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Robert B. Younts Jr. ’63, J.D. ’68 was born in Washington, raised in Northern California, and graduated from Serra High School. After graduating from SCU, he joined the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany as a lieutenant and member of the 7th U.S. Calvary. Robert was very proud of his duties in the Army, and his family shares many fond memories of the stories he told of his time spent there. He even made two trips back to Germany to visit the base and the friends who still reside there. Following his service in the Army, he returned to his alma mater and graduated from the Santa Clara School of Law. His successful private law practice in Santa Cruz led him to an appointment as a Superior Court judge in Santa Cruz County for more than 16 years. Robert leaves many dear friends and colleagues who will miss his leadership and generousness. Upon his retirement from the bench, he remained involved in numerous civic activities and organizations, including JAMS, CASA, and the Santa Cruz Rotary Club. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capitola and enjoyed traveling with family and friends to various places, including fishing trips to Alaska and baseball spring training in Arizona. Robert died on April 9, 2015. He was preceded in death by his son by marriage, Geir Olsen, in 2009. He is survived by his wife, Bjorg Yonts of Soquel, his daughter Melissa Yonts George (children Jessica, Timothy, and Christina), his sons, Christopher Yonts (children William and Emily) and Robert B. Yonts III, and his brother, John Yonts, as well as his children by marriage: Carole White, Rebecca Brown, John Bridges, Mike Bridges, Lisa Rowe, and David Bridges, as well as 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his cat, Contessa.
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.
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.
Harry Joseph Zell Jr. ’40 was born on July 6, 1917, in Los Angeles, California. He received a B.S. degree from SCU in 1940 and his medical degree from USC School of Medicine in 1944. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the European theatre from 1945 to 1946 in World War II and received a Bronze Star for bravery. During the war, his unit passed the village of Theresa Neumann, and he was able to witness her stigmata wounds. His unit also liberated the Dachau concentration camp. He practiced medicine in San Gabriel, California, as a general practitioner for over 40 years until the age of 78. Harry died peacefully on his July 6, 2016, birthday at Santa Teresita Manor in Duarte, California. He is survived by his son, Peter Zell ’69, and daughter Libby. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Jane, son Gregory Zell ’79, and daughter Gretchen.
James “Jim” Hartwell Flippen Jr. ’41 was reputed for his innovative contributions to pediatric medicine as well as his incisive logic, wit, and wisdom, dapper bow ties, ever-calm demeanor, and active community involvement. He exemplified a life well planned and a life well lived. Born in Manhattan in 1920, Jim was the elder son of New York internist James H. Flippen Sr. M.D. Being from three generations of physicians, he knew he wanted to be a physician from an early age. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University and was at the top of his class in pre-med. Jim was the first Santa Clara graduate to be accepted into the top three medical schools: Stanford, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins. He is a graduate of the Stanford Medical School, class of 1945. While in medical school, Jim was a cadet in the Navy Reserve. Following medical school, he joined the Navy and was a WWII and Korean War veteran, deployed as the ship’s senior medical officer from San Francisco to Japan and Korea. In 1946, Jim married Beverly Walsh. They met when Beverly was a student at UC Berkeley and Jim was a Navy medical officer stationed in San Francisco/Tanforan. They immediately moved to Boston, where Jim held a fellowship in pediatric pathology at Harvard University. Upon their return to California, he served as chief resident at Stanford University. For 40 years, Jim was a pediatrician in private practice and clinical professor of pediatric cardiology at the Stanford Medical School. His experience dissecting the hearts of babies having died of congenital heart disease led to assisting surgeons in the field of open-heart surgery and teaching pediatric cardiology for 35 years. Jim formed a physician’s consortium and initiated construction of the Medical Plaza by Stanford Hospital. It was a novel concept of a single-floor medical office complex, occupied and owned by 40 independent physicians of all specialties. This proved to be a very lucrative investment for all concerned. Early in his esteemed career, Jim performed then state-of-the-art lifesaving total blood replacement transfusion through the umbilical vein of infants with acute hemolytic anemia due to blood type incompatibility with the mother. He performed hundreds of these and taught the procedure to pediatricians on the West Coast. In addition, he authored papers defining the genetic basis of two types of bone deformities as well as the physiologic basis of drowning while swimming after following hyperventilation, which he termed “silent drowning.” Through his medical contributions and leadership, Jim directly and indirectly saved innumerable lives and reduced injuries. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was appointed chairman of the California State Accident Prevention Committee of the Academy of Pediatrics, and he enlisted other pediatricians around the state to seek legislation requiring seat belts and infant car seats. Seat belts, smoke detectors, and harsh penalties for teenagers driving under the influence are now part of our everyday lives. Jim played a pivotal role in leading the way to these legislative mandates in California over 50 years ago, resulting in the saving of countless lives over the decades. When Jim retired, he and Beverly moved to White Oaks in Carmel Valley Village, where they lived for 20 years. The Flippens shared many travels and adventures to several continents and numerous countries. This included an African safari and a nearly yearlong stay in Europe, where they had a touring car and drove over 3,000 miles. The couple next resided at The Forum for a decade, where they continued to participate in activities and diverse cultural interests in the Bay Area—theater, ballet, concerts, and art exhibits. Jim also organized the first bocce ball competition at The Forum. Among his many talents, Jim designed three distinct homes, one of which reflected a Japanese design and garden. This home was featured in Sunset magazine. He was also a champion tennis player, who for decades competed in the American Medical Tennis Association and the World Medical Tennis Society doctors’ consortium (he played into his 90s). With his artistic abilities, Jim showcased his many original multimedia paintings at The Forum art shows. The subject matter included wife Beverly, still life, wildlife, landscapes and seascapes, and portraits and personalities. Over the years, Jim was an active member of his community and provided leadership and support to various organizations as chairman of the San Mateo County Heart Association, the pediatric sections of Sequoia and Stanford Hospitals, and the Professional Advisory Committee to the Peninsula Children’s Center (PEC) for severely emotionally disturbed children. He served as board president of the Chartwell School for Dyslexic Children in Monterey and the Monterey Bay Scottish Society, president of the Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club, chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Transportation Agency of Monterey County, and the Roads Committee of the Carmel Valley Residents Association. Jim died peacefully at the exact time of the grand eclipse on Aug. 21 at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Los Altos. He was 97 years old. He was the devoted and loving father of son James Flippen III (Patty) ’70, daughter Kathleen Carmel ’69, grandchildren Travis Flippen and Jason Bradford (Kristin), and great-grandchildren Curtis and Davis Bradford. His extended family includes Alexis Flippen von Zimmer (David), Thomas Flippen II (Laurie), Jacqueline Sahud, Russel Flippen, Sandra Limon, Timothy Thomas Flippen, and former son-in-law Christopher Bradford. Jim was predeceased by his loving wife, Beverly, son Daniel Flippen, and brother Thomas A. Flippen. He also leaves behind his adopted miniature poodle, Jasper Vanderbilt Flippen. A transcript and video of Jim’s 2016 interview with the Stanford Historical Society’s Oral History Program can be found under his name or by the medical school faculty at https://purl.stanford.edu/yb644pt2832.
Robert Lacey ’44 was born in Oakland on May 5, 1921. He attended St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco as well as SCU before being drafted to serve in WWII. He entered active duty in August 1944 and served until his honorable discharge in 1947 at the rank of first lieutenant. A very private man, Bob only recently opened up about his WWII experiences. To his delight, some of family members were able to retrace his WWII steps in Germany, including the famous Bridge at Remagen, which he crossed in March 1945. Bob earned both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He raised five children and was a dedicated and passionate Catholic his entire life. Bob was a talented singer (“The Irish Tenor”), ultimately performing professionally in San Francisco, including publishing a handful of albums. In order to support a growing family, Bob, his brother Joe, his father, and his brother-in-law Bob White built a successful home construction corporation in the Bay Area. Later in life Bob developed and built a multiple 100-unit apartment complex called Los Padres in Salinas and owned and managed the Empress Apartments in Woodland, California—both of which he very successfully managed into his 80s. For many years, all of his grandchildren looked forward to their annual visits with Grandpa, which included skiing, trips to Sea World and Disneyland, and Giants vs. Dodgers games. Watching on live public TV in 1951, Bob and his father witnessed the most famous home run of all time: Bobby Thompson’s “shot heard around the world,” inspiring Bob to become a diehard Giants fan when the team moved to San Francisco in 1958, and he was unquestionably Willie Mays’ No. 1 all-time fan. Bob was an avid outdoorsman, who at a very young age developed a love affair with Yosemite and also took many fishing trips to Alaska. He shared this love of Yosemite and skiing in the Sierra with his children and grandchildren, who have carried on his passion for the outdoors. Bob died peacefully in his Carmichael, California, home on Aug. 16, 2017. He is now joyfully reunited with his wife, Gale, son, Bob Jr., and brother, Joe. He is survived by children Mary Lacey, Colleen (Pete) Higgins, Sally (Bill) Archambault, and Thomas (Janet) Lacey; stepdaughter Laurie Boyd, grandchildren Lacey Higgins White (Jason), Brendan Higgins, Kevin Higgins, Eileen Lacey, Rose Lacey, Rachel Archambault, Patrick Lacey, Ryan Lacey, Matthew Lacey, and Rachael Lacey; two great-grandchildren, Connor and Teagan White; and his sister, Helen White, whom he absolutely adored, and who is still going strong at 102 years old.
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.
George Stafford ’48 was born to George and Alice Stafford. In the 1920s, his parents established the family home on the Peninsula and became well known in the grocery business and real estate and timber industries. George’s time was always well spent. His love and commitment to the Catholic Church and parish life was developed as a graduate of Mt. Carmel Elementary, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University. This was enriched by his lifelong friendship with Robert Graham, S.J., his teacher at Bellarmine and professor at SCU. With the start of WWII, George voluntarily entered the Army in 1942 during his sophomore year of college. He served with honor and distinction as a sharp shooter in the 104th Infantry Division, known as the Timberwolves. He received a Purple Heart while fighting in Belgium. This experience gave him a worldview and appreciation for life at every stage. After the war, George returned home to Redwood City. He met his wife, Margaret, at the tennis courts at Burton Park while he was attending Santa Clara and she was attending UC Berkeley. They married two years later, in 1947. The couple settled down in Redwood City and had six children. George provided for his family by maintaining what was given and working for the Schwabacher Family of San Francisco for over 30 years. He loved to work but always had his weekends free for family life. This dedication to family was unwavering. Known to all for his magnificent garden, George spent his life—from a young boy to age 93—nurturing his many redwoods, 63 in all. The late Herb Caen once quipped that there were still redwoods in Redwood City and that the Stafford home enjoyed quite a stand. George’s life was truly enriched by honor and respect, and through those ideals he was able to serve his country, his family, and God. He loved and was proud of his family, always encouraging and believing in them. He had a great sense of humor, was incredibly optimistic, a fierce patriot, and devoted to his wife, Margaret, whom he respected and adored. George examined his life and the lives of the Stafford’s before him in his memoirs. On Jan. 17, 2003, he wrote: “As I look back on the many people who formed our family, I realize that these people were courageous in seeking a better life for themselves and their families. It appears they achieved their goals and passed on to us a life enriched by honor, respect, and the love of God.” George peacefully passed away in his family home surrounded by loved ones on July 9, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret Wrigley Stafford, his sister, Nancy Daley, his children George, John, Jennifer, Katie, and Robert, and his grandchildren Carly, Simone, Gregory, Jessica, Joseph, Skylar, and Paul. These grandchildren represent the fifth generation on the Peninsula. His son, Tom, and sister, Elise, predeceased him. All will miss him.
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.
John Robert Banister ’49 was born to Jack Roy and Adele Elizabeth (St Pierre) Banister on June 4, 1927, in Oakland. In 1938, the family moved to Los Gatos, where Jack worked as an operations engineer on the construction of Highway 17. Two years later, they moved to San Jose. John attended St. Leo’s Grammar School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University from which he received a B.A. in English magna cum laude. He was awarded a postgraduate degree from Stanford University, where he was also an acting instructor in English. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict where he was co-founder and instructor of the United States Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Maryland. His long career as a teacher and administrator began at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1954. In 1959, he transferred to San Jose State University as assistant to the academic vice president and associate professor of English. In 1967, an opportunity arose at the California State University Chancellor’s Office in Los Angeles, where he served as associate dean in the Academic Planning Division. In addition to responsibility for approving new degree programs, he conducted comprehensive studies of specialized programs, such as MFA degrees in the performing arts, the difference between engineering technology and industrial arts/industrial technology, and other fields to be presented to the board of trustees for approval and action. He was involved in liaison activities with the State Board of Education and the University of California, served on WASC accreditation committees, and worked with national organizations dedicated to improving the teaching of English. In 1981, he returned to San Jose State University as full professor of English, specializing in Victorian literature. During this time, he served as volunteer for many community services, including election to the board of trustees of the Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose. He was president of the board three times. In 1987, he retired as professor emeritus and moved to Carmel, becoming a member of the Carmel Foundation. He donated generously to charities and aided people with counsel, empathy, and financial assistance. He felt blessed to have many longtime, close friends across the country. John passed away on Sept. 30, 2017. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, Ronald Henry Banister ’54, and by two great nieces, and is survived by his brother, Gary, sisters-in-law Darline and Anne Banister, three godchildren, seven nephews, one niece, seven great-nephews, five great nieces, and one great-great niece.
Joseph “Joe” Richard Dunlap ’50 was proud to be born on the South Side of Chicago on June 25, 1920. He was raised by his mother, Madeline, aunts Laura and Florence, and uncle Joe. He loved sharing his memories of Chicago: getting Babe Ruth’s autograph and delivering the morning paper to Al Capone were some of his favorites. Joe was a graduate of Leo High School. He served in World War II in the Navy and realized the value of an education. After the war, he utilized the GI Bill and attended Santa Clara University. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s in economics. During his college years, he played baseball and remained lifelong friends with many of his teammates, including Charlie Bedolla ’50, Bob Ferrari ’50, and Jack Smrekar ’50. During college, Joe met Ann McLaughlin, and they married on Nov. 19, 1950, raising their four daughters in San Carlos, California. Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of St. Charles, were he coached seventh-grade basketball and ran the beverage stand for the annual carnival. Motivated by the knowledge that minorities were unable to be homeowners, Joe served on the San Carlos Human Relations Commission. He worked for Bethlehem Steel for 32 years as the superintendent of the rebar department. After retirement, Joe and Ann spent their time at the “Irish Pete’s Place” family cabin in Echo Summit near South Lake Tahoe, California, at their home in Seal Beach, California, and did a fair amount of traveling. Joe stayed an active man throughout his life. He played golf, was a regular walker and jogger, and at the age of 90 was even entered into the Hall of Fame for the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club. One of Joe’s favorite golf memories was playing at St. Andrews golf course in Scotland, where he shot a hole in one. On Jan. 3, 2016, he passed on following a great life of 95 years. He is welcomed into heaven by his wife, Ann, mother Madeline, aunts Laura and Florence, uncles Joe and Emmet, and in-laws Peter, Anita, Jim, Dick, Ann, Babs, and Glenna. Daughters Terry, Marty, Mary, and Julie Dunlap ’82; son-in-laws Tom, Jake, Bruce, and Kevin; and grandchildren Matelund, Hillary, Dorian, Carson, Alex, and Aidan will miss his wit, wisdom, and charisma.
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.
Lawrence “Larry” Johnston ’51 was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in San Francisco to Lawrence Leo and Ruth Commins Johnston. He graduated from Santa Clara University before serving in the Army. Upon his discharge, he had a successful and rewarding career with Bank of America. His extensive volunteer work included Stanford Hospital Eucharistic Ministry, the Salvation Army, St. Francis Center, and the Menlo Park Historical Association. Larry was a man of unmatched faith, wit, professionalism, sophistication, and the best one-liners. Patriarch of his family and absolutely loved by his community, he was Irish by roots but Italian in sensibility and a lover of Manhattans, good food, fine shoes, Fox News and all things Menlo Park. Larry passed away on Jan. 11, 2016, in his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by three sons, Tim (JoAnn), Dan, and Walter; his wife, Lynne; and their daughter, Molly. Larry was blessed with five grandchildren who loved him dearly: Caitlin, Allison, Kyle, Nadine, and Cole. He is also survived by his sister, Eveleen Lopez, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Peggy, and son, Patrick.
Andrew “Buzz” Harrington Jr. ’51 was born on Aug. 9, 1929, in Fort Worth, Texas, where his father played minor league baseball. Over the next dozen years, his family moved to different baseball locations, including Boise, Twin Falls, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco, where his father played for and later managed minor league teams. Andy was always darting around the team clubhouse as a youngster and was nicknamed “Buzz” by his dad’s teammates, a nickname that stuck for life. Buzz’s family settled in Boise at the end of his dad’s baseball career managing the Boise Pilots. He and his dad, Andy Sr., mom Lilian, and sister Pats formed a tight-knit family that was active at St. Mary’s Church and in the community. Buzz graduated in 1947 from Boise High School, where he was a star football, basketball, and baseball athlete and was voted (unexpected to him, but sincerely appreciated) senior class president. The Braves won state championships in football and basketball his senior year, and took second in baseball. Buzz went on to play four years of baseball on scholarship at Santa Clara University, and sports remained forever a big part of his life. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War for four years after college and was stationed in Alabama and Okinawa. He attended law school at the University of Idaho and practiced law for over 30 years, beginning at the Idaho Transportation Department and continuing in private practice as a deft litigator at Langroise Sullivan and Anderson Kaufman. Buzz was an avid reader his entire life, especially enjoying history, politics, philosophy, theology, and fiction. He had a revolving stack of library books at his table at all times, with his ubiquitous dictionary nearby. He was a daily visitor at Idaho’s Boise and BSU libraries in retirement and greatly enjoyed his time there with his coffee at the ready. Buzz also liked classic movies and enjoyed sharing memories with his usual good humor. He was a devout Catholic and a regular at daily Mass. He felt that Catholic principles provided the proper guide for life, especially the focus on caring for the less fortunate. All six of his children went through St. Mary’s and Bishop Kelly, and his grandchildren have followed the same educational path in Boise and Portland, Oregon. His Catholic faith carried on to the athletic field, where he was a huge fan of Notre Dame and Bishop Kelly sports. Buzz was proud to win the first lifetime Bishop Kelly fan award a couple years ago, based on his long career attending BK sports, watching his children and grandchildren, and all classes in between. Speaking of grandchildren, Buzz quickly became “Papa” in 1991 with the onset of his 11 grandkids. He was a devoted grandfather to each and followed their activities and sports with a keen interest. Buzz greatly enjoyed his 23 years of retirement and felt blessed to retain his health and mental sharpness until the very end. On Aug. 21, 2017, Buzz passed away in Boise at age 88 with his family by his side. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and is already tremendously missed. Buzz is survived by his children and their spouses Andy (Debbie), Pat (Kathleen), Jamie (Katie), Julie, Teresa, all of Boise, and John (Ramona) of Portland, and by his grandchildren Elena, Andy, Monica, Jo Jo, Celia, Gabi, Amaia, Alicia, Callan, Emma, and Erin.
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.
Francis “Frank” Michael Heffernan Jr. ’52 loved his friends, faith, and school, his SF Giants, Irish heritage, and cocktail hour—and most importantly and unconditionally, his family. Born in 1930 to Frank and Florence Heffernan, Frank was the youngest of five. Betty, Joan, Florence and Mary, his four sisters (whom he adored) preceded him in death. Born during the Depression and raised during World War II, Frank was fond of telling stories about San Francisco during that time. At 9 years old he was struck by polio, which became a defining moment in his life. Following a year in the hospital, he regained his ability to walk by swimming at the Olympic Club, which became a lifelong passion. (Earlier this year, the Olympic Club recognized Frank as one of its longest active members; he was also a former vice president of the club.) Frank grew up in the West Portal district of San Francisco, graduated from St. Cecilia’s grammar school and St. Ignatius High School, then followed in his father’s footsteps to Santa Clara University, where he swam and played water polo. Frank’s lifelong commitment and dedication to the school included coaching the water polo team in the 1950s—and more recently serving as a regent. Carrying on the family tradition, Frank’s children are also Santa Clara graduates. There was no prouder moment than when the fourth Francis Michael Heffernan ’16 graduated last year. After a brief stint at Stanford law school, Frank began his 50-year career in the insurance industry: first with SF-based Cosgrove/Marsh Mc Clennan before starting his own insurance company, Heffernan, Keiler and Doble, in 1963. In 1985, he sold his company to the Chicago-based Arthur J. Gallagher, ran its West Coast operation, and served on the board of directors before retiring in 2001. In 1952, he met Lenore Bertagna, who later became his wife, but it took another six years before they headed down the aisle at St. Vincent de Paul in 1958. Frank and Lenore moved to Greenbrae, California, in 1960, where they raised their family and became active members of the community. Frank’s lifelong devotion to the Catholic Church took on many roles: He was a parishioner at St. Cecilia’s in San Francisco and St. Sebastian’s and St. Anselm’s in Marin; a board member of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose and deeply involved with their school, Immaculate Conception Academy, and their work with the Cristo Rey program; and finally as a Knight of Malta, where he proudly participated in the establishment of a free medical clinic in Oakland. Frank also served as president of the Serra Club and sat on finance committees of several dioceses and archdiocese in Northern California. One of his proudest roles with the Catholic Church was his involvement with St. Mary’s Cathedral, where he served as president of its first board of regents. In addition to spending time with family, attending Giants games, and entertaining friends at their Ross home and ranch in Calistoga, Frank and Lenore loved traveling the world, visiting over 100 countries and collecting art, friends, and memories along the way! Surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends, Frank died in the comfort of his Ross home on Tuesday morning after a short illness. He was 86 years old. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lenore; his sons and their spouses, F. “Mike” Heffernan ’80 and Kristen, John and Margie, and his daughter Ann Marie Heffernan ’84 and spouse Scott. Frank has nine loving grandchildren: Braeda, Michael, Olivia, Sofia, Boots, Isabella, Chase, Alexandra, and Samantha.
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.
Elio “Al” Martin ’52 was born in Windsor, Ontario, on Aug. 25, 1930. He moved to San Mateo at age 5—and called it home for the rest of his life. After graduating from SCU with a degree in accounting, Al began his career in finance. He worked for many years as chief accountant and controller for the American Forests Products Company. Al was also the founding CFO of Taos Mountain Software, where he worked from 1990 to 1996. He served as treasurer for the Walter Johnson Foundation and provided wealth management advice to a wealthy client and friend for many years. He also helped many of his family members and friends with financial advice and tax preparation, free of charge. Following a six-month illness, on Oct. 10, 2017, Al passed away in San Mateo with his family by his side. He was 87 years old. Al was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to all who knew him, a true gentleman with a kind and patient manner who loved to spend time with his family and friends. He is survived by his lovely wife, Barbara, daughters Eileen Martin of San Mateo and Ellen Martin-Urrutia of Saratoga, son Steven Martin of Sonoma, son-in-law Ric Urrutia of Saratoga, and his three grandchildren: Lauren Urrutia ’10, Jamie Urrutia, and Ricky Urrutia. He is also survived by his sister, Eda Rossetto of San Mateo, and many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.
Charles Hawkins ’52 was born in San Francisco to Walter and Eleanor Hawkins and grew up in Nevada City, California. He graduated from Nevada City High School, attended Placer Junior College and Santa Clara University, and graduated from the University of San Francisco after serving in the United States Air Force. Charlie passed away peacefully on July 11, 2017, in Roswell, Georgia, after living a full life of 86 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Jean McGurty Hawkins, and is survived by three children, Gail (Doug) Bible of Roswell, Chuck (Melinda) Hawkins of Irvine, California, and Julie (Lauren) Downum of Orinda as well as grandchildren Christopher, Kaitlin and Andrew Bible, Everton Hawkins, and Sarah and Emily Downum.
Following graduation from SCU, William J. Brady ’53 went on to study at Oregon Health Sciences University, receiving his M.D. in forensic pathology. He was elected county coroner and served as Oregon State Medical Examiner until 1985, when he went into private practice. William was a well-known expert witness in legal and law enforcement circles of Portland, Oregon, and he authored a textbook on forensic pathology. He died on May 10, 2017, at the age of 85 and leaves behind his wife, Mary Lou, five daughters, and 14 grandchildren.
Thomas A. Hemker ’53 was born in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Sept. 21, 1929, and grew up in Sandusky, Ohio. Upon completion of high school, he moved to California to attend SCU, receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Tom later pursued and received degrees in electrical engineering and business administration. He married sweetheart Barbara on June 13, 1953, the same day as his college graduation. It was a busy day, with his graduation ceremony in the morning and his wedding in the afternoon. He and Barbara were inseparable from the time they met as university students, and were always together and best friends during their 63 years of marriage.
Efficiency was always important to Tom! The Korean War was in full swing and soon after they were married, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving as an engineer at bases in Maryland and Utah. After the war, the couple returned to California, and Tom became part of the burgeoning aerospace industry. As an engineer specializing in missile guidance systems, he worked for Rockwell, Lockheed, MIT, and Hughes. While at MIT, he helped build the guidance systems that took the Apollo astronauts to the Moon and back. After leaving the aerospace industry, Tom became a high school physics teacher and taught for 15 years at Riverside Polytechnic High School. Although he enjoyed teaching, Tom eventually returned to engineering, working for the Department of the Navy during the last 10 years of his career. He and Barbara lived for over 50 years in Villa Park, California, and participated in many city activities and groups, although their priorities in life were family, education, and travel. They shared the responsibilities of parenthood equally and traveled extensively, visiting dozens of countries and every continent, save for Antarctica. Joining daughter Cathleen, Tom left this world on April 7, 2017. His wife died a few months later. He is survived by his two sons, Tom and Rob, two daughters-in-law, Marilyn and Rebecca, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews.
Louis Melvin “Mel” Pollard Jr. ’53 was born on March 6, 1930, in Redwood City and was recognized as the distinguished military graduate at SCU. He was commissioned as a regular Army officer in 1953 and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona. His long career in the Army included tours overseas in Iceland, Korea, Vietnam, and Germany, as well as domestic postings in Fort Lewis, Fort Sill, Colorado Springs, Fort Lee, and at the intelligence school in Fort Huachuca, from which he retired on July 4, 1975. Mel loved to travel and saw Russia, China, and most of Europe. He was very proud of a certificated “Hole in One” at the Mayan Palace in Acapulco, Mexico, which he and his wife visited every year. He resided in Tucson, Arizona, for 37 years, where he was the personnel director for Catholic Community Services. Mel was active in the Knights of Columbus at the parish of Saint Thomas the Apostle, where he served as Grand Knight of the Fourth Degree and Faithful Navigator. He died on Aug. 7, 2017, in Marietta, Georgia, and is survived by his children, Louis Melvin III, Angela, Erin, and Timothy, and by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was married to Jeanne Therese Pollard nee Tabscott for 54 years.