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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.
Long before he became an early Warren Buffett investor and a wealthy philanthropist, Lee Seemann '42 was a 23-year-old from Omaha piloting a B-17 over Germany. Seemann, a decorated war hero who often called himself “an incredibly lucky guy,” died on June 2, 2015, in Omaha. He was 95.
Seemann was born May 10, 1920, in Minnesota, but his father, a car dealer, soon moved the family to Omaha. Lee attended Dundee Elementary and Central High, class of ’38. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he played football at Santa Clara University in California, where he took part in ROTC and was president of the senior class. After World War II, in which he survived a number of close calls, he met Willa Davis, who immediately liked him.
Seemann bombed the Normandy coast on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and flew his final mission on Aug. 9. Some 30,000 American airmen based in England died in the war, but Seemann enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with his mother in Omaha.He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross (twice), the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He recounts his harrowing tales in his 1998 memoir with David Harding, titled I Thought We Were Goners.
Lee became a branch manager at International Harvester and later started his own business, Seemann Truck and Trailer.Willa’s father was a prominent Omaha urologist, Dr. Edwin Davis. He and the Seemanns, still in their 20s, invested with Buffett in the late 1950s and built large fortunes. Over the years, Lee and Willa Seemann have donated quietly to universities, hospitals, museums, churches and other charities. In the 1990s, they were major contributors to the Strategic Air & Space Museum. They also donated to his high school, and a decade ago Central named its new football facility Seemann Stadium.
In 2000, Seemann underwent heart bypass surgery. In recent times he was in hospice care, and his wife said he died from various old-age ailments.
John "Jack" Goodspeed Matthews ’43, J.D. ’49 was 93 and passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014.
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.
Peter Connolly Dolcini '47 February 27, 1925, to November 4, 2014. A man deeply connected with the land of West Marin County, Peter died peacefully, at home, with his wife of 65 years, Louise, at his side. Peter was a talented man, well versed in chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, creative writing and languages, but that does not begin to scratch the surface of who he was. A deeply spiritual, generous and accepting man, Peter made friends wherever he and Louise travelled, whether to Italy or to the local dry cleaners in Petaluma. His wry sense of humor and thoughtful intelligence enlivened many discussions and family parties.
Peter had a long and varied work life. He worked on his family ranch and dairy as a young man. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Peter was employed as a forensic chemist in Berkeley, CA, performing top secret tests on air samples from Soviet atomic test sites. He then built and ran a family business with his brothers and cousins in Stockton, CA: All Jersey Farms Drive-In Dairy. He also used his chemistry and dairy background to make and sell delicious ice cream at his own ice cream parlor, The Gold Mine. After his Stockton sojourn, Peter and Louise moved their family of six children, Lucille, Tom (Carlene), Marilyn (Herm), Carol (Abram), Elaine, and Barbara (Michael), back to his beloved West Marin. They settled into 50+ years of a happy life in Hicks Valley, where Peter worked in the dairy and beef ranching business with his brothers and cousins. It was, however, as a teacher that he was able to put into practice his true vocation. Peter and Louise teamed up as Principal (Louise) and Teacher's Aide (Peter) at the local one-room Lincoln District Elementary School.
After retirement, Peter spent many happy years gardening, birding, travelling, studying Spanish and Italian, and especially enjoying being a part of the unfolding lives of his children, in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. He was a remarkable man who honed and polished, without effort and with great love, the magic of the double-sided coin of learning and teaching. He loved a good gathering, loved the land of West Marin, and most of all loved Louise and his family. We will miss him every day.
John Kerwin "Jack" Nunneley '48 was born on October 19, 1927. He passed away on November 11, 2014, in the loving care of his family. He was 87 years young. A third-generation native Californian, Jack was raised on an apricot and prune ranch in Saratoga. He attended Los Gatos High School and Santa Clara University before being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. There, he met and married the love of his life, Cynthia Ainsworth Flynn.
He served in the Navy from 1951-81 and was qualified to command nuclear submarines. His final tour was as the commander of the Mare Island Naval Base, where he had previously been stationed in 1966 to commission and become the first commander of the USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), a ballistic-missile submarine. Those who knew Jack remember his many, often hilarious, stories about life at sea and the camaraderie of those who serve together.
After retiring from the Navy, Jack pursued his passion for community service and was very active in the United Way, Rotary Club, and other philanthropic activities. He moved to Scotts Valley in 2008 after the untimely loss of Cynthia to live with his son, John Jr.. He is survived by his three loving children, Catherine, Cynthia Nunneley ’75, and John Nunneley Jr. M.S. ’80, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He will be missed and always loved by all who knew him.
November 26, 2013 marked the passing of Philip G. Rizzo M.S. '49, 89, of St. Augustine. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, California, and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He is survived by his wife Alene M. Rizzo, with whom he recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
He utilized his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved California to live with his family in Florida, and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church.
He is survived by: Six children Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore., Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla., Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas, Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass., Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga., Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; five great grandchildren Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.
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.
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On June 17, longtime profressor of religious studies Tennant (Tenny) Wright, S.J., '63 STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) died at the age of 87. He was born in Los Angeles on September 16, 1927, the son of Tennant C. Wright, Sr., a film director and Warner Brothers executive, and Marion McMahon Wright.
Wright graduated from Loyola High School, Los Angeles, and after earning his BA in English at Loyola Marymount University, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1950. He earned further degrees in English at Gonzaga University, theology at Santa Clara, and pursued graduate studies in religious studies at the University of Chicago. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962.
Tenny was a man of many interests. His concern with social justice issues resulted in correspondence with presidents, prime ministers, members of Congress, and activists. His interest in literature resulted in a long time correspondence with Graham Greene. He also taught for a brief time in Xiamen, China, studied Zen Buddhism in Japan, and he served the Diocese of San Jose in his ministry to incarcerated youth and their families as well as to the Emmaus Community of LGBT Catholics. He also published articles and op-ed pieces in a number of newspapers and periodicals on a variety of religious and social subjects.
Former SCU Regent Stanley David Hayden '63 was born Nov. 22, 1941, passed away on Dec. 16, 2014 at his home in San Marino, Calif. with his family by his side. He was survived by his wife of 49 years, Marcia; his four children, Katie (Willy), William "Bill" Hayden ’91 (Lindsay), Maggie Hayden Dietz ’94, and David Hayden ’96 (Shana); and his nine grandchildren, Molly, Will and Maggie Marsh; Will III and Matthew Hayden; Abbey and Henry Dietz; and Grace and Emma Hayden.
Stan was a native Angeleno and had been a resident of the San Gabriel Valley for over 35 years. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and received his bachelors and masters degrees in Sociology and Child Development from The University of Southern California. He went on to teach Sociology and Child Psychology at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut for 18 years, later leaving academia to join his father's investment company, William R. Hayden and Associates.
A life long philanthropist and deeply committed to Catholic education, Stan served on the boards of Mayfield Junior School, Mayfield Senior School and Loyola High School, as well as on the Board of Regents (1973-1983) of Santa Clara University , where he attended before transferring to and graduating from The University of Southern California.
He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Foundation in Los Angeles, and had served as president of Catholic Charities among other leadership roles. Stan, along with his wife and children, served on the Board of Directors of The William R. and Virginia Hayden Foundation, started by his father, William Rube Hayden.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Stan loved spending time with his family and close friends, through travel, golf and his various charitable endeavors. At the heart of Stan's life was his love for his family, friends and his Catholic faith. A "Man for Others" (Loyola Graduate '59) who lived out the motto, "Actions Not Words", Stan supported many Catholic schools and charities throughout the Archdiocese.
Heaven has gained a true jewel of our community and, most of all, we have an advocate in Heaven, as he has now joined the Communion of Saints.
Mary T. Pasetta, born Oct. 7, 1914, a longtime SCU Bookstore employee, passed away on May 5, 2015 at the age of 100. Mary worked for 40 years for the University. She enjoyed helping the students find books in the bookstore. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She is survived by her son, Robert Pasetta (Patti), her daughter, Janis Neth, and grandchildren, Jason Neth and Christina Pasetta...also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dan Pasetta. May she rest in peace.
Dr. Leo Victor English Jr. died peacefully at home surrounded by family. Leo was born December 31, 1919, to Dr. Leo V English and Elizabeth Baker English in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Toledo, 1940; Howard University Medical School, 1944. While practicing medicine in Detroit Michigan he was drafted into the Korean War as Captain Leo Victor English Jr. and served 2 ½ years in Alaska.
In 1954 Dr. English decided to settle in San Jose with his family. Upon the move to San Jose he was unable to rent an office in medical building or buy the home of his liking. He bought a home near San Jose Hospital converted the front to a medical office and the back to the home for the family. Later in his career Dr. English and three associates formed an HMO where he served as medical director.
Community involvement included: 1960-1961 President of the San Jose branch of the NAACP; San Jose Police Chief’s Advisory Board; Santa Clara County Grand Jury. 1965 Leo and his wife Juanita were instrumental in finding summer housing for Selma, Alabama students. Recognition and awards include: 1991 Roll of Honor Citation Howard University Student Non-Violent, Direct Action to Desegregate Restaurants and Interstate Buses Washington D.C. in 1943 and 1944; 1959 “Distinguished Citizen Award” from San Jose City Council; 1964 “Annual Service Award” for outstanding and distinguished service in the field of human relations from the Anti-Defamation League Council of San Jose B’nai B’rith; 1972-1977 Santa Clara University board of Regents; 2002 Martin Luther King association of Santa Clara County, Good Neighbor Award.
Dr. English was a member of the Serra Club, which fosters and promotes vocations to the catholic priesthood. Dr. English was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and co-founder of Gamma Chi Boule in San Jose. He enjoyed traveling with his family and assisting his sons in 4-H club animal projects. Leo is survived by his loving wife Juanita MA '75 of San Jose California, four sons: Leo English III (Karen); Isaac English (Sonia), James English '75 (Mary '76, MA '79) and Paul English (Steven). He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Ian Murray, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering (1951-1988) and father of Barbara Murray, professor of theatre and dance, died on March 30. At 92 years old, Ian lived a long and full life, much of it spent serving at Santa Clara University. He was active in his profession as author, teacher and researcher while also dedicating time to the University community in numerous ways. He served as Faculty Senate president and was an active member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Among his creative achievements, Ian merged his passion for sailing with his academic expertise in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to develop the course, Dynamics of Sailing, in the 1960s.
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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.
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Margaret M. Casanova, born October 1, 1915, passed away peacefully, February 26, 2015, at the age of ninty-nine. Margaret was born and raised in Payette, Idaho. She attended the University of Idaho where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Margaret was a member and great supporter of the Catholic Newman Center at the University where in 2003, she established the Len and Margaret Casanova Scholarship Fund, for students who were active in Newman Center. She also was a lifelong member of the PEO Sisterhood.
Margaret married Leonard Casanova '27, Bronco Hall of Fame football player and coach 1946-1949, on August 17, 1963. He was also a University of Oregon football coach and athletic director. She was a devoted Duck fan and traveled with the football team until two years before her death.
Gloria Giannini "GG" Anello was born January 21, 1922, and died peacefully following a short illness on October 9, 2014, at age 92 in Pacific Grove surrounded by family. Born in Santa Clara to Palmira Pasquinelli and Ralph Giannini, Gloria was the youngest of six children, and was predeceased by her husband, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Peter L. Anello, Sr. ’40, J.D. ’48; her son Ralph Giannini Anello; her brothers Peter Giannini ’44 (Florence), Dante (Lee), and Albert (Jean); her sisters Claire Stagnaro (Joseph) and Louise Vasconcellos (Bill).
Gloria attended Santa Clara High School and Stanford University, graduating in 1944 with an AB degree in Economics, certainly not a common course of study for women in those days. Gloria loved to joke that the only reason she went to Stanford was because Santa Clara University did not accept women! Truth be told, she had a lifelong love of Stanford and the wonderful friends she made there. Gloria spent her early adult years and college vacations serving as a hostess at her mother's Italian restaurant, the Lucca Cafe on The Alameda in Santa Clara, a popular gathering place for SCU students. Many longtime happy marriages had their beginnings at Lucca's, including Gloria's 54 year marriage to Peter, then a student at SCU Law School. After the war years, Gloria devoted herself to her growing family of four children, especially to her developmentally disabled daughter, Antoinette. Gloria enjoyed community service, in particular her multiple terms as president of Santa Clara University's Catala Club.
Like her own mother, Gloria was a fabulous cook. An invitation to dine at the Anello home was coveted by all. She was famous for her excellent marinara sauce, minestrone soup, Roman-style artichokes, apple pies, homemade apricot jam, basil pesto, and the best eggplant Parmigiana this side of Italy. Gloria was passionate about lifelong learning, taking continuing education classes in such varied topics as transistor radio construction, mathematics, Italian language and literature and in later years many Elder-hostel trips on European art and history. Gloria's other passion was Carmel-by-the-Sea, and dreamed for years of owning a home there. That dream came true when she purchased the perfect beach cottage in 1971. She was an active member of the altar societies of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (the Carmel Mission) and St. Angela's Parrish in Pacific Grove. Gloria was also a member of the Carmel Foundation, and enjoyed many trips and cultural outings.
Following husband Peter's passing in 1996, Gloria retired to Canterbury Woods in Pacific Grove where she met many new friends and renewed her friendships with Stanford chums and alums. Her choice of Canterbury Woods was a blessing for her family because she was so well cared for in her later years. We will be forever grateful to the amazing staff in assisted living and in the medical center for the love and dedication shown to our mother. Never complaining, always gracious, gentle, elegantly dressed, beautifully coiffed, and genuinely pleasant to all, Gloria practiced what she preached: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." With a quiet and generous spirit, Gloria's expressions of love for her family and friends were in actions, not words. Gloria' spirit is carried on by her son Peter Louis Anello, Jr. (Margaret Alayne) of Gilroy; her daughters Antoinette of San Anselmo, and Anna-Louise Anello Rosen J.D. ’81 (Mark), her grandsons Jordan and Spencer Rosen, all of San Francisco; many Giannini and Anello nieces and nephews; and her devoted and cherished friends George Rommel of Pacific Grove, Nathan Louie and Dale Picone of San Jose.
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.
Retired judge John Marlo J.D. '61 died May 26, 2015. Marlo, 81, was the Capitola city attorney before he became a municipal and superior judge from 1973 to 1993. He had a long and varied career, all while raising five children with his wife, Patricia Marlo, in Aptos. Marlo died of Leukemia, his colleagues said.