Santa Clara Snapshot: 2001

Santa Clara Snapshot: 2001
Happy birthday, Santa Clara: 150 years is something to celebrate, and there was plenty of birthday cake to go around. Courtesy SCU Archives
by Jon Teel '12 |
  • 4 honorary degrees presented in June to: Charmaine Williams ’89 (President, SCU Alumni Association, 2000–01), William H. Muller, S.J. (President, Bellarmine College Preparatory), Gordon E. Moore (Chairman Emeritus, Intel Corp.), and William J. Rewak, S.J. (President, Santa Clara University 1976–88)
  • 13 residence halls
  • 90 percent of campus connected to high-speed Internet and campus email
  • 2,500 people gathered for a Memorial Liturgy in the Mission Gardens on Sept. 17 to pay tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001
  • 4,477 undergraduates enrolled
  • 60,412 alumni


Sept. 11, 2001

Lives lost on a fateful day.

Deora Bodley. Courtesy Derrill Bodley and Deborah Borza

Deora Bodley was 20 years old and was flying home to begin her junior year at Santa Clara. She was aboard United Airlines Flight 93 when al-Qaida terrorists hijacked it. The plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Penn., killing all aboard. She was studying French and psychology and hoped to be a child psychologist. Bodley was actively involved with community service from high school on, and she tutored at St. Clare’s parish school across the street from campus. One of those children wrote on her memorial: “Deora made the sun brighter.” A rose was planted in her memory near the Mission Church and a fund established to benefit the children of St. Clare’s. “We see the face of God in Deora’s love for family and friends,” said President Paul Locatelli, S.J. ’60, “in her service to the community, in her concern for others, and in her smile and laughter.” Steven Boyd Saum

Cap. Lawrence D. Getzfred '71. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Capt. Lawrence Daniel Getzfred ’71 was a no-nonsense Navy man: “Get it done, get it done right.” But he was much more than that. A Nebraska native with four brothers in the Navy and 38 years of service around the world—including active duty in the wars in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf—he was awarded numerous decorations, and he was on his second tour of duty in the Naval Command Center in the Pentagon when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building, killing 125 people on the ground and all aboard the plane. He was 57 years old and was taken from his loving wife, Pat, and two daughters, ages 11 and 12, for whom he enjoyed building marvelously intricate dollhouses in his spare time. Steven Boyd Saum

Winter 2014

Table of contents


Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

The chaplain is in the House

With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

Welcome to Citizenville

Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters


Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.