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Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1960s
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.
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.
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: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=180185863#sthash.DSRpmEKF.dpuf
David Ramm ’60 passed away on March 15, 2017 from mesothelioma. He was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Hayward, California as a boy, graduating from Hayward High School after being awarded a four-year basketball scholarship to SCU. Following graduation, he began a 36-year career in Livermore, California teaching mostly middle and high school students, as well as coaching basketball, tennis, track, and flag football. He and his wife, Georgia, took many students on international tours—and as avid motorcyclists, toured the United States cross-country on their Harley. David served as president of the Livermore Education Association for three years prior to retiring to Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, California. He pursued hobbies like photography, ukulele, and birding, but his main interest was senior softball. Survivors include his wife and daughters Carla and Sherry.
Jon Edmund Jagger ’61, our beloved husband, father, Papa, and friend lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the age of 77. Born in Phoenix to James and Elizabeth (Billings) Jagger, Jon attended St. Matthews & St. Francis, Brophy Prep and Santa Clara University. Upon returning from college in 1961 Jon worked in the family farming business, Apache Distributors. He and his loving wife, Patti married in Phoenix and raised four devoted daughters. He was a devout Catholic and attended Mass every day, volunteered on the school board and was a supporter of his alma maters. His love of deep sea fishing, tennis, and keeping fit gave him great pleasure. His greatest happiness was spending time with his family and attending the many sporting events and school functions of his grandchildren. Jon is preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert and sisters Rosemary (Kane) and Jeanne (Moriarty). He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patti (Timmons), daughters, Stephanie Gann ’89 (Steven), Kim Jagger ’91 (Peter), Katy Spencer ’90 (Todd), Shannon Burke (Patrick) and most especially his 11 grandchildren: Kylen, Corrin, Nicole, Sarah, Allison, Emily, Madison and TJ, John, Joe and Alex: also numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeremiah John Lynch II ’61 died peacefully in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Jan. 17, surrounded by his immediate family. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 55 years, Kathryn Berkeley Lynch and their five children: Jack Lynch, Kelly Lynch Tonkin, Jay Lynch, Kevin Lynch and Sally Lynch Randall ’91. He was known and loved as “Papa” by his 13 grandchildren. Jerry was born on Aug. 24, 1939 in Washington D.C. to John Emmet Lynch of Butte, Montana and Kessing Moroney Lynch of San Mateo, California. He grew up in San Mateo and attended St. Matthew Catholic School and Junipero Serra High School, class of ’57. Jerry graduated with the infamous class of ’61 from SCU. He was a proud Bronco! In 1965, he graduated from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Jerry and Katie settled in Foster City, California in 1968. There they raised their five children, and many others, until moving to Boise, Idaho in 2011 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Jerry joined his father’s law firm, Wilson, Jones, Morton and Lynch, in San Mateo before forming Lynch and Nave in Burlingame, California. He had a great love for the law and was a trial attorney specializing in eminent domain and condemnation. Jerry was a huge family man and an avid sports enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the San Francisco Bay, Potter Valley, Half Moon Bay, Los Banos, the Butte Sink, Grizzly Island and Tule Lake. But most of all, he loved the people of Montana and spending time hunting and fishing with friends and family in the Big Hole Valley near his second home in Divide, Montana. Jerry’s life will be celebrated this summer in the Bay Area on a date to be determined.
Samuel Palmer Eastman III '62, 76, passed away peacefully on September 24, following a brief illness. Born in Woodside CA, he attended Bellarmine High School and later graduated from Santa Clara University. Sam was well known for his extraordinary work ethic as the owner of Monterey County Petroleum. There wasn't a hand he wouldn't shake, a dollar he wouldn't give to someone in need, or a person he would ever look down on. He gave every spare moment to his family, his community, his friends and his beloved Fiddleback Ranch. He lived his life for his wife, kids and grandkids and gave them everything in the world. If you've been to the California Rodeo, you have seen him, in his silver felt cowboy hat and director's shirt. Sam joined the California Rodeo Committee in 1964, serving as Chair of the Announcing Committee, Chair of the Nomination Committee, Director, and as President from 1990-1991. Sam is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gigi Eastman, two sons, Brent Eastman (Maureen) and Tim Eastman (Alex) and two daughters, Casey Ridell (Brian) and Halley Eastman. He has 12 grandchildren, Amanda, Sam, Cammie, Ben, Brent (Jr), Devin, Erin, Quinn, Ashton, Georgie, Cheyenne and Gatlin. He is also survived by his sister June Pausback of Aspen Colorado.
Robert Bachmann '63 passed away January 9, 2016, at home with his family by his side. He died from pulmonary fibrosis, but maintained his optimism and sense of humor throughout his illness. He was born in Los Angeles to Rudolph and Irene Bachmann, Swiss immigrants.
Bob graduated from Santa Clara University in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was an Engineering Program Mgr at Northrop Grumman. After retirement he taught part-time at the Monterey Naval Post Graduate School.
He was a lifelong skin diver and cyclist. He volunteered at Santa Clara Senior Center and enjoyed gardening and cooking for family gatherings. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and will be remembered for his generosity, humor and love of life.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverly; sons, Steve (Stephanie) and Jon (Katherine); grandchildren, Charlie and Chloe; brother, Rudy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
On January 8, 2017, William Edward Glennon J.D. ’66 passed away. He was born Guillermo Gonzalez on January 20, 1918 in St. Louis, Missouri to Spanish immigrants Jesus Gonzalez and Maria Alvarez. Bill developed an early love of soccer and played with the St. Louis Nationals who won the U.S. Amateur title in 1939. In 1940, Bill joined the United States Navy and served on the battleship New Mexico on the West Coast and was later the head signalman on the island of Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, Bill found himself back in San Francisco, California where he continued his courtship of Sue Raney. The two married on November 24, 1945 and remained married for 71 years until his death.
After a brief time in St. Louis, the couple relocated to Saratoga, California. Bill helped organize the city’s incorporation and served eight years as its second mayor. During his tenure as mayor, he helped establish Hakone Gardens. Bill also ran two paper box companies: San Jose Paper Box and Laminated Paper Products. He helped organize and became the first President of the Santa Clara County Inter City Council, which LAFCO later replaced. In 1966, Bill received his Doctorate in Law from Santa Clara Law School and worked as a business and estate lawyer first with the firm of Rae, Frasse, Anastasi, Clark and Lewis, and later Clark and Glennon. He practiced law for 27 years and Santa Clara County named him Lawyer of the Year in 1984. Always surrounded by books, and passionate about education and helping others, he established The Glennon Foundation which provided monetary support to hundreds of young dreamers wanting a college education.
In retirement, he and Susie traveled extensively, visiting every continent except Australia, while also spending time at their second home in Palm Desert, California. Bill was an avid golfer his entire life and played his last round shortly after his 97th birthday. His early love of soccer led him to become one of the first investors in the 1974 NASL San Jose Earthquakes. In 1979, he organized a Saratoga runners club where he helped locals train for marathons. Bill ran and completed the New York Marathon in 1980 at the age of 62. He was an ardent sports fan through his life, rooting for all the Bay Area teams, and he loved watching Sunday football games with family. Blessed with luck up until the end, Bill even won the championship of his 2016 NFL pick’em pool.
By far, Bill felt his greatest accomplishments in life were his family and many friends. To everyone who knew him, Bill was one of the most generous, upbeat, intelligent and enjoyable of men. His sense of humor, shading towards the mischievous, was infamous and his pure joy for life was infectious. Bill is survived by his wife Sue; his children, Tim (Cheri), Will (Ary), Renee (Paul Jacobs J.D. ’71), Rachele, and Brian; his grandchildren Damian, Sarah (Chris), Shelly, Andrew (Lydia), Caitlin, Ian and unofficial grandson Adam Weiskal; his great-grandchildren Lily, Daphne and Mackenzie, and by a large, loving collection of friends all of whom will miss mightily his presence in the world.
Steve Pasecky '66 was one of the original members of Santa Clara crew. After graduating he served in the Air force flying F-4s during Vietnam. He was active duty for 13 years and spent 13 years in the reserves. He was called to active duty for Desert Storm. He completed his master's while stationed in Denver. He traveled the world as a United Airline Captain. Steve was a life long runner and gym rat. He was inducted in the Santa Clara Athletic Hall of Fame along with the rest of the initial crew for the 50th reunion. Steve died on his birthday, July 11, at 72. He is survived by his mother, Matilde, and his wife, Ellen, and three children: Christine, Sean, and Ryan.
Peggy Elizabeth Wicker (Enright) '66 resident of Anaheim Hills, passed away at her home in July 2016 after a long struggle with cancer. Peggy was born in San Diego to Dr. William and Marjorie Enright in 1944. She was an elementary school teacher in Orange County for 35 years and was a published author. Peggy is survived by her son, Michael Wicker, and her brothers, William Enright '63 and John Enright. She enjoyed cruising around the world and was always excited to share her plans for her next great adventure. (Partially from The Orange County Register July 14, 2016.)
George Drazic M.S. '66 lived in Capitola, California after he retired from a career working in the Aerospace Industry. He worked for several aerospace companies including Convair and Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.. He spent the last 25 years of his career working on top secret "Black Programs". He was an expert "structures" engineer on the 50 foot diameter parabolic radio antennas for spy satellites.
Donald Clendenning M.S., '66 passed away on August 9, 2016, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Donald Campbell Clendenning began his life on April 20, 1931 in Gananoque Ontario. During his one year battle with Cancer he approached each day with the same inner strength that had guided his life full of hope and confidence that bright days were ahead. Don had a very fulfilling life and will be greatly missed by all who were touched by his love. Don was preceded in death by his three older brothers: Kenneth, Leonard, and Gerald. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Carolyn King Clendenning, formerly of Orillia and Cochrane Ontario. His is also survived by his three children: Doug Clendenning (Janet) Atherton California, Patty Nelson (Jim) Phoenix Arizona, and Donna Kasabian (Ron) Lake Oswego Oregon. In addition there are 7 seven grandchildren who he cherished time with: Kelly and Patrick Clendenning; Christian, Nicholas and Peter Nelson; and Andrew and Katie Kasabian. Don graduated from Queens University in Kingston Ontario with a BS in Engineering Physics in 1954 and a Master's Degree from University of Santa Clara in Electrical engineering in 1967. Don's brothers and his wife Carolyn also graduated from Queens University. Don and family came to Willow Glen in 1961 where they lived for 50 years while he built his career with Lockheed Missiles and Space. During the 32 years at Lockheed he designed flight control systems for missiles followed by greater responsibility around managing teams of engineers in the guidance and control division. He was affectionately known as a Rocket Scientist who directed the development of missile systems capable of detecting, intercepting and destroying incoming ballistic missiles out of the atmosphere. These projects had names like HOE, ERIS and Thad and took him to various places like the Kwajalein Islands to participate in missile launches. Don had many interests but foremost was his love of family. Family was the priority. Throughout the years he would be at his kids events whether baseball, softball, or dance and when needed he would coach and or volunteer in whatever way possible. Other major interests were camping, skiing, tennis (he played doubles into his early 80s) hiking, Hockey games (sharks), reading, bird watching and education. Once retired, they enjoyed trips to Hawaii and frequent cruises around the world. Don will be remembered for many things but love of family and the priority it was in his life will never be far from our hearts.
Barbara Grant Kangas Armor ’66 passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on January 16, 2017. She was born on April 21, 1944 in Los Angeles, to Lib and John Grant. After spending most of her childhood in Bakersfield, Calif., she graduated in 1962 from Santa Catalina School in Monterey, and in 1966 from Santa Clara University. She was a teacher in Monterey when she met John Kangas, whom she married in September 1969.
After a few years on the East Coast, Barbara moved to Springville in 1980 and became very involved in her local community. She was a soccer coach and Springville 4-H leader when her children were young, a substitute teacher at Springville School and Porterville High School for more than 20 years, a past president of the Porterville High School Booster Club and, most recently, an active member of the Las Madrinas Guild supporting Valley Children's Hospital. Barbara also served on the alumnae board of Santa Catalina School for more than 10 years, for which she received the school’s Distinguished Alumnae Award.
More than anything, she loved spending time with family, friends, and her dogs in the mountains at Doyle Springs. There, in 1997, she reconnected with her close childhood friend Bill Armor, and they married in December of that year.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Bill, her daughter Jakie Kangas Beard (Dan), her son Kurt Kangas, her grandson John Robert Beard, her siblings Joanna Grant Hartigan (Wayne) and John Edward Grant, Jr., four nieces and nephews, and six grandnieces and grandnephews. She also is survived by Bill’s children, Christina Armor, AnneLisa Armor Butcher (Brad), and Andrew Armor (Tori), and by two grandsons, James and Charles Butcher.
Larry Henninger, M.B.A. '64 died peacefully in the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Vi in Palo Alto on April 11, at age 83. He was born on Jan. 12, 1933, in Roseburg, Oregon. One of his biggest adventures as a teenager was attending the International Boy Scout Jamboree in France in 1945, an unusual opportunity to see Europe while it was still recovering from WWII. He graduated from Stanford in 1954 with a B.A. in economics. During his Stanford days he was president of Theta Xi fraternity and was a sponsor in the freshman dorm, Encina. It was in this role he met Amber '71, M.A. '80, who was a sponsor in the freshman women's dorm, Roble. They married in 1954 in Menlo Park.
He was in Air Force ROTC and left immediately after graduation to report to Texas. After his initial training, he was sent to Lakenheath/Mildenhall in England where Amber joined him in 1955 after her graduation. They used this time abroad to travel whenever possible, seeing much of Europe before it was a common destination. After coming back to the States in 1956, they returned to Palo Alto and Larry began his career in 1956, in what was then called Personnel, at Litton Industries. His next employer was Philco and he worked in finance there during its transition to Philco/Ford. After that, he was the business person in the team Peter McCuen put together to start Acurex -- Larry and 17 engineers. He continued in this role in Barron Data Systems in San Leandro until the 1980s when he went into his own business as a consultant for small businesses. These clients presented very special opportunities for him to use his skills in helping people define the role they and their companies should play in the fast emerging electronics industry.
Larry was in one of the first classes in the part-time night MBA program at Santa Clara University. Though he felt he was not an academic, he enjoyed the program for its mix of students who often were more versed in the application of the material while the professors knew the theory. Convinced of the value of the program, he served on the Business School Advisory Board for several years. He also started at Santa Clara the CEO Forum, a group of small company CEOs who met monthly to share their issues in the role of CEO, an opportunity available only when there is personal trust built within the group. What Larry liked most was helping people find how they might be all that they could be. Whether that was with clients, friends or family -- whether in long conversations over dinner, in formal meetings or phone calls in time of difficulties -- Larry was there to listen.
In the consulting role Larry had the opportunity to spend four years as liaison with the Chambre du Commerce de Haute Normandie, in Rouen, France, trying to find ways to facilitate relationships between Rouen and Silicon Valley. In the early 1990s, through USAID, he participated in a project to try to share his enthusiasm for entrepreneurship in Russia as they began to transition from Communism. With the lack of understanding for the basic personal attitudes to enable the transition, after 40 years of Communism, his skills were well utilized in companies with less than 200 people. It was a great disappointment to see how the current Russia has been reverting to its old lifestyle. Nevertheless, he has retained lasting friendships with his Russian contacts.
In the community, Larry was a member of Rotary and very active in what was then the Stanford Area Council Boy Scouts. He was on the Executive Committee as well as in leadership roles in the troops to which his sons belonged. He received the Silver Beaver Award from the Council. He also led several council troops to National Jamborees on the East Coast.He was a devoted follower, win or lose, of Stanford football and men's basketball. He believed Stanford athletes were unique in their focus -- focus necessary to try to mesh academic, athletic and personal lives. Involvement with Hoover Institution also was most rewarding, particularly with the National Security Affairs Fellows Program and the annual classes of military and State Department personnel with whom he thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to interact.
He was very proud of his sons, Dwight and Derek, truly pleased that they had grown, each in their own ways, to be contributing members of society as he had hoped. Larry and Amber had 61 years of shared opportunities and pleasures. In the '80s and '90s, they spent considerable time at Incline Village at Tahoe, enjoying the mountains and their friends there. In recent times Larry's health had made that less possible.
John McInerney '67 passed away on August 8, 2016 surrounded by his family. Born in Los Angeles, CA on March 22, 1945, John grew up in Temple City, CA, attended La Salle High School in Pasadena, CA and then went on to earn his B.A. at Santa Clara University where he played on the baseball team. John was a veteran who proudly served his county in the Vietnam War. John and his wife, Evelyn settled in Arcadia, CA and John enjoyed a successful career of close to 40 years as a Commercial Insurance Broker. Of his many achievements, John was most proud of his family. He loved being a husband and father and relished in any time he got to spend with his family and extended family.
He is loved and survived by his wife of 39 years, Evelyn McInerney and their two children, Erin and Drew McInerney. He also leaves behind four siblings: Tom McInerney, Eileen (Patrick) McDermott, Mark (Carolyn) McInerney and Matt (Luanne) McInerney. Additionally, he is survived by so many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. John leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and of an exemplary life.
Loving father and husband, David H. Colby ’59, M.S. ’67 passed away on December 24, 2016 surrounded by his family after suffering many years with Parkinson’s disease. David was born on February 12, 1931 and was raised in the Oakland Bay Area. Dave served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He finished his degree in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University in 1959 and spent his career in electron beam engineering. Dave married Judith Titus whom he always called “his bride,” and together they raised two children in Fremont. Six grandchildren added joy to his life. Dave was known for his wonderful attitude, sense of humor, and his generous spirit in splitting everything in half to share. Like his mother, a history buff, he compiled his father’s stories from WW1. He also wrote his early memories living in San Leandro as well as stories from the Navy years, all to share with his children. He was a man with a song always in his heart and would sing a lyric that related to any moment. Dave’s humor had a practical side—with his kids, he always asked about the “three fluids of life”: car oil, financial liquidity, and how’s your gut? He fixed breakfast every morning for his family and was called “Dr. Dave” by many for his ability to fix small wounds or bigger problems. If you knew him you were lucky. David is survived by his wife, Judy Colby of Fremont, Sarah Colby Stueckle and family of Ventura County and Steve Colby and family of Vancouver, British Columbia.
William Hugh Baber III '68, J.D. '71, a retired attorney, pilot and family man, passed away on Monday, October 24th at age 69. Bill was born and raised in Willows, California graduating Willows High School in 1964. At Willows High, he played baseball (catcher), basketball and football, where he was a proud "Willows Honker." As a teenager, Bill spent many weekends playing golf at the Glenn Golf and Country Club. Growing up in Willows, Bill loved to spend time with his father and grandfather on their nearby ranches. His father, William H. Baber, Jr., was a well respected sheep rancher and past president of the California Wool Growers Association. Bill was very proud of his father's military service in defending our country as a lead Bombardier in WWII. Bill's grandfather, Hugh Baber, managed the Llano Seco Rancho in Butte County and was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1971. "Hugh Baber Lane" at the Llano Seco was named in his honor. Bill's mother, Suzanne La Force Baber, was a shining star in his life. A classical pianist from Midland, Texas, Sue started the Junior League in Willows and played the piano and organ at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She was much beloved by her husband and two sons, Bill and his brother, Clark. Bill was also very close with his family in Texas. Watson La Force, his maternal grandfather, was a renowned businessman in the independent oil and gas industry. His efforts for the community of Midland's flying transportation work resulted in the current development and operation of the Midland International Terminal. Watson too had a street named after him, "La Force Blvd." When Bill was growing up, his grandfather and grandmother would take him for rides in their twin engine Cessna. Bill always attributed his love of flying to his grandfather. In 1968, Bill graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Political Science. He went on to attain a law degree from Santa Clara Law School in 1971 following his clerkship in a large law firm in Midland, Texas. In college and law school, Bill had a very special group of friends. There were always many fun stories and a lot of laughs following their fly fishing, hunting and golfing adventures. Following passing the State Bar on December 7, 1971, Bill practiced law with the Minasian Law Firm in Oroville, California for 32 years. His practice included water rights, civil litigation and business law. As a young litigator, Bill brought a case, "Royal Globe," before the California Supreme Court and won. In 1974, Bill moved to Chico and started his family. He loved to take his family skiing: Squaw Valley, Snow Mass, Aspen and Vail were some of his favorite ski resorts. Bill's children started skiing at age three. Because of his very adventurous spirit, Bill encouraged his family to ski the black diamond slopes, ski the powder through the trees and helicopter ski. Bill was an avid pilot and loved to fly for both business and pleasure. He received his private pilot's license in 1979, the year his son, Scott, was born. Flying his family to the Nut Tree for breakfast and taking the train to the restaurant was one of Bill's favorite flying trips. Physical activities and sports with family and friends were always a passion for Bill. He really enjoyed duck and pheasant hunting with his son and Uncle Jack in Colusa as well as fly fishing with his family in Deer Creek and Alaska. Golf, snow skiing, water skiing, tennis and jogging through Bidwell Park were some of Bill's favorite pastimes. Most every Sunday, Bill attended St. John's Episcopal Church with Father Richard Yale. He felt blessed to be part of a loving, positive church community. Bill's zest for life and contagious laugh will always be remembered. He was very grateful to spend special time with his children and grandchildren. Bill is survived by his two children, Kelly Kristine Nelson and Scott Baber; his four grandchildren; his Uncle Jack Baber; his nephew Mike Baber, and his niece, Melissa Baber; his aunt and uncle, Watson and Patti La Force and four cousins, including Jack "Jon" Baber M.B.A. '86.
Gregory Palmer Schmidt '69, age 69, former Secretary of the California Senate and Chief Executive Officer of the California Senate Rules Committee for 18 years, passed away on Aug. 24, 2016 surrounded by his family and friends in Citrus Heights, California.
He was born in Oakland, California on May 3, 1947 and attended Assumption School and Parish in San Leandro, followed by Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. After one year at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, he attended Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor's degree in History in 1969. He then achieved his Master's Degree from Berkeley in 1973. He also proudly served in the California Army Reserve "Fighting 91st" in Fort Ord and Sausalito.
As a young man, he was a consultant to Mayor Joseph Alioto's campaign in San Francisco, Senator Bill Lockyer's staff later as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Assembly Committees on Human Resources, Labor and Employment, and Consumer Affairs. In his later years he served the Senators Pro Tem: Bill Lockyer, Don Perata, John Burton, and Darrel Steinberg. In every situation he was either a leader, a counselor, a classics scholar, a humorist, or a visionary. He was often the voice of reason in any given room.
In the latter part of his capitol career he enjoyed being the Chairman of the California International Relations Foundation and promoting historic preservation projects and commemorations on the occasion of California's 150 birthday.
He was always an advocate for others, finding the best in people and promoting their good aspirations at every opportunity. He was truly a friend of mankind and never missed an opportunity to help people become the best they could be. His humor, wit, and kindness were legendary and will be sorely missed.
His family meant the world to him, beginning with his children Jeffrey Schmidt (Sara), Dr. Korina Tanner '93 (James) , John Schmidt (Beth), Thomas Schmidt (Allison) and his 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Charlotte Schmidt, and lovingly remembered by his companion, Cathleen Gardella who provided such good care for him during his final days and was the joy of his life in his final years.
He will be forever cherished by his brothers Paul Schmidt '72 (Gloria), Brendan Schmidt (Denise), and their children, his childhood friend Steve Costa of Inverness (the unofficial fourth brother), and the larger Schmidt, Palmer, Haynes, and Cunningham families, as well as numerous friends and associates throughout the state.