed away on Dec. 15,  2011, in Newport Beach, Calif.

He founded CT Realty Corp., along with U.T. “Tom” Thompson,  III,  in 1994 and served as president of the company from 1994 to 2009,  becoming chairman in 2009. During Bob's tenure, CT Realty completed more than 200 transactions valued in excess of $2.5 billion. Prior to establishing CT Realty,  Bob was general partner of Birtcher Campbell Properties for 20 years. While at Birtcher,  he was responsible for the development of commercial real estate projects involving more than 11.5 million square feet of space. He was also a founder and past chairman of the Board of Pacific National Bank in Newport Beach.

Over the years,  Bob was the recipient of numerous awards for his business and philanthropic achievements. In 2003,  he received the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management’s Lifetime Achievement Award,  which is presented to an individual who has exhibited a long period of positive influence over the real estate industry in Orange County,  California. In addition,  Bob was honored with Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2003 in the category of Real Estate Services. He was also presented with a proclamation by the city of Newport Beach that same year in recognition of his service to Orange County business and the general community.

Over the decades,  Bob volunteered thousands of hours to nonprofit organizations and community activities. He was an original member of the "Teahouse Gang," a group of prominent commercial real estate professionals who recognized the need to do more for the local community. The group held their first annual charity event in 2001 to benefit KIDWORKS,  a Santa Ana-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and nurturing at-risk youth. In 2002,  the Teahouse Gang held a benefit that raised roughly $1 million for KIDWORKS. Bob and the other Teahouse Gang members established the Building Block Foundation Fund,  which supports programs that encourage at-risk,  underprivileged but deserving youth in Orange County to achieve more rewarding lifestyles. Campbell was honored for his leadership with this organization in 2005 by the Orange County United Way,  which presented him with the Dan Donahue Award at its annual Keeping Kids on Track luncheon. In 2007,  Bob was recognized for turning "real estate success" into "real success for at-risk youth" with the Keys to Success Award. The award is presented each year by Project Access,  a nonprofit organization that assists residents of low-income housing apartment communities with achieving self-sufficiency through access to onsite health,  education and social services.

Bob was born on Sept. 5,  1940,  in Oakland  and received his bachelor of science degree in engineering from Santa Clara University. He is also a two-time graduate of UCLA's Business School with a master's degree and a Ph.D. in business administration. Both degrees were earned while working as a research analyst for Planning Research Corp. and as an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles.

In addition to his business career and dedication to helping others, Bob was a passionate golfer who loved to travel with his wife of 37 years, Jean. Bob was deeply devoted to his Christian beliefs and was a member of Mariners Church/South Coast Community Church in Irvine,  Calif.,  for nearly 30 years. Bob’s commitment was nurtured by his weekly participation in a Christian Men’s Covenant Group which offered guidance, comfort and prayer for members facing personal and professional challenges. He served as an intermediary for many of the group’s challenges, using his extraordinary leadership talent, willingness to listen and quiet, thoughtful manner to resolve even the most difficult situations.

Throughout his career, Bob built strong business relationships that not only made him successful in his career but hugely successful in life. Evidence of this is the many lives he touched, bringing joy, encouragement, and hope. To some,  Bob was an entrepreneur, a gifted leader, and an inspirational mentor. To others, he was a talented partner and business associate. Most important, he was a true humanitarian and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will truly be missed by all. In addition to Jean, Bob is survived by his daughter Kristen and son-in-law Rob Venick and their two children, James and Katelyn; daughter Kelly and son-in-law Michael McFadden and their three children Campbell,  Piper and Makayla, of Denver,  Colo.; and his sister Rae Nash of Alamogordo,  N.M.

submitted Dec. 19, 2011 5:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Robert B. VanderNoor

Robert B. VanderNoor ’61 passed on October 13, 2010.

submitted Nov. 1, 2010 12:55P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Richard Siegfired '61

Richard "Dick" Siegfried '61 on Mar. 6, 2010.  Born in San Francisco, he spent most of his life on the peninsula. Being an avid skier and golfer he was known for his "avant garde" sense of fashion. He was a corporate attorney for AT&T, active member of Saratoga civic government and Lyons Club. A graduate of Bellarmine Prep, Santa Clara University, Stanford Law and a member of San Jose Country Club. Preceded in death by his brother, Jack; Dick is survived by his wife Midge; Uncle Jack Kincanon; Brothers, George and Chris; Sisters Georgianne and Sheri; his three children, Theresa, Douglas and wife Christina, Debbie and husband Mike Fujii and two grandchildren, Zachary, and Cassidy.

submitted May. 24, 2010 3:43P
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