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Gerald W. Shipsey

Gerald William Shipsey J.D. ’51, a 3rd generation San Luis Obispo native, died at home on April 29, 2013 at the age of 88 from the effects of congestive heart failure. Jerry was born in 1924 to William T. and Elizabeth (Adam) Shipsey. He graduated from Mission High School with the class of 1942.

Jerry served in the army at the end of World War II, from 1943-1946. Returning to college, he earned his law degree in 1951 from Santa Clara University. During his time at Santa Clara he met Dorothy McDougall on a blind date. They were married for 50 years before her death in 2000.
In 1951 Jerry and Dorothy returned to San Luis Obispo to make their home and raise their 3 children. Jerry and his college friend, John L. Seitz J.D. '51, formed the law partnership of Shipsey and Seitz where he worked until his retirement in 1993. Over the years Jerry served as Attorney for the cities of Guadalupe and Arroyo Grande. He was also legal counsel to the South County Sanitation District and the Oceano Community Service District. He served as president of the SLO County Bar Association and was a member of the San Luis Obispo City Council during the 1960's. He was an active member of the Elks for many years.
Jerry was an avid SF Giants and 49er fan. He certainly enjoyed his final season following both teams!
Gerald was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, and his brother, James E. Shipsey '50. He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Lyons, and his three children, Janet Koznek (Larry), William Shipsey and Patty Shipsey. In addition he leaves 6 grandchildren, Paul Koznek (Xin), Tim Koznek (Becka), Jeff Koznek (Rebekah), Leila Roche (Matt), Emma Shipsey and Jerald Patrick Shipsey. Four (soon to be six!) great grandchildren also survive him. He took great delight in the activities and achievements of each of his children and grandchildren.
submitted May. 22, 2013 5:02A
UGRD Leavey Business '51
Gerald David Stronck

Gerald Stronck '51 passed away peacefully April 18, 2009, after almost a year of battling cancer. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory School and Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Commerce. Gerald was a veteran of WWII, worked as a bank manager for 35 years and, later, as a realtor. He was a resident of San Mateo County for 63 years. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and his two older brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Frances, his younger brother, five children, and 10 grandchildren.

submitted Jan. 27, 2010 10:31P
George David Crowley

George David Crowley '51 on Dec. 5, 2008. A native of San Francisco, he worked in the accounting industry for 46 years and as general manager of sales for Towne Ford in Redwood City for 30 of those years. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; seven children; and 12 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:26P
UGRD Engineering '51
Eugene H. Swett

Eugene H. Swett '51 passed away on June 9, 2011.

submitted Aug. 26, 2011 4:12P
UGRD Engineering '51
Bruno Anthony Davis

Bruno Anthony Davis '51 died Dec. 21, 2009.  peacefully at home. Bruno was the beloved husband of Norma and the adored father of Christopher and Adrian. He was the devoted son of the late Anna and Achllle Davis, and the son-in-law of Elena Accornero and the late Frank Accornero. Bruno is also survived by Christopher's partner, Todd; by Adrian's partner, Tim; by his brother-in-law, Gilbert; and by many cousins in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stockton, and Italy. Bruno born Jan. 14, 1927 and was a graduate of St. Ignatius, Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco. He had a long and distinguished career with the California Public Utilities Commission.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 12:02P
Bob Bounds

Robert I. “Bob” Bounds J.D. ’51, 86, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 17, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born April 15, 1927 in Yakima, Wash. to Irving and Dorothy (Congdon) Bounds. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1951 with a degree in law. On June 14, 1947 he married Rose Marie Nevis in Santa Clara, Calif. Bob and Rose Marie moved back to Yakima, where he started a private law practice and later became the City of Yakima Prosecuting Attorney. Bob had a zest for life. His hobbies were traveling, music and family time. He relished his role as Santa and the Easter Bunny, a memory that all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will cherish.

Bob is lovingly survived by his wife, Rose Marie Bounds and his children Terry Rawson, Jerry Bounds, Sue Lowry, Karen Iroala, Debra Carlson, Jim Bounds, and Jeff Bounds, in addition to 17 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. 

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 4:22P
Bernard Vogel Jr.

Bernard J. Vogel Jr. BS ’51, J.D. '56, of Saratoga, Calif., passed away May 5, 2012. Bernie leaves behind five children, Bernie III (Anne-Marie), Leslie Miller (Eric), Bill (Linda), Bob, and Karen Hayes (Ray), as well as nine grandchildren, Marie-Elizabeth, Hannah Katherine, and Sarah Grace Vogel; Karly, Andrew and Kate Miller; Lauren Vogel; Robert Vogel; and Brian and Marie Hayes. He is also survived by his brother, Worthington Vogel, as well as, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Carol Peters.  Bernie was a fortunate man who shared the love of many friends. Having lost his wife, Joan Peters Vogel, to cancer several years ago, he continued to stay actively involved with his friends and his family. Bernie was born in Piedmont, Calif., attending school at Piedmont Hills, Admiral Farragut and Santa Clara University undergraduate and law schools. An avid athlete, Bernie played football for Santa Clara, scoring the last touchdown in the 1950 Orange Bowl against Kentucky. After two years in the Navy, Bernie started his legal practice working with Judge Callahan and maintained his private practice as a well-respected lawyer late into his seventies. A loving husband and father, Bernie and Joan raised their children while living in Saratoga. They were active in many social and charitable organizations, including St. Claire Club, Kiwanis, and Gaieties. Bernie was actively involved in the lives of his children until his last breath. Bernie was known as a gentleman among gentlemen, whose warm heart and strong spirit cherished family and friends above all of his life's many pursuits. For many years, he enjoyed golf as a member and past president of San Jose Country Club, traveled extensively and stayed active in his practice as a lawyer.

submitted Jun. 12, 2012 6:02P
Barth Edward Bartholemy

Barth Edward Bartholemy ’51 died on July 7, 2010. He is survived by spouse Patricia and children: Dan, Ellen, Ed and Carol.

submitted Jan. 10, 2011 2:10P
Anthony  Bernard Coolot Diepenbrock Jr.

Anthony “Tony” Bernard Coolot Diepenbrock Jr. '51, born March 10, 1927, died May 24, 2009 after a short illness, with loving family by his side. Tony was the third of nine children born to Genevieve Claire McCarthy and noted San Francisco physician Anthony Bernard Diepenbrock Sr., grandson of German nobleman Melchior von Diepenbrock and great-grandson of pioneering Sacramento businessman Anthony Coolot, one of the first backers of the transcontinental railroad. Tony grew up in San Francisco and Hillsborough. He was a fiercely competitive athlete, winning a golf tournament at age 12 as partner to legendary golfer Marion Hollins and swimming for San Francisco’s St. Ignatius High School. He left St. Ignatius after his junior year for Santa Clara University because his father wanted him to have a year of college before joining the military. He entered the Army near the end of World War II and was quickly promoted to sergeant. He trained soldiers in tank maneuvers at Ft. Knox, Ky. Tony returned to Santa Clara after the war, playing basketball and studying philosophy. He would often speak of the powerful influence the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas had upon him. He married Marjorie Gossage Schoorl of Belmont on Dec. 29, 1951. The couple had 13 children – five sons and eight daughters. The family lived first in San Francisco, later moving to Burlingame and Hillsborough. He worked as a judge’s clerk at the Federal District Court of San Francisco for several years, attending night classes at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Eventually, Tony quit so he could study law full time. He once asked his wife, when the stresses of his studies were mounting, whether she’d rather be married to a law clerk with a full head of hair or to a lawyer with none. She was unequivocal – a bald lawyer. He was admitted to the California Bar on Jan. 7, 1959, scoring second in the state on his bar exam and joining San Francisco’s Townsend & Townsend Law Firm. His first big victory came in 1960, when he successfully sued Colgate-Palmolive for infringing on a tiny local company’s trademark, blocking the corporation from selling a competing product in 14 states. He was admitted to the patent bar in 1961, became a leading authority on plant patents and chaired the American Bar Association’s plant patent committee. He possessed an extraordinary memory and a talent for detail that colleagues say made him a formidable lawyer and researcher. Tony retired in 2001, doting on his many grandchildren and frequently visiting the Olympic Club, where he was a member for more than 60 years. Tony also loved a great glass of wine, and headed a chapter of the Wine and Food Society. The most abiding element of his life was his Catholic faith, and he often held up his large family as an expression of that faith. He taught catechism, was a Boy Scout Master at Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame, headed the Men’s Club of OLA and served as a Sunday lector for more than 25 years at St. Catherine of Siena in Burlingame. He was also involved with the St. Catherine traveling crucifix ministry. He attended every baptism, first communion and confirmation for his grandchildren until his final illness. He enjoyed traveling, visiting the Caribbean, Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong and many, many U.S. states. But two of his favorite places were much closer to home, Lake Tahoe and Carmel. He was a founder and first president of Chamberlands Beach and Mountain Club in Lake Tahoe, which honored him with a rare lifetime membership. Tony is survived by 12 children: Anthony (Donna) of San Jose; Marjorie (Timothy) Vondrak of Rohnert Park; Jerome of Seattle, Wa.; Clotilde (Robert) of Pearland, Texas; Eloise Libby of San Mateo; Teresa of Portland, Ore.; Amy (Robert) Bolton of Truckee; Mary (Guy) Gunion of San Mateo; Peter (Janet) of Menlo Park; William (Renee) of Rancho Cucamonga; Claire (Mark) Johnson of Chico; and Bernadette (Derek) of Portland, Ore. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren including: Anthony, Elise, Kirstin, Garitt, Katelyn, Adrian, Donald, Leo, Jedidiah, Karly, Nicholas, Lukas,  Marjorie, Olivia, Tess, Brooke and Beck. He is also survived by sisters Florence (David) Stronck of Union City, Claire of San Francisco and Patricia (James) Hargarten of San Francisco, and his brother, Michael (Viorica) of Santa Rosa. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years, Marjorie; his son, William Michael; three sisters, Clotilde, Mary Draeger and Rebecca Del Santo; and one brother, Melchior.


submitted Jul. 9, 2009 12:29P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '51
Allen Gray Browne

Allen Gray Browne '51 on April 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born in Los Angeles on September 25, 1928, to Dr. Francis E. Browne, famously known as the surgeon to the stars, and Margaret Gray Browne of the Gray banking and farming family from Grayville, Ill. Browne was educated at Hotchkiss Preparatory School in Connecticut and Santa Clara University. He did graduate work at UCLA Medical School. Browne had a varied career, including investments and stocks, oil drilling, land development, hands-on custom house building and farming. After active duty in the U.S. Army, he served in undercover military intelligence for years. He served since 1991 as a director of the Gray estate family businesses, Gray Farms Inc., Locust Street Company, Inc. and Gray Partnerships, all based in Southwestern Indiana. His leadership, integrity and wisdom were greatly valued. His lifelong passion for music led him to donate the organ for The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer in Las Vegas. His family helped found Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., where he gave the organ for their new college chapel last year. He was an active trustee of the Nevada Symphony in Las Vegas, single-handedly producing its concert in March 1996. Browne was also an enthusiastic amateur violinist. An avid sailor and skier, he traveled the world as a big-game hunter. His trophies are in several schools and museums, including the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kay Miller Browne; his brother Dr. Lawrence W. Browne of Newport Beach; five children: Frank Browne, Julia Browne, Margaret Browne Day (Jeff), Alice Browne and  Bill Browne and their mother, Shirley Ingman Browne, all of Orange County, CA; and two stepchildren: Elizabeth Stephenson Norheim (Rob) of Seattle and Lloyd Stephenson, of Chico, CA. His grandchildren include Joshua Browne, Megane Browne, Riley and Tatum Browne, Aubrie, Kelsey and Jessica Day and Rosemary Norheim. He was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.

submitted May. 13, 2010 1:35P
GRD Law '51
Adrian Schoorl

Adrian "Arie" Schoorl '51 on March 11, 2009.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 12:47P


William Haley

William ("Bill") Haley Aug. 31, 1930 - Aug. 22, 2009. Bill passed peacefully on August 22nd surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. Bill is survived by his "sweetie" Janice, daughters Jean (Jim), Ann, and Katie (John), and son Tim. Bill and Jan have eight grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Bill and Jan were married on October 3, 1953 at St. Raphael's Church in San Rafael. They moved to Novato in 1956 and in 1963 built a lovely home for their family on a lot adjoining the 5th hole (formerly the 14th) on the Marin Country Club Golf Course. Bill was an active member of the Country Club and played golf two to three times a week. Bill loved golfing with his longtime friends and will be missed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, but surely will be remembered by his buddies at the 19th hole. Bill enjoyed attending his childrens' many sports activities as well as playing basketball, baseball, and ping-pong in the back yard with his kids. Bill and Jan traveled the world as well as taking his favorite yearly trips to Lake Tahoe and Kauai. A lifelong Marin County resident, Bill graduated from St. Anselm's Grammar School, St. Ignatius High School, and Santa Clara University. Bill has many lifelong friends from his school years, many dating back to kindergarten, who will remember Bill for his electric personality, love of life and loyalty to the ones he loved. Bill was Chairman of the St. Anthony's Parish Finance Committee, which he served on for many years. Bill was an active member of the church all his life and will be missed at St. Anthony's. Bill built a very successful real estate appraisal practice in San Francisco beginning in 1972. He earned the prestigious MAI (Member of Appraisal Institute) designation and was past president of the Institute in 1976. Bill was known in the real estate appraisal field for his integrity and dedication to his craft. We will never forget what they did for us. God bless all of you. Friends of the family are invited to a Memorial Service for Bill at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, located at 1000 Cambridge Street in Novato. The service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, August 29th. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's name be made to St. Vincent De Paul Conference-St. Anthony's Parish or to Santa Clara University Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund.

submitted Aug. 27, 2009 9:28A
Willard Joseph Fay

Willard Joseph Fay '52 died on February 19, 2009. 

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:20P
Thomas J. Kerwin

Thomas J. Kerwin '52 on Nov. 14, 2008.  The Chicago native fell in love with the West when he traveled by train to attend college at Santa Clara. He was a member of the school's swim team and after three years completed his undergraduate and law degrees at Loyola University in Chicago. After practicing law in Chicago, he was an activist after retirement, pushing for reform in the Catholic Church and performing in community theater productions and singing in local Gilbert & Sullivan shows. He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Mary Ann; eight children; and 19 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:28P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '52
Thomas Cannon Buckley

Thomas Cannon Buckley ’52 died May 30, 2010. He was born on March 20, 1930 in South Pasadena. He graduated from Cathedral High School and Santa Clara University, and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as its vice president of public relations. Tom married wife Adeline, with whom he had 4 sons (Tom Buckley ’84, Jim, Brian Buckley ’88, and Tim), and after Addy's death Tom married wife Judith with whom Tom raised his children and Judy's 5 children from a previous marriage (Bill, Margot, Debbie, Chris Buckley ’88, and Rick) in Pasadena. Tom will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

submitted Jan. 31, 2011 1:24P
T.C. Pat Hentschell

T. C. Pat Hentschell ’52 was born June 19, 1929, and passed away on March 6, 2013. He was 83 and had lived in Seattle.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 3:00P
GRD Law '52
Stephen Gazzera Jr.

Stephen Gazzera Jr. J.D. ’52, a resident of Los Altos, was born on July 16, 1928, in San Francisco to Stefano and Maria Gazzera. He went to be with our Lord on Jan. 24, 2013 with his family and friends at his side. He is survived by his children Stephen III ’82 (Susan), Michael (Tonya), and Nicole (Rick), his loving wife Pat, and his grandchildren Joseph, Taylor, Benjamin, Elise and Micaela. His beloved wife Peggy, mother of his children, preceded him in death in 1997. In 2004, he married his wife Patricia and they shared many years of joy and laughter. 
He was such a loving father, so generous and caring to his family. We could not have asked for more from a father. He was our hero and we will miss him very much. For his family and friends, there was no greater example of love, warmth, loyalty, generosity, and devotion.
Steve attended Saint Joan of Arc grade school and St. Ignatius High in San Francisco. He and his parents owned and operated the Monte Carlo Cafe in what was then known as the Butcher Town district of San Francisco. After high school he and his parents moved to Mountain View. Steve went on to attend Santa Clara University and became the outstanding graduate of his Law School class of 1952. 
After law school, Steve served with honors as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1952 to 1954. Upon return to California, he started his law practice in Mountain View and continued his practice up to the Friday before his death. Early in his career he also owned and operated Maison de le Liqueur in Mountain View and the El Dorado Cafe, the first high class cocktail lounge on Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. He was a proud attorney and businessman, much loved and respected by his clients and associates. He loved travel and was an avid hunter and fisherman. No one could organize hunting trips like our Dad. They were legendary. 
Steve had many friends from diverse backgrounds who loved and trusted him. Many saw him as a mentor. Our Dad loved to entertain friends and family. It was a great joy for him to "break bread" with those he loved. He was a master story teller. With every story he told, he had his audience on the edge of their seats in suspense, or roaring with laughter. He will be greatly missed. 
We would like to thank his friends and family that were with him in his final days. Your presence meant the world to him and us. We would like to offer sincere thanks for the courtesy and professionalism of the medical staff at El Camino Hospital. 

submitted Feb. 4, 2013 7:49A
UGRD Engineering '52
Roger Maineri

Roger Maineri '52, beloved husband, father and friend, died unexpectedly on July 11, 2010. He was 80 years old. Cherished son of Pete and Nina Maineri, Roger was a native San Franciscan, attending Sacred Heart High School and later engineering school at Santa Clara University. He built and sailed the boat Windrider in his 30s, and later developed a successful practice as a consulting acoustical engineer in which he was still active. An avid fan of opera, good food, wine, travel, history, and reading, Roger lived his life with humor, affection, a sense of adventure, and abundance. Married to Rosanne Brodeur, they raised their two ""scoogerooches"" until she passed in 1977. Roger was blessed to later meet up with his high school sweetheart and first true love Mary Rossen. They were married in 1996 in Italy and together traveled the continents and made many special family memories and lifelong friends. Roger leaves behind his wife Mary, his daughters Suzanne and Janet, his second family in Missouri and the many, many friends he made throughout his life.

submitted Jul. 26, 2010 12:41P
UGRD Leavey Business '52
Roger Lee Redig

Roger Lee Redig '52 passed away peacefully after a long illness following a cardiac arrest on August 19. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, son Steve, daughter Shari and six Grandchildren; Chris, Gabe, Elisa, Meghann, Katie, Sarah and two Great Grandsons; Kaiden and Mason. He attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship before joining the Air Force and being commissioned a Second Lt. In 1953 he married his high school sweetheart and spent the next year flying F84 jets in Korea. After finishing his tour of duty, he went back to college at San Jose State and became a Civil and Structural Engineer working his last twenty years at Ruth and Going. When their children married he and Jeanne built a home in Santa Cruz Mountains where he was Bonsai enthusiast and loved building things. His oldest Grandson wrote after he died, "so many memories, I'm aware of the values he lived by and expects us to live by, the service he gave by serving in the military and second by being the voice of opposition to policies he thought were wrong. He lives on in us even as he waits to be reunited with us." His family was the most important thing in his life and he will be greatly missed.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 1:01P
UGRD Engineering '52
Robert William Gaul

Robert W. (Bill) Gaul '52, Nov. 4, 2011. A native San Franciscan, he spent more than 30 years working with Adhesive Engineering in San Carlos, and 18 years ago co-founded Chemco Systems, where he continued working until the time of his death. He served on the board of Mercy High School in Burlingame, and St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn; their five children, including Katie Gaul Davis '81 and Claire Gaul Brown '85; and twelve grandchildren, including Andrew Davis '08.

submitted Nov. 25, 2011 9:12A
Robert Toquinto

Susan Toquinto writes: "Please be advised that my husband, Robert Toquinto ’52, died last December 2011. It was a very, very sad passing. Please let his teammates know. Orange Bowl 1949."


submitted Aug. 13, 2012 12:45P
Robert "Bob" Franceschini Sr.

Robert "Bob" Franceschini Sr. ’52 March 7, 1930 - February 12, 2013. 
Beloved father, grandfather, business and community leader. Bob was most often characterized as generous and gregarious. His charm, welcoming nature, and smile were legendary. He had a keen sense of style and always "dressed to the nines." See's candy and fine wines were often in his hands when he made visits to friends and colleagues. Bob's family was his true passion and he treasured family dinners and vacations, especially those at Lake Tahoe, which was his favorite place to summer. Bob and his late wife, Nadine, derived much happiness from their active and dynamic social life. A few years ago they were honored as co-recipients of the Sons of Italy Western Foundation HumanitarianoftheYearAward.  Born in Palo Alto, CA Bob graduated from St. Joseph's Elementary School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University. He also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bob's past community involvements included the following: Board of Directors of Kainos Home and Training Center, President of the Sequoia Foundation, President Holbrook Palmer Park Foundation, President and Co Founder of the Sequoia Awards, President of the Atherton Civic Interest League, President St. Pius Men's Club, President of the YMCA of Redwood City, President of the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, which awarded him their "Man of the Year"Award in 1974. Bob was also a President of the California Beer Wholesaler's Assoc. He was a Bay Area beverage distributor and President of Coors West & Regal Beverages. Bob also co-founded Evergreen Savings and Loan Association. 
Through the years, Bob was an avid gardener, duck hunter, fisherman and golfer. Bob was a member of the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country club for 36 years. He was a lifelong Stanford, San Francisco 49er and Giants fan. He truly enjoyed music especially the Big Bands and Jazz. 
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Margaret Fabbro Franceschini. His cherished wife, Nadine Paolino, passed away in 2008 after 52 years of marriage. He is survived by his children: Robyn (Dick) Budelli, Robert (Kathy) Franceschini Jr., Richard Franceschini, and grandchildren, Francesca (Brady '07) Budelli Harter, Adam Budelli, Robert III and Evan Franceschini. Bob is also survived by his sister, Mary Riviello, uncle, Frank Fabbro, and aunt, Sarah Balocco. We would like to thank Sylvia Nelson for bringing him happiness in his final years. Special thanks to Goodie VeraCruz, his dedicated caregiver.

submitted May. 22, 2013 4:10A
GRD Law '52
Richard H. Shields

Richard H. Shields '52 on June 4, 2008. 

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 12:49P
UGRD Engineering '52
Richard Fitzmaurice

Richard  Fitzmaurice '52 passed away in Santa Cruz, Cali., on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, of pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded in his last days by his family, his friends from Garfield Senior Residence, and the wonderful staff at Sunshine Villa. He was 86 years old. Richard was born on Feb. 15, 1923, in Lincoln, Neb., and raised in Missouri by his adoring parents, Margaret and Will. His father was a sharecropper and the best pig farmer in Holt county Missouri, near St. Joe, until the Depression ended the family's farming opportunities. Like his brother Don, Richard joined the Army Air Corps before the Second World War, to send money home to his family. Don, who dreamed of being a farmer, was killed in the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in 1942, a mission made famous in the film "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo." This was a crushing loss for Richard and his family. Richard found out about Don's death while he was in a Nazi prison in Germany in 1944-45, a prison made famous in the film "The Great Escape." Richard had been shot down over Germany. During Richard's capture he was interrogated by the Gestapo and was about to be shot when a farmwoman stepped in front of the rifle to shield him. He was beaten instead. He spent many weeks in solitary confinement, the 'cooler,' for standing in for escaping prisoners. He hated war and was struck by the 18-year-olds on both sides, who seemed to be farm boys like him, fighting for things they did not understand. He was saved by the caring of a German guard who had lost his own family to Allied air raids and by his fellow prisoners who brought him back from dysentery and other maladies while on a forced march across Germany in the winter at the end of the war. He always revered them. He scoffed at the term 'hero' regarding his own accomplishments. In his adulthood he was quiet about his war experiences, but as he grew older he constantly asked, 'Why can't we stop killing each other?' With his beloved wife, Betty Jean, he raised his six children to hate war and to work for social justice, beginning with his work with the United Farm Workers in the early 1960s. He joined Cesar Chavez on the Delano March to Sacramento in 1966. He brought his children to hear and support Martin Luther King in 1963, and encouraged them all to fight for economic and social justice. Richard worked as an engineer for FMC for 30 years making farm machinery. He invented many exceptional irrigation and harvesting innovations. That work him even more aware of the farmworkers, their struggle, and the dignity of their work. But he spent the last few years at FMC with no tasks, because he refused to design weapons. Ultimately, he retired as a form of protest to their increased focus on military projects. As an elder, he was eventually jailed--with Marge Frantz and others--for demonstrating at the weapons lab. He found capitalism predatory and looked for better ways to live in this world, visiting Cuba twice, as well as many Latin American countries. His views led him to the Green Party and to socialism. He often traveled to Europe, mostly Andalusia and Westport, Ireland, where he was a citizen. He leaves behind many wonderful friends in Westport, Castlebar, and Killawalla, Mayo, Ireland. He visited these places every year for over 20 years, staying at youth hostels and traveling on the cheap. He walked the Ronda Valley in Spain, enjoyed speaking bad Spanish, and loved the music in the pubs in Ireland. He loved Hawaii for more than 50 years, and even traveled there six weeks ago. He was struck by the words of a Hawaiian guide many years ago, who threw him a stone and said, 'There 'ª; that's your grandfather!' He believed that we needed to understand our natural selves and to care for each other and the world. Growing up on a farm, in the middle of a great depression, and his focus on creating machinery that made it easier for people to work the land, it was clear that nature played a huge part in his spiritual connection to the world. He loved all music, believing that the arts were among the 'best things we do'. He especially loved country music: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar songs serenaded him in his final hours. You couldn't miss him on the street, wearing his trademark blue Dickie coveralls every day, just as his father had virtually never worn anything but overalls. He played golf for Santa Clara University--where he graduated with an engineering degree in 1952--and once played Ken Venturi at Pasatiempo in the 1950s. He never told us whether or not he won. He enjoyed interacting with strangers and friends in his favorite haunts in Santa Cruz, like The Cookhouse, Beckmann's, Duarte's in Pescadero, or Gilda's on the wharf, where they treated him with special care and kindness. He rode his bike all over town until last year. He was well-known on the buses and in the local stores--and not just for stealing batteries or the occasional block of cheese. He loved to write his stories, he held Louden Nelson Center as a sacred place, and he appreciated his teachers very much. He sent the same letter to the editor every six months or so--to stop war, to quit fighting, and to love each other.He was one of six children who survived infancy. His wife of many years, Betty, died in 1996. He is survived by his sister, Annette, his six children and their partners Pat, Tom, Tim, Ginny, Michael, Julie, Terri, Betsy, Bob, and Lori, his three grandchildren and their partners Jason and Erika, Marcel and Juliet, and Caitlin Rose, and two great-grandchildren Briton and Oona. He also leaves behind many wonderful members of the Fitzmaurice family, the family of his deceased sister Mary Foster, and those in and around St. Joe's, Missouri. Richard will be buried with his brother Don at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

submitted Aug. 4, 2009 12:22P
UGRD Leavey Business '52
Peter Naughton Murphy

Peter Naughton Murphy '52, of Aptos, Calif., passed away March 19 surrounded by his wife and family. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Leone; is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jane Elizabeth; was loving father of Mary Greg Whitfield, Kathleen, Joan and Steve Stefanie, as well as Tommy and Scott, who preceded him in death; dear brother of Robert, Patricia who preceded him in death and Leone Andrews; devoted grandfather of Hannah Miller, Emma & Henry Whitfield and Ben, Nate and Samantha Murphy; loving uncle to a wonderful group of nieces and nephews. Peter was born in New Rochelle, NY and grew up in McCloud, Calif. After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1952 Peter started his career in the lumber industry. Peter was a salesman for American Forest Products when he married his bride, Jane. Settling in Terra Linda, Calif., they became active members of the then new St. Isabella Parish and made many dear friends there. Career opportunities took Peter and his family to Birmingham, MI in 1976 where they expanded their circle of friends. After 20 great years there, Peter retired and he and Jane returned to California, settling in Aptos. Their circle of friends continued to grow and included many from the Seascape Golf Club, Peter's "office" away from home. Peter was a long-time member, as well as holding the positions of Treasurer, President and Board Member. He was a good golfer and enjoyed the game tremendously. Peter was also very active with Casa Allegra Community Services, an organization that allowed their son, Scott, who was born with challenges, to actively participate in community life. Peter not only was a Board Member for over 10 years, he was instrumental in running their annual Bocce Ball Tournament, provided much support for their Human Race fundraiser and frequently visited the Devon House, where Scott lived and was loved for over 20 years. 


submitted May. 4, 2010 2:43P
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