Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year
Kevin A. Fitzgerald J.D. ’00, 46, of Las Vegas, Nev. died on May 17, 2014. He was an attorney for the Clark County School District for the past five years and formerly for the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, Palo Alto, Calif. A graduate of Tufts University (Mass.) and Santa Clara University (Calif.) he is survived by his wife, Jennifer Matejkovic Fitzgerald, his daughter, Audrey, aged 6 and son, Joey, aged 3. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Florence (Connors) and sister Neilla, and survived by his siblings, Kathleen Fitzgerald, John Fitzgerald and wife, Linda (Millar), Anne Fitzgerald and husband Larry Hookey, Maureen Fitzgerald, Jane Fitzgerald-Hines, David Fitzgerald and wife, Donna (Poitras); in-laws Edward M. Matejkovic (father) and fiancee Roe Trumbo, Leigh Matejkovic Martini and husband, Tom and Jude Matejkovic; nieces and nephews, Jack, Ryan, Jennifer, Patrick, Cayden, Kate, Molly, Sean, Neila, Robert, Connor, Max, Ava and Vincent.
Phil Scholz '01, one of Nvidia’s senior marketing managers, was struck and killed Jan. 20 in a commuter train accident at a Caltrain station in Santa Clara, Calif., while helping to save the life of another victim. He was 36 years old.
Brian Patrick Sweeny ’01, age 34, of Spokane, Wash., died on June 29, 2013. He was 28 when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and given only 15 months to live, beating all odds by living six more years doing the things he loved. Born in Seattle, Wash. on April 17, 1979 to Kevin and Donna Sweeny, Brian moved with his family to Modesto, Calif. in 1982 and lived there until 1990 when they moved to Spokane. He went to All Saints Catholic School from sixth through eighth grade and graduated as Salutatorian from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1997. Brian received a degree in Communications (Video Production) from Santa Clara University in 2001 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Brian moved to Los Angeles to fulfill his dream of working in the entertainment industry. After waiting tables, he found employment as a production assistant on the TV series, Fear Factor, and quickly worked his way up to Stunt Producer. He worked in that position until the show ended in 2006. He loved all aspects of his life in LA, which included surfing, basketball, and beach volleyball. He had a very adventurous spirit and spent much of his yearly hiatuses from Fear Factor, traveling, sometimes for pleasure and sometimes for work. One of his most memorable trips was to Thailand in 2003 where he taught English to non-English speaking Thai people. Among Brian's most wonderful qualities was his ability to make friends. He loved people, and if you were lucky enough to get to know him and become his friend, you were a friend for life. All who came to know him found his wit, humor and charm endearing. Brian was also the most loving and caring son a parent could ask for. He often worried about his parents and was never afraid to express his concerns. This caring nature could also be seen in his relationship with his brothers. Whether it was guiding his younger brother Kyle, or being there for his older brother Paul Sweeny ’00, his generosity and companionship to his brethren was always apparent. Brian was a devoted fan of G-Prep basketball and football, going so far as to make his parents hold the phone to the radio so he could listen to games from LA. Brian was also an avid Seahawks fan and in spite of the fact that he went to Santa Clara University, he learned to love the Zags, but only when they were not playing the Broncos. He stayed true to his team in that instance. From the time Brian was a baby, Priest Lake was in his blood. He cherished any time he could spend there and always made certain to be there every summer no matter what other obligations he had. He was an avid writer and kept historical journals of his life from the time he moved to Spokane in 1990 until he was no longer able to. His entries are heartwarming, funny, and sentimental, as was he. His mother and father, Kevin and Donna Sweeny and two brothers, Paul D. (Bellevue, WA) and Kyle J. (Spokane), survive Brian. His two grandmothers, Gladys H. Urbaniak and Lillian A. Sweeny and seven aunts, six uncles and nineteen cousins also survive him. His two grandfathers, Raymond J. Urbaniak and Jerome L. Sweeny, met him in heaven upon his death. There are people who touch many lives during their time on earth and Brian was one of them. He was so loved and he loved so many and will be missed more than is conceivable. A special thanks to Dr. Kirk Lund and the nursing staff at RWC Cancer Treatment Center, most especially, Lisa, Pam and Sandy who worked with Brian for so many years and showed compassion beyond words. Special thanks go out to Jane and Sherri, and Dawn and Jennifer at Hospice of Spokane whom we grew to admire.
Walter Scott Binns J.D. ’05, September 27, 2013. Walter "Scott" Binns III, husband of Betsy Hunter-Binns of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013. He was born June 21, 1969 in Lancaster, Calif., a son of Walter Scott Binns Jr. and Patricia Binns. Scott attended Quartz Hill High School and graduated in 1987. Following high school he attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and the Agriculture Marketing Team. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Agribusiness in the spring 1993. After a time in the workforce Scott continued his education and attended Santa Clara University to earn his Juris Doctorate in 2005. Upon graduating from Cal Poly, Scott worked as a produce salesperson for a number of firms on the central coast to include Apio Produce Sales of Guadalupe, Newstar Fresh Foods of Salinas and Muranaka Farm of Moorpark. While preparing for the Bar Exam he served an internship with the Honorable Judge Rigali of Santa Maria, Calif. After passing the exam he was employed by the William K. Gamble Law Firm of Santa Maria. Scott then opened the Law Office of Walter "Scott" Binns where he worked until his death. Scott is survived by his loving wife Betsy Hunter-Binns, beautiful daughter Josette Binns, parents Walter Scott Jr. and Patricia Binns, brothers Bob (Shannon) Binns and Jim (Rachel) Binns, sisters Kathleen (Steven) Stevenson, Jennifer (Darrell) Morales and Leslie (Lance) Nelson and his adoring nieces and nephews. Always offering a helping hand, Scott could often be found volunteering in service to a friends cause, be it a school fundraising auction or beautification day. Most recently he and his wife's shared efforts support Panama 4-H Club. In his free time Scott enjoyed hiking, biking and watching sports with friends. Scott was often the life of a party, with an infectious enthusiasm and a welcoming smile.
Cindy Avitia J.D. ’06 worked on staff for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75 from 2006 to 2010. She was killed in an automobile accident in Mexico on Aug. 22, 2013. Avitia was a strong advocate for immigration reform.
“As those of us who knew Cindy grieve her tragic loss, we can take pride in the fact that during her short life she did more to promote strong, caring families in our community and advance the cause of justice than many people accomplish in a lifetime dedicated to public service. I am rocked by the tragic news of her passing and feel her loss acutely. I will never forget her.”
Adrian Francisco Morales ’11, age 24, departed from this life on August 21, 2013. He was born on June 20, 1989 in Redwood City, Calif., to Hugo and Roina, but was raised his entire life in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Epiphany Elementary School (2003) and St. Ignatius College Prep (2007). In 2011, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University (SCU) with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in History, Philosophy, Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies. Adrian's work experience first started in 2007 at SCU with their law office as an assistant/proctor. In 2009, he held a summer internship in San Francisco for the California Assembly. The following summer, he worked with the Turkish Coalition of America in Istanbul, Turkey and in the 2011 summer he worked/studied in Jordan. After his graduation, he went to Washington D.C. in Feb. 2011 to intern with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He was then placed into the minority leader house of representative's office for a few months. In October 2011, he accepted an internship with the California Assembly and a few months later he took a full time position as a Congressional Aide. For such a young age, he traveled to Hawaii, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He was fluent in Spanish and Arabic. Adrian loved speech and debate, going to the movies, watching various history programs, and reading books on all subjects. He truly was a gifted person with a charming personality who was always looking for the meaning of life. Adrian is survived by his parents, Brother Alex, Grandmother Carmen, Uncle Adolfo and many beloved family and friends.
Most people do not know that Eunjey Michael Cho ’12 was a chess phenom at the age of eight, as he rarely mentioned to others later on that he had won award after award. This was because at age 12 he had realized that each of his wins rendered another person a loser. Seeing the upset on his opponents' faces, Eunjey deemed his success not worth the pain of others and gave up playing competitive chess. His mother and father, Young-mee and Yong Cho, and his older brother, Jey, all noticed that Eunjey's pure heart and thoughtful mind guided him through his life and interactions at a remarkably early age. He studied Psychology at Santa Clara University and after teaching English for a year and a half in South Korea, his parents' birth country, Eunjey adventured through many parts of Asia. As a Jesuit volunteer in Spokane, Wash., Eunjey served as an Emergency Financial Assistance Coordinator through Catholic Charities. Eunjey had always been a talented athlete, and during his JV year, Eunjey ran two marathons. Eunjey left Spokane by bike, determined to ride back to his home in New Jersey while raising funds for the JVC. It was on Sep. 18, 2013 during this exhilarating and challenging bike journey that Eunjey was hit by an automobile and killed. He was 25 years old. His pursuit toward truth in his thoughts, words, and actions, and his innate ability to be mindful in his daily life have inspired so many people to slow down and to reflect on their own potential to be humble yet activated beings with a purpose. In his life, Eunjey developed a profound ability to approach situations and challenges in a curious, nonjudgmental, and fearless manner. He deeply honored the light and dignity within every person he met. He was wise like a grandfather but playful like a child, and he lived life with a courage to which we should all aspire.
Roxanne "Roxy" Roknian ’14, Nov. 24, 2013. She was a member of the third-year law class. In their stories and memories of her, it is clear that she was a young woman who lived life with enthusiasm and passion, with a keen intellect and a delightful sense of humor. She balanced her studies with her blogging and her commitment to justice for all, with a flair for fashion.
Faculty & Staff
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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Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara, CA 95053
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.
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.
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.
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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Santa Clara, CA 95053
Friends of the University
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.