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1938

UGRD Arts & Sciences '38
John Filippi

John Filippi '38 was born in Hanford, California in 1915. He fell in love with Santa Clara the first time he set foot on campus in 1933. After graduating from Santa Clara in 1938 he attended Golden Gate University Law School. He served in the United States Army from 1943 - 1946. After his discharge he practiced law in Palo Alto. John is predeceased by his wife Elna of 70 years and survived by three children Judy Bishop '69, Dana Filippi '72 (Sharon Kniffin Filippi '73), and Lynn Momboisse '79 (Mike Momboisse '79); six grandchildren, three of which are Santa Clara graduates: Ellie Bishop Dexheimer '07, Robin Momboisse '07, and Richard Momboisse '10 (Melissa Heinrich Momboisse '10); and two great-grandchildren. John passed away December 19, 2016 in Modesto, at the age of 101. Please visit goo.gl/ZAVRpd to read Steven Saum's article on John Filippi in the sSummer 2016 Santa Clara Magazine.

submitted Jan. 16, 2017 2:16P

1942

UGRD Leavey Business '42
Gerald Richard (Gerry) Graham

Gerald Richard “Gerry” Graham ’42 passed away with his family at his side at his home in Saratoga, California, on January 29, 2017. The son of Stephen and Irene Graham of Sacramento, he was born on October 27, 1920. When he was one year old, the family moved to Oakland, California, where his father opened an automotive repair shop. He spent his first three years of high school at Oakland High School, then moved to Santa Clara to live with his aunt, where he graduated from Bellarmine College Prep. He was a great baseball player and earned a baseball scholarship from Santa Clara University. He played two seasons on the varsity baseball team. Nephew of Charles “Charlie” Graham and cousin of Fran Smith, S.J. ’56, Gerry graduated from Santa Clara University in 1942 with a bachelor of science in accounting. He attended Midshipman’s School at Columbia University in New York where he earned his commission as an ensign in the Navy. During World War II, he served two and a half years on destroyers in the Pacific. After the war, Gerry joined C.E. Reed Road Oil Company in San Jose. Through hard work and dedicated service, he formed a partnership with his Father-in-law Charles “Ted” Reed, and they incorporated as Reed & Graham in 1955. Gerry became President of Reed & Graham, Inc. in 1972 and led the company as it participated in the building of Silicon Valley. Through active involvement in many organizations in the Santa Clara Valley, he was a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Bank of Santa Clara, President of the Board of Fellows of Santa Clara University, President of the Board of Directors of Santa Clara Valley Youth Village, President of the Serra Club of San Jose, and President of the Board of Directors of Bellarmine College Preparatory Foundation. Gerry also served on the Board of St. Elizabeth's Day Home and as a Board member of La Rinconada Country Club. Gerry was honored by the Catholic Church when he was selected to become a member of the Knights of Malta, a Roman Catholic lay religious order. Together, Gerry and his wife Allene loved travelling the United States and Europe for golf and their time in Palm Desert playing the game. Gerry was respected and cherished by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His love, honesty, and perseverance toward the greater good of others will persist to eternity. He lived with magnificent gratitude, humility, and grace until his very last breath. After a long illness and the death of his loving wife, Jane, he was blessed to have been introduced to Allene, his loving wife of 50 years. Preceded in death by his youngest son, Steven Reed Graham, he is survived by Allene, children Gerry R. Graham, Jr. (Paula), Nan Marie Graham (Carol), Jane Ann Graham ’79, and Timmy Ann Lumby (Butch). He will be deeply missed by his 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

submitted Jan. 31, 2017 5:02P

1944

'44
Francis Detert

Dr. Francis L. Detert '44, born on April 13th, 1923 in San Diego, CA, and passed away peacefully on August 19th, 2016 in his San Leandro home at the age of 93. Survived by his nephews: David Detert, and Mark Detert; niece Melissa Redmond; and 5 grand nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his brother Earl Detert, and sisters: Miriam Detert, and Sister Peggy Detert.

Francis graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree and continued on to Stanford University in 1950 receiving his PHD in Chemistry. In 1943-45 Francis served in the U.S. Navy in WWII in the Pacific Theatre commanding a LCI rocket firing gunboat. He participated in The Battle of Iwo Jima. Francis was employed with Chevron Research in Richmond, California for over 30 years. His expertise was in finding uses for oil byproducts. He traveled the world representing Chevron Research. Francis's interests and hobbies were spending the day walking all over San Francisco, traveling with his sisters, and wood carving. He was an avid SF 49er and Oakland A's fan. He was a member of the Olympic Club. He volunteered at San Quentin State Prison where he taught the inmates various business skills including book keeping. He also volunteered at senior housing centers. Cheers to Francis with an ice cold Heineken beer!

 

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 11:03A

Faculty & Staff

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George Fegan

George Fegan, former chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics, passed away December 20, 2016. Dr. Steve Chiappari '84 notes, “George played a vital role in the Department of Applied Mathematics and the School of Engineering, serving as a faculty member, academic advisor to students, and departmental chair as well as assistant dean for graduate programs for the School of Engineering. He began teaching part-time in the department in 1982. He took a full-time position in 1987 and was appointed chair of the department in 1990. He stepped down as chair in 2004 and retired from the department in 2005. All of us who have had the privilege of knowing George have appreciated his friendship, witty sense of humor, wonderful work with students, and sage advice. We have missed seeing him in the office. May his spirit continue to live in all of us whose life he has touched.”

George Fegan was born in San Francisco in 1935. If you took his word for it, his boyhood paper route extended over most of the Eureka Valley, Castro, and Mission. After terrorizing the nuns at Most Holy Redeemer, he went on to become student body president at St. Ignatius, where he was an all-state hurdler. He held a BA from USF, master's degrees from SJSU and SFSU, and a PhD from OSU. He was a lifelong educator, teaching high school English for years before becoming a math professor at Santa Clara University, where he was department chair and an associate dean.

He made his pasta from scratch. He gave Johnny Mathis his first gig. His basketball nickname was the Butcher. Or the Hammer—one of those. He once relieved himself upstream of George H. W. Bush. He got his master's in English and then his PhD in math because why not? As an altar boy, he nearly burned down the church; this was possibly an accident. His mustache was better than yours. He was the only white person to work at Henry's Hunan Restaurant. He was a published poet. He was a published mathematician. He was a terrible rabbit hunter. He had gout, the disease of kings. He was George Lucas' favorite high school teacher. He hated Reagan. He had eight toes. He could still arm wrestle you under the table at 80. He was a professor emeritus without ever receiving tenure. He once flew halfway around the world to show up on his future wife's doorstep unannounced. Most of this is true.

His family—wife Sophie Chung Fegan; children Jeff Fegan '79, Debra Meyer, and MacKenzie Fegan; scores of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews—will miss his mushroom risotto and questionable sense of humor. They will not miss his singing voice. 

Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife, Sophie, in care of the Department of Applied Mathematics.

 

 

submitted Jan. 16, 2017 7:52A

Friends of the University

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James R. Blair

James Robert Blair, Jim, passed away October 5, 2016 in Parker, Colorado.  Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 11, 1944 to Jerald Blair and Helen Swanson Blair who preceded him in death.  He was 72 years old.
 
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years the end of this month, Donna Blair, his sons, Steve and his wife, Kathleen, and Ron ‘93, J.D. ‘98, MBA ‘99 and his wife, Lisa ‘94, MBA ‘99 all of Parker, Colorado.  He also leaves behind five grandchildren-Glen, Justin, Cameron, Kaitlyn, and Allison and one great-grandson, Emmet.   He is also survived by his two siblings, Jerome Blair and his wife, Arlene of Aptos, California and Janet Russel and her husband, Larry of Los Gatos, California.  He also has numerous other close relatives and friends.
 
He married his childhood sweetheart on October 24,1964.  He graduated from Cupertino High School in California in 1962 and received a degree from Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA.  He went on to study at San Jose State.  He was a very successful real estate developer in the Silicon Valley and Denver area.  He also served on numerous boards over the years including Santa Clara University, Bellarmine College Preparatory, North Park College, First Covenant Church, Heritage Bank and as Chairman of the Board on The World among others.
 
Jim and Donna spent most of their married life in the San Jose, California area.  They relocated to Colorado in 2006 to be closer to their sons and their grandchildren.    
 
Jim was a lover of life and enjoyed traveling extensively with family and friends.  He and Donna traveled to all seven continents and spent several years traveling around the world aboard The World, a residence cruise ship.  Jim enjoyed playing golf, downhill skiing, scuba diving and many other activities.  He was a runner and loved to run wherever their travels took them.  
 
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four years ago, Jim finally lost the battle to this disease surrounded by his family.  "I have fought the good fight.  I have finished the race.  I have kept the faith."  (2 Timothy 4:7)

submitted Dec. 7, 2016 1:39P
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Florence Honore

On December 22, 2016, Florence G. Honore, the matriarch of the Honore Family, passed away peacefully in her San Jose home of 75 years surrounded by her family. She was 103 years old.

Honore was born in San Francisco on May 9, 1913. She was one of four children to Flora Sproul and Frederick Tilford, they have all preceded her in death. She attended St. Anthony's Grammar School and started her early piano lessons. She has been an accomplished pianist her entire life. The family moved to San Jose when she was nine years old. She attended Lowell Grammar School, Roosevelt Jr. High School, and the original San Jose High School. She loved being a Camp Fire Girl and playing competitive baseball.

The depression hit about this time and she was unable to graduate from high school as she needed to work to help support her family. She later graduated from a business school while working part time. She worked in the local Canneries, O’Brien’s Bakery and Candy Store and The San Jose Creamery to name a few. She loved working and always had a very strong work ethic.

It was at the San Jose Creamery (now where the Fremont Hotel stands) that she met her future husband, George Honore. He was one of the few men with a car and would give her a ride home. He always maintained she would always bring a dozen eggs to put on the seat between them. However they were happily married for 64 years, before his death in 2000. They both loved the outdoors and spent their happiest times fishing in Alaska, Mexico, British Columbia, and most of all camping and fishing on the many Sierra Lakes. In 1964, they went on an African hunting Safari where she was referred to as the Liz Taylor of Africa. Always a striking woman even in the outdoors.

Throughout her long life she was always very active in a myriad of activities. St. Leo’s & Bellarmine Mother’s guild, St. John Vianney Church from its very beginning to being a regular member of its Sr. Club. She loved playing bingo and also loved the slot machines. She was a member of the Marillac Guild League (now Catholic Charities), Santa Clara University’s Catala Club, Stanford Mother’s Club and Alexian Brothers Hospital Guild (now Regional Hospital). She walked door-to-door collecting for the March of Dimes and the Heart Fund. The South Bay Yacht Club, Youth Science Institute Guild, the San Jose Country Club 9-hole group were also part of her life. She loved flower arranging and her expertise was used by many of these groups as Decoration Chairman. She was also a member of the Santa Clara Clara County Grand Jury for a few years. She rarely missed any of her son’s and grandchildren’s many activities.

Her motto was “Family Always First.” She is survived by her two sons George (Marjorie) San Jose and Fred (Judy) Himar, four grandchildren Jon Honore (Jennifer) San Jose, Lisa Honore Owen (Tyler), Omaha Neb, Erik Honore (Katie) Sacramento & Brett Honore (Camy) Turlock. She was preceded in death by grandson Lars Honore in 1979. She is survived by 12 adoring great grandchildren also nieces and nephews including Ron Wallace of San Jose. She had many long time friends, wonderful neighbors and dedicated caregivers. She will be deeply missed by all.

submitted Feb. 11, 2017 1:23P
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Bernadette Allen

Bernadette Allen passed away on Nov. 22, 2016. She was a member of the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 10:55A

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