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Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1960s
William Tagmyer ’60, a longtime University of Portland board member, passed away on Sept. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.
Even as he faced death, friends say he was unfailingly positive. Tagmyer approached his cancer treatment the same way he approached business, philanthropy and volunteering: with a big smile.
“I’m sure he had his down moments, but I never saw it,” said University of Portland President E. William Beauchamp. “He always seemed to be in a good mood.”
Tagmyer served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve before settling into the steel business. He ran Northwest Pipe Company for nearly 30 years, becoming president and CEO in 1986, just after its financial crisis. Tagmyer pulled the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and by 1988, Northwest Pipe reported record earnings. Under his leadership, the company grew from $19 million to more than $500 million in revenues.
The well-known Oregon businessman and philanthropist Bill "Tag" Tagmyer died in Boston, two weeks after undergoing surgery for thoracic mesothelioma. He was born on Jan. 31, 1938. A compassionate and fun-loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill lived the family motto: "Work hard, play hard and contribute to society."
Bill was a "steel guy" who began his career with United States Steel in 1961. He worked for the Gunderson Division of FMC Corporation from 1969-75, and for L.B. Foster and its subsidiaries from 1975-85. He then joined Northwest Pipe Company, where he was president and CEO from 1985 to 2000 and board chairman from 1985 to 2012. This past summer, Bill was honored for his "55 years of exceptional service to the steel industry as an entrepreneur, visionary, leader and friend."
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, in which he rose to the rank of captain. He was an energetic board member for dozens of entities in Portland and California, among them are the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (chairman), the University of Portland, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Easter Seals and the Arlington Club. He was also a passionate golfer, serving as president of both the Waverley Country Club in Portland and the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., as well as the board of the Western Oregon Golf Society. Bill is survived by his wife, Lucy of Lake Oswego; sons, Bill Jr. (wife, Cindy, and children, Lindsay, Kelsey and Whitney) and Steve (wife, Vicki, and children, Michelle and Dawson); daughters, Kris Tuor (husband, Darren, and children, Dalton and Dylan) and Karey Gutierrez '90 (husband, Bernard, and children, Sophie and Ellie); brother, Bob (wife, Sue); and multiple treasured nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Rita Tagmyer; and sister, Joyce Suess.
He was active with many charities, including one that sends poor golf caddies to college. In addition to the university's board, Tagmyer served on the boards of theOregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and the Easter Seals Society of Oregon.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:45P
GRD Law '60
James R. Tormey Jr.
James R. Tormey Jr. J.D. '60 May 27, 1935 - October 5, 2013 Resident of Medford, Ore. James "Jim" Roland Tormey, Jr., passed away on Oct. 5, 2013 in Medford, Ore. at the age of 78. Born to James R and Hope Allario Tormey of San Jose, Jim was raised in San Mateo, attended San Mateo High School ('53), then San Jose State ('57) where he met and married Mary Pat O'Donnell, also of San Mateo, in 1957. He resumed his studies after his ROTC service to earn his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University in 1960, returning to San Mateo where his 5 children were born, raised and educated. Jim practiced Law from his San Mateo offices until 1997, when he retired to his family's beloved ranch on the California/Oregon border. Jim was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District in 1971 and served on the board for 24 years. He was a founding director of the Borel Bank & Trust Company (now Boston Private Bank & Trust) from 1979 to 2002, and served as Judge Pro-Tem in the San Mateo County Courts from 1972 to 1997. Jim was an active member of several service and professional organizations, many for decades and often serving as President or Board Chair, including the San Mateo County Congress of Elected Officials, San Mateo Heart Association, Combined Health Agencies Drive, The Bombay Bicycle Riding Club and the Kiwanis, which he joined in 1963. Jim was a fierce advocate for public education, an avid skier, dedicated outdoorsman and appreciator of the challenges and rewards of the rural lifestyle. Jim is survived by Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Tormey, his wife of 28 years, of Medford, Oregon, and his children Anne (Richard) Freeman of Auburn, Erin Tormey of Half Moon Bay, Christopher Tormey of Auburn, Gregory (Stacy) Tormey of Cotati, Marc (Deanna) Tormey of San Mateo, step-daughters Tobi Fenn of Fremont and Jacqueline (Clinton) Ward of Redwood City and 11 treasured grandchildren.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:20P
Frank E. Quinn
Francis E. "Frank" Quinn ’60 died on August 11, 2013 in Seattle. He was born in Seattle to Albert and Frances Quinn on October 10, 1938. He graduated from the St. Joseph Grammar School and Seattle Preparatory in Seattle, and The University of Santa Clara in California. He served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He is survived by his four daughters, Corrine Fishman, Colleen Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Kelly Quinn, all of California, three grandsons, and a granddaughter. He is also survived his siblings Joseph Quinn ’56 of Medina, Philip Quinn of Seattle, Louise Sifferman of San Juan Capistrano, and Catherine Turner of Escalo, California.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:24P
Lee A. Cook
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:47A
James Frank Schmiederer
James Frank Schmiederer ’61, MBA '63, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:56A
GRD Engineering '61
Charles J. Larson, Sr. (Chuck)
Charles (Chuck) Larson, Sr. ’61, 82, formerly of Sunnyvale, Calif. went to heaven surrounded by family on April 9, 2013. He is survived by wife Betty and four children, Cathy (Andrew) Cattaneo, Chares, Jr. (Patrice), William (Patti) Larson, Theresa (Lawrence) Pierce, and eleven grandchildren. Charles worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in Santa Clara. He retired to Grass Valley and later to Oro Valley, Ariz. Although he was a great husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was POPPY to his 11 grandchildren. Legacy.com and Arizona Daily Star have a full obituary. He loved Santa Clara University and all it gave him. Thank you, Betty Larson
submitted Jul. 16, 2013 11:56A
UGRD Engineering '61
Charles B. Gass Jr.
Charles Bernard Gass Jr. ’61 age 74, died in Chandler, Arizona, on May 26, 2013. A Phoenix native, Bernie was born in 1939 as the first of 10 children to the late Charles Bernard Gass Sr., another Phoenix native, and Nina T. Gass. The family lived on a farm at 19th Avenue and Earll Drive. Bernie was a member of the Brophy College Preparatory class of 1957 and was captain of the basketball team. Bernie attended the University of Santa Clara before graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He also completed the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan in 1980. Bernie joined Arizona Public Service in 1961 as an engineer. He was promoted in 1973 to the newly created position of Fuel Supply Manager, a position he excelled at until his retirement in 1995. Bernie's hobbies included fishing, camping, hiking, tennis, reading, dirt bike riding, gardening, and genealogy. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Margo; his dear brothers and sisters Toni Dole, Linda Garnand, Ron Gass, Madeline Kelly, Paula Ames, Dick Gass, Monica Barnekoff, Victor Gass, and Jerry Gass; his beloved children Larry Gass, Kathy Anderson, and Tom Gass; his precious grandchildren Jennifer Gass, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Gass, David Gass, Tim Gass, and Charlie Gass. Bernie was preceded in death by his beloved son Steven. Bernie was an exceptional figure to many others, whom he lovingly accepted as his own, including the spouses of his brothers, sisters, children, their children and step-children. Bernie will be remembered for his caring and kindness.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:51P
Charles "Chuck" Larson Sr.
Charles "Chuck" J. Larson Sr. ’61, 82, of Oro Valley, AZ, formerly of Sunnyvale, CA and Grass Valley, CA went to heaven on April 9, 2013 surrounded by family. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 22, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meta Anderson and William Larson Sr. and brother, William Larson Jr. A Coast Guard Veteran, Charles graduated in 1961 from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Essner Larson in 1951, and over their 61 years of marriage, he worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in the Bay Area. He retired to Grass Valley, CA and Oro Valley, AZ in 2004. Although he was a husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was ""Poppy,"" the name given to him by his 11 grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Cathy Cattaneo (Andy), Charles Larson Jr. (Patrice), William Larson (Patti) and Teri Pierce (Lawrence); adored and missed by his grandchildren, Elizabeth Cattaneo, Meg and Steven Larson, Ashley (Ulm), Victoria, Chelsea and Tyler Larson, Lauren, CJ, Zack and Billy Pierce.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:12A
GRD Law '62
Willys I. Peck
Willys Irvine Peck J.D. ’62, a lifelong Saratogan, passed away on April 16. He was 89.
He was born August 21, 1923, and through the years became an iconic representative of the World War II generation. His spaciousness of soul was nourished in the orchards bordering his first childhood home; his character honed itself through the jobs he picked up around town, delivering magazines and groceries, cleaning houses, and getting up at 2 a.m. on Sundays to start the furnace in the church. Many of his adult passions were seeded in his youth. The printer's ink in his blood flowed from his newspaperman father, Llewellyn Peck, and his love for the witty and elegant turn of phrase came both from his father and his mother Lida, who was dedicated to good literature and writing. Willys considered himself a lucky man. A veteran of WWII, he was a member of the 20th armored division, one of three divisions credited by the U.S. army with the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Yet he felt lucky to have entered the war late enough to return home unscathed. His next big stroke of luck was his marriage to Betty Ruth Wesson in 1952. Their home in Saratoga, with its giant oaks and the creek running behind the house, gave them the space to build a magical environment, with an amphitheater for producing theatrical events, a railroad that circled the house, a train station, blacksmith shop, and printing museum complete with linotype. An avid hand-press printer, Willys was a member of the San Jose Printer's Guild. He was passionate about theater, trains and the written word. He was an author, a playwright and a poet. Willys graduated from UC Berkeley in 1949 and began his career as a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News (for a tribute from that paper, read here) as a copy editor and assistant city editor. Years later he wrote a column for the Saratoga News. In 1962 he graduated from Santa Clara Law School and practiced law until returning to the Mercury where he continued to work on the city desk even after his official retirement in 1989 for a total of 55 years. Active in preserving his town's history, Willys was involved in the Saratoga Historical Foundation and Museum, Montalvo's Phelan Library, and the California History Center. He was a member of the Saratoga Men's Club and the Saratoga Federated Church where he was christened when "both he and the Julia Morgan Chapel were new." Involved in his community, he served on many local boards including the West Valley-Mission Community College District Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty, two children, Bill Peck of Santa Clara and Anna Rainville of Saratoga, two granddaughters, Sarah and Merina Rainville, and son-in-law, Don Rainville.
submitted Apr. 25, 2013 9:51P
Thomas Rudolf Ross '62 was born on November 17, 1940 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Lillian Mae Stindt and Edward Martin Ross. He died Feb. 21, 2014. He grew up in Minnesota the second of three sons. In high school, he was a star basketball player, and after his family moved to California in 1957, he played basketball at Santa Clara University. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and an outstanding 6'8" athlete who also enjoyed baseball, skiing, golf, bowling, and playing cards with family and friends. He began his career as a draftsman and worked in engineering for several technology companies, followed by a long career as a successful realtor. Tom was a devoted friend and neighbor who always offered to lend a hand (and a power tool).
Tom passed away on February 21, 2014 in Lodi, California where he had lived with his family for the past 14 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother David Ross. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years Carolyn Ross, his brother Mark Ross, and his five children: Randy (Connie) Ross, Janet Ross (Terry Gonzales), Kimberly (John) Reilly, Brandalin (Craig) Barnes, and Heather Ross, as well as his eight grandchildren: Brittany Jarrett, Josh Means, Brooke Rutschmann, Curtis Barnes, Benjamin Barnes, Riley Ross, Carolin Barnes, and Savanah Barnes.
submitted Feb. 25, 2014 1:04P
Robert Wieand ’62 passed away on September 17, 2012. He was a loving husband and father. Bob was born on Dec. 4, 1935. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956-1960. He then joined the Chart House Restaurants where he worked for 28 years. He truly lived by the rule of treating others the way he would want to be treated. Bob was the kind of Dad that would drop everything to be with his kids. Living in San Diego, Calif., Bob loved to be active and enjoyed tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Bob's smile lit up a room, and his joy was infectious. He will be remembered for his love for his family and friends. He will be truly missed. He is survived by his wife Judy and his children Kathryn and Michael.
submitted Oct. 5, 2013 10:11A
Gregg A. Steber
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.
Gregg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 25, 1940. His parents, Arnold Steber and Maxine Boyle Steber and Gregg moved to Woodside in 1946. He attended Ballarmine College Prep and graduated from University of Santa Clara in 1962. In August, Gregg and Michaela Conley were married in El Cerrito, California and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Gregg attended Marquette Medical School. He graduated in 1966 and spent two years at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas as a flight surgeon. In 1969, the family settled in Nevada City, California.
Dr. Gregg was a family physician for 41 years. He also spent ten years as a visiting doctor at the jails in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado Counties. Gregg taught CCD classes to high school students attending St. Patrick’s Church for fourteen years. He was active in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and mentored a young man through junior high and high school.
Gregg had a love for the outdoors, whether skiing on fresh powder, operating his John Deere tractor on his ranch or splitting wood for winter warmth. He attended all his children’s sporting events and never missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren.
Gregg’s survivors include his wife, Michaela; son, Brian; daughters, Lisette, Danielle, Molly and her husband, Michael Neves; his grandchildren, Claire, Amanda and Gregg Neves, Jacob and Lukas Locker, Briana and Justin Bellamy and cousins, Sandi Murray and Kenneth Colson. God Bless You Dad, Grandpa and Friend.
submitted Nov. 22, 2013 11:58A
Edward Louis Muckerman '62, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2014. Born July 19, 1941 to Raymond Muckerman and Barbara Koller in St. Louis, Mo. Eventually The Muckerman family moved to Phoenix, Az. Eldest of 10 brothers and sisters, Ed was the first to graduate from Brophy College Preparatory and later attended The University of Santa Clara. Later in life, Ed developed Multiple Sclerosis and bravely lived with this debilitating disease. For the last 35 years Ed lived with grace and dignity in The City By The Bay he loved so much. His heart was always open to family and friends. Those who knew Ed remember his passion for sports and movies as well as his gentle quiet "Easy Ed" nature. His spirit will shine bright forever-"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." We will never forget you Pops. Left to cherish his memory are his children: E. Louis Muckerman and Tori Anne Muckerman; granddaughters Mackenzie Greene and Simone Chavez and former wife Anne Marie Busscher. He is also survived by his eight brothers and sisters: Ted, Frank, Steve, Larry, Terry, Judy Sigmundson, Trudy McCleary, and Christine Elwick.
submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:43P
Michael D. Soper
Michael D. Soper ’63, May 30, 2013. Bartender, Carpenter, Real Estate Broker, Assistant Professor at Fresno State, General Contractor, Home Builder, Chief Appraiser, State of California R/W Appraiser: Truly a Wearer of Many Hats. Writer, Artist, Storyteller, Wordsmith, Historian, Photographer: A Real Beat. Panther, Don, Bronco, Golden Bear: A Gentleman and a Scholar. Friend. Drinking Buddy. Onetwelfth of the Dirty Dozen. Husband to Pam. Dad to Kate, Braden and Stephen. Papa to Lucas, Juna and Olive. NOW RETIRED...and missed by all. We Love You Mike. For information on the celebration of Mike's life write email@example.com.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:14A
Joseph D. Cusick
Joseph David Cusick MBA ’63 Oct. 18, 1929-Mar. 27, 2013. A resident of Los Gatos, he passed away at home in Los Gatos, of melanoma. He is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 61 years, Kathryn Vermilya Moore Cusick, their eight children Stephen, Anne, Eileen, Michael (Joyce) Joseph (Nanette), Mary, James (Michelle), and John (Eiko), 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Joe was born in Chicago on October 18, 1929, to Joseph M. and Rose Gerrity Cusick. He came to California to attend Stanford University, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism organization, Navy ROTC, and the football and wrestling teams. After receiving his degree in 1951, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Princeton off Korea. He was trained as a pilot in Pensacola, FL and was assigned to fighter squadrons at Moffett NAS. While on night maneuvers in July 1954, his jet experienced a flameout; he guided the aircraft away from residential areas and made a crash landing in a cherry orchard in Sunnyvale. He continued to fly jets and antisubmarine aircraft at Alameda NAS as a reserve officer. Joe had a long career in military aerospace, first at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company for ten years and then as a civilian manager at the Air Force Satellite Test Center, both in Sunnyvale. He was Chief of Operations at the time he retired in 1991. He received an MBA at Santa Clara University in 1963, was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Business School in 1972-73, and received an MS from San Jose State University in 1976. Joe met his wife Kathy at Stanford, and after graduation both were active volunteers for the university. He was a fundraiser for over 50 years and served as chair/co-chair for numerous alumni conferences and class reunions. He served as chairman of the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries and was a board member of Stanford Associates. He received the Gold Spike Award in 1973 for distinguished volunteer service and the Stanford Associates Award in 1995. He was also a member of the Block S Society, Buck-Cardinal Club, Alumni Association, and Founding Grant Society. Joe loved to travel, beginning with his teenage road trips throughout the western United States and Mexico. After retirement, he and Kathy traveled throughout Europe and to other destinations such as Japan, China, Australia, and South Africa, frequently as part of biennial reunions with his Stanford Sloan Program classmates and spouses. He was also active in the Saratoga Men's Club, Los Gatos Rotary, and the Los Gatos Museum Association.
submitted May. 22, 2013 3:59A
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
Frank Firpo Jr.
Frank Bert Firpo Jr. '63, 73, of San Bruno, died peacefully on Jan. 10, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Frankand Marie Firpo on December 9th, 1940 in San Francisco. He attended St. Cecilia School ('55), St Ignatius College Preparatory ('59) and Santa Clara University ('63). While at Santa Clara, he met the love of his life, Sharon Marie (McHugh) Firpo, and they married on December 26, 1964.
Frank was a teacher at Burlingame High School for 39 years. In addition to teaching, he coached the school's boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball and girls softball teams. He was a devoted Giants and Santa Clara basketball fan, and used his season tickets to attend every game possible. In retirement he developed a love of cooking, world travel, gardening and cheering on his grandsons in their own sports. Throughout it all, he also served at St. Robert's as lector and Eucharistic minister.
Frank is survived by his wife Sharon, brother George (Patricia - deceased), son Tony and his wife Chrissy and children Jason, Ryan and Connor, daughter Julie and her husband Karl Bohn and children Brendan and Kevin, son TJ and his husband Ben Bowler, and daughter Janet and her husband Dave Baird and children JT and Tommy.
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 10:16A
Edward P. Creehan
Dr. Edward Patrick Creehan ’63, Aug. 13, 2013. A.k.a. 'Purr-C', 'Dr. Cutie Pie', 'Bub', 'Pepys', 'Grampy', and 'Pepsi Pat', he passed away at his home in Fair Oaks, Calif. surrounded by family. He was 71 years old. Born in 1941 in Virginia to mother Mary Rita Creehan and Edward Patrick Creehan, Patrick spent much of his youth in San Mateo, Calif. He attended Serra High School, followed by Santa Clara University, UCSF for medical school, and the University of Michigan for his residency in Dermatology. Patrick was also a flight surgeon in the Navy, stationed in Antarctica. During his time there, he would frequent New Zealand, which was where he was set up on a blind date with the woman who would become the love of his life. Patrick and his kiwi bride would later settle down in Fair Oaks where they shared a life filled with travel, art, food, drink, philanthropy, books, movies, family, and love. Patrick is predeceased by his wife, Yvonne Creehan. He is survived by his son, Mark Rea; daughters, Alexandra Creehan and Tara Creehan; son-in-law, Charles Sommer; grandchildren, Colin, Jennifer, and Indira; sister, Mary Richardon ’68; brother, Dennis Creehan; brother-in-law, Stan Leven; sister-in-law, Liz Gross; cousin, Rob Hutchinson; honorary daughter Rhonda Pope, many loving nieces and nephews; cats, Draupadi and Sita; and dog, Emmy Lou.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:57P
James R. Grube
James Russell Grube '64, 71, of Pinehurst, died unexpectedly, but peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was born to Russell and Adele Grube, Oct. 17, 1942, in San Jose, Calif. Rick's Auto Jim graduated in 1964 from the University of Santa Clara, where he played defensive positions on the football team, and the University of California (Boalt Hall), J.D., in 1967. Jim served as a captain, Infantry Branch, with the 11th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon returning to civilian ranks, Jim served as the assistant district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco from 1970 to 1975. He practiced law with the firm of Murray & Grube in Palo Alto, Calif., and the firm of Campeau & Grube, in San Jose, Calif. He was selected for the Best Lawyers In America, 1987. Jim was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, in 1988 and served until 2006. In this role, he served with passion to ensure that the litigants who came before him, whether institutional entities or individuals, experienced the fair administration of justice and understood the reasoning for his rulings. He particularly enjoyed and was generous in mentoring the law clerks who worked with him during his tenure on the bench. He often said that he learned as much from them as they had from him. In 1996, Jim married Marilyn Morgan, his colleague on the bench. He thrived on the robust collaboration with Marilyn to elevate the quality of the local practice and to make procedures more streamlined and accessible. During his career he belonged to numerous bar associations, such as The Inns of Court, which promotes civility, but also to the Rotary Club of San Jose, and he supported Habitat for Humanity and the San Jose Historical Society. An avid golfer with seven holes-in-one to his credit, Jim visited Pinehurst frequently before he and Marilyn retired to Pinehurst in 2009. Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn Grube; and his daughter, Annelise, and her husband, Rhamy Kirdani. He will also be sorely missed by his extended family, stepsons Terry Adamson and Mark Towery and their respective families.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Stuart E. Halliday
Stuart E. Halliday '65, August 16, 2013. He was 70 and a thirty year resident of Evanston. Born in Chicago on June 7, 1943, he graduated from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He worked for many years at Northwestern University as a staff assistant. A talented folk and blues musician, Stuart performed on guitar and banjo at the No Exit Cafe when it was located in Evanston, and will be missed by the folk music community. Stuart was a well-educated man of many interests there was never a dull moment when in his company. He will be forever loved and cherished by his son, Ian and grandson, Liam of Norridge, Illinois, and his sisters, Nancy Halliday of Glenview, Illinois, Sue Brooks of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and Ann Ellis of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:27P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
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
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