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UGRD Engineering '57
Ronald Eugene Ciraulo

Ronald Eugene Ciraulo ’57 left this life on September 29, 2012.  Ron—also known as Papa, Dad, Grandpa Ron, Uncle Ron, Mr. C., Ronnie, Ronaldo and other wonderful terms of endearment—had an infectious personality and was truly one of a kind.  Ron was 77 years of age.

A native of San Francisco, Ron and his twin brother, Lt. Col. Robert (Bob) L. Ciraulo ’57, were born to Mary and Frank Ciraulo at St. Mary’s Hospital on May 31, 1935. Ron graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory (S.I.) in 1953. He continued his Jesuit education at Santa Clara University (SCU), where he received a BS in Engineering and was part of the U.S. Army ROTC. 
Upon graduation, Ron worked for the State of California as a Civil Engineer and led ski tours to Squaw Valley.  He went on to work for Hetch Hetchy Water & Power as a Civil Engineer for more than 33 years. Ron also played softball on SF city league teams, and was an avid fan of both the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.
Ron thoroughly enjoyed life and being an Italian (Sicilian, to be exact).  For more than 44 years, he was an active part of the Fratellanza Club, one of the largest social clubs in America founded by Italian pioneers, including his late uncle-in-law and father-in-law.  Upon retirement, Ron fished and volunteered for San Francisco Tyee Club. He loved to spend time with his grandkids (ranging in ages from 8-17), enjoyed playing the banjo and ukelele, and making many trips to Yosemite, Disneyland, Virginia, and other destinations.  He also loved spending time at his cabins in Loch Lomond, California.
Ron and his twin brother were also very active alumni for both S.I. and SCU.  Together, they founded a scholarship at S.I. in honor of their late grandfather, Salvatore Ciraulo.  Ron also supported fundraising efforts spearheaded by his twin Bob to commission a new statue of St. Clare at SCU.  The statue project was initiated by their classmate Jerry Clements.  In all, 58 members of the Class of 1957 contributed more than $55,000 to create the St. Clare statue—the first outdoor statue of SCU’s namesake, which is located next to the de Saisset Museum in the St. Clare Garden.
Family and friends fondly recall a very charismatic and energetic man with “smiling eyes”, a great sense of humor, and a love of karaoke, cioppino, beer and calamari.  Ron made everyone he met feel instantly at ease. He had quite the “gift of gab”; a growing collection of cars, fishing poles and tie-dyed shirts; and a Sicilian zest for life, love and family.  Ron will be missed.  He is missed already.
Ron leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Marie Lucille (Audo) Ciraulo; his daughters Dana (Ciraulo) Young and Kara (Ciraulo) Broderick; twin sons James and John, and his bonus kid Michael Ciraulo. He also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Jannine (Chun) Ciraulo, and two son-in-laws, James Broderick and Kaipolani Young.  Ron will be greatly missed by his grandchildren:  Anthony, Rosemary and Margaret Broderick; Edward Ciraulo; Liliana Ciraulo; and triplet grand-daughters: Ke’ale, Maile and Makana Young.  He was preceded in death by his fraternal twin brother Robert (Bob) Ciraulo, who passed away earlier this year on April 12, 2012 in Virginia; his parents Frank and Mary Ciraulo; and grand-daughter Angelina.  He also leaves behind many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:49A
Robert M. Thompson

Robert M. Thompson '57 on Nov. 19, 2008.  A native of San Jose, he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at St. Louis University, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart and other distinctions. In his later years, he volunteered at the Veteran's Administration Hospital. He was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, serving as senior vice commander of the local chapter at the time of his death. During a career in the chemical industry, he was credited with numerous patents while working for DuPont, Sun Oil and, later, W.L. Gore. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children; and eight grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:47P
GRD Law '57
Marshall W. Frazier

Marshall W. Frazier J.D. ’57 was born in Fraziers Bottom, W.Va. in 1921. During and after WWII he served in the U.S. Navy for eight years. After earning a law degree, he established and maintained a private practice in San Jose for 33 years.  He enjoyed fishing and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Faye, his son Thomas, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

submitted Aug. 19, 2014 10:42A
GRD Law '57
Marshall Norman Bean

Marshall Norman Bean J.D. ’57, a resident of San Jose, was born on September 15, 1926. He passed away on April 18 in San Jose. He was born in San Francisco, following his twin sister Melisande (deceased), to mother Anne Marie Tuyaret, and father Milton Forbes Bean, a S.F. police officer. He attended St. Peter's Elementary and High Schools, and while attending San Francisco City College, was drafted into the Army. He did his training at Fort Ord, Calif., and then was sent to Japan with the occupying forces. Upon his discharge two years later, he enrolled at the San Jose State College Police School, and joined the R.O.T.C.

He met his wife to be, Nancy Bartholomew, at the college, and they were married on March 17, 1951. Upon his graduation in June of 1951, he received orders to serve once again in the Army. He served in the Military Police at Sandia Base, in Albuquerque, N.M. for two years, returned to San Jose, and after working for an insurance co. for a short time, enrolled in the Santa Clara University School of Law. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree in June of 1957, passed the State Bar exam, and began to practice Law.

Marshall also took on the responsibility of a Professorship at San Jose State University teaching Business Law. He carried on his Law practice for thirty five years, and his teaching for forty years. He loved his work and was very popular with his students at SJSU.

Marshall leaves behind his beloved wife of 61 years, Nancy, and five children: Lawrence (deceased), Richard (Terry deDiego) of Santa Cruz, Randall (Kay) of San Jose, Suzanne Gutheil (Jeffrey) of Bothell, Wash. and Jeanette Bean (Tony Wilson) of Kailua, Hawaii and grandchildren Michael (Shayna), Ryan (Jessica), Lauren, Samantha and Jordan Bean, Kelly Neuenfeldt, Jenelle Linsmeier, Ethan, Derek, and Jacob Gutheil. There are also two great grandchildren, Aidan and Camilla Bean, and a niece, Melissa Bartholomew of Riverside, Calif.

Marshall was an active member and past president of the San Jose Host Lions Club, and attended SIRS luncheons. Marshall and Nancy enjoyed traveling throughout Europe looking for ancestral sites. Each July a family reunion is held at the "Cabean" in Soda Springs, near Donner Summit, Calif., and always draws a big crowd.

Marshall will be greatly missed by his loving family and good friends, but we like to believe he is enjoying time with his son and other departed family and friends. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 9:58A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '57
Joseph Anthony Michaels


Joseph Anthony Michaels ’57, a life-long Stockton resident, passed away Jan. 28, 2011, at St. Joseph's Hospital after a lengthy illness. Joe was born in Stockton and was the eldest son of the late Tony and Bernice (Rishwain) Michaels. He was a 1952 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Stockton. He also attended and received both a B.A. and B.S. Degree from Santa Clara University and received his Pharmacy Degree from Oregon State University in 1962. He also served in the U.S. Army. Joe was the owner/operator of Airport Way Pharmacy in Stockton from 1963 to when he retired in 1995. Prior to his illness in 2004, Joe was an avid golfer, walker, and poker player. He was also a football fanatic, both College and NFL. He also followed the Stock Market tirelessly. Joe is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Nina; his children Anthony, Laura, Steve (Kristi); and grandchildren Alex Michaels, Ava Delu, and Scot Michaels. He is also survived by his loving sister Jeanette Michaels, brother Maurice Michaels (Jolene), and many relatives.


submitted Feb. 14, 2011 4:56P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '57
John W. Gardner Sr.

John W. Gardner Sr. '57 died Dec. 1, 2009. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on Sept. 30, 1930, to William and Mary Gardner. He enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and was stationed at Moffitt field in Mt. View, where he met his wife Janet of 58 years. He served on the Kearsarge aircraft carrier during the Korean War. He went on to the Univ. of Santa Clara where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude in 1957. He retired from Lockheed Missle and Space in Sunnyvale in 1990 after 31 years as a financial manager. He was very active with St. Francis Cabrini Church and the Men's club for over 50 years. He lived out his life for his family everyday of his life. We all loved him dearly and are very grateful to have had him in our lives for so many wonderful years. He leaves his loving wife Janet, Son John Jr. (Susan), daughters Marian Friedrich (Marty), Brenda Perry, Linda Schwartz (Mike), Beloved grandfather to Gina, Jarret, Lindsey, Bryan, Brendan, Kyle, Kirk Jr., Sean, Nick, Matthew, Stephanie, Andy, and Sister Peg McNamara. Mass was held in December, and he was buried in the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.


submitted Feb. 21, 2010 12:31P
John H. O'Brien

John H. O'Brien J.D. '57, September 3, 2008, in Hollister. After serving in the army and a stint with the attorney general's office in Sacramento, John returned to Hollister; he was district attorney for eight years and city attorney for almost 25 years. He maintained a private practice with fellow SCU graduate Frank Borelli '56, J.D. '60 for 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol; 4 children; and 7 grandchildren.

submitted Jun. 4, 2009 2:40P
UGRD Engineering '57
John Edmund Moran

John Edmund Moran '57 passed away April 29, 2011, surrounded by a loving family after a brief illness.  Born and raised in Stockton, Moran graduated from St. Mary's High School and Santa Clara University, with a degree in engineering. He worked for 30+ years with Granite Construction. He volunteered at the St. Mary's dining hall. John was humble in nature, big at heart, and loved family and flowers. He will be greatly missed by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his father, Sherid Thomas Moran; his mother, Zeta Moran; and his brother, Sherid Thomas "Tim" Moran Jr. He is survived by wife Gwen Moran, his twin sister Carolyn Moran McDougall, nephews Leonard Harrington III (Gay), John Harrington, nieces Sally Lofthus (Jay), Susan Chaney (Tony), Sharon Paul (Curt), Shirley Davis (Willie), and a number of great nieces and nephews.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 12:39P
James D. Cooney

James Donahue Cooney ’57, at 79 years old, passed away July 3, 2013, in Sonoma. Mr. Cooney was born in San Francisco, where he graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He received his engineering degree from Santa Clara University and served as General Manager and Chief Engineer at the San Francisco Water Department for five years. He and his loving wife, Joann, had moved to Sonoma to retire. In addition to his wife, his close friends Eileen and Donald Holstein and family were vigilant at his time of need. They all referred to him as "Uncle Jim."

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '57
Frederick B. Maguire

Frederick B Maguire '57, J.D. '60 passed away on May 29, 2010 at the age of 74.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 2:18P
Elliott Chielpegian

Elliott Chielpegian ’57, J.D. ’60 was born October 26, 1935 and passed away September 20, 2012. In his own words, "Just a simple kid from West Fresno," Elliott was born on October 26, 1935, in a bedroom of his parents' house on Kearney Boulevard. Elliott was the third and youngest child born to Armenian immigrants, Michiel and Florence Chielpegian, who owned and operated a small corner grocery store called Boulevard Market. Ellliott attended St. Alphonsus Grammar School and graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School in 1953. While at SJM, Elliott excelled as a student, played football and basketball, and served as senior class president. Elliott continued his education at Santa Clara University, having never seen the campus prior to his arrival for the first day of classes. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, cum laude, in 1957, Elliott remained at Santa Clara for law school, graduating in 1960. Elliott cherished the wonderful education he received from the Jesuit priests and law professors at Santa Clara. In an effort to give back to Santa Clara, Elliott served as a Member of the Board of Fellows from 1973 to 1983 and as a Member of the law school Board of Visitors from 1997 until his passing. In 1960, Elliott returned to Fresno. A few years later, in the parking lot of St. John's Cathedral after Sunday Mass, he met the love of his life, Agnes Mathiesen. Elliott and Agnes were married in 1969 and had two sons, Michael '92 and Mark '94 J.D. '97. Elliott practiced law in Fresno for over 50 years. In 1979, Elliott started his own firm, the Law Offices of Elliott D. Chielpegian. Following in their father's footsteps, his sons returned to Fresno to practice law with Elliott and the name of the firm was changed to Chielpegian Law Offices. Known throughout the Valley as an attorney of skill and integrity, Elliott never once lost sight of the fact that the practice of law is a profession, and to him that meant always putting the needs of his clients first. Elliott was an early member of San Joaquin Country Club. He served as club president in 1976. Although he never quite mastered the game, he loved golf because of the unhurried time it allowed him to spend with Agnes, his sons and his many close friends. Elliott enjoyed watching sports, whether it was his grandchildren or his beloved San Francisco Giants. Despite the constant nagging from his family and doctors, Elliott loved to eat. Some of his favorites included salami, Italian sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, traditional Armenian foods, and homemade ice cream. Jazz also brought much joy to Elliott's life. Elliott's family will be forever grateful for the skill and compassion exhibited by the doctors and nurses at Stanford Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital and Hinds Hospice during Elliott's final illness, especially Dr. Chooljian, Dr. Chambers, Dr. Hackett, Dr. Wakelee, and Dr. Loo. Elliott was preceded in death by his parents, Michiel and Florence Chielpegian; sister, Doris Chielpegian; sister in law, Juanita Normart; and brother in law, Joseph Marcelli. Elliott is survived by his devoted wife, Agnes; son, Michael and his wife Laura '92; son, Mark; grandchildren, Matthew, Lucy, Gaby, and Cate; sister, Betty Marcelli; and many other loving relatives.

submitted Sep. 30, 2012 7:23A
Bob Ciraulo

Bob Ciraulo ’57 passed away on April 21, 2012. Ciraulo was a dedicated Bronco. He had been very sick for quite a long time. 

submitted Apr. 26, 2012 3:22P
UGRD Engineering '57
Bing C. Chin

Bing Chin '57 passed away on Dec. 8, 2009. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bing moved to California to attend SCU. After graduation, he worked as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry eventually relocating to Southern California. Bing was married to Betty for 29 years and had three children, Stephanie, Kara and Greg. After being widowed, he was re-married to Jane for the last eight years. Bing enjoyed traveling the world during his retirement. Besides his loving wife and children, Bing leaves his granddaughter Elise, three step-children and six step-grandchildren. The family requests that you share your memories of Bing at

submitted Feb. 10, 2010 11:38P
Bill Horne

Billie "Bill" Horne '57, a friend to all who knew him, died May 27, at age 79 in Twain Harte, California. Bill was born in Mountain View, Oklahoma, and was active in ROTC at Santa Clara University. He served in the U.S. Army as a pilot for 4 years, earning the rank of Lieutenant. Professionally, Bill was active in real estate, including residential and commercial sales and property management. He served on the California Association of Realtors Board of Directors, as president of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Property Managers, Sacramento Chapter and was active in the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors. He operated his own property management business until his passing. He wrote and taught property management courses and was always an enthusiastic cheerleader for others, providing encouragement, advice and assistance. He will be remembered for his intelligence, professionalism and warm smile. Bill is survived by Jhonnie Horne, his wife of 32 years; sister, Noma Horne; sons, Steven Horne and Chuck Horne; daughter, Janice Horne; stepsons, Duke Darling and Marc Crum; and preceded in death by stepson, Scott Darling. He has 12 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild. 

submitted Sep. 9, 2014 4:06P

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