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Howard Anawalt

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.

"The High Tech Law Institute remains incredibly grateful for Prof. Anawalt's many foundational contributions to our program," said Prof. Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute.  "Our high tech law program would not be as rich and successful as it's been without his foresighted efforts.  On a personal note, Prof. Anawalt shared his 1994 Computer Law syllabus with me when I first developed my own Internet Law course in 1995, and his thoughts influenced my concepts about the course a lot."
 
Howard Anawalt is considered by many to be the father of the nationally recognized intellectual property program at Santa Clara Law. He joined the School of Law in 1967, and specialized in constitutional law, torts, and intellectual property law. “Howard Anawalt was a great teacher and scholar at Santa Clara University’s law school and he was instrumental in forming and advancing the Law School’s highly acclaimed intellectual property law program,” says Professor Donald Polden, who served as dean from 2003-2013. “He exemplified the great teacher-scholars in legal education and he will be missed by his many friends from Santa Clara University.”
 
In a letter to the University community, President Michael Engh, S.J. wrote, “With his expertise in intellectual property law, he was one of the first faculty members to address in his teaching the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry… 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.”
 
Anawalt earned his A.B. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley. He was admitted to practice in the states of California and Washington and in the Supreme Court. He served as a legislative intern and legal adviser, then deputy attorney general to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee. His law practice experience included criminal jury trials, Vietnam War draft and court-martial cases, labor injunction litigation, sex and race discrimination lawsuits, and involvement in high-technology litigation and transaction practice.
 
At Santa Clara Law he was a very involved member of the faculty and served in many leadership and advisory roles until his retirement in 2003. He was the inaugural director of Santa Clara Law’s International Institute, now called the Center for Global Law and Policy, and he served as the first director of the Santa Clara University School of Law High Tech Advisory Board, first convened in 1990. He directed Santa Clara’s client counseling and national trial competitions, advised the Santa Clara Law Review, administered the Tokyo summer program, and served as adviser to the Santa Clara Law Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
 
Among his many publications, two stand out as the most significant: Idea Rights:  A Guide to Intellectual Property (Carolina Press,) and IP Strategies: Complete Intellectual Property Planning, Access and Protection (West Publication).
 
Howard’s fellow faculty members remembered him with fondness and respect. “Former students often comment on Howard’s pleasant and compassionate classroom demeanor, but also his rigorous attention to details of cases and the importance of policy in the development of laws,” said Professor Polden. “He remained a dedicated and accomplished scholar after his retirement, including a recent publication of a book on legal protection of ideas.”
“Howard’s academic interests covered a broad span, from constitutional law to high technology,” said Professor Bradley Joondeph. “In many ways, he foresaw the direction that law would be headed, many years before most lawyers had any inkling.”
 
“Howard will be remembered as a kind and generous person, who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues,” said Professor Ken Manaster, who joined Santa Clara Law in 1972. “He had an exceptionally inquisitive mind. He seemed often to be delving into a new topic in law or into a new angle within a field he already had mastered, such as tort law, intellectual property, or constitutional law. His friendliness toward colleagues, and his active give-and-take in discussions of the law and of the law school’s responsibilities to the profession, even after he retired, will be missed.”
 
Anawalt leaves his wife, Sue, his son Brad and daughter-in-law Kirsten, his son Paul and daughter-in-law Valeria, his grandchildren Kathryn, Juliet, Gwyneth, Kevin, and Dillon, and his many students and colleagues.

 

submitted Aug. 30, 2013 10:02A
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George J. Alexander

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.

George left a strong legacy of commitment to advancing the legal profession and improving access to legal services. He and his wife, Katharine, have been great friends and supporters of the law school. In 2004, they endowed operations of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, which serves low-income people in matters of consumer law, immigration law, and workers’ rights. In 2008, they established the annual Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize, which recognizes lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity.

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.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:14P
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Bahram Saghari

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. 

Together with his wife, Taban, and his daughters, Shayan and Keon, we mourn Bahram's death and recall the gift he was to his family, friends, colleagues and students. He will be missed.
 
Notes of condolence may be sent to Bahram's family, care of the Business School:
The Saghari Family
c/o Dean's Office
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
 
A memorial service in celebration of Bahram's life is planned for mid-February. Details on time and location will be forthcoming.
 
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 8:24A

Friends of the University

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Therese King McNeil

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. 

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 9:02P
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Pauline "Polly" Coughlan

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.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:37P
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Mary Dianne Ravizza

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. 

She was especially passionate about supporting women and students in need, serving a number of charitable organizations and schools including Sacred Heart Nativity School, Hope Services, Saint Francis High School, Ladies of Charity, and founding Cocoon, which supported women in crisis pregnancies. Dianne was also civic minded, serving Santa Clara County (grand jury and parole board).

Notes of condolence may be sent to Mark c/o the SCU Jesuit Community.

submitted Apr. 24, 2014 9:39A
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Jacqueline Ithurburn

Jacqueline Ithurburn, Oct. 9, 2013. Longtime Susanville resident Jacqueline (Jackie) Ithurburn passed away at Manor West Skilled Nursing Facility in Sparks, Nev. Her last days on the earth were spent with her family by her side. Jackie was born March 22, 1935 to George and Margaret (Corvello) Campidonica in Merced, Calif. She attended local schools and graduated from Merced High School. She went on to attend Hartnell College and San Jose State University. While attending San Jose State, she met the love of her life, Peter (Pete) Ithurburn '56, who was attending nearby Santa Clara University. They were married July 13, 1957 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merced. Jackie then moved to Susanville where she and Pete made their home. Jackie worked as a librarian at Diamond View School for several years in the 1970s. She devoted her life to her husband, children and eventually to her grandchildren. She was a past member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Caring and Sharing Group, past member of the Susanville Euskaldunak Basque Club and a devout member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ithurburn, brother, Robert Campidonica, and parents, George and Margaret Campidonica. Jackie is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Bob) Pieper, of Susanville, and Catherine Ithurburn, of Sacramento sons, Stephen Ithurburn, of Yuba City, Christopher (Kathy) Ithurburn, of Sacramento, and Phillip Ithurburn, of Susanville. Jackie's grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Matthew, Jacob, Amy, Samuel, Micheal, Stephanie, Paul, Andrew, Makayla and great-grandchild, Liam, will miss her kind blue eyes. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 9:12P

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Therese King McNeil
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Eugene A. Yuasa

Eugene Akio Yuasa J.D. ’89, March 7, 2013. He was 51, of Honolulu, and an attorney. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents James M. and Marjorie, brother Steven and sisters Frances Higashi and Ann Yuasa. 

submitted Oct. 14, 2013 9:04A
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Dale Schrumpf

Dale Schrumpf M.S. '73, MBA '80, May 5, 2014. Dale Schrumpf was born March 3, 1935, in Perryville, Mo., the first of three children.  He attended Missouri School of Mines and then moved to California to work as an engineer, after serving in the Army briefly.  He worked at Sylvania and GE when the microwave was first in development.  He worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space as an engineer in two different time periods, including work on the Space Station.  In between he worked at Quantic Enterprises, where he attained several patents.  He received a Master of Science degree and an MBA from Santa Clara University.  He also had a passion for sales and entrepreneurship.  For many years he traveled the Bay Area with his son, placing Christian books in grocery stores.  He started many of his own businesses, including Satellite Solutions, one of the first distributors of DISH Network systems in the Bay Area.  In his retirement, he enjoyed merchandising and product demonstration jobs, feeding his love of interacting with people.  After moving to Texas, he was able to return to his love of fishing.

Dale had a passion to read the Bible and serve the Lord.  He was active in Peninsula Bible Church (Palo Alto, Calif.) in the 60s and 70s, and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (Calif.) from the 80s until he moved to Texas in 2012.  In Arlington, he found a church home at Pantego Bible Church.  At Peninsula Bible Church he was active in evangelism programs, he helped with counseling at Billy Graham events, and he led a Bible study at Lockheed.  For several years he and his wife Dianne helped Wycliffe Bible Translators in their recruitment program (TOTAL It Up) in Temecula, Calif.  He attended Western Seminary in Santa Clara, Calif., for several years, working towards a Certificate.
 
He is preceded in death by his sister, Darleen Dunker.  He is survived by his brother Leman Schrumpf, his son John Schrumpf (Claudia), John’s mother Jan Schrumpf, step-daughter Beth Bryson, step-son Jim Bryson (Joelle) and their children, and Beth and Jim’s mother Dianne Bryson.
submitted May. 16, 2014 12:27P
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