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UGRD Arts & Sciences '77
Timothy William Reed

Timothy William Reed ’77 passed away on Aug. 23, 2010. A fourth generation Californian, with ties to Santa Clara Valley Pioneer Families, he was born in San Jose to William and Jane Reed. He was raised on the family ranch in Sunnyvale and grew up picking and drying fruit. He graduated with honors from Homestead High, De Anza College and Santa Clara University, receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry. Reed worked in the electronics industry prior to undertaking a major career change. Over the years he worked as an Independent contractor, Property Manager before settling in on a career as an Accountant. His passion in life revolved around his interests and hobbies and his favorite team the Forty-niners. He loved to search out unique experiences and tasting foods from different cultures. He was an avid reader and collector of books and periodicals. Other interests included martial arts, history, politics, music and movies. He is greatly missed by his surviving family, loving parents Bill and Jane, brother Patrick with his wife Roseann and family, along with his many cousins, their spouses and extended families. He will be fondly remembered for the attributes which made him shine. His thoughtfulness, generosity, loyalty, dedication and work ethic, his good nature, humor and of course his trademark grin. 

submitted Sep. 21, 2010 12:44P
GRD Engineering '77
Steven E. Curtis

Steven Emerson Curtis M.S. ’77, our wonderful husband, father, Papa, and hero, passed away on January 5, 2013 after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. He valiantly inspired others and proved that this is still a day of miracles. Steve was born in Salt Lake City on March 16, 1948 to Reuben Emerson and Alice Call Curtis. He graduated from Highland High School and served an LDS mission to Northern Germany. He married his eternal sweetheart, Janice Derrick in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in electrical engineering and received a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. He spent the majority of his career designing medical imaging equipment and managing research and development departments. He loved solving mathematical engineering problems and was granted many patents. Steve was a man of absolute integrity. He had sound judgment and great wisdom. He possessed charity for all and so appreciated the love and prayers offered for him during his health struggles. He left a legacy of love, service, humor, and devotion to his family. He endured to the end with steadfast faith in the Savior and a testimony of the gospel. He was without guile and was a true disciple of Christ. Steve loved gardening and his beautiful flowers were legendary. He passed on his love of camping and hiking in the mountains and national parks to his family. He loved music and sang every chance he had in choirs, quartets and duets with Jani and was an excellent choir director. He enjoyed traveling and saw much of the world. He delighted in the scriptures and was continually immersed in them. He had an extensive knowledge of the gospel and lived its principles with exactness. He served faithfully in many callings, but his favorite was teaching, where he constantly bore his testimony of the love, kindness, and mercy of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Jani, their children Michael (Rochelle) Curtis, Matthew (Brooke) Curtis, Alisa (Kevin) Bolander, Jennifer (Alan) Stout, and 14 grandchildren. 

submitted Feb. 1, 2013 12:04P
GRD Law '77
Steve Wright
Steve Wright J.D. ’77, longtime criminal defense attorney known as a straight shooter in the courtroom and second father to many young people he helped through the legal system, passed away unexpectedly on December 30, 2010, while on a family vacation in Reno, Nev. Wright, a father of five, had celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 18 to Rita Wright, whom he'd known since nursery school and started going steady with at age 14.  Born in Santa Monica and raised in Southern California, Wright and his wife moved to Santa Cruz in 1972 so he could attend UC Santa Cruz. After graduating with a degree in community studies in 1974, Wright went on to Santa Clara University Law School and after finishing, he immediately began working for the Santa Cruz County Public Defenders Office. His interest in defense work was piqued early when he did a project with the public defenders office for a UCSC class, and it continued to grow through his work as an investigator there during law school, family members said. “He just loved people and wanted to make sure everyone got a fair trial even if they didn't have any money,” said Wright's oldest daughter Alison Wright, 36, of Scotts Valley. “He wanted to protect people's rights, especially the people who couldn't take care of themselves.” Wright left the Public Defenders Office in 1989 to start a private practice with attorney Tom Wallraff. Wright and Wallraff provided alternate public defender services through a contract with the county Board of Supervisors. The duo disbanded the practice in 1995 and Wright continued practicing criminal defense work as a sole practitioner. Recently, he won the attempted murder case of 17-year-old Fabio Jesus Lopez, who was accused of a December 2009 shooting on the Pajaro River levee. Lopez was tried as an adult and faced a life sentence. After the jury delivered a not guilty verdict Dec. 13, Wright said he was “thrilled... because it meant (Lopez's) whole life.” Public defense attorney Jerry Christensen, a friend and colleague of Wright for 35 years, said Wright's death is a major loss for the local legal community. “It's sort of like losing a younger brother. We grew up together in the public defenders system,” Christensen said. “Steve was just a really special guy. He was one of the better ones around.” Wright's legal career was marked by two unsuccessful attempts of running for a seat on the Santa Cruz County Superior bench. He lost a bid in June 2008 to former Assistant District Attorney Ariadne Symons and he lost a race last year to civil attorney Rebecca Connolly. Wright, who would have been the first criminal defense attorney to sit as a judge in Santa Cruz County, lost both races despite broad support countywide. Symons said she's tried several homicide cases against clients of Wright, and since she's been a judge, he's never hesitated to face her on the bench. “Steve was an excellent lawyer,” Symons said. “He tried hard cases and was always willing to take the hard cases. He recently convinced me to give his client drug rehabilitation because of his excellent presentation. It got everyone's heart strings.” Outside the courtroom, Wright was dedicated to youth sports programs, especially the athletic program at Harbor High School, where his children attended and excelled at various sports. Harbor High officials recently inducted Wright into its Hall of Achievement in honor of his work as booster club vice president, director of the school's annual golf tournament and announcer for the football, volleyball and basketball games, as well as wrestling matches. District Attorney Bob Lee, often on the opposite side of the courtroom from Wright, described him as a great trial lawyer who was dedicated to his family. “He constantly talked about his kids and his wife Rita, constantly,” Lee said. “He was a true gentleman, and I can't say that about all the attorneys I work with.”
submitted Feb. 11, 2011 12:07P
GRD Law '77
Richard F. Lee

Richard F. Lee JD '77 died peacefully on January 9, 2012, after living bravely and valiantly with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and ALS. Rick never complained or felt self-pity about his diagnosis. Instead, he accepted it and committed himself to staying active and serving others. Until his final month, he volunteered at the Unity Shoppe and Central Office of AA, and loved walking long distances sharing hope with everyone he met. He participated in a research project at UCSF so future families will not experience this devastating disease.

Rick was born in San Francisco to Bruce P. Lee and Barbara L. Lee (Pierce), and raised in Millbrae, California. From the time he was a toddler he was the consummate jokester. In his own inimitable way he was also a leader. He was captain of the safety patrol at his elementary school, and senior class president at Mills High School. He was on the debate team at UCSB, and graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara Law School in 1977. He returned to Santa Barbara as an associate at Schramm & Raddue where he later became a senior partner.

He was married to Barbara Conway from 1976 to 1990 and they had three wonderful children: Allison, Andrea and Adam. In 1993 he married Diana Jessup and together they adopted Diana's foster daughter Lorraine Monroy. Rick loved being a father and grandfather.

He also loved being a lawyer and helping people. When Schramm & Raddue dissolved, he opened his own office where he enjoyed representing a wide variety of clients. In 2007 he joined Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy LLP where he practiced until his medical retirement in 2010. He had a passion for correcting injustices, whether the cause was worth millions of dollars or none at all.

Rick held leadership roles in many civic organizations, including Legal Aid, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Alano Club, Barristers' Club, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Teen Court. Rick was a role model in dealing openly and candidly with the challenges he faced in life. He was proud to have 29 years of sobriety and to have survived prostate cancer. Rick had amazing stamina and always strove to see the best in people. His commitment to enjoying life and helping others will live on in the many people he mentored and loved. One of the greatest gifts Rick received in his last year was the loving care of his son-in-law Nathan who was his full time caregiver.

Rick is survived by his wife Diana; his children Allison in San Francisco, Andrea (Nathan) Ridgell in Santa Barbara, Adam in San Francisco, and Lorraine (Marcus) Haynes in Las Vegas; his brother Steve in Santa Barbara; his sister Janet in Lincoln; his grandchildren Kaden and Kashton Ridgell, Anthony, Monique and Chauntal Monroy, and Brooklynn Haynes; and his aunt and cousins in the Sanfillipo family. His parents and sister Joanne predeceased him.

submitted Jun. 12, 2012 6:08P
Mimi Murry Meriwether

Mimi Murray Meriwether ’77 died on September 28, after a very long struggle with cancer. Born in Pittsburg, PA in 1955, Mimi' s early schooling was at The Trinita dei Monti in Rome, Italy, where her family resided for a number of years while her father pursued business interests in Europe. Returning to the United States, her family settled in Pebble Beach, California in 1966. Mimi entered Santa Catalina School in Monterey, and remained there until completing her high school years. After her freshman year at Santa Clara University, Mimi transferred to Georgetown University, where she graduated in 1977. Mimi's marriage to John Meriwether brought her to New York City living and then to their home in North Salem, NY. In later years Mimi found great serenity in her cherished Taos, New Mexico. Mimi was beloved by friends beyond number. The charity in her heart was unrestrained, and often found exercise in her generosity to friends in need. The parade of visitors to the hospital from near, far and very far was remarkable. How she was loved! Mimi was a profoundly spiritual person whose virtue was evident to all who knew her. Many times she traveled to Medjugorje, a place of pilgrimage in the former Yugoslavia, where she often brought friends as her guests. From childhood, Mimi loved horses, and she became a very accomplished competitive horsewoman. She achieved international success in the demanding sport of three day eventing, which has been likened to competing in a triathlon. Arrestingly courageous in coping with her illness, Mimi was small of frame and had an extraordinary sweetness and magical delicacy that captivated all who had the great grace of knowing her. Mimi's parents, Mr. and Mrs James G. Murray, Jr. are deceased, as is her sister, Pamela Murray, who was a nun. She is survived by John Meriwether, her sisters Joan Murray, Judy Allrich and Patricia Huse and by her brother James G. Murray, III. She leaves three nieces, five nephews and an enormous number of friends, particularly Heather Croome-Carroll and Diane Summers, who were so good to Mimi in her sickness as were so many others.

submitted Nov. 16, 2012 9:03A
Michael P. Bini

Michael Peter Bini ’77, a resident of Scotts Valley, died in December 2013. Michael, a gifted storyteller, passed away after a brief illness. He leaves behind his daughter, Casey Lynn Colwell, his parents, Louis and Marie Bini, his sisters—Suzanne Shehadeh, Adrienne Bini, and Tosca Bini (Adam Lawrence)—his brother, Robert Bini (Sarah Lindsay), his niece, six nephews, and many relatives. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Michael, 59 years old, worked in commercial real estate for over thirty years. His generous heart and free spirit will be greatly missed.

submitted Dec. 30, 2013 12:29P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '77
Lisa Marie (Regalia) Weekes

Lisa Marie (Regalia) Weekes '77 passed away on July 30, 2011 from complications from a recent surgery. Born in San Francisco on August 8, 1955 she was a true City Girl having attended St Stephens and the St Rose Academy before graduating with a BA from Santa Clara University. Lisa travelled the world and lived in Los Angeles and Chicago before returning home to the Bay Area to live in San Ramon. Lisa was an incredibly kind and talented woman whose grace and humor touched everyone who had the pleasure to know her. Her beauty and generosity to others will be remembered for many years to come. Her courage and dignity during her medical challenges were both inspiring and humbling to her family and dearest friends. Lisa is survived by her husband of 31 years Terry Weekes '76 and her two treasured sons Connor and Kienan; her brothers Andrew Regalia (Judy Regalia) and Chris Regalia '74 (Kathryn Regalia); her aunts and uncles Elvira and Barney Lindemann, Don and Susan Sheehan and Joan Parina; her sister and brother-in-laws, cousins and many nieces and nephews who she cared for greatly; her dearest friends and her beloved golden retriever Woody!  Lisa was preceded in death by her father Andrew Mario Regalia and Eleanore Marie Regalia of San Francisco.

submitted Aug. 26, 2011 4:20P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '77
Joan Marie Vellequette

Joan Marie Vellequette M.A. ’77, a resident of Los Altos, Calif. for 51 years, passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2012. Joan is survived by her loving husband, Murlin Vellequette MBA '68, her sister Margaret Bouthillier (& husband Conrad), her brother-in-law Roger Vellequette, her sister-in-law Bernadette Hall, and her eight children: Joseph Vellequette (& wife Suzy), John Vellequette, David Vellequette (& wife Mary), Mary Singleton (& husband D.J.), Ann Frates, Mark Vellequette '86, MBA '91 (& wife Mary Beth), Michael Vellequette (& wife Kim), and James Vellequette. Joan was blessed with 21 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren - all of whom she loved deeply. Joan had a knack for remembering everyone's birthday, graduation, and anniversary - while making it all look easy. Born Joan Marie Lynch in Chicopee, Mass., her family later moved to Michigan where she attended the University of Detroit as a Chemistry major graduating in 1951. Joan dated Murlin Vellequette in college and they married in 1952. Over the next 9 years, they lived in Huntsville, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati, and then moved to California in 1960 when Murlin accepted a position with Fairchild Semiconductor. In Los Altos, they bought one of the first homes in the Highlands area, where they made many close friends in that great neighborhood. Recently, with family and some long-time friends, Joan and Murlin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, a true milestone of enduring love. Early on, Joan worked as a Chemist for Ethyl Corp., and then devoted herself to the whirlwind of raising eight children. Joan returned to college and obtained a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 1977. She also volunteered for many years with the St. Simon Catholic Parish ministries, the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, and for St. Francis High School. Later on, she enjoyed being the office manager and psychological testing coordinator for the Behaviordyne Pyschological Corp. in Palo Alto, and she also acted as the bookkeeper for the family business. Joan's personal interests varied from celebrating and quietly helping her family, to frequent travels, to being an extremely avid reader. Her travels included India, Europe, China, Australia and many trips with family to destinations all over the US. Annual summer trips to Myrtle Beach were a favorite, and no one will ever forget seeing Joan and Murlin parasailing together way up in the sky during one terrific Vellequette & Bouthillier Family Reunion. Joan was always selflessly full of life and love, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew and cherished her.

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:25A
Janet C. Winter

Janet C. Winter MA ’77, of Folsom, Calif., passed away peacefully Nov. 28, 2011, at her home. Janet was born Nov. 1, 1940, in Pinckneyville, a daughter to John and Elizabeth (Emling) Winter. She was a 1958 graduate of Pinckneyville Community High School, did her undergraduate studies at SIU Carbondale, earning a bachelor of science, and then attained a masters degree in arts and education from Santa Clara University. Janet was an avid gardener, was artistic, adventurous, loved painting and was skillful and handy in making home repairs for herself as well as her family. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, loved spending time with and caring for her family and will be dearly missed by all her knew her. Janet is survived by one daughter, Pippa (Andy) Austin of Folsom, Calif.; one granddaughter, Stephanie Austin of Folsom, Calif.; three sisters; and two brothers, Bonita Knight of Du Quoin, Lyle (Debbie) Winter, Merle (Shirley) Winter, Delores Higgerson, all of Pinckneyville, and Joyce (Sam) Stine of Tremonton, Utah; her caregiver for the last year and great-niece, Melissa Knight, and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers-in-law, Roy Knight and Ross Reel.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 1:23P
James R. Eichenberg

James R. Eichenberg '77 died Feb. 10, 2014, in a Temple, Texas, hospital. He was born May 22, 1951 in San Bernardino, CA to William and Laura Eichenberg.

Jim joined the Army as a Private, but after 4 years, he went to Santa Clara University on an ROTC scholarship and re-entered the Army as a Lieutenant. Jim truly enjoyed his military career which took him worldwide. He retired in 1993 as a Major. While in the Army, Jim received 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, the 2 National Defense Service Medals, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, 2 Overseas Service Ribbons, the Parachutist Badge and finally, the Expert Field Medical Badge, of which he was most proud.

Jim married Patti McDonald on September 7, 1986. They adopted 2 girls, Ana and Laura, from Romania while they were stationed in Germany. After a 1 year retirement, Jim returned to work. He spent 4 years in Saudi Arabia with Vinnell Corporation training Saudi Nationals in Field Medical care. After returning stateside, Jim was a Field Manager for Healthnet Federal Services and spent several years in Dallas and Fort Drum, New York. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Harker Heights.

Jim was a wonderful husband and father. He was also up for the children's activities, but he did frequently ask why little girls yelled so much. We were often the site of many sleepovers and watched their impromptu dancing. Jim was a good sport about everything "pink".

Jim was also a "softie" when it came to the dogs, which grew to include 6 shih tzu's, a rabbit, a hamster and numerous fish. His easy-going nature made him a friend to everyone.

Jim is survived by his wife Patti '75, daughters Ana and Laura, brothers Bill '65 (Flo) of Ridgecrest, California, and Tom '76 (Yvonne) of Elk Grove, California. His sister Katie of Monterey, California passed away in 2011. Jim also leaves niece Caroline Manno '99, nephews James '92 and Robert '94. His father was William Sr. '41.

submitted Feb. 25, 2014 12:54P
GRD Law '77
James M. Rhine

James M. Rhine JD ’77 of Rohnert Park, Calif., passed away Oct. 6, 2010.

submitted Dec. 12, 2011 4:56P
Ivan Pesic

Ivan Pesic M.S. ’77, founder, president and CEO of Silvaco, passed away from cancer at 61 in October 2012. He is survived by his wife Kathy ’74, M.S. ’80, daughter Yelena ’05, M.S. ’07 and son Iliya ’03, who now assumes the role of chairman of the board of Silvaco, a provider of TCAD, circuit simulation, and IC CAD software tools.

Pesic obtained a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from SCU and continued his education at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan where he obtained a master’s in electronic engineering under the guidance of Professor Fujio Masuoka, the inventor of Flash memory. Prior to his appointment as chairman of Silvaco, he worked for many years in the TCAD, semiconductor, MEMS and biomedical industry, most recently as a senior process engineer of a fabrication facility.

submitted Oct. 23, 2012 8:08P
Carol Sue Moore

Carol Sue Moore MA ’77 of Sun Lakes passed away on May 21, 2012, surrounded by family. Carol was born in Colton, Calif., on May 11, 1938 to Virgil and Anna Hawelka Pinson. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gerald Moore, and sons, Paul Brown (Tammy), Keith Moore (Jodi), and Michael Moore (Allyson), as well as 10 grandchildren and her sister Betty Pinson Harbin. She was preceded in death by her father and mother. After high school Carol went to beauty school and became a cosmetologist. After her cosmetology career Carol worked in the advertising department of the local newspaper, The Colton Courier. Carol received her AA degree from Gavilan College then continued on to achieve her bachelor's degree in English from San Jose State and furthered her education receiving her teaching credential and master's Degree from Santa Clara University. Carol completed her student teaching at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., and taught there for 28 years. During that time she was a mentor teacher and department chairperson, but her final and most rewarding position was heading the academy as lead teacher. The academy was a program that helped students with academic problems in their middle school years to graduate from high school. After retirement in 1996, Carol and Jerry moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where Carol learned to play golf. Carol volunteered at Chandler Regional Hospital in the Immunization Clinic and Volunteer Board. She served as vice president of community outreach, vice president of fund raising and president of the board for three years. Carol was also president of Arizona Association of Healthcare Volunteers. At her church, Carol worked with the Mission's Committee helping to improve the lives of homeless veterans and there she made the congregation aware of the need for special bicycles for the children afflicted with Spina Bifida. She and Jerry purchased a 1956 T Bird and belonged to the Arizona Classic Thunderbird Club. Carol wrote the New Members column for the newsletter and served as secretary, activities chairman and president of the club. Carol found great joy in the ladies she met in Sun Lakes, The Red Hat Ladies and the Gourmet Gals.

submitted Jun. 12, 2012 6:04P


GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Thomas O'Neill

Thomas O'Neill M.Div '78 on September 9, 2009.

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 3:05P
GRD Law '78
Theresa L. "Terry" Pfeiffer

Theresa Louise Pfeiffer '72, J.D. '78 on Feb. 25, 2010. She died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family and friends. The cause of death was brain cancer. Terry is survived by her husband, James Jeffers, her daughters, Emily and Rachel, her parents, brothers and sisters and their families, as well as many other family members and friends. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, lawyer, friend, and adventurer. Terry was the eldest child of Jack and Louise Pfeiffer. She was a fifth generation Californian from the Almaden Valley. She cherished her family all her life. Family and friends will always remember Terry for her good nature, her optimistic and energetic spirit, her warm smile, and her kindness. Terry was a modest person. She spoke softly and never uttered an angry word, yet managed to speak honestly and directly. She always wore a genial smile on her face and was filled with warmth, compassion, and a true love of life. She was a role model and devoted mother to her two daughters, and was immensely proud of their achievements. Terry enjoyed reading, world travels, pancakes, camping, working on the Tree Farm, learning the names of birds and plants, and all aspects of the outdoors. She loved languages and had a passion for the opera. Above all, Terry rejoiced in being with her family. For over 30 years as a lawyer, Terry was an advocate for the "little guy." Terry's keen intellect and sense of justice allowed her to speak candidly for the underprivileged and put others before herself. Terry responded to challenges with poise and equanimity. She struggled with a dreadful disease with the same grace, courage, and good cheer that characterized every aspect of her life and personality. She will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to meet her. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation and thanks to Hospice of the Valley. Services were held March 6th at St. Anthony's Church in San Jose. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Ave, San Jose, CA, 95124.

submitted Mar. 8, 2010 6:50P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Terry Chadha

Terry Chadha '78, resident of Albany, Calif., passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2009 in Berkeley, at 52 years of age. Terry was a native of the Bay Area and devoted her life to her daughters Sashi, Nisha, Tara, Kumari, her son, Krishan, and her husband, Jagdish. She was a graduate of Santa Clara University, a lifelong teacher, and a friend to everyone she met.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 11:23A
Ted T. Yamamura

Ted T. Yamamura MBA ’78 was born to Masakazu and Tatsuko on January 3, 1949. He passed away peacefully on August 18, 2013 at the age of 64 with his family members by his side. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. He will always be loved and remembered by his wife of 40 years, Lilly, along with his children Brandon (Kathy) and Peter. To his family he will always be the dad with a loving and positive attitude. He was very supportive of his children's endeavors and cherished time with his family. He coached his sons' sports teams and never missed any of their school events. They also frequently took family vacations to sunny places such as Hawaii and enjoyed crabbing at their summer home. Born and raised in Seattle, Ted attended Queen Anne High School then earned a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics at UW. He continued his education in California at Santa Clara University and received an MBA degree with concentrations in finance and marketing. After graduating, Ted worked for seven years at Lockheed Martin before moving back to the Seattle area. He then began his career at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer and later became the Regional Director of the Global Asia Markets. During his 33 year career at Boeing, he traveled and built work relationships with people from all over the world. Ted had a strong passion for mentoring and empowering people. He was an active member in the community and held many leadership positions. For example, he is co-founder and developer of the Executive Development Institute (EDI), a program aimed to build culturally diverse leaders. He was President of the Boeing Asian American Professional Association (BAAPA), President of the Asian Management Business Association (now known as the National Association of Asian American Professionals - NAAAP), President of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the board of many organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Henry. The surviving family members include Aunt Ayako Mochizuki, Uncle Mitsuo (Peggy), Sister-in-law Susan, Brother George (Laurie), brother-in-laws, cousins, nephews and their families.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:16P
Sylvia A. Rankin

Sylvia Anne Rankin '78 passed away peacefully on Feb. 2 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on July 7, 1956 in Montreal, Canada, she called San Jose, Calif. her home since 1962. She was a graduate of Willow Glen High School and Santa Clara University. Sylvia was a talented art teacher who enjoyed working with children to bring forth their creative ability. Prior to her career as a teacher, she was a marketing professional in the tech industry. She had a commanding personality and a laugh that would fill a room. She will be missed by many. Sylvia leaves her devoted daughter, Andree, her loving mother, her father and his wife, three brothers, two nephews, a niece and many friends. A special thank you goes to Sylvia's dear friends, Mary, Dana, Lucille and Lyn, for the special care and devotion they provided Sylvia during her illness. Everyone should be so fortunate to have such loving, caring friends.

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 9:54P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Sue Lampson

Sue "Scarlett" Lampson M.A. ’78, April 4, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Calif., Lampson, 74, passed away unexpectedly in her home while recovering from minor surgery. Scarlett was born in South Bend, Ind. to Harold (Mickey) and Olga Keller on March 21, 1940. She earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan and later received her Master's in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Santa Clara University. She lived and worked in Los Gatos, Calif. as a Public Health Nurse and later a Therapist for over 25 years, until her retirement in 2005 when she moved to Aptos, Calif. Scarlett enjoyed helping people and was deeply involved in volunteer work as a Peer Counselor for the Senior Outreach Services of Santa Cruz assisting seniors, as well as the Santa Cruz Public Library. She was also an active member of the Santa Cruz Diversity Center. She is survived by her son Taylor Lampson of Sebastopol, Calif., and her Daughter Lori Trebbien of Santa Cruz, Calif. and her four grandchildren. Scarlett will forever be remembered as a wonderful, caring mother and friend. She cared deeply about her family and friends and will always be remembered as kind, thoughtful, intelligent and funny. Her sense of humor and genuine personality gained her many long and close friendships. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. 

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:30A
GRD Law '78
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Richard Eldon Ford

Richard Eldon Ford '78 passed away peacefully after a 15-month struggle with glioblastoma on Friday, June 17, 2011, in San Jose. He was born in Oxnard, Calif., on June 5, 1956. During his active life, Ford, always known as "Rick," was a mortician and funeral director, real estate broker, attorney and accountant. When not engaged in his various professions, Ford obtained his private pilot license and flew a Beech Bonanza all over the West. He rode off-road motorcycles, loved to camp, explore, cook, whitewater raft and travel. A sense of adventure imbued Ford. There was nothing he didn't do, and everything he did was done well. Ford was both a resident of San Jose and Cambria, where he and his wife, Donelle Morgan, had owned a beach house since 1998. They divided their time between their two homes as their professional lives allowed. From 2004 to 2007, Rick lived in Cambria full time, while Donelle commuted to the Bay area via their Bonanza. After graduation from Santa Clara University in 1978, Ford became employed by the Lima Family Mortuary in Santa Clara. With a degree in Mortuary Science from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, Valedictorian, Class of 1979, Rick became involved in all aspects of funeral home management and operation. During that time, Rick also obtained his real estate broker''s license and took classes at San Jose State to become an accountant. Eventually, his desire to improve himself lead to enrollment in Lincoln University Law School in 1987. He graduated magna cum laude in 1991 and joined the law firm of Atwood, Knox, Anderson, Uzzi & DiNapoli as an associate attorney. In 1994, shortly after becoming an associate of Olimpia, Whelan & Lively, Rick was admitted as a partner and did civil and family law litigation with gusto. Despite his success in the legal arena, or perhaps because of it, Rick took a break from the demands of the profession and resumed his prior employment in the funeral business and became a funeral director with Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero from 2004 to 2007—he considered himself semi-retired. Ever restless, in January 2008 Rick returned to his professional life in San Jose and joined the accountancy firm of McMahan Helfrick Thiercof & Butera to do litigation support. He used his family law certification and accounting background to great advantage. It was a job he loved. He used his considerable vacation time to travel with Donelle to England, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico, along with many weeks of camping and motorcycling in his beloved Southern Utah. Rick's spirit, intelligence, and love for life were enormous. He will be greatly mourned. Rick is survived by his loving wife, Donelle Morgan.

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 2:17P
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Michael Terence Gibbons

Michael Terence Gibbons '78 on November 14, 2009.

submitted Dec. 7, 2009 1:58P
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Mary Davey

Mary Davey MBA ’78 died October 2, 2010 at the age of 80.Though known widely as a co-founder of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and a former Los Altos Hills mayor, Mary Davey is best remembered as an infectiously enthusiastic advocate for environmental and social causes. Friends and family of Davey recalled the positive and supportive spirit she brought to the numerous nonprofit organizations she worked with, including the Committee for Green Foothills, Hidden Villa, the Sempervirens Fund and the Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing. She frequently addressed others by exclaiming they were "wonderful people," her friends said, and she called everyone "the world's greatest" family, staff or friends. "Mary loved people," said Steve Abbors, general manager of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. "It's just her view of the world. She was just consistently supportive and everyone appreciated it." Brian Schmidt, a legislative advocate for the Committee for Green Foothills, described Davey as "somebody who's been involved in so many issues throughout our county and our region. I think she's going to have an influence even when we don't even know about it." Davey was born in Chicago and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She took classes at Ohio State University, where she met her husband Jack, and later graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College in English and government. Later, she earned Advertisement a master's degree in business administration from the University of Santa Clara. She served on the MBA Alumni Board Emeritus and the MBA Corporation Alumni Neteowrk. Davey moved with her family to Los Altos Hills in 1961. Jack Davey was in the U.S. Air Force, their son Curtis Davey said, and came to California for a job opportunity after he finished his service. "We grew up going camping," said Curtis Davey, who now lives in Montana. "Whenever we could we spent a lot of time outdoors and I think she found a lot of serenity in the wilderness. ... Now I find myself living in the Big Sky country because of her influence." Curtis Davey said his mother was always politically active and originally a Republican. He remembered helping her stuff political envelopes as a child, and said she was one of the first female convention delegates in the 1960 presidential election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. In the mid-60s, though, she began to champion more liberal causes, he said, and had a "willingness to stand up for the underdog." She served on the Los Altos Hills Town Council from 1966 to 1973, but was recalled because she wanted to see low-income housing built in Los Altos Hills, Curtis Davey said. "There was a heated and ugly campaign," he said. "There were literally phone calls late at night with people threatening her, saying 'I know where your kids get on the bus.'" Nonetheless, she continued her work with social and environmental organizations, winning numerous awards and recognitions for her work. In 2001, she received the Josephine and Frank Duveneck Humanitarian Award and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, described her accomplishments to Congress. Eshoo called her an "exceptional voice and a passionate advocate for improving the quality of life in our community." She was the current president of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's board of directors, which she joined in 1994. "It would be wonderful if everyone on the planet had a small amount of Mary Davey in them," said Lennie Roberts, a legislative advocate at the Committee for Green Foothills. "The world would be a better place."

submitted Nov. 29, 2010 2:50P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Martha Schwarting

Martha Schwarting '78 died August 22, 2010 of a coronary arrest. She was 61. She was born Oct. 22, 1948, in Detroit, Mich., to Albert and Nancy Day Rogers. She married Stephen Schwarting on June 23, 1967, in Annapolis, Md. He died April 12, 1973. She graduated with a bachelors degree from Santa Clara University in 1978. She worked as a middle school teacher for 20 years, the last 19 years in Cottage Grove. Survivors include a daughter, Amy Perimon of Portland; a son, Thomas of Eugene; a sister, Katie Day Lutz of Morgan Hills, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

submitted Sep. 3, 2010 11:25A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Linda Castandeda Valdez

Linda Castaneda Valdez '78 died Nov. 29, 2009. A native of San Jose, she was born May 12, 1956. Linda leaves her husband Frank Valdez; parents Thomas and Frances Castaneda; children Solomon Castaneda, Olivia Rodriguez and Dominic Rodriguez; daughter in-law Sabrina Castaneda; and grandson Aidan Castaneda. Linda was born and raised in San Jose and attended Willow Glen High School. She graduated from Santa Clara University and earned her BS in sociology. Linda was a dedicated mother and paralegal. Linda is survived by her brother Robert, sister Sue Severe, nephews, nieces, in-laws and many friends. Linda was an attribute to her community and to her family. Linda loved Jesus Christ and her family with all her heart and will truly be missed.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:33P
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