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Described as “a giant of the art department,” Sam Hernández taught for 37 years at Santa Clara and was instrumental in developing the program from its small beginnings into its robust presence in the life of the University today. Sam was an inspiring teacher and was the first studio arts faculty member to receive tenure. […]

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Daniel Saracino was an accomplished collegiate athlete and found work in the service of others. He was the dean of undergraduate admissions at Santa Clara University, where he and his wife raised their three children. After 20 years, Dan returned home to his alma mater of University of Notre Dame, serving for 13 years as […]

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Esteemed Santa Clara baseball coach and former Cincinnati Reds player John Hardin Oldham died Feb. 24, 2024. Renowned for his 13-year coaching tenure, he secured three West Coast Conference titles and led the Broncos to four NCAA Tournaments. As a four-time WCC Coach of the Year, his legacy includes 433 victories and championships in 1994, […]

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Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology and an invaluable leader of the Jesuit community, Joseph Mueller S.J. died Jan. 12, 2023. As dean, he enhanced education and spiritual formation while offering new opportunities to students. Fr. Mueller also served as an associate professor of theology and an administrator at Marquette University. 

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Cecilia JoAnne Sinatra was a member of the Santa Clara Chorale for many years and the choir director at Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara. Highlights of her career included singing at the Vatican and a performance of Brubeck’s jazz Mass, To Hope! A Celebration with Singers Around the Bay. JoAnne retired to South […]

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Over the course of his long and inspiring life, Phil Holland pursued a number of endeavors. At different times he owned businesses that manufactured food processing machinery, that built apartment buildings, and that developed shopping centers. Perhaps his most successful commercial venture was the chain of Yum Yum Donut Shops that he founded in 1970 […]

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Ray Bernstein was a clinical professor of law at Santa Clara Law from 2007 to 2016, died Dec. 18, 2020. A graduate of Michigan State University and Yale Law School, Ray served as a law clerk for the Honorable Fern M. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and later served as […]

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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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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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Professor Emeritus Paul Goda, S.J. came to Santa Clara in 1969 as a law professor and was a staple in the Law School for the next 40 years. An inspiring teacher devoted to the University and his profession, he relished teaching law in all its detail, particularly in contracts, and sharing his expertise with generations of students. […]

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Eileen Crane was the Physics Department Administrator from 1976-1997.  She thoroughly enjoyed her time there and talked about the faculty, students and fellow staff members as if they were an extension of her family. Eileen and husband Frank Crane ’66 were huge fans and season ticket holders of  the SCU Men’s and Women’s soccer team.  They […]

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A visionary, mentor, prolific researcher, innovative academician, and respected colleague and friend, Samiha Mourad, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away in November, 2019. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Mourad later moved to the United States where she became the first woman to receive a doctorate in nuclear engineering from North […]

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James G. Leathers Jr. J.D. ’67 passed away on June 19, 2018, in his hometown of Woodland, California, with his family around him. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons James III, Mark, and Mark’s wife Kelly; and granddaughters Tatum, Tessa, and Cameron Leathers. Jim was living in Tahoma, California, on the west shore […]

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Virginia ”Ginny” Fanelli, former mayor of Saratoga, knew how to show up in life. She showed up with the passion, drive, care, and joy that everyone who knew her well experienced over and over again. She showed up as a professional, community leader, friend, and most of all, as the heart of an ever-growing family […]

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Robert B. Younts Jr. ’63, J.D. ’68 was born in Washington, raised in Northern California, and graduated from Serra High School. After graduating from SCU, he joined the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany as a lieutenant and member of the 7th U.S. Calvary. Robert was very proud of his duties in the Army, and […]

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Born Feb. 12, 1935, in County Louth, Ireland, Michael Oliver O’Flynn was the son of Michael I. O’Flynn and Helena Mary Theresa (McDevitt) O’Flynn. A professor of electrical engineering at San Jose State for more than 40 years, he also taught in SCU’s Department of Applied Mathematics. Michael was a passionate collector of sports cards […]

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Julian Willets Gustavo Fraser ’18, of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, passed away February 21 after an 11-month battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents, Alec and Cristy, his brothers Andrew and Matthew, his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A 2012 graduate of Greenwich High School, Julian was a captain of the GHS swim team […]

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Bernadette Allen passed away on Nov. 22, 2016. She was a member of the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society.

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James Robert Blair, Jim, passed away October 5, 2016 in Parker, Colorado.  Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 11, 1944 to Jerald Blair and Helen Swanson Blair who preceded him in death.  He was 72 years old.   Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years the end of this month, Donna […]

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Andre Delbecq, a Toledo native who was a business management professor and former dean of business and administration at the Santa Clara University in California, died Oct. 12 in Stanford University Medical Center. He was 80.   The cause of death was pancreatic cancer diagnosed about eight days before he died, said his wife, Mili […]

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