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George J. Alexander

George J. Alexander, former law school dean and professor emeritus, died peacefully July 29, 2013, after a prolonged illness. George led the law school from 1970 to 1985—a period of great growth both in enrollment and in prominence for the law school, making him one of the most influential deans in its 100-year history. During his time as dean, George emphasized scholarship, hired distinguished faculty, and with his commitment to diversifying the legal profession, recruited talented students of color from across the country.  He led the law school in developing a more international law curriculum and established it as a pre-eminent global legal educator.

George left a strong legacy of commitment to advancing the legal profession and improving access to legal services. He and his wife, Katharine, have been great friends and supporters of the law school. In 2004, they endowed operations of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, which serves low-income people in matters of consumer law, immigration law, and workers’ rights. In 2008, they established the annual Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize, which recognizes lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity.

As professor, dean and friend of Santa Clara, George embodied the University’s mission and values by combining a high regard for academic rigor with a personal commitment to making the world a better place. While we mourn George’s death, we also thank God for the gift of his life. The University community will miss his leadership, wisdom, and friendship.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:14P
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Diane di Bari

Dr. Diane Hijos di Bari passed away on May 7, 2013. Dr. di Bari started teaching in the Liberal Studies Program in Fall of 2003. She was a popular and caring professor. She taught our Exceptional Child course (LBST 138) for the program a total of 17 times in the last ten years and impacted the education of hundreds of undergraduates.

Dr. di Bari had tremendous compassion for children and was a leader in the field. She was able to translate the science of exceptional children to individual lives. Santa Clara University and the Liberal Studies Program was fortunate to have her on our faculty. 

She is survived by her husband Mike, mother Rosie, brother Brian, sons Paul and Nicholas, and numerous nieces, cousins and extended family. Diane was born in Chowchilla, CA on January 29, 1951 to parents Pete and Rosie Hijos. She attended Chowchilla High School and went on to graduate from Occidental College with a BA in Psychology and Fresno State with a MS in School Psychology.
 
Diane had an immense passion for helping children. She worked as a school psychologist for Santa Clara Unified School District, providing special education evaluations to identify programs and opportunities for improved learning, education and advancement for students. Diane's yearning for continual education found her pursuing her own opportunities, taking her to various leadership positions within the school district, her professional organizations, and academic institutions. In 2010 Diane completed her
PsyD in Neuropsychology, focusing on verbal memory and language in Spanish speaking children.
 
After 35 years of personal and professional achievements, Diane retired in 2012 from positions at Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara University, and Alliant International University. Throughout her career, Diane was honored as an outstanding educator, received lifetime achievement awards and various certificates of recognition for her service to the field of psychology, her students and colleagues.
 
She will be best remembered for her selfless and humble demeanor in serving others, both personally and professionally.
submitted Jun. 14, 2013 10:57A
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Bahram Saghari

Bahram Saghari, adjunct faculty in the Leavey School of Business, died on January 28, after suffering critical injuries from a tragic bicycling accident in 2011. Bahram joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 2009 teaching courses in Operations Management and Information Systems. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he worked at several Silicon Valley firms, including Oracle and Intel, as a software engineer. An avid bicycle rider and swimmer, he had been active in the bicycling community and was much loved by his students, friends and family members. 

Together with his wife, Taban, and his daughters, Shayan and Keon, we mourn Bahram's death and recall the gift he was to his family, friends, colleagues and students. He will be missed.
 
Notes of condolence may be sent to Bahram's family, care of the Business School:
The Saghari Family
c/o Dean's Office
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
 
A memorial service in celebration of Bahram's life is planned for mid-February. Details on time and location will be forthcoming.
 
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 8:24A

Friends of the University

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Winnie Hook

Noreen (Winnie) Fern Hook, June 11, 2013. A resident of Santa Clara, Hook was 107. She was born Noreen Fern Bastian on February 14, 1906, in San Jose to Louis and Fern Vicy Bastian. In 1923, she met and married Wilbur J. Hook, her husband of 60 years, who preceded her in death in 1983. They had two daughters Esther (Rick ’49) Rechenmacher and Sharon ’70 (Bill ’60) Gissler.

"She lived in poverty in various places around the Bay Area, including San Jose and Oakland, but Winnie was always an optimist, always positive about everything," said her granddaughter Cynthia Gissler ’85. "That was one of the great things about her."
 
She had a clear memory of life early in the last century, when electricity replaced coal oil lamps, when automobiles replaced the old streetcars. As a girl, she went to the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and the memory stayed with her.
"It seemed like a wonderland to her," Gissler said. "She had never seen a pineapple or had pineapple juice, and here was a pineapple juice fountain with all the juice you could drink."
 
She was 17 when she met Wilbur John Hook at a drugstore in Alameda and they were married soon afterward. It was a lifelong love affair. "He called her Winnie and that was her name ever after," said Gissler.
 
Mrs. Hook was a stay-at-home mom and the family moved to Santa Clara in 1927. "She was also a wonderful foster mother to young people who needed help," Gissler said. "Years later, they would come to see her as adults and thank her."
 
Mrs. Hook graduated from high school but did not attend college in the formal sense. In the 1930s, however, she became a member of the Catala Club at Santa Clara University and remained active in it up until her death (see "And the ladies of the club..." in the Winter 2010 issue of SCM). The society raised money for scholarships at Santa Clara, and Mrs. Hook attended lectures by professors.
 
She was the loving grandmother of 15 (Heidi [Ananda], Laura, Sandi, Joseph, Nancy, Clare, Hans, Toby, Ted, Merry, Vonna ’83, Cynthia, Mark, Stephen, Andrew ’89), great grandmother to 38, and great-great grandmother to 21. She was a loving aunt to the McTighe and Anderson families and was preceded in death by her three younger brothers Aaron, Lawrence and Everett.
submitted Jun. 21, 2013 10:16A
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Peter Carter

Peter S. Carter Feb. 20, 1943 - March 6, 2013. He was a resident of Los Gatos and a longtime Silicon Valley advertising executive, acclaimed photographer, political advisor, fundraiser, and iconic Los Gatos and Santa Clara County civic leader. He died at his home in Los Gatos. He was 70. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and Georgetown University where he graduated from the School of Business in 1966. As co-founder, president and CEO of one of Silicon Valley's most prominent advertising and public relations firms, he played an instrumental role in the growth of Silicon Valley for more than three decades. In 1980 he was elected as an underwriting member of the global specialty insurance underwriting organization Lloyd's of London and served as a board member of the North American Association of Lloyd's. A lifelong Republican, Peter was widely known for his role as a trusted advisor, fundraiser, and confidant of government leaders and candidates from both political parties. He had a network of prominent political connections, both local and national. After retirement, he became increasingly known for his architectural photography, his photographs of friends and family, his sincere generosity, his culinary skills and legendary hospitality. His community affiliations included the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club (member since 1974), Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, San Jose Chamber of Commerce, San Jose Symphony, KTEH, Fellow of Santa Clara University(1991), Silicon Valley Capital Club, Los Gatos Police Foundation, Los Gatos Music and Arts and The Los Gatos Social Club. In addition to his wife, Dennise McNulty Carter, he is survived by two children from his first marriage, son P. Scott Carter '89 (Liza) and granddaughters Stephanie and Christina and son Shawn Villere Carter (Julie) and granddaughters Elle and Haley. Other survivors include his sisters Katherine Carter Powitchko (Jack), Patricia Carter Lowrie (Mike), Mary Carter Aulman (Mark), and V. Celeste Carter and brothers Joe Carter (Debbi), Paul Carter, Mark Carter, and Jonathan Carter (Deborah), in addition to numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Edwin "Scottie"Heim, Celestine Lisewski Carter and R. Joseph Carter, his aunt, Barbara Fields and by his brother, Matthew Carter. 

submitted May. 22, 2013 3:54A
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Pauline "Polly" Coughlan

Pauline "Polly" Coughlan May 25, 1919 - Aug. 20, 2013. Resident of Gilroy, CA, Coughlan was born in Redwood City, Calif. She was the fifth of six children born to Florence and John O'Brien. Polly attended Mt. Carmel elementary school, Notre Dame Belmont High School and San Jose State University. She married Jim Coughlan ’39 after WWII and had three children, Molly, Nan and Peggy. Jim died in 1989. Polly was predeceased by her siblings and friends and her grandson, Christopher Henley. Polly is survived by her daughters and their spouses; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and four great grandchildren.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:37P
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Jacqueline Ithurburn

Jacqueline Ithurburn, Oct. 9, 2013. Longtime Susanville resident Jacqueline (Jackie) Ithurburn passed away at Manor West Skilled Nursing Facility in Sparks, Nev. Her last days on the earth were spent with her family by her side. Jackie was born March 22, 1935 to George and Margaret (Corvello) Campidonica in Merced, Calif. She attended local schools and graduated from Merced High School. She went on to attend Hartnell College and San Jose State University. While attending San Jose State, she met the love of her life, Peter (Pete) Ithurburn '56, who was attending nearby Santa Clara University. They were married July 13, 1957 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merced. Jackie then moved to Susanville where she and Pete made their home. Jackie worked as a librarian at Diamond View School for several years in the 1970s. She devoted her life to her husband, children and eventually to her grandchildren. She was a past member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Caring and Sharing Group, past member of the Susanville Euskaldunak Basque Club and a devout member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ithurburn, brother, Robert Campidonica, and parents, George and Margaret Campidonica. Jackie is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Bob) Pieper, of Susanville, and Catherine Ithurburn, of Sacramento sons, Stephen Ithurburn, of Yuba City, Christopher (Kathy) Ithurburn, of Sacramento, and Phillip Ithurburn, of Susanville. Jackie's grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Matthew, Jacob, Amy, Samuel, Micheal, Stephanie, Paul, Andrew, Makayla and great-grandchild, Liam, will miss her kind blue eyes. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 9:12P

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Michael E. Kelly

Michael Kelly ’14 passed away on May 8, 2013, surrounded by his family and close friends. He was 21.

Born in Walnut Creek, CA, in 1992, Michael had lived in Modesto and was currently a junior at Santa Clara University. Michael is survived by his parents, Ed and Debbie Kelly, sisters, Kimberly, Maribeth and Bridget, brothers Zack Vagneur and Hasani Carr.

His passing at such a young age is reminder to us all to appreciate each and every person with whom we spend time, each and every day we share. May Michael's open and enthusiastic spirit nourish our own care for each other, especially in this time of grief.
submitted May. 23, 2013 1:26P
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Eugene A. Yuasa

Eugene Akio Yuasa J.D. ’89, March 7, 2013. He was 51, of Honolulu, and an attorney. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents James M. and Marjorie, brother Steven and sisters Frances Higashi and Ann Yuasa. 

submitted Oct. 14, 2013 9:04A
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