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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
John Eugene "Gene" McHugh '51, December 27, 1929 - December 23, 2013. He died in Costa Mesa. He was father to John E. McHugh '87.
Richard "Dick" Roswall ’52 Dec. 22 1927-July 13 2014. Hometown San Leandro, Calif. After Serving in the U.S. Navy, Dick spent 2 years at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1952. He then spent 25 years in Sales Mangement with Mobil Oil Company before retiring and starting his own Retail Business. Dick was a modest but proud member of the 1949 SCU Broncos Football Team. Much of his later years were spent at his favorite local golf course, where he worked as a Starter, in Solana Beach, Calif., the town he called home since 1973. Dick is survived by his wife of 61 years Mazie, his three children and three grandchildren.
Lt. Colonel Neil L. O'Keefe '52 U.S. ARMY, Ret, third-time resident of Stevens Point, age 86, died peacefully on July 2nd, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King after an extended illness.
Born Nov. 21, 1927, Neil grew up in San Diego, son of a distinguished WW I Army veteran who later served as prosecutor and assistant district attorney in San Diego. Neil spent much of his youth sailing and racing in San Diego Bay with his older brother, Art. He went on to graduate from Santa Clara University, with a degree in engineering earning a commission in the U.S. Army.
He honorably served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, where he received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal. From 1968-72 he was the director of the ROTC program for UW-Stevens Point. While teaching military history at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania he met his lifelong bride to be, Nancy J. Campbell. She was on the faculty teaching dance and physical education. They were married for 57 years and he is survived by four children, Dan, Jennifer, Dave and Kathleen and their families, which include eight wonderful grandchildren. Following military retirement, Neil continued to work in the field of engineering and assisted in building the San Diego Court House. The family moved back to Stevens Point, where Neil worked for UW-Stevens Point's Alumni Association. Continuing the family tradition of moving, he and Nancy went on to live in Pebble Beach, Hawaii, Palm Springs and finally back to Stevens Point.
Louis Charles Sarto '52, 84, died peacefully on August 21, 2014, after eight strokes. Lou was born June 6, 1930 to Norma and Guilio Sarto of Los Altos, California. He was educated at Mountain View Union High School, class of 1948, Santa Clara University, 1949, and graduated with a BA in accounting from San Jose State University in 1955. Lou was employed by the Adobe Creek Lodge as Social Director, by Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco, Trust Department, and with Gemello Winery in Mountain View, as Vice President and then President of the Winery, handling retail and wholesale sales, and blending of wines. He was proud that his California wines were among the first to beat the French wines in the now-famous blind tastings of 1976. His civic associations included Santa Clara Valley Wine Association, and Parkland of Monterey, where he served as Vice President and President of the Board of Directors. Lou served in the United States Army in Korea from 1950 to 1952, receiving an award for meritorious military service. Always a fine athlete, Lou participated in track and football, loved golf, and completed a 13-mile run/walk in the Big Sur International Marathon. As an accomplished artist in watercolor, sculpture, and stained glass, he created many original works. In 1999 he married Annette Foisie of Carmel Valley; he tells his friends that these years have been the best 15 years of his life.
John Donald Walsh '52—a truly unique, unusual, funny, intelligent, artistic, creative, and loved by the whole town, with good friends reaching back to high school (Villa Nova in Ojai)—breathed his last breath Sep. 25, 2014 , setting soul and spirit free. He was surrounded by artwork of his and friends including Countess Catherine de Longier and died in the house he was born in 83 years ago, on Nov. 7, 1930. At 7 p.m. in the dusk of evening, when his body was carried out, friends passing by in car and walking called out, "Donald we love you" as we all stood on the stairs looking on him for the last time. His passing was so quick, very peaceful, and surrounded by so much love and so much appreciation. Many people took part in caring for him and caring for us who cared for him ... a community.
Don graduated from Santa Clara University and after a brief stint working at the Ford Motor Company headed to Hollywood with his friends. Don next went to Korea as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Don returned to Jerome in his early thirties and lived in the Reese Family Apartments for the next 52 years. Don served as Vice Mayor of Jerome, worked in the Historical Society, the Jerome Public Library, and served as the head of the Art Guild. Don loved all art and music and was an artist himself. Don was accepting of everyone and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his nieces Pat Armer, Deborah Brizgys, Gail Benson, Ann Melick, Barbara Kitada, Teri Freeman and nephews Tom Armer and Arthur Mellick, and by his many friends in Jerome and throughout the United States.
Basil "Baz" Allaire '52 passed away peacefully on July 9, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. A respected and loving doctor, father, grandfather and husband, he will be missed by his friends, family, and colleagues.
Basil was born in the Old Adobe in Monterey, now the Pacheco Club, the son of Marie J. Angles and Charles W. Allaire. He was a graduate of Carmel High School (1948), Santa Clara University (1952), Saint Louis University School of Medicine (1956), with his medical residency at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco.
After serving as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service, he returned to Monterey to join the Waligora Medical Group. He left the practice to study cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, then returned to Monterey to found the Cardio-Pulmonary Association. Following his work at the Association, he became Vice President of Medical Affairs at Community Hospital.
Baz retired from Community Hospital and moved with his wife, Maryann to the lovely mountains of Twain Harte in Tuolumne County. He loved family dinners, great stories, fishing and friends.
At the age of 82, he fulfilled his bucket list and headed out in his truck on an 8,700 mile road trip, stopping to stay and visit with family and old friends, from Oregon to Niagara Falls. He ate his way across the country!
He is survived by his brother, Lou; sister, Eleanor; and his children: Therese (Guy), Michael Mendenhall (Kim), Charlie (Michal), Cheryl, Leigh (Karl), Basil, Robert (Amy), Michael (Mandy); and nine wonderful grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryann; brother, Charlie, and sister, Dorothy. He was loved by all – his sense of humor will be truly missed.
Raymond "Ray" Bettencourt '53, born August 23, 1931, and a resident of Fremont, with great sadness we say goodbye to Ray who passed away on July 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Sr. and Anna Bettencourt and his loving wife Harriet Bettencourt. Ray was a brother to Donna Shoults, a loving father to Jeff (Sandi) and Greg (Liz), and a wonderful caring grandfather to Daniel, Renee, Eric, and Jenna.
Ray was born and has spent his whole life in Fremont where he graduated from Washington High School and played football. He then extended his education and graduated from Santa Clara University. Following this he served two years in the United States Army. He then earned his teaching credential and later taught Social Sciences for 30 years back at his alumni of Washington High School.
He was known for his great humor and sarcasm and was very well-liked by his students. After graduation many of his students would stop by to visit Ray, return several times and grew to really adore Harriet, who was a magnet to the neighborhood teenagers. In addition, he had an after school session known as "detention" which he actually enjoyed and derived great pleasure in conversing with the participants who were a captive audience for his wit and humor.
He was an avid golfer. He coached golf at Washington High School from 1961-1965. With only one family car his wife and eldest son would come to the school to load up the entire golf team in the station wagon and drive to the local golf course. To the end of his life he remained in contact with some of the members from these teams. He shared his love of golf with the neighborhood kids and inspired them by teaching them and giving them clubs and golf balls that he fished out of ponds at various golf courses to develop their own passion for golf.
In recent years he became very involved in genealogy. He traced back his family origins with the help of like minded relatives to the 1863 arrival of his Great Grandfather John to the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result of this interest he was very much involved in collecting, taking, and organizing photos of family and friends he had known throughout his life.
He also had a great passion for movies and has a vast collection of miniature movie posters which are displayed throughout his house. His love for movies is evident by his book and movie collection. Growing up in Fremont, Ray kept in touch with many friends from grammar school days through Monday morning breakfast, reunions, and frequent visits to each other's homes. He will be greatly missed by his friends as he missed those who went before him. Two of his many great qualities were his generosity and progressive thinking which allowed him to share and grow both spiritually and intellectually to the very end of his life. When you spent time with him, you felt as though you were growing along with him.
George Chris Fotinos '54, born March 11, 1933, died peacefully at home in Sonoma on August 6, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. A native of San Francisco, George was born to the late Christos and Angelina Fotinos. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He then served in the US Army Corp of Engineers administering the construction of radar bases in Iceland and Canada after which George continued his education earning a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from U. C. Berkeley.
George worked for many years at Ben C. Gerwick Company in San Francisco on several major bridges including the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the San-Mateo Hayward Bridge, the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and waterfront structures throughout the San Francisco Bay. Other structures include the Northumberland Crossing in Eastern Canada, Jamuna Bridge in Bangladesh, Bahrain Crossing in the Persian Gulf and the Seven Mile Bridge in Florida. In latter years, George worked as a consultant and was serving on the Caltrans State Seismic Advisory Board until the onset of his illness.
He is survived by his beloved wife Vivian and his three beloved daughters and their cherished husbands, Angela and Ted Koros, Margaret and Mike Morearty and Elaine and Jim Burrell. He adored and was adored by his eight grandchildren, Elaina, Peter and Ava Koros, Paulina and Maria Morearty and John, George and James Burrell. He is survived by his sisters Christine Kolaites and Mary Anagnostou and predeceased by his brother Tom Fotinos and sister Katherine Fotinos. A devoted Greek Orthodox Christian, George enjoyed a life filled with the love of family and was most often found happily working on his Napa Carneros vineyard where he grew premium pinot noir grapes for nearly 50 years.
Clarence Joseph Cravalho ’54, Nov. 30, 1932 - Sep. 23, 2014. Clarence grew up in Burlingame and graduated from Burlingame High School. He graduated in the class of 1954 from Santa Clara University. In the army he shot the largest cannon in the world 28 times, more than anyone else in the world. He became partners in his father's tile company, Peninsula Art Tile, in San Mateo. Clarence and Mary Monast were married at Our Lady of Angels Church in 1960. Clarence became a parimutual clerk at Bay Meadows Race Track and owned horses together with his parents. Clarence always said he was a lucky person….and indeed, he was!
He had a blessed life with a loving wife, Mary, to whom he was married for 54 years; great parents (Manuel and Theresa) and sister (Gerry); marvelous children, Tom (Mona Monroe), Jamie Cravalho ’85 (Mary Nejat), Theresa Webb ’87 (Paul Webb), and Greg (Carla Ackley); cherished grandchildren, Wesley, Selena, Ariana, Cory, Dylan, Tyler, Jackie, Cameron, Arden, Payton and Larson; and two great-grandchildren, Lily and Christian.
Walter Conn '55 passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family after a hard-fought battle with cancer on Sep. 18, 2014. Walter was born on May 10, 1934, in Canton, Ohio, to Marguerite and Thomas Conn. He was the middle child of five. Walter spent the majority of his childhood in Southern California, attended Cathedral High School and South Pasadena-San Marino High School. He attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship and also boxed for the University. Later-on he played football and boxed for the Army in the US and Europe. Walter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army.
He served in a variety of positions and ultimately as a Missile officer overseeing Nike Missile sites on the west coast prior to being honorably discharged as a Captain. Walter began work at Charles Dunn Company and founded the property management business in 1963. He grew the business from one small apartment building under management to a portfolio of over 25 million square feet, with several hundred employees. In 1995 he purchased the company from the Dunn family and other partners, and has led the firm as it's Chairman ever since. A prolific philanthropist, Walter served on a variety of charitable and school boards, giving money, time and support to countless charities and institutions over his lifetime. He was always more concerned with the well being of his business associates, employees and anyone else he encountered rather than himself. His door was always open to lend an ear, give advice and help anyone needing him. Walter always placed a high priority on family, and instilled that family would always come first, above all else. He loved unconditionally. His other passions included traveling the world, especially Asia, and classical music, in particular opera. He was a humble, simple, quick witted and inspiring leader that will be missed by many.
Walter is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Eileen and sons Patrick and Walter, his grandchildren Isabella and Tucker, his sister Barbara McAndrews and brother James Conn ’59, 16 nieces and nephews and many other extended family. He is reunited with his parents and brothers Paul Conn ’50, Fr. Francis Conn, S.J., and Fr. Thomas Conn, S.J. who passed before him.