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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 F. Quirk III

John "Jack" F. Quirk III J.D. '59, 86, passed away in Bakersfield, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2014. Jack was born in Oakland, Calif., on June 22, 1927, to his parents Loretta Josephine Bowen Quirk and John Francis Quirk ll. Jack graduated from Salinas high school in 1945. He then attended San Mateo Junior College. While attending San Jose State College, Jack met his wife, Ann Virginia Page. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage together. Jack was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War, served at Far East Command Headquarters and reported directly to NATO commanders Gen. John Hull and Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor. Upon discharge from the army, Jack resumed his education at Santa Clara University, earning his J.D. in 1959. He and his family moved to Porterville, Calif., in Oct. of 1959, where he went to work in the Tulare County District Attorneys office under his mentor and friend Hon. Jaye Ballentine. He then transferred to the Public Defenders office. In 1961, Jack went into private practice and also served as the city attorney for Porterville for 17 years. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. George Deukmejian in June of 1984. Jack was predeceased by his wife Ann in Sept. of 2013. He is survived by his brother, James Patrick Quirk, his son John Quirk and wife Donna, daughter Diane Varner and husband Bob, daughter Erin Buell and husband Gary, and daughter Kelley Rockfellow and Keith Fullerton. He is further survived by grandchildren Shannon Knop and husband Carl, Katie Quirk, Grant Rockfellow, Mason Rockfellow, Connor Buell, and one great granddaughter, Clayton Knop. 


submitted Apr. 22, 2014 9:45P
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
UGRD Leavey Business '59
Charles "Chas" W. Reed

Charles "Chas" William Reed ’59, resident of Los Gatos, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on June 1, 2014, in Los Gatos at the age of 90.

Born on August 25, 1923, in Spokane, Wash., he was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Reed, brother to Mary E. Hopkins Salisbury and John M. Reed, all deceased. Chas served in the Navy in the South Pacific in World War II and settled in San Francisco, Calif., after the war. He married Margaret "Peg" Toepel in 1947. In 1952 he relocated from San Francisco to the Santa Clara Valley and established a successful jewelry and watch repair business, Chas W. Reed Jewelers, in downtown Santa Clara.

After selling the business, Chas attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1959 magna cum laude with a degree in business and accounting and established a CPA firm in Santa Clara specializing in consulting and tax services for general contractors. In 1970 he began a successful real estate career as a residential land developer, broker, and investor that lasted over 40 years. Chas is survived by his loving wife of 67 years and their four children: Lydia Franzese ’70 (Stephen), William Reed M.S. ’14, Veronica Miller (Michael) and Christopher Reed (Mary) and eight grandchildren. He will be missed by his loved ones and many friends.

submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:36A
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