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James G. Leathers Jr. J.D. ’67 passed away on June 19, 2018, in his hometown of Woodland, California, with his family around him. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons James III, Mark, and Mark’s wife Kelly; and granddaughters Tatum, Tessa, and Cameron Leathers. Jim was living in Tahoma, California, on the west shore of Lake Tahoe before he passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Dolores Lewis (Hon) ’41 was born in Leigh, Nebraska, the oldest of nine children. She graduated from St. Catherine’s School of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska, and soon married Edward A. Lewis ’41 in 1944, a graduate of the dental school at Creighton University. They were married for 53 years until Edward’s passing in 1997. Dolores was an active member of St. Leo’s parish and remained involved in activities, fundraising, and sporting events at Bellarmine and SCU until recent years. She passed away on March 10, 2018 and is survived by her two children, Sharon Raab and Edward Lewis Jr. ’75, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by five of her siblings.
Bertram Ward Depew ’42 was born on June 24, 1921, in Sacramento, California, to Frank Healy Depew and Agnes Ward and was raised with three siblings. After high school Bert graduated from SCU with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for General Electric for 11 years and started his own company, Heat Engineering and Supply Company, in 1953. Bert was also a consulting engineer for companies in Ukraine and India. He enjoyed fishing, poker, dancing, and woodworking. He also served as president of the Republican Club and of the Glendora, California, school board for several years. He passed away on Jan. 16, 2018, at 96 years old. Bert was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret; parents; sisters Ethel and Louise; and brother Al. He is survived by his wife Jane Depew; children Suzanne, Elizabeth, and Sallie; grandchild Kyle (Melissa); and great-grandchildren Duncan and Kate.
A beloved baseball coach at Mission High School in San Francisco, James “Bill” Mustanich ’43 passed away unexpectedly on April 10, 2018. He is survived by his loving companion of 48 years, Alice, his son, Bill (Beverly), seven grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Bob.
A Republican governor and two-term senator from Nevada, Paul D. Laxalt ’44 was one of Ronald Reagan’s most influential advisors—dubbed the president’s “First Friend.” Born in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 2, 1922, he helped care for his five siblings while their father herded sheep in the Nevada mountains; he often called himself a “Basque sheepherder’s kid.” Paul served as an Army medic in the Pacific during World War II and earned a law degree from the University of Denver in 1949. Returning to Carson City, Nevada, he married Jackalyn Ross and went into practice with her father. He served as Ormsby County, Nevada, district attorney in the early 1950s and won the Nevada governorship in 1966, the same year that Reagan was elected governor of California. After he and his first wife divorced in 1972, he married Carol Wilson, his former secretary, in 1976. In 1974, he was the only Republican to win a Senate seat previously held by a Democrat. Paul was an early and enthusiastic cheerleader for a potential Reagan presidency. He went on to chair Reagan’s victorious White House campaigns in 1980 and 1984 and became a key channel between the White House and Congress. His most dramatic moment involved the Reagan administration’s efforts to persuade the autocratic Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to make democratic reforms or step aside. In 1990, Paul founded a lobbying firm, with clients ranging from Sirius XM to the American Gaming Association. He died on Aug. 6, 2018, at a hospital in Reston, Virginia. He was 96 years old. Besides his wife, Carol, survivors include six children from his first marriage; a stepdaughter; and 12 grandchildren.
Born on Feb. 21, 1922, John Prendergast Matheu ’44 was raised in San Francisco, the third of Katherine and John P. Matheu’s four children. He attended St. Brigid Elementary School, St. Ignatius High School, and SCU, where he was a quarterback on the football team and a rower. His college education was interrupted by World War II, during which he served his country as an aerial observer in the 11th Armored Division of General Patton’s army in Europe. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was present at the liberation of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. On his return to the U.S., he completed his degree at Santa Clara and shortly thereafter met the love of his life, Helen France, whom he married in 1948. Their daughter, Kathleen, was born the following year. John joined Pfizer in sales and marketing, and the family moved to Los Angeles, where daughters Christine and Rochelle were born, and then to Chicago, where daughter Jeanine was born. Their final move in 1959 was to Short Hills, New Jersey. John worked at Pfizer headquarters in Manhattan, New York, as national sales manager and was then named vice president of the pfipharmecs division in 1973. After 35 years, he retired from Pfizer and started his own consulting business in the pharmaceutical and medical device field, developing a number of startup companies, including Puri-Tek, and partnering with like-minded colleagues who became lasting friends. He was involved with his own business for over 30 years, working up until the last year of his life. He loved the challenge and camaraderie his work gave to him. John and Helen spent 66 loving years together, raising their family, enjoying the company of their grandchildren, traveling, hosting innumerable family celebrations, and attending cultural events in the region. John happily served as patriarch of the family, always advocating the great importance of family to one’s well-being. He was loved by his family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues for his generosity of spirit, his storytelling, his fine cooking, his sense of humor, and his great fortitude. John passed away peacefully on Feb. 9, 2018 at 95 years old. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen, his daughter Rochelle Matheu Dempsey, his sisters Maureen Matheu and Patricia Stamps (Al), and his sons-in-law William Cohen, Kevin Gaynor, and Scott Boyll. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor Matheu, his daughters Kathleen Gaynor, Christine Matheu, and Jeanine Boyll; his stepson Brant Miller (Lila); son-in-law Thomas Dempsey; and his grandchildren Jillian Dempsey (Alex), Elizabeth Dempsey, Scott Dempsey, and Laurel Cohen; and his great-grandson, Orin Matheu Dempsey Miller.
Henry Garric ’44 was born in San Francisco in 1921 and moved to Glen Ellen when he was 3 years old. He had an idyllic childhood as part of a large extended French family that ran a resort on Henno Road. He attended Dunbar School, Sonoma High School, and SCU before working as a draftsman at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington, and then enlisting in the Army. He served World War II in the European theatre of operations in the Army Corps of Engineers, 182nd Engineer Battalion. Henry returned from the war, married Bette Garrison of Sonoma, and raised his two children on the family chicken ranch on Henno Road. Later Henry worked for Carnation Feed Company and ran Mr. Eds, a wholesale farm supply company. He loved ranches and ranchers and made many friends as he served his customers along the North Coast. Henry and Bette loved their family, gardening, and travel. In retirement they returned many times to France and attended the Garric family reunions in Aveyron. Although he was a quiet man, Henry loved speaking French at every opportunity. After Bette’s death he continued to travel to France until his last trip at age 88. Henry was blessed to rekindle love and affection with his high school sweetheart, Heloise Tomasini. They were married in 2010 and spent eight beautiful years together. Loving family and friends surrounded him at home as he died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 20, 2018, in Nicasio. Henry is survived by his loving wife, Heloise Tomasini Garric and her children; his devoted daughter Lynn Garric; grandchildren Sylvie (Eric) Shawn and Rémi Langbehn; loving caregiver Nadia Maiwiriwiri; and many treasured cousins and friends.
William “Bill” Steffan ’49 was born on Oct. 16, 1922, and attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and Santa Clara University. Bill served honorably in WWII in the intelligence corps and was involved in campaigns in Central Europe and Japan. He spent his professional career as a health physicist working for the state of California. He was very competitive and especially loved to play bridge. Bill and Isabel were devoted to each other and frequently vacationed in Lake Tahoe and Palm Desert, California. A longtime resident of Santa Clara, Bill passed from this life on May 3, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 67 years, Isabel, and his children Terri Miller (Jim), William C. Steffan (Joan), Paul Steffan (Nancy), and Alison Christman (Dan) as well as his “adopted” daughters Chi Hood (Wade) and Hang Cross (Andy). Bill was preceded in death by his son, Michael. He was blessed with numerous grandchildren: Justen, Joe, Jeremy, Tom, Jenni, AJ, Nicky, Kristen, Monica, Chris, Kristen, Becky, Erica, Jessica, Brittany, Sarah, and Zack; and great-grandchildren Aiden, Tatum, Scotty Paul, Remy, and Blue William. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Known affectionately to many as “Dr. Bob,” Robert Infelise ’49 was born in Hollister to Clara Guerra and Frank Infelise. He attended San Benito High School and junior college. He served as a photographer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and graduated with a bachelor’s from SCU. He did graduate work at San Jose State, Stanford, and Santa Clara before getting his doctorate in education at Brigham Young University. A lifelong educator, Bob started his administrative career in Union City, California. Later he served as the superintendent of Gilroy Unified School District for 12 years. After a run for state assembly and work overseas, he returned to the central coast as the superintendent of Carmel Unified School District. Known as the “Supt de Jour” for his many interim superintendent positions around Monterey County, including MPUSD, Bob also served on various boards, councils, and as an administrative consultant to various school districts in California and American schools in Europe, the Middle East, and Mexico. He had a deep commitment to the Monterey Peninsula community and served as the executive director for Community Health Plan. He also served for many years on the Monterey Peninsula College board of trustees as well as the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the International School of Monterey. Bob was an avid golfer and loved to travel with his family (he was a loving husband and father) as well as listen to Sinatra while cruising along the ocean. He passed away of natural causes on Jan. 11, 2018, and is survived by his wife, Bobbie, and their two children, Renee and Monica, as well as son Peter Infelise, daughter Bethann Chabolla, and their children. The family would like to thank Steve Bagby for taking Bob golfing and on trips down the coast, as well as the Del Monte staff for their compassionate care. Special thanks to Jack Gyves, Vance Baldwin and Marvin Biasotti for their visits and stories that continued to engage Bob and make him smile.
Loving and vibrant, Joseph John Crowley ’49 had a legendary sense of humor. He liked nothing better than causing someone to laugh—or better yet, to believe one of his incredulous stories. The many who knew and loved him miss those fabulous yarns and infectious laugh. Joe was raised in San Francisco and attended Commodore Sloat Elementary School and Lowell High School. It was in San Francisco that he met the love of his life, Betty, whom he remained married to for 67 years. Joe attended UC Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, and SCU, playing varsity basketball throughout. His education was interrupted only by World War II, in which he served proudly as an officer in the United States Navy. As and exceptional athlete, he was honored to be part of the All-Navy basketball team, competing against other branches of the military, and as a result, entertaining and increasing the morale of his fellow service members. Following college, Joe worked as an engineer, and with his partner, soon opened his own company, Relco Insulation. After retiring from Relco, he spent the rest of his life with Betty in Sonoma and Reno, Nevada, with family always nearby. Of all his accomplishments, his family was by far the one of which he was most proud. He led his family passionately, and his wife, children, in-laws, and grandchildren loved him back just as fiercely. Joe passed away following a long illness, just one month after his beloved wife and lifelong partner, Betty. His four children, Karen Lauer (Dale), Denise Vessie (Craig), Joe Crowley (Lisa), and Kim Crowley survive him. He also leaves behind his eight grandchildren, Joshua, Danie, Lauren, Casey, Emma, Kaitlin, Jack, and Mia, as well as one brand new great-grandchild, Riley. He was predeceased by his brother and best friend, George David Crowley.
Thomas Moore J.D. ’50 served as a fighter escort for bombing missions in the European theater during WWII. After law school he returned to Oregon and opened his own law office. He wed Mary Ellen, and they moved to Hillsboro, Oregon, where Tom began practicing law for the next 33 years, retiring from his practice at the age of 90. Along with fishing, he enjoyed golf, skiing, reading about politics and military history, and traveling. Tom died on May 9, 2017, and is survived by his wife and children, including Eileen Reilly ’80, Tom Moore ’81, M.S. ’86, and Anne Moore ’84.
Originally from Sacramento, California, Earl Howsley ’50 was born to Earl and Louise (Inderkum) Howsley. Upon graduation from Christian Brothers High School, he attended SCU, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business. In April 1951, Earl married the love of his life, Rose (Rodriquez) Howsley, and they spent the next 67 years together in a loving relationship. Earl and Rose moved to Reno, Nevada, in 1951, where Earl went to work for Crane Supply Company, becoming general manager. He later worked for Western Nevada Supply Company in Reno. Earl was a tremendous athlete and loved all sports. Golf was one of his greatest passions, and he would travel anywhere to play a round. Earl was extremely proud of the four holes-in-one he achieved during his golfing years. He also enjoyed playing softball in a senior league well into his 70s. Earl was also a great bowler and active in leagues for several years. After a round of golf or a softball game, you could usually find Earl working out at the Reno Elks Club. He was also a very active member of Reno Elks Lodge #597. Earl always found time to coach youth baseball and attend every athletic event his children or grandchildren participated in. He loved being at the ballpark supporting his family. Earl also looked forward to the family’s annual summer vacations boating and golfing at Lake Almanor, California. He passed away during his sleep at his Reno home in the company of his family on April 7, 2018, becoming an anatomical donor to the University of Nevada Medical School Program and helping promote medical research and the education of doctor-bound students. Earl was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Louise Howsley, and beloved grandson Alexander Mario Vial. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rose, and children Cindy Wood (Larry), Earl (Kelly), Tim (Cindy), Sheri Vial (Kevin), and his 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Daniel Joseph Liefgreen ’50 was born in Phoenix on March 28, 1926, and was a longtime resident, having worked with his father, Albert, at Liefgreen Seeds before starting his own company in Glendale, Arizona. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and graduated from SCU, where he was senior year class president. He joined the Navy and served in World War II before returning to Phoenix. Affectionately known as “Papa DJ” to his children and grandchildren, he had a wonderful sense of humor and passion for golf. He passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on April 17, 2018, in hospice care at Abrazo Hospital. Daniel is survived by his sons, Daniel (Silvia) of Milan and Tom of Cardiff, California; his daughter, Linda Erlandson (Kurt), of Encinitas, California; grandchildren Leonard and Alice Liefgreen, children of Dan Liefgreen, and Elena De Francesco (Paul), daughter of Linda and Kurt Erlandson. The newest addition was his great-grandson Luca, son of Elena and Paul.
Maurice Henry Fredericks J.D. ’51 was a tireless volunteer and community builder, beloved by his family and friends, who led by quiet example. Born April 2, 1925, in Petaluma to pioneering Petaluma families, son of Martin Fredericks and Mary A. Cline Fredericks. His paternal grandfather Morris Fredericks came to Bloomfield in 1875 and soon thereafter Petaluma, where as a civic leader and successful contractor, collaborated with local architects and renowned Julia Morgan to build many of the city’s historic homes. His maternal grandfather, Owen J. Cline, was superintendent of the Petaluma shoe factory, employing over 100 people in the early 1900s. Maurice’s full and vigorous childhood was spent helping the family contracting business, visiting with his many aunts, uncles, and extended family, fly-fishing in the Sierra, hunting ducks on the Petaluma River, and bicycling to the coast. A senior at St. Vincent High School, class of 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17. Upon graduation, he left for flight school, graduating as a Naval aviator. After the war, he continued service as a Naval reservist. He continued his love of flying as a private pilot in his beloved Mooney airplane. Upon his graduation from Santa Clara Law, he joined Paul Golis at his Santa Rosa law firm. In 1955, the partnership of Golis & Fredericks added a new enterprise, the founding and development of the city of Rohnert Park. The pair created various land development companies, including Alicia Homes, which built temporary quarters for Sonoma State College, and donated land for Alicia Park, the adjoining swimming pool, and John Reed School. In June 1957, he met Elizabeth “Betty” Sibilia of New Jersey, who was visiting her uncle, Paul Golis, in Montgomery Village. In 1960, she returned to California and became editor of the Rohnert Park Press. In September 1961, Betty and Maurice were married at St. Joseph’s Church in Cotati, and moved into their Alden Avenue home in Rohnert Park, where they raised their three children. Maurice took active roles in his community. He joined with a handful of other residents in what became the Rohnert Park Volunteer Fire Department. In 1968, he was elected to the board of the Cotati Elementary School District, which later, largely through his efforts, became the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, where he served until 1981. He received the J.X. Wilson Award for his contribution to youth education. He was an active charter member of the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce, serving many committees and offices, including president. An active Sonoma County attorney for 65 years, he was especially proud that two attorneys who were once his partners went on to become Sonoma County judges. Maurice worked on notable cases, including arguing a death penalty case before the California Supreme Court. Since the 1970s he was a sole practitioner with emphasis on probate and estate planning. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening, tinkering in his workshop, and tending to his walnut orchard in the Santa Rosa countryside. Having just celebrated his 93rd birthday, Maurice passed on April 20, 2018, surrounded by family. He is survived by Betty, his loving wife of 57 years; his children, Steve Fredericks (Sarah), Aileen Woehl (Roger), and Douglas Fredericks (Jennifer); and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Martin and Owen.
Harry Herbert Boyle ’51 was born to Henry Boyle of Maryland and Mary Jorgensen of Copenhagen and grew up in San Francisco. In January 1946 he enlisted in the Army and served in Tokyo under General Douglas MacArthur. It was in Tokyo that he converted to Catholicism. Upon discharge, he went home to San Francisco and attended SCU before moving to Los Angeles to finish college, living for a time in Santa Ana, where he was a reporter for the Santa Ana Register. He earned his Ph.D. in English from UCLA and taught at the University of Arizona in Tucson, but returned to California and ending up in San Diego, which is where he met his second wife and lived for nearly 40 years, teaching English at various colleges. In 2014 the couple retired to San Juan Capistrano, California. Harry’s mother graduated from nursing school in 1905 and subsequently worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a nurse on Indian reservations in the Dakotas. Later she joined the Army and worked in China. Always fascinated by her stories, Harry remained interested in indigenous issues. His favorite charities were those that benefited Native Americans. An avid hiker, Harry’s favorite summer vacations were spent backpacking in the High Sierra. He died on Dec. 18, 2017, just 19 days shy of his 90th birthday. Harry had no siblings but is survived by four children and one grandchild from his now-deceased first wife, Gianna Di Girolomo: Henry Robert Boyle and Brynn Elizabeth Boyle, and Brynn’s son, Dameon Ivory Boyle—all currently of Berkeley; Ann Marie Boyle of Los Angeles; and Mia Katherine Boyle of Seattle, Washington. His second wife, Donna Rodman, his stepdaughter, J. Lisa Allen, and his step-grandchildren, Cooper and Kate, all of San Juan Capistrano, also survive him.
Edmund Ganes Burger, III, ’51 was born on March 28, 1930, the first child of Edmund Ganes Burger, II and Rose Catherine Kobe. His great grandfather came around the Horn on the Orpheus in 1849. In 1927, when the senior Ed was purchasing agent for the Blue Stone Mine, in Pizenswitch, Nevada, near Yerington, the copper market failed and he was hired to dispose of the entire property, including the town and the “million dollar” smelter. He fortuitously met Rose at a mining company where she was secretary. That mine is now under the waters of Lake Shasta. By the time Ed and Rose were married, the town was deserted except for the superintendent's house. This is where the famous Doctor Mary, the only obstetrician in Lyon County, assisted in the birth of Edmund. Ed was the pride of the family, soon to be joined by Robert, Marilyn, and Denis, as they moved in service of the mining industry. Ed earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara in 1947. After graduating with an engineering degree in 1951, he went to work for the Atomic Energy Commission, but returned to college at the University of California for a degree in architecture. He soon won a grant to study further at the University of Pennsylvania, and then to research early Roman success with reinforced concrete in Italy. On his return to the Bay Area, Ed established a firm that, among other things, designed and built the first mid-income housing in West Oakland - considered impossible at the time. This “Acorn” project earned him recognition in the Encyclopedia Britannica. He created a system that was the predecessor of Habitat for Humanity, called "Grow Homes." In 1987, he wrote "Geomorphic Architecture," published by Van Nostrand Reinhold and applauded worldwide as a model of how architecture can conform to the demands of the earth. Perhaps Ed's premiere achievement was landing the project to build the American Pavilion at the 1992 Olympic Games, in Barcelona. This successful task allowed him to pursue various high-end architectural assignments in the Bay Area. He began an association with Larry Halprin, the widely recognized landscape architect who was famous for designs from Washington, D.C. to the Presidio of San Francisco. Ed and Larry did lasting projects in Yosemite and throughout the Bay Area. Ed died on Dec. 22, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth Godshalk and his wife Shirley Pratini, and by his sisters Margaret and Marilyn. He is survived by brothers Robert E. and Denis R. and his son-in-law Remo Pratini and daughter Janey Fadely. Ed left his mark on the world. Yet his focus was always on housing. He learned at an early age from his father, who had his sons work every Sunday at the Hospitality Houses of Dorothy Day. Perhaps that early memory guided his vocation.
Philip Giles Horton ’52 was born in Longview, Oregon, to George and Harriet Horton. His early youth was spent in Chiloquin, Oregon, a logging town. There he developed a lifelong love of the outdoors. Later he lived in Medford, Oregon, where he attended St. Mary’s High School. Phil moved to California to attend SCU. He immediately pursued and completed his MBA in 1953 at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. At that point, he joined Safeway Stores, working in market research. He completed a long and fulfilling career at Safeway that spanned 38 years, retiring as senior vice president in 1992. Phil was a dedicated family man, a devout Catholic, and contributed to his community volunteering in leadership roles with the Girl Scouts, Toastmasters, and PTA. In his free time Phil could be found playing golf, hiking, skiing, sailing, gardening, enjoying a glass of wine, or traveling with his family. He died peacefully at home on July 12, 2018. Phil was preceded in death by his brother, Alan G. Horton. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Kathleen Fahey Horton, and children Kelly (Hal Stober), Barbara Linn ’79 (Christopher Linn), Charles Horton (Brenda Tello), Elizabeth “Mimi” (Christopher Pratt), John Horton (Juliana Kriss), and stepson Wilfred “Bud” Everts (Susan Lawing). He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He will be missed by those who loved him.
One of nine siblings, Tom Joyce ’53 was born to Raymond Eugene and SaBina (Knox) Joyce, in Miller, South Dakota, and raised in the farming community of Sykeston, North Dakota. He skipped two grades and graduated from high school at the age of 16, whereupon he joined the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. He was especially proud of being a member of the demolition crew that helped sculpt the Mount Rushmore Presidential Monument. He then entered Naval flight training, earning his wings in 1944 at the age of 21. During World War II he served as a pilot of Hellcats and F4U Corsairs on aircraft carriers and participated in both the North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean theaters. It was during the war that he met the love of his life, Elaine Nancy Harding, who was serving as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. They married in 1946 (and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in August 2014). After the war, Tom attended SCU on the GI Bill, earning a degree in business. He embarked on a sales and managerial career in the data processing and computer fields, working for NCR, IBM, Raychem, the county governments of Alameda and San Mateo, and Driscoll Strawberry Associates. He was active in and held many leadership positions in civic, sports, and Church organizations. Throughout the years and various relocations, Tom and Elaine raised their seven children in the communities of San Lorenzo, Redwood City, and Aptos, making lifelong friends along the way. Following retirement and two years of extensive travel, Tom and Elaine enjoyed resettling in Sonoma County. Tom was proud of his Irish heritage and a devout Catholic. In recent years he was a member of St. Teresa of Avila parish in Bodega, California. Tom believed in actively living out his faith in his daily life. An avid sports fan and outstanding athlete, Tom was especially proud of his Naval boxing career as a Golden Glove contender—and of having made two holes-in-one at Northwood Golf Course. And it was always a delight to witness Tom and Elaine taking a turn on the dance floor. An enthusiastic home renovator, he could also repair just about anything. He was even the master “architect” of elaborate practical jokes that are the stuff of legend, and that still leave people bent over in laughter when recounted. Sunday brunch won't be the same without his signature culinary specialty of the “North Dakota Breakfast,” and remembering his unique linguistic wit will always elicit a laugh and a smile. Gregarious, generous, joyful, loving, faithful, and fun-loving, Tom achieved in admirable fashion his aspiration to be a good husband, father, neighbor, and citizen. He departed peacefully on April 6, 2015, surrounded by his loving wife and children. His was a life lived well and fully. Tom is survived by his devoted wife, Elaine; sons John, Thomas (“Tif”), Francis Jr. (Judy), and George; daughters Maureen (Clark) Barber ’84, Sheila (Bill) Kellerman, Teresa (Rick) Kooi, and Veronica Joyce Gallart; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his infant twin sons, Patrick and Michael, and four siblings. The next time you find yourself dining with friends and family, raise your glasses high and recite the cherished toast coined by Tom: “Here’s to us, good people are scarce!”
A longtime resident of Orinda, Thomas Conway Crosby ’53 was born in Bishop, California, on July 13, 1931, the second son of Eugene and Gladys Crosby. He attended Bellarmine High School and SCU, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1953. While at Santa Clara he married the love of his life, Barbara J Lutzow. They were married for 53 years until Barbara passed away in 2004. Tom retired from Bechtel, San Francisco, after enjoying a career spanning nearly 40 years. He was chief mechanical engineer for the mining and metals group and became engineering manager for the infrastructure group. He worked around the world on major projects, from gold and diamond mines in South Africa to copper mines in Papua New Guinea and desalination facilities in Saudi Arabia. He set up Bechtel’s first office in the People’s Republic of China in the 1980s. Tom was respected for his engineering skills, in addition to his warm and caring personality, and was active in Santa Maria Church. With his love of woodworking, he made furniture for the Chapel at Santa Maria, including the altar and reader’s stand. He also crafted furniture, cabinetry, and anything his family would like. Additionally, Tom loved fishing, working on his old cars, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with his family. He passed away peacefully on Jan. 27, 2018, and is survived by Thomas and Cindy (daughter-in-law) Crosby of Danville; Ann Sanderson (daughter) and Stan Sanderson of Nevada City, California; Margaret Zeiger (daughter) and David Zeiger of Pleasant Hill; Daniel and Susan (daughter-in-law) Crosby of Walnut Creek; eight grandchildren, Benjamin and Paul Crosby, Betsey Friedmann (Zeiger), Kate and Bonnie Zeiger and Nicholas, and James and Matthew Crosby; and three great-grandchildren, Dylan and Wells Crosby and Eleanor Friedmann.
Kenneth Nardinelli ’53 was born to Matt and Emma Nardinelli on March 28, 1931, in Woodland, California. He went through the Woodland school system, graduating in 1949. After graduation he accepted a football scholarship to SCU, where he played football and baseball, graduating with a business degree. After playing one season of professional baseball, Ken spent the next two years as a lieutenant in the Army Artillery Division. In 1953 he met the love of his life, Franie Matulich. They were married in 1955 and spent over 62 wonderful years together. Upon his return to Woodland he worked in the family business, Woodland Plumbing and Hardware. After 20 years in the family business Ken went to work for his good friend Gene Luhdorff. When Gene sold the business, Ken went to work for W. P. Wilson & Sons until he retired at age 75. In 1961 Ken took up golf and could be found playing at the Yolo Fliers Club most weekends. He had the distinction of being the only golfer at the Yolo Fliers Club to score a birdie on every hole, both left- and right-handed. Ken was always involved in sports—as a participant, coach, official, announcer or broadcaster—and was never far from competition. He passed away on Feb. 10, 2018, at Woodland Memorial Hospital from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Franie; son, Dave; sister, Marge Locke; grandchildren, Alison (Nick) Jessen and Jennifer; great-grandson, Hudson Jessen; sisters-in-law Kathy Souza, Margie (Dick) Wagner, and Carol Matulich; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Harold Alphonse ’54, JD ’60 was a prominent Santa Clara County family law attorney. To honor him, his family kept his obit short: “He would yell at us for spending any money on something like this.” Harold passed on Jan. 17, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Alphonse, his children, Lisa (Eric) Melendez, Ann Alphonse-Kadish, and John (Kimberly) Alphonse, and his grandchildren, Jessica, Jared, Timothy, D.J., Annalisa, Dagen, and Owen.
Gary Edward Marsella ’53 was born into this world on June 7, 1931. He was the eldest son of Eddie and Oddie Marsella and the older brother of Jay Marsella. He attended Morris E. Dailey Elementary School, Hamilton Jr. High School, and graduated from Fresno High School with the Class of 1949. Gary attended SCU and UC Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Gary then went on to serve in the Army for two years, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. With the support of the G.I. Bill, he was off to business school at Stanford University, where he completed an MBA in finance. Mentored by his uncles, Alfred and Charlie Marsella, Gary embarked on his 43-year career as a financial advisor in 1957, when he joined them at Dean Witter in Fresno, California. In 1961, he married Barbara Erro, with whom he shared life for 57 years, until his death. They have three daughters, Mary, Anne, and Lisa, whom he treasured. The family enjoyed many years in the Sierra Nevada, skiing in the winter and hiking and sailing in the summer. One of Gary’s favorite places was Coronado, California, where he and Barbara delighted in the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, Coronado Bridge, and the panorama of greater San Diego. They enjoyed the San Diego Opera, sailing the “Barbara J” in Glorietta Bay, and playing tennis in the perfect weather. It is no surprise that a large part of Gary’s life was dedicated to his work. Gary considered his many clients as friends. In a world of gray, his business ethics were black and white. He treated his clients with respect, kindness, and honesty. Gary felt a huge sense of responsibility to his clients, concerning himself with all aspects of their lives. He worked to create family legacies so that generations of clients would benefit from his investment expertise. His daughter, Lisa Purtell, continues Gary’s legacy. In 2002, upon retiring, Gary spent his first year researching and writing his investment book Please Don’t Feed The Bears (Your Portfolio): Investment Strategies in an Uncertain Market. Gary worked hard at every challenge he undertook, investing for clients, learning to ski as an adult, becoming a respectfully good tennis player with lots of humor and joking on the courts, and learning to sail and sink a boat. Perhaps learning to survive a house full of females was his greatest challenge, which he met with exasperation, humor, and love. In 1978, Gary joined the National Ski Patrol and volunteered as a ski patroller at China Peak until 1993. He made sure his three daughters learned to ski in all types of weather and snow conditions. Mary and Lisa even followed his lead and joined the organization as junior patrollers. A part of Gary’s life that had great importance to him was his Catholicism. When he graduated from Fresno High School, he chose SCU because he wanted to connect with the religious heritage of his Italian grandparents. After one year with the Jesuits at Santa Clara, he transferred to UC Berkeley and was baptized at the Catholic Newman Center. The transfer to Berkeley was necessary because Santa Clara had no female students at the time! Gary highly valued community and civic involvement. A past president of the Fresno Estate Planning Council and the Fresno Stock and Bond Club, Gary relished sharing his analysis and expertise on investment and finance. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Fresno. He also served for many years on the Fig Garden Homeowner’s Association to maintain and preserve the beauty and value of Old Fig Garden. Gary also contributed to the Huntington Lake Condominium Association, where the tennis courts bear his name. In 1996, Gary and Barbara established the Gary and Barbara Marsella Family Foundation to fund organizations dedicated to the well-being of underprivileged children in Fresno County. The foundation has provided tuition assistance to Catholic parochial elementary school students in neighborhoods as well as to students attending San Joaquin Memorial High School. Gary passed away on June 15, 2018, and is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters Mary, Anne, and Lisa; and sons-in-law Thierry Marietan and Michael Purtell. Barbara and Gary have three grandchildren, Blaise Edward Marietan, Aidan Erro Purtell, and Nadia Joy Purtell.
Donald Richardson J.D. ’53 was an encyclopedia of sports stats and trivia. Following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, he practiced law in San Jose. Donald met Marilyn on a blind date in December 1958 and married her eight months later—eventually adding two children to their family. As president of the Downtown San Jose Rotary Club, he was the first to welcome women members, and in his 50s formed a running group that trained for and completed six marathons. He passed on April 23.
During his career as a criminal defense attorney, Buford “Larry” Toney ’53, J.D. ’59 worked over 150 jury trials, including ones involving the death penalty. Even after he stopped trying cases, he continued to represent nonviolent defendants through the Private Defender’s office in the San Mateo County Drug Court program. Larry is fondly remembered for his years of public service, his opposition to the death penalty, and his commitment to equality, justice, and the protection of human rights. He passed away suddenly on April 20 and is survived by his eight children.
Robert Laubacher ’54 was born on March 4, 1933, in Oxnard, California, to Benjamin Daniel and Evangeline (Carroll) Laubacher. He graduated from Santa Clara High School and SCU in with a business degree. He was an outstanding athlete and lettered in three high school sports. Pitching his senior year for the SCU Broncos, he threw a no-hitter against USC. After graduation, he played minor league baseball with the Channel Cities Oilers. Bob entered the Army as a second lieutenant, serving in Korea between 1954 and 1956. While in Korea, Bob pitched for the Army baseball team. He remained a dedicated sports fan until his death, always rooting for his favorite team, the Dodgers. After returning from Korea, Bob married Ann Marie (Vint) on Feb. 9, 1957. Together they had six children: Patrick, Julie, Matthew, Kenneth, Michael, and Amy. Bob and his brother, Steve, ran the family farm in Oxnard for a number of years. In 1967, he and Ann decided to make the move to the Treasure Valley, where they purchased a farm on the Oregon Slope near Ontario, Oregon, and farmed there for nearly 50 years until his retirement. No matter how busy Bob was with the farm, he always had time for his children. Church, sports, and games were central to family life, and when Bob wasn’t coaching or playing with his kids, he was playing cards, eating ice cream, or building puzzles with them. He was a very humble, hardworking, and well respected person in the community who always thought of others first. He co-founded the Annex Rural Fire Department and served on the school board at Annex Elementary School. In addition, Bob was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. In his retirement years he loved being in the company of his children, grandchildren, and eventually great-grandchildren. Everyone loved Bob because of his gentle and calm nature. He passed away on July 15, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s at Spring Creek Assisted Living in Fruitland, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Ann, and son Matthew. He is survived by his children Patrick (Linda), Julie, Kenneth (Stephanie), Michael (Melissa) and Amy (Jim); grandchildren Janelle (Dan), Renee (Greg), Ryan (Brooke), Laura, Taylor, Anna, and Henry; and great-grandchildren Isla, Owen, and Evelyn; his sisters, Patricia and Sally; and other beloved relatives and a large circle of friends.