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Graduate Obituaries


Samuel D. O’Brien J.D., Sept. 4, 2008. After serving military duty, he launched his law career with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office before forming what is to date the longest law partnership in the history of Santa Clara County, Merchant and O’Brien. He litigated all the cases for the firm until the partnership dissolved and he moved to Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children; and three grandchildren.


Ronald O’Mara MBA, Aug. 21, 2008. The San Francisco native was a veteran of the Korean War and worked for Zelman Development for more than 20 years. He coached youth sports and, in his later years, was a Eucharistic minister. He is survived by two children and his partner of the past five years, Sandy Dixon.


Gareth M. Johanson MBA, J.D. ’72, Feb. 17, 2008. After years of working for a respectable accounting firm, the San Diego native moved with his family to Alaska, where he and his wife, Sally, started their own accounting business. He is survived by two children and five grandchildren.

Kenneth W. Litherland MBA, Feb. 26, 2008. A native of Colorado, he served in the U.S. Air Force and later with GTE Corp. (Sylvania) in California. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan; two children; and six grandchildren.


James Hoyt Dozier J.D., Sept. 28, 2008. The Indiana native served in the Navy until his 1963 retirement as commander. He served as finance director for the City of Los Altos before practicing as a real estate and estate-planning attorney. He is survived by four children; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

James Bruce Eckerson J.D., Sept. 26, 2008. A native of Oklahoma, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and later was elected to three terms as district attorney in Mariposa County. In Fresno County he served as a senior deputy district attorney and was assigned to head up major narcotics and homicide divisions. He was also a partner in Eckerson & Parker, a general contracting firm. He is survived by a daughter; two granddaughters; and his companion and close friend, Victoria Reed.


Charles Edward Logan J.D., Sept. 12, 2008. He practiced law in San Jose and is survived by his wife, Cecelia (Cleo), and a son.

Edgar A. Reynolds M.A., June 23, 2008.


Kay Paul M.A., Aug. 16, 2008. She is survived by her husband, Jim; two daughters; and three grandchildren.


Katherine Elaine Cordier Lyne J.D., MBA, Aug. 26. The native of Coldspring, Texas, practiced law in California, specializing in corporation law for small business and testamentary law. She is survived by two children and four grandchildren.


Andrew DiGirolamo M.A., Sept. 28, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Susan.


Cathy Lynne Miller M.A., Aug. 26, 2008. The Texas native is survived by her husband, James; and two children.