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Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.
Edward Louis Muckerman '62, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2014. Born July 19, 1941 to Raymond Muckerman and Barbara Koller in St. Louis, Mo. Eventually The Muckerman family moved to Phoenix, Az. Eldest of 10 brothers and sisters, Ed was the first to graduate from Brophy College Preparatory and later attended The University of Santa Clara. Later in life, Ed developed Multiple Sclerosis and bravely lived with this debilitating disease. For the last 35 years Ed lived with grace and dignity in The City By The Bay he loved so much. His heart was always open to family and friends. Those who knew Ed remember his passion for sports and movies as well as his gentle quiet "Easy Ed" nature. His spirit will shine bright forever-"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." We will never forget you Pops. Left to cherish his memory are his children: E. Louis Muckerman and Tori Anne Muckerman; granddaughters Mackenzie Greene and Simone Chavez and former wife Anne Marie Busscher. He is also survived by his eight brothers and sisters: Ted, Frank, Steve, Larry, Terry, Judy Sigmundson, Trudy McCleary, and Christine Elwick.
Frank Bert Firpo Jr. '63, 73, of San Bruno, died peacefully on Jan. 10, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Frankand Marie Firpo on December 9th, 1940 in San Francisco. He attended St. Cecilia School ('55), St Ignatius College Preparatory ('59) and Santa Clara University ('63). While at Santa Clara, he met the love of his life, Sharon Marie (McHugh) Firpo, and they married on December 26, 1964.
Frank was a teacher at Burlingame High School for 39 years. In addition to teaching, he coached the school's boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball and girls softball teams. He was a devoted Giants and Santa Clara basketball fan, and used his season tickets to attend every game possible. In retirement he developed a love of cooking, world travel, gardening and cheering on his grandsons in their own sports. Throughout it all, he also served at St. Robert's as lector and Eucharistic minister.
Frank is survived by his wife Sharon, brother George (Patricia - deceased), son Tony and his wife Chrissy and children Jason, Ryan and Connor, daughter Julie and her husband Karl Bohn and children Brendan and Kevin, son TJ and his husband Ben Bowler, and daughter Janet and her husband Dave Baird and children JT and Tommy.
Dr. Edward Patrick Creehan ’63, Aug. 13, 2013. A.k.a. 'Purr-C', 'Dr. Cutie Pie', 'Bub', 'Pepys', 'Grampy', and 'Pepsi Pat', he passed away at his home in Fair Oaks, Calif. surrounded by family. He was 71 years old. Born in 1941 in Virginia to mother Mary Rita Creehan and Edward Patrick Creehan, Patrick spent much of his youth in San Mateo, Calif. He attended Serra High School, followed by Santa Clara University, UCSF for medical school, and the University of Michigan for his residency in Dermatology. Patrick was also a flight surgeon in the Navy, stationed in Antarctica. During his time there, he would frequent New Zealand, which was where he was set up on a blind date with the woman who would become the love of his life. Patrick and his kiwi bride would later settle down in Fair Oaks where they shared a life filled with travel, art, food, drink, philanthropy, books, movies, family, and love. Patrick is predeceased by his wife, Yvonne Creehan. He is survived by his son, Mark Rea; daughters, Alexandra Creehan and Tara Creehan; son-in-law, Charles Sommer; grandchildren, Colin, Jennifer, and Indira; sister, Mary Richardon ’68; brother, Dennis Creehan; brother-in-law, Stan Leven; sister-in-law, Liz Gross; cousin, Rob Hutchinson; honorary daughter Rhonda Pope, many loving nieces and nephews; cats, Draupadi and Sita; and dog, Emmy Lou.
James Russell Grube '64, 71, of Pinehurst, died unexpectedly, but peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was born to Russell and Adele Grube, Oct. 17, 1942, in San Jose, Calif. Rick's Auto Jim graduated in 1964 from the University of Santa Clara, where he played defensive positions on the football team, and the University of California (Boalt Hall), J.D., in 1967. Jim served as a captain, Infantry Branch, with the 11th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon returning to civilian ranks, Jim served as the assistant district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco from 1970 to 1975. He practiced law with the firm of Murray & Grube in Palo Alto, Calif., and the firm of Campeau & Grube, in San Jose, Calif. He was selected for the Best Lawyers In America, 1987. Jim was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, in 1988 and served until 2006. In this role, he served with passion to ensure that the litigants who came before him, whether institutional entities or individuals, experienced the fair administration of justice and understood the reasoning for his rulings. He particularly enjoyed and was generous in mentoring the law clerks who worked with him during his tenure on the bench. He often said that he learned as much from them as they had from him. In 1996, Jim married Marilyn Morgan, his colleague on the bench. He thrived on the robust collaboration with Marilyn to elevate the quality of the local practice and to make procedures more streamlined and accessible. During his career he belonged to numerous bar associations, such as The Inns of Court, which promotes civility, but also to the Rotary Club of San Jose, and he supported Habitat for Humanity and the San Jose Historical Society. An avid golfer with seven holes-in-one to his credit, Jim visited Pinehurst frequently before he and Marilyn retired to Pinehurst in 2009. Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn Grube; and his daughter, Annelise, and her husband, Rhamy Kirdani. He will also be sorely missed by his extended family, stepsons Terry Adamson and Mark Towery and their respective families.
Stuart E. Halliday '65, August 16, 2013. He was 70 and a thirty year resident of Evanston. Born in Chicago on June 7, 1943, he graduated from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He worked for many years at Northwestern University as a staff assistant. A talented folk and blues musician, Stuart performed on guitar and banjo at the No Exit Cafe when it was located in Evanston, and will be missed by the folk music community. Stuart was a well-educated man of many interests there was never a dull moment when in his company. He will be forever loved and cherished by his son, Ian and grandson, Liam of Norridge, Illinois, and his sisters, Nancy Halliday of Glenview, Illinois, Sue Brooks of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and Ann Ellis of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Anita Thede '65—Realtor, broker and owner of Northbrae Propeties in North Berkeley—left us unexpectedly on Nov. 27, 2013, after scheduled heart surgery at Stanford Medical Center.
Anita was born Aug. 10, 1943 in Montclair, N.J. She was predeceased by her parents Amadeo and Mary Ruffalo and her beloved brother, "Arnie" Ruffalo. She is survived by her husband Jim and sons Dylan, Jeremiah and Christian Thede. Anita received a B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1965, earning a Silver Metal for Academic Excellence. She was very proud to have been included in the first class of women to attend this previously all- male university.
After graduation, Anita went on to pursue graduate work at University of California, Berkeley and St. Mary's College studying Criminology and Education. She became a probation officer in Contra Costa County and also worked as Director of the Girl's Unit for Daytime Education. Anita began her career in Real Estate in 1977. She became an owner and co-founder of Northbrae Properties in 1981. She was very active in the Real Estate community serving as President of the Berkeley Board of Realtors in 1992 and 2013. She received many distinguished awards during her career including being named BAR's Realtor of the year in 1994.
As well as her work in Real Estate, Anita had a strong involvement in community service. She was a founding member and President of the Board of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center. She was a member of the Board at St. Mary's and worked tirelessly to help that school grow for over 25 years. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Alta Bates Hospital, was an active member of the Berkeley Rotary Club, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, Aurora Theatre and was a major contributor of her energy and resources to many other community and charitable projects.
Anita was extremely devoted and generous to family and friends. Her friends became her clients and most of her clients became her friends. She had an innate ability to guide her clients, whether buying or selling, to the right choice. She listened patiently while interjecting her professional knowledge and experience. A love of her Italian heritage led Anita to connect with family still in Italy. She took numerous trips back to explore the country and spend time with relatives. She was able to receive dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Italy. Her seventieth, and last birthday, was spent in Lacedonia with family.
Lewis W. Shutt MBA ’66, a resident of Columbia, Missouri until 1945, passed away on September 29. He was a loving husband to Leta Jennings Shutt for 68 years; devoted father to Lewis, Jr. of Monterey and Robert Shutt '83 of Sunnyvale and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Lewis attended the University of Missouri at the age of sixteen, received his BS Degree from San Jose State University and his MBA from Santa Clara University where he was the founder and first president of the Graduate School of Business Alumni Association, past member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Business and co-founder of the Kenna Club. Lewis retired as a Business Development Manager from Lockheed Martin and Honeywell after a career spanning forty years. Lewis was a member of the Monterey Masonic Lodge, #217 and a member and Past President (2001) of the Shriners. He was an active volunteer for Congressman Sam Farr and served on the Board of Trustees for United Way. He also served on the Advisory Board of Interim, Inc.
Joseph M. Whelan MBA ’66 of Portola Valley passed away Nov. 2, 2013. Joe was a builder and developer of custom homes and office buildings and won many national awards for his work. Joe was best known for his development of the Portola Valley Ranch in Portola Valley, Calif. His father Harry G. Whelan Sr. graduated from Santa Clara College in 1912. His uncles Laurence V. Degnan, John P. Degnan and Christopher Degnan also graduated from SC in the early 1900s. Many of his nephews and nieces have graduated from Santa Clara as well.
David Victor Anderson MBA ’66, September 28, 2013. Age 81, of Littleton, Colo., he passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with cancer. Born and raised in Eden Prairie, Minn. on a dairy farm, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mechanical engineering. He married Ann Peterson, the love of his life, and immediately went to serve his country in the Army Missile Command as a Captain. After leaving the Army, David and Ann moved to San Jose, Calif., where they raised their family. He enjoyed a 35-year career in the aerospace industry at Lockheed, and also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. David retired in the Denver area to pursue his lifelong passion of skiing. He was a long time member of the SkiMeisters at Winter Park and always wanted "one more run". David also loved to spend his time traveling, fishing, volunteering, and searching for the perfect piece to add to his model train collection. David is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ann Anderson; his sister, Nancy (Ben) Holmes; his children, Paul (Judy) Anderson, Susan (Jim) Decker, Mark (Tracy) Anderson, and Bruce (Jennifer) Anderson. In addition, he is survived by 11 grandchildren and numerous friends and neighbors who could always count on David to lend a hand. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Salvation Army or the charity of your choice .
Daniel Christopher Skemp J.D. '66 died peacefully on Jan. 8, 2014, at his home in La Crosse, Wis.
Kathleen Patricia McKenna ’68, Oct. 29, 2013, in the company of loving friends. A native of San Francisco, Kathy was born to Henry and Alice McHugh McKenna on March 7, 1947. She grew up in The City, attending the Convent of the Sacred Heart School on Broadway from kindergarten through high school. She attended Santa Clara University and then the University of San Francisco, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. Like her mother, she chose a career in education and taught in San Francisco's inner city elementary schools for 30 years, passing up repeated offers of promotion to remain in a classroom. On retiring, she took up full-time residence in her home here, which she purchased almost 20 years ago. She loved living in the Sonoma Valley and volunteered at service organizations including Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, the Sonoma International Film Festival, and teaching English at La Luz Center. She also contributed to the community by her participation in Impact 100 Sonoma. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sister Joan McKenna, Society of the Sacred Heart. Kathy is survived by her cousins, Bill Graham, of Prineville, Ore., his wife, Linda, and his daughters, Shayna and Jaime Tom Bostock, of San Francisco, his, wife Patti, and his daughter, Claire Ed Bostock, of Sebastopol, his wife, Stephanie, and his sons, Ross and Chris by her goddaughter, Katie Loughran, of San Francisco and by a vast family of friends and neighbors who loved her dearly and will feel this loss acutely for years to come. Kathy brought life and light and love into every room she entered and she lived, as did her sister, by the admonition in Micah 6-8 to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God."
Robert E. Maloney J.D. ’74 passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2013, in Grass Valley, Calif. His battle with cancer is finally over. He was surrounded in love by his family and friends.
Laurence Edward Daniels ’69 was killed on Oct. 19, 2013. doing one of the things he loved most. He was a problem solver, an engineer who dedicated his work life to making rail travel more efficient and safe. He was born in Pasadena California on October 15, 1947. He grew up with his parents, Victor and Gertrude and his sister Marie Therese in Sierra Madre. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He married Joyce A. (Reynolds) Daniels ’69 while finishing his degree and had two daughters, Sarah and Amber Daniels. He was immediately employed by the railroad industry to inspect track, starting with the Western Pacific in the East Bay.
For more than two decades, Judge Thomas W. Cain '70, J.D. '73 stayed one step ahead of cancer as the disease ravaged his body, all while overseeing some of Silicon Valley's most colorful estate cases. But after 27 surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, the popular Santa Clara County Superior Court judge succumbed on Jan. 11, 2014, at age 65.
Bill Deutsch ’70 journeyed to Heaven on December 19 after more than two years of battling cancer. Born on May 15, 1948, he grew up in Downey, Calif. He chose to attend Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Bill graduated from Santa Clara University in 1970, and joined the Army as an officer where he spent six years serving his country. Bill spent most of his adult life in Stockton, working in different fields of Real Estate, while acquiring his Masters in Business. The last 23 years he spent as an MAI, Commercial Appraiser. Bill loved the Notre Dame Fighting Irish never missing a game, teaching his daughter, Katie, to say "Shake Down The Thunder" and "Go Irish" as soon as she could talk. He was a history buff who could not get enough books or memorabilia of all the American wars. Bill was in the Knights of Columbus where he served as the Grand Knight. The most important thing to Bill was his family, wife of 22 years, Mary Lou, daughter Katie, sister Emily and brother-in-law, Ken Keller, his nieces and their families, Uncle Louie Venturini and his family, and all his family in Southern California.
Robert L. Granath MBA '71, a resident of San Jose, died on Oct. 27, 2013 at age 80. He graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1956. Bob worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space for 31 years. During this time he earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. He was Program Manager on Ascent Systems Program and later, Director of the launch base for Lockheed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He retired in 1991. Survived by his wife Lynn, son Derek MBA ’86 (Jennifer), daughter Heidi (Michael Gough), son Todd (Chuckie), son Kent (Mona), and nine grandchildren, Alexis James, Chelsea Deatsch, Braden Gough, Dylan and Jordan Granath, Adam and Elise Granath and Melia and Cole Granath.
John Dudley Wilson '71, Sept. 4, 2013. Born in Lompoc, California, on Oct. 9, 1949, John graduated from Santa Clara University and Cal Poly with degrees in civil and transportation engineering. John was a consulting engineer his whole career working mostly in the Bay Area and his last professional association was with SANDIS. John had a full and successful life and will be remembered for his positive attitude. He enjoyed his family and friends, collecting books, restoring classic cars and remodeling boats. John is survived by his wife Kay of thirty years, his father Arthur Wilson, his brother Arthur Wilson Jr. and his sisters Marion, Casey, and Barbara. John was also very close to his extended family of nieces and nephews and in laws from the Wilson family and from Kay's family.
James Joseph Loftus III '72 passed away from cancer the morning of Sept. 3, 2013. He was at home, resting peacefully, and in the company of loved ones. Jim was born May 17, 1950, to James Joseph Loftus Jr. and Mary King Loftus; both of San Francisco, Calf. He was raised in Mill Valley and San Francisco, attending St. Cecelia's elementary and Riordan High. He attended San Francisco City College, studying engineering, subsequently transferring to, and graduating from, Santa Clara University in 1972 with a degree in civil engineering. San Francisco's culture, ocean beaches and childhood friends remained strong identifiers throughout his life. With an eagerness to expand his horizons, he seized upon the chance in summer 1972 to move to Fairbanks. He persevered through that first winter, determined to give his new home a fair chance, eventually landing work on survey crews for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. During the next few years, young Loftus worked in Alaska during the construction season and traveled extensively in the off-season. His work on the pipeline solidified his desire to live in Alaska, despite his rather unique distinction of having spent five consecutive Septembers in Atigun Pass! He welcomed Alaska's challenges, the unparalleled scenery, and the host of characters that became friends, mentors and, eventually, family. Increasing responsibilities and in-depth exposure to engineering while working on the pipeline inspired him to return to school, completing a graduate degree in structural engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Upon finishing his master's degree in 1979, he returned to Fairbanks for perhaps the most important summer of his life during which he fell in love with Eileen Stack. The lovely couple married Oct. 6, 1979, and were a picture perfect pair! Suit on and freshly groomed, the now husband and father pounded the pavement in Seattle, seeking work as structural engineer. Landing a job at a well-respected firm, he flourished and developed his skills while working on prominent projects in Seattle, including the iconic Columbia Tower. It wasn't long before the call of the wild beckoned and in 1984 Jim and Eileen packed up their growing family and headed north to Fairbanks. Recognizing the need for local structural engineering services, Loftus Engineering, Inc was formed. Jim's professional mindset, first-hand knowledge of Alaska's extreme climate, and a true passion for structural engineering contributed to the company's success. The company grew over time through several mergers with other local firms, becoming PDC Engineering, Inc. in 1998. As a principal partner, Jim managed the structural engineering department, and under his direction, PDC designed many of Fairbanks' well known structures including the Rabinowitz State Courthouse, UAF's Museum of the North and the Centennial Pedestrian Bridge. You can hardly look more than two directions in Fairbanks without identifying a structure to which he directly contributed. A biography of Jim Loftus would hardly be complete without mention of his running career. Beginning at a young age, he enjoyed running and competing against others. He became an accomplished middle distance runner while in junior college, and for many years after he was a fixture at the all-comers track meets in the Bay area, often leading the pack in his specialty, the 800-meter. For Jim, running and training became, as he described it, a form of personal yoga, bringing peace, reflection, and opportunity for personal improvement. He was active in the local running scene, organizing, volunteering, and mentoring Fairbanks runners and track meets from the mid-'80s until 2012. As a metaphor for the gentle parenting and encouragement he gave as a father and coach, he preferred to allow young runners to "wiggle in the blocks" rather than call a false start, believing it important that everyone gets to run the race. He pursued running throughout his life and had well respected finishes of second place at the U.S. Masters National Championships in 2000, and fifth place in the World Senior Championships in 2005, both in the 800-meter. He considered these to be great personal accomplishments, caring more about the experience than the finish; he relished meeting and running with elite runners of the world. With a turntable in constant rotation and often a book in hand, music and reading were cornerstones of his daily routine. He was intensely interested in an astonishing range of music from Americana and vintage rock to punk and alt-country. Readings later in life focused on philosophy and history, meticulously building a base for more probing thought. Using a scholarly approach, he studied philosophy from classic to current and actively engaged fellow scholars in discussion as he searched for continued understanding of the human experience. His beliefs of expanding one's knowledge of the greater world around us, personal responsibility and work ethic were applied to both his professional and family lives. Jim's greatest joy and most valued accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his wife Eileen, sons Aran, Oliver, Michael, and daughter Clare. He loved to be among them all, delighting in their diversity, marveling at their individuality and thankful for their unity. He is also survived by his father, James Joseph Loftus Jr., and sisters, Jeanne, Rosemary, Teresa, Eileen and Julie. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Loftus. In the last months of his life, Jim's physical condition deteriorated, though his inquisitive mind and quick laughter remained. Many will retain an image of him running, tall and strong, powering through the last turn, arms and legs churning like pistons, an outward symbol of his capacity for precise, intelligent and consequential work, and his deep love of the whole show. According to his wishes, his passing will be marked by an Irish style wake, commencing at 5 p.m. Sept. 13, 2013, at the Fairbanks Mushers Hall off Farmers Loop Road. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Jim's preferred charities: Running Club North, Engineers Without Borders USA, or the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Center in Fairbanks. A thoughtfully recorded interview of Jim recounting his adventures is available through UAF's Oral History Program.
William F. Caro '54, J.D. '73. Feb. 26, 2014. Born in San Jose in 1932, Caro inherited his father's devotion to SCU's fabled football history and loved to recount, play-by-play, Santa Clara's heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Stanford in the very first college game he ever attended, as an eight-year-old, on Oct. 12, 1940. Athletic loyalties notwithstandng, he did graduate work at Stanford, earning his M.B.A. in 1960 with an emphasis in marketing. His subsequent career as an advertising media director brought him to agencies in San Francisco and Los Angees and Eventually to Coakley-Heagerty in Santa Clara. He later taught advertising at San Jose State University. Caro spent his retirement years in Santa Clara, not far from where the palm and olive mingle. He occasionally enjoyed an idle hour in the university library researching the glory days of Bronco football. He is survived by his brothers, Robert, S.J. '58, M.Div '70 and Paul '62.
Milton Crane MBA ’73, October 22, 2013. He died in Sparks, Nev. Milton was born in New York to Charlotte and Louis Cohen. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and was trained as an Aviation Electronic Tech Third Class served until June 1946. He was awarded both the Victory Medal & American Theatre Medal. He was able to attend college on the GI Bill at Cal Poly Tech. in San Luis Obispo, CA, Stanford and the University of Santa Clara. He met his wife Jean at Stanford and they were married in September of 1961. Milton was an electronics engineer for Lockheed Corp in California and Arizona. Milton is survived by his son, Matthew, daughter Gretchen (Michael) de la Torre, granddaughters Mia, Emma, and his sister Barbara (Carl) Parducci. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at The Cascades of the Sierra in Sparks, NV. Even though he had been there a short time, the care and compassion shown to him was wonderful and made a big impact on his final days.
Joyce Ardell Jackson '73: 1947-2013 Joyce Ardell Jackson departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in San Pedro, Calif., following a decades-long struggle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Born June 2, 1947, in Berkeley, California, she was a spirited youngster, adventurous and friendly. At the age of 12, she contracted arthritis, a defining period in her life. Over the years she faced many challenges because of her condition, enduring more than 50 operations. Yet she rarely succumbed to self-pity. At one point she even called herself "The Bionic Woman," a moniker she had borrowed from a popular 1970s TV series.
After attending public schools in Oakland and Hayward, Calif., Joyce attended Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., graduating in 1973. Determined to be independent, she worked for a number of firms in the Bay Area, including McDonnell Douglas, British Telecommunications, The San Jose Mercury News, and Community Resources for Independent Living. At times, she found it necessary to juggle two part-time jobs with her full-time job.