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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.
Peter E. Giannini ’44 was born in Kingsburg, California, on June 8, 1921, and attended the Clay Elementary School. He was first violinist and senior class president of Kingsburg High School as well as an Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University as well as the Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley, where he met his lovely wife, Mercedes. They were happily married for 67 years, until her passing in 2011 at age 89. Peter graduated second in his class from Boalt and clerked for Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court. He then entered private practice, meanwhile engaging in successful real estate development ventures with his longtime partner, Mike Falabrino. In 1970, he was appointed to the California Municipal Court, and soon was elevated to the Superior Court by then-Governor Ronald Reagan, serving 20 years on the bench. During this time, he became the chief judge of the dependency section of the juvenile court system. His heart was broken to see the trauma of the young victims of child abuse and to see that they had no one to advocate for their interests. He applied for a federal grant to establish the Guardian Ad Litem program, which has since been replicated nationally and renamed CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Since then, CASA volunteers have watched over and advocated for more than 250,000 abused and neglected children. In his spare time, Peter was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. He and his wife, Mercedes, won numerous fishing trophies at the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club. He was also a member of the California Yacht Club. He was a fitness enthusiast and enjoyed tennis, bicycling, and swimming. He remained a classical violinist and vocalist all his life. Peter died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 96. He is survived by his six children and their families: his son Peter, his wife Ilana, and their children, Raphael and Aaron; his son, Paul, Paul’s daughter, Heather, her husband, Jason, their children, Zoe and Benjamin, and Paul’s son, Nick; his daughter, Christine, her son, Arwain, his wife, Fran, their son, Bodhi; his daughter, Regina, her husband Robert, their children, Nico, Anni, and Lily; His daughter, Joyce, and her husband, Ahmad; his daughter, Sharon, her daughter, Amouretta, her children, Savannah and Joey; Sharon’s daughter, Charlene, her husband, Dave, and their sons, David and James.
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.
Hugh McCaffrey Byrne ’46 was born on May 8, 1923, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to parents Lex and Margaret McCaffrey Byrne. Hugh was one of seven siblings who have all passed: Frances, Marian, Joe, Tom, Lex, and Marjorie. Frances and Marian joined the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary; Joe served in WWII and died following the Battle of Guadalcanal; twins Tom and Lex joined the Society of Jesus; and Marjorie was her parents’ caregiver. Hugh moved with his family to Oakland at age 4, where he lived until he was 61 years old. He was celebrated as a star high school football athlete at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. Hugh continued his stellar athletic football career at SCU, where he injured his back and was not able to join the San Francisco 49ers when recruited. Hugh entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 at age 19. He bravely served in WWII in Europe, flying missions as a B-17G commander, and continued his war service as a B-29 Pacific Theatre commander. In civilian life, Hugh continued his military service through the Cold War as an Air Force captain and intelligence officer. He loved and married the beautiful Peggy Ball in 1950, with whom he had two daughters, Dreslaine and Shivonne. He dedicated his life to his family, and he was a constant presence in all aspects of his daughters’ lives. Hugh loved God, Notre Dame football, traveling with his family, and the granite of Yosemite, which helped calm him following his war service. He gave his daughters a true travel bug, and because of him Yosemite, Tahoe, and Disneyland are like second homes. He also gave his daughters a true passion for sports, teaching them more about baseball and football than most boys will ever learn. He kicked off his volleyball coaching career with Shivonne through her high school teams. He was a gifted and charismatic salesman and worked for Vogue Patterns and Mayflower Moving Company, but never felt the need to prove himself post-military service beyond being his girls’ “Daddy.” He was also one of the world’s best schmoozers and a total people person; everybody who met him remembered Hugh Byrne (and not just because he was movie star handsome). Hugh moved to Bellevue, Washington, in 1984 to help Dreslaine raise Alexis and Michael after the death of their father, where he was there for “everything”—they were the second of three families he helped raise. He was an active and adored grandfather of five in total: Alexis, Michael, Stephan, Gillian, and Rae Ann. Hugh coached many of their teams and supported them completely in all their athletic endeavors. He was their biggest cheerleader in life and sports. Hugh continued to live with Dreslaine when she married Steve and was an active participant and helper in their Redmond home and with their children. Hugh also was a “regular” at Shivonne and John’s home, where he was Gillian’s one and only babysitter. He was “Great Papa” to Michael and Raina’s three boys: Harrison, Tucker, and Sawyer. Quite simply, Hugh was Grandpa Hugh to so many, enrichening their lives with his powerful love and goodness. He passed away on Oct. 24, 2017.
John “Jack” H. Bevis ’47 was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Oct. 25, 1926. His family moved to California when he was an infant. Jack attended SCU and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in mechanical engineering, where he was a member of Chi Phi. In 1952, after meeting on the ski slopes, Jack married Claire Brullard. He worked for Bechtel for 35 years. During that time he managed projects domestically and internationally. Jack and Claire shared a love of traveling, gardening, and socializing with friends. They were actively involved at Santa Maria Church. Jack died peacefully at home on Nov. 1, 2017, surrounded by his wife and their three children. He is survived by his wife, Claire, his children Monique, John Jr. and wife Sherrie, Marc and wife Rachel, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
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.
Edward Charles Maffeo ’49, MBA ’63 was born in Joliet, Illinois, on Nov. 15, 1923, to Charles and Angela Maffeo. He married his loving wife of 64 years, Joyce Rochester, in Watsonville. They lived in San Jose for more than 50 years before moving to Colorado in 2001. Ed spent the last 18 years of his accounting career as the vice president of finance and treasurer of Burke Rubber Industries. He was a devoted family man and a loving father and husband. He spent his early retirement years traveling throughout the United States with his wife, and four years later moving to and enjoying the Colorado lifestyle and being with family. Ed passed away on Oct. 9, 2013, while surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and son, Chuck (Sheri) Maffeo Jr. of Erie; a daughter, Victoria (Mark) Gitschel of Lafayette; grandson Timothy Swanson of Longmont; and great-grandson, Elye Swanson. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Angela Maffeo.
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.
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!
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.
Richard “Rich” McEvoy ’53 was born in San Francisco and raised in Petaluma. He was the youngest of Richard Edmund McEvoy and Blanche Witherell’s three children. Rich was a Petaluma High School and SCU alumnus and served in the U.S. Army. He had a career in sales at various companies, the last being Allstate. Rich loved spending time with his family, coaching basketball, savoring his morning coffee at Denny’s and McDonald’s, weekend drives in his Datsun Roadster, and fly fishing at his family’s Sweetbriar retreat in Castella, California, which was his heaven on earth. A more committed Giants and Warriors fan would be hard to find. Rich passed away at home on Nov. 1, 2017 (All Saints Day), surrounded by his family. He was 87 years old. He is survived, missed, and loved by his wife, Marianna McEvoy. He was the beloved father of six children: Kevin McEvoy (Cindy), Margaret McEvoy (John deceased), Kathleen Wineger (Gary), Timothy McEvoy (deceased), Helen Clesen (Sean), and Anne Engler (Stephen); and loved spending time with his nine grandchildren: Erin, Kelsey and Ryan McEvoy, Tyler Wineger, Kayley, Matthew and Thomas Clesen, and Savannah and Zachary Engler. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
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.
John George Berger ’54 was born on Aug. 4, 1929, in Oakland. He grew up in San Anselmo, attending St. Anselm Grammar School, St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, and College of Marin, and graduating with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from SCU. He started his engineering career working for Link Belt before retiring from Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo as head of the structural design division after 35 years of service. At Mare Island John used his engineering skills to help modify submarines so that they could allow divers in and out while submerged. Much of his work was classified. In his spare time he developed several homes, one of which he moved from the West American Bank location in Downtown Sonoma to Verano Avenue. This home is listed as a Sonoma Historical Landmark. John was staying at the Sierra Club Lodge skiing with friends when he met the love of his life, Evelyn Benson. To pursue her, he used his charm as “he drove her to church.” In 1959 they married, settled in Sonoma, and started a family. John’s favorite things were his family and backpacking and fishing in the Sierras, where he would take his boys on 100-plus-mile backpack trips. He loved working in his shop, tending to his amazing garden, and walking his dog, Daisy. John passed away peacefully at his home in Sonoma with his family by his side on Oct. 23, 2017, at age 88. He was a resident of Sonoma since 1959 and a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather to wife and family members John and Allison, Chris and Rhonda, Mike and Rosie, and Robert and Courtney; as well as grandchildren Camille, Josh, Steven, Austin, Jerry, Christopher, Jacob, Camryn, Isabella, and Grace. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, and his parents, William and Johanna. John was a man of his own terms. All who were lucky enough to spend time with him will miss his diligence and intelligence.
With a lifetime spent on building a career in finance, beginning with Kaiser Cement and Gypsum and then opening his own boutique investment banking firm, Strategic Capital, James Rowe ’54 was a tireless entrepreneur with a quick sense of humor. Born May 24, 1932, in Stockton, California, to Jack M. Rowe and Irene Pezzi Rowe, Jim attended Stockton High School and SCU. During his tenure with the Kaiser Companies, he was sent to Harvard University and earned an MBA. Soon after, he began an illustrious 30-year career in investment banking. Strategic Capital specialized in construction materials and nearly bought or sold every cement company around the globe. During a trip to Sonoma County in the early 1990s with his late wife, Jane, Jim discovered a naturally beautiful vineyard property in Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg. Over the next 20 years, Jim transformed the ranch into an acclaimed winery, Pezzi King Vineyards. His time spent on tractors at his grandfather’s agricultural farms in Stockton served him well. Jim could always be seen on the ranch driving a forklift or a tractor, checking vines and grapes in from harvest. With Jim’s foresight, Pezzi King Vineyards (PKV) has won numerous wine competitions and awards, has been lauded by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and is considered one of the highest-rated zinfandels in the world. In March 2012, Jim and Cynthia Rowe sold Pezzi King Vineyards to Ken and Diane Wilson of Wilson Artisan Wineries. He died peacefully in Monterey on July 14, 2015, at 83 years old. Jim is survived by his wife of 13 years, Cynthia; his son, Tom (Pam) Rowe of Austin, Texas; his daughter-in-law, Michelle Rowe; and seven grandchildren: Nick, Lauren and Tommy Prasass, Jackie, Jenny, Mimi and Julia Rowe. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, his daughter, Susan Prasass, his son, Jim, Jr., and his grandson, Christopher.
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.
The son of Benjamin H. Zuppan and Mary Johns, Benjamin Zuppan ’54 was born in Crockett, California, on Oct. 8, 1932, and spent most of his childhood there. He graduated from John Swett High School in Crockett in 1950, where he played football and the saxophone. He attended SCU and graduated with a bachelor’s in political science. Ben was on the President’s Honor Roll and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Upon leaving the service, Ben began law school at the University of San Francisco and was part of the class of 1960. He married Joanne Hite at St. Rose Church in Crockett in 1955. Ben and Joanne moved to Walnut Creek in 1956, where they spent the rest of their lives together. They had three children, John Zuppan, Paul Zuppan, and Patti Zuppan-Hood. Ben worked as an attorney for Alameda County from 1963 to 1996. He was a deputy district attorney and a deputy county counsel specializing in civil litigation and cases involving the Alameda County Fire Department. In 1996, Ben retired to take care of his ill wife, Joanne, who was the love of his life. She passed away in 1997 ending, a 42-year marriage. Despite his grief, Ben displayed courage and strength. He was a gentle soul and was always there for his family. He could be counted on to offer a kind word or a listening ear. Ben was patient, generous and loving. He was willing to help family and friends with any problem he could. He enjoyed sharing a home with his son, Paul, and living across the street from his daughter, Patti, her husband Ken, and his granddaughter, Nicole. Visits from his son, John, and his wife, Kristina, and grandchildren CJ, Jessica, and Eric were a special treat. Some of Ben’s favorite activities were attending Nicole’s cross country and track meets, going on hikes with Patti and her dogs, and sharing meals together almost every night. Ben loved to eat! He also enjoyed singing along to Frank Sinatra and John Denver and staying up to date on current events with friends during breakfast get-togethers. Ben passed away on Oct. 13, 2017. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Carmichael of Vallejo; his daughter, Patti Zuppan-Hood (husband, Ken Hood) of Walnut Creek; two sons, Paul Zuppan of Walnut Creek and John Zuppan (wife, Kristina Zuppan) of Fayetteville, Georgia; and four grand-children: Nicole Hood, CJ Zuppan (wife, Jessica), Jessica Zuppan, and Eric Zuppan.
Duncan Fife ’56 was a member of the Dynamic Class of ’56! After grad school in Los Angeles, California, the military in Oklahoma, and working in radio and advertising in New York City, he spent the last 40 years living in Foster City, entertaining and performing, raising five children, staying happily married for 48 years, and welcoming two grandchildren to the family. He recently finished writing two memoirs, Giving the Gift of Giggles: Incredibly True Confessions of a Singing Telegram Entertainer and Giggling at Life: Very True Tales of a Very Lucky Life, both available on Amazon. He died on Jan 2, 2018.
Daniel J. Sullivan ’56, J.D. ’58 was born in Oakland to John and Helen Sullivan and was the beloved brother of Dennis and Kathleen Sullivan. He attended school in the East Bay before entering the Marine Corps. At SCU he combined his senior year of undergrad work with his first year of law. After passing the bar in 1958, he moved to Sacramento, California, by advice from Mike Virga Sr. Surrounded by family, Dan went home to be with the Lord on Nov, 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Meryle, and his son, John. He is survived by his children Kathleen Clark ’78, Kevin, Colin, and Daniel Sullivan ’89 ad well as 13 grandkids. His incredible sense of humor, love of sports, and amazingly unconditional love for people will be missed.
Thomas Salciccia J.D. ’57 was born in Yonkers, New York, the third son of Tobia and Mary Salciccia. He attended St. Bonaventure University, a Franciscan institute in Allegany, New York, and while attending was in the ROTC and commissioned as a lieutenant in the Army Reserves. Tom graduated, married Connie Pecora of Pennsylvania, and in 1950 moved to California with his entire family. Once there he attended SCU Law, but his schooling was interrupted when he was called up to serve in the Korean War as a lieutenant in the artillery. After his U.S. Army military service, Tom returned to law school, where he became editor-in-chief of the Santa Clara Lawyer and a member of Alpha Sigma Nu. After passing the bar exam, he soon began his own law practice for the next 58 years, becoming proudly the longest-practicing attorney in San Jose. He married attorney Carolyn Belfoy in 1971. Tom was a member and officer of many organizations, including Optimists, Elks, Sons of Italy, Sons of Sicily, Italian-American Heritage, Veteran’s Associations, Amici d’Oro, and Friendly Wednesdays, in addition to membership in county, state and federal legal associations. Tom passed away on Jan. 12, 2016, after fighting a courageous battle against illness. He was 87. He is predeceased by his parents and his first wife, Connie; brothers Anthony, Frank, Tony, and Alfred; and longtime companion Jane Whitaker. He is survived by his children, Mary Alice, Gina, Tom Jr., Lia, and Stacy; stepchildren Kevin and Tracy; grandchildren Adrien, Emily, Joseph, Andrew, Ada; and step-grandchildren Lexi, Connor, Flynn, and Evan. Also surviving are his siblings, Toby, Lucy, and Richard, and numerous nieces and nephews. Thomas was a hard worker, a brilliant mind and a true patriot. He enjoyed walks in nature, travel, golf, reading, good food, music, art, politics and debate. He touched many lives and will be sorely missed.