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1966

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Thomas "The Cat" Casazza

Thomas "the Cat" Casazza ’66 died July 24 in Woodland, Calif. He was a proud member of the Rodents. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 16, 1945, Tom was a graduate of St. Francis High in Mountain View, CA and Santa Clara University. After a varied sales career, he obtained a law degree from Golden Gate University and established a practice that flourished for many years. 

Tom is survived by his mother Evelyn Casazza, his first wife Victoria Berezin ’66, their son Lance, their daughter Francesca Dobbs, and grandsons Dylan and Brandon Dobbs. Tom is also survived by his second wife Judy Wiechers, their two daughters Kimberly and Christina, and Judy's son Jeffrey Maillard.
submitted Aug. 20, 2013 9:47A
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Richard T. Bigotti Jr.

Richard Thomas Bigotti Jr. ’66, August 12, 1943 - May 5, 2013. He was born in San Jose, CA. A 23 year cancer survivor, he lived his life full-on until the cancer returned last year, taking him from all of us on May 5, 2013. Dick, as he was known to everyone, graduated from Santa Clara University and was one of the early entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley computer industry. He moved to Camarillo, CA in 1986, and for many years served as the Vice President of Operations for Kavlico Corporation in Moorpark. Dick lived life to its fullest. He was an avid athlete who enjoyed mountain biking, running, swimming, hiking, and any new adventures with his best friends and family. Dick traveled the world for both business and pleasure. He was an enthusiastic sailor who had the opportunity to visit exotic ports of call along with his close buddies. Dick was an amazing cook and host. Friends always welcomed an invitation for a get together at the Bigotti's. He appreciated his family, good wine, fabulous sunsets, great friends, and especially his wife. He will be remembered as a first class, stand up, rock solid guy. If you were Dick's friend, you were lucky indeed. He is survived by his wife, Jan, of 29 years, his mother, Laura, his siblings, Laureen and Jerome ’74, his children Lisa, Donna, Matt and Brady, his grandchildren Frankie, Amanda, Nicholas, Dakota, Savanna, and Lincoln. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Sr. and his sister, Barbara. His family also included an army of friends who were always there to celebrate the good times that he and Jan created together. He will be remembered for his strength of character and integrity. He was the one we all knew we could turn to. He will be tremendously missed.

submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:25P
'66
Lewis W. Shutt

Lewis W. Shutt MBA ’66, a resident of Columbia, Missouri until 1945, passed away on September 29. He was a loving husband to Leta Jennings Shutt for 68 years; devoted father to Lewis, Jr. of Monterey and Robert Shutt '83 of Sunnyvale and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Lewis attended the University of Missouri at the age of sixteen, received his BS Degree from San Jose State University and his MBA from Santa Clara University where he was the founder and first president of the Graduate School of Business Alumni Association, past member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Business and co-founder of the Kenna Club. Lewis retired as a Business Development Manager from Lockheed Martin and Honeywell after a career spanning forty years. Lewis was a member of the Monterey Masonic Lodge, #217 and a member and Past President (2001) of the Shriners. He was an active volunteer for Congressman Sam Farr and served on the Board of Trustees for United Way. He also served on the Advisory Board of Interim, Inc.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 9:02P
GRD Leavey/MBA '66
joseph M Whelan

Joseph M. Whelan MBA ’66 of Portola Valley passed away Nov. 2, 2013. Joe was a builder and developer of custom homes and office buildings and won many national awards for his work. Joe was best known for his development of the Portola Valley Ranch in Portola Valley, Calif. His father Harry G. Whelan Sr. graduated from Santa Clara College in 1912. His uncles Laurence V. Degnan, John P. Degnan and Christopher Degnan also graduated from SC in the early 1900s. Many of his nephews and nieces have graduated from Santa Clara as well.

submitted Feb. 10, 2014 10:16A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
George Thomas Sullivan

Retired Naval Commander and former U.S. diplomat George Thomas Sullivan ’65, M.A. ’66  died peacefully on Sunday, May 26 in Berkeley, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. An alumnus of Santa Clara and Stanford universities, George also had a successful career in Information Security, working for Sun Microsystems and Visa International during his post-Navy years. Born in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 15, 1944 to George and Mary Sullivan, he is survived by his beloved wife of forty-four years, Jolanda, their five daughters, nine grandchildren, and a sister. George left his mark in the East Bay as a hep tenor saxophone player for local swing band "Class Act." He enjoyed sailing his boat with family on the San Francisco Bay and was a devoted parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish in Berkeley. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

submitted Jun. 25, 2013 10:31P
'66
David V. Anderson

David Victor Anderson MBA ’66, September 28, 2013. Age 81, of Littleton, Colo., he passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with cancer. Born and raised in Eden Prairie, Minn. on a dairy farm, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mechanical engineering. He married Ann Peterson, the love of his life, and immediately went to serve his country in the Army Missile Command as a Captain. After leaving the Army, David and Ann moved to San Jose, Calif., where they raised their family. He enjoyed a 35-year career in the aerospace industry at Lockheed, and also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. David retired in the Denver area to pursue his lifelong passion of skiing. He was a long time member of the SkiMeisters at Winter Park and always wanted "one more run". David also loved to spend his time traveling, fishing, volunteering, and searching for the perfect piece to add to his model train collection. David is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ann Anderson; his sister, Nancy (Ben) Holmes; his children, Paul (Judy) Anderson, Susan (Jim) Decker, Mark (Tracy) Anderson, and Bruce (Jennifer) Anderson. In addition, he is survived by 11 grandchildren and numerous friends and neighbors who could always count on David to lend a hand. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Salvation Army or the charity of your choice . 

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:48P
'66
Daniel C. Skemp

Daniel Christopher Skemp J.D. '66 died peacefully on Jan. 8, 2014, at his home in La Crosse, Wis.

The fourth of seven children, Dan was born on June 14, 1934, to Dr. George and Mrs. Mary Skemp. He attended Blessed Sacrament and Aquinas High Schools and served his country in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956.
 
Following his military service Dan returned to La Crosse. He attended St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn., as well as UW-La Crosse. In 1959, he embarked upon a one-year study-abroad program in Vienna, Austria. It was during this period that he met the woman who would become his wife of 47 years, Eliza “Tucky” Skemp M.A. ’78. They were married in Munich, Germany in August of 1960 and returned to the U.S. in the summer of 1961 with their infant daughter Elizabeth ’83.
 
They lived in La Crosse until June of 1962, while Dan completed his undergraduate education at UW-L. They then moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where Tucky finished her education at Stanford.
 
In 1966, Dan graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in Santa Clara, Calif. He practiced law in San Jose, Calif., where he and Tucky raised their four children. In 1980 they moved back to La Crosse with their three younger children. Dan continued to practice law in La Crosse until his retirement.
 
Dan was predeceased by his beloved wife, Tucky in 2007.
He is survived by his daughter and loving caregiver for the last three years, Elizabeth; his son, George (Kim) of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; his son, Dan Jr. (Dana) of La Crosse; and his daughter, Marty (Geof) of Madison. He will be dearly missed by his six grandchildren, Andrew, Will, Jonathan, Jessica, Lauren and Ethan.
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 3:19P
'66
Bruce J. Boldrin

Bruce John Boldrin M.S. ’66 passed away quietly at his home on March 26, 2013, after a long crusade against bone cancer and Leukemia. It was not unanticipated, but arrived sooner than we had hoped. He was grateful for these last few precious weeks together surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was a very bright light in this world, and will be missed by the countless people he helped and inspired. Born in Glendale, California on August 28th, 1938 to John Albert Boldrin and Dorothy Helen Boldrin. Bruce grew up in Texas and in Van Nuys, California. He graduated from Van Nuys High School (1956). He went on to complete a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at San Jose State and an M.S.E.E. from Santa Clara University. He worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space, Raymond Corporation, Eaton-Kenway, and Daifuku America roles included Engineer, Project Manager, Sales Engineer, and Corporate Accounts Manager. Bruce was preceded in Death by his parents and youngest son Brendan. He is Survived by his loving wife of 48 years Virginia L. Boldrin, brothers Glen (Elfy) and Peter (Jackie), sister Bonnie (Richard), two sons Ryan (Tanya) and Ethan, nine grandchildren: Randy, Kaysha, Megan, Samantha, Diana, Curtis, Isaac, Sara, Kaden, and one great-granddaughter Chloe.

submitted May. 22, 2013 3:47A

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