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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.
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.
Peter Connolly Dolcini '47 February 27, 1925, to November 4, 2014. A man deeply connected with the land of West Marin County, Peter died peacefully, at home, with his wife of 65 years, Louise, at his side. Peter was a talented man, well versed in chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, creative writing and languages, but that does not begin to scratch the surface of who he was. A deeply spiritual, generous and accepting man, Peter made friends wherever he and Louise travelled, whether to Italy or to the local dry cleaners in Petaluma. His wry sense of humor and thoughtful intelligence enlivened many discussions and family parties.
Peter had a long and varied work life. He worked on his family ranch and dairy as a young man. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Peter was employed as a forensic chemist in Berkeley, CA, performing top secret tests on air samples from Soviet atomic test sites. He then built and ran a family business with his brothers and cousins in Stockton, CA: All Jersey Farms Drive-In Dairy. He also used his chemistry and dairy background to make and sell delicious ice cream at his own ice cream parlor, The Gold Mine. After his Stockton sojourn, Peter and Louise moved their family of six children, Lucille, Tom (Carlene), Marilyn (Herm), Carol (Abram), Elaine, and Barbara (Michael), back to his beloved West Marin. They settled into 50+ years of a happy life in Hicks Valley, where Peter worked in the dairy and beef ranching business with his brothers and cousins. It was, however, as a teacher that he was able to put into practice his true vocation. Peter and Louise teamed up as Principal (Louise) and Teacher's Aide (Peter) at the local one-room Lincoln District Elementary School.
After retirement, Peter spent many happy years gardening, birding, travelling, studying Spanish and Italian, and especially enjoying being a part of the unfolding lives of his children, in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. He was a remarkable man who honed and polished, without effort and with great love, the magic of the double-sided coin of learning and teaching. He loved a good gathering, loved the land of West Marin, and most of all loved Louise and his family. We will miss him every day.
John Kerwin "Jack" Nunneley '48 was born on October 19, 1927. He passed away on November 11, 2014, in the loving care of his family. He was 87 years young. A third-generation native Californian, Jack was raised on an apricot and prune ranch in Saratoga. He attended Los Gatos High School and Santa Clara University before being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. There, he met and married the love of his life, Cynthia Ainsworth Flynn.
He served in the Navy from 1951-81 and was qualified to command nuclear submarines. His final tour was as the commander of the Mare Island Naval Base, where he had previously been stationed in 1966 to commission and become the first commander of the USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), a ballistic-missile submarine. Those who knew Jack remember his many, often hilarious, stories about life at sea and the camaraderie of those who serve together.
After retiring from the Navy, Jack pursued his passion for community service and was very active in the United Way, Rotary Club, and other philanthropic activities. He moved to Scotts Valley in 2008 after the untimely loss of Cynthia to live with his son, John Jr.. He is survived by his three loving children, Catherine, Cynthia Nunneley ’75, and John Nunneley Jr. M.S. ’80, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He will be missed and always loved by all who knew him.
November 26, 2013 marked the passing of Philip G. Rizzo M.S. '49, 89, of St. Augustine. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, California, and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He is survived by his wife Alene M. Rizzo, with whom he recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
He utilized his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved California to live with his family in Florida, and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church.
He is survived by: Six children Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore., Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla., Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas, Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass., Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga., Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; five great grandchildren Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.
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.
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.
Louis Raymond Rudolph '51, a lifelong resident of the Monterey Peninsula, passed away on October 8, 2014, at his home with dignity and an amazing sense of humor to the end. Born on March 22, 1930, to Raymond and Edrie Rudolph of Pacific Grove, he was one of the last babies born at the Monterey Hospital on Abrego Street, now the Pacheco Club. Lou often pointed to the tiny second floor window, telling the story of his birth, then continuing to tell of his lifetime membership to the Pacheco Club. Lou attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, was in the 1947 graduating class of Monterey High, then received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Santa Clara. Lou then joined the US Air Force, spending 5 years of service to his country in Korea and Japan as an F-84 jet fighter pilot.
He returned to Monterey to join the family furniture business, creating a well-known high-end store and staff of professional interior designers. After his family sold the Lighthouse Avenue property, Lou relocated his business to Cannery Row and Salinas, featuring Drexel Heritage and high-end furniture. After selling both businesses, Lou took on the position of manager of the Monterey Fairgrounds. From his dedication, hard work, and long hours, the fair turned into a family-safe environment earning "Most Improved Fairgrounds In the State of California." Later, Lou was a partner in creating "Country Music Monterey." Then, with a friendship and an idea, Lou and Frank Yohannon put into action the Sea Otter Classic - Laguna Seca Challenge.
Leaving the area, Lou and Peggy moved to Carnelian Bay in North Lake Tahoe, fulfilling a lifelong dream of Peggy's. Lou became manager of Ennis Fine Furniture and Macy's Furniture store in Reno. Missing the peninsula, they returned to Monterey. Lou's final career as a reverse mortgage specialist was another stellar career move. Lou's life accomplishments, being many, included his membership in the Pacheco Club as Past President, President of the Monterey Rotary Club, City Councilman, Board Member of the Salvation Army, Director/Board Member of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and he was the last surviving member "Flying Fisherman's Club," enjoying week long trips with his friends in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Lou loved being a part of the Barbershop Quartet "The Cannery Rogues."
His employment with Met-Life was cut short by a stroke in 2010. Lou lost his battle with lung cancer in his home with his wife Peggy and stepdaughter Muriel by his side. Lou is survived by wife of 32 years Peggy, his brother David and sister Mary Ann, and children Steve, Mark, Daniel, Kate, John, and Matt and 13 grandchildren. He was affectionately known as "Papa Lou" to his stepchildren Audra Branco, Tricia Vessey, and Muriel Lloyd, and 5 step-grandchildren.
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.
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.
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 William Bacon '52 was 84 years old when he died at his home in Atherton from cardiac arrest in the early morning of November 13th. John William Bacon was born in San Mateo, California in 1930 to John Andrew Bacon and Helen Oberhelman Bacon, both natives of New Orleans. A lifelong resident of the Peninsula, he grew up in Burlingame and attended Our Lady of Angels School, Serra High School, Army and Navy Academy, and Santa Clara University.
In 1950 he married the love of his life, Lynn Jackson Bacon; they were together for 64 years. They had eight children, and in 1963 moved to Atherton where they lived for the remainder of John's life. John's career in the lumber business began in the early 50's at San Bruno Lumber Company. In 1964 he purchased San Mateo Lumber with his father-in-law William W. Jackson. In 1971 he left San Bruno Lumber and acquired South City Lumber and Supply in South San Francisco. In 1975 he purchased Economy Lumber Company, Oakland, and in 2010 Piedmont Lumber in Oakland, now Economy Lumber Piedmont. Over six decades John built one of the largest group of lumber and building material companies in Northern California. By understanding the needs of professional contractors his companies were able to thrive in the face of growing competition. During the 1950's, John, working with his brother Donald Bacon and others, opened the Green Giant Nursery in Millbrae. A certain grocery vegetable company forced a name change to Green Garden Nursery. They became involved in organizing the Western Garden and Trade show which became the San Francisco Outdoor Garden Exposition in 1967.
John kept horses in Woodside for many years while training for, participating in, and finishing, the endurance ride - The Western States Trail Ride, the Tevis Cup - 100 miles with the same horse and rider from Tahoe City to Auburn in under 24 hours. He was a member of the Rancheros Visitadores, and delighted in telling tales of his experiences on the trail of their annual ride near Santa Barbara. He served on the Alumni Board of the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad.
If there are founding fathers of bike riding in the Menlo Atherton area, John was one. He knew very inch of "The Loop", the Alpine Rd. Sandhill Rd. ride that from the early 1960's into the 1990's was part of his weekend, usually accompanied by his good friend Douglas Hughmanick of Atherton, often trailed by a collection of their children. John was an insatiable reader, particularly of history, and always wanted to discuss the latest book. He loved to cook and barbecue for his family and friends whom he entertained with wit and wisdom as he tended the chicken and ribs. Late in life he took up painting and surprised many, including himself, with his artistic talent. John was by nature a very generous man. Giving to charities and causes too numerous to mention was an important part of his life.
John is survived by his wife, Lynn Jackson Bacon of Atherton, and seven children: Leslie Bacon of Berkeley, John Bacon Jr. (Patricia Bolich) of Orinda, Grant Bacon of Burlingame, Thomas Bacon (Martha Abrams) of Menlo Park, William Bacon of Belmont, Susan McComas (Alex) of Palo Alto, and Peter Bacon of Lake Oswego, Oregon. He was blessed with sixteen grandchildren: Ariel (Sage), Ella, Alice, John III (Jack), Adam, Lena, Sarah, Adelaide, Ruth, Will, Lucy, Scott, Molly, Ashley, Emily and Alex. He enjoyed spending time with his four great-grandchildren, Olive, Charlie, Elle (Cheech), and Seneca. John was predeceased by his son, Scott Michael Bacon of Redwood City in 1995, and his only brother Donald Bacon ’56, of Tillamook, Oregon in 2013. He is also survived by two nephews and a niece in Portland. He was loved and admired by many, and will be enormously missed.
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.
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.
James Francis Perry ’53 was born on May 19, 1930, and passed on Sunday, September 28, 2014 peacefully in his home in Aptos, Calif. He was 84 years young at heart. His parents, Walter and Althea Perry, and his daughter Kathleen preceded him. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Florence P. Perry; son Christopher and daughter in-law Mary Perry, grandchildren Christian and Patrick Perry; daughter and son in-law Erin and Steve Geiszler, grandchildren Peter, Hans and Emma Geiszler; son J. Scott Perry; son and daughter in-law Mark and Jena Perry; daughter Lizabeth Meuse and grandsons Will and Finn Meuse.
Jim attended Bellarmine College Prep, followed by one year in the Jesuit seminary, before graduating from Santa Clara University, Class of 1953. He served in the United States Army Artillery during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant between 1952-1953. An adventurous soul and man of honor, he lived his life with humor, passion, courage, purpose and gratitude. He revered the mysteries of life and death, was personally expanded by the spirit of nature, and awed by the magnificence of travel and history. Jim was a sculptor who handed down to his family his artistic renditions in wood and stone. He was also an avid duck hunter and camp chef who formed immutable friendships over his many years. He served and inspired his family and closed every meal with, "May we all be together again this day, twelve months.
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.
Ralph D. "Dan" Scalzo Jr. '55, November 12, 1932 to September 17, 2014. A resident of San Jose and Morgan Hill, Dan was born in San Francisco, grew up in San Jose and graduated from the University of Santa Clara. As a hghly decorated Army Officer, he served over 20 years with tours in Korea and Vietnam. Dan went on to have a second career as an Engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space. He was the loving husband of 59 years to Frances, father to Annamarie Curry (Jim) and Dan Scalzo (Lorie), and grandfather to Stevie and Danny Curry and Adrianna and Nick Scalzo.
James Daniel Gavigan '55 was born in Pittsburg, Calif., on Aug. 22, 1932. He departed on Dec. 10, 2014, and resided in Pasadena, Calif.
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.