Class Notes | Obituaries
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Vincent A. Arnerich, Jr. '67 J.D. '70 on May 26, 2009. Vincent passed suddenly in San Jose at the age of 63. He was a proud graduate of Santa Clara University and an avid Broncos fan. He practiced law in San Jose and is survived by his uncle, Lawrence J. Slavich of Watsonville and cousin, John Chargin of San Jose.
Ross "Butch" Joseph Prusinovski ’67 was a resident of San Leandro. Ross "Butch" Prusinovski passed away peacefully on Nov. 16, 2012, surrounded by family. He was born in Oakland to Louis and Gwendolyn Prusinovski on March 26, 1945. He attended Bishop O'Dowd High School and Santa Clara University. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Gwendolyn Valdovinos. He is survived by his well loved wife, Alana Prusinovski, his sons Thomas and Patrick, and his daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Eric Lardiere. Dear friend and brother to Louis Prusinovski and his wife Renee. Beloved son-in law to Aileen Mathisen, and brother-in-law to Ignacio Valdovinos and Kristin Famosi. Proud and loving uncle to Michelle Valdovinos, Sandy Holland, Steve Valdovinos, and Debbie and John Prusinovski. Fun loving great uncle to Ben, Nick and Alexis Valdovinos and Kyle, Kameron and Cody Chase. He loved and enjoyed countless cousins throughout California and Idaho. Ross served as an Army Captain in Vietnam and returned home to Oakland to work in the family owned business of PH Motors. He has worked at Engine Performance Warehouse in Oakland for over thirty years. Ross loved vacations at the beach with his family, reunions in Idaho, visiting air shows and museums, and most recently walks around Lake Chabot with his friend, John Milton. He was happy and kind and always open to making a new friend. He will be in our hearts forever.
Richard E. Byrne ’67, of Massapequa N.Y., died on June 25, 2012. Retired from Sperry as an electrical engineer. Beloved son of the late Albert and Lillian Byrne. Survived by his loving family and friends.
Jay Lipman J.D. 67 died April 28, 2009 at the age of 68 of natural causes. Jay attended the University of Cincinnati and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University. He attended law school at the University of Santa Clara where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1967. In 1968, Jay joined the District Attorney’s Office and began and ended his distinguished 40-year career as a Deputy District Attorney in the Van Nuys Branch. He also enjoyed assignments in the Special Investigations Division, Central Trials, the Welfare Fraud Dibision and the Santa Monica and Airport Branches. He was one of the six original deputies who helped launched the Welfare Fraud Division in 1994. Jay was the longest serving deputy in the District Attorney’s Office, a distinction in which he took great pride. He is described by his supervisors as being loved by everyone. He was a mentor, a friend and father figure to his colleagues. He was also well regarded and respected by the defense bar and law enforcement. Jay is survived by his wife, Annette Peterfy, his daughter Allison, and his son, Sean.
Henry Alfred Talifer J.D. ’67, 74, attorney at law, PHD and long-time Conejo Valley resident, joined the hand of God in heaven on Monday, August 5, 2013, after a brave fight with cancer. Henry was born in San Francisco, Calif., to Henry and Regina Tagliaferri. He graduated from Los Angeles High School. During his early college years, he met his first wife, Mary (Howe), with whom he had two children. Henry later married Lucille (Hoffer) and they shared his final years together traveling and living in Thousand Oaks, Calif. In 1961, Henry became a Reserve Commissioned Officer grade of Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States and also received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles. He continued his education at Santa Clara University and received a Degree of Juris Doctor in 1967. In 1969, he became an attorney and counselor of law. Three years later, in 1972, Henry became an attorney and counselor of the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court. With a true passion for education, he proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts Degree in education, social, and philosophical foundations in 1972 from California State University, Northridge. In 1979, Henry earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in education from the University of Southern California. He later received a Master of Arts Degree in philosophy from California State University Los Angeles in 2005. Throughout his career, Henry was recognized for his ongoing contributions as an advisory board chair and attorney volunteer for Volunteers in Parole. He also volunteered with Friends Outside throughout the Los Angeles region. Henry was a practicing attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office at LAX, and an active member of the State Bar of California. Throughout his work and personal life, Henry fostered discussions with friends, family and students alike. He thrived in teaching Psychology of Education courses at California State University Northridge where he received the Professor of the Year Award. He continued teaching higher education courses, including various philosophy courses at Moorpark College, University of Redlands, California State University Los Angeles, and California Lutheran University. He was known for his unique classroom 'antics' that captured the attention of his students. His zest for life and exploration was apparent in his travels throughout his lifetime, having explored Northern and Southern Europe, Russia, Alaska, Hawai'i and other parts of the U.S. With a twinkle in his eyes and a charming lilt in his speech, he loved to share stories, jokes and anecdotes that brought warmth, smiles and laughter. Favorite pastimes of Henry's included his love of baseball (especially the Dodgers), movies and books - ever-the-one to keep learning, and taking a left turn instead of a right because he just hadn't been down that way before. Fascinated by human nature, some of his stories spun just from observing others. Henry is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; daughter, Jean; son, John; son-in-law, Brendan; two grandsons, Ryan and Jack; and stepchildren, Kim, Michael, Bonnie, and Simon.
Harold (Hal) W. Mack '67 went home to God on October 25, 2010, surrounded by his loving family after a brief but valiant fight against cancer. Hal was born March 21, 1945, and grew up in Anaheim, California. He graduated from St. Boniface School, Mater Dei High School ('63), Santa Clara University ('67) and Loyola Law School ('74). He naturally gravitated to leadership positions, being student body president in both high school and college. Hal moved to Arizona in 1980 and was a well respected attorney in the valley until the time of his death. He loved sports, and played basketball in high school and college. He especially loved his Arizona Cardinals. He valued his Catholic faith and a life of service. He was actively involved in Christians In Commerce (CIC), a men's fellowship and bible study, for over twenty years. Through this group he grew his faith and established life long brothers in Christ. Hal valued education and served on the Wilson School Coalition in Phoenix and was an active participant in the founding of St. Andrew's Catholic School in Show Low, Arizona. Hal loved people and always enjoyed being with others. He had a wonderful sense of humor, playful spirit and an infectious laugh. His biggest joy in life was hearing friends and strangers share stories of their families and lives. Hal is survived by his wife, Barbara Appenzeller, son Brian Mack '92, daughter Eileen Mack Hanson, and four grandsons.
Gloria Scheid McLean ’67 died on September 14, 2010. She was born on August 10, 1945 in San Francisco, Calif., to William and Edna Scheid. She was the second of two children. Gloria and her big brother, Bill, enjoyed family activities together, including water skiing in the delta and camping trips to the Sierra Nevadas. Gloria attended and graduated from
Frank Boyd Shelledy M.S. ’67, 76 of Littleton, Colo., died June 6, 2013. Frank was born November 19, 1936 in Lincoln, Neb. to Harold R. Shelledy and Louise Boyd Shelledy. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. He received a full scholarship to M.I.T., but declined it to attend the University of Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1967. He earned a Master of Business Administration in 1996 from the University of Colorado Denver. He held memberships in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the IEEE Magnetics Society. He received a Fourth-Level Invention Achievement Adard and an Outstanding Innovation award. Frank worked for Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. until he joined IBM in San Jose, Calif. in 1960. In 1966, Frank transferred to Boulder, Colo. where he was a senior engineering manager in head manufacturing and development. In 1978, he transferred to Tucson, Ariz., where he continued his pioneering work in tape head development. In 1989, Frank retired from IBM and returned to Boulder, Colo. to work for Storage Technology Corporation. He became the President of Rocky Mountain Magnetics for a brief time before returning to StorageTek, where he worked until 2001 when he retired. After retiring, he started a consulting business as he was still the leader in his field world wide. In 2004, he married Marti Haucke and they were happily married at the time of his death. Frank was married to Lou Jean Taylor in 1954 and together they had five children: Deborah, David, Diane, Frank, and Suzanne. They divorced in 1969. In 1970, he married Mary Brees Davis. Together they had one child, Jennifer. They were married for 34 years and divorced in 2004. Frank was an avid cyclist. He participated in Ride the Rockies eight times. He participated in Bike Ride Across Georgia and biked from Boulder, Colo, to Lincoln, Neb. for his 50th High School Reunion. He also participated in The Big Sur Ride. He loved hiking in the Colorado mountains, grilling, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. He inspired and challenged his children with his determination, vigor, and zest for life. Frank was preceeded in death by Harold R. Shelledy (father), Louise Boyd Shelledy (mother), Mary Ralston (sister), and Diane Shelledy (daughter). Along with his loving wife Marti, he leaves behind 5 children: Debbie Fleming (Rick, Asheville, NC), David Shelledy (Mary French, Davis, CA), Frank Shelledy Jr. (Myra Tucker, Atlanta, GA), Suzanne Shelledy (Savannah, GA), and Jennifer Shelledy (Mike McKelvey, Boulder, CO) four stepchildren: Bill Smith (Julie, Littleton), Sandy Barnes (Melvin, Lakewood), Connie Cruz (Ocala, FL), David Haucke (Glory, Littleton), thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and sister Sarah Eary (David, Martinez, CA).
Daniel Richards Allen MBA '67 passed away on August 2, 2011 of multiple myeloma cancer and liver problems at the age of 79 years old in Payson, Utah. Allen was born to J. Knight & Alice R. Allen on 29 Dec 1931 in Salt Lake City. He grew up in Palo Alto. He enjoyed stamp collecting and pole vaulting, and he set some California state pole vaulting records in high school. After graduating from Palo Alto High School, he served a mission for the LDS Church in Argentina in the years 1954-1957. His time in Argentina was one of the greatest experiences of his life, which he talked about frequently. After his mission, he graduated from Stanford University where his father taught. Allen's degree was in Mechanical Engineering. He married the love of his life, Elizabeth Stewart Van Wagoner, in the Salt Lake Temple in 1957. They promptly moved to Cincinnati, as he took a job with the Public Health Service. Their son, Daniel Knight Allen, was born there in 1959. They returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and their daughter, Laura Elizabeth Allen, was born in 1961, right after they moved into their first home in Sunnyvale. Through the years he worked for Varian Associates, Lockheed Missiles & Space, and the County of Santa Clara. He also earned an MBA degree from Santa Clara University. In 1969 he took a job in Lima, Peru teaching business math at a branch of Stanford University. The family greatly enjoyed the four-month adventure. He retired in 1982. In 1988, they moved to Paradise, Calif., where they enjoyed a quieter life for nine years until his wife, Betsy, died of cancer in 1997. He continued living there until days before his passing when he moved to Spring Lake to live with his son's family. Allen was active in the LDS Church throughout his life, and served for decades at a time as Ward or Stake Financial Clerk, as well as being a Sunday School President, and a home teacher. He was a detail oriented man. He loved his cars and loved to drive throughout the western states. A 700-mile drive was nothing to him. He drove part way to Utah just 11 days before his passing in his 1998 Toyota Avalon that he drove 357,551 miles! He also enjoyed photography. In 2006, he went back to Argentina with his son. That was a trip to remember! Daniel Richards Allen is survived by his son and daughter and their families: Dan & Beth Allen of Spring Lake, Utah, and Laura & Woody Edvalson of Bonney Lake, Wash., and his nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. He also leaves a brother, Thomas Knight Allen, of Issaquah, Wash., and a sister Irene Jensen, of Salt Lake City, and her three children.
Daniel E. Hanley ’67, MBA ’69, J.D. ’74, resident of Saratoga, passed away on September 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Dan, often referred to as "Buzz" in his family, was born at Stanford Hospital to Lydon and Annette Hanley on August 25, 1945, and was the seventh of ten children in a large Irish Catholic family. His large family was well known in the local area, owning and operating several grocery stores with the Duca family in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. He worked in one of the stores as a teenager, and eventually managed the company's real estate holdings for the families.
He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory, and went on to earn several degrees (B.S., J.D. and M.B.A.) from Santa Clara University, graduating Cum Laude from its law school in 1974. Between schooling Dan also served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He passed the State Bar in 1974 and practiced law in the San Jose area for thirty-nine years, most of it as a sole practitioner.
He devoted much of his time to his family, but he also had many hobbies and interests, including golf, music, movies, history, sports, and exercising. He was always giving, whether to charity or to the blood bank (82 pints of blood). Some of his greatest gifts included his warm manner and wonderful sense of humor. Everyone loved him.
After over forty years of marriage, Dan departs his loving wife, Judi. He is also survived by his two sons, Brian and Sean, and his siblings Alice, Pat, Tony, Leo, Linda, Debbie, and TT. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Johnny and Donald.
Charles H. Lau '66, MBA '67, age 66, of Greenbrae, Calif., died suddenly on March 30, 2011, at Stanford Hospital after a brief illness. He passed peacefully with Marilee (Pierotti) Lau '69, his wife of 41 years, by his side. Chuck was born September 27, 1944 in Honolulu and was a 1962 graduate of Kamehameha Schools. He received a B.S. degree in 1966 and an MBA in 1967 from Santa Clara University. He worked as a financial analyst before starting his own real estate/investment consulting firm in SF/Marin. On March 28, 2011, shortly before his death, Chuck was welcomed into the Roman Catholic Church with the administration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick by Tennant Wright, S.J., from SCU. A memory of Chuck can be written at http://tributes.com/chucklau.
Charles D. Reiton '67, born July 30, 1934, passed away peacefully at Kaiser Hospital, Santa Clara, California on September 28, 2009. A native of North Dakota, Charles moved with his family as a child to the Bay Area, where he remained to raise his family. Charles was a graduate of San Jose State University and Santa Clara University School of Law. Charles spent much of his career working for various defense contractors, such as Varian, UTC, Eaton Electronics and Northrop Grumman. Upon his retirement, he moved to Lincoln, California where he lived until his recent illness. He is survived by his two natural children, Douglas D. Reiton and Jerold A. Reiton, as well as his three step children, Paul Simon, Julie Ruark, and Mark Simon. Charles is also survived by 10 grandchildren.
Benjamin Daniel Laubacher III ’67, age 66, of Springfield, Va., died on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Invoa Fairfax Hospital. Beloved husband of Maureen Laubacher ’67; loving father of Benjamin D. Laubacher IV (Rai), Christopher Laubacher (Eileen) and Patrick Laubacher (Stacey); devoted grandfather of Benjamin V, Kaitlyn, Brandon, Natalie, Joanna, Michael, Lindsey, Caroline, Matthew and Nicholas. Benjamin is also survived by his siblings, David Laubacher, Ann Watts (Dick), George Laubacher (Carol), Greg Laubacher (Joanne) and Pam Swigert (Steve). Benjamin is preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Laubacher.
Allen Frank DeNegri MBA ’67 passed away on March 13, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Robin, and his children, Deb (Nyberg) and Dean DeNegri.
Alex S. Bauer M.S. ’67, a resident of Sunnyvale, age 91, passed away at his home of natural causes on May 31, 2013. He touched many people with his kind, compassionate nature and through his dedication to Holocaust education as a survivor.
Alex was born in Kom di, Hungary, on May 25, 1922, the son of Joseph and Sarah Bauer, one of seven children. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich and Santa Clara University. Alex married Rita Markowitz in Chicago on June 6, 1956. In 1962 they moved to the Bay Area, where Alex worked as an electronics engineer for several microwave companies, including Sylvania and Loral. Alex dedicated more than 30 years to Holocaust education, speaking to hundreds of high school and college students about his experience. On June 6, 1944, as the Allies were invading Normandy, Alex was drafted into forced labor with the Hungarian army. Later that year, the German government, who had seized control of Hungary, sent Alex to the Dachau concentration camp and, later, to smaller work camps in southern Germany. He was liberated in 1945 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. Alex was invited to speak about the Holocaust to both the California State Assembly and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was an active volunteer at Congregation Beth David and at the Stanford Health Library. He also enjoyed listening to lectures on astronomy and the sciences. Alex is survived by his sister Magda, age 100, who lives in Israel; by his sons Ken MBA ’97 and Steve; by his daughter-in-law Lynn; and by his grandchildren Benjamin and Leigh (Ken) and Lauren and Xan (Steve). Alex was predeceased by his wife, Rita, who passed away on April 5, 2006.
Thomas R. Johnston ’68 was 66 years old. 3/30/1946 to 5/23/2012.
Takeshi Robert Takeuchi '68 died on May 3, 2008.
Samuel H. Vaught J.D. '68 passed away on March 28, 2011 in Watsonville, Calif., following a lengthy illness. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was 79 years old. Mr. Vaught was raised in Texas, and served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey at the Navy Post Graduate School, studying Russian. His skills allowed him to break Russian codes while stationed in North Japan. Following his military career, Mr. Vaught attended U.S.C. and later graduated from Santa Clara University Law School. He worked his way through law school while working for the railroad, and taking care of his baby daughter; at times studying with her on his lap on a meager three hours sleep per day. Mr. Vaught moved to Santa Cruz in 1975 and began his private law practice with Dennis Caspe. His career in law spanned over 28 years and his family and colleagues will forever remember his love for a good argument, and his stubbornness which kept his friends and family engaged, as well as entertained. He was an active parishioner of Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, and also enjoyed camping, fishing, and was an accomplished cook. He is survived by his daughter, Judy A. Barclay of Folsom, California, his four loving grandchildren: Sean, Lance, Lexi, Audrey; and his niece, Joann Frankena and also his nephew Tom Koelln. Mr. Vaught also leaves many dear friends and colleagues in Santa Cruz County including: Colleen Ward, Marshall Bautz, Bob Yonts, and Dennis Caspe.
Robert Lee Metcalf MBA ’68, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, educator passed away peacefully on February 7, 2013. Robert was born December 29, 1926 in Denver, Colorado to Donald Metcalf and Alice Martin Reich. Robert, known as Bob by friends and co-workers, served in the Maritime Service and the U.S. Army. He worked sixteen years in business and industry which included assisting in the development of laser technology, development of the prototype video tape recorder and machine manufacturing. Robert received his Bachelor Degree from San Francisco State, his Masters from Santa Clara University and his Doctor of Education from Oregon State. Robert taught Business at Blue Mountain College, Pendleton OR, he was Dean of Vocational Education at Ft Steilacoom Pierce College, and Dean of Vocational Education and professsor of Business at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. Robert was a member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club(Airstream) of Olympia and spent ten years as an active fulltime RV-er traveling the United States, Canada and Mexico, then cruising to points around the world. Bob was a member of the Olympia and Tacoma New Horizons Bands. Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty and his children Martin (Lori) Metcalf of West Valley, UT, William (Becky) Metcalf of Jacksonville, FL, Kelley (John) Rogers of Park City, UT and Maggie Westover of Vancouver, WA, and his grandchildren Jessie, Hallie, Jason, Scott, Jake, Alex and Kylie and three great grandchildren Preston, Scarlett and Snow, his brother Dr Richard Reich of Carson City NV and his sister Jo Ann (Jim) Cornelius of San Diego.
Paul F. Ward MBA ’68 ws born December 7, 1942. A resident of San Jose, Paul F. Ward lived an active and vibrant life for 70 years when he passed on Friday, Feb. 22 after battling Lou Gehrig's Disease/ALS. His enthusiastic and warm nature left an imprint on all who knew him. Paul was born in San Francisco and lived in the Mission District where he spent an adventurous youth. When 14, he moved to Burlingame to attend Mills HS. This is where he fell for his wife of 49 years, Lynn Musso. He attended San Jose State and Santa Clara University where he received his MBA. He went on to a successful career in high tech, which included Eimac, Memorex and Verbatim where he patented the double-sided floppy disc. He was a passionate outdoorsman who loved skiing, fishing and backpacking. He hiked the TYT, JMT and much of the PCT in addition to summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 68. He was a fierce competitor on the golf course, a backyard vintner and a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. Paul is survived by his wife, Lynn, daughter Kerri Antes '89, son Bryan MBA '04 and grandsons Drew, Will, Bennett and son-in-law Todd Antes '88, MBA '92. He is also survived by his sisters, Laurie Krassilnikoff of San Mateo and Diane Gartner of Pleasant Hill. His go-for-it, can-do attitude and caring spirit will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Patricia Scully (Patty) Murphey '68, Jan. 1, 2014. Patty was born in L.A. and died of Breast Cancer at age 67 on New Years Day at home in Costa Mesa. Graduate of Immaculate Heart High School, Santa Clara University (B.A.) and Loyola Marymount U (M.A.). A lifelong elementary school educator Patty enjoyed a successful career that included LAUSD, Santa Ana Unified, and most recently Saddleback Unified where she retired in 2010 as principal at Olivewood Elementary in Lake Forest. Patty is survived by her beloved and devoted husband Charles (Chuck) Murphey, stepsons Chuck Jr. (Anne) of Honolulu and Steve (Celeste) of Costa Mesa and three grandchildren. Also three brothers, four sisters, numerous nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.
Michael Rewak '68 passed away on Friday, July 23, 2010. The Rewak family lost their beloved father, husband, brother, and son at age 63. Mike passed away surrounded by his family while resting peace-fully at home in Mukilteo, Wash. He was born September 21, 1946, and grew up in San Jose, Calif. He graduated from Santa Clara University and was active in student affairs and athletics. He moved to the Northwest and raised his family in Edmonds, Wash. Mike was a long-time employee of the Fluke Corporation in Everett. He was preceded in death by his father, William Rewak; and survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sue Rewak '69; and his children, Karie Dostert '99 and Steve Dostert, and Scott and Belinda Rewak. Mike is also survived by grandchildren, Bryce, Georgia, Lorelei, Shelby, Dustin, Brittany, and Dillon; his mother, Eldora Rewak; and his siblings, Fr. William Rewak, who served as president of Santa Clara University 1976–1988; Bob and Sue Rewak, Dana Cole '73, and Patty and Frank Lima; as well as many nieces and nephews including Jeanine L. Conner '81. Family, friends and golf partners remember and admire Mike's optimism, gentle spirit, generosity, kindness, and warmth.