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Julio Fernandez ’40 was born in Panama and immigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings in 1929, settling in San Jose. He attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1936. After attending Santa Clara University, he enlisted in the Army during World War II and proudly served until the end of the war. In 1950 he married the love of his life, Dorothy Teresi, making their home in Santa Clara. They enjoyed an enduring love for one another lasting 66 years. Julio drove for Greyhound Bus Lines for 35 years. He was also a sacristan for 15 years at Mission Santa Clara. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with family and friends. He had an incredible sense of humor, bringing smiles to the faces of all who knew him. He was an enthusiastic stamp collector and a man with encyclopedic knowledge—there was never a question he could not answer for his children! He was a rabid Notre Dame football fan since the 1930s. Julio was loyal to his family, a man of faith, and the epitome of the Bellarmine motto “A man for others.” He entered into heaven at the age of 100 on Sept. 20, 2017, surrounded by his beloved wife, Dorothy, and his four children: Stephen Fernandez, Therese Haubenstein (Mark), David Fernandez (Rosemary), and Elizabeth Aurelio (Dave); four of his surviving siblings: Margarita, Victor, Helena, and Michael; and grandchildren David Jr. (Jessica), Juliana (Nader), Nicholas (Hayley), Anthony, and Angelina. He was looking forward to the blessings of his first two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Natalie Aurelio, and five siblings. A special thanks to caregivers Manny, Joel, and Edward and to the nurses from Vitas Hospice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A longtime resident of Willow Glen, Fred Arthur Lico ’49 was known for his dapper dress and generosity and for his devotion to his family. Fred was born in San Jose to Italian immigrants Pasquale and Mary (Filice) Lico. In 1942, he graduated from San Jose High School and enrolled at SCU. In 1943, Fred joined the Navy and reported for duty at Gonzaga University, where he enrolled in the V-12 deck officer training program. He was discharged honorably from the Navy in 1946 and returned to Santa Clara, where he earned a B.S. in business administration in 1949. In 1953, Fred met and married Laura Leseman. The two enjoyed many wonderful years and even more rounds of golf together before Laura passed away in 1994. Together they shared the importance of family and a love of good food and golf with their children and grandchildren. Fred enjoyed a successful 40-year career in the food and beverage industry, culminating as executive director of the San Martin Winery in San Martin. After the sale of the winery, Fred became president of The Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos and started his own food and wine brokerage. Fred was a talented pianist and songwriter. Upon his return to Santa Clara University after WWII, Fred wrote a choral piece about the experience that left a lasting impression on his classmates. Sixty years later, “There Santa Clara, There With You” was performed by the Santa Clara University Concert Choir in a program entitled “War and Remembrance.” In the garden, Fred was known for his prized tomatoes and his tomato sauce, both of which he generously shared year after year. He was an avid golfer (with two lifetime hole-in-ones), a longtime member of Almaden Golf and Country Club and The Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and a lifelong parishioner at St. Christopher’s Church as well as a member of The Italian Civic Club of San Jose and Amici D Oro Club. Fred passed away on Oct. 13, 2017, at the age of 93. He is survived by his two sons and their spouses, Jim (Margy Ruether) and Steve (April Burrows); the five grandchildren he was immensely proud of—Max Lico ’17, Nick, Riley, Tucker and Ben; and his brother, Frank. Fred was a special man, from a generation of great men.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lifelong resident of San Jose, Joe Ramona ’53 was born on July 11, 1931, to Italian immigrant parents George and Marie Ramona. He was married to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Joanne Dudley, for 65 years; she preceded him in death in 2016. Joe was a standout Bay Area football player at Lincoln High School and Santa Clara University, going on to play for the New York Giants, where he started his rookie year. After his year with the Giants, he served two years as an officer in the United States Army, and from there went on to be a successful businessman. Over the years he continued to be an avid Bay Area sports fan of the 49ers and San Francisco Giants. Joe loved the many years of Sunday family dinners and summer vacations at their mountain home on Donner Lake. He also had a green thumb, growing beautiful vegetable gardens every summer in his backyard. On Aug. 17, Joe died peacefully at home at the age of 86. His only sibling, Ralph Ramona, preceded him in death. Joe is survived by his four children, Gregg (Val), Jeff (Doreen), Dave Ramona ’82, Jodi (Michael); 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He will be forever missed.
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.
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.
Roy Geis MacFarland ’57, J.D. ’60 was born on March 14, 1935, to Roy Garwood MacFarland and his wife, Catherine “Kitty” Geis MacFarland of Glasgow, Montana. Roy Sr. was a mining engineer. Mrs. MacFarland was an educator. The MacFarlands moved to Spokane, Washington, where Roy spent most of his childhood years, attending school in Spokane and graduating high school from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1953. He attended SCU, graduating with a B.S. in philosophy and a minor in history. In the fall of 1956, Roy enrolled in the Santa Clara School of Law; however, his schooling was interrupted as a result of active duty in the U.S. Army. He returned to law school in 1958 and graduated in June 1960. He was admitted to the California State Bar that same year. He initially went to work for the U.S. Department of Treasury in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. While working in San Francisco, Roy met and married Alice R. Ford on June 24, 1961. He left the Treasury Department for private practice in Willows, California, founding with his uncle the law firm of Geis and MacFarland. Roy practiced law until his appointment to the Superior Court in 1976. After a distinguished career, he retired from the bench in 1997. He remained active in the courts as a retired judge until 2007. Roy died Oct. 9, 2017, in Sacramento, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Kitty, his brother, Tom, and in 2006, his wife, Alice. He is survived by their six children: Catherine MacFarland of Dallas, Texas; Anne MacFarland (Bryce Thull) of Omaha, Nebraska; Roy Garcia MacFarland (Lisa) of San Jose; Maria MacFarland of Colusa, California; Duard MacFarland (Omar Cardenas) of Sacramento, and John MacFarland (Valerie) of Denver, Colorado. In addition to 11 grandchildren and extended family, he is survived by brother-in-law Thomas J. Ford of Iloilo, Philippines.
Marty Sammon ’56, MBA ’63 was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on May 30, 1934, to Martin and Catherine. His family moved to California and settled in Newark. He graduated from Washington High School and Santa Clara University, later earning his MBA from SCU. He met the love of his life while attending a mixer at SCU and married Rosemarie in May 1957. Their honeymoon was a cross-country drive to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and part of the team called to Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect the “Little Rock Nine.” He maintained contact with Melba Beals, Minnijean Brown, and Terence Brown for many years. After serving his country, he and Rosemarie came back to California. They settled in Santa Clara, where they raised their two daughters and son, and where Rosemarie still resides. Marty became a stockbroker and worked up until his recent retirement, but his true passion was boxing. After retiring the gloves in college, he still had the itch to be in the ring, so what better option than to become a referee. He started by referring the inmates at San Quentin. He went on to referee and judge multiple amateur and professional bouts. Marty appeared as a boxing referee in an episode of Midnight Caller, but perhaps his most famous on-screen role was as boxing referee No. 5 in the Academy Award–winning picture Million Dollar Baby. He also appeared in a Northern California Honda commercial and continued to be a member of the Screen Actors Guild. While the role of a boxing referee was one of many highlights in his life, his most cherished role was that of grandfather. He went to as many activities as he possibly could, whether they be soccer games, birthday parties, or just spending time every Thursday with Emily. Marty passed away after a brief illness on Sept. 14, 2017. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Rosemarie, his daughters Sharon Sammon ’82 and Lisa Sammon ’83, sons-in-law, Rick and Eric, granddaughters Stephanie, Katherine (Katie), and Emily, sisters Cathy and Lyn, and many nieces and nephews. Marty has joined his brother, Roddy, and son, Michael, in heaven. May he now rest in peace.
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.
Born Dec. 8, 1935, in Watsonville to Mary (Crosetti) and Antonio Tomasello, Joseph J. Tomasello ’58 attended Bellarmine College Prep and earned his business degree from SCU. He married Lori Triolo in July 1959 and served in the U.S Army from 1960 to 1962. Following his service, he returned to the family farming business in Watsonville for the next 40 years. He served on the board of the Western Growers’ Association and the Salinas Valley Grower-Shipper Association, serving as president from 1972 to 1973. Joseph and Lori built a home in Gilroy, which is where they raised their three children. In his retirement, he enjoyed golf, travel, and cooking and serving his “Nona’s” favorite Italian dishes. Joseph died unexpectedly but peacefully at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital on Sept. 15, 2017. He was 81 years old. He is survived by his children, Mimi (Steve) Riffle and Tim (Kristen) Tomasello, and five grandchildren. His son, Mark, and his sister, Edith Young, preceded him in death.