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Sam J. Alaimo

Sam J. Alaimo '44, '47, 93, passed away peacefully in his home on April 26, 2015. He was blessed to have celebrated his birthday a week before with his eight children, their spouses, and many of his 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was born in San Jose to immigrant parents who arrived from Sicily in 1912 and was the fifth of six children. He attended St. Patrick's Elementary School, San Jose High School, and Santa Clara University on a hard-earned four-year college scholarship. His SCU Class of '44 was known as the "Fighting 40s," as most of them had to leave the University their junior year to either enlist or be drafted during WWII. He attended his 70th college reunion last October, when he was honored with this very special group of men.

Sam was trained as an officer after enlisting in the Army. He was a unit commander, field artillery, stationed in the Philippines and Japan. His basketball skills qualified him to both coach and become a key player on the military basketball team which won the Army Olympics in front of 18,000 fans, mostly troops. 

After the war he went back to SCU and graduated in 1947. He coached and played semi-pro basketball in Sacramento (Senators) and San Jose. To better provide for his growing family, he started Sam J. Alaimo Insurance Services, which he successfully ran for more than 40 years until he retired. In 1965, Sam was inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball and was active on the SCU Board of Regents for many years.
 
He was a parishioner at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church since the early 1950s and he and his wife, Gerry, who predeceased him in 2001, were very active St. Martin's parents while their 8 children attended the school. They enjoyed traveling to Palm Desert, Hawaii, Mexico, and abroad with their lifelong friends. Sam always looked forward to his annual Christmas luncheons at the San Jose Country Club that he and Gerry had started together. Sam and Gerry created wonderful memories with their family vacationing in Yosemite and at their family beach house in Aptos, and with the many holiday gatherings in their home and graduation parties and family reunions in their backyard. Sam and Gerry are now dancing together again as they loved to do so beautifully.
 
Sam was an avid Warriors, 49ers, and Giants fan watching the games on TV as a vocal armchair coach. He enjoyed his passion for golf as a member of the San Jose Country Club for 38 years. His interest and commitment to the stock market kept him sharp and he continued making trades online until his last days while daily monitoring the stock ticker display and listening to the financial pundits. Many appreciated his stock tips and investment advice including his golf buddies and his friends, "the boys," who lunched with him monthly. 
 
Sam is survived by his eight children: Kathy Brandi (Ed), Janet Reynolds, Ed Alaimo (Gail), J.G. Alaimo (Anne Monson), Marylou Cardosa '77, MBA '81 (Mark A. Cardosa '73), Mayellen Banister, Yvonne Rosko (George), and Richard Alaimo (Paula), in addition to 16 grandchildren including Eli T. Reynolds '97 and Kristin M. Cardosa '06 and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Gerry Sabatte Alaimo, granddaughter Erica Reynolds, son-in-law Pat Reynolds, brothers Bill, John, Peter and Carl, and his sister Marie. 

 

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 5:04P
Robert S. Dougherty

 

Robert Starrs Dougherty '48 died peacefully surrounded by loved ones at his home due to complications of pneumonia. Bob was born in San Francisco September 16, 1927, the youngest of three children born to John and Ada Dougherty. He was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University. Bob put his knowledge and skills to work as president of San Francisco's Conlin and Roberts, a leading West Coast steel design and fabrication company which produced an array of custom products for companies including Boeing and fabricated many Bay Area structures including the toll booths on the Golden Gate Bridge, the canopy over the Bay Bridge toll plaza, and the flag pole atop the Golden Gate National Cemetery. He later developed two commercial buildings in San Francisco's Design District.
 
As a boy, Bob was fascinated with horses and rode every chance he had. After marrying Diana, his wife of 34 years, Bob and Diana founded Dougherty Arabians, an equestrian breeding, training, and boarding facility in Nicasio, California. Several of the horses bred by Dougherty Arabians were award winners and champions. Bob had a playful attitude and loved to tell or hear a good joke, particularly of the Irish persuasion. He was a proud and passionate member of the Saint Mary's Church of Nicasio parish choir. His big baritone voice will be sorely missed there. Bob is survived by his wife Diana, daughter Erin, stepchildren David and Heidi and granddaughters Michelle and Shannon.

 

submitted Aug. 6, 2015 8:54P
Jerry McKevitt

Rev. Gerald L. McKevitt, professor emeritus of history at Santa Clara University, died September 18, 2015, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, in Los Gatos. He was 76 years of age.

Jerry was born in Longview, Washington, on July 3, 1939. His family relocated to Quincy (Plumas County) where he graduated from the local high school. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1961 with a history major and philosophy minor and began graduate studies in history at the University of Southern California, earning an MA. In 1963 he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos to begin training for the priesthood. His studies took him to Gonzaga University, Spokane, and in 1967 he started doctoral studies in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received his Ph.D. in 1972.  Theological studies were taken in Rome, where he received his degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Jerry was ordained a priest in San Francisco in June 1975 and began a lifetime association with Santa Clara University. As research professor and archivist, he was given the task of writing the history of the university. Based on his doctoral dissertation, his The University of Santa Clara, a History, 1851-1977, was published by Stanford University Press in 1979.

Through the years Jerry rose to the rank of full professor serving as department chair, University archivist, University historian, and rector of the Jesuit Community.  In 2004 Jerry was named the Ignacio Ellacuria University Professor for Jesuit Studies at Santa Clara. In addition to teaching a variety of courses, he continued his research in Jesuit history in the U.S. and published numerous articles and book reviews in scholarly journals and contributed to scholarly reference works. His award winning book, Brokers of Culture: Italian Jesuits in the American West, 1848-1919, was published by Stanford University Press in 2007.

His other academic experiences included visiting professorships at Fordham University and Seattle University, memberships on the editorial board of Studies in Jesuit Spirituality, and board membership on the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara and Gonzaga Universities and was active in professional organizations. He curated an extensive collection of Jesuits in fiction, now part of the university’s special collections, and cultivated his hobby of watercolor painting.

After his retirement from the classroom, he continued his research and gave a number of lectures to a wide variety of audiences. At the time of his death he was working on a book length history of Jesuit higher education in the United States.

Contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

submitted Sep. 22, 2015 9:09A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min.
Albert Hopkins

Albert Hopkins M.A. '87 of Los Altos passed away on January 5, 2016. He is survived by his three children. His daughter Merrell Schweitzer of Colorado, a son Alan of San Francisco, and son Donald of San Jose, a sister Merrell Hambleton of Maryland, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hopkins was born in New York City to Albert Hopkins and Nettie Beall. He moved to Los Altos, California in 1951 with his wife Merilyn, who proceeded him in death in 1981. He later married Kay Tyler in 1996. He had graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, where his grandfather Henry Hopkins and great grandfather Mark Hopkins had served as presidents of the college. Following graduation Mr. Hopkins served in the merchant marine, and later worked for a mining company in South America. He served in the Navy in the Pacific in World War II.

After coming to California he worked in the construction business before starting a career at Lockheed in Sunnyvale, California from which he retired in 1984. During this time he became a panelist for the American Arbitration Association and was active in community affairs. He served as vice president of the Stanford Area Boy Scout Council and president of the Los Altos Community Fund. He was one of the organizers of the Santa Clara county United Fund and became secretary of it's first board of directors.

His community activities also included service on two Los Altos school citizens committees and as president of Little league and Babe Ruth League baseball. He was a life member of the Los Altos PTA. In 1982 he became a hospice volunteer working with terminally ill patients and their families, and in 1984 became a part time member of the pastoral staff of the Los Altos United Methodist Church. In connection with his work he received a graduated degree in counseling from Santa Clara University. Recently, Mr. Hopkins was in full retirement but continued as an active member of his church. 

submitted Jan. 11, 2016 3:12P

1942

'42
Lee Seemann

Long before he became an early Warren Buffett investor and a wealthy philanthropist, Lee Seemann '42 was a 23-year-old from Omaha piloting a B-17 over Germany. Seemann, a decorated war hero who often called himself “an incredibly lucky guy,” died on June 2, 2015, in Omaha. He was 95.

Seemann was born May 10, 1920, in Minnesota, but his father, a car dealer, soon moved the family to Omaha. Lee attended Dundee Elementary and Central High, class of ’38. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he played football at Santa Clara University in California, where he took part in ROTC and was president of the senior class. After World War II, in which he survived a number of close calls, he met Willa Davis, who immediately liked him.

Seemann bombed the Normandy coast on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and flew his final mission on Aug. 9. Some 30,000 American airmen based in England died in the war, but Seemann enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with his mother in Omaha.

He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross (twice), the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He recounts his harrowing tales in his 1998 memoir with David Harding, titled I Thought We Were Goners.

Lee became a branch manager at International Harvester and later started his own business, Seemann Truck and Trailer.Willa’s father was a prominent Omaha urologist, Dr. Edwin Davis. He and the Seemanns, still in their 20s, invested with Buffett in the late 1950s and built large fortunes. Over the years, Lee and Willa Seemann have donated quietly to universities, hospitals, museums, churches and other charities. In the 1990s, they were major contributors to the Strategic Air & Space Museum. They also donated to his high school, and a decade ago Central named its new football facility Seemann Stadium.

 

The couple raised four children, but suffered the death of daughter Jane Seemann in a 1988 car crash in Omaha.
 

In 2000, Seemann underwent heart bypass surgery. In recent times he was in hospice care, and his wife said he died from various old-age ailments.

 

Besides his wife, he is survived by sons Lee Seemann Jr. of Omaha and Scott of Washington state; and daughter Ann Drickey of Palm Springs, California.
submitted Aug. 4, 2015 8:23A

1948

'48
Raymond Ravaglia

 

Raymond L. Ravaglia '48, 89, son of Antonio and Caterina, brother of Dolores, beloved husband and father, peacefully passed away on Monday, May 4, 2015 at his home in Millbrae. He is survived by Donna, his wife of 51 years, their children Ray, Eric, and Mark, and grandchildren Isabella, Lorenzo, Margaret, and Tiffany.
Growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco, Ray received a Jesuit education, attending Saint Ignatius High School (’44) and then Santa Clara University (’48), where he earned a BS in chemistry. Following college Ray went to work at Bethlehem Steel as a Metallurgist and Industrial Chemist. It was while at Bethlehem Steel that he met his wife Donna.
A dedicated son, Ray spent much of his free time working with his parents on the family orchard and vineyard in Healdsburg. Some of his fondest memories were of watching his father in his late 90s still working the fields and his mother still making the family dinner for everyone.
After moving to Millbrae in 1969, Ray became active in youth athletics, serving as score keeper and coach for various baseball teams and also as the founder of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) in Millbrae and as an AYSO Regional Commissioner. The early days of organized youth soccer involved being a jack of all trades and Ray would often drag his boys out early Saturday morning to line the fields with chalk and assemble the makeshift goals that he had built out of rebar (from Bethlehem Steel) and PVC pipe. Committed to the AYSO motto of “Everyone Plays” Ray often coached teams that could not find coaches of their own, even though this could mean coaching against his sons’ teams.
In addition to his support of youth athletics, Ray served on the Personnel Committee for the City of Millbrae for over ten years, as well as on a number of ad hoc committees. This life of public service was recognized by the City of Millbrae when it gave him the Man of the Year Award. In his later years Ray embraced the role of grandfather, playing the Italian Nonno with delight. Even after Parkinson’s had severely limited his mobility he was always up for a game of “whack the balloon with the cane.” His years at Bethlehem Steel had taught him the importance of safety first in all things and his children delighted in seeing his safety admonishments now directed towards the new generation and took solace in knowledge that the grandchildren would always be safe with their Nonno around. He will be sorely missed.
submitted Jul. 20, 2015 2:16P

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.

submitted Apr. 4, 2016 9:57A

1950

'50
Tom Mollard

Tom Mollard '50 passed away January 21. As part of the indomitable Class of '50 engineers who have met annually without fail since their graduation, Tom will be especially missed.

The 89-year-old long time Los Altos resident passed away from internal injuries suffered from a fall a week earlier.

His wife, Ann, preceded him death when she passed away in 2009 and his sister, Roberta Mollard Pavlakis, in 2000. Tom is survived by his 2 daughters, Susan (husband Ron) Glaze, Monterey, CA and Kitty (husband Jack) Friel, of Millis, MA, three grandchildren, Jack, Casey and Ryan and 3 great grandchildren, sisters in law Mary Durkin and Eileen McAvoy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was born and raised in Oakland, CA. His father died when he was 6 and his mother raised him and his older sister, Roberta, as a single mom during the Depression. Tom was a proud graduate of St. Joseph High School, class of 1944 in Alameda. Immediately upon graduating he joined the Navy where he saw duty in the Pacific on the USS Coughlan during World War II. When the war ended, he attended Santa Clara University where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. The discipline and faith he learned from his high school and college never left him and he attributed his success in business and as a husband and father to these institutions. 

He met the love of his life, Ann, at the German Club in Oakland in 1949. They were married in 1951 and soon moved to Walnut Creek. In 1959 the family moved to Los Altos where he lived the remainder of his life.

Tom stayed in close contact with his high school and college friends. His engineering class at Santa Clara University has held a reunion every year since 1950. He also attended many WWII reunions with his former shipmates.

Tom started his career with the Atomic Energy Commission and eventually was president of his own company, Mollard Marketing. He was a long time member of the Electronics Representative Association and a past director of Wescon. 

submitted Jan. 25, 2016 8:02A
'50
Timothy Murphy

Timothy P. Murphy '50, MS '76 Nov. 12, 2015. Born with his sister Patricia at O’Connor Hospital on Dec. 2, 1925. A World War II Army Veteran he spent 50 years in the electronics industry. He is survived by his wife Margaret, six children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

 

submitted Dec. 2, 2015 9:17A
'50
Robert Finocchio Sr.

Robert Finocchio Sr. '50, born Dec. 3, 1928 and a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on August 31 at the age of 86 with his loving wife and children by his side. Born and raised in San Francisco, Bob attended St. Ignatius High School and in 1950, graduated from Santa Clara University. In the summer following graduation, Bob married Virginia Arata of Ross, California, with whom he celebrated a 65th wedding anniversary on August 19th of this year. Bob had a long and successful career with the Bank of America where he started as a teller and nearly 40 years later, retired as a senior executive. Bob's work at the bank served to finance the transition of the Santa Clara Valley from an agricultural economy to the Silicon Valley we know today. Bob was also a dedicated alumnus of Santa Clara University, serving as a member of the Board of Fellows for many years. He loved hunting and golf and was an avid sports fan. Most of all, Bob was a devoted husband and father who created a family life filled with fun, laughter, and many wonderful traditions. In addition to his wife, Virginia, Bob is survived by his seven children: Robert J. Finocchio Jr. ’73 (Susan), who has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at SCU; Suzanne Rollin, Marianne Jackson, Judy Schebetta, Alan Finocchio, Chris Finocchio (Tiffany), and Melissa Burdekin (John), his seventeen grandchildren, Alex, Amanda, Bryce, Chris, Erik, David, Garth, Gray, Joseph, Jonathan, Kyle, Matthew, Madeleine, Nathaniel, Nick, Peter, Ryan, and his five great grandchildren, Brendan, Everett, Jasmine, Max, and Parker. A funeral Mass was held on Sept. 11 at the Mission Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scholarship Fund at Santa Clara University. 

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 8:38A
UGRD Leavey Business '50
Richard DiNapoli

Richard DiNapoli '50, resident of Los Gatos, passed away peacefully at his Los Gatos home on Aug. 22, 2015, surrounded by his wife Lynette of 61 years, and his immediate family. He was 88 years old.

Dick was born in San Jose, CA to Frank and Edna DiNapoli. He was the eldest brother to Shirlee DiNapoli Schiro and J. "Phil" DiNapoli J.D. '64. Dick was a graduate of Bellarmine High School and Santa Clara University and served in World War II as a Merchant Marine.

Dick was blessed with a long and successful career managing Sun Garden Packing Company. For 55 years, Sun Garden canned peaches, apricots and tomatoes in San Jose employing thousands of loyal and hardworking Santa Clara residents. Dick had a genuine interest in people and treated everyone he met with kindness and respect. When Sun Garden closed in 1994, it was the last remaining tomato processor in "The Valley of Heart's Delight".

Along with his wife and siblings, Dick is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard "Rick" '77 and Julie, Rob and Karin, Matt and Gretchen, seven grandchildren Gina, Emerson, Elizabeth, Aaron, Madison, Christopher, Justin and two great grandchildren, Bowyn and Rocco; most of whom joined Dick and Lynette each and every Sunday for dinner.

Dick will be remembered for his patience, loyalty and gentile demeanor. He had a zest for life and a desire not to miss out on anything, especially if it involved family. He exited this world exactly how he lived it, with grace and dignity.

submitted Sep. 4, 2015 9:32A
'50
George A Stein

George A. Stein '50 passed away peacefully at his Napa home on Sept. 11, 2015.

George was born on Jan. 6, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri to Melvin and Hattie Stein. The family moved to Napa in 1938. He graduated from Napa High in 1946 and received a full basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara, where he graduated with a BS degree in commerce. George served in the Army for two years at the time of the Korean War. Following his time in the service, he began his minor league baseball career with the Yankees farm club. During this time he met and married Shirley Russell. They moved to Napa in 1954 and George started working at Basalt Rock Company and became involved in the Napa community, serving on the Civil Service Commission and the Grand Jury. When Basalt was later purchased by Dillingham Corporation he was appointed Vice President of Labor Relations and continued to be greatly respected and known as a man of his word. George retired from Dillingham in 1994 and immediately started his new career as Administrator of the California Field Iron Workers Administrative Trust. He retired on December 31, 2013 just a few days shy of his 85th birthday. George was very proud of the fact that he never missed a paycheck in 59 years of work.

In 1985 George married Carol Hamon Jones and they just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They enjoyed traveling and reached their goal of visiting the capitols of all 50 states. Additionally, they found time to travel to all 58 county seats in California.

George loved all sports and was an avid bowler and golfer. He was always grateful for what his sports career at Napa High had done for his life. It gave him the opportunity to attend the University of Santa Clara on a basketball scholarship. Because he wanted to acknowledge the important part the NHS Athletic Department had in his life and the lives of many other students, he led the effort to create the Napa High Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation. He thought it was a fitting way to celebrate the 1997 Napa High School 100 year anniversary. George’s older brother Mel was inducted in its inaugural year and George followed in 2000.

George is survived by his wife Carol; his children Linda Fitzgerald of San Luis Obispo, James (Dianna) of Lodi and Susan of Napa; his stepdaughter Amanda Jones of Napa; and his multiple grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Mel and his stepdaughter Karen Jones Shubin.

submitted Dec. 19, 2015 12:39P

1952

UGRD Engineering '52
Joseph Vincent Reynolds Jr.

Joseph Vincent Reynolds Jr. '52 passed away on July 10th at his home in Napa. He was born on May 18th, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA to parents Joseph Vincent Reynolds Sr. and Helena Ingaborg Strom. He had one sibling, Patricia Reynolds, born in 1930. He graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles. After graduation he joined the Army and served a one year tour of duty with the 69th Division of engineers in Korea. Upon returning home he enrolled at the University of Santa Clara on the GI bill and obtained a B.S. in engineering in 1952. During his senior year in 1951 he met his future wife, Carol (Hinds) Reynolds, when mutual friends introduced them on a blind date. Following graduation Joe was called back into the Army and served a second one year tour in Korea, this time with the 235th Field Engineers. Following his discharge from the Army, Joe and Carol were married in Los Angeles in April of 1954. Joe?s career in civil engineering began in Los Angeles, then Burbank, then Santa Paula, and in 1960 the family moved to Walnut Creek when he began working for the Bechtel Corporation. In 1966 he was hired by the Public Works Department of Napa and the family moved to Napa in 1967. In 1968 Joe moved to the Napa County Flood Control District office and later became Chief Flood Control Engineer. In 1976 Joe returned to work for Bechtel and spent time in Saudi Arabia working on the engineering and implementation of the water systems for the city of Jubail. He retired in 1994. Joe was a loving and beloved family man, and most enjoyed time spent with his family and working around his property in Napa. He was a gracious and genial host to extended family and friends as he and Carol hosted many parties and family reunions over the years. Joe also enjoyed spending time in nature, having developed a love of backpacking early in his marriage. He took several trips with his children to the Trinity National Forest in northern California. Even into his early 70s, he went on solo backpacking trips. An avid reader, he shared that love by reading out loud to his children. He and youngest daughter Amy would read to each other in later years. Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol Reynolds, children Teresa Reynolds, Mary Jane Reynolds, Shannon Victor '85, Ann Reynolds, Amy Reynolds and daughter in law Vanessa Waddy. He was preceded in death by children Kathleen Crews, Christopher Reynolds and Timothy Reynolds. His grandchildren are Andrew Crews, Bethany Crews, Emily Crews, Brian Crews, Langston Waddy-Reynolds, Moira Waddy-Reynolds, Neemah Waddy-Reynolds, Helena Victor and Liam Reynolds.

submitted Aug. 13, 2015 11:19A

1953

UGRD Leavey Business '53
Thomas F. Joyce
Tom Joyce '53 departed from us peacefully on April 6, 2015, surrounded by his loving wife and children. One of nine siblings, Tom was born to Raymond Eugene and SaBina (Knox) Joyce, in Miller, South Dakota, and was raised in the farming community of Sykeston, North Dakota. 
 
Tom is survived by his devoted wife, Elaine; sons John, Thomas ("Tif") Francis Jr. (Judy), and George; daughters Maureen Barber M.A. '84 (Clark), Sheila (Bill) Kellerman, Teresa (Rick) Kooi, and Veronica Joyce Gallart; and eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his infant twin sons, Patrick and Michael, and four siblings.
 
Tom skipped two grades and graduated from high school at the age of 16, whereupon he joined the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. He was especially proud of being a member of the demolition crew that helped sculpt the Mount Rushmore Presidential Monument. He then entered naval flight training, earning his wings in 1944 at the age of 21. During World War II he served as a pilot of Hellcats and Corsair F4Us on aircraft carriers, and participated in both the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters. 
 
It was during the war that he met the love of his life, Elaine Nancy Harding, who was serving as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. They married in 1946 (and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last August!). After the war Tom attended Santa Clara University on the GI Bill, earning a degree in business in 1953. He embarked on a sales and managerial career in the data processing and computer fields, working for NCR, IBM, Raychem, the county governments of Alameda and San Mateo, and Driscoll Strawberry Associates. He was active in and held many leadership positions in civic, sports, and church organizations. 
 
Throughout the years and various relocations, Tom and Elaine raised their seven children in the communities of San Lorenzo, Redwood City, and Aptos, making lifelong friends along the way. Following retirement and two years of extensive travel, Tom and Elaine enjoyed resettling in Sonoma County. Tom was proud of his Irish heritage, and a devout Catholic. In recent years he had been a member of St. Teresa of Avila parish in Bodega. Tom believed in actively living out his faith in his daily life.
 
An avid sports fan and outstanding athlete, Tom was especially proud of his naval boxing career as a Golden Glove contender—and of having made two holes in one at Northwood Golf Course. And it was always a delight to witness Tom and Elaine taking a turn on the dance floor. An enthusiastic home renovator, he could also repair just about anything. He was even the master "architect" of elaborate practical jokes that are the stuff of legend, and that still leave people bent over in laughter when recounted. Sunday brunch won't be the same without his signature culinary specialty of the "North Dakota Breakfast," and remembering his unique linguistic wit will always elicit a laugh and a smile.
 
Gregarious, generous, joyful, loving, faithful, and fun loving, Tom achieved in admirable fashion his aspiration to be a good husband, father, neighbor, and citizen. His was a life lived well and fully. So the next time you find yourself dining with friends and family, raise your glasses high and recite the cherished toast coined by Tom—"Here's to us, good people are scarce!"
submitted Aug. 13, 2015 2:11P
'53
John W. McMahon

Dr. John W. McMahon Sr. '53 died April 28, 2015, with his family by his side. Born in Butte on the same date in 1931, he wrote an incredible life story in the 84 years from his first to his last breath.

Jack was the third of four children born to Brandon and Anita McMahon. While attending the Catholic schools in Butte, he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, all while maintaining a perfect grade point average. Summers working in the mines were no doubt the cause for his academic success because he “never wanted to do hard labor for the rest of his life.” Uncle Jack Doherty promised to pay his college expenses as long as A’s were the only marks he received. After graduating from Boys Central in 1948, he went on to play football and baseball at Santa Clara University. Summers were spent in Montana playing semi-professional baseball in the Copper League, working in the mines, and building what would eventually become the family cabin at Georgetown Lake.

Although Jack debated between the priesthood or a career in coaching, he eventually decided medicine was his calling. This led him to St. Louis University Medical School, where he met Joan Livingston in his Biochem class. His relentless pursuit paid off when she accepted his marriage proposal, despite the fact that she had two other dates scheduled for later that night. They married on Dec. 10, 1955. In 59 years, he never forgot to tell her he loved her each night and how fortunate he was to have been the one she chose . . . despite the efforts of her parents and at least one of those suitors trying to talk her out of marrying that boy from Montana.

While completing his residency in general, vascular and thoracic surgery in St. Louis, he and Joanie welcomed Jack Jr., Steve, Joan Marie, and Joe. In 1962, they moved to Helena, where Jack began his practice at St. John’s, and St. Peter’s Hospital. They added Mary Anne, Mike, Tim, Mary Ellen, Tom, and Dick (mom’s favorite) to the family. Jack was famous for telling people that when the priest said to go forth and propagate, he thought he was responsible for the whole world. He and Joanie also welcomed their home to countless others, most importantly, Ramon Rodriquez, Kathy Battrick, and Charlie, Ron, Nancy and Sunny Mott. He taught his children that serving God meant serving those around them, learn from today and do better tomorrow, and if you are having a bad day, “get your ass to church.”

Along with his 31-year medical career, Jack was committed to serving his community through a number of professional medical organizations, the Catholic Church, and the Helena athletic community. For all of his kids and grandkids, he did his best to make every game they participated in as either a competitor or coach. He was a fixture on the sidelines or in the stands at both Capital and Helena High, Carroll College, Utah State, University of Louisville, and SEVERAL NFL teams (sorry Tom). In addition to his love of athletics, he had a deep appreciation for spending time in all that Montana has to offer. Pack trips, float trips, hunting camp, and summers at the Georgetown/ Lincoln cabins were some of his family and friends greatest adventures.

He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Edward; his parents, Brandon and Anita; siblings, Steve, Tom, and Mary Jo; and his lifelong friends -- John and Alice Hale, Roy and Billie Rule, and Dick and Marge Fryhover.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children and their spouses; and over 50 grandchildren.

submitted Jan. 4, 2016 10:06A

1954

UGRD Arts & Sciences '54
William T. Olson Jr.

William T. Olson Jr. ’54 was fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Nov. 1, 2014. He passed away on Nov. 2, 2014. Beloved husband to the late Mary C. "Kitty" Olson (nee Cunningham); devoted and loving father of William T. Olson III, Edwin J. (Mary) and Caroline M. Olson; dear brother of James A. Olson (Jody) and the late John M. Olson; dear brother-in-law of Nancy Olson; beloved grandfather of Will, Taylor, Grace, Michael and Julia; dear uncle and cousin, and friend to many. He was born July 25, 1933.

submitted May. 15, 2015 3:42P
'54
Richard R. Roderick

Richard R. Roderick '54 passed away on Nov. 30, 2015, in Oakland after a long illness. He was 83. He was a member of the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society, which builds SCU’s endowment and ensures it will have the financial resources to provide educational opportunities for future generations.

submitted Feb. 26, 2016 9:51A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '54
Jim Young
Santa Clara lost a Hall of Famer and member of the only Bronco men's basketball team to make it to the Final Four with the passing of Jim Young '54 on Aug. 28. He passed away in Quincy, Calif. at the age of 82.
 
Young led the Santa Clara Final Four team with 11.8 points per game and was a First Team All-WCC selection in 1954 as well as being named NABC All-District Second Team the same year. His 1,016 points is 32nd on the all-time Bronco list.
He was a basketball coach and California history teacher at Feather River College for many years beginning in the 1970s.
 
A former basketball coach and California history teacher at Feather River College, Young is survived by his wife, Janice A. Young, and daughter Jan M. Young, both of Quincy; stepsons Alex Small, of Minnesota, and Steve Small, of Quincy; four step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; his sister Mollie Hellmann; and brother David Young.
 
submitted Sep. 11, 2015 9:51A

1955

UGRD Engineering '55
William M. Brunkow

William "Bill" Martin Brunkow '55 died on Jan. 28, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; children David, Mary, and Paul; granddaughters Lauren, Devon, and Kennedy; and sister Peg VanHoomissen.

Bill was born on August 3, 1932 to Clarence and Evelyn Brunkow in Portland; he is predeceased by his sister Catherine Brunkow.

Bill grew up in Portland and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1950. He attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1955 with a BA in Civil Engineering. He served in the US Army Corps of Engineers until 1957, spending most of that time stationed in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He married Elizabeth Lowell in 1957, and continued working in Newfoundland for an additional 2 years as a civilian with the Corps of Engineers.

Back in Portland in 1959, Bill began his building career working for Douglas Lowell Inc., and continued in home building and light commercial construction for nearly 40 years.

Bill enjoyed family activities, golfing, playing volleyball, and travels to the Oregon Coast. He had a particular fondness for his dogs Curly, Maggie, Tucker, and Sage and always had a treat in his pocket for any dog he encountered. He was known for his outstanding memory (college sports trivia a particular strength) and knack for wordplay and puns.

 

Bill valued his membership of nearly 50 years in St. John Fisher Parish and his friends there. He participated for many years in the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he received and contributed mutual understanding and camaraderie. Bill’s family expresses their gratitude to the Internal Medicine doctors and nurses at Emanuel Hospital.

submitted Feb. 9, 2016 6:59P

1958

UGRD Leavey Business '58
John Philip Taglio

John Philip Taglio '58 died on Dec. 9, 2014. A native of Modesto, California, he built a storied career in the building industry throughout the state as president of Morrison Homes, while residing in Northern California. In 1996, he was inducted into the Builder's Hall of Fame, a prestigious and honorable award for excellence and professionalism. In 1997 he and his wife, Carol, retired and shared their time between Sun Valley, Idaho, and Kauai, Hawaii. John was instrumental in building the new Koloa Missionary Church in Kauai and was recognized for his integrity and compassion for his fellow man. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Tory and Lane (Hilary); daughter Shae Aicher (Shawn); and four grandchildren.

submitted Nov. 9, 2015 6:35P

1960

'60
Cornelius T. Moynihan

Professor Cornelius Timothy Moynihan '60, 76, passed away on Dec. 22, 2015, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, after a brief illness. His family was at his side. Born in Inglewood, Calif., on Feb. 2, 1939, to John H. Moynihan and Mildred I. (Dittman) Moynihan; he was the oldest of three children.

Connie will be remembered by family and friends as a kind and moral man with an impish sense of humor. He was the center of many a party where he entertained with his guitar and repertoire that ranged from folk songs to bawdy ballads. He enjoyed a good joke and always had one ready to share. He loved science fiction and taking his children, and later his grandchildren, to any movie with a spaceship or an alien. He was a steadfast supporter of wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

Connie attributed his success as an accomplished and respected scientist and academic to the education he received at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif. The focus and training imparted by the Jesuit brothers helped overcome the difficulties of his early years, and honed a keen scientific mind and disciplined approach to work and life. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Santa Clara University in 1960, his M.S. in physical chemistry in 1962 from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1965, also from Princeton.

His academic career began in the Department of Chemistry at California State University in Los Angeles, in 1964. He then joined the Department of Materials Science and Chemistry at Catholic University of America in 1969, and in 1981 he became professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As Professor Emeritus at RPI, he continued to review abstracts, to teach his favorite class in thermodynamics, and keep students on their toes with his rigorous line of questioning. Throughout his academic career, he specialized in amorphous materials (molten salts and inorganic glasses) and published approximately 180 scientific papers on various aspects of amorphous materials. In particular, he contributed to analyzing a complicated structural relaxation phenomenon of glasses and the most popular equations to describe the relaxation bears his name as "The Narayanaswamy-Moynihan-Tool relaxation formalism." He was a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and known for his high quality of research works and thorough and rigorous teaching of thermodynamics.

Connie is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Moynihan Falls of Evanston, Ill.; his son, Timothy Campbell Moynihan of Randolph, Vt.; his sister, Sheila Moynihan Wilson of Monterey, Calif.; his grandchildren, Keegan Moynihan, Declan Falls, Vivienne Falls and Connor Falls; his son-in-law, Bob Falls; and daughter-in-law, Bindi Rakhra; and his partner of 30 years, Maria Resnick. He was predeceased by his brother, Dennis Moynihan.

submitted Feb. 18, 2016 1:34P

1962

UGRD Arts & Sciences '62
Gregory Morris

San Luis Obispo lost an icon when Gregory Morris '62 died on Feb. 8, 2016, at his home in Avila Beach. Greg was born in August 1940 in San Francisco to Harry and Anne Morris. In 1948, Harry, Anne, and their two sons, Greg and Michael, moved to San Luis Obispo. Greg attended Old Mission School, and after grammar school, achieved his Eagle Scout. He spent his high school years at Mission Central Catholic High School and Bellarmine College Preparatory and then graduated from Santa Clara University with his B.A. in history in 1962.

After working for The Hartford Insurance Company in San Francisco for two years, he moved back to San Luis Obispo in 1964 to work with his father at what was then known as Bachino & Morris. Soon thereafter the firm became Morris & Dee. Greg spent his career building long-lasting relationships and taking care of those in need. For over 50 years he considered his clients and employees his family. Greg was instrumental in expanding the company, now known as Morris & Garritano, to the firm it is today. He was proud to have been joined by two of his children to carry on the multi-generational business.

Greg married Theresa LaFace in 1967, and together they had four children: Kelly Morgan '91, Brendan Morris '92, Kerry Morris '98, and Patrick. One of Greg's ongoing passions was his belief in Catholic education, manifested through the reopening of Mission College Preparatory in 1983 and the school's expansion in 2004. His strong interest in history, particularly in that of California missions, was evident in his work to restore the La Loma Adobe-a project that engaged him until the end of his life.

Anyone who knew him would agree, Greg was the world's best host. He was a gentleman through and through, and he made sure your glass was full and your smile was big. His patience and attention to detail were extraordinary, and his boundless generosity was felt deeply by those around him, through his work ethic, his unbridled love for his family, and his commitment to his community through organizations like Mission School Memorial Foundation, Mid State Bank, and French Hospital. Greg exemplified his strong compassion for the people around him through his lifelong service as a Eucharistic minister for parishioners from both Saint Paul Church in Pismo Beach and Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo. He also participated in the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, two of the highlights being administering polio vaccinations and drilling water wells in India and Malawi, respectively. Greg's family loved going on vacations with him to beautiful locations such as Maui, Canada, Australia, Tahiti, Italy, and most recently Norway. His kindness and respect for others touched whoever crossed his path, and he was always interested in learning more about other cultures and other countries.

Greg Morris is survived by his brother, Michael (Sandy); his children: Kelly Morris, Brendan (Vicky), Kerry Morris (Ryan), Patrick (Linda); his grandchildren: Jennifer, Amy, Rell, Kalani, Grace, and his nephews, Kevin and Colin. 

submitted Mar. 14, 2016 10:26A

1963

'63
Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner '63, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Jan. 28, 2016. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74. 

With Jefferson Airplane, Mr. Kantner pioneered what became known as the San Francisco sound in the mid-1960s, with such hits as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” The Airplane was renowned for thrilling vocal gymnastics by singers Marty Balin, Grace Slick, and Mr. Kantner, the psychedelic blues-rock sound developed by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen '64 and bass player Jack Casady and the LSD-spiked, ’60s-era revolutionary fervor of its lyrics.
 
The band was formed in 1965 in a Union Street bar called the Drinking Gourd, when Balin met Mr. Kantner and expressed his interest in creating a “folk-rock” band. It didn’t take long for the Airplane to attract a sizable local following, enough so that when fledgling promoter Bill Graham opened his legendary Fillmore Auditorium, the Jefferson Airplane served as the first headliner.
 
The group quickly became an integral part of the ’60s rock scene, from the Matrix club to Golden Gate Park’s “Human Be-In” to Monterey Pop. The Airplane’s high point may have been its sterling early-morning performance at Woodstock, while its nadir may have come only months later, at the violence-plagued Altamont concert, when Balin was knocked unconscious by the rampaging Hells Angels.
 
After the band was grounded by feuds and a lawsuit, Mr. Kantner and Slick transformed the group into Jefferson Starship in 1974, taking the name from a Kantner solo album. When Mr. Kantner left the Starship in 1985, he accepted an $80,000 settlement in exchange for a promise not to use the names “Jefferson” or “Airplane” without Slick’s consent. Slick stayed with the Starship and had a hit with “We Built This City” before the band folded in the late 1980s.
 
A sometimes prickly, often sarcastic musician who kept his own counsel and routinely enraged his old bandmates — they sued him for trademark infringement (and settled) after he started his own version of Jefferson Starship in 1991 — Mr. Kantner became something of a landmark on the San Francisco music scene, the only member of the band still living in town.
 
“Somebody once said, if you want to go crazy go to San Francisco,” he said. “Nobody will notice.”
 
Mr. Kantner was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for his work with the Jefferson Airplane during the band’s glory years — from the breakthrough 1967 “Surrealistic Pillow” album through Woodstock and Altamont.
 
“We never made plans,” said Mr. Kantner. “Well, we made plans, but they went awry. It was good to have a plan in case they didn’t go awry.”
 
He maintained a strenuous touring schedule, performing regularly with some version of the Jefferson Starship name. His group sometimes included Balin, as well as David Freiberg of the Quicksilver Messenger Service, another leading Bay Area band from the ’60s.
 
“When I look back on it, that’s probably longer than any of the other bands I’ve been in,” Mr. Kantner said.
 
Paul Lorin Kantner was born in San Francisco on March 17, 1941. His father, a traveling salesman, sent Mr. Kantner to military school after his mother’s death. He sought escape in science fiction books and music, before being inspired by Pete Seeger to become a folk singer. He attended Santa Clara University and San Jose State College before dropping out to pursue music.
 
When not on the road with his band, Mr. Kantner was a fixture at Caffe Trieste in North Beach.
 
“I’ve always loved San Francisco better than anywhere,” he said. “It’s always had its problems, but just the weather alone, the views. This corner alone has proved so nourishing.”
 
Mr. Kantner is survived by three children; sons Gareth and Alexander, and daughter China.
submitted Mar. 14, 2016 3:44P
UGRD Leavey Business '63
Martin (Marty) Ziegler

Martin "Marty" Ziegler '63 attended SCU for three and a half years. He had to leave in the middle of his senior year & finished his degree in Southern California. He loved Santa Clara & always identified with that school. He passed away on Dec. 6, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Lynda, and two sons, Erich & Christian, and four grandchildren. Marty's nephew, Travis Martin Hagedorn '99, is a surviving alumni. 

submitted Dec. 17, 2015 3:36P

1964

UGRD Leavey Business '64
Thomas D. DeGregori

Thomas David DeGregori '64, 4/26/1942 to 7/1/2015. He was born and raised in Los Banos, CA, graduate of Los Banos High, Santa Clara University, and Golden Gate University, master's in taxation. Tom was a husband, father, father-in-law, CPA, Army veteran, Little League coach, investor, wine connoisseur, master card player, avid golfer, volunteer, and more. After residing in San Jose for 33 years as a CPA for Arthur Young & Co., and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Tom and his wife of 46 years, Beverly, retired in 2003 to Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort in Angels Camp, where he lived his dream of golfing, playing bridge, and enjoying good wines with friends and family. He was the proud dad of Timothy (Amanda) DeGregori of San Jose and "Baka" to his grandsons Michael Thomas, and Leo Anthony.

submitted Oct. 6, 2015 3:49P
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