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Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in 1957
UGRD Engineering '57
Ronald Eugene Ciraulo
Ronald Eugene Ciraulo ’57 left this life on September 29, 2012. Ron—also known as Papa, Dad, Grandpa Ron, Uncle Ron, Mr. C., Ronnie, Ronaldo and other wonderful terms of endearment—had an infectious personality and was truly one of a kind. Ron was 77 years of age.
A native of San Francisco, Ron and his twin brother, Lt. Col. Robert (Bob) L. Ciraulo ’57, were born to Mary and Frank Ciraulo at St. Mary’s Hospital on May 31, 1935. Ron graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory (S.I.) in 1953. He continued his Jesuit education at Santa Clara University (SCU), where he received a BS in Engineering and was part of the U.S. Army ROTC.
Upon graduation, Ron worked for the State of California as a Civil Engineer and led ski tours to Squaw Valley. He went on to work for Hetch Hetchy Water & Power as a Civil Engineer for more than 33 years. Ron also played softball on SF city league teams, and was an avid fan of both the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.
Ron thoroughly enjoyed life and being an Italian (Sicilian, to be exact). For more than 44 years, he was an active part of the Fratellanza Club, one of the largest social clubs in America founded by Italian pioneers, including his late uncle-in-law and father-in-law. Upon retirement, Ron fished and volunteered for San Francisco Tyee Club. He loved to spend time with his grandkids (ranging in ages from 8-17), enjoyed playing the banjo and ukelele, and making many trips to Yosemite, Disneyland, Virginia, and other destinations. He also loved spending time at his cabins in Loch Lomond, California.
Ron and his twin brother were also very active alumni for both S.I. and SCU. Together, they founded a scholarship at S.I. in honor of their late grandfather, Salvatore Ciraulo. Ron also supported fundraising efforts spearheaded by his twin Bob to commission a new statue of St. Clare at SCU. The statue project was initiated by their classmate Jerry Clements. In all, 58 members of the Class of 1957 contributed more than $55,000 to create the St. Clare statue—the first outdoor statue of SCU’s namesake, which is located next to the de Saisset Museum in the St. Clare Garden.
Family and friends fondly recall a very charismatic and energetic man with “smiling eyes”, a great sense of humor, and a love of karaoke, cioppino, beer and calamari. Ron made everyone he met feel instantly at ease. He had quite the “gift of gab”; a growing collection of cars, fishing poles and tie-dyed shirts; and a Sicilian zest for life, love and family. Ron will be missed. He is missed already.
Ron leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Marie Lucille (Audo) Ciraulo; his daughters Dana (Ciraulo) Young and Kara (Ciraulo) Broderick; twin sons James and John, and his bonus kid Michael Ciraulo. He also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Jannine (Chun) Ciraulo, and two son-in-laws, James Broderick and Kaipolani Young. Ron will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Anthony, Rosemary and Margaret Broderick; Edward Ciraulo; Liliana Ciraulo; and triplet grand-daughters: Ke’ale, Maile and Makana Young. He was preceded in death by his fraternal twin brother Robert (Bob) Ciraulo, who passed away earlier this year on April 12, 2012 in Virginia; his parents Frank and Mary Ciraulo; and grand-daughter Angelina. He also leaves behind many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:49A
GRD Law '57
Marshall Norman Bean
Marshall Norman Bean J.D. ’57, a resident of San Jose, was born on September 15, 1926. He passed away on April 18 in San Jose. He was born in San Francisco, following his twin sister Melisande (deceased), to mother Anne Marie Tuyaret, and father Milton Forbes Bean, a S.F. police officer. He attended St. Peter's Elementary and High Schools, and while attending San Francisco City College, was drafted into the Army. He did his training at Fort Ord, Calif., and then was sent to Japan with the occupying forces. Upon his discharge two years later, he enrolled at the San Jose State College Police School, and joined the R.O.T.C.
submitted Nov. 15, 2012 9:58A
Elliott Chielpegian ’57, J.D. ’60 was born October 26, 1935 and passed away September 20, 2012. In his own words, "Just a simple kid from West Fresno," Elliott was born on October 26, 1935, in a bedroom of his parents' house on Kearney Boulevard. Elliott was the third and youngest child born to Armenian immigrants, Michiel and Florence Chielpegian, who owned and operated a small corner grocery store called Boulevard Market. Ellliott attended St. Alphonsus Grammar School and graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School in 1953. While at SJM, Elliott excelled as a student, played football and basketball, and served as senior class president. Elliott continued his education at Santa Clara University, having never seen the campus prior to his arrival for the first day of classes. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, cum laude, in 1957, Elliott remained at Santa Clara for law school, graduating in 1960. Elliott cherished the wonderful education he received from the Jesuit priests and law professors at Santa Clara. In an effort to give back to Santa Clara, Elliott served as a Member of the Board of Fellows from 1973 to 1983 and as a Member of the law school Board of Visitors from 1997 until his passing. In 1960, Elliott returned to Fresno. A few years later, in the parking lot of St. John's Cathedral after Sunday Mass, he met the love of his life, Agnes Mathiesen. Elliott and Agnes were married in 1969 and had two sons, Michael '92 and Mark '94 J.D. '97. Elliott practiced law in Fresno for over 50 years. In 1979, Elliott started his own firm, the Law Offices of Elliott D. Chielpegian. Following in their father's footsteps, his sons returned to Fresno to practice law with Elliott and the name of the firm was changed to Chielpegian Law Offices. Known throughout the Valley as an attorney of skill and integrity, Elliott never once lost sight of the fact that the practice of law is a profession, and to him that meant always putting the needs of his clients first. Elliott was an early member of San Joaquin Country Club. He served as club president in 1976. Although he never quite mastered the game, he loved golf because of the unhurried time it allowed him to spend with Agnes, his sons and his many close friends. Elliott enjoyed watching sports, whether it was his grandchildren or his beloved San Francisco Giants. Despite the constant nagging from his family and doctors, Elliott loved to eat. Some of his favorites included salami, Italian sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, traditional Armenian foods, and homemade ice cream. Jazz also brought much joy to Elliott's life. Elliott's family will be forever grateful for the skill and compassion exhibited by the doctors and nurses at Stanford Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital and Hinds Hospice during Elliott's final illness, especially Dr. Chooljian, Dr. Chambers, Dr. Hackett, Dr. Wakelee, and Dr. Loo. Elliott was preceded in death by his parents, Michiel and Florence Chielpegian; sister, Doris Chielpegian; sister in law, Juanita Normart; and brother in law, Joseph Marcelli. Elliott is survived by his devoted wife, Agnes; son, Michael and his wife Laura '92; son, Mark; grandchildren, Matthew, Lucy, Gaby, and Cate; sister, Betty Marcelli; and many other loving relatives.
submitted Sep. 30, 2012 7:23A