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William Tagmyer
William Tagmyer

William Tagmyer ’60, a longtime University of Portland board member, passed away on Sept. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.

Even as he faced death, friends say he was unfailingly positive. Tagmyer approached his cancer treatment the same way he approached business, philanthropy and volunteering: with a big smile.
“I’m sure he had his down moments, but I never saw it,” said University of Portland President E. William Beauchamp. “He always seemed to be in a good mood.”
Tagmyer served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve before settling into the steel business. He ran Northwest Pipe Company for nearly 30 years, becoming president and CEO in 1986, just after its financial crisis. Tagmyer pulled the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and by 1988, Northwest Pipe reported record earnings. Under his leadership, the company grew from $19 million to more than $500 million in revenues.
The well-known Oregon businessman and philanthropist Bill "Tag" Tagmyer died in Boston, two weeks after undergoing surgery for thoracic mesothelioma. He was born  on Jan. 31, 1938. A compassionate and fun-loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill lived the family motto: "Work hard, play hard and contribute to society."
Bill was a "steel guy" who began his career with United States Steel in 1961. He worked for the Gunderson Division of FMC Corporation from 1969-75, and for L.B. Foster and its subsidiaries from 1975-85. He then joined Northwest Pipe Company, where he was president and CEO from 1985 to 2000 and board chairman from 1985 to 2012. This past summer, Bill was honored for his "55 years of exceptional service to the steel industry as an entrepreneur, visionary, leader and friend."
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, in which he rose to the rank of captain. He was an energetic board member for dozens of entities in Portland and California, among them are the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (chairman), the University of Portland, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Easter Seals and the Arlington Club. He was also a passionate golfer, serving as president of both the Waverley Country Club in Portland and the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., as well as the board of the Western Oregon Golf Society. Bill is survived by his wife, Lucy of Lake Oswego; sons, Bill Jr. (wife, Cindy, and children, Lindsay, Kelsey and Whitney) and Steve (wife, Vicki, and children, Michelle and Dawson); daughters, Kris Tuor (husband, Darren, and children, Dalton and Dylan) and Karey Gutierrez '90 (husband, Bernard, and children, Sophie and Ellie); brother, Bob (wife, Sue); and multiple treasured nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Rita Tagmyer; and sister, Joyce Suess.
He was active with many charities, including one that sends poor golf caddies to college. In addition to the university's board, Tagmyer served on the boards of theOregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and the Easter Seals Society of Oregon.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '60
William Necoechea

William M. Necoechea ’60 died January 21, 2011. 

submitted Apr. 12, 2011 1:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '60
William G. Schroder

William George Schroder ’60 died Aug. 11, 2010 at the age of 71, in Anchorage, Alaska.

submitted Sep. 27, 2010 2:31P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '60
William Edward Harley


William Edward Harley ’60 was born to Eternal Life on Jan. 15, 2011, at the age of 72 years. He was the eldest of four children born to William J. and Rosemarie Harley, and the grandson of William S. Harley, a co-founder of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Loving husband of 47 years of Kathleen F. Harley (nee Janik). Caring father of William P. (Grace) and Julie (Matt) Smith. Cherished grandfather of William, Ashley, and Amanda. Dear brother of Mary (John) Stocking, Robert J. (Kristy), and Rosanne (Bill) Wright. Bill was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Jan. 27, 1938. He was a graduate of Country Day School, Marquette High School, and attended Santa Clara University. Early in his career, he worked for Harley-Davidson in the accounting department. An avid duck hunter, outdoorsman and naturalist, Bill served in the Army Reserves. The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all of Bill's caregivers: the staff and nurses at St. John's Home on the Lake, Dr. Betz, Dr. Keppel, and Dr. Adl.


submitted Feb. 14, 2011 4:36P
Victor A. Bertolani
Victor A. Bertolani

 Victor A. Bertolani '56, J.D. '60, an influential lawyer and educator who opened doors to the legal profession for many judges, prosecutors, and litigators, died April 5 of an aortic abdominal aneurysm, his family said. He was 80.

Mr. Bertolani was widely respected in the legal community as one of the top personal injury and labor lawyers in Northern California. He also was revered for making the study and practice of law affordable to students from all walks of life as co-founder of Lincoln Law School in Sacramento.
After graduating first in his class at Santa Clara University Law School, he returned to his native Sacramento in 1961 and later started a firm with boyhood friend Andrew J. Smolich. He also began teaching torts at McGeorge School of Law, which was then a part-time program with ambitions of being a full-time institution accredited by the American Bar Association.
Unwilling to teach full time, Mr. Bertolani and Smolich persuaded Lincoln Law School of San Francisco to open a branch in Sacramento. The pair sought qualified applicants who did not fit the traditional mold of law school students, including adults working full time, raising families or seeking second careers.
Serving as dean and teaching torts, Mr. Bertolani and two other professors welcomed the first class of 27 students in 1969.
“He was really the instigator” in starting Lincoln Law School in Sacramento, Smolich said. “When McGeorge went to ABA accreditation, it went in a different direction and had to have bigger buildings, libraries and staff and became very expensive. Our school was really dedicated to serving people who didn’t have that opportunity.”
Mr. Bertolani, who served as dean and torts professor until 1986, led efforts to win full accreditation by the California State Bar for Lincoln Law School in 1981. He was a driving force in building the four-year, evening-class school into a respected institution with high pass rates on the California Bar Exam.
The school has awarded degrees to more than 1,200 students, including prominent professionals throughout the Sacramento region. Graduates include Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl, former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
Rob Gold, who graduated from Lincoln Law School in 1986, credited Mr. Bertolani with “everything that I have accomplished.” A veteran Sacramento County prosecutor, Gold was promoted to assistant chief deputy DA earlier this year. But before meeting the Lincoln Law School dean in 1982, he was seeking direction in life.
“I was recently married and working part-time as a sportswriter for the Sacramento Union and playing Frisbee golf,” Gold said. “My wife said, ‘Hey, did you know there is this law school by the Safeway?’
“I’d done terrible on the (Law School Admissions Test), but Victor said, ‘I’m going to give you a chance,’ ” Gold recalled. “He was my first-year torts professor. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile – but he also had high standards and high expectations. He was giving you an opportunity, and he wanted you to take advantage of it and succeed.”
Mr. Bertolani was born in 1934. His parents, Mary and Victor Bertolani, ran a travel agency and were leaders in Sacramento’s Italian American community. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1952 and earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Santa Clara University. He rose to the rank of captain while serving on active and reserve duty in the Army from 1959 to 1964.
A prominent attorney for more than four decades, he represented clients in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits, including families of victims of the notorious 1972 plane crash into a Farrell’s ice cream parlor near Sacramento Executive Airport. He served as chief counsel for powerful labor unions, including Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 447 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 340.
He was married since 1957 to the former Cathy Schuler and had four children. He previously served as a Jesuit High School trustee and a member of the Santa Clara Board of Athletics Control. He was an intellectual man “who read all kinds of history books” and “an avid sports fan who loved the (San Francisco) Giants,” his son Victor said.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Bertolani is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth O’Brien, Kathleen Haack and Mary Liston; and six grandchildren.
submitted Apr. 17, 2015 1:44P
UGRD Engineering '60
Tom Besmer

Thomas J. Besmer Sr. ’60, Sep. 5, 1933 to Jan. 13, 2015. Tom Besmer was a big man in more ways than one. Standing at 6’5 ½” tall, he was not one to be missed. As a young man, and from a family of nine children, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he married Dovaleen (Gross) and he attended Santa Clara University.  During those years, they lived in the old Quonset huts. It was an era when married students attended SCU and lived on campus. He played basketball for the Broncos and graduated with a BSEE in engineering in 1960.  

After graduating, they settled in Cambrian Park, and attended St. Francis Cabrini Parish, then moved to West San Jose and attended St. Martin of Tours Parish with their eleven children.
Tom was employed by both Lockeed and IBM, and contributed to accessories which were utilized on the space missions of the late '60s and '70s.  He is listed on the World Wide List of Dissident Scientists by Jean du Climont for his work on new theories of free energy.  
In the early 1980's, Tom became involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and achieved 31 years of sobriety before succumbing to cancer. During that time, he built a strong community both in San Jose before retirement, and then in the Murphys and Angels Camp areas of the Sierra Foothills.   
He loved to golf, talk politics, share his opinions on religion, and socialize.  He contributed to many charities each month as he believed in the Jesuit ideal of being a Man for Others, and finding God everywhere.     
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Besmer and Mary Catherine Ambrose, and by siblings Margaret, Annette, Lawrence and Helene, and survived by sisters Mary Gentes (Joe), Janet Besmer, Anna Kenny (Joe), and brother Anthony (Patty). Tom is survived by his ex-wife Dovaleen Jackson (Ed), and his eleven children: Michelle (Gary) Besmer-Poyner, Tom (Barbara) Besmer, Maureen Shilling ’81 (Ken), Cindy (Jim) Miller, Kathy (Glenn) Walker, Dan (Desiree) Besmer, Eileen (Jim) Shydlowski, John (Jennifer) Besmer, Sharon Dauskardt, Joan (Doug) Evans, Marianna (Craig) Newsam, and his 22 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
submitted Feb. 15, 2015 1:18P
Thomas C. Reasonover

Thomas C. Reasonover ’60 passed away on Feb. 5, 2013 at Stonebrook Convalescent Hospital at the age of 87. Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma December 5th 1925, he settled in Northern California at the age of 17. He served in the Navy during World War ll as a Submariner. After his discharge, he obtained his degree from Santa Clara University. Then, was a forecasting manager executive for Kaiser Gypsum and Cement retiring after 25 years. He continued to work as a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker in Lafayette. He was a resident of Martinez. His wife, Edie, son, Randy and daughters Pam and Gretchen survive him. Tom is also survived by his granddaughters Kathryn and Kristen, nieces Phyllis and Wylma and many loving family members. 

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 8:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
Richard L. Hall

Richard L. "Dick" Hall '60 passed away peacefully on June 8, 2011, leaving behind his loving wife of 43 years, Jill, and their three sons, Dan (wife Tao), Dave (fiance Audrey), and Jeff (wife Patty), and grandson, James. He also leaves behind brothers Pete, Bob, and numerous special cousins, nephews, nieces and their children. His brother, Tim predeceased him. Dick graduated from Santa Clara University, where he maintained a long term active role in its Alumni Association, and Loyola Law School. He spent his legal career as a partner of the Pasadena law firm, Hahn & Hahn, LLP. He leaves behind many cherished friends.

submitted Jun. 17, 2011 9:32A
Richard "Buzz" Kwapil
Richard "Buzz" Kwapil

Richard “Buzz” O. Kwapil ’60, 73, passed at his home surrounded by his family on April 18, 2012. His older sister, Carmel, bestowed the nickname before he was five years old for his always "buzzing around." Yearbooks, friends, and family embraced the name.

Buzz passed away after almost 20 years of marriage to his wonderful wife, Nancy Edwards Kwapil, whom he married on January 2, 1993. In 1992, Buzz asked each of Nancy's three adult children, Kathi, John and Jim for her hand in marriage, explaining he'd been diagnosed with cancer in 1990 and wasn't sure how long he had to live, but wanted to spend the rest of his few years with their mom, if "the kids" approved. Nancy's children happily agreed and joined Corinne (Cori) and niece Elena to become a blended Kwapil family spanning Reno, Houston, Denver and Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Buzz frequently commented how blessed he was to have had two wonderful beautiful wives and such a large loving family to whom he became a father.

Buzz's first "sweetheart" was Leah Rae Larson, whom he married in 1962 and who passed away on 1991. Buzz and Leah were blessed when Corinne Marie Kwapil arrived on May 14, 1969. The couple were predeceased by two stillborn sons in 1970 and 1971. Buzz's niece, Elena, arrived to the Kwapil home in 1979 after his sister, Carmel K. Bannick, passed away from cancer. Buzz and Leah raised Elena as their second daughter.

A lawyer, world traveler, philanthropist, devout Catholic and bon vivant, Buzz fought non-Hodgkins lymphoma for more than two decades, becoming what he called a "poster boy" for his Reno oncologists and Stanford experimental treatment programs. What finally defeated him was the late effect of radiation on his heart and lungs after a treatment in July 2011 for a tumor near his heart. Regarding his prognosis-defying ordeal with cancer, Buzz declared, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going." 

Often referring to himself as "just a country lawyer," Buzz was a member of the Woodburn and Wedge law firm in Reno, Nevada from 1963 until his retirement in 2005. From its establishment in 1994, he served as Chairman and President of the Leonette Foundation, a philanthropy that supports innovative medical and assistance programs for needy seniors and deprived children who fall through the cracks of government assistance programs in Northern Nevada. 

Buzz's philanthropy and personal altruism extended far beyond his foundation work. In so many different ways he generously helped friends and family in times of dire need. One of his favorites quotes, "do unto others as you would have other people do unto you," was indeed how he tried to live each day. One of his friends for 50 years noted to him recently, "it has been a certainty that there was no way we could out-give you."

At Reno High School where he graduated in 1956, Buzz recounted that some of his teachers thought him a "lazy student." For his junior year, his parents finally sent Buzz away to a Jesuit boarding school, St. Robert Bellerman, in San Jose, "a game changer in my life." 

Already in love with Leah, he was a self-proclaimed "chiseler" who in his first months at Bellerman devised a way to visit her after receiving a letter from his father proclaiming he would miss Buzz at an upcoming duck hunt. Plotting his escape, Buzz decided to tell the stern President of the school that this was an important family tradition where men hunted and women folk cooked together. Academic leadership took pity on Buzz, allowing him a cash advance to take a bus toward Reno. 

Upon Buzz's unexpected arrival back to Reno, his parents dutifully welcomed him, he saw Leah, and took part in the duck hunt. Thereafter his parents insisted on driving him back to school, where Buzz said, "I should have known something was up." The headmaster later told Buzz that he'd never received more of a tongue-lashing than from Buzz's mother for allowing him to leave campus. 

Buzz graduated with a BSC from University of Santa Clara in 1960 and a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1963 where he served on the Law Review. For the last 30 years of his law practice, Buzz served as attorney for the Catholic Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas, encompassing the entire state. 

In 2005, Pope Benedict conferred on Buzz a special Papal Award, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, a rare token of recognition for a life of exemplary service to the Catholic Church and the public. The esteemed award acknowledges Papal gratitude and respect for him and his dignified commitment to the Christian ideals of faith, justice and charity.

Buzz was also a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, having received the highest rank of Knight of the Grand Cross. Membership is considered one of the highest honors conferred upon clergy and laity alike. Selection occurs because of meritorious service to the Church, to the community and to one's fellow man. Since 1963, Buzz was also a member of Reno Prospectors' Club. 

At the end of a walk in Bath, England in 2008, Buzz found inspiration in an old tombstone: "Here lies Fred. He's dead. Enough said." 

Before embarking on a new (successful) round of cancer treatment three years ago, he told family he wanted his own epitaph to read: "Here lies Buzz. He was . . . " 

And so it shall be done. Buzz wants others to fill in the rest, mentioning a few unprintable words some might choose, his humor intact through his last days.

Aunt Frances, the senior member of the Kwapil family whose ancestors arrived to Iowa from Bohemia in 1883, noted, "Buzz had a strong family sense. He put himself out to get the family together."

Another family member said Buzz was . . . "a toasted marshmallow, a little crusty on the outside and sometimes on fire, but all warm and mushy on the inside, and full of goodness."

The family thanks friends, clergy, doctors, and nurses (especially Stacia, Trent, Melissa, Karl-ER) at St. Mary's Hospital, and the amazing Cynthia and Tracy at BrightStar for the loving care and support provided in the past month.

Buzz is survived by his widow, Nancy, their children - daughters Corinne Kwapil-Golden (husband Kenny, Reno) known as "little Cori Kwapil," Elena (Nena) Bannick Ross (husband, Ben, Reno) and Kathi Walther Bouma (husband Richard, Johannesburg); sons, John Walther (wife Kay, Houston), Jim Walther (wife Lisa, Denver); grandchildren, Alex, Nicholis, Richard (Buzz's namesake), Hunter, Maeleigh (Reno, Idaho), Brittany, Lyndsay, Ben, Lance, Sean, Spencer, (Reno), Jack, Juliana, Karinne (Denver), Mary Claire, John (Chicago and Houston), Adam (wife Eleanor, London), William (wife Laura, London), and great grand daughter Emmie (London); niece, Elizabeth Bannick Sullivan (husband Dave, Atlanta), nephew Nick Bannick (wife Teresa, Houston); and Buzz's aunt, Frances Kwapil (Seattle), and other dear friends whom Buzz considered members of his extended family.

submitted May. 3, 2012 9:07A
Melvin Prescott

Melvin Prescott '60 after a long, courageous battle with many health issues, went to eternal rest on March 14, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his wife Lynn of 41 years of marriage; loving dad to Matt (Jennifer) Prescott and Christine (Ed) Skubic; super papa to Nicole Skubic and Colin Prescott; loving baby brother to Pat Oswald and Bill Fernandez; brother-in-law to Steve Vlautin and Jean Madrieres, also many nephews and nieces. A native and proud San Franciscan, Mel attended Alvarado, James Lick Jr. High, Lowell High, and the University of Santa Clara. A Daly City resident and OLM parishioner for 41 years, Mel retired from Wyeth Labs as a sales rep. for 28 years. Mel was on the Daly City Park & Rec. Commission Personnel Board and a member of the San Mateo County Grand Jury, and a member of the Bronco Bench. Mel loved spending time with his family and friends. His children and grandchildren were everything to him, they made his face light up. His love for basketball and golf were right up there. He was athletic director and basketball coach at OLM for many years. He also ran and enjoyed the OLM festival every year. Mel was very proud of the two 8th grade teams he took to the CYO city championships. His other proud moment was his hole in one at the 14th hole at Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club (1989). He was totally beside himself over that proud moment. Playing golf with Matt and all their friends at the SF Father & Son Golf Tournament was high on his fun list. Of course watching the 49ers, high school basketball and college basketball were very high on his hit parade. His family and friends will miss him immensely. He was a giant man with a heart to match.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 3:02P
Lawrence J. Callan Sr

Lawrence Joseph Callan Sr. '60 entered into rest on Feb. 9, 2014. Born June 9, 1938 to James L. Callan and Mary L. Callan. Survived by his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Michele; children, Karen Hegarty (Steve), Kim Callan, and L.J. Callan, Jr. (Julie); grandchildren, Jeff Hegarty, Ashley Hegarty, Heather Callan, and Nicole Hegarty; brother, John Callan ’69, MBA ’76 (Linda) and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara, brother James, and his grandson Brett James Callan. Larry grew up in Marin attending St. Anselms, Marin Catholic, and Santa Clara University. For over 25 years, Larry was the owner of James L. Callan & Sons Jewelers. His second career was as the founder of Shark's Deli in Tiburon and L.J.'s Deli in San Rafael. Larry was a lifetime member of the San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108 and was a Past Exalted Ruler. He was also past president of the California Retail Jewelers Association and of the Marin County 49'ers Booster Club. Larry was loved and will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:13P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
Larry D. Kinser

Larry D. Kinser '60 died on March 21, 2010. He was born on August 27, 1938 in French Camp, Calif. In 1962, he married his wife, Patricia "Pixie'' Lamphere. He was the youngest of three children born to Carroll "Bud'' and Jean Kinser. Larry was raised in Stockton, where he graduated from St. Mary's H.S. Throughout his childhood, Larry loved playing sports and was a great athlete. He grew up bowling and playing baseball, football and golf. He continued to play baseball for Santa Clara University. In 1960, Larry graduated from Santa Clara University with a Business Administration degree. After college, Larry had a successful career in sales and marketing and worked at Sears, Xerox, Best Foods and Gallo Winery. In 1976, he bought Caples Lake Resort and became an entrepreneur. Other business ventures include a financial planning business, Kinser Shell Mini Mart, Sting Golf and Par 4 Homes. He was an active member of the Ripon Rotary and served a term as the President. Larry and Pixie spent the majority of their lives living in Modesto where they raised two children, Corbin Kinser and Diana Kinser Middleton. While his children were in school, Larry served as the President of the Father's Club at Sherwood School and was on the school board at Central Catholic H.S. He also coached golf, softball and little league. During his retirement, Larry enjoyed playing golf, traveling, spending time with his family and working at H & R Block doing taxes for fun.' Larry is survived by his wife Pixie, two children Corbin (Aly) and Diana (Brock), three grand- children: Jack and Quinn Kinser and Britton Middleton, sister Carole DeCristofaro and many nieces, nephews and cousins. His love and laughter will be forever missed.

submitted May. 4, 2010 2:18P
John Thomas Casey

John Thomas Casey '60, a fifty-six year resident of Nevada City, died at his Banner Mountain home on June 22, 2016, surrounded by his beloved family. He was 78 years old. Born to John and Margaret Casey, in Burns, Oregon, he was the first of eight children. At the age of 12, John developed Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and although the effects of this disease changed his life dramatically, he didn’t let his illness define him. Unfortunately, his doctors assigned extended bed rest, and when he could no longer walk, his parents took him to the Mayo clinic for treatment. He missed a year of school, but studied diligently at home, determined to stay a grade ahead of his younger brother. After the family relocated to Portland, John graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1956. John attended Santa Clara University because of the healing effects of its warm climate, and its Jesuit-based education. He was active in the male chorus and served as Vice President of the student body. It was there that he met his wife, Claire, a San Jose State nursing student, after seeing a photograph of her on his roommate’s desk. They married in 1960, after their graduations, and moved to North San Juan, so that John could run his father’s sawmill, Sierra Mountain Mills. This began his long career in the lumber business, which included serving as President of Western Wood Products. In the eighties, John and a few other men from the mill began to sell lumber, and that venture became Caseywood. In 1965, John moved his growing family to Banner Mountain, where he and Claire raised their four children. Although arthritis kept John from sports, he was the ultimate fan, watching his children, and then his grandchildren, as they participated in athletics, theater, and musical performances. He loved birthday gatherings, toasting at weddings, strong hugs, dinners with friends, barbecues, and cheering for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs basketball team. John loved Nevada City, and was an active member of the community. He coached Little League, was on the Board of Nevada Union High School, served two terms on the Grand Jury, and was also on the Boards of Music in the Mountains, Citizens Bank, and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. John headed the Capital Campaign to build the hospital’s Cancer Center. He was active at both St. Canice and St. Patrick’s churches, and he and Claire were members of the Empire Club for forty years. John is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Claire, their four children, Kathleen Gianotti '83 (Jerry Gianotti '83), Kevin (Sara), Mark (Kirsten Casey '89), and Julie Fraser '90 (Brent Fraser '90), eleven grandchildren: Madeleine McHill (Andrew), Michaela (Lucas) and Kristen Gianotti, Colin (Lisa), Molly, Nick, Hannah, and Ellie Casey, Jane, Jack, and Claire Fraser, and one great grandson, Henry McHill. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Brian (Peggy) and Michael (Mary) Casey, Colleen (Bob) Donnelly, and Maureen (Tom) Fullmer. He was predeceased by his parents, and three of his brothers: Tim, Dennis, and Pat.

submitted Jun. 30, 2016 2:50P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
John J. Rocha

John J. Rocha '60, from Manila, Philippines, passed away from cancer on July 20, 2015. At SCU, he was a senior class officer and basketball statistician. After graduation, he was the Philippine's ambassador to Spain for many years. He was a very warm, personable, down-to-earth friend to many. He is survived by his wife Pilina, three children, and six grandchildren.

submitted Jun. 12, 2016 1:11P
GRD Law '60
John Edward Nolan

John Edward Nolan J.D. ’60, resident of Pleasant Hill John passed away on May 9, 2016 at the age of 81 with his family by his side after a long illness. John was born January 18, 1935 in Oakland California and attended St. Joseph's High School in Alameda, Santa Clara University (graduating with the Dynamic Class of '56) and Santa Clara University School of Law. John was in private practice a few years before joining the Port of Oakland where he was the Assistant Port Attorney for 30 years. After retiring he loved to spend time in his vacation home in the Santa Cruz mountains playing golf. He was also a member of the Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club. John was a big fan of the 49ers and the SF Giants, but his greatest love was his family. He is survived by his loving wife Sheila of 53 years, and together they raised four devoted children. Monica (Dave) of Palo Alto, John (Dana) of Portland and Scott (Lisa) of Australia. Seven cherished grandchildren, Kyle, Emma and Grace Johnson, Summer and Ella Nolan, and Quinn and Milo Nolan. Also survived by nieces Janet Gomez, Kathy Mattos, Annette Syrrist and nephew Steve Mattos. John was predeceased by his son Michael in 1992, his parents John and Monica Nolan, sister Jean Mattos and brother Bill. John was a member of Christ the King Church for 50 years and was a Eucharist Minister for many years. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held at Christ The King Church in Pleasant Hill on Friday June 10 at 11:00 am, with a reception following at Zio Fraedo's in Pleasant Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society 199 Brandon Road Pleasant Hill 94523 or to a charity of your choice. See more at:

submitted Jun. 16, 2016 10:52A
Joe Michael Hester

Joseph “Joe” Michael Hester ’60 passed away May 29, 2012. Born in Oakland, Calif., he attended Catholic schools in the Bay Area, including Santa Clara University, before being drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Upon his return he transitioned straight into his life's work at McGuire and Hester in Oakland. His career spanned more than 50 years. He was so very proud of all things Catholic, Irish, and Oakland and was passionate about his family, his work, and was committed to education. He was especially generous in support of Catholic education and headed many projects at Bishop O'Dowd, St. Elizabeth, and St. Joe's High Schools.

He followed his father's footsteps in generous support of St. Vincent De Paul and at Holy Names University. As life brought him towards his life dream of a family ranch, which he found in Stonyford CA in 1998, his generosity extended north through organizations and individuals he touched.

He is survived by the love of his life, Mary, with whom he shared so close to 50 years of marriage, his brother Fr. John Hester and sister Sr. Maureen Hester, SNJM, and his children Mike (Janice), Pegge (Mike) Deely, Colleen (Paul) Ustach, Kevin (Amy) Hester, John, Moira, Tim, Annie, Matt, Rich and Allen. "Jo-Jo" to his grandchildren Nichola, Tyler, Molly, and Ben Hester; Tina, Jack, Pat, Claire, and Seamus Deely; Kaz, Cy, Stan, and Mary Ustach; and Claudia and Ella Hester. Joe also leaves many nieces and nephews and countless cousins both in the States and Ireland.

submitted Jun. 4, 2012 7:24P
GRD Law '60
James R. Tormey Jr.

James R. Tormey Jr. J.D. '60 May 27, 1935 - October 5, 2013 Resident of Medford, Ore. James "Jim" Roland Tormey, Jr., passed away on Oct. 5, 2013 in Medford, Ore. at the age of 78. Born to James R and Hope Allario Tormey of San Jose, Jim was raised in San Mateo, attended San Mateo High School ('53), then San Jose State ('57) where he met and married Mary Pat O'Donnell, also of San Mateo, in 1957. He resumed his studies after his ROTC service to earn his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University in 1960, returning to San Mateo where his 5 children were born, raised and educated. Jim practiced Law from his San Mateo offices until 1997, when he retired to his family's beloved ranch on the California/Oregon border. Jim was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District in 1971 and served on the board for 24 years. He was a founding director of the Borel Bank & Trust Company (now Boston Private Bank & Trust) from 1979 to 2002, and served as Judge Pro-Tem in the San Mateo County Courts from 1972 to 1997. Jim was an active member of several service and professional organizations, many for decades and often serving as President or Board Chair, including the San Mateo County Congress of Elected Officials, San Mateo Heart Association, Combined Health Agencies Drive, The Bombay Bicycle Riding Club and the Kiwanis, which he joined in 1963. Jim was a fierce advocate for public education, an avid skier, dedicated outdoorsman and appreciator of the challenges and rewards of the rural lifestyle. Jim is survived by Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Tormey, his wife of 28 years, of Medford, Oregon, and his children Anne (Richard) Freeman of Auburn, Erin Tormey of Half Moon Bay, Christopher Tormey of Auburn, Gregory (Stacy) Tormey of Cotati, Marc (Deanna) Tormey of San Mateo, step-daughters Tobi Fenn of Fremont and Jacqueline (Clinton) Ward of Redwood City and 11 treasured grandchildren. 

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '60
James F. Russi
James F. Russi

James F. Russi '60 passed away on June 2, 2014 at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Arleen Russi of Alameda. Loving father of Jack (Jodie), Tim (Alicia), Joe (Lynn), Cathy Thomas, Patrick (Kelly) and Shelley (Rahn Twitchell) . Adored Papa of 18 grandchildren.

James (Jim) was born in San Francisco on June 1, 1938 to Francis John and Catherine (Carroll) Russi. He was an older brother to Fr. John Joseph Russi and Carroll McDaniel both deceased and an Uncle to Carroll's two children Kitty and Patty. He graduated from St Cecilia Grammar School , St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, and Santa Clara University, where he was a basketball player. He was second team all-conference in 1960 and honorable mention in 1959. He is in the Hall of Fame at Santa Clara University. The pinnacle of his sports career was to be a first round draft pick for the St Louis Hawks in 1960.

Jim was a CPA and a long-time partner in Yandell Truckaway and Santa Clara Warehouses. Jim coached CYO basketball from 18 years of age and was Athletic Director for over 25 years at St Joseph's Grammar School in Alameda. For many years Jim and Arleen ran the CYO East Bay Parochial League for the Oakland Diocese and their impact on youth and sports in the Bay Area has been substantial . He was a legend in adult basketball leagues in the area and frequently sought after pick-up basketball player at Franklin and Washington Parks. 

Jim lived his life with a few simple principles. God and family were always first and if you were going to do something then try to be the best. He has been a significant and positive influence for so many, and truly has left the world a better place. He will be dearly missed. 

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 3:25P
UGRD Engineering '60
Gerald A. Benedetti

Gerald A. "Ben" Benedetti '60,  on June 16, 2009. A resident of Livermore, "Ben" passed away at home in Livermore at the age of 72 on June 16, 2009. He was born March 2, 1937 in Salinas, one of two sons of Andrew and Eula Benedetti and graduated from Salinas High in 1954. Ben's early passion in life for all things mechanical led him to the field of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University, a Masters degree from Oregon State University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. After marriage to Nancy in 1960 and starting a family, engineering moved to second place. He was a resident of Livermore since 1962 and employed at Sandia National Labs for over 35 years, retiring in 1997.  Ben loved traditional Jazz and Dixieland music; on any given afternoon or evening if you were to stop by for a visit, "his" music could always be heard coming from the stereo. He and Nancy often traveled to Jazz festivals throughout the west, especially after retirement. He also loved the outdoors and family camping trips when his two sons were young. Another avid pursuit of Ben's was fixing anything that was broken. There was seldom a time when he didn't have a mechanical project of one sort or another underway. There seemed to be nothing he couldn't fix or overhaul. Automatic transmissions, engine overhauls, washing machines, the microwave, whatever it was he'd always find a way to fix it. If anyone had some thing they needed help with, they could ask Ben and he'd help out. If he didn't know how, he'd find a manual and then become an expert on that subject. He also took the opportunity to laugh whenever he could and loved exchanging jokes and funny stories, and he loved animals. Ben is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy; sons Aaron (spouse, Karen) and Andrew (Sirikanya); grandsons Ethan and Darren; brother Don (Nadine); nephews Michael and Ronnie; niece Donna Benedetti; and brother-in-law Richard Leffingwell (Doreen), and Richard's daughters Karen and Janet. He was a generous man in all ways that mattered, whether taking time out to talk, help or offer advice. He will be dearly missed.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 4:40P
George Laurence Singewald Jr.

George Laurence Singewald Jr. '60 on Feb. 8, 2009.  A native of San Jose, he worked as an assistant assessor for Siskiyou County for many years. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge #19 in Yreka and Elks #1980 in Yreka. He was active in Yreka youth baseball and football and North Siskiyou youth baseball. He is survived by his wife, Velzora; four sons; two step-sons; and 10 grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:49P
Gayle E. Gutierrez

Gayle Eileen Gutierrez '60 died on January 29, 2010.  Gayle was born April 30, 1940 to William O. Standrine and Rose Gallagher Standrine in San Jose, Calif. She attended St. Leos Grammar School in San Jose and then matriculated to St. Rose Academy in San Francisco. After high school, Gayle enrolled in O'Connor School of Nursing in San Jose and in 1957, she was among the first group of female students to attend the previously all-male Santa Clara University. It was there that she met her future husband, Gabriel A. Gutierrez. After obtaining her nursing degree form O'Connor School of Nursing, Gayle attended the University of Oregon Medical School where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. After graduation from the University of Oregon, Gayle was among the first to volunteer for the newly created Peace Corps. She completed her Peace Corps training at the University of Oklahoma and was then assigned to Bolivia, South America where she was a mid-wife delivering numerous babies and teaching her Bolivian students how to become mid-wives. Upon her completion of her tour of duty in Bolivia, she returned to the United States where she and her husband were reacquainted. They married in San Jose, California on April 16, 1966. Gayle thereafter commenced her career as a public health nurse in the TB and AIDS project for the Los Angeles County Health Department. She received many awards and accolades for her work from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and from the Los Angeles County Health Department. In 1987 Gayle was honored as the most outstanding registered nurse by the Los Angeles County Hospitals Commission.  She was a recognized national and international expert on TB and AIDS and presented at both national and international conferences. She was a presenter at the In ternational AIDS Conference in Paris, France in 1997. While working as a nurse for the County, Gayle was also a volunteer for the Red Cross in disaster relief and as a result, was asked to assist the Red Cross in various emergencies including Puerto Rico and the San Francisco Bay area after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Her husband Gabriel was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and subsequently transferred to Washington, D.C. as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. They returned to California and, in 1972, they purchased their home in South Pasadena. Together they raised 4 sons: Javier, a high school teacher, Felipe, a Director of Computer Services, Andres, a research scientist, and Gabriel Fernando, an R.N. During this time, Gayle was active in the Holy Family Catholic Church and was a founding member of the school board at Holy Family School. She also continued to volunteer for the Red Cross as an earthquake preparedness speaker. She was involved in many community activities, including the Romberger Guild and the South Pasadena Fourth of July Parade and S.P. Little League. She was a Lector and Eucharistic minister at Holy Family Catholic Church. Notwithstanding her busy schedule, Gayle delighted in traveling around the world with her husband of 44 years. Gayle retired as a County employee in 2000 and continued her involvement in many community affairs, including serving on the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance from April 2000 to June 2002. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2001 and struggled with that illness until she passed away on January 29, 2010. In addition to her husband, a retired Superior Court Judge, and four sons, she is survived by four loving daughter-in-laws along with seven grandsons. Gayle's wonderful sense of humor and her beautiful smile will be sorely missed.


submitted Feb. 22, 2010 1:14P
GRD Law '60
Frederick B. Maguire

Frederick B Maguire '57, J.D. '60 passed away on May 29, 2010 at the age of 74.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 2:18P
UGRD Engineering '60
Frank T. Cannizzaro

Frank Cannizzaro '60 entered into rest at his home in Millbrae on May 2, 2011. Frank was a San Mateo County resident for 46 years and beloved husband of Caroline Cannizzaro for 50 years. He was the loving father of Roselyn Pallas (husband Mike); Christine Cannizzaro; Frank Cannizzaro III '87 (wife Ximena); Danille Rodriguez (husband Nowell); Caroline M. Cannizzaro '01. Dear brother of Domenic, Ann, and Carmel. Also cherished by his grandchildren Mike, Frank IV, Marianna, Andrew, Trestin, Ethan, and Marissa. A 73-year-old San Francisco native, Cannizzaro was a 3 term Mayor of Millbrae, City Councilman for 17 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus for 48 years, and an active and revitalizing member of La Madonna del Lume in San Francisco.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 10:47A
Frank Sousa

Frank Sousa '60 on August 2, 2009. 

submitted Jun. 29, 2010 11:05A
Frank E. Quinn

Francis E. "Frank" Quinn ’60 died on August 11, 2013 in Seattle. He was born in Seattle to Albert and Frances Quinn on October 10, 1938. He graduated from the St. Joseph Grammar School and Seattle Preparatory in Seattle, and The University of Santa Clara in California. He served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He is survived by his four daughters, Corrine Fishman, Colleen Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Kelly Quinn, all of California, three grandsons, and a granddaughter. He is also survived his siblings Joseph Quinn ’56 of Medina, Philip Quinn of Seattle, Louise Sifferman of San Juan Capistrano, and Catherine Turner of Escalo, California.

submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:24P
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