Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in 1978
Ted T. Yamamura MBA ’78 was born to Masakazu and Tatsuko on January 3, 1949. He passed away peacefully on August 18, 2013 at the age of 64 with his family members by his side. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. He will always be loved and remembered by his wife of 40 years, Lilly, along with his children Brandon (Kathy) and Peter. To his family he will always be the dad with a loving and positive attitude. He was very supportive of his children's endeavors and cherished time with his family. He coached his sons' sports teams and never missed any of their school events. They also frequently took family vacations to sunny places such as Hawaii and enjoyed crabbing at their summer home. Born and raised in Seattle, Ted attended Queen Anne High School then earned a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics at UW. He continued his education in California at Santa Clara University and received an MBA degree with concentrations in finance and marketing. After graduating, Ted worked for seven years at Lockheed Martin before moving back to the Seattle area. He then began his career at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer and later became the Regional Director of the Global Asia Markets. During his 33 year career at Boeing, he traveled and built work relationships with people from all over the world. Ted had a strong passion for mentoring and empowering people. He was an active member in the community and held many leadership positions. For example, he is co-founder and developer of the Executive Development Institute (EDI), a program aimed to build culturally diverse leaders. He was President of the Boeing Asian American Professional Association (BAAPA), President of the Asian Management Business Association (now known as the National Association of Asian American Professionals - NAAAP), President of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the board of many organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Henry. The surviving family members include Aunt Ayako Mochizuki, Uncle Mitsuo (Peggy), Sister-in-law Susan, Brother George (Laurie), brother-in-laws, cousins, nephews and their families.
Sylvia Anne Rankin '78 passed away peacefully on Feb. 2 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on July 7, 1956 in Montreal, Canada, she called San Jose, Calif. her home since 1962. She was a graduate of Willow Glen High School and Santa Clara University. Sylvia was a talented art teacher who enjoyed working with children to bring forth their creative ability. Prior to her career as a teacher, she was a marketing professional in the tech industry. She had a commanding personality and a laugh that would fill a room. She will be missed by many. Sylvia leaves her devoted daughter, Andree, her loving mother, her father and his wife, three brothers, two nephews, a niece and many friends. A special thank you goes to Sylvia's dear friends, Mary, Dana, Lucille and Lyn, for the special care and devotion they provided Sylvia during her illness. Everyone should be so fortunate to have such loving, caring friends.
Sue "Scarlett" Lampson M.A. ’78, April 4, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Calif., Lampson, 74, passed away unexpectedly in her home while recovering from minor surgery. Scarlett was born in South Bend, Ind. to Harold (Mickey) and Olga Keller on March 21, 1940. She earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan and later received her Master's in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Santa Clara University. She lived and worked in Los Gatos, Calif. as a Public Health Nurse and later a Therapist for over 25 years, until her retirement in 2005 when she moved to Aptos, Calif. Scarlett enjoyed helping people and was deeply involved in volunteer work as a Peer Counselor for the Senior Outreach Services of Santa Cruz assisting seniors, as well as the Santa Cruz Public Library. She was also an active member of the Santa Cruz Diversity Center. She is survived by her son Taylor Lampson of Sebastopol, Calif., and her Daughter Lori Trebbien of Santa Cruz, Calif. and her four grandchildren. Scarlett will forever be remembered as a wonderful, caring mother and friend. She cared deeply about her family and friends and will always be remembered as kind, thoughtful, intelligent and funny. Her sense of humor and genuine personality gained her many long and close friendships. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Father John "Jack" Joseph Folmer ’78 died at Sacramento's Mercy General Hospital after a brief illness. Only son of the late Harry and Agnes Folmer, he was born in Sacramento. He came of age in a time of great social change and lived his life helping others. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969, after studying at St. Pius X and St. Patrick's Seminaries, Jack earned a doctorate in canon law from Catholic U, a JD from UC Davis and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. A member of the California Bar for more than 20 years, he practiced law briefly in San Francisco. Jack served as a canon lawyer 30 years in SF, Sacramento and Monterey and was president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1985. His career included pastoral work in Fairfield, Vallejo, Sacramento and St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco as well as Newman Centers in Davis and Sacramento. He served as Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and, more recently, as Parochial Vicar at St. Mel's Parish in Fair Oaks. Jack was also active as an educator. He taught canon law at St. Patrick's Seminary, and also served as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers HS and later at St. Francis HS, both in Sacramento. Jack was an avid reader and film lover, a raconteur, champion of those in need, spiritual advisor and a true and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed. Closest relatives (cousins) include John Doyle (Windsor, CA), Deborah Doyle and Melvin Whartnaby (SF), Jerry and Jane Button (Fort Collins), Laurence Doyle (Newport News), Agnes Shoemaker (Omaha).
Constance "Connie" Peters Murphy '78, May 14, 2014, at her home in Alexandria, VA. Daughter of Robert and Margaret Peters; loving wife of Brian Murphy '77; devoted mother of Caitlin Murphy, Erin Murphy, and Shannon Murphy. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Mary Ann Peters '72 (Tim), Peggy Fox, Susan Peters (Ross), Mark and Madeline Peters, Ginny Peters, Robbie Bigley '81, and Mark Bigley '81, MBA '84; in-laws, Jean Vos, Chris and Carmi Murphy, Gregg and Monica Murphy, Gail and Luke Williams and 55 wonderful nieces and nephews. She was 58.
Christopher Nielsen Heard J.D. '78, of Sacramento, Calif., a successful attorney, dedicated psychologist, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2014.
Chris was born to the late Lawrence Nielsen Heard and the late Betty Ann Heard on October 29, 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. He was the oldest son and second child for the couple. In 1969, Chris married Melody Benevento and had his first daughter, Felicia. While working and raising a family, Chris continued his education at the University of San Francisco, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He went on to further his education at Santa Clara University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor in 1978.
Chris began his career in the law in the Santa Clara district attorney's office where he enjoyed an unprecedented record of successes. He remained a dedicated public servant throughout his career, always fighting for the underdog and ensuring that justice was served. In July of 1981, Chris and Melody welcomed their second daughter, Briana. He went on to be a gubernatorial appointee during the Deukmejian administration as well as serving in other distinguished capacities within the California State government. In addition to his academic and professional pursuits, Chris was a fitness enthusiast. He was a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, competing in several triathlons and serving as an unpaid personal trainer to many throughout the years. His daughter Briana has followed in his footsteps, competing in the New York City Marathon and continuing to challenge herself physically and mentally.
Not content to rest on his laurels and eager to make a further contribution to society, Chris went back to school later in life to receive his PhD. in Psychology after which he carved out a distinguished career in forensic psychology. His accumulation of post-graduate degrees inspired his three grandsons to lovingly call him "Dr. Grandpa." Chris was more than the sum of his parts. He was a true renaissance man who never stopped being a student. His love of learning extended to music and dance. He began piano and dance lessons very late in life. Chris read voraciously on any and all topics and was fairly well versed in everything from world history to criminal theory.
Chris was taken from his family far too soon and will be missed by his loving daughters, Felicia Marie Geller and Briana Elizabeth Heard; son-in-law Scott Geller; devoted grandsons Ryan Nielsen, Griffin John and James Powell Geller; his older sister and loving friend Elizabeth Heard Driscoll, brother-in law Gerard Driscoll and their sons Sean, Michael and Matthew; his confidant and younger brother Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Heard and sister-in-law Dr. Christine Heard and their son Kevin Christopher; his sister Lauren Heard and her children Alexandra and Gregory. In addition to his family, Chris leaves behind many close friends and colleagues as well as the countless people he touched during his time here.
Charles Phillip Johnson M.A. ’78, Oct. 9, 2013. He was born in Independence, Missouri on June 8, 1924. He was very proud of his service in the Navy which he joined immediately after Pearl Harbor in 1941. He had to have parental permission to join because of his young age. He spent his entire tour of duty aboard ships in action in the South Pacific. His ship was one of the first to sail into Tokyo Harbor at the end of World War II. He enrolled in William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and received his BA degree. He partnered with his father in the family monument business founded by his grandfather in 1897. He sold his interest in the business to his younger brother and moved to San Francisco January 1, 1965. He started a driving school in San Francisco. After several years he began teaching Driver Education in the high school district in Sunnyvale, CA. He could see the writing on the wall concerning the future of Driver Education and took the necessary courses to begin teaching Special Education which he continued to teach until his retirement. He received his Masters degree in Special Education at Santa Clara University. November 1, 2000 he moved to Santa Rosa, CA where he resided until his death on October 9, 2013. Charlie was a member of the American Guild of Organists for over 60 years, first in Kansas City, later in San Jose and then Santa Rosa. He had played the organ in many churches over the years in these places and finally the Episcopal Mission of St. Andrew in Monte Rio, CA. Because of failing health he retired and was honored to be named Organist Emeritus October 30, 2011. He was a 67 year Master Mason. First in Independence Lodge and after moving to Santa Rosa, LaFayette Lodge #126 in Sebastopol, CA where he received his 50 year certificate. He was also a member of the Royal Arch and the Scottish Rite. He is survived by his business partner and best friend of 52 years Douglas DeForeest, his loving niece Marcia Hankins (Bill) and nephew Tripp Johnson (Sally).