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Jane L. Anderson '72 died on November 10, 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gregory "Greg" Gray '72 was called to join his family and friends waiting for him in heaven on February 27, 2009. He was strong and stoic in his battle with cancer. Greg had an incredible circle of amazing friends, and you couldn't go with him anywhere without running into a good buddy. Greg earned his living as a real estate broker, developer and investor and accomplished a great deal as a businessman. He was an excellent athlete and a great golfer. He was proud to be a fifth generation San Josean and graduate of Bellarmine and Santa Clara University. He amassed a plethora of friends and enjoyed any chance to laugh. Greg was a master story teller and loved a good, or even a bad joke. He had a zest for life and he will be sorely and deeply missed by those privileged enough to know him and call him a friend. He was an extraordinary father and cherished his daughter Michele from the first day of her life to the last day of his. They shared a love of travel, sports and having a good time with friends and family. Greg was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Urhausen Gray. He is survived by his beloved and loving daughter, Michele Gray; brother Christopher Gray and his wife Suzanne of Fresno; sister Ruthmarie McGuire and her family, Dan, Brian and Erin of Fair Oaks and sister Nina McAlexander and her daughters Reina and Briana of Pacifica.
Gerald Lee Walker, 66, of Cannon Beach, died Monday, June 28, 2010, in Seaside, Ore. He was born Feb. 7, 1944, in Vancouver, Wash., to missionaries Orland and Nola Archer Walker. His parents preceded him in death. Raised in Eugene, he attended South Eugene High School. In 1961, he married Susan Philpin, the mother of his son. They later divorced. He worked for the Lockheed Corporation while attending college. In 1968, he graduated from the University of Santa Clara, Calif., with a law degree. In 1992, he married Kathy White of Arizona. They later divorced. In 1969, upon passing the bar exam, he partnered to work for Kane, Canelo & Walker, Attorneys at Law in Merced, Calif. As a trial lawyer his specialties were personal injury and wrongful death. He later went on to enjoy a successful career in corporate law and became the general council for Tescon America in 1986. He retired in 1992. After retiring, he assisted his parents in their missionary work and traveled around the world. Family members said he enjoyed collecting art, traveling, hiking, watching sports and rooting for the underdog. He enjoyed challenges and did volunteer work for people he felt were being taken advantage of. He is survived by two sisters and their families, Patricia Klonoski of Tucson, Ariz., and Betty Allison of Vida; and a son, Darryl Walker of Cannon Beach. He was preceded in death by a brother.
Frances Marie Martin Clark Miller '72 passed away at home in Saratoga, Calif., surrounded by her loving children on August 11, 2009. A native of Santa Clara, she was the daughter of the late Francis ("Fanny") G. Martin & Mary Dolores Vasconcellos and loving older sister to Rodney W. Martin (Ann Leslie) of Santa Clara. Born March 11, 1929, she attended St. Clare's School (Santa Clara), Notre Dame High School (Belmont), and Santa Clara University (BA Art '72). She and her husband Don established Fantasy Fare in 1985 as a theme/event-planning venture. By way of her fearless imagination and skill, they also appeared as costumed characters, most notably as the elegant and velvet-robed Mother & Father Christmas. Fran taught violin for over 40 years and was a fixture in local chamber music circles. An international traveler and tireless collector of all things historic, she enriched the lives of everyone she met. Her sparkling humor and ready smile instantly transformed strangers into life-long friends. Loving wife of Douglas J. Clark (1920-1968), respected cellist & teacher, she was mother of Bryn Clark Boepple (Hans), Douglas J. Clark, Jr. (deceased), Meredith Clark Anderson (Bruce), Jillian Clark Buzzard (James), and Christopher Clark (Vicky). Widowed in May 2009, she was the loving wife of Donald Britton Miller (1923-2009) and devoted stepmother to Christopher D. Miller (Pamela Allen) and James A. Miller (Megan). Proud grandmother of Christine, Morgan and Saer Boepple, Dante Clark, Joe Miller, Austin and Anika Miller. Remarkable aunt of Paul Martin (Trish), Clare Martin Vickers, John Martin (Lisa), Christopher Martin (Danielle), and Jim Martin (Christi). Christine C. Clark, Abigail Clark Ford (Taylor), Jennifer R. Clark, John and Oren Clark.
Eugene F. Hernandez MA '72 passed away on August 14, 2010 in Belize City, Belize, in Central America. He was 79 years old. Eugene was born on November 15, 1930 in Dangriga, Belize. He was a long time educator in Belize and San Jose, California. He is a graduate of St John's Teacher's College in Belize City, Reading College in England, and Santa Clara University. He retired in 1995 from Center for Employment Training (CET) in San Jose, California and moved back to Dangriga, Belize. Eugene, along with his wife Felicia, volunteered in the community, dedicating their time in retirement to Garifuna cultural preservation, children's education and the Catholic Church. In Belize, he was the first principal of Muffles College in 1959, where a building on the school's campus has been named in his honor. He was also a founding member of the Buyei Juan Lambey Institute for the preservation of Garifuna spirituality and culture in Belize. He is survived by Felicia, his wife of 53 years. Siblings: Denbeigh and Joseph Hernandez and Lola Bonilla Children: Eugenie Alexander (Himes), Martin Hernandez, Carolee Jones (Walter), Valerie Hernandez, Jude Hernandez, Elizabeth Hernandez-Jones (Robert), and Angela Hernandez. Adopted Son: Herbert Flowers. Grandchildren: Felix Hernandez-Jones, Felicia Hayden, Himes Alexander Jr, Adam Rhodes, Ian Jones, Tony Madeiros-Hernandez, Zachary Alexander, Elise Jones, Marc Hernandez, Gabriel Hernandez, and Naomi Jones.
Dr. Jerome A. Lackner '72, a physician and social activist who served as state health director under former Gov. Jerry Brown, died July 9, 2010, of congestive heart failure, according to an announcement by the state Department of Health Services. He was 83. Renowned as a medical expert on drug and alcohol addiction, Lackner specialized in treating substance abusers at his Sacramento clinic. He chose to forgo a traditional practice as an internist in favor of helping hard-core drunks and drug abusers with a tough but compassionate manner based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. He reached out to treat indigent and underserved people for free. He shunned managed care, which he said encouraged substandard treatment, and often struggled to keep his practice afloat. Financial pressures forced him to quit in 1997 and go to work at a Vacaville state prison until supporters raised money to reopen his midtown clinic. "I consider myself an instrument. I treat, and God heals," he told The Bee in 1995. "And I can't tell you what a feeling I get when I see patients who have been in absolute despair get their 30-day chips for staying sober, or their two-year chips or their four-year chips." Dr. Lackner's practice was influenced by his lifelong support for social justice. He was personal physician to farm labor leader Cesar Chavez and medical director for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pivotal civil rights march in Alabama in 1965. He received many honors for his public contributions, including the John F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Appointed state health director in 1975, he ignited controversy with a call for decriminalizing heroin because a treatment drug, methadone, was more addictive. His department was wracked by scandals not of his making, and he ran afoul of Brown by decertifying state hospitals for shoddy practices, jeopardizing millions of dollars in federal aid. He was fired in 1978. "I never was an administrator," he told The Bee. Jerome Arnold Lackner was born in 1927 and reared in Santa Clara. At age 4 he accompanied his father, a San Jose physician, on medical rounds at state hospitals and psychiatric wards. He graduated from Santa Clara University and received a master's degree in sociology at UC Berkeley. He earned a medical degree at the University of Southern California and a law degree at Santa Clara. He lectured in law and medicine at Santa Clara from 1973 to 1985 and was associate clinical professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine from 1979 to 1989. He was honored by Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for teaching and by the Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society for exemplary patient treatment. A longtime Davis resident, Dr. Lackner had five children during his marriage to Yetta Lippman. Following a divorce, he married his wife, Rebecca, who survives him.
Denise Taylor ’72 MD was a top-rated neurologist at St. Louis University, where she earned her MD. She settled in St. Louis, practicing at University Hospital for a while before launching her own private practice. In the recent few years, she closed her practice, and became a "traveling" neurologist via locum tenens. She never married but had many, many dear friends and family in St. Louis, as well as California. She battled Stage 3 breast cancer after being diagnosed in June, 2014. Her plight with cancer was short, but she fought the good fight until the end, Jan. 18, 2015. Her ashes will be buried in San Jose California in a family area. She will be missed tremendously. She is survived by her two sisters, Sharon (Chris) and Melanie, and a host of family and friends world wide. Rest in peace, my sister, safe in Jesus' arms. We will love you always.
Dale Edward De Rousse MBA '72, Oct. 10, 1928 to Aug. 31, 2014. Dale was born in Riverside and grew up in Southern California. His early years were disrupted by family issues and in later life he attributed his discipline and confidence to two tours in the navy - post WWII and Korea.
After graduation from UCLA with a degree in mechanical engineering, he joined Mattel and helped develop the voice of Barbie. In 1963, a Palo Alto company brought him up to Northern California to help in the development of a video-disk recorder used in instant replay and stop-action, familiar to TV sports fans, for which they won an Emmy. Thereafter, a long career as a consulting engineer kept him occupied, along the way acquiring an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. He spent many hours sailing his Lido 14 and later a Morgan 40. Sharing his love of being on the water with his family and friends provided joy he found nowhere else. He was an inventor, builder and artist in woodworking who was constantly trying to improve products. He was still creating and designing improvements to his home when he fell, succumbing to injuries four days later. His entire family was at his side.
Besides leaving his wife Marilyn of 45 years, he leaves two daughters, Anne Hicks of Rocklin, Jean-Marie Mott of Ione; and four sons (chronologically): Scott Kinaman of San Jose, Paul DeRousse of San Jose, Steve Kinaman of Leesburg, VA and Peter DeRousse of Chicago, IL, and eight grandchildren: Jennifer, Karina, Michael, Trevor, Jason, Georgia, Lily, and Eleanor. He was so proud of each of them. We're sad to lose our loved one but we have so many memories: wonderful family parties, visiting with friends, listening to his newest ideas, driving trips. He'll be with us forever.
Christopher G. Pablo '72 died Dec. 9, 2009. After being diagnosed with leukemia in 1995, he organized community marrow drives for other patients. The Honolulu native was a special assistant to United States Sen. Daniel Inouye, director of government affairs for the Hawaii Medical Services Association, and served for 15 years as director of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente. In 2007, he joined the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, concentrating on government relations and health policy law. He was active in health care legislation throughout his professional life. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; and children Nathan, Zachary and Chris. A full obituary appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser in December 2009.
Bernard Leitner M.S. '72, Sept. 30, 1927 - June 14, 2014. A resident of Palo Alto, Bernie grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Bernie fell in with a crowd of sci-fi fans, studied physics, and also fell for Jane Tynan. The two were married in China Lake, California. Bernie's work as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed-Martin took the family from the island of Oahu, to a year exploring Europe, then to Palo Alto, California, where Bernie and Jane settled in for the next fifty years. Bernie earned a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University. His career culminated with his work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
An outdoor enthusiast, Bernie bicycled the California coast, and across the Sierras, the Rockies, and the Nevada desert. He hiked over Hawaiian volcanoes, through Kings Canyon, and up to the Continental Divide. Together, Bernie and Jane globe-trotted from New Zealand to Greenland. Bernie died at his home in Windsor, California. He is survived by his wife, Jane, his son and daughter-in-law, Kam and Valerie, his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Daniel, and his grandson, Kyle. Bernie's warmth, humor, intelligence, friendship, his love and the spark that is him will be forever missed.
Bernard J. Heavey Jr. J.D. ’72 died in Vancouver, Wash., on Jan. 23, 2012, following a short illness. He was born Jan. 1, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Bernard Joseph and Annabella Marie (Kenny) Heavey. He was preceded in death by twin brother Francis J. Heavey, brother James T. Heavey, sister Anabel Bentson, son Laurence R. Heavey, MD, and grandson Jackson Joseph Heavey. He is survived by his brothers Edward Heavey and Lawrence C. Kenney (Phyllis), his children Michael J. Heavey J.D. '76 (Connie), Karen Haines (Paul), Thomas Heavey, Sr. (Nancy), Patrick R. Heavey (Marilou), Nancy Evans (Dan), and daughter-in-law Jill Heavey. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Additionally he leaves dear friend and companion, Colleen Brueckner. An engineer, lawyer, community activist, brother, father, friend; Bernie Heavey made a great impact on this world and on those who knew him. He served his community, he cared for his friends, and he loved his family.
William M. Hilton '73 died on November 20, 2009.
William F. Caro '54, J.D. '73. Feb. 26, 2014. Born in San Jose in 1932, Caro inherited his father's devotion to SCU's fabled football history and loved to recount, play-by-play, Santa Clara's heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Stanford in the very first college game he ever attended, as an eight-year-old, on Oct. 12, 1940. Athletic loyalties notwithstandng, he did graduate work at Stanford, earning his M.B.A. in 1960 with an emphasis in marketing. His subsequent career as an advertising media director brought him to agencies in San Francisco and Los Angees and Eventually to Coakley-Heagerty in Santa Clara. He later taught advertising at San Jose State University. Caro spent his retirement years in Santa Clara, not far from where the palm and olive mingle. He occasionally enjoyed an idle hour in the university library researching the glory days of Bronco football. He is survived by his brothers, Robert, S.J. '58, M.Div '70 and Paul '62.
For more than two decades, Judge Thomas W. Cain '70, J.D. '73 stayed one step ahead of cancer as the disease ravaged his body, all while overseeing some of Silicon Valley's most colorful estate cases. But after 27 surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, the popular Santa Clara County Superior Court judge succumbed on Jan. 11, 2014, at age 65.
Theodore Yau Sing Wong MBA '73 on Oct. 27, 2008. A native of Honolulu, he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He was a captain in the Army and later worked for Lockheed. He moved back to Hawaii and was a branch manager for Cigna and later an estate planner for Merrill Lynch. He is survived by his wife, Myrna; three children; and five grandchildren.
Ronald D. Lowe '73 passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009 and is resting in peace. Ron was born March 1, 1939 in East Alton, Ill., on the banks of the Mississippi River. He grew up there attending school and graduated from Wood River High School in 1957. After graduation he voluntarily served in the U. S. Army where he trained as an electronic technician on the Nike Missile defense systems and was stationed in Germany for two years. After service he enrolled in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois. Upon graduation he took a position as research and development engineer at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, Calif. He retired after 33 years of service at their Colorado Springs operation in 1997. While working at HP, Ron acquired a MSEE from San Jose State, a MBA from the University of Santa Clara, course work for a doctorate at UCCS at Colorado Springs, and a Professional Engineers License from the state of Colorado. He was married for 37 years to his wife and friend, Sally E. Linkletter. He was blessed with a daughter, Jamie Ursch of Springfield, IL; a son, Shawn Lowe of Flagstaff, AZ; and daughters, Sandra Murray of Alton, Ill.; and Kimberly Tregellas of Wichita, Kan. He is blessed with four grandchildren, Jordan, Justin, Courtney, and Megan. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Dessie Lowe of E. Alton and is survived by a brother, James in Coral Springs, Fla. In 1997, after retirement he moved his family to the Grand Junction area and for two years operated a data communications consulting practice. He left that activity to follow his passion as a pilot and flight instructor. Yielding to the call of the classroom he obtained a position at Mesa State College where he completed five years as an adjunct professor in the CIS department of the School of Business. Ron has been active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church serving as an Elder for over 25 years. Over the last three years Ron was active in the MACHO (Men Against Cancer Helping Others) support group sponsored by St. Mary's Cancer Center.
Robert Gene Himenez MBA '73 on Dec. 16, 2008.
Robert “Bob” William Fitzgerald JD ’73, born in Sacramento, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2011, after a long illness handled with grace and stoicism. Bob practiced family law in Santa Rosa for 35 years. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School Class of 1964, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Portland in 1968, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara in 1973. He began his law career in his father's firm, eventually becoming partner in Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald. He became president of the Bar Association in 1978. He enjoyed the nuances and challenges of practicing law, but helping others most of all. Bob's passions included coaching softball, basketball, vacationing at Lake Shasta, and skiing Tahoe, Colorado and Banff. He enjoyed trivia, pool, reading, movies, and especially music. He was a proud, hands-on father and actively involved in the upbringing of his children. Bob was loved most for his integrity, honesty, kindness, and sharp wit. Bob is survived by his loving children Sharon Fitzgerald Kane, John Desmond Fitzgerald, Ann Michelle McKinley, and grandchildren Jack, Connell, Bailey, Robby, Matthew, and Luke. He is also survived by his sister Karin Fitzgerald Sanford, brother John Desmond Fitzgerald, and wife Cheryl Fitzgerald. He was previously married to Anne Marie Fitzgerald, mother of Sharon and John. He is preceded in death by his best friend Linda Mononi and by his beloved parents John and Evelyn.
Rand Irwin M.S. '73, of Raleigh NC, 77, died January 26, 2015, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born to Marian Hughes Irwin and Laurence Drummond Irwin in Oakland, California, on January 20, 1938. He graduated from Menlo School for Boys in 1955 and then attended Pomona College, graduating in 1959.
He entered the Marine Corp as a lieutenant. After he left the Marine Corp he worked for Eitel-McCullough Electronics and later Varian Associates as an accountant and computer developer. In 1970 he returned to school at the University of Santa Clara to get a teaching credential in mathematics and there met Diann Irwin '71, his wife of 42 years. He taught mathematics at Tyrell Middle School in Hayward, California; Carnage Junior High School in Raleigh; and Millbrook High School in Raleigh where he developed a computer science curriculum and taught that also.
He retired in 2003 after 32 years of teaching. He was a Boy Scout Leader for 23 years in Troop 376 and a volunteer at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh in many different capacities during his 40 year membership. He also served on the UUFR Board of Directors, The UUFR Foundation, and the Method Day Care Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife, Diann, and three sons, Keith (Joy), Brian (Zuzana) and Paul (Keiko) and their children, Natalie and Leah-Rose, Hana, and Ray and Julie. Also surviving are his three brothers, Hugh, Larry and Howard and their families.
Phyllis M. Cairns ’73, a resident of Los Altos, was born June 4, 1931 and died Aug. 3, 2012. Phyllis was a second generation San Franciscan born to Peter and Elsie Proctor. She is survived by her sons Mark and Peter, her sister Sr. Carole Proctor, her brother Gary Proctor and six grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Roger and daughter Lesley Williams. Phyllis attended both Stanford University and Santa Clara University, obtaining her B.A. in History. She became managing editor of the American Sociological Review and publications manager at Hover Institution Press. She loved her grandchildren and was delighted to see them grow up. Phyllis enjoyed classical music, family gatherings and dining with friends. She also loved reading, tutoring, the SF Giants and volunteering at the library. She will be missed.
Patrick F. O'Laughlin J.D. '73 on Nov. 9, 2008. A native of San Jose, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. After law school, he was a trial attorney for 20 years. He began in criminal defense with Glenn & Barrett and went on to practice civil law and personal injury with Morgan, Hammer, Beuzay, Ezgar, & Bledsoe and then Ezgar & O'Laughlin. In 1992 he was elected to the Town Council of Los Gatos and served as the town's mayor in 1995. He is survived by his wife, Maggie; and three children.