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Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last month by graduates in the 1960s
William Kiley Stolz, S.J., MST ’63 was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Feb. 10, 1932. After moving to California and graduating from East Bakersfield High School, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1949. His studies took him to Gonzaga University (B.A., Philosophy, 1956), Santa Clara University (MST, Theology, 1963), the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., Education, 1965), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., Education, 1969). He was ordained a priest in San Francisco in 1962. Prior to ordination, he taught mathematics and chemistry at Bellarmine College Preparatory, later returning as assistant principal (1967–70) and teacher (1972–73 and 1978–80). Other assignments took him to Los Angeles, where he served as principal of Loyola High School (1970–72), and to Verbum Dei High School in the Watts section of Los Angeles, as teacher (1987–89) and assistant principal (1989–93). From 1974 to 1978 he served as principal at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, later returning there as teacher of mathematics and computer science, 1980–86. His final posting was as teacher of mathematics at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California (1993–2011). In 2011, he retired from the classroom to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos for a ministry of prayer. Fr. Kiley was noted for his dedication to his students and for a deep concern for educating underserved student populations both in urban areas and on the Indian reservation. He died on July 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center at 85 years old. He was a member of the Jesuit order for 67 years, a priest for 55 years, and a longtime teacher and administrator in Jesuit high schools in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose, and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Stolz of Exeter, California.
Marty Sammon ’56, MBA ’63 was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on May 30, 1934, to Martin and Catherine. His family moved to California and settled in Newark. He graduated from Washington High School and Santa Clara University, later earning his MBA from SCU. He met the love of his life while attending a mixer at SCU and married Rosemarie in May 1957. Their honeymoon was a cross-country drive to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and part of the team called to Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect the “Little Rock Nine.” He maintained contact with Melba Beals, Minnijean Brown, and Terence Brown for many years. After serving his country, he and Rosemarie came back to California. They settled in Santa Clara, where they raised their two daughters and son, and where Rosemarie still resides. Marty became a stockbroker and worked up until his recent retirement, but his true passion was boxing. After retiring the gloves in college, he still had the itch to be in the ring, so what better option than to become a referee. He started by referring the inmates at San Quentin. He went on to referee and judge multiple amateur and professional bouts. Marty appeared as a boxing referee in an episode of Midnight Caller, but perhaps his most famous on-screen role was as boxing referee No. 5 in the Academy Award–winning picture Million Dollar Baby. He also appeared in a Northern California Honda commercial and continued to be a member of the Screen Actors Guild. While the role of a boxing referee was one of many highlights in his life, his most cherished role was that of grandfather. He went to as many activities as he possibly could, whether they be soccer games, birthday parties, or just spending time every Thursday with Emily. Marty passed away after a brief illness on Sept. 14, 2017. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Rosemarie, his daughters Sharon Sammon ’82 and Lisa Sammon ’83, sons-in-law, Rick and Eric, granddaughters Stephanie, Katherine (Katie), and Emily, sisters Cathy and Lyn, and many nieces and nephews. Marty has joined his brother, Roddy, and son, Michael, in heaven. May he now rest in peace.
A resident of Menlo Park for 46 years, Raymond Basso ’67, MBA ’70 was born to Lawrence Basso and Catherine (Lena) Basso on March 15, 1945. His early years were spent in San Francisco, and he attended Saint Vincent De Paul Elementary School, Saint Ignatius High School, and SCU, where he graduated with a degree in political science. It was there that he met and fell in love with his beautiful bride, Mary (Moroney) Basso ’67.They were married in 1967. In 1971, Raymond earned his MBA from Santa Clara. He spent most of his adult life working for Hewlett Packard as a comptroller. After nearly 30 years at HP, he worked for his family business, Guyan Eagle, for several years. In retirement, he was a member of the San Mateo Grand Jury, and in 2011, he was the foreman of the Grand Jury. Raymond passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his children on June 17, 2016. His dear wife Mary passed away on April 1 of that year. Together they leave behind their beloved children: Ray Basso Jr, Sarah (Luis) Vergara, Brian (Samantha) Basso, and Anne-Marie Basso. Raymond will be dearly missed by his brother, Lawrence (Susan) Basso and his sister-in-law Sheila (Ron) Santero, and brothers-in-law Carl Moroney, Barry (Faye) Moroney, Tom (Carole) Moroney, and Mark Moroney, as well as by many nieces and nephews. Raymond was a doting grandfather to his seven grandchildren: Kevin Basso, Andre Basso, Noah Vergara, Luca Vergara, Sofia Vergara, Cade Basso, and Jenna Basso. They will never forget their amazing “Pop.”