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2010

'10
David A. Godinez

David A. Godinez ’07, M.A. '10 of Morgan Hill was born in 1966 and died on Feb. 17, 2013. 

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:44P

2011

'11
Adrian F. Morales

Adrian Francisco Morales ’11, age 24, departed from this life on August 21, 2013. He was born on June 20, 1989 in Redwood City, Calif., to Hugo and Roina, but was raised his entire life in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Epiphany Elementary School (2003) and St. Ignatius College Prep (2007). In 2011, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University (SCU) with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in History, Philosophy, Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies. Adrian's work experience first started in 2007 at SCU with their law office as an assistant/proctor. In 2009, he held a summer internship in San Francisco for the California Assembly. The following summer, he worked with the Turkish Coalition of America in Istanbul, Turkey and in the 2011 summer he worked/studied in Jordan. After his graduation, he went to Washington D.C. in Feb. 2011 to intern with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He was then placed into the minority leader house of representative's office for a few months. In October 2011, he accepted an internship with the California Assembly and a few months later he took a full time position as a Congressional Aide. For such a young age, he traveled to Hawaii, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He was fluent in Spanish and Arabic. Adrian loved speech and debate, going to the movies, watching various history programs, and reading books on all subjects. He truly was a gifted person with a charming personality who was always looking for the meaning of life. Adrian is survived by his parents, Brother Alex, Grandmother Carmen, Uncle Adolfo and many beloved family and friends.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 4:04P

2012

UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Eunjey Michael Cho

Most people do not know that Eunjey Michael Cho ’12 was a chess phenom at the age of eight, as he rarely mentioned to others later on that he had won award after award. This was because at age 12 he had realized that each of his wins rendered another person a loser. Seeing the upset on his opponents' faces, Eunjey deemed his success not worth the pain of others and gave up playing competitive chess. His mother and father, Young-mee and Yong Cho, and his older brother, Jey, all noticed that Eunjey's pure heart and thoughtful mind guided him through his life and interactions at a remarkably early age. He studied Psychology at Santa Clara University and after teaching English for a year and a half in South Korea, his parents' birth country, Eunjey adventured through many parts of Asia. As a Jesuit volunteer in Spokane, Wash., Eunjey served as an Emergency Financial Assistance Coordinator through Catholic Charities. Eunjey had always been a talented athlete, and during his JV year, Eunjey ran two marathons. Eunjey left Spokane by bike, determined to ride back to his home in New Jersey while raising funds for the JVC. It was on Sep. 18, 2013 during this exhilarating and challenging bike journey that Eunjey was hit by an automobile and killed. He was 25 years old. His pursuit toward truth in his thoughts, words, and actions, and his innate ability to be mindful in his daily life have inspired so many people to slow down and to reflect on their own potential to be humble yet activated beings with a purpose. In his life, Eunjey developed a profound ability to approach situations and challenges in a curious, nonjudgmental, and fearless manner. He deeply honored the light and dignity within every person he met. He was wise like a grandfather but playful like a child, and he lived life with a courage to which we should all aspire.

submitted Feb. 5, 2014 1:26P

2013

GRD Law '13
Roxanne Roknian

Roxanne "Roxy" Roknian ’14, Nov. 24, 2013. She was a member of the third-year law class. In their stories and memories of her, it is clear that she was a young woman who lived life with enthusiasm and passion, with a keen intellect and a delightful sense of humor. She balanced her studies with her blogging and her commitment to justice for all, with a flair for fashion.

Words fail to convey the sorrow of this time for her family and our community. 
 
submitted Dec. 4, 2013 2:57P
GRD Law '13
Luciana Manriquez

Luciana Manriquez ’13, 29, of Chino, died on June 25, 2013, when the sport utility vehicle she was driving collided with a big rig on southbound Interstate 880 in Fremont, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Manriquez, known to friends and colleagues as Luci, was living in San Jose while attending SCU, where she had just finished her second year of law school. Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh posted a message on the law school's Facebook page, saying, "We join with Luci's family and friends in prayer and offer consolation amidst the pain of great loss."
 
Manriquez worked for the Northern California Innocence Project, said fellow law student and close friend Clare McKay. "She wanted to work for activist organizations to affect change," said McKay, who met Manriquez when the two were first-year law students.
"For a small person, she had a huge personality; she could make anybody laugh, and she had her own style," McKay recalled. "She was very tough but always very kind. She would tell you like it is, but be very respectful. She would never, ever judge anybody." The two women became best friends.
"She had the most wonderful, distinct laugh," McKay said. "She was laughing often. Luci really loved bad horror movies. She had a tattoo of a chain saw and the face of a famous horror movie actor. She was also influenced by her Mexican heritage," sporting a Dia de Muertos skull tattoo, McKay said.
"Everybody loved Luci."
 
Engh said, "As a community that supports its members in times of joy and in times of sorrow, we join with Luci's family and friends in prayer and offer consolation amidst the pain of great loss. May the peace that Luci will find among the saints turn the pain of loss into a sense of peace for her family and all who grieve for her. Please keep Luci and her family in your prayers."
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 3:28P

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