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Graduate Obituaries

Arthur Mandell MBA, Aug. 8, 2007.
Donald Paul Evans M.E., Nov. 29, 2007. A native of San Pedro, he served in the U.S Army and worked for FMC Corp. and the U.S. Postal Service as an engineer for 52 years. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Jo, and two children.

Marion T. “Wally” Wallace MBA, Dec. 5, 2007. A native of Carrollton, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and spent the majority of his career in the aircraft and space industry. He worked for Goodyear Aircraft and Hughes Aircraft, where he flight tested the world’s largest helicopter. At Lockheed Missiles & Space, he worked on rocket engines, spacecraft, and the Hubble Space Telescope. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Marie; two children; and three grandchildren.
Robert D. Kraehe MBA, Dec. 23, 2006. A native of St. Louis, he served in World War II with the U.S. Merchant Marines. He earned degrees from the University of Missouri and Northwestern University. His career in journalism included work for the U.S. Air Force, Ford Motor Co., and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.
Peter Patterakis MBA, Jan. 3. A longtime employee of NASA Ames Research Center, he had a love for fishing and music. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Tia; two children; and one grandchild.
Mary (Gunn) Salocks M.A., Oct. 28, 2007. She served as a Navy nurse in World War II and for 24 years worked as a school nurse and supervisor of health services in the San Jose Unified School District. She volunteered for many years at the Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop in Los Altos. She is survived by her husband, William, and two sons.
Elmira “Mira” McCabe Gearhardt J.D., Oct. 15, 2007. The Rhode Island native taught law at the Cumberland Law School in Alabama before working for the Maine Domestic Court in Portland as a mediator. She was also the host of the Maine Public Television show “Look Who’s Cooking.” Survivors include a son; two daughters; and 14 grandchildren.
74 Ram G. Gupta MBA, Jan. 27. A native of Mathura, India, he earned a degree from Banaras Hindu University in 1967 before moving to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. After earning an MBA at Santa Clara, he spent the majority of his career at BAE Systems (formerly FMC and United Defense), where he was a financial analyst for 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Krishna; a son; and a daughter.
75 James Barnett M.A., Jan. 3, 2008. The West Texas native was a Jungian psychoanalyst who held degrees from SCU, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Texas, Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Camille; four children; and six grandchildren.
76 Tanya Young M.A., Oct. 31, 2007. The New York native served in leadership roles with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for more than 30 years and was founding president of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.; was a founding member of the Santa Clara Valley Urban League; and was past chairwoman of the San Jose Chapter of the NAACP. Her work in human resources included serving as director of employment and employee relations for Howard University and senior human resources manager for DB Consulting Group. Survivors include her sons, Reginald A. Young Jr. and B. Michael Young.
78 Eliza “Tucky” Skemp M.A., Oct. 31, 2007. A native of San Francisco, during a year of study in Vienna, she met and fell in love with her husband of 47 years, Dan Skemp J.D. ’66. She completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and worked for the San Jose Unified School District, teaching intellectually disabled children at the grammar and middle school levels. In 1980 she moved to Viroqua, Wis., with her family and in 1984 earned honors as Wisconsin Teacher of the Year in her field. She went on to become principal of Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse and retired in 2004. She is survived by her husband; their four children; and five grandchildren.
00 Wanda Ochoa J.D., Dec. 25, 2007. A native of El Paso, she found an early passion for music and was awarded a position as bassoonist with the El Paso Symphony while in high school. She attended Columbia University and the University of Texas, El Paso, where she earned her B.A. She pursued graduate study in music theory and earned a doctorate in music from the University of Texas at Austin. Her interest in politics led her to become a professional journalist, writing news stories, music criticism, and editorials. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Denny.