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Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last month 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.