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UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Ranny Riley

Ranny Riley ’65, the psychologist best known for her work helping professional women advance their careers into the highest echelons of corporate America, died on August 14 in her home in Belvedere, Calif. She was 68. 

Born Frances O'Brien Riley in 1943, in Detroit, Mich., Ranny grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula. She joined the first women's class at the University of Santa Clara. After graduating, Ranny went on to receive her Master's degree in Psychology from Boston College.

She returned home and began to help some of the Bay Area's most iconic companies, including Apple and George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, develop their leadership teams. She took her PhD from Fielding. 
These events coincided with a transition in her professional focus from corporate leadership in general to a more specific focus on issues facing women, both in and beyond their corporate lives. She turned to coaching professional women, from CEOs to those just beginning their careers. As she put it, Ranny helped the new professional woman see herself differently and help her establish her own success in some of America's best companies. 

Ranny is survived by her husband Lou Lenzen of Belvedere, by her sister Anne Riley of Burlingame and by her five brothers, Reverend Miles Riley of Half Moon Bay, Dr William Riley of Redwood City, Patrick Riley of San Francisco, Ambassador Thomas Riley of Palo Alto and James Riley of Pasadena and by her eight nieces and nephews, Francie Devlin, Lisa Lenzo, Max Riley, Joanna Weidenmiller, Conor Riley, Ryan Riley, Julia Riley, and Aili Nahas.

submitted Sep. 14, 2012 11:15A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Murphy Sabatino

Murphy Sabatino '65 on January 8, 2010. Murphy, a farmer and restaurateur, was born December 23, 1943 to Murphy and Josephine Sabatino. He was a lifelong resident of San Jose. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1961 and Santa Clara University in 1965 and paid for his college tuition by selling fireworks during the summer. Murphy began working at the Pink Elephant Market on King Road at the age of 11 and continued helping in various family businesses all his life. Murphy had a passion for starting a business from nothing and had many successful ventures of his own, including a hardware store, a tortilla factory, a delicatessen, and his most well-known business, the Italian Gardens in San Jose. Most recently he acquired a vacant building in Hollister and turned it in to the Cedar House Restaurant, which received many outstanding reviews. However, first and foremost, Murphy was a farmer with a lifelong love for growing cherries. Murphy is survived by Carol, his true love and wife of 42 years, daughter Elizabeth Smith (Michael), son Murphy Sabatino III (Jennifer), grandchildren Samantha, Sophia, and Wade Smith, and Olivia Sabatino, Sister Joanne Moul (Mike), Aunts Lucille Marks, Angie Margo, Santina Maxwell and Mary Parle, nephews Michael and Kevin Moul, Mark, Randy and Scott Bruner, and Sean Collins, nieces Elizabeth Moul and Shannon Tassi, numerous cousins, great nephews and nieces.

submitted Mar. 2, 2010 11:19A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Kenneth J. Virnig

Kenneth J. Virnig '65 on May 2, 2010. Our dearest, most beloved and admired father, friend, mentor and godfather, Kenneth J. (Ken) Virnig passed away following a brief, but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born July 24, 1943, and lived in Monte Sereno. Ken is survived by one son, Kenneth J. (Chip) Virnig II, of whom he was very proud, in addition to countless friends and loved ones. Born and raised in Cupertino, Ken was the son of John M. Virnig and Anna M. Vlahovich-Virnig. Ken began his life in a modest farmhouse surrounded by beautiful cherry orchards. His love of hunting and fishing came at an early age, spending time with his father and friends hunting extensively near Los Banos. It was from these roots that Ken learned to place a high value on family and friends, honor and integrity. Ken attended St. Francis High School and was a member of the 2nd graduating class. He went on to attend Santa Clara University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Immediately thereafter, Ken decided to leave his home of twenty years and moved to Chicago, where he earned his MBA from Northwestern University. After completing his formal education, Ken returned home and joined IBM in San Francisco. He spent 11 years in a variety of Sales and Marketing leadership roles ultimately becoming the IBM Palo Alto Branch Manager. During his tenure at IBM, Ken's sales and business acumen and overall dependability were recognized when he was promoted to work under the guidance of one of the top IBM Executives in Atlanta, GA. After two years in that role and well on the "fast track" to executive status at IBM, Ken chose instead to return to his beloved Santa Clara Valley and pick up where he left off in Sales and Branch Office Management. Ken's entrepreneurial spirit eventually took him away from IBM in the late 1970s to pursue other ventures. Ultimately, however, Ken was drawn to the executive search business and in 1989 he co-founded Devine and Virnig, Inc. Recognizing the need for a "new brand" of executive search, Ken transformed Devine and Virnig into a renowned Executive Search Firm, focused on building Silicon Valley's most successful pre-IPO and public companies. Ken was a six time honoree of the "Midas List," Forbes Magazine annual ranking of the Top 100 individuals nationally who have been most instrumental in building successful technology and life sciences companies. Other accolades bestowed upon Ken include Red Herring's "Member of High Tech's Inner Circle", one of nine individuals "Who Can Help a Start-Up Stand Out". Respected, emulated and revered, Ken's impact on Silicon Valley is indelible in the many lives and businesses he helped develop and grow. Ken did so with honor and integrity, epitomizing kindness, intelligence and friendship, whether coaching a candidate on career direction or advising colleagues, clients or board members on hires who would make a difference in their business.Ken's personal life was centered on his fondness of the great outdoors, high performance cars and spending quality time with his son and close friends. He was an accomplished hunter, whether it was a weekend getaway to his ranch or an extended trip to hunt big game in Africa, Ken was at peace in the wilderness and loved his hunting buddies dearly. Ken was a great story teller and lived and loved his outdoor life to the fullest, yet with benevolence and a sense of wonder. Beside his love of animals, Ken always saw the good in people, gave everyone a chance and never believed in "sweating the small stuff", or "mouse nuts" as he called them. A devout Catholic, Ken's faith was his strength and his peace, providing comfort during his battle with cancer and knowledge that in the end, he was going home to Our Heavenly Father. Although his mission and purpose on earth is now complete, his life, love and legacy remain full and vibrant within the hearts and lives of those family, friends, and colleagues he has touched.

submitted Aug. 11, 2010 2:28P
Kathryn P. Islip

Kathryn "Kit" P. Islip ’65 died peacefully after a brief illness surrounded by her immediate family at Rideout Hospital on April 25, 2014. She was born   Sept. 22, 1943. Kit was the beloved wife of 45 years of Robert Islip, Esq; the loving mother of Robb Islip and Kathryn Sale and mother in law of Petar Sale. Proud grandmother of Anne, Adeline, and Sadie Sale. Kit, a 5th generation native of Marysville, was preceded in death by her parents George and Kathryn Prindiville. She was the loving sister of David and Ann Prindiville ’70; sister-in-law of Maureen C. Prindiville ’68 and proud aunt of Molly P. Linehan and Mathew Prindiville. Kit received her BA and teaching credential from the University of Santa Clara; was a dedicated teacher for 30 years in local high schools; participated in various local organizations. She was a parishioner of St. Isidore's Roman Catholic Church for 35 years; before that she, along with 5 generations of her family, was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. 

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:21A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Juanita O'Connor

Juanita O'Connor '65, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, died May 13, 2011 at age 68. Juanita raised her family and helped run a deli and catering business in Healdsburg for several years. A devout Catholic, she was dedicated to the Church and did work with the Missionaries of Charity in San Francisco. She loved kids and sports, coaching soccer and basketball for many years. She is survived by four children Kevin O'Connor '91, Maureen O'Connor '91, J.D. '94, Patrick O'Connor '92 and Daniel and four grandchildren. A woman of humor and faith, she was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

submitted May. 19, 2011 11:16A
GRD Leavey/MBA '65
Joseph John Dill

Joseph John Dill MBA '65 died Dec. 4, 2009. in Windsor, Canada. He is mourned by his beloved bride of five years, Monique Hatch. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph John Dill and Margaret Elizabeth (Heckman) Dill of Brooklyn, New York; and his first wife of 54 years, Betty (Fleckenstein); and daughter, Kathryn D. Price. He is survived by his brother Robert E. and wife Greta Dill of New York City, NY; his sister Mary Bloor of Brooklyn, NY; his five children, including Robert J. of Orangevale, CA; Marian J. and husband Mike Stier of Santa Rosa, CA; Michael J. and wife Toni of Henderson, NV; Peggy and husband Don McCoy of Half Moon Bay, CA and Thomas J. of Orangevale, CA. Also surviving him are five grandchildren: Christopher and wife Tamara Stier of Santa Rosa, CA, Denise and husband Armando Alvear of Santa Rosa, CA, Eric and wife Kelly Price of Fair Oaks, CA, Rebecca Price and Erin Price of Fair Oaks, CA as well as six great-grandchildren. Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY and served in the Army Air Force in World War II. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute in New York in 1950. After moving to California in 1957 he obtained a MBA in Management from Santa Clara University in 1965. Joe worked for General Electric Co. for almost 30 years. He has always been active in his church including being a member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe had a brilliant mind, a grand sense of humor, greatly enjoyed the outdoors and was deeply loved by his family. He was 85. A Memorial Mass was held in December and he was interred at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa, CA.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 12:35P
GRD Leavey/MBA '65
Joseph Didone

Joseph Didone '65 on Feb. 16, 2009.  Born Giuseppe Didone and raised in Rome, Italy, he came to California in 1953 with $50 in his pocket. He obtained his citizenship in 1957, the same year he graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in political science. He worked his way up to senior vice president at Guardian Packaging Corporation, which was later acquired by American National Can. For his last three years of service, he ran the company's operation in Vitoria, Spain. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Verna; four children; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 4:10P
John "Jack" D. Williams

John Davis 'Jack' Williams ’65 was born on Nov. 22, 1928, and died on Jan. 12, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Jack was born in Falls Church, Virginia and grew up in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Bullis Prep in Maryland and moved to San Francisco as a young adult. He received his BSE degree from Santa Clara University and then worked in the capacity at the City of San Jose, Santa Clara County, and the Santa Clara County Water District before setting up his own engineering business. He died quietly at home with his wife at his side. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, his daughters, Sharon Tye and Heather Shepherd, and his four grandchildren, Ryan Tye, Megan Tye, Dalton Shepherd and Zachary Shepherd.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 8:18P
GRD Leavey/MBA '65
James R. Kline Jr.

James R. Kline Jr. MBA ’65, a resident of Healdsburg, Calif., age 76, died peacefully at his home on November 17, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Kay; son Dan (Tootie) Kline, daughter Mary (Dan) Echevarria, daughter Colly (Niel) Fischer; and his seven grandchildren, Tori, Peter, Cori, Riley, Bea, Nathan and Tess. Jim was predeceased by his sister Kay White. He is also survived by his nieces, Erin Neuberger & Colleen Wysong; and cousins Donald J. Kline, Sr., Keven Thompson and Colleen Haymaker. Jim was born in Denver, Colo., to his father Ray Kline and mother, Helen (Reifsnyder). While growing up in Joplin, Mo., he was a star athlete and competitor, playing both football and baseball during high school. Jim was an avid alumnus of Kansas University (KU Jayhawks) and during his college years he met Kay. The college sweethearts married on Flag Day, June 14, 1958. Jim & Kay moved westward and worked for Lockheed while completing his MBA at Santa Clara University. Jim eventually retired from Lockheed as CFO of the Lockheed Shuttle Operations Co. (LSOC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla. After retiring from LSOC, he and Kay moved homeward to California, settling in Healdsburg. In Healdsburg, Jim became an active Rotarian and supporter of the local Catholic parish, St. John's. He also enjoyed travelling and visiting their many friends and relatives. Jim's competitive spirit was always engaged, as he always played "by the rules." This carried to all aspects of his life, including golf, bridge, football pools and baseball. Jim gave us many gifts, including integrity, a strong work ethic, unwavering honesty and a keen sense of humor. 

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:10A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Howard J. Frank

Howard J. Frank '65, an extraordinary husband and father, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 28, 2009, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 16, 1929, the seventh child of 11, to Anton and Caroline Frank in Brookfield. After graduating from Marshfield High School, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard, earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Marquette, a master's degree in systems management from USC, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Howard enjoyed a successful 35-year career at Lockheed. He was an avid sportsman, built a log cabin in the Sierras and loved hunting with his brother John. Howard is survived by his loving wife, Cecilia; and their children, Elizabeth Frank-Bailey (Michael), Mark, Diane Immer (Jim), Bruce (Mahnoosh), and Charlotte; and his nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas, and his sisters, Betty, Rose and Anne.

submitted Oct. 22, 2009 12:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
George Thomas Sullivan

Retired Naval Commander and former U.S. diplomat George Thomas Sullivan ’65, M.A. ’66  died peacefully on Sunday, May 26 in Berkeley, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. An alumnus of Santa Clara and Stanford universities, George also had a successful career in Information Security, working for Sun Microsystems and Visa International during his post-Navy years. Born in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 15, 1944 to George and Mary Sullivan, he is survived by his beloved wife of forty-four years, Jolanda, their five daughters, nine grandchildren, and a sister. George left his mark in the East Bay as a hep tenor saxophone player for local swing band "Class Act." He enjoyed sailing his boat with family on the San Francisco Bay and was a devoted parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish in Berkeley. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

submitted Jun. 25, 2013 10:31P
GRD Leavey/MBA '65
Gary Allen Olsen

Gary Allen Olson MBA '65, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully, April 5, 2011 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. Gary, 72, was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and his cancer returned. Gary was born September 9, 1938 in Amery, Wis. Gary graduated from Motely High School, Motley, Minn. 1956. Gary attended Brainerd Jr. College in Brainerd, Minn. and graduated in 1958. Gary graduated from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in 1960, earned his MBA from the Santa Clara University in 1964. Gary served in the Army National Guard. Gary lived his life to the max and as of January 17, 2011, he was still playing three rounds of golf a week. Gary was a founder of the National Wildlife and Western Art Show. Gary and his wife, Mary sponsored the Art shows at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis for 17 years. Gary was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, National Turkey Federation. Gary's love for dogs gave him much pleasure, he became a member of Central Minnesota Retrievers Association and the Hennepin County Retrievers Association. Gary gave many hours volunteering with Fine Line Retrievers and trained dogs for Field Trails. Gary was employed by five major corporations in Sales and Marketing Management positions and started his own company, Recognition Products, Inc. Gary retired in 1995, moved to Gull Lake, Minn. and was involved in building an Executive Office building and a log Twin Homes development on Gull Lake. Gary was a member of Rotary International, in Brainerd and received the Paul Harris Member Award for his efforts. Gary is survived by his loving wife Mary of 32 years; his son, Jeffrey Scott Olson (Donna) of Plymouth, Minn.; daughter, Julianne Vogel (Darin) of Medina, Minn.; stepson, Todd Allen Trout (Marguerite) of Owatonna, Minn. Grandchildren, Angela, Tommy and Jack Olson, Payton, Layne and Will Vogel, Cameron and Cassandra Trout. Gary was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Olson; mother, Sylvia Nelson; and a brother, James. Gary will be missed by friends and family. If there is golf in Heaven, he will find it along with his dogs Shay, Amber, Curry, Shadow, Maverick, Token, and Jack.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 4:05P
David W. Rodoni

David W. Rodoni ’65 was born April 19, 1942, in Oakland, Calif. to Walter and Dolores Rodoni. He died December 12, 2012 at the Windom Hospital. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in math/accounting. He was the fiscal supervisor at the Toro Company in Windom where he was a 33 year employee. David married Barbara Sutherland Johnson May 18, 1971 in Chicago, Ill. He enjoyed playing cards, collecting antiques, watching old movies and spending time with his children. He loved his little poodle Wilbie who was a great comfort to him. He is survived by wife, Barbara; twin daughters, Jennifer (Kari Kustelski) Rodoni, Suzanne (Jason Herberg) Rodoni; step-children, Jerome (Patty) Johnson, Michael (Sandy) Johnson, Brian (Michele) Johnson and Angela (Ed) Johnson; brother, Jim (Michele) Rodoni. Also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:37A
David H. Posner

David Hershel Posner MBA ’65 of Oroville 9/14/35 -3/25/14. He was a Korean War vet who received his MBA from Santa Clara University. While there, he married Marty in 1964. They moved east to be near his ailing father. He was a Manager at Price Waterhouse in Manhattan then San Francisco, living in Concord with his wife and children Sarena and Gregg. He retired from Levi Strauss as Corporate Systems Security Manager. Dave is survived by his wife and first love Marty Grant, with whom he spent the last 14 months of his life in Oroville, his daughter Sarena, son Gregg, grandchildren Rebecca, Racheal, Micheal, Brenden and Jessica, as well as his sister Ruth Nierenberg and her family. He is also survived by many special friends, including Janie Olofson of Alamo. Dave spent the last year during weekdays at Peg Taylor Day Treatment Center where he had many friends, including fellow veterans.

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:36P
Barry C. DeVita
Barry Curtis DeVita ’65, December 28, 1943 to January 11, 2013.
submitted Jan. 18, 2013 1:09P
Anita Thede

Anita Thede '65—Realtor, broker and owner of Northbrae Propeties in North Berkeley—left us unexpectedly on Nov. 27, 2013, after scheduled heart surgery at Stanford Medical Center.

Anita was born Aug. 10, 1943 in Montclair, N.J. She was predeceased by her parents Amadeo and Mary Ruffalo and her beloved brother, "Arnie" Ruffalo. She is survived by her husband Jim and sons Dylan, Jeremiah and Christian Thede. Anita received a B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1965, earning a Silver Metal for Academic Excellence. She was very proud to have been included in the first class of women to attend this previously all- male university.

After graduation, Anita went on to pursue graduate work at University of California, Berkeley and St. Mary's College studying Criminology and Education. She became a probation officer in Contra Costa County and also worked as Director of the Girl's Unit for Daytime Education. Anita began her career in Real Estate in 1977. She became an owner and co-founder of Northbrae Properties in 1981. She was very active in the Real Estate community serving as President of the Berkeley Board of Realtors in 1992 and 2013. She received many distinguished awards during her career including being named BAR's Realtor of the year in 1994.

As well as her work in Real Estate, Anita had a strong involvement in community service. She was a founding member and President of the Board of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center. She was a member of the Board at St. Mary's and worked tirelessly to help that school grow for over 25 years. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Alta Bates Hospital, was an active member of the Berkeley Rotary Club, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, Aurora Theatre and was a major contributor of her energy and resources to many other community and charitable projects.

Anita was extremely devoted and generous to family and friends. Her friends became her clients and most of her clients became her friends. She had an innate ability to guide her clients, whether buying or selling, to the right choice. She listened patiently while interjecting her professional knowledge and experience. A love of her Italian heritage led Anita to connect with family still in Italy. She took numerous trips back to explore the country and spend time with relatives. She was able to receive dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Italy. Her seventieth, and last birthday, was spent in Lacedonia with family.

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:49P
Albert Mahrer

Albert H. Mahrer MBA ’65 of Grand Junction, Colorado passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, July 22, 2012 of natural causes while in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction.  He was 85.  He was a WWII Veteran. 

Immediately following graduation from Lisbon High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army, having served as an SP in the Army’s Special Police Unit in northern Italy where he met and married Brunine Piatti-Mahrer. Upon completion of his tour and honorable discharge, he returned to his home of Lisbon and entered North Dakota State University (NDSU) at Fargo under the GI Bill, and combined with the NDSU ROTC program, graduated with a ME degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the USAF and served at Edwards AFB (about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and home of the Air Force Flight Test Center) until rising to the rank of Captain and later his honorable discharge. 

He later earned an MBA degree at Santa Clara University and a PHD in Industrial Management at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). During his civilian career he served as a jet engine expert and consultant for Lockheed, General Electric, United Technologies, and Pratt and Whitney, major providers of jet engines and aerospace products for commercial and military aircraft. Following his career at E-Systems at Greenville (TX) as a proposal manager, he returned to UNC to teach management information systems until his final retirement. He was a member of the VFW Post of Grand Junction, Colorado and of the Knights of Columbus San Jose Council 879 at San Jose, Calif.

He is survived by one brother Lee Mahrer of Phoenix, Ariz; three sisters, Lorraine Holmstrom, Helen Tangen, and Eileen Munkeby, all of Lisbon; six children, Dr. Bobb Mahrer of Greenville, Texas, Bill Mahrer, Austin, Texas, Maria Mahrer-Lollar of Spring, Texas, Jerry Mahrer of Farmersville, Texas, James Mahrer of Palm City, FL and Sheryl Mahrer-Coffey of Grand Junction, CO; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marie Mahrer of Lisbon, three sisters, Margaret Hahn, Bernice Osman, and Louise Claus, and his wife, Brunine Mahrer.


submitted Aug. 12, 2012 1:50P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
W. David Oke Jr.

W. David Oke Jr. '66 on Feb. 8, 2010. A Menlo Park advertising executive, he died of heart failure at the age of 65. Born on 27 July 1944 in Michigan and raised in Southern California, Oke received a BA from Santa Clara in 1966 and an MA from Stanford in Communications, Broadcasting and Film Specialization. Oke was a cofounder of The Roanoke Company an advertising agency. For nearly four decades Oke was the creative director, art director, editor and product supervisor, and, ultimately, president of the agency. Roanoke got its start in 1973, after Oke and friends began the National Sam Ervin Fan Club to help impeach President Nixon. Seventy thousand people joined the club, whose success inspired Oke and friends to start a company working for people and causes they believed in. The Roanoke Company provided public service advertising, political consulting and public relations for environmental causes. Roanoke conceived and produced all media for the CHP's Motorcycle Safety Campaign, a ten-year effort culminating in a drop of 70 percent in fatalities. Roanoke also pioneered a "designated driver" approach for highway safety to reduce drunken driving accidents. More recently, Oke was the campaign manager for the successful campaign of Dolores Carr for District Attorney of Santa Clara County. Oke was a cofounder of Friends of the River. A loving husband, David married Lorraine Luther of Los Altos in 1984; they had one son, Adam James Oke. Lorraine and David recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Point Lobos, where they met. David was deeply devoted to his son, participating as a coach in Adam's youth basketball league. An enthusiast of Harry Potter, David could often be found reading from the series to his son and his classmates at their Woodside school, always careful to get "in character" to make the readings more magical. An avid fisherman and sports enthusiast with a wonderful sense of humor, David lived life with purpose and passion. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; son, Adam; mother, Hilda; sister, Sherry; Aunt, Jo Harlow; and many dear friends and family members. David - You are dearly missed by all who knew and loved you. A memorial service was held March 4 at Stanford Memorial Church. Donations may be made to the Adam Oke Scholarship Foundation, Bank of the West, 5452 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton, Ca. 94566.

submitted Mar. 8, 2010 6:47P
Victor L. Parrino

Victor Lewis Parrino ’66, a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, after a valiant battle with cancer. Vic was born in New Orleans, La., on Mar. 31, 1944, graduated from Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., and earned a degree in history from Santa Clara University. He dedicated much of his free time to playing and coaching baseball, and retired in 1999 from a career as a sales rep with AAA. He enjoyed watching sports, attending SCU basketball games, gardening, reading, riding his bicycle, and rooting for his beloved San Francisco Giants.

He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 32 years, Rebecca; daughter Candice Sandoval-Moore (David) of Sacramento, grandchildren Jeremy Sandoval (Paola) of Sacramento, Stephanie Sandoval of Santa Clara, Amanda Taylor (Junior) of Mesa, Ariz., and Melissa Kingmixay (Tommy) of Mesa, Ariz., and 5 great granddaughters. Also survived by sister Rose Ellen Parrino of Santa Barbara, Calif. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

submitted Jan. 11, 2013 10:54A
Thomas "The Cat" Casazza

Thomas "the Cat" Casazza ’66 died July 24 in Woodland, Calif. He was a proud member of the Rodents. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 16, 1945, Tom was a graduate of St. Francis High in Mountain View, CA and Santa Clara University. After a varied sales career, he obtained a law degree from Golden Gate University and established a practice that flourished for many years. 

Tom is survived by his mother Evelyn Casazza, his first wife Victoria Berezin ’66, their son Lance, their daughter Francesca Dobbs, and grandsons Dylan and Brandon Dobbs. Tom is also survived by his second wife Judy Wiechers, their two daughters Kimberly and Christina, and Judy's son Jeffrey Maillard.
submitted Aug. 20, 2013 9:47A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Terry Greeley

Terry Greeley '66 on March 4, 2009.

submitted Nov. 11, 2010 7:15P
GRD Leavey/MBA '66
Robert Elmer Pex

Robert Elmer Pex MBA '66 entered into rest peacefully at home on September 22, 2011 after a long illness. Bob was born to John and Loretta Pex in Dunsmuir, Calif. on May 10, 1924. He was predeceased by his parents, and siblings John, Richard, James, and Audrey Janice. His childhood years were spent in Klamath Falls, Ore., where he graduated from Klamath Union High School. After receiving aeronautical technical training he was employed in the maintenance department of Pan American World Airways at San Francisco airport from 1943 to 1960. During World War II Pan Am operated as part of the Naval Air Transport Service in the Pacific. Pex spent 6 months stationed on Canton Island. Later he was sent to Honolulu, where he met and married Betty Marie Carlsten on August 6, 1948. After returning to the mainland Bob, while working full time, attended local College of San Mateo for his AA degree, San Jose State University for his BS in aeronautics, graduate work in engineering at Stanford University, and the University of Santa Clara for his MBA. In 1960 he went to work at Lockheed in Sunnyvale where he was an aerospace engineer until he retired in 1989. Pex thoroughly enjoyed both of his challenging careers. He had a lifelong interest in Scouting, having served as leader of a Scout troop in Honolulu, later on troop committees in Belmont and skipper of the Belmonster Sea Scout Ship and commodore of the San Mateo council. He received many awards of merit and the Silver Beaver award for his years of dedicated service. A lifelong member of the Congregational Church, Pex was a charter member of the Belmont UCC church, serving on many committees and as moderator and then as parliamentarian for many years. His volunteer activities included many hours preparing and serving meals for Samaritan House. He was a 35-year member of the Belmont Kiwanis Club, serving as president and lieutenant governor of Division VI, again giving hundreds of hours to service projects. He was a life member and past vice commandant for youth activities in the Redwood City American Legion Post. In recent years he enjoyed participating in a local SIRS group. His other interests included: learning to fly a single engine plane, cheering at 49er and Giants baseball games, holding season tickets for ACT and Hillbarn theaters for many years, attending opera and symphony performances, reading about history, and especially traveling. He felt fortunate that he had visited all fifty states and all seven continents, including 87 countries. He was devoted to his beloved wife Betty, his greatly loved children Barbara (Marvin) Bain, Carol Pex, and David (Jill) Pex, and his dear grandchildren Rebecca, Jessica, Bryan, Jennifer, Otto, Roy, and Josephine, and great grandchildren Kaleb, Jordan, Macy, Ben, Dylan, Cody, Ty, Jill, Julie, and Jennifer. He is also mourned by many cousins and friends, both local and around the world.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 2:31P
Richard T. Bigotti Jr.

Richard Thomas Bigotti Jr. ’66, August 12, 1943 - May 5, 2013. He was born in San Jose, CA. A 23 year cancer survivor, he lived his life full-on until the cancer returned last year, taking him from all of us on May 5, 2013. Dick, as he was known to everyone, graduated from Santa Clara University and was one of the early entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley computer industry. He moved to Camarillo, CA in 1986, and for many years served as the Vice President of Operations for Kavlico Corporation in Moorpark. Dick lived life to its fullest. He was an avid athlete who enjoyed mountain biking, running, swimming, hiking, and any new adventures with his best friends and family. Dick traveled the world for both business and pleasure. He was an enthusiastic sailor who had the opportunity to visit exotic ports of call along with his close buddies. Dick was an amazing cook and host. Friends always welcomed an invitation for a get together at the Bigotti's. He appreciated his family, good wine, fabulous sunsets, great friends, and especially his wife. He will be remembered as a first class, stand up, rock solid guy. If you were Dick's friend, you were lucky indeed. He is survived by his wife, Jan, of 29 years, his mother, Laura, his siblings, Laureen and Jerome ’74, his children Lisa, Donna, Matt and Brady, his grandchildren Frankie, Amanda, Nicholas, Dakota, Savanna, and Lincoln. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Sr. and his sister, Barbara. His family also included an army of friends who were always there to celebrate the good times that he and Jan created together. He will be remembered for his strength of character and integrity. He was the one we all knew we could turn to. He will be tremendously missed.

submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Mary McBride

 Mary Clarie McBride '66, Feb. 14, 1944 - May 26, 2014. Dr. Mary C. McBride, recently honored by administrators of the Arlington County Public Schools and her colleagues at the Hoffman-Boston Woodlawn Secondary Program for 45 years of distinguished service as a teacher – administrator, died suddenly on May 26, 2014.

The daughter of John (Jack) McBride, a Wisconsin state legislator and federal magistrate, and Claire Bannen, a homemaker, Mary was born Feb. 14, 1944 in Milwaukee. She attended St. Robert School and Dominican High School, Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and Santa Clara University in California where she earned a B.A. degree in 1966. While teaching at Shaw Junior high school in the District of Columbia, she studied for an M.A. degree in American history at Georgetown University. When she applied for a history teacher opening in Arlington, the interviewer worried about her small stature, but she assured him that she was a veteran of Shaw and ready (he regretted his question for years).
Mary began her professional career as head-teacher at H-B Woodlawn in its first years and helped shape its development into a special alternative public high school program, providing quality education in a setting that encouraged student creativity and initiative. Her dissertation for her doctorate in Education Administration at the University of Maryland explored the programs of alternative public schools in the Eastern states. Mary served on important Arlington School committees on diversity, curricula, and standards.
In the community she volunteered at the Arlington Food Assistance program and often appeared with a casserole on the doorstep of an ailing colleague or new parent. A highly skilled tennis player (Wisconsin Girls Doubles Champion in her teens), she moved on to golf and swimming more recently. A successful administrator despite her deep sense of humor, Mary McBride was above all a master teacher. Her ability to make history live, her concern and respect for her students, and her ability to remember them years later have made her a legend in Arlington. Indeed, many old students remember her jokes and kindnesses as well as the New Deal.
Her brothers John, Dennis, and sister-in-law Tracy, and niece, Kathryn Taubert predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Anne Taubert , brother-in-law Bruce , sister-in-law Colleen, Othello McBride, and several generations of nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her close friends from grade and grad school, her friends in the Safeway checkout lines, and by her colleagues and students.
submitted Jun. 6, 2014 4:10P
GRD Leavey/MBA '66
Marvin Coit

Marvin Coit '62, MBA '66 was born on September 19, 1937 in Oakland and passed away on July 1, 2011 in Monterey at the age of 73. He was predeceased by his father, Frank R. Coit and mother, Ruby. He attended schools in Mendota, Carmel, Oakland and graduated from High School at San Rafael Military Academy in 1955. He attended Santa Clara University and left school after his first year and served as a U.S. Marine Corps during the 1957 Lebanon Crisis and was stationed in Okinawa for two years. After his honorable discharge he returned to Santa Clara and graduated with a BA degree in 1962. He lost his wife, Roberta to cancer 3 months after his daughter Kelley was born. In 1964, Marv moved back to San Jose and returned to Santa Clara University and received his MBA degree in 1966.  After graduation he returned to Coit Ranch in 1966 to work with his father. In 1975 he established his own farming operation, Marv Coit Inc. on his Mendota Property and became a very successful and well respected farmer on the Westside of Fresno County. Throughout his 40 years of farming he grew various crops including cotton, tomatoes, almonds, pistachios, and much more. He was a great surfer and spent many afternoons on the water near Santa Cruz while attending Santa Clara. He was a passionate sportsman and retained an instinctive love for hunting and fishing. As a young man, he hunted deer and quail on his father's cattle ranch in Gilroy Mountains. He loved bird hunting and once was a member of several Duck Clubs in the Firebaugh/Los Banos area.  Marvin is survived by his daughters Kelley Coit Mauro of Colorado; Amy Coit of Santa Cruz; sons Mark and Mitchell Coit of Los Banos, Calif.; his son Michael Coit of Mendota, Calif.; granddaughter Bridget McNair, grandsons Brandon McNair of Lafayette, Colo.; Michael Mauro of Denver; great-granddaughter Izzebelle McNair Fielder of Colorado; sisters Penelope Schreiner of Kaneohe, Hawaii; Dayle Schmiederer and her husband Jim of Frenso, Calif.; his brother Bill Coit '64, MBA '66 and his wife Kathy of Fresno; his sister Julie Coit of South Lake Tahoe; and his brother Norris Coit of Genoa, Nev. Marvin was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, American Legion, and VetsFirst.

submitted Jul. 15, 2011 4:36P
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