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1980

'80
Michael E. Murphy

Deacon Michael Edmond Murphy '80 died June 11, 2015, in a hiking accident in the Mount Shasta region of California. He is survived by his wife, Natalie Murphy '80, MBA '01, and their son, Patrick; his mother Patricia Lautze, and his brothers Martin Murphy (Cheryl) and Daniel Murphy (Jenn).

Michael was born in San Francisco in 1958 to Patrick and Patricia Murphy. He grew up in San Carlos, attended St. Charles School and graduated from St. Francis High School in Mountain View. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1980 with a major in history. While at Santa Clara, Mike joined the Army ROTC program, and it was in this program that he met his future wife, Natalie Eblacas. Upon graduation, Mike was commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant. 

Mike and Natalie were married while both were in the military, and their son, Patrick, was born in 1988. Michael Murphy studied for and received his Teaching Credential while they were stationed in Texas. They spent three years on the East Coast, with Natalie teaching at West Point. Michael taught at Valley Central Middle School in Montgomery, N.Y. After two years of teaching, he returned to graduate school and earned a master's degree in religious studies. Once Natalie's assignment at West Point was completed, they returned to San Carlos.

Upon their return to the Bay Area in 1992, Mike went to work at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, teaching both math and religion. He also coached both boys and girls athletics teams. Michael was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop John Wester on June 25, 2006. Since that time he, and Natalie, have served at their Parish, St. Charles in San Carlos. Mike also wrote many inspiring and thought-provoking "Scriptural Reflections" for the SF Catholic.

submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:24P

2009

'09
Jonna Robinson

Jonna Robinson '09, 28, died suddenly on June 23, 2015. Jonna was working on her doctorate in psychology at Azusa-Pacific University in California where she previously received her master’s degree. Jonna received her undergrad degree from Santa Clara University. She is survived by her parents, John and Jo Nelle nee Nelson; her snoods, Megan and Kaleigh; her grandmother, Marion Robinson; her godparents KT Nelson and Jeff Robinson; many aunts and uncles, and 28 first cousins all of whom she knew and loved. She is also survived by her love, Bobby Joyce, and his family, who showed her much kindness.

Jonna was so happy to recently be able to be in the wedding of her best friend, Natalie Perkal, and to celebrate with her DG sisters and Santa Clara University friends. She loved to play volleyball (Go Viator Lions!) and dance (a special shout out to Lisa and Tianna Hagens!) She had too many friends to name here but you know who you are as she often told you she loved you all. She loved her little dog Ninja and he was her faithful companion and was with her to the end.
Jonna was preceded in death by her infant sister, Theresa; her grandparents – Nana (and fellow Tiger) Margaret Nelson, Grandpa Bob Nelson, and Jack (Cookie-Pa) Robinson.
 
For many years, Jonna bravely struggled with a chronic disease and it finally overwhelmed her. In lieu of memorials, please tell someone close to you how much you love them because we “know not the day nor the hour….”  We love you, Jonna!
 
A dance scholarship has been established in Jonna’s name.  If you wish to donate, checks can be made payable to Lisa Hagens and mailed to: Flair Dance Studio, 101 E. Rand Rd., Mount Prospect, IL 60056.  Dance on, Jonna!
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 10:05P

Faculty & Staff

'ff
Tenny Wright

On June 17, longtime profressor of religious studies Tennant (Tenny) Wright, S.J., '63 STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology) died at the age of 87. He was born in Los Angeles on September 16, 1927, the son of Tennant C. Wright, Sr., a film director and Warner Brothers executive, and Marion McMahon Wright.

Wright graduated from Loyola High School, Los Angeles, and after earning his BA in English at Loyola Marymount University, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1950. He earned further degrees in English at Gonzaga University, theology at Santa Clara, and pursued graduate studies in religious studies at the University of Chicago. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962.

His 58-year association with Santa Clara University began as an instructor in English, 1956-1959. After ordination, he returned to Santa Clara as teacher of theology, 1964-1967, and senior lecturer of religious studies, 1969-2008. Following his formal retirement from teaching he continued to teach and keep active in ministry. For many years he spent one semester a year teaching Religious Studies at St. John's College, Belize, and doing pastoral ministry there.

Tenny was a man of many interests. His concern with social justice issues resulted in correspondence with presidents, prime ministers, members of Congress, and activists. His interest in literature resulted in a long time correspondence with Graham Greene. He also taught for a brief time in Xiamen, China, studied Zen Buddhism in Japan, and he served the Diocese of San Jose in his ministry to incarcerated youth and their families as well as to the Emmaus Community of LGBT Catholics. He also published articles and op-ed pieces in a number of newspapers and periodicals on a variety of religious and social subjects.

submitted Jun. 28, 2015 5:14P

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