Class Notes | Obituaries
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Robert M. Polhamus ’61, age 75, of Boynton, Beach, Fl., a Northwest Airlines captain, flew west on Jan. 17, 2014. He was born April 24, 1938, in Seattle, Wash. Bob and his twin brother, Dick, played baseball at SCU. Prior to SCU both Bob and his twin attended Bellarmine College Preparatory. After graduation Bob joined the US Marine Corps, earning his Naval Aviators wings of gold. He was a member of Marine attack squadron (VMA 311) serving in Vietnam in 1965. Bob flew a total of 174 missions over Laos and North and South Vietnam . After retirement he was an active member in a number of organizations including Masons, Shriners and Quiet Birdmen. Bob is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter Leigh, twin brother Richard Polhamus ’61 of Vero Beach, Fl., brother Mac of Houston, and sister Kathi Hanson of Bentonville, Ark.
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
James P. McGonigle ’61, 74, of Longboat Key, Fla., passed away June 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, James P. McGonigle, and his mother, Irene M. McGonigle. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Clara A. McGonigle and his brothers, Michael M. McGonigle ’63, M.D. of Fountain Hills, AZ and William J. McGonigle, J.D. of Cheney, WA. He is also survived by the following: his daughter Erika and son-in-law Fred of Novi, MI and their 6 children: Freddy (16), Julia (14), Tommy (12), Vivian (9), Billy (6) and Jimmy (4); his daughter Adrienne West ’91 and son-in-law Andrew of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and their 5 children Andrew (13), Jane (11), Charlie (8), Elle (6) and Erika (6); his daughter Clara and son-in-law Michael of O'Fallon, Mo.and their 5 children Francie (10), Adrienne (9), Maria (8), Michael (5), and Therese (3); his daughter Gabrielle Lucey ’95 and son-in-law Steven Lucey ’95 of San Francisco, Calif. and their 4 children Clara (10), John (8), Hannah (6), and Mary Margaret (3); and his son James P. McGonigle ’97 and daughter-in-law Kristin of Rio Rancho, N.M. and their 3 children Emma (9), Violet (7), and Jim (5).
He was born on November 30, 1939, at St. Johns Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and he grew up in Pueblo, Colo.. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961 and from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1965. He married Clara A. Werth of Waterloo, Ill. on Aug. 14, 1965. His medical internship was at the University of Iowa from 1965-1966. Then, from 1966-1968, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at Mayport Naval Air Station and also served on the U.S.S. Pratt as a ship's medical officer. After the navy, he did his ophthalmology residency at St. Louis University. He practiced ophthalmology for 25 years in Joplin, Mo., and raised his family there. In 1996, he retired and moved with his wife to Longboat Key, Fla. where he lived until his death. He was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Parish in Longboat Key, Fla. and served as a Eucharistic Minister there. He loved visiting with his children and grandchildren, playing golf, and reading. He will be missed for his sense of humor, his quick and acerbic wit and his effective advice on a wide array of subjects.
Ronald D. Clancey ’62, MBA ’66, 86, of Duluth passed away on Friday, Aug. 14, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital. Ron was born on June 12, 1928 at Weber Hospital in West Duluth. He attended St. James and Denfeld, where he graduated in 1946. He later attended Santa Clara University in California, graduating with a master's degree. Ron was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and later went to work for Lockheed Martin where he was a coordinator for heat shield tiles. His last assignment was working for NASA on the space shuttle, Discovery. Ron is survived by his wife Betty; four children: Kevin (Jill) Clancey, Kathleen (Richard) Corcoran, Colleen (Barry) Tuggle, and Peggy (Frank) Slomkowski; six step-children; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Robert Wieand ’62 passed away on September 17, 2012. He was a loving husband and father. Bob was born on Dec. 4, 1935. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956-1960. He then joined the Chart House Restaurants where he worked for 28 years. He truly lived by the rule of treating others the way he would want to be treated. Bob was the kind of Dad that would drop everything to be with his kids. Living in San Diego, Calif., Bob loved to be active and enjoyed tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Bob's smile lit up a room, and his joy was infectious. He will be remembered for his love for his family and friends. He will be truly missed. He is survived by his wife Judy and his children Kathryn and Michael.
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.
Edward Louis Muckerman '62, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2014. Born July 19, 1941 to Raymond Muckerman and Barbara Koller in St. Louis, Mo. Eventually The Muckerman family moved to Phoenix, Az. Eldest of 10 brothers and sisters, Ed was the first to graduate from Brophy College Preparatory and later attended The University of Santa Clara. Later in life, Ed developed Multiple Sclerosis and bravely lived with this debilitating disease. For the last 35 years Ed lived with grace and dignity in The City By The Bay he loved so much. His heart was always open to family and friends. Those who knew Ed remember his passion for sports and movies as well as his gentle quiet "Easy Ed" nature. His spirit will shine bright forever-"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." We will never forget you Pops. Left to cherish his memory are his children: E. Louis Muckerman and Tori Anne Muckerman; granddaughters Mackenzie Greene and Simone Chavez and former wife Anne Marie Busscher. He is also survived by his eight brothers and sisters: Ted, Frank, Steve, Larry, Terry, Judy Sigmundson, Trudy McCleary, and Christine Elwick.
Frank Bert Firpo Jr. '63, 73, of San Bruno, died peacefully on Jan. 10, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Frankand Marie Firpo on December 9th, 1940 in San Francisco. He attended St. Cecilia School ('55), St Ignatius College Preparatory ('59) and Santa Clara University ('63). While at Santa Clara, he met the love of his life, Sharon Marie (McHugh) Firpo, and they married on December 26, 1964.
Frank was a teacher at Burlingame High School for 39 years. In addition to teaching, he coached the school's boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball and girls softball teams. He was a devoted Giants and Santa Clara basketball fan, and used his season tickets to attend every game possible. In retirement he developed a love of cooking, world travel, gardening and cheering on his grandsons in their own sports. Throughout it all, he also served at St. Robert's as lector and Eucharistic minister.
Frank is survived by his wife Sharon, brother George (Patricia - deceased), son Tony and his wife Chrissy and children Jason, Ryan and Connor, daughter Julie and her husband Karl Bohn and children Brendan and Kevin, son TJ and his husband Ben Bowler, and daughter Janet and her husband Dave Baird and children JT and Tommy.
Dr. Edward Patrick Creehan ’63, Aug. 13, 2013. A.k.a. 'Purr-C', 'Dr. Cutie Pie', 'Bub', 'Pepys', 'Grampy', and 'Pepsi Pat', he passed away at his home in Fair Oaks, Calif. surrounded by family. He was 71 years old. Born in 1941 in Virginia to mother Mary Rita Creehan and Edward Patrick Creehan, Patrick spent much of his youth in San Mateo, Calif. He attended Serra High School, followed by Santa Clara University, UCSF for medical school, and the University of Michigan for his residency in Dermatology. Patrick was also a flight surgeon in the Navy, stationed in Antarctica. During his time there, he would frequent New Zealand, which was where he was set up on a blind date with the woman who would become the love of his life. Patrick and his kiwi bride would later settle down in Fair Oaks where they shared a life filled with travel, art, food, drink, philanthropy, books, movies, family, and love. Patrick is predeceased by his wife, Yvonne Creehan. He is survived by his son, Mark Rea; daughters, Alexandra Creehan and Tara Creehan; son-in-law, Charles Sommer; grandchildren, Colin, Jennifer, and Indira; sister, Mary Richardon ’68; brother, Dennis Creehan; brother-in-law, Stan Leven; sister-in-law, Liz Gross; cousin, Rob Hutchinson; honorary daughter Rhonda Pope, many loving nieces and nephews; cats, Draupadi and Sita; and dog, Emmy Lou.
Patrick J. McGarry '64 was born on March 10, 1943 and died on January 12, 2012 at the age of 68.
Joseph "Joe" Young J.D. ’64 died peacefully at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 11, 2014, from complications of a stroke suffered in Oct. 2009. Joe was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in Ione, Wash., to Harold and Barbara Young. He spent his early years in Montana. During the Great Depression, economic hardship forced his parents to place him and his younger sister in St. Thomas Orphans Home in Great Falls, Mont. He lived in the orphans home for six years. In 1944, when he was 14, he traveled in steerage by steamship to Anchorage where his mother lived. On the way up, he played poker to earn spending money. As a result of the hardship of his early years, he had a strong commitment to social justice and equality. While attending Anchorage High School, he became an accomplished ski racer. Joe's love of skiing and ski racing continued throughout his life. After graduating from Anchorage High School in 1947, he went to Aspen, Colo., and skied for the Aspen Ski Team. The next winter, he went to Sun Valley, Idaho. During the 1950s, he spent the winters in Sun Valley working as a ski instructor and ski patrolman and skiing for the Sun Valley Ski Team. He skied in the National Alpine Championships in 1951, 1954 and 1955. During the summers, he worked as a lineman in Anchorage. Joe was an excellent poker player and supplemented his income during those years by gambling. He was drafted in 1951, but not even the Army could get in the way of his skiing career. He was stationed in Germany and raced throughout Europe as a member of the Army International Ski Team. In September 1954, he married Mary Louise (Pudj) Johnson in Anchorage. In the early '60s, he started Joe Young Ski School and taught hundreds of Anchorage baby boomers how to ski at Alyeska and Arctic Valley. At the age of 31, he decided to go to law school. About that decision, he said, "I woke up and had a wife and a couple of kids and all I knew how to do was slide down hills and climb poles." Although he did not have an undergraduate degree, he scored high enough on his law school admissions test to get a waiver. He moved his young family to California to attend the University of Santa Clara Law School, graduating in 1964. In the '60s and '70s, he practiced law in Anchorage with the firm of Atkinson, Conway, Young, Bell and Gagnon. In the '80s and '90s, he practiced with the firm of Young and Sanders. As a lawyer, he specialized in representing widows, orphans and people who had been terribly injured through corporate negligence. He waged successful courtroom battles against such corporate giants as Eli Lilly, Volkswagen and McDonnell Douglas. Joe was named as one of the 80 top trial attorneys in the country by Town and Country magazine and was included in "The Best Lawyers in America." He was also a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive, invitation-only national group of top trial lawyers. He was a recipient of the Alaska Bar Association Award for Professionalism. In the early '90s, he retired from the practice of law to devote more time to his first passion, skiing. He and Pudj spent most of the year at their home in Sun Valley. During his retirement years, he raced in a number of National Alpine Masters races. In the summer, he enjoyed hiking the mountains of Idaho with his daughters, grandchildren and dogs. Throughout his life, Joe enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and boating. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family at his cabin on Kachemak Bay. He was a very devoted father and grandfather. The highlight of his last year was the birth of his first great-grandchild. Although he faced many challenges after his stroke, he never complained. His high school yearbook described him as "handsome and good natured" and he remained that way all his life. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pudj, of Anchorage; daughters, Kristen Frampton of Anchorage and Kari Young of Sun Valley; son-in-law Chad Frampton of Anchorage; grandchildren, Caroline Huntley (Ehrich) and Erik Frampton of Anchorage and Annabel Webster of Sun Valley; and great-granddaughter, Audra Huntley of Anchorage. A brother, Noel Young, of New York City, also survives him. His sister, Judith Wise, and half-brothers, Michael Young and Jack Midyett, preceded him in death.
James Russell Grube '64, 71, of Pinehurst, died unexpectedly, but peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was born to Russell and Adele Grube, Oct. 17, 1942, in San Jose, Calif. Rick's Auto Jim graduated in 1964 from the University of Santa Clara, where he played defensive positions on the football team, and the University of California (Boalt Hall), J.D., in 1967. Jim served as a captain, Infantry Branch, with the 11th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon returning to civilian ranks, Jim served as the assistant district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco from 1970 to 1975. He practiced law with the firm of Murray & Grube in Palo Alto, Calif., and the firm of Campeau & Grube, in San Jose, Calif. He was selected for the Best Lawyers In America, 1987. Jim was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, in 1988 and served until 2006. In this role, he served with passion to ensure that the litigants who came before him, whether institutional entities or individuals, experienced the fair administration of justice and understood the reasoning for his rulings. He particularly enjoyed and was generous in mentoring the law clerks who worked with him during his tenure on the bench. He often said that he learned as much from them as they had from him. In 1996, Jim married Marilyn Morgan, his colleague on the bench. He thrived on the robust collaboration with Marilyn to elevate the quality of the local practice and to make procedures more streamlined and accessible. During his career he belonged to numerous bar associations, such as The Inns of Court, which promotes civility, but also to the Rotary Club of San Jose, and he supported Habitat for Humanity and the San Jose Historical Society. An avid golfer with seven holes-in-one to his credit, Jim visited Pinehurst frequently before he and Marilyn retired to Pinehurst in 2009. Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn Grube; and his daughter, Annelise, and her husband, Rhamy Kirdani. He will also be sorely missed by his extended family, stepsons Terry Adamson and Mark Towery and their respective families.
Born August 9, 1942, James "Jim" Baer ’64 passed away peacefully in his home on July 23, 2009. He was a native of Sacramento graduating from Bishop Armstrong in 1960. He attended the University of Santa Clara and Heald's Business College majoring in accounting. Jim worked for AK Steel, Rainbow Liquor, Berbarian Bros. and later Young's Market. He is survived by his soul mate of 17 years, Jackie Marshall; brother Max Baer Jr. ’59; sister Maudie Goodwin (Tom); daughter Diana Lasus (Jared); granddaughter Madison; nephew Steve Goodwin; niece Staci Goodwin; along with great-nieces, Mary, Elizabeth; and great-nephew Max. He now rejoins his parents, the late Max Sr. and Mary Ellen (Sullivan) Baer.
Donal V. Croall ’64 July 8, 1942-Nov. 29, 2013 Resident of Campbell Don passed away peacefully at his home in Campbell on Nov. 29, 2013. He was born in Berkeley, California. He is survived by his wife Margie, his Mother Beth Croall, 3 sons Scott(Laurie), Kevin, Jeff(Dani), 2 grandchildren Hallie and Ryan and several cats. He was preceded in death by his Father Jack(JD) this past January. Don owned and operated Croall Radiography for over 35 years. During that time he was a friend and mentor to many. He was a resident of Campbell for 44 years.
David George Ferrari J.D. ’64 May 31, 1939-July 14, 2014 San Jose, California
David (Dave) Ferrari died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Dave fought a valiant and determined battle with the devastating disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was ill for eight years; the last two, being extremely difficult. He never complained, only talked about getting better and hopeful a cure would be found.
Dave was born to George Ferrari and Elena Denegri Kelley on May 31, 1939, in San Jose, Calif. He is a graduate of St. Leo's, Bellarmine, and attended Creighton University. He graduated from Santa Clara Law School in 1964. Dave practiced law, which was his life's passion, for 47 years. In 1961 Dave married his college sweetheart, Marian Schultz. Dave is survived by his wife, Marian, his son Douglas Ferrari ’84 and his wife Gail, his daughter Susan (Ferrari) Mikacich M.A. ’93 and her husband, Jim and his four grandchildren, Alexandria and Dominic Ferrari and Michael and Adam Mikacich. Dave is also survived by his sister, Christine Ercoli, his niece and nephews and many cousins and close lifelong friends.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved family get-togethers, Sunday night dinners, and outings. Family was Dave's number one priority. Dave had a zest for life. He had a love of travel, sporting events, duck hunting, socializing with friends and family. He played tennis and golf and was a member of San Jose Country Club. Dave was a great supporter and fan of Bellarmine and Santa Clara University athletics attending games for decades. As a member of the San Jose Rotary Downtown Club he was involved in the Gift of Life program. Dave had a near photographic memory and aced almost every question on Jeopardy every time he watched. Dave was a lifelong Catholic who had a strong faith in God. He was known for his honesty, generosity, sense of humor, and being a true friend to all. His authenticity and goodness cannot be matched. Dave will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Charles Joseph Dirksen Jr. '64, 71, of Datmouth, passed away Aug. 29, 2013. He is survived and missed by his caring wife, Nhat (Vu Thien); his daughters, Faye (Robert), Anna (Matthew), his granddaughter, Neala; his brothers, Frank Dirksen '66, Victor Dirksen '68 (Jeanne), and Tony (Elva); and many nieces and nephews. His laughter and humor will forever be remembered.
Stuart E. Halliday '65, August 16, 2013. He was 70 and a thirty year resident of Evanston. Born in Chicago on June 7, 1943, he graduated from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He worked for many years at Northwestern University as a staff assistant. A talented folk and blues musician, Stuart performed on guitar and banjo at the No Exit Cafe when it was located in Evanston, and will be missed by the folk music community. Stuart was a well-educated man of many interests there was never a dull moment when in his company. He will be forever loved and cherished by his son, Ian and grandson, Liam of Norridge, Illinois, and his sisters, Nancy Halliday of Glenview, Illinois, Sue Brooks of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and Ann Ellis of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Kathryn "Kit" P. Islip ’65 died peacefully after a brief illness surrounded by her immediate family at Rideout Hospital on April 25, 2014. She was born Sept. 22, 1943. Kit was the beloved wife of 45 years of Robert Islip, Esq; the loving mother of Robb Islip and Kathryn Sale and mother in law of Petar Sale. Proud grandmother of Anne, Adeline, and Sadie Sale. Kit, a 5th generation native of Marysville, was preceded in death by her parents George and Kathryn Prindiville. She was the loving sister of David and Ann Prindiville ’70; sister-in-law of Maureen C. Prindiville ’68 and proud aunt of Molly P. Linehan and Mathew Prindiville. Kit received her BA and teaching credential from the University of Santa Clara; was a dedicated teacher for 30 years in local high schools; participated in various local organizations. She was a parishioner of St. Isidore's Roman Catholic Church for 35 years; before that she, along with 5 generations of her family, was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
David Hershel Posner MBA ’65 of Oroville 9/14/35 -3/25/14. He was a Korean War vet who received his MBA from Santa Clara University. While there, he married Marty in 1964. They moved east to be near his ailing father. He was a Manager at Price Waterhouse in Manhattan then San Francisco, living in Concord with his wife and children Sarena and Gregg. He retired from Levi Strauss as Corporate Systems Security Manager. Dave is survived by his wife and first love Marty Grant, with whom he spent the last 14 months of his life in Oroville, his daughter Sarena, son Gregg, grandchildren Rebecca, Racheal, Micheal, Brenden and Jessica, as well as his sister Ruth Nierenberg and her family. He is also survived by many special friends, including Janie Olofson of Alamo. Dave spent the last year during weekdays at Peg Taylor Day Treatment Center where he had many friends, including fellow veterans.
Anita Thede '65—Realtor, broker and owner of Northbrae Propeties in North Berkeley—left us unexpectedly on Nov. 27, 2013, after scheduled heart surgery at Stanford Medical Center.
Anita was born Aug. 10, 1943 in Montclair, N.J. She was predeceased by her parents Amadeo and Mary Ruffalo and her beloved brother, "Arnie" Ruffalo. She is survived by her husband Jim and sons Dylan, Jeremiah and Christian Thede. Anita received a B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1965, earning a Silver Metal for Academic Excellence. She was very proud to have been included in the first class of women to attend this previously all- male university.
After graduation, Anita went on to pursue graduate work at University of California, Berkeley and St. Mary's College studying Criminology and Education. She became a probation officer in Contra Costa County and also worked as Director of the Girl's Unit for Daytime Education. Anita began her career in Real Estate in 1977. She became an owner and co-founder of Northbrae Properties in 1981. She was very active in the Real Estate community serving as President of the Berkeley Board of Realtors in 1992 and 2013. She received many distinguished awards during her career including being named BAR's Realtor of the year in 1994.
As well as her work in Real Estate, Anita had a strong involvement in community service. She was a founding member and President of the Board of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center. She was a member of the Board at St. Mary's and worked tirelessly to help that school grow for over 25 years. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Alta Bates Hospital, was an active member of the Berkeley Rotary Club, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, Aurora Theatre and was a major contributor of her energy and resources to many other community and charitable projects.
Anita was extremely devoted and generous to family and friends. Her friends became her clients and most of her clients became her friends. She had an innate ability to guide her clients, whether buying or selling, to the right choice. She listened patiently while interjecting her professional knowledge and experience. A love of her Italian heritage led Anita to connect with family still in Italy. She took numerous trips back to explore the country and spend time with relatives. She was able to receive dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Italy. Her seventieth, and last birthday, was spent in Lacedonia with family.
Mary Clarie McBride '66, Feb. 14, 1944 - May 26, 2014. Dr. Mary C. McBride, recently honored by administrators of the Arlington County Public Schools and her colleagues at the Hoffman-Boston Woodlawn Secondary Program for 45 years of distinguished service as a teacher – administrator, died suddenly on May 26, 2014.