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In Memoriam


Wilmot Joseph "Bill" Nicholson '36

Wilmot Joseph Nicholson '36Just a few weeks before Bill Nicholson passed away on Oct. 8, he was up in Montana, enjoying the rancher lifestyle that was the perfect match for someone with such boundless energy and joy for life. A regent at SCU and an engineering faculty member for 20 years, he was born in 1914 to a pioneering family that had arrived in California.

Nicholson founded the construction firm W.J. Nicholson Co. and went on to serve as mayor of the city of Santa Clara. He also devoted decades to helping Goodwill, the Crippled Children's Society, and the Boy Scouts. In honor of the many ways he embodied the Jesuit maxim of being a man for others, in 2001 he was presented with SCU's Ignatian Award for service to humanity.

Friends here on campus treasured his visits, when he would drive up here from Monterey in a fire engine red convertible with a Stetson perched jauntily on his head and with a twinkle in his eye.

Nicholson was preceded in death by his wife in 2001. The Nicholson family earlier suffered the tragic loss of two of their sons, George and Mark, and established a charity in their name.

Nicholson is survived by daughters Kathleen Hull Gisvold '80 and Martha McAllister; sons Bruce Nicholson and John Nicholson '76; 14 grandchildren, including Laurel R. Shepard '95, Mark R. Nicholson '86 MBA '93, and Julie N. Nicholson Brewer '80. To 26 great grandchildren, he was also known as "Grandpa Great." 


Rev. Edward V. Warren, S.J.
Edward V. Warren, S.J. June 22, 2007, at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos. He was 89. Born in Arcata Calif., he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from UC Berkeley. He entered the Jesuits in 1940 and was ordained a priest in 1952. In 1954 he came to Santa Clara and was part of the faculty for more than 30 years, teaching English and serving as assistant dean of counseling, psychology, and education, among other duties. For years, his was the voice announcing the names of Santa Clara graduates at commencement exercises. Survivors include his stepsister, Sr. Stephanie Rose Stemberger, S.N.J.M., and nieces and nephews.