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Roberto "Robert" Rodriguez, April 7, 2014. Robert worked at SCU in Facilities from 1985 until his retirement in 2011. Robert was a mentor to many and offered a warm welcome to newcomers in Facilities. Robert is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren. Notes of condolences can be sent to Facilities. Please hold Robert and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
submitted May. 30, 2014 4:33P
Bob Riemenschneider, adjunct lecturer in Computer Engineering, died suddenly on July 8. Bob taught at Santa Clara since 2001 and was integral to the Computer Engineering department in offering graduate courses in theoretical foundations of software engineering. His work in industry, most recently as senior technical consultant at the local startup company, Starview, Inc., brought valuable experience into the classroom to the benefit of his students.
Bob was born in Evanston, IL, in 1951 and was a life-long Cubs fan. He graduated from Miami University in Ohio and got an MA in mathematics from Cal Berkeley. He worked at SRI in Menlo Park for more than 20 years.
Bob's great passion was music. He loved his Beatles, his Gibsons, classes at the Fur Peace Ranch, and the music of the Rev. Gary Davis. His favorite hours were the times he spent playing with his wife Anne as The Warblers. Together they loved spending time with their friends at South Bay Folk, City Espresso, and at the Gibson Homecoming.
Bob's sudden death brings a deep sadness to his wife, Anne, his family and colleagues. With his loved ones, we mourn Bob’s death and recall the gift he was to all. We hold Bob and his family in our thoughts and prayers with the hope that they give comfort and consolation to his family in their grief.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 3:22P
Robert J. Parden
Dr. Robert James Parden died July 20, 2014, after a brief illness, at home in Saratoga surrounded by his family. He was 92.
Dr. Parden was a former professor and dean of the School of Engineering, 1954-1982. His dynamic presence, longevity with the University, and visionary leadership in the School of Engineering are legendary. Among his many contributions to the University, Dr. Parden launched the graduate engineering program in 1959, offering "Early Bird" classes for working professionals, and established the Department of Engineering Management and Leadership in 1978. He remained a faculty member of the Department until retirement in 2012. An inductee in the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, Dr. Parden helped build a reputation for Santa Clara throughout the high-tech industry. He left an indelible mark on his colleagues and students as a skilled professional, passionate teacher, and gifted leader.
Robert James Parden was born in Mason City, Iowa on April 17, 1922, the son of James Ambrose Parden and Mary Fahey Parden. He was raised in Iowa City, Iowa. He served as Lieutenant in the US Army Quartermaster Corp before earning his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the University of Iowa. In 1953, he became one of the first PhD graduates of the University of Iowa’s Department of Industrial Engineering. He then embarked on a 50 year career marked by distinguished contributions in industry practice, engineering education and university administration. He was a sought after speaker at conferences and published numerous books and papers.
Dr. Parden began his career as professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1954 Dr. Parden was appointed Dean of the Engineering College at Santa Clara University. There he expanded and updated the engineering curriculum and led efforts that brought the Sullivan Engineering Center and laboratories to the university. Dean Parden created the nation's first successful continuing education program for graduate engineering, established graduate programs that ushered Silicon Valley Companies to the forefront of engineering management, and expanded the imprint of Santa Clara University throughout the high-tech industry. Another key component of Dean Parden’s success was that the School of Engineering drew not only students but also adjunct faculty members from high-tech. People like Intel’s CEO Andy Grove and ESL’s President William Perry, who went on to serve as the United States' Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton. Dr. Parden authored seminal research in the field of engineering management and was an active leader of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honorary societies and was a licensed Professional Engineer and General Contractor. In 1993 Dr. Parden was inducted into the Silicon Valley Hall of Fame.
Bob's matched his passion for engineering excellence with lifelong dedication to his community and his large and active local family. He set out to live the American Dream and he accomplished it. Bob was a long time resident of Saratoga, residing in the home he designed and built in 1959 until his passing. Bob was a licensed professional engineer and general building contractor. He founded Parden Construction and proudly served on the Saratoga Planning Commission. Bob was able to see Saratoga grow as the Silicon Valley was transforming from the Valley of Heart’s Delight, where orchards of fruit trees blossomed each spring. For Bob life was also an exploration he looked at with a keen mind through his travels. Whether it was his regular trips to Aptos to enjoy the Pacific, or his wider world travels, Bob always enjoyed the experience. His last cruise to Alaska with three generations of his family was in 2013 and he traveled to Aptos in June 2014 with 18 members of his immediate family.
Bob is survived by Elizabeth Taylor Parden, his devoted and loving wife of 59 years; four children: Pattie Bradley '78 of San Jose, Jim (Lisa) Parden of Saratoga, Jack Parden '83 (Mary) Parden of Redwood Shores, and Nancy Badgett '85 (Mel) of Saratoga. He also leaves nine beloved grandchildren, who were all wild about their Bop. His sister, Dorothy Smith of Iowa City, Iowa, brother in law Jack Taylor (Wilbi) along with many loved and accomplished nieces and nephews.
With a keen intellect, charming wit and warm heart, Bob lived life to its fullest and invested in others with uncommon compassion and integrity. He taught many, inspired many more and was admired and loved by all who knew him.
The family asks that letters of condolences be made to his wife, Betty, c/o Santa Clara University, Dean's Office.
submitted Jul. 25, 2014 8:21A
SCU Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Rick Blick died suddenly on Monday, June 2, from complications of a brain aneurism. Coach Blick coached the club team for two years, often suiting up with his players during practices. His contagious fun loving personality, his positive spirit, and his love of lacrosse and our team will truly be missed.
Coach Blick grew up on Long Island, NY, and attended Hobart College where he was a three time First Team All American goalie and USA World Team Player. Coach Blick brought over 40 years of lacrosse playing and coaching experience. During his time here he has helped set the stage for positive momentum to strengthen the lacrosse program.
With his family, we mourn Coach Blick’s death and recall the gift he was to all. He will be missed, especially by the athletes who benefited from his care for them and camaraderie.
Notes of condolence may be sent to the Blick family, care of the Athletics Departmen.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 2:08P
John Dullea, S.J.
John F. Dullea, S.J., 85, died Friday, August 1, 2014, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a long illness.
Jack was born in San Francisco in 1929, graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, and entered the Jesuit Order in Los Gatos in 1945. After a period of studies and teaching he went to Innsbruck, Austria, for his theological studies where he was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1959. He did graduate studies at the Gregorian University, Rome, where he earned a doctorate in Theology in 1963.
His assignments included teaching Theology at Santa Clara University, retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos, and parish work at St. Mary's Church, Ogden, Utah. He also spent a total of eleven years at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome in a variety of administrative positions.
In 1990 he moved into high school guidance work as college counselor, first at Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, and then, from 2000-08, at Verbum Dei High School in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He served as Senior Priest at the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City before retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 2010.
Jack was the brother of the late Fr. Charles Dullea, S.J., former president of the University of San Francisco. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:13P
Elizabeth "Betty" Moran, professor emerita in English, died on June 23 after a long illness. She was 95 years old. Betty joined the English Department at Santa Clara in 1963 as one of three women faculty at the University. She retired in 1994 and thereafter received emerita status.
Betty was a woman of "firsts" and made her mark at Santa Clara as a teacher, scholar and administrator. She was the first woman to gain tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences; was the first woman elected president of the Faculty Senate; was the first woman to direct the Grants and Fellowships Office and the Faculty Development Program; served as the first woman chair of the Affirmative Action Committee; and founded and directed the Teaching and Learning Center. As a pioneer in African and African-American literature, Betty was the first at Santa Clara to teach a course in African literature. Her persistent work to establish a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Santa Clara paid off in 1977 when we became the first Catholic institution west of the Mississippi River to earn a chapter.
Moran had a 31-year career at Santa Clara before her retirement in 1994. And in a 1988 proclamation in her honor, the Rev. Paul Locatelli, then Santa Clara's president, said, "Now let it therefore be known that whereas Sainte Clare is the First Lady of Santa Clara, Elizabeth J. Moran is the Second Lady of Santa Clara University."
Moran didn't slow down much in retirement, either. She worked with homeless women and children as co-chairwoman of the Georgia Travis Center board for InnVision.
Betty will be remembered for her service, collegiality, and generosity as a teacher and mentor. Santa Clara has lost a dedicated member of the University community. We join with Betty's family and all who mourn her loss and thank God for the gift of her long life. Please keep Betty and her family in your thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 1:03P
Bahram Saghari, adjunct faculty in the Leavey School of Business, died on January 28, after suffering critical injuries from a tragic bicycling accident in 2011. Bahram joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 2009 teaching courses in Operations Management and Information Systems. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he worked at several Silicon Valley firms, including Oracle and Intel, as a software engineer. An avid bicycle rider and swimmer, he had been active in the bicycling community and was much loved by his students, friends and family members.
Together with his wife, Taban, and his daughters, Shayan and Keon, we mourn Bahram's death and recall the gift he was to his family, friends, colleagues and students. He will be missed.
Notes of condolence may be sent to Bahram's family, care of the Business School:
The Saghari Family
c/o Dean's Office
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
A memorial service in celebration of Bahram's life is planned for mid-February. Details on time and location will be forthcoming.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 8:24A
Friends of the University
Therese King McNeil
Therese King McNeil August 13, 1939 - February 7, 2014 Resident of Monte Sereno, Therese died peacefully with her family in the home she cared for and cherished after a two year struggle with cancer. Therese is survived by Don '57, her husband of fifty years, by their four sons: Peter '90 ( Patricia), Timothy (Katie), Patrick '92 (Erica), and Thomas '98 (Darcie) and nine grandchildren: May Margaret, Eamon, Dillon, Ryan, Keira, Will, Luke, Timothy and Cassidy. Therese was born of Irish immigrant parents in San Francisco, California. She attended St. Rose Academy and Dominican College of San Rafael. She taught school in Marin County, then in Campbell after her marriage. She loved teaching and was an inspiration to her students and everyone around her. She retired from teaching to raise her four boys - a very polite and well mannered group, of course. The job she retired to was loving, guiding and supporting her husband and family. She did her new job well and was loved and valued in return. She was president of the Bellarmine Mothers' Guild, chair of the Bellarmine Fashion show, and active in and an officer of a number of non-profit agencies. She was also a member of Santa Clara University's Board of Fellows. Therese's particular gift was her ability to make and keep friends. She was interested in the stories of those around her, and was able to share with them a love of life, a sence of humor, a generous spirit and a scrupulous honesty. Her friends are loyal and legion. Therese will miss them and they her.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 9:02P
Mary Dianne Ravizza
Mary Dianne Ravizza, a resident of Los Altos, passed from this life on April 21, after a brief struggle with cancer, surrounded and supported by family. Born on May 17, 1930 to Edgar & Mary Schott. She was raised in Santa Clara with her brothers, Larry Schott '53 (deceased) and Steve Schott '60. She attended St. Clare's grammar school, Notre Dame High School and San Jose State.
Dianne was woman of deep faith, and to many, a trusted and steadfast friend. She was a loyal wife to her husband, Gene Ravizza '50, a loving mother to her children Claranne Long '78 (Tim), Jesuit Community Member and Associate Professor Mark Ravizza S.J. M.Div ’99, and Greg Ravizza (Kathleen), and cherished grandmother to, Jenna Johnson (Jareb), Matt Long, Chris Long, Elena Ravizza and Luke Ravizza.
She was especially passionate about supporting women and students in need, serving a number of charitable organizations and schools including Sacred Heart Nativity School, Hope Services, Saint Francis High School, Ladies of Charity, and founding Cocoon, which supported women in crisis pregnancies. Dianne was also civic minded, serving Santa Clara County (grand jury and parole board).
Notes of condolence may be sent to Mark c/o the SCU Jesuit Community.
submitted Apr. 24, 2014 9:39A
Jacqueline Ithurburn, Oct. 9, 2013. Longtime Susanville resident Jacqueline (Jackie) Ithurburn passed away at Manor West Skilled Nursing Facility in Sparks, Nev. Her last days on the earth were spent with her family by her side. Jackie was born March 22, 1935 to George and Margaret (Corvello) Campidonica in Merced, Calif. She attended local schools and graduated from Merced High School. She went on to attend Hartnell College and San Jose State University. While attending San Jose State, she met the love of her life, Peter (Pete) Ithurburn '56, who was attending nearby Santa Clara University. They were married July 13, 1957 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merced. Jackie then moved to Susanville where she and Pete made their home. Jackie worked as a librarian at Diamond View School for several years in the 1970s. She devoted her life to her husband, children and eventually to her grandchildren. She was a past member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Caring and Sharing Group, past member of the Susanville Euskaldunak Basque Club and a devout member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ithurburn, brother, Robert Campidonica, and parents, George and Margaret Campidonica. Jackie is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Bob) Pieper, of Susanville, and Catherine Ithurburn, of Sacramento sons, Stephen Ithurburn, of Yuba City, Christopher (Kathy) Ithurburn, of Sacramento, and Phillip Ithurburn, of Susanville. Jackie's grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Matthew, Jacob, Amy, Samuel, Micheal, Stephanie, Paul, Andrew, Makayla and great-grandchild, Liam, will miss her kind blue eyes. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 9:12P
Therese King McNeil
see year Friends of the University
Dale Schrumpf M.S. '73, MBA '80, May 5, 2014. Dale Schrumpf was born March 3, 1935, in Perryville, Mo., the first of three children. He attended Missouri School of Mines and then moved to California to work as an engineer, after serving in the Army briefly. He worked at Sylvania and GE when the microwave was first in development. He worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space as an engineer in two different time periods, including work on the Space Station. In between he worked at Quantic Enterprises, where he attained several patents. He received a Master of Science degree and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He also had a passion for sales and entrepreneurship. For many years he traveled the Bay Area with his son, placing Christian books in grocery stores. He started many of his own businesses, including Satellite Solutions, one of the first distributors of DISH Network systems in the Bay Area. In his retirement, he enjoyed merchandising and product demonstration jobs, feeding his love of interacting with people. After moving to Texas, he was able to return to his love of fishing.
Dale had a passion to read the Bible and serve the Lord. He was active in Peninsula Bible Church (Palo Alto, Calif.) in the 60s and 70s, and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (Calif.) from the 80s until he moved to Texas in 2012. In Arlington, he found a church home at Pantego Bible Church. At Peninsula Bible Church he was active in evangelism programs, he helped with counseling at Billy Graham events, and he led a Bible study at Lockheed. For several years he and his wife Dianne helped Wycliffe Bible Translators in their recruitment program (TOTAL It Up) in Temecula, Calif. He attended Western Seminary in Santa Clara, Calif., for several years, working towards a Certificate.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Darleen Dunker. He is survived by his brother Leman Schrumpf, his son John Schrumpf (Claudia), John’s mother Jan Schrumpf, step-daughter Beth Bryson, step-son Jim Bryson (Joelle) and their children, and Beth and Jim’s mother Dianne Bryson.
submitted May. 16, 2014 12:27P