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Dr. Victor B. Vari died on Aug. 20 at the age of 94 after having lived a full and generous life. As a professor, he touched hundreds of students with his passion for languages and cultural studies, particularly Italian. As a colleague, he will be remembered for his generosity and dedication to teaching. As a friend of the University, he leaves behind a legacy that has helped the arts and humanities program at Santa Clara thrive and grow.
We are saddened to announce the death of Susan Rodriguez, Custodial Contract Administrator, Facilities Department, University Operations. Susan passed away June 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. Susan is survived by her three children Amy, Jack, and Matthew, their spouses, and her 6 grandchildren. Please remember Susan and her family in your prayers. Notes of sympathy/condolences may be sent to the Facilities Department.
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.
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Roberto "Robert" Rodriguez, April 7, 2014. Robert worked at SCU in Facilities from 1985 until his retirement in 2011. Robert was a mentor to many and offered a warm welcome to newcomers in Facilities. Robert is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren. Notes of condolences can be sent to Facilities. Please hold Robert and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Bob Riemenschneider, adjunct lecturer in Computer Engineering, died suddenly on July 8. Bob taught at Santa Clara since 2001 and was integral to the Computer Engineering department in offering graduate courses in theoretical foundations of software engineering. His work in industry, most recently as senior technical consultant at the local startup company, Starview, Inc., brought valuable experience into the classroom to the benefit of his students.
Dr. Robert James Parden died July 20, 2014, after a brief illness, at home in Saratoga surrounded by his family. He was 92.
Dr. Parden was a former professor and dean of the School of Engineering, 1954-1982. His dynamic presence, longevity with the University, and visionary leadership in the School of Engineering are legendary. Among his many contributions to the University, Dr. Parden launched the graduate engineering program in 1959, offering "Early Bird" classes for working professionals, and established the Department of Engineering Management and Leadership in 1978. He remained a faculty member of the Department until retirement in 2012. An inductee in the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, Dr. Parden helped build a reputation for Santa Clara throughout the high-tech industry. He left an indelible mark on his colleagues and students as a skilled professional, passionate teacher, and gifted leader.
Robert James Parden was born in Mason City, Iowa on April 17, 1922, the son of James Ambrose Parden and Mary Fahey Parden. He was raised in Iowa City, Iowa. He served as Lieutenant in the US Army Quartermaster Corp before earning his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the University of Iowa. In 1953, he became one of the first PhD graduates of the University of Iowa’s Department of Industrial Engineering. He then embarked on a 50 year career marked by distinguished contributions in industry practice, engineering education and university administration. He was a sought after speaker at conferences and published numerous books and papers.
SCU Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Rick Blick died suddenly on Monday, June 2, from complications of a brain aneurism. Coach Blick coached the club team for two years, often suiting up with his players during practices. His contagious fun loving personality, his positive spirit, and his love of lacrosse and our team will truly be missed.
Richard W. Degnon, a resident of San Jose, was born Jan. 6, 1928. He is survived by daughter Kathleen Ransom; sons Timothy ’76, James, and Daniel; and nine grandchildren. Degnon was a 1953 journalism graduate of San Jose State University and worked as a reporter for the L.A. Times, Glendale News-Press, and San Jose Mercury-News. Degnon was SCU's athletic news director from 1962 to 1981. He was also a member of the Santa Clara Rotary Club and a board member of Branham Hills Senior Baseball League. He was the first president, in 1969, of Pioneer High School Sports Boosters Club. While in the Air Force, he edited Ladd Field, Alaska's, "farthest north newspaper in world". Degnon was the last serviceman to transfer from the Army to Air Force, June 30, 1948, before both became separate U.S. branches.
Michael Anthony Sweeney, of Santa Cruz, died in his home on March 26, 2013 of pancreatic cancer. He was 81. Sweeney joined the chemistry faculty at Santa Clara University in 1966, and he taught until the fall of 2012. In 2001 he was named professor emeritus. Prior to teaching he worked as a research chemist for Standard Oil, and also rose to the rank of captain while serving in the US Air Force.
Sweeney was born on Dec. 5, 1931 in Los Angeles, to James Robert Sweeney and Ruth (Bauter) Sweeney.
He attended Loyola High School, and in 1953 graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University, (then, Loyola University). He earned his master's, then doctorate in radiation chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962. The research for his Ph.D. dissertation, Radiation Chemistry of Isopropyl Compounds, was directed by Nobel laureates Amos Newton and Glenn Seaborg at Lawrence Berkeley Labs, where Sweeney operated a cyclotron. During that period he is credited along with two other scientists with discovery of the isotope Rhenium (181).
He performed research and published scientific articles throughout his career. In conjunction with NASA-AMES, he studied the area of abiotic biosynthesis—the origin of organic molecules on the early earth and solar system, the formation of organic molecules resulting from radiation fluxes, and carbonaeous chondrite chemistry. His investigation into the radiation levels of the primitive Earth atmosphere added to our understanding of the origin of life.
In 1966 Sweeney began teaching chemistry at Santa Clara University. It was a position he called "the best job I've ever had." Students from his first graduating class presented him with a pamphlet titled "Sweeney's Similes," in which they had recorded many of the analogies from his lectures for which he was well-known. Ten of his first 11 chemistry majors went on to earn their doctorates in chemistry; the eleventh earned a J.D. Several of these students reached out to Sweeney during his final weeks, offering gratitude for his inspiration.
Sweeney is survived by three children, Matthew ’93, Anna ’86, and Daniel ’87, their spouses, and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Mission Santa Clara on April 11 at 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Arts and Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University Campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. His ashes will be laid to rest in Ireland by his children.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a charitable donation be made to Santa Clara University, The Chemistry Dept., in Memory of Michael A. Sweeney, University Relations, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053; or via the web at www.scu.edu/give/
Donations will be awarded to a chemistry major who demonstrates interest in a teaching career.
Notes of sympathy may be sent to:
The Sweeney Family
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Daly Science Center
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Santa Clara, CA 95053
Mary Asuncion served Santa Clara University twenty-three years as senior administrative assistant in the Human Resources Office and the Mathematics & Computer Science Department.
Larry Hauser, part of the Broncos coaching staff from 1983 to 1997, died of complications from internal injuries earlier this month. The Chicago native served as Cal State University, Dominguez Hills men’s basketball coach from 1997 to 2004. During his tenure there, Coach Hauser developed eight All-California Collegiate Athletic Association and two NCAA All-Region student-athletes while leading the program to a second-place league finish during his first season as head coach.
Hauser graduated from Chicago State in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned his master’s degree in English in 1973. He was a highly successful high school basketball coach in Illinois and California prior to joining the coaching staff at Santa Clara University, where he recruited current NBA All-Pro and two-time MVP Steve Nash prior to going to CSU Dominguez Hills.
“I will remember Coach Hauser as a passionate and dedicated coach and educator with an extremely quick wit and strong sense of humor,” says CSUDH Patrick Guillen, athletic director. “He will certainly be missed.”
A Fresno resident at the time of his death, Hauser is survived by his wife Robyn and daughter Lindsey.
Kathryn Bauer Ivers, June 8, 1914 to July 7, 2012, was executive secretary to Athletic Director Pat Malley for more than 15 years; prior to that she worked in the Admissions office. Daughter of Julius J. and Mary A. Bauer. Kathryn was born in Chicago, Ill., and attended DePaul University. Preceded in death by loving husband Edward J. Ivers. Mother of Patricia "Irish" Burney ’67 (David) of Leesburg, Virginia, Barry (Sheila) Ivers of San Jose, and Michael ’71 (Sherry) Ivers of Sparks, Nevada. Grandchildren: Nathaniel, Laurel, Jonathan, Samantha, Danielle, and Barry. Great-grandmother of 5, and countless nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly. Kathy traveled the world with her husband, Army Lt. Col. Ed Ivers, and while living in Germany in the mid-fifties, was named Catholic Woman of the Year. Later, when the family moved to California, she was the assistant to the dean of Admissions at Santa Clara University (SCU), a position she had also held at Georgetown University a few years prior. Her love for SCU continued when she became the executive secretary to the Athletic Director, a position which she held until her retirement from SCU in 1980. She later lived in McLean, Va., with her daughter and her family. Kathy leaves behind many relatives and close friends in San Jose, Chicago, and McLean. Kathy was very proud of all three of her children, and especially proud of their graduating from college. She continued to love and encourage the next generation of her family always. She will be missed, but never forgotten.
John F. Dullea, S.J., 85, died Friday, August 1, 2014, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a long illness.
Jack was born in San Francisco in 1929, graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, and entered the Jesuit Order in Los Gatos in 1945. After a period of studies and teaching he went to Innsbruck, Austria, for his theological studies where he was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1959. He did graduate studies at the Gregorian University, Rome, where he earned a doctorate in Theology in 1963.
His assignments included teaching Theology at Santa Clara University, retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos, and parish work at St. Mary's Church, Ogden, Utah. He also spent a total of eleven years at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome in a variety of administrative positions.
In 1990 he moved into high school guidance work as college counselor, first at Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, and then, from 2000-08, at Verbum Dei High School in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He served as Senior Priest at the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City before retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 2010.
Jack was the brother of the late Fr. Charles Dullea, S.J., former president of the University of San Francisco. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Long-time law faculty member and Professor Emeritus Howard Anawalt died August 6, 2013, peacefully at home in his sleep. Professor Anawalt joined Santa Clara University School of Law in 1967 and was one of the first faculty members to specialize in the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry. He remained an active scholar and member of the Law School community even after he retired in 2003. Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community. He will be remembered as a kind and generous person who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues.
George J. Alexander, former law school dean and professor emeritus, died peacefully July 29, 2013, after a prolonged illness. George led the law school from 1970 to 1985—a period of great growth both in enrollment and in prominence for the law school, making him one of the most influential deans in its 100-year history. During his time as dean, George emphasized scholarship, hired distinguished faculty, and with his commitment to diversifying the legal profession, recruited talented students of color from across the country. He led the law school in developing a more international law curriculum and established it as a pre-eminent global legal educator.
As professor, dean and friend of Santa Clara, George embodied the University’s mission and values by combining a high regard for academic rigor with a personal commitment to making the world a better place. While we mourn George’s death, we also thank God for the gift of his life. The University community will miss his leadership, wisdom, and friendship.
Edwin H. Taylor, born March 9, 1939, passed away March 10, 2012. It is with profound sadness that the firm of Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman (BSTZ) announces the passing of one of its founders, Edwin H. Taylor, after a battle with cancer. Ed passed away at the home he built and loved, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Gualala. Ed, a native of New Jersey, received degrees in electrical engineering, including an M.S. from Columbia University. He served in the United States Air Force at Midland Air Force Base in Texas. While in the Air Force, he earned a law degree from St. Mary's University in Texas. An opportunity to join an intellectual property firm in Los Angeles brought him to California in 1968. One of his assignments was to prepare and prosecute patent applications for what was then a small technology company. The company was Intel Corporation. Ed continued to represent Intel for more than 40 years, almost the entire span of his law career. In 1975, Ed and three other founders launched BSTZ, starting in a small office in Beverly Hills. From that modest beginning, the firm has grown to more than 65 partners and associates in six offices in four states. Most of the growth is attributable to Ed's efforts and skills, both as a lawyer and, more significant, as a builder of lasting relationships with clients, colleagues, and staff. In the early 1980s, Ed had the foresight to see that Silicon Valley was going to grow into a national and, ultimately, an international technology center. Accordingly, he convinced his partners that they should invest in opening an office in Sunnyvale. As is often said, the rest is history. Ed's clients include a virtual roster of successful Silicon Valley technology companies, including (in addition to Intel) Apple (since its inception), eBay, and Echelon. His legal career had several very notable accomplishments. He prepared patent applications for well known inventors such as Gordon Moore of Intel and Steve Wozniak of Apple. He was the lead litigator in Apple's ITC lawsuit against the Apple II clones, and he represented Apple in the seminal software copyright case Apple v. Franklin. He also pioneered the use of U.S. Customs to enforce U.S. copyrights for software. Finally, he had the ability to give practical advice to clients without overlawyering. Ed also gave generously of his time to the intellectual property community. For more than a decade, he was an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University Law School. He also was a co-chair of the Practicing Law Institute's Conference Program on "Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions", and served as a lawyer delegate to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference. Throughout his life, Ed was an outstanding athlete. He was an avid runner and cyclist; he ran marathons, competed in triathlons, and completed numerous century rides. He was also a certified scuba diver. His passion for scuba diving took him to locations all over the globe, from sites in the South Pacific to those off the coast of Israel. Construction was another of Ed's passions. At the start of his legal career, he built a house in the Hollywood Hills that was featured in Architectural Digest. After moving to head up the firm's Sunnyvale office, he built two uniquely designed houses in Mendocino County, one of which was also featured in Architectural Digest, in addition to many other magazines and books. Time permitting, he often worked on his houses while they were under construction by installing the electrical wiring and driving a bulldozer to grade the property. His colleagues at BSTZ, his clients and friends everywhere will miss him greatly.
Dr. Diane Hijos di Bari passed away on May 7, 2013. Dr. di Bari started teaching in the Liberal Studies Program in Fall of 2003. She was a popular and caring professor. She taught our Exceptional Child course (LBST 138) for the program a total of 17 times in the last ten years and impacted the education of hundreds of undergraduates.
Dr. di Bari had tremendous compassion for children and was a leader in the field. She was able to translate the science of exceptional children to individual lives. Santa Clara University and the Liberal Studies Program was fortunate to have her on our faculty.
Elizabeth "Betty" Moran, professor emerita in English, died on June 23 after a long illness. She was 95 years old. Betty joined the English Department at Santa Clara in 1963 as one of three women faculty at the University. She retired in 1994 and thereafter received emerita status.
Betty was a woman of "firsts" and made her mark at Santa Clara as a teacher, scholar and administrator. She was the first woman to gain tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences; was the first woman elected president of the Faculty Senate; was the first woman to direct the Grants and Fellowships Office and the Faculty Development Program; served as the first woman chair of the Affirmative Action Committee; and founded and directed the Teaching and Learning Center. As a pioneer in African and African-American literature, Betty was the first at Santa Clara to teach a course in African literature. Her persistent work to establish a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Santa Clara paid off in 1977 when we became the first Catholic institution west of the Mississippi River to earn a chapter.
Bahram Saghari, adjunct faculty in the Leavey School of Business, died on January 28, after suffering critical injuries from a tragic bicycling accident in 2011. Bahram joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 2009 teaching courses in Operations Management and Information Systems. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he worked at several Silicon Valley firms, including Oracle and Intel, as a software engineer. An avid bicycle rider and swimmer, he had been active in the bicycling community and was much loved by his students, friends and family members.
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Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
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Noreen (Winnie) Fern Hook, June 11, 2013. A resident of Santa Clara, Hook was 107. She was born Noreen Fern Bastian on February 14, 1906, in San Jose to Louis and Fern Vicy Bastian. In 1923, she met and married Wilbur J. Hook, her husband of 60 years, who preceded her in death in 1983. They had two daughters Esther (Rick ’49) Rechenmacher and Sharon ’70 (Bill ’60) Gissler.
Therese King McNeil August 13, 1939 - February 7, 2014 Resident of Monte Sereno, Therese died peacefully with her family in the home she cared for and cherished after a two year struggle with cancer. Therese is survived by Don '57, her husband of fifty years, by their four sons: Peter '90 ( Patricia), Timothy (Katie), Patrick '92 (Erica), and Thomas '98 (Darcie) and nine grandchildren: May Margaret, Eamon, Dillon, Ryan, Keira, Will, Luke, Timothy and Cassidy. Therese was born of Irish immigrant parents in San Francisco, California. She attended St. Rose Academy and Dominican College of San Rafael. She taught school in Marin County, then in Campbell after her marriage. She loved teaching and was an inspiration to her students and everyone around her. She retired from teaching to raise her four boys - a very polite and well mannered group, of course. The job she retired to was loving, guiding and supporting her husband and family. She did her new job well and was loved and valued in return. She was president of the Bellarmine Mothers' Guild, chair of the Bellarmine Fashion show, and active in and an officer of a number of non-profit agencies. She was also a member of Santa Clara University's Board of Fellows. Therese's particular gift was her ability to make and keep friends. She was interested in the stories of those around her, and was able to share with them a love of life, a sence of humor, a generous spirit and a scrupulous honesty. Her friends are loyal and legion. Therese will miss them and they her.
Peter S. Carter Feb. 20, 1943 - March 6, 2013. He was a resident of Los Gatos and a longtime Silicon Valley advertising executive, acclaimed photographer, political advisor, fundraiser, and iconic Los Gatos and Santa Clara County civic leader. He died at his home in Los Gatos. He was 70. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and Georgetown University where he graduated from the School of Business in 1966. As co-founder, president and CEO of one of Silicon Valley's most prominent advertising and public relations firms, he played an instrumental role in the growth of Silicon Valley for more than three decades. In 1980 he was elected as an underwriting member of the global specialty insurance underwriting organization Lloyd's of London and served as a board member of the North American Association of Lloyd's. A lifelong Republican, Peter was widely known for his role as a trusted advisor, fundraiser, and confidant of government leaders and candidates from both political parties. He had a network of prominent political connections, both local and national. After retirement, he became increasingly known for his architectural photography, his photographs of friends and family, his sincere generosity, his culinary skills and legendary hospitality. His community affiliations included the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club (member since 1974), Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, San Jose Chamber of Commerce, San Jose Symphony, KTEH, Fellow of Santa Clara University(1991), Silicon Valley Capital Club, Los Gatos Police Foundation, Los Gatos Music and Arts and The Los Gatos Social Club. In addition to his wife, Dennise McNulty Carter, he is survived by two children from his first marriage, son P. Scott Carter '89 (Liza) and granddaughters Stephanie and Christina and son Shawn Villere Carter (Julie) and granddaughters Elle and Haley. Other survivors include his sisters Katherine Carter Powitchko (Jack), Patricia Carter Lowrie (Mike), Mary Carter Aulman (Mark), and V. Celeste Carter and brothers Joe Carter (Debbi), Paul Carter, Mark Carter, and Jonathan Carter (Deborah), in addition to numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Edwin "Scottie"Heim, Celestine Lisewski Carter and R. Joseph Carter, his aunt, Barbara Fields and by his brother, Matthew Carter.
Pauline "Polly" Coughlan May 25, 1919 - Aug. 20, 2013. Resident of Gilroy, CA, Coughlan was born in Redwood City, Calif. She was the fifth of six children born to Florence and John O'Brien. Polly attended Mt. Carmel elementary school, Notre Dame Belmont High School and San Jose State University. She married Jim Coughlan ’39 after WWII and had three children, Molly, Nan and Peggy. Jim died in 1989. Polly was predeceased by her siblings and friends and her grandson, Christopher Henley. Polly is survived by her daughters and their spouses; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and four great grandchildren.
Mary Dianne Ravizza, a resident of Los Altos, passed from this life on April 21, after a brief struggle with cancer, surrounded and supported by family. Born on May 17, 1930 to Edgar & Mary Schott. She was raised in Santa Clara with her brothers, Larry Schott '53 (deceased) and Steve Schott '60. She attended St. Clare's grammar school, Notre Dame High School and San Jose State.
Dianne was woman of deep faith, and to many, a trusted and steadfast friend. She was a loyal wife to her husband, Gene Ravizza '50, a loving mother to her children Claranne Long '78 (Tim), Jesuit Community Member and Associate Professor Mark Ravizza S.J. M.Div ’99, and Greg Ravizza (Kathleen), and cherished grandmother to, Jenna Johnson (Jareb), Matt Long, Chris Long, Elena Ravizza and Luke Ravizza.
Notes of condolence may be sent to Mark c/o the SCU Jesuit Community.