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1991

'91
Elsie Frost

Elsie Frost J.D. ’91 was born on Oct. 25, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Elsie was a resident of Gaithersburg, Md.

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 2:57P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Christine I. Perkins

Christine I. Perkins '91 died on March 4, 2010.

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 12:21P
'91
Andrew J. Solomon

Andrew John Solomon ’91 passed away quietly on Dec. 5, 2012, following a prolonged battle with brain cancer. Andy was a longtime pillar of the Fresno community having grown up in Fresno where he attended Bullard High School and went on to Santa Clara University, where he was their first baseman all four years. Following college, Andy returned to Fresno to complete a 25 year career in commercial real estate, during which he made innumerable friends, supported community improvements, and was admired and respected by everyone who came in contact with him. Andy, together with his family, fought against his illness for over five years. Andy's incredible strength and will to live resulted in him becoming one of the longest living survivors of full brain radiation treatment. We may all take some solace in the fact that Andy's participation in numerous experimental cancer treatment programs may help to improve the chances for future patients to possibly survive this now incurable disease. During this time he also felt a strong calling to reach out to others in hope of helping them face their own personal challenges. Andy's great love of baseball continued to the very end and was exceeded only by his love for his family and Faith in God. The family would like to thank the staff for the great dedication and care Andy received at both the University of California San Francisco, the Helen Diller Family Cancer Center; and Hinds Hospice. He leaves behind a loving wife Monique; and his two devoted daughters, Meg and Tess. In addition to the young family he leaves behind, there is an extended and devoted family that will continue to morn his loss. He also leaves behind his mother and father, Lew and Linda Solomon, of Fresno; his three siblings, Jeff Solomon '84 and his wife Carolyn of Tualatin, Or., Jim Solomon and his wife Melissa of Fresno, Susie Jones and her husband Tom of Sacramento; and numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; nephews and nieces. 

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:41A

1992

UGRD Arts & Sciences '92
Nathaniel A. Reyes

Nathaniel A. Reyes '92 died suddenly on April 15, 2010 in Palo Alto, Calif., at the age of 40. Reyes graduated from Analy High School in 1988 with a National Merit Scholarship and went on to earn an associate degree in science from Santa Rosa Junior College and a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Santa Clara University. He worked at Bank of America, Ilog, Inc. in Sunnyvale and Highwire Press for the Stanford University Libraries as a software developer until his untimely death. Reyes is survived by his parents Ross and Ligaya Reyes of Sebastopol, and siblings Arnold Reyes and Rosalie Reyes-Simmons.

submitted Jun. 16, 2010 2:33P
'92
Florence Remata

Florence Remata M.A. '92, a Franciscan sister and Kauai native, served decades as educator Sister Florence Remata, minister of the Hawaii-Southwest region of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. She died on Aug. 3 at the Queen's Medical Center after a brief illness and 57 years of service to the Roman Catholic Church. She was 75. According to the Hawaii Catholic Herald, Remata was born in Waimea, Kauai, the sixth of 12 children of Crisanto and Vicente Omakanim Remata. She graduated from Saint Francis Convent School on Oahu and joined the Sisters of St. Francis in 1956. After taking her final vows in 1961, she chose St. Therese of Lisieux, "the Little Flower," as her patron saint in honor of her home parish of St. Theresa in Kekaha, Kauai, where "the sisters taught me how to use the fork to eat, how to dance, and all the social graces so that I wouldn't be a wallflower," she told the Catholic Herald in a 2011 interview. Remata graduated from Chaminade College in Honolulu and Santa Clara University. She taught at St. Peter School in Riverside, N.J.; St. Joseph School in Hilo, where she also was vice principal; and Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Pearl City. She was director of religious education at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Pearl City and at St. Patrick in Chittenango, N.Y. Remata returned to Kauai to care for her mother in 1995. For the next 17 years she served at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue as director of religious education and as pastoral associate. She was also the island's liaison for the Catholic Diocese's Department of Religious Education. The Catholic Herald said she was the first and last Franciscan sister to be assigned to Kauai. Remata told the Hawaii Catholic Herald at the time, "The people of Kauai are church-oriented and value priests and (the) religious." Some nicknamed her "The Mayor of Kauai" for her friendliness and outreach. Remata is survived by eight brothers: David, Edward, Alfredo and Richard Remata, all of Kauai; Stanley Remata of Pearl City; and Wilfred, Lawrence and Patrick Remata of California; and three sisters: Mildred Olores, Elizabeth Aquino and Vivian Nonaka, all of Kauai. She had 30 nephews and nieces, 60 grandnephews and grandnieces, and 11 great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. Her survivors also include her fellow Franciscan sisters and their associates.

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 12:08P
'92
Emily Catherine (Jones) Miner '92

 

Emily Catherine (Jones) Miner ’92 died Dec. 14, 2011, at her home in Angwin, Calif. Emily (nee Jones) was born on Dec. 22, 1969, and grew up in Minneapolis. She graduated from the Blake Schools before attending Santa Clara University. After graduation, she moved to the Napa Valley and started a career in the wine business, where she met her husband, Dave Miner. They were married in 1999 and started their own label, Miner Family Winery, that same year. During her nearly four-year illness, she became a spokesperson in the fight against lung cancer. In 2009, she was the honoree of the V Foundation Wine Dinner in Napa, during which more than $700,000 was raised in the Emily Miner Fund for Lung Cancer Research. In addition to her husband, Emily is survived by two daughters, Sofie and Calla; her parents, Jane and Reed Mackenzie of Chaska, Minn.; her sisters, Rachael (Dan) Mackenzie-Olson of Plymouth, Minn., Joanna (Chris) Daly of San Antonio, Texas; her father-in-law, Ed Miner; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Sumaya Miner; her best friend, Kerry Jo Kilcoyne-Henry '92; plus her six nieces and nephews and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, all of whom will miss her very much. Emily was loved and respected by everyone she met.
submitted Dec. 17, 2011 8:17A

1993

'93
Mary Mabey

Mary Mabey M.A. '93, Jan. 21, 2014. A wide circle of family and friends mourn the passing of Mary Ellen Mabey after a long illness and courageous battle against lung disease.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 42 years, Charles Dawson Mabey; son, Mark Unciano; brother, Blake Wilson; sister, Elizabeth Shatto; cousins, Rosemary DeMarco, Don Ziegler, and Richard Ziegler; and several nieces and nephews. Mary, the youngest of three children of Blake Sr and Marion Wilson, was born on October 9, 1942 in Los Angeles and grew up in Santa Rosa. Mary led an active and vibrant life with a passion for art and education. She graduated with a master's degree from Santa Clara University. Mary will be remembered as a good friend, avid reader, and ardent lover of art, nature, and traveling; her special joy, water color painting. Mary was known to be extremely gregarious, vivacious, and generous. She will be missed by all who were privileged to know her.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 8:47P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '93
Margaret Keller

Margaret "Meg" Joan Andelman Keller M.A. ’93, a resident of San Jose, age 69, died on May 1, 2014,   surrounded by family and friends. Meg fought a courageous battle against multiple health issues for much of her adult life. She is survived by her husband and soul mate of 50 years, Doug Keller, her loving daughter, Alisha Morcate ’93, her devoted son-in-law, Raoul Morcate, and adoring grandsons, Alex and Zach Morcate. She is also survived by her dear sisters, Barb Dodds, Jan Roversi, and Nancy Opyd. Meg was born in Harlan, Ky. to Dr. Samuel and Joan Andelman, the eldest of their four daughters. She grew up in Kentucky and Illinois. Meg graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1963 and graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Business Administration in 1967. Following graduation, she worked briefly for Trans World Airlines before getting married in 1968 and moving to New Jersey. At this time she began working at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, N.J. as the Director of Nurse Recruiting. In 1970, Meg and Doug joyfully welcomed their only child, Alisha Beth Keller. After Alisha's birth, Meg devoted all her time and energy to raising their daughter. In 1971, the Keller family moved to New York and then five years later moved to Lake Oswego, Ore. and finally settled in San Jose, Calif. in 1982. In 1994, Meg accomplished her life-long dream of earning a Masters in Counseling Psychology degree from Santa Clara University. After internships at the Bill Wilson Center and Almaden Valley Counseling Services, Meg earned her Marriage and Family Therapist license. In 1996, she opened her private practice in Almaden Valley and provided relationship advice to numerous cherished clients. In her free time, Meg loved to volunteer with various animal rescue groups by fostering dogs and cats and helping at adoption fairs. Meg was passionate about many things including her family, dogs, and helping others overcome life's many obstacles. Meg will be greatly missed for her intelligence, compassion, insightfulness, sense of humor, courage, and amazing spirit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Meg's name to South Bay Purebred Rescue. Instructions for donations can be found at www.sbprdogs.org.

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:26A
'93
Laura Guzman Magill

Fresno attorney Laura Guzman Magill J.D. '93 will be buried in a 1920s hand-beaded jacket and red boots designed by Bob Mackie that she bought off the Internet. Her coffin will be upholstered in teal leather to match the furniture in her living room. In addition to photographs of her life, mourners will see her collection of shoes and the dresses she made out of recycled material for Trashique, the annual Fresno Art Museum fundraiser. Mrs. Guzman Magill, whose love of fashion was secondary to her love of God and her desire to help the accused, died Dec. 27 after a long and unconventional battle with breast cancer. She was 48.  Friends say Mrs. Guzman Magill was the brains behind the husband-wife criminal law firm that represented such clients as convicted rapist Spencer Scarber, the Buchanan High butt-drag wrestler who got expelled and the students who got kicked out of Central High for cutting down two trees.  While Charles Magill made his pitch to school boards and juries, his wife sat at the defense table plotting strategies or writing her next motion on her laptop.  And when a board or judge ruled against them, she wasn't shy about appealing."She marched to a different beat," Fresno defense attorney Michael Aed said. "She never let a client get convicted without a fight."  Case in point: Scarber, who contended he didn't get a fair trial. In legal documents, Mrs. Guzman Magill and her husband accused Sheriff Margaret Mims of withholding evidence and revealed an old romantic relationship between Scarber's father, a former assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol, and Elizabeth Egan before she became Fresno County's district attorney.  Aed said the legal community took note of Mrs. Guzman Magill's ability to find an obscure document that linked Mims to the case.  Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. upheld Scarber's conviction on Dec. 19.  "You hear lawyers promise that they will turn over every stone," Aed said. But, "Laura was one of the few that really did it."  With her death, Aed said, "we all lose, because who is going to take her place?" 

Within months of their birth, Laura and her twin, Linda, were adopted by P. "Guz" Guzman Jr. and his wife, Paula, who owned National Hardware Supply on Blackstone Avenue in Pinedale.  Mrs. Guzman Magill's love of law and fashion came from her mother, a Fresno State English professor, who encouraged her children to engage in public speaking and debate. She also taught them how to sew.  "Laura loved colors and fabric, especially leather," Magill said, noting his wife made her own dresses, shirts, pants and jackets. "If she had her druthers, she would have been a fashion designer." But her Catholic upbringing and quest for social justice pulled her toward law, he said.  After graduating from Bullard High School in 1983, Laura Guzman earned a political science degree from Pepperdine University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. She began her career in the Bay Area in 1995 before returning to Fresno two years later.  She worked briefly for the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, but was let go. "She wasn't a company person," Magill said. "She wanted to do her own thing."  In 2000 she married Magill. At the time, she had two daughters, Petra and Sierra, and he had two boys, Gary and Zechariah. Together, they have one son, Matthew.  Magill said his wife had success as a trial lawyer: in 2000 she represented a defendant in the Mongolian Boys Society gang-rape trial. Seven people were convicted of rape in Fresno County Superior Court. Her client, Lao Yang, was found not guilty of 12 counts; the jury deadlocked on two rape counts. But it's the high-profile cases she and her husband lost that will seal her legacy, her husband said.  Magill said his wife hated zero-tolerance school policies. "In her mind, there was nothing worse than children being persecuted by school officials," he said.  In 2010, they represented five students who were expelled for a senior prank: they cut down two trees at the Central High School East Campus.  Because the students had no prior history of being disobedient, Mrs. Guzman Magill got a court order to reinstate them, her husband said. And when school officials stopped them from entering campus, she called police.  School officials countered with their own judge's order, and the case ended up in a long legal battle with the students ultimately getting expelled.  Magill, however, said his wife didn't see it as a loss: "Central wanted to show they were tough, but Laura sent a message that they can't bully people around."  The couple also lost the Buchanan butt-drag case. They defended wrestler Preston Hill, who was expelled in 2011 after being accused of sexually assaulting a teammate during practice. Magill said Hill was doing a wrestling maneuver called the butt-drag that coaches had taught him. In a 3-2 vote, the Fresno County Office of Education board upheld Clovis Unified School District's decision to expel Hill during his senior year. They then lost Hill's appeal in court.  Because they had appealed, Hill's expulsion was temporarily stayed, giving Hill time to transfer to another school district. He received his high school diploma, Magill said.  "That was all engineered by Laura," Magill said.  In her spare time, Mrs. Guzman Magill was a mock trial coach at Central and Bullard and took kids to Christian camp. She also reached out to community groups, charging them nothing for legal advice.  "She answered my emails and gave me advice for free," said Fresno activist Gloria Hernandez, who fights for the rights of farm laborers. She said other lawyers charged $250 an hour consultation fee. "Our community is going to miss her," Hernandez said. 

Mrs. Guzman Magill's fight with breast cancer ended her life, but she didn't go without a fight.  In a July 2011 "Valley Voices" column for The Bee, she wrote about her unconventional victory over Stage II-III breast cancer: "What a great year to be diagnosed with cancer."  She said she wasn't trying be sarcastic or flippant; she wanted to tout an alternative method of fighting cancer: "cryoablated," which destroys the cancerous tumor by freezing it. She avoided the traditional method of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.  "We are in the 21st century with 21st century technology," she wrote. "Ancient bloodletting, or chemotherapy and radiation, is just that: ancient."  But in a follow-up column in August this year, Mrs. Guzman Magill said the cancer had returned "four short months" after the first column was published. She decided to undergo chemotherapy.  In November, the cancer worsened and reached her liver, her husband said. But she didn't give up. She flew to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, but doctors there said it was too late because the cancer had gotten into her bones, Magill said.  Mrs. Guzman Magill made her last court appearance in the Scarber case. She was in a wheelchair and hooked up to oxygen. On Dec. 23 she was admitted to Community Regional Medical Center with blood clots in her lungs. The day after Christmas, Magill took his wife home to die among family.  She will be buried in a private service Saturday at St. Peter's Cemetery in Fresno next to her father, who died in August at the age of 90.  "The passion she had for everything she did was amazing," said stepson Zechariah Magill, 20.  He then recalled getting in trouble at Central High, where he was senior class president. He had driven his father's car to school and campus police found a knife in it. School officials suspended him and threatened to expel him.  "My stepmom came to school with a video camera and filmed them as as they searched my dad's car," Zechariah Magill said. "She then told them she would take them to court if they expelled me."  In preparing for battle, Guzman Magill got into "Full-Metal Jacket" mode, her husband said. She got 10 people to write letters on Zechariah's behalf and presented them to school officials. The plan worked: Zechariah was able to graduate with his class and give his speech.  "It was a great feeling," he said. "Like so many people she helped in court, I knew she had my back and I could count on her." 

Born: May 10, 1965 Died: Dec. 27, 2013 Career: Fresno criminal defense lawyer Survivors: husband, Charles Magill; children, Gary, Zechariah, Petra, Sierra, and Matthew; mother, Paula Guzman; sisters, Lisa Guzman and Linda Guzman Ellenberger. 

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:22P
GRD Law '93
Katherine Pak

Katherine Pak J.D. ’93 Aug. 21,1965-July 9, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Katherine, 47, passed away at her home surrounded by her family. She was married to Breck E. Milde ’85.

submitted Jul. 22, 2013 5:22P
'93
David Kerr

David Robert Kerr MBA '93 died at home, in the early morning hours, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. David was born to Robert and Jean Kerr, on May 20, 1962. David earned his undergraduate degree from Wooster College of Ohio, a Master's of Science from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an MBA from University of Santa Clara, Calif . He enjoyed a successful career in the Semi-Conductor Industry. His expertise took him across the United States, to Europe, and the Pacific Rim. More recently his work was in the Pacific Northwest, at LAM Research, Linear Tech, Fairchild Semi, and Microchip Technology. David married Helen R. Koeppen in Boise, Idaho on October 26, 1996. David is survived by his parents, Bob and Jean Kerr; daughter, Olivia; and son, Owen. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim. David was an excellent provider for his family. He dearly loved and was extremely proud of his children, and supported their many activities. David will be greatly missed in all our lives.

submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:40P

1994

GRD Jesuit School of Theology '94
Victor Valdez

Victor Valdez ’84, M.A. ’94 51, lay ecclesial minister and long-time catechetical leader who achieved Master Catechist status last year, died on July 17, 2013. He had suffered for many years from the effects of recurring brain tumors.

Wendy Scherbart, Director of Catechetical Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, said, “Over the 30 years I have known Victor, he has shown me how to put my trust in God. He lived with integrity and hope while carrying recurring health challenges.

“Victor chose to discern the will of God each day. He strived to do the will of God and now is fully united with God. I thank him for inspiring us with his courage and deep faith.”

Scherbart said that Victor had just made his second trip to Lourdes in May with the Knights of Malta and that he was seeking peace. “He told me that the day he went to the baths he didn’t want to hurry, but to be fully present to the experience. 

“As he stepped through the waters, he felt sensations, the temperature, the placement of each foot, and he emerged feeling a deep peace,” Scherbart said.

At Valdez’s funeral Mass, July 24, at Santa Teresa Church, San Jose, Father Jose Antonio Rubio M.A. ’95, STD ’06 gave the homily, noting the Gospel reading, John 6: 37-40, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

Father Rubio said Victor “had recurring benign brain tumors and had 12 surgeries — some 13 hours — until they couldn’t operate anymore. He had the tumors for more than half his life, but he did a lot in a life.

“Even as a boy Victor carried his cross. When he was born, an ear was partially developed and he endured a number of surgeries. When he was in grammar school, he was hit by a car, broke his hip and was in a cast for six months.”

“Victor had a strong faith,” Father Rubio said. “From his Mexican heritage he had great faith in Our Lady of Guadalupe, and he got strength from the writings and spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. After he was diagnosed with the tumors, he dedicated his life to God, working for the Church. He always paid attention to how God was working in his life.” 

Valdez worked at St. John Vianney, St. Athanasius, St. Denis (Menlo Park) as Director of Religious Education, at the University of Santa Clara as a resident minister in the dorms and with the alumni association. He planned retreats, gave talks and workshops at faith formation conferences in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Ariz. 

Father Rubio said, “Victor carried his cross behind Jesus, but he carried his cross like Jesus. The cross of Jesus changed the universe and lead to resurrection, his resurrection, Victor’s resurrection, our resurrection.
“Victor saw life as a pilgrimage. He liked to travel and went to Lourdes twice, to Fatima, and to Madrid for World Youth Day in 2011. He had 
been looking forward to WYD Brazil this year.

“When he returned from Madrid he wrote an article for The Valley Catholic recalling standing in rain all night and sleeping on cement. He quoted the very text that was tonight’s Gospel reading, and he concluded: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” 

Victor wrote, “I know the call of Jesus calls for total commitment requiring great sacrifice. What we experienced at World Youth Day was an opportunity to trust in the Lord who never abandons us. In an exhibit along a Madrid parkway, we saw life-size reproductions of the Stations of the Cross. It is through the cross that we are led to freedom.” 

“Free at last, Victor, free at last!” Father Rubio concluded.

 

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 2:09P
'94
Robert George Langsner

Robert George Langsner MA ’94, passed away November 21, 2011. Born August 3, 1940, in Pasadena, Calif., to George Langsner of Brooklyn, New York, and Eileen Mary Johnston Langsner of County Cork, Ireland. He earned his bachelor of science in mathematics in 1962 from the California Institute of Technology and later earned a master of science in computer engineering from Santa Clara University. Robert was a pioneer in the early technology industry and led a storied career working initially for Aerojet and then for Scientific Data Systems, which later became Xerox Data Systems and finally Honeywell Large Information Systems. During this time Robert represented Honeywell on the American National Standards Institute for Fortran, for several years. Work and family eventually brought him to Reno, where he worked as a lecturer in mathematics and computer science at the University of Nevada, Reno and as a consultant to then-Sierra Pacific Power Company. In later years, Robert volunteered as a math tutor to calculus classes at Reno High School. Robert took immense joy from his time at the University of Nevada, especially when teaching and advising students; as an advisor he took particular care to reach out to the foreign graduate students he worked with. Robert also enjoyed sharing the university with his children, by introducing them to his students and colleagues, by showing them his intellectual pursuits, and by imparting to them his joy of learning. Later, through his volunteering, Robert enjoyed sharing his passion with the high school students he helped. As a young man Robert's curiosity led him to travel often to Europe and the Pacific Islands, and later in life he again pursued this joy. Above all else, Robert loved being a father. He took great pride in being a dad, and he loved his children dearly. Beginning with his tenure at the university and thereafter, Robert loved to take his family to UNR basketball and football games and especially loved watching his children learn and enjoy the games. Robert was a warm person who shall be remembered by his family and friends as someone who cared greatly for the well being of others. He is survived by his wife Margaret Slattery; children Patrick Reuther, Mary Langsner (Alain VTron), and Robert Langsner; granddaughter Paityn Reuther; cherished cousins Tom Popovich and Mike Johnston, among many others; sister Noreen Briggs; many dear friends; and several nieces and nephews.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:55P
'94
Paul Siggins

Paul Siggins M.S. ’94 was a resident of Santa Clara. Born September 21, 1960 in San Jose, died at home in Santa Clara July 28, 2012 of melanoma cancer after a brave and valiant 6 month fight with family and friends at his side. He is survived by his devoted wife, soul mate, and best friend of 21 years Karen Siggins. Loving son of Hugh (deceased), and Frances Siggins. Caring brother of Carol (deceased), Gary (Barbara), Bruce (Laura). Cherished son in law of Irene Capurso. Brother in Law of John & Alan Field. Dear nephew of Don & Kathy Sindel. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. Lifelong friend of David Lowery. Paul was warm, patient & kind. He had a loving, good natured disposition & effervescent zest for life. Although death took him at age 51, Paul lived life to the fullest and experienced more than most people do over a long lifetime. He & Karen traveled the world together. He especially loved cruising, reading, & watching the 49ers with his BFF Dave. He was a huge animal lover. Paul was a well respected & talented Electrical Engineer who enjoyed his job. He rec'd his BSEE from San Jose State, and his MSEE from Santa Clara University. Paul was most recently employed by Alara, Intellidx, and Thermo Fisher.

submitted Sep. 6, 2012 12:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '94
Lori Kipp

Lori Kipp '94 passed away on March 26, 2011 at the age of 38. She lived her life to the fullest even though she battled stoically with the genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Lori was born and raised in Monterey, Calif., graduated from Monterey High School in 1990 and from Santa Clara University in 1994. She was a resident of Pacifica, Calif. and worked many years for the Peninsula Family YMCA in San Mateo. Lori was an avid and knowledgeable Giants baseball fan. She also loved traveling, especially to Europe and to Disney World with her family. After being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at nearly 5 years of age, Lori and her family became very involved with CF fundraising and educational activities. Recently, she helped to establish an Adult Cystic Fibrosis Advisory Council at Stanford Medical Center, with the hope of improving the quality of care, both within the hospital and in the clinical setting. Lori always made the best of what Cystic Fibrosis dealt her, never complaining, just accepting and moving on. The many tributes on her Facebook page are wonderful testimonials to a life generously and courageously lived. Sadly too late for her, Lori was put on the fast track path to a lung transplant which she and her family hoped would give her a life free of the lung disease she had always fought so hard to overcome.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 11:30A
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Gary D. Mizak

Gary D. Mizak '94, a resident of San Francisco, Calif., passed away at 47 on Tuesday May 5, 2009. He was born February 6, 1962 in Erie, the son of the late George and Kathleen Wassel Mizak. Gary was a 1980 graduate of McDowell High School and Penn State University. He later earned his master's degree from Santa Clara University. For the past 24 years, he has lived in California and had been working in the Finance department of Levi Strauss & Co. He loved his dog and enjoyed traveling the world. Most recently he was learning to speak Spanish. Gary is survived by a sister, LeeAnn McDonald, and her husband Glenn of Erie, and three brother: David B. Mizak of Akron, Ohio; Kevin G. Mizak and his wife Kathy of Russell, Pa., and George Mizak of Pittsburgh. He is the uncle of Lindsy and Kimberly McDonald and Mark, Kara, Greg, and Alexa Mizak. Also surviving is an aunt, uncles and cousins.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 12:42P
GRD Law '94
Cynthia D. Waddell

Cynthia D. Waddell J.D. ’94, resident of Danville, 60, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Danville, Calif. She was born on May 3, 1952 in Long Beach, Calif., the first child of Charles and Vaun Del Bonney. A graduate of the University of Southern California (BA) and Santa Clara University (JD), Cynthia was the Executive Director of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, and a world-renowned advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Waddell; by two daughters, Elizabeth Waddell and Christina Thompson; by her granddaughter, Julia Garcia; by her brother, Timothy Bonney; by her sister, Annette Van Vliet; and by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:27A
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Craig Hampton

Craig Hampton '94 passed away January 29, 2010, after an inspiring fight against a rare spinal cancer. Craig was born December 17, 1971, the youngest of six children, and raised in Simi Valley, California. He graduated with a marketing degree from Santa Clara University in 1994, and relocated from California to Spokane in 1997. Craig spent 15 years in the software solutions business. His passions included golf, fly fishing, and he was a well-decorated soccer player: "Bone" (AKA #4) was named an All-American as a senior at Simi Valley High School (1990), was US U-20 Men's National Team captain, and two-time captain at Santa Clara University. He also played for the Palo Alto Firebirds and Spokane Shadow (USISL), and San Jose Grizzlies (CISL). A loving husband to Kristina, and father to Madisen (10), Samantha (9), Landen (6) and Monroe (5), Craig enjoyed being involved withand supporting his children in their many activities. He found great comfort and love with Kristina, his family and friends, especially during the last months of his courageous battle. Craig is also survived by his parents, Wes and Sandy, whose devotion to their son's care was unparalleled; his sisters: Leslie Elkins (Rob), Kerri Rasmussen (KL), and Cindi Kramer (Chris); and brothers: Wes and Kevin (Nydia) and many extended family members.

submitted May. 26, 2010 11:41A
'94
Betty Jane Rank

Betty Jane Rank M.A. '94, Sept. 1, 2013. A resident of Walnut Creek, Betty Jane Rank was born in Benicia on Sept 6, 1923. Betty Jane attended St Bernard Grammar School in Oakland, graduated from Holy Names High School in Oakland, then earned a BA Degree from Holy Names College in Oakland in 1945. In 1957, she received a Masters degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley. In her retirement, she capped off her education with a Masters degree in Theological Studies from Santa Clara University. During her career, Betty Jane worked for the City of Oakland Recreation Department, the Oakland Council of Camp Fire Girls, the Denver Council of Camp Fire Girls, and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Oakland. She was the first director of Tallmadge Hamilton House for senior citizens in Seattle, and spent 23 years with the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. She often "moonlighted" as an adult education teacher and as a consultant on the aging. Betty Jane never married. Family and friends were her primary focus. Travel was an important part of her life. She traveled to and hiked in many parts of the world. The Sierra Club provided a vehicle for the outdoor activity she so enjoyed. Yosemite provided a setting that she never grew tired of. She did a lot of volunteer work with the Red Cross and with her parish church. Betty Jane moved to Rossmoor in Jan 1997 after living in San Jose for 34 years. She was a member of St. Anne's Church, and participated in ministries as her health permitted. Betty Jane is survived by a nephew, two nieces, one great nephew, four great nieces, two great, great nephews, two great, great nieces, and many first cousins and their extended families. We all loved her and will miss her.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:35P

1995

'95
Thatcher Bryant Perkins

Thatcher Bryant Perkins ’95 of Woodinville, a much-loved son, brother, husband, and father, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 26. He was born in Tarrytown, N.Y. on July 5, 1972. Thatcher graduated from Woodinville High School and Santa Clara University. He is survived by his grandparents, John and Jeanne Quinn; his parents, Dennis and Robin Perkins; his brothers, Chris, John and Patrick; and his own family: Aimee, daughters Parker and Morgan, and son Brenner. Thatcher's appetite for adventure and dynamic humor were second only to his love for his children. Parker shares his zest and spirit, Brenner carries his daddy's boyish charm, and Morgan has Thatcher's smile and laughing eyes. He lives in each moment we remember his life and his love for us.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:07A
'95
Rachel Brant Peres

Rachel Brant Peres ’95, a resident of San Jose, entered into peaceful rest at age 39 on October 13, 2012 in San Jose after a courageous and inspiring 20-month battle with leukemia. Rachel was born March 6, 1973 at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. As a military "brat" she lived in 5 states prior to moving to Davis, Calif. in 1981. She graduated from Davis Sr. High School in 1991 where she played varsity soccer and volleyball. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Santa Clara University in 1995 and completed a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria. Rachel was an amazing writer and worked as a Public Relations and Marketing Specialist in Silicon Valley and she also started a small business selling her hand-made felt creations online and to boutiques in the Bay Area.


Rachel was married to Robert Peres in Santa Clara on September 17, 2000 and leaves two children Evan age 7 and Katherine age 5. As a family they enjoyed traveling around California and vacations to Hawaii. Rachel was active in the Hacienda Elementary School parent group and volunteering in her children's classrooms.


Rachel will be missed by many and forgotten by few. Survived by her loving husband Rob; her two beloved children, Evan and Kate: mother Linda Brant: stepfather William Brant (Barbara): stepmother Lesley Funk: brothers Ryan Brant (Tiffany), Dan Brant (Lindsay) and Jon Brant; and 10 adoring nieces and nephews. Rachel was predeceased by her father Warren K. Funk.


Rachel chronicled her illness on her Caringbridge blog which drew in thousands of readers who were inspired by her wit and courage.

submitted Oct. 22, 2012 12:23P
'95
Nathan Hearn

Nathan C. Hearn ’95 passed away Feb. 14, 2012 in Denver. He was 38.

Born April 10, 1973 in Tillamook, Ore., to Vern C. and Olivia A. (Reich) Hearn, Nathan spent his youth in Portland. He was active in scouting programs, church youth activities, choir, computers, math, science, and model UN. He participated in chemistry and engineering competitions at the state and national levels, and qualified for an Intel Corp Internship.

He graduated from Sunset High School in Portland, Ore., received his B.S. in physics from Santa Clara University, and his ph.d in theoretical physics from the University of Illinois.

On November 26, 2005, Nathan married Sandra M. Kelly ’96 in Nevada City, Calif., and moved to Longmont, Colo., from Chicago in 2009.

After graduating from college, Nathan did his post doctorate research at Washington State University and the University of Chicago (Flash Group), followed by his employment at NCAR from 2009–2012.

Nathan attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont. His many hobbies included singing, photography, computer programming, playing video games, watching dumb movies, rollerblading, and sharing his unique sense of humor. Nathan belonged to a number of church choirs and several professional scientific and programming organizations.

Nathan is survived by his wife Sandra Kelly; his father Vern C. Hearn; his mother Olivia A. Hearn; his brother Joel C. Hearn; and his sister Charis A. Hearn.

submitted Feb. 26, 2012 5:23P
GRD Engineering '95
John Chuong Van Pham '89, MSE '95

John Chuong Van Pham '89, MSE '95, 42, son of Quy Pham and Oanh Dao, passed away on Oct. 16, 2010 in El Dorado Hills. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Gloria Renee Rodrigues, and their children, Nicholas, Anthony and Caroline. He leaves 9 siblings and their spouses, Bau (Dao), Kim (Ket Nguyen), Hoa (Xuyen), Gia (Tuyet), Thy Le (Nam), Christine (Tuong Trieu), Hanh (Tuan Nhan), Lindsey (Phillip), Huong (Jeremy) and 18 nieces and nephews. He is godfather to Robert Le, Brian Trieu and Lauren Khuu. He graduated from Santa Clara Univ. with a BS in 1989 and an MSE in 1995. After working for Cisco for 18 years and commuting from El Dorado Hills, John started working for Intel 4 months ago to be with his family every day. John loved nature and enjoyed hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding. He especially loved playing with his kids. A beloved husband, son, brother, cool uncle, friend and co-worker, John will be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, greatness of heart and lightness of spirit. You have to enjoy life, he would say. Visitation and viewing: Friday 10/22, 1-6 pm and Saturday 10/23, 10-6 pm (Vietnamese Rosary from 3-4:30 pm), at Miller Funeral Home 507 Scott Blvd. Folsom. A funeral Mass was held on October 25 at St. John's the Baptist Church.

submitted Oct. 20, 2010 3:16P
'95
Donald C. Chavous Jr.

Donald Calhoun Chavous Jr. J.D. '95, 61, of Rancho Mirage, passed away July 29, 2014, in his sleep. Born Aug. 11, 1952, to Donald and Patricia Chavous, Don spent his early years in Bushnell, Florida. In 1967, Don received a congressional appointment to work as a page for the House of Representatives. He lived and worked in Washington, D.C., from 1967-1969, attending the Capitol Page School. Classes were held in the attic of the Library of Congress, during some of the most turbulent times in Washington, D.C., history. He received his high school diploma in 1969, at the age of 16. Don became a student at the University of Florida, majoring in chemical engineering. Just prior to completing his bachelor's degree, he was awarded the unheard of opportunity of early transfer to medical school at the University of Miami, achieving his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) in 1976. From 1977-1980, Don served as a doctor in the Navy, with the rank of lieutenant commander - traveling from Pearl Harbor to the Bering Sea, and eventually to Moffett Field, California. After working in California at Cupertino Medical Clinic (1980-1982), he co-founded and directed Los Altos Medical Clinic in 1983. It was around this time he fell in love with a nurse, Linda Larson, and her 6-year-old son, David. They married Sept. 9, 1985, and had a daughter, Emily, in 1988. Always one for a challenge, Don returned to school at Santa Clara University of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1995. While still hard at work full time as a physician, he began work as an attorney with his own private practice, specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury. In 1998, the family relocated to sunny Southern California, where Don continued double duty as an attorney-at-law as well as full time urgent care physician, saving lives with Desert Medical Group (now Desert Oasis Healthcare). Over the years, Don was an avid skier, tennis player, basketball player, golfer, hiker, and loved watching ESPN. He had a passion for the open road, and took many long rides across the Western U.S. on his '97 Valkyrie motorcycle, becoming very involved with the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club. He had memberships with the local gun clubs, and enjoyed going out for target practice. He is remembered for his sharp wit and keen sense of humor, his stimulating political banter, loyalty to friends and coworkers, and his fundamental human decency. Don had the nickname "AAA": he made himself available to help anyone - Anytime, Anywhere, for Anything. Don is survived by his wife, Linda Chavous; two children: David Berry of Portland, Oregon, and Emily Chavous of La Quinta, California; four granddaughters, Pearl, Sayde, Ginger and Rosie; his mother, Patricia Chavous, of Tampa, Florida; and siblings Shirley Purvis, of Leesburg, Florida; Alan Chavous of Tampa; Terri Bonner of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Brian Chavous of Oxford, Florida; his in-laws Larry and Marjean Larson of Rancho Mirage, California; countless friends and colleagues; and by the family cat, Bebe

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 11:54A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '95
Celia Ann Cavazos

Sister Celia Ann Cavazos, MCDP M.A. ’95, a Missionary Catechist of Divine Providence for 55 years, died on August 28, 2012, at the age of 75. She was born to Esteban Cavazos and Celia Gonzales on December 22, 1936, in Pierce, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Stephen Cavazos, Jr., her sisters and brothers-in-law, Minnie Rodriguez, Alice Montalvo, Domingo Montalvo, Rudy Rodriguez, and Luis Madrid. Sister Celia Ann is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Alma and Joseph C. Diaz, Mary Carmen Madrid, Celia Martha Weiss, Annie Marie Morales and Elias Morales; nieces and nephews, Domingo, Jr., Margaret, Elizabeth, Joseph, Virginia, Rudy, Steven, Christopher, Brian, Katherine, Mark, Jason and 17 great nieces and nephews.

Sister Celia Ann made her first vows as a Missionary Catechist of Divine Providence on August 6, 1957. She served her religious community as General Superior of the Congregation, a member of the Leadership Council, formation directress, and directress of a house of discernment in Fresno, CA. She served as Vicar of Educational Services and the Vocations Office in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. She also served as Director of the Office of Religious Education in the Diocese of Fresno and in the Offices of Religious Education and Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Austin. Sister Celia Ann served the needs of People of God as a catechetical leader in Texas parishes of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the Diocese of Fresno, the Diocese of Austin, the Diocese of Brownsville, and the Diocese of Corpus Christi. She was well known as a national catechetical leader. A graduate from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX, the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA, Sister served God's people with compassion and love. 

 

submitted Sep. 6, 2012 11:34A
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