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Harry Joseph Zell Jr. ’40 was born on July 6, 1917, in Los Angeles, California. He received a B.S. degree from SCU in 1940 and his medical degree from USC School of Medicine in 1944. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the European theatre from 1945 to 1946 in World War II and received a Bronze Star for bravery. During the war, his unit passed the village of Theresa Neumann, and he was able to witness her stigmata wounds. His unit also liberated the Dachau concentration camp. He practiced medicine in San Gabriel, California, as a general practitioner for over 40 years until the age of 78. Harry died peacefully on his July 6, 2016, birthday at Santa Teresita Manor in Duarte, California. He is survived by his son, Peter Zell ’69, and daughter Libby. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Jane, son Gregory Zell ’79, and daughter Gretchen.
Lorraine Schiro (honorary) ’43 was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Aug. 30, 1924. She graduated from Calumet High School and continued her education by attending Rosary and Mundelein College, finishing her two-year degree at DePaul University’s School of Business. In 1947, she moved with her family to Ontario, California, where she met her future husband, Anthony (Tony) Schiro ’43, at a Catholic young couple’s group. Tony and Lorraine were married on Feb. 13, 1949. They lived in the Upland/Ontario area and raised five children: Frank, Paul, John, Steve, and Terese. They were married for 30 years. Tony and Lorraine raised their children on the family farm of citrus trees and vineyards. She enjoyed volunteering in her church and community, shuttling her children to their many athletic events, canning home produce, managing a household, and leading her children to a love of a spiritual life of kindness, generosity, and devotion. After the sudden passing of Tony in 1979, she occupied her days with managing the family properties. In 1995, at the age of 70, she moved to Lindsay, California, to be closer to her children, who had moved the farming business to Tulare County. She continued her interest in volunteering at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoying her 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. At the age of 92, Lorraine passed away on March 15, 2017, of natural causes. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sigismondo and Rose Vasi, her husband, Anthony Schiro, and her brother, Anthony Vasi.
Robert Lacey ’44 was born in Oakland on May 5, 1921. He attended St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco as well as SCU before being drafted to serve in WWII. He entered active duty in August 1944 and served until his honorable discharge in 1947 at the rank of first lieutenant. A very private man, Bob only recently opened up about his WWII experiences. To his delight, some of family members were able to retrace his WWII steps in Germany, including the famous Bridge at Remagen, which he crossed in March 1945. Bob earned both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He raised five children and was a dedicated and passionate Catholic his entire life. Bob was a talented singer (“The Irish Tenor”), ultimately performing professionally in San Francisco, including publishing a handful of albums. In order to support a growing family, Bob, his brother Joe, his father, and his brother-in-law Bob White built a successful home construction corporation in the Bay Area. Later in life Bob developed and built a multiple 100-unit apartment complex called Los Padres in Salinas and owned and managed the Empress Apartments in Woodland, California—both of which he very successfully managed into his 80s. For many years, all of his grandchildren looked forward to their annual visits with Grandpa, which included skiing, trips to Sea World and Disneyland, and Giants vs. Dodgers games. Watching on live public TV in 1951, Bob and his father witnessed the most famous home run of all time: Bobby Thompson’s “shot heard around the world,” inspiring Bob to become a diehard Giants fan when the team moved to San Francisco in 1958, and he was unquestionably Willie Mays’ No. 1 all-time fan. Bob was an avid outdoorsman, who at a very young age developed a love affair with Yosemite and also took many fishing trips to Alaska. He shared this love of Yosemite and skiing in the Sierra with his children and grandchildren, who have carried on his passion for the outdoors. Bob died peacefully in his Carmichael, California, home on Aug. 16, 2017. He is now joyfully reunited with his wife, Gale, son, Bob Jr., and brother, Joe. He is survived by children Mary Lacey, Colleen (Pete) Higgins, Sally (Bill) Archambault, and Thomas (Janet) Lacey; stepdaughter Laurie Boyd, grandchildren Lacey Higgins White (Jason), Brendan Higgins, Kevin Higgins, Eileen Lacey, Rose Lacey, Rachel Archambault, Patrick Lacey, Ryan Lacey, Matthew Lacey, and Rachael Lacey; two great-grandchildren, Connor and Teagan White; and his sister, Helen White, whom he absolutely adored, and who is still going strong at 102 years old.
George Stafford ’48 was born to George and Alice Stafford. In the 1920s, his parents established the family home on the Peninsula and became well known in the grocery business and real estate and timber industries. George’s time was always well spent. His love and commitment to the Catholic Church and parish life was developed as a graduate of Mt. Carmel Elementary, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University. This was enriched by his lifelong friendship with Robert Graham, S.J., his teacher at Bellarmine and professor at SCU. With the start of WWII, George voluntarily entered the Army in 1942 during his sophomore year of college. He served with honor and distinction as a sharp shooter in the 104th Infantry Division, known as the Timberwolves. He received a Purple Heart while fighting in Belgium. This experience gave him a worldview and appreciation for life at every stage. After the war, George returned home to Redwood City. He met his wife, Margaret, at the tennis courts at Burton Park while he was attending Santa Clara and she was attending UC Berkeley. They married two years later, in 1947. The couple settled down in Redwood City and had six children. George provided for his family by maintaining what was given and working for the Schwabacher Family of San Francisco for over 30 years. He loved to work but always had his weekends free for family life. This dedication to family was unwavering. Known to all for his magnificent garden, George spent his life—from a young boy to age 93—nurturing his many redwoods, 63 in all. The late Herb Caen once quipped that there were still redwoods in Redwood City and that the Stafford home enjoyed quite a stand. George’s life was truly enriched by honor and respect, and through those ideals he was able to serve his country, his family, and God. He loved and was proud of his family, always encouraging and believing in them. He had a great sense of humor, was incredibly optimistic, a fierce patriot, and devoted to his wife, Margaret, whom he respected and adored. George examined his life and the lives of the Stafford’s before him in his memoirs. On Jan. 17, 2003, he wrote: “As I look back on the many people who formed our family, I realize that these people were courageous in seeking a better life for themselves and their families. It appears they achieved their goals and passed on to us a life enriched by honor, respect, and the love of God.” George peacefully passed away in his family home surrounded by loved ones on July 9, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret Wrigley Stafford, his sister, Nancy Daley, his children George, John, Jennifer, Katie, and Robert, and his grandchildren Carly, Simone, Gregory, Jessica, Joseph, Skylar, and Paul. These grandchildren represent the fifth generation on the Peninsula. His son, Tom, and sister, Elise, predeceased him. All will miss him.
John Robert Banister ’49 was born to Jack Roy and Adele Elizabeth (St Pierre) Banister on June 4, 1927, in Oakland. In 1938, the family moved to Los Gatos, where Jack worked as an operations engineer on the construction of Highway 17. Two years later, they moved to San Jose. John attended St. Leo’s Grammar School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University from which he received a B.A. in English magna cum laude. He was awarded a postgraduate degree from Stanford University, where he was also an acting instructor in English. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict where he was co-founder and instructor of the United States Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Maryland. His long career as a teacher and administrator began at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1954. In 1959, he transferred to San Jose State University as assistant to the academic vice president and associate professor of English. In 1967, an opportunity arose at the California State University Chancellor’s Office in Los Angeles, where he served as associate dean in the Academic Planning Division. In addition to responsibility for approving new degree programs, he conducted comprehensive studies of specialized programs, such as MFA degrees in the performing arts, the difference between engineering technology and industrial arts/industrial technology, and other fields to be presented to the board of trustees for approval and action. He was involved in liaison activities with the State Board of Education and the University of California, served on WASC accreditation committees, and worked with national organizations dedicated to improving the teaching of English. In 1981, he returned to San Jose State University as full professor of English, specializing in Victorian literature. During this time, he served as volunteer for many community services, including election to the board of trustees of the Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose. He was president of the board three times. In 1987, he retired as professor emeritus and moved to Carmel, becoming a member of the Carmel Foundation. He donated generously to charities and aided people with counsel, empathy, and financial assistance. He felt blessed to have many longtime, close friends across the country. John passed away on Sept. 30, 2017. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, Ronald Henry Banister ’54, and by two great nieces, and is survived by his brother, Gary, sisters-in-law Darline and Anne Banister, three godchildren, seven nephews, one niece, seven great-nephews, five great nieces, and one great-great niece.
Andrew “Buzz” Harrington Jr. ’51 was born on Aug. 9, 1929, in Fort Worth, Texas, where his father played minor league baseball. Over the next dozen years, his family moved to different baseball locations, including Boise, Twin Falls, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco, where his father played for and later managed minor league teams. Andy was always darting around the team clubhouse as a youngster and was nicknamed “Buzz” by his dad’s teammates, a nickname that stuck for life. Buzz’s family settled in Boise at the end of his dad’s baseball career managing the Boise Pilots. He and his dad, Andy Sr., mom Lilian, and sister Pats formed a tight-knit family that was active at St. Mary’s Church and in the community. Buzz graduated in 1947 from Boise High School, where he was a star football, basketball, and baseball athlete and was voted (unexpected to him, but sincerely appreciated) senior class president. The Braves won state championships in football and basketball his senior year, and took second in baseball. Buzz went on to play four years of baseball on scholarship at Santa Clara University, and sports remained forever a big part of his life. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War for four years after college and was stationed in Alabama and Okinawa. He attended law school at the University of Idaho and practiced law for over 30 years, beginning at the Idaho Transportation Department and continuing in private practice as a deft litigator at Langroise Sullivan and Anderson Kaufman. Buzz was an avid reader his entire life, especially enjoying history, politics, philosophy, theology, and fiction. He had a revolving stack of library books at his table at all times, with his ubiquitous dictionary nearby. He was a daily visitor at Idaho’s Boise and BSU libraries in retirement and greatly enjoyed his time there with his coffee at the ready. Buzz also liked classic movies and enjoyed sharing memories with his usual good humor. He was a devout Catholic and a regular at daily Mass. He felt that Catholic principles provided the proper guide for life, especially the focus on caring for the less fortunate. All six of his children went through St. Mary’s and Bishop Kelly, and his grandchildren have followed the same educational path in Boise and Portland, Oregon. His Catholic faith carried on to the athletic field, where he was a huge fan of Notre Dame and Bishop Kelly sports. Buzz was proud to win the first lifetime Bishop Kelly fan award a couple years ago, based on his long career attending BK sports, watching his children and grandchildren, and all classes in between. Speaking of grandchildren, Buzz quickly became “Papa” in 1991 with the onset of his 11 grandkids. He was a devoted grandfather to each and followed their activities and sports with a keen interest. Buzz greatly enjoyed his 23 years of retirement and felt blessed to retain his health and mental sharpness until the very end. On Aug. 21, 2017, Buzz passed away in Boise at age 88 with his family by his side. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and is already tremendously missed. Buzz is survived by his children and their spouses Andy (Debbie), Pat (Kathleen), Jamie (Katie), Julie, Teresa, all of Boise, and John (Ramona) of Portland, and by his grandchildren Elena, Andy, Monica, Jo Jo, Celia, Gabi, Amaia, Alicia, Callan, Emma, and Erin.
Charles Hawkins ’52 was born in San Francisco to Walter and Eleanor Hawkins and grew up in Nevada City, California. He graduated from Nevada City High School, attended Placer Junior College and Santa Clara University, and graduated from the University of San Francisco after serving in the United States Air Force. Charlie passed away peacefully on July 11, 2017, in Roswell, Georgia, after living a full life of 86 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Jean McGurty Hawkins, and is survived by three children, Gail (Doug) Bible of Roswell, Chuck (Melinda) Hawkins of Irvine, California, and Julie (Lauren) Downum of Orinda as well as grandchildren Christopher, Kaitlin and Andrew Bible, Everton Hawkins, and Sarah and Emily Downum.
Thomas A. Hemker ’53 was born in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Sept. 21, 1929, and grew up in Sandusky, Ohio. Upon completion of high school, he moved to California to attend SCU, receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Tom later pursued and received degrees in electrical engineering and business administration. He married sweetheart Barbara on June 13, 1953, the same day as his college graduation. It was a busy day, with his graduation ceremony in the morning and his wedding in the afternoon. He and Barbara were inseparable from the time they met as university students, and were always together and best friends during their 63 years of marriage.
Efficiency was always important to Tom! The Korean War was in full swing and soon after they were married, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving as an engineer at bases in Maryland and Utah. After the war, the couple returned to California, and Tom became part of the burgeoning aerospace industry. As an engineer specializing in missile guidance systems, he worked for Rockwell, Lockheed, MIT, and Hughes. While at MIT, he helped build the guidance systems that took the Apollo astronauts to the Moon and back. After leaving the aerospace industry, Tom became a high school physics teacher and taught for 15 years at Riverside Polytechnic High School. Although he enjoyed teaching, Tom eventually returned to engineering, working for the Department of the Navy during the last 10 years of his career. He and Barbara lived for over 50 years in Villa Park, California, and participated in many city activities and groups, although their priorities in life were family, education, and travel. They shared the responsibilities of parenthood equally and traveled extensively, visiting dozens of countries and every continent, save for Antarctica. Joining daughter Cathleen, Tom left this world on April 7, 2017. His wife died a few months later. He is survived by his two sons, Tom and Rob, two daughters-in-law, Marilyn and Rebecca, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews.
Marty Sammon ’56, MBA ’63 was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on May 30, 1934, to Martin and Catherine. His family moved to California and settled in Newark. He graduated from Washington High School and Santa Clara University, later earning his MBA from SCU. He met the love of his life while attending a mixer at SCU and married Rosemarie in May 1957. Their honeymoon was a cross-country drive to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and part of the team called to Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect the “Little Rock Nine.” He maintained contact with Melba Beals, Minnijean Brown, and Terence Brown for many years. After serving his country, he and Rosemarie came back to California. They settled in Santa Clara, where they raised their two daughters and son, and where Rosemarie still resides. Marty became a stockbroker and worked up until his recent retirement, but his true passion was boxing. After retiring the gloves in college, he still had the itch to be in the ring, so what better option than to become a referee. He started by referring the inmates at San Quentin. He went on to referee and judge multiple amateur and professional bouts. Marty appeared as a boxing referee in an episode of Midnight Caller, but perhaps his most famous on-screen role was as boxing referee No. 5 in the Academy Award–winning picture Million Dollar Baby. He also appeared in a Northern California Honda commercial and continued to be a member of the Screen Actors Guild. While the role of a boxing referee was one of many highlights in his life, his most cherished role was that of grandfather. He went to as many activities as he possibly could, whether they be soccer games, birthday parties, or just spending time every Thursday with Emily. Marty passed away after a brief illness on Sept. 14, 2017. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Rosemarie, his daughters Sharon Sammon ’82 and Lisa Sammon ’83, sons-in-law, Rick and Eric, granddaughters Stephanie, Katherine (Katie), and Emily, sisters Cathy and Lyn, and many nieces and nephews. Marty has joined his brother, Roddy, and son, Michael, in heaven. May he now rest in peace.
Born Dec. 8, 1935, in Watsonville to Mary (Crosetti) and Antonio Tomasello, Joseph J. Tomasello ’58 attended Bellarmine College Prep and earned his business degree from SCU. He married Lori Triolo in July 1959 and served in the U.S Army from 1960 to 1962. Following his service, he returned to the family farming business in Watsonville for the next 40 years. He served on the board of the Western Growers’ Association and the Salinas Valley Grower-Shipper Association, serving as president from 1972 to 1973. Joseph and Lori built a home in Gilroy, which is where they raised their three children. In his retirement, he enjoyed golf, travel, and cooking and serving his “Nona’s” favorite Italian dishes. Joseph died unexpectedly but peacefully at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital on Sept. 15, 2017. He was 81 years old. He is survived by his children, Mimi (Steve) Riffle and Tim (Kristen) Tomasello, and five grandchildren. His son, Mark, and his sister, Edith Young, preceded him in death.
William “Bill” Hackett ’64 was born in Chicago (and remained a lifelong, devoted Cubbies fan) to Wilma Sarah Boyden and Raymond Cecil Hackett. His family moved to Oakland in 1947, where he attended St. Mary’s College Preparatory School in Berkeley, graduating on to his beloved Gonzaga University (Go Zags!) before transferring to Santa Clara University. He completed his education in 1968 with an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He also served honorably in the National Guard in the mid-1960s. Bill worked at Stauffer Chemicals and Safeway Stores in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but his heart was given to the development of John F. Kennedy University, which started with a humble beginning in Martinez, California, in 1965. Working hard with his colleagues to obtain the necessary accreditation, Bill fostered the university through its growing years, serving as an instructor and as the Dean of Business in the late 70s and early 80s. Upon recent reflection, it was his work in education that Bill said he was most proud. Bill went on to start several of his own packaging companies in the 1980s and 90s, taking particular pride in the shipment of supplies to United States Navy sites throughout the Middle East during Desert Storm. After retirement, Bill moved to Grass Valley, California, in 2000, where he found an entirely new set of friends and golf buddies. He loved the laid-back atmosphere of his new community, as well as its proximity to both the Bay Area and Donner Lake. One of the most beloved spots on earth to Bill was Donner Lake, where his father bought a ramshackle cabin in 1954. As a teenager, Bill spent his summers there in addition to working the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. The site of so many fond memories to him and his family, it is there, at his request, that his ashes will be strewn. Bill proudly loved his two daughters and all his family and friends. He also lived for Gonzaga basketball, rooting for the Chicago Cubs, attending Cal rugby games, playing golf, drinking Coors Light, taking road trips, talking politics, watching sports, reading voraciously, discussing history, gathering with friends and family, being Irish, and generally regaling people with exaggerated stories of his many capers. The only things anyone can remember Bill disliking in life were vegetables (mashed potatoes excluded). Bill came into the world loving life—every aspect of it—and he never stopped seeing it through his big-hearted, over-sized, rose-colored glasses. He only saw the good in people and found every way possible to connect with them. If you said, “Nay,” he would say, “Yay,” and he was usually right. “One-of-a-kind” is the phrase most used to describe Bill by all who met him, be it his daughter, cousin, ex-wife, friend, or simply a stranger who met him ten minutes ago in an Irish bar (most likely, that beer was on him). Bill played to the 19th hole and livened up the most exclusive golf club in the universe at 5 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2017, at the age of 75. On his own dignified terms, he fought a sudden, brief battle against cancer and swung his driver straight toward the promised land, surrounded in peace by the people he loved most in this physical world, which is now a little quieter and a little duller place to live. Yet heaven just got a lot livelier, if even a bit louder. Bill was not exactly known for his “library voice.” The indescribable and immeasurable loss of Bill will forever be felt by his self-admitted finest accomplishments, his devoted and loving daughters, Dana Hackett and Julie Hackett, as well as by his former wife, Catherine Hall (the mother of his children), who remained his best friend, and by his loving nephew, Andrew Hackett. Bill is also survived by his adoring cousin, Judy Wilson Hackett (whom he considered his sister), his beloved niece Margret Hackett Hunter, and nephew Michael Hackett (his dear niece Kathy Hackett Peterson preceded him in death in 2007)—as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles, grand- nephews and nieces, and scores of friends, all of whom loved him dearly.
GRD Leavey/MBA '70
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.