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GRD Law '78
Salvatore Sunseri

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.


submitted Nov. 18, 2010 12:30P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Richard Eldon Ford

Richard Eldon Ford '78 passed away peacefully after a 15-month struggle with glioblastoma on Friday, June 17, 2011, in San Jose. He was born in Oxnard, Calif., on June 5, 1956. During his active life, Ford, always known as "Rick," was a mortician and funeral director, real estate broker, attorney and accountant. When not engaged in his various professions, Ford obtained his private pilot license and flew a Beech Bonanza all over the West. He rode off-road motorcycles, loved to camp, explore, cook, whitewater raft and travel. A sense of adventure imbued Ford. There was nothing he didn't do, and everything he did was done well. Ford was both a resident of San Jose and Cambria, where he and his wife, Donelle Morgan, had owned a beach house since 1998. They divided their time between their two homes as their professional lives allowed. From 2004 to 2007, Rick lived in Cambria full time, while Donelle commuted to the Bay area via their Bonanza. After graduation from Santa Clara University in 1978, Ford became employed by the Lima Family Mortuary in Santa Clara. With a degree in Mortuary Science from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, Valedictorian, Class of 1979, Rick became involved in all aspects of funeral home management and operation. During that time, Rick also obtained his real estate broker''s license and took classes at San Jose State to become an accountant. Eventually, his desire to improve himself lead to enrollment in Lincoln University Law School in 1987. He graduated magna cum laude in 1991 and joined the law firm of Atwood, Knox, Anderson, Uzzi & DiNapoli as an associate attorney. In 1994, shortly after becoming an associate of Olimpia, Whelan & Lively, Rick was admitted as a partner and did civil and family law litigation with gusto. Despite his success in the legal arena, or perhaps because of it, Rick took a break from the demands of the profession and resumed his prior employment in the funeral business and became a funeral director with Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero from 2004 to 2007—he considered himself semi-retired. Ever restless, in January 2008 Rick returned to his professional life in San Jose and joined the accountancy firm of McMahan Helfrick Thiercof & Butera to do litigation support. He used his family law certification and accounting background to great advantage. It was a job he loved. He used his considerable vacation time to travel with Donelle to England, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico, along with many weeks of camping and motorcycling in his beloved Southern Utah. Rick's spirit, intelligence, and love for life were enormous. He will be greatly mourned. Rick is survived by his loving wife, Donelle Morgan.

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 2:17P
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Michael Terence Gibbons

Michael Terence Gibbons '78 on November 14, 2009.

submitted Dec. 7, 2009 1:58P
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Mary Davey

Mary Davey MBA ’78 died October 2, 2010 at the age of 80.Though known widely as a co-founder of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and a former Los Altos Hills mayor, Mary Davey is best remembered as an infectiously enthusiastic advocate for environmental and social causes. Friends and family of Davey recalled the positive and supportive spirit she brought to the numerous nonprofit organizations she worked with, including the Committee for Green Foothills, Hidden Villa, the Sempervirens Fund and the Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing. She frequently addressed others by exclaiming they were "wonderful people," her friends said, and she called everyone "the world's greatest" family, staff or friends. "Mary loved people," said Steve Abbors, general manager of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. "It's just her view of the world. She was just consistently supportive and everyone appreciated it." Brian Schmidt, a legislative advocate for the Committee for Green Foothills, described Davey as "somebody who's been involved in so many issues throughout our county and our region. I think she's going to have an influence even when we don't even know about it." Davey was born in Chicago and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She took classes at Ohio State University, where she met her husband Jack, and later graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College in English and government. Later, she earned Advertisement a master's degree in business administration from the University of Santa Clara. She served on the MBA Alumni Board Emeritus and the MBA Corporation Alumni Neteowrk. Davey moved with her family to Los Altos Hills in 1961. Jack Davey was in the U.S. Air Force, their son Curtis Davey said, and came to California for a job opportunity after he finished his service. "We grew up going camping," said Curtis Davey, who now lives in Montana. "Whenever we could we spent a lot of time outdoors and I think she found a lot of serenity in the wilderness. ... Now I find myself living in the Big Sky country because of her influence." Curtis Davey said his mother was always politically active and originally a Republican. He remembered helping her stuff political envelopes as a child, and said she was one of the first female convention delegates in the 1960 presidential election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. In the mid-60s, though, she began to champion more liberal causes, he said, and had a "willingness to stand up for the underdog." She served on the Los Altos Hills Town Council from 1966 to 1973, but was recalled because she wanted to see low-income housing built in Los Altos Hills, Curtis Davey said. "There was a heated and ugly campaign," he said. "There were literally phone calls late at night with people threatening her, saying 'I know where your kids get on the bus.'" Nonetheless, she continued her work with social and environmental organizations, winning numerous awards and recognitions for her work. In 2001, she received the Josephine and Frank Duveneck Humanitarian Award and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, described her accomplishments to Congress. Eshoo called her an "exceptional voice and a passionate advocate for improving the quality of life in our community." She was the current president of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's board of directors, which she joined in 1994. "It would be wonderful if everyone on the planet had a small amount of Mary Davey in them," said Lennie Roberts, a legislative advocate at the Committee for Green Foothills. "The world would be a better place."

submitted Nov. 29, 2010 2:50P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Martha Schwarting

Martha Schwarting '78 died August 22, 2010 of a coronary arrest. She was 61. She was born Oct. 22, 1948, in Detroit, Mich., to Albert and Nancy Day Rogers. She married Stephen Schwarting on June 23, 1967, in Annapolis, Md. He died April 12, 1973. She graduated with a bachelors degree from Santa Clara University in 1978. She worked as a middle school teacher for 20 years, the last 19 years in Cottage Grove. Survivors include a daughter, Amy Perimon of Portland; a son, Thomas of Eugene; a sister, Katie Day Lutz of Morgan Hills, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

submitted Sep. 3, 2010 11:25A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Linda Castandeda Valdez

Linda Castaneda Valdez '78 died Nov. 29, 2009. A native of San Jose, she was born May 12, 1956. Linda leaves her husband Frank Valdez; parents Thomas and Frances Castaneda; children Solomon Castaneda, Olivia Rodriguez and Dominic Rodriguez; daughter in-law Sabrina Castaneda; and grandson Aidan Castaneda. Linda was born and raised in San Jose and attended Willow Glen High School. She graduated from Santa Clara University and earned her BS in sociology. Linda was a dedicated mother and paralegal. Linda is survived by her brother Robert, sister Sue Severe, nephews, nieces, in-laws and many friends. Linda was an attribute to her community and to her family. Linda loved Jesus Christ and her family with all her heart and will truly be missed.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:33P
GRD Law '78
Lillian Herlich Nerenberg

Lillian Herlich Nerenberg J.D. '78, teacher, author, and attorney, on November 2, 2011, in Los Gatos, Calif. Loving wife of 55 years of Ben Nerenberg, whom she outlived by 12 years. Born Aug. 16, 1920. Beloved mother of Lewis T. Nerenberg and Alan V. Nerenberg of California, Mark E. Nerenberg of New York, and Nancy R. Nerenberg of Oregon. Loving sister of Joseph Herlich of California and Milton Herlich of New York. Grandmother of Mara, Renee, Devin, Maya, Miles, Kiara, Elliott and Marrin Nerenberg. Honorary Lifetime Member of American Association of University Women, charter member of Los Gatos League of Women Voters. Co-author of high school text American Government in Action. Lil started law school at age 54, completing the University of Santa Clara program in four years while continuing her 25-year career teaching political science at West Valley College. As a charter member of the California State Bar’s Dues-exempt membership contingent, she spent her entire legal career doing pro bono work for Senior Adult Legal Assistance. The Nerenberg children extend a special thank you to Pasepa Tuineau and her family for their care of our mother and their friendship and loving kindness. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Senior Adult Legal Assistance of Santa Clara County or a charity of your choice.

submitted Nov. 8, 2011 8:51P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Laura Orosco Austin

Laura Orosco Austin '78 died Oct. 24, 2009. A native of Santa Clara, she was a caring daughter to her mother, Sally Austin. She is preceded in death by her father, Manuel R. Austin, and her grandparents. She will be missed by her brothers, Manuel Austin Jr., Dr. David Austin, Charles Austin, and niece, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was a graduate of Santa Clara University and was employed by Legal Aide Society of San Jose. Laura was a very passionate advocate for the Hispanic community. Those who knew her were blessed by her sense of compassion and warm heart.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:30P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Kathryn "Kay" Mae Gardner

Kathryn "Kay" Mae Sproul Gardner MA ‘78 died on November 6, 2010. As a retired Reading Instructor at West Valley College, Kathryn helped develop the WVC Learning Services program, and served as Department Chair during most of her career at WVC and was President of the Northern California College Reading Association. She held a BA in English, San Jose State University; was a Ford Fellow at SF State University and held an MA, Education, University of Santa Clara. She attended Santa Clara High School, where she was active in debate and theatre, and made many life long friends. Kay volunteered with League of Women Voters, Partners in Reading, Volunteer Exchange. An avid reader, excellent writer, nature lover, she enjoyed the arts, and followed politics and current events. She left many good friends, colleagues and former students who appreciated her strength, intelligence and deep friendships. Survived by loving daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Tim Oertli, Santa Clara, CA. Step-daughter Judith Gardner, Maumelle, AR; Grand-daughter Eyren Mills, Charleston, SC. Cousin, Nancy McDowell, San Martin, CA. Loving wife of Arthur S. Gardner, San Jose, who pre-deceased her.

submitted Dec. 6, 2010 10:08A
Karen E. LaMothe

Karen Elizabeth LaMothe ’78, March 25, 1956, to April 23, 2013. Karen was born in Portland to Barbara and Roger Wagner. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1974 and attended the University of Santa Clara spending her junior year in Florence, Italy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology she remained in San Francisco working in the investment banking field. She re-met her husband Greg '78, a fellow Santa Clara graduate, in 1987 and they married soon afterwards. They moved to Portland in 1991 and were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Noel in 1993. Karen loved watching classic movies, gardening, reading a good book in the sun and making her friends and family laugh. Everyone who knew her will miss her keen wit and wry sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Wagner and is survived by her husband, Greg; daughter, Noel; mother, Barbara and stepfather, Jack McKinnon; brother, Eric (and wife, Cindy) Wagner; and sister, Gretchen Wagner-Lariviere.

submitted May. 6, 2013 4:49P
John J. Folmer

Father John "Jack" Joseph Folmer ’78 died at Sacramento's Mercy General Hospital after a brief illness. Only son of the late Harry and Agnes Folmer, he was born in Sacramento. He came of age in a time of great social change and lived his life helping others.  Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969, after studying at St. Pius X and St. Patrick's Seminaries, Jack earned a doctorate in canon law from Catholic U, a JD from UC Davis and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. A member of the California Bar for more than 20 years, he practiced law briefly in San Francisco. Jack served as a canon lawyer 30 years in SF, Sacramento and Monterey and was president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1985.  His career included pastoral work in Fairfield, Vallejo, Sacramento and St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco as well as Newman Centers in Davis and Sacramento. He served as Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and, more recently, as Parochial Vicar at St. Mel's Parish in Fair Oaks. Jack was also active as an educator. He taught canon law at St. Patrick's Seminary, and also served as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers HS and later at St. Francis HS, both in Sacramento.  Jack was an avid reader and film lover, a raconteur, champion of those in need, spiritual advisor and a true and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed.  Closest relatives (cousins) include John Doyle (Windsor, CA), Deborah Doyle and Melvin Whartnaby (SF), Jerry and Jane Button (Fort Collins), Laurence Doyle (Newport News), Agnes Shoemaker (Omaha).

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:57A
John Eastus

John "Papa" Eastus M.S. ’78, deputy city manager, City of San Jose (Ret.), and a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully in his home on March 7, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born in San Luis Obispo, CA to Charles and Josephine Eastus and raised in Marin County. He joined the US Marine Corps at the age of 17. After being honorably discharged, he attended San Jose State University earning a degree in civil engineering and a masters degree in public administration at Santa Clara University. John started working for the City of San Jose as an Assistant Director of Public Works, promoted to the Director of Public Works, and retired in 1984 as a Deputy City Manager. After retiring from the city, he became a partner with HMH Engineering and later he was a consultant as Chief Engineer for the City of Brisbane. John loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, golf, and spent many hours working in his garden. He leaves behind his wife Sherry of 43 years, his brother Frank Eastus and sister Diane Wheeler, along with his 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters. 

submitted May. 23, 2013 1:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Jennie Rykoff

Jennie Rykoff ’78 died on August 23, 2010. She was a resident of Santa Clara. On October 28, 1922 a little girl was born to Ben and Sarah Karabedian. Her name was Jennie. She filled her own life and those around her with the joie de vivre. She grew up with her older brother Patrick (Pat), and later was followed by two younger sisters Bergie and Babe. Her looks turned heads. Her talents took her to singing with a band at the Breakers in Long Beach until her brother Pat found out and pulled her from the stage. After all, nice Armenian girls at that time didn't sing in public. After high school she became a baby photographer and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. No one was ever more taken with babies than Jennie. One day while walking in Phoenix, George Palumbo saw Jennie. His first words to her were, ""I thought all the movie stars were in Hollywood." They married in 1942 and moved back to Los Angeles. They had one son Bruce. He was showered with love. As in every life, strife entered Jennie's life. And in 1964, Jennie and George parted. Richard Rykoff, her gallant gentleman, came into Jennie's life. Richard Lee, as she called him, and Jennie were married in May 1966. Richard's teenage daughters Deborah and Joanna then became Jennie's daughters as well. In 1972, Richard transitioned from his active law practice in Beverly Hills and became a full time professor of law at the University of Santa Clara Law School. Jennie went back to school and obtained her B.A. Later, Jennie's love of art took her to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco where she entered their extensive training program and became a docent. After 1994, when she lost her beloved Richard Lee, Jennie stayed in the Bay area and remained very active in the community, helping many to look at their lives with the same joy she brought to her life. After a stroke in 2005 that fortunately only affected her short term memory, Jennie came to live with her son Bruce and daughter-in-law Penny. As time passed, Jennie's loving care giver Evelia Coreas came to live with Jennie, Penny and Bruce. Jennie was once again with the people who loved her most and remained with Penny and Bruce until her death on August 23. She is survived by her daughters Deborah Bennett and Joanna Rykoff, by her daughter-in-law, Penny and son Bruce, by her sister Bergie Corey, and by several nephews and nieces and by the many close friends whose lives were made so much better by having known her. She was always fair and loving, but also firm. She brought solidity and certainty to those many confused by life's clouds of uncertainty. She will always be loved and always missed.

submitted Sep. 13, 2010 4:30P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Jack Nellany

Jack Nellany MA '78, a resident of Santa Cruz Passed away peacefully at his beloved home overlooking the northern California coast on Jan. 3, 2012. He had a wonderful life with an abundance of friendships, love and laughter. His wit and warmth touched all who knew him. He saw the best in everything and befriended most everyone he met.

A third generation Santa Barbaran, he was born April 8, 1931. Jack served honorably in the Air Force during the Korean war. He married Pat (Beckom) and enjoyed 57 years together. They settled in San Jose in 1954 and while there, raised a family, earned a college degree (first in his family) and later retired from years of service with the City of San Jose. At age 45 he enrolled at the University of Santa Clara where he obtained a masters degree in family counseling.

Jack had a great love of gardening and treasured his orchid and dahlia flowers to which many prizes from the Santa Cruz orchid and dahlia societies will attest.

He is survived by his wife Pat, sons Paul and Michael, daughter Carol (Thom) Sawicki and six beloved grandchildren: Devin, Janae, Autumn, Ruby, John and Ryan. He is preceded in death by his daughter Kim (Mike) Shields. He will be missed by all who knew him.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 11:09A
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Glenn J. Cahalan

Glenn J. Cahalan MBA '78 passed away on March 16th, 2011. He is survived by his wife Hannah, his son Patrick, his mother Dorothy, siblings Don, Kathy, Richard and Ellen and many nieces and nephews.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 2:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Constance Peters Murphy

 Constance "Connie" Peters Murphy '78, May 14, 2014, at her home in Alexandria, VA. Daughter of Robert and Margaret Peters; loving wife of Brian Murphy '77; devoted mother of Caitlin Murphy, Erin Murphy, and Shannon Murphy. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Mary Ann Peters '72 (Tim), Peggy Fox, Susan Peters (Ross), Mark and Madeline Peters, Ginny Peters, Robbie Bigley '81, and Mark Bigley '81, MBA '84; in-laws, Jean Vos, Chris and Carmi Murphy, Gregg and Monica Murphy, Gail and Luke Williams and 55 wonderful nieces and nephews. She was 58.

submitted May. 22, 2014 10:22A
Christopher N. Heard

Christopher Nielsen Heard J.D. '78, of Sacramento, Calif., a successful attorney, dedicated psychologist, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2014.

Chris was born to the late Lawrence Nielsen Heard and the late Betty Ann Heard on October 29, 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. He was the oldest son and second child for the couple. In 1969, Chris married Melody Benevento and had his first daughter, Felicia. While working and raising a family, Chris continued his education at the University of San Francisco, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He went on to further his education at Santa Clara University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor in 1978.

Chris began his career in the law in the Santa Clara district attorney's office where he enjoyed an unprecedented record of successes. He remained a dedicated public servant throughout his career, always fighting for the underdog and ensuring that justice was served. In July of 1981, Chris and Melody welcomed their second daughter, Briana. He went on to be a gubernatorial appointee during the Deukmejian administration as well as serving in other distinguished capacities within the California State government.  In addition to his academic and professional pursuits, Chris was a fitness enthusiast. He was a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, competing in several triathlons and serving as an unpaid personal trainer to many throughout the years. His daughter Briana has followed in his footsteps, competing in the New York City Marathon and continuing to challenge herself physically and mentally.

Not content to rest on his laurels and eager to make a further contribution to society, Chris went back to school later in life to receive his PhD. in Psychology after which he carved out a distinguished career in forensic psychology. His accumulation of post-graduate degrees inspired his three grandsons to lovingly call him "Dr. Grandpa."  Chris was more than the sum of his parts. He was a true renaissance man who never stopped being a student. His love of learning extended to music and dance. He began piano and dance lessons very late in life. Chris read voraciously on any and all topics and was fairly well versed in everything from world history to criminal theory. 

Chris was taken from his family far too soon and will be missed by his loving daughters, Felicia Marie Geller and Briana Elizabeth Heard; son-in-law Scott Geller; devoted grandsons Ryan Nielsen, Griffin John and James Powell Geller; his older sister and loving friend Elizabeth Heard Driscoll, brother-in law Gerard Driscoll and their sons Sean, Michael and Matthew; his confidant and younger brother Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Heard and sister-in-law Dr. Christine Heard and their son Kevin Christopher; his sister Lauren Heard and her children Alexandra and Gregory. In addition to his family, Chris leaves behind many close friends and colleagues as well as the countless people he touched during his time here. 

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:41P
Charles P. Johnson

Charles Phillip Johnson M.A. ’78, Oct. 9, 2013. He was born in Independence, Missouri on June 8, 1924. He was very proud of his service in the Navy which he joined immediately after Pearl Harbor in 1941. He had to have parental permission to join because of his young age. He spent his entire tour of duty aboard ships in action in the South Pacific. His ship was one of the first to sail into Tokyo Harbor at the end of World War II. He enrolled in William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and received his BA degree. He partnered with his father in the family monument business founded by his grandfather in 1897. He sold his interest in the business to his younger brother and moved to San Francisco January 1, 1965. He started a driving school in San Francisco. After several years he began teaching Driver Education in the high school district in Sunnyvale, CA. He could see the writing on the wall concerning the future of Driver Education and took the necessary courses to begin teaching Special Education which he continued to teach until his retirement. He received his Masters degree in Special Education at Santa Clara University. November 1, 2000 he moved to Santa Rosa, CA where he resided until his death on October 9, 2013. Charlie was a member of the American Guild of Organists for over 60 years, first in Kansas City, later in San Jose and then Santa Rosa. He had played the organ in many churches over the years in these places and finally the Episcopal Mission of St. Andrew in Monte Rio, CA. Because of failing health he retired and was honored to be named Organist Emeritus October 30, 2011. He was a 67 year Master Mason. First in Independence Lodge and after moving to Santa Rosa, LaFayette Lodge #126 in Sebastopol, CA where he received his 50 year certificate. He was also a member of the Royal Arch and the Scottish Rite. He is survived by his business partner and best friend of 52 years Douglas DeForeest, his loving niece Marcia Hankins (Bill) and nephew Tripp Johnson (Sally).

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:35P
Brian P. Beasley

Brian P. Beasley ’78, born 2/4/55, passed away on 9/29/12. A resident of Dublin, Brian died suddenly at the age of 57. Brian grew up in Cupertino and lived his last 12 years in Dublin, CA. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Brian went on to a career in the food industry as a food broker. Brian is survived by his wife of 21 years, Charlene and his daughters Elizabeth and Rebecca. Brian is also survived by his parents, Ralph and Betty Beasley and brother Patrick. A devoted husband and father, Brian enjoyed all aspects of life including sports, music, laughter, and quality time with family and friends.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 2:46P


GRD Engineering '79
Stanley John Skidmore

Stanley John Skidmore MS ’79 died on October 9, 2010 in Layton, Utah. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 4, 1947, to Helen Glauser and Arthur John Skidmore Jr. Stan was an active person who loved all sports and the outdoors. He was an avid golfer and mountain biker. He also loved woodworking and created many beautiful things for his home and yard. An electrical engineer by profession, he worked at Iomega Corp. for 20 years. He received his B.S. from the University of Utah and M.S. from the University of Santa Clara. He served in the Vietnam conflict as a naval officer. He served a mission in the Franco-Belgian Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1966-1968. A dedicated volunteer, Stan tutored math students at the detention center in Roy. Stan is survived by his wife, Kathleen McDonald, son, Jeremy (Jessica), daughter, Melinda Taylor (Jason), son, Brett (Brittany), daughter, Lindsay Hickman (Blaine), father, Arthur Skidmore Jr., sisters, Christi Heal (Robert), and Shelley Kendall (Michael), and his 11 grandchildren, the joys of his life. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Helen Glauser Skidmore. 

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 12:26P
GRD Law '79
Ronald James Gomes

Ronald James Gomes J.D. '79, a Nellis Air Force Base Internet Administrator (Web Master), passed away April 13, 2011. Ron had a law degree from the University of Santa Clara law school, and an MBA and a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University. A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, he was born Jan. 13, 1946, in San Jose, Calif., and had been a resident of Nevada since 1960. Ronald is survived by his mother, Mildred; brothers, Geoffrey, Dennis, and Stephen; four nieces; and six nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen; and his brother, Douglas Paul.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 11:14A
Robert T. Faubert

Robert Theodore Faubert M.S. ’79, 66, of Purcellville, VA, beloved husband, father, brother and friend, passed away on May 8, 2013 at Inova Loudoun Hospital after a brief illness. Ted spent most of his professional life working in the defense industry for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Corporation, and more recently for TASC Corporation in Chantilly, VA. Ted was an avid golfer and enjoyed scuba diving and helping with his children's sport and other activities. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed. Newsletter Ted was born on October 26, 1946 in El Paso, Texas to the late Victorand Clara Faubert. He graduated from Washington State University with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and later earned his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in California. Ted is survived by his wife of twenty three years Lorie Faubert of Purcellville, VA their two children Daniel and Claudia Faubert of Purcellville, VA four brothers Lawrence Faubert of Bend, OR: Charles Faubert of Richland, WA Richard Faubert of San Jose, CA David Faubert of Richland, WA one sister Victoria Fish of Livermore, CA and nine nieces and nephews. 

submitted May. 23, 2013 1:18P
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Norman D. Vesely

Norman D. Vesely MBA '79 died on January 17, 2010.

submitted Nov. 5, 2010 1:20P
Natalia Ortiz Mead

Natalia Ortiz Mead ’79 was born on April 23, 1923, and passed away on December 26, 2012. A resident of Sunnyvale, she married William E. Mead Jr. and raised two daughters, two sons, and two grandsons. She served in the U.S. Army as an aircraft mechanic, 1943-1944. A retired WWII Veteran, she was an alumnus of Santa Clara University and a retired English teacher. Mead was a dedicated 49ers and Giants fan. She coached childrens' sports. Home was always open to friends. Survived by son Michael, daughter Marguerite, and 8 grandchildren. 


submitted Feb. 1, 2013 12:17P
Michael G. Ruso

Michael G. Ruso '79 died on January 21, 2015, from heart failure at the age of 57. He was born on August 12, 1957 in Watsonville, CA. Mike attended Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville High School class of 1975 and graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University in 1979.

He returned to Watsonville to start his career at Wells Fargo Bank and then managed Valley National/Household Bank. Many businesses and individuals benefited from his keen sense and personal approach to lending. When banking became more corporate he left and went to work in the auto industry. He was currently sales manager of Santa Cruz Nissan Dodge and VW. He also owned the Villager Bar with childhood friend, Eric Johnson.

Following in his father Fran's footsteps, Mike was very involved in local baseball. Treasurer of Aggie's baseball for many years, he ran the local baseball tournament each August. He was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge #1300, Knights of Columbus 958, California Water Fowl Association, Rod & Gun Club and Two and Change. In the true Croation manner, he loved to cook and enjoy a good meal. He often cooked meals and brought them to his colleagues at work. An avid sports fan, he loved the Giants and the 49ers. He was happiest when he was fishing or hunting and then sharing his catch with his many friends. He loved to travel to Tahoe and Las Vegas to play poker, or to bet on sporting events. He also enjoyed Cabo San Lucas & Hawaii and the casual lifestyle there. Mike was generous to a fault, even as a child. He was kind, hardworking, nonjudgmental and forgiving with a keen sense of humor with an uncanny way of making everyone feel safe and at ease. The nicknames that he coined for friends and family stuck and sometimes replaced their legal name.

He leaves his loving wife of 11 years, Saundra; son, Michael Gene II of Aptos; mother, Jolene Ruso; mother-in law, Lea Tedrowe and father-in law, David Bowersock; siblings, Kerry Stringari (Steve), Mark Ruso, Susan Rodriguez (Frank), Jennifer Scurich '83 (Mike) and John Ruso '86; nieces and nephews, Casey Luke and Zach Scurich, Josh and Nico Stringari, Matthew and Kellie Rodriguez, John and Samantha Ruso. He was predeceased by his father Francis J. Ruso and grandparents Gene and Joanne Bartlett and Ann Ruso.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 2:59P
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