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Class Notes | Obituaries
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William Alvord "Al" Wolff '40 passed away in his sleep Sept. 6, 2014, at Maravilla in Santa Barbara, Calif., with family at his side. Al, as he was called, was born in San Francisco on Nov. 18, 1917 to William Alvord Wolff, Sr. and Debora Jones Wolff. He was the second oldest of 6 children. All of his siblings pre-deceased him as did his first wife of 49 years, Marcella Jensen Wolff and his second wife of 18 years, Connie Duckworth Wolff.
Herbert "Herb" W. Roberson ’44, 92, passed peacefully March 29, 2014, after a brief stay in Modesto Kaiser Hospital. A decedent of the Choctaw Tribe, he was born in 1922 in McAllister, Okla., to Arthur L. and Maggie (Belcher) Roberson.
Herb came to California with his parents during the dust bowl era and married in 1943, raising his family in Salinas. After serving in the Army during WWII, he began his law enforcement career in Watsonville, where he developed the Department's Juvenile Delinquency Unit before moving on to the Salinas Police Department in 1951. He rose through the ranks to become the Police Chief from 1967 to 1977.
His affiliations were numerous, both local and state-wide, having served on the Board of Directors for the California Delinquency Control Association, Peace Officers Association, Council for Criminal Justice, Attorney General's Advisory Committee, the Salinas Chamber, Rotary, Salvation Army, YMCA, Monterey County Chiefs' Association, Gavilan College Police Academy and Hartnell College Advisory. His police exploits were featured in several magazines and books.
He worked for the MGM Grand Hotel, Reno, as their Chief of Investigations. Later, he worked as General Manager of Ace Parking Management, San Diego, before full retirement from Butler Uniform as General Manager. He earned his solo pilot's license to travel to the many stores in California and Nevada. He settled in Sacramento in 1987 until three years ago when he relocated to the Samaritan Village in Hughson.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and camper. He was fond of Lake Tahoe and the company of his family. At the request of his family he was writing his life story. He was an altruist, a mentor to young people and his colleagues, and a true gentleman.
In his last conversation he said, "I've had a good life." When he was told that we all love him he replied, "I love you, too." He was bright and in good humor to the very end.
He is survived by his six children: daughters, Sandy (Paul "Skip") Morris of Pittsburg, Kan., Laura (John Stavely) Roberson-Giusta of Medford, Ore., and Leslie (Russell) Hancock of Prunedale; as well as sons, Tim (Elaine) of Salinas, Michael (Barbara) of Oakdale, and Dan of Jacksonville, Fla. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and his previous wife, Carolyn White of Escondido.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Lucy T. Roberson, the mother of his children.
Frank M. Belick '44, resident of San Jose, passed away on July 13, 2014. He touched countless lives through his pioneering work in water pollution control, as well as through offering a helping hand to those in need. Frank was born of Croatian parents in Los Angeles in 1922. The family moved to the Santa Clara Valley in 1934 in search of agricultural work. Amidst farm chores, he attended old Santa Clara High School, then obtained a civil engineering degree by study at San Jose State College and Santa Clara University, graduating cum laude in 1944. He conducted the first water quality studies to assess the polluted south San Francisco Bay for the City of San Jose in 1947. He was chosen to lead and implement San Jose's first wastewater control plant in 1956, becoming Engineer-Manager of this nationally recognized, technologically advanced treatment facility. He retired in 1981 as a Deputy Director of Public Works. Frank was predeceased by his wife Charlotte in 2009 after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by his children Tom Belick (Margaret) of Palo Alto and Denise Binderup (Tim) of Bellingham, Washington, grandchildren Chloe and Emma of Seoul, and sister Agnes of Berkeley. His help to friends, co-workers, relatives, and neighbors will be missed by all.
Frank Joseph Giansiracusa ’44 passed away peacefully at Saratoga Retirement Community on November 1, 2014, with family at his bedside. Frank was born July 22, 1922, in San Jose and lived his entire life in the Bay Area. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep and obtained a full scholarship to Santa Clara University. He received his medical degree in 1946 from the University of California, San Francisco, where he met and married the love of his life, Bernice Freericks. He practiced internal medicine with special interest in cardiology for 40 years, serving Santa Clara Valley from his office across the street from O'Connor Hospital. He was active in the medical community serving as president of the medical staff at O'Connor Hospital in 1963 and was instrumental in establishing their first Coronary Care Unit. He was a member of the American Medical Association and active at the state level as a delegate of the Santa Clara County Medical Society for many years. He maintained his interest in medicine and regularly attended continuing medical education conferences well after retiring. Frank was proud of his Sicilian heritage and enjoyed monthly Amici d'Oro luncheons. His other passions included his family, golf, the Monterey Bay area, reading, monitoring the stock market, and following the 49ers.
He was preceded in death by his parents Salvatore and Cecilia (Accardi) Giansiracusa, brother Joseph Giansiracusa ’41, and wife of 64 years Bernice (Freericks) Giansiracusa MD. He is survived by children Richard (Ellen), Anne (Michael) and Susan Giansiracusa, grandchildren Jennifer (Ron) and Kathryn (Dave) Giansiracusa, cousin Michael (Edie) Giansiracusa, sister-in-law Loreene Giansiracusa ’41, nephews Robert, David, Joseph Jr., Adam, and niece, Elisabeth.
Alan G. Horton '45, April 16, 1922 - June 30, 2014.
Alan G. Horton, 92, of Monmouth died June 30 in Monmouth. He was born on Easter Sunday in San Francisco to George and Harriet Horton. The family moved around until settling in Chiloquin. He graduated from Chiloquin High School and attended the University of Santa Clara for two years. He joined the Army Air Corp and served in the Pacific as a B-29 bomber mechanic for four years. He married his high school sweetheart, Frances Looseley, in Portland. They settled in San Francisco, where Alan worked as an airplane mechanic for United Airlines. They moved back to Oregon in 1954, and he worked with his father-in-law on their cattle ranch in the Airlie area south of Monmouth.
He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in agriculture and soon developed a method for removing straw off the grass seed fields, being the first to do so in the Willamette Valley. Together with a few neighbors he started the Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative and managed it until his retirement in 1985. He served on the Polk County Extension Service Advisory Board and was a lifetime member of the Polk County Livestock Association. He and Fran joined the Peace Corps in 1985 and went to Belize, where Alan began a brand inspection program. After that they lived in Mexico for a year before moving back to Oregon, where they lived in King City for 10 years and returned full circle to Airlie in 1997. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, and daughter, Mary Alice. Survivors include his son, Chris (Joan) Horton; daughter, Paula (Darryl) Hines; four grandchildren; and extended family.
Glen A. Harris '48, Sept. 13, 1923 to June 1, 2014. Glenn A. Harris, a lifetime resident of Vallejo and retired director of public works for the city of Vallejo, passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo. He was born in Santa Rosa to Claude and Selma Harris while his mother was visiting her parents in Santa Rosa. He attended Vallejo public schools and graduated from Vallejo High School in June 1941. He attended the University of California, Davis, on a basketball scholarship until the campus was closed by World War II. He then attended Washington and Lee University studying engineering as part of a U.S. Army's Advanced Studies Training Program. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, most notably with the 84th Infantry Division. On Dec. 1, 1944 he was wounded by German artillery fire in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and awarded the Purple Heart. He was returned to the United States and received an Honorable Discharge in Dec. 1945. In June 1948 he graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
In 1947 he married Bette Jean Sallade of Vallejo. In 1948 they had a son, Randal Glenn Harris. In 1953 they had a second son, Jeffery Eugene Harris. In 2000 he married Beverly Haden after the death of his first wife, Bette. From 1948 to 1951 he worked as an Assistant Bridge Engineer with the State of California, Division of San Francisco Bay Toll Crossing and participated in the redesign of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and on the initial design for the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. In 1951 he was an Engineer in the U.S. Army Post Engineer's Office at Benicia Arsenal. In Dec. 1951 he became an Associate Engineer and Deputy City Engineer for the City of Vallejo and was in charge of the major water system expansion for the City of Vallejo. On July 1, 1954 he was appointed to the position of Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Vallejo, a position he held for 32 years. During his tenure the City of Vallejo experienced major expansion, the continued improvement of the city's water system which resulted in securing control of water resources to protect the city's needs for future water, and earned the All American City Award.
He was a long time representative to the League of California Cities and served on its Policy Committee for Transportation and Public Works for over 14 years. He also served as the President of the League's Public Works Officer's Department for 1974 to 1975. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 1983 the received the Samuel Greeley Local Government Service Award from the American Public Works Association. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Santa Clara University's Engineering Department for his lifetime achievements in the field of Civil Engineering. He was exceedingly proud of this rare honor. He was a 50 year member of the Ben Ali Shrine in Sacramento. He was also a long time member of the Vallejo Elk's Lodge #559. He received the Elk of the Year award in 1981. He was also a past President of Elks Hall Association. He was a long time Board member and past President of the Vallejo Golf Association.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Randal; daughter-in-law, Adrienne; stepson, Matthew Haden; stepdaughter, Rebecca Haden-Hahn and; grandsons, Kenneth and Christopher.
William "Bill" Renna '49, June 19, 2014. He was a Bronco Hall of Fame football and baseball player. He was an outfielder for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia / Kansas City Athletics, and Boston Red Sox from 1953-1959.
Renna was born to Christina and William Renna in Hanford, Calif., on Oct. 14, 1924. He graduated from Hanford Union High School in 1942 and attended USF before joining the Marine Corps and serving in the South Pacific. Renna returned from military service to become a two-sport star at the University of Santa Clara, playing outfield for the baseball team, and both fullback and center on the football team. His play on the gridiron earned him a spot in the East-West game in 1949, drawing the attention of the Los Angeles Rams; however, he chose to stick with baseball, learning under the guidance of Santa Clara’s legendary coach, Paddy Cottrell.
“Paddy Cottrell was a bird dog [scout] for the Yankees,” Renna said in a 2008 interview. “He used to teach us everything that was taught in spring training by the Yankees.”
Bill later was inducted into the Santa Clara University Hall of Fame. He met his future wife Leronne (Roni) Richards, a student nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, as he was finishing his college career.
Cottrell tipped Yankees scout Joe Devine to his prized outfielder who signed Renna in 1949 to a contract for $5,000. His signing paid immediate dividends, as he hit an eye-opening .385 with 21 home runs for Twin Falls in the Pioneer League. His play impressed his Twin Falls manager Charlie Metro, who was a former major leaguer himself.
“He hit like heck up there, and they called him “Bull,” because he was a big guy,” Metro said in his autobiography Safe by a Mile. “He was a delight to have on the team.”
Michael John Donovan '49, 90, passed peacefully to the Light on Feb. 5, 2014. He was born Fe. 3, 1924, in New York City to Dennis & Elizabeth Donovan. Mike, also known as Mitch in his younger days, was the eldest of two children and graduated from St. Francis Grammar School, Christian Brothers High School and the University of Santa Clara.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who showed great devotion to his faith, family and friends. He was an U.S. Army Air Corp veteran who served in the Pacific during WWII and participated in initial wave assaults on five islands. The majority of his business life was spent in the real estate profession most notably as the manager and co-owner of DRW Realtors. After retiring from real estate he went through deaconate training, was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Sacramento Diocese on June 1, 1985 and spent many years serving All Hallows Parish.
Mike was preceded in death by Anne, his loving wife of 61 years. He is survived by his brother Denis Donovan ’54, sons James Donovan ’80 (Jennifer Allen) and William (Jane) Donovan, daughters Gloria Donovan, Linda (Mike Wonderly) Donovan, and Joan (Gary) Bonin, as well as six grandchildren; Alicen, Rob (Jeni), and Mike (Shelby) Leggett, Elizabeth and Michael Donovan, Amanda Bonin, great grandson Alexander Leggett, and many nieces and nephews.
Daniel Cunha ’49 passed away on September 12, 2014, in his home in Felton, California, at the age of 91. He attended Santa Clara University in the 1940s, after serving as a Navy pilot in WWII. He was one of the first baptisms in the Santa Clara mission after it was rebuilt. His first wife (who passed away) was Violet "Sue" Cunha. He is survived by his wife, Sybil "Dandy" Cunha, five children, nine grandchildren—including Kathryn Gulland ’09—seven great-grandchildren, many in-laws, and two siblings. He was an engineer, craftsman, and a wonderful friend, neighbor, great-grandfather, grandfather, father-in-law, father, brother, and husband.
Faculty & Staff
Dr. Victor B. Vari died on Aug. 20 at the age of 94 after having lived a full and generous life. As a professor, he touched hundreds of students with his passion for languages and cultural studies, particularly Italian. As a colleague, he will be remembered for his generosity and dedication to teaching. As a friend of the University, he leaves behind a legacy that has helped the arts and humanities program at Santa Clara thrive and grow.
We are saddened to announce the death of Susan Rodriguez, Custodial Contract Administrator, Facilities Department, University Operations. Susan passed away June 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. Susan is survived by her three children Amy, Jack, and Matthew, their spouses, and her 6 grandchildren. Please remember Susan and her family in your prayers. Notes of sympathy/condolences may be sent to the Facilities Department.
Bob Riemenschneider, adjunct lecturer in Computer Engineering, died suddenly on July 8. Bob taught at Santa Clara since 2001 and was integral to the Computer Engineering department in offering graduate courses in theoretical foundations of software engineering. His work in industry, most recently as senior technical consultant at the local startup company, Starview, Inc., brought valuable experience into the classroom to the benefit of his students.
Bob was born in Evanston, IL, in 1951 and was a life-long Cubs fan. He graduated from Miami University in Ohio and got an MA in mathematics from Cal Berkeley. He worked at SRI in Menlo Park for more than 20 years.
Bob's great passion was music. He loved his Beatles, his Gibsons, classes at the Fur Peace Ranch, and the music of the Rev. Gary Davis. His favorite hours were the times he spent playing with his wife Anne as The Warblers. Together they loved spending time with their friends at South Bay Folk, City Espresso, and at the Gibson Homecoming.
Dr. Robert James Parden died July 20, 2014, after a brief illness, at home in Saratoga surrounded by his family. He was 92.
Dr. Parden was a former professor and dean of the School of Engineering, 1954-1982. His dynamic presence, longevity with the University, and visionary leadership in the School of Engineering are legendary. Among his many contributions to the University, Dr. Parden launched the graduate engineering program in 1959, offering "Early Bird" classes for working professionals, and established the Department of Engineering Management and Leadership in 1978. He remained a faculty member of the Department until retirement in 2012. An inductee in the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, Dr. Parden helped build a reputation for Santa Clara throughout the high-tech industry. He left an indelible mark on his colleagues and students as a skilled professional, passionate teacher, and gifted leader.
Robert James Parden was born in Mason City, Iowa on April 17, 1922, the son of James Ambrose Parden and Mary Fahey Parden. He was raised in Iowa City, Iowa. He served as Lieutenant in the US Army Quartermaster Corp before earning his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the University of Iowa. In 1953, he became one of the first PhD graduates of the University of Iowa’s Department of Industrial Engineering. He then embarked on a 50 year career marked by distinguished contributions in industry practice, engineering education and university administration. He was a sought after speaker at conferences and published numerous books and papers.
John F. Dullea, S.J., 85, died Friday, August 1, 2014, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a long illness.
Jack was born in San Francisco in 1929, graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, and entered the Jesuit Order in Los Gatos in 1945. After a period of studies and teaching he went to Innsbruck, Austria, for his theological studies where he was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1959. He did graduate studies at the Gregorian University, Rome, where he earned a doctorate in Theology in 1963.
His assignments included teaching Theology at Santa Clara University, retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos, and parish work at St. Mary's Church, Ogden, Utah. He also spent a total of eleven years at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome in a variety of administrative positions.
In 1990 he moved into high school guidance work as college counselor, first at Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, and then, from 2000-08, at Verbum Dei High School in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He served as Senior Priest at the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City before retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 2010.
Jack was the brother of the late Fr. Charles Dullea, S.J., former president of the University of San Francisco. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Longtime Professor of Physics Carl Hayn, S.J. died at the age of 98 in Los Gatos on Oct. 21, 2014.
He was born July 13, 1916, in Los Angeles and graduated from Loyola High School. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in September 1933. Following studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, he taught physics and mathematics at Loyola High School, 1940-43 and engineering physics at the Army training program at Loyola University (Los Angeles), 1943-44. Theological studies were made at Alma College, Los Gatos, and Carl was ordained a priest in 1947. In 1955 he received his Ph.D. in Physics from St. Louis University where he worked in experimental solid state physics. Subsequently, he engaged in postdoctoral work at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies and pursued further studies in nuclear physics at Washington State University. Carl served as president of the Northern California/Nevada section of the American Association of Physics Teachers and published articles in The American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher.
Carl's lifetime (and much beloved) ministry was in the physics classroom at Santa Clara University beginning in 1955. He taught full time for more than 50 years, retiring in 2006 when partial hearing loss made classroom teaching more difficult. Devotedly and enthusiastically, however, he continued his daily trips to the physics lab to tutor students and to spend time with his dear colleagues. Carl's regular pastoral ministry included daily 6:00 am Mass celebrated in the Mission Church and priestly service to the Carmelite Sisters of Santa Clara, a community of which he was very fond. After his retirement he generously made himself available to the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery for funeral and burial services. In 2012 he moved to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center to undertake the ministry of prayer.
Carl's twin sister, Sister Mary Carolyn Hayn, CSJ, predeceased him.
We shall miss Fr. Hayn as teacher, colleague, minister, and brother to the Jesuit community. Together we recall the great gift of his long and full life.
Elizabeth "Betty" Moran, professor emerita in English, died on June 23 after a long illness. She was 95 years old. Betty joined the English Department at Santa Clara in 1963 as one of three women faculty at the University. She retired in 1994 and thereafter received emerita status.
Betty was a woman of "firsts" and made her mark at Santa Clara as a teacher, scholar and administrator. She was the first woman to gain tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences; was the first woman elected president of the Faculty Senate; was the first woman to direct the Grants and Fellowships Office and the Faculty Development Program; served as the first woman chair of the Affirmative Action Committee; and founded and directed the Teaching and Learning Center. As a pioneer in African and African-American literature, Betty was the first at Santa Clara to teach a course in African literature. Her persistent work to establish a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Santa Clara paid off in 1977 when we became the first Catholic institution west of the Mississippi River to earn a chapter.
Friends of the University
Carmel Malley was a loyal and devoted fixture at each and every Bronco football game coached by her husband, longtime SCU coach and athletic director Pat Malley ’53, and son Terry Malley ’73 for 33 years. It’s no legend that she loved and knew each player by name and story. Following Pat’s death, Carmel began her own career, working in the Alumni Office, where she continued to win the hearts of all students. A San Francisco native since her birth in 1932, Carmel was active in philanthropy and exuded “style and class” until her death on Sept. 1. Among her numerous survivors are daughter Kim Bellotti ’79, son-in-law Jerry Bellotti ’75, nephew Jonathan Mallen ’94, and grandchildren Christina Malley ’08, Caitlin Bellotti ’10, and Jerome P. “J.P.” Bellotti ’12. Donations may be mailed to the Pat and Carmel Malley Athletic Scholarship Endowment c/o the Santa Clara Athletic Department.