Class Notes | Obituaries
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Steven (Nguyen T) Phan ’01, MS ’03 passed away Dec. 22, 2011.
Born in Cho Lon, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 1976, to Tai and Muoi Phan, Steven was a great scholar and striver despite any physical dilemma. He received his bachelor of science in 2001 and master of science in 2003 in computer engineering from Santa Clara University.
With his credentials in place, he continued to pursue his lifelong goals to provide for his family and to find a cure for his illness. In June 2002, he landed on his first big break at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field for summer intern as a software engineer. Shortly after, he joined IBM Product Release Group and underwent his master of science at SCU in 2003. A year later, he found himself working for IBM Content Management Development. After three years, he changed his passion and pursued in DB2 for z/OS Development as a software developer. In June 2011, he was promoted to staff software engineer.
Aside from his family, he volunteered to his community through charitable donations and awareness programs, helping the unfortunates and educating next generation youths to strive for a better future. Every year, he urged his family to donate any unwanted article of clothing to Hope and Goodwill. He contributed to several natural disaster relief funds to help the victims find their way to a better recovery.
Richard "Dick" Leland Dorsa ’01, a resident of Fremont, 68, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013, at his family home. A loving husband and father, he is survived by Jackie his wife of 36 years, daughter Jennifer '01, MBA '05, son David, and daughter-in-law Crystal; his mentor and brother Frank Dorsa Jr. '62 and sister-in-law Marilyn; nephews, Barton '89 and Daniel '72 and niece Deborah. Dick was born in San Jose, CA on July 28, 1944. He attended St Leo's, and graduated from Bellarmine and Santa Clara University. Dick was the founder and CEO of VMI, Inc. for 38 years. Dick was preceded in death by his father Frank, who founded Eggo Food Products in the late 1930's, his mother Evelyn Dorsa and his brother Stan.
Phil Scholz '01, one of Nvidia’s senior marketing managers, was struck and killed Jan. 20 in a commuter train accident at a Caltrain station in Santa Clara, Calif., while helping to save the life of another victim. He was 36 years old.
Mary Whited ’01 passed away on August 31, 2011. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter M. Whited and her mother, Helen E. (Osdieck) Whited. She is survived by her brothers: Msgr. Walter M. Whited, St. Peters, MO, and Richard and (Sandie) Whited, St. Louis, MO and niece, Amy Whited, St. Louis, MO, cousins, dear friends and Sister in Christ.
Brian Patrick Sweeny ’01, age 34, of Spokane, Wash., died on June 29, 2013. He was 28 when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and given only 15 months to live, beating all odds by living six more years doing the things he loved. Born in Seattle, Wash. on April 17, 1979 to Kevin and Donna Sweeny, Brian moved with his family to Modesto, Calif. in 1982 and lived there until 1990 when they moved to Spokane. He went to All Saints Catholic School from sixth through eighth grade and graduated as Salutatorian from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1997. Brian received a degree in Communications (Video Production) from Santa Clara University in 2001 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Brian moved to Los Angeles to fulfill his dream of working in the entertainment industry. After waiting tables, he found employment as a production assistant on the TV series, Fear Factor, and quickly worked his way up to Stunt Producer. He worked in that position until the show ended in 2006. He loved all aspects of his life in LA, which included surfing, basketball, and beach volleyball. He had a very adventurous spirit and spent much of his yearly hiatuses from Fear Factor, traveling, sometimes for pleasure and sometimes for work. One of his most memorable trips was to Thailand in 2003 where he taught English to non-English speaking Thai people. Among Brian's most wonderful qualities was his ability to make friends. He loved people, and if you were lucky enough to get to know him and become his friend, you were a friend for life. All who came to know him found his wit, humor and charm endearing. Brian was also the most loving and caring son a parent could ask for. He often worried about his parents and was never afraid to express his concerns. This caring nature could also be seen in his relationship with his brothers. Whether it was guiding his younger brother Kyle, or being there for his older brother Paul Sweeny ’00, his generosity and companionship to his brethren was always apparent. Brian was a devoted fan of G-Prep basketball and football, going so far as to make his parents hold the phone to the radio so he could listen to games from LA. Brian was also an avid Seahawks fan and in spite of the fact that he went to Santa Clara University, he learned to love the Zags, but only when they were not playing the Broncos. He stayed true to his team in that instance. From the time Brian was a baby, Priest Lake was in his blood. He cherished any time he could spend there and always made certain to be there every summer no matter what other obligations he had. He was an avid writer and kept historical journals of his life from the time he moved to Spokane in 1990 until he was no longer able to. His entries are heartwarming, funny, and sentimental, as was he. His mother and father, Kevin and Donna Sweeny and two brothers, Paul D. (Bellevue, WA) and Kyle J. (Spokane), survive Brian. His two grandmothers, Gladys H. Urbaniak and Lillian A. Sweeny and seven aunts, six uncles and nineteen cousins also survive him. His two grandfathers, Raymond J. Urbaniak and Jerome L. Sweeny, met him in heaven upon his death. There are people who touch many lives during their time on earth and Brian was one of them. He was so loved and he loved so many and will be missed more than is conceivable. A special thanks to Dr. Kirk Lund and the nursing staff at RWC Cancer Treatment Center, most especially, Lisa, Pam and Sandy who worked with Brian for so many years and showed compassion beyond words. Special thanks go out to Jane and Sherri, and Dawn and Jennifer at Hospice of Spokane whom we grew to admire.