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Arthur Hayes ’55, Santa Clara’s first Rhodes scholar, died Feb. 11. He was 76 years old. He served as commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration under President Reagan, as dean and provost of New York Medical College, and as president of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Under his leadership, the FDA controversially approved aspartame, the artificial sweetener now ubiquitous in diet soft drinks. Hayes also raced to reassure a country terrified by a string of deaths caused by poisoned Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules.
Hayes always saw himself as a doctor first and an administrator second.
While a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, he developed a love for science that led to medical school and eventually to the heights of the academic, government, and business worlds.
Hayes’ faith also played an important role in his life. As an undergraduate, he briefly joined the Jesuits in 1970, he and his wife founded a medical clinic on the Pacific Island of Pohnpei, where they worked as doctor and nurse for the Jesuit missions. In 1978, he was ordained a Catholic deacon, serving in parishes in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York. And he always insisted that the most important part of his education took place here at Santa Clara. “It wasn’t just about information,” Hayes said, “but formation of how to think and how to look at the world and yourself.”
Frank S. Greene Ph.D. ’70, a Silicon Valley pioneer, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 26, 2009. He was 71. One of the early leaders in semiconductor technology, Greene also broke new ground for African-American engineers in Silicon Valley in the 1960s. While working at Fairchild Semiconductor’s Research and Development Labs, he developed and held the patent for the integrated circuit that made Fairchild a leader in the semiconductor industry. He went on to create two software firms before founding NewVista Capital in 1986, through which he launched numerous start-up companies, with a particular focus on women and minority entrepreneurs.
Greene was an SCU Trustee Emeritus and had served as a member of the SCU Board of Regents, the SCU Engineering Industry Advisory Board, and as an adjunct lecturer at the University. In 2009, he was featured in an exhibit at Palo Alto City Hall as one of the 50 most important African-Americans in technology.
Richard “Dick” Pefley, longtime SCU professor, died on Oct. 6, 2009. He was 88 years old. He joined the faculty of the School of Engineering in 1951 as chair of the mechanical engineering department. His keen interest in solar energy, artificial lung development, heat transfer, and gas dynamics of the Polaris missile led to numerous scholarly publications. But it was his exploration of alternative fuels in the early 1970s that made him a leading authority in the field, both in the United States and around the world. Pefley is survived by two children, Barbara Morgan ’71 and Steven ’79. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nel.
Peter J. Feldsine ’12 of Mercer Island, Wash., passed away suddenly in Santa Clara on Feb. 28, from Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He is survived by his parents and four siblings.