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Ellery Williams ’50 passed away in his home in Los Altos surrounded by his loving family. Born in St. Louis, MO, he and his parents, Kathryn and Harvey, younger brother, Dick, and his grandfather moved to Pasadena, CA when Ellery was 16 years old. He was a great athlete and competitor playing baseball and football in High School where he won many awards. After graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps where he hoped to become a pilot. However, the war ended before he was able to attain that goal. He returned to Pasadena to attend Muir Jr. College. After a semester, he was offered a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became an outstanding football player and again won many awards. He was part of the great 1950 Orange Bowl team that beat Kentucky.
The year 1950 was a very good one for Ellery. After graduation, he married his sweetheart, Joan. He was drafted by the S.F. 49ers but played for the New York Giants for a year in their successful season. Ellery and Joan moved to Palo Alto where he immediately was offered a position in the building industry. Ellery went on to eventually have his own window, glass, and mirror companies. Meanwhile, he continued his sports playing softball for many years as well as swimming, skiing, tennis, golf, and later bocce ball well into his 80s. They moved to Los Altos in 1955 and later had two children, Michael and Janice. As the children grew older, he coached their little league teams and girls softball teams. Ellery could build or fix anything, which he did around the house, church, and other places where he was helpful. He loved music and singing as well as fishing and camping which we did as a family. Ellery later had a very successful real estate career. He also took up painting and found his talent in watercolors. After he retired, he and Joan traveled extensively on almost every continent, whether by ship, plane, rail, or camper. Ellery is in the University of Santa Clara’s Athletic Hall of Fame and also in the Pasadena Court of Champions.
Ellery was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, and friend. We shall all miss him and his great sense of humor.
Anne Hamill Maricle ’82 passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, after fighting cancer for more than a decade. She is survived by her husband, Christopher, and her two children, Sarah and Nicholas; parents, Frank and Joan Hamill; brothers, Anthony, Matthew and John; and friends too numerous to count. Anne was born on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, 1959, symbolic of her lifelong faith. She was active from an early age and not afraid to rough and tumble with her brothers. After finishing high school near the top of her class, Anne graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science, going on to earn her J.D. She was not a bookworm—she took time from school and work to enjoy roller coasters, skydiving, bungee jumping, piloting an airplane, hot air ballooning, and her favorite: snow skiing.
Early in her career, she clerked for one of the best federal trial court judges in the country in Reno, Nevada, and went on to serve in the Consumer Advocate's Office of the Attorney General for Nevada. When Nevada Bell saw how effectively she battled against energy rate increases, the company recruited Anne on the spot. In Reno, she met Christopher at St. Albert's Parish, and they were married in July 1996. By the time Sarah was born, Anne had already been promoted to Pacific Telesis Senior Counsel. Her professional star was rising. But she soon gave up that career for a higher calling. In summer 1999, she became president and CEO of the Maricle household, taking full-time responsibility for Sarah and Nicholas. She home-schooled her children for several years, and like everything she did, poured her all into this work—with great results.
Anne was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, but she refused to be defined by that condition. Anne’s self-discipline was tremendous, and she did everything possible to stay healthy for as long as possible. She often surprised doctors who could not reconcile the patient in the paperwork with the charming, intelligent, optimistic, and determined woman before them. The strength to do this came from her faith in Jesus and her love for God. This was the absolute core of Anne’s life. She loved God, prayed constantly, and modeled the values of compassion and service in all that she did. We miss her so much.