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RyaEdward J. Chavez ’52, a beloved Marin County high school coach and revered patriarch of a legendary basketball family, died Sept. 10 at his home in Ross. He was 84.
Edmund H. Shea, Jr. '52, an entrepreneur and pioneering venture capital investor who led one of the nation's top tunneling companies and co-founded Shea Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country, died Aug. 13 at his San Marino home. He was 80. The cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis. During the 1960s, Mr. Shea pioneered venture investing and provided early stage capital for Hambrecht & Quist, which became a prominent technology investment banking firm based in San Francisco. Over the next 40 years, Mr. Shea made early investments in hundreds of start up companies -- including Activision, Adobe, Altera Corporation, Brocade, Compaq Computer, Genentech, Affymax, America West Airlines, AES Corporation, and Peet's Coffee & Tea. Fabrinet, a company that he funded in 2000, successfully completed its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange last month. Trained as an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Shea did not fit the stereotype of a venture capitalist. He invested only his own and his family's capital and so could be a particularly flexible and patient investor. He usually explored Silicon Valley solo, lugging a canvas bag stuffed with papers to meet entrepreneurs one-on-one and quiz them gently about their ideas and business plans. "Although Ed personally directed a very large venture capital investment portfolio, he did it without the usual cadre of MBA underlings," said William Brody, President of the Salk Institute in La Jolla California, president emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and formerly CEO of Resonex, a venture startup. "He did his own due diligence and formed his own judgments." Mr. Shea often said he "invested in people, before technology." As Bill Hambrecht, co-founder of Hambrecht & Quist noted: "He never ignored the human element in any decision, and was always willing to take a chance on people with character." Mr. Shea's relationship with Robert A. Kotick, who engineered the turnaround of Activision, the electronic games company, typified his investing style. Although he appreciated Activision's business plan, he was convinced Mr. Kotick and his partner Brian Kelly had the character and ability to make Activision successful. "When I called him on the phone the day of the closing, he called out to his assistant to pick up the phone, then he said, 'I have to pick up the dry cleaning, then I need to go to the dog groomer and get the dog and, oh, can you wire Bobby Kotick a million and a half dollars,'" Mr. Kotick said. "I'm not sure I was even first on his list that day." The investment was very successful, as Activision grew into an electronic games giant with a $13-billion market capitalization. He remained close to both young entrepreneurs. "He was one of my mentors," Mr. Kotick added. Mr. Shea had a long relationship with Hambrecht & Quist and served as a director until shortly before it was acquired by Chase Bank in 1998. Mr. Hambrecht said, "Ed was a great partner of mine in every sense of the word, for over 42 years. He listened with an open mind to almost any idea, but kept a sense of discipline and business judgment that so often became the 'ballast' in our decision process." In 1958, together with his cousin John F. Shea and his brother Peter O. Shea, Mr. Shea formed J. F. Shea Co., Inc. as a successor to their family's construction business, which their grandfather had begun in 1881 as a plumbing contractor in Portland. The predecessor Shea companies had principal roles in the construction of iconic American public works like the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay Bridges. During the 1960s and 1970s Mr. Shea personally managed some of J. F. Shea Co.'s most significant construction work, building tunnels—including the Berkeley Hills tunnel—and underground stations for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District and the Washington D.C. Metro systems. J. F. Shea Construction remains among the country's premier underground contractors. Its active public works projects include two major subway jobs in New York City: the extension of the No. 7 line from Times Square to the Javits Center and the Second Avenue subway. Last year, it completed the last segment of Metropolitan Water District's Inland Feeder Project, a tunnel through the San Bernardino mountains. During the late 1960s J. F. Shea began a homebuilding business that became Shea Homes in 1974. Since its inception, Shea Homes has built and sold more than 85,000 homes in California, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Florida. Builder magazine in 2008 ranked Shea Homes as the largest for-profit private homebuilder in the United States. The Shea family also owns and operates Shea Properties, which develops, owns and manages commercial real estate including shopping centers, apartments and office buildings in Colorado, Arizona and California. Edmund Hill Shea, Jr. was born August 15, 1929 in Portland, Oregon. In his early years, he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where his father supervised the construction work on the piers for the Golden Gate Bridge. In 1935, his family returned to Los Angeles. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1947. After a year in the Jesuit Novitiate and then at Santa Clara University, he enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1952. He served in the United States Air Force for two years, which included a stint in electrical school. He later credited that experience for giving him the education he needed to appreciate the value of the integrated circuit and other technological innovations that he invested in beginning in the 1970s. Mr. Shea began work in the construction business in the early 1950s on several reservoir jobs in Southern California in partnership with his cousin John. They moved on to the Hills Creek Diversion tunnel in Oregon and then to the Clear Creek Tunnel, a nine mile tunnel in Northern California that brought water from the Trinity River through mountains to the Whiskeytown Power Plant and reservoir. After the completion of the Clear Creek Tunnel, they began operating their generation's version of J. F. Shea Co., with his brother Peter Shea. He actively supported all levels of Catholic education from inner-city Catholic elementary schools to the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He insisted most of his philanthropy remain private since he subscribed to the view that gifts wouldn't qualify as charity if anyone knew about them. He served on boards for Loyola Marymount University and Loyola High School, both in Los Angeles, the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California and Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena. In 2001, the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Shea, his brother, and his cousin for "their strong business ethics, leadership, and long-term contributions to the construction, real estate, and property management industries." In 2003, Loyola High School awarded him its Cahalan Award for his outstanding achievements and for remaining true to the Ignatian ideals. Mr. Shea is survived by his brothers Peter of Newport Beach, and Henry of Stockton, CA and by his sisters Margaret Deneher of Newport Beach, and Mary Elizabeth Callaghan of Los Angeles, by Mary Shea, his wife of 52 years; by six children: Colleen Morrissey of Pacific Palisades; Edmund H. Shea III of Charlotte, NC; Mary McConnell of Pasadena; Kathleen High of San Marino; Timothy T. Shea of Santa Barbara; Ellen Dietrick of Newport Beach; and by 14 grandchildren. His daughter Maureen predeceased him in 1985.
Dallas David Brock Jr. '52 on Nov. 29, 2008. A native of San Francisco, he played basketball at SCU 1950-1952 and went to the NCAA final Four with the team. He was nicknamed "the Glove" for relentlessly sticking to opponents. He later graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School, served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, practiced law with George Moscone briefly, and was a patron of the arts. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; and his three children.
Charles David Bartell Jr. ’52, of Citrus Heights, Cali., passed away Thursday Sept. 22, 2011, in his home. He was born March 13, 1929 in San Francisco, the son of Charles and Helen Bartell. He served in the U.S. Army, was an Eagle Scout, a Mason, and a Shriner. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering while also playing on the basketball team. He retired from the State of California as Chief of Division of Traffic Engineering for Caltrans. Chuck enjoyed fishing, basketball, playing golf and tennis. Survivors include a son, Charles (Elaine) Bartell of Pleasant Hill, Cali.; two daughters, Susan (Larry) Ford of Denver, Colo. and Elizabeth (Roger) Horn of Owensboro; five grandchildren, Nicole Bartell, Ryan Bartell, Matthew Horn, Sarah Beth Horn, and April (Loren) Yonts; and two great-grandchildren, Valerie and Mason Yonts.
Bob Monroe ’53 died March 24, 2012, at his home in Highland, Calif., after a two-year bout with cancer. He was 80. Bob was born April 7, 1931, in Los Angeles and moved to Glendora, Calif., as a young child. He began his lifelong business career as a college student, buying a small grocery store in the "Veterans' Village" section of the Santa Clara University campus that catered to the returning World War II veterans that made up a large part of the Santa Clara student body in the early 1950s. The ROTC student graduated in 1953 and joined the U.S. Army shortly thereafter. During his stint, he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany, among other Army bases. He achieved the rank of first lieutenant before being discharged honorably in 1956. In 1954, he married Mary Theresa Cavanaugh of Lodi, Calif., and upon his discharge from the Army they settled first in San Mateo and he began his career with Mobil Oil Corp. After frequent relocations, he and his family settled in Upland, Calif., in 1969. He launched an auto parts distribution business called Century TBA in San Bernardino, Calif. where he worked until his retirement in 1992. In retirement, he traveled frequently and was active in St. Adelaide's Church in Highland, Calif. Monroe is preceded in death by first wife Mary Theresa Monroe. He is survived by wife Lois Longo Monroe of Highland, Calif.; sister Mary Helen Monroe of San Bruno, Calif.; brother Joseph Monroe of Napa, Calif.; sons Michael Monroe ’78, Daniel Monroe, Patrick Monroe, and Robert Monroe; 11 grandchildren, including Danny Monroe ’12; and four great-grandchildren. Throughout his life, Bob always remained a dedicated alumnus and was excited to see both his son Mike Monroe and grandson Danny Monroe follow in his footsteps and become Santa Clara Broncos.
Benjamin Rhodes Moran Jr. ’52 died on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in Placerville, Calif., at the age of 82. He was the son of Benjamin Rhodes Moran Sr. and Madeline Rose Moran and the brother of Richard Lewis Moran. Ben grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where he attended Burbank and Van Nuys public schools. He received an athletic scholarship from Santa Clara University, where he earned his degree. In 1951 he married Gwen and they were married for 59-and-a-half years. Along with Gwen, Ben is survived by his son Ben (Lori) and daughter Julie Hanks (Kip). There are four grandchildren: Aaron, Greta, Gabe and Alice. He was preceded in death by his son Dana and daughter Susan. One of Ben’s proudest moments was playing in the 1950 Orange Bowl game (Santa Clara vs. Kentucky) in which Santa Clara won. In 1952 he played on the World Champion Softball team in Fellows, Calif. After college he worked for the Texas Oil Co. in Bakersfield-Taft area. He and Gwen moved to Mt. Aukum in 1955 to live on the Moran Ranch. He worked for Westel-Oviatt Lumber Co. in Omo Ranch before becoming teacher-principal at Indian Diggings School in Omo Ranch for 34 years. He went on to work for the El Dorado County Office of Education as a consultant and supervisor of the extended day school program for three-and-a-half years. Ben worked two summers as a deputy for the El Dorado County Sheriff Department. He also served on the El Dorado County Grand Jury as well as being a member of the Education, Grange, Cattlemen and Riflemen Associations. He served as a hunter safety instructor and put on an annual Mr. Aukum Turkey School for years. Cattle ranching was an ongoing passion as well. In his later years, Ben battled against Parkinson’s disease up until his death. But he continued to hunt and play golf until he couldn’t walk. By Ben and Gwen’s request there was not a public service. Both want their ashes scattered together on the Moran Ranch in time to come.
William “Bill” Kelly ’53 died on October 14, 2010.
William 'Bill' Risko '53 died Oct. 14, 2009. Resident of Campbell and Santa Clara County for 60 years. Bill was born in Hurley, Wisc., in 1927, the eldest of six children. He came west after serving in the United States Marines in 1954. He attended the University of Santa Clara and played football for the Broncos where he became a lifelong member of the Bronco Bench Foundation. He played with the San Francisco 49ers and played semi-pro with various teams in the area. He married his wife JoAnn in 1955 and enjoyed many happy times during their 53 years of marriage until her death in 2008. Bill was an investigator for the District Attorney's office until his retirement in 1983. He was a long time member of the YMCA where he could be found each lunch hour playing handball or racquetball with friends. Bill enjoyed traveling, barbequing and working in his yard. He is survived by daughter Patti (Tom) Lovely, Dan (Nancy) Risko and Steve (Robin) Risko of San Jose. Grandchildren surviving him are Adam, Andreal, Anthony, Gina, Sean, Robert and Matthew. A celebration of his life will be held at the American Legion Hall #419, 958 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara on Nov. 9th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the Bronco Bench foundation, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053
Stanley A. Seneker ’53, a former chief financial officer at Ford, died June 28, 2012 at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 81.
Seneker retired at the end of 1994 as executive vice president and chief financial officer, having held the latter position since 1987. He worked with two CEOs: Donald Petersen and Harold (Red) Poling. Seneker joined Ford in 1957 as a cost analyst at the company's San Jose, Calif., assembly plant.
Samuel W. Kyburz ’53 died on Oct. 14, 2009. He was an eighth-generation native of Placerville, Calif., and Korean War veteran. Kyburz Worked for Aero Jet General Corporation over 18 years before forming, owning, and operating a sporting goods store in Placerville. He is survived by his wife of 5 years, Naomi, two children, and four grandchildren.
Robert Edward Monroe ’53, died March 24, 2012, at his home in Highland, Calif. after a two-year bout with cancer. He was 80. Monroe was born April 7, 1931 in Los Angeles, Calif. and moved to Glendora, Calif. as a young child. He began his lifelong business career as a college student, buying a small grocery store in the "Veterans' Village" section of the Santa Clara University campus that catered to the returning World War II veterans that made up a large part of the Santa Clara student body in the early 1950s. The ROTC student joined the U.S. Army shortly after graduating. During his stint, he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany among other Army bases. He achieved the rank of first lieutenant before being discharged honorably in 1956. In 1954, he married Mary Theresa Cavanaugh of Lodi, California and upon his discharge from the Army they settled first in San Mateo and he began his career with Mobil Oil Corp. After frequent relocations, he and his family settled in Upland, Calif. in 1969. He launched an auto parts distribution business called Century TBA in San Bernardino, Calif. where he worked until his retirement in 1992. In retirement, he traveled frequently and was active in St. Adelaide's Church in Highland, Calif. Monroe is preceded in death by first wife Mary Theresa Monroe. He is survived by wife Lois Longo Monroe of Highland, Calif.; sister Mary Helen Monroe of San Bruno, Calif.; brother Joseph Monroe of Napa, Calif.; sons Michael Monroe of Gilroy, Calif.; Daniel Monroe of Carlsbad, Calif.; Patrick Monroe of Tustin Ranch, Calif.; and Robert Monroe of Poway, Calif., 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Michael Robert O'Sullivan '53 of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., passed away May 15, 2011, at the age of 80. Michael was the son of Michael Richard O'Sullivan and Julia Kate Hartnett, both originally from County Cork, Ireland. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be remembered for his integrity, generosity, patience, compassion, humor, and gentleness. Mike is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Michael (wife Nancy) and Dan; grandchildren, Galen, Jesse (Laurel), and Emily, and great grandchildren, Gabriel and Penelope. He is also survived by his sisters, Virginia Madden, Phyllis O'Sullivan, and Patricia O'Sullivan and many much-loved nephews and nieces. He attended Mt. Carmel High School, University of Santa Clara, and UCLA, where he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. He and his wife, Barbara enjoyed two years in Paris from 1958-1960 while he worked for the Foreign Service. They traveled in Europe with their infant son, and visited Ireland, where they established life- long connections with his Irish relations. He worked for Hughes Aircraft and TSC as a Radar Engineer before creating O'Sullivan Consulting in 1982. Mike and Barbara enjoyed traveling, and visited Ireland, the U.K., Europe, Japan, China, and Africa. Michael was a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes for 50 years and built long-lasting friendships through his involvement in the Via Cambron neighborhood, Indian Guides, Lunada Bay Little League, back-packing, and sailing. In recent years he was active in the community working for balance and integrity in the implementation of the Rancho Palos Verdes view (tree) ordinance. Michael freely gave his attention, time, wisdom, and support to his extended family. He was a thoughtful man who really listened to people, and enjoyed hearing about their aspirations, ideas, careers, and their families. He was our guiding light.
John Patrick Smalley '53, September 2, 2013. Born in Jackson, CA on Dec 30, 1928, and died in San Francisco from old age complication. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice; sons: John Joseph ’87, Patrick Michael, CHP; Dr. Val Smalley, DO; and Stephen, Sgt. SFPD; daughter and son-in-law: Christine and Tony So; granddaughters: Noelle and Adrianna So; Sister-in-law: Joanne Smalley; and nephew: Martin Catudio. John graduated from Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering. He was in the U.S. Army Artillery in Germany for the Korean War. He worked with the State of California for Bay Toll Crossings and on the San Diego Coronado Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, City and County of San Francisco Public Works. He was a dedicated supporter of Pro Life Activities and was an active member of Star of the Sea Parish.
John Forrest Cronin '53, J.D. '58, of San Clemente died on April 18, 2010. John was a graduate of Loyola High School and Santa Clara University and Santa Clara Law School. He served with distinction as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, California for 31 years. John lived his life with passion and grace. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elisa; his children, Tina (Ted) Strickland-Wallace, Karen Cronin and John Patrick (Judy) Cronin; and his grandchildren, Michael Mulcahy, Daniel Mejdrich, Kellie Mejdrich, Kayleigh Strickland, Bobby Strickland and Maggie Cronin.
John A. Maloney '53 on May 12, 2010. Maloney was born and raised in Sayre, Pa., but a cross country trip as a high school graduate sold him on California as the place to get away from cold winters. His first job was as a caddy at age eleven at the Sayre country club. Soon after he was hired the caddies went on strike for a raise. They won and were paid up to 25 cents per round, and that was the beginning of his solid support for labor unions and the beginning of lifetime habit of working. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II as an infantryman in the invasion of North Africa and in the invasion of Sicily. Like many men of his generation, his combat service was the defining force in his life and was never forgotten. He was a 1953 graduate of Santa Clara University, and he went from there to become a social worker for Santa Clara County. He had started to learn the clarinet at age 10 and completed classical training. He was bitten by the jazz bug early and was playing in combos in clubs by age 16. Locally he played for 30 years with Emperor Norton's Jazz Band as well as with other groups. He was an enthusiastic supporter of live music and the South Bay Traditional Jazz Society. He always thought that San Jose, Calif., was the best place in the world to live. His first wife, Elizabeth, died in 1983. He is survived by his second wife, Cecelia; two daughters, Patricia Farrell (husband, Jim) and Veronica Maloney; two grandchildren, Jennifer Maloney and Sean Farrell (wife Adriana); eight step-children; and 11 step-grandchildren.
James Orrin Trowbridge '53 passed away on Friday, August 14, 2009, after a long illness. Jim was born on July 12, 1931 in San Jose, Calif., to Spencer and Gladys Trowbridge. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University. He attended medical school and completed his pathology training at the University of California, San Francisco. While in medical school, he met his beloved, beautiful wife, Mary Lou. Jim and Mary Lou lived in San Francisco until 1974, subject to a two-year detour to El Paso, Texas, where Jim fulfilled his service duties as a physician at La Tuna Federal Correctional Institute. Jim was a highly regarded pathologist, practicing first at the City and County of San Francisco and teaching at UCSF. From 1974 until his retirement in 1989, Jim was a partner in Diagnostic Pathology Medical Group in Sacramento. He was a member of the Gold Headed Cane Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, California Medical Association, American Medical Association, College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, California Society of Pathologists, and Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Jim and Mary Lou had a long, happy life together. He was a wonderful father, making sure his daughters knew they could accomplish anything with commitment, hard work, and a sense of humor. His grandsons brought him great joy. Jim loved his terrier, Raker, his koi, and to travel, fish, and read. Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; daughters Ann (Jeffrey Clayton, M.D.), Susan (Vigan Kachikian); and grandsons Sam and Aran. He is dearly loved and deeply missed. Jim's family thanks the Viriviri family (Bale, Lily, and Sam) and the staffs at DaVita (Campus Commons), and Gramercy Court for their compassionate care.
James H. Love '53 died on March 29, 2010.
Harold "Harry" J. Mullin '53, born in San Francisco on April 1, 1932, passed away July 15, 2010 at his home in Carmichael, Calif., surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his loving parents Dr. Harold Joseph and Alice Mary (Haster) Mullin and his sister Sr. Ann Marie Mullin, OP. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Marlene Ann "Engardt" Mullin, daughter Denise (Tom) Lysaght of Sacramento, daughter Michelle Mullin of Sunnyvale, grandchildren Mike and Jenny Lysaght, sister Alice (Jim) Gilheany, nephews Tom and Jim Gilheany and niece Ann Marie Snelling. Harry graduated from St. Cecelia's grammar school and St. Ignatius High School. He continued his education at Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco and finalized his degree at the University of California Berkeley where he graduated in 1954. He was an avid swimmer, lifeguard, and water polo player. To this day he still holds a state record in the three-man relay and swam the Golden Gate three times. Other hobbies included hunting, golfing, reading, Vintage Santa Clara and anything CAL-Berkeley. Upon graduation from CAL -Berkeley, Harry followed in the footsteps of many family members and joined the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD). He was proud to be a tillerman for Truck #3 Station Three located at Post and Polk. During his tenure with the SFFD, he met the love of his life - Marlene (Molly). They were set up on a blind date; fireman meets surgical nurse and the rest is history. Harry served in the US Army and was stationed in Manheim, Germany. He was proud to be a member of the Geneva Convention and assisted President Eisenhower on numerous occasions. After being honorably discharged from the army, he returned to the San Francisco Fire Department. It was during this time he proposed to Marlene and they were married February 9, 1957. She was definitely the love of his life. In 1958, Harry and Molly moved from San Francisco to Sacramento to assist Molly's father with his company - Alex Engardt Roofing & Siding Co. (est. 1923). He worked as a roofing contractor and was an integral part of the roofing industry for more than 50 years. Harry's vast contributions to the roofing community eventually led him to be elected President of the Associated Roofing Contractors of Northern California. In the early 1970's, Harry found a new hobby/commitment - the Sacramento Elks Lodge #6. He was an avid member who's vibrant personality and leadership skills led to his installation as the Exalted Ruler of Elk's Lodge #6. Harry wanted to send special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Sutter Memorial Hospital.
Gilbert U. Kraemer Jr. '53 on Jan. 13, 2009. A native of Anaheim, his professions ranged from citrus farming to real estate development. An international angler, he broke the world record in 1986 for largest Pacific blue marlin caught. He was president of the Balboa Angling Club. He is survived by his wife, Diane; four children; and eight grandchildren.
Duane Louis ’53 Dec. 10, 1931 - July 15, 2012. Born in Alameda. B.S. from SCU, master's and administration credential from USF. Taught and coached 33 years in the Acalanes High School District in Lafayette, Calif. ROTC and an army veteran. He is survived by his loving wife of 59+ years, Annette, eight children, 21 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He dided at home from complications of Hungtington's disease with family members at the bedside. Both Duane and his wife enjoyed working on the class of '53's 50th reunion. They attended many SCU events and had a great love for the university.
Donald Campion Atkinson '53, resident of Santa Clara died at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose on February 28, 2010 at the age of 81. Born in San Francisco to Mr. and Mrs. James E. Atkinson, Don was a longtime resident of Santa Clara, having spent his career as a practicing lawyer in the office of the City Attorney of San Jose. He is survived by his brother James Bruce Atkinson, sister-in-law Fay Atkinson, and nephew James Atkinson. He will be missed by his many friends and extended family members in the Bay Area.