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David R. Seitz ’68 April 28, 1946 - Feb. 2, 2014 Formerly of Castro Valley Dave Seitz passed away on Feb. 2nd in Rocklin, Calif. after a long, courageous battle with Huntington's Chorea. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Vickey Seitz ’69, sons, Steven (Kristen), Matthew (Toni), and Timothy, and grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Nikolai, and Kaia. He is also survived by his sister, Joan (Art) Romero and brother, Brian Seitz. He is predeceased by his brother, Jim Seitz. Born and raised in Oakland, Calif. Dave attended Bishop O'Dowd High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University and earned his MBA from California State University Hayward. He served in the United States Army as a captain. For twenty-five years, Dave worked in the electronics/computer industry both in Oakland (Brill Electronics) and Silicon Valley (Kieruff, Seagate Software, Bell Micro). The last twenty years of his business career he was a financial planner. He worked for Cal Cap Planning, Inc. where he loved helping clients realize their financial potentials. A resident of Castro Valley for over 35 years, Dave was a member of the Castro Valley Rotary. He had served as president of the Chabot Swim Team and had been a member of the Castro Valley branch of the Indian Y-Guides. He was an active member of the Our Lady of Grace Parish serving on the school board, the fall festival board and as a lector/Eucharistic Minister. Dave loved sports (football, basketball), traveling, playing golf, cards and Pictionary. He was a true gentleman, a dedicated husband, a devoted father, and a proud grandfather. He leaves a legacy of courage, humility and quiet persistence. His sharp wit and great sense of humor will be missed by all.
Daniel Sullivan Mezger '68 passed away on June 10, 2015, in Woodland, California. Dan was born in Woodland in 1945, the third child of Thomas and Rosalie Mezger and was fourth-generation Californian. He attended Holy Rosary Academy and as a young boy was active in the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the Boy Scout "Eagle Rank" status. Dan was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and a 1968 graduate of Santa Clara University where he obtained a BA in finance.
He excelled in sports, most notably football and track and field. While in his sophomore year at Santa Clara University he was named "Rookie of the Year" for the football team. For the rest of his life, he lived "full on" in any activity he undertook. Upon graduation from college, Dan moved to San Francisco to work at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange. He then joined his father Tom and brother Mark in their family's grain storage operation, Farmers Grain Elevator, est. 1937, and Mezger Trucking in 1971. Dan co-owned and operated the companies for the next 45 years with his brother Mark.
In 1977 Dan married Elizabeth Heenan of San Jose and had two children, Dan Jr. '99 and Meara. Throughout his life, Dan was active in the community, founding member of the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club and a past president of the Yolo Fliers Club. He also took time to help kids in the local community further their education by tutoring them in mathematics. He never retired but took time off, as he was an avid and skilled golfer and enjoyed doing so in the company of his son, Dan Jr., daughter, Meara, and with numerous lifelong friends from high school, college and business associates. Dan took the greatest delights in his family, children, grandchildren, friends, and Ellen Burriss his partner of the last 15 years.
He is survived by his partner Ellen Burriss, son Dan Mezger, Jr.(Sonia), daughter Meara Wallace (Justin), grandson Jake Wallace, granddaughter Quinn Wallace, brothers Tom Mezger (Mary Lynn) and Mark Mezger (Kerry), sisters Muvvie Marks (Steve) and Michelle Wark (Brett) along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas B. Mezger, brother, Matthew S. Mezger, MD, Matt's wife, Mary Patricia Hughes and his mother, Rosalie S. Mezger.
Daniel Conrad Harrington '68, age 68, a resident of San Jose, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 23. Dan is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Patricia Ann '68, M.A. '91 (Wright) Harrington; children Jennifer Harrington (Chris Derossi), Brigid Shaheen (Rodger), Colleen Fleming (Mark), Teresa "Tracy" Partridge (Craig); grandchildren Grayson and Miranda Derossi; Coleman and Casey Shaheen; Owen, William and Maeve Fleming; and Scarlett Partridge. He is also survived by his brothers, Michael Harrington and Tim Harrington, brother-in-law Michael Wright '69 and nephew Ryan Wright '99. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Kathleen "Katie" Hosford and his parents Walter and Teresa Harrington.
Dan was born in Salinas, California and raised in Redwood City. He attended elementary school at St. Joseph School in Menlo Park. A proud graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory (1964), Dan led the Bells to victories both on the football and baseball fields. He was inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame for baseball in 1999 and was a member of the Hall of Fame 1963 football team. From Bellarmine, Dan went on to attend Santa Clara University during the heyday of Bronco baseball, where he continued to excel on the baseball field before graduating in June 1968. Dan cherished his Jesuit education and truly embodied the Jesuit philosophy of being a "Man for Others."
In September of 1968, he married Patti and they embarked on two years abroad in Germany where Dan served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Air Defense Artillery division and Commanding Officer of the Hawk Missile Site in Bamberg. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in recognition of his outstanding leadership and dedication to duty. Upon returning to the Bay Area in 1971, Dan began a 43-year career in commercial insurance, most recently as Vice President at National Financial Partners (Thoits Insurance) where he dedicated 22 years of service.
Dan was a compassionate, faith-filled man with a quick Irish wit and an unforgettable smile. He taught us to love, to believe, and to laugh. His creative spirit shone through in his humor and his talent for writing. Dan had a way with words and he filled many a birthday card and valentine with heartfelt poems and sincere sentiments – all with beautifully perfect penmanship! Throughout his life, Dan was an active athlete, an avid San Francisco Giants fan, a car and music aficionado and a beach lover. He had a photographic memory – people, places, batting averages – he remembered it all.
Dan's family was his greatest joy. He had an adoring and unwavering devotion to Patti, his best friend and the love of his life. He patiently raised a house full of daughters, and especially loved now being Papa to his eight grandchildren. In recent years, Dan could often be found cheering on the sidelines of their games, applauding them as they performed onstage, or simply enjoying their company at home. He was his kids' biggest fan.
A dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Dan is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. And just as he remembered everything, we will remember him. We will carry his legacy with us every day. As his three-year old grandson so poignantly said, "Papa left his heart here."
Dan was a long-time member of St. Martin of Tours Parish in San Jose.
Dr. Claudia Borello Alexander M.A ’68, 78, of Vienna, Va., passed away Feb. 20, 2013. She was born to the late Marco and Irene Borello, October 4, 1934, in San Jose, California. Claudia graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University; an M.A. from Santa Clara University; and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. She was an Associate Professor Emeritus of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana, where she taught for 17 years. She also taught at Leigh High School in San Jose, California and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. While at Southeastern Louisiana University she was active in the Arts directing and acting in plays for the SLU Theater Department and the Columbia Theater Players. For the English Department she directed an annual Renaissance Banquet which was always memorable. Claudia was passionate about both Literature and Teaching. She loved introducing students to all kinds of literature and history. She defended classic literature with tireless energy. Interested in Women's Studies she received grants to present papers and give classes on the subject. She researched and edited The Quotable Woman by Elaine Partnow. Claudia's family was most important to her, she devoted her life to them. She is survived by her brother, Leonard F. Borello, of Saratoga, California; three children, Eric Alexander of Atlanta, Georgia; Ariel O'Heeron, of Orlando, Florida and Adrienne Lutz of Vienna, Virginia. She also is survived by seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild, five nieces, six nephews as well as several grand nieces and grand nephews.
Christine Sorensen '68, of Camarillo, California, peacefully passed into eternal life on Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015, after a 3 1/2 year battle with breast cancer.
She was born in Oxnard, July 10, 1946, to her parents, Paul O. Sorensen and Margaret Leonard Sorensen. She and her sister Sally were raised in Santa Barbara where they attended Marymount School through the ninth grade. For grades 10 - 12 they attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Menlo Park, CA., graduating with the class of 1964. Christine graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in philosophy.
Chrissy dealt with Bi-Polar disorder until 1995 when improved medication, and perhaps a miracle, allowed her to resume a normal life. She will long be remembered for her joy-filled countenance and loving spirit. She brought the love and light of Jesus Christ to all who knew her.
Chrissy is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Sally and Burr Allegaert of Warrenton, Oregon; nephew Patrick McCloskey, wife Alison, and children Madeline, Chloe, Rocky, and Summer, of Huntington Beach; and a niece Michaela McCloskey of Newport Beach. All of whom loved her dearly.
Charles "Brad" Bradwell Ish '68 passed away on May 22 at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just two months prior. He was a beloved grandfather; father, brother, uncle, and friend to many.
Ish was born on June 21, 1946, in Chicago, IL. As a kid, Brad traveled the world with his family due to his father's work in the oil business. Graduating from high school in Rome, Italy, Brad went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. It was at SCU that Ish met his wife of 27 years, Karen Boggio Ish ’68. Brad and Karen where married in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 28, 1968 and shortly after they moved to Virginia where Brad enrolled in Officers Candidate School and into the MBA program at George Washington University.
In 1972, Brad began his 42-year career in the wine industry by joining Gallo Wines. Brad spent that last 20+ years of his wine career as a co-owner of the American Beverage Group, a wine import and distribution company based in Petaluma, Calif. In addition to his career in wine, Brad served for 31 years in the United States Navy and raised to the ranking of Captain before retiring in 1997. He also worked as a professor of wine sales and marketing courses at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Although Brad lived all over the world, he always called California home. He loved Northern California and spent the last 25 years of his life in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Larkspur and most recently South San Francisco, which is where he passed away. Brad enjoyed life to the fullest and loved his family more than anything in the world. He was loved by many because of his kind demeanor and his wonderfully positive attitude. Ish was truly a ray of sunshine and will be deeply missed. His four children, Tina Ish of Burlingame, Calif.; Mark Ish of Austin, Texas; Erik Ish of Phoenix, Ariz., and Stephen Ish of San Mateo, Calif. survive him. His wife, Karen passed away in 1995 of ovarian cancer at the age of 48.
William “Bill” Francis Bearden M.S. ’69, a resident of Sunnyvale, was born Aug. 1, 1936 and died Mar. 25, 2012. William F. "Bill" Bearden, loving husband, father, and grandfather, is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn; his daughters Betsy Bearden and Susan Peterson (Eric); and his grandsons Evan and Liam. He is predeceased by his son Michael. Bill received a BSEE from Northwestern University and an MSEE from Santa Clara University. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy and spent over 40 years as an engineer in the Silicon Valley. Bill enjoyed photography, table tennis, personal computing, fixing and building electronics, watching college sports, and supporting patriotic organizations. He took up woodworking late in life, calling it "making sawdust."
Warren Vaughn Garrison M.S. '69, a resident of Mountain View, born February 3, 1941, in Long Branch, NJ, died July 30, 2014, in Mountain View, CA with his loving girlfriend, Carol Guanella of Santa Rosa, by his side. He attended U.C. Berkeley and graduated with a BA degree in Mathematics in 1963. He earned his Masters in Applied Mathematics in 1969 from Santa Clara University. He worked at Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale from 1963 - 1998. He retired and taught graduate math at Santa Clara and De Anza Community College. He was an avid Oakland A's fan and a member of Lefty O'Doul's Chapter of Society for American Baseball Research and the Pacific Coast League Historic Society. Warren traveled to many minor league parks and almost all of the parks in the major leagues. It was on one of those baseball tours eight years ago that he met Carol.
Walter Lembi '69 on August 17, 2010. Lembi, 63, died from from cancer of the esophagus. Diagnosed in August 2009, he had battled the disease for the past year. Despite surgery to remove the cancerous portion of the esophagus in April, complications set in, and Lembi spent more than three months in intensive care at UCSF medical center, according to Lembi Group attorney, Ed Singer. Singer said Lembi died peacefully with his family at his side, including his father, Frank Lembi, who along with Walter, built what became the largest residential property empire in San Francisco.
Thomas W. Allen J.D. '69 on April 5, 2010. Tom was born in Pasadena on September 11, 1937 and grew up in Santa Ana. An Army veteran, Tom attended Santa Clara University Law School, and had a long career serving as City Attorney for several cities in the Orange County area, including Stanton, Los Alamitos, and Lake Forest. He retired from active practice several years ago, but was still enjoying occasional work as a Hearing Officer for local municipalities. Tom's lifetime passion was the sea. From the time he was a young boy who hitchhiked from Santa Ana to fish off the piers in Newport Beach or catch a ride on a half-day boat, his life was spent around the ocean. He became a deckhand and earned his way up to serve as captain of several Newport-based fishing boats, taking passengers to the best fishing spots off Catalina and San Clemente. Tom even signed on to a Portuguese commercial tuna boat and spent months off of South America, poling giant tuna over his head from the boat's rolling swim step. In later years, Tom continued his sea adventures, taking dives from his own boat and voyaging to Alaska and Mexico and everywhere in between. He was a member of the Avalon Tuna Club, the Balboa Angling Club and the Catalina Conservancy. Tom was a robust, big-hearted man who never met a stranger and was never short of a smile. Tom's passing has left a big hole in his family and in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Whitesides Allen, his son, Matt Allen, his brother and sister- in-law, Bob and Eleanor Allen, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Paula and Pat Nielsen and Terry and Jim Hawley, and by his nieces and nephews, Kathy and Jon Shamrell, Tim and Julie Nielsen, Kristin and Steve Braucht, Kellie and Robert Smith, Kathleen Hawley, Tom Allen, Matt Nielsen, and Luke Hawley.
Shirlene Ann Soto '69 and her husband, Walter Elliott, died in a tragic car accident, Friday, October 23, 2009. Shirlene was born in January 1947 at Mountain View hospital in San Luis Obispo. Walt was born in June 1925 in Southern California. Shirlene was the epitome of a well-rounded individual. She excelled in school, and earned her bachelor''s degree from San Francisco State University and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. She wrote books and articles, was a savvy businesswoman, mastered two languages and was the best daughter, sister, aunt and wife anyone could ask for. Shirlene was greatly admired for her light-hearted jokes and calm, sensitive nature. She taught at several universities, including Cal Poly, University of New Mexico, College of the Canyons, UCLA and University of Northridge. Walt was known for his generosity and quick-witted comments. He always had a joke to tell and a smile on his face. Walt's school accomplishments included a bachelor's degree, two master's degrees and a Ph.D. in physics. He served the country during World War II and taught Physics at Cal Poly in his early days. Later in life, he worked for Rocketdyne, Boeing and other companies associated with space travel and research. Shirlene and Walt met while teaching at Cal Poly. They enjoyed traveling the world and had visited various places in South America, Mexico, Europe, China, and Russia. After retirement, they retired to their dream home in Los Osos, which they designed and built. Shirlene is survived by her parents, Vernon and Althea Soto of Cambria; and brother, Robert Soto. Walt is survived by his sister, Adele Brink of San Diego, Calif.
Robert E. Maloney J.D. ’74 passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2013, in Grass Valley, Calif. His battle with cancer is finally over. He was surrounded in love by his family and friends.
Richard J. Conner ’69 was born April 2, 1947 and died Nov. 11, 2012. He was a resident of San Ramon. A fighter to the end, Rich finallly ran out of credits at the video poker machine of life and succumbed to glioblastoma after a fierce battle with the disease. Predeceased by his father Glease Conner in 1982 and his mother Euphrasia (Lillie) by only seven days, he is survived by his daughter Shannon (Tom), brother Bill (Joan), Fiance Cynthia, nephew Michael and niece Elizabeth Walker. Rich was born and raised in San Rafael and grew up in the house his father was born in, back in 1912. He had a love for fishing, gambling, music and his all time favorite, his work-outs at Club Sport of San Ramon. Rich was a graduate of Marin Catholic High School in 1965 and Santa Clara University in 1969. His first job was selling photocopiers for IBM, where he made a name for himself and was soon hired by Ethicon. The last 25 years of his life he worked for Hill-Rom, earning several prestigious awards and superior sales achievements. A well kept secret, Rich was an accomplished ballroom dancer and he and Cynthia spent many nights at Top of the Mark in San Francisco dancing the night away. He will be deeply missed by those he mentored and loved, both professionally and personally.
Randall A. Hays '67, born April 12, 1943, in Berkeley, Calif., the son of William and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Hays, died May 19, 2010, in North Bend. Randy was raised and educated in Ukiah, Ca where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Doretta "Dori" Washburn, on June 18, 1966. Randy attended the University of California, Berkeley his freshman year, then transferred to Oakland City College, where he received his Associate of Arts degree. He then went to San Jose State, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in law enforcement. He lastly went to Santa Clara University, where he earned a Juris Doctor law degree. Randy worked as the city attorney for the cities of Ukiah, Redding, and Lodi in California until retiring. He was an active member of the Rotary Club in Ukiah and Redding and the Elks Lodge in Redding. Randy and Dori have made their home for the last six years in Coos Bay, where he was a member of the Pacific Coast Corvette Club. Randy enjoyed working on cars and building engines, hunting with his sons, reading, traveling, driving the Corvette, working around their property, and most of all, spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Dori Hays of Coos Bay; sons, Sean and Shelly Hays of Anderson, Ca, and Bryan and Jeannie Hays of Roseville, Ca; four grandchildren; stepfather, Arthur Church of Ukiah; and half-sisters, Candice "Candy" Rhinehart of Aurora, Co, and
Debbie Berryman of Denver, Colo.
Pamela Jolicoeur '69, former provost and sociology professor at California Lutheran University, died unexpectedly after suffering a stroke. She worked at the Thousand Oaks university for more than 30 years before leaving as provost in 2004 to become the 10th president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Jolicoeur was 65. “This is a devastating day for all of us in the Concordia community,” said Ron Offutt, chairman of Concordia’s Board of Regents. Jolicoeur suffered the stroke at home and was in a hospital in serious condition when she died. “To say that people here are devastated would be an understatement,” Karin Grennan, CLU’s media relations manager, said in an e-mail. Leanne Neilson, CLU’s current provost, agreed. “She made such an impact at Cal Lutheran, we are just in shock,” Neilson said. “She will be greatly missed.” Jolicoeur was a member of the sociology faculty at CLU until 1993, when she became vice president for academic affairs — a post she held until being named CLU provost in 1996. While at Concordia, Jolicoeur presided over a $100 million capital campaign, including the construction of a campus center. Concordia is a private, four-year liberal arts college in northwestern Minnesota. Established in 1891, it has 2,815 students and 220 faculty members. Jolicoeur was among a group of U.S. college presidents invited by former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to participate in a summit on international education. Jolicoeur graduated from Santa Clara University and earned a doctorate in sociology from Purdue University. She still owned a home in Thousand Oaks and would often visit the area, her friends said. She is survived by a daughter, Jessica, and husband Mike Doyle, a retired professor from CLU.
Lee, Mollie Rachel ’69, Feb. 4, 2012. A bright shining light, Mollie Lee passed from this earth on Feb. 4 in Portland. Mollie was a beautiful, joyful woman with twinkling eyes, dark curly hair, and smiling, rosy-red lips. She had boundless energy and enthusiasm and a love of life. Many friends, far and wide, were attracted to her good wit, graciousness and authenticity. Mollie was an extraordinarily warm, generous and loving friend.
Mollie was born Aug. 08, 1947, to Thomas and Henrietta Ferry in Berkeley, Calif., in 1947. She lived in Palo Alto, attending school in grades 2 through 12. Mollie's mother reports that from the time Mollie was a child, you couldn't help but love her, even if she was naughty. Mollie graduated from Santa Clara University in 1969 and began her teaching career in California. Mollie married and moved to Oregon. Four years later, she earned her master's degree from the University of Oregon. A number of years later, she and her first spouse parted ways. Mollie was a beloved, highly respected master educator. She created an inviting and engaging learning environment in her many roles in education. Mollie taught and soon became a librarian at Englewood Elementary School. She was chosen as the Salem-Keizer library media specialist and then principal of Rosedale Elementary School in Salem. She then brought her outstanding educational leadership to Lake Oswego, where she was principal of Forest Hills Elementary School, 1989-1996, and Lake Grove Elementary School, 1996-2003. Mollie endeared children, staff and parents alike with her big hugs, easy laugh, sparkly spirit and ability to bring people together. As Mollie was wrapping up her 30-year career in education, she fell in love with a great guy with similar values - a sense of family, fun, adventure and commitment. Mollie and Mac Lee married in December of 2005, and Mollie was thrilled to build a family with Mac and her charming stepsons, Sam and Jesse. Mollie and Mac bought a Sprinter van and enjoyed "camping" in beautiful spots throughout the northwest and California. On a Friday afternoon, one could find her riding in Mac's motorcycle sidecar off to a scenic winery. Mollie was always game for good fun, whether hiking in Yosemite, soaking up sunshine in Carmel, tending her gardens, shopping in SAKS or Goodwill, or enjoying dinner with loved ones. Mollie leaves behind half-knit sweaters, canvases and paints waiting for her special touch, boxes of photographs documenting fun and frolic, her lovable goldendoodle, Baxter, and a wide range of adoring friends and family members who will miss her bright light. Mollie was preceded in death by her dad, Thomas Ferry. In addition to her husband, Mac Lee, and stepsons, Sam and Jesse Lee, Mollie is survived by her dear mother, Henrietta (Hank) Ferry; brother, Robbie and his sons, Nick and Skyler; devoted mother-in-law and father-in-law, Pat and Dixon Lee; and so many great friends. What would Mollie like you to do in honor of her? Love those around you, laugh much and cherish life.
Mary Catherine Kornei ’69 was a doctor who still made house calls. She cared deeply about her patients, visiting them on weekends and sleeping lightly so that she could be there for them at a moment's notice. Dr. Kornei, a longtime Los Altos resident and South Bay native, died April 30 of complications from lymphoma. She was 65. Dr. Kornei's family, friends and colleagues described her as a positive soul with an affinity for the outdoors, talented and passionate across a range of activities. She hiked regularly spoke French fluently loved her cats enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, gardening, and according to husband Tom, even hanging clothes outside on the line to dry. She was often seen bicycling in her white lab coat to and from her office near El Camino Hospital. The daughter of Elizabeth and Dr. Vernon Schulein, a medical internist, Dr. Kornei grew up with her brother, John, in Willow Glen. She took ballet and piano lessons, participated in Girl Scouts and enjoyed hikes in the woods with her family. She attended Sacred Heart High School in Menlo Park and completed her undergraduate work in English and French at Santa Clara University in 1969. She lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, for two years after college and kept her French-language skills current. Dr. Kornei joined a Sierra Club bicycle trip along the Feather River in Northern California in 1973. On that trip, she met Tom Kornei, an electrical engineer who owned a small computer hardware company in Cupertino. The couple began dating before she enrolled at Yale Medical School in 1976. They were married at Stanford Memorial Church in July 1977 and moved to Los Altos. Dr. Kornei completed her medical residency at Stanford University in 1980 and began working in the Cupertino Clinic. The Korneis welcomed their first child, Katherine, in 1984. Dr. Kornei opened a private practice on Hospital Drive near El Camino Hospital in 1985. A second child, Mark, joined the family in 1988. Dr. Kornei was often on call. She wanted her patients to receive the best care and always made time for them. Even as a regular attendee sitting in one of the front pews at Los Altos United Methodist Church, she often quietly slipped out to answer a vibrating call from her answering service. Dr. Kornei worked at her private practice until her retirement in 2009. She was passionate in her love for medicine beyond any economic ramifications, Tom said, recounting how his wife called patients in the evening at home to share lab results and provided many services pro bono. She biked to work with side baskets containing medical charts. Dr. Kornei's friends and patients knew her as a caring, positive person with a beautiful smile. She sent thank-you notes for even the smallest kindnesses. Her son, Mark, said dinners at 8 p.m. were commonplace growing up, because that's when mom finished caring for her patients. He remembers as a child hauling around mailing tubs full of files in hospital corridors, trailing his mom as she made rounds. Patient care wasn't a job it was a passion, but so was bread baking, travel and everything else she did in a life that was lived to the fullest. That passion rubbed off on my sister and myself, Mark said. Dr. Kornei's daughter, Katherine, recalled important lessons learned from mom—the thrill of growing vegetables in the garden, the joy of travel and not being afraid of trying new experiences. I loved watching her test her language skills and pick up a guide book to explore a foreign city, she said. I remember wandering around the backroads of Venice with her and going into a glass-blowing shop on the island of Murano to view an artist at work. Longtime friend and colleague Dr. Cesar Molina called Dr. Kornei a very courageous person who took life's challenges head on and approached death the same way. He said he received an email from her about visiting one last time before her journey so she could say goodbye. Dr. Kornei is survived by husband Tom, daughter Katherine, son Mark, mother Elizabeth Schulein, brother John Schulein, nephew Greg Schulein and niece Michelle Parsons.
Mary C. Covello M.A. '69, longtime resident of San Jose, entered into rest on March 7, 2014 at age 94. Mary was born in Renovo, Pennsylvania to Anna and Frank Corica. Her family moved to California in 1937 following the premature death of her father. She attended Notre Dame high school and San Jose Normal School for Teachers (now San Jose State) and graduated with a teaching credential. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Jefferson Union school district. Her talents garnered her a job in the central administrative office of Santa Clara Unified school district where she was a named one of the first female vice principals in the district. Mary earned her Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from Santa Clara University in 1969. Her 33 year career in school administration as principal of Westwood Elementary in Santa Clara and then John Braly School in Sunnyvale earned her much love and praise from educators, teachers and parents. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years Angelo Covello. Together they had three children, Dennis, of San Jose; David (Debi) of Pleasanton, CA and Valory, of Mesa, Arizona. She leaves behind two grandchildren, Dominic and Daniel Covello. Mary will be remembered as a caring and devoted daughter, wife, mother, aunt, great aunt and cherished grandmother. Her many gifts set an example of how to life each day to the fullest. She was loved and admired by all whom came to know her.
Laurence Edward Daniels ’69 was killed on Oct. 19, 2013. doing one of the things he loved most. He was a problem solver, an engineer who dedicated his work life to making rail travel more efficient and safe. He was born in Pasadena California on October 15, 1947. He grew up with his parents, Victor and Gertrude and his sister Marie Therese in Sierra Madre. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He married Joyce A. (Reynolds) Daniels ’69 while finishing his degree and had two daughters, Sarah and Amber Daniels. He was immediately employed by the railroad industry to inspect track, starting with the Western Pacific in the East Bay.
Kenneth C. LeDuc MBA '69 died Oct. 10, 2009. He was 76 years old. A native of St. Petersburg, FL, he was a 1951 graduate of St. Pete High School. He received degrees from St. Pete Junior College, the University of Florida (BME with honors ’58) and the University of Santa Clara (MBA ’70). He was certified by the State of Florida as a Professional Engineer, General Contractor and Building Official. He spent 20 years of his career with General Electric Company in Hague (Gainesville), FL, in various positions of engineering management and held seven U.S. patents for G.E. He was active at various times in his life with the American Heart Association, Rotary, Kiwanis, and Elks, and he was a life member of the American Legion and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. After his retirement, he coordinated numerous alumni reunion activities for his class at SPHS. An Army Signal Corps cryptographer and veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was interred at the Bay Pines Veterans Memorial Cemetery. He is survived by his son, Brian LeDuc, of Apex, NC, and daughter, Mari Hamilton (Fred), of Gainesville, FL; and brother Bob LeDuc (Millie) of Brooksville, FL.
Joseph "Joe" F. Ercoli ’69—an unforgettable firecracker—began lighting up the halls of Heaven on the morning of October 3, 2012. A proud and passionate Italian-American, the always lively and colorful Joe was born in San Francisco on May 18, 1947 to Joseph and Patricia Ercoli. Growing up in South San Francisco, Joe was educated at All Souls Elementary, Serra High School, and Santa Clara University. Distinguishing himself as a civil engineer, as a South City restaurateur, and as a long time salesman, Joe toiled his entire life with a tirelessness and tenacity that was as impressive as it was unmatched. A lover of horses, political discussions, and the Dollar Store, Joe's most fiercely cherished treasure was the beloved family that survives and celebrates him: his devoted bride of forty-three years, Christine, and his dear, precious children, Alexis and Joseph. We shall not see his like again, but the world is richer for his having passed this way. He was the brother-in-law of David Ferrari ’61, J.D. ’64.
James Patrick McGuirk '69 died after a lengthy illness on July 12, 2011, supported by his loving family. McGuirk was born June 17, 1947 to Ralph and Evelyn McGuirk in Portland. He received his B.S. degree from Santa Clara University in 1969, his M.S. degree from MIT in 1970, and his Ph.D. degree from Colorado State University in 1977. McGuirk was a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University from 1977 to 2001 when his illness forced him to retire. Jim married Barbara Dineen '69 on June 16, 1969, in San Jose. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Daniel. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Christopher and wife, Casey McGuirk, of Tomball, and son, Jeffrey and partner, Amanda Jansen of Vancouver, BC, as well as four grandchildren: Max, Carter, Lauren, and Caroline. One brother also survives him, Robert and Alvera McGuirk, of Portland; as well as his mother-in-law, Maxine Dineen of Redondo Beach, California; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Richard Dineen of San Pedro, Calif., Teresa and husband, Michael Carman, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Kathy and husband, Richard Ellison, of Devils Lake, N.D., and John and wife, Nancy Dineen, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and many nieces and nephews. McGuirk will be remembered for his love of family and friends, his interest and knowledge in just about everything, and his dry sense of humor.
James Mark Thirlwell MBA ’69 was born in 1940 in Louisville, KY, but spent most of his life in Florida. He was the son of a Baptist preacher, and lived in various places; such as, St. Augustine, Brooksville and Jacksonville. His last 38 years were in Merritt Island. Mark graduated from high school in Jacksonville and received his Bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Florida, where he developed his passion for the Gators. He spent four years in the Navy as an officer, flight navigator and in tactical Seal training. He received his MBA from the University of Santa Clara in California before returning to Jacksonville. In 1972, while on Naval Reserve duty in Virginia, he met Catherine Jean DuVal, and they married on March 3, 1973. Mark and Cathy moved to Merritt Island in September 1974. They were longtime members of Georgianna United Methodist Church and returned to Merritt Island Presbyterian Church in 2008. They both worked at Patrick Air Force Base where Mark worked with a few contractors before spending the last several years with the Federal government as a financial analyst. He retired in 2002. The light of Mark's life was the birth of two children: Diana, who lives in Tallahassee with her husband, John Lane, and two beautiful children: Wyatt (4) and Stella (10 mos.); and David, who lives in Coconut Creek with his wife, Staci, and son, James (1 +). Mark was a kind-hearted, intelligent, honest and hard-working person who approached life with tremendous enthusiasm and integrity. He loved nature, travelling, politics, watching sunsets in his yard on the Indian River, and Banjo, his dog. One of his favorite things was reminiscing with his buddies telling and retelling stories of their many adventures: working at Yellowstone National Park as a short-order cook, testing scuba gear in a baptismal pool... He and Cathy, usually along with the kids, shared wonderful trips to England, France, Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, Hawaii and Seychelles. Mark was an excellent carpenter. He enjoyed building furniture for his family and neighbors, and built their house on Two Oaks Boulevard with little outside help. He often dreamed up inventions and, in fact, made an effort to get a patent on a solar-powered energy condenser. He created, packaged and distributed a dry rub for meat, called 12 Gauge, before the mainstream versions became available on supermarket shelves. Vibrant and extremely healthy, this rapid illness has shocked us all! Less than a month after the onset of what would be the final stages of this illness, and only days following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Mark made the choice to return to his beloved home. Here, surrounded by the love of his family; his dog, Banjo; the prayers of his many friends and loved ones; and the beautiful river views, Mark drifted peacefully to heaven early in the morning of January 15th. He was undoubtedly welcomed with open arms by our heavenly Father, who surely has some greater purpose in mind. Perhaps He's put him to work-- he'd love nothing more! Mark was an exceptional man. His legacy will live on in his family, friends and all those whose lives he touched, and whose lives his works continue to touch. He will be greatly missed. "What is morality, she asked. Judgement to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, and courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price." -- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
James H. Hanson MBA '69 died on April 9, 2011, in Redwood City. He was born in Coatbridge, Scotland, on Jan. 7, 1926. He attended Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he received a B.S.C. in electrical engineering in 1945, then continued with graduate work in industrial engineering and management at the College of Technology in Glasgow. In 1969, he received an MBA from the University of Santa Clara in California. He traveled the world for work and pleasure and lived in Scotland, Canada, Northern Ireland, England, Pakistan, and India before settling in the Bay Area in 1958. After a 25-year career with SRI International in Menlo Park, he retired as Director of Facilities Management in 1984. He loved the outdoors and took daily walks in the Santa Cruz Mountains and coastal beaches. An avid traveler, he circumnavigated the globe and sailed all five oceans and seven seas. Predeceased by his wife Catherine Schmidt Hanson, 1986. Survived by children Catherine Chase, Killingworth, Conn.; Margaret Sueoka '90, Kapaa, Hawaii; William Hanson, La Honda, Calif.; their spouses Robert Chase, Steve Sueoka and Joan Hanson; four granddaughters and a grandson; and dear friend Luann Robertson.