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1972

GRD Law '72
Dr. Jerome A. Lackner

Dr. Jerome A. Lackner '72, a physician and social activist who served as state health director under former Gov. Jerry Brown, died July 9, 2010, of congestive heart failure, according to an announcement by the state Department of Health Services. He was 83.  Renowned as a medical expert on drug and alcohol addiction, Lackner specialized in treating substance abusers at his Sacramento clinic. He chose to forgo a traditional practice as an internist in favor of helping hard-core drunks and drug abusers with a tough but compassionate manner based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. He reached out to treat indigent and underserved people for free. He shunned managed care, which he said encouraged substandard treatment, and often struggled to keep his practice afloat. Financial pressures forced him to quit in 1997 and go to work at a Vacaville state prison until supporters raised money to reopen his midtown clinic.  "I consider myself an instrument. I treat, and God heals," he told The Bee in 1995. "And I can't tell you what a feeling I get when I see patients who have been in absolute despair get their 30-day chips for staying sober, or their two-year chips or their four-year chips."  Dr. Lackner's practice was influenced by his lifelong support for social justice. He was personal physician to farm labor leader Cesar Chavez and medical director for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pivotal civil rights march in Alabama in 1965. He received many honors for his public contributions, including the John F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.  Appointed state health director in 1975, he ignited controversy with a call for decriminalizing heroin because a treatment drug, methadone, was more addictive. His department was wracked by scandals not of his making, and he ran afoul of Brown by decertifying state hospitals for shoddy practices, jeopardizing millions of dollars in federal aid. He was fired in 1978.  "I never was an administrator," he told The Bee.  Jerome Arnold Lackner was born in 1927 and reared in Santa Clara. At age 4 he accompanied his father, a San Jose physician, on medical rounds at state hospitals and psychiatric wards.  He graduated from Santa Clara University and received a master's degree in sociology at UC Berkeley. He earned a medical degree at the University of Southern California and a law degree at Santa Clara.  He lectured in law and medicine at Santa Clara from 1973 to 1985 and was associate clinical professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine from 1979 to 1989. He was honored by Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for teaching and by the Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society for exemplary patient treatment.  A longtime Davis resident, Dr. Lackner had five children during his marriage to Yetta Lippman. Following a divorce, he married his wife, Rebecca, who survives him.

submitted Jul. 16, 2010 10:52A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Christopher G. Pablo

Christopher G. Pablo '72 died Dec. 9, 2009. After being diagnosed with leukemia in 1995, he organized community marrow drives for other patients. The Honolulu native was a special assistant to United States Sen. Daniel Inouye, director of government affairs for the Hawaii Medical Services Association, and served for 15 years as director of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente. In 2007, he joined the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, concentrating on government relations and health policy law. He was active in health care legislation throughout his professional life. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; and children Nathan, Zachary and Chris. A full obituary appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser in December 2009.

 

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:39P
GRD Law '72
Bernard J. Heavey Jr.

Bernard J. Heavey Jr. J.D. ’72 died in Vancouver, Wash., on Jan. 23, 2012, following a short illness. He was born Jan. 1, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Bernard Joseph and Annabella Marie (Kenny) Heavey. He was preceded in death by twin brother Francis J. Heavey, brother James T. Heavey, sister Anabel Bentson, son Laurence R. Heavey, MD, and grandson Jackson Joseph Heavey. He is survived by his brothers Edward Heavey and Lawrence C. Kenney (Phyllis), his children Michael J. Heavey J.D. '76 (Connie), Karen Haines (Paul), Thomas Heavey, Sr. (Nancy), Patrick R. Heavey (Marilou), Nancy Evans (Dan), and daughter-in-law Jill Heavey. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Additionally he leaves dear friend and companion, Colleen Brueckner. An engineer, lawyer, community activist, brother, father, friend; Bernie Heavey made a great impact on this world and on those who knew him. He served his community, he cared for his friends, and he loved his family.

submitted Apr. 5, 2012 4:44P

1973

GRD Law '73
William M. Hilton

William M. Hilton '73 died on November 20, 2009.

submitted Dec. 7, 2009 1:50P
GRD Law '73
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
'73
Thomas W. Cain

For more than two decades, Judge Thomas W. Cain '70, J.D. '73 stayed one step ahead of cancer as the disease ravaged his body, all while overseeing some of Silicon Valley's most colorful estate cases. But after 27 surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, the popular Santa Clara County Superior Court judge succumbed on Jan. 11, 2014, at age 65.

At Cain's request, no memorial service will be held. Instead, he asked friends and colleagues to honor his memory by performing a random act of kindness.
"Tom was a great person," Presiding Judge Brian C. Walsh said in a written statement. "He was uncomplainingly helpful to all of his colleagues," and known for "his indelible spirit, optimism and kindness."
 
In his 24 years on the bench, Cain never put in for a particular judicial assignment, such as criminal courts or probate, as most judges do. Instead, he'd always write on the annual request form, "Where ever the presiding judge needs me," Walsh said.
 
Recently, Cain presided over two high-profile probate cases. One was the dispute over Monte Sereno millionaire Ravi Kumra's estate after he was slain in a botched robbery at his mansion. The other was the showdown between painter Thomas Kinkade's estranged wife and his live-in girlfriend. The women in the Kinkade matter wound up reaching a secret settlement. In the Kumra case, Cain ruled that two school-age daughters of a former prostitute not connected to his slaying were, in fact, Kumra's biological children and entitled to a monthly family allowance.
 
Cain was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian in late 1989 after working as a lawyer in the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office. But he didn't just preside over legal cases. He also helped decide cooking competitions long before the Food Network made such contests popular. As a certified "Kansas City Barbecue Judge," he judged the "Jack Daniels' World Invitational Barbecue Competition" in Lynchburg, Tenn.
 
An avid cook, the judge also won an award from Sunset magazine for his salmon recipe. The magazine published the judge's recipe for oven-baked "Oriental Fish and Chips" in the August 1996 edition, complimenting him for his "striking presentation" of "potato-encrusted fish with a confetti of red and yellow bell peppers topped with steamed asparagus spears brushed with olive oil and browned under the broiler." "Cooking was his passion," his sister Pat Thompson said.
 
Cain was born in Maryland in 1948 and moved to San Jose with his family in 1956. He was the oldest of three children and the only boy. Elected class president at one point, he decided at an early age to become a lawyer, Thompson said.
 
"You never wanted to play Monopoly with him because he could B.S. his way through anything, which is important for being a lawyer," she said.
 
Last year, he received an award for outstanding service to the probate bar from by the Silicon Valley Bar Association. During his career, he also served as an instructor at Lincoln University School of Law and guest instructor in Southern Russia in a program sponsored by the American Bar Association.
Cain loved sports, so much so that he'd watch soccer even if it was broadcast on a foreign language station. He also attended spring training in Arizona for the Giants and the A's every season.
 
He died Saturday at his Willow Glen home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by wife Terri (who recently retired as director of court services), son Josh and daughter Alessandra '14 (and their mother, judge Vanessa Zecher B.A. '84, J.D. '87); sisters Pat and Jan, mother Mary Jane; stepchildren Anthony, Troy and Sara and grandchildren Elsa, Madica, Taylor and Dylan.
 
At Cain’s request, instead of a memorial service, he asked friends and colleagues to honor his memory by performing a random act of kindness.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a contribution to his memory be made to Optimal Hospice in Santa Clara.  Any sympathy notes may be sent to Campus Ministry which will be forwarded to the family.
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 10:29A
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Theodore Yau Sing Wong

Theodore Yau Sing Wong MBA '73 on Oct. 27, 2008. A native of Honolulu, he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He was a captain in the Army and later worked for Lockheed. He moved back to Hawaii and was a branch manager for Cigna and later an estate planner for Merrill Lynch. He is survived by his wife, Myrna; three children; and five grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:25P
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Ronald D. Lowe

Ronald D. Lowe '73 passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009 and is resting in peace. Ron was born March 1, 1939 in East Alton, Ill., on the banks of the Mississippi River. He grew up there attending school and graduated from Wood River High School in 1957. After graduation he voluntarily served in the U. S. Army where he trained as an electronic technician on the Nike Missile defense systems and was stationed in Germany for two years. After service he enrolled in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois. Upon graduation he took a position as research and development engineer at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, Calif. He retired after 33 years of service at their Colorado Springs operation in 1997. While working at HP, Ron acquired a MSEE from San Jose State, a MBA from the University of Santa Clara, course work for a doctorate at UCCS at Colorado Springs, and a Professional Engineers License from the state of Colorado. He was married for 37 years to his wife and friend, Sally E. Linkletter. He was blessed with a daughter, Jamie Ursch of Springfield, IL; a son, Shawn Lowe of Flagstaff, AZ; and daughters, Sandra Murray of Alton, Ill.; and Kimberly Tregellas of Wichita, Kan. He is blessed with four grandchildren, Jordan, Justin, Courtney, and Megan. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Dessie Lowe of E. Alton and is survived by a brother, James in Coral Springs, Fla. In 1997, after retirement he moved his family to the Grand Junction area and for two years operated a data communications consulting practice. He left that activity to follow his passion as a pilot and flight instructor. Yielding to the call of the classroom he obtained a position at Mesa State College where he completed five years as an adjunct professor in the CIS department of the School of Business. Ron has been active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church serving as an Elder for over 25 years. Over the last three years Ron was active in the MACHO (Men Against Cancer Helping Others) support group sponsored by St. Mary's Cancer Center.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:45P
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Robert Gene Himenez

Robert Gene Himenez MBA '73 on Dec. 16, 2008.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:22P
GRD Law '73
Robert Bob William Fitzgerald

Robert “Bob” William Fitzgerald JD ’73,  born in Sacramento, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2011, after a long illness handled with grace and stoicism. Bob practiced family law in Santa Rosa for 35 years. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School Class of 1964, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Portland in 1968, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara in 1973. He began his law career in his father's firm, eventually becoming partner in Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald. He became president of the Bar Association in 1978. He enjoyed the nuances and challenges of practicing law, but helping others most of all. Bob's passions included coaching softball, basketball, vacationing at Lake Shasta, and skiing Tahoe, Colorado and Banff. He enjoyed trivia, pool, reading, movies, and especially music. He was a proud, hands-on father and actively involved in the upbringing of his children. Bob was loved most for his integrity, honesty, kindness, and sharp wit. Bob is survived by his loving children Sharon Fitzgerald Kane, John Desmond Fitzgerald, Ann Michelle McKinley, and grandchildren Jack, Connell, Bailey, Robby, Matthew, and Luke. He is also survived by his sister Karin Fitzgerald Sanford, brother John Desmond Fitzgerald, and wife Cheryl Fitzgerald. He was previously married to Anne Marie Fitzgerald, mother of Sharon and John. He is preceded in death by his best friend Linda Mononi and by his beloved parents John and Evelyn.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:33P
'73
Phyllis M. Cairns

Phyllis M. Cairns ’73, a resident of Los Altos, was born June 4, 1931 and died Aug. 3, 2012. Phyllis was a second generation San Franciscan born to Peter and Elsie Proctor. She is survived by her sons Mark and Peter, her sister Sr. Carole Proctor, her brother Gary Proctor and six grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Roger and daughter Lesley Williams. Phyllis attended both Stanford University and Santa Clara University, obtaining her B.A. in History. She became managing editor of the American Sociological Review and publications manager at Hover Institution Press. She loved her grandchildren and was delighted to see them grow up. Phyllis enjoyed classical music, family gatherings and dining with friends. She also loved reading, tutoring, the SF Giants and volunteering at the library. She will be missed.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:25A
GRD Law '73
Patrick F. O'Laughlin

Patrick F. O'Laughlin J.D. '73 on Nov. 9, 2008.  A native of San Jose, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. After law school, he was a trial attorney for 20 years. He began in criminal defense with Glenn & Barrett and went on to practice civil law and personal injury with Morgan, Hammer, Beuzay, Ezgar, & Bledsoe and then Ezgar & O'Laughlin. In 1992 he was elected to the Town Council of Los Gatos and served as the town's mayor in 1995. He is survived by his wife, Maggie; and three children.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:23P
'73
Nancy Diers Gullion

Nancy Diers Gullion ’73, 61, passed away on January 14, 2013 at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA, from complications caused by her 12-year battle with Leukemia. Nancy was born on June 25, 1951 in Salinas and had lived in Salinas all of her life. She attended Hartnell Community College and Santa Clara University, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and English from Santa Clara. Nancy met Paul '72, J.D. '75, her husband of 40 years, while they were attending Hartnell Community College. For the past 20 years, she worked as the manager of her husband's law office. Nancy was very active at First Presbyterian Church in Salinas and enjoyed reading, gardening, and being with her family. She will always be remembered for her smile, her laughter, her positive attitude, her love of God, and her love for her family and friends. She made an impact on everyone she met. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Johnson Diers, and her father-in-law, Eugene ""Gene"" Gullion. Nancy is survived by her husband, Paul D. Gullion; her son, Matthew P. Gullion; her daughter, Shelley C. Escobar; her son-in-law, Nick Escobar; her granddaughter, Grace Escobar; and her grandson, Troy Escobar; her father, Herman ""Lucky"" Diers; and her mother-in-law, Wanda Gullion.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:51P
'73
Milton Crane

Milton Crane MBA ’73, October 22, 2013. He died in Sparks, Nev. Milton was born in New York to Charlotte and Louis Cohen. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and was trained as an Aviation Electronic Tech Third Class served until June 1946. He was awarded both the Victory Medal & American Theatre Medal. He was able to attend college on the GI Bill at Cal Poly Tech. in San Luis Obispo, CA, Stanford and the University of Santa Clara. He met his wife Jean at Stanford and they were married in September of 1961. Milton was an electronics engineer for Lockheed Corp in California and Arizona. Milton is survived by his son, Matthew, daughter Gretchen (Michael) de la Torre, granddaughters Mia, Emma, and his sister Barbara (Carl) Parducci. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at The Cascades of the Sierra in Sparks, NV. Even though he had been there a short time, the care and compassion shown to him was wonderful and made a big impact on his final days.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Michael E. Stephens

  Michael E. Stephens ’73, March 8, 1951 to March 3, 2012.

submitted Apr. 19, 2012 3:46P
'73
Mary Stivala Peterson

Mary Stivala Peterson ’73, a resident of Belmont from 1951 to 2012, passed from this world on July 28, 2012, at home surrounded by her family after a two-year battle with cancer. Mary was born in East Palo Alto in December of 1951. She attended St. Albert's Elementary School in Palo Alto, Notre Dame High School in Belmont, and Santa Clara University where she majored in Psychology. Mary went to work for the San Mateo Probation Department after graduation where she had a thirty year career retiring as a supervising probation officer. During her time at the probation department she met her husband Stewart. They had three children, Jeffrey 26, Gregory 24, and Kerry 21. Family was always the most important thing to Mary. It could truly be said that her life was a joyous celebration of life and family. She is survived by her parents Paul and Betty Stivala of East Palo Alto, her brothers, Paul, Steve, and Robert and her sister Jean. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:15A
'73
Mark McCambridge

Mark McCambridge '73, Jan. 16, 2014.

The former vice president for finance and administration at Oregon State University died in his home from “a long and courageous battle with cancer,” according to an email from OSU President Ray and Provost Sabah Randhawa. McCambridge retired in July 2013 after 20 years at OSU. He was 62 with two children.  McCambridge, who was born in Seattle and graduated from Santa Clara University, joined OSU in 1994 as director of business services. Before being named VP of finance and administration in 2001, he held several positions at OSU.  In 2013, McCambridge received the Honorary Alumni Award and the Distinguished Service Award, one of OSU’s highest honors. He was well-liked and respected by colleagues and friends. “We lost a remarkable individual,” said Kavinda Arthenayake, director of University Conference Services in the LaSells Stewart Center. Arthenayake knew McCambridge for more than 10 years. When they worked together, McCambridge was Arthenayake’s direct supervisor. 

McCambridge’s impact went beyond just the workplace. Arthenayake said McCambridge made an effort to know everyone as an individual and would reach out to people’s families. McCambridge developed a bond with Arthenayake’s 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, who met McCambridge when she was 6 years old. When Lauren discovered McCambridge had cancer, she started baking him cookies. One birthday, she baked McCambridge’s cake.
 
“This is how (McCambridge) touched the lives of other individuals,” Arthenayake said. Arthenayake spoke fondly of McCambridge, describing him as a mentor and the “most considerate individual he has ever met.”
Arthenayake said McCambridge built meaningful relationships and went beyond to help those around him succeed. Ray and McCambridge built a close friendship, and Ray said he helped shape several aspects of the university.
 
“Mark McCambridge was a very special friend of mine,” Ray said in a press release. “And he was a great friend of many, many people at Oregon State University, within higher education in Oregon and throughout the Corvallis community. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.”

McCambridge also helped the university achieve fourth place in the nation for use of renewable energy.  Brandon Trelstad, sustainability coordinator, worked with McCambridge on making the university a greener campus. Trelstad said McCambridge played a particular role in helping OSU achieve its recognizable status as a leader in sustainability.

McCambridge is survived by his wife, Betsy McCambridge ’74, his son, Mark McCambridge Jr., his daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Jason Hower, and his grandchildren, Patrick and Molly Hower.

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 8:53P
'73
Loretta E. Cabacungan Silvagni

Loretta Edita Cabacungan Silvagni ’73 passed away on Jan. 15 at her home in Napa. Loretta was born in the San Antonio barrio of Narvacon Ilocos Sur in the Philippines in 1950, and moved to San Jose, Calif., when she was 5 years old. After graduating as the salutatorian of her class at Lincoln High School, she attended Santa Clara University, where she met her future husband, Steven Silvagni '73. They married and attended graduate school together at San Diego State University. Loretta and Steven moved to Napa together in 1978. She worked many different jobs as a licensed clinical social worker over the years, ranging from employment at the Napa State Hospital, having her own successful private therapy practice, teaching at Pacific Union College, and therapy and mentoring in Napa Valley Unified School District. She loved singing and participated in the St. Thomas Aquinas Church Choir and the Napa Valley College Chorale. She was a fourth-degree black belt (Yodan) in jujitsu and provided many years of service to the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation as manager of examinations. As sensei of her own dojo, Napa Valley Jujitsu, she shared her love of the sport with her students who ranged in age from 5 and 6 to those in their 50s and 60s. In the last few years of her life, Loretta suffered from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) which slowly robbed her of the ability to do all of the activities she loved. But nothing about the disease changed the love she had for her family, which surrounded her until the end. She is survived by her beloved husband, Steven Silvagni; her mother, Angela Cabacungan; her daughters, Sarah DeFelice and Teresa Silvagni, and their husbands, Marcus DeFelice and Ryan Nuez; and her two grandsons, who loved taking rides on Nonna's chair  Marcus DeFelice, II, and Dominic Nuez. She is also survived by cousins in the Cabacugan and Raymundo families, as well as many other friends and relatives. 

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 8:05P
'73
Julia Fuller Grant

JULIA F. GRANT '73, age 57, died on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Greenwich Hospital, after a short battle with cancer. She was a resident of Stamford, Connecticut. Julia Grant was born in Berkeley, Calif. on May 14, 1952, the daughter of the late Donald F. Fuller and the late Mary F. Fuller, and step-daughter of Susan A. Fuller of Santa Clara, Calif. Julia Grant graduated from Santa Clara University in 1973 and received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. She met her husband, John Barrett Grant Jr. of Greenwich, in law school and they were married in the Georgetown University Chapel in 1976. They lived in New York City for several years before moving to Stamford in 1979. Mrs. Grant practiced real estate law with the firm of Finley, Kumble in New York City and later Merrill Lynch Realty Associates, Inc. in New York City and later Stamford. She was an accomplished quilter, avid traveler, and dog lover. As a life-long learner, and after retiring from law, Mrs. Grant earned a certificate of completion from J.M. Wright Technical High School in the Automotive Technology Program, and a Master Gardener Certification from the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford. Julia Grant was predeceased by her husband, John Barrett Grant, Jr. She is survived by her son, John B. Grant III of Syracuse, N.Y.; her daughter, Ann Elizabeth Grant; and son-in-law, Paul Novick of New York, N.Y.; her stepmother, Susan A. Fuller; and brother, David M. Fuller, of Oklahoma City, Okla. She is also survived by four nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 27 at Christ Church in Greenwich, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to OPIN (Outreach To Pets In Need) 201 Magee Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902.

submitted Mar. 26, 2010 1:56P
'73
Joyce Ardell Jackson

Joyce Ardell Jackson '73: 1947-2013 Joyce Ardell Jackson departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in San Pedro, Calif., following a decades-long struggle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Born June 2, 1947, in Berkeley, California, she was a spirited youngster, adventurous and friendly. At the age of 12, she contracted arthritis, a defining period in her life. Over the years she faced many challenges because of her condition, enduring more than 50 operations. Yet she rarely succumbed to self-pity. At one point she even called herself "The Bionic Woman," a moniker she had borrowed from a popular 1970s TV series.

After attending public schools in Oakland and Hayward, Calif., Joyce attended Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., graduating in 1973. Determined to be independent, she worked for a number of firms in the Bay Area, including McDonnell Douglas, British Telecommunications, The San Jose Mercury News, and Community Resources for Independent Living. At times, she found it necessary to juggle two part-time jobs with her full-time job.

Earlier in her career, soon after accepting a position with the Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Berkeley, California, Joyce began a second defining period in her life.  In April of 1977, she took part in a disability rights sit-in organized by people with disabilities.  Joining some 150 severely disabled demonstrators and their supporters, the protestors occupied the Federal Building for nearly a month at the San Francisco regional offices of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), defying federal and local officials.
 
As part of the Demonstration Joyce was one of twenty activists who went to Washington DC to meet with Carter administration officials.  While in DC, the activists convinced HEW officials to implement Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act-- the landmark civil rights legislation banning discrimination against people with disabilities. From that point on, all agencies and programs receiving federal funds had to find ways to accommodate people with disabilities.  The "504" victory ushered in life-changing disability rights activism and laid the groundwork for the later Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
 
Later, Joyce would serve three terms on the board of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, attending board meetings at the ACCD home office in Washington, D.C., and traveling around the country to tell people about the new law.  She also continued working as a disability counselor for nonprofits and as a telecommunications support representative in the private sector.  By the mid-nineties, however, her physicians had intervened and urged her to retire.
 
Joyce will be dearly missed by her family members. Among her survivors are siblings Thelma Stiles of Napa, Calif., LeRoy Charles Jackson, Jr. '63 of Phoenix, Ariz., Gail (Frank) Harris of San Pedro, Calif., and Raymond (Lilia) Jackson of Fairfield, Calif.; nieces Pamela Stiles of San Francisco, Monica (Jose) Blanco of San Pedro, and Ashley (Paul) Turek of San Francisco and Beverly Hills; nephew Vincent Jackson of Fairfield; grandnephew Dominic Blanco of San Pedro; and grandnieces Sophia Turek and Vanessa Turek of Beverly Hills. Joyce's survivors also include first cousins James (Gretchen) Peters III of Storrs, Conn., Donna (Cyril) Burke of Norristown, Penn., Kimberley Bourne-Vanneck of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Brenda Williams of New Orleans, and Richard (Andrea) Jackson Jr. of New Orleans; and second cousins Joy Jackson of New Orleans, Elizabeth (Greg) Howes of Iowa City, Iowa, Allison Bourne-Vanneck of St. Thomas, and Richard Bourne-Vanneck II of St. Thomas. Joyce will be missed as well by her close friends and former colleagues in the San Francisco-Bay Area and by the many friends she made while living with her sister Gail and brother-in-law Frank in San Pedro, Miami, Florida, and Frankfurt, Germany. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Bernice and LeRoy Charles Jackson, brother-in-law Patterson Stiles, Jr., aunts Marie Peters and Modess Jackson, uncles Richard Jackson and James Peters, and second cousin Richard Jackson III.
submitted Feb. 10, 2014 4:50P
UGRD Leavey Business '73
Jospeh Frank Tamez

Joseph Frank Tamez '73 passed away on Feb. 10, 2010. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Maria Tamez; three daughters, nine grandchildren, eight brothers and sisters, twelve nieces and nephews and three sons-in-law. Frank grew up in Cupertino. He lived and worked with his family on the Mariani ranch. He was only 15 years old when he would drive a semi truck from the ranch to Sacramento to drop off fruit, and then back home to play in his Fremont high school baseball game. Frank was the first college graduate from his family, and graduated with honors from the University of Santa Clara. He went on to teach and coach football at Yerba Buena High School for 6 years. In 1979 he began teaching math and business at Mt. Pleasant High School, and was the director of activities for several years. He retired from the East Side Union High School District in 2003 after 30 years of teaching. He continued to substitute at the ESUHSD until 2010. Frank loved teaching and coaching, he talked about his students and colleagues all the time, former students kept in touch with him and it meant the world to him. He impacted many lives throughout his teaching career and accomplished his dream of becoming a great teacher. Frank was ranked one of the top ten basketball referees in Santa Clara County and worked at the high school and college level. He loved to play golf, dinners out with his wife, cooking, watching the cooking channel, spending time with family and watching his grandchildren play basketball and soccer. Keeping him quiet on the sideline was nearly impossible.

submitted May. 25, 2011 12:12P
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
John D.

 

John D. "Jack" Shannon MBA ’73 passed away Jan. 4, 2011, at St. Barnabas Hospice, Long Branch, N.J. Jack's death was the result of complications arising from the exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Viet Nam. Born in Utica, N.Y., he lived in Wanamassa, N.J. for the past 30 years. Jack graduated from West Point in 1957, and received his master's degree from the University Of Santa Clara while in the Army. After 20 years in the Army and several tours in Korea and Viet Nam, Jack became an investigator for the federal government working out of New York City for 20 years and retired in the early 1990s. Jack loved the outdoors, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a communicant of Holy Spirit Church, Asbury Park, N.J. Jack is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, John D. Jr. and his partner, Robin Ellis, Interlaken, N.J., Kevin and his wife, Kristin, Jacksonville, Fla.; and his daughter, Kathleen Kasun and her husband, Ross, Middletown, N.J.; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Samuel, Bridget, Margaret and Jack Shannon and Jillian and Shannon Kasun; numerous nieces and nephews; and brothers and sisters-in-law.
 

 

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 3:35P
'73
John A. McKay

John Arlen McKay M.A. ’73, Oct. 25, 2013. He passed away peacefully due to complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease, with family members by his side. John was born Dec. 22, 1932, in Keokuk, to John Henry and Mildred Dorothy McKay. John served in the U.S. Army in Korea. After returning, he completed his college degree in mathematics. The family moved to Mountain View, Calif., in the early 1960s. John worked for Lockheed as a scientist and computer programmer. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Santa Clara. He worked at Lockheed until his retirement. He enjoyed classical music, spending time with his wife, caring for the family’s dogs, and trips to Reno. He is survived by his wife, Soon Im; and sons, John K. (Michelle) and James Lee. He is survived locally by his brother, Samuel Thomas McKay (Sharon); sisters, Kay Branson (George) and Carolyn Dodson (Norman); and many nieces and nephews.

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submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Jed G. Anderson

Dr. Jed G. Anderson '73 was born March 15, 1951, in San Francisco, Calif., and passed away Jan. 5, 2010, in El Dorado Hills, Calif. He was born to David and Mildred Anderson. He is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia Anderson; daughters, Linnea, Kelsey and Haley Anderson; sister, Melissa Gambetta; and brother, David Anderson. Jed served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery and Dental Corps for 11 years. He graduated from Santa Clara University, attended dental school at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and had a USC Periodontology Residency. Dr. Anderson practiced his love of dentistry in Placerville for 22 years. Jed will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his love of his dental profession and patients and his love of sports—both participating and coaching. He had a kind and caring heart and loved teaching and watching his three daughters succeed in life.

submitted Mar. 3, 2010 10:28A
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Jane Gillespie Evans

Longtime Los Altos resident Jane Gillespie Evans ’73, the first female engineering graduate hired by Hewlett-Packard, died Dec. 1 after a long battle with cancer. Mrs. Evans, who relocated to Palo Alto in recent years, was 84.
 
Mrs. Evans was born and raised in Houston, Texas, the daughter of James Walker Gillespie and Fleetwood Vinson Gillespie. She graduated from Rice University in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
 
In 1948, she married her college sweetheart, John Evans, whom she met while he was completing his doctorate in nuclear physics at Rice. She worked at Union Carbide in Texas, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico, and the National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho.
 
When they moved to the Bay Area, Mrs. Evans quickly realized the importance of electronics and, in 1965, became the first woman to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.
 
HP hired her as its first female engineering graduate. While working at HP, Mrs. Evans earned a master’s degree from Santa Clara University.
 
For 25 years, she played a significant role in HP’s rise as a global provider of electronics and computers. She was a role model to countless engineers, women, and men, exemplifying the best of the profession.
 
Longtime friend Lyndell Kelly said Mrs. Evans served as mentor and role model for women aspiring to engineering careers.
 
Kelly noted that Mrs. Evans was proud of this role. She quoted from a 2002 Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Grid magazine article written about her: “(Mrs. Evans) nurtured their aspirations and urged them to take charge of their career path, moving purposely, choosing directions rather than bobbing ‘like a cork in the ocean,’ bouncing from job to job. ‘Write your own chapter,’ she urged young females, encouraging them to think about what women could distinctly bring to the table, then promoting the need for this. Her approach inspired many men as well.”
 
Mrs. Evans’ legacy will be continued through the establishment of endowments for scholarships for aspiring female students in the areas of science and technology at two of her alma maters, San Jose State University Engineering School and Rice University.
 
Mrs. Evans also enjoyed hands-on work, doing such stereotypically male work as tuning cars and changing the oil.
 
“She was a great lover of sing-a-longs,” Kelly said. “She was known at the Vi (Hyatt) for her ability to remember the entire lyrics of almost every song.”
 
Mrs. Evans was an active leader of IEEE, serving on the local, regional and national levels. She was chairwoman of the board of directors of the 1997 WESCON Conference. Under her leadership, WESCON was held in Silicon Valley for the first time.
 
She was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Women Engineers, where she served on the national board of trustees.
 
Mrs. Evans received IEEE’s Centennial Medal, the Career Action Center’s Woman of Vision Award, San Jose State University’s Engineering Award of Distinction and the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County’s World of Today and Tomorrow award. In 1999, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council inducted her into its Hall of Fame.
 
The Evanses settled in Los Altos and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998, before Mr. Evans’ death the following year.
 
Mrs. Evans is survived by nephews Christopher Moore and Charles Moore. Her sisters Minne Williams and Anne Palmer predeceased her.
 

submitted Jan. 6, 2012 8:28A
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