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Mary Asuncion served Santa Clara University twenty-three years as senior administrative assistant in the Human Resources Office and the Mathematics & Computer Science Department.
Mary's daughter, Kimberly Moreno ’96, shared the joy and pride her mother felt being part of the Santa Clara community. Having fought a long and courageous battle with cancer, Mary now rests in the loving arms of God.
submitted Dec. 20, 2012 1:06P
Long-time law faculty member and Professor Emeritus Howard Anawalt died August 6, 2013, peacefully at home in his sleep. Professor Anawalt joined Santa Clara University School of Law in 1967 and was one of the first faculty members to specialize in the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry. He remained an active scholar and member of the Law School community even after he retired in 2003. Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community. He will be remembered as a kind and generous person who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues.
"The High Tech Law Institute remains incredibly grateful for Prof. Anawalt's many foundational contributions to our program," said Prof. Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute. "Our high tech law program would not be as rich and successful as it's been without his foresighted efforts. On a personal note, Prof. Anawalt shared his 1994 Computer Law syllabus with me when I first developed my own Internet Law course in 1995, and his thoughts influenced my concepts about the course a lot."
Howard Anawalt is considered by many to be the father of the nationally recognized intellectual property program at Santa Clara Law. He joined the School of Law in 1967, and specialized in constitutional law, torts, and intellectual property law. “Howard Anawalt was a great teacher and scholar at Santa Clara University’s law school and he was instrumental in forming and advancing the Law School’s highly acclaimed intellectual property law program,” says Professor Donald Polden, who served as dean from 2003-2013. “He exemplified the great teacher-scholars in legal education and he will be missed by his many friends from Santa Clara University.”
In a letter to the University community, President Michael Engh, S.J. wrote, “With his expertise in intellectual property law, he was one of the first faculty members to address in his teaching the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry… Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community.”
Anawalt earned his A.B. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley. He was admitted to practice in the states of California and Washington and in the Supreme Court. He served as a legislative intern and legal adviser, then deputy attorney general to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee. His law practice experience included criminal jury trials, Vietnam War draft and court-martial cases, labor injunction litigation, sex and race discrimination lawsuits, and involvement in high-technology litigation and transaction practice.
At Santa Clara Law he was a very involved member of the faculty and served in many leadership and advisory roles until his retirement in 2003. He was the inaugural director of Santa Clara Law’s International Institute, now called the Center for Global Law and Policy, and he served as the first director of the Santa Clara University School of Law High Tech Advisory Board, first convened in 1990. He directed Santa Clara’s client counseling and national trial competitions, advised the Santa Clara Law Review, administered the Tokyo summer program, and served as adviser to the Santa Clara Law Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
Among his many publications, two stand out as the most significant: Idea Rights: A Guide to Intellectual Property (Carolina Press,) and IP Strategies: Complete Intellectual Property Planning, Access and Protection (West Publication).
Howard’s fellow faculty members remembered him with fondness and respect. “Former students often comment on Howard’s pleasant and compassionate classroom demeanor, but also his rigorous attention to details of cases and the importance of policy in the development of laws,” said Professor Polden. “He remained a dedicated and accomplished scholar after his retirement, including a recent publication of a book on legal protection of ideas.”
“Howard’s academic interests covered a broad span, from constitutional law to high technology,” said Professor Bradley Joondeph. “In many ways, he foresaw the direction that law would be headed, many years before most lawyers had any inkling.”
“Howard will be remembered as a kind and generous person, who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues,” said Professor Ken Manaster, who joined Santa Clara Law in 1972. “He had an exceptionally inquisitive mind. He seemed often to be delving into a new topic in law or into a new angle within a field he already had mastered, such as tort law, intellectual property, or constitutional law. His friendliness toward colleagues, and his active give-and-take in discussions of the law and of the law school’s responsibilities to the profession, even after he retired, will be missed.”
Anawalt leaves his wife, Sue, his son Brad and daughter-in-law Kirsten, his son Paul and daughter-in-law Valeria, his grandchildren Kathryn, Juliet, Gwyneth, Kevin, and Dillon, and his many students and colleagues.
submitted Aug. 30, 2013 10:02A
George J. Alexander
George J. Alexander, former law school dean and professor emeritus, died peacefully July 29, 2013, after a prolonged illness. George led the law school from 1970 to 1985—a period of great growth both in enrollment and in prominence for the law school, making him one of the most influential deans in its 100-year history. During his time as dean, George emphasized scholarship, hired distinguished faculty, and with his commitment to diversifying the legal profession, recruited talented students of color from across the country. He led the law school in developing a more international law curriculum and established it as a pre-eminent global legal educator.
George left a strong legacy of commitment to advancing the legal profession and improving access to legal services. He and his wife, Katharine, have been great friends and supporters of the law school. In 2004, they endowed operations of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, which serves low-income people in matters of consumer law, immigration law, and workers’ rights. In 2008, they established the annual Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize, which recognizes lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity.
As professor, dean and friend of Santa Clara, George embodied the University’s mission and values by combining a high regard for academic rigor with a personal commitment to making the world a better place. While we mourn George’s death, we also thank God for the gift of his life. The University community will miss his leadership, wisdom, and friendship.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:14P
Diane di Bari
Dr. Diane Hijos di Bari passed away on May 7, 2013. Dr. di Bari started teaching in the Liberal Studies Program in Fall of 2003. She was a popular and caring professor. She taught our Exceptional Child course (LBST 138) for the program a total of 17 times in the last ten years and impacted the education of hundreds of undergraduates.
Dr. di Bari had tremendous compassion for children and was a leader in the field. She was able to translate the science of exceptional children to individual lives. Santa Clara University and the Liberal Studies Program was fortunate to have her on our faculty.
She is survived by her husband Mike, mother Rosie, brother Brian, sons Paul and Nicholas, and numerous nieces, cousins and extended family. Diane was born in Chowchilla, CA on January 29, 1951 to parents Pete and Rosie Hijos. She attended Chowchilla High School and went on to graduate from Occidental College with a BA in Psychology and Fresno State with a MS in School Psychology.
Diane had an immense passion for helping children. She worked as a school psychologist for Santa Clara Unified School District, providing special education evaluations to identify programs and opportunities for improved learning, education and advancement for students. Diane's yearning for continual education found her pursuing her own opportunities, taking her to various leadership positions within the school district, her professional organizations, and academic institutions. In 2010 Diane completed her
PsyD in Neuropsychology, focusing on verbal memory and language in Spanish speaking children.
After 35 years of personal and professional achievements, Diane retired in 2012 from positions at Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara University, and Alliant International University. Throughout her career, Diane was honored as an outstanding educator, received lifetime achievement awards and various certificates of recognition for her service to the field of psychology, her students and colleagues.
She will be best remembered for her selfless and humble demeanor in serving others, both personally and professionally.
submitted Jun. 14, 2013 10:57A
Friends of the University
Noreen (Winnie) Fern Hook, June 11, 2013. A resident of Santa Clara, Hook was 107. She was born Noreen Fern Bastian on February 14, 1906, in San Jose to Louis and Fern Vicy Bastian. In 1923, she met and married Wilbur J. Hook, her husband of 60 years, who preceded her in death in 1983. They had two daughters Esther (Rick ’49) Rechenmacher and Sharon ’70 (Bill ’60) Gissler.
"She lived in poverty in various places around the Bay Area, including San Jose and Oakland, but Winnie was always an optimist, always positive about everything," said her granddaughter Cynthia Gissler ’85. "That was one of the great things about her."
She had a clear memory of life early in the last century, when electricity replaced coal oil lamps, when automobiles replaced the old streetcars. As a girl, she went to the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and the memory stayed with her.
"It seemed like a wonderland to her," Gissler said. "She had never seen a pineapple or had pineapple juice, and here was a pineapple juice fountain with all the juice you could drink."
She was 17 when she met Wilbur John Hook at a drugstore in Alameda and they were married soon afterward. It was a lifelong love affair. "He called her Winnie and that was her name ever after," said Gissler.
Mrs. Hook was a stay-at-home mom and the family moved to Santa Clara in 1927. "She was also a wonderful foster mother to young people who needed help," Gissler said. "Years later, they would come to see her as adults and thank her."
Mrs. Hook graduated from high school but did not attend college in the formal sense. In the 1930s, however, she became a member of the Catala Club at Santa Clara University and remained active in it up until her death (see "And the ladies of the club..." in the Winter 2010 issue of SCM). The society raised money for scholarships at Santa Clara, and Mrs. Hook attended lectures by professors.
She was the loving grandmother of 15 (Heidi [Ananda], Laura, Sandi, Joseph, Nancy, Clare, Hans, Toby, Ted, Merry, Vonna ’83, Cynthia, Mark, Stephen, Andrew ’89), great grandmother to 38, and great-great grandmother to 21. She was a loving aunt to the McTighe and Anderson families and was preceded in death by her three younger brothers Aaron, Lawrence and Everett.
submitted Jun. 21, 2013 10:16A
Peter S. Carter Feb. 20, 1943 - March 6, 2013. He was a resident of Los Gatos and a longtime Silicon Valley advertising executive, acclaimed photographer, political advisor, fundraiser, and iconic Los Gatos and Santa Clara County civic leader. He died at his home in Los Gatos. He was 70. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and Georgetown University where he graduated from the School of Business in 1966. As co-founder, president and CEO of one of Silicon Valley's most prominent advertising and public relations firms, he played an instrumental role in the growth of Silicon Valley for more than three decades. In 1980 he was elected as an underwriting member of the global specialty insurance underwriting organization Lloyd's of London and served as a board member of the North American Association of Lloyd's. A lifelong Republican, Peter was widely known for his role as a trusted advisor, fundraiser, and confidant of government leaders and candidates from both political parties. He had a network of prominent political connections, both local and national. After retirement, he became increasingly known for his architectural photography, his photographs of friends and family, his sincere generosity, his culinary skills and legendary hospitality. His community affiliations included the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club (member since 1974), Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, San Jose Chamber of Commerce, San Jose Symphony, KTEH, Fellow of Santa Clara University(1991), Silicon Valley Capital Club, Los Gatos Police Foundation, Los Gatos Music and Arts and The Los Gatos Social Club. In addition to his wife, Dennise McNulty Carter, he is survived by two children from his first marriage, son P. Scott Carter '89 (Liza) and granddaughters Stephanie and Christina and son Shawn Villere Carter (Julie) and granddaughters Elle and Haley. Other survivors include his sisters Katherine Carter Powitchko (Jack), Patricia Carter Lowrie (Mike), Mary Carter Aulman (Mark), and V. Celeste Carter and brothers Joe Carter (Debbi), Paul Carter, Mark Carter, and Jonathan Carter (Deborah), in addition to numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Edwin "Scottie"Heim, Celestine Lisewski Carter and R. Joseph Carter, his aunt, Barbara Fields and by his brother, Matthew Carter.
submitted May. 22, 2013 3:54A
Pauline "Polly" Coughlan
Pauline "Polly" Coughlan May 25, 1919 - Aug. 20, 2013. Resident of Gilroy, CA, Coughlan was born in Redwood City, Calif. She was the fifth of six children born to Florence and John O'Brien. Polly attended Mt. Carmel elementary school, Notre Dame Belmont High School and San Jose State University. She married Jim Coughlan ’39 after WWII and had three children, Molly, Nan and Peggy. Jim died in 1989. Polly was predeceased by her siblings and friends and her grandson, Christopher Henley. Polly is survived by her daughters and their spouses; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and four great grandchildren.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:37P
Robert Wieand ’62 passed away on September 17, 2012. He was a loving husband and father. Bob was born on Dec. 4, 1935. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956-1960. He then joined the Chart House Restaurants where he worked for 28 years. He truly lived by the rule of treating others the way he would want to be treated. Bob was the kind of Dad that would drop everything to be with his kids. Living in San Diego, Calif., Bob loved to be active and enjoyed tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Bob's smile lit up a room, and his joy was infectious. He will be remembered for his love for his family and friends. He will be truly missed. He is survived by his wife Judy and his children Kathryn and Michael.
submitted Oct. 5, 2013 10:11A
Michael E. Kelly
Michael Kelly ’14 passed away on May 8, 2013, surrounded by his family and close friends. He was 21.
Born in Walnut Creek, CA, in 1992, Michael had lived in Modesto and was currently a junior at Santa Clara University. Michael is survived by his parents, Ed and Debbie Kelly, sisters, Kimberly, Maribeth and Bridget, brothers Zack Vagneur and Hasani Carr.
His passing at such a young age is reminder to us all to appreciate each and every person with whom we spend time, each and every day we share. May Michael's open and enthusiastic spirit nourish our own care for each other, especially in this time of grief.
submitted May. 23, 2013 1:26P
Eugene A. Yuasa
Eugene Akio Yuasa J.D. ’89, March 7, 2013. He was 51, of Honolulu, and an attorney. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents James M. and Marjorie, brother Steven and sisters Frances Higashi and Ann Yuasa.
submitted Oct. 14, 2013 9:04A