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Michael Schneikert

Michael Schneickert '80 died July 1 of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 56. He was a longtime leader in the historic preservation community, serving on the boards of Pasadena Heritage and the Pasadena Community Foundation, where he chaired the finance committee.
A former Navy fighter pilot, he grew up in San Jose and took his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, followed by an MBA from Harvard University. And he was a managing director of UBS Financial Services in Los Angeles, named one of the top 50 financial advisers in California by CEO magazine.
Schneickert became deeply interested in architectural preservation after he purchased a 1913 Craftsman house on Hillcrest Avenue designed by Alfred and Arthur Heineman, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During a massive restoration project of the house and its acre of grounds, Schneickert and his wife, Karen Otamura, lived for years in a small apartment above the garage even as their three children were born. Once completed, the couple often hosted events, parties and architectural tours at their home.

After graduating from college, becoming a certified public accountant and then serving for two years as a naval lieutenant and pilot, Schneickert “really wanted to go to MBA school but didn’t have the money. He could have worked as a CPA, but young accountants weren’t making much. So he joined the San Jose Police Department as an officer from 1985 to 1987, got as much overtime as he could, and then went off to Harvard.”

“When Michael moved to Pasadena in 2002, he quickly embraced it as the place to build his life,” said Jennifer DeVoll, executive director of the Pasadena Community Foundation. “He was deeply committed to serving others. When he joined the board of PCF, he focused his enormous energy and passion on making the foundation viable for generations into the future. Pasadena has lost a true local hero with Michael’s passing.”
Schneickert’s business partner, Jordan Hayes, was convinced to move from San Francisco to Southern California by Schneickert. “He had the type of intelligence that came off the page,” Hayes said. “Whatever the topic, Michael always had an interesting and compelling perspective, and often one that you never considered before. His views were often marked by strong confidence, hope and optimism.”

Schneickert is survived by his wife Karen; their three sons, Roy and twins Jack and Nick; his father, Gary Schneickert; and his sister Christine.

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 4:57P
Michael E. Murphy

Deacon Michael Edmond Murphy '80 died June 11, 2015, in a hiking accident in the Mount Shasta region of California. He is survived by his wife, Natalie Murphy '80, MBA '01, and their son, Patrick; his mother Patricia Lautze, and his brothers Martin Murphy (Cheryl) and Daniel Murphy (Jenn).

Michael was born in San Francisco in 1958 to Patrick and Patricia Murphy. He grew up in San Carlos, attended St. Charles School and graduated from St. Francis High School in Mountain View. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1980 with a major in history. While at Santa Clara, Mike joined the Army ROTC program, and it was in this program that he met his future wife, Natalie Eblacas. Upon graduation, Mike was commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant. 

Mike and Natalie were married while both were in the military, and their son, Patrick, was born in 1988. Michael Murphy studied for and received his Teaching Credential while they were stationed in Texas. They spent three years on the East Coast, with Natalie teaching at West Point. Michael taught at Valley Central Middle School in Montgomery, N.Y. After two years of teaching, he returned to graduate school and earned a master's degree in religious studies. Once Natalie's assignment at West Point was completed, they returned to San Carlos.

Upon their return to the Bay Area in 1992, Mike went to work at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, teaching both math and religion. He also coached both boys and girls athletics teams. Michael was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop John Wester on June 25, 2006. Since that time he, and Natalie, have served at their Parish, St. Charles in San Carlos. Mike also wrote many inspiring and thought-provoking "Scriptural Reflections" for the SF Catholic.

submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:24P


Richard Bertolucci

Richard Bertolucci '81, associate sports information director for UCLA Athletics, died on July 28, surrounded by his family in Westchester, California, following a long battle with cancer. He was 56.

On UCLA Athletics' sports information staff for 34 years, Bertolucci was hired as assistant sports information director in July 1981, immediately following his graduation from Santa Clara University, where he earned a B.A. in English.

Rich served as the media contact for a number of Bruin teams throughout his long career, most notably men's volleyball and men's and women's golf. He was also the managing editor of the UCLA football and men's basketball game programs, as well as Bruin Blue, UCLA Athletics' official newspaper.

He is survived by Mary Ann, his wife of 25 years; his daughter, Juliet; his parents, Frank and Joy; his sister, Linda M. MacLeod '86; his brother, Dave Bertolucci '89; 14 brothers- and sisters-in-law; and 25 nieces and nephews.

submitted Aug. 6, 2015 8:42P


Mike Jones

Michael Jay Jones '80 J.D. '83, attorney at Law, aka Professor Jones/Coach Jones, passed away on July 13, 2015, after a brief but courageous battle with thyroid cancer. He was 58. He was a three-sport scholar-athlete at Pioneer High School 1976, played varsity football at Santa Clara University 1980 and graduated from Santa Clara University Law School in 1983. Mike joined and became a named partner at the law firm of Gallagher, Reedy & Jones in Los Gatos in 1983.

Mike touched so many lives during his all too brief time with us. Besides his law practice, he was a faculty member at both Santa Clara Law School and DeAnza Community College. He was the consummate teacher/coach/mentor. He loved coaching not only his own children, but continued coaching others after they were grown. Football was his passion and he so enjoyed working with high school athletes. He was respected and admired by many.

Family was everything to Mike. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Loretta, daughter Lauren J.D. '13 and son Bryan. Also survived by his mother, June, brothers Sam (Michelle) and Tim (Amy), sister Becky '83, J.D. '87 and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Samuel E. Jones Sr.


submitted Jul. 22, 2015 4:57P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Jean Marie Adam Forti
Jean Marie Adam Forti '85 passed away peacefully on August 25, 2015, in her home surrounded by her family and pets. She filled her 52 years with love, laughter, adventure and care for others. 
Jean was born in San Mateo, CA, on May 7, 1963, to Kay and Bob Adam. At the age of 6, she and her family moved to a beautiful apricot and walnut orchard in sunny San Jose, CA. Growing up, she was very active in many community and school activities, including Girl Scouts, summer camps, backpacking, tennis, skiing, horseback riding (good old sway-backed George), volunteering, and many family trips around the country.
She was a good student in San Jose, CA, participating in a senior prank involving a helicopter and ping pong balls. Her further adventures included a trip to Guatemala, driving around the country with her cousin, and exploring Europe with a best friend.
She graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Combined Sciences. After college, she crossed the country with two friends in a VW Bug, to start a new life in Albany, NY.
Jean worked with troubled children at St. Catherine's, and then with Senior Services of Albany. She joined the Hudson Mohawk Sierra Club, only to get lost on a hike and meet her future husband, Tony.
On August 24, 1991, they married in Los Gatos, CA, surrounded by good friends and family, redwood trees, and deer (who ate the flowers).
Jean and Tony spent the next 24 years building up their house in Knox, raising 3 children, farm animals and countless gardens. Their door and their hearts were always open to anyone who came along.
Jean was a pillar in her community. She co-led Girl Scout Troop 1758, helped run the Pony Pals 4-H Club, and organized the Elementary and High School Science Fairs and many PTA after school programs. She was instrumental in the Knox Youth Council and summer camp, Knox Food Pantry, Fox Creek Farm, Meals-on-Wheels, Fox Creek Players, and many other community functions. 
Despite her illness, she stayed involved as long as possible.
Jean brought a feeling of excitement and adventure into everything, always wanted to include everyone and bring any stranger into her circle. She taught her family and friends how to get the most out of every moment. 
Jean is survived by her husband Tony, daughters Katie and Marcy, son Adam, sisters Sara (Raymond) Luhrman and Cris Adam-Nakayama, brother Scot Adam, mother Kay Adam, several cousins, a niece and two nephews.
submitted Sep. 17, 2015 1:16P


Michelle Mullin
Michelle Mullin '88 died after a lengthy illness on Sunday, October 18.  A resident of Sunnyvale, she was 49. Born July 3, 1966 in Sacramento, CA. Michelle graduated from St. Francis High School and Santa Clara University with a B.S. in economics.
The Silicon Valley became her permanent home as she worked in sales and marketing for various technology firms including HP. During the early years of her career she was able to travel the world and soak up different cultures which she thoroughly enjoyed. Besides traveling, her biggest passions in life were volleyball (especially beach volleyball), any beach itself, and anything to do with Santa Clara University. As a past president of the alumni association 1999 to 2000, she stayed involved with the University working on different events.
Michelle is survived by her mother, Marlene Mullin; sister, Denise Lysaght (Tom), nephew Michael Lysaght '05 (Colin) and niece Jennifer Lysaght. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Mullin '53
submitted Nov. 9, 2015 2:05P


Timothy Carey McShane

Timothy Carey McShane '89 died on July 7, 2015, in Seattle. Tim was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on February 27, 1967. He grew up on Capitol Hill in Seattle where he graduated from St. Joseph School and then in 1985 from Seattle Preparatory School. Tim was a very sharp, intelligent man. He was a 1989 magna cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University with a BA in political science. In his youth some of Tim's favorite activities were team soccer, debate team, and hanging out with his buddies. As an adult Tim enjoyed golf, cooking, reading, and traveling. Tim had a career in advertising and media sales and worked for many years at KZOK radio. More than anything Tim was a family man and loved spending time with his brothers, his mom and his dad, and especially with his two daughters, Katie and Liv. He was fun loving and goofy as well as kind, caring, and gentle. Tim is survived by his mother, Mary Carey; his father Paul McShane, Jr; his brothers Paul McShane III, Patrick McShane and Daniel McShane; his daughters, Katie McShane and Liv McShane, and a large extended family.

submitted Sep. 10, 2015 2:03P

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