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Victor Novak

Victor Novak, former director of SCU libraries, passed into eternity quietly in his sleep Friday morning, 12/9/11. Born in Slovenia in 1923, he was educated in Ljubljana and was awarded a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Graz, Austria in 1949. He came to the US the same year and settled in Cleveland, OH. In 1952 he married Cirila Cesnik, who succumbed to cancer in 1979. Victor earned a Master of Library Science degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1954 and worked in the library field there until he moved to California where he joined the Santa Clara University staff in 1957. He became Director of Libraries of SCU in 1969, retiring from that post in 1985. He enjoyed hiking and traveling back to his native land on numerous occasions. In the early 1980s he met Hille Sonin, Head of Acquisitions at the University of San Francisco. They married in 1991, and spent many years traveling extensively around the word. After a long illness, Victor succumbed to the ravages of dementia. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Hille, and his sister Marija and other relatives in Slovenia. Cherished by loved ones and respected by all, Victor will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by many in the Bay Area and abroad. Special thanks are extended to the staff at the Nobis Care Homes for their gentle support in recent years. Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco campus. McAVOY O'HARA Co 415-668-0077

submitted Dec. 15, 2011 11:10A
Professor Richard "Dick" Pefley

Professor of Engineering Richard (Dick) Pefley

Longtime SCU Professor Richard “Dick” Pefley died on Oct. 6, 2009. He was 88 years old.

Professor Pefley joined the faculty of the School of Engineering in 1951 as chair of the mechanical engineering department and immediately became a favorite among students and colleagues. His keen interest in solar energy, artificial lung development, heat transfer, and gas dynamics of the Polaris missile led to numerous scholarly publications, but it was his exploration of alternative fuels in the early 1970s that made him a leading authority in the field, both in the United States and around the world. 

Pefley was passionate about finding alternatives for reducing dependence on oil imports, and he was a proponent of alcohol-based fuel “not just because it is clean burning but because it can be produced by every country, even underdeveloped countries, since it can be developed from so many sources” such as sugar cane, natural gas, and coal, he said. 

From 1969 to 1980, Pefley received millions of dollars in funding from the U.S. Post Office and the California Energy Commission for alcohol car test programs, converting fleets of vehicles to use alcohol fuels. In 1980 he founded the Methanol Research Center where he led and inspired a loyal following of “alcoholics” who were as committed to alternative fuels as he, even as funding dissipated in the wake of falling oil prices. In 1982, Pefley argued, “We are making a terrible mistake by directing so many dollars into destructive weaponry when they could be going into constructive weaponry—like energy.” 

Over the years, Pefley was named ASME Fellow, testified before Congressional subcommittees, and was one of three recipients of the first SCU President’s Special Recognition Award, recognizing superior teaching, publication, and special service to the University and the community. Upon his retirement from SCU, one of his students, David Oliver ’61, wrote: He was a man of “brilliance and exciting energy. [He] blessed a generation of engineers in a time of both exhilarating and desperate technical advances. [He was] a technical man par excellance. But the technical did not detract or blind him to the wider issues of moral seriousness.”

Paul S. Russell ’78, who studied under Pefley at SCU and worked with him later at Pefley’s company, Alcohol Energy Systems, remembers his friend as “an outstanding academic, a visionary, a pioneering researcher, and a philosopher. He could engineer superbly, but in the end his greatest gift to future generations was not the courses he taught, the discoveries he made, or the systems he engineered, but his moral compass. Its cardinal points were knowledge, modesty, justice, and hard work. He was an example to all of us.”

Pefley is survived by two children, Barbara Morgan ’71 and Steven ’79. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nel.

submitted Mar. 1, 2010 3:44P
Patrick Thompson

Father Patrick Thompson ’56 joined his heavenly Father on October 20, 2012. Msgr. Patrick Thompson was a native Angeleno and had recently celebrated his 50th year as a priest. He was ordained in 1960 and had a long and fruitful career. He served as associate at a number of parishes, served in Newman ministry at various colleges, and had been on the faculty of St. John Seminary, in Camarillo, Calif. He has also served in the Senate of Priests, the South Coast Interfaith Council, and the Archdiocesan Commission on Evangelization. He was an avid and talented photographer and continued to travel frequently on photo excursions in his retirement. Since 1997, he had served as pastor of St. Margaret Mary, Lomita. He retired to Incarnation Parish in Glendale, Calif. Thompson was a recipient of the SCU Los Angeles Alumni Chapter "Santa Claran of the Year" award in 2003. He was brother of Jack Thompson '58 and uncle to Terri Thompson '80.

submitted Oct. 30, 2012 3:58A
John J. George

John J. George, May 31, 2013. A resident of Santa Clara, George was born in Niagara Falls, NY, in 1944, to Joseph and Grace George. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Niagara University in 1967. Later that summer, he married Melanie Wozniak and they moved to Omaha, NE where John received his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University in 1970. A job offer as general counsel for Executive Fund Life Insurance Company brought John, Melanie and their young daughters to the Bay Area in 1971. John opened his private legal practice in 1973 and continued to work as a trial lawyer and mediator until his retirement in 2012. He also taught in the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy program and in the Santa Clara University and West Valley College Paralegal programs. John was a dedicated community servant who supported public education. In 1992 he created the Santa Clara Schools Foundation and served on its board for 19 years. In 2002 he incorporated the Santa Clara Teacher Housing Foundation, one of the first of its kind in the nation. John is survived by Melanie, his wife of 45 years; daughters Leslie Kloes ’96 (Chris) of Santa Clara and Merrill Turner ’93 (Brian)  of Santa Clara; grandchildren Caroline and Vincent Kloes; sister Rosemary (David) Gleason of Greensboro, NC and brother Joseph (Barbara) George of Niagara Falls, NY.

submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:04A
Dr. William Yabroff, Ph.D

Professor William Yabroff, who co-founded the graduate counseling psychology department at SCU, died on Oct. 6, 2011. He was a beloved professor for over 25 years, teaching numerous courses, and specializing in the therapeutic use of imagery and symbol. He is survived by his daughter, Clare (Wendy) Yabroff '85. A memorial service is being held on November 19th at 4 p.m. at the Ananda Church, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306. For more information, please call 503-616-6628.

submitted Nov. 9, 2011 3:28P
Dr. Susan Leigh Star

Susan Leigh Star, PhD (Susan Lee Kippax), 55, died Wednesday, March 24 at home in Pittsburgh, Penn. She was the wife of Geof Bowker. Born in Pawtucket, the daughter of Glenn Kippax and the late Shirley (Polke) Kippax, she lived in Santa Cruz, CA and Pittsburgh. She graduated from Lincoln High School (1971), Harvard University, and received her doctorate from UC San Francisco. She held academic and scholarly positions as Professor of Communications, Sociology, Information Science, Women's Studies, and Computer Sciences at many universities, including UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Keele (England), UI Champaign-Urbana, L'Ecole de Mines (Paris), U Caligari (Italy), Santa Clara University, and since August 2009 University of Pittsburgh, where she was the Boyce Chair of Library and Information Science and Director of the Sara Fine Institute. She authored numerous books, articles, and academic journals, was editor of the journal Mind, Culture, and Activity, the Science and Technology volume of the Women's Studies International Encyclopedia and co-editor of Science, Technology, and Human Values. She was elected to the Sociological Research Association in 2004, and received a lifetime achievement honor from the American Sociological Association. She is survived by her husband Geof, father Glenn T. Kippax and his wife Elizabeth of Lincoln, sister Cynthia (Kippax) Ripley and her husband Don of Smithfield, and nieces Kristen Amy and Heather Leigh Ripley.


submitted May. 5, 2010 11:08A
Fr. Joseph Caldwell

Fr. Joseph "Ripley" Caldwell, longtime Santa Clara Pastoral Minister, died on Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heard Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was a Jesuit for 68 years and a priest for 55. Ripley, as he liked to be called, taught English, philosophy, and psychology for fourteen years at Loyola University in Los Angeles, after which he served for fifteen years as a retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos. He later provided pastoral ministry at Santa Clara University and nearby St. Clare Parish, retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 1994 where he spent his time reading, listening to classical music, writing poetry and taking care of his Boston Terrier, Little Rip. As we give thanks for the life of Fr. Ripley Caldwell a line from one of his poems seems appropriate: "Happiness is remembering that Someone once said: 'I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.'" Fr. Caldwell is survived by his sister Mary Catherine Fillingim of San Antonio, Texas.

submitted Jun. 14, 2010 1:25P
Joseph A. Grassi

JOSEPH A. GRASSI Professor emeritus of Religious Studies, SCU Nov. 4, 1922 - Dec. 9, 2010. Our beloved Joseph passed away peacefully while his wife Carolyn was with him. He is deeply mourned by his family, including  sons Peter Grassi '93, Eddie Grassi '92, daughter-in-law Alisa, grandchildren Madeline and Ethan, sister Emily Walsh, brother Peter Grassi, brothers-in-law John & Richard Cook, nieces, nephews and countless friends. Joseph was the son of the late Joseph & Marie DiNunzio Grassi and brother of the late Louise Griffing. Professor emeritus of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, Scripture teacher of Maryknoll seminarians and SCU students, author of over 20 books, founder of Skip-A-Meal program for the hungry, member of Catholic Biblical Society etc, educated at Manhattan College, Maryknoll, the Pontifical Gregorian & Biblical Institutes in Rome, serving the poor in Guatemala for 3 years, teacher with his wife Carolyn in the SCU Osher program. A funeral Mass for Joseph Grassi will be on January 15 at 1:30 pm at the Mission Church, SCU campus. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed by Hospice of the Valley.

submitted Dec. 28, 2010 3:02P


UGRD Engineering '31
Joseph Doetsch

Joseph Doetsch Jr. '31, former longtime Walla Walla resident, passed away July 11, 2009, in Issaquah, Wash. He was 101 years old.

submitted Aug. 17, 2009 11:18A


UGRD Engineering '33
Lester O'Meara

Lester O'Meara '33 on January 16, 2010.  Les graduated from Santa Clara University and proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer during WWII. After the war, he became a principal in the mechanical engineering firm of O'Meara-Sanford-Alessi Inc. He was president and national committeeman in the Consulting Engineering Council, past chairman of the Architects and Engineering Conference Committee, served as a director for the Sacramento Builders Exchance, chairman of the County Board of Appeals for the building department, and was also a member of the Sacramento City-County Chamber of Commerce. O'Meara was a generous contributor to civic, welfare, religious, and young organizations and education institutions. Les and his wife "Sue" were members of the Del Paso Country Club for many years where they enjoyed playing golf and socializing with their friends. It's nice to imagine Les back on a big beautiful golf course in Heaven trying for that next hole-in-one, a smile on his face, no pain, no worry. Les is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Muriel (also known as "Sue"); his nephew John (Polly) O'Meara of Newport Beach; his sister Vivian Felton of San Rafael; nieces Claudia (Howard) Jones of Clovis, Calif., Majorie (Bob) Price of Jettersville, Calif., Janet (Lawrence) Fogel of Scotts Valley, CA and Susan (Byron) Levey of Watsonville, Calif., and several grand and great nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

submitted May. 26, 2010 11:31A
Harold DeLuca '33


Harold Joseph DeLuca '33 passed away on November 30, 2011, at 99 years of age. He was the son of the late Amerigo and Adelaide DeLuca. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert DeLuca and sisters Leontine DeLuca and Elvyra DeVincenzi; nephew, Ronald DeVincenzi, DDS; and grand niece, Andrea DeVincenzi; and devoted companion, Josephine Peirano. He is survived by his niece, Carol DeVincenzi; cousin Dolores Legge and her spouse, Jerry. He is also very much mourned by his grand nieces and nephews Mark, Ronald, Paul, Robert and Maria DeVincenzi and Diana McClean. He is also survived by his long time close friend, Clare Venturini. A graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Class of 1929 and Santa Clara University, Class of 1933, Harold was proud of his Jesuit roots and lived his life in the Jesuit tradition of "A man for others." Upon college graduation, he began his business career with the venerable poultry trading company, BJ Holmes International, where he remained until founding Lehar Sales Co. in 1949 and where he was actively engaged until his passing. During his long career in the poultry industry, Harold founded and nurtured a myriad of companies engaged in nearly every facet of poultry production and distribution. Both Harold DeLuca and Lehar Sales Co. enjoyed a national reputation for honesty, integrity, performance, and sound business principles. He was a mentor to countless people in the industry who sought his guidance and wisdom. Harold's greatest legacy, however, lay not in commerce, but in the world of philanthropy. To Harold, life had little meaning unless one shared his success with those less fortunate. During his lifetime he donated most of his personal wealth to charities too numerous to mention individually. He was especially proud of providing the funding for the Leontyne Chapel on the campus of Bellarmine College Preparatory in honor of his sister, Leontine DeLuca, and his parents. Many of his gifts were given anonymously, and he gave from his heart with no desire for personal recognition. He was a man of great warmth, caring, and personal honor. In both business and philanthropy he was a visionary and one who led by example. Our world is better today because Harold DeLuca graced our lives, and so many people shall always be in his debt. His memory will live on and be forever cherished.
submitted Dec. 12, 2011 9:26A


UGRD Engineering '34
John MacDonald

John MacDonald '34 passed away on  March 8, 2010 at the age of 97. Beloved husband, uncle, teacher, and friend, John taught engineering at San Jose State University and designed part of the engineering center. An avid golfer, he was a founding organizer of La Rinconada Golf Club. He served as a Navy lieutenant, an engineering officer, during WWII. John was stationed in Honolulu & Mare Island, Vallejo, where he helped Admiral Rickover, father of the nuclear navy.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 3:27P
UGRD Leavey Business '34
Francis Sparolini

Francis Sparolini '34 son of a pioneer Monterey family, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2009 at his home in Carmel with his family at his side. He was 97. He was a highly respected member of the community where he was born, grew up and owned and operated Sparolini Distributing Company. Francis' father, John A. Sparolini, first came to Monterey in 1884 from Lugano, Switzerland. His mother, the former Frances Lander, came to Monterey from Germany in 1893. The Sparolinis were married in 1899. After graduating from San Carlos parochial school and Monterey High School, he was graduated from Santa Clara University in 1934. He served as Captain, Transportation Corps, in the Army of the United States and was honorably discharged in 1953. Francis married Aili Orava in 1943 and they enjoyed a very happy and wonderful marriage until her death in 1974. Francis and Aili were blessed with three beautiful children, Susan, James and Catherine. In 1976, Francis married Laverne Kahl Storm and they shared many memorable years together until her death in 2007. Perhaps the most signal honor to come his way occurred in 1964 when he was elected a Director of First National Bank of Monterey, the oldest bank in Monterey County. It was a position his father held shortly after the bank's organization. Francis was extremely active in community affairs and his true passion was his family, the Catholic Church, his friends and golf. Francis loved the game of golf and first learned as a young lad caddying at Pebble Beach and Old Del Monte Golf Club. In 1940, he became a member of Monterey Peninsula Country Club. He later was elected to the Board of MPCC and served as President in 1969. He played golf regularly throughout his long membership. He was a member of the Wednesday Odd Lotters group, a high-spirited group whose afternoon golf was foreshadowed by the boisterous 19th hole aftermath where winners gloat over their competitors and all joyfully relive recent history on the links. Francis is predeceased by his son, James and is survived by his daughters, Susan LaVarnway (Charles) and Catherine Sparolini; his daughter-in-law, Kathryn; grandchildren, Sonia and Stephen Sparolini and stepson, Chris Storm; and many nieces and nephews. So whether you knew him as Francis, Fran, Frank, F.J., Frannie, Sparo, Sperry, Mr. Sparolini, Uncle, Grandpa, or Dad, he has left a deep, lasting impression on each person fortunate to have him in their life.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 12:52P


William D. Bottini

William D. Bottini '35 on Feb. 13, 2009. The native of Pleasanton attended SCU on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He worked for the Western Pacific Railroad as a right-of-way engineer in Nevada, and in 1942 enlisted in the Seabees of the United States Navy and was decorated with the Bronze Star for his service as an engineer constructing landing strips on islands of the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he came to Colorado Springs as superintendent of construction for several projects at the Air Force Academy, including building a chapel, the football stadium, and the cadet area. Working for B.H. Baker Construction Company, he was responsible for the company's building projects in Colorado Springs and other areas of Colorado and Wyoming. Upon retirement, he volunteered for the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs as a supervisor of building projects throughout the area. In addition, he worked in a local soup kitchen and helped out at local schools by reading to children. He is survived by two sons; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:49P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '35
Hickey II, Jeremiah G.

Jeremiah G. Hickey II  '35 on January 30, 2009, age 96, in Pheonix, Ariz. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Catherine; his children, J. Griffin, Christopher, Clare, Marguerite, and Louise, and grandchildren. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for Hickey Freeman for 33 years. He was devoted to his family and his church, loved photography and poetry. He was a member of the Lay Order of Carmelites.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:27P
Edward Van Tobel Jr.

Edward Van Tobel Jr. '35 died Dec. 29, 2009. The Las Vegas busiess pioneer was 96 years old. He is credited with helping to build the company into the world's first indoor lumber and home improvement center in the 1950s. He had spent much of his youth working with his father, company founder Ed Von Tobel Sr., and brothers Jacob and George Von Tobel at the family lumberyard in town. After graduating from Las Vegas High School and Santa Clara University, Von Tobel Jr. rejoined Von Tobel Lumber. He handled the accounting and bookkeeping and oversaw the hardware and lumber store's expansion into multiple locations.  Ed Von Tobel Sr. came to Las Vegas in 1905 and started Von Tobel Lumber shortly after. That was decades before Nevada would legalize gambling, but Von Tobel Sr. made his own gamble, surviving many lean early years in business. The father patriarch died in 1967. His son Edward Jr. was the last surviving sibling among the father's four children. Von Tobel Jr. left the family business for a brief time in the 1940s after being drafted into the Army. Upon his return to Las Vegas, he helped to make Von Tobel Lumber a worldwide model of lumberyards and home improvement centers.  "People would come from Australia and all over the world to look at his indoor lumber yard. It was cool as a kid because they would bring gifts," recalled niece Julie Roach, who is the daughter of George Von Tobel. "Before there was a Home Depot or a Lowe's, there was a Von Tobel Lumber," she said.  The largest Von Tobel Lumber was at Maryland Parkway and Karen Avenue. In the 1980s, the family sold the lumber business to a national chain, which later went out of business. But Ed Von Tobel Jr. stayed active for the rest of his life by helping in the bookkeeping on his family's real estate holdings, Roach said. "He worked right up until about a month before he passed away. He always was a hard worker and stayed late," she added. Von Tobel Jr. also kept busy helping out reporters and historians with his knowledge of the state and Las Vegas. "There wasn't a person, writer, or filmmaker doing something on Nevada who didn't come to Uncle Ed to interview him," Roach said.  In one local history book, The First 100: Portraits of the Men and Women Who Shaped Las Vegas, Von Tobel Jr. discussed his pioneering father and his childhood growing up in Las Vegas with co-author A.D. Hopkins.  "Every Sunday afternoon, his brother Jake would go down to the red light district on Block 16 to buy a bucket of beer to bring back for the family," said Hopkins. "He said you had to buy it at a brothel because it was the closest place, and they'd sell you a bucket of beer even if you were 12."  Hopkins said Von Tobel Jr. was "invaluable to historians."  Ed Von Tobel Jr. is survived by his wife of 70 years, Evelyne; daughters Sharon Schmitt, Katherine Acord, Susan Von Tobel and Gretchen McQuade; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. 

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 11:10A


UGRD Engineering '36
Robert P. Litschi

Robert P. Litschi '36 died Nov. 15, 2009. Bob passed away as graciously as he lived, surrounded by his loving family. Growing up in L.A., he shared a passion with his dad Louis—playing baseball, first at Loyola High and then Santa Clara University. Louis played for the Vernon Tigers (Pacific Coast League) and young Bob remembers Brashear, Hosp, and other baseball players frequenting his house. Bob took up golf in college and virtually never stopped playing—up to age 94. After college and serving in WWII in New Caledonia, he worked and retired from Keliher Hardware. He enriched our lives with his keen sense of humor, his kindness, generous nature and his dedication to his faith. He is survived by his children, Linda (Joe) Sallinger, Laura Jones, Janet (Sam) Rizzo, Bob (Sandy) Litschi, and Jim Litschi, as well as eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and predeceased by his wife Marjorie.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '36
Robert P. Litschi

Robert P. Litschi '36 passed away on November 15 at age 96, surrounded by his loving family. Growing up in LA, he shared a passion with his dad Louis - playing baseball, first at Loyola High and then at SCU. Louis played for the Vernon Tigers (Pacific Coast League) and young Bob remembers Brashear, Hosp and other baseball players frequenting his house. Bob took up golf in college and virtually never stopped playing - up to age 94. After college and serving in WWII in New Caledonia, he worked and retired from Keliher Hardware. He is survived by his children, Linda (Joe) Sallinger, Laura Litschi Jones '68, Janet (Sam) Rizzo, Bob (Sandy) Litschi, and Jim Litschi '78, as well as eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and predeceased by his wife Marjory. His services were held at St. Therese, his parish church, in Alhambra.

submitted Nov. 24, 2009 5:39A
Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski

Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski ’36, the main character in the movie The Life of Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski, has left the set 25 days after reaching the magic age of 100 years old. Frisky passed on the morning of Thanksgiving, November 28th, 2013. The epic tale was magnificently acted, performed at the highest level, and will be remembered by many for generations to come. Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski was born on November 3, 1913 in San Francisco, the second son of Louis and Frances Kaliski. He and his brother Marty, were raised in Oakland, California where Ray excelled in track and football. Many of Ray's track records at Oakland High from the late 1920's stood until the 50's. His football ability earned him a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became a fierce running back, defensive back and an elusive kick returner during the 1932-35 seasons. His running abilities were what got him penned by the S.F. Chronicle as "Frisky Kaliski", a name that has stuck with him for over 70 years. "Frisky" became a proud member of the SCU Football Hall of Fame on August 28, 2001, getting inducted along with Brent Jones of the San Francisco 49ers. After his college years, Frisky went on to distribute film all along the West Coast. During the war, Ray could not serve in the military due to a childhood accident which almost took his life at the age of ten. Instead, he worked as a ship fitter at the Bethlehem Shipyards at Hunters Point in San Francisco. After the war Ray worked with his dad and brother to develop a large chain of movie theatres in the Bay Area. The passing of Ray's father in 1955 marked the beginning of a new phase in the life of Ray and his brother. They ceased running movie theatres and concentrated on building apartment complexes, starting with the 34 unit Lakeside Apartments complex on Lake Merritt. They then built the 80 unit complex in Alameda called The Dunes, whose eventual sale made way for the Harbor Point Apartments and the connected tennis and swim club, as well as Strawberry Shores Apartments all on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley. Frisky, along with his bride BJ and daughter Barbara, built a successful miniature horse ranch in Petaluma, called Winner's Circle, which won dozens of trophies and ribbons including a National Title with one of their prize show horses. When Ray's brother Marty died in 1989, Ray got his sons, Raymond William ’66 and Robert (Bobbo), involved in running the show. Ray spent much time traveling the world with BJ but was devastated with her death in January of 2000. After that loss, he further embraced his family, taking them on numerous cruises and trips allowing him to get to know his five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Tragedy struck Ray and the family in 2009, when his youngest granddaughter, Jaime Norman ’98, passed away at the early age of 33. In addition to the generosity to his family, Ray donated to hundreds of charities, and also supported his youngest son, Robert's, dream to start The Harbor Point Charitable Foundation, that has since raised over $1,000,000 for local charities and those most in need in The Bay Area. So now the theatre showing Ray's remarkable life is dark. But his legacy will continue through his loving family and the many friends he left behind. His three children, Barbara, Ray W, and Robert will continue to enhance the legacy of this remarkable man. His four grandchildren: Michael; Melanie; Kris and Patrick will enhance it even more. Ray is also survived by 11 great grandchildren, Nicholas Mitchell, Colton Dansie, Taylor Dansie, Brett Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell. Joshua Dansie, Ty Mitchell, Alli Dansie, Zachary Schwerin-Daro, Jack Sheldon and Ziyad Kaliski. His generosity and the physical things he built have helped make people's lives better, healthier and more fun. The Harbor Point Apartments, The Club at Harbor Point and the restaurant Nourish Grill continue his legacy. Rest in peace "Frisky", you played your role on this earth with dignity and grace. All of your family and friends are proud to have known you, loved you and lived with you. Your employees have been honored to work for and with you. We will all continue to make you proud until we join you on the other side. - See more at:

submitted Dec. 12, 2013 11:22A
Bernard Walsh Mehren

Bernard Walsh Mehren '36 died peacefully at home in Rancho Santa Fe on Friday, May 29, 2009, with his son, John, daughter-in-law, Marcy, and grandchildren, Joe, Andrew, and Laurelyn at his bedside. He was born on October 23, 1914 in South Orange, N.J., to Edward J. and Grace W. Mehren. He was a resident of Rancho Santa Fe for 53 years. Barney graduated from Brophy Preparatory High School in Phoenix, Arizona, attended the University of Santa Clara, and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. A long time, professionally licensed chemical engineer, he worked for Crown Cork and Seal, was the chief chemist for the Squirt Beverage Company's bottling plant in San Diego, and was founder and chairman of PM Chemical Company since 1942. He invented many detergent and cleaning formulas in his long career with the company. He attended the University of Chicago to train as a meteorologist and was assigned to the Army Air Corps based in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He flew on board many a bombing run in B-24 Liberators over the Northern Kurile Islands, Japan as a weather observer. While in The Aleutians, Barney and a colleague discovered and documented winds aloft, now referred to in meteorology as the jet stream. He attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, received The Air Medal, and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1945. One of his great passions, besides his family, was singing and music. He sang in the choirs at both St. James Church and The Church of the Nativity, soloing at most Saturday evening Masses. He was a member of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Lieutenancy. He traveled extensively with his family, and later on around the world with his wife Loraine. Barney was predeceased by his son, Leo; and his wife of 46 years, Loraine. He leaves behind many friends and family including sons, Bernie, John, (Marcy), and Jim; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his loving caregiver, Gracie; and devoted gardener, Jesus. 

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:41P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '37
William DeFries

William DeFries '37 on April 5, 2010.  Wiliam was born in Manila, Philippine Islands, and moved to The Villages from Santa Barbara, Calif. in 1994.  He was retired from the Air Force; served as state regional health officer for Sumter and Pasco counties; county health officer for Fresno County in California; was an associate professor at Fresno State University; doctor at the Country Free Clinic in Firebaugh, Calif.; served as the senior medical consultant for the state of California; and director of professional services in the surgeon general's office in Washington, D.C. Survivors include his wife, Vira, sons William C. DeFries, Richard DeFries '79, Donald Conard, and daughters Cecilia L. DeFries and Patty Vardilos, as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

submitted Jun. 8, 2010 12:03P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '37
Richard Barton

Richard E. Barton ’37 died October 24, 2010.  

submitted Apr. 12, 2011 1:20P
John B. Hoey

John B. Hoey '37 died on Jun. 29, 2008.


submitted May. 28, 2009 2:53P
Henry "Hank" Richard

Henry "Hank" Richard ’37, a resident of Santa Cruz, was born in San Jose, CA, December 12, 1916, and passed away December 19, 2012, at the age of 96. He was preceded in death less than a year ago by Margery, his beloved wife of 71 years. He is survived by his two sons, Stephen (Dee) of Los Gatos and Bruce (Elaine) of Ukiah, five grandchildren, Shannon (Santa Barbara), Carey (San Jose) and Nathaniel, Louisa, and Hallie all of Ukiah, and five great grandchildren. Hank was the son of prominent Alviso ranchers Henry Sr. and Grace Wade Richard and grew up working with his father in the family orchards. He learned duck-hunting from his father at the age of six and became an excellent marksman. He attended Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University and U.C.Davis where he graduated with a degree in horticulture in 1937. Hank supervised the family orchards until 1940 when he married Margery, he then became an Inspector for the USDA in San Jose advancing to supervising inspector for the 11 western states. In 1958 he went to work as production manager and later plant manager of Pratt-Lowe in Santa Clara. Upon retiring in 1980, he and Margery moved to Pasatiempo golf community where they enjoyed 30+ Golden Years playing golf, bridge, gardening, traveling and a full social life with many wonderful and lifelong friends. 

submitted Feb. 1, 2013 11:41A
GRD Law '37
George W. Artz

George W. Artz J.D. '40 on Feb 12, 2009. The Sacramento native served in the Army during World War II and was a lawyer with the firm, Desmond, Miller & Artz. He later joined Hal Ellis to develop the Arden Manor subdivision in Sacramento. In 1952, they formed Alcan Pacific Co., a general contractor with operations in Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Okinawa, and Thailand. Later ventures included part ownership of Channel 31 in Sacramento and Sharon Heights Convalescent Hospital in Menlo Park. He was active in the Crocker Art Museum and Interfaith Service Bureau and spent 10 years on the board of the Sacramento Convention Bureau. He was a past chairman and member of the SCU Board of Regents. He studied voice for 18 years and was a soloist with the Sacramento Symphony in 1948. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and six children.

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:52P
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