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1990

'90
William "Bill" Enos

 William J. "Bill" Enos ’90, 44, of Carmichael, CA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 22, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer and their three beautiful daughters, Natalie (13), Sarah (10), Shannon (8); his parents Bill and Sally Enos, brother Mark '83 (Heather), sister Karen, and 9 nieces and nephews.  Bill was born in Redding, CA on August 23, 1968, graduated from Rio Americano HS and Santa Clara Univ. where he played baseball, was captain, and was awarded the team MVP while making the all conference team in his junior and senior years. He was active in Carmichael Girls Softball as a manager, coach and served as league president for 2 years. He will be sadly missed by his family, numerous loyal friends, co-workers and clients of NDS.

submitted May. 22, 2013 4:05A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Linda Laverne (Scott)

Linda Laverne (Scott), B.S. '90 on Nov. 26, 2009. Born in Woodland, Calif., on June 16, 1968. She will be remembered by family and friends for her playful and loving spirit and for striving for excellence in all parts of her life. A talented and accomplished ceramic artist, she has pottery gracing homes around the world. She leaves her husband Christophe and their three children Emeric, Quentin, and Maylis.

submitted Feb. 10, 2010 8:44A
'90
Kathleen Davey

Kathleen Davey ’90, June 21, 2013. A resident of Campbell, Davey died June 21, 2013 ans  was just 46. Kathleen is survived by her husband Mike Davey ’90 of Saratoga, her two beautiful daughters Samantha and Rachel, her mother Connie McGrath of San Jose and her siblings Wendy Krafft and Joe McGrath of Hollister, Megan McGrath of Fremont, Jim McGrath of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sheila Martins of Ft. Bragg. Kathleen (Bean) was the sixth child of Connie M.A. ’83 and Jerry McGrath ’56, M.A. ’72.

Kathleen was a Santa Clara Valley native, and when she was born the entire neighborhood waited on the street curb to greet her when her parents brought her home for the first time. From that day forward, she was adored by her family and friends. We miss the joy her sense of humor, angelic laugh, contagious smile, and love of life brought to all of us. Kathleen received a B.S. from Santa Clara University in Political Science and went on to a successful career as a Paralegal and caseworker, most prominently at Onetta and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati.

Kathleen's most treasured accomplishment was her role as loving mother for her daughters Samie and Rachie. Kathleen was the best friend to many and the confidant of all who knew her. She had a unique way of making everyone she knew feel that there was a special bond between them. She will be greatly missed.

 

submitted Jul. 4, 2013 6:48A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '90
Jean Kathryn Klein

Jean Kathryn Klein MA ’90 was born into this world August 4, 1942. On November 27, 2011 she was united with her Lord in the next. She spent her first 25 years in St. Louis, Mo. She moved to southern California and then to Colorado Springs for a brief time before moving back to the west coast. She earned a masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Santa Clara University in 1990. She has worked with Stanislaus County and private clients since 1994. Kathy was actively involved in the music community of Modesto. She was a member of The First United Methodist Church Choir, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Townsand Opera Players. She will be greatly missed by the many groups and individuals that she gave her heart to.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:54P
'90
Henry J. Greiner

Henry Joseph Greiner M.A. ’90 passed away peacefully on May 17, 2013. Henry was born on March 16, 1943, in Keota, Iowa, to Leonard and Mary (Woerdeman) Greiner. He always said, The two best things I ever did were to get ordained and to get married. He was ordained in 1968 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport and served as pastor in many parishes in the Diocese, ending up with one of the largest parishes of the Diocese, St Mary's in Iowa City. While attending Santa Clara University on a study leave he met Anne Blair M.A. ’90. In 1993, he left ordained ministry to marry Anne. They have lived in Palo Alto, Calif., for 20 years. He worked as the administrator of the El Retiro Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos, Calif., until 1998. He then became a financial planner with Money Concepts International. In 2001, he began working part time for several of the mortuaries in the Palo Alto area. By request he would conduct funerals of those who did not belong to a congregation but wanted a religious service. Henry felt he was a blessed man and throughout his life he was pleased to share those blessings in many wonderful ways. Henry loved his grandchildren, travel, golf, fine wines, salmon fishing in Alaska, the Iowa Hawkeyes and sunsets on the beach. He is survived by his wife, Anne, stepsons, Christopher Blair (Manisha) and Andrew Blair (Robin) and his grandchildren, Anand, Sonali, Ewan and Mimi Blair. He is also survived by his brothers, Paul Greiner (Nadine) and Marlin Greiner his sisters, Jeanette Vittetoe, Veronica Menke (Paul) and Marlene Clerkin (Patrick) and 25 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents sister-in-law, Bonnie Greiner brother-in-law, Alvin Vittetoe and godson, Douglas Vittetoe.

submitted Jul. 19, 2013 5:15P
GRD Engineering '90
Donald Edward Dalton

Donald Edward Dalton M.S. ’90, age 48, of Springdale, died March 26, 2012, at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. He was born in Little Rock on July 12, 1963, to Donald and Betty (Carson) Dalton. Donald received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and completed his master's studies in business administration, both at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He also received his master's of science degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University in California. Donald was an active member of Cross Pointe Community Church in Tontitown and was a computer engineer with Hewlett-Packard. Survivors include his wife, Susan of the home; children, William Aubrey Dalton of Fayetteville, Amelia Dalton and Alex Dalton of the home; his parents; one brother; two sisters; and numerous stepsiblings, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. 

submitted Apr. 19, 2012 3:39P

1991

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '91
Victor C. LaVoie

Rev. Victor C. LaVoie M.A. ’91, 69, of Woburn, Mass., went to his heavenly reward June 26, 2014. The son of Rene and Ruth (McCusker) LaVoie, he was born August 25, 1944 in Hartford, Conn.. His early years were spent in Manchester, Conn., before moving to Watertown. He graduated from Saint Mary's School in Waltham. He attended Saint John's Seminary, and was ordained May 15, 1971. He attended Boston College and received his Master's in Spirituality from Santa Clara University in California. Brother of Anne Uva of Syracuse, N.Y., John LaVoie and his wife Mary of Duxbury, Joseph LaVoie and his wife Debbie of East Falmouth, and the late Thomas LaVoie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Fr. LaVoie has served in parishes in Chelsea, Hingham, West Roxbury, Hudson, Chelmsford, Wilmington, Lahey Clinic in Burlington and Saint Eulalia's in Winchester. 

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 11:16P
GRD Law '91
Stephen M. Marlowe
Stephen M. Marlowe J.D. ’91 passed away on Dec. 17, 2013 in Sedona, Ariz., where has has resided since 2005. He was born May 5, 1936, in Jackson, Tenn. He is survived by wife Patty of Sedona; daughter Shaun (Lee) Gardner of Sedona; grandchildren Brandy Gardner and Easton (Camilo) Arango; and great-grandson Javi Pacheco. 

 

submitted Jan. 29, 2014 3:54P
GRD Engineering '91
Robert J. Radford

Robert J. Radford M.S. ’91, 54 of Fremont, formerly of Somis, passed away on August 1, 2012. Survived by his sons, Bryan 23, Nolan 18, and his siblings, Janet and David as well as his double-first cousins, John, Steve, and Bill and his former wife, Debra. Rob graduated from Moorpark College, UC Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Finite Element Analysis (FEA). His favorite hobbies were golfing, surfing, soccer, hiking, and brewing his own beer.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:28A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '91
Rita B. Prime

Rita Burke Prime M.A. '76, M.A. '91  After a full and complete life, passed away peacefully August 3, 2009. Rita Margaret Mary Burke was born in New York City on 11/21/1915. She lost both her parents early in life, and lived in Connecticut with her step-grandmother, who was the joy of Rita's young life, and who inspired her love of Ireland and all things Irish, who nurtured in her the complete love and support of her family, and the inclusion in this family of all she came in contact with. If you ever met Rita, you knew she was "tough Irish", a coffee "fiend", a "fresh air fanatic", and a lifelong Dodgers fan. You also probably fell in love with her and became her friend forever. Rita met Ellis Roy Prime and they married on September 14, 1942 in New York City. Soon after, Rita and Roy moved to Los Angeles, where they had three children, Robert Bruce, Mary Ann, and Patricia Kathryn. They established a home and a strong base of family and friends, raised their children, and were very active in their Church. Rita always considered Los Angeles her "true home". Rita completed her college degree and began teaching high school in Southern California. Rita and Roy moved to Mountain View, Calif., in July of 1970, and Rita quickly became a teacher at Milpitas High School. She founded and ran their reading program and was the band counselor. During that time she was awarded a master's degree from Santa Clara University in education. While at SCU she joined Pi Lambda Theta sorority, and coordinated and ran a program dispersing information about head injuries, among many other projects. She also opened and ran an educational supply store for several years, all while still teaching. After retiring from Milpitas, she continued in education by consulting for the East Side Union High School district in San Jose. After moving north, Rita and Roy became parishioners at St. Joseph's Church in Mountain View. They became very involved with many aspects of the Church, and Rita was a founding member of the pastoral counseling group there. She returned to Santa Clara University and was awarded a master's degree in pastoral counseling. She continued as a lay minister and pastoral counselor past 2000. She had boundless energy, a smile for everyone, and a truly caring spirit of uncommon joy and generosity. Her greatest pride was her family: Robert Bruce (Donna), Mary Ann, and Patricia Kathryn (Doug McLean); her grandchildren Michael Bruce Prime (Warapha), Dennis Robert Prime (Lisa), William Wiley Bedsworth II (Louise), and Megan Aileen Bedsworth (Kent Bailey), and her great-grandchildren Kaelan, Jesse, Olivia, Gavin, Ellie, Colleen, and Wiley. She was the center of a loving family and will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.

submitted Aug. 27, 2009 11:04A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Michael Robert Dolan
Michael Robert Dolan ’91 passed away on February 9, 2011. Mike was born on June 21, 1969 in New Jersey to Robert and Marianne Dolan. After spending a few years in Minnesota, the family moved to California and Mike grew up in Fullerton. He attended St. Juliana School and graduated from Troy High School as valedictorian. He attended Santa Clara University and graduated at the top of his class in 1991 with a B.S. in Decision and Information Sciences. He was instrumental in starting and developing Briefing.com. Work with this company brought him to Chicago. His success allowed him to semi-retire in his early 30s. He spent the last several years studying at the University of Chicago pursuing his passions: math, physics, and philosophy. Mike was brilliant. He was a long-time member of Mensa. He worked tirelessly when he was brainstorming a new business idea or taking post-graduate classes. Mike was also athletic and excelled in sports. He played tennis and baseball, ran track and cross country, played beach volleyball and enjoyed surfing. He was an avid and fearless skier. Mike will be remembered for his kind, amiable and easy-going demeanor, his quick and brilliant mind, his athleticism and his sense of humor. He was a beloved son and a hero as a brother. He was a fun-loving and generous uncle. Mike is survived by his parents, Robert and Marianne Dolan, and his siblings: Jennifer Dolan LaGrange '92 (husband Clint), Kathy Dolan Brahm (husband Jim) and Matthew Vincent Dolan (wife Terri), and several nieces and nephews. Mike was well-loved by his family and friends and is missed dearly.
submitted Feb. 23, 2011 12:30P
'91
Linda Crocket

Linda Crockett M.A. ’91, 67 years old, lost her life in a tragic automobile accident on July 26. 

Born on July 17, 1945, in Palo Alto, where she grew up, Linda received her B.A. degree from San Jose State University in 1976. She built a successful sales and marketing career in the publishing industry. In 1991, though, she made a major career change after earning her MFT master's from Santa Clara University.

Linda and her husband, Joel, moved to The Sea Ranch in September, 1999. Early in 2000 she received an independent contract as a mental health consultant for the Point Arena Unified School District. In 2001 she opened Life Choices, a therapeutic counseling service, in Gualala. Continuing her private practice, she also joined Action Network as their clinical director in 2004. She was particularly proud of her contributions in creating Arena High School'sTeen Peer Court, and working with students to put together Mendocino Teen Voices (MTV), a website for teens.
 
The community response to Linda's unexpected death bears testimony to the impact of her contributions. Her husband shares that since her death, a number of parents and grandparents have told him stories of Linda's success with the children in their lives - stories Linda never divulged, even with Joel, because she so honored her promise of confidentiality. Linda was strong, focused, not always easy, but always honest, hardworking and effective. She brought loving value to children and families along the entire Mendonoma coast.
 
Linda was a wife and a mother, too - she excelled at both. When she and her husband adopted her nephew, Jason, it was with a commitment to guide him to adulthood. They succeeded. Linda had the honor of watching her boy graduate from high school this May with the knowledge that he was prepared to bring value in whatever endeavor he chose.

Linda's exuberance for life left a mark on everyone who knew her. She won't be forgotten.

Linda leaves so many who will love her forever: Her husband Joel; her sons Jason Crockett and David Kull; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers in law including Four-Eyed Frog's Jeremy; 3 stepchildren and 4 step grandchildren.

 

submitted Aug. 3, 2012 10:11A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Joel M. Zamora

Joel M. Zamora '91 passed away on August 13, 2011.

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 3:01P
'91
Jeffery W. Saunders

Jeffery W. Saunders MBA '91, Oct. 20, 2013. Formerly of Cupertino Jeff died at home in Seattle of a stroke. Loving husband of Kristin Matosian Saunders, formerly of Los Altos, and devoted father of Ginevra, 6; Roland, 4; Camilla, 2; and Daphne, 9 months. They were his focus and joy.  Born Oct. 22, 1962, Jeff graduated from San Jose State University, earned an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and was a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin for 25 years. He loved the outdoors, lived from the heart and gave generously of his kindness, optimism, patience and resilience.  Also surviving are his parents, Bill and Lynne Saunders, of Surprise, AZ, formerly of Cupertino; sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Brian Ebert, and niece, Siera Ebert, of Reno, NV; and inlaws, Ken and Paula Matosian of Los Altos. His sister Michelle died in February. 

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 1:02P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '91
Fr. Robert G. Cregan

Robert G. Cregan, S.J. ’91 died January 4, 2009. He was a teacher and faculty chaplain at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. Fr. Cregan graduated attended Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley. He is survived by his brother, John D. and his wife, Betty, nieces Suzanne Donat and Catherine Beringer and nephew David Cregan and countless students and colleagues from his service at Canisius H.S., Fordham Prep, JSTB, Regis, St. Peter's Prep and Xavier H.S.

 

 

submitted Nov. 1, 2010 12:52P
'91
Elsie Frost

Elsie Frost J.D. ’91 was born on Oct. 25, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Elsie was a resident of Gaithersburg, Md.

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 2:57P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Christine I. Perkins

Christine I. Perkins '91 died on March 4, 2010.

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 12:21P
'91
Andrew J. Solomon

Andrew John Solomon ’91 passed away quietly on Dec. 5, 2012, following a prolonged battle with brain cancer. Andy was a longtime pillar of the Fresno community having grown up in Fresno where he attended Bullard High School and went on to Santa Clara University, where he was their first baseman all four years. Following college, Andy returned to Fresno to complete a 25 year career in commercial real estate, during which he made innumerable friends, supported community improvements, and was admired and respected by everyone who came in contact with him. Andy, together with his family, fought against his illness for over five years. Andy's incredible strength and will to live resulted in him becoming one of the longest living survivors of full brain radiation treatment. We may all take some solace in the fact that Andy's participation in numerous experimental cancer treatment programs may help to improve the chances for future patients to possibly survive this now incurable disease. During this time he also felt a strong calling to reach out to others in hope of helping them face their own personal challenges. Andy's great love of baseball continued to the very end and was exceeded only by his love for his family and Faith in God. The family would like to thank the staff for the great dedication and care Andy received at both the University of California San Francisco, the Helen Diller Family Cancer Center; and Hinds Hospice. He leaves behind a loving wife Monique; and his two devoted daughters, Meg and Tess. In addition to the young family he leaves behind, there is an extended and devoted family that will continue to morn his loss. He also leaves behind his mother and father, Lew and Linda Solomon, of Fresno; his three siblings, Jeff Solomon '84 and his wife Carolyn of Tualatin, Or., Jim Solomon and his wife Melissa of Fresno, Susie Jones and her husband Tom of Sacramento; and numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; nephews and nieces. 

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:41A

1992

UGRD Arts & Sciences '92
Nathaniel A. Reyes

Nathaniel A. Reyes '92 died suddenly on April 15, 2010 in Palo Alto, Calif., at the age of 40. Reyes graduated from Analy High School in 1988 with a National Merit Scholarship and went on to earn an associate degree in science from Santa Rosa Junior College and a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Santa Clara University. He worked at Bank of America, Ilog, Inc. in Sunnyvale and Highwire Press for the Stanford University Libraries as a software developer until his untimely death. Reyes is survived by his parents Ross and Ligaya Reyes of Sebastopol, and siblings Arnold Reyes and Rosalie Reyes-Simmons.

submitted Jun. 16, 2010 2:33P
'92
Emily Catherine (Jones) Miner '92

 

Emily Catherine (Jones) Miner ’92 died Dec. 14, 2011, at her home in Angwin, Calif. Emily (nee Jones) was born on Dec. 22, 1969, and grew up in Minneapolis. She graduated from the Blake Schools before attending Santa Clara University. After graduation, she moved to the Napa Valley and started a career in the wine business, where she met her husband, Dave Miner. They were married in 1999 and started their own label, Miner Family Winery, that same year. During her nearly four-year illness, she became a spokesperson in the fight against lung cancer. In 2009, she was the honoree of the V Foundation Wine Dinner in Napa, during which more than $700,000 was raised in the Emily Miner Fund for Lung Cancer Research. In addition to her husband, Emily is survived by two daughters, Sofie and Calla; her parents, Jane and Reed Mackenzie of Chaska, Minn.; her sisters, Rachael (Dan) Mackenzie-Olson of Plymouth, Minn., Joanna (Chris) Daly of San Antonio, Texas; her father-in-law, Ed Miner; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Sumaya Miner; her best friend, Kerry Jo Kilcoyne-Henry '92; plus her six nieces and nephews and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, all of whom will miss her very much. Emily was loved and respected by everyone she met.
submitted Dec. 17, 2011 8:17A

1993

'93
Mary Mabey

Mary Mabey M.A. '93, Jan. 21, 2014. A wide circle of family and friends mourn the passing of Mary Ellen Mabey after a long illness and courageous battle against lung disease.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 42 years, Charles Dawson Mabey; son, Mark Unciano; brother, Blake Wilson; sister, Elizabeth Shatto; cousins, Rosemary DeMarco, Don Ziegler, and Richard Ziegler; and several nieces and nephews. Mary, the youngest of three children of Blake Sr and Marion Wilson, was born on October 9, 1942 in Los Angeles and grew up in Santa Rosa. Mary led an active and vibrant life with a passion for art and education. She graduated with a master's degree from Santa Clara University. Mary will be remembered as a good friend, avid reader, and ardent lover of art, nature, and traveling; her special joy, water color painting. Mary was known to be extremely gregarious, vivacious, and generous. She will be missed by all who were privileged to know her.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 8:47P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '93
Margaret Keller

Margaret "Meg" Joan Andelman Keller M.A. ’93, a resident of San Jose, age 69, died on May 1, 2014,   surrounded by family and friends. Meg fought a courageous battle against multiple health issues for much of her adult life. She is survived by her husband and soul mate of 50 years, Doug Keller, her loving daughter, Alisha Morcate ’93, her devoted son-in-law, Raoul Morcate, and adoring grandsons, Alex and Zach Morcate. She is also survived by her dear sisters, Barb Dodds, Jan Roversi, and Nancy Opyd. Meg was born in Harlan, Ky. to Dr. Samuel and Joan Andelman, the eldest of their four daughters. She grew up in Kentucky and Illinois. Meg graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1963 and graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Business Administration in 1967. Following graduation, she worked briefly for Trans World Airlines before getting married in 1968 and moving to New Jersey. At this time she began working at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, N.J. as the Director of Nurse Recruiting. In 1970, Meg and Doug joyfully welcomed their only child, Alisha Beth Keller. After Alisha's birth, Meg devoted all her time and energy to raising their daughter. In 1971, the Keller family moved to New York and then five years later moved to Lake Oswego, Ore. and finally settled in San Jose, Calif. in 1982. In 1994, Meg accomplished her life-long dream of earning a Masters in Counseling Psychology degree from Santa Clara University. After internships at the Bill Wilson Center and Almaden Valley Counseling Services, Meg earned her Marriage and Family Therapist license. In 1996, she opened her private practice in Almaden Valley and provided relationship advice to numerous cherished clients. In her free time, Meg loved to volunteer with various animal rescue groups by fostering dogs and cats and helping at adoption fairs. Meg was passionate about many things including her family, dogs, and helping others overcome life's many obstacles. Meg will be greatly missed for her intelligence, compassion, insightfulness, sense of humor, courage, and amazing spirit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Meg's name to South Bay Purebred Rescue. Instructions for donations can be found at www.sbprdogs.org.

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:26A
'93
Laura Guzman Magill

Fresno attorney Laura Guzman Magill J.D. '93 will be buried in a 1920s hand-beaded jacket and red boots designed by Bob Mackie that she bought off the Internet. Her coffin will be upholstered in teal leather to match the furniture in her living room. In addition to photographs of her life, mourners will see her collection of shoes and the dresses she made out of recycled material for Trashique, the annual Fresno Art Museum fundraiser. Mrs. Guzman Magill, whose love of fashion was secondary to her love of God and her desire to help the accused, died Dec. 27 after a long and unconventional battle with breast cancer. She was 48.  Friends say Mrs. Guzman Magill was the brains behind the husband-wife criminal law firm that represented such clients as convicted rapist Spencer Scarber, the Buchanan High butt-drag wrestler who got expelled and the students who got kicked out of Central High for cutting down two trees.  While Charles Magill made his pitch to school boards and juries, his wife sat at the defense table plotting strategies or writing her next motion on her laptop.  And when a board or judge ruled against them, she wasn't shy about appealing."She marched to a different beat," Fresno defense attorney Michael Aed said. "She never let a client get convicted without a fight."  Case in point: Scarber, who contended he didn't get a fair trial. In legal documents, Mrs. Guzman Magill and her husband accused Sheriff Margaret Mims of withholding evidence and revealed an old romantic relationship between Scarber's father, a former assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol, and Elizabeth Egan before she became Fresno County's district attorney.  Aed said the legal community took note of Mrs. Guzman Magill's ability to find an obscure document that linked Mims to the case.  Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. upheld Scarber's conviction on Dec. 19.  "You hear lawyers promise that they will turn over every stone," Aed said. But, "Laura was one of the few that really did it."  With her death, Aed said, "we all lose, because who is going to take her place?" 

Within months of their birth, Laura and her twin, Linda, were adopted by P. "Guz" Guzman Jr. and his wife, Paula, who owned National Hardware Supply on Blackstone Avenue in Pinedale.  Mrs. Guzman Magill's love of law and fashion came from her mother, a Fresno State English professor, who encouraged her children to engage in public speaking and debate. She also taught them how to sew.  "Laura loved colors and fabric, especially leather," Magill said, noting his wife made her own dresses, shirts, pants and jackets. "If she had her druthers, she would have been a fashion designer." But her Catholic upbringing and quest for social justice pulled her toward law, he said.  After graduating from Bullard High School in 1983, Laura Guzman earned a political science degree from Pepperdine University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. She began her career in the Bay Area in 1995 before returning to Fresno two years later.  She worked briefly for the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, but was let go. "She wasn't a company person," Magill said. "She wanted to do her own thing."  In 2000 she married Magill. At the time, she had two daughters, Petra and Sierra, and he had two boys, Gary and Zechariah. Together, they have one son, Matthew.  Magill said his wife had success as a trial lawyer: in 2000 she represented a defendant in the Mongolian Boys Society gang-rape trial. Seven people were convicted of rape in Fresno County Superior Court. Her client, Lao Yang, was found not guilty of 12 counts; the jury deadlocked on two rape counts. But it's the high-profile cases she and her husband lost that will seal her legacy, her husband said.  Magill said his wife hated zero-tolerance school policies. "In her mind, there was nothing worse than children being persecuted by school officials," he said.  In 2010, they represented five students who were expelled for a senior prank: they cut down two trees at the Central High School East Campus.  Because the students had no prior history of being disobedient, Mrs. Guzman Magill got a court order to reinstate them, her husband said. And when school officials stopped them from entering campus, she called police.  School officials countered with their own judge's order, and the case ended up in a long legal battle with the students ultimately getting expelled.  Magill, however, said his wife didn't see it as a loss: "Central wanted to show they were tough, but Laura sent a message that they can't bully people around."  The couple also lost the Buchanan butt-drag case. They defended wrestler Preston Hill, who was expelled in 2011 after being accused of sexually assaulting a teammate during practice. Magill said Hill was doing a wrestling maneuver called the butt-drag that coaches had taught him. In a 3-2 vote, the Fresno County Office of Education board upheld Clovis Unified School District's decision to expel Hill during his senior year. They then lost Hill's appeal in court.  Because they had appealed, Hill's expulsion was temporarily stayed, giving Hill time to transfer to another school district. He received his high school diploma, Magill said.  "That was all engineered by Laura," Magill said.  In her spare time, Mrs. Guzman Magill was a mock trial coach at Central and Bullard and took kids to Christian camp. She also reached out to community groups, charging them nothing for legal advice.  "She answered my emails and gave me advice for free," said Fresno activist Gloria Hernandez, who fights for the rights of farm laborers. She said other lawyers charged $250 an hour consultation fee. "Our community is going to miss her," Hernandez said. 

Mrs. Guzman Magill's fight with breast cancer ended her life, but she didn't go without a fight.  In a July 2011 "Valley Voices" column for The Bee, she wrote about her unconventional victory over Stage II-III breast cancer: "What a great year to be diagnosed with cancer."  She said she wasn't trying be sarcastic or flippant; she wanted to tout an alternative method of fighting cancer: "cryoablated," which destroys the cancerous tumor by freezing it. She avoided the traditional method of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.  "We are in the 21st century with 21st century technology," she wrote. "Ancient bloodletting, or chemotherapy and radiation, is just that: ancient."  But in a follow-up column in August this year, Mrs. Guzman Magill said the cancer had returned "four short months" after the first column was published. She decided to undergo chemotherapy.  In November, the cancer worsened and reached her liver, her husband said. But she didn't give up. She flew to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, but doctors there said it was too late because the cancer had gotten into her bones, Magill said.  Mrs. Guzman Magill made her last court appearance in the Scarber case. She was in a wheelchair and hooked up to oxygen. On Dec. 23 she was admitted to Community Regional Medical Center with blood clots in her lungs. The day after Christmas, Magill took his wife home to die among family.  She will be buried in a private service Saturday at St. Peter's Cemetery in Fresno next to her father, who died in August at the age of 90.  "The passion she had for everything she did was amazing," said stepson Zechariah Magill, 20.  He then recalled getting in trouble at Central High, where he was senior class president. He had driven his father's car to school and campus police found a knife in it. School officials suspended him and threatened to expel him.  "My stepmom came to school with a video camera and filmed them as as they searched my dad's car," Zechariah Magill said. "She then told them she would take them to court if they expelled me."  In preparing for battle, Guzman Magill got into "Full-Metal Jacket" mode, her husband said. She got 10 people to write letters on Zechariah's behalf and presented them to school officials. The plan worked: Zechariah was able to graduate with his class and give his speech.  "It was a great feeling," he said. "Like so many people she helped in court, I knew she had my back and I could count on her." 

Born: May 10, 1965 Died: Dec. 27, 2013 Career: Fresno criminal defense lawyer Survivors: husband, Charles Magill; children, Gary, Zechariah, Petra, Sierra, and Matthew; mother, Paula Guzman; sisters, Lisa Guzman and Linda Guzman Ellenberger. 

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:22P
GRD Law '93
Katherine Pak

Katherine Pak J.D. ’93 Aug. 21,1965-July 9, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Katherine, 47, passed away at her home surrounded by her family. She was married to Breck E. Milde ’85.

submitted Jul. 22, 2013 5:22P
'93
David Kerr

David Robert Kerr MBA '93 died at home, in the early morning hours, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. David was born to Robert and Jean Kerr, on May 20, 1962. David earned his undergraduate degree from Wooster College of Ohio, a Master's of Science from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an MBA from University of Santa Clara, Calif . He enjoyed a successful career in the Semi-Conductor Industry. His expertise took him across the United States, to Europe, and the Pacific Rim. More recently his work was in the Pacific Northwest, at LAM Research, Linear Tech, Fairchild Semi, and Microchip Technology. David married Helen R. Koeppen in Boise, Idaho on October 26, 1996. David is survived by his parents, Bob and Jean Kerr; daughter, Olivia; and son, Owen. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim. David was an excellent provider for his family. He dearly loved and was extremely proud of his children, and supported their many activities. David will be greatly missed in all our lives.

submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:40P
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