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Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last month by graduates in the 1960s
Malcolm Blaine Barnett ’60 was born in San Francisco and raised in the Parkside District, where he attended St. Cecilia’s. He graduated from St. Ignatius in 1956 and attended SCU, where he earned a B.A. in English. Mal met his future wife, Rose, while in high school, eventually marrying her in 1960. She was always the love of his life and best friend, and he will forever be her best friend. It was at St. Cecilia’s, SI, and Santa Clara where he made his lifelong friendships, which carried him through his entire life. He always enjoyed attending events hosted by his classmates. A major source of pride for Mal was being a member of the esteemed SCU Class of 1960, also known as the “greatest class” to ever graduate from the school. Mal was class secretary during his senior year and a natural athlete who enjoyed playing basketball, tennis, and golf with his friends. While a junior at SI, he was proud to have been honored “All City” for his basketball skills. Another highlight was when Mal’s SI senior year championship team was invited to play the Stanford University freshman basketball team—and SI won. Mal was the longtime owner of his family’s printing business, Barnett Printing Company, in San Francisco. He took over for his father in 1960 after his dad’s untimely death at age 49, and Mal ran the business successfully until 2010. That year he was thrilled to celebrate the company’s 100-year anniversary. Mal had many loyal customers and was admired for his self-taught letterpress skills and printing techniques. His old-school customer service and use of vintage typewriters were legendary. In 2004, Mal was proud to be honored with the “Banner of Love Award” for 45 years of dedication and generosity to the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center (formerly the Recreation Center for the Handicapped). In his retirement, Mal enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially loved visits from his three grandchildren. He loved watching sports and old movies on TV and had a great sense of humor. He was proud of his Irish and Jewish heritage, and was a deeply loyal, kind, and humble man. On July 15, 2018, Mal passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after a long struggle with congestive heart failure. He is survived by Rosaleen, his loving and devoted wife, daughters Adrienne (Tim) Jones ’83, Erin (Gus) Galindo, and Jennifer (Mark) Skorlich ’86. He was the adored grandfather to Brendan and Kevin Galindo ’13 and Bridget Skorlich. He is also survived by loving siblings Arlene (Kon) Balin, Julian (Kaye) Barnett, and Patrice “Tici” (Hal) Shafer. Mal was preceded in death by parents Julian “Barney” and Frances Barnett and sister Gayle Macaluso.
Phillip Scott Ryan ’61 was born in San Francisco on Oct 18, 1939. When he was 7 years old, his father, a court reporter, took him out of school so he could watch criminal trials, and especially the work of celebrated San Francisco attorneys like James Martin McGinnis, Jake Erlich, and Vincent Hallinan. He learned two lessons: Some of the best attorneys were celebrities themselves, and that words matter. Phil developed into a powerful and successful trial attorney and cultivated a flamboyant style. When his opponent in a murder case had the victim’s family wear red carnations to court, Phil, for the defense, had his client’s friends wear white carnations. His closing arguments were legendary. After a stint in the Army, he went to the South in the last days of legal—and not so legal—racial discrimination. He said later it was the defining moment of his life. When that summer of 1964 was over, he enrolled in the Howard University law school. Howard is a historically black college and, for the first time in his life, he was a member of a minority group. He opened a law practice in San Francisco in 1970, defending drug dealers and antiwar demonstrators, and became an expert on wiretapping and LSD cases. For a time, he shared a law office with Willie Brown Jr., then a young lawyer and rising political star. Phil also helped organize antiwar marches and free rock concerts associated with marches. He got to know many top entertainers and his career turned to entertainment law. The San Francisco Chronicle called him “San Francisco’s Rock ’n’ Roll Lawyer,” and he ultimately represented celebrity clients like Robin Williams, Sylvester Stallone, Huey Lewis, Grace Slick, and the Jefferson Starship. His clients also included record producers and agents and sports stars. One of his last big cases came in 2003, when he was a member of the defense team representing San Francisco Police Chief Earl Sanders who, with nine other officers, was accused of conspiracy as a result of a brawl between cops and citizens. It was a sensational case—dubbed “Fajitagate” because the beef started over some Mexican snacks—and was Page One news for months. Sanders was the city’s first African-American police chief and an old friend of Phil’s from his days as a young lawyer. Phil was particularly proud of the result: an unprecedented “factual finding of innocence.” After the Sanders case, Ryan retired after 37 years of legal work to write. His first novel, All Sins Remembered, about a San Francisco murder case, was published in 2008. He was working on a new novel, about Belle Cora, a noted 19th-century San Francisco figure, when he fell ill. The book is going through the editing process. Phil died on July 20, 2018, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Dina Bitton; daughter Kelly of Sacramento; son Padraic of Oakland; sisters Camille Pulsoni of Pacifica and Suzanne McLean of Oakland; and five grandchildren.
Michael M. McGonigle ’63 was born on Sept. 8, 1941, to Patrick McGonigle and Irene Niemeier. He spent much of his childhood in Pueblo, Colorado, until his family moved to Prescott, Arizona, where he graduated high school from St. Patrick’s Academy in 1959. He attended SCUand majored in physics, later joining the first class of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and received his M.D. degree in 1968. He spent a year as an intern in surgery at Stanford University, and in 1969 he volunteered to join the Navy for two years during the Vietnam War, where he saw active duty as a general medical officer. He was stationed at various field hospitals with the 3rd Marine Division before being transferred to serve at Jacksonville Naval Hospital, after which he was honorably discharged. He continued his training with a residency in general surgery at the University of New Mexico, followed by three years of residency in head and neck surgery at UC San Francisco, where he met his dear wife, Jeanne (Cooper) McGonigle. Upon completion of training, the couple moved to Joplin, Missouri, in 1975, where they raised three children. Michael started a private practice as an ear, nose, and throat surgeon, practicing for 29 years and treating over 40,000 patients. Upon retirement in 2004, the couple moved to Fountain Hills, Arizona, and later split their time between Fountain Hills and Sparks, Nevada. Throughout his life, Michael was well read and interested in a number of intellectual fields, including physics, medicine, economics, history, politics, and a wide variety of other subjects. He pursed many activities, such as skiing, scuba diving, aviation, traveling, jewelry making, tig welding, and design of custom intercoolers for turbocharged cars. He will be remembered for his kindness, his knowledge on a wide variety of subjects, his amazing long-term memory, his great stories, excellent advice, work ethic, and humbleness. A loving husband and father and respected by the community, Michael passed away on July 9, 2018, after declining health. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jeanne; his children: Kelly Hammerstone and husband, James, of Sparks; Kerry Kreidel and husband, Joe, of San Antonio; John McGonigle and wife, Andrea, of Santa Monica, California; and his five grandchildren, Jacob and Ryan Hammerstone, and Asher, Adelaide, and Cruz Kreidel.
John “Jack” George Locke ’65 was born on Dec. 26, 1943, in Los Angeles to Dorothy Frank and William James Locke Jr. Jack received a four-year scholarship and graduated from SCU. He proudly served in the Navy, worked for the FBI for 14 years, and taught religion classes for ten years in Burbank, California. In retirement, Jack volunteered weekly for Aids Project Los Angeles for over a decade. He was a kind-hearted, gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humor that lasted until his final breath. He enjoyed playing bridge and was an expert at the Los Angeles Times daily crossword puzzle. At age 74, Jack passed away peacefully on July 17, 2018, at home after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Paula Mulle Locke; his daughter, Deborah Susan (Scott) Chin; his sons, James Patrick (Jessica) and David John (Sarah); his stepson, Gregory Philipps; brothers William James (Janet) and Terence Robert (Sue); sisters Sister Anne Elizabeth and Margaret Mary “Mimi” (Joseph); and grandchildren Heather Philipps, Cassandra Philipps, Daniel Chin, Samuel Chin, and Julianna Lucille. Jack was predeceased by sister Helen Teresa, brother Peter Raymond, and stepson Michael Philipps. He will be greatly missed by so many friends and family.
Richard Scott Burriss J.D. ’66 was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Valentine’s Day in 1940—and spread love from that day on. He spent his early years in Los Alamos, New Mexico, later graduating from Towson High. After receiving a B.S. from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he earned his law degree while simultaneously working for Lockheed in what was to become Silicon Valley. He began his law practice in 1967 in Los Altos, relocated the law firm to Mountain View in 1979, and spent more than 50 years practicing business law. Dick mentored over 100 law students and young lawyers, taught at nearby San Jose State, and served as judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court; he never retired from the practice of law. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and camping. He took great pride in his bird dogs and in putting his horse through the paces in barrel racing and trail riding competitions. He took up golf about 40 years too late but nevertheless enjoyed playing whenever he could. He lived with his family in the Santa Cruz Mountains for 40 years and became a full-time resident of Kauai after spending up to six months a year there since 1981. Dick died peacefully on July 19, 2018, at home in Kapa`a, Hawaii, with family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Susan Shepard Howie Burriss ’78, and children Catherine Scott Burriss (Elaine Tse), Robert Howie (Jill), and Brian Howie, as well as grandchildren Samantha, Robert, Boedhe, and Harper. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley W Burriss and Teresa Montesano Burriss, both of San Jose. Dick will be remembered for his generosity, his kindness, and his quick wit.
Basil Iwashyna MBA ’66 was born in 1939 in the small farming village of Bakumivka in Poltavs’ka Oblast, Ukraine. During World War II, his family was taken to Germany as “Ostarbeiter.” His father was forced to work on the railroad and his mother in a military laundry. After the fall of Germany, he lived with his family in Hamburg-Fischbeck Displaced Persons Camp. The USS General S.D. Sturgis sailed from Bremerhaven on Sept 21, 1949, with the family and other refugees. Ten-year-old Basil arrived in New York on Oct. 21, 1949. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1957 and would go on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Lafayette College in 1961 with a degree in electrical engineering. He inculcated a deep commitment to education and learning in his children. Basil began his career in computers with General Electric in 1961. He had positions of increasing managerial responsibility with IBM, RCA, Sperry, and Unisys. He later changed careers to join LILCO and then Utilicorp, where he helped create environmentally friendly energy products. He was fortunate to have travelled the world for business and pleasure. At age 78, Basil passed away on July 14, 2018, after many months with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Eileen; and his three sons, Theodore (Jack) Iwashyna and his wife, Stefanie, and their three children; Brian J. Iwashyna and his wife, Tiffany, and their daughter; and Scott J. Iwashyna and his wife, Alex, and their three children. He could not have been prouder or loved his family more, and he deeply valued the time he spent with his grandchildren.
Wayne Clarence Seppeler MBA ’67 was born on June 26, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Toledo, Ohio, where he met Mary Bendlin in the Lutheran Student Association. Wayne began going to church in the sixth grade when a friend invited him, and he continued thereafter. He subsequently obtained a master’s in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from SCU. Wayne worked for Philco Ford, Lockeed, and Anderson Jacobson as an engineering manager and VP for many years. Wayne and Mary, his wife of 62 years, had four sons, of which Wayne was so proud: Eric, Matthew, Chris, and David, as well as one granddaughter, Sienna. He was a devoted husband and father who would always help his wife and children above all else. Wayne was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Los Altos for over 60 years, as he had a very strong faith, setting examples daily of the way to live one’s life: selflessly. The church was a home for Wayne and Mary, where they met many of their best friends. He left a legacy of love to all who knew him and was always willing to lend a hand to others and talk to anyone with a smile. Wayne entered eternal life with the Lord on July 16, 2018, surrounded by family.
Terence “Terry” Netter, the professional artist, professor, and once Jesuit priest was born in New Rochelle, New York, on April 12, 1929. He left the Jesuit order in 1968 and married Therese Franzese the same year. The couple moved to Setauket, New York, in 1979, and in later years divided their time between their homes on Long Island and in France. Terry was the founding director of the Stony Brook University Fine Arts Center, now named the Staller Center, a position he began in 1979 and held for 18 years. Prior to this appointment, he was appointed chair of the SCU Department of Fine Arts in 1969 until his departure in 1974; at SCU, he taught art, aesthetics, and art history. In 1984, The Village Times named him “Man of the Year in the Arts” for his achievements at the center, which included bringing high-quality art, music, theater, and well-known musicians to the community. He also helped to create the Friends of the Arts Center. Terry received an honorary degree from Stony Brook University in 2013, which was in addition to multiple degrees he had already earned: a bachelor’s in English and master’s in philosophy from Fordham University as well as an M.A. in studio art from George Washington University. Throughout his career, he mentored artists, musicians, and art managers and fostered the acquisition by SBU of the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton. As founding director of the Fine Arts Center at Stony Brook, he was instrumental in growing and strengthening the arts in the area. Terry was also on the board of trustees at Gallery North in Setauket and was a past president of the gallery. His artwork has been showcased there several times through the years. In 2017 at its annual gala, the gallery named him a “community treasure.” A serious person with a twinkle in his eye and a good joke or good story to tell, outside of the Three Village area, Terry’s work was exhibited at the Woodward Gallery in New York City, where he has been represented for many years, as well as in galleries and museums in San Francisco, France, and more. Among his many career achievements, Terry was the director of the Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and contributed to the study abroad program for the University of Southern Mississippi at Pontlevoy, France, in the later years of his career. In a June 10, 2017, interview for TBR News Media’s Arts & Lifestyles section, Netter was asked what he wanted art lovers to feel or see when they viewed his paintings. “I want the viewer’s mind and eye to take a walk beyond the here and now,” Netter said. “I hope that they experience that there is more beyond the horizon—the possibility of existence beyond the reach of our senses, even though we can’t see it.” At age 89, Terry died on June 27, 2018, at his home in Setauket. He is survived by his wife, Therese, son Dylan, and his beloved dog, Pip. SCU senior lecturer Gordon Young writes: “I met Terry through a happy coincidence. He became the dean of the Fine Arts Department at Jacksonville University in Florida when my mother worked there as the fine arts manager in charge of performances. He became a close friend of my entire family, and he loved getting news about SCU. He had fond memories of his time at the University, especially the early days of the art department.”