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Marcel Eugene Mailhebuau, May 5, 2007, at age 101. During his working years, the San Francisco native was employed by the water department of the City of San Francisco. Marcel is survived by his cousins Philip Fialer and Royanne Gwynn.


Melvin Edward Declusin, Dec. 12, 2005. A native of Lodi, he is survived by his wife, Alice, of Stockton; sons James and Dr. Richard Declusin; and four grandchildren.


George Underwood Benz, Jan. 22. A native of Portland, Ore., he worked as a field service engineer for Boeing Aircraft on the B-29 Super Fortress and in the family business, Benz Spring Co., for which he was vice president until retiring in 1980. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughters Mary Sayler, Kathleen Mooers, and Theresa Stevenson; sons, Fred and George; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


John J. Ryken, Dec. 17, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ryken; and three children.


James P. Jones, March 6. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his children, Bruce, Kim, and Kelly; and seven grandchildren.


Richard “Dick” Thomas O’Keefe, Dec. 17, 2006. He was in the first group inducted into SCU’s athletic Hall of Fame. During World War II, he served with the Sixth Marine Division in China. He played in the NBA with the Washington Capitols and later had a long career as a security chief for several companies, including Matson’s luxury liner services. Survivors include his son, Tim.


Robert Keenan, Dec. 9, 2006. He was retired from the Oak Grove School District, where he was principal of Miner Elementary School. He is survived by his daughters, Susan (Keenan) Woodward ’80, and Kathy Faria; his companion, Helen Salberg; his brother, Verne Keenan; and sister, Veronica Scott.


Charles W. Cox, Nov. 29, 2006.

Harold Kirk Messick, Feb. 18.


Hugh Evans Hayes, Feb. 14. A native of Stockton, he was a farmer who followed his love of history, antiques, and books all his life. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maryanne; two daughters; and four grandchildren.

Frank P. Kelly Jr., Feb. 27. A third-generation San Franciscan, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned from serving in the Pacific to attend Santa Clara and was a fullback on the Broncos’ 1950 Orange Bowl team. He then had a long career as a commercial lines insurance executive in San Francisco. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Catherine; his children Karen, Frank III, John, Jean Marie Buckley and Richard; and 10 grandchildren.

Charles F. “Chuck” Shiveley, March 27. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. He had a long career in the carpet industry. He is survived by his wife, Midge; two children; and numerous other relatives.


Stanley F. Leal, J.D. ’54, April 21. He was a trial attorney for nearly 50 years and was past president of the California Trial Lawyers Association and Santa Clara County Bar Association. He served as a 1st Lt. JAG for the Armed Forces during the Korean War. He was an avid golfer and loved to ski, dance, and sing. He is survived by adult children, twins Todd and Tracy Leal; son Matt R. Leal, Esq.; and a grandson.


Robert F. McCullough Sr., April 27. He was past president of both the Santa Clara Alumni Association and SCU’s Board of Regents. He served on numerous boards such as Dominican Sisters of San Jose, and Catholic Social Services of Marin County. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara; sons Robert Jr., Brian, and Larry; daughter, Jeannie; and seven grandchildren.

William H. Scannell, Nov. 2, 2006. He is survived by his brothers Joseph and James.


Joseph Anthony Agnello, Feb. 7. A native of Jamestown, N.Y., he was in the ROTC program at SCU before serving in the U.S. Army. He later joined Bethlehem Steel and retired as a senior vice president. He is survived by his son, Steven; daughter, Christine; sister, Polly; and two grandchildren.


Daniel Noel Buckley Jr., April 1. The San Francisco native worked in the marine insurance industry and was a member of the Marine Underwriters Association. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; children, Dan, Noelle, Andrea, and Nicholas; and four grandchildren.


Timothy C. Andersen, March 30. A native of Portland, Ore., he succeeded his father and grandfather at Portland Iron Works, and became the president of Power Transmission Products. He is survived by his wife, Lindsay; and three sons.


Jay F. Kanitz, Nov. 8, 2006. A native of Palo Alto, he retired as a research analyst from White Sands Missile Range in 1994. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish in Tortugas. Survivors include his wife, Gloria R. Nava; and a sister, Arnola Kanitz.


John Lowry Brown, March 5. He graduated from the Union Theological Seminary of Virginia and worked in the automotive industry for many years. Over the past decade he worked at Fortunes Inn, a sober living environment for men. He is survived by his sons Barry and Shane; daughter Amanda; and sister, Paula Kennedy.

Jameson Robert Crowner, March 2. A native of Ohio, he taught agriculture in Motupe, Peru, for the Peace Corps. He moved to Kauai in 1987 to be with his children. He worked for Ship Store Galleries for 18 years. He is survived by his mother, Martha; daughter, Allison; son Robert; brother Cameron; sister Libby Zinker; and two grandsons.

Mark William Dobel, April 13. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; and five daughters.


John Erkman, M.A. ’76, April 2. A native of Los Gatos, his 38-year career in education began at Sacred Heart School in Hollister and included classroom and administrative positions in San Luis Obispo, Cupertino, Oak Grove School District, and Portola Valley. He was also a senior lecturer at SCU. He is survived by Jim Berthelsen, his partner of 18 years, and Andrew Berthelsen; as well as numerous other family members.

David D. Roybal, Feb. 17. A native of San Francisco, he was a registered professional engineer and fellow application engineer with Eaton Corporation and Westinghouse Corporation. A recipient of the Westinghouse Order of Merit as well as the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, he held leadership positions with local and national professional associations. He is survived by his parents, Sam and Gloria Roybal; his wife of 36 years, Mary (Cleese) ’70; children Jennifer ’93, Deborah ’96, Jonathan ’03; and daughter-in-law Georgiana, sons-in-law Mike Andrews ’92 and Bill Yong ’96; and four grandchildren.


Catherine M. (Eichinger) Slota-Varma, M.D., Feb. 6. A native of St. Paul, Minn., she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from SCU and an M.D from Loyola Stritch Medical School in Chicago. Founding partner of Shoreview Pediatrics, she was also the first female chief of staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She was listed among the “Best Doctors of America” several times. She is survived by her husband, Rajiv Varma, M.D.; and daughters Deborah Slota and Julia Slota.


John M. Oram, Feb. 2. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca.

Richard R. Rosales, Oct. 26, 2006. He is survived by cousins, Diana R. Danna ’68, MBA ’72, Angelo P. Danna ’70, and Leonard P. Danna ’74.


Lillian Deck, Feb. 6. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, a former SCU professor of chemistry. She is survived by her children, Jerome B. Deck ’59, Mary “Vicki” Nanawa ’68, and Peter M. Deck ’72; 12 grandchildren, including
A. Nanawa ’01; and 17 great-grandchildren.


Robert Paul Cahill, April 6. A native of Santa Paula, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Portland and was a corrections counselor for Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for 25 years. Survivors include his sons, Sean and Patrick; daughter, Megan; and numerous other relatives.


Miguel Angel Briceno “Mike” Loza, March 26. A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, he worked for the L & L Floral Supply for many years, representing the company in Oregon and Washington. Survivors include his parents, Christobal and Luz Briceno Loza.


Christine Carol O’Keeffe M.A., April 12. A native of San Francisco, she enjoyed a long career in social services as counselor and supervisor. She worked at South Valley Counseling in Gilroy, Rebekah’s Children’s Services in Gilroy, and Sacramento County Juvenile Probation Department through Catholic Healthcare West.


Grant Robert Johnson, March 10. In addition to his degree from SCU, he held a master’s degree from University of California, San Diego. He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Brayman; father, Bruce Johnson; sister Lindsay Habian; and numerous other relatives.


Ryan Taylor Brown, March 2007. He is survived by his wife, Julia; father, Stanley; and sister, Bear.

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