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Rev. Philip C. Blake, S.J., '50, September 5, 2013. He was 87 and a resident of Los Gatos when he died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He celebrated 65 years as a Jesuit and 52 years as an ordained priest. Phil was born in San Jose on May 15, 1926. After graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator during World War II. He attended Santa Clara University for two years before joining the Jesuit Order in 1948. He taught Latin and Chemistry at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, 1955-58 and pursued theological studies at Alma College. He was ordained a priest in 1961. Phil served as a teacher and parish priest in Mexico, 1964-69, and re-entered the Military as a U.S. Army Chaplain in 1969. His assignments included service in Vietnam and Cambodia, where he received the Bronze Star for service under fire, Germany, Canal Zone, Ft Huachuca, AZ, and Turkey. Returning to civilian life in 1981, Phil served as a spiritual director and retreat master at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 1981-99. To assist in his work, he studied at the C. J. Jung Institute, Zurich, where he received a Diploma in Analytical Psychology in 1989. He then served as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church, Phoenix, 2000-03 before assuming his last assignment as pastoral minister at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He is survived by his brother, Freeman D. Blake ’50, of Eureka.
John "Jack" Clarke ’50 passed away peacefully at his Aptos home on Oct 28. Born in Los Gatos and raised in Saratoga, he was 90 years old. Graduated in 1950 at the University of Santa Clara, he received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, followed by a 35 year career with the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Jack was active in the Catholic Church his entire life. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe and was honored with the Bronze Star. Jack is survived by his wife Eleanor of 61 years, and children Richard (Susan), Stephen, John ’79 (Jeanne) and Maureen (Richard), along grandchildren, Bryan, Colin, Kelly, Geoffrey, Genelle, Andy and Heather. Jack also leaves his brother Henry Clarke ’51. Any kind acts of charity may be made in memory of Jack to Santa Clara University
Daniel Joseph Vesely ’50 of Rocklin passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, with his loving family by his side after suffering from Dementia for several years. He was 89 years young. Daniel was born to Joseph and Minnie Vesely in New York, New York on July 30, 1924. Daniel married his wife Annie Walker to whom he was married to for 65 years. Daniel is survived by younger brother, Joseph Vesely who is living in Massachusetts. He is also survived by his two children Gregory Vesely, Cynthia Gruber and her husband Joe Gruber, two grandchildren Kristel Vesely, Gregory Goodnough and one great-grandson, Jayden Goodnough. Daniel graduated from Santa Clara University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. He worked for several engineering firms over the years which allowed his family to live in Casablanca, where Greg was born and Madrid, Spain where Cynthia was born. He retired with the Federal Government Corp of Engineers. Daniel and Annie raised their children in Rocklin since 1964. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, traveling and was an avid golfer until he became ill. He always enjoyed living on the golf course. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.
Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant J.D. ’51 Resident of Los Gatos Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant, husband, father, mentor and friend died in his home after a long illness on Dec. 7, twenty-one days shy of his 92nd birthday. Tony was born 28 Dec. 1921 in Hollister, Calif. to Juan and Maria Mercant. His parents were immigrant farm workers and Tony and his predeceased siblings - Jay, Rose, Angela, Carmen and surviving sister Ann - traveled with them as they moved from crop to crop. Juan was also a sardine fisherman in Monterey, a family tradition he carried from his native Mallorca, Spain. Along the way Tony attended dozens of schools and graduated from Monterey High School in 1940. Working as a bookkeeper until World War II broke out, Tony then joined the Navy in 1942 where he was accepted into the Navy flight program and awarded his wings in 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Stationed in Guam he flew battle-injured soldiers to Alameda, Calif. and carried medical supplies back to the tiny island. Discharged in 1945, he took advantage of the GI Bill and entered Hartnell Junior College in 1946 where he met his bride-to-be Margie Diaz. They married in 1950. After just two years in junior college Tony entered law school at Santa Clara University. Going to school during the day and working at Richmond Chase Cannery at night, he graduated from law school in 1951. After law school Tony was counsel for the Cannery Union in San Jose and soon opened his own law firm, Mercant & O'Brien, with Sam O'Brien, a partnership that lasted over forty years. Tony was founder and first president of Almaden Country Club and holds the title of President Emeritus there. He also served as President of the San Jose Civic Light Opera as well as sitting on the board of the San Jose YMCA. An avid golfer, he could be found on the golf course every Saturdayàrain or shine! He died exactly where he wanted, in his home, his sanctuary, a place where he and his bride of almost sixty-four years hosted hundreds of parties and events. Anthony is survived by his wife, Margie Mercant; son, Jon Mercant; daughter, Marsha Mercant; son-in-law, John Howard Swain; sister, Ann Guzman; brother-in-law, Tom Fast and numerous nieces and nephews. Gone not but not forgotten, this wonderful man has resumed his flying career
Thomas Haverty Schilling ’51 was born June 30, 1929 and passed away September 19, 2013; Long time Los Angeles resident and native. Tom's wife, Dolores, predeceased him in 2005. He will be remembered for his love of life, laughter, passion for the great outdoors, and hunting and fishing with his buddies at Hot Creek and Arcularius ranches. He is survived by his stepson, Drew (Allison) Planting and grandchildren Kate and Andrew.
Leo Gilbert Smith ’51 July 1929 ~ Nov. 2013. Son of Leo Smith and Laura Holf Scholte, raised in Stockton, Calif. Husband to Marcia Ernest Smith M.A. ’76 and father to Matt, Mara Lee, Bridget and Leo "Rusty". He graduated from Santa Clara University and entered into the field of Hospital Management in Calif. During his time he helped pioneer the first computers used in hospitals, new advances in hospital treatments, patient care and doctors' training programs. He was a life-time board member of the Children's Home Society, a Rotarian, working to bring countries together in the Youth Exchange Program, involved in Red Cross blood drive, a Knight of Columbus and a minister at his local church, St. John Bosco. He touched lives all over the world and helped change them for the better. Even though his life was full of many giving and charitable groups, he still found a great deal of time to share with his loving wife and children. He never shied away from doing the right thing or helping others. He instilled many important values and lessons to not only his children but to others he touched. Our father was, to many, a friend, hero, and mentor all in one. He was the best father any child could ever have. Leo passed on Friday, Nov. 8. Leo devoted his life to the service of others for the betterment of all. His family, friends and those that knew him will miss him, but know that he will always be there in their hearts and close in the fond memories they have shared. We will always love and miss you, Dad.
John E. "Jack" Drummey ’51, October 9, 2013. He was born in Seattle in 1927 to Emmett and Teresa Drummey. He graduated from Seattle Prep (class of 1945), and the University of Santa Clara. Later he received his Master's Degree from Seattle University. Jack pursued a career as a funeral director with Bonney-Watson, following in the footsteps of his father and uncles. Later Jack spent a number of years as a substance abuse counselor before starting an Asian import business and designer showroom with his wife Patricia. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia MacPherson and his former wife Betty Drummey. He is survived by his children, Kathleen Drummey (Mansour Jahanmir), Susann O'Neill (Patrick), John and Michael and six grandchildren.
Robert I. “Bob” Bounds J.D. ’51, 86, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 17, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born April 15, 1927 in Yakima, Wash. to Irving and Dorothy (Congdon) Bounds. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1951 with a degree in law. On June 14, 1947 he married Rose Marie Nevis in Santa Clara, Calif. Bob and Rose Marie moved back to Yakima, where he started a private law practice and later became the City of Yakima Prosecuting Attorney. Bob had a zest for life. His hobbies were traveling, music and family time. He relished his role as Santa and the Easter Bunny, a memory that all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will cherish.
Bob is lovingly survived by his wife, Rose Marie Bounds and his children Terry Rawson, Jerry Bounds, Sue Lowry, Karen Iroala, Debra Carlson, Jim Bounds, and Jeff Bounds, in addition to 17 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
Edwin M. McMahon '52 May 28, 1930 - Dec. 6, 2013 The Rev. Edwin M. McMahon died Dec. 6 at his home in Sonora. He was 83. Mr. McMahon was born in Sonora to Anna Mae and Edwin Fremont McMahon. His father was a superintendent of the Mary Harrison and other gold mines in the Sonora area. Mr. McMahon graduated from Sonora High School in the late 1940s. He attended Santa Clara University before entering the Jesuit order in 1953. He earned a master's degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Washington and a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Ottawa in Canada in the early 1970s. Mr. McMahon founded the Institute for BioSpiritual Research with Pete Campbell in the 1970s. He was interested in researching the psychology of religion and creating workshop formats for integrating psychological studies into programs for pastoral care. They co-authored several books and offered workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland and the Czech Republic. He and his colleague lived in Greeley Hill for a number of years before settling in Sonora eight years ago. Mr. McMahon was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his companion and colleague of 60 years, Pete Campbell M.A. ’66, of Sonora; his sisters, Sally Ann Quaglino, of Morro Bay, and Judith Shimer, of Sonora.
John Patrick Smalley '53, September 2, 2013. Born in Jackson, CA on Dec 30, 1928, and died in San Francisco from old age complication. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice; sons: John Joseph ’87, Patrick Michael, CHP; Dr. Val Smalley, DO; and Stephen, Sgt. SFPD; daughter and son-in-law: Christine and Tony So; granddaughters: Noelle and Adrianna So; Sister-in-law: Joanne Smalley; and nephew: Martin Catudio. John graduated from Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering. He was in the U.S. Army Artillery in Germany for the Korean War. He worked with the State of California for Bay Toll Crossings and on the San Diego Coronado Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, City and County of San Francisco Public Works. He was a dedicated supporter of Pro Life Activities and was an active member of Star of the Sea Parish.
James Edward Chargin ’53 Oct. 2, 2013. He died from complications after he fell in his home. He was 81. Jim Chargin was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1932, the second of seven children to Joseph A. Chargin, Jr., and Ellen X. Laundrie Chargin. After completing his studies at Bellarmine Preparatory and Santa Clara University, he married Patricia Murphy, his longtime sweetheart, in 1955. They moved to Chicago, where he graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in 1957. Dr. Chargin moved with his family to Grass Valley in 1963, and they became members of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish. Dr. Chargin was in private practice in Grass Valley until 2003. He was chief of staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for multiple terms. He continued assisting in surgery, especially orthopaedic surgery, until 2008. Dr. Chargin was an avid builder, machinist and do-it-yourselfer. He relished the challenge of fixing broken things of all kinds, rather than replacing them. He loved fishing and introduced all of his children and many of his grandchildren to the joys of camping in the Sierras. Dr. Chargin will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues in California and beyond. Dr. Chargin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat; his children and their families - Jim, Sherry and Brenna of Nevada City, Katherine of Sebastopol, Peter, Jennifer, William and Emily of Portola Valley, and David, Susan, Patrick and Maria of Tucson, Ariz.
William F. Caro '54, J.D. '73. Feb. 26, 2014. Born in San Jose in 1932, Caro inherited his father's devotion to SCU's fabled football history and loved to recount, play-by-play, Santa Clara's heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Stanford in the very first college game he ever attended, as an eight-year-old, on Oct. 12, 1940. Athletic loyalties notwithstandng, he did graduate work at Stanford, earning his M.B.A. in 1960 with an emphasis in marketing. His subsequent career as an advertising media director brought him to agencies in San Francisco and Los Angees and Eventually to Coakley-Heagerty in Santa Clara. He later taught advertising at San Jose State University. Caro spent his retirement years in Santa Clara, not far from where the palm and olive mingle. He occasionally enjoyed an idle hour in the university library researching the glory days of Bronco football. He is survived by his brothers, Robert, S.J. '58, M.Div '70 and Paul '62.
Theodore "Ted" William Connolly '54, former All-Pro San Francisco 49er right guard, peacefully passed in his Gardnerville, Nev., home, on Feb. 24, 2014 from acute mylocytic leukemia. He was 82.
Ted was born the youngest of five children on December 5, 1931 in Oakland, Calif. to parents William Eugene Connolly and Dora Ray Waterman. He attended Piedmont High School 1946-49 where he was All-Alameda County for 3 years in football and track, and lettered in baseball and basketball, hence was inducted into the Piedmont HS Sports Hall of Fame. He attended University of Santa Clara where he was All-Catholic All American tackle in 1951. When Santa Clara dropped football he transferred to Tulsa University, Okla., and graduated in 1953. Ted married his high school sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth Heidt, on April 19, 1954, in Tulsa, Okla., and had five children which they raised in Oakland, Calif.
Donald Charles Bacon ’56, Oct. 16, 2013. Donald Charles Bacon was born in San Mateo, Calif. in 1934 to John and Helen Bacon. He was 79 year old when he died, from a long-term illness, at his home in Tillamook. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, Calif. in 1952 and from Santa Clara University in 1956 with a B.S. in commerce. During the college summer breaks Don worked in lumber retail, meatpacking and construction. He was in ROTC Army during college and served active duty in Germany from 1957 to 1959. In 1960 he was promoted to 1st Lt. He served two years of reserve duty. In 1961 he was honorably discharged and married Bliss C. Vissiere of San Mateo, Calif. During the 21 years of living in the San Francisco area Don was in a business partnership for which he organized and worked in a nursery and garden supply retail complex in Millbrae, Calif. and started a contractor's equipment rental company. He was an officer and partner in the Western Garden and Trade Show, which became the San Francisco Outdoor Garden Exposition in 1967. He was member of numerous professional associations, serving on boards, or finance committees. When their three children were in elementary and middle school, Don wanted to be home on most weekends to spend time with his children, so he sold his share of the partnership and started a new career working for a large construction company as a business developer, who brought together the interested parties of proposed projects through negotiated contracts. His company operated in California and Hawaii and constructed warehouses, shopping centers, apartments, business complexes, mobile home parks, and hospitals. He later joined another company for which he planned land use, financing and managed leasing the developed projects. Then he bought and developed his own condominiums. When Don sold the condominiums in 1977, he and his family moved to Sun River. Don bought, and managed Breslers 33 Flavors of Bend, and Tree House Pizza Parlor in Sun River, and by 1987 sold both business. He enjoyed outdoor activities of snow skiing, camping, canoeing, bicycling with his sons, and supporting his daughter in her love of horseback riding and related competitions. In 1983, Don became the executive director of Central Oregon Economic Development Council. Two years later, he became the Director of Tillamook Action Team, charged with developing economic opportunities in Tillamook County. He was able to obtain grant monies for the following businesses: Tillamook Country Smoker, Roger's Evergreens, Hebo Sewer and Water, Tillamook County Fairgrounds, and Port of Tillamook Bay. In 1987, he became the Regional Manager of the Southwest Region for the Oregon Economic Development Department. Two years later, he and Bliss moved to Tillamook, when he accepted the manager's position with the Port of Garibaldi. After 37 years of marriage, Bliss died of cancer in 1998. Don came to the job with new ideas, a set of skills and much work experience. He improved the port with the support of his commissioners and staff. The 2009 Outstanding Special District Service Award for Manager was given to Don. He was nominated by his commissioners and staff. Don retired in that year. In 2010, Jack Graves, a former commissioner, dedicated his history book 'The First 100 Years' of the Port of Garibaldi, 1910-2010 to Don. Don was well liked and respected by so many people in the community. In 2001 he met Dione Vice from Lafayette, La. at a wedding in Portland. They were married a year and half later and Dione moved to Tillamook. They enjoyed traveling up and down the coast, exploring the cities of the ports, and playing golf at the different courses. They took trips to visit his family in Portland, California and New Jersey, and her family in Illinois and Connecticut. They did volunteer work, serving the public meal at St. Alban's church once a month. Don stayed active until his illness caused him to slow down in his last month alive. He will be greatly missed because he was so loved. Don's surviving family include is wife, Dione Vice Bacon; two sons of Tigard, Donald C. Bacon, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Alison, Andrew V. Bacon and Daughter, Jennifer A. Bacon of Beaverton; step children Amanda Vice Rowley and son-in-law Marc of Connecticut, Edwin A. Vice, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Mary, of Illinois; two grandchildren, Jackson Rowley, and Vivian Rowley; brother John Bacon and sister-in-law, Lynn Bacon of Atherton, Calif. There are seven adult children in John Bacon's family. Don has many second generation, and a few third generation nephews and nieces, whom he loved and enjoyed so much.
John Joseph Collins '58, 77, passed away on Dec. 26, 2013. He was born Dec. 13, 1936 in Los Angeles, Calif. John was a pillar of the legal community in Southern California from the time he passed the bar until his death. He was a former president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a former president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, a former president of the Los Angeles County Bar, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was a proud father, grandfather and a loving husband. John is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters, Cynthia, Pamela and Lauren; sons, James, Robert, John and William. His daughter, Andrea predeceased him.
James Leininger '58 was a skillful Santa Clara County defense attorney, a crusader for social justice and a member of a family with deep roots in San Jose. But as a recovering alcoholic, he was known just as well for helping others emerge from the shoals of substance abuse -- be they lawyers, nurses, cops or Hells Angels.
Gordon Abbott '58, July 12, 1930 - November 7, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Gordon Abbott passed away after a difficult and valiant battle with cancer. His family was paramount and he enjoyed participating in his children and grandchildren's activities. An ardent sports fan and active in the community, he was also well known for his political involvement. He served on the Campbell Union School District Board of Trustees from 1971 through 1982, the San Jose Council Salary Setting Commission from 1986-1994 and on the Governor's Advisory Board for the Agnew Development Center from 1998-2009. He also served on the Santa Clara County G.O.P Central Committee from 1958-1963 and 1994-2005, earning the nickname "Mr. Republican".
Gordon was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA and earned a degree in Business from Santa Clara University. He was an accountant and served as a corporate finance officer for several small businesses over his career.