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James E. Sweeters

James E. Sweeters '48 on Jan. 13, 2009. The Anaheim native graduated from Loyola High School and went immediately to the Jesuit novitiate in Los Gatos, where he studied for the priesthood and a career in teaching. He was ordained into the priesthood as a Jesuit in 1955 and assigned to Santa Clara University, where he served as dean of students, vice president for student services, and director of athletics. He later continued his academic training in Rome, Italy at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he earned a doctorate degree in 1968. He returned to SCU as a full-time teacher in the Religious Studies Department where he served until his retirement. In 1978, he was laicized and married Jo Ann Vasquez, his spouse of 30 years. During his tenure at SCU, he designed and taught courses such as Eastern Religions, Theology of Non-Violence, and New American Religions.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:23P
GRD Law '48
Hon. James R. Hardin

James Rowan Hardin '48, native son of Sonora and Tuolumne County, passed away peacefully at his home on March 6, 2010. Known throughout the community as both attorney and Superior Court Judge, he is best remembered as a beloved husband, father, and friend.

Born August 12, 1923, he went on to attend Santo Clara University. At the outbreak of World War II, he qualified for Navy pilot school. He was commissioned Ensign, JG during the war and was assigned as a fighter pilot for duty aboard aircraft carriers. During his service, he married Alice, also a native of Sonora.

At the end of the war he returned to Santa Clara and earned a law degree. He and his wife moved to Sonora to work and raise their family. Judge Hardin practiced law for 31 years before serving as a judge for 12 years. At one time he was the sole Superior Court Judge in Tuolumne County, and the California Judicial Council recognized that he was performing the workload of 2.2 judges, referring to him as "The hardest working judge in California."

He was an active member in many civic and private  organizations, including the Stockton Diocese Council and Sonora High Shool Board of Trustees, and he was a charter member and drafter of the constitution and bylaws of the Tuolumne County Historical Society (CHISPA).

He was predeceased by his daughter Susanne. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice, his children Jeanette Thorup '68, Arkme Matschullat '70, Rowena Garon '73, Debra Hardin, Corinne Larson, James Hardin, Jon Hardin, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his sister Annetta Roberts, and numerous nieces and nephews.

submitted May. 25, 2010 3:26P
Henry W. Spini

Henry W. Spini '48, September 12, 2013. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry "Hank" Spini, husband, father and grandfather. He was 90 years old, and a resident of San Carlos. Henry was born on August 18, 1923 in Turlock, Calif. and was the youngest of four children, and the only boy, born to Christopher and Emma Spini. Henry was raised on a typical dairy farm in Stevenson, Calif., and arose early each morning to tend to the daily needs of the ranch. He attended Hilmar High School in Hilmar, Calif., enjoyed playing football, and was named All-Conference Tackle one year and All-Conference Fullback the next. After graduation from Hilmar High, he received football scholarship offers from Stanford and Santa Clara University. He chose Santa Clara University, and for two seasons played the old Notre Dame formation as Quarterback and Linebacker. His coach, Buck Shaw, later became the first coach of the San Francisco 49ers. A proud World War II veteran, in the fall of 1942, he signed up for the Army Air Corps. March 1943, saw Hank's entry as a Cadet in the Army Air Corps, later to become the U.S. Air Force in 1946. He went through flight training and became a pilot and a First Lieutenant at the ripe old age of 19. He then went on to become First Pilot in B24 and later the B29 Bombers flying seven days per week. He later became a flight instructor, and Hank and his crew were poised and ready to go anywhere in the world, however, the war ended. After the war, Henry left the service to continue his education. He completed his undergraduate work at San Francisco State University and did his post-graduate work at Golden Gate University. It was in college that he met Virginia White. They married in 1953, and several years later, moved to San Carlos where they raised their three children. In 1951, he went to work for Guittard Chocolate Company in San Francisco (now Burlingame). Henry became Vice President of Sales 1979, and retired from Guittard in 1999. He remembers his years at Guittard as a "...wonderful experience, from beginning to end", and forged many life-long friendships throughout his tenure there. His son, Mark, continues in his Father's role at Guittard today. Henry loved to travel the world with his wife, Virginia, and their home holds many wonderful mementos of their adventures together. He was immensely proud of his children, and adored his grandchildren. He loved to garden, meet with his investment-breakfast group, and cherished most being at gatherings with family and friends. Henry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia, their children, Laureen, Mark (Karen), David ’87, MBA ’90, J.D. ’90 (Angie) and grandchildren, Emma, Brad, Brian and Jenna. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Besone, his nephews Ronald (Sally) Migleo and Richard (Donna) Besone, and numerous great-nephews and nieces.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:40P
UGRD Engineering '48
Glen A. Harris

Glen A. Harris '48, Sept. 13, 1923 to June 1, 2014. Glenn A. Harris, a lifetime resident of Vallejo and retired director of public works for the city of Vallejo, passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo. He was born in Santa Rosa to Claude and Selma Harris while his mother was visiting her parents in Santa Rosa. He attended Vallejo public schools and graduated from Vallejo High School in June 1941. He attended the University of California, Davis, on a basketball scholarship until the campus was closed by World War II. He then attended Washington and Lee University studying engineering as part of a U.S. Army's Advanced Studies Training Program. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, most notably with the 84th Infantry Division. On Dec. 1, 1944 he was wounded by German artillery fire in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and awarded the Purple Heart. He was returned to the United States and received an Honorable Discharge in Dec. 1945. In June 1948 he graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

In 1947 he married Bette Jean Sallade of Vallejo. In 1948 they had a son, Randal Glenn Harris. In 1953 they had a second son, Jeffery Eugene Harris. In 2000 he married Beverly Haden after the death of his first wife, Bette. From 1948 to 1951 he worked as an Assistant Bridge Engineer with the State of California, Division of San Francisco Bay Toll Crossing and participated in the redesign of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and on the initial design for the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. In 1951 he was an Engineer in the U.S. Army Post Engineer's Office at Benicia Arsenal. In Dec. 1951 he became an Associate Engineer and Deputy City Engineer for the City of Vallejo and was in charge of the major water system expansion for the City of Vallejo. On July 1, 1954 he was appointed to the position of Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Vallejo, a position he held for 32 years. During his tenure the City of Vallejo experienced major expansion, the continued improvement of the city's water system which resulted in securing control of water resources to protect the city's needs for future water, and earned the All American City Award.

He was a long time representative to the League of California Cities and served on its Policy Committee for Transportation and Public Works for over 14 years. He also served as the President of the League's Public Works Officer's Department for 1974 to 1975. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 1983 the received the Samuel Greeley Local Government Service Award from the American Public Works Association. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Santa Clara University's Engineering Department for his lifetime achievements in the field of Civil Engineering. He was exceedingly proud of this rare honor. He was a 50 year member of the Ben Ali Shrine in Sacramento. He was also a long time member of the Vallejo Elk's Lodge #559. He received the Elk of the Year award in 1981. He was also a past President of Elks Hall Association. He was a long time Board member and past President of the Vallejo Golf Association.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Randal; daughter-in-law, Adrienne; stepson, Matthew Haden; stepdaughter, Rebecca Haden-Hahn and; grandsons, Kenneth and Christopher.

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:36P
Frank Albert Genochio

Frank Albert Genochio MBA '63 on Nov. 10, 2006.  He earned a master's degree from Stanford University and served in the Marine Corps during World War II. At age 16, he was one of the first and youngest licensed HAM radio operators in Calaveras County. He took this passion with him during the war, serving with the famous Navajo Talkers. After a few years of teaching mathematics and Spanish at El Dorado High School in Placerville, he had a 36-year career in radio communications and telecommunications with KAAR Engineering, Canadian Marconi, CATEL and United Scientific Corp. He is survived by his three children and four grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '48
Francis Cyril


Francis Cyril “Cy” Smith ’48 passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2010, at the age of 87. Preceded in death by his wife, Peg Hobrecht Smith, he was the cherished father of Kristy (Mike) Natter ‘75 and a delightful granddad to Nick and Kurt Natter ’11. Cy will be dearly missed by his sisters Claire (Jerry) Parent and Betty (Roger) Macklin and numerous nieces and nephews. His sister Marge Jones predeceased him. Born in Maryland and raised in Burlingame, Calif., Cy graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1941. He entered Santa Clara University on a football scholarship, but left school to serve as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII. After the war, he returned to Santa Clara and graduated in 1948. He soon joined Levi Strauss & Co., living and working in Albuquerque N.M., Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles, where he retired after 30 years with the company. Cy's passions were family, friends, football, and golf. He enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors of Bel-Air Country Club and was honored to be a founding member and treasurer of the ""Niners."


submitted Feb. 14, 2011 3:42P
UGRD Engineering '48
Eugene S. Campi

The Campi family patriarch, Eugene S. Campi ’48, has left this earth. He joins his beloved wife Mary Lou who predeceased him in 2008. Together they raised eight children: Steve (Nancie), Jim (Ann), Chris Taylor '72 (Patrick), Joan Makley (Kevin), Mike Campi ‘78 (Colleen), John (Melinda), Pat (Krissy), and Suzanne. Their immense love was passed onto their 17 grandchildren, including Adam Campi '11, and 13 great grandchildren.

Eugene, or "Cheech" to his friends, was a second- generation Oaklander, WWII veteran, home builder, and general contractor in the East Bay. He was born March 24, 1923. He attended University High in Oakland, Santa Clara University briefly before enlisting in the Army, spent two years in Europe as part of the 500th Engineer Light Ponton Co. building bridges, then returned to SCU to receive his civil engineering degree. His greatest love was his large family and the fun they all shared at regular family gatherings. He laid the foundation for our family teaching by example - hard work, time for fun, and letting each family member discover their own path to happiness. We are incredibly fortunate to be family, friends and relatives of one of the very best of the greatest generation, Eugene Campi. His legacy will forever live on in multiple generations of the Campi family. 

submitted Aug. 10, 2016 2:57P
Edward Franklin Barnett
Edward Franklin Barnett

Edward Franklin Barnett ’48, 87, died Nov. 23, of complications from a heart attack.

Barnett was born in Glendale and grew up in South Gate.

He graduated from South Gate High School in 1942, and then enrolled in the University of Santa Clara.

He left college during World War II to attend the Naval V-12 Program at UC Berkeley in 1943 and 1944. Then he served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1946.

When his service ended, he returned to Santa Clara, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in history in 1948.

Barnett moved to Redlands in 1953, and worked for his father-in-law, Louis Scherer, at the Scherer Construction Co., which had earlier built Redlands' historic post office.

Barnett established his own company, Citation Construction Corp., in 1960, and as a developer produced 2,000 homes in Redlands, Riverside, Rialto, Rancho Mirage, San Bernardino and Trona. His final development was Smiley Heights in Redlands.

He moved to Newport Beach in 1970, and returned to Redlands in 1997.

He subsequently became an instructional aide in the Colton school district, a position he held until the day before his heart attack.

He enjoyed reading, traveling, fine food, wine, and having coffee at the Olive Avenue Market.

Barnett is survived by two daughters, Tina Pyatt of Redlands and Melissa Honacek of Dana Point; two step-sons, Richard Freeman of Encinitas and Bruce Freeman of Bakersfield; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

submitted Dec. 6, 2011 8:49P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '48
Dr. Franklin Dotoli

Dr. Franklin Dotoli '48, 85, of Nutley passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 surrounded by his family. Born on July 1, 1924 to Angie and Ludine Dotoli, Dr. Dotoli was raised in Nutley. After graduating from Baringer High School in Newark, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University in 1948. He continued on with his education earning a medical degree in 1953 from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. It was there that he met his bride, Nancy Mulready, whom he married on June 6, 1953.  Dr. Dotoli returned to New Jersey to serve an internship at St. Michael's Hospital in Newark from 1953 to 1954 and went on to complete a surgical residency at East Orange Veteran's Hospital in East Orange. In 1957, Dr. Dotoli was stationed at Fort Eustis, Va. and served as a first lieutenant. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to his hometown of Nutley and established a medical practice, faithfully serving the local community for over 50 years. Dr. Dotoli was well known for making house calls, day or night, to the homes of his patients, long after the practice was no longer commonplace.  In honor of his many years of dedication to the medical profession, Dr. Dotoli was a life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians recognizing his long term support of the organization and the specialty of family practice. In 2008, he was recognized with a Certificate of Long-term Membership from the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was also presented with the Golden Merit Award by the Medical Society of New Jersey in 2003 in recognition of 50 years of distinguished service as a practicing physician.  He loved to travel, especially to the San Francisco area, but also enjoyed trips to Europe and was one of the first American tourists to enter post-Soviet Russia.  He is predeceased by his young son, William and his daughter Elaine. Dr. Dotoli leaves his wife and constant companion for 60 years Nancy Dotoli, his children, Joan Dotoli, Frank Dotoli and his wife Deborah, Gregg Dotoli, Dean Dotoli, Peter Dotoli and his wife Kathy, and Sheila Dotoli Durante and her husband Dr. Michael Durante and nine grandchildren. His brother Gustave Dotoli and his wife Pat, sisters Vilma Tramutolo and Deborah Guarino also mourn his passing along with his numerous nephews and nieces.

submitted May. 4, 2010 2:32P


UGRD Engineering '49
William “Bill” J. Ronchelli

The son of Italian immigrants, William J. Ronchelli ’49 was born in San Rafael on Feb. 6, 1928, to Edwina and Orlando Ronchelli. He was the older “little” brother to Edward Ronchelli. As a young family, they moved to Santa Rosa for Orlando’s business in produce. William attended St. Rose School and graduated from Santa Rosa High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at Santa Clara, he joined the ROTC program and later served for two years in the Army as a second lieutenant. While living and working in San Francisco, he met and courted Mary O’Leary at Saint Monica’s Parish. The Young Adult Monican Club was the start of many friendships that would last a lifetime. Bill and Mary married in SF and a year later settled in Santa Rosa, where they would eventually build the home where they raised their seven children. Bill went to work for his father in the wholesale/retail produce business known as Farmer’s Market on Mendocino Avenue, where they would remain in business together for 30 years. Bill had many interests. He loved spending time with his family and looked forward to his annual family trips to Graeagle, California. He had a passion for gardening and never lost his farmer’s touch, grafting his fruit trees and starting seedlings in his greenhouse. He was a loyal patron of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the theatre arts. He loved history and continuing education at Sonoma State and the Santa Rosa Jr. College. He was an avid swimmer and taught his children a deep appreciation of the outdoors. By example, he taught the importance of caring for others less fortunate and how this was an important part of his life. He was a man of deep faith, volunteering at Church, presiding at Communion services, and bringing Communion to the sick. He was a longtime supporter of both local and global charitable organizations and worked locally with Catholic Charities, Family Support Center, and Interfaith Shelter Network. Bill passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 5, 2017. He will be remembered for his warmth, kindness, generosity, and openhearted compassion—and for a smile that could light up a room. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, and survived by his loving brother, Edward, and sister-in-law Linda and family; devoted children Margaret, Denis Janie, Ray Cristi, Barbara, Daniel Rose, Maria Diane, and Owen Melanie; and grandchildren Colleen, Michelle, Katie, Dominic, Monica, Clara, Jessica, Enzo, and Anya.

submitted Jul. 25, 2017 11:17A
William Renna
William Renna

William "Bill" Renna '49, June 19, 2014. He was a Bronco Hall of Fame football and baseball player. He was an outfielder for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia / Kansas City Athletics, and Boston Red Sox from 1953-1959. 

Renna was born to Christina and William Renna in Hanford, Calif., on Oct. 14, 1924. He graduated from Hanford Union High School in 1942 and attended USF before joining the Marine Corps and serving in the South Pacific. Renna returned from military service to become a two-sport star at the University of Santa Clara, playing outfield for the baseball team, and both fullback and center on the football team. His play on the gridiron earned him a spot in the East-West game in 1949, drawing the attention of the Los Angeles Rams; however, he chose to stick with baseball, learning under the guidance of Santa Clara’s legendary coach, Paddy Cottrell.

“Paddy Cottrell was a bird dog [scout] for the Yankees,” Renna said in a 2008 interview. “He used to teach us everything that was taught in spring training by the Yankees.”

Bill later was inducted into the Santa Clara University Hall of Fame. He met his future wife Leronne (Roni) Richards, a student nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, as he was finishing his college career.

Cottrell tipped Yankees scout Joe Devine to his prized outfielder who signed Renna in 1949 to a contract for $5,000. His signing paid immediate dividends, as he hit an eye-opening .385 with 21 home runs for Twin Falls in the Pioneer League. His play impressed his Twin Falls manager Charlie Metro, who was a former major leaguer himself.

“He hit like heck up there, and they called him “Bull,” because he was a big guy,” Metro said in his autobiography Safe by a Mile. “He was a delight to have on the team.”

Bill began his professional baseball career in June 1949, signing with the New York Yankees, and was on the 1953 World Series team. Bill continued his professional baseball career by playing for the Philadelphia A's, the Kansas City A's, the Boston Red Sox, and the San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League Champions). He then worked in sales management in the Bay Area for Central Concrete for over 26. Renna retired in 1990 to enjoy traveling with his wife, family and friends, and relaxing at their cabin and camp in the Sierras. His double ringers were a common occurrence at the horseshoe pit and he was in great demand as a partner for tournaments.
Bill leaves his wife of 61 years, Roni, his children Barry Renna (Julie), Mari Renna M.A. '82, Jan Caster (Jeff), three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Bill was a special husband, the best dad, and a great friend to everyone. He truly will be missed by all.
This obituary was adapted from "Bill Renna, 89, played with Yankees, Athletics and Red Sox 1924-2014" by Nick Duante. Read more at
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 12:48P
William F. Donnelly, S.J.
William F. Donnelly, S.J.

William F. Donnelly, S.J. ’49 February 28, 1928 - October 26, 2012 Reverend William F. Donnelly, S.J., Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University, died suddenly October 26, 2012. He was 84 years old and had been on the Santa Clara faculty since 1969. Father Donnelly was born in Galveston, TX on February 28, 1928. His family moved to San Mateo in 1939. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1945 and from Santa Clara University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce. While at Santa Clara, he was involved in many student activities, including manager of the football team. After graduation, he worked for Tide Water Associated Oil Company before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1951. Father Donnelly did further studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, where he received an MA in Economics in 1957. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from New York University in 1969. Theological studies were made at Alma College, Los Gatos (a campus of Santa Clara) 1960-64, and he was ordained a priest in San Francisco on June 7, 1963. Before joining the Santa Clara faculty in 1969, Father Donnelly taught English and mathematics at Bellarmine College Preparatory and philosophy at Loyola University of Los Angeles (now known as Loyola Marymount University). In addition to his many decades in the classroom, Father Donnelly served generously in multiple capacities at Santa Clara University, including Academic Vice President, 1973-1978, Rector of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara, 1982-1988, member of the Board of Trustees, 1973-1978 and 1982-1988, and Chaplain of the Catala Club from 1993 until his death. In addition to his University duties, he also served on various committees and boards of the Jesuit Order. He is survived by nieces Dianne Bonino ’76 (and her husband Mark Bonino ’76 and their daughter Julia M. Bonino ’09) of San Carlos, Cathy Donnelly McAvoy of San Jose, and nephews Tim Donnelly of South Korea and Terry (Niki) Donnelly of Meridian, Idaho, as well as many grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas E. (Ted) Donnelly and his nephew Thomas Donnelly. 

submitted Nov. 28, 2012 9:02P
GRD Law '49
William Earle Watson

William Earle Watson J.D. '49 passed away peacefully on March 28, 2011 in San Jose. He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Elizabeth, his daughter Sally (John) Clithero of Petaluma, Calif., son Tom Watson of Encinitas, Calif. and son Bob (Margaret) Watson of Los Gatos; seven grandchildren, Brianna (Bob) Norland, Katie Waston, Leslie Clithero, William Clithero, Emily Clithero, Emma Watson, Larry Watson and 1 great grandson, Tom Norland, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law. He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert W. Watson MD and John L Watson MD. Bill was born on May 29, 1921 in Galesberg, Ill. The family moved to San Jose in 1932 where he attended Herbert Hoover Jr. High School and San Jose High School. He received a Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley in 1942 and University of Santa Clara Law School Class of 1949. During WWII he served his country in the United States Navy. As an active member of the California State Bar Association, Bill practiced law in the San Jose area for over 50 years. During these years, he was a member of the San Jose Rotary Club where he attended weekly meetings with his long time friends. His sense of humor and dedication to family and friends will long be remembered. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Chi Ta for her loving care in the last 15 months of Bill's life.

submitted Oct. 21, 2011 3:28P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '49
Roland Wilford Belanger Sr.

Roland W. Belanger Sr. '49 on April 9, 2011. Belanger graduated from Santa Clara after serving in the Navy during WWII. He received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1954, was the district attorney for Pershing County, Nevada, for 20 years, and then had his private practice for the next 30 years.

submitted Apr. 15, 2011 4:34P
UGRD Engineering '49
Robert M. Jirgal

Robert M. Jirgal ’49 died on October 6, 2010. Jirgal was born on August 3, 1924 and passed away at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Evelyn M. Jirgal. 

submitted Feb. 11, 2011 11:24A
UGRD Engineering '49
Robert M. Jirgal

Robert M. Jirgal '49 passed away on Oct. 6, 2010.

submitted Mar. 30, 2011 12:36P
Robert C. Huttlinger

Robert C. Huttlinger '49 passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 6, 2014, in his Redwood City home. He was in the company of his loving wife, Nancy, and his beloved caregiver, Lusia. Bob was born February 10, 1923 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  His family moved to California when he was a toddler.  He grew up in Los Altos and attended Los Altos Elementary School and Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, he married Virginia Bennett in 1945. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Throughout his career in construction he traveled throughout the country and the world, including Iran, Australia and Nigeria. He fell in love with Alaska while working on the Alaska Pipeline.  He returned many times during his retirement, pulling his fifth-wheel trailer. He remarried in 2001 to Nancy Crowley, who he met in Arizona, and they enjoyed many years dancing and wintering in their home in Sun City, AZ. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, as well as his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife Nancy, children Peter (Pat), Joan (Dennis Kraft), Jim (Gail), Claire (Jamie Armstrong), Nancy (Gary Dominguez), Patty (Kirke Wrench), stepdaughters Patty and Peggy, nine grandchildren (including Jeremy Armstrong '01), and many nieces and nephews.

submitted May. 13, 2014 9:53A
Richard L. Hennessy

Richard Lee Hennessy ’49 passed away on May 7, 2013 peacefully at his home in San Mateo. He was a resident of San Mateo for over 60 years.

Richard was born in Oakland, California February 28, 1924 to Stephen Hennessy and Marian Benson and he was very proud to be a native Californian. He lived in San Francisco and then San Carlos where he attended Sequoia High School. He served for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during WWII. Upon returning from service, he enrolled at Santa Clara University graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce. At the age of 26, he proudly established his own business, Diesel Supply Co., sales of marine diesel parts and equipment. The business later became Hennent Corporation which he managed until 2011.  Richard married Helen Potter in 1950 and they raised four children in Hillsborough. They enjoyed hiking and skiing on their many outings to Yosemite, where he visited ever since he was a child. Helen passed away in 2001. He later married Beatriz Almario who brought him much happiness introducing him to another culture and they enjoyed many adventures together, sharing a passion for travelling.  A devout Catholic, he served in different capacities at St. Bartholomew and St. Catherine of Siena Churches. He was a very positive person, generous and loyal. He loved to tell stories and had a great sense of humor. Proud of his Irish descent, he took joy in distributing Irish potatoes to family and friends on St. Patrick's Day. He was quite a good athlete; he enjoyed swimming and playing tennis with his friends in Millbrae and at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club where he was a member for many years.

Richard is survived by his wife, Beatriz Almario-Hennessy, his sisters Gail McDonald, Patricia Frey and husband Jack, his children Timothy and wife Cheryl, Corey, Dan and Mary Beth; three grandchildren William, Lee Ann and Shannon, great-grandson Joshua; sisters-in-law Mercedes and Rosana, brothers-in-law Jose M., Edgardo, Alejandro, and Nelson A. Almario, and many nephews and nieces. 

submitted May. 23, 2013 1:21P
UGRD Engineering '49
Richard L.

Richard L. "Dick" Smith '49  passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the Elizabeth House. A native of San Diego, Calif., he was born March 12, 1926, son of the late Walter D. and Mayme A. Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jean. A graduate of St. Augustine High School, San Diego, Calif. and later Santa Clara University, he held degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering. His entire professional career was with General Electric which took him from coast to coast and included two relocations to Hendersonville. He retired from the New York City corporate office in 1986 and moved to Keowee Key, S.C., returning to Hendersonville in 1998. He served his country with the Army Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and was stationed at the weather observatory atop Mount Washington, N.H. Vacationing with his entire family throughout the years brought particular enjoyment. Interests included sports, home and gardening projects, birds, photography and sharing his many talents with others. He was the historian for the Apple Country Woodcrafters for many years and thoroughly enjoyed contributing to its annual Christmas toy drive for children in need.  He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Elizabeth A. (Betty Shay); their three children whom they reared here in Hendersonville, Deborah Adams of San Jose, Calif. and her husband, Peter, Kathleen Brown of Wickford, R.I. and her husband, Win, and David Smith of Helena, Mont.; a sister, Patricia A. Weseloh of Oceanside, Calif.; five grandchildren, Sarah and Michael Adams, Cate, Brad, and Kelsey Brown.

submitted Jun. 29, 2010 11:12A
UGRD Engineering '49
Richard Blackburn

Richard R. "Dick" Blackburn '49  passed away peacefully at home on March 1,2016 in San Jose, California at the age of 94. His loving wife Angela preceded him in death on April 6, 2010. He and Angela had no siblings or children. Dick was born August 18, 1921 in the state of California. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and served in Japan. After the war ended, he returned to the U.S. and enrolled at the University of Santa Clara, subsequently graduating in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After Graduation, Dick took a position with the City of San Jose Public Works Department and obtained his State license as a Professional Civil Engineer. His many projects included the planning of the major Street Network, the design and construction of the Coleman-Market Overcrossing, and many other major street widening projects. He advanced to become the Operations Engineer and as such managed the Operations and Maintenance Branch of the Department. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant Director of Public Works. Upon retirement from the City of San Jose in 1980 (after 30 years of service), Dick performed volunteer work for the University of Santa Clara adding his expertise to aide the University in the project to realign "the Alameda" around the campus. He later took a position with the city of Santa Clara working on several projects concerned with energy conservation. Dick was also founding director of the San Jose Retired Employees Association and served as a director from June 1991 to 2008.

submitted Apr. 4, 2016 9:57A
UGRD Leavey Business '49
Ralph Bargetto

Ralph Bargetto '49—a Soquel native and Italian boy affectionately nicknamed ""terromoto"" more than 80 years ago, meaning roughly, little earthquake—died July 12, 2011 of complications from Parkinson's disease. He is a father of 10 and key descendent of the well-regarded Bargetto Winery family. He was a man who worked hard at the family winery, seeing Prohibition first-hand, was impassioned by the study of language as a boy and at Santa Clara University, and was pulled away to serve in the 13th armored "Black Cat" division of the Army under Gen. George S. Patton. He came home to run a successful real estate operation and became a denizen of top county charity board rooms. And though he didn't want to leave the winery business in the 1950s, he didn't grouse when it got tough. So tough that his efforts selling 50-gallon tanks to Monterey County farms and Central Coast Italian and French restaurants—when most Americans didn't drink wine—forced him to go into sales of another sort, his son said. It was frustrating to this Italian American to go into restaurants in those days and see no wine on the tables, Tom Bargetto said. But Bargetto, who until his last days drank wine out of a simple glass without a stem, never had much time to think about what might be lacking. He did an incredible amount of giving back, friends and family said. "He was a very outgoing, very confident man who thrived on all this stuff," Tom Bargetto said. "I think that was taught to him and his brother by their dad, to be so capable ... This was a good man who lived very simply and on his own terms. He had a tremendous value system. He had a nice home and nice cars, but he lived modestly. He was a well-educated man of the earth, you could say." Bargetto died at his Soquel home, surrounded by his large, close-knit family. Bargetto's influence has been left not only at the family winery and "compound" on Main Street, but in real estate and Chamber of Commerce circles, at Dominican Hospital, Good Shepherd Catholic School, Goodwill Industries and Long Marine Lab—just a sample of the governing board leadership he was involved in until his early 70s. Many will undoubtedly miss the decades of Sunday barbecues and annual cardone celebrations the gregarious gardener, wine lover, entertainer and cook held. A cardone is an "ancient vegetable" similar to celery that Bargetto perhaps loved more than all the things he grew. And he could always find peace in the garden, and the subsequent celebrations always included Bargetto and others singing an old Northern Italian folk song. Among his volunteer work, Bargetto "had a tremendous love for Dominican Hospital," his son said, and the services provided by the nuns and others working for Catholic Healthcare West. He left part of his estate to Dominican Hospital Foundation. "Even though he was a conservative businessman, he saw that America gave his parents and good break and he was concerned others get that possibility, too," Tom Bargetto said. "A lot of that had to do with his faith, too; his Catholic faith. He was a great listener and a natural leader," he added. "People seek out confident and capable people and he never said 'no.' ... It wasn't always the easiest thing to be Ralph Bargetto's son. He expected a lot. He expected us to shake hands, look people in the eye and follow through on our promises. And he was not the type of father to go to our baseball games, but in the grand scheme of things, it worked out just fine." As his longtime Rotary buddy, Bob Rudolph, put it, Bargetto was exceptionally good to be around. "He was one of the nicest persons I have ever known in my 86 years," he said. "I had the misfortune of following him as president of Rotary, and it wasn't easy, I'll tell ya. I just got an email about it. I feel terrible; I'll miss him." Bargetto Winery was founded by Bargetto's uncle, Phillip, and his father, John (Giovanni) Bargetto. Both emigrated from Castelnuovo Don Bosco, a small town in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. The brothers moved from San Francisco in 1917, establishing the winery on the banks of Soquel Creek. Daily operations are now handled by Martin Bargetto, John Bargetto and Loretta Bargetto Mujal. The family established Bargetto Regan Estate Vineyards near Corralitos in 1992. Bargetto's twin sons, Peter and Paul, later founded Soquel Vineyards. Bargetto left the wine business in 1963 and helped found the Real Estate Center in 1967. It later expanded from seven agents to 85 agents. In 1990, Bargetto was elected president of the Board of Realtors. Though he suffered from dementia, Bargetto started talking about his wife of 60 years, Marguerite, the day before he died, his son said. She too died of Parkinson's disease, on Aug. 29, 2010. Bargetto is survived by 10 children; 27 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Beverly Bargetto. He had several close cousins in Italy as well. His brother, Lawrence Bargetto, died in 1982.

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 2:35P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '49
Philip Matthew de Bord

Philip Matthew de Bord '49 of Mountain Ranch died Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Placerville. He was 87. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Mr. de Bord was born June 25, 1923, and grew up in Canton, Ohio. A World War II veteran, he flew Navy torpedo bombers from the U.S.S. Kitkun Bay. He was a Naval reserve officer for 20 years. He graduated with a degree in economics from Santa Clara University, with post-graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. He had a 28-year career with Metropolitan Life, retiring as a district office manager. He lived on the Monterey Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and worked as an apricot rancher in Tracy. He retired in Mountain Ranch. He enjoyed his Newfoundland dogs, golf, tennis and extensive travel throughout the United States, Mexico and abroad. He was a past president of Rotary Club and member of the Tracy school board, and served on the grand jury in San Joaquin County. He is survived by children Deborah de Bord and Pamela (Rick) Kaefer of Placerville and Renée Fitzsimons of Los Altos; brother Thomas (Tess) de Bord of Manteca; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother Harold (Alice) de Bord of Ohio; and sisters Elizabeth Montgomery of Tracy, Suzanne Suarez of Texas and Florence James of Pasadena.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 3:04P
Philip G. Rizzo

Philip G. Rizzo '49, 89, of St. Augustine, Fla. passed away on Nov. 26, 2013. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, Calif., and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He utilized his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved Calif. to live with his family in Fla., and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church. He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Alene M. Rizzo; children, Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore.; Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla.; Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas; Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass.; Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga.; Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; great-grandchildren, Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:43P
GRD Engineering '49
Philip G. Rizzo
Philip G. Rizzo

November 26, 2013 marked the passing of Philip G. Rizzo M.S. '49, 89, of St. Augustine. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, California, and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He is survived by his wife Alene M. Rizzo, with whom he recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

He utilized his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved California to live with his family in Florida, and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church.

He is survived by: Six children Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore., Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla., Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas, Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass.,  Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga.,  Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.;  seven grandchildren Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; five great grandchildren Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.

submitted Nov. 30, 2014 1:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '49
Paul M. McCormick

Paul M. McCormick ’49 died on October 9, 2010.

submitted Nov. 1, 2010 12:58P
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