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UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Thomas Aloysius Branson

Thomas Aloysius Branson '61 died peacefully on October 31, 2009, with his immediate family surrounding him at home in Carmel Valley, Calif. He is survived by his loving wife, Erin Branson, as well as his four children and their spouses: Colleen and Chris Miller, Tim and Alexandra Branson, Katie and Robert Lamarre, and Bridget and Mark Albert. "Papa" was also loved by eight grandchildren: Catherine and Rory Miller, McKenna, Kelsey, and Thomas Branson, Louisa Lamarre, and William and Samson Albert. He is also survived by his brother, Phillip Branson, and his wife, Susan, but was pre-deceased by his brother Louis. Tom was born on September 24, 1939 in San Mateo, California to Hon. Joseph Aloysius "Al" Branson and Bernice Bannan Branson. Tom grew up in Burlingame, where he attended Our Lady of the Angels, and later attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. In 1961, Tom graduated from Santa Clara University, where he majored in English, played rugby, and most importantly, forged close friendships that would last a lifetime. Tom graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1964. After law school, he moved to New York City, where he received a LL.M. degree in tax law from New York University, and more significantly, met his future wife, Erin Kathleen Kane. In 1965, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. Tom and Erin were married in 1966 and soon thereafter returned to Panama, where Tom completed his tour-of-duty at the Judge Advocate General's Corps. Tom and Erin then settled in California, where they raised their four children in Redwood City. Tom joined the law firm of Kane, Thrasher & Galligan, and later started his own firm, Branson, Fitzgerald & Howard. While a practicing attorney, Tom was also an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He retired in 1999 and moved with Erin to Carmel Valley. When not spending time with his family, Tom enjoyed reading, golfing at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, hiking, volunteering as a docent at the Big Sur Lighthouse, and gardening. He was also a member of the Bohemian Club. Tom also thrived on the many friendships he sustained with his classmates from Santa Clara University's Class of 1961.

submitted Mar. 3, 2010 10:34A
'61
Robert M. "Bob" Campbell

Robert M. "Bob" Campbell ’61, one of the most influential leaders in the California commercial real estate industry for more than four decades,  passed away on Dec. 15,  2011, in Newport Beach, Calif.

He founded CT Realty Corp., along with U.T. “Tom” Thompson,  III,  in 1994 and served as president of the company from 1994 to 2009,  becoming chairman in 2009. During Bob's tenure, CT Realty completed more than 200 transactions valued in excess of $2.5 billion. Prior to establishing CT Realty,  Bob was general partner of Birtcher Campbell Properties for 20 years. While at Birtcher,  he was responsible for the development of commercial real estate projects involving more than 11.5 million square feet of space. He was also a founder and past chairman of the Board of Pacific National Bank in Newport Beach.

Over the years,  Bob was the recipient of numerous awards for his business and philanthropic achievements. In 2003,  he received the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management’s Lifetime Achievement Award,  which is presented to an individual who has exhibited a long period of positive influence over the real estate industry in Orange County,  California. In addition,  Bob was honored with Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2003 in the category of Real Estate Services. He was also presented with a proclamation by the city of Newport Beach that same year in recognition of his service to Orange County business and the general community.

Over the decades,  Bob volunteered thousands of hours to nonprofit organizations and community activities. He was an original member of the "Teahouse Gang," a group of prominent commercial real estate professionals who recognized the need to do more for the local community. The group held their first annual charity event in 2001 to benefit KIDWORKS,  a Santa Ana-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and nurturing at-risk youth. In 2002,  the Teahouse Gang held a benefit that raised roughly $1 million for KIDWORKS. Bob and the other Teahouse Gang members established the Building Block Foundation Fund,  which supports programs that encourage at-risk,  underprivileged but deserving youth in Orange County to achieve more rewarding lifestyles. Campbell was honored for his leadership with this organization in 2005 by the Orange County United Way,  which presented him with the Dan Donahue Award at its annual Keeping Kids on Track luncheon. In 2007,  Bob was recognized for turning "real estate success" into "real success for at-risk youth" with the Keys to Success Award. The award is presented each year by Project Access,  a nonprofit organization that assists residents of low-income housing apartment communities with achieving self-sufficiency through access to onsite health,  education and social services.

Bob was born on Sept. 5,  1940,  in Oakland  and received his bachelor of science degree in engineering from Santa Clara University. He is also a two-time graduate of UCLA's Business School with a master's degree and a Ph.D. in business administration. Both degrees were earned while working as a research analyst for Planning Research Corp. and as an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles.

In addition to his business career and dedication to helping others, Bob was a passionate golfer who loved to travel with his wife of 37 years, Jean. Bob was deeply devoted to his Christian beliefs and was a member of Mariners Church/South Coast Community Church in Irvine,  Calif.,  for nearly 30 years. Bob’s commitment was nurtured by his weekly participation in a Christian Men’s Covenant Group which offered guidance, comfort and prayer for members facing personal and professional challenges. He served as an intermediary for many of the group’s challenges, using his extraordinary leadership talent, willingness to listen and quiet, thoughtful manner to resolve even the most difficult situations.

Throughout his career, Bob built strong business relationships that not only made him successful in his career but hugely successful in life. Evidence of this is the many lives he touched, bringing joy, encouragement, and hope. To some,  Bob was an entrepreneur, a gifted leader, and an inspirational mentor. To others, he was a talented partner and business associate. Most important, he was a true humanitarian and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will truly be missed by all. In addition to Jean, Bob is survived by his daughter Kristen and son-in-law Rob Venick and their two children, James and Katelyn; daughter Kelly and son-in-law Michael McFadden and their three children Campbell,  Piper and Makayla, of Denver,  Colo.; and his sister Rae Nash of Alamogordo,  N.M.

submitted Dec. 19, 2011 5:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Robert B. VanderNoor

Robert B. VanderNoor ’61 passed on October 13, 2010.

submitted Nov. 1, 2010 12:55P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Richard Siegfired '61

Richard "Dick" Siegfried '61 on Mar. 6, 2010.  Born in San Francisco, he spent most of his life on the peninsula. Being an avid skier and golfer he was known for his "avant garde" sense of fashion. He was a corporate attorney for AT&T, active member of Saratoga civic government and Lyons Club. A graduate of Bellarmine Prep, Santa Clara University, Stanford Law and a member of San Jose Country Club. Preceded in death by his brother, Jack; Dick is survived by his wife Midge; Uncle Jack Kincanon; Brothers, George and Chris; Sisters Georgianne and Sheri; his three children, Theresa, Douglas and wife Christina, Debbie and husband Mike Fujii and two grandchildren, Zachary, and Cassidy.

submitted May. 24, 2010 3:43P
'61
Richard Morey

Richard J. Morey ’61, 73, a lifelong resident of Menlo Park and Atherton, passed away on November 20, 2012. He was born Jan. 21, 1939. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Maura; son Mark of San Francisco; son Michael and daughter-in-law Katie of Beaverton, Oregon; daughter Melanie Allen and son-in-law Brett of Portland, Oregon; and grandchildren Molly, Jane, Tate, and Riley.

He attended St. Joseph's, Bellarmine and Santa Clara. Richard had a career as a cement mason and was a member of the Operative Plasters' & Cement Masons' Union for over 50 years. In his later years, he enjoyed driving to Oregon to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Above all, Rich loved to visit with his friends and family. He will be missed by all.

submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:19A
GRD Law '61
Louis Oneal

 

Louis Oneal J.D. ’61, a 4th generation resident of San Jose, left our family on April 8, 2010, for the big ranch in the sky. He was 77 years old and passed away from congestive heart failure. Lou was born in San Jose to Duncan ’23 and Patty Oneal. He attended Lincoln High School in San Jose, and graduated from Stanford University, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Lou served in the Marine Corps for two years. He was very proud of being a Marine, especially when he coached a fledgling Marine Corps basketball team to victory as the Hawaiian Marine Championships of 1957. Lou received his law degree from Santa Clara University Law School. He began his private law practice in 1962, with the Rankin Oneal law firm, a firm started by his grandfather. Lou was a gifted trial defense attorney, specializing in medical malpractice. He was admitted to The American College of Trial Attorneys and was a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which was limited to 500 active members in the United States. He was also a member of the California Medical-Legal Association and The American Board of Trial Advocates. Lou was a skilled trophy hunter as well as avid fisherman. He passed on his love of the outdoors to his wife and children. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time at his ranch outside of San Jose that has been in the family since 1947. He had a passion for protecting it from development and spent countless weekends and holidays celebrating the beauty of nature with his family. He also took his family on many wonderful vacations, a tradition that has continued to this day. Lou had an amazing group of friends. He was incredibly giving and people were drawn to his intelligence, strength, wit, loyalty, and compassion. Many of his friends were members of the Sainte Claire Club where Lou was a member since 1967. Lou was an excellent athlete. He loved basketball and was able to turn that into a love of tennis, which he shared with his wife, Shirley. They would have celebrated 55 years of marriage on April 23, 2010. Louis is survived by his wife Shirley, his son, Jim (Susan) Oneal, his daughter, Patty (Dave) Mas, and his grandchildren: Connor, Lauren, and Emily Oneal and Luke and Isabelle Mas. He is also survived by his brother Dan (Mimi) Oneal J.D. ’60 and his nephew and niece; Jeff ’83, J.D. ’86 and Lynne Oneal.

 

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 4:42P
'61
Louis Anthony Rogers

Louis Anthony Rogers ’61 passed away on April 15, 2009 at the age of 69. He graduated Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science commerce and was involved with the SCU Delta Sigma Pi Business Club. He is survived by his wife, Mary M. Rogers.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 2:22P
'61
Lee A. Cook

Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia. 

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:47A
'61
Larry F. Higgins

Larry F. Higgins ’61, 75, stepped beyond his journey with lymphoma on Nov. 27, 2012. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Charii; a son, Damon and his wife, Kerena; two grandchildren, Connor and Abigail; five siblings, Jack Higgins, Marion Walters, Bob Higgins, Patricia Cates and Eileen Higgins-Lower; and one sad dog, Katie. His parents and oldest son preceded him in death. Larry was born in Yonkers, N.Y., in August 1937 to John and Marion Higgins. He was the fourth of six children and the darling of all (although he did not know it). After several moves his family settled in Pasadena, Calif., where Larry proceeded to make a name for himself delivering newspapers (uphill both ways and in driving snow storms), and playing football and baseball for St. Francis High School. One of his proudest moments, next to the birth of his children, was his induction into his high school's hall of fame for his tenacious pitching, wild knuckleballs, and outstanding leadership. These same qualities helped him pitch spring batting practice for the Los Angeles Dodgers and be a four-year starter for Santa Clara University's baseball team. Upon graduation from college, Larry accepted a commission in the U.S. Army. He served seven years, one in Vietnam flying helicopters, and earned the regular Army rank of captain and a Reserve rank of major. Prior to deployment to Vietnam, Larry met and married his best blind date and lifelong love, Charii. Together they moved to Spokane to raise their two children, Larry John and Damon. Larry took a managerial position with American Handicrafts, where he worked hard and was promoted to district and then regional manager. After several years he took a job with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, where he managed the Pullman store. He retired after 19 years and spent his time eating ice cream, traveling with his wife and dog in their fifth wheel, playing golf, visiting his grandchildren, and trying to strike out cancer in the biggest game of his life. The lefty took it into extra innings and left the game with his head high. Larry was a deeply private person; however, he met people with kindness, respect and a gentle tease. He will be missed deeply by those he touched, especially his loving family. GOD bless and keep you!

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:29A
UGRD Engineering '61
Joseph Michael Trindade

Joseph Michael Trindade '61 passed away peacefully at the age of 71 on June 4, 2011 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Mike was born on Aug. 25, 1939 to Joseph M. and Thelma Trindade in Merced. He graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School in 1953, Merced High School in 1957, and Santa Clara University in 1961. He played football in high school and soccer in college. Mike was an electrical engineer. During his career he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, Bechtel Construction, Aerojet and was self-employed. He enjoyed archery, flying, sailing and golf. He had an adventurous spirit and once flew his small airplane across the United States. Mike lived for many years in Orangevale, Calif. and then in Folsom. For the past four years, he lived at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation, where he received very good care. We would like to thank the staff for the compassion they showed Mike over the years. Mike was a kind and generous man and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends. Mike is survived by his brother, Roger Trindade (Tamera) of Shasta; his sisters, Moogie Roeder (Jim) of Frankfort, Kan., Barbara Cavner (Bill) of Atwater and Patricia Miller (Dave) of Turlock; nephews, John Trindade, Joe Trindade, Brad Roeder, Michael Cavner and Jeff Miller; and niece, Elizabeth Cavner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Trindade; his parents, Joseph M. and Thelma Trindade; and his nephew, Matt Miller.

submitted Jun. 20, 2011 9:16A
'61
John P. Steffani

John P. Steffani '61 on Nov. 10, 2008.  Born in San Jose, he retired in 1995 to Las Tinas, Mexico, where he spent most of his time with his favorite pastimes, fishing and helping the local schools with their computers. He also recently enjoyed working his new avocado grove in Vista. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Regina Steffani; six children; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:51P
'61
James Frank Schmiederer

James Frank Schmiederer ’61, MBA '63, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961. He worked as a stock broker then moved to Fresno in 1976 to farm with his brother-in-law, Bill Coit '64, MBA '66. Together they ran a successful farming business. Those who knew James will remember his kind and quiet demeanor. He was well respected for being true to his word. His generosity touched many.

He truly loved his family and made it his priority to keep the family together. He leaves behind his wife, Dayle; his children and their spouses, Jeffrey, Kendra, Krista '90, Sharolyn, Francois and Anthony; his grand- children, Antoine, Taylor, Stephane, Blake, Kilina, Chanel, Hannah and Christina; and his brother, Bob MBA '65.

submitted May. 22, 2013 4:56A
'61
Jack Ludwigson

Jack Ludwigson '61, J.D. '64 passed away October 31, 2009 at home surrounded by friends and family at the age of 71. He was born June 12, 1938 in Bellingham to Ed and Kay Ludwigson. Jack graduated from Bellingham High School in 1956 and earned his B.A. and law degrees from Santa Clara University, where he developed many lifelong friendships. Jack returned to Washington and worked for three years for the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle during which time he met his bride to be, Sarah Black, on a blind date. They were married in 1966 and returned to Bellingham in 1967 where Jack went into private practice and together they raised their two children. Jack loved life and loved to have fun. He enjoyed his family and friends more than anything and was at his happiest amongst them at the cabin on Orcas Island and fishing the San Juans. He was an amazing husband, father, and grandpa. His sense of humor, kindness, and friendship will be greatly missed by all. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Kay. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sarah; children and spouses Eric and Jenny Ludwigson and Susie and Rolan Coberly, of Bellingham; sisters Mary (Bill) Johnson of Bellevue, Margie (Chuck) Lindhout of Sandy Point, and Katie (Rod) Zorotovich of Mercer Island; grandchildren Joe, Maura, and Owen Ludwigson and Max and Jake Coberly. A celebration of Jack's life will be held in the spring.

submitted Mar. 3, 2010 10:38A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Fred Domino

Fred "Freddie" Domino ’61, J.D. ’68 was born in Chicago in 1939 and passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, in Morgan Hill. He was a lawyer. His parents were Sylvester "Jack" Domino and Ann Domino. His sister was Kathy Domino. He is survived by wife Ruby Domino of Morgan Hill, daughter Dawn Domino of Morgan Hill, niece Trista (Domino) Zwemke of Palm Springs, and nephews David Domino of San Jose and Thomas Angelo Smith of San Francisco. He loved golfing and taking trips to Italy.

submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:38A
'61
Donald Ingoglia
Donald Ingoglia ’61 died Jan. 23, 2013, in a traffic collision in Hawaii.
The Sacramento business leader was 73.
  
Ingoglia retired in 1999 as chairman and chief executive officer of Tony's Fine Foods, a major food distributor based in West Sacramento. He was on the board of the company, which was founded by his parents in 1934 and grew to be one of the biggest employers in the region.
 
A Sacramento native, he was born March 20, 1939, to Adele and Anthony "Tony" Ingoglia Sr. He graduated from Santa Clara University and earned a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. He married his wife in 1969, raised five sons and was a tax attorney before joining the family business.
 
Donald Ingoglia is survived by his wife, Pat of Sacramento; sons, Dan of San Francisco, Thomas of San Diego, and Peter and John, both of Sacramento; brothers, Tony of Granite Bay and Michael of Sacramento; sister, Joanie Berger of Lake of the Pines; and four grandchildren.
submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:29A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Del Britton

St. Helena Mayor Delford Glenn (“Buddy”) Britton ’61, 74, died unexpectedly of renal failure Jan. 8, 2013, at home, after serving four terms and having been sworn in for a fifth. 

A true native son, Mayor Britton was born in St. Helena on Aug. 3, 1938 to Mary Jane and Delford Britton. Britton’s seven siblings and life-long friends remember him as a popular kid “into everything” from sports to carpentry to student government to jazz. Britton received his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and while in the military earned graduate degrees in economics and business administration.
 
In 1963, Britton was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and later became a Command Pilot in Vietnam. For his valor in flying helicopter rescue missions, Britton was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (among other decorations). His quarter century of military service included assignments such as Professor of Aerospace at Lehigh University and ROTC Detachment Commander at Loyola Marymount University, Senior Staff at the Military Airlift Command (MAC), and the Air Sea Rescue Command for the Pacific.
 
After transitioning from the military, a Lt. Colonel, to civilian life, Britton fulfilled his dream of returning to St. Helena, where he built a home on the property where he was born and raised.
 
In Vietnam, Britton met and married his first wife, Red Cross service member Ida Jane Welty, with whom he had three children and celebrated 34 years of marriage before her death in 2004. Four years later, Britton met Marielle Coeytaux, a musician and soon-to-be pilot from Pope Valley; the couple married a year and a half later and together organized community-building events such as the Sister-City Project, a Youth Awareness Program, and Community Christmas carols.
 
Britton entered politics motivated largely by his abiding passion for St. Helena and his determination to preserve its way of life.
 
Above all, Del is known for his integrity, playfulness, gentle spirit, contagious optimism, sense of humor, and his insistence on seeing the best in everyone. No matter how insignificant a person’s effort in delivering on a request, Del’s response would always be, “Wonderful, wonderful.” He was a man who preferred to hear a joke over a compliment, and who liked to speed-walk any golf course, treating his best scores as flukes and his worst as funny, living always by his well-known mantra, “It is what it is.”
 
Britton is survived by his wife, Marielle; his three children Duke Britton, April Wilder, and Stephanie Getz; four grandchildren, four step-daughters, and six sisters.
submitted Jan. 11, 2013 10:59A
GRD Engineering '61
Charles J. Larson, Sr. (Chuck)

Charles (Chuck) Larson, Sr. ’61, 82, formerly of Sunnyvale, Calif. went to heaven surrounded by family on April 9, 2013. He is survived by wife Betty and four children, Cathy (Andrew) Cattaneo, Chares, Jr. (Patrice), William (Patti) Larson, Theresa (Lawrence) Pierce, and eleven grandchildren. Charles worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in Santa Clara. He retired to Grass Valley and later to Oro Valley, Ariz. Although he was a great husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was POPPY to his 11 grandchildren. Legacy.com and Arizona Daily Star have a full obituary. He loved Santa Clara University and all it gave him. Thank you, Betty Larson

submitted Jul. 16, 2013 11:56A
UGRD Engineering '61
Charles B. Gass Jr.

Charles Bernard Gass Jr. ’61 age 74, died in Chandler, Arizona, on May 26, 2013. A Phoenix native, Bernie was born in 1939 as the first of 10 children to the late Charles Bernard Gass Sr., another Phoenix native, and Nina T. Gass. The family lived on a farm at 19th Avenue and Earll Drive. Bernie was a member of the Brophy College Preparatory class of 1957 and was captain of the basketball team. Bernie attended the University of Santa Clara before graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He also completed the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan in 1980. Bernie joined Arizona Public Service in 1961 as an engineer. He was promoted in 1973 to the newly created position of Fuel Supply Manager, a position he excelled at until his retirement in 1995. Bernie's hobbies included fishing, camping, hiking, tennis, reading, dirt bike riding, gardening, and genealogy. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Margo; his dear brothers and sisters Toni Dole, Linda Garnand, Ron Gass, Madeline Kelly, Paula Ames, Dick Gass, Monica Barnekoff, Victor Gass, and Jerry Gass; his beloved children Larry Gass, Kathy Anderson, and Tom Gass; his precious grandchildren Jennifer Gass, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Gass, David Gass, Tim Gass, and Charlie Gass. Bernie was preceded in death by his beloved son Steven. Bernie was an exceptional figure to many others, whom he lovingly accepted as his own, including the spouses of his brothers, sisters, children, their children and step-children. Bernie will be remembered for his caring and kindness. 

submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:51P
'61
Charles "Chuck" Larson Sr.

Charles "Chuck" J. Larson Sr. ’61, 82, of Oro Valley, AZ, formerly of Sunnyvale, CA and Grass Valley, CA went to heaven on April 9, 2013 surrounded by family. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 22, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meta Anderson and William Larson Sr. and brother, William Larson Jr. A Coast Guard Veteran, Charles graduated in 1961 from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Essner Larson in 1951, and over their 61 years of marriage, he worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in the Bay Area. He retired to Grass Valley, CA and Oro Valley, AZ in 2004. Although he was a husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was ""Poppy,"" the name given to him by his 11 grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Cathy Cattaneo (Andy), Charles Larson Jr. (Patrice), William Larson (Patti) and Teri Pierce (Lawrence); adored and missed by his grandchildren, Elizabeth Cattaneo, Meg and Steven Larson, Ashley (Ulm), Victoria, Chelsea and Tyler Larson, Lauren, CJ, Zack and Billy Pierce.

submitted May. 22, 2013 4:12A
'61
Carl A. Munding

Carl Alvin Munding ’61, with a taste of Wild Turkey, and a kiss from his beloved wife of fifty years—Kathleen—and surrounded by the love of his four children—Monica, John, Matt, and Michelle—crossed over to the Kingdom of God on Jan. 19, 2013.  His spirit lives on as he was and will always be a man who lived a life of respect, love, and service to others before himself.

Carl was born September 19, 1939 to Clarence and Mary Munding in San Luis Obispo, Calif.  He was the oldest of eight children and grew up in Santa Maria, Calif.  At the age of eighteen, he spent one of his most memorable summers on the wheat farm of Margret and Ervin Christensen, who loved him like a son, and his love for them was returned the rest of his life in kind.
 
Carl graduated from the University of Santa Clara, class of 1961, and graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Masters Degree in Business.  He loved Santa Clara University and his Bronco classmates.  For those Bronco’s reading this: a mandatory toast to the spirit of Carl.
 
It was at Santa Clara University where Carl met the love of his life: Kathleen Degnan.  Truly soul mates, with a love that will transcend this life, and that will endure through eternity.
 
Carl was honored to serve in the Army where he attained the rank of Captain.  Carl’s first job was at Pfizer, where he was honored as Man of the Year.  He subsequently accepted a position at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wash., which led to his most passionate career as the hospital administrator at Providence Hospital Everett, Wash., where he served loyally for twenty years.  Carl was the first lay administrator of the hospital where he worked with the nuns to transform an 87 bed facility to a 257 bed regional medical center.  He was an administrator of vision for the community.
 
After 20 years at Providence and with the children off to college, Carl and Kathleen moved to Paradise Valley, Ariz., where he founded Munding & Associates, serving people for the next twenty years.
 
Carl was the most humble of men.  He adopted early on this mantra: “gratitude is riches; complaint is poverty.”  He didn’t speak it; he lived it on a daily basis.  Every day, Carl nurtured and challenged people spiritually, intellectually, morally, and physically through his example.  His life was one of service to family, community, and society’s most disadvantaged members.  He loved his membership in Rotary for over forty years, being president of both Everett and Paradise Valley Chapters.  He was President of the Seattle Area Hospital Association, Sisters of Providence Retirement Board, National College of Hospital Administrators, United Way, and the YMCA.  In Arizona, he served on the Board of La Hacienda Hospital de Niños for nine years, established foundations for Paradise Valley of Washington elementary school districts, and North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  While consulting for Flagstaff Medical Center, he oversaw the building of Taylor House for cancer patient families.  The awards and honors were numerous. However, he was simply grateful for the opportunity to serve others.
 
Carl is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen (Kitty), four children, Monica Windham, John "Tiger" Munding ’88, Matt Munding and Michelle Cash. Beloved daughter-in -laws, Karen and Liz; sons-in-law, Rob and John, grandchildren—Beth, Erin ’15, David, Tom, Madeline, Jeffrey, Stephanie, Elise, and Zachary.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother David.  He is survived by his siblings, Mary Steven Smith (Gordon), Laura Munding Rhodes (Dick), Amelia Munding, Peter Munding (Marti), Frances Parrish, Sene Williams (David), many nieces and nephews, and numerous close cousins.
 
submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:47A

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