Santa Clara University

Class notes



John C. Geary, S.J., Feb. 14, 2004.

39George Raymond Locke, July 14. He played on SCU’s Sugar Bowl teams in 1938 and 1939. He served in the Navy during World War II and was part of the post-war military administration in Japan. After leaving the military he became a construction contractor. Survivors include two sons and a grandchild.
40Ernest Robert “Bob” Bruntsch, July 24. A native of Campbell, he joined the Hawaii Army Corps of Engineers and later worked for the Hawaii Pineapple Company. In 1951 he returned to San Jose where he developed harvesting and irrigation equipment at Wooldridge Manufacturing and Food Machinery Corporation. He later was a designer at Convair, Ryan, Solar, and Rockwell until he retired in 1980. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jessie; six children; and nine grandchildren.
42Francis Milton Howe, Aug. 25. A native of Paradise, Calif., he served as a Naval officer in World War II and founded Fremont Electric Supply Co., Howe-Yin Research, and Industrial Electric Manufacturing. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Charlene; seven children; and 10 grandchildren. Robert Glenn Retti, Sept. 11. He attended SCU before transferring to the University of Southern California where he graduated from the Marshal School of Business. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1943-46, attaining the rank of captain. He lived and worked in California and retired to Sonora. He is survived by his wife, Lorna; his chosen daughter, Linda; grandsons Robert and Scott; and four great-grandchildren.

Thomas Patrick Gifford Budd Brent Fullmer, July 2. A World War II Purple Heart recipient as a Navy corpsman, he later managed Standard Life Insurance Company, served as director of the Productivity Institute at the Arizona State University College of Business, and as vice president at Tanner Construction. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Carroll Boyd; four children; a foster son; and nine grandchildren.


Edo S. Biasatti, June 6. A native of Houston, he was called “The Bear” for his prowess on the football field. He scouted for professional football teams and was inducted into the Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame. He also was a captain in the artillery division of the U.S. Army. He later was an insurance agent for more than 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Lucia; five children; and four grandchildren. E. Laurence Schott, Aug. 29. A native of Santa Clara, he was a retired partner of MacKay & Somps Civil Engineers. He was an active member of the Bronco Bench and served in numerous capacities with Serra International. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Joanne; seven children; and 13 grandchildren.

54William G. Filice J.D. ’59, Aug. 7. A native of Richmond, Calif., he practiced law in San Jose from the late 1950s until 2002. For many years he was the attorney for SCU, The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose, the California Province of the Society of Jesus, and several business and nonprofit corporations. He and his wife, Diane, moved to Pasadena where in semi-retirement he was special counsel in probate and estate planning to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
55Hugh William Donovan, Sept. 19, 2004. A native of Reno, he served in the Army during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Following his active duty, he was employed by General Electric for 28 years. In 1963 he was selected national chairman of Nuclear Material Management, where he was the top executive officer responsible for control of nuclear materials across the United States. He is survived by a sister, three daughters, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Allen Louis Desmond, Feb. 14, 2004. He was an aircraft carrier fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960 before beginning a career as an engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor. He earned a master of science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and later earned his real estate broker’s license, and was also employed as a carpenter and painter. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, and three sons.
60Robert James Ennis J.D. ’66, June 9. After college, he returned to Idaho and eventually opened his own office, where he specialized in real estate. He is survived by his wife, Darlene ’62; sons Christopher and Matthew ’92; daughter Tiffany Andrade ’96; and five grandchildren.

John Henry Coughlin, July 22. A native of Seattle, he moved to Lake Tahoe after graduating from SCU and worked in the hotel industry for several years. He returned to Seattle where he was a licensed commercial real estate broker until 1975. He then was a camp manager responsible for feeding and housing workers who were building the Alaska Oil Pipeline. He is survived by his wife, Linda.

62William M. Butler J.D. ’71, July 19. A native of Brooklyn, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service and Arthur Young and Co. before practicing law in the Bay Area from 1972 until he retired to Florida in December 2004. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; three children; and six grandchildren. Philip Paz, July 29. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, he served in the Marine Corps and worked for Long’s Drugs, where he retired as vice president of marketing. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley; two children and two grandchildren.
66Terrag Wayne “Terry” Bradley, July 23. A native of South San Francisco, he worked for IBM and later for Hewlett Packard, from which he retired in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Betty.
67Jack Idiart, July 28. He put his marketing skills to work as a salesman at Roos-Atkins, Macy’s, and Grodin’s. He also worked as a cab driver in San Francisco. He later moved to Capitola and was known as the unofficial mayor of Capitola Village. He is survived by his siblings, Kelly ’71 and Roger ’75; nephew John Raber ’86; and niece Rebecca Idiart ’04.
68Raymond Garassino MBA ’71, Aug. 9. He had recently retired after 25 years as treasurer of Robert Mondavi Winery. He is survived by his wife, Jane; and sister, Denise Jones.
69Charles L. Stoner, Aug. 13. He was a chemical engineer, mathematician, and research scientist, and a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Gayle; two daughters; one stepdaughter; a brother; and one granddaughter.
71Ronald Rissone, Feb. 3. A native of Reno, he served in the Army from 1956 to 1958 and later owned and operated Seven Diamonds Cleaners for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Melina; and sons Peter, Marc ’88, and Todd.
77Robert Jefferey Barich, July 18. A native of Oceanside, he was a banker with Comerica Bank in San Jose. He is survived by six brothers and sisters.   

Graduate Obituaries

64Richard Wald MBA, Aug. 9. A native of Kansas City, he earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from the University of California Los Angeles, and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He worked in the aerospace industry until 1967, and then taught at several universities. He is survived by five children.

William M. Dubbin J.D., Feb. 3. A long-time reservist with the Coast Guard, he retired in 1985 as a commander. After receiving his law degree he subsequently became a family law specialist and practiced in San Jose for 35 years. He was very active in San Jose State alumni affairs and also in many community organizations. He is survived by his wife, Sally, two children, and five grandchildren.


William Douglas Hays J.D., Feb. 6. He practiced law in Bakersfield and Irvine and later moved to Northern California where he sold real estate and worked as a finance and insurance manager for a large auto dealership. He is survived by two sisters and three brothers. Rev. William O’Connor M.A., April 5. Born, raised and ordained in Ireland, he came to the U.S. in 1953. Having served at several locations in California, he settled in San Jose and was a hospital chaplain for 20 years in addition to having a private counseling practice and serving as a parish priest. He is survived by his brother, Hugh, of Kildare, Ireland. George F. Reynolds M.A., Dec. 15, 2004. An Air Force veteran, he established a counseling practice and ran family workshops throughout Northern California. As a young man he performed with choirs and quartets and later enjoyed fishing and golf and was a lifelong Mason. He is survived by a daughter and two grandsons.


Birk S. McCandless MBA, March 15. As president of McCandless Companies, he was a developer of commercial properties and was widely known for his Santa Clara restaurant, Birk’s. He was active on the boards of several organizations. He is survived by three daughters.

76Donald Springer MBA, Aug. 13. Don was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Enterprise during Vietnam. After earning a master of science degree in statistics from Hayward University and an MBA from SCU, he served as an adjunct professor in the College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University. Don is survived by Judy, his wife of 35 years; daughter Clarissa; sons Jonathan, Joel, and Stephen; several grandchildren; and his sister, Joyce Burrill.
77Robert M. Miglian J.D., March 8. A Navy enlistee, his military career spanned World War II to Vietnam. After the completion of his Navy career, he taught history and then practiced law in Santa Clara. He is survived by a daughter.
78Robert (Bob) M. Vezzolini, J.D., Aug. 12. He was a member of the California Bar Association and a practicing attorney for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Loni, and three children.
80John A. Cole Jr. M.A., April 11. A family counselor, he is survived by his wife, Veronica.

Peter C. Jensen MBA, Aug. 21, 2004. An accountant and auditor, he was most recently the CFO of the Park City Group. He is survived by a daughter.

85Elizabeth L. Diether M.A., April 8, 2005. She was a teacher, Girl Scout leader and active member of the Catholic Church. She is survived by three children and two grandchildren.

John E. McGowan M.S., Nov. 30, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Vivian.

89Todd A. Norton J.D., March 28, 2005. He was an attorney in Encino, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Pamela, and two sons.

Jane H. Wiens M.A., Aug. 28, 2004.

99Beau James Beresford, Aug. 25, 2004.

In Memoriam

Eleanor Long-Wilgus, former teacher at SCU, May8. Educated at Portland State College, Portland University, and UCLA, she taught Folklore, Comparative Mythology, and Medieval Literature at four universities between 1968 and 1985. Her teaching career at SCU was from 1968 to 1975. She wrote extensively about narrative folk songs and popular superstitions. In 1993 she moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. and donated her extensive folklore archives to the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina. She was a member of many associations related to her field and also of the Society of Friends. She is survived by three children.

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