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1940

'40
Harry Zell
Harry Zell (right) on the battlefield in WWII in southern Europe

Harry Joseph Zell Jr. ’40 was born on July 6, 1917, in Los Angeles, California. He received a B.S. degree from SCU in 1940 and his medical degree from USC School of Medicine in 1944. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the European theatre from 1945 to 1946 in World War II and received a Bronze Star for bravery. During the war, his unit passed the village of Theresa Neumann, and he was able to witness her stigmata wounds. His unit also liberated the Dachau concentration camp. He practiced medicine in San Gabriel, California, as a general practitioner for over 40 years until the age of 78. Harry died peacefully on his July 6, 2016, birthday at Santa Teresita Manor in Duarte, California. He is survived by his son, Peter Zell ’69, and daughter Libby. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Jane, son Gregory Zell ’79, and daughter Gretchen.

submitted Sep. 22, 2017 9:09A

1949

'49
John Banister

John Robert Banister ’49 was born to Jack Roy and Adele Elizabeth (St Pierre) Banister on June 4, 1927, in Oakland. In 1938, the family moved to Los Gatos, where Jack worked as an operations engineer on the construction of Highway 17. Two years later, they moved to San Jose. John attended St. Leo’s Grammar School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University from which he received a B.A. in English magna cum laude. He was awarded a postgraduate degree from Stanford University, where he was also an acting instructor in English. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict where he was co-founder and instructor of the United States Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Maryland. His long career as a teacher and administrator began at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1954. In 1959, he transferred to San Jose State University as assistant to the academic vice president and associate professor of English. In 1967, an opportunity arose at the California State University Chancellor’s Office in Los Angeles, where he served as associate dean in the Academic Planning Division. In addition to responsibility for approving new degree programs, he conducted comprehensive studies of specialized programs, such as MFA degrees in the performing arts, the difference between engineering technology and industrial arts/industrial technology, and other fields to be presented to the board of trustees for approval and action. He was involved in liaison activities with the State Board of Education and the University of California, served on WASC accreditation committees, and worked with national organizations dedicated to improving the teaching of English. In 1981, he returned to San Jose State University as full professor of English, specializing in Victorian literature. During this time, he served as volunteer for many community services, including election to the board of trustees of the Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose. He was president of the board three times. In 1987, he retired as professor emeritus and moved to Carmel, becoming a member of the Carmel Foundation. He donated generously to charities and aided people with counsel, empathy, and financial assistance. He felt blessed to have many longtime, close friends across the country. John passed away on Sept. 30, 2017. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, Ronald Henry Banister ’54, and by two great nieces, and is survived by his brother, Gary, sisters-in-law Darline and Anne Banister, three godchildren, seven nephews, one niece, seven great-nephews, five great nieces, and one great-great niece. 

submitted Oct. 5, 2017 10:08A

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