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1960

'60
Victor A. Bertolani

 Victor A. Bertolani '56, J.D. '60, an influential lawyer and educator who opened doors to the legal profession for many judges, prosecutors, and litigators, died April 5 of an aortic abdominal aneurysm, his family said. He was 80.

Mr. Bertolani was widely respected in the legal community as one of the top personal injury and labor lawyers in Northern California. He also was revered for making the study and practice of law affordable to students from all walks of life as co-founder of Lincoln Law School in Sacramento.
 
After graduating first in his class at Santa Clara University Law School, he returned to his native Sacramento in 1961 and later started a firm with boyhood friend Andrew J. Smolich. He also began teaching torts at McGeorge School of Law, which was then a part-time program with ambitions of being a full-time institution accredited by the American Bar Association.
 
Unwilling to teach full time, Mr. Bertolani and Smolich persuaded Lincoln Law School of San Francisco to open a branch in Sacramento. The pair sought qualified applicants who did not fit the traditional mold of law school students, including adults working full time, raising families or seeking second careers.
Serving as dean and teaching torts, Mr. Bertolani and two other professors welcomed the first class of 27 students in 1969.
 
“He was really the instigator” in starting Lincoln Law School in Sacramento, Smolich said. “When McGeorge went to ABA accreditation, it went in a different direction and had to have bigger buildings, libraries and staff and became very expensive. Our school was really dedicated to serving people who didn’t have that opportunity.”
 
Mr. Bertolani, who served as dean and torts professor until 1986, led efforts to win full accreditation by the California State Bar for Lincoln Law School in 1981. He was a driving force in building the four-year, evening-class school into a respected institution with high pass rates on the California Bar Exam.
The school has awarded degrees to more than 1,200 students, including prominent professionals throughout the Sacramento region. Graduates include Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl, former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
 
Rob Gold, who graduated from Lincoln Law School in 1986, credited Mr. Bertolani with “everything that I have accomplished.” A veteran Sacramento County prosecutor, Gold was promoted to assistant chief deputy DA earlier this year. But before meeting the Lincoln Law School dean in 1982, he was seeking direction in life.
 
“I was recently married and working part-time as a sportswriter for the Sacramento Union and playing Frisbee golf,” Gold said. “My wife said, ‘Hey, did you know there is this law school by the Safeway?’
“I’d done terrible on the (Law School Admissions Test), but Victor said, ‘I’m going to give you a chance,’ ” Gold recalled. “He was my first-year torts professor. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile – but he also had high standards and high expectations. He was giving you an opportunity, and he wanted you to take advantage of it and succeed.”
 
Mr. Bertolani was born in 1934. His parents, Mary and Victor Bertolani, ran a travel agency and were leaders in Sacramento’s Italian American community. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1952 and earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Santa Clara University. He rose to the rank of captain while serving on active and reserve duty in the Army from 1959 to 1964.
A prominent attorney for more than four decades, he represented clients in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits, including families of victims of the notorious 1972 plane crash into a Farrell’s ice cream parlor near Sacramento Executive Airport. He served as chief counsel for powerful labor unions, including Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 447 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 340.
 
He was married since 1957 to the former Cathy Schuler and had four children. He previously served as a Jesuit High School trustee and a member of the Santa Clara Board of Athletics Control. He was an intellectual man “who read all kinds of history books” and “an avid sports fan who loved the (San Francisco) Giants,” his son Victor said.
 
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Bertolani is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth O’Brien, Kathleen Haack and Mary Liston; and six grandchildren.
 
submitted Apr. 17, 2015 1:44P
UGRD Engineering '60
Tom Besmer

Thomas J. Besmer Sr. ’60, Sep. 5, 1933 to Jan. 13, 2015. Tom Besmer was a big man in more ways than one. Standing at 6’5 ½” tall, he was not one to be missed. As a young man, and from a family of nine children, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he married Dovaleen (Gross) and he attended Santa Clara University.  During those years, they lived in the old Quonset huts. It was an era when married students attended SCU and lived on campus. He played basketball for the Broncos and graduated with a BSEE in engineering in 1960.  

After graduating, they settled in Cambrian Park, and attended St. Francis Cabrini Parish, then moved to West San Jose and attended St. Martin of Tours Parish with their eleven children.
 
Tom was employed by both Lockeed and IBM, and contributed to accessories which were utilized on the space missions of the late '60s and '70s.  He is listed on the World Wide List of Dissident Scientists by Jean du Climont for his work on new theories of free energy.  
 
In the early 1980's, Tom became involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and achieved 31 years of sobriety before succumbing to cancer. During that time, he built a strong community both in San Jose before retirement, and then in the Murphys and Angels Camp areas of the Sierra Foothills.   
 
He loved to golf, talk politics, share his opinions on religion, and socialize.  He contributed to many charities each month as he believed in the Jesuit ideal of being a Man for Others, and finding God everywhere.     
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Besmer and Mary Catherine Ambrose, and by siblings Margaret, Annette, Lawrence and Helene, and survived by sisters Mary Gentes (Joe), Janet Besmer, Anna Kenny (Joe), and brother Anthony (Patty). Tom is survived by his ex-wife Dovaleen Jackson (Ed), and his eleven children: Michelle (Gary) Besmer-Poyner, Tom (Barbara) Besmer, Maureen Shilling ’81 (Ken), Cindy (Jim) Miller, Kathy (Glenn) Walker, Dan (Desiree) Besmer, Eileen (Jim) Shydlowski, John (Jennifer) Besmer, Sharon Dauskardt, Joan (Doug) Evans, Marianna (Craig) Newsam, and his 22 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
submitted Feb. 15, 2015 1:18P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
James F. Russi

James F. Russi '60 passed away on June 2, 2014 at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Arleen Russi of Alameda. Loving father of Jack (Jodie), Tim (Alicia), Joe (Lynn), Cathy Thomas, Patrick (Kelly) and Shelley (Rahn Twitchell) . Adored Papa of 18 grandchildren.

James (Jim) was born in San Francisco on June 1, 1938 to Francis John and Catherine (Carroll) Russi. He was an older brother to Fr. John Joseph Russi and Carroll McDaniel both deceased and an Uncle to Carroll's two children Kitty and Patty. He graduated from St Cecilia Grammar School , St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, and Santa Clara University, where he was a basketball player. He was second team all-conference in 1960 and honorable mention in 1959. He is in the Hall of Fame at Santa Clara University. The pinnacle of his sports career was to be a first round draft pick for the St Louis Hawks in 1960.

Jim was a CPA and a long-time partner in Yandell Truckaway and Santa Clara Warehouses. Jim coached CYO basketball from 18 years of age and was Athletic Director for over 25 years at St Joseph's Grammar School in Alameda. For many years Jim and Arleen ran the CYO East Bay Parochial League for the Oakland Diocese and their impact on youth and sports in the Bay Area has been substantial . He was a legend in adult basketball leagues in the area and frequently sought after pick-up basketball player at Franklin and Washington Parks. 

Jim lived his life with a few simple principles. God and family were always first and if you were going to do something then try to be the best. He has been a significant and positive influence for so many, and truly has left the world a better place. He will be dearly missed. 

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 3:25P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
Daniel Lester

Daniel E. Lester 60, age 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Aug. 15, 2014, the day that commemorates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.

Dan was born on Oct. 8, 1938 to proud parents Ed and Willa Lester, residents of Santa Cruz, California. The family moved to Watsonville where Dan attended Freedom Elementary School and Watsonville High School – where he met his only love and lifetime soulmate, Patricia Copriviza.

Inspired by the popularity of rock and roll, Dan learned to play the guitar and recorded four original songs – making him a popular local musician. He decided, however, that a career in music would not become his life's pursuit. After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1960, Daniel and Patricia were married at St. Patrick's Parish in Watsonville on June 11 of that year. After settling into their first home on Green Valley Road, Watsonville, Patricia gave birth to five children in the first six years of their marriage. The children attended Moreland Notre Dame in Watsonville, followed by Aptos High School before moving on to various colleges and careers.

Dan launched his career in the home sales industry and eventually formed a partnership with trusted colleagues Richard Roach and Don Gardiner, with a focus in commercial development. William Locke-Paddon later joined the firm known as Lester Roach & Gardiner, which currently owns and operates residential and commercial property in Santa Cruz County.

Dan was always full of life and adventure, and he relished worldwide travel – collecting art and antiquities along the way. He loved to share his lust for life with his family and friends, and often traveled with them on trips to places such as Asia, Africa and Indonesia. His worldwide travels inspired him to create impressive paintings with Aboriginal, Asian and Pre-Columbian influences – recognized by many as superb works of art. He was intensely interested in the history and culture of the places he visited, and loved to collect relics of the past and display them with pride and knowledge, always ready to answer questions about the ancient artifacts he had collected.

Saltwater and freshwater fishing was a great source of enjoyment to Dan, and he recently won a world-class fishing tournament in Mexico. As a testament to his achievements, his family office, Lester Company, is adorned with many of his trophy fish. Following his lifetime dream of owning a ranch, Dan purchased land in the Aptos hills, planted a successful vineyard that has produced many award-winning wines. He and Patricia later built their dream house on the ranch – always a welcoming venue for family, business and charitable gatherings. 

Dan was a unique man who was well loved by all his family. He had the rare ability to make people feel intensely important in his presence, and built bonds of friendship with almost everybody he encountered throughout his life. As a successful man, he was generous to those in need and always ready to give a helping hand. He was moved by the inequalities he observed throughout his life and travels and made a habit of being generous to others and helping them pursue their dreams. 

In the passing of Dan Lester, the community has lost a true renaissance man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Mark Lester 83 (Suzy), Sean (Lori) and Joseph his daughters Lori Johnson ’85 (Steve) and Kelly Armstrong also his grandchildren Megan and Logan Johnson, Jackson Armstrong, Tobin and Annie Lester and great grandson London Johnson. He is also survived by his first cousin Steve Benson (Evette). 

submitted Aug. 28, 2014 3:03P

1961

'61
Robert M. Polhamus

Robert M. Polhamus ’61, age 75, of Boynton, Beach, Fl., a Northwest Airlines captain, flew west on Jan. 17, 2014. He was born April 24, 1938, in Seattle, Wash. Bob and his twin brother, Dick, played baseball at SCU. Prior to SCU both Bob and his twin attended Bellarmine College Preparatory. After graduation Bob joined the US Marine Corps, earning his Naval Aviators wings of gold. He was a member of Marine attack squadron (VMA 311) serving in Vietnam in 1965. Bob flew a total of 174 missions over Laos and North and South Vietnam . After retirement he was an active member in a number of organizations including Masons, Shriners and Quiet Birdmen. Bob is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter Leigh, twin brother Richard Polhamus ’61 of Vero Beach, Fl., brother Mac of Houston, and sister Kathi Hanson of Bentonville, Ark.

submitted Jul. 22, 2014 12:17P
'61
James P. Connolly

James Patrick Connolly '61, M.S. '72 was born in Oakland in 1938 to James P. and Mamie W. Connolly. He attended Napa Union High School and graduated in 1956 and married Sharon in 1997. James passed away in San Jose on February 2, 2015. He was a retired engineer and manager whose career spanned 49 years at NASA, managing the design and development of Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and small spacecraft payloads. He joined the Peace Corps in 1964, and spent 2 years working on road and building projects in Tanzania. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his children Tim Connolly of Campbell, Thad Connolly of Oakland, and Michael Sommese of San Jose. 

submitted Apr. 17, 2015 4:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
James McGonigal

James P. McGonigle ’61, 74, of Longboat Key, Fla., passed away June 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, James P. McGonigle, and his mother, Irene M. McGonigle. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Clara A. McGonigle and his brothers, Michael M. McGonigle ’63, M.D. of Fountain Hills, AZ and William J. McGonigle, J.D. of Cheney, WA. He is also survived by the following: his daughter Erika and son-in-law Fred of Novi, MI and their 6 children: Freddy (16), Julia (14), Tommy (12), Vivian (9), Billy (6) and Jimmy (4); his daughter Adrienne West ’91 and son-in-law Andrew of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and their 5 children Andrew (13), Jane (11), Charlie (8), Elle (6) and Erika (6); his daughter Clara and son-in-law Michael of O'Fallon, Mo.and their 5 children Francie (10), Adrienne (9), Maria (8), Michael (5), and Therese (3); his daughter Gabrielle Lucey ’95 and son-in-law Steven Lucey ’95 of San Francisco, Calif. and their 4 children Clara (10), John (8), Hannah (6), and Mary Margaret (3); and his son James P. McGonigle ’97 and daughter-in-law Kristin of Rio Rancho, N.M. and their 3 children Emma (9), Violet (7), and Jim (5).

He was born on November 30, 1939, at St. Johns Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and he grew up in Pueblo, Colo.. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961 and from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1965. He married Clara A. Werth of Waterloo, Ill. on Aug. 14, 1965. His medical internship was at the University of Iowa from 1965-1966. Then, from 1966-1968, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at Mayport Naval Air Station and also served on the U.S.S. Pratt as a ship's medical officer. After the navy, he did his ophthalmology residency at St. Louis University. He practiced ophthalmology for 25 years in Joplin, Mo., and raised his family there. In 1996, he retired and moved with his wife to Longboat Key, Fla. where he lived until his death. He was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Parish in Longboat Key, Fla. and served as a Eucharistic Minister there. He loved visiting with his children and grandchildren, playing golf, and reading. He will be missed for his sense of humor, his quick and acerbic wit and his effective advice on a wide array of subjects.

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 11:31P

1962

'62
Ronald Clancey

Ronald D. Clancey ’62, MBA ’66, 86, of Duluth passed away on Friday, Aug. 14, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital. Ron was born on June 12, 1928 at Weber Hospital in West Duluth. He attended St. James and Denfeld, where he graduated in 1946. He later attended Santa Clara University in California, graduating with a master's degree. Ron was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and later went to work for Lockheed Martin where he was a coordinator for heat shield tiles. His last assignment was working for NASA on the space shuttle, Discovery. Ron is survived by his wife Betty; four children: Kevin (Jill) Clancey, Kathleen (Richard) Corcoran, Colleen (Barry) Tuggle, and Peggy (Frank) Slomkowski; six step-children; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. 

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 11:56A

1963

'63
Stan Hayden

Former SCU Regent Stanley David Hayden '63 was born Nov. 22, 1941, passed away on Dec. 16, 2014 at his home in San Marino, Calif. with his family by his side. He was survived by his wife of 49 years, Marcia; his four children, Katie (Willy), William "Bill" Hayden ’91 (Lindsay), Maggie Hayden Dietz ’94, and David Hayden ’96 (Shana); and his nine grandchildren, Molly, Will and Maggie Marsh; Will III and Matthew Hayden; Abbey and Henry Dietz; and Grace and Emma Hayden.

Stan was a native Angeleno and had been a resident of the San Gabriel Valley for over 35 years. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and received his bachelors and masters degrees in Sociology and Child Development from The University of Southern California. He went on to teach Sociology and Child Psychology at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut for 18 years, later leaving academia to join his father's investment company, William R. Hayden and Associates. 

A life long philanthropist and deeply committed to Catholic education, Stan served on the boards of Mayfield Junior School, Mayfield Senior School and Loyola High School, as well as on the Board of Regents (1973-1983) of Santa Clara University , where he attended before transferring to and graduating from The University of Southern California.


He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Foundation in Los Angeles, and had served as president of Catholic Charities among other leadership roles. Stan, along with his wife and children, served on the Board of Directors of The William R. and Virginia Hayden Foundation, started by his father, William Rube Hayden.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Stan loved spending time with his family and close friends, through travel, golf and his various charitable endeavors. At the heart of Stan's life was his love for his family, friends and his Catholic faith. A "Man for Others" (Loyola Graduate '59) who lived out the motto, "Actions Not Words", Stan supported many Catholic schools and charities throughout the Archdiocese. 

Heaven has gained a true jewel of our community and, most of all, we have an advocate in Heaven, as he has now joined the Communion of Saints.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 12:54P
'63
Rodney Holzcamp

Rodney J. Holzkamp '63, age 73, of San Francisco and Chicago, passed away peacefully in his sleep in San Francisco, on Monday, Oct 6, 2014. He was born Jan. 15, 1941, in San Francisco to Margaret (Gianfrancheschi) Holzkamp, and Rugen Holzkamp Sr. Rodney attended and graduated from St. Vincent De Paul Elementary school, St. Ignatius Preparatory HS, Santa Clara University for his B.A. in History, and California State University, SF for his Masters degree in History. He went on to teach for over 25 years at the College of Dupage in Glen Elyn, Il. Rodney was a devoted Christian, as well as an avid world traveler. He is survived by his niece Robin Whewell, and cousins Cynthia Chapman, Felton Howe Jr, Julie Bowra, Donna Guilder, Cindee Bunt, Rhoda Peterson, their families and many friends.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 1:10P
'63
Robert B. Yonts

Robert B. Yonts '63, J.D. '68, who served as a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge for 13 years and spent more than two decades in private practice before that, died April 9, 2015. He was 73 and a resident of Soquel. Yonts served in the U.S. Army from 1963 until 1965 and was stationed in Germany as a lieutenant in the 7th US Cavalry, according to the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc., for which Yonts was an arbitrator.

Judge Yonts was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in California. Judge Yonts was very proud of his duties in the army, and shared his many fond memories with family and friends. His successful private law practice in Santa Cruz led him to an appointment as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Cruz County. Practicing for more than 16 years, Judge Yonts leaves many dear colleagues who will miss his leadership and generosity. Upon retirement from the bench he remained involved in numerous civic activities and organizations including JAMS, CASA, and the Santa Cruz Rotary Club. He was member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capitola, and enjoyed numerous activities with family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Bjorg Yonts, his brother, John Yonts, and his wonderful children: Melissa Yonts George '85 (children-Jessica, Timothy, and Christina), Christopher Yonts (William and Emily), Robert B. Yonts III, Carole White (Lizzie, Jimmy, and Stephanie), Rebecca Brown (Evan, David, and Erin), John Bridges (Kristen and Alex), Mike Bridges (Deanna, Scott, Corinne, Jessica, Paul, Fernando, Terryol, Dustin, Tyler, Junior, and Carlos), Lise Rowe (Kyndra and Bjorg), and David Bridges, 23 great grandchildren and his cat Contessa. Judge Yonts was preceded in death by his son by marriage Geir Olsen in 2009 who left him and Bjorg the joyful gift of two grandsons, Nico and Quinn.
submitted Apr. 10, 2015 4:38P

1964

'64
Robert L. Huebner

Robert "Bob" L. Huebner MBA '64, a resident of Los Gatos, age 77, passed away peacefully at home on August 25, 2104, from complications related to diabetes. Bob was the devoted husband of Donna, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. He was the proud father of Denny (Wendy) Huebner, Kelly (Marvin) Blough, and Joe (Jacqueline) Huebner, and loving grandfather to Brian, Anna, Jessica, Jamie, and Elle. He is also survived by his dear sister Louise Burnett, her four children and their families.

Bob Huebner was born in Palo Alto in 1936 to Ludwig and Babette Huebner, immigrants from Germany. He attended Palo Alto High School, received a bachelor's degree in engineering from San Jose State University, and received his MBA from Santa Clara University. As an adult, Bob worked in engineering and executive positions at Silicon Valley companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Royco, Varian, and Granger Associates. He retired at the age of 55 and enjoyed his later years with family, and traveling with his wife Donna to vacation spots in Lake Tahoe, Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico. 

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 1:28P
'64
John Steinberg

John Steinberg '64 was born on Dec. 30, 1942, and passed away on Jan. 16, 2008. John was a resident of Campbell, California.

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 1:04P
GRD Leavey/MBA '64
James McDonald

James "Jim" Gaylan McDonald MBA '64 was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sep. 29, 1935, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on Aug. 28, 2014, after a stoic battle with cancer. Jim is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 37 years, Gratia McDonald, his children Michael McDonald, Jill (McDonald) Baigent, Michael Duffy, Jane Kronzer, David Matovich, and 10 grandchildren.

Jim moved to the Bay Area in 1960 to begin his 35 year career with Lockheed Missile and Space in Sunnyvale, Calif. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and his MBA from Santa Clara University and was a member of Shriners International. He will be remembered for his vast knowledge of history and politics as well as being an ardent San Francisco 49ers fan. His love of jazz, fine wine, boating and classic cars enhanced his character and enriched our lives. His intellect, wit and kindheartedness will be missed by all.

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 1:58P
GRD Law '64
David G. Ferrari

David George Ferrari J.D. ’64 May 31, 1939-July 14, 2014 San Jose, California

David (Dave) Ferrari died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Dave fought a valiant and determined battle with the devastating disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was ill for eight years; the last two, being extremely difficult. He never complained, only talked about getting better and hopeful a cure would be found.

Dave was born to George Ferrari and Elena Denegri Kelley on May 31, 1939, in San Jose, Calif. He is a graduate of St. Leo's, Bellarmine, and attended Creighton University. He graduated from Santa Clara Law School in 1964. Dave practiced law, which was his life's passion, for 47 years. In 1961 Dave married his college sweetheart, Marian Schultz. Dave is survived by his wife, Marian, his son Douglas Ferrari ’84 and his wife Gail, his daughter Susan (Ferrari) Mikacich M.A. ’93 and her husband, Jim and his four grandchildren, Alexandria and Dominic Ferrari and Michael and Adam Mikacich. Dave is also survived by his sister, Christine Ercoli, his niece and nephews and many cousins and close lifelong friends.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved family get-togethers, Sunday night dinners, and outings. Family was Dave's number one priority.  Dave had a zest for life. He had a love of travel, sporting events, duck hunting, socializing with friends and family. He played tennis and golf and was a member of San Jose Country Club. Dave was a great supporter and fan of Bellarmine and Santa Clara University athletics attending games for decades. As a member of the San Jose Rotary Downtown Club he was involved in the Gift of Life program. Dave had a near photographic memory and aced almost every question on Jeopardy every time he watched. Dave was a lifelong Catholic who had a strong faith in God. He was known for his honesty, generosity, sense of humor, and being a true friend to all. His authenticity and goodness cannot be matched. Dave will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:25P

1965

'65
Roger B. Johnson

Roger Bayne Johnson '65, son of Shirley (Bayne) and Everett E. Johnson (both deceased) passed away peacefully August 30, 2014, due to complications related to leukemia. Roger, 72, was born in San Luis Obispo, in July 1942, where he spent his early life. Roger was a graduate from San Luis Obispo High School in 1960. He then went to the University of Santa Clara where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965 with a major in history and also a ROTC Second Lieutenant Commission in the U.S. Army. Prior to entering the army, he attended the Santa Clara Law School. After entering the U.S. Army, Roger then graduated from the U.S. Army Demolition School. As a demolition expert, Roger, who was a captain at that time, was the commander of the 61st Ordnance Detachment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, which is responsible for 100,000 square miles, including the complete state of Oklahoma and all of Texas north of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Upon leaving the U.S. Army in 1970, Roger moved to Boston and began his career in the insurance business. After a few years, he settled in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for a number of years before returning to California. He settled in San Jose, Calif., in the early 1990s where he became the Regional Director for the American Income Life Insurance Company (AIL) before his retirement. Roger has always had a love for sports, and in his early school years he received the award two years in a row for being the best athlete of the year.

Roger is survived by his sister Janice Jonsin and brother-in-law, Brig. Gen. Larry H. DellaBitta (ret.); brother and sister-in-law Chuck and Mary Jo Johnson; nieces and nephews Laura Byrd, Curry Smith, Seth Johnson, and Noel Johnson. Great nieces and nephews: Avery Smith, Zoey, Willow, Charlotte, Henry and Mason Johnson. Roger was preceded in death by his nephew Jonn Jonsin.

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 1:23P
'65
John E. Rolleri

John Emmett Rolleri '65 was born in Alameda, Calif. on May 9, 1943 and died in San Francisco on Aug. 28, 2013. John was the son of the late Thomas T Rolleri, MD and Katherine W Rolleri and brother to Michael J Rolleri and Thomas T Rolleri, Jr.

John attended St Joseph's Military Academy, St John's Military Academy and San Rafael Military Academy where he attained the rank of battalion commander and graduated high school with honors. He went on to graduate from the University of San Francisco with a bachelors degree and earned a masters degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.

John spent his whole career as an accountant and Certified Public Accountant specializing in tax matters, most recently with the William Shine Company in San Francisco.

He had great and varied interests, particularly in the arts. John regularly attended San Francisco Opera and Symphony performances, but his seat was empty for the opening of the Symphony season on September 3. Tango dancing was his late night obsession. Toting a bag with his dancing shoes he joined many like-minded friends at Milongas held around the City.

John was also a accomplished basketball player in his younger days and was not reticent about sending critiques and suggestions to some NBA players about their style of play.

Above all else, John was a kind, gentle and learned man. He seemed at times to be shy and unassuming, but when it came time to discuss important and difficult issues of the day John was well prepared and assertive on those subjects. Many times he proved to others that their misconceptions of one matter or another were unfounded. We will miss him, his smile and his quickness of wit.

John, a bachelor, is survived by his brothers; his nephews, Paul and Rico Rolleri; his niece, Teri Rolleri; his grand-nephews, Kyle and Evan Rolleri and grand-nieces, Rachel, Gianna and Siena Rolleri. John is also survived by numerous cousins in Angels Camp and northern California.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 1:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Jeanmarie Maher
Jeanmarie Maher '65, a tireless worker in Democratic Party political causes, died in her home in San Francisco on July 22, 2014, after a long illness. Ms. Maher, who suffered from chronic pulmonary disease, was 72.
 
She worked for the Asia Foundation and then began a long life of political activism, working at various times for a number of political figures, among them former Assembly Speaker Jess Unruh, former Gov. Gray Davis, former state Controller Ken Cory and state Democratic Party Chairman John Burton.  Ms. Maher sometimes worked in paid positions, but often as a volunteer in the hard grunt work of political life, helping raise funds, run campaigns, do mailings and make phone calls.
 
"She was a real go-getter and dedicated to Democratic Party principles," Burton said. "She worked hard for causes she believed in." 
 
Among them was tireless opposition to the death penalty in the United States, and because she was of Irish descent, efforts to promote peace in Northern Ireland. She was a member of several Irish political groups and had connections in Britain, Northern Ireland and the Irish republic. She met with at least two Irish prime ministers.  She also was senior supervisor in the offices of California Attorneys General Jerry Brown '59 and Kamala Harris. 
 
Ms. Maher had a sense of adventure and was in the crew of the paddle wheel tug Eppleton Hall, an antique vessel that sailed from England in 1969 on an epic voyage to San Francisco.  Born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 1941, she moved with her family to California when she was a girl. She graduated from Santa Clara University and moved to San Francisco.  She is survived by her brother, Charles Maher of Coeur d'Alene; a niece, Jennifer Brooks of Mary Esther, Fla.; and a nephew, Richard Maher of Plymouth, Minn.  
submitted Aug. 14, 2014 11:21P

1966

'66
Ronald Clancey
see year 1962
'66
Robert G. Gabalec

Robert G. Gabalec MBA '66, age 90, formerly a resident of Naperville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, IL. He was born June 10, 1924 in Cicero to Edward and Agnes Gabalec. Bob served as a Navigator during WWII for the Army Air Corps. He was a graduate of Purdue University and Santa Clara University. He enjoyed working with his hands doing stained glass, woodworking and making furniture and toys for his grandchildren. He loved family trips and especially loved to be with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Thomas (Linda) Gabalec and Ruth (James) Milashus; grandchildren, Jennifer Milashus, Craig Gabalec and Amanda Welsand; and 3 great-grandchildren, Josh, Nicole and Brian. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jeanne A. Gabalec, and 2 grandchildren, Jimmy and Neal Milashus. 

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 6:42P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Mary McBride

 Mary Clarie McBride '66, Feb. 14, 1944 - May 26, 2014. Dr. Mary C. McBride, recently honored by administrators of the Arlington County Public Schools and her colleagues at the Hoffman-Boston Woodlawn Secondary Program for 45 years of distinguished service as a teacher – administrator, died suddenly on May 26, 2014.

The daughter of John (Jack) McBride, a Wisconsin state legislator and federal magistrate, and Claire Bannen, a homemaker, Mary was born Feb. 14, 1944 in Milwaukee. She attended St. Robert School and Dominican High School, Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and Santa Clara University in California where she earned a B.A. degree in 1966. While teaching at Shaw Junior high school in the District of Columbia, she studied for an M.A. degree in American history at Georgetown University. When she applied for a history teacher opening in Arlington, the interviewer worried about her small stature, but she assured him that she was a veteran of Shaw and ready (he regretted his question for years).
 
Mary began her professional career as head-teacher at H-B Woodlawn in its first years and helped shape its development into a special alternative public high school program, providing quality education in a setting that encouraged student creativity and initiative. Her dissertation for her doctorate in Education Administration at the University of Maryland explored the programs of alternative public schools in the Eastern states. Mary served on important Arlington School committees on diversity, curricula, and standards.
 
In the community she volunteered at the Arlington Food Assistance program and often appeared with a casserole on the doorstep of an ailing colleague or new parent. A highly skilled tennis player (Wisconsin Girls Doubles Champion in her teens), she moved on to golf and swimming more recently. A successful administrator despite her deep sense of humor, Mary McBride was above all a master teacher. Her ability to make history live, her concern and respect for her students, and her ability to remember them years later have made her a legend in Arlington. Indeed, many old students remember her jokes and kindnesses as well as the New Deal.
 
Her brothers John, Dennis, and sister-in-law Tracy, and niece, Kathryn Taubert predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Anne Taubert , brother-in-law Bruce , sister-in-law Colleen, Othello McBride, and several generations of nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her close friends from grade and grad school, her friends in the Safeway checkout lines, and by her colleagues and students.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 4:10P
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Jim Lanza

James Anthony Lanza '66 entered into eternal rest on Dec. 21, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 70 years old.

James was born on March 9, 1944 in Seattle, Wash., and was the eldest of eight children of Joseph and Gloria Lanza. He grew up in Seward Park and later became a standout athlete in football, baseball, and basketball at Seattle Prep. He continued on to Santa Clara University in California where he was a standout player on the football team (as a member of the "Rodents") and graduated in 1966 with a degree in business. He stayed in touch with many of his close SCU friends after he graduated. 


James worked in insurance for several years, and then he met the love of his life, Gloria Ludke from Port Angeles. James and Gloria married in Port Angeles on May 20, 1972. They bought a home in Seattle and started a family in 1974. They had two sons, Mario and Dominic, and then James switched careers and became a lawyer after attending and graduating from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane in 1980.

James and his family moved to Bellevue in 1981, and he worked as a personal injury lawyer on the Eastside for more than 20 years. He relocated to Port Townsend in 2004, and spent the remainder of his life there, aside from the last few months of his life which were spent in an assisted living facility in Phoenix, Ariz., where he had moved to be closer to his son and grandchildren.

James was an active member of St. Louise Parish in Bellevue, and he was a well-respected youth football and basketball coach in Bellevue for many years. He was also a proud member of the Seattle Seafair Clowns for most of his life. But his greatest love was probably the sport of horse racing. James loved to go to the track (first Longacres, and then Emerald Downs), and he loved anything involved with horses or horse racing or teaching his sons about horse racing. He was also a great bowler, he carried a mid 200's average as a young man and he later taught his sons to be standout bowlers as well.

James will be remembered as an exceptionally sweet man who had a good heart, a successful law career, a great family, and the innate ability to find free parking anywhere in the state of Washington.

James is survived by his two sons, Mario Lanza ’96 (Diana) Upland, Calif., and Dominic Lanza (Jess) of Phoenix, Ariz. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Vanessa, Nicholas, Ben, and Luke, as well as seven siblings, David, Julie, Vincent, Gina, Mary, Lisa, and Lori. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Gloria Ludke Lanza, as well as his parents, Joseph Lanza ’32 and Gloria Lanza.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Jean McCloskey

Jean McCloskey ’66 died at age 70 on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Los Gatos, Calif. of a stroke. Jean was born March 28, 1944 in Sausalito, Calif. to Stewart Mackie and Frances Kelly. She graduated Santa Clara University in 1966 and married Denis McCloskey, her husband of 50 years. Over the course of her life, Jean filled many roles, from mother to professional potter to teacher to graphic designer. She ended her career as a mission planner for servicing missions of the Hubbell Space Telescope. In her last decade, Jean had become an avid bike rider in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties and abroad. She has lived with her family in North Yorkshire, England and Annapolis, Md., but Los Gatos, Calif. has been her primary home for decades. Jean is survived by her children Jenner, Amy and Kevin McCloskey, her husband Denis McCloskey ’63, M.S. ’69 and her sister Aileen Mackie.

submitted Nov. 13, 2014 1:28P
'66
Gary D. Cummings

Gary Donald Cummings '66, J.D. '69 passed away peacefully and quietly at 70 years of age on January 11, 2015. Gary was born in Hayward, Calif., on July 10, 1944, the son of Donald and Alice Cummings. Though born in Hayward, he was a native of Oakland and spent all of his life here. Gary is survived by his sons Michael, Matthew, and Brian; his former wife, Raewyn of New Zealand; his sister, Kathleen Jordan (Clay); his brother, Tim Cummings (Sue), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Gary attended St. Cyril's Grammar School in Oakland and upon his 8th grade graduation, was awarded the scholarship to Bishop O'Dowd High School. At Bishop O'Dowd, he continued to excel academically and upon graduation from O'Dowd, was awarded three scholarships to three different universities. He chose to pursue his studies in political science at the University of Santa Clara on a full four-year scholarship. After graduating from the University of Santa Clara, he was awarded a three-year fellowship to the Law School at the University. He eventually received his JD degree and passed the CA bar on his first try. 

During his years at Santa Clara, he became interested In the Big Brother Organization and became a Big Brother to a little boy who did not have a father.  After passing the CA Bar, Gary proceeded to enter the U.S. Army as a LT. He was ultimately stationed in Germany in Military intelligence during the Vietnam Era. He advanced to the rank of Captain and was later honorably discharged in 1972 after being awarded the National Defense Service Medal. After returning from Germany, Gary was hired as a Deputy District Attorney in the DA office in Oakland, CA. He excelled in trial work and during the next 25+ years he advanced to become Senior Prosecutor. 

Gary loved books and was a voracious reader. And as I remember him growing up, always had a book in his hand or was studying. But he also loved sports and played baseball and basketball along with his younger brother, Tim. When Gary became a father, he enjoyed coaching his three sons - Michael, Matthew, and Brian and all of their teammates in soccer, basketball, and baseball. Matt and Mike both told me. that Gary and their morn never missed any of their games. Gary was also an avid golfer and even played golf with our enthusiastic, elderly mother who adored golf. 

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 2:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Dr Kevin Patrick Barr

Dr. Kevin Barr ’66 passed way on November 19, 2014 at his home in Boise, Idaho after a long struggle with cancer.  Kevin was born in London and spent his infant nights sleeping in the London Underground to avoid the nightly bombings. At age 3, his parents, William and Marion Barr, took Kevin to Australia where they lived until they moved to California in 1953. Kevin graduated from Santa Clara University and earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Kansas. He worked as an Aerospace Scientist for 32 years in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boise before retiring in 2006.

He had a lifelong love of all of God's creatures. He volunteered for many years at Zoo Boise and was honored to be a member of the Friends of Zoo Boise Board of Directors. He traveled over the world for many years but had a special affection for Africa where he went many times for photographic safaris. He was a proud Irish citizen and visited Ireland and his Irish relatives at least once a year for the last twenty-five years.

He was known in the neighborhood as Snake Man because he loved to take his snakes for walks. He was fascinated by the universe. He could talk to a child or an adult about the smallest particle or the largest star and everything in between. He lived in a different plane from most of us - he was a genius.

Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Pat; and by four younger siblings: Brian Barr ’67, Michael, Maria, and Jeanette, whom Kevin claimed to have raised.

submitted Dec. 4, 2014 9:29P
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