Class Notes | Obituaries
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Born in Hungary in 1953, Aggie came to the U.S. in 1957 with her parents and eventually moved to Los Gatos. After graduation from SCU she went on to a finance career and later became a successful recruiter in the Valley. She was co-founder and Top Banana of the Gorilla Search Group for over ten years before retiring in 2011 as a result of her illness. She will be missed by all who knew her.
William Thomas Prewett '76, M.B.A. '81 died Monday, July 6, 2009 at his home in San Jose, Calif., following a protracted illness. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 23 years, Carol Ann Prewett; three children, Scott Prewett, Kit Prewett and Sherri Acri; and six grandchildren. Born in Calvin, Okla., in 1929 to Harold Andrew Prewett and Johnie Elizabeth Lockmiller, William attended the US Naval Academy and graduated with distinction in 1953 as first in his class in mathematics. He received two graduate degrees from Santa Clara University; an MBA in 1976 and a Masters in Economics in 1981. He spent most of his career working for 32 years with IBM and lived with his family around the world including Austria, Virginia, Arizona, and New York.
Robert Michael Fredianelli '76, born in San Jose, Calif., on Dec. 18, 1953, passed away July 7, 2010. Loving husband to Paula; loving father to Robin Palleschi and husband Greg, Natalie Fredianelli-Lerno and husband, Brent, Gina Fredianelli and step-daughter Lara Belden. Also survived by parents Julio and the late Eola Fredianelli; brother Ron Fredianelli and wife Tina. Bob attended Saint Patrick's Grammar School, Bellarmine College Preparatory and Santa Clara University. Started with PG&E as a junior engineer 34 years ago and retired from his director position this year. Devoted Catholic, he loved God, his family, friends, and the San Francisco Giants. He will be remembered by all who love him for his energy and wit.
Robert J. Mazza '76 passed away unexpectedly, March 4, 2009 at work. Bob graduated from Washington High School, Class of 1973, a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Santa ClaraUniversity in 1976 and then received his Masters of Science in Public Administration from San Jose State University before going into banking where he was most recently a senior vice president at United American Bank. Bob was a member of The Rotary Club of Niles Fremont, where he served in many leadership roles including President and is the current Assistant Governor of Area 3 in Rotary District 5170. Bob was a former member of several other Rotary clubs, The Bay Area Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. He was an avid Corvette enthusiast and enjoyed serving his community through Rotary. Bob was the loving husband for 30 yrs. of Gail Mazza, the cherished father of Katie Correia of Atwater, Calif., Robert B. Mazza, and Michael W. Mazza, both of Fremont, the devoted son of Rosemary and the late Alfred Mazza, the beloved brother of Marlene Houston and her husband Bob of Chowchilla, Calif., and uncle of Marie Olmstead of Merced, Calif. Bob is also survived by his precious granddaughter Elizabeth Correia and many other loving family members.
Rita Burke Prime M.A. '76, M.A. '91 After a full and complete life, passed away peacefully August 3, 2009. Rita Margaret Mary Burke was born in New York City on 11/21/1915. She lost both her parents early in life, and lived in Connecticut with her step-grandmother, who was the joy of Rita's young life, and who inspired her love of Ireland and all things Irish, who nurtured in her the complete love and support of her family, and the inclusion in this family of all she came in contact with. If you ever met Rita, you knew she was "tough Irish", a coffee "fiend", a "fresh air fanatic", and a lifelong Dodgers fan. You also probably fell in love with her and became her friend forever. Rita met Ellis Roy Prime and they married on September 14, 1942 in New York City. Soon after, Rita and Roy moved to Los Angeles, where they had three children, Robert Bruce, Mary Ann, and Patricia Kathryn. They established a home and a strong base of family and friends, raised their children, and were very active in their Church. Rita always considered Los Angeles her "true home". Rita completed her college degree and began teaching high school in Southern California. Rita and Roy moved to Mountain View, Calif., in July of 1970, and Rita quickly became a teacher at Milpitas High School. She founded and ran their reading program and was the band counselor. During that time she was awarded a master's degree from Santa Clara University in education. While at SCU she joined Pi Lambda Theta sorority, and coordinated and ran a program dispersing information about head injuries, among many other projects. She also opened and ran an educational supply store for several years, all while still teaching. After retiring from Milpitas, she continued in education by consulting for the East Side Union High School district in San Jose. After moving north, Rita and Roy became parishioners at St. Joseph's Church in Mountain View. They became very involved with many aspects of the Church, and Rita was a founding member of the pastoral counseling group there. She returned to Santa Clara University and was awarded a master's degree in pastoral counseling. She continued as a lay minister and pastoral counselor past 2000. She had boundless energy, a smile for everyone, and a truly caring spirit of uncommon joy and generosity. Her greatest pride was her family: Robert Bruce (Donna), Mary Ann, and Patricia Kathryn (Doug McLean); her grandchildren Michael Bruce Prime (Warapha), Dennis Robert Prime (Lisa), William Wiley Bedsworth II (Louise), and Megan Aileen Bedsworth (Kent Bailey), and her great-grandchildren Kaelan, Jesse, Olivia, Gavin, Ellie, Colleen, and Wiley. She was the center of a loving family and will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.
Paul Joseph David ’76, born July 5, 1954, died September 1, 2012. Beloved husband of Laurie David ’79. Father of Alison and Mariel and partners Ed and Graham. Smooth sailing now in heavenly waters.
James McCullough M.A. '76 on May 24, 2008.
Gene Mackey ’76, born Dec. 18, 1952, a resident of Danville, died on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the age of 59, lovingly surrounded by his children and dear family friend the Rev. Vincent Scott. Gene was born in San Francisco in 1952 and lived his childhood years in South San Francisco attending Los Cerritos Elementary, Parkway Junior High, and graduating from South San Francisco High School in 1971. He joined the United States Air Force and was ready for deployment to Vietnam when the war ended. He was a 1976 graduate of Santa Clara University majoring in business and was then credentialed as a CPA, with his first professional job working at Ernst and Young in San Francisco. Gene began a 35-year career in the real estate and mortgage industry with Security Pacific and Better Homes, then ultimately opening his own real estate mortgage company, Bay Pacific Realty, with his wife Mary. In 1998 he joined Chase Manhattan Bank's Home Loan Center. From there Gene moved his career path to manage: First Horizons Mortgage Co., Washington Mutual Loan Center, Countrywide Home Loans and then ending his mortgage career with Bank of America Home Loans in Danville, where he lived. He loved building company offices and mentoring the marketing and sales associate staff as well as the support staff that so loyally worked alongside him. Survived and forever loved by his wife, Mary, sons; Scott (Courtney), Kevin (Shelley), his devoted son Sean, who always remained an inspiration of grace and courage for Gene, and grandchildren Jack, Taylor, Sabrina and Stefanie. Gene is also survived by his parents Gene and Margaret Mackey, married 63 years, brother Robert (Pam) and nephews Ryan and Adam. Gene was predeceased by his beloved infant baby brother, David.
Florence Muniz Sprague '76 on April 27, 2010. Florence was a unique and amazing woman, born before her time. Unable to afford university, she attended nursing school and served her country as a cadet nurse in a military hospital. She would work as a nurse well into her seventh decade. In 1946 she met and married the love of her life, Neal Sprague. Florence supported Neal through dental school and moved with him to Sunnyvale where they established their practice and raised their family. Florence received her bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1976 and went on to teach classes at De Anza College and adult education programs. She was an avid student and a passionate teacher. She loved gardening, writing, reading, and travel. Florence celebrated the millennium with a three-month-long cruise around the world, adding to the 85 countries she had visited. She was a voracious reader, and loved sharing the books and movies she liked best. Florence also loved dancing, ice cream, and, most of all, her family. She is survived by her sister Sally, daughters Jan and Karen, her grandchildren, and many, many friends. She is now enveloped in the loving arms of her husband Neal and her son Don, who went before her to prepare the way.
Dean Brackley, S.J., M.Div. ’76, died Oct. 16, 2011, surrounded by members of his community and several of his closest friends at the Jesuit infirmary in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, following a six-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. Kevin Burke, S.J., Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology, wrote: "Dean was one of the Jesuits assigned to El Salvador following the assassination of the six Jesuits and their two co-workers at the University of Central America in November 1989. His contribution to the mission of the UCA and the Central American province of the Society of Jesus was exemplary. Indeed, he became a key link in the chain of witnesses keeping alive the memory of the Central American martyrs in El Salvador and in the universal Church. He was a great human being and a great Christian. It is an honor to recognize him as an alumnus of the Jesuit School of Theology."
Audrey Bernfield M.A. ’76, died on her seventy-fifth birthday, November 3, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Audrey was an innovative force at several universities. At Stanford, she nurtured students in the Program in Human Biology while building an advising system that became a model for the nation. Later, as Director of Undergraduate Advising, she championed the view that college is a place for intellectual exploration where students discover the passions that lead to meaningful lives and careers. As Director of Enrichment Programs at Harvard Medical School, she developed programs that expanded medical students' engagement in the world at large, and was the first non-physician elected president of the International Health Medical Education Consortium, now known as GHEC. She was a lifelong crusader for reproductive rights, starting as a counselor and eventually serving on the boards of several women's health organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Boston. She also served on the boards of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus; The Transition Network, an organization for professional women who are transitioning to retirement; New Georges, a New York City theatre company; and as President of the 1661 Foundation, which supports the development of young progressive leaders. Audrey earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Clara. She is survived by her children, Susan and her husband Claude Millman, Jim and his wife Camilla Enders, Mark and his wife Rachel Saunders, and four grandchildren. Her husband Merton R. Bernfield died in 2002.
Timothy William Reed ’77 passed away on Aug. 23, 2010. A fourth generation Californian, with ties to Santa Clara Valley Pioneer Families, he was born in San Jose to William and Jane Reed. He was raised on the family ranch in Sunnyvale and grew up picking and drying fruit. He graduated with honors from Homestead High, De Anza College and Santa Clara University, receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry. Reed worked in the electronics industry prior to undertaking a major career change. Over the years he worked as an Independent contractor, Property Manager before settling in on a career as an Accountant. His passion in life revolved around his interests and hobbies and his favorite team the Forty-niners. He loved to search out unique experiences and tasting foods from different cultures. He was an avid reader and collector of books and periodicals. Other interests included martial arts, history, politics, music and movies. He is greatly missed by his surviving family, loving parents Bill and Jane, brother Patrick with his wife Roseann and family, along with his many cousins, their spouses and extended families. He will be fondly remembered for the attributes which made him shine. His thoughtfulness, generosity, loyalty, dedication and work ethic, his good nature, humor and of course his trademark grin.
Steven Emerson Curtis M.S. ’77, our wonderful husband, father, Papa, and hero, passed away on January 5, 2013 after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. He valiantly inspired others and proved that this is still a day of miracles. Steve was born in Salt Lake City on March 16, 1948 to Reuben Emerson and Alice Call Curtis. He graduated from Highland High School and served an LDS mission to Northern Germany. He married his eternal sweetheart, Janice Derrick in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in electrical engineering and received a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. He spent the majority of his career designing medical imaging equipment and managing research and development departments. He loved solving mathematical engineering problems and was granted many patents. Steve was a man of absolute integrity. He had sound judgment and great wisdom. He possessed charity for all and so appreciated the love and prayers offered for him during his health struggles. He left a legacy of love, service, humor, and devotion to his family. He endured to the end with steadfast faith in the Savior and a testimony of the gospel. He was without guile and was a true disciple of Christ. Steve loved gardening and his beautiful flowers were legendary. He passed on his love of camping and hiking in the mountains and national parks to his family. He loved music and sang every chance he had in choirs, quartets and duets with Jani and was an excellent choir director. He enjoyed traveling and saw much of the world. He delighted in the scriptures and was continually immersed in them. He had an extensive knowledge of the gospel and lived its principles with exactness. He served faithfully in many callings, but his favorite was teaching, where he constantly bore his testimony of the love, kindness, and mercy of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Jani, their children Michael (Rochelle) Curtis, Matthew (Brooke) Curtis, Alisa (Kevin) Bolander, Jennifer (Alan) Stout, and 14 grandchildren.
Richard F. Lee JD '77 died peacefully on January 9, 2012, after living bravely and valiantly with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and ALS. Rick never complained or felt self-pity about his diagnosis. Instead, he accepted it and committed himself to staying active and serving others. Until his final month, he volunteered at the Unity Shoppe and Central Office of AA, and loved walking long distances sharing hope with everyone he met. He participated in a research project at UCSF so future families will not experience this devastating disease.
Rick was born in San Francisco to Bruce P. Lee and Barbara L. Lee (Pierce), and raised in Millbrae, California. From the time he was a toddler he was the consummate jokester. In his own inimitable way he was also a leader. He was captain of the safety patrol at his elementary school, and senior class president at Mills High School. He was on the debate team at UCSB, and graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara Law School in 1977. He returned to Santa Barbara as an associate at Schramm & Raddue where he later became a senior partner.
He was married to Barbara Conway from 1976 to 1990 and they had three wonderful children: Allison, Andrea and Adam. In 1993 he married Diana Jessup and together they adopted Diana's foster daughter Lorraine Monroy. Rick loved being a father and grandfather.
He also loved being a lawyer and helping people. When Schramm & Raddue dissolved, he opened his own office where he enjoyed representing a wide variety of clients. In 2007 he joined Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy LLP where he practiced until his medical retirement in 2010. He had a passion for correcting injustices, whether the cause was worth millions of dollars or none at all.
Rick held leadership roles in many civic organizations, including Legal Aid, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Alano Club, Barristers' Club, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Teen Court. Rick was a role model in dealing openly and candidly with the challenges he faced in life. He was proud to have 29 years of sobriety and to have survived prostate cancer. Rick had amazing stamina and always strove to see the best in people. His commitment to enjoying life and helping others will live on in the many people he mentored and loved. One of the greatest gifts Rick received in his last year was the loving care of his son-in-law Nathan who was his full time caregiver.
Rick is survived by his wife Diana; his children Allison in San Francisco, Andrea (Nathan) Ridgell in Santa Barbara, Adam in San Francisco, and Lorraine (Marcus) Haynes in Las Vegas; his brother Steve in Santa Barbara; his sister Janet in Lincoln; his grandchildren Kaden and Kashton Ridgell, Anthony, Monique and Chauntal Monroy, and Brooklynn Haynes; and his aunt and cousins in the Sanfillipo family. His parents and sister Joanne predeceased him.
Mimi Murray Meriwether ’77 died on September 28, after a very long struggle with cancer. Born in Pittsburg, PA in 1955, Mimi' s early schooling was at The Trinita dei Monti in Rome, Italy, where her family resided for a number of years while her father pursued business interests in Europe. Returning to the United States, her family settled in Pebble Beach, California in 1966. Mimi entered Santa Catalina School in Monterey, and remained there until completing her high school years. After her freshman year at Santa Clara University, Mimi transferred to Georgetown University, where she graduated in 1977. Mimi's marriage to John Meriwether brought her to New York City living and then to their home in North Salem, NY. In later years Mimi found great serenity in her cherished Taos, New Mexico. Mimi was beloved by friends beyond number. The charity in her heart was unrestrained, and often found exercise in her generosity to friends in need. The parade of visitors to the hospital from near, far and very far was remarkable. How she was loved! Mimi was a profoundly spiritual person whose virtue was evident to all who knew her. Many times she traveled to Medjugorje, a place of pilgrimage in the former Yugoslavia, where she often brought friends as her guests. From childhood, Mimi loved horses, and she became a very accomplished competitive horsewoman. She achieved international success in the demanding sport of three day eventing, which has been likened to competing in a triathlon. Arrestingly courageous in coping with her illness, Mimi was small of frame and had an extraordinary sweetness and magical delicacy that captivated all who had the great grace of knowing her. Mimi's parents, Mr. and Mrs James G. Murray, Jr. are deceased, as is her sister, Pamela Murray, who was a nun. She is survived by John Meriwether, her sisters Joan Murray, Judy Allrich and Patricia Huse and by her brother James G. Murray, III. She leaves three nieces, five nephews and an enormous number of friends, particularly Heather Croome-Carroll and Diane Summers, who were so good to Mimi in her sickness as were so many others.
Lisa Marie (Regalia) Weekes '77 passed away on July 30, 2011 from complications from a recent surgery. Born in San Francisco on August 8, 1955 she was a true City Girl having attended St Stephens and the St Rose Academy before graduating with a BA from Santa Clara University. Lisa travelled the world and lived in Los Angeles and Chicago before returning home to the Bay Area to live in San Ramon. Lisa was an incredibly kind and talented woman whose grace and humor touched everyone who had the pleasure to know her. Her beauty and generosity to others will be remembered for many years to come. Her courage and dignity during her medical challenges were both inspiring and humbling to her family and dearest friends. Lisa is survived by her husband of 31 years Terry Weekes '76 and her two treasured sons Connor and Kienan; her brothers Andrew Regalia (Judy Regalia) and Chris Regalia '74 (Kathryn Regalia); her aunts and uncles Elvira and Barney Lindemann, Don and Susan Sheehan and Joan Parina; her sister and brother-in-laws, cousins and many nieces and nephews who she cared for greatly; her dearest friends and her beloved golden retriever Woody! Lisa was preceded in death by her father Andrew Mario Regalia and Eleanore Marie Regalia of San Francisco.
Joan Marie Vellequette M.A. ’77, a resident of Los Altos, Calif. for 51 years, passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2012. Joan is survived by her loving husband, Murlin Vellequette MBA '68, her sister Margaret Bouthillier (& husband Conrad), her brother-in-law Roger Vellequette, her sister-in-law Bernadette Hall, and her eight children: Joseph Vellequette (& wife Suzy), John Vellequette, David Vellequette (& wife Mary), Mary Singleton (& husband D.J.), Ann Frates, Mark Vellequette '86, MBA '91 (& wife Mary Beth), Michael Vellequette (& wife Kim), and James Vellequette. Joan was blessed with 21 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren - all of whom she loved deeply. Joan had a knack for remembering everyone's birthday, graduation, and anniversary - while making it all look easy. Born Joan Marie Lynch in Chicopee, Mass., her family later moved to Michigan where she attended the University of Detroit as a Chemistry major graduating in 1951. Joan dated Murlin Vellequette in college and they married in 1952. Over the next 9 years, they lived in Huntsville, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati, and then moved to California in 1960 when Murlin accepted a position with Fairchild Semiconductor. In Los Altos, they bought one of the first homes in the Highlands area, where they made many close friends in that great neighborhood. Recently, with family and some long-time friends, Joan and Murlin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, a true milestone of enduring love. Early on, Joan worked as a Chemist for Ethyl Corp., and then devoted herself to the whirlwind of raising eight children. Joan returned to college and obtained a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 1977. She also volunteered for many years with the St. Simon Catholic Parish ministries, the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, and for St. Francis High School. Later on, she enjoyed being the office manager and psychological testing coordinator for the Behaviordyne Pyschological Corp. in Palo Alto, and she also acted as the bookkeeper for the family business. Joan's personal interests varied from celebrating and quietly helping her family, to frequent travels, to being an extremely avid reader. Her travels included India, Europe, China, Australia and many trips with family to destinations all over the US. Annual summer trips to Myrtle Beach were a favorite, and no one will ever forget seeing Joan and Murlin parasailing together way up in the sky during one terrific Vellequette & Bouthillier Family Reunion. Joan was always selflessly full of life and love, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew and cherished her.
Janet C. Winter MA ’77, of Folsom, Calif., passed away peacefully Nov. 28, 2011, at her home. Janet was born Nov. 1, 1940, in Pinckneyville, a daughter to John and Elizabeth (Emling) Winter. She was a 1958 graduate of Pinckneyville Community High School, did her undergraduate studies at SIU Carbondale, earning a bachelor of science, and then attained a masters degree in arts and education from Santa Clara University. Janet was an avid gardener, was artistic, adventurous, loved painting and was skillful and handy in making home repairs for herself as well as her family. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, loved spending time with and caring for her family and will be dearly missed by all her knew her. Janet is survived by one daughter, Pippa (Andy) Austin of Folsom, Calif.; one granddaughter, Stephanie Austin of Folsom, Calif.; three sisters; and two brothers, Bonita Knight of Du Quoin, Lyle (Debbie) Winter, Merle (Shirley) Winter, Delores Higgerson, all of Pinckneyville, and Joyce (Sam) Stine of Tremonton, Utah; her caregiver for the last year and great-niece, Melissa Knight, and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers-in-law, Roy Knight and Ross Reel.
James M. Rhine JD ’77 of Rohnert Park, Calif., passed away Oct. 6, 2010.
Ivan Pesic M.S. ’77, founder, president and CEO of Silvaco, passed away from cancer at 61 in October 2012. He is survived by his wife Kathy ’74, M.S. ’80, daughter Yelena ’05, M.S. ’07 and son Iliya ’03, who now assumes the role of chairman of the board of Silvaco, a provider of TCAD, circuit simulation, and IC CAD software tools.
Pesic obtained a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from SCU and continued his education at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan where he obtained a master’s in electronic engineering under the guidance of Professor Fujio Masuoka, the inventor of Flash memory. Prior to his appointment as chairman of Silvaco, he worked for many years in the TCAD, semiconductor, MEMS and biomedical industry, most recently as a senior process engineer of a fabrication facility.
Carol Sue Moore MA ’77 of Sun Lakes passed away on May 21, 2012, surrounded by family. Carol was born in Colton, Calif., on May 11, 1938 to Virgil and Anna Hawelka Pinson. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gerald Moore, and sons, Paul Brown (Tammy), Keith Moore (Jodi), and Michael Moore (Allyson), as well as 10 grandchildren and her sister Betty Pinson Harbin. She was preceded in death by her father and mother. After high school Carol went to beauty school and became a cosmetologist. After her cosmetology career Carol worked in the advertising department of the local newspaper, The Colton Courier. Carol received her AA degree from Gavilan College then continued on to achieve her bachelor's degree in English from San Jose State and furthered her education receiving her teaching credential and master's Degree from Santa Clara University. Carol completed her student teaching at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., and taught there for 28 years. During that time she was a mentor teacher and department chairperson, but her final and most rewarding position was heading the academy as lead teacher. The academy was a program that helped students with academic problems in their middle school years to graduate from high school. After retirement in 1996, Carol and Jerry moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where Carol learned to play golf. Carol volunteered at Chandler Regional Hospital in the Immunization Clinic and Volunteer Board. She served as vice president of community outreach, vice president of fund raising and president of the board for three years. Carol was also president of Arizona Association of Healthcare Volunteers. At her church, Carol worked with the Mission's Committee helping to improve the lives of homeless veterans and there she made the congregation aware of the need for special bicycles for the children afflicted with Spina Bifida. She and Jerry purchased a 1956 T Bird and belonged to the Arizona Classic Thunderbird Club. Carol wrote the New Members column for the newsletter and served as secretary, activities chairman and president of the club. Carol found great joy in the ladies she met in Sun Lakes, The Red Hat Ladies and the Gourmet Gals.
Thomas O'Neill M.Div '78 on September 9, 2009.