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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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Mary T. Pasetta

Mary T. Pasetta, born Oct. 7, 2014, a longtime SCU Bookstore employee, passed away on May 5, 2015 at the age of 100. Mary worked for 40 years for the University. She enjoyed helping the students find books in the bookstore. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She is survived by her son, Robert Pasetta (Patti), her daughter, Janis Neth, and grandchildren, Jason Neth and Christina Pasetta...also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dan Pasetta. May she rest in peace.

submitted May. 16, 2015 10:25P
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Leo V. English Jr.

Dr. Leo Victor English Jr. died peacefully at home surrounded by family. Leo was born December 31, 1919, to Dr. Leo V English and Elizabeth Baker English in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Toledo, 1940; Howard University Medical School, 1944. While practicing medicine in Detroit Michigan he was drafted into the Korean War as Captain Leo Victor English Jr. and served 2 ½ years in Alaska.

In 1954 Dr. English decided to settle in San Jose with his family.  Upon the move to San Jose he was unable to rent an office in medical building or buy the home of his liking. He bought a home near San Jose Hospital converted the front to a medical office and the back to the home for the family. Later in his career Dr. English and three associates formed an HMO where he served as medical director.

Community involvement included: 1960-1961 President of the San Jose branch of the NAACP; San Jose Police Chief’s Advisory Board; Santa Clara County Grand Jury. 1965 Leo and his wife Juanita were instrumental in finding summer housing for Selma, Alabama students. Recognition and awards include: 1991 Roll of Honor Citation Howard University Student Non-Violent, Direct Action to Desegregate Restaurants and Interstate Buses Washington D.C. in 1943 and 1944; 1959 “Distinguished Citizen Award” from San Jose City Council; 1964 “Annual Service Award” for outstanding and distinguished service in the field of human relations from the Anti-Defamation League Council of San Jose B’nai B’rith; 1972-1977 Santa Clara University board of Regents; 2002 Martin Luther King association of Santa Clara County, Good Neighbor Award.

Dr. English was a member of the Serra Club, which fosters and promotes vocations to the catholic priesthood. Dr. English was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and co-founder of Gamma Chi Boule in San Jose. He enjoyed traveling with his family and assisting his sons in 4-H club animal projects. Leo is survived by his loving wife Juanita MA '75 of San Jose California, four sons: Leo English III (Karen); Isaac English (Sonia), James English '75 (Mary '76, MA '79) and Paul English (Steven). He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 3:16P
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Ian Murray

Ian Murray, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering (1951-1988) and father of Barbara Murray, professor of theatre and dance, died on March 30. At 92 years old, Ian lived a long and full life, much of it spent serving at Santa Clara University. He was active in his profession as author, teacher and researcher while also dedicating time to the University community in numerous ways. He served as Faculty Senate president and was an active member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Among his creative achievements, Ian merged his passion for sailing with his academic expertise in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to develop the course, Dynamics of Sailing, in the 1960s. 

 
Together with Barbara and her family, we mourn Ian's death and recall the gift he was to his family, friends, colleagues and students.
 
Notes of condolence may be sent to Barbara Murray, Theatre and Dance Department.
 
A celebration of Ian's life will be held: 
Saturday, April 25, 1:00-4:00p.m.
Union Church of Cupertino
20900 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014
submitted Apr. 17, 2015 12:55P

Friends of the University

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Margaret M. Casanova

Margaret M. Casanova, born October 1, 1915, passed away peacefully, February 26, 2015, at the age of ninty-nine. Margaret was born and raised in Payette, Idaho. She attended the University of Idaho where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Margaret was a member and great supporter of the Catholic Newman Center at the University where in 2003, she established the Len and Margaret Casanova Scholarship Fund, for students who were active in Newman Center. She also was a lifelong member of the PEO Sisterhood. 

Margaret married Leonard Casanova '27, Bronco Hall of Fame football player and coach 1946-1949, on August 17, 1963. He was also a University of Oregon football coach and athletic director. She was a devoted Duck fan and traveled with the football team until two years before her death. 

What was most important to her were family, friends and faith, he said. She set up the Len & Margaret Casa­nova Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to UO students who participate in Catholic ministry centers at non-Catholic universities. Casanova was a storyteller, a person who enjoyed life and radiated joy, and students responded to those qualities.
 
Margaret is survived by her sons Thomas, and Daniel, step-daughters, Margot Wells, and Andrea Casanova, grand-children, Kim Macon and Kieron Hathaway, Caroline Kahn '94, Colette McClung, Monica Anderson, and a niece Janet Pence. Known by them as "Great Grandma Duck", she also had eleven great-grandchildren.
submitted Apr. 10, 2015 3:42P

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John Marlo

Retired judge John Marlo J.D. '61 died May 26, 2015. Marlo, 81, was the Capitola city attorney before he became a municipal and superior judge from 1973 to 1993. He had a long and varied career, all while raising five children with his wife, Patricia Marlo, in Aptos. Marlo died of Leukemia, his colleagues said.

Marlo graduated from San Jose State in 1956 and became a San Jose police officer for about five years. He earned a law degree at Santa Clara University and was a civil attorney before he became Capitola’s city attorney. After his election to Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Marlo presided over high-profile criminal cases.
 
From the early ’70s, Marlo and his family also ran Aptos Vineyard. Tending its vines provided him with “good therapy” from the rigors of the legal profession, he told the Sentinel in 1993. Marlo also co-founded the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association and worked with David Bruce Winery in Los Gatos and Hallcrest Vineyards in Felton.
 
“John was a good businessman, a wonderful lawyer and a great judge,” said Bill Kelsay, a retired Santa Cruz County Superior judge who was also Marlo’s neighbor in Aptos. “He was always upbeat. He had such strong values and was such a good family man. He had a life full of a lot of support and love.”
Marlo taught at Cabrillo College and worked as a mediator and arbitrator at San Jose-based JAMS, which stands for Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services Inc. It resolves disputes through the services of retired judge and attorneys.
 
Upon his retirement from the bench, Marlo told the Sentinel that he hoped to be remembered for his dignity, fairness and for being firm. He said he wanted to be known as, “Someone who ran a good courthouse and tried to encourage the resolution of disputes.”
 
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:26P

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