Class Notes | Obituaries
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Ronald S. Westphal J.D '74, a resident of Campbell, passed away on Sept. 1, 2014, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by the love of his life and best friend, his wife, Carolyn Westphal, a retired Campbell school teacher, and his two children, Holly and Ryan. He also leaves behind his mother, two sisters, Lisa Smith and Tina Liddie, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ron was born in Glendale, California, in 1944 to A.J. "Tiny" Westphal and Kay Scott. He moved to Odessa, Texas with his mother and his step-father O.E. Scott where he attended Jr. High and Permian High School. Ron spent a year in South Africa where he attended the University of Natal, in Durban, before serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, including an assignment to the NSA where he worked in intelligence. Ron graduated from the University of Maryland before going on to Santa Clara University School of Law.
After passing the Bar, Ron's first job, as a newly minted attorney, was with Cotrell, Hofvendahl and Roessler. He later left to hang his own shingle and had a wonderful career in the Bay Area as an Estate Planning and Business Law attorney doing what he loved best, counseling. He is known by his clients and colleagues for his integrity and quality of work. Ron was also known for his sharp wit and intellect. His quest for knowledge was insatiable and he enjoyed a wide array of subjects ranging from history, politics, philosophy, to religion. Not everyone shared his perspective, but all can attest that Ron loved the discourse and people frequently walked away from a conversation feeling enlightened or invigorated in some way. Not all of Ron's interests were cerebral. He enjoyed walking, hiking, traveling, and cycling, often referring to the later as "the church of the rolling wheel." He spent many hours riding with his wife, children and friends, on a single or a tandem bike, traveling virtually every road in the greater Bay Area and many roads beyond its borders. He was part of the Almaden Cycle Touring Club for many years and he was a Board Member of Books Aloud, a charitable organization near and dear to his heart. Ron will be incredibly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. He truly was one of a kind.
Robert Myles Tobin ’70, J.D. ’74, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born on Sept. 23, 1948, and raised in Marin County in the idyllic town of Fairfax, Calif. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, Calif. and was a star athlete. Bob participated in multiple sports, which resulted in scholarships to the University of Santa Clara, where he played on the power-house, nationally ranked Bronco basketball teams of 1967–70.
After graduation from college in 1970, he entered the U.S. Army Reserves, and was stationed in Ft. Ord, Calif. Upon his honorable discharge, he entered law school at the University of Santa Clara, and became a licensed California lawyer in June of 1975. Thereafter, Bob became a very successful trial lawyer, having enjoyed employment and partnership with the San Jose law firms of Hoge, Fenton, Jones, and Appel, and Rankin Oneal, before eventually going into solo practice.
On a personal level, Bob never met a stranger and his circle of friends was wide and varied from all walks of life. Bob had a big heart, was generous to a fault and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He exuded charm and with his tall good looks was a presence in any room. He had a sharp wit and keen sense of humor and laughed easily at life's many foibles and characters.
He embraced life and all it had to offer, having traveled worldwide and having lived abroad.
Bob is survived by his mother, Dorothy Paterson Tobin of San Rafael, Calif., his sister Catherine Tobin of Greenbrae, his sister Colleen Tobin Finney and brother-in-law Butch Finney of Novato, Calif., his brother Myles Stephen Tobin and his sister-in-law Sue Tobin of San Jose, Calif., a niece, and his best friend Jeannie Starcevich. He is preceded in death by his father, Myles Tobin, his beloved uncle, Fr. William Tobin, S.J., as well as his beloved dog Poppy.
John Gerald Duyn '74 departed this life into the arms of our Lord on Wed., April 30, 2014. John was born in 1952 to Carl Duyn and the late Donna Duyn of Carlton, Ore. John graduated from Jesuit High School in 1970 and received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University in 1974. John, the highly respected and successful CEO of Carlton Farms, grew the business over the last 40 years. Carlton Farms' high-end pork products are served in many of the finest restaurants and grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest. His never-ending dedication and commitment to excellence never overshadowed his devotion to his "family" of employees. His greatest satisfaction was being a "father"and friend to all. His generosity of time and talent was matched only by his kindness to give of his treasures to those less fortunate. His cherished Jesuit High School and the Trappist Abbey were among his favorite beneficiaries. John had the gift of charisma, and all those who were in his presence were captivated with his charm and easygoing spirit. John's never-ending selfless acts of kindness personified his inner beauty. He found great solace in the beauty of God's earth and enjoyed everything outdoors…golfing, hunting, fishing, skiing, walking, hiking, rafting… John was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Duyn (2010), and his beloved first wife, Susan Moore Duyn '74 (1981). He is survived by his loving wife and devoted partner of 32 years, Rita O'Hara Duyn. In remembrance of a man who made it his daily practice of warmly touching everyone's life, we invite you to do a random act of kindness in his memory.
Jess Robert Herrera M.S. '74 died peacefully at home on November 17, 2014, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Alicia. His family includes 6 children, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He was a loving, giving, brilliant man, amazing father and grandfather and he left us to join his beautiful Alicia. Jess had deep devotion to his family and his Catholic faith. He will be deeply missed. Born in Northern California. Dad earned his B.S. from Texas A&M University and M.S. from Santa Clara University. He retired from PG&E in 1989 as an officer of the company. Jess was an active and dedicated participant in his parish and archdiocese.
James Edward McGhee Sr. '74, Sept. 2, 1952 to May 4, 2014. He was born in Arkansas but immigrated to California as a teen. A resident of San Jose, he attended James Lick HS and Santa Clara University. James was employed in various management positions with Alpha Beta Grocery chain and Xerox where he was a Regional Sales Manager; KGO TV, as a consultant in the Broadcast Engineering department, and in Remote set-up as a Camera Technician at sporting events. Subsequently he developed his own consultant company, becoming CEO of Integrated Management Services. He founded the African American Parent Coalition (empowering parents in the Eastside Union School Districts). He was appointed to the Grand Jury, and held membership in the NAACP as well as many other Social Action Organizations. He leaves behind his wife Alison (Little) McGhee '72, his sons Eric and James Jr., and his daughter Lisa. Also, his grandsons Khalil, Tiburcio, David, and great-granddaughter LeilaniRose join his sisters Regina, Edna, Jane, and Angela and a multitude of family and friends.
Daniel E. Dietsch '74, August 15, 2014, Age 62, of Homewood, Ill. He was 62.
Beloved husband of Thelma C. Dietsch nee Silvio. Dear father of Simon (Jeanne Robinson) Dietsch and Robin (Jadi Roberts) Dietsch. Cherished grandfather of Carlo, Fox and Evelyn Dietsch. Loving son of Sue and the late Richard Dietsch. Mr. Dietsch is an ordained deacon with the Archdiocese of Chicago serving St. Joseph Parish and a member of Marian Council # 3914 K. of C.
Karen Anne Gilmour Schouten ’75, Aug. 30, 1953 to Oct. 02, 2014. Karen was a beautiful mother and wife, deeply involved in the community and the causes she cared for. She attended Loretto High School in Sacramento, Calif., and graduated from Santa Clara University with a history degree. She met her husband, Dick, while at Santa Clara and they made quite a team for 40 years, active in politics and community service. She worked as an Intel project manager for 21 years. Karen was a member of the Washington County Democrats, serving as finance chair, and was an Oregon delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. She was also a longtime volunteer, often-time chair, of the West Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee, Oregon League of Conservation Voters and City of Beaverton Sister Cities Advisory Board. Karen is survived by her husband, Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten ’74; and daughters, Erika and Marijke Schouten.
Gilbert "Gil" Seymour MBA ’75 Resident of Anaheim, Calif. Died Feb. 17, 2014. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Plummer Seymour and children Carolyn DePietro ’85, Tom and Glen. He served 4 years in the US Air Force, graduated from UC Berkeley, BSEE and later earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. Gil worked for several major firms in the Silicon Valley and then retired to Anaheim, Calif. to be near his youngest son and family.
Robert R. Dalziel ’76 passed away at his home in Los Gatos on Jan. 11, 2015, at the age of 64.
He was born in 1951 in Oakland, California, to Robert E. and Roszeen Dalziel. Edwin and Ruth Witter raised him as if he was one of their own after the death of Robert's parents when he was ten years old. After graduating from Clayton High School in Clayton, Missouri, where he excelled in cross-country running, he was drafted into the United States Army. After serving honorably in Vietnam, he graduated from Santa Clara University and settled in Los Gatos. He retired from Consolidated Freightways after close to 30 years of employment where he made many dear friends.
Scottish proud, Robert's diversified skills, interests and attributes included an appreciation of fine food and wine. He was a gourmet chef, private airplane pilot, rancher at his beloved ranch in Central California, hunter, craftsman and gardener. He served as the "voice of reason" for the family in financial decisions, and was kind and generous with his advice.
A devoted family man, his greatest pleasure in life was spending time with family members. Robert is survived by his wife Kathy of 16 years, as well as his daughters Katherine and Abby, son Robert D. (Melissa), and stepson Jonathan (Adrien). He was a kind and loving grandpa to Casey, Christopher, Ava, Jaxon and Annabelle. Robert is survived by his brothers Donald (Marilyn), Cary (Kate), and Thomas (Preet), his sister Nancy, and many nieces and nephews. He remained close to the Witter Family, and is survived by Laura Witter, Richard Witter, Robert Witter, and their children. His optimism, professionalism and refined sense of humor had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was much loved and he will be sorely missed.
Patricia "Trish" (Towry) Corby '76 passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 9, 2014, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Trish was a patented inventor, an innovator, and a businesswoman. Trish is pre-deceased by her immediate family, but is survived by many friends, most notably her Santa Clara roommate, and dearest friend Robin Munson '76, who cared for Trish on her final journey. Trish will always be remembered by her life long "family of friends" that came to be from her days at Santa Clara University. She was living in Meridian, Idaho.
Maureen Romano ’76 passed away on Feb. 12, 2014 at the age of 59 from complications due to pneumonia. Maureen was born in Seattle, Wash. on March 12, 1954, the second child of Dr. Robert and Mary Jean Parker Romano. Maureen is survived by her father Robert, sister Anne Sarewitz (Stephen), brothers Robert, Jr. (Cathy), Stephen (Juliet), John (Grace), and James (Brooks) as well as her many nieces and nephews: Maureen, Julia, and Alison Sarewitz; and Joseph, Tommy, Mary Claire, Henry Romano ’12, Will, Juliet, Matt, Mark, Caroline, Joshua and Nicholas Romano. Her mother, Mary Jean, predeceased her. Maureen graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart Forest Ridge, received her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University that included a year in the Gonzaga-in-Florence program and obtained an MBA from the University of Washington. After a hiking accident in 1982, Maureen resided at Providence Mount St Vincent in West Seattle, where she created a life for herself enriching the lives of everyone around her. She leaves behind her extended family of caregivers, volunteers, and residents at Providence Mount St Vincent. Maureen's lifelong friends remained a constant in her life both before and especially after her accident. Every year, her Forest Ridge classmates would gather at the Mount to celebrate her birthday, bringing immense joy to Maureen as she reminisced with each and every friend. She never knew a stranger, only a friend she hadn't met. Her memory for names was impeccable. She greeted all by name- and usually with the nickname she created for them. Maureen never lost her sense of humor making all around her feel at ease. Maureen's interests included a love of languages, travel, tennis, skiing and singing. She loved singing loudly I Left My Heart in San Francisco, bringing back memories of her life in the Bay area.
John G. Houston MBA '76 died on October 31, 2014, after a 13-year battle with prostate cancer. John was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 7, 1937. He graduated from University of North Carolina in 1963. He completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 1976. He was very proud of his military service in The United States Navy, where he served on active duty during the Viet Nam War. He continued as a Reservist until 1989 with 26 years of service, and retired as a Commander. He worked as a Real Estate Broker. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bev, a son, Parker, 35, and his wife Anni, of El Dorado Hills, and a son, Taylor, 34, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. John loved music and he loved to sing!
Dennis McClenahan '76, age 60, passed away suddenly on May 30, doing what he loved – playing tennis. Dennis will be remembered as a loving partner, father and friend, a successful businessman, a superb athlete, and a generous community volunteer. He lived a rich life, excelling in many domains. Most important, he will be remembered for his kind and generous sprit and his strong devotion to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Dennis was a resident of Palo Alto and was raised in Santa Clara, Calif. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1972 and Santa Clara University with a B.S.C in Finance. He was a College All-American wide receiver at Santa Clara University and, upon graduation in 1976, he signed a professional football contract with the Oakland Raiders. Dennis's 35-year insurance career began in 1979 with Jardine Insurance Brokers, followed by Nationwide Insurance from 1988-1993. He then went on to own and operate D.A. McClenahan Insurance Agency before joining Professional Insurance Associates, Inc. as a Vice President in 2003.
Dennis was an incredible athlete, excelling at all sports. His particular passion was tennis. Dennis played on numerous USTA league teams and in many tournaments throughout the state. He was greatly admired by his teammates and opponents alike. In 2012, he was ranked number 1 in Northern California and number 7 in the state in his age category. Dennis was known as a formidable competitor as well as a true gentleman on and off the court.
He was active in the community as well. Dennis was a former member of the Santa Clara Preparatory Alumni Council as well as a past member of Santa Clara University Board of Fellows. Dennis enjoyed participating in fundraising events for the Canary Foundation, Menlo Charity Horse Show, and tutoring children from the Sacred Heart Nativity School. Dennis leaves behind his son Tyler (daughter-in-law Helen), daughter Molly Featherstone (son-in-law John), daughter Murphy, and his grandchildren, Cade, Max, Archer, Oakes, and Enzo. He is survived by his partner Laura Lauman, his brother Bob McClenahan, and sister Judy Vollenweider.
Timothy Eugene Griswold '77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on October 22, 2014. Tim was born July 2, 1955 to Lee and Patricia Griswold, the fourth of six children. Tim and his five siblings, Mike, Rick, Steve, Coralee and Tom grew up on Cold Creek Ranch in Newark Valley, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication. He attended high school in Eureka, NV, where he excelled in track for the Eureka Vandals, graduated Valedictorian and earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California. He earned his B. S. degree in Commerce from the school of business and completed the exams for his C.P.A.
Upon graduation in 1977, he joined the firm of Read & Powell and in 1978, married the love of his life, Judith Scheier. They were blessed with two children: Lucinda Elizabeth and Nicholas Scheier Griswold. In January 2003, Tim started his own business, Tim E. Griswold, CPA; which he maintained until his passing. In 2008, Tim was fortunate to become a grandfather of two little boys, Ryan Griswold Cochran and Xavier Ray Griswold. Tim was pre-deceased by his father in January of this year. He is survived by his wife, mother, five siblings, two children, grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Monica Griswold.
Tim loved sports, and coached his children's various teams as they grew up. When it came time to hang up his coaching hat, Tim joined his wife in the stands for every game, including those requiring long trips out of town. His favorite sport was baseball and the Dodgers were tops as far as he was concerned, sparking an ongoing banter with his beloved daughter-in-law, Monica. While they tormented each over their choice of teams, she was the first to provide Dodger memorabilia, which always brought a smile to his face. Tim was a loving husband, an attentive father, an adoring grandfather, caring family member and very dear friend. At age 59, the loss of him was too soon, and deeply felt by the lives he touched.
Michael James Zelensky '77, 58, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Ketchikan. He was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington. He lived his early years in Seattle, where he attended Our Lady of Fatima School until eighth grade and graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1973. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1977, and after earning his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1983, Mr. Zelensky came to Ketchikan that same year to clerk in the law offices of A. Fred Miller. Then, Mr. Zelensky and the late Richard Whittaker were partners in the firm of Whittaker and Zelensky for a number of years. For the past 20 years, Mr. Zelensky had a sole practice. He was a member of the Alaska Bar Association, and Ketchikan Bar Association. Mr. Zelensky sponsored and played on Ketchikan “B” League basketball teams for several years. He also enjoyed climbing mountains, first climbing Mt. Adams with his father when he was 16. In 1974, he climbed Mt. Rainier with his close friend, Gary Spees. He also hiked along the west coast of Vancouver Island with friends Bill Jandl and Graham Whyte. He climbed many of Revillagigedo Island’s peaks, including Dude, Ward, Minerva, Deer and Mahoney mountains. He enjoyed kayaking with friends around Ketchikan, and in the Hakai Passage of British Columbias. He was the master teacher of chess and backgammon for his nephews and nieces. Mr. Zelensky is survived by his wife, Myra; daughter, Alexa Ruth; mother, Rose Zelensky of Seattle; sister, Gena (David) McReynolds of Bothell, Washington; members of his wife’s family, Roland and Alaire Stanton, and Loren and Carol Stanton, all of Ketchikan, Bruce and Kathy Stanton of Washington state, and Ralph Stanton of Hawaii; nephews and nieces, Ethan and Megan McReynolds, Daniel and Jacqueline Stanton, Felice Salmon and Brooke Stanton, and Peter, Brendan and Clara Joy Stanton.
John Vincent Giacomazzi ’77 went to Jesus and his eternal reward on Oct. 7, 2014. He was 59 years old. John was born in San Jose on Jan. 6, 1955. He graduated from James Lick High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University in 1977. John stated when he walked across the stage, "It was the happiest day of my life." He worked for the U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in Menlo Park and enjoyed scuba diving until he was incapacitated by neuromuscular atrophy, the progressive and debilitating disease that he endured all of his life.
John is survived by an aunt, Esther Long of Parker, Colo., and cousins Laura Long of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard Long of Cottonwood, Calif., Michael Long of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mark Long of Parker, Colo. He is also survived by his close friend and caretaker Eileen Hansen and his special friend Julia Pezzini. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Jeanne (Long) Giacomazzi and his brother, Joseph Giacomazzi. John is also predeceased by his two very special canine service dogs "Rather" and "Rio." In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canine Companions, Santa Rosa, Calif. or Santa Clara University Alumni Family.
Heloïse Ruth Albritton M.A. '77, beloved mother, grandmother and glorious daughter of God, joined her Lord on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2014, in East Meredith. She was surrounded by most of her seven children and devoted caretakers, her home filled with the music and flowers she loved.
Heloïse was born in 1928, in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand), to Dr. Errett and Mrs. Rietta Albritton. The family returned to America in 1931, where Heloïse became an accomplished student, pianist, active Young Federalist and an original candy striper. She graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1950. An intellectual beatnik and liberal thinker, Heloïse enjoyed Greenwich Village where she chatted with Pete Seeger and Jackson Pollock. But, it was James Hartwell Frame - a young man from a small town in Iowa - who captured her heart - over a spilled bowl of punch. They wed in 1951 and were married for 47 years until his death in 1997. They had seven children and more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Heloïse was a devoted servant of the Lord, personally and professionally. She returned to school in her late 40s and earned a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. Over 60 years, she opened her home to many seekers in the conviction of God's promise in Deuteronomy that, "He sets the lonely in families." She was the spiritual mentor, gifted counselor and healer of many searching souls. Heloïse co-launched House of Bread Ministries in California in the 1970s continued her calling in New York City in the 1980s, developing her 12-step Deprivation Neuroses Anonymous group program and then founded The Lazarus Center in Oneonta in 1992, maintaining her practice there until 2009, then choosing to continue her spiritual work from her home office in East Meredith. Heloïse will be greeted in heaven by those who went before her - her husband, James; brother, Rogers; her parents; daughter-in-law, Clara; and great-grandson, Caiden; as well as numerous friends; and spiritual offspring. Early in the evening of her last day, she was able to share in her cherished sunset prayer, saying to the Lord - as she had every day for many years - "Let us usher in a new day, now beginning with rest."
Doris Patterson '77, May 27, 1934 to September 5, 2014. A resident of Morgan Hill, she passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief illness. She was 80 years old. She is survived by her three children, Sharon Castillo, Ross Jernigan and Jay Jernigan; four grandchildren, Dionne Obeso, Tom Jernigan, Melissa Jernigan and Meghan Jernigan; and one great-grandchild, Michael Obeso. Her children were with her when she passed.
Doris was confident, smart and independent and had many careers in her life, starting as a secretary with NASA and ending as CEO and Chairman of Smart Products, Inc., a pump and valve manufacturing company in Morgan Hill, earning a B.S. in mathematics from Santa Clara University along the way. Doris took Smart Products from start-up to a thriving manufacturing business with a worldwide customer base. Each of Doris' children has worked with her in her company at various times. Doris retired as CEO in 2007 and her youngest son, Jay Jernigan, took over as CEO. Doris remained active in the business, serving as Chairman of the Board at the time of her death.
Doris loved to dance and travel. She competed in ball room dancing for a number of years and had many trophies to attest to her skills. She traveled throughout the world and loved to explore new places, especially those with nice shops and boutiques! Doris was also a philanthropist, donating much of her time to charitable causes. She was a Rotarian in Morgan Hill and had many friends there.
Sylvia Anne Rankin '78 passed away peacefully on Feb. 2 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on July 7, 1956 in Montreal, Canada, she called San Jose, Calif. her home since 1962. She was a graduate of Willow Glen High School and Santa Clara University. Sylvia was a talented art teacher who enjoyed working with children to bring forth their creative ability. Prior to her career as a teacher, she was a marketing professional in the tech industry. She had a commanding personality and a laugh that would fill a room. She will be missed by many. Sylvia leaves her devoted daughter, Andree, her loving mother, her father and his wife, three brothers, two nephews, a niece and many friends. A special thank you goes to Sylvia's dear friends, Mary, Dana, Lucille and Lyn, for the special care and devotion they provided Sylvia during her illness. Everyone should be so fortunate to have such loving, caring friends.
Sue "Scarlett" Lampson M.A. ’78, April 4, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Calif., Lampson, 74, passed away unexpectedly in her home while recovering from minor surgery. Scarlett was born in South Bend, Ind. to Harold (Mickey) and Olga Keller on March 21, 1940. She earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan and later received her Master's in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Santa Clara University. She lived and worked in Los Gatos, Calif. as a Public Health Nurse and later a Therapist for over 25 years, until her retirement in 2005 when she moved to Aptos, Calif. Scarlett enjoyed helping people and was deeply involved in volunteer work as a Peer Counselor for the Senior Outreach Services of Santa Cruz assisting seniors, as well as the Santa Cruz Public Library. She was also an active member of the Santa Cruz Diversity Center. She is survived by her son Taylor Lampson of Sebastopol, Calif., and her Daughter Lori Trebbien of Santa Cruz, Calif. and her four grandchildren. Scarlett will forever be remembered as a wonderful, caring mother and friend. She cared deeply about her family and friends and will always be remembered as kind, thoughtful, intelligent and funny. Her sense of humor and genuine personality gained her many long and close friendships. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Constance "Connie" Peters Murphy '78, May 14, 2014, at her home in Alexandria, VA. Daughter of Robert and Margaret Peters; loving wife of Brian Murphy '77; devoted mother of Caitlin Murphy, Erin Murphy, and Shannon Murphy. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Mary Ann Peters '72 (Tim), Peggy Fox, Susan Peters (Ross), Mark and Madeline Peters, Ginny Peters, Robbie Bigley '81, and Mark Bigley '81, MBA '84; in-laws, Jean Vos, Chris and Carmi Murphy, Gregg and Monica Murphy, Gail and Luke Williams and 55 wonderful nieces and nephews. She was 58.
Christopher Nielsen Heard J.D. '78, of Sacramento, Calif., a successful attorney, dedicated psychologist, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2014.
Chris was born to the late Lawrence Nielsen Heard and the late Betty Ann Heard on October 29, 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. He was the oldest son and second child for the couple. In 1969, Chris married Melody Benevento and had his first daughter, Felicia. While working and raising a family, Chris continued his education at the University of San Francisco, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He went on to further his education at Santa Clara University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor in 1978.
Chris began his career in the law in the Santa Clara district attorney's office where he enjoyed an unprecedented record of successes. He remained a dedicated public servant throughout his career, always fighting for the underdog and ensuring that justice was served. In July of 1981, Chris and Melody welcomed their second daughter, Briana. He went on to be a gubernatorial appointee during the Deukmejian administration as well as serving in other distinguished capacities within the California State government. In addition to his academic and professional pursuits, Chris was a fitness enthusiast. He was a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, competing in several triathlons and serving as an unpaid personal trainer to many throughout the years. His daughter Briana has followed in his footsteps, competing in the New York City Marathon and continuing to challenge herself physically and mentally.
Not content to rest on his laurels and eager to make a further contribution to society, Chris went back to school later in life to receive his PhD. in Psychology after which he carved out a distinguished career in forensic psychology. His accumulation of post-graduate degrees inspired his three grandsons to lovingly call him "Dr. Grandpa." Chris was more than the sum of his parts. He was a true renaissance man who never stopped being a student. His love of learning extended to music and dance. He began piano and dance lessons very late in life. Chris read voraciously on any and all topics and was fairly well versed in everything from world history to criminal theory.
Chris was taken from his family far too soon and will be missed by his loving daughters, Felicia Marie Geller and Briana Elizabeth Heard; son-in-law Scott Geller; devoted grandsons Ryan Nielsen, Griffin John and James Powell Geller; his older sister and loving friend Elizabeth Heard Driscoll, brother-in law Gerard Driscoll and their sons Sean, Michael and Matthew; his confidant and younger brother Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Heard and sister-in-law Dr. Christine Heard and their son Kevin Christopher; his sister Lauren Heard and her children Alexandra and Gregory. In addition to his family, Chris leaves behind many close friends and colleagues as well as the countless people he touched during his time here.
Luis Guerrero Hernandez M.A. ’79 was born in Sahuayo, Mexico, on July 07, 1937, and died in Colima, Mexico, on June 3, 2014. After graduating from SCU, he joined Gas Menguc back in Mexico, from which he retired after 36 years in 2011. He was an avid reader and chess player. He is survived by his wife, Cristina; son, Alejandro; daughters Noemi, Cecilia and Beatriz and eight grandchildren.