Class Notes | Obituaries
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David F. Escover '83, resident of Hollister, passed away on Saturday May 24, 2014 at the age of 54. He was born on May 20, 1960 to Anthony Escover '55 and Pat Escover. Dave is survived by his wife Denise (Labrucherie) of 29 years, who loved him with her whole heart and soul, his son David and his daughter Danielle. Dave was the proud brother of five sisters: Cathy Warshawsky '81 (Randy), Loraine Otis (Brian), Janette Johnson (Steve), Joan Escover '86, J.D. '90, and Yvonne O'Connor (John). He also was a great uncle for his nieces and nephews: Krickey-poo-Bear (KC), Lady Lo (Lauren), Brandon, Eric, Brian, Rachel, Nate the Great (Nathan), Chris, Kevin, Swami (Dominic), Doug, Julie, and Joe.
Dave graduated from Saint Francis High School Mt. View, in 1978. He went on to finish his education at Santa Clara University in Mechanical Engineering. While in school, Dave also was the loving caregiver of his paternal grandfather, Anthony; who he loved and admired dearly. Grandpa Escover instilled in Dave his love and knowledge of ranching and mechanical abilities.
Upon graduation, Dave worked for a short time in the agricultural industry. In 1990, Dave co-founded All Chemical Disposal, a hazardous waste company. In 1995, Dave established a new family business, D-4 Excavation. Upon closing his company Dave began working closely with his cousin, Steve Pessagno at Pessagno Winery. Upon his death he was the winery manager.
Victor Valdez ’84, M.A. ’94 51, lay ecclesial minister and long-time catechetical leader who achieved Master Catechist status last year, died on July 17, 2013. He had suffered for many years from the effects of recurring brain tumors.
Wendy Scherbart, Director of Catechetical Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, said, “Over the 30 years I have known Victor, he has shown me how to put my trust in God. He lived with integrity and hope while carrying recurring health challenges.
“Victor chose to discern the will of God each day. He strived to do the will of God and now is fully united with God. I thank him for inspiring us with his courage and deep faith.”
Scherbart said that Victor had just made his second trip to Lourdes in May with the Knights of Malta and that he was seeking peace. “He told me that the day he went to the baths he didn’t want to hurry, but to be fully present to the experience.
“As he stepped through the waters, he felt sensations, the temperature, the placement of each foot, and he emerged feeling a deep peace,” Scherbart said.
At Valdez’s funeral Mass, July 24, at Santa Teresa Church, San Jose, Father Jose Antonio Rubio M.A. ’95, STD ’06 gave the homily, noting the Gospel reading, John 6: 37-40, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
Father Rubio said Victor “had recurring benign brain tumors and had 12 surgeries — some 13 hours — until they couldn’t operate anymore. He had the tumors for more than half his life, but he did a lot in a life.
“Even as a boy Victor carried his cross. When he was born, an ear was partially developed and he endured a number of surgeries. When he was in grammar school, he was hit by a car, broke his hip and was in a cast for six months.”
“Victor had a strong faith,” Father Rubio said. “From his Mexican heritage he had great faith in Our Lady of Guadalupe, and he got strength from the writings and spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. After he was diagnosed with the tumors, he dedicated his life to God, working for the Church. He always paid attention to how God was working in his life.”
Valdez worked at St. John Vianney, St. Athanasius, St. Denis (Menlo Park) as Director of Religious Education, at the University of Santa Clara as a resident minister in the dorms and with the alumni association. He planned retreats, gave talks and workshops at faith formation conferences in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Ariz.
Father Rubio said, “Victor carried his cross behind Jesus, but he carried his cross like Jesus. The cross of Jesus changed the universe and lead to resurrection, his resurrection, Victor’s resurrection, our resurrection.
“Victor saw life as a pilgrimage. He liked to travel and went to Lourdes twice, to Fatima, and to Madrid for World Youth Day in 2011. He had
been looking forward to WYD Brazil this year.
“When he returned from Madrid he wrote an article for The Valley Catholic recalling standing in rain all night and sleeping on cement. He quoted the very text that was tonight’s Gospel reading, and he concluded: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Victor wrote, “I know the call of Jesus calls for total commitment requiring great sacrifice. What we experienced at World Youth Day was an opportunity to trust in the Lord who never abandons us. In an exhibit along a Madrid parkway, we saw life-size reproductions of the Stations of the Cross. It is through the cross that we are led to freedom.”
“Free at last, Victor, free at last!” Father Rubio concluded.
Bobbi G. Hoover M.A. ’84, Aug. 20, 2011. Hoover was born in 1932 and lived in Los Gatos.
Rudolph G. Kraft Jr. M.A. ’85 received his SCU degree in marriage, family and child counseling. The knowledge from attaining this degree assisted him as a family law attorney. He died August 10, 2011 in Walnut Creek, Calif. Born on August 4, 1929 in Philadelphia, Penn., he was raised in Longmeadow, Mass. by his late parents, Rita H. and Rudolph G. Kraft. He graduated from Classical High School, Springfield, Mass/, as well as from Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Rudolph served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and remained in the Air Force Reserve for over 20 years. He practiced law in San Jose, Calif. until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Lorna Gillio; his children, Rudolph Kraft III, Terence Kraft, Maggie Kraft and Kathleen Kraft. He was predeceased by a son, Paul Kraft in 2003; his stepchildren Sherril Wunder, Gregory Hurd; brothers, James Kraft of Old Chatham, N.Y. and Frank Kraft of West Suffield, Conn.; along with six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.
Jerome "Jay" Raymond Martino MBA ’86, 54, of Cupertino, Calif., on Nov. 27. Jay was born in Waukegan, Ill. of Florence and Ray Martino. Jay was the eldest of four, followed by Ken, Julie and Karen. He attended Waukegan High School, and received his BS in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois. Upon graduating he moved to Silicon Valley in Calif. to begin his software engineering career. Jay worked as a software engineer for 20 years at such companies as Lockheed, Nynex, and IBM. He also received an MBA from Santa Clara University. In 1986 Jay married Linda Heller MBA ’87, and in 1988 they moved to Wilton, Conn., where their two lovely children, Kelley, currently in graduate school at San Francisco State University, and Dylan, currently a Junior at Sonoma State University were born. In 1994 Jay and Linda moved their family to Cupertino, Calif. Jay was a very proud and involved father, participating in Y Indian Princesses, Cub Scouts, and coaching soccer, basketball, baseball and softball. In 2000 Jay found his true calling when he received his teaching credential from Santa Clara University and began teaching 6th grade at Stevens Creek Elementary School in Cupertino. He moved to Cupertino Middle School in 2004, where he taught 6th grade math and social studies and coached softball. Along the way Jay made many lasting friendships and will be missed by many. He had a large family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins and a special friend since high school, Scott Sunday of Libertyville, Ill., who will always love and remember him. He had a great time traveling around the world, visiting national parks, attending sporting events—including eight Olympics—and many music concerts and festivals. Jay was very active as a long distance cyclist, mountain biker, runner, skier, scuba diver, backpacker, and river rafter. Jay passed very unexpectedly, surrounded by Linda, his loving wife of 27 years, and his children Kelley and Dylan. He was preceded in death by his adored father Ray in 2002.
James Tomich M.S. ’86, Aug. 15, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Jim Tomich died after a courageous battle with cancer. His family was at his side. Born Oct. 20, 1941, and raised in Sacramento, Jim went onto CSU Sacramento earning a B.S. in Electronic Engineering, an Environmental Studies Certificate from USC and an M.S., Computer Science from University of Santa Clara. In 1971, he joined the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, retiring as Supervising Air Quality Engineer in 2010. Jim and his wife Glow settled into suburban San Jose to enjoy an active lifestyle. He served as president of the BSA Owners Club of Northern California and won awards for his mortorcycle restoration excellence. In the mid-90s, Jim sponsored members of his extended family overseas seeking refuge from the war in Bosnia - a proud moment for his entire family. Jim is survived by his wife Glow-Renee, sons Tom and Mike and grandchildren Marco, William and Danielle.
Sr. Irene A. Radtke M.A. '86, age 85, of Bridgeton, Mo., a Franciscan Sister of Mary for more than 60 years, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. She was born on Nov. 24, 1928, in Mineral Point, Wis., the daughter of Ernest and Mary Lylith (Gedye) Radtke. After graduating from St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Madison, she worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Dodgeville until she entered the Sisters of St. Mary (SSM) on Aug. 12, 1953. She was known as Sr. Mary De Montfort until resuming her baptismal name later. In 1987, the SSM reunited with the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo., as the Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSM). She earned a BSN from St. Louis University (1959), a master's degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City (1972), and an M.A. in counseling from Santa Clara University, Calif. (1986). She served as a nurse and nursing supervisor at SSM hospitals for many years and as executive director of St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, and St. Mary's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., and associate executive director of Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo. In 1993, she founded Almost Home in St. Louis, providing transitional housing and education for homeless mothers under 18 and their children; she was executive director until 2002. Sr. Irene was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Beer of Sterling, Ill., and sister-in-law, Betty Radtke of Oregon, Wis.
Marypat Coughlin ’87, 48, of Denver, passed away peacefully on Sunday December 8th after an arduous and unwelcome journey with ovarian cancer. Marypat spread love and kindness everywhere she touched, and will be sorely missed by many friends, family, and co-workers -- but especially by her immediate family.
Jeffery W. Saunders MBA '91, Oct. 20, 2013. Formerly of Cupertino Jeff died at home in Seattle of a stroke. Loving husband of Kristin Matosian Saunders, formerly of Los Altos, and devoted father of Ginevra, 6; Roland, 4; Camilla, 2; and Daphne, 9 months. They were his focus and joy. Born Oct. 22, 1962, Jeff graduated from San Jose State University, earned an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and was a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin for 25 years. He loved the outdoors, lived from the heart and gave generously of his kindness, optimism, patience and resilience. Also surviving are his parents, Bill and Lynne Saunders, of Surprise, AZ, formerly of Cupertino; sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Brian Ebert, and niece, Siera Ebert, of Reno, NV; and inlaws, Ken and Paula Matosian of Los Altos. His sister Michelle died in February.
Elsie Frost J.D. ’91 was born on Oct. 25, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Elsie was a resident of Gaithersburg, Md.
Mary Mabey M.A. '93, Jan. 21, 2014. A wide circle of family and friends mourn the passing of Mary Ellen Mabey after a long illness and courageous battle against lung disease.
Margaret "Meg" Joan Andelman Keller M.A. ’93, a resident of San Jose, age 69, died on May 1, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Meg fought a courageous battle against multiple health issues for much of her adult life. She is survived by her husband and soul mate of 50 years, Doug Keller, her loving daughter, Alisha Morcate ’93, her devoted son-in-law, Raoul Morcate, and adoring grandsons, Alex and Zach Morcate. She is also survived by her dear sisters, Barb Dodds, Jan Roversi, and Nancy Opyd. Meg was born in Harlan, Ky. to Dr. Samuel and Joan Andelman, the eldest of their four daughters. She grew up in Kentucky and Illinois. Meg graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1963 and graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Business Administration in 1967. Following graduation, she worked briefly for Trans World Airlines before getting married in 1968 and moving to New Jersey. At this time she began working at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, N.J. as the Director of Nurse Recruiting. In 1970, Meg and Doug joyfully welcomed their only child, Alisha Beth Keller. After Alisha's birth, Meg devoted all her time and energy to raising their daughter. In 1971, the Keller family moved to New York and then five years later moved to Lake Oswego, Ore. and finally settled in San Jose, Calif. in 1982. In 1994, Meg accomplished her life-long dream of earning a Masters in Counseling Psychology degree from Santa Clara University. After internships at the Bill Wilson Center and Almaden Valley Counseling Services, Meg earned her Marriage and Family Therapist license. In 1996, she opened her private practice in Almaden Valley and provided relationship advice to numerous cherished clients. In her free time, Meg loved to volunteer with various animal rescue groups by fostering dogs and cats and helping at adoption fairs. Meg was passionate about many things including her family, dogs, and helping others overcome life's many obstacles. Meg will be greatly missed for her intelligence, compassion, insightfulness, sense of humor, courage, and amazing spirit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Meg's name to South Bay Purebred Rescue. Instructions for donations can be found at www.sbprdogs.org.
Fresno attorney Laura Guzman Magill J.D. '93 will be buried in a 1920s hand-beaded jacket and red boots designed by Bob Mackie that she bought off the Internet. Her coffin will be upholstered in teal leather to match the furniture in her living room. In addition to photographs of her life, mourners will see her collection of shoes and the dresses she made out of recycled material for Trashique, the annual Fresno Art Museum fundraiser. Mrs. Guzman Magill, whose love of fashion was secondary to her love of God and her desire to help the accused, died Dec. 27 after a long and unconventional battle with breast cancer. She was 48. Friends say Mrs. Guzman Magill was the brains behind the husband-wife criminal law firm that represented such clients as convicted rapist Spencer Scarber, the Buchanan High butt-drag wrestler who got expelled and the students who got kicked out of Central High for cutting down two trees. While Charles Magill made his pitch to school boards and juries, his wife sat at the defense table plotting strategies or writing her next motion on her laptop. And when a board or judge ruled against them, she wasn't shy about appealing."She marched to a different beat," Fresno defense attorney Michael Aed said. "She never let a client get convicted without a fight." Case in point: Scarber, who contended he didn't get a fair trial. In legal documents, Mrs. Guzman Magill and her husband accused Sheriff Margaret Mims of withholding evidence and revealed an old romantic relationship between Scarber's father, a former assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol, and Elizabeth Egan before she became Fresno County's district attorney. Aed said the legal community took note of Mrs. Guzman Magill's ability to find an obscure document that linked Mims to the case. Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. upheld Scarber's conviction on Dec. 19. "You hear lawyers promise that they will turn over every stone," Aed said. But, "Laura was one of the few that really did it." With her death, Aed said, "we all lose, because who is going to take her place?"
Within months of their birth, Laura and her twin, Linda, were adopted by P. "Guz" Guzman Jr. and his wife, Paula, who owned National Hardware Supply on Blackstone Avenue in Pinedale. Mrs. Guzman Magill's love of law and fashion came from her mother, a Fresno State English professor, who encouraged her children to engage in public speaking and debate. She also taught them how to sew. "Laura loved colors and fabric, especially leather," Magill said, noting his wife made her own dresses, shirts, pants and jackets. "If she had her druthers, she would have been a fashion designer." But her Catholic upbringing and quest for social justice pulled her toward law, he said. After graduating from Bullard High School in 1983, Laura Guzman earned a political science degree from Pepperdine University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. She began her career in the Bay Area in 1995 before returning to Fresno two years later. She worked briefly for the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, but was let go. "She wasn't a company person," Magill said. "She wanted to do her own thing." In 2000 she married Magill. At the time, she had two daughters, Petra and Sierra, and he had two boys, Gary and Zechariah. Together, they have one son, Matthew. Magill said his wife had success as a trial lawyer: in 2000 she represented a defendant in the Mongolian Boys Society gang-rape trial. Seven people were convicted of rape in Fresno County Superior Court. Her client, Lao Yang, was found not guilty of 12 counts; the jury deadlocked on two rape counts. But it's the high-profile cases she and her husband lost that will seal her legacy, her husband said. Magill said his wife hated zero-tolerance school policies. "In her mind, there was nothing worse than children being persecuted by school officials," he said. In 2010, they represented five students who were expelled for a senior prank: they cut down two trees at the Central High School East Campus. Because the students had no prior history of being disobedient, Mrs. Guzman Magill got a court order to reinstate them, her husband said. And when school officials stopped them from entering campus, she called police. School officials countered with their own judge's order, and the case ended up in a long legal battle with the students ultimately getting expelled. Magill, however, said his wife didn't see it as a loss: "Central wanted to show they were tough, but Laura sent a message that they can't bully people around." The couple also lost the Buchanan butt-drag case. They defended wrestler Preston Hill, who was expelled in 2011 after being accused of sexually assaulting a teammate during practice. Magill said Hill was doing a wrestling maneuver called the butt-drag that coaches had taught him. In a 3-2 vote, the Fresno County Office of Education board upheld Clovis Unified School District's decision to expel Hill during his senior year. They then lost Hill's appeal in court. Because they had appealed, Hill's expulsion was temporarily stayed, giving Hill time to transfer to another school district. He received his high school diploma, Magill said. "That was all engineered by Laura," Magill said. In her spare time, Mrs. Guzman Magill was a mock trial coach at Central and Bullard and took kids to Christian camp. She also reached out to community groups, charging them nothing for legal advice. "She answered my emails and gave me advice for free," said Fresno activist Gloria Hernandez, who fights for the rights of farm laborers. She said other lawyers charged $250 an hour consultation fee. "Our community is going to miss her," Hernandez said.
Mrs. Guzman Magill's fight with breast cancer ended her life, but she didn't go without a fight. In a July 2011 "Valley Voices" column for The Bee, she wrote about her unconventional victory over Stage II-III breast cancer: "What a great year to be diagnosed with cancer." She said she wasn't trying be sarcastic or flippant; she wanted to tout an alternative method of fighting cancer: "cryoablated," which destroys the cancerous tumor by freezing it. She avoided the traditional method of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. "We are in the 21st century with 21st century technology," she wrote. "Ancient bloodletting, or chemotherapy and radiation, is just that: ancient." But in a follow-up column in August this year, Mrs. Guzman Magill said the cancer had returned "four short months" after the first column was published. She decided to undergo chemotherapy. In November, the cancer worsened and reached her liver, her husband said. But she didn't give up. She flew to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, but doctors there said it was too late because the cancer had gotten into her bones, Magill said. Mrs. Guzman Magill made her last court appearance in the Scarber case. She was in a wheelchair and hooked up to oxygen. On Dec. 23 she was admitted to Community Regional Medical Center with blood clots in her lungs. The day after Christmas, Magill took his wife home to die among family. She will be buried in a private service Saturday at St. Peter's Cemetery in Fresno next to her father, who died in August at the age of 90. "The passion she had for everything she did was amazing," said stepson Zechariah Magill, 20. He then recalled getting in trouble at Central High, where he was senior class president. He had driven his father's car to school and campus police found a knife in it. School officials suspended him and threatened to expel him. "My stepmom came to school with a video camera and filmed them as as they searched my dad's car," Zechariah Magill said. "She then told them she would take them to court if they expelled me." In preparing for battle, Guzman Magill got into "Full-Metal Jacket" mode, her husband said. She got 10 people to write letters on Zechariah's behalf and presented them to school officials. The plan worked: Zechariah was able to graduate with his class and give his speech. "It was a great feeling," he said. "Like so many people she helped in court, I knew she had my back and I could count on her."
Born: May 10, 1965 Died: Dec. 27, 2013 Career: Fresno criminal defense lawyer Survivors: husband, Charles Magill; children, Gary, Zechariah, Petra, Sierra, and Matthew; mother, Paula Guzman; sisters, Lisa Guzman and Linda Guzman Ellenberger.
David Robert Kerr MBA '93 died at home, in the early morning hours, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. David was born to Robert and Jean Kerr, on May 20, 1962. David earned his undergraduate degree from Wooster College of Ohio, a Master's of Science from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an MBA from University of Santa Clara, Calif . He enjoyed a successful career in the Semi-Conductor Industry. His expertise took him across the United States, to Europe, and the Pacific Rim. More recently his work was in the Pacific Northwest, at LAM Research, Linear Tech, Fairchild Semi, and Microchip Technology. David married Helen R. Koeppen in Boise, Idaho on October 26, 1996. David is survived by his parents, Bob and Jean Kerr; daughter, Olivia; and son, Owen. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim. David was an excellent provider for his family. He dearly loved and was extremely proud of his children, and supported their many activities. David will be greatly missed in all our lives.
Betty Jane Rank M.A. '94, Sept. 1, 2013. A resident of Walnut Creek, Betty Jane Rank was born in Benicia on Sept 6, 1923. Betty Jane attended St Bernard Grammar School in Oakland, graduated from Holy Names High School in Oakland, then earned a BA Degree from Holy Names College in Oakland in 1945. In 1957, she received a Masters degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley. In her retirement, she capped off her education with a Masters degree in Theological Studies from Santa Clara University. During her career, Betty Jane worked for the City of Oakland Recreation Department, the Oakland Council of Camp Fire Girls, the Denver Council of Camp Fire Girls, and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Oakland. She was the first director of Tallmadge Hamilton House for senior citizens in Seattle, and spent 23 years with the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. She often "moonlighted" as an adult education teacher and as a consultant on the aging. Betty Jane never married. Family and friends were her primary focus. Travel was an important part of her life. She traveled to and hiked in many parts of the world. The Sierra Club provided a vehicle for the outdoor activity she so enjoyed. Yosemite provided a setting that she never grew tired of. She did a lot of volunteer work with the Red Cross and with her parish church. Betty Jane moved to Rossmoor in Jan 1997 after living in San Jose for 34 years. She was a member of St. Anne's Church, and participated in ministries as her health permitted. Betty Jane is survived by a nephew, two nieces, one great nephew, four great nieces, two great, great nephews, two great, great nieces, and many first cousins and their extended families. We all loved her and will miss her.
Lawrence R. Moots '96 June 8, 1940 - Nov. 19, 2013 Resident of San Jose Lawrence R. Moots passed away on Nov. 19, 2013 at his home after a long battle with cancer at the age of 73. A second generation Californian, Larry was born in Pajaro, grew up in Menlo Park, and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1958. He joined the Air Force, served as a Weather Observer at Zaragoza Air Base in Spain, and coaxed his "girl-next-door" fiance, Diane, to join him there; they were married in Gibraltar in 1961. (He always teased her that their Gibraltar wedding wasn't legal in the U.S.) Returning home, Larry graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in History and obtained a secondary teaching credential from San Jose State while engaged in part-time work in the grocery industry. He went to work full-time in the grocery industry when he found so few teaching jobs were available. Larry also volunteered as both adult and children's Sunday School teacher at his church, mentored Eagle Scout Merit Badge candidates in his sons' Boy Scout Troop, sang in the church choir, and was a docent at the San Jose Historical Museum. An all around athlete and avid soccer player in his youth, he was a staunch supporter of the Stanford and San Jose State teams, SF Giants, and SF Forty-Niners. A back injury lead Larry to a career change which ultimately became one of his greatest joys. He obtained a primary teaching credential from Santa Clara University and went on to become a beloved third grade teacher at Millbrook and Carolyn A. Clark Elementary schools in the Evergreen School District. He formed after-school programs to teach the students how to play the recorder and chess. He combed garage sales to bring in books and manipulatives to help students grasp mathematical concepts, (as well as stuff to keep them occupied on rainy days), and enlisted parental support in conferences with his attitude of "what can we do to make your child more successful?" Larry is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Diane, his two sons: Corbin (Julia), and David (Tobey), and grandchildren: Lauren, Wesley, and Rachel, all of San Jose. Known for his engaging sense of humor, creativity, music ability (could play anything with strings), and out-of-the-box thinking, he will be greatly missed by family, friends, and former students.
Kevin A. Fitzgerald J.D. ’00, 46, of Las Vegas, Nev. died on May 17, 2014. He was an attorney for the Clark County School District for the past five years and formerly for the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, Palo Alto, Calif. A graduate of Tufts University (Mass.) and Santa Clara University (Calif.) he is survived by his wife, Jennifer Matejkovic Fitzgerald, his daughter, Audrey, aged 6 and son, Joey, aged 3. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Florence (Connors) and sister Neilla, and survived by his siblings, Kathleen Fitzgerald, John Fitzgerald and wife, Linda (Millar), Anne Fitzgerald and husband Larry Hookey, Maureen Fitzgerald, Jane Fitzgerald-Hines, David Fitzgerald and wife, Donna (Poitras); in-laws Edward M. Matejkovic (father) and fiancee Roe Trumbo, Leigh Matejkovic Martini and husband, Tom and Jude Matejkovic; nieces and nephews, Jack, Ryan, Jennifer, Patrick, Cayden, Kate, Molly, Sean, Neila, Robert, Connor, Max, Ava and Vincent.
Phil Scholz '01, one of Nvidia’s senior marketing managers, was struck and killed Jan. 20 in a commuter train accident at a Caltrain station in Santa Clara, Calif., while helping to save the life of another victim. He was 36 years old.
Walter Scott Binns J.D. ’05, September 27, 2013. Walter "Scott" Binns III, husband of Betsy Hunter-Binns of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013. He was born June 21, 1969 in Lancaster, Calif., a son of Walter Scott Binns Jr. and Patricia Binns. Scott attended Quartz Hill High School and graduated in 1987. Following high school he attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and the Agriculture Marketing Team. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Agribusiness in the spring 1993. After a time in the workforce Scott continued his education and attended Santa Clara University to earn his Juris Doctorate in 2005. Upon graduating from Cal Poly, Scott worked as a produce salesperson for a number of firms on the central coast to include Apio Produce Sales of Guadalupe, Newstar Fresh Foods of Salinas and Muranaka Farm of Moorpark. While preparing for the Bar Exam he served an internship with the Honorable Judge Rigali of Santa Maria, Calif. After passing the exam he was employed by the William K. Gamble Law Firm of Santa Maria. Scott then opened the Law Office of Walter "Scott" Binns where he worked until his death. Scott is survived by his loving wife Betsy Hunter-Binns, beautiful daughter Josette Binns, parents Walter Scott Jr. and Patricia Binns, brothers Bob (Shannon) Binns and Jim (Rachel) Binns, sisters Kathleen (Steven) Stevenson, Jennifer (Darrell) Morales and Leslie (Lance) Nelson and his adoring nieces and nephews. Always offering a helping hand, Scott could often be found volunteering in service to a friends cause, be it a school fundraising auction or beautification day. Most recently he and his wife's shared efforts support Panama 4-H Club. In his free time Scott enjoyed hiking, biking and watching sports with friends. Scott was often the life of a party, with an infectious enthusiasm and a welcoming smile.
Cindy Avitia J.D. ’06 worked on staff for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75 from 2006 to 2010. She was killed in an automobile accident in Mexico on Aug. 22, 2013. Avitia was a strong advocate for immigration reform.
“As those of us who knew Cindy grieve her tragic loss, we can take pride in the fact that during her short life she did more to promote strong, caring families in our community and advance the cause of justice than many people accomplish in a lifetime dedicated to public service. I am rocked by the tragic news of her passing and feel her loss acutely. I will never forget her.”
Adrian Francisco Morales ’11, age 24, departed from this life on August 21, 2013. He was born on June 20, 1989 in Redwood City, Calif., to Hugo and Roina, but was raised his entire life in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Epiphany Elementary School (2003) and St. Ignatius College Prep (2007). In 2011, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University (SCU) with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in History, Philosophy, Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies. Adrian's work experience first started in 2007 at SCU with their law office as an assistant/proctor. In 2009, he held a summer internship in San Francisco for the California Assembly. The following summer, he worked with the Turkish Coalition of America in Istanbul, Turkey and in the 2011 summer he worked/studied in Jordan. After his graduation, he went to Washington D.C. in Feb. 2011 to intern with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He was then placed into the minority leader house of representative's office for a few months. In October 2011, he accepted an internship with the California Assembly and a few months later he took a full time position as a Congressional Aide. For such a young age, he traveled to Hawaii, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He was fluent in Spanish and Arabic. Adrian loved speech and debate, going to the movies, watching various history programs, and reading books on all subjects. He truly was a gifted person with a charming personality who was always looking for the meaning of life. Adrian is survived by his parents, Brother Alex, Grandmother Carmen, Uncle Adolfo and many beloved family and friends.
Most people do not know that Eunjey Michael Cho ’12 was a chess phenom at the age of eight, as he rarely mentioned to others later on that he had won award after award. This was because at age 12 he had realized that each of his wins rendered another person a loser. Seeing the upset on his opponents' faces, Eunjey deemed his success not worth the pain of others and gave up playing competitive chess. His mother and father, Young-mee and Yong Cho, and his older brother, Jey, all noticed that Eunjey's pure heart and thoughtful mind guided him through his life and interactions at a remarkably early age. He studied Psychology at Santa Clara University and after teaching English for a year and a half in South Korea, his parents' birth country, Eunjey adventured through many parts of Asia. As a Jesuit volunteer in Spokane, Wash., Eunjey served as an Emergency Financial Assistance Coordinator through Catholic Charities. Eunjey had always been a talented athlete, and during his JV year, Eunjey ran two marathons. Eunjey left Spokane by bike, determined to ride back to his home in New Jersey while raising funds for the JVC. It was on Sep. 18, 2013 during this exhilarating and challenging bike journey that Eunjey was hit by an automobile and killed. He was 25 years old. His pursuit toward truth in his thoughts, words, and actions, and his innate ability to be mindful in his daily life have inspired so many people to slow down and to reflect on their own potential to be humble yet activated beings with a purpose. In his life, Eunjey developed a profound ability to approach situations and challenges in a curious, nonjudgmental, and fearless manner. He deeply honored the light and dignity within every person he met. He was wise like a grandfather but playful like a child, and he lived life with a courage to which we should all aspire.