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Harry S. Curry ’49 died on August 28, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif. Born on April 4, 1923, to Harry S. and Elizabeth ''Bessie'' Curry. Preceded in death by his wife Ilene. He is survived by his children Nance Singleton and David Curry, daughter-in-law Tanya Anthony Curry, granddaughters Angel Singleton and Kristina Bickford, grandsons Alexander Singleton, Brandon Curry, and Scott Bickford, and great-granddaughters Amelianna and Marianna Singleton. After serving in the Marine Corps during WWII he attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a degree in business law. He enjoyed owning and running his business, Martyr and Curry, from 1960 until he semiretired in 1985. Along with numerous other organizations he spent much of his time at Del Paso Country Club and traveling the world with his longtime companion Lois Divel. He will be missed but remembered with pleasure by family and friends.
Frank Domenichini '49 passed away on Sept. 15, 2011 in San Clemente, Calif.
Eugene L. Heyburn '49 entered into eternal rest peacefully at age 85 in his home surrounded by his loving family on March 28, 2009. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Melba. Also survived by his seven loving children: son James Heyburn '68 (Viola) of West Africa; daughters Elizabeth Millier '70 (Steve) of Murphys, Susan Molumby (Rob) of Colorado Springs, Mary Maro (Dean) of Felton, Julie Keller, M.D. (Jerry Sheehan) of Cleveland Heights, Theresa Heyburn of Sitka and Ann Lane of San Jose and also 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sister Thelma Cudworth of San Anselmo, his loving nieces and nephews as well as many dear friends. He is the son of the late John J. and Gertrude Heyburn. Gene was born and raised in San Jose. He attended St. Patrick's Grammar School. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1941 and Santa Clara University in 1949. He was a distinguished veteran in the US Navy and served in WWII with the Pacific Fleet. For 33 years he worked as the area director and district manager for the Internal Revenue Service. He was a member of St. Christopher parish since its beginning and a past president of St. Christopher Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and was a loyal contributor to many charities. During his lengthy illness the family is especially grateful to his devoted caregivers, Asterio Valera, Dr. Henry Fosah, and Violet Chapman. The family would also like to acknowledge Dr. Jack Siegel for his exceptional care over the past 23 years. Gene lived his life simply, generously, and with great integrity, and he will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Ed Van Vranken '49 died on March 15, 2007. A native of Stockton, Calif., he served in the U.S. Navy as fighter pilot during WWII. He was awarded the Gold and Silver Stars after seeing action in both the North Atlantic and South Pacific. After attending SCU he returned to Stockton where he worked in construction managment and formed his own company Vanbilt. He is survied by his children Mary Ida, Carol McGurk '72, and Mark '81, and six grandchildren.
Donald E. Sullivan ’49 was called to heaven on Saturday, July 7.
Don was born on May 7, 1928, in Richmond, Calif., the oldest of five children born to Edward J. and Mae C. Sullivan. He attended schools in the Bay Area and Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. He was also awarded Eagle Scout honors in 1947. In 1949 he graduated from SCU as a premed student and earned his medical degree in 1954 from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.
In 1951 he married his sweetheart, Loretta Joan Weaver. Together they worked at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. He then joined the US Navy Medical Corps and attended the Naval School of Aviation Medicine as a flight surgeon in 1955, receiving several commendations and medals during his service and being discharged as a Lt. Senior Grade in October 1957.
In 1957, Don and Joan moved to Yuba City, where he was hired as a county physician at Sutter County Hospital. In 1958 he opened his first family medical practice in Live Oak, and in 1964 he opened his medical practice in Gridley, where wife Joan and later daughter Laurie, both nurses, assisted him. During this time he served as chief of staff for the Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital for several terms, medical director for Valley Oaks Health Care Center, visiting physician for the Leo Chesney Correctional Facility in Live Oak and medical director for the Hovlid Center at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital. He was also a lifetime member of the American Academy of Family Practice.
As a family practitioner, Don loved and cared for generations of families in the Gridley-Biggs-Live Oak area for over 52 years. At the time of his retirement, the hospital foundation honored Don by naming Gridley's medical clinic The Donald E. Sullivan, M.D. Medical Specialty Center.
Don also served the community through volunteer work, including providing Pop Warner football physicals, serving as a team physician for the Gridley High School football team, and conducting polio vaccination clinics. He was a lifetime member of the Gridley Rotary Club and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Gridley Moose Lodge. Because of his dedication to the community, in 1982 he was awarded the Chamber of Commerce's Man of the Year Award and received the Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Don is survived by the love of his life and wife of 60 years, Joan, two sons, Ed, of Folsom, Bill (Tina), of Gridley, and two daughters, Kathy (John) McHenry, of Sparks, Nev., and Laurie, of Gridley, four grandchildren, Maycee Sullivan and John, Matt and Kyle McHenry, as well as four great-grandchildren, Sadye, John, Micky and Jackson. He is also survived by his brother, Terence (Ann) Sullivan, and sister, Mary Sullivan Prolo (Jeff), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, sister Loretta McClellan, and brother, Richard Sullivan.
Daniel Cunha ’49 passed away on September 12, 2014, in his home in Felton, California, at the age of 91. He attended Santa Clara University in the 1940s, after serving as a Navy pilot in WWII. He was one of the first baptisms in the Santa Clara mission after it was rebuilt. His first wife (who passed away) was Violet "Sue" Cunha. He is survived by his wife, Sybil "Dandy" Cunha, five children, nine grandchildren—including Kathryn Gulland ’09—seven great-grandchildren, many in-laws, and two siblings. He was an engineer, craftsman, and a wonderful friend, neighbor, great-grandfather, grandfather, father-in-law, father, brother, and husband.
Alfred S. Maida ’49 was born May 24, 1927. He was a resident of San Jose. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his adoring family on Jan. 24, 2013, at the age of 85.
Dr. Maida is survived by his wife Cecile, to whom he has been married 60 years, his children: Kathy, Beth, Paul (Tammy), and Margo; his grandchildren Mario (Laura), Michael (Marci), Eric and Kristin; and his great grandsons Mario II, Giancarlo, and Nicolas. He was sadly preceded in death by his precious daughter, Karen and loving son-in-law, Mark Reynolds.
Dr. Maida was born and raised in San Jose, California. Through scholarships, he proudly attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, Santa Clara University, and Stanford Medical School; achieving the highest academic honors at all three institutions. Upon completing his medical training and residency, he opened a private practice where he devotedly provided the highest quality care to all of his patients for many years. Later in his career, he served as Medical Director for Pacific Bell, General Electric, and Gilroy Foods. He volunteered on numerous medical advisory boards in constant service to his community.
He was a voracious reader and a lifelong student of the English language. He could often be found perusing the dictionary for new and interesting words in order to expand his vocabulary. He loved to read Steinbeck and Hemingway. He held extraordinary knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and yet was always eager and willing to learn more from those with whom he was conversing. He was an avid gardener, devout Christian, and a collector of stamps.
Dr. Maida was humble, gentle, and perhaps the kindest of men. He is adored by his family and was loved and cherished by all who knew him. He will be long remembered and his spirit will live in our hearts for all the days to come.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to Hospice of the Valley and all his caregivers for their tender care these many months. Your professionalism and loving hearts brought him joy and comfort.
Alexander P. Beltrami ’49 passed away on October 3, 2012. Born in Premia, Italy, on August 5, 1923, Al immigrated to California with his parents and older brother when he was two years old. He spent his early childhood in Petaluma and Santa Rosa. The family moved to San Francisco in 1937 and resided in the Inner Mission. Al graduated from Sacred Heart High School and enlisted in the army to serve during WWII. He was a 2nd Lieutenant, assigned to the 15th Air Corps and served as a bombardier on a B24 for 35 missions in the European theater. Al attended Santa Clara University, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1949. He began working for Pacific, Gas & Electric Company in Bakersfield, CA, where he met his wife, Alina. They married on June 19, 1954. The couple returned to San Francisco in 1954 when Al was assigned to PG&E's steam plant. He worked at the plant until his retirement in 1986. In his retirement, Al enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, daily walks in McLaren Park and volunteer activities. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Alina, their eight children and spouses: Monica (Duncan); Teresa (Wayne); Claire (Mike); Michael (Maggie); Paul (Amy); Mary (Steven); Catherine (Bernie); Laurie (Aaron) and twenty grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Giuseppe and Paolina, and brother, Fr. Robert. Al is also survived by his brother, Dante, his wife, Mary, and their family.
William E. Daniels ’50, resident of Sunnyvale, passed away on July 3, 2012, in Mountain View. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in July of 1926 to Frank and Ottilie Daniels. His family moved west during the Depression and settled in San Francisco in 1938. He enlisted in the Army in 1946, serving in Korea in the postwar occupation army until 1948. Upon his return to the United States, Bill resumed his studies at Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1950. He met and married his wife Violetta in San Francisco in 1954. The marriage lasted 58 years until his death. His legacy includes a daughter, four sons (including Peter ’81 and John ’85), and ten grandchildren. Bill was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection. He served as a volunteer for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, participated in the Men's Faith Sharing Group, and served with the Building and Grounds Committee. He will be missed.
William Albert Staats '50 on Jan. 1, 2009. A native of San Jose, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, served in the Pacific and was discharged Valentine's Day 1946. After graduating from SCU, he joined Bank of America, from which he retired after 39 years in 1989. In recent years he enjoyed travel to such places as Italy and the Galapagos Islands. He was an avid nature photographer, sports fan, and chef. He was also an active member of Saint Martin's church and treasurer of the Santa Clara Valley Bank of America Retirees' Club. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and son, Eric.
William A. Wright '50, born January 26, 1929 in San Leandro, Calif., died peacefully March 24, 2011. Survived by Dolores, his loving wife of 58 years; his children, Randy Wright (Linda), Mary Frances Wright (Lee Bartholomew), and Nancy White (Larry); his grandchildren, Christopher, Alexander, John, Ayala, and Caleb; his great-granddaughter, Staley; and his brother, James Wright (Bev). Bill became a Seattleite upon moving to Mirabella in 2009. His warmth and friendliness endeared him to many.
Vincent Lyon Guise, Jr. '50 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 15, after a long illness. Vince was born in Oakland, attended St. Anthony's grammar school, and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Alameda. He entered the Navy during World War II as an Aviation Radioman and was honorably discharged on Aug. 6, 1946. Returning to the Bay Area, he attended both St. Mary's College and Santa Clara University. He worked with his father at Guise and Son Masonry Contractor in Oakland and did the masonry work at the Richmond City Hall, the Hall of Justice in San Francisco as well as other major landmark buildings in the greater SF Bay area until an opportunity arose in 1962 to purchase Brentwood Furniture at 613 First St. Vince owned the furniture business for 45 years with his wife Barbara. Vince was an active community volunteer and Rotarian for over 48 years with perfect attendance. He enjoyed golfing, hunting with his sons, attending Oakland A's and SF Giants games, and sailing in the San Francisco Bay. For over 50 years his favorite activity was following Russ Morgan's "Big Band" all over the country and abroad, dancing the night away. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Guise; son, Vincent Guise III, son, Robert Guise, daughter, Mary Halter; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Lou Guise. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Wilson; son, Frank Guise; grandson, Jesse Guise; and grandbaby, Christina Guise.
Vincent A. DiTomaso ’50 (electrical engineering) died of heart failure peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on December 14, 2016. When Vince arrived at Santa Clara as a first year student, he joined a unique class of budding engineers—not just the usual fresh-faced high school grads, but also seasoned military veterans resuming their lives at the end of World War II. During his time at Santa Clara, Vince was a member of the Engineering Society, served as A.I.E.E. President, and was a member of the Saber Society, R.O.T.C. The Class of ’50 graduated a record 70 engineers who have gathered every single year since their graduation. Vince and fellow Broncos serving in the military even held a reunion in Korea in 1951. In 1964 Vince opened DiTomaso & Associates, an electrical engineering consulting firm in Van Nuys, California. Later, he became a principal with the consulting firm of Dalan Engineers in Northridge, and in 1997 was appointed to the State of California’s Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. In 2002, he was awarded the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. His son, Joe DiTomasso said, “We loved our father and his energy for life and his heart full of love. He very much loved Santa Clara University and I believe the proudest day of his life was when he received the Engineering School award. It is because of the lessons learned and the education received at Santa Clara that my father became the great man that he was.” Notes of condolence may be sent to the DiTomasso Family in care of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Tom Mollard '50 passed away January 21. As part of the indomitable Class of '50 engineers who have met annually without fail since their graduation, Tom will be especially missed.
The 89-year-old long time Los Altos resident passed away from internal injuries suffered from a fall a week earlier.
His wife, Ann, preceded him death when she passed away in 2009 and his sister, Roberta Mollard Pavlakis, in 2000. Tom is survived by his 2 daughters, Susan (husband Ron) Glaze, Monterey, CA and Kitty (husband Jack) Friel, of Millis, MA, three grandchildren, Jack, Casey and Ryan and 3 great grandchildren, sisters in law Mary Durkin and Eileen McAvoy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was born and raised in Oakland, CA. His father died when he was 6 and his mother raised him and his older sister, Roberta, as a single mom during the Depression. Tom was a proud graduate of St. Joseph High School, class of 1944 in Alameda. Immediately upon graduating he joined the Navy where he saw duty in the Pacific on the USS Coughlan during World War II. When the war ended, he attended Santa Clara University where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. The discipline and faith he learned from his high school and college never left him and he attributed his success in business and as a husband and father to these institutions.
He met the love of his life, Ann, at the German Club in Oakland in 1949. They were married in 1951 and soon moved to Walnut Creek. In 1959 the family moved to Los Altos where he lived the remainder of his life.
Tom stayed in close contact with his high school and college friends. His engineering class at Santa Clara University has held a reunion every year since 1950. He also attended many WWII reunions with his former shipmates.
Tom started his career with the Atomic Energy Commission and eventually was president of his own company, Mollard Marketing. He was a long time member of the Electronics Representative Association and a past director of Wescon.
Timothy P. Murphy '50, MS '76 Nov. 12, 2015. Born with his sister Patricia at O’Connor Hospital on Dec. 2, 1925. A World War II Army Veteran he spent 50 years in the electronics industry. He is survived by his wife Margaret, six children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Thomas L. Sapunor Jr. '50 appears today here on what he referred to as the "Irish Sports Page." He was born and raised in Sacramento, the middle son of Thomas and Myrtle Fay Sapunor. He attended Marshall Elementary, St. Francis of Assisi Elementary and Christian Brothers High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1950. His beloved bride of 65 years, Johanna Hammans, and Tom began their married life together in San Francisco, where their first three children, Timothy, Sally and Jeanne were born. During that time, he survived a bout with polio that hospitalized him for months. Tom's promotion at Cal Western Life Insurance brought the family back to Sacramento, where sons Peter and Stephen '82 were born. Tom continued at Cal Western while attending night school at McGeorge College of Law. Upon admittance to the bar, he began his career as a Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County. After working with his brother John '41 (Treva Sapunor '41) at the Wilke, Fleury & Sapunor law firm, he continued his legal career working as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California for over 20 years. A quintessential gentleman and family man, Tom was a devoted friend, son, brother, husband, father and "Baba" who was proud of his Irish and Croatian immigrant heritage. He cherished time spent at the shores of Tahoe, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pajaro Dunes, Little River and Angel Island, and at Uncle George's cabin in Strawberry. Tom was an ardent supporter of his children's and grand-children's artistic and sporting pursuits; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, barbequing, cocktails, Gilbert and Sullivan, crosswords, Steve Nash and Kurt Rambis, sketching, reading, and traveling. One of Tom's favorite trips was journeying to Ireland in 1993 with old pals Delaney and Meyers. His favorite movie was "Dawn Patrol" with David Niven and Errol Flynn. Tom loved animals, especially his childhood hunting dog "Buff" and in later life, his Cavaliers Jane and Lucy. Tom was a faithful parishioner at Sacred Heart Church, serving as a lector for decades. In addition to his parents, Tom is predeceased by his uncle George Sapunor, brother the Hon. John M. Sapunor, sister Ellen, nephews Richard Thomas and Michael Benjamin Sapunor, niece Nancy Sapunor, mother-in-law Peggie Dayton, and son-in-law Tim Pfaff. Survived by wife Johanna, brother Dr. Philip Sapunor (Patricia), children Tim (Cathy), Sally, Jeanne (Ralph Davis), Pete (Suzy) and Stephen '82 (Allison), grandchildren Zack, Rita, Greg, Christine (Yosihai), Grace, Oona, Max, Caitlin, Hannah, Nicholas, Matthew, Rob (Katie), John, and Michael, and great-grandchild Alex. Also survived by nephew the Hon. Jack V. Sapunor '70 (Vicki), nephew Michael Sapunor (Nancy), niece Jenny Gysin (Warner), and grandnephews Patrick, Adam, Leo and Oscar.
Robert Finocchio Sr. '50, born Dec. 3, 1928 and a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on August 31 at the age of 86 with his loving wife and children by his side. Born and raised in San Francisco, Bob attended St. Ignatius High School and in 1950, graduated from Santa Clara University. In the summer following graduation, Bob married Virginia Arata of Ross, California, with whom he celebrated a 65th wedding anniversary on August 19th of this year. Bob had a long and successful career with the Bank of America where he started as a teller and nearly 40 years later, retired as a senior executive. Bob's work at the bank served to finance the transition of the Santa Clara Valley from an agricultural economy to the Silicon Valley we know today. Bob was also a dedicated alumnus of Santa Clara University, serving as a member of the Board of Fellows for many years. He loved hunting and golf and was an avid sports fan. Most of all, Bob was a devoted husband and father who created a family life filled with fun, laughter, and many wonderful traditions. In addition to his wife, Virginia, Bob is survived by his seven children: Robert J. Finocchio Jr. ’73 (Susan), who has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at SCU; Suzanne Rollin, Marianne Jackson, Judy Schebetta, Alan Finocchio, Chris Finocchio (Tiffany), and Melissa Burdekin (John), his seventeen grandchildren, Alex, Amanda, Bryce, Chris, Erik, David, Garth, Gray, Joseph, Jonathan, Kyle, Matthew, Madeleine, Nathaniel, Nick, Peter, Ryan, and his five great grandchildren, Brendan, Everett, Jasmine, Max, and Parker. A funeral Mass was held on Sept. 11 at the Mission Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scholarship Fund at Santa Clara University.
Robert Ernest Lambert ’50 passed away Sep. 24, 2014, holding the hand of his one true love, Peg. He led a rich and fulfilling life and spoke often about his many wonderful experiences. Born March 29, 1926 to Gordon and Jessie Mae Lambert of Willows, Calif., he was the baby brother of Bill Lambert ’42 and Charlie Lambert ’48. Bob joined the Navy in WWII and served in the Pacific. Jessie had all three sons in harm's way, serving their country, during those years. Bob was very proud of his graduation from Santa Clara University. He kept in touch with all his old university friends, including the fella he told that "I'm gonna marry that girl!" after a blind date with Peg. He did marry that girl on June 24, 1950.
Bob and Peg had four children: Patti (married to Carl Eriksson/Evergreen, Colo.), Kathy (married to John Frank/Red Bluff, Calif.), Ken (married to Marty Lambert/Lodi, Calif.), and Theresa Sanders (Chico, Calif.). Bob adored his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Uncle Bob was especially fond of all his nieces and nephews. Bob and Peg spent their entire married life in Orland, where Bob sold Chevys for many years, continuing his father's business. Bob Lambert leaves a happy memory for all who knew him.
Robert "Bob" DeLano ’50 was born and raised in San Francisco, a 3rd generation San Franciscan. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after high school and served from 1943-46. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1951 and then entered his family's business, DeLano Bros., founded in 1884. He married Carmen Anne and the couple settled in Millbrae in 1965 with their three children. He continued in the family business until 2005. He enjoyed traveling, attending Cal football games and listening to John Madden on the radio. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carmen Anne DeLano, daughter Anne DeLano, sons Joseph and Douglas DeLano, grandsons Matthew and Kevin DeLano. He will be remembered as a loyal friend and a generous man with a warm sense of humor, a good heart and a gentle soul. He passed away on Jan. 9, 2013.
Donations in his memory may be made to Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476-9989.
Richard DiNapoli '50, resident of Los Gatos, passed away peacefully at his Los Gatos home on Aug. 22, 2015, surrounded by his wife Lynette of 61 years, and his immediate family. He was 88 years old.
Dick was born in San Jose, CA to Frank and Edna DiNapoli. He was the eldest brother to Shirlee DiNapoli Schiro and J. "Phil" DiNapoli J.D. '64. Dick was a graduate of Bellarmine High School and Santa Clara University and served in World War II as a Merchant Marine.
Dick was blessed with a long and successful career managing Sun Garden Packing Company. For 55 years, Sun Garden canned peaches, apricots and tomatoes in San Jose employing thousands of loyal and hardworking Santa Clara residents. Dick had a genuine interest in people and treated everyone he met with kindness and respect. When Sun Garden closed in 1994, it was the last remaining tomato processor in "The Valley of Heart's Delight".
Along with his wife and siblings, Dick is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard "Rick" '77 and Julie, Rob and Karin, Matt and Gretchen, seven grandchildren Gina, Emerson, Elizabeth, Aaron, Madison, Christopher, Justin and two great grandchildren, Bowyn and Rocco; most of whom joined Dick and Lynette each and every Sunday for dinner.
Dick will be remembered for his patience, loyalty and gentile demeanor. He had a zest for life and a desire not to miss out on anything, especially if it involved family. He exited this world exactly how he lived it, with grace and dignity.
Preston J. Blither Jr. '50 died Dec. 12. 2009. Raised in Redwood City, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served in World War II before being honorably discharged in 1946 as a petty officer second class. He had a 33-year banking career with Bank of America and later was vice president of the Bank of Idaho. He later graduated from the Pacific Coast School of Banking at the University of Washington and eventually retired as executive vice president of the First Interstate Bank of Idaho. He was a member of St. John's Cathedral Parish as well as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by six children and eight grandchildren.