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John C. Fitzpatrick '57, Redding business leader, philanthropist, car enthusiast and loving family man, died on July 10. John, who owned and operated McColl's Dairy and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Northern California, was a Redding native and an active and celebrated member of the community over the course of his colorful life. John passed away at home, from natural causes related to Alzheimer's Disease, on Sunday, July 10, 2016, four days short of his 81st birthday.
John was born in Redding on July 14, 1935 to John and Marie (nee Bryant) Fitzpatrick, the oldest of three boys (brothers Bill and Jerry). John went to Santa Clara University where he joined ROTC and studied mechanical engineering, graduating in 1957. As part of his military commitment, he worked in New Mexico with the Atomic Energy Commission as a young engineer.
While working in New Mexico in 1960, John met Betty Ahern on a blind date in Los Angeles. They became a couple as she finished her McColl's Dairy, where he expanded and ultimately sold the business to Crystal Creamery in 1985. John then took over operations of the other family-owned business, Pepsi Cola Bottling of Northern California, significantly expanding its territory and profitability as well. Beyond these full time jobs, John invested in his local community of Redding-from developing housing subdivisions to turning around a grocery store chain to helping start the Redding Bank of Commerce.
While creating and supporting local jobs was always very important to John, he also gave back through service. He served for ten years on the city planning commission, was president of the Redding Chamber of Commerce, and served on numerous boards including the Advisory Board of Mercy Hospital Redding and the United Way of Shasta County. An active Rotarian (and President of the Redding Club in 1988-89), John was named Businessman of the Year twice, first in 1977 and again in 1998.
Philanthropically, John and Betty have helped many local organizations with fundraising. They have been key donors to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Bishop Quinn High School, St. Francis Middle School, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, St. Joseph's Parish, and the new Redding Library. In 2005, John and Betty together received the City of Redding's Philanthropist of the Year Award, just the second time such an honor had been given.
John, Betty and their family enjoyed many travels in the U.S. and abroad throughout their time together. And while he was a very driven man who was always on the move, John's cornerstone values were honesty and integrity. He felt that a life well lived meant being challenged, contributing to society and improving whatever you worked on-whether it was a car, a business, a community organization or a city. A good life was a life of progress and making a positive difference.
John is predeceased by his parents John and Marie Fitzpatrick and brothers Jerome Fitzpatrick and William Fitzpatrick. John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Fitzpatrick; his children Sean Fitzpatrick of Chico, CA; Kacey Fitzpatrick (Deborah Kilpatrick) of Los Altos, CA; Bryan Fitzpatrick of Redding, CA; and Adam Fitzpatrick Amanda) of Portland, OR; and grandchildren Kael, Sam and Max. John will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Patrick Ford '55, J.D. '58 passed away on February 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his brother James Ford '62 and is survived by his wife Cynthia Ford, brother Terrence Ford '57, J.D. '59, and children Hillary and Glenn.
Michael J. Virga '53, J.D. '58 was born January 11, 1932 in the front bedroom of their Land Park home. His three older sisters were told to look for the doctor because he was bringing the baby with him in his black medical bag.
The Great Depression may have been in full swing but the Virga family was rich in love and laughter. Mike's parents, Michael P. Virga, full blooded Sicilian, and mother Helen, full blooded Irish, were to have 7 children: Margret (Lyon), Mary (Shelby), Patricia (Tammen), Katie (Trekur); Mike's brothers John and Richard (died at 6 months) Virga. Their home was the heart of the neighborhood. Children played, friends, family and neighbors gathered for visits, good food, and the weekly Friday night poker game. Many an evening, the carpet was rolled up for dancing and it was here that Mike's older sisters taught him to dance; his love of which would last his lifetime.
He was taught the lessons of hard work by his immigrant father, who had prospered in his adopted country as a painting contractor. Many a day was spent painting by his side. Mike's mother, brilliant and cultured, was the loving heart of the family. Home was where where Mike learned about dignity, kindness and character. It was with these ethics, that Mike started CK McClatchy High School. Soon he would become Student Body President, an all city baseball and basketball player, and member of the championship American Legion team. A baseball scholarship to Santa Clara followed.
But before he would leave for college a striking blonde sophomore caught his eye. In an instant, Betsey Gillis became the love of his life, and would become his future bride. A stunning couple, Mike, tall dark and handsome, and Betsey, a timeless beauty, married after he graduated from college. After two years in the US Army, where he made Captain, Mike finished law school at Santa Clara and headed home to Sacramento.
With hard work and diligence, his legal career flourished rapidly; starting as a deputy district attorney, then city prosecutor, then on to private practice, where he won the largest recorded verdict in Sacramento history at the time. At 38, Mike was appointed to the judicial bench by then Governor Ronald Reagan. He was the quintessential judge. Known for his fairness, open mind, empathy, keen intellect and knowledge of the law, he presided over many high profile cases, including the notorious Dorthea Puente murder trial. A skillful mediator, he also had an excellent record of settling lawsuits before they went to trial.
During this time Mike's family life was equally busy and flourishing. He and Betsey had four children, Michael, Julie, Greg and David. Once again the Virga home was rich with love and laughter. He and Betsey made sure they were involved with their children's lives through the years. Their home was the hub of the neighborhood with family and friends gathering often. When the kids were younger there was little league, Sunday drives to the Orange Freeze, Camp Sacramento and the boardwalk at Santa Cruz. When they were older, the teenagers and parents had parties together. There was always dancing and Sinatra was often playing. Mike and Betsey bought a house with a swimming pool and a pool table and encouraged the kids to have parties there so they wouldn't be out driving.
Mike, charismatic and the life of the party, always had something going on with family and friends. He made sure he always learned the latest dance the kids were doing. Their large circle of friends were always there for good times throughout the years. A truly unpretentious, humble man, Mike attributed much of his success to the lessons of life learned while playing and coaching sports. "I've been associated with everybody you can imagine. It 's something you learn in sports- it doesn't matter your color, your wealth, your background. It's only what kind of person you are," said the Judge.
Baseball, not surprisingly, has always been an integral part of his family's life. Mike said: "One reason I like boys to play ball is that it teaches them something about life- not to get discouraged on a bad day and not to get conceited on a good day." He coached his sons first at Pacific Little league, then at Land Park Pony and Colt Leagues. He was responsible for starting the Kennedy Legion Baseball program, no small feat, and managed all three sons' teams. Many happy days were spent on baseball diamonds throughout the years. Many lifelong friends were made. Although Julie, his only daughter, didn't mind baseball, she loved horses more, so he made sure she had one.
Remarkably, even though Mike was busy with work and family, he always made time for various charitable organizations. He helped organize the Police Athletic league and helped set up their boxing league for underprivileged youth, raising monies with local boxers and celebrities. He was on the committee that started the PIG bowl and was its first announcer. He was actively involved with Footprinters, Saints and Sinners, and the 20 /30 club. He was honored to be both inducted into the La Salle Club hall of fame and named Irishman of the year. Behind the scenes he was always helping someone. He spent countless hours doing gratis legal work.
Above all, Mike was committed to his family and relished their success and happiness. He shared a special bond with his brother, John Virga, a prominent Sacramento attorney. Throughout the years they were each other's most ardent supporters. No one was prouder when Mike's son Michael G. Virga '78, J.D. 81, already a successful attorney, was elected to the judicial bench and recently named Judge of the Year. When Julie and Greg opened Virga's Restaurant in 1990, he was their best customer. As Sinatra played, he held court at table 40, entertaining friends and family there daily. When, after 15 years, Julie decided to switch careers and close Virga's, a going away party was given for Mike at the restaurant. Always supportive, he encouraged and promoted her when she opened Virga Realty. Lucky for him, sons Greg and David carried on the restaurant tradition. Loyal to a fault, he would only dine at their restaurants: Jacks Urban Eats, Paesanos, Pronto and Uncle Vito's. He was an adoring "Papa" to his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was very involved with their lives and activities, whether it was sports or cheerleading.
After retirement, Mike and Betsey spent much of their time at their vacation home in Santa Cruz. Dancing, entertaining, golfing, and socializing with friends old and new. Mike enjoyed life's simple pleasures. A hot dog with lots of mustard, Sinatra on the stereo, dancing cheek to cheek with his true love. Mike and Betsey's deep and abiding love for each other has been a beacon to their family. A love affair known to few, their commitment to each other never faltered. It would sustain them through Mike's fierce battle with Parkinson's disease. His beloved Betsey, would be by his side when he drew his last breath. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betsey, children Michael Virga '78, J.D. 81 (Debbie), Julie Virga (Todd), Gregory Virga (Laura) and David Virga (Shawna), grandchildren Nicole Virga Bautista (Jayme), Natalie Panagotacos '08 (Gus), Michael Virga, Jake Virga and Nico Virga, and great grandchildren, Avery Bautista, Michael Panagotacos and Leo Panagotacos, loving caregivers and second sons Osea (Oscar) Baraki, and Joe Bulivou.
John Philip Taglio '58 died on Dec. 9, 2014. A native of Modesto, California, he built a storied career in the building industry throughout the state as president of Morrison Homes, while residing in Northern California. In 1996, he was inducted into the Builder's Hall of Fame, a prestigious and honorable award for excellence and professionalism. In 1997 he and his wife, Carol, retired and shared their time between Sun Valley, Idaho, and Kauai, Hawaii. John was instrumental in building the new Koloa Missionary Church in Kauai and was recognized for his integrity and compassion for his fellow man. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Tory and Lane (Hilary); daughter Shae Aicher (Shawn); and four grandchildren.
John Thomas Casey '60, a fifty-six year resident of Nevada City, died at his Banner Mountain home on June 22, 2016, surrounded by his beloved family. He was 78 years old. Born to John and Margaret Casey, in Burns, Oregon, he was the first of eight children. At the age of 12, John developed Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and although the effects of this disease changed his life dramatically, he didn’t let his illness define him. Unfortunately, his doctors assigned extended bed rest, and when he could no longer walk, his parents took him to the Mayo clinic for treatment. He missed a year of school, but studied diligently at home, determined to stay a grade ahead of his younger brother. After the family relocated to Portland, John graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1956. John attended Santa Clara University because of the healing effects of its warm climate, and its Jesuit-based education. He was active in the male chorus and served as Vice President of the student body. It was there that he met his wife, Claire, a San Jose State nursing student, after seeing a photograph of her on his roommate’s desk. They married in 1960, after their graduations, and moved to North San Juan, so that John could run his father’s sawmill, Sierra Mountain Mills. This began his long career in the lumber business, which included serving as President of Western Wood Products. In the eighties, John and a few other men from the mill began to sell lumber, and that venture became Caseywood. In 1965, John moved his growing family to Banner Mountain, where he and Claire raised their four children. Although arthritis kept John from sports, he was the ultimate fan, watching his children, and then his grandchildren, as they participated in athletics, theater, and musical performances. He loved birthday gatherings, toasting at weddings, strong hugs, dinners with friends, barbecues, and cheering for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs basketball team. John loved Nevada City, and was an active member of the community. He coached Little League, was on the Board of Nevada Union High School, served two terms on the Grand Jury, and was also on the Boards of Music in the Mountains, Citizens Bank, and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. John headed the Capital Campaign to build the hospital’s Cancer Center. He was active at both St. Canice and St. Patrick’s churches, and he and Claire were members of the Empire Club for forty years. John is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Claire, their four children, Kathleen Gianotti '83 (Jerry Gianotti '83), Kevin (Sara), Mark (Kirsten Casey '89), and Julie Fraser '90 (Brent Fraser '90), eleven grandchildren: Madeleine McHill (Andrew), Michaela (Lucas) and Kristen Gianotti, Colin (Lisa), Molly, Nick, Hannah, and Ellie Casey, Jane, Jack, and Claire Fraser, and one great grandson, Henry McHill. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Brian (Peggy) and Michael (Mary) Casey, Colleen (Bob) Donnelly, and Maureen (Tom) Fullmer. He was predeceased by his parents, and three of his brothers: Tim, Dennis, and Pat.
John J. Rocha '60, from Manila, Philippines, passed away from cancer on July 20, 2015. At SCU, he was a senior class officer and basketball statistician. After graduation, he was the Philippine's ambassador to Spain for many years. He was a very warm, personable, down-to-earth friend to many. He is survived by his wife Pilina, three children, and six grandchildren.
John Edward Nolan J.D. ’60, resident of Pleasant Hill John passed away on May 9, 2016 at the age of 81 with his family by his side after a long illness. John was born January 18, 1935 in Oakland California and attended St. Joseph's High School in Alameda, Santa Clara University (graduating with the Dynamic Class of '56) and Santa Clara University School of Law. John was in private practice a few years before joining the Port of Oakland where he was the Assistant Port Attorney for 30 years. After retiring he loved to spend time in his vacation home in the Santa Cruz mountains playing golf. He was also a member of the Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club. John was a big fan of the 49ers and the SF Giants, but his greatest love was his family. He is survived by his loving wife Sheila of 53 years, and together they raised four devoted children. Monica (Dave) of Palo Alto, John (Dana) of Portland and Scott (Lisa) of Australia. Seven cherished grandchildren, Kyle, Emma and Grace Johnson, Summer and Ella Nolan, and Quinn and Milo Nolan. Also survived by nieces Janet Gomez, Kathy Mattos, Annette Syrrist and nephew Steve Mattos. John was predeceased by his son Michael in 1992, his parents John and Monica Nolan, sister Jean Mattos and brother Bill. John was a member of Christ the King Church for 50 years and was a Eucharist Minister for many years. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held at Christ The King Church in Pleasant Hill on Friday June 10 at 11:00 am, with a reception following at Zio Fraedo's in Pleasant Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society 199 Brandon Road Pleasant Hill 94523 or to a charity of your choice. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=180185863#sthash.DSRpmEKF.dpuf
Professor Cornelius Timothy Moynihan '60, 76, passed away on Dec. 22, 2015, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, after a brief illness. His family was at his side. Born in Inglewood, Calif., on Feb. 2, 1939, to John H. Moynihan and Mildred I. (Dittman) Moynihan; he was the oldest of three children.
Connie will be remembered by family and friends as a kind and moral man with an impish sense of humor. He was the center of many a party where he entertained with his guitar and repertoire that ranged from folk songs to bawdy ballads. He enjoyed a good joke and always had one ready to share. He loved science fiction and taking his children, and later his grandchildren, to any movie with a spaceship or an alien. He was a steadfast supporter of wildlife conservation and animal welfare.
Connie attributed his success as an accomplished and respected scientist and academic to the education he received at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif. The focus and training imparted by the Jesuit brothers helped overcome the difficulties of his early years, and honed a keen scientific mind and disciplined approach to work and life. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Santa Clara University in 1960, his M.S. in physical chemistry in 1962 from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1965, also from Princeton.
His academic career began in the Department of Chemistry at California State University in Los Angeles, in 1964. He then joined the Department of Materials Science and Chemistry at Catholic University of America in 1969, and in 1981 he became professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As Professor Emeritus at RPI, he continued to review abstracts, to teach his favorite class in thermodynamics, and keep students on their toes with his rigorous line of questioning. Throughout his academic career, he specialized in amorphous materials (molten salts and inorganic glasses) and published approximately 180 scientific papers on various aspects of amorphous materials. In particular, he contributed to analyzing a complicated structural relaxation phenomenon of glasses and the most popular equations to describe the relaxation bears his name as "The Narayanaswamy-Moynihan-Tool relaxation formalism." He was a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and known for his high quality of research works and thorough and rigorous teaching of thermodynamics.
Connie is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Moynihan Falls of Evanston, Ill.; his son, Timothy Campbell Moynihan of Randolph, Vt.; his sister, Sheila Moynihan Wilson of Monterey, Calif.; his grandchildren, Keegan Moynihan, Declan Falls, Vivienne Falls and Connor Falls; his son-in-law, Bob Falls; and daughter-in-law, Bindi Rakhra; and his partner of 30 years, Maria Resnick. He was predeceased by his brother, Dennis Moynihan.
John Hall '61 died on July 15, 2015 at the age of 77; a resident at that time of Roseville, CA. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 2-11-38. Came to CA in 1949. Went to Bellarmine High School in San Jose, class of '56. He is survived by brother Tom Hall '61. John has 2 nephews who are also SCU alumni: Patrick Frontiera, '95 and Joe Frontiera, '97. At time of death he was unmarried. Had 5 children, 4 living: David Hall of Citrus Heights, CA; Ann (Hall) Day of El Dorado Hills, CA; Jim Hall of Carmichael, CA: and Colleen (Hall) Robertson of Folsom, CA. Deceased since 2002 is son John. John spent two years as a Lay Mission Helper in Ecuador; was a Probation Officer for 15 years; got a Masters in Counseling, followed by MFT work (Marriage & Family Therapy) until his health failed. Funeral was at Divine Savior Catholic Church in Orangevale, CA. Any remembrances can be sent to John's sister Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org Submitted by: Mary (Hall) Frontiera, sister
San Luis Obispo lost an icon when Gregory Morris '62 died on Feb. 8, 2016, at his home in Avila Beach. Greg was born in August 1940 in San Francisco to Harry and Anne Morris. In 1948, Harry, Anne, and their two sons, Greg and Michael, moved to San Luis Obispo. Greg attended Old Mission School, and after grammar school, achieved his Eagle Scout. He spent his high school years at Mission Central Catholic High School and Bellarmine College Preparatory and then graduated from Santa Clara University with his B.A. in history in 1962.
After working for The Hartford Insurance Company in San Francisco for two years, he moved back to San Luis Obispo in 1964 to work with his father at what was then known as Bachino & Morris. Soon thereafter the firm became Morris & Dee. Greg spent his career building long-lasting relationships and taking care of those in need. For over 50 years he considered his clients and employees his family. Greg was instrumental in expanding the company, now known as Morris & Garritano, to the firm it is today. He was proud to have been joined by two of his children to carry on the multi-generational business.
Greg married Theresa LaFace in 1967, and together they had four children: Kelly Morgan '91, Brendan Morris '92, Kerry Morris '98, and Patrick. One of Greg's ongoing passions was his belief in Catholic education, manifested through the reopening of Mission College Preparatory in 1983 and the school's expansion in 2004. His strong interest in history, particularly in that of California missions, was evident in his work to restore the La Loma Adobe-a project that engaged him until the end of his life.
Anyone who knew him would agree, Greg was the world's best host. He was a gentleman through and through, and he made sure your glass was full and your smile was big. His patience and attention to detail were extraordinary, and his boundless generosity was felt deeply by those around him, through his work ethic, his unbridled love for his family, and his commitment to his community through organizations like Mission School Memorial Foundation, Mid State Bank, and French Hospital. Greg exemplified his strong compassion for the people around him through his lifelong service as a Eucharistic minister for parishioners from both Saint Paul Church in Pismo Beach and Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo. He also participated in the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, two of the highlights being administering polio vaccinations and drilling water wells in India and Malawi, respectively. Greg's family loved going on vacations with him to beautiful locations such as Maui, Canada, Australia, Tahiti, Italy, and most recently Norway. His kindness and respect for others touched whoever crossed his path, and he was always interested in learning more about other cultures and other countries.
Greg Morris is survived by his brother, Michael (Sandy); his children: Kelly Morris, Brendan (Vicky), Kerry Morris (Ryan), Patrick (Linda); his grandchildren: Jennifer, Amy, Rell, Kalani, Grace, and his nephews, Kevin and Colin.
Robert Bachmann '63 passed away January 9, 2016, at home with his family by his side. He died from pulmonary fibrosis, but maintained his optimism and sense of humor throughout his illness. He was born in Los Angeles to Rudolph and Irene Bachmann, Swiss immigrants.
Bob graduated from Santa Clara University in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was an Engineering Program Mgr at Northrop Grumman. After retirement he taught part-time at the Monterey Naval Post Graduate School.
He was a lifelong skin diver and cyclist. He volunteered at Santa Clara Senior Center and enjoyed gardening and cooking for family gatherings. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and will be remembered for his generosity, humor and love of life.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverly; sons, Steve (Stephanie) and Jon (Katherine); grandchildren, Charlie and Chloe; brother, Rudy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul Kantner '63, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Jan. 28, 2016. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74.
Martin "Marty" Ziegler '63 attended SCU for three and a half years. He had to leave in the middle of his senior year & finished his degree in Southern California. He loved Santa Clara & always identified with that school. He passed away on Dec. 6, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Lynda, and two sons, Erich & Christian, and four grandchildren. Marty's nephew, Travis Martin Hagedorn '99, is a surviving alumni.
Thomas David DeGregori '64, 4/26/1942 to 7/1/2015. He was born and raised in Los Banos, CA, graduate of Los Banos High, Santa Clara University, and Golden Gate University, master's in taxation. Tom was a husband, father, father-in-law, CPA, Army veteran, Little League coach, investor, wine connoisseur, master card player, avid golfer, volunteer, and more. After residing in San Jose for 33 years as a CPA for Arthur Young & Co., and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Tom and his wife of 46 years, Beverly, retired in 2003 to Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort in Angels Camp, where he lived his dream of golfing, playing bridge, and enjoying good wines with friends and family. He was the proud dad of Timothy (Amanda) DeGregori of San Jose and "Baka" to his grandsons Michael Thomas, and Leo Anthony.
Brian Peter "Pete" Barndt '66, age 69 of Allen, Texas, passed away on Monday afternoon April 27, 2015 with his loving family by his side.
Pete was born on August 8, 1945 in Santa Rosa, California, a son of Martha (Dwyer) and Victor Joseph Barndt. He married Barbara McWilliams '69 on March 21, 1970, in Spokane, Washington. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Brian and Elizabeth '01.
Pete recently retired from Texas Instruments where he was a patent attorney for over 25 years. He loved his work and favorite hobbies of golf and travel because of the people those activities brought into his life. He also enjoyed history, art, poetry and music from Jamaican ska to opera.
Mary Kelly (Moroney) Basso '67, a resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon April 1st, 2016. Born to Thomas Moroney, and Sarah Kelly Moroney on April 23, 1945, Mary is now reunited with her parents, and her sisters, Carol (Duffy) Scheley, Nell (Nonie) Moroney, and Sally Moroney. Mary's early years were spent in San Mateo. She attended St. Catherine's Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, and went to Santa Clara University where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. It was there that she met the love of her life Raymond Basso '67, MBA '70. After graduation, they were married in 1967. She was a wonderful homemaker and support to her husband, as she raised their 4 children,; Ray Basso Jr., Sarah Basso Vergara, Brian Basso, and Anne-Marie Basso.
When her youngest daughter was in fourth grade, Mary attended College of Notre Dame and received her multi-subject teaching credential. She went on to teach 3rd grade and Montessori at St. Joseph's School in Menlo Park, and also did substitute teaching at St. Raymond's School where all her children had previously attended. Mary is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 48 years, Raymond William Basso Senior, her brothers, Carl , Barry (Faye), Tom (Carole), and Mark Moroney, and her sister Sheila (Ron) Santero.
Mary was a devout Catholic who for many years was a Eucharistic Minister tothe sick. She also enjoyed volunteering for several years teaching English to recent immigrants at the Catholic Worker House. Mary was an incredibly loving and caring person giving of herself to those around her who were in need. In addition, she cared for her mother-in-law and close friend, Lena Basso near the end of her life and numerous other family and friends.
In her later years, Mary was a proud grandmother to her seven grandchildren whom she adored, and spent much time with. She often said that her grandchildren were one of the greatest joys in her life. They are, Kevin Basso (27), Noah Vergara (17), André Basso (13), Luca Vergara(13), Cade Basso (11), Jenna Basso (10) and Sofia Vergara (5). She will also be fondly remembered by her dozens of beloved nieces and nephews and brother and sister in law Lawrence and Susan Basso.
Mary was diagnosed with lung cancer five and a half years ago. Those who witnessed her struggle with cancer were in awe of her grace, strength and fighting spirit. Though she endured many treatments, her tenacious will to live never waned and she remained positive throughout. As she passed away, Mary, surrounded by her family, smiled gracefully and was beautiful beyond belief. She became radiant like an angel as she took her last breath and met God.
John McInerney '67 passed away on August 8, 2016 surrounded by his family. Born in Los Angeles, CA on March 22, 1945, John grew up in Temple City, CA, attended La Salle High School in Pasadena, CA and then went on to earn his B.A. at Santa Clara University where he played on the baseball team. John was a veteran who proudly served his county in the Vietnam War. John and his wife, Evelyn settled in Arcadia, CA and John enjoyed a successful career of close to 40 years as a Commercial Insurance Broker. Of his many achievements, John was most proud of his family. He loved being a husband and father and relished in any time he got to spend with his family and extended family.
He is loved and survived by his wife of 39 years, Evelyn McInerney and their two children, Erin and Drew McInerney. He also leaves behind four siblings: Tom McInerney, Eileen (Patrick) McDermott, Mark (Carolyn) McInerney and Matt (Luanne) McInerney. Additionally, he is survived by so many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. John leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and of an exemplary life.
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James "Jim" Cronin '67, MBA '69, a San Francisco native and 34 year resident of Hillsborough, succumbed to cancer in the early morning of 3/18/16. He was a graduate of St. Stephen's Catholic School, St. Ignatius High School, and attended Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees. He was an army veteran, first lieutenant. A devoted family man and devout Catholic, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy; three sons, Stephen (and wife Danielle), Brendan (and wife Kristin) and Michael; two grandchildren (William and Emma); two sisters, Noreen Schillaci and Sheila Marko '70 MBA '72 (and husband Tony); and numerous nephews and nieces. Jim was predeceased by sister Patricia Farber. For several decades he owned and operated Norbert Cronin & Company, an insurance brokerage firm on Market Street in San Francisco. One of only 2% of insurance professionals, nationwide, to hold both CLU and CPCU designations, he was highly respected and universally recognized as an expert in his chosen profession. Jim loved life. On the donor list of many charities, he was a lifelong philanthropist. Generous with his time and talent, he was a loyal, honorable and compassionate man. His efforts to help family, friends and neighbors were legendary. A lifelong athlete, he continued to water-ski, cycle, and play competitive basketball into his final year of life. A member of San Francisco's Olympic Club for 61 years, he was elected to that organization's basketball wall of fame. Jim planned and organized regular gatherings of his classmates and friends from St. Stephen's, St. Ignatius and Santa Clara. Noted for his love of boating and circular pastries, he was fondly referred to as "Captain Doughnut."
Gregory Palmer Schmidt '69, age 69, former Secretary of the California Senate and Chief Executive Officer of the California Senate Rules Committee for 18 years, passed away on Aug. 24, 2016 surrounded by his family and friends in Citrus Heights, California.
He was born in Oakland, California on May 3, 1947 and attended Assumption School and Parish in San Leandro, followed by Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. After one year at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, he attended Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor's degree in History in 1969. He then achieved his Master's Degree from Berkeley in 1973. He also proudly served in the California Army Reserve "Fighting 91st" in Fort Ord and Sausalito.
As a young man, he was a consultant to Mayor Joseph Alioto's campaign in San Francisco, Senator Bill Lockyer's staff later as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Assembly Committees on Human Resources, Labor and Employment, and Consumer Affairs. In his later years he served the Senators Pro Tem: Bill Lockyer, Don Perata, John Burton, and Darrel Steinberg. In every situation he was either a leader, a counselor, a classics scholar, a humorist, or a visionary. He was often the voice of reason in any given room.
In the latter part of his capitol career he enjoyed being the Chairman of the California International Relations Foundation and promoting historic preservation projects and commemorations on the occasion of California's 150 birthday.
He was always an advocate for others, finding the best in people and promoting their good aspirations at every opportunity. He was truly a friend of mankind and never missed an opportunity to help people become the best they could be. His humor, wit, and kindness were legendary and will be sorely missed.
His family meant the world to him, beginning with his children Jeffrey Schmidt (Sara), Dr. Korina Tanner '93 (James) , John Schmidt (Beth), Thomas Schmidt (Allison) and his 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Charlotte Schmidt, and lovingly remembered by his companion, Cathleen Gardella who provided such good care for him during his final days and was the joy of his life in his final years.
He will be forever cherished by his brothers Paul Schmidt '72 (Gloria), Brendan Schmidt (Denise), and their children, his childhood friend Steve Costa of Inverness (the unofficial fourth brother), and the larger Schmidt, Palmer, Haynes, and Cunningham families, as well as numerous friends and associates throughout the state.
Arthur C. Gatto '69, Sept. 3, 1925 - Jan. 25, 2016, resident of San Jose, is survived by his sisters Alberta McDonald and Geraldine Gatto. He is the son of the late Antonio Gatto and Maria Pusatero.
Maureen Rose Murphy ’73 died peacefully, surrounded by her family on March 20, 2016. She was the devoted mother to Daniel, who taught her to follow her dreams, Marie, who taught her to listen, and Bobby, her angel, who welcomed her to heaven with her parents, Francis J. Murphy '43 and Virginia Murphy. Precious Grammy to Charlotte, Annie, John, and Clare. Cherished Mother-in-law to Kate and Jeff. Dear friend to Tony and Courtney, Todd and Ann, Lori and Sean, Tyler, Travis, T.J., Emma, and Jake. Dear sister of Geri Murphy '69, Pat Murphy MBA '73, Dennis Murphy '77, and KC Murphy '81. She leaves a hole in our hearts. Sweetheart to Joe Hurley, who always reminded her of her specialness and her motto: Have fun every day.
Mickey loved teaching, dancing, golf, bunco, keeping "the book" at every baseball game she went to, from Burlingame little league to the World Series, and hosting the Murphy Family Easter Brunch and Hunt. We will fondly remember Golden Bunny Eggs and the Mystery Bag.
She will be missed by her family and many friends from school, work, and the community. She will be sorely missed by her first friend and final caretaker, Barb.
John "Jack" Previte Jr. '70, July 20, 1948 – March 5, 2016, resident of Santa Clara, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2016, surrounded by his family.
Jack was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his loving wife, Valerie, sons John and Nicolas Previte, daughter, Elisha Spanton '98, and her husband, Matt Spanton, and granddaughter Matysen Spanton.
Jack attended Santa Clara University earning a bachelor's degree in 1970 in Econmics/Marketing. Following graduation, he served as a US Army officer during the Vietnam War.
Since 1990 he was the General Manager of CGB Investments, LLC, San Jose, California. He served on the Santa Clara University Board of Regents and was active in the SCU Bronco Bench as well as supporting many other university activities. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Almaden Golf and Country Club.
Jack loved all sports and throughout his life, he enjoyed many close friendships. He especially cherished his Sicilian (Italian) heritage and loved visiting friends and relatives in Sicily. Dedicated and hard-working, he always strived to improve on whatever endeavor he undertook.
He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Jack Sr. and Doris Previte of San Jose, California.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Kirk D. Cowan Jr. MBA '71 passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015, surrounded by his family.
Kirk was born at home to Kirk and Margaret (Rohrer) Cowan, in rural Leeds, ND, on April 14, 1936. He attended school in Leeds where he was very involved in school activities and was a member of the 1954 state champion Leeds Lions basketball team. After high school graduation he married his junior high school sweetheart Carol (Copeland).
Kirk loved the land and always wanted to farm. He received a mechanical engineering degree from North Dakota State University and an MBA from University of Santa Clara in California. He worked in the nuclear power industry for nearly 40 years. He worked for General Electric in San Jose, CA while living and farming walnuts in Morgan Hill, CA and worked for WPPSS at Hanford while living and farming apples, cherries and pears in Grandview, WA.
Kirk had John Deere green running through his veins and after retirement immersed himself in farming and collecting and restoring his John Deere 30 series tractors.Kirk loved spending time with his family and friends. He leaves behind Carol, his beloved wife of 61 years; son, David (Susan) of Grandview, WA; daughter, Celeste (Charlie) Fender of La Center, WA; grandchildren, Tracy (Zach) Stroud, Danelle (Nik) Lubisich, Riley Fender, Caeden Fender and great-grandchildren, Mavrick and Axle Stroud. He is also survived by one sister, Diane (Lyle) Long. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Irene Nestegard.