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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.
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.
Joseph “Joe” Richard Dunlap ’50 was proud to be born on the South Side of Chicago on June 25, 1920. He was raised by his mother, Madeline, aunts Laura and Florence, and uncle Joe. He loved sharing his memories of Chicago: getting Babe Ruth’s autograph and delivering the morning paper to Al Capone were some of his favorites. Joe was a graduate of Leo High School. He served in World War II in the Navy and realized the value of an education. After the war, he utilized the GI Bill and attended Santa Clara University. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s in economics. During his college years, he played baseball and remained lifelong friends with many of his teammates, including Charlie Bedolla ’50, Bob Ferrari ’50, and Jack Smrekar ’50. During college, Joe met Ann McLaughlin, and they married on Nov. 19, 1950, raising their four daughters in San Carlos, California. Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of St. Charles, were he coached seventh-grade basketball and ran the beverage stand for the annual carnival. Motivated by the knowledge that minorities were unable to be homeowners, Joe served on the San Carlos Human Relations Commission. He worked for Bethlehem Steel for 32 years as the superintendent of the rebar department. After retirement, Joe and Ann spent their time at the “Irish Pete’s Place” family cabin in Echo Summit near South Lake Tahoe, California, at their home in Seal Beach, California, and did a fair amount of traveling. Joe stayed an active man throughout his life. He played golf, was a regular walker and jogger, and at the age of 90 was even entered into the Hall of Fame for the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club. One of Joe’s favorite golf memories was playing at St. Andrews golf course in Scotland, where he shot a hole in one. On Jan. 3, 2016, he passed on following a great life of 95 years. He is welcomed into heaven by his wife, Ann, mother Madeline, aunts Laura and Florence, uncles Joe and Emmet, and in-laws Peter, Anita, Jim, Dick, Ann, Babs, and Glenna. Daughters Terry, Marty, Mary, and Julie Dunlap ’82; son-in-laws Tom, Jake, Bruce, and Kevin; and grandchildren Matelund, Hillary, Dorian, Carson, Alex, and Aidan will miss his wit, wisdom, and charisma.
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.
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.
Andrew “Buzz” Harrington Jr. ’51 was born on Aug. 9, 1929, in Fort Worth, Texas, where his father played minor league baseball. Over the next dozen years, his family moved to different baseball locations, including Boise, Twin Falls, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco, where his father played for and later managed minor league teams. Andy was always darting around the team clubhouse as a youngster and was nicknamed “Buzz” by his dad’s teammates, a nickname that stuck for life. Buzz’s family settled in Boise at the end of his dad’s baseball career managing the Boise Pilots. He and his dad, Andy Sr., mom Lilian, and sister Pats formed a tight-knit family that was active at St. Mary’s Church and in the community. Buzz graduated in 1947 from Boise High School, where he was a star football, basketball, and baseball athlete and was voted (unexpected to him, but sincerely appreciated) senior class president. The Braves won state championships in football and basketball his senior year, and took second in baseball. Buzz went on to play four years of baseball on scholarship at Santa Clara University, and sports remained forever a big part of his life. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War for four years after college and was stationed in Alabama and Okinawa. He attended law school at the University of Idaho and practiced law for over 30 years, beginning at the Idaho Transportation Department and continuing in private practice as a deft litigator at Langroise Sullivan and Anderson Kaufman. Buzz was an avid reader his entire life, especially enjoying history, politics, philosophy, theology, and fiction. He had a revolving stack of library books at his table at all times, with his ubiquitous dictionary nearby. He was a daily visitor at Idaho’s Boise and BSU libraries in retirement and greatly enjoyed his time there with his coffee at the ready. Buzz also liked classic movies and enjoyed sharing memories with his usual good humor. He was a devout Catholic and a regular at daily Mass. He felt that Catholic principles provided the proper guide for life, especially the focus on caring for the less fortunate. All six of his children went through St. Mary’s and Bishop Kelly, and his grandchildren have followed the same educational path in Boise and Portland, Oregon. His Catholic faith carried on to the athletic field, where he was a huge fan of Notre Dame and Bishop Kelly sports. Buzz was proud to win the first lifetime Bishop Kelly fan award a couple years ago, based on his long career attending BK sports, watching his children and grandchildren, and all classes in between. Speaking of grandchildren, Buzz quickly became “Papa” in 1991 with the onset of his 11 grandkids. He was a devoted grandfather to each and followed their activities and sports with a keen interest. Buzz greatly enjoyed his 23 years of retirement and felt blessed to retain his health and mental sharpness until the very end. On Aug. 21, 2017, Buzz passed away in Boise at age 88 with his family by his side. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and is already tremendously missed. Buzz is survived by his children and their spouses Andy (Debbie), Pat (Kathleen), Jamie (Katie), Julie, Teresa, all of Boise, and John (Ramona) of Portland, and by his grandchildren Elena, Andy, Monica, Jo Jo, Celia, Gabi, Amaia, Alicia, Callan, Emma, and Erin.
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.
Claude John Boyd, Jr. '52 passed away on November 18, 2016. He was a proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1952. He worked as an engineer at Sperry, Lockheed, Fairchild Instrument, Dalmo Victor and, most notably, IBM where he retired in 1990. He leaves his beloved wife, Evelyn Boyd, and his family, son Brian Boyd and Brian's wife Loriann Casillas and grandsons Connor Boyd, Kyle Boyd and Cameron Boyd as well as Claude's devoted daughter Corine DeLeon, Corine's husband Joe and grandsons Christian DeLeon, Alexander DeLeon, Jevan DeLeon and granddaughters Rebecca DeLeon and Marciella DeLeon Cantu.
Charles Hawkins ’52 was born in San Francisco to Walter and Eleanor Hawkins and grew up in Nevada City, California. He graduated from Nevada City High School, attended Placer Junior College and Santa Clara University, and graduated from the University of San Francisco after serving in the United States Air Force. Charlie passed away peacefully on July 11, 2017, in Roswell, Georgia, after living a full life of 86 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Jean McGurty Hawkins, and is survived by three children, Gail (Doug) Bible of Roswell, Chuck (Melinda) Hawkins of Irvine, California, and Julie (Lauren) Downum of Orinda as well as grandchildren Christopher, Kaitlin and Andrew Bible, Everton Hawkins, and Sarah and Emily Downum.
Following graduation from SCU, William J. Brady ’53 went on to study at Oregon Health Sciences University, receiving his M.D. in forensic pathology. He was elected county coroner and served as Oregon State Medical Examiner until 1985, when he went into private practice. William was a well-known expert witness in legal and law enforcement circles of Portland, Oregon, and he authored a textbook on forensic pathology. He died on May 10, 2017, at the age of 85 and leaves behind his wife, Mary Lou, five daughters, and 14 grandchildren.
Thomas A. Hemker ’53 was born in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Sept. 21, 1929, and grew up in Sandusky, Ohio. Upon completion of high school, he moved to California to attend SCU, receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Tom later pursued and received degrees in electrical engineering and business administration. He married sweetheart Barbara on June 13, 1953, the same day as his college graduation. It was a busy day, with his graduation ceremony in the morning and his wedding in the afternoon. He and Barbara were inseparable from the time they met as university students, and were always together and best friends during their 63 years of marriage.
Efficiency was always important to Tom! The Korean War was in full swing and soon after they were married, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving as an engineer at bases in Maryland and Utah. After the war, the couple returned to California, and Tom became part of the burgeoning aerospace industry. As an engineer specializing in missile guidance systems, he worked for Rockwell, Lockheed, MIT, and Hughes. While at MIT, he helped build the guidance systems that took the Apollo astronauts to the Moon and back. After leaving the aerospace industry, Tom became a high school physics teacher and taught for 15 years at Riverside Polytechnic High School. Although he enjoyed teaching, Tom eventually returned to engineering, working for the Department of the Navy during the last 10 years of his career. He and Barbara lived for over 50 years in Villa Park, California, and participated in many city activities and groups, although their priorities in life were family, education, and travel. They shared the responsibilities of parenthood equally and traveled extensively, visiting dozens of countries and every continent, save for Antarctica. Joining daughter Cathleen, Tom left this world on April 7, 2017. His wife died a few months later. He is survived by his two sons, Tom and Rob, two daughters-in-law, Marilyn and Rebecca, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews.
Louis Melvin “Mel” Pollard Jr. ’53 was born on March 6, 1930, in Redwood City and was recognized as the distinguished military graduate at SCU. He was commissioned as a regular Army officer in 1953 and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona. His long career in the Army included tours overseas in Iceland, Korea, Vietnam, and Germany, as well as domestic postings in Fort Lewis, Fort Sill, Colorado Springs, Fort Lee, and at the intelligence school in Fort Huachuca, from which he retired on July 4, 1975. Mel loved to travel and saw Russia, China, and most of Europe. He was very proud of a certificated “Hole in One” at the Mayan Palace in Acapulco, Mexico, which he and his wife visited every year. He resided in Tucson, Arizona, for 37 years, where he was the personnel director for Catholic Community Services. Mel was active in the Knights of Columbus at the parish of Saint Thomas the Apostle, where he served as Grand Knight of the Fourth Degree and Faithful Navigator. He died on Aug. 7, 2017, in Marietta, Georgia, and is survived by his children, Louis Melvin III, Angela, Erin, and Timothy, and by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was married to Jeanne Therese Pollard nee Tabscott for 54 years.
John W. McMahon ’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 84 years, from his first to last breath.
Jack was the third of four children born to Brandon and Anita McMahon. While attending Catholic schools in Butte, he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, all while maintaining a perfect GPA. 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 Butte Central in 1948, he went on to play football and baseball at SCU. Summers were spent in Montana playing semiprofessional 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 and 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 a biochemistry 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, Montana, 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-one 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’s 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 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 more than 50 grandchildren.
A lifelong resident of San Jose, Joe Ramona ’53 was born on July 11, 1931, to Italian immigrant parents George and Marie Ramona. He was married to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Joanne Dudley, for 65 years; she preceded him in death in 2016. Joe was a standout Bay Area football player at Lincoln High School and Santa Clara University, going on to play for the New York Giants, where he started his rookie year. After his year with the Giants, he served two years as an officer in the United States Army, and from there went on to be a successful businessman. Over the years he continued to be an avid Bay Area sports fan of the 49ers and San Francisco Giants. Joe loved the many years of Sunday family dinners and summer vacations at their mountain home on Donner Lake. He also had a green thumb, growing beautiful vegetable gardens every summer in his backyard. On Aug. 17, Joe died peacefully at home at the age of 86. His only sibling, Ralph Ramona, preceded him in death. Joe is survived by his four children, Gregg (Val), Jeff (Doreen), Dave Ramona ’82, Jodi (Michael); 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He will be forever missed.
Born in Los Angeles on June 28, 1931—the youngest of Mary and Cornelius Buckley’s three sons—Gerald Albert Buckley ’53 spent his earliest years in Los Angeles in the lively embrace of Irish forebears. After briefly attending St. John Military Academy and St. Agnes School, Gerald enrolled at St. Matthew School. Having moved to the Bay Area, he attended Serra High School and Bellarmine College Prep before advancing to Santa Clara University. On Aug. 14, 1951, Gerald entered the Dominican Novitiate in Ross and began his studies for priesthood, with his first profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1952, and solemn profession on Aug. 15, 1955. He studied at St. Albert College, Oakland, and continued studies at St. Albert in Walberberg, Germany. He was ordained to the priesthood at the historic Cologne Cathedral on July 25, 1957. After ordination, he studied in Rome at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), where he earned the Licentiate of Sacred Theology and Lector of Sacred Theology. In 60 years of ministry, Fr. Gerald taught, preached, and governed with a lighthearted spirit and a passion for evangelization—telling the world about Jesus Christ. He taught at Dominican University and St. Mary’s College and served as director of Western Dominican Preaching. He worked in campus ministry and served as superior at both the University of Oregon and Arizona State University. He also served at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland, Oregon, as pastor and prior at Holy Rosary in Portland, Oregon, as prior at St. Dominic’s in Los Angeles, and as prior at St. Albert’s in Oakland. Fr. Gerald brought the joy of the Gospel to his preaching in a firm but sweet and bright way. His preaching touched many souls and he exemplified the “joyful friar”—a true son of St. Dominic. Sixty-two years to the day after he professed vows in his religious community, Fr. Geralddied in Portland on Aug. 15, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, James. He is survived by his brother, Cornelius Buckley, S.J., his sister-in-law, Winifred, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Ernesto Aboitiz ’53 served as president of DLPC and CLPC From 1970 to 1987 and as chairman and president of National Power Corporation (NPC) from 1987 to 1991. From 1972 to 1975, he served as chairman and general manager of the Mindanao Development Authority. He also served as a consultant of DLPC and ACO and as vice chairman of Aboitiz Power Corp, serving as its director since 1998. He passed away on January 13, 2010.
Daniel Francis Connell ’53 was born in San Francisco to Joseph and Marjorie Connell on Nov. 16, 1930. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1949, and in 1953 he received his B.S. in electrical engineering. Dan served in the U.S. Army before working as an aerospace engineer for more than 40 years, retiring from Lockheed Martin in 1996. An active amateur radio operator, he also held a lifelong passion for trains, which in later years included the D&D backyard garden railroad. Dan and his wife, Denise, loved traveling and took many cruises—Alaska being one of their favorite destinations. He passed away on April 9 and is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.
William (Bill) E. Weseloh ’54, a longtime Menlo Park resident, had warm feelings for the trombone, Dixieland jazz and Chevrolets (he owned 19 in a row.) He spent years on the city’s chamber of commerce and its historical society. Bill grew up in Escondido, California, the second of four boys. In the fourth grade, he discovered his interest in the trombone. A family story has it that Bill was about to leave home in Escondido to attend SCU. His parents, on their way out the door for a weekend getaway, told Bill that whatever he did while they were gone, he was NOT to buy a new trombone. No sooner had they gone than he left for San Diego to buy a new trombone to play in the Santa Clara Band. Once at SCU, Bill performed in bands and met his wife, Jeanne Kernan, while performing at Notre Dame in Belmont. They married in 1955 at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park and lived in the city for about 63 years. The two were members of St. Raymond Catholic Church for more than 50 years. Bill took pleasure bragging about his wife’s gardening, floral, and decorating skills. As a soldier in the U.S. Army, he played with the 179th Army band. He began his working career with the ratings company A.C. Nielsen. Next up was real estate, where he spent 52 years, first for Joe Beh of Atherton, then for Raymond Spinelli in Menlo Park—and in 1977 for himself at Weseloh and Young Real Estate on Menlo Avenue, a firm that also served his social life as a place to meet with coworkers, friends, and family. Bill’s family owned a beach house in Aptos and took annual summer trips to Tahoe. He liked to play dominoes and make his guests mai tais, the cocktail with which his family toasted him on his last night. He was 84 when he died May 1. Bill is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughters Patty Mayer of San Mateo and Mary Whitfield of Chico, California; sons Chris of Menlo Park, Tom of McKinleyville, California, and Michael of Sunnyvale; and 12 grandchildren.