Share your latest news with fellow Broncos.

Class Notes | Obituaries

Submit a Class Note or Obituary »

Showing obituaries submitted anytime


UGRD Engineering '36
Robert P. Litschi

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.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '36
Robert P. Litschi

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.

submitted Nov. 24, 2009 5:39A
Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski

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:

submitted Dec. 12, 2013 11:22A
Bernard Walsh Mehren

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. 

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:41P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '37
William DeFries

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. 

submitted Jun. 8, 2010 12:03P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '37
Richard Barton

Richard E. Barton ’37 died October 24, 2010.  

submitted Apr. 12, 2011 1:20P
John B. Hoey

John B. Hoey '37 died on Jun. 29, 2008.


submitted May. 28, 2009 2:53P
Henry "Hank" Richard

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. 

submitted Feb. 1, 2013 11:41A
GRD Law '37
George W. Artz

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.

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:52P
Bill Adams

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.  

submitted Sep. 13, 2013 11:43A
Adrian L. Ward

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.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 11:12A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '38
Norman T. Burke

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.

submitted Nov. 25, 2013 3:33P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '38
John Filippi

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 to read Steven Saum's article on John Filippi in the sSummer 2016 Santa Clara Magazine.

submitted Jan. 16, 2017 2:16P
George Doll

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.

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:49A


Robert F. Lautze

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; 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.

Read more:

submitted May. 14, 2012 2:07P
UGRD Leavey Business '39
John Myron Hayes

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.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 2:08P
UGRD Engineering '39
John "Jack" E. Richter

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.

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:02A
Joachim J. Speciale

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.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 12:59P
UGRD Engineering '39
Frank R. Ryan

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.

submitted Aug. 4, 2013 10:28A
Felicia Barbaccia

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.

submitted May. 3, 2012 9:50A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '39
Edward M. Kelly
Edward Michael Kelly ’39 of San Jose died on May 1, 2011. Ed was a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, as well as a generous donor and longtime volunteer in SCU's Athletics Department. Born and raised in Salinas, Calif., he was the son of Edward M. Kelly and May Marguerite Pierson. Ed went on to graduate from Santa Clara in 1939 with a degree in business administration. He met and married the love of his life, Muriel Elizabeth Adams, and had two children, Maureen and Colleen, whom he proudly named. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a staff sergeant in the finance department. After his military service, Ed was employed by Pacific Gas & Electric Company for 42 years, retiring in 1981 as the manager of general services in San Jose. A lifelong supporter of the California Rodeo in Salinas, Ed served as the manager of ticket sales, was a director and chairman of the rodeo in 1956, the secretary in 1964, and named advisory director in 1971. His service to the Salinas Rodeo spanned nearly 60 years. He also served on the Salinas Planning Commission as a member and chairman from 1964-1970, was a life member of the Monterey Historical Society, life Member of the Salinas Elks Club, Life Member of the Knights of Columbus, Member of the San Jose Country Club, and Member of the Bronco Bench Foundation. Ed's crowning achievement was his volunteer work with the Athletic Department at Santa Clara University where he served as the Manager of Ticket Operations from 1981 to his last day. The late athletic director Pat Malley "hired" Ed as the Manager of Ticket Operations because of his past ticket experience at the Salinas Rodeo. During his 31 years as the ticket manager, Ed formed many treasured friendships with SCU students, Athletic Department coaches and staff, faculty and staff of the University, Jesuits, alumni, and fans of Santa Clara athletics -- and he became a mentor and role model whose deep commitment to Santa Clara was unwavering. Ed was extremely grateful for the opportunity to volunteer at the Athletic Department and credited his time there for keeping him "young." Ed received many accolades from Santa Clara, acknowledging his service to the University. As part of the Class of '39, in 1989 Ed was inducted as a member of the Fr. William C. Gianera Society; was inducted into the Santa Clara University Hall of Fame in 1990; received the Santa Clara University Saint Ignatius award for his many years of service with the University in 1992; and was recently recognized by the Bronco Bench Foundation at the 32nd Annual Bronco Bench Golf Classic in September 2010. Over the past 31 years, Ed could be found attending to the ticket needs of the men's and women's soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball teams. In his free time, Ed was an avid enthusiast of both Golf and Tennis. In 1998, Ed was chosen by the athletic department to serve the first tennis ball on the then newly built Degheri Tennis Center outside the Leavey Activities Center. Due to his passion for the sport of tennis, Ed formed the Edward M. and Muriel E. Kelly Endowed Scholarship Fund, named in memory of his late wife to assist the SCU Tennis Athletes. Ed truly cherished his Jesuit education and his years of service at Santa Clara University. Ed was preceded in death by loving wife, Muriel, and daughter Maureen. Survived by daughter Colleen Campisi, son-in-law Jon Campisi, and nephew Terence Tweedie. His grandchildren, Colleen McPeek Bechtold, Maureen McPeek Worry, Robert McPeek III, Kelly Campisi Farwell, and Jon Campisi II. And his great-grandchildren, Stella, Giacomo, and Dominic Farwell, Kate and Jack Campisi, Annika, Nolan and Anton Bechtold, Megan and Morgan Worry, Robert and Emily McPeek. 
submitted May. 5, 2011 1:17P
UGRD Leavey Business '39
Arthur Eugene Ginocchio

Arthur Eugene Ginocchio ’39 died July 7, 2011 at the age of 94. Born May 9, 1917 to Arthur and Flora Ginocchio in San Francisco. Attended St. Brigid's Grammar School, St. Ignatius High School and Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelors degree in Finance. Arthur spent over 3 years as a 1st Lt. in World War II with Patton's 3rd Army. He received an Honorable discharge in August of 1945. He married Gloria Zietich in 1947. Art worked along side his Father-in-law, Antone Zietich, at Tony's Quality Market for 25 years. Arthur and Gloria had four children, Terry, Gary, Jackie and Richard. Arthur was affectionately known as OPA or "The OPSTER" to his 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Arthur was a hard worker, great patriot, and tremendous Dad. His compassion, spirituality, clever humor and spontaneous wit set him apart as a special person who was loved by all who knew him. He shall be dearly missed by his friends and most of all by his loving family.

submitted Oct. 7, 2011 11:25A


UGRD Engineering '40
William Thomas Box

William Thomas Box '40 passed away quietly on September 20, 2009. He was 91 years old. Bill was born July 18, 1918 in Los Angeles and attended Loyola High School and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1940. He married Mary Josephine Becka in 1941 in Hollywood, Calif., and had six children (Tom, John, Margaret, Paul, Steve and Jean). Mary Jo died in 1956. Bill married a widow and friend, Patricia Ryan Baxter, in 1958 and raised her three children (Tony, Robin and Mike Baxter). His son John died in Vietnam in 1969 and is remembered through a University of Santa Clara scholarship fund. Bill served in the Marine Corps from 1940-46 and, after completing officer training at Quantico, fought in Guadalcanal, New Georgia and Okinawa. His units received five battle stars and two Presidential Citations. At the end of the war, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Like so many of his generation, he did not like to talk about his experiences in the war. Bill said that the most terrifying time of his life was the invasion of Okinawa. In a recent book by members of his unit detailing their exploits in the South Pacific, he was referred to by the other soldiers as "Sweet William or Wild Bill" depending on his demeanor at the time. Returning to civilian life he worked, as did his father and grandfather, in the oil business in Los Angeles. Bill participated with the DuPont Company in the innovative implementation of the bazooka in perforating oil wells; the basic process is still in use today. He told harrowing stories of testing these explosives in remote oil fields in the Rocky Mountains. Later through hard work, perseverance and intelligent decisions, he became operating manager of BJ Services, an oil service company, and finally the Chairman of the Board of Trico Industries. One of his proudest moments was when he took the company public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1978. He retired in 1984. Supporting and raising a family of nine kids was no easy job for Bill or Pat but somehow with the right amount of structure, discipline and love, they were successful in raising self-reliant children who have stayed close. One of Bill's most important goals during the last 15 years of his life was to maintain family unity through biennial family reunions. While the reunions will continue, we will miss him greatly. He was always active in his church, St. John Fisher, in Rancho Palos Verdes. He became a Eucharistic Minister and always an active participant in the Seekers and other Catholic groups. Bill, before and after his wife Pat's passing in 2003, traveled widely, seeing new places, old friends and his many children and grandchildren. He loved to attend his Marine Corps, Loyola High School and Santa Clara University annual reunions. Bill loved business. After retiring he took great pride in his business rentals and managing his stock portfolio. In 2006 he moved to Idaho to be near his daughter and son. Later he moved nearby to Washington where he lived in an independent retirement community and later to the Spokane Veterans Home ,where he passed away. He tirelessly professed the values of hard work and education. He demanded the best of those around him, had a heart of gold and was a true gentleman. He was loving, kind, generous, intelligent, and supportive of his grandchildren. He was a great husband, father, grandpa and friend to many, and we will miss him dearly. He is survived by his eight loving children, and his eleven grandchildren (Carolynn Box, Buck Palmer, Heather Box, Jess Box, Martin Box, John Box, Devin Baxter, Nikki Van Vlymen, Elly Berstein, Sam Box and David Berstein) and numerous nieces and nephews who all looked up to and loved grandpa.

submitted Oct. 5, 2009 11:36A
UGRD Engineering '40
William "Al" Wolff

William Alvord "Al" Wolff '40 passed away in his sleep Sept. 6, 2014, at Maravilla in Santa Barbara, Calif., with family at his side. Al, as he was called, was born in San Francisco on Nov. 18, 1917 to William Alvord Wolff, Sr. and Debora Jones Wolff. He was the second oldest of 6 children. All of his siblings pre-deceased him as did his first wife of 49 years, Marcella Jensen Wolff and his second wife of 18 years, Connie Duckworth Wolff.

Al always credited his youthful experience selling newspapers on the street corners of San Francisco from 1927 to 1934 for his later success in the business world. He and his brother called it a good evening when they would bring home $1.00 having sold 100 papers at a profit of 1 cent apiece.
Though he only played football for Mission High School in his senior year, and that only because his coach promised to help him get a college scholarship, he was named to the San Francisco All Star Team and offered scholarships to Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Santa Clara University. Al chose Santa Clara because they would pay not only for tuition, room, and board but books as well. He played well enough to win an All American designation for two years, one of them awarded by consensus. His team went on to win back-to-back Sugar Bowl titles in 1936 and '37 and he was offered a pro football contract by the Chicago Cardinals, which he declined. As he stated many times, "I played football in college to get an education, not to get my brains scrambled!" After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, Al continued to show his appreciation and dedication to the University of Santa Clara as coach and a founding member of the Bronco Bench Foundation and a Regent of the university for 10 years.
After college, Al got a job working for US Steel for 5 years and then went to work for FMC of San Jose where he spent the rest of his corporate life. He worked his way up the ladder by never refusing an opportunity and always preparing himself for a new role. Moving with his family to Houston, Texas, he became president of Oil Center Tool and Die, now a part of FMC Technologies. He managed that company so well that he was called back to corporate headquarters. Once there, he moved into the international arena for FMC, setting up some 18 or more plants in various countries throughout the world. He retired in 1982 as Senior VP of the corporation.
With his first wife, Marcella Jensen, Al had three children, Sherry, and twins Diane and Bill. All three survive him as do their children Sara Rushing Powell and Jill Rushing Fonte as well as Christian Anderson and Emily Anderson Allen. He was also the proud great-grandfather of eight: Augusta, Ben and Will Powell-Rushing; Leo and Marco Fonte; Ellamae and Ayla Allen; and Bryce Anderson. Al was pre-deceased by grandson Travis P. "Tip" Rushing. He is also survived by one step-daughter and 2 step-grandchildren from his second marriage.
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 9:05A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '40
Robert Joseph O'Connor

Robert Joseph O'Connor '40 — Born March 7, 1919, was a native of San Francisco, but resided in Palo Alto. He married Rita Mary O'Grady in August of 1942, before leaving for 2 1/2 years to serve as a Captain in the Army Air Corps in Africa and Italy during WWII. He worked all his life as a chemist. Robert and Rita raised 6 children before opening their home to more than 200 long term patients from Stanford Hospital and the VA hospital. Robert loved music and played the piano, saxophone, and clarinet. One of his greatest passions was the music of the big band era, which he shared with everyone around him. His greatest passion in life was his wife Rita and his children. He will be remembered for his wit, generosity and kindness. He is survived by his wife Rita of 69 years, 5 daughters, O'Malley, JoJo O'Connor '69, Christine, Patty, Kellie, and son, Rob. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren Lt. Scott Stafford '00 and 3 great grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 23, 2011 5:34P
Viewing 26-50 of 1363 (page 2 of 55)
first | prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | next | last

all notes/obituaries: