Constituents Deceased list

Danville resident Anthony “Tony” Benedict de Bellis ’61 was born and raised in San Francisco, the youngest of Roberta and Frank V. de Bellis’s three children. He attended St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco and received a B.S. in physics from SCU and an M.S. in physics from Purdue University in Indiana. He taught physics for 30 years at Campolindo High School in Moraga. He cared about the environment and he believed in “hands-on” learning. Combining these two qualities, in 1970 he and his students built an electric motorcycle and drove it across the country—from MIT to Cal Tech—as part of the Clean Air Car Race, the only high school team to do so. Two years later, he and his students won the Innovation Award at the North American Urban Vehicle Design Competition in Detroit with the electric car they built. Throughout his life and especially after retirement, Tony devoted himself to varied interests: growing his own cabernet grapes for winemaking, home solar energy projects, organic gardening, raising llamas, beekeeping, kayaking, and anthropological digs. He supported the Mount Diablo Peace Center, Tri Valley Cares, and was a supporter and volunteer of the Crosses of Lafayette. He always said his best job was working on trail crews in Yosemite during summers while he was in college, “Going to bed tired and waking up hungry.” It was those years that inspired his lifelong passion for backpacking with his family and friends near Tuolumne Meadows. After retirement he loved long-distance hiking. He hiked thousands of miles on many trails, chief among them the entire Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails. At age 80, he passed away on March 29, 2019, with his wife, Joan, and his sons, Tony and Christopher, by his side. Tony was preceded in death by his son, Bill, and his brother, Vincent. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan, son Tony (Francesca), son Chris (Heidi), grandchildren Sophia and Cameron, sister Theresa Francis, and numerous nieces and nephews.

23 May 2019