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1978

GRD Law '78
Lillian Herlich Nerenberg

Lillian Herlich Nerenberg J.D. '78, teacher, author, and attorney, on November 2, 2011, in Los Gatos, Calif. Loving wife of 55 years of Ben Nerenberg, whom she outlived by 12 years. Born Aug. 16, 1920. Beloved mother of Lewis T. Nerenberg and Alan V. Nerenberg of California, Mark E. Nerenberg of New York, and Nancy R. Nerenberg of Oregon. Loving sister of Joseph Herlich of California and Milton Herlich of New York. Grandmother of Mara, Renee, Devin, Maya, Miles, Kiara, Elliott and Marrin Nerenberg. Honorary Lifetime Member of American Association of University Women, charter member of Los Gatos League of Women Voters. Co-author of high school text American Government in Action. Lil started law school at age 54, completing the University of Santa Clara program in four years while continuing her 25-year career teaching political science at West Valley College. As a charter member of the California State Bar’s Dues-exempt membership contingent, she spent her entire legal career doing pro bono work for Senior Adult Legal Assistance. The Nerenberg children extend a special thank you to Pasepa Tuineau and her family for their care of our mother and their friendship and loving kindness. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Senior Adult Legal Assistance of Santa Clara County or a charity of your choice.

submitted Nov. 8, 2011 8:51P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Laura Orosco Austin

Laura Orosco Austin '78 died Oct. 24, 2009. A native of Santa Clara, she was a caring daughter to her mother, Sally Austin. She is preceded in death by her father, Manuel R. Austin, and her grandparents. She will be missed by her brothers, Manuel Austin Jr., Dr. David Austin, Charles Austin, and niece, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was a graduate of Santa Clara University and was employed by Legal Aide Society of San Jose. Laura was a very passionate advocate for the Hispanic community. Those who knew her were blessed by her sense of compassion and warm heart.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:30P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Kathryn "Kay" Mae Gardner

Kathryn "Kay" Mae Sproul Gardner MA ‘78 died on November 6, 2010. As a retired Reading Instructor at West Valley College, Kathryn helped develop the WVC Learning Services program, and served as Department Chair during most of her career at WVC and was President of the Northern California College Reading Association. She held a BA in English, San Jose State University; was a Ford Fellow at SF State University and held an MA, Education, University of Santa Clara. She attended Santa Clara High School, where she was active in debate and theatre, and made many life long friends. Kay volunteered with League of Women Voters, Partners in Reading, Volunteer Exchange. An avid reader, excellent writer, nature lover, she enjoyed the arts, and followed politics and current events. She left many good friends, colleagues and former students who appreciated her strength, intelligence and deep friendships. Survived by loving daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Tim Oertli, Santa Clara, CA. Step-daughter Judith Gardner, Maumelle, AR; Grand-daughter Eyren Mills, Charleston, SC. Cousin, Nancy McDowell, San Martin, CA. Loving wife of Arthur S. Gardner, San Jose, who pre-deceased her.

submitted Dec. 6, 2010 10:08A
'78
Karen E. LaMothe

Karen Elizabeth LaMothe ’78, March 25, 1956, to April 23, 2013. Karen was born in Portland to Barbara and Roger Wagner. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1974 and attended the University of Santa Clara spending her junior year in Florence, Italy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology she remained in San Francisco working in the investment banking field. She re-met her husband Greg '78, a fellow Santa Clara graduate, in 1987 and they married soon afterwards. They moved to Portland in 1991 and were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Noel in 1993. Karen loved watching classic movies, gardening, reading a good book in the sun and making her friends and family laugh. Everyone who knew her will miss her keen wit and wry sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Wagner and is survived by her husband, Greg; daughter, Noel; mother, Barbara and stepfather, Jack McKinnon; brother, Eric (and wife, Cindy) Wagner; and sister, Gretchen Wagner-Lariviere.

submitted May. 6, 2013 4:49P
'78
John J. Folmer

Father John "Jack" Joseph Folmer ’78 died at Sacramento's Mercy General Hospital after a brief illness. Only son of the late Harry and Agnes Folmer, he was born in Sacramento. He came of age in a time of great social change and lived his life helping others.  Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969, after studying at St. Pius X and St. Patrick's Seminaries, Jack earned a doctorate in canon law from Catholic U, a JD from UC Davis and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. A member of the California Bar for more than 20 years, he practiced law briefly in San Francisco. Jack served as a canon lawyer 30 years in SF, Sacramento and Monterey and was president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1985.  His career included pastoral work in Fairfield, Vallejo, Sacramento and St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco as well as Newman Centers in Davis and Sacramento. He served as Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and, more recently, as Parochial Vicar at St. Mel's Parish in Fair Oaks. Jack was also active as an educator. He taught canon law at St. Patrick's Seminary, and also served as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers HS and later at St. Francis HS, both in Sacramento.  Jack was an avid reader and film lover, a raconteur, champion of those in need, spiritual advisor and a true and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed.  Closest relatives (cousins) include John Doyle (Windsor, CA), Deborah Doyle and Melvin Whartnaby (SF), Jerry and Jane Button (Fort Collins), Laurence Doyle (Newport News), Agnes Shoemaker (Omaha).

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:57A
'78
John Eastus

John "Papa" Eastus M.S. ’78, deputy city manager, City of San Jose (Ret.), and a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully in his home on March 7, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born in San Luis Obispo, CA to Charles and Josephine Eastus and raised in Marin County. He joined the US Marine Corps at the age of 17. After being honorably discharged, he attended San Jose State University earning a degree in civil engineering and a masters degree in public administration at Santa Clara University. John started working for the City of San Jose as an Assistant Director of Public Works, promoted to the Director of Public Works, and retired in 1984 as a Deputy City Manager. After retiring from the city, he became a partner with HMH Engineering and later he was a consultant as Chief Engineer for the City of Brisbane. John loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, golf, and spent many hours working in his garden. He leaves behind his wife Sherry of 43 years, his brother Frank Eastus and sister Diane Wheeler, along with his 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters. 

submitted May. 23, 2013 1:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Jennie Rykoff

Jennie Rykoff ’78 died on August 23, 2010. She was a resident of Santa Clara. On October 28, 1922 a little girl was born to Ben and Sarah Karabedian. Her name was Jennie. She filled her own life and those around her with the joie de vivre. She grew up with her older brother Patrick (Pat), and later was followed by two younger sisters Bergie and Babe. Her looks turned heads. Her talents took her to singing with a band at the Breakers in Long Beach until her brother Pat found out and pulled her from the stage. After all, nice Armenian girls at that time didn't sing in public. After high school she became a baby photographer and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. No one was ever more taken with babies than Jennie. One day while walking in Phoenix, George Palumbo saw Jennie. His first words to her were, ""I thought all the movie stars were in Hollywood." They married in 1942 and moved back to Los Angeles. They had one son Bruce. He was showered with love. As in every life, strife entered Jennie's life. And in 1964, Jennie and George parted. Richard Rykoff, her gallant gentleman, came into Jennie's life. Richard Lee, as she called him, and Jennie were married in May 1966. Richard's teenage daughters Deborah and Joanna then became Jennie's daughters as well. In 1972, Richard transitioned from his active law practice in Beverly Hills and became a full time professor of law at the University of Santa Clara Law School. Jennie went back to school and obtained her B.A. Later, Jennie's love of art took her to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco where she entered their extensive training program and became a docent. After 1994, when she lost her beloved Richard Lee, Jennie stayed in the Bay area and remained very active in the community, helping many to look at their lives with the same joy she brought to her life. After a stroke in 2005 that fortunately only affected her short term memory, Jennie came to live with her son Bruce and daughter-in-law Penny. As time passed, Jennie's loving care giver Evelia Coreas came to live with Jennie, Penny and Bruce. Jennie was once again with the people who loved her most and remained with Penny and Bruce until her death on August 23. She is survived by her daughters Deborah Bennett and Joanna Rykoff, by her daughter-in-law, Penny and son Bruce, by her sister Bergie Corey, and by several nephews and nieces and by the many close friends whose lives were made so much better by having known her. She was always fair and loving, but also firm. She brought solidity and certainty to those many confused by life's clouds of uncertainty. She will always be loved and always missed.

submitted Sep. 13, 2010 4:30P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Jack Nellany

Jack Nellany MA '78, a resident of Santa Cruz Passed away peacefully at his beloved home overlooking the northern California coast on Jan. 3, 2012. He had a wonderful life with an abundance of friendships, love and laughter. His wit and warmth touched all who knew him. He saw the best in everything and befriended most everyone he met.

A third generation Santa Barbaran, he was born April 8, 1931. Jack served honorably in the Air Force during the Korean war. He married Pat (Beckom) and enjoyed 57 years together. They settled in San Jose in 1954 and while there, raised a family, earned a college degree (first in his family) and later retired from years of service with the City of San Jose. At age 45 he enrolled at the University of Santa Clara where he obtained a masters degree in family counseling.

Jack had a great love of gardening and treasured his orchid and dahlia flowers to which many prizes from the Santa Cruz orchid and dahlia societies will attest.

He is survived by his wife Pat, sons Paul and Michael, daughter Carol (Thom) Sawicki and six beloved grandchildren: Devin, Janae, Autumn, Ruby, John and Ryan. He is preceded in death by his daughter Kim (Mike) Shields. He will be missed by all who knew him.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 11:09A
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Glenn J. Cahalan

Glenn J. Cahalan MBA '78 passed away on March 16th, 2011. He is survived by his wife Hannah, his son Patrick, his mother Dorothy, siblings Don, Kathy, Richard and Ellen and many nieces and nephews.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 2:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Constance Peters Murphy

 Constance "Connie" Peters Murphy '78, May 14, 2014, at her home in Alexandria, VA. Daughter of Robert and Margaret Peters; loving wife of Brian Murphy '77; devoted mother of Caitlin Murphy, Erin Murphy, and Shannon Murphy. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Mary Ann Peters '72 (Tim), Peggy Fox, Susan Peters (Ross), Mark and Madeline Peters, Ginny Peters, Robbie Bigley '81, and Mark Bigley '81, MBA '84; in-laws, Jean Vos, Chris and Carmi Murphy, Gregg and Monica Murphy, Gail and Luke Williams and 55 wonderful nieces and nephews. She was 58.

submitted May. 22, 2014 10:22A
'78
Christopher N. Heard

Christopher Nielsen Heard J.D. '78, of Sacramento, Calif., a successful attorney, dedicated psychologist, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2014.

Chris was born to the late Lawrence Nielsen Heard and the late Betty Ann Heard on October 29, 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. He was the oldest son and second child for the couple. In 1969, Chris married Melody Benevento and had his first daughter, Felicia. While working and raising a family, Chris continued his education at the University of San Francisco, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He went on to further his education at Santa Clara University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor in 1978.

Chris began his career in the law in the Santa Clara district attorney's office where he enjoyed an unprecedented record of successes. He remained a dedicated public servant throughout his career, always fighting for the underdog and ensuring that justice was served. In July of 1981, Chris and Melody welcomed their second daughter, Briana. He went on to be a gubernatorial appointee during the Deukmejian administration as well as serving in other distinguished capacities within the California State government.  In addition to his academic and professional pursuits, Chris was a fitness enthusiast. He was a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, competing in several triathlons and serving as an unpaid personal trainer to many throughout the years. His daughter Briana has followed in his footsteps, competing in the New York City Marathon and continuing to challenge herself physically and mentally.

Not content to rest on his laurels and eager to make a further contribution to society, Chris went back to school later in life to receive his PhD. in Psychology after which he carved out a distinguished career in forensic psychology. His accumulation of post-graduate degrees inspired his three grandsons to lovingly call him "Dr. Grandpa."  Chris was more than the sum of his parts. He was a true renaissance man who never stopped being a student. His love of learning extended to music and dance. He began piano and dance lessons very late in life. Chris read voraciously on any and all topics and was fairly well versed in everything from world history to criminal theory. 

Chris was taken from his family far too soon and will be missed by his loving daughters, Felicia Marie Geller and Briana Elizabeth Heard; son-in-law Scott Geller; devoted grandsons Ryan Nielsen, Griffin John and James Powell Geller; his older sister and loving friend Elizabeth Heard Driscoll, brother-in law Gerard Driscoll and their sons Sean, Michael and Matthew; his confidant and younger brother Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Heard and sister-in-law Dr. Christine Heard and their son Kevin Christopher; his sister Lauren Heard and her children Alexandra and Gregory. In addition to his family, Chris leaves behind many close friends and colleagues as well as the countless people he touched during his time here. 

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:41P
'78
Charles P. Johnson

Charles Phillip Johnson M.A. ’78, Oct. 9, 2013. He was born in Independence, Missouri on June 8, 1924. He was very proud of his service in the Navy which he joined immediately after Pearl Harbor in 1941. He had to have parental permission to join because of his young age. He spent his entire tour of duty aboard ships in action in the South Pacific. His ship was one of the first to sail into Tokyo Harbor at the end of World War II. He enrolled in William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and received his BA degree. He partnered with his father in the family monument business founded by his grandfather in 1897. He sold his interest in the business to his younger brother and moved to San Francisco January 1, 1965. He started a driving school in San Francisco. After several years he began teaching Driver Education in the high school district in Sunnyvale, CA. He could see the writing on the wall concerning the future of Driver Education and took the necessary courses to begin teaching Special Education which he continued to teach until his retirement. He received his Masters degree in Special Education at Santa Clara University. November 1, 2000 he moved to Santa Rosa, CA where he resided until his death on October 9, 2013. Charlie was a member of the American Guild of Organists for over 60 years, first in Kansas City, later in San Jose and then Santa Rosa. He had played the organ in many churches over the years in these places and finally the Episcopal Mission of St. Andrew in Monte Rio, CA. Because of failing health he retired and was honored to be named Organist Emeritus October 30, 2011. He was a 67 year Master Mason. First in Independence Lodge and after moving to Santa Rosa, LaFayette Lodge #126 in Sebastopol, CA where he received his 50 year certificate. He was also a member of the Royal Arch and the Scottish Rite. He is survived by his business partner and best friend of 52 years Douglas DeForeest, his loving niece Marcia Hankins (Bill) and nephew Tripp Johnson (Sally).

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:35P
'78
Brian P. Beasley

Brian P. Beasley ’78, born 2/4/55, passed away on 9/29/12. A resident of Dublin, Brian died suddenly at the age of 57. Brian grew up in Cupertino and lived his last 12 years in Dublin, CA. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Brian went on to a career in the food industry as a food broker. Brian is survived by his wife of 21 years, Charlene and his daughters Elizabeth and Rebecca. Brian is also survived by his parents, Ralph and Betty Beasley and brother Patrick. A devoted husband and father, Brian enjoyed all aspects of life including sports, music, laughter, and quality time with family and friends.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 2:46P

1979

GRD Engineering '79
Stanley John Skidmore

Stanley John Skidmore MS ’79 died on October 9, 2010 in Layton, Utah. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 4, 1947, to Helen Glauser and Arthur John Skidmore Jr. Stan was an active person who loved all sports and the outdoors. He was an avid golfer and mountain biker. He also loved woodworking and created many beautiful things for his home and yard. An electrical engineer by profession, he worked at Iomega Corp. for 20 years. He received his B.S. from the University of Utah and M.S. from the University of Santa Clara. He served in the Vietnam conflict as a naval officer. He served a mission in the Franco-Belgian Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1966-1968. A dedicated volunteer, Stan tutored math students at the detention center in Roy. Stan is survived by his wife, Kathleen McDonald, son, Jeremy (Jessica), daughter, Melinda Taylor (Jason), son, Brett (Brittany), daughter, Lindsay Hickman (Blaine), father, Arthur Skidmore Jr., sisters, Christi Heal (Robert), and Shelley Kendall (Michael), and his 11 grandchildren, the joys of his life. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Helen Glauser Skidmore. 

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 12:26P
GRD Law '79
Ronald James Gomes

Ronald James Gomes J.D. '79, a Nellis Air Force Base Internet Administrator (Web Master), passed away April 13, 2011. Ron had a law degree from the University of Santa Clara law school, and an MBA and a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University. A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, he was born Jan. 13, 1946, in San Jose, Calif., and had been a resident of Nevada since 1960. Ronald is survived by his mother, Mildred; brothers, Geoffrey, Dennis, and Stephen; four nieces; and six nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen; and his brother, Douglas Paul.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 11:14A
'79
Robert T. Faubert

Robert Theodore Faubert M.S. ’79, 66, of Purcellville, VA, beloved husband, father, brother and friend, passed away on May 8, 2013 at Inova Loudoun Hospital after a brief illness. Ted spent most of his professional life working in the defense industry for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Corporation, and more recently for TASC Corporation in Chantilly, VA. Ted was an avid golfer and enjoyed scuba diving and helping with his children's sport and other activities. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed. Newsletter Ted was born on October 26, 1946 in El Paso, Texas to the late Victorand Clara Faubert. He graduated from Washington State University with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and later earned his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in California. Ted is survived by his wife of twenty three years Lorie Faubert of Purcellville, VA their two children Daniel and Claudia Faubert of Purcellville, VA four brothers Lawrence Faubert of Bend, OR: Charles Faubert of Richland, WA Richard Faubert of San Jose, CA David Faubert of Richland, WA one sister Victoria Fish of Livermore, CA and nine nieces and nephews. 

submitted May. 23, 2013 1:18P
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Norman D. Vesely

Norman D. Vesely MBA '79 died on January 17, 2010.

submitted Nov. 5, 2010 1:20P
'79
Natalia Ortiz Mead

Natalia Ortiz Mead ’79 was born on April 23, 1923, and passed away on December 26, 2012. A resident of Sunnyvale, she married William E. Mead Jr. and raised two daughters, two sons, and two grandsons. She served in the U.S. Army as an aircraft mechanic, 1943-1944. A retired WWII Veteran, she was an alumnus of Santa Clara University and a retired English teacher. Mead was a dedicated 49ers and Giants fan. She coached childrens' sports. Home was always open to friends. Survived by son Michael, daughter Marguerite, and 8 grandchildren. 

 

submitted Feb. 1, 2013 12:17P
'79
Margaret Saal Blatner

Margaret Saal Blatner, MBA ’79, J.D. ’80 passed away in January 2013 after a short illness.

 
submitted Jan. 7, 2014 10:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '79
Loris Louise Lynch

Loris “Lori” Louise Lynch ’79, age 54, passed away during the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2011, due to heart failure in her home in Chandler, Ariz. Born in San Francisco, she was the first-born child to ballet teacher Adrienne Elaine Lynch (McHugh) of Adrienne Elaine Dance Studios and San Francisco Police Sgt. Maurice Joseph Lynch  Jr.,  both of San Francisco. She grew up in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of San Anselmo and spent her summers working in Lake Tahoe, traveling with family and spending time at her beloved Camp Mather in Yosemite. Some of her fondest memories and friendships were made during her high school and college years. She attended The San Domenico School for Girls (1971–1975), and then went on to complete a B.A. at Santa Clara University (1975–1979), followed by a nursing degree (B.S.) at Boston University. After completing her studies, Lori had a long and fruitful career in medical sales. She also was an active member of the San Francisco Junior League for years before transferring to the Scottsdale chapter. On October 3,  2003,  during a beautiful ceremony overlooking the San Francisco Bay,  Lori married Richard J. Nelson of Wisconsin at the Alta Mira Hotel in Sausalito. Together, they lived in Sausalito and San Rafael, before retiring to Arizona,  where they split their time between Chandler and Pinewood (Munds Park). Lori's love for travel continued after marriage with explorations to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Hawaii with her husband. As an avid cruiser, Mexico and the Caribbean were her favorites. Lori was best described as quick-witted and sharp. She loved hearty discussions, whether they were about politics, history, or a debate over a Trivial Pursuit question. She will be missed and is survived by her husband, Richard J. Nelson of Chandler, Ariz., Steven Gregory Lynch (brother) of Scottsdale, Kerri Patrice Lynch (sister) of Scottsdale, Richard Craig Lynch (brother), and family Zuzy Martin Lynch (sister-in-law) and Craig Maurice Lynch (beloved nephew) of Larkspur, Calif.

submitted Jan. 20, 2012 12:59P
'79
Kathy Clements Hunt

Kathy Clements Hunt 79, age 56, of Clovis, California, died in an auto accident caused by inclement weather on November 23, 2013, while traveling home with her husband Tom 79 from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show in Oklahoma City. Kathy is survived by her husband, Tom, and son, Miles 12, J.D. ’15. She was a loving wife and mother who took pride in all of their accomplishments and provided them the best life possible.

Kathy and Tom met while attending Santa Clara University. They have been married for 33 years. She was most proud of Miles, 23, who also received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara and is currently enrolled in law school there. In addition to her love of her family, Kathy was an animal lover. She loved dogs and horses. She competed nationally with her AQHA registered horses. In 2009, she was the Adequan Select Pleasure Driving Champion with her horse, Sky's Moon Pie. There has been an outpouring of support for her family from Kathy's friends and fellow exhibitors in the horse industry, which demonstrates the impact she had on those who knew her.

submitted Jan. 12, 2014 9:22A
'79
Joyce Marilyn McLean

Joyce Marilyn McLean ’79 died Dec. 13,  2011. A resident of Los Gatos, Joyce,  the oldest child of John and Bertha Ellman, was born in Chicago,  attended the University of Chicago Laboratory School ,followed by the University of Chicago College, and earned a Hutchins BA at the age of 18 and a master's in Learning Disabilities from the University of Santa Clara. In 1959 with husband Doug and, at the time, three children, she moved to Perth, Australia, for three years. In Perth her social activism and concern for the treatment of Australian aborigines led her to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), an organization started in 1915 in response to the horrors of WWI. On return to the U.S. in San Jose and Santa Cruz, she continued work with WILPF for 50 more years with stints as an office holder both for U.S. WILPF and on the executive committee of International WILPF. Through the Vietnam War,  she participated in weekly vigils at the San Jose Induction Center. In May 1966,  long before the mass protests, she and three other women, the “Napalm Ladies,” in an act of civil disobedience, blocked the loading of napalm destined for Vietnam. In a jury trial for “interfering with lawful business,” the defense was permitted to introduce into evidence the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 and the Nuremberg Judgments establishing the case that use of napalm violated International Law. The jury found them guilty. As a speaker at a subsequent demonstration organized from Stanford University at the port of Redwood City,  she was interviewed by New York Times’ Tom Wicker, who recounted the profound impact of their conversation that spurred him to investigate and report on the breadth of the peace movement and the moral injustice of the war. Pete Seeger wrote and recorded two songs about the Napalm Ladies. Joyce, now raising six children, taught at night in volunteer programs for English learners. In the mid-seventies,  she was elected to serve on an all-women school board of the Loma Prieta School District. In less than one term, they were recalled for,  among other things, “trying to ram excellence down the throats of the community.” She, with a partner, went on to run a successful business where they tutored clients from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Governor Jerry Brown's first term reorganization of the Department put an end to that. She ran a school for a group home before becoming a coordinator and teacher for the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center's ESL Program until health issues forced her retirement. In 1995, with hundreds of other women from a dozen countries, she rode on a WILPF organized Peace Train from Helsinki to Beijing through Russia,  Belarus,  Romania,  Bulgaria,  Turkey,  Kazakhstan,  and China,  meeting with local peace activists and engaging them in workshops on the train. Joyce was an inveterate writer of Letters to the Editor. She read history,  biography,  sociology, and politics at a rate of two books per week. She was a devotee of Amy Goodman's Democracy Now. Joyce, especially as a Jew, was passionate about Israel-Palestine and Palestinian rights and was appalled by Israeli policy and that it was facilitated by the U.S. Quick witted, eager for discussion and debate with ready humor, a wonderful wife and mother, Joyce was our family's moral compass. Knowing that she was near death, which she accepted as a blessing, she brought us together for her final days to say goodbye. Immediate survivors are husband Doug, children Debra,  Ken,  Ruth,  Rebecca,  and David,  twelve grandchildren,  brother Michael and his children Bruce and Carol.

submitted Jan. 20, 2012 1:09P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
John Marvin Langholff

John Marvin Langholff '79 passed away on June 5, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved son of Marianne Langholff Morrisey and the late Marvin Langholff '58. Loving father of Daniel and Allison Langholff. Dearest brother of Mary Anne (Bill) Delaney '72, Joanie (Tom) Biniek '73, Nancy '76 and his twin brother Jim (Joan) Langholff. Graduate of St. Christophers, Bellarmine College Prep and Santa Clara University where he played Rugby. John loved to barbecue for family and friends and was an avid fan of the 49ers and Giants. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

submitted Jun. 15, 2011 1:30P
GRD Engineering '79
James A. Roberts '74, Ph.D. '79

James A. ‘Jim’ Roberts '74, Ph.D. '79, 65, passed away September 5, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, after a courageous bout with cancer. He was born on March 11, 1944, in Vandalia, Ill., the son of James and Marjorie ('Toad') Roberts, both of whom preceded him in death. Jim grew up in Chanute where he graduated from Chanute High School in 1962 as student body president. He attended the University of Kansas, where he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity and became commander. He graduated in 1966 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, graduating first in his class. Jim moved to the Boston area, where he worked for RCA on the NASA Apollo moon mission project. During this time, he also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1968. In 1969, Jim moved to the Silicon Valley area, where he worked in the high-tech aerospace industry until 1983. While in Northern California, Jim obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. In 1983, Jim moved to the Denver area where he took over the management of a major aerospace project for TRW Inc., (now part of Northrup Grumman). He eventually became the manager of TRW-Denver. In 1990, he fulfilled a life- long dream and returned to Lawrence to become professor and Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. Beginning in January 1998, Jim served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Service and later as Associate Vice- Provost. He was the vice-provost for research from 2003 until 2007. In 2007, he returned to teaching as a full- time professor. During his time at KU, Jim also served as the president and chief operating officer of the KU Center for Research, Inc., and on Senator Pat Roberts' Advisory Committee on Science, Technology, and the Future. Among his numerous other professional, civic, and charitable activities, Jim served on the founding board of the Douglas County ECO2 Commission, the committee that wrote the Douglas County Bioscience Plan. He also served as president of the board of Big Brothers of Denver, president of the noon Kiwanis in Lawrence, and a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Personal interests included reading, genealogy, collecting Russian stamps, and spending time with family and friends at Grand Lake, Okla. He was particularly proud of his personal library, his ability to mix a great martini, and most importantly, his family. Jim married his childhood sweetheart, Carol Diane Helton, in June 1965. Other survivors include his son, Mike Roberts and his wife Anita of Overland Park, Kan.; his daughter, Sally Roberts Gorzelanski and her husband Mike of Littleton, Colo.; his four grandchildren, Abby Roberts, Jake Roberts, Max Gorzelanski and Hank Gorzelanski; his sister, Nancy Castellucci; his parents-in- law, Bill and Barbara Helton; his brother- in-law, Richard Helton and his wife Mechalina; his sister-in-law, Joan Myers and her husband Ken; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

submitted Oct. 5, 2009 11:27A
GRD Law '79
Isamu "Sam" Yoshida

Isamu "Sam" Yoshida J.D. ’79 passed away peacefully July 4, 2012 at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital in California. He was born in Nagoya, Japan, in December 1945 and permanently moved to the U.S. with his mother, stepfather and siblings in 1960. He graduated in 1964 from Rancho High School in Las Vegas, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from March 1966 to December 1968. Sam was wounded in Vietnam, in the harrowing hill fighting during the first battle of Khe Sanh, in the spring of 1967 by exploding shrapnel which left him with a small blind spot in his right eye.

In 1972, he married Gail Etsuko Hiroshima, a native of San Francisco, in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas. During his 40 years of marriage, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973 with a B.S. Degree from the College of Engineering, received his Professional Engineer's License Civil in Engineering in 1976, graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1979, and passed the California State BAR Examination in 1979. Besides being a member of the California State BAR, he was also a member of The American Society of Civil Engineers, American Military Engineers Society, Wilderness Unlimited, and had briefly been a participating member of Rotary International.

His career path led him to work at the following institutions and businesses: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Western Division in San Bruno, Calif.; Officer in Charge of Construction Yokosuka, Japan, as Head of Acquisition; Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwestern Division San Diego, as Director of Contracts, General Services Administration (GSA), as Director of Contracts; GSA, as Director of Real Estate; Parsons Brinckerhoff San Jose office, as Contracts Manager; Los Angeles Unified School District, as Director of Facilities Contracts; Seville Group, Inc. as Senior VP and General Counsel; and finally back at Parsons Brinckerhoff International Engineering Firm San Francisco as Legal Manager, Western Region.

He was preceded in passing by his mother, Mitsuko Yoshida Lauver; brother, HN James Lauver, USN; and stepfather, TSgt John T. Lauver, USAF. Sam is survived by his devoted and dearly beloved wife, Gail; beloved companion cat, Velvet; and his loving family, sister, Bonnie (Hugh) Murtaugh; niece, Erin; and nephews, Devin and Bryan; brother, Jan (Barbie) Lauver J.D. ’81; and nephews, John-Matthew and James; brother, Dennis (Karen) Lauver; and nieces, Rebecca and Meghan.

One of the last things he told Gail was that he was eternally grateful for his wonderful life and all the many precious and lasting relationships that he had made since his middle school years in Japan. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:18A
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