Class Notes | Obituaries
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Bill Riddle '51, MBA '67 passed away Oct. 29, 2013. He is survived by wife, Beverly, son Bill Jr. '76 and daughter Nancee Beals '82, and four grandchildren. We ask that any memorials be made to the Riddle Family Scholarship at Santa Clara.
Bill was born Dec. 4, 1926, to Veta Bilello Riddle and John Riddle in Welch, Okla. At age 6, Bill moved with his family to Oregon where he attended school in Bend and later graduated from Vancouver High School in Washington. Bill joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and served until 1947. He went to Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and earned his BA in 1951 and a master’s degree in 1967. He married Beverly Wagner of Yosemite National Park in 1954, and they moved to the Bay Area where Bill worked in San Francisco for Arthur Anderson. In 1956, they moved to Grass Valley, Calif., and he worked for Litton Engineering before returning to the Bay Area, where he worked for 32 years in various electrical industries, eventually starting two businesses of his own, Trendar and Trendcom. In 1982, Bill sold to 3M and retired, moving back to his beloved Nevada City, Calif., in 1992. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of ASCC. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of Nevada City Elks Lodge No. 518. Bill and Bev traveled extensively during his retirement years. Bill was active with Little League and Boy Scouts in his early years, and in retirement, he was a supporter locally of The Friendship Club.
William James Robert Lemke ’51 passed away on August 6, 2012. He was born on December 8, 1927 and is survived by sister, Emilie L. Williams, and numerous nephews, nieces and their children and grandchildren. Mr. Lemke attended Saint Louis; graduated from Punahou in 1945; Santa Clara University in 1951 and attended University of San Francisco Law School. He was a veteran of World War II. He married Elizabeth Stephens, a Punahou classmate, and a San Francisco College for Women graduate who later got her teacher's certificate and taught in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was descended from a Kama'aina Family, Napopohoehou, Baker and Booth. She passed away in California in January, 1983. Mr. Lemke worked for various CPA firms in Hawaii and California. In California, while attending Law School, he worked for A. Stanley Dollar Subsidiary (Globe Wireless Company). He later worked for McKesson & Robbins for 15 years and 15 years at Haas Brothers (liquor distributors) in the San Francisco Bay Area. He retired in 1984 and returned to Hawaii, the land of his heritage. On his Father's side, has German Grandparents who settled here in the 1880s. Grandfather was a tailor and father was a buyer for Hackfeld and later Amfac for a period of over 53 years. On his mother's paternal side, he was descended from Napopuhoehou whose daughter married Pervier and settled in Maui in the 1800-1810 period. On his Mother's maternal side, he was descended from Nahiolea, Kahokua,Kahalewai and Robinson ancestors. Mr. Lemke was a member of the German Benevolent Society of Honolulu, Punahou Alumni Association, Santa Clara Alumni Association and the Knights of Pythias.
Walter Alexander Whitnack '51 passed away on September 4, 2011. He gave his encouragement, kindness and laughter to his family and friends, including his time and talents to the community. Walter Whitnack was a "Man Of Value." Bravely and with dignity, Walt succumbed to his final resting place after a lengthy battle with complications from heart disease. Walt received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University, after which, he served in the U.S. Army. He joined the California Department of Transportation, serving as a design engineer for 39 years. His passions were traveling, golf, gambling, computers, telling jokes, and his beloved Labrador Retrievers. His legacy lives through his wife, Natalie, brother, Edwin, beloved children: Jeff, Chris, David, Kim, Michelle, Brett Allen; six step children, ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Mary Whitnack, five sisters and former wife, Ann Riggs.
Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant J.D. ’51 Resident of Los Gatos Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant, husband, father, mentor and friend died in his home after a long illness on Dec. 7, twenty-one days shy of his 92nd birthday. Tony was born 28 Dec. 1921 in Hollister, Calif. to Juan and Maria Mercant. His parents were immigrant farm workers and Tony and his predeceased siblings - Jay, Rose, Angela, Carmen and surviving sister Ann - traveled with them as they moved from crop to crop. Juan was also a sardine fisherman in Monterey, a family tradition he carried from his native Mallorca, Spain. Along the way Tony attended dozens of schools and graduated from Monterey High School in 1940. Working as a bookkeeper until World War II broke out, Tony then joined the Navy in 1942 where he was accepted into the Navy flight program and awarded his wings in 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Stationed in Guam he flew battle-injured soldiers to Alameda, Calif. and carried medical supplies back to the tiny island. Discharged in 1945, he took advantage of the GI Bill and entered Hartnell Junior College in 1946 where he met his bride-to-be Margie Diaz. They married in 1950. After just two years in junior college Tony entered law school at Santa Clara University. Going to school during the day and working at Richmond Chase Cannery at night, he graduated from law school in 1951. After law school Tony was counsel for the Cannery Union in San Jose and soon opened his own law firm, Mercant & O'Brien, with Sam O'Brien, a partnership that lasted over forty years. Tony was founder and first president of Almaden Country Club and holds the title of President Emeritus there. He also served as President of the San Jose Civic Light Opera as well as sitting on the board of the San Jose YMCA. An avid golfer, he could be found on the golf course every Saturdayàrain or shine! He died exactly where he wanted, in his home, his sanctuary, a place where he and his bride of almost sixty-four years hosted hundreds of parties and events. Anthony is survived by his wife, Margie Mercant; son, Jon Mercant; daughter, Marsha Mercant; son-in-law, John Howard Swain; sister, Ann Guzman; brother-in-law, Tom Fast and numerous nieces and nephews. Gone not but not forgotten, this wonderful man has resumed his flying career
Thomas M. Byrd ’51 passed away on August 22, 2011. Born on October 11, 1926, Byrd graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science commerce. He is survived by wife, Irene and children, Thomas, Stephen, Nancy, and Laura.
Thomas Haverty Schilling ’51 was born June 30, 1929 and passed away September 19, 2013; Long time Los Angeles resident and native. Tom's wife, Dolores, predeceased him in 2005. He will be remembered for his love of life, laughter, passion for the great outdoors, and hunting and fishing with his buddies at Hot Creek and Arcularius ranches. He is survived by his stepson, Drew (Allison) Planting and grandchildren Kate and Andrew.
Silvio Giusti '51 passed away on August 19, 2011. He was raised in Santa Rosa, Calif., the son of Frank & Masilia Giusti. Following graduation from Santa Rosa High School, he joined the Army and fought in the battle of Okinawa during WWII, the deadliest battle of the Pacific war. His division, the Deadeyes, received the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism. Giusti graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and Santa Clara University. He was an Electrical Engineer at Bechtel Corporation for 40 years and Chief Electrical Engineer in the SF Power Division. Although Giusti spent most of his time in the SF office, he also worked in the Middle East and in many states throughout the US. Giusti always enjoyed playing ball with his sons and coaching Little League. He enjoyed his 60+ year friendship with the members of the Santa Rosa TBO golf group and always looked forward to lunch with the ""Big Eat"" group in SF. He was a Senior Member of IEEE-PES and could always be counted on to be an usher at the 8 am mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Always a Giants fan, he attended games and enjoyed listening to Giants and 49er games while working in his yard. He took pride in his many and varied fruit trees. Giusti leaves his wife, Bea, sons, Gary (Sherrill), Steve (Celeste) and Mike (Chelsea) and grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan, Matthew, Alison and Kaelyn, his brother Aldo and sister-in-law Lorraine and many loving nieces and nephews. His brother Dominic preceded him in death.
Ronald Joseph Santucci ’51 Sept. 14, 1929 ~ June 7, 2013 Died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with ALS. Survived by his wife Sally and children of his first wife, Joan; Jean (Jeff), Theresa, Bob (Helen), John MBA ’00 (Malia), Kate (Pete), Michele (Greg) and 17 grandchildren he loved dearly. Born in Seattle, raised in Mount Baker, graduate of Seattle Prep, Seattle University and Pacific Coast Banking School. After losing Joan October 2004, Ron reconnected with high school and college friend Sally Malone Ganong and they married June 12, 2009 to his great happiness. He was a proud Marine and served in the Korean War, spending 9 months on the front lines. Past Italian Club President, Little League coach, banking lender and executive, retiring from Wells Fargo after a highly successful 40-year career. He served on numerous association boards and was active in his community. A talented athlete who started college at Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, he loved playing tennis and pickleball into his 80s and enjoyed many sports. He was an enthusiastic member of a close-knit bridge group for 40 years, taught all his children how to snow and water ski and was a mean accordion player who could play any instrument by ear. He enjoyed many trips to Hawaii but the place he was happiest was sharing good times, rain or shine, with family and friends at Lake Cavanaugh. Family was his primary focus, most valued legacy and source of tremendous pride.
Robert M. Falasco ’48, J.D. ’51, retired Merced County Superior Court Judge and Los Banos native, has died. He was 89 years old.
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Richard Andrew Schaub Jr. ’51 passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013, with his wife and children beside him after a 1 year battle with lung cancer. Dick was born March 19, 1929, to Dr. and Mrs. Richard Schaub, and was raised in Altadena, California. He attended St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Elliot Junior High, and Pasadena Junior College. Dick graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Business. He spent three years in the Navy as a lieutenant serving on the USS Yorktown and Chemung. Dick received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in1956. On July 13, 1957, he married the love of his life, Lou-Ann Sachs of Pasadena. They made their life together in South Pasadena where they were residents for over 50 years, raising 5 wonderful children. Dick was first employed at Waste King Universal, becoming the CEO. He went into private consulting for 3 years. He then worked for Illig Construction Company and its related corporations. He retired as CEO from Architectural Woodworking Company in 1994. Dick was active in the Holy Family Parish as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and served on various committees. He was a board member of the Los Angeles Rotary Club, the Pasadena American Cancer Society, and a longtime board member of Holy Family Adoption Services. Dick is survived by his wife, Lou-Ann, of 55 years, and 5 children: Richard III, Thomas, Anne (Peter) Zwart, Christina (Edward) Buckley , and Susanne (John) Fisher. He leaves behind 10 beautiful grandchildren: Sarah, Mary Katherine, Peter Jr., Michael, and Julianna Zwart; Allison and Nicholas Schaub; and Olivia, Katherine and Audrey Fisher. Dick will be remembered for his devotion to his faith and family, and particularly for his understated wit.
Paul D. Smith ’51, May 4, 2013. A resident of Greenbrae since 1974, he was born in 1923 in San Francisco to Paul D. and Margaret Grover Smith and raised in Piedmont. He graduated from Piedmont High School in January 1941 and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. Paul served in the European Theater of Operations during WWII as a Staff Sergeant and crash-rescue firefighter and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Norbert J. "Biz" Korte, S.J. '51, died May 12, 2010 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a long illness. He was 80 years old and in his 59th year as a Jesuit Brother. Biz was born December 23, 1929 in San Francisco and raised in Oakland. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School (Class of 1948) and attended Santa Clara University, 1948-51. Biz began his Jesuit life at Sacred Heart Novitiate in Los Gatos, in August of 1951. With the exception of one year at St. Ignatius High in San Francisco, all of Biz' Jesuit assignments were at Sacred Heart Novitiate. In 1969 Biz began his work for Novitiate Winery, a job loved and for which he is known throughout the country. Over the years Biz became the public face of the winery. He promoted wine tastings and other events as the winery became more oriented towards the commercial wine market. When the winery closed in January 1986, Biz was on hand liquidating the inventory and locking up the door. After the closing of the winery, Biz did various in-house jobs at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center. Because of failing health, he spent his last few years as a resident of the infirmary at Sacred Heart. Biz was a big man physically. He was gregarious and friendly, a man of great emotions and of high ideals. He was not afraid to express his opinion and you always knew where Biz stood on any given subject. He was active in the Lion's Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding member of the Friends of the Winemakers, a group dedicated to preserving the history of wine making in the Santa Clara Valley. As a Lion, Biz acted as the group's chaplain and worked closely in support of the San Jose Blind Center and its teaching activities. For almost two decades he played Santa Claus at the Los Gatos Christmas Parade. On the occasion of his Golden Jubilee as a Jesuit, Biz reflected, "My life has been full of God's graces; I have much to be grateful for...from caring for the aged, typing invoices, knocking on the doors of countless parishes selling altar wine, to balancing the books of the community." All this was done with a generous heart. Biz is survived by his brother George Korte, and his sisters Marla and Mary Norbert Korte.
Dr. Leonard Napolitano ’51, former dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 7, 2013. Dr. Napolitano was born in 1930 in Oakland, CA, one of three children and the only son of Italian immigrants. He attended Santa Clara University where in 1950, he quarterbacked the Broncos to an upset Orange Bowl win over Bear Bryant's Kentucky Wildcats. Napolitano earned a PhD. in anatomy from St. Louis University and proceeded to teach at Cornell Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He moved to New Mexico in 1964 to become one of the seven founding faculty at the newly established School of Medicine at UNM. He became interim Dean of the medical school in 1972 and was named permanent Dean the following year, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1994. Under his leadership, Dr. Napolitano presided over the dramatic expansion of the medical school and health sciences complex on the North campus of UNM, creating an environment known nationally and internationally for its innovative teaching curriculum. Dr. Napolitano was a highly effective advocate for the medical school at the legislature in Santa Fe. Due to these efforts, the medical school and the associated health sciences campus became one of New Mexico's chief assets. Among many other honors, Dr. Napolitano received the medical school's first Living Legend award in 2009. Dr. Napolitano loved opera, Tony Bennett, good food, and good company. He was an avid reader and a passionate supporter of the arts. He loved his family and had deep and enduring friendships all over the world. Dr. Napolitano was preceded in death by his wife Jane. He is survived by his three children, Leonard Jr., Janet '79 and Nancy, his daughter-in-law Elle, his grandchildren, Carrie, David, William and Sarah Jane, and his longtime companion Thelma Domenici.
Leo Gilbert Smith ’51 July 1929 ~ Nov. 2013. Son of Leo Smith and Laura Holf Scholte, raised in Stockton, Calif. Husband to Marcia Ernest Smith M.A. ’76 and father to Matt, Mara Lee, Bridget and Leo "Rusty". He graduated from Santa Clara University and entered into the field of Hospital Management in Calif. During his time he helped pioneer the first computers used in hospitals, new advances in hospital treatments, patient care and doctors' training programs. He was a life-time board member of the Children's Home Society, a Rotarian, working to bring countries together in the Youth Exchange Program, involved in Red Cross blood drive, a Knight of Columbus and a minister at his local church, St. John Bosco. He touched lives all over the world and helped change them for the better. Even though his life was full of many giving and charitable groups, he still found a great deal of time to share with his loving wife and children. He never shied away from doing the right thing or helping others. He instilled many important values and lessons to not only his children but to others he touched. Our father was, to many, a friend, hero, and mentor all in one. He was the best father any child could ever have. Leo passed on Friday, Nov. 8. Leo devoted his life to the service of others for the betterment of all. His family, friends and those that knew him will miss him, but know that he will always be there in their hearts and close in the fond memories they have shared. We will always love and miss you, Dad.
John Eugene "Gene" McHugh '51, December 27, 1929 - December 23, 2013. He died in Costa Mesa. He was father to John E. McHugh '87.
John E. "Jack" Drummey ’51, October 9, 2013. He was born in Seattle in 1927 to Emmett and Teresa Drummey. He graduated from Seattle Prep (class of 1945), and the University of Santa Clara. Later he received his Master's Degree from Seattle University. Jack pursued a career as a funeral director with Bonney-Watson, following in the footsteps of his father and uncles. Later Jack spent a number of years as a substance abuse counselor before starting an Asian import business and designer showroom with his wife Patricia. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia MacPherson and his former wife Betty Drummey. He is survived by his children, Kathleen Drummey (Mansour Jahanmir), Susann O'Neill (Patrick), John and Michael and six grandchildren.
Henry Mariani J.D. '51 passed away on March 12, 2012, in Weed, Calif. He was born on June 9, 1926. The longtime San Jose attorney had moved to the Northern California town of Weed to be close to his daughter and grandchildren.The son of a San Joaquin Valley farmer, Mariani was a Bellarmine College Prep grad who received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Santa Clara University. He was rooted in the old guard of the San Jose bar, specializing in real estate and probate law. The veteran attorney was known as a generous man, a lavish tipper at restaurants. "He would give people anything he had that they needed, even if he shouldn't have given it," said his son, Joseph. Read more here.
Harold C. Pagendarm ’51, a resident of Belmont, passed away March 3, 2012. Harold Pagendarm was born in Oakland, Calif. He attended St. Ignatius High School before going into the Army, where he served in the Medical Core during WWII. After the war he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Santa Clara University in 1951. Harold worked for Western Gear, Ampex and Edward Enterprises before retiring. He divided his time between his home in Belmont and Korte Ranch in St. Helena, Calif. Hal loved to photograph his travels, spend time with his family and be an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Harold is survived by his brother Lawrence, 18 nephews and nieces, many grandnieces and nephews, and his dear friend, Mrs. Virginia Holland. We will all miss Uncle Hal's kind heart, quiet patient manner and delightful stories. He has left us with a lifetime of cherished memories.
Gordon Joseph Machado '51, on March 17, 2014, lost his three-year battle with bladder cancer. He was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Los Angeles, Calif. He was raised and preceded in death by his mother Lucille Machado. After attending Santa Barbara Catholic High School, he graduated with Valedictorian Honors in 1947. He attended Santa Clara University, where he earned his bachelors degree and graduated in 1951. After relocating to Sacramento, Calif., he started a 36 year career with the Sacramento County Probation Department in 1956 and retired in 1992. In his retirement our father enjoyed helping others and once stated, "I don't understand how people can be bored during retirement when there are so many people who need help." He enjoyed volunteering at numerous events, music, photography, dancing, attending the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, sporting events, the Over The Hill Gang at the Dante Club, donating to several charities and, most of all, always being there for his family.
The Machado Family would like to thank Doctor Genaro and the Urology Department at Kaiser Hospital on Morse Avenue. In addition, Blas and Mary Lou from Kaiser Hospice for treating and caring for our father during his last days. He is survived by his former wife, Gail (Crawford) Machado and his five children Greg (Carol) Machado, Kathryn Machado, Michael Machado, James (Colette) Machado and Brian (Sheri) Machado, and his grandchildren, Lindsay, Lauren, Samantha, and great grandson Kaeden.
Gerald William Shipsey J.D. ’51, a 3rd generation San Luis Obispo native, died at home on April 29, 2013 at the age of 88 from the effects of congestive heart failure. Jerry was born in 1924 to William T. and Elizabeth (Adam) Shipsey. He graduated from Mission High School with the class of 1942.
Gerald Stronck '51 passed away peacefully April 18, 2009, after almost a year of battling cancer. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory School and Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Commerce. Gerald was a veteran of WWII, worked as a bank manager for 35 years and, later, as a realtor. He was a resident of San Mateo County for 63 years. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and his two older brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Frances, his younger brother, five children, and 10 grandchildren.
George David Crowley '51 on Dec. 5, 2008. A native of San Francisco, he worked in the accounting industry for 46 years and as general manager of sales for Towne Ford in Redwood City for 30 of those years. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; seven children; and 12 grandchildren.
Eugene H. Swett '51 passed away on June 9, 2011.
Bruno Anthony Davis '51 died Dec. 21, 2009. peacefully at home. Bruno was the beloved husband of Norma and the adored father of Christopher and Adrian. He was the devoted son of the late Anna and Achllle Davis, and the son-in-law of Elena Accornero and the late Frank Accornero. Bruno is also survived by Christopher's partner, Todd; by Adrian's partner, Tim; by his brother-in-law, Gilbert; and by many cousins in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stockton, and Italy. Bruno born Jan. 14, 1927 and was a graduate of St. Ignatius, Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco. He had a long and distinguished career with the California Public Utilities Commission.
Robert I. “Bob” Bounds J.D. ’51, 86, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 17, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born April 15, 1927 in Yakima, Wash. to Irving and Dorothy (Congdon) Bounds. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1951 with a degree in law. On June 14, 1947 he married Rose Marie Nevis in Santa Clara, Calif. Bob and Rose Marie moved back to Yakima, where he started a private law practice and later became the City of Yakima Prosecuting Attorney. Bob had a zest for life. His hobbies were traveling, music and family time. He relished his role as Santa and the Easter Bunny, a memory that all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will cherish.
Bob is lovingly survived by his wife, Rose Marie Bounds and his children Terry Rawson, Jerry Bounds, Sue Lowry, Karen Iroala, Debra Carlson, Jim Bounds, and Jeff Bounds, in addition to 17 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.