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2016

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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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George Fegan

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.

 

 

submitted Jan. 16, 2017 7:52A
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Andre Delbecq
Andre Delbecq, a Toledo native who was a business management professor and former dean of business and administration at the Santa Clara University in California, died Oct. 12 in Stanford University Medical Center. He was 80.
 
The cause of death was pancreatic cancer diagnosed about eight days before he died, said his wife, Mili Delbecq '78.
 
“He had surgery on Monday before he passed away. He never recovered from the surgery, which was a surprise to the surgeon and everyone else,” she said.
 
Mr. Delbecq graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1954 and received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Toledo four years later. He returned to UT in 1963 to teach business classes for three years after obtaining masters and doctoral degrees in business administration from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
 
His classmates from Central Catholic, which included the Rev. James Bacik, said Mr. Delbecq often returned to Toledo, sometimes several times a year, to visit friends. They said he was proud of his Midwestern roots and held a fondness for the city despite living nearly 3,000 miles away.
 
Mrs. Delbecq said her husband conceived the idea for the program for classes to connect business with ethics and religion after business leaders asked for it. Executives in the computer, telecommunications, and bioscience industries and others with advanced degrees were finding it difficult to reconcile their business lives with ethics and spirituality, she said.
 
“They seemed to feel the need for that and he tried to get the Jesuits to develop such a class. Finally, the president of Santa Clara told him that if you think it is needed so much than why don’t you start it,” she said.
 
From that proposal emerged the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. He was that center’s senior fellow when he died.
 
“He worked at the university the day before he went into the hospital. He was still active at Santa Clara as a professor and heading up some other departments in the university,” his wife said.
 
The retired pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish and now a visiting scholar at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Father Bacik said Mr. Delbecq’s spirituality was nurtured at Central Catholic and further developed after he arrived at Santa Clara.
 
“Very early he was more into spirituality than most people, and then he developed into it being in the Jesuit environment,” he said.
 
His death is a great loss for his loved ones and the University community that he served so generously for nearly forty years. We join with André’s wife, Mili, his family, and all those who mourn his loss.
 
André’s long and distinguished career at Santa Clara University began as Dean of the Leavey School of Business, a position he held from 1979-1989. His various appointments included Director of the Institute for Spirituality of Organization Leadership, Faculty Senate President, Thomas J. and Kathleen L. McCarthy University Professor, and Senior Fellow of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.  
André received numerous awards and recognition for teaching, scholarship and leadership, including President’s Recognition Awards, Extraordinary Achievement Awards, Dean’s Awards for Exceptional Teaching, Faculty Senate Professor of the Year, and most recently the Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship.  Leadership in his profession earned him appointments as the Eighth Dean of Fellows of the Academy of Management, President of both the Western and Midwest Academies of Management, Executive Director of the Organization Behavior Teaching Society; a listing in Who’s Who in the Management Sciences; The Distinguished Service to Management, Spirituality and Religion Award from the Academy of Management; and an honorary doctorate from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
 
Notable among André’s contributions are his teaching, service, and scholarship in leadership spirituality. True to the Ignatian charism that animated him, he applied his understanding and practice of prayer, meditation and reflection to organizational leadership. He played a foundational role in developing and shaping the field of Spirituality and Business Leadership. At Santa Clara, he founded the Ignatian Faculty Forum in 2002, and for almost 15 years he led the Forum in helping to engage faculty in reflective discernment and to discover Ignatian spirituality as it is lived by faculty.  In 2013, he founded and designed the Senior Leadership Forum, a program that invites those in senior leadership at the University to explore Jesuit higher education and to reflect on their own calling as leaders in higher education. 
 
Through his generous service, exceptional teaching, professional expertise, and deep spirituality, André earned the immense respect of his students and colleagues on campus and in his profession. While we have lost a good friend, a remarkable University citizen, and an Ignatian companion on the journey, we are thankful for André’s presence in our community and celebrate his life.
 
Born Sept. 30, 1936, he attended Blessed Sacrament School. He married the former Mili Mosher on April 15, 1989.
 
He served on the board of trustees of Ascension Health, Inc., a faith-based health care organization which operates hospitals in the Detroit area.
 
Surviving are his wife, Mili; daughter, Adrienne Delbecq-Backos; brother, Jean Pierre Delbecq, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jean-Marc Delbecq.
submitted Nov. 1, 2016 2:55P

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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James R. Blair

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)

submitted Dec. 7, 2016 1:39P
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Bernadette Allen

Bernadette Allen passed away on Nov. 22, 2016. She was a member of the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 10:55A

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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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