1962

John Grippi ’62, devoted husband and father, commercial developer and businessman, and retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain, died July 26, 2020. He was 80 years old. Born in Napa, John grew up exploring the vast outdoors around Mt. George and the Napa River alongside his younger sister, Janice. The Grippis owned a service station on Silverado […]

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1952

One of the last hop growers in California was born Bernard Joseph Rooney ’52, but very few people actually knew his birth name. “Babe,” as he was known to friends and foes alike, was a fourth generation Sacramentan—his great grandfather came from Ireland at the beginning of the Gold Rush and the family flourished there […]

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1948

For years, McDonald’s French fries came in a scoop made by the company Raymond Michael Gleason Jr. ’48 founded with his father. Gleason Industries manufactured paper products in Hawthorne, Calif. Raymond also cherished family, held his faith dear, and served his country in WW II. He died on Oct. 25, 2020.

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friends of the University

Professor Emerita Judy Dunbar of the English Department died on Oct. 19, 2020. Judy joined the English Department in 1978, at a time when theatre and English were one department. As a Shakespeare specialist, she often worked closely with her theater compatriots. Her teaching was transformative for generations of students, deepening their appreciation for literature, […]

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1980

Carole Ann Chaikin-Chase  MBA’80 came to Santa Clara after her two children were in school. MBA in hand, she went to work at Lockheed Martin, where she had worked before becoming a mom, as well. When not studying or working, Carole cooked and built community—exposing her boys to new experiences, establishing dinner clubs, and founding […]

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1974

Patrick Joseph Logan ’74 spent 20 years working at Farmer Insurance. His love for sports and family defined him most—he coached his kids’ teams, ran the concession stand at their sporting, and mc’d an annual golf tournament. His boosterism and fandom knew few bounds. He is survived by his family, including his son Patrick J. […]

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1977

After seven weeks of knowing Adele Regensburger, Jeffrey Kellman  MBA ’77 proposed. They married six months later. Together they raised three children. Jeff worked in tech sales and founded Fourfront Sales, a semiconductor firm. He played and taught guitar and join numerous bands. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, Jeff died at the age of 67. […]

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1959

After serving in the U.S. Army, John Anthony Roffoni ’59 began work as a financial advisor. He, his wife, and their three children made their home in California, where enjoyed the outdoors—from gardening to hunting to sailing. John died Oct. 1, 2020.

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1990

Sean Timothy Higgins JD ’90 spent his legal career in the gaming industry. He was general counsel for Herbst Gaming and an executive at Golden Entertainment. Sean with his two brothers owned the Irish pub Three Angry Wives. Sean died on Sept. 23, 2020, at the age of 56. His wife and two children survive […]

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1978

After retiring from the corporate world, Winston Wood MBA ’78 was a founding member of Slow Food Marin County along with his wife Gail Ohlendorf. He also played golf, tennis, and pickleball, and volunteers throughout the Novato community. He is survived by Gail, his sons from his first marriage, and his grandchildren.

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1968

William J. Sullivan ’68, MA ’72 was a member of the original faculty of James Lick High School, where he taught many subjects and coached sports. Bill established the first team-teaching program in the Valley. Later, he joined the administration of the East Side Union High School district, retiring in 1988. He died in September […]

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1973

Scott Spencer MS ’73 spent 30 years with Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. But travel and music were his passions. In 1966, went to Germany to pick up a little brown Porsche he’d ordered. Over the next six months, Scott toured Europe in the car. With his wife, Gayle, he attended concerts, went camping, and […]

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1969

After many winters spent boarding with the Sisters at St. Francis de Sales for school in Ossian, Iowa, Sister Marian Einck, OSF, MS ’69 decided to join the order herself after high school graduation. She worked in education throughout Iowa, as well as on the West Coast. Later, she counseled the grieving. She died in […]

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1962

John A. Grippi ’62 was a devoted husband and father, commercial developer, and retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain. While at SCU, John was elected student government vice president. He campaigned by handing out gum packages printed with the slogan “Stick with Grippi.” John died on July 26, 2020, at 80 years old. His wife and […]

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Friends of the University

Francis X. Duggan, Professor Emeritus of English, died in July 2020. He came to Santa Clara in 1962 and taught for 35 years. He dedicated himself to the University, his colleagues, and students.—serving as department chair, president of the Faculty Senate, and Board of Trustees.

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1954

Along the classic South Bay Jesuit education path—Bellarmine College Preparatory to Santa Clara University— Daniel O’Donnell ’54 MBA ’63 made life-long friends. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army and worked at IBM and in the aerospace industry. Dan found his happy niche teaching computer science at De Anza College. He is survived […]

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1971

A senior trial attorney on the Watergate Special prosecution force Ronald Malone JD ’71 died March 11, 2020. After leaving the U.S. Justice Department, Malone was a trial lawyer specializing in charitable trusts and a well-known horseman in Petaluma. As fires ravaged Sonoma County in 2017, the horse ranch Ronald operated with his wife, Sara, […]

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1952

To best ponder the life of John Sully ’52, his family advises a walk in the woods. After serving in the U.S. Army, Sully began working at CalTrans as a right-of-way agent. It was a position he morphed into senior field biologist, once his Master’s in ecology was in hand. Through that scholarship and work, he […]

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1953

Bill Shindler ’53 went to work in the steel industry immediately after graduation, working in Seattle and the East Bay as a structural engineer. After the death of his first wife Therese, Bill met his cousin’s widow Charla Riedl in Milwaukie, where the pair married and lived until his death in November 2019. He is survived […]

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1949

World War II interrupted the time Dr. Robert A Helfrich ’49 spent at Santa Clara. But after serving as a medic in the South Pacific with the Marines, he returned to finish his college education. He went on to study medicine at Stanford. He practiced anesthesia for more than 35 years at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. […]

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