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1950

UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
James E. Doyle

James E. Doyle '50 passed away peacefully on May 5, 2011. Born Aug. 17, 1924 to Mary Jesse and O.E. Doyle and raised in Redwood City, Jim graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1943. He lettered in baseball and football and in 1999 humbly accepted his induction into the Bellarmine Sports Hall of Fame. Upon graduation, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army-Air Force and served proudly as an aerial gunner (398th bomb group). In 1949 he married his beloved wife, Jacklyn Palm (deceased 2004). Jim received his B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1950 and his Masters in Education from Stanford University in 1951. Jim began his rewarding career in education in 1951 with the Redwood City School District and continued with the Eastside Union High School District as an Educator and Administrator of Special Education until his retirement in 1984. We will always remember his profound love of baseball & sports, summers at Seacliff Beach, going to Hawaii and our Sunday morning ritual of mass, breakfast and a drive to S. J. Airport. Jim is survived by his children Megan Rhodes, Peter (Shiela) Doyle, Mary Anne (Chuck) Wall and Maureen (Steve) Gembala, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 10:54A
UGRD Engineering '50
James Dowling

James M. Dowling '50  on April 12, 2009 at a care center in Brentwood, Contra Costa County. He was 81. He was born in Alameda, the second son of Thomas and Alice Dowling, and was raised in San Jose. He attended Bellarmine Prep High School, where he was active in sports. Family members said he dabbled in boxing and basketball, but his favorite sport was football. He was a starting fullback at Bellarmine from 1942 to 1944, and played for Santa Clara University from 1946 to 1949, playing in every game during that period. In 1950, he played on Santa Clara Orange Bowl team. He was named to the football Hall of Fame at both Bellarmine and Santa Clara. After college, he was drafted to play for the Cleveland Browns, but turned down the offer to marry his wife, Jane, in 1951. After their marriage, he served in the U.S. Navy, where he also played football. They lived in Southern California for several years, then moved to Walnut Creek to be closer to friends and family, where they lived for 30 years. In 1996, they moved to Twain Harte, where they had spent many summers vacationing. Mr. Dowling was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jane Close Dowling; his brother, Thomas Lawrence Dowling Jr.; and his infant son, William Thomas Dowling. He is survived by three children; Michelle Huddleston and her husband, Mark, of Twain Harte; James Dowling Jr. and his wife, Melinda, of Morgan Hill; and Catherine Gomes and her husband, Wade, of Brentwood; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his brother, Austin Dowling, of New Jersey.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 11:49A
'50
Jack O'Keeffe

John "Jack" M. O’Keeffe ’50, Nov. 6, 2012. Born February 18, 1927 to John M. Sr. and Lou O'Keeffe in Stockton, Calif. Loving husband to Audrey Jean O'Keeffe who preceded Jack in death this year. Adoring father of John M. "Spike" O'Keeffe III (Joan), Cynthia Nelson, Carolyn Chvosta (Bill), Rebecca England (Jack), Clark O'Keeffe (Elise) and Patricia See (Dave). Proud grandfather of Bryan and Chris Nelson, Kelly Bassett and Megan O'Keeffe, Jennifer Teresinski and Emily Moses, Malissa Crowder, Carly and Molly O'Keeffe, Joe and Drew See. Eleven adored great grandchildren with three more on the way! Survived by his brother David O'Keeffe ’53 and his wife Janelle of Colorado Springs. Uncle and In-law to many whom he loved dearly.

Jack grew up in San Jose, Calif., across from the Rose Garden. He graduated from Bellarmine High School and Santa Clara University. During both of these experiences, and with his father's guidance, he was a devout Roman Catholic. It was a devotion that he took seriously every day of his life. Following his graduation from Santa Clara University in 1950, (after a stint in the Maritime Service at the end of World War II), he began a lifelong love for the SCU athletic program. The first song his children learned growing up was the Santa Clara fight song and many family events, even weddings, were culminated with a rendition of "All Hail to SCU!" He attended the 1950 SCU Orange Bowl victory and could sing the “SCU Fight Song” up until his death.

While attending SCU he met Audrey Jean Alexander at a dance with Dominican College. Years later he swore the first time he saw her she had a bright light and a halo over her head. They were married in 1950. That same year he went to work for IBM and his first promotion was as branch manager in Richmond, Calif. In 1963 he became a key account manager at the Oakland IBM branch. At this time he moved his family to Lafayette, Calif., and his Crofton Court home became the center of activity for his children, their friends, nieces and nephews. Special times were spent in the family Lake Tahoe home that he helped build. 

As his children were growing up he volunteered at the St. Paul's Parents Club, Kiwanis Club, The Salvation Army and Knights of Columbus and coached both basketball and baseball. He attended nearly every game, recital, and horseshow that his children participated in. He encouraged this development and was eager to learn of their experiences.

In the Maritime Service he developed a love of ships and the sea. In 1983 and after his retirement from IBM, he and Audrey built the home of their dreams in Bethel Island. He was able to fulfill his love of the sea owning many boats and enjoying all the adventures a boat on the Delta waters could offer. Three of his daughters owned floating homes on his marina property. Every summer brought celebrations and his grandchildren spent cherished time in and around the water and at their home. 

In retirement, he sold real estate for Boyd Realty in Bethel Island, volunteered with Audrey at the Bethel Island Lions Club, belonged to the Bethel Island Chamber of Commerce, the San Joaquin Yacht Club and St. Anthony's Church in Oakley . He announced the "Frozen Bun Run" on New Year's Day for many years. In 1977 he started a golf tournament with two of his son-in-laws. For Jack this was a life changing event. The "Little Crosby", named for many years the JOK and eventually the JO'KN Golf Tournament, benefited many worthy causes including Bethel Island Jr. Golf, Scout Hall, St. Anne's Catholic Church in Rossmoor and eventually Stand Up 2 Cancer. He spent months planning the tournament and his family used the event as a vehicle for yearly reunions with their friends. Every family member was involved in the tournament, either playing in it or planning the events of the day. As a Real Estate agent he invited many clients and potential clients. The tournament dinner and awards party was held at Jack and Audrey's Bethel Island home. He and Audrey were gracious hosts and he ended each tournament, "Hope you had a good time, see you next year." 

So we say "goodbye" to Jack O'Keeffe, Dad, Brother, Uncle, Father-in-Law, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. We are comforted to know he is now reunited with his wife Audrey. She is introducing him to all heaven has to offer and next time you see hail the size of golf balls know that is a sign that a JO'KN foursome has teed off at Heavenly Fairways. Invitations are pending, heaven sent.

 

submitted Nov. 13, 2012 11:49A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Ignazio A. Vella

Ignazio A.Vella '50, owner of Vella Cheese Company and an outspoken leader in Sonoma County politics in the last half of the 20th century, died June 9, 2011 at his home in Sonoma after a prolonged illness. He was 83. Vella became an iconic figure in the artisan cheese industry after assuming leadership of the family business in 1981. In the 1960s and '70s he was a larger-than-life figure in county politics, both as supervisor from the Sonoma Valley and later as manager of the Sonoma County Fair. Easily the most colorful and controversial of county officialdom in his political years, he was known for his colorful vests, wide-brimmed hats and his gift of oratory. In his signature white-paper cheesemaker's hat, Vella was a familiar figure at the landmark stone cheese factory on Sonoma's Second Street East. As heir to his father, Gaetano "Tom" Vella's craft, he built a cheese empire in California and Oregon with the same intensity he brought to the board room in the '60s. Vella, a Sonoma native, was a magna cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University and an Air Force officer in the Korean War. He had a style all his own, a self-confidence sometimes taken as arrogance. He could be abrupt with those who disagreed with him and once told a reporter, perhaps as a joke, that he kept a copy of Machiavelli's writings on his bedside table. "He was one of a kind," said Janet Nicholas, a Vella appointee to the county planning commission who was elected supervisor in 1984. "And there's no question that he truly loved politics." He told a reporter in the '70s that the county arena was his favorite—the level of government with the largest scope and closest to the people. Vella was elected supervisor in 1964 and served three terms before resigning to become fair manager where he served with a distinction that earned him a Best Manager title for the California fair circuit in 1980. He served as president of the newly formed Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) in the early 1970s, when Sonoma County's participation in this new regional body was in question. But his time as fair manager also brought controversy. In 1981, members of the fair's board of directors bought up most of the tickets to a Willie Nelson concert, resulting in public outrage and Nelson's cancellation. Vella's handling of the crisis came under fire from the directors, and the episode known as "Williegate" cost him the manager's job. Vella served on the Sonoma City Planning Commission for 12 years after his county tenure, and as a charter member of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission. In 2006, his hometown honored him by naming a new span over Sonoma Creek the Ig Vella Bridge. "You always knew where Ig stood," said daughter, Chickie Vella, who has run the company for the past several years with son Gabriel Luddy. He did everything his own way. Having grown up in the cheese trade, from washing vats to delivering cheese in his father's Model A in the early 1930s, Vella championed local dairies and small-production artisan cheeses. In the late 1990s, he turned his sights to the family's operations in Oregon. Despite initial skepticism, his commitment to making world-class blue cheese in the Rogue River Valley garnered him legions of cheese-making fans, including the current co-owner of Rogue River Creamery, David Gremmels, who took over operations from Vella with a handshake deal in 2002. "He will be remembered for so many things, so many of us respect and think of him as a pillar," Gremmels said. He affected so many cheesemakers in a positive way that will be felt for generations. In 2006 Vella was given the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Cheese Society. His hobby was old clocks and watches and he was often asked by collectors for help in repairing and restoring old timepieces. He was also a dedicated baseball fan, coaching Babe Ruth League for several seasons. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Sally Vella; daughter, Ditty Vella; son, Thomas Vella, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

submitted Jun. 20, 2011 9:29A
UGRD Engineering '50
Howard McMahon

Howard McMahon '50 died on Oct. 1, 2008.

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:44P
UGRD Engineering '50
Howard Martin McMahon '50

Howard Martin McMahon '50, 81, passed away the morning of October 5, 2008. He was a professor of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech for 25 years after receiving a Ph.D. from CalTech. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on July 29th, 1927, Howard became a US citizen in 1969. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Howard loved entertaining friends with fine wine, good banjo music, political savvy and a sharp wit. He was very active in Catholic education, serving on the Archdiocesan Board of Education and the Our Lady of the Assumption school board. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Fran; his daughter, Pat; daughter, Helen; son, Paul and wife, Laura; son, Michael and wife, Becky; son, Sean and wife, Tabatha; as well as six grandchildren. They will miss him dearly.

submitted Oct. 5, 2009 11:30A
'50
Howard J. Lindekugel '50

Howard J. Lindekugel '50, Jan. 3, 2010.

submitted Jun. 14, 2010 1:51P
UGRD Leavey Business '50
Herbert E. Clark

Herbert E. Clark '50 died in Tucson, Ariz. on August 31, 2011. He owned and operated Clark Office Products while also serving as president of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. He was preceded in death by Mary Clark, his wife of 46 years.

submitted Sep. 12, 2011 3:56P
'50
Herbert E. Clark

Herbert E. Clark ’50 passed away on August 31 after a stubborn and valiant battle with cancer. He was born prematurely on August 23, 1925 to Harold and Ursula Clark while they were vacationing in Los Angeles. Clark grew up in Phoenix and graduated early from St. Mary's HS to be drafted for WWII. He served proudly with the Navy's 7th Pacific Fleet and was stationed in the Philippines. After being honorably discharged in 1946, Clark earned a bachelor's degree in business from Santa Clara University. In 1958, Clark married Mary Rita Reid. He purchased Old Pueblo Office Supply from his mom and moved it to Tucson, where it was known as Clark Office Products. He was proud to be a small business owner and served as president of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. Clark was active in the Tucson Rotary Club, and was a charter member of Elks Lodge 2532. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, member of VFW and the D-M Military Affairs Committee. Clark exemplified honor, honesty, and love of country and its service members. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and aircraft enthusiast, and he taught his children by example. He is preceded in death by Mary Rita, his wife of 46 years, his parents, and sister Carol. Clark is survived by sisters Anne Mullan and Margie Fleming of Phoenix and Marian Hebets of Menifee, CA, daughters Maureen, Jeanine (Harold), Anne Marie (Jeff), son Reid (Holly), and 7 grandchildren who miss him terribly. Clark had many truly fantastic friends too numerous to name, and we are humbly grateful to them for their kindness and support. 


submitted Oct. 7, 2011 10:47A
UGRD Leavey Business '50
Harold Anthony Toso

Harold Anthony Toso '50  passed away at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif. on March 10, 2010 at age 81.  Harold was born in Stockton. He lived in Moraga, Calif.  He graduated from St. Agnes Grammar School, St. Mary's High School, and the University of Santa Clara. He and his twin brother Harvey (known in sports circles as the "Toso Twins") were outstanding at baseball and basketball at St. Mary's, and both earned all league (CIBA) baseball honors for two years while playing (on full baseball scholarships) for the Santa Clara University. Harold was inducted into the St. Mary's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.  Survivors include his wife, Carol;  his daughters, Marisa Brown (Fritz) of Portage, MI, Anna-Christina Newby (Kevin) of Moraga, CA; his brother, Gilbert Toso (Carole) of Modesto; his grandchildren, Tate and Chance Newby; twins Spencer and Caroline Brown; his nieces, Erica Toso-Middaugh (Scott) and Gina Toso-Poggi (Jon); his nephews, Anthony Toso (Danette), and Michael Toso. Harold was preceded in death by his father, Guido E. Toso; his mother, Vitorina Toso; his twin brother, Harvey J. Toso.

submitted May. 4, 2010 2:24P
'50
Galen R. Norquist

Galen R. Norquist ’50 died at the Idaho Elk's Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the age of 84. Galen was born June 2, 1926 in Boise, Idaho, the son of Roy H. and Golda P. (Sullivan) Norquist. He attended Park Grade School and North Junior High School in Boise, and was graduated from Boise High School in 1944. He attended and was graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950. Galen served two years in the US Army Air Corps as an Athletic Instructor during WWII, in Florida and at Headquarters 20th Air Force on the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. In 1946 he was recruited by the New York Yankees Baseball Club and was offered a professional baseball contract or a four year athletic scholarship at a selected university of his choice. He was a four-year varsity letterman on the Santa Clara University Baseball team in the California Intercollegiate Baseball Association. He played two years of summer baseball during college for the nationally recognized Bellingham, Wash., semi-pro baseball team, in the Northwest League. Following graduation he signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast league and played one season of professional baseball. He married Jean Cora Travenshek in Bellingham, Wash., on June 25, 1949. In 1951 he joined his father at Western Steel Mfg. Co., Boise, Idaho. The company fabricated and supplied the structural steel components for many major industrial, commercial and institutional construction projects throughout Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, Northern Nevada and Northern California. He served as President and General Manager until semi-retirement in 1993. Galen was a member and served as president and director of the Pacific Northwest Steel Fabricators Assn., member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, an Associate member of the Idaho Associated General Contractors, a former member of the Boise Junior Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Boise Chamber of Commerce. He served 19 years on the Idaho State Selective Service Appeals Board. Galen also belonged to the Boise Rotary Club, The Boise Lions Club, Masonic Lodge #60, Scottish Rite Bodies, El Korah Shrine and the American Legion. He coached Boise American Legion Baseball, Boise Little League Baseball and was the playing director and coached Boise Boys Baseball. He was on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Golf Angels and coached Hillcrest Grade School Basketball. He was a member and served on the Board of the Boise State Bronco Athletic Association and was a Boise State Football and Pavilion lifetime member. Galen also belonged to the Hillcrest Country Club, the Arid Club and the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies. He enjoyed all sports, both as a participant and as a spectator, and especially enjoyed watching his two granddaughters, Carlee and Summer, participate in their numerous athletic activities. After retirement he and his wife Jean spent winters in Scottsdale, Ariz., and their summers in McCall, Idaho. He is survived by Jean, his wife of 61 years; daughter Kelli and husband, Derek Brummett, of Sacramento, Calif.; son Stephen and wife, Diane, and cherished granddaughters, Carlee and Summer, all of Boise. 

submitted Jun. 30, 2010 3:53P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Frank Volpe

Frank Volpe M.D. '50, F.A.A.P., F.A.C.P.E., 80, passed away peacefully July 15, 2010 in Las Vegas. A resident of Henderson, Volpe was a native of San Jose, Calif. He attended Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University and the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago. After a professional medical career spanning almost 40 years, (1954 - 1992), Volpe's retirement activities included volunteer work with children and families in crisis. Preceded in death by his first wife, Aileen McGinty Volpe, he is survived by his second wife, Polly Horton; sister, Yvonne Volpe Bernard of Minden; and by his six children, Marcia Cali (Ron), Karen Volpe (Fred Holcomb), Cynthia Ashworth (Allen), Mark Volpe (Nancy), Michael Volpe (Jennifer), and Mary Volpe (Rena Popma); as well as Polly Horton's two children, Debbie Thurston (Bill), and Mark Horton. He was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. 

submitted Jul. 26, 2010 12:04P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Frank R. Britton Jr.

Frank R. Britton Jr. ’50 died Saturday September 18, 2010. Born March 4, 1929, in Point Loma, California, he was a long-time resident of Imperial Valley. After graduating from University of Santa Clara, he served in the Korean War as a lieutenant in the artillery. Frank owned Britton & Company and served the importing and exporting community for more than 30 years. He later became a private investigator. Frank was a member of the Elks Club and the Calexico Rotary Club for more than 40 years. He is survived by his long-time companion, Arlyn Duval of Imperial; former wife, Elizabeth Britton of El Centro; daughters, Madeline Contreras and husband, Matt of El Centro, and Anne Gradek and husband, Bruce of Cloverdale; son, Frank R. Britton III and wife, Janice of La Mesa, California; grandchildren, Roberto and Elise Contreras and Cole and Alitha Gradek.

submitted Sep. 21, 2010 1:05P
UGRD Engineering '50
Frank Druding

Frank Druding '50 on January 29, 2010. Father, mentor and engineer; he graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950 and later served on the Board of Regents. He was a visionary in the early years of software development for the Aerospace industry with far reaching accomplishments. He will be missed by his wife of 59 years, six children and 11 grandchildren. A service was  held Feb. 4 at St. Claire Mission Chapel at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery with a reception following at the Adobe Lodge. The family would request in lieu of flowers donations be made to Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) or The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund (www.freedomalliance.org).

submitted Mar. 8, 2010 6:43P
'50
Franco Giudici

Franco W. Giudici '50 passed away on June 20, 2010 of leukemia at age 81.

submitted Jul. 26, 2010 12:01P
UGRD Engineering '50
Eugene John Fisher

Eugene John Fisher '50, resident of Los Gatos and beloved husband, father, and Santa Clara University professor, passed away peacefully at his home on July 17, 2010. He was 85 years old. He was born and raised in San Francisco. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II in England and France. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950 in Mechanical Engineering and later got a M.S. degree from Stanford. He married his wife Rita in 1952. He is survived by his wife and children, Kathleen and (Bruce) Patrick, Lois Anne, Margaret and (Mark) Stanish, Tim and (Lois Jean) Fisher and Dan Fisher, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren; and his sister, Olivia.  H began his career as a design engineer at Dalmo Victor and continued at FMC.In 1954 he was invited to teach in the Mechanical Engineering Dept at Santa Clara University. This was the beginning of a 37-year career in which he dedicated himself to developing students into engineers and young adults into responsible professionals. In 1991 he received the University's Brutocao Award in recognition of his overall teaching excellence in the Jesuit tradition. He was a dedicated volunteer helping wherever needed at St. Mary's Church, Habitat for Humanity, Billy Jones Railroad, and any friend with a project. He will be remembered for his good humor, perpetual smile, and trademark bow tie. He will be dearly missed. Read more about Prof. Fisher on the SCU School of Engineering website.

submitted Jul. 26, 2010 12:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Edward Joseph Farrell

Edward Joseph Farrell '50, J.D. '55 died on January 18, 2011. He was born in Sacramento, Calif. on May 7, 1929 to Bess and Leo Farrell, M.D. Edward Farrell, a fourth generation Californian, who was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Ann. He is survived by his children Leo Farrell ’81, Suzanne Farrell ’82, Michael and Tim Farrell; and grandsons Evan and Dylan Fagundes. Edward is survived by his sisters Mary Kehew and her husband, Roger; and Frances Vitulli and her husband, Frank; sister-in-law Kathy Anapolsky and her husband Larry. He was preceded in death by his sister, Harriet Farrell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Edward was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School (1946) and Santa Clara University (1950). He received his law degree from Santa Clara University in 1955. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1952. He married Mary Ann Morris in 1958 who preceded him in death in 2009. At the time of his retirement in 2001, Edward was the senior partner of the Farrell, Fraulob and Brown law firm in Sacramento. His many and varied interests included a lifelong love of books and a reputation as a voracious reader on a wide array of subjects. His impressive breadth of knowledge along with his capacity as a truly gifted storyteller helped him educate, entertain and inform friends and family memorably for decades. He retained these abilities, as well as his renowned sense of humor, right up until his passing. His devotion to physical fitness found him biking on Sacramento's bike trails well into his 70's and strolling his Land Park neighborhood well after his 80th birthday. An intense interest in travel took him from Finland to France, Malaysia to Morocco, but summer vacations with family at the beach in Rio Del Mar were always his favorite.

submitted Jan. 21, 2011 12:23P
UGRD Engineering '50
Edward A. Lafranchi

Edward Alvin Lafranchi '50 died unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2014, of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. He was a long time resident of Livermore and one the earliest employees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ed was a devoted member of the St. Michael Catholic Community. A long time member of the Knights of Columbus, one of the original Lectors and later Eucharistic Ministers, he was responsible for training new volunteers in these duties until his death. At various times, he chaired the Parish Council, was President of CCD, later led the legacy fund to build the parish education center Ed enjoyed golfing, except when he couldn't hit the ball; attending the 49er games but only when they won; tasting good wines, always; deer hunting with his family; playing bridge and most especially sharing a cocktail every evening before dinner with his beloved wife Ann. He was born in Petaluma, Calif. on July 23, 1928 and raised in Nicasio on his family's dairy. He attended Nicasio elementary school, graduated from St. Anselms High School, and later from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation in 1950, he went to work for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He enlisted during the Korean war, spending 1951 to 1953 in the US Air Force. Upon discharge, he resumed his job at Berkeley, transferring in 1953 to Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Ed held numerous positions at LLNL, eventually retiring as Deputy Associate Director of the Engineering Department in 1991. Ed is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann (nee Rogers), his three sons Bruce (Judy) of New York, Mark of Walnut Creek and Paul (Mary Jo) of Torrance, four grandchildren Brian, Brendan, Daniel Lafranchi ’14 and Melissa, and a large extended family. He was the son of Fridolino and Zelma (nee Dolcini) and was predeceased by his siblings Estella, Wilfred, Henry, and Arthur Lafranchi ’58.

submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:50P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Dr. Mark W. Sullivan
Dr. Mark W. Sullivan ’50 passed away on December 26, 2010 in Santa Cruz, Calif. Dedicated scholar, civic leader, husband and father, Sullivan headed the Philosophy Department, then chaired the Division of Humanities at Notre Dame de Namur University from 1952-1995. Mark W. Sullivan was born on January 3, 1927 to San Mateo County Chief Assistant District Attorney Daniel E. Sullivan and his wife Emma Brawn, the fifth of their eight children. Sullivan graduated early from Redwood City's Sequoia High School to serve his country in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of the War where he achieved the rank of sergeant major at age 19. When World War II ended, he resumed his studies earning a B.A. in philosophy from Santa Clara University in 1950, a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1951, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and humanities from Stanford University in 1964. Additionally, he authored Apuleian Logic, a book published in the distinguished international series, Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics. On the strength of being named "Mr. Democrat of San Mateo County" by the Democratic Central Committee, he entered the political arena by winning nomination of his party for the House of Representatives for the 11th Congressional District in 1964 and again in 1966. He continued supporting candidates and volunteering his services to them all of his life. In retirement, Mark Sullivan served on Capitola's Arts Commission for several years. Beyond academia and service, Sullivan was a family man who with his beloved wife Kathleen, reared five children in San Mateo, Calif.. The Sullivan family spent his sabbaticals camping in over twenty countries. Summers were spent in Capitola where Sullivan enjoyed reading, politics, tennis and body surfing at Sunny Cove. Mark is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen, children Leslie, Claudia, Caitlin, Adam and Constance, and eleven grandchildren.

 

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 1:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Dr. James Buckley

Dr. James Buckley '50 was "the last of the Mohicans," as one former patient described him, a renowned family physician on the Peninsula cast from a classic mold. He often would treat three generations of the same family and made house calls in a 1960 VW Beetle with a spotlight for finding addresses after most doctors had stopped the practice, former patients said.  Dr. Buckley died peacefully at his Redwood City home on April 8. He was 82. Known for his quirky sense of humor, Dr. Buckley was also widely recognized for his uncanny ability to diagnose tough cases. "He must have got 50 calls a day from other doctors asking him to diagnose stuff," said Tim Alfred, a patient and friend of Dr. Buckley's for more than 30 years. "He was unbelievably good."  Dr. Buckley was born June 21, 1927. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and served as a navigator in the U.S. Navy in 1945 before graduating in 1950 from Santa Clara University, where he played football on the team that won the 1950 Orange Bowl.  He graduated in 1953 from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, and married Winnie Brisbois the same year.  The couple raised 12 children in their Redwood City home.  Dr. Buckley established his practice in Belmont in 1959, joined the staff of Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and treated patients for 50 years. He was an adjunct professor for Stanford Medical School.  "I'm still here because he kept me going," said Gerald Colombi, 86, a patient for 35 years.

submitted May. 5, 2010 11:38A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Donald M. Perlenda

Doanld M. Perlenda '50 died in Santa Rosa on March 15, 2011. A native of Santa Clara, he had his college years interrupted by his US Army service in the European theatre during WWII. After graduating from SCU, he worked in agriculture, first with the State of California and then with Moyer Chemical Company, both in San Jose, and after 1958 in Watsonville, retiring in 1992. During his retirement, Don traveled extensively and was a longtime member of the St Joseph's Catholic Community. He is survived by his daughters, Pam '73 and Debbie, and his step-children Tim Reding '74, Terry Reding, and Carol Reding Sisney '82.

submitted Mar. 28, 2011 9:06A
UGRD Engineering '50
Donald Emmanuel Kane

Donald Emmanuel Kane '50 lived joyfully and died unexpectedly on July 24, 2011 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Don was born and raised in San Francisco. He graduated from Galileo High School where he excelled in both academics and athletics, earning him a basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara. He graduated from Santa Clara with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Don was later inducted into the Galileo Sports Hall of Fame. He was noted for his unbroken school record in the high hurdles and for never losing a race in four years of high school. He remained a long time member of the school's athletic support group, the Bronco Bench. Between high school and college, Don served one year in the United States Navy at the end of World War II. He had a long and successful career in the corrugated box industry, managing plants for Owens Illinois and National Container Corporation. In 1966, with three partners, he founded MARK Container Corporation where he served as President and CEO until retiring in 2000. Don was preceded in death by his first wife Doreen (Yates) Kane, son, Steve Kane and son, Rick Kane. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Joan (Nystrom Grover) Kane, daughter, Cheryl Kane, daughter, Candice (Kane) Railsback (and her sons Randy and Dylan), son, Mike Grover (wife Kara and sons Wesley and Aaron), son, Bob Grover (wife Laurie and son Brian), daughter Carrie (Grover) Fross (and her daughter Natalie and her children Liliana, Jesse and Isabella), son Chuck Grover (wife Shannon, daughter Katelyn, son Kevin). For over 57 years, Don was very active in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley. This included coaching CYO basketball and heading the Saint Vincent De Paul Society chapter. Don was a great husband, great father, great friend and a pretty good golfer. He was extremely gregarious and generous. He loved to talk with people and to help whenever he could. He maintained friendships for a lifetime including his friends from high school and college. He and his frequent phone calls will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

submitted Aug. 26, 2011 4:06P
'50
Dennis H. Rosaia

Dennis H. Rosaia ’50, born 05/26/1924 and died 05/20/2012 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family just a few days before his 88th birthday. Beloved husband of 62 years to Lillian, loving father of Dennis (Chris), Lynne, Wayne (Cathy) and David (Kim) Rosaia. Proud Nonno of Gina (James) Collins, Dan (Deana) Rosaia, Lauren and Lindsey Rosaia, Derek Rosaia, Vanessa and Rebecca Powers and Kevin and Gary Patzelt. Adoring great grandfather of Grace Collins. Dear brother of the late Roy and Thelma Rosaia. Survived by many relatives here and in Italy. Dennis was born in South San Francisco to Italian immigrants Dante and Ernesta Rosaia and graduated from SSF High School in 1943. He entered the Merchant Marine Service, traveled around the world as a cadet and graduated as a 2nd Assistant Engineer from the Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Following his service, he attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering in 1950. In 1949 Dennis married his home town sweetheart, Lillian Sani and from their modest beginnings in a Quonset hut near campus, they began a rich family and business life together. Dennis established D&M Liquors in 1954 on Grand Avenue and grew a thriving business first with his partner Mario Pieretti, later as a sole proprieter, and finally as proud partner with his 3 sons in D&M Liquor and Deli on Spruce Ave. He believed that the family that worked together, stayed together. Extremely civic minded, Dennis was a highly respected and active community leader, serving as President of the SSF Downtown Merchants Association, President of YMI Council #32, Past President and Director of SSF Rotary Club, 16 year Board member of SSF Conference Center, SSF Parking Commission, member of Italian Catholic Federation, SIRS Branch #91, Italian-American Citizens Club, and SSF Elks. Dennis was a man of great Catholic faith and an active parishioner of All Souls Parish, serving as the head of the Rebuilding Committee following the 1964 church fire, chairing parish festivals, numerous fundraisers and still recently serving on the Finance Committee for the "Fixing God's House" campaign. He thrived being around people and was at every community event possible, working the room and charming everyone with his warm personality. He never missed the annual Santa Clara Engineering Class of 1950 reunions. Throughout it all, Lillian was at his side- behind the counter at D&M, raising the children, working at All Souls events, hosting exchange students, traveling the world and caring for him for nearly 63 years. She fulfilled his final wish by being the last face that he saw in this life. Dennis was a loving and encouraging father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Christmas Eve at Nonno's was an event he planned to the smallest detail-song sheets, trivia contests, games, great food-it was his "command performance" every year. Dennis endured health problems over the years but rarely let illness slow him down. His determination and enthusiasm for life helped him fight back time after time. During his final illness, Dennis was in charge until the end, planning his funeral, enjoying all the delicious foods he had been restricted from eating, holding court with the family, and tenderly saying his loving goodbyes to his family and close friends. 

submitted May. 23, 2012 4:47P
'50
Daniel J. Vesely

Daniel Joseph Vesely ’50 of Rocklin passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, with his loving family by his side after suffering from Dementia for several years. He was 89 years young. Daniel was born to Joseph and Minnie Vesely in New York, New York on July 30, 1924. Daniel married his wife Annie Walker to whom he was married to for 65 years. Daniel is survived by younger brother, Joseph Vesely who is living in Massachusetts. He is also survived by his two children Gregory Vesely, Cynthia Gruber and her husband Joe Gruber, two grandchildren Kristel Vesely, Gregory Goodnough and one great-grandson, Jayden Goodnough. Daniel graduated from Santa Clara University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. He worked for several engineering firms over the years which allowed his family to live in Casablanca, where Greg was born and Madrid, Spain where Cynthia was born. He retired with the Federal Government Corp of Engineers. Daniel and Annie raised their children in Rocklin since 1964. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, traveling and was an avid golfer until he became ill. He always enjoyed living on the golf course. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:12P
UGRD Engineering '50
Benjamin Painter

Benjamin Painter '50, age 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on April 29, 2014.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1928 in San Jose, Calif. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin H. and Carol E. Painter, and his daughter, Katherine E. Kloss. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ileta, sons Steven S. and Kenneth B. Painter MBA ’91, son-in-law David Kloss, daughter-in-laws Lisa and Laura Painter, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Ben had a lifelong passion for flying. At the time he was the youngest licensed pilot in California at age 15. Graduating from the University of Santa Clara in 1950 with a B.S. in civil engineering he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. While earning his wings in Lubbock, Texas he met his future wife Ileta, who was attending Texas Tech University. Ben was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, 508th Fighter Squadron of the Strategic Air Command flying F-84G "Thunderjets" located in Albany, Georgia. Leaving the Air Force in 1955 they re-settled in San Jose.

Ben went to work for San Jose Steel Company where he rose to manage the reinforcing steel "rebar" division. In 1973 he followed in the steps of his father as a custom home builder in Los Gatos, Calif. In 1993 they moved from Monte Sereno to Incline Village, Nev. Ben and Ileta moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 2004. Ben was most proud of the legacy he leaves behind represented by his large and growing family

submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:33A
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