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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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