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Jerome “Jerry” O’Brien, May 21. The Newfoundland, Canada native was raised in Butte, Mont., and Santa Monica. He was on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1950 and retired with the military rank of commander, USNR. He was a civilian engineer in China Lake, Calif., until 1957 when he moved to Sunnyvale, where he and his families were charter members of the Church of the Resurrection. He was employed by the U.S. Navy Civil Service at Lockheed, until his retirement in 1978. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; and four children.

36 George L. Robinson, July 16. After graduating from SCU, he joined Standard Oil Co. and served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a second lieutenant with the Fourth Division. His career with Standard Oil spanned 44 years. He also was an avid bowler and golfer, as well as an active member of the SCU Alumni Association and the Sons of Retirement. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara; two children; and three grandchildren.

Richard A. McDonald, July 28. A native of Oakland, he volunteered for active duty in the Army after graduating from SCU. He served five years, mostly with the rank of captain, and served in the European theater. He was co-founder of Paper Products Inc. in 1946, became its president in 1950, and retired in 1984. He was an active fund-raiser, an accomplished yachtsman, and a licensed airplane pilot.

Frederick Edward Partmann Jr., June 7. The Burlingame native attended Santa Clara University and St. Louis University prior to serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II in the Middle East, Atlantic, and Pacific war zones. He is survived by his wife, Mary; and two children.

41 Victor F. Stefan, March 9. A native of San Francisco, he served stateside during World War II before serving as a statistician for the San Francisco 49ers under Coach Buck Shaw. He served as Santa Clara University’s alumni director during the 1950s and later worked as a lobbyist for clients that included the city of San Jose and Procter & Gamble. He is survived by his children, Suzanne Stefan Kuehl ’66; Victor F. “Ty” Stefan ’69, Tom Stefan ’72, Drew Montgomery ’71; daughter-in-law Maggie (O’Neil) Stefan ’69; and his granddaughter, Lisa Kuehl ’89.

Henry John “Hank” Aiassa Sr., March 17. He was 86 years old. A native of San Jose, as a child he worked in his father’s Aiassa Markets, and he attended Bellarmine College Prep before enrolling at Santa Clara. At SCU he served as president of the Nobili Club and, later, served two decades on the SCU Board of Fellows. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was assigned a post as interpreter in Italy. Completing his service in 1944, he returned to work in Aiassa Markets and went on to take over the chain of seven markets after his father’s death in 1964. In 1972 he met Annette Pastorini and they were wed the following year. After retirement he enjoyed painting and working in his garden and vineyards, and he was an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Annette, and by his children Carol Anne Aiassa Diodate ’76, Lisa Fahey, Linda Smythe, and H. John Aiassa Jr; and by his sister, Laura Bigotti. Donations in his memory can be made to the SCU scholarship in his name

Louis Cauhape, Dec. 22, 2005. A native of San Jose, he served his country as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European theater during World War II. He was a member of the Eighth Air Force, 447th Bomber Group, and flew 34 missions. He was awarded the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. Following his service, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, after which he was employed by various airlines. In the 1960s he and his family lived in Japan where he trained Japan Airlines navigators prior to modern navigational technology. After leaving JAL, he returned to Aptos, Calif., and worked for World Airways until his retirement.

43 James Ammon Wright ’43, J.D. ’49, on August 21. He was 85. The Wyoming native was nicknamed “Nubby” and played football at Santa Clara under Buck Shaw and his assistant, Al Ruffo. He graduated with a B.A. in philosophy and as a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit National Honor Society. Immediately after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in combat with distinction, rose to the rank of major, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He returned to Santa Clara for law school, served as the first president of the Student Bar Association, and won the Outstanding Graduate Award. Upon graduation, he joined the firm of Miller & Morton and later became a partner; he was widely known as one of the most respected attorneys in Santa Clara County. Appointed a judge on the Sunnyvale Municipal Court in 1972, he was elevated to the Superior Court in 1975 by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan. In 1985 he was unanimously elected presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He retired in 1988. This spring, Wright was honored with the Alumni Special Achievement Award by the SCU School of Law. His wife of nearly 58 years, Janet, preceded him in death on May 31. He is survived by three children and six grandchildren. Donations in his memory can be made to the SCU School of Law or the Bronco Bench Foundation.
45 Lt. Colonel Barney Martin Barco, July 13. He served in World War II and was offered a regular Army commission after the war. During his 30-year career, he spent 13 years serving in Germany, two years on the islands off the coast of China as an advisor to the Chinese 1st Field Army, three years in Japan with the 25th Infantry Division as a battery commander, three years in the Pentagon in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and one year as a battalion commander of the 92nd Artillery Battalion. In addition, he served in Korea and Vietnam. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for valor with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters, two Purple Hearts for wounds received during WWII, and numerous campaign ribbons. After retiring from the Army, he served as fire chief for the Melrose Volunteer Fire Department and for 15 years worked with the Boy Scouts as scout master and assistant district commissioner. He is survived by his wife, Joan; and four children.
46 Walter T. Hackett M.D., July 10. A native of Cleveland, he earned a scholarship to Santa Clara and attended Loyola Medical School. He took part in the first nationwide polio vaccinations in the 1950s, and helped start and worked Chicago’s first modern trauma center in the early 1970s. He would always volunteer his medical services to the underprivileged and was a family doctor for more than 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Andrea; 10 children; and three stepchildren.

Theodore A. “Ted” Dallas, July 6. A native of Atwater, Calif., he attended Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and later played professional baseball with the Pioneers of Clovis, N.M. He farmed sweet potatoes and watermelons with his father and brother for many years. He later added peaches and almonds to his farming operation. He was an avid hunter and was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the California Waterfowl Association, Cling Peach Association, California Sweet Potato Council, and the Lefty-Righty Golf Association. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and a daughter.

51 Joseph A. “Joe” Filice, May 29. A native of San Jose, he practiced law in San Jose; was a member of the Elks and Country Club in Salinas; and was an avid golfer. He was a resident of Pebble Beach for many years.

Richard Benenato, July 21.

Michael Leo Eckstein, March 22, 2005. The Oakland native was a civil engineer and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Yerington, Nev. He served as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and is survived by two sons.

53 George H. (Harry) Burton Jr., May 28. A native of California, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned a Bronze Star. He later worked as a printer for various Bay Area newspapers and ran a booth at the San Jose Flea Market on the weekends.
54 Timothy Edward Moriarty, June 29. The Seattle native spent his business years in the lumber, trucking, and oil industries. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed many winters at his Palm Springs home. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia; four daughters; one son; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

John Morgan Bristol, May 16. A native of Los Angeles, he was a mechanical engineer for 50 years. His patents involved the generation, application, containment, and control of high pressure. Away from work, he raced sailboats as crew and skipper on the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, and the Sea of Cortez. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Hydraulic Institute, and the Rio Grande Sailing Club. He also was a director for the Eastshore Road District Association. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; and four children.

Richard F. Venezia, June 9. A native of San Jose, he played baseball and basketball at Santa Clara. After graduation, he entered the Army’s ROTC in 1957 and studied Italian language at the Monterey Army Language School prior to serving in the U.S. Army Intelligence in Vicenza, Italy, from 1957-1962. He was a top producer for New York Life, practiced as a certified financial planner, and served as chairman of the International Association of Financial Planners, president of Financial Planners’ Equity Corporation, and chairman of the Santa Clara chapter of the Italian-American Heritage Foundation. In 1989, he was inducted into the Bellarmine College Preparatory Athletic Hall of Fame. He co-wrote the song “Playground of Memories” with his daughter Antonia and won an honorable mention in the West Coast Songwriter’s Association Song Contest. He is survived by his wife, Anita; and three children, including son Sean ’83.


Michael O’Callaghan, May 22. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; and two children.


Theodore A. Cicoletti, June 13. A native of San Francisco, he was a civil engineer for Santa Clara County for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Jan; four children; and six grandchildren.

David Patridge Dawson, May 27. A native of Avenal, Calif., he grew up in San Francisco and played four years of basketball at SCU. After graduating from Santa Clara, he earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was a member of the California Bar Association and practiced law in San Francisco for more than 40 years, most recently with the law firm Tobin and Tobin. He was president of the St. Thomas More Society in 1972 and was honored by the society in 2002 with a Red Mass and the 34th presentation of The St. Thomas More Award. Dawson served on the Board of Governors of the USF Law Society and the Board of Regents for Santa Clara University. Dawson was a lifelong member of the Olympic Club and served as one of its youngest presidents at age 39. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Larpenteur; three children, Michael '89, David '91 and Therese; and nine grandchildren.


Joseph Freitas Jr.,April 19. He served as San Francisco’s elected district attorney from 1976 to 1980. Before and after that public service, he practiced law as a labor specialist and mediator with the San Francisco firm of Neyhart, Anderson, Freitas, Flynn & Grosboll and its predecessors. He attended Santa Clara University and received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University in 1961; he later completed a degree in law at the University of San Francisco. He served as a staff director for the Bay Area Urban League, as associate director of the National Urban Coalition, and as West Coast director of Common Cause. In 1967, he was named a White House Fellow and later was publisher of the Washington Monthly magazine. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He is survived by four children.

Gary Norton, March 14. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; and four children.

62 Horst W. Zitzelsberger, Nov. 16, 2004. A native of Munich, Germany, he served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965 and later was a mechanical engineer for Con Edison for 20 years, retiring in 2003. He was a member of Gideon’s International and a former member of the German-American Club of Putnam Valley. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Peekskill, N.Y., where he served as trustee, Bible teacher, and was a member of the Missions Board. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; two children; and four grandchildren.

Elizaeth “Betsy” (Bannan) Gilmore, April 22, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She attended Santa Clara for two years before transferring to and graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She is survived by her husband, Rob, and their four children, Will, Tess, Tommy, and Jack. Betsy was the youngest daughter of 10 children born to Kay and Barney Bannan ’42. She is survived by her nine brothers and sisters: MaryAnn Bannan Haines, Jerry Bannan ’69, Katie Steinke ’71, Molly Sones ’72, Charlie Bannan ’75, Laurie Rondou ’75, Tess Moore ’77 and her husband, Peter ’77, Barbara Bannan ’78, Jim Bannan ’82 and his wife, Jean ’83, as well as 34 nephews and nieces.

Leila Junaidy, Sept. 30, 2005.

95 Tara Kimberly Praeger Sims, May 18. A native of Spokane, Wash., she was a regional sales manager at Arrow Electronics. She is survived by her husband, Scott.


Graduate Obituaries

67 James Hart Stevens MBA, June 29. A native of South Bend, Ind., he spent much of his professional career as budget director/controller at Varian in Palo Alto. He was a member of the De Anza Lion’s Club and an usher at St. Joseph’s Church in Cupertino. He is survived by his wife, Joan; and one son.
71 Marion James Stedwell MBA, July 15. A native of Wray, Colo., he served from 1943 to 1946 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in North Africa and Italy. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. He later earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. He was employed by the General Electric Co., beginning as a chemical engineer with the Manhattan Project. He retired from GE in 1986 and accepted a development contract with Northeast Utilities. On full retirement, he volunteered at the gift shop of St. Vincent’s Medical Center for 16 years. He was a member of Trumbull Congregational Church and recently of Calvary United Methodist Church in Wyomissing, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; and one daughter.
73 James Wilson Vaughan III MBA, May 24. A native of Cincinnati, he earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, did graduate work in biology at Stanford University and earned an MBA from Santa Clara. He specialized in medical engineering for many years, working for Wetmore Hodges & Associates, Hewlett Packard, Beckman Instruments, and Smith-Kline, where he helped develop the tiny wire through which a camera could go through an artery to see the status of the heart. He was involved in the development of Stanford Linear Accelerator and was the first engineer to use roller-skates to navigate the two-mile tunnel. He enjoyed philosophy and was fascinated by quantum physics. He was an avid skier and loved to explore the woods and the seashore. He is survived by two children.

Phillip Charles Naylor J.D., June 1. A native of Monticello, Iowa, he earned a bachelor of arts from California State University, Sacramento, and a juris doctorate from SCU. He is survived by his wife, Susan; and six children.

84 Richard M. Griffiths M.A., June 13. He was 58. A native of Oakland, he completed his graduate degree in educational administration at Santa Clara and worked as an educator. He taught American students in Iran and Taiwan during the 1970s and, for more than 25 years, served as a learning disability specialist at Cabrillo College. He enjoyed trout fishing in the rivers of Wyoming and performing as part of a local comedy group
90 Gary Goodwin M.S., May 21, 2005, at the age of 59 after a courageous battle with cancer. He received a graduate degree in electrical engineering from SCU and, for 29 years, was a facility engineer at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Palo Alto. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Catherine; two sons; and a grandson.


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