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Showing obituaries submitted in the last year
Anita Thede '65—Realtor, broker and owner of Northbrae Propeties in North Berkeley—left us unexpectedly on Nov. 27, 2013, after scheduled heart surgery at Stanford Medical Center.
Anita was born Aug. 10, 1943 in Montclair, N.J. She was predeceased by her parents Amadeo and Mary Ruffalo and her beloved brother, "Arnie" Ruffalo. She is survived by her husband Jim and sons Dylan, Jeremiah and Christian Thede. Anita received a B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1965, earning a Silver Metal for Academic Excellence. She was very proud to have been included in the first class of women to attend this previously all- male university.
After graduation, Anita went on to pursue graduate work at University of California, Berkeley and St. Mary's College studying Criminology and Education. She became a probation officer in Contra Costa County and also worked as Director of the Girl's Unit for Daytime Education. Anita began her career in Real Estate in 1977. She became an owner and co-founder of Northbrae Properties in 1981. She was very active in the Real Estate community serving as President of the Berkeley Board of Realtors in 1992 and 2013. She received many distinguished awards during her career including being named BAR's Realtor of the year in 1994.
As well as her work in Real Estate, Anita had a strong involvement in community service. She was a founding member and President of the Board of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center. She was a member of the Board at St. Mary's and worked tirelessly to help that school grow for over 25 years. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Alta Bates Hospital, was an active member of the Berkeley Rotary Club, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, Aurora Theatre and was a major contributor of her energy and resources to many other community and charitable projects.
Anita was extremely devoted and generous to family and friends. Her friends became her clients and most of her clients became her friends. She had an innate ability to guide her clients, whether buying or selling, to the right choice. She listened patiently while interjecting her professional knowledge and experience. A love of her Italian heritage led Anita to connect with family still in Italy. She took numerous trips back to explore the country and spend time with relatives. She was able to receive dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Italy. Her seventieth, and last birthday, was spent in Lacedonia with family.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:49P
Thomas "The Cat" Casazza
Thomas "the Cat" Casazza ’66 died July 24 in Woodland, Calif. He was a proud member of the Rodents. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 16, 1945, Tom was a graduate of St. Francis High in Mountain View, CA and Santa Clara University. After a varied sales career, he obtained a law degree from Golden Gate University and established a practice that flourished for many years.
Tom is survived by his mother Evelyn Casazza, his first wife Victoria Berezin ’66, their son Lance, their daughter Francesca Dobbs, and grandsons Dylan and Brandon Dobbs. Tom is also survived by his second wife Judy Wiechers, their two daughters Kimberly and Christina, and Judy's son Jeffrey Maillard.
submitted Aug. 20, 2013 9:47A
Richard T. Bigotti Jr.
Richard Thomas Bigotti Jr. ’66, August 12, 1943 - May 5, 2013. He was born in San Jose, CA. A 23 year cancer survivor, he lived his life full-on until the cancer returned last year, taking him from all of us on May 5, 2013. Dick, as he was known to everyone, graduated from Santa Clara University and was one of the early entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley computer industry. He moved to Camarillo, CA in 1986, and for many years served as the Vice President of Operations for Kavlico Corporation in Moorpark. Dick lived life to its fullest. He was an avid athlete who enjoyed mountain biking, running, swimming, hiking, and any new adventures with his best friends and family. Dick traveled the world for both business and pleasure. He was an enthusiastic sailor who had the opportunity to visit exotic ports of call along with his close buddies. Dick was an amazing cook and host. Friends always welcomed an invitation for a get together at the Bigotti's. He appreciated his family, good wine, fabulous sunsets, great friends, and especially his wife. He will be remembered as a first class, stand up, rock solid guy. If you were Dick's friend, you were lucky indeed. He is survived by his wife, Jan, of 29 years, his mother, Laura, his siblings, Laureen and Jerome ’74, his children Lisa, Donna, Matt and Brady, his grandchildren Frankie, Amanda, Nicholas, Dakota, Savanna, and Lincoln. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Sr. and his sister, Barbara. His family also included an army of friends who were always there to celebrate the good times that he and Jan created together. He will be remembered for his strength of character and integrity. He was the one we all knew we could turn to. He will be tremendously missed.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:25P
Lewis W. Shutt
Lewis W. Shutt MBA ’66, a resident of Columbia, Missouri until 1945, passed away on September 29. He was a loving husband to Leta Jennings Shutt for 68 years; devoted father to Lewis, Jr. of Monterey and Robert Shutt '83 of Sunnyvale and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Lewis attended the University of Missouri at the age of sixteen, received his BS Degree from San Jose State University and his MBA from Santa Clara University where he was the founder and first president of the Graduate School of Business Alumni Association, past member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Business and co-founder of the Kenna Club. Lewis retired as a Business Development Manager from Lockheed Martin and Honeywell after a career spanning forty years. Lewis was a member of the Monterey Masonic Lodge, #217 and a member and Past President (2001) of the Shriners. He was an active volunteer for Congressman Sam Farr and served on the Board of Trustees for United Way. He also served on the Advisory Board of Interim, Inc.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 9:02P
GRD Leavey/MBA '66
joseph M Whelan
Joseph M. Whelan MBA ’66 of Portola Valley passed away Nov. 2, 2013. Joe was a builder and developer of custom homes and office buildings and won many national awards for his work. Joe was best known for his development of the Portola Valley Ranch in Portola Valley, Calif. His father Harry G. Whelan Sr. graduated from Santa Clara College in 1912. His uncles Laurence V. Degnan, John P. Degnan and Christopher Degnan also graduated from SC in the early 1900s. Many of his nephews and nieces have graduated from Santa Clara as well.
submitted Feb. 10, 2014 10:16A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
George Thomas Sullivan
Retired Naval Commander and former U.S. diplomat George Thomas Sullivan ’65, M.A. ’66 died peacefully on Sunday, May 26 in Berkeley, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. An alumnus of Santa Clara and Stanford universities, George also had a successful career in Information Security, working for Sun Microsystems and Visa International during his post-Navy years. Born in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 15, 1944 to George and Mary Sullivan, he is survived by his beloved wife of forty-four years, Jolanda, their five daughters, nine grandchildren, and a sister. George left his mark in the East Bay as a hep tenor saxophone player for local swing band "Class Act." He enjoyed sailing his boat with family on the San Francisco Bay and was a devoted parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish in Berkeley. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
submitted Jun. 25, 2013 10:31P
David V. Anderson
David Victor Anderson MBA ’66, September 28, 2013. Age 81, of Littleton, Colo., he passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with cancer. Born and raised in Eden Prairie, Minn. on a dairy farm, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mechanical engineering. He married Ann Peterson, the love of his life, and immediately went to serve his country in the Army Missile Command as a Captain. After leaving the Army, David and Ann moved to San Jose, Calif., where they raised their family. He enjoyed a 35-year career in the aerospace industry at Lockheed, and also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. David retired in the Denver area to pursue his lifelong passion of skiing. He was a long time member of the SkiMeisters at Winter Park and always wanted "one more run". David also loved to spend his time traveling, fishing, volunteering, and searching for the perfect piece to add to his model train collection. David is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ann Anderson; his sister, Nancy (Ben) Holmes; his children, Paul (Judy) Anderson, Susan (Jim) Decker, Mark (Tracy) Anderson, and Bruce (Jennifer) Anderson. In addition, he is survived by 11 grandchildren and numerous friends and neighbors who could always count on David to lend a hand. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Salvation Army or the charity of your choice .
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:48P
Daniel C. Skemp
Daniel Christopher Skemp J.D. '66 died peacefully on Jan. 8, 2014, at his home in La Crosse, Wis.
The fourth of seven children, Dan was born on June 14, 1934, to Dr. George and Mrs. Mary Skemp. He attended Blessed Sacrament and Aquinas High Schools and served his country in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956.
Following his military service Dan returned to La Crosse. He attended St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn., as well as UW-La Crosse. In 1959, he embarked upon a one-year study-abroad program in Vienna, Austria. It was during this period that he met the woman who would become his wife of 47 years, Eliza “Tucky” Skemp M.A. ’78. They were married in Munich, Germany in August of 1960 and returned to the U.S. in the summer of 1961 with their infant daughter Elizabeth ’83.
They lived in La Crosse until June of 1962, while Dan completed his undergraduate education at UW-L. They then moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where Tucky finished her education at Stanford.
In 1966, Dan graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in Santa Clara, Calif. He practiced law in San Jose, Calif., where he and Tucky raised their four children. In 1980 they moved back to La Crosse with their three younger children. Dan continued to practice law in La Crosse until his retirement.
Dan was predeceased by his beloved wife, Tucky in 2007.
He is survived by his daughter and loving caregiver for the last three years, Elizabeth; his son, George (Kim) of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; his son, Dan Jr. (Dana) of La Crosse; and his daughter, Marty (Geof) of Madison. He will be dearly missed by his six grandchildren, Andrew, Will, Jonathan, Jessica, Lauren and Ethan.
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 3:19P
Bruce J. Boldrin
Bruce John Boldrin M.S. ’66 passed away quietly at his home on March 26, 2013, after a long crusade against bone cancer and Leukemia. It was not unanticipated, but arrived sooner than we had hoped. He was grateful for these last few precious weeks together surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was a very bright light in this world, and will be missed by the countless people he helped and inspired. Born in Glendale, California on August 28th, 1938 to John Albert Boldrin and Dorothy Helen Boldrin. Bruce grew up in Texas and in Van Nuys, California. He graduated from Van Nuys High School (1956). He went on to complete a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at San Jose State and an M.S.E.E. from Santa Clara University. He worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space, Raymond Corporation, Eaton-Kenway, and Daifuku America roles included Engineer, Project Manager, Sales Engineer, and Corporate Accounts Manager. Bruce was preceded in Death by his parents and youngest son Brendan. He is Survived by his loving wife of 48 years Virginia L. Boldrin, brothers Glen (Elfy) and Peter (Jackie), sister Bonnie (Richard), two sons Ryan (Tanya) and Ethan, nine grandchildren: Randy, Kaysha, Megan, Samantha, Diana, Curtis, Isaac, Sara, Kaden, and one great-granddaughter Chloe.
submitted May. 22, 2013 3:47A
Henry A. Talifer
Henry Alfred Talifer J.D. ’67, 74, attorney at law, PHD and long-time Conejo Valley resident, joined the hand of God in heaven on Monday, August 5, 2013, after a brave fight with cancer. Henry was born in San Francisco, Calif., to Henry and Regina Tagliaferri. He graduated from Los Angeles High School. During his early college years, he met his first wife, Mary (Howe), with whom he had two children. Henry later married Lucille (Hoffer) and they shared his final years together traveling and living in Thousand Oaks, Calif. In 1961, Henry became a Reserve Commissioned Officer grade of Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States and also received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles. He continued his education at Santa Clara University and received a Degree of Juris Doctor in 1967. In 1969, he became an attorney and counselor of law. Three years later, in 1972, Henry became an attorney and counselor of the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court. With a true passion for education, he proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts Degree in education, social, and philosophical foundations in 1972 from California State University, Northridge. In 1979, Henry earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in education from the University of Southern California. He later received a Master of Arts Degree in philosophy from California State University Los Angeles in 2005. Throughout his career, Henry was recognized for his ongoing contributions as an advisory board chair and attorney volunteer for Volunteers in Parole. He also volunteered with Friends Outside throughout the Los Angeles region. Henry was a practicing attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office at LAX, and an active member of the State Bar of California. Throughout his work and personal life, Henry fostered discussions with friends, family and students alike. He thrived in teaching Psychology of Education courses at California State University Northridge where he received the Professor of the Year Award. He continued teaching higher education courses, including various philosophy courses at Moorpark College, University of Redlands, California State University Los Angeles, and California Lutheran University. He was known for his unique classroom 'antics' that captured the attention of his students. His zest for life and exploration was apparent in his travels throughout his lifetime, having explored Northern and Southern Europe, Russia, Alaska, Hawai'i and other parts of the U.S. With a twinkle in his eyes and a charming lilt in his speech, he loved to share stories, jokes and anecdotes that brought warmth, smiles and laughter. Favorite pastimes of Henry's included his love of baseball (especially the Dodgers), movies and books - ever-the-one to keep learning, and taking a left turn instead of a right because he just hadn't been down that way before. Fascinated by human nature, some of his stories spun just from observing others. Henry is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; daughter, Jean; son, John; son-in-law, Brendan; two grandsons, Ryan and Jack; and stepchildren, Kim, Michael, Bonnie, and Simon.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:32P
GRD Engineering '67
Frank B. Shelledy
Frank Boyd Shelledy M.S. ’67, 76 of Littleton, Colo., died June 6, 2013. Frank was born November 19, 1936 in Lincoln, Neb. to Harold R. Shelledy and Louise Boyd Shelledy. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. He received a full scholarship to M.I.T., but declined it to attend the University of Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1967. He earned a Master of Business Administration in 1996 from the University of Colorado Denver. He held memberships in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the IEEE Magnetics Society. He received a Fourth-Level Invention Achievement Adard and an Outstanding Innovation award. Frank worked for Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. until he joined IBM in San Jose, Calif. in 1960. In 1966, Frank transferred to Boulder, Colo. where he was a senior engineering manager in head manufacturing and development. In 1978, he transferred to Tucson, Ariz., where he continued his pioneering work in tape head development. In 1989, Frank retired from IBM and returned to Boulder, Colo. to work for Storage Technology Corporation. He became the President of Rocky Mountain Magnetics for a brief time before returning to StorageTek, where he worked until 2001 when he retired. After retiring, he started a consulting business as he was still the leader in his field world wide. In 2004, he married Marti Haucke and they were happily married at the time of his death. Frank was married to Lou Jean Taylor in 1954 and together they had five children: Deborah, David, Diane, Frank, and Suzanne. They divorced in 1969. In 1970, he married Mary Brees Davis. Together they had one child, Jennifer. They were married for 34 years and divorced in 2004. Frank was an avid cyclist. He participated in Ride the Rockies eight times. He participated in Bike Ride Across Georgia and biked from Boulder, Colo, to Lincoln, Neb. for his 50th High School Reunion. He also participated in The Big Sur Ride. He loved hiking in the Colorado mountains, grilling, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. He inspired and challenged his children with his determination, vigor, and zest for life. Frank was preceeded in death by Harold R. Shelledy (father), Louise Boyd Shelledy (mother), Mary Ralston (sister), and Diane Shelledy (daughter). Along with his loving wife Marti, he leaves behind 5 children: Debbie Fleming (Rick, Asheville, NC), David Shelledy (Mary French, Davis, CA), Frank Shelledy Jr. (Myra Tucker, Atlanta, GA), Suzanne Shelledy (Savannah, GA), and Jennifer Shelledy (Mike McKelvey, Boulder, CO) four stepchildren: Bill Smith (Julie, Littleton), Sandy Barnes (Melvin, Lakewood), Connie Cruz (Ocala, FL), David Haucke (Glory, Littleton), thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and sister Sarah Eary (David, Martinez, CA).
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:11A
Daniel E. Hanley
Daniel E. Hanley ’67, MBA ’69, J.D. ’74, resident of Saratoga, passed away on September 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Dan, often referred to as "Buzz" in his family, was born at Stanford Hospital to Lydon and Annette Hanley on August 25, 1945, and was the seventh of ten children in a large Irish Catholic family. His large family was well known in the local area, owning and operating several grocery stores with the Duca family in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. He worked in one of the stores as a teenager, and eventually managed the company's real estate holdings for the families.
He devoted much of his time to his family, but he also had many hobbies and interests, including golf, music, movies, history, sports, and exercising. He was always giving, whether to charity or to the blood bank (82 pints of blood). Some of his greatest gifts included his warm manner and wonderful sense of humor. Everyone loved him.
After over forty years of marriage, Dan departs his loving wife, Judi. He is also survived by his two sons, Brian and Sean, and his siblings Alice, Pat, Tony, Leo, Linda, Debbie, and TT. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Johnny and Donald.
submitted Sep. 20, 2013 4:18P
GRD Engineering '67
Alex S. Bauer
Alex S. Bauer M.S. ’67, a resident of Sunnyvale, age 91, passed away at his home of natural causes on May 31, 2013. He touched many people with his kind, compassionate nature and through his dedication to Holocaust education as a survivor.
Alex was born in Kom di, Hungary, on May 25, 1922, the son of Joseph and Sarah Bauer, one of seven children. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich and Santa Clara University. Alex married Rita Markowitz in Chicago on June 6, 1956. In 1962 they moved to the Bay Area, where Alex worked as an electronics engineer for several microwave companies, including Sylvania and Loral. Alex dedicated more than 30 years to Holocaust education, speaking to hundreds of high school and college students about his experience. On June 6, 1944, as the Allies were invading Normandy, Alex was drafted into forced labor with the Hungarian army. Later that year, the German government, who had seized control of Hungary, sent Alex to the Dachau concentration camp and, later, to smaller work camps in southern Germany. He was liberated in 1945 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. Alex was invited to speak about the Holocaust to both the California State Assembly and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was an active volunteer at Congregation Beth David and at the Stanford Health Library. He also enjoyed listening to lectures on astronomy and the sciences. Alex is survived by his sister Magda, age 100, who lives in Israel; by his sons Ken MBA ’97 and Steve; by his daughter-in-law Lynn; and by his grandchildren Benjamin and Leigh (Ken) and Lauren and Xan (Steve). Alex was predeceased by his wife, Rita, who passed away on April 5, 2006.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 6:53A
Robert L. Metcalf
Robert Lee Metcalf MBA ’68, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, educator passed away peacefully on February 7, 2013. Robert was born December 29, 1926 in Denver, Colorado to Donald Metcalf and Alice Martin Reich. Robert, known as Bob by friends and co-workers, served in the Maritime Service and the U.S. Army. He worked sixteen years in business and industry which included assisting in the development of laser technology, development of the prototype video tape recorder and machine manufacturing. Robert received his Bachelor Degree from San Francisco State, his Masters from Santa Clara University and his Doctor of Education from Oregon State. Robert taught Business at Blue Mountain College, Pendleton OR, he was Dean of Vocational Education at Ft Steilacoom Pierce College, and Dean of Vocational Education and professsor of Business at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. Robert was a member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club(Airstream) of Olympia and spent ten years as an active fulltime RV-er traveling the United States, Canada and Mexico, then cruising to points around the world. Bob was a member of the Olympia and Tacoma New Horizons Bands. Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty and his children Martin (Lori) Metcalf of West Valley, UT, William (Becky) Metcalf of Jacksonville, FL, Kelley (John) Rogers of Park City, UT and Maggie Westover of Vancouver, WA, and his grandchildren Jessie, Hallie, Jason, Scott, Jake, Alex and Kylie and three great grandchildren Preston, Scarlett and Snow, his brother Dr Richard Reich of Carson City NV and his sister Jo Ann (Jim) Cornelius of San Diego.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:23A
Paul F. Ward
Paul F. Ward MBA ’68 ws born December 7, 1942. A resident of San Jose, Paul F. Ward lived an active and vibrant life for 70 years when he passed on Friday, Feb. 22 after battling Lou Gehrig's Disease/ALS. His enthusiastic and warm nature left an imprint on all who knew him. Paul was born in San Francisco and lived in the Mission District where he spent an adventurous youth. When 14, he moved to Burlingame to attend Mills HS. This is where he fell for his wife of 49 years, Lynn Musso. He attended San Jose State and Santa Clara University where he received his MBA. He went on to a successful career in high tech, which included Eimac, Memorex and Verbatim where he patented the double-sided floppy disc. He was a passionate outdoorsman who loved skiing, fishing and backpacking. He hiked the TYT, JMT and much of the PCT in addition to summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 68. He was a fierce competitor on the golf course, a backyard vintner and a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. Paul is survived by his wife, Lynn, daughter Kerri Antes '89, son Bryan MBA '04 and grandsons Drew, Will, Bennett and son-in-law Todd Antes '88, MBA '92. He is also survived by his sisters, Laurie Krassilnikoff of San Mateo and Diane Gartner of Pleasant Hill. His go-for-it, can-do attitude and caring spirit will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:34A
Kenneth "Ken" Carlin ’68 was born Sept. 15, 1944, in San Francisco to George and Maebelle (Gard) Carlin. He passed away on March 21, 2013, of complications of amyloidosis. Ken lived in the Puget Sound region for more than 40 years, residing on South Whidbey since 2003. He purchased a homestead cabin in the Woodland Hall community in Clinton in the mid-1980s that he completely refurbished and made his home.
submitted May. 22, 2013 3:50A
Kathleen P. McKenna
Kathleen Patricia McKenna ’68, Oct. 29, 2013, in the company of loving friends. A native of San Francisco, Kathy was born to Henry and Alice McHugh McKenna on March 7, 1947. She grew up in The City, attending the Convent of the Sacred Heart School on Broadway from kindergarten through high school. She attended Santa Clara University and then the University of San Francisco, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. Like her mother, she chose a career in education and taught in San Francisco's inner city elementary schools for 30 years, passing up repeated offers of promotion to remain in a classroom. On retiring, she took up full-time residence in her home here, which she purchased almost 20 years ago. She loved living in the Sonoma Valley and volunteered at service organizations including Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, the Sonoma International Film Festival, and teaching English at La Luz Center. She also contributed to the community by her participation in Impact 100 Sonoma. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sister Joan McKenna, Society of the Sacred Heart. Kathy is survived by her cousins, Bill Graham, of Prineville, Ore., his wife, Linda, and his daughters, Shayna and Jaime Tom Bostock, of San Francisco, his, wife Patti, and his daughter, Claire Ed Bostock, of Sebastopol, his wife, Stephanie, and his sons, Ross and Chris by her goddaughter, Katie Loughran, of San Francisco and by a vast family of friends and neighbors who loved her dearly and will feel this loss acutely for years to come. Kathy brought life and light and love into every room she entered and she lived, as did her sister, by the admonition in Micah 6-8 to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God."
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:43P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '68
Gordon Belcourt ’68, the executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, died July 15, 2013, in Billings.
Belcourt, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and a former Missoula resident, was hailed as an unwavering advocate for Indian Country who took over the tribal leaders council 15 years ago and built it into a powerful regional and national voice for Native peoples.
His determination only increased, his family said, after the murder of one of his eight children in Billings a dozen years ago.
“The most devastating loss of his life was the loss of his daughter Elena Katie,” the family said in his obituary. “After her passing, he doubled his efforts to honor her life by helping to improve the quality of life for others. Forever a Blackfeet warrior, he decided he would never be defined by the problems he encountered.”
Belcourt was 68, and had been ill for some time when he died at St. Vincent Healthcare, according to his family.
The oldest of nine children, Belcourt was born in the winter of 1945 and grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He was given the name “Meekskimeeksskumapi,” or “Mixed Iron Boy,” in remembrance of World War II and the battle wreckage his uncle, Paul Home Gun Jr., observed after returning from five years of combat.
Belcourt was valedictorian of his Browning High School graduating class, but never considered continuing his education until, his family says, his high school principal “took him aside and informed him he would be going to college.”
Belcourt received a full scholarship to the University of Santa Clara in California, where he also entered the ROTC program and became a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
He initially arrived in Missoula to attend law school at the University of Montana, where he met his wife of 43 years, Cheryl. Instead of getting his law degree, however, Belcourt went back to California to earn a master’s in public health from the University of California at Berkeley before returning home to Montana, where he lived and worked on the Blackfeet Reservation and in Missoula before moving to Billings.
In 2003, UC-Berkeley’s School of Public Health named Belcourt one of its Public Health Heroes for his work on behalf of Native health care. The University of Montana awarded Belcourt an honorary doctorate in 2007.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl. Their daughter Elena was 21 when she was shot to death by a Lodge Grass man in Billings in 2001 after rejecting his sexual advances.
The Belcourts had seven more children together: Sol, Paul Thunder, Annjeanette Elise, Jaime Ruth, Ben David, Alex Anson and Sienna Noel.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:03P
Gary G. Ford
Gary Gene Ford ’68, former San Jose resident, died on April 25 after a long illness. Gary was the son of the late Vern Ford and Margie Ford. He is survived by Vivienne his wife of 40 years; his mother Margie; his sister Vicki (Bill); his daughter Aurora; his two sons Conan (Negar) and Nathan (Julie); his nephew Michael and his granddaughter Tara. Gary was born in Perry Iowa and moved to San Jose in 1954 with his family. He graduated with honors from James Lick High School in 1964 and Santa Clara University in 1968. He studied at the University of British Columbia earning a MS degree in mathematics and studied mechanical engineering as well. He worked in the Canadian oil and gas industry before retiring. He was an accomplished tuba player, an aspiring poet and spent his last years caring for his love birds
submitted May. 15, 2013 1:47P
Claudia Borello Alexander
Dr. Claudia Borello Alexander M.A ’68, 78, of Vienna, Va., passed away Feb. 20, 2013. She was born to the late Marco and Irene Borello, October 4, 1934, in San Jose, California. Claudia graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University; an M.A. from Santa Clara University; and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. She was an Associate Professor Emeritus of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana, where she taught for 17 years. She also taught at Leigh High School in San Jose, California and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. While at Southeastern Louisiana University she was active in the Arts directing and acting in plays for the SLU Theater Department and the Columbia Theater Players. For the English Department she directed an annual Renaissance Banquet which was always memorable. Claudia was passionate about both Literature and Teaching. She loved introducing students to all kinds of literature and history. She defended classic literature with tireless energy. Interested in Women's Studies she received grants to present papers and give classes on the subject. She researched and edited The Quotable Woman by Elaine Partnow. Claudia's family was most important to her, she devoted her life to them. She is survived by her brother, Leonard F. Borello, of Saratoga, California; three children, Eric Alexander of Atlanta, Georgia; Ariel O'Heeron, of Orlando, Florida and Adrienne Lutz of Vienna, Virginia. She also is survived by seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild, five nieces, six nephews as well as several grand nieces and grand nephews.
submitted May. 22, 2013 3:41A
Robert E. Maloney
Robert E. Maloney J.D. ’74 passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2013, in Grass Valley, Calif. His battle with cancer is finally over. He was surrounded in love by his family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Bob is survived by his wife, Nina Maloney; daughter Erin Maloney; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Tricia Maloney; grandchildren Janine Petmecky, Jake Petmecky, Katelyn Maloney, Joshua Maloney; and sister Patricia Durie.
Bob was born July 14, 1929, in New York. After high school, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1950 to the end of 1952. He earned his BSEE from University of Texas in 1957 and his MSEE Degree from University of Santa Clara, Calif. in 1969.
Bob worked as an engineer until 1974 in Mountain View, Calif., when he earned his Juris Doctor from University of Santa Clara and started his own law practice, specializing in family law, immigration and small business. Education was a true passion for Bob.
In July 1960, Bob traveled overseas and met the love of his life in Denmark, as he so many times said he brought back his “Great Dane.” Bob and Nina were married Dec. 31, 1960 and spent 53 years together and enjoyed many wonderful adventures and experiences in that time, not to mention a few golf games and even more bridge.
Bob’s greatest sense of joy and pride was his family and friends; he will be missed by so many. Bob will be remembered for his jokes and friendly attitude. He loved reading, crossword puzzles and Sudokos. Bob was a true optimist and was a member of the De Anza Optimist Club for many years.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:23A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '69
Mary C. Kornei
Mary Catherine Kornei ’69 was a doctor who still made house calls. She cared deeply about her patients, visiting them on weekends and sleeping lightly so that she could be there for them at a moment's notice. Dr. Kornei, a longtime Los Altos resident and South Bay native, died April 30 of complications from lymphoma. She was 65. Dr. Kornei's family, friends and colleagues described her as a positive soul with an affinity for the outdoors, talented and passionate across a range of activities. She hiked regularly spoke French fluently loved her cats enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, gardening, and according to husband Tom, even hanging clothes outside on the line to dry. She was often seen bicycling in her white lab coat to and from her office near El Camino Hospital. The daughter of Elizabeth and Dr. Vernon Schulein, a medical internist, Dr. Kornei grew up with her brother, John, in Willow Glen. She took ballet and piano lessons, participated in Girl Scouts and enjoyed hikes in the woods with her family. She attended Sacred Heart High School in Menlo Park and completed her undergraduate work in English and French at Santa Clara University in 1969. She lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, for two years after college and kept her French-language skills current. Dr. Kornei joined a Sierra Club bicycle trip along the Feather River in Northern California in 1973. On that trip, she met Tom Kornei, an electrical engineer who owned a small computer hardware company in Cupertino. The couple began dating before she enrolled at Yale Medical School in 1976. They were married at Stanford Memorial Church in July 1977 and moved to Los Altos. Dr. Kornei completed her medical residency at Stanford University in 1980 and began working in the Cupertino Clinic. The Korneis welcomed their first child, Katherine, in 1984. Dr. Kornei opened a private practice on Hospital Drive near El Camino Hospital in 1985. A second child, Mark, joined the family in 1988. Dr. Kornei was often on call. She wanted her patients to receive the best care and always made time for them. Even as a regular attendee sitting in one of the front pews at Los Altos United Methodist Church, she often quietly slipped out to answer a vibrating call from her answering service. Dr. Kornei worked at her private practice until her retirement in 2009. She was passionate in her love for medicine beyond any economic ramifications, Tom said, recounting how his wife called patients in the evening at home to share lab results and provided many services pro bono. She biked to work with side baskets containing medical charts. Dr. Kornei's friends and patients knew her as a caring, positive person with a beautiful smile. She sent thank-you notes for even the smallest kindnesses. Her son, Mark, said dinners at 8 p.m. were commonplace growing up, because that's when mom finished caring for her patients. He remembers as a child hauling around mailing tubs full of files in hospital corridors, trailing his mom as she made rounds. Patient care wasn't a job it was a passion, but so was bread baking, travel and everything else she did in a life that was lived to the fullest. That passion rubbed off on my sister and myself, Mark said. Dr. Kornei's daughter, Katherine, recalled important lessons learned from mom—the thrill of growing vegetables in the garden, the joy of travel and not being afraid of trying new experiences. I loved watching her test her language skills and pick up a guide book to explore a foreign city, she said. I remember wandering around the backroads of Venice with her and going into a glass-blowing shop on the island of Murano to view an artist at work. Longtime friend and colleague Dr. Cesar Molina called Dr. Kornei a very courageous person who took life's challenges head on and approached death the same way. He said he received an email from her about visiting one last time before her journey so she could say goodbye. Dr. Kornei is survived by husband Tom, daughter Katherine, son Mark, mother Elizabeth Schulein, brother John Schulein, nephew Greg Schulein and niece Michelle Parsons.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 5:24P
Laurence E. Daniels
Laurence Edward Daniels ’69 was killed on Oct. 19, 2013. doing one of the things he loved most. He was a problem solver, an engineer who dedicated his work life to making rail travel more efficient and safe. He was born in Pasadena California on October 15, 1947. He grew up with his parents, Victor and Gertrude and his sister Marie Therese in Sierra Madre. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He married Joyce A. (Reynolds) Daniels ’69 while finishing his degree and had two daughters, Sarah and Amber Daniels. He was immediately employed by the railroad industry to inspect track, starting with the Western Pacific in the East Bay.
He and his family moved across the US so he could work for various rail inspection projects. They lived in Boisie Idaho, Pueblo Colorado and Fairfax Virginia, before returning to California in 1993. In each community, Larry made an impact. He coached and played soccer, played Rugby, golfed, and always had an active workshop in the garage. He was particularly enamored of creating and building things in his workshop, from amazing trellises for his gardens, to renovating the houses where he lived. He rarely sat still, unless it was to read a good book. He was an avid reader of biographies and historical information. He was always looking to figure out how things and people were put together.
After he returned to California, he started his own consulting firm, Daniels Railroad Engineering. He worked on rail projects all over the US and the world, helping improve and grow rail systems. Included in his projects were the English Channel Tunnel, the Kowloon-Canton Railway in China and the Singapore Mass Transit Project. He was a pioneer in many areas of the rail industry, most especially maglev rail projects. He also served on the Board of El Dorado and Sacramento Railway Historical Society and helped preserve and implement historical rail projects in the Sacramento Valley.
In 1996 he and his wife separated and in 2006 he met his second love, Betty Keever. Betty and Larry were together until the time of his death. He and Betty moved to Oakland in 2011 with their snuggly dog Oliver. He and Betty traveled widely, exploring the country and laughing often. Larry was Betty’s “Number 1”. Larry also played golf and played in semi-pro tournaments.
Larry was an incredibly generous man, who was described by many close to him as “wonderful, kind and extremely supportive”. He worked hard at whatever he did and loved to share the knowledge he had acquired. He cared deeply for the people in his life and would go out of his way to plan adventures for loved ones. His family speaks animatedly of a Segway trip last Thanksgiving around Lake Merrit that Larry planned, of how much fun they had, the stories they told. Larry always planned these excursions and field trips meticulously, ensuring that every possible activity was included and that the weather conditions would be perfect. He enjoyed making others happy and doing things for others wherever he could. He would often insist that people treat themselves on his dime.
Larry is survived by his life partner, Betty , his sister Marie -Therese, his daughters Amber and Sarah, nephews Eric and Marck and his dog Oliver.
submitted Nov. 22, 2013 12:06P
Thomas W. Cain
For more than two decades, Judge Thomas W. Cain '70, J.D. '73 stayed one step ahead of cancer as the disease ravaged his body, all while overseeing some of Silicon Valley's most colorful estate cases. But after 27 surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, the popular Santa Clara County Superior Court judge succumbed on Jan. 11, 2014, at age 65.
At Cain's request, no memorial service will be held. Instead, he asked friends and colleagues to honor his memory by performing a random act of kindness.
"Tom was a great person," Presiding Judge Brian C. Walsh said in a written statement. "He was uncomplainingly helpful to all of his colleagues," and known for "his indelible spirit, optimism and kindness."
In his 24 years on the bench, Cain never put in for a particular judicial assignment, such as criminal courts or probate, as most judges do. Instead, he'd always write on the annual request form, "Where ever the presiding judge needs me," Walsh said.
Recently, Cain presided over two high-profile probate cases. One was the dispute over Monte Sereno millionaire Ravi Kumra's estate after he was slain in a botched robbery at his mansion. The other was the showdown between painter Thomas Kinkade's estranged wife and his live-in girlfriend. The women in the Kinkade matter wound up reaching a secret settlement. In the Kumra case, Cain ruled that two school-age daughters of a former prostitute not connected to his slaying were, in fact, Kumra's biological children and entitled to a monthly family allowance.
Cain was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian in late 1989 after working as a lawyer in the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office. But he didn't just preside over legal cases. He also helped decide cooking competitions long before the Food Network made such contests popular. As a certified "Kansas City Barbecue Judge," he judged the "Jack Daniels' World Invitational Barbecue Competition" in Lynchburg, Tenn.
An avid cook, the judge also won an award from Sunset magazine for his salmon recipe. The magazine published the judge's recipe for oven-baked "Oriental Fish and Chips" in the August 1996 edition, complimenting him for his "striking presentation" of "potato-encrusted fish with a confetti of red and yellow bell peppers topped with steamed asparagus spears brushed with olive oil and browned under the broiler." "Cooking was his passion," his sister Pat Thompson said.
Cain was born in Maryland in 1948 and moved to San Jose with his family in 1956. He was the oldest of three children and the only boy. Elected class president at one point, he decided at an early age to become a lawyer, Thompson said.
"You never wanted to play Monopoly with him because he could B.S. his way through anything, which is important for being a lawyer," she said.
Last year, he received an award for outstanding service to the probate bar from by the Silicon Valley Bar Association. During his career, he also served as an instructor at Lincoln University School of Law and guest instructor in Southern Russia in a program sponsored by the American Bar Association.
Cain loved sports, so much so that he'd watch soccer even if it was broadcast on a foreign language station. He also attended spring training in Arizona for the Giants and the A's every season.
He died Saturday at his Willow Glen home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by wife Terri (who recently retired as director of court services), son Josh and daughter Alessandra '14 (and their mother, judge Vanessa Zecher B.A. '84, J.D. '87); sisters Pat and Jan, mother Mary Jane; stepchildren Anthony, Troy and Sara and grandchildren Elsa, Madica, Taylor and Dylan.
At Cain’s request, instead of a memorial service, he asked friends and colleagues to honor his memory by performing a random act of kindness. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a contribution to his memory be made to Optimal Hospice in Santa Clara. Any sympathy notes may be sent to Campus Ministry which will be forwarded to the family.
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 10:29A
Gerald "Jerry" Ritthaler
Gerald "Jerry" A. Ritthaler ’63, MBA ’70: December 5th, 1941 - February 22nd, 2013. Jerry, to his three sons, family, and countless friends, lived life with boundless enthusiasm. He was known to start conversations with a family member, close friend, or perfect stranger (soon to be a friend) by telling them about the best food he's ever had in this life, the greatest game or play he's ever seen, the nicest person he's ever met, or something very simple to the rest of us that simply amazed him. Pops would end the story with the declaration, How cool is that? It sounded like a question, but it was more of a statement about his zest for life and optimism. His enthusiasm was contagious and brought a smile or a laugh to everyone who came into his life, each and every day. Born on December 5, 1941 to Jaconda and Philip Ritthaler in Sacramento, CA, Jerry was destined to make friends and make a strong 1st impression from the day he was born. He grew up in the Sacramento area and attended college at Santa Clara University where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. After college, he had a successful business career in sales at General Foods, Sunshine Biscuits, and Kroger. Jerry's Bay area roots were an early indicator of one of his great loves in life sports. From the time he could yell and listen to a game on the radio, he developed a great passion for sports, and this passion never wavered for a second. He cheered early and often for the Raiders and Athletics because of his strong California ties, and he never stopped cheering for his beloved Oakland teams, but he added many teams in Georgia to his shirt and hat collection when he moved to Georgia in 1979. Once his three boys Mike, Mark, and Matt attended and graduated from the University of Georgia, he was destined to be a life-long Dawgs fan. Pops also had enough spirit in his heart to add the Falcons to his list of football teams he pulled for. Sundays in the fall were never dull with Jerry around, and he always had the game on and a rooting interest in the outcome no matter who was playing. One of Jerry's other great sports loves was baseball. He started out an Oakland A's fan while in the Bay Area, but after moving to Georgia, he quickly adopted the Atlanta Braves as his favorite team. Pops was always ready to head to the ballpark and watch his beloved Braves with anyone who would go with him. No matter how many times they broke his heart in October, he was ready again the following spring, enthusiastic and full of optimism. When he was not in Atlanta, he was always looking for a good deal on some tickets so he could catch the local team and enjoy a few cold ones at the ball park. Pops also brought this love for baseball to his family. He coached his sons in little league baseball in Scotts Valley, CA, teaching them the fundamentals and never missing a game, but more than anything he taught them a love for baseball, sports, and competition. Pops kept the family baseball tradition and love of sports alive with his grandchildren, attending Matthew's baseball and hockey games, Katie's softball and gymnastics, Daniel's baseball and basketball, and Evan's baseball games. He was a fan of his sports teams and an even bigger fan of his boys and grandchildren. Later in his life, Jerry had the good fortune to meet Marilou, who became his wife in 2011. They enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage for 2 + all too short years, but they filled that time up with passion, laughter, and a great appreciation for the opportunity to find true love late in life. Jerry and Marilou shared their devotation to their Catholic Faith and attended church and bible study regularly together. The marriage of Jerry and Marilou also allowed two families to meet each other and become one as Mike and Daniel, Mark and Mary Beth along with Katie and Matthew, and Matt and Kim were able to meet Michelle and Scott Whitehead and their children Erin and Evan to create a new and loving family. Jerry's gift of bringing people together will never be forgotten. Pops was a father figure to many of his sons' close friends in the Dunwoody, GA area. Now and forever, all of those who were fortunate enough to meet Pops will remember him for his stories. He never bragged about himself, but he never stopped telling proud stories about his sister Phyllis and her husband Scott, the good people he met through his charitable work, the love he had for the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Historic Sweet Auburn, and whomever he was going to meet tomorrow. Jerry had an opinion on everything and it was almost always a positive, kind, and hopeful one. Pops will be greatly missed but never forgotten. If the question is, How cool was that man? The answer is The Coolest of them All.ö We will hear his joyful voice in our heads for the rest of our lives. When Pops passes thru the gates of heaven, a crowd will welcome him. Some will have known him well, others simply heard he was coming, and then he will get back to work checking on his earth bound family and friends. Jerry is survived by his wife, Marilou Ritthaler, of Alpharetta; sons, Mike Ritthaler, of San Rafael, CA, Mark (wife, Mary Beth) Ritthaler, of Atlanta, Matt (wife, Kim) Ritthaler, of San Francisco, CA, step-daughter, Michelle (husband, Scott) Whitehead, of Cumming; grandchildren, Katie Ritthaler, Matthew Ritthaler, Daniel Ritthaler, Erin Whitehead, and Evan Whitehead; sister, Phyllis (husband, Scott) Keilholtz, Sacramento, CA and Nephew Erik Keilholtz (wife, Melanie and daughter, Amalia) of Vallejo, CA.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:20A