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Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and friend, Kathryn Toriko Tsushima ’75 was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Columbus, Georgia, to Robert and Jeanne Tsushima. Although Kathryn grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, she moved to “the Mainland” to attend SCU—and in 1976, while completing her master’s in special Education at San Francisco State University, she met Daniel Keller. They married on Aug. 18, 1978. She worked as a special education teacher, market researcher, and most notably a passionate school librarian. Kathryn was an avid reader, traveler, volunteer, and mahjong player. Respiratory failure following thoracic surgery took her from the Keller and Tsushima families on June 29 at 62 years old. She is survived by husband Daniel, son Brian (Leslie), grandchildren Liam and Kana, daughter Marisa (Paul), parents Bob and Jeanne, and brother Michael.
The second of five children, Ronald T. Adams J.D. ’76 grew up in Florida and Colorado—with a stint in California—before settling down in Portland, Oregon. Ron was a passionate academic, earning a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois. He studied atomic physics at UC Davis and engineering economic systems at Stanford. Ron received his J.D. from SCU in 1976 before moving to Portland, where he practiced law with Black Helterline until his retirement in 2013. Ron was an avid tennis player, enjoyed biking, and traveled extensively with his family and friends. His dry sense of humor was well known and his wise council always appreciated. On Aug. 14, 2017, he passed away at home surrounded by family due to ALS. He will be remembered for his warm heart, personal integrity, intellectual curiosity, and kindness. Ron is survived by his wife of 44 years, Debbie; sons Tracy and Greg and daughters Sarah and Emily; their spouses; and grandchildren.
Derek Woodhouse J.D. ’76 was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At age 9 he moved with his family to California and settled in Campbell. He graduated from Campbell High, San Jose State, and Santa Clara University School of Law. Derek volunteered for the draft in 1968 and served in Vietnam. While in the Army, he became an American citizen and married his high school sweetheart, Sheri Arnold. His legal career commenced in 1976 as a deputy district attorney. In 1979, he went on to practice labor and employment law for 25 years. He was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2005. Derek died peacefully in his home on July 19, 2017. He is survived by Sheri, his sweetheart and wife of 49 years; his children Elizabeth Adinolfi ’00 and Lindberg; his grandchildren Asher and Isabella; his sister, Sigrid; and his brother, Philip.
Pauline Sanchez ’77, M.A. ’79 was born in Glendale, Arizona, moving with her family to Mountain View as a youth and residing there for over 70 years. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1956 and earned her B.S. in sociology and master’s in counseling psychology from SCU. She spent the majority of her career in banking and loan processing. Her hobbies included travel, reading, gardening, knitting, crocheting, tennis, and golf. Pauline also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and her beloved dogs. She passed away May 13. Pauline is survived by her children: Debra, Paula, Adam, and Christopher (and canine companion Toto); her sister, Margaret; beloved cousin Sally; grandchildren Amy, Chris, Andrew, JJ, Ashley, and Josh; great-granddaughter Ella; former husband Jose; sons-in-law Michael, Jesse, and Ron; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; dear friends April, Charlie, Jelani, Mary Ann, Heidi, Donna, Bonnie, Paul, and many more. Pauline is beloved by many and will be missed until the end of time.
Damian “Chris” Huttenhoff ’77, 60, passed away on June 22, 2016, while vacationing in Santorini, Greece. He and wife Donna were celebrating his recent retirement from Broward County Public Schools. Chris was born Sept. 26, 1955, in Salinas, California. He graduated from Palma High School, received a B.A. from SCU, and received an MPA from USC. An avid tennis player and sports enthusiast—plus a lover of music, wine, and food—Chris will be remembered for his dedication to the students of Broward County and for giving them the opportunity to reach their potential and aim for higher education through athletics and cultural affairs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Patricia Huttenhoff. Chris is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna; two children, Ryan and Michelle; and sisters, Roni Leonard and Honey Faith.
Susan Alexandra Raffo ’78 was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. In her youth, she lived in Japan, Virginia, and in her beloved Dallas, Texas. She attended Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where she was a proud member of the class of 1974. Following graduation, she attended Santa Clara University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in business, followed by two master’s degrees from Golden Gate University. While at SCU, she met her devoted husband of 34 years, Robert “Bob” Raffo ’77. Susan’s work career started at Optimum Systems Inc., followed by key financial positions with Tandem Computers, Syntex Pharmaceuticals, Syva, Cisco Systems, Cisco Capital, and the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County. Her most cherished role was her final one as chief financial officer of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Susan was a founding member and president of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas Foundation in its early years. She served on the Board of Community Kids to Camp, was a hospice volunteer, and advised many other local nonprofits and individuals to mentor and help them reach their potential. She was serving as chair of the Oakwood Advisory Board for the Religious of the Sacred Heart and was proud to have been appointed to the Board of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She was devoted to the Ursuline sisters and the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Susan passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 5, 2017. In addition to her husband, Robert, Susan is survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lawrence and Susan K. Raffo (Burlingame), her brother-in-law Richard Raffo (San Mateo), her adored nephew, Timothy Raffo (Danielle) and his children Chase and Piper (South San Francisco), her beloved niece Kathleen Raffo (San Carlos), her sister Mary Hayes, and cousins and other extended family. Her parents, Lincoln Hayes and Agnes (Markovitch) Hayes predeceased her. She is also survived by all of her devoted friends in the Bay Area, Dallas, her community at Sacred Heart, and all of those whom she touched by her kindness, love and ever-present humor.
John R. Quinn ’79 was born in Riverside, California, to Elizabeth Constance (Carroll) and Ralph Joseph Quinn on March 28, 1929. As the youngest of four children by many years, John was raised largely by his eldest sister, Rita, and by his siblings, Graham and Constance, after their mother entered the workforce. Elizabeth worked as a secretary for the Riverside County Tax Assessor to support the family following their father’s death in 1953. After completing high school, John entered the seminary for the Diocese of San Diego. He was sent to Rome to complete his studies, and received his degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr. Quinn was ordained to the priesthood in Rome for San Diego on July 19, 1953. He was initially assigned to serve at St. Francis de Sales Church in Riverside. In the years that followed, he taught systematic theology at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in San Diego and served as president of St. Francis College Seminary in San Diego. In 1964, he was appointed provost of the University of San Diego College for Men. He soon orchestrated the merger between the men’s and women’s colleges, leading to the creation of the University of San Diego. On Oct. 21, 1967, at the age of 38, Fr. Quinn was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Diego. His episcopal ordination followed on Dec. 12, 1967.
While auxiliary bishop, he served as pastor of St. Therese Parish in San Diego. On Nov. 30, 1971, during the fall meeting of the bishops’ conference in Washington, D.C., he learned from the Apostolic nuncio of his appointment as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. On Dec. 13, 1972, that diocese was split, and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City was created. Early in 1973, he became archbishop of Oklahoma City, and in 1974, was asked by Pope Paul VI to participate in the 1974 World Synod of Bishops. Archbishop Quinn returned to his roots in California with his installation as the sixth archbishop of San Francisco, succeeding Archbishop Joseph McGucken on April 26, 1977. Within the year he was elected by his brother bishops to a three-year term as president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. On Jan. 27, 1981, Archbishop Quinn oversaw the establishment of the Diocese of San Jose, redefining again the boundaries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Over the decades that followed, the archbishop participated in two additional synods in Rome. He served for five years as a consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy, and in 1983, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as pontifical delegate for religious life in the United States. As pontifical delegate, he was charged with bringing U.S. bishops together with men and women religious and with examining the causes for the decline in vocations. In San Francisco, he focused on social justice among many other responsibilities, quietly working with Catholic Charities to address the challenges faced by the underprivileged and underserved. Together with Catholic Charities, he reached out early with support for those with HIV and AIDS. On Dec. 27, 1995, after leading the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco for 18 years, Archbishop Quinn retired. He took up an appointment as visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Campion Hall, and in 1996, he delivered the Campion Hall Centennial Lecture. His lecture was written in response to Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical on ecumenism, Ut Unum Sint (that they may be one), and led to the 1999 publication of Archbishop Quinn’s first book, The Reform of the Papacy: The Costly Call to Christian Unity, winner of a Catholic Press Award. In 2000 and 2001, the archbishop was a member of the faculty of the University of San Diego, where he held the John R. Portman Chair of Roman Catholic Theology. He later taught at Santa Clara University and at the University of San Francisco, and was a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
The archbishop remained an intellectual giant in the wider Catholic Church, writing on many subjects, including the empowerment of bishops’ conferences, the appointment and transfer of bishops, the establishment of dioceses, questions of liturgy, and matters of Catholic practice and observance always within the framework of Catholic communion and unity. His second book, Ever Ancient, Ever New: New Structure of the Communion in the Church, was published in 2012. Archbishop Quinn contributed to many publications, including the Jesuit magazine America, to which he began contributing in 1968. He gave a powerful address to the National Federation of Priests’ Council, published by the magazine on May 3, 2010.
In his later years, Archbishop Quinn become internationally known for his scholarly writing. He lived in retirement in Menlo Park, traveling frequently to lead retreats and give talks until this past November when he fell ill in Rome. After two months in a Rome hospital, he returned to San Francisco via air ambulance for additional intensive care treatment before receiving rehabilitation and specialized care at the Jewish Home of San Francisco. Just before his illness, he had completed a book on the First Vatican Council of 1870 that will now be published posthumously. He is predeceased by his siblings and by his niece, Mary Elizabeth (“Pat” Bash), but is survived by his sister Rita Bash’s children: Bill (Julie), Ralph, Stephen Roger, and John (Cheryl), all of Riverside; and is survived by his sister Constance DeJarnette’s children: Dennis (Carolyn), Michael (Ellen), Carroll Evers, Gregory (Adrienne), Judy, and Leslie (Jeff) Astel, of California, Washington and Oregon.
Jack Lee Aker M.S. ’80 was born on March 26, 1935, In Topeka, Kansas, earning his graduate engineering degree in computer science. He passed away in San Jose on Sept. 6, 2016, at age 81.
Robert Bathiany MBA ’82 was born on May 1, 1945, and passed away on April 17, 2015. He was a resident of Alameda, California.
Anne Hamill Maricle ’82 passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, after fighting cancer for more than a decade. She is survived by her husband, Christopher, and her two children, Sarah and Nicholas; parents, Frank and Joan Hamill; brothers, Anthony, Matthew and John; and friends too numerous to count. Anne was born on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, 1959, symbolic of her lifelong faith. She was active from an early age and not afraid to rough and tumble with her brothers. After finishing high school near the top of her class, Anne graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science, going on to earn her J.D. She was not a bookworm—she took time from school and work to enjoy roller coasters, skydiving, bungee jumping, piloting an airplane, hot air ballooning, and her favorite: snow skiing.
Early in her career, she clerked for one of the best federal trial court judges in the country in Reno, Nevada, and went on to serve in the Consumer Advocate's Office of the Attorney General for Nevada. When Nevada Bell saw how effectively she battled against energy rate increases, the company recruited Anne on the spot. In Reno, she met Christopher at St. Albert's Parish, and they were married in July 1996. By the time Sarah was born, Anne had already been promoted to Pacific Telesis Senior Counsel. Her professional star was rising. But she soon gave up that career for a higher calling. In summer 1999, she became president and CEO of the Maricle household, taking full-time responsibility for Sarah and Nicholas. She home-schooled her children for several years, and like everything she did, poured her all into this work—with great results.
Anne was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, but she refused to be defined by that condition. Anne’s self-discipline was tremendous, and she did everything possible to stay healthy for as long as possible. She often surprised doctors who could not reconcile the patient in the paperwork with the charming, intelligent, optimistic, and determined woman before them. The strength to do this came from her faith in Jesus and her love for God. This was the absolute core of Anne’s life. She loved God, prayed constantly, and modeled the values of compassion and service in all that she did. We miss her so much.
Born in Minnesota, Sue Potter M.A. ’85 grew up in Redondo Beach, California. She met Vern Potter while working in the aerospace industry, and they were married in 1961. His Cold War Army service in Germany was one of their defining experiences, where they made friends that endure to this day. They started their family upon returning to the States. Sons Michael and Leon were born in Southern California, but soon the family relocated to the rapidly growing community of San Jose. Sue enjoyed a varied career, from clerk typist to realtor to business owner. She graduated from San Jose City College, then earned her B.A. from USF before completing her M.A. at SCU—all while raising a family and often working. She set an example for all about the importance of lifelong learning. Sue’s organizational and financial acumen were instrumental in providing a stable and nurturing home for her family during the Valley’s unpredictable economic swings. She excelled for more than 12 years at the San Jose Mercury News in classified sales, where she made many friends and earned several awards. Sue and Vern ventured to his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, in the late 1990’s. They moved once more to the much warmer and dryer community of Thousand Palms in the Coachella Valley, where they enjoyed spending time with Sue’s siblings and their families. She passed away suddenly on May 17, a month short of her 77th birthday. Sue is predeceased by her husband, Vern, in 2014. She is survived by her sons Leon Potter of Brentwood, California and Mike Potter of San Jose, along with Mike’s wife Cindy Chavez; grandson Brennan Potter; sister Mary Carron James of Redondo Beach, her husband Richard and their son Tyler; brother John Carron of Palm Desert and his Wife Kathi Carron; and brother Bill Carron of Thousand Palms and his son, James Carron, of San Jose.
Paula Jean Kozlak Evan ’86 was the most kind-hearted, loving, and compassionate person you could ever meet. A graduate of Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as SCU (with a degree in accounting), she lived her life following Mother Teresa’s motto: “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Paula passed away at home with her family by her side on June 19. Her strength through her difficult bout with cancer was courageous and inspiring. She will be sorely missed because she was everyone’s best friend (there was nothing she wouldn't do for a friend.) She was truly one in a billion! Paula is survived by her loving husband, Tom, and two beautiful daughters, Kate and Emma Larson; stepchildren Stephanie, Chris, and Ryan Evan; parents Bill and Kathy Kozlak; siblings Ann (Rob) Moore, Sue (Toby) Richards, Katie Kozlak Graif, Bill Kozlak Jr., and Joe; as well as 12 nieces and nephews.
Maureen Bischel ’90 was born in Fresno, California, on March 11, 1968, and attended Ruth Gibson Elementary School, Tenaya Jr High, and San Joaquin Memorial High School, graduating with honors in 1986. Maureen went on to Santa Clara University, where she received a B.S. in biology. Next up was Fresno State, where she received a B.S. in nursing. Maureen’s first job as a nurse was at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California; she also worked at Fresno’s University Medical Center in the emergency room as a trauma nurse and a mobile intensive care nurse, but her last job as a nurse was at Community Regional Medical Center in the interventional pre-procedure unit (PICA), where she made great friends. She would always say, “We are a family in PICA,” and she loved being a part of the PICA family. She is preceded in death by her father, Donald R. Bischel, grandparents Elizabeth Lyon and Henry Bischel, Grace Beathe, and Patrick Beathe. She is survived by her mother, Mabel Bischel, and her sister, Victoria Oakley. Maureen became very active in the amputee coalition and the Central Valley amputee group. She had recently attended a class to be able to be a peer visitor to new amputees. She absolutely loved being able to talk to new amputees and spend time with each and every patient in which she came into contact. Maureen’s passion was with the diabetic youth foundation and Bearskin Meadows. She attended camp at Bearskin as a child, then became a junior counselor, counselor, and ultimately camp nurse, where she made many lifelong friends during all the years she spent there. Maureen died in Fresno on June 29, 2017. She was 49 years old.
A leap year baby. Ann Marie Neuhaus ’90 was born Feb. 29, 1968, in Fort Collins, Colorado, and from age 4 grew up in Sonoma. She lived in faith with grace, devotion, and humility that was a gift for all to witness. She married the love of her life, Eric Neuhaus, in July of 1991, and they were blessed with two beautiful children, Rachel and Elijah. Ann loved her family and being a mom more than words can say. She had a passion for achieving her personal best in every aspect of her life. All who knew her admired how she lived every day with love, joy, and gratitude to God for all the gifts in her life. Ann graduated from Justin-Siena High School in 1986, where she played varsity basketball all four years and subsequently attended Santa Clara University on a full academic/basketball scholarship, graduating in 1990 with a B.S. degree in biology. She completed medical school at UCSF and began her surgical residency at UC Davis in 1994. Following her six-year residency, Ann worked as a general surgeon at Kaiser South Sacramento. She completed a one-year laparoscopic surgical fellowship in London in 2005 before returning to her surgical career at Kaiser South Sacramento. She passed away on July 5, 2017.
Anne L. Broderick M.A. ’91 was born on Feb. 10, 1939, in Forest Hills, New York, and graduated secondary school from Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut. She went on to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics at Arizona State University as well as a master’s degree in counseling psychology at SCU. After a successful career in administrative management in the high tech industry, Anne began a second career as a private psychotherapist and executive coach, consulting for large employers in the Bay Area. She married Bill Broderick in 1959, with whom she had three children, Peter, Lisa, and Laura. After her husband died in 1984, she married Lou Kavanau in 1987 and acquired three additional children, Marci, Corrie, and Tracy, from his previous marriage. She subsequently enjoyed the company of seven grandsons, and she readily admitted that grandparenting was way more fun than parenting. Anne died peacefully surrounded by her loving family members on July 27 2017. She wished all farewell and joined her beloved husband, Lou Kavanau, who was impatiently awaiting her return after his own journey ended in 2014. Anne bid adieu to the many people who expressed their gratitude for her friendship during a recent party in early July to affirm she was not dead yet. She will be most remembered by her friends for her indomitable spirit to persevere and her poise in the face of adversity; and her children will remember her for the enduring examples of love, integrity, nurturing, and achievement that resulted in the useful neuroses typically found in successful individuals. The family asks only that Anne be remembered during election cycles by voting for intelligent, articulate, honest politicians who represent what is best for the country.
Kelly M. Knight ’92 was born on Nov. 23, 1970, to Donald and Jane Day in Monterey, California, and grew up in Pebble Beach. Kelly attended elementary school in Pacific Grove, middle school at Santa Catalina, and graduated from Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. She was an elementary school teacher in Ridgecrest, California, and did substitute teaching in the Carmel Clay school system in Carmel, Indiana. Kelly was her husband’s personal travel agent, and when together, they traveled all over the world. She enjoyed scrapbooking with her friends, cooking, and was a voracious reader. She was very proud that she had been a contestant on the game show, Jeopardy!, as well as being an active volunteer—and when her health would not allow her to volunteer, she was a great advocate and donor along with her husband, Matt. Kelly passed away on Oct. 31, 2014, from complications of cystic fibrosis. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving husband, Matt Knight; siblings, Danny Day (Yolanda), Julie Day Rotter, Jimmy Day (Ginny), and Conny Roeder (Stefan); nieces Lisa Day, Michelle Scharton, Lindsay Day, Stephanie Rotter Kamper, Becca Rotter, Tiffany Day Marotta, Victoria Day and Franziska Roeder; as well as two great nephews and four great-nieces.
Virginia Falk M.A. ’96 entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) on Sept. 18, 1951, at North Providence. She pronounced her first vows March 19, 1954, and her final vows on March 19, 1957. Virginia served as a teacher for over 30 years in the United States, India, and Africa. She served as a chaplain and music practitioner in various churches and facilities, realizing her lifelong dream of ministry to the sick and dying—and to serve through the use of music. Virginia continued her music ministry at LaGrange, Georgia. She led a small group from the Catholic parish, which used music and sound for healing. She introduced liturgical music and cantering, training others for this ministry. Born an identical twin in Monroe, Louisiana, Virginia lost both parents before the age of ten. Grandparents in New Orleans raised her and her twin. At an early age she felt a strong attraction to St. Francis, to Africa, and to missionary life. She discovered the FMMs at the age of 12 and began a five-year correspondence, after which she entered the Fruit Hill Novitiate in 1951. After first profession, Virginia was sent to study at Emmanuel College in Boston, earning a B.A. in English. She was assigned to Fall River, and at Espirito Santo School a teaching ministry, which lasted 30 years. Although her dream of Africa was stronger than ever, she spent another six years in America—in Massachusetts, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, including graduate studies at Boston College in English. In 1964 Virginia sailed at last to the foreign missions via Rome. She was missioned not to Africa, the land of her dreams, but to India, where she spent seven and a half years teaching all levels in the schools and college, until ill health forced her to return to the U.S. After a year of recuperation, she was assigned to the province of Ghana/Liberia, where she spent the next decade, teaching and setting up a seminary library. During those years, Virginia had the opportunity to do a ten-month renewal course at AMECEA Pastoral Institute in Kenya. Virginia was missioned to the U.S. in 1983 and was assigned to the Navajo Reservation for the next five years, teaching in a public high school and coordinating music in the parish. In 1988, at the onset of burnout, she knew she had to leave the teaching ministry, which she had loved. This was a great turning point. It was time to realize a double-faceted dream that had been born in early childhood years; to work with the sick and the dying and to serve through the use of music. Virginia became certified as a chaplain and worked in AIDS ministry until she began studies at SCU for a M.A. in liturgical music. In 1996 she was assigned to Florida. Virginia became a hospital chaplain and was able to fulfill requirements for a certification as music practitioner from the Music for Healing and Transition Program. She started a Southeastern area for the program and served as area coordinator for two years, facilitating the training and certifying music practitioners from Florida. Virginia later started a guild for music practitioners and others working with music or sound for healing. The training program and the guild continue to expand and fulfill a genuine need in Florida. Virginia served at Maria Manor, a long-term care facility, as chaplain and music practitioner. To their Care of the Dying Program she added the dimension of healing music at the bedside, singing chants and playing soft free rhythm music to aid those at the final days or hours of their lives in the task of unbinding with all they have loved and letting go of earthly life. Virginia believed that this was the work for which she was created, and that all the studies and experiences of her last 60 years as an FMM had been stepping-stones to this ministry. Virginia continued her music ministry at LaGrange. She led a small group from the Catholic parish and used music and sound for healing. She introduced liturgical music and cantering, training others for this ministry. She courageously accepted her terminal illness and went peacefully home to God on Sept. 21, 2013.
Keith Richard Schieron ’97 passed away Dec. 31, 2016, from a glioblastoma brain tumor. A lifelong music enthusiast, he joined several punk rock bands at SCU and adopted the moniker “Reverend Keith” while working as a DJ and general manager for KSCU. During this time, Keith met his wife, Sarah, whom he married in 2000. They traveled the world, living in London, Boston, and Seattle before settling on Vashon Island, Washington with their two fearless boys, Cooper and Woodrow. Embodying the core philosophy of punk, before his death Keith created the documentary We Jam Econo, dedicated to seminal punk band The Minutemen. He is survived by his wife, sons, mother and father, and brother, Mark.
Entering this world on Jan. 3, 1978, in Spokane, Washington, Paul Sweeny ’00 was the first of three sons born to Kevin and Donna Sweeny. A few months after birth, Paul and his parents moved to Seattle, Washington, where he would spend his first four years before the family moved to Modesto, California. It was in Modesto that Paul began to shine in school and athletics. He made friends easily and enjoyed his life in the sun and on the little league baseball fields of California, where he showed his energetic personality and natural athletic ability. After sixth grade, his family moved back to Spokane, but Paul vowed one day he would return to California. In Spokane, Paul attended All Saints Catholic Middle School and Gonzaga Preparatory School, where he excelled in academics and sports, grew to a towering 6 feet 4 inches, and developed what would become his lifelong friendships. Upon his high school graduation, Paul cemented his promise to return to California and attended Santa Clara University where he tried out for the basketball team and made it as a walk-on his first year, followed by a partial scholarship as a sophomore. Paul loved basketball, and because of his fortitude and perseverance in the sport, learned many valuable lessons that served him throughout his life. After graduating with a major in English and a minor in journalism, Paul’s love of writing took him to New York City to work for CBS News, first as an intern and then as an associate producer for 48 Hours Investigates. He relished his time in New York and took in all the city had to offer as a bright, young 23-year-old. Paul was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers came crashing down, and he worked ceaselessly to cover the breaking news while witnessing the frightening and gut-wrenching reality of the city’s attack.
After living in New York, Paul moved back West and tried his hand in the entertainment industry in and around San Francisco and then in Los Angeles. One of his favorite stories was about a chance meeting with Judd Apatow at a farmer’s market where Paul was selling cherries. Equipped with charisma and confidence, Paul approached Apatow about his desire to work in the film industry, and their conversation soon led to an interview in Mr. Apatow’s limousine, followed by a job videotaping behind-the-scenes footage on the film Super Bad and others. Working in LA was a fun and exciting time in Paul’s life, but eventually the pragmatist in him yearned for stability and steady employment; he soon accepted a position as group sales representative at Metropolitan Life, which took him to Boise, Idaho for training. Merely a month after moving to Boise, his 28-year-old brother, Brian, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Three months after that, defying statistical chance, Paul was also diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 29. He took this challenge as he had every other challenge in his life, and that was with an iron will, positivity, and determination that his diagnosis was not going to get the best of him.
After surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation in Spokane, he went back to Boise to finish his training and then on to Seattle, Washington, to pursue his new career. He excelled at Met Life and worked there until April 2014, when he landed his most sought-after job with Delta Dental of Washington in Spokane as a senior account executive. Upon his return to Spokane, he bought a house he loved and met and fell in love with Meagan Ciesla, a beautiful young woman both inside and out. She gave him even more of a reason to keep on fighting and she took on the challenge with fervor. Together they never gave up hope and in the end of his life she comforted him with tenderness and loving care. We will be forever grateful that he found such love in his lifetime. Paul was a very loving and devoted brother to his two brothers, Brian and Kyle. He had an especially significant bond to Brian who predeceased him four years ago on June 29, 2013. Even though they experienced similar journeys, Paul was always more concerned for Brian than for himself. During Brian’s last months of life Paul drove from Seattle to Spokane every weekend to help his brother get through his last days. It was difficult for Paul to see his brother’s decline knowing he might follow a similar path, but his love for Brian surpassed his own fears.
Paul left this world and all who loved him on July 10 surrounded by his family and girlfriend after a valiant 10-year battle with brain cancer. His competitive spirit—whether he was playing basketball or Yahtzee, his favorite board game—will never be forgotten. He was positive, happy, fun loving, and always excited about life. He was also articulate, loved language, and was not one to avoid a debate, which at times was exasperating. He had a twinkle in his eye and a bit of mischievousness about him; both got him into trouble at times, but more often than not, his antics would make you smile and shake your head.
His parents, Kevin and Donna Sweeny, his brother, Kyle Sweeny, and his girlfriend, Meagan Ciesla, all of Spokane, survive Paul. Aunts and uncles Sharron Quigley, Mary Saad (Paul), Joanne Sweeny (Les Benoy), Patrice Sweeny (Mike Carper), Margaret Malloy, Suzanne Sweeny, Janice Winninghoff (Jack), Dennis Sweeny, Dick, Lee (Sherrie Holland), John, Frank, and Bob (Mary) Urbaniak also survive him. Paul’s family is comforted knowing he has been reunited with his brother, Brian, his grandparents, Raymond and Gladys Urbaniak, Jerome and Lillian Sweeny, and with our loving Father. His family also has so much gratitude for Dr. Kirk Lund and all the nurses and staff at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center who took exceptional care of Paul. Most have journeyed with the family for 10 years and two sons, making what has been unbearable almost bearable. Paul’s family is also grateful for the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice of Spokane in-home hospice care and Hospice House, where Paul lived out his final month of life.
Matt Rupel ’13 was an active member of the student body during his time at SCU and served as editor of The Santa Clara newspaper from 2011 to 2013. He traveled extensively, visiting family in New York and Texas, soaking up sun in Hawaii, and touring abroad. He loved music and films. He geeked-out over Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter,and Game of Thrones. An avid reader and writer, Matt recently cowrote a script for an animation project and was in the middle of writing his first novel. Growing up, he was always the kid who was friends with everyone, and everyone wanted to be his friend. Friends loved him for his deadpan humor, intelligence, adventurous spirit, and caring heart. As his body deteriorated, Matt showed resilience, bravery, and grace. He died on Aug. 5, 2017, after complications from Friedreich’s ataxia disease, living his short life with amazing courage and persistence. His parents, Brenda Rupel ’88 and Bart Rupel ’85, sister Katie, and all those who knew and loved him mourn their loss.
Camille Perrine J.D. ’13 of San Francisco passed away Sept. 11, 2016, at the age of 64.
Faculty & Staff
A longtime member of SCU’s religious studies department, Sr. Anne Marie Mongoven, O.P.? was ?one of the primary creators and designers of the graduate program in pastoral ministries. She directed and taught in the program from 1982 to 1997. ??In addition to her teaching career, Sr. Anne Marie was a gifted writer, researcher, and catechist? who ?publish?ed many articles and books in addition to coauthoring Living Waters, a series for children. ??She ???served as director of RCIA at St. Patrick Parish in San Jose? and ?collaborated with ?the ?U.S. bishops as one of the authors of the National Directory for Catechesis. Sr. Anne Marie died on July 29 at the motherhouse of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, where she lived in ?her ?retirement.