Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
For more than two decades, Judge Thomas W. Cain '70, J.D. '73 stayed one step ahead of cancer as the disease ravaged his body, all while overseeing some of Silicon Valley's most colorful estate cases. But after 27 surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, the popular Santa Clara County Superior Court judge succumbed on Jan. 11, 2014, at age 65.
Gerald "Jerry" A. Ritthaler ’63, MBA ’70: December 5th, 1941 - February 22nd, 2013. Jerry, to his three sons, family, and countless friends, lived life with boundless enthusiasm. He was known to start conversations with a family member, close friend, or perfect stranger (soon to be a friend) by telling them about the best food he's ever had in this life, the greatest game or play he's ever seen, the nicest person he's ever met, or something very simple to the rest of us that simply amazed him. Pops would end the story with the declaration, How cool is that? It sounded like a question, but it was more of a statement about his zest for life and optimism. His enthusiasm was contagious and brought a smile or a laugh to everyone who came into his life, each and every day. Born on December 5, 1941 to Jaconda and Philip Ritthaler in Sacramento, CA, Jerry was destined to make friends and make a strong 1st impression from the day he was born. He grew up in the Sacramento area and attended college at Santa Clara University where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. After college, he had a successful business career in sales at General Foods, Sunshine Biscuits, and Kroger. Jerry's Bay area roots were an early indicator of one of his great loves in life sports. From the time he could yell and listen to a game on the radio, he developed a great passion for sports, and this passion never wavered for a second. He cheered early and often for the Raiders and Athletics because of his strong California ties, and he never stopped cheering for his beloved Oakland teams, but he added many teams in Georgia to his shirt and hat collection when he moved to Georgia in 1979. Once his three boys Mike, Mark, and Matt attended and graduated from the University of Georgia, he was destined to be a life-long Dawgs fan. Pops also had enough spirit in his heart to add the Falcons to his list of football teams he pulled for. Sundays in the fall were never dull with Jerry around, and he always had the game on and a rooting interest in the outcome no matter who was playing. One of Jerry's other great sports loves was baseball. He started out an Oakland A's fan while in the Bay Area, but after moving to Georgia, he quickly adopted the Atlanta Braves as his favorite team. Pops was always ready to head to the ballpark and watch his beloved Braves with anyone who would go with him. No matter how many times they broke his heart in October, he was ready again the following spring, enthusiastic and full of optimism. When he was not in Atlanta, he was always looking for a good deal on some tickets so he could catch the local team and enjoy a few cold ones at the ball park. Pops also brought this love for baseball to his family. He coached his sons in little league baseball in Scotts Valley, CA, teaching them the fundamentals and never missing a game, but more than anything he taught them a love for baseball, sports, and competition. Pops kept the family baseball tradition and love of sports alive with his grandchildren, attending Matthew's baseball and hockey games, Katie's softball and gymnastics, Daniel's baseball and basketball, and Evan's baseball games. He was a fan of his sports teams and an even bigger fan of his boys and grandchildren. Later in his life, Jerry had the good fortune to meet Marilou, who became his wife in 2011. They enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage for 2 + all too short years, but they filled that time up with passion, laughter, and a great appreciation for the opportunity to find true love late in life. Jerry and Marilou shared their devotation to their Catholic Faith and attended church and bible study regularly together. The marriage of Jerry and Marilou also allowed two families to meet each other and become one as Mike and Daniel, Mark and Mary Beth along with Katie and Matthew, and Matt and Kim were able to meet Michelle and Scott Whitehead and their children Erin and Evan to create a new and loving family. Jerry's gift of bringing people together will never be forgotten. Pops was a father figure to many of his sons' close friends in the Dunwoody, GA area. Now and forever, all of those who were fortunate enough to meet Pops will remember him for his stories. He never bragged about himself, but he never stopped telling proud stories about his sister Phyllis and her husband Scott, the good people he met through his charitable work, the love he had for the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Historic Sweet Auburn, and whomever he was going to meet tomorrow. Jerry had an opinion on everything and it was almost always a positive, kind, and hopeful one. Pops will be greatly missed but never forgotten. If the question is, How cool was that man? The answer is The Coolest of them All.ö We will hear his joyful voice in our heads for the rest of our lives. When Pops passes thru the gates of heaven, a crowd will welcome him. Some will have known him well, others simply heard he was coming, and then he will get back to work checking on his earth bound family and friends. Jerry is survived by his wife, Marilou Ritthaler, of Alpharetta; sons, Mike Ritthaler, of San Rafael, CA, Mark (wife, Mary Beth) Ritthaler, of Atlanta, Matt (wife, Kim) Ritthaler, of San Francisco, CA, step-daughter, Michelle (husband, Scott) Whitehead, of Cumming; grandchildren, Katie Ritthaler, Matthew Ritthaler, Daniel Ritthaler, Erin Whitehead, and Evan Whitehead; sister, Phyllis (husband, Scott) Keilholtz, Sacramento, CA and Nephew Erik Keilholtz (wife, Melanie and daughter, Amalia) of Vallejo, CA.
Bill Deutsch ’70 journeyed to Heaven on December 19 after more than two years of battling cancer. Born on May 15, 1948, he grew up in Downey, Calif. He chose to attend Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Bill graduated from Santa Clara University in 1970, and joined the Army as an officer where he spent six years serving his country. Bill spent most of his adult life in Stockton, working in different fields of Real Estate, while acquiring his Masters in Business. The last 23 years he spent as an MAI, Commercial Appraiser. Bill loved the Notre Dame Fighting Irish never missing a game, teaching his daughter, Katie, to say "Shake Down The Thunder" and "Go Irish" as soon as she could talk. He was a history buff who could not get enough books or memorabilia of all the American wars. Bill was in the Knights of Columbus where he served as the Grand Knight. The most important thing to Bill was his family, wife of 22 years, Mary Lou, daughter Katie, sister Emily and brother-in-law, Ken Keller, his nieces and their families, Uncle Louie Venturini and his family, and all his family in Southern California.
Steven L. Tuma MBA ’71, 75, of Chatham, and formerly of Jacksonville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Chicago, the son of Elmer and Dorothy Long Tuma. He married Margaret J. "Peggy" Jess on June 19, 1964, and she preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2002. He is survived by one son, Steven S. (Amy) Tuma of Machesney Park; one daughter, Mary Tuma Werries of Chatham; and three grandchildren, Zachary Tuma of Janesville, Wis., and Alyssa and Kyle Werries, both of Chatham. Mr. Tuma was a 1956 graduate of Morton (Illinois) High School, and then attended Roosevelt University in Chicago. During that time, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Upon graduation, he began active duty with the Navy, serving on the USS Nereus. He was honorably discharged in 1967, and began work with the Lockheed Corporation in San Jose, Calif. While at Lockheed, he received his MBA from Santa Clara University. He and his family then returned to Illinois and Steven began work as an engineer with the State of Illinois, retiring from the Illinois Commerce Commission in 1999. Mr. Tuma was a very active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatham, and a member of the Jacksonville Amateur (HAM) Radio Club. He had also been a member of the Jacksonville Lions Club. He was a fantastic "Grampy," and loved attending all of his grandchildren's activities.
Robert L. Granath MBA '71, a resident of San Jose, died on Oct. 27, 2013 at age 80. He graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1956. Bob worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space for 31 years. During this time he earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. He was Program Manager on Ascent Systems Program and later, Director of the launch base for Lockheed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He retired in 1991. Survived by his wife Lynn, son Derek MBA ’86 (Jennifer), daughter Heidi (Michael Gough), son Todd (Chuckie), son Kent (Mona), and nine grandchildren, Alexis James, Chelsea Deatsch, Braden Gough, Dylan and Jordan Granath, Adam and Elise Granath and Melia and Cole Granath.
Richard Certo ’71, September 5, 1949 - May 19, 2013. A resident of Scotts Valley, Certo passed away ten months after he became very ill with a rare type of lymphoma. Richard was born in Oakland, the oldest of five children, and was raised in Santa Clara. He graduated from Buchser High School in 1967, Santa Clara University in 1971, and launched his accounting career at Price Waterhouse. He then worked for Syntex and Argo Systems and moved to Scotts Valley in 1980 to serve as Seagate's first CFO. He spent the next 25 years working in business and venture capital, including time at Bell Micro and Al Shugart International. Richard worked hard and played hard. His passions were golf, good food, family, and friends. More than anything, he loved to laugh and make others laugh. He had an unforgettable smile and a loud, pure, infectious laugh that easily filled a room, a restaurant, or a movie theater. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a playful way of looking at things. He loved to have a good time and knew how important it was to enjoy life. Richard had a quick wit, a sharp mind, and a creative spirit. He loved a challenge, a complex problem, or an opportunity to improve upon something. He always had a project up his sleeve and several ideas brewing in his mind. His creations included "Improve Your Swing" golf app, several patented golf accessories, screenplays, children's books, a taco bar, and a few very eccentric Halloween costumes. He always found ways to keep life interesting and his mind engaged. He took pride in maintaining a beautiful home and yard, where he and his wife hosted many gatherings. Richard loved sports and physical activity. In addition to golfing, swimming, and cycling, he spent many years playing pick-up basketball and coaching youth soccer. In 2003 he participated in the week-long Cycle Oregon event and in 2010 he took the golf "trip of a lifetime" to Scotland. He loved to walk on the beach in Maui, play golf in Mexico, and hike through the forest at Henry Cowell State Park. His loyal corgis, Shorty and Lola, were at his side on countless walks through Hidden Glen. Richard is survived by his wife, Linda Teague, daughter Aly Certo and son-in-law Justin Weaver, son Kyle Certo, and step-children Abbey Teague and Kyle Teague. He is also survived by his siblings: Carol Poulsen, Donna Gamaly, Christine Certo, and Tom Certo. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lauren Certo. Richard's 4-year-old grandson Austin Weaver was the light of his life in recent years. Of Richard's many personal and professional accomplishments, perhaps the most valuable to him was that he was the first to make Austin laugh. Richard had hoped to travel to Southern Italy to explore his family's roots in Sicily. He loved all things Italian - the people, the food, and most of all, the Italian approach to life. Slow down. Enjoy yourself. Live in the moment. Don't take anything too seriously. As his disease progressed, Richard faced the end of his life with calm acceptance. More than once he shrugged his shoulders and said with characteristic ease and humor: "I picked the short straw." He made it home, which was his final wish, and died peacefully. He was surrounded by family and some of his closest friends in his final days. Richard's personality was larger than life, and the void that he leaves is immeasurable. If you wish to do something in Richard's honor, please consider donating blood, joining the national bone marrow registry, or volunteering with an organization that provides support to cancer patients.
Michael John Clark ’71, M.A. ’72 was born in Richmond, Ind., Jan. 10, 1949. He passed away unexpectedly in San Luis Obispo on July 23, 2013.
He grew up in Campbell after living in Indiana for the first four years of his life. He attended Saint Lucy Catholic School in Campbell from the first through eighth grades. He attended Campbell High School where he played football and wrestled. He then attended Santa Clara University where he played football and graduated with a master's in history and teaching.
During his time attending Santa Clara University he met Maryanne Patricia Scott, “Patty.”
After graduating in 1971 and marriage in 1972, he worked for Atascadero Unified School District, where he taught English, history and driver's education for 14 years. He also coached swimming and football.
In 1973 he received his master's in administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
After 14 years of teaching, he became the assistant principal at Atascadero Junior High. He then went on to become an elementary school principal at Creston and Carissa Plains, Lewis Avenue, San Benito and San Gabriel.
Mike retired in 2005 from Atascadero Unified School District and worked for a short time at Mission Prep High School as an assistant principal.
He lived in Los Osos from 1972 to 2006, when he moved to Paso Robles to be closer to his children and grandchildren. In 2006 he became a proud grandpa.
He was a grandpa to five grandchildren. He was a proud father to three children, Kimberly Rivas (Dan), Kristi Roberson (Matt) and Will Clark (Autumn).
His students, faculty, wife, children, grandchildren and extended family were everything to him. He was dedicated to always making them happy. His sense of humor, smile and his laughter were contagious. He was selfless and often unwilling to take credit for his accomplishments. He always fought for the underdog and a just outcome. The likes of him will not soon enter this world again.
Mike was an animal lover and will be missed by his dogs, Sheena and Stryker, and his three kitties, which were dependent upon him for their many daily walks and treats.
He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, two sisters, Colleen Chiaramonte and Cathy Blass, brother, Tom Clark, and many nieces and nephews.
John Dudley Wilson '71, Sept. 4, 2013. Born in Lompoc, California, on Oct. 9, 1949, John graduated from Santa Clara University and Cal Poly with degrees in civil and transportation engineering. John was a consulting engineer his whole career working mostly in the Bay Area and his last professional association was with SANDIS. John had a full and successful life and will be remembered for his positive attitude. He enjoyed his family and friends, collecting books, restoring classic cars and remodeling boats. John is survived by his wife Kay of thirty years, his father Arthur Wilson, his brother Arthur Wilson Jr. and his sisters Marion, Casey, and Barbara. John was also very close to his extended family of nieces and nephews and in laws from the Wilson family and from Kay's family.
John Justin Proulx MBA ’72 April 14, 1938 - July 10, 2013. Resident of San Jose, John Justin Proulx, 75, passed away July 10, 2013 in San Jose, Calif., surrounded by his loving family. A native of SF, John attended USF earning his B.S. degree in accounting and later received his MBA from Santa Clara University. An auditor for many years, he became an IT manager in the early days of Silicon Valley. For 28 years, CPA John operated his own accounting practice, and used his financial expertise to help non-profit organizations in Santa Clara Valley. He is survived by: the love of his life and wife of 45 years, Bernadette; his beloved children, Rich Proulx (Rachel Antell) and Michelle Schuette (Derek); and, his adored grandchildren, Talia and Gabriel Antell-Proulx and Katie Schuette. He was also deeply grateful for his extended family, numerous close friends, and his physician Kenneth Greene, M.D. for his many years of care.
In John's words, "I am no longer physically with you, but am still with you in a spiritual way." He was a member of the Seeking Guidance men's group for 14 years. John enjoyed spending time with friends and family, travel, genealogy, collecting football memorabilia, and cheering on the 49ers - the pinnacle of his 60 years of "fandom" came earlier this year with his first trip to a Super Bowl. John was a very humble man, doing many things for many people without telling anyone. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
James Joseph Loftus III '72 passed away from cancer the morning of Sept. 3, 2013. He was at home, resting peacefully, and in the company of loved ones. Jim was born May 17, 1950, to James Joseph Loftus Jr. and Mary King Loftus; both of San Francisco, Calf. He was raised in Mill Valley and San Francisco, attending St. Cecelia's elementary and Riordan High. He attended San Francisco City College, studying engineering, subsequently transferring to, and graduating from, Santa Clara University in 1972 with a degree in civil engineering. San Francisco's culture, ocean beaches and childhood friends remained strong identifiers throughout his life. With an eagerness to expand his horizons, he seized upon the chance in summer 1972 to move to Fairbanks. He persevered through that first winter, determined to give his new home a fair chance, eventually landing work on survey crews for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. During the next few years, young Loftus worked in Alaska during the construction season and traveled extensively in the off-season. His work on the pipeline solidified his desire to live in Alaska, despite his rather unique distinction of having spent five consecutive Septembers in Atigun Pass! He welcomed Alaska's challenges, the unparalleled scenery, and the host of characters that became friends, mentors and, eventually, family. Increasing responsibilities and in-depth exposure to engineering while working on the pipeline inspired him to return to school, completing a graduate degree in structural engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Upon finishing his master's degree in 1979, he returned to Fairbanks for perhaps the most important summer of his life during which he fell in love with Eileen Stack. The lovely couple married Oct. 6, 1979, and were a picture perfect pair! Suit on and freshly groomed, the now husband and father pounded the pavement in Seattle, seeking work as structural engineer. Landing a job at a well-respected firm, he flourished and developed his skills while working on prominent projects in Seattle, including the iconic Columbia Tower. It wasn't long before the call of the wild beckoned and in 1984 Jim and Eileen packed up their growing family and headed north to Fairbanks. Recognizing the need for local structural engineering services, Loftus Engineering, Inc was formed. Jim's professional mindset, first-hand knowledge of Alaska's extreme climate, and a true passion for structural engineering contributed to the company's success. The company grew over time through several mergers with other local firms, becoming PDC Engineering, Inc. in 1998. As a principal partner, Jim managed the structural engineering department, and under his direction, PDC designed many of Fairbanks' well known structures including the Rabinowitz State Courthouse, UAF's Museum of the North and the Centennial Pedestrian Bridge. You can hardly look more than two directions in Fairbanks without identifying a structure to which he directly contributed. A biography of Jim Loftus would hardly be complete without mention of his running career. Beginning at a young age, he enjoyed running and competing against others. He became an accomplished middle distance runner while in junior college, and for many years after he was a fixture at the all-comers track meets in the Bay area, often leading the pack in his specialty, the 800-meter. For Jim, running and training became, as he described it, a form of personal yoga, bringing peace, reflection, and opportunity for personal improvement. He was active in the local running scene, organizing, volunteering, and mentoring Fairbanks runners and track meets from the mid-'80s until 2012. As a metaphor for the gentle parenting and encouragement he gave as a father and coach, he preferred to allow young runners to "wiggle in the blocks" rather than call a false start, believing it important that everyone gets to run the race. He pursued running throughout his life and had well respected finishes of second place at the U.S. Masters National Championships in 2000, and fifth place in the World Senior Championships in 2005, both in the 800-meter. He considered these to be great personal accomplishments, caring more about the experience than the finish; he relished meeting and running with elite runners of the world. With a turntable in constant rotation and often a book in hand, music and reading were cornerstones of his daily routine. He was intensely interested in an astonishing range of music from Americana and vintage rock to punk and alt-country. Readings later in life focused on philosophy and history, meticulously building a base for more probing thought. Using a scholarly approach, he studied philosophy from classic to current and actively engaged fellow scholars in discussion as he searched for continued understanding of the human experience. His beliefs of expanding one's knowledge of the greater world around us, personal responsibility and work ethic were applied to both his professional and family lives. Jim's greatest joy and most valued accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his wife Eileen, sons Aran, Oliver, Michael, and daughter Clare. He loved to be among them all, delighting in their diversity, marveling at their individuality and thankful for their unity. He is also survived by his father, James Joseph Loftus Jr., and sisters, Jeanne, Rosemary, Teresa, Eileen and Julie. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Loftus. In the last months of his life, Jim's physical condition deteriorated, though his inquisitive mind and quick laughter remained. Many will retain an image of him running, tall and strong, powering through the last turn, arms and legs churning like pistons, an outward symbol of his capacity for precise, intelligent and consequential work, and his deep love of the whole show. According to his wishes, his passing will be marked by an Irish style wake, commencing at 5 p.m. Sept. 13, 2013, at the Fairbanks Mushers Hall off Farmers Loop Road. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Jim's preferred charities: Running Club North, Engineers Without Borders USA, or the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Center in Fairbanks. A thoughtfully recorded interview of Jim recounting his adventures is available through UAF's Oral History Program.
William F. Caro '54, J.D. '73. Feb. 26, 2014. Born in San Jose in 1932, Caro inherited his father's devotion to SCU's fabled football history and loved to recount, play-by-play, Santa Clara's heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Stanford in the very first college game he ever attended, as an eight-year-old, on Oct. 12, 1940. Athletic loyalties notwithstandng, he did graduate work at Stanford, earning his M.B.A. in 1960 with an emphasis in marketing. His subsequent career as an advertising media director brought him to agencies in San Francisco and Los Angees and Eventually to Coakley-Heagerty in Santa Clara. He later taught advertising at San Jose State University. Caro spent his retirement years in Santa Clara, not far from where the palm and olive mingle. He occasionally enjoyed an idle hour in the university library researching the glory days of Bronco football. He is survived by his brothers, Robert, S.J. '58, M.Div '70 and Paul '62.
Milton Crane MBA ’73, October 22, 2013. He died in Sparks, Nev. Milton was born in New York to Charlotte and Louis Cohen. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and was trained as an Aviation Electronic Tech Third Class served until June 1946. He was awarded both the Victory Medal & American Theatre Medal. He was able to attend college on the GI Bill at Cal Poly Tech. in San Luis Obispo, CA, Stanford and the University of Santa Clara. He met his wife Jean at Stanford and they were married in September of 1961. Milton was an electronics engineer for Lockheed Corp in California and Arizona. Milton is survived by his son, Matthew, daughter Gretchen (Michael) de la Torre, granddaughters Mia, Emma, and his sister Barbara (Carl) Parducci. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at The Cascades of the Sierra in Sparks, NV. Even though he had been there a short time, the care and compassion shown to him was wonderful and made a big impact on his final days.
Joyce Ardell Jackson '73: 1947-2013 Joyce Ardell Jackson departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in San Pedro, Calif., following a decades-long struggle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Born June 2, 1947, in Berkeley, California, she was a spirited youngster, adventurous and friendly. At the age of 12, she contracted arthritis, a defining period in her life. Over the years she faced many challenges because of her condition, enduring more than 50 operations. Yet she rarely succumbed to self-pity. At one point she even called herself "The Bionic Woman," a moniker she had borrowed from a popular 1970s TV series.
After attending public schools in Oakland and Hayward, Calif., Joyce attended Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., graduating in 1973. Determined to be independent, she worked for a number of firms in the Bay Area, including McDonnell Douglas, British Telecommunications, The San Jose Mercury News, and Community Resources for Independent Living. At times, she found it necessary to juggle two part-time jobs with her full-time job.
John Arlen McKay M.A. ’73, Oct. 25, 2013. He passed away peacefully due to complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease, with family members by his side. John was born Dec. 22, 1932, in Keokuk, to John Henry and Mildred Dorothy McKay. John served in the U.S. Army in Korea. After returning, he completed his college degree in mathematics. The family moved to Mountain View, Calif., in the early 1960s. John worked for Lockheed as a scientist and computer programmer. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Santa Clara. He worked at Lockheed until his retirement. He enjoyed classical music, spending time with his wife, caring for the family’s dogs, and trips to Reno. He is survived by his wife, Soon Im; and sons, John K. (Michelle) and James Lee. He is survived locally by his brother, Samuel Thomas McKay (Sharon); sisters, Kay Branson (George) and Carolyn Dodson (Norman); and many nieces and nephews.
Edward P. Davis Jr. J.D ’73 died July 19, 2013. He came from an unusual background for a man who emerged as a strong advocate of freedom of the press. He was a child of the military, a Naval ROTC student at Stanford and a former federal attorney who helped prosecute Patty Hearst.
For a long stretch in the 1980s and early 1990s, Davis was the attorney for the Mercury News at a time when a confident and improving newspaper did battle with local governments over public records and public meetings. He rarely lost a case. "There was no better advocate for open government and open meetings than Ed Davis," said Bob Ingle, the former executive editor of the Mercury News. "He wouldn't have put the time and effort into those cases if he hadn't been a true believer.''
Davis, 64, died on July 19 in San Antonio from complications of a double-lung transplant in 2011. His friends say the surgery was successful but left Davis vulnerable to infection. A witty man who had the ability to think on his feet and regale friends with stories, Davis in recent years had defended white-collar clients charged with a variety of crimes -- anti-trust, money-laundering, export offenses and tax fraud.
Even when his health declined, the attorney retained a sense of community obligation: After undergoing his lung transplant, he spoke to groups about his experience and volunteered with Donate Life California, an advocacy group for organ donation.
Davis was born in La Jolla on Aug. 23, 1948, the son of Shirley Stock Davis and Lt. Commander Edward P. Davis Sr. As a "military brat,'' he moved frequently. It was in Hawaii, where he attended Punahou School for two years, that he became a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan while listening to the recorded summations of their games. Davis graduated from Blackford High School in San Jose, where he met his wife, Sheryl Cook M.A. ’80. He went on to Stanford, where he joined NROTC in hopes of becoming a naval aviator. When medical reasons prevented that, he became a private pilot anyway -- and later an accomplished sailor. His friends say his experience at Stanford left him with a decidedly more liberal political outlook than his parents. After graduating from Santa Clara Law School in 1973, Davis clerked for U.S. District Judge Oliver Carter for a year and then joined the federal prosecutor's office in San Francisco, where he worked between 1974 and 1978 and served as a junior attorney on the Hearst case. Then he joined the Rankin Oneal law firm in downtown San Jose, where he became the Mercury News attorney. When he won a public records case, executive editor Ingle published a photo of the check the government wrote to pay for Davis' attorneys fees. Davis moved his practice to the Pillsbury law firm when it opened an office in downtown San Jose in the mid-1980s. He later joined a boutique law firm and practiced at Gray, Cary Ware & Freidenrich before finishing his career as a partner with Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe. He also taught at Santa Clara University. A former San Carlos resident who moved with his family to Wimberley, Texas, to be closer to his son, Davis is survived by his wife, Sheryl, a son, Braden, his daughter-in-law Amy, and two grandchildren.
Steven Gunia MBA '74, a resident of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly October 21, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. He was 65. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Dolores; his mother Virginia of San Jose, sister Jacque Hennig (Jon) of Campbell, nieces Lindsay Hennig and Brittany Gilhooly (Tim), nephews Michael and Wyatt Gilhooly, stepson Sean Murphy, grandchildren Christina and Brenden Murphy (Laura) and great-granddaughter Scarlett. Born in 1948, Steven was a graduate of Blackford High School and San Jose State University. A lifelong thirst for education led Steven to continue his education and obtain his Masters degree at Santa Clara University, and later on his law degree. In 1985, Steven and Dolores moved to Monterey. In addition to his legal practice, Steven became very active in his community. The United Way, the Monterey Museum of Art, Jesters, The Monterey County Symphony and The Ombudsmen are among some of the charitable causes he gave his time to. He also loved to open their home and host events for many non-profit organizations. Steven loved to play bridge, and achieved Life Master status. He was a bridge director, and also began directing and teaching bridge on cruise ships, combining his love of the game with his passion for travel, allowing him and Dolores to travel the world. He loved museums, enjoyed cooking, was an avid golfer and enjoyed his membership at Corral de Tierra Country Club. A lover of nature, Steven enjoyed the outdoors - especially fly-fishing and skiing.
Frank Dee Rabourn MBA '74 Nov. 21, 1929 - Nov. 13, 2013 Resident of San Jose Frank was a devout Christian throughout his life and passed into the arms of his savior, Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 13, 2013 surrounded by his beloved family: Joyce Rabourn, his wife of forty-three years, and his children- Karin Moscato, Michael Rabourn, Lise Lucas, Frank M. Rabourn, Dianne Rabourn, Nancy (Tina) Serfozo, and Jess B. Rabourn. He spent his early years in Texas and Oklahoma. His family was his first love, followed by flying his aerobatic airplane and scuba diving throughout the world. Frank also enjoyed hunting and had a rule that anything that was shot must be eaten. Once one of his young sons pridefully shot a crow on a telephone line from an impressive distance. Frank forced him to clean, cook, and eat his crow. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the post World War II occupation of Germany. He then graduated in Physics from the University of Oklahoma and from Santa Clara University with an MBA. His career took him to Tinker Air Force Base, North American Aviation, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Lockheed Martin. He leaves nine grandchildren: Sean Rabourn, Wayne Kearns, Michael Kearns, Douglas Kearns, Ethan Kearns, Caroline Rabourn, Donald Lucas III (Luke), Madeline Lucas, and Cole Lucas. He is also survived by siblings Ira Rabourn, Nan Conway and Jess C. Rabourn. The family thanks Frank's exceptional caregiver, Shanna Gans. Frank was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS, in late 2008. He was the inspiration for The ALS Emergency Treatment Fund, one of the few organizations focused on immediate treatment options.
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.
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.
Joseph P Kelly III ’76, May 5, 1954, to Feb. 12, 2014. He was a resident of Santa Clara, the son of the Hon. Joseph P. Kelly ’34 and Cloiva Kelly of La Cañada. In 1972, Joe continued the family tradition of attending Santa Clara University and resided in the Bay Area ever since. Relatives who also attended SCU were cousins Kelly Idiart ’71, Roger Idiart ’75, and Daniel J. Kelly ’70. For close to 20 years Joe was a faithful employee of Old Republic Title Company. Joe traveled extensively and became a cruise expert. He enjoyed all things English and Irish. His untimely passing has left his family and friends with memories of his love, laughter, wit and kindness.
Charles Dean Williamson '76 March 21, 1954 - Dec 17, 2013 Resident of Santa Clara Past away at age 59. Born and raised by James and Pauline Williamson in Sunnyvale and survived by sister Rosemary Albrecht and brother James. "Chuck" graduated from Sunnyvale High School in 1972, obtained a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University in 1976, and two Masters Degrees in Human Resources from Boston University and Chapman University. He served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the medical corps and then worked for the U.S. Veterans Service Hospital in Palo Alto until he retired in 2010. Chuck enjoyed current events, movies, dining out and his cat Rusty. Chuck loved traveling, visiting 48 states, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.
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.
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.