Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in 1956
Robert Carroll Bush ’56 passed away on June 28, 2012. A resident of Pleasanton, Robert C. Bush was born in Oakland, California to Condon and Mary Bush on September 1, 1933. He was raised in California, living in Willow Glen, Santa Rosa and Palo Alto. A graduate of Santa Clara University, with a degree in mechanical engineering he began his career working for Western Gear Corporation in Los Angeles. His job allowed him to move back to Northern California and an opportunity to work in New York City. He later went on to found Custom Gear Machine in Livermore from which he retired in 2010. After college he served in the U.S. Army reserve and was discharged as a Captain. His many activities included playing the trombone, building and flying radio-controlled airplanes, driving his '66 Mustang as well as travelling with Arlene to destinations around the world. His favorite passion was collecting and restoring wooden boats which he did with various family members. Robert served as the President of the International Antique and Classic Boat Society and enjoyed travelling throughout the U.S. for events. Many happy summers were spent at Lake Tahoe at his summer home boating with family and friends. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Arlene, his children Jane Castruccio (Tony), Timothy Bush (Teri), Ann Bucher (Greg), Susie Cabri (Greg), Alice Beck (Steve) and Ellen Bush (fiance Tim) and his sisters Cecile Jones, Ellen Bush and Margaret Niswander. He is also survived by a loving bunch of grandchildren, 15 in number and 1 great-grandson.
Ray Speier Hausler ’56 was born March 17, 1938, and died of complications due to diabetes and cancer on Oct. 15, 2012. A native Oregonian, Ray attended Columbia Prep H.S., Stanford University, University of Santa Clara ('56) and the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (MBA '66). Ray was a senior audit manager for the General Accounting Office in Portland, Seattle and Washington D.C. He was awarded the GAO distinguished service award for his work on NW energy and electric power policies for Congress. Regional work involved the Pacific NW Power Act, the Regional Power Planning Council, and the Bonneville Power Administration. He was a member of the University Club, the Multnomah Athletic Club, Duck's Unlimited and the Oysterville Restoration Foundation. He was a Captain in the Army Reserves Medical Corp. His interests were telecommunication stocks, Oriental and Northwest art, duck hunting and the Duke University Blue Devils. Ray lived for family, his wife of 44 years, Virginia; his three children, Victoria, Stephanie, Graham; and seven grandchildren.
Paul J. Peters Jr. ’56 passed away on Dec. 3, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. Born in 1934 in Big D, he served in the Army, earned an MBA, and was a CPA retired from Bell Helicopter as a tax specialist. Peters was married for 52 year and was a father of five and grandfather of five. He was an avid PGA senior amateur until diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2000.
Laurence Francis Hearne ’56, M.S. '62, 78, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on August 18, 2012. He was born on December 28, 1933 in San Mateo, to Irene and Laurence Hearne. Larry spent much of his childhood in King City, CA. He went to high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. After 19 years as an engineer and manager at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, CA, Larry returned to King City to join the family business, L. A. Hearne Company, serving the agricultural community. After retirement, Larry spent his time in Tionesta, CA, Klamath Falls, OR, and most recently Redding, CA. Larry gave freely of his time. He participated in and held leadership roles in many volunteer organizations including Rotary Club (president), Knights of Columbus (Grand Knight), King City Planning Commission, Mee Memorial Hospital Board (president), AARP Tax Aid, Oregon Master Gardeners Association (treasurer then president), Lava Beds Natural History Association (board chairman), and Klamath Basin Fish & Wildlife Association (charter member). His efforts were key in the acquisition and management of a Wildlife Conservation Grant that facilitated preservation work at Camp Tulelake. Larry had many hobbies that he developed and nurtured over the years. He was a builder, gardener, and mechanic. He enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, and restoring his Ranchero. He was also a pilot and delighted in riding his Harley. Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia, his children, Maureen Beresini of Moss Beach, Laureen Lane of Nevada City, Timothy Hearne of Dublin, Patrick (Quinn) Hearne of San Francisco, Phillip Hearne of Whiting, IN, and Kevin Hearne of Chatham, NJ, sister Patricia Guidici Arena of King City, brothers Dennis Hearne, Frank (Mickey) Hearne, and Timothy Hearne, all of King City, and twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Gaisford. Larry was a wonderful and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend to all. Special thanks to friend Hal Williams and the excellent doctors and staffs at Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospice, and Comfort Keepers in Redding for their compassionate care and support of Larry and his family in recent months.
Gregory Jerome Miller ’56, J.D. ’59 was born May 18, 1934, and died Oct. 17, 2012. Gregory was the second son born to William Charles Miller and Angeline Ann Miller in Yountville, California. His family moved to Santa Clara, California where he attended Bellermine College Preparatory and took his career studies at Santa Clara University. He studied Civil Engineering and Law, graduating in 1959 with a Doctorate in Juris Law. He was self employed as an Attorney in San Jose, California. Gregory married Maria T. Hendricks on December 2, 1961 and together they raised 3 children. In 2004 Gregory and Maria moved to Florida. Gregory is survived by his wife of 50 years, children Brian (Shellie), Kristin Loggins (Dean) and Jennifer Damm (Jonathan), brothers William '60 (Claire), Cyr (Mary), Rory (Kristin), Reuel, 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Clarence Machado '56 died peacefully May 4, 2012, at Hospice House after many years of failing health. He was born at St. Joseph's Hospital, and was raised on his family's ranch in Byron, Calif.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, and his DDS from University of The Pacific. He practiced dentistry in Stockton for thirty years, and managed his families' ranch till the time of his death. He is survived by Ann Machado, his loving wife of 50 years; his sons, Patrick Machado '86 of San Francisco and Jeffrey Machado of Roseville; grandsons Jason, Eric, Matthew and Jaren Machado; and sister, Rosemary Machado of Sausalito.
He will always be remembered for his devotion to his family, his love of farming, and his passion for hunting and fishing.