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Victor A. Bertolani

 Victor A. Bertolani '56, J.D. '60, an influential lawyer and educator who opened doors to the legal profession for many judges, prosecutors, and litigators, died April 5 of an aortic abdominal aneurysm, his family said. He was 80.

Mr. Bertolani was widely respected in the legal community as one of the top personal injury and labor lawyers in Northern California. He also was revered for making the study and practice of law affordable to students from all walks of life as co-founder of Lincoln Law School in Sacramento.
After graduating first in his class at Santa Clara University Law School, he returned to his native Sacramento in 1961 and later started a firm with boyhood friend Andrew J. Smolich. He also began teaching torts at McGeorge School of Law, which was then a part-time program with ambitions of being a full-time institution accredited by the American Bar Association.
Unwilling to teach full time, Mr. Bertolani and Smolich persuaded Lincoln Law School of San Francisco to open a branch in Sacramento. The pair sought qualified applicants who did not fit the traditional mold of law school students, including adults working full time, raising families or seeking second careers.
Serving as dean and teaching torts, Mr. Bertolani and two other professors welcomed the first class of 27 students in 1969.
“He was really the instigator” in starting Lincoln Law School in Sacramento, Smolich said. “When McGeorge went to ABA accreditation, it went in a different direction and had to have bigger buildings, libraries and staff and became very expensive. Our school was really dedicated to serving people who didn’t have that opportunity.”
Mr. Bertolani, who served as dean and torts professor until 1986, led efforts to win full accreditation by the California State Bar for Lincoln Law School in 1981. He was a driving force in building the four-year, evening-class school into a respected institution with high pass rates on the California Bar Exam.
The school has awarded degrees to more than 1,200 students, including prominent professionals throughout the Sacramento region. Graduates include Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl, former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
Rob Gold, who graduated from Lincoln Law School in 1986, credited Mr. Bertolani with “everything that I have accomplished.” A veteran Sacramento County prosecutor, Gold was promoted to assistant chief deputy DA earlier this year. But before meeting the Lincoln Law School dean in 1982, he was seeking direction in life.
“I was recently married and working part-time as a sportswriter for the Sacramento Union and playing Frisbee golf,” Gold said. “My wife said, ‘Hey, did you know there is this law school by the Safeway?’
“I’d done terrible on the (Law School Admissions Test), but Victor said, ‘I’m going to give you a chance,’ ” Gold recalled. “He was my first-year torts professor. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile – but he also had high standards and high expectations. He was giving you an opportunity, and he wanted you to take advantage of it and succeed.”
Mr. Bertolani was born in 1934. His parents, Mary and Victor Bertolani, ran a travel agency and were leaders in Sacramento’s Italian American community. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1952 and earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Santa Clara University. He rose to the rank of captain while serving on active and reserve duty in the Army from 1959 to 1964.
A prominent attorney for more than four decades, he represented clients in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits, including families of victims of the notorious 1972 plane crash into a Farrell’s ice cream parlor near Sacramento Executive Airport. He served as chief counsel for powerful labor unions, including Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 447 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 340.
He was married since 1957 to the former Cathy Schuler and had four children. He previously served as a Jesuit High School trustee and a member of the Santa Clara Board of Athletics Control. He was an intellectual man “who read all kinds of history books” and “an avid sports fan who loved the (San Francisco) Giants,” his son Victor said.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Bertolani is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth O’Brien, Kathleen Haack and Mary Liston; and six grandchildren.
submitted Apr. 17, 2015 1:44P


James P. Connolly

James Patrick Connolly '61, M.S. '72 was born in Oakland in 1938 to James P. and Mamie W. Connolly. He attended Napa Union High School and graduated in 1956 and married Sharon in 1997. James passed away in San Jose on February 2, 2015. He was a retired engineer and manager whose career spanned 49 years at NASA, managing the design and development of Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and small spacecraft payloads. He joined the Peace Corps in 1964, and spent 2 years working on road and building projects in Tanzania. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his children Tim Connolly of Campbell, Thad Connolly of Oakland, and Michael Sommese of San Jose. 

submitted Apr. 17, 2015 4:08P


Robert Mulcrevy

On Aug. 12, 2015, Bob Mulcrevy '64 passed away peacefully at the age of 73. Bob was born and raised in San Francisco and was an avid basketballer throughout his youth. He graduated from Saint Cecilia School ('55), St. Ignatius College Preparatory ('59) and Santa Clara University ('64). He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frank and Cecile Mulcrevy and sisters Marie and Frankie. Bob and Gracie owned and operated Mulcrevy's Restaurant and Tavern, in SF's Marina district, from 1975-1985. He went on to run the family business at the Millbrae Pancake House until his retirement. Bob looked forward to luncheons with good friends at favorite local establishments. He was a historian, a storyteller with quick wit and always managed to find a common San Francisco connection amongst anyone he had met. He was a proud native and a devoted fan of the SF Giants and 49ers. He is survived by his four daughters, Jane Kenneally (Eric), Erin Burke (Kenny), Laura Mulcrevy, Maureen Maguire (Thomas) and his sister Anne Holder. He is survived by his ten grandchildren: Dylan and Rory Kenneally; Ava, Celine, Joseph, Lily and Tommy Maguire; Eoin, Gracie and Shane Burke. Thank you to Elir for the love and care you have shown our Dad over the years. He will be greatly missed.

submitted Aug. 21, 2015 3:55P


William Sullivan

William A. "Bill" Sullivan J.D. '67, age 76, died Nov. 28, 2014, at his Pasadena, Calif., home. Bill was born in the San Francisco to Marian and Harry Sullivan, and earned a bachelor's from Stanford University. After serving four years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, he attended law school at Santa Clara University then clerked for a justice of the California Court of Appeals. Following several years in the private practice of law, he joined Lockheed in Burbank and spent 28 years in its corporate legal department, retiring in 2002. He remained in the Air Force Reserve after active duty, becoming a judge advocate, and retired as a colonel after more than 30 years of duty (with the award of the Legion of Merit). Bill volunteered in the City of Pasadena for many years, including 7 years with the Utility Advisory Commission (3 years as chair) and several years with the Pasadena Police Department. He served as foreman of the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury (2003-2004) and as a member of the County Economy & Efficiency Commission (2004-2005). He joined the Quality and Productivity Commission in 2006, serving as chair for 2 years (2011-2012). He also served as a temporary judge with the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2005.

He leaves his beloved wife of 15 years, Nancy; his daughter Marian Sullivan of Arlington, Virginia, and her husband John L. Corso and their two sons, Michael and John Jr; his daughter Margaret Wise of Vienna, Virginia, and her husband, Bradley and their two daughters, Lindsay and Margaret; and Nancy's daughters Susan Strong and Linda Cantey. He also leaves his brother Robert and Robert's partner Susan Betz of Morgan Hill, Calif. 

submitted Apr. 17, 2015 4:57P


Edward L. Niland

Ed Niland '68, J.D. '75 died on August 4, 2015. Ed's death was due to complications associated with the treatment of esophageal cancer. Ed lived in Scotts Vallley. He practiced law from his office in Los Gatos. He is survived by his wife Julia and daughters Jessica and Danielle.

submitted Aug. 17, 2015 2:11P
UGRD Leavey Business '68
Daniel Sullivan Mezger

Daniel Sullivan Mezger '68 passed away on June 10, 2015, in Woodland, California.  Dan was born in Woodland in 1945, the third child of Thomas and Rosalie Mezger and was fourth-generation Californian. He attended Holy Rosary Academy and as a young boy was active in the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the Boy Scout "Eagle Rank" status. Dan was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and a 1968 graduate of Santa Clara University where he obtained a BA in finance.

He excelled in sports, most notably football and track and field. While in his sophomore year at Santa Clara University he was named "Rookie of the Year" for the football team. For the rest of his life, he lived "full on" in any activity he undertook. Upon graduation from college, Dan moved to San Francisco to work at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange. He then joined his father Tom and brother Mark in their family's grain storage operation, Farmers Grain Elevator, est. 1937, and Mezger Trucking in 1971. Dan co-owned and operated the companies for the next 45 years with his brother Mark.

In 1977 Dan married Elizabeth Heenan of San Jose and had two children, Dan Jr. '99 and Meara. Throughout his life, Dan was active in the community, founding member of the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club and a past president of the Yolo Fliers Club. He also took time to help kids in the local community further their education by tutoring them in mathematics. He never retired but took time off, as he was an avid and skilled golfer and enjoyed doing so in the company of his son, Dan Jr., daughter, Meara, and with numerous lifelong friends from high school, college and business associates. Dan took the greatest delights in his family, children, grandchildren, friends, and Ellen Burriss his partner of the last 15 years.

He is survived by his partner Ellen Burriss, son Dan Mezger, Jr.(Sonia), daughter Meara Wallace (Justin), grandson Jake Wallace, granddaughter Quinn Wallace, brothers Tom Mezger (Mary Lynn) and Mark Mezger (Kerry), sisters Muvvie Marks (Steve) and Michelle Wark (Brett) along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas B. Mezger, brother, Matthew S. Mezger, MD, Matt's wife, Mary Patricia Hughes and his mother, Rosalie S. Mezger.

submitted Jun. 27, 2015 12:40P
Christine Sorensen

Christine Sorensen '68, of Camarillo, California, peacefully passed into eternal life on Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015, after a 3 1/2 year battle with breast cancer.

She was born in Oxnard, July 10, 1946, to her parents, Paul O. Sorensen and Margaret Leonard Sorensen. She and her sister Sally were raised in Santa Barbara where they attended Marymount School through the ninth grade. For grades 10 - 12 they attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Menlo Park, CA., graduating with the class of 1964. Christine graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in philosophy.

Chrissy dealt with Bi-Polar disorder until 1995 when improved medication, and perhaps a miracle, allowed her to resume a normal life. She will long be remembered for her joy-filled countenance and loving spirit. She brought the love and light of Jesus Christ to all who knew her.

Chrissy is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Sally and Burr Allegaert of Warrenton, Oregon; nephew Patrick McCloskey, wife Alison, and children Madeline, Chloe, Rocky, and Summer, of Huntington Beach; and a niece Michaela McCloskey of Newport Beach. All of whom loved her dearly.

submitted Aug. 27, 2015 9:23A

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