1994

In 2021, Mark Snyder ’94 moved his 58-year-old family retail business from California to Weatherford, Texas, a small town located just west of Fort Worth. In his off-time, Mark is learning to manage his new near-20-acre parcel of farmland. Harvesting hay, land leases for local Angus cattle, and his 6,000-square-foot pumpkin patch offers new and […]

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2022

The service, faith, and devotion of Margaret Webb will be remembered by all who knew her. Marge’s early adult years were spent as a Dominican Sister of Kenosha, Wisconsin. She would go on to serve as pastoral associate with her cousin, Reverend Francis Markey, and later moved into providing full time social services to senior […]

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1979

John O’Connor ’79 cherished and lived by his family’s legacy of hardwork and steadfast faith. He met the love of his life, Maureen Dennehy ’81, at Santa Clara University. After graduation, John worked for and later led Luppen & Hawley, Inc. for over 25 years. His time in the mechanical contracting industry left him with […]

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1968

Wesley French M.S. ’68 was filled with kindness, generosity, and a sense of fun and adventure. In his leisure time, Wesley was a champion weightlifter, horseshoe-thrower, and ping pong player. While working at Rohr Aircraft, Wesley courted and won the heart of his wife, Dorothea Gugan. During their 63-year marriage, they enjoyed skiing, backpacking, gardening, […]

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1976

Russell Paglia ’76 had a long and successful career with Hewlett Packard and in robotic automation with Intelledex, Accu-Fab System and ATS Automation. He retired in 1996. He was an avid reader, golfer, fly fisherman, and supporter of Oregon State Athletics, especially Beavers baseball and women’s basketball. He was a long-time member of the Corvallis […]

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1982

William Loftis MBA ’82 had a unique ability to repair things. Bill’s career started with designing integrated circuits for companies such as Fairchild and Siemens. Later he switched from hardware design to software. He was once called on to fix software developed by one of his customers over a weekend in Chicago, and by Sunday […]

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1980

An exceptional husband and father, John Hunt ’80 dedicated his whole life to his family. He spoke of his children constantly with tears of enthusiasm and love in his eyes to anyone who would listen. John would check in with everyone and always told his children that they needed to stay healthy in four ways–mentally, […]

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1952

Henry “Von” Von der Mehden ’52, grew up on a ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains. After graduation, he served in Korea at the end of the Korean War. Upon return, Henry attended the GM Institute and started his 50-year career selling and leasing automobiles. It was at his first job with Les Vogel Chevrolet […]

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1963

Peter Kimball ’63 was known for his fighting spirit, his resilience, mischievous with his family, and grit, serving in the army for two years, and then serving in the reserves for over 10 years. Peter had a prominent banking career and retired at the age of 60 in 1995. In his free time, he enjoyed […]

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1989

A lifelong educator, Peggy Anastasia MA ’89 died May 14, 2022. Peggy began teaching in Cupertino Union School District in 1972. She worked magic with children, inspiring them to love learning and to believe in themselves. She spent many years teaching at a variety of schools across California. At SCU, she supervised and mentored teachers […]

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1958

James Pfaff ’58 was always true to his Catholic faith—attending St. Leo’s, Bellarmine, and SCU. Jim met his future wife Annie at a Bellarmine-Notre Dame mixer, fell in love, and continued to love and honor her after 65 years of marriage. Jim was an active member of San Jose Country Club, where he and Annie enjoyed golfing, friendships, […]

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1977

Paul Raggio ’77 has a column in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, in which he gives advice to businesses on keeping their goals and businesses aligned. Raggio and his sister mentor business owners on leadership and management principles in achieving and sustaining their business growth and profitability goals.

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2020

KTVU Fox 2 News featured an interview with financial planner Kayla Fernandez ’20. As a Financial Planning Executive with California Financial Advisors, she served as an insider’s voice for KTVU’s segment on the current stock market environment. Fernandez spoke of how a combination of uncertainty built around inflation and geopolitical events has resulted in the market […]

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1965

There is little doubt that the  city of Santa Clara was been shaped by former mayor Larry Fargher MBA ’65. During his years the city council, he voted to protect the old downtown from complete demolition. His cast a tie-breaking vote that allowed for both Intel and Great America to build in the city’s northside. […]

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1973

Victor Rice ’73 was a star player on SCU’s Rugby team, as well playing many other sports. After graduation, Vic partnered with his long-time friend, Bill Gleason, to establish Pacific Forest Resources. An internationally known race car driver, Vic raced in Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States. Racing was his […]

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1995

Manish Gupta MBA ’95 has been appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer of SonarSource. Gupta is an experienced executive recognized for scaling public and private businesses and growing significant enterprise value for the past 25 years. Gupta previously served as the CMO at Redis and most recently as the Vice President of Global Marketing for […]

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1993

Jimmy Dutra ’93 is a candidate for Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, focusing on issues including homelessness, increasing mental health services, and protecting agriculture and wetlands. Additionally, he wants to ensure the youth and community have access to broadband and social programs. He previously served as the mayor of Watsonville and is currently a […]

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1996

Majid Karam ’96 recently published his memoir, Candlelight. The book is a message of hope for those who are seeking refuge from darkness. It is the story of a teenager raised in wartime Lebanon struggling to enjoy his childhood amidst the unpredictability of violence and chaos. It is the struggle of this young man who […]

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1944

Always a faithful and loving father, William J. Scilacci ’44 died April 9, 2022. As WWII began for the U.S., he enlisted in the US Navy and served on the USS Edwards. Bill was honorably discharged in July 1946 but remained in the Naval Reserve until 1958. Bill wed Joan Marie Rudolph Scilacci, and celebrated […]

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1969

Beloved husband, father, avid golfer, and esteemed barrister Robert Peterson J.D. ’69 died on May 11, 2022. Robert was the first chief counsel of the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board. He helped draft the Cal/OSHA regulations for California. These regulations have helped keep Californians safe while at work for generations. He opened the Robert D. Peterson Law […]

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