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Evelyn Roddy

Evelyn E. Roddy M.A. ’70 lost her battle with cancer on March 21, 2014 at the age of 80. She was a long-time resident of Sacramento, Calif. She was born in Jackson, Calif. and graduated from CSUS with a degree in Liberal Arts. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in 17th Century English Literature from Santa Clara University. She retired from the Department of Motor Vehicles as a manager after 20 years of service. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Harrell (James), and her many nieces and nephews. 

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:27P
GRD Leavey/MBA '70
Curtis Richmond Wherry


Curtis Richmond Wherry MBA ’70 of Davis passed away on Jan. 20, 2011, after a short illness. He was born July 8, 1930, to Mary and Reese Wherry and grew up with his sister Marillyn in Modesto and lived at the Hotel Hughson which his parents owned. Curt attended Enslen Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High and Modesto High School. He graduated Modesto Junior College and married his high school sweetheart Joyce Hatfield. They moved to Berkeley so Curt could attend UC Berkeley and acquire his B.S. in Chemistry. Curt and Joyce had two daughters, Pamela Sue and Wendela Ann. Curt worked for Ortho upon graduation. He then relocated to Los Altos and went to work for Stanford Research Institute where he began a career as personnel coordinator in classified defense research. He went back to school to obtain a master's degree at Santa Clara University. Curt met his second wife in 1970, Harriet (Bink) Goff and married her in 1972. Curt then became step-father to Brian McCartney. After 20 or so years at SRI Curt went on to work at Stanford University's chemistry department managing and doing research. He then retired and became a broker in commercial real estate. Curt relocated to Davis after he became a widower and moved into University Retirement Center in 2000. Curt's favorite times were spent with his longtime friends from Modesto. Curt is survived by his daughters Pamela and Wendela, his step-son Brian, six grandchildren, Lance Hutson, Amy, David, Elliot, Andrew Basmajian, Jackson McCartney, and five great-grandchildren, Jessica Hutson, Easton and Knox Ehrlich, Taylor and Reagan Basmajian. Preceding him in death were his wife Harriet Wherry and his sister Marillyn Rowson.


submitted Feb. 15, 2011 10:27A
Clarence Bud Sorvaag

Clarence “Bud” Sorvaag MBA '70, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2010, in Brookings, Ore., at Macklyn House, where he has resided since March 2008. Bud, 93, was born Sept. 20, 1916, in Portland, Ore., the son of Matt, a commercial fisherman, and Eva, emigrants from Norway and Finland. He was very proud of his Scandinavian heritage and attributed his long and healthy life to time spent in his Finnish sauna and eating fish that he caught from his boat that he moored for many seasons in the Brookings harbor. Bud attended grammar and high schools in Portland and graduated from Oregon State University in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, where he had memberships in two honor societies – Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. While working for Montana State University, Bozeman, in the early 1960s, he was awarded a membership in Sigma Xi for his work in research for the engineering department. He also earned a masters in business administration from Santa Clara University. Bud met his future bride, Dorothy, “Kim,” while they were both working at the radiation laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944. They were married in Oakland, Calif., in 1945. Bud and Kim moved to Brookings in 1972. They left Los Altos, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked in electrical engineering for several large companies, including Sylvania and Lockheed. His second career in Brookings was in real estate and appraisal services during which he owned his own business, Brookings/ Harbor Realty, which kept him very busy and fulfilled until his retirement later in the 1990s. He would often reflect to his family how great it was to be his own boss. Bud was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years. Kim passed away Oct. 19, 2008, in Brookings. He is survived by daughter Amy Lindman of Malaga, Wash.; sons Chris Sorvaag of Oregon and Robert Sorvaag of Idaho. He was an elder at the Brookings First Baptist Community Church. He enjoyed fellowship in weekly Bible study groups. His lifelong hobbies included being a HAM radio operator since his teenage years; hunting ducks and geese over rice fields near Willows, Calif., while living in the Bay Area; fishing for salmon in the ocean off Brookings; and hunting mule deer in the Steens Mountains of eastern Oregon.

submitted Jun. 7, 2010 11:07A
GRD Law '70
Charles R. Findlay

Charles R. Findlay J.D. '70 died Dec. 3, 2009. He passed away peacefully at the age of 83. Born on February 23, 1926 in upstate New York, he served in the U.S. Air Force, was a graduate of Santa Clara University Law School, and was a devoted grandfather. In the late 1970s, he left law behind and started a new chapter in life when he bought Able Catering. During this time he met and became long time friends with Chiu and Henry Lee of Lee Brothers' Catering, where he continued to work until his passing. In addition to his Lee Family, he leaves beind his children, Samuel, Jim, Sarah, Will, and Thomasina, and his loving grandchildren, Krystal, Andrew, Matthew, Kyle, Shaun, Brandon, Alyssa, Jordan, and Cameron. He was preceded in death by his spouse, Adriana, and his siblings. He touched many lives through his generosity and willingness to help others. He will be truly missed.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:42P
GRD Leavey/MBA '70
Burt E. Stepanek

Burt E. Stepanek MBA ’70, a resident of Saratoga, was born on June 25, 1920. On July 23, 2012, Burt suffered a stroke and passed away at Kaiser Hospital, Santa Clara, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Czechoslovakia and lived with his family in Winnipeg, Canada and New York City. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and four children: Gail, Craig, Cory and Michele White. He is also survived by three step-children; JoAnn Cope, Karen Tidwell and Scott Scriver. He is also survived by two grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret and several nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of World War II and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University. He worked for one year for Philco, Inc. in San Juan, Puerto Rico, then moved with his family to California. He worked at Lockheed, Sunnyvale as a Senior Buyer and Supervisor for 30 years. While at Lockheed, he attended evening classes at Santa Clara University, and earned his MBA. Also, while at Lockheed he taught evening classes in Accounting at West Valley and De Anza colleges. He tutored English as a Second Language, and volunteered for the IRS many years at tax time. After retirement from Lockheed, he obtained his Brokers License and worked in Real Estate for a short time. Over the years he purchased eight rental units and kept them in top condition, doing much of the work himself. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, skiing, hiking, backpacking and camping. He loved dancing, and he and Betty square-danced for more than 20 years. They traveled extensively and were members of the Y for many years. They enjoyed long walks together and spending time with family. He spent much of his time in recent years gardening. He will be truly missed. 

submitted Nov. 16, 2012 9:07A
Bill Deutsch

Bill Deutsch ’70 journeyed to Heaven on December 19 after more than two years of battling cancer. Born on May 15, 1948, he grew up in Downey, Calif. He chose to attend Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Bill graduated from Santa Clara University in 1970, and joined the Army as an officer where he spent six years serving his country. Bill spent most of his adult life in Stockton, working in different fields of Real Estate, while acquiring his Masters in Business. The last 23 years he spent as an MAI, Commercial Appraiser. Bill loved the Notre Dame Fighting Irish never missing a game, teaching his daughter, Katie, to say "Shake Down The Thunder" and "Go Irish" as soon as she could talk. He was a history buff who could not get enough books or memorabilia of all the American wars. Bill was in the Knights of Columbus where he served as the Grand Knight. The most important thing to Bill was his family, wife of 22 years, Mary Lou, daughter Katie, sister Emily and brother-in-law, Ken Keller, his nieces and their families, Uncle Louie Venturini and his family, and all his family in Southern California.

submitted Dec. 30, 2013 12:37P
UGRD Leavey Business '70
Andrew J. Bataille

Andrew J. Bataille '70, resident of San Jose, died on April 2, 2010.  If you met Andy once, you never forgot him. He wasn't an exceptionally tall man; he liked to say he was 6'1". Nor was he dashingly gorgeous; he would say somewhere in between Clark Gable and John Goodman. By all appearances he was an average man, with an above average smile. But when you met him, he truly was larger than life, and you were acutely aware of just how special he was.  Born in Altadena, Calif. to Peggy and Jerry Bataille, Andy attended La Salle High School in Pasadena before moving to the Bay Area, where he joined his sisters Claire and Marguerite, and his brother, Hank, at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1970. He then spent three years in the Navy, where he served on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Vietnam War. Andy returned to San Jose in 1978 to start a family and raise his two children, Colleen and Jacques, who would ultimately become his greatest source of pride and joy. He spent the remainder of his life in Almaden, where he devoted his spare time to teaching kids valuable life lessons through the game he loved most, baseball.  As pure a soul as could be, Andy enjoyed life's simple pleasures: a steak, chocolate ice cream, Jack Daniels, SCU basketball & USC football, his Dodgers and Lakers, the beach and a good book.  His soul is an enduring one, and his spirit will live on in those who love him dearly and remember him so fondly. Andy is survived by his two children, Colleen and Jacques Bataille, and his adoring mutt, Kane.

submitted Apr. 30, 2010 11:47A


Thomas E. Twist

Thomas E. Twist J.D. '71 was born in 1935 and had lived in Salem, Oregon. He died on August 21, 2014.

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 7:07P
Steven L. Tuma

Steven L. Tuma MBA ’71, 75, of Chatham, and formerly of Jacksonville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Chicago, the son of Elmer and Dorothy Long Tuma. He married Margaret J. "Peggy" Jess on June 19, 1964, and she preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2002. He is survived by one son, Steven S. (Amy) Tuma of Machesney Park; one daughter, Mary Tuma Werries of Chatham; and three grandchildren, Zachary Tuma of Janesville, Wis., and Alyssa and Kyle Werries, both of Chatham. Mr. Tuma was a 1956 graduate of Morton (Illinois) High School, and then attended Roosevelt University in Chicago. During that time, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Upon graduation, he began active duty with the Navy, serving on the USS Nereus. He was honorably discharged in 1967, and began work with the Lockheed Corporation in San Jose, Calif. While at Lockheed, he received his MBA from Santa Clara University. He and his family then returned to Illinois and Steven began work as an engineer with the State of Illinois, retiring from the Illinois Commerce Commission in 1999. Mr. Tuma was a very active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatham, and a member of the Jacksonville Amateur (HAM) Radio Club. He had also been a member of the Jacksonville Lions Club. He was a fantastic "Grampy," and loved attending all of his grandchildren's activities. 

submitted May. 22, 2013 4:31A
GRD Law '71
Rodney J. Blonien

Rodney J. Blonien J.D. ’71, March 13, 2012. A loving family man, philanthropist, dynamic human being, and proud American, Blonien was born July 20, 1946, in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to Janet and Clayton Blonien. Rod was the oldest of four children and treasured being raised in a small town. Rod attended Brophy High School in Phoenix, the University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara Law School and exemplified the Jesuit motto by being a man for others. Rod married his beloved Noreen in 1967, they had four children Ryan, Jessica, Molly and Jarhett. Rod achieved the rank of Captain in the National Guard. Rod and Noreen made their home in Elk Grove since 1974. Rod served as Assistant Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Ronald Reagan, Senior Assistant to Attorney General Deukmejian then Legislative Secretary to Governor Deukmejian and Under Secretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency. As a representative of the People of California he worked to enact stringent sentences for criminal offenders who used guns, he implemented DUI checkpoints, and orchestrated the largest prison expansion in California history. After leaving government service, Rod worked as a lobbyist representing California horse racing, card club owners, and others. Rod was incredibly bright, articulate, and fun. He loved to joke around and would break out in song at the hint of a birthday party or other celebration. Rod gave great joy to his family; his wife Noreen; Ryan and Paula and their children Shane, Sydney, Cameron, Colton and Gianna; Jessica N. Blonien J.D. ’96 and Ronan O'Flaherty and their children Cormac, Nolan and Liam; Molly and Lois Bisbiglia and their children Ella, Brody and Grant; Jarhett P. Blonien ’06 and Ketrina; and his mother and father in law Norma and Pat Malone; and his siblings Jane and Scott. 

submitted Apr. 19, 2012 3:36P
Robert L. Granath

Robert L. Granath MBA '71, a resident of San Jose, died on Oct. 27, 2013 at age 80. He graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1956. Bob worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space for 31 years. During this time he earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. He was Program Manager on Ascent Systems Program and later, Director of the launch base for Lockheed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He retired in 1991. Survived by his wife Lynn, son Derek MBA ’86 (Jennifer), daughter Heidi (Michael Gough), son Todd (Chuckie), son Kent (Mona), and nine grandchildren, Alexis James, Chelsea Deatsch, Braden Gough, Dylan and Jordan Granath, Adam and Elise Granath and Melia and Cole Granath.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:23P
GRD Engineering '71
Robert J. Machado

Robert J. Machado '59, M.S. '71 passed away on November 17, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Stockton and grew up in Byron, Calif. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the US Navy as a LTJG. He was employed at Lockheed Missiles and Space for 35 years. He enjoyed woodworking and loved fishing. Bob was a strong person, patient man, supportive father and loving husband. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Lois of 45 years, children Mark '88, Scott, Linda, Troy and Laura, brother Clarence, sister Rosemary, daughter in law, Catherine and triplet grandchildren, brother in law, George Fetz and many nieces and nephews. His parents, Manuel and Eva Machado, preceded him in death.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 3:45P
UGRD Leavey Business '71
Richard Certo

Richard Certo ’71, September 5, 1949 - May 19, 2013. A resident of Scotts Valley, Certo passed away ten months after he became very ill with a rare type of lymphoma. Richard was born in Oakland, the oldest of five children, and was raised in Santa Clara. He graduated from Buchser High School in 1967, Santa Clara University in 1971, and launched his accounting career at Price Waterhouse. He then worked for Syntex and Argo Systems and moved to Scotts Valley in 1980 to serve as Seagate's first CFO. He spent the next 25 years working in business and venture capital, including time at Bell Micro and Al Shugart International. Richard worked hard and played hard. His passions were golf, good food, family, and friends. More than anything, he loved to laugh and make others laugh. He had an unforgettable smile and a loud, pure, infectious laugh that easily filled a room, a restaurant, or a movie theater. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a playful way of looking at things. He loved to have a good time and knew how important it was to enjoy life. Richard had a quick wit, a sharp mind, and a creative spirit. He loved a challenge, a complex problem, or an opportunity to improve upon something. He always had a project up his sleeve and several ideas brewing in his mind. His creations included "Improve Your Swing" golf app, several patented golf accessories, screenplays, children's books, a taco bar, and a few very eccentric Halloween costumes. He always found ways to keep life interesting and his mind engaged. He took pride in maintaining a beautiful home and yard, where he and his wife hosted many gatherings. Richard loved sports and physical activity. In addition to golfing, swimming, and cycling, he spent many years playing pick-up basketball and coaching youth soccer. In 2003 he participated in the week-long Cycle Oregon event and in 2010 he took the golf "trip of a lifetime" to Scotland. He loved to walk on the beach in Maui, play golf in Mexico, and hike through the forest at Henry Cowell State Park. His loyal corgis, Shorty and Lola, were at his side on countless walks through Hidden Glen. Richard is survived by his wife, Linda Teague, daughter Aly Certo and son-in-law Justin Weaver, son Kyle Certo, and step-children Abbey Teague and Kyle Teague. He is also survived by his siblings: Carol Poulsen, Donna Gamaly, Christine Certo, and Tom Certo. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lauren Certo. Richard's 4-year-old grandson Austin Weaver was the light of his life in recent years. Of Richard's many personal and professional accomplishments, perhaps the most valuable to him was that he was the first to make Austin laugh. Richard had hoped to travel to Southern Italy to explore his family's roots in Sicily. He loved all things Italian - the people, the food, and most of all, the Italian approach to life. Slow down. Enjoy yourself. Live in the moment. Don't take anything too seriously. As his disease progressed, Richard faced the end of his life with calm acceptance. More than once he shrugged his shoulders and said with characteristic ease and humor: "I picked the short straw." He made it home, which was his final wish, and died peacefully. He was surrounded by family and some of his closest friends in his final days. Richard's personality was larger than life, and the void that he leaves is immeasurable. If you wish to do something in Richard's honor, please consider donating blood, joining the national bone marrow registry, or volunteering with an organization that provides support to cancer patients.

submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:40P
Richard "Dick" Minor

Richard "Dick" Minor ’71, M.S. ’73 was 63. June 19, 1949 to July 16, 2012. Dick passed away surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Dick was born in Portland to James and Marjorie Minor and grew up in Lake Oswego. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake, Jesuit High School and Santa Clara University, with an M.S. in electrical engineering. He then earned an M.B.A. from UCLA and was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Award. Upon graduation from college, he set off alone on a 10,000 mile bicycle trek touching all four corners of the lower 48 states. Dick was an avid pilot and was instrument rated. He was a proficient photographer, and his 1970 Vortex I pictures were published in The Oregonian and featured in the OPB Oregon Experience documentary, Vortex. Dick married the love of his life, Jean, in 1987 and was devoted to his family, his community and the Boy Scout program. Dick served for many years as a leader of Troop #520 of Newberg; was involved with the scout program for 15 years; and was thrilled to see his son, Danny, receive the Eagle Scout Award, just as Dick himself had received the Eagle badge years before. Dick was a senior software engineer for dvsAnalytics for the last 17 years; and was instrumental in the design and development of the company's flagship product, Encore. He was a mentor and role model for the other software engineers and brought to the organization a wealth of knowledge and experience. He will be missed not only as a valued and loyal employee, but as a friend. Previously, Dick was one of a small group of software engineers who developed the programming for the first automatic teller machines serving banks up and down the West Coast. He also owned his own software company, Comprog. Dick is survived by his beloved family his wife, Jean; his two daughters, Megan and Colleen; and his son, Danny, all of Newberg. He is also survived by four brothers, Chris (Mary), Tim (Melinda), Bob (Cate) and Rusty (Donna); and sister, Nancy; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Dick was well known for his love of life, community service and appreciation of family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

submitted Sep. 6, 2012 12:24P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Michael J. Clark

Michael John Clark ’71, M.A. ’72 was born in Richmond, Ind., Jan. 10, 1949. He passed away unexpectedly in San Luis Obispo on July 23, 2013.

He grew up in Campbell after living in Indiana for the first four years of his life. He attended Saint Lucy Catholic School in Campbell from the first through eighth grades. He attended Campbell High School where he played football and wrestled. He then attended Santa Clara University where he played football and graduated with a master's in history and teaching.

During his time attending Santa Clara University he met Maryanne Patricia Scott, “Patty.”

After graduating in 1971 and marriage in 1972, he worked for Atascadero Unified School District, where he taught English, history and driver's education for 14 years. He also coached swimming and football.

In 1973 he received his master's in administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

After 14 years of teaching, he became the assistant principal at Atascadero Junior High. He then went on to become an elementary school principal at Creston and Carissa Plains, Lewis Avenue, San Benito and San Gabriel.

Mike retired in 2005 from Atascadero Unified School District and worked for a short time at Mission Prep High School as an assistant principal. 

He lived in Los Osos from 1972 to 2006, when he moved to Paso Robles to be closer to his children and grandchildren. In 2006 he became a proud grandpa.

He was a grandpa to five grandchildren. He was a proud father to three children, Kimberly Rivas (Dan), Kristi Roberson (Matt) and Will Clark (Autumn).

His students, faculty, wife, children, grandchildren and extended family were everything to him. He was dedicated to always making them happy. His sense of humor, smile and his laughter were contagious. He was selfless and often unwilling to take credit for his accomplishments. He always fought for the underdog and a just outcome. The likes of him will not soon enter this world again.

Mike was an animal lover and will be missed by his dogs, Sheena and Stryker, and his three kitties, which were dependent upon him for their many daily walks and treats.

He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, two sisters, Colleen Chiaramonte and Cathy Blass, brother, Tom Clark, and many nieces and nephews.

submitted Aug. 2, 2013 12:54P
GRD Leavey/MBA '71
Marilyn Dizon Ferguson

Marilyn Dizon Ferguson MBA '71 on Feb. 23, 2009.  She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Ferguson '69; and three children, including Maria '96, and Richard '98.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:15P
Larry J. Alvarez

Larry J. Alvarez ’71, 63, a retired Tracy farmer, died Sunday, Nov. 18, at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. Born in Tracy on Aug. 5, 1949, he was a lifelong Tracy resident. After graduating from Tracy High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Santa Clara University. After college, Mr. Alvarez returned to Tracy to farm with the family farming operation, Alvarez Farms. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard Reserves and was a parishioner of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and a member of Tracy Golf and Country Club and Rhodes Bean and Supply Co-op. He was a past board member of the California Tomato Growers Association. Survivors include a daughter, Alesha Alvarez, and her husband, Gus Jimenez, of San Ramon; two sons, Mitch Alvarez of Stockton and Joey Alvarez of Tracy; and three grandchildren. Also surviving are his father, Joe Alvarez of Tracy; a sister, Patty Robidart ’69 of Pinole; a cousin who was like a brother, Jack Alvarez of Tracy; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Brijida “Bre” Alvarez. 

submitted Nov. 28, 2012 10:07P
GRD Leavey/MBA '71
Jon Carpenter

Jon C. Carpenter MBA '71 passed away at home May 25, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Washington, D.C. to Samuel and Kathleen Carpenter. He married Donna Kay Richards of Logan, Utah on May 1, 1962 in the Salt Lake temple. Jon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in 1962 and earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. His 33-year career at IBM took him and his family to Helena, Mont., San Jose and San Francisco, Calif., Austin, Texas, and New Canaan, Conn. He retired to Deep Creek, Md. and Salt Lake City, Utah. As an avid outdoorsman, Jon worked at Grand Canyon National Park as a teenager. He went on to serve many years as a B.S.A. scoutmaster (receiving the Silver Beaver), and enjoyed back-country hiking, from the High Sierras in California to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Jon served for 2½ years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Finland. He later served as a bishop, high councilor and in many other capacities. In 2011 he and Donna Kay returned to Finland to serve as senior missionaries in the Helsinki temple. Jon is preceded in death by his oldest son, Rick Carpenter, and is survived by his wife, Donna Kay, his four children, Scott (Diane) Carpenter, Curt (Hedi) Carpenter, Emily (JP) Hanson, Katie (Jon) Groberg, and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Craig Carpenter, and his sister, Kathie Coon.

submitted Jun. 6, 2014 4:04P
John D. Wilson

John Dudley Wilson '71, Sept. 4, 2013. Born in Lompoc, California, on Oct. 9, 1949, John graduated from Santa Clara University and Cal Poly with degrees in civil and transportation engineering. John was a consulting engineer his whole career working mostly in the Bay Area and his last professional association was with SANDIS. John had a full and successful life and will be remembered for his positive attitude. He enjoyed his family and friends, collecting books, restoring classic cars and remodeling boats. John is survived by his wife Kay of thirty years, his father Arthur Wilson, his brother Arthur Wilson Jr. and his sisters Marion, Casey, and Barbara. John was also very close to his extended family of nieces and nephews and in laws from the Wilson family and from Kay's family. 

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:33P
GRD Law '71
Jerome Lee Heacock

Jerome Lee Heacock J.D. '71 on Nov. 6, 2008.  A native of Portland, Ore., he grew up in Washington and later moved to Salinas, where he was a real estate broker. During the 1950s he served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sumi, and two children.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:16P
UGRD Leavey Business '71
Hans Camenzind

Hans Camenzind MBA ’71, the Swiss emigre analog guru who invented one of the most successful circuits in electronics history and introduced the concept of phase-locked loop to IC design, passed away in his sleep at the age of 78. 

Camenzind came to the United States in 1960 and worked for several years at some of the storied names of the newly developing semiconductor industry: Transitron, Tyco Semiconductor, and Signetics. 

In 1971 he joined the ranks of entrepreneurs by founding InterDesign, a company specializing in semi-custom integrated circuit design. It was there, working under a contract with Signetics, that he invented the 555 timer.  Signetics commercialized the device in 1972, and it went on to become one of the most successful in the industry's history. The device, used in oscillator, pulse-generation and other applications, is still widely used today. Versions of the device have been or are still made by dozens of major semiconductor vendors, including Texas Instruments, Intersil, Maxim, Avago, Exar, Fairchild, NXP and STMicroelectronics. 

Camenzind also introduced the idea of phase-locked loop to design and invented the first class D amplifier.

Camenzind was a prolific author with interests as diverse as electronics textbooks and the history of the industry ("Much Ado About Almost Nothing") to a book on God and religion ("Circumstantial Evidence"). He wrote under the pen name John Penter. He received an MSEE from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara, and, during his career secured 20 patents. 

He is survived by his wife Pia, his daughter Sue (Erol Kirelik), his sons Robert (Amy), Peter (Lisa), Tim (Marie), and nine grandchildren.  

submitted Aug. 17, 2012 1:34P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Gilbert N. Jones

Gil Jones '71 on July 6, 2009. Jones passed away last week at his home in Olympia, Wash., after a two and a half year battle with cancer. Gil was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1949. He graduated from James Lick High School in San Jose and promptly began pursuing his undergraduate degree. While in college, Gil developed a love for travel; studying abroad at Heidelberg University in Germany. He graduated with honors from Santa Clara University. After college Gil spent much time traveling the world before marrying the love of his life, Twylla, in 1977. Together they developed a love for remodeling houses and entertaining friends and family. Gil also indulged his life long love of cars, owning many classic sports cars along the way. Together Gil and Twylla had three children, Jonathan, Christiane, and Sarah, to whom Gil devoted much of his time and attention. He spent the majority of his life in retail management, but refused to be defined by it. Gil was a committed man of faith, always active in his local church and supporting many non-profit organizations. He will be dearly missed by friends and family alike. He is survived by his wife and children, his daughter-in-law, Meagan, and his sister, Coral Hughes.

submitted Aug. 4, 2009 12:13P
GRD Leavey/MBA '71
Franklin Dale Coffman

Franklin Dale Coffman Jr. MBA ‘71, died Aug. 7, 2011, in Shady Grove Genesis Nursing Home. Born Sept. 8, 1939, in Cambridge, Ohio, he was a son of the late Franklin D. Sr. and Donna L. Coffman. He was the husband of Virginia L. Coffman for 48 years. Mr. Coffman served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1967 in Germany and Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado School of Mines, did graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University. He was a certified professional engineer in metallurgy and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Survivors in addition to his wife include three children, Catherine Young and husband, Greg, of Mount Airy, Erin Uy and husband, Alfven of Saint Johns, Fla. and Thayne Coffman and wife, Mae, of Austin, Texas; one sister, Candace Olvera of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Carl R. Coffman Sr. of West Columbia, Texas; and 11 grandchildren.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 12:53P
Frank Kazmierczak

Frank Kazmierczak MBA '71, Sept. 24 2013. A resident of San Jose, Frank was born 9/12/34 in Wheeling, WV to parents from Poland, youngest of 8 children. He received a BS (Physics) from Washington & Jefferson in '57 & an MBA from Santa Clara '71. He worked at Lockheed for 30 years & retired in '92. Was married to Mary for 30 years, who passed in '89. Married Lerelle in '92. He was active in SIRS, Kona Kai Tennis and RVing with Tea Timers & Roosters. He will be missed by his family & friends. He is survived by his wife Lerelle, 3 children, Julie (Roger), Stan (Christy), Becky (Tim), & 8 grandchildren.

submitted May. 13, 2014 8:20A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '71
Frank H. Filice Jr.

Frank H. Filice Jr. M.A. '71, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 1. He was a strong, passionate, and kind man who loved God, his family, and friends. Frank spent 39 years in the Campbell Union High School district as a coach, drafting teacher, counselor, vice principal, and principal.

Frank was born in 1937 in San Jose, graduated from San Jose State University, and earned his master's degrees in counseling and education at Santa Clara University. He was married in 1974 and had two children. He was a devout family man who enjoyed coaching his children's sports teams, playing golf, volunteering for the church and community, and playing cards and chess. 

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Frances; devoted children Frank and Christy; daughter-in-law Heather; and grandchildren Nico and Cora.

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 2:04P
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