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Sam J. Alaimo

Sam J. Alaimo '44, '47, 93, passed away peacefully in his home on April 26, 2015. He was blessed to have celebrated his birthday a week before with his eight children, their spouses, and many of his 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was born in San Jose to immigrant parents who arrived from Sicily in 1912 and was the fifth of six children. He attended St. Patrick's Elementary School, San Jose High School, and Santa Clara University on a hard-earned four-year college scholarship. His SCU Class of '44 was known as the "Fighting 40s," as most of them had to leave the University their junior year to either enlist or be drafted during WWII. He attended his 70th college reunion last October, when he was honored with this very special group of men.

Sam was trained as an officer after enlisting in the Army. He was a unit commander, field artillery, stationed in the Philippines and Japan. His basketball skills qualified him to both coach and become a key player on the military basketball team which won the Army Olympics in front of 18,000 fans, mostly troops. 

After the war he went back to SCU and graduated in 1947. He coached and played semi-pro basketball in Sacramento (Senators) and San Jose. To better provide for his growing family, he started Sam J. Alaimo Insurance Services, which he successfully ran for more than 40 years until he retired. In 1965, Sam was inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball and was active on the SCU Board of Regents for many years.
 
He was a parishioner at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church since the early 1950s and he and his wife, Gerry, who predeceased him in 2001, were very active St. Martin's parents while their 8 children attended the school. They enjoyed traveling to Palm Desert, Hawaii, Mexico, and abroad with their lifelong friends. Sam always looked forward to his annual Christmas luncheons at the San Jose Country Club that he and Gerry had started together. Sam and Gerry created wonderful memories with their family vacationing in Yosemite and at their family beach house in Aptos, and with the many holiday gatherings in their home and graduation parties and family reunions in their backyard. Sam and Gerry are now dancing together again as they loved to do so beautifully.
 
Sam was an avid Warriors, 49ers, and Giants fan watching the games on TV as a vocal armchair coach. He enjoyed his passion for golf as a member of the San Jose Country Club for 38 years. His interest and commitment to the stock market kept him sharp and he continued making trades online until his last days while daily monitoring the stock ticker display and listening to the financial pundits. Many appreciated his stock tips and investment advice including his golf buddies and his friends, "the boys," who lunched with him monthly. 
 
Sam is survived by his eight children: Kathy Brandi (Ed), Janet Reynolds, Ed Alaimo (Gail), J.G. Alaimo (Anne Monson), Marylou Cardosa '77, MBA '81 (Mark A. Cardosa '73), Mayellen Banister, Yvonne Rosko (George), and Richard Alaimo (Paula), in addition to 16 grandchildren including Eli T. Reynolds '97 and Kristin M. Cardosa '06 and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Gerry Sabatte Alaimo, granddaughter Erica Reynolds, son-in-law Pat Reynolds, brothers Bill, John, Peter and Carl, and his sister Marie. 

 

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 5:04P

1940

UGRD Engineering '40
William "Al" Wolff

William Alvord "Al" Wolff '40 passed away in his sleep Sept. 6, 2014, at Maravilla in Santa Barbara, Calif., with family at his side. Al, as he was called, was born in San Francisco on Nov. 18, 1917 to William Alvord Wolff, Sr. and Debora Jones Wolff. He was the second oldest of 6 children. All of his siblings pre-deceased him as did his first wife of 49 years, Marcella Jensen Wolff and his second wife of 18 years, Connie Duckworth Wolff.

Al always credited his youthful experience selling newspapers on the street corners of San Francisco from 1927 to 1934 for his later success in the business world. He and his brother called it a good evening when they would bring home $1.00 having sold 100 papers at a profit of 1 cent apiece.
 
Though he only played football for Mission High School in his senior year, and that only because his coach promised to help him get a college scholarship, he was named to the San Francisco All Star Team and offered scholarships to Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Santa Clara University. Al chose Santa Clara because they would pay not only for tuition, room, and board but books as well. He played well enough to win an All American designation for two years, one of them awarded by consensus. His team went on to win back-to-back Sugar Bowl titles in 1936 and '37 and he was offered a pro football contract by the Chicago Cardinals, which he declined. As he stated many times, "I played football in college to get an education, not to get my brains scrambled!" After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, Al continued to show his appreciation and dedication to the University of Santa Clara as coach and a founding member of the Bronco Bench Foundation and a Regent of the university for 10 years.
 
After college, Al got a job working for US Steel for 5 years and then went to work for FMC of San Jose where he spent the rest of his corporate life. He worked his way up the ladder by never refusing an opportunity and always preparing himself for a new role. Moving with his family to Houston, Texas, he became president of Oil Center Tool and Die, now a part of FMC Technologies. He managed that company so well that he was called back to corporate headquarters. Once there, he moved into the international arena for FMC, setting up some 18 or more plants in various countries throughout the world. He retired in 1982 as Senior VP of the corporation.
 
With his first wife, Marcella Jensen, Al had three children, Sherry, and twins Diane and Bill. All three survive him as do their children Sara Rushing Powell and Jill Rushing Fonte as well as Christian Anderson and Emily Anderson Allen. He was also the proud great-grandfather of eight: Augusta, Ben and Will Powell-Rushing; Leo and Marco Fonte; Ellamae and Ayla Allen; and Bryce Anderson. Al was pre-deceased by grandson Travis P. "Tip" Rushing. He is also survived by one step-daughter and 2 step-grandchildren from his second marriage.
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 9:05A

1943

UGRD Leavey Business '43
Jack Matthews

John "Jack" Goodspeed Matthews ’43, J.D. ’49 was 93 and passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014.

Jack was born in Hollywood, California. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles where he was succeeded academically and athletically. He earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University and again distinguished himself there as an outstanding student and football player. He fell in love with Anna Jean Thomas. He and "Annie" both went on to enlist in the army. They were married in Texas in 1944 before they both went to the South Pacific to serve their country during the war. Following the war, Jack and Annie lived in the University’s Veterans’ Village as they began their family and he attended SCU Law School. Annie and Jack made their home first in Saratoga and then in Campbell, where they raised their six daughters. Jack practiced law in San Jose and was active in parish and church activities. He was a competitive golfer and enjoyed the game throughout his life. Jack and Annie also enjoyed the many years they shared with their beloved friends.
 
Jack is remembered for his passion for justice, humor, and his love of Annie and his girls. This same love animated his relationships with all the family. Jack was known for his sharp intellect and keen sense of humor. To his last days he retained a unique ability to play and win at blackjack, regardless of his health.
 
Jack is survived by his and Annie's six daughters: Patricia Kaplan (David), Mary Souza (David), Cece Carr, Kathleen Matthews (Robin Baker), Jackie Matthews (Kurt Magnuson), and Peggie Robinson (Richard), who works in the Cowell Center Student Health Services. He is fondly remembered by his grandchildren: Shannon Lucas-Souza ’93, Joshua Souza, Erin Santana J.D. ’06, Drew Carr, Jodie Walberg, Josie Randles, Cory Randles, Jamie Robinson ’11, and Kerry Robinson and his great-grandchildren: Sierra and Makaia Souza, and Samantha Walberg, and all the family members.
 
Sympathy notes may be sent to:
Matthews Family
c/o Peggie Robinson
Cowell Center
submitted Jan. 14, 2015 1:10P

1944

'44
Herbert W. Roberson

Herbert "Herb" W. Roberson ’44, 92, passed peacefully March 29, 2014, after a brief stay in Modesto Kaiser Hospital. A decedent of the Choctaw Tribe, he was born in 1922 in McAllister, Okla., to Arthur L. and Maggie (Belcher) Roberson.

Herb came to California with his parents during the dust bowl era and married in 1943, raising his family in Salinas. After serving in the Army during WWII, he began his law enforcement career in Watsonville, where he developed the Department's Juvenile Delinquency Unit before moving on to the Salinas Police Department in 1951. He rose through the ranks to become the Police Chief from 1967 to 1977. 

His affiliations were numerous, both local and state-wide, having served on the Board of Directors for the California Delinquency Control Association, Peace Officers Association, Council for Criminal Justice, Attorney General's Advisory Committee, the Salinas Chamber, Rotary, Salvation Army, YMCA, Monterey County Chiefs' Association, Gavilan College Police Academy and Hartnell College Advisory. His police exploits were featured in several magazines and books. 

He worked for the MGM Grand Hotel, Reno, as their Chief of Investigations. Later, he worked as General Manager of Ace Parking Management, San Diego, before full retirement from Butler Uniform as General Manager. He earned his solo pilot's license to travel to the many stores in California and Nevada. He settled in Sacramento in 1987 until three years ago when he relocated to the Samaritan Village in Hughson. 

He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and camper. He was fond of Lake Tahoe and the company of his family. At the request of his family he was writing his life story. He was an altruist, a mentor to young people and his colleagues, and a true gentleman. 

In his last conversation he said, "I've had a good life." When he was told that we all love him he replied, "I love you, too." He was bright and in good humor to the very end. 

He is survived by his six children: daughters, Sandy (Paul "Skip") Morris of Pittsburg, Kan., Laura (John Stavely) Roberson-Giusta of Medford, Ore., and Leslie (Russell) Hancock of Prunedale; as well as sons, Tim (Elaine) of Salinas, Michael (Barbara) of Oakdale, and Dan of Jacksonville, Fla. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and his previous wife, Carolyn White of Escondido. 

He was predeceased by his first wife, Lucy T. Roberson, the mother of his children.

submitted Aug. 26, 2014 12:08P
'44
Frank M. Belick

Frank M. Belick '44, resident of San Jose, passed away on July 13, 2014. He touched countless lives through his pioneering work in water pollution control, as well as through offering a helping hand to those in need. Frank was born of Croatian parents in Los Angeles in 1922. The family moved to the Santa Clara Valley in 1934 in search of agricultural work. Amidst farm chores, he attended old Santa Clara High School, then obtained a civil engineering degree by study at San Jose State College and Santa Clara University, graduating cum laude in 1944. He conducted the first water quality studies to assess the polluted south San Francisco Bay for the City of San Jose in 1947. He was chosen to lead and implement San Jose's first wastewater control plant in 1956, becoming Engineer-Manager of this nationally recognized, technologically advanced treatment facility. He retired in 1981 as a Deputy Director of Public Works. Frank was predeceased by his wife Charlotte in 2009 after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by his children Tom Belick (Margaret) of Palo Alto and Denise Binderup (Tim) of Bellingham, Washington, grandchildren Chloe and Emma of Seoul, and sister Agnes of Berkeley. His help to friends, co-workers, relatives, and neighbors will be missed by all.

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 11:41A
'44
Frank Giansiracusa

Frank Joseph Giansiracusa ’44 passed away peacefully at Saratoga Retirement Community on November 1, 2014, with family at his bedside. Frank was born July 22, 1922, in San Jose and lived his entire life in the Bay Area. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep and obtained a full scholarship to Santa Clara University. He received his medical degree in 1946 from the University of California, San Francisco, where he met and married the love of his life, Bernice Freericks. He practiced internal medicine with special interest in cardiology for 40 years, serving Santa Clara Valley from his office across the street from O'Connor Hospital. He was active in the medical community serving as president of the medical staff at O'Connor Hospital in 1963 and was instrumental in establishing their first Coronary Care Unit. He was a member of the American Medical Association and active at the state level as a delegate of the Santa Clara County Medical Society for many years. He maintained his interest in medicine and regularly attended continuing medical education conferences well after retiring. Frank was proud of his Sicilian heritage and enjoyed monthly Amici d'Oro luncheons. His other passions included his family, golf, the Monterey Bay area, reading, monitoring the stock market, and following the 49ers.
He was preceded in death by his parents Salvatore and Cecilia (Accardi) Giansiracusa, brother Joseph Giansiracusa ’41, and wife of 64 years Bernice (Freericks) Giansiracusa MD. He is survived by children Richard (Ellen), Anne (Michael) and Susan Giansiracusa, grandchildren Jennifer (Ron) and Kathryn (Dave) Giansiracusa, cousin Michael (Edie) Giansiracusa, sister-in-law Loreene Giansiracusa ’41, nephews Robert, David, Joseph Jr., Adam, and niece, Elisabeth.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 1:21P

1945

'45
Alan G. Horton

Alan G. Horton '45, April 16, 1922 - June 30, 2014.

Alan G. Horton, 92, of Monmouth died June 30 in Monmouth. He was born on Easter Sunday in San Francisco to George and Harriet Horton. The family moved around until settling in Chiloquin. He graduated from Chiloquin High School and attended the University of Santa Clara for two years. He joined the Army Air Corp and served in the Pacific as a B-29 bomber mechanic for four years. He married his high school sweetheart, Frances Looseley, in Portland. They settled in San Francisco, where Alan worked as an airplane mechanic for United Airlines. They moved back to Oregon in 1954, and he worked with his father-in-law on their cattle ranch in the Airlie area south of Monmouth.

He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in agriculture and soon developed a method for removing straw off the grass seed fields, being the first to do so in the Willamette Valley. Together with a few neighbors he started the Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative and managed it until his retirement in 1985. He served on the Polk County Extension Service Advisory Board and was a lifetime member of the Polk County Livestock Association. He and Fran joined the Peace Corps in 1985 and went to Belize, where Alan began a brand inspection program. After that they lived in Mexico for a year before moving back to Oregon, where they lived in King City for 10 years and returned full circle to Airlie in 1997. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, and daughter, Mary Alice. Survivors include his son, Chris (Joan) Horton; daughter, Paula (Darryl) Hines; four grandchildren; and extended family. 

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:59P

1947

'47
Peter C. Dolcini

Peter Connolly Dolcini '47 February 27, 1925, to November 4, 2014. A man deeply connected with the land of West Marin County, Peter died peacefully, at home, with his wife of 65 years, Louise, at his side. Peter was a talented man, well versed in chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, creative writing and languages, but that does not begin to scratch the surface of who he was. A deeply spiritual, generous and accepting man, Peter made friends wherever he and Louise travelled, whether to Italy or to the local dry cleaners in Petaluma. His wry sense of humor and thoughtful intelligence enlivened many discussions and family parties.

Peter had a long and varied work life. He worked on his family ranch and dairy as a young man. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Peter was employed as a forensic chemist in Berkeley, CA, performing top secret tests on air samples from Soviet atomic test sites. He then built and ran a family business with his brothers and cousins in Stockton, CA: All Jersey Farms Drive-In Dairy. He also used his chemistry and dairy background to make and sell delicious ice cream at his own ice cream parlor, The Gold Mine. After his Stockton sojourn, Peter and Louise moved their family of six children, Lucille, Tom (Carlene), Marilyn (Herm), Carol (Abram), Elaine, and Barbara (Michael), back to his beloved West Marin. They settled into 50+ years of a happy life in Hicks Valley, where Peter worked in the dairy and beef ranching business with his brothers and cousins. It was, however, as a teacher that he was able to put into practice his true vocation. Peter and Louise teamed up as Principal (Louise) and Teacher's Aide (Peter) at the local one-room Lincoln District Elementary School.

After retirement, Peter spent many happy years gardening, birding, travelling, studying Spanish and Italian, and especially enjoying being a part of the unfolding lives of his children, in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. He was a remarkable man who honed and polished, without effort and with great love, the magic of the double-sided coin of learning and teaching. He loved a good gathering, loved the land of West Marin, and most of all loved Louise and his family. We will miss him every day. 

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 6:58P

1948

UGRD Engineering '48
John K. Nunneley

John Kerwin "Jack" Nunneley '48 was born on October 19, 1927. He passed away on November 11, 2014, in the loving care of his family. He was 87 years young. A third-generation native Californian, Jack was raised on an apricot and prune ranch in Saratoga. He attended Los Gatos High School and Santa Clara University before being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. There, he met and married the love of his life, Cynthia Ainsworth Flynn.

He served in the Navy from 1951-81 and was qualified to command nuclear submarines. His final tour was as the commander of the Mare Island Naval Base, where he had previously been stationed in 1966 to commission and become the first commander of the USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), a ballistic-missile submarine. Those who knew Jack remember his many, often hilarious, stories about life at sea and the camaraderie of those who serve together.

After retiring from the Navy, Jack pursued his passion for community service and was very active in the United Way, Rotary Club, and other philanthropic activities. He moved to Scotts Valley in 2008 after the untimely loss of Cynthia to live with his son, John Jr.. He is survived by his three loving children, Catherine, Cynthia Nunneley ’75, and John Nunneley Jr. M.S. ’80, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He will be missed and always loved by all who knew him.

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 6:35P
UGRD Engineering '48
Glen A. Harris

Glen A. Harris '48, Sept. 13, 1923 to June 1, 2014. Glenn A. Harris, a lifetime resident of Vallejo and retired director of public works for the city of Vallejo, passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo. He was born in Santa Rosa to Claude and Selma Harris while his mother was visiting her parents in Santa Rosa. He attended Vallejo public schools and graduated from Vallejo High School in June 1941. He attended the University of California, Davis, on a basketball scholarship until the campus was closed by World War II. He then attended Washington and Lee University studying engineering as part of a U.S. Army's Advanced Studies Training Program. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, most notably with the 84th Infantry Division. On Dec. 1, 1944 he was wounded by German artillery fire in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and awarded the Purple Heart. He was returned to the United States and received an Honorable Discharge in Dec. 1945. In June 1948 he graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

In 1947 he married Bette Jean Sallade of Vallejo. In 1948 they had a son, Randal Glenn Harris. In 1953 they had a second son, Jeffery Eugene Harris. In 2000 he married Beverly Haden after the death of his first wife, Bette. From 1948 to 1951 he worked as an Assistant Bridge Engineer with the State of California, Division of San Francisco Bay Toll Crossing and participated in the redesign of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and on the initial design for the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. In 1951 he was an Engineer in the U.S. Army Post Engineer's Office at Benicia Arsenal. In Dec. 1951 he became an Associate Engineer and Deputy City Engineer for the City of Vallejo and was in charge of the major water system expansion for the City of Vallejo. On July 1, 1954 he was appointed to the position of Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Vallejo, a position he held for 32 years. During his tenure the City of Vallejo experienced major expansion, the continued improvement of the city's water system which resulted in securing control of water resources to protect the city's needs for future water, and earned the All American City Award.

He was a long time representative to the League of California Cities and served on its Policy Committee for Transportation and Public Works for over 14 years. He also served as the President of the League's Public Works Officer's Department for 1974 to 1975. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 1983 the received the Samuel Greeley Local Government Service Award from the American Public Works Association. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Santa Clara University's Engineering Department for his lifetime achievements in the field of Civil Engineering. He was exceedingly proud of this rare honor. He was a 50 year member of the Ben Ali Shrine in Sacramento. He was also a long time member of the Vallejo Elk's Lodge #559. He received the Elk of the Year award in 1981. He was also a past President of Elks Hall Association. He was a long time Board member and past President of the Vallejo Golf Association.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Randal; daughter-in-law, Adrienne; stepson, Matthew Haden; stepdaughter, Rebecca Haden-Hahn and; grandsons, Kenneth and Christopher.

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:36P

1949

'49
William Renna

William "Bill" Renna '49, June 19, 2014. He was a Bronco Hall of Fame football and baseball player. He was an outfielder for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia / Kansas City Athletics, and Boston Red Sox from 1953-1959. 

Renna was born to Christina and William Renna in Hanford, Calif., on Oct. 14, 1924. He graduated from Hanford Union High School in 1942 and attended USF before joining the Marine Corps and serving in the South Pacific. Renna returned from military service to become a two-sport star at the University of Santa Clara, playing outfield for the baseball team, and both fullback and center on the football team. His play on the gridiron earned him a spot in the East-West game in 1949, drawing the attention of the Los Angeles Rams; however, he chose to stick with baseball, learning under the guidance of Santa Clara’s legendary coach, Paddy Cottrell.

“Paddy Cottrell was a bird dog [scout] for the Yankees,” Renna said in a 2008 interview. “He used to teach us everything that was taught in spring training by the Yankees.”

Bill later was inducted into the Santa Clara University Hall of Fame. He met his future wife Leronne (Roni) Richards, a student nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, as he was finishing his college career.

Cottrell tipped Yankees scout Joe Devine to his prized outfielder who signed Renna in 1949 to a contract for $5,000. His signing paid immediate dividends, as he hit an eye-opening .385 with 21 home runs for Twin Falls in the Pioneer League. His play impressed his Twin Falls manager Charlie Metro, who was a former major leaguer himself.

“He hit like heck up there, and they called him “Bull,” because he was a big guy,” Metro said in his autobiography Safe by a Mile. “He was a delight to have on the team.”

Bill began his professional baseball career in June 1949, signing with the New York Yankees, and was on the 1953 World Series team. Bill continued his professional baseball career by playing for the Philadelphia A's, the Kansas City A's, the Boston Red Sox, and the San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League Champions). He then worked in sales management in the Bay Area for Central Concrete for over 26. Renna retired in 1990 to enjoy traveling with his wife, family and friends, and relaxing at their cabin and camp in the Sierras. His double ringers were a common occurrence at the horseshoe pit and he was in great demand as a partner for tournaments.
 
Bill leaves his wife of 61 years, Roni, his children Barry Renna (Julie), Mari Renna M.A. '82, Jan Caster (Jeff), three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Bill was a special husband, the best dad, and a great friend to everyone. He truly will be missed by all.
 
This obituary was adapted from "Bill Renna, 89, played with Yankees, Athletics and Red Sox 1924-2014" by Nick Duante. Read more at www.baseballhappenings.net/2014/07/bill-renna-89-played-with-yankees.html.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 12:48P
GRD Engineering '49
Philip G. Rizzo

November 26, 2013 marked the passing of Philip G. Rizzo M.S. '49, 89, of St. Augustine. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, California, and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He is survived by his wife Alene M. Rizzo, with whom he recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

He utilized his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved California to live with his family in Florida, and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church.

He is survived by: Six children Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore., Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla., Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas, Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass.,  Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga.,  Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.;  seven grandchildren Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; five great grandchildren Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.

submitted Nov. 30, 2014 1:44P
UGRD Leavey Business '49
Michael J. Donovan

Michael John Donovan '49, 90, passed peacefully to the Light on Feb. 5, 2014. He was born Fe. 3, 1924, in New York City to Dennis & Elizabeth Donovan. Mike, also known as Mitch in his younger days, was the eldest of two children and graduated from St. Francis Grammar School, Christian Brothers High School and the University of Santa Clara.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who showed great devotion to his faith, family and friends. He was an U.S. Army Air Corp veteran who served in the Pacific during WWII and participated in initial wave assaults on five islands. The majority of his business life was spent in the real estate profession most notably as the manager and co-owner of DRW Realtors. After retiring from real estate he went through deaconate training, was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Sacramento Diocese on June 1, 1985 and spent many years serving All Hallows Parish.

Mike was preceded in death by Anne, his loving wife of 61 years. He is survived by his brother Denis Donovan ’54, sons James Donovan ’80 (Jennifer Allen) and William (Jane) Donovan, daughters Gloria Donovan, Linda (Mike Wonderly) Donovan, and Joan (Gary) Bonin, as well as six grandchildren; Alicen, Rob (Jeni), and Mike (Shelby) Leggett, Elizabeth and Michael Donovan, Amanda Bonin, great grandson Alexander Leggett, and many nieces and nephews. 

 

submitted Aug. 15, 2014 12:03P
GRD Law '49
Jack Matthews
see year 1943
'49
Daniel Cunha

Daniel Cunha ’49 passed away on September 12, 2014, in his home in Felton, California, at the age of 91. He attended Santa Clara University in the 1940s, after serving as a Navy pilot in WWII. He was one of the first baptisms in the Santa Clara mission after it was rebuilt. His first wife (who passed away) was Violet "Sue" Cunha. He is survived by his wife, Sybil "Dandy" Cunha, five children, nine grandchildren—including Kathryn Gulland ’09—seven great-grandchildren, many in-laws, and two siblings. He was an engineer, craftsman, and a wonderful friend, neighbor, great-grandfather, grandfather, father-in-law, father, brother, and husband.

submitted Sep. 14, 2014 12:12P

1950

'50
Robert E. Lambert

Robert Ernest Lambert ’50 passed away Sep. 24, 2014, holding the hand of his one true love, Peg. He led a rich and fulfilling life and spoke often about his many wonderful experiences. Born March 29, 1926 to Gordon and Jessie Mae Lambert of Willows, Calif., he was the baby brother of Bill Lambert ’42 and Charlie Lambert ’48. Bob joined the Navy in WWII and served in the Pacific. Jessie had all three sons in harm's way, serving their country, during those years. Bob was very proud of his graduation from Santa Clara University. He kept in touch with all his old university friends, including the fella he told that "I'm gonna marry that girl!" after a blind date with Peg. He did marry that girl on June 24, 1950.

Bob and Peg had four children: Patti (married to Carl Eriksson/Evergreen, Colo.), Kathy (married to John Frank/Red Bluff, Calif.), Ken (married to Marty Lambert/Lodi, Calif.), and Theresa Sanders (Chico, Calif.). Bob adored his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Uncle Bob was especially fond of all his nieces and nephews. Bob and Peg spent their entire married life in Orland, where Bob sold Chevys for many years, continuing his father's business. Bob Lambert leaves a happy memory for all who knew him.

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 1:09P
'50
John Bower

John Joseph Bower '50, after four years of failing health, and having received the comfort and consolation of the sacraments, at age 93, died peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Pacific Coast Manor, Capitola, California, where he had resided since 2010.

John was born on April 20, 1921, in Kentland, Newton County, Indiana where his family had settled in the 1860s. He was the sixth child of eight children of the late John and Kathryn (Clark) Bower. Never married, he outlived all of his siblings. He was preceded in death by his only brother, James W. Bower (Mary) and his sisters Mary Freiling (Syl) ,Florence Puetz (Ray), Helen Brouillette (Arleigh), Rita Brunette (Jay), Dolores Esposito (Leo) ,Grace Garavaglia, and nephew Michael Bower.

John attended elementary school in Newton County, Indiana and began his studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana in 1935. After two years of philosophy, he entered the novitiate of the Benedictine Abbey at St. Meinrad. He left the seminary in 1946 but remained a loyal and generous alumnus. John served in the United States Army for two years and for one year was stationed in Alaska. He began his studies at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California in 1946 and graduated in 1950. That same year he began a very successful career at IBM which would last 30 years.

Known for his keen intellect, razor sharp wit and quick repartee, he was a welcome guest with his many friends and extended family. During his long career at IBM as an industrial engineer, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed travel in his leisure time as well. Because he was single, he was able to visit his siblings and their children on a regular basis and enjoyed keeping family members informed about one another. Generous to a fault, he was active in many not-for-profit organizations. No matter where he was stationed with IBM, he was active in the local Catholic parish, the Knights of Columbus and Alcoholics Anonymous. He was grateful that through the years he was able to help countless others become involved with AA and he was proud of the fact that at the time of his death, he had obtained over 60 years of sobriety. Always a faithful Catholic he assisted at daily Mass after his retirement insofar as he was able and was a faithful St. Vincent de Paul worker as long as his health allowed. He is survived by 20 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Albert Garavaglia. 

submitted Sep. 9, 2014 2:52P
'50
Joe Nally

Joseph Thomas Nally '50, August 4, 1928 - June 30, 2014. He was born in Los Angeles, the second son of Catherine Byrne Nally and Patrick Aloysius Nally. Joe was fiercely loyal to his family and friends, was immensely proud of his country and of his Irish American heritage. Joe attended Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles. Dedicated and determined, he was elected student body president and also played football, track, and baseball throughout. After being awarded "All-City" honors in both track and baseball, Joe was awarded a full scholarship to Santa Clara University. In the fall of 1946, Joe moved north and immediately began his "second career" as everyone's favorite Bronco. He was a proud member of the class of 1950. Joe played shortstop on the Bronco team, and following graduation he was drafted by the Yankee organization. After playing a season, Joe was called to serve his country in Korea as an Army First Lieutenant. A year later, he returned home, began his insurance career and married Teresa Bannan, to whom he remained devoted for the remainder of his life. Joe had a storied career in the insurance business that led to great success and enabled him to pursue his life's great passion: being a "man for others." Joe never turned down a plea for help, a person in need, or an organization in turmoil. The Carmelites at Santa Teresita, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Dolores Mission, The Doheny Foundation, Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University, Good Shepherd Center, Verbum Dei, Mayfield Senior School and Loyola High School are but a few examples of his continued support, largess and devotion. We will miss the twinkle in his eye, his unique sense of humor, his thoughtful and often repeated advice and his ever-present "ticky" lists. Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years, Terry Nally, his children and their spouses, Patrick Nally ’78, J.D. ’82, ’82 and Mary Nally ’78, Mary Ternan ’83 and Ed Ternan ’83, as well as his six grandchildren, Joseph Nally ’10, Catherine Nally ’12, and Daniel Nally, Edward, Teresa and Charles Ternan, two brothers-in-law and their families, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom will be forever grateful for Papa's love, humor and counsel. 

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 1:38P
'50
Ernest J. Ibarolle

Ernest John Ibarolle ’50, Nov. 29, 1926 to Sep. 22, 2014. A resident of Walnut Creek, Ibarolle passed away peacefully on Sep. 22, 2014 in the presence of his loving wife, Joan. Born in Livermore, Calif., he was the only child of Ernest and Marie Ibarolle, and was very proud of his Basque ancestry. Ernie graduated from Livermore High School in 1944, where he served as student body president during his senior year. Ernie joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. At the end of World War II, Ernie entered Santa Clara University, where he graduated in 1950 and received his degree in accounting. He then began his thirty-eight year career with Del Monte Corporation as Purchasing Manager.

Ernie married the love of his life, Joan Whalen, on Sep. 20, 1953 at St. Michael's Church in Livermore, and they recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. Ernie and Joan have lived for the last 50 years in Walnut Creek, where they raised their two children, Jay and Lisa. Ernie was a devoted husband and loving father. He had many friends from the various chapters of life with whom he remained close until his passing. Ernie was a parishioner at St. John Vianney Church, where he was a member of the Men's Club. He was also a member of the Del Monte Retirees Dinner Group and the Bottom of the Barrel Club. A faithful 49er fan and a car enthusiast, he also loved to take walks and spend time in the garden. Ernie loved to travel, and he and Joan were fortunate to enjoy trips together to many wonderful destinations. One of the family's much loved vacations was their annual Father's Day celebration trip to Graeagle, Calfornia, a 45 year tradition.

Ernie is survived by his devoted wife, Joan, his son Jay (Leilani) Ibarolle, his daughter Lisa Mooring ’80 (married to Dave Mooring ’80), his granddaughter Elisabeth Mooring, grandsons Michael Mooring, EJ Ibarolle and Evan Ibarolle, his sister-in-law Margaret, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ernie will be dearly missed. 

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 1:18P
UGRD Engineering '50
Benjamin Painter

Benjamin Painter '50, age 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on April 29, 2014.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1928 in San Jose, Calif. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin H. and Carol E. Painter, and his daughter, Katherine E. Kloss. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ileta, sons Steven S. and Kenneth B. Painter MBA ’91, son-in-law David Kloss, daughter-in-laws Lisa and Laura Painter, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Ben had a lifelong passion for flying. At the time he was the youngest licensed pilot in California at age 15. Graduating from the University of Santa Clara in 1950 with a B.S. in civil engineering he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. While earning his wings in Lubbock, Texas he met his future wife Ileta, who was attending Texas Tech University. Ben was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, 508th Fighter Squadron of the Strategic Air Command flying F-84G "Thunderjets" located in Albany, Georgia. Leaving the Air Force in 1955 they re-settled in San Jose.

Ben went to work for San Jose Steel Company where he rose to manage the reinforcing steel "rebar" division. In 1973 he followed in the steps of his father as a custom home builder in Los Gatos, Calif. In 1993 they moved from Monte Sereno to Incline Village, Nev. Ben and Ileta moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 2004. Ben was most proud of the legacy he leaves behind represented by his large and growing family

submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:33A

1951

UGRD Leavey Business '51
Neil V. Moran

Neil Vincent Moran ’51 was born on Sept. 25, 1929. He died unexpectedly in his home on Dec. 31, 2014. He is survived by the love of his life, Frederica Duffy Moran, his wife of 62 years; by his five adored sons, Neil Jerome Moran (Lynn), Kevin Vincent Moran (Sandy), Martin Thomas Moran, Andrew Duffy Moran (Cathy), and Matthew Paul Moran (Rachel); by his loving sisters Virginia Rarig and Nancy Buckley; by his darling 13 grandchildren; and by his admiring sister-in-law and his many nieces, nephews, and other precious members of his large and close family. He was predeceased by his older and venerated brothers, Thomas and Marshall Moran.

Neil was born in Oakland to Thomas Joseph and Sarah Gertrude Moran, the fourth of five children in a large Irish Catholic family. He grew up in Oakland and attended Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, St. Ignatius High School ('47), and Santa Clara University ('51). Following two years of service in the U.S. Army, he joined the family business, Moran Supply, where he worked with his father, two brothers, and brother-in-law. Neil enjoyed a long career in the plumbing supply business, and upon his retirement, his sons Andrew and Matthew Moran took over the operation of Moran Supply, which remains in business in Oakland to this day.

Neil was a natural athlete. In school, he excelled in sports, including tennis, swimming, diving, and basketball. He continued to be an avid tennis player well into his 60's, but ultimately golf became his second career. Neil was known for his graceful, consistent stroke, and he was a regular on the Claremont Country Club Golf Course, where he captured many club titles over the years. Family formed the heart and soul of Neil's life. He met his future bride at the age of 12 while vacationing at the Russian River. Showing off his enviable athletic prowess from the outset, he executed multiple underwater back-flips in the river, thus capturing the interest, and, ultimately, the hand, of young Freddy Duffy. They married in 1952 and raised their family of boys in Lafayette, making their home on the same street as his parents, sisters, and oldest brother. Neil believed deeply and truly that his wife was the most beautiful woman in the world; that his sons were the most brilliant and accomplished men to walk the Earth, and that his grandchildren were the absolute cream of the crop. He had just celebrated a joyful Christmas Eve with his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren days before he drew his last breath.

In addition to his love of family and sports, he was a voracious reader, daily domino player, and world traveler. He accompanied his wife all across the country and around the globe for her quilt shows and classes. They recently traveled to Europe, Thailand, and China. He was very proud to travel twice to Ireland with his sons to play 36 holes of golf a day and get lost as they drove from one county to the next. What set Neil apart from everyone was his kind and loving heart. His devotion to his family and his cheerful, joyful, and sweet outlook will be missed and remembered forever by those of us lucky enough to have loved, and been loved, by him.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 4:54P
'51
Louis Rudolph

Louis Raymond Rudolph '51, a lifelong resident of the Monterey Peninsula, passed away on October 8, 2014, at his home with dignity and an amazing sense of humor to the end. Born on March 22, 1930, to Raymond and Edrie Rudolph of Pacific Grove, he was one of the last babies born at the Monterey Hospital on Abrego Street, now the Pacheco Club. Lou often pointed to the tiny second floor window, telling the story of his birth, then continuing to tell of his lifetime membership to the Pacheco Club. Lou attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, was in the 1947 graduating class of Monterey High, then received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Santa Clara. Lou then joined the US Air Force, spending 5 years of service to his country in Korea and Japan as an F-84 jet fighter pilot.

He returned to Monterey to join the family furniture business, creating a well-known high-end store and staff of professional interior designers. After his family sold the Lighthouse Avenue property, Lou relocated his business to Cannery Row and Salinas, featuring Drexel Heritage and high-end furniture. After selling both businesses, Lou took on the position of manager of the Monterey Fairgrounds. From his dedication, hard work, and long hours, the fair turned into a family-safe environment earning "Most Improved Fairgrounds In the State of California." Later, Lou was a partner in creating "Country Music Monterey." Then, with a friendship and an idea, Lou and Frank Yohannon put into action the Sea Otter Classic - Laguna Seca Challenge.

Leaving the area, Lou and Peggy moved to Carnelian Bay in North Lake Tahoe, fulfilling a lifelong dream of Peggy's. Lou became manager of Ennis Fine Furniture and Macy's Furniture store in Reno. Missing the peninsula, they returned to Monterey. Lou's final career as a reverse mortgage specialist was another stellar career move. Lou's life accomplishments, being many, included his membership in the Pacheco Club as Past President, President of the Monterey Rotary Club, City Councilman, Board Member of the Salvation Army, Director/Board Member of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and he was the last surviving member "Flying Fisherman's Club," enjoying week long trips with his friends in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Lou loved being a part of the Barbershop Quartet "The Cannery Rogues."

His employment with Met-Life was cut short by a stroke in 2010. Lou lost his battle with lung cancer in his home with his wife Peggy and stepdaughter Muriel by his side. Lou is survived by wife of 32 years Peggy, his brother David and sister Mary Ann, and children Steve, Mark, Daniel, Kate, John, and Matt and 13 grandchildren. He was affectionately known as "Papa Lou" to his stepchildren Audra Branco, Tricia Vessey, and Muriel Lloyd, and 5 step-grandchildren.

submitted Dec. 3, 2014 9:57A
'51
John E. McHugh

John Eugene "Gene" McHugh '51, December 27, 1929 - December 23, 2013. He died in Costa Mesa. He was father to John E. McHugh '87.

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 1:53P
'51
Cyril Cub Abbott Coyle Jr.

Cyril "Cub" Abbott Coyle Jr. ’51, June 17, 1929, to Jan. 4, 2015. He passed away after a long battle with vascular dementia, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Yvonne Coyle. Cub is survived by his six children: Kate Dean, Timothy Coyle, Eileen Coyle, Frances Coyle, Mary Coyle, and Nancy Tatarakis. Cub was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Cub was born in Sacramento, California, and was the only child of Cyril and Marie Coyle. He spent his summer childhood in Meeks Bay riding his horse from sun up to sun down. He learned the cowboy way from his uncles, who ran cattle in the Sierra Meadows. He made friends with the local Washoe Indians with whom he remained in contact with through the years. His legacy of Lake Tahoe is still enjoyed by his family. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School (class of 1947) and Santa Clara University, where he received a degree in political science.

Cub and Yvonne raised their family on the Coyle Ranch, founded in 1896, where he continued to check his cattle until the last month of his life. He passed on his love of the land and ranch life to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His strong ranch work ethics showed from sun up to sun down. He shared his passion for cattle, auto body work, and leather tooling with his children and grandchildren. He worked as a livestock lending officer in the farm credit industry. His territory spanned three states and he made many long-time friends. 

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 4:14P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '51
Anthony Oliver

Tony Oliver ’51, J.D. ’53, a third-generation Californian, long-time resident of Glendale and Crestline, California, and prominent California labor and employment lawyer, was born on July 19, 1929, in San Jose, California. He passed away on Feb. 3, 2015 in Glendale, California.

Tony was the only child of Anthony T., Sr. and Josephine Oliver both of whom predeceased him. He was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and he received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1951 and his law degree in 1953. Tony was very proud of the fact that he was an Eagle Scout and at the time of his death he was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and was serving on the Eagle Scout Association Committee for the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout Council. At Santa Clara, Tony was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

Tony enlisted in the California Army National Guard in 1948. While at Santa Clara, Tony enrolled in the University’s ROTC program and he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1952. Tony served in many command and staff positions in the National Guard including service in the 40th and 49th Divisions, until his retirement in 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel (USA Ret.). He was a life member of the National Guard Associations of the United States and California, the Southern California Advisory Council, and the American Legion.

Tony was a practicing attorney in Los Angeles since 1954. He spent his first 4 years as an Assistant Counsel in the Bank of America’s Legal Department. In 1958 he became associated with John F. O’Hara and began his practice as a labor and employment attorney. In 1963 O’Hara and Tony joined the law firm of Parker Milliken, Clark O’Hara & Samuelian, to form the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department where Tony practiced as an Associate, Partner, member of the Firm’s Board, Chairman of the Department, and Shareholder until his retirement in 2011. After his retirement, Tony remained Counsel to the Firm until his passing.

Tony was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the California and American Bar Associations. He was Chairman of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and a Management Co-Chair of the ABA Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace. He served as National President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) after previously serving as President of LERA’s Southern California and Orange County Chapters. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 1987 and was continuously selected thereafter until his retirement in 2012. He was also selected annually by his peers as a Super Lawyer in California. Tony was a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Santa Clara University Law School. In 1974 he received the Law School’s Edwin J. Owens’s Award for distinguished service to the Law School and the legal profession.

Tony was predeceased by his first wife, Beverly J. Oliver, and is survived by his former wife, Margaret E. Oliver. Tony is survived by his 5 children; Jeanne (Ron) Hall of Prescott, Arizaona; Marilyn (Linnie) Guins of Riverside, California; Cyndi Eschardies of La Habra, California; Michelle Rogan of Dana Point, California; and Christopher Oliver of El Segundo, California. He is also survived under the more endeared name of “Papa” by 7 grandchildren; Ron (Celeste) Hall, Jennifer (Chris) Flores, John (Kimberly) Eschardies, Tony (Isabel) Eschardies, Eddie (Amy) Guins, Nicole Rogan and Samantha Rogan and great-grandchildren; Andrew, Evan and Tyler Hall, Gabriel and Evalynn Flores, Caleb Guins, Aaron, Benjamin, Heidi and Noah Eschardies. Tony has enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren during his retirement. He will be greatly missed by his family.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 12:39P
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