Class Notes | Obituaries
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William Murphy '50, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, was honored on Veterans Day as a Veterans of Foreign War Hero. He received the honor by the Watsonville Veterans Association. Murphy, who graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1941 but has called Watsonville home for most of his life, was quick to downplay the distinction. “Don’t connect me with a hero’s honor,” he said. “The real heroes are still over there; they never came home.”
Joseph B. Edden '52 writes, "Entered the Society of Jesus in 1949 and taught at Canisius High School in Buffalo and Xavier High School in New York. Received a dispensation from Pope Paul in 1973. Married for 42 years in December. Worked 11 years in photography. Taught Latin for seven years in public schools in New York and nine years of Latin and photography at Father Lopez High School in Daytona, Florida. Retired 1972."
Mel Lewis ’53 says, "Bronco spirit is defined by drive, determination, love of competition, and camaraderie!" Read more about what Santa Clara’s first African-American graduate, first African-American athlete, and first African-American ROTC graduate has to say in this exclusive SCU interview.
R.G. Kilkenny '53 writes, "Bev and I have 15 grandchildren, and this June our grandaughter Abby Kilkenny '15 graduated. She has enjoyed Santa Clara."
William "Bill" J. McPherson '54 is retired from the San Francisco 49ers with five Super Bowl rings. He and wife Elsie have been married 62 years and have five children and 11 grandchildren.
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Bill Kennedy ’54 writes, "Retired from medicine 17 years ago but still active on a Hospital Bioethics Committee. Two of our kids are in medical practice. Now I'm enjoying our five kids and eight grandkids with Martha, water color painting, and just kicking back in El Dorado Hills, Calif. I have become active in our local parish. Eucharistic ministry to a home bound parishoner strengthened my faith."
Thomas Whaling '55 writes, "Retired from law practice. Hoping to influence great grandkids. Active in social justice endeavors in San Juan Capistrano. Happy with kids and grandkids work/life efforts. Still trying to fathom Christian agape."
Wally Sheehan '55 writes, "Looking forward to our 60th reunion in October."
Mike McCormack ’56, a 40-year veteran of the real estate industry, has been named executive vice president of the Alaska Financial Company III, LLC.
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Norman Gunther ’59, Ph.D. ’04, continues to be part of SCU's Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory, which has advanced world-class research and scholarship in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies. Gunther collaborates with fellow graduates of the program, advancing the methodologies used to characterize surface nanostructures of thin films used in semiconductors, and advising current graduate students as an applied mathematician.
Frank J. "Cepi" Cepollina ’59 was awarded the Carl Sagan Memorial Award for 2015. The veteran leader of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, Mr. Cepollina was granted this award by the American Astronautical Society and the Planetary Society. The award recognizes "an individual who has demonstrated leadership in research or policies advancing exploration of the Cosmos."