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GRD Leavey/MBA '69
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.
Lawrence Wisne '70, 68, passed away peacefully in Florida Hospital on Monday, September 19, 2016 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 68. Larry is survived by his wife, Christine; children, Lawrence Jr. (Allison), Michael and Anna; grandchildren, Locke, Reece, and Hudson; his brothers, Alan (Kathy) and Joseph (Debbie); nieces, Shannon and Madelyn and nephew, Lee. He is preceded in death by parents, Anthony and Hazel; sisters, Janis and Toni; niece, Kyla and nephew AJ.
Larry was born on December 17, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan to Anthony and Hazel. He graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1966, earned his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1970 and his master's degree from University of Denver in 1972. He married Judy Wisne (Piotrowski) in 1977. They have three children, Lawrence Jr., Michael and Anna. He later re-married Christine Wisne (Hughes) in 2005; her daughter is Angelica Hughes. Larry's daughter-in-law is Allison Wisne M.A. '08.
Larry had an illustrious professional career, taking over as President of Progressive Tool and Die (PICO) in 1979. He built the business that started in his father's garage into an international powerhouse, culminating with multiple appearances on Forbes' list of 500 largest private companies in America in the late nineties and sale of the business to Fiat S.p.A in 1999. Additionally, he became one of the premier restaurateurs in the Midwest, advancing fine dining in the Detroit area by starting Tribute Restaurant, which garnered national attention for its innovate approach to cuisine and top-flight clientele. Larry had a deep love for athletics including racquetball, hockey and softball, but none more than golf and his Detroit Lions.
He was a kind and giving man who had many passions including photography, nature and cooking. He was wholeheartedly dedicated to his faith in the Catholic Church and was always generous to those who were less fortunate.
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.
Fr. James W. Reites, S.J., M.A. '71, STL '71 who was 78 years old, was a beloved member of many, varied communities at Santa Clara University for the past 41 years. He served on the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies where he was associate professor and former department chair, and helped found the Xavier Residential Learning Community, where he served as faculty director. For more than 10 years, Fr. Reites led various student immersions to Mexico and El Salvador. Additionally, he was an associate professor in the School of Engineering, where he was a tireless and stalwart adviser to the University's three teams of competitors in the national Solar Decathlon. Most recently, he had served as adviser to students in the Tiny House competition.
His work on the Solar Decathlon was honored in an NBC story segment, “Bay Area Proud,” which chronicled his path to becoming a Jesuit and his lifelong twin loves of theology and science.
His joyful and active presence will be greatly missed at the Jesuit community, where he has lived for the four decades while at SCU.
Born in New Orleans, Fr. Reites studied engineering, math, vocal and choral music, as well as classics, humanities, philosophy and theology. He earned degrees from Loyola University of Los Angeles, Immaculate Heart College, Santa Clara University and St. Louis University. He earned his STL in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and completed his STD at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and served on the Board of Trustees for Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose.
William Everhart '74 MBA '86, died February 2, 2016, at his home in Farragut, Tennessee. Bill grew up in Houston, TX, where he attended Strake Jesuit College Prep. He moved to California to attend SCU as an undergrad. During his Junior year Bill was "the cool RA" on 8th floor Swig. Later that year he ran and was elected the 1973-74 ASUSC President. His "Vote for Bill Everhart" t-shirts with the Mr Peanut logo helped result in a landslide election. After obtaining his BA, Bill worked at the campus post office for several years. He maintained an active interest in music, playing guitar and singing both in a band (High Tide) and solo. In the Pipestage venue beneath Graham he once opened up for comedian Steve Martin, and the band High Tide played at Pipestage. After completing his MBA in 1986 Bill became Assistant VP for Finance at SCU. A love of outdoors prompted Bill to commute to SCU from a home above the San Lorenzo River in the redwoods of Felton, and to take backpacking excursions in the Sierra Nevada and in Canada. In 1992 Bill became CFO and VP for Business and Finance at Mt St Mary's College in Los Angeles. He moved to Marina del Rey, bought a BMW and power boat, and became "LA Bill". It was there he met and married his wife April. In 1999 he moved to Rancho Cucamonga and worked at Claremont Graduate University where his roles were VP for Finance, Treasurer, and Sr VP for Finance and Administration. In 2004 he was appointed Interim President of the Claremont Graduate University. His work at Claremont earned him an honorary PhD in 2005. During that time Bill and April had a daughter, Caitlin. Bill's final career acts were to move to Sweetwater, Tennessee where he started his "Purring Dog" organic food farm, as well as continuing his efforts at music writing and performance. He issued a solo CD, "Different Hats", and then formed a band Exit 62 which performed in the Knoxville area and issued a CD "This Way". Bill's greatest interest was in his daughter Caitlin's life, where Bill spent many hours as a soccer dad and in raising Caitlin to be a great human being. The many "hats" that Bill wore through his life brought him close friendships to many people. He will be missed by all. He is survived by sister-in-law Cynthia Everhart '76 and brother George Everhart '69.
Terry Kane '75 was a resident of San Jose and a loving father, husband, counselor, and friend. Terry was born and raised in Merced, California. He graduated from Santa Clara University (1975), received an M.Phil in economics from Oxford (1977), and a law degree from USC (1980).
He and his wife, Judy Keifer, met in Los Angeles, quickly relocating to the home ground of San Jose to raise their two beautiful girls, Mary Kate and Holly. His family was his life, and he adored his girls. Terry joked that he spent over 20 years practicing law in different offices in downtown San Jose all within a 9 iron shot of Almaden Boulevard and Santa Clara Street. He was an expert in trusts and estates law and later moved into the banking world working at Wells Fargo, First Republic and Fremont Bank. In 2009, he authored The Wise Planner, a guide to estate planning for families of all income levels, written with his intelligence and wit to simplify potentially complicated legal matters. He was a 20+ year board member for the San Jose Conservation Corp, member of the San Jose Rotary Club, and Associate Law Professor at Lincoln Law School.
His piano playing was a joy to his family and others, as well as to himself. Terry loved scuba diving with his daughters and boasted his second job was camera bag Sherpa for his wife Judy, an amateur photographer. Terry was full of pride and love for his family: daughter Mary Kate studying for her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, daughter Holly at Oxford University completing her M.Phil in Archaeology, and his loving wife and best friend of more than 30 years, Judy. He is also survived by his elder brother, Thomas J. Kane, III '73, his sister, Sharon Marshak, and mother and father-in-law Jan and Jerry Keifer. His mother, Kay Kane, died in 2015. His father Thomas J. Kane, II died in 1973. He will be missed more than he could ever know.
Signe "Seena" Frost M.A. '76, 83, a long-time resident of Watsonville, CA, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2016, at home with her family at her side. Seena was born in Lock Haven, PA in 1932 to Florence (Bramming) and George Culbertson. The family moved to La Jolla, CA in 1942 where Seena attended The Bishop's School for Girls (class of 1949). Seena received a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in Claremont, CA in 1953 and a Master's of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT, in 1956. Seena returned to school while raising her four children, and received a master's in psychology from Santa Clara University in 1976. Seena was licensed as a marriage and family therapist in 1977 and served as the director of the Family Services Association of Watsonville from 1977-1985 and again from 1996-2001. In 2001, Seena's first SoulCollage® book was published. Her subsequent book, SoulCollage® Evolving, was a Silver Medal winner in the 2011 Nautilus Book Awards for titles that contribute significantly to conscious living and positive social change. Seena leaves behind her four children: Jennifer Frost, Paul Frost, Meg Frost Gorny and Sarah Frost; her four grandchildren: Devin Bhattacharya, Luke Frost, Carrie Frost and Joseph Gorny; and her life-long friend, Edward Frost.
Marion Tavenner Hose '83, Aug, 30, 1963, to Feb, 3, 2016. Marion passed away on February 3 from heart failure, in Reno. She touched people far and wide - connecting people, finding ways to make peace, solving problems, bringing joy to others with her laughter and welcoming spirit.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Okinawa, Marion graduated from Lynbrook High in San Jose and Santa Clara University. Marion had a lengthy career in commercial real estate, first in San Jose, then Reno, where she and her husband founded and owned AMH Properties. She actively served on many volunteer boards.
Marion is survived by husband Alexander V. Hose, son Alexander, and mother Marcia Tavenner of Reno, sister Sharon Simas of Bellevue, WA, and brother Kevin Tavenner of Novato, CA.
George Ambrocio Martinez Sr. M.A. '93, May 25, 1939, to Feb. 9, 2016. A resident of Santa Clara, George graduated from Santa Clara University with his Master in Educational Administration in 1993. He was married to Rosalie G Martinez in 1959. He is survived by his four children including Stephanie Martinez '99, six grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Affectionately known as Jackie, she was born on a sunny fall late afternoon, November 12, 1995, at the Norwood Caritas Hospital in Norwood, MA, into a family consisting of her mother, Huu Huyen, father, Tin Pham, and older brother, Alex Pham Huyen. Loving, beloved and cherished daughter and sister to her family. Beloved niece and cousin to many on East and West coasts as well as in Vietnam. Beloved girlfriend of Yang Li of Qingdao, Shandong, China. Beloved friend to many in the Santa Clara, California area.
Jackie attended Santa Rita Elementary School followed by Egan Middle School from kindergarten through grade nine and graduated from Los Altos High School with the Class of 2013. She was a Junior in progress of pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from the College of Sciences of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.
Jackie was a member of the Vietnamese Student Association. She had a passion for the arts, particularly drawing. She also adored working with children at the Community School of Music and Arts in Palo Alto. She loved animals, especially their neighborhood cat Carter.
Faculty & Staff
Professional machinist Stanley Tharaud, longtime contributor to the SCU campus community and a dedicated SCU staff member for decades, died on January 10, 2016. He was 88.
Stanley was a talented and extraordinarily clever machinist who worked closely with faculty and students in the College of Arts & Sciences. He was a champion of faculty and student research projects and did a masterful job keeping SCU research and teaching lab equipment in good working order. Stanley deisnged and built many of the apparatuses that have been, and continue to be used in the faculty research labs. He retired in November 2012 after almost 34 years of service to the University.
When Mary Gordon arrived at Santa Clara University in 1975 as a professor of history, the faculty at the formerly all-male, Jesuit school still had so few women you could count them on one hand.
Gordon felt that, like prayer, education required two hands devoutly clasped together -- raising the school's fortunes on high. By 1980, she had created the first women's studies program at one of California's most patriarchal institutions, transforming it to a more inclusive, world-class university in the process.
Gordon died on Christmas Eve, surrounded by her family,including her daughters, Alexandra and Eve Gordon. She was 89. She will be buried Jan. 9, following a private memorial service.
When she agreed to take on the task of building a women's program from scratch, Gordon extracted a promise from Father William Rewak, then the university's president, to make hiring faculty for the new women's studies program a priority. "That's the other thing Mary did that was unbelievably important in the history of Santa Clara University," said Barbara Molony, who later succeeded Gordon as director of the program. "That then brought in a whole cohort of women. Within a decade, we were having women faculty dinners that filled up an entire hall."
Gordon pushed against barriers to women throughout her career. She became the first tenured woman in the history department, the first woman in Arts and Sciences to receive an endowed chair, and the first woman faculty member to serve on the Board of Trustees. "The Santa Clara she left when she retired was a very different place from the school that hired her," said Steven Gelber, Gordon's colleague in the history department, "and she was an important force in bringing about that change."
Janet Napolitano '79, the former Secretary of Homeland Security, and now the president of the University of California, was one of Gordon's earliest students. "There weren't many women professors at Santa Clara in those days, and she served as an important role model for me," Napolitano said in a statement. "She challenged me to do my best work and to approach the study of history with analytic rigor and an appreciation of divergent points of view. I carry those values with me to this day."
Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, Gordon was one of only two women in her graduating class at the University of Sydney. She spent part of World War II decoding messages in Australia's nascent intelligence service and was offered a job there after graduation. She turned it down, figuring that she would never be allowed to rise above a secretarial position.
Instead, she accepted a fellowship to Radcliffe College -- then the women's adjunct to Harvard -- and in 1952 received her Master's in history. During her first week in Cambridge, legendary Harvard historian Samuel Elliot Morison assigned a reading that could only be found at a library closed to women. When Gordon asked him how she was supposed to get the material, Morison responded, "That's your problem." She had better luck with her adviser, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the influential American historian and social critic who remained a friend for the rest of his life.
After moving to California, she plunged into the state's gaudy history, editing and publishing a diary that recounted the unusual exploits of a wagon train that preceded her own journey to the Golden State. Joan Didion later referred extensively to Gordon's book, Overland to California with the Pioneer Line, in her own 2003 historical memoir, Where I Was From.
Gordon arrived at Santa Clara during the first blush of the feminist movement, but her style was collaborative, not confrontational. "People knew that she meant business," Molony said, "but her style was bubbly." Since her retirement in 1992, the university has awarded the Mary Gordon Essay Prize for excellence in feminist scholarship.
"In a profession where too many of us are content to hunker down in the safety of our book-lined and tenure-protected offices," Gelber said, "she helped move the history department from being the next step in the cosseted world of parochial education to becoming a place where students were intellectually challenged and faculty were expected to produce as well as teach."
She spent her final years living in a cottage behind the Santa Monica home of her daughter, actress Eve Gordon. With death imminent, her family gathered by Mary Gordon's bedside and sang "Silent Night." As the carol ended, she drew her final breath and died.
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:
Ms. Marcie Radius
c/o Management Department
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Friends of the University
On Friday, April 1, the de Saisset Museum lost a dear friend. Paula Z. Kirkeby was the owner of Smith Andersen Editions and a relentless advocate for artists, all the way up to her last day. Three decades ago our relationship began when she entrusted the de Saisset Museum with the Smith Andersen Editions Archive representing some of the most important California artists of our time. She facilitated many other gifts to our institution and we are forever grateful. But more importantly, we will miss her laughs, her unique perspectives, her storytelling moments, and the precious times we spent together. We will miss her, but somehow right now it is comforting to know she left her mark on our institution.
Beverly Jane Honzel passed away Oct. 6, 2015, in her Lake Oswego home. Bev was born June 21, 1930, as the only child to Leona (Robertson) and Thomas Brown Young in Klamath Falls. After graduating from Klamath Union High School in 1949, she attended San Jose State College. Beverly married Andrew Honzel Jr. '53 in 1953, and they made an extraordinary team. Soon they were joined by sons, Mark '76 and Drew '78, followed by daughter, Karen. Bev was a selfless and devoted wife and mother. She was an exceptional cook and hostess, and delighted in friends becoming extended family. She created a home that welcomed all who entered. Bev was in every sense of the word a true gentlewoman. She was a trusted and loving partner to her husband of 61 years, Andy. Bev was a kind and loyal friend, always thoughtful and generous. Beverly was preceded in death by her son, Mark, and is survived by her beloved husband, Andy of Lake Oswego; son, Drew (Betsy) of Klamath Falls; daughter, Karen Musica (Mike) of Tacoma; grandchildren, Tyler Honzel (Nicole), Jack Honzel, Dana Angelos '10 (Greg), Hannah, Tory and Ellie Honzel, and Ali and Eric Musica; and two great-grandchildren.
Phil Cullen MBA '08 passed away on May 3, 2015. He was a senior consultant with Manex, a nonprofit NIST affiliate, helping small to mid-sized manufacturers to be more competitive. He had previously worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and at Read Write systems.
Marty Pasetta '54, a veteran director of live TV extravaganzas, including 17 Academy Awards shows and inaugural galas for Presidents Carter and Reagan, has died. He was 82.
Pasetta died May 21, 2015, from injuries sustained in a car accident in La Quinta, where he lived. During four decades in television, Pasetta directed and produced specials for many of Hollywood's biggest names, including Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and oversaw star-studded tributes to Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire and Alfred Hitchcock. He was credited with convincing Elvis Presley to suspend his drug use and lose weight for the 1973 special "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii," which has been described as the first satellite broadcast of a live concert.
The Elvis special was Pasetta's proudest achievement, according to his son, Marty Pasetta Jr. According to some estimates, more than 1 billion people worldwide saw the concert.
The show he was best known for, however, was the Academy Awards. He directed every Oscars telecast from 1972 to 1988 and was responsible for introducing split screens, instant replays and musical numbers involving large numbers of background dancers, lasers and pyrotechnics.
His years with the Oscars show were also memorable for unscripted drama, on and off stage. In 1973, for example, tempers flared backstage when Sacheen Littlefeather accepted Marlon Brando's best actor award for "The Godfather" with an overtly political speech decrying the depiction of Native Americans in film. John Wayne was in the wings "and was so angry he wanted to go out and pull her off stage," Pasetta recalled in an interview with United Press International in 1984.
Then there was the time that presenter Charlton Heston's car blew a tire on the freeway. As a last-minute replacement for the actor known for playing Moses in the "The Ten Commandments" Pasetta yanked Clint Eastwood from his seat in the audience.
"That was the year the writers had got very clever," Pasetta recalled in the Chicago Tribune years later. "It was all written in Biblicalese — 'thou' this, 'thou' that — and poor Clint couldn't paraphrase it.... It totally freaked him out."
Pasetta also presided over the 1974 program disrupted by a naked man who "streaked" across the stage behind Elizabeth Taylor and David Niven. "We have been accused over the years of planning that one," Pasetta told the Chicago Tribune, "but it's not true."
The prank prompted a witty comeback from Niven, who said: "The man is showing off his shortcomings."
Martin Allen Pasetta was born June 16, 1932, in San Jose. He attended Santa Clara University, but dropped out to work at San Francisco's KGO-TV, where he rose to stage manager and producer. He later moved to Los Angeles, landing his first major directing job on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1967. He also helped launch and direct the long-running game shows "Wheel of Fortune" and "Love Connection."
In 1971, Fr. Schmidt asked Marty to take responsibility for securing the talent and staging the show at the Golden Circle Theatre Party, one of Silicon Valley’s most spectacular and successful fundraisers. Pasetta said, "Who could say no to Father Schmidt?" For the next 15 years, he flew in from Hollywood with entertainers, musicians, and a skeleton stage crew, all of whom donated their services to the University and made for an unforgettable legacy.
In addition to his son Marty, Pasetta is survived by his wife, Elise, daughter, Debbie Palacio '84, son Gregory and five grandchildren.
Superior Court Judge John Thomas Ball J.D. '58 passed from this life Nov. 10, 2015, in Reno, Nevada, from recent health complications at the age of 82. Born in San Jose, California, John spent his early years residing in the Santa Cruz Mountains before moving to Los Gatos, where he graduated from high school. John went on to obtain his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California Berkeley before enrolling in the University of Santa Clara where he obtained his Law Degree.
After practicing law for twenty-eight years in San Jose, John was appointed as a Municipal Court Judge for the County of Santa Clara serving three years before being elevated to the Superior Court of Santa Clara where he presided mainly in criminal cases for some twenty years.
Following his retirement and a move to Plumas County in 2001, John became part of the Assigned Judges Program traveling throughout Northern California for the past fourteen years hearing mainly felony criminal cases mainly in Lassen County. For the past four years Judge Ball has sat on the bench at High Desert Correctional Center as an Assigned Judge. Throughout his career on the bench Judge Ball has presided over one hundred homicide trials of which fifteen defendants were charged with the death penalty.
John became a member of Rotary in 1971 and was an active member of the of the Portola Rotary since moving to the Sierra's. He enjoyed the outdoors through fishing and snowmobiling and will be remembered fondly by many for his quick wit and fun loving teasing. John is survived by his wife: Patsy Williams Ball of Portola, son; Stanton Ball of Santa Cruz, and grandsons; Colter and Josh. John is preceded in his passing by his daughter; Claudia. John will be greatly missed by many in his judicial life and especially by those in his personal life.