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Affectionately known as Jackie, she was born on a sunny fall late afternoon, November 12, 1995, at the Norwood Caritas Hospital in Norwood, MA, into a family consisting of her mother, Huu Huyen, father, Tin Pham, and older brother, Alex Pham Huyen. Loving, beloved and cherished daughter and sister to her family. Beloved niece and cousin to many on East and West coasts as well as in Vietnam. Beloved girlfriend of Yang Li of Qingdao, Shandong, China. Beloved friend to many in the Santa Clara, California area.
Jackie attended Santa Rita Elementary School followed by Egan Middle School from kindergarten through grade nine and graduated from Los Altos High School with the Class of 2013. She was a Junior in progress of pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from the College of Sciences of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.
Jackie was a member of the Vietnamese Student Association. She had a passion for the arts, particularly drawing. She also adored working with children at the Community School of Music and Arts in Palo Alto. She loved animals, especially their neighborhood cat Carter.
Faculty & Staff
George Fegan, former chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics, passed away December 20, 2016. Dr. Steve Chiappari '84 notes, “George played a vital role in the Department of Applied Mathematics and the School of Engineering, serving as a faculty member, academic advisor to students, and departmental chair as well as assistant dean for graduate programs for the School of Engineering. He began teaching part-time in the department in 1982. He took a full-time position in 1987 and was appointed chair of the department in 1990. He stepped down as chair in 2004 and retired from the department in 2005. All of us who have had the privilege of knowing George have appreciated his friendship, witty sense of humor, wonderful work with students, and sage advice. We have missed seeing him in the office. May his spirit continue to live in all of us whose life he has touched.”
George Fegan was born in San Francisco in 1935. If you took his word for it, his boyhood paper route extended over most of the Eureka Valley, Castro, and Mission. After terrorizing the nuns at Most Holy Redeemer, he went on to become student body president at St. Ignatius, where he was an all-state hurdler. He held a BA from USF, master's degrees from SJSU and SFSU, and a PhD from OSU. He was a lifelong educator, teaching high school English for years before becoming a math professor at Santa Clara University, where he was department chair and an associate dean.
He made his pasta from scratch. He gave Johnny Mathis his first gig. His basketball nickname was the Butcher. Or the Hammer—one of those. He once relieved himself upstream of George H. W. Bush. He got his master's in English and then his PhD in math because why not? As an altar boy, he nearly burned down the church; this was possibly an accident. His mustache was better than yours. He was the only white person to work at Henry's Hunan Restaurant. He was a published poet. He was a published mathematician. He was a terrible rabbit hunter. He had gout, the disease of kings. He was George Lucas' favorite high school teacher. He hated Reagan. He had eight toes. He could still arm wrestle you under the table at 80. He was a professor emeritus without ever receiving tenure. He once flew halfway around the world to show up on his future wife's doorstep unannounced. Most of this is true.
His family—wife Sophie Chung Fegan; children Jeff Fegan '79, Debra Meyer, and MacKenzie Fegan; scores of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews—will miss his mushroom risotto and questionable sense of humor. They will not miss his singing voice.
Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife, Sophie, in care of the Department of Applied Mathematics.
Friends of the University
On Friday, April 1, the de Saisset Museum lost a dear friend. Paula Z. Kirkeby was the owner of Smith Andersen Editions and a relentless advocate for artists, all the way up to her last day. Three decades ago our relationship began when she entrusted the de Saisset Museum with the Smith Andersen Editions Archive representing some of the most important California artists of our time. She facilitated many other gifts to our institution and we are forever grateful. But more importantly, we will miss her laughs, her unique perspectives, her storytelling moments, and the precious times we spent together. We will miss her, but somehow right now it is comforting to know she left her mark on our institution.
James Robert Blair, Jim, passed away October 5, 2016 in Parker, Colorado. Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 11, 1944 to Jerald Blair and Helen Swanson Blair who preceded him in death. He was 72 years old.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years the end of this month, Donna Blair, his sons, Steve and his wife, Kathleen, and Ron ‘93, J.D. ‘98, MBA ‘99 and his wife, Lisa ‘94, MBA ‘99 all of Parker, Colorado. He also leaves behind five grandchildren-Glen, Justin, Cameron, Kaitlyn, and Allison and one great-grandson, Emmet. He is also survived by his two siblings, Jerome Blair and his wife, Arlene of Aptos, California and Janet Russel and her husband, Larry of Los Gatos, California. He also has numerous other close relatives and friends.
He married his childhood sweetheart on October 24,1964. He graduated from Cupertino High School in California in 1962 and received a degree from Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA. He went on to study at San Jose State. He was a very successful real estate developer in the Silicon Valley and Denver area. He also served on numerous boards over the years including Santa Clara University, Bellarmine College Preparatory, North Park College, First Covenant Church, Heritage Bank and as Chairman of the Board on The World among others.
Jim and Donna spent most of their married life in the San Jose, California area. They relocated to Colorado in 2006 to be closer to their sons and their grandchildren.
Jim was a lover of life and enjoyed traveling extensively with family and friends. He and Donna traveled to all seven continents and spent several years traveling around the world aboard The World, a residence cruise ship. Jim enjoyed playing golf, downhill skiing, scuba diving and many other activities. He was a runner and loved to run wherever their travels took them.
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four years ago, Jim finally lost the battle to this disease surrounded by his family. "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)
Bernadette Allen passed away on Nov. 22, 2016. She was a member of the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society.
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.