Class Notes | Obituaries
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cameron Miller Reedy ’10 the morning of Jan. 4, 2015. Cameron was born Jan. 5, 1988 in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Utah. He graduated from Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cameron received his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 2010 and chose to make northern California and specifically Oakland his adopted home.
Cameron recently joined the internet company POPSUGAR and had never been happier with his working environment, teammates and the opportunities the job presented. The family would like to thank POPSUGAR for announcing the creation of a new award at their upcoming annual meeting. The Cameron Miller Reedy Award, which will recognize a person that has worked at POPSUGAR for less than 6 months but has demonstrated a large impact on the company.
Cameron was a tremendous son, brother, and boyfriend. He had a unique collection of friends that he was fiercely devoted and loyal to. Some of Cameron's happiest memories were of skiing the mountains of Utah with his beloved brother Keegan.
Over the last couple of years two very important beings came into Cameron's life. The first was his precious dog, Obie. To most people, Obie would be characterized as a mixed breed, however Cameron swore Obie was of some noble Egyptian lineage that guarded Kings. They were inseparable.
Obie , however was relegated to second place over a year ago when the love of his life, Anne Vander Ploeg, entered his life. Cameron's and Anne's love for each other was strong and apparent to all their family and friends. They loved to explore the bay area together and especially enjoyed discovering new restaurants, bars and coffee shops.
Cameron is survived by his mother, Susan Miller Reedy, Portland, Oregon; father, Patrick Joseph Reedy, Salt Lake City ,Utah; brother, Keegan Patrick Reedy, Portland, Oregon; aunt, Mary Christine Zenker, Kingwood, Texas; uncle, William Boland Reedy, Seattle, Washington; Aunt, Denise Miller, Melbourne, Florida; cousin, Zachary Miller, Melbourne, Florida; cousin, Morgan Miller, Melbourne, Florida.
Alex Rayburn ’11 was lost to a tragic fall in San Francisco on Feb. 21, 2015. He was 26 years old. We are grateful that the love of his life, Jackie Tasarz, and many of his friends from Santa Clara University were with him when he passed. Alex grew up in San Rafael and Novato. He attended Saint Raphael School and Marin Catholic High School. It was a wonderful childhood with many friends made at Swimarin, Central Marin Soccer League and CYO and YMCA Basketball. Alex had an idyllic high school experience at Marin Catholic, making many dear friends and growing physically, academically and spiritually. He was fortunate to play basketball for Marin Catholic and the Oakland Soldiers AAU teams. He was a 2011 finance graduate from Santa Clara University and worked for Silicon Valley Research & Trading for the last 3 years. He was working to achieve his entrepreneurial dream of establishing a hedge fund and was in the final stages of due diligence with institutional investors. He had applied to several MBA programs in the fall and was scheduled for admissions interviews this week. His future was blooming. Alex is survived by his parents, Steve and Mindee Rayburn of Novato, his sisters Amanda Durazo (Erik) of San Francisco and Stephanie Larson (Keith) of Novato and the love of his life for the past four and a half years, Jackie Tasarz ’11, of Concord. They had dreamed of a long life together with many little Rayburn's as Alex completed his MBA program and Jackie completed her medical degree. Alex leaves this world after impacting so many that met him to be a little gentler, a little kinder. As Alex would say, "Life is hard, Be nice to people."
Jonathan Henry Hughes '12, Feb. 28, 1990 - Dec. 20, 2014. His early years were filled with building things, playing in the dirt, lots of adventures to the levy with Mom, Kayte, Zack and Ben. Wading in the creek and exploring all the life, both large and small, were marvelous times – isn’t it interesting, the creek and the pond are where he found his greatest joys of late as well.
Jonathan & Katelynn were great buddies and did everything together. We home-schooled, the kids played multiple sports – Jonathan thrived on it, they all did. At age 4 or 5, he knew the names of every player on the Atlanta Braves and Chipper Jones has long been one of his favorite players. There were those evenings, with nothing else to do, when the kids were all just silly – Jon & Ben, with underwear on the outside of their pants and belts as headbands, whooped it up as “Quailman”- you remember the small things.
By junior high, baseball was Jon’s passion, his God-given talents were continuing to grow. Dad had long been Coach, Confidant and Biggest Fan. Jon had already made so many great friends through both baseball and soccer, but so many more were to come. We prayed about a venue for him to continue to play ball and were led to Valley Christian. When he entered “school” for the very first time, in the 8th grade, his sister and brothers knick-named him “school boy” since he had to go TO school for his studies and they did not.
Anyone who knows Jon knows his passion for baseball, his knowledge of the game, his continuous and competitive drive to play at the highest level. Did anyone else know he played an entire season with a broken catching hand? He refused to be out and miss any part of this wonderful road he was on. Coach John Diatte took him there, to the top of his game – this man pulled more out of Jon and his teammates, than anyone else ever could have – they were like a machine, and he became one of the most influential people in Jon’s life.
Highlights of the years: a triple play in t-ball, the TOC with Little League, PONY baseball City Championships, numerous Bulldog club ball championships, Section and Zone Championships, the PONY Baseball Colt World series, WCAL league titles, Back-to-Back CCS Championship wins, naming as Northern California Player of the Year, EA Sports High School All-American and a 90% scholarship to Santa Clara University. Wow, what a ride!
Jon’s life wasn’t perfect, and he made some poor choices; we all have things we regret or that we wish we could have done differently. His days as a scholarshipped athlete at Santa Clara University were short-lived and painful, and he paid a huge price.
But his story doesn’t end there. By God’s grace, Jon returned home, on the night of his 21st birthday, 2011, and began the long process to rebuild his life. Through this last 3 ½ years, Jon fought back from addiction and devastation. By God’s grace, and the intervention and guidance of Coach Mike Perez, Jon began to put his baseball career back in order. But most importantly, he was putting his life back in order. Many long days at the pond and the creek, brought peace to his heart. He would sometimes find his sister, Kayte and ask her to take the bikes and the dogs and go to the creek with him. There he would fish and she would draw and struggles would be forgotten. Jon also attributed credit for getting through these toughest times of his life to the love and stability of his girlfriend, Amy.
His last few months were some of his best, one of the best semesters of college, considering he hates the classroom part of school, loved his housemates and team, his Coach Walt White and he shared their excitement for the upcoming season and the possibilities of where that may take him.
God is always good, so we trust He knows and has Jon in the cleft of His wing right now.
Brian was born in Mt. Kisco, NY, on October 9, 1990, the second child and son of Denise and John. Brian was an avid sports fan, as both a participant and a spectator. He was an All-Section pitcher for Fox Lane High School, from which he graduated in June 2009. In school, Brian was very interested in science. He performed independent science research at Fox Lane High School on intercellular activity and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biochemistry. He began his post-college career as a clinical research recruiter at Real Staffing in San Francisco, CA, where he had been working for over a year.
Brian is survived by his mother, Denise, his father, John, and his brother, Tom.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Santa Clara University.
Senior Nick Anderson '15, a straight-A accounting major from San Jose, died unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2014. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend. The 21-year-old was witty, extremely intelligent, and very compassionate toward others. He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets, and loved playing soccer and hockey. Because of his passion for working on cars, Nick aspired to become involved in the auto industry.
Michael Harris '15, son of former San Francisco 49ers CEO Peter Harris, died in a tragic boating accident near Catalina Island on Sept. 6.
Among the injured victims was Harris' girlfriend of more than two years, Kelly Wells '11, who is expected to make a full recovery. The couple lived in San Francisco and were planning to move in together. Harris' brothers, David and Richard, were encouraging him to pop the question. They said Michael was supportive and provided strength during tough times, and the two were lucky to have had him as a sibling.
"We know that he was having a very fun time with his friends, fishing and enjoying the water and being happy people," David said.
“He was a young man who was real, sincere, a great listener, always interested, warm, full of humor with the attendant laughter, who sincerely loved and prized family, who had a broad group of friends, old and new he cared for greatly, who was embarking on a career in psychology he embraced with passion helping adolescents because it mattered, and who as he matured into a man was a gift to me as his dad,” Peter Harris said in the Facebook post.
Harris had just started as a high school counselor at his alma mater Menlo School, in Atherton. The brothers said they will remember their sibling as someone who lived life to the fullest.