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In Memoriam


Eugene John Fisher ’50, SCU professor, passed away on July 17, 2010. He was 85 years old. Fisher was born and raised in San Francisco. He began his career as a design engineer at Dalmo Victor and continued at FMC. In 1954 he joined SCU’s mechanical engineering department, where he dedicated himself to developing students into engineers and young adults into responsible professionals. In 1991 he received the University’s Brutocao Award in recognition of his overall teaching excellence in the Jesuit tradition.

Joseph “Ripley” Caldwell, S.J., longtime Santa Clara pastoral minister, died on May 27, 2010. He was a Jesuit for 68 years and a priest for 55. Ripley, as he liked to be called, previously taught at Loyola Marymount University.

Tom Farley ’56, a former state legislator and Colorado State University System Board of Governors member, passed away on Aug. 23, 2010. He was 75 years old. Farley was a state representative in Pueblo 1967–75 and an attorney and senior partner in Petersen & Fonda who specialized in education and health-care law. He was also a member of the SCU Board of Regents.

Zygmunt “Zig” G. Wiedemann ’70 battled with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia and died on July 21, 2010. Born in San Francisco in 1948, Wiedemann was a raconteur, dreamer, realist, contrarian, intrepid traveler, bon vivant, and great friend. He cherished tradition and broke the rules. Wiedemann’s business focus was to make people comfortable with computers and technology. He remained a lifelong Bronco supporter and member of the Red Hat Band. The Zig Wiedemann Memorial Fund has been set up in his honor; checks should be made payable to Santa Clara Athletics and mailed to Department of Athletics, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053-1100, attn: Liz Courter.

Jerome A. Lackner J.D. ’72, a physician and social activist who served as state health director under former Gov. Jerry Brown ’59, died on July 9, 2010. He was 83. Lackner specialized in treating hard-core substance abusers, and treated indigent and underserved people for free. He was personal physician to farm labor leader Cesar Chávez and medical director for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s pivotal civil rights march in Alabama in 1965. He lectured in law and medicine at Santa Clara 1973–85 and was associate clinical professor at the U.C. Davis School of Medicine 1979–89.

Robert St. Clair, S.J., died peacefully on May 12, 2010, at the age of 82. He was a treasured member of the Santa Clara Jesuit community.

Marisa Solís