Santa Clara University

From Donohoe Alumni House

A Fond Farewell

Jerry Kerr 
Jerry Kerr

Prior to beginning my freshman year at SCU, I was advised to "Enjoy the stay-it will be four of the best years of your life." Combining my days as a student and subsequent time as your alumni liaison, I find myself completing that cycle of four-year sets nine times over.

This summer completes my final hat trick as I will be retiring from Santa Clara. I am most grateful that the stay lasted so long. Santa Clara was a fabulous experience then and it has continued to be throughout.

The quality of the people, the purpose of my work, and the benefit of being part of such a fine institution and our world of alumni have made every one of these years worthwhile.

Santa Clara is a family whose members care not just for the individual but for the overall good of the University. I thank each of you who have taken the time and energy to assist the University, recruit our students, help our students, counsel our students and alumni, and share the vision of Santa Clarans for life.

The friendships, the kindness extended, and the belief in Christ's messages have helped ensure the future of Santa Clara as an outstanding Catholic and Jesuit university.

The quality of the people, the purpose of my work, and the benefit of being part of such a fine institution and our world of alumni have made every one of these years worthwhile.

As our Alumni Association continues to bridge our members and the University, I thank the generations of alumni leaders and volunteers who continue to provide the services, events, and programs that are the fiber of our alumni relations efforts and further meld our Santa Clara family.

Group effort

Major kudos go to the highly motivated Donohoe Alumni Office staff, past and present, particularly Paul Neilan '70, Corinne Intrieri, Linda Calvano, Nancy Nino '96, Charles Cownie '00, Anny Madden '97, Lori Zemaitis '94, and Brother Jim Siwicki, S.J. Special thanks also go to the vast array of students who have worked on your behalf in our office.

It is always difficult to single out individuals who have made my stay possible. However, there are certain people who have done so much: the late Louis I. Bannan, S.J., Paul Neilan, and my family.

For 43 years Fr. Lou dedicated his life to Santa Clara, its students, and our alumni. Paul, our associate director, has for more than a quarter century been the man who gets things done for our alumni.

Foremost, though, I am indebted to my wonderful wife, Jean, and our sons John '86, Matthew '88, Brian '89, Michael '92, and Gregg '95. Jean's good humor and support have enabled me to be of service to you.

Happy trails

Shortly, there will be a changing of the guard. Though I will no longer officially be on the chapter trail, I look forward to seeing you at our alumni events-on your side of the greeting line.

Also further ahead, certain people on the home front look forward to my reducing the size of the "to-do list" container from a five-gallon drum to a six-ounce jar, while I continue to savor having sun on my face and the wind at my back.

God bless and go Broncos!

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