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1938

UGRD Arts & Sciences '38
John Filippi

John Filippi '38 was born in Hanford, California in 1915. He fell in love with Santa Clara the first time he set foot on campus in 1933. After graduating from Santa Clara in 1938 he attended Golden Gate University Law School. He served in the United States Army from 1943 - 1946. After his discharge he practiced law in Palo Alto. John is predeceased by his wife Elna of 70 years and survived by three children Judy Bishop '69, Dana Filippi '72 (Sharon Kniffin Filippi '73), and Lynn Momboisse '79 (Mike Momboisse '79); six grandchildren, three of which are Santa Clara graduates: Ellie Bishop Dexheimer '07, Robin Momboisse '07, and Richard Momboisse '10 (Melissa Heinrich Momboisse '10); and two great-grandchildren. John passed away December 19, 2016 in Modesto, at the age of 101. Please visit goo.gl/ZAVRpd to read Steven Saum's article on John Filippi in the sSummer 2016 Santa Clara Magazine.

submitted Jan. 16, 2017 2:16P
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GRD Law '40
George Doll

George Doll '38, J.D. '40 passed away in Santa Rosa on Friday, May 13, 2016. He was born in Santa Clara on March 22, 1918, age 98 years. George graduated from Santa Clara and received his J.D. in 1940 He served in the Navy during WWII as a Registered Publications Officer on the staff of Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander Third Fleet, South Pacific area. He was an asisstant U.S. Attorney in San Francisco and later practiced law for many years in Redwood City.

submitted Jun. 2, 2016 9:49A

1941

'41
Guido Marengo

Guido A Marengo Jr. '41, age 96, a native of Stockton, passed away on Aug. 29, 2016 after a brief illness. He was the son of Guido Marengo Sr. and Beatrice Campodonico Marengo. Guido graduated from Stockton High School and graduated from University of Santa Clara in 1941. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a Captain and was a member of the Fourth Marine Division. Guido made four landings in the Pacific during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for action on Iwo Jima.

Following the war Guido married Patricia Yardley. He managed the department store, Katten & Marengo, and the Credit Bureau of Stockton. Guido was very active in the community during his business career. He was President of the Associated Credit Bureaus of California, served on the Boards of Junior Achievement, Chamber of Commerce, Stockton Merchants Association, United Crusade, St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Hall, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and O’Connor Woods Retirement Center. Guido enjoyed playing tennis, swimming, gardening and traveling.

Guido is survived by his wife of 69 years, Patricia. He is the loving father of Julie Biagi (George), Dina Dimalanta (John H. Dimalanta '66), and Barbie Burke (Mathew), and is the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, including Gia M. Biagi '93 and Alicia A. Biagi '97 and nine great grandchildren.

 
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 10:07A

1944

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Francis Detert

Dr. Francis L. Detert '44, born on April 13th, 1923 in San Diego, CA, and passed away peacefully on August 19th, 2016 in his San Leandro home at the age of 93. Survived by his nephews: David Detert, and Mark Detert; niece Melissa Redmond; and 5 grand nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his brother Earl Detert, and sisters: Miriam Detert, and Sister Peggy Detert.

Francis graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree and continued on to Stanford University in 1950 receiving his PHD in Chemistry. In 1943-45 Francis served in the U.S. Navy in WWII in the Pacific Theatre commanding a LCI rocket firing gunboat. He participated in The Battle of Iwo Jima. Francis was employed with Chevron Research in Richmond, California for over 30 years. His expertise was in finding uses for oil byproducts. He traveled the world representing Chevron Research. Francis's interests and hobbies were spending the day walking all over San Francisco, traveling with his sisters, and wood carving. He was an avid SF 49er and Oakland A's fan. He was a member of the Olympic Club. He volunteered at San Quentin State Prison where he taught the inmates various business skills including book keeping. He also volunteered at senior housing centers. Cheers to Francis with an ice cold Heineken beer!

 

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 11:03A
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Edward Hulbert

Edward Hermann Hulbert '44, 93, passed away due to cancer on July 2, 2016 in Olympia, WA. He was born July 12, 1922 to Fred and Ursala Hulbert in Aberdeen, WA. He graduated from Aberdeen's Weatherwax High School, and Santa Clara University.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1942 during World War II. A 70-year resident of West Olympia, he was self-employed in the lumber, oil and real estate industries.

Edward married Beverly Hooker on August 4, 1942 in Aberdeen. She died November 28, 2012. He married Trina Ruiz on February 8, 2013.

He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Edward was full of humor. He had a positive personality, was compassionate, caring, creative, and detailed. He loved his family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking, boating, fishing, gardening, reading, beach combing, and raising oysters and clams.

Edward is survived by his wife, Trina Hulbert; children, Ted, Phil, Jane, Tom and Kathy; five grandchildren including Jamie Hulbert '97; 13 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Laura (Tom) Hackstadt and Jane Richardson.

submitted Sep. 19, 2016 10:06A

1948

UGRD Engineering '48
Eugene S. Campi

The Campi family patriarch, Eugene S. Campi ’48, has left this earth. He joins his beloved wife Mary Lou who predeceased him in 2008. Together they raised eight children: Steve (Nancie), Jim (Ann), Chris Taylor '72 (Patrick), Joan Makley (Kevin), Mike Campi ‘78 (Colleen), John (Melinda), Pat (Krissy), and Suzanne. Their immense love was passed onto their 17 grandchildren, including Adam Campi '11, and 13 great grandchildren.

Eugene, or "Cheech" to his friends, was a second- generation Oaklander, WWII veteran, home builder, and general contractor in the East Bay. He was born March 24, 1923. He attended University High in Oakland, Santa Clara University briefly before enlisting in the Army, spent two years in Europe as part of the 500th Engineer Light Ponton Co. building bridges, then returned to SCU to receive his civil engineering degree. His greatest love was his large family and the fun they all shared at regular family gatherings. He laid the foundation for our family teaching by example - hard work, time for fun, and letting each family member discover their own path to happiness. We are incredibly fortunate to be family, friends and relatives of one of the very best of the greatest generation, Eugene Campi. His legacy will forever live on in multiple generations of the Campi family. 

submitted Aug. 10, 2016 2:57P

1949

UGRD Engineering '49
Richard Blackburn

Richard R. "Dick" Blackburn '49  passed away peacefully at home on March 1,2016 in San Jose, California at the age of 94. His loving wife Angela preceded him in death on April 6, 2010. He and Angela had no siblings or children. Dick was born August 18, 1921 in the state of California. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and served in Japan. After the war ended, he returned to the U.S. and enrolled at the University of Santa Clara, subsequently graduating in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After Graduation, Dick took a position with the City of San Jose Public Works Department and obtained his State license as a Professional Civil Engineer. His many projects included the planning of the major Street Network, the design and construction of the Coleman-Market Overcrossing, and many other major street widening projects. He advanced to become the Operations Engineer and as such managed the Operations and Maintenance Branch of the Department. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant Director of Public Works. Upon retirement from the City of San Jose in 1980 (after 30 years of service), Dick performed volunteer work for the University of Santa Clara adding his expertise to aide the University in the project to realign "the Alameda" around the campus. He later took a position with the city of Santa Clara working on several projects concerned with energy conservation. Dick was also founding director of the San Jose Retired Employees Association and served as a director from June 1991 to 2008.

submitted Apr. 4, 2016 9:57A

Faculty & Staff

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George Fegan

George Fegan, former chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics, passed away December 20, 2016. Dr. Steve Chiappari '84 notes, “George played a vital role in the Department of Applied Mathematics and the School of Engineering, serving as a faculty member, academic advisor to students, and departmental chair as well as assistant dean for graduate programs for the School of Engineering. He began teaching part-time in the department in 1982. He took a full-time position in 1987 and was appointed chair of the department in 1990. He stepped down as chair in 2004 and retired from the department in 2005. All of us who have had the privilege of knowing George have appreciated his friendship, witty sense of humor, wonderful work with students, and sage advice. We have missed seeing him in the office. May his spirit continue to live in all of us whose life he has touched.”

George Fegan was born in San Francisco in 1935. If you took his word for it, his boyhood paper route extended over most of the Eureka Valley, Castro, and Mission. After terrorizing the nuns at Most Holy Redeemer, he went on to become student body president at St. Ignatius, where he was an all-state hurdler. He held a BA from USF, master's degrees from SJSU and SFSU, and a PhD from OSU. He was a lifelong educator, teaching high school English for years before becoming a math professor at Santa Clara University, where he was department chair and an associate dean.

He made his pasta from scratch. He gave Johnny Mathis his first gig. His basketball nickname was the Butcher. Or the Hammer—one of those. He once relieved himself upstream of George H. W. Bush. He got his master's in English and then his PhD in math because why not? As an altar boy, he nearly burned down the church; this was possibly an accident. His mustache was better than yours. He was the only white person to work at Henry's Hunan Restaurant. He was a published poet. He was a published mathematician. He was a terrible rabbit hunter. He had gout, the disease of kings. He was George Lucas' favorite high school teacher. He hated Reagan. He had eight toes. He could still arm wrestle you under the table at 80. He was a professor emeritus without ever receiving tenure. He once flew halfway around the world to show up on his future wife's doorstep unannounced. Most of this is true.

His family—wife Sophie Chung Fegan; children Jeff Fegan '79, Debra Meyer, and MacKenzie Fegan; scores of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews—will miss his mushroom risotto and questionable sense of humor. They will not miss his singing voice. 

Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife, Sophie, in care of the Department of Applied Mathematics.

 

 

submitted Jan. 16, 2017 7:52A
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Andre Delbecq
Andre Delbecq, a Toledo native who was a business management professor and former dean of business and administration at the Santa Clara University in California, died Oct. 12 in Stanford University Medical Center. He was 80.
 
The cause of death was pancreatic cancer diagnosed about eight days before he died, said his wife, Mili Delbecq '78.
 
“He had surgery on Monday before he passed away. He never recovered from the surgery, which was a surprise to the surgeon and everyone else,” she said.
 
Mr. Delbecq graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1954 and received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Toledo four years later. He returned to UT in 1963 to teach business classes for three years after obtaining masters and doctoral degrees in business administration from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
 
His classmates from Central Catholic, which included the Rev. James Bacik, said Mr. Delbecq often returned to Toledo, sometimes several times a year, to visit friends. They said he was proud of his Midwestern roots and held a fondness for the city despite living nearly 3,000 miles away.
 
Mrs. Delbecq said her husband conceived the idea for the program for classes to connect business with ethics and religion after business leaders asked for it. Executives in the computer, telecommunications, and bioscience industries and others with advanced degrees were finding it difficult to reconcile their business lives with ethics and spirituality, she said.
 
“They seemed to feel the need for that and he tried to get the Jesuits to develop such a class. Finally, the president of Santa Clara told him that if you think it is needed so much than why don’t you start it,” she said.
 
From that proposal emerged the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. He was that center’s senior fellow when he died.
 
“He worked at the university the day before he went into the hospital. He was still active at Santa Clara as a professor and heading up some other departments in the university,” his wife said.
 
The retired pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish and now a visiting scholar at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Father Bacik said Mr. Delbecq’s spirituality was nurtured at Central Catholic and further developed after he arrived at Santa Clara.
 
“Very early he was more into spirituality than most people, and then he developed into it being in the Jesuit environment,” he said.
 
His death is a great loss for his loved ones and the University community that he served so generously for nearly forty years. We join with André’s wife, Mili, his family, and all those who mourn his loss.
 
André’s long and distinguished career at Santa Clara University began as Dean of the Leavey School of Business, a position he held from 1979-1989. His various appointments included Director of the Institute for Spirituality of Organization Leadership, Faculty Senate President, Thomas J. and Kathleen L. McCarthy University Professor, and Senior Fellow of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.  
André received numerous awards and recognition for teaching, scholarship and leadership, including President’s Recognition Awards, Extraordinary Achievement Awards, Dean’s Awards for Exceptional Teaching, Faculty Senate Professor of the Year, and most recently the Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship.  Leadership in his profession earned him appointments as the Eighth Dean of Fellows of the Academy of Management, President of both the Western and Midwest Academies of Management, Executive Director of the Organization Behavior Teaching Society; a listing in Who’s Who in the Management Sciences; The Distinguished Service to Management, Spirituality and Religion Award from the Academy of Management; and an honorary doctorate from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
 
Notable among André’s contributions are his teaching, service, and scholarship in leadership spirituality. True to the Ignatian charism that animated him, he applied his understanding and practice of prayer, meditation and reflection to organizational leadership. He played a foundational role in developing and shaping the field of Spirituality and Business Leadership. At Santa Clara, he founded the Ignatian Faculty Forum in 2002, and for almost 15 years he led the Forum in helping to engage faculty in reflective discernment and to discover Ignatian spirituality as it is lived by faculty.  In 2013, he founded and designed the Senior Leadership Forum, a program that invites those in senior leadership at the University to explore Jesuit higher education and to reflect on their own calling as leaders in higher education. 
 
Through his generous service, exceptional teaching, professional expertise, and deep spirituality, André earned the immense respect of his students and colleagues on campus and in his profession. While we have lost a good friend, a remarkable University citizen, and an Ignatian companion on the journey, we are thankful for André’s presence in our community and celebrate his life.
 
Born Sept. 30, 1936, he attended Blessed Sacrament School. He married the former Mili Mosher on April 15, 1989.
 
He served on the board of trustees of Ascension Health, Inc., a faith-based health care organization which operates hospitals in the Detroit area.
 
Surviving are his wife, Mili; daughter, Adrienne Delbecq-Backos; brother, Jean Pierre Delbecq, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jean-Marc Delbecq.
submitted Nov. 1, 2016 2:55P

Friends of the University

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Paula Z. Kirkeby

On Friday, April 1, the de Saisset Museum lost a dear friend. Paula Z. Kirkeby was the owner of Smith Andersen Editions and a relentless advocate for artists, all the way up to her last day. Three decades ago our relationship began when she entrusted the de Saisset Museum with the Smith Andersen Editions Archive representing some of the most important California artists of our time. She facilitated many other gifts to our institution and we are forever grateful. But more importantly, we will miss her laughs, her unique perspectives, her storytelling moments, and the precious times we spent together. We will miss her, but somehow right now it is comforting to know she left her mark on our institution.

Paula was born in Lynn, Massachusetts; she grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and fondly remembered being surrounded by artists and culture in her youth. Paula moved to Palo Alto, California, after marrying Stuart Kaplan in 1955. In October 1969, Paula and her second husband, Phillip Kirkeby, opened Smith-Andersen Gallery.
 
Smith-Andersen Gallery was to be Paula's lifework. Soon after opening, it became a hub of cultural activity and rapidly put Palo Alto in the "art scene." The gallery represented nationally and internationally known artists including Sam Francis, Bruce Conner and Ed Moses; it also worked with Nathan Oliveira, Frank Lobdell and Keith Boyle, who were on the Stanford faculty. Right up into 2016, many outstanding artists were supported by the gallery and benefited from Paula's generosity. Paula believed artists should be given support while they were living, and she lived this belief.
 
Smith-Andersen Gallery expanded to include the production of aquatint and monotype print-making and invited artists to work in-residence to produce works of fine art. These works have found homes, and are loved, the world over. Paula was a staunch advocate for monotype printing as a fine art at a time before it was in favor. Close relationships were forged with major Bay Area institutions including the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, Stanford University and the Achenbach Foundation. Paula was much loved and respected by a great number of people from many walks of life, and she will be remembered in part by the lasting legacy she left through charitable donations, time she spent with people who purchased their first works of art, and her passion and inspiration that she freely shared with artists. The art community has lost a creative and caring patron and the void will be difficult to fill.
 
Paula continued to run Smith-Anderson Gallery after her husband Phillip passed away in October 2011; she operated the gallery and print studio and hosted exhibitions. Her energy and passion seemed endless. As the 2016 spring equinox approached, Paula fell ill and was cared for by her sons and daughters-in-law, yet she still managed Smith-Andersen from her bedside until her family, their hands in hers, bid her farewell.
 
Paula is survived by her three sons and six grandchildren. 

 

submitted Apr. 5, 2016 1:57P
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James R. Blair

James Robert Blair, Jim, passed away October 5, 2016 in Parker, Colorado.  Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 11, 1944 to Jerald Blair and Helen Swanson Blair who preceded him in death.  He was 72 years old.
 
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years the end of this month, Donna Blair, his sons, Steve and his wife, Kathleen, and Ron ‘93, J.D. ‘98, MBA ‘99 and his wife, Lisa ‘94, MBA ‘99 all of Parker, Colorado.  He also leaves behind five grandchildren-Glen, Justin, Cameron, Kaitlyn, and Allison and one great-grandson, Emmet.   He is also survived by his two siblings, Jerome Blair and his wife, Arlene of Aptos, California and Janet Russel and her husband, Larry of Los Gatos, California.  He also has numerous other close relatives and friends.
 
He married his childhood sweetheart on October 24,1964.  He graduated from Cupertino High School in California in 1962 and received a degree from Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA.  He went on to study at San Jose State.  He was a very successful real estate developer in the Silicon Valley and Denver area.  He also served on numerous boards over the years including Santa Clara University, Bellarmine College Preparatory, North Park College, First Covenant Church, Heritage Bank and as Chairman of the Board on The World among others.
 
Jim and Donna spent most of their married life in the San Jose, California area.  They relocated to Colorado in 2006 to be closer to their sons and their grandchildren.    
 
Jim was a lover of life and enjoyed traveling extensively with family and friends.  He and Donna traveled to all seven continents and spent several years traveling around the world aboard The World, a residence cruise ship.  Jim enjoyed playing golf, downhill skiing, scuba diving and many other activities.  He was a runner and loved to run wherever their travels took them.  
 
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four years ago, Jim finally lost the battle to this disease surrounded by his family.  "I have fought the good fight.  I have finished the race.  I have kept the faith."  (2 Timothy 4:7)

submitted Dec. 7, 2016 1:39P
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Bernadette Allen

Bernadette Allen passed away on Nov. 22, 2016. She was a member of the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 10:55A

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Phil Cullen

Phil Cullen MBA '08 passed away on May 3, 2015. He was a senior consultant with Manex, a nonprofit NIST affiliate, helping small to mid-sized manufacturers to be more competitive. He had previously worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and at Read Write systems. 

submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:07A

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