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Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
A resident of Menlo Park for 46 years, Raymond Basso ’67, MBA ’70 was born to Lawrence Basso and Catherine (Lena) Basso on March 15, 1945. His early years were spent in San Francisco, and he attended Saint Vincent De Paul Elementary School, Saint Ignatius High School, and SCU, where he graduated with a degree in political science. It was there that he met and fell in love with his beautiful bride, Mary (Moroney) Basso ’67.They were married in 1967. In 1971, Raymond earned his MBA from Santa Clara. He spent most of his adult life working for Hewlett Packard as a comptroller. After nearly 30 years at HP, he worked for his family business, Guyan Eagle, for several years. In retirement, he was a member of the San Mateo Grand Jury, and in 2011, he was the foreman of the Grand Jury. Raymond passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his children on June 17, 2016. His dear wife Mary passed away on April 1 of that year. Together they leave behind their beloved children: Ray Basso Jr, Sarah (Luis) Vergara, Brian (Samantha) Basso, and Anne-Marie Basso. Raymond will be dearly missed by his brother, Lawrence (Susan) Basso and his sister-in-law Sheila (Ron) Santero, and brothers-in-law Carl Moroney, Barry (Faye) Moroney, Tom (Carole) Moroney, and Mark Moroney, as well as by many nieces and nephews. Raymond was a doting grandfather to his seven grandchildren: Kevin Basso, Andre Basso, Noah Vergara, Luca Vergara, Sofia Vergara, Cade Basso, and Jenna Basso. They will never forget their amazing “Pop.”
Paul Luper M.S. ’70 was born in Houston, Texas, but raised in California. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona College and received his master’s in electrical engineering. Paul had an illustrious 40-year career with IBM. He also held management positions at Memorex of California and Atlas Electronics of Malaysia. Other accomplishments include service to the community as a board member of Caritas. He was an Elder, business owner, and mentor, and he received many outstanding citations from IBM. He married the love of his life, Berna, in 1986. Paul was a devoted family man and a loving father and well respected in the community. He moved to Austin, Texas, in 1990 and made his life there for the past 27 years. He was a faithful friend and a trusted confidant, compassionate, and sought to put the needs of others before his own. He was also kind and soft-spoken, with a peaceful spirit and temperament. His contagious smile brought joy to the room. At the age of 77, Paul went home to be with the Lord on July 25, 2017. His newest assignment in heaven comes with the promise that his youth and strength will be renewed like the eagles and that he will be reunited with family and friends he has not seen in a long time. He will be dearly missed by those he loved who celebrate the fact that he is in the presence of Jesus now and forever. Paul is survived by his wife, Berna; his sons Erik, Jemal, and Justin; his daughter, Amanii; his grandchildren, Christian, Myesha, Brianna, Kiah, Jordan, Jahquila, Irie, and Azari; his sisters, Judi and Jane; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother, William, and his parents, George and Berniece.
Howard Ogden Lilly ’70, MBA ’73 entered into rest on May 14, 2017. A resident of San Jose, he was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Davis, California. Ogden graduated from SCU in 1970 and was a CPA for 47 years at Boitano, Sargent, & Lilly. He enjoyed watching the San Francisco Giants and especially enjoyed his sons’ athletic events. He was the unofficial photographer of his extended family, the Ravizza’s. Ogden is survived by his wife, Rose, and sons Oggie (Marianne and grandson Bennett) and Aaron (Nicole). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hoover Middle School PTSA/Athletic Program, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126; or Lincoln High School Foundation, 555 Dana Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126.
Gerald Henry Quilici ’70 was born at Palo Alto Hospital on June 29, 1948, to Henry and Bruna Quilici. He spent his childhood years in Mountain View, attending St. Joseph’s Catholic School and St. Francis High School. He graduated from SCU with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Jerry became a registered civil engineer and worked for the County of Santa Clara, primarily in the Land Development Engineering Department, for 34 years. Following his retirement in 2004, he changed careers and worked as a tax preparer for McFarlane, Cazale & Associates and for Petersen & Associates. Jerry met his wife, Louanne Bergna, while she was working in the County Planning Department, and they married at Mission Santa Clara in 1979. Jerry was active in dog training and obedience trials for over 20 years and was a member of the Standard Schnauzer Club of Northern California. He enjoyed playing softball and golf and was an avid follower of the SF Giants, SF 49ers, and Golden State Warriors. He and Louanne enjoyed traveling—and whenever they were in a city with an MLB team, they would take in a game, sometimes even touring the ballpark. Jerry was able to go to spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2016. Jerry was happiest when he was with his family and friends, drinking a Manhattan. Jerry passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 7. After successfully battling brain cancer (CNS Lymphoma) three times since 2011, Jerry succumbed to complications of pneumonia. He remained a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather through the end. Jerry is survived by Louanne Quilici, his loving wife of 37 years; daughters Lauren Quilici (Travis Hinkle) and Tessa (Justin) Parks; grandsons “JJ” Parks and Conrad Hinkle; mother Bruna Quilici; and sister Judy (Steve) Ehrat. He is predeceased by his father, Henry Joseph Quilici.
C. Alan Parbury ’70 was born on Aug. 13, 1947, in San Jose, the only child of the late Charles Byron and Ethel Noakes Parbury. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and graduated with a B.S. from SCU. After graduation, he pursued careers in the financial and real estate investments markets in addition to sales. Sports were his passion, with baseball and golf being his favorites. After a hand injury ended his pitching career, he turned to golf. He won local championships and became a scratch handicap player. He served two terms as chairman of the board of governors at Crow Canyon Country Club—also serving on the greens, tournament, and handicap committees. He was a NCGA rules official for local tournaments and volunteered on committees for the PGA and LPGA. In 1992, he received an appreciation certificate from the U.S. Open Championship for his dedication and volunteerism. He passed away on June 15 at ManorCare Health Services in Walnut Creek at the age of 69. He is survived by Shirley A. Buxkemper, daughter Cynthia Parbury, stepdaughter Jamey Moore, wife Carole, and their son, Rowan.
Anthony “Tony” Lo Bue M.A. ’70 was born on Feb. 1, 1938, in San Jose. His parents, Salvatore and Lena Lo Bue, were recent immigrants from Sicily. Tony attended Campbell High, where he excelled at school activities, including varsity football and student council. He was elected class president every year and student body president his senior year. Upon graduation in 1956, Tony had planned to follow his father in the produce business. However, he felt called to other goals. He and his new wife, Georgia, moved to San Luis Obispo, California, to attend Cal Poly. He was awarded a B.S. in truck crops in 1962. Still desiring additional education, Tony received a teaching credential and a master’s in education from SCU. In 1991, Santa Clara University recognized him as an Outstanding Alumnus. Tony began his career in education working for the Santa Cruz Office of Education. The greatest contribution he made in his profession came when he worked for the Scotts Valley School District. His strength and creativity shone as he worked with students as a school counselor. With other staff he wrote the ACARE program, which helped students develop caring, compassionate attitudes and behavior. He would go from classroom to classroom implementing this program with students. Every month he presented the “Bear Hug Assembly,” recognizing students for outstanding and caring behavior. His positive impact is still remembered by many! He wrote and published the book, Take My Hand. Later, although retired from the school district, he continued to inspire prospective teachers in the Bethany College teacher education program. He concluded his teaching career at Twin Lakes Christian School, acting as second-grade teacher and sharing the ACARE program with students, staff, and parents. After full retirement from teaching, Tony enjoyed woodworking; many people still enjoy the Adirondack chairs he made! In addition to his successful career, Tony was a dedicated husband and father. He met his wife Georgia in 1955 and they married in 1959. Daughter Elizabeth arrived unexpectedly while Tony was a student at Cal Poly. Son Mark was born as Tony began his master’s program. Spending time with his children brought him much joy and laughter. He had a knack for imparting wisdom in a unique and creative style. Tony passed into heaven Aug. 3, 2017. He will always be loved by his wife, Georgia, daughter Elizabeth (Francis Krebs), and son Mark (Theresa Kehoe LoBue) as well as grandchildren Anthony, Colette, and Ethan.
Michael George Emery ’71 was born to George and Marjorie Emery on Nov. 18, 1949, in Poughkeepsie, New York, migrating to Los Gatos in the 1957. He attended St. Mary’s School, St. Francis High School, and SCU. Michael was passionate about radio. He was an FCC-licensed engineer and in 1972 was one of the co-founders of KKUP 91.5FM community radio, which still serves the South Bay today. Michael was also an original volunteer with the Los Gatos Disaster Aid Response Team, where he spent many years supporting the community—including during the Loma Prieta earthquake. He retired from IBM after 15 years of service. Michael passed away on June 28 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue; four sisters: Lisa Patten, Ellen High, Megan, and Jennifer Emery; stepsons Dwight and Michael Cornwell; and several nieces and nephews.
Jack Watkins MBA ’71 was born in Newton, Iowa, on May 18, 1929—the only child of John Earl and Eva Lorena (Franz) Watkins—and grew up in the Midwest. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska, an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Santa Clara. Jack served on active duty in the Navy for three years. While stationed in Japan, he met his wife, Alice, who was a Navy nurse. He participated in the Naval Reserve for over 26 years, retiring as a captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Jack and Alice married on Nov. 27, 1957. Their first home was in Glendale, California, where they welcomed their first daughter, Diane, in September of 1958. They quickly added to that when Debbi was born in 1960, Donna and Doug (who passed away at 11 months from Down Syndrome) in 1961, and Linda in 1963. They had a wonderful marriage and set a great example for their daughters, who each have celebrated over 25 years of marriage. Jack spent 40 years as a professional engineer, retiring in 1994 as a vice president for Montgomery Watson Consulting Engineers. He was involved with major water quality and treatment projects in the Western United States and Canada. He served on many professional engineering organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington. Jack was appointed to the State of Washington Water Supply Advisor Committee and served on that committee for many years. In addition to his engineering career, he was involved in many community activities, serving as co-chairman of the committee for funding the new Clover Park High School as well as a trustee for Pierce College for 10 years. Jack was a member of the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club for many years, including a year as president. He became a Christian in 1955 while stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, where he and Alice were active in missionary outreach in Japan for over 30 years. He spent much of his adult life working with youth, young adults, and young married couples in several churches in California and Washington. He loved to travel, and he and Alice were able to visit many parts of the world. Jack also loved spending time with his grandchildren whenever he had a chance. Jack is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters Diane (Mark Hartenstine) and Deborah (Brian Harper); and Brian Goff and Linda and Rob Moynan; grandchildren Jessica, Stephen, Nathan, Michael, Amanda, Brett, Shannon, Leanne, John, James, and Matthew; and two great-granddaughters, Mayah and Addilynn, all whom he loved with his whole heart.
Francis Burton Doyle ’71 was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended St. Anne and St. Stephen schools and graduated from Archbishop Riordan High School in 1967. He received a B.A. in history from SCU in 1971, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a LL.M. in taxation from Golden Gate University. The founding partner of WealthPLAN, Frank was an estate and trust attorney whose practice touched the lives of many families and local charities. He was past president of Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council, served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Notre Dame High School. He also helped found and grow the SCU Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium and taught Wills and Trusts at Lincoln Law School for almost 25 years, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award last spring. Frank worked hard, but he also led a rich life outside of work. He loved to read and write, and he honed his craft by taking writing courses at Stanford Continuing Studies. He was interested in history, politics, and social justice and always enjoyed lively conversation with friends and colleagues. He was an avid golfer who frequently woke early to drive up to play at the Olympic Club, where he was a member for over 50 years. He was famous in his family for a hole-in-one on the 17th hole on the Ocean Course on Mother’s Day in 1993. Frank was a strong supporter of Catholic education and proud that all three of his children graduated from Catholic elementary and high schools and Jesuit universities, just as he had done. On Sept. 15, 2017, he died peacefully at his San Jose home due to stomach cancer. He was the beloved husband of Nancy Fahrner Doyle ’72; loving father of Megan Eileen Doyle (Kevin Iadonato), John Francis Doyle (Laura), and Colleen Doyle Kendrick (Jeffry); much-loved “Papa Bear” of Eleanor Rose and Clare Elizabeth Doyle, Mario Francis Iadonato, and Cora Jane Kendrick; and admired oldest brother of Gerald James Doyle, Richard Doyle, and the late Joseph Charles Doyle.
Barbara Lucy Nicoara J.D. ’71 was born on Aug. 3, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan, and married John Nicoara in 1956 during her senior year at the University of Michigan. They welcomed her first child, Joe, in 1957. John’s career took their young family to San Diego, California, Denver, Colorado, and finally to his job at Lockheed in Sunnyvale in 1962. By 1964, the family had grown with the arrival of James, Peter, and Anne Marie.
Barbara graduated from SCU with a law degree by attending night classes while raising her four children as a single parent. She practiced family and criminal law and gained valuable political experience while running political campaigns in San Jose. She inevitably came to the attention of California Assemblywoman Leona Egland and was hired to run Leona’s San Jose office. Eventually, the County of Santa Clara hired Barbara to work in labor relations and negotiating labor contracts. She retired in 1985 and began a private consulting business.
In 1975, Barbara found a kindred spirit in George Lewis, who shared her love of civic engagement. Their first date was to a very romantic SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association!) event. George and Barbara were married in 1977, bringing George’s two sons, David and Tim, into the fold. While George was employed at MH Engineering in Hollister, he and Barbara purchased 40 pristine acres in Paicines, California, and for a time lived on the property in a trailer with their two dogs and cat while they built their home.
Living in the country did nothing to deter Barbara’s community involvement. She joined the Methodist Church and remained an active, contributing member for the rest of her life. She also was an active member of Chadeish Yameinu, a Jewish Renewal Community in Santa Cruz. In 1986 she was appointed to the San Benito County Arts Commission and became a founding member of the San Benito Oriana Chorale, an organization that still thrives. Over the course of her long and industrious community involvement, Barbara served on the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation board and spearheaded its Northside Challenge Campaign, raising $762,000. She also served on the seniors’ council for Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties and the diabetes collaborative. In conjunction with her work on the collaborative, Barbara began “Fit for Kids,” a yoga program designed to promote exercise and good nutrition at Calaveras and R.O. Hardin elementary schools, which continues to serve hundreds of kids each year. She helped form a singing group, The Old Time Religion Singers, who for years performed monthly at county convalescent and retirement homes. In addition, she campaigned for walkability improvements in new commercial developments in Hollister.
In 2006, the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce awarded Barbara “Woman of the Year.” She had a fierce and omnivorous intellect, was courageous, and could disagree with someone without being disagreeable. She loved books, music, and trailer camping with George and their dogs. She was a loyal and steadfast friend and a beacon of hope and resolve to those lucky enough to have known her. After a long and meaningful life, Barbara died on June 14 at her home in Hollister. She is survived by her husband, George, their six children, 12 grandchildren, and a sister, Elizabeth Hackett, of Detroit Michigan.
Linda (Irwin) Escobar ’72 passed away peacefully in her Roseville, California, home on May 18, 2017. She was born Feb. 10, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas, to Art and Phyllis Irwin. The family soon moved to Athens, Illinois, which is where she spent most of her childhood. When Linda started high school, her father, being in the Air Force, was relocated to Hawaii, which is where she spent the next four years of her life, along with sisters Judith, Barbara, and Mary and brother John. Eventually, her family came back to settle in Novato, California. After graduating with a psychology degree from SCU, Linda soon married the love of her life and best friend, Kenneth Escobar. Linda and Ken were married for nearly 45 years and spent 44 years in Santa Rosa, which is where they raised children Adam, Tim, and Donna before moving to Roseville this past August. For Linda, her children were her life and she made it clear to them how much she loved them and that she would do anything for them. During her time in Santa Rosa, Linda devoted her life to helping people. She worked as a counselor, both through her independent practice with couples and families as well as at St. Eugene’s School for more than 25 years. She loved working with the staff and the children at the school and empowering them with the knowledge and skills needed to solve problems and build and maintain friendships. Linda also coauthored the book Positive Discipline: A Teacher’s A–Z Guide, once again helping teachers and children overcome challenging behaviors at school. Linda was everyone’s “person”—she was the person everyone could count on to listen to them and to help them through a problem or situation. She was selfless in every sense of the word. She would drop everything that was on her full plate to help and she wasn’t happy or at peace unless those around her were happy. Linda knew just how to make each person she met feel like the most important person in her life. She had a special way of connecting with the people around her. Lots of things brought Linda joy in her life. She loved to sing and was very talented with the sewing machine. She also loved reading, painting, and being outside in the garden. She spent a large part of her life in the stands at countless baseball games cheering for her children and grandchildren. After Linda’s children were married and she became a mother-in-law to Jaime, Carolyn, and Kyle, nothing brought more joy to her life than welcoming her 10 grandchildren into the world: Madison, Mason, Marley, Maggie, Tianna, Brenden, Logan, Dylan, Drew, and Grace. Her grandchildren lit up her life and she found a way to make each and every one of them feel so very special and loved. Linda was a very involved Grammie and loved playing cards and solving puzzles with her grandkids. They would read books, sing songs, cook, sew, and do crafts together. Linda made sure that each grandchild had special one-on-one time with her to create lasting memories with Grammie. Linda has had an incredible influence on the lives of so many people. She will be greatly missed and is sure to live on in the hearts of all she has touched. Services will be held on Sunday, June 25, 4 p.m., at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Petaluma. Reception following at Petaluma Community Center, Lucchesi Park. If you would like to make a donation in Linda’s memory, please do so to either the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance or The Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Karen Mullings Stabeno M.A. ’72 was born May 9, 1945, the day after the Allies declared WWII victory in Europe. Her parents, Maurice and Katey Mullings, were both extraordinary people. Her sister, Peggy Mullings Ruff, was born five years later. Karen grew up in Garland, Texas, and graduated from Garland High School. She met her husband, Don, in study hall her junior year in high school. They were married on Aug. 6, 1965. Karen graduated with a degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1966 and completed her master’s at SCU in 1971. Karen and Don moved to San Jose in 1968, but returned to the Dallas area in 1971. She taught at Garland High School and Union School in San Jose, but later took a “20-year sabbatical” to raise her children. It was time well spent. In 1995 she reentered the workforce as a professor at DeVry in Irving, Texas. Karen loved her years as a teacher and was a wonderful model to her students at all levels she taught.
Karen gave birth to her first child, Amy Kathleen Stabeno Houghtaling, on Dec. 19, 1975. Her son, Andrew Lee Stabeno, was born on Jan. 16, 1980. She loved her children unconditionally with a joy and passion that never waned. Karen grew up in church her whole life, but truly came to know the Lord on a Sunday morning after hearing Angel Martinez, an evangelist, clearly share the story of the gospel at Orchard Hills Baptist Church in 1971. Karen and Don were active members of Forest Meadow Baptist Church and Scofield Memorial Church in Dallas. As they transitioned to living full time at their Lake House at Texoma, they became more and more active at Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro.
Karen taught children’s church for her children at Forest Meadow Baptist Church and even volunteered at Georgetown Baptist Church the Tuesday of its Vacation Bible School, three weeks before she died. A true lover of the stories of God, she read missionary stories to her children growing up. Although this was probably not her intention, God used these stories to spark a passion in them for the gospel that has led both overseas to share His story. Being a Camp Fire girl as a child in a group led by her own mother, Karen also led Camp Fire groups for her daughter, Amy. She was a second mother to several of her children’s friends growing up, and loved them all well. Karen’s son, Andrew, was married to Carrie Conner on Dec. 18, 2004. They have five children: Nathaniel, Jacob, Abigail, Ezra, and Eden. Karen's daughter Amy married Michael Houghtaling on Aug. 10, 2014. Karen passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family shortly after midnight on June 27. Blessed with good health her entire life, she was diagnosed with cancer on June 13 and Jesus took her home two weeks later. Her passing was virtually pain-free. She was sad to leave us all so soon but very excited about being present with the Lord. Karen is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She leaves behind her husband, Henry Don Stabeno; her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Michael Houghtaling; her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Carrie Stabeno; her five grandchildren: Nathaniel, Jacob, Abigail, Ezra, and Eden; her sister and brother-in-law, Mike and Peggy Ruff; her niece, Lacey Ruff Zuhoski; and a host of friends and family who will miss her greatly.
Jerry Pecharich ’72 was born in California on Sept. 24, 1948. He was a long-time resident of Richmond and lived 65 wonderful, loving, and happy years. He worked as a computer analyst in the technology field for 40 years. Jerry passed away on June 21, 2014, and was surrounded by loved ones. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Born in 1950 to Vito and Catherine Chiala, Lloyd Richard (Rick) Chiala ’73 moved with his family from Cupertino to the Eastman Kodak Estate (Fountain Oaks Ranch) in east Morgan Hill when he was 8 years old. Growing up in Morgan Hill, “Ricky” attended Live Oak High School and graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. degree. He started his career in agriculture irrigation systems (his father was the founder of Chiala Farms, which remains a family-owned, active agricultural producer in Morgan Hill and Santa Clara County) before getting his real estate broker license. He was active in commercial real estate sales and investments while simultaneously managing the Fountain Oaks family estate. In appreciation for the beauty of nature and his home, Rick was motivated to maintain the legacy of the mansion and estate. He loved sitting in the back patio after an exhausting day, sipping on a cocktail, and munching on cheese with family and friends. Rick also enjoyed getting away to the coastal weather in Santa Cruz. Known for his caring nature, honesty, integrity, and sense of responsibility and humor, Rick was active in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Italian Catholic Federation, Fish and Game, and Leadership Morgan Hill. He died unexpectedly on May 2, 2017.
Born in San Jose, Andrea “Punky” Conway ’73 learned what it meant to be a strong, independent woman from her mother, Sylvia “Skipper”, who was widowed when Punky was 5 years old. Skipper also instilled in Punky the importance of family, as she was very close to her own siblings, who played a vital role in her children’s upbringings. Punky was blessed to grow up with many cousins, attending St. Clare Elementary School and Mother Butler Memorial High School with them. While at SCU, Punky made lifelong friends through the Foxy Ladies Powder Puff team and met the love of her life, Patrick Conway. Pat and Punky married on Oct. 5, 1974, in the Mission Church. Punky walked down the aisle with flowers in her hair; she was not to be outdone by Pat, who was sporting a powder blue tuxedo. As newlyweds and young parents, Pat and Punky maintained close friendships with their college friends. They spent summers vacationing together on camping trips in the Chambers Landing area of Lake Tahoe, where they taught their children card games and camp songs. The family also spent many summers at Skipper’s beach house in Capitola, which is still a very special place for the family.
Punky had always dreamed of being mother to a large family, and as it turned out, she was very well suited for it. Living in San Rafael, she assumed the role of mother for not just her seven children, but also cared for countless children from the neighborhood. She was selfless and always willing to offer a helping hand, whether driving a carpool, assisting with homework, or just opening her home. Once all of her children were in school, Punky was able to pursue her passion for reading and working with children as a librarian at Vallecito Elementary School. She retired in 2000 and moved to Waukee, Iowa, when Pat was named CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. Shortly after the move, Punky rediscovered the great outdoors and trained for competitive sports through a very active lifestyle. She competed in half marathons, lifted weights at Spartan Strength, practiced her net game at Lifetime Fitness and Aspen Tennis Club, drove the ball at Des Moines Golf, and played doubles at Palm Valley Country Club. As a reward, Punky liked to treat herself to a skim mocha with half the chocolate and no whip, which would accompany her on strolls around the local lakes. In her downtime, she was a voracious reader who appreciated all genres and styles. As her children have attested, Punky (aka “Grandma Munky”), especially loved reading to her grandchildren. She also surrounded herself with women who loved what she loved: tennis and reading. In 2001, her tennis friends formed the Courtside Critics, a book club for tennis and book lovers.
Punky was a devoted mother, loving wife, adoring grandmother and inspiring friend to many. She was adventurous, full of life, and eager to get outside—often the first in the family to explore a new trail or park. While she loved the outdoors, she seemed happiest helping and supporting others. This generosity and compassion often extended beyond friends and family, including support for the Anawim Housing’s Women Empowering Families program, which provides safe, affordable homes for women and families—many of whom are single mothers. She was also a member of Prism, a women’s networking and social interaction group that focuses on creating awareness of community issues and needs and developing contacts with others in business. But paramount to all activities she joined was the intent to have a good time while bettering the community and herself. Punky passed away suddenly but peacefully on June 11 while hiking through Walnut Woods Park in West Des Moines, Iowa. She is survived by her husband, Pat Conway; seven children: Michael, Kevin (Samantha), Alison (Jason Vogt), Betsy (Chris) Fryday ’04, Brian (Megan), Dan (Katie Griffen), and Kaitlin (Jeff) Thompson; nine grandchildren: Amelia, Andrew, Nathan, Elliott, Declan, Vincent, Joseph, Brynlee, and Cooper; and siblings Charlie (Leigh), Rosie (Clive) Hallatt, and Jerry. Punky is now in heaven playing Shanghai and eating lots of chocolate with her parents, Skipper and Bob Nurre, as well as nephew Joe Nurre.
Ronald Wright J.D. ’74 was born on Sept. 18, 1936, in Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and was later raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from Turner High School in 1954 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1958. Shortly afterward, he married Connie, whom he met at a sailing regatta in Annapolis. Ron was then commissioned as a Marine Corps officer and received basic training in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Marine base in 29 Palms, California, where his first two children were born. His next assignment was to the Marine Barracks in Subic Bay, Philippines, where the family lived for two years, enjoying trips to Hong Kong and Japan provided by the military. Ron then returned to 29 Palms for a year before his admittance to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he studied electronics. His primary hobby was photography, and he took many photos while in Europe and various U.S. cities while accompanying Connie on her trips to business conferences. His other main interest was sailing, and he sailed in San Francisco Bay on his 27-foot boat for nine years. He was also interested in local politics and served on the local school board. He spent many hours participating in his children’s many activities and sporting events and took many camping trips with the family. In 1976, Ron graduated from Santa Clara School of Law. He was asked by a friend to work in Washington, D.C., and the family moved to that area, where he worked in the Department of Justice and at the Credit Union Administration. Six years later, the family returned to the West Coast, settling in Santa Cruz, California, where Ron installed the first computers in the local school district. He continued to travel, visiting Australia, New Zealand, and many towns in Mexico. Later he opened a small travel agency, giving sightseeing tips to prospective travelers. His next move was to the Seattle area, where he worked on computer systems for Litton, a transportation agency, for seven years. He was introduced to kayaking by a local group and enjoyed trips to Canada. Finally, he moved to Grass Valley, California, where he enjoyed retirement, kayaking on many out-of-town and local lakes, and hiking on numerous local trails. He also took guitar and art lessons and joined the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, working on numerous projects and serving as a driver for the Interfaith Food Ministry. Ron departed this life on June 24, 2017, in Grass Valley and is survived by his wife, Connie; four children: Ron Jr., Patrick, Marcia, and Chris; as well as five grandchildren: Michaela, Sarah, Alex, Mary, and Madeline.
A fifth-generation San Franciscan, Francis Oliva ’74 had numerous careers following SCU and a fine arts graduate degree from UC Irvine. He taught at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, worked as a production assistant at the San Francisco Opera, directed opera as a freelance opera stage director, and concluded his work as a consulting systems engineer with Bank of America’s residential loan division. Frank expressed his gratitude for his years of AA sobriety by founding a number of meetings in San Francisco in addition to running a well-known fourth step retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest. He is survived by his spouse of 31 years, Steve Mills, of Oakland; his brother, Anthony Oliva (Audrey) of Pacific Palisades, and his sister, Marge Oliva Villarreal (Javier), of San Jose.
A longtime resident of Santa Barbara, California, Edwin J. Rosenblatt ’74 was born and raised in Whittier, California. He graduated from St. Paul High School and SCU, obtaining a dual teaching credential in English and history and working as a teacher in his first career. Later, he became a business marketing consultant, traveling throughout the country and abroad. He had his own marketing business, EJR Consulting, for the remainder of his work life. Ed liked good food and cooking, reading, and following current events in politics. He enjoyed sports, including swimming and tennis, and especially surfing, which he loved most of all. Ed was happiest and most at peace when he was riding his board on the waves. His favorite charity was the Surfrider Foundation, with which he was involved and volunteered his time. Ed passed away on May 22 at age 64 after a long illness. He is survived by three sons, five siblings, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and friend, Kathryn Toriko Tsushima ’75 was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Columbus, Georgia, to Robert and Jeanne Tsushima. Although Kathryn grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, she moved to “the Mainland” to attend SCU—and in 1976, while completing her master’s in special Education at San Francisco State University, she met Daniel Keller. They married on Aug. 18, 1978. She worked as a special education teacher, market researcher, and most notably a passionate school librarian. Kathryn was an avid reader, traveler, volunteer, and mahjong player. Respiratory failure following thoracic surgery took her from the Keller and Tsushima families on June 29 at 62 years old. She is survived by husband Daniel, son Brian (Leslie), grandchildren Liam and Kana, daughter Marisa (Paul), parents Bob and Jeanne, and brother Michael.
The second of five children, Ronald T. Adams J.D. ’76 grew up in Florida and Colorado—with a stint in California—before settling down in Portland, Oregon. Ron was a passionate academic, earning a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois. He studied atomic physics at UC Davis and engineering economic systems at Stanford. Ron received his J.D. from SCU in 1976 before moving to Portland, where he practiced law with Black Helterline until his retirement in 2013. Ron was an avid tennis player, enjoyed biking, and traveled extensively with his family and friends. His dry sense of humor was well known and his wise council always appreciated. On Aug. 14, 2017, he passed away at home surrounded by family due to ALS. He will be remembered for his warm heart, personal integrity, intellectual curiosity, and kindness. Ron is survived by his wife of 44 years, Debbie; sons Tracy and Greg and daughters Sarah and Emily; their spouses; and grandchildren.
Derek Woodhouse J.D. ’76 was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At age 9 he moved with his family to California and settled in Campbell. He graduated from Campbell High, San Jose State, and Santa Clara University School of Law. Derek volunteered for the draft in 1968 and served in Vietnam. While in the Army, he became an American citizen and married his high school sweetheart, Sheri Arnold. His legal career commenced in 1976 as a deputy district attorney. In 1979, he went on to practice labor and employment law for 25 years. He was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2005. Derek died peacefully in his home on July 19, 2017. He is survived by Sheri, his sweetheart and wife of 49 years; his children Elizabeth Adinolfi ’00 and Lindberg; his grandchildren Asher and Isabella; his sister, Sigrid; and his brother, Philip.
Pauline Sanchez ’77, M.A. ’79 was born in Glendale, Arizona, moving with her family to Mountain View as a youth and residing there for over 70 years. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1956 and earned her B.S. in sociology and master’s in counseling psychology from SCU. She spent the majority of her career in banking and loan processing. Her hobbies included travel, reading, gardening, knitting, crocheting, tennis, and golf. Pauline also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and her beloved dogs. She passed away May 13. Pauline is survived by her children: Debra, Paula, Adam, and Christopher (and canine companion Toto); her sister, Margaret; beloved cousin Sally; grandchildren Amy, Chris, Andrew, JJ, Ashley, and Josh; great-granddaughter Ella; former husband Jose; sons-in-law Michael, Jesse, and Ron; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; dear friends April, Charlie, Jelani, Mary Ann, Heidi, Donna, Bonnie, Paul, and many more. Pauline is beloved by many and will be missed until the end of time.
Damian “Chris” Huttenhoff ’77, 60, passed away on June 22, 2016, while vacationing in Santorini, Greece. He and wife Donna were celebrating his recent retirement from Broward County Public Schools. Chris was born Sept. 26, 1955, in Salinas, California. He graduated from Palma High School, received a B.A. from SCU, and received an MPA from USC. An avid tennis player and sports enthusiast—plus a lover of music, wine, and food—Chris will be remembered for his dedication to the students of Broward County and for giving them the opportunity to reach their potential and aim for higher education through athletics and cultural affairs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Patricia Huttenhoff. Chris is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna; two children, Ryan and Michelle; and sisters, Roni Leonard and Honey Faith.
Susan Alexandra Raffo ’78 was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. In her youth, she lived in Japan, Virginia, and in her beloved Dallas, Texas. She attended Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where she was a proud member of the class of 1974. Following graduation, she attended Santa Clara University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in business, followed by two master’s degrees from Golden Gate University. While at SCU, she met her devoted husband of 34 years, Robert “Bob” Raffo ’77. Susan’s work career started at Optimum Systems Inc., followed by key financial positions with Tandem Computers, Syntex Pharmaceuticals, Syva, Cisco Systems, Cisco Capital, and the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County. Her most cherished role was her final one as chief financial officer of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Susan was a founding member and president of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas Foundation in its early years. She served on the Board of Community Kids to Camp, was a hospice volunteer, and advised many other local nonprofits and individuals to mentor and help them reach their potential. She was serving as chair of the Oakwood Advisory Board for the Religious of the Sacred Heart and was proud to have been appointed to the Board of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She was devoted to the Ursuline sisters and the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Susan passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 5, 2017. In addition to her husband, Robert, Susan is survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lawrence and Susan K. Raffo (Burlingame), her brother-in-law Richard Raffo (San Mateo), her adored nephew, Timothy Raffo (Danielle) and his children Chase and Piper (South San Francisco), her beloved niece Kathleen Raffo (San Carlos), her sister Mary Hayes, and cousins and other extended family. Her parents, Lincoln Hayes and Agnes (Markovitch) Hayes predeceased her. She is also survived by all of her devoted friends in the Bay Area, Dallas, her community at Sacred Heart, and all of those whom she touched by her kindness, love and ever-present humor.