Class Notes | Obituaries
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Joseph Didone '65 on Feb. 16, 2009. Born Giuseppe Didone and raised in Rome, Italy, he came to California in 1953 with $50 in his pocket. He obtained his citizenship in 1957, the same year he graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in political science. He worked his way up to senior vice president at Guardian Packaging Corporation, which was later acquired by American National Can. For his last three years of service, he ran the company's operation in Vitoria, Spain. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Verna; four children; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
James R. Kline Jr. MBA ’65, a resident of Healdsburg, Calif., age 76, died peacefully at his home on November 17, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Kay; son Dan (Tootie) Kline, daughter Mary (Dan) Echevarria, daughter Colly (Niel) Fischer; and his seven grandchildren, Tori, Peter, Cori, Riley, Bea, Nathan and Tess. Jim was predeceased by his sister Kay White. He is also survived by his nieces, Erin Neuberger & Colleen Wysong; and cousins Donald J. Kline, Sr., Keven Thompson and Colleen Haymaker. Jim was born in Denver, Colo., to his father Ray Kline and mother, Helen (Reifsnyder). While growing up in Joplin, Mo., he was a star athlete and competitor, playing both football and baseball during high school. Jim was an avid alumnus of Kansas University (KU Jayhawks) and during his college years he met Kay. The college sweethearts married on Flag Day, June 14, 1958. Jim & Kay moved westward and worked for Lockheed while completing his MBA at Santa Clara University. Jim eventually retired from Lockheed as CFO of the Lockheed Shuttle Operations Co. (LSOC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla. After retiring from LSOC, he and Kay moved homeward to California, settling in Healdsburg. In Healdsburg, Jim became an active Rotarian and supporter of the local Catholic parish, St. John's. He also enjoyed travelling and visiting their many friends and relatives. Jim's competitive spirit was always engaged, as he always played "by the rules." This carried to all aspects of his life, including golf, bridge, football pools and baseball. Jim gave us many gifts, including integrity, a strong work ethic, unwavering honesty and a keen sense of humor.
Howard J. Frank '65, an extraordinary husband and father, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 28, 2009, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 16, 1929, the seventh child of 11, to Anton and Caroline Frank in Brookfield. After graduating from Marshfield High School, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard, earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Marquette, a master's degree in systems management from USC, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Howard enjoyed a successful 35-year career at Lockheed. He was an avid sportsman, built a log cabin in the Sierras and loved hunting with his brother John. Howard is survived by his loving wife, Cecilia; and their children, Elizabeth Frank-Bailey (Michael), Mark, Diane Immer (Jim), Bruce (Mahnoosh), and Charlotte; and his nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas, and his sisters, Betty, Rose and Anne.
Gary Allen Olson MBA '65, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully, April 5, 2011 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. Gary, 72, was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and his cancer returned. Gary was born September 9, 1938 in Amery, Wis. Gary graduated from Motely High School, Motley, Minn. 1956. Gary attended Brainerd Jr. College in Brainerd, Minn. and graduated in 1958. Gary graduated from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in 1960, earned his MBA from the Santa Clara University in 1964. Gary served in the Army National Guard. Gary lived his life to the max and as of January 17, 2011, he was still playing three rounds of golf a week. Gary was a founder of the National Wildlife and Western Art Show. Gary and his wife, Mary sponsored the Art shows at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis for 17 years. Gary was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, National Turkey Federation. Gary's love for dogs gave him much pleasure, he became a member of Central Minnesota Retrievers Association and the Hennepin County Retrievers Association. Gary gave many hours volunteering with Fine Line Retrievers and trained dogs for Field Trails. Gary was employed by five major corporations in Sales and Marketing Management positions and started his own company, Recognition Products, Inc. Gary retired in 1995, moved to Gull Lake, Minn. and was involved in building an Executive Office building and a log Twin Homes development on Gull Lake. Gary was a member of Rotary International, in Brainerd and received the Paul Harris Member Award for his efforts. Gary is survived by his loving wife Mary of 32 years; his son, Jeffrey Scott Olson (Donna) of Plymouth, Minn.; daughter, Julianne Vogel (Darin) of Medina, Minn.; stepson, Todd Allen Trout (Marguerite) of Owatonna, Minn. Grandchildren, Angela, Tommy and Jack Olson, Payton, Layne and Will Vogel, Cameron and Cassandra Trout. Gary was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Olson; mother, Sylvia Nelson; and a brother, James. Gary will be missed by friends and family. If there is golf in Heaven, he will find it along with his dogs Shay, Amber, Curry, Shadow, Maverick, Token, and Jack.
David W. Rodoni ’65 was born April 19, 1942, in Oakland, Calif. to Walter and Dolores Rodoni. He died December 12, 2012 at the Windom Hospital. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in math/accounting. He was the fiscal supervisor at the Toro Company in Windom where he was a 33 year employee. David married Barbara Sutherland Johnson May 18, 1971 in Chicago, Ill. He enjoyed playing cards, collecting antiques, watching old movies and spending time with his children. He loved his little poodle Wilbie who was a great comfort to him. He is survived by wife, Barbara; twin daughters, Jennifer (Kari Kustelski) Rodoni, Suzanne (Jason Herberg) Rodoni; step-children, Jerome (Patty) Johnson, Michael (Sandy) Johnson, Brian (Michele) Johnson and Angela (Ed) Johnson; brother, Jim (Michele) Rodoni. Also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Albert H. Mahrer MBA ’65 of Grand Junction, Colorado passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, July 22, 2012 of natural causes while in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 85. He was a WWII Veteran.
Immediately following graduation from Lisbon High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army, having served as an SP in the Army’s Special Police Unit in northern Italy where he met and married Brunine Piatti-Mahrer. Upon completion of his tour and honorable discharge, he returned to his home of Lisbon and entered North Dakota State University (NDSU) at Fargo under the GI Bill, and combined with the NDSU ROTC program, graduated with a ME degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the USAF and served at Edwards AFB (about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and home of the Air Force Flight Test Center) until rising to the rank of Captain and later his honorable discharge.
He later earned an MBA degree at Santa Clara University and a PHD in Industrial Management at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). During his civilian career he served as a jet engine expert and consultant for Lockheed, General Electric, United Technologies, and Pratt and Whitney, major providers of jet engines and aerospace products for commercial and military aircraft. Following his career at E-Systems at Greenville (TX) as a proposal manager, he returned to UNC to teach management information systems until his final retirement. He was a member of the VFW Post of Grand Junction, Colorado and of the Knights of Columbus San Jose Council 879 at San Jose, Calif.
He is survived by one brother Lee Mahrer of Phoenix, Ariz; three sisters, Lorraine Holmstrom, Helen Tangen, and Eileen Munkeby, all of Lisbon; six children, Dr. Bobb Mahrer of Greenville, Texas, Bill Mahrer, Austin, Texas, Maria Mahrer-Lollar of Spring, Texas, Jerry Mahrer of Farmersville, Texas, James Mahrer of Palm City, FL and Sheryl Mahrer-Coffey of Grand Junction, CO; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marie Mahrer of Lisbon, three sisters, Margaret Hahn, Bernice Osman, and Louise Claus, and his wife, Brunine Mahrer.
W. David Oke Jr. '66 on Feb. 8, 2010. A Menlo Park advertising executive, he died of heart failure at the age of 65. Born on 27 July 1944 in Michigan and raised in Southern California, Oke received a BA from Santa Clara in 1966 and an MA from Stanford in Communications, Broadcasting and Film Specialization. Oke was a cofounder of The Roanoke Company an advertising agency. For nearly four decades Oke was the creative director, art director, editor and product supervisor, and, ultimately, president of the agency. Roanoke got its start in 1973, after Oke and friends began the National Sam Ervin Fan Club to help impeach President Nixon. Seventy thousand people joined the club, whose success inspired Oke and friends to start a company working for people and causes they believed in. The Roanoke Company provided public service advertising, political consulting and public relations for environmental causes. Roanoke conceived and produced all media for the CHP's Motorcycle Safety Campaign, a ten-year effort culminating in a drop of 70 percent in fatalities. Roanoke also pioneered a "designated driver" approach for highway safety to reduce drunken driving accidents. More recently, Oke was the campaign manager for the successful campaign of Dolores Carr for District Attorney of Santa Clara County. Oke was a cofounder of Friends of the River. A loving husband, David married Lorraine Luther of Los Altos in 1984; they had one son, Adam James Oke. Lorraine and David recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Point Lobos, where they met. David was deeply devoted to his son, participating as a coach in Adam's youth basketball league. An enthusiast of Harry Potter, David could often be found reading from the series to his son and his classmates at their Woodside school, always careful to get "in character" to make the readings more magical. An avid fisherman and sports enthusiast with a wonderful sense of humor, David lived life with purpose and passion. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; son, Adam; mother, Hilda; sister, Sherry; Aunt, Jo Harlow; and many dear friends and family members. David - You are dearly missed by all who knew and loved you. A memorial service was held March 4 at Stanford Memorial Church. Donations may be made to the Adam Oke Scholarship Foundation, Bank of the West, 5452 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton, Ca. 94566.
Victor Lewis Parrino ’66, a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, after a valiant battle with cancer. Vic was born in New Orleans, La., on Mar. 31, 1944, graduated from Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., and earned a degree in history from Santa Clara University. He dedicated much of his free time to playing and coaching baseball, and retired in 1999 from a career as a sales rep with AAA. He enjoyed watching sports, attending SCU basketball games, gardening, reading, riding his bicycle, and rooting for his beloved San Francisco Giants.
He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 32 years, Rebecca; daughter Candice Sandoval-Moore (David) of Sacramento, grandchildren Jeremy Sandoval (Paola) of Sacramento, Stephanie Sandoval of Santa Clara, Amanda Taylor (Junior) of Mesa, Ariz., and Melissa Kingmixay (Tommy) of Mesa, Ariz., and 5 great granddaughters. Also survived by sister Rose Ellen Parrino of Santa Barbara, Calif. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Terry Greeley '66 on March 4, 2009.
Robert Elmer Pex MBA '66 entered into rest peacefully at home on September 22, 2011 after a long illness. Bob was born to John and Loretta Pex in Dunsmuir, Calif. on May 10, 1924. He was predeceased by his parents, and siblings John, Richard, James, and Audrey Janice. His childhood years were spent in Klamath Falls, Ore., where he graduated from Klamath Union High School. After receiving aeronautical technical training he was employed in the maintenance department of Pan American World Airways at San Francisco airport from 1943 to 1960. During World War II Pan Am operated as part of the Naval Air Transport Service in the Pacific. Pex spent 6 months stationed on Canton Island. Later he was sent to Honolulu, where he met and married Betty Marie Carlsten on August 6, 1948. After returning to the mainland Bob, while working full time, attended local College of San Mateo for his AA degree, San Jose State University for his BS in aeronautics, graduate work in engineering at Stanford University, and the University of Santa Clara for his MBA. In 1960 he went to work at Lockheed in Sunnyvale where he was an aerospace engineer until he retired in 1989. Pex thoroughly enjoyed both of his challenging careers. He had a lifelong interest in Scouting, having served as leader of a Scout troop in Honolulu, later on troop committees in Belmont and skipper of the Belmonster Sea Scout Ship and commodore of the San Mateo council. He received many awards of merit and the Silver Beaver award for his years of dedicated service. A lifelong member of the Congregational Church, Pex was a charter member of the Belmont UCC church, serving on many committees and as moderator and then as parliamentarian for many years. His volunteer activities included many hours preparing and serving meals for Samaritan House. He was a 35-year member of the Belmont Kiwanis Club, serving as president and lieutenant governor of Division VI, again giving hundreds of hours to service projects. He was a life member and past vice commandant for youth activities in the Redwood City American Legion Post. In recent years he enjoyed participating in a local SIRS group. His other interests included: learning to fly a single engine plane, cheering at 49er and Giants baseball games, holding season tickets for ACT and Hillbarn theaters for many years, attending opera and symphony performances, reading about history, and especially traveling. He felt fortunate that he had visited all fifty states and all seven continents, including 87 countries. He was devoted to his beloved wife Betty, his greatly loved children Barbara (Marvin) Bain, Carol Pex, and David (Jill) Pex, and his dear grandchildren Rebecca, Jessica, Bryan, Jennifer, Otto, Roy, and Josephine, and great grandchildren Kaleb, Jordan, Macy, Ben, Dylan, Cody, Ty, Jill, Julie, and Jennifer. He is also mourned by many cousins and friends, both local and around the world.
Marvin Coit '62, MBA '66 was born on September 19, 1937 in Oakland and passed away on July 1, 2011 in Monterey at the age of 73. He was predeceased by his father, Frank R. Coit and mother, Ruby. He attended schools in Mendota, Carmel, Oakland and graduated from High School at San Rafael Military Academy in 1955. He attended Santa Clara University and left school after his first year and served as a U.S. Marine Corps during the 1957 Lebanon Crisis and was stationed in Okinawa for two years. After his honorable discharge he returned to Santa Clara and graduated with a BA degree in 1962. He lost his wife, Roberta to cancer 3 months after his daughter Kelley was born. In 1964, Marv moved back to San Jose and returned to Santa Clara University and received his MBA degree in 1966. After graduation he returned to Coit Ranch in 1966 to work with his father. In 1975 he established his own farming operation, Marv Coit Inc. on his Mendota Property and became a very successful and well respected farmer on the Westside of Fresno County. Throughout his 40 years of farming he grew various crops including cotton, tomatoes, almonds, pistachios, and much more. He was a great surfer and spent many afternoons on the water near Santa Cruz while attending Santa Clara. He was a passionate sportsman and retained an instinctive love for hunting and fishing. As a young man, he hunted deer and quail on his father's cattle ranch in Gilroy Mountains. He loved bird hunting and once was a member of several Duck Clubs in the Firebaugh/Los Banos area. Marvin is survived by his daughters Kelley Coit Mauro of Colorado; Amy Coit of Santa Cruz; sons Mark and Mitchell Coit of Los Banos, Calif.; his son Michael Coit of Mendota, Calif.; granddaughter Bridget McNair, grandsons Brandon McNair of Lafayette, Colo.; Michael Mauro of Denver; great-granddaughter Izzebelle McNair Fielder of Colorado; sisters Penelope Schreiner of Kaneohe, Hawaii; Dayle Schmiederer and her husband Jim of Frenso, Calif.; his brother Bill Coit '64, MBA '66 and his wife Kathy of Fresno; his sister Julie Coit of South Lake Tahoe; and his brother Norris Coit of Genoa, Nev. Marvin was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, American Legion, and VetsFirst.
Lawrence Cronin '66 MBA '67, who owned an insurance brokerage in Menlo Park and belonged to the Menlo Circus Club, died May 30. He was the father of Kathleen Cronin ’96.
James T. Godfrey '66 on August 22, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Beatta Godfrey.
James F. Burke ’66 on March 19, 2010.
Henry Stanley Jakuc MBA '66 passed away peacefully at home on February 11, 2010. He was born in
Gene Joseph Antonides MS '66 died peacefully on May 13, 2012, after a battle with cancer.
Born Oct. 8, 1935 in Pensacola, Fla., he was the son of a naval officer and lived in many places in the country before graduating from high school in Coronado, Calif. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1958. Later, he would complete master's degrees in physics and engineering from the University of Michigan and Santa Clara University.
After college he moved to California to work as an engineer for Lockheed Martin. He met Sally Parker and they married in 1961. They lived in Saratoga, Calif. for 36 years, where they raised their three children. Some of Gene's passions during this time included running, coaching Little League, gardening, and tutoring his kids in math and physics. Gene and Sally moved to Roseville, Calif. in 1999, where Gene volunteered with the Sun City Roseville Foundation and played tournament softball. He was a member of the 2008 national championship softball team for his age group.
Gene is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sally; his three children and their spouses: David Antonides ‘84 (Gaye VanDiggelen), Jill Antonides (Jorge Rodriguez) and Mark Antonides (Emily Han); five grandchildren; twin brother Gary; sister Mary; and brother Bruce.
Frederick James Sgambaty '66 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at the age of 82. He was born on June 25, 1927, in Rochester, N.Y. Fred was a member of a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many close friends. Music and playing the clarinet and saxophone were a big part of his life. He enjoyed playing in several bands over the years, and while serving during WWII, he was a member of the Navy Band. He graduated from Clarkson University in 1950 with a Bachelor's of Mechanical Engineering and earned his MBA from Santa Clara University in 1966. Fred worked at Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., for ten years where he met and married Dorothy, his loving wife of 55 years. In 1960, they moved to California where he began a successful career of 32 years at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. They had two children Lisa and Jim, and three grandchildren, Aaron, Melissa, and Elijah. He is also survived by his sister, Marge (Sgambaty) Boccacino, her husband Joseph, nine nieces and nephews, all of Rochester. Fred, always the extrovert, was happiest when socializing with friends, neighbors, and anyone to whom he could lend a helping hand. He loved telling a good joke and making people smile. Fred will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Francis Donald Hardy MBA '66,78, passed away on March 8, 2010 in Reno. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 15, 1931 to Frank and Lillian Hardy. Don grew up in the Seattle, Wash. area and joined the United States Air Force in 1953. In the Air Force, he was a pilot flying B-47's for the 33rd Bomb Squadron, 22nd Bomb Wing out of March Air Force Base, in California. After his military career, Don continued his education by receiving a Bachelor of Science degree at St. Louis University Parks College of Aeronautics. He went on to work on the Titan Solid Rocket Motor program for United Technologies. It was at that time he received his Master's Degree in Marketing and Finance from Santa Clara University. Don continued working at United Technologies until his retirement in 1984. He then relocated to the Tahoe area and started a new venture in real estate. He successfully began Incline Investment & Associates, selling real estate and brokering loans for local residents. He later moved to Reno and continued his business in real estate. Don was a devoted and loving father and is survived by his children, Carrie (Burke, VA), Leslie (Seal Beach, CA), Mary (Santa Fe, NM), and Michael (Las Vegas, NV). He left behind four grandchildren, Matthew, Lauren, Michael and Alexis. He is also survived by his first wife, Dolores, his three brothers, Bob, Bill and John and his two sisters, Kathy and Virginia and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his second wife, Carol, and his parents.
Edwin S. Schaller Jr. MBA ’66 was born on Jan. 16, 1929 and died Sept. 16, 2012. A former resident of Los Gatos, Ed was born in Chicago, Ill., and raised in Burbank, Calif. He attended Burbank High School, where he excelled in sports and served as senior class president. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and was extremely proud of his membership in the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He later attended Santa Clara University, where he earned his MBA. Shortly before graduating from UCLA, Ed was offered a job at Lockheed (following in his father's footsteps); this would become his home for the next 39 years. In 1954, a newly assigned secretary in his division, Diane Topp, caught his eye. They were married a year later in the Santa Barbara Mission chapel on Valentine's Day "so I wouldn't forget our anniversary!" In 1957, Ed was transferred to Sunnyvale and assigned to work on the Polaris Missile Program. He traveled extensively and never would, or maybe never could, talk about the nature of his work. Diane and Ed raised their 3 boys in Los Gatos and for 10 years Ed coached each as they rose through the ranks of the Quito Little League. Ed was also active in YMCA Indian Guides Gray-Y, in which he coached basketball flag football. He loved the outdoors, especially skiing fishing. The Family skied at Dodge Ridge, thawed out at the Mi-Wuk Motor Lodge, then headed off to Kelly's for dinner and a little pinball. Ed and his boys fished together at Yosemite's Saddlebag Lake and, in turn, they taught their own kids how to fish there. In April 2000, Ed and Diane moved to Rocklin, Calif. Diane was diagnosed with cancer in June of that year and passed away in August. Diane was the perfect housewife, but Ed surprised us all by making a home for himself and surviving 12 years without her support. He was active in the Springfield Senior community, especially at the fitness center, until a circulatory condition hampered his mobility. He kept much to himself, living quietly, enjoying daily crosswords puzzles, watching news on CNN and rooting for his beloved San Francisco Giants, UCLA Bruins, and adopted Sacramento Kings. Ed was lovingly cared for by his entire family during his final days, and he passed away peacefully with his son, Todd, by his side. Not surprisingly, his final words were, "Did the Giants win?" They sure did, Dad! Ed is predeceased by his parents, Edwin Spencer Schaller Sr and Ruth Eppinger Schaller, and is survived by his children- Mark (Amy) Schaller, Adam (Tricia) Schaller, Todd (Cherie) Schaller, and grandchildren- Trace, Alexandria, and Spencer, and Nik Robbins; and a sister, Jan Borchers Adams.
Charles H. Lau '66, MBA '67, age 66, of Greenbrae, Calif., died suddenly on March 30, 2011, at Stanford Hospital after a brief illness. He passed peacefully with Marilee (Pierotti) Lau '69, his wife of 41 years, by his side. Chuck was born September 27, 1944 in Honolulu and was a 1962 graduate of Kamehameha Schools. He received a B.S. degree in 1966 and an MBA in 1967 from Santa Clara University. He worked as a financial analyst before starting his own real estate/investment consulting firm in SF/Marin. On March 28, 2011, shortly before his death, Chuck was welcomed into the Roman Catholic Church with the administration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick by Tennant Wright, S.J., from SCU. A memory of Chuck can be written at http://tributes.com/chucklau.
Benjamin B. Wood '66 of Muskegon, Mich., died on February 9, 2010.
Alan William Simila MBA ’66, resident of Brentwood, Calif., born on Jan. 26, 1940, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Oct. 4, 2011, and joined his beloved soul mate of 48 years, Karen Hillman Simila, who preceded him in death 10 months prior. He is survived by his adoring daughters and sons-in-law, Molly (Juan) Tello, Susannah (Gary) Clark, and Anna (Brendan) O'Neil. Alan is also survived by his brothers, Dennis and Kurt Simila, and his sisters-in-law Melinda Hepner, Christina Hartevelt, and Paula Simila. He was a revered grandfather to Marlow, Savana, and Sierra Tello, Matthew and Samuel Clark, and August and Shane O'Neil; a great-grandfather to Sophia Tello; and an awesome uncle to many nieces and nephews. His family moved to La Crescenta, California, in 1953 where Alan studied hard and played the game he loved: basketball. A scholar and Glendale High School's first string All CIF Basketball player, Alan earned a full scholarship to Stanford University where he played basketball, was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and graduated with a bachelor of science in industrial engineering in 1962. He received a master's in business administration from Santa Clara University and began his management career in the utility industry. Alan enjoyed an extensive career at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He loved traveling, watching athletic events, pheasant hunting, and listening to country music. Upon retirement, Alan cherished spending time with his wife, family, and friends; writing haikus; solving crossword puzzles; and reading. He was a gentle giant and a people person. Alan was the husband and father that girls dream of. His family and friends are truly blessed to have known him. His patience, kindness, integrity, and honesty continue to shine on and in all of us.
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William Richard Eadington ’67, professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno and internationally recognized as the foremost authority on the legalization and regulation of commercial gambling, passed away peacefully at his home in Crystal Bay, Nevada on February 11, 2013 at the age of 67 following an eighteen month battle with cancer. Born on January 1, 1946 to the late Elizabeth and Thomas Eadington, William (Bill) grew up in the town of Brea in Orange County, California. He attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, then Santa Clara University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. On February 3, 1968, at the age of 22, he married Margaret Dean, with whom he had gone to grade school at St. Mary's in Fullerton, California. In 1969, after completing his Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate School, he and Margaret moved to Reno and he went to work at the University of Nevada, where he spent his entire 43 year career on the faculty of the Economics Department in the College of Business.Over the course of his prolific career, Bill became the leading academic expert in the field of gaming. He founded the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno. He wrote extensively on issues relating to the economic and social impacts of commercial gaming, and served as a consultant and advisor for governments and private sector organizations throughout the world on issues related to gaming laws, casino operations, regulation, legalization and public policy. Bill was a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and a former associate editor of the “Annals of Tourism Research and the Journal of Gambling Studies.” He served as the organizer of the University's ongoing triennial International Conferences on Gambling and Risk Taking, which began in 1974, and served as founder and co-moderator of the annual Executive Development Programs for Senior Level Casino Executives since 1991.In 1990, Bill was awarded a Foundation Professorship at the University, and starting in 2004, he held the Philip G. Satre Chair of Gaming Studies at the University. In 2011, he was inducted into the American Gaming Association's Gaming Hall of Fame with a Special Achievement Award for Gaming Education. Bill served as an Academic Visitor to the London School of Economics, as a Visiting Professor at the Center for Addiction Studies, Harvard Medical School, and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He also was on the faculty of the Centre for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Salford (U.K.). In 2008, Bill was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa by the University of Macau. In addition to the notable academic and policy contributions Bill made to the field of gaming during his career, he made a larger personal impact on the students, industry and government professionals with whom he taught, worked and came to know personally. Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret Eadington, his son Michael Eadington, his daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Darren Reed, and his three grandchildren, Sophia, Roxanne and Scarlett. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth, his brothers Robert '65 and George '72, J.D. '75, his siblings' spouses, beloved nieces and nephews, and many special friends around the world. Bill brought a unique and wonderful sense of intelligence, humor and insight into the world that he shared with his family and friends. He will be missed dearly by his loved ones.In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe or Tahoe Safe Alliance.