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Born Feb. 12, 1935, in County Louth, Ireland, Michael Oliver O’Flynn was the son of Michael I. O’Flynn and Helena Mary Theresa (McDevitt) O’Flynn. A professor of electrical engineering at San Jose State for more than 40 years, he also taught in SCU’s Department of Applied Mathematics. Michael was a passionate collector of sports cards and collectibles as well as a devoted horseracing enthusiast. As a younger man, he enjoyed playing tennis and jogging. Later in life, he delighted in taking long walks around his neighborhood, where he was known to keep a pocket full of cat and dog treats for any animal he happened upon. Michael died on the morning of June 19 at the age of 82. He is survived by his brother, Colman O’Flynn of Ardee, County Louth, Ireland; sister Frances O’Flynn of New York; son Michael and Veronica O’Flynn of Antioch; granddaughter Nelly O’Flynn of Antioch; many other loving nieces, nephews, and relatives; and preceded in death by his son, Brendan O’Flynn.
Leland Harris Taylor ’54, a proud son of the Bay Area, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2016.
Born in Martinez, Calif. on August 21, 1932, Leland, grew up in Walnut Creek, graduated from Acalanes High School and earned an Engineering degree from Santa Clara University in 1954.
Always industrious, Leland learned carpentry and handiwork living with his grandparents at their estate on the hills in Walnut Creek at Quail Court and hunted on property which later became Las Lomas High School. At 8 years old, he signed a contract with the Oakland Tribune to deliver papers in the growing city of Walnut Creek. During high school, he worked summer jobs in Oakland and other Bay Area communities where he learned many hands-on skills and gained the confidence to take any challenging assignment later in life.
At age 16, Leland joined the Sailors Union and worked as a wiper in the engine rooms of ships as they plied routes along the West Coast and Pacific Islands. The stories he shared of the characters he engaged and the hard life during his travels, brought insight to his character and deep appreciation for his fellow man.
At age 18, Leland worked on a rail track survey crew for the Western Pacific Railroad where he learned the art of land survey.
As a young man, Leland had the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors of California and West Coast. He shared his love for fishing and nature with his family. A newspaper article with a picture of the proud angler and seasonal record catch lake trout is posted in the family cabin as a reminder. Many birds and squirrels will miss their regular feed from Lee.While attending Santa Clara University he frequently came home to Walnut Creek to spend time with his circle of high school friends. It was during this time that he caught the love of his life, a fellow Acalanes High School graduate (although he knew little of her then) and nursing student, Avice Hatton of Lafayette. Leland was offered an internship at Bechtel, the iconic California construction firm, prior to graduation. He was assigned to work with the “best engineers” of Bechtel on a world record pipeline crossing in the Great Lakes.
Upon completion of his Civil Engineering degree in 1954 Leland joined the US Army where his engineering and hands-on skills lead him to a posting as an instructor of equipment repair at the Army academy at West Point. Leland could repair anything or, was game to try.
Once Avice completed Kaiser nursing school, the stage was set for their wedding in Carson City, NV in September of 1955.
Following his military service, Lee joined Bechtel. During his 31-year career he engineered and managed projects around the world before the family’s return to Walnut Creek. Lee’s engineering career involved working on many of the world’s highest profile construction projects: installing pipelines across India, Europe, and Argentina; negotiating the Trans-Suez Pipeline project; establishing the business operations in Saudi Arabia, and Canada; and, managing mega offshore projects in Norway. He even walked the BART tube under the Bay during its construction as part of the Bechtel management team.
As a father and grandfather he instilled a good work ethic and enjoyment of the good life in California in his family. He was an avid gardener, superior handyman, model train enthusiast, a good neighbor and friend to many.
Lee is remembered as a gracious host of many gatherings of colleagues, friends and family. He was always able to entertain with an exotic story of projects and travels past. Never to be forgotten is his evacuation by tramp steamer from Cairo, along with the rest of the Trans-Suez Pipeline negotiating team during the Six-Day War. How much Johnny Walker drank and cribbage played in 6-days may never be repeated.
Leland was proud to recount his childhood and the heritage he shared as a long time resident of Contra Costa County. His passion for his community was focused as a long standing volunteer at the Contra Costa County Historical Society where he took great pleasure in sorting old photos and images and memorializing local history using new fangled digital imaging technology. He accepted the challenges of new PC technology as a means to capture history, with the occasional curse of a sailor at unwanted PC upgrades, to the end.
Leland is preceded in passing by his parents, Harris Taylor and Lea/Lena (Parkel) Taylor and half-brother Harris Taylor. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years Avice, daughter Audrey Katzman and her husband Peter, son Leland Jr. and his wife Choo/Selina, a nephew, niece and four grandchildren.
Julian Willets Gustavo Fraser ’18, of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, passed away February 21 after an 11-month battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents, Alec and Cristy, his brothers Andrew and Matthew, his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A 2012 graduate of Greenwich High School, Julian was a captain of the GHS swim team and water polo team and a four-time high school all-American in swimming and an all-American water polo player. Julian was in his sophomore year at Santa Clara University, where he was pursuing degrees in economics and political science and was selected twice as an academic all-American as a member of the Santa Clara University water polo team. Julian will be remembered for his love of family and friends and his ability to see the best in everyone. A young man of great humility and a quiet leader respected by his peers, Julian was a great friend to all who knew him. A service in celebration of Julian’s life was held at Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich on March 4, followed by a memorial service at Santa Clara University’s Mission Church on March 18.
Colleagues and students alike have long cherished Christiaan Lievestro, Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, for being a remarkable and patient teacher, faithful friend, and a man deeply committed to the goals of Jesuit and Catholic higher education. He died on June 19 at the age of 91. Having received degrees from SUNY Albany and Harvard, Professor Lievestro began his teaching career at Harpur College and Drexel University. He came to Santa Clara in 1969, where he taught in the English Department until his retirement in 1994. His courses included a collection of self-designed comparative literature classes and interdisciplinary honors courses. In 1993, he received the Outstanding Advising Award by NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. The award was a testament to his generous dedication to his students. In addition to his professional and personal contributions to SCU, Professor Lievestro’s legacy will live on through the Christiaan Theodoor Lievestro Prize—made possible by his generosity. It will be awarded to a graduating English major for excellence in the student’s portfolio of English essays.
A gifted and beloved teacher, Chris believed that the job of a teacher is “to liberate the student from the teacher.” He did it well. Over the course of his career, Chris nurtured, challenged and inspired thousands of students. He was a faithful friend to college classmates, family members, professional colleagues and former students over multiple decades. His handwritten letters were blessings to receive … often including carefully selected newspaper clippings, and always infused with words of encouragement and love.
Recognizing Chris’ many talents and his commitment to the humanities and interdisciplinary thinking, an associate described him as “the reincarnation of the ‘Renaissance’ man.” Chris made the most of his brilliant and ever-curious mind. Fluent first in Dutch, then English, French, and German, he was a voracious reader and lifelong learner. As a teacher and friend, Chris lovingly inspired students and friends alike to be liberated … and to live richer and more beautiful lives.
Christiaan Theodoor Lievestro, 91, of Los Gatos passed away in San Jose on June 19. Chris was born in Ballston Spa, New York, on May 22, 1926 to Dora (Klumper) and Berend Lievestro.
A Bachelor of Arts graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Chris studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Holland, before attending Harvard, where he earned his Master of Arts and doctorate. He went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his studies, he sang with the Boston and Philadelphia Orchestras, took the stage with multiple theater groups, and performed in Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.; Convention Hall, Philadelphia; and at the Lincoln Memorial.
As an English professor at SCU, Chris taught a collection of self-designed comparative literature classes and numerous interdisciplinary honors courses. His Bloomsbury Group Seminar and Time Seminar were among his favorites. He penned, edited, and reviewed numerous articles in his field of comparative literature.
Upon his retirement, he commented, “I love to teach and I think I did well with it, but I don’t have to be vulnerable standing in front of people all the time anymore, which is lovely.” Yet he continued to teach as a beloved friend and mentor to his many colleagues and former students, sharing his wisdom and insights about history, literature, and life.
Chris is survived by his two sisters, Joan (Lievestro) Tarbox and Bert (Lievestro) Finch, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved partner, John Dilkes, and his brothers, Berend Lievestro and Louis Lievestro.
In lieu of a memorial, donations can be made to the Humane Society (Chris was a dog lover) or the Lievestro Prize for best portfolio of work by a graduating senior English major. Donations may be sent in care of the English Department at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053.
By anyone’s standards, Alan A. Parker J.D. '64 enjoyed a lofty legal career. After a successful law practice in San Jose, he worked for U.S. Rep. Don Edwards and became the general counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, playing a central role in the impeachment effort against Richard Nixon. In the waning days of the Jimmy Carter administration, he served as an assistant attorney general.
All of that was remarkable enough. It was more noteworthy because of an unusual gap in his resume. Parker did not attend college. In fact, he nearly failed to get a high school degree.
He did graduate from Santa Clara University Law School in 1964 and passed the bar exam shortly afterward. Nobody ever questioned that he had a head for strategy and a gift of gab, recounting stories and offering advice in a resonant radio narrator’s voice.
Parker died on Sept. 2 at the age of 88 in the Sacramento-area town Lincoln after a long illness. He left behind a legacy in California Democratic politics and an eclectic career that was guided in part by his friendships with Edwards and Senator Alan Cranston.
Born in New York City on Nov. 28, 1927, Parker moved with his parents to Southern California while he was still young. His father, William Parker, was a Hollywood writer and his mother, Beverly, ran the women’s department in a large store. Both parents were Russian immigrants.
A fitful but bright high school student who preferred to read at the library rather than attend class, Parker served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947, entertaining troops as a disc jockey in the South Pacific. Disappointed in his ambitions for a radio career, he worked for a decade as a safety engineer and manager, jobs that took him to the Bay Area.
His passion, however, was politics. Along with Cranston, Parker was instrumental in forming the California Democratic Council, a network of Democratic clubs that became the organizational backbone of the party. In 1960, he was part of a movement to draft Adlai Stevenson for a third run at the presidency.
After Cranston was elected controller in 1958, Parker took a state job as a inheritance tax appraiser, a job that brought him into frequent contact with lawyers. His widow, Odette Parker, said Parker went to law school after being urged to do so by then-attorney and later Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Bill Harris. “He said, ‘Alan, you’re so bright, why don’t you go to law school?‘’’ Odette Parker said.
Taking advantage of a policy that allowed credit for life experience, Parker studied for a year at San Francisco College of Law and then completed a full three-year legal course at Santa Clara. He formed a legal partnership in San Jose with John Chargin, another lawyer active in politics.
In 1971, Parker was recruited by Edwards to become his legislative director. Two years later, he was appointed general counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. After brief service as an assistant AG under Attorney General Griffin Bell, he returned as general counsel in 1980, when Jimmy Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan.
Parker helped to draft the articles of impeachment against Nixon that were approved by the Judiciary Committee in 1974 (Nixon resigned before the full House could vote on them.) The former San Jose lawyer also participated in an expansion of the Voting Rights Act, the defeat of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion, and the investigation into the Kent State shootings.
“Alan never lost his fidelity to truth and the Constitution, and he never lost his marvelous sense of humor and dedication to his family,’’ said U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who succeeded Edwards in 1995.
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.
James “Jim” Hartwell Flippen Jr. ’41 was reputed for his innovative contributions to pediatric medicine as well as his incisive logic, wit, and wisdom, dapper bow ties, ever-calm demeanor, and active community involvement. He exemplified a life well planned and a life well lived. Born in Manhattan in 1920, Jim was the elder son of New York internist James H. Flippen Sr. M.D. Being from three generations of physicians, he knew he wanted to be a physician from an early age. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University and was at the top of his class in pre-med. Jim was the first Santa Clara graduate to be accepted into the top three medical schools: Stanford, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins. He is a graduate of the Stanford Medical School, class of 1945. While in medical school, Jim was a cadet in the Navy Reserve. Following medical school, he joined the Navy and was a WWII and Korean War veteran, deployed as the ship’s senior medical officer from San Francisco to Japan and Korea. In 1946, Jim married Beverly Walsh. They met when Beverly was a student at UC Berkeley and Jim was a Navy medical officer stationed in San Francisco/Tanforan. They immediately moved to Boston, where Jim held a fellowship in pediatric pathology at Harvard University. Upon their return to California, he served as chief resident at Stanford University. For 40 years, Jim was a pediatrician in private practice and clinical professor of pediatric cardiology at the Stanford Medical School. His experience dissecting the hearts of babies having died of congenital heart disease led to assisting surgeons in the field of open-heart surgery and teaching pediatric cardiology for 35 years. Jim formed a physician’s consortium and initiated construction of the Medical Plaza by Stanford Hospital. It was a novel concept of a single-floor medical office complex, occupied and owned by 40 independent physicians of all specialties. This proved to be a very lucrative investment for all concerned. Early in his esteemed career, Jim performed then state-of-the-art lifesaving total blood replacement transfusion through the umbilical vein of infants with acute hemolytic anemia due to blood type incompatibility with the mother. He performed hundreds of these and taught the procedure to pediatricians on the West Coast. In addition, he authored papers defining the genetic basis of two types of bone deformities as well as the physiologic basis of drowning while swimming after following hyperventilation, which he termed “silent drowning.” Through his medical contributions and leadership, Jim directly and indirectly saved innumerable lives and reduced injuries. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was appointed chairman of the California State Accident Prevention Committee of the Academy of Pediatrics, and he enlisted other pediatricians around the state to seek legislation requiring seat belts and infant car seats. Seat belts, smoke detectors, and harsh penalties for teenagers driving under the influence are now part of our everyday lives. Jim played a pivotal role in leading the way to these legislative mandates in California over 50 years ago, resulting in the saving of countless lives over the decades. When Jim retired, he and Beverly moved to White Oaks in Carmel Valley Village, where they lived for 20 years. The Flippens shared many travels and adventures to several continents and numerous countries. This included an African safari and a nearly yearlong stay in Europe, where they had a touring car and drove over 3,000 miles. The couple next resided at The Forum for a decade, where they continued to participate in activities and diverse cultural interests in the Bay Area—theater, ballet, concerts, and art exhibits. Jim also organized the first bocce ball competition at The Forum. Among his many talents, Jim designed three distinct homes, one of which reflected a Japanese design and garden. This home was featured in Sunset magazine. He was also a champion tennis player, who for decades competed in the American Medical Tennis Association and the World Medical Tennis Society doctors’ consortium (he played into his 90s). With his artistic abilities, Jim showcased his many original multimedia paintings at The Forum art shows. The subject matter included wife Beverly, still life, wildlife, landscapes and seascapes, and portraits and personalities. Over the years, Jim was an active member of his community and provided leadership and support to various organizations as chairman of the San Mateo County Heart Association, the pediatric sections of Sequoia and Stanford Hospitals, and the Professional Advisory Committee to the Peninsula Children’s Center (PEC) for severely emotionally disturbed children. He served as board president of the Chartwell School for Dyslexic Children in Monterey and the Monterey Bay Scottish Society, president of the Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club, chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Transportation Agency of Monterey County, and the Roads Committee of the Carmel Valley Residents Association. Jim died peacefully at the exact time of the grand eclipse on Aug. 21 at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Los Altos. He was 97 years old. He was the devoted and loving father of son James Flippen III (Patty) ’70, daughter Kathleen Carmel ’69, grandchildren Travis Flippen and Jason Bradford (Kristin), and great-grandchildren Curtis and Davis Bradford. His extended family includes Alexis Flippen von Zimmer (David), Thomas Flippen II (Laurie), Jacqueline Sahud, Russel Flippen, Sandra Limon, Timothy Thomas Flippen, and former son-in-law Christopher Bradford. Jim was predeceased by his loving wife, Beverly, son Daniel Flippen, and brother Thomas A. Flippen. He also leaves behind his adopted miniature poodle, Jasper Vanderbilt Flippen. A transcript and video of Jim’s 2016 interview with the Stanford Historical Society’s Oral History Program can be found under his name or by the medical school faculty at https://purl.stanford.edu/yb644pt2832.
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.
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!
Edward Hermann Hulbert '44, 93, passed away due to cancer on July 2, 2016 in Olympia, WA. He was born July 12, 1922 to Fred and Ursala Hulbert in Aberdeen, WA. He graduated from Aberdeen's Weatherwax High School, and Santa Clara University.
He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1942 during World War II. A 70-year resident of West Olympia, he was self-employed in the lumber, oil and real estate industries.
Edward married Beverly Hooker on August 4, 1942 in Aberdeen. She died November 28, 2012. He married Trina Ruiz on February 8, 2013.
He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Edward was full of humor. He had a positive personality, was compassionate, caring, creative, and detailed. He loved his family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking, boating, fishing, gardening, reading, beach combing, and raising oysters and clams.
Edward is survived by his wife, Trina Hulbert; children, Ted, Phil, Jane, Tom and Kathy; five grandchildren including Jamie Hulbert '97; 13 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Laura (Tom) Hackstadt and Jane Richardson.
Born on Dec. 12, 1923, Joseph C. Santana ’48, J.D. ’50 was raised in Santa Clara County and attended Bellarmine College Prep, graduating in 1941. At Santa Clara, he excelled as captain of the golf team, graduating with a degree in political science. He served in WWII before attending Santa Clara Law School. Joe spent his long legal career working for the California State Automobile Association, including stints as assistant general counsel and manager of claims litigation for San Jose and San Francisco. He also served his community as president of the Kiwanis, grand knight in the Knights of Columbus, and as an active member of his parish, Sacred Heart, in Saratoga. After losing his first wife, Isabel, Joe remarried; his second wife, Terry, died in 2012. Joe passed away peacefully on March 10 after an unexpected decline in his health. He was 93. He is predeceased by his son, Mark, and stepson, Randy (Sheleman). He is survived by his daughter, Julie, brother, Tony, and grandchildren Katie, Michael, JR, and Steve.
The son of Italian immigrants, William J. Ronchelli ’49 was born in San Rafael on Feb. 6, 1928, to Edwina and Orlando Ronchelli. He was the older “little” brother to Edward Ronchelli. As a young family, they moved to Santa Rosa for Orlando’s business in produce. William attended St. Rose School and graduated from Santa Rosa High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at Santa Clara, he joined the ROTC program and later served for two years in the Army as a second lieutenant. While living and working in San Francisco, he met and courted Mary O’Leary at Saint Monica’s Parish. The Young Adult Monican Club was the start of many friendships that would last a lifetime. Bill and Mary married in SF and a year later settled in Santa Rosa, where they would eventually build the home where they raised their seven children. Bill went to work for his father in the wholesale/retail produce business known as Farmer’s Market on Mendocino Avenue, where they would remain in business together for 30 years. Bill had many interests. He loved spending time with his family and looked forward to his annual family trips to Graeagle, California. He had a passion for gardening and never lost his farmer’s touch, grafting his fruit trees and starting seedlings in his greenhouse. He was a loyal patron of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the theatre arts. He loved history and continuing education at Sonoma State and the Santa Rosa Jr. College. He was an avid swimmer and taught his children a deep appreciation of the outdoors. By example, he taught the importance of caring for others less fortunate and how this was an important part of his life. He was a man of deep faith, volunteering at Church, presiding at Communion services, and bringing Communion to the sick. He was a longtime supporter of both local and global charitable organizations and worked locally with Catholic Charities, Family Support Center, and Interfaith Shelter Network. Bill passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 5, 2017. He will be remembered for his warmth, kindness, generosity, and openhearted compassion—and for a smile that could light up a room. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, and survived by his loving brother, Edward, and sister-in-law Linda and family; devoted children Margaret, Denis Janie, Ray Cristi, Barbara, Daniel Rose, Maria Diane, and Owen Melanie; and grandchildren Colleen, Michelle, Katie, Dominic, Monica, Clara, Jessica, Enzo, and Anya.
Vincent A. DiTomaso ’50 (electrical engineering) died of heart failure peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on December 14, 2016. When Vince arrived at Santa Clara as a first year student, he joined a unique class of budding engineers—not just the usual fresh-faced high school grads, but also seasoned military veterans resuming their lives at the end of World War II. During his time at Santa Clara, Vince was a member of the Engineering Society, served as A.I.E.E. President, and was a member of the Saber Society, R.O.T.C. The Class of ’50 graduated a record 70 engineers who have gathered every single year since their graduation. Vince and fellow Broncos serving in the military even held a reunion in Korea in 1951. In 1964 Vince opened DiTomaso & Associates, an electrical engineering consulting firm in Van Nuys, California. Later, he became a principal with the consulting firm of Dalan Engineers in Northridge, and in 1997 was appointed to the State of California’s Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. In 2002, he was awarded the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. His son, Joe DiTomasso said, “We loved our father and his energy for life and his heart full of love. He very much loved Santa Clara University and I believe the proudest day of his life was when he received the Engineering School award. It is because of the lessons learned and the education received at Santa Clara that my father became the great man that he was.” Notes of condolence may be sent to the DiTomasso Family in care of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Thomas L. Sapunor Jr. '50 appears today here on what he referred to as the "Irish Sports Page." He was born and raised in Sacramento, the middle son of Thomas and Myrtle Fay Sapunor. He attended Marshall Elementary, St. Francis of Assisi Elementary and Christian Brothers High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1950. His beloved bride of 65 years, Johanna Hammans, and Tom began their married life together in San Francisco, where their first three children, Timothy, Sally and Jeanne were born. During that time, he survived a bout with polio that hospitalized him for months. Tom's promotion at Cal Western Life Insurance brought the family back to Sacramento, where sons Peter and Stephen '82 were born. Tom continued at Cal Western while attending night school at McGeorge College of Law. Upon admittance to the bar, he began his career as a Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County. After working with his brother John '41 (Treva Sapunor '41) at the Wilke, Fleury & Sapunor law firm, he continued his legal career working as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California for over 20 years. A quintessential gentleman and family man, Tom was a devoted friend, son, brother, husband, father and "Baba" who was proud of his Irish and Croatian immigrant heritage. He cherished time spent at the shores of Tahoe, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pajaro Dunes, Little River and Angel Island, and at Uncle George's cabin in Strawberry. Tom was an ardent supporter of his children's and grand-children's artistic and sporting pursuits; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, barbequing, cocktails, Gilbert and Sullivan, crosswords, Steve Nash and Kurt Rambis, sketching, reading, and traveling. One of Tom's favorite trips was journeying to Ireland in 1993 with old pals Delaney and Meyers. His favorite movie was "Dawn Patrol" with David Niven and Errol Flynn. Tom loved animals, especially his childhood hunting dog "Buff" and in later life, his Cavaliers Jane and Lucy. Tom was a faithful parishioner at Sacred Heart Church, serving as a lector for decades. In addition to his parents, Tom is predeceased by his uncle George Sapunor, brother the Hon. John M. Sapunor, sister Ellen, nephews Richard Thomas and Michael Benjamin Sapunor, niece Nancy Sapunor, mother-in-law Peggie Dayton, and son-in-law Tim Pfaff. Survived by wife Johanna, brother Dr. Philip Sapunor (Patricia), children Tim (Cathy), Sally, Jeanne (Ralph Davis), Pete (Suzy) and Stephen '82 (Allison), grandchildren Zack, Rita, Greg, Christine (Yosihai), Grace, Oona, Max, Caitlin, Hannah, Nicholas, Matthew, Rob (Katie), John, and Michael, and great-grandchild Alex. Also survived by nephew the Hon. Jack V. Sapunor '70 (Vicki), nephew Michael Sapunor (Nancy), niece Jenny Gysin (Warner), and grandnephews Patrick, Adam, Leo and Oscar.
Ellery Williams ’50 passed away in his home in Los Altos surrounded by his loving family. Born in St. Louis, MO, he and his parents, Kathryn and Harvey, younger brother, Dick, and his grandfather moved to Pasadena, CA when Ellery was 16 years old. He was a great athlete and competitor playing baseball and football in High School where he won many awards. After graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps where he hoped to become a pilot. However, the war ended before he was able to attain that goal. He returned to Pasadena to attend Muir Jr. College. After a semester, he was offered a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became an outstanding football player and again won many awards. He was part of the great 1950 Orange Bowl team that beat Kentucky.
The year 1950 was a very good one for Ellery. After graduation, he married his sweetheart, Joan. He was drafted by the S.F. 49ers but played for the New York Giants for a year in their successful season. Ellery and Joan moved to Palo Alto where he immediately was offered a position in the building industry. Ellery went on to eventually have his own window, glass, and mirror companies. Meanwhile, he continued his sports playing softball for many years as well as swimming, skiing, tennis, golf, and later bocce ball well into his 80s. They moved to Los Altos in 1955 and later had two children, Michael and Janice. As the children grew older, he coached their little league teams and girls softball teams. Ellery could build or fix anything, which he did around the house, church, and other places where he was helpful. He loved music and singing as well as fishing and camping which we did as a family. Ellery later had a very successful real estate career. He also took up painting and found his talent in watercolors. After he retired, he and Joan traveled extensively on almost every continent, whether by ship, plane, rail, or camper. Ellery is in the University of Santa Clara’s Athletic Hall of Fame and also in the Pasadena Court of Champions.
Ellery was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, and friend. We shall all miss him and his great sense of humor.
Arthur L. Shiffrar '50, 89, of Fremont, CA, died Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Born in Nipomo, CA, in 1926, Arthur was the sixth of Mary Buda Shiffrar and Joseph Shiffrar’s 12 children. From an early age, he adored the bounty of the Central Coast, enjoying hunting, rock hounding, fishing, and clamming.
Arthur graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and served as a Navy ship mechanic in the Pacific during World War II. With the help of a football scholarship and the GI Bill, Arthur graduated with a degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. In 1949, he married his long time sweetheart, Ruth Walsh. They settled in Fremont, where they lived for 50 years.
Ruth and Arthur enjoyed a wonderful life. With family and friends, they celebrated with laughter, drinks, tall tales, and Santa Maria-style BBQ. They traveled the world, most notably to Slovenia where they created new bonds with Arthur’s extended family.
Arthur established Art’s Cart Trucking in 1960. As the company grew, he mentored many young drivers. Art’s Cart trucks could be seen throughout California for nearly 30 years. Ruth and Arthur also established and successfully ran Gen Mar, a bed frame manufacturing company.
While he loved driving, especially sports cars, deer hunting was Arthur’s lifelong passion. He hunted simply, with an old rifle, a rich knowledge of animal behavior, and a desire for a clean shot. In later years, he enjoyed attending antique truck shows.
Arthur was pre-deceased by his wife, Ruth, and three siblings (Mary, Donald, and Joe). Arthur is survived by his daughters, Margaret and Genevieve, by Donna Boomershine, his companion in later life, by many siblings (Martin, Louise, George, Harold, Betty, Dolores, Barbara, and Richard) and by dozens of nieces and nephews.
Born June 24, 1928, in Viareggio, Italy, Arthur John Micheletti ’50 immigrated with his parents to San Francisco, meeting his future wife, Janice Botting, in eighth grade at St. Catherine Grammar School in Burlingame. They were married for 59 years until her passing in 2008. He was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory, Class of ’46. A 62-year parishioner of St. Nicholas Church, he was also a veteran of the Army National Guard and worked as an investment banker for Bank of America until retirement. He and Janice traveled the world; however, their favorite vacation spot was Twain Harte, California, which they enjoyed with family and friends. A 56-year resident of Los Altos Hills, Arthur passed away on June 1 surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 88 years old. Arthur was predeceased by his wife, Janice, and brother Mel Micheletti ’53. He is survived by Linda Sweeney (Dan), Art A. Micheletti ’75, MBA ’78 (Patricia), Elaine Bedell MBA ’85, Janice Micheletti, Mark Micheletti ’80, MBA ’87 (Susan), and Carol Galli (Jim); 15 grandchildren, including Kathryn Galli ’11 and Gina Micheletti ’15; and seven great-grandchildren.
William “Bill” Roman ’51 spent his life providing for others through his work, his family, and his beloved country. He was born to hardworking, immigrant parents—Peter Roman of Rome, Italy, and Ida Salo of Helsinki, Finland. He grew up in San Francisco and worked in his parent’s bakery. Bill was devoted to his parents and helped with the ranch when they retired to Geyserville, California. He left school at age 16 to join the Navy and attended SCU at the urging of his Irish Navy chums. He found faith and converted to Catholicism, which would drive his life of service. He graduated from SCU in 1951 with a degree in civil engineering. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Roxanne, at Mission Santa Clara. He completed a master’s degree in engineering from UC Berkeley while working at Brown and Caldwell. He studied at the University of London, where he and Roxanne enjoyed living and traveling in Great Britain and Europe. They had four rambunctious children, and his career led him from San Francisco to Sacramento to eventually Los Altos. He was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and his life’s work was in water treatment and water resource management for both Sacramento and Santa Clara Counties. Bill’s projects included flood control, safe drinking water, waste management, and water reclamation. With true excitement, he moved from one water project to the next, including Yosemite, South Lake Tahoe, Diego Garcia, and the San Luis and Aswan dams. When he wasn’t working at his usual job, he was working for the US Army Corps of Engineers and other consultants. He was a member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina NATO Peacekeeping Forces chartered to find clean water for the 10,000 troops stationed there. He later started a second career as a teacher and taught at Gonzaga University, Menlo College, and Foothill College. Bill passed on the values of hard work, education, family participation, and doing for others to his children: Teresa, Michael, Marie, and Steven; grandchildren: John, Peter, Jordan, Gabriel, Juliana, Ashley, and Natalia; and his great-grandchildren: Charlotte and John V. He has influenced his grandchildren’s accomplishments, from education to sports to community service. It was hard to slow Bill down, and when lymphoma hit him, he brought the same drive and determination. He lived another 25 years before being called home peacefully in his sleep on July 8, 2017.
Paul William Bachan J.D. ’51 was a loyal and true friend to many. His generosity, care and willingness to help out when needed were deeply appreciated by all who knew him. He was born at the family ranch in Watsonville on May 8, 1926, to Luke G. and Marie P. Bachan. He attended Watsonville public schools and graduated from Watsonville High in 1944. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he enrolled at SCU and received his law degree in 1951. Bill married Karen M. Hansen after a three-year romance on June 20, 1950. They soon moved back to Watsonville to set up their home and begin raising their family. He practiced law in Santa Cruz County from June 12, 1952, through April 30, 2008. He was the senior partner of Bachan, Skillicorn and Marinovich, and then became “Of Counsel” with the firm of Allen & Allen.
Dedicated to public and community service, Bill was a past president of the Watsonville “20–30 Club,” served as chief assistant district attorney, 1956–59, was a past president of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. Bill served on the board of directors at Watsonville Federal Savings and Loan Association and its successor, Monterey Bay Bank, from 1954 through 2001. He also served on the board of trustees of Watsonville Community Hospital, Santa Cruz County Community Foundation, and the board of fire commissioners of the Salsipuedes Fire District. He was a life member of the 32rd Marine Division Association, a perpetual member of the Marine’s Memorial Association, and a member of the Military Order of The Purple Heart. He served on the Santa Cruz Board of Education and on the Santa Cruz County Parole Board. He was a board member of the Pajaro Valley Historical Association, and he served on the Landmark Restoration Corporation, which facilitated the restoration of St. Patrick’s Church after the 1989 earthquake.
An avid hunter, Bill was also active in Duck’s Unlimited and the California Waterfowl Association of which he served on the state board of directors for six years. He derived great joy through all his years of hunting with friends as well as his sons and grandsons. Bill enjoyed playing tennis for many years and was a founding member of the Tennis Club of Rio Del Mar. Besides the joy of sharing life with their four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Bill and Karen also enjoyed the company of their four-legged family members, including black Labrador retrievers, “Yorkies,” and a papillon. Bill was a member of the Knight’s of Columbus, and he and Karen are members of St. Patrick’s Parish. One of his great passions was the San Francisco Giants. His kids and grandkids loved going with their dad and grandpa to Giants’ stadiums to cheer on the “orange and black.” Karen and Bill also shared a love of travel. They explored the United States extensively, including annual trips to Hawaii with friends and family. Highlights include trips to Europe, Canada, South America, Mexico, and South Sea Islands.
Bill died peacefully at home on June 15. He was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Catherine “Kate,” and his brother, Luke. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen; his four children: Paul (Betty), Ginny (Scott) Taylor of Watsonville, Kris (David) Franceschi, and David (Valerie) of Aptos; his cherished eight grandchildren: Tina (Matt), Ryan (Andrea), Jaime (Patrick), Matt, Blane, (Kylie), Joel, Brad, and Jarred; 10 great-grandchildren: Avary, Kyalie, Gabby, Tiernan, Taylor, Jack, Cruz, Charlie, Brooklyn, and Weston; his sister, Allis Marie (Bob) McCormack of San Mateo; nieces and nephews; and by numerous beloved cousins, including Joanna Jurich, Luane Vidak, and Cathy Schimpler. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Bill’s caregivers, including Lucy, the Visiting Angels, particularly Maureen, Roberta, Jennifer, and Crystal. Also, Hospice of Santa Cruz County provided much appreciated and caring end-of-life support to Bill and his family.
Lawrence “Larry” Johnston ’51 was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in San Francisco to Lawrence Leo and Ruth Commins Johnston. He graduated from Santa Clara University before serving in the Army. Upon his discharge, he had a successful and rewarding career with Bank of America. His extensive volunteer work included Stanford Hospital Eucharistic Ministry, the Salvation Army, St. Francis Center, and the Menlo Park Historical Association. Larry was a man of unmatched faith, wit, professionalism, sophistication, and the best one-liners. Patriarch of his family and absolutely loved by his community, he was Irish by roots but Italian in sensibility and a lover of Manhattans, good food, fine shoes, Fox News and all things Menlo Park. Larry passed away on Jan. 11, 2016, in his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by three sons, Tim (JoAnn), Dan, and Walter; his wife, Lynne; and their daughter, Molly. Larry was blessed with five grandchildren who loved him dearly: Caitlin, Allison, Kyle, Nadine, and Cole. He is also survived by his sister, Eveleen Lopez, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Peggy, and son, Patrick.
Jack Robert Marasti '51 passed away at Mercy Hospital in Merced, CA, on October 8, 2016, surrounded by his family and loved ones. Born in Grindstone, PA, he was the youngest of three children by Alex and Jenny Marasti. After the family relocated to Merced, he entered John Muir Elementary as a 3rd grader and graduated from Merced Union High School District in 1947 with the honor of receiving the MUHSD Science and Math Award. Jack then attended Santa Clara University for his undergraduate degree, graduating in 1951 at the top of his class. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he attended U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. At the age of 24, he became an auto dealer, starting the Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth family business which he successfully ran with his wife Patricia Marasti for 35 years - eventually becoming the second oldest Chrysler dealership on the west coast. After the passing of his beloved wife of 52 years, Jack stayed active and contributed to his community by becoming a substitute teacher for MUHSD. He loved substitute teaching and sharing his vast knowledge and experience with the students. He proudly continued to substitute teach until his passing at 87 years old. He is survived by his children Noreen Bianchi, Michael Marasti '75 (Santa), Peggy LaRocque (Brian), and Robert Marasti. His son Mark Marasti preceded him in death. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, including Richard L. Bianchi '96, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Jack is also survived by his dear friend Lydia Lobdell. He was a true family man, patriarch of his family, and will be deeply missed.
James Kent O’Rourke ’52 was born May 26, 1930, in Colusa, California, to Harold and Elizabeth O’Rourke. After graduating from high school in Colusa and earning his B.A. in history from SCU, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and quickly completed Officers’ School in time to serve in the Korean War. On June 28, 1958, he married Claire Gail Garrison in Washington, D.C. The couple moved to various posts in the U.S. During this time, Jim earned his master’s from West Texas State University. He and Gail moved overseas, where he served two tours in Vietnam. Retiring from the Marine Corps in 1978, he started a construction company in Alexandria, Virginia, and became very active in the revitalization and preservation of historic Old Town Alexandria. Jim passed away on March 4 at Belvoir Woods Heath Care Center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Some of his favorite times were spent bird watching in his beautiful garden, cheering on his grandson at baseball games, and listening to his granddaughter play clarinet. Jim is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gail. He is survived by his brother, Charles Lawrence O’Rourke, nephew Ryan O’Rourke and niece Paula O’Rourke Calderone, daughter Gratia O’Rourke Barnett, and grandchildren Claire and Jacob Barnett.
Francis “Frank” Michael Heffernan Jr. ’52 loved his friends, faith, and school, his SF Giants, Irish heritage, and cocktail hour—and most importantly and unconditionally, his family. Born in 1930 to Frank and Florence Heffernan, Frank was the youngest of five. Betty, Joan, Florence and Mary, his four sisters (whom he adored) preceded him in death. Born during the Depression and raised during World War II, Frank was fond of telling stories about San Francisco during that time. At 9 years old he was struck by polio, which became a defining moment in his life. Following a year in the hospital, he regained his ability to walk by swimming at the Olympic Club, which became a lifelong passion. (Earlier this year, the Olympic Club recognized Frank as one of its longest active members; he was also a former vice president of the club.) Frank grew up in the West Portal district of San Francisco, graduated from St. Cecilia’s grammar school and St. Ignatius High School, then followed in his father’s footsteps to Santa Clara University, where he swam and played water polo. Frank’s lifelong commitment and dedication to the school included coaching the water polo team in the 1950s—and more recently serving as a regent. Carrying on the family tradition, Frank’s children are also Santa Clara graduates. There was no prouder moment than when the fourth Francis Michael Heffernan ’16 graduated last year. After a brief stint at Stanford law school, Frank began his 50-year career in the insurance industry: first with SF-based Cosgrove/Marsh Mc Clennan before starting his own insurance company, Heffernan, Keiler and Doble, in 1963. In 1985, he sold his company to the Chicago-based Arthur J. Gallagher, ran its West Coast operation, and served on the board of directors before retiring in 2001. In 1952, he met Lenore Bertagna, who later became his wife, but it took another six years before they headed down the aisle at St. Vincent de Paul in 1958. Frank and Lenore moved to Greenbrae, California, in 1960, where they raised their family and became active members of the community. Frank’s lifelong devotion to the Catholic Church took on many roles: He was a parishioner at St. Cecilia’s in San Francisco and St. Sebastian’s and St. Anselm’s in Marin; a board member of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose and deeply involved with their school, Immaculate Conception Academy, and their work with the Cristo Rey program; and finally as a Knight of Malta, where he proudly participated in the establishment of a free medical clinic in Oakland. Frank also served as president of the Serra Club and sat on finance committees of several dioceses and archdiocese in Northern California. One of his proudest roles with the Catholic Church was his involvement with St. Mary’s Cathedral, where he served as president of its first board of regents. In addition to spending time with family, attending Giants games, and entertaining friends at their Ross home and ranch in Calistoga, Frank and Lenore loved traveling the world, visiting over 100 countries and collecting art, friends, and memories along the way! Surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends, Frank died in the comfort of his Ross home on Tuesday morning after a short illness. He was 86 years old. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lenore; his sons and their spouses, F. “Mike” Heffernan ’80 and Kristen, John, and Margie, and his daughter Ann Marie Heffernan ’84 and spouse Scott. Frank has nine loving grandchildren: Braeda, Michael, Olivia, Sofia, Boots, Isabella, Chase, Alexandra, and Samantha.
Eugene L. Torre ’52, age 87, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Therese; four daughters, Jule Torre ’77, Jeanne Torre ’77, Mary Ursula Hurley ’79 (Brian Hurley ’79, MBA ’80) and Katie Blocker ’89 (Chris Blocker ’89); and five grandchildren. He led a full life rooted in his Catholic faith, family, and travel. His love affair with Santa Clara began in 1948 when he was a freshman and continued through the rest of his life. A member of the Gianera Society, he was a longtime supporter of the Bronco Bench Foundation.