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GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '71
Frank H. Filice Jr.

Frank H. Filice Jr. M.A. '71, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 1. He was a strong, passionate, and kind man who loved God, his family, and friends. Frank spent 39 years in the Campbell Union High School district as a coach, drafting teacher, counselor, vice principal, and principal.

Frank was born in 1937 in San Jose, graduated from San Jose State University, and earned his master's degrees in counseling and education at Santa Clara University. He was married in 1974 and had two children. He was a devout family man who enjoyed coaching his children's sports teams, playing golf, volunteering for the church and community, and playing cards and chess. 

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Frances; devoted children Frank and Christy; daughter-in-law Heather; and grandchildren Nico and Cora.

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 2:04P
Francis Joseph Hughes

Francis Joseph Hughes '71 J.D. '74 on Feb. 7, 2009.  He is survived by his wife, Marya, and three children.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:55P
Fr. Gerald P. Sullivan

Fr. Gerald P. Sullivan, S.J. on May 15, 2010 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was a Jesuit for 60 years, a priest for 41. Gerry was born in Sacramento on July 26, 1931. He was raised in San Francisco until the age of six when his family moved to Redwood City. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, and entered the novitiate at Los Gatos on August 14, 1949. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at Gonzaga University, Gerry taught chemistry and mathematics at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, 1956-58 and chemistry at Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, 1958-59. He studied Theology at Alma College, Los Gatos, 1959-63, and he was ordained a priest on June 8, 1962. Upon completion of his studies, he returned to Brophy, where he taught art appreciation and religion, 1964-67. He then joined the Religious Studies department at Santa Clara as lecturer, 1967-68. Gerry came from a family of artists but assumed that, as a Jesuit, art could be no more than a hobby. He was delighted to find out that he could pursue his interests on a professional level. Gerry was accepted at the highly selective Art Students League of New York, where he studied under William Barnet and Robert Beverly Hale. In 1971 Gerry received his MFA and returned to Santa Clara University as a member of the Art and Art History department. He served as Department Chair, 1974-80 and retired as Senior Lecturer in 2009. Gerry worked in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor. He exhibited his work in a number of individual and group shows at the de Saisset Museum, the Triton Museum, and other venues. Among his work is the 8 x 24 foot acrylic on canvas mural, "The Valley Now and Then," depicting the history of the Santa Clara Valley. Commissioned by the Irvine Foundation in 1996, it now hangs in the University library. He also designed and executed the ceramic decorations for the St. Clare Chapel and Mausoleum at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. Due to declining health, Gerry moved to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, where he continued to pray for the Church and the Society. May he rest in peace. Gerry was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and John; his sister Margaret Mary; his brothers, John and Kevin; his sister-in-law, Sally; and his nephew, Mark. He is survived by his loving brother, Tom; sister-in-law, Angela; nieces, Mary, Christine, Karen, and Carrol; nephews, John, Kevin, and Stephen; and their respective families.

submitted Jun. 2, 2010 12:14P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Arline Esther Sjerslee Bollman
Arline Esther Sjerslee Bollman ’71, M.A. ’73 died on March 15, 2011 at the age of 83. Arline Esther Sjerslee Bollman was born on April 7, 1927 in Chicago to Sem Peder Sjerslee and Esther Augusta Engsell, who were of Scandinavian descent. The family moved to Seattle when Arline was 14 years old. She completed high school in Seattle and attended the University of Washington, where she met her future husband, Victor Stanley Bollman MBA '66. They married Dec. 12, 1947, and enjoyed over 63 years together until her death. The couple went to Southern California after their university education, where Arline was a librarian at the University of Southern California. She later worked as a librarian in the San Jose Public Library and in the Los Gatos Public Library. Arline obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Education from Santa Clara University. She continued her education and earned a Master of Arts in Librarianship from San Jose State University. In 1988 Arline and her husband retired and moved to Oregon and settled in their "retirement home in the woods," in Aurora near Wilsonville. The couple traveled to Hawaii, Canada, Hong Kong and London and cruised to Alaska and to Norway's North Cape. Her hobbies included reading, walking, gardening, classical symphony and book collecting. Arline is survived by her husband and their children, Stephen Victor of Los Gatos, Calif., Allison Kay of Portland and Brian Dean of Windsor, Calif.; three grandchildren; and her sister, Grace Rauen of La Mirada, Calif.
submitted Apr. 13, 2011 9:31A


GRD Leavey/MBA '72
William L. Teglia

William L. Teglia MBA '72 on Nov. 18, 2008.  A native of San Francisco, he was a partner with Berger-Lewis Accountancy Corp. in San Jose for many years and retired in 1994. He served on the board of the San Jose Civic Light Opera for many years and loved musical theater. Bill is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cathy; two sons; and three grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:19P
GRD Leavey/MBA '72
William A. Hartman

William Alfred Hartman MBA '72 died on March 2, 2010. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 5, 1918 to Thomas Jefferson Hartman and Mary Winnetta Jarrell. He graduated from Oklahoma A & M in 1940 with a degree in chemical engineering. After working for the Beech Aircraft Company, in 1950 he joined General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and worked with them until entering Santa Clara University in 1970. He worked at the Quadrex Corporation in Campbell, California as a consultant, retiring in 1984. He and his wife, Ann Hathaway Hartman, lived in Carmel, California in retirement, and moved to Vantage House, a senior living facility in Columbia, Maryland, in 2005. He is survived by Ann and three children, Al Hartman (West Linn, Oregon), Tom Hartman (Columbia, Maryland) and Mary Ann Sharp (Branson, Missouri).

submitted Feb. 4, 2011 8:20A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Theresa L. "Terry" Pfeiffer

Theresa Louise Pfeiffer '72, J.D. '78 on Feb. 25, 2010. She died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family and friends. The cause of death was brain cancer. Terry is survived by her husband, James Jeffers, her daughters, Emily and Rachel, her parents, brothers and sisters and their families, as well as many other family members and friends. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, lawyer, friend, and adventurer. Terry was the eldest child of Jack and Louise Pfeiffer. She was a fifth generation Californian from the Almaden Valley. She cherished her family all her life. Family and friends will always remember Terry for her good nature, her optimistic and energetic spirit, her warm smile, and her kindness. Terry was a modest person. She spoke softly and never uttered an angry word, yet managed to speak honestly and directly. She always wore a genial smile on her face and was filled with warmth, compassion, and a true love of life. She was a role model and devoted mother to her two daughters, and was immensely proud of their achievements. Terry enjoyed reading, world travels, pancakes, camping, working on the Tree Farm, learning the names of birds and plants, and all aspects of the outdoors. She loved languages and had a passion for the opera. Above all, Terry rejoiced in being with her family. For over 30 years as a lawyer, Terry was an advocate for the "little guy." Terry's keen intellect and sense of justice allowed her to speak candidly for the underprivileged and put others before herself. Terry responded to challenges with poise and equanimity. She struggled with a dreadful disease with the same grace, courage, and good cheer that characterized every aspect of her life and personality. She will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to meet her. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation and thanks to Hospice of the Valley. Services were held March 6th at St. Anthony's Church in San Jose. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Ave, San Jose, CA, 95124.

submitted Mar. 8, 2010 6:50P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '72
Stephen B. Hailstone

Stephen B. Hailstone M.A. '72 was born January 21, 1930 in Logan, Utah and passed away at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center on Friday, September 23. He is survived by Lenore White Hailstone, whom he married December 22, 1956, and daughters Mikelea Kelley and husband Scott; Melanie Nighbert, husband Jeff and grandsons Taylor and Hunter Sasso; Amanda Blanton, husband Donnie and grandchildren Stephanie, Nicholas and Matthew Blanton. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, John Leland and Ina Mae Hailstone, brother John Leland Hailstone II, sisters Luana Kludt and Geraldine Lawton, and nephew Michael Kludt. Steve was active in the Boy Scouts, and in 1944 was one of the two youngest Eagle Scouts in the history of Santa Clara County scouting. That same year he received the American Legion award. Steve graduated from Gilroy High School and following high school attended San Jose State University. On December 26, 1950, he joined the Air Force. While stationed in Japan he earned the rank of Master Sergeant. Following his discharge from the Air Force he returned to San Jose State where he completed his BA degree in Education. Steve spent his 35 year career with San Benito Joint Union High School (SBJUHS). While teaching he continued to further his education at Santa Clara University where he earned his Master's Degree, after which he became a counselor and an administrator at SBJUHS. Upon retiring he served 12 years on the SBJUHS Board as well as serving on the Board of the Sunnyslope County Water District from 1984 to 2010 as a member and president. Steve loved spending time with Lenore and their daughters and families as well their good friends. They spent many wonderful extended weekends with their friends in the San Benito Travel Company as well as time traveling throughout the United States and Canada. He loved working in his yard, wood working, and reading. He also loved his time at their home at Lake Almanor with family and good friends. He taught his sons-in-law and grandchildren the art and love of fishing, traveling the logging roads and exploring all the beauty that that area offers. All who knew Steve know he lived life with a definite sense of humor. If you were fortunate enough to know him well you also know he was a deeply sensitive man with a strong sense of patriotism and an ongoing interest in the state of the world.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 1:36P
GRD Leavey/MBA '72
Sharad B. Dalal

Sharad B. Dalal '72 died Dec. 16, 2009.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 11:59A
GRD Leavey/MBA '72
Raymond Pat Farlin

Raymond "Pat" Patterson Farlin MBA '72 Jun 10, 1933 to Nov 5, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Pat was born in Mason City, Iowa, and spent his childhood in Los Angeles. He moved to San Jose during his high school years attending University High in Los Angeles, San Jose High, and Sequoia High in Redwood City. Pat received a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State in 1956 and an MBA in finance and economics in 1972 from Santa Clara University.

Pat served in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960 as a combat ready navigator and instructor in Strategic Air Command with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was awarded the Air Force Longevity Service Award. From 1961 to 1969, he served in the California Air National Guard and retired with the rank of Major. This passion for aeronautics and air travel never left him. He worked 35 years in airport management. As Deputy Director of Aviation, for San Jose and Assistant Director of Aviation, Clark County, NV. He consulted in the private sector with Hill International and Parsons Brinkerhoff in a similar role. He thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as educator of Airport Management in the Aeronautics Department of San Jose State University from 1972-1980.

Pat liked to fish and loved spending time in the Sierra Mountain home. He learned to snow ski, with his wife at Badger Pass in Yosemite and was affectionately called "Zorro" because he always wore the same black ski cap which had a black tassel that could be seen flapping behind him as he zipped downhill. His love of skiing was something he made sure to impart on all of his children and grandchildren. Pat loved golf and the social aspect of seeing his Aptos neighbors and to walk the course together.

He and his wife, June, enjoyed golfing together for many years as well as traveling to Western Europe, Norway, the UK, and Hawaii multiple times. He always said that the trip of his life was to Australia and New Zealand involving staying on a live aboard ship and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Pat loved Big Band music and boy could he dance. He had gone to cotillions as young as 13 with his older sister Charlene and her girlfriends didn't mind that he was younger because he knew all the dances, even the jitterbug. If you spent more than a few minutes with Pat, you'd pick up that he had strong opinions about American political responsibilities, was a very patriotic supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and having embraced the Internet Age, he would forward emails to ensure family and friends knew exactly where he stood on matters. Recently, he enjoyed renting Netflix black-and-white films and watching Big Bang Theory. Pat was a devoted husband, caring for his wife June until her death in January 2013. After losing his wife of 57 years, he spent time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchild. He is remembered as generous, ethical and having a terrific sense of humor. He was a man of somewhat simple tastes who drank his coffee black, liked Cheerios for breakfast and his only requirement from beer was that it was cold and wet.

Pat is survived by two sons, Mark Farlin ’79 and Kent Farlin, and a daughter Christine Farlin. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Sean, Jessica, and James Farlin, Holly and Mark Zinchefsky, and Hannah Becker.

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 6:47P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Raymond M. Barajas

Raymond M. Barajas '72 died on August 6, 2008.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:48P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Randy Kinavey

Randy Kinavey 72, one of California High School's best known and most respected teachers, died Oct. 14. He was 62. Kinavey taught ninth grade advanced English and honors English 11 at Cal for nearly 25 years and died of complications from cancer after a years-long battle.

The son of Postal Service workers, Kinavey grew up in Oakland and Castro Valley and went to Bishop O'Dowd High School. He attended Santa Clara University as an undergrad and went to San Francisco State University for graduate studies. He taught English for 10 years and served as an administrator at Bishop for two before arriving at Cal in 1986. Also an English teacher at Diablo Valley College, Kinavey received the Warren W. Eukel award in 2010 for excellence in education. He took a medical sabbatical from Cal High and DVC that year.

Outside of the classroom, Kinavey loved watching sports, especially the San Francisco 49ers and the Giants, loved the outdoors, and went camping often. He was an avid reader, enjoyed all forms of music -- especially jazz and the Beatles -- and was known to have an affinity for plastic pink flamingos. During his sabbatical, Kinavey traveled to Europe and saw the birth of his second grandchild.

Randy Kinavey is survived by his wife, Suzanne, children, Hilary and Zach, as well as two grandchildren.

Read the full tribute in the San Ramon Express.

submitted Oct. 22, 2012 8:37P
Mike Keller

Kenneth Michael "Mike" Keller '72 passed away at his home in Grimes on Wednesday, January 28, at the age of 64. Mike, as he was commonly referred to, was born in Woodland to Kenneth Andrew Keller, Jr. and Elizabeth Joyce Keller. Mike was raised in Colusa and graduated from Colusa High School in 1968. He attended the University of San Francisco, then transferred to Santa Clara University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1972.

Summers during his college years were often spent as a camp counselor at Kennolyn Camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. After college, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, where he served in Alameda, CA; New Jersey, and Virginia. After the Coast Guard, Mike moved to the Santa Cruz region to teach at Quail Hollow Elementary. While in the Santa Cruz area, Mike married Linda Lee Reames '75 of Ben Lomond, CA in 1975. Mike and Linda have two children, Patrick (who resides in Los Angeles) and Christopher (who resides in Denver). In 1979, Mike and his family moved back to Colusa where he began farming in Grimes with his father. Mike farmed rice and other commodities over 30 years and also served the community in many ways.

For years, Mike served on the Grand Island Fire Department in Grimes and also served on various agricultural committees and groups. Mike's love of horses started as a child. He taught others horseback riding while a counselor at Kennolyn Camp and actively rode well into adulthood. Mike enjoyed giving his sons and other kids in the area horseback rides around the Keller ranch and on camping trips. Other passions of Mike's were collecting and restoring antique furniture and appliances, local and world history, and his beloved dogs: a yellow labrador retriever (Holly) and a basset hound (Charlie). For the past 22 years, Mike has been on his quest to restore Ella Miller's former residence in Grimes, affectionately known as "Gram's House." Mike is survived by his mother Joyce, sister Candyce Dormer' 75 (Candy), sons Patrick and Christopher (Carly), nephew Donald Dormer '07, brother-in-law Don Dormer '75, and girlfriend of 18 years, Kimberlee Caldwell. 

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 2:51P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '72
Michael J. Clark

Michael John Clark ’71, M.A. ’72 was born in Richmond, Ind., Jan. 10, 1949. He passed away unexpectedly in San Luis Obispo on July 23, 2013.

He grew up in Campbell after living in Indiana for the first four years of his life. He attended Saint Lucy Catholic School in Campbell from the first through eighth grades. He attended Campbell High School where he played football and wrestled. He then attended Santa Clara University where he played football and graduated with a master's in history and teaching.

During his time attending Santa Clara University he met Maryanne Patricia Scott, “Patty.”

After graduating in 1971 and marriage in 1972, he worked for Atascadero Unified School District, where he taught English, history and driver's education for 14 years. He also coached swimming and football.

In 1973 he received his master's in administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

After 14 years of teaching, he became the assistant principal at Atascadero Junior High. He then went on to become an elementary school principal at Creston and Carissa Plains, Lewis Avenue, San Benito and San Gabriel.

Mike retired in 2005 from Atascadero Unified School District and worked for a short time at Mission Prep High School as an assistant principal. 

He lived in Los Osos from 1972 to 2006, when he moved to Paso Robles to be closer to his children and grandchildren. In 2006 he became a proud grandpa.

He was a grandpa to five grandchildren. He was a proud father to three children, Kimberly Rivas (Dan), Kristi Roberson (Matt) and Will Clark (Autumn).

His students, faculty, wife, children, grandchildren and extended family were everything to him. He was dedicated to always making them happy. His sense of humor, smile and his laughter were contagious. He was selfless and often unwilling to take credit for his accomplishments. He always fought for the underdog and a just outcome. The likes of him will not soon enter this world again.

Mike was an animal lover and will be missed by his dogs, Sheena and Stryker, and his three kitties, which were dependent upon him for their many daily walks and treats.

He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, two sisters, Colleen Chiaramonte and Cathy Blass, brother, Tom Clark, and many nieces and nephews.

submitted Aug. 2, 2013 12:54P
GRD Leavey/MBA '72
Michael Harold Bodourian

Michael Harold Bodourian MBA '72 died unexpectedly on December 16, 2009. Born in San Francisco on January 4, 1934, Mike raised his family in Saratoga, California before actively retiring in Grass Valley. He attended high school and college in San Francisco and received his MBA from Santa Clara University. After proudly serving in the infantry, Mike worked in the technology field and became a cost accountant for numerous firms in the Bay Area. In Grass Valley, he was active with Music in the Mountains and enjoyed the company of his many friends. He loved good jazz, boxing, and his dog Delilah, but family was the most important thing to him and he created and cherished family vacations and memories that will live on forever. He was an unforgettable grandfather who will be missed by Nicole, Brent, Sean, Tim, Tanner, and Kyle; a giving father who will be missed by Mike, Melissa, and Matt; and a wonderful husband of 49+ years who will be very missed by his wife, Marilyn.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 12:53P
Mary Cobb

Mary Cobb ’72, born Aug. 26, 1950, passed away quietly after a heroic fight against cancer on  March 17, 2013.

Mary was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Van Nuys, attending St. Elizabeth School and Louisville High School She graduated from Santa Clara University with a major in Economics. After 16 years in the securities industry, Mary started her own consulting business as a compliance expert.

Survived by her mother, Helen Cobb; sister, Cathy Cobb; brothers, Michael (Theresa) Cobb and Thomas (Deborah) Cobb; nine nephews and nieces, eight grandnephews and eight grandnieces. 
submitted Mar. 28, 2013 9:05A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '72
Kent W. Roehr

Kent W. Roehr M.A. '72 on Dec. 16, 2008.  The Milwaukee native earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a master's degree from SCU. He was employed by New Berlin West High School from 1963 to 1990 as a math teacher and was a longtime member of Bethel Hill United Methodist Church in New Berlin prior to moving to Combined Locks, where he joined Peace United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Jean; three daughters; and seven grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
John Stack

John Stack '72 on April 22, 2010.

submitted Aug. 11, 2010 2:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
John Michael Wagstaffe

John Michael Wagstaffe '72 passed away on August 2, 2011. Wagstaffe was born in Redwood City to Gerard and Jean Wagstaffe and raised in Menlo Park. After graduation from Woodside Priory High School in 1968 and Santa Clara University in 1972, he had a 20 year career in the U.S. Army, serving his country in Panama, Germany, Fort Ord and the Presidio, retiring as a Major. He then served as the civilian public affairs officer for the Army at Fort Irwin. After a long battle with diabetes, he passed away in his hometown of Apple Valley on August 2, 2011. He will be greatly missed by Victoria, his wife of 36 years, son Trevor and daughter in law Naomi, siblings Steve (Susan), Jim (Karen), Ray (Jacque) and Gerry, Uncle Bill/Aunt Margie, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. His passions included spending time with family, photography, youth sports, and soccer. He was unwaveringly optimistic and never missed a family gathering highlighted by the joy of attending his son's marriage in May 2011. His positive outlook on life will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 4:03P
John J. Proulx

John Justin Proulx MBA ’72 April 14, 1938 - July 10, 2013. Resident of San Jose, John Justin Proulx, 75, passed away July 10, 2013 in San Jose, Calif., surrounded by his loving family. A native of SF, John attended USF earning his B.S. degree in accounting and later received his MBA from Santa Clara University. An auditor for many years, he became an IT manager in the early days of Silicon Valley. For 28 years, CPA John operated his own accounting practice, and used his financial expertise to help non-profit organizations in Santa Clara Valley. He is survived by: the love of his life and wife of 45 years, Bernadette; his beloved children, Rich Proulx (Rachel Antell) and Michelle Schuette (Derek); and, his adored grandchildren, Talia and Gabriel Antell-Proulx and Katie Schuette. He was also deeply grateful for his extended family, numerous close friends, and his physician Kenneth Greene, M.D. for his many years of care.

In John's words, "I am no longer physically with you, but am still with you in a spiritual way." He was a member of the Seeking Guidance men's group for 14 years. John enjoyed spending time with friends and family, travel, genealogy, collecting football memorabilia, and cheering on the 49ers - the pinnacle of his 60 years of "fandom" came earlier this year with his first trip to a Super Bowl. John was a very humble man, doing many things for many people without telling anyone. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:56P
Jane L. Anderson

 Jane L. Anderson '72 died on November 10, 2010.

submitted Nov. 15, 2010 1:05P
James P. Connolly

James Patrick Connolly '61, M.S. '72 was born in Oakland in 1938 to James P. and Mamie W. Connolly. He attended Napa Union High School and graduated in 1956 and married Sharon in 1997. James passed away in San Jose on February 2, 2015. He was a retired engineer and manager whose career spanned 49 years at NASA, managing the design and development of Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and small spacecraft payloads. He joined the Peace Corps in 1964, and spent 2 years working on road and building projects in Tanzania. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his children Tim Connolly of Campbell, Thad Connolly of Oakland, and Michael Sommese of San Jose. 

submitted Apr. 17, 2015 4:08P
James J. Loftus III

James Joseph Loftus III '72 passed away from cancer the morning of Sept. 3, 2013. He was at home, resting peacefully, and in the company of loved ones. Jim was born May 17, 1950, to James Joseph Loftus Jr. and Mary King Loftus; both of San Francisco, Calf. He was raised in Mill Valley and San Francisco, attending St. Cecelia's elementary and Riordan High. He attended San Francisco City College, studying engineering, subsequently transferring to, and graduating from, Santa Clara University in 1972 with a degree in civil engineering. San Francisco's culture, ocean beaches and childhood friends remained strong identifiers throughout his life. With an eagerness to expand his horizons, he seized upon the chance in summer 1972 to move to Fairbanks. He persevered through that first winter, determined to give his new home a fair chance, eventually landing work on survey crews for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. During the next few years, young Loftus worked in Alaska during the construction season and traveled extensively in the off-season. His work on the pipeline solidified his desire to live in Alaska, despite his rather unique distinction of having spent five consecutive Septembers in Atigun Pass! He welcomed Alaska's challenges, the unparalleled scenery, and the host of characters that became friends, mentors and, eventually, family. Increasing responsibilities and in-depth exposure to engineering while working on the pipeline inspired him to return to school, completing a graduate degree in structural engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Upon finishing his master's degree in 1979, he returned to Fairbanks for perhaps the most important summer of his life during which he fell in love with Eileen Stack. The lovely couple married Oct. 6, 1979, and were a picture perfect pair! Suit on and freshly groomed, the now husband and father pounded the pavement in Seattle, seeking work as structural engineer. Landing a job at a well-respected firm, he flourished and developed his skills while working on prominent projects in Seattle, including the iconic Columbia Tower. It wasn't long before the call of the wild beckoned and in 1984 Jim and Eileen packed up their growing family and headed north to Fairbanks. Recognizing the need for local structural engineering services, Loftus Engineering, Inc was formed. Jim's professional mindset, first-hand knowledge of Alaska's extreme climate, and a true passion for structural engineering contributed to the company's success. The company grew over time through several mergers with other local firms, becoming PDC Engineering, Inc. in 1998. As a principal partner, Jim managed the structural engineering department, and under his direction, PDC designed many of Fairbanks' well known structures including the Rabinowitz State Courthouse, UAF's Museum of the North and the Centennial Pedestrian Bridge. You can hardly look more than two directions in Fairbanks without identifying a structure to which he directly contributed. A biography of Jim Loftus would hardly be complete without mention of his running career. Beginning at a young age, he enjoyed running and competing against others. He became an accomplished middle distance runner while in junior college, and for many years after he was a fixture at the all-comers track meets in the Bay area, often leading the pack in his specialty, the 800-meter. For Jim, running and training became, as he described it, a form of personal yoga, bringing peace, reflection, and opportunity for personal improvement. He was active in the local running scene, organizing, volunteering, and mentoring Fairbanks runners and track meets from the mid-'80s until 2012. As a metaphor for the gentle parenting and encouragement he gave as a father and coach, he preferred to allow young runners to "wiggle in the blocks" rather than call a false start, believing it important that everyone gets to run the race. He pursued running throughout his life and had well respected finishes of second place at the U.S. Masters National Championships in 2000, and fifth place in the World Senior Championships in 2005, both in the 800-meter. He considered these to be great personal accomplishments, caring more about the experience than the finish; he relished meeting and running with elite runners of the world. With a turntable in constant rotation and often a book in hand, music and reading were cornerstones of his daily routine. He was intensely interested in an astonishing range of music from Americana and vintage rock to punk and alt-country. Readings later in life focused on philosophy and history, meticulously building a base for more probing thought. Using a scholarly approach, he studied philosophy from classic to current and actively engaged fellow scholars in discussion as he searched for continued understanding of the human experience. His beliefs of expanding one's knowledge of the greater world around us, personal responsibility and work ethic were applied to both his professional and family lives. Jim's greatest joy and most valued accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his wife Eileen, sons Aran, Oliver, Michael, and daughter Clare. He loved to be among them all, delighting in their diversity, marveling at their individuality and thankful for their unity. He is also survived by his father, James Joseph Loftus Jr., and sisters, Jeanne, Rosemary, Teresa, Eileen and Julie. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Loftus. In the last months of his life, Jim's physical condition deteriorated, though his inquisitive mind and quick laughter remained. Many will retain an image of him running, tall and strong, powering through the last turn, arms and legs churning like pistons, an outward symbol of his capacity for precise, intelligent and consequential work, and his deep love of the whole show. According to his wishes, his passing will be marked by an Irish style wake, commencing at 5 p.m. Sept. 13, 2013, at the Fairbanks Mushers Hall off Farmers Loop Road. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Jim's preferred charities: Running Club North, Engineers Without Borders USA, or the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Center in Fairbanks. A thoughtfully recorded interview of Jim recounting his adventures is available through UAF's Oral History Program. 

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:32P
GRD Law '72
James Jerome Herman

James Jerome Herman J.D. '72 passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Jim was born in July 1929 in Sheboygan, Wis., the youngest of Amalie and Jacob Hermann''s 10 children. He met the love of his life, Lynn Willis, at Ripon College—they were married in 1951. They enjoyed many wonderful years skiing, traveling, doing volunteer work, and raising their three children together in Sunnyvale. They moved to Aptos, and then to Paso Robles. Jim was a highly educated, intelligent man who earned degrees from Ripon, MIT, University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Santa Clara University. While living in Sunnyvale, Jim worked for Lockheed on top secret projects, such as Deep Quest and the space shuttle, and was an expert in guidance and control systems. After he retired from Lockheed, Jim and Lynn moved to Aptos and began to travel the world. While at home, Jim loved to work in his garage listening to the radio, doing beautiful stained glass work and building intricate dollhouses and farms for his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity and devoted many hours to other volunteer organizations as well. During the last few weeks of his life, he was surrounded by his loving family who will sorely miss him. Jim is survived by his wife, Lynn; sons Mark Herman (Lucy) of San Francisco, Matthew Herman (Jennifer) of Aptos; daughter, Julie Cross (Chris) of Atascadero; five grandchildren Joshua Cross (Montse) of Atascadero, Calif., Trevor Cross (Lisa) of Los Gatos, Emily Cross and Holly Herman of San Francisco and Alexander Herman of Aptos. He is also survived by and three great-grandsons Urban, Ilan, and Liam Cross, with another great-grandson due in October; sisters Clare Wreidt and Virginia Herman; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

submitted Oct. 7, 2011 11:41A
Herman Egger

Herman Egger M.S. '72, a resident of Palo Alto, died on Nov. 5, 2012. He was 75. Egger was born in Murten, Switzerland. In 1967 he moved to Palo Alto with his bride and began a 35-year career with Varian Associates. He earned a MSEE from Santa Clara University in 1972. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Monika, his daughters Pia Lusk (Mike) and Susi Egger-Watson (Matt) and his grandchildren Brenden, Daniel, Emma, Claire, Max, and Leo.

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 10:54A
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