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Undergraduate Obituaries


Dewey Flaherty, Oct.11, 2008. He worked for Pacific Gas and Electric, enjoyed golfing regularly, and was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, and a stepson.


Edward Reeg Mullen, Oct.2, 2008. A native of San Jose, he served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and saw duty in the Pacific. He joined his father in managing the Robertsville Store and later purchased the store. He is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


John Mark Chargin J.D. ’48, Sept. 18, 2008. The San Jose native fought in Italy in World War II and attained the rank of major. He practiced law in San Jose until 1996, often served as judge pro tem, and received special recognition from the SCU School of Law for 50 years of distinguished service. Chairman of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee, he ran for state senate, was elected to the Campbell City Council, and served as mayor 1956–58. He is survived by his six children, including Steven J.D. ’82; and 11 grandchildren.


Paul Howard Darrow, Oct. 13, 2008. A native of Denver, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and went on to attend the Foreign Service School at Georgetown University. He is survived by two sons; four daughters; 23 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Andrew J. Joesten, Sept. 19, 2008. Born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose, he served in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, for which he received a Purple Heart. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 43 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nan; five children; and 14 grandchildren.


John M. “Jack” Arburua, Aug. 16, 2008, in Modesto. He served in the Army during the Korean War in the veterinary food inspection service. Later he moved to Los Banos and joined the family cattle business. He is survived by his wife, Jean Marie, and three children.


Neil Ignatius Gallagher, Oct. 8, 2008. A St. Louis University-educated hematologist and oncologist, he devoted his career to caring for patients and training medical students and physicians in the St. Louis region. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and four children.


William “Bill” Marconi, Oct. 8, 2008. A native of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., he attended Yale University for graduate studies in transportation. In 1984, he retired as chief of the bureau of engineering for the city and county of San Francisco. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; and a daughter.

Richard “Dick” Wehner, Sept. 18, 2008. The third-generation Santa Clara Valley native enlisted in the U.S. Navy before earning a degree in civil engineering. He founded R.H. Wehner Concrete Construction Company and later served as president of SCU’s Board of Fellows. He is survived by Caroline, his wife of 60 years; four daughters, including Elizabeth Wehner Warde ’73 and Kathleen Wehner Beaulieu ’81; one son; and five grandchildren, including granddaughter Maureen Warde ’03.


Warren M. Harrison, July 13, 2008. The Reno native served in the Navy in World War II and later worked as an engineer, architect, and civil engineer for companies in the United States and Nigeria, and for U.S. governmental agencies. He is survived by his wife, Linda; four children; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Roland W. “Bud” King, Aug. 21, 2008. A fourth-generation San Jose native, he served the County of Santa Clara’s Health Department and worked closely with fire departments in developing hazardous material response. He is survived by four children.


John Andrew Goscila, Oct. 20, 2008. The San Jose native served in the Navy during World War II and farmed for many years in the Santa Clara Valley. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Angel; four children, including daughter Andrea ’71 and son John ’72; and two grandchildren.

Frederick James Heney, S.J., Sept. 13, 2008. The former Navy man celebrated his 60th year as a Jesuit and his 45th anniversary as a priest in 2008. He had always wanted to be a missionary, so in 1956 he sailed for Japan where he spent his missionary years teaching English and keeping the books at Jesuit high schools in Yokosuka, Hiroshima, and Kamakura. He later served in administrative and pastoral positions at SCU, the University of San Francisco, Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests in Los Angeles, St. Victor’s Church in West Hollywood, and Loyola Marymount University. He is survived by his brother, John.


Stanley “Stan” Leonard Kuhl, Oct. 18, 2008. A native of Nebraska, he served in the Army during World War II and later spent more than 35 years as an electrical engineer working for Varian Associates in Palo Alto. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hazel; seven children; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Reid Cerney, Sept. 12, 2008. His family relocated from Omaha to Pacific Grove, where in 1944 he set the state high school record for a discusthrow. He volunteered as an Army infantryman during World War II. Upon graduation from SCU he was awarded the prestigious Nobili Medal. After working a year with Father Flanagan at Boys Town, he completed a master’s at St. Louis University School of Social Work and worked as a social worker and international volunteer. He co-founded graduate schools of social work in Colombia and Ecuador and spent the next 27 years working for Catholic Charities as a licensed clinical social worker in Lodi. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann; five children; and six grandchildren.

John O’Brien J.D. ’57, Sept. 3, 2008. A lifelong Hollister resident, he served two years in the Army then worked for the state attorney general’s office. He served as district attorney of San Benito County 1958–66 and as city attorney for Hollister for more than 24 years. He and Frank Borelli ’56, J.D. ’60 formed a private legal practice and worked together for 48 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol; four children; and seven grandchildren.


Robert Charles “Bob” McGlinchey, Oct. 5, 2008. A native of Livermore, he served with U.S. Army Intelligence in Korea. His career in banking included work with Bank of America, Citibank, and Wells Fargo.


Ronald Thomas Martin, Oct. 29, 2008. A native of Seattle, he served in the Navy and later started his own accounting practice, R.T. Martin & Co. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; two daughters; and three granddaughters.


George Edward Pace, Sept. 1, 2008. A native of San Francisco, he attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His began his civilian career with McKenzie Construction Company in Reno and held various engineering positions in the U.S. and abroad. He was the recipient of Meritorious Civilian Service, Exemplary Civilian Service, and Outstanding Civilian Service Medals for his work in the former Soviet Union from 1993 to 1999. He was also presented with the Outstanding Air Force Civilian of the Year Award at the time of his retirement in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judith; three children; and four grandchildren.


John Thomas (Tom) Schuler, Oct. 3, 2008. A native of Los Angeles, he served in the U.S. Marines and was later a businessman and entrepreneur. He is survived by three children.


Gary Alan Gavello J.D. ’70, Aug. 21, 2008. The San Francisco native served in the Army in Korea and received the Army Commendation Medal for exemplary service. He began practicing law with the firm of Hassard Bonnington, LLP in 1973. He is survived by his wife, Kristina; and their three children.


Robert J. McCarthy, Sept. 14, 2008. The New York City native was a lawyer, lobbyist, and political fundraiser who counted scores of San Francisco city leaders as his friends and clients. He worked to elect senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Attorney General Jerry Brown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, and numerous members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He attended SCU on a full scholarship and worked as editor in chief of the school paper. He graduated from the University of Chicago law school, began his legal career in the San Francisco district attorney’s office, and co-founded a general law practice. He represented big-name clients, including real estate tycoon Walter Shorenstein and the San Francisco Giants, and also did pro bono work for local schools, hospitals, and nonprofits. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Woodrow Wilson Center Board of Trustees, served as a member of the board of St. Mary’s Hospital, and was a regent of St. Ignatius College Preparatory. He was made a member of the Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem by Pope John Paul II. In addition to his wife, Suzanne ’69, he is survived by four sons, including Robert ’05, and a daughter.


Joe Faria J.D. ’74, Oct. 16, 2008. He was an attorney, a member of Portuguese lodges, a Scout leader, and an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.


Mary Katherine “MaryKay” Reynolds, Oct. 12, 2008. The Eagle Rock native earned a law degree from Loyola Law School and worked as a trial attorney, served as national secretary for the Association for Transportation, Law, Logistics, and Policy. Survivors include husband Barry Reynolds ’72; two children; and two grandchildren.


Douglas B. Sebern, Aug. 23, 2008. The Burbank native served in the Navy during the Vietnam War before earning degrees from SCU and the University of Iowa. He had character roles in a number of films, including Son of the Morning Star, Return to Lonesome Dove, and Steven Segal’s The Patriot. He and his wife, Saralyn, both appeared in North Fork.


Katie Reich, Oct. 3, 2008. She was working toward a master’s in education. She taught biology and environmental science and coached cross-country at Archbishop Mitty High School. She is survived by her parents and her fiancé, Carl Silva.