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UGRD Engineering '55
Willard "Bill" G. Kruse
Willard "Bill" G. Kruse ’55, a 40-year resident of Sebastopol, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2011 at his home. A nuclear engineer, Bill conducted postgraduate studies at Stanford University and held a Master's Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University. He worked on the space program at Lockheed Corporation after having served as a Specialist, Five in the U.S. Army. Bill had a life-long interest in providing engineering solutions to his church, his friends and his neighbors. Bill grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and graduated from Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo. Bill was predeceased by his father Willard Dutton, his mother Mae Kruse and his adoptive stepfather Herman C. Kruse. He is survived by cousins Eric Allen, Helen Dutton Allen, Ron Allen, Margaret Suich Anderson, Dorothy Dutton, James Dutton, Leonard Dutton, Stephanie Secrest James, Toni Ann Secrest and Andrew W. Suich.
submitted Feb. 28, 2011 11:27A
Joseph A. Salazar

Joseph Anthony Salazar ’55 was born on November 8, 1933, and died on January 1, 2013. Joe “Pepi” Salazar was a really wonderful man and his life was a fulfillment of everything that is right about the American Dream.  The son of Mexican immigrants, he grew up in Rio Vista and Antioch, making lifelong friends – and a little mischief - along the way.  After graduating from Antioch High, he attended Santa Clara University where he graduated in 1955.   Shortly thereafter, he married Dolores Ashlock, his sweetheart from nearby Mt. Diablo High.  He enlisted in the Army, and the newlyweds were reassigned to Georgia where they started their family.

After Joe was honorably discharged, the Salazars (now with daughter Nancy) returned west where Joe started working for Union Oil.  After a few years in Nevada and Northern California, the Salazars moved to Stockton (with second daughter Suzanne) where Joe started a thirty year career as a salesman for Allstate Insurance.  With the addition of his son Joe Jr., his family was complete and the game was on.  Family events included water skiing, fishing and hunting in the Delta, camping in the mountains, weekend golfing, inevitable school and church functions, and local athletics.

Joe’s favorite place on earth was wherever his friends or family were gathering.  Sometimes that place was the 1st tee, sometimes the 19th, other times around the family dinner table.  It wasn’t the location, it was the people around him.  His life was guided by a fundamental belief in the inherent dignity of the individual person regardless of one’s station in life.  One of his favorite authors was Leo Buscaglia who espoused a philosophy of loving those around you and by giving them a hug.  Joe was a great hugger because his hugs were real.  That was one of his many gifts, he loved others and especially loved to help those who were disadvantaged.  He contributed hundreds of hours annually to dozens of charitable groups over the years.  Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Special Olympics, St. Mary’s Interfaith, Disabled American Veterans, SIRS Group #87, and Wounded Warriors are only a few of the many groups he helped through his volunteered time.  His wealth in life was his relationship with family and friends as well as those who benefited by his volunteer work.  He did right by his family, his friends, and his community.

Later in life Joe and Dolores took on another name, one they wore with pride…Gramma and Grandpa to Holly, Laurel, Annie, Joey, Lucca and Lucianna.  With the same energy and love they put forth raising their children, they did for their grandchildren: and those precious grandkids are all the better for it.

And did we mention he loved to talk?  And how!  And yet, he was an even better listener.  He wanted to know what you were doing, what your friends were doing and what your children were up to.  He loved to hear about others’ successes, and always encouraged his children and grandchildren to create a vision and then make it happen.  Whether husband, father, grandfather or friend, Joe was also your fan.

We really miss him.  

Joe is survived by Dolores, his wife of 58 years.  Additionally, he is survived by his children, Nancy Weaver (husband Scott) of Denver, Suzanne DelZotto (husband Tom) of Gold River, Joe Salazar Jr.(wife Tori) of Woodbridge, and grandchildren Holly and Laurel Weaver, Annie DelZotto, Joey Salazar III, Lucca, and Luciana Salazar.  Further he is survived by brother Ray '54 and Joan Salazar of Santa Clara, and many nieces and nephews.

submitted Jan. 15, 2013 8:08A
John Joseph Kiely

John Joseph Kiely '55, M.A. '63, a longtime teacher and counselor, and descendant of Santa Clara's prominent Kiely family, passed away Nov. 14 at his home in Los Gatos after a long battle with leukemia. He was 79.

One of nine children, he was born March 18, 1933, to grocer William P. and Elaine Kiely. The Kiely family originally left Ireland during the potato famine, then settled in Australia before immigrating to California.

He grew up in the family mansion on Homestead Road. Known today as the Kiely House, this circa-1889 Queen Anne Victorian is listed on historical tour guides of Santa Clara. In the 1950s, the home was used as a boardinghouse for students attending Bellarmine College Preparatory.

His father was a former mayor of Santa Clara, and Kiely Boulevard is named for him. His brother William P. Kiely Jr. '55 also served for years on the City Council.

After graduating from Bellarmine and Santa Clara University, Kiely embarked on a long teaching career. He taught English and drama at Santa Clara High School for 33 years. In 1992, he earned an MFCC (Marriage, Family and Child Counseling) license and launched a second career.

He was also involved with the Serra Club, a Catholic vocation group, St. Mary's Church and Holy Family's New Horizons program.

Kiely is survived by his wife of 17 years, Carole '71; his two children, Kate Kiely and Daniel Kiely '93: three stepdaughters, Melissa Burke, Julia Selfridge and Marya Ruiz; and three grandchildren, Henry, Freddy and Josie.

submitted Nov. 19, 2012 8:53P
John Dunlap Cox

John Dunlap Cox '55 on Nov. 24, 2008.  A native of Modesto, he farmed the Cox Ranch until he established a commercial crop-dusting business, Valley Crop Dusters, in which he remained active until the time of his death. He was a volunteer for the Westley Fire Department, a member of the Swamp Rats, Lost & Found Gun Club, Modesto Properties Gun Club, and a life member of Ducks Unlimited and the Henrys Lake Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Harriet; three children; and eight grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:41P
John Boudreau

John E. Boudreau '55,  died peacefully Oct. 26, 2011, at his home in Cayucos.

John was born in March 1933 in Los Angeles to Essel Boudreau and Eleanor McPartlin of Long Beach, Calif., one week after the Long Beach earthquake. After having spent his youth in Long Beach, where he was an avid body surfer and played basketball at St. Anthony's High School, John attended Santa Clara University on a basketball scholarship, where he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. In 1956, he married Sue Josephson of San Jose, Calif., whom he met while he was at Santa Clara. After a brief term of active duty in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt., he served eight years in the Army Reserve rising to the rank of captain. After he began his engineering career at Shell Chemical, John went on to work with Aerojet General in Sacramento in the 1960s as a test engineer on the Polaris missile program. He subsequently served as engineer-manager of the Terra Bella Irrigation District in Tulare County, Calif., from 1968 until he retired in 1998.

Between 1979 and 2000, he also served as manager of the Friant Power Authority, where he championed and then oversaw the planning and construction of a 25-megawatt hydroelectric project at Friant Dam, on the upper San Joaquin River in Fresno County.

During his long and distinguished career in water and power, John also served as chairman of the Association of California Water Agencies, executive board member of the Thermal Electric Water Supply Committee, chair of the Tulare County Nuclear Power Plant Advisory Committee and chair of the Tulare County Flood Control Commission. Following his retirement in 1998, John and Sue moved permanently to Cayucos, where they had enjoyed many weekends and summers since 1984. He had a great sense of humor, loved hard work, the outdoors, the ocean, dredging for gold, hunting, cooking and spontaneous family trips. John was a loving and quiet man with a great respect for others.

He will be forever in our hearts. John leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Sue; five children, Michael, Brian, Julie, Joe and Laurel; grandchildren Michelle, Lauren, Jennifer, Jordan and Blake; brother, Tom Boudreau; and sister, Mary Conover.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 7:27A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '55
John Anthony Buschini

John Anthony Buschini '55 was born Oct. 1, 1934 and died July 11, 2009. A resident of Clayton, Calif., John was born in San Francisco to Margaret and Jerry Buschini. Growing up in San Mateo, John attended Military School in his lower grades. He graduated from Serra High School and continued onto Santa Clara University where he graduated in 1955. While in college he met his first wife. John & Chloe shared 35 years together, raising their family in Lafayette. John was involved in his children's lives, having four sons. He enjoyed managing and coaching PHBA little league, fishing adventures, Y-Guide leader and just spending time to relax. After Chloe's passing in 1991 John remarried in 1997, and he and his wife Peggy relocated to Clayton where they spent their retirement years together - traveling, playing golf, enjoying 11 grandchildren and creating great memories. After college John began his career in the wholesale food industry, working as a sales rep for General Foods. After some time of experience, he then moved to St. Francis Pie Shop, Inc. where he helped in running the family business until he retired in 2003. Through his years at the Pie Shop John was able to work by the sides of his grandfather, father, first wife and all four sons. John was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing throughout Northern California but especially loved the Feather River Canyon and of course the infamous "secret hole." As a "Faithful," John followed and supported the SF 49ers from the beginning of the team's formation and was a season ticket holder since 1956. Those who knew him will agree that he was a friend to everyone he met and touched many lives. He was a great man and will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife Peggy, sons Mark (Mary); John (Jill); Matt (Michelle); Paul (Alana); and grandchildren Shane, Nick, Adam, Sarah, Pierce, Breck, Max, Marco, Elora, Anthony, and Sam.

submitted Aug. 4, 2009 3:19P
Fabian S. Novak

Fabian S. Novak '55 on Dec. 26, 2008.  After attending SCU on a football scholarship, he retired as a major in the U.S. Army after 22 years of active service. He worked for another 22 years as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army and Veteran's Administration. The Vietnam veteran is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia; five children; and 11 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:43P
F. Richard "Dick" Lucas

F. Richard “Dick” Lucas ’55, 78, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2012. Born in Alameda, Calif. on August 28, 1933, as the only child of Frank and Edith Lucas, "Dick" spent his early years growing up in Oakland. In December 1941, he and his family moved to St. Helena. Following graduation from St. Helena High School in 1951, Dick attended Santa Clara University, graduating summa cum laude in 1955. He spent the next two years serving as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Japan. Upon returning to the U.S., Dick attended Stanford Law School, where he served on the Stanford Law Review, graduating in 1960. In 1959 he married his wife, Phyllis Anne Johnson. They made their first home in Palo Alto before moving to Sacramento where Dick began his legal career working as a deputy Attorney General from 1960 to 1963. In 1963, Dick moved his family to Fairfield, California where he began a long partnership with Burt Goodman and William H. Herbert. He served as president and director of the Solano County Bar Association, as member of the Northern California Association of Defense Counsel and as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He concluded his law practice with his son, Matthew, and with Kendall Hillman. Dick retired recently, culminating a 50-year legal career. Dick served for 16 years as a member of the Solano Community College Board of Trustees. He also served on the Solano County Democratic Central Committee, was a past member of the Fairfield Kiwanis Club, and has been a long-time member of Green Valley Country Club. Dick enjoyed travelling, reading, cross-word puzzles, a game of cribbage and a good martini. Dick was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Green Valley, and his three children, Jennifer Lucas Young (John Matcovich) of Portland, Oregon, Sarah Ellen Lucas (Peter Sturges) of Burlingame and Matthew R. Lucas (Susan Lucas) of Fairfield. Dick was also "Grumpy" to eight grandchildren: Cecelia, Nick and Lucy Young; Lucas and Nathaniel Sturges; and Ryan, Will and Andrew Lucas. In 2009, Dick and Phyllis joyfully celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Barbados with all of their children and grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 5, 2012 10:42A
GRD Law '55
Edward Joseph Farrell

Edward Joseph Farrell '50, J.D. '55 died on January 18, 2011. He was born in Sacramento, Calif. on May 7, 1929 to Bess and Leo Farrell, M.D. Edward Farrell, a fourth generation Californian, who was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Ann. He is survived by his children Leo Farrell ’81, Suzanne Farrell ’82, Michael and Tim Farrell; and grandsons Evan and Dylan Fagundes. Edward is survived by his sisters Mary Kehew and her husband, Roger; and Frances Vitulli and her husband, Frank; sister-in-law Kathy Anapolsky and her husband Larry. He was preceded in death by his sister, Harriet Farrell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Edward was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School (1946) and Santa Clara University (1950). He received his law degree from Santa Clara University in 1955. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1952. He married Mary Ann Morris in 1958 who preceded him in death in 2009. At the time of his retirement in 2001, Edward was the senior partner of the Farrell, Fraulob and Brown law firm in Sacramento. His many and varied interests included a lifelong love of books and a reputation as a voracious reader on a wide array of subjects. His impressive breadth of knowledge along with his capacity as a truly gifted storyteller helped him educate, entertain and inform friends and family memorably for decades. He retained these abilities, as well as his renowned sense of humor, right up until his passing. His devotion to physical fitness found him biking on Sacramento's bike trails well into his 70's and strolling his Land Park neighborhood well after his 80th birthday. An intense interest in travel took him from Finland to France, Malaysia to Morocco, but summer vacations with family at the beach in Rio Del Mar were always his favorite.

submitted Jan. 21, 2011 12:23P
Daniel Nono Modena

Daniel "Nono" Modena '55 on Nov. 2, 2008.  He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth; four children; and 10 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:42P
Charles Cato Vierra

Charles Cato Vierra '55 on Dec. 24, 2008 in Salinas, Calif. He obtained a degree in business administration from SCU, but spent a long career as a distinguished middle school teacher of natural history in North Monterey County School District. In addition to hundreds of former students, he leaves wife Delia (Ginger); children Marilyn '81, Suzanne, David, Veronica (Doctor), Danielle and Paul; and 9 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:46P
UGRD Leavey Business '55
Charles C. Vierra

Charles Cato Vierra '55 on Dec. 24, 2008 in Salinas, Calif. He obtained a degree in business administration from SCU, but spent a long career as a distinguished middle school teacher of natural history in North Monterey County School District. In addition to hundreds of former students, he leaves wife Delia (Ginger); children Marilyn '81, Suzanne, David, Veronica, Danielle and Paul; and nine grandchildren.


submitted Jul. 8, 2009 3:29P
Bob George

Robert "Bob" George ’55 passed away on January 29, 2013 at the age of 80. Bob was born March 15, 1932 in San Jose CA. to Joseph and Virginia George. He graduated from Bellarmine High School in San Jose California. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University in 1955. Bob was in the ROTC from 1953-1955, Army Active Duty from 1955-1957. He was stationed at Ft. Lawton, Seattle Washington, where he was with the U.S. Army Missile Battery Station. He was discharged January of 1963 as a Reserved Commissioned Officer of the Army. He enjoyed a successful career as a project manager in multiple developments associated with resorts and golf course communities. His career took him from the Santa Clara Valley in California to Maryland spanning over 40+ years. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, home designing and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed owning and driving many different Corvettes over the years. Bob is survived by his children, Wayne George of Seattle Washington and Lloyd George of Eugene Oregon. He has 3 grandchildren all of whom will miss him dearly. 

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:41P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '55
Arthur Hull Hayes '55

Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes Jr. '55, former FDA Commissioner, died on Feb. 11, 2010, at the age of at 76. Dr. Hayes led the US Food and Drug Administration during the Tylenol crisis of 1982 and was a nationally known professor of clinical pharmacology. He died from complications caused by a chronic illness. In 1981, Dr. Hayes was appointed Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration by President Ronald Reagan. During his years at the agency, he directed the FDA's response to the Tylenol tampering cases, called for a voluntary moratorium on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines and weathered criticism on the FDA's approval of the sweetener aspartame. Born in Highland Park, Michigan in 1933 to Arthur Hull Hayes and Florence (Gruber) Hayes, he loved to travel and visited countries on five continents with his wife of 49 years. In 1970, he and his wife co-founded a medical clinic on the Pacific island of Pohnpei, and they worked as a doctor and nurse team on behalf of the Jesuit Missions. Hayes was ordained a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in 1978 and served in parishes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York. Dr. Hayes received his A.B. in philosophy magna cum laude from Santa Clara University in 1955 and then went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics in 1957. He returned to the US to study medicine; first at Georgetown University Medical School and graduated from Cornell University Medical School in 1964. Following his graduation, he served in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1965 to 1967, achieving the rank of Captain. Dr. Hayes worked as an Assistant Professor of medicine and pharmacology and Associate Dean for Academic Programs at Cornell before becoming a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Director of Clinical Pharmacology at Pennsylvania State University Medical School in Hershey, Pennsylvania. After leaving the FDA, Dr. Hayes worked as Provost and Dean at New York Medical College and later, in 1986, was appointed President of E.M. Pharmaceuticals, a division of the German company E. Merck. Five years later, he founded MediScience Associates, a consulting firm, part of Nelson Communications, Inc., and stayed there until 2005, when he retired. Dr. Hayes served on numerous commercial and pro bono boards, received many honorary degrees and awards and was named a visiting professor at a several academic institutions. He consulted for a dozen foreign governments, authored more than a hundred professional papers, delivered thousands of lectures and trained many clinical pharmacologists working today. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Anne (Carey) of Oxford, Conn. ; his three children Arthur of Westport, Conn., Lisa of The Netherlands and Kathy of Oxford, Conn. and their spouses; two sisters, MaryAnn Kelley of Kensington, Md. and Florence of Southbury, Conn., a brother, Joseph of New York, and eight grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Oxford, Conn. at 11am on February 19. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 9026, Pittsfield, MA 01202 and/or Ann's Place Cancer Support Services, 39 Old Ridgebury Rd., Suite 17, Danbury, CT 06810. To send online condolences, please visit A pprofile of Dr. Hayes appeared in the Spring 2009 Santa Clara Magazine.

submitted Feb. 26, 2010 4:19P
Ann Margaret Jonsen

Ann Margaret Jonsen died on October 29, 2010. She was 77 years old. Ann was born Ann Margaret Parsons to George and Margaret Parsons in Fresno on December 29, 1932, and the family moved to San Francisco in 1934. Ann had two sisters, Jean Lawson and Roberta Henderson.  Jean survives Ann in San Francisco. Ann’s graduated from Stanford University in 1954 with a major in psychology.  While at Stanford, Ann met Richard “Dick” Jonsen ‘55 who was at Santa Clara University, and they married in 1955. Ann and Dick are survived by 5 children, all married, with 12 grandchildren: Marie, married to Larry Wood; children are David and Lisa Wood.  Marie and family live in Burlington Vermont. Eric, married to Ida-Marie; children are Kaitlyn, Jeremy and Michelle Jonsen.  Eric and family live in Broomfield, Colorado. Gregory, married to Shannon; their children are Jordan and Isaac Jonsen.  Greg and family live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen, married to Suzy; their children are Andrew, Blake and Hannah Jonsen. Stephen and family live in Denver, Colorado. Matthew, married Meg; their children are Anna and Christian Jonsen. Matthew and family live in Centennial, Colorado. After marriage, Ann and Dick moved their family to San Jose, and then to Syracuse in 1972.  Ann and Dick moved again to Denver in 1976, and Ann continued in social work services to adults, finishing her career as Administrator for Frazier Manor Heath care center in Boulder. Ann retired in 2000 to spend time with her then retired husband.  They have filled their time visiting their children and grandchildren, traveling to Mexico and Europe, and attending monthly dixieland jazz events, usually dancing the night away.  Ann loved her husband, children, children-in-law and grandchildren, and her favorite times of the year were holiday dinners when she could cook for 24 or more.  When Ann was not spending time with her family, she was playing bridge for her pals, knitting afghans for the needy or volunteering at Boulder Hospice Thrift store and Community food share.

submitted Jan. 10, 2011 11:50A

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