Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
Robert Myles Tobin ’70, J.D. ’74, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born on Sept. 23, 1948, and raised in Marin County in the idyllic town of Fairfax, Calif. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, Calif. and was a star athlete. Bob participated in multiple sports, which resulted in scholarships to the University of Santa Clara, where he played on the power-house, nationally ranked Bronco basketball teams of 1967–70.
After graduation from college in 1970, he entered the U.S. Army Reserves, and was stationed in Ft. Ord, Calif. Upon his honorable discharge, he entered law school at the University of Santa Clara, and became a licensed California lawyer in June of 1975. Thereafter, Bob became a very successful trial lawyer, having enjoyed employment and partnership with the San Jose law firms of Hoge, Fenton, Jones, and Appel, and Rankin Oneal, before eventually going into solo practice.
On a personal level, Bob never met a stranger and his circle of friends was wide and varied from all walks of life. Bob had a big heart, was generous to a fault and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He exuded charm and with his tall good looks was a presence in any room. He had a sharp wit and keen sense of humor and laughed easily at life's many foibles and characters.
He embraced life and all it had to offer, having traveled worldwide and having lived abroad.
Bob is survived by his mother, Dorothy Paterson Tobin of San Rafael, Calif., his sister Catherine Tobin of Greenbrae, his sister Colleen Tobin Finney and brother-in-law Butch Finney of Novato, Calif., his brother Myles Stephen Tobin and his sister-in-law Sue Tobin of San Jose, Calif., a niece, and his best friend Jeannie Starcevich. He is preceded in death by his father, Myles Tobin, his beloved uncle, Fr. William Tobin, S.J., as well as his beloved dog Poppy.
Robert "Bob" Doyle Jones MBA '70 passed away peacefully on Monday, May 26, 2014, surrounded by family at Stanford Hospital in California. He was born on Nov. 26, 1939. Bob attended South Bend Central High. He earned a B.S. in engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Bob was an officer in the U.S. Navy. He married Florence Jones in 1964. In 1984, Bob was one of the founders of Celeritek. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Florence, son, Scott, daughter, Leslie, sister, Gayle Gartee, brother-in-law, Wally Gar-tee, niece, Shari Haller, & niece, Michelle Van Goey.
John Louis Albanese ’70, June 26, 2014. A resident of Santa Clara, at the tender age of 66, John passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends after a 9 week pulmonary illness.
John was born to Joseph Albanese ’40 and Rose Albanese on June 1, 1948, grew up with his sister Mary Jo (Riehl), cousins Tom Albanese ’68 and Bill Albanese, and Joy (Stockton). John attended St. Martin of Tours for grade school, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and ultimately Santa Clara University. Prior to finishing Santa Clara, he valiantly fought for his country in Vietnam for two tours prior to being honorably discharged.
Upon his return from Vietnam, he spent some time working for his Uncle Carmen at Central Concrete Supply before returning to his father's business, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. (JJA). John worked at JJA and ultimately succeeded his father in the early 80's. Under John's legendary leadership, the organization has grown from a small organization to an iconic enterprise, while retaining the core values his father taught him- integrity, community, and commitment to our employees.
While his business was very important to him, his family always came first. John is survived by loving companion Nora Prentice, devoted children Kevin Albanese ’96, J.D. ’08 (Julie), Chris Albanese, Beth Rogers (Bob) and Phillip Albanese (Lindsey) and grandchildren, Connor and Aiden Albanese and Emily and Madelyn Louise Rogers; all of whom live locally in San Jose.
In his most recent life chapter, John adored spending time with his children and grandchildren. Baseball games for his birthday, dinners on the town, celebrations of his children's accomplishments, and family dinners would always put a smile on his face. He always let the kids be kids and encouraged their creativity, innocence, and genuineness. He will be sorely missed by the three grandchildren that he knew and the one that was born while he was hospitalized fighting his miserable disease.
Everyone that knew John considered him a friend. He was one of the most caring, compassionate, and generous men God ever created. Without fame or notoriety, he cared for more people in this valley than anyone will ever know. His loving and energetic sprit will be missed by every person who was fortunate to have encountered John.
James Michael Treinen ’70, 65, passed away on June 16, 2014. He was raised in La Habra Heights, Calif., with his five brothers. He attended Santa Clara University and worked at Arthur Andersen and Clark Nuber, then Romac Industries for 24 years. He had a full life with his wife Terri, enjoying travel, golf, biking, bridge and time with their children and grandchildren. In mid-2010 he was diagnosed with ALS. He died surrounded by his family, at home in Edmonds, Wash. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Terri Treinen; and his three children and their families: Nicole, Eric, Jessica & Griffin Trimble; Liz, Matt, Jack & Sadie Wright and Matt, Amy & Elliott Treinen.
Jon C. Carpenter MBA '71 passed away at home May 25, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Washington, D.C. to Samuel and Kathleen Carpenter. He married Donna Kay Richards of Logan, Utah on May 1, 1962 in the Salt Lake temple. Jon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in 1962 and earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. His 33-year career at IBM took him and his family to Helena, Mont., San Jose and San Francisco, Calif., Austin, Texas, and New Canaan, Conn. He retired to Deep Creek, Md. and Salt Lake City, Utah. As an avid outdoorsman, Jon worked at Grand Canyon National Park as a teenager. He went on to serve many years as a B.S.A. scoutmaster (receiving the Silver Beaver), and enjoyed back-country hiking, from the High Sierras in California to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Jon served for 2½ years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Finland. He later served as a bishop, high councilor and in many other capacities. In 2011 he and Donna Kay returned to Finland to serve as senior missionaries in the Helsinki temple. Jon is preceded in death by his oldest son, Rick Carpenter, and is survived by his wife, Donna Kay, his four children, Scott (Diane) Carpenter, Curt (Hedi) Carpenter, Emily (JP) Hanson, Katie (Jon) Groberg, and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Craig Carpenter, and his sister, Kathie Coon.
Bernard Leitner M.S. '72, Sept. 30, 1927 - June 14, 2014. A resident of Palo Alto, Bernie grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Bernie fell in with a crowd of sci-fi fans, studied physics, and also fell for Jane Tynan. The two were married in China Lake, California. Bernie's work as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed-Martin took the family from the island of Oahu, to a year exploring Europe, then to Palo Alto, California, where Bernie and Jane settled in for the next fifty years. Bernie earned a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University. His career culminated with his work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
An outdoor enthusiast, Bernie bicycled the California coast, and across the Sierras, the Rockies, and the Nevada desert. He hiked over Hawaiian volcanoes, through Kings Canyon, and up to the Continental Divide. Together, Bernie and Jane globe-trotted from New Zealand to Greenland. Bernie died at his home in Windsor, California. He is survived by his wife, Jane, his son and daughter-in-law, Kam and Valerie, his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Daniel, and his grandson, Kyle. Bernie's warmth, humor, intelligence, friendship, his love and the spark that is him will be forever missed.
Daniel E. Dietsch '74, August 15, 2014, Age 62, of Homewood, Ill. He was 62.
Beloved husband of Thelma C. Dietsch nee Silvio. Dear father of Simon (Jeanne Robinson) Dietsch and Robin (Jadi Roberts) Dietsch. Cherished grandfather of Carlo, Fox and Evelyn Dietsch. Loving son of Sue and the late Richard Dietsch. Mr. Dietsch is an ordained deacon with the Archdiocese of Chicago serving St. Joseph Parish and a member of Marian Council # 3914 K. of C.
Patrica "Trish" (Towry) Corby '76 passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 9, 2014, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Trish was a patented inventor, an innovator, and a businesswoman. Trish is pre-deceased by her immediate family, but is survived by many friends, most notably her Santa Clara roommate, and dearest friend Robin Munson '76, who cared for Trish on her final journey. Trish will always be remembered by her life long "family of friends" that came to be from her days at Santa Clara University. She was living in Meridian, Idaho.
Dennis McClenahan '76, age 60, passed away suddenly on May 30, doing what he loved – playing tennis. Dennis will be remembered as a loving partner, father and friend, a successful businessman, a superb athlete, and a generous community volunteer. He lived a rich life, excelling in many domains. Most important, he will be remembered for his kind and generous sprit and his strong devotion to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Dennis was a resident of Palo Alto and was raised in Santa Clara, Calif. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1972 and Santa Clara University with a B.S.C in Finance. He was a College All-American wide receiver at Santa Clara University and, upon graduation in 1976, he signed a professional football contract with the Oakland Raiders. Dennis's 35-year insurance career began in 1979 with Jardine Insurance Brokers, followed by Nationwide Insurance from 1988-1993. He then went on to own and operate D.A. McClenahan Insurance Agency before joining Professional Insurance Associates, Inc. as a Vice President in 2003.
Dennis was an incredible athlete, excelling at all sports. His particular passion was tennis. Dennis played on numerous USTA league teams and in many tournaments throughout the state. He was greatly admired by his teammates and opponents alike. In 2012, he was ranked number 1 in Northern California and number 7 in the state in his age category. Dennis was known as a formidable competitor as well as a true gentleman on and off the court.
He was active in the community as well. Dennis was a former member of the Santa Clara Preparatory Alumni Council as well as a past member of Santa Clara University Board of Fellows. Dennis enjoyed participating in fundraising events for the Canary Foundation, Menlo Charity Horse Show, and tutoring children from the Sacred Heart Nativity School. Dennis leaves behind his son Tyler (daughter-in-law Helen), daughter Molly Featherstone (son-in-law John), daughter Murphy, and his grandchildren, Cade, Max, Archer, Oakes, and Enzo. He is survived by his partner Laura Lauman, his brother Bob McClenahan, and sister Judy Vollenweider.
Michael James Zelensky '77, 58, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Ketchikan. He was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington. He lived his early years in Seattle, where he attended Our Lady of Fatima School until eighth grade and graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1973. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1977, and after earning his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1983, Mr. Zelensky came to Ketchikan that same year to clerk in the law offices of A. Fred Miller. Then, Mr. Zelensky and the late Richard Whittaker were partners in the firm of Whittaker and Zelensky for a number of years. For the past 20 years, Mr. Zelensky had a sole practice. He was a member of the Alaska Bar Association, and Ketchikan Bar Association. Mr. Zelensky sponsored and played on Ketchikan “B” League basketball teams for several years. He also enjoyed climbing mountains, first climbing Mt. Adams with his father when he was 16. In 1974, he climbed Mt. Rainier with his close friend, Gary Spees. He also hiked along the west coast of Vancouver Island with friends Bill Jandl and Graham Whyte. He climbed many of Revillagigedo Island’s peaks, including Dude, Ward, Minerva, Deer and Mahoney mountains. He enjoyed kayaking with friends around Ketchikan, and in the Hakai Passage of British Columbias. He was the master teacher of chess and backgammon for his nephews and nieces. Mr. Zelensky is survived by his wife, Myra; daughter, Alexa Ruth; mother, Rose Zelensky of Seattle; sister, Gena (David) McReynolds of Bothell, Washington; members of his wife’s family, Roland and Alaire Stanton, and Loren and Carol Stanton, all of Ketchikan, Bruce and Kathy Stanton of Washington state, and Ralph Stanton of Hawaii; nephews and nieces, Ethan and Megan McReynolds, Daniel and Jacqueline Stanton, Felice Salmon and Brooke Stanton, and Peter, Brendan and Clara Joy Stanton.
Heloïse Ruth Albritton M.A. '77, beloved mother, grandmother and glorious daughter of God, joined her Lord on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2014, in East Meredith. She was surrounded by most of her seven children and devoted caretakers, her home filled with the music and flowers she loved.
Heloïse was born in 1928, in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand), to Dr. Errett and Mrs. Rietta Albritton. The family returned to America in 1931, where Heloïse became an accomplished student, pianist, active Young Federalist and an original candy striper. She graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1950. An intellectual beatnik and liberal thinker, Heloïse enjoyed Greenwich Village where she chatted with Pete Seeger and Jackson Pollock. But, it was James Hartwell Frame - a young man from a small town in Iowa - who captured her heart - over a spilled bowl of punch. They wed in 1951 and were married for 47 years until his death in 1997. They had seven children and more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Heloïse was a devoted servant of the Lord, personally and professionally. She returned to school in her late 40s and earned a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. Over 60 years, she opened her home to many seekers in the conviction of God's promise in Deuteronomy that, "He sets the lonely in families." She was the spiritual mentor, gifted counselor and healer of many searching souls. Heloïse co-launched House of Bread Ministries in California in the 1970s continued her calling in New York City in the 1980s, developing her 12-step Deprivation Neuroses Anonymous group program and then founded The Lazarus Center in Oneonta in 1992, maintaining her practice there until 2009, then choosing to continue her spiritual work from her home office in East Meredith. Heloïse will be greeted in heaven by those who went before her - her husband, James; brother, Rogers; her parents; daughter-in-law, Clara; and great-grandson, Caiden; as well as numerous friends; and spiritual offspring. Early in the evening of her last day, she was able to share in her cherished sunset prayer, saying to the Lord - as she had every day for many years - "Let us usher in a new day, now beginning with rest."
Christopher Nielsen Heard J.D. '78, of Sacramento, Calif., a successful attorney, dedicated psychologist, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2014.
Chris was born to the late Lawrence Nielsen Heard and the late Betty Ann Heard on October 29, 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. He was the oldest son and second child for the couple. In 1969, Chris married Melody Benevento and had his first daughter, Felicia. While working and raising a family, Chris continued his education at the University of San Francisco, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He went on to further his education at Santa Clara University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor in 1978.
Chris began his career in the law in the Santa Clara district attorney's office where he enjoyed an unprecedented record of successes. He remained a dedicated public servant throughout his career, always fighting for the underdog and ensuring that justice was served. In July of 1981, Chris and Melody welcomed their second daughter, Briana. He went on to be a gubernatorial appointee during the Deukmejian administration as well as serving in other distinguished capacities within the California State government. In addition to his academic and professional pursuits, Chris was a fitness enthusiast. He was a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, competing in several triathlons and serving as an unpaid personal trainer to many throughout the years. His daughter Briana has followed in his footsteps, competing in the New York City Marathon and continuing to challenge herself physically and mentally.
Not content to rest on his laurels and eager to make a further contribution to society, Chris went back to school later in life to receive his PhD. in Psychology after which he carved out a distinguished career in forensic psychology. His accumulation of post-graduate degrees inspired his three grandsons to lovingly call him "Dr. Grandpa." Chris was more than the sum of his parts. He was a true renaissance man who never stopped being a student. His love of learning extended to music and dance. He began piano and dance lessons very late in life. Chris read voraciously on any and all topics and was fairly well versed in everything from world history to criminal theory.
Chris was taken from his family far too soon and will be missed by his loving daughters, Felicia Marie Geller and Briana Elizabeth Heard; son-in-law Scott Geller; devoted grandsons Ryan Nielsen, Griffin John and James Powell Geller; his older sister and loving friend Elizabeth Heard Driscoll, brother-in law Gerard Driscoll and their sons Sean, Michael and Matthew; his confidant and younger brother Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Heard and sister-in-law Dr. Christine Heard and their son Kevin Christopher; his sister Lauren Heard and her children Alexandra and Gregory. In addition to his family, Chris leaves behind many close friends and colleagues as well as the countless people he touched during his time here.
Dennis Cavender MBA '79, age 63, passed away on July 28, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Gail (nee Kephart) for over 40 years; the loving father of Amanda (Elliot) Bennett, Jackie (Matt) Wild, and Elizabeth (Adam) Dreyer; proud grandfather of Stella Bennett; devoted brother of Judith (Dennis) Berg and Joyce (Keith) Bogue; and cherished uncle to four nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and DeVona Cavender, of Denver, CO.
A native of the Denver area, Dennis also lived significant portions of his life in the San Francisco and Chicago areas. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. His four-decade career in finance and management took him around the country and the globe. He loved golf, baseball, traveling, and spending time with his family. His loved ones will remember him for his strength, sense of humor, and zeal for life. He will be dearly missed.
Brigit Kathleen Whims '79, on June 1, 2014, closed her crystal blue eyes, never to to reopen them again in this life. She was surrounded by her family and friends and passed on peacefully at her home in Saratoga, Calif. She is survived by her husband Jim; children Maclane, Parker and Makena, as well as by her mother Agnes and brother Kevin. Born April 6th, 1957 to Bob and Agnes Mcwalters of San Francisco, Calif., Brigit attended Mercy high school and went to Santa Clara university on an academic scholarship. Her first job out of school was with Xerox Corporation and years later she became a stock broker at E.F. Hutton.
She lived a healthy lifestyle centered on spending time with close friends and family, and always getting to the gym. She loved to travel and did her best to never miss one of her boys' Bellarmine lacrosse games or her daughter's horse shows.