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1953

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Donald Campion Atkinson

Donald Campion Atkinson '53, resident of Santa Clara died at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose on February 28, 2010 at the age of 81. Born in San Francisco to Mr. and Mrs. James E. Atkinson, Don was a longtime resident of Santa Clara, having spent his career as a practicing lawyer in the office of the City Attorney of San Jose. He is survived by his brother James Bruce Atkinson, sister-in-law Fay Atkinson, and nephew James Atkinson. He will be missed by his many friends and extended family members in the Bay Area. 

submitted Jul. 12, 2010 10:44A
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Dewey L. Falcone

Judge Dewey Lawes Falcone ’53, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in his sleep at home in Redondo Beach, CA on August 15, 2013, at the age of 82. Dewey was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA on June 27, 1931. Son of Rose Coury and Alfredo Victor Falcone. Dewey graduated from Redondo Union High School class of 1949. He then attended Bay areas Menlo College, followed by the University of Santa Clara and then USC Law School. He then served his country in the US Army. Dewey started practicing law with his father in 1959 in Los Angeles for the next 34 years (law offices of Falcone & Falcone). While a lawyer he also served our country as ambassador to the Mariana Islands. He was appointed to Judgeship by Governor Pete Wilson and served for 20 years in the Norwalk Superior Court. He loved his work and his colleagues. Dewey was a family-first guy a great athlete and a scholar. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Teresa Falcone and their four children, Darran, Felicia, Marisa, and Christina. His five grandchildren Dylan, Iona, Forrest, Luna and Luke and his loving sister Delores Metzger, and his nephew Paul Marinos. Dewy was the Sea that we all floated on. He will be missed and loved always.

submitted Aug. 30, 2013 9:48A
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Ben C. Francis

Ben C. Francis J.D. '58 on Jan. 13, 2009.  He is survived by his wife, Bernice, and three children. 


submitted May. 28, 2009 3:30P
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Art Ciapponi

Arthur "Art" Ciapponi '53, a resident of Fremont, 84, passed away on Feb. 7, 2013, at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. He was born on May 24, 1928 in Oakland, CA to Arthur and Evelyn Ciapponi. Art was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years Joan (Van Dusen) Ciapponi; his parents, Arthur and Evelyn; and his brother, Dick. Art is survived by his wife, Beverly (Hagan) Ciapponi. They were happily married for over 14 years. He is survived by his three children, Debbie, Bob (Paula) and Cathy (Jack); grandchildren Amy (Mike), Rachel (Scott), Nick, Nate, and Sara; great grandchildren Colton, Mattea, Jade, August, Easton and Keenan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by Beverly's children, Tami (Gene), Debi (Kamal) and Bill (Lisa) and their children Melissa, Danica, Darion, Diego, Brian and Kelsey. Art grew up in Oakland where he graduated from Castlemont High School. He attended Napa Junior College where he played football. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1953. Art served two tours as a proud member of the United States Marine Corp. He worked for Pacific Pump Company in Oakland for over 30 years. In retirement he was co-owner of Ruxton Pump in Hayward. Art loved the outdoors and was an avid tennis player, hunter and sports enthusiast. All who knew him knew that he had a passion for politics and will always be a staunch Republican. Art was a wonderful husband and father who cared deeply for his family. He loved to tease and make everyone, even strangers, laugh. 

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:22P
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Anton "Tony" Janda

Anton "Tony" Janda ’53, CFN 1958, our dear brother Companion and good friend, entered into Light this morning, February 16, 2013 at 3:15 am. He was approximately 82 years old.  Tony died without pain and at peace at a hospice residence in La Mesa, CA, a suburb of San Diego. A priest from a local parish was called in to attend Tony last night.  Anne was at Tony's bedside when he died; she has been with him during many hours of the difficult past days and weeks and she is doing well. She wants us to know that Tony's final and cherished thoughts had been of Los Gatos, and of us, his Companions through the years.  Thanks to the kindness of Anne Janda, I had the privilege and joy of sharing some 30 pleasant moments with Tony at his bedside at the skilled nursing facility a few weeks ago. We were blessed to enjoy a portion of our lives in Tony's company. Each of us who knew and loved him holds our own special memories of him. We will carry those memories and experiences in our hearts until the time, beyond time, when we shall meet again. I hope that we--our lives--were as much a blessing for Tony as we were blessed with him.

Go with God, dear Tony. Until we meet again..

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 3:06P

1954

UGRD Engineering '54
Wilson Wong

Wilson Kwong Sung Wong ’54, Dec. 27, 2010. He was 79, of Honolulu, a retired GTE Hawaiian Tel engineer and an Army veteran. He died in Honolulu. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by son Edward A., daughter Lynn L.K., brothers Mun King and Raymond K.F., sisters Jane Y.J. and Joan Y.H., and two grandchildren.

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:44A
UGRD Engineering '54
William J. Campbell

William J. Campbell '54, resident of San Mateo, Calif., William J. passed away on June 15, 2009, at the age of 77. He is survived by his loving wife, Shirlie, two sons, Bill and Andy, one sister, Charlotte (Dee) and five adoring grandchildren. Bill was a generous man who spent his entire life helping other people. A graduate of U.S.F., he devoted much of his time to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, shaping the lives of countless young men. He was a proud Eagle Scout and over the years had received several awards in Scouting. He was an avid reader and had a keen interest in local San Mateo County and San Francisco history. In his later years, he volunteered time at Filoli and at the Senior Center, helping prepare income taxes for the community.
 

submitted Aug. 4, 2009 12:35P
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William F. Caro

William F. Caro '54, J.D. '73. Feb. 26, 2014. Born in San Jose in 1932, Caro inherited his father's devotion to SCU's fabled football history and loved to recount, play-by-play, Santa Clara's heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Stanford in the very first college game he ever attended, as an eight-year-old, on Oct. 12, 1940. Athletic loyalties notwithstandng, he did graduate work at Stanford, earning his M.B.A. in 1960 with an emphasis in marketing. His subsequent career as an advertising media director brought him to agencies in San Francisco and Los Angees and Eventually to Coakley-Heagerty in Santa Clara. He later taught advertising at San Jose State University. Caro spent his retirement years in Santa Clara, not far from where the palm and olive mingle. He occasionally enjoyed an idle hour in the university library researching the glory days of Bronco football. He is survived by his brothers, Robert, S.J. '58, M.Div '70 and Paul '62.

submitted Mar. 25, 2014 10:43P
UGRD Leavey Business '54
William Ansley Allen Jr.

William Ansley Allen, Jr. '54 on January 7, 2010 at home in Arlington, VA after a 14 year struggle with Parkinson''s Disease. He was 78 years old. He is survived by his wife Antoinette; and daughter Claire; as well as four children from his first marriage: Robert, Mark, Therese, Margaret; five grandchildren; and his younger brother Yater. Bill was born in the Philippines in 1931 and his family hid from the Japanese in the jungles for nearly three years before being rescued by the U.S.S. Nautilius in 1944 and moving to the United States. He recently wrote a memoir for his family about his childhood adventures. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University and Georgetown University and was an economist at the Department of Commerce for nearly forty years before his retirement. He managed his office softball team for many years. Bill loved baseball, jazz, musicals, Scrabble, and bad puns. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father.

submitted Mar. 2, 2010 10:57A
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William "Bill" Kilty

William "Bill" R. Kilty ’54 has died, following a five-year battle with melanoma cancer at his San Clemente home on Feb. 4, 2013 at the age of 80. He was born Sept. 2, 1932, to Edith A. and Edmund J. Kilty in Denver, Colo. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1939, where he attended St. Paul the Apostle grammar school in Westwood and Loyola High School. In 1947, the family moved to Palo Alto, and Bill graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 1950 and Santa Clara University in 1954. Following his graduation from Santa Clara, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served as an officer for three and half years. In 1957, while serving in Long Beach, he married Joan C. LaBounty. After his discharge from the Coast Guard, he was employed by the Crown Zellerbach Corporation as a sales trainee. In 1961, he became Headquarters Sales Supervisor for the Zellerbach Paper Company in San Francisco. In the years that followed, he served as Los Angeles Division Managerial Assistant (1965), Portland Division Manager (1968), and Vice President and Manager for the Zellerbach Paper Company's southern region. In 1975, he served as Vice President for Corporate Development at Zellerbach headquarters in San Francisco. 


After retiring, Bill and his wife, Joan, relocated to San Clemente, Calif. in 1988 and enjoyed their retirement by traveling, playing golf, and watching their grandchildren blossom. In 1995, Bill's wife, Joan, succumbed to breast cancer. Eight years later, Bill renewed acquaintance with and ultimately married fellow San Clemente resident, Miriam Schumacher Hoffman, who had been a classmate of Bill's at St. Paul the Apostle and who died in 2011. Bill is survived by his five children, Ann Hernandez ’80, MBA ’87, Jeanne Jelnick, John Kilty, Tom Kilty '88 and R. Patrick Kilty; sister, Janet Lewis; and twelve grandchildren. 

Bill was an active member of Rotary, the San Clemente Dons, and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente. Bill was an enthusiastic supporter and fan of his grandchildren as they participated in sports, performing arts, and other activities, and he will be remembered as a generous and loving father and grandfather.

submitted Feb. 11, 2013 11:42A
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Theodore A. Loer

Theodore A. Loer '54 on Nov. 12, 2008.  A native of Watsonville, he served in the Army Air Corps and later worked for the Santa Clara County Assessor's office, retiring after 35 years as chief auditor appraiser. He is survived by his wife, Jo; three children; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:39P
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Ted Connolly

Theodore "Ted" William Connolly '54, former All-Pro San Francisco 49er right guard, peacefully passed in his Gardnerville, Nev., home, on Feb. 24, 2014 from acute mylocytic leukemia. He was 82.

Ted was born the youngest of five children on December 5, 1931 in Oakland, Calif. to parents William Eugene Connolly and Dora Ray Waterman. He attended Piedmont High School 1946-49 where he was All-Alameda County for 3 years in football and track, and lettered in baseball and basketball, hence was inducted into the Piedmont HS Sports Hall of Fame. He attended University of Santa Clara where he was All-Catholic All American tackle in 1951. When Santa Clara dropped football he transferred to Tulsa University, Okla., and graduated in 1953. Ted married his high school sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth Heidt, on April 19, 1954, in Tulsa, Okla., and had five children which they raised in Oakland, Calif. 

Ted achieved his childhood dream and was drafted in the 9th round in 1953 by his home town team - the San Francisco 49ers. He played for the Forty Niners until 1962 - his NFL All-Pro year. After holding out from signing his 1963 49er contact and being fined $100 per day, he showed up to his contact negotiations with his lawyer, Ray Bolton – an unheard of scandalous move for a professional athlete at that time. He was blackballed by ownership and the NFL, but prevailed and was traded to the Cleveland Browns. Ted is credited as one of the first professional athletes to retain legal player representation, opening the door for future athletes. During his one year 1963 season with the Browns, Ted blocked for the legendary running back, Jim Brown, the year Brown broke the all-time 1900 yard rushing record when the NFL schedule included only 14 games. Ted played 92 games in his nine year NFL football career.
 
Taking time off from football career, First Lieutenant Connolly served 18 months in the Air Force Reserve at Hamilton Air Force Base in the military police and as coach of the Air Force football team, ending his active service with a huge win over Army in the Penrose Bowl in 1956. Ted was Honorable Discharged from Air Reserves as Captain on July 1, 1966.
 
“Not being able to support my family of 5 kids with an NFL salary”, he retired from football, and shortly after became Vice President of Development for Grubb & Ellis Real Estate. In 1966 he started Connolly Development, Inc., which developed over 40 shopping centers in California and Nevada. His first shopping center, Bonanza Square in Las Vegas, Nev., is still owned and operated by his family. 
 
Equally committed to civic and community activities, Ted’s service included the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid of Department of State’s Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. ; President and Commissioner of the Port of Oakland for 12 years where he participated in completion of numerous international trade agreements and the expansion of the Oakland Airport; Airport Operations International Council; Director of the Alameda County Real Estate Board; Oakland Planning Commission; the Founder of the Oakland’s Mayor Sports Committee; and a founding director of the San Antonio Youth Project. 
 
Pursuing his passion for gourmet food and wine, in the early 70’s he developed Sky Hill Farms ranch in Napa Valley producing gourmet cheeses and yogurts from Nubian goats, and organic produce for local restaurants – one of the first “farm to market” providers in California. 
 
TC, as he was known to friends and family, will forever be remembered for his gregarious nature and love of people - best signified by his very firm, sometimes painful, handshake (taught to him by his Irish father) as he pulled you towards his smiling gray-blue eyes warmly welcoming you into his world. 
 
Theodore William Connolly is survived by his children Mark, Cary Byers (Jerry), Matthew (Sally), Chad, and Amy Katsanos; his grandchildren Wesley, Cole, Bryce, Austin and Dimitri; their supportive mother Mary Connolly, good friend Marjorie McGee, his siblings Francis Alexander and husband Ernie (deceased), Larry and wife Barbara, Norman (deceased)and his wife Deletta, and many loving nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his sister Betty Spivey and husband Bill.
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:26A
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Robert E. Draklich

Robert E. Draklich '54 died on February 12, 2010. Born in Fresno, Calif. on August 8, 1932, son of Nikoli and Rubie Draklich, Bob played football for and graduated from Santa Clara University. Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Army as an officer with the Honest John Field Artillery Unit in Germany. After becoming a stock broker with Merrill Lynch, Bob married his best friend, Colleen Burns, in 1962. Bob and Colleen lived in Fresno and joined the Fort Washington Country Club where he became a five-time Men’s Golf Club Champion. The Drakliches moved to Phoenix, Ariz. in 1970 to manage the Mitchem Jones Brokerage House. They became members of the Arizona Country Club where they met many dear friends and enjoyed very happy times. Bob retired from Piper Jaffray in 2004. His greatest joy was his many family and friends. Bob is survived by his wife; sons Scott and his wife Mae, Nick and his wife Dawn, and Mike and his wife Sarah; grandchildren Brandy, Samantha, Nicole, Brittney, Ashley, Taylor, Driana, Ashton, Anthony, and Jake; and great-grandchildren Jackson and Ashlyn.

submitted Feb. 22, 2010 1:26P
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Richard Philip "Dick" Berry

Richard Philip "Dick" Berry ’54, of Meadow Vista, Calif., passed away peacefully in the company of his children on Monday, June 19, 2012 after a trying battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born in San Francisco in 1932 to James and Anne. Richard attended Bellermine Preparatory where he excelled in football. He received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Santa Clara in 1954, and served as First Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. Richard married the love of his live, Elizabeth Jane in 1955. They raised their family in cities including San Jose, Denver, Salt Lake City and Meadow Vista.

Richard supported his family while employed at the AMFAC Distribution Corporation where he began his career in 1976 and retired as the Senior Vice President of Product Support in 1984. Richard excelled in all that he did and upon retiring he enjoyed gardening, watching his much loved 49ers and attending church where he was a Eucharistic minister. He was a warm, loving man who was described as a role model.

Richard is survived by a large family who will miss him deeply. He is the beloved father of Richard W. Berry, Kathryn (and Sidney) Smith, Susan (and David) Pierce and Linda Aldrich; devoted brother of James, William and Jay Anne; caring grandfather to Samantha Berry, Amanda and Gretchen Smith, David (and Kari) and Mark (and Jenna) Pierce, Megan and Kyle Aldrich; adoring great-grandfather to George Berry, Wyatt Pierce and Wesley Pierce. He also leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law. Richard will be remembered for his kind smile and dedication to his family. Richard's beloved 'Bets' passed away in 1999. He is reunited with her and they are surely enjoying their first dance in the life after this.

submitted Aug. 3, 2012 10:42A
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Ralph Neary

Ralph Eugene Neary ’54, Nov. 28, 2012. Neary, a third-generation San Franciscan who lived in the city his whole life, passed into his Lord's hands at home with his family at his side. He had fought a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Ralph was a proud graduate of Sacred Heart High School and Santa Clara University. After serving his country in the United States Army he went on to enjoy a productive career as a mechanical engineer. He holds numerous patents as a result of his creative work over a thirty-year career at the Schlage Lock Company.

Ralph was an invaluable member of Saint Brendan Parish, and enjoyed a life where his generosity was rewarded most by sharing simple, special times with his many loyal friends and loving family.

He could design anything, build anything, fix anything, and he made a mean Manhattan. But most of all, he was the best friend, husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather anyone could ask for, sharing his insight and talents whenever and wherever needed most.

Those whose lives he touched will miss him immensely. The family is especially grateful for Lauren and her team of caregivers and Pathways Hospice who provided Dad with loving assistance over the last few months.
Ralph joined his parents Charlie and Olga, and his older brother Norman. He is now watching over his wife of fifty-six years, Kathleen (Cullen), his children, Michael (Xiomara), Thomas (Lucy), Charles (Laura), and Mary Geasa (John), and his nine grandchildren, Sean, Meaghan, Monica, Emily, Kaitlyn, Annie, Jack, Kevin, and Joe.

submitted Dec. 7, 2012 8:44P
UGRD Leavey Business '54
Luke A. "Bud" Scurich

Luke A. "Bud" Scurich '54 passed away Tuesday, April 20th with his family at his side. He was 78 years old. He was born and raised in Watsonville and attended Moreland Notre Dame and Watsonville High schools. He attended Santa Clara University and after graduation in 1954, served in the army for two years spending a portion of his term in Alaska. He returned to Watsonville and began working in the family insurance agency until his retirement in 1995. After retiring, he continued to spend time barbequing for the charities and organizations he loved as well as for his family and friends at his ranch on Scurich Road. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Slavic American Benevolent Society, SACO, Watsonville Elks Lodge, Pajaro Valley Rod and Gun Club, PV Historical Society, SIRS and Valley Catholic Church. He also served on the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury for two years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antone and Pauline Scurich and sisters Mary Farris and June Eastman. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue, sister Catherine Walt Burleson, sons Tony Julie and Mike Jennifer Scurich, daughters Missy John Powers and Mimi Scurich, grandsons Jeff, Scott, Luke and Zach Scurich, Joe and Mathew Powers, granddaughters Megan and Casey Scurich, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

submitted May. 13, 2010 1:47P
GRD Engineering '54
Louis M Gairaud

 

Louis M. Gairaud ’54 passed on Jan. 26, 2011, at home due to complications of Parkinsons at age 79. Ret. Colonel USAR Louis M. Gairaud was the beloved husband of Marie Gairaud; loving brother of Catherine Padgett (Ben) of Annandale, Va.; loving father of Timothy L. Gairaud of San Jose, Lori Gairaud Webb (JJ) of Boulder Creek, Danny Reilly (Terri) of Savage, MN, Patti Gairaud, Geraldine L. Swanson and Suzanne Gairaud, all of San Jose; devoted grandfather of 14; great-grandfather of five; and uncle of three. He was a third-generation native of San Jose, and graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory and Santa Clara University. Louis was also a member of Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, past president of Insurance Brokers & Agents of Silicon Valley, member of Young Men's Institute, and San Jose Council Number 2.
 

 

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 4:48P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '54
Larry F. Frisone

Larry F. Frisone '54 died on August 17, 2010. Resident of Carmel, Frisone passed away at the age of 79, after battling a seven year progressive neurological disorder, with family and care givers by his side. Larry was an extremely kind, honest and caring father, grandfather and friend. He always greeted everyone with a warm smile, witty conversation and was the life and soul of the party. Larry was born in Akron, Ohio. His primary schooling was at Saint Mary's Parochial School. His family moved to San Jose in July of 1947 and was enrolled at Bellarmine High School and graduated in 1950. He played varsity football first as a tackle then as a fullback during winning seasons. Larry's first year at college was at Santa Clara University where we took pre-science courses and ROTC. He then went to UC Berkley and graduated in 1954 with a BS Degree in Pharmacy from UCSF Medical Center College of Pharmacy and was licensed shortly thereafter. During September of 1954, Larry was called to duty in the US Army Medical Service Corp as a Second Lieutenant beginning at Fort Sam, Houston, Texas where he held various logistic assignments. After one year, he was transferred to Frankfurt, Germany where he was platoon leader of a MASH unit and later became the Company Commander. In July, 1956, Larry was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant and began his pharmacy career. Larry met his future wife, Gloria Vizza, in San Jose when by chance, she walked into a pharmacy where Larry was currently working. He took a liking to her immediately. He didn't need to ask her for a phone number since he had already typed her prescription. Larry and Gloria were married on December 21, 1958. They had two children, a daughter, Julie and a son, Robert. Several months after their wedding, he opened Hecker Pass Pharmacy in Gilroy and began a very successful business. During these years, he always had a real estate project in the works. Julie died in 1970 which may have prompted Larry's need for a change in life. He shortly, thereafter, sold the pharmacy and pursued real estate full time. Larry, Gloria and Robert moved to Pebble Beach in 1977. His son, Robert, after graduating from college in 1986 began developing projects and running the office with Larry. Larry and Robert enjoyed working together for many years until Larry decided to reduce his hours to pursue community service. Gloria died in 1990 after fighting cancer for three years. Larry being the devoted husband never left her side. In July of 1997, Larry became a happy grandfather to his pride and joy, Emily Elizabeth Frisone. His favorite moments were visiting Emily at school, taking her shopping, listening to her play her violin and watching her ride at horse shows. He was so proud of her. Larry was always active in his various communities: Gilroy American Legion, Gilroy Rotary Club, Gilroy Elks Club, board member of Friends of Hospice, board member Chartwell School, Monterey County Cultural Commission, Stillwater Yacht Club (Commodore 2005) and member of the Big Sir Land Trust Membership Committee. Larry was also a member of the Pebble beach, Beach and Tennis Club and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Larry was a very generous man and made donations to many charities though-out the Monterey Peninsula. Larry is survived by his son, Robert Frisone, his daughter in law, Caron Frisone and his loving granddaughter, Emily Frisone who reside in Pebble Beach, California. Larry's family would like to thank Jun Camarse (Compassionate Care) and his entire family for the loving and attentive care given for three years.

submitted Sep. 3, 2010 11:02A
'54
John Vasconcellos

John Vasconcellos '54, J.D. '59, the famously rumpled bear-of-a-man who served 38 entertaining and volatile years in the state Legislature representing the heart of Silicon Valley, died May 24, 2014. He was 82.

Friends said Vasconcellos, whose kidneys had been failing, died at 12:15 p.m. at his Santa Clara condo.
 
Vasconcellos gained national fame after Republican Gov. George Deukmejian in 1986 signed legislation that created the Democratic Vasconcellos' pet project: The California Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem, Personal and Social Responsibility.
 
A few months later, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau spent three weeks mocking the task force, imagining what went on inside flaky-sounding meetings.

While many politicians might have wilted under such enormous teasing, Vasconcellos -- colorful, witty, brilliant, angry, intellectual and elegantly foul of mouth -- turned the insults into a spread in People magazine and countless guest spots on TV and radio discussing the serious value of self-esteem.
"I've gotten more attention in the last several weeks than in the (previous) 20 years," he beamed in a 1987 Los Angeles Times profile.
 
"He had two sides: the legislator who was masterful of money flowing in and out of the Legislature and masterful in getting bills he wanted passed -- even if it took five to six years to get them done," Larry Gerston, a San Jose State political-science professor, said Saturday. Then there "was the humanitarian side. People viewed it as quirky, but he was dead serious.
 
"This was a person of two interesting, different minds, but both thrived."
Vasconcellos, who retired from politics in 2004 after serving 30 years in the Assembly and eight years in the state Senate, never married or had children but was widely revered and surrounded by friends at the end.
 
Lee Quarnstrom, a retired San Jose Mercury News journalist and longtime friend of Vasconcellos, said: "His friends knew him as a truly decent man who always based his politics on the notion that humans are basically good and that public policy that stimulates and encourages the good in humankind -- he called it the politics of trust -- should be the guiding principle for those who make the laws and develop governmental programs and policies."
 
HUMAN POTENTIAL
Many who admired Vasconcellos said he always remained a hard-charging, idealistic liberal who considered himself both a student and teacher of all things political.
 
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen recalled one vital lesson from the year she was a rookie in the Legislature and was trying to sponsor bill that put legislative information online. Capitol players kept calling meetings about the proposal but strategically did not invite Bowen.
 
She asked Vasconcellos what she should do about her disrespectful colleagues. His recommendation: Find out when the meetings are planned and just show up.
 
"I don't think I would have done that without John's advice," said Bowen, suggesting she might have resorted to a nasty war in the Capitol's back halls. "John showed me that I was perfectly entitled to be at those meetings -- and showing up forced the others to realize that too."
 
Bowen said the secrecy halted immediately.
 
Almost from the day of his 1966 election to the state Assembly, Vasconcellos was a thunderous Capitol presence. He was always searching for ways to salve his tempestuous inner demons. And he publicly employed an array of "human-potential movement" therapies, including psychosynthesis and gestalt, hoping to release rage, tension and fear. He was a devotee of the teachings out of Esalen, the Big Sur center of "New Age" consciousness.
In 1970, Vasconcellos began 13 years of practicing bioenergetics with Stanley Keleman. At one point, the therapist told the politician that if he continued the therapy, his inner rage might end up "blowing your entire political career!" But Vasconcellos would not stop the discovery process.
 
"It caused such a fallout that the state Assembly created a team of colleagues who rushed to his side when he and his rage erupted," according to a biographical profile by Vasconcellos' legislative staff. The fellow legislators "held his hands while he blew until he settled down. Eventually, he outgrew both his rage and his need for such support."
 
TOP SCHOLAR
John B. Vasconcellos Jr. was born May 11, 1932, in San Jose. His father was Portuguese, his mother German. Family lore has it that his dad was among the early Portuguese men who jumped ship in Hawaii to find work. That is how young John came to cherish Maui and build a large, extended family on the Hawaiian island.
 
For high school, he boarded at Bellarmine College Preparatory and graduated with top honors. He then trekked minutes up The Alameda to Santa Clara University, where he graduated magna cum laude. After serving two years as an Army lieutenant, he went to law school, also at Santa Clara, graduating in 1959 at the top of his class.
 
During the one year he spent on Gov. Pat Brown's campaign staff in the early '60s, politics were injected into his heart. And from the moment he finally took his first Assembly seat, Vasconcellos was a passionate, quotable and unique character.
 
"People are basically decent -- and given the right kinds of recognition, nurturance, love and support -- will live in constructive ways," he once said.
Throughout the 1970s, Vasconcellos actively lobbied for community-based nonviolent conflict resolution projects and university peace-study programs. He also promoted student representation on all the major governing boards in California higher education, according to the enormous cache of Vasconcellos papers, housed in a special collection at UC Santa Barbara.
 
Vasconcellos left the Assembly in 1996 when he was elected to the state Senate. In 1997, at age 65, he expressed an interest in running for governor, saying: "I'm better prepared than anyone else in terms of knowledge of the issues."
 
He was unapologetic about wanting a more expansive, generous government -- even when he was a budget wonk as chairman of the powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee. That expertise, plus his devotion to "human potential," made it easy for him to sell himself as a political unifier.
 
"Over the years, I've worked with hundreds of Californians on thousands of projects, bringing people together, from the homeless to high-tech executives," he said at the time. "I have a unique record on that."
 
But perhaps it was all that high self-esteem that led him to soon drop out of the race. "I didn't have the stomach to get on the phone and beg" for money, he admitted after a few months. "My life is too precious."
 
KINDNESS, CARING
 
When term limits ended his Assembly run in 1996, Vasconcellos was also chairman of the ethics committee. After winning the Senate seat, he soon chaired the Public Safety Committee. His "Tough & Smart Public Safety Program" took a preventive approach to public safety, but without making Democrats look soft on crime.
 
In the Senate, he also chaired committees on K-12 and higher education and the Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care. He was known for guiding them both with equal shares of fiscal responsibility, kindness and savvy.
"John was the sort of man whom many, many Californians thought of as a dear friend," Quarnstrom said. "He despaired ... about the state Capitol, a place he truly loved. And yet, it was a place that he always knew needed to get better and do better."
 
Bowen said Vasconcellos taught politicians on both sides of the aisle many important things about doing the job earnestly, while striving for personal growth.
 
Even when he was done with politics, she said, he humorously laid out a thoughtful plan for a positive retirement.
 
"I have three requisites," Bowen remembers Vasconcellos telling her. "I don't want to be cold. I don't want to have a schedule. And, most of all, I don't want to deal with assholes!"
 
Bowen laughed and said, "That answer was just so John."
 
 
submitted May. 30, 2014 4:10P
UGRD Leavey Business '54
John Joseph Mancino

John Joseph Mancino '54, age 77, of Huntington Beach, Calif., passed away July 7, 2010. John was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 1932. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School where he was a multi-sport letterman, was the L.A. City Player of the Year in 1949 for Basketball and is a member of the Helms Hall of Fame. Those basketball skills earned him a scholarship to Santa Clara University. He transferred to Loyola University in Westchester after one year where he studied Accounting. Upon completing his education, John became a public accountant working for Arthur Andersen & Co. He spent the majority of his professional life operating his own accounting practice never completely retiring. Sports played a big role in John's life ... from his playing days to coaching his children, particularly in baseball, to rooting for his Angels, Dodgers and Lakers. Aside from his deep faith in Our Lord, the greatest love of his life was the time he spent with his family whom he treasured with all his heart. John is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Marelyn, and sons John Dennis, Steve, Jeff, David, and Mark, daughters Nancy and Gina, 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as sister, Mary Virginia. He is preceded in death by his precious grandson, Adam.

submitted Jul. 16, 2010 10:56A
UGRD Leavey Business '54
John J. Stanton

John J. Stanton Jr. '54, of Greenwich, Conn., died October 15, 2009. Born on August 23, 1932 in New York City he grew up in Mamaroneck, New York and Portland, Oegon. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University and Georgetown Law School. He proudly served as a Lieutenant in US Marine Corps. He practiced law with the National Labor Relations Board, was Labor Counsel and head of the legal department of the New York Times and served on Counsel with Cahill, Gordon and Reindel. He also taught law at the University of the District of Columbia. John was also a member of American Yacht Club, a parishioner of Resurrection Church in Rye, and a religious education teacher there. He enjoyed traveling, gardening and cooking. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary-Jane (Handler), his children: John, Sue Ann (Gail Romano),Gregory (Maria Del Guercio) and Hugh as well as his grandchildren, Isobella, Luke and Nina. A devoted friend, Jack guided those close to him with his sharp intellect, dry wit, and gentle laugh. Jack Stanton was never one to suffer fools gladly.

submitted Nov. 3, 2009 4:52P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '54
John "Phil" Gilligan

John "Phil" Gilligan '54 passed away peacefully at home on Sunday August 14, 2011. He is survived by his wife Jane Gilligan and their three children: Andrew, Theresa and Erin, their spouses and five grandchildren. Following graduation from Santa Clara University in June of 1954, Gilligan served in the US Army Field Artillery as a Lieutenant for 4 years. Upon his return he joined Coldwell Banker in Los Angeles working as a mortgage broker, until he joined Edwin A.Tomlin Company, a Los Angeles mortgage brokerage firm. Later he became sole owner and operator of the company. During that time he served as the elected President of the California Mortgage Brokers Association and served for a full term. In 1968, following his retirement from the mortgage  brokerage business he embarked on a new career as an avocado farmer in North County San Diego. He developed Gilligan Groves, which prospers as a working business to this day. In 1970 Gilligan became a member of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Los Angeles, serving as its  President  in 1981. He also served for many years on the University of San Diego Board of Trustees and as head of the Oceanside Housing Loan Rehabilitation Commission.

submitted Sep. 23, 2011 1:18P
'54
James P. Brisbois

James P. Brisbois ’54, of San Mateo, Calif., passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Nov. 16, following a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 78 years old. A native of Stockton, Jim attended Serra High School and the University of Santa Clara. He served in the United States Army. Jim worked for 32 years as an investment trust officer with the Bank of California in San Francisco. An avid lifelong sportsman, he was a hunter safety instructor with the Department of Fish and Game for over 25 years. Jim was a long-time member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society. Jim is survived by Bobby, his wife of 46 years, and their children, Nick (Anna), Joe (Meighan), Matt, and Sue (Tracy), as well as his sisters, Winnie Buckley and Mary Rose. He was blessed with two granddaughters, Zoe and Lily. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Winifred Brisbois, and sisters, Barbara Ogburn and Betty Norman.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 7:31A
'54
Jack Keuhler

Jack Keuhler '54 on Dec. 20, 2008.  A native of Grand Island, Neb., he started at IBM as an associate engineer at the San Jose Research Laboratory in 1958. He was elected IBM senior vice president in May 1982 and became vice chairman of the board and a member of the executive committee in January 1988. He was elected president in May 1989 and resumed the title of vice chairman in 1993. The former engineering alumnus served on SCU's Board of Trustees, and in 2005 he and his wife donated $1 million to the School of Engineering. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children; and 12 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:38P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '54
Edward L. Bispo

Edward L. Bispo '54, passed away on July 15, 2010 in Carmichael, Calif. Ed was born in Modesto, Calif., on June 19, 1932. He is survived by Virginia, his loving wife of 54 years, and his five daughters and their husbands: Cathy and David Allen of Raleigh, NC; Debbie and Rob Stevenson of Redwood City, Calif.; Theresa and Mike Molatore of Bakersfield, Calif.; Sharon and Tom Wilp of Chandler, Ariz.; and Pam and Keith Johnson of Carmichael, Calif. Ed is also survived by 13 adoring grandchildren: Chantel and John Molatore; John, Katie, Elizabeth, and Joey Allen; Christopher and Laura Wilp; Abby, Erin and Liam Johnson; and Will and Mia Stevenson. He also leaves many family members including his sisters Margaret Nossardi and Kathy Lewis and brothers Charles (Joyce) and Frank Bispo, brother-in-law and sister-in law James and Joyce McHugh, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal friends. Ed graduated from Modesto High School in 1950 and from Santa Clara University in 1954. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After two years active duty, Ed attended the University of San Francisco where he earned a master's degree in political science as well as numerous teaching credentials. He began teaching in San Francisco Unified School District and after seven years he moved his family to Sacramento where he began a long and successful career working for the California Department of Education. While in Sacramento, Ed continued his studies and earned his Ed.D from Nova University. Ed enjoyed his involvement with education and children. He continued working, part time, after retirement until he fully retired due to health reasons. He loved being with family and friends and enjoyed participating in the many special events in honor of his children and grandchildren, including birthday parties, academic ceremonies, sporting events and all school activities. He was very proud of his family. He was frequently sought out by the persons whose lives he touched for advice and counseling. He was always available to friends and acquaintances for talk, counsel, and an occasional glass of wine. He was generous and kind. He loved people and he loved life.

 

submitted Aug. 2, 2010 10:39A
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