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Bill Riddle '51, MBA '67 passed away Oct. 29, 2013. He is survived by wife, Beverly, son Bill Jr. '76 and daughter Nancee Beals '82, and four grandchildren. We ask that any memorials be made to the Riddle Family Scholarship at Santa Clara.
Bill was born Dec. 4, 1926, to Veta Bilello Riddle and John Riddle in Welch, Okla. At age 6, Bill moved with his family to Oregon where he attended school in Bend and later graduated from Vancouver High School in Washington. Bill joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and served until 1947. He went to Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and earned his BA in 1951 and a master’s degree in 1967. He married Beverly Wagner of Yosemite National Park in 1954, and they moved to the Bay Area where Bill worked in San Francisco for Arthur Anderson. In 1956, they moved to Grass Valley, Calif., and he worked for Litton Engineering before returning to the Bay Area, where he worked for 32 years in various electrical industries, eventually starting two businesses of his own, Trendar and Trendcom. In 1982, Bill sold to 3M and retired, moving back to his beloved Nevada City, Calif., in 1992. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of ASCC. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of Nevada City Elks Lodge No. 518. Bill and Bev traveled extensively during his retirement years. Bill was active with Little League and Boy Scouts in his early years, and in retirement, he was a supporter locally of The Friendship Club.
submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:15A
Tony J. Mercant
Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant J.D. ’51 Resident of Los Gatos Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant, husband, father, mentor and friend died in his home after a long illness on Dec. 7, twenty-one days shy of his 92nd birthday. Tony was born 28 Dec. 1921 in Hollister, Calif. to Juan and Maria Mercant. His parents were immigrant farm workers and Tony and his predeceased siblings - Jay, Rose, Angela, Carmen and surviving sister Ann - traveled with them as they moved from crop to crop. Juan was also a sardine fisherman in Monterey, a family tradition he carried from his native Mallorca, Spain. Along the way Tony attended dozens of schools and graduated from Monterey High School in 1940. Working as a bookkeeper until World War II broke out, Tony then joined the Navy in 1942 where he was accepted into the Navy flight program and awarded his wings in 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Stationed in Guam he flew battle-injured soldiers to Alameda, Calif. and carried medical supplies back to the tiny island. Discharged in 1945, he took advantage of the GI Bill and entered Hartnell Junior College in 1946 where he met his bride-to-be Margie Diaz. They married in 1950. After just two years in junior college Tony entered law school at Santa Clara University. Going to school during the day and working at Richmond Chase Cannery at night, he graduated from law school in 1951. After law school Tony was counsel for the Cannery Union in San Jose and soon opened his own law firm, Mercant & O'Brien, with Sam O'Brien, a partnership that lasted over forty years. Tony was founder and first president of Almaden Country Club and holds the title of President Emeritus there. He also served as President of the San Jose Civic Light Opera as well as sitting on the board of the San Jose YMCA. An avid golfer, he could be found on the golf course every Saturdayàrain or shine! He died exactly where he wanted, in his home, his sanctuary, a place where he and his bride of almost sixty-four years hosted hundreds of parties and events. Anthony is survived by his wife, Margie Mercant; son, Jon Mercant; daughter, Marsha Mercant; son-in-law, John Howard Swain; sister, Ann Guzman; brother-in-law, Tom Fast and numerous nieces and nephews. Gone not but not forgotten, this wonderful man has resumed his flying career
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:30P
Thomas H. Schilling
Thomas Haverty Schilling ’51 was born June 30, 1929 and passed away September 19, 2013; Long time Los Angeles resident and native. Tom's wife, Dolores, predeceased him in 2005. He will be remembered for his love of life, laughter, passion for the great outdoors, and hunting and fishing with his buddies at Hot Creek and Arcularius ranches. He is survived by his stepson, Drew (Allison) Planting and grandchildren Kate and Andrew.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:54P
Leo G. Smith
Leo Gilbert Smith ’51 July 1929 ~ Nov. 2013. Son of Leo Smith and Laura Holf Scholte, raised in Stockton, Calif. Husband to Marcia Ernest Smith M.A. ’76 and father to Matt, Mara Lee, Bridget and Leo "Rusty". He graduated from Santa Clara University and entered into the field of Hospital Management in Calif. During his time he helped pioneer the first computers used in hospitals, new advances in hospital treatments, patient care and doctors' training programs. He was a life-time board member of the Children's Home Society, a Rotarian, working to bring countries together in the Youth Exchange Program, involved in Red Cross blood drive, a Knight of Columbus and a minister at his local church, St. John Bosco. He touched lives all over the world and helped change them for the better. Even though his life was full of many giving and charitable groups, he still found a great deal of time to share with his loving wife and children. He never shied away from doing the right thing or helping others. He instilled many important values and lessons to not only his children but to others he touched. Our father was, to many, a friend, hero, and mentor all in one. He was the best father any child could ever have. Leo passed on Friday, Nov. 8. Leo devoted his life to the service of others for the betterment of all. His family, friends and those that knew him will miss him, but know that he will always be there in their hearts and close in the fond memories they have shared. We will always love and miss you, Dad.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:46P
John E. McHugh
John Eugene "Gene" McHugh '51, December 27, 1929 - December 23, 2013. He died in Costa Mesa. He was father to John E. McHugh '87.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 1:53P
John "Jack" E. Drummey
John E. "Jack" Drummey ’51, October 9, 2013. He was born in Seattle in 1927 to Emmett and Teresa Drummey. He graduated from Seattle Prep (class of 1945), and the University of Santa Clara. Later he received his Master's Degree from Seattle University. Jack pursued a career as a funeral director with Bonney-Watson, following in the footsteps of his father and uncles. Later Jack spent a number of years as a substance abuse counselor before starting an Asian import business and designer showroom with his wife Patricia. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia MacPherson and his former wife Betty Drummey. He is survived by his children, Kathleen Drummey (Mansour Jahanmir), Susann O'Neill (Patrick), John and Michael and six grandchildren.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:16P
Gordon Joseph Machado '51, on March 17, 2014, lost his three-year battle with bladder cancer. He was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Los Angeles, Calif. He was raised and preceded in death by his mother Lucille Machado. After attending Santa Barbara Catholic High School, he graduated with Valedictorian Honors in 1947. He attended Santa Clara University, where he earned his bachelors degree and graduated in 1951. After relocating to Sacramento, Calif., he started a 36 year career with the Sacramento County Probation Department in 1956 and retired in 1992. In his retirement our father enjoyed helping others and once stated, "I don't understand how people can be bored during retirement when there are so many people who need help." He enjoyed volunteering at numerous events, music, photography, dancing, attending the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, sporting events, the Over The Hill Gang at the Dante Club, donating to several charities and, most of all, always being there for his family.
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submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:08A
Robert I. “Bob” Bounds J.D. ’51, 86, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 17, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born April 15, 1927 in Yakima, Wash. to Irving and Dorothy (Congdon) Bounds. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1951 with a degree in law. On June 14, 1947 he married Rose Marie Nevis in Santa Clara, Calif. Bob and Rose Marie moved back to Yakima, where he started a private law practice and later became the City of Yakima Prosecuting Attorney. Bob had a zest for life. His hobbies were traveling, music and family time. He relished his role as Santa and the Easter Bunny, a memory that all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will cherish.
Bob is lovingly survived by his wife, Rose Marie Bounds and his children Terry Rawson, Jerry Bounds, Sue Lowry, Karen Iroala, Debra Carlson, Jim Bounds, and Jeff Bounds, in addition to 17 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 4:22P
UGRD Engineering '52
Neil L. O'Keefe
Lt. Colonel Neil L. O'Keefe '52 U.S. ARMY, Ret, third-time resident of Stevens Point, age 86, died peacefully on July 2nd, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King after an extended illness.
Born Nov. 21, 1927, Neil grew up in San Diego, son of a distinguished WW I Army veteran who later served as prosecutor and assistant district attorney in San Diego. Neil spent much of his youth sailing and racing in San Diego Bay with his older brother, Art. He went on to graduate from Santa Clara University, with a degree in engineering earning a commission in the U.S. Army.
He honorably served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, where he received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal. From 1968-72 he was the director of the ROTC program for UW-Stevens Point. While teaching military history at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania he met his lifelong bride to be, Nancy J. Campbell. She was on the faculty teaching dance and physical education. They were married for 57 years and he is survived by four children, Dan, Jennifer, Dave and Kathleen and their families, which include eight wonderful grandchildren. Following military retirement, Neil continued to work in the field of engineering and assisted in building the San Diego Court House. The family moved back to Stevens Point, where Neil worked for UW-Stevens Point's Alumni Association. Continuing the family tradition of moving, he and Nancy went on to live in Pebble Beach, Hawaii, Palm Springs and finally back to Stevens Point.
submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:27A
Louis C. Sarto
Louis Charles Sarto '52, 84, died peacefully on August 21, 2014, after eight strokes. Lou was born June 6, 1930 to Norma and Guilio Sarto of Los Altos, California. He was educated at Mountain View Union High School, class of 1948, Santa Clara University, 1949, and graduated with a BA in accounting from San Jose State University in 1955. Lou was employed by the Adobe Creek Lodge as Social Director, by Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco, Trust Department, and with Gemello Winery in Mountain View, as Vice President and then President of the Winery, handling retail and wholesale sales, and blending of wines. He was proud that his California wines were among the first to beat the French wines in the now-famous blind tastings of 1976. His civic associations included Santa Clara Valley Wine Association, and Parkland of Monterey, where he served as Vice President and President of the Board of Directors. Lou served in the United States Army in Korea from 1950 to 1952, receiving an award for meritorious military service. Always a fine athlete, Lou participated in track and football, loved golf, and completed a 13-mile run/walk in the Big Sur International Marathon. As an accomplished artist in watercolor, sculpture, and stained glass, he created many original works. In 1999 he married Annette Foisie of Carmel Valley; he tells his friends that these years have been the best 15 years of his life.
submitted Sep. 15, 2014 12:11P
Edwin M. McMahon
Edwin M. McMahon '52 May 28, 1930 - Dec. 6, 2013 The Rev. Edwin M. McMahon died Dec. 6 at his home in Sonora. He was 83. Mr. McMahon was born in Sonora to Anna Mae and Edwin Fremont McMahon. His father was a superintendent of the Mary Harrison and other gold mines in the Sonora area. Mr. McMahon graduated from Sonora High School in the late 1940s. He attended Santa Clara University before entering the Jesuit order in 1953. He earned a master's degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Washington and a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Ottawa in Canada in the early 1970s. Mr. McMahon founded the Institute for BioSpiritual Research with Pete Campbell in the 1970s. He was interested in researching the psychology of religion and creating workshop formats for integrating psychological studies into programs for pastoral care. They co-authored several books and offered workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland and the Czech Republic. He and his colleague lived in Greeley Hill for a number of years before settling in Sonora eight years ago. Mr. McMahon was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his companion and colleague of 60 years, Pete Campbell M.A. ’66, of Sonora; his sisters, Sally Ann Quaglino, of Morro Bay, and Judith Shimer, of Sonora.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:28P
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '52
Dr. Carroll Arden Heffernan Jr. ’52, former Nev. resident, 82, passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2014 at his home in Carson City, Nev. Arden was born May 12, 1931 in Reno, Nev. to Wanoma and Carroll Heffernan Sr. He met Kay Howeth, at Porterville High School. After their graduation they married and started a family. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University and UOP Dental School in San Francisco. He was a dentist and Colonel in the California National Guard while at the same time working in private practice in San Jose, Calif. The family moved to Southern California in 1963. He obtained an orthodontic degree at USC and subsequently maintained an orthodontic practice in Torrance, Calif. retiring in the late '80s. Arden then moved back to the state of his birth, and at age 76 reinstated his Orthodontic License and started working again. He was employed with "Western Dental" for three years, travelling and practicing at various offices throughout Calif. before retiring a second time. Arden could accomplish anything he set his mind to. At age of 15 he made a dark room and taught himself photography and was a very talented amateur photographer. But, his number one passion was flying airplanes. He became a private pilot in the 1950s. He was a member of LIGA in the '70s, a charitable organization of flying doctors, and flew to Mexico on many occasions donating his time and dental expertise. He was a respected flight instructor who mentored many young pilots. He continued to stay connected with aviation until his passing, serving as "Wing Commander" with the Northern Nevada Civil Air Patrol and an honored member of the "QB"s. Carroll Arden Heffernan, Jr. is survived by his brother, Patrick; children, Lynn, Lori, Stacey and Kasey; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He has "Gone West And Is Now Flying With God." He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
submitted May. 22, 2014 11:16A
Bob Koester '52 passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 of kidney and heart failure just a week before his 86th birthday. He lived an active life racing bicycles, deep sea fishing, snow skiing, and flying aircraft. Bob was born in Pasadena to Louis and Anna Koester in 1928. and attended St. Elizabeth Elementary Catholic School, Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, and graduated from Pasadena Junior College High School Division in 1946. He won a football scholarship to Santa Clara University, but lost it his second year due to injuries. He worked and attended semesters alternately until he graduated in 1952 with a major in history. At this time the air force was on campus recruiting for enlistees into the pilot training program. He immediately signed up and went into the service. He went directly into the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and completed F-89 training as 1st Lieutenant before being sent to Iceland for 2 years. He was assigned to a jet fighter interceptor squadron to patrol the North Atlantic and keep "enemy" Russian airplanes from invading our borders. He was later assigned to Presque Isle Air Force Base, Maine. From Maine he participated in "Operation High Flight" which was ferrying single engine jets to Europe. He delivered them to England and Germany for final destination to Pakistan. While there, he enjoyed the sights of London and skiing in Germany. In 1956 the airlines were in need of qualified pilots, particularly with military experience. He had a choice of many major airlines, but went with United Air Lines. He was discharged in the spring, but elected to delay assignment with United so he could play football that summer and fall with a pick-up group in Pasadena. He hired on with United in January 1957. At United Air Lines Pilot Training School he met his wife, Frieda Eitzen, who worked for the Flight Instructors. They began courting in March 1957 and were married July 1957. His first assignment with United was in Newark, NJ, but as soon as something opened up on the west coast, the two headed for Los Angeles. They bought their first home in Rossmoor. After 18 years they bought a home in Huntington Beach and made it their permanent home. In his early forties he took up cycling because his knees couldn't take jogging anymore. He became hooked on bicycle racing and trained up to 300 miles a week on weekly Sunday rides with fellow cyclists. This led to bicycle trips with other bicycle zealots to New Zealand, Italy, Germany, New England, Oregon, California Coastal rides and several Century rides. It also led to competitions in the Senior Olympics - he won in 1974. While employed with United he and his wife travelled frequently. They explored Ireland, England, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Austria, the Rhine River, Panama Canal, South America, Alaska, Australia, and many parts of the US. He loved snow skiing and hit almost all of the mountains with ski lifts in the US. He also loved deep sea fishing and brought home many pounds of tuna and yellowtail. He volunteered with the 1984 Olympics as an assistant with the cycling events. He took that expertise to the Orange County Performing Arts as Chairman of the Triathalon. He was chairman of Flying Dutchman, a fund raising group, and president of the Wanderlust Ski Club. He attended many of the opera and organ concerts at Segerstrom Center. He had a deep love for classical music and was an avid book reader which filled all the bookcases and walls of the house. He spent many weeks in the summer with the family in Hawaii at a second home. He was a natural on the beach reading a book, body surfing, snorkeling, and having a beer. He even enjoyed the thrill of a catamaran or hanging ten on a surfboard in his younger days as a member of the San Onofre Surfing Club. He enjoyed talking about all of his experiences on the bicycle or skis and reliving events with friends. He leaves behind his wife, Frieda, son Steve, daughter-in-law Yanira, daughter Karen Starich, son-in-law Chris, and son Brian, daughter-in-law Laura, along with seven grandchildren: Jessica Hobbs, Kayla, Ivy, Dexter, and Ella Koester, Nicholas, and Alexa Starich. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Cross and brother, Bill Koester and many nieces and nephews.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:46P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '52
Basil "Baz" Allaire '52 passed away peacefully on July 9, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. A respected and loving doctor, father, grandfather and husband, he will be missed by his friends, family, and colleagues.
Basil was born in the Old Adobe in Monterey, now the Pacheco Club, the son of Marie J. Angles and Charles W. Allaire. He was a graduate of Carmel High School (1948), Santa Clara University (1952), Saint Louis University School of Medicine (1956), with his medical residency at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco.
After serving as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service, he returned to Monterey to join the Waligora Medical Group. He left the practice to study cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, then returned to Monterey to found the Cardio-Pulmonary Association. Following his work at the Association, he became Vice President of Medical Affairs at Community Hospital.
Baz retired from Community Hospital and moved with his wife, Maryann to the lovely mountains of Twain Harte in Tuolumne County. He loved family dinners, great stories, fishing and friends.
At the age of 82, he fulfilled his bucket list and headed out in his truck on an 8,700 mile road trip, stopping to stay and visit with family and old friends, from Oregon to Niagara Falls. He ate his way across the country!
He is survived by his brother, Lou; sister, Eleanor; and his children: Therese (Guy), Michael Mendenhall (Kim), Charlie (Michal), Cheryl, Leigh (Karl), Basil, Robert (Amy), Michael (Mandy); and nine wonderful grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryann; brother, Charlie, and sister, Dorothy. He was loved by all – his sense of humor will be truly missed.
submitted Aug. 2, 2014 10:00A
Raymond "Ray" Bettencourt '53, born August 23, 1931, and a resident of Fremont, with great sadness we say goodbye to Ray who passed away on July 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Sr. and Anna Bettencourt and his loving wife Harriet Bettencourt. Ray was a brother to Donna Shoults, a loving father to Jeff (Sandi) and Greg (Liz), and a wonderful caring grandfather to Daniel, Renee, Eric, and Jenna.
Ray was born and has spent his whole life in Fremont where he graduated from Washington High School and played football. He then extended his education and graduated from Santa Clara University. Following this he served two years in the United States Army. He then earned his teaching credential and later taught Social Sciences for 30 years back at his alumni of Washington High School.
He was known for his great humor and sarcasm and was very well-liked by his students. After graduation many of his students would stop by to visit Ray, return several times and grew to really adore Harriet, who was a magnet to the neighborhood teenagers. In addition, he had an after school session known as "detention" which he actually enjoyed and derived great pleasure in conversing with the participants who were a captive audience for his wit and humor.
He was an avid golfer. He coached golf at Washington High School from 1961-1965. With only one family car his wife and eldest son would come to the school to load up the entire golf team in the station wagon and drive to the local golf course. To the end of his life he remained in contact with some of the members from these teams. He shared his love of golf with the neighborhood kids and inspired them by teaching them and giving them clubs and golf balls that he fished out of ponds at various golf courses to develop their own passion for golf.
In recent years he became very involved in genealogy. He traced back his family origins with the help of like minded relatives to the 1863 arrival of his Great Grandfather John to the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result of this interest he was very much involved in collecting, taking, and organizing photos of family and friends he had known throughout his life.
He also had a great passion for movies and has a vast collection of miniature movie posters which are displayed throughout his house. His love for movies is evident by his book and movie collection. Growing up in Fremont, Ray kept in touch with many friends from grammar school days through Monday morning breakfast, reunions, and frequent visits to each other's homes. He will be greatly missed by his friends as he missed those who went before him. Two of his many great qualities were his generosity and progressive thinking which allowed him to share and grow both spiritually and intellectually to the very end of his life. When you spent time with him, you felt as though you were growing along with him.
submitted Sep. 9, 2014 2:48P
Manlio "Mel" John Micheletti '53 April 8, 1930 - May 7, 2014. Resident of Los Altos Hills. Mel Micheletti died peacefully on May 7, 2014 in the presence of family in his home in Los Altos Hills where he resided for 53 years. Mel Micheletti is survived by his brother Art Micheletti '50, his wife of 62 years, Lorna Micheletti and their six children: Dave Micheletti, Diane Stevenson, John Micheletti, Rob Micheletti, Joane job, and Jim Micheletti '88. Mel and Lorna endured the loss of their son, Paul Micheletti '81, in 1991. He was 32 years old at the time. Additionally, Mel and Lorna have 17 grandchildren and 5 great Grandchildren.
Mel graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1949 and remained faithful to the "Bells" his entire life. He is in the Bellarmine Hall of Fame with many years of service in the Dad's Club and on the Board of Trustees. He attended Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. He owned and operated Micheletti Insurance in San Jose, Calif , which he bequeathed to his sons, Dave, Rob, and John.
Mel was known for his generosity and loyalty. He contributed lavishly to a number of charities and was a lifelong 49er fan going back to Kezar Stadium. More recently he was known for leading large groups of fans to "The Stick.'" For years he vacationed in Twain Harte, Calif., sharing the Micheletti cabin with countless friends and family. He and Lorna traveled much of the world together.
submitted May. 14, 2014 1:52P
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
James E. Chargin
James Edward Chargin ’53 Oct. 2, 2013. He died from complications after he fell in his home. He was 81. Jim Chargin was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1932, the second of seven children to Joseph A. Chargin, Jr., and Ellen X. Laundrie Chargin. After completing his studies at Bellarmine Preparatory and Santa Clara University, he married Patricia Murphy, his longtime sweetheart, in 1955. They moved to Chicago, where he graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in 1957. Dr. Chargin moved with his family to Grass Valley in 1963, and they became members of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish. Dr. Chargin was in private practice in Grass Valley until 2003. He was chief of staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for multiple terms. He continued assisting in surgery, especially orthopaedic surgery, until 2008. Dr. Chargin was an avid builder, machinist and do-it-yourselfer. He relished the challenge of fixing broken things of all kinds, rather than replacing them. He loved fishing and introduced all of his children and many of his grandchildren to the joys of camping in the Sierras. Dr. Chargin will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues in California and beyond. Dr. Chargin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat; his children and their families - Jim, Sherry and Brenna of Nevada City, Katherine of Sebastopol, Peter, Jennifer, William and Emily of Portola Valley, and David, Susan, Patrick and Maria of Tucson, Ariz.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:51P
UGRD Engineering '54
Wilson Kwong Sung Wong ’54, Dec. 27, 2010. He was 79, of Honolulu, a retired GTE Hawaiian Tel engineer and an Army veteran. He died in Honolulu. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by son Edward A., daughter Lynn L.K., brothers Mun King and Raymond K.F., sisters Jane Y.J. and Joan Y.H., and two grandchildren.
submitted May. 22, 2014 11:44A
William F. Caro
William F. Caro '54, J.D. '73. Feb. 26, 2014. Born in San Jose in 1932, Caro inherited his father's devotion to SCU's fabled football history and loved to recount, play-by-play, Santa Clara's heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Stanford in the very first college game he ever attended, as an eight-year-old, on Oct. 12, 1940. Athletic loyalties notwithstandng, he did graduate work at Stanford, earning his M.B.A. in 1960 with an emphasis in marketing. His subsequent career as an advertising media director brought him to agencies in San Francisco and Los Angees and Eventually to Coakley-Heagerty in Santa Clara. He later taught advertising at San Jose State University. Caro spent his retirement years in Santa Clara, not far from where the palm and olive mingle. He occasionally enjoyed an idle hour in the university library researching the glory days of Bronco football. He is survived by his brothers, Robert, S.J. '58, M.Div '70 and Paul '62.
submitted Mar. 25, 2014 10:43P
Theodore "Ted" William Connolly '54, former All-Pro San Francisco 49er right guard, peacefully passed in his Gardnerville, Nev., home, on Feb. 24, 2014 from acute mylocytic leukemia. He was 82.
Ted was born the youngest of five children on December 5, 1931 in Oakland, Calif. to parents William Eugene Connolly and Dora Ray Waterman. He attended Piedmont High School 1946-49 where he was All-Alameda County for 3 years in football and track, and lettered in baseball and basketball, hence was inducted into the Piedmont HS Sports Hall of Fame. He attended University of Santa Clara where he was All-Catholic All American tackle in 1951. When Santa Clara dropped football he transferred to Tulsa University, Okla., and graduated in 1953. Ted married his high school sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth Heidt, on April 19, 1954, in Tulsa, Okla., and had five children which they raised in Oakland, Calif.
Ted achieved his childhood dream and was drafted in the 9th round in 1953 by his home town team - the San Francisco 49ers. He played for the Forty Niners until 1962 - his NFL All-Pro year. After holding out from signing his 1963 49er contact and being fined $100 per day, he showed up to his contact negotiations with his lawyer, Ray Bolton – an unheard of scandalous move for a professional athlete at that time. He was blackballed by ownership and the NFL, but prevailed and was traded to the Cleveland Browns. Ted is credited as one of the first professional athletes to retain legal player representation, opening the door for future athletes. During his one year 1963 season with the Browns, Ted blocked for the legendary running back, Jim Brown, the year Brown broke the all-time 1900 yard rushing record when the NFL schedule included only 14 games. Ted played 92 games in his nine year NFL football career.
Taking time off from football career, First Lieutenant Connolly served 18 months in the Air Force Reserve at Hamilton Air Force Base in the military police and as coach of the Air Force football team, ending his active service with a huge win over Army in the Penrose Bowl in 1956. Ted was Honorable Discharged from Air Reserves as Captain on July 1, 1966.
“Not being able to support my family of 5 kids with an NFL salary”, he retired from football, and shortly after became Vice President of Development for Grubb & Ellis Real Estate. In 1966 he started Connolly Development, Inc., which developed over 40 shopping centers in California and Nevada. His first shopping center, Bonanza Square in Las Vegas, Nev., is still owned and operated by his family.
Equally committed to civic and community activities, Ted’s service included the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid of Department of State’s Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. ; President and Commissioner of the Port of Oakland for 12 years where he participated in completion of numerous international trade agreements and the expansion of the Oakland Airport; Airport Operations International Council; Director of the Alameda County Real Estate Board; Oakland Planning Commission; the Founder of the Oakland’s Mayor Sports Committee; and a founding director of the San Antonio Youth Project.
Pursuing his passion for gourmet food and wine, in the early 70’s he developed Sky Hill Farms ranch in Napa Valley producing gourmet cheeses and yogurts from Nubian goats, and organic produce for local restaurants – one of the first “farm to market” providers in California.
TC, as he was known to friends and family, will forever be remembered for his gregarious nature and love of people - best signified by his very firm, sometimes painful, handshake (taught to him by his Irish father) as he pulled you towards his smiling gray-blue eyes warmly welcoming you into his world.
Theodore William Connolly is survived by his children Mark, Cary Byers (Jerry), Matthew (Sally), Chad, and Amy Katsanos; his grandchildren Wesley, Cole, Bryce, Austin and Dimitri; their supportive mother Mary Connolly, good friend Marjorie McGee, his siblings Francis Alexander and husband Ernie (deceased), Larry and wife Barbara, Norman (deceased)and his wife Deletta, and many loving nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his sister Betty Spivey and husband Bill.
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:26A
John Vasconcellos '54, J.D. '59, the famously rumpled bear-of-a-man who served 38 entertaining and volatile years in the state Legislature representing the heart of Silicon Valley, died May 24, 2014. He was 82.
Friends said Vasconcellos, whose kidneys had been failing, died at 12:15 p.m. at his Santa Clara condo.
Vasconcellos gained national fame after Republican Gov. George Deukmejian in 1986 signed legislation that created the Democratic Vasconcellos' pet project: The California Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem, Personal and Social Responsibility.
A few months later, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau spent three weeks mocking the task force, imagining what went on inside flaky-sounding meetings.
While many politicians might have wilted under such enormous teasing, Vasconcellos -- colorful, witty, brilliant, angry, intellectual and elegantly foul of mouth -- turned the insults into a spread in People magazine and countless guest spots on TV and radio discussing the serious value of self-esteem.
"I've gotten more attention in the last several weeks than in the (previous) 20 years," he beamed in a 1987 Los Angeles Times profile.
"He had two sides: the legislator who was masterful of money flowing in and out of the Legislature and masterful in getting bills he wanted passed -- even if it took five to six years to get them done," Larry Gerston, a San Jose State political-science professor, said Saturday. Then there "was the humanitarian side. People viewed it as quirky, but he was dead serious.
"This was a person of two interesting, different minds, but both thrived."
Vasconcellos, who retired from politics in 2004 after serving 30 years in the Assembly and eight years in the state Senate, never married or had children but was widely revered and surrounded by friends at the end.
Lee Quarnstrom, a retired San Jose Mercury News journalist and longtime friend of Vasconcellos, said: "His friends knew him as a truly decent man who always based his politics on the notion that humans are basically good and that public policy that stimulates and encourages the good in humankind -- he called it the politics of trust -- should be the guiding principle for those who make the laws and develop governmental programs and policies."
Many who admired Vasconcellos said he always remained a hard-charging, idealistic liberal who considered himself both a student and teacher of all things political.
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen recalled one vital lesson from the year she was a rookie in the Legislature and was trying to sponsor bill that put legislative information online. Capitol players kept calling meetings about the proposal but strategically did not invite Bowen.
She asked Vasconcellos what she should do about her disrespectful colleagues. His recommendation: Find out when the meetings are planned and just show up.
"I don't think I would have done that without John's advice," said Bowen, suggesting she might have resorted to a nasty war in the Capitol's back halls. "John showed me that I was perfectly entitled to be at those meetings -- and showing up forced the others to realize that too."
Bowen said the secrecy halted immediately.
Almost from the day of his 1966 election to the state Assembly, Vasconcellos was a thunderous Capitol presence. He was always searching for ways to salve his tempestuous inner demons. And he publicly employed an array of "human-potential movement" therapies, including psychosynthesis and gestalt, hoping to release rage, tension and fear. He was a devotee of the teachings out of Esalen, the Big Sur center of "New Age" consciousness.
In 1970, Vasconcellos began 13 years of practicing bioenergetics with Stanley Keleman. At one point, the therapist told the politician that if he continued the therapy, his inner rage might end up "blowing your entire political career!" But Vasconcellos would not stop the discovery process.
"It caused such a fallout that the state Assembly created a team of colleagues who rushed to his side when he and his rage erupted," according to a biographical profile by Vasconcellos' legislative staff. The fellow legislators "held his hands while he blew until he settled down. Eventually, he outgrew both his rage and his need for such support."
John B. Vasconcellos Jr. was born May 11, 1932, in San Jose. His father was Portuguese, his mother German. Family lore has it that his dad was among the early Portuguese men who jumped ship in Hawaii to find work. That is how young John came to cherish Maui and build a large, extended family on the Hawaiian island.
For high school, he boarded at Bellarmine College Preparatory and graduated with top honors. He then trekked minutes up The Alameda to Santa Clara University, where he graduated magna cum laude. After serving two years as an Army lieutenant, he went to law school, also at Santa Clara, graduating in 1959 at the top of his class.
During the one year he spent on Gov. Pat Brown's campaign staff in the early '60s, politics were injected into his heart. And from the moment he finally took his first Assembly seat, Vasconcellos was a passionate, quotable and unique character.
"People are basically decent -- and given the right kinds of recognition, nurturance, love and support -- will live in constructive ways," he once said.
Throughout the 1970s, Vasconcellos actively lobbied for community-based nonviolent conflict resolution projects and university peace-study programs. He also promoted student representation on all the major governing boards in California higher education, according to the enormous cache of Vasconcellos papers, housed in a special collection at UC Santa Barbara.
Vasconcellos left the Assembly in 1996 when he was elected to the state Senate. In 1997, at age 65, he expressed an interest in running for governor, saying: "I'm better prepared than anyone else in terms of knowledge of the issues."
He was unapologetic about wanting a more expansive, generous government -- even when he was a budget wonk as chairman of the powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee. That expertise, plus his devotion to "human potential," made it easy for him to sell himself as a political unifier.
"Over the years, I've worked with hundreds of Californians on thousands of projects, bringing people together, from the homeless to high-tech executives," he said at the time. "I have a unique record on that."
But perhaps it was all that high self-esteem that led him to soon drop out of the race. "I didn't have the stomach to get on the phone and beg" for money, he admitted after a few months. "My life is too precious."
When term limits ended his Assembly run in 1996, Vasconcellos was also chairman of the ethics committee. After winning the Senate seat, he soon chaired the Public Safety Committee. His "Tough & Smart Public Safety Program" took a preventive approach to public safety, but without making Democrats look soft on crime.
In the Senate, he also chaired committees on K-12 and higher education and the Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care. He was known for guiding them both with equal shares of fiscal responsibility, kindness and savvy.
"John was the sort of man whom many, many Californians thought of as a dear friend," Quarnstrom said. "He despaired ... about the state Capitol, a place he truly loved. And yet, it was a place that he always knew needed to get better and do better."
Bowen said Vasconcellos taught politicians on both sides of the aisle many important things about doing the job earnestly, while striving for personal growth.
Even when he was done with politics, she said, he humorously laid out a thoughtful plan for a positive retirement.
"I have three requisites," Bowen remembers Vasconcellos telling her. "I don't want to be cold. I don't want to have a schedule. And, most of all, I don't want to deal with assholes!"
Bowen laughed and said, "That answer was just so John."
submitted May. 30, 2014 4:10P
George C. Fotinos
George Chris Fotinos '54, born March 11, 1933, died peacefully at home in Sonoma on August 6, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. A native of San Francisco, George was born to the late Christos and Angelina Fotinos. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He then served in the US Army Corp of Engineers administering the construction of radar bases in Iceland and Canada after which George continued his education earning a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from U. C. Berkeley.
George worked for many years at Ben C. Gerwick Company in San Francisco on several major bridges including the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the San-Mateo Hayward Bridge, the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and waterfront structures throughout the San Francisco Bay. Other structures include the Northumberland Crossing in Eastern Canada, Jamuna Bridge in Bangladesh, Bahrain Crossing in the Persian Gulf and the Seven Mile Bridge in Florida. In latter years, George worked as a consultant and was serving on the Caltrans State Seismic Advisory Board until the onset of his illness.
He is survived by his beloved wife Vivian and his three beloved daughters and their cherished husbands, Angela and Ted Koros, Margaret and Mike Morearty and Elaine and Jim Burrell. He adored and was adored by his eight grandchildren, Elaina, Peter and Ava Koros, Paulina and Maria Morearty and John, George and James Burrell. He is survived by his sisters Christine Kolaites and Mary Anagnostou and predeceased by his brother Tom Fotinos and sister Katherine Fotinos. A devoted Greek Orthodox Christian, George enjoyed a life filled with the love of family and was most often found happily working on his Napa Carneros vineyard where he grew premium pinot noir grapes for nearly 50 years.
submitted Sep. 9, 2014 2:57P
UGRD Leavey Business '54
Charles A. Quinn Jr.
Charles Alexander Quinn Jr. '54 May 28, 1933 - May 24, 2014 A resident of San Jose, Charlie Quinn entered into rest on Saturday, May 25, three days shy of his 81st birthday.
Charlie was born at the old San Jose Sanatorium in downtown San Jose to Charles and Helen Quinn. Charlie's early years were spent at the family ranch in Los Gatos where they grew fruit trees and eventually strawberries. He attended and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and Santa Clara University and remained close to his many great friends from those years.
Charlie Quinn was a self-starter. His mother Helen often recounted that his favorite phrase as a 2 year old was "feed self peaches". From that point on he charted his own course from starting school a year early because he wanted to be with his best pal Ed Nino to starting his own concrete product manufacturing firm, Mission Concrete Products, before he even had a single customer. In between, Charlie was a loving Husband, Father and fiercely loyal friend. In particular, Charlie enjoyed a 50 year love affair with his wife Dawn.
Charlie was a member of the San Jose Country Club for over 56 years and he belonged to Desert Island in Rancho Mirage, Calif. for over 26 years, which allowed him to enjoy the other love of his life, golf. Charlie enjoyed many friendships through the game and played some of the greatest golf courses in the world with his pals from the Gang of Eight.
Charlie Quinn is survived by his loving wife, Dawn, their faithful dog Bogey, his brother Tim (Trudy) Quinn of Loomis, Calif. and six children: Charles Quinn of Mendocino, Calif., Dr. Mark (Debbie) Quinn of Bozeman, Mont., Dr. Eryn (Julie) Quinn of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Patrick (Susan) Quinn of San Jose, Calif., Steve (Suzanne) Wardwell of Auburn, Calif., and Terry Wardwell of Santa Cruz, Calif. Charlie and Dawn are also proud Grandparents of 11 wonderful grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 4:01P