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Thomas E. Twist J.D. '71 was born in 1935 and had lived in Salem, Oregon. He died on August 21, 2014.
Raymond "Pat" Patterson Farlin MBA '72 Jun 10, 1933 to Nov 5, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Pat was born in Mason City, Iowa, and spent his childhood in Los Angeles. He moved to San Jose during his high school years attending University High in Los Angeles, San Jose High, and Sequoia High in Redwood City. Pat received a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State in 1956 and an MBA in finance and economics in 1972 from Santa Clara University.
Pat served in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960 as a combat ready navigator and instructor in Strategic Air Command with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was awarded the Air Force Longevity Service Award. From 1961 to 1969, he served in the California Air National Guard and retired with the rank of Major. This passion for aeronautics and air travel never left him. He worked 35 years in airport management. As Deputy Director of Aviation, for San Jose and Assistant Director of Aviation, Clark County, NV. He consulted in the private sector with Hill International and Parsons Brinkerhoff in a similar role. He thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as educator of Airport Management in the Aeronautics Department of San Jose State University from 1972-1980.
Pat liked to fish and loved spending time in the Sierra Mountain home. He learned to snow ski, with his wife at Badger Pass in Yosemite and was affectionately called "Zorro" because he always wore the same black ski cap which had a black tassel that could be seen flapping behind him as he zipped downhill. His love of skiing was something he made sure to impart on all of his children and grandchildren. Pat loved golf and the social aspect of seeing his Aptos neighbors and to walk the course together.
He and his wife, June, enjoyed golfing together for many years as well as traveling to Western Europe, Norway, the UK, and Hawaii multiple times. He always said that the trip of his life was to Australia and New Zealand involving staying on a live aboard ship and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Pat loved Big Band music and boy could he dance. He had gone to cotillions as young as 13 with his older sister Charlene and her girlfriends didn't mind that he was younger because he knew all the dances, even the jitterbug. If you spent more than a few minutes with Pat, you'd pick up that he had strong opinions about American political responsibilities, was a very patriotic supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and having embraced the Internet Age, he would forward emails to ensure family and friends knew exactly where he stood on matters. Recently, he enjoyed renting Netflix black-and-white films and watching Big Bang Theory. Pat was a devoted husband, caring for his wife June until her death in January 2013. After losing his wife of 57 years, he spent time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchild. He is remembered as generous, ethical and having a terrific sense of humor. He was a man of somewhat simple tastes who drank his coffee black, liked Cheerios for breakfast and his only requirement from beer was that it was cold and wet.
Pat is survived by two sons, Mark Farlin ’79 and Kent Farlin, and a daughter Christine Farlin. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Sean, Jessica, and James Farlin, Holly and Mark Zinchefsky, and Hannah Becker.
Dale Edward De Rousse MBA '72, Oct. 10, 1928 to Aug. 31, 2014. Dale was born in Riverside and grew up in Southern California. His early years were disrupted by family issues and in later life he attributed his discipline and confidence to two tours in the navy - post WWII and Korea.
After graduation from UCLA with a degree in mechanical engineering, he joined Mattel and helped develop the voice of Barbie. In 1963, a Palo Alto company brought him up to Northern California to help in the development of a video-disk recorder used in instant replay and stop-action, familiar to TV sports fans, for which they won an Emmy. Thereafter, a long career as a consulting engineer kept him occupied, along the way acquiring an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. He spent many hours sailing his Lido 14 and later a Morgan 40. Sharing his love of being on the water with his family and friends provided joy he found nowhere else. He was an inventor, builder and artist in woodworking who was constantly trying to improve products. He was still creating and designing improvements to his home when he fell, succumbing to injuries four days later. His entire family was at his side.
Besides leaving his wife Marilyn of 45 years, he leaves two daughters, Anne Hicks of Rocklin, Jean-Marie Mott of Ione; and four sons (chronologically): Scott Kinaman of San Jose, Paul DeRousse of San Jose, Steve Kinaman of Leesburg, VA and Peter DeRousse of Chicago, IL, and eight grandchildren: Jennifer, Karina, Michael, Trevor, Jason, Georgia, Lily, and Eleanor. He was so proud of each of them. We're sad to lose our loved one but we have so many memories: wonderful family parties, visiting with friends, listening to his newest ideas, driving trips. He'll be with us forever.
Bernard Leitner M.S. '72, Sept. 30, 1927 - June 14, 2014. A resident of Palo Alto, Bernie grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Bernie fell in with a crowd of sci-fi fans, studied physics, and also fell for Jane Tynan. The two were married in China Lake, California. Bernie's work as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed-Martin took the family from the island of Oahu, to a year exploring Europe, then to Palo Alto, California, where Bernie and Jane settled in for the next fifty years. Bernie earned a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University. His career culminated with his work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
An outdoor enthusiast, Bernie bicycled the California coast, and across the Sierras, the Rockies, and the Nevada desert. He hiked over Hawaiian volcanoes, through Kings Canyon, and up to the Continental Divide. Together, Bernie and Jane globe-trotted from New Zealand to Greenland. Bernie died at his home in Windsor, California. He is survived by his wife, Jane, his son and daughter-in-law, Kam and Valerie, his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Daniel, and his grandson, Kyle. Bernie's warmth, humor, intelligence, friendship, his love and the spark that is him will be forever missed.
Ronald S. Westphal J.D '74, a resident of Campbell, passed away on Sept. 1, 2014, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by the love of his life and best friend, his wife, Carolyn Westphal, a retired Campbell school teacher, and his two children, Holly and Ryan. He also leaves behind his mother, two sisters, Lisa Smith and Tina Liddie, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ron was born in Glendale, California, in 1944 to A.J. "Tiny" Westphal and Kay Scott. He moved to Odessa, Texas with his mother and his step-father O.E. Scott where he attended Jr. High and Permian High School. Ron spent a year in South Africa where he attended the University of Natal, in Durban, before serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, including an assignment to the NSA where he worked in intelligence. Ron graduated from the University of Maryland before going on to Santa Clara University School of Law.
After passing the Bar, Ron's first job, as a newly minted attorney, was with Cotrell, Hofvendahl and Roessler. He later left to hang his own shingle and had a wonderful career in the Bay Area as an Estate Planning and Business Law attorney doing what he loved best, counseling. He is known by his clients and colleagues for his integrity and quality of work. Ron was also known for his sharp wit and intellect. His quest for knowledge was insatiable and he enjoyed a wide array of subjects ranging from history, politics, philosophy, to religion. Not everyone shared his perspective, but all can attest that Ron loved the discourse and people frequently walked away from a conversation feeling enlightened or invigorated in some way. Not all of Ron's interests were cerebral. He enjoyed walking, hiking, traveling, and cycling, often referring to the later as "the church of the rolling wheel." He spent many hours riding with his wife, children and friends, on a single or a tandem bike, traveling virtually every road in the greater Bay Area and many roads beyond its borders. He was part of the Almaden Cycle Touring Club for many years and he was a Board Member of Books Aloud, a charitable organization near and dear to his heart. Ron will be incredibly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. He truly was one of a kind.
Jess Robert Herrera M.S. '74 died peacefully at home on November 17, 2014, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Alicia. His family includes 6 children, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He was a loving, giving, brilliant man, amazing father and grandfather and he left us to join his beautiful Alicia. Jess had deep devotion to his family and his Catholic faith. He will be deeply missed. Born in Northern California. Dad earned his B.S. from Texas A&M University and M.S. from Santa Clara University. He retired from PG&E in 1989 as an officer of the company. Jess was an active and dedicated participant in his parish and archdiocese.
Karen Anne Gilmour Schouten ’75, Aug. 30, 1953 to Oct. 02, 2014. Karen was a beautiful mother and wife, deeply involved in the community and the causes she cared for. She attended Loretto High School in Sacramento, Calif., and graduated from Santa Clara University with a history degree. She met her husband, Dick, while at Santa Clara and they made quite a team for 40 years, active in politics and community service. She worked as an Intel project manager for 21 years. Karen was a member of the Washington County Democrats, serving as finance chair, and was an Oregon delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. She was also a longtime volunteer, often-time chair, of the West Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee, Oregon League of Conservation Voters and City of Beaverton Sister Cities Advisory Board. Karen is survived by her husband, Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten ’74; and daughters, Erika and Marijke Schouten.
Patrica "Trish" (Towry) Corby '76 passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 9, 2014, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Trish was a patented inventor, an innovator, and a businesswoman. Trish is pre-deceased by her immediate family, but is survived by many friends, most notably her Santa Clara roommate, and dearest friend Robin Munson '76, who cared for Trish on her final journey. Trish will always be remembered by her life long "family of friends" that came to be from her days at Santa Clara University. She was living in Meridian, Idaho.
John G. Houston MBA '76 died on October 31, 2014, after a 13-year battle with prostate cancer. John was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 7, 1937. He graduated from University of North Carolina in 1963. He completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 1976. He was very proud of his military service in The United States Navy, where he served on active duty during the Viet Nam War. He continued as a Reservist until 1989 with 26 years of service, and retired as a Commander. He worked as a Real Estate Broker. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bev, a son, Parker, 35, and his wife Anni, of El Dorado Hills, and a son, Taylor, 34, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. John loved music and he loved to sing!
Timothy Eugene Griswold '77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on October 22, 2014. Tim was born July 2, 1955 to Lee and Patricia Griswold, the fourth of six children. Tim and his five siblings, Mike, Rick, Steve, Coralee and Tom grew up on Cold Creek Ranch in Newark Valley, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication. He attended high school in Eureka, NV, where he excelled in track for the Eureka Vandals, graduated Valedictorian and earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California. He earned his B. S. degree in Commerce from the school of business and completed the exams for his C.P.A.
Upon graduation in 1977, he joined the firm of Read & Powell and in 1978, married the love of his life, Judith Scheier. They were blessed with two children: Lucinda Elizabeth and Nicholas Scheier Griswold. In January 2003, Tim started his own business, Tim E. Griswold, CPA; which he maintained until his passing. In 2008, Tim was fortunate to become a grandfather of two little boys, Ryan Griswold Cochran and Xavier Ray Griswold. Tim was pre-deceased by his father in January of this year. He is survived by his wife, mother, five siblings, two children, grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Monica Griswold.
Tim loved sports, and coached his children's various teams as they grew up. When it came time to hang up his coaching hat, Tim joined his wife in the stands for every game, including those requiring long trips out of town. His favorite sport was baseball and the Dodgers were tops as far as he was concerned, sparking an ongoing banter with his beloved daughter-in-law, Monica. While they tormented each over their choice of teams, she was the first to provide Dodger memorabilia, which always brought a smile to his face. Tim was a loving husband, an attentive father, an adoring grandfather, caring family member and very dear friend. At age 59, the loss of him was too soon, and deeply felt by the lives he touched.
Michael James Zelensky '77, 58, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Ketchikan. He was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington. He lived his early years in Seattle, where he attended Our Lady of Fatima School until eighth grade and graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1973. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1977, and after earning his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1983, Mr. Zelensky came to Ketchikan that same year to clerk in the law offices of A. Fred Miller. Then, Mr. Zelensky and the late Richard Whittaker were partners in the firm of Whittaker and Zelensky for a number of years. For the past 20 years, Mr. Zelensky had a sole practice. He was a member of the Alaska Bar Association, and Ketchikan Bar Association. Mr. Zelensky sponsored and played on Ketchikan “B” League basketball teams for several years. He also enjoyed climbing mountains, first climbing Mt. Adams with his father when he was 16. In 1974, he climbed Mt. Rainier with his close friend, Gary Spees. He also hiked along the west coast of Vancouver Island with friends Bill Jandl and Graham Whyte. He climbed many of Revillagigedo Island’s peaks, including Dude, Ward, Minerva, Deer and Mahoney mountains. He enjoyed kayaking with friends around Ketchikan, and in the Hakai Passage of British Columbias. He was the master teacher of chess and backgammon for his nephews and nieces. Mr. Zelensky is survived by his wife, Myra; daughter, Alexa Ruth; mother, Rose Zelensky of Seattle; sister, Gena (David) McReynolds of Bothell, Washington; members of his wife’s family, Roland and Alaire Stanton, and Loren and Carol Stanton, all of Ketchikan, Bruce and Kathy Stanton of Washington state, and Ralph Stanton of Hawaii; nephews and nieces, Ethan and Megan McReynolds, Daniel and Jacqueline Stanton, Felice Salmon and Brooke Stanton, and Peter, Brendan and Clara Joy Stanton.
John Vincent Giacomazzi ’77 went to Jesus and his eternal reward on Oct. 7, 2014. He was 59 years old. John was born in San Jose on Jan. 6, 1955. He graduated from James Lick High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University in 1977. John stated when he walked across the stage, "It was the happiest day of my life." He worked for the U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in Menlo Park and enjoyed scuba diving until he was incapacitated by neuromuscular atrophy, the progressive and debilitating disease that he endured all of his life.
John is survived by an aunt, Esther Long of Parker, Colo., and cousins Laura Long of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard Long of Cottonwood, Calif., Michael Long of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mark Long of Parker, Colo. He is also survived by his close friend and caretaker Eileen Hansen and his special friend Julia Pezzini. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Jeanne (Long) Giacomazzi and his brother, Joseph Giacomazzi. John is also predeceased by his two very special canine service dogs "Rather" and "Rio." In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canine Companions, Santa Rosa, Calif. or Santa Clara University Alumni Family.
Heloïse Ruth Albritton M.A. '77, beloved mother, grandmother and glorious daughter of God, joined her Lord on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2014, in East Meredith. She was surrounded by most of her seven children and devoted caretakers, her home filled with the music and flowers she loved.
Heloïse was born in 1928, in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand), to Dr. Errett and Mrs. Rietta Albritton. The family returned to America in 1931, where Heloïse became an accomplished student, pianist, active Young Federalist and an original candy striper. She graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1950. An intellectual beatnik and liberal thinker, Heloïse enjoyed Greenwich Village where she chatted with Pete Seeger and Jackson Pollock. But, it was James Hartwell Frame - a young man from a small town in Iowa - who captured her heart - over a spilled bowl of punch. They wed in 1951 and were married for 47 years until his death in 1997. They had seven children and more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Heloïse was a devoted servant of the Lord, personally and professionally. She returned to school in her late 40s and earned a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. Over 60 years, she opened her home to many seekers in the conviction of God's promise in Deuteronomy that, "He sets the lonely in families." She was the spiritual mentor, gifted counselor and healer of many searching souls. Heloïse co-launched House of Bread Ministries in California in the 1970s continued her calling in New York City in the 1980s, developing her 12-step Deprivation Neuroses Anonymous group program and then founded The Lazarus Center in Oneonta in 1992, maintaining her practice there until 2009, then choosing to continue her spiritual work from her home office in East Meredith. Heloïse will be greeted in heaven by those who went before her - her husband, James; brother, Rogers; her parents; daughter-in-law, Clara; and great-grandson, Caiden; as well as numerous friends; and spiritual offspring. Early in the evening of her last day, she was able to share in her cherished sunset prayer, saying to the Lord - as she had every day for many years - "Let us usher in a new day, now beginning with rest."
Doris Patterson '77, May 27, 1934 to September 5, 2014. A resident of Morgan Hill, she passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief illness. She was 80 years old. She is survived by her three children, Sharon Castillo, Ross Jernigan and Jay Jernigan; four grandchildren, Dionne Obeso, Tom Jernigan, Melissa Jernigan and Meghan Jernigan; and one great-grandchild, Michael Obeso. Her children were with her when she passed.
Doris was confident, smart and independent and had many careers in her life, starting as a secretary with NASA and ending as CEO and Chairman of Smart Products, Inc., a pump and valve manufacturing company in Morgan Hill, earning a B.S. in mathematics from Santa Clara University along the way. Doris took Smart Products from start-up to a thriving manufacturing business with a worldwide customer base. Each of Doris' children has worked with her in her company at various times. Doris retired as CEO in 2007 and her youngest son, Jay Jernigan, took over as CEO. Doris remained active in the business, serving as Chairman of the Board at the time of her death.
Doris loved to dance and travel. She competed in ball room dancing for a number of years and had many trophies to attest to her skills. She traveled throughout the world and loved to explore new places, especially those with nice shops and boutiques! Doris was also a philanthropist, donating much of her time to charitable causes. She was a Rotarian in Morgan Hill and had many friends there.
Dennis Cavender MBA '79, age 63, passed away on July 28, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Gail (nee Kephart) for over 40 years; the loving father of Amanda (Elliot) Bennett, Jackie (Matt) Wild, and Elizabeth (Adam) Dreyer; proud grandfather of Stella Bennett; devoted brother of Judith (Dennis) Berg and Joyce (Keith) Bogue; and cherished uncle to four nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and DeVona Cavender, of Denver, CO.
A native of the Denver area, Dennis also lived significant portions of his life in the San Francisco and Chicago areas. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. His four-decade career in finance and management took him around the country and the globe. He loved golf, baseball, traveling, and spending time with his family. His loved ones will remember him for his strength, sense of humor, and zeal for life. He will be dearly missed.
Allan Victor Burklund '81, 55, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away suddenly on Aug. 5, 2014. Allan was an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Brophy Prep in 1977. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, and later earned his MBA. Allan is preceded in death by his father, Lee Burklund. Allan is survived by his mother, Dolores; his significant other, Lori; his sister Carol; his sister Barbe (Rick); his brother David (Becky); his two nephews David (Lanette) and Jeremy Wetmore ’02, his niece Brianne (Oliver); and his great-nephews Jack and Theodore. He will be greatly missed. Allan also loved camping, being outdoors and spending time with his cats.
Jonnie L. Herring J.D. '84, a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully on July 26 after a two-year struggle with brain cancer. She was born to the late Alfred and Dorothy Johnson on Sep. 27, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was a proud older sister to the late Donald Johnson of Milwaukee. Jonnie earned her bachelor's degree in English from Rice University and a master's degree in the same subject from University of Houston. She was married to the late Robert (Bob) Herring, whom she met at Rice, for 49 years. After leaving Texas, Jonnie lived in Boston, Mass., and Scottsdale, Ariz., before settling in San Jose, Calif. A resident of San Jose since 1974, Jonnie was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Saratoga for many years. She was a stay-at-home mom and active member of the Dilworth Elementary PTA before earning her law degree from Santa Clara University in 1984. Jonnie practiced family law for almost 30 years, and developed a specialization in mediation. She was proud to have helped pioneer methods to minimize the strife of divorce proceedings. In 2000, she received the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award from the Family Law Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association for her many years of representing children. In 2011, she received the Justice Byrl R. Salsman Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Jonnie was a voracious reader who filled her home with books. She loved music and listened to recordings every night. She enjoyed traveling and attending concerts with her husband, Bob. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine, her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Christine, and her granddaughters, Virginia and Andria. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Bob Lee J.D. '84, October 12, 1957 - October 18, 2014. Lifelong Resident of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee died at home after a battle with cancer. He was 57.
As Santa Cruz County's top prosecutor, Bob advocated tirelessly for victims of crime. He was passionate about giving victims a voice in the criminal justice system. Bob restructured the District Attorney's office, creating units to prosecute gangs, sex offenders, elder abuse and domestic violence, as well as consumer protection and environmental cases. He created the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force, an interagency team focused on suppressing gang violence and prosecuting gang members. Recently he spearheaded the formation of the Downtown Accountability Program, focused on repeat offenders in downtown Santa Cruz. His leadership transformed his office and enhanced public safety.
Bob was a truly gifted trial lawyer. He was justifiably proud of his remarkable trial record, having never lost a jury trial in Santa Cruz County. He never shied away from difficult cases, prosecuting some of the County's most challenging high profile cases. Throughout his twelve years as the elected District Attorney, Bob mentored other prosecutors helping them become better trial lawyers. He was a champion for victims of crime insisting on treating them with the compassion, consideration and respect they deserve.
Bob was a life-long resident of Santa Cruz County. The youngest of four brothers, Bob graduated from Soquel High School in 1975. He received a bachelor's degree in Public Administration with honors from California State University Sacramento in 1980, followed by his Juris Doctorate degree in 1984 from Santa Clara University School of Law. He began his career as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's office in Monterey County. He joined the District Attorney's Office in Santa Cruz County as an Assistant District Attorney in 1988. He was elected as the District Attorney in 2002.
Growing up in Santa Cruz, Bob loved the ocean. Much of his free time during his "coming of age" years was spent with friends at the Cove and at Blacks Beach. He was an avid body surfer. He also spent considerable time playing pick-up basketball at Jade Street Park. He was one of the driving forces in the formation of "Royal Touch", a mainstay softball team of the late 70s. He was the founder of the "World Series of Poker", a winner-take-all dealer's choice poker tournament open to 30-40 of his closest friends (costumes mandatory.) He created one of the earliest fantasy football leagues in the country in 1983, and the BFL (Bobby's Football League) continued through 2001. He enjoyed playing tennis and took the game seriously, especially in his later years.
Bob married the love of his life, Barbara (nee Bush), in 1997. Bob was an Assistant District Attorney and Barbara, a probation officer. Their life together was rich and full; they enjoyed walks on the beach, bonfires, traveling, and good Zin. Their home was the hub of the neighborhood and their events (pumpkin carving, Christmas caroling, and line dancing, among others) and parties bonded their neighborhood. Bob was devoted to their dogs Charles, Cubbie, Chloe, Barkley and Audrey, and their cat Ollie.
Bob loved the San Francisco Giants since childhood. He was convinced that they would win the World Series in 2014, and lived to learn that they had won the pennant. Ever the true fan, he was adamant that his memorial service not conflict with a World Series game.
Bob is survived by his wife Barbara, his mother, Enid, his three brothers, Doug, Mark and Bill. He was predeceased by his father Robert. He was loved by those who knew him and touched the lives of many. He will be dearly missed.
The world lost a beautiful, generous soul when Virginia "Geeg" Mirrione M.A. '85 slipped peacefully into eternal rest on July 22, 2014. Born in San Jose, CA, on February 15, 1938, to the late Edna (nee Santos) and Vincent Mirrione, loving niece of Florence Morrison, sister to Vincent, Peter (Barbara), Charlie (Linda), Helen (Pete, deceased) Ostrander, and Freda (Bud) Hudson, Auntie to 8 nephews, 7 nieces, 9 great-nephews, 13 great-nieces, 3 Godchildren.
Geeg graduated from Santa Clara High in 1955 and coached girls' volleyball at St. Clare's School. In 1958, she received her calling to serve her Lord, becoming Sister Vincent de Paul, SND. She taught in Hawaii and in California (Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Yuba Counties). Upon leaving the order, her service to educating young minds continued as a teacher /principal at Franklin-McKinley and Mt. Pleasant School Districts, and in Van Buren, ME. She earned her Master's in Education Administration at Santa Clara University, and continued her career in education. In 1994, she retired from Franklin-McKinley School District, then Geeg became principal of Resurrection Catholic School in Sunnyvale, CA until 2003. She continued her involvement in the ICF Branch 408 and the Santa Clara Senior Center. She enjoyed day trips to the casinos, visiting friends and family, and watching the 49ers and Giants. Geeg was blessed to have a large network of friends who were there to share her journey. But most important to her were her family and thousands of students, whose laughter brought her the most happiness, and whose lives have been forever changed by her kindness, humor, generosity, and "happy pills" (a.k.a. donuts).
Patrick A. Pilling ’86 was a wonderful man who left us too early. He died at home on Dec. 7, at the age of 50, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Palo Alto, Calif., to Jack and Marie Pilling, he was the baby of the family. Pat went K-8 at Saint Albert the Great in Palo Alto, and then rode a train to San Jose everyday for the next four years to attend Bellarmine College Preparatory, where his father and older brother had also gone to school. While at Bellarmine, Pat played football and baseball. He graduated with honors and received the Student Scholar-Athlete award. He was later inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 1981 state championship football team.
Pat studied engineering at the University of Santa Clara while he played baseball on an athletic scholarship. Pilling pitched in the program from 1984-86 and played on the 1985 team that posted a 32-25 record. He made a team-high 22 appearances on the mound for the Broncos in 1985 and tied for the team lead with four saves. In 1986, Pilling tied for the team lead with 24 appearances and led the Broncos with three saves. Pat loved playing baseball, and he began coaching summer clinics for children at Stanford. Coaching youth sports became one of Pat's great passions, and he continued it for the rest of his life. When Pat graduated, he was employed at Case Pacific, an engineering firm in the Bay Area. During this time, he went to San Jose State University at night and graduated with a master's degree in engineering.
Pat met his wife, KayAnn Loudon ’87 of Reno, while they were studying at Santa Clara. They were engaged after graduation, and Pat moved to Reno, where they were married in 1989. Pat worked at various Reno engineering firms while attending the University of Nevada, Reno where he graduated with a Doctoral degree in Geotechnical Engineering. In 1997, Pat became a founding partner in Black Eagle Consulting, a local engineering firm. Pat eventually became the President and co-owner of Black Eagle, and he loved his work and was very proud to be part of the company. Pat received numerous awards, including The National Society of Professional Engineers' Young Engineer of the Year award in 1996 and was the Outstanding Graduate Alumni of the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009.
Pat and KayAnn were married for 25 years and had three wonderful sons: Casey (20), Brett (19), and Tyler (16). Every year, Pat coached his sons in Little League baseball and Pop Warner football, and was even president of Reno National Little League for two years. As his boys grew, Pat became a football coach at Bishop Manogue High School where each of his sons attended and played. He most loved coaching and spending time with his boys. Pat's other favorite activity was fishing; if he wasn't working or coaching, he was fishing. Pat fished the world, but he most loved to fish at Lake Tahoe or Pyramid Lake, which was another activity the family did together. Pat loved the outdoors and also enjoyed hunting. He was a member of the Canvasback Duck Club in Stillwater, Nevada, and enjoyed hunting there whenever he could.
Pat was an amazing man who loved his family and friends. He was a hard worker and very successful in all of his endeavors. He loved life and he definitely made the best of every minute! Pat will be forever missed, and forever remembered.
Along with his wife and sons, Pat is survived by his mother, Marie Pilling; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Joe Byrne, Susie and Jim Bickel, Linda and Ted Fletcher; his brother and sister-in-law, Mike Pilling ’82 and Vicky Pilling; father and mother- in-law, Dr. Don and Kay Loudon; brother-in-law, Ross Loudon ’88; and many nieces and nephews.
Florence Remata M.A. '92, a Franciscan sister and Kauai native, served decades as educator Sister Florence Remata, minister of the Hawaii-Southwest region of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. She died on Aug. 3 at the Queen's Medical Center after a brief illness and 57 years of service to the Roman Catholic Church. She was 75. According to the Hawaii Catholic Herald, Remata was born in Waimea, Kauai, the sixth of 12 children of Crisanto and Vicente Omakanim Remata. She graduated from Saint Francis Convent School on Oahu and joined the Sisters of St. Francis in 1956. After taking her final vows in 1961, she chose St. Therese of Lisieux, "the Little Flower," as her patron saint in honor of her home parish of St. Theresa in Kekaha, Kauai, where "the sisters taught me how to use the fork to eat, how to dance, and all the social graces so that I wouldn't be a wallflower," she told the Catholic Herald in a 2011 interview. Remata graduated from Chaminade College in Honolulu and Santa Clara University. She taught at St. Peter School in Riverside, N.J.; St. Joseph School in Hilo, where she also was vice principal; and Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Pearl City. She was director of religious education at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Pearl City and at St. Patrick in Chittenango, N.Y. Remata returned to Kauai to care for her mother in 1995. For the next 17 years she served at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue as director of religious education and as pastoral associate. She was also the island's liaison for the Catholic Diocese's Department of Religious Education. The Catholic Herald said she was the first and last Franciscan sister to be assigned to Kauai. Remata told the Hawaii Catholic Herald at the time, "The people of Kauai are church-oriented and value priests and (the) religious." Some nicknamed her "The Mayor of Kauai" for her friendliness and outreach. Remata is survived by eight brothers: David, Edward, Alfredo and Richard Remata, all of Kauai; Stanley Remata of Pearl City; and Wilfred, Lawrence and Patrick Remata of California; and three sisters: Mildred Olores, Elizabeth Aquino and Vivian Nonaka, all of Kauai. She had 30 nephews and nieces, 60 grandnephews and grandnieces, and 11 great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. Her survivors also include her fellow Franciscan sisters and their associates.
Donald Calhoun Chavous Jr. J.D. '95, 61, of Rancho Mirage, passed away July 29, 2014, in his sleep. Born Aug. 11, 1952, to Donald and Patricia Chavous, Don spent his early years in Bushnell, Florida. In 1967, Don received a congressional appointment to work as a page for the House of Representatives. He lived and worked in Washington, D.C., from 1967-1969, attending the Capitol Page School. Classes were held in the attic of the Library of Congress, during some of the most turbulent times in Washington, D.C., history. He received his high school diploma in 1969, at the age of 16. Don became a student at the University of Florida, majoring in chemical engineering. Just prior to completing his bachelor's degree, he was awarded the unheard of opportunity of early transfer to medical school at the University of Miami, achieving his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) in 1976. From 1977-1980, Don served as a doctor in the Navy, with the rank of lieutenant commander - traveling from Pearl Harbor to the Bering Sea, and eventually to Moffett Field, California. After working in California at Cupertino Medical Clinic (1980-1982), he co-founded and directed Los Altos Medical Clinic in 1983. It was around this time he fell in love with a nurse, Linda Larson, and her 6-year-old son, David. They married Sept. 9, 1985, and had a daughter, Emily, in 1988. Always one for a challenge, Don returned to school at Santa Clara University of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1995. While still hard at work full time as a physician, he began work as an attorney with his own private practice, specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury. In 1998, the family relocated to sunny Southern California, where Don continued double duty as an attorney-at-law as well as full time urgent care physician, saving lives with Desert Medical Group (now Desert Oasis Healthcare). Over the years, Don was an avid skier, tennis player, basketball player, golfer, hiker, and loved watching ESPN. He had a passion for the open road, and took many long rides across the Western U.S. on his '97 Valkyrie motorcycle, becoming very involved with the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club. He had memberships with the local gun clubs, and enjoyed going out for target practice. He is remembered for his sharp wit and keen sense of humor, his stimulating political banter, loyalty to friends and coworkers, and his fundamental human decency. Don had the nickname "AAA": he made himself available to help anyone - Anytime, Anywhere, for Anything. Don is survived by his wife, Linda Chavous; two children: David Berry of Portland, Oregon, and Emily Chavous of La Quinta, California; four granddaughters, Pearl, Sayde, Ginger and Rosie; his mother, Patricia Chavous, of Tampa, Florida; and siblings Shirley Purvis, of Leesburg, Florida; Alan Chavous of Tampa; Terri Bonner of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Brian Chavous of Oxford, Florida; his in-laws Larry and Marjean Larson of Rancho Mirage, California; countless friends and colleagues; and by the family cat, Bebe
Jonathan Henry Hughes '12, Feb. 28, 1990 - Dec. 20, 2014. His early years were filled with building things, playing in the dirt, lots of adventures to the levy with Mom, Kayte, Zack and Ben. Wading in the creek and exploring all the life, both large and small, were marvelous times – isn’t it interesting, the creek and the pond are where he found his greatest joys of late as well.
Jonathan & Katelynn were great buddies and did everything together. We home-schooled, the kids played multiple sports – Jonathan thrived on it, they all did. At age 4 or 5, he knew the names of every player on the Atlanta Braves and Chipper Jones has long been one of his favorite players. There were those evenings, with nothing else to do, when the kids were all just silly – Jon & Ben, with underwear on the outside of their pants and belts as headbands, whooped it up as “Quailman”- you remember the small things.
By junior high, baseball was Jon’s passion, his God-given talents were continuing to grow. Dad had long been Coach, Confidant and Biggest Fan. Jon had already made so many great friends through both baseball and soccer, but so many more were to come. We prayed about a venue for him to continue to play ball and were led to Valley Christian. When he entered “school” for the very first time, in the 8th grade, his sister and brothers knick-named him “school boy” since he had to go TO school for his studies and they did not.
Anyone who knows Jon knows his passion for baseball, his knowledge of the game, his continuous and competitive drive to play at the highest level. Did anyone else know he played an entire season with a broken catching hand? He refused to be out and miss any part of this wonderful road he was on. Coach John Diatte took him there, to the top of his game – this man pulled more out of Jon and his teammates, than anyone else ever could have – they were like a machine, and he became one of the most influential people in Jon’s life.
Highlights of the years: a triple play in t-ball, the TOC with Little League, PONY baseball City Championships, numerous Bulldog club ball championships, Section and Zone Championships, the PONY Baseball Colt World series, WCAL league titles, Back-to-Back CCS Championship wins, naming as Northern California Player of the Year, EA Sports High School All-American and a 90% scholarship to Santa Clara University. Wow, what a ride!
Jon’s life wasn’t perfect, and he made some poor choices; we all have things we regret or that we wish we could have done differently. His days as a scholarshipped athlete at Santa Clara University were short-lived and painful, and he paid a huge price.
But his story doesn’t end there. By God’s grace, Jon returned home, on the night of his 21st birthday, 2011, and began the long process to rebuild his life. Through this last 3 ½ years, Jon fought back from addiction and devastation. By God’s grace, and the intervention and guidance of Coach Mike Perez, Jon began to put his baseball career back in order. But most importantly, he was putting his life back in order. Many long days at the pond and the creek, brought peace to his heart. He would sometimes find his sister, Kayte and ask her to take the bikes and the dogs and go to the creek with him. There he would fish and she would draw and struggles would be forgotten. Jon also attributed credit for getting through these toughest times of his life to the love and stability of his girlfriend, Amy.
His last few months were some of his best, one of the best semesters of college, considering he hates the classroom part of school, loved his housemates and team, his Coach Walt White and he shared their excitement for the upcoming season and the possibilities of where that may take him.
God is always good, so we trust He knows and has Jon in the cleft of His wing right now.
Brian was born in Mt. Kisco, NY, on October 9, 1990, the second child and son of Denise and John. Brian was an avid sports fan, as both a participant and a spectator. He was an All-Section pitcher for Fox Lane High School, from which he graduated in June 2009. In school, Brian was very interested in science. He performed independent science research at Fox Lane High School on intercellular activity and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biochemistry. He began his post-college career as a clinical research recruiter at Real Staffing in San Francisco, CA, where he had been working for over a year.
Brian is survived by his mother, Denise, his father, John, and his brother, Tom.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Santa Clara University.