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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.
Born on November 27,1919, in Sunnyvale, when the town’s population was 3,000, Raymond Tikvica ’43 graduated from the old Cupertino Grammar School in 1933. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1937. He attended SCU and was drafted into the Army in 1942. In 1943, he graduated from Officer’s Candidate School and became an Officer in the artillery division as an instructor. After the war, Raymond returned with his brother and continued in the farming business. At one time, they farmed over 800 acres of apricots, cherries, prunes, walnuts, and strawberries. When Santa Clara Valley became Silicon Valley, the family started selling their farms and building commercial properties, which they still own. He was a longtime member of the Sunnyvale Lion’s Club, Palo Alto Elks, St. Martins’ Church, the Bronco Bench Foundation, and Santa Clara County Planning Commission. Besides his occupation, he loved to travel. He started when he was 17 years old, and that passion never ceased. He and wife Jackie traveled to Europe many times on the Concorde and returned on the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and QE2. Ray always said traveling was an education in seeing different people and different cultures. Ray and his brother visited agriculture throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, New Zealand, and Australia because ranching was their occupation, and they wanted to see foreign operations. In 1968, his brother Nick and Paul Mariani flew around the world some 32 thousand miles, visiting farm operations. The three brothers truly enjoyed their ranching occupation. Ray passed away on Dec. 27, 2017, He is predeceased by brother Lester Tikvica, son Jeffrey Tikvica, and Jackie Tikvica, his wife for 60 years. He leaves his sister, Irene, brother, Nick Tikvica, many nephews, nieces, and many grand nephews and nieces.
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.
A longtime resident of Sunnyvale, Robert F. Ferioli ’46 joined ROTC in 1941 while at SCU. He was in active duty in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to January of 1946. Bob met Gladys Nunes at SJ College, and they married in June 1946. They were happiest while having adventures traveling through 68 countries and sharing time with family and friends. Bob, the consummate storyteller, delighted children and adults with his lively tales. After three years as a farmer in Yuba City, California, he had a successful 41-year career as a salesman and branch manager for Burke Industries and Tarkett Flooring. Bob died peacefully on Dec. 1, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years old. He is survived by his wife, Gladys, his daughters Carol Ferioli-Moe and Laurie Ferioli, and his grandson, Christopher Moe.
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 Henry Clarke ’50 was born on April 29, 1925 in San Jose at O’Conner Hospital and was a lifetime resident of Saratoga. He served with the 70th Infantry Division in the Anti-Tank Company of the 274th Regiment during WWII. Henry attended SCU and later owned and operated Clarke Co. Plumbing and Heating in Saratoga. After selling the business, he worked for and then retired from the Saratoga Union School District. Henry was a member of the Saratoga Fire Department from 1946 to 2002. He passed away on Jan. 2, 2018, and is survived by Madeline, his wife of 66 years; his children, Tom, Joanna, Maryellen, Jim, Joe, Doug, and their spouses; 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Joseph Greenbach ’50 was born and raised in San Francisco until age 13, when he moved to Atherton with his parents and siblings, regretting that he never got to attend Lowell High School in San Francisco. At Sequoia High School in Redwood City, he was a natural athlete, playing on championship football and basketball teams. He attended Menlo Junior College and earned a basketball scholarship to SCU. He played point guard all three years, traveling all over the U.S. Joe was inducted into four basketball hall of fames: Santa Clara University, San Mateo County, Menlo Junior College, and Sequoia High School. After SCU, he was a 1950 Round 8 draft pick by professional basketball team Washington Capitols, which he declined to start a noteworthy career in the family business. Simultaneously, he was selected to play with the local Stewart Chevrolet basketball team coached by Hank Luisetti, joining with other notable basketball players from Stanford, USF, Cal, Santa Clara, and Oregon State. Out of the 50 AAU competitive teams, the Stewart Chevrolet team won the 1951 AAU Basketball Championship and missed playing in the Helsinki Olympics by the loss of one game. Joe was also selected to play with the AAU All-Stars on a national and international tour. Upon joining the family real estate development business, Belle Haven Realty, Joe helped build over 3,000 homes in San Mateo County and oversaw operations of their Hotels in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Tahoe and Del Mar, California. He moved to Hawaii to build the first high-rise hotel in Waikiki Beach, the Waikiki Biltmore. He and his older brother also built the Royal Towers on Russian Hill in San Francisco. It was among the first condominiums in the city and stands today as a hallmark of the family’s development history. Belle Haven Realty, under Joe’s leadership, continued to own and operate the Villa Hotel in San Mateo for 36 years. During that time, 96 rooms were added plus the purchase of the popular Villa Chartier and Lani Restaurants. Following the death of his father and older brother in the 70s, Joe served as president and CEO of Belle Haven Realty until his death. He was highly respected in the community for his business acumen and ongoing successes. He was president and board member of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce and received a lifetime award for starting the San Mateo County Convention and Vistor’s Bureau, serving as president and on the board of directors for many years. He also received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults of San Mateo County. He served on the board of trustees at Sacred Heart in Atherton for several years, where his three daughters attended and served on the board for the Service League of San Mateo County. He was a member of St. Pius Church and the San Francisco Olympic Club, enjoying playing golf and dominos with his buddies. Joe continued participation in the annual Bay Area former basketball players and coaches groups and maintained his association in various Bay Area basketball player groups. In 1997, Joe married Nancy Greenbach from Texas and spent 20 wonderful years full of shared love and respect for one another. They traveled to their Dallas residence at the Crestpark in Highland Park to visit family and friends, plus conducting business in Texas. Joe and Nancy felt blessed to be able to travel the world. New York City was a favorite destination, visiting often for theatre, museums, and dining. Both were San Francisco Symphony patrons. A true gentleman, Joe passed away on Dec. 4, 2017, from a prolonged illness, surrounded by his beloved wife, Nancy Greenbach and loving family. He was a dedicated family man, husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, godfather and brother to the extended Greenbach family. A great storyteller, he held court with all, recounting family history, business successes and blunders, and more—always with detail, clarity and humor. Joe was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joseph and Helen Greenbach, brother Bill Greenbach, sister Kathryn Moore, son Jeff Greenbach, sister-in-law Patty Greenbach, brothers-in-law Bill Moore and William Kennett, and first wife Betty Greenbach. He is survived by his devoted wife, Nancy; children Dan Greenbach of Santa Ros, Kim Jones (Brian) of Los Altos, Mylie Greenbach ’94 of Fort Worth, Texas, Tami Adam ’82 (Jim) of San Juan Bautista, California, Matt Mattox (Susan) of Dallas, and Jennifer Oines (Leif) of Blanco, Texas; grandchildren Weston Greenbach, Grace Greenbach, Kyle Adam, Danielle Adam, Tuhy (Steve), Fletcher Adam, Joe Adam, Tom Jones, Mike Jones, Austin Mattox, Molly Mattox, and Ellie Mattox; great-grandchildren Danika Tuhy and Jocelyn Joy Tuhy; and his sister, Gloria Kennett, plus many nieces and nephews. His family will miss his soft-spoken manner, his love and guidance, and the amazing example he set forth in both life and work.
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.
Watt Clinch ’52 was a third-generation Californian who was born in San Francisco. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1947 and from SCU with a degree in mechanical engineering. Watt joined the United States Naval Reserve in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1965 with a rank of lieutenant. Watt joined PG&E in 1958 after his discharge from active Navy duty and worked there for the rest of his career, nearly 29 years in jobs that took him and his family to communities throughout Northern California. Watt developed many meaningful and long-lasting friendships at PG&E that endured right up until the end. It was at PG&E that he met Claire, the “beautiful girl in personnel,” and they were married in 1959 and raised three children. They were both devoted parents and grandparents who, in retirement, relished taking the entire family on a family cruise and Hawaiian vacation. They also lavished heartfelt attention on their beloved little Lake Tahoe cabin: While Watt meticulously cared for the building, Claire decorated the home-away-from-home with secondhand furniture and quirky decorations. They loved spending time at the cabin, and were even happier when the children and grandchildren found enjoyment there, too. Watt was taken to heaven on Nov. 23, 2017, to be together again with his beloved wife of 54 years, who passed away much too soon in 2013. His children, grandchildren, and friends all mourn the loss of a special husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague. Watt is survived by his three children and ten grandchildren: Brian (Amy), Max, Erin, Neil, Sam, and Logan; Katie Martin (Jim), Danielle, Nicole, and Sonny; and Kevin (Gini), Madeleine, and Rowan.
Thomas Joseph McDermott ’52 was a son to Betty and Thomas McDermott and a brother to Larry, Jack, and Mary. As a “GM Jr.” Tom grew up in many places but considered Janesville, Wisconsin, home. He graduated from SCU with a business degree and a fond memory of being on national television as an SCU yell leader at the Orange Bowl. Tom married his college sweetheart, Kathleen Ann Wilson, on Aug. 22, 1953. As a Navy lieutenant, Tom served aboard the USS Rochester and cruised the Pacific Ocean while based in San Diego. After his military service, he joined General Motors, where he was an accounting supervisor. Tom moved his family to Goleta, “The Good Land,” in 1969, and joined the ranks at Delco Electronics. After his retirement in 1991, Tom poured his time and passion into volunteering at Villa Majella and Cottage Hospital in both the NICU and ER. From rocking to sleep a preemie newborn, helping hospital staff, or eating in the hospital cafeteria, Tom found his niche. The Tri County Blood Bank, Terri Toon Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, and the St. Mark’s University Parish were communities of which he was not only an active member but also a devoted volunteer. A prince among men, Tom passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s on Nov. 30, 2017, surrounded by his family. He is dearly missed by his wife, Kathleen; sons Tom and Brian; daughters Molly and Maureen; daughters-in-law Margrethe and Lynne; and sons-in-law Ralph and Bob. His 11 grandchildren and great-grandson were his No. 1 fans!
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.
Richard Ellsworth Akin ’54 was born on Oct. 17, 1932, in Placerville, California. He was the firstborn of Leo and Gladys Akin, with brother Ed following 18 months later. Born of pioneer stock, Dick was the fourth generation to make Placerville his home; three of his great-grandparents settled in the new state of California just after the gold rush. The Akin ranches in the Gold Hill area have been home for the family ever since, and have been continuously farmed by the family for over 160 years. Growing up on a producing pear ranch meant a lot of hard work for brothers Dick and Ed, and both learned a strong work ethic. Summers on the ranch as teenagers meant long days, especially during the summer harvest season. Ed and Dick took turns delivering the precious Akin pears and peaches to the Fruit House in town for further delivery to destinations unknown. Even amongst the hard work, there was always time to travel and for exploration of the country. As a young man, Dick enjoyed travel in the family car seeing many of our country’s sights along the way. This travel spurred his wanderlust at an early age. After graduating from El Dorado High School, Dick went on to SCU, receiving a Jesuit education and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology. While attending college, Dick developed a yearning to spread his wings, and his lifelong passion for aviation was born, which he shared with his children, and later his grandchildren. After graduating from college, Dick joined the Army and served eight years as a pilot. He flew both the Bell H-47 helicopter and the L-19 birddog aircraft, flying patrol along the border between southern Germany and Czechoslovakia. While posted in Regensburg Germany, he fell in love with a beautiful German girl, Erika, who would become his wife for 58 years. After leaving the Army, he signed on at TWA in 1963 as a flight engineer on the Lockheed Constellation in the golden age of aviation. Dick went on to fly the Boeing 707 and 747, and when he retired after 28 years of international travel, he was flying the Lockheed L1011, his favorite airplane. He continued flying small airplanes after retirement and loved to give rides to his friends, showing off his beloved county. Dick always had a very creative mind with a bent toward engineering. He loved to tinker with energy conservation and creation. This became most evident during the gas crisis in the 70s as he installed diesel engines in his Chevy El Camino, in his Jeep and in several of his kids’ Chevy Vegas. He loved the ability to make things work more efficiently. In 1978, he began working on his own hydroelectric power plant, using the power of the water at Hangtown Falls in the Cold Springs area. In 1981, the power plant spun to life and produced 130 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power about 30 homes. Close behind his love for airplanes, farming, and hydroelectricity was his love for all things water. His father, Leo Akin, and grandfather Daniel Akin both served on the board of directors for EID, and Dick followed suit, serving from 1994 to 2003. He often said that it was the development of water supply that has always made the foothills location the success that it is. He learned more about the EID watershed than most any other person and regularly flew friends, family, and other EID members over the watershed, showing them the lifeblood of these water sources. During his tenure on the EID board, he was instrumental in securing the Project 184 water system and hydroelectric plant, which is now named in honor of the family. In 1994, Dick felt that growing wine grapes was something for which the family ranch was particularly well suited, and he planted 20 acres of cabernet and merlot grapevines. He worked tirelessly in the vineyard in his “retirement” years, producing about 100 tons annually of some of El Dorado County’s finest grapes. But above all of his varied interests and pursuits was his love for his family and his heritage. On Jan. 3, 2018, Richard Ellsworth Akin passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He lived a very full 85 years. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jenny (Jeanne) Akin Leineke; and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Erika Akin, three children, Robert (Bob), Elizabeth, and Patricia (Trish), 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Edwin Gregory Abate ’54 was born in San Jose, the son of Richard Abate and Vivian Panopulos Abate. Growing up in a modest family, Ed’s early years included being an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, working at his mother’s coffee shop, and spending his summers working at Falstaff Brewery. Upon graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory, Ed attended SCU, earning a B.S. in biology. He went on to Saint Louis University, graduating in 1958 with a D.D.S., and was recognized for his scholastic excellence in operative dentistry, earning the Mosby Scholarship Book Award. While in dental school, he met and married the love of his life, Judith (Stengel). Ed enjoyed every minute of his 55-year dental practice in San Jose and cared tremendously for his patients, devoted staff, and colleagues. Throughout his dental career, which started in Guam while serving in the U.S. Navy, Ed pursued advanced professional development, specializing in reconstructive and neuromuscular dentistry, successfully helping many patients with temporal mandibular jaw pain. He was also a member of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, serving as president from 1978–79. Ed and Judy were devoted to nurturing a loving family. He had great love of supporting his four sons in all of their endeavors. He pursued his passion for auto racing by becoming an amateur sports car road racer, winning the SCCA National Championship in 1977 and competing at the 24 Heures du Mans in France. He also enjoyed the mellower things in life—cruising in his boat, building a garden railroad, and planting flowers at his Monte Sereno home. More than anything else, Ed maintained that his success was through hard work and grit. Among many other things, he was blessed with incredible determination and a keen eye for detail. Ed passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Dec. 8, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy, and was a very committed father to sons Edwin Abates ’81, Gregory, Martin and Chris. He was a proud Papa to his grandchildren, Emilie Abates ’10, Abbey, Oliver Abates ’15, Evan, Michael, and Audrey. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Richard Abate Jr. Ed was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all.
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.