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1971

GRD Jesuit School of Theology '71
James W. Reites, S.J.

 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.

submitted Apr. 18, 2016 9:30A

1974

UGRD Arts & Sciences '74
William Everhart

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

submitted May. 5, 2016 10:09A

1976

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '76
Signe (Seena) Frost

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.

submitted Mar. 25, 2016 8:58A

1983

'83
Marion Tavenner Hose

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.

submitted Mar. 15, 2016 4:54P

1986

GRD Leavey/MBA '86
William Everhart
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1988

'88
Michelle Mullin
Michelle Mullin '88 died after a lengthy illness on Sunday, October 18.  A resident of Sunnyvale, she was 49. Born July 3, 1966 in Sacramento, CA. Michelle graduated from St. Francis High School and Santa Clara University with a B.S. in economics.
 
The Silicon Valley became her permanent home as she worked in sales and marketing for various technology firms including HP. During the early years of her career she was able to travel the world and soak up different cultures which she thoroughly enjoyed. Besides traveling, her biggest passions in life were volleyball (especially beach volleyball), any beach itself, and anything to do with Santa Clara University. As a past president of the alumni association 1999 to 2000, she stayed involved with the University working on different events.
 
Michelle is survived by her mother, Marlene Mullin; sister, Denise Lysaght (Tom), nephew Michael Lysaght '05 (Colin) and niece Jennifer Lysaght. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Mullin '53
submitted Nov. 9, 2015 2:05P

1993

'93
George A. Martinez Sr.

George Ambrocio Martinez Sr. M.A. '93May 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. 

submitted Mar. 13, 2016 8:45A

2006

'06
James Michael Millett Jr.
James Michael Millett Jr. '06, known as Michael, 39, of Burlingame, CA, died on August 12, 2015, from a fatal fall while hiking in Yosemite. He was 39.
 
Michael grew up in San Carlos and lived in the Bay Area all of his life. He graduated from Bellarmine High School and Santa Clara University and spent his career working in Silicon Valley.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Colleen Kelleher Millett '68 and James Michael Millett, Sr. Michael leaves behind his sisters Anne Millett (Matthew Tsugawa) and Molly Butler '92 (James Butler); his nieces Georgia, Delaney & Mairin Butler; and many wonderful  aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, including aunt Maureen Millett '71 and uncle Joseph "Joe" Millett '63. He will be remembered for his hilarious sense of humor, his dedication to his work, his passion for life, and his love for family and friends. He will be greatly and deeply missed forever.
 
submitted Oct. 2, 2015 10:43A

2016

'16
Jacqueline Pham
Jacqueline Anh Thu Pham Huyen '16, a third-year biology major, died unexpectedly on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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.

 

submitted May. 31, 2016 9:13A

Faculty & Staff

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Stanley Tharaud

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.


Notes of support to Stanley's family can be sent to: Tharaud Family, c/o Physics Department.

 

 
submitted Jan. 19, 2016 11:48A
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Mary Gordon

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.

submitted Jan. 4, 2016 12:11P
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David Palmer
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
 

 

submitted Nov. 9, 2015 12:07P

Friends of the University

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Paula Z. Kirkeby

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.

Paula was born in Lynn, Massachusetts; she grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and fondly remembered being surrounded by artists and culture in her youth. Paula moved to Palo Alto, California, after marrying Stuart Kaplan in 1955. In October 1969, Paula and her second husband, Phillip Kirkeby, opened Smith-Andersen Gallery.
 
Smith-Andersen Gallery was to be Paula's lifework. Soon after opening, it became a hub of cultural activity and rapidly put Palo Alto in the "art scene." The gallery represented nationally and internationally known artists including Sam Francis, Bruce Conner and Ed Moses; it also worked with Nathan Oliveira, Frank Lobdell and Keith Boyle, who were on the Stanford faculty. Right up into 2016, many outstanding artists were supported by the gallery and benefited from Paula's generosity. Paula believed artists should be given support while they were living, and she lived this belief.
 
Smith-Andersen Gallery expanded to include the production of aquatint and monotype print-making and invited artists to work in-residence to produce works of fine art. These works have found homes, and are loved, the world over. Paula was a staunch advocate for monotype printing as a fine art at a time before it was in favor. Close relationships were forged with major Bay Area institutions including the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, Stanford University and the Achenbach Foundation. Paula was much loved and respected by a great number of people from many walks of life, and she will be remembered in part by the lasting legacy she left through charitable donations, time she spent with people who purchased their first works of art, and her passion and inspiration that she freely shared with artists. The art community has lost a creative and caring patron and the void will be difficult to fill.
 
Paula continued to run Smith-Anderson Gallery after her husband Phillip passed away in October 2011; she operated the gallery and print studio and hosted exhibitions. Her energy and passion seemed endless. As the 2016 spring equinox approached, Paula fell ill and was cared for by her sons and daughters-in-law, yet she still managed Smith-Andersen from her bedside until her family, their hands in hers, bid her farewell.
 
Paula is survived by her three sons and six grandchildren. 

 

submitted Apr. 5, 2016 1:57P
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Lynn Hatch

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.

submitted Oct. 2, 2015 10:29A
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Frank Hernandez
The father of Board of Regents Member Laurita Hernandez '85 has passed away. Frank Hernandez died the week of September 1. Laurita is asking that in lieu of flowers gifts be made to support the STEM Project Fund at Santa Clara University. 
 Acknowledgments should be sent to Laurita "Laurie." 

 

submitted Oct. 2, 2015 10:32A
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Beverly Honzel

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.

submitted Nov. 9, 2015 1:55P

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Phil Cullen

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. 

submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:07A
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Marty Pasetta

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.

submitted Jan. 25, 2016 8:33A
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John Ball

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.

submitted Dec. 17, 2015 4:05P
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