- SCU Home Page
- About SCU
- On Campus
- News & Info
Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted anytime
Frederick C. Tholcke
With sad hearts, we announce the death of our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Frederick Clyde Tholcke ’46. He was born in Porterville, Calif., on June 6, 1924, to William Francis Tholcke and Anna T. Heinzen, and entered eternal life on Jan. 22, 2014.
Fred graduated from Porterville High School in 1942 and attended the University of Santa Clara, until he joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as a first lieutenant and was a B24 “Liberator” co-pilot in missions flown over Italy; he was honorably discharged in 1945.
He married Patricia Rose Mego on May 1, 1953. Together, they raised their family in Napa and enjoyed 53 years of marriage. Fred worked as an engineer for Pacific Telephone & Telegraph, one of the “telephone pioneers,” for 39 years before retiring on June 6, 1985. Fred and Pat enjoyed camping with their children at many Northern California sites, including Hat Creek and Eagle Lake. He was a loyal 49ers and Giants fan who loved to take walks in the neighborhood and tend to his yard.
Fred is survived by his four loving children, Dianne (Ron) Weichel of Grass Valley, Calif., Richard (Jeannette) and Gary of Napa, and Stephen (Cheryl) of Sacramento; four grandchildren, Jeremy, LeAnn and Chris (American Canyon), Sarah (Napa), and Nick (currently serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan); and one great-grandchild, William Christopher. Fred is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
His loving wife, Pat, and his siblings, Evelyn (Bill) Acree, George (Grace), and Bill (Mary) all greeted him upon his arrival in heaven.
submitted Jan. 29, 2014 4:23P
Fr. Robert Henry Passalacqua ’47, Nov. 6, 2012. He was 90 years old at the time of his death, having served as a priest of the Diocese of San Jose for nearly 30 years.
Robert Henry Passalacqua, the son of Henry and Blessilla Passalacqua, was born in Milan, Italy, on January 17, 1922, while his father, Henry, was on a singing tour of Europe. After attending schools in Healdsburg, Calif., he entered Santa Clara University in 1940. His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army from 1943 - 1946. After the war, Lt. Passalacqua returned to Santa Clara and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and was the recipient of the Nobili Award (years later, in 1985, the Ignatian Award for community service). Following graduation, he attended Stanford University and earned his teaching and administrative credentials and a master’s degree.
During the war, Bob met U.S. Army 1st lieutenant Bernadine Barthel, a nurse with Patton’s 3rd Army, and married her in 1946 in Marburg, Germany. Together they raised four sons: James ’70, M.A. ’75, M.A. ’81, Daniel ’73, Philip ’75, and Kenneth. The Passalacqua Family was active in Saint Christopher’s Parish in San Jose, where the boys attended school. Bea was parish secretary, and Bob was a generous parish volunteer at St. Christopher’s. Bob worked for over 30 years in the East Side Union High School District as a dedicated English teacher and Department Chairman at James Lick High School and as District Coordinator of English.
Bob entered formation for the Permanent Diaconate of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and was ordained a Deacon on April 20, 1979, six months after the death of his wife. Eventually, Bob petitioned Archbishop Quinn to be allowed to study for the Priesthood. He attended St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and was the first priest ordained by Bishop Pierre DuMaine in the newly established Diocese of San Jose on January 14, 1983.
Father Bob was assigned as Parochial Vicar in the following parishes in the Diocese of San Jose: Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Ascension Parish, and Saint Lucy Parish. He was also Administrator Pro-Tem at Ascension Parish and Parish Pro-Tem at Saint Nicholas Parish.
Retiring in 1997, Father Bob continued his priestly ministry at Saint Lucy Parish for several years. Later, with the generous assistance of Ed DeGregorio and Mike Jeffords, he was able to extend his ministry all the way to his death. He will long be remembered for his “fatherly” wisdom, his sense of humor, and his great desire to serve in any way that he was able.
Father Passalacqua is survived by his sons James, Daniel, Philip, Kenneth; daughters-in-law Barbara, Julie ’73, Susan, Corine; grandchildren Kevin (Katie), Stacey, Timothy (Jessi), Leanne, Katie (Dave Kintz), Mary, Misa, Robert, Sara, Rachel, Gabrielle; and great grandchildren Henry, Sophie, Max, and Mae.
submitted Nov. 13, 2012 12:10P
UGRD Leavey Business '47
Robert Board '47 on Febuary 12, 2009. Robert is survived by his wife, Mary Lu, and sons Greg and Brad.
submitted Jul. 8, 2009 10:55A
Robert A. Freitas
Robert A. Freitas '47 on Nov. 2, 2008. A native of Concord, he was a veteran of World War II, during which he earned a Silver Star and was a captain. He was an original member of Driscoll Associates, California strawberry growers. He later was Western regional manager of the molasses division of Cargill Inc. He is survived by wife, Barbara, to whom he was married for 65 years, and a son.
submitted May. 28, 2009 3:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '47
Ralph J. Oswald
Ralph J. Oswald '47 on December 21, 2009.
submitted May. 5, 2010 11:00A
UGRD Engineering '47
John Battista Quaccia '47
John Battista Quaccia '47 resident of Ashland, Ore., passed away August 26, 2009. Son of Luigi and Madelena (Gillio) Quaccia, he attended San Francisco Junior College and University of California Berkley before transferring to University of Texas Austin as a Naval ROTC cadet. Assigned to the newly formed 36th U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (SeaBees), Quaccia deployed to Okinawa where he achieved the rank of lieutenant. In 1946, John married Mae Murry of Mandan, ND, and under the GI Bill, enrolled in the civil engineering program at University of Santa Clara (class of 1947). While working for Ben C. Gerwick Construction, lived in San Francisco, then moved to Oakland, where he began his 29-year career with East Bay Municipal Utility District. Settling in Castro Valley, John was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. John continued his tradition of service after moving to Mountain Meadows in Ashland, Ore., by serving on committees and boards in his new community. Preceded in death by his brother Lawrence Quaccia and son-in-law Jeff Matz, John is survived by his wife Mae Quaccia; sons Stephen (Marilyn), William (Lisa Polito), Robert (Janet), and Ronald (Andrea Tarantino); daughters Celeste Bell (Jim) and Terese Matz; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
submitted Oct. 5, 2009 11:46A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '47
Fred Doelker Jr.
submitted May. 5, 2010 10:51A
Eugene M. Donatelli
Eugene "Gene" Marvin Donatelli '47 was born on Feb. 9, 1926. A resident of Santa Cruz, he passed away in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. His last days were spent at home with his family. Born in Seattle, he moved to San Jose with his parents Frank and Madelyn when he was two years old. He went to Bellarmine for high school and to Santa Clara University. He was an Army Coreman Gunnery Instructor in the US Army Air Force during WWII. Gene met Mary on a blind date, and they married in 1949. His work career included a family grocery store, sales and working in construction. He founded Donatelli Sons Construction in 1970 and retired in 1988. Gene enjoyed backpacking in the Sierras, fishing trips to Canada, and traveling the world with Mary. He was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and raised money for the Alzheimer's Association through the yearly fundraiser. He recently celebrated his 87th birthday with about 100 of his friends and family. He "loved" golf, walking his dog Fergie, building furniture and art structures with wood, baking his famous cookies and spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed watching detective shows with his loving and patient caregiver Fabiola Herrera. The family is grateful to Fabi for her care of both Mary and Gene. Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary, his son Eugene (Pilar), and his daughter, Catherine. Gene is survived by six children: Chris (Theresa), Susan, Tim, Michael (Barbara), Margaret (Kelly) and Grace (Mark); his grandchildren Chris, Jenny, Paul, Natalie, Elena, Angela, Stephanie, Tony, Gina, Rachael, Vincent, Catherine, Miles and Monica; his great grandchildren Aiden, Timmy, Isabella, Cameron, Gabriella, Jacob, Bryce, Daniella, and Emma.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:34P
UGRD Leavey Business '47
Edward Joseph Fennelly '47
Edward Joseph Fennelly '47, "Coach Fennelly," 84, passed away on July 23, 2009 in Paso Robles, Calif. Ed was born in Oakland, Calif., on September 16, 1924 to Edward and Martha Fennelly. He attended St. Elizabeth's grammar school and went on to begin his outstanding athletic background at St. Joseph's High School in Alameda. He remains a legend to this day in Pilot annals, garnering honors in basketball, baseball, and track. During both his junior and senior seasons, the Pilots basketball team was Catholic Athletic League Champions (1941-1942). In 1942 Ed led St. Joseph's to a record 17 game league winning streak and an undefeated season. He was awarded All League and All Alameda County Selection in both those years as well as being the second leading scorer in the CAL in 1942, when he was Team Captain. During World War II, while in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was assigned to the V-12 Marine Officers Training program at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, where he further enhanced his athletic fame, starring for the Tigers in both Football and Basketball. His 1944 basketball team was one of the best in the history of COP. After Japan surrendered, he returned home and continued his education, attending University of Santa Clara as a junior on a basketball scholarship. He was a starter on the famed Bronco basketball team that in his senior year compiled a record setting season of 21-4 in 1947, beating Cal, USC and UCLA in the same week. After graduating from Santa Clara, Ed joined the initial faculty at the newly opened Riordan High School in the fall of 1949. While teaching business and math courses, he was the first coach for the Riordan Crusaders football, baseball, basketball, and track teams, and a cross country mentor also. Ed was called back to the Marines during the Korean conflict, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant. In 1952 he was relieved from active duty and discharged with honors. He then returned to Riordan to continue his teaching and coaching career. Coach Fennelly had an impressive record, with the baseball team finishing 2nd in its first year. The Varsity basketball team never finished lower than 3rd in the 8 years he was at the helm. In his longest coaching stint, Ed's track and field teams took seven league championships in his 10 years, while his cross country teams won 3 CAL titles. Ed met the love of his life, Ann "Nancy" McEntee at a school dance around Christmas in 1949. They were married in August of 1950, and their first home was a small apartment below the Brother's residence at Riordan. In 1957 Ed started Riordan's golf team, and in 1958 started a swimming team. In 1958, Ed retired from coaching and became the director of athletics at Riordan, becoming the school's first lay director. Surrounded by boys all day, Ed and Nancy were thrilled when they were blessed with two daughters, his "little dolls," Geralyn in 1960 and Kristin in 1962. Ed held this position of Riordan's Director of Athletics until 1965, when he accepted the position of Assistant Commissioner for the Catholic Athletic League. In 1967 the West Catholic Athletic League was founded, realigning the East and West Bay schools, and Ed became the league's first Commissioner. Through his guidance and leadership, the WCAL became the most esteemed, prestigious prep organization in the state. In 1970, Ed became business manager of Riordan, again, being the first layman to serve in this capacity at a high school in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. At Riordan's 25th Anniversary celebration, he was given the distinct honor of receiving a Proclamation from then San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto. Ed retired from full-time education in 1989, after 40 years of teaching and service to Riordan High School. At his retirement celebration, Ed was presented with a Resolution from the Honorable Quentin Kopp, in which he was recognized for his outstanding contributions and inspirations to the youth entrusted to his care, and for being a true example of all educators throughout the Bay Area. He continued to serve the WCAL and, through the league, the Central Coast Section, until his retirement in May of 1996. Ed lived with his wife in San Bruno for 30 years, where they were active in their church parish of St. Roberts. In 1981, they moved to San Carlos, where they would live for 24 years. Again, they were active members of their church parish, St. Charles, and would eventually gather there with family and friends to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in August of 2000. In his retirement Ed enjoyed playing tennis and golf, spending time with his two grandchildren, and traveling with Nancy, including trips to Ireland to visit family and celebrate their proud heritage. Ed was a true gentleman with a quiet strength. He was known to be firm when necessary, gracious always and beloved by many. He was widely respected as an outstanding athlete, inspirational and superior teacher and coach. Former students recall him being strict yet fair, along with his incredible wit. He was a gifted administrator, admired for his consistent and high standards. He will always be remembered for his passion for his work, and his positive impact on the people around him. Ed was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, on April 18, 2003, and his brother, Thomas Fennelly. He is survived by daughters Geralyn Fennelly, of Los Angeles, CA, daughter and son-in-law Kristin and Scott Miller of Paso Robles, grandchildren Melissa and Donny Miller, and sisters Patricia Geiger and Kathleen Henry.
submitted Sep. 25, 2009 12:04P
Charles I. "Chuck" Daniels Jr.
Charles I. “Chuck” Daniels Jr. ’47, a beverage industry leader, died January 3, 2011 at the age of 83. Daniels, best known for his Marin-based business the House of Daniels Inc., died after a long illness at his San Rafael home. Mr. Daniels was born on Feb. 13, 1926 in San Francisco, but spent most of his life in Marin County. He attended St. Anselm School in San Anselmo, was student body president at the College of Marin and went on to attend Santa Clara University. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps. When the prohibition on beer ended in 1933, Mr. Daniels's father moved from San Francisco to Marin and started the Golden Gate Distributing Co. at a small warehouse in San Anselmo. The business grew and he moved his business to San Rafael in the late 1930s. Mr. Daniels eventually took over the company and by 1980 it was a $20 million business that employed 75 people. A year later, most operations were moved to Black Point in Novato, where wines from throughout the world were stored. "I believe we have the finest collection in Northern California," Mr. Daniels told the Independent Journal in 1981 while serving as president and CEO of the House of Daniels Inc. His sales and marketing firm handled wines, distilled spirits, beer and other beverages doing business as Golden Gate Distributing Co., Redwood Vintners, Blackpoint Marketing and Trellis Vineyards. He is survived by his children: Charles I. Daniels III ’78 of Napa, Peter Lund Daniels of San Anselmo, and Jonathan Daniels of Petaluma.
submitted Feb. 11, 2011 11:18A
William Hugh McInerney ’47, Oct. 5, 1924 - Nov. 12, 2013. Bill passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a valiant year long battle with cancer. He finally made it into the "Irish Sports Page." Bill was born in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1924. His father, Cornelius, emigrated from Ireland and was an iron worker with Pacific Iron Company. Cornelius was killed in an industrial accident shortly after the birth of his son. Thereafter, his mother, Ellen, raised Bill in their family home that had been built by his father, in the Boyle Heights section of LA. Bill attended St. Mary’s Grammar School until the seventh grade, when his mother died. Bill’s uncle, Joe McInerney, brought him to Oakland to live with his mother’s four maiden aunts and three cousins, who had also lost their parents. Bill completed grammar school at St. Francis de Sales in Oakland followed by St. Joseph's High School in Alameda. He attended Santa Clara University where he served as Student Body President and graduated cum laude in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was on the law review and graduated in 1950.
His legal career began in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before entering private practice. He was one of the founding members of the Oakland law firm of McInerney and Dillon, where he worked up until the last few months. For over sixty years, Bill concentrated his practice in construction law and became a national leader in the field, representing some of California’s and the nation's largest contractors. He was past chairman of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Associated General Contractors and served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the Public Works Contract Arbitration Panel for the State of California. He served on the Disputes Review Board for California's first private toll road project in Orange County and the Oakland Bay Bridge Retrofit Project.
He served as corporate counsel for the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for over 40 years. He served on the Board of Fellows at Santa Clara University and was the president of its National Alumni Association. He served on the board of regents for both Holy Names University and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. He served for 10 years as a director and chairman of the Board of Directors of Hanna Boys Center. He was the chairman and member of the advisory board for Little Sisters of the Poor’s St. Ann's Home in San Francisco. Bill most recently served on the President's Council of Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California.
Bill spearheaded efforts to bring Immaculate Heart Radio to the Bay Area, volunteered at Mercy Retirement and Care Center, and more recently, assisted Archbishop Cordileone in locating temporary housing for a group of cloistered Carmelite Sisters from Nebraska. Bill was a Knight of Malta; serving as Secretary and Vice President as well as a board member. Along with his wife Mary, he volunteered on twenty-three trips to Lourdes assisting the Malades. Perhaps Bill and Mary's proudest service was leading the effort to open, staff and operate a free medical clinic for the poor at Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light. Since September, 2008, the clinic’s volunteer doctors and nurses have serviced over 3000 people a year who would otherwise be without health care. While in Rome in May 2012, Bill received the Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace in Obedience. On October 17, 2013 Bill received the Silver Chalice Award from the Knights of Malta for his work on the medical clinic and on October 23, 2013 at the Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Society, he received the St. Thomas More Award for his life of service to the Church.
Bill was happily married to Mary Virginia McEnhill in 1949 and they recently celebrated their 64th anniversary. Bill and Mary have four children, Bill Jr. ’74, (Karen), Bridget (L. Randolph Harris), Timothy ’83 (Veronica) and Michael (Robyn). Bill loved his 15 grandchildren: Colleen, Mary and Theresa McInerney, Cornelius, Elizabeth, Liam and Dermot Harris, Seamus, Brendan, Declan, Maura, Tadhg and Liam McInerney and M. Riley and Keara McInerney.
submitted Dec. 12, 2013 11:43A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '47
Alexander "Budd" Crabb
Alexander "Budd" Crabb ’47 Resident of San Jose Born May 12, 1921, passed peacefully at home with his wife by his side on January 7, 2011. His love of family, friends and the Catholic church was evident throughout his life. Budd was the devoted husband of Lois for 51 years, the father of Laura Giuntini (David Giuntini) and Lisa Christensen ’86 (Brian Christensen), the proud grandfather of Michael and Stephen Giuntini, and Austen and Cameron Christensen. Alexander was an alumnus of St. Patrick's Elementary School, San Jose; Bellarmine College Preparatory (1939), San Jose; and Santa Clara University(1947), Santa Clara. Alexander was a 1st Lieutenant veteran of the U.S. Army receiving a bronze star, and air medal from World War II. His 37 year career at Chevron took him to Maracaibo, Venezuela where he spent 21 years. He returned to the Bay Area in 1968, and lived in Millbrae, Calif. until 2003 when he returned to his home town of San Jose.
submitted Feb. 14, 2011 2:57P
William B. "Bill" Nystrom
William B. "Bill" Nystrom ’48 was born on Jan. 16, 1922 and died on Oct. 24, 2012, completing his 90-year-long and distinguished journey on this earth. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Grace S. Nystrom, his daughters, Sue A. Hughes (Rodger) and and Karen L. Church, his sister Helen Konowitz, brother-in-law Al Auten, grandchildren Krista (Hughes) Stamper (Jim), and Keegan ’03, Katie, and Heidi Church (their father, Robert), and extended family, Deryn (Moore) Holland. Pre-deceased by his parents, Herman F. Nystorm and Vira B. Nystrom, brother, John Nystrom (Lucille), and sister, Shirley Auten.
Upon returning to civilian life, Bill and his young family returned to the University of Santa Clara, graduating magna cum laude. Ultimately they returned to Grace's hometown, Redding, Calif. Bill started his public accounting business in 1948. Obtaining his CPA accounting certification, he founded Nystrom and Company. He retired after 40 years with his company.
Special thanks to Mercy Hospice for their care and thoughtfulness, to Kasa Latikua for her patience and dedicated care, and to the several other caretakers involved in his care.
submitted Nov. 1, 2012 10:29A
William Ahern '48, resident of Danville (formerly of San Leandro). Bill passed away Saturday, July 3, 2010, in San Ramon, Calif., at age 87. He was born in Oakland, Calif., on June 20, 1923 to Wilhelmina and Raymond Ahern. He attended St. Francis deSales Grammar School, St. Joseph High School, Santa Clara University and finally the University of San Francisco for his law degree. Bill married his beloved wife Eleanor Stohlgren on June 14, 1947. They just recently celebrated 63 years together. Shortly after their marriage, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Wartime Submarine Schooling, learned to fly and attained the rank of Lieutenant. He later entered the Navy Reserves which enabled him to head home to family and start a new career. Bill worked in the District Attorneys Office in Alameda County and was assigned to supervise the Southern Alameda County Office. After a successful career with the District Attorneys Office, he established a private practice with his close friend Robert Mooney in San Leandro. Harold Moore joined the Law firm a short time later. Besides the normal aspects of practicing law, he performed a great deal of pro bono work for those in need. He retired from his Law practice after 50 years. Bill was an accomplished athlete in several sports. He was a championship level tennis player at Bay O Vista Tennis Club. He was inducted into the St. Joseph High School and Santa Clara University Basketball Hall of Fame. He will best be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved life, family gatherings, Tuesday lunches with his brother George and the poker club, all horse races, and any reason to celebrate! He was a devoted Catholic, a daily communicant, and a very witty Irishman. He will be greatly missed by his wife Eleanor; children Michael Ahern, Patricia Manifesto, Elizabeth Hackl, Gregory Ahern; their spouses: Sandra Ahern, Thomas Manifesto, Ric Hackl, and Kathleen Ahern; grandchildren Cynthia Martino, Kimberly Windsor, Jonathan Ahern, Kevin Ahern, MaryAnn Torres, Michael Ahern, Erin Ahern, and nine great-grandchildren.
submitted Jul. 12, 2010 10:22A
William "Val" Molkenbuhr Jr,
William (Val) Molkenbuhr Jr. ’48 passed away March 16, 2012, in Lewiston. Val was born and raised in San Francisco and attended St. Ignatius Jesuit High School, where he was student body president. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in World War II. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara as the student body president and was awarded the Nobili medal. He married Patricia Catherine Murphy in San Francisco in 1948 and graduated from Stanford Business School, receiving his MBA in 1950. Patricia passed away in 1975. Val moved to Lewiston in 1968, and managed Great Western (Best). In 1976 he married Lou Raffety Morgan. Val retired from Best in 1991 and was an active volunteer with various community organizations, including VALCAN, Retired Senior Volunteer Programs, St. Stanislaus Church, Interlink and the Marine Corps League. He was a devout member of St. Stanislaus Church and Knights of Columbus. Survivors include: wife Lou Molkenbuhr of Lewiston; children April (Pat) Shinn, Val M. III, Ann Marie M., DeAnn (Roger) Johnson, Raydeane (Jonathan) Owens, Darcy (Jim) Nelly, and Jame (Ryan) Davis; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
submitted Apr. 5, 2012 4:58P
UGRD Engineering '48
Thomas Francis Griffin
Thomas Francis Griffin ’48, a resident of San Jose, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away March 19, 2012, at the age of 85 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Eileen. He is survived by his seven children, Maureen Ricketts, Kathleen (Tim) McCaughey ’73, Thomas Griffin, Jr. (Michele), Sheila (Norm) Griffin Whiteman ’81, Ellie Powers (Mark), Terry Griffin (Michelle), and Timothy Griffin ’88. Cherished grandfather of 23 and great-grandfather of 1. He was born in San Francisco and was a resident of San Jose for 55 years. Thomas was a graduate of St. Peter's High School and Santa Clara University, where he received his degree in electrical engineering in 1948. He went on to work for IBM Corporation for many years and was a proud member of their Quarter Century Club. He was a past member of the St. Christopher Holy Name Society and served on the original fundraising committee to build Presentation High School in the early 1960s. He was a supporter of many Catholic causes and organizations.
submitted Apr. 5, 2012 4:51P
Robert M. Falasco
Robert M. Falasco ’48, J.D. ’51, retired Merced County Superior Court Judge and Los Banos native, has died. He was 89 years old.
One of five children born to Dominic and Theresa Falasco, he was elected to the Justice Court in 1958, where he served until 1977. In 1977, he was appointed to Merced County's Municipal Court, and served until his appointment to the Superior Court in 1982. He retired in 1985.
Bob Erreca, 76, a longtime Los Banos rancher and state probate referee, said Falasco had been ill in recent years. Erreca said his friend was a "good people person" who was known to show compassion and fairness in the courtroom. "You weren't just a guy that appeared before him," Erreca recalled. "He was interested in why you were there and how he could help you."
Falasco was considered a need-to-know person among local politicians, and was particularly active in the local Democratic party. Aspiring politicians always made a point of trying to sit next to Falasco during community dinners in Los Banos. "If you were a smart politician, you'd have your picture taken with the judge," Erreca said.
Former Merced City Councilman Jim Sanders, who met Falasco in the late 1960s, called Falasco a political mentor who was tough and fair as a judge. Sanders said Falasco also supported "every type of community project" imaginable. "His influence was not all about politics. It was all about helping people," Sanders said. "Those of us that he touched, in whatever way, we have a piece of that incredible spirit and we need to carry it on."
In addition to his 26 years as a judge, Falasco served as a trustee for Los Banos Elementary School from 1955 to 1958 and director of the Merced County Fair Board for 15 years. He served on the Board of Fellows for the University of Santa Clara, and played an active role in the building of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School and Memorial Hospital Los Banos.
Falasco served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from May 1943 to March 1946. The Merced County Superior Court in Los Banos is named in his honor, and he was bestowed the honor of Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope Paul VI.
In 2008, Falasco was praised by several Los Banos judges for his honesty and intelligence, and for being a man of common sense with a touch of humor. Then they renamed the courthouse in his honor: the Merced County Robert M. Falasco Justice Center.
Falasco was humbled by the tribute—a moment that holds the penultimate place among the recognitions he’s received for his work inside and outside the courtroom. He still counts as his greatest achievement an honor bestowed on him in 1975 by Pope Paul VI: being made a Knight of St. Gregory the Great for his civic and religious activities.
“My Catholic identity is one of the most central things to my life,” he says—and then adds, wryly, “especially now that I’m entering into my twilight years.” He particularly admired the Jesuits who taught him at Santa Clara: Raymond F. Copeland, William J. Tobin, Francis A. Moore, and Dan Germann. “After SCU,” Falasco says, “Fr. Copeland came to Los Banos and would deliver communion to my mother. And Fr. Tobin baptized my children and my wife when she converted. Fr. Germann taught all of my children.”
Those children would be Michael R. Falasco ’73, MBA ’75, Joan LaSalvia ’75, Anne Norton ’75, and Sally Perry ’78. In addition, brother Dominic Falasco ’51, nephew Dan Falasco ’90, grandchildren Dominique Norton ’05, James J. Norton ’07, and Christine LaSalvia ’09, and son-in-law Charles Norton ’76 have come to Santa Clara.Falasco was a 1951 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law. He was admitted to practice by the California State Bar in 1952.
He's survived by his wife of 63 years, Yvonne, four children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and 11 grandchildren.
Read more at http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/04/01/2292080/retired-merced-county-judge-robert.html#storylink=cpy
submitted Apr. 5, 2012 8:52P
Robert E. Jones
Robert E. Jones ’48 died on March 12, 2013. A resident of Hollister,
submitted Apr. 8, 2013 3:22P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '48
Robert A. Camozzi
Robert A. Camozzi '48 of Orangevale, Calif. passed away on March 31, 2011 at age 84. He was the husband of the late Alice Camozzi and father of Michael Camozzi, Paul Camozzi, Robert Camozzi Jr., Mark Camozzi, Ron Camozzi and David Camozzi. He was the grandfather of Matthew, Jeffrey, Jenerra, Brian, Kevin, Kyle. Brother of Anthony Camozzi. Preceded in death by his sister Joan Herman. Robert graduated from Santa Clara University and UCLA, and went on to be a teacher at Will Rogers Middle School for many years.
submitted Apr. 18, 2011 3:01P
Marshall F. Moran
Marshall F. Moran ’48, 86, passed away peacefully on June 23 after a period of declining health. He was ready to "go home" to his beloved wife, Jackie, who passed away in 2009. Marshall was born in Oakland to Sarah and Thomas Moran, who raised five rambunctious children. He attended Saint Ignatius High School where he excelled at competitive swimming and Santa Clara University. He interrupted his schooling to enlist in the Army where his bravery in the European theater earned him a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for a severe wound in combat. After the war, Marshall finished college and soon entered the growing family plumbing supply business Moran Supply, started by his father. On a blind date in 1947 arranged by his sister, Ginnie, he met the love of his life, Jacqueline Blanquie, on a hike along the Dipsey Trail to Stinson Beach. He and Jackie married and lived in Orinda for 61 years, building their first home there in 1948. They passed on to their seven children the best elements of their Irish and French heritages. The family calendar was anchored by the annual summer vacation to the beach at Aptos and a Thanksgiving celebration at Monterey Dunes (both involving 20 to 30 people in the later years as the family grew). Marshall's personal passions were food, tennis, golf, travel, the study of history and politics, and food. Jackie and he traveled much of the globe and relished in meeting fellow travelers while savoring the local cuisines and culture. He loved long swims in the ocean well beyond the waves at Aptos beach. Marshall valued education above all. He encouraged, cajoled, or did whatever it took to get his seven children through college, and often graduate degrees. He was an active participant in FACE, an Oakland charity that provides scholarships to local disadvantaged children so they can attend Catholic grammar schools. He also helped many people over the decades recover from addiction through the Alcoholics Anonymous program. Marshall will be dearly missed by his six children: Michele Culberson ’71, Marshall Jr. ’72 (Charlene), Christine, Therese ’79 (Steve Schmid), Susan (Tom McKinnon) and Mark (Liz Fitzgerald); nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; and many extended family members. He was predeceased by his beloved Jackie and son, Brian.
submitted Aug. 3, 2012 10:47A
UGRD Engineering '48
M. Tenney Campbell
M. Tenney Campbell '48 died on January 13, 2010 at the age of 83. He was born on December 9, 1926 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Anthony and Gwen Tenney Campbell. Tenney was a long time executive in the hydraulic and pneumatic engineering distribution business. Not the retiring type, he was associated with the Sweetland Company and its successors, most recently Berendsen Fluid Power, until his recent passing. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen, his sons, Mark and Greg and their spouses Marianne and Kathy, as well as grandchildren, Lauren, Ryan, Jason and Oliver. His sister, Carolyn and her husband Bill Gaul as well as many nieces and nephews also celebrate his life and their time with him. Tenney was an avid golfer who visited Scotland several times, the most recently in 2003 to the Highlands home of Donald Ross, Dornoch. He was a long time member of the Olympic Club and a member of a group dubbed "The Dawn Patrol," four old guys waiting for the starter to arrive so that they could tee off and be done in three hours.
submitted May. 25, 2010 2:38P
James E. Sweeters
James E. Sweeters '48 on Jan. 13, 2009. The Anaheim native graduated from Loyola High School and went immediately to the Jesuit novitiate in Los Gatos, where he studied for the priesthood and a career in teaching. He was ordained into the priesthood as a Jesuit in 1955 and assigned to Santa Clara University, where he served as dean of students, vice president for student services, and director of athletics. He later continued his academic training in Rome, Italy at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he earned a doctorate degree in 1968. He returned to SCU as a full-time teacher in the Religious Studies Department where he served until his retirement. In 1978, he was laicized and married Jo Ann Vasquez, his spouse of 30 years. During his tenure at SCU, he designed and taught courses such as Eastern Religions, Theology of Non-Violence, and New American Religions.
submitted May. 28, 2009 3:23P
GRD Law '48
Hon. James R. Hardin
James Rowan Hardin '48, native son of Sonora and Tuolumne County, passed away peacefully at his home on March 6, 2010. Known throughout the community as both attorney and Superior Court Judge, he is best remembered as a beloved husband, father, and friend.
Born August 12, 1923, he went on to attend Santo Clara University. At the outbreak of World War II, he qualified for Navy pilot school. He was commissioned Ensign, JG during the war and was assigned as a fighter pilot for duty aboard aircraft carriers. During his service, he married Alice, also a native of Sonora.
At the end of the war he returned to Santa Clara and earned a law degree. He and his wife moved to Sonora to work and raise their family. Judge Hardin practiced law for 31 years before serving as a judge for 12 years. At one time he was the sole Superior Court Judge in Tuolumne County, and the California Judicial Council recognized that he was performing the workload of 2.2 judges, referring to him as "The hardest working judge in California."
He was an active member in many civic and private organizations, including the Stockton Diocese Council and Sonora High Shool Board of Trustees, and he was a charter member and drafter of the constitution and bylaws of the Tuolumne County Historical Society (CHISPA).
He was predeceased by his daughter Susanne. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice, his children Jeanette Thorup '68, Arkme Matschullat '70, Rowena Garon '73, Debra Hardin, Corinne Larson, James Hardin, Jon Hardin, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his sister Annetta Roberts, and numerous nieces and nephews.
submitted May. 25, 2010 3:26P
Henry W. Spini
Henry W. Spini '48, September 12, 2013. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry "Hank" Spini, husband, father and grandfather. He was 90 years old, and a resident of San Carlos. Henry was born on August 18, 1923 in Turlock, Calif. and was the youngest of four children, and the only boy, born to Christopher and Emma Spini. Henry was raised on a typical dairy farm in Stevenson, Calif., and arose early each morning to tend to the daily needs of the ranch. He attended Hilmar High School in Hilmar, Calif., enjoyed playing football, and was named All-Conference Tackle one year and All-Conference Fullback the next. After graduation from Hilmar High, he received football scholarship offers from Stanford and Santa Clara University. He chose Santa Clara University, and for two seasons played the old Notre Dame formation as Quarterback and Linebacker. His coach, Buck Shaw, later became the first coach of the San Francisco 49ers. A proud World War II veteran, in the fall of 1942, he signed up for the Army Air Corps. March 1943, saw Hank's entry as a Cadet in the Army Air Corps, later to become the U.S. Air Force in 1946. He went through flight training and became a pilot and a First Lieutenant at the ripe old age of 19. He then went on to become First Pilot in B24 and later the B29 Bombers flying seven days per week. He later became a flight instructor, and Hank and his crew were poised and ready to go anywhere in the world, however, the war ended. After the war, Henry left the service to continue his education. He completed his undergraduate work at San Francisco State University and did his post-graduate work at Golden Gate University. It was in college that he met Virginia White. They married in 1953, and several years later, moved to San Carlos where they raised their three children. In 1951, he went to work for Guittard Chocolate Company in San Francisco (now Burlingame). Henry became Vice President of Sales 1979, and retired from Guittard in 1999. He remembers his years at Guittard as a "...wonderful experience, from beginning to end", and forged many life-long friendships throughout his tenure there. His son, Mark, continues in his Father's role at Guittard today. Henry loved to travel the world with his wife, Virginia, and their home holds many wonderful mementos of their adventures together. He was immensely proud of his children, and adored his grandchildren. He loved to garden, meet with his investment-breakfast group, and cherished most being at gatherings with family and friends. Henry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia, their children, Laureen, Mark (Karen), David ’87, MBA ’90, J.D. ’90 (Angie) and grandchildren, Emma, Brad, Brian and Jenna. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Besone, his nephews Ronald (Sally) Migleo and Richard (Donna) Besone, and numerous great-nephews and nieces.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:40P
UGRD Engineering '48
Glen A. Harris
Glen A. Harris '48, Sept. 13, 1923 to June 1, 2014. Glenn A. Harris, a lifetime resident of Vallejo and retired director of public works for the city of Vallejo, passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo. He was born in Santa Rosa to Claude and Selma Harris while his mother was visiting her parents in Santa Rosa. He attended Vallejo public schools and graduated from Vallejo High School in June 1941. He attended the University of California, Davis, on a basketball scholarship until the campus was closed by World War II. He then attended Washington and Lee University studying engineering as part of a U.S. Army's Advanced Studies Training Program. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, most notably with the 84th Infantry Division. On Dec. 1, 1944 he was wounded by German artillery fire in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and awarded the Purple Heart. He was returned to the United States and received an Honorable Discharge in Dec. 1945. In June 1948 he graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
In 1947 he married Bette Jean Sallade of Vallejo. In 1948 they had a son, Randal Glenn Harris. In 1953 they had a second son, Jeffery Eugene Harris. In 2000 he married Beverly Haden after the death of his first wife, Bette. From 1948 to 1951 he worked as an Assistant Bridge Engineer with the State of California, Division of San Francisco Bay Toll Crossing and participated in the redesign of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and on the initial design for the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. In 1951 he was an Engineer in the U.S. Army Post Engineer's Office at Benicia Arsenal. In Dec. 1951 he became an Associate Engineer and Deputy City Engineer for the City of Vallejo and was in charge of the major water system expansion for the City of Vallejo. On July 1, 1954 he was appointed to the position of Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Vallejo, a position he held for 32 years. During his tenure the City of Vallejo experienced major expansion, the continued improvement of the city's water system which resulted in securing control of water resources to protect the city's needs for future water, and earned the All American City Award.
He was a long time representative to the League of California Cities and served on its Policy Committee for Transportation and Public Works for over 14 years. He also served as the President of the League's Public Works Officer's Department for 1974 to 1975. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 1983 the received the Samuel Greeley Local Government Service Award from the American Public Works Association. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Santa Clara University's Engineering Department for his lifetime achievements in the field of Civil Engineering. He was exceedingly proud of this rare honor. He was a 50 year member of the Ben Ali Shrine in Sacramento. He was also a long time member of the Vallejo Elk's Lodge #559. He received the Elk of the Year award in 1981. He was also a past President of Elks Hall Association. He was a long time Board member and past President of the Vallejo Golf Association.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Randal; daughter-in-law, Adrienne; stepson, Matthew Haden; stepdaughter, Rebecca Haden-Hahn and; grandsons, Kenneth and Christopher.
submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:36P