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Susan Toquinto writes: "Please be advised that my husband, Robert Toquinto ’52, died last December 2011. It was a very, very sad passing. Please let his teammates know. Orange Bowl 1949."
Robert "Bob" Franceschini Sr. ’52 March 7, 1930 - February 12, 2013.
Beloved father, grandfather, business and community leader. Bob was most often characterized as generous and gregarious. His charm, welcoming nature, and smile were legendary. He had a keen sense of style and always "dressed to the nines." See's candy and fine wines were often in his hands when he made visits to friends and colleagues. Bob's family was his true passion and he treasured family dinners and vacations, especially those at Lake Tahoe, which was his favorite place to summer. Bob and his late wife, Nadine, derived much happiness from their active and dynamic social life. A few years ago they were honored as co-recipients of the Sons of Italy Western Foundation HumanitarianoftheYearAward. Born in Palo Alto, CA Bob graduated from St. Joseph's Elementary School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University. He also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bob's past community involvements included the following: Board of Directors of Kainos Home and Training Center, President of the Sequoia Foundation, President Holbrook Palmer Park Foundation, President and Co Founder of the Sequoia Awards, President of the Atherton Civic Interest League, President St. Pius Men's Club, President of the YMCA of Redwood City, President of the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, which awarded him their "Man of the Year"Award in 1974. Bob was also a President of the California Beer Wholesaler's Assoc. He was a Bay Area beverage distributor and President of Coors West & Regal Beverages. Bob also co-founded Evergreen Savings and Loan Association.
Through the years, Bob was an avid gardener, duck hunter, fisherman and golfer. Bob was a member of the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country club for 36 years. He was a lifelong Stanford, San Francisco 49er and Giants fan. He truly enjoyed music especially the Big Bands and Jazz.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Margaret Fabbro Franceschini. His cherished wife, Nadine Paolino, passed away in 2008 after 52 years of marriage. He is survived by his children: Robyn (Dick) Budelli, Robert (Kathy) Franceschini Jr., Richard Franceschini, and grandchildren, Francesca (Brady '07) Budelli Harter, Adam Budelli, Robert III and Evan Franceschini. Bob is also survived by his sister, Mary Riviello, uncle, Frank Fabbro, and aunt, Sarah Balocco. We would like to thank Sylvia Nelson for bringing him happiness in his final years. Special thanks to Goodie VeraCruz, his dedicated caregiver.
Richard H. Shields '52 on June 4, 2008.
Richard Fitzmaurice '52 passed away in Santa Cruz, Cali., on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, of pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded in his last days by his family, his friends from Garfield Senior Residence, and the wonderful staff at Sunshine Villa. He was 86 years old. Richard was born on Feb. 15, 1923, in Lincoln, Neb., and raised in Missouri by his adoring parents, Margaret and Will. His father was a sharecropper and the best pig farmer in Holt county Missouri, near St. Joe, until the Depression ended the family's farming opportunities. Like his brother Don, Richard joined the Army Air Corps before the Second World War, to send money home to his family. Don, who dreamed of being a farmer, was killed in the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in 1942, a mission made famous in the film "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo." This was a crushing loss for Richard and his family. Richard found out about Don's death while he was in a Nazi prison in Germany in 1944-45, a prison made famous in the film "The Great Escape." Richard had been shot down over Germany. During Richard's capture he was interrogated by the Gestapo and was about to be shot when a farmwoman stepped in front of the rifle to shield him. He was beaten instead. He spent many weeks in solitary confinement, the 'cooler,' for standing in for escaping prisoners. He hated war and was struck by the 18-year-olds on both sides, who seemed to be farm boys like him, fighting for things they did not understand. He was saved by the caring of a German guard who had lost his own family to Allied air raids and by his fellow prisoners who brought him back from dysentery and other maladies while on a forced march across Germany in the winter at the end of the war. He always revered them. He scoffed at the term 'hero' regarding his own accomplishments. In his adulthood he was quiet about his war experiences, but as he grew older he constantly asked, 'Why can't we stop killing each other?' With his beloved wife, Betty Jean, he raised his six children to hate war and to work for social justice, beginning with his work with the United Farm Workers in the early 1960s. He joined Cesar Chavez on the Delano March to Sacramento in 1966. He brought his children to hear and support Martin Luther King in 1963, and encouraged them all to fight for economic and social justice. Richard worked as an engineer for FMC for 30 years making farm machinery. He invented many exceptional irrigation and harvesting innovations. That work him even more aware of the farmworkers, their struggle, and the dignity of their work. But he spent the last few years at FMC with no tasks, because he refused to design weapons. Ultimately, he retired as a form of protest to their increased focus on military projects. As an elder, he was eventually jailed--with Marge Frantz and others--for demonstrating at the weapons lab. He found capitalism predatory and looked for better ways to live in this world, visiting Cuba twice, as well as many Latin American countries. His views led him to the Green Party and to socialism. He often traveled to Europe, mostly Andalusia and Westport, Ireland, where he was a citizen. He leaves behind many wonderful friends in Westport, Castlebar, and Killawalla, Mayo, Ireland. He visited these places every year for over 20 years, staying at youth hostels and traveling on the cheap. He walked the Ronda Valley in Spain, enjoyed speaking bad Spanish, and loved the music in the pubs in Ireland. He loved Hawaii for more than 50 years, and even traveled there six weeks ago. He was struck by the words of a Hawaiian guide many years ago, who threw him a stone and said, 'There 'ª; that's your grandfather!' He believed that we needed to understand our natural selves and to care for each other and the world. Growing up on a farm, in the middle of a great depression, and his focus on creating machinery that made it easier for people to work the land, it was clear that nature played a huge part in his spiritual connection to the world. He loved all music, believing that the arts were among the 'best things we do'. He especially loved country music: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar songs serenaded him in his final hours. You couldn't miss him on the street, wearing his trademark blue Dickie coveralls every day, just as his father had virtually never worn anything but overalls. He played golf for Santa Clara University--where he graduated with an engineering degree in 1952--and once played Ken Venturi at Pasatiempo in the 1950s. He never told us whether or not he won. He enjoyed interacting with strangers and friends in his favorite haunts in Santa Cruz, like The Cookhouse, Beckmann's, Duarte's in Pescadero, or Gilda's on the wharf, where they treated him with special care and kindness. He rode his bike all over town until last year. He was well-known on the buses and in the local stores--and not just for stealing batteries or the occasional block of cheese. He loved to write his stories, he held Louden Nelson Center as a sacred place, and he appreciated his teachers very much. He sent the same letter to the editor every six months or so--to stop war, to quit fighting, and to love each other.He was one of six children who survived infancy. His wife of many years, Betty, died in 1996. He is survived by his sister, Annette, his six children and their partners Pat, Tom, Tim, Ginny, Michael, Julie, Terri, Betsy, Bob, and Lori, his three grandchildren and their partners Jason and Erika, Marcel and Juliet, and Caitlin Rose, and two great-grandchildren Briton and Oona. He also leaves behind many wonderful members of the Fitzmaurice family, the family of his deceased sister Mary Foster, and those in and around St. Joe's, Missouri. Richard will be buried with his brother Don at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.
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Patrick Michael Quinn ’52 was born on July 20, 1927, and passed away on Sept. 4, 2011. Patrick was a resident of Long Beach, Calif.
Lt. Colonel Neil L. O'Keefe '52 U.S. ARMY, Ret, third-time resident of Stevens Point, age 86, died peacefully on July 2nd, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King after an extended illness.
Born Nov. 21, 1927, Neil grew up in San Diego, son of a distinguished WW I Army veteran who later served as prosecutor and assistant district attorney in San Diego. Neil spent much of his youth sailing and racing in San Diego Bay with his older brother, Art. He went on to graduate from Santa Clara University, with a degree in engineering earning a commission in the U.S. Army.
He honorably served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, where he received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal. From 1968-72 he was the director of the ROTC program for UW-Stevens Point. While teaching military history at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania he met his lifelong bride to be, Nancy J. Campbell. She was on the faculty teaching dance and physical education. They were married for 57 years and he is survived by four children, Dan, Jennifer, Dave and Kathleen and their families, which include eight wonderful grandchildren. Following military retirement, Neil continued to work in the field of engineering and assisted in building the San Diego Court House. The family moved back to Stevens Point, where Neil worked for UW-Stevens Point's Alumni Association. Continuing the family tradition of moving, he and Nancy went on to live in Pebble Beach, Hawaii, Palm Springs and finally back to Stevens Point.
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.