Class Notes | Obituaries
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William Thomas Prewett '76, M.B.A. '81 died Monday, July 6, 2009 at his home in San Jose, Calif., following a protracted illness. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 23 years, Carol Ann Prewett; three children, Scott Prewett, Kit Prewett and Sherri Acri; and six grandchildren. Born in Calvin, Okla., in 1929 to Harold Andrew Prewett and Johnie Elizabeth Lockmiller, William attended the US Naval Academy and graduated with distinction in 1953 as first in his class in mathematics. He received two graduate degrees from Santa Clara University; an MBA in 1976 and a Masters in Economics in 1981. He spent most of his career working for 32 years with IBM and lived with his family around the world including Austria, Virginia, Arizona, and New York.
Timothy Dunn Cheney J.D. ’76, 64, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at his home. Timothy was born March 25, 1949 in Oakland, Calif. the son of Marshall and Nancy (Dunn) Cheney. His family moved to Oregon when he was in kindergarten. Tim attended Duniway Elementary School followed by Cleveland High School in Portland, Ore., where he graduated in 1967. He attended Stanford University, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelors degree, majoring in English. Tim went to law school at Santa Clara University, passing the California Bar in 1976. Tim practiced law in Palo Alto, Calif. for a few years, and then moved back to Oregon to pursue a teaching career. Tim taught business law at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. from 1984 to 1999, achieving tenure and the rank of Professor. Tim married Cynthia Pemberton August 7, 1999. Tim and Cynthia later moved to Idaho. Tim taught business law at Idaho State University from 1999 to his retirement. Throughout his life Tim was an avid and accomplished golfer. Tims battle with cancer started in 2005. He endured five surgeries. He is survived by the love of his life, Cynthia, of Dickinson, ND. Tim is also survived by his sister, Linda and his mother, both currently of Springfield, Ore.
Robert Michael Fredianelli '76, born in San Jose, Calif., on Dec. 18, 1953, passed away July 7, 2010. Loving husband to Paula; loving father to Robin Palleschi and husband Greg, Natalie Fredianelli-Lerno and husband, Brent, Gina Fredianelli and step-daughter Lara Belden. Also survived by parents Julio and the late Eola Fredianelli; brother Ron Fredianelli and wife Tina. Bob attended Saint Patrick's Grammar School, Bellarmine College Preparatory and Santa Clara University. Started with PG&E as a junior engineer 34 years ago and retired from his director position this year. Devoted Catholic, he loved God, his family, friends, and the San Francisco Giants. He will be remembered by all who love him for his energy and wit.
Robert J. Mazza '76 passed away unexpectedly, March 4, 2009 at work. Bob graduated from Washington High School, Class of 1973, a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Santa ClaraUniversity in 1976 and then received his Masters of Science in Public Administration from San Jose State University before going into banking where he was most recently a senior vice president at United American Bank. Bob was a member of The Rotary Club of Niles Fremont, where he served in many leadership roles including President and is the current Assistant Governor of Area 3 in Rotary District 5170. Bob was a former member of several other Rotary clubs, The Bay Area Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. He was an avid Corvette enthusiast and enjoyed serving his community through Rotary. Bob was the loving husband for 30 yrs. of Gail Mazza, the cherished father of Katie Correia of Atwater, Calif., Robert B. Mazza, and Michael W. Mazza, both of Fremont, the devoted son of Rosemary and the late Alfred Mazza, the beloved brother of Marlene Houston and her husband Bob of Chowchilla, Calif., and uncle of Marie Olmstead of Merced, Calif. Bob is also survived by his precious granddaughter Elizabeth Correia and many other loving family members.
Rita Burke Prime M.A. '76, M.A. '91 After a full and complete life, passed away peacefully August 3, 2009. Rita Margaret Mary Burke was born in New York City on 11/21/1915. She lost both her parents early in life, and lived in Connecticut with her step-grandmother, who was the joy of Rita's young life, and who inspired her love of Ireland and all things Irish, who nurtured in her the complete love and support of her family, and the inclusion in this family of all she came in contact with. If you ever met Rita, you knew she was "tough Irish", a coffee "fiend", a "fresh air fanatic", and a lifelong Dodgers fan. You also probably fell in love with her and became her friend forever. Rita met Ellis Roy Prime and they married on September 14, 1942 in New York City. Soon after, Rita and Roy moved to Los Angeles, where they had three children, Robert Bruce, Mary Ann, and Patricia Kathryn. They established a home and a strong base of family and friends, raised their children, and were very active in their Church. Rita always considered Los Angeles her "true home". Rita completed her college degree and began teaching high school in Southern California. Rita and Roy moved to Mountain View, Calif., in July of 1970, and Rita quickly became a teacher at Milpitas High School. She founded and ran their reading program and was the band counselor. During that time she was awarded a master's degree from Santa Clara University in education. While at SCU she joined Pi Lambda Theta sorority, and coordinated and ran a program dispersing information about head injuries, among many other projects. She also opened and ran an educational supply store for several years, all while still teaching. After retiring from Milpitas, she continued in education by consulting for the East Side Union High School district in San Jose. After moving north, Rita and Roy became parishioners at St. Joseph's Church in Mountain View. They became very involved with many aspects of the Church, and Rita was a founding member of the pastoral counseling group there. She returned to Santa Clara University and was awarded a master's degree in pastoral counseling. She continued as a lay minister and pastoral counselor past 2000. She had boundless energy, a smile for everyone, and a truly caring spirit of uncommon joy and generosity. Her greatest pride was her family: Robert Bruce (Donna), Mary Ann, and Patricia Kathryn (Doug McLean); her grandchildren Michael Bruce Prime (Warapha), Dennis Robert Prime (Lisa), William Wiley Bedsworth II (Louise), and Megan Aileen Bedsworth (Kent Bailey), and her great-grandchildren Kaelan, Jesse, Olivia, Gavin, Ellie, Colleen, and Wiley. She was the center of a loving family and will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.
Paul Joseph David ’76, born July 5, 1954, died September 1, 2012. Beloved husband of Laurie David ’79. Father of Alison and Mariel and partners Ed and Graham. Smooth sailing now in heavenly waters.
Maureen Romano ’76 passed away on Feb. 12, 2014 at the age of 59 from complications due to pneumonia. Maureen was born in Seattle, Wash. on March 12, 1954, the second child of Dr. Robert and Mary Jean Parker Romano. Maureen is survived by her father Robert, sister Anne Sarewitz (Stephen), brothers Robert, Jr. (Cathy), Stephen (Juliet), John (Grace), and James (Brooks) as well as her many nieces and nephews: Maureen, Julia, and Alison Sarewitz; and Joseph, Tommy, Mary Claire, Henry Romano ’12, Will, Juliet, Matt, Mark, Caroline, Joshua and Nicholas Romano. Her mother, Mary Jean, predeceased her. Maureen graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart Forest Ridge, received her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University that included a year in the Gonzaga-in-Florence program and obtained an MBA from the University of Washington. After a hiking accident in 1982, Maureen resided at Providence Mount St Vincent in West Seattle, where she created a life for herself enriching the lives of everyone around her. She leaves behind her extended family of caregivers, volunteers, and residents at Providence Mount St Vincent. Maureen's lifelong friends remained a constant in her life both before and especially after her accident. Every year, her Forest Ridge classmates would gather at the Mount to celebrate her birthday, bringing immense joy to Maureen as she reminisced with each and every friend. She never knew a stranger, only a friend she hadn't met. Her memory for names was impeccable. She greeted all by name- and usually with the nickname she created for them. Maureen never lost her sense of humor making all around her feel at ease. Maureen's interests included a love of languages, travel, tennis, skiing and singing. She loved singing loudly I Left My Heart in San Francisco, bringing back memories of her life in the Bay area.
Joseph P Kelly III ’76, May 5, 1954, to Feb. 12, 2014. He was a resident of Santa Clara, the son of the Hon. Joseph P. Kelly ’34 and Cloiva Kelly of La Cañada. In 1972, Joe continued the family tradition of attending Santa Clara University and resided in the Bay Area ever since. Relatives who also attended SCU were cousins Kelly Idiart ’71, Roger Idiart ’75, and Daniel J. Kelly ’70. For close to 20 years Joe was a faithful employee of Old Republic Title Company. Joe traveled extensively and became a cruise expert. He enjoyed all things English and Irish. His untimely passing has left his family and friends with memories of his love, laughter, wit and kindness.
James McCullough M.A. '76 on May 24, 2008.
Gene Mackey ’76, born Dec. 18, 1952, a resident of Danville, died on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the age of 59, lovingly surrounded by his children and dear family friend the Rev. Vincent Scott. Gene was born in San Francisco in 1952 and lived his childhood years in South San Francisco attending Los Cerritos Elementary, Parkway Junior High, and graduating from South San Francisco High School in 1971. He joined the United States Air Force and was ready for deployment to Vietnam when the war ended. He was a 1976 graduate of Santa Clara University majoring in business and was then credentialed as a CPA, with his first professional job working at Ernst and Young in San Francisco. Gene began a 35-year career in the real estate and mortgage industry with Security Pacific and Better Homes, then ultimately opening his own real estate mortgage company, Bay Pacific Realty, with his wife Mary. In 1998 he joined Chase Manhattan Bank's Home Loan Center. From there Gene moved his career path to manage: First Horizons Mortgage Co., Washington Mutual Loan Center, Countrywide Home Loans and then ending his mortgage career with Bank of America Home Loans in Danville, where he lived. He loved building company offices and mentoring the marketing and sales associate staff as well as the support staff that so loyally worked alongside him. Survived and forever loved by his wife, Mary, sons; Scott (Courtney), Kevin (Shelley), his devoted son Sean, who always remained an inspiration of grace and courage for Gene, and grandchildren Jack, Taylor, Sabrina and Stefanie. Gene is also survived by his parents Gene and Margaret Mackey, married 63 years, brother Robert (Pam) and nephews Ryan and Adam. Gene was predeceased by his beloved infant baby brother, David.
Florence Muniz Sprague '76 on April 27, 2010. Florence was a unique and amazing woman, born before her time. Unable to afford university, she attended nursing school and served her country as a cadet nurse in a military hospital. She would work as a nurse well into her seventh decade. In 1946 she met and married the love of her life, Neal Sprague. Florence supported Neal through dental school and moved with him to Sunnyvale where they established their practice and raised their family. Florence received her bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1976 and went on to teach classes at De Anza College and adult education programs. She was an avid student and a passionate teacher. She loved gardening, writing, reading, and travel. Florence celebrated the millennium with a three-month-long cruise around the world, adding to the 85 countries she had visited. She was a voracious reader, and loved sharing the books and movies she liked best. Florence also loved dancing, ice cream, and, most of all, her family. She is survived by her sister Sally, daughters Jan and Karen, her grandchildren, and many, many friends. She is now enveloped in the loving arms of her husband Neal and her son Don, who went before her to prepare the way.
Dean Brackley, S.J., M.Div. ’76, died Oct. 16, 2011, surrounded by members of his community and several of his closest friends at the Jesuit infirmary in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, following a six-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. Kevin Burke, S.J., Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology, wrote: "Dean was one of the Jesuits assigned to El Salvador following the assassination of the six Jesuits and their two co-workers at the University of Central America in November 1989. His contribution to the mission of the UCA and the Central American province of the Society of Jesus was exemplary. Indeed, he became a key link in the chain of witnesses keeping alive the memory of the Central American martyrs in El Salvador and in the universal Church. He was a great human being and a great Christian. It is an honor to recognize him as an alumnus of the Jesuit School of Theology."
Charles Dean Williamson '76 March 21, 1954 - Dec 17, 2013 Resident of Santa Clara Past away at age 59. Born and raised by James and Pauline Williamson in Sunnyvale and survived by sister Rosemary Albrecht and brother James. "Chuck" graduated from Sunnyvale High School in 1972, obtained a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University in 1976, and two Masters Degrees in Human Resources from Boston University and Chapman University. He served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the medical corps and then worked for the U.S. Veterans Service Hospital in Palo Alto until he retired in 2010. Chuck enjoyed current events, movies, dining out and his cat Rusty. Chuck loved traveling, visiting 48 states, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.
Audrey Bernfield M.A. ’76, died on her seventy-fifth birthday, November 3, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Audrey was an innovative force at several universities. At Stanford, she nurtured students in the Program in Human Biology while building an advising system that became a model for the nation. Later, as Director of Undergraduate Advising, she championed the view that college is a place for intellectual exploration where students discover the passions that lead to meaningful lives and careers. As Director of Enrichment Programs at Harvard Medical School, she developed programs that expanded medical students' engagement in the world at large, and was the first non-physician elected president of the International Health Medical Education Consortium, now known as GHEC. She was a lifelong crusader for reproductive rights, starting as a counselor and eventually serving on the boards of several women's health organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Boston. She also served on the boards of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus; The Transition Network, an organization for professional women who are transitioning to retirement; New Georges, a New York City theatre company; and as President of the 1661 Foundation, which supports the development of young progressive leaders. Audrey earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Clara. She is survived by her children, Susan and her husband Claude Millman, Jim and his wife Camilla Enders, Mark and his wife Rachel Saunders, and four grandchildren. Her husband Merton R. Bernfield died in 2002.