Gayle Eileen Gutierrez ’60 died on January 29, 2010.  Gayle was born April 30, 1940 to William O. Standrine and Rose Gallagher Standrine in San Jose, Calif. She attended St. Leos Grammar School in San Jose and then matriculated to St. Rose Academy in San Francisco. After high school, Gayle enrolled in O’Connor School of Nursing in San Jose and in 1957, she was among the first group of female students to attend the previously all-male Santa Clara University. It was there that she met her future husband, Gabriel A. Gutierrez. After obtaining her nursing degree form O’Connor School of Nursing, Gayle attended the University of Oregon Medical School where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. After graduation from the University of Oregon, Gayle was among the first to volunteer for the newly created Peace Corps. She completed her Peace Corps training at the University of Oklahoma and was then assigned to Bolivia, South America where she was a mid-wife delivering numerous babies and teaching her Bolivian students how to become mid-wives. Upon her completion of her tour of duty in Bolivia, she returned to the United States where she and her husband were reacquainted. They married in San Jose, California on April 16, 1966. Gayle thereafter commenced her career as a public health nurse in the TB and AIDS project for the Los Angeles County Health Department. She received many awards and accolades for her work from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and from the Los Angeles County Health Department. In 1987 Gayle was honored as the most outstanding registered nurse by the Los Angeles County Hospitals Commission.  She was a recognized national and international expert on TB and AIDS and presented at both national and international conferences. She was a presenter at the In ternational AIDS Conference in Paris, France in 1997. While working as a nurse for the County, Gayle was also a volunteer for the Red Cross in disaster relief and as a result, was asked to assist the Red Cross in various emergencies including Puerto Rico and the San Francisco Bay area after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Her husband Gabriel was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and subsequently transferred to Washington, D.C. as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. They returned to California and, in 1972, they purchased their home in South Pasadena. Together they raised 4 sons: Javier, a high school teacher, Felipe, a Director of Computer Services, Andres, a research scientist, and Gabriel Fernando, an R.N. During this time, Gayle was active in the Holy Family Catholic Church and was a founding member of the school board at Holy Family School. She also continued to volunteer for the Red Cross as an earthquake preparedness speaker. She was involved in many community activities, including the Romberger Guild and the South Pasadena Fourth of July Parade and S.P. Little League. She was a Lector and Eucharistic minister at Holy Family Catholic Church. Notwithstanding her busy schedule, Gayle delighted in traveling around the world with her husband of 44 years. Gayle retired as a County employee in 2000 and continued her involvement in many community affairs, including serving on
the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance from April 2000 to June 2002. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2001 and struggled with that illness until she passed away on January 29, 2010. In addition to her husband, a retired Superior Court Judge, and four sons, she is survived by four loving daughter-in-laws along with seven grandsons. Gayle’s wonderful sense of humor and her beautiful smile will be sorely missed.


08 Nov 2018