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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael J. Miller ’55 was a longtime physician at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, after completing his medical internship and residency at OHSU. During his lifelong commitment to helping others, he served as OHSU’s associate professor of pediatric infectious disease (ID), professor of pediatrics, and associate dean for Student Affairs. He received five Allen J. Hill Teaching Awards during his tenure. His dedication to education is reflected in the OHSU Michael Miller Faculty Teaching Award, which is awarded annually to a current pediatric faculty member who exemplifies Mike’s passion to teach. The graduating OHSU medical students choose the awardee each spring. In addition to teaching, caring for patients, and providing ID consultations at OHSU, Mike also served as an ID consultant to hospitals throughout the Portland area and provided lectures in the Navajo region of the Indian Health Service. Prior to his retirement in 2007, he served as director of OHSU’s student health center. Mike received his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Oregon in 1960 after graduating from SCU. He completed a fellowship in infectious disease at Stanford in 1967 under Jack Remington. Mike attended St. Agatha’s Catholic School and Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. He was doctor and mentor to many physicians and students who studied and served at OHSU and Doernbecher. If you knew any doctors or health care professionals who worked or trained at OHSU anytime from 1967 through 2007, undoubtedly they knew Mike and benefited from his wise counsel and humor. Outside the traditional instruction, Mike gave of his own time to teach critical thinking and diagnostic strategies in an informal setting to any student who wished to attend. It was a popular twice-a-week event the students named “Miller Time.” Many of his students (along with family and friends) also enjoyed the bashes he hosted at his dream beach house near Gearhart, Oregon, in the 1980s and 90s. So much of Mike’s life was devoted to his service as doctor and teacher, but he also was a devout Catholic, caregiver, and friend to all. Mike always wore his St. Christopher medallion and had a special adoration for the Blessed Virgin Mary. He spent many hours daily praying the rosary. When he wasn’t praying, he was cooking. Mike’s gourmet skills and culinary delights kept us coming back for seconds and asking for the recipe. He typed up all his recipes (more than 5,000 of them!) to share with family and friends. When he wasn’t cooking, Mike was a real “foodie,” enjoying the top restaurants in Portland with family and friends. His passions included travel and several adventures with the Peace Corps. The continent of Africa held a special place in Mike’s heart. Trip after trip to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Niger to bring updated medical information to help the people. He brought home many mementos of his travels there along with photos from safaris. Whether you called him Mike, Doctor Mike, Doctor Miller, Doc, Uncle Mike, Gomer or Gome, he made a difference in your life and brought joy into any room he entered. Mike passed away on Feb. 12, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 84 years old. As his good friend of many years, Bruce Blank said, “Mike’s passing has left a hole in our hearts,” and “the planet Earth has just suffered a seismic shift.” Mike was a beloved brother, uncle, and friend who touched all with his humor, generosity, and genuine kindness. Mike was preceded in death by brothers Paul E. Miller Jr. and Joseph A. Miller; his sister, Martha A. Altstadt; and niece Heidi. He is survived by his sister, M. Susan Beal; sisters-in-law, Joyce and Barbara; his many nephews and nieces, Mark, Paul, Peter, John, Matt, Ginny, Susan, Libby, Roberta, and Kim; and their families.
Born in San Francisco on Dec. 9, 1933, to Margaret Bannan Abrahamsen and Gunlek Olavus Abrahamsen, Mary Abrahamsen Cahalan ’56 graduated from Mercy High School in 1951, before earning a B.S. in chemistry from Dominican College in 1955. Following graduation, Mary enjoyed working as a lab technician at UCSF. She married Donald Joseph Ruder on May 30, 1959. Together they raised five children in Menlo Park and Atherton and enjoyed an active retirement until Don’s passing in 1995. Mary was happiest surrounded by family and friends, and she was a wonderful hostess to many a gathering under her roof. She was a devout Catholic and was very active in the Church and the neighborhood, treasuring her many close friends from both communities. Mary was a masterful organizer and was a valued volunteer and great supporter of the Nativity School and Church in Menlo Park, Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, and SCU, where she served on the Board of Regents for several years. Mary also contributed many hours toward fundraising efforts benefitting the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Children’s Hospital. Mary and Don were also members of the Menlo Circus Club, where she played bridge and Don played tennis a few times a week. She served enthusiastically on the club’s membership committee, as she truly enjoyed socializing with active and potential members. After a brisk romance, Mary wed longtime family dentist Gerald Edward Cahalan in 2001, and the two had several happy years together before Gerry’s death in 2004. For the last three years of her life, Mary was cared for compassionately by Rose Arellano and her staff at Gardens Senior Care in San Jose, and by the caregivers from Vitas Hospice. She died peacefully on Feb. 28, 2018, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Mary is survived by her children, Ed (Lisa), Phil (Lisa), Megan (John) Martinelli, Joe (Steve Pace), and Gun (Junko); 15 grandchildren; her three siblings, Terry Clark, Phil (Marcia) Abrahamsen ’61, and Laurie (Carol) Abrahamsen ’65; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Duncan Fife ’56 was a member of the Dynamic Class of ’56! After grad school in Los Angeles, California, the military in Oklahoma, and working in radio and advertising in New York City, he spent the last 40 years living in Foster City, entertaining and performing, raising five children, staying happily married for 48 years, and welcoming two grandchildren to the family. He recently finished writing two memoirs, Giving the Gift of Giggles: Incredibly True Confessions of a Singing Telegram Entertainer and Giggling at Life: Very True Tales of a Very Lucky Life, both available on Amazon. He died on Jan 2, 2018.
Known to his loving family and friends as “Buzz,” Bernard Panella ’56 was born in San Jose to Mary and Frank Panella. He graduated from Bellermine High School and earned a degree in finance from SCU. He married Ann (No. 1) LeBaron and together they had four children. Buzz started early in his grandfather’s trucking company, B. Panella Drayage, founded in 1912, loading pallets of fruits and vegetables that traveled throughout the state, eventually assuming control of the business from his father. He moved the business from San Jose to Ceres, California, and settled in Turlock, California. He brought his two sons into the business in the 70s and the family relocated to the Central Valley. Bernard died on April 18, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ann (No. 2), sons Matthew (Maliece) and William (Sandy), daughters Marybeth and Lisa Sereni (David), stepsons Jeffrey Stone (Taren) and Christopher Stone (Jane), eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Known for his love of family, friends, cars, and Italian cooking, Ralph Frank Moceo ’58 was born on Aug. 20, 1935, in San Jose. The son of Edward and Jean Moceo, he grew up in Santa Cruz, where he attended Holy Cross School. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and SCU, making lifelong friends along the way. At the age of 27, Ralph became president of E.V. Moceo, his family’s packing and shipping produce business, after his father’s unexpected death. To his many friends, who enjoyed legendary meals at his artistic home, Ralph was a creative chef, convivial entertainer, and a catalyst for fun. Generous and gracious to people from every walk of life, holidays were always enjoyed with his family. As founder of the Mostaccioli Club, Ralph shared his love of Italian food with close friends. With natural rapport, he made sure his dinner guests savored feasts of pasta, seasonal vegetables, olive oil, red wine, and homemade cucidati or cannoli. Ralph died on May 10, 2018 at 82 years old. He is best remembered as a man with an engaging smile, a youthful energy, and fabulous style—he truly epitomized la dolce vita and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Ralph is survived by his sister, Franca Ghielmetti; nephew, Jeff (Cindy) Ghielmetti; nieces Edie (Scott) Givens and Jena Yankovich; grandnephews Greg Givens and Nico Yankovich; grandnieces Christina Ghielmetti, Gina Givens, Victoria Ghielmetti, and Olivia Yankovich; and his loving partner, Carol Anglin.
William C. Miller ’60 passed away on Feb. 8, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Claire McKay Miller, and his immediate and extended family.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Terry Hornback ’60 of San Jose, who passed away on May 30, 2015, leaving to mourn family and friends.
James Richard Mooney ’61 was born in Bend, Oregon. After graduation, he married Kathy, his wife of 56 years, and joined the Air Force. After serving four years as a first lieutenant, Jim worked in the lumber industry with Louisiana Pacific and later as a credit manager for Cal Wood Door. He died on May 4, 2018, at his home of 42 years in Santa Rosa. Jim is survived by his wife, Kathy, and daughters Angela, Heather Sterling ’88, Jennifer, and Shannon.
Timothy D. Regan Jr. ’62, J.D. ’65 practiced law for 52 years with a depth of skill and integrity evidenced by the high esteem of his peers and the gratitude of his clients. Whether marching for social justice or supporting the protection of California’s waters, Tim worked to represent the people and issues he cared about with a passion for justice. Beyond his warm pride in family and career, Tim had many joys. From the casting pools at the Angler’s Club in GG Park to the Trinity River, he shared some of his best days fly-fishing with friends. An avid audiophile, music wove a thread of celebration throughout Tim’s life. His expansive exuberance was infectious in both small moments and big adventures—dancing with his wife, sharing stories at monthly lunches with Santa Clara classmates, upping the ante with poker friends, riding in hot air balloons or P-51s, or joining a Dixieland band in a Mardi Gras parade. Tim’s life was marked by the loyalty and longevity of great relationships, and the circle of people whose lives he touched extends far and wide. In each arena of his life—indeed in each daily encounter—Tim brought a quality of loving connection. People felt seen and respected, touched by his gracious generosity, and they loved him in return. His warm hugs, big laugh, and joy in life were a blessing to all. In his final days, Tim and his one and only Cathy laughed together with the words from a favorite song: “You’ve been a good old wagon Daddy, but you done broke down.” Tim died of cancer peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on Feb. 5, 2018. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Cathy Regan ’66, loving children Timothy Regan ’91 and Monica, a boisterous extended clan of six brothers and sisters and their families, eight brothers- and sisters-in-law and their families—too numerous to name, but each dearly loved by Tim—and a 1979 Trans Am, fondly known as The Mudshark.