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GRD Engineering '59
Terrence Shields

Terrence Trainor Shields M.S. '59, age 73, of Red Bluff, California and Beatty, Oregon passed away from complication of ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). Terry was born August 14, 1935 in Sacramento, CA to Robert Shields '24, J.D. '24 and Claire Shields. He attended Serra High School and then Santa Clara. He was in the Naval Air Reserves. After graduating he worked for the Tehama County Road Dept and ranched, a lifelong passion. He married Jessie Lagomarsino February 16, 1962. He began his career with the US Forest Service in Susanville, then Santa Barbara and Redding, CA. His community involvement included membership in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, running The Shields Open benefiting Special Olympics, Mercy High School Board, and Shasta Land Trust Board. He is survived by his wife Jessie, daughters Jessie Flatt, Claire Shields '87 and Tammy Shields, his brother Robert Shields '57 and sister Sally Norton.

submitted Nov. 3, 2010 7:02P
UGRD Engineering '59
Robert J. Machado

Robert J. Machado '59, M.S. '71 passed away on November 17, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Stockton and grew up in Byron, Calif. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the US Navy as a LTJG. He was employed at Lockheed Missiles and Space for 35 years. He enjoyed woodworking and loved fishing. Bob was a strong person, patient man, supportive father and loving husband. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Lois of 45 years, children Mark '88, Scott, Linda, Troy and Laura, brother Clarence, sister Rosemary, daughter in law, Catherine and triplet grandchildren, brother in law, George Fetz and many nieces and nephews. His parents, Manuel and Eva Machado, preceded him in death.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 3:45P
Paul Rooney

Paul Rooney ’59 passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 2, 2011, after an eight-year battle with cancer. His acceptance of his illness and his will to live life to the fullest was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was born April 17, 1937, in Dorchester, Mass., the second son of William and Lillian Broderick Rooney. He grew up on the East Coast and loved to sail as a boy. The family moved to Portland, Ore., when Paul was a senior in high school. After graduating from Columbia Prep., Paul went to Santa Clara University, graduating in 1959. He spent two years in the Army based in Yuma, Ariz. His duties included traveling as a member of the tennis team.

Paul returned to Santa Clara and began a 30-year career with the Santa Clara County Probation Department. He spent many years working with child abuse victims. His expertise made him the "go to guy" for many public health nurses, physicians, and teachers in the area. Paul earned a master's degree in correctional counseling from Chapman College. He taught in the criminal justice departments of the College of the Redwoods and Gavilan College. After retiring, he worked with the Giarretto Institute.

Paul and Molly moved to Chico in 1997. Paul enjoyed life on the tennis courts, sailing his boat in S.F. Bay, golf with his buddies, Chico's bike paths, and traveling the world with Molly and friends. He was an active member of Our Divine Savior Catholic Church, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Knights of Columbus.

Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Molly Rooney '61; son, Sean (Denise) Rooney; daughters, Sheila (Stuart) Murray, and Katie Valenzuela; granddaughters, Kaitlin Rooney and Julia and Liza Murray; brothers, William F. Rooney Jr. and David Rooney.

submitted Jan. 12, 2012 1:46A
UGRD Engineering '59
Nelson Bernard Sorem
Nelson Bernard Sorem ’59 passed away peacefully at his home in Ojai surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the age of 73 after a courageous battle with cancer. Nelson was born on July 9, 1937 in Ventura to his parents Cliff and Mary Sorem. He married Mary Lou Zopfi on Feb. 22, 1975 in Ojai. Nelson grew up in the Foster Park area and later made his home in Ojai. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University in 1959 and his teaching certificate in 1960 from San Jose State University. Nelson taught chemistry, physics and mathematics and coached football and basketball at Villanova Preparatory School for 12 years. He extended his teaching career for another two years at the Ojai Valley School. Many people in Ojai knew Nelson from his two years as co-owner of Papa Romano's (now Boccali's). In 1975 Nelson changed careers and applied his engineering skills when he joined the Senior Canyon Mutual Water Company in Ojai. He went on to become the Manager of Operations and retired in 2005 after 30 years of dedicated service. Nelson always loved travel and new adventures and took many trips with friends and family throughout the world, usually involving his three favorite hobbies: bicycles, Porsche 356s and classic English motorbikes. Through Mary Lou's influence he became an ardent Francophile. A man of many talents and interests, he enjoyed and excelled at pottery, stonework and woodwork. Nelson is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Lou, of Ojai; his stepson, Domlin and his wife; his sister, Judith; and his brother, Joel. Nelson was also the favorite uncle to 13 nieces and nephews including Alexandra M. Riley-Sorem '03 and Andrea E. Riley-Sorem '95. Both his parents and his younger brother Mark Sorem '66 precede him in death.
submitted Apr. 13, 2011 10:01A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '59
Lawrence H. Cook Jr.

Lawrence H. Cook Jr. ’59 died on February 1, 2011. 

submitted Apr. 12, 2011 10:47A
John Ivanovich

John Ivanovich ’59 died on Aug. 26, 2012, at the age of 76, after a lengthy and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a graduate of Watsonville High School (class of 1954) and Santa Clara University (class of 1959). He was a member of the Watsonville Elks Club for more than fifty years, held membership in the Watsonville Knights of Columbus Council 958, and served as a past president of the Slavic-American Benevolent Society. He practiced locally as a public accountant until 1972, when he joined the partnership of the W.L. Jefsen Company in Watsonville, where he worked until shortly before his death.

John leaves his wife of nearly 48 years, Gayle Huff Ivanovich; his son, Louis ’87, and daughter-in-law Geneva Simone Ivanovich; his daughter, Elizabeth Ivanovich; his sister, Katherine Ivanovich, and his granddaughters, Francesca and Katarina Ivanovich, all of Watsonville. John was preceded in death by his father, Louis Ivanovich, and his mother, Klare Ivanovich, both of Watsonville.

submitted Aug. 31, 2012 3:24P
GRD Law '59
John Forrest Cronin

John Forrest Cronin '53, J.D. '58, of San Clemente died on April 18, 2010. John was a graduate of Loyola High School and Santa Clara University and Santa Clara Law School. He served with distinction as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, California for 31 years. John lived his life with passion and grace. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elisa; his children, Tina (Ted) Strickland-Wallace, Karen Cronin and John Patrick (Judy) Cronin; and his grandchildren, Michael Mulcahy, Daniel Mejdrich, Kellie Mejdrich, Kayleigh Strickland, Bobby Strickland and Maggie Cronin.

submitted May. 13, 2010 1:55P
John "Jack" Gaddis

John "Jack" Gaddis ’59 was a resident of Lincoln. Born January 22, 1937 in Winchester, Mass., passed away peacefully at age 75 on July 29, 2012 with his family by his side. Jack leaves behind his wife Pat of 41 years, a daughter Jennifer Haas, her husband Chris, a son Tim Gaddis, his wife Caroline, a sister Betty Remstedt, her husband Walt and a brother Jim Gaddis, his wife Jaci and 12 brothers and sisters in law and numerous nieces and nephews. He was deeply devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren Nick and Jack Haas and Andrew and Patrick Gaddis.  He was raised in San Mateo, attended Serra High School, a graduate of Santa Clara University as a civil engineer and a longtime resident of Los Gatos, finally retiring to Lincoln Hills in 2001. After serving 20 years in the United States Marine Corp, retired as Lt Colonel in 1978. He had a zest for life, loved to travel and enjoyed attending to all his grandchildrens' activities, 49er games and playing golf. His humor and caring touch will be missed. 

submitted Sep. 6, 2012 12:34P
UGRD Engineering '59
Jerald T. Hamma

Jared T. Hamma '59 on November 9, 2009.

submitted Aug. 4, 2009 12:28P
UGRD Engineering '59
James Hamilton Kerins '58

James Hamilton Kerins '58 died July 1, 2009. Member of the Engineering Alumni Board at Santa Clara University. Judge of student engineering projects. Jim to was born March 2, 1937; Irish Baptized Catholic, Raised in Sacramento, Calif. Husband of Marcia Hutto Kerins. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2009. Father of Jim, Kevin, and Elizabeth. Brother of Pat and brother of Betsy. Grandfather of Matthew, Andrew, Steven, Jeffrey, and Jared. Father-in-law of Kirk and Danette. Brother-in-law to Bob, Bernie, and Ellen, and Hugh. Neighbor, friend, volunteer, helper. Scholar: Graduate of the Sacramento Christian Brothers High School; Santa Clara University, where he was the top graduate of his engineering class, and Engineering Society President. At Stanford University he earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering He was an Army Officer, Air Defense Artillery, Ft.Bliss, Texas; 1st Lieutenant US Army Reserve Microwave Design Engineer at Varian Associate and Alfred Electronics. IC Design Engineer and Manager American Microsystems Inc. Pioneer Design Engineer in the Integrated Circuit Industry with design credits for custom circuits for watches, calculators, timing devices, and automotive ignition and engine control systems. Engineer, Sr. Engineering Manager, Director General of Intels Design Center in Paris France. Catholic Gentleman. Attended almost daily Mass and was a communicant at this parish. He was a longtime active member of the Cursillo movement and a regular with the Bagel Bunch. Member of the Engineering Alumni Board at Santa Clara University. Judge of student engineering projects.

submitted Sep. 8, 2009 7:32P
James Freeman Gill

James Freeman Gill ’59, a resident of Carmel, passed away at his home in Carmel, Calif. on Oct. 26, 2012. He was 74 years old. Jim was born January 6, 1938 in San Jose, California and spent his high school years at Bellermine College Preparatory. He took his career studies at Santa Clara University on a full baseball scholarship. Jim was a respected and successful businessman who owned and operated Muller Printing Company for over 35 years. He excelled at being both a leader and mentor and will always be remembered as someone who treated all his employees like they were family. So that Jim could spend more time with his wife, family, and friends, he allowed himself a well-deserved retirement in 2003. If Jim was not deeply immersed in one of his many building projects, he almost certainly could either be found enjoying the summers at his vacation house in Lake Tahoe, watching 49ers football, or quietly spending time watching the sunsets with Jana on Carmel beach. Jim was a man of faith, and he will be remembered for his generosity, his respect for others and his dry sense of humor. Jim is survived by his wife Jana Gill, son Christopher Gill, daughters Christy Pappas, Demi Pappas, and Katie Pappas, son Jim Gill Jr., granddaughters Samantha and Delaney Gill, and sister Jenny Braz. 

submitted Nov. 28, 2012 9:06P
GRD Law '59
Harold Tyvoll

Harold "Ty" Tyvoll J.D. '59, a retired San Diego attorney, passed away on July 7, 2011.

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 2:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '59
Harold "Hal" Petroni

Harold "Hal" Petroni ’59 on Dec. 23, 2010. Born and raised in South San Francisco, Hal passed away after a long illness. His wife, Lynda, of 46 years; his three sons, Kenneth, Thomas and Mark ’09; his daughter-in-laws, Molly, Rona and Brenda; nine grandchildren, and his sister, Jeanette Acosta, survive him. He grew up in South San Francisco and attended El Camino High School where he earned an All-American title in baseball. He went on to play baseball in college and earned a degree in Economics from Santa Clara University. After graduation in 1959, he served three years in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and served an additional five years in the Army Reserve. Hal worked for AT&T for 31 years and after retirement, worked for ADP for an additional ten years. Above all else he will be remembered as a family man who had an immense love for baseball, hunting and gardening. He coached for 31 years at Westside Little League in Santa Clara where he shared his excitement for the game and inspired many.

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 3:08P
GRD Law '59
Gregory Jerome Miller

Gregory Jerome Miller ’56, J.D. ’59 was born May 18, 1934, and died Oct. 17, 2012. Gregory was the second son born to William Charles Miller and Angeline Ann Miller in Yountville, California. His family moved to Santa Clara, California where he attended Bellermine College Preparatory and took his career studies at Santa Clara University. He studied Civil Engineering and Law, graduating in 1959 with a Doctorate in Juris Law. He was self employed as an Attorney in San Jose, California. Gregory married Maria T. Hendricks on December 2, 1961 and together they raised 3 children. In 2004 Gregory and Maria moved to Florida. Gregory is survived by his wife of 50 years, children Brian (Shellie), Kristin Loggins (Dean) and Jennifer Damm (Jonathan), brothers William '60 (Claire), Cyr (Mary), Rory (Kristin), Reuel, 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

submitted Nov. 16, 2012 9:15A
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