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John MacDonald '34 passed away on March 8, 2010 at the age of 97. Beloved husband, uncle, teacher, and friend, John taught engineering at San Jose State University and designed part of the engineering center. An avid golfer, he was a founding organizer of La Rinconada Golf Club. He served as a Navy lieutenant, an engineering officer, during WWII. John was stationed in Honolulu & Mare Island, Vallejo, where he helped Admiral Rickover, father of the nuclear navy.
Francis Sparolini '34 son of a pioneer Monterey family, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2009 at his home in Carmel with his family at his side. He was 97. He was a highly respected member of the community where he was born, grew up and owned and operated Sparolini Distributing Company. Francis' father, John A. Sparolini, first came to Monterey in 1884 from Lugano, Switzerland. His mother, the former Frances Lander, came to Monterey from Germany in 1893. The Sparolinis were married in 1899. After graduating from San Carlos parochial school and Monterey High School, he was graduated from Santa Clara University in 1934. He served as Captain, Transportation Corps, in the Army of the United States and was honorably discharged in 1953. Francis married Aili Orava in 1943 and they enjoyed a very happy and wonderful marriage until her death in 1974. Francis and Aili were blessed with three beautiful children, Susan, James and Catherine. In 1976, Francis married Laverne Kahl Storm and they shared many memorable years together until her death in 2007. Perhaps the most signal honor to come his way occurred in 1964 when he was elected a Director of First National Bank of Monterey, the oldest bank in Monterey County. It was a position his father held shortly after the bank's organization. Francis was extremely active in community affairs and his true passion was his family, the Catholic Church, his friends and golf. Francis loved the game of golf and first learned as a young lad caddying at Pebble Beach and Old Del Monte Golf Club. In 1940, he became a member of Monterey Peninsula Country Club. He later was elected to the Board of MPCC and served as President in 1969. He played golf regularly throughout his long membership. He was a member of the Wednesday Odd Lotters group, a high-spirited group whose afternoon golf was foreshadowed by the boisterous 19th hole aftermath where winners gloat over their competitors and all joyfully relive recent history on the links. Francis is predeceased by his son, James and is survived by his daughters, Susan LaVarnway (Charles) and Catherine Sparolini; his daughter-in-law, Kathryn; grandchildren, Sonia and Stephen Sparolini and stepson, Chris Storm; and many nieces and nephews. So whether you knew him as Francis, Fran, Frank, F.J., Frannie, Sparo, Sperry, Mr. Sparolini, Uncle, Grandpa, or Dad, he has left a deep, lasting impression on each person fortunate to have him in their life.
William D. Bottini '35 on Feb. 13, 2009. The native of Pleasanton attended SCU on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He worked for the Western Pacific Railroad as a right-of-way engineer in Nevada, and in 1942 enlisted in the Seabees of the United States Navy and was decorated with the Bronze Star for his service as an engineer constructing landing strips on islands of the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he came to Colorado Springs as superintendent of construction for several projects at the Air Force Academy, including building a chapel, the football stadium, and the cadet area. Working for B.H. Baker Construction Company, he was responsible for the company's building projects in Colorado Springs and other areas of Colorado and Wyoming. Upon retirement, he volunteered for the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs as a supervisor of building projects throughout the area. In addition, he worked in a local soup kitchen and helped out at local schools by reading to children. He is survived by two sons; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jeremiah G. Hickey II '35 on January 30, 2009, age 96, in Pheonix, Ariz. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Catherine; his children, J. Griffin, Christopher, Clare, Marguerite, and Louise, and grandchildren. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for Hickey Freeman for 33 years. He was devoted to his family and his church, loved photography and poetry. He was a member of the Lay Order of Carmelites.
Edward Van Tobel Jr. '35 died Dec. 29, 2009. The Las Vegas busiess pioneer was 96 years old. He is credited with helping to build the company into the world's first indoor lumber and home improvement center in the 1950s. He had spent much of his youth working with his father, company founder Ed Von Tobel Sr., and brothers Jacob and George Von Tobel at the family lumberyard in town. After graduating from Las Vegas High School and Santa Clara University, Von Tobel Jr. rejoined Von Tobel Lumber. He handled the accounting and bookkeeping and oversaw the hardware and lumber store's expansion into multiple locations. Ed Von Tobel Sr. came to Las Vegas in 1905 and started Von Tobel Lumber shortly after. That was decades before Nevada would legalize gambling, but Von Tobel Sr. made his own gamble, surviving many lean early years in business. The father patriarch died in 1967. His son Edward Jr. was the last surviving sibling among the father's four children. Von Tobel Jr. left the family business for a brief time in the 1940s after being drafted into the Army. Upon his return to Las Vegas, he helped to make Von Tobel Lumber a worldwide model of lumberyards and home improvement centers. "People would come from Australia and all over the world to look at his indoor lumber yard. It was cool as a kid because they would bring gifts," recalled niece Julie Roach, who is the daughter of George Von Tobel. "Before there was a Home Depot or a Lowe's, there was a Von Tobel Lumber," she said. The largest Von Tobel Lumber was at Maryland Parkway and Karen Avenue. In the 1980s, the family sold the lumber business to a national chain, which later went out of business. But Ed Von Tobel Jr. stayed active for the rest of his life by helping in the bookkeeping on his family's real estate holdings, Roach said. "He worked right up until about a month before he passed away. He always was a hard worker and stayed late," she added. Von Tobel Jr. also kept busy helping out reporters and historians with his knowledge of the state and Las Vegas. "There wasn't a person, writer, or filmmaker doing something on Nevada who didn't come to Uncle Ed to interview him," Roach said. In one local history book, The First 100: Portraits of the Men and Women Who Shaped Las Vegas, Von Tobel Jr. discussed his pioneering father and his childhood growing up in Las Vegas with co-author A.D. Hopkins. "Every Sunday afternoon, his brother Jake would go down to the red light district on Block 16 to buy a bucket of beer to bring back for the family," said Hopkins. "He said you had to buy it at a brothel because it was the closest place, and they'd sell you a bucket of beer even if you were 12." Hopkins said Von Tobel Jr. was "invaluable to historians." Ed Von Tobel Jr. is survived by his wife of 70 years, Evelyne; daughters Sharon Schmitt, Katherine Acord, Susan Von Tobel and Gretchen McQuade; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Robert P. Litschi '36 died Nov. 15, 2009. Bob passed away as graciously as he lived, surrounded by his loving family. Growing up in L.A., he shared a passion with his dad Louis—playing baseball, first at Loyola High and then Santa Clara University. Louis played for the Vernon Tigers (Pacific Coast League) and young Bob remembers Brashear, Hosp, and other baseball players frequenting his house. Bob took up golf in college and virtually never stopped playing—up to age 94. After college and serving in WWII in New Caledonia, he worked and retired from Keliher Hardware. He enriched our lives with his keen sense of humor, his kindness, generous nature and his dedication to his faith. He is survived by his children, Linda (Joe) Sallinger, Laura Jones, Janet (Sam) Rizzo, Bob (Sandy) Litschi, and Jim Litschi, as well as eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and predeceased by his wife Marjorie.
Robert P. Litschi '36 passed away on November 15 at age 96, surrounded by his loving family. Growing up in LA, he shared a passion with his dad Louis - playing baseball, first at Loyola High and then at SCU. Louis played for the Vernon Tigers (Pacific Coast League) and young Bob remembers Brashear, Hosp and other baseball players frequenting his house. Bob took up golf in college and virtually never stopped playing - up to age 94. After college and serving in WWII in New Caledonia, he worked and retired from Keliher Hardware. He is survived by his children, Linda (Joe) Sallinger, Laura Litschi Jones '68, Janet (Sam) Rizzo, Bob (Sandy) Litschi, and Jim Litschi '78, as well as eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and predeceased by his wife Marjory. His services were held at St. Therese, his parish church, in Alhambra.
Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski ’36, the main character in the movie The Life of Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski, has left the set 25 days after reaching the magic age of 100 years old. Frisky passed on the morning of Thanksgiving, November 28th, 2013. The epic tale was magnificently acted, performed at the highest level, and will be remembered by many for generations to come. Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski was born on November 3, 1913 in San Francisco, the second son of Louis and Frances Kaliski. He and his brother Marty, were raised in Oakland, California where Ray excelled in track and football. Many of Ray's track records at Oakland High from the late 1920's stood until the 50's. His football ability earned him a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became a fierce running back, defensive back and an elusive kick returner during the 1932-35 seasons. His running abilities were what got him penned by the S.F. Chronicle as "Frisky Kaliski", a name that has stuck with him for over 70 years. "Frisky" became a proud member of the SCU Football Hall of Fame on August 28, 2001, getting inducted along with Brent Jones of the San Francisco 49ers. After his college years, Frisky went on to distribute film all along the West Coast. During the war, Ray could not serve in the military due to a childhood accident which almost took his life at the age of ten. Instead, he worked as a ship fitter at the Bethlehem Shipyards at Hunters Point in San Francisco. After the war Ray worked with his dad and brother to develop a large chain of movie theatres in the Bay Area. The passing of Ray's father in 1955 marked the beginning of a new phase in the life of Ray and his brother. They ceased running movie theatres and concentrated on building apartment complexes, starting with the 34 unit Lakeside Apartments complex on Lake Merritt. They then built the 80 unit complex in Alameda called The Dunes, whose eventual sale made way for the Harbor Point Apartments and the connected tennis and swim club, as well as Strawberry Shores Apartments all on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley. Frisky, along with his bride BJ and daughter Barbara, built a successful miniature horse ranch in Petaluma, called Winner's Circle, which won dozens of trophies and ribbons including a National Title with one of their prize show horses. When Ray's brother Marty died in 1989, Ray got his sons, Raymond William ’66 and Robert (Bobbo), involved in running the show. Ray spent much time traveling the world with BJ but was devastated with her death in January of 2000. After that loss, he further embraced his family, taking them on numerous cruises and trips allowing him to get to know his five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Tragedy struck Ray and the family in 2009, when his youngest granddaughter, Jaime Norman ’98, passed away at the early age of 33. In addition to the generosity to his family, Ray donated to hundreds of charities, and also supported his youngest son, Robert's, dream to start The Harbor Point Charitable Foundation, that has since raised over $1,000,000 for local charities and those most in need in The Bay Area. So now the theatre showing Ray's remarkable life is dark. But his legacy will continue through his loving family and the many friends he left behind. His three children, Barbara, Ray W, and Robert will continue to enhance the legacy of this remarkable man. His four grandchildren: Michael; Melanie; Kris and Patrick will enhance it even more. Ray is also survived by 11 great grandchildren, Nicholas Mitchell, Colton Dansie, Taylor Dansie, Brett Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell. Joshua Dansie, Ty Mitchell, Alli Dansie, Zachary Schwerin-Daro, Jack Sheldon and Ziyad Kaliski. His generosity and the physical things he built have helped make people's lives better, healthier and more fun. The Harbor Point Apartments, The Club at Harbor Point and the restaurant Nourish Grill continue his legacy. Rest in peace "Frisky", you played your role on this earth with dignity and grace. All of your family and friends are proud to have known you, loved you and lived with you. Your employees have been honored to work for and with you. We will all continue to make you proud until we join you on the other side. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=raymond-kaliski-frisky&pid=168365230&fhid=18264#sthash.OMfV18Pb.dpuf
Bernard Walsh Mehren '36 died peacefully at home in Rancho Santa Fe on Friday, May 29, 2009, with his son, John, daughter-in-law, Marcy, and grandchildren, Joe, Andrew, and Laurelyn at his bedside. He was born on October 23, 1914 in South Orange, N.J., to Edward J. and Grace W. Mehren. He was a resident of Rancho Santa Fe for 53 years. Barney graduated from Brophy Preparatory High School in Phoenix, Arizona, attended the University of Santa Clara, and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. A long time, professionally licensed chemical engineer, he worked for Crown Cork and Seal, was the chief chemist for the Squirt Beverage Company's bottling plant in San Diego, and was founder and chairman of PM Chemical Company since 1942. He invented many detergent and cleaning formulas in his long career with the company. He attended the University of Chicago to train as a meteorologist and was assigned to the Army Air Corps based in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He flew on board many a bombing run in B-24 Liberators over the Northern Kurile Islands, Japan as a weather observer. While in The Aleutians, Barney and a colleague discovered and documented winds aloft, now referred to in meteorology as the jet stream. He attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, received The Air Medal, and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1945. One of his great passions, besides his family, was singing and music. He sang in the choirs at both St. James Church and The Church of the Nativity, soloing at most Saturday evening Masses. He was a member of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Lieutenancy. He traveled extensively with his family, and later on around the world with his wife Loraine. Barney was predeceased by his son, Leo; and his wife of 46 years, Loraine. He leaves behind many friends and family including sons, Bernie, John, (Marcy), and Jim; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his loving caregiver, Gracie; and devoted gardener, Jesus.
William DeFries '37 on April 5, 2010. Wiliam was born in Manila, Philippine Islands, and moved to The Villages from Santa Barbara, Calif. in 1994. He was retired from the Air Force; served as state regional health officer for Sumter and Pasco counties; county health officer for Fresno County in California; was an associate professor at Fresno State University; doctor at the Country Free Clinic in Firebaugh, Calif.; served as the senior medical consultant for the state of California; and director of professional services in the surgeon general's office in Washington, D.C. Survivors include his wife, Vira, sons William C. DeFries, Richard DeFries '79, Donald Conard, and daughters Cecilia L. DeFries and Patty Vardilos, as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Richard E. Barton ’37 died October 24, 2010.
John B. Hoey '37 died on Jun. 29, 2008.
Henry "Hank" Richard ’37, a resident of Santa Cruz, was born in San Jose, CA, December 12, 1916, and passed away December 19, 2012, at the age of 96. He was preceded in death less than a year ago by Margery, his beloved wife of 71 years. He is survived by his two sons, Stephen (Dee) of Los Gatos and Bruce (Elaine) of Ukiah, five grandchildren, Shannon (Santa Barbara), Carey (San Jose) and Nathaniel, Louisa, and Hallie all of Ukiah, and five great grandchildren. Hank was the son of prominent Alviso ranchers Henry Sr. and Grace Wade Richard and grew up working with his father in the family orchards. He learned duck-hunting from his father at the age of six and became an excellent marksman. He attended Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University and U.C.Davis where he graduated with a degree in horticulture in 1937. Hank supervised the family orchards until 1940 when he married Margery, he then became an Inspector for the USDA in San Jose advancing to supervising inspector for the 11 western states. In 1958 he went to work as production manager and later plant manager of Pratt-Lowe in Santa Clara. Upon retiring in 1980, he and Margery moved to Pasatiempo golf community where they enjoyed 30+ Golden Years playing golf, bridge, gardening, traveling and a full social life with many wonderful and lifelong friends.
George W. Artz J.D. '40 on Feb 12, 2009. The Sacramento native served in the Army during World War II and was a lawyer with the firm, Desmond, Miller & Artz. He later joined Hal Ellis to develop the Arden Manor subdivision in Sacramento. In 1952, they formed Alcan Pacific Co., a general contractor with operations in Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Okinawa, and Thailand. Later ventures included part ownership of Channel 31 in Sacramento and Sharon Heights Convalescent Hospital in Menlo Park. He was active in the Crocker Art Museum and Interfaith Service Bureau and spent 10 years on the board of the Sacramento Convention Bureau. He was a past chairman and member of the SCU Board of Regents. He studied voice for 18 years and was a soloist with the Sacramento Symphony in 1948. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and six children.
Bill Adams '37 passed away on Sept. 10. The world lost an amazingly intelligent, well-traveled, kind and wonderful man. At the age of 96, William J. (Bill) Adams, Jr. led an outstandingly full life and he touched the hearts of many. His passionate involvement with his alma mater, Santa Clara University, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Catholic Church gave him strength and his influence will live on for generations. He is now reunited with the love of his life, Marijane.
Bill was the Nobili Award recipient in 1937 and a regent and past president of the Alumni Association. He received the Ignatian Award, the Bannan Award, and the Distinguished Engineering Award from Santa Clara University. He and his wife also endowed the William and Mary Jane Adams Mechanical Engineering Scholarship on campus, and he was also actively involved with the Diocese of San Jose, Catholic Charities, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Adrian L. Ward '37 passed away Jan. 1, 2012.
He was born in Portland, Ore., and moved with his family to Menlo Park in 1925. He graduated from St. Joseph Grammar School in 1929, from Bellarmine Prep in 1933 and from Univ. of Santa Clara in 1937 with a business degree.
Adrian worked at President Hotel, Palo Alto, during school years and sales at Schwabacher/Fry, San Francisco until 1941 when he joined the Quartermaster Corps of the Air Force at Moffett Field. In 1945 he was released from the Army as Sergeant in an Altitude Training unit at Hickam Field, Hawaii. In 1945 he joined the sales force of Pacific Telephone Co. until 1954 when he went into the sporting goods business. He retired in 1977.
Adrian is preceded in death by his parents Adrian F. and Adele Ward and his sister, Jean Bone.
Norman T. Burke ’38 passed away November 14, 2013 at age 96 in his home in San Mateo. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Esther. After graduating from SCU he spent his career in the paper and packaging industry with Fibreboard Corp. and Pacific Paperboard. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 assigned to the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers). He is survived by his four children Tom ’73, J.D. ’83, Laurie ’75, Michael and Dan; and by three grandchildren including Kathryn ’17.
John Filippi '38 was born in Hanford, California in 1915. He fell in love with Santa Clara the first time he set foot on campus in 1933. After graduating from Santa Clara in 1938 he attended Golden Gate University Law School. He served in the United States Army from 1943 - 1946. After his discharge he practiced law in Palo Alto. John is predeceased by his wife Elna of 70 years and survived by three children Judy Bishop '69, Dana Filippi '72 (Sharon Kniffin Filippi '73), and Lynn Momboisse '79 (Mike Momboisse '79); six grandchildren, three of which are Santa Clara graduates: Ellie Bishop Dexheimer '07, Robin Momboisse '07, and Richard Momboisse '10 (Melissa Heinrich Momboisse '10); and two great-grandchildren. John passed away December 19, 2016 in Modesto, at the age of 101. Please visit goo.gl/ZAVRpd to read Steven Saum's article on John Filippi in the sSummer 2016 Santa Clara Magazine.
George Doll '38, J.D. '40 passed away in Santa Rosa on Friday, May 13, 2016. He was born in Santa Clara on March 22, 1918, age 98 years. George graduated from Santa Clara and received his J.D. in 1940 He served in the Navy during WWII as a Registered Publications Officer on the staff of Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander Third Fleet, South Pacific area. He was an asisstant U.S. Attorney in San Francisco and later practiced law for many years in Redwood City.
Robert Frederick Lautze ’39 died on May 8, 2012. Born in San Francisco on August 20, 1917, to Frederick and Theresa Lautze, he arrived 18 minutes ahead of his identical twin, Richard ’39. Their lives were closely entwined for the next 88 years. Early years included public schooling in So. San Francisco, music lessons and lots of sports, with weekend work at the garage at Lautze Ford, where they learned the value of a nickel. The twins were lured to Santa Clara University by offers of an academic scholarship and a work/study opportunity. They were thrilled to travel with the basketball team, whose victories earned them the title "Magicians of the Maplewood", and Robert a bum knee. The sports he so loved to play in his youth entertained him just as thoroughly in his Lazyboy in later years. Always good at "figures", Rob studied business at SCU, followed by a brief stint at Stanford, before he joined the workforce at Haskins and Sells in San Francisco. World War II began. A low draft number prompted the boys to join the Navy. Robert was called to active duty in July of 1941, completed officers training at Harvard, then served as Lt. Commander in the Pacific theatre on the USS Argonne. Long hours on the ship made him wickedly competitive at cards. At war's end, the twins joined George J. Kasch's accounting firm, which became Lautze & Lautze in 1956, and still maintains offices in San Francisco and San Jose. Civic involvement included the SF Kiwanis Club, volunteering for the Burn Wound Center at St. Francis Hospital, Hanna Boys Center, Little Sisters of the Poor and the Board of the Marianists Province. Robert married Alice McCarthy in 1944, moving to San Carlos in 1948, where they raised five children. A devout Catholic, St. Charles Church was pivotal in his life; he served as parish treasurer for many years, volunteered at the annual carnival, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. After Alice passed away in 1983, Rob married another parishioner, Patricia McCarthy Murphy, now Lautze, in 1984. Her care and companionship sustained him for the next 28 years. Rob was a devoted SCU alum, serving on the Board of Regents, Trustees, Athletic Affairs, and as President of the Alumni Association from 1971-72 (For more about his involvement with SCU, and winning the 1997 Louis I. Bannan, S.J. award, read http://www.scu.edu/scm/winter2004/broncoprofiles.cfm.); Robert also was a recipient of the Ignatian Award and the 2004 SCU Regent Emeritus. Beyond his many accomplishments, Robert will be most fondly remembered for his affable charm. He befriended many a waitress and flirted with his nurses and physical therapists well into his last days. To Robert, life was a "simple equation". He was also known to say, "If you have to pay taxes, be happy; it means you are making money". He counted his blessings often and out loud. His longevity made him a patriarch, special to Patty's sons, and a treasured uncle to nieces and nephews who lost their fathers too soon. Robert is survived by his wife, Patricia Murphy Lautze, his sister, Elizabeth (Lautze) Ervin, his children Karen Cleary '68 (Mark), Mary Garland '70 (Gary), Susie Savino '72 (Ken), Rob Lautze, Jr. (Shelly), Steve Lautze (Teresa), step-children, Michael Murphy (Natalie), Martin Murphy (Cheryl), Daniel Murphy; grandchildren Sean Cleary, Ted and Will Garland, Anna and Michael Savino, Sasha Trimble, Liam Lautze, Patrick Murphy. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice McCarthy Lautze, his twin brother, Richard, and his brother, Fred, Jr. The family is deeply grateful for the loving care and cheerful companionship provided by Tilila ("Tillie") Pita in Robert's final years.
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John Myron Hayes '39 passed peacefully in Aliso Viejo, California on May 27, 2009 at the age of 91. Known as Jack to family and friends, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Charlotte. He was devoted to his children John Gardner, Kathleen Marie and Sarah Irene and to his stepchildren Andrea, John and William; proud grandfather to Alexa, Jordan, Jacqueline and Caitlin; delighted great-grandfather to Hayes Elizabeth. Mr. Hayes, a native Californian, graduated from Santa Clara University in 1939 with a degree in Business Administration. He began his career with Newhouse & Sayre, a division of the legendary Lloyds of London. After returning to the United States, he continued his representation for Lloyds and subsequently partnered the firm of Haidinger and Hayes. As an innovator and pioneer in the field of insurance and underwriting, he was known for his creativity and industry accomplishments. He ended his career as the Chairman and CEO of Transport Underwriters Association, Transport Indemnity Co. and Associated International Inc. In 1983, he was honored by the The City of Hope Hospital and Medical Center, The Insurance Council of California and the American Trucking Association for his lifetime of achievement.
John "Jack" Edward Richter ’39, Dec. 18, 1916 - June 20, 2013. A resident of Aptos, Calif., Richter passed away suddenly, after a fall. Jack was born in San Francisco and lived his younger years in Kentfield. Later, he moved to Willow Glen where he attended elementary school. After graduating from Bellarmine College Preparatory School, he furthered his education at University of Santa Clara and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then married Helen and moved to San Jose to raise his family. He enjoyed building his "cabin" in Felton where the family spent many happy days. Jack started his career at Wooldridge Mfg. and quickly advanced to Chief Engineer. Later, he joined Gould Bros. as a partner and Engineer of a fruit harvesting company in Milpitas. The company merged and moved to Modesto as AGMAC and was later purchased by FMC. After retirement, he moved back to the Santa Cruz area. Jack was a "MacGyver" type person that could fix anything from electrical, automotive to woodworking with no problems! He was well respected by his traveling trailer folks, mobile park friends and at his neighbors in Aptos. Jack is preceded by the death of his loving wife Helen on October 4th 1997 and is survived by his son John and daughter -in -law Joy of Felton; 2 grandchildren: Todd Richter of Ben Lomond and Sheri West of Aptos; 4 great-grandchildren: Darren Richter, Todd Richter Jr., Jacquelyn Richter and Kaile West and 2 great-great- grandchildren: Faith and Brooklyn Richter.
Lt. Col. Joachim (Joe) J. Speciale '39 died on May 4, 2011 in San Jose after a brief illness. Joe was the husband of the late Shiela Ann Speciale and leaves his four children, Anita Speciale D'Alessio (Joseph), Stephen Speciale, Marina Darrin (David), and Joachim (Joey) Speciale: his sister, Rosalie Speciale; his grandchildren, Andrew Darrin, Katie Darrin, and Ynes Speciale-Pauli and David Pauli of Limburg, Belgium; and also his great granddaughter, Romie Sophia. Joe was a member of the Amici D'Oro Italian-American Club; Santa Clara University Alumni; Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 22; the Santa Clara "39-ers" and St. Christopher's Parish in San Jose. Born in San Jose's old O'Connor Hospital in 1918 to Anita and Orvis Speciale, Joe graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and received his baccalaureate degree in 1939 from Santa Clara University. He was the youngest man to become an ROTC officer at Santa Clara at that time. Upon graduation he was commissioned in the US Army as an artillery officer and stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco and Ft. Ord before World War II, then later assigned to the "Pineapple Pentagon" in Honolulu after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. During Joe's career of 20 years in the US 6th Army, he and his family lived in Washington D.C., Germany, San Francisco, and Virginia. He also worked in the National War College and the Pentagon in Logistics with the US Army Quartermaster division on major projects in the 1950's to maintain a well-prepared military. One of his later assignments was to nuclear guided missile project development, the intent of which was to deter a possible WW3 based on the experiences of 1941. Meantime, Joe completed his law degree while serving in the Army, and after retiring from active duty in 1962 as a Lt. Colonel, he returned home to San Jose. He worked for the County of Santa Clara for many years, retiring as Clerk of the Court of Santa Clara County. After retirement, he helped launch and support the Casa Italiana community at Santa Clara University. Joe met his beloved Shiela in Honolulu in 1946, while she was working for the Department of the Army there. (In fact he was the choir director at the base chapel at Sand Island when she showed up one night for practice.) They shared a life-long love of Hawaii to which they traveled several times during their sixty years together.
Frank R. Ryan ’39 Aug. 18, 1917 - July 31, 2001, from Los Angeles, Calif. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara, mother of his 11 children; daugther Loretta; and second wife Cynthia Daly. Survived by his 10 childresn, 19 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII, on active duty from Oct. 1940 to Dec. 1945, and in the Air Force Reserve from Dec. 1945 - Mar. 14, 1960, when he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He later joined his father and worked at Frank J. Ryan and Co. for over 42 years. He was most proud that his son William Ryan ’82, MBA ’91 and grandson Sean Brown ’97 also graduated from Santa Clara.
Felicia Barbaccia, a resident of Willow Glen, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 29. She was predeceased by her loving husband Joseph Barbaccia '39, daughter Joelle, and sisters Helen Vallindras and Patricia McNally. She is survived by her daughters Felicia La Rose (husband Thomas L. La Rose '69, MBA '75) and Phyllis (Ken) Shapero, grandchildren Matt (Karolen) La Rose, Joelle (Dave) Rudder, Megan La Rose, Joe Shapero and Sara Shapero and great-grandchildren Alora, Liam, Ty and Lauren and many loving friends. Felicia was an active member of the St. Christopher's Ladies Guild, O'Connor Hospital Guild, the University of Santa Clara 39ers, and the Valle Monte League.