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Sam J. Alaimo '44, '47, 93, passed away peacefully in his home on April 26, 2015. He was blessed to have celebrated his birthday a week before with his eight children, their spouses, and many of his 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was born in San Jose to immigrant parents who arrived from Sicily in 1912 and was the fifth of six children. He attended St. Patrick's Elementary School, San Jose High School, and Santa Clara University on a hard-earned four-year college scholarship. His SCU Class of '44 was known as the "Fighting 40s," as most of them had to leave the University their junior year to either enlist or be drafted during WWII. He attended his 70th college reunion last October, when he was honored with this very special group of men.
Sam was trained as an officer after enlisting in the Army. He was a unit commander, field artillery, stationed in the Philippines and Japan. His basketball skills qualified him to both coach and become a key player on the military basketball team which won the Army Olympics in front of 18,000 fans, mostly troops.
Rev. Gerald L. McKevitt, professor emeritus of history at Santa Clara University, died September 18, 2015, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, in Los Gatos. He was 76 years of age.
Jerry was born in Longview, Washington, on July 3, 1939. His family relocated to Quincy (Plumas County) where he graduated from the local high school. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1961 with a history major and philosophy minor and began graduate studies in history at the University of Southern California, earning an MA. In 1963 he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos to begin training for the priesthood. His studies took him to Gonzaga University, Spokane, and in 1967 he started doctoral studies in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received his Ph.D. in 1972. Theological studies were taken in Rome, where he received his degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Jerry was ordained a priest in San Francisco in June 1975 and began a lifetime association with Santa Clara University. As research professor and archivist, he was given the task of writing the history of the university. Based on his doctoral dissertation, his The University of Santa Clara, a History, 1851-1977, was published by Stanford University Press in 1979.
Through the years Jerry rose to the rank of full professor serving as department chair, University archivist, University historian, and rector of the Jesuit Community. In 2004 Jerry was named the Ignacio Ellacuria University Professor for Jesuit Studies at Santa Clara. In addition to teaching a variety of courses, he continued his research in Jesuit history in the U.S. and published numerous articles and book reviews in scholarly journals and contributed to scholarly reference works. His award winning book, Brokers of Culture: Italian Jesuits in the American West, 1848-1919, was published by Stanford University Press in 2007.
His other academic experiences included visiting professorships at Fordham University and Seattle University, memberships on the editorial board of Studies in Jesuit Spirituality, and board membership on the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara and Gonzaga Universities and was active in professional organizations. He curated an extensive collection of Jesuits in fiction, now part of the university’s special collections, and cultivated his hobby of watercolor painting.
After his retirement from the classroom, he continued his research and gave a number of lectures to a wide variety of audiences. At the time of his death he was working on a book length history of Jesuit higher education in the United States.
Contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.
Long before he became an early Warren Buffett investor and a wealthy philanthropist, Lee Seemann '42 was a 23-year-old from Omaha piloting a B-17 over Germany. Seemann, a decorated war hero who often called himself “an incredibly lucky guy,” died on June 2, 2015, in Omaha. He was 95.
Seemann was born May 10, 1920, in Minnesota, but his father, a car dealer, soon moved the family to Omaha. Lee attended Dundee Elementary and Central High, class of ’38. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he played football at Santa Clara University in California, where he took part in ROTC and was president of the senior class. After World War II, in which he survived a number of close calls, he met Willa Davis, who immediately liked him.
Seemann bombed the Normandy coast on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and flew his final mission on Aug. 9. Some 30,000 American airmen based in England died in the war, but Seemann enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with his mother in Omaha.He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross (twice), the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He recounts his harrowing tales in his 1998 memoir with David Harding, titled I Thought We Were Goners.
Lee became a branch manager at International Harvester and later started his own business, Seemann Truck and Trailer.Willa’s father was a prominent Omaha urologist, Dr. Edwin Davis. He and the Seemanns, still in their 20s, invested with Buffett in the late 1950s and built large fortunes. Over the years, Lee and Willa Seemann have donated quietly to universities, hospitals, museums, churches and other charities. In the 1990s, they were major contributors to the Strategic Air & Space Museum. They also donated to his high school, and a decade ago Central named its new football facility Seemann Stadium.
In 2000, Seemann underwent heart bypass surgery. In recent times he was in hospice care, and his wife said he died from various old-age ailments.
John "Jack" Goodspeed Matthews ’43, J.D. ’49 was 93 and passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014.
Peter Connolly Dolcini '47 February 27, 1925, to November 4, 2014. A man deeply connected with the land of West Marin County, Peter died peacefully, at home, with his wife of 65 years, Louise, at his side. Peter was a talented man, well versed in chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, creative writing and languages, but that does not begin to scratch the surface of who he was. A deeply spiritual, generous and accepting man, Peter made friends wherever he and Louise travelled, whether to Italy or to the local dry cleaners in Petaluma. His wry sense of humor and thoughtful intelligence enlivened many discussions and family parties.
Peter had a long and varied work life. He worked on his family ranch and dairy as a young man. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Peter was employed as a forensic chemist in Berkeley, CA, performing top secret tests on air samples from Soviet atomic test sites. He then built and ran a family business with his brothers and cousins in Stockton, CA: All Jersey Farms Drive-In Dairy. He also used his chemistry and dairy background to make and sell delicious ice cream at his own ice cream parlor, The Gold Mine. After his Stockton sojourn, Peter and Louise moved their family of six children, Lucille, Tom (Carlene), Marilyn (Herm), Carol (Abram), Elaine, and Barbara (Michael), back to his beloved West Marin. They settled into 50+ years of a happy life in Hicks Valley, where Peter worked in the dairy and beef ranching business with his brothers and cousins. It was, however, as a teacher that he was able to put into practice his true vocation. Peter and Louise teamed up as Principal (Louise) and Teacher's Aide (Peter) at the local one-room Lincoln District Elementary School.
After retirement, Peter spent many happy years gardening, birding, travelling, studying Spanish and Italian, and especially enjoying being a part of the unfolding lives of his children, in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. He was a remarkable man who honed and polished, without effort and with great love, the magic of the double-sided coin of learning and teaching. He loved a good gathering, loved the land of West Marin, and most of all loved Louise and his family. We will miss him every day.
John Kerwin "Jack" Nunneley '48 was born on October 19, 1927. He passed away on November 11, 2014, in the loving care of his family. He was 87 years young. A third-generation native Californian, Jack was raised on an apricot and prune ranch in Saratoga. He attended Los Gatos High School and Santa Clara University before being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. There, he met and married the love of his life, Cynthia Ainsworth Flynn.
He served in the Navy from 1951-81 and was qualified to command nuclear submarines. His final tour was as the commander of the Mare Island Naval Base, where he had previously been stationed in 1966 to commission and become the first commander of the USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), a ballistic-missile submarine. Those who knew Jack remember his many, often hilarious, stories about life at sea and the camaraderie of those who serve together.
After retiring from the Navy, Jack pursued his passion for community service and was very active in the United Way, Rotary Club, and other philanthropic activities. He moved to Scotts Valley in 2008 after the untimely loss of Cynthia to live with his son, John Jr.. He is survived by his three loving children, Catherine, Cynthia Nunneley ’75, and John Nunneley Jr. M.S. ’80, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He will be missed and always loved by all who knew him.
November 26, 2013 marked the passing of Philip G. Rizzo M.S. '49, 89, of St. Augustine. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, California, and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He is survived by his wife Alene M. Rizzo, with whom he recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
He utilized his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved California to live with his family in Florida, and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church.
He is survived by: Six children Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore., Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla., Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas, Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass., Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga., Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; five great grandchildren Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.
Robert Finocchio Sr. '50, born Dec. 3, 1928 and a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on August 31 at the age of 86 with his loving wife and children by his side. Born and raised in San Francisco, Bob attended St. Ignatius High School and in 1950, graduated from Santa Clara University. In the summer following graduation, Bob married Virginia Arata of Ross, California, with whom he celebrated a 65th wedding anniversary on August 19th of this year. Bob had a long and successful career with the Bank of America where he started as a teller and nearly 40 years later, retired as a senior executive. Bob's work at the bank served to finance the transition of the Santa Clara Valley from an agricultural economy to the Silicon Valley we know today. Bob was also a dedicated alumnus of Santa Clara University, serving as a member of the Board of Fellows for many years. He loved hunting and golf and was an avid sports fan. Most of all, Bob was a devoted husband and father who created a family life filled with fun, laughter, and many wonderful traditions. In addition to his wife, Virginia, Bob is survived by his seven children: Robert J. Finocchio Jr. ’73 (Susan), who has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at SCU; Suzanne Rollin, Marianne Jackson, Judy Schebetta, Alan Finocchio, Chris Finocchio (Tiffany), and Melissa Burdekin (John), his seventeen grandchildren, Alex, Amanda, Bryce, Chris, Erik, David, Garth, Gray, Joseph, Jonathan, Kyle, Matthew, Madeleine, Nathaniel, Nick, Peter, Ryan, and his five great grandchildren, Brendan, Everett, Jasmine, Max, and Parker. A funeral Mass was held on Sept. 11 at the Mission Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scholarship Fund at Santa Clara University.
Richard DiNapoli '50, resident of Los Gatos, passed away peacefully at his Los Gatos home on Aug. 22, 2015, surrounded by his wife Lynette of 61 years, and his immediate family. He was 88 years old.
Dick was born in San Jose, CA to Frank and Edna DiNapoli. He was the eldest brother to Shirlee DiNapoli Schiro and J. "Phil" DiNapoli J.D. '64. Dick was a graduate of Bellarmine High School and Santa Clara University and served in World War II as a Merchant Marine.
Dick was blessed with a long and successful career managing Sun Garden Packing Company. For 55 years, Sun Garden canned peaches, apricots and tomatoes in San Jose employing thousands of loyal and hardworking Santa Clara residents. Dick had a genuine interest in people and treated everyone he met with kindness and respect. When Sun Garden closed in 1994, it was the last remaining tomato processor in "The Valley of Heart's Delight".
Along with his wife and siblings, Dick is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard "Rick" '77 and Julie, Rob and Karin, Matt and Gretchen, seven grandchildren Gina, Emerson, Elizabeth, Aaron, Madison, Christopher, Justin and two great grandchildren, Bowyn and Rocco; most of whom joined Dick and Lynette each and every Sunday for dinner.
Dick will be remembered for his patience, loyalty and gentile demeanor. He had a zest for life and a desire not to miss out on anything, especially if it involved family. He exited this world exactly how he lived it, with grace and dignity.
Neil Vincent Moran ’51 was born on Sept. 25, 1929. He died unexpectedly in his home on Dec. 31, 2014. He is survived by the love of his life, Frederica Duffy Moran, his wife of 62 years; by his five adored sons, Neil Jerome Moran (Lynn), Kevin Vincent Moran (Sandy), Martin Thomas Moran, Andrew Duffy Moran (Cathy), and Matthew Paul Moran (Rachel); by his loving sisters Virginia Rarig and Nancy Buckley; by his darling 13 grandchildren; and by his admiring sister-in-law and his many nieces, nephews, and other precious members of his large and close family. He was predeceased by his older and venerated brothers, Thomas and Marshall Moran.
Neil was born in Oakland to Thomas Joseph and Sarah Gertrude Moran, the fourth of five children in a large Irish Catholic family. He grew up in Oakland and attended Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, St. Ignatius High School ('47), and Santa Clara University ('51). Following two years of service in the U.S. Army, he joined the family business, Moran Supply, where he worked with his father, two brothers, and brother-in-law. Neil enjoyed a long career in the plumbing supply business, and upon his retirement, his sons Andrew and Matthew Moran took over the operation of Moran Supply, which remains in business in Oakland to this day.
Neil was a natural athlete. In school, he excelled in sports, including tennis, swimming, diving, and basketball. He continued to be an avid tennis player well into his 60's, but ultimately golf became his second career. Neil was known for his graceful, consistent stroke, and he was a regular on the Claremont Country Club Golf Course, where he captured many club titles over the years. Family formed the heart and soul of Neil's life. He met his future bride at the age of 12 while vacationing at the Russian River. Showing off his enviable athletic prowess from the outset, he executed multiple underwater back-flips in the river, thus capturing the interest, and, ultimately, the hand, of young Freddy Duffy. They married in 1952 and raised their family of boys in Lafayette, making their home on the same street as his parents, sisters, and oldest brother. Neil believed deeply and truly that his wife was the most beautiful woman in the world; that his sons were the most brilliant and accomplished men to walk the Earth, and that his grandchildren were the absolute cream of the crop. He had just celebrated a joyful Christmas Eve with his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren days before he drew his last breath.
In addition to his love of family and sports, he was a voracious reader, daily domino player, and world traveler. He accompanied his wife all across the country and around the globe for her quilt shows and classes. They recently traveled to Europe, Thailand, and China. He was very proud to travel twice to Ireland with his sons to play 36 holes of golf a day and get lost as they drove from one county to the next. What set Neil apart from everyone was his kind and loving heart. His devotion to his family and his cheerful, joyful, and sweet outlook will be missed and remembered forever by those of us lucky enough to have loved, and been loved, by him.
Louis Raymond Rudolph '51, a lifelong resident of the Monterey Peninsula, passed away on October 8, 2014, at his home with dignity and an amazing sense of humor to the end. Born on March 22, 1930, to Raymond and Edrie Rudolph of Pacific Grove, he was one of the last babies born at the Monterey Hospital on Abrego Street, now the Pacheco Club. Lou often pointed to the tiny second floor window, telling the story of his birth, then continuing to tell of his lifetime membership to the Pacheco Club. Lou attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, was in the 1947 graduating class of Monterey High, then received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Santa Clara. Lou then joined the US Air Force, spending 5 years of service to his country in Korea and Japan as an F-84 jet fighter pilot.
He returned to Monterey to join the family furniture business, creating a well-known high-end store and staff of professional interior designers. After his family sold the Lighthouse Avenue property, Lou relocated his business to Cannery Row and Salinas, featuring Drexel Heritage and high-end furniture. After selling both businesses, Lou took on the position of manager of the Monterey Fairgrounds. From his dedication, hard work, and long hours, the fair turned into a family-safe environment earning "Most Improved Fairgrounds In the State of California." Later, Lou was a partner in creating "Country Music Monterey." Then, with a friendship and an idea, Lou and Frank Yohannon put into action the Sea Otter Classic - Laguna Seca Challenge.
Leaving the area, Lou and Peggy moved to Carnelian Bay in North Lake Tahoe, fulfilling a lifelong dream of Peggy's. Lou became manager of Ennis Fine Furniture and Macy's Furniture store in Reno. Missing the peninsula, they returned to Monterey. Lou's final career as a reverse mortgage specialist was another stellar career move. Lou's life accomplishments, being many, included his membership in the Pacheco Club as Past President, President of the Monterey Rotary Club, City Councilman, Board Member of the Salvation Army, Director/Board Member of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and he was the last surviving member "Flying Fisherman's Club," enjoying week long trips with his friends in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Lou loved being a part of the Barbershop Quartet "The Cannery Rogues."
His employment with Met-Life was cut short by a stroke in 2010. Lou lost his battle with lung cancer in his home with his wife Peggy and stepdaughter Muriel by his side. Lou is survived by wife of 32 years Peggy, his brother David and sister Mary Ann, and children Steve, Mark, Daniel, Kate, John, and Matt and 13 grandchildren. He was affectionately known as "Papa Lou" to his stepchildren Audra Branco, Tricia Vessey, and Muriel Lloyd, and 5 step-grandchildren.
Cyril "Cub" Abbott Coyle Jr. ’51, June 17, 1929, to Jan. 4, 2015. He passed away after a long battle with vascular dementia, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Yvonne Coyle. Cub is survived by his six children: Kate Dean, Timothy Coyle, Eileen Coyle, Frances Coyle, Mary Coyle, and Nancy Tatarakis. Cub was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Cub was born in Sacramento, California, and was the only child of Cyril and Marie Coyle. He spent his summer childhood in Meeks Bay riding his horse from sun up to sun down. He learned the cowboy way from his uncles, who ran cattle in the Sierra Meadows. He made friends with the local Washoe Indians with whom he remained in contact with through the years. His legacy of Lake Tahoe is still enjoyed by his family. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School (class of 1947) and Santa Clara University, where he received a degree in political science.
Cub and Yvonne raised their family on the Coyle Ranch, founded in 1896, where he continued to check his cattle until the last month of his life. He passed on his love of the land and ranch life to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His strong ranch work ethics showed from sun up to sun down. He shared his passion for cattle, auto body work, and leather tooling with his children and grandchildren. He worked as a livestock lending officer in the farm credit industry. His territory spanned three states and he made many long-time friends.
Tony Oliver ’51, J.D. ’53, a third-generation Californian, long-time resident of Glendale and Crestline, California, and prominent California labor and employment lawyer, was born on July 19, 1929, in San Jose, California. He passed away on Feb. 3, 2015 in Glendale, California.
Tony was the only child of Anthony T., Sr. and Josephine Oliver both of whom predeceased him. He was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and he received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1951 and his law degree in 1953. Tony was very proud of the fact that he was an Eagle Scout and at the time of his death he was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and was serving on the Eagle Scout Association Committee for the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout Council. At Santa Clara, Tony was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
Tony enlisted in the California Army National Guard in 1948. While at Santa Clara, Tony enrolled in the University’s ROTC program and he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1952. Tony served in many command and staff positions in the National Guard including service in the 40th and 49th Divisions, until his retirement in 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel (USA Ret.). He was a life member of the National Guard Associations of the United States and California, the Southern California Advisory Council, and the American Legion.
Tony was a practicing attorney in Los Angeles since 1954. He spent his first 4 years as an Assistant Counsel in the Bank of America’s Legal Department. In 1958 he became associated with John F. O’Hara and began his practice as a labor and employment attorney. In 1963 O’Hara and Tony joined the law firm of Parker Milliken, Clark O’Hara & Samuelian, to form the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department where Tony practiced as an Associate, Partner, member of the Firm’s Board, Chairman of the Department, and Shareholder until his retirement in 2011. After his retirement, Tony remained Counsel to the Firm until his passing.
Tony was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the California and American Bar Associations. He was Chairman of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and a Management Co-Chair of the ABA Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace. He served as National President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) after previously serving as President of LERA’s Southern California and Orange County Chapters. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 1987 and was continuously selected thereafter until his retirement in 2012. He was also selected annually by his peers as a Super Lawyer in California. Tony was a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Santa Clara University Law School. In 1974 he received the Law School’s Edwin J. Owens’s Award for distinguished service to the Law School and the legal profession.
Tony was predeceased by his first wife, Beverly J. Oliver, and is survived by his former wife, Margaret E. Oliver. Tony is survived by his 5 children; Jeanne (Ron) Hall of Prescott, Arizaona; Marilyn (Linnie) Guins of Riverside, California; Cyndi Eschardies of La Habra, California; Michelle Rogan of Dana Point, California; and Christopher Oliver of El Segundo, California. He is also survived under the more endeared name of “Papa” by 7 grandchildren; Ron (Celeste) Hall, Jennifer (Chris) Flores, John (Kimberly) Eschardies, Tony (Isabel) Eschardies, Eddie (Amy) Guins, Nicole Rogan and Samantha Rogan and great-grandchildren; Andrew, Evan and Tyler Hall, Gabriel and Evalynn Flores, Caleb Guins, Aaron, Benjamin, Heidi and Noah Eschardies. Tony has enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren during his retirement. He will be greatly missed by his family.
Richard Bernard Campi '52 was born in San Francisco, Calif. on July 6, 1922 the son of Silvio and Bernice (Diaz) Campi. He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a Mechanical Engineer in the Aerospace industry for over 27 years. Richard has lived the past 22 years in Yerington coming from Santa Clara, California. He enjoyed flying and sailing, camping and painting. He was a member of ASME, California Professional Engineers.
Joseph Vincent Reynolds Jr. '52 passed away on July 10th at his home in Napa. He was born on May 18th, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA to parents Joseph Vincent Reynolds Sr. and Helena Ingaborg Strom. He had one sibling, Patricia Reynolds, born in 1930. He graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles. After graduation he joined the Army and served a one year tour of duty with the 69th Division of engineers in Korea. Upon returning home he enrolled at the University of Santa Clara on the GI bill and obtained a B.S. in engineering in 1952. During his senior year in 1951 he met his future wife, Carol (Hinds) Reynolds, when mutual friends introduced them on a blind date. Following graduation Joe was called back into the Army and served a second one year tour in Korea, this time with the 235th Field Engineers. Following his discharge from the Army, Joe and Carol were married in Los Angeles in April of 1954. Joe?s career in civil engineering began in Los Angeles, then Burbank, then Santa Paula, and in 1960 the family moved to Walnut Creek when he began working for the Bechtel Corporation. In 1966 he was hired by the Public Works Department of Napa and the family moved to Napa in 1967. In 1968 Joe moved to the Napa County Flood Control District office and later became Chief Flood Control Engineer. In 1976 Joe returned to work for Bechtel and spent time in Saudi Arabia working on the engineering and implementation of the water systems for the city of Jubail. He retired in 1994. Joe was a loving and beloved family man, and most enjoyed time spent with his family and working around his property in Napa. He was a gracious and genial host to extended family and friends as he and Carol hosted many parties and family reunions over the years. Joe also enjoyed spending time in nature, having developed a love of backpacking early in his marriage. He took several trips with his children to the Trinity National Forest in northern California. Even into his early 70s, he went on solo backpacking trips. An avid reader, he shared that love by reading out loud to his children. He and youngest daughter Amy would read to each other in later years. Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol Reynolds, children Teresa Reynolds, Mary Jane Reynolds, Shannon Victor '85, Ann Reynolds, Amy Reynolds and daughter in law Vanessa Waddy. He was preceded in death by children Kathleen Crews, Christopher Reynolds and Timothy Reynolds. His grandchildren are Andrew Crews, Bethany Crews, Emily Crews, Brian Crews, Langston Waddy-Reynolds, Moira Waddy-Reynolds, Neemah Waddy-Reynolds, Helena Victor and Liam Reynolds.
John William Bacon '52 was 84 years old when he died at his home in Atherton from cardiac arrest in the early morning of November 13th. John William Bacon was born in San Mateo, California in 1930 to John Andrew Bacon and Helen Oberhelman Bacon, both natives of New Orleans. A lifelong resident of the Peninsula, he grew up in Burlingame and attended Our Lady of Angels School, Serra High School, Army and Navy Academy, and Santa Clara University.
In 1950 he married the love of his life, Lynn Jackson Bacon; they were together for 64 years. They had eight children, and in 1963 moved to Atherton where they lived for the remainder of John's life. John's career in the lumber business began in the early 50's at San Bruno Lumber Company. In 1964 he purchased San Mateo Lumber with his father-in-law William W. Jackson. In 1971 he left San Bruno Lumber and acquired South City Lumber and Supply in South San Francisco. In 1975 he purchased Economy Lumber Company, Oakland, and in 2010 Piedmont Lumber in Oakland, now Economy Lumber Piedmont. Over six decades John built one of the largest group of lumber and building material companies in Northern California. By understanding the needs of professional contractors his companies were able to thrive in the face of growing competition. During the 1950's, John, working with his brother Donald Bacon and others, opened the Green Giant Nursery in Millbrae. A certain grocery vegetable company forced a name change to Green Garden Nursery. They became involved in organizing the Western Garden and Trade show which became the San Francisco Outdoor Garden Exposition in 1967.
John kept horses in Woodside for many years while training for, participating in, and finishing, the endurance ride - The Western States Trail Ride, the Tevis Cup - 100 miles with the same horse and rider from Tahoe City to Auburn in under 24 hours. He was a member of the Rancheros Visitadores, and delighted in telling tales of his experiences on the trail of their annual ride near Santa Barbara. He served on the Alumni Board of the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad.
If there are founding fathers of bike riding in the Menlo Atherton area, John was one. He knew very inch of "The Loop", the Alpine Rd. Sandhill Rd. ride that from the early 1960's into the 1990's was part of his weekend, usually accompanied by his good friend Douglas Hughmanick of Atherton, often trailed by a collection of their children. John was an insatiable reader, particularly of history, and always wanted to discuss the latest book. He loved to cook and barbecue for his family and friends whom he entertained with wit and wisdom as he tended the chicken and ribs. Late in life he took up painting and surprised many, including himself, with his artistic talent. John was by nature a very generous man. Giving to charities and causes too numerous to mention was an important part of his life.
John is survived by his wife, Lynn Jackson Bacon of Atherton, and seven children: Leslie Bacon of Berkeley, John Bacon Jr. (Patricia Bolich) of Orinda, Grant Bacon of Burlingame, Thomas Bacon (Martha Abrams) of Menlo Park, William Bacon of Belmont, Susan McComas (Alex) of Palo Alto, and Peter Bacon of Lake Oswego, Oregon. He was blessed with sixteen grandchildren: Ariel (Sage), Ella, Alice, John III (Jack), Adam, Lena, Sarah, Adelaide, Ruth, Will, Lucy, Scott, Molly, Ashley, Emily and Alex. He enjoyed spending time with his four great-grandchildren, Olive, Charlie, Elle (Cheech), and Seneca. John was predeceased by his son, Scott Michael Bacon of Redwood City in 1995, and his only brother Donald Bacon ’56, of Tillamook, Oregon in 2013. He is also survived by two nephews and a niece in Portland. He was loved and admired by many, and will be enormously missed.
Francis W. Hare ’52 was born Dec. 12, 1929. A resident of San Jose, he passed away surrounded by his family on Jan. 4, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife Claire of 57 years, daughter Marie Anderson ’84 and Steve Anderson ’84, son Joe Hare ’86 (Jeanne), and his five grandchildren: Stephen Anderson Jr. ’13, Mary Anderson ’16, Bobby Anderson, Maria Hare, and Celia Hare. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He was a coach, teacher, administrator, and counselor in the East Side Union High School District for over 30 years. Francis also was always a loyal and proud Bronco, both playing and coaching football at Santa Clara University.
Robert "Bob" Gilkey '52, age 86, passed away on January 9, 2015, in Olympia, WA. He is preceded in death by his wife, Conchita. Bob was born in Oakland, CA on February 17, 1928. Bob graduated from Santa Clara University in 1952 and moved to Hawaii right after graduation. In 1957, Bob became the personnel director for St. Francis Hospital. In 1967, Bob was appointed as deputy director for the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. In 1986, Bob was appointed by the former Governor George Ariyoshi to be the director of the Labor Department.
Upon his retirement from state government, Bob was a lobbyist for Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and Hawaii Electricians Local Union 1186 IBEW. Bob was well known throughout the Democratic Party of Hawaii for his tireless help in the campaigns at the local, state and federal level. Bob lived by a strict moral code which was the basis of his strong character. He had unwavering faith in the Lord. Bob is survived by five sons and two daughters, John Gilkey; Cristina Gilkey; Victoria Gomes; Philip Gilkey; Daniel Gilkey; Joseph Gilkey; and Lt. Colonel Vincent Gilkey; along with nine grandchildren.
James Francis Perry ’53 was born on May 19, 1930, and passed on Sunday, September 28, 2014 peacefully in his home in Aptos, Calif. He was 84 years young at heart. His parents, Walter and Althea Perry, and his daughter Kathleen preceded him. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Florence P. Perry; son Christopher and daughter in-law Mary Perry, grandchildren Christian and Patrick Perry; daughter and son in-law Erin and Steve Geiszler, grandchildren Peter, Hans and Emma Geiszler; son J. Scott Perry; son and daughter in-law Mark and Jena Perry; daughter Lizabeth Meuse and grandsons Will and Finn Meuse.
Jim attended Bellarmine College Prep, followed by one year in the Jesuit seminary, before graduating from Santa Clara University, Class of 1953. He served in the United States Army Artillery during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant between 1952-1953. An adventurous soul and man of honor, he lived his life with humor, passion, courage, purpose and gratitude. He revered the mysteries of life and death, was personally expanded by the spirit of nature, and awed by the magnificence of travel and history. Jim was a sculptor who handed down to his family his artistic renditions in wood and stone. He was also an avid duck hunter and camp chef who formed immutable friendships over his many years. He served and inspired his family and closed every meal with, "May we all be together again this day, twelve months.
William T. Olson Jr. ’54 was fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Nov. 1, 2014. He passed away on Nov. 2, 2014. Beloved husband to the late Mary C. "Kitty" Olson (nee Cunningham); devoted and loving father of William T. Olson III, Edwin J. (Mary) and Caroline M. Olson; dear brother of James A. Olson (Jody) and the late John M. Olson; dear brother-in-law of Nancy Olson; beloved grandfather of Will, Taylor, Grace, Michael and Julia; dear uncle and cousin, and friend to many. He was born July 25, 1933.