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Joseph Francis Franzoia '42 was a native Sacramentan, born Sept. 4, 1920 to parents Sabino (John) and Rosina Franzoia, preceded in death. Passed away peacefully, Monday, April 21, 2014. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School and Santa Clara University. He joined the army serving in Italy during World War II with the Allied Control Commission. After returning from the service he married Dorothy Valerio and became a partner in the M & D Service Station. He later sold it and became a partner with his father-in-law, Peter Valerio, in the Rosemount Grill until his retirement. In semi-retirement, he worked for Brewster House in Davis and Old Ironsides in Sacramento. Joe was a member of Sierra View Country Club for over 50 years and an avid golfer having made 8 holes in one at various courses and locations. He enjoyed reading, gardening, and working crossword puzzles. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 68 years, his daughter Joanne (Ralph) Campasano of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sons James (Joh) of Los Angeles, Joel, Jeremy of Sacramento, Jeffrey (Colleen) of Albany, Ore.; grandsons Jared Franzoia, Ralph Campasano of Ariz.; granddaughters Kahleen Biles of Ore, Gianara Campasano of Penn.; and two great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his oldest son John Peter; his brothers, Andrew and Alfred; sisters, Angelina Corti and Cecelia Gaddi. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was a good and loving husband and father who will be greatly missed.
Herbert "Herb" W. Roberson ’44, 92, passed peacefully March 29, 2014, after a brief stay in Modesto Kaiser Hospital. A decedent of the Choctaw Tribe, he was born in 1922 in McAllister, Okla., to Arthur L. and Maggie (Belcher) Roberson.
Herb came to California with his parents during the dust bowl era and married in 1943, raising his family in Salinas. After serving in the Army during WWII, he began his law enforcement career in Watsonville, where he developed the Department's Juvenile Delinquency Unit before moving on to the Salinas Police Department in 1951. He rose through the ranks to become the Police Chief from 1967 to 1977.
His affiliations were numerous, both local and state-wide, having served on the Board of Directors for the California Delinquency Control Association, Peace Officers Association, Council for Criminal Justice, Attorney General's Advisory Committee, the Salinas Chamber, Rotary, Salvation Army, YMCA, Monterey County Chiefs' Association, Gavilan College Police Academy and Hartnell College Advisory. His police exploits were featured in several magazines and books.
He worked for the MGM Grand Hotel, Reno, as their Chief of Investigations. Later, he worked as General Manager of Ace Parking Management, San Diego, before full retirement from Butler Uniform as General Manager. He earned his solo pilot's license to travel to the many stores in California and Nevada. He settled in Sacramento in 1987 until three years ago when he relocated to the Samaritan Village in Hughson.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and camper. He was fond of Lake Tahoe and the company of his family. At the request of his family he was writing his life story. He was an altruist, a mentor to young people and his colleagues, and a true gentleman.
In his last conversation he said, "I've had a good life." When he was told that we all love him he replied, "I love you, too." He was bright and in good humor to the very end.
He is survived by his six children: daughters, Sandy (Paul "Skip") Morris of Pittsburg, Kan., Laura (John Stavely) Roberson-Giusta of Medford, Ore., and Leslie (Russell) Hancock of Prunedale; as well as sons, Tim (Elaine) of Salinas, Michael (Barbara) of Oakdale, and Dan of Jacksonville, Fla. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and his previous wife, Carolyn White of Escondido.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Lucy T. Roberson, the mother of his children.
Frank M. Belick '44, resident of San Jose, passed away on July 13, 2014. He touched countless lives through his pioneering work in water pollution control, as well as through offering a helping hand to those in need. Frank was born of Croatian parents in Los Angeles in 1922. The family moved to the Santa Clara Valley in 1934 in search of agricultural work. Amidst farm chores, he attended old Santa Clara High School, then obtained a civil engineering degree by study at San Jose State College and Santa Clara University, graduating cum laude in 1944. He conducted the first water quality studies to assess the polluted south San Francisco Bay for the City of San Jose in 1947. He was chosen to lead and implement San Jose's first wastewater control plant in 1956, becoming Engineer-Manager of this nationally recognized, technologically advanced treatment facility. He retired in 1981 as a Deputy Director of Public Works. Frank was predeceased by his wife Charlotte in 2009 after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by his children Tom Belick (Margaret) of Palo Alto and Denise Binderup (Tim) of Bellingham, Washington, grandchildren Chloe and Emma of Seoul, and sister Agnes of Berkeley. His help to friends, co-workers, relatives, and neighbors will be missed by all.
Alan G. Horton '45, April 16, 1922 - June 30, 2014.
Alan G. Horton, 92, of Monmouth died June 30 in Monmouth. He was born on Easter Sunday in San Francisco to George and Harriet Horton. The family moved around until settling in Chiloquin. He graduated from Chiloquin High School and attended the University of Santa Clara for two years. He joined the Army Air Corp and served in the Pacific as a B-29 bomber mechanic for four years. He married his high school sweetheart, Frances Looseley, in Portland. They settled in San Francisco, where Alan worked as an airplane mechanic for United Airlines. They moved back to Oregon in 1954, and he worked with his father-in-law on their cattle ranch in the Airlie area south of Monmouth.
He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in agriculture and soon developed a method for removing straw off the grass seed fields, being the first to do so in the Willamette Valley. Together with a few neighbors he started the Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative and managed it until his retirement in 1985. He served on the Polk County Extension Service Advisory Board and was a lifetime member of the Polk County Livestock Association. He and Fran joined the Peace Corps in 1985 and went to Belize, where Alan began a brand inspection program. After that they lived in Mexico for a year before moving back to Oregon, where they lived in King City for 10 years and returned full circle to Airlie in 1997. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, and daughter, Mary Alice. Survivors include his son, Chris (Joan) Horton; daughter, Paula (Darryl) Hines; four grandchildren; and extended family.
Glen A. Harris '48, Sept. 13, 1923 to June 1, 2014. Glenn A. Harris, a lifetime resident of Vallejo and retired director of public works for the city of Vallejo, passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo. He was born in Santa Rosa to Claude and Selma Harris while his mother was visiting her parents in Santa Rosa. He attended Vallejo public schools and graduated from Vallejo High School in June 1941. He attended the University of California, Davis, on a basketball scholarship until the campus was closed by World War II. He then attended Washington and Lee University studying engineering as part of a U.S. Army's Advanced Studies Training Program. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, most notably with the 84th Infantry Division. On Dec. 1, 1944 he was wounded by German artillery fire in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and awarded the Purple Heart. He was returned to the United States and received an Honorable Discharge in Dec. 1945. In June 1948 he graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
In 1947 he married Bette Jean Sallade of Vallejo. In 1948 they had a son, Randal Glenn Harris. In 1953 they had a second son, Jeffery Eugene Harris. In 2000 he married Beverly Haden after the death of his first wife, Bette. From 1948 to 1951 he worked as an Assistant Bridge Engineer with the State of California, Division of San Francisco Bay Toll Crossing and participated in the redesign of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and on the initial design for the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. In 1951 he was an Engineer in the U.S. Army Post Engineer's Office at Benicia Arsenal. In Dec. 1951 he became an Associate Engineer and Deputy City Engineer for the City of Vallejo and was in charge of the major water system expansion for the City of Vallejo. On July 1, 1954 he was appointed to the position of Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Vallejo, a position he held for 32 years. During his tenure the City of Vallejo experienced major expansion, the continued improvement of the city's water system which resulted in securing control of water resources to protect the city's needs for future water, and earned the All American City Award.
He was a long time representative to the League of California Cities and served on its Policy Committee for Transportation and Public Works for over 14 years. He also served as the President of the League's Public Works Officer's Department for 1974 to 1975. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 1983 the received the Samuel Greeley Local Government Service Award from the American Public Works Association. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Santa Clara University's Engineering Department for his lifetime achievements in the field of Civil Engineering. He was exceedingly proud of this rare honor. He was a 50 year member of the Ben Ali Shrine in Sacramento. He was also a long time member of the Vallejo Elk's Lodge #559. He received the Elk of the Year award in 1981. He was also a past President of Elks Hall Association. He was a long time Board member and past President of the Vallejo Golf Association.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Randal; daughter-in-law, Adrienne; stepson, Matthew Haden; stepdaughter, Rebecca Haden-Hahn and; grandsons, Kenneth and Christopher.
William "Bill" Renna '49, June 19, 2014. He was a Bronco Hall of Fame football and baseball player. He was an outfielder for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia / Kansas City Athletics, and Boston Red Sox from 1953-1959.
Renna was born to Christina and William Renna in Hanford, Calif., on Oct. 14, 1924. He graduated from Hanford Union High School in 1942 and attended USF before joining the Marine Corps and serving in the South Pacific. Renna returned from military service to become a two-sport star at the University of Santa Clara, playing outfield for the baseball team, and both fullback and center on the football team. His play on the gridiron earned him a spot in the East-West game in 1949, drawing the attention of the Los Angeles Rams; however, he chose to stick with baseball, learning under the guidance of Santa Clara’s legendary coach, Paddy Cottrell.
“Paddy Cottrell was a bird dog [scout] for the Yankees,” Renna said in a 2008 interview. “He used to teach us everything that was taught in spring training by the Yankees.”
Bill later was inducted into the Santa Clara University Hall of Fame. He met his future wife Leronne (Roni) Richards, a student nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, as he was finishing his college career.
Cottrell tipped Yankees scout Joe Devine to his prized outfielder who signed Renna in 1949 to a contract for $5,000. His signing paid immediate dividends, as he hit an eye-opening .385 with 21 home runs for Twin Falls in the Pioneer League. His play impressed his Twin Falls manager Charlie Metro, who was a former major leaguer himself.
“He hit like heck up there, and they called him “Bull,” because he was a big guy,” Metro said in his autobiography Safe by a Mile. “He was a delight to have on the team.”
Robert C. Huttlinger '49 passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 6, 2014, in his Redwood City home. He was in the company of his loving wife, Nancy, and his beloved caregiver, Lusia. Bob was born February 10, 1923 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. His family moved to California when he was a toddler. He grew up in Los Altos and attended Los Altos Elementary School and Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, he married Virginia Bennett in 1945. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Throughout his career in construction he traveled throughout the country and the world, including Iran, Australia and Nigeria. He fell in love with Alaska while working on the Alaska Pipeline. He returned many times during his retirement, pulling his fifth-wheel trailer. He remarried in 2001 to Nancy Crowley, who he met in Arizona, and they enjoyed many years dancing and wintering in their home in Sun City, AZ. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, as well as his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife Nancy, children Peter (Pat), Joan (Dennis Kraft), Jim (Gail), Claire (Jamie Armstrong), Nancy (Gary Dominguez), Patty (Kirke Wrench), stepdaughters Patty and Peggy, nine grandchildren (including Jeremy Armstrong '01), and many nieces and nephews.
Michael John Donovan '49, 90, passed peacefully to the Light on Feb. 5, 2014. He was born Fe. 3, 1924, in New York City to Dennis & Elizabeth Donovan. Mike, also known as Mitch in his younger days, was the eldest of two children and graduated from St. Francis Grammar School, Christian Brothers High School and the University of Santa Clara.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who showed great devotion to his faith, family and friends. He was an U.S. Army Air Corp veteran who served in the Pacific during WWII and participated in initial wave assaults on five islands. The majority of his business life was spent in the real estate profession most notably as the manager and co-owner of DRW Realtors. After retiring from real estate he went through deaconate training, was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Sacramento Diocese on June 1, 1985 and spent many years serving All Hallows Parish.
Mike was preceded in death by Anne, his loving wife of 61 years. He is survived by his brother Denis Donovan ’54, sons James Donovan ’80 (Jennifer Allen) and William (Jane) Donovan, daughters Gloria Donovan, Linda (Mike Wonderly) Donovan, and Joan (Gary) Bonin, as well as six grandchildren; Alicen, Rob (Jeni), and Mike (Shelby) Leggett, Elizabeth and Michael Donovan, Amanda Bonin, great grandson Alexander Leggett, and many nieces and nephews.
Faculty & Staff
Dr. Victor B. Vari died on Aug. 20 at the age of 94 after having lived a full and generous life. As a professor, he touched hundreds of students with his passion for languages and cultural studies, particularly Italian. As a colleague, he will be remembered for his generosity and dedication to teaching. As a friend of the University, he leaves behind a legacy that has helped the arts and humanities program at Santa Clara thrive and grow.
We are saddened to announce the death of Susan Rodriguez, Custodial Contract Administrator, Facilities Department, University Operations. Susan passed away June 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. Susan is survived by her three children Amy, Jack, and Matthew, their spouses, and her 6 grandchildren. Please remember Susan and her family in your prayers. Notes of sympathy/condolences may be sent to the Facilities Department.
Roberto "Robert" Rodriguez, April 7, 2014. Robert worked at SCU in Facilities from 1985 until his retirement in 2011. Robert was a mentor to many and offered a warm welcome to newcomers in Facilities. Robert is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren. Notes of condolences can be sent to Facilities. Please hold Robert and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Bob Riemenschneider, adjunct lecturer in Computer Engineering, died suddenly on July 8. Bob taught at Santa Clara since 2001 and was integral to the Computer Engineering department in offering graduate courses in theoretical foundations of software engineering. His work in industry, most recently as senior technical consultant at the local startup company, Starview, Inc., brought valuable experience into the classroom to the benefit of his students.
Dr. Robert James Parden died July 20, 2014, after a brief illness, at home in Saratoga surrounded by his family. He was 92.
Dr. Parden was a former professor and dean of the School of Engineering, 1954-1982. His dynamic presence, longevity with the University, and visionary leadership in the School of Engineering are legendary. Among his many contributions to the University, Dr. Parden launched the graduate engineering program in 1959, offering "Early Bird" classes for working professionals, and established the Department of Engineering Management and Leadership in 1978. He remained a faculty member of the Department until retirement in 2012. An inductee in the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, Dr. Parden helped build a reputation for Santa Clara throughout the high-tech industry. He left an indelible mark on his colleagues and students as a skilled professional, passionate teacher, and gifted leader.
Robert James Parden was born in Mason City, Iowa on April 17, 1922, the son of James Ambrose Parden and Mary Fahey Parden. He was raised in Iowa City, Iowa. He served as Lieutenant in the US Army Quartermaster Corp before earning his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the University of Iowa. In 1953, he became one of the first PhD graduates of the University of Iowa’s Department of Industrial Engineering. He then embarked on a 50 year career marked by distinguished contributions in industry practice, engineering education and university administration. He was a sought after speaker at conferences and published numerous books and papers.
SCU Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Rick Blick died suddenly on Monday, June 2, from complications of a brain aneurism. Coach Blick coached the club team for two years, often suiting up with his players during practices. His contagious fun loving personality, his positive spirit, and his love of lacrosse and our team will truly be missed.
John F. Dullea, S.J., 85, died Friday, August 1, 2014, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a long illness.
Jack was born in San Francisco in 1929, graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, and entered the Jesuit Order in Los Gatos in 1945. After a period of studies and teaching he went to Innsbruck, Austria, for his theological studies where he was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1959. He did graduate studies at the Gregorian University, Rome, where he earned a doctorate in Theology in 1963.
His assignments included teaching Theology at Santa Clara University, retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos, and parish work at St. Mary's Church, Ogden, Utah. He also spent a total of eleven years at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome in a variety of administrative positions.
In 1990 he moved into high school guidance work as college counselor, first at Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, and then, from 2000-08, at Verbum Dei High School in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He served as Senior Priest at the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City before retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 2010.
Jack was the brother of the late Fr. Charles Dullea, S.J., former president of the University of San Francisco. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth "Betty" Moran, professor emerita in English, died on June 23 after a long illness. She was 95 years old. Betty joined the English Department at Santa Clara in 1963 as one of three women faculty at the University. She retired in 1994 and thereafter received emerita status.
Betty was a woman of "firsts" and made her mark at Santa Clara as a teacher, scholar and administrator. She was the first woman to gain tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences; was the first woman elected president of the Faculty Senate; was the first woman to direct the Grants and Fellowships Office and the Faculty Development Program; served as the first woman chair of the Affirmative Action Committee; and founded and directed the Teaching and Learning Center. As a pioneer in African and African-American literature, Betty was the first at Santa Clara to teach a course in African literature. Her persistent work to establish a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Santa Clara paid off in 1977 when we became the first Catholic institution west of the Mississippi River to earn a chapter.
Friends of the University
Therese King McNeil August 13, 1939 - February 7, 2014 Resident of Monte Sereno, Therese died peacefully with her family in the home she cared for and cherished after a two year struggle with cancer. Therese is survived by Don '57, her husband of fifty years, by their four sons: Peter '90 ( Patricia), Timothy (Katie), Patrick '92 (Erica), and Thomas '98 (Darcie) and nine grandchildren: May Margaret, Eamon, Dillon, Ryan, Keira, Will, Luke, Timothy and Cassidy. Therese was born of Irish immigrant parents in San Francisco, California. She attended St. Rose Academy and Dominican College of San Rafael. She taught school in Marin County, then in Campbell after her marriage. She loved teaching and was an inspiration to her students and everyone around her. She retired from teaching to raise her four boys - a very polite and well mannered group, of course. The job she retired to was loving, guiding and supporting her husband and family. She did her new job well and was loved and valued in return. She was president of the Bellarmine Mothers' Guild, chair of the Bellarmine Fashion show, and active in and an officer of a number of non-profit agencies. She was also a member of Santa Clara University's Board of Fellows. Therese's particular gift was her ability to make and keep friends. She was interested in the stories of those around her, and was able to share with them a love of life, a sence of humor, a generous spirit and a scrupulous honesty. Her friends are loyal and legion. Therese will miss them and they her.
Mary Dianne Ravizza, a resident of Los Altos, passed from this life on April 21, after a brief struggle with cancer, surrounded and supported by family. Born on May 17, 1930 to Edgar & Mary Schott. She was raised in Santa Clara with her brothers, Larry Schott '53 (deceased) and Steve Schott '60. She attended St. Clare's grammar school, Notre Dame High School and San Jose State.
Dianne was woman of deep faith, and to many, a trusted and steadfast friend. She was a loyal wife to her husband, Gene Ravizza '50, a loving mother to her children Claranne Long '78 (Tim), Jesuit Community Member and Associate Professor Mark Ravizza S.J. M.Div ’99, and Greg Ravizza (Kathleen), and cherished grandmother to, Jenna Johnson (Jareb), Matt Long, Chris Long, Elena Ravizza and Luke Ravizza.
Notes of condolence may be sent to Mark c/o the SCU Jesuit Community.
Dale Schrumpf M.S. '73, MBA '80, May 5, 2014. Dale Schrumpf was born March 3, 1935, in Perryville, Mo., the first of three children. He attended Missouri School of Mines and then moved to California to work as an engineer, after serving in the Army briefly. He worked at Sylvania and GE when the microwave was first in development. He worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space as an engineer in two different time periods, including work on the Space Station. In between he worked at Quantic Enterprises, where he attained several patents. He received a Master of Science degree and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He also had a passion for sales and entrepreneurship. For many years he traveled the Bay Area with his son, placing Christian books in grocery stores. He started many of his own businesses, including Satellite Solutions, one of the first distributors of DISH Network systems in the Bay Area. In his retirement, he enjoyed merchandising and product demonstration jobs, feeding his love of interacting with people. After moving to Texas, he was able to return to his love of fishing.