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Tom Mollard '50 passed away January 21. As part of the indomitable Class of '50 engineers who have met annually without fail since their graduation, Tom will be especially missed.
The 89-year-old long time Los Altos resident passed away from internal injuries suffered from a fall a week earlier.
His wife, Ann, preceded him death when she passed away in 2009 and his sister, Roberta Mollard Pavlakis, in 2000. Tom is survived by his 2 daughters, Susan (husband Ron) Glaze, Monterey, CA and Kitty (husband Jack) Friel, of Millis, MA, three grandchildren, Jack, Casey and Ryan and 3 great grandchildren, sisters in law Mary Durkin and Eileen McAvoy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was born and raised in Oakland, CA. His father died when he was 6 and his mother raised him and his older sister, Roberta, as a single mom during the Depression. Tom was a proud graduate of St. Joseph High School, class of 1944 in Alameda. Immediately upon graduating he joined the Navy where he saw duty in the Pacific on the USS Coughlan during World War II. When the war ended, he attended Santa Clara University where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. The discipline and faith he learned from his high school and college never left him and he attributed his success in business and as a husband and father to these institutions.
He met the love of his life, Ann, at the German Club in Oakland in 1949. They were married in 1951 and soon moved to Walnut Creek. In 1959 the family moved to Los Altos where he lived the remainder of his life.
Tom stayed in close contact with his high school and college friends. His engineering class at Santa Clara University has held a reunion every year since 1950. He also attended many WWII reunions with his former shipmates.
Tom started his career with the Atomic Energy Commission and eventually was president of his own company, Mollard Marketing. He was a long time member of the Electronics Representative Association and a past director of Wescon.
Timothy P. Murphy '50, MS '76 Nov. 12, 2015. Born with his sister Patricia at O’Connor Hospital on Dec. 2, 1925. A World War II Army Veteran he spent 50 years in the electronics industry. He is survived by his wife Margaret, six children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Robert Finocchio Sr. '50, born Dec. 3, 1928 and a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on August 31 at the age of 86 with his loving wife and children by his side. Born and raised in San Francisco, Bob attended St. Ignatius High School and in 1950, graduated from Santa Clara University. In the summer following graduation, Bob married Virginia Arata of Ross, California, with whom he celebrated a 65th wedding anniversary on August 19th of this year. Bob had a long and successful career with the Bank of America where he started as a teller and nearly 40 years later, retired as a senior executive. Bob's work at the bank served to finance the transition of the Santa Clara Valley from an agricultural economy to the Silicon Valley we know today. Bob was also a dedicated alumnus of Santa Clara University, serving as a member of the Board of Fellows for many years. He loved hunting and golf and was an avid sports fan. Most of all, Bob was a devoted husband and father who created a family life filled with fun, laughter, and many wonderful traditions. In addition to his wife, Virginia, Bob is survived by his seven children: Robert J. Finocchio Jr. ’73 (Susan), who has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at SCU; Suzanne Rollin, Marianne Jackson, Judy Schebetta, Alan Finocchio, Chris Finocchio (Tiffany), and Melissa Burdekin (John), his seventeen grandchildren, Alex, Amanda, Bryce, Chris, Erik, David, Garth, Gray, Joseph, Jonathan, Kyle, Matthew, Madeleine, Nathaniel, Nick, Peter, Ryan, and his five great grandchildren, Brendan, Everett, Jasmine, Max, and Parker. A funeral Mass was held on Sept. 11 at the Mission Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scholarship Fund at Santa Clara University.
Richard DiNapoli '50, resident of Los Gatos, passed away peacefully at his Los Gatos home on Aug. 22, 2015, surrounded by his wife Lynette of 61 years, and his immediate family. He was 88 years old.
Dick was born in San Jose, CA to Frank and Edna DiNapoli. He was the eldest brother to Shirlee DiNapoli Schiro and J. "Phil" DiNapoli J.D. '64. Dick was a graduate of Bellarmine High School and Santa Clara University and served in World War II as a Merchant Marine.
Dick was blessed with a long and successful career managing Sun Garden Packing Company. For 55 years, Sun Garden canned peaches, apricots and tomatoes in San Jose employing thousands of loyal and hardworking Santa Clara residents. Dick had a genuine interest in people and treated everyone he met with kindness and respect. When Sun Garden closed in 1994, it was the last remaining tomato processor in "The Valley of Heart's Delight".
Along with his wife and siblings, Dick is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard "Rick" '77 and Julie, Rob and Karin, Matt and Gretchen, seven grandchildren Gina, Emerson, Elizabeth, Aaron, Madison, Christopher, Justin and two great grandchildren, Bowyn and Rocco; most of whom joined Dick and Lynette each and every Sunday for dinner.
Dick will be remembered for his patience, loyalty and gentile demeanor. He had a zest for life and a desire not to miss out on anything, especially if it involved family. He exited this world exactly how he lived it, with grace and dignity.
George A. Stein '50 passed away peacefully at his Napa home on Sept. 11, 2015.
George was born on Jan. 6, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri to Melvin and Hattie Stein. The family moved to Napa in 1938. He graduated from Napa High in 1946 and received a full basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara, where he graduated with a BS degree in commerce. George served in the Army for two years at the time of the Korean War. Following his time in the service, he began his minor league baseball career with the Yankees farm club. During this time he met and married Shirley Russell. They moved to Napa in 1954 and George started working at Basalt Rock Company and became involved in the Napa community, serving on the Civil Service Commission and the Grand Jury. When Basalt was later purchased by Dillingham Corporation he was appointed Vice President of Labor Relations and continued to be greatly respected and known as a man of his word. George retired from Dillingham in 1994 and immediately started his new career as Administrator of the California Field Iron Workers Administrative Trust. He retired on December 31, 2013 just a few days shy of his 85th birthday. George was very proud of the fact that he never missed a paycheck in 59 years of work.
In 1985 George married Carol Hamon Jones and they just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They enjoyed traveling and reached their goal of visiting the capitols of all 50 states. Additionally, they found time to travel to all 58 county seats in California.
George loved all sports and was an avid bowler and golfer. He was always grateful for what his sports career at Napa High had done for his life. It gave him the opportunity to attend the University of Santa Clara on a basketball scholarship. Because he wanted to acknowledge the important part the NHS Athletic Department had in his life and the lives of many other students, he led the effort to create the Napa High Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation. He thought it was a fitting way to celebrate the 1997 Napa High School 100 year anniversary. George’s older brother Mel was inducted in its inaugural year and George followed in 2000.
George is survived by his wife Carol; his children Linda Fitzgerald of San Luis Obispo, James (Dianna) of Lodi and Susan of Napa; his stepdaughter Amanda Jones of Napa; and his multiple grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother Mel and his stepdaughter Karen Jones Shubin.
Joseph Vincent Reynolds Jr. '52 passed away on July 10th at his home in Napa. He was born on May 18th, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA to parents Joseph Vincent Reynolds Sr. and Helena Ingaborg Strom. He had one sibling, Patricia Reynolds, born in 1930. He graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles. After graduation he joined the Army and served a one year tour of duty with the 69th Division of engineers in Korea. Upon returning home he enrolled at the University of Santa Clara on the GI bill and obtained a B.S. in engineering in 1952. During his senior year in 1951 he met his future wife, Carol (Hinds) Reynolds, when mutual friends introduced them on a blind date. Following graduation Joe was called back into the Army and served a second one year tour in Korea, this time with the 235th Field Engineers. Following his discharge from the Army, Joe and Carol were married in Los Angeles in April of 1954. Joe?s career in civil engineering began in Los Angeles, then Burbank, then Santa Paula, and in 1960 the family moved to Walnut Creek when he began working for the Bechtel Corporation. In 1966 he was hired by the Public Works Department of Napa and the family moved to Napa in 1967. In 1968 Joe moved to the Napa County Flood Control District office and later became Chief Flood Control Engineer. In 1976 Joe returned to work for Bechtel and spent time in Saudi Arabia working on the engineering and implementation of the water systems for the city of Jubail. He retired in 1994. Joe was a loving and beloved family man, and most enjoyed time spent with his family and working around his property in Napa. He was a gracious and genial host to extended family and friends as he and Carol hosted many parties and family reunions over the years. Joe also enjoyed spending time in nature, having developed a love of backpacking early in his marriage. He took several trips with his children to the Trinity National Forest in northern California. Even into his early 70s, he went on solo backpacking trips. An avid reader, he shared that love by reading out loud to his children. He and youngest daughter Amy would read to each other in later years. Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol Reynolds, children Teresa Reynolds, Mary Jane Reynolds, Shannon Victor '85, Ann Reynolds, Amy Reynolds and daughter in law Vanessa Waddy. He was preceded in death by children Kathleen Crews, Christopher Reynolds and Timothy Reynolds. His grandchildren are Andrew Crews, Bethany Crews, Emily Crews, Brian Crews, Langston Waddy-Reynolds, Moira Waddy-Reynolds, Neemah Waddy-Reynolds, Helena Victor and Liam Reynolds.
Dr. John W. McMahon Sr. '53 died April 28, 2015, with his family by his side. Born in Butte on the same date in 1931, he wrote an incredible life story in the 84 years from his first to his last breath.
Jack was the third of four children born to Brandon and Anita McMahon. While attending the Catholic schools in Butte, he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, all while maintaining a perfect grade point average. Summers working in the mines were no doubt the cause for his academic success because he “never wanted to do hard labor for the rest of his life.” Uncle Jack Doherty promised to pay his college expenses as long as A’s were the only marks he received. After graduating from Boys Central in 1948, he went on to play football and baseball at Santa Clara University. Summers were spent in Montana playing semi-professional baseball in the Copper League, working in the mines, and building what would eventually become the family cabin at Georgetown Lake.
Although Jack debated between the priesthood or a career in coaching, he eventually decided medicine was his calling. This led him to St. Louis University Medical School, where he met Joan Livingston in his Biochem class. His relentless pursuit paid off when she accepted his marriage proposal, despite the fact that she had two other dates scheduled for later that night. They married on Dec. 10, 1955. In 59 years, he never forgot to tell her he loved her each night and how fortunate he was to have been the one she chose . . . despite the efforts of her parents and at least one of those suitors trying to talk her out of marrying that boy from Montana.
While completing his residency in general, vascular and thoracic surgery in St. Louis, he and Joanie welcomed Jack Jr., Steve, Joan Marie, and Joe. In 1962, they moved to Helena, where Jack began his practice at St. John’s, and St. Peter’s Hospital. They added Mary Anne, Mike, Tim, Mary Ellen, Tom, and Dick (mom’s favorite) to the family. Jack was famous for telling people that when the priest said to go forth and propagate, he thought he was responsible for the whole world. He and Joanie also welcomed their home to countless others, most importantly, Ramon Rodriquez, Kathy Battrick, and Charlie, Ron, Nancy and Sunny Mott. He taught his children that serving God meant serving those around them, learn from today and do better tomorrow, and if you are having a bad day, “get your ass to church.”
Along with his 31-year medical career, Jack was committed to serving his community through a number of professional medical organizations, the Catholic Church, and the Helena athletic community. For all of his kids and grandkids, he did his best to make every game they participated in as either a competitor or coach. He was a fixture on the sidelines or in the stands at both Capital and Helena High, Carroll College, Utah State, University of Louisville, and SEVERAL NFL teams (sorry Tom). In addition to his love of athletics, he had a deep appreciation for spending time in all that Montana has to offer. Pack trips, float trips, hunting camp, and summers at the Georgetown/ Lincoln cabins were some of his family and friends greatest adventures.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Edward; his parents, Brandon and Anita; siblings, Steve, Tom, and Mary Jo; and his lifelong friends -- John and Alice Hale, Roy and Billie Rule, and Dick and Marge Fryhover.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children and their spouses; and over 50 grandchildren.
Richard R. Roderick '54 passed away on Nov. 30, 2015, in Oakland after a long illness. He was 83. He was a member of the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society, which builds SCU’s endowment and ensures it will have the financial resources to provide educational opportunities for future generations.
William "Bill" Martin Brunkow '55 died on Jan. 28, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; children David, Mary, and Paul; granddaughters Lauren, Devon, and Kennedy; and sister Peg VanHoomissen.
Bill was born on August 3, 1932 to Clarence and Evelyn Brunkow in Portland; he is predeceased by his sister Catherine Brunkow.
Bill grew up in Portland and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1950. He attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1955 with a BA in Civil Engineering. He served in the US Army Corps of Engineers until 1957, spending most of that time stationed in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He married Elizabeth Lowell in 1957, and continued working in Newfoundland for an additional 2 years as a civilian with the Corps of Engineers.
Back in Portland in 1959, Bill began his building career working for Douglas Lowell Inc., and continued in home building and light commercial construction for nearly 40 years.
Bill enjoyed family activities, golfing, playing volleyball, and travels to the Oregon Coast. He had a particular fondness for his dogs Curly, Maggie, Tucker, and Sage and always had a treat in his pocket for any dog he encountered. He was known for his outstanding memory (college sports trivia a particular strength) and knack for wordplay and puns.
Bill valued his membership of nearly 50 years in St. John Fisher Parish and his friends there. He participated for many years in the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he received and contributed mutual understanding and camaraderie. Bill’s family expresses their gratitude to the Internal Medicine doctors and nurses at Emanuel Hospital.
John Philip Taglio '58 died on Dec. 9, 2014. A native of Modesto, California, he built a storied career in the building industry throughout the state as president of Morrison Homes, while residing in Northern California. In 1996, he was inducted into the Builder's Hall of Fame, a prestigious and honorable award for excellence and professionalism. In 1997 he and his wife, Carol, retired and shared their time between Sun Valley, Idaho, and Kauai, Hawaii. John was instrumental in building the new Koloa Missionary Church in Kauai and was recognized for his integrity and compassion for his fellow man. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Tory and Lane (Hilary); daughter Shae Aicher (Shawn); and four grandchildren.