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UGRD Arts & Sciences '38
Norman T. Burke
Norman T. Burke ’38 passed away November 14, 2013 at age 96 in his home in San Mateo. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Esther. After graduating from SCU he spent his career in the paper and packaging industry with Fibreboard Corp. and Pacific Paperboard. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 assigned to the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers). He is survived by his four children Tom ’73, J.D. ’83, Laurie ’75, Michael and Dan; and by three grandchildren including Kathryn ’17.
submitted Nov. 25, 2013 3:33P
Howard S. Dattan
Howard S. Dattan J.D. ’49, born January 26, 1920 in Seattle, Wash., passed away September 6, 2013. A complex and fascinating man who served in the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy during World War II, completed his education at the University of Southern California. After the war, he attended the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He had two sons with Evelyn (Angerhofer) Dattan ~ Scott Dattan of Anchorage, Alaska and Christopher Dattan of Seattle, Washington. Howard was a member of the California State Bar from 1949, served with the Judge Advocate in Japan during the Korean War, and was the first Dean of the University of San Diego, School of Law. He practiced law in California for many years. For the last twenty years of his life, he traveled the world with Jean Milam, the love of his life. He died gracefully in their home in Carlsbad, California. Howard will long be remembered for his love of the mountains, animals, flowers and poetry. He always looked forward to seeing USC beat Notre Dame in football and provided inspiration to his granddaughters, Devin, Valorraine, Lorelei, Gretta and Fiona. His wry sense of humor and the certainty that he was right will be missed.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:44P
UGRD Engineering '50
John Herbert Clarke
John "Jack" Clarke ’50 passed away peacefully at his Aptos home on Oct 28. Born in Los Gatos and raised in Saratoga, he was 90 years old. Graduated in 1950 at the University of Santa Clara, he received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, followed by a 35 year career with the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Jack was active in the Catholic Church his entire life. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe and was honored with the Bronze Star. Jack is survived by his wife Eleanor of 61 years, and children Richard (Susan), Stephen, John ’79 (Jeanne) and Maureen (Richard), along grandchildren, Bryan, Colin, Kelly, Geoffrey, Genelle, Andy and Heather. Jack also leaves his brother Henry Clarke ’51. Any kind acts of charity may be made in memory of Jack to Santa Clara University
submitted Nov. 9, 2013 3:01P
Daniel J. Vesely
Daniel Joseph Vesely ’50 of Rocklin passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, with his loving family by his side after suffering from Dementia for several years. He was 89 years young. Daniel was born to Joseph and Minnie Vesely in New York, New York on July 30, 1924. Daniel married his wife Annie Walker to whom he was married to for 65 years. Daniel is survived by younger brother, Joseph Vesely who is living in Massachusetts. He is also survived by his two children Gregory Vesely, Cynthia Gruber and her husband Joe Gruber, two grandchildren Kristel Vesely, Gregory Goodnough and one great-grandson, Jayden Goodnough. Daniel graduated from Santa Clara University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. He worked for several engineering firms over the years which allowed his family to live in Casablanca, where Greg was born and Madrid, Spain where Cynthia was born. He retired with the Federal Government Corp of Engineers. Daniel and Annie raised their children in Rocklin since 1964. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, traveling and was an avid golfer until he became ill. He always enjoyed living on the golf course. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:12P
John P. Smalley
John Patrick Smalley '53, September 2, 2013. Born in Jackson, CA on Dec 30, 1928, and died in San Francisco from old age complication. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice; sons: John Joseph ’87, Patrick Michael, CHP; Dr. Val Smalley, DO; and Stephen, Sgt. SFPD; daughter and son-in-law: Christine and Tony So; granddaughters: Noelle and Adrianna So; Sister-in-law: Joanne Smalley; and nephew: Martin Catudio. John graduated from Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering. He was in the U.S. Army Artillery in Germany for the Korean War. He worked with the State of California for Bay Toll Crossings and on the San Diego Coronado Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, City and County of San Francisco Public Works. He was a dedicated supporter of Pro Life Activities and was an active member of Star of the Sea Parish.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:30P
Gordon Abbott '58, July 12, 1930 - November 7, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Gordon Abbott passed away after a difficult and valiant battle with cancer. His family was paramount and he enjoyed participating in his children and grandchildren's activities. An ardent sports fan and active in the community, he was also well known for his political involvement. He served on the Campbell Union School District Board of Trustees from 1971 through 1982, the San Jose Council Salary Setting Commission from 1986-1994 and on the Governor's Advisory Board for the Agnew Development Center from 1998-2009. He also served on the Santa Clara County G.O.P Central Committee from 1958-1963 and 1994-2005, earning the nickname "Mr. Republican".
Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Mayme, devoted children Gordon Abbott of San Ramon, Philip Abbott of Dallas, TX and Wendy Abbott Sarsfield '83 of San Francisco, Daughters-in-law Holly Mueller Abbott of San Ramon and Tracy Driscoll Abbott of Dallas, TX and grandchildren Matthew and Nicholas Abbott of San Ramon, Sydney, Maggie and Jeffrey Abbott of Dallas, TX and Patrick and Megan Sarsfield of San Francisco.
submitted Nov. 15, 2013 3:17P
Lee A. Cook
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:47A
Gregg A. Steber
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.
Gregg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 25, 1940. His parents, Arnold Steber and Maxine Boyle Steber and Gregg moved to Woodside in 1946. He attended Ballarmine College Prep and graduated from University of Santa Clara in 1962. In August, Gregg and Michaela Conley were married in El Cerrito, California and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Gregg attended Marquette Medical School. He graduated in 1966 and spent two years at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas as a flight surgeon. In 1969, the family settled in Nevada City, California.
Dr. Gregg was a family physician for 41 years. He also spent ten years as a visiting doctor at the jails in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado Counties. Gregg taught CCD classes to high school students attending St. Patrick’s Church for fourteen years. He was active in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and mentored a young man through junior high and high school.
Gregg had a love for the outdoors, whether skiing on fresh powder, operating his John Deere tractor on his ranch or splitting wood for winter warmth. He attended all his children’s sporting events and never missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren.
Gregg’s survivors include his wife, Michaela; son, Brian; daughters, Lisette, Danielle, Molly and her husband, Michael Neves; his grandchildren, Claire, Amanda and Gregg Neves, Jacob and Lukas Locker, Briana and Justin Bellamy and cousins, Sandi Murray and Kenneth Colson. God Bless You Dad, Grandpa and Friend.
submitted Nov. 22, 2013 11:58A
Laurence E. Daniels
Laurence Edward Daniels ’69 was killed on Oct. 19, 2013. doing one of the things he loved most. He was a problem solver, an engineer who dedicated his work life to making rail travel more efficient and safe. He was born in Pasadena California on October 15, 1947. He grew up with his parents, Victor and Gertrude and his sister Marie Therese in Sierra Madre. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He married Joyce A. (Reynolds) Daniels ’69 while finishing his degree and had two daughters, Sarah and Amber Daniels. He was immediately employed by the railroad industry to inspect track, starting with the Western Pacific in the East Bay.
He and his family moved across the US so he could work for various rail inspection projects. They lived in Boisie Idaho, Pueblo Colorado and Fairfax Virginia, before returning to California in 1993. In each community, Larry made an impact. He coached and played soccer, played Rugby, golfed, and always had an active workshop in the garage. He was particularly enamored of creating and building things in his workshop, from amazing trellises for his gardens, to renovating the houses where he lived. He rarely sat still, unless it was to read a good book. He was an avid reader of biographies and historical information. He was always looking to figure out how things and people were put together.
After he returned to California, he started his own consulting firm, Daniels Railroad Engineering. He worked on rail projects all over the US and the world, helping improve and grow rail systems. Included in his projects were the English Channel Tunnel, the Kowloon-Canton Railway in China and the Singapore Mass Transit Project. He was a pioneer in many areas of the rail industry, most especially maglev rail projects. He also served on the Board of El Dorado and Sacramento Railway Historical Society and helped preserve and implement historical rail projects in the Sacramento Valley.
In 1996 he and his wife separated and in 2006 he met his second love, Betty Keever. Betty and Larry were together until the time of his death. He and Betty moved to Oakland in 2011 with their snuggly dog Oliver. He and Betty traveled widely, exploring the country and laughing often. Larry was Betty’s “Number 1”. Larry also played golf and played in semi-pro tournaments.
Larry was an incredibly generous man, who was described by many close to him as “wonderful, kind and extremely supportive”. He worked hard at whatever he did and loved to share the knowledge he had acquired. He cared deeply for the people in his life and would go out of his way to plan adventures for loved ones. His family speaks animatedly of a Segway trip last Thanksgiving around Lake Merrit that Larry planned, of how much fun they had, the stories they told. Larry always planned these excursions and field trips meticulously, ensuring that every possible activity was included and that the weather conditions would be perfect. He enjoyed making others happy and doing things for others wherever he could. He would often insist that people treat themselves on his dime.
Larry is survived by his life partner, Betty , his sister Marie -Therese, his daughters Amber and Sarah, nephews Eric and Marck and his dog Oliver.
submitted Nov. 22, 2013 12:06P
John D. Wilson
John Dudley Wilson '71, Sept. 4, 2013. Born in Lompoc, California, on Oct. 9, 1949, John graduated from Santa Clara University and Cal Poly with degrees in civil and transportation engineering. John was a consulting engineer his whole career working mostly in the Bay Area and his last professional association was with SANDIS. John had a full and successful life and will be remembered for his positive attitude. He enjoyed his family and friends, collecting books, restoring classic cars and remodeling boats. John is survived by his wife Kay of thirty years, his father Arthur Wilson, his brother Arthur Wilson Jr. and his sisters Marion, Casey, and Barbara. John was also very close to his extended family of nieces and nephews and in laws from the Wilson family and from Kay's family.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:33P
Steven Gunia MBA '74, a resident of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly October 21, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. He was 65. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Dolores; his mother Virginia of San Jose, sister Jacque Hennig (Jon) of Campbell, nieces Lindsay Hennig and Brittany Gilhooly (Tim), nephews Michael and Wyatt Gilhooly, stepson Sean Murphy, grandchildren Christina and Brenden Murphy (Laura) and great-granddaughter Scarlett. Born in 1948, Steven was a graduate of Blackford High School and San Jose State University. A lifelong thirst for education led Steven to continue his education and obtain his Masters degree at Santa Clara University, and later on his law degree. In 1985, Steven and Dolores moved to Monterey. In addition to his legal practice, Steven became very active in his community. The United Way, the Monterey Museum of Art, Jesters, The Monterey County Symphony and The Ombudsmen are among some of the charitable causes he gave his time to. He also loved to open their home and host events for many non-profit organizations. Steven loved to play bridge, and achieved Life Master status. He was a bridge director, and also began directing and teaching bridge on cruise ships, combining his love of the game with his passion for travel, allowing him and Dolores to travel the world. He loved museums, enjoyed cooking, was an avid golfer and enjoyed his membership at Corral de Tierra Country Club. A lover of nature, Steven enjoyed the outdoors - especially fly-fishing and skiing.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:57P
Ted T. Yamamura
Ted T. Yamamura MBA ’78 was born to Masakazu and Tatsuko on January 3, 1949. He passed away peacefully on August 18, 2013 at the age of 64 with his family members by his side. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. He will always be loved and remembered by his wife of 40 years, Lilly, along with his children Brandon (Kathy) and Peter. To his family he will always be the dad with a loving and positive attitude. He was very supportive of his children's endeavors and cherished time with his family. He coached his sons' sports teams and never missed any of their school events. They also frequently took family vacations to sunny places such as Hawaii and enjoyed crabbing at their summer home. Born and raised in Seattle, Ted attended Queen Anne High School then earned a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics at UW. He continued his education in California at Santa Clara University and received an MBA degree with concentrations in finance and marketing. After graduating, Ted worked for seven years at Lockheed Martin before moving back to the Seattle area. He then began his career at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer and later became the Regional Director of the Global Asia Markets. During his 33 year career at Boeing, he traveled and built work relationships with people from all over the world. Ted had a strong passion for mentoring and empowering people. He was an active member in the community and held many leadership positions. For example, he is co-founder and developer of the Executive Development Institute (EDI), a program aimed to build culturally diverse leaders. He was President of the Boeing Asian American Professional Association (BAAPA), President of the Asian Management Business Association (now known as the National Association of Asian American Professionals - NAAAP), President of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the board of many organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Henry. The surviving family members include Aunt Ayako Mochizuki, Uncle Mitsuo (Peggy), Sister-in-law Susan, Brother George (Laurie), brother-in-laws, cousins, nephews and their families.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:16P
John J. Folmer
Father John "Jack" Joseph Folmer ’78 died at Sacramento's Mercy General Hospital after a brief illness. Only son of the late Harry and Agnes Folmer, he was born in Sacramento. He came of age in a time of great social change and lived his life helping others. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969, after studying at St. Pius X and St. Patrick's Seminaries, Jack earned a doctorate in canon law from Catholic U, a JD from UC Davis and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. A member of the California Bar for more than 20 years, he practiced law briefly in San Francisco. Jack served as a canon lawyer 30 years in SF, Sacramento and Monterey and was president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1985. His career included pastoral work in Fairfield, Vallejo, Sacramento and St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco as well as Newman Centers in Davis and Sacramento. He served as Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and, more recently, as Parochial Vicar at St. Mel's Parish in Fair Oaks. Jack was also active as an educator. He taught canon law at St. Patrick's Seminary, and also served as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers HS and later at St. Francis HS, both in Sacramento. Jack was an avid reader and film lover, a raconteur, champion of those in need, spiritual advisor and a true and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed. Closest relatives (cousins) include John Doyle (Windsor, CA), Deborah Doyle and Melvin Whartnaby (SF), Jerry and Jane Button (Fort Collins), Laurence Doyle (Newport News), Agnes Shoemaker (Omaha).
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:57A
Donna J. Parsons
Donna Jean Parsons M.A. ’79, June 19, 2013. She died at her home after a long battle with cancer, multiple myeloma. Donna was born in Dunsmuir to Art and Vera Parsons, the middle of 3 children. She attended local schools, graduating from DHS in 1961. Donna was active with cheerleading, Rainbow Girls, and academic clubs, making many life-long friends. Donna was accepted at UC Berkeley, which was as far from her small town experiences as she could get! She was grateful to all of her teachers, including Ramey Drake, Grace Harris, and Reva Coon, as well as her parents, for encouraging her academic achievements and instilling a drive for higher education. After graduating from Cal, Donna worked in the social welfare field in several northcoast and SF Bay Area counties, finishing up that part of her career as an adoptions social worker in Alameda County. By that time she had gotten her Masters at Santa Clara University and went out on her own as a psychotherapist. She loved that work, developing even more her passion and skill for helping children and families with a variety of problems. In 2005 Donna realized a dream of returning to Dunsmuir, when she, husband Jon Jeffers and son Eric Burger, bought and renovated the old Oak Tree Inn (Motel?) into what is now the Dunsmuir Lodge. She was the last of the siblings to return to Dunsmuir and was so happy she could spend her last years here. Sadly, although the number of her last years were defined by the cancer diagnosis in 2007, the quality was not. She bravely fought this disease, although she didn't consider herself brave; she just wanted to live as long and as well as she could. She continued her other passions for the piano and knitting and photography, helped nurture the success of the Lodge, and spent time with her family and friends. She was part of a support group for multiple myeloma patients, who drew comfort from each other. Her continued friendship with classmates of 1961 and adjacent years, helped to make the 50th reunion in 2011 very successful. Donna leaves behind her husband of 33 years, Jon Jeffers her son Eric Burger, siblings Carol (Dick Keiser) and Bill (Hazel) Parsons. She was a loved stepmother, grandmother, and great grandmother to Diana Jeffers Williams, Danielle Finley-Haley and Michael Haley, and an aunt to Sheryl Burger. Carol's stepchildren Lori Keiser Usher and Rick Keiser were very grateful for her love and support during their childhoods, and through the births of their children. Donna will be missed by many but our hope is that her kindness and generosity and humor will live on with all those who knew her.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:26P
James Tomich M.S. ’86, Aug. 15, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Jim Tomich died after a courageous battle with cancer. His family was at his side. Born Oct. 20, 1941, and raised in Sacramento, Jim went onto CSU Sacramento earning a B.S. in Electronic Engineering, an Environmental Studies Certificate from USC and an M.S., Computer Science from University of Santa Clara. In 1971, he joined the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, retiring as Supervising Air Quality Engineer in 2010. Jim and his wife Glow settled into suburban San Jose to enjoy an active lifestyle. He served as president of the BSA Owners Club of Northern California and won awards for his mortorcycle restoration excellence. In the mid-90s, Jim sponsored members of his extended family overseas seeking refuge from the war in Bosnia - a proud moment for his entire family. Jim is survived by his wife Glow-Renee, sons Tom and Mike and grandchildren Marco, William and Danielle.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:09P
Jeffery W. Saunders
Jeffery W. Saunders MBA '91, Oct. 20, 2013. Formerly of Cupertino Jeff died at home in Seattle of a stroke. Loving husband of Kristin Matosian Saunders, formerly of Los Altos, and devoted father of Ginevra, 6; Roland, 4; Camilla, 2; and Daphne, 9 months. They were his focus and joy. Born Oct. 22, 1962, Jeff graduated from San Jose State University, earned an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and was a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin for 25 years. He loved the outdoors, lived from the heart and gave generously of his kindness, optimism, patience and resilience. Also surviving are his parents, Bill and Lynne Saunders, of Surprise, AZ, formerly of Cupertino; sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Brian Ebert, and niece, Siera Ebert, of Reno, NV; and inlaws, Ken and Paula Matosian of Los Altos. His sister Michelle died in February.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 1:02P
Faculty & Staff
Stephen J. Corio
Faculty member Stephen J. Corio ’68, MBA ’76 died on October 5. A double alumnus of Santa Clara University, Steve joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 1998. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he had a successful career with IBM and wanted to give back during his "second career" at the University, teaching in the Marketing Department. He was dedicated to his students throughout his time here, having taught undergraduate and MBA students alike. Students filled his classrooms and benefited from his wise counsel as a student adviser. Together with his family, we mourn Steve's death while also thanking God for the gift of his life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Notes of condolence may be sent to Steve's family, care of the Business School:
The Corio Family
c/o Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
submitted Nov. 15, 2013 3:22P