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1974

GRD Law '74
Carolyn Gallaghan

Carolyn Gallaghan '74 on November 16, 2009. Born in La Plata, Maryland, on May 6, 1945, Carolyn moved with her family to the San Lorenzo Valley at the age of 13. She attended San Lorenzo Valley High, and graduated from Santa Cruz High School before getting her BA from San Jose State University. She received her JD from Santa Clara University, and had a bankruptcy law practice in Santa Cruz for more than 20 years. She loved to travel, and went often to watch opera in San Francisco and New York. She went to Africa where she hitch hiked from Morocco to Capetown at the age of 18. She fought a valiant battle with two kinds of cancer over the last decade. She is survived by two daughters, Anne Finstad of Sunnyvale, and Catherine Bobb of Fresno, one grandaughter Aurora Finstad, one sister in Fresno, Nancy Whitmore, and two brothers, Arthur Gallaghan of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Dan Gallaghan of Durham, North Carolina.

submitted Dec. 7, 2009 2:18P
'74
Alfred Chan

Alfred Kok-Ching Chan M.S. ’74, a resident of Sunnyvale, died peacefully in his home on March 20, 2013. Born September 27, 1938 in Hong Kong, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. He is survived by spouse Chu Lee, children Clara and Timothy Chan, and siblings Paula Leung, Calvin and Albert Chan.

submitted May. 23, 2013 1:03P
'74
Alexander Metcalf Wert

Alexander Metcalf Wert ’74, 61, died on April 25, 2012, two months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Woodside, Calif. Al was born May 1, 1950, and adopted by Ann Beyer Wert and Robert J. Wert of Menlo Park. He grew up on the Stanford campus where his father worked for the President's Office. Al later graduated with a BS in Business from Santa Clara University and became a general building contractor. He owned a successful general contracting business on the peninsula where he remodeled and built homes for 30 years. After retiring in 2009, he devoted himself full time to his passion for radio controlled helicopters. A true entrepreneur, he founded Starwood Scale Models, an internationally recognized model business, and worked tirelessly to develop and build flying scale models for sale around the world. Through this venue, he touched the lives of hundreds of fellow helicopter enthusiasts, helping them to successfully complete projects with generous expert advice. He concurrently sponsored and organized several annual scale helicopter events to foster interest in this hobby, while promoting the highest level of quality, craftsmanship, and integrity within the modeling community. Always willing to lend a hand to any who displayed genuine interest or need, he frequently sought to improve the lives of others and share his passion for life. Al spent his days enjoying the quiet natural beauty of the redwood forest surrounding the home he designed and built in Woodside. In his spare time, he explored astronomy, rock collecting, and crafting his own detailed scale models. He brought enthusiasm, honesty, and compassion to all aspects of his life and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Laura Reed, and his children, Eric and Hilary Wert. He also leaves his brother, Peter Wert of San Rafael, California and his sister Amy Johnson, of Woodinville, Washington, several nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of close friends.

submitted Apr. 27, 2012 2:06P

1975

UGRD Arts & Sciences '75
Vicenta Marie "Vicki" Lawrence

Vicenta Marie "Vicki" Lawrence '75 passed away peacefully at Westland House on June 15, 2010, after a courageous 47-day battle with cancer.  Vicki was born on April 17, 1953 at Fort Ord, CA. She lived her entire life on the Monterey Peninsula. Vicki graduated from Seaside High School in Ô71 with National Honors as an Outstanding Teenager of America. She continued her education at Santa Clara University, earning a BS in ’75 and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State in ’96.  Her employment as a social worker began with the County of Monterey and continued on to San Andreas Regional Center, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Westland House (Hospice), where she was a well respected colleague and friend to all. Vicki was always willing to help others and often went over and above her professional duties at Westland House. Some of Vicki's favorite activities were spending time with her family, listening to music, Sunday dinners at Nana's, and baking biscotti. She also enjoyed long walks on Marina Beach, listening to Kruk and Kuip of the San Francisco Giants, and sharing great food and wine with friends. Vicki was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Apostrofe. She is survived by her husband, Gary Lawrence; son, Nicholas; mother, Anna Apostrofe; sisters, Mary Ann Moreno (Mario), Annette DePasquale (Pete); nieces and nephews, Jon and Adam Bomarito, Stephen Poma, Marisa, Peter, and Alexa DePasquale.

submitted Nov. 5, 2010 1:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '75
Vicenta "Vicki" Marie Lawrence

Vicenta "Vicki" Marie Lawrence '75, 57, passed away peacefully at Westland House on June 15, 2010, after a courageous 47 day battle with cancer. Vicki graduated from Seaside High School in '71 with National Honors as an Outstanding Teenager of America. She continued her education at Santa Clara University, earning a BS in '75 and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State in '96. Her employment as a social worker began with the County of Monterey and continued on to San Andreas Regional Center, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Westland House (Hospice), where she was a well respected colleague and friend to all. Vicki is survived by her husband, Gary Lawrence, and their son Nicholas.

submitted Aug. 11, 2010 2:11P
'75
Valerie Lavonne Jacobs

Valerie Lavonne Jacobs '74 passed away on January 5, 2009. 

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:10P
'75
Thomas More Cracraft

Thomas More Cracraft J.D. ’75 died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, after many years of debilitating illness. He was 71 years old. Tom was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., the second of five children of John and Carol Cracraft. He had a typical Midwestern upbringing, playing hockey with his friends; pulling pranks with his older brother, Jim; and working on cars. He attended Incarnation Grammar School and De La Salle High School, graduating in 1958. He then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in mathematics. Before finishing, he took a break to join the United States Marines and served in the reserves for six years. Also during his college years, Tom initiated the first foreign escapade of an adventurous life - he and a pal went down to Cuba during the Cuban Revolution and were briefly imprisoned, before being released and returning to the United States. Perhaps this encounter with a foreign culture inspired him to seek out more, because soon after graduating from college Tom joined the Peace Corps. This experience changed him in more ways than one, because it was through his Peace Corps experience that he met his wife, Suzanne. The two connected at Columbia University during their orientation; they were then both posted to schools near each other in Eastern Nigeria. Tom courted Suzanne during their teaching stints, eventually marrying her in April 1964, and having their first child, a son named Kevin, in March 1965. Tom, Suzanne and Kevin returned to the U.S. in 1965, and settled in San Jose, Suzanne's home town. Tom soon found that his expertise in mathematics and problem-solving was in high demand among technology companies in the nascent Silicon Valley. He quickly found a job as a systems analyst; and after a few years, he and some friends started their own computer programming company, selling their expertise to the U.S. government. One contract led him to work in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; Tom moved his family, which now included a daughter, Cristin (born in 1967), to Hawaii to be closer to them during his time in Vietnam. The family returned to San Jose and Tom continued technology consulting. To gain more expertise in the legal aspects of operating a business, he began studying for a law degree at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1974. Tom's most successful venture was another company he joined with founder/partner Frank Greene, called Technology Development Corporation. This company grew to include several hundred employees during the 1970s and 1980s, expanding to include operations in Santa Clara and Arlington, Texas. Eventually, the maturation of the business led Tom, Suzanne and their daughter Carolyn (born in 1977) to move to Dallas, Texas. Tom finished his career in San Francisco, serving as CFO for the game company University Games. He and Suzanne settled in Tiburon, and, after a stroke ended his career prematurely, he and Suzanne moved to Sonoma. Tom's enthusiasms were many and memorable. Since his teens he had a passion for cars, especially fast cars; throughout his adult life, he owned a succession of Mercedes-Benz and Corvettes. In the early 1980s, it was New Orleans cooking (inspired by Paul Prudhomme's masterly first cookbook) and piano (he took the first music lessons of his life). Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, it was wine, specifically fine California wine from the Napa Valley; he and Suzanne took many trips to Napa, returning with premium wines from all the great wineries. In the late 1980s, after the move to Dallas, Tom developed a fascination with horses and show-jumping that continued for many years, until a leg injury took him out of competition. And travel. Places that Tom visited include, Cuba, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Egypt, Israel, Greece, England, Ireland, Singapore, Tokyo and much of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. But Tom's greatest passion was reserved for his family. He was a devoted husband and father and a favorite relative of both his family and Suzanne's; he was the ""rock"" that many depended on. He was wise, compassionate and generous with all his relatives and friends. He had the unique ability to love someone in spite of their flaws and shortcomings, and to believe in them even when they did not believe in themselves. Yet he combined his belief with a strong realism that led him to accept the imperfections we all have with grace, and often humor. For many years he was the center that, eventually and inevitably, could no longer hold. Even during the long years of illness, Tom continued to delight in the exploits of family and friends. Nothing brought him more happiness that visiting with family, or spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved watching his grandchildren's sporting events and always looked forward to any family gatherings. He bore his illness with tremendous courage and patience. Tom is survived by his wife of 47 years, Suzanne; his children, Kevin (and Michele); Cristin (and Chris); and Carolyn (and John); his grandchildren, Nora, Tommy and Gemma; and his brother, Jim (and Nancy); sister, Sarah (and Chuck); and sister, Mary. He begins another journey, now, and we will miss him. But in life we will remember him: One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. 

submitted Oct. 7, 2011 11:03A
'75
Sue N. Hinrichs

Sue Noel Hinrichs Ph.D ’75 of Manteca was born on March 18, 1935 in Clinton, Okla., where she was raised and attended Clinton schools. She left this life on December 9, 2012 in Modesto, Calif. She was the daughter of Clyde Alvin Noel and Susie Barr Noel, deceased. She was also preceded in death by a sister Alva Jane Powell. She attended Oklahoma State University where she obtained her B.S. in Accounting. She received her M.S. from Kansas University and PhD from Santa Clara University. Sue's career was as a CPA and Professor at San Jose State University and University of Pacific. She was a member of the Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County and had served as Treasurer, former board of director for San Joaquin County Women's Center, and loved to play bridge and did so at every opportunity. Sue is survived by husband of almost 56 years, Eric Hinrichs, a sister Clyda Ann Neal of South Carolina and many loving nephews and nieces. She and Eric were almond growers in the Manteca area for many years. 

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:34A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '75
Sandy Shontz Brownfield

Sandy Shontz Brownfield M.A. '75 passed away on Nov. 18, 2011, after a long illness. Born Nov. 8, 1945, in Everett, Wash., to Capt. Howard B. Shontz and 2nd Lt. Luree B. Shontz, while Howard was still overseas during the war, Sandy accompanied her mother Luree to Davis where she spent her youth.

Sandy excelled as a teacher in the California public schools, focusing on special education for the severely challenged as her career progressed. Sandy received her master’s degree from Santa Clara University after graduating from San Jose State. A devoted Episcopalian, she was installed as the first Anglican member of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. Sandy played an integral role in four churches in California, where she accompanied her husband, the Rev. John C. Brownfield. She and John were also very involved in the Cursillo Movement of Northern California , serving in many roles for over 10 years.

Preceded in death by her husband John Brownfield and her father Howard Shontz, Sandy is loved and missed by her mother Luree, her siblings, Robin (Les), Brian (Selinda) and David, her nieces, nephews and John’s children and grandchildren.

submitted Nov. 28, 2011 3:02P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '75
Salvatore Sunseri

Salvatore “Sal” J. Sunseri '75, J.D. '78 died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 2, 2010 after 57 wonderful years in San Jose. Beloved husband of Barbara, who loved him dearly. Loving father of Samantha and Scott. Cherished brother of Jim Sunseri '71, JD '74 (Anita). Special cousin to Joe, Pat, and Gary Sunseri. Beloved nephew of Aunt Kay Sunseri. Loved son-in-law of Sue Small and brother-in-laws Jon and Jim (Caroline) Small. Adored uncle of Mary Anne Sunseri '05, Emily, Colin, Audrey, Rachel, and Elizabeth. Preceded in death by Sam and Mary Sunseri. A San Jose native and graduate of Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, and SCU School of Law. Sal was an outstanding trial attorney and passionate baseball and soccer coach. Sal loved his family more than anything. He loved life, loved to laugh, and loved the Giants. He was a true friend to all who had the good fortune to know him, especially to Joe and Mike. Thoughts of Sal bring to mind his compassion, zeal for life, and true friendship. He always took a genuine interest in everyone he met, whether he knew them well or not. He was always ready to extend a helping hand or heartfelt note if you were in need of love and support. Sal had a passion for all sports, but especially baseball. He loved watching Giants games with Samantha. He reveled in coaching Scott and his teammates. His positive outlook on life was an inspiration to all the boys he coached.

 

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 12:30P
GRD Law '75
Robert J. Sanchez

Robert J. Sanchez J.D. '75, resident of San Jose, dedicated family man, artful legal counsel and faithful man of God, was received into his heavenly home June 10, 2010. Born in Silver City, New Mexico on January 16, 1945, the son of Nolberta and Jose Sanchez. His childhood years were spent in Silver City, where he graduated from Silver City High School. Robert received his B.A. from Western New Mexico University with honors in mathematics. After honorably serving in the U. S. Air Force, he was one of the first of many promising Latino students to be recruited to the University of Santa Clara Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1975. Dedicated to serving the poor and under-represented, Robert was a founding father of La Casa Legal, a firm which served the legal needs of many in his adopted home of San Jose, California. Loving husband of Evelyn Sanchez, he was an honest hardworking man of integrity who dedicated his life to his family and his community. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his keen mind, his culinary skill and his expressive water colors. Robert was an endearing spark of laughter and good humor. Robert is survived by his wife of 35 years, Evelyn Gonzalez Sanchez, his three sons Asa Morgan Sanchez, Crisol Xavier Sanchez, Francisco Jose Sanchez, his sister Gloria Lopez and his brother Ronald Sanchez. His endearing presence will be sorely missed by countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

submitted Jun. 29, 2010 11:27A
GRD Leavey/MBA '75
Robert E Nagy

Robert E. Nagy MBA '75 passed away on April 16, 2010.

submitted Feb. 15, 2011 10:49A
GRD Law '75
Neil Mackenzie Schwartz

Neil Mackenzie Schwartz JD ’75 passed away Nov. 14, 2011. He was born December 7, 1949 in Long Beach, Calif., to Bill and Catherine Scwartz. He grew up in Riverside and Fullerton, Calif., and graduated from Sunny Hills High School. Neil was a graduate of Stanford University, class of 1972, and then went on to attend Santa Clara University Law School. He practiced law in the Bay Area and in Orange County for over 20 years. After making a career change, he left the practice of law and became a certified meeting planner. He worked for several years at Alder Droz in Laguna Beach. From there he went to work for the California Credit Union League where he was employed at the time of his death. Neil and his wife, Jane Drinkgern Schwartz made their home in Orange for the last 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and his sister, Suzanne Mounger, of Columbia, Mo.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 1:20P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '75
Max H. Parker

Max H. Parker M.S. '75 died August 5, 2011. Max was born May 8, 1927 in Mt. Sterling, Cache County, Utah, a son of Henry and Sadie Parker. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1945. After serving in the navy, Max married Cleone Hale in 1947. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah. He was hired by IBM , and settled in San Jose, where they raised four children. Max earned his master's degree from Santa Clara University. After 40 years with IBM he retired in 1992. Cleone passed away in 1994. Max served as a Church Service Missionary and a Temple Worker for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Max was very active in the Boy Scout program helping hundreds of boys earn the rank of Eagle Scout. He was awarded the Silver Beaver award for leadership. Max is survived by his children: Craig (Becky) Parker of San Jose; Quinn (Sue) Parker of Sandy, Utah; Lori (Larry) Foote of Roy, Utah; Kirk (Lisa) Parker of Harrisville, Utah; 15 grandchildren, inlcuding Aaron Parker '01 of San Jose, and 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Maurine Smith of Clearfield, Utah; Elaine Harmston of Manti, Utah.

submitted Aug. 26, 2011 3:34P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '75
James Edward Knudson

James Edward Knudson ’75 passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2011. Jim had waged a valiant six-month battle against pancreatic cancer. Jim was born in Tacoma, Wash. on May 1, 1953, to Irene R. and Edward W. Knudson. He attended Holy Rosary Parish grade school and graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory School in 1971. He attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1975, and immediately entered Jesuit Volunteer Corps, serving in Fairbanks, Ark., 1975-1976. While in Fairbanks Jim met the love of his life, fellow Jesuit Volunteer Donna Kling, and they married in 1978. Jim joined the faculty of Bellarmine in 1978 teaching both Spanish and French. In 1989, he earned a master's degree in counseling at Seattle University, and continued until his death as a member of the counseling staff at Bellarmine. Jim loved the theater, and during his tenure at Bellarmine oversaw technical production for the award-winning drama department. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, biking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing with friends and family. A highlight of his hiking career was his nine-day completion of the Wonderland Trail - a 93-mile circuit of Mt. Rainier. Jim had an abiding interest in Northwest Native American art, and executed several challenging paintings and carvings in faithful respect of this tradition. Jim and Donna have remained active members of St. Leo Church in Tacoma. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Irene and Edward Knudson and sister Gail Avakian. He is survived by his wife Donna Kling Knudson, son Joel Knudson (Tanicia Perry) of San Jose, daughter Katia Knudson of Seattle, grandchildren Max and Samantha Perry Knudson, brother Gary Knudson (Martha Scoville) of Tacoma, and brother-in-law Mark Avakian of Rose Lake, Idaho. 

submitted Feb. 28, 2011 11:15A
'75
Gilbert Seymour

Gilbert "Gil" Seymour MBA ’75 Resident of Anaheim, Calif. Died Feb. 17, 2014. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Plummer Seymour and children Carolyn DePietro ’85, Tom and Glen. He served 4 years in the US Air Force, graduated from UC Berkeley, BSEE and later earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. Gil worked for several major firms in the Silicon Valley and then retired to Anaheim, Calif. to be near his youngest son and family. 

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:02P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '75
Father Edward E. Callanan

Father Edward E. Callanan, S.J. '75 died on June 10, 2009 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos. He was born in Los Angeles on January 25, 1928, the fifth of seven children of Howard and Anna Callanan. He attended Loyola High School, where he was an outstanding football player. He continued his football career for one year at the University of Southern California before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1945. He was ordained a priest at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, in 1958. Following graduate studies in Education at Fordham University, Ed served as Vice-Principal and Principal of Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, 1961-67. This was followed by a long tenure at Jesuit High School, Sacramento, as Principal (1967-1974) and Director of Development (1975-1984). Since 2003 he has served as Assistant to the President for Community Relations. During his first tour of duty at Jesuit High School, Ed was instrumental in the success of the annual auction and Spring Fling musical variety shows, where he put his outgoing personality and flair for the stage to good use in raising thousands of dollars for the school's scholarship and operational funds. He was also active in civic affairs. In addition to his work in education, Ed served many years in parish work. He was Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church, Phoenix, 1984-1986, Associate and later Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, 1986-1990, and again Pastor at St. Francis Xavier, 1990-2002. Ed was a hardworking and dedicated priest who showed a deep concern for others, students and their families, parishioners, or anyone in need. His outgoing, gregarious personality enabled him to build rapport with those he met. He is survived by a sister, Maryanne McNamara, of Corona del Mar and a brother, John, of San Clemente.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 2:29P
GRD Engineering '75
Edward Terry Fitzgerald

Edward Terry Fitzgerald '75, 72, died June 21, 2010, at Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach. He was born in St. Louis and lived in Vero Beach. He earned a master's degree in engineering from Santa Clara University. During more than 40 years in aeronautical engineering, he worked for most of the major aerospace firms. He retired in 2002 from Lockheed-Martin Corp. He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sallyanne Fitzgerald of Vero Beach; three daughters; and five grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 6, 2010 10:51A
GRD Law '75
Edward T. Bergo, Jr.

Edward T. Bergo, Jr, J.D. '75 passed away at his Aptos home Saturday, October 17, 2009. He is survived by his son, Justin Bergo of Aptos, his parents, Edward and Mary Bergo, Sr, of Arroyo Grande, his sister, Diane Schmidt of Oceano and brother, Richard Bergo of Turlock. A native of California he was a longtime Aptos resident. A graduate of Stanford University, he worked for Aparicios in San Jose for many years.

submitted Aug. 26, 2011 3:24P
GRD Leavey/MBA '75
Douglas G. Miller

Douglas G. Miller MBA '75 passed away on May 23, 2011. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Doug passed peacefully away in Pleasanton, Calif., after a 12-year battle with leukemia and lymphoma. Doug was born in Providence, R.I. He earned a B.S. from Golden Gate University, a MBA from Santa Clara University, and worked in the finance field for 45 years. Prior to moving to Pleasanton in 2003, Doug resided in San Carlos, Calif., for 32 years where he coached youth soccer, participated in community theater fundraiser Chickens' Ball, and was a trustee of the San Carlos School Board. In Pleasanton, Doug belonged to SIRS Branch 34, the Callippe Senior Golf Club, and participated in many Pleasanton Newcomers events with his wife, Ruby. Doug loved to travel and was a passionate golfer, and if he could combine the two - life was perfect. He was fortunate to attend the 2011 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., in April with his son and played Pebble Beach for his 70th birthday. In addition to his wife, Doug is survived by his son Scott (Jennifer) Miller of Laguna Hills, daughter Andrea (Bill) Sadler of Pleasanton and seven grandchildren: Jackson, Jessica, Samuel, and Maxwell Miller of Laguna Hills and Samantha, Will and Andrew Sadler of Pleasanton. Doug is also survived by his sister, Sheila Talley, and father-in-law, Jack Walton, both of Sacramento. He also leaves his beloved dog, Sunny.

submitted Jun. 6, 2011 1:03P
GRD Law '75
Clement A. Bosch

Clem Bosch J.D. '75 of Eugene, Ore., died January 19, 2010 of cancer. He was 71. He was born July 20, 1938, in Istanbul, Turkey, to Clemens and Johanna Kahn Bosch. He married Vicki Cuevas on May 9, 1975, in Palo Alto, Calif. Clem graduated from UCLA and held a law degree from Santa Clara University. He was a corporate lawyer. Survivors include his wife; four stepsons, Scott Seigel of Helena, Mont., David Parker of Capitola, Calif., Stuart Parker of Massachusetts and George Parker of Redwood Shores, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Michelle Wiseman of Portland and Carole Laubenheimer of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a brother, Renny of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

submitted May. 25, 2010 2:24P
GRD Law '75
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 Leavey/MBA '75
Benjamin Rist Briggs
Benjamin Rist Briggs MBA ’75, passed away, after a valiant battle with Parkinson's on December 11, 2010 at Pacific Coast Manor, Capitola, Calif. He was 87 years old. He was born on June 21, 1923 to George and Evelyn Briggs in Evanston, Illinois. Ben Attended high school in Prescott, Arizona from 1939 - 1942. In the fall of 1942, he joined the US Army's Enlisted Reserve Corps, which were called to active duty in 1943, WWII. Benjamin served in the 88th Infantry, 351st Division, known as the Blue Devils, which were stationed in Italy from 1943 - 1945. Upon returning home, he attended San Jose State receiving his BA in Mathematics and Physics in 1948. He continued his education by receiving a MS in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1949. From 1949 to 1980, Benjamin worked for NASA Ames Aeronautical & Space Research Center, where he was the Branch Chief of the Computer Division. During his tenure at NASA, he attended Santa Clara University, completing his MBA in business in 1974. After retirement from NASA, he was a Financial & Price Analyst for FMC Corporation from 1980 - 1988. He was very active in the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz United Methodist Churches as a lay leader and teacher. Ben loved photography, playing the harmonica, and was an avid reader. Ben was preceded in death by his parents George and Evelyn Rist Briggs; his brothers Julian and Bob Briggs; his son-in-law Richard Williams, and granddaughter Laura Tipton. He is survived by his brother George Briggs; sister-in-laws Elise, Virginia, and Anne Briggs; Harriett G. Briggs; children Edith J. Williams; Lesley Tipton and husband John; Edwina B. Anderson and partner Jan Reamer. Grandchildren John Tipton Jr.; Shannon Swanson and husband Brandon; Kathleen Escalante and husband Martin; Patrick, Brian, and Devin Williams. Great grandchildren Elijah and Ben Swanson, Anna and Martin' Jr Escalante. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Ben encouraged his family and friends to seek the greater good in their own lives. He was a loving and caring father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Ben touched many, many lives throughout his life. He is already missed by all those who knew and loved him. Special thanks to the staff of Pacific Coast Manor who consistently loved and cared for Ben over the last seven and a half years.
submitted Feb. 14, 2011 1:21P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '75
Amy J. Seevers Nelson

Amy Jeanne Seevers Nelson M.A. ’75, born Oct. 14, 1932 and resident of Santa Cruz, passed away June 13, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was 80 years old. Amy lived in Santa Cruz for the past 19 years, and before then in Palo Alto and Saratoga where she and her husband David Carl Nelson raised their family. Amy earned her nursing degree from the University of Minnesota - where she met her husband in 1955. She later earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and worked many years in Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. A talented athlete, Amy enjoyed sports. She excelled in tennis and golf, and was a member of both Valley Gardens and De La Veaga Women's Golf Clubs. Amy also liked to waterski and enjoyed many seasons of camping and boating with family and friends. She loved music, theater, and museums and her family cherishes fond memories of the special events they attended together. She was able to travel widely, and journeyed with her husband Dave over 6 continents. A member of First United Methodist of Santa Cruz, Amy served as chairman of the Social Concerns Committee, and also sang in the church choir. She and her husband helped to launch the Reconciliation Congregation Movement to promote a welcoming inclusiveness for everyone. Amy also volunteered for the Society of the Blind. Amy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dave Nelson of Santa Cruz; her three daughters, Kris Nelson of Santa Cruz, Cindy Nelson of Palo Alto, and Kimberley Nelson of Berkeley; her son, David Nelson of Santa Cruz, and her five grandchildren, Kati, Juli, Madeline Amy, Elijah, and Kiala. Amy was deeply loved by her family and her kindness, enthusiasm, and passion for life continues to have a positive impact on all of their lives. 

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:04P
'75
Agnes Horvath Potter

Agnes Horvath Potter '75, fondly known as Aggie, passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2012, with her husband, Rick Potter, at her bedside. Her family and close friends supported her throughout her recent illness, through which she demonstrated the same courage, determination, and grace that characterized her 58 years. She was appreciative and proud of the full and rich life she and Rick had built for themselves. A resident of Los Gatos, Aggie was born in 1953 in Hungary and grew up in Niles, Ohio, until the age of 15, when she moved to California with her parents. Aggie and her parents settled in Santa Clara County where she attended Leigh High School, graduating in 1971. Aggie earned a BSC degree in accounting from Santa Clara University in 1975. Continuing her education, Aggie earned her MBA from Pepperdine University. Early in her career, Aggie held corporate and divisional management finance positions for ROLM Corporation, Sohio Petroleum, and Ampex Corporation. She was one of six partners in Management Solutions, Inc., where she helped build a successful organization. Aggie founded the Gorilla Search Group, a boutique search firm that specialized in senior financial executive searches. Aggie built long-term relationships with candidates, colleagues, and clients that transcended individual placements. She generously and graciously offered guidance and advice to friends and acquaintances and was a wonderful listener and sounding board. Aggie loved the outdoors. She spent time in her garden at home, grooming her flowers and "raising" the koi in the backyard pond. Extending this love of being outside, Aggie played golf and was active in the women's golf group at Silver Creek Country Club. Most of all, Aggie loved horses. She spent much of her time with her beloved Doc and Tally, going to the barn and cantering up the tranquil hills of Wunderlich Park all year round and in all sorts of weather. Aggie and her husband traveled the world. She loved experiencing and learning about new and different places. Aggie is survived by her parents, Stephen and Rose Marie Horvath of Los Gatos, as well as Rick Potter, her loving husband of 30 years, and Tally. She will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her or crossed paths with her. She was a beautiful person. 

submitted Mar. 12, 2012 3:46P
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