Class Notes | Obituaries
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Frank C. Burriesci J.D. '56 was born on February 18, 1924 and passed away on February 16, 2015. He was a resident and native of San Jose. Frank C. Burriesci was the son of Gaspare and Rosa Burriesci of Mezzoiuso, Italy. As a young man, Frank was a proud Eagle Scout; during World War II, he served in the Army. As a first generation college graduate, Frank received an Engineering Degree from Cal Berkeley and went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Upon becoming an Attorney, Frank practiced probate administration and real property law.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Neva Burriesci in 1981 and his five brothers—Mike, Tom, Joe, Nick and Sal Burriesci. His sister, Patricia Diani is his only surviving sibling. He was loved by many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. His favorite restaurant was Mio Vicino, in Santa Clara where he enjoyed dinner regularly at his favorite "Counter Spot." His happy smile and irrepressible story telling will be greatly missed. He loved his faith, BMW's and listening to various political news channels; Frank was a member of the San Jose Elks Club and the North Star Social Club.
Robert Hammond ’57 passed away on Oct. 31, 2013 at age 78 due to congestive heart failure. Hammond was born in Los Angeles, raised in San Marino, and resided in Pasadena for 52 years. He served his country in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from Loyola High School and Santa Clara University. He was active at St. Bede the Venerable parish in La Canada Flintridge and sang in the choir for 35 years, including two choral tours to Europe. He was particularly proud of his participation in Alcoholics Anonymous for nearly 35 years and was active in the Sober over Breakfast men's club who met weekly at the University Club. He owned and operated a manufacturing concern in Riverside for many years. He was gentle, humorous and helpful to all. He is loved and survived by his wife Claire, daughter Krista Hammond Tasto and spouse Charles, son Shane Hammond and spouse Shelly, three grandchildren, Nicholas, Anne, and Kate Tasto, brother John Hammond ’53, and niece Jennifer.
Marshall W. Frazier J.D. ’57 was born in Fraziers Bottom, W.Va. in 1921. During and after WWII he served in the U.S. Navy for eight years. After earning a law degree, he established and maintained a private practice in San Jose for 33 years. He enjoyed fishing and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Faye, his son Thomas, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
John Taglio ’57, 79, passed away peacefully on Dec. 9, 2014 surrounded by his adoring family. John was born on Nov. 8, 1935 in Modesto, California to Philip and Lucile Taglio. After graduation from Santa Clara University he built a storied career in the building industry throughout California as president of Morrison Homes. He and his wife Carol raised their family in Walnut Creek, California. In 1996, John was inducted into the California Builder's Hall of Fame, a prestigious and honorable award for his excellence in leadership and professionalism. He had the joy of introducing his young family to Sun Valley, Idaho, and all its natural wonders. Carol in turn introduced the family to her beloved islands of Hawaii. After his retirement in 1996, they decided to share their time between Idaho and Kauai. While in Kauai, they became members of Koloa Missionary Church where they enjoyed serving with their church family. John was very instrumental in planning their new church. Their church home in Idaho is the Calvary Bible Church in Hailey. Throughout his career, John was respected and admired for his honesty, integrity and compassion for his fellow workers. John is survived by his wife Carol of 50 years; sons Tory and Lane (Hilary); daughter Shae Aicher (Shawn); and four adored grandchildren, Lella and Connelly Aicher and Brennan and Clayton Taglio.
John C. Fell J.D. '57 was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1928 and moved to San Jose in 1946. He served in the armed services, having graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Army War College. He also served on the NRA board of directors for nine years. John was in law practice for many years with Don Welsch until his death in 1981. John leaves four children and his wife, Eulalia.
Billie "Bill" Horne '57, a friend to all who knew him, died May 27, at age 79 in Twain Harte, California. Bill was born in Mountain View, Oklahoma, and was active in ROTC at Santa Clara University. He served in the U.S. Army as a pilot for 4 years, earning the rank of Lieutenant. Professionally, Bill was active in real estate, including residential and commercial sales and property management. He served on the California Association of Realtors Board of Directors, as president of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Property Managers, Sacramento Chapter and was active in the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors. He operated his own property management business until his passing. He wrote and taught property management courses and was always an enthusiastic cheerleader for others, providing encouragement, advice and assistance. He will be remembered for his intelligence, professionalism and warm smile. Bill is survived by Jhonnie Horne, his wife of 32 years; sister, Noma Horne; sons, Steven Horne and Chuck Horne; daughter, Janice Horne; stepsons, Duke Darling and Marc Crum; and preceded in death by stepson, Scott Darling. He has 12 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild.
Vincent T. Burns Jr. '58 of Santa Paula and Carpinteria, Calif., passed away from heart failure on June 11, 2014 at his ranch in Santa Paula after a brief illness. Vince was the first child of an Irish family, born September 19, 1936 in Utica, N.Y., to Vincent T. Sr. and Helen (nee Farmer) Burns. Vincent grew up in Pasadena and Coronado, Calif., where his father was assistant manager at the Huntington and del Coronado hotels.
Vince was a member of the class of 1954 at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and of the class of 1958 at Santa Clara University. With his wife of 56 years, Debby, Vince devoted his energies and passions to the Santa Paula Boys Club beginning in 1974. Under Vince, the club was one of the first in the nation to accept girls as members, becoming the Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club. The club enjoyed increased membership and programs under Vince, and was nationally recognized for its after-school programs and role in improving life in Santa Paula. To further the club and his community, Vince was active in Santa Paula's service organizations, including Kiwanis.
Beginning in 1984 Vince devoted himself to the family's orange ranch on South Mountain Road, irrigating, pruning, spraying, and making sure the fruit was picked on time. Since 1996 Vince and Debby have split their time between Santa Paula and their home on Rincon Point Road in Carpinteria. Exacting and imbued with a strong spirit of competition, Vince was always proud of his family's achievements.
He is survived by his wife Debby of Santa Paula and Carpinteria; brother Anthony Burns of Arcadia, Calif.; sister Darcy Williams '70 of Sacramento, Calif.; son Vincent T. Burns III (wife Ann) of Ventura, Calif.; daughter Laura Burns Brown of San Diego, Calif.; and grandchildren Nicholas John Burns, Ventura; Amy Nicole Brown, San Diego; Eric Brown, San Diego; and Emily Laura Burns, Ventura. A family remembrance of Vince's life will take place at a later date. Donations in Vince's name to the Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club or Alcoholics Anonymous of Santa Barbara are appreciated.
Thomas Bannan ’58 died early on Jan. 5, 2015, due to complications from cancer. Tom was born in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 4, 1936, to Berchman A. Bannan and Clotilde Diepenbrock Bannan. He was married to the late Jane O'Farrell Bannan for 45 years and is survived by his five children, Betsy Bannan, Teresa Schrader ’87, Tom Bannan Jr. ’91, Cloie Smith and Gus Bannan, as well as 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Teresa Nally, brother Phil Bannan ’61 and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dr. Robert M. Takamoto '58 was born on July 31, 1936, and met his maker on October 18, 2014, after a long illness and under the loving care of his dedicated wife of 51 years, Josephine. He is survived by his son, Michael Takamoto ’86 and grand-daughter Nina; daughter, Michelle McCauley and grandchildren, Shannon, Ryan and Keenan; son, Matthew Takamoto and grand-children, Marcus, Nicole and Mason; and daughter, Maria Weaver and grandchildren, Maxwell, Dashiell and Phoebe.
A native of Hawaii, Dr. Takamoto graduated suma cum laude from Santa Clara University. He attended medical school at McGill University in Canada. Upon graduation, Dr. Takamoto served as an officer of the United States Air Force. Beginning in 1974, Dr. Takamoto was stationed at Travis A.F.B. where he served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, David Grant, U.S.A.F. Medical Center and director of the surgery residency program. He retired in 1981 as a full Colonel. Dr. Takamoto joined Fairfield Medical Group, which later became the Sutter Fairfield Medical group, and oversaw the organization through its rapid growth. He also served on the Board of Directors of the North Bay Medical Center for 18 years. Always concerned with the quality of medical care, Dr. Takamoto voluntarily served as an evaluator of ambulatory practices for a number of accrediting associations. He finally retired from clinical activities in 2011.
Dr. Takamoto was an exceptionally kind and caring person, well-known and appreciated for his warm bedside manner. It was common for former patients to greet and thank him during his everyday outings in the Vacaville/Fairfield area. Dr. Takamoto was a gifted conversationalist and storyteller, always ready with a clean joke and a wry smile. He loved golf, travel, the arts, and sporting events, and enjoying all of these with his family and friends.
Gerald C. L’Estrange ’58 passed away on May 3, 2014. He was born January 28, 1935. He was so proud to have graduated from SCU and has been a true supporter over the years.
Daniel P. Gaffney '58 passed away at home on October 4, 2014, in Petaluma, California, from stomach cancer. He was 80 years old. Dan was raised by his grandparents who had 11 children of their own. His sister Beth resides in Boise, Idaho. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Bea, his children Tim, Greg, Karen, and Maureen Gaffney, and his step-children Raegen Flinkingshelt, Rebecca Dunn, Jason Beardslee, and ten grand children. Dan received a baseball scholarship from Santa Clara University where he received his undergraduate degree. He received his Masters Degree from San Francisco State. Dan taught a combined 31 years at Serra, Boonville, and Analy High Schools. He was proud to say he taught whatever subject the school needed, which included 18 years of Special Ed. He coached football, baseball and girl's basketball. He ended his career at Laguna Continuation School in 1990, but kept in contact with many of his students and those he coached. Dan played semi-pro baseball into his 40's and during the summers he was a commercial fisherman. He loved the ocean whether he was on it or near it. He was Governor of the Moose in Petaluma for two years. After retiring, he and Bea traveled overseas and took many road trips throughout the U. S. and Canada, some up to four months long. They especially enjoyed the National Parks. He was also "Handy Dan the Fix-It Man" for many years. He enjoyed helping people. In later years he enjoyed working on scroll saw projects, and no one ever left the Gaffney home without one of his creations. He was also known to give abalone key chains to friends and Bea's students. He would say "give it a rub and it will bring you good luck.
William "Bill" Francis Dempsey '58 October 21, 1936 - December 31, 2014. Bill was the son of Judge and Mrs. John P. Dempsey of San Jose, CA, brother of John A. Dempsey and sister of Sister Eileen Dempsey, Daughter of Charity, St. Vincent de Paul. Bill graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1954 and went on to the University of Santa Clara where he earned a degree in economics.
Bill worked for the CA State Department of Highways as a right-of-way agent. He appraised and purchased property used to build highways in Northern CA. He then went to work for San Mateo County in a similar capacity until he retired. In the late 80s, Bill, his wife, and the Rev. Ed Butler of East Palo Alto, and two others started a Habitat for Humanity Affiliation in Menlo Park, CA. Many people and companies their donated time and materials to build affordable housing for low-income county residents.
After retiring, Bill and Anne traveled extensively around the US and Western Canada visiting family and friends along the way. They even went to England to watch the 49ers defeat Denver in a football game. Bill went to his first SF Giants game at AT&T Park, entirely missing the Candlestick Park experience. Bill is survived by Anne his wife of 56 years, their two sons, William G of Santa Clara, Anne F. Schwartz of Henderson, NV, James P of Spokane Valley, WA, and Karen L. Seitz of Chattaroy, WA. He was Gpa to twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Richard Callahan '59: May 21, 1937 to August 7, 2014. Richard passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, California. He was born in Pasadena and was an East Orange resident for 15 years. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a BSC in accounting and a minor in ethics. He served as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Armor Corps. He was a comptroller for Sears, Roebuck & Co., a VP, comptroller for Coldwell Banker, and a registered investment advisor with Ameriprise. Recently he became the publisher of the Foothills Sentry newspaper. He authored four books on investing and the economy.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne; his children, Michael Callahan ’80, Brian, Maureen, Lydia and Lynn; and his grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Zach, Alex and Connor. He was passionate about being involved with community issues and watching all types of sports. His family and friends enjoyed his gourmet cooking. He deeply affected those who knew him with his loving, caring spirit. We miss him and look up to him, as we always have.
Raymond L. Welch '59, 82, passed away on July 12, 2014. He entered the world on May 9, 1932, in San Francisco, California. His parents were Elinor Nemis and Roy Wade who gave him over to be raised by William R. Welch and Ann C Welch. He grew up in San Francisco attending St. Anne's Grammar School. At the age of 14, he moved with his parents to Salinas where he attended Salinas High. He played on the tennis team and graduated in 1950. He went to college at Santa Clara University, and was on the college tennis team. He majored in economics. He served in the Army, attending Fort Ord and a year later served in Wertheim, Germany. Upon his return he went to work for his father in the men's clothing business called" The Hub" in Salinas.
In 1957, he married Carolyn J Fodrini from Alameda, California. They had three children: Suzanne M., Patrick M. and Steven D. Carolyn was a legal secretary for a while in Salinas. In 1960, they left Salinas and moved to Marin County where Ray went to work for UARCO in San Francisco. They lived in Mill Valley, Fairfax and later moved to Alameda, and then bought a home in San Leandro, California, where they lived for several years. They left their home in San Leandro, to move to Napa, California, in 1970. Ray went to work for Valley Business Forms in Calistoga. He remained there until 1985 when he went into business for himself starting the Welch Co. After 44 years of marriage his wife, Carolyn, passed away in 2001.
Ray later married Virginia L. Gomes from Maryland in 2002 and they resided in the Napa Valley and were members at The Silverado Country Club. Ray and Ginny loved playing golf among many other interests. Ray was a member of the Morning Napa Rotary Club, and had belonged to Napa Valley Country Club and Green Valley Country Club. In 2007, they moved to Chewelah, Washington, to build their "dream" home on the Chewelah Golf & Country Club where they currently reside. Ray leaves behind his wife, Ginny; his three children: Suzanne (husband Stephen), Pat (wife Kelly) and Steven (wife Kate); and three grandchildren: Morgan and Austin (Pat) and Chloe (Steven).
During Ray's young life he was a Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout and an Explorer Scout. Later, he was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Salinas, Mill Valley and San Leandro. He also worked with young teens in the Junior Achievement Program. He was also a member of the Salinas Elks Club. He also managed a Little League baseball team in Napa.
John Vasconcellos '54, J.D. '59, the famously rumpled bear-of-a-man who served 38 entertaining and volatile years in the state Legislature representing the heart of Silicon Valley, died May 24, 2014. He was 82.
Donald Joseph de la Pena '59 passed away on August 20, 2014. He was a resident of San Jose, meticulous planner of cities and just about everything else, lover of nature and art, avid photographer, history buff, and mostly . . . loving, generous, and caring husband, father, and grandfather. These are the qualities that Donald de la Pena contributed to this life, qualities that many people only aspire to. Donald left us too early and too quickly. He leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Carmel Foglia de la Pena, and five children and step-children: Michael de la Pena, Kimberly Taggart, Chris Dunia, Stephen Foglia, and Barbara Duggan. Donald had eight grandchildren: Kai de la Pena, Joseph Taggart, Zachary Dunia, Cody Dunia, Joseph Duggan, Jillian Duggan-Herd, Michael Duggan and Jonathan Duggan.
Born in Oceanside Long Island, New York, on April 8, 1936, Donald moved to California in 1949 with his parents and sister. Donald received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and then achieved a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from University of California at Berkeley. Donald worked as a City Planning Director for his entire career, most recently for the City of Menlo Park. After retirement, he managed Carmel's art business. He loved to go on trips with his wife, where he photographed nature, and Carmel would turn the beautiful things he captured in photos into paintings.
Charles "Chas" William Reed ’59, resident of Los Gatos, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on June 1, 2014, in Los Gatos at the age of 90.
Born on August 25, 1923, in Spokane, Wash., he was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Reed, brother to Mary E. Hopkins Salisbury and John M. Reed, all deceased. Chas served in the Navy in the South Pacific in World War II and settled in San Francisco, Calif., after the war. He married Margaret "Peg" Toepel in 1947. In 1952 he relocated from San Francisco to the Santa Clara Valley and established a successful jewelry and watch repair business, Chas W. Reed Jewelers, in downtown Santa Clara.
After selling the business, Chas attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1959 magna cum laude with a degree in business and accounting and established a CPA firm in Santa Clara specializing in consulting and tax services for general contractors. In 1970 he began a successful real estate career as a residential land developer, broker, and investor that lasted over 40 years. Chas is survived by his loving wife of 67 years and their four children: Lydia Franzese ’70 (Stephen), William Reed M.S. ’14, Veronica Miller (Michael) and Christopher Reed (Mary) and eight grandchildren. He will be missed by his loved ones and many friends.
William "Bill" Francis Pearl '79 Sept. 24, 1931-Feb. 15, 2015. A resident of Los Gatos, William (Bill) Pearl passed away peacefully on February 15, 2015, his wife Cynthia and children were by his side. Bill was born in Greenville, Michigan, to James and Ann Pearl, and was the youngest of four children. He served in the Airforce in 1950, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1959.
Bill started his own company, California Business Machines in 1968. Over 28 years he grew a very successful family business with loyal customers.
Bill was beloved by his family and many friends. Family and Faith always came first. He loved to watch football, play golf, and attend his grandchildren's events and games. Bill is survived by his wife Cynthia, sons John '88 (Marnie), daughter Kathleen '89 (Travis) Pearl Bertelsen, and Rich (Denise) Pearl. He leaves behind many wonderful grandchildren: Conor, Meghan, Caitlin, Mark, Darren, Ryan, and Kelly.
Victor A. Bertolani '56, J.D. '60, an influential lawyer and educator who opened doors to the legal profession for many judges, prosecutors, and litigators, died April 5 of an aortic abdominal aneurysm, his family said. He was 80.
Thomas J. Besmer Sr. ’60, Sep. 5, 1933 to Jan. 13, 2015. Tom Besmer was a big man in more ways than one. Standing at 6’5 ½” tall, he was not one to be missed. As a young man, and from a family of nine children, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he married Dovaleen (Gross) and he attended Santa Clara University. During those years, they lived in the old Quonset huts. It was an era when married students attended SCU and lived on campus. He played basketball for the Broncos and graduated with a BSEE in engineering in 1960.
James F. Russi '60 passed away on June 2, 2014 at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Arleen Russi of Alameda. Loving father of Jack (Jodie), Tim (Alicia), Joe (Lynn), Cathy Thomas, Patrick (Kelly) and Shelley (Rahn Twitchell) . Adored Papa of 18 grandchildren.
James (Jim) was born in San Francisco on June 1, 1938 to Francis John and Catherine (Carroll) Russi. He was an older brother to Fr. John Joseph Russi and Carroll McDaniel both deceased and an Uncle to Carroll's two children Kitty and Patty. He graduated from St Cecilia Grammar School , St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, and Santa Clara University, where he was a basketball player. He was second team all-conference in 1960 and honorable mention in 1959. He is in the Hall of Fame at Santa Clara University. The pinnacle of his sports career was to be a first round draft pick for the St Louis Hawks in 1960.
Jim was a CPA and a long-time partner in Yandell Truckaway and Santa Clara Warehouses. Jim coached CYO basketball from 18 years of age and was Athletic Director for over 25 years at St Joseph's Grammar School in Alameda. For many years Jim and Arleen ran the CYO East Bay Parochial League for the Oakland Diocese and their impact on youth and sports in the Bay Area has been substantial . He was a legend in adult basketball leagues in the area and frequently sought after pick-up basketball player at Franklin and Washington Parks.
Jim lived his life with a few simple principles. God and family were always first and if you were going to do something then try to be the best. He has been a significant and positive influence for so many, and truly has left the world a better place. He will be dearly missed.
Daniel E. Lester ’60, age 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Aug. 15, 2014, the day that commemorates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.
Dan was born on Oct. 8, 1938 to proud parents Ed and Willa Lester, residents of Santa Cruz, California. The family moved to Watsonville where Dan attended Freedom Elementary School and Watsonville High School – where he met his only love and lifetime soulmate, Patricia Copriviza.
Inspired by the popularity of rock and roll, Dan learned to play the guitar and recorded four original songs – making him a popular local musician. He decided, however, that a career in music would not become his life's pursuit. After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1960, Daniel and Patricia were married at St. Patrick's Parish in Watsonville on June 11 of that year. After settling into their first home on Green Valley Road, Watsonville, Patricia gave birth to five children in the first six years of their marriage. The children attended Moreland Notre Dame in Watsonville, followed by Aptos High School before moving on to various colleges and careers.
Dan launched his career in the home sales industry and eventually formed a partnership with trusted colleagues Richard Roach and Don Gardiner, with a focus in commercial development. William Locke-Paddon later joined the firm known as Lester Roach & Gardiner, which currently owns and operates residential and commercial property in Santa Cruz County.
Dan was always full of life and adventure, and he relished worldwide travel – collecting art and antiquities along the way. He loved to share his lust for life with his family and friends, and often traveled with them on trips to places such as Asia, Africa and Indonesia. His worldwide travels inspired him to create impressive paintings with Aboriginal, Asian and Pre-Columbian influences – recognized by many as superb works of art. He was intensely interested in the history and culture of the places he visited, and loved to collect relics of the past and display them with pride and knowledge, always ready to answer questions about the ancient artifacts he had collected.
Saltwater and freshwater fishing was a great source of enjoyment to Dan, and he recently won a world-class fishing tournament in Mexico. As a testament to his achievements, his family office, Lester Company, is adorned with many of his trophy fish. Following his lifetime dream of owning a ranch, Dan purchased land in the Aptos hills, planted a successful vineyard that has produced many award-winning wines. He and Patricia later built their dream house on the ranch – always a welcoming venue for family, business and charitable gatherings.
Dan was a unique man who was well loved by all his family. He had the rare ability to make people feel intensely important in his presence, and built bonds of friendship with almost everybody he encountered throughout his life. As a successful man, he was generous to those in need and always ready to give a helping hand. He was moved by the inequalities he observed throughout his life and travels and made a habit of being generous to others and helping them pursue their dreams.
In the passing of Dan Lester, the community has lost a true renaissance man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Mark Lester ’83 (Suzy), Sean (Lori) and Joseph his daughters Lori Johnson ’85 (Steve) and Kelly Armstrong also his grandchildren Megan and Logan Johnson, Jackson Armstrong, Tobin and Annie Lester and great grandson London Johnson. He is also survived by his first cousin Steve Benson (Evette).
Robert M. Polhamus ’61, age 75, of Boynton, Beach, Fl., a Northwest Airlines captain, flew west on Jan. 17, 2014. He was born April 24, 1938, in Seattle, Wash. Bob and his twin brother, Dick, played baseball at SCU. Prior to SCU both Bob and his twin attended Bellarmine College Preparatory. After graduation Bob joined the US Marine Corps, earning his Naval Aviators wings of gold. He was a member of Marine attack squadron (VMA 311) serving in Vietnam in 1965. Bob flew a total of 174 missions over Laos and North and South Vietnam . After retirement he was an active member in a number of organizations including Masons, Shriners and Quiet Birdmen. Bob is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter Leigh, twin brother Richard Polhamus ’61 of Vero Beach, Fl., brother Mac of Houston, and sister Kathi Hanson of Bentonville, Ark.
James Patrick Connolly '61, M.S. '72 was born in Oakland in 1938 to James P. and Mamie W. Connolly. He attended Napa Union High School and graduated in 1956 and married Sharon in 1997. James passed away in San Jose on February 2, 2015. He was a retired engineer and manager whose career spanned 49 years at NASA, managing the design and development of Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and small spacecraft payloads. He joined the Peace Corps in 1964, and spent 2 years working on road and building projects in Tanzania. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his children Tim Connolly of Campbell, Thad Connolly of Oakland, and Michael Sommese of San Jose.