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GRD Law '68
Lawrence Howard Bakken Jr

Lawrence Howard Bakken Jr. JD ’68 passed away on December 24, 2011 in Livermore at the age of 80, after a lengthy illness.

Larry was born in Chicago and moved with his parents, Lawrence Howard Bakken, Sr and Viola May to Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul. He obtained a bachelor and master of science degrees in civil engineering from University of Minnesota. While working a part time job at University of Minnesota Hospitals he met a dietetic intern, Evelyn McAuley from Manitoba and they married a year later.

He worked at Convair Aircraft Company in San Diego and taught Engineering classes at San Diego State. He attended graduate school at University of California, Berkeley. Next employment was at the Sandia Labs in Livermore. While working there he enrolled in the evening classes at University of Santa Clara School of Law. He graduated with a J.D., degree and was employed with a private law firm in Hayward. He returned to the scientific field at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore where he was employed until retirement 22 years later.

Larry was an active member of Livermore Rotary and the local Chamber of Commerce. He was involved in community groups, SIR's and League of Women Voters. He was appointed to the Alameda County Consumer Affairs Council. He was friendly, industrious, adventuresome and an avid reader. He loved to travel and to dance to Big Band music. He enjoyed his collection of classic cars and appreciated Art Deco. Larry had an endless zeal for learning. He had an infectious laugh and will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

A long time member of First Presbyterian Church in Livermore, he served a term as financial officer and was a charter member of a couples group. He was predeceased by his parents, Uncle Bill (Lila), Aunt Ethel and sister, Viola Mae Kanatz. Surviving family are wife, Evelyn of 55 years and daughter Lauren (Roger) Van Maren, four brothers- in- law David Kanatz, Douglas (wife Chris), Robert (wife Leah), Keith and sister-in-law Beth (husband Ray), cousins Gail (Eric) Johnson and Paul (Susan) Bakken.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 11:00A
Kenneth Carlin

Kenneth "Ken" Carlin ’68 was born Sept. 15, 1944, in San Francisco to George and Maebelle (Gard) Carlin. He passed away on March 21, 2013, of complications of amyloidosis. Ken lived in the Puget Sound region for more than 40 years, residing on South Whidbey since 2003. He purchased a homestead cabin in the Woodland Hall community in Clinton in the mid-1980s that he completely refurbished and made his home.

Kenneth was married for 40 years and is preceded in death by his first wife Ellen Mary(Marz) Carlin, and preceded also by his sister Dorann Bellotti. He is survived by his second wife Nancy Hepp his daughters Mari(Jeremiah) Apana of Shoreline and Elise(Korbett) Miller of Snohomish, brother Ronald, sister Georgia and seven grandchildren. 

A man of varied interests and strengths, Kenneth studied for the priesthood with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) from 1962-66. After leaving the Jesuits he worked briefly in social work. Ken then studied carpentry and worked as a General Contractor for 25 years, including running his own award winning business in Seattle construction and remodeling high end homes throughout the region. Ken obtained masters degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Theological Studies from Seattle University, where he also completed a course in spiritual direction from the Institute for Theological Studies. Ken was a registered movement therapy practitioner with the Institute for Transformational Movement as well. In mid life, Ken returned to school at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, becoming a naturopathic physician. he practiced medicine in Langley, Clinton and Waldron Island, always looking for the most natural approach. 

Ken's hobbies and pastimes included community service, family history research, bicycling, hiking, travelling, gardening, music, and reading, especially philosophy psychology and spirituality. Ken loved a good meal time with his family, and he was a frequent volunteer with organizations that work to improve health and community. His love of learning, his call to service and his investigations of spiritual meaning and practice were strong throughout his life.

submitted May. 22, 2013 3:50A
Kathleen P. McKenna

Kathleen Patricia McKenna ’68, Oct. 29, 2013, in the company of loving friends. A native of San Francisco, Kathy was born to Henry and Alice McHugh McKenna on March 7, 1947. She grew up in The City, attending the Convent of the Sacred Heart School on Broadway from kindergarten through high school. She attended Santa Clara University and then the University of San Francisco, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. Like her mother, she chose a career in education and taught in San Francisco's inner city elementary schools for 30 years, passing up repeated offers of promotion to remain in a classroom. On retiring, she took up full-time residence in her home here, which she purchased almost 20 years ago. She loved living in the Sonoma Valley and volunteered at service organizations including Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, the Sonoma International Film Festival, and teaching English at La Luz Center. She also contributed to the community by her participation in Impact 100 Sonoma. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sister Joan McKenna, Society of the Sacred Heart. Kathy is survived by her cousins, Bill Graham, of Prineville, Ore., his wife, Linda, and his daughters, Shayna and Jaime Tom Bostock, of San Francisco, his, wife Patti, and his daughter, Claire Ed Bostock, of Sebastopol, his wife, Stephanie, and his sons, Ross and Chris by her goddaughter, Katie Loughran, of San Francisco and by a vast family of friends and neighbors who loved her dearly and will feel this loss acutely for years to come. Kathy brought life and light and love into every room she entered and she lived, as did her sister, by the admonition in Micah 6-8 to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God." 

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:43P
John Vincent

John Vincent M.A. 68, who served as principal of Ladera School from 1968 to 1978 and vice principal of La Entrada School for many years, died July 18. He was 84.

Vincent, who spent much of his career in the Las Lomitas School District, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He graduated from the United College in Winnipeg in 1950 with a degree in psychology/sociology.
Shortly after graduating, he moved to California, worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and then was drafted into the U.S. Army at the beginning of the Korean War. After basic training, he was sent to Germany as a psychiatric/social worker.
Upon discharge in 1953, he became an elementary school teacher. Along with his roles as a principal and vice principal in the Las Lomitas School District, he taught at many grade levels. Early in his career, he left the district and spent a year teaching in a native school in Cordova, Alaska.
Academically, he received a master's degree in educational administration at San Jose State University and a second master's in family counseling from SCU.
After retiring from Las Lomitas School District in 1988, he became a juvenile probation officer for San Mateo County. He worked in East Palo Alto until 2002, when he and his wife moved from San Jose to Pleasanton.
Vincent was a master wood carver and member of the Tri-Valley Carvers. He was involved in the Wounded Warrior Eagle Head Project, which makes elaborate carved canes for wounded veterans in local hospitals.
He was an accomplished pipe organist, having studied under Herbert Sadlow of London, say family members.
A deeply religious man, Vincent was a member of Centerpointe Church in Pleasanton. During his lifetime, he sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, served as an elder and deacon, and led many mission trips to Guatemala and Alaska. When he lived in San Jose, he was a volunteer at the San Jose Rescue Mission.
Vincent is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine; children Dan of Folsom, Mark of San Jose, and Cary of Pleasanton; sister Joan of Hemet; and two grandchildren.
submitted Jul. 29, 2012 10:38A
Jerry Franklin Kirk

Jerry Franklin Kirk M.S. ’68, 80, a resident of Santa Clara, entered into rest on Aug. 4, 2012, at the Terraces of Los Gatos, a skilled nursing facility, after fighting a battle with cancer. Jerry was born in Salisbury, N.C., to Arnold Burtis Clay Kirk and Virley (Maxwell) Kirk on April 13, 1932.

He was preceded in death by his parents, ABC and Virley (Maxwell) Kirk; and his brothers and sisters, John Clay (Catherine), Dorothy Eamich (Richard), Raymond (Lois), Arnold Jr (Ettamae), Mildred Shortall (William), Evelyn Jean Kirk-Ramsey (Jack) and Margaret Larabee (Leo). He is survived by his sister, Nina Jo Kirk-Scoggins (William) of Lexington, N.C.; three sons, Steven Arnold, Kevan Scot and Jody Kenneth; and five grandchildren.

Jerry graduated from Boyden High School in Salisbury Class of 1950. He served as a radar engineer in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. After his military service, Jerry attended the University of Maryland and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Jerry married Betty Jo Gregg in San Diego, Calif. He spent most of his career at, and retired from, Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif. He worked primarily on the now declassified reconnaissance satellite programs "Gambit" and "Hexagon." Since the programs became declassified, Jerry was able to share the details of his involvement in the programs and was extremely proud of his contribution to the programs success.

Jerry continued his education while raising a family and working for Lockheed-Martin and obtained a Masters in Engineering from Santa Clara University. While Jerry was growing up, the family owned a horse at the Milford Hills residence outside of Salisbury, N.C. Through his childhood experiences, Jerry developed a life-long passion for horses and horse racing. Once asked what made him smile, his response was, "Picking a horse race winner!"

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:22A
GRD Leavey/MBA '68
Jerry A. Howard

Jerry A. Howard MBA '68 died Dec. 18, 2009 in McKinney, Texas. He was 67 years old. He was born on September 17, 1942 in Moscow, Idaho, to Alfred and Adeline (Boller) Howard. Dr. Howard grew up in Potlatch, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho, in Moscow, on a football and track scholarship. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Agriculture. Dr. Howard received his MBA at Santa Clara University, and earned his doctorate of economics from Washington State University. While in college, Dr. Howard worked six months with impoverished farmers in South Korea, on a youth service project. He also worked in Nigeria, teaching crop management for FMC Corporation. Dr. Howard married Peggy Cass Begala on April 11, 1981, in Houston, Texas. Dr. Howard was CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Atrion Corporation from 1984 to 1998, and also worked with many different charitable organizations, including serving as President of the United Way in Florence, Alabama. He took great pleasure in mentoring his stepchildren as well as many young business associates. Although Dr. Howard's business career took him to many places, his heart was always in Potlatch, Idaho with his family and many friends. Some of his fondest memories were of working with his father, brothers and cousins on the family ranch. His keen sense of adventure led him to try his hand at everything from bull riding to downhill skiing to big game hunting to obtaining his pilot's license to leading a group of Texas students to Colima, Mexico to study Spanish, at age 60. Dr. Howard is survived by his wife Peggy. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Kathleen Begala, and husband, Yves Istel of New York, New York, David Begala and wife, Becky, of Houston, Texas, Paul Begala and wife, Diane, of McLean, Virginia, Christopher Begala and wife, Jeanie, of Houston, Texas, and Michael Begala of Addison, Texas. His grandchildren filled his life with joy. They are: John, Billy, Charlie, Patrick, Sam, Grace, Katherine, Nicole, and Christopher Begala. Dr. Howard is also survived by his brothers, John Howard and wife Jennifer, of Potlatch, Idaho; and Julian Howard, of Lewiston, Idaho; and a host of other loving family. He is preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Adeline (Boller) Howard.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 10:05P
UGRD Leavey Business '68
James C. Ciardelli

James Conrad Ciardelli '68, MBA '80 June 9, 1945 - May 9, 2014 A resident of Walnut Creek, James (Jim) Conrad Ciardelli died peacefully Friday of an aggressive bladder cancer after being diagnosed in January. His family was in town for his final days to offer him comfort and to enjoy his big personality one last time. He will be missed and remembered for his sharp sense of humor and for his love of tennis, music, football, travel and cooking.

Mr. Ciardelli was born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep and University of Santa Clara, where he also earned an MBA. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-72 and was stationed at Beale AFB in Marysville and Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. He had a career in international finance, working for J.A. Jones Construction Co. in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 1975-78; Louis T. Leonowens (Thailand) Ltd., in Bangkok, from 1986-92; and for many years in San Francisco for Castle & Cooke, Getz Corp and Infac India Group. In recent years he worked as a commercial appraiser.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dolores Fox Ciardelli; son Joseph Pepe Ciardelli of Berlin, Germany; daughter Zoe Ryan, son-in-law Jeff Ryan and granddaughter Camille Ryan, 2, of Lake Forest; sister Sue Martin of Pleasanton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Diane and George Lechner of San Jose; and nieces and nephews. 

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 4:07P
GRD Engineering '68
Jack Keuhler

Jack Keuhler '54 on Dec. 20, 2008.  A native of Grand Island, Neb., he started at IBM as an associate engineer at the San Jose Research Laboratory in 1958. He was elected IBM senior vice president in May 1982 and became vice chairman of the board and a member of the executive committee in January 1988. He was elected president in May 1989 and resumed the title of vice chairman in 1993. The former engineering alumnus served on SCU's Board of Trustees, and in 2005 he and his wife donated $1 million to the School of Engineering. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children; and 12 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:38P
GRD Leavey/MBA '68
Grady Hall

Grady B. Hall '68 passed away on June 5, 2008. 

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 12:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '68
Gordon Belcourt

Gordon Belcourt ’68, the executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, died July 15, 2013, in Billings.

Belcourt, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and a former Missoula resident, was hailed as an unwavering advocate for Indian Country who took over the tribal leaders council 15 years ago and built it into a powerful regional and national voice for Native peoples.
His determination only increased, his family said, after the murder of one of his eight children in Billings a dozen years ago.
“The most devastating loss of his life was the loss of his daughter Elena Katie,” the family said in his obituary. “After her passing, he doubled his efforts to honor her life by helping to improve the quality of life for others. Forever a Blackfeet warrior, he decided he would never be defined by the problems he encountered.”
Belcourt was 68, and had been ill for some time when he died at St. Vincent Healthcare, according to his family.
The oldest of nine children, Belcourt was born in the winter of 1945 and grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He was given the name “Meekskimeeksskumapi,” or “Mixed Iron Boy,” in remembrance of World War II and the battle wreckage his uncle, Paul Home Gun Jr., observed after returning from five years of combat.
Belcourt was valedictorian of his Browning High School graduating class, but never considered continuing his education until, his family says, his high school principal “took him aside and informed him he would be going to college.”
Belcourt received a full scholarship to the University of Santa Clara in California, where he also entered the ROTC program and became a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
He initially arrived in Missoula to attend law school at the University of Montana, where he met his wife of 43 years, Cheryl. Instead of getting his law degree, however, Belcourt went back to California to earn a master’s in public health from the University of California at Berkeley before returning home to Montana, where he lived and worked on the Blackfeet Reservation and in Missoula before moving to Billings.
In 2003, UC-Berkeley’s School of Public Health named Belcourt one of its Public Health Heroes for his work on behalf of Native health care. The University of Montana awarded Belcourt an honorary doctorate in 2007.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl. Their daughter Elena was 21 when she was shot to death by a Lodge Grass man in Billings in 2001 after rejecting his sexual advances.
The Belcourts had seven more children together: Sol, Paul Thunder, Annjeanette Elise, Jaime Ruth, Ben David, Alex Anson and Sienna Noel.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:03P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '68
Gerald Lee Walker

Gerald Lee Walker, 66, of Cannon Beach, died Monday, June 28, 2010, in Seaside, Ore. He was born Feb. 7, 1944, in Vancouver, Wash., to missionaries Orland and Nola Archer Walker. His parents preceded him in death. Raised in Eugene, he attended South Eugene High School. In 1961, he married Susan Philpin, the mother of his son. They later divorced. He worked for the Lockheed Corporation while attending college. In 1968, he graduated from the University of Santa Clara, Calif., with a law degree. In 1992, he married Kathy White of Arizona. They later divorced. In 1969, upon passing the bar exam, he partnered to work for Kane, Canelo & Walker, Attorneys at Law in Merced, Calif. As a trial lawyer his specialties were personal injury and wrongful death. He later went on to enjoy a successful career in corporate law and became the general council for Tescon America in 1986. He retired in 1992. After retiring, he assisted his parents in their missionary work and traveled around the world. Family members said he enjoyed collecting art, traveling, hiking, watching sports and rooting for the underdog. He enjoyed challenges and did volunteer work for people he felt were being taken advantage of. He is survived by two sisters and their families, Patricia Klonoski of Tucson, Ariz., and Betty Allison of Vida; and a son, Darryl Walker of Cannon Beach. He was preceded in death by a brother.

submitted Jul. 13, 2010 11:40A
Gary G. Ford

Gary Gene Ford ’68, former San Jose resident, died on April 25 after a long illness. Gary was the son of the late Vern Ford and Margie Ford. He is survived by Vivienne his wife of 40 years; his mother Margie; his sister Vicki (Bill); his daughter Aurora; his two sons Conan (Negar) and Nathan (Julie); his nephew Michael and his granddaughter Tara. Gary was born in Perry Iowa and moved to San Jose in 1954 with his family. He graduated with honors from James Lick High School in 1964 and Santa Clara University in 1968. He studied at the University of British Columbia earning a MS degree in mathematics and studied mechanical engineering as well. He worked in the Canadian oil and gas industry before retiring. He was an accomplished tuba player, an aspiring poet and spent his last years caring for his love birds

submitted May. 15, 2013 1:47P
GRD Law '68
Fred Domino

Fred "Freddie" Domino ’61, J.D. ’68 was born in Chicago in 1939 and passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, in Morgan Hill. He was a lawyer. His parents were Sylvester "Jack" Domino and Ann Domino. His sister was Kathy Domino. He is survived by wife Ruby Domino of Morgan Hill, daughter Dawn Domino of Morgan Hill, niece Trista (Domino) Zwemke of Palm Springs, and nephews David Domino of San Jose and Thomas Angelo Smith of San Francisco. He loved golfing and taking trips to Italy.

submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:38A
Edward Scanlan

Edward "Skeeter" Scanlan ‘68 on Jan. 31, 2010 after a 5-year battle with cancer. Edward was brought into this world on July 27, 1946 to Richard "Dick" and Katherine "Kay" (Perusina) Scanlan. His family history is one that is deeply rooted in the Santa Clara Valley dating back to the 1870s. With his father a descendant of Irish immigrants and his mother of Croatian, many old world values were instilled in him from the beginning. He spent a great deal of time while growing up on the family's ranch in Cupertino that grew apricots, prunes, and cherries. From childhood, his family and friends knew Edward affectionately as "Skeeter." It was evident, at an early age, the love Ed had for building things and working with tools. He was always thinking "outside the box" and coming up with something new. He loved to work on cars with his father and anything mechanical always piqued his interest. As young as the age of 12, Edward made from scratch a walking, talking robot out of household scraps. That landed him an appearance on the Captain Satellite Show which was popular for children in the 1950s. He attended Blackford High School, Santa Clara University, and then upon graduating received his master's from the University of the Redlands. His creativeness was never ending, enough so that he was offered a job on the Imagination Team that was spearheaded by none other than Walt Disney. As he got older his love for anything mechanical grew. In his teens and into his early 20s he built award-winning slot cars and models, of which two won the Grand National Roadster show in Oakland for his category. With his father being a charter member, Ed was also a member of the West Coast Chapter of the Crosley Club as one of his pastimes was to collect and restore these cars. Eventually Ed found his passion in model trains. From the H.O. Scale to the narrow gauge, live steam that he was hoping to finish that encircles his house. He is known by many as "The man with tracks in his driveway." His love for everything mechanical followed Ed into his work place for many years to follow. He worked at Chemelex on heat tracing for nuclear power plants. In the late 1970s and into the mid-1980s, he worked for the government at Quantic Industries making parts for the space shuttles. He found his final workplace to be Lifescan in Milpitas of 22 years. Ed is survived by his wife Linda, sons Christopher, Patrick, and Daniel, and his sister Patty Massa.


submitted Feb. 22, 2010 12:37P
Douglas Demmert

Douglas Demmert, BA '68, passed away Aug. 9, 2009, in Glendale, Calif. He leaves behind his wife Pam (Edwards) '68, son Greg, daughter Allison, brother Henry Demmert '65, and three grandchildren.

submitted Aug. 31, 2009 4:33P
UGRD Engineering '68
Donald H. Austin

Donald Howard Austin ’68 passed away on March 31st, 2013, with his family at his side. Don was born in Salem, OR, on August 1, 1946, to Howard and Helen (Zuber) Austin. He attended USF and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Civil Engineering. His career focused on heavy construction. He married his college sweetheart, Nancy (Streuter) '68, and eventually they settled in San Anselmo, where they raised their two children, Thomas (Rose) Austin '98 and Kathryn (Brandon) Collins. Don loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and skiing with his family and friends. In addition to his wife and children Don is survived by two grandsons, Chael and Lane, and his brother Douglas (Beckey) Austin.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:13P
David R. Seitz

David R. Seitz ’68 April 28, 1946 - Feb. 2, 2014 Formerly of Castro Valley Dave Seitz passed away on Feb. 2nd in Rocklin, Calif. after a long, courageous battle with Huntington's Chorea. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Vickey Seitz ’69, sons, Steven (Kristen), Matthew (Toni), and Timothy, and grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Nikolai, and Kaia. He is also survived by his sister, Joan (Art) Romero and brother, Brian Seitz. He is predeceased by his brother, Jim Seitz. Born and raised in Oakland, Calif. Dave attended Bishop O'Dowd High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University and earned his MBA from California State University Hayward. He served in the United States Army as a captain. For twenty-five years, Dave worked in the electronics/computer industry both in Oakland (Brill Electronics) and Silicon Valley (Kieruff, Seagate Software, Bell Micro). The last twenty years of his business career he was a financial planner. He worked for Cal Cap Planning, Inc. where he loved helping clients realize their financial potentials. A resident of Castro Valley for over 35 years, Dave was a member of the Castro Valley Rotary. He had served as president of the Chabot Swim Team and had been a member of the Castro Valley branch of the Indian Y-Guides. He was an active member of the Our Lady of Grace Parish serving on the school board, the fall festival board and as a lector/Eucharistic Minister. Dave loved sports (football, basketball), traveling, playing golf, cards and Pictionary. He was a true gentleman, a dedicated husband, a devoted father, and a proud grandfather. He leaves a legacy of courage, humility and quiet persistence. His sharp wit and great sense of humor will be missed by all. 

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:25P
Claudia Borello Alexander

Dr. Claudia Borello Alexander M.A ’68, 78, of Vienna, Va., passed away  Feb. 20, 2013. She was born to the late Marco and Irene Borello, October 4, 1934, in San Jose, California. Claudia graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University; an M.A. from Santa Clara University; and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. She was an Associate Professor Emeritus of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana, where she taught for 17 years. She also taught at Leigh High School in San Jose, California and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. While at Southeastern Louisiana University she was active in the Arts directing and acting in plays for the SLU Theater Department and the Columbia Theater Players. For the English Department she directed an annual Renaissance Banquet which was always memorable. Claudia was passionate about both Literature and Teaching. She loved introducing students to all kinds of literature and history. She defended classic literature with tireless energy. Interested in Women's Studies she received grants to present papers and give classes on the subject. She researched and edited The Quotable Woman by Elaine Partnow. Claudia's family was most important to her, she devoted her life to them. She is survived by her brother, Leonard F. Borello, of Saratoga, California; three children, Eric Alexander of Atlanta, Georgia; Ariel O'Heeron, of Orlando, Florida and Adrienne Lutz of Vienna, Virginia. She also is survived by seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild, five nieces, six nephews as well as several grand nieces and grand nephews. 

submitted May. 22, 2013 3:41A
Charles B. Ish

Charles "Brad" Bradwell Ish '68 passed away on May 22 at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just two months prior. He was a beloved grandfather; father, brother, uncle, and friend to many.

Ish was born on June 21, 1946, in Chicago, IL. As a kid, Brad traveled the world with his family due to his father's work in the oil business. Graduating from high school in Rome, Italy, Brad went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. It was at SCU that Ish met his wife of 27 years, Karen Boggio Ish ’68. Brad and Karen where married in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 28, 1968 and shortly after they moved to Virginia where Brad enrolled in Officers Candidate School and into the MBA program at George Washington University.

In 1972, Brad began his 42-year career in the wine industry by joining Gallo Wines. Brad spent that last 20+ years of his wine career as a co-owner of the American Beverage Group, a wine import and distribution company based in Petaluma, Calif. In addition to his career in wine, Brad served for 31 years in the United States Navy and raised to the ranking of Captain before retiring in 1997. He also worked as a professor of wine sales and marketing courses at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Although Brad lived all over the world, he always called California home. He loved Northern California and spent the last 25 years of his life in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Larkspur and most recently South San Francisco, which is where he passed away. Brad enjoyed life to the fullest and loved his family more than anything in the world. He was loved by many because of his kind demeanor and his wonderfully positive attitude. Ish was truly a ray of sunshine and will be deeply missed. His four children, Tina Ish of Burlingame, Calif.; Mark Ish of Austin, Texas; Erik Ish of Phoenix, Ariz., and Stephen Ish of San Mateo, Calif. survive him. His wife, Karen passed away in 1995 of ovarian cancer at the age of 48. 

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 11:03P


GRD Engineering '69
William "Bill" Francis Bearden

William “Bill” Francis Bearden M.S. ’69, a resident of Sunnyvale, was born Aug. 1, 1936 and died Mar. 25, 2012. William F. "Bill" Bearden, loving husband, father, and grandfather, is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn; his daughters Betsy Bearden and Susan Peterson (Eric); and his grandsons Evan and Liam. He is predeceased by his son Michael. Bill received a BSEE from Northwestern University and an MSEE from Santa Clara University. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy and spent over 40 years as an engineer in the Silicon Valley. Bill enjoyed photography, table tennis, personal computing, fixing and building electronics, watching college sports, and supporting patriotic organizations. He took up woodworking late in life, calling it "making sawdust."

submitted Apr. 19, 2012 4:03P
UGRD Leavey Business '69
Walter Lembi

Walter Lembi '69 on August 17, 2010. Lembi, 63, died from from cancer of the esophagus. Diagnosed in August 2009, he had battled the disease for the past year. Despite surgery to remove the cancerous portion of the esophagus in April, complications set in, and Lembi spent more than three months in intensive care at UCSF medical center, according to Lembi Group attorney, Ed Singer. Singer said Lembi died peacefully with his family at his side, including his father, Frank Lembi, who along with Walter, built what became the largest residential property empire in San Francisco.

submitted Aug. 19, 2010 11:30A
Thomas W. Allen

Thomas W. Allen J.D. '69 on April 5, 2010. Tom was born in Pasadena on September 11, 1937 and grew up in Santa Ana. An Army veteran, Tom attended Santa Clara University Law School, and had a long career serving as City Attorney for several cities in the Orange County area, including Stanton, Los Alamitos, and Lake Forest. He retired from active practice several years ago, but was still enjoying occasional work as a Hearing Officer for local municipalities. Tom's lifetime passion was the sea. From the time he was a young boy who hitchhiked from Santa Ana to fish off the piers in Newport Beach or catch a ride on a half-day boat, his life was spent around the ocean. He became a deckhand and earned his way up to serve as captain of several Newport-based fishing boats, taking passengers to the best fishing spots off Catalina and San Clemente. Tom even signed on to a Portuguese commercial tuna boat and spent months off of South America, poling giant tuna over his head from the boat's rolling swim step. In later years, Tom continued his sea adventures, taking dives from his own boat and voyaging to Alaska and Mexico and everywhere in between. He was a member of the Avalon Tuna Club, the Balboa Angling Club and the Catalina Conservancy. Tom was a robust, big-hearted man who never met a stranger and was never short of a smile. Tom's passing has left a big hole in his family and in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Whitesides Allen, his son, Matt Allen, his brother and sister- in-law, Bob and Eleanor Allen, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Paula and Pat Nielsen and Terry and Jim Hawley, and by his nieces and nephews, Kathy and Jon Shamrell, Tim and Julie Nielsen, Kristin and Steve Braucht, Kellie and Robert Smith, Kathleen Hawley, Tom Allen, Matt Nielsen, and Luke Hawley.

submitted Apr. 30, 2010 10:45A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '69
Thomas E. Kropp
Thomas E. Kropp ’69, who greatly loved the adventure of life and his adoring family, died on December 20, 2010 after a valiant battle against cancer. A native of Salem, Ore., Tom lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his life. His first steps into the life and career he created in California began at Santa Clara University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was a charter member of the SCU chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. More important, he met his future wife Gail Orr Kropp ’71. After graduation, Tom earned his Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics from UC Davis. Tom's interest in the arts made San Francisco a perfect fit when he and Gail decided to settle centrally for their work. With his family, Tom took advantage of the cultural riches the area has to offer. Tom also loved the natural beauty of the Bay Area and the Sierras, relishing the moments of exploration and discovery in these settings with family and friends, whether hiking, cycling, or skiing. Tom's regard for nature and the arts offered a healthy balance to a career that was intellectually demanding and significant. He had over thirty years experience in research and development, software development, network engineering, network security, project management and professional services. He spent over twenty years at Sterling Software. For nearly six years he worked as a manager in Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs (CIPP) at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Tom then applied his expertise in the private sector as Director of CIPP at Nexant Technology in San Francisco. As a worker, Tom was thoughtful and quiet by nature. As a leader, he had a gift of being able to inspire confidence in everyone around him. Tom's quiet leadership style was something made possible by his professionalism and his integrity combined with an uncommon sense of humility. Tom was also notable for his indomitable sense of optimism, always possessing a positive attitude. Right up to his last days, Tom continued his work with such dedication and dignity that many of his colleagues were unaware of the extent of the fight he was up against. These qualities served him well when he led several important initiatives aimed at improving the security of the United States electric grid. His accomplishments in this area included helping develop some of the cyber-security guidelines and federal regulations still in use today. While at EPRI and later at Nexant, Tom proudly served as the American delegate to CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems. One of the leading worldwide organizations on electric power systems, CIGRE covers technical, economic, environmental, organizational and regulatory matters related to energy. His work included IEC working groups, study committees and the drafting and presentation of technical papers. He thoroughly enjoyed the many colleagues he met from around the world through this important work. When Tom faced challenges in his life, he met them with courage and tenacity, turning most of these times into triumphs. Sadly, his final challenge with illness was not something he was able to overcome. But all who witnessed his courage and will to live were touched and changed by his strength and determination. During times when most would have sought respite and quiet, Tom continued to work in his profession to the very last days of his life. He had stellar and remarkable support from his friends, peers and colleagues at Nexant, something which he often said was a great blessing for him and his family. His beloved surviving family includes his wife Gail and their daughter, Julia; his brother John L. Kropp ’56 and the extended Kropp and Orr families. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lillian Kropp. In addition to the many friends and family who have provided significant support and expressed such great concern, the family wishes to thank Tom's medical team that included Dr. G. Xon Ng of UCSF Internal Medicine and Tom's Stanford Urological Oncology team. At the very end, the care and compassion they provided Tom will never be forgotten.
submitted Feb. 11, 2011 11:34A
Shirlene Ann Soto

Shirlene Ann Soto '69 and her husband, Walter Elliott, died in a tragic car accident, Friday, October 23, 2009. Shirlene was born in January 1947 at Mountain View hospital in San Luis Obispo. Walt was born in June 1925 in Southern California. Shirlene was the epitome of a well-rounded individual. She excelled in school, and earned her bachelor''s degree from San Francisco State University and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. She wrote books and articles, was a savvy businesswoman, mastered two languages and was the best daughter, sister, aunt and wife anyone could ask for. Shirlene was greatly admired for her light-hearted jokes and calm, sensitive nature. She taught at several universities, including Cal Poly, University of New Mexico, College of the Canyons, UCLA and University of Northridge. Walt was known for his generosity and quick-witted comments. He always had a joke to tell and a smile on his face. Walt's school accomplishments included a bachelor's degree, two master's degrees and a Ph.D. in physics. He served the country during World War II and taught Physics at Cal Poly in his early days. Later in life, he worked for Rocketdyne, Boeing and other companies associated with space travel and research. Shirlene and Walt met while teaching at Cal Poly. They enjoyed traveling the world and had visited various places in South America, Mexico, Europe, China, and Russia. After retirement, they retired to their dream home in Los Osos, which they designed and built. Shirlene is survived by her parents, Vernon and Althea Soto of Cambria; and brother, Robert Soto. Walt is survived by his sister, Adele Brink of San Diego, Calif.

submitted Jun. 2, 2010 12:11P
Robert E. Maloney

Robert E. Maloney J.D. ’74 passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2013, in Grass Valley, Calif. His battle with cancer is finally over. He was surrounded in love by his family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Bob is survived by his wife, Nina Maloney; daughter Erin Maloney; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Tricia Maloney; grandchildren Janine Petmecky, Jake Petmecky, Katelyn Maloney, Joshua Maloney; and sister Patricia Durie.
Bob was born July 14, 1929, in New York. After high school, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1950 to the end of 1952. He earned his BSEE from University of Texas in 1957 and his MSEE Degree from University of Santa Clara, Calif. in 1969.
Bob worked as an engineer until 1974 in Mountain View, Calif., when he earned his Juris Doctor from University of Santa Clara and started his own law practice, specializing in family law, immigration and small business. Education was a true passion for Bob.
In July 1960, Bob traveled overseas and met the love of his life in Denmark, as he so many times said he brought back his “Great Dane.” Bob and Nina were married Dec. 31, 1960 and spent 53 years together and enjoyed many wonderful adventures and experiences in that time, not to mention a few golf games and even more bridge.
Bob’s greatest sense of joy and pride was his family and friends; he will be missed by so many. Bob will be remembered for his jokes and friendly attitude. He loved reading, crossword puzzles and Sudokos. Bob was a true optimist and was a member of the De Anza Optimist Club for many years.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:23A
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