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Arthur C. Jinkerson, May 31, 2007. He is survived by his son, Guyton; daughter Joy; and three grandchildren.


A. Gardner Finn, Dec. 4, 2006. A native of Santa Cruz, he traveled the world as a Merchant Marine prior to service in Northern Italy with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division. He later was an insurance broker and investor. He had three sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren.


Roger Patrick Garety, Sept. 15. The San Francisco native was valedictorian of his graduating class at SCU. During World War II, he served in Europe and with occupation forces in the Philippines. In 1960 he became Marin County's chief prosecutor and was a past president of the Marin County Bar Association. In addition to his wife of 65 years, Bonnie, he is survived by three children and two grandchildren.


Col. Thomas J. Plunkett, June 19, 2007. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., he worked for the armed forces' Special Weapons Project and later for the Atomic Energy Commission. He served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and Operation Desert Storm. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal and Legion of Merit. He is survived by his son, Thomas; and one grandson.


Frank O'Brien, Sept. 17. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory before attending SCU. He served his numerous downtown postal patrons for 30 years. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Janice; sons, David and Jim; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Charles N. Munger Jr., Sept. 9. A native of the Santa Clara Valley, he served in the U.S. Army in the Alaska Theater during World War II. He spent his professional career with Pacific Bell in California. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Jane Nadeau; and one grandson.

John Joseph "Jack" Surko, July 13, 2007. A native of San Francisco, he left college in 1943 to volunteer in the Navy during World War II. After he completed his engineering degree at SCU, he returned to Texas to work in the oil business. Survivors include his wife, Virgie Mac; four children; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.


Burnett "Chris" Christensen, Sept. 14. A native of Palo Alto, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and later worked as a mechanical engineer for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Hetty; son, Mark '82; and daughters Karen Winderlin and Barbara Christensen.

Frank Laney Sr., May 27, 2007. The native of Walla Walla, Wash., was a member of SCU's Athletic Hall of Fame and the owner of Frank Laney Ford Sales in Half Moon Bay. He is survived by his children, Lynne, Greg, Brian, Todd and Frank Jr.

Charles G. "Gil" McDermid, Sept. 24. Survivors include his wife, H. Claire McDermid; and children Scott and Dr. Patt Graig.


Donald Leonard Gilmour J.D. '51, Sept. 5. The San Francisco native served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. His legal career included service as California Legislative Counsel and Sacramento County assistant district attorney. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, and 11 grandchildren.

Albert Martin, Aug. 2. The San Francisco native was an accomplished athlete whose ability earned him a full scholarship to SCU in 1942. As a freshman, he played quarterback on the football team, was a starter on the basketball team, and was captain of the tennis team. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After graduation, he received a job offer from the Chicago Bears but instead pursued a career as a sales executive in the printing and packaging industry. After retirement, he returned to competitive tennis and became a USTA nationally-ranked player on the senior tour. He is survived by his five children; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and longtime companion Frances Kristofferson.


Clifford Stephen Bettinger Jr., Oct. 9. The New York native served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He went on to become national advertising manager for the Florida Times Union. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; eight children; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Miles Braten, Feb. 13, 2006, in Walnut Creek. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked at Gerber Products as a medical marketing manager and as president of St. Stephen's Parish Council. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jeanne; his son, Jim; his daughter, Donna; and four grandchildren.

James Daniel Mangan, July 19, 2007. A native of San Francisco, he played baseball at SCU and later for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Hollywood Stars, and New York Giants. He was a business teacher and golf coach at Leland High School and later was a small business owner. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; children Daniel and Jennifer Mangan '94; and three grandchildren.


John Edward Greene, March 29, 2007. Survivors include his son, John; daughters, Maria Susan Greene, Virginia Ann Collins, and Paula Jean Jennings; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Robert Lawrence Maloney, S.J., Aug. 19. A Jesuit for 59 years and an ordained priest for 46 years, he was a longtime administrator at the University of San Francisco and former Provincial for Formation for the Jesuit California Province. At USF, he served as assistant dean and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, dean of the Evening College, and director of the St. Ignatius Institute. He is survived by his brother, Michael; his sister, Sr. Eleanore Maloney, SNJM; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.


Ben Brown, July 22, 2007. The Indiana native attended SCU on a football scholarship and played in the Broncos' 1950 Orange Bowl victory. He was a decorated combat officer of the Korean War and worked at Inland Steel for more than 40 years, retiring as manager of special products. Survivors include his son, Neil; and two grandchildren.

Michael Anthony Monahan, Oct. 30, 2006, in Calabasas. The San Jose native grew up in Carmel and enjoyed a long career in writing, acting, and directing for live theatre and television. He is survived by numerous relatives, including eight children and nine grandchildren.


Robert Unsworth, Sept. 17. The third-generation San Franciscan taught junior high school in San Francisco for 35 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter Jean Hengst; son Jim; and two grandchildren.


Richard E. Burgess, Aug. 29. A native of Salt Lake City, he worked for 21 years as sales manager at KCTC Radio before entering the real estate field. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and played on the All-Service national championship football team. He was inducted into the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame in 1997. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rebecca; his son Jonathan; and one granddaughter.

J. Patrick McDonald, July 20, 2007. A native of Pueblo, Colo., he worked as a sales and marketing executive for RCA and other companies. Survivors include his wife, Sandra; son Brian; stepsons Mark and Jeffrey Longua; and two grandchildren.


Roger Kent Easley, Aug. 22. A native of Oakland and a lifelong San Franciscan, he was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army before he joined the family business, Seven Up Bottling Co. of San Francisco, and took over as CEO after his father's retirement. In 2006, the Easley family sold the company to Cadbury Schweppes. He is survived by his wife Joan (Sue) Easley; daughters Kimberly Easley, Michele Tammaro, Nanette Pickett, and Patrice Wilbur '93; sons, Robert, Christopher MBA '94, and Patrick MBA '02; and 16 grandchildren.


Jack Davis, Sept. 23. He was a San Francisco arts activist, administrator, technician, and benefactor for more than four decades. Director of the SomArts Cultural Center for the past two decades, he co-founded the Neighborhood Arts Program and was head of stage production for the San Francisco Blues Festival. The Phoenix native studied theatre arts at SCU. He is survived by his wife, Noriko; two children; and three grandchildren.

Thomas "T." LeClercq, Sept. 27. A native of San Francisco, he was an Army veteran and a 25-year employee of Pan Am Airlines. Survivors include his wife, Crystal; and nephew, Scott Drain '98.


James Patrick Hendricks, Sept. 23. The Chicago native earned a law degree from the University of Arizona and served as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and a partner in the firm Kaplan, Kaplan, Jacobowitz & Hendricks.


Kenneth Paul Callahan, July 30, 2007. The Pasadena native earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from U.C. Riverside, taught at Brown University, and worked extensively in the chemical industry. He later served as a volunteer at Cupertino High School and at the time of his death was on the chemistry department faculty.

Victor E.J. Lindsay, Oct. 4. A structural engineer, he retired from the Boeing Co. in 1999, a year after being honored as one of the company's superior engineers. His work influenced projects from Vietnam-era missiles to today's F-22 stealth fighter. Survivors include his wife Barbara; daughters Alicia Williams '93 and Rena Sovde; two grandchildren; and several cousins, nephews, and nieces.


John James "Jay" Steiner Jr., Aug 30. He played football at SCU and helped found the Lumberjack Home Improvement chain in 1968. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Anne Marie Steiner (Spencer); sons John and Erik; daughter Meri Hartman; and four grandchildren.


Bernard C. DePaoli J.D. '73, March 30, 2007. A native of Kimberly, Nev., he served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, as deputy district attorney in Eureka, and as district attorney of Humboldt County. He later entered into private practice and also taught at the College of the Redwoods. Survivors include his wife, Christine; son Joseph '01; brother Steve MBA '77 and sister Terri Markette '84.

Diane (De Santis) Van Lente, Aug. 13. The executive producer of the legendary Drury Lane Theaters in Chicago, she was known to her friends as "Chi Chi." The theater company was begun by her late father, theater mogul Anthony De Santis, and now has 24,000 season subscribers. She is survived by her sons, Jason and Thomas; and other relatives.


Christina Anne Millar, June 26, 2007. The San Jose resident taught for many years at Willow Glen Middle School.


Deirdre Murphy Herwig, Oct. 4. The Illinois native worked 17 years at Andersen Consulting and three years at Ameritech in the Chicago area. Survivors include her husband of 16 years, William; her sons, William and Lucas; a daughter, Kathryn (Thor) Johansen; and a granddaughter.

Kenneth W. Lundry, Aug.11. The Virginia native is survived by various relatives, including five siblings; four nieces; and a nephew.


Matt Connolly, Sept. 24. The lifelong Tracy resident was a rancher, attorney, CPA, and on the faculty at California State University, Stanislaus. Survivors include his son, Joseph Robert Connolly; and mother, Aileen Connolly.


George Scott Cruden, Aug. 25. A native of San Mateo, he was a longtime instructor with Travel Institute of the Pacific and past president of Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; mother Patricia (Bannan) Cruden; and brother John Cruden III '79.