Class Notes | Obituaries
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Owain Boughtwood '18, an English major, died on June 24 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Nonington, England. Owain's home was Canterbury, England, and through parentage, he was a proud Welshman.
In a statement his family said: "Owain was 21 years old and a much-loved son and the youngest of six children. He was part of a large, loving family and the fun-loving uncle to nine nephews and nieces. Owain also found love in recent years as a devoted boyfriend to his girlfriend and sweetheart.
"Owain was a skilled footballer with an awesome left foot and change of pace. He loved music and was an accomplished musician, teaching himself to play guitar and drums.
"All those who had the good fortune to know Owain recognized how much of a sweet, loyal, and decent man he was. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved him."
Joseph "Joe" P. Sugg passed away on July 25, 2016. He served as Assistant Vice President for University Operations from 1996 until January 5, 2015. Born on July 3, 1944, Joe was the beloved husband of Marianne Sugg. He will be interred at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
It is very sad and unusual to lose an active member of the faculty during the academic year, and so I acknowledge the passing of Jean Pedersen of our department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Jean arrived at Santa Clara in 1972 and made this her academic home. Jean was a popular professor and the author of 214 research papers, reviews and pedagogical works, 13 books, 3 translations, and 8 videos. She touched many lives, as I heard at her funeral from her departmental colleagues and from present students and alumni. As a member of our Santa Clara family, we remember her with deep appreciation.
It is with sadness that I announce the death of longtime math professor Jean Pedersen, who died on January 1 with her family by her side. Our hearts go out to Professor Pedersen's children, Jenni and Chris, for such a loss, and one so soon after their father's passing. Professor Pedersen was a true pillar of the University and of its math department. Known for her kindness in welcoming newcomers to the University and her collegiality among her fellow faculty, she had a great love for Santa Clara University and a passion for teaching math.
Professor Pedersen began her teaching career at Santa Clara in 1966 when she became the first woman to teach mathematics here. She later became the first woman to be granted tenure in the Mathematics Department. A published author, guest lecturer for numerous professional programs and associations, and generous member of the University community, she modeled the best of the teaching scholar. Santa Clara University has lost a leading light in Professor Pedersen, and while we mourn her loss, we remember the great gift of her life.
Jean J. Pedersen, a long-time professor of mathematics at Santa Clara, died on New Year’s Day 2016 in a Los Gatos hospital after a long series of medical problems. She was born into a family in Provo, Utah; her father was an ophthalmologist, her mother a teacher. She had a younger brother who became an architect in Seattle, and a son and daughter, Chris a Silicon Valley engineer and Jennifer, who teaches mathematics at Utah Valley University in Orem. She had six grandchildren.
Jean attended college at Brigham Young University where, given the culture of that time, she majored initially in home economics, only later discovering the beauty of mathematics. So thus motivated when she moved to the University of Utah at Salt Lake City for graduate study, she switched to mathematics. Ultimately she wrote a thesis on algebra under the direction of E. Allen Davis, a well-known mathematician at the University. There she had as a student in one of her classes, an engineering major, Kent Pedersen, whom she later married. Soon after their marriage and Kent’s accepting a position at IBM, they moved to San Jose where they remained. Kent died roughly one year before Jean’s death.
After starting a family, Jean joined the Santa Clara University mathematics faculty initially teaching only part-time. Proving herself to be such a spectacularly good teacher, she was transferred to being full-time and eventually to the rank of full professor by 1996. Under the guidance of the legendary mathematician and teacher, George Polya, at Stanford University and later a long series of collaborations with the internationally known British topologist, Peter J. Hilton, Jean performed mathematical research, writing and speaking on polyhedral geometry, combinatorics,and number theory. Hilton had held positions at Oxford, Cambridge, Case Western Reserve, and Cornell, and had been one of the mathematicians that cracked the enigma code at Bletchley Park, led by Alan Turing.
Pedersen’s list of publications runs to 214 research papers, reviews and pedagogical works, 13 books, 3 translations, and 8 videotapes. Others await publication. She was eventually to become an Erskine Fellow at the University of Christ Church in New Zealand, a repeated visitor at the University of Capetown in South Africa, and a repeated short-term visitor at the Forschungs Institut für Mathematikc at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule/Zurich.
A populist lecturer, Jean was often asked to speak at meetings from departmental colloquia to regional meetings to international congresses. These talks spread from the Bay Area to Australia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Kuala Lumpur, Delft, Haifa, and many other locations. These presentations often led to collaborators in mathematics (Glenn Appleby, Astrid Bonning, James H. Foster, Walter Gross, Michael Hendy, Bruce Love, Larry Somer, Jurgen Stigter, Tibor Tarnai, Byron Walden, Hans Walser, Tamsen Whitehead); in mathematics education (Franz O. Armbruster, Diane Mendence, E. Allen Davis, Derek Holton, George Polya, Peter Ross, Martin Gardner); general mathematics (Youseff Alavi, Ronald Graham) and algebra (Tibor Tarnai, Carlos Sequin).
Jean was a member of numerous MAA and Association of Women in Mathematics, was a one-time member of the Editorial Board of Mathematics Magazine, and was a pioneer director of a “Women and Mathematics” lecture series to attract women into mathematics majors. She was the advisor of our own chapter of AWM.
Jean always gave people the impression that being on the mathematics faculty, as teacher, advisor, and friend, was a profession that is just as good as it gets. And as members of the faculty in mathematics at Santa Clara, having Jean as a colleague, we feel that that’s just as good as it gets!
Andrew Joseph Locatelli, 82, a long time resident of San Jose passed away peacefully on April 16th. "Andy" was born in Santa Cruz, California to Italian immigrant parents Abraham Locatelli and Margherita Zanardi. He graduated from Boulder Creek High School in 1952. He went on to attend San Jose State University where he earned both Undergraduate and Masters Degree in Education and lettered in varsity basketball. He joined the military in the mid 50's where he worked special services and was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
By anyone’s standards, Alan A. Parker J.D. '64 enjoyed a lofty legal career. After a successful law practice in San Jose, he worked for U.S. Rep. Don Edwards and became the general counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, playing a central role in the impeachment effort against Richard Nixon. In the waning days of the Jimmy Carter administration, he served as an assistant attorney general.
All of that was remarkable enough. It was more noteworthy because of an unusual gap in his resume. Parker did not attend college. In fact, he nearly failed to get a high school degree.
He did graduate from Santa Clara University Law School in 1964 and passed the bar exam shortly afterward. Nobody ever questioned that he had a head for strategy and a gift of gab, recounting stories and offering advice in a resonant radio narrator’s voice.
Parker died on Sept. 2 at the age of 88 in the Sacramento-area town Lincoln after a long illness. He left behind a legacy in California Democratic politics and an eclectic career that was guided in part by his friendships with Edwards and Senator Alan Cranston.
Born in New York City on Nov. 28, 1927, Parker moved with his parents to Southern California while he was still young. His father, William Parker, was a Hollywood writer and his mother, Beverly, ran the women’s department in a large store. Both parents were Russian immigrants.
A fitful but bright high school student who preferred to read at the library rather than attend class, Parker served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947, entertaining troops as a disc jockey in the South Pacific. Disappointed in his ambitions for a radio career, he worked for a decade as a safety engineer and manager, jobs that took him to the Bay Area.
His passion, however, was politics. Along with Cranston, Parker was instrumental in forming the California Democratic Council, a network of Democratic clubs that became the organizational backbone of the party. In 1960, he was part of a movement to draft Adlai Stevenson for a third run at the presidency.
After Cranston was elected controller in 1958, Parker took a state job as a inheritance tax appraiser, a job that brought him into frequent contact with lawyers. His widow, Odette Parker, said Parker went to law school after being urged to do so by then-attorney and later Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Bill Harris. “He said, ‘Alan, you’re so bright, why don’t you go to law school?‘’’ Odette Parker said.
Taking advantage of a policy that allowed credit for life experience, Parker studied for a year at San Francisco College of Law and then completed a full three-year legal course at Santa Clara. He formed a legal partnership in San Jose with John Chargin, another lawyer active in politics.
In 1971, Parker was recruited by Edwards to become his legislative director. Two years later, he was appointed general counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. After brief service as an assistant AG under Attorney General Griffin Bell, he returned as general counsel in 1980, when Jimmy Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan.
Parker helped to draft the articles of impeachment against Nixon that were approved by the Judiciary Committee in 1974 (Nixon resigned before the full House could vote on them.) The former San Jose lawyer also participated in an expansion of the Voting Rights Act, the defeat of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion, and the investigation into the Kent State shootings.
“Alan never lost his fidelity to truth and the Constitution, and he never lost his marvelous sense of humor and dedication to his family,’’ said U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who succeeded Edwards in 1995.
John Filippi '38 was born in Hanford, California in 1915. He fell in love with Santa Clara the first time he set foot on campus in 1933. After graduating from Santa Clara in 1938 he attended Golden Gate University Law School. He served in the United States Army from 1943 - 1946. After his discharge he practiced law in Palo Alto. John is predeceased by his wife Elna of 70 years and survived by three children Judy Bishop '69, Dana Filippi '72 (Sharon Kniffin Filippi '73), and Lynn Momboisse '79 (Mike Momboisse '79); six grandchildren, three of which are Santa Clara graduates: Ellie Bishop Dexheimer '07, Robin Momboisse '07, and Richard Momboisse '10 (Melissa Heinrich Momboisse '10); and two great-grandchildren. John passed away December 19, 2016 in Modesto, at the age of 101. Please visit goo.gl/ZAVRpd to read Steven Saum's article on John Filippi in the sSummer 2016 Santa Clara Magazine.
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George Doll '38, J.D. '40 passed away in Santa Rosa on Friday, May 13, 2016. He was born in Santa Clara on March 22, 1918, age 98 years. George graduated from Santa Clara and received his J.D. in 1940 He served in the Navy during WWII as a Registered Publications Officer on the staff of Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander Third Fleet, South Pacific area. He was an asisstant U.S. Attorney in San Francisco and later practiced law for many years in Redwood City.
Guido A Marengo Jr. '41, age 96, a native of Stockton, passed away on Aug. 29, 2016 after a brief illness. He was the son of Guido Marengo Sr. and Beatrice Campodonico Marengo. Guido graduated from Stockton High School and graduated from University of Santa Clara in 1941. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a Captain and was a member of the Fourth Marine Division. Guido made four landings in the Pacific during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for action on Iwo Jima.
Following the war Guido married Patricia Yardley. He managed the department store, Katten & Marengo, and the Credit Bureau of Stockton. Guido was very active in the community during his business career. He was President of the Associated Credit Bureaus of California, served on the Boards of Junior Achievement, Chamber of Commerce, Stockton Merchants Association, United Crusade, St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Hall, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and O’Connor Woods Retirement Center. Guido enjoyed playing tennis, swimming, gardening and traveling.
Guido is survived by his wife of 69 years, Patricia. He is the loving father of Julie Biagi (George), Dina Dimalanta (John H. Dimalanta '66), and Barbie Burke (Mathew), and is the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, including Gia M. Biagi '93 and Alicia A. Biagi '97 and nine great grandchildren.
Dr. Francis L. Detert '44, born on April 13th, 1923 in San Diego, CA, and passed away peacefully on August 19th, 2016 in his San Leandro home at the age of 93. Survived by his nephews: David Detert, and Mark Detert; niece Melissa Redmond; and 5 grand nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his brother Earl Detert, and sisters: Miriam Detert, and Sister Peggy Detert.
Francis graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree and continued on to Stanford University in 1950 receiving his PHD in Chemistry. In 1943-45 Francis served in the U.S. Navy in WWII in the Pacific Theatre commanding a LCI rocket firing gunboat. He participated in The Battle of Iwo Jima. Francis was employed with Chevron Research in Richmond, California for over 30 years. His expertise was in finding uses for oil byproducts. He traveled the world representing Chevron Research. Francis's interests and hobbies were spending the day walking all over San Francisco, traveling with his sisters, and wood carving. He was an avid SF 49er and Oakland A's fan. He was a member of the Olympic Club. He volunteered at San Quentin State Prison where he taught the inmates various business skills including book keeping. He also volunteered at senior housing centers. Cheers to Francis with an ice cold Heineken beer!
Edward Hermann Hulbert '44, 93, passed away due to cancer on July 2, 2016 in Olympia, WA. He was born July 12, 1922 to Fred and Ursala Hulbert in Aberdeen, WA. He graduated from Aberdeen's Weatherwax High School, and Santa Clara University.
He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1942 during World War II. A 70-year resident of West Olympia, he was self-employed in the lumber, oil and real estate industries.
Edward married Beverly Hooker on August 4, 1942 in Aberdeen. She died November 28, 2012. He married Trina Ruiz on February 8, 2013.
He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Edward was full of humor. He had a positive personality, was compassionate, caring, creative, and detailed. He loved his family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking, boating, fishing, gardening, reading, beach combing, and raising oysters and clams.
Edward is survived by his wife, Trina Hulbert; children, Ted, Phil, Jane, Tom and Kathy; five grandchildren including Jamie Hulbert '97; 13 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Laura (Tom) Hackstadt and Jane Richardson.
The Campi family patriarch, Eugene S. Campi ’48, has left this earth. He joins his beloved wife Mary Lou who predeceased him in 2008. Together they raised eight children: Steve (Nancie), Jim (Ann), Chris Taylor '72 (Patrick), Joan Makley (Kevin), Mike Campi ‘78 (Colleen), John (Melinda), Pat (Krissy), and Suzanne. Their immense love was passed onto their 17 grandchildren, including Adam Campi '11, and 13 great grandchildren.
Eugene, or "Cheech" to his friends, was a second- generation Oaklander, WWII veteran, home builder, and general contractor in the East Bay. He was born March 24, 1923. He attended University High in Oakland, Santa Clara University briefly before enlisting in the Army, spent two years in Europe as part of the 500th Engineer Light Ponton Co. building bridges, then returned to SCU to receive his civil engineering degree. His greatest love was his large family and the fun they all shared at regular family gatherings. He laid the foundation for our family teaching by example - hard work, time for fun, and letting each family member discover their own path to happiness. We are incredibly fortunate to be family, friends and relatives of one of the very best of the greatest generation, Eugene Campi. His legacy will forever live on in multiple generations of the Campi family.
Richard R. "Dick" Blackburn '49 passed away peacefully at home on March 1,2016 in San Jose, California at the age of 94. His loving wife Angela preceded him in death on April 6, 2010. He and Angela had no siblings or children. Dick was born August 18, 1921 in the state of California. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and served in Japan. After the war ended, he returned to the U.S. and enrolled at the University of Santa Clara, subsequently graduating in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After Graduation, Dick took a position with the City of San Jose Public Works Department and obtained his State license as a Professional Civil Engineer. His many projects included the planning of the major Street Network, the design and construction of the Coleman-Market Overcrossing, and many other major street widening projects. He advanced to become the Operations Engineer and as such managed the Operations and Maintenance Branch of the Department. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant Director of Public Works. Upon retirement from the City of San Jose in 1980 (after 30 years of service), Dick performed volunteer work for the University of Santa Clara adding his expertise to aide the University in the project to realign "the Alameda" around the campus. He later took a position with the city of Santa Clara working on several projects concerned with energy conservation. Dick was also founding director of the San Jose Retired Employees Association and served as a director from June 1991 to 2008.
Vincent A. DiTomaso ’50 (electrical engineering) died of heart failure peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on December 14, 2016. When Vince arrived at Santa Clara as a first year student, he joined a unique class of budding engineers—not just the usual fresh-faced high school grads, but also seasoned military veterans resuming their lives at the end of World War II. During his time at Santa Clara, Vince was a member of the Engineering Society, served as A.I.E.E. President, and was a member of the Saber Society, R.O.T.C. The Class of ’50 graduated a record 70 engineers who have gathered every single year since their graduation. Vince and fellow Broncos serving in the military even held a reunion in Korea in 1951. In 1964 Vince opened DiTomaso & Associates, an electrical engineering consulting firm in Van Nuys, California. Later, he became a principal with the consulting firm of Dalan Engineers in Northridge, and in 1997 was appointed to the State of California’s Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. In 2002, he was awarded the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. His son, Joe DiTomasso said, “We loved our father and his energy for life and his heart full of love. He very much loved Santa Clara University and I believe the proudest day of his life was when he received the Engineering School award. It is because of the lessons learned and the education received at Santa Clara that my father became the great man that he was.” Notes of condolence may be sent to the DiTomasso Family in care of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Thomas L. Sapunor Jr. '50 appears today here on what he referred to as the "Irish Sports Page." He was born and raised in Sacramento, the middle son of Thomas and Myrtle Fay Sapunor. He attended Marshall Elementary, St. Francis of Assisi Elementary and Christian Brothers High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1950. His beloved bride of 65 years, Johanna Hammans, and Tom began their married life together in San Francisco, where their first three children, Timothy, Sally and Jeanne were born. During that time, he survived a bout with polio that hospitalized him for months. Tom's promotion at Cal Western Life Insurance brought the family back to Sacramento, where sons Peter and Stephen '82 were born. Tom continued at Cal Western while attending night school at McGeorge College of Law. Upon admittance to the bar, he began his career as a Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County. After working with his brother John '41 (Treva Sapunor '41) at the Wilke, Fleury & Sapunor law firm, he continued his legal career working as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California for over 20 years. A quintessential gentleman and family man, Tom was a devoted friend, son, brother, husband, father and "Baba" who was proud of his Irish and Croatian immigrant heritage. He cherished time spent at the shores of Tahoe, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pajaro Dunes, Little River and Angel Island, and at Uncle George's cabin in Strawberry. Tom was an ardent supporter of his children's and grand-children's artistic and sporting pursuits; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, barbequing, cocktails, Gilbert and Sullivan, crosswords, Steve Nash and Kurt Rambis, sketching, reading, and traveling. One of Tom's favorite trips was journeying to Ireland in 1993 with old pals Delaney and Meyers. His favorite movie was "Dawn Patrol" with David Niven and Errol Flynn. Tom loved animals, especially his childhood hunting dog "Buff" and in later life, his Cavaliers Jane and Lucy. Tom was a faithful parishioner at Sacred Heart Church, serving as a lector for decades. In addition to his parents, Tom is predeceased by his uncle George Sapunor, brother the Hon. John M. Sapunor, sister Ellen, nephews Richard Thomas and Michael Benjamin Sapunor, niece Nancy Sapunor, mother-in-law Peggie Dayton, and son-in-law Tim Pfaff. Survived by wife Johanna, brother Dr. Philip Sapunor (Patricia), children Tim (Cathy), Sally, Jeanne (Ralph Davis), Pete (Suzy) and Stephen '82 (Allison), grandchildren Zack, Rita, Greg, Christine (Yosihai), Grace, Oona, Max, Caitlin, Hannah, Nicholas, Matthew, Rob (Katie), John, and Michael, and great-grandchild Alex. Also survived by nephew the Hon. Jack V. Sapunor '70 (Vicki), nephew Michael Sapunor (Nancy), niece Jenny Gysin (Warner), and grandnephews Patrick, Adam, Leo and Oscar.
Daniel Gilbert Kraemer '50 passed peacefully in his home in Solana Beach on December 27th, 2015, at the age of 87. Dan was born to Gilbert and Esther Kraemer in Anaheim, California. He attended Fullerton High, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950, with a degree in business. He married Mary Musante shortly after serving as a lieutenant in the Korean War. Dan began his farming life in Pauma Valley, later settling in Corona to raise citrus. Over the next years, Dan and Mary welcomed eight children and raised them with love, patience, and faith. Dan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Known as Pop by his 21 grandchildren, Dan will be remembered for big hugs, memorable stories, and fresh squeezed oranges. He has set an example of generosity, friendship and faith that will continue for generations to come. Dan is survived by Mary, his wife of 62 years and their children: Mary (Steve), Susan (Dave), Ann, Eileen (Matt), John (Cim), Karen, Janine '86 (Joe '84), and Matt (fiance‚ Alli). He will be missed by grandchildren: Patrick, Rachel, Eric, Jacob, Scott, Nick, Cole, Margaux '12, Dano, Mitch, Madeline '13, Mollie, Belinda, Matt, Jeff, Lauren, Lindsey, Cade, Ryan, Kate and Shannon.
Arthur L. Shiffrar '50, 89, of Fremont, CA, died Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Born in Nipomo, CA, in 1926, Arthur was the sixth of Mary Buda Shiffrar and Joseph Shiffrar’s 12 children. From an early age, he adored the bounty of the Central Coast, enjoying hunting, rock hounding, fishing, and clamming.
Arthur graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and served as a Navy ship mechanic in the Pacific during World War II. With the help of a football scholarship and the GI Bill, Arthur graduated with a degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. In 1949, he married his long time sweetheart, Ruth Walsh. They settled in Fremont, where they lived for 50 years.
Ruth and Arthur enjoyed a wonderful life. With family and friends, they celebrated with laughter, drinks, tall tales, and Santa Maria-style BBQ. They traveled the world, most notably to Slovenia where they created new bonds with Arthur’s extended family.
Arthur established Art’s Cart Trucking in 1960. As the company grew, he mentored many young drivers. Art’s Cart trucks could be seen throughout California for nearly 30 years. Ruth and Arthur also established and successfully ran Gen Mar, a bed frame manufacturing company.
While he loved driving, especially sports cars, deer hunting was Arthur’s lifelong passion. He hunted simply, with an old rifle, a rich knowledge of animal behavior, and a desire for a clean shot. In later years, he enjoyed attending antique truck shows.
Arthur was pre-deceased by his wife, Ruth, and three siblings (Mary, Donald, and Joe). Arthur is survived by his daughters, Margaret and Genevieve, by Donna Boomershine, his companion in later life, by many siblings (Martin, Louise, George, Harold, Betty, Dolores, Barbara, and Richard) and by dozens of nieces and nephews.
Jack Robert Marasti '51 passed away at Mercy Hospital in Merced, CA, on October 8, 2016, surrounded by his family and loved ones. Born in Grindstone, PA, he was the youngest of three children by Alex and Jenny Marasti. After the family relocated to Merced, he entered John Muir Elementary as a 3rd grader and graduated from Merced Union High School District in 1947 with the honor of receiving the MUHSD Science and Math Award. Jack then attended Santa Clara University for his undergraduate degree, graduating in 1951 at the top of his class. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he attended U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. At the age of 24, he became an auto dealer, starting the Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth family business which he successfully ran with his wife Patricia Marasti for 35 years - eventually becoming the second oldest Chrysler dealership on the west coast. After the passing of his beloved wife of 52 years, Jack stayed active and contributed to his community by becoming a substitute teacher for MUHSD. He loved substitute teaching and sharing his vast knowledge and experience with the students. He proudly continued to substitute teach until his passing at 87 years old. He is survived by his children Noreen Bianchi, Michael Marasti '75 (Santa), Peggy LaRocque (Brian), and Robert Marasti. His son Mark Marasti preceded him in death. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, including Richard L. Bianchi '96, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Jack is also survived by his dear friend Lydia Lobdell. He was a true family man, patriarch of his family, and will be deeply missed.
Ronald "Ron" Joseph Schenone '52 passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 11, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Gloria Chinchiolo Schenone. He is survived by his son Chris (Maaike), son John (Dori), daughter Renee Westerfield '83 (Geoff), son Tim (Heidi) and daughter Jennifer Aiello and grandchildren Mark and Emily Westerfield, Jackson and Isabella Schenone, Francesca Aiello, Caitlyn and Riley Schenone. He is fondly remembered by his family as a loving husband, great father, and adored grandpa.
Ron was born to Josephine and Joseph Schenone in Stockton, California. He attended St. Mary's High School in Stockton where he played basketball and football and was Student Body President. He received a football scholarship to University of Portland, attended University of San Francisco, and then completed his college education at his beloved Santa Clara University.
After receiving his degree from Santa Clara University in 1952, Ron was activated from the Army Reserve and was stationed at Ford Ord, California,from 1953-1955. After completing his service, he worked for Shell Oil Company for five years. In 1960, he began a thirty-one year career with United Technologies, specializing in Personnel and Industrial Relations. He was a lifetime member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.
A firm believer in the value of education and a lifelong learner himself, Ron continued his ongoing intellectual pursuits throughout his life by taking numerous classes and pursuing his Masters after retirement. He was a voracious reader. His personal library highlighted his varied interests, including sports, history, politics, and the labor movement. He was a devout Catholic and proud of his Italian heritage.
Ron loved sports. Always the athlete, he began running mid-life and completed over 750 races, including his first marathon in 1985. He was truly a lifelong 49er Faithful. In 2006, he created the Athletic Hall of Fame at his alma mater, St. Mary's High School, to specifically honor outstanding athletes This, and his many other contributions, led to his own induction into the school's overall Hall of Fame in 2009.
John S. Pasco '52 died on Nov. 26, 2015. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Beverlee. He is preceded in death by his first child Patricia Ann, survived by daughter Susan, son John Jr. J.D. '85, daughter Janet Kittleson (Tom) and grandchildren Courtney Pasco, Kelsey Pasco '19, Kyle Pasco, Beau Kittleson and Haley Kittleson. He is fondly remembered by his family as a loving husband, a great father and an adoring grandfather "big poppa".
John was born on December 15, 1930 to Stephan and Mary Pasco in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Mt. Carmel High School, where he played football. He received a football scholarship to Santa Clara University where he played from 1948-1952. He was fortunate to quarterback the 1950 Broncos to victory in the Orange Bowl at the age of 19. This would be one of many victories for John in his life.
After receiving his degree from Santa Clara in 1952, John married his college sweetheart, Beverlee Martella of San Jose. The next week, he was commissioned to serve his country in the Korean war as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery Unit. He spent a year in Korea and returned to enter Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1954. John graduated from Loyola in 1957 as president of his law school class. He passed the bar in November, 1957 and shortly thereafter set up his private law practice. John practiced law for 29 years in San Jose. He was appointed to the bench in 1985 as a municipal court judge. In 1994 he was called to the Superior Court where he remained until his retirement in 1999.
John was a grateful alumnus of Santa Clara University. He was one of the original founders of the Bronco Bench Foundation at Santa Clara that was established to provide scholarships to athletes. He also volunteered his time coaching football at Santa Clara for 19 years under head coach Pat Malley. John was inducted into the Santa Clara University Hall of Fame in 1977.
John enjoyed his retirement, traveling with Beverlee to Europe seven times, watching grandchildren and spending time at the beach in Rio Del Mar. John was a modest, honest man – kind and gentle to all and his generosity knew no bounds. He will be greatly missed.
Claude John Boyd, Jr. '52 passed away on November 18, 2016. He was a proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1952. He worked as an engineer at Sperry, Lockheed, Fairchild Instrument, Dalmo Victor and, most notably, IBM where he retired in 1990. He leaves his beloved wife, Evelyn Boyd, and his family, son Brian Boyd and Brian's wife Loriann Casillas and grandsons Connor Boyd, Kyle Boyd and Cameron Boyd as well as Claude's devoted daughter Corine DeLeon, Corine's husband Joe and grandsons Christian DeLeon, Alexander DeLeon, Jevan DeLeon and granddaughters Rebecca DeLeon and Marciella DeLeon Cantu.
Paul "Pat" Murphy '53 passed away on March 18, 2016. He served as an artillery officer at Keflavík Air Force Base, Iceland. In 1969 he started Special Products Co. which ontinues today as Window Solutions under his oldest son's ownership. He enjoyed skiing and hiking almost to the end of his life and traveling with his wife, Patty, as well as taking Fromm Institute classes at USF.
Michael J. Virga '53, J.D. '58 was born January 11, 1932 in the front bedroom of their Land Park home. His three older sisters were told to look for the doctor because he was bringing the baby with him in his black medical bag.
The Great Depression may have been in full swing but the Virga family was rich in love and laughter. Mike's parents, Michael P. Virga, full blooded Sicilian, and mother Helen, full blooded Irish, were to have 7 children: Margret (Lyon), Mary (Shelby), Patricia (Tammen), Katie (Trekur); Mike's brothers John and Richard (died at 6 months) Virga. Their home was the heart of the neighborhood. Children played, friends, family and neighbors gathered for visits, good food, and the weekly Friday night poker game. Many an evening, the carpet was rolled up for dancing and it was here that Mike's older sisters taught him to dance; his love of which would last his lifetime.
He was taught the lessons of hard work by his immigrant father, who had prospered in his adopted country as a painting contractor. Many a day was spent painting by his side. Mike's mother, brilliant and cultured, was the loving heart of the family. Home was where where Mike learned about dignity, kindness and character. It was with these ethics, that Mike started CK McClatchy High School. Soon he would become Student Body President, an all city baseball and basketball player, and member of the championship American Legion team. A baseball scholarship to Santa Clara followed.
But before he would leave for college a striking blonde sophomore caught his eye. In an instant, Betsey Gillis became the love of his life, and would become his future bride. A stunning couple, Mike, tall dark and handsome, and Betsey, a timeless beauty, married after he graduated from college. After two years in the US Army, where he made Captain, Mike finished law school at Santa Clara and headed home to Sacramento.
With hard work and diligence, his legal career flourished rapidly; starting as a deputy district attorney, then city prosecutor, then on to private practice, where he won the largest recorded verdict in Sacramento history at the time. At 38, Mike was appointed to the judicial bench by then Governor Ronald Reagan. He was the quintessential judge. Known for his fairness, open mind, empathy, keen intellect and knowledge of the law, he presided over many high profile cases, including the notorious Dorthea Puente murder trial. A skillful mediator, he also had an excellent record of settling lawsuits before they went to trial.
During this time Mike's family life was equally busy and flourishing. He and Betsey had four children, Michael, Julie, Greg and David. Once again the Virga home was rich with love and laughter. He and Betsey made sure they were involved with their children's lives through the years. Their home was the hub of the neighborhood with family and friends gathering often. When the kids were younger there was little league, Sunday drives to the Orange Freeze, Camp Sacramento and the boardwalk at Santa Cruz. When they were older, the teenagers and parents had parties together. There was always dancing and Sinatra was often playing. Mike and Betsey bought a house with a swimming pool and a pool table and encouraged the kids to have parties there so they wouldn't be out driving.
Mike, charismatic and the life of the party, always had something going on with family and friends. He made sure he always learned the latest dance the kids were doing. Their large circle of friends were always there for good times throughout the years. A truly unpretentious, humble man, Mike attributed much of his success to the lessons of life learned while playing and coaching sports. "I've been associated with everybody you can imagine. It 's something you learn in sports- it doesn't matter your color, your wealth, your background. It's only what kind of person you are," said the Judge.
Baseball, not surprisingly, has always been an integral part of his family's life. Mike said: "One reason I like boys to play ball is that it teaches them something about life- not to get discouraged on a bad day and not to get conceited on a good day." He coached his sons first at Pacific Little league, then at Land Park Pony and Colt Leagues. He was responsible for starting the Kennedy Legion Baseball program, no small feat, and managed all three sons' teams. Many happy days were spent on baseball diamonds throughout the years. Many lifelong friends were made. Although Julie, his only daughter, didn't mind baseball, she loved horses more, so he made sure she had one.
Remarkably, even though Mike was busy with work and family, he always made time for various charitable organizations. He helped organize the Police Athletic league and helped set up their boxing league for underprivileged youth, raising monies with local boxers and celebrities. He was on the committee that started the PIG bowl and was its first announcer. He was actively involved with Footprinters, Saints and Sinners, and the 20 /30 club. He was honored to be both inducted into the La Salle Club hall of fame and named Irishman of the year. Behind the scenes he was always helping someone. He spent countless hours doing gratis legal work.
Above all, Mike was committed to his family and relished their success and happiness. He shared a special bond with his brother, John Virga, a prominent Sacramento attorney. Throughout the years they were each other's most ardent supporters. No one was prouder when Mike's son Michael G. Virga '78, J.D. 81, already a successful attorney, was elected to the judicial bench and recently named Judge of the Year. When Julie and Greg opened Virga's Restaurant in 1990, he was their best customer. As Sinatra played, he held court at table 40, entertaining friends and family there daily. When, after 15 years, Julie decided to switch careers and close Virga's, a going away party was given for Mike at the restaurant. Always supportive, he encouraged and promoted her when she opened Virga Realty. Lucky for him, sons Greg and David carried on the restaurant tradition. Loyal to a fault, he would only dine at their restaurants: Jacks Urban Eats, Paesanos, Pronto and Uncle Vito's. He was an adoring "Papa" to his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was very involved with their lives and activities, whether it was sports or cheerleading.
After retirement, Mike and Betsey spent much of their time at their vacation home in Santa Cruz. Dancing, entertaining, golfing, and socializing with friends old and new. Mike enjoyed life's simple pleasures. A hot dog with lots of mustard, Sinatra on the stereo, dancing cheek to cheek with his true love. Mike and Betsey's deep and abiding love for each other has been a beacon to their family. A love affair known to few, their commitment to each other never faltered. It would sustain them through Mike's fierce battle with Parkinson's disease. His beloved Betsey, would be by his side when he drew his last breath. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betsey, children Michael Virga '78, J.D. 81 (Debbie), Julie Virga (Todd), Gregory Virga (Laura) and David Virga (Shawna), grandchildren Nicole Virga Bautista (Jayme), Natalie Panagotacos '08 (Gus), Michael Virga, Jake Virga and Nico Virga, and great grandchildren, Avery Bautista, Michael Panagotacos and Leo Panagotacos, loving caregivers and second sons Osea (Oscar) Baraki, and Joe Bulivou.
Frank Brandon Maus, Jr. '53, known to firneds as "Brandon", passed away on March 8, the day before his 86th birthday.
Born in Petaluma, California, to Frank and Helen Maus, Brandon attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Upon graduation, Brandon served in the United States Army where he worked in the White Sands Proviing Groudn testing Nike missiles and atomic warheads. After his service, Brandon pursued a second degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1956, he began a long and storied career with United Airlines where he led engineering teams that work on or helped design countless iconic passenger airplanes, rising to the role of Chief Engineer for United at the The Boeing Company. Brandon went on to assist Lockheed in producing the initial Boeing space shuttle carrier and served as lead engineer and technical consultant for the NASA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). He received a number of accolades and awards for his work, and was known as an industry expert having published many reports and manuals. As a testament to his efforts on the Boeing 777, one of the first of those planes off the production line was dubbed the "F. Brandon Maus".
Brandon enjoyed many hobbies and pursuits, including extensive travels around the world with his wife Patricia. He was an avid model builder, active gardener, talented home chef, and dear friend to countless people.
Brandon will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Partricia (nee Stockholm), sons Stephen (Debra) and Stuart (Helena), and beloved grandchildren, Andrew and Katherine. His cousin Catherine A. Johnstone '76 also graduated from Santa Clara.
Brandon was predeceased by his brother, Walter.
Adolph Capurro '53 passed away in San Rafael following an illness. He is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Jeanne Sciutti Capurro, and children John (Sandi) Capurro '85, David Capurro, Stephen (Rose) Capurro '91. and five grandchildren - Trent, Alex, Sofia, Joseph Capurro and Daniel Sand. His daughter, Christina Capurro Sand (Duane) '92, predeceased him in December 2015. Adolph took great pride in being a 4th generation San Franciscan, his great grandparents having arrived in the Bay Area during the Gold Rush. He attended St. Brigid's Grammar School, Sacred Heart High School (now Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep), University of Santa Clara for his undergraduate degree, and Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley for his law degree. In the 1950's he served in the US Army, and was stationed in Germany with the occupying forces. Through the years he's been a backpacker in the Sierras with an interest in the John Muir Trail and did lots of camping with family. He was an avid stamp collector, a lover of fine music, early California Art and good Italian food! Throughout the last 50 plus years, he never once stopped rooting for the San Francisco 49ers. He practiced law in San Francisco beginning in 1958, most notably as a partner with the firm of Mullen & Filippi, a workmen's compensation defense firm. In 1979, his family called him into service to manage the family business. He has enjoyed retirement during the last nine years and especially looked forward to cruising in different parts of the world, the latest trip in 2015 to Antarctica filled with the wonder of pure beauty. Since locating his office in North Beach in the late 1970's, a highlight in his life has been the weekly gatherings with members of Il Cenacolo, a San Francisco Italian men's cultural club, where he heard many and varied speakers, but mostly where he enjoyed wonderful friendships. Adolph and his family have been residents of Marin County since 1964. Family gatherings won't be the same without him Papa, rest in peace.