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Luis Guerrero Hernandez M.A. ’79 was born in Sahuayo, Mexico, on July 07, 1937, and died in Colima, Mexico, on June 3, 2014. After graduating from SCU, he joined Gas Menguc back in Mexico, from which he retired after 36 years in 2011. He was an avid reader and chess player. He is survived by his wife, Cristina; son, Alejandro; daughters Noemi, Cecilia and Beatriz and eight grandchildren.
After graduating from college, becoming a certified public accountant and then serving for two years as a naval lieutenant and pilot, Schneickert “really wanted to go to MBA school but didn’t have the money. He could have worked as a CPA, but young accountants weren’t making much. So he joined the San Jose Police Department as an officer from 1985 to 1987, got as much overtime as he could, and then went off to Harvard.”
Schneickert is survived by his wife Karen; their three sons, Roy and twins Jack and Nick; his father, Gary Schneickert; and his sister Christine.
Deacon Michael Edmond Murphy '80 died June 11, 2015, in a hiking accident in the Mount Shasta region of California. He is survived by his wife, Natalie Murphy '80, MBA '01, and their son, Patrick; his mother Patricia Lautze, and his brothers Martin Murphy (Cheryl) and Daniel Murphy (Jenn).
Michael was born in San Francisco in 1958 to Patrick and Patricia Murphy. He grew up in San Carlos, attended St. Charles School and graduated from St. Francis High School in Mountain View. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1980 with a major in history. While at Santa Clara, Mike joined the Army ROTC program, and it was in this program that he met his future wife, Natalie Eblacas. Upon graduation, Mike was commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant.
Mike and Natalie were married while both were in the military, and their son, Patrick, was born in 1988. Michael Murphy studied for and received his Teaching Credential while they were stationed in Texas. They spent three years on the East Coast, with Natalie teaching at West Point. Michael taught at Valley Central Middle School in Montgomery, N.Y. After two years of teaching, he returned to graduate school and earned a master's degree in religious studies. Once Natalie's assignment at West Point was completed, they returned to San Carlos.
Upon their return to the Bay Area in 1992, Mike went to work at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, teaching both math and religion. He also coached both boys and girls athletics teams. Michael was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop John Wester on June 25, 2006. Since that time he, and Natalie, have served at their Parish, St. Charles in San Carlos. Mike also wrote many inspiring and thought-provoking "Scriptural Reflections" for the SF Catholic.
Richard Bertolucci '81, associate sports information director for UCLA Athletics, died on July 28, surrounded by his family in Westchester, California, following a long battle with cancer. He was 56.
On UCLA Athletics' sports information staff for 34 years, Bertolucci was hired as assistant sports information director in July 1981, immediately following his graduation from Santa Clara University, where he earned a B.A. in English.
Rich served as the media contact for a number of Bruin teams throughout his long career, most notably men's volleyball and men's and women's golf. He was also the managing editor of the UCLA football and men's basketball game programs, as well as Bruin Blue, UCLA Athletics' official newspaper.
He is survived by Mary Ann, his wife of 25 years; his daughter, Juliet; his parents, Frank and Joy; his sister, Linda M. MacLeod '86; his brother, Dave Bertolucci '89; 14 brothers- and sisters-in-law; and 25 nieces and nephews.
Jeffrey William Carroll '81, 56, of Arcadia CA, passed Monday, March 2, 2015, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Jeff was born in Los Angeles, CA on February 1, 1959 to William A. Carroll and JoAnn B. Carroll. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1977 where he was awarded Athlete of the Year. He earned a B.S. Degree from Santa Clara University in 1981, while lettering in both soccer and football.
He is survived by his loving wife Debbie of 26+ years, and their two children, Alexander Jeffrey and Matthew William. He is also survived by his Father, William A. Carroll '58, stepmother, Louise Bannan Carroll '62, siblings, Richard Carroll (Connie), Colleen Lambert (Jeffrey), Kathleen Roussel (John), Mark Carroll '97, '98 (Colleen), Lisa Arnerich (David), stepsisters, Patricia Pascale (Matthew), Virginia Harvey (Jonathan), Joanne Vogt (Erik), Mary Bruno (Philip), many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his Mother, JoAnn (1987) and sister, Laura (1987).
Jeff loved life to the fullest and touched everyone in his path. He was a true family man and sports fanatic. He was an avid skier, soccer player, and his true love in life, besides Debbie and his boys, was golf.
Michael Jay Jones '80 J.D. '83, attorney at Law, aka Professor Jones/Coach Jones, passed away on July 13, 2015, after a brief but courageous battle with thyroid cancer. He was 58. He was a three-sport scholar-athlete at Pioneer High School 1976, played varsity football at Santa Clara University 1980 and graduated from Santa Clara University Law School in 1983. Mike joined and became a named partner at the law firm of Gallagher, Reedy & Jones in Los Gatos in 1983.
Family was everything to Mike. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Loretta, daughter Lauren J.D. '13 and son Bryan. Also survived by his mother, June, brothers Sam (Michelle) and Tim (Amy), sister Becky '83, J.D. '87 and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Samuel E. Jones Sr.
Timothy Carey McShane '89 died on July 7, 2015, in Seattle. Tim was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on February 27, 1967. He grew up on Capitol Hill in Seattle where he graduated from St. Joseph School and then in 1985 from Seattle Preparatory School. Tim was a very sharp, intelligent man. He was a 1989 magna cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University with a BA in political science. In his youth some of Tim's favorite activities were team soccer, debate team, and hanging out with his buddies. As an adult Tim enjoyed golf, cooking, reading, and traveling. Tim had a career in advertising and media sales and worked for many years at KZOK radio. More than anything Tim was a family man and loved spending time with his brothers, his mom and his dad, and especially with his two daughters, Katie and Liv. He was fun loving and goofy as well as kind, caring, and gentle. Tim is survived by his mother, Mary Carey; his father Paul McShane, Jr; his brothers Paul McShane III, Patrick McShane and Daniel McShane; his daughters, Katie McShane and Liv McShane, and a large extended family.
Jonna Robinson '09, 28, died suddenly on June 23, 2015. Jonna was working on her doctorate in psychology at Azusa-Pacific University in California where she previously received her master’s degree. Jonna received her undergrad degree from Santa Clara University. She is survived by her parents, John and Jo Nelle nee Nelson; her snoods, Megan and Kaleigh; her grandmother, Marion Robinson; her godparents KT Nelson and Jeff Robinson; many aunts and uncles, and 28 first cousins all of whom she knew and loved. She is also survived by her love, Bobby Joyce, and his family, who showed her much kindness.
Alex Rayburn ’11 was lost to a tragic fall in San Francisco on Feb. 21, 2015. He was 26 years old. We are grateful that the love of his life, Jackie Tasarz, and many of his friends from Santa Clara University were with him when he passed. Alex grew up in San Rafael and Novato. He attended Saint Raphael School and Marin Catholic High School. It was a wonderful childhood with many friends made at Swimarin, Central Marin Soccer League and CYO and YMCA Basketball. Alex had an idyllic high school experience at Marin Catholic, making many dear friends and growing physically, academically and spiritually. He was fortunate to play basketball for Marin Catholic and the Oakland Soldiers AAU teams. He was a 2011 finance graduate from Santa Clara University and worked for Silicon Valley Research & Trading for the last 3 years. He was working to achieve his entrepreneurial dream of establishing a hedge fund and was in the final stages of due diligence with institutional investors. He had applied to several MBA programs in the fall and was scheduled for admissions interviews this week. His future was blooming. Alex is survived by his parents, Steve and Mindee Rayburn of Novato, his sisters Amanda Durazo (Erik) of San Francisco and Stephanie Larson (Keith) of Novato and the love of his life for the past four and a half years, Jackie Tasarz ’11, of Concord. They had dreamed of a long life together with many little Rayburn's as Alex completed his MBA program and Jackie completed her medical degree. Alex leaves this world after impacting so many that met him to be a little gentler, a little kinder. As Alex would say, "Life is hard, Be nice to people."
Senior Nick Anderson '15, a straight-A accounting major from San Jose, died unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2014. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend. The 21-year-old was witty, extremely intelligent, and very compassionate toward others. He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets, and loved playing soccer and hockey. Because of his passion for working on cars, Nick aspired to become involved in the auto industry.
Michael Harris '15, son of former San Francisco 49ers CEO Peter Harris, died in a tragic boating accident near Catalina Island on Sept. 6.
Among the injured victims was Harris' girlfriend of more than two years, Kelly Wells '11, who is expected to make a full recovery. The couple lived in San Francisco and were planning to move in together. Harris' brothers, David and Richard, were encouraging him to pop the question. They said Michael was supportive and provided strength during tough times, and the two were lucky to have had him as a sibling.
"We know that he was having a very fun time with his friends, fishing and enjoying the water and being happy people," David said.
“He was a young man who was real, sincere, a great listener, always interested, warm, full of humor with the attendant laughter, who sincerely loved and prized family, who had a broad group of friends, old and new he cared for greatly, who was embarking on a career in psychology he embraced with passion helping adolescents because it mattered, and who as he matured into a man was a gift to me as his dad,” Peter Harris said in the Facebook post.
Harris had just started as a high school counselor at his alma mater Menlo School, in Atherton. The brothers said they will remember their sibling as someone who lived life to the fullest.
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Donations may be made in memory of Father Rynes to the Canterbury Fellowship, English Department, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.
On June 17, longtime profressor of religious studies Tennant (Tenny) Wright, S.J., '63 STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) died at the age of 87. He was born in Los Angeles on September 16, 1927, the son of Tennant C. Wright, Sr., a film director and Warner Brothers executive, and Marion McMahon Wright.
Wright graduated from Loyola High School, Los Angeles, and after earning his BA in English at Loyola Marymount University, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1950. He earned further degrees in English at Gonzaga University, theology at Santa Clara, and pursued graduate studies in religious studies at the University of Chicago. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962.
Tenny was a man of many interests. His concern with social justice issues resulted in correspondence with presidents, prime ministers, members of Congress, and activists. His interest in literature resulted in a long time correspondence with Graham Greene. He also taught for a brief time in Xiamen, China, studied Zen Buddhism in Japan, and he served the Diocese of San Jose in his ministry to incarcerated youth and their families as well as to the Emmaus Community of LGBT Catholics. He also published articles and op-ed pieces in a number of newspapers and periodicals on a variety of religious and social subjects.
Mary T. Pasetta, born Oct. 7, 1914, a longtime SCU Bookstore employee, passed away on May 5, 2015 at the age of 100. Mary worked for 40 years for the University. She enjoyed helping the students find books in the bookstore. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She is survived by her son, Robert Pasetta (Patti), her daughter, Janis Neth, and grandchildren, Jason Neth and Christina Pasetta...also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dan Pasetta. May she rest in peace.
Dr. Leo Victor English Jr. died peacefully at home surrounded by family. Leo was born December 31, 1919, to Dr. Leo V English and Elizabeth Baker English in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Toledo, 1940; Howard University Medical School, 1944. While practicing medicine in Detroit Michigan he was drafted into the Korean War as Captain Leo Victor English Jr. and served 2 ½ years in Alaska.
In 1954 Dr. English decided to settle in San Jose with his family. Upon the move to San Jose he was unable to rent an office in medical building or buy the home of his liking. He bought a home near San Jose Hospital converted the front to a medical office and the back to the home for the family. Later in his career Dr. English and three associates formed an HMO where he served as medical director.
Community involvement included: 1960-1961 President of the San Jose branch of the NAACP; San Jose Police Chief’s Advisory Board; Santa Clara County Grand Jury. 1965 Leo and his wife Juanita were instrumental in finding summer housing for Selma, Alabama students. Recognition and awards include: 1991 Roll of Honor Citation Howard University Student Non-Violent, Direct Action to Desegregate Restaurants and Interstate Buses Washington D.C. in 1943 and 1944; 1959 “Distinguished Citizen Award” from San Jose City Council; 1964 “Annual Service Award” for outstanding and distinguished service in the field of human relations from the Anti-Defamation League Council of San Jose B’nai B’rith; 1972-1977 Santa Clara University board of Regents; 2002 Martin Luther King association of Santa Clara County, Good Neighbor Award.
Dr. English was a member of the Serra Club, which fosters and promotes vocations to the catholic priesthood. Dr. English was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and co-founder of Gamma Chi Boule in San Jose. He enjoyed traveling with his family and assisting his sons in 4-H club animal projects. Leo is survived by his loving wife Juanita MA '75 of San Jose California, four sons: Leo English III (Karen); Isaac English (Sonia), James English '75 (Mary '76, MA '79) and Paul English (Steven). He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
An internationally renowned expert on art and cultural property law as well as comparative law, John Henry Merryman, dedicated his life to the study and teaching of law at Stanford, influencing generations of lawyers and art historians here and around the world from the time he joined the law faculty in 1953 until his death this week at the age of 95. Before that he was faculty at Santa Clara University from 1948 to 1956.
“John Merryman was a giant in several fields — comparative law and the field he helped create, art and the law,” said M. Elizabeth Magill, the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and dean of Stanford Law School. “He was a devoted teacher and mentor to his students. He taught his last class, “Stolen Art,” only a couple months ago, and helped launch the careers of many of our graduates who work at the intersection of the arts and the law.”
Merryman, the Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, Emeritus, and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Art, Emeritus, died on Aug. 3, 2015 at the age of 95 of natural causes at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. Details of a memorial service are not yet available, but one is expected to be held in the fall.
Pioneering the Study of Art Law
“In 1970 no one spoke of art law as a field for serious study or even as a subject for teaching. That art law is today recognized internationally as being essential to every country interested in protecting its cultural patrimony, by every American art museum as vital to the proper conduct of its trustees and by all artists as protecting their rights, is due in large measure to the publications and teachings of John Henry Merryman,” wrote the late art historian and Stanford Professor Albert Elsen in a 1987 Stanford Law Review tribute to Merryman, “Founding the Field of Art Law.”
Merryman introduced the idea for the new course “Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts,” in 1970 to a somewhat skeptical law faculty. Merryman taught the course in 1971, the first of its kind. Elsen collaborated and co-taught with Merryman — the two delving into questions of tax, copyright, contracts, regulation, cultural property, ethics and more — creating a syllabus for the nascent field of study and publishing the groundbreaking book Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts, now in its fourth edition.
Before that, Merryman was a comparative law scholar of international standing. “His great book on The Civil Law Tradition caused a fundamental rethinking of comparative law and subsequent scholarship — and courses based on that scholarship — were powerfully strengthened as a result,” said Thomas Ehrlich, dean of Stanford Law School from 1971 until 1976. “John’s many works relating to art and cultural property, as well as his multiple courses in that arena, were no less groundbreaking. He deployed his strengths in comparative law to produce penetrating analyses on the ownership of antiquities, as well as on art and the law more generally. Students from across the Stanford campus and beyond flocked to John’s classes. John was one-of-a-kind, as colleague and as dear friend.”
Merryman was truly an international scholar who was both a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute. His expertise in comparative law and art law led to visiting positions at universities in Mexico, Greece, Italy, Germany and Austria. He was president of the International Cultural Property Society and on the editorial board for various publications, including theInternational Journal of Cultural Propertyand the American Journal of Comparative Law.
He received numerous international prizes and honors over the course of his career, including the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and honorary doctorates from Aix-en-Provence, Rome (Tor Vergata), and Trieste, and was celebrated in two Festschriften: “Comparative and Private International Law: Essays in Honor of John Henry Merryman on His Seventieth Birthday” and “Legal Culture in the Age of Globalization: Latin America and Latin Europe.”
In 2004 he received the American Society of Comparative Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award “for his extraordinary scholarly contribution over a lifetime to comparative law in the United States.”
“John was for all of us a model of civility and old-world charm. He bore with unfailing grace the mounting burdens of age, continuing to write and teach deep into his retirement,” said George Fisher, the Judge John Crown Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Prosecution Clinic. “And he never lost his generous interest in the work of his friends and colleagues. He was a scholar for the ages.”
“He was a truly innovative scholar, ahead of his time throughout his long career,” said Lawrence M. Friedman, the Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law.
Merryman’s expertise in and enthusiasm for art benefited Stanford beyond the reach of his scholarship. In the 1970s, when the law school was building its “new” campus, he chaired the design committee.
“When the law school moved from the Quad to its new home in 1975, John undertook to use his art expertise to persuade some of the best graphic printmakers to lend major works of art to the Law School where they became the best art collection at Stanford apart from the Museum,” recalled Ehrlich. “He identified a stunning Barbara Hepworth sculpture [titled “Four Square (Walk Through)”] to borrow as the centerpiece of the school’s courtyard, and when the loan was up he arranged a gift of the elegant Calder sculpture that replaced it (titled “Le Faucon”). In honor of his many contributions to art, a good friend and admirer gave Stanford one of the largest and most handsome sculptures on the campus, created by Mark di Suvero.”
The di Suvero sculpture, “The Sieve of Eratosthenes,” was, according to a Stanford press release from March 2000, donated to Stanford by Daniel Shapiro and Agnes Gund, who wished to honor Merryman “by thanking him for all he has done for us and everyone interested in art by giving a gift in his honor to Stanford of a work of an artist that John thought was sorely missing on campus. And so now, because of John, there is Mark di Suvero’s ‘The Sieve of Eratosthenes,’ the work of a great artist to celebrate a great teacher and friend of art.”
Early Enthusiasm for Music and the Arts
Born in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 24, 1920, Merryman studied chemistry at the University of Portland and received a B.S. in chemistry in 1943. He continued his study of chemistry, receiving an M.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1944, but then switched to law. He received a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1947. NYU School of Law provided him with a teaching fellowship and the opportunity to continue his legal studies and he received his LLM in 1950 and JSD in 1955. He taught law at Santa Clara University (then called the University of Santa Clara) and joined the Stanford Law faculty in 1953.
Merryman also was a professional, card-carrying musician, financing his early education by playing piano in a dance band he formed called John Merryman and His Merry Men. He continued to play piano throughout his life, sharing his enthusiasm for music and the arts at Stanford.
“John and his wonderful late wife, Nancy, were friends of my wife Ellen and me for over 50 years, since we first came to Stanford in 1965, as they were friends of countless others — literally from around the world,” recalled Ehrlich. “John had a joyful spirit that illuminated not just every conversation of which he was a part, but every room where he was present. He was a wonderful piano player of Broadway show hits, jazz and much more. John was a learner, and he was able to share his learning with his friends with such a twinkle in his eye that you quite forgot that he was really teaching you and helping along while telling riotously funny tales.”
That early enthusiasm barely dimmed in retirement, as he continued to publish — and to teach. “Stolen Art,” which he taught in fall 2014, was a new course he had recently developed, likely the first of its kind.
“Some years ago I had the pleasure of ‘taking’ John’s oral history. I was struck by the satisfying life revealed in his reminiscences, full of intellectual challenge and warm communal interchange,” said Barbara Allen Babcock, the Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita. “He was an inspiration.”
While his scholarship was international, it was perhaps most keenly felt at Stanford.
“In my 30 years as a faculty member at this remarkable place, John Merryman was clearly one of the most remarkable of my colleagues,” recalled Henry “Hank” T. Greely, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law. “Hired here as the law librarian, he managed not one but two spectacular scholarly careers, the first as one of the leading comparative law scholars in the world and then later as one of the world’s very top ‘art and the law’ scholars. His civil law work led to him being named an Italian knight — un Cavaliero della Republica Italiana. Which brings to mind an even more important point about John. He was always a gentlemen: gracious, helpful, self-deprecating. I would say that they aren’t making them like John Merryman anymore, but they (almost) never did. He was a great scholar, a wonderful colleague and a very good person. I miss him.”
“John was a treasured colleague. We all sought his advice on a range of subjects because of his incisive mind, his wit and his insight. The world is a less interesting and elegant place without John,” said Magill. “We all mourn the passing of this wonderful man, who was a class act in every respect.”
Merryman is survived by three step-children, Leonard P. Edwards, Samuel D. Edwards and Bruce H. Edwards; four step-grandchildren; and five great step-grandchildren. His wife, Nancy Edwards Merryman, passed away in January.
Ian Murray, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering (1951-1988) and father of Barbara Murray, professor of theatre and dance, died on March 30. At 92 years old, Ian lived a long and full life, much of it spent serving at Santa Clara University. He was active in his profession as author, teacher and researcher while also dedicating time to the University community in numerous ways. He served as Faculty Senate president and was an active member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Among his creative achievements, Ian merged his passion for sailing with his academic expertise in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to develop the course, Dynamics of Sailing, in the 1960s.
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On September 18, David R. Palmer, retired faculty member from the Management Department, died after a chronic illness. He was a treasured member of the SCU faculty for more than 30 years. With his family and friends, we remember David and offer our prayers for his eternal rest and the consolation of all his loved ones.
David taught courses in both the undergraduate and MBA programs in the Leavey School of Business, specializing in management strategy and corporate social responsibility. He also was instrumental in developing the Leavey School’s theme-based Executive MBA program in which he taught for many years. David had a special love for Santa Clara University and a warm fondness for those with whom he worked for so many years.
While we mourn David’s death we also recall the gift he was to his family, friends, colleagues and students. Notes of condolence may be sent to his companion of many years, Marcie Radius, care of the Management Department:
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Nancy Motta Ghilotti, a long time resident of San Rafael, a generous and compassionate spirit, friend and mother, transitioned into the afterlife and into the loving arms of her son, Dino Ghilotti, on July 14th, 2015. She was 57.
She is survived by her beloved husband Richard Ghilotti '68, daughter Michelle Ghilotti Mandel '96, son Willie Ghilotti, son-in-law Josh Mandel, daughter-in-law Rochelle Ghilotti and grandchildren Jayden Ghilotti (12), Nolan Mandel (10), Vivian Ghilotti (3) baby Dino Ghilotti (1) and loving family in Guatemala including three sisters, a brother and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded by her father Rafael Motta, mother Stella May, stepfather Joseph May and son, Dino Richard Ghilotti, who received his wings on May 12, 2013, after graduating from the University of Miami.
Nancy was born on January 22nd, 1958 in Guatemala City. Often referred to as "the city of the eternal spring" because of Guatemala City's perfect temperature all year-round, this was Nancy's favorite type of weather. Guatemala is an ancient, diverse and exotic country she lovingly called home. As a child, she possessed a contagious smile and sweet sense of humor. From a young age, Nancy was an avid reader (hello, Nancy Drew) and loved school. In 1979, she moved to the United States with her mother, stepfather, daughter Michelle, and son Willie to start a new life in California. Nancy continued her education at San Francisco State University and then worked in sales at the famous Mark Hopkins Hotel.
In 1986, Nancy met her husband Dick on a blind date in San Francisco. They fell in love and were married in Napa Valley in 1988 and went on to create a loving, close-knit family through a 30-year relationship that was based on love, respect and mutual understanding. Their yin and yang approach to life made them a solid and soulful match. Together, they were the perfect couple that family and friends celebrated life with for over three decades.
In 1991, Richard and Nancy added a beautiful baby boy to their family, Dino Richard Ghilotti, who was known as the Â'fireplace' of the family. To accommodate the growing family, Dick and Nancy built a beautiful home in the San Rafael hills overlooking San Pablo Bay. This welcoming home was known amongst family and friends as "Club G". It became a place where many family gatherings were celebrated, such as birthdays, engagements and graduation parties. Nancy's enthusiasm and talent for party planning made these events extraordinary because of her signature gifts of creativity and attention to every single detail. One thing is clear - her zest for life spilled over into memorable events that were talked about for years to come.
Above all else, Nancy's greatest passion in life was her family. From a young age, she raised three children to be compassionate, social, giving and positive-minded contributors to society. It was no mystery that Nancy was a fiery and fun force to be reckoned with when it came to her loved ones. Nancy's loyalty was to her family, no matter what circumstance, and she made sure that she gave them as much love as possible. Her love for her family was shown in plans for family fun: celebrations, vacations, making gifts extra special, taking photos (lots of them!), and recently, playing "Ring Around the Rosy", meditating, sinking backward overhead basketball shots and hiking with her four grandchildren. She was an incredible and one-of-a-kind GRANDmother, and known as "GiGi" to her grandchildren. Nancy was also a lover of animals, and proud dog owner of Preemo, Clifford, Carmelo and most recently Roo, Dino's dog from Miami, whom she and Dick adopted into their lives two years ago.
Throughout her life, and even through the grief over the last two years in losing her youngest son, she maintained her vibrant personality and had a daring and energetic demeanor that inspired the minds and touched the hearts of many. She, as many have shared with her family, was teaching others to reflect on life's challenges with a tenacity and spirit, similar to hers.
Until her passing, she remained a fervent cheerleader of education. She sent all of her children to the best schools. After Dino's passing, she honored Dino's life and legacy by starting The dg Foundation, giving youth who may otherwise not get the chance to receive a quality education and the opportunity to attend San Domenico, Marin Catholic and University of Miami. The family is proud to announce that Nancy will join Dino as an honoree of The dg Foundation. To learn more about the foundation, please visit www.thedgfoundation.org.
Nancy is remembered by her children and grandchildren as hip (oh so young and hip), a woman who was always up for anything, and a mother and grandmother who always, no matter what, put family first and never took no for an answer. She is remembered by her family in Guatemala as a generous woman with an infectious smile who belted the lyrics of her favorite songs and as a jokester who, in the funniest way mixed Spanish and English, in her most expressive moments.
Her favorite places and best memories in the world were made on family vacations in Cabo San Lucas, Lake Tahoe, Guatemala, Italy, Miami and most recently India, where she and her husband Dick vacationed for a month. Before and after her trip to India, she discovered herself in a new light embracing spirituality, spiritual healing and selflessly helping others who were grieving as well.
The family would like to thank everyone who has shown their love, support and compassion over the past two years, and especially the last few weeks.
Margaret M. Casanova, born October 1, 1915, passed away peacefully, February 26, 2015, at the age of ninty-nine. Margaret was born and raised in Payette, Idaho. She attended the University of Idaho where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Margaret was a member and great supporter of the Catholic Newman Center at the University where in 2003, she established the Len and Margaret Casanova Scholarship Fund, for students who were active in Newman Center. She also was a lifelong member of the PEO Sisterhood.
Margaret married Leonard Casanova '27, Bronco Hall of Fame football player and coach 1946-1949, on August 17, 1963. He was also a University of Oregon football coach and athletic director. She was a devoted Duck fan and traveled with the football team until two years before her death.
Lynn Hatch, the loving, socially gifted and ever-resilient matriarch of the Hatch family, passed away peacefully in her home on September 11, 2015. She is survived by her children Katherine '81, Maury (Kristen) and Bruce and her grandchildren Nathan and Lindsay. She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge Leighton Hatch '50, and her son Francis Hatch.
Born Avalyn Hope Fjelstad in Granville, North Dakota, on December 27, 1930, Lynn was raised in North Dakota until her freshman year in high school. She then lived briefly in Chicago before traveling by train to San Francisco after World War II to join her family in Richmond, Calif. After graduating high school in 1948, she worked as a secretary in Berkeley and Oakland. In 1958 she met and married the love of her life, Leighton, and they spent 53 years building a life together full of family, community service and adventurous travel. Lynn and Leighton first lived in San Francisco, until 1960, then purchased their first home together in Mill Valley, where they started a family. In 1967 the family of six moved to Sacramento, where Governor Ronald Reagan appointed Leighton as Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Over the years Lynn was an active member of the Land Park community, participating as a volunteer in the Holy Spirit Mothers' Club, the Sacramento Judges' Wives Association, and serving as a board member of the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Volunteer Bridge Builders Program. She volunteered as a docent for school programs, coordinated fundraising events, organized other volunteers, and provided direct service to those in need as mentored by Father Dan Madigan and Sister Kathleen Horgan. Among all these responsibilities, Lynn always felt her most significant accomplishment was raising her four children.
Lynn thoroughly enjoyed traveling and meeting people. She and Leighton, a retired Army officer, visited 33 different countries and 31 states. Her favorite trips were military "space available" travel adventures, where she often brought home-baked goods for her flight crew. Highlights of these journeys include an elephant ride in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and renewing her vows with Leighton in Cork, Ireland.
In her later years, Lynn enjoyed the company of her family and in particular her grandchildren. She found great happiness in the comfort of her puppies, Libby and Marlee. She was an avid Kindle reader, a staunch Giants fan (Sergio Romo!) and an enthusiastic armchair Jeopardy participant. During her final years, she deeply appreciated the care provided by her doctors Jeffery H. Jones and Monice Kwok, caregivers Aggie Shriwastow and Manjula Narayan, and her longtime hairdresser Kathy Garcia.