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UGRD Leavey Business '44
Edmund Peter Coony '44 passed away on March 28, 2009 at the age of 86. He was born in Alhambra, Calif. on August 8, 1922 to Charles S. Coony and Agnes Coony. Ed served his country in the United States Army during both World War II as 1st Lieutenant Field Artillery Unit Commander in the 244th Field Artillery Battalion Germany and the Korean War. During his service he earned seven distinguished service medals. He graduated from Loyola High School and Santa Clara University and he was a member of the Fighting Forties. In 1948 he met and married the love of his life, Mary Catherine Dougherty Coony. Ed worked for Union Oil Company of California for over 38 years during which he helped open the Alaska Pipeline. Ed actively pursued his lifelong interest in sailing and he loved jazz music. His dedication to family brought him great joy and his lifelong connections to his large circle of friends augmented his rich and fulfilling life. Throughout Ed and Kay's 51-year marriage they were active members of S.S. Felicitas & Perpetua Catholic Church, San Marino, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Newport Beach. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Catherine Coony; his brothers, Fr. Charles Coony, S.J., Fabian Coony, Paul Coony and his sisters, Harriet Coony, Janet Coony and Mary Freymuth. He is survived by his children Peter Coony of San Pedro, California and Bridget Baldwin of Newport Beach and his grandchildren, Catherine Baldwin and Brian Baldwin.
submitted Jul. 8, 2009 11:31A
Duane "Dee" Pillette
Duane “Dee” Pillette ’44, eight-year major league veteran pitcher, died May 6, 2011 in San Jose, Calif. at the age of 88. Pillette, a member of the SCU Athletic Hall of Fame, broke into the majors with the New York Yankees in 1949, pitching until 1956 with the St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. He compiled a 38-66 record, leading the American League in losses in 1951 for the cellar dwelling Browns. He holds the distinction of being the last starting pitcher in Browns history and the first winning pitcher in Orioles history. Pillette was the son of former major league pitcher Herman Pillette, who spent four of his 26 professional seasons in the major leagues with the Reds and Tigers. The elder Pillette pitched until he was 48 in the Pacific Coast League. Despite his father’s long career in baseball, the patriarch did not want his son to follow in his footsteps. In a 2009 interview that I conducted with Pillette from his home in San Jose, he discussed how his father wanted him to stay far away from baseball. “My father never talked much about baseball except he didn't want me to play. He fought me tooth and nail when I was a kid. Even though he didn't make much money in the Coast League, he sent me to Parochial schools. He never got past the sixth grade,” Pillette remembered. His father stressed the importance of getting an education ahead of playing baseball. As any teenager would do, Pillette pleaded his case to his father. “I said, ‘You don't have any money and I don't have any money. I have to play baseball to get a scholarship.’ He said, ‘I'll let you play in high school, but if you have a scout come around, he has to talk to me.’” Pillette did in fact get that scholarship, due to the involvement of an important Yankee scout. “One Yankee scout, Joe Devine got me a scholarship at Santa Clara University.” Pillette signed with the Yankees in 1946 and immediately debuted with their top minor league ballclub, AAA Newark of the International League. Pillette battled a groin injury he suffered late in the 1946 season through his next few campaigns in the minors. He played for Newark the following season and then was sent to the Portland Beavers of the PCL to work on his curveball with Tommy Bridges. He developed it well and posted a 14-11 record in 1948, which earned him a spring training invite with the Yankees in February of 1949. Pillette was off to a great start in Florida and earned the confidence of manager Casey Stengel. “I went to spring training with the Yankees in 1949. I had a good spring and Casey had told the guys the last day before we broke camp that I was going to be the fifth starter and a long reliever.” Unfortunately for Pillette, General Manager George Weiss thought otherwise. “Then George Weiss had other ideas, he said, ‘He needs to go back to Newark and learn some other things.’” Pillette found himself in a familiar place, Newark, but not for long. “I stayed there about a good month and a half, maybe more than that,” Pillette said. He finally got the call in July to go with the big league club. “I was in Syracuse when they called me over. I joined them in Cleveland at 6 o'clock in the morning.” Little did Pillette know that he would be called upon to pitch the first day he was with the team. “They took Allie Reynolds out for a pinch hitter and Joe Page who was our number one reliever, we were playing catch. I didn't figure I was going to do anything and Casey came out and gave the sinkerball sign and I came in the ballgame. We scored a run on our half and went one run ahead. The very first hitter I pitched to hit a line drive at Cliff Mapes. He took a couple steps in and the ball went over his head for a triple and they tied up the ballgame. I ended up losing the ballgame, so I didn't scare anybody.” Pillette was right; he didn’t scare off his coaching staff, as they had him start four days later. “Jim Turner liked me a lot and Casey liked me so he started me four days later in Detroit. I pitched a day before my birthday in July. They scored two runs in the first inning and we lost the game 2-1. Then he started me in Yankee stadium against the White Sox, we went 0-0 for nine innings and Luke Appling hit a homerun with a man on first base in the tenth inning and we came back in our half,” Pillette recalled. Luck, however, was not on his side. “DiMaggio hit a line drive to right center and he very seldom got thrown out taking the extra base. They threw him out at second trying to make a double and the ballgame was over. They scored two runs in the first inning off me, then they didn't score two runs until the 10th inning [the next game] and I pitched 17 consecutive innings without allowing a run and I'm 0-3.” Pillette ended up 2-4 in 12 games that season and did not appear in the World Series for the Yankees in the postseason. Pillette would pitch briefly with the Yankees again in 1950 until he was included in a six-player deal that sent him to the St. Louis Browns. Even though he went from the top team in the American League to the worst, it gave him an opportunity to pitch full time. Pillette would be a key cog in the Browns rotation, pitching in 120 games from 1950-1953. It was there where he would befriend another baseball immortal, Satchel Paige. They shared a special connection as Paige was fond of his father, from their battles barnstorming on the West Coast. “My dad pitched against Satch in Los Angeles. I know because Satch told me that he pitched against my father. Satch happened to play against my father in Los Angeles when he was in the winter leagues. My dad picked up extra money playing in the winter leagues. They became pretty good friends because they both had been around awhile. He said he was a fine man. He told me, ‘He didn't pitch like anybody I ever saw. He threw more soft stuff than you could believe but he had a pretty good fastball. You get two strikes on you and you might look for it. He said he never wasted any energy and probably about as smart of a pitcher as you ever saw.’ That’s probably why I got along with Satch so well, he liked my father a lot.” After an arm injury ended Pillette’s career, he found success in the mobile home business. “After I quit baseball, I got in the mobile home business for 32 years. I helped to build and manage this park. I've got a nice 1,800 square foot mobile home. If you came on the inside, you wouldn't think it was a mobile home. They don't make them like this anymore,” he said. Pillette continued to stay active late in his life, gaining notoriety for his dancing. The notoriety wasn’t so much for his skills, but that he was one half of the oldest couple on the dance floor. “On Friday and Saturday I dance with a lovely young lady that's 85, and I'm 86. We even got our picture in the paper because we are the only two whiteheads on the dance floor and they were curious. The people from the paper came in to the hotel for a party of people who were retiring. We get out there and do a little bit of a dance and this outfit took some pictures,” explained Pillette. “The gal [Bev] who I take out was the bridesmaid at my wedding. About 10 years after her husband passed away, she called me one day and said that she wasn't sending anymore Christmas cards and she wanted to warn me. So we got to become good friends and she was a marvelous dancer. They got a hold of Bev and asked her some questions. They interviewed us at her home the next day. They showed the top part of us that we were dancing. A little story was written about it. We found a photo of Beverly in her album from my wedding and they put that in there too.” Pillette returned to New York last summer as one of the seven living members from the 1950 World Series team. He was thrilled about his appearance at the new stadium. "It was just wonderful being there surrounded by all of those greats. There aren't too many of us from that team left." Even though Pillette fell below the .500 mark for his career, he was an All-Star to the fans, generously signing autographs through the mail and speaking to researchers and historians with such candor about his career.
submitted May. 25, 2011 10:45A
UGRD Engineering '44
Adrian C. van Dyk
submitted Jul. 12, 2010 10:33A
UGRD Engineering '45
Rob Minister '45 on July 6, 2009. Republican Central Committee; founder and president of the Nevada Haygrower's Association; and an officer in the Nevada Cattlemen's Association. After retiring from ranching in 1976, Rob became very active in Lyon County and northern Nevada civic affairs. He was appointed by two different Nevada Governors to the State Board of Equalization and served 1981 - 89. He was the founder and head of the Mason Valley Economic Development Council, which he led from 1976 - 1986. The council promoted new industry and good paying jobs in rural Nevada. He was intimately involved with the Lyon County Republican Central Committee for over 60 years. He is survived by his son, David and his wife, Regina of Lafayette, Calif.; two granddaughters, Shelby and Paige Minister; his brother, Bolton F. of Yerington, and by many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Ione of more than 50 years in 1997. Family and Friends may sign the online guest book at www.FRFH.net
submitted Aug. 4, 2009 12:04P
John Joseph "Jack" Hurley Jr.
John Joseph "Jack" Hurley Jr. ’45, born April 3, 1924, in Oakland, Calif., passed away Aug. 10, 2012 in Stockton. Mr. Hurley graduated from Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, California in 1941. He attended Santa Clara University from 1941 until 1943 at which time he enrolled in the Marines. Initial military training was done through the V12 Program at College of the Pacific from 1943 until 1944. While at Pacific he played football for A.A. Stagg earning All-Coast Honors in 1944. Upon graduation from
submitted Aug. 17, 2012 1:28P
Dr. Pierce A. Rooney Jr.
Dr. Pierce A. Rooney Jr. '45 on Jan. 14, 2009. The Sacramento native was a pioneering Sacramento County pathologist who investigated deaths ranging from sleeping babies to victims of notorious Northern California killers. In 1969, he became the first board-certified forensic pathologist in Sacramento and did extensive research into causes of sudden infant death syndrome. He served as a prosecution witness at sensational trials and was a founding member of Diagnostic Pathology Medical Group Inc. He was a past president of the Sacramento County Medical Society and associate professor at UC Davis Medical School. He also attended Gonzaga University and served as a Navy officer on troop transport ships in the Pacific during World War II. He returned to Sacramento after graduating from Creighton University Medical School in 1950, delivering babies and making house calls as a general practitioner for several years before completing a residency in pathology at UC San Francisco School of Medicine. He had six children with his wife of 63 years, Barbara. Survivors include a son, Kevin '73.
submitted May. 28, 2009 2:59P
UGRD Engineering '46
Judge E. Warren McGuire
Former Judge E. Warren McGuire ’46, whose courtroom at the Marin County Hall of Justice was a place of compassion, fair play and good humor for two decades, died at home in Kentfield on Jan. 2 of prostate cancer. He was 86. McGuire, an Army combat veteran, leaves a legacy of public service at the Civic Center, where he worked as county counsel and as assistant district attorney before Gov. Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Marin bench in 1968."Hello, Ron!" he blurted when Reagan called to offer him the judgeship, later worrying he hadn't shown enough respect. "He was a good man, a true gentleman of the old school who ran his courtroom low key, without a lot of fanfare," recalled Terrence Boren, presiding judge of the Marin Superior Court who prosecuted many cases before Judge McGuire as a young assistant district attorney. At the same time, he was a mischievous, fun Irish personality who loved self-deprecating humor and loud clothes. He wore blinking bow ties to office parties, red blazers at Christmas — along with blue pants and white shoes on occasion — and a bright green coat along with a green cap on St. Patrick's Day. "He wore golf clothes everywhere," said Sheriff Bob Doyle. "In another life I suspect he was a leprechaun," said Judge Verna Adams, who appeared in Judge McGuire's court as a lawyer. She said he was a jurist with a light touch but a no-nonsense gravitas that commanded respect and set the tone for the entire bench. "He really was a rock for all of us," Judge Richard Breiner said when Judge McGuire retired in 1988. Judge McGuire presided over some of the county's most sensational trials. His cases included those involving Angela Davis, George Jackson and others tied to the 1970 Marin courtroom shootout that left his beloved colleague, Judge Harold Haley, and three others dead. Mr. McGuire was scheduled to handle the San Quentin case that triggered the shootout that day, but a divorce he was hearing ran long and the case was given to Haley. Other cases included the trial of two San Rafael teenagers involved in the barbecue pit murders of the girl's parents; the trial of attorney Stephen Bingham, accused of supplying a gun used in a San Quentin escape attempt in which six died; and the "Pendragon" case in which youths killed a man as part of a bizarre plan to install a laser gun on Mount Tamalpais and take over the county. He was not afraid of making his views crystal clear, writing a blistering letter to a county administrator who criticized the judge's reluctance to release Angela Davis on bail, dispatching an unusually detailed letter to the editor explaining the reasons for reducing charges in a robbery case, and dismissing objections by county supervisors when he provided funding for a grand jury audit of county government. He was born Feb. 2, 1924, in San Francisco, the son of a milk industry executive who founded the California Dairyman's Association, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He attended Santa Clara University before joining the Army's 84th Infantry during World War II. He served on the front lines in Europe, and after recovering from combat wounds that killed his foxhole partner in Germany, he became a typist in a judge advocate's office in Paris. After the war, he earned a law degree at the University of San Francisco, married his wife, Joan, in 1950 and moved to Fairfax. He became active in politics while practicing law in San Rafael, organizing the Young Republican Association of Marin and serving as its first president, working on the GOP central committee, and helping out on nonprofit groups ranging from the Marin Symphony to the Tuberculosis Association.He became a deputy district attorney in 1952, joined the county counsel's office in 1957, and was named to head the office in 1960, taking over from Leland Jordan and serving as chief for three years before leaving the post in the hands of his assistant, Douglas Maloney, and joining the San Rafael law firm of Bagshaw, Martinelli, Weissich & Jordan. His many cases as private counsel included skillful representation of developer Robert Frouge in 1965, for whom he won a 3-2 vote from county supervisors to build Marincello, a $285 million "new city" of 25,000 on 2,138 acres in the Marin Headlands. The project was delayed by a tangle of legal battles before funding collapsed, enabling Nature Conservancy executive Huey Johnson to obtain an option allowing the land to become part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. "Looking back, I'm glad it didn't happen," Mr. McGuire said in 1999 of the massive Marincello project. In addition to his wife, Mr. McGuire is survived by three children, Adrienne, Richard and Marian; and four grandchildren.
submitted Feb. 14, 2011 2:59P
John Wright Sand '46
John Wright Sand '46, passed away on May 23, 2010. Sand passed away peacefully at home in Del Mesa Carmel. He was born at the Old Adobe Hospital in Monterey. John's parents, Harold Oliver Sand and Margaret Wright Sand, were long time residents of Monterey and Carmel Valley. Harold established H.O. Sand Realty in Carmel Valley Village in 1946 and his grandson, Eric currently operates Eric H. Sand Real Estate in the same building which Harold built. His grandfather, Ben Wright, was associated with the Palace Drug Store and was mayor of Monterey. John's mother was a descendant of Joel Walker, signer and founder of the California State Constitution and his father was a West Point graduate. John attended San Carlos Elementary and Monterey High School, graduating in 1941. He also attended Santa Clara University before leaving to serve in the Air Force during World War II. On his return, he went to UC Berkeley, graduating with a Master's Degree in Political Science in 1950. John married Nancy Hale of Carmel in l947 in the Chapel at Carmel Mission. He and his family lived in Carmel for a couple of years before he joined the CIA and moved to the Washington, D.C. area. In 1955, he was stationed in Taipei, Taiwan and then moved to Bethesda, Maryland in l958, where he and his family had a home for 50 years. John, Nancy and their children lived in Athens, Greece from 1963 to l968. John retired in 1972 and pursued his love of Greek and Egyptian archaeology. In 2006, he and Nancy returned to their beloved Monterey Peninsula to live at Del Mesa Carmel. John renewed many childhood friendships and enjoyed visiting with them as much as possible. John enjoyed keeping up with world affairs, having spent much time in foreign capitals while working for the CIA. He spent many hours doing archaeological research on his computer in his home office. Eating out was a favorite pastime. John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy; three sons, Eric Sand of Carmel Valley, Toland Sand of Sanbornton, New Hampshire and Chris Sand of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Another son, Lee Sand, preceded John in death in 2003. He is also survived by eight grandsons: Kevin Sand of Monterey, Ryan Sand of Los Gatos, Luke and Austin Sand of Melrose, Massachusetts, Jameson Sand of Hollywood and Chris, Taylor, and David Sand of Carmel Valley; and four great- grandsons and one great grand-daughter. The Sand family is especially grateful to Lela Hartman for her devoted care of John in his last year and a half of life.
submitted Jun. 14, 2010 2:03P
Gerald L. Colonica
Gerald L. Colonica '46 on Jan. 14, 2009. A native of Santa Clara, he attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and completed his residency at the then-Santa Clara County Hospital. In 1954, he opened his medical practice as a general practitioner and surgeon in his father's candy store on Franklin Street in Santa Clara. His medical practice spanned 44 years, during which time he performed the physicals for the SCU, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Pop Warner football teams. He faithfully attended Bronco football and basketball games. He was a member of the Santa Clara Exchange Club, the 30's Club, the Italian Catholic Club, the AMA Tennis Association, the Friends of the Wine Maker, and the Society of Wine Educators. He was a president of the local chapter of the American Medical Association and was a lector at St Claire's Church. He was a member of the SCU Board of Fellows for 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn; six children; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
submitted May. 28, 2009 3:00P
Fr. Robert Henry Passalacqua ’47, Nov. 6, 2012. He was 90 years old at the time of his death, having served as a priest of the Diocese of San Jose for nearly 30 years.
Robert Henry Passalacqua, the son of Henry and Blessilla Passalacqua, was born in Milan, Italy, on January 17, 1922, while his father, Henry, was on a singing tour of Europe. After attending schools in Healdsburg, Calif., he entered Santa Clara University in 1940. His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army from 1943 - 1946. After the war, Lt. Passalacqua returned to Santa Clara and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and was the recipient of the Nobili Award (years later, in 1985, the Ignatian Award for community service). Following graduation, he attended Stanford University and earned his teaching and administrative credentials and a master’s degree.
During the war, Bob met U.S. Army 1st lieutenant Bernadine Barthel, a nurse with Patton’s 3rd Army, and married her in 1946 in Marburg, Germany. Together they raised four sons: James ’70, M.A. ’75, M.A. ’81, Daniel ’73, Philip ’75, and Kenneth. The Passalacqua Family was active in Saint Christopher’s Parish in San Jose, where the boys attended school. Bea was parish secretary, and Bob was a generous parish volunteer at St. Christopher’s. Bob worked for over 30 years in the East Side Union High School District as a dedicated English teacher and Department Chairman at James Lick High School and as District Coordinator of English.
Bob entered formation for the Permanent Diaconate of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and was ordained a Deacon on April 20, 1979, six months after the death of his wife. Eventually, Bob petitioned Archbishop Quinn to be allowed to study for the Priesthood. He attended St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and was the first priest ordained by Bishop Pierre DuMaine in the newly established Diocese of San Jose on January 14, 1983.
Father Bob was assigned as Parochial Vicar in the following parishes in the Diocese of San Jose: Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Ascension Parish, and Saint Lucy Parish. He was also Administrator Pro-Tem at Ascension Parish and Parish Pro-Tem at Saint Nicholas Parish.
Retiring in 1997, Father Bob continued his priestly ministry at Saint Lucy Parish for several years. Later, with the generous assistance of Ed DeGregorio and Mike Jeffords, he was able to extend his ministry all the way to his death. He will long be remembered for his “fatherly” wisdom, his sense of humor, and his great desire to serve in any way that he was able.
Father Passalacqua is survived by his sons James, Daniel, Philip, Kenneth; daughters-in-law Barbara, Julie ’73, Susan, Corine; grandchildren Kevin (Katie), Stacey, Timothy (Jessi), Leanne, Katie (Dave Kintz), Mary, Misa, Robert, Sara, Rachel, Gabrielle; and great grandchildren Henry, Sophie, Max, and Mae.
submitted Nov. 13, 2012 12:10P
UGRD Leavey Business '47
Robert Board '47 on Febuary 12, 2009. Robert is survived by his wife, Mary Lu, and sons Greg and Brad.
submitted Jul. 8, 2009 10:55A
Robert A. Freitas
Robert A. Freitas '47 on Nov. 2, 2008. A native of Concord, he was a veteran of World War II, during which he earned a Silver Star and was a captain. He was an original member of Driscoll Associates, California strawberry growers. He later was Western regional manager of the molasses division of Cargill Inc. He is survived by wife, Barbara, to whom he was married for 65 years, and a son.
submitted May. 28, 2009 3:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '47
Ralph J. Oswald
Ralph J. Oswald '47 on December 21, 2009.
submitted May. 5, 2010 11:00A
UGRD Engineering '47
John Battista Quaccia '47
John Battista Quaccia '47 resident of Ashland, Ore., passed away August 26, 2009. Son of Luigi and Madelena (Gillio) Quaccia, he attended San Francisco Junior College and University of California Berkley before transferring to University of Texas Austin as a Naval ROTC cadet. Assigned to the newly formed 36th U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (SeaBees), Quaccia deployed to Okinawa where he achieved the rank of lieutenant. In 1946, John married Mae Murry of Mandan, ND, and under the GI Bill, enrolled in the civil engineering program at University of Santa Clara (class of 1947). While working for Ben C. Gerwick Construction, lived in San Francisco, then moved to Oakland, where he began his 29-year career with East Bay Municipal Utility District. Settling in Castro Valley, John was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. John continued his tradition of service after moving to Mountain Meadows in Ashland, Ore., by serving on committees and boards in his new community. Preceded in death by his brother Lawrence Quaccia and son-in-law Jeff Matz, John is survived by his wife Mae Quaccia; sons Stephen (Marilyn), William (Lisa Polito), Robert (Janet), and Ronald (Andrea Tarantino); daughters Celeste Bell (Jim) and Terese Matz; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
submitted Oct. 5, 2009 11:46A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '47
Fred Doelker Jr.
submitted May. 5, 2010 10:51A
Eugene M. Donatelli
Eugene "Gene" Marvin Donatelli '47 was born on Feb. 9, 1926. A resident of Santa Cruz, he passed away in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. His last days were spent at home with his family. Born in Seattle, he moved to San Jose with his parents Frank and Madelyn when he was two years old. He went to Bellarmine for high school and to Santa Clara University. He was an Army Coreman Gunnery Instructor in the US Army Air Force during WWII. Gene met Mary on a blind date, and they married in 1949. His work career included a family grocery store, sales and working in construction. He founded Donatelli Sons Construction in 1970 and retired in 1988. Gene enjoyed backpacking in the Sierras, fishing trips to Canada, and traveling the world with Mary. He was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and raised money for the Alzheimer's Association through the yearly fundraiser. He recently celebrated his 87th birthday with about 100 of his friends and family. He "loved" golf, walking his dog Fergie, building furniture and art structures with wood, baking his famous cookies and spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed watching detective shows with his loving and patient caregiver Fabiola Herrera. The family is grateful to Fabi for her care of both Mary and Gene. Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary, his son Eugene (Pilar), and his daughter, Catherine. Gene is survived by six children: Chris (Theresa), Susan, Tim, Michael (Barbara), Margaret (Kelly) and Grace (Mark); his grandchildren Chris, Jenny, Paul, Natalie, Elena, Angela, Stephanie, Tony, Gina, Rachael, Vincent, Catherine, Miles and Monica; his great grandchildren Aiden, Timmy, Isabella, Cameron, Gabriella, Jacob, Bryce, Daniella, and Emma.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:34P
UGRD Leavey Business '47
Edward Joseph Fennelly '47
Edward Joseph Fennelly '47, "Coach Fennelly," 84, passed away on July 23, 2009 in Paso Robles, Calif. Ed was born in Oakland, Calif., on September 16, 1924 to Edward and Martha Fennelly. He attended St. Elizabeth's grammar school and went on to begin his outstanding athletic background at St. Joseph's High School in Alameda. He remains a legend to this day in Pilot annals, garnering honors in basketball, baseball, and track. During both his junior and senior seasons, the Pilots basketball team was Catholic Athletic League Champions (1941-1942). In 1942 Ed led St. Joseph's to a record 17 game league winning streak and an undefeated season. He was awarded All League and All Alameda County Selection in both those years as well as being the second leading scorer in the CAL in 1942, when he was Team Captain. During World War II, while in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was assigned to the V-12 Marine Officers Training program at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, where he further enhanced his athletic fame, starring for the Tigers in both Football and Basketball. His 1944 basketball team was one of the best in the history of COP. After Japan surrendered, he returned home and continued his education, attending University of Santa Clara as a junior on a basketball scholarship. He was a starter on the famed Bronco basketball team that in his senior year compiled a record setting season of 21-4 in 1947, beating Cal, USC and UCLA in the same week. After graduating from Santa Clara, Ed joined the initial faculty at the newly opened Riordan High School in the fall of 1949. While teaching business and math courses, he was the first coach for the Riordan Crusaders football, baseball, basketball, and track teams, and a cross country mentor also. Ed was called back to the Marines during the Korean conflict, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant. In 1952 he was relieved from active duty and discharged with honors. He then returned to Riordan to continue his teaching and coaching career. Coach Fennelly had an impressive record, with the baseball team finishing 2nd in its first year. The Varsity basketball team never finished lower than 3rd in the 8 years he was at the helm. In his longest coaching stint, Ed's track and field teams took seven league championships in his 10 years, while his cross country teams won 3 CAL titles. Ed met the love of his life, Ann "Nancy" McEntee at a school dance around Christmas in 1949. They were married in August of 1950, and their first home was a small apartment below the Brother's residence at Riordan. In 1957 Ed started Riordan's golf team, and in 1958 started a swimming team. In 1958, Ed retired from coaching and became the director of athletics at Riordan, becoming the school's first lay director. Surrounded by boys all day, Ed and Nancy were thrilled when they were blessed with two daughters, his "little dolls," Geralyn in 1960 and Kristin in 1962. Ed held this position of Riordan's Director of Athletics until 1965, when he accepted the position of Assistant Commissioner for the Catholic Athletic League. In 1967 the West Catholic Athletic League was founded, realigning the East and West Bay schools, and Ed became the league's first Commissioner. Through his guidance and leadership, the WCAL became the most esteemed, prestigious prep organization in the state. In 1970, Ed became business manager of Riordan, again, being the first layman to serve in this capacity at a high school in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. At Riordan's 25th Anniversary celebration, he was given the distinct honor of receiving a Proclamation from then San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto. Ed retired from full-time education in 1989, after 40 years of teaching and service to Riordan High School. At his retirement celebration, Ed was presented with a Resolution from the Honorable Quentin Kopp, in which he was recognized for his outstanding contributions and inspirations to the youth entrusted to his care, and for being a true example of all educators throughout the Bay Area. He continued to serve the WCAL and, through the league, the Central Coast Section, until his retirement in May of 1996. Ed lived with his wife in San Bruno for 30 years, where they were active in their church parish of St. Roberts. In 1981, they moved to San Carlos, where they would live for 24 years. Again, they were active members of their church parish, St. Charles, and would eventually gather there with family and friends to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in August of 2000. In his retirement Ed enjoyed playing tennis and golf, spending time with his two grandchildren, and traveling with Nancy, including trips to Ireland to visit family and celebrate their proud heritage. Ed was a true gentleman with a quiet strength. He was known to be firm when necessary, gracious always and beloved by many. He was widely respected as an outstanding athlete, inspirational and superior teacher and coach. Former students recall him being strict yet fair, along with his incredible wit. He was a gifted administrator, admired for his consistent and high standards. He will always be remembered for his passion for his work, and his positive impact on the people around him. Ed was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, on April 18, 2003, and his brother, Thomas Fennelly. He is survived by daughters Geralyn Fennelly, of Los Angeles, CA, daughter and son-in-law Kristin and Scott Miller of Paso Robles, grandchildren Melissa and Donny Miller, and sisters Patricia Geiger and Kathleen Henry.
submitted Sep. 25, 2009 12:04P
Charles I. "Chuck" Daniels Jr.
Charles I. “Chuck” Daniels Jr. ’47, a beverage industry leader, died January 3, 2011 at the age of 83. Daniels, best known for his Marin-based business the House of Daniels Inc., died after a long illness at his San Rafael home. Mr. Daniels was born on Feb. 13, 1926 in San Francisco, but spent most of his life in Marin County. He attended St. Anselm School in San Anselmo, was student body president at the College of Marin and went on to attend Santa Clara University. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps. When the prohibition on beer ended in 1933, Mr. Daniels's father moved from San Francisco to Marin and started the Golden Gate Distributing Co. at a small warehouse in San Anselmo. The business grew and he moved his business to San Rafael in the late 1930s. Mr. Daniels eventually took over the company and by 1980 it was a $20 million business that employed 75 people. A year later, most operations were moved to Black Point in Novato, where wines from throughout the world were stored. "I believe we have the finest collection in Northern California," Mr. Daniels told the Independent Journal in 1981 while serving as president and CEO of the House of Daniels Inc. His sales and marketing firm handled wines, distilled spirits, beer and other beverages doing business as Golden Gate Distributing Co., Redwood Vintners, Blackpoint Marketing and Trellis Vineyards. He is survived by his children: Charles I. Daniels III ’78 of Napa, Peter Lund Daniels of San Anselmo, and Jonathan Daniels of Petaluma.
submitted Feb. 11, 2011 11:18A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '47
Alexander "Budd" Crabb
Alexander "Budd" Crabb ’47 Resident of San Jose Born May 12, 1921, passed peacefully at home with his wife by his side on January 7, 2011. His love of family, friends and the Catholic church was evident throughout his life. Budd was the devoted husband of Lois for 51 years, the father of Laura Giuntini (David Giuntini) and Lisa Christensen ’86 (Brian Christensen), the proud grandfather of Michael and Stephen Giuntini, and Austen and Cameron Christensen. Alexander was an alumnus of St. Patrick's Elementary School, San Jose; Bellarmine College Preparatory (1939), San Jose; and Santa Clara University(1947), Santa Clara. Alexander was a 1st Lieutenant veteran of the U.S. Army receiving a bronze star, and air medal from World War II. His 37 year career at Chevron took him to Maracaibo, Venezuela where he spent 21 years. He returned to the Bay Area in 1968, and lived in Millbrae, Calif. until 2003 when he returned to his home town of San Jose.
submitted Feb. 14, 2011 2:57P
William B. "Bill" Nystrom
William B. "Bill" Nystrom ’48 was born on Jan. 16, 1922 and died on Oct. 24, 2012, completing his 90-year-long and distinguished journey on this earth. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Grace S. Nystrom, his daughters, Sue A. Hughes (Rodger) and and Karen L. Church, his sister Helen Konowitz, brother-in-law Al Auten, grandchildren Krista (Hughes) Stamper (Jim), and Keegan ’03, Katie, and Heidi Church (their father, Robert), and extended family, Deryn (Moore) Holland. Pre-deceased by his parents, Herman F. Nystorm and Vira B. Nystrom, brother, John Nystrom (Lucille), and sister, Shirley Auten.
Upon returning to civilian life, Bill and his young family returned to the University of Santa Clara, graduating magna cum laude. Ultimately they returned to Grace's hometown, Redding, Calif. Bill started his public accounting business in 1948. Obtaining his CPA accounting certification, he founded Nystrom and Company. He retired after 40 years with his company.
Special thanks to Mercy Hospice for their care and thoughtfulness, to Kasa Latikua for her patience and dedicated care, and to the several other caretakers involved in his care.
submitted Nov. 1, 2012 10:29A
William Ahern '48, resident of Danville (formerly of San Leandro). Bill passed away Saturday, July 3, 2010, in San Ramon, Calif., at age 87. He was born in Oakland, Calif., on June 20, 1923 to Wilhelmina and Raymond Ahern. He attended St. Francis deSales Grammar School, St. Joseph High School, Santa Clara University and finally the University of San Francisco for his law degree. Bill married his beloved wife Eleanor Stohlgren on June 14, 1947. They just recently celebrated 63 years together. Shortly after their marriage, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Wartime Submarine Schooling, learned to fly and attained the rank of Lieutenant. He later entered the Navy Reserves which enabled him to head home to family and start a new career. Bill worked in the District Attorneys Office in Alameda County and was assigned to supervise the Southern Alameda County Office. After a successful career with the District Attorneys Office, he established a private practice with his close friend Robert Mooney in San Leandro. Harold Moore joined the Law firm a short time later. Besides the normal aspects of practicing law, he performed a great deal of pro bono work for those in need. He retired from his Law practice after 50 years. Bill was an accomplished athlete in several sports. He was a championship level tennis player at Bay O Vista Tennis Club. He was inducted into the St. Joseph High School and Santa Clara University Basketball Hall of Fame. He will best be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved life, family gatherings, Tuesday lunches with his brother George and the poker club, all horse races, and any reason to celebrate! He was a devoted Catholic, a daily communicant, and a very witty Irishman. He will be greatly missed by his wife Eleanor; children Michael Ahern, Patricia Manifesto, Elizabeth Hackl, Gregory Ahern; their spouses: Sandra Ahern, Thomas Manifesto, Ric Hackl, and Kathleen Ahern; grandchildren Cynthia Martino, Kimberly Windsor, Jonathan Ahern, Kevin Ahern, MaryAnn Torres, Michael Ahern, Erin Ahern, and nine great-grandchildren.
submitted Jul. 12, 2010 10:22A
William "Val" Molkenbuhr Jr,
William (Val) Molkenbuhr Jr. ’48 passed away March 16, 2012, in Lewiston. Val was born and raised in San Francisco and attended St. Ignatius Jesuit High School, where he was student body president. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in World War II. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara as the student body president and was awarded the Nobili medal. He married Patricia Catherine Murphy in San Francisco in 1948 and graduated from Stanford Business School, receiving his MBA in 1950. Patricia passed away in 1975. Val moved to Lewiston in 1968, and managed Great Western (Best). In 1976 he married Lou Raffety Morgan. Val retired from Best in 1991 and was an active volunteer with various community organizations, including VALCAN, Retired Senior Volunteer Programs, St. Stanislaus Church, Interlink and the Marine Corps League. He was a devout member of St. Stanislaus Church and Knights of Columbus. Survivors include: wife Lou Molkenbuhr of Lewiston; children April (Pat) Shinn, Val M. III, Ann Marie M., DeAnn (Roger) Johnson, Raydeane (Jonathan) Owens, Darcy (Jim) Nelly, and Jame (Ryan) Davis; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
submitted Apr. 5, 2012 4:58P
UGRD Engineering '48
Thomas Francis Griffin
Thomas Francis Griffin ’48, a resident of San Jose, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away March 19, 2012, at the age of 85 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Eileen. He is survived by his seven children, Maureen Ricketts, Kathleen (Tim) McCaughey ’73, Thomas Griffin, Jr. (Michele), Sheila (Norm) Griffin Whiteman ’81, Ellie Powers (Mark), Terry Griffin (Michelle), and Timothy Griffin ’88. Cherished grandfather of 23 and great-grandfather of 1. He was born in San Francisco and was a resident of San Jose for 55 years. Thomas was a graduate of St. Peter's High School and Santa Clara University, where he received his degree in electrical engineering in 1948. He went on to work for IBM Corporation for many years and was a proud member of their Quarter Century Club. He was a past member of the St. Christopher Holy Name Society and served on the original fundraising committee to build Presentation High School in the early 1960s. He was a supporter of many Catholic causes and organizations.
submitted Apr. 5, 2012 4:51P
Robert M. Falasco
Robert M. Falasco ’48, J.D. ’51, retired Merced County Superior Court Judge and Los Banos native, has died. He was 89 years old.
One of five children born to Dominic and Theresa Falasco, he was elected to the Justice Court in 1958, where he served until 1977. In 1977, he was appointed to Merced County's Municipal Court, and served until his appointment to the Superior Court in 1982. He retired in 1985.
Bob Erreca, 76, a longtime Los Banos rancher and state probate referee, said Falasco had been ill in recent years. Erreca said his friend was a "good people person" who was known to show compassion and fairness in the courtroom. "You weren't just a guy that appeared before him," Erreca recalled. "He was interested in why you were there and how he could help you."
Falasco was considered a need-to-know person among local politicians, and was particularly active in the local Democratic party. Aspiring politicians always made a point of trying to sit next to Falasco during community dinners in Los Banos. "If you were a smart politician, you'd have your picture taken with the judge," Erreca said.
Former Merced City Councilman Jim Sanders, who met Falasco in the late 1960s, called Falasco a political mentor who was tough and fair as a judge. Sanders said Falasco also supported "every type of community project" imaginable. "His influence was not all about politics. It was all about helping people," Sanders said. "Those of us that he touched, in whatever way, we have a piece of that incredible spirit and we need to carry it on."
In addition to his 26 years as a judge, Falasco served as a trustee for Los Banos Elementary School from 1955 to 1958 and director of the Merced County Fair Board for 15 years. He served on the Board of Fellows for the University of Santa Clara, and played an active role in the building of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School and Memorial Hospital Los Banos.
Falasco served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from May 1943 to March 1946. The Merced County Superior Court in Los Banos is named in his honor, and he was bestowed the honor of Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope Paul VI.
In 2008, Falasco was praised by several Los Banos judges for his honesty and intelligence, and for being a man of common sense with a touch of humor. Then they renamed the courthouse in his honor: the Merced County Robert M. Falasco Justice Center.
Falasco was humbled by the tribute—a moment that holds the penultimate place among the recognitions he’s received for his work inside and outside the courtroom. He still counts as his greatest achievement an honor bestowed on him in 1975 by Pope Paul VI: being made a Knight of St. Gregory the Great for his civic and religious activities.
“My Catholic identity is one of the most central things to my life,” he says—and then adds, wryly, “especially now that I’m entering into my twilight years.” He particularly admired the Jesuits who taught him at Santa Clara: Raymond F. Copeland, William J. Tobin, Francis A. Moore, and Dan Germann. “After SCU,” Falasco says, “Fr. Copeland came to Los Banos and would deliver communion to my mother. And Fr. Tobin baptized my children and my wife when she converted. Fr. Germann taught all of my children.”
Those children would be Michael R. Falasco ’73, MBA ’75, Joan LaSalvia ’75, Anne Norton ’75, and Sally Perry ’78. In addition, brother Dominic Falasco ’51, nephew Dan Falasco ’90, grandchildren Dominique Norton ’05, James J. Norton ’07, and Christine LaSalvia ’09, and son-in-law Charles Norton ’76 have come to Santa Clara.Falasco was a 1951 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law. He was admitted to practice by the California State Bar in 1952.
He's survived by his wife of 63 years, Yvonne, four children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and 11 grandchildren.
Read more at http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/04/01/2292080/retired-merced-county-judge-robert.html#storylink=cpy
submitted Apr. 5, 2012 8:52P
Robert E. Jones
Robert E. Jones ’48 died on March 12, 2013. A resident of Hollister,
submitted Apr. 8, 2013 3:22P