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Class Notes | Obituaries
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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.
GRD Leavey/MBA '69
James "Jim" Cronin '67, MBA '69, a San Francisco native and 34 year resident of Hillsborough, succumbed to cancer in the early morning of 3/18/16. He was a graduate of St. Stephen's Catholic School, St. Ignatius High School, and attended Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees. He was an army veteran, first lieutenant. A devoted family man and devout Catholic, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy; three sons, Stephen (and wife Danielle), Brendan (and wife Kristin) and Michael; two grandchildren (William and Emma); two sisters, Noreen Schillaci and Sheila Marko '70 MBA '72 (and husband Tony); and numerous nephews and nieces. Jim was predeceased by sister Patricia Farber. For several decades he owned and operated Norbert Cronin & Company, an insurance brokerage firm on Market Street in San Francisco. One of only 2% of insurance professionals, nationwide, to hold both CLU and CPCU designations, he was highly respected and universally recognized as an expert in his chosen profession. Jim loved life. On the donor list of many charities, he was a lifelong philanthropist. Generous with his time and talent, he was a loyal, honorable and compassionate man. His efforts to help family, friends and neighbors were legendary. A lifelong athlete, he continued to water-ski, cycle, and play competitive basketball into his final year of life. A member of San Francisco's Olympic Club for 61 years, he was elected to that organization's basketball wall of fame. Jim planned and organized regular gatherings of his classmates and friends from St. Stephen's, St. Ignatius and Santa Clara. Noted for his love of boating and circular pastries, he was fondly referred to as "Captain Doughnut."
Maureen Rose Murphy ’73 died peacefully, surrounded by her family on March 20, 2016. She was the devoted mother to Daniel, who taught her to follow her dreams, Marie, who taught her to listen, and Bobby, her angel, who welcomed her to heaven with her parents, Francis J. Murphy '43 and Virginia Murphy. Precious Grammy to Charlotte, Annie, John, and Clare. Cherished Mother-in-law to Kate and Jeff. Dear friend to Tony and Courtney, Todd and Ann, Lori and Sean, Tyler, Travis, T.J., Emma, and Jake. Dear sister of Geri Murphy '69, Pat Murphy MBA '73, Dennis Murphy '77, and KC Murphy '81. She leaves a hole in our hearts. Sweetheart to Joe Hurley, who always reminded her of her specialness and her motto: Have fun every day.
Mickey loved teaching, dancing, golf, bunco, keeping "the book" at every baseball game she went to, from Burlingame little league to the World Series, and hosting the Murphy Family Easter Brunch and Hunt. We will fondly remember Golden Bunny Eggs and the Mystery Bag.
She will be missed by her family and many friends from school, work, and the community. She will be sorely missed by her first friend and final caretaker, Barb.
Friends of the University
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.