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29 George G. Gabel, Sept. 9, 2005. He is survived by four children and eight grandchildren, including SCU freshman Patricia Gabel.
35 Alfred T. Twigg, J.D. ’37, March 8, 2004.
41 Bernard Patrick Doyle, Oct. 26, 2005. A native of Menlo Park, he was a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II as a flight instructor. He was a salesman for Duke City Lumber Company and was later a community volunteer. He is survived by a sister, three daughters, a son, and nine grandchildren.
42 Robert Thomas Burns, Sept. 21, 2005. A native of Omaha, Neb., he enrolled in the Army as a second lieutenant in a field artillery division after earning his degree from SCU. He served stateside during World War II. After the war, he moved to Texas where he began a career in sales. While living in Houston, he was a longtime member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and was active in church activities. He is survived by his three sons and two grandchildren. Francis M. Howe, Aug. 25, 2005. A native of Paradise, Calif., he was a naval officer during World War II before founding Fremont Electric Supply Co., Howe-Yin Research, and Industrial Electrical Mfg. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, and seven children, including daughter Anne ’68. Robert G. Rettig, Sept. 11, 2005. A native of Hanford, he served in the Marine Corps before becoming an advertising and production manager. He later was vice president and general manager of GraniteRock Co. in Watsonville and vice president and sales manager of Hollister Sand and Gravel. He is survived by his wife, Lorna, and daughter, Linda.
43 Robert Gibson Vivian Sr., Sept. 22, 2005. The Phoenix native served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and later was an entrepreneur in several businesses. He is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
45 Vincent A. Guluzzo, Oct. 27, 2005. He attended SCU after serving in the Navy as a pharmacist’s mate. He later operated his family’s apricot business and served as a park ranger for Santa Clara County, retiring after 10 years of service. He was also a longtime member of the Mount Pleasant Improvement Club, Mount Pleasant Garden Club, and a lifetime member of Elks Lodge No. 522. An avid sports fan, his hobbies included hunting, fishing, and tending his home fruit and vegetable garden. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dee, a son, and a daughter.
47 Albert A. Vatuone, July 14, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Tess, and daughter, Suzan M. Cullen ’70.
50 Donald Niehaus, Feb. 6, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Moira, and four children.
51 James Michael Tierney, March 9, 2005. He was a retired electrical engineer. He is survived by his wife, Mary, six daughters, four sons, 27 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
52 Thomas W. Ryan, Sept. 5, 2005. A native of Seattle, he served in the military and worked as a superintendent of heavy construction projects, mainly on bridges across the Pacific Northwest and the Delta Pier at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. He was married for 48 years to Marilynne Robinson. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two siblings, and his companion, Jean Beals. RoyShore M.D., Oct. 6, 2005. A native of Montrose, Colo., he earned a medical degree from the University of Colorado and formed a relationship with that institution that lasted the rest of his life. He served in the Army as a medical officer at the Presidio in San Francisco and later practiced medicine in Colorado until 1997. He was honored by the Colorado Medical Society as Physician of the Year in 1974. He served as head of the Weld County Republican Party for many years and was a member of the state legislature. He completed his political service as a regent of the University of Colorado, a position he held for 12 years, including two terms as chairman. He belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Holy Sepulcher and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He visited Rome several times and enjoyed an audience with the Holy Father in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Mary, three daughters, and six grandchildren.
54 Joseph A. Mendoza, Sept. 20, 2005. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Maria, four daughters, five sons, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two siblings.
56 William Carroll Sellars Jr., Sept. 29, 2005. A native of Idaho, he worked in the retail clothing and furniture businesses. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Martha, a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren.
62 Daniel W. Crowe, Oct. 27, 2005. A native of Visalia, he earned a degree from Hastings College of Law and was commissioned an Army officer through ROTC. He served to the rank of captain and, although not a rated pilot, once landed a Mohawk in combat, at night, and with one engine missing, with the pilot unconscious beside him. His military decorations included the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, 11 Air Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal with two campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, and Air Crewman’s Wings. In 1968, he entered law practice in Visalia with the firm Crowe, Mitchell, Hurlbutt & Clevenger. He was active in the American Radio Relay League, the Visalia Rotary Club, and St. Aloysius Catholic Church, and was a member of numerous business, professional, and fraternal organizations. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and two siblings.
64 Dianne Joan LaGrand Strain, Nov. 5, 2005. A native of Portland, Ore., she earned a master’s degree from Portland State University after attending Santa Clara. She was a homemaker who served on the board of St. Mary’s Academy and volunteered for several organizations, including the Junior League, Catholic Charities, and the Parry Center. Survivors include her husband, Parry, two daughters, one son, and two grandchildren.

Judy Mullin Pope, Nov. 4, 2005. A native of San Francisco, she was a graduate of Convent of the Sacred Heart in Menlo Park. She worked as a librarian at both St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and at SCU. She is survived by three siblings.

67 John Garrett Griffin, Nov. 14. 2005. A native of Fresno, he was a certified public accountant with Price Waterhouse in San Francisco before moving to Santa Cruz where he opened his own accounting firm. John was an avid golfer until his kidney transplant in 1994. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lynne, and a son. Jeanne M. Izant, Aug. 28, 2005. She was a teacher in the Newark Unified School District for 34 years. She is survived by four siblings. William F. Mar, Sept. 6, 2005. A native of Seattle, he served 20 years in the Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He later worked in finance and accounting until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Ada, and two children.
68 Raymond Garassino, Aug. 9, 2005. A native of San Francisco, he held positions at IBM and Frito Lay prior to joining Robert Mondavi Winery in 1976. He retired in 2003 and was a partner of Folio Wine Co. and a consultant for the Robert Mondavi family. He is survived by his wife, Jane.
70 Kerry (Matthews) Amormino, Aug. 25, 2005. She was deputy city clerk for the city of Sonoma. She is survived by her husband, Philip ’69, four children, and three grandchildren.
74 Meredith A. Nino-Egbert, Nov. 8, 2005. A native of San Francisco, she joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and taught at Holy Name School in Ketchikan, Alaska, before teaching at Santa Catalina Catholic School in Monterey. In 1979, she married John Egbert and moved to Juneau, where she served as director of the diocesan day care program at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. In 1982 she earned a master of education administration degree from the University of Alaska, and in 1984 she and her family moved to Woodinville, Wash. In 1994 she became the director of religious education at St. Jude in Redmond and later served as president of the school commission at St. Louise Parish School. In 2004 she became the principal at Holy Family School in Kirkland. Survivors include her husband, three children, two sisters, and two brothers.
78 Michael John Logan, Oct. 30, 2005. A native of San Francisco, he was a longtime district manager for Farmer’s Insurance Group. He also coached youth sports in Los Gatos and was a longtime board member of Union Little League. He is survived by his wife, Karen, five children, a grandson, and six siblings.
82 Michael A. Kettman, Sept. 7, 2005. A native of San Jose, he worked with troubled teens and counseled unwed mothers. He is survived by four siblings, including his sister Cynthia ’81.
84 Kathryn Anne Knotts, Oct. 9, 2005. A native of Tucson, Ariz., she was a professional actress and had worked as a substance abuse counselor. She is survived by her husband, Les Miller, and three brothers.

Moira O’Donnell, Oct. 9, 2005. She was executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She graduated magna cum laude from SCU and won a full scholarship to study at Oxford University. She earned master's degrees from Boston College and the University of London. She spent a year as a member of the Vincentian Service Corps working as a teacher at St. Aloysius School in New York before working for Catholic Charities of San Francisco at St. Joseph's Village, a shelter for homeless families. From1998 until 2004, she worked for Hamilton Family Center in San Francisco, where she made an enormous contribution to services for homeless children and families.

Graduate Obituaries

50 Grant R. Bishop J.D., Sept. 9, 2005. He was a Naval aviator during World War II and later became an automobile dealer. He was involved with various dealerships throughout Northern California with his friend, Ted Stevens. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and a daughter.
63 Burnell V. Dore MBA, Jan. 24, 2005.
68 George A. Hindson MBA, Sept. 20, 2005. Born in West Virginia, he was a teacher and then joined the Army Air Corps before beginning a long career with the Lockheed Corp. as a contract negotiator. He retired from Lockheed Missiles and Space in 1981 after 40 years. He was instrumental in the establishing and funding of teachers’ scholarships at West Virginia Tech and at East Stroudsburg University. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gwendolyn Weisenfreund, as well as a brother and sister.
69 Arthur F. Dauer MBA, Oct. 5, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Anne.

Emory Warren Meeker, July 15, 2005. A native of Woodland, he retired from Hewlett-Packard in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Yancey Gillies, four sons, and a brother. T.J. Owens M.A., Oct. 15, 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Fresno State College, where he played football and was an undefeated boxer on the college team. He earned a master’s degree in counseling from SCU and a doctorate in community college administration from the University of San Francisco. He often talked about the important role extracurricular activities play in a student’s life. He served as vice president of student services at Gavilan College in Gilroy from 1991 until his retirement in 2001. After retirement, he served on the Gilroy Unified School District Board and was most recently the board president. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Jordan Owens, four daughters, one son, two grandchildren, and seven siblings.


David Hans Rammler J.D., Oct. 10, 2005. He served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1955 and earned several degrees, including a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He maintained a long association with Syntex (now Roche Pharmaceuticals) from 1964 to 1978, worked in venture capital during the 1980s, and started numerous companies. He is survived by his wife, Christine, and a sister.

In Memoriam

Marie Biondi DeMichele, Oct. 13, 2005, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was employed by Santa Clara University for 25 years at the Campus Bookstore. She is survived by her mother, Pauline Recchio, two sons, three granddaughters, and four siblings.


Philip T. McCormick, professor emeritus in SCU’s physics department, passed away on Nov. 3, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and five children—all of whom graduated from Santa Clara: Dr. Matthew J. McCormick ’81, Thomas F. McCormick ’82, Maureen T. McCormick ’85, John K. McCormick ’86, and Celia M. Shepard ’88.
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