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Sam J. Alaimo '44, '47, 93, passed away peacefully in his home on April 26, 2015. He was blessed to have celebrated his birthday a week before with his eight children, their spouses, and many of his 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was born in San Jose to immigrant parents who arrived from Sicily in 1912 and was the fifth of six children. He attended St. Patrick's Elementary School, San Jose High School, and Santa Clara University on a hard-earned four-year college scholarship. His SCU Class of '44 was known as the "Fighting 40s," as most of them had to leave the University their junior year to either enlist or be drafted during WWII. He attended his 70th college reunion last October, when he was honored with this very special group of men.
Sam was trained as an officer after enlisting in the Army. He was a unit commander, field artillery, stationed in the Philippines and Japan. His basketball skills qualified him to both coach and become a key player on the military basketball team which won the Army Olympics in front of 18,000 fans, mostly troops.
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John "Jack" Goodspeed Matthews ’43, J.D. ’49 was 93 and passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014.
Neil Vincent Moran ’51 was born on Sept. 25, 1929. He died unexpectedly in his home on Dec. 31, 2014. He is survived by the love of his life, Frederica Duffy Moran, his wife of 62 years; by his five adored sons, Neil Jerome Moran (Lynn), Kevin Vincent Moran (Sandy), Martin Thomas Moran, Andrew Duffy Moran (Cathy), and Matthew Paul Moran (Rachel); by his loving sisters Virginia Rarig and Nancy Buckley; by his darling 13 grandchildren; and by his admiring sister-in-law and his many nieces, nephews, and other precious members of his large and close family. He was predeceased by his older and venerated brothers, Thomas and Marshall Moran.
Neil was born in Oakland to Thomas Joseph and Sarah Gertrude Moran, the fourth of five children in a large Irish Catholic family. He grew up in Oakland and attended Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, St. Ignatius High School ('47), and Santa Clara University ('51). Following two years of service in the U.S. Army, he joined the family business, Moran Supply, where he worked with his father, two brothers, and brother-in-law. Neil enjoyed a long career in the plumbing supply business, and upon his retirement, his sons Andrew and Matthew Moran took over the operation of Moran Supply, which remains in business in Oakland to this day.
Neil was a natural athlete. In school, he excelled in sports, including tennis, swimming, diving, and basketball. He continued to be an avid tennis player well into his 60's, but ultimately golf became his second career. Neil was known for his graceful, consistent stroke, and he was a regular on the Claremont Country Club Golf Course, where he captured many club titles over the years. Family formed the heart and soul of Neil's life. He met his future bride at the age of 12 while vacationing at the Russian River. Showing off his enviable athletic prowess from the outset, he executed multiple underwater back-flips in the river, thus capturing the interest, and, ultimately, the hand, of young Freddy Duffy. They married in 1952 and raised their family of boys in Lafayette, making their home on the same street as his parents, sisters, and oldest brother. Neil believed deeply and truly that his wife was the most beautiful woman in the world; that his sons were the most brilliant and accomplished men to walk the Earth, and that his grandchildren were the absolute cream of the crop. He had just celebrated a joyful Christmas Eve with his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren days before he drew his last breath.
In addition to his love of family and sports, he was a voracious reader, daily domino player, and world traveler. He accompanied his wife all across the country and around the globe for her quilt shows and classes. They recently traveled to Europe, Thailand, and China. He was very proud to travel twice to Ireland with his sons to play 36 holes of golf a day and get lost as they drove from one county to the next. What set Neil apart from everyone was his kind and loving heart. His devotion to his family and his cheerful, joyful, and sweet outlook will be missed and remembered forever by those of us lucky enough to have loved, and been loved, by him.
Cyril "Cub" Abbott Coyle Jr. ’51, June 17, 1929, to Jan. 4, 2015. He passed away after a long battle with vascular dementia, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Yvonne Coyle. Cub is survived by his six children: Kate Dean, Timothy Coyle, Eileen Coyle, Frances Coyle, Mary Coyle, and Nancy Tatarakis. Cub was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Cub was born in Sacramento, California, and was the only child of Cyril and Marie Coyle. He spent his summer childhood in Meeks Bay riding his horse from sun up to sun down. He learned the cowboy way from his uncles, who ran cattle in the Sierra Meadows. He made friends with the local Washoe Indians with whom he remained in contact with through the years. His legacy of Lake Tahoe is still enjoyed by his family. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School (class of 1947) and Santa Clara University, where he received a degree in political science.
Cub and Yvonne raised their family on the Coyle Ranch, founded in 1896, where he continued to check his cattle until the last month of his life. He passed on his love of the land and ranch life to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His strong ranch work ethics showed from sun up to sun down. He shared his passion for cattle, auto body work, and leather tooling with his children and grandchildren. He worked as a livestock lending officer in the farm credit industry. His territory spanned three states and he made many long-time friends.
Tony Oliver ’51, J.D. ’53, a third-generation Californian, long-time resident of Glendale and Crestline, California, and prominent California labor and employment lawyer, was born on July 19, 1929, in San Jose, California. He passed away on Feb. 3, 2015 in Glendale, California.
Tony was the only child of Anthony T., Sr. and Josephine Oliver both of whom predeceased him. He was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and he received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1951 and his law degree in 1953. Tony was very proud of the fact that he was an Eagle Scout and at the time of his death he was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and was serving on the Eagle Scout Association Committee for the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout Council. At Santa Clara, Tony was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
Tony enlisted in the California Army National Guard in 1948. While at Santa Clara, Tony enrolled in the University’s ROTC program and he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1952. Tony served in many command and staff positions in the National Guard including service in the 40th and 49th Divisions, until his retirement in 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel (USA Ret.). He was a life member of the National Guard Associations of the United States and California, the Southern California Advisory Council, and the American Legion.
Tony was a practicing attorney in Los Angeles since 1954. He spent his first 4 years as an Assistant Counsel in the Bank of America’s Legal Department. In 1958 he became associated with John F. O’Hara and began his practice as a labor and employment attorney. In 1963 O’Hara and Tony joined the law firm of Parker Milliken, Clark O’Hara & Samuelian, to form the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department where Tony practiced as an Associate, Partner, member of the Firm’s Board, Chairman of the Department, and Shareholder until his retirement in 2011. After his retirement, Tony remained Counsel to the Firm until his passing.
Tony was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the California and American Bar Associations. He was Chairman of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and a Management Co-Chair of the ABA Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace. He served as National President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) after previously serving as President of LERA’s Southern California and Orange County Chapters. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 1987 and was continuously selected thereafter until his retirement in 2012. He was also selected annually by his peers as a Super Lawyer in California. Tony was a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Santa Clara University Law School. In 1974 he received the Law School’s Edwin J. Owens’s Award for distinguished service to the Law School and the legal profession.
Tony was predeceased by his first wife, Beverly J. Oliver, and is survived by his former wife, Margaret E. Oliver. Tony is survived by his 5 children; Jeanne (Ron) Hall of Prescott, Arizaona; Marilyn (Linnie) Guins of Riverside, California; Cyndi Eschardies of La Habra, California; Michelle Rogan of Dana Point, California; and Christopher Oliver of El Segundo, California. He is also survived under the more endeared name of “Papa” by 7 grandchildren; Ron (Celeste) Hall, Jennifer (Chris) Flores, John (Kimberly) Eschardies, Tony (Isabel) Eschardies, Eddie (Amy) Guins, Nicole Rogan and Samantha Rogan and great-grandchildren; Andrew, Evan and Tyler Hall, Gabriel and Evalynn Flores, Caleb Guins, Aaron, Benjamin, Heidi and Noah Eschardies. Tony has enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren during his retirement. He will be greatly missed by his family.
Richard Bernard Campi '52 was born in San Francisco, Calif. on July 6, 1922 the son of Silvio and Bernice (Diaz) Campi. He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a Mechanical Engineer in the Aerospace industry for over 27 years. Richard has lived the past 22 years in Yerington coming from Santa Clara, California. He enjoyed flying and sailing, camping and painting. He was a member of ASME, California Professional Engineers.
Francis W. Hare ’52 was born Dec. 12, 1929. A resident of San Jose, he passed away surrounded by his family on Jan. 4, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife Claire of 57 years, daughter Marie Anderson ’84 and Steve Anderson ’84, son Joe Hare ’86 (Jeanne), and his five grandchildren: Stephen Anderson Jr. ’13, Mary Anderson ’16, Bobby Anderson, Maria Hare, and Celia Hare. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He was a coach, teacher, administrator, and counselor in the East Side Union High School District for over 30 years. Francis also was always a loyal and proud Bronco, both playing and coaching football at Santa Clara University.
Robert "Bob" Gilkey '52, age 86, passed away on January 9, 2015, in Olympia, WA. He is preceded in death by his wife, Conchita. Bob was born in Oakland, CA on February 17, 1928. Bob graduated from Santa Clara University in 1952 and moved to Hawaii right after graduation. In 1957, Bob became the personnel director for St. Francis Hospital. In 1967, Bob was appointed as deputy director for the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. In 1986, Bob was appointed by the former Governor George Ariyoshi to be the director of the Labor Department.
Upon his retirement from state government, Bob was a lobbyist for Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and Hawaii Electricians Local Union 1186 IBEW. Bob was well known throughout the Democratic Party of Hawaii for his tireless help in the campaigns at the local, state and federal level. Bob lived by a strict moral code which was the basis of his strong character. He had unwavering faith in the Lord. Bob is survived by five sons and two daughters, John Gilkey; Cristina Gilkey; Victoria Gomes; Philip Gilkey; Daniel Gilkey; Joseph Gilkey; and Lt. Colonel Vincent Gilkey; along with nine grandchildren.
William T. Olson Jr. ’54 was fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Nov. 1, 2014. He passed away on Nov. 2, 2014. Beloved husband to the late Mary C. "Kitty" Olson (nee Cunningham); devoted and loving father of William T. Olson III, Edwin J. (Mary) and Caroline M. Olson; dear brother of James A. Olson (Jody) and the late John M. Olson; dear brother-in-law of Nancy Olson; beloved grandfather of Will, Taylor, Grace, Michael and Julia; dear uncle and cousin, and friend to many. He was born July 25, 1933.
Retired executive Ronald Himstreet ’54 passed away Jan. 12, 2015, in San Antonio. He was born on April 25, in Denver, Colorado to Ray "Ted" and Rose Himstreet. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Helen Rose (Mulligan) Himstreet and three children, Joseph (Patrice) of San Antonio, Texas, Julie of San Antonio, Texas, and Timothy (Monica) of San Diego, California; 3 beautiful granddaughters, Ava Rose Himstreet of San Antonio, Texas, Haley Himstreet and Sidney Slyvester both of San Diego, California; also by numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins and hundreds of devoted friends.
Theodore Martin Welp '55 and Dolores Elaine (Bruno) Welp of Boise, ID, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, unexpectedly and tragically in their home. Ted was born in Colma, CA on June 13, 1934. Elaine was born in her Grandmother Rose's cabin at the base of Mount Borah in Custer County, ID on May 8, 1938. They were devoted to each other for 57 years, and through the combination of Ted's optimism and Elaine's love, they created a truly incredible life together. They were devoted parents to their four children, making numerous life choice to guarantee that their deaf son Tom had a life full of opportunities and experiences equal to those available to their other children.
As a kid, Ted work with his father Martin in the landscaping and walnut growing businesses. He attended Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, going on to play baseball for the US Army team. He loved playing golf and had a 7 handicap. He never met a dessert he didn't like; one of his favorites was a chocolate dipped ice cream cone. He was lauded as a financial genius, working for GE, PG&E, TEP and Alamito. To his kids he was just Dad.
Elaine was a fantastic cook, a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, an avid reader, and proud of her rough and tumble Mackay roots. She was an early advocate and supporter of the value of sign language for the deaf, as well as an early and continuous supporter for the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf in Tucson, AZ. Elaine also directed the Dove Foundation which supported various causes, many of which focused on eye research, Catholic charities and the deaf and blind community. Mom's cowgirl spirit brought them back to Idaho in the early 90's, where she and Ted spent summers in Stanley, ID surrounded by the peace and beauty of nature, and the love of their children, grandchildren and friends. In our family, there were two spoken rules: education is number 1, and always take care of your family. There was also an unspoken rule: love as big as you can.
They are survived by their children and their children's spouses, Katherine (Jim) Nesci, George (Tiffany Roberts) Welp, and Lori (Guy) Hudson. In addition they are survived by their grandchildren who they loved dearly, Katie, Clay, Lily, Evy, Alexandra, Victoria, Ean, Dylan and Jace, as well as Ted's sister and her spouse, Rosie (Joe) Keebler, his brother-in-law Harold Schulz and their nephews and nieces: Kenneth P. Schulz '81, Douglas, Audrey, Katie and Paula. They were preceded in death by their son Martin Theodore Welp who died of complications soon after birth; and died at the same time as their devoted and caring son, Tom. They were also preceded in death by their parents, Martin and Paula Welp, George and Miriam Bruno, and Ted's sister Betty Schulz.
James Daniel Gavigan '55 was born in Pittsburg, Calif., on Aug. 22, 1932. He departed on Dec. 10, 2014, and resided in Pasadena, Calif.
Edward W. Mattos ’55, age 83, died in Rocklin, California, on Feb. 2, 2015, after a short illness. Born Oct. 6, 1931, in French Camp, California, he lived in Gilroy before settling in Rocklin.
Victor A. Bertolani '56, J.D. '60, an influential lawyer and educator who opened doors to the legal profession for many judges, prosecutors, and litigators, died April 5 of an aortic abdominal aneurysm, his family said. He was 80.
Frank C. Burriesci J.D. '56 was born on February 18, 1924 and passed away on February 16, 2015. He was a resident and native of San Jose. Frank C. Burriesci was the son of Gaspare and Rosa Burriesci of Mezzoiuso, Italy. As a young man, Frank was a proud Eagle Scout; during World War II, he served in the Army. As a first generation college graduate, Frank received an Engineering Degree from Cal Berkeley and went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Upon becoming an Attorney, Frank practiced probate administration and real property law.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Neva Burriesci in 1981 and his five brothers—Mike, Tom, Joe, Nick and Sal Burriesci. His sister, Patricia Diani is his only surviving sibling. He was loved by many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. His favorite restaurant was Mio Vicino, in Santa Clara where he enjoyed dinner regularly at his favorite "Counter Spot." His happy smile and irrepressible story telling will be greatly missed. He loved his faith, BMW's and listening to various political news channels; Frank was a member of the San Jose Elks Club and the North Star Social Club.
Robert Hammond ’57 passed away on Oct. 31, 2013 at age 78 due to congestive heart failure. Hammond was born in Los Angeles, raised in San Marino, and resided in Pasadena for 52 years. He served his country in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from Loyola High School and Santa Clara University. He was active at St. Bede the Venerable parish in La Canada Flintridge and sang in the choir for 35 years, including two choral tours to Europe. He was particularly proud of his participation in Alcoholics Anonymous for nearly 35 years and was active in the Sober over Breakfast men's club who met weekly at the University Club. He owned and operated a manufacturing concern in Riverside for many years. He was gentle, humorous and helpful to all. He is loved and survived by his wife Claire, daughter Krista Hammond Tasto and spouse Charles, son Shane Hammond and spouse Shelly, three grandchildren, Nicholas, Anne, and Kate Tasto, brother John Hammond ’53, and niece Jennifer.
John Taglio ’57, 79, passed away peacefully on Dec. 9, 2014 surrounded by his adoring family. John was born on Nov. 8, 1935 in Modesto, California to Philip and Lucile Taglio. After graduation from Santa Clara University he built a storied career in the building industry throughout California as president of Morrison Homes. He and his wife Carol raised their family in Walnut Creek, California. In 1996, John was inducted into the California Builder's Hall of Fame, a prestigious and honorable award for his excellence in leadership and professionalism. He had the joy of introducing his young family to Sun Valley, Idaho, and all its natural wonders. Carol in turn introduced the family to her beloved islands of Hawaii. After his retirement in 1996, they decided to share their time between Idaho and Kauai. While in Kauai, they became members of Koloa Missionary Church where they enjoyed serving with their church family. John was very instrumental in planning their new church. Their church home in Idaho is the Calvary Bible Church in Hailey. Throughout his career, John was respected and admired for his honesty, integrity and compassion for his fellow workers. John is survived by his wife Carol of 50 years; sons Tory and Lane (Hilary); daughter Shae Aicher (Shawn); and four adored grandchildren, Lella and Connelly Aicher and Brennan and Clayton Taglio.
John C. Fell J.D. '57 was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1928 and moved to San Jose in 1946. He served in the armed services, having graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Army War College. He also served on the NRA board of directors for nine years. John was in law practice for many years with Don Welsch until his death in 1981. John leaves four children and his wife, Eulalia.
Thomas Bannan ’58 died early on Jan. 5, 2015, due to complications from cancer. Tom was born in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 4, 1936, to Berchman A. Bannan and Clotilde Diepenbrock Bannan. He was married to the late Jane O'Farrell Bannan for 45 years and is survived by his five children, Betsy Bannan, Teresa Schrader ’87, Tom Bannan Jr. ’91, Cloie Smith and Gus Bannan, as well as 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Teresa Nally, brother Phil Bannan ’61 and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
William "Bill" Francis Dempsey '58 October 21, 1936 - December 31, 2014. Bill was the son of Judge and Mrs. John P. Dempsey of San Jose, CA, brother of John A. Dempsey and sister of Sister Eileen Dempsey, Daughter of Charity, St. Vincent de Paul. Bill graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1954 and went on to the University of Santa Clara where he earned a degree in economics.
Bill worked for the CA State Department of Highways as a right-of-way agent. He appraised and purchased property used to build highways in Northern CA. He then went to work for San Mateo County in a similar capacity until he retired. In the late 80s, Bill, his wife, and the Rev. Ed Butler of East Palo Alto, and two others started a Habitat for Humanity Affiliation in Menlo Park, CA. Many people and companies their donated time and materials to build affordable housing for low-income county residents.
After retiring, Bill and Anne traveled extensively around the US and Western Canada visiting family and friends along the way. They even went to England to watch the 49ers defeat Denver in a football game. Bill went to his first SF Giants game at AT&T Park, entirely missing the Candlestick Park experience. Bill is survived by Anne his wife of 56 years, their two sons, William G of Santa Clara, Anne F. Schwartz of Henderson, NV, James P of Spokane Valley, WA, and Karen L. Seitz of Chattaroy, WA. He was Gpa to twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.
William "Bill" Francis Pearl '79 Sept. 24, 1931-Feb. 15, 2015. A resident of Los Gatos, William (Bill) Pearl passed away peacefully on February 15, 2015, his wife Cynthia and children were by his side. Bill was born in Greenville, Michigan, to James and Ann Pearl, and was the youngest of four children. He served in the Airforce in 1950, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1959.
Bill started his own company, California Business Machines in 1968. Over 28 years he grew a very successful family business with loyal customers.
Bill was beloved by his family and many friends. Family and Faith always came first. He loved to watch football, play golf, and attend his grandchildren's events and games. Bill is survived by his wife Cynthia, sons John '88 (Marnie), daughter Kathleen '89 (Travis) Pearl Bertelsen, and Rich (Denise) Pearl. He leaves behind many wonderful grandchildren: Conor, Meghan, Caitlin, Mark, Darren, Ryan, and Kelly.
Thomas J. Besmer Sr. ’60, Sep. 5, 1933 to Jan. 13, 2015. Tom Besmer was a big man in more ways than one. Standing at 6’5 ½” tall, he was not one to be missed. As a young man, and from a family of nine children, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he married Dovaleen (Gross) and he attended Santa Clara University. During those years, they lived in the old Quonset huts. It was an era when married students attended SCU and lived on campus. He played basketball for the Broncos and graduated with a BSEE in engineering in 1960.