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John J. Collins
John Joseph Collins '58, 77, passed away on Dec. 26, 2013. He was born Dec. 13, 1936 in Los Angeles, Calif. John was a pillar of the legal community in Southern California from the time he passed the bar until his death. He was a former president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a former president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, a former president of the Los Angeles County Bar, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was a proud father, grandfather and a loving husband. John is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters, Cynthia, Pamela and Lauren; sons, James, Robert, John and William. His daughter, Andrea predeceased him.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 8:41A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '58
James Leininger '58 was a skillful Santa Clara County defense attorney, a crusader for social justice and a member of a family with deep roots in San Jose. But as a recovering alcoholic, he was known just as well for helping others emerge from the shoals of substance abuse -- be they lawyers, nurses, cops or Hells Angels.
Leininger, 78, of Gilroy, died March 19, 2014 of leukemia at Stanford Medical Center, where he had been undergoing an experimental treatment for his illness.
"He loved what he did, and what he did was to help people. And that's what made all the difference,'' said Jim Gleason, the executive director of the Santa Clara County Independent Defense Counsel Office.
As a lawyer, Leininger enjoyed taking the toughest cases, ones other lawyers shunned. In the 2010 trial of the men accused in the killing of Los Gatos restaurateur Mark Achilli, Leininger represented middleman Miguel Chaidez, who was accused of paying the triggerman.
"He was confident, but he wasn't arrogant,'' said his son, Michael Leininger. "He would dissect a jury and find the most appealing way to get to them.''
Leininger was a member of "The Other Bar,'' a confidential lawyers' recovery group. And he helped found the organization now known as We Care, which has helped more than 3,000 nurses with substance abuse problems.
For much of his 45-year career as an attorney, Leininger had to balance work with the demands of caring for his wife, Helen, who suffered from chronic illness. The two had met at the Sears store on San Carlos Street in San Jose, where both worked as clerks. Helen Leininger died in 2009.
Leininger was born at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose on January 23, 1936, the son of Carl Leininger, who became San Jose's city engineer, and Mary Leininger, a homemaker. The third of seven children, Leininger came from a family devoted to public service and social justice. A brother, William, was a Catholic priest. Another brother, Robert, became a ranking official in San Jose's redevelopment agency.
A 1958 graduate of Santa Clara University, Leininger worked in War on Poverty programs in the mid-'60s, graduated from Lincoln Law School and served as executive director of the Catholic Council on Social Justice.
In that job, he shamed the San Jose City Council into rejecting a bid from the Elks Club, which at the time discriminated against nonwhites, to sponsor a circus at the Civic Auditorium. Leininger pointed out to a wavering Councilman Norm Mineta, later a mayor and congressman, that he would not be able to join the Elks because of his Japanese descent.
Leininger is survived by his son, Michael, Gilroy; two daughters, Kelly Douglas, Los Gatos; and Trish Loughnane, Woodland Hills, and seven grandchildren.
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 12:22P
Gordon Abbott '58, July 12, 1930 - November 7, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Gordon Abbott passed away after a difficult and valiant battle with cancer. His family was paramount and he enjoyed participating in his children and grandchildren's activities. An ardent sports fan and active in the community, he was also well known for his political involvement. He served on the Campbell Union School District Board of Trustees from 1971 through 1982, the San Jose Council Salary Setting Commission from 1986-1994 and on the Governor's Advisory Board for the Agnew Development Center from 1998-2009. He also served on the Santa Clara County G.O.P Central Committee from 1958-1963 and 1994-2005, earning the nickname "Mr. Republican".
Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Mayme, devoted children Gordon Abbott of San Ramon, Philip Abbott of Dallas, TX and Wendy Abbott Sarsfield '83 of San Francisco, Daughters-in-law Holly Mueller Abbott of San Ramon and Tracy Driscoll Abbott of Dallas, TX and grandchildren Matthew and Nicholas Abbott of San Ramon, Sydney, Maggie and Jeffrey Abbott of Dallas, TX and Patrick and Megan Sarsfield of San Francisco.
submitted Nov. 15, 2013 3:17P
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
John F. Quirk III
John "Jack" F. Quirk III J.D. '59, 86, passed away in Bakersfield, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2014. Jack was born in Oakland, Calif., on June 22, 1927, to his parents Loretta Josephine Bowen Quirk and John Francis Quirk ll. Jack graduated from Salinas high school in 1945. He then attended San Mateo Junior College. While attending San Jose State College, Jack met his wife, Ann Virginia Page. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage together. Jack was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War, served at Far East Command Headquarters and reported directly to NATO commanders Gen. John Hull and Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor. Upon discharge from the army, Jack resumed his education at Santa Clara University, earning his J.D. in 1959. He and his family moved to Porterville, Calif., in Oct. of 1959, where he went to work in the Tulare County District Attorneys office under his mentor and friend Hon. Jaye Ballentine. He then transferred to the Public Defenders office. In 1961, Jack went into private practice and also served as the city attorney for Porterville for 17 years. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. George Deukmejian in June of 1984. Jack was predeceased by his wife Ann in Sept. of 2013. He is survived by his brother, James Patrick Quirk, his son John Quirk and wife Donna, daughter Diane Varner and husband Bob, daughter Erin Buell and husband Gary, and daughter Kelley Rockfellow and Keith Fullerton. He is further survived by grandchildren Shannon Knop and husband Carl, Katie Quirk, Grant Rockfellow, Mason Rockfellow, Connor Buell, and one great granddaughter, Clayton Knop.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 9:45P
William Tagmyer ’60, a longtime University of Portland board member, passed away on Sept. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.
Even as he faced death, friends say he was unfailingly positive. Tagmyer approached his cancer treatment the same way he approached business, philanthropy and volunteering: with a big smile.
“I’m sure he had his down moments, but I never saw it,” said University of Portland President E. William Beauchamp. “He always seemed to be in a good mood.”
Tagmyer served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve before settling into the steel business. He ran Northwest Pipe Company for nearly 30 years, becoming president and CEO in 1986, just after its financial crisis. Tagmyer pulled the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and by 1988, Northwest Pipe reported record earnings. Under his leadership, the company grew from $19 million to more than $500 million in revenues.
The well-known Oregon businessman and philanthropist Bill "Tag" Tagmyer died in Boston, two weeks after undergoing surgery for thoracic mesothelioma. He was born on Jan. 31, 1938. A compassionate and fun-loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill lived the family motto: "Work hard, play hard and contribute to society."
Bill was a "steel guy" who began his career with United States Steel in 1961. He worked for the Gunderson Division of FMC Corporation from 1969-75, and for L.B. Foster and its subsidiaries from 1975-85. He then joined Northwest Pipe Company, where he was president and CEO from 1985 to 2000 and board chairman from 1985 to 2012. This past summer, Bill was honored for his "55 years of exceptional service to the steel industry as an entrepreneur, visionary, leader and friend."
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, in which he rose to the rank of captain. He was an energetic board member for dozens of entities in Portland and California, among them are the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (chairman), the University of Portland, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Easter Seals and the Arlington Club. He was also a passionate golfer, serving as president of both the Waverley Country Club in Portland and the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., as well as the board of the Western Oregon Golf Society. Bill is survived by his wife, Lucy of Lake Oswego; sons, Bill Jr. (wife, Cindy, and children, Lindsay, Kelsey and Whitney) and Steve (wife, Vicki, and children, Michelle and Dawson); daughters, Kris Tuor (husband, Darren, and children, Dalton and Dylan) and Karey Gutierrez '90 (husband, Bernard, and children, Sophie and Ellie); brother, Bob (wife, Sue); and multiple treasured nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Rita Tagmyer; and sister, Joyce Suess.
He was active with many charities, including one that sends poor golf caddies to college. In addition to the university's board, Tagmyer served on the boards of theOregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and the Easter Seals Society of Oregon.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:45P
Lawrence J. Callan Sr
Lawrence Joseph Callan Sr. '60 entered into rest on Feb. 9, 2014. Born June 9, 1938 to James L. Callan and Mary L. Callan. Survived by his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Michele; children, Karen Hegarty (Steve), Kim Callan, and L.J. Callan, Jr. (Julie); grandchildren, Jeff Hegarty, Ashley Hegarty, Heather Callan, and Nicole Hegarty; brother, John Callan ’69, MBA ’76 (Linda) and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara, brother James, and his grandson Brett James Callan. Larry grew up in Marin attending St. Anselms, Marin Catholic, and Santa Clara University. For over 25 years, Larry was the owner of James L. Callan & Sons Jewelers. His second career was as the founder of Shark's Deli in Tiburon and L.J.'s Deli in San Rafael. Larry was a lifetime member of the San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108 and was a Past Exalted Ruler. He was also past president of the California Retail Jewelers Association and of the Marin County 49'ers Booster Club. Larry was loved and will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:13P
GRD Law '60
James R. Tormey Jr.
James R. Tormey Jr. J.D. '60 May 27, 1935 - October 5, 2013 Resident of Medford, Ore. James "Jim" Roland Tormey, Jr., passed away on Oct. 5, 2013 in Medford, Ore. at the age of 78. Born to James R and Hope Allario Tormey of San Jose, Jim was raised in San Mateo, attended San Mateo High School ('53), then San Jose State ('57) where he met and married Mary Pat O'Donnell, also of San Mateo, in 1957. He resumed his studies after his ROTC service to earn his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University in 1960, returning to San Mateo where his 5 children were born, raised and educated. Jim practiced Law from his San Mateo offices until 1997, when he retired to his family's beloved ranch on the California/Oregon border. Jim was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District in 1971 and served on the board for 24 years. He was a founding director of the Borel Bank & Trust Company (now Boston Private Bank & Trust) from 1979 to 2002, and served as Judge Pro-Tem in the San Mateo County Courts from 1972 to 1997. Jim was an active member of several service and professional organizations, many for decades and often serving as President or Board Chair, including the San Mateo County Congress of Elected Officials, San Mateo Heart Association, Combined Health Agencies Drive, The Bombay Bicycle Riding Club and the Kiwanis, which he joined in 1963. Jim was a fierce advocate for public education, an avid skier, dedicated outdoorsman and appreciator of the challenges and rewards of the rural lifestyle. Jim is survived by Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Tormey, his wife of 28 years, of Medford, Oregon, and his children Anne (Richard) Freeman of Auburn, Erin Tormey of Half Moon Bay, Christopher Tormey of Auburn, Gregory (Stacy) Tormey of Cotati, Marc (Deanna) Tormey of San Mateo, step-daughters Tobi Fenn of Fremont and Jacqueline (Clinton) Ward of Redwood City and 11 treasured grandchildren.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
James F. Russi
James F. Russi '60 passed away on June 2, 2014 at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Arleen Russi of Alameda. Loving father of Jack (Jodie), Tim (Alicia), Joe (Lynn), Cathy Thomas, Patrick (Kelly) and Shelley (Rahn Twitchell) . Adored Papa of 18 grandchildren.
James (Jim) was born in San Francisco on June 1, 1938 to Francis John and Catherine (Carroll) Russi. He was an older brother to Fr. John Joseph Russi and Carroll McDaniel both deceased and an Uncle to Carroll's two children Kitty and Patty. He graduated from St Cecilia Grammar School , St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, and Santa Clara University, where he was a basketball player. He was second team all-conference in 1960 and honorable mention in 1959. He is in the Hall of Fame at Santa Clara University. The pinnacle of his sports career was to be a first round draft pick for the St Louis Hawks in 1960.
Jim was a CPA and a long-time partner in Yandell Truckaway and Santa Clara Warehouses. Jim coached CYO basketball from 18 years of age and was Athletic Director for over 25 years at St Joseph's Grammar School in Alameda. For many years Jim and Arleen ran the CYO East Bay Parochial League for the Oakland Diocese and their impact on youth and sports in the Bay Area has been substantial . He was a legend in adult basketball leagues in the area and frequently sought after pick-up basketball player at Franklin and Washington Parks.
Jim lived his life with a few simple principles. God and family were always first and if you were going to do something then try to be the best. He has been a significant and positive influence for so many, and truly has left the world a better place. He will be dearly missed.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 3:25P
Frank E. Quinn
Francis E. "Frank" Quinn ’60 died on August 11, 2013 in Seattle. He was born in Seattle to Albert and Frances Quinn on October 10, 1938. He graduated from the St. Joseph Grammar School and Seattle Preparatory in Seattle, and The University of Santa Clara in California. He served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He is survived by his four daughters, Corrine Fishman, Colleen Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Kelly Quinn, all of California, three grandsons, and a granddaughter. He is also survived his siblings Joseph Quinn ’56 of Medina, Philip Quinn of Seattle, Louise Sifferman of San Juan Capistrano, and Catherine Turner of Escalo, California.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:24P
Rosemary Finney Parker '61, Sept. 21, 1938 - Mar. 21, 2014. Parker, 75, a resident of San Jose died on March 21, 2014 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Steve, her daughter, Shannon Hane (Jeff), son, Jay Parker (Shannon), and her beloved grandson, Zack Stephen Hane, nephew Kevin Finney (Carmen), niece, Kelly Finney Pruitt (Kirk), brother, Tim Finney (Dana) and her best friend from grammar school, Nancy Wisdom Altieri.
She was born in Oakland and was raised between San Jose and Salinas, graduating from Palma High School in Salinas in 1956. She graduated from the O'Connor Hospital School of Nursing in 1960 as a member of the nursing class that was the first women to attend the University of Santa Clara. They were hung in effigy from trees near the entrance on their first day of school.
She began her 49 year career in Critical Care Nursing in the Emergency Room at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and then moved on to the Post Surgical Recovery Room at O'Connor Hospital where she was made Head Nurse and In service Instructor in the first ICU/CCU in the Santa Clara Valley in 1964 at the age of 24. She then moved on to Stanford Medical Center as an Intensive Care nurse on Dr. Shumway's heart transplant team. When the surgeons began doing heart surgery away from Stanford she became the Head Nurse of the new ICU/CCU at SCV Medical Center where she remained until her daughter was born. From that point on she worked only part-time as being a super wife and mother became her true life's work. By working part-time in all of the hospitals in the Valley as they started their heart surgery programs she was able to keep up with the always changing advances in heart surgery. She eventually settled at Good Samaritan Hospital as a staff nurse and instructor In the Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care unit and then as Coordinator of Patient Care for the San Jose Cardiac Surgery Group until she retired in 2006.
Her greatest pleasure and joy was raising her children to be happy and successful adults. She worked at their schools,supported their interests and made sure there was a home dinner on the table every night so all the family members could report on their day in school. The family enjoyed extensive travel through out the world through her insistence.
Rosemary enjoyed politics and was an avid reader, gardener, and cook. She was a supportive friend, a good listener and advisor to many. In retirement she served on the Board of Directors of Planetree Health Library, traveled extensively with her husband and enjoyed her grandson immensely.
submitted Apr. 24, 2014 9:54A
Robert M. Polhamus
Robert M. Polhamus ’61, age 75, of Boynton, Beach, Fl., a Northwest Airlines captain, flew west on Jan. 17, 2014. He was born April 24, 1938, in Seattle, Wash. Bob and his twin brother, Dick, played baseball at SCU. Prior to SCU both Bob and his twin attended Bellarmine College Preparatory. After graduation Bob joined the US Marine Corps, earning his Naval Aviators wings of gold. He was a member of Marine attack squadron (VMA 311) serving in Vietnam in 1965. Bob flew a total of 174 missions over Laos and North and South Vietnam . After retirement he was an active member in a number of organizations including Masons, Shriners and Quiet Birdmen. Bob is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter Leigh, twin brother Richard Polhamus ’61 of Vero Beach, Fl., brother Mac of Houston, and sister Kathi Hanson of Bentonville, Ark.
submitted Jul. 22, 2014 12:17P
Lee A. Cook
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:47A
Thomas Rudolf Ross '62 was born on November 17, 1940 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Lillian Mae Stindt and Edward Martin Ross. He died Feb. 21, 2014. He grew up in Minnesota the second of three sons. In high school, he was a star basketball player, and after his family moved to California in 1957, he played basketball at Santa Clara University. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and an outstanding 6'8" athlete who also enjoyed baseball, skiing, golf, bowling, and playing cards with family and friends. He began his career as a draftsman and worked in engineering for several technology companies, followed by a long career as a successful realtor. Tom was a devoted friend and neighbor who always offered to lend a hand (and a power tool).
Tom passed away on February 21, 2014 in Lodi, California where he had lived with his family for the past 14 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother David Ross. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years Carolyn Ross, his brother Mark Ross, and his five children: Randy (Connie) Ross, Janet Ross (Terry Gonzales), Kimberly (John) Reilly, Brandalin (Craig) Barnes, and Heather Ross, as well as his eight grandchildren: Brittany Jarrett, Josh Means, Brooke Rutschmann, Curtis Barnes, Benjamin Barnes, Riley Ross, Carolin Barnes, and Savanah Barnes.
submitted Feb. 25, 2014 1:04P
Robert Wieand ’62 passed away on September 17, 2012. He was a loving husband and father. Bob was born on Dec. 4, 1935. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956-1960. He then joined the Chart House Restaurants where he worked for 28 years. He truly lived by the rule of treating others the way he would want to be treated. Bob was the kind of Dad that would drop everything to be with his kids. Living in San Diego, Calif., Bob loved to be active and enjoyed tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Bob's smile lit up a room, and his joy was infectious. He will be remembered for his love for his family and friends. He will be truly missed. He is survived by his wife Judy and his children Kathryn and Michael.
submitted Oct. 5, 2013 10:11A
Gregg A. Steber
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.
Gregg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 25, 1940. His parents, Arnold Steber and Maxine Boyle Steber and Gregg moved to Woodside in 1946. He attended Ballarmine College Prep and graduated from University of Santa Clara in 1962. In August, Gregg and Michaela Conley were married in El Cerrito, California and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Gregg attended Marquette Medical School. He graduated in 1966 and spent two years at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas as a flight surgeon. In 1969, the family settled in Nevada City, California.
Dr. Gregg was a family physician for 41 years. He also spent ten years as a visiting doctor at the jails in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado Counties. Gregg taught CCD classes to high school students attending St. Patrick’s Church for fourteen years. He was active in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and mentored a young man through junior high and high school.
Gregg had a love for the outdoors, whether skiing on fresh powder, operating his John Deere tractor on his ranch or splitting wood for winter warmth. He attended all his children’s sporting events and never missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren.
Gregg’s survivors include his wife, Michaela; son, Brian; daughters, Lisette, Danielle, Molly and her husband, Michael Neves; his grandchildren, Claire, Amanda and Gregg Neves, Jacob and Lukas Locker, Briana and Justin Bellamy and cousins, Sandi Murray and Kenneth Colson. God Bless You Dad, Grandpa and Friend.
submitted Nov. 22, 2013 11:58A
Edward Louis Muckerman '62, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2014. Born July 19, 1941 to Raymond Muckerman and Barbara Koller in St. Louis, Mo. Eventually The Muckerman family moved to Phoenix, Az. Eldest of 10 brothers and sisters, Ed was the first to graduate from Brophy College Preparatory and later attended The University of Santa Clara. Later in life, Ed developed Multiple Sclerosis and bravely lived with this debilitating disease. For the last 35 years Ed lived with grace and dignity in The City By The Bay he loved so much. His heart was always open to family and friends. Those who knew Ed remember his passion for sports and movies as well as his gentle quiet "Easy Ed" nature. His spirit will shine bright forever-"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." We will never forget you Pops. Left to cherish his memory are his children: E. Louis Muckerman and Tori Anne Muckerman; granddaughters Mackenzie Greene and Simone Chavez and former wife Anne Marie Busscher. He is also survived by his eight brothers and sisters: Ted, Frank, Steve, Larry, Terry, Judy Sigmundson, Trudy McCleary, and Christine Elwick.
submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:43P
Frank Firpo Jr.
Frank Bert Firpo Jr. '63, 73, of San Bruno, died peacefully on Jan. 10, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Frankand Marie Firpo on December 9th, 1940 in San Francisco. He attended St. Cecilia School ('55), St Ignatius College Preparatory ('59) and Santa Clara University ('63). While at Santa Clara, he met the love of his life, Sharon Marie (McHugh) Firpo, and they married on December 26, 1964.
Frank was a teacher at Burlingame High School for 39 years. In addition to teaching, he coached the school's boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball and girls softball teams. He was a devoted Giants and Santa Clara basketball fan, and used his season tickets to attend every game possible. In retirement he developed a love of cooking, world travel, gardening and cheering on his grandsons in their own sports. Throughout it all, he also served at St. Robert's as lector and Eucharistic minister.
Frank is survived by his wife Sharon, brother George (Patricia - deceased), son Tony and his wife Chrissy and children Jason, Ryan and Connor, daughter Julie and her husband Karl Bohn and children Brendan and Kevin, son TJ and his husband Ben Bowler, and daughter Janet and her husband Dave Baird and children JT and Tommy.
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 10:16A
Edward P. Creehan
Dr. Edward Patrick Creehan ’63, Aug. 13, 2013. A.k.a. 'Purr-C', 'Dr. Cutie Pie', 'Bub', 'Pepys', 'Grampy', and 'Pepsi Pat', he passed away at his home in Fair Oaks, Calif. surrounded by family. He was 71 years old. Born in 1941 in Virginia to mother Mary Rita Creehan and Edward Patrick Creehan, Patrick spent much of his youth in San Mateo, Calif. He attended Serra High School, followed by Santa Clara University, UCSF for medical school, and the University of Michigan for his residency in Dermatology. Patrick was also a flight surgeon in the Navy, stationed in Antarctica. During his time there, he would frequent New Zealand, which was where he was set up on a blind date with the woman who would become the love of his life. Patrick and his kiwi bride would later settle down in Fair Oaks where they shared a life filled with travel, art, food, drink, philanthropy, books, movies, family, and love. Patrick is predeceased by his wife, Yvonne Creehan. He is survived by his son, Mark Rea; daughters, Alexandra Creehan and Tara Creehan; son-in-law, Charles Sommer; grandchildren, Colin, Jennifer, and Indira; sister, Mary Richardon ’68; brother, Dennis Creehan; brother-in-law, Stan Leven; sister-in-law, Liz Gross; cousin, Rob Hutchinson; honorary daughter Rhonda Pope, many loving nieces and nephews; cats, Draupadi and Sita; and dog, Emmy Lou.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:57P
Patrick J. McGarry
Patrick J. McGarry '64 was born on March 10, 1943 and died on January 12, 2012 at the age of 68.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 8:57P
GRD Law '64
Joseph "Joe" Young J.D. ’64 died peacefully at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 11, 2014, from complications of a stroke suffered in Oct. 2009. Joe was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in Ione, Wash., to Harold and Barbara Young. He spent his early years in Montana. During the Great Depression, economic hardship forced his parents to place him and his younger sister in St. Thomas Orphans Home in Great Falls, Mont. He lived in the orphans home for six years. In 1944, when he was 14, he traveled in steerage by steamship to Anchorage where his mother lived. On the way up, he played poker to earn spending money. As a result of the hardship of his early years, he had a strong commitment to social justice and equality. While attending Anchorage High School, he became an accomplished ski racer. Joe's love of skiing and ski racing continued throughout his life. After graduating from Anchorage High School in 1947, he went to Aspen, Colo., and skied for the Aspen Ski Team. The next winter, he went to Sun Valley, Idaho. During the 1950s, he spent the winters in Sun Valley working as a ski instructor and ski patrolman and skiing for the Sun Valley Ski Team. He skied in the National Alpine Championships in 1951, 1954 and 1955. During the summers, he worked as a lineman in Anchorage. Joe was an excellent poker player and supplemented his income during those years by gambling. He was drafted in 1951, but not even the Army could get in the way of his skiing career. He was stationed in Germany and raced throughout Europe as a member of the Army International Ski Team. In September 1954, he married Mary Louise (Pudj) Johnson in Anchorage. In the early '60s, he started Joe Young Ski School and taught hundreds of Anchorage baby boomers how to ski at Alyeska and Arctic Valley. At the age of 31, he decided to go to law school. About that decision, he said, "I woke up and had a wife and a couple of kids and all I knew how to do was slide down hills and climb poles." Although he did not have an undergraduate degree, he scored high enough on his law school admissions test to get a waiver. He moved his young family to California to attend the University of Santa Clara Law School, graduating in 1964. In the '60s and '70s, he practiced law in Anchorage with the firm of Atkinson, Conway, Young, Bell and Gagnon. In the '80s and '90s, he practiced with the firm of Young and Sanders. As a lawyer, he specialized in representing widows, orphans and people who had been terribly injured through corporate negligence. He waged successful courtroom battles against such corporate giants as Eli Lilly, Volkswagen and McDonnell Douglas. Joe was named as one of the 80 top trial attorneys in the country by Town and Country magazine and was included in "The Best Lawyers in America." He was also a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive, invitation-only national group of top trial lawyers. He was a recipient of the Alaska Bar Association Award for Professionalism. In the early '90s, he retired from the practice of law to devote more time to his first passion, skiing. He and Pudj spent most of the year at their home in Sun Valley. During his retirement years, he raced in a number of National Alpine Masters races. In the summer, he enjoyed hiking the mountains of Idaho with his daughters, grandchildren and dogs. Throughout his life, Joe enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and boating. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family at his cabin on Kachemak Bay. He was a very devoted father and grandfather. The highlight of his last year was the birth of his first great-grandchild. Although he faced many challenges after his stroke, he never complained. His high school yearbook described him as "handsome and good natured" and he remained that way all his life. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pudj, of Anchorage; daughters, Kristen Frampton of Anchorage and Kari Young of Sun Valley; son-in-law Chad Frampton of Anchorage; grandchildren, Caroline Huntley (Ehrich) and Erik Frampton of Anchorage and Annabel Webster of Sun Valley; and great-granddaughter, Audra Huntley of Anchorage. A brother, Noel Young, of New York City, also survives him. His sister, Judith Wise, and half-brothers, Michael Young and Jack Midyett, preceded him in death.
submitted May. 22, 2014 11:48A
James R. Grube
James Russell Grube '64, 71, of Pinehurst, died unexpectedly, but peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was born to Russell and Adele Grube, Oct. 17, 1942, in San Jose, Calif. Rick's Auto Jim graduated in 1964 from the University of Santa Clara, where he played defensive positions on the football team, and the University of California (Boalt Hall), J.D., in 1967. Jim served as a captain, Infantry Branch, with the 11th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon returning to civilian ranks, Jim served as the assistant district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco from 1970 to 1975. He practiced law with the firm of Murray & Grube in Palo Alto, Calif., and the firm of Campeau & Grube, in San Jose, Calif. He was selected for the Best Lawyers In America, 1987. Jim was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, in 1988 and served until 2006. In this role, he served with passion to ensure that the litigants who came before him, whether institutional entities or individuals, experienced the fair administration of justice and understood the reasoning for his rulings. He particularly enjoyed and was generous in mentoring the law clerks who worked with him during his tenure on the bench. He often said that he learned as much from them as they had from him. In 1996, Jim married Marilyn Morgan, his colleague on the bench. He thrived on the robust collaboration with Marilyn to elevate the quality of the local practice and to make procedures more streamlined and accessible. During his career he belonged to numerous bar associations, such as The Inns of Court, which promotes civility, but also to the Rotary Club of San Jose, and he supported Habitat for Humanity and the San Jose Historical Society. An avid golfer with seven holes-in-one to his credit, Jim visited Pinehurst frequently before he and Marilyn retired to Pinehurst in 2009. Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn Grube; and his daughter, Annelise, and her husband, Rhamy Kirdani. He will also be sorely missed by his extended family, stepsons Terry Adamson and Mark Towery and their respective families.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:00P
Born August 9, 1942, James "Jim" Baer ’64 passed away peacefully in his home on July 23, 2009. He was a native of Sacramento graduating from Bishop Armstrong in 1960. He attended the University of Santa Clara and Heald's Business College majoring in accounting. Jim worked for AK Steel, Rainbow Liquor, Berbarian Bros. and later Young's Market. He is survived by his soul mate of 17 years, Jackie Marshall; brother Max Baer Jr. ’59; sister Maudie Goodwin (Tom); daughter Diana Lasus (Jared); granddaughter Madison; nephew Steve Goodwin; niece Staci Goodwin; along with great-nieces, Mary, Elizabeth; and great-nephew Max. He now rejoins his parents, the late Max Sr. and Mary Ellen (Sullivan) Baer.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:51P
Donal V. Croall
Donal V. Croall ’64 July 8, 1942-Nov. 29, 2013 Resident of Campbell Don passed away peacefully at his home in Campbell on Nov. 29, 2013. He was born in Berkeley, California. He is survived by his wife Margie, his Mother Beth Croall, 3 sons Scott(Laurie), Kevin, Jeff(Dani), 2 grandchildren Hallie and Ryan and several cats. He was preceded in death by his Father Jack(JD) this past January. Don owned and operated Croall Radiography for over 35 years. During that time he was a friend and mentor to many. He was a resident of Campbell for 44 years.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:33P
Charles J. Dirksen
Charles Joseph Dirksen Jr. '64, 71, of Datmouth, passed away Aug. 29, 2013. He is survived and missed by his caring wife, Nhat (Vu Thien); his daughters, Faye (Robert), Anna (Matthew), his granddaughter, Neala; his brothers, Frank Dirksen '66, Victor Dirksen '68 (Jeanne), and Tony (Elva); and many nieces and nephews. His laughter and humor will forever be remembered.
submitted May. 22, 2014 10:46A