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Daniel C. Willis ’42 was a resident of Arcadia, Calif. He was born in 1920 and died on Feb. 5, 2013. He was 92.
Alvin Hugh Storch ’42 was born in San Francisco, California on Oct. 20, 1920. He departed on Apr. 15, 2013 and resided in Cupertino, CA.
Alex J. Hart '42, the final family owner of Hart's Department Stores, died peacefully on Aug. 8 in Saratoga, one month and a day shy of his 90th birthday.No single word can describe Mr. Hart. He was a philanthropist, a businessman, a civic and community leader, a social arbiter, a charming host, a gentleman and a friend to many. "Whatever Alex did, he did so well," says Leigh Weimers, a longtime friend. "I always thought Alex was a consummate gentleman, always well spoken and well groomed. If his goal was to sell menswear, he did a beautiful job of being the model himself. You wanted to buy something to make yourself look as good as Alex Hart." Judy Goldeen recalls knowing Mr. Hart from childhood, as he was a friend of her parents, the late Don and Jane Goldeen. "Alex was a sweet, dear man who loved a good party," she says. Goldeen recalls that when she and the late Steffi Sims would go to brunch with Mr. Hart, "He was always dressed to the nines and treated us as though we were the most important ladies in his life." Mr. Hart was born in San Jose on Sept. 9, 1920, the second son of Alex J. Hart Sr. and Nettie Brooke Hart. His grandfather Leopold Hart arrived in San Jose from his native Alsace Lorraine and opened his first dry goods and clothing store in 1866. In 1902 he was successful enough to launch L. Hart & Son Department Store in downtown San Jose, which by 1920 was the largest department store between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It was Mr. Hart's older brother, Brooke, who was groomed to take over the helm of the store, but everything changed on Nov. 9, 1933, when Brooke Hart was kidnapped as he left the family store, then brutally murdered. His two kidnappers were taken from their jail cells by an angry mob, carried across the street to St. James Park and lynched. The incident made headlines across the United States and Europe. The Hart family was much loved in the community, and in his award-winning book on the subject, Swift Justice, the late Harry Farrell wrote that his murderers "could have chosen no victim whose popularity and place in the community would more surely guarantee the violent retribution that followed."Mr. Hart was 13 at the time, and his older brother was 22. He was sent to San Rafael Military Academy, returning to San Jose to attend Santa Clara University. Mr. Hart was living in Los Angeles and writing music for Paramount Pictures when his father died in 1943, and he returned to San Jose to take over the family store at the corner of Market and Santa Clara streets. Theo Hart says he believes his father would have preferred a career writing musicals to haberdashery, but he wouldn't shirk his family responsibilities. In 1944 Mr. Hart married Iphigenia Papavosiliou, a native of Greece. They met at a party in Berkeley, where she was attending the University of California. They had three sons, Brooke, A.J. and Theo, later divorcing. Theo Hart says that while his father was well known, what was unknown were the many things he did for others. "My father brought the first traffic stoplight to downtown at Market and Santa Clara, so pedestrians would have the right of way to cross the busy streets," he says. "He was a great philanthropist. He donated the property at Naglee and The Alameda where the YMCA sits. It was his father's house and where he grew up." Hart also praises his father as a style innovator. "He was very big on making Hart's a fashion place. My grandfather didn't do that. Dad really brought the style and panache. "He loved art and style and form, and he brought that to San Jose." If Mr. Hart made any mistake, it was in his emotional loyalty to downtown San Jose, says his son. "The worst decision he made in his career was not moving from downtown to be the anchor store at Valley Fair shopping center," Hart says. "Everyone begged him not to do it, and he made an emotional decision not to leave downtown. That was the precursor to his business not remaining competitive with the malls." Mr. Hart expanded from downtown to open stores in Sunnyvale in 1957, followed by Hart's Mayfield Mall in Mountain View and Hart's Westgate in San Jose. He sold the stores in 1976, but remained with the company to ensure a successful transition and to make sure his loyal employees were taken care of.The camaraderie of Hart's employees was such that they held annual reunions for many years after the stores closed in the early 1980s. "They were usually at the Three Flames on Meridian," Hart says. "I used to go to them with my father, but then everybody started passing away." Following his retirement in 1981, Mr. Hart traveled, but the lure of merchandising brought him back to work for a few more years. In a 2000 interview with journalist Paul Lukes, Mr. Hart said, "After our store closed, I got bored. I knew retail, so I talked to my friend Nick Sands at I. Magnin. "After I assured him I didn't want his job, he hired me to work in better jewelry and handbags. I just loved it." Mr. Hart lived in many homes over the years, including ones in San Jose, Los Gatos and Saratoga. Hart says his father moved in with him and his family nine years ago, and in 2007 he moved into Our Lady of Fatima Villa in Saratoga. There he continued to be a positive influence and helpful to others. Randi Kinman remembers the friendship he extended to her mother Marcy Kinman when she moved there in December 2009. "His friendship and humor were the keys to her easy transition to living in a new situation," says Kinman, who escorted Mr. Hart to the 50-year anniversary celebration of the Central YMCA in October 2009. In addition to his support of the Y, Mr. Hart was a past president of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, a supporter of St. Elizabeth's Day Home, San Jose Symphony, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Santa Clara Youth Center. He was also active with Rotary, Elks and the Native Sons of the Golden West.Mr. Hart is survived by his sons Brooke and his wife, Marcia, of Madera; A.J. and his wife, Linda, of Almaden Valley; Theo and his wife, Vicki, of Saratoga; 10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Captain William P. Crawford ’43, a familiar figure on waterfronts along the West Coast, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; 13 children, Patricia, Thomas, John, Christine, Andrew, Daniel, Joseph, Robert, Timothy, James, Margaret, Catherine and William; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Bill was born into an Irish seafaring family in 1922, left college to serve as a merchant seaman in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean-Middle East war zones and was an unlimited shipmaster by the time he was 22 years old. After the war, he finished school and then practiced admiralty law until joining in the operation of the family training school for shipmasters and officers. He taught in Crawford Nautical School locations in New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle for almost six decades. He was a noted author of maritime trade books, including Mariner's Celestial Navigation and Mariner's Weather. Bill had a fierce intelligence, insatiable curiosity, undeniable charm and well-earned pride in his many accomplishments. He truly lived every day of his long life. His memory lives on through his family, all of the seafarers he taught and many others whose lives he touched.
Victor Kramer '43 on January 17, 2010. Victor, a retired real estate broker, was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and lived there all his life. He was an Army Veteran of WWII and Korea. He was a member of Post #1 American Legion, VFW #720, DAV #1, and Military Order of Purple Heart #463, Emeritus of Arizona, Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta, Charter member of Phi Sigma Alpha at ASU, graduate of Santa Clara University, member of Phoenix Press Club, the Church Club, and a devoted member of St. Mary’s Church.
Fr. James Ganahl '43, age 88, of Corona, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2010. Fr. Jim was born in Corona, CA, the fifth of six children of Alphonse and Myra Ganahl. Fr. Jim graduated from Corona high in 1939. He earned his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Santa Clara in 1943. He entered the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1944. During his service in Pearl Harbor, HI, he assisted in landing a fleet record 545 planes in one day. He separated from the service in 1946 as a Lieutenant. From 1947 to 1949 he lived and worked in Los Angeles, staying at the boarding house run by “Ma Byrne.” It was there that he established some of his closest, lifelong friendships. Fr. Jim was ordained a priest on May 19, 1956 at the Cathedral for the dioceses of San Diego. He served in a number of parishes in San Diego and San Bernardino counties. After retirement in 1987 he continued to serve as hospital chaplain in the High Desert. Fr. Jim returned to Corona in 2004 in order to enjoy his final years visiting with family and friends. Occasionally he worked in a round of golf. Fr. Jim was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Paul, Joe, and Francis (Sonny) and sister, Mary Ryan. He is survived by his sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. His welcoming smile and loving kindness will be greatly missed by his family, friends and former parishioners.
Michael A. Filice '43 died April 3, 2011. Born in 1921 in Gilroy, CA. A Marine in WW II where he received a letter of commendation for serving his country in the Battle on Iwo Jima. He worked in the canning industry for over 40 years beginning with family-owned Filice & Perrelli Canning Company until retiring as VP of Production for California Canners and Growers in 1981. He and his wife, Corrinne, spent their retirement years in Aptos, CA. He was 89 years old.
Marian Pauletich '43 passed away on November 2, 2008. She is survived by her children, Dennis and Delsa.
Lyman C. Lundell '43 died on April 19, 2009.
Lorenzo "Larry" Abrusci ’43, a resident of Alameda, chose Nov. 24, 2012, a beautiful and sunny day to pass from this life to the next at 92 years old. Several generations of family and friends called him "Papa." Larry was born in Oakland, Calif. on July 20, 1920 to Frank and Rosa Abrusci. He attended Castlemont High School in Oakland. Larry briefly attended Santa Clara University then went to serve our country in WWII, in the early ’40s. He was a 1st Lieutenant Bombardier flying in B-17's. Larry completed over 65 missions and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he farmed on Bay Farm Island in Alameda, and then proceeded to become a successful business man in Oakland as an owner of City Tire and A-Tire. Larry is survived by his devoted wife Lily Abrusci, his daughters Penny Stevens and Vicki Silveira, his son-in-laws Alex Stevens and Rich Silveira, his step children Danny Beconcini and Carol Weston, his grandchildren Debbie Gunning and Tracy Silveira, and his great-grandchildren Cooper and Alexandra Gunning. Larry was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Abrusci, his grandson Mark Stevens, and his sisters Isabel Reicks and Irene Sindicich.
John M. Kennedy Jr. '43 on March 23, 2009. A third generation native San Franciscan, John was born on July 31, 1921. "Jack" attended St. Ignatius Prep, then graduated from Santa Clara University. He joined the army as a First Lieutenant in World War II and served as an artillery pilot with the Seventh Army in the European Theatre. Upon his discharge he joined the family firm of Kennedy-ten Bosch, Printers & Lithographers, and later became president of the company. He was a member of the San Francisco Rotary Club, the San Francisco Advertising Club, and the downtown Olympic Club. He was a former member of the Presidio and California Golf Clubs and a current member of the Meadow Club of Fairfax. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Dana Kennedy, daughter Dana Kennedy Kimsey (Michael), sons John and Brian (Deborah Bjonerud) and grandchildren John Michael Kimsey, and Taylor, Jill and Alex Kennedy, his brother Richard Kennedy of Greenbrae, and his beloved four-legged companion, Max. He was predeceased by his daughters Kathy and infant Frances. He was a gentleman of honor, integrity, unlimited but gentle humor and blessed with a true Irish Tenor Voice. He is terribly missed by his family and vast array of Friends. "May the road rise to meet you, may the winds be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand."
John Anthony Chiment ’43, Lt. Colonel (retired), passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 21, 2012. John was born in Dunsmuir California on Oct. 7, 1921, the oldest son of Giuseppe and Angelina Chiment. He graduated from Dunsmuir High School in 1939, received a bachelor's degree, maxima cum laude, from Santa Clara University in 1943 and master's degree in nuclear physics from Princeton University in 1949. After a 21-year career in the Army, he obtained a J.D. degree from Western State University in 1974. He worked with Gulf General Atomics and Hughes Network Systems until his retirement in 1991. John was very active with the Rancho Bernardo Lion's Club, serving as the Chairman of the Sight Committee. He worked tirelessly to provide free eye examinations and prescription glasses for children and adults in need. John was also active with the St. Michael's Catholic Church Knights of Columbus. John was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Fides Chiment; six children, nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
George Falkenthal '43 on December 29, 2009.
Eugene Edward Kloppenburg '43, devoted husband and father of six, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 90 on November 12, 2009, in Sacramento, Calif. Eugene was born in San Francisco to Eugene C. and Ana Belford Kloppenburg on May 11, 1919. He was buried at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California, on November 19, 2009. Gene is survived by his wife Vera; his children Ruth Olivas, Susan Price, Peter, Anne, Jane and Thomas; his son-in-law Ralph Price; his grandchildren Jason, Cynthia, Sarah, and Susie; and his great-grandchildren Sayde, Elsa, Eli and Eden. Gene, a third-generation Californian, graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and attended Santa Clara University where his engineering studies were cut short by his decision to enlist in the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. He later went on to serve in the European Theatre of World War II as a communications officer with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After returning from overseas in 1946 to his young wife of three years, his beloved Vera, and his first-born child, he resumed his job with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. begun one year prior to his enlistment, and remained with the company until his retirement in 1977 as a staff engineer. Of the many jobs Gene held after retirement from Pacific Telephone, his last job at Emigh Hardware gave him the most joy and satisfaction. Gene was a gifted pianist and vocalist, and an accomplished illustrator and draftsman. He had a passion for building and woodworking - creating bookcases, furniture, patios, and landscapes, even building his own stereo system; and a great love for growing things - fruit, vegetables, and flower gardens of exquisite beauty. He also developed and printed his own photographs and enjoyed sailing his Santana 20 on Folsom Lake with his son and daughters. Gene was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. He was courageous, compassionate, and selfless to his last day. His lifelong devotion was always to his family and his home.
Duane Crawford '43 passed away peacefully on July 7, 2010 in his home in Aptos, Calif. The consummate gentlemen, Duane was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and educator. Those who knew him will always remember Duane as soft spoken, warm hearted and caring. Born in 1920 in Palo Alto, Calif., Duane attended SCU on a baseball scholarship. After graduating in 1943, Duane entered the United States Army. A WWII combat veteran Duane served in the XX Corps of Patton's 3rd Army. Upon returning home in 1945, Duane began his professional baseball career, playing for the Ventura Yankees, Salem Senators, Denver Bears, and Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. After retiring from baseball, Duane became a teacher in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, and he earned his M.Ed from the University of San Francisco. Duane met Patricia Hagerty during a vacation to Ensenada, Mexico, and they were married in 1958. Moving to the Pajaro Valley in 1960, Duane was principal at Amesti School and Freedom School. He retired from education at Bradley Elementary School in 1985. Duane was an avid volunteer throughout his life, working with many church groups, Grey Bears, and Senior Network Service. Duane was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Crawford, and his beloved daughter, Nancy Crawford Kniffin. He is survived by his son, David Crawford, his loving caretaker, Nirmala Crawford, his son-in-law Kurt Kniffin, and his five grandchildren: Betsy Kniffin, Patrick Kniffin, John Kniffin, Aliyah Crawford, and Sean Crawford, all of Aptos.
Anthony "Tony" Pelosi '43 passed away peacefully in his home on September 20, 2011. Pelosi grew up in San Francisco and attended St. James Catholic School where he had “many rulers broken over his knuckles.” He attended Santa Clara University where he played basketball for all four years, and helped his team earn their name, "Magicians of the Maplewood." He graduated with a business degree and then joined the Army. He and his wife Aline were married in St. Joseph of Cupertino church on August 5, 1945. After living in Los Angeles for ten years to help his parents with their restaurant, Pelosi returned to Cupertino to teach math at Bellarmine College Preparatory. He was a teacher there for 40 years, 20 of which he also served as the varsity basketball coach. Pelosi also served on the Cupertino City Council for three years and was Mayor in 1961. Pelosi is survived by Aline, his three sons, including Paul '73 and John '86, three daughters, 16 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Alfred Mason ’43 of Saratoga, Calif., passed away May 9, 2010.
Albert R. Santucci ’43 died January 12, 2012 in Sacramento, Calif., at the age of 90.
Dearly beloved husband of Florence Santucci, wife of 68 years, loving father of Stephen Santucci ‘68 (Lauren) and Russell Santucci ‘70 (Janet), cherished grandfather "Gramps" of Stephen Santucci Jr. (Peggy McNiel), Amy Leonard (Brian), Dominic Santucci (Kristy), Tracy Alldred (Derek), and Sara Santucci, great-grandfather of Matthew, Patrick, Isabella, Sophia, Juliana, Vincent, Ella, Jake and Cody.
Born on December 9, 1921 to Albert and Esther Santucci in San Francisco, he grew up in the Marina district. Al was a graduate of both Saint Ignatius High School in 1939 and Santa Clara University, class of 1943. An All-American Football Player, and member of SCU’s Athletic Hall of Fame, he is best remembered and loved by his Bronco buddies as "Snooch". They remained close friends through the decades and shared over and over again the fun memories of those good old college years centered around football.
Al's name remained synonymous with Santa Clara football and the Little Big Game years. Despite professional draft interest by the Chicago Bears (his real love was for the 49ers), Al had completed ROTC training while at Santa Clara and entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant after he and the love of his life, Florence, were married in 1944.
After a brief stay in Paris, Texas, Albert went off to the War, serving his country with honor. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in the Field Artillery as Forward Observer. Al was wounded and held captive as a POW in Germany for several months before returning home to his beloved family. He received the Purple Heart for his outstanding bravery and courage in defending his country.
Al worked in the family linen supply business, Peerless Linen, until 1997, serving as chairman of the Board of New San Francisco Laundry.
His love of golf afforded him many wonderful years as a member of the Presidio Golf Club and the Olympic Club where he also served on its Board of Directors. He was a member of the Pacific Club of San Francisco and spent many hours in fundraising with the men's club for Riordan High School and the Marianists where his sons attended school. The Jesuit Community and SCU Bronco Bench were naturally favorites of his.
Active in all of his sons' sports, he later became his grandchildrens' strongest supporter on and off the field throughout their grammar school, high school and college years. "Big Al's" physical strength was only a small indication of his inner strength and gentle heart. His warm smile, sense of humor and above all, unconditional love and care of his family will forever be remembered and cherished.
William James Crowley ’44, May 19, 1922 to August 21, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Denver, CO where he attended Regis Jesuit High School and earned recognition as all-time all Regis honors in both football and baseball. From there Bill earned athletic scholarship to Santa Clara University where he excelled as a scholar athlete in those same 2 sports. While attending SCU he met the love of his life, Mary Rose, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage and raising a family of 9 children. Besides Mary Bill is survived by his children Michael (Cathy), Mary Jo (Jim), Tim (Lise), Dan (Joan), Kevin ( and the late Dawn), Sheila (Pete), Sean ’81 (Lisa), Maureen (Mark), and Colleen ’88, 21 grandkids, and 4 great granchildren. Bill excelled as a businessman starting his own company, Crowley Sales & Export which continues on today. Bill had an uncanny ability of making you feel at ease, treating everyone as an equal, making friends all day long. His sense of humor was unmatched.
Ulysses Stephen O'Connor '44 died Oct. 25, 2009. He was known as Steve or the ""Big O," and he enjoyed his life to the fullest. He was someone you would not forget once you met him. He loved playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren. Steve was preceeded in death by his wife Illa Ruth O'Connor and his oldest daughter Christine Bredy. Steve was a Lieutenant during World War II. He was a Seabee with an award for being a Navy Expert. Upon his return he went back to school at the University of Santa Clara and played collegiate basketball. Later he became a successful Civil Engineer in Stockton. In 1972 he moved to Santa Cruz and sold real estate until he retired. We will all miss him especially his Sunday night steak BBQ's. He is survived by his sister Joan DeMoro, his three daughters, Barbara Hanson, Stephanie Woodward, and Diane Humphrey, His grandchildren, Mike Bredy, Deborah Bredy, Jeff Bredy, Mathew Humphrey, Perry Humphrey, Rachel Humphrey, Wells Woodward, Annikka Berridge, and great grandchildren Lucas and Vaughn Bredy. A private service was held on October 28, 2009 at the San Juaquin Catholic Cemetery in Stockton.
Thomas J. Doyle '44 on March 13, 2009.
Fr. Robert Henry Passalacqua ’47, Nov. 6, 2012. He was 90 years old at the time of his death, having served as a priest of the Diocese of San Jose for nearly 30 years.
Robert Henry Passalacqua, the son of Henry and Blessilla Passalacqua, was born in Milan, Italy, on January 17, 1922, while his father, Henry, was on a singing tour of Europe. After attending schools in Healdsburg, Calif., he entered Santa Clara University in 1940. His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army from 1943 - 1946. After the war, Lt. Passalacqua returned to Santa Clara and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and was the recipient of the Nobili Award (years later, in 1985, the Ignatian Award for community service). Following graduation, he attended Stanford University and earned his teaching and administrative credentials and a master’s degree.
Richard Paul Rossi '44 died Oct. 30, 2009. A resident of Burlingame, he was born in San Francisco on Nov. 6, 1922. Loving and devoted husband of 62 years to Virginia, father to Paul, Anne Shelley (Terry), Carlo (Missy), John, and Lynne Horiuchi (Gordon). Survived by ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Sarah Ellen, grand-daughter Kristen Lynne, sister Elena Long, and daughter-in-law Alice Rossi. He is also survived by brother Robert (Evelyn) and numerous nieces and nephews. A 1944 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Engineering and a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Angels Parish for sixty years. Mr. Rossi was the grandson of Pietro Carlo Rossi (Amelie), wine-maker and first president of Italian Swiss Colony Wines. Son of Robert and Nellie Rossi, he graduated from St. Ignatius High School (Class of 1939) and retired from Binks Mfg. after a career that spanned 49 years as Branch Manager. The patriarch of four generations, Mr. Rossi was proudest of his family and friends; he loved traveling, spending time at his summer home at Asti in Sonoma County and also enjoyed his semi-annual vacations to Hawaii.
Hon. Michael L. McInnis ’44 died on September 21, 2010. It is with great sadness that the family of Michael L. McInnis, Solano County Superior Court Judge, retired, announces his passing. Mike died in accordance with his wishes: quietly, comfortably, and quickly, with his family by his side. He was 87 years old. Born in Fairfield, he was the only son of the late Leo and Elsie McInnis. He graduated from Armijo High School, the Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco School of Law. His college was interrupted by World War II, when he served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. Upon passing the bar, he put up his shingle and was a sole practitioner in Fairfield for 25 years. In 1979 he was appointed to the bench of Solano County Superior Court, Dept Four. His chambers were in what was once his high school. He liked to say he didn't travel far, but he covered a lot of ground. Mike's greatest love was his family, particularly his grandchildren. He loved to play golf and travel. He was so happy to travel to Scotland with his wife and dear friends and play the course at St. Andrews. He was a fifty year plus member of the Olympic Club, San Francisco, as well as Green Valley Country Club. He was an accomplished drummer with the Armijo High School and Santa Clara bands, and enjoyed playing in the annual Kiwanis shows. His love of travel took him all over the world. Through his many pictures, we see the beautiful countries and people he met along the way. Mike will be lovingly remembered by all his extended family and friends for his outgoing manner, his ability to extract detailed information about themselves, and a genuine interest in them. Mike was a member of the California Judges Association, American Bar Association, Solano County Bar Association, Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce (President 1970), Kiwanis Club of Fairfield (President/Lt. Governor), Santa Clara University Association, to name a few. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Loretta; daughters Mary Scully (Mike) of Napa; Elizabeth Ann Lewczyk ’86 (Tom) of Petaluma; and Loretta's children Doug Richardson (partner Cindy) of Sacramento, Jeffrey Richardson (Dawn) of Vacaville; and Marianne Richardson of Fairfield. His cherished grandchildren are Meghan and Matt Scully, Kathleen, Laura and Will Lewczyk, and Joshua, Jason, and Audrey Richardson.
Marcel Emile Gres ’44, a long-time resident of Austin, age 90, died on January 5, 2013 in Austin. He was born to French parents Elie P. Gres and Germaine M. Gres on April 16, 1922 and was raised in San Francisco, California. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, he attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship and studied Mechanical Engineering. The week after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Marcel and several of his friends enlisted in the navy, and was assigned to the V-7 Officer Candidate Program and returned to college. In 1943, the V-7 program was replaced by the V-12 program and he and a train full of other California students were sent to the University of Texas, where he continued his studies. He played on the Texas football team that won the Southwest Conference championship in 1943. Most significantly, Marcel met Charlotte Mayes, whom he married in 1946 after returning from the war. After graduating from Midshipman's school he served on minesweepers in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In 1946 he was discharged from active duty and returned to U.T. to complete his studies and married Charlotte. After graduating, he and Charlotte moved to Schenectady, New York where Marcel worked for General Electric, Inc. After a year, they returned to Austin, having accepted a position as instructor in Mechanical Engineering and studied for his Master's degree. He also worked part time at U.T. Defense Research Laboratory. After he obtained his degree he gave up his instructor's position and went to work full time at DRL where he headed up the Mechanical Engineering section. In 1956 he, together with physicist Obie Baltzer and mathematician Gene Smith, left DRL and started Textran Corporation. Textran was a small engineering firm conducting research in countermeasures and very low frequency technologies. In 1962, Marcel was the catalyst for the merger with Texas Research Associates, another offshoot from DRL which was started by Richard Lane, Frank Mc.Bee and Ray Hurd, to form Tracor Inc. Marcel's contributions to the development of many of Tracor's defense and commercial product lines was significant. At Tracor Marcel was on the Board of Directors and held several management positions before retiring in 1987 as senior Vice President. He was a member of Sigma Xi and Pi Tau Sigma, Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity. In 2007 Marcel was inducted in U.T.'s Mechanical Engineering's Hall of Fame. Marcel enjoyed snow skiing with his family during winter vacations and sailing on Lake Travis. He was one of the founders of the Austin Yacht Club and a member of the Headliners Club. He served on the board of directors of Tracor and the Austin Cerebral Palsy Center. After retiring he did some consulting work at Tracor and several small companies in Austin. He also played golf to occupy his time. He and Charlotte traveled extensively after he retired. In 2003 they moved to Westminster Manor retirement community, where they enjoyed the friendship of the residents and kindness of the staff. Marcel is predeceased by his son-in-law David DeBerry and is survived by Charlotte, his wife of 66 years, his daughter Judith DeBerry, his daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Mac Shuford, his son and daughter-in-law John and Lisa Gres. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Christina Leinart, Quink DeBerry, Brooke Luz, Robert Shuford, Megan Cowell, and Patrick Gres, and by six great grandsons.