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James A. ‘Jim’ Roberts '74, Ph.D. '79, 65, passed away September 5, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, after a courageous bout with cancer. He was born on March 11, 1944, in Vandalia, Ill., the son of James and Marjorie ('Toad') Roberts, both of whom preceded him in death. Jim grew up in Chanute where he graduated from Chanute High School in 1962 as student body president. He attended the University of Kansas, where he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity and became commander. He graduated in 1966 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, graduating first in his class. Jim moved to the Boston area, where he worked for RCA on the NASA Apollo moon mission project. During this time, he also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1968. In 1969, Jim moved to the Silicon Valley area, where he worked in the high-tech aerospace industry until 1983. While in Northern California, Jim obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. In 1983, Jim moved to the Denver area where he took over the management of a major aerospace project for TRW Inc., (now part of Northrup Grumman). He eventually became the manager of TRW-Denver. In 1990, he fulfilled a life- long dream and returned to Lawrence to become professor and Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. Beginning in January 1998, Jim served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Service and later as Associate Vice- Provost. He was the vice-provost for research from 2003 until 2007. In 2007, he returned to teaching as a full- time professor. During his time at KU, Jim also served as the president and chief operating officer of the KU Center for Research, Inc., and on Senator Pat Roberts' Advisory Committee on Science, Technology, and the Future. Among his numerous other professional, civic, and charitable activities, Jim served on the founding board of the Douglas County ECO2 Commission, the committee that wrote the Douglas County Bioscience Plan. He also served as president of the board of Big Brothers of Denver, president of the noon Kiwanis in Lawrence, and a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Personal interests included reading, genealogy, collecting Russian stamps, and spending time with family and friends at Grand Lake, Okla. He was particularly proud of his personal library, his ability to mix a great martini, and most importantly, his family. Jim married his childhood sweetheart, Carol Diane Helton, in June 1965. Other survivors include his son, Mike Roberts and his wife Anita of Overland Park, Kan.; his daughter, Sally Roberts Gorzelanski and her husband Mike of Littleton, Colo.; his four grandchildren, Abby Roberts, Jake Roberts, Max Gorzelanski and Hank Gorzelanski; his sister, Nancy Castellucci; his parents-in- law, Bill and Barbara Helton; his brother- in-law, Richard Helton and his wife Mechalina; his sister-in-law, Joan Myers and her husband Ken; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Glen Paul Campagna '74 Oct. 4, 1952 - July 30, 2010. A resident of San Jose, Glen Paul Campagna passed away after a hard fought battle with ALS. He is survived by his loving wife Katie McLaughlin-Campagna and son Kevin Campagna. Born the son of Robert and Antoinette Campagna, and raised in Mill Valley, Calif.,, Glen attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel elementary school, Marin Catholic High School, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1974. An accomplished athlete, Glen took pride in having completed 18 marathons, including running the Boston Marathon twice, and three triathlons. He enjoyed playing on the CSD softball team, ""leading"" hikes through the redwoods (WHO let GLEN hold the map!?) and bike rides. Despite the physical damage caused by the rapid progression of his illness, Glen, accompanied by his son Kevin and godson Brian Campagna completed a ten mile bike ride to help raise funds for the fight against ALS. Glen's intelligence and creativity served him well in his career as an engineer. After college, Glen was hired by Westinghouse to work on a project he frequently claimed was "so top secret" even he didn't know what it was. He was next recruited by United Technologies Chemical Systems Division, and later Lockheed Martin. Those same talents were also known to inspire the writing of a song or comic book sketch, and a role in a still controversial independent action film famous to a small but devoted fan base. Glen's dedication to his close family and friends extended to his local community. He served as a board president at Most Holy Trinity Church, sang in the choir for both MHT and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, and was a volunteer facilities manager for numerous Peninsula Skating Club events. In addition to his immediate family of Katie, Kevin and Rushi, Glen is survived by two brothers, Robert and Mark Campagna, his loving Aunt and Uncle Nancy and Nando Griffanti, a plethora of nieces, nephews, and cousins, sisters in law Kathy and Sharon McLaughlin and brother in law Don McLaughlin.
George Konrad Godlewski MBA ’74 was a long-time resident of Saratoga and died August 18, 2012, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 80 years old. Born Feb. 22, 1932, in Bayonne, New Jersey, George spent 35 years as an aerospace engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale, where he was known for his problem-solving abilities and technical know how. A graduate of Villanova University, who also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University, George came to California in the 1950s while serving in the Army. He was stationed at Fort Cronkhite near San Francisco. After eating Christmas dinner outside in his shirt sleeves, he decided to settle in the Golden State. An avid cyclist, George spent several years as the president of the Santa Clara Valley Bicycle Association. He campaigned for safer streets for bicyclists and encouraged businesses to accommodate their employees who chose to bicycle to work. George is remembered as a chivalrous, old-world gentleman with a love of classical music and all things scientific and historical. He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine Norman Godlewski, his parents, and a brother, Carl Godlewski. In 1989, four years after the death of his first wife, George married Carol Levitt of San Jose, Calif. He often said that he considered himself very lucky to have found love twice in one lifetime. Carol was a devoted wife and great source of comfort to George. In addition to Carol, George is survived by a sister, Bernadette Godlewski, daughters Liz Godlewski Irons, Ann Godlewski, and Katie Godlewski Keene, sons-in-law Randy Irons, and Aaron Keene, grandsons David and Matthew Irons and Trent Keene, granddaughter Sophie Keene, stepson Richard Brooker, stepdaughter LouAnn Dykuizen, her husband, Joe Dykuizen, and step grandchildren Josh and Matt Dykhuizen. The family appreciates the wonderful care George received at Vintage Silver Creek and the hospice team from Vitas.
Frank Dee Rabourn MBA '74 Nov. 21, 1929 - Nov. 13, 2013 Resident of San Jose Frank was a devout Christian throughout his life and passed into the arms of his savior, Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 13, 2013 surrounded by his beloved family: Joyce Rabourn, his wife of forty-three years, and his children- Karin Moscato, Michael Rabourn, Lise Lucas, Frank M. Rabourn, Dianne Rabourn, Nancy (Tina) Serfozo, and Jess B. Rabourn. He spent his early years in Texas and Oklahoma. His family was his first love, followed by flying his aerobatic airplane and scuba diving throughout the world. Frank also enjoyed hunting and had a rule that anything that was shot must be eaten. Once one of his young sons pridefully shot a crow on a telephone line from an impressive distance. Frank forced him to clean, cook, and eat his crow. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the post World War II occupation of Germany. He then graduated in Physics from the University of Oklahoma and from Santa Clara University with an MBA. His career took him to Tinker Air Force Base, North American Aviation, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Lockheed Martin. He leaves nine grandchildren: Sean Rabourn, Wayne Kearns, Michael Kearns, Douglas Kearns, Ethan Kearns, Caroline Rabourn, Donald Lucas III (Luke), Madeline Lucas, and Cole Lucas. He is also survived by siblings Ira Rabourn, Nan Conway and Jess C. Rabourn. The family thanks Frank's exceptional caregiver, Shanna Gans. Frank was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS, in late 2008. He was the inspiration for The ALS Emergency Treatment Fund, one of the few organizations focused on immediate treatment options.
Francis Joseph Hughes '71 J.D. '74 on Feb. 7, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Marya, and three children.
Elizabeth Ledyard Pitzer ’74, resident of Aptos, 59, passed away at her home in Aptos, Calif., on May 30, 2012, after a long illness. Born in San Jose on Nov. 29, 1952, she lived her entire life in her home state. She is survived by her mother Maryjane Ledyard, her daughter, Emily (Joseph) Figliomeni, two grandsons, Zachary and Gabriel, four siblings, Anne, James, Jane and Margaret, two nieces, Lisa and Kate, and nephew Brian. She is preceded in death by her father, Benjamin. Betsy graduated from Santa Clara University, where she studied art history. This led her to a lifelong interest in the visual arts and spending some years as a dealer and interior designer. She was also a connoisseur of great food and an expert cook, a skill that her immediate and extended family greatly appreciated. She is much loved and missed by her family.
Daniel E. Dietsch '74, August 15, 2014, Age 62, of Homewood, Ill. He was 62.
Beloved husband of Thelma C. Dietsch nee Silvio. Dear father of Simon (Jeanne Robinson) Dietsch and Robin (Jadi Roberts) Dietsch. Cherished grandfather of Carlo, Fox and Evelyn Dietsch. Loving son of Sue and the late Richard Dietsch. Mr. Dietsch is an ordained deacon with the Archdiocese of Chicago serving St. Joseph Parish and a member of Marian Council # 3914 K. of C.
Christina Robinson '74 on Feb. 27, 2009. Christina Marie Robinson passed away with grace, dignity, and the loving support of family and friends in her home after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and more recently, cancer. Diagnosed with IPF in 1999, she remained active much longer than most. Born to Gurney and Gabrielle (Mueller) Robinson in Livermore, Calif., she is survived by sister, Heather Robinson, brother-in-law, Tahir Akram of Kent, Wash., her aunt, Elisabeth Schaub and cousin Anna Schaub of Basel, Switzerland. As a child she traveled widely with her family but settled in San Jose after earning her BS degree at Santa Clara University and her Masters in Civil Engineering at Stanford. She very much enjoyed being part of the engineering community working for and with several firms in the area. She formed her own firm, Robinson & Assoc. in 1983, and most recently worked with Mason-Sulic, Inc. Along the way she happily participated with many engineering societies and worked diligently for scholarships and in the mentoring of students. She never missed the Senior Thesis Review of Civil Engineering Students at Santa Clara University, assisting many with their student projects. Christina enjoyed traveling, going each year to Basel, Switzerland for Fasnacht from which she always returned happy, rejuvenated, and armed with chocolate. The highlight of this past year was the great honor of being the celebrant at the marriage of Michael Meyer and William Bell who have been family since her college years. Special thanks are extended to Hospice of the valley, her nurse, Jeanne Fabricius and her caregivers, Seine Echeverria and Eufracia (Pressy) Orr for their excellent care and loving attention. Christina has asked that in lieu of flowers, people spend time in service to others. She will be greatly missed.
Carolyn Rebecca (Gray) Stewart ’74 passed November 29, 2010. Carolyn was born on November 7, 1951 in St. Joseph, LA to the late Arnola and Joseph Gray. She spent her childhood in Los Angeles and graduated from Los Angeles High School with honors in June 1969, earning her an academic scholarship to attend Santa Clara University. Carolyn received her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degrees in Social Work from California State University of Sacramento. Prior to receiving degrees from Sac State, Carolyn held the prestigious position of Professor de Language at Prince Albert I High School in Monte-Carlo, Monaco from 1977-1981. Carolyn worked at Kaiser Permanente Hospital (Sacramento) for 28 years before retiring in 2009. She also taught part-time at her alma mater, Sacramento State University. After Carolyn retired from Kaiser, she continued as a Professor at Sacramento State University where she taught in the Social Work Masters Program. Carolyn recently earned her second Master's Degree in Health Care Administration from University of Phoenix in June 2010. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 25 years, Michael Stewart, Sr ’73; three children: sons, Louis Joseph Stewart ’93 (Elk Grove, CA) and Michael (Yogi) Curtis Stewart, Jr. (Windermere, FL); and her daughter and best friend, Samantha Michelle Stewart (New York, NY); two daughters-in-law, Kerri and Nicole Stewart; five grandchildren, Derrius, Maliyah, Miles, Dharon and Sean. She also leaves behind three sisters, Paulette Agamegwa, Joette Gray and Phyllis Gray; seven nieces and seven nephews and a host of other relatives, ''adopted'' children, extended family and many, many friends including her Kaiser Hospital family and Sacramento State University students and faculty.
Carolyn Gallaghan '74 on November 16, 2009. Born in La Plata, Maryland, on May 6, 1945, Carolyn moved with her family to the San Lorenzo Valley at the age of 13. She attended San Lorenzo Valley High, and graduated from Santa Cruz High School before getting her BA from San Jose State University. She received her JD from Santa Clara University, and had a bankruptcy law practice in Santa Cruz for more than 20 years. She loved to travel, and went often to watch opera in San Francisco and New York. She went to Africa where she hitch hiked from Morocco to Capetown at the age of 18. She fought a valiant battle with two kinds of cancer over the last decade. She is survived by two daughters, Anne Finstad of Sunnyvale, and Catherine Bobb of Fresno, one grandaughter Aurora Finstad, one sister in Fresno, Nancy Whitmore, and two brothers, Arthur Gallaghan of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Dan Gallaghan of Durham, North Carolina.
Alfred Kok-Ching Chan M.S. ’74, a resident of Sunnyvale, died peacefully in his home on March 20, 2013. Born September 27, 1938 in Hong Kong, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. He is survived by spouse Chu Lee, children Clara and Timothy Chan, and siblings Paula Leung, Calvin and Albert Chan.
Alexander Metcalf Wert ’74, 61, died on April 25, 2012, two months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Woodside, Calif. Al was born May 1, 1950, and adopted by Ann Beyer Wert and Robert J. Wert of Menlo Park. He grew up on the Stanford campus where his father worked for the President's Office. Al later graduated with a BS in Business from Santa Clara University and became a general building contractor. He owned a successful general contracting business on the peninsula where he remodeled and built homes for 30 years. After retiring in 2009, he devoted himself full time to his passion for radio controlled helicopters. A true entrepreneur, he founded Starwood Scale Models, an internationally recognized model business, and worked tirelessly to develop and build flying scale models for sale around the world. Through this venue, he touched the lives of hundreds of fellow helicopter enthusiasts, helping them to successfully complete projects with generous expert advice. He concurrently sponsored and organized several annual scale helicopter events to foster interest in this hobby, while promoting the highest level of quality, craftsmanship, and integrity within the modeling community. Always willing to lend a hand to any who displayed genuine interest or need, he frequently sought to improve the lives of others and share his passion for life. Al spent his days enjoying the quiet natural beauty of the redwood forest surrounding the home he designed and built in Woodside. In his spare time, he explored astronomy, rock collecting, and crafting his own detailed scale models. He brought enthusiasm, honesty, and compassion to all aspects of his life and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Laura Reed, and his children, Eric and Hilary Wert. He also leaves his brother, Peter Wert of San Rafael, California and his sister Amy Johnson, of Woodinville, Washington, several nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of close friends.
Vicenta Marie "Vicki" Lawrence '75 passed away peacefully at Westland House on June 15, 2010, after a courageous 47-day battle with cancer. Vicki was born on April 17, 1953 at Fort Ord, CA. She lived her entire life on the Monterey Peninsula. Vicki graduated from Seaside High School in Ô71 with National Honors as an Outstanding Teenager of America. She continued her education at Santa Clara University, earning a BS in ’75 and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State in ’96. Her employment as a social worker began with the County of Monterey and continued on to San Andreas Regional Center, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Westland House (Hospice), where she was a well respected colleague and friend to all. Vicki was always willing to help others and often went over and above her professional duties at Westland House. Some of Vicki's favorite activities were spending time with her family, listening to music, Sunday dinners at Nana's, and baking biscotti. She also enjoyed long walks on Marina Beach, listening to Kruk and Kuip of the San Francisco Giants, and sharing great food and wine with friends. Vicki was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Apostrofe. She is survived by her husband, Gary Lawrence; son, Nicholas; mother, Anna Apostrofe; sisters, Mary Ann Moreno (Mario), Annette DePasquale (Pete); nieces and nephews, Jon and Adam Bomarito, Stephen Poma, Marisa, Peter, and Alexa DePasquale.
Vicenta "Vicki" Marie Lawrence '75, 57, passed away peacefully at Westland House on June 15, 2010, after a courageous 47 day battle with cancer. Vicki graduated from Seaside High School in '71 with National Honors as an Outstanding Teenager of America. She continued her education at Santa Clara University, earning a BS in '75 and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State in '96. Her employment as a social worker began with the County of Monterey and continued on to San Andreas Regional Center, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Westland House (Hospice), where she was a well respected colleague and friend to all. Vicki is survived by her husband, Gary Lawrence, and their son Nicholas.
Valerie Lavonne Jacobs '74 passed away on January 5, 2009.
Thomas More Cracraft J.D. ’75 died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, after many years of debilitating illness. He was 71 years old. Tom was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., the second of five children of John and Carol Cracraft. He had a typical Midwestern upbringing, playing hockey with his friends; pulling pranks with his older brother, Jim; and working on cars. He attended Incarnation Grammar School and De La Salle High School, graduating in 1958. He then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in mathematics. Before finishing, he took a break to join the United States Marines and served in the reserves for six years. Also during his college years, Tom initiated the first foreign escapade of an adventurous life - he and a pal went down to Cuba during the Cuban Revolution and were briefly imprisoned, before being released and returning to the United States. Perhaps this encounter with a foreign culture inspired him to seek out more, because soon after graduating from college Tom joined the Peace Corps. This experience changed him in more ways than one, because it was through his Peace Corps experience that he met his wife, Suzanne. The two connected at Columbia University during their orientation; they were then both posted to schools near each other in Eastern Nigeria. Tom courted Suzanne during their teaching stints, eventually marrying her in April 1964, and having their first child, a son named Kevin, in March 1965. Tom, Suzanne and Kevin returned to the U.S. in 1965, and settled in San Jose, Suzanne's home town. Tom soon found that his expertise in mathematics and problem-solving was in high demand among technology companies in the nascent Silicon Valley. He quickly found a job as a systems analyst; and after a few years, he and some friends started their own computer programming company, selling their expertise to the U.S. government. One contract led him to work in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; Tom moved his family, which now included a daughter, Cristin (born in 1967), to Hawaii to be closer to them during his time in Vietnam. The family returned to San Jose and Tom continued technology consulting. To gain more expertise in the legal aspects of operating a business, he began studying for a law degree at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1974. Tom's most successful venture was another company he joined with founder/partner Frank Greene, called Technology Development Corporation. This company grew to include several hundred employees during the 1970s and 1980s, expanding to include operations in Santa Clara and Arlington, Texas. Eventually, the maturation of the business led Tom, Suzanne and their daughter Carolyn (born in 1977) to move to Dallas, Texas. Tom finished his career in San Francisco, serving as CFO for the game company University Games. He and Suzanne settled in Tiburon, and, after a stroke ended his career prematurely, he and Suzanne moved to Sonoma. Tom's enthusiasms were many and memorable. Since his teens he had a passion for cars, especially fast cars; throughout his adult life, he owned a succession of Mercedes-Benz and Corvettes. In the early 1980s, it was New Orleans cooking (inspired by Paul Prudhomme's masterly first cookbook) and piano (he took the first music lessons of his life). Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, it was wine, specifically fine California wine from the Napa Valley; he and Suzanne took many trips to Napa, returning with premium wines from all the great wineries. In the late 1980s, after the move to Dallas, Tom developed a fascination with horses and show-jumping that continued for many years, until a leg injury took him out of competition. And travel. Places that Tom visited include, Cuba, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Egypt, Israel, Greece, England, Ireland, Singapore, Tokyo and much of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. But Tom's greatest passion was reserved for his family. He was a devoted husband and father and a favorite relative of both his family and Suzanne's; he was the ""rock"" that many depended on. He was wise, compassionate and generous with all his relatives and friends. He had the unique ability to love someone in spite of their flaws and shortcomings, and to believe in them even when they did not believe in themselves. Yet he combined his belief with a strong realism that led him to accept the imperfections we all have with grace, and often humor. For many years he was the center that, eventually and inevitably, could no longer hold. Even during the long years of illness, Tom continued to delight in the exploits of family and friends. Nothing brought him more happiness that visiting with family, or spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved watching his grandchildren's sporting events and always looked forward to any family gatherings. He bore his illness with tremendous courage and patience. Tom is survived by his wife of 47 years, Suzanne; his children, Kevin (and Michele); Cristin (and Chris); and Carolyn (and John); his grandchildren, Nora, Tommy and Gemma; and his brother, Jim (and Nancy); sister, Sarah (and Chuck); and sister, Mary. He begins another journey, now, and we will miss him. But in life we will remember him: One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Terry Kane '75 was a resident of San Jose and a loving father, husband, counselor, and friend. Terry was born and raised in Merced, California. He graduated from Santa Clara University (1975), received an M.Phil in economics from Oxford (1977), and a law degree from USC (1980).
He and his wife, Judy Keifer, met in Los Angeles, quickly relocating to the home ground of San Jose to raise their two beautiful girls, Mary Kate and Holly. His family was his life, and he adored his girls. Terry joked that he spent over 20 years practicing law in different offices in downtown San Jose all within a 9 iron shot of Almaden Boulevard and Santa Clara Street. He was an expert in trusts and estates law and later moved into the banking world working at Wells Fargo, First Republic and Fremont Bank. In 2009, he authored The Wise Planner, a guide to estate planning for families of all income levels, written with his intelligence and wit to simplify potentially complicated legal matters. He was a 20+ year board member for the San Jose Conservation Corp, member of the San Jose Rotary Club, and Associate Law Professor at Lincoln Law School.
His piano playing was a joy to his family and others, as well as to himself. Terry loved scuba diving with his daughters and boasted his second job was camera bag Sherpa for his wife Judy, an amateur photographer. Terry was full of pride and love for his family: daughter Mary Kate studying for her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, daughter Holly at Oxford University completing her M.Phil in Archaeology, and his loving wife and best friend of more than 30 years, Judy. He is also survived by his elder brother, Thomas J. Kane, III '73, his sister, Sharon Marshak, and mother and father-in-law Jan and Jerry Keifer. His mother, Kay Kane, died in 2015. His father Thomas J. Kane, II died in 1973. He will be missed more than he could ever know.
Sue Noel Hinrichs Ph.D ’75 of Manteca was born on March 18, 1935 in Clinton, Okla., where she was raised and attended Clinton schools. She left this life on December 9, 2012 in Modesto, Calif. She was the daughter of Clyde Alvin Noel and Susie Barr Noel, deceased. She was also preceded in death by a sister Alva Jane Powell. She attended Oklahoma State University where she obtained her B.S. in Accounting. She received her M.S. from Kansas University and PhD from Santa Clara University. Sue's career was as a CPA and Professor at San Jose State University and University of Pacific. She was a member of the Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County and had served as Treasurer, former board of director for San Joaquin County Women's Center, and loved to play bridge and did so at every opportunity. Sue is survived by husband of almost 56 years, Eric Hinrichs, a sister Clyda Ann Neal of South Carolina and many loving nephews and nieces. She and Eric were almond growers in the Manteca area for many years.
Sandy Shontz Brownfield M.A. '75 passed away on Nov. 18, 2011, after a long illness. Born Nov. 8, 1945, in Everett, Wash., to Capt. Howard B. Shontz and 2nd Lt. Luree B. Shontz, while Howard was still overseas during the war, Sandy accompanied her mother Luree to Davis where she spent her youth.
Sandy excelled as a teacher in the California public schools, focusing on special education for the severely challenged as her career progressed. Sandy received her master’s degree from Santa Clara University after graduating from San Jose State. A devoted Episcopalian, she was installed as the first Anglican member of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. Sandy played an integral role in four churches in California, where she accompanied her husband, the Rev. John C. Brownfield. She and John were also very involved in the Cursillo Movement of Northern California , serving in many roles for over 10 years.
Preceded in death by her husband John Brownfield and her father Howard Shontz, Sandy is loved and missed by her mother Luree, her siblings, Robin (Les), Brian (Selinda) and David, her nieces, nephews and John’s children and grandchildren.
Salvatore “Sal” J. Sunseri '75, J.D. '78 died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 2, 2010 after 57 wonderful years in San Jose. Beloved husband of Barbara, who loved him dearly. Loving father of Samantha and Scott. Cherished brother of Jim Sunseri '71, JD '74 (Anita). Special cousin to Joe, Pat, and Gary Sunseri. Beloved nephew of Aunt Kay Sunseri. Loved son-in-law of Sue Small and brother-in-laws Jon and Jim (Caroline) Small. Adored uncle of Mary Anne Sunseri '05, Emily, Colin, Audrey, Rachel, and Elizabeth. Preceded in death by Sam and Mary Sunseri. A San Jose native and graduate of Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, and SCU School of Law. Sal was an outstanding trial attorney and passionate baseball and soccer coach. Sal loved his family more than anything. He loved life, loved to laugh, and loved the Giants. He was a true friend to all who had the good fortune to know him, especially to Joe and Mike. Thoughts of Sal bring to mind his compassion, zeal for life, and true friendship. He always took a genuine interest in everyone he met, whether he knew them well or not. He was always ready to extend a helping hand or heartfelt note if you were in need of love and support. Sal had a passion for all sports, but especially baseball. He loved watching Giants games with Samantha. He reveled in coaching Scott and his teammates. His positive outlook on life was an inspiration to all the boys he coached.
Robert J. Sanchez J.D. '75, resident of San Jose, dedicated family man, artful legal counsel and faithful man of God, was received into his heavenly home June 10, 2010. Born in Silver City, New Mexico on January 16, 1945, the son of Nolberta and Jose Sanchez. His childhood years were spent in Silver City, where he graduated from Silver City High School. Robert received his B.A. from Western New Mexico University with honors in mathematics. After honorably serving in the U. S. Air Force, he was one of the first of many promising Latino students to be recruited to the University of Santa Clara Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1975. Dedicated to serving the poor and under-represented, Robert was a founding father of La Casa Legal, a firm which served the legal needs of many in his adopted home of San Jose, California. Loving husband of Evelyn Sanchez, he was an honest hardworking man of integrity who dedicated his life to his family and his community. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his keen mind, his culinary skill and his expressive water colors. Robert was an endearing spark of laughter and good humor. Robert is survived by his wife of 35 years, Evelyn Gonzalez Sanchez, his three sons Asa Morgan Sanchez, Crisol Xavier Sanchez, Francisco Jose Sanchez, his sister Gloria Lopez and his brother Ronald Sanchez. His endearing presence will be sorely missed by countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.
Robert E. Nagy MBA '75 passed away on April 16, 2010.
Neil Mackenzie Schwartz JD ’75 passed away Nov. 14, 2011. He was born December 7, 1949 in Long Beach, Calif., to Bill and Catherine Scwartz. He grew up in Riverside and Fullerton, Calif., and graduated from Sunny Hills High School. Neil was a graduate of Stanford University, class of 1972, and then went on to attend Santa Clara University Law School. He practiced law in the Bay Area and in Orange County for over 20 years. After making a career change, he left the practice of law and became a certified meeting planner. He worked for several years at Alder Droz in Laguna Beach. From there he went to work for the California Credit Union League where he was employed at the time of his death. Neil and his wife, Jane Drinkgern Schwartz made their home in Orange for the last 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and his sister, Suzanne Mounger, of Columbia, Mo.
Max H. Parker M.S. '75 died August 5, 2011. Max was born May 8, 1927 in Mt. Sterling, Cache County, Utah, a son of Henry and Sadie Parker. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1945. After serving in the navy, Max married Cleone Hale in 1947. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah. He was hired by IBM , and settled in San Jose, where they raised four children. Max earned his master's degree from Santa Clara University. After 40 years with IBM he retired in 1992. Cleone passed away in 1994. Max served as a Church Service Missionary and a Temple Worker for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Max was very active in the Boy Scout program helping hundreds of boys earn the rank of Eagle Scout. He was awarded the Silver Beaver award for leadership. Max is survived by his children: Craig (Becky) Parker of San Jose; Quinn (Sue) Parker of Sandy, Utah; Lori (Larry) Foote of Roy, Utah; Kirk (Lisa) Parker of Harrisville, Utah; 15 grandchildren, inlcuding Aaron Parker '01 of San Jose, and 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Maurine Smith of Clearfield, Utah; Elaine Harmston of Manti, Utah.