Obituaries

Obituaries
Bronco Brothers: Robert Lautze '39, right, with brother Richard '39 and former SCU President Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. '60whom the Lautze brothers hired for his first job out of college. Courtesy Mary Garland
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Robert Frederick Lautze ’39 came into this world 18 minutes ahead of his identical twin, Richard ’39, in San Francisco in 1917. Their lives were closely entwined for the next 88 years. The twins traveled with the SCU basketball team, whose victories earned them the title “Magicians of the Maplewood.” After Rob served as lieutenant commander in the Pacific theatre on the USS Argonne, the brothers joined George J. Kasch’s accounting firm, which became Lautze & Lautze in 1956, with offices still in San Francisco and San Jose. While raising a family in San Carlos, volunteering for civic organizations, and serving his parish, Rob remained a devoted Bronco, serving on the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees, and as president of the Alumni Association 1971–72. He also was a recipient of the Ignatian Award and the 2004 SCU Regent Emeritus Award. Recognized for his “affable charm,” Rob was known to say, “ If you have to pay taxes, be happy; it means you are making money.” He  counted his blessings often and out loud. He died May 8, 2012. His survivors include children Karen Cleary ’68, Mary Garland ’70, and Susie Savino ’72. His twin, Richard, died in 2006.
 

Emma Rita Shane Anderson was an active partner and accountant in her husband’s business, Globe Printing Company on South First Street in San Jose, for more than 50 years. She was also a generous friend of the University and a member of the Catala Club. When her husband passed away in 1989, she continued operating Globe until 1997. She was 92.
 

Richard W. Degnon, born in 1928, was a reporter for the L.A. Times, Glendale News-Press, and San Jose Mercury News and was SCU’s athletics news director from 1962 to 1981. While in the Air Force, he edited Ladd Field, Alaska’s, “farthest north newspaper in the world.”

 

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Spring 2014

Table of contents

Features

Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.