Santa Clara Snapshot: 2001

Remembering 2001 and commemorating lives lost on 9/11.

Santa Clara Snapshot: 2001
Happy birthday, Santa Clara: 150 years is something to celebrate, and there was plenty of birthday cake to go around. Photo from the SCU Archives.
  • 4 honorary degrees presented in June to: Charmaine Williams ’89 (President, SCU Alumni Association, 2000–01), William H. Muller, S.J. (President, Bellarmine College Preparatory), Gordon E. Moore (Chairman Emeritus, Intel Corp.), and William J. Rewak, S.J. (President, Santa Clara University 1976–88)
  • 13 residence halls
  • 90 percent of campus connected to high-speed Internet and campus email
  • 2,500 people gathered for a Memorial Liturgy in the Mission Gardens on Sept. 17 to pay tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001
  • 4,477 undergraduates enrolled
  • 60,412 alumni


Sept. 11, 2001

Lives lost on a fateful day.

Deora Bodley. Courtesy Derrill
Bodley and Deborah Borza.

Deora Bodley was 20 years old and was flying home to begin her junior year at Santa Clara. She was aboard United Airlines Flight 93 when al-Qaida terrorists hijacked it. The plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Penn., killing all aboard. She was studying French and psychology and hoped to be a child psychologist. Bodley was actively involved with community service from high school on, and she tutored at St. Clare’s parish school across the street from campus. One of those children wrote on her memorial: “Deora made the sun brighter.” A rose was planted in her memory near the Mission Church and a fund established to benefit the children of St. Clare’s. “We see the face of God in Deora’s love for family and friends,” said President Paul Locatelli, S.J. ’60, “in her service to the community, in her concern for others, and in her smile and laughter.” Steven Boyd Saum

Cap. Lawrence D. Getzfred ’71.
Courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

Capt. Lawrence Daniel Getzfred ’71 was a no-nonsense Navy man: “Get it done, get it done right.” But he was much more than that. A Nebraska native with four brothers in the Navy and 38 years of service around the world—including active duty in the wars in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf—he was awarded numerous decorations, and he was on his second tour of duty in the Naval Command Center in the Pentagon when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building, killing 125 people on the ground and all aboard the plane. He was 57 years old and was taken from his loving wife, Pat, and two daughters, ages 11 and 12, for whom he enjoyed building marvelously intricate dollhouses in his spare time. Steven Boyd Saum

At Our Feet

History lives within the walls of Mission Santa Clara de Asís. 

Staring Into the Fire

Not your typical summer break. Henry Jones ’23 forewent a cushy office internship and beach vacations to fight fires in the Pacific Northwest.

The Gardens Kenny Built

Santa Clara photography professor Takeshi Moro pays tribute to the owner of an East Bay Japanese-American nursery by photographing the gardens of longtime clients.

Space: The Final (Ethical) Frontier

From settling the moon to a deathly swirling cloud of space trash, Brian Green’s new book tackles the big questions of what’s right and wrong when it comes to space travel.