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Graduate Obituaries


John Pope J.D., June 29. A native of Morristown, N.J, he served the U.S. Army in South Korea and completed an undergraduate degree at Princeton University before studying at SCU’s School of Law. He had a private practice in San Jose, and he served as a judge pro tem. He is survived by three children: Stephen, Mary Pope- Handy, and Barbara Pope; seven grandchildren; and brothers-inlaw Michael Buckley, S.J., and Thomas Buckley, S.J., who are members of the Jesuit community at Santa Clara.


Don Irving, M.S. May 6. The native of Aberdeen, Wash., entered the Army in the Signal Corps during World War II but reportedly asked to transfer to become a paratrooper after seeing a recruitment poster for what was considered the toughest unit in the Army. He parachuted along with 40,000 men over the skies of Basel, Germany, on March 24, 1945, in Operation Varsity, the largest single-day parachute drop in history. He and his nephew helped establish the Digital Clubhouse Network’s “Stories of Service” project, a nationwide initiative based in San Jose and New York, where tech-savvy high school students document the stories of veterans on video for the Internet. After earning a degree in electronic engineering from SCU, he worked for FMC Corp. in the company’s research department. He retired in the 1980s, enjoying time with his companion of 30 years, Muriel Mahrer.


David G. Sant MBA, July 27. The Idaho native served in the U.S. Air Force and earned degrees from Utah State University. His career spanned more than 35 years in the telecommunications and computer industry after starting out as a diagnostic programmer at IBM. He is survived by his wife, Diann; two children, including Jennifer Bermudez '89; and two grandchildren.


Thomas Allen Berghoff MBA, July 2. A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., he earned a mechanical engineering degree at Indiana Technical College and had a career in engineering and management. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ruth; two children, including son Tom ’91; and four grandchildren.


Henry J. Winton Ph.D. June 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. A native of Guthrie, Okla., he earned degrees from Purdue University and the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and worked for more than 30 years as a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. He is survived by three sons and eight grandchildren.


Jay Gregory Bourgerie M.A., July 20. The Minneapolis native taught special education for gifted children at Saratoga High School before working for a private consulting firm. He later formed his own company, Management Paradigms. He is survived by his friend, Joan Mary Stein.

Stephen Fischel J.D., June 28. He spent 31 years with the U.S. Department of State. He received the American Immigration Law Foundation’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 2006 and was on the American Immigration Law Foundation’s board of trustees.


Rita Sowash Duncan M.A., May 26, after a struggle with leukemia. A native of Colorado Springs, she earned a degree in nursing from UC San Francisco in 1941. She held a variety of nursing jobs and spent most of her time working as a school nurse in the San Jose Unified School District. She is survived by her husband, Garth; six children; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Robert Eugene Corbett M.S., July 21. The Philadelphia native was an electrical engineer who worked in space power systems development and in commercial lighting. He later launched an engineering and technology consulting firm. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kimiko; a son; six brothers; and a sister.


James L. “Jim” Freeman Jr. M.S., July 8. The New Jersey native started his career at RCA, then worked for several Silicon Valley electronic companies including AMI, Intersil, CTX, Harris Semiconductor, and Aztec. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta; six children; and five grandchildren.


Robert Phelps McIntosh Sr. M.S., March 21. The Stockton native served in the U.S. Army and earned degrees in engineering from UC Berkeley and Stanford University. He was an electrical engineer with IBM and Storage Technologies and Digital Equipment Corp. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, LaVonne; four children; and five grandchildren.


Frank C. Cunningham J.D., Aug. 1. The San Bernardino native was a graduate of UC Berkeley and a partner in the San Jose Law firm Gavin, Cunningham & Hunter, where he predominantly practiced insurance defense litigation throughout his 27-year career. He is survived by his wife and two children.


David Ames J.D., July 16. A founding partner of Alliance Counsel in San Francisco, Ames was diagnosed in 2003 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He spent the past five years raising awareness about the disease. He is survived by his two children and his wife, Oselinda.