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Daniel Joseph Vesely ’50 of Rocklin passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, with his loving family by his side after suffering from Dementia for several years. He was 89 years young. Daniel was born to Joseph and Minnie Vesely in New York, New York on July 30, 1924. Daniel married his wife Annie Walker to whom he was married to for 65 years. Daniel is survived by younger brother, Joseph Vesely who is living in Massachusetts. He is also survived by his two children Gregory Vesely, Cynthia Gruber and her husband Joe Gruber, two grandchildren Kristel Vesely, Gregory Goodnough and one great-grandson, Jayden Goodnough. Daniel graduated from Santa Clara University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. He worked for several engineering firms over the years which allowed his family to live in Casablanca, where Greg was born and Madrid, Spain where Cynthia was born. He retired with the Federal Government Corp of Engineers. Daniel and Annie raised their children in Rocklin since 1964. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, traveling and was an avid golfer until he became ill. He always enjoyed living on the golf course. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.
Benjamin Painter '50, age 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on April 29, 2014.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1928 in San Jose, Calif. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin H. and Carol E. Painter, and his daughter, Katherine E. Kloss. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ileta, sons Steven S. and Kenneth B. Painter MBA ’91, son-in-law David Kloss, daughter-in-laws Lisa and Laura Painter, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Ben had a lifelong passion for flying. At the time he was the youngest licensed pilot in California at age 15. Graduating from the University of Santa Clara in 1950 with a B.S. in civil engineering he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. While earning his wings in Lubbock, Texas he met his future wife Ileta, who was attending Texas Tech University. Ben was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, 508th Fighter Squadron of the Strategic Air Command flying F-84G "Thunderjets" located in Albany, Georgia. Leaving the Air Force in 1955 they re-settled in San Jose.
Ben went to work for San Jose Steel Company where he rose to manage the reinforcing steel "rebar" division. In 1973 he followed in the steps of his father as a custom home builder in Los Gatos, Calif. In 1993 they moved from Monte Sereno to Incline Village, Nev. Ben and Ileta moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 2004. Ben was most proud of the legacy he leaves behind represented by his large and growing family
Armand E. Ferrante '50 died Dec. 20, 2009.
Anthony C. Bregante ’50, a true gentleman with great love and integrity, was born in San Diego on July 1, 1928. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Jan. 13, 2011, after a long courageous battle with Mesothelioma cancer. Growing up in Little Italy, the son of Anthony and Ester Bregante, Anthony started working at a young age as a delivery boy for his family seafood business, Sunset Seafood Company Cocktails. After graduating from St. Augustine's High School, he earned his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University. Shortly thereafter, he started a career with Great American Federal Bank that lasted over 30 years. Anthony found and married his soul mate, Kathleen Fleming, on June 29, 1969. Together they built their dream home and raised four beautiful children, instilling values (FAITH and FAMILY) for which they are forever grateful. Although Anthony's passions included fishing in the Eastern Sierra and cooking, it was meaningless if these moments and memories were not shared with his FAMILY. Anthony was loved by all who knew him. His never-ending love and passion for his FAITH and FAMILY will never be forgotten. Preceded in death by his parents Anthony and Ester Bregante, Anthony is survived by his wife Kathleen and their four children, Christina, Julianne, Anthony and Paul, and eight grandchildren, and brother Richard, his wife and their two kids.
Allen Miller Elmore '50 on August 13, 2008.
Alfred Moses Leonetti '50 passed away in the comfort of his home and surrounded by family on June 3, 2011, after a short illness. He was a long time resident of Morgan Hill and San Martin and known for his over 50 years of community involvement. He graduated from San Martin Elementary School, and Live Oak High School. He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946, and earned a BS in political science from Santa Clara University in 1950. Al was first elected to public office in Morgan Hill community as a city council member in 1956. He served as mayor of Morgan Hill from 1958 to 1960 and was a member of the planning commission from 1966 to 1969 and in 1974 completed his second 4 year term as a city councilman. Al was a member of the Santa Clara County Transportation and expressway committee which was responsible for establishing a master expressway system for the entire county. Al was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Hill Merchants Association, Morgan Hill Swim Club Parents, Morgan Hill Choraleers and American Field Service Student Exchange Program. He was an active member of The MH Rotary Club for 56 years and was a founder and board member of the South Valley National Bank. He was the first president of the first Parish Council at St. Catherine's and was involved in building the existing church and school. He was also a charter member of The Knights of Columbus, the Italian Catholic Federation, and an active member of the Full Blooded Italian (FBI) organization. In addition to his civic participation, he was a successful businessman in Morgan Hill, owning a variety stores, Lucky Liquors and The El Toro Shop. He was the son of Alfred Leonetti and Emily Ungaro (both deceased) and the loving husband of Bonnie Leonetti (deceased). He is survived by his sisters Vera Lico and Lorraine (Ray) Caruso, daughters Leslie Leonetti (John McCoy) '73, Lisa Leonetti (Allen Gillespie), Laurie Leonetti (Dean Olmstead) and grandchildren: Laurel Leonetti, Andy Leonetti, Elena Guevara, Victor Gillespie (Brianna), Maycen Gillespie and Olin Olmstead.
Longtime resident of Morgan Hill and San Martin Alfred Moses Leonetti '50 passed away in the comfort of his home and surrounded by family on June 3rd, 2011, after a short illness. He was a well-loved and long time resident of Morgan Hill and San Martin and was known for his over 50 years of community service. He graduated from San Martin Elementary School and Live Oak High School. He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and earned a BS in political science from Santa Clara University in 1950. Al was named "Man of the Year" in Morgan Hill in 2006, but started his life in the public by being first elected as a Morgan Hill City Council member in 1956. He served as Mayor of Morgan Hill from 1958 to 1960 and was a member of the planning commission from 1966 to 1969. In 1974, he completed his second 4 year term as a City Councilman. Al was a member of the Santa Clara County Transportation and Expressway committee which was responsible for establishing a master expressway system for the entire county. Al was also a member of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Hill Merchants Association, Morgan Hill Swim Club Parents, Morgan Hill Choraleers and American Field Service Student Exchange Program. He was an active member of The MH Rotary Club for 56 years and was a founder and board member of South Valley National Bank. He was the first president of the first Parish Council at St. Catherine's Church and was involved in building the existing church and school. He was also a charter member of The Knights of Columbus, the Italian Catholic Federation, and an active member of the Full Blooded Italian (FBI) organization. In addition to his civic participation, he was a successful businessman in Morgan Hill; most well known for owning Lucky Liquors and The El Toro Shop. He was the son of Alfred Leonetti and Emily Ungaro (both deceased) and the loving husband of Bonnie Leonetti (deceased). He is survived by his sisters Vera (George, deceased)Lico, and Lorraine(Ray) Caruso, and will be missed forever by his daughters Leslie Leonetti, SCU 1973(Jock McCoy, SCU 1970), Lisa Leonetti (Allen Gillespie), Laurie Leonetti (Dean Olmstead) and grandchildren: Laurel Leonetti, Andy Leonetti, Elena Guevara, Victor Gillespie (Brianna), Maycen Gillespie and Olin Olmstead. Funeral service was held on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at St Catherine Church in Morgan Hill. Private inurnment. Heartfelt thanks to his dedicated caregivers: Oscar, Cyntia, Ely and Edwin and Hospice of the Valley for their tender care during Al's final days. Donations to Hospice of the Valley are appreciated.
Albert B. Draper '50 passed away on May 5, 1999.
Bill Riddle '51, MBA '67 passed away Oct. 29, 2013. He is survived by wife, Beverly, son Bill Jr. '76 and daughter Nancee Beals '82, and four grandchildren. We ask that any memorials be made to the Riddle Family Scholarship at Santa Clara.
Bill was born Dec. 4, 1926, to Veta Bilello Riddle and John Riddle in Welch, Okla. At age 6, Bill moved with his family to Oregon where he attended school in Bend and later graduated from Vancouver High School in Washington. Bill joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and served until 1947. He went to Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and earned his BA in 1951 and a master’s degree in 1967. He married Beverly Wagner of Yosemite National Park in 1954, and they moved to the Bay Area where Bill worked in San Francisco for Arthur Anderson. In 1956, they moved to Grass Valley, Calif., and he worked for Litton Engineering before returning to the Bay Area, where he worked for 32 years in various electrical industries, eventually starting two businesses of his own, Trendar and Trendcom. In 1982, Bill sold to 3M and retired, moving back to his beloved Nevada City, Calif., in 1992. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of ASCC. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of Nevada City Elks Lodge No. 518. Bill and Bev traveled extensively during his retirement years. Bill was active with Little League and Boy Scouts in his early years, and in retirement, he was a supporter locally of The Friendship Club.
William James Robert Lemke ’51 passed away on August 6, 2012. He was born on December 8, 1927 and is survived by sister, Emilie L. Williams, and numerous nephews, nieces and their children and grandchildren. Mr. Lemke attended Saint Louis; graduated from Punahou in 1945; Santa Clara University in 1951 and attended University of San Francisco Law School. He was a veteran of World War II. He married Elizabeth Stephens, a Punahou classmate, and a San Francisco College for Women graduate who later got her teacher's certificate and taught in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was descended from a Kama'aina Family, Napopohoehou, Baker and Booth. She passed away in California in January, 1983. Mr. Lemke worked for various CPA firms in Hawaii and California. In California, while attending Law School, he worked for A. Stanley Dollar Subsidiary (Globe Wireless Company). He later worked for McKesson & Robbins for 15 years and 15 years at Haas Brothers (liquor distributors) in the San Francisco Bay Area. He retired in 1984 and returned to Hawaii, the land of his heritage. On his Father's side, has German Grandparents who settled here in the 1880s. Grandfather was a tailor and father was a buyer for Hackfeld and later Amfac for a period of over 53 years. On his mother's paternal side, he was descended from Napopuhoehou whose daughter married Pervier and settled in Maui in the 1800-1810 period. On his Mother's maternal side, he was descended from Nahiolea, Kahokua,Kahalewai and Robinson ancestors. Mr. Lemke was a member of the German Benevolent Society of Honolulu, Punahou Alumni Association, Santa Clara Alumni Association and the Knights of Pythias.
Walter Alexander Whitnack '51 passed away on September 4, 2011. He gave his encouragement, kindness and laughter to his family and friends, including his time and talents to the community. Walter Whitnack was a "Man Of Value." Bravely and with dignity, Walt succumbed to his final resting place after a lengthy battle with complications from heart disease. Walt received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University, after which, he served in the U.S. Army. He joined the California Department of Transportation, serving as a design engineer for 39 years. His passions were traveling, golf, gambling, computers, telling jokes, and his beloved Labrador Retrievers. His legacy lives through his wife, Natalie, brother, Edwin, beloved children: Jeff, Chris, David, Kim, Michelle, Brett Allen; six step children, ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Mary Whitnack, five sisters and former wife, Ann Riggs.
Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant J.D. ’51 Resident of Los Gatos Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant, husband, father, mentor and friend died in his home after a long illness on Dec. 7, twenty-one days shy of his 92nd birthday. Tony was born 28 Dec. 1921 in Hollister, Calif. to Juan and Maria Mercant. His parents were immigrant farm workers and Tony and his predeceased siblings - Jay, Rose, Angela, Carmen and surviving sister Ann - traveled with them as they moved from crop to crop. Juan was also a sardine fisherman in Monterey, a family tradition he carried from his native Mallorca, Spain. Along the way Tony attended dozens of schools and graduated from Monterey High School in 1940. Working as a bookkeeper until World War II broke out, Tony then joined the Navy in 1942 where he was accepted into the Navy flight program and awarded his wings in 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Stationed in Guam he flew battle-injured soldiers to Alameda, Calif. and carried medical supplies back to the tiny island. Discharged in 1945, he took advantage of the GI Bill and entered Hartnell Junior College in 1946 where he met his bride-to-be Margie Diaz. They married in 1950. After just two years in junior college Tony entered law school at Santa Clara University. Going to school during the day and working at Richmond Chase Cannery at night, he graduated from law school in 1951. After law school Tony was counsel for the Cannery Union in San Jose and soon opened his own law firm, Mercant & O'Brien, with Sam O'Brien, a partnership that lasted over forty years. Tony was founder and first president of Almaden Country Club and holds the title of President Emeritus there. He also served as President of the San Jose Civic Light Opera as well as sitting on the board of the San Jose YMCA. An avid golfer, he could be found on the golf course every Saturdayàrain or shine! He died exactly where he wanted, in his home, his sanctuary, a place where he and his bride of almost sixty-four years hosted hundreds of parties and events. Anthony is survived by his wife, Margie Mercant; son, Jon Mercant; daughter, Marsha Mercant; son-in-law, John Howard Swain; sister, Ann Guzman; brother-in-law, Tom Fast and numerous nieces and nephews. Gone not but not forgotten, this wonderful man has resumed his flying career
Thomas M. Byrd ’51 passed away on August 22, 2011. Born on October 11, 1926, Byrd graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science commerce. He is survived by wife, Irene and children, Thomas, Stephen, Nancy, and Laura.
Thomas Haverty Schilling ’51 was born June 30, 1929 and passed away September 19, 2013; Long time Los Angeles resident and native. Tom's wife, Dolores, predeceased him in 2005. He will be remembered for his love of life, laughter, passion for the great outdoors, and hunting and fishing with his buddies at Hot Creek and Arcularius ranches. He is survived by his stepson, Drew (Allison) Planting and grandchildren Kate and Andrew.
Silvio Giusti '51 passed away on August 19, 2011. He was raised in Santa Rosa, Calif., the son of Frank & Masilia Giusti. Following graduation from Santa Rosa High School, he joined the Army and fought in the battle of Okinawa during WWII, the deadliest battle of the Pacific war. His division, the Deadeyes, received the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism. Giusti graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and Santa Clara University. He was an Electrical Engineer at Bechtel Corporation for 40 years and Chief Electrical Engineer in the SF Power Division. Although Giusti spent most of his time in the SF office, he also worked in the Middle East and in many states throughout the US. Giusti always enjoyed playing ball with his sons and coaching Little League. He enjoyed his 60+ year friendship with the members of the Santa Rosa TBO golf group and always looked forward to lunch with the ""Big Eat"" group in SF. He was a Senior Member of IEEE-PES and could always be counted on to be an usher at the 8 am mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Always a Giants fan, he attended games and enjoyed listening to Giants and 49er games while working in his yard. He took pride in his many and varied fruit trees. Giusti leaves his wife, Bea, sons, Gary (Sherrill), Steve (Celeste) and Mike (Chelsea) and grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan, Matthew, Alison and Kaelyn, his brother Aldo and sister-in-law Lorraine and many loving nieces and nephews. His brother Dominic preceded him in death.
Ronald Joseph Santucci ’51 Sept. 14, 1929 ~ June 7, 2013 Died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with ALS. Survived by his wife Sally and children of his first wife, Joan; Jean (Jeff), Theresa, Bob (Helen), John MBA ’00 (Malia), Kate (Pete), Michele (Greg) and 17 grandchildren he loved dearly. Born in Seattle, raised in Mount Baker, graduate of Seattle Prep, Seattle University and Pacific Coast Banking School. After losing Joan October 2004, Ron reconnected with high school and college friend Sally Malone Ganong and they married June 12, 2009 to his great happiness. He was a proud Marine and served in the Korean War, spending 9 months on the front lines. Past Italian Club President, Little League coach, banking lender and executive, retiring from Wells Fargo after a highly successful 40-year career. He served on numerous association boards and was active in his community. A talented athlete who started college at Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, he loved playing tennis and pickleball into his 80s and enjoyed many sports. He was an enthusiastic member of a close-knit bridge group for 40 years, taught all his children how to snow and water ski and was a mean accordion player who could play any instrument by ear. He enjoyed many trips to Hawaii but the place he was happiest was sharing good times, rain or shine, with family and friends at Lake Cavanaugh. Family was his primary focus, most valued legacy and source of tremendous pride.
Robert M. Falasco ’48, J.D. ’51, retired Merced County Superior Court Judge and Los Banos native, has died. He was 89 years old.
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Richard Andrew Schaub Jr. ’51 passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013, with his wife and children beside him after a 1 year battle with lung cancer. Dick was born March 19, 1929, to Dr. and Mrs. Richard Schaub, and was raised in Altadena, California. He attended St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Elliot Junior High, and Pasadena Junior College. Dick graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Business. He spent three years in the Navy as a lieutenant serving on the USS Yorktown and Chemung. Dick received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in1956. On July 13, 1957, he married the love of his life, Lou-Ann Sachs of Pasadena. They made their life together in South Pasadena where they were residents for over 50 years, raising 5 wonderful children. Dick was first employed at Waste King Universal, becoming the CEO. He went into private consulting for 3 years. He then worked for Illig Construction Company and its related corporations. He retired as CEO from Architectural Woodworking Company in 1994. Dick was active in the Holy Family Parish as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and served on various committees. He was a board member of the Los Angeles Rotary Club, the Pasadena American Cancer Society, and a longtime board member of Holy Family Adoption Services. Dick is survived by his wife, Lou-Ann, of 55 years, and 5 children: Richard III, Thomas, Anne (Peter) Zwart, Christina (Edward) Buckley , and Susanne (John) Fisher. He leaves behind 10 beautiful grandchildren: Sarah, Mary Katherine, Peter Jr., Michael, and Julianna Zwart; Allison and Nicholas Schaub; and Olivia, Katherine and Audrey Fisher. Dick will be remembered for his devotion to his faith and family, and particularly for his understated wit.
Paul D. Smith ’51, May 4, 2013. A resident of Greenbrae since 1974, he was born in 1923 in San Francisco to Paul D. and Margaret Grover Smith and raised in Piedmont. He graduated from Piedmont High School in January 1941 and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. Paul served in the European Theater of Operations during WWII as a Staff Sergeant and crash-rescue firefighter and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Norbert J. "Biz" Korte, S.J. '51, died May 12, 2010 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a long illness. He was 80 years old and in his 59th year as a Jesuit Brother. Biz was born December 23, 1929 in San Francisco and raised in Oakland. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School (Class of 1948) and attended Santa Clara University, 1948-51. Biz began his Jesuit life at Sacred Heart Novitiate in Los Gatos, in August of 1951. With the exception of one year at St. Ignatius High in San Francisco, all of Biz' Jesuit assignments were at Sacred Heart Novitiate. In 1969 Biz began his work for Novitiate Winery, a job loved and for which he is known throughout the country. Over the years Biz became the public face of the winery. He promoted wine tastings and other events as the winery became more oriented towards the commercial wine market. When the winery closed in January 1986, Biz was on hand liquidating the inventory and locking up the door. After the closing of the winery, Biz did various in-house jobs at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center. Because of failing health, he spent his last few years as a resident of the infirmary at Sacred Heart. Biz was a big man physically. He was gregarious and friendly, a man of great emotions and of high ideals. He was not afraid to express his opinion and you always knew where Biz stood on any given subject. He was active in the Lion's Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding member of the Friends of the Winemakers, a group dedicated to preserving the history of wine making in the Santa Clara Valley. As a Lion, Biz acted as the group's chaplain and worked closely in support of the San Jose Blind Center and its teaching activities. For almost two decades he played Santa Claus at the Los Gatos Christmas Parade. On the occasion of his Golden Jubilee as a Jesuit, Biz reflected, "My life has been full of God's graces; I have much to be grateful for...from caring for the aged, typing invoices, knocking on the doors of countless parishes selling altar wine, to balancing the books of the community." All this was done with a generous heart. Biz is survived by his brother George Korte, and his sisters Marla and Mary Norbert Korte.
Neil Vincent Moran ’51 was born on Sept. 25, 1929. He died unexpectedly in his home on Dec. 31, 2014. He is survived by the love of his life, Frederica Duffy Moran, his wife of 62 years; by his five adored sons, Neil Jerome Moran (Lynn), Kevin Vincent Moran (Sandy), Martin Thomas Moran, Andrew Duffy Moran (Cathy), and Matthew Paul Moran (Rachel); by his loving sisters Virginia Rarig and Nancy Buckley; by his darling 13 grandchildren; and by his admiring sister-in-law and his many nieces, nephews, and other precious members of his large and close family. He was predeceased by his older and venerated brothers, Thomas and Marshall Moran.
Neil was born in Oakland to Thomas Joseph and Sarah Gertrude Moran, the fourth of five children in a large Irish Catholic family. He grew up in Oakland and attended Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, St. Ignatius High School ('47), and Santa Clara University ('51). Following two years of service in the U.S. Army, he joined the family business, Moran Supply, where he worked with his father, two brothers, and brother-in-law. Neil enjoyed a long career in the plumbing supply business, and upon his retirement, his sons Andrew and Matthew Moran took over the operation of Moran Supply, which remains in business in Oakland to this day.
Neil was a natural athlete. In school, he excelled in sports, including tennis, swimming, diving, and basketball. He continued to be an avid tennis player well into his 60's, but ultimately golf became his second career. Neil was known for his graceful, consistent stroke, and he was a regular on the Claremont Country Club Golf Course, where he captured many club titles over the years. Family formed the heart and soul of Neil's life. He met his future bride at the age of 12 while vacationing at the Russian River. Showing off his enviable athletic prowess from the outset, he executed multiple underwater back-flips in the river, thus capturing the interest, and, ultimately, the hand, of young Freddy Duffy. They married in 1952 and raised their family of boys in Lafayette, making their home on the same street as his parents, sisters, and oldest brother. Neil believed deeply and truly that his wife was the most beautiful woman in the world; that his sons were the most brilliant and accomplished men to walk the Earth, and that his grandchildren were the absolute cream of the crop. He had just celebrated a joyful Christmas Eve with his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren days before he drew his last breath.
In addition to his love of family and sports, he was a voracious reader, daily domino player, and world traveler. He accompanied his wife all across the country and around the globe for her quilt shows and classes. They recently traveled to Europe, Thailand, and China. He was very proud to travel twice to Ireland with his sons to play 36 holes of golf a day and get lost as they drove from one county to the next. What set Neil apart from everyone was his kind and loving heart. His devotion to his family and his cheerful, joyful, and sweet outlook will be missed and remembered forever by those of us lucky enough to have loved, and been loved, by him.
Louis Raymond Rudolph '51, a lifelong resident of the Monterey Peninsula, passed away on October 8, 2014, at his home with dignity and an amazing sense of humor to the end. Born on March 22, 1930, to Raymond and Edrie Rudolph of Pacific Grove, he was one of the last babies born at the Monterey Hospital on Abrego Street, now the Pacheco Club. Lou often pointed to the tiny second floor window, telling the story of his birth, then continuing to tell of his lifetime membership to the Pacheco Club. Lou attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, was in the 1947 graduating class of Monterey High, then received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Santa Clara. Lou then joined the US Air Force, spending 5 years of service to his country in Korea and Japan as an F-84 jet fighter pilot.
He returned to Monterey to join the family furniture business, creating a well-known high-end store and staff of professional interior designers. After his family sold the Lighthouse Avenue property, Lou relocated his business to Cannery Row and Salinas, featuring Drexel Heritage and high-end furniture. After selling both businesses, Lou took on the position of manager of the Monterey Fairgrounds. From his dedication, hard work, and long hours, the fair turned into a family-safe environment earning "Most Improved Fairgrounds In the State of California." Later, Lou was a partner in creating "Country Music Monterey." Then, with a friendship and an idea, Lou and Frank Yohannon put into action the Sea Otter Classic - Laguna Seca Challenge.
Leaving the area, Lou and Peggy moved to Carnelian Bay in North Lake Tahoe, fulfilling a lifelong dream of Peggy's. Lou became manager of Ennis Fine Furniture and Macy's Furniture store in Reno. Missing the peninsula, they returned to Monterey. Lou's final career as a reverse mortgage specialist was another stellar career move. Lou's life accomplishments, being many, included his membership in the Pacheco Club as Past President, President of the Monterey Rotary Club, City Councilman, Board Member of the Salvation Army, Director/Board Member of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and he was the last surviving member "Flying Fisherman's Club," enjoying week long trips with his friends in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Lou loved being a part of the Barbershop Quartet "The Cannery Rogues."
His employment with Met-Life was cut short by a stroke in 2010. Lou lost his battle with lung cancer in his home with his wife Peggy and stepdaughter Muriel by his side. Lou is survived by wife of 32 years Peggy, his brother David and sister Mary Ann, and children Steve, Mark, Daniel, Kate, John, and Matt and 13 grandchildren. He was affectionately known as "Papa Lou" to his stepchildren Audra Branco, Tricia Vessey, and Muriel Lloyd, and 5 step-grandchildren.
Dr. Leonard Napolitano ’51, former dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 7, 2013. Dr. Napolitano was born in 1930 in Oakland, CA, one of three children and the only son of Italian immigrants. He attended Santa Clara University where in 1950, he quarterbacked the Broncos to an upset Orange Bowl win over Bear Bryant's Kentucky Wildcats. Napolitano earned a PhD. in anatomy from St. Louis University and proceeded to teach at Cornell Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He moved to New Mexico in 1964 to become one of the seven founding faculty at the newly established School of Medicine at UNM. He became interim Dean of the medical school in 1972 and was named permanent Dean the following year, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1994. Under his leadership, Dr. Napolitano presided over the dramatic expansion of the medical school and health sciences complex on the North campus of UNM, creating an environment known nationally and internationally for its innovative teaching curriculum. Dr. Napolitano was a highly effective advocate for the medical school at the legislature in Santa Fe. Due to these efforts, the medical school and the associated health sciences campus became one of New Mexico's chief assets. Among many other honors, Dr. Napolitano received the medical school's first Living Legend award in 2009. Dr. Napolitano loved opera, Tony Bennett, good food, and good company. He was an avid reader and a passionate supporter of the arts. He loved his family and had deep and enduring friendships all over the world. Dr. Napolitano was preceded in death by his wife Jane. He is survived by his three children, Leonard Jr., Janet '79 and Nancy, his daughter-in-law Elle, his grandchildren, Carrie, David, William and Sarah Jane, and his longtime companion Thelma Domenici.
Leo Gilbert Smith ’51 July 1929 ~ Nov. 2013. Son of Leo Smith and Laura Holf Scholte, raised in Stockton, Calif. Husband to Marcia Ernest Smith M.A. ’76 and father to Matt, Mara Lee, Bridget and Leo "Rusty". He graduated from Santa Clara University and entered into the field of Hospital Management in Calif. During his time he helped pioneer the first computers used in hospitals, new advances in hospital treatments, patient care and doctors' training programs. He was a life-time board member of the Children's Home Society, a Rotarian, working to bring countries together in the Youth Exchange Program, involved in Red Cross blood drive, a Knight of Columbus and a minister at his local church, St. John Bosco. He touched lives all over the world and helped change them for the better. Even though his life was full of many giving and charitable groups, he still found a great deal of time to share with his loving wife and children. He never shied away from doing the right thing or helping others. He instilled many important values and lessons to not only his children but to others he touched. Our father was, to many, a friend, hero, and mentor all in one. He was the best father any child could ever have. Leo passed on Friday, Nov. 8. Leo devoted his life to the service of others for the betterment of all. His family, friends and those that knew him will miss him, but know that he will always be there in their hearts and close in the fond memories they have shared. We will always love and miss you, Dad.
John Eugene "Gene" McHugh '51, December 27, 1929 - December 23, 2013. He died in Costa Mesa. He was father to John E. McHugh '87.