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John J. George
John J. George, May 31, 2013. A resident of Santa Clara, George was born in Niagara Falls, NY, in 1944, to Joseph and Grace George. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Niagara University in 1967. Later that summer, he married Melanie Wozniak and they moved to Omaha, NE where John received his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University in 1970. A job offer as general counsel for Executive Fund Life Insurance Company brought John, Melanie and their young daughters to the Bay Area in 1971. John opened his private legal practice in 1973 and continued to work as a trial lawyer and mediator until his retirement in 2012. He also taught in the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy program and in the Santa Clara University and West Valley College Paralegal programs. John was a dedicated community servant who supported public education. In 1992 he created the Santa Clara Schools Foundation and served on its board for 19 years. In 2002 he incorporated the Santa Clara Teacher Housing Foundation, one of the first of its kind in the nation. John is survived by Melanie, his wife of 45 years; daughters Leslie Kloes ’96 (Chris) of Santa Clara and Merrill Turner ’93 (Brian) of Santa Clara; grandchildren Caroline and Vincent Kloes; sister Rosemary (David) Gleason of Greensboro, NC and brother Joseph (Barbara) George of Niagara Falls, NY.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:04A
Sharon L. Knopf
Sharon Louise Knopf J.D. ’82, MBA ’82, a resident of San Jose, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. Sharon L. Knopf was born February 10, 1956 in Munich, Germany to Arthur and Alice Knopf. Sharon graduated from Willow Glen High, UC Davis (BS) and Santa Clara University (MBA, JD). She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduation she formed a law practice, Sasaki and Knopf, with Dale Sasaki in 1984. Sharon served on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Quilt Museum, helping to propel it to prominent status. She was passionate about plants, animals and preservation of historic buildings supporting the Nature Conservancy and National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sharon is survived by her husband Richard Johns of San Jose, Calif., father Arthur Knopf of San Jose, sister Susan Crase and husband Dietrich Crase of Mountain View, brother Jeff Knopf and wife Stacie Knopf of San Jose, and several nieces, nephews, god-children and many cherished pets. She was preceded in death by her mother Alice in 2005 and recently by her beloved German Wire Haired Pointer, Gus (Gustav Runciter Von Wee). Sharon was a tour de force whose favorite activities centered on restoring her vintage home. A consummate shopper, she delighted in filling her home with her collected treasures. Overflowing with knowledge and creativity, Sharon had ideas and plans and invited friends to come along for the ride. Sharon has touched lives from the West Coast to the East Coast. All those touched by Sharon feel an immeasurable loss. We will miss her energy, enthusiasm, companionship and presence.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:21P
Bill Adams '37 passed away on Sept. 10. The world lost an amazingly intelligent, well-traveled, kind and wonderful man. At the age of 96, William J. (Bill) Adams, Jr. led an outstandingly full life and he touched the hearts of many. His passionate involvement with his alma mater, Santa Clara University, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Catholic Church gave him strength and his influence will live on for generations. He is now reunited with the love of his life, Marijane.
Bill was the Nobili Award recipient in 1937 and a regent and past president of the Alumni Association. He received the Ignatian Award, the Bannan Award, and the Distinguished Engineering Award from Santa Clara University. He and his wife also endowed the William and Mary Jane Adams Mechanical Engineering Scholarship on campus, and he was also actively involved with the Diocese of San Jose, Catholic Charities, and the Boy Scouts of America.
submitted Sep. 13, 2013 11:43A
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
UGRD Engineering '39
John "Jack" E. Richter
John "Jack" Edward Richter ’39, Dec. 18, 1916 - June 20, 2013. A resident of Aptos, Calif., Richter passed away suddenly, after a fall. Jack was born in San Francisco and lived his younger years in Kentfield. Later, he moved to Willow Glen where he attended elementary school. After graduating from Bellarmine College Preparatory School, he furthered his education at University of Santa Clara and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then married Helen and moved to San Jose to raise his family. He enjoyed building his "cabin" in Felton where the family spent many happy days. Jack started his career at Wooldridge Mfg. and quickly advanced to Chief Engineer. Later, he joined Gould Bros. as a partner and Engineer of a fruit harvesting company in Milpitas. The company merged and moved to Modesto as AGMAC and was later purchased by FMC. After retirement, he moved back to the Santa Cruz area. Jack was a "MacGyver" type person that could fix anything from electrical, automotive to woodworking with no problems! He was well respected by his traveling trailer folks, mobile park friends and at his neighbors in Aptos. Jack is preceded by the death of his loving wife Helen on October 4th 1997 and is survived by his son John and daughter -in -law Joy of Felton; 2 grandchildren: Todd Richter of Ben Lomond and Sheri West of Aptos; 4 great-grandchildren: Darren Richter, Todd Richter Jr., Jacquelyn Richter and Kaile West and 2 great-great- grandchildren: Faith and Brooklyn Richter.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:02A
UGRD Engineering '39
Frank R. Ryan
Frank R. Ryan ’39 Aug. 18, 1917 - July 31, 2001, from Los Angeles, Calif. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara, mother of his 11 children; daugther Loretta; and second wife Cynthia Daly. Survived by his 10 childresn, 19 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII, on active duty from Oct. 1940 to Dec. 1945, and in the Air Force Reserve from Dec. 1945 - Mar. 14, 1960, when he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He later joined his father and worked at Frank J. Ryan and Co. for over 42 years. He was most proud that his son William Ryan ’82, MBA ’91 and grandson Sean Brown ’97 also graduated from Santa Clara.
submitted Aug. 4, 2013 10:28A
Bernard F. Cassidy, S.J., ’40, 96, died September 15 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. A Jesuit since 1954, he recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination.
Bernie was born in Los Angeles in 1917 and was a 1940 graduate of Santa Clara University, where he majored in electrical engineering. From 1940 until 1953 he worked as a civilian electrical engineer for the Army and Air Force, involved in the design, installation, repair and instruction in the use of electrical and electronic systems at military bases in Hawaii and Sandia, New Mexico. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1963, he taught theology and served as student chaplain at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (1965-67), and in parish ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, Christ the King Church, San Diego (1968-78) and Holy Family Church, San Jose (1979-82). In 1982 he returned to Hawaii and served as Director of Spiritual Services at St. Francis Medical Center, Honolulu, retiring in 1992. He then became a hospice chaplain until 2005, when he retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center. During his four decades of ministry Bernie touched the lives of countless students, parishioners and hospital patients.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:08P
Louis M. Caserza
Louis M. Caserza ’41, April 28, 2013. Dear husband of Bianca (Ratto), whom he married on August 18, 1956. Devoted father of Rosemarie ’80, Catherine, and Elizabeth ’81. Son of the late Dionizio and Rachele (Crescio). Brother of the late John and Alfred Caserza. Uncle of Richard (deceased), Gloria, Daniel, Teresa ’75, Steven, and David. Great uncle of Philip, Matthew, Christina, Timothy ’05, Melanie, Claire, Michelle, Mark, Sabrina, Diane, Dennis and Rachele. Great great uncle of Cooper, Rhea, and Alfred.
A lifelong parishioner of Holy Angels Church since 1916. Graduate of Jefferson Elementary School, St. Ignatius Preparatory, and University of Santa Clara with a BME. Proud retiree of 34 years with Bechtel. A member of several professional societies especially a 75 year member of ASME. He was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3773, Italian Catholic Federation Branch 19, Hillside Homeowners Improvement Association, The History Guild of Daly City/Colma, and Colma Historical Association. He always looked forward to the annual reunion with classmates from St. Ignatius up to the last one the class had - their 72nd reunion. He was also so proud to have received his golden diplomas from his high school and university. After he retired in 1984, he enjoyed many hours outside gardening and being busy at his work bench.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 6:58A
UGRD Engineering '41
Eugene G. Stephens Jr.
Eugene Graham Stephens Jr. ’41 died peacefully in Novato, Calif., on July 10, 2013. Eugene was born in Oakland, Calif., on October 3, 1919. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1937 and from The University of Santa Clara, Magna cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering, in 1941. In the same year he won first place for a research paper submitted to the 7th Annual Conference of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Branch at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. During his career, Eugene worked at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, served in the United States Navy, and ran a steel fabricating business, McDonough Steel Company in Oakland, Calif., later renamed MidCon Fabricators in Tulsa, Okla. Eugene was an avid golfer, and he belonged to SIRS Branch 22. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church. Eugene and Monica McDonough were married on July 11,1942, and celebrated fifty-seven years of marriage. As a widower, Eugene was blessed with a second wife, Patricia Bacich, Monica's best friend from childhood. They enjoyed almost fourteen years of marriage. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, by his brother, Philip Stephens ’43, by six children (Michele Janssen, Monica White, Madeleine, Margaret, Patrick, and Mary), and five step-children, by twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Monica McDonough, by his parents, Eugene and Elizabeth, and by his sister and brother, Suzanne Ortman and Richard Stephens.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:18A
William H. Royer
William Howard Royer ’42 (April 11, 1920 – April 8, 2013) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He served as a U.S. Representative from the 11th Congressional District of California from 1979 until 1981. Born in Jerome, Idaho, he earned his B.S. at Santa Clara University and did graduate work at what is now Oklahoma State University. He served in the United States Army Air Corps (1943–45) and worked as a realtor before entering politics. He served on the Redwood City, California City Council from 1950 to 1966 (including service as mayor from 1956–60) and was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1972. He was reelected in 1976.In 1979, Royer won a special election to succeed the late congressman Leo J. Ryan (D-San Mateo), winning with 57% of the vote. He finished out the remainder of Ryan's term but was defeated for reelection in 1980, losing 46.4% to 43.3% to Democratic challenger Tom Lantos. Royer ran against Lantos again in 1982, losing 57% to 40%.Royer was married to his wife Shirley for 69 years and has had children and grandchildren. Royer died on April 8, 2013 at the age of 92 (days before his 93rd birthday) in his Redwood City home of natural causes. Relatives included granddaughter Whitney A. Sangiacomo '91, grandson Brady W. Royer '93, and son Dennis W. Royer '65.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:05A
William J. Crowley
William James Crowley ’44, May 19, 1922 to August 21, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Denver, CO where he attended Regis Jesuit High School and earned recognition as all-time all Regis honors in both football and baseball. From there Bill earned athletic scholarship to Santa Clara University where he excelled as a scholar athlete in those same 2 sports. While attending SCU he met the love of his life, Mary Rose, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage and raising a family of 9 children. Besides Mary Bill is survived by his children Michael (Cathy), Mary Jo (Jim), Tim (Lise), Dan (Joan), Kevin ( and the late Dawn), Sheila (Pete), Sean ’81 (Lisa), Maureen (Mark), and Colleen ’88, 21 grandkids, and 4 great granchildren. Bill excelled as a businessman starting his own company, Crowley Sales & Export which continues on today. Bill had an uncanny ability of making you feel at ease, treating everyone as an equal, making friends all day long. His sense of humor was unmatched.
submitted Aug. 26, 2013 6:51A
Bert "Bart" Gianelli
Bert "Bart" G. Gianelli ’45, Sept. 5, 1921- June 21, 2013. He was 91. Bart lived a full and active life of fishing, hunting, and golfing. He had just "bagged" a deer on a trip to Idaho in the past year. Bart was known as an avid local salmon fisherman and frequently traveled to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of the elusive fish. He also spent a lot of time working and hunting at his duck club in Los Banos, Calif. Bart truly lived the American Dream. Bartholomew George Gianelli was born the second son of an Italian immigrant commercial fisherman on the banks of the Columbia River in Astoria, Ore., on September 5, 1921. He was raised in Clifton, Ore., and later in Everett, Wash., along with his siblings, Andy (deceased), Ann (deceased), and Lucille of Everett, Wash. Bart received a scholarship to the University of Oregon where he was a two-way football star and also joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Bart later transferred to Santa Clara University to study business administration and eventually met the love of his life Florence ""Flo"" Volta who was a business student at San Jose State University. They met after a Santa Clara vs. UCLA football game that Bart had just played in. After the attacks at Pearl Harbor, Bart joined the U.S. Marine Corps and transferred to the University of the Pacific for officer training school. It was here, in 1943, that Bart played his final football season. This time for Hall of Fame coach Alonzo Stagg. The successful season led to Bart being selected by the Cleveland Rams in the 1944 NFL draft. But football had to wait. Bart married Flo and shipped off to war in the Pacific theater. He fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and witnessed the U.S. flag being raised on the top of Mt. Suribachi. After the war, Bart and Flo settled in Los Banos, Calif., to start a wholesale beverage distribution business and a family. Bart, Flo and their two sons, Bob and Rich moved to Ventura, Calif., in 1959, where they all took part in running the family business known as Gianelli Distributing Co., Inc. In 1996, Flo preceded Bart in death. Bart and Flo are survived by two sons, Robert (Beverly) of Koloa, Hawaii, and Richard of Ventura, Calif.; three grandchildren, Robert (Debbie) of Kilauea, Hawaii, Michael (Shelly) of Ventura, Calif., and Steven of Lihue, Hawaii; and three great-grandchildren, John, Noah, and Sarah. Bart was an excellent cook, which brought the family together frequently for Sunday dinners. He was an active member of the Rancheros Vistadores which included an annual ride on horseback through the Santa Barbara backcountry. Bart was a longtime member of Saticoy Country Club where he loved to play cards after a round of golf. He also spent many years as a member of the Ventura Yacht Club where he occasionally gave clinics on salmon fishing techniques for the other members. Bart continued to fish and hunt until his final year of life.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 5:04P
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
Michael Gonzalez '50, a community-active resident of Vacaville and Solano County passed away suddenly in Fairfield on Aug. 9, 2013. He was 88 years old.
Mike was born Sept. 28, 1924 in Fairfield, to Miguel and Lucy Gonzalez. He grew up in old town Suisun and later moved with his family to their ranch at Mankas Corner in Fairfield. Mike graduated from Armijo High School in 1943. After serving his country as a United States Marine in the South Pacific and North China during World War II, he attended Santa Clara University. In both high school and college Mike was a standout athlete in football, baseball and tennis.
In 1951, Mike married Mary Chaffee, and they had two children, Katie and Michael. Mary passed away in 1961. Years later, Mike reconnected with Jane Roney, his childhood classmate and high school sweetheart. They married in 1978. While living in Vacaville, Mike managed the California Sample Furniture Company stores in Fairfield and Vacaville. He then opened up his own furniture store, Michael's Home Furnishings in Vacaville. He later sold the store, which is now Shock's Furniture. Mike then moved on to manage Ticor Title until he retired. Mike was active in civic affairs, serving as Vacaville City Councilman and three-time president of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Solano County Fair Board, the Dixon May Fair Board, the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee.
Mike led a very active social life and it seemed like wherever he went, he ran into someone he knew or he made a new friend. He could frequently be found at morning breakfast meetings, lunch groups at Rockville Corner, or just visiting at various restaurants around town. Mike regularly took walks in Alamo Park with friends and participated in many activities at Paradise Valley Estates. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching football and baseball games.
He was preceded in death by parents Miguel and Lucy Gonzalez, and wife Mary Gonzalez. Mike is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Gonzalez of Fairfield; daughter Katie Musitelli (Wes) of Santa Cruz; son Michael Gonzalez (Dawn) of Vacaville; sisters Bea Nagel of Washington and Elsie Roberts of Arkansas, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was an amazing man who touched many peoples lives. He was a beloved husband, dad and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:48P
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
Ronald J. Santucci
Ronald Joseph Santucci ’51 Sept. 14, 1929 ~ June 7, 2013 Died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with ALS. Survived by his wife Sally and children of his first wife, Joan; Jean (Jeff), Theresa, Bob (Helen), John MBA ’00 (Malia), Kate (Pete), Michele (Greg) and 17 grandchildren he loved dearly. Born in Seattle, raised in Mount Baker, graduate of Seattle Prep, Seattle University and Pacific Coast Banking School. After losing Joan October 2004, Ron reconnected with high school and college friend Sally Malone Ganong and they married June 12, 2009 to his great happiness. He was a proud Marine and served in the Korean War, spending 9 months on the front lines. Past Italian Club President, Little League coach, banking lender and executive, retiring from Wells Fargo after a highly successful 40-year career. He served on numerous association boards and was active in his community. A talented athlete who started college at Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, he loved playing tennis and pickleball into his 80s and enjoyed many sports. He was an enthusiastic member of a close-knit bridge group for 40 years, taught all his children how to snow and water ski and was a mean accordion player who could play any instrument by ear. He enjoyed many trips to Hawaii but the place he was happiest was sharing good times, rain or shine, with family and friends at Lake Cavanaugh. Family was his primary focus, most valued legacy and source of tremendous pride.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:18A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '52
James W. Daly
James William Daly ’52 died on June 10, 2013. He was 82 years old. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, Stockton, Calif., and attended Santa Clara University before graduating in 1955 from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He joined the United States Air Force and served as a flight surgeon before completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wilford Hall Hospital, Lackland AFB. A medical pioneer, in 1964 Dr. Daly completed a fellowship in gynecological oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, becoming the first gynecological oncologist in the United States military. He resigned his commission in 1968 to take a position teaching medicine at the University of Florida, pioneering cancer treatment and gynecological surgery. He later chaired the departments of obstetrics and gynecology at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., and the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., before retiring in 1996. He waged an eighteen-year battle against Parkinson's, but ultimately succumbed. He strove always to do his best and cultivate the best in his subordinates and students, while compassionately understanding human weakness and failings. His dry wit was legendary. And his wonder of the beauty and sanctity of life had no bounds. We will miss him. He is survived by his wife of almost sixty years, Geraldine Jane Callaghan Daly; three children: Daniel Francis, Timothy Patrick, Rebecca Ann Daly Anzevino; and grandchildren: Christine Marie Anzevino Fischer, Jessica Jane Anzevino Holland, James Patrick Daly, Andrew Douglas Warner, and Jacob Warner Daly.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:46P
Edward J. Chavez
RyaEdward J. Chavez ’52, a beloved Marin County high school coach and revered patriarch of a legendary basketball family, died Sept. 10 at his home in Ross. He was 84.
Mr. Chavez had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2007. He was the father of six sons, all of them Marin high school basketball and sports stars. A coach for almost 50 years, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. He was confined to a wheelchair after the stroke, but was able to attend a celebration of his life last year in the St. Anselm School gym in San Anselmo.
"We had hundreds of people at the tribute to him," his niece, Bonnie Barron, recalled. "He had an amazing way of making everyone feel
loved and welcome in his home and in his life."
After starting his coaching career at St. Mary's High School in the East Bay, he was hired at Tamalpais High in Mill Valley in 1959 and quickly made his mark in Marin athletics, leading the Tam boys varsity basketball team to a league title in his first season and creating a basketball dynasty at the school in the 1960s.
But he was more than an Xs and Os kind of coach. "He taught lessons in life, not just how to go to your left and shoot threes," Eileen Chavez, his wife of 58 years, said. "Every kid who ever worked with him knew that whatever he asked them to do, it was because he cared."
Mr. Chavez retired from Tam in 1987, but his coaching days were far from over. He went on to coach tennis at the Branson School in Ross for more than 20 years. He confined his coaching to the tennis court, but now-retired Branson boys basketball coach Jonas Honick said in a 2008 Independent Journal story that he would often pick Mr. Chavez's brain before practice.
"The longer he coached, the more emphasis he placed on teaching," Honick said. "That doesn't mean he wasn't competitive, though. He set very high standards for all his teams."
During his time at Branson, Mr. Chavez's tennis team once went up against a Drake High squad coached by his wife, a longtime Marin teaching professional. Her team ended up winning.
Even though her husband wasn't used to losing, "He was so gracious about it," she remembered, then proudly pointed out that his teams were perennial champions, going to "the North Coast Section more than any other coach."
Born in 1929 in Panama, Mr. Chavez grew up in Vallejo and graduated from St. Vincent High School there. Although he was just over 5-feet-9 and 130 pounds, he went to the University of Santa Clara on an athletic scholarship, lettering in football, basketball and baseball.
After college, he was recruited by the New York Yankees, but had to turn that offer down to complete a two-year army commitment. A lieutenant, he spent his service time as a player coach for an army baseball team in Europe.
One of the reasons Mr. Chavez stopped coaching at Tam was so he could attend basketball games at Drake High School in San Anselmo, where his son, Eddie Joe ’78, was beginning a legendary career considered among the best in Marin County history. He went on to star at Santa Clara and to play professionally for 20 years overseas.
After Mr. Chavez was too incapacitated by the stroke to coach, his son, Buck Chavez, took over his coaching duties at Branson, remembering what his dad had taught him.
"My parents were more into letting us love a sport first and learn how to play it second," he once said in an IJ story. Beyond sports, Mr. Chavez emphasized the importance of family and community, and hung photos of the many players he coached on the walls of his home.
"He's been a father figure to all of us," former Branson athletic director Tom Ryan said once. "If people ever look back on me some day, the best compliment I could get would be if they said I was anything like Ed Chavez."
In addition to his wife, Mr. Chavez is survived by sons Eddie Joe and Buck, both of Woodacre; Greg of Santa Rosa, Pat of Petaluma, Terry of Southern California and Chris of Seattle. He also leaves two brothers, William and Charles; two sisters, Norma White and Debra Sordello, and 16 grandchildren.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:14P
GRD Law '52
Aurelius "Reo" Boykin Miles
Aurelius "Reo" Boykin Miles J.D. ’52, age 99, of Chicago Il., passed away Monday May 27, 2013. Born on February 14, 1914 to Dr. John I. and Sally Belle Miles (deceased), Reo was the second of four children: John and Utropius (both deceased) and Alwilda "Sister" Miles. Captain Miles was a much decorated World War ll hero losing his leg while in combat on the Italian front. He received many decorations including the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star. Reo attended Stanford University and was the first African American to graduate from Santa Clara Law School. He persevered through enormous difficulties and loved his wife Ethel Rivers Washington Miles dearly as they raised a successful family; she preceded him in death. He had a successful career in real estate at Draper and Kramer and was known for his fun and outgoing personality. He was warm, witty, generous and determined. He was a devoted member of The Church of The Good Shepard. He was also the first black tennis player at Hyde Park High School, a celebrated member of the Prairie Tennis Club, a Founding Sponsor of the Martin Luther King Memorial, a member of the Military Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, A Troop Leader of the Boy Scouts of America, supported the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Fire Department and was invited to the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the first Black President of the United States by the Democratic National Committee and the White House. He was an avid member of the Druids, the Unicorns Social Club and was an Omega Psi Phi. He is survived by his much loved son David Miles, his loving sister Alwilda Miles Davis and nieces Lisa Washington and Sandra Paris.
submitted Jun. 24, 2013 3:53P
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
Dewey L. Falcone
Judge Dewey Lawes Falcone ’53, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in his sleep at home in Redondo Beach, CA on August 15, 2013, at the age of 82. Dewey was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA on June 27, 1931. Son of Rose Coury and Alfredo Victor Falcone. Dewey graduated from Redondo Union High School class of 1949. He then attended Bay areas Menlo College, followed by the University of Santa Clara and then USC Law School. He then served his country in the US Army. Dewey started practicing law with his father in 1959 in Los Angeles for the next 34 years (law offices of Falcone & Falcone). While a lawyer he also served our country as ambassador to the Mariana Islands. He was appointed to Judgeship by Governor Pete Wilson and served for 20 years in the Norwalk Superior Court. He loved his work and his colleagues. Dewey was a family-first guy a great athlete and a scholar. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Teresa Falcone and their four children, Darran, Felicia, Marisa, and Christina. His five grandchildren Dylan, Iona, Forrest, Luna and Luke and his loving sister Delores Metzger, and his nephew Paul Marinos. Dewy was the Sea that we all floated on. He will be missed and loved always.
submitted Aug. 30, 2013 9:48A
Robert H. Viviano
Robert H. Viviano J.D. ’56 died on July 3, 2013, at the age of 81. He was the son of Anthony and Evelyn Viviano of Plainfield, New Jersey. Bob was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He graduated from Santa Clara University, Law School class of 1956 and later served in the Marine Corps. An Eagle Scout himself, for many years Bob counseled younger Scouts and coached youth baseball and football. He spent fifteen years serving as a member of the Orange Unified School Board. He is survived by Helen Viviano, who was his loving wife of 60 years; his daughter, Evelyn Harms; his son, Robert S. Viviano ’87; and his daughter-in-law, Mary Viviano. His six grandchildren include Austin, Micaela and Brennan Harms, and Lindsy, Robert and Emily Viviano. His grandchildren considered him "awesome."
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:35P
Edward H. Kranz
Edward H. Kranz ’56, 1934-2013, passed away peacefully at Cottage Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was born and grew up in Pasadena Ca., graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a degree in mechanical engineering, served as Lt. U S Army and retired after 36 years with TRW as VAFB Base Manager. During those years, he served as President, Mission Hills Community Council; President, Mesa Oaks Mutual Water Co., Founding member, Coach, Referee and President of the Lompoc Valley Soccer Association which then became the current AYSO organization; Board member, Village Rotary Club; Member, Board of Directors VCC; Board member and President VAFB Chapter Air Force Association; Chairman, Lompoc Chamber Military Affairs Committee; Board Member and President Lompoc Rotary Club; Board member and President VCC Mens Association; VCC Mackie Chairman.
Together with his wife he raised 3 sons. Preceded in his death were first wife Brenda, mother of his sons and his second wife Sharon. Survived by sons Michael and grandson Edward of Redding, Ca., Stephen and grandchildren Kendall, Austin and Evan of Lompoc, Richard and grandson Nathaniel of Marietta, Ga., and companion Frances Singson of Lompoc.
Ed was an avid outdoors man in his younger years, hunting, fishing, water skiing and camping, which he passed on to his children. He became a fixture at the Village Country Club where golf became his passion during retirement and played many rounds with his sons and grandsons. He was a good father and loyal friend to all. He will be missed.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 10:33A
James D. Cooney
James Donahue Cooney ’57, at 79 years old, passed away July 3, 2013, in Sonoma. Mr. Cooney was born in San Francisco, where he graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He received his engineering degree from Santa Clara University and served as General Manager and Chief Engineer at the San Francisco Water Department for five years. He and his loving wife, Joann, had moved to Sonoma to retire. In addition to his wife, his close friends Eileen and Donald Holstein and family were vigilant at his time of need. They all referred to him as "Uncle Jim."
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:07P