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1996

'96
Carol Anne Lies

Carol Anne Lies MTS ’96 of St. Helena died on Friday, June 7, 2013. She was 65. Born in Minn. to Frank and Dorothy Waskow, and raised in Wis., she married James Lies in 1971 in Sacramento, Calif. They moved to Napa in 1979. A wonderful and devoted wife, supportive and insightful mother, and generous and funny friend, she attained her master’s degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1996. She was a passionate advocate for peace and social justice. Farmworker fair housing, prevention of nuclear proliferation, meals for the homeless, and abolishment of the death penalty were a few of the many causes she championed. Carol was also a long-serving member of the Napa County Library Commission. She is survived by her loving husband, James; daughter, Jenny; son, Lucas; daughter-in-law, Maxinn; sister, Sharon Wallenstrom; and brother, Richard Waskow. 

submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:14A

1997

UGRD Engineering '97
Sherwin Manalo

Sherwin Manalo ’97, who was 37 and a former resident of South Lake Tahoe, California, passed away in a tragic car accident on September 3, 2012. He was the South Tahoe High School valedictorian for the Class of 1993 and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1997. After graduating from SCU, he was involved in many structural design projects with engineering consulting firms such as Mark Thomas & Company, Rajappan & Meyer, and BkF. Sherwin has left a mark in our communities with his structural designs which included improvements in our freeway interchanges and bridges. Sherwin left a mark in our hearts as well and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his parents, Tony and Elisa Manalo, brother, Ariel, and sister, Noreen. Sherwin loved his family and friends and will always be remembered for his generosity and keen wit. He will be missed dearly. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 3:14P
GRD Law '97
Paula Anne Farrell

Paula Anne Farrell JD ’97 passed away at her home on Nov. 22, 2011. Born December 12, 1954, Paula lived in the San Francisco Bay Area her entire life. Paula graduated from St. Luke's Nursing School in San Francisco in 1977. Her first job out of nursing school was at the Emergency Room at San Francisco General Hospital. Subsequently, Paula was a career Kaiser Permanente Nurse and Legal Nurse. Paula graduated from Sonoma State University in 1992 with a degree in English Literature. Paula graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1997. Paula was admitted to The State Bar of California in June 1999. Paula was devoted to her family, friends, and colleagues. She will be remembered for her tremendous love for dogs and horses. Paula is survived by her mother, Patricia Gilbert, and her siblings, Carla Kruger, Joseph Kruger, John Kruger, and Catherine Kohmann, as well as 15 nephews and nieces.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Lisa D. Telford

Lisa D. Telford '97, who was currently a graduate student in Counseling Psychology, died unexpectedly on April 7, 2010. Lisa would have completed her studies for a master of arts in Counseling Psychology this spring. To honor her, Santa Clara will be awarding her degree posthumously at the Graduate Commencement ceremonies on June 11.

submitted May. 5, 2010 11:43A
'97
Jordan Krisman Sterling

Jordan Krisman Sterling '97 on Jan. 28, 2009.  After graduating from SCU, the Phoenix native returned to Arizona and worked in the real estate and mortgage brokerage fields while awaiting a double-lung transplant at Stanford -- a result of the cystic fibrosis he had battled since childhood. He wore a beeper for three years and two months before he was finally flown to Stanford for the successful. He sat on the boards of the Lung Center at the Tucson Medical Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Phoenix. He mentored families with children who had cystic fibrosis and participated in fund-raising events for the CF Foundation. He is survived by his parents, two siblings, his step-parents; and five step-siblings.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:04P
GRD Law '97
Ericka Chambers Norman

Ericka Chambers Norman JD ‘97 died on January 12, 2010.  Ericka was a loyal and carrying woman who stood out for her warm, welcoming smile. Norman, 41, was part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. She was in the UN offices in Port-Au-Prince when the Jan. 12 earthquake struck and the building collapsed, friends said. Her body was recovered Jan. 17. Norman grew up in Pomona, and it was at Marshall Junior High School, as the school was known then, that she and Vickers-McKinney met. The two went on to attend Pomona High, where as a senior Norman was elected senior class president.  After graduation Norman went on to Smith College where, according to a college statement, she graduated in 1991 earning a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and international law. Norman was someone who seemed to have wisdom beyond her years. After joining the UN, Norman organized gatherings at her home during the holidays. She invited her colleagues, knowing they would be without their families in the United States. After graduating from Smith, Norman moved to Boston, where Washington lived, and later enrolled at Santa Clara University Law School in Northern California. Norman enjoyed traveling and was interested in learning about other cultures. Norman would plan ahead and knew where she was going and what the conditions would be like, her friend said. Once she arrived at her destination she "met other people and engaged other cultures," her friend Stacy Washington said.  During her junior year in college Norman studied in Japan. While in law school she participated in an internship that took her to Malaysia and Singapore. After completing law school Norman returned to New York where she practiced corporate law.

She began looking at the United Nations after another friend joined the agency. Her first assignment sent her to Kosovo, Washington said.  It was through her work with the UN that Norman met her husband, Alvin Norman, an engineer with the UN, Washington said.  Ericka Chambers Norman was listed as a board of inquiry officer for the UN. Her job at the beginning of her career involved administrative work, but recently it had begun to include more of her legal knowledge. Norman is survived by her husband Alvin, a two-and-a-half year old daughter; her father, Ernest Chambers, and stepmother, Paulette Chambers, of Seattle; and her mother, Barbara Lott, of Seattle.


 

 

 

 

submitted Mar. 1, 2010 11:11A

1998

UGRD Leavey Business '98
Jaime Norman-Sheldon '98

Jaime Norman-Sheldon '98 on June 30, 2009.  Jaime was a visual effects coordinator for the film industry and licensed in real estate.  She is survived by husband, Eric, and son, Jack Matthew. 

submitted Sep. 28, 2009 3:13P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Denise Lynne Lambeth

Denise Lynne Lambeth '98 of Hilo, Hawaii, died Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Denise was born April 18, 1976 to Dr. James Lambeth and Nguyet Anh Huynh. Denise received her education in Hilo, and then went on to Santa Clara University and then back to the Islands to Hawaii Pacific to finish off her master's degree in Communications Systems. Denise was very analytical. She could always explain things in unique ways. She would have analogies that were crazy and that always somehow made sense.

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 11:40A
'98
Brian Hegarty

Brian Hegarty '95 on June 1, 2009. Hegarty, 35, had recently been named to head St. Clare Catholic School in Santa Clara as principal beginning in August. But Monday morning, after he didn't show up at school, he was discovered dead in his home. The coroner is still investigating the cause of death. Santa Clara police say they found nothing suspicious.  "The entire community is devastated," said principal Kathy Almazol. "Students say he's the best teacher they ever had. Parents say he's their favorite teacher."  He understood well both the mission of Catholic schools, she said, as well as the challenges of middle-schoolers. In his classroom, through discussions of current events, morality and faith, he tried to "raise students into adults that would make decisions based on conscience, commitment and compassion," Almazol said.  Hegarty's death came during the most festive and chaotic week of school, with eighth-graders celebrating their final school Mass tonight, then graduating Thursday. The eighth-graders started a Facebook memorial page in his honor and wrote notes about him on a big poster that hangs outside his classroom.  "Having a positive adult male role model at our school, especially for the middle school — he was just one of those guys that was cool," said Sheila Dowd, vice chair of the school's parent teacher group. "He always had a smile on his face and was the first to volunteer. He was just a good soul."  Hegarty grew up in Phoenix and graduated from the Jesuit-run Brophy High School there, but he was considered a "local boy" here. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a master's degree and earned his doctorate in education at the University of San Francisco. He began teaching at St. Clare in 1999.


submitted Jul. 9, 2009 2:04P

1999

'99
Sean O'Bryan

Sean Gabriel O'Bryan ’99 left this world on Jan. 18, 2013. Born July 4, 1977, he attended Brophy College Preparatory and Santa Clara University (Computer Engineering). He was a gifted trumpet player. Gabriel lived a full, joy-filled and generous life in Seattle, working for Microsoft and creating a company of his own. He joins his beloved grandfathers Dr. Eugene Acosta Marin and Louis Bertrand O'Bryan, Sr., and awaits being reunited with his loved ones: parents Bert & Marty; brothers Michael, Seamus Raphael, Devin; grandmothers Marie Marin and Frances O'Bryan, his loving aunts and uncles, and many, many cousins. 

submitted Feb. 11, 2013 11:48A
'99
Gerald Bouchard Hansen

Gerald Bouchard Hansen HON '99, Sept. 6, 1926 - April 17, 2009. Jerry, a sixty-year resident of San Jose, attorney and businessman was preceded in death by his beautiful and beloved wife, Barbara Bressani, and his eldest son, Richard. His surviving children—Joan, Lynn, John and Anne—are forever grateful for his love, generosity, and kick-in-the-pants humor. Five adoring grandchildren—Julie, Catherine, David, Carolyn and Kevin—and new, twin great-granddaughters renewed his spirit and gave him untold joy. All the family, including friends Mary and Les Boughton will deeply miss Jerry. Born in San Francisco, he attended St. Ignatius High then onto Redlands, U.S.C., and Cal, finishing at Stanford and U.S.F. law schools all on the GI Bill. He loved practicing law but was most pleased when, in an effort to give back for the opportunity the GI Bill and his Jesuit education had provided, he represented for many years various Catholic Archdiocesan interests on a pro bono and fee basis. He was appointed and voluntarily served as both Federal Magistrate and Judge Pro Tem (South Bay). He sat on the Cal State Bar Assoc. Condemnation Committee offering his expertise in review of current real estate/condemnation law. He also loved politics and was ever proud to have been selected JFK's Santa Clara County Presidential Campaign Manager for the 1960 race. This led to management roles in other Bay Area and State Democratic campaigns. Endearingly called "Big Jer" by his younger friends and associates because of his enormous personality, he can rest assured that his contribution to this complicated world and his influence on those he knew was valuable and memorable.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 12:47P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Carrie (Dunn) Penchuk

Carrie (Dunn) Penchuk '99 passed away on April 14 in Chapel Hill, N.C. after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. For five months, Carrie faced her fight with dignity and grace, inspiring all those around her with her endless courage and strength. Born on August 24, 1977 in Fresno, Calif., Carrie attended local schools and graduated from Bullard High School in 1995. Carrie excelled academically and earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University, where she obtained her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Italian in 1999, graduating cum laude. As a junior at Santa Clara, Carrie spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy where she not only studied the art and culture, but also met and fell in love with her future husband Matthew Penchuk of New Jersey. Following graduation, Carrie lived and worked in San Francisco. In 2002, Carrie and Matt returned to Italy to teach English to adults and learn Italian in the town of Saronno, just outside Milan. While in Italy they traveled extensively, taking full advantage of the opportunities to experience amazing art, ancient sites and incredible food. Upon returning from Italy, Carrie and Matt moved to Boston where she studied Speech Language Pathology at MGH Institutes of Health Professions, earning her Masters degree in 2006. For her academic excellence, Carrie received a merit scholarship from the school during her 2nd year of the program. She was lauded by her professors for her attention to detail, thoughtful presentations and incredible analytical skills. Based on her talents and achievement, Carrie was selected for a much sought after internship at Beth Israel Hospital. In 2007, Carrie and Matt moved to Raleigh, N.C. to be closer to family, where Carrie used her degree to work with children in schools, day cares and private settings. Carrie loved experiencing new adventures, be them large or small. Despite her fear of flying, Carrie and Matt traveled extensively throughout Europe and the US and were beginning to reach other parts of the world. Her last major trip was to Peru, which fulfilled her lifelong dream to see Machu Picchu. Carrie touched so many lives during her short time here on earth. People were charmed by her beautiful smile, her welcoming eyes and incredible head of hair. More importantly though, she was one of the most sincere, kindest and lovely people you would ever meet. She made nearly everyone she met want to be a better person and her manner made you believe that you could be. It is no surprise that Carrie made great friends wherever she went and that children absolutely adored her. When Carrie passed she was surrounded by her dearest friends and family, loved for her beauty, kindness and radiance until the very end. The distance people traveled and the incredible outpouring of love in the room was a testament to Carrie's eternal beauty. Those of us that remain feel blessed to carry on her lessons on how to live and how to love. Carrie is survived by her husband Matthew of Raleigh, N.C.; mother and step-father Ann and Archie Rader of Fresno; father Larry Dunn of Fresno; sister Amy and her husband Carlos Zuniga and daughters Gabriella, Olivia, and Talia of Fresno; step-brother Doug Rader of Houston; step-sister Melodee and Mark Boos and daughters Rose and Gloria of Great Falls, Va.; mother-in-law Sara Erlich Penchuk of Teaneck, N.J.; father-in-law Nick Penchuk and wife Karen of Spring Island, S.C.; brother-in-law Andrew Penchuk and his wife Laura and boys Ben and Jack of Cary, N.C.; her grandmother Josephene Dibiaso of Los Banos, Calif.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

submitted May. 24, 2011 7:26P

2000

GRD Law '00
Russel Wentworth

Russell Allen Wentworth J.D. '00 died on July 20, 2011 after a 7 year battle with cancer. He was born in San Jose in 1976, son of Kay Callister Wentworth and Russell A. Wentworth, and Matthew R. Mitchell.  He was raised in San Jose and Chandler, Ariz. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when he was 18. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a double Bachelor's Degree in History and Psychology. He later earned a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2000. Russell married Carissa Brown Wentworth in the Salt Lake Temple in 2001. He worked as a Police Officer and Firefighter for the city of Sunnyvale for six years, and loved every minute of it.  For the last four years he has been employed as a Deputy District Attorney for Adams County, Colo. He was an experienced Appellate Advocate before the Colorado Supreme Court.  He was a dedicated and loving husband and father.  Russell loved the law and the Constitution of the United States of America.  He was a true Patriot and kept up a regular correspondence with his political representatives. Survived by his wife, Carissa B. Wentworth, his parents, three young children, siblings Leah Arratia-Rivera, April Wentworth, and Elizabeth Wentworth. Grandparents: Doug Gunn, Myrna Lindsey-Gunn, Rosie Wentworth, Russell Wentworth, and Joan Wentworth.

submitted Aug. 11, 2011 2:15P
GRD Law '00
Michael B. Miller

Michael Benedict Miller '00 passed away after a year-long battle with melanoma on March 1, 2010, in Manteca, California. Mike lived in the Bay Area town of San Carlos for 32 years where he attended elementary and middle school. He was active in the San Carlos Boys Chorus for 6 years, played soccer and had a route as a paper boy. He attended Menlo School in Menlo Park, a decision he regarded as one of the most important in his life. He enrolled in Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in Political Science. While at Purdue, he took flying lessons and acquired his private and commercial licenses, his instrument and instructor ratings. When Mike returned to California, he went to work for Wells Fargo Bank for four years in Redwood City then one year in the Risk Management Dept. in San Francisco. Having a passion for the law, he decided to spend his next three years at Santa Clara Law School where he received his JD. He was sworn into the Bar December 13, 2000. Mike moved to Manteca to live and work as a law clerk for 6 ½ years for the Honorable Judge Thomas Holman in the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California in Modesto and Sacramento . In 2008, he accepted a position in San Francisco as Staff Attorney for Customs and Border Protection, a department of Homeland Security. Michael was a member of the ABA in both California and Washington D. C. He was a member of AOPA, the Menlo High School Alumni Assn., class of 1988, and the Purdue Univ. Alumni Assn. He looked forward to the Reno Air Races with friends each year and to the annual trip with friends to The Wine Country. He was an avid reader, enjoyed fine food and wine, golf, skiing, technology and the outdoors. He liked to travel and always, he loved to fly. His love of family, friends and adopted greyhound, Cinder, however, were most important in his life. Michael is survived by his parents, Richard (Duke) and Janine Miller, his sister Shannon (Greg) Hall, niece, Hailey (5), nephew Dylan (3), numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends throughout the country.

submitted May. 24, 2010 4:32P
GRD Law '00
Kevin A. Fitzgerald

Kevin A. Fitzgerald J.D. ’00, 46, of Las Vegas, Nev. died on May 17, 2014. He was an attorney for the Clark County School District for the past five years and formerly for the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, Palo Alto, Calif.  A graduate of Tufts University (Mass.) and Santa Clara University (Calif.) he is survived by his wife, Jennifer Matejkovic Fitzgerald, his daughter, Audrey, aged 6 and son, Joey, aged 3.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Florence (Connors) and sister Neilla, and survived by his siblings, Kathleen Fitzgerald, John Fitzgerald and wife, Linda (Millar), Anne Fitzgerald and husband Larry  Hookey, Maureen Fitzgerald, Jane Fitzgerald-Hines, David Fitzgerald and wife, Donna (Poitras);  in-laws Edward M. Matejkovic (father) and fiancee Roe Trumbo, Leigh Matejkovic Martini and husband, Tom and Jude Matejkovic; nieces and nephews, Jack, Ryan, Jennifer, Patrick, Cayden, Kate, Molly, Sean, Neila, Robert, Connor, Max, Ava and Vincent.

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:09A

2001

'01
Steven (Nguyen T) Phan

Steven (Nguyen T) Phan ’01, MS ’03 passed away Dec. 22, 2011.

Born in Cho Lon, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 1976, to Tai and Muoi Phan, Steven was a great scholar and striver despite any physical dilemma. He received his bachelor of science in 2001 and master of science in 2003 in computer engineering from Santa Clara University.

With his credentials in place, he continued to pursue his lifelong goals to provide for his family and to find a cure for his illness. In June 2002, he landed on his first big break at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field for summer intern as a software engineer. Shortly after, he joined IBM Product Release Group and underwent his master of science at SCU in 2003. A year later, he found himself working for IBM Content Management Development. After three years, he changed his passion and pursued in DB2 for z/OS Development as a software developer. In June 2011, he was promoted to staff software engineer.

Aside from his family, he volunteered to his community through charitable donations and awareness programs, helping the unfortunates and educating next generation youths to strive for a better future. Every year, he urged his family to donate any unwanted article of clothing to Hope and Goodwill. He contributed to several natural disaster relief funds to help the victims find their way to a better recovery.

submitted Jan. 5, 2012 4:40P
'01
Richard "Dick" Dorsa

Richard "Dick" Leland Dorsa ’01, a resident of Fremont, 68, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013, at his family home. A loving husband and father, he is survived by Jackie his wife of 36 years, daughter Jennifer '01, MBA '05, son David, and daughter-in-law Crystal; his mentor and brother Frank Dorsa Jr. '62 and sister-in-law Marilyn; nephews, Barton '89 and Daniel '72 and niece Deborah. Dick was born in San Jose, CA on July 28, 1944. He attended St Leo's, and graduated from Bellarmine and Santa Clara University. Dick was the founder and CEO of VMI, Inc. for 38 years. Dick was preceded in death by his father Frank, who founded Eggo Food Products in the late 1930's, his mother Evelyn Dorsa and his brother Stan. 

submitted May. 22, 2013 4:02A
'01
Phil Scholz

Phil Scholz '01, one of Nvidia’s senior marketing managers, was struck and killed Jan. 20 in a commuter train accident at a Caltrain station in Santa Clara, Calif., while helping to save the life of another victim. He was 36 years old.

Scholz began working for Nvidia in 2001 as part of the PC hardware maker’s university recruitment team. He then moved into a marketing manager position in 2002, and occupied several marketing positions, up through his most recent position – Senior North America Marketing Manager for Online Retail — which he started in January 2012.
 
submitted Jan. 29, 2014 4:04P
'01
Mary Whited

Mary Whited ’01 passed away on August 31, 2011. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter M. Whited and her mother, Helen E. (Osdieck) Whited. She is survived by her brothers: Msgr. Walter M. Whited, St. Peters, MO, and Richard and (Sandie) Whited, St. Louis, MO and niece, Amy Whited, St. Louis, MO, cousins, dear friends and Sister in Christ.
 

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 2:28P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '01
Brian P. Sweeny

Brian Patrick Sweeny ’01, age 34, of Spokane, Wash., died on June 29, 2013. He was 28 when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and given only 15 months to live, beating all odds by living six more years doing the things he loved. Born in Seattle, Wash. on April 17, 1979 to Kevin and Donna Sweeny, Brian moved with his family to Modesto, Calif. in 1982 and lived there until 1990 when they moved to Spokane. He went to All Saints Catholic School from sixth through eighth grade and graduated as Salutatorian from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1997. Brian received a degree in Communications (Video Production) from Santa Clara University in 2001 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Brian moved to Los Angeles to fulfill his dream of working in the entertainment industry. After waiting tables, he found employment as a production assistant on the TV series, Fear Factor, and quickly worked his way up to Stunt Producer. He worked in that position until the show ended in 2006. He loved all aspects of his life in LA, which included surfing, basketball, and beach volleyball. He had a very adventurous spirit and spent much of his yearly hiatuses from Fear Factor, traveling, sometimes for pleasure and sometimes for work. One of his most memorable trips was to Thailand in 2003 where he taught English to non-English speaking Thai people. Among Brian's most wonderful qualities was his ability to make friends. He loved people, and if you were lucky enough to get to know him and become his friend, you were a friend for life. All who came to know him found his wit, humor and charm endearing. Brian was also the most loving and caring son a parent could ask for. He often worried about his parents and was never afraid to express his concerns. This caring nature could also be seen in his relationship with his brothers. Whether it was guiding his younger brother Kyle, or being there for his older brother Paul Sweeny ’00, his generosity and companionship to his brethren was always apparent. Brian was a devoted fan of G-Prep basketball and football, going so far as to make his parents hold the phone to the radio so he could listen to games from LA. Brian was also an avid Seahawks fan and in spite of the fact that he went to Santa Clara University, he learned to love the Zags, but only when they were not playing the Broncos. He stayed true to his team in that instance. From the time Brian was a baby, Priest Lake was in his blood. He cherished any time he could spend there and always made certain to be there every summer no matter what other obligations he had. He was an avid writer and kept historical journals of his life from the time he moved to Spokane in 1990 until he was no longer able to. His entries are heartwarming, funny, and sentimental, as was he. His mother and father, Kevin and Donna Sweeny and two brothers, Paul D. (Bellevue, WA) and Kyle J. (Spokane), survive Brian. His two grandmothers, Gladys H. Urbaniak and Lillian A. Sweeny and seven aunts, six uncles and nineteen cousins also survive him. His two grandfathers, Raymond J. Urbaniak and Jerome L. Sweeny, met him in heaven upon his death. There are people who touch many lives during their time on earth and Brian was one of them. He was so loved and he loved so many and will be missed more than is conceivable. A special thanks to Dr. Kirk Lund and the nursing staff at RWC Cancer Treatment Center, most especially, Lisa, Pam and Sandy who worked with Brian for so many years and showed compassion beyond words. Special thanks go out to Jane and Sherri, and Dawn and Jennifer at Hospice of Spokane whom we grew to admire.

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:23A

2002

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '02
Lynn Beebe

Lynn Beebe M.A. ’02, Jan. 22, 2012. Resident of Capitola and a longtime county educator, basketball coach, and mentor to aspiring college students, she died peacefully after a prolonged struggle with cancer. She was 47. Serving young people was a recurring theme in Lynn's life. Most recently she worked as a guidance counselor at Scotts Valley Middle School. In her nearly 30-year career in education, Lynn served as a parks and rec leader and program supervisor; substitute teacher; instructor of gifted and talented children; single-subject classroom educator; basketball coach and athletic director; and junior high guidance counselor. In recent years Beebe also served as a private consultant and mentor to high-school students seeking admission to the university of their choice. She had a near-perfect record of getting students admitted to their preferred college.

Lynn was born in San Jose on Aug. 10, 1964, the youngest of four children and the only daughter of John W. and Janice M. Beebe of Aptos. When Lynn's parents brought the new baby sister "Dana" home to meet her siblings, her three older brothers did not approve of her name and flatly refused to call her that, instead grafting an "ie" to her middle name, Lynn. The name Dana was rarely uttered again, and in Lynn's adulthood it eventually shriveled to just the letter D. Family members were admonished not to call her "Lynnie" in front of her students, who only knew her as Ms. or Miss Beebe. Growing up with three sports-obsessed brothers, Lynn had no choice but to love athletics. And with a father and three brothers all standing over 6-feet-2 inches tall, Lynn, at 6-foot 3, also had no choice but to be tall. But it was not always easy being the tallest kid in the school, and there were times when she was teased unmercifully, an experience that shaped her reasons for getting into teaching and softened the way she related to young people. As a child Lynn loved animals and was active in Girl Scouts and 4H, raising lambs. She attended Soquel Elementary, Branciforte Junior High, and Soquel High schools, graduating in 1982. At Soquel High Lynn blossomed into a standout basketball player, leading the Knights to numerous championships, and making the all-league team in 1982. She was a dominant scorer and rebounder, with a variety of low-post moves honed on the family basketball court with her brothers. In 2010, Soquel High retired Lynn's number 32 jersey and it hangs permanently in the school's gymnasium. Until 2010, Lynn was the tallest girl ever to play hoops at Soquel High. After graduating from Soquel High School, Lynn continued her academic and athletic pursuits at Cal State University Fresno. Persistent leg injuries derailed her basketball career at Fresno State, but not her academics, as she received a BA degree in family studies in 1988, and a multiple-subject teaching credential in 1991. Lynn completed her student teaching obligations with the Fresno and Pajaro Valley unified school districts before starting her career in the Scotts Valley school district as a substitute teacher. She joined the full-time staff at Scotts Valley Middle School in 1992. Standing at 6 foot 3, Beebe could be an imposing figure in front of the blackboard. Her middle school students considered her a tough and demanding teacher, with one describing her as seemingly "8 feet tall." Parents liked her sense of humor and the results she was getting. Each year more and more parents requested that Lynn teach their children. As a 6th grade core-subject teacher, Lynn lent stability and security to kids taking their first steps as teen. Her sense of humor was never far away. Coaching basketball was one of Lynn's loves and she was a longtime junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach of the girls' basketball teams at Harbor High School. With head coach Nick Adams, she built a formidable program that won many league championships and a section title in 1986. A number of her Harbor players went on to play college basketball, many on full-ride scholarships. Lynn began work on a master's degree in 2000, first enrolling at Cabrillo College before eventually transferring to Santa Clara University. With four years of college sports eligibility remaining, Lynn rekindled her dream of playing collegiate hoops while at Cabrillo. Her one-year return to college basketball for the Seahawks was an unqualified success as she led all state community college players in scoring, made the All-Coast Conference team and was voted the Seahawks' most valuable player. Lynn was an accomplished traveler, venturing to Europe and China, among other places. In China they had never seen such a tall woman and her height stopped traffic. She loved Hawaii and visited the islands frequently over the years. She also enjoyed the high desert of central Oregon and Lake Tahoe. Lynn chaperoned many annual school trips across the country, bravely taking groups of 8th-graders to Washington D.C. and New York City. She enjoyed music, theater and Broadway musicals and was a hardcore San Francisco Giants fan, organizing an extended-family trip to Giants spring training in 2010. Lynn credited the Giants broadcast team with helping her make it through chemo in 2009 and 2010. She watched San Francisco 49er games with her father every Sunday during football season. Lynn was especially close to her niece Alyson and her two nephews Ben and Chris, and she made it her mission to ensure each was prepared to go to college and succeed there. Her mission was two-thirds complete when she died; her two nephews are recent graduates of Cal State University San Jose and her niece is set to graduate in May from Arizona State University. Lynn was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2009. She tackled cancer with the same determination and dignity that marked her academic and athletic pursuits, repeatedly enduring grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatments as doctors at Stanford University worked to slow the highly aggressive cancer that ultimately claimed her life. She died peacefully at her family home with her loved ones by her side. Lynn is survived by her parents, John W. "Jack" Beebe and Janice M. Beebe of Aptos; brother Greg Beebe and sister-in-law Monique Vairo of Rio del Mar; brother David Beebe '81 and sister-in-law Jennifer Beggs Beebe; brother Michael Beebe of Soquel; nephew Benjamin Beebe and his wife Tarin Gambello of Scotts Valley; nephew Christopher Beebe of Santa Cruz; her niece Alyson Beebe of Phoenix, AZ.; and her cousin, Michaela Wieser of Munich, Germany. Lynn is also survived by her dear friend Kristy Keyser of Scotts Valley, who never left Lynn's side during her illness. Lynn is also survived by her eccentric cat Rocco, who now lives with her nephew. Lynn was preceded in death by her grandparents Dolly and William Rodgers of Los Gatos and Margaret and Howard McCaughna of Monrovia; and her aunt and uncle, Margit and Daniel McCaughna of Munich, Germany.

Read more about Lynn Beebe here.

 

submitted Jan. 31, 2012 3:12P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Jaime Laguette-Stevens

Jaime Laguette-Stevens '02, loving wife, beloved daughter and cherished sister passed away on January 16 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California after a courageous fight against cancer. She was 30.

Jaime, a Santa Barbara resident and native, is survived by her husband Spencer Stevens; her mother and father, Gerri and Stephen Laguette; her sisters, Robyn Laguette and Janelle Laguette-Skei; her grandmother, Brenda Johnson; uncle, Von Johnson and brother-in-law, Evan Skei, and of course her beloved dog, Charlie.

Jaime’s last evening was spent with her husband and immediate family. She was a fighter to the end and demonstrated strength, courage and peace by conveying her love and appreciation to her family. Her courage never faltered, her spirit never broke and she maintained her defiant sense of humor to the last.
Jaime Laguette-Stevens was born on March 27, 1979 in Santa Barbara, California. She attended La Patera and El Rancho grade schools. The consummate competitor, Jaime excelled in academics, swimming, and tennis.

She is a 1997 Dos Pueblos High School graduate where she lettered in tennis, participated in student council and was elected to the 1997 Homecoming Court. Jaime attended Santa Clara University and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies.

Throughout her academic career Jaime demonstrated a tenacious drive in all aspects of her life that allowed her to excel in all her endeavors. While a full-time student, Jaime achieved Nordstrom’s North American Sales Record.

Jaime’s hard work and determination earned her enormous respect and recognition in her career in the footwear industry. She held several key positions, including Vice President of Operations at a local footwear company.

It was during this time that Jaime met and married the love of her life, Spencer Stevens. Spencer was working as a teacher at the Thacher School. They met on a blind date and from then on remained inseparable. They married on July 21, 2006.

Her entrepreneurial spirit found an outlet in partnership with her sister Robyn Laguette. In 2007, the sisters opened a stylish boutique and nail salon, Michele Wilder. For all who had the pleasure of meeting Jaime, her sense of style was her calling card. She possessed an elegance that accentuated her charm.

Her 2008 diagnosis of colon cancer spurred a brave and inspirational fight against the disease. Jaime immediately developed a network of “cancer warriors” that included people living with cancer, health care professionals and charity participants. Her defiance to be any less than herself was her hallmark.

After her initial diagnosis, Jaime adopted the inspirational mantra of Kicking Ass Taking Names, Repeat. KATNR! became the battle cry of her circle of supporters.

As part of Jaime’s courageous fight, she worked to increase the awareness of cancer in the local community, support her peers’ own battles against cancer and raised money for cancer research. Many of her fellow supporters were people she never met, people on colon cancer related message boards on a similar journey fighting a similar battle. Jaime also used Facebook to share her story with family, friends and strangers. Jaime’s perspective during her illness was an inspiration to many as she fought very hard, demonstrating amazing physical strength and a spiritual maturity. She continuously comforted her friends and family, allaying their fears and focusing their efforts.

Jaime’s charitable efforts were focused on the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. She participated in an informative video produced by the Cancer Center to increase awareness and charitable contributions. One of Jaime’s favorite events was the Cancer Center’s Annual Walk Run. Last year, her team, Team I Heart Coco, took home the trophy for fundraising efforts! Her family and friends will continue her endeavors.
 
 

submitted May. 26, 2010 11:02A

2003

UGRD Engineering '03
Steven (Nguyen T) Phan
see year 2001
'03
Sharon Ann Holstine Pfann '03

Sharon Ann Holstine Pfann '03 on Nov. 23, 2008.
 

submitted Jun. 14, 2010 1:55P
GRD Law '03
Michelle (Stella) Moskalik

Michelle (Stella) Moskalik JD ’03, a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Nov. 28, 2011. She is survived by her loving husband, Scott Moskalik; parents Marie Stella and Richard Stella; aunts and uncles, Esther and Steven Edmunson, Harold and Daniele Hummel and Joseph and Carole Stella; and, her cousins, Jennifer Edmunson, Keith Hummel, Sheri Hummel, Jeanne Stella Devani, Tina Stella Zimmer and Joe Stella, Jr. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold and Josephine Hummel, Sr., Julio and Josephine Stella, aunt Joyce Lettario and cousin, Kimberly Hummel. A native of California, Michelle was born in Petaluma. A graduate of Rancho Cotati High School, Rohnert Park, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University and was an active member of the California Bar Association since 2003. Most recently an attorney with Paradigm Counsel, Michelle's career in contracts law spanned more than 20 years. She will forever be remembered as an intelligent, strong, remarkable and beautiful woman; deeply missed by her family, friends and many business associates. Her smile will be missed by all who knew her.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 1:18P
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