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Robert "Bob" DeLano ’50 was born and raised in San Francisco, a 3rd generation San Franciscan. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after high school and served from 1943-46. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1951 and then entered his family's business, DeLano Bros., founded in 1884. He married Carmen Anne and the couple settled in Millbrae in 1965 with their three children. He continued in the family business until 2005. He enjoyed traveling, attending Cal football games and listening to John Madden on the radio. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carmen Anne DeLano, daughter Anne DeLano, sons Joseph and Douglas DeLano, grandsons Matthew and Kevin DeLano. He will be remembered as a loyal friend and a generous man with a warm sense of humor, a good heart and a gentle soul. He passed away on Jan. 9, 2013.
Donations in his memory may be made to Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476-9989.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:29P
Michael Gonzalez '50, a community-active resident of Vacaville and Solano County passed away suddenly in Fairfield on Aug. 9, 2013. He was 88 years old.
Mike was born Sept. 28, 1924 in Fairfield, to Miguel and Lucy Gonzalez. He grew up in old town Suisun and later moved with his family to their ranch at Mankas Corner in Fairfield. Mike graduated from Armijo High School in 1943. After serving his country as a United States Marine in the South Pacific and North China during World War II, he attended Santa Clara University. In both high school and college Mike was a standout athlete in football, baseball and tennis.
In 1951, Mike married Mary Chaffee, and they had two children, Katie and Michael. Mary passed away in 1961. Years later, Mike reconnected with Jane Roney, his childhood classmate and high school sweetheart. They married in 1978. While living in Vacaville, Mike managed the California Sample Furniture Company stores in Fairfield and Vacaville. He then opened up his own furniture store, Michael's Home Furnishings in Vacaville. He later sold the store, which is now Shock's Furniture. Mike then moved on to manage Ticor Title until he retired. Mike was active in civic affairs, serving as Vacaville City Councilman and three-time president of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Solano County Fair Board, the Dixon May Fair Board, the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee.
Mike led a very active social life and it seemed like wherever he went, he ran into someone he knew or he made a new friend. He could frequently be found at morning breakfast meetings, lunch groups at Rockville Corner, or just visiting at various restaurants around town. Mike regularly took walks in Alamo Park with friends and participated in many activities at Paradise Valley Estates. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching football and baseball games.
He was preceded in death by parents Miguel and Lucy Gonzalez, and wife Mary Gonzalez. Mike is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Gonzalez of Fairfield; daughter Katie Musitelli (Wes) of Santa Cruz; son Michael Gonzalez (Dawn) of Vacaville; sisters Bea Nagel of Washington and Elsie Roberts of Arkansas, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was an amazing man who touched many peoples lives. He was a beloved husband, dad and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:48P
UGRD Engineering '50
John Herbert Clarke
John "Jack" Clarke ’50 passed away peacefully at his Aptos home on Oct 28. Born in Los Gatos and raised in Saratoga, he was 90 years old. Graduated in 1950 at the University of Santa Clara, he received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, followed by a 35 year career with the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Jack was active in the Catholic Church his entire life. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe and was honored with the Bronze Star. Jack is survived by his wife Eleanor of 61 years, and children Richard (Susan), Stephen, John ’79 (Jeanne) and Maureen (Richard), along grandchildren, Bryan, Colin, Kelly, Geoffrey, Genelle, Andy and Heather. Jack also leaves his brother Henry Clarke ’51. Any kind acts of charity may be made in memory of Jack to Santa Clara University
submitted Nov. 9, 2013 3:01P
John F. Ennis
John Francis Ennis ’50, of Redding, Calif., passed away at home on December 4, 2012 due to natural causes. Known as Jack, he was born December 17, 1919 in San Jose, Calif. to John and Fannie (McClintock) Ennis, and grew up with them on their ranch near Cedarville, in Modoc County, Calif. He graduated from Surprise Valley High School at the age of 16, worked for the United States Postal Service and Bank of America, and earned his airplane pilot's license before enlisting in the US Navy in 1941. He served as a radio operator onboard the USS President Adams in the South Pacific during World War II, including the Battle of Guadalcanal. After the war, he earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Santa Clara and returned to Modoc County and Cedarville. In 1952, he met and married Angela Cooke of San Francisco, Calif., and they eventually moved to Redding to raise their family. Jack made his career with the California Division of Highways (now Caltrans), coordinating road design with local cities and counties, ultimately landing his dream job as Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, and retiring in 1981. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, he was active at St. Joseph Catholic Church and served the parish in many capacities. He was also active in the greater community; as a Boy Scout scoutmaster, as a youth baseball coach, and as a volunteer at the food bank. An accomplished public speaker and humorist, he was a member of the local chapter of Toastmasters International. He was a long-time member and volunteer with both the Whiskeytown Sailing Club and the Shasta Wheelmen bicycle club, continuing to ride his bike beyond the age of 90, and serving as a volunteer after that time. He was preceded in death by Angela, his wife of 60 years, and earlier by his sisters Mrs. Emma Fogalsang of Colusa, Calif. and Mrs. Carmen Schlatter of Wyckoff, N.J. He is survived by his son Tim Ennis and daughter-in-law Kathy Brock of Portland, Ore.; son Tom Ennis, daughter-in-law Donna Ennis and granddaughters Meredith Ennis and Colleen Ennis of Carmichael, Calif.; son Chris Ennis and daughter-in-law Lisa Ennis of San Francisco, Calif.; and son Ted Ennis, daughter-in-law Nancy Steel and granddaughter Alyson Ennis of Placerville, Calif.
submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:56A
Daniel J. Vesely
Daniel Joseph Vesely ’50 of Rocklin passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, with his loving family by his side after suffering from Dementia for several years. He was 89 years young. Daniel was born to Joseph and Minnie Vesely in New York, New York on July 30, 1924. Daniel married his wife Annie Walker to whom he was married to for 65 years. Daniel is survived by younger brother, Joseph Vesely who is living in Massachusetts. He is also survived by his two children Gregory Vesely, Cynthia Gruber and her husband Joe Gruber, two grandchildren Kristel Vesely, Gregory Goodnough and one great-grandson, Jayden Goodnough. Daniel graduated from Santa Clara University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. He worked for several engineering firms over the years which allowed his family to live in Casablanca, where Greg was born and Madrid, Spain where Cynthia was born. He retired with the Federal Government Corp of Engineers. Daniel and Annie raised their children in Rocklin since 1964. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, traveling and was an avid golfer until he became ill. He always enjoyed living on the golf course. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:12P
Ronald J. Santucci
Ronald Joseph Santucci ’51 Sept. 14, 1929 ~ June 7, 2013 Died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with ALS. Survived by his wife Sally and children of his first wife, Joan; Jean (Jeff), Theresa, Bob (Helen), John MBA ’00 (Malia), Kate (Pete), Michele (Greg) and 17 grandchildren he loved dearly. Born in Seattle, raised in Mount Baker, graduate of Seattle Prep, Seattle University and Pacific Coast Banking School. After losing Joan October 2004, Ron reconnected with high school and college friend Sally Malone Ganong and they married June 12, 2009 to his great happiness. He was a proud Marine and served in the Korean War, spending 9 months on the front lines. Past Italian Club President, Little League coach, banking lender and executive, retiring from Wells Fargo after a highly successful 40-year career. He served on numerous association boards and was active in his community. A talented athlete who started college at Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, he loved playing tennis and pickleball into his 80s and enjoyed many sports. He was an enthusiastic member of a close-knit bridge group for 40 years, taught all his children how to snow and water ski and was a mean accordion player who could play any instrument by ear. He enjoyed many trips to Hawaii but the place he was happiest was sharing good times, rain or shine, with family and friends at Lake Cavanaugh. Family was his primary focus, most valued legacy and source of tremendous pride.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:18A
Richard A. Schaub Jr.
Richard Andrew Schaub Jr. ’51 passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013, with his wife and children beside him after a 1 year battle with lung cancer. Dick was born March 19, 1929, to Dr. and Mrs. Richard Schaub, and was raised in Altadena, California. He attended St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Elliot Junior High, and Pasadena Junior College. Dick graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Business. He spent three years in the Navy as a lieutenant serving on the USS Yorktown and Chemung. Dick received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in1956. On July 13, 1957, he married the love of his life, Lou-Ann Sachs of Pasadena. They made their life together in South Pasadena where they were residents for over 50 years, raising 5 wonderful children. Dick was first employed at Waste King Universal, becoming the CEO. He went into private consulting for 3 years. He then worked for Illig Construction Company and its related corporations. He retired as CEO from Architectural Woodworking Company in 1994. Dick was active in the Holy Family Parish as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and served on various committees. He was a board member of the Los Angeles Rotary Club, the Pasadena American Cancer Society, and a longtime board member of Holy Family Adoption Services. Dick is survived by his wife, Lou-Ann, of 55 years, and 5 children: Richard III, Thomas, Anne (Peter) Zwart, Christina (Edward) Buckley , and Susanne (John) Fisher. He leaves behind 10 beautiful grandchildren: Sarah, Mary Katherine, Peter Jr., Michael, and Julianna Zwart; Allison and Nicholas Schaub; and Olivia, Katherine and Audrey Fisher. Dick will be remembered for his devotion to his faith and family, and particularly for his understated wit.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:26A
Paul D. Smith
Paul D. Smith ’51, May 4, 2013. A resident of Greenbrae since 1974, he was born in 1923 in San Francisco to Paul D. and Margaret Grover Smith and raised in Piedmont. He graduated from Piedmont High School in January 1941 and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. Paul served in the European Theater of Operations during WWII as a Staff Sergeant and crash-rescue firefighter and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Paul graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in engineering and practiced as a licensed professional engineer specializing in fire and life safety. He was a life member in the National Fire Protection Association and served on the committees that developed fire sprinkler criteria. Additionally, Paul served the Kentfield Fire District as a Director from 1980 until 2003.
Paul's varied interests included traditional New Orleans Jazz, dancing, inter-urban trains and steam locomotives. His photographs depicting early train transportation around the Bay Area in the 1920s and 1930s are widely published. Paul volunteered countless hours with the Boy Scouts of America, St Sebastian's Church choir and the Western Railway Museum.
Paul, a devout Catholic, is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen, with whom he raised seven children; Paul (Mary Ann); Brian (Traci); Sarah Jane Savage; Stuart (Dru); Daniel; Mary Ellen Wendt (Marc). He was predeceased by his son Mark (Maria) in 1999. He also leaves ten grandchildren.
submitted May. 15, 2013 1:51P
Dr. Leonard Napolitano ’51, former dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 7, 2013. Dr. Napolitano was born in 1930 in Oakland, CA, one of three children and the only son of Italian immigrants. He attended Santa Clara University where in 1950, he quarterbacked the Broncos to an upset Orange Bowl win over Bear Bryant's Kentucky Wildcats. Napolitano earned a PhD. in anatomy from St. Louis University and proceeded to teach at Cornell Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He moved to New Mexico in 1964 to become one of the seven founding faculty at the newly established School of Medicine at UNM. He became interim Dean of the medical school in 1972 and was named permanent Dean the following year, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1994. Under his leadership, Dr. Napolitano presided over the dramatic expansion of the medical school and health sciences complex on the North campus of UNM, creating an environment known nationally and internationally for its innovative teaching curriculum. Dr. Napolitano was a highly effective advocate for the medical school at the legislature in Santa Fe. Due to these efforts, the medical school and the associated health sciences campus became one of New Mexico's chief assets. Among many other honors, Dr. Napolitano received the medical school's first Living Legend award in 2009. Dr. Napolitano loved opera, Tony Bennett, good food, and good company. He was an avid reader and a passionate supporter of the arts. He loved his family and had deep and enduring friendships all over the world. Dr. Napolitano was preceded in death by his wife Jane. He is survived by his three children, Leonard Jr., Janet '79 and Nancy, his daughter-in-law Elle, his grandchildren, Carrie, David, William and Sarah Jane, and his longtime companion Thelma Domenici.
submitted Jan. 11, 2013 3:40P
Joseph Anastasi Jr.
Joseph Anastasi Jr. ’51 was born in Monterey on the 4th of July, 1927, to Joseph and Jennie Anastasia. He passed away on November 26, 2012. Growing up immersed in his Sicilian heritage, Monterey's own "Joltin' Joe"excelled in basketball, baseball and football. He attended Santa Clara University on a full ride football scholarship. After suffering a career-ending knee injury, he returned home and ran Mike's Seafood Restaurant and Casa Carmelkorn on Fisherman's Wharf successfully for half a century. He married his sweetheart, Angelina Melicia, and cherished her to the end. An incredibly faith-filled man, Joe considered his 12:00pm mass community at San Carlos Parish an extension of his family. For over 50 years, his generous spirit led him to collect weekly food donations for the Carmelite Monastery sisters who held a special place in his heart. Joe and Angelina shared a love of art, theater and travel which led them to adventures around the world. Favorite activities included walks along the coast and cruising with family and friends. But the main focus of his life was always his family. He and Angelina made sure to participate in every important family event and reveled in the endeavors of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. With a joyful personality and pervasive smile, he charmed everyone he met. He was a true gentleman, humble in nature and generous of spirit. Joe was surrounded by family when he was reunited with his beloved wife, Angelina, on their 62nd wedding anniversary. He followed his mother, father and three brothers, Angelo, Phil and John. He is survived by his sister, Rosalie Casas; daughters, Jane (Gary Gasperson), Jodi '82 (Tom Duckett); grandchildren: Joey, Michael (Mandy), John (Tanya) and Angelina; great grandchildren, Hudson and Harper; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to express great appreciation to Debbie, Lou, Edna and Josie for their loving care of Pop in the last days of his life.
submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:21A
Gerald W. Shipsey
Gerald William Shipsey J.D. ’51, a 3rd generation San Luis Obispo native, died at home on April 29, 2013 at the age of 88 from the effects of congestive heart failure. Jerry was born in 1924 to William T. and Elizabeth (Adam) Shipsey. He graduated from Mission High School with the class of 1942.
Jerry served in the army at the end of World War II, from 1943-1946. Returning to college, he earned his law degree in 1951 from Santa Clara University. During his time at Santa Clara he met Dorothy McDougall on a blind date. They were married for 50 years before her death in 2000.
In 1951 Jerry and Dorothy returned to San Luis Obispo to make their home and raise their 3 children. Jerry and his college friend, John L. Seitz J.D. '51, formed the law partnership of Shipsey and Seitz where he worked until his retirement in 1993. Over the years Jerry served as Attorney for the cities of Guadalupe and Arroyo Grande. He was also legal counsel to the South County Sanitation District and the Oceano Community Service District. He served as president of the SLO County Bar Association and was a member of the San Luis Obispo City Council during the 1960's. He was an active member of the Elks for many years.
Jerry was an avid SF Giants and 49er fan. He certainly enjoyed his final season following both teams!
Gerald was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, and his brother, James E. Shipsey '50. He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Lyons, and his three children, Janet Koznek (Larry), William Shipsey and Patty Shipsey. In addition he leaves 6 grandchildren, Paul Koznek (Xin), Tim Koznek (Becka), Jeff Koznek (Rebekah), Leila Roche (Matt), Emma Shipsey and Jerald Patrick Shipsey. Four (soon to be six!) great grandchildren also survive him. He took great delight in the activities and achievements of each of his children and grandchildren.
submitted May. 22, 2013 5:02A
T.C. Pat Hentschell
T. C. Pat Hentschell ’52 was born June 19, 1929, and passed away on March 6, 2013. He was 83 and had lived in Seattle.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 3:00P
GRD Law '52
Stephen Gazzera Jr.
Stephen Gazzera Jr. J.D. ’52, a resident of Los Altos, was born on July 16, 1928, in San Francisco to Stefano and Maria Gazzera. He went to be with our Lord on Jan. 24, 2013 with his family and friends at his side. He is survived by his children Stephen III ’82 (Susan), Michael (Tonya), and Nicole (Rick), his loving wife Pat, and his grandchildren Joseph, Taylor, Benjamin, Elise and Micaela. His beloved wife Peggy, mother of his children, preceded him in death in 1997. In 2004, he married his wife Patricia and they shared many years of joy and laughter.
submitted Feb. 4, 2013 7:49A
Robert "Bob" Franceschini Sr.
Robert "Bob" Franceschini Sr. ’52 March 7, 1930 - February 12, 2013.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:10A
Julian Mikeo Trescony
Julian Mikeö Trescony ’52 passed away peacefully on March 15 at Rancho San Lucas, where he lived and worked his entire life. He was born on November 22, 1929, the son of Julius 1909 and Marie Trescony. He represented the fourth generation of the Trescony family to ranch land that is part of an original Spanish grant. Mike attended San Lucas Elementary School, King City High School, and graduated with a degree in business from Santa Clara University. He was stationed at the Presidio during two years of military service. He managed Rancho San Lucas through the transition from a cattle and dryland barley ranch to an irrigated row crop operation, oversaw the sale and development of a portion of the property as the Lockwood vineyard, and continued to actively maintain and improve the ranch up to his death. Mike was engaged in the civic life of southern Monterey County in many ways over the years, serving on the Water Board during the development of lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio, on the Salinas Valley Fair Board during the expansion of the fairgrounds, on the San Lucas Elementary School Board, and on various committees involved in fund raising at Mission San Antonio, where he was married in 1952. For several years Mike split his time between the ranch and Beaverton, Ore., so that he could be an active participant in the lives of his three grandchildren. Always interested in local, national and world events and in meeting, talking to, and understanding new people, Mike travelled with his family to the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Sweden and Mexico. He was apt to return from his trips with a representative miniature - usually an animal - to add to his collection. His genuine interest in people and ideas allowed him to connect easily and deeply with all ages and personalities. He was a generous host, an engaging conversationalist, an eclectic reader, partial to open landscapes and country ballads, a true friend, a loving son, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and a gentle, passionate, romantic spirit that enriched the lives of many. He will be sorely missed by his family: son Michael Trescony, daughter Juliane Trescony Stevens, son-in-law Curt Stevens, grandchildren Heather, Sean and Bret Stevens, their spouses, Jim Nickovich, Kelly Stevens, and Sarah Stevens, and great grandchildren Walden and Ellery Stevens-Nickovich, and Donovan Stevens.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:29A
John E. Dustin
John Edward Dustin ’52 passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Poulsbo surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 23, 1929, in Fairbanks, Alaska but grew up in Seattle. The former Seattle Prep student body president graduated from University of Santa Clara and served in the Army before working for GMAC in finance until retirement.
Joe Dad loved life. His greatest gift was his absolute, unwavering, positive attitude. He would always say "It's going to be a good day!" He met every challenge with unrelenting optimism. His radiant personality, childlike loving spirit and infectious sense of humor gave us many belly laughs. He was kind, big hearted and loved by everyone who knew him.
His favorite pastime was sitting on the deck off Sandy Hook enjoying the beautiful view. He would often say, "I'm the luckiest guy alive!" He was devoted to his Catholic faith, and enjoyed fishing, golfing, music, acting classes and, oh yes, candy bars!
He leaves behind his best friend, Ginny Hughes, and her children: Skip, Julie, Sam and her grandchild, Katie; his sisters, Harriett Sierer, Jean Dodge and Vicky Sapp; his children, Erin, John, Matt, Marty, Cathrine and Kerry; his grandchildren, Jansen, Hayley, Tyler, Raquel, Cole, Ashley and Cameron, as well as four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Christopher; and parents, Muriel and Charles Dustin.
submitted May. 7, 2013 9:46A
John A. Anderson
Dr. John A. Anderson ’52 passed away on, Feb. 17, 2013 at the age of 82 from complications associated with Alzheizmer's. Dr. Anderson treated hundreds of people on the Monterey Peninsula from 1960 to 2002, including the sisters at the Santa Catalina School and the Carmelite Monastery, and the sisters and retired priests at the Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital. He was a graduate of Pacific Grove High School, attended Santa Clara University, and received his M.D. from St. Louis University Medical School. He was a rare doctor who made house calls throughout his career, and was a respected physician who worked in the practice of Waligora Medical Group. He also served as chief of staff at Community Hospital. An avid fisherman who loved the sea, Dr. Anderson would frequently take his boat out for salmon off the coast of Monterey. He would commonly share his catch with friends and family. Dr. Anderson and his wife, Sylvia, married for 59 years, were residents of Park Lane and former owners of the "Book End" in Monterey. He is survived by his wife and six children, John of Albuquerque, NM, Susan Colburn of Laguna Beach, CA, Genevieve Bergez of Salinas, Anne McCormack of Washington, D.C., Paul of Boise, ID, and Alice Mienkowski of Toronto, Canada; 19 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He leaves behind his bereaved and adoring family and a kinder world thanks to his being part of it.
submitted May. 22, 2013 3:44A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '52
James W. Daly
James William Daly ’52 died on June 10, 2013. He was 82 years old. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, Stockton, Calif., and attended Santa Clara University before graduating in 1955 from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He joined the United States Air Force and served as a flight surgeon before completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wilford Hall Hospital, Lackland AFB. A medical pioneer, in 1964 Dr. Daly completed a fellowship in gynecological oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, becoming the first gynecological oncologist in the United States military. He resigned his commission in 1968 to take a position teaching medicine at the University of Florida, pioneering cancer treatment and gynecological surgery. He later chaired the departments of obstetrics and gynecology at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., and the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., before retiring in 1996. He waged an eighteen-year battle against Parkinson's, but ultimately succumbed. He strove always to do his best and cultivate the best in his subordinates and students, while compassionately understanding human weakness and failings. His dry wit was legendary. And his wonder of the beauty and sanctity of life had no bounds. We will miss him. He is survived by his wife of almost sixty years, Geraldine Jane Callaghan Daly; three children: Daniel Francis, Timothy Patrick, Rebecca Ann Daly Anzevino; and grandchildren: Christine Marie Anzevino Fischer, Jessica Jane Anzevino Holland, James Patrick Daly, Andrew Douglas Warner, and Jacob Warner Daly.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:46P
Edward J. Chavez
RyaEdward J. Chavez ’52, a beloved Marin County high school coach and revered patriarch of a legendary basketball family, died Sept. 10 at his home in Ross. He was 84.
Mr. Chavez had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2007. He was the father of six sons, all of them Marin high school basketball and sports stars. A coach for almost 50 years, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. He was confined to a wheelchair after the stroke, but was able to attend a celebration of his life last year in the St. Anselm School gym in San Anselmo.
"We had hundreds of people at the tribute to him," his niece, Bonnie Barron, recalled. "He had an amazing way of making everyone feel
loved and welcome in his home and in his life."
After starting his coaching career at St. Mary's High School in the East Bay, he was hired at Tamalpais High in Mill Valley in 1959 and quickly made his mark in Marin athletics, leading the Tam boys varsity basketball team to a league title in his first season and creating a basketball dynasty at the school in the 1960s.
But he was more than an Xs and Os kind of coach. "He taught lessons in life, not just how to go to your left and shoot threes," Eileen Chavez, his wife of 58 years, said. "Every kid who ever worked with him knew that whatever he asked them to do, it was because he cared."
Mr. Chavez retired from Tam in 1987, but his coaching days were far from over. He went on to coach tennis at the Branson School in Ross for more than 20 years. He confined his coaching to the tennis court, but now-retired Branson boys basketball coach Jonas Honick said in a 2008 Independent Journal story that he would often pick Mr. Chavez's brain before practice.
"The longer he coached, the more emphasis he placed on teaching," Honick said. "That doesn't mean he wasn't competitive, though. He set very high standards for all his teams."
During his time at Branson, Mr. Chavez's tennis team once went up against a Drake High squad coached by his wife, a longtime Marin teaching professional. Her team ended up winning.
Even though her husband wasn't used to losing, "He was so gracious about it," she remembered, then proudly pointed out that his teams were perennial champions, going to "the North Coast Section more than any other coach."
Born in 1929 in Panama, Mr. Chavez grew up in Vallejo and graduated from St. Vincent High School there. Although he was just over 5-feet-9 and 130 pounds, he went to the University of Santa Clara on an athletic scholarship, lettering in football, basketball and baseball.
After college, he was recruited by the New York Yankees, but had to turn that offer down to complete a two-year army commitment. A lieutenant, he spent his service time as a player coach for an army baseball team in Europe.
One of the reasons Mr. Chavez stopped coaching at Tam was so he could attend basketball games at Drake High School in San Anselmo, where his son, Eddie Joe ’78, was beginning a legendary career considered among the best in Marin County history. He went on to star at Santa Clara and to play professionally for 20 years overseas.
After Mr. Chavez was too incapacitated by the stroke to coach, his son, Buck Chavez, took over his coaching duties at Branson, remembering what his dad had taught him.
"My parents were more into letting us love a sport first and learn how to play it second," he once said in an IJ story. Beyond sports, Mr. Chavez emphasized the importance of family and community, and hung photos of the many players he coached on the walls of his home.
"He's been a father figure to all of us," former Branson athletic director Tom Ryan said once. "If people ever look back on me some day, the best compliment I could get would be if they said I was anything like Ed Chavez."
In addition to his wife, Mr. Chavez is survived by sons Eddie Joe and Buck, both of Woodacre; Greg of Santa Rosa, Pat of Petaluma, Terry of Southern California and Chris of Seattle. He also leaves two brothers, William and Charles; two sisters, Norma White and Debra Sordello, and 16 grandchildren.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:14P
GRD Law '52
Aurelius "Reo" Boykin Miles
Aurelius "Reo" Boykin Miles J.D. ’52, age 99, of Chicago Il., passed away Monday May 27, 2013. Born on February 14, 1914 to Dr. John I. and Sally Belle Miles (deceased), Reo was the second of four children: John and Utropius (both deceased) and Alwilda "Sister" Miles. Captain Miles was a much decorated World War ll hero losing his leg while in combat on the Italian front. He received many decorations including the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star. Reo attended Stanford University and was the first African American to graduate from Santa Clara Law School. He persevered through enormous difficulties and loved his wife Ethel Rivers Washington Miles dearly as they raised a successful family; she preceded him in death. He had a successful career in real estate at Draper and Kramer and was known for his fun and outgoing personality. He was warm, witty, generous and determined. He was a devoted member of The Church of The Good Shepard. He was also the first black tennis player at Hyde Park High School, a celebrated member of the Prairie Tennis Club, a Founding Sponsor of the Martin Luther King Memorial, a member of the Military Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, A Troop Leader of the Boy Scouts of America, supported the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Fire Department and was invited to the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the first Black President of the United States by the Democratic National Committee and the White House. He was an avid member of the Druids, the Unicorns Social Club and was an Omega Psi Phi. He is survived by his much loved son David Miles, his loving sister Alwilda Miles Davis and nieces Lisa Washington and Sandra Paris.
submitted Jun. 24, 2013 3:53P
John P. Smalley
John Patrick Smalley '53, September 2, 2013. Born in Jackson, CA on Dec 30, 1928, and died in San Francisco from old age complication. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice; sons: John Joseph ’87, Patrick Michael, CHP; Dr. Val Smalley, DO; and Stephen, Sgt. SFPD; daughter and son-in-law: Christine and Tony So; granddaughters: Noelle and Adrianna So; Sister-in-law: Joanne Smalley; and nephew: Martin Catudio. John graduated from Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering. He was in the U.S. Army Artillery in Germany for the Korean War. He worked with the State of California for Bay Toll Crossings and on the San Diego Coronado Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, City and County of San Francisco Public Works. He was a dedicated supporter of Pro Life Activities and was an active member of Star of the Sea Parish.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:30P
Dewey L. Falcone
Judge Dewey Lawes Falcone ’53, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in his sleep at home in Redondo Beach, CA on August 15, 2013, at the age of 82. Dewey was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA on June 27, 1931. Son of Rose Coury and Alfredo Victor Falcone. Dewey graduated from Redondo Union High School class of 1949. He then attended Bay areas Menlo College, followed by the University of Santa Clara and then USC Law School. He then served his country in the US Army. Dewey started practicing law with his father in 1959 in Los Angeles for the next 34 years (law offices of Falcone & Falcone). While a lawyer he also served our country as ambassador to the Mariana Islands. He was appointed to Judgeship by Governor Pete Wilson and served for 20 years in the Norwalk Superior Court. He loved his work and his colleagues. Dewey was a family-first guy a great athlete and a scholar. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Teresa Falcone and their four children, Darran, Felicia, Marisa, and Christina. His five grandchildren Dylan, Iona, Forrest, Luna and Luke and his loving sister Delores Metzger, and his nephew Paul Marinos. Dewy was the Sea that we all floated on. He will be missed and loved always.
submitted Aug. 30, 2013 9:48A
Arthur "Art" Ciapponi '53, a resident of Fremont, 84, passed away on Feb. 7, 2013, at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. He was born on May 24, 1928 in Oakland, CA to Arthur and Evelyn Ciapponi. Art was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years Joan (Van Dusen) Ciapponi; his parents, Arthur and Evelyn; and his brother, Dick. Art is survived by his wife, Beverly (Hagan) Ciapponi. They were happily married for over 14 years. He is survived by his three children, Debbie, Bob (Paula) and Cathy (Jack); grandchildren Amy (Mike), Rachel (Scott), Nick, Nate, and Sara; great grandchildren Colton, Mattea, Jade, August, Easton and Keenan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by Beverly's children, Tami (Gene), Debi (Kamal) and Bill (Lisa) and their children Melissa, Danica, Darion, Diego, Brian and Kelsey. Art grew up in Oakland where he graduated from Castlemont High School. He attended Napa Junior College where he played football. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1953. Art served two tours as a proud member of the United States Marine Corp. He worked for Pacific Pump Company in Oakland for over 30 years. In retirement he was co-owner of Ruxton Pump in Hayward. Art loved the outdoors and was an avid tennis player, hunter and sports enthusiast. All who knew him knew that he had a passion for politics and will always be a staunch Republican. Art was a wonderful husband and father who cared deeply for his family. He loved to tease and make everyone, even strangers, laugh.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:22P
Anton "Tony" Janda
Anton "Tony" Janda ’53, CFN 1958, our dear brother Companion and good friend, entered into Light this morning, February 16, 2013 at 3:15 am. He was approximately 82 years old. Tony died without pain and at peace at a hospice residence in La Mesa, CA, a suburb of San Diego. A priest from a local parish was called in to attend Tony last night. Anne was at Tony's bedside when he died; she has been with him during many hours of the difficult past days and weeks and she is doing well. She wants us to know that Tony's final and cherished thoughts had been of Los Gatos, and of us, his Companions through the years. Thanks to the kindness of Anne Janda, I had the privilege and joy of sharing some 30 pleasant moments with Tony at his bedside at the skilled nursing facility a few weeks ago. We were blessed to enjoy a portion of our lives in Tony's company. Each of us who knew and loved him holds our own special memories of him. We will carry those memories and experiences in our hearts until the time, beyond time, when we shall meet again. I hope that we--our lives--were as much a blessing for Tony as we were blessed with him.
Go with God, dear Tony. Until we meet again..
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 3:06P
William "Bill" Kilty
William "Bill" R. Kilty ’54 has died, following a five-year battle with melanoma cancer at his San Clemente home on Feb. 4, 2013 at the age of 80. He was born Sept. 2, 1932, to Edith A. and Edmund J. Kilty in Denver, Colo. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1939, where he attended St. Paul the Apostle grammar school in Westwood and Loyola High School. In 1947, the family moved to Palo Alto, and Bill graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 1950 and Santa Clara University in 1954. Following his graduation from Santa Clara, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served as an officer for three and half years. In 1957, while serving in Long Beach, he married Joan C. LaBounty. After his discharge from the Coast Guard, he was employed by the Crown Zellerbach Corporation as a sales trainee. In 1961, he became Headquarters Sales Supervisor for the Zellerbach Paper Company in San Francisco. In the years that followed, he served as Los Angeles Division Managerial Assistant (1965), Portland Division Manager (1968), and Vice President and Manager for the Zellerbach Paper Company's southern region. In 1975, he served as Vice President for Corporate Development at Zellerbach headquarters in San Francisco.
submitted Feb. 11, 2013 11:42A