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1940

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
GRD Law '40
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '40
Edward Sullivan

Edward D. S. Sullivan '40 passed away at home on January 12, 2010. Born on February 24, 1918, he was a native of Virginia City, Nev. Edward served in the Army Air Force starting just before World War II. He saw action in Africa, Sicily, Greece, and Rome where, as Colonel Sullivan, he was appointed liaison to the Vatican. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he prepared to become a college educator by attending Oxford University and the University of California at Santa Barbara (M.A. and Ph.D). He retired as Emeritus Professor of English Literature at San Diego State University in 1983. Sullivan then volunteered to teach English for two years in China at Wuhan University, where he was a principal founder of the Wuhan Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the financial assistance of Chinese students seeking education in America. These endeavors led to Sullivan's long and deep friendships with many Chinese students who traveled from afar to visit him on birthdays and holidays. Edward is survived by his cousins in the Reno, Nev., area and will always be remembered by his many colleagues and friends, who will miss him greatly.

submitted Jun. 7, 2010 11:23A
'40
Bernard Cassidy

Bernard F. Cassidy, S.J., ’40, 96, died September 15 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. A Jesuit since 1954, he recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination.

Bernie was born in Los Angeles in 1917 and was a 1940 graduate of Santa Clara University, where he majored in electrical engineering. From 1940 until 1953 he worked as a civilian electrical engineer for the Army and Air Force, involved in the design, installation, repair and instruction in the use of electrical and electronic systems at military bases in Hawaii and Sandia, New Mexico. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1963, he taught theology and served as student chaplain at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (1965-67), and in parish ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, Christ the King Church, San Diego (1968-78) and Holy Family Church, San Jose (1979-82). In 1982 he returned to Hawaii and served as Director of Spiritual Services at St. Francis Medical Center, Honolulu, retiring in 1992. He then became a hospice chaplain until 2005, when he retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center. During his four decades of ministry Bernie touched the lives of countless students, parishioners and hospital patients. 

submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:08P
'40
Andre T. Bogart

Andre T. 'Andy' 'Bogie' Bogart '40 on May 3, 2009 in Napa, Calif. Andy was born on November 30, 1916, in San Francisco and moved to Saratoga, Calif., at age 13. He was a longtime member of the Saratoga Volunteer Fire Department, fighting his first fire at age 17 and later retiring as captain after decades of service. During World War II, Andy served in the United States Army Air Corps, meeting Betty while stationed in Virginia. Andy and Betty were married on November 20, 1945 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Andy and Betty returned to Saratoga where Andy began work at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. After retirement, he coordinated the work study program at the Foothill Junior College District and enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling with the trailer group, and woodworking, all while rebuilding an unknown number of Volkswagen engines.

submitted Aug. 17, 2009 11:24A

1941

'41
Louis M. Caserza

Louis M. Caserza ’41, April 28, 2013. Dear husband of Bianca (Ratto), whom he married on August 18, 1956.  Devoted father of Rosemarie ’80, Catherine, and Elizabeth ’81. Son of the late Dionizio and Rachele (Crescio). Brother of the late John and Alfred Caserza.  Uncle of Richard (deceased), Gloria, Daniel, Teresa ’75, Steven, and David.  Great uncle of Philip, Matthew, Christina, Timothy ’05, Melanie, Claire, Michelle, Mark, Sabrina, Diane, Dennis and Rachele.  Great great uncle of Cooper, Rhea, and Alfred. 

A lifelong parishioner of Holy Angels Church since 1916.  Graduate of Jefferson Elementary School, St. Ignatius Preparatory, and University of Santa Clara with a BME.  Proud retiree of 34 years with Bechtel.  A member of several professional societies especially a 75 year member of ASME. He was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3773, Italian Catholic Federation Branch 19, Hillside Homeowners Improvement Association, The History Guild of Daly City/Colma, and Colma Historical Association.  He always looked forward to the annual reunion with classmates from St. Ignatius up to the last one the class had - their 72nd reunion.  He was also so proud to have received his golden diplomas from his high school and university.  After he retired in 1984, he enjoyed many hours outside gardening and being busy at his work bench.

submitted Jul. 4, 2013 6:58A
'41
John A. "Jack" Petrich

 John A. “Jack” Petrich '41, a Tacoma native and World War II veteran who served Washington as a state legislator and Court of Appeals judge, passed away January 7, 2010 at the age of 90.  Petrich also served as a Pierce County deputy prosecutor and was Western Washington coordinator for John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign.  Son Peter Petrich said his father loved politics but respected people with other political, social and religious beliefs.  “As a result, he himself commanded respect,” Petrich said.  Petrich said his father “passed away peacefully” at Tacoma General Hospital.  Jack Petrich was born in 1919 in Tacoma, a member of the pioneering Petrich shipbuilding family. He graduated from Bellarmine High School and in 1941 from Santa Clara University. Upon graduating from college, he entered the U.S. Navy’s Officers School at Columbia University. He ended his naval career in 1946 as commander of a mine sweeper in the South Pacific.  Peter Petrich said his father was stationed in Japan after the war and admired the country’s shipbuilding prowess.  “He respected them for their ability, even though he just concluded four years fighting them,” he said.  After the war he attended Georgetown Law School, graduating in 1949. He joined the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and was later named chief criminal deputy.  In 1954 he launched a private practice with partner John Binns.  A Democrat, Petrich served in the Legislature from 1956-66, first in the House and later the Senate, representing the 26th District in Pierce County. He served as Kennedy’s regional campaign coordinator in 1960 and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.  In 1980 then-Gov. Dixy Lee Ray appointed him as a judge on the state Court of Appeals, Division II. He served in that position until his retirement at age 73 in 1993.  In 1947 he married Margaret Horan, and the couple raised six children. She died in 1967.  Petrich married Ann-Louise Griewe Soper in 1971. After his retirement, Petrich tended to business interests and focused on his family, his son said. He often held court at his Fox Island summer home.  Petrich was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tacoma and served on numerous boards, commissions and advisory groups over the years.

submitted Mar. 2, 2010 11:08A
'41
James B. Wilcox

James Bowen Wilcox ’41, March 13, 1920, to November 19, 2012.

submitted Dec. 20, 2012 1:12P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '41
Harry G. Sanders

Harry G. "Paw-Paw" Sanders '41 went Home to be with the Lord June 3, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer. He served honorably in the United States Air Force for 30 years and retired a Colonel. Harry is survived by his wife, Thelma J. Sanders, to whom he was married for 68 years; children Steve Sanders and wife Miriam of Carbondale, Illinois, Russell Sanders, Kathy Hodgin Kennedy and husband Mike, and Susy Marr; grandchildren Charles Sanders and wife Shea, Adrianne Hodgin, Marissa Infante and husband Rodney, Rusty Sanders, and Rachael Bingham and husband Chris; great-grandchildren Caitlyn, Madison, and Dominic Sanders, and Jacob Infante. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2010 1:23P
'41
Guido Marengo

Guido A Marengo Jr. '41, age 96, a native of Stockton, passed away on Aug. 29, 2016 after a brief illness. He was the son of Guido Marengo Sr. and Beatrice Campodonico Marengo. Guido graduated from Stockton High School and graduated from University of Santa Clara in 1941. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a Captain and was a member of the Fourth Marine Division. Guido made four landings in the Pacific during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for action on Iwo Jima.

Following the war Guido married Patricia Yardley. He managed the department store, Katten & Marengo, and the Credit Bureau of Stockton. Guido was very active in the community during his business career. He was President of the Associated Credit Bureaus of California, served on the Boards of Junior Achievement, Chamber of Commerce, Stockton Merchants Association, United Crusade, St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Hall, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and O’Connor Woods Retirement Center. Guido enjoyed playing tennis, swimming, gardening and traveling.

Guido is survived by his wife of 69 years, Patricia. He is the loving father of Julie Biagi (George), Dina Dimalanta (John H. Dimalanta '66), and Barbie Burke (Mathew), and is the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, including Gia M. Biagi '93 and Alicia A. Biagi '97 and nine great grandchildren.

 
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 10:07A
UGRD Engineering '41
Eugene G. Stephens Jr.

Eugene Graham Stephens Jr. ’41 died peacefully in Novato, Calif., on July 10, 2013.  Eugene was born in Oakland, Calif., on October 3, 1919. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1937 and from The University of Santa Clara, Magna cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering, in 1941. In the same year he won first place for a research paper submitted to the 7th Annual Conference of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Branch at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.  During his career, Eugene worked at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, served in the United States Navy, and ran a steel fabricating business, McDonough Steel Company in Oakland, Calif., later renamed MidCon Fabricators in Tulsa, Okla. Eugene was an avid golfer, and he belonged to SIRS Branch 22. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church.  Eugene and Monica McDonough were married on July 11,1942, and celebrated fifty-seven years of marriage. As a widower, Eugene was blessed with a second wife, Patricia Bacich, Monica's best friend from childhood. They enjoyed almost fourteen years of marriage.  He is survived by his wife, Patricia, by his brother, Philip Stephens ’43, by six children (Michele Janssen, Monica White, Madeleine, Margaret, Patrick, and Mary), and five step-children, by twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Monica McDonough, by his parents, Eugene and Elizabeth, and by his sister and brother, Suzanne Ortman and Richard Stephens. 

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:18A

1942

'42
William H. Royer

William Howard Royer ’42 (April 11, 1920 – April 8, 2013) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He served as a U.S. Representative from the 11th Congressional District of California from 1979 until 1981. Born in Jerome, Idaho, he earned his B.S. at Santa Clara University and did graduate work at what is now Oklahoma State University. He served in the United States Army Air Corps (1943–45) and worked as a realtor before entering politics. He served on the Redwood City, California City Council from 1950 to 1966 (including service as mayor from 1956–60) and was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1972. He was reelected in 1976.In 1979, Royer won a special election to succeed the late congressman Leo J. Ryan (D-San Mateo), winning with 57% of the vote. He finished out the remainder of Ryan's term but was defeated for reelection in 1980, losing 46.4% to 43.3% to Democratic challenger Tom Lantos. Royer ran against Lantos again in 1982, losing 57% to 40%.Royer was married to his wife Shirley for 69 years and has had children and grandchildren. Royer died on April 8, 2013 at the age of 92 (days before his 93rd birthday) in his Redwood City home of natural causes. Relatives included granddaughter Whitney A. Sangiacomo '91, grandson Brady W. Royer '93, and son Dennis W. Royer '65.

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:05A
'42
Robert L. McDonald

Robert McDonald, Nov. 15, 2008. A native of Reno, he attended SCU until he joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 as a second lieutenant. He was a member of the 54th Fighter Squadron that was sent to the Aleutian Islands in June of 1942, two days after Dutch Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. He flew a P-38 over Kiska on many missions, wrecking a couple of planes before he shot down a Zero in October 1942. As a major, he became a squadron commander in the 46th Squadron, where he flew P-51s off Iwo Jima. After World War II, he attended the University of Nevada, then the University of San Francisco Law School. He graduated in 1949, and became a member of the Nevada Bar Association that same year. He began his legal career as a deputy attorney general and later became a deputy U.S. attorney. In 1952, he entered private practice in Reno with Alan Bible, who became a U.S. senator in 1954. They remained partners until the U.S. Senate adopted rules prohibiting lawyer members from maintaining private law practices. He later formed McDonald Carano Wilson LLP and founded several of Northern Nevada's most successful gaming companies and was a principal in the development of Incline Village. He was also a board member of Valley Bank of Nevada, an original partner of Boomtown and at the time of his death, part owner of Bonanza Casino. He was active in the Democratic National Committee and in his community, starting the Junior Ski Program, establishing a Pop Warner football program, as well as the Northern Nevada chapter of the National Association of Christians and Jews. He is survived by three children and 10 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:55P
'42
Raymond K. Lutz

Col. Raymond K. Lutz. Col. (USAF Ret.) '42  passed away on Nov. 9, 2009 at home.  He was 89 years old.

submitted Jun. 12, 2010 9:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '42
Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas "Marty" Fredericks '42, born May 12, 1921, in Petaluma, died suddenly of heart failure in Sonoma, his home of many years, on Father's Day, June 20, 2010, at the age of 89. The son of Martin T. Fredericks Sr. and Mary Cline Fredericks, his family has lived in Sonoma County since after the Civil War. After attending St. Vincent's grammar and high schools in Petaluma, he was educated by the Jesuits at Santa Clara University. He served in the United States Navy from 1942-46 in the Aleutians and the South Pacific. He was the Naval Attache to the United States delegation at the creation of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1946. He worked in the agricultural division of Pfizer Inc. for 32 years in San Francisco, Tokyo, New York and Sonoma. As a young man, he remembers driving on a dirt road between Petaluma and Sonoma to visit his uncle, Dr. Fred Butler, superintendent of Sonoma Developmental Center; and his cousin Peggy Butler McAleese. Marty and Mary were well-traveled, having visited every continent except Antarctica. Notable quote: "The smartest thing I ever did was marry that woman." Martin is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary O'Brien Fredericks, of Sonoma; he is also survived by his children, Marty, Jim, Tom, and Bill Fredericks and Ann Fredericks Jauco.

submitted Jul. 6, 2010 11:02A
'42
Lee Seemann

Long before he became an early Warren Buffett investor and a wealthy philanthropist, Lee Seemann '42 was a 23-year-old from Omaha piloting a B-17 over Germany. Seemann, a decorated war hero who often called himself “an incredibly lucky guy,” died on June 2, 2015, in Omaha. He was 95.

Seemann was born May 10, 1920, in Minnesota, but his father, a car dealer, soon moved the family to Omaha. Lee attended Dundee Elementary and Central High, class of ’38. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he played football at Santa Clara University in California, where he took part in ROTC and was president of the senior class. After World War II, in which he survived a number of close calls, he met Willa Davis, who immediately liked him.

Seemann bombed the Normandy coast on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and flew his final mission on Aug. 9. Some 30,000 American airmen based in England died in the war, but Seemann enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with his mother in Omaha.

He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross (twice), the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He recounts his harrowing tales in his 1998 memoir with David Harding, titled I Thought We Were Goners.

Lee became a branch manager at International Harvester and later started his own business, Seemann Truck and Trailer.Willa’s father was a prominent Omaha urologist, Dr. Edwin Davis. He and the Seemanns, still in their 20s, invested with Buffett in the late 1950s and built large fortunes. Over the years, Lee and Willa Seemann have donated quietly to universities, hospitals, museums, churches and other charities. In the 1990s, they were major contributors to the Strategic Air & Space Museum. They also donated to his high school, and a decade ago Central named its new football facility Seemann Stadium.

 

The couple raised four children, but suffered the death of daughter Jane Seemann in a 1988 car crash in Omaha.
 

In 2000, Seemann underwent heart bypass surgery. In recent times he was in hospice care, and his wife said he died from various old-age ailments.

 

Besides his wife, he is survived by sons Lee Seemann Jr. of Omaha and Scott of Washington state; and daughter Ann Drickey of Palm Springs, California.
submitted Aug. 4, 2015 8:23A
'42
Joseph Franzoia

Joseph Francis Franzoia '42 was a native Sacramentan, born Sept. 4, 1920 to parents Sabino (John) and Rosina Franzoia, preceded in death. Passed away peacefully, Monday, April 21, 2014. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School and Santa Clara University. He joined the army serving in Italy during World War II with the Allied Control Commission. After returning from the service he married Dorothy Valerio and became a partner in the M & D Service Station. He later sold it and became a partner with his father-in-law, Peter Valerio, in the Rosemount Grill until his retirement. In semi-retirement, he worked for Brewster House in Davis and Old Ironsides in Sacramento. Joe was a member of Sierra View Country Club for over 50 years and an avid golfer having made 8 holes in one at various courses and locations. He enjoyed reading, gardening, and working crossword puzzles. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 68 years, his daughter Joanne (Ralph) Campasano of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sons James (Joh) of Los Angeles, Joel, Jeremy of Sacramento, Jeffrey (Colleen) of Albany, Ore.; grandsons Jared Franzoia, Ralph Campasano of Ariz.; granddaughters Kahleen Biles of Ore, Gianara Campasano of Penn.; and two great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his oldest son John Peter; his brothers, Andrew and Alfred; sisters, Angelina Corti and Cecelia Gaddi. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was a good and loving husband and father who will be greatly missed. 

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:12A
'42
John F. "Lefty" Collins

John F. "Lefty" Collins ’42, a resident of Pleasant Hill, passed away peacefully at his home in Pleasant Hill on January 28, 2013 at the age of 92 with his loving family at his side. John, a lifetime Bay Area resident, was born in San Francisco to Francis and Alice Collins on May 14, 1920 and attended St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, followed by Santa Clara University on an athletic scholarship for baseball. He spent his youth playing baseball and was named the high school All City Pitcher for San Francisco in 1938. John, an avid golfer, served many years as the Treasurer for the Concord Men's Golf Club. He enjoyed creating and caring for his garden, a park like refuge for wildlife. John married Suzanne Channell at Camp Barkeley, Texas, in 1943. He joined the Bank of America in 1943 and soon after moved to Pleasant Hill in 1949. John retired from the Bank in 1984. He was part of the Greatest Generation as a member of the United States Army serving in France during WWII. John was predeceased in 2003 by his wife Suzanne. He is survived by his sons Michael Collins and Timothy Collins, daughters Kathy Greear and Liz Azuma, son in law David Azuma, grandchildren Jennifer McNeill, Kelly Greear and Amy Greear.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '42
James Denver Rickert

James Denver Rickert '42 passed away April 10, 2011 just a few days past his 93rd birthday. He was born in Greenville, Penn. on April 2, 1918 to George and Florence Rickert. Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eva, and his sons Jim (Mary), Randy (Debbie), and David (Joel), and daughter Jan (Buck) Anderson. He is also survived by sisters-in-laws Ruth and Elizabeth Rickert and brother-in-law Gil Doss, 9 nephews and nieces, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brothers Duke and Bud and niece Kay. Jim's father George moved his young family to California in the early 1920s looking for a better life than he had in Pennsylvania. The family constantly moved throughout California looking for that opportunity, finally settling in Shasta County in the early 1940s. For all of Jim's life he was part of a family partnership with his wife, father, mother, brothers Duke and Bud and sisters-in-law Ruth and Elizabeth. All that time was spent in the cattle business that included the family cattle ranch in Bella Vista and Rickert Meat Company in Cottonwood. Jim was an All-American basketball center for an outstanding basketball team at Santa Clara University in the early '40s and is a member of the Santa Clara Sports Hall of Fame. After college he played for a professional basketball team, the Sacramento Senators, and for many years played town team ball in Sutter and Shasta counties. Jim was also very active in community activities. He was a Cottonwood Fire District director for 30 years and as a trustee on the Cottonwood Elementary and Anderson High School districts for over 35 years. Jim loved to work in his garden, gold mining, walking at the ranch with his dogs, playing cards, going to high school basketball/football games, track meets and talking about and being with his family.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 12:13P
'42
Herman R. Roesti

Herman R. Roesti, June 3, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and two children. 

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:56P
UGRD Engineering '42
Grover James O'Connor

Grover James O’Connor Jr. '42 passed away at age 90 in the early hours of April 1, 2009, at his home in Windsor, Calif., following a short bout with pancreatic cancer.  Grover was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, on Nov. 4, 1918, during the closing days of World War I.  His parents were Grover James O’Connor Sr. and Garbrielle Cabrera.  He was a third generation Californian. Grover Jr. grew up in San Francisco during the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression.  He attended Most Holy Redeemer Elementary School in San Francisco, then University of Santa Clara in 1942.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he took a job with Philco Corp. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  During the World War II he served his country by working on the development of airborne radar, a top secret project at the time. In 1946 he married Camelia Lucy Doménech in Philadelphia and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1948 where for nearly 40 years he worked as an aerospace engineer doing Research and Development for the satellite division of Hughes Aircraft Corp. before retiring in 1989 at age 71. He is survived by his wife Camelia Doménech O’Connor; his children Eileen O’Connor Casanova, Eugene R. O’Connor, Lee A. O’Connor, and Dennis E. O’Connor; his grandchildren Nicole Casanova Best, Rick Casanova, Christopher O’Connor, Catalina O’Connor and Brenda O’Connor; his step-grandson Fernando Ramos; his son-in-law Joaquin Casanova and his daughters-in-law Silvia Sánchez O’Connor and Isabel Bonet O’Connor; as well as his brother Gerald O’Connor and sister Madeleine O’Connor.

 

 

 

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:56P
UGRD Leavey Business '42
Gerald Richard (Gerry) Graham

Gerald Richard “Gerry” Graham ’42 passed away with his family at his side at his home in Saratoga, California, on January 29, 2017. The son of Stephen and Irene Graham of Sacramento, he was born on October 27, 1920. When he was one year old, the family moved to Oakland, California, where his father opened an automotive repair shop. He spent his first three years of high school at Oakland High School, then moved to Santa Clara to live with his aunt, where he graduated from Bellarmine College Prep. He was a great baseball player and earned a baseball scholarship from Santa Clara University. He played two seasons on the varsity baseball team. Nephew of Charles “Charlie” Graham and cousin of Fran Smith, S.J. ’56, Gerry graduated from Santa Clara University in 1942 with a bachelor of science in accounting. He attended Midshipman’s School at Columbia University in New York where he earned his commission as an ensign in the Navy. During World War II, he served two and a half years on destroyers in the Pacific. After the war, Gerry joined C.E. Reed Road Oil Company in San Jose. Through hard work and dedicated service, he formed a partnership with his Father-in-law Charles “Ted” Reed, and they incorporated as Reed & Graham in 1955. Gerry became President of Reed & Graham, Inc. in 1972 and led the company as it participated in the building of Silicon Valley. Through active involvement in many organizations in the Santa Clara Valley, he was a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Bank of Santa Clara, President of the Board of Fellows of Santa Clara University, President of the Board of Directors of Santa Clara Valley Youth Village, President of the Serra Club of San Jose, and President of the Board of Directors of Bellarmine College Preparatory Foundation. Gerry also served on the Board of St. Elizabeth's Day Home and as a Board member of La Rinconada Country Club. Gerry was honored by the Catholic Church when he was selected to become a member of the Knights of Malta, a Roman Catholic lay religious order. Together, Gerry and his wife Allene loved travelling the United States and Europe for golf and their time in Palm Desert playing the game. Gerry was respected and cherished by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His love, honesty, and perseverance toward the greater good of others will persist to eternity. He lived with magnificent gratitude, humility, and grace until his very last breath. After a long illness and the death of his loving wife, Jane, he was blessed to have been introduced to Allene, his loving wife of 50 years. Preceded in death by his youngest son, Steven Reed Graham, he is survived by Allene, children Gerry R. Graham, Jr. (Paula), Nan Marie Graham (Carol), Jane Ann Graham ’79, and Timmy Ann Lumby (Butch). He will be deeply missed by his 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

submitted Jan. 31, 2017 5:02P
'42
George Poppin

George Poppin '42 on March 1, 2010.  He was the loving husband of Dorothy Edith Ritter Poppin; adored father of Nancy Ann Umland (Art) of Marysville, Thomas George Poppin (Lyn) of Palo Cedro, Joan Marie Mickelson of San Francisco, and Deborah Kathleen Jeffries of Hoopa; precious grandfather of  Matthew and Mark Posey, Thomas Poppin, Jr., Greg Tribulato, Jackie Williams (Todd), Shannon Powell (Kevin), Derek Jeffries and Marney Kubala (Jason); great grandfather of Chaylene and Jeremy, Derek, Jr, Phillip, Jacob, Brandon and Caleb, and Emily; great-great grandfather of Haliegh. George was born in Phoenix Arizona on August 31, 1918 to Russian immigrant parents. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family.  George met his sweetheart, Dottie,  at Siegler’s Springs in Lake County, California on the Fourth of July 1941.  It was love at first sight.  They married on June 24, 1944 in San Francisco, CA. George graduated from Commerce Evening High School and continued on to Santa Clara University with a full football scholarship. He graduated in 1942.  During WWII, he was stationed in Berlin, Germany.  He was the Chief Secretary of the Economic Directorate (United States Element) of the Allied Control Council.  He held the rank of Captain. During the Fall of 1945, he coached one of the first American football teams to play football in the history of Berlin, Germany. After the War, he pursued his master’s degree in Education from San Francisco State College.  His first teaching job was at George Washington High School in San Francisco during the fall of 1947.  He taught mechanical drawing and physical education and also became the head football coach. After teaching at Samuel Gompers Trades High School (John O’Connell Vocational High School.) George transferred to Galileo High School in 1957.  It was there that he became the head football coach.  He taught many different types of classes, but primarily he taught U.S. History.  George and Dottie did some traveling after he retired from teaching in 1977.  They traveled to Beijing, China in 1983 and later to Russia and Turkey.  The purpose of the trips was to promote the love of roses.  George was the Head Rosarian at Golden Gate Park.  It was on the trip to Beijing that he brought roses from San Francisco and brought home roses from China.  George’s fascination with short-wave radio allowed him to become a  technical monitor for several international radio broadcasters: Australia, China, Israel, France, Turkey, Italy and England.  He monitored up until last year and enjoyed every moment.  Many interested people would write for information about how to listen to radio stations for their homeland.  George was gracious and helpful. Preceded in death were his parents John Fred and Hazel Nicholas Seminoff Poppin, brothers and sisters, John, Alice Pettibone, Jim, Nell Payne, Mary Andrews, Hazel Thompson, Dorothy Hollandsworth, Alex and Nick Papin, Fred, Bill and Hania Poppin, and Anna Seminoff.

 

 

 

submitted Apr. 5, 2010 4:49P
'42
Frank Petersen '42

Frank R. Petersen '42 passed away peacefully on January 16, 2009, at home surrounded by his family. Frank was born February 10, 1919 in Reno, Nev. He was raised by his mother, Louise, who was blind.  Frank graudated with honors form Reno High School in 1937.  He was elected to the Reno High School Hall of Fame for football and basketball. He was offered football scholarships to many universities across the nation and chose Santa Clara University.  He was the first student from Reno High School to play big-time college football. He was coached by Buck Shaw and assistant coach Len Casanova, both in the college football Hall of Fame.  Frank played right halfback for the Broncos.  The Broncos faced and beat the likes of Purdue, Michigan State, Stanford, California, Oklahoma, and UCLA while he was there.  From 1937 to 1942 the Broncos were ranked 15th or better in the Associated Press final polls.  Frank was commissioned in the Army after he graduated in the summer of 1942 and later transferred to the Army Air Corps, in which he served until after the end of World War II.  Frank attained the rank of captain and piloted a B-17 aircraft, which he named RENO-vation. He flew more than 60 combat missions in the European and Pacific theaters during the war, including three on D-Day. He received the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. After being discharged, Frank went to law school at the University of San Francisco and returned to Reno to start his law practice in 1950. He enjoyed a successful and distinguished career. He was joined in his practice by his son, Steven '69, in 1972.  His warmth and humor will be remembered as well as his endeavors to help people form all walks of life.  Frank is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vera; his son, Steven (Gayle); granddaughter, Lisa Petersen; granddaughter, Carly Garamendi (Michael) and great-grandchildren, Maggie and Will Garamendi.

submitted Sep. 14, 2009 10:41A
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