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Julian Mikeö Trescony ’52 passed away peacefully on March 15 at Rancho San Lucas, where he lived and worked his entire life. He was born on November 22, 1929, the son of Julius 1909 and Marie Trescony. He represented the fourth generation of the Trescony family to ranch land that is part of an original Spanish grant. Mike attended San Lucas Elementary School, King City High School, and graduated with a degree in business from Santa Clara University. He was stationed at the Presidio during two years of military service. He managed Rancho San Lucas through the transition from a cattle and dryland barley ranch to an irrigated row crop operation, oversaw the sale and development of a portion of the property as the Lockwood vineyard, and continued to actively maintain and improve the ranch up to his death. Mike was engaged in the civic life of southern Monterey County in many ways over the years, serving on the Water Board during the development of lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio, on the Salinas Valley Fair Board during the expansion of the fairgrounds, on the San Lucas Elementary School Board, and on various committees involved in fund raising at Mission San Antonio, where he was married in 1952. For several years Mike split his time between the ranch and Beaverton, Ore., so that he could be an active participant in the lives of his three grandchildren. Always interested in local, national and world events and in meeting, talking to, and understanding new people, Mike travelled with his family to the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Sweden and Mexico. He was apt to return from his trips with a representative miniature - usually an animal - to add to his collection. His genuine interest in people and ideas allowed him to connect easily and deeply with all ages and personalities. He was a generous host, an engaging conversationalist, an eclectic reader, partial to open landscapes and country ballads, a true friend, a loving son, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and a gentle, passionate, romantic spirit that enriched the lives of many. He will be sorely missed by his family: son Michael Trescony, daughter Juliane Trescony Stevens, son-in-law Curt Stevens, grandchildren Heather, Sean and Bret Stevens, their spouses, Jim Nickovich, Kelly Stevens, and Sarah Stevens, and great grandchildren Walden and Ellery Stevens-Nickovich, and Donovan Stevens.
Joseph Manuel Cambra '52 on Feb. 18, 2010. He was 83 years old. Born and raised in Santa Clara, Joe attended Santa Clara High, and graduated from Santa Clara University with a BSEE. During WWII, Joe was awarded the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific-1 Star, Philippine Liberation-1 Star, and the Good Conduct Medal. In 1951, Joe married the love of his life, Ann Archibeque, and together they raised a family of six. Joe and Ann were happily married for 58 years. Joe enjoyed a long career at NASA Ames Research Center, where he headed the design and procurement of computer systems for the 40- by 80-foot wind tunnel, and was acknowledged for his efforts in the success of Space Shuttle Columbia. In 1981, Joe and Ann retired to Red Bluff. Joe was active in Saint Justin's Church in Santa Clara and Sacred Heart in Red Bluff, as a member of the Stablemates, the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and the Men of Sacred Heart. Joe was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Always ready with a helping hand for others, Joe designed and helped build houses for family and neighbors, and he built and gave away many computers. Joe enjoyed carving religious figures, writing poetry, was an avid photographer, and loved fishing and camping with Ann. Joe was preceded in death by his eldest son, Joseph Anthony Cambra. He is survived by his wife, Ann, son James, daughters Anna Genetiano, Arlene Diebolt and Marie Montoya, and foster son Ronald Lopez, and by his sister Rose Marie Kent, brother Frank Nobriga, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He blessed our hearts and we will truly miss him. A rosary and Mass in celebration of Joe's life was held at St. Justin's Church in Santa Clara on Feb. 25, 2010.
John Phillip Aughnay '52 of Bremerton, Wash., on May 8, 2010. Phil was born May 1, 1930, in Seattle, Wash., to Leo and Minnie (Jager) Aughnay. Phil graduated from Seattle Preparatory High School in Seattle and attended Santa Clara University and Seattle University, majoring in business and graphic design. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1953-57 and was stationed in San Diego and Manila, Philippine Islands. Phil was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Teamsters #589, Elks USA, Washington Athletic Club, Kitsap Golf and Country Club, Chamber of Commerce, Composite Squadron 61, SCU Alumni Association, and numerous other organizations. His personal interests included theatre production, the entertainment industry, avid reading, horse racing, and relaxing poolside with a Pepsi. Phil joined Bremerton Bottling Co., Inc. in 1955 as the seventh employee, and following in his father's footsteps, become president in 1976. During his reign, the product line and packaging continued to expand, and in 1983 in-house production was stopped and with eight northwest franchise bottlers a co-op called Columbia Beverage Company was formed in Olympia, Wash. After retiring in 1995, Phil continued in an advisory capacity as chairman of the board, handing over the reins to his daughter Carole, until his illness in 2009. Phil is survived by: daughters Anita Carole (Brad) Dawson of Poulsbo, Wash., Alison Aughnay of Grapevine, Texas, and Monica M. Campbell of Enumclaw, Wash.; granddaughters Michelle R. (Patrick) Patton, Calli L. and Riley M. Campbell; and great-grandchildren Amelia and Morris Patton. Phil was preceded in death by wife, Rosann D. Aughnay in 1989, wife Mary Lou Aughnay in 1993, and son C. Martin Aughnay in 2005.
John Edward Dustin ’52 passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Poulsbo surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 23, 1929, in Fairbanks, Alaska but grew up in Seattle. The former Seattle Prep student body president graduated from University of Santa Clara and served in the Army before working for GMAC in finance until retirement.
John Dennis Sullivan '52 (aka Dennis), born November 21, 1928, died August 4, 2010 from complications due to dementia. He was 81. Born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., Dennis attended St. Joseph's Presentation Academy Grade School and graduated from St. Mary's High School, where he was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. Serving in the Army prior to the Korean War, he was the self-appointed the Mayor of Pusan. A multi-sport athlete, Dennis received a football scholarship Santa Clara University, where he graduated in 1952. Dennis then attended the University of California Berkeley where he graduated with a masters degree in economics. He received his law degree from Lincoln University in San Francisco in 1965, worked for Apex as a union representative before practicing law from 1966 to 1997 for the State of California's highway division. It was in his San Francisco office where he met his beloved wife of 23 years, Denise. Dennis was an outgoing spirit who enjoyed traveling to various places around the world and would not pass up an adventure like running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, exploring the jungles of New Guinea, and rafting down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Dennis was a family man and devoted Catholic who attended church faithfully at St. Catherine's in Burlingame and St. Matthew's in San Mateo. He volunteered his services at the San Mateo Public Library Adult Literacy program teaching adults to read and write. He was a gentle, funny, and wonderfully colorful man who will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. He is survived by his loving wife Denise of San Mateo, devoted daughters Lisa Morgan of Sacramento, Mimi Sullivan of Oakland, Shannon Sullivan of San Mateo, cherished granddaughter Sierra Morgan of Sacramento, loyal brother Dan Sullivan of Sacramento, and caring sons-in-law Koji Saida of Oakland and Scott Morgan of Sacramento. He was never one to miss a celebration.
Dr. John A. Anderson ’52 passed away on, Feb. 17, 2013 at the age of 82 from complications associated with Alzheizmer's. Dr. Anderson treated hundreds of people on the Monterey Peninsula from 1960 to 2002, including the sisters at the Santa Catalina School and the Carmelite Monastery, and the sisters and retired priests at the Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital. He was a graduate of Pacific Grove High School, attended Santa Clara University, and received his M.D. from St. Louis University Medical School. He was a rare doctor who made house calls throughout his career, and was a respected physician who worked in the practice of Waligora Medical Group. He also served as chief of staff at Community Hospital. An avid fisherman who loved the sea, Dr. Anderson would frequently take his boat out for salmon off the coast of Monterey. He would commonly share his catch with friends and family. Dr. Anderson and his wife, Sylvia, married for 59 years, were residents of Park Lane and former owners of the "Book End" in Monterey. He is survived by his wife and six children, John of Albuquerque, NM, Susan Colburn of Laguna Beach, CA, Genevieve Bergez of Salinas, Anne McCormack of Washington, D.C., Paul of Boise, ID, and Alice Mienkowski of Toronto, Canada; 19 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He leaves behind his bereaved and adoring family and a kinder world thanks to his being part of it.
James William Daly ’52 died on June 10, 2013. He was 82 years old. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, Stockton, Calif., and attended Santa Clara University before graduating in 1955 from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He joined the United States Air Force and served as a flight surgeon before completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wilford Hall Hospital, Lackland AFB. A medical pioneer, in 1964 Dr. Daly completed a fellowship in gynecological oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, becoming the first gynecological oncologist in the United States military. He resigned his commission in 1968 to take a position teaching medicine at the University of Florida, pioneering cancer treatment and gynecological surgery. He later chaired the departments of obstetrics and gynecology at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., and the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., before retiring in 1996. He waged an eighteen-year battle against Parkinson's, but ultimately succumbed. He strove always to do his best and cultivate the best in his subordinates and students, while compassionately understanding human weakness and failings. His dry wit was legendary. And his wonder of the beauty and sanctity of life had no bounds. We will miss him. He is survived by his wife of almost sixty years, Geraldine Jane Callaghan Daly; three children: Daniel Francis, Timothy Patrick, Rebecca Ann Daly Anzevino; and grandchildren: Christine Marie Anzevino Fischer, Jessica Jane Anzevino Holland, James Patrick Daly, Andrew Douglas Warner, and Jacob Warner Daly.
James Dennis O'Brien ’52 passed away on Oct. 25, 2012. He was a longtime resident of Santa Clara. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Connie, daughters, Margaret Whalen(Jeff), Mary Levy, Melissa Callens (Jim), Anne Silveira(Tim) and sons, Michael (Georgette) and James (Michele). Jim was an adoring Papa to 12 grandchildren. Jim was born May 21, 1930, in San Jose. He was a graduate of Bellarmine College Prep and Santa Clara University. After retiring from PGE he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and visiting and vacationing with his family at Lake Tahoe. He was a dedicated member of the Serra Club and long time parishioner and volunteer at Saint Clare Parish in Santa Clara. Jim is remembered for his love and devotion to his wife of 58 years and to his family. He was a man of integrity who left a lasting legacy of wisdom, faith and compassion.
Harry Burton Strickler, '52, of Colusa died Nov. 6, 2004, at 74 in Colusa Regional Medical Center. Born in Colusa, he was a lifelong Mid-Valley resident. He worked as a title and escrow officer for Western and Colonial title companies for more than 45 years. A 1948 graduate of Colusa High School, he attended Yuba College and received a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University. He played the saxophone in several jazz bands, was past director of the Colusa Golf and Country Club, and a former member of the Colusa Lions and Rotary clubs. In addition, he was a member of the Stagehands, the Redskins Boosters and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Survivors include three daughters, Liz Hansen of Colusa, Marilyn Benoit of Woodland and Sharon Holbrook of Chicago, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Gerald Passadori '52 passed away on December 10, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jerry, the only child of Louis and Rose Passadori, was born on February 8, 1931 in Merced, Calif. Jerry, a longtime local businessman, grew up in Atwater, Calif. and attended local schools. He graduated with a business degree. Immediately after college graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and attended Officer Cadet School where he trained as a tactical officer. He graduated OCS as a second Lieutenant stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. Jerry left the Army and return home to work alongside his parents, Louis and Rose, in the family business, Passadori's in downtown Atwater. Jerry married Camilla Key in 1953. They had three sons: Jim '77, Steve, and Richard. Jerry was active in the Atwater/Merced community for many years. He was a member of the Atwater Rotary Club, Atwater Chamber of Commerce serving as president for one term, and the Merced Golf and Country Club also serving as president for one term. He served on the Castle Air Force Base Community Council and was instrumental in bringing the Castle Air Museum to the area. Jerry also served on the Board of Regents for his alma mater, Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He was a director for the Bay Cities Wholesale Hardware Company in Burlingame, Calif. making many early morning trips to attend board meetings. When Jerry wasn't working at the store, his favorite pastimes were spending time with his family, golfing, and gardening. He cherished the good times with his many dear friends playing bridge, golfing, and vacationing in Hawaii, Europe, and the Santa Cruz area. Jerry will be fondly remembered for his dedication to the family business, his undying loyalty and love for his parents Louie and Rose, his generosity and love for his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, his desire to help others especially his customers at the store, and his enthusiasm to share what he grew in his garden. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Rose Passadori, and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Camilla Passadori, sons Jim (Debi), Steve (Lily), Richard, and grandchildren Ryan and Diana Passadori '03, J.D. '06. He is also survived by numerous cousins.
George J. McGaffigan ’52, born July 16, 1930, was a prominent real estate broker. He died Oct. 13 in Newport Beach. He was 82. He was born in Spokane, Washington, to George and Ysobel McGaffigan, and raised in Redwood City, CA. George attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Grade School, and Sequoia Union High School. He was a graduate of the Santa Clara University, College of Business, where he received his B.S. degree in Commerce. He is survived by his wife and business partner of 23 years, Maxine Montgomery-McGaffigan; son, Thomas Haynes McGaffigan of Saratoga, CA; Granddaughter, Megan Kelly McGaffigan, Grandson, Owen Thomas McGaffigan of Saratoga, CA; and sister, Patricia Ann McGaffigan of Milwaukie, OR. His daughter, Nancy McGaffigan Loftin, died in 1997.
Edwin M. McMahon '52 May 28, 1930 - Dec. 6, 2013 The Rev. Edwin M. McMahon died Dec. 6 at his home in Sonora. He was 83. Mr. McMahon was born in Sonora to Anna Mae and Edwin Fremont McMahon. His father was a superintendent of the Mary Harrison and other gold mines in the Sonora area. Mr. McMahon graduated from Sonora High School in the late 1940s. He attended Santa Clara University before entering the Jesuit order in 1953. He earned a master's degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Washington and a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Ottawa in Canada in the early 1970s. Mr. McMahon founded the Institute for BioSpiritual Research with Pete Campbell in the 1970s. He was interested in researching the psychology of religion and creating workshop formats for integrating psychological studies into programs for pastoral care. They co-authored several books and offered workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland and the Czech Republic. He and his colleague lived in Greeley Hill for a number of years before settling in Sonora eight years ago. Mr. McMahon was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his companion and colleague of 60 years, Pete Campbell M.A. ’66, of Sonora; his sisters, Sally Ann Quaglino, of Morro Bay, and Judith Shimer, of Sonora.
RyaEdward J. Chavez ’52, a beloved Marin County high school coach and revered patriarch of a legendary basketball family, died Sept. 10 at his home in Ross. He was 84.
Edmund H. Shea, Jr. '52, an entrepreneur and pioneering venture capital investor who led one of the nation's top tunneling companies and co-founded Shea Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country, died Aug. 13 at his San Marino home. He was 80. The cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis. During the 1960s, Mr. Shea pioneered venture investing and provided early stage capital for Hambrecht & Quist, which became a prominent technology investment banking firm based in San Francisco. Over the next 40 years, Mr. Shea made early investments in hundreds of start up companies -- including Activision, Adobe, Altera Corporation, Brocade, Compaq Computer, Genentech, Affymax, America West Airlines, AES Corporation, and Peet's Coffee & Tea. Fabrinet, a company that he funded in 2000, successfully completed its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange last month. Trained as an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Shea did not fit the stereotype of a venture capitalist. He invested only his own and his family's capital and so could be a particularly flexible and patient investor. He usually explored Silicon Valley solo, lugging a canvas bag stuffed with papers to meet entrepreneurs one-on-one and quiz them gently about their ideas and business plans. "Although Ed personally directed a very large venture capital investment portfolio, he did it without the usual cadre of MBA underlings," said William Brody, President of the Salk Institute in La Jolla California, president emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and formerly CEO of Resonex, a venture startup. "He did his own due diligence and formed his own judgments." Mr. Shea often said he "invested in people, before technology." As Bill Hambrecht, co-founder of Hambrecht & Quist noted: "He never ignored the human element in any decision, and was always willing to take a chance on people with character." Mr. Shea's relationship with Robert A. Kotick, who engineered the turnaround of Activision, the electronic games company, typified his investing style. Although he appreciated Activision's business plan, he was convinced Mr. Kotick and his partner Brian Kelly had the character and ability to make Activision successful. "When I called him on the phone the day of the closing, he called out to his assistant to pick up the phone, then he said, 'I have to pick up the dry cleaning, then I need to go to the dog groomer and get the dog and, oh, can you wire Bobby Kotick a million and a half dollars,'" Mr. Kotick said. "I'm not sure I was even first on his list that day." The investment was very successful, as Activision grew into an electronic games giant with a $13-billion market capitalization. He remained close to both young entrepreneurs. "He was one of my mentors," Mr. Kotick added. Mr. Shea had a long relationship with Hambrecht & Quist and served as a director until shortly before it was acquired by Chase Bank in 1998. Mr. Hambrecht said, "Ed was a great partner of mine in every sense of the word, for over 42 years. He listened with an open mind to almost any idea, but kept a sense of discipline and business judgment that so often became the 'ballast' in our decision process." In 1958, together with his cousin John F. Shea and his brother Peter O. Shea, Mr. Shea formed J. F. Shea Co., Inc. as a successor to their family's construction business, which their grandfather had begun in 1881 as a plumbing contractor in Portland. The predecessor Shea companies had principal roles in the construction of iconic American public works like the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay Bridges. During the 1960s and 1970s Mr. Shea personally managed some of J. F. Shea Co.'s most significant construction work, building tunnels—including the Berkeley Hills tunnel—and underground stations for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District and the Washington D.C. Metro systems. J. F. Shea Construction remains among the country's premier underground contractors. Its active public works projects include two major subway jobs in New York City: the extension of the No. 7 line from Times Square to the Javits Center and the Second Avenue subway. Last year, it completed the last segment of Metropolitan Water District's Inland Feeder Project, a tunnel through the San Bernardino mountains. During the late 1960s J. F. Shea began a homebuilding business that became Shea Homes in 1974. Since its inception, Shea Homes has built and sold more than 85,000 homes in California, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Florida. Builder magazine in 2008 ranked Shea Homes as the largest for-profit private homebuilder in the United States. The Shea family also owns and operates Shea Properties, which develops, owns and manages commercial real estate including shopping centers, apartments and office buildings in Colorado, Arizona and California. Edmund Hill Shea, Jr. was born August 15, 1929 in Portland, Oregon. In his early years, he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where his father supervised the construction work on the piers for the Golden Gate Bridge. In 1935, his family returned to Los Angeles. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1947. After a year in the Jesuit Novitiate and then at Santa Clara University, he enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1952. He served in the United States Air Force for two years, which included a stint in electrical school. He later credited that experience for giving him the education he needed to appreciate the value of the integrated circuit and other technological innovations that he invested in beginning in the 1970s. Mr. Shea began work in the construction business in the early 1950s on several reservoir jobs in Southern California in partnership with his cousin John. They moved on to the Hills Creek Diversion tunnel in Oregon and then to the Clear Creek Tunnel, a nine mile tunnel in Northern California that brought water from the Trinity River through mountains to the Whiskeytown Power Plant and reservoir. After the completion of the Clear Creek Tunnel, they began operating their generation's version of J. F. Shea Co., with his brother Peter Shea. He actively supported all levels of Catholic education from inner-city Catholic elementary schools to the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He insisted most of his philanthropy remain private since he subscribed to the view that gifts wouldn't qualify as charity if anyone knew about them. He served on boards for Loyola Marymount University and Loyola High School, both in Los Angeles, the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California and Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena. In 2001, the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Shea, his brother, and his cousin for "their strong business ethics, leadership, and long-term contributions to the construction, real estate, and property management industries." In 2003, Loyola High School awarded him its Cahalan Award for his outstanding achievements and for remaining true to the Ignatian ideals. Mr. Shea is survived by his brothers Peter of Newport Beach, and Henry of Stockton, CA and by his sisters Margaret Deneher of Newport Beach, and Mary Elizabeth Callaghan of Los Angeles, by Mary Shea, his wife of 52 years; by six children: Colleen Morrissey of Pacific Palisades; Edmund H. Shea III of Charlotte, NC; Mary McConnell of Pasadena; Kathleen High of San Marino; Timothy T. Shea of Santa Barbara; Ellen Dietrick of Newport Beach; and by 14 grandchildren. His daughter Maureen predeceased him in 1985.
Dallas David Brock Jr. '52 on Nov. 29, 2008. A native of San Francisco, he played basketball at SCU 1950-1952 and went to the NCAA final Four with the team. He was nicknamed "the Glove" for relentlessly sticking to opponents. He later graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School, served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, practiced law with George Moscone briefly, and was a patron of the arts. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; and his three children.
Charles David Bartell Jr. ’52, of Citrus Heights, Cali., passed away Thursday Sept. 22, 2011, in his home. He was born March 13, 1929 in San Francisco, the son of Charles and Helen Bartell. He served in the U.S. Army, was an Eagle Scout, a Mason, and a Shriner. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering while also playing on the basketball team. He retired from the State of California as Chief of Division of Traffic Engineering for Caltrans. Chuck enjoyed fishing, basketball, playing golf and tennis. Survivors include a son, Charles (Elaine) Bartell of Pleasant Hill, Cali.; two daughters, Susan (Larry) Ford of Denver, Colo. and Elizabeth (Roger) Horn of Owensboro; five grandchildren, Nicole Bartell, Ryan Bartell, Matthew Horn, Sarah Beth Horn, and April (Loren) Yonts; and two great-grandchildren, Valerie and Mason Yonts.
Dr. Carroll Arden Heffernan Jr. ’52, former Nev. resident, 82, passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2014 at his home in Carson City, Nev. Arden was born May 12, 1931 in Reno, Nev. to Wanoma and Carroll Heffernan Sr. He met Kay Howeth, at Porterville High School. After their graduation they married and started a family. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University and UOP Dental School in San Francisco. He was a dentist and Colonel in the California National Guard while at the same time working in private practice in San Jose, Calif. The family moved to Southern California in 1963. He obtained an orthodontic degree at USC and subsequently maintained an orthodontic practice in Torrance, Calif. retiring in the late '80s. Arden then moved back to the state of his birth, and at age 76 reinstated his Orthodontic License and started working again. He was employed with "Western Dental" for three years, travelling and practicing at various offices throughout Calif. before retiring a second time. Arden could accomplish anything he set his mind to. At age of 15 he made a dark room and taught himself photography and was a very talented amateur photographer. But, his number one passion was flying airplanes. He became a private pilot in the 1950s. He was a member of LIGA in the '70s, a charitable organization of flying doctors, and flew to Mexico on many occasions donating his time and dental expertise. He was a respected flight instructor who mentored many young pilots. He continued to stay connected with aviation until his passing, serving as "Wing Commander" with the Northern Nevada Civil Air Patrol and an honored member of the "QB"s. Carroll Arden Heffernan, Jr. is survived by his brother, Patrick; children, Lynn, Lori, Stacey and Kasey; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He has "Gone West And Is Now Flying With God." He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Bob Monroe ’53 died March 24, 2012, at his home in Highland, Calif., after a two-year bout with cancer. He was 80. Bob was born April 7, 1931, in Los Angeles and moved to Glendora, Calif., as a young child. He began his lifelong business career as a college student, buying a small grocery store in the "Veterans' Village" section of the Santa Clara University campus that catered to the returning World War II veterans that made up a large part of the Santa Clara student body in the early 1950s. The ROTC student graduated in 1953 and joined the U.S. Army shortly thereafter. During his stint, he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany, among other Army bases. He achieved the rank of first lieutenant before being discharged honorably in 1956. In 1954, he married Mary Theresa Cavanaugh of Lodi, Calif., and upon his discharge from the Army they settled first in San Mateo and he began his career with Mobil Oil Corp. After frequent relocations, he and his family settled in Upland, Calif., in 1969. He launched an auto parts distribution business called Century TBA in San Bernardino, Calif. where he worked until his retirement in 1992. In retirement, he traveled frequently and was active in St. Adelaide's Church in Highland, Calif. Monroe is preceded in death by first wife Mary Theresa Monroe. He is survived by wife Lois Longo Monroe of Highland, Calif.; sister Mary Helen Monroe of San Bruno, Calif.; brother Joseph Monroe of Napa, Calif.; sons Michael Monroe ’78, Daniel Monroe, Patrick Monroe, and Robert Monroe; 11 grandchildren, including Danny Monroe ’12; and four great-grandchildren. Throughout his life, Bob always remained a dedicated alumnus and was excited to see both his son Mike Monroe and grandson Danny Monroe follow in his footsteps and become Santa Clara Broncos.
Bob Koester '52 passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 of kidney and heart failure just a week before his 86th birthday. He lived an active life racing bicycles, deep sea fishing, snow skiing, and flying aircraft. Bob was born in Pasadena to Louis and Anna Koester in 1928. and attended St. Elizabeth Elementary Catholic School, Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, and graduated from Pasadena Junior College High School Division in 1946. He won a football scholarship to Santa Clara University, but lost it his second year due to injuries. He worked and attended semesters alternately until he graduated in 1952 with a major in history. At this time the air force was on campus recruiting for enlistees into the pilot training program. He immediately signed up and went into the service. He went directly into the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and completed F-89 training as 1st Lieutenant before being sent to Iceland for 2 years. He was assigned to a jet fighter interceptor squadron to patrol the North Atlantic and keep "enemy" Russian airplanes from invading our borders. He was later assigned to Presque Isle Air Force Base, Maine. From Maine he participated in "Operation High Flight" which was ferrying single engine jets to Europe. He delivered them to England and Germany for final destination to Pakistan. While there, he enjoyed the sights of London and skiing in Germany. In 1956 the airlines were in need of qualified pilots, particularly with military experience. He had a choice of many major airlines, but went with United Air Lines. He was discharged in the spring, but elected to delay assignment with United so he could play football that summer and fall with a pick-up group in Pasadena. He hired on with United in January 1957. At United Air Lines Pilot Training School he met his wife, Frieda Eitzen, who worked for the Flight Instructors. They began courting in March 1957 and were married July 1957. His first assignment with United was in Newark, NJ, but as soon as something opened up on the west coast, the two headed for Los Angeles. They bought their first home in Rossmoor. After 18 years they bought a home in Huntington Beach and made it their permanent home. In his early forties he took up cycling because his knees couldn't take jogging anymore. He became hooked on bicycle racing and trained up to 300 miles a week on weekly Sunday rides with fellow cyclists. This led to bicycle trips with other bicycle zealots to New Zealand, Italy, Germany, New England, Oregon, California Coastal rides and several Century rides. It also led to competitions in the Senior Olympics - he won in 1974. While employed with United he and his wife travelled frequently. They explored Ireland, England, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Austria, the Rhine River, Panama Canal, South America, Alaska, Australia, and many parts of the US. He loved snow skiing and hit almost all of the mountains with ski lifts in the US. He also loved deep sea fishing and brought home many pounds of tuna and yellowtail. He volunteered with the 1984 Olympics as an assistant with the cycling events. He took that expertise to the Orange County Performing Arts as Chairman of the Triathalon. He was chairman of Flying Dutchman, a fund raising group, and president of the Wanderlust Ski Club. He attended many of the opera and organ concerts at Segerstrom Center. He had a deep love for classical music and was an avid book reader which filled all the bookcases and walls of the house. He spent many weeks in the summer with the family in Hawaii at a second home. He was a natural on the beach reading a book, body surfing, snorkeling, and having a beer. He even enjoyed the thrill of a catamaran or hanging ten on a surfboard in his younger days as a member of the San Onofre Surfing Club. He enjoyed talking about all of his experiences on the bicycle or skis and reliving events with friends. He leaves behind his wife, Frieda, son Steve, daughter-in-law Yanira, daughter Karen Starich, son-in-law Chris, and son Brian, daughter-in-law Laura, along with seven grandchildren: Jessica Hobbs, Kayla, Ivy, Dexter, and Ella Koester, Nicholas, and Alexa Starich. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Cross and brother, Bill Koester and many nieces and nephews.
Benjamin Rhodes Moran Jr. ’52 died on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in Placerville, Calif., at the age of 82. He was the son of Benjamin Rhodes Moran Sr. and Madeline Rose Moran and the brother of Richard Lewis Moran. Ben grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where he attended Burbank and Van Nuys public schools. He received an athletic scholarship from Santa Clara University, where he earned his degree. In 1951 he married Gwen and they were married for 59-and-a-half years. Along with Gwen, Ben is survived by his son Ben (Lori) and daughter Julie Hanks (Kip). There are four grandchildren: Aaron, Greta, Gabe and Alice. He was preceded in death by his son Dana and daughter Susan. One of Ben’s proudest moments was playing in the 1950 Orange Bowl game (Santa Clara vs. Kentucky) in which Santa Clara won. In 1952 he played on the World Champion Softball team in Fellows, Calif. After college he worked for the Texas Oil Co. in Bakersfield-Taft area. He and Gwen moved to Mt. Aukum in 1955 to live on the Moran Ranch. He worked for Westel-Oviatt Lumber Co. in Omo Ranch before becoming teacher-principal at Indian Diggings School in Omo Ranch for 34 years. He went on to work for the El Dorado County Office of Education as a consultant and supervisor of the extended day school program for three-and-a-half years. Ben worked two summers as a deputy for the El Dorado County Sheriff Department. He also served on the El Dorado County Grand Jury as well as being a member of the Education, Grange, Cattlemen and Riflemen Associations. He served as a hunter safety instructor and put on an annual Mr. Aukum Turkey School for years. Cattle ranching was an ongoing passion as well. In his later years, Ben battled against Parkinson’s disease up until his death. But he continued to hunt and play golf until he couldn’t walk. By Ben and Gwen’s request there was not a public service. Both want their ashes scattered together on the Moran Ranch in time to come.
William “Bill” Kelly ’53 died on October 14, 2010.
William 'Bill' Risko '53 died Oct. 14, 2009. Resident of Campbell and Santa Clara County for 60 years. Bill was born in Hurley, Wisc., in 1927, the eldest of six children. He came west after serving in the United States Marines in 1954. He attended the University of Santa Clara and played football for the Broncos where he became a lifelong member of the Bronco Bench Foundation. He played with the San Francisco 49ers and played semi-pro with various teams in the area. He married his wife JoAnn in 1955 and enjoyed many happy times during their 53 years of marriage until her death in 2008. Bill was an investigator for the District Attorney's office until his retirement in 1983. He was a long time member of the YMCA where he could be found each lunch hour playing handball or racquetball with friends. Bill enjoyed traveling, barbequing and working in his yard. He is survived by daughter Patti (Tom) Lovely, Dan (Nancy) Risko and Steve (Robin) Risko of San Jose. Grandchildren surviving him are Adam, Andreal, Anthony, Gina, Sean, Robert and Matthew. A celebration of his life will be held at the American Legion Hall #419, 958 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara on Nov. 9th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the Bronco Bench foundation, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053