Share your latest news with fellow Broncos.
Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months
Born Feb. 12, 1935, in County Louth, Ireland, Michael Oliver O’Flynn was the son of Michael I. O’Flynn and Helena Mary Theresa (McDevitt) O’Flynn. A professor of electrical engineering at San Jose State for more than 40 years, he also taught in SCU’s Department of Applied Mathematics. Michael was a passionate collector of sports cards and collectibles as well as a devoted horseracing enthusiast. As a younger man, he enjoyed playing tennis and jogging. Later in life, he delighted in taking long walks around his neighborhood, where he was known to keep a pocket full of cat and dog treats for any animal he happened upon. Michael died on the morning of June 19 at the age of 82. He is survived by his brother, Colman O’Flynn of Ardee, County Louth, Ireland; sister Frances O’Flynn of New York; son Michael and Veronica O’Flynn of Antioch; granddaughter Nelly O’Flynn of Antioch; many other loving nieces, nephews, and relatives; and preceded in death by his son, Brendan O’Flynn.
Julian Willets Gustavo Fraser ’18, of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, passed away February 21 after an 11-month battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents, Alec and Cristy, his brothers Andrew and Matthew, his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A 2012 graduate of Greenwich High School, Julian was a captain of the GHS swim team and water polo team and a four-time high school all-American in swimming and an all-American water polo player. Julian was in his sophomore year at Santa Clara University, where he was pursuing degrees in economics and political science and was selected twice as an academic all-American as a member of the Santa Clara University water polo team. Julian will be remembered for his love of family and friends and his ability to see the best in everyone. A young man of great humility and a quiet leader respected by his peers, Julian was a great friend to all who knew him. A service in celebration of Julian’s life was held at Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich on March 4, followed by a memorial service at Santa Clara University’s Mission Church on March 18.
Colleagues and students alike have long cherished Christiaan Lievestro, Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, for being a remarkable and patient teacher, faithful friend, and a man deeply committed to the goals of Jesuit and Catholic higher education. He died on June 19 at the age of 91. Having received degrees from SUNY Albany and Harvard, Professor Lievestro began his teaching career at Harpur College and Drexel University. He came to Santa Clara in 1969, where he taught in the English Department until his retirement in 1994. His courses included a collection of self-designed comparative literature classes and interdisciplinary honors courses. In 1993, he received the Outstanding Advising Award by NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. The award was a testament to his generous dedication to his students. In addition to his professional and personal contributions to SCU, Professor Lievestro’s legacy will live on through the Christiaan Theodoor Lievestro Prize—made possible by his generosity. It will be awarded to a graduating English major for excellence in the student’s portfolio of English essays.
A gifted and beloved teacher, Chris believed that the job of a teacher is “to liberate the student from the teacher.” He did it well. Over the course of his career, Chris nurtured, challenged and inspired thousands of students. He was a faithful friend to college classmates, family members, professional colleagues and former students over multiple decades. His handwritten letters were blessings to receive … often including carefully selected newspaper clippings, and always infused with words of encouragement and love.
Recognizing Chris’ many talents and his commitment to the humanities and interdisciplinary thinking, an associate described him as “the reincarnation of the ‘Renaissance’ man.” Chris made the most of his brilliant and ever-curious mind. Fluent first in Dutch, then English, French, and German, he was a voracious reader and lifelong learner. As a teacher and friend, Chris lovingly inspired students and friends alike to be liberated … and to live richer and more beautiful lives.
Christiaan Theodoor Lievestro, 91, of Los Gatos passed away in San Jose on June 19. Chris was born in Ballston Spa, New York, on May 22, 1926 to Dora (Klumper) and Berend Lievestro.
A Bachelor of Arts graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Chris studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Holland, before attending Harvard, where he earned his Master of Arts and doctorate. He went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his studies, he sang with the Boston and Philadelphia Orchestras, took the stage with multiple theater groups, and performed in Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.; Convention Hall, Philadelphia; and at the Lincoln Memorial.
As an English professor at SCU, Chris taught a collection of self-designed comparative literature classes and numerous interdisciplinary honors courses. His Bloomsbury Group Seminar and Time Seminar were among his favorites. He penned, edited, and reviewed numerous articles in his field of comparative literature.
Upon his retirement, he commented, “I love to teach and I think I did well with it, but I don’t have to be vulnerable standing in front of people all the time anymore, which is lovely.” Yet he continued to teach as a beloved friend and mentor to his many colleagues and former students, sharing his wisdom and insights about history, literature, and life.
Chris is survived by his two sisters, Joan (Lievestro) Tarbox and Bert (Lievestro) Finch, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved partner, John Dilkes, and his brothers, Berend Lievestro and Louis Lievestro.
In lieu of a memorial, donations can be made to the Humane Society (Chris was a dog lover) or the Lievestro Prize for best portfolio of work by a graduating senior English major. Donations may be sent in care of the English Department at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053.
Born on Dec. 12, 1923, Joseph C. Santana ’48, J.D. ’50 was raised in Santa Clara County and attended Bellarmine College Prep, graduating in 1941. At Santa Clara, he excelled as captain of the golf team, graduating with a degree in political science. He served in WWII before attending Santa Clara Law School. Joe spent his long legal career working for the California State Automobile Association, including stints as assistant general counsel and manager of claims litigation for San Jose and San Francisco. He also served his community as president of the Kiwanis, grand knight in the Knights of Columbus, and as an active member of his parish, Sacred Heart, in Saratoga. After losing his first wife, Isabel, Joe remarried; his second wife, Terry, died in 2012. Joe passed away peacefully on March 10 after an unexpected decline in his health. He was 93. He is predeceased by his son, Mark, and stepson, Randy (Sheleman). He is survived by his daughter, Julie, brother, Tony, and grandchildren Katie, Michael, JR, and Steve.
The son of Italian immigrants, William J. Ronchelli ’49 was born in San Rafael on Feb. 6, 1928, to Edwina and Orlando Ronchelli. He was the older “little” brother to Edward Ronchelli. As a young family, they moved to Santa Rosa for Orlando’s business in produce. William attended St. Rose School and graduated from Santa Rosa High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at Santa Clara, he joined the ROTC program and later served for two years in the Army as a second lieutenant. While living and working in San Francisco, he met and courted Mary O’Leary at Saint Monica’s Parish. The Young Adult Monican Club was the start of many friendships that would last a lifetime. Bill and Mary married in SF and a year later settled in Santa Rosa, where they would eventually build the home where they raised their seven children. Bill went to work for his father in the wholesale/retail produce business known as Farmer’s Market on Mendocino Avenue, where they would remain in business together for 30 years. Bill had many interests. He loved spending time with his family and looked forward to his annual family trips to Graeagle, California. He had a passion for gardening and never lost his farmer’s touch, grafting his fruit trees and starting seedlings in his greenhouse. He was a loyal patron of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the theatre arts. He loved history and continuing education at Sonoma State and the Santa Rosa Jr. College. He was an avid swimmer and taught his children a deep appreciation of the outdoors. By example, he taught the importance of caring for others less fortunate and how this was an important part of his life. He was a man of deep faith, volunteering at Church, presiding at Communion services, and bringing Communion to the sick. He was a longtime supporter of both local and global charitable organizations and worked locally with Catholic Charities, Family Support Center, and Interfaith Shelter Network. Bill passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 5, 2017. He will be remembered for his warmth, kindness, generosity, and openhearted compassion—and for a smile that could light up a room. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, and survived by his loving brother, Edward, and sister-in-law Linda and family; devoted children Margaret, Denis Janie, Ray Cristi, Barbara, Daniel Rose, Maria Diane, and Owen Melanie; and grandchildren Colleen, Michelle, Katie, Dominic, Monica, Clara, Jessica, Enzo, and Anya.
Ellery Williams ’50 passed away in his home in Los Altos surrounded by his loving family. Born in St. Louis, MO, he and his parents, Kathryn and Harvey, younger brother, Dick, and his grandfather moved to Pasadena, CA when Ellery was 16 years old. He was a great athlete and competitor playing baseball and football in High School where he won many awards. After graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps where he hoped to become a pilot. However, the war ended before he was able to attain that goal. He returned to Pasadena to attend Muir Jr. College. After a semester, he was offered a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became an outstanding football player and again won many awards. He was part of the great 1950 Orange Bowl team that beat Kentucky.
The year 1950 was a very good one for Ellery. After graduation, he married his sweetheart, Joan. He was drafted by the S.F. 49ers but played for the New York Giants for a year in their successful season. Ellery and Joan moved to Palo Alto where he immediately was offered a position in the building industry. Ellery went on to eventually have his own window, glass, and mirror companies. Meanwhile, he continued his sports playing softball for many years as well as swimming, skiing, tennis, golf, and later bocce ball well into his 80s. They moved to Los Altos in 1955 and later had two children, Michael and Janice. As the children grew older, he coached their little league teams and girls softball teams. Ellery could build or fix anything, which he did around the house, church, and other places where he was helpful. He loved music and singing as well as fishing and camping which we did as a family. Ellery later had a very successful real estate career. He also took up painting and found his talent in watercolors. After he retired, he and Joan traveled extensively on almost every continent, whether by ship, plane, rail, or camper. Ellery is in the University of Santa Clara’s Athletic Hall of Fame and also in the Pasadena Court of Champions.
Ellery was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, and friend. We shall all miss him and his great sense of humor.
Born June 24, 1928, in Viareggio, Italy, Arthur John Micheletti ’50 immigrated with his parents to San Francisco, meeting his future wife, Janice Botting, in eighth grade at St. Catherine Grammar School in Burlingame. They were married for 59 years until her passing in 2008. He was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory, Class of ’46. A 62-year parishioner of St. Nicholas Church, he was also a veteran of the Army National Guard and worked as an investment banker for Bank of America until retirement. He and Janice traveled the world; however, their favorite vacation spot was Twain Harte, California, which they enjoyed with family and friends. A 56-year resident of Los Altos Hills, Arthur passed away on June 1 surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 88 years old. Arthur was predeceased by his wife, Janice, and brother Mel Micheletti ’53. He is survived by Linda Sweeney (Dan), Art A. Micheletti ’75, MBA ’78 (Patricia), Elaine Bedell MBA ’85, Janice Micheletti, Mark Micheletti ’80, MBA ’87 (Susan), and Carol Galli (Jim); 15 grandchildren, including Kathryn Galli ’11 and Gina Micheletti ’15; and seven great-grandchildren.
William “Bill” Roman ’51 spent his life providing for others through his work, his family, and his beloved country. He was born to hardworking, immigrant parents—Peter Roman of Rome, Italy, and Ida Salo of Helsinki, Finland. He grew up in San Francisco and worked in his parent’s bakery. Bill was devoted to his parents and helped with the ranch when they retired to Geyserville, California. He left school at age 16 to join the Navy and attended SCU at the urging of his Irish Navy chums. He found faith and converted to Catholicism, which would drive his life of service. He graduated from SCU in 1951 with a degree in civil engineering. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Roxanne, at Mission Santa Clara. He completed a master’s degree in engineering from UC Berkeley while working at Brown and Caldwell. He studied at the University of London, where he and Roxanne enjoyed living and traveling in Great Britain and Europe. They had four rambunctious children, and his career led him from San Francisco to Sacramento to eventually Los Altos. He was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and his life’s work was in water treatment and water resource management for both Sacramento and Santa Clara Counties. Bill’s projects included flood control, safe drinking water, waste management, and water reclamation. With true excitement, he moved from one water project to the next, including Yosemite, South Lake Tahoe, Diego Garcia, and the San Luis and Aswan dams. When he wasn’t working at his usual job, he was working for the US Army Corps of Engineers and other consultants. He was a member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina NATO Peacekeeping Forces chartered to find clean water for the 10,000 troops stationed there. He later started a second career as a teacher and taught at Gonzaga University, Menlo College, and Foothill College. Bill passed on the values of hard work, education, family participation, and doing for others to his children: Teresa, Michael, Marie, and Steven; grandchildren: John, Peter, Jordan, Gabriel, Juliana, Ashley, and Natalia; and his great-grandchildren: Charlotte and John V. He has influenced his grandchildren’s accomplishments, from education to sports to community service. It was hard to slow Bill down, and when lymphoma hit him, he brought the same drive and determination. He lived another 25 years before being called home peacefully in his sleep on July 8, 2017.
Paul William Bachan J.D. ’51 was a loyal and true friend to many. His generosity, care and willingness to help out when needed were deeply appreciated by all who knew him. He was born at the family ranch in Watsonville on May 8, 1926, to Luke G. and Marie P. Bachan. He attended Watsonville public schools and graduated from Watsonville High in 1944. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he enrolled at SCU and received his law degree in 1951. Bill married Karen M. Hansen after a three-year romance on June 20, 1950. They soon moved back to Watsonville to set up their home and begin raising their family. He practiced law in Santa Cruz County from June 12, 1952, through April 30, 2008. He was the senior partner of Bachan, Skillicorn and Marinovich, and then became “Of Counsel” with the firm of Allen & Allen.
Dedicated to public and community service, Bill was a past president of the Watsonville “20–30 Club,” served as chief assistant district attorney, 1956–59, was a past president of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. Bill served on the board of directors at Watsonville Federal Savings and Loan Association and its successor, Monterey Bay Bank, from 1954 through 2001. He also served on the board of trustees of Watsonville Community Hospital, Santa Cruz County Community Foundation, and the board of fire commissioners of the Salsipuedes Fire District. He was a life member of the 32rd Marine Division Association, a perpetual member of the Marine’s Memorial Association, and a member of the Military Order of The Purple Heart. He served on the Santa Cruz Board of Education and on the Santa Cruz County Parole Board. He was a board member of the Pajaro Valley Historical Association, and he served on the Landmark Restoration Corporation, which facilitated the restoration of St. Patrick’s Church after the 1989 earthquake.
An avid hunter, Bill was also active in Duck’s Unlimited and the California Waterfowl Association of which he served on the state board of directors for six years. He derived great joy through all his years of hunting with friends as well as his sons and grandsons. Bill enjoyed playing tennis for many years and was a founding member of the Tennis Club of Rio Del Mar. Besides the joy of sharing life with their four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Bill and Karen also enjoyed the company of their four-legged family members, including black Labrador retrievers, “Yorkies,” and a papillon. Bill was a member of the Knight’s of Columbus, and he and Karen are members of St. Patrick’s Parish. One of his great passions was the San Francisco Giants. His kids and grandkids loved going with their dad and grandpa to Giants’ stadiums to cheer on the “orange and black.” Karen and Bill also shared a love of travel. They explored the United States extensively, including annual trips to Hawaii with friends and family. Highlights include trips to Europe, Canada, South America, Mexico, and South Sea Islands.
Bill died peacefully at home on June 15. He was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Catherine “Kate,” and his brother, Luke. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen; his four children: Paul (Betty), Ginny (Scott) Taylor of Watsonville, Kris (David) Franceschi, and David (Valerie) of Aptos; his cherished eight grandchildren: Tina (Matt), Ryan (Andrea), Jaime (Patrick), Matt, Blane, (Kylie), Joel, Brad, and Jarred; 10 great-grandchildren: Avary, Kyalie, Gabby, Tiernan, Taylor, Jack, Cruz, Charlie, Brooklyn, and Weston; his sister, Allis Marie (Bob) McCormack of San Mateo; nieces and nephews; and by numerous beloved cousins, including Joanna Jurich, Luane Vidak, and Cathy Schimpler. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Bill’s caregivers, including Lucy, the Visiting Angels, particularly Maureen, Roberta, Jennifer, and Crystal. Also, Hospice of Santa Cruz County provided much appreciated and caring end-of-life support to Bill and his family.
James Kent O’Rourke ’52 was born May 26, 1930, in Colusa, California, to Harold and Elizabeth O’Rourke. After graduating from high school in Colusa and earning his B.A. in history from SCU, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and quickly completed Officers’ School in time to serve in the Korean War. On June 28, 1958, he married Claire Gail Garrison in Washington, D.C. The couple moved to various posts in the U.S. During this time, Jim earned his master’s from West Texas State University. He and Gail moved overseas, where he served two tours in Vietnam. Retiring from the Marine Corps in 1978, he started a construction company in Alexandria, Virginia, and became very active in the revitalization and preservation of historic Old Town Alexandria. Jim passed away on March 4 at Belvoir Woods Heath Care Center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Some of his favorite times were spent bird watching in his beautiful garden, cheering on his grandson at baseball games, and listening to his granddaughter play clarinet. Jim is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gail. He is survived by his brother, Charles Lawrence O’Rourke, nephew Ryan O’Rourke and niece Paula O’Rourke Calderone, daughter Gratia O’Rourke Barnett, and grandchildren Claire and Jacob Barnett.
Eugene L. Torre ’52, age 87, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Therese; four daughters, Jule Torre ’77, Jeanne Torre ’77, Mary Ursula Hurley ’79 (Brian Hurley ’79, MBA ’80) and Katie Blocker ’89 (Chris Blocker ’89); and five grandchildren. He led a full life rooted in his Catholic faith, family, and travel. His love affair with Santa Clara began in 1948 when he was a freshman and continued through the rest of his life. A member of the Gianera Society, he was a longtime supporter of the Bronco Bench Foundation.
William J. Brady ’53, M.D., died of complications connected to his cancer at age 85 on May 10, 2017.
John W. McMahon ’53 died April 28, 2015, with his family by his side. Born in Butte on the same date in 1931, he wrote an incredible life story in 84 years, from his first to last breath.
Jack was the third of four children born to Brandon and Anita McMahon. While attending Catholic schools in Butte, he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, all while maintaining a perfect GPA. Summers working in the mines were no doubt the cause for his academic success because he “never wanted to do hard labor for the rest of his life.” Uncle Jack Doherty promised to pay his college expenses as long as A’s were the only marks he received. After graduating from Butte Central in 1948, he went on to play football and baseball at SCU. Summers were spent in Montana playing semiprofessional baseball in the Copper League, working in the mines, and building what would eventually become the family cabin at Georgetown Lake.
Although Jack debated between the priesthood and a career in coaching, he eventually decided medicine was his calling. This led him to St. Louis University Medical School, where he met Joan Livingston in a biochemistry class.
His relentless pursuit paid off when she accepted his marriage proposal, despite the fact that she had two other dates scheduled for later that night. They married on Dec. 10, 1955. In 59 years, he never forgot to tell her he loved her each night and how fortunate he was to have been the one she chose, despite the efforts of her parents and at least one of those suitors trying to talk her out of marrying that boy from Montana.
While completing his residency in general, vascular, and thoracic surgery in St. Louis, he and Joanie welcomed Jack Jr., Steve, Joan Marie, and Joe. In 1962, they moved to Helena, Montana, where Jack began his practice at St. John’s and St. Peter’s Hospital. They added Mary Anne, Mike, Tim, Mary Ellen, Tom, and Dick (mom’s favorite) to the family. Jack was famous for telling people that when the priest said to go forth and propagate, he thought he was responsible for the whole world. He and Joanie also welcomed their home to countless others, most importantly, Ramon Rodriquez, Kathy Battrick, and Charlie, Ron, Nancy, and Sunny Mott. He taught his children that serving God meant serving those around them, learn from today and do better tomorrow, and if you are having a bad day, “get your ass to Church.”
Along with his 31-one year medical career, Jack was committed to serving his community through a number of professional medical organizations, the Catholic Church, and the Helena athletic community.
For all of his kids and grandkids, he did his best to make every game they participated in as either a competitor or coach. He was a fixture on the sidelines or in the stands at both Capital and Helena High, Carroll College, Utah State, University of Louisville, and SEVERAL NFL teams (sorry Tom). In addition to his love of athletics, he had a deep appreciation for spending time in all that Montana has to offer. Pack trips, float trips, hunting camp, and summers at the Georgetown/Lincoln cabins were some of his family’s and friends’ greatest adventures.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Edward; his parents, Brandon and Anita; siblings Steve, Tom, and Mary Jo; and lifelong friends John and Alice Hale, Roy and Billie Rule, and Dick and Marge Fryhover.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children and their spouses; and more than 50 grandchildren.
Daniel Francis Connell ’53 was born in San Francisco to Joseph and Marjorie Connell on Nov. 16, 1930. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1949, and in 1953 he received his B.S. in electrical engineering. Dan served in the U.S. Army before working as an aerospace engineer for more than 40 years, retiring from Lockheed Martin in 1996. An active amateur radio operator, he also held a lifelong passion for trains, which in later years included the D&D backyard garden railroad. Dan and his wife, Denise, loved traveling and took many cruises—Alaska being one of their favorite destinations. He passed away on April 9 and is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.
William (Bill) E. Weseloh ’54, a longtime Menlo Park resident, had warm feelings for the trombone, Dixieland jazz and Chevrolets (he owned 19 in a row.) He spent years on the city’s chamber of commerce and its historical society. Bill grew up in Escondido, California, the second of four boys. In the fourth grade, he discovered his interest in the trombone. A family story has it that Bill was about to leave home in Escondido to attend SCU. His parents, on their way out the door for a weekend getaway, told Bill that whatever he did while they were gone, he was NOT to buy a new trombone. No sooner had they gone than he left for San Diego to buy a new trombone to play in the Santa Clara Band. Once at SCU, Bill performed in bands and met his wife, Jeanne Kernan, at a dance there. They married in 1955 at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park and lived in the city for about 63 years. The two were members of St. Raymond Catholic Church for more than 50 years. Bill took pleasure bragging about his wife’s gardening, floral, and decorating skills. As a soldier in the U.S. Army, he played with the 179th Army band. He began his working career with the ratings company A.C. Nielsen. Next up was real estate, where he spent 52 years, first for Joe Beh of Atherton, then for Raymond Spinelli in Menlo Park—and in 1977 for himself at Weseloh and Young Real Estate on Menlo Avenue, a firm that also served his social life as a place to meet with coworkers, friends, and family. Bill’s family owned a beach house in Aptos and took annual summer trips to Tahoe. He liked to play dominoes and make his guests mai tais, the cocktail with which his family toasted him on his last night. He was 84 when he died May 1. Bill is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughters Patty Mayer of San Mateo and Mary Whitfield of Chico, California; sons Chris of Menlo Park, Tom of McKinleyville, California, and Michael of Sunnyvale; and 12 grandchildren.
The passing of 84-year-old Walter “Bud” Hartman ’54 on June 15, 2017, was a huge loss, but it was certainly heaven’s gain. He had a deep love for his wife, Sally, and his children, and was steadfast in his dedication to his faith, family, work, and country. Bud truly relished each day of his life as a gift, and his enthusiasm was infectious. He packed more activities and production into each day than most plan to do in a year. Few people could keep up with him, but many enjoyed trying. He lived a life of integrity, generosity, and unparalleled adventure that inspired and blessed all of those who knew him.
Bud’s family had a long history in Ventura County. His grandfather, Fridolin Hartman, emigrated from Germany and settled in San Buenaventura in 1873. Fridolin Hartman married Katherine Kaufman, a native of Minnesota, in 1874. Together they had 16 children, the youngest being Bud’s father, Walter Edward Hartman Sr. Fridolin supported his large family through many business endeavors, including the Hartman Brewery, the Anacapa Hotel in Downtown Ventura, and farming and ranching ventures throughout the county. Walter Edward Hartman Sr., a rancher, married Dorothy Crewe Cox and built a home on Evergreen Drive in Ventura, where they raised two children, Joanne and Walter Edward Jr. Dorothy and her sisters thought baby Walter’s cheeks looked like rosebuds and nicknamed him “Bud,” which was the name he preferred all his life. Bud attended Villanova Preparatory School, and at the age of 16, met the love of his life, Sally Jean Weidenfeller, then 15, when he saw her and a friend walking home from school, offering them a ride. This was the beginning of his and Sally’s 65-year-long love story. A few years later when he left for college to study business administration at Santa Clara University, Sally followed him to nearby San Jose State to be close to him. He joined ROTC while in college, and he credited his time in the service for instilling in him a decades-long love of flying and the discipline that served him well throughout his life. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Bud and Sally got married in Ventura on Oct. 30, 1954, after which he reported to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for Officer Training School. There, he and Sally welcomed their first child, Theresa, followed by Debbie, who was born in Colorado during Bud’s flight training. Ultimately stationed in Germany, Bud flew L19 Bird Dogs and the de Havilland Beaver, transporting generals throughout western Europe. It was in 1957 in Germany where Bud and Sally welcomed their third child, Glenn, to the family. In 1958, at the rank of captain, Bud left the Army to return home, where he remained a Reserve officer for two more years. Life abroad expanded Bud’s worldview and fueled his insatiable appetite for travel and learning about new places. Bud and Sally returned to civilian life back home in Ventura, where he began his career selling electrical supplies for Valley Electric Co. When their second son, David, was born, Bud sent Sally a bouquet with a hopeful note reading “Family complete!”—but it was not to be. Patricia was born about a year later, followed by Julie and Eileen. Lesser men might have buckled under the pressure of having such a large family before the tender age of 30, however, Bud credited Sally and their seven children as his motivation for success. Bud was given the opportunity to buy into the John Taft Electric Company in Ventura; he eventually acquired full ownership and changed the name to Taft Electric Company. During Bud’s 52-year tenure, Taft grew from 40 employees to over 300, with satellite offices in Thousand Oaks, Buellton, and Los Angeles, in addition to a prefabrication facility in Ventura. In the 1970’s, he expanded operations to Mammoth Lakes, California. His entrepreneurial spirit, penchant for contrarian thinking, and risk-taking ability led him to start many other business ventures, including Century Construction, Taft Cellular, Everything Electric, and Jaeger Hunting Supply, to name a few. He also was a founding member of Ventura County National Bank and The Tower Club. Nothing gave Bud more joy than mentoring employees, vendors, and subcontractors in all aspects of their lives. He encouraged a team and family atmosphere at Taft and was proud of the many long-term employees who shared his success. As a testament to his commitment to the people he worked with, Bud sold Taft to his employees earlier this year. Bud maintained and expanded his circle of friends through all the stages of his life. He was generous with his interest and time. He served as the president of Ventura County Game Preserve and the Aviation Country Club and was a lifetime member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Throughout his life, Bud pursued his passions of flying, hunting, fishing, as well as running, and reveled in sharing these with his family and friends alike. He encouraged many of his children, grandchildren, and friends to become accomplished pilots as he saw it as a ticket to freedom and adventure. He also taught his children, 15 grandchildren, and countless friends to water ski and snow ski, showing remarkable patience as a teacher because he got so much joy out of helping someone learn a new skill. A dedicated outdoorsman, he loved spending time at his family’s ranch above the Ojai Valley and spent many happy days there. He was also a voracious reader and would often finish a book in a day, as well as many newspapers and magazines, which not only kept him up-to-date but also well-informed in many subjects. One of his favorite quotes, “You're either ripe and rotting or green and growing,” was how he always encouraged his family, friends, and coworkers to keep learning new things. He led a rich and full life that was guided by his deep Catholic faith. The legacy he leaves, one infused with passion, generosity, and insatiable curiosity, will continue to serve as a lodestar in his family member’s lives. Bud was predeceased by his beloved Sally in 2013, daughter Eileen in 1965, and son David in 2011. He is survived by his five remaining children, Theresa (Tom Ryan), Debbie (Richard Duggan), Glenn (Colette Hartman), Patricia (David Cortina), and Julie (Mark Monro), sister Joanne Hartman Newman, cousin Ann Hartman Donlon, 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and personal assistant Paula Miller who, for 42 years, cheerfully kept the massive undertaking of organizing Bud’s many business, family, and travel adventures running smoothly.
Born April 18, 1932, in Sacramento, California, Robert E. Bradley ’54 went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2016, at the age of 84. Bob was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his loving wife, Frances, brother Harrison (Barbara), and son Chuck; stepchildren Kim (Donny) Rosen, Susan (Doug) Patrick, KayCee (Daniel) Silva, and Jim (Cindy) Schultz; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his son, Steve Bradley.
John (Jack) Cheatham ’55 was born on July 26, 1933, in Long Beach, California, to Ernest and Orissa Cheatham. Raised in Long Beach with his brother, Ernie, and sisters Patty and Jayne, he attended St. Anthony’s High School, where he not only met his wife, Raylene (Laughlin), but also made lifelong friends, enjoying class reunions and many get-togethers and celebrations. Jack attended Loyola University in Los Angeles for two years before transferring and graduating from SCU. Jack and Raylene married in 1955, and shortly after, Jack served in the U.S. Army for two years at Fort Lewis in Washington. The couple moved back to California, making their home in Garden Grove, where they raised their four children. Jack worked for more than 35 years in the aerospace industry and was very involved in space shuttle missions. While in retirement, Jack enjoyed traveling, golf, spending time with family and friends, and taking care of his two dogs. Jack died on June 19. He is survived by his son, John (Mary) Cheatham; daughters Susan (Bob) Zaniboni and Tammy (Don) Naslund; five grandchildren, one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. His daughter, Julie Phillips, predeceases him.
On December 8, 2016, our Dad, Anthony J. Escover ’55 passed away exactly how he wanted, peacefully and surrounded by his family. He led an exemplary life and achieved legendary status to everyone who loved and admired him. A California native, Anthony was raised to be both highly educated and a farmer. Graduating from Bellarmine College Prep and then receiving a Mechanical Engineering degree from Santa Clara in 1955, he would set out to combine both disciplines while raising a family. Anthony worked for FMC for 25 plus years working on such notable projects as the Bradley tank and traveling the world representing the improved processes for coal mining equipment.
Anthony was a true family man and very proud of his six children–Cathy Warshawsky ’81, David F. Escover ’83 (deceased), Lorraine (Otis), Janette (Johnson), Joan Escover ’86, J.D. ’90 and Yvonne (O’Connor)–instilling in us all the value of hard work and the pride that comes from doing a job well. He was an entrepreneur too, starting a Hydroponic Greenhouse and selling tomatoes under the TP label, all while continuing to farm walnuts and other crops on the ranch. Dad loved parties and get togethers, always loving to bring family and friends together for whatever the occasion.
Dad was a jack-of-all-trades, building our family home, and later his residence in Hollister, Calif. Dad was innovative, attempting to plant macadamia nuts in northern California and later changing it out to Vineyards (Idyll Time) where he grew Zinfandel, Syrah, and Pinot Noir wine grapes, selling them to wineries like Pessagno, Calera and Leal who made them into exceptional wine.
Dad was adventurous, instilling the love of boating, camping, hunting, and fishing to his children and grandchildren. A stickler for rules and processes, he would make his grandchildren (16) take gun safety courses before he would allow them to partake in these recreational activities on the ranch. He was quite a sharpshooter himself, proud of his military background often joking how his base was never attacked while he was on watch!
Dad was sharp as a whip until the very end, being able to spout out mathematical formulas, Dad “truisms” or just being able to find the answers whether it be looking up in his own almanac or eventually learning how to use Google to find the answers.
Dad gave us everything we needed and he will surely continue to watch over us all in Heaven. Please come celebrate with us, this exemplary man.
A California native, Anthony J. Escover ’55 was not only a successful engineer but also an accomplished farmer. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and received a mechanical engineering degree from SCU. He worked for FMC for well over 30 years and oversaw such projects as the Bradley Tank and the coal mining equipment division. His work took him around the world as his group developed improved processes for mining coal. Anthony was a true family man and very proud of his six children: Cathryn (Warshawsky) ’81, David (deceased) ’83, Lorraine (Otis), Janette (Johnson), Joan ’86, J.D. ’90, and Yvonne (O'Connor). He also had 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He instilled in them the value of hard work and the pride that comes from doing a job well. He will always be remembered for boating, camping, fishing, and hunting trips with his family.
While engineering was his livelihood, farming was his passion. He built a home on acreage surrounded by walnut trees as well as a green house, where he grew tomatoes hydroponically. He taught his children how to build things and grow fruits and vegetables. Upon retiring, he moved to Hollister, where he initially planted macadamia nut trees on his ranch. A severe freeze wiped out the crop, and he ultimately planted several varietals of grapes. He called his vineyard Idyll Time and wineries like Pessagno, Calera, and Leal turned his grapes into exceptional wines. Anthony passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Dec. 8, 2016. His children remember fondly his “truisms,” where he established his answers for everything. These sayings have been passed down from his children to his grandchildren and will forever be attached to so many memories. They were part of everything—from his daily life to the famous 4th of July parties and wonderful vacations with his children and grandchildren.
Martin D. “Pete” Murphy ’56 passed away peacefully on the morning of February 8, 2017. Born on March 7, 1935, as a third generation San Franciscan and a descendant of the California Pioneers, he was a man of enormous humility, generosity, loyalty, and humor. He rarely passed on the opportunity to laugh at himself or to make others laugh.
Pete was born and raised in the Marina District in San Francisco. He was raised by his mother, Anna, a math teacher at Galileo High School, and his father Martin, longtime President of City Title Insurance. He attended Ecole Notre Dame des Victories grammar school, St. Ignatius High School (Class of 1952) and Santa Clara University. He completed his strong Jesuit-based education when he graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law in 1961. In between college and law school, Pete served two years in the United States Armed Services as a second lieutenant.
During his school years, Pete was an accomplished scholar athlete. He played varsity baseball. He competed at the collegiate level in basketball. He also played collegiate tennis. Pete was quick to quip that he was “a great natural athlete.”
Pete spent his entire legal career at the venerable San Francisco law firm of Tobin & Tobin. His primary practice was estate planning. He counseled many San Francisco families over the years and he was an active lecturer in his field. He also was involved in non-profit law where he represented many Catholic entities and charities including the San Francisco Archdiocese.
Pete was most passionate about his volunteer work for Catholic Charities. He shared this passion with his loving wife, Joanne, of 51 years. He spent countless hours serving on the boards of Several Bay Area Catholic organizations, including Hanna Boys Center, Holy Family Day Home and the Knights of Malta. To honor his services, he received a myriad of awards including the St. Thomas More Award as outstanding Catholic Attorney, the Alice Phelan/Sullivan Award from Catholic Charities, Alumnus of the Year from USF School of Law and the Christ the King Award from St. Ignatius. He was also loyal to his alma maters and other educational institutions. He was the chairman of large capital campaigns for St. Brendan School (parish center), St. Ignatius College Preparatory (large facility upgrade) and USF School of Law (new law library).
Pete was devoted to his family. In addition to Joanne, he is also survived by his three sons, Martin Murphy Jr. ’88 (Marie), John Murphy ’90 (Adrienne) and Patrick (Jenny), and grandchildren Milan, Sierra, Olivia and Luke. He will be missed very much by his family and by the many people whose lives he touched.
The family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to the compassionate individuals who cared for Pete at St. Mary's Medical Center and USCF Medical Center prior to his passing.
Jerome “Jerry” Albert Smith ’58, J.D. ’65 died peacefully at his home in Saratoga on Sunday, May 7, due to complications associated with prostate cancer. Jerry was born July 28, 1936, in San Jose. He is survived by his loving wife, Jane Decker, brother Albie, and his children with Kevil Smith, Tim (Mary Beth), Steve (MaryBeth), Peter (Sandy), and Maggie (Bobby), as well as grandchildren Katherine, Elizabeth, Michael, Matthew, Anthony, Francesca, Hannon, Emily, Taylor, Mason, Hanna, and Bo. Jerry’s beloved daughter, Caitlin (Pete), predeceased him as did his sister, Sheila.
Jerry was blessed to have shared in the lives of Jane’s children—Leslie (Chris), Mark (Nalin), and Brooke (Chuck)—as well as their beautiful children. Jerry also had many dear and loyal friends who embraced him with affection throughout his life.
Jerry began his education at St. Patrick’s Parochial School in San Jose before attending Bellarmine College Preparatory (Go Bells!). He received both his B.S. in history and philosophy and J.D. from SCU. He later received his Master of Laws degree (1990) from the University of Virginia.
Jerry began practicing law in San Jose in 1966 with the Ruffo Law Firm. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, Jerry entered politics and was elected to the Saratoga City Council in 1968. In 1972, he became the Mayor of Saratoga. In 1974, and again in 1978, Jerry was elected to represent the 12th Senatorial District in the California Legislature. His most notable legislation included the California Coastal Act that preserves the California coastline, the Victims of Crime Act that provides assistance to victims of violent crime, and the California Conservation Corps Act, which provides training and work opportunities for young people with an emphasis on conserving and enhancing natural resources.
In 1979, Jerry was appointed associate justice to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District in San Francisco, and served on the bench until his retirement in 1996. Thereafter, Jerry acted as a legal specialist for the American Bar Association and Eastern European Legal Institute, where he assisted the Constitution Court of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, in establishing the formation of an independent and well-trained judiciary and bar association.
Upon his retirement from the bench, Jerry pursued his artistic talents, honing his skills as a sculptor at the San Jose State University foundry. His public artwork includes life-size sculptures of Father Bellarmine and St. Ignatius of Loyola at Bellarmine College Prep, a bust of architect Julia Morgan at the Saratoga Foothill Club, and the bronze relief honoring Latino day workers titled “Los Jornaleros.” Jerry’s last art piece, a sculpture of iconic Saratogans Willys and Betty Peck, is due to be installed in August 2017.
A native son of the Santa Clara Valley, Jerry drew strength from his Catholic faith. He will be remembered for his intellect, humor, and passion for politics and the arts. But his legacy will be his loved ones, both family and friends, and the considerable impact he had on their lives.
Contributions may be made to the Anne Hannon Smith Endowed Scholarship c/o Santa Clara University Law School, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.
David Ramm ’60 passed away on March 15, 2017 from mesothelioma. He was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Hayward, California as a boy, graduating from Hayward High School after being awarded a four-year basketball scholarship to SCU. Following graduation, he began a 36-year career in Livermore, California teaching mostly middle and high school students, as well as coaching basketball, tennis, track, and flag football. He and his wife, Georgia, took many students on international tours—and as avid motorcyclists, toured the United States cross-country on their Harley. David served as president of the Livermore Education Association for three years prior to retiring to Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, California. He pursued hobbies like photography, ukulele, and birding, but his main interest was senior softball. Survivors include his wife and daughters Carla and Sherry.
Jon Edmund Jagger ’61, our beloved husband, father, Papa, and friend lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the age of 77. Born in Phoenix to James and Elizabeth (Billings) Jagger, Jon attended St. Matthews & St. Francis, Brophy Prep and Santa Clara University. Upon returning from college in 1961 Jon worked in the family farming business, Apache Distributors. He and his loving wife, Patti married in Phoenix and raised four devoted daughters. He was a devout Catholic and attended Mass every day, volunteered on the school board and was a supporter of his alma maters. His love of deep sea fishing, tennis, and keeping fit gave him great pleasure. His greatest happiness was spending time with his family and attending the many sporting events and school functions of his grandchildren. Jon is preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert and sisters Rosemary (Kane) and Jeanne (Moriarty). He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patti (Timmons), daughters, Stephanie Gann ’89 (Steven), Kim Jagger ’91 (Peter), Katy Spencer ’90 (Todd), Shannon Burke (Patrick) and most especially his 11 grandchildren: Kylen, Corrin, Nicole, Sarah, Allison, Emily, Madison and TJ, John, Joe and Alex: also numerous nieces and nephews.