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2013

GRD Law '13
Roxanne Roknian

Roxanne "Roxy" Roknian ’14, Nov. 24, 2013. She was a member of the third-year law class. In their stories and memories of her, it is clear that she was a young woman who lived life with enthusiasm and passion, with a keen intellect and a delightful sense of humor. She balanced her studies with her blogging and her commitment to justice for all, with a flair for fashion.

Words fail to convey the sorrow of this time for her family and our community. 
 
submitted Dec. 4, 2013 2:57P
GRD Law '13
Luciana Manriquez

Luciana Manriquez ’13, 29, of Chino, died on June 25, 2013, when the sport utility vehicle she was driving collided with a big rig on southbound Interstate 880 in Fremont, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Manriquez, known to friends and colleagues as Luci, was living in San Jose while attending SCU, where she had just finished her second year of law school. Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh posted a message on the law school's Facebook page, saying, "We join with Luci's family and friends in prayer and offer consolation amidst the pain of great loss."
 
Manriquez worked for the Northern California Innocence Project, said fellow law student and close friend Clare McKay. "She wanted to work for activist organizations to affect change," said McKay, who met Manriquez when the two were first-year law students.
"For a small person, she had a huge personality; she could make anybody laugh, and she had her own style," McKay recalled. "She was very tough but always very kind. She would tell you like it is, but be very respectful. She would never, ever judge anybody." The two women became best friends.
"She had the most wonderful, distinct laugh," McKay said. "She was laughing often. Luci really loved bad horror movies. She had a tattoo of a chain saw and the face of a famous horror movie actor. She was also influenced by her Mexican heritage," sporting a Dia de Muertos skull tattoo, McKay said.
"Everybody loved Luci."
 
Engh said, "As a community that supports its members in times of joy and in times of sorrow, we join with Luci's family and friends in prayer and offer consolation amidst the pain of great loss. May the peace that Luci will find among the saints turn the pain of loss into a sense of peace for her family and all who grieve for her. Please keep Luci and her family in your prayers."
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 3:28P

Faculty & Staff

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Stephen J. Corio

Faculty member Stephen J. Corio ’68, MBA ’76 died on October 5. A double alumnus of Santa Clara University, Steve joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 1998. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he had a successful career with IBM and wanted to give back during his "second career" at the University, teaching in the Marketing Department. He was dedicated to his students throughout his time here, having taught undergraduate and MBA students alike. Students filled his classrooms and benefited from his wise counsel as a student adviser. Together with his family, we mourn Steve's death while also thanking God for the gift of his life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

 
Notes of condolence may be sent to Steve's family, care of the Business School:
 
The Corio Family
c/o Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
 
submitted Nov. 15, 2013 3:22P
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Howard Anawalt

Long-time law faculty member and Professor Emeritus Howard Anawalt died August 6, 2013, peacefully at home in his sleep. Professor Anawalt joined Santa Clara University School of Law in 1967 and was one of the first faculty members to specialize in the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry. He remained an active scholar and member of the Law School community even after he retired in 2003. Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community. He will be remembered as a kind and generous person who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues.

"The High Tech Law Institute remains incredibly grateful for Prof. Anawalt's many foundational contributions to our program," said Prof. Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute.  "Our high tech law program would not be as rich and successful as it's been without his foresighted efforts.  On a personal note, Prof. Anawalt shared his 1994 Computer Law syllabus with me when I first developed my own Internet Law course in 1995, and his thoughts influenced my concepts about the course a lot."
 
Howard Anawalt is considered by many to be the father of the nationally recognized intellectual property program at Santa Clara Law. He joined the School of Law in 1967, and specialized in constitutional law, torts, and intellectual property law. “Howard Anawalt was a great teacher and scholar at Santa Clara University’s law school and he was instrumental in forming and advancing the Law School’s highly acclaimed intellectual property law program,” says Professor Donald Polden, who served as dean from 2003-2013. “He exemplified the great teacher-scholars in legal education and he will be missed by his many friends from Santa Clara University.”
 
In a letter to the University community, President Michael Engh, S.J. wrote, “With his expertise in intellectual property law, he was one of the first faculty members to address in his teaching the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry… Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community.”
 
Anawalt earned his A.B. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley. He was admitted to practice in the states of California and Washington and in the Supreme Court. He served as a legislative intern and legal adviser, then deputy attorney general to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee. His law practice experience included criminal jury trials, Vietnam War draft and court-martial cases, labor injunction litigation, sex and race discrimination lawsuits, and involvement in high-technology litigation and transaction practice.
 
At Santa Clara Law he was a very involved member of the faculty and served in many leadership and advisory roles until his retirement in 2003. He was the inaugural director of Santa Clara Law’s International Institute, now called the Center for Global Law and Policy, and he served as the first director of the Santa Clara University School of Law High Tech Advisory Board, first convened in 1990. He directed Santa Clara’s client counseling and national trial competitions, advised the Santa Clara Law Review, administered the Tokyo summer program, and served as adviser to the Santa Clara Law Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
 
Among his many publications, two stand out as the most significant: Idea Rights:  A Guide to Intellectual Property (Carolina Press,) and IP Strategies: Complete Intellectual Property Planning, Access and Protection (West Publication).
 
Howard’s fellow faculty members remembered him with fondness and respect. “Former students often comment on Howard’s pleasant and compassionate classroom demeanor, but also his rigorous attention to details of cases and the importance of policy in the development of laws,” said Professor Polden. “He remained a dedicated and accomplished scholar after his retirement, including a recent publication of a book on legal protection of ideas.”
“Howard’s academic interests covered a broad span, from constitutional law to high technology,” said Professor Bradley Joondeph. “In many ways, he foresaw the direction that law would be headed, many years before most lawyers had any inkling.”
 
“Howard will be remembered as a kind and generous person, who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues,” said Professor Ken Manaster, who joined Santa Clara Law in 1972. “He had an exceptionally inquisitive mind. He seemed often to be delving into a new topic in law or into a new angle within a field he already had mastered, such as tort law, intellectual property, or constitutional law. His friendliness toward colleagues, and his active give-and-take in discussions of the law and of the law school’s responsibilities to the profession, even after he retired, will be missed.”
 
Anawalt leaves his wife, Sue, his son Brad and daughter-in-law Kirsten, his son Paul and daughter-in-law Valeria, his grandchildren Kathryn, Juliet, Gwyneth, Kevin, and Dillon, and his many students and colleagues.

 

submitted Aug. 30, 2013 10:02A
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George J. Alexander

George J. Alexander, former law school dean and professor emeritus, died peacefully July 29, 2013, after a prolonged illness. George led the law school from 1970 to 1985—a period of great growth both in enrollment and in prominence for the law school, making him one of the most influential deans in its 100-year history. During his time as dean, George emphasized scholarship, hired distinguished faculty, and with his commitment to diversifying the legal profession, recruited talented students of color from across the country.  He led the law school in developing a more international law curriculum and established it as a pre-eminent global legal educator.

George left a strong legacy of commitment to advancing the legal profession and improving access to legal services. He and his wife, Katharine, have been great friends and supporters of the law school. In 2004, they endowed operations of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, which serves low-income people in matters of consumer law, immigration law, and workers’ rights. In 2008, they established the annual Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize, which recognizes lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity.

As professor, dean and friend of Santa Clara, George embodied the University’s mission and values by combining a high regard for academic rigor with a personal commitment to making the world a better place. While we mourn George’s death, we also thank God for the gift of his life. The University community will miss his leadership, wisdom, and friendship.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:14P
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Diane di Bari

Dr. Diane Hijos di Bari passed away on May 7, 2013. Dr. di Bari started teaching in the Liberal Studies Program in Fall of 2003. She was a popular and caring professor. She taught our Exceptional Child course (LBST 138) for the program a total of 17 times in the last ten years and impacted the education of hundreds of undergraduates.

Dr. di Bari had tremendous compassion for children and was a leader in the field. She was able to translate the science of exceptional children to individual lives. Santa Clara University and the Liberal Studies Program was fortunate to have her on our faculty. 

She is survived by her husband Mike, mother Rosie, brother Brian, sons Paul and Nicholas, and numerous nieces, cousins and extended family. Diane was born in Chowchilla, CA on January 29, 1951 to parents Pete and Rosie Hijos. She attended Chowchilla High School and went on to graduate from Occidental College with a BA in Psychology and Fresno State with a MS in School Psychology.
 
Diane had an immense passion for helping children. She worked as a school psychologist for Santa Clara Unified School District, providing special education evaluations to identify programs and opportunities for improved learning, education and advancement for students. Diane's yearning for continual education found her pursuing her own opportunities, taking her to various leadership positions within the school district, her professional organizations, and academic institutions. In 2010 Diane completed her
PsyD in Neuropsychology, focusing on verbal memory and language in Spanish speaking children.
 
After 35 years of personal and professional achievements, Diane retired in 2012 from positions at Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara University, and Alliant International University. Throughout her career, Diane was honored as an outstanding educator, received lifetime achievement awards and various certificates of recognition for her service to the field of psychology, her students and colleagues.
 
She will be best remembered for her selfless and humble demeanor in serving others, both personally and professionally.
submitted Jun. 14, 2013 10:57A
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Bahram Saghari

Bahram Saghari, adjunct faculty in the Leavey School of Business, died on January 28, after suffering critical injuries from a tragic bicycling accident in 2011. Bahram joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 2009 teaching courses in Operations Management and Information Systems. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he worked at several Silicon Valley firms, including Oracle and Intel, as a software engineer. An avid bicycle rider and swimmer, he had been active in the bicycling community and was much loved by his students, friends and family members. 

Together with his wife, Taban, and his daughters, Shayan and Keon, we mourn Bahram's death and recall the gift he was to his family, friends, colleagues and students. He will be missed.
 
Notes of condolence may be sent to Bahram's family, care of the Business School:
The Saghari Family
c/o Dean's Office
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
 
A memorial service in celebration of Bahram's life is planned for mid-February. Details on time and location will be forthcoming.
 
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 8:24A

Friends of the University

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Winnie Hook

Noreen (Winnie) Fern Hook, June 11, 2013. A resident of Santa Clara, Hook was 107. She was born Noreen Fern Bastian on February 14, 1906, in San Jose to Louis and Fern Vicy Bastian. In 1923, she met and married Wilbur J. Hook, her husband of 60 years, who preceded her in death in 1983. They had two daughters Esther (Rick ’49) Rechenmacher and Sharon ’70 (Bill ’60) Gissler.

"She lived in poverty in various places around the Bay Area, including San Jose and Oakland, but Winnie was always an optimist, always positive about everything," said her granddaughter Cynthia Gissler ’85. "That was one of the great things about her."
 
She had a clear memory of life early in the last century, when electricity replaced coal oil lamps, when automobiles replaced the old streetcars. As a girl, she went to the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and the memory stayed with her.
"It seemed like a wonderland to her," Gissler said. "She had never seen a pineapple or had pineapple juice, and here was a pineapple juice fountain with all the juice you could drink."
 
She was 17 when she met Wilbur John Hook at a drugstore in Alameda and they were married soon afterward. It was a lifelong love affair. "He called her Winnie and that was her name ever after," said Gissler.
 
Mrs. Hook was a stay-at-home mom and the family moved to Santa Clara in 1927. "She was also a wonderful foster mother to young people who needed help," Gissler said. "Years later, they would come to see her as adults and thank her."
 
Mrs. Hook graduated from high school but did not attend college in the formal sense. In the 1930s, however, she became a member of the Catala Club at Santa Clara University and remained active in it up until her death (see "And the ladies of the club..." in the Winter 2010 issue of SCM). The society raised money for scholarships at Santa Clara, and Mrs. Hook attended lectures by professors.
 
She was the loving grandmother of 15 (Heidi [Ananda], Laura, Sandi, Joseph, Nancy, Clare, Hans, Toby, Ted, Merry, Vonna ’83, Cynthia, Mark, Stephen, Andrew ’89), great grandmother to 38, and great-great grandmother to 21. She was a loving aunt to the McTighe and Anderson families and was preceded in death by her three younger brothers Aaron, Lawrence and Everett.
submitted Jun. 21, 2013 10:16A
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Peter Carter

Peter S. Carter Feb. 20, 1943 - March 6, 2013. He was a resident of Los Gatos and a longtime Silicon Valley advertising executive, acclaimed photographer, political advisor, fundraiser, and iconic Los Gatos and Santa Clara County civic leader. He died at his home in Los Gatos. He was 70. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and Georgetown University where he graduated from the School of Business in 1966. As co-founder, president and CEO of one of Silicon Valley's most prominent advertising and public relations firms, he played an instrumental role in the growth of Silicon Valley for more than three decades. In 1980 he was elected as an underwriting member of the global specialty insurance underwriting organization Lloyd's of London and served as a board member of the North American Association of Lloyd's. A lifelong Republican, Peter was widely known for his role as a trusted advisor, fundraiser, and confidant of government leaders and candidates from both political parties. He had a network of prominent political connections, both local and national. After retirement, he became increasingly known for his architectural photography, his photographs of friends and family, his sincere generosity, his culinary skills and legendary hospitality. His community affiliations included the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club (member since 1974), Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, San Jose Chamber of Commerce, San Jose Symphony, KTEH, Fellow of Santa Clara University(1991), Silicon Valley Capital Club, Los Gatos Police Foundation, Los Gatos Music and Arts and The Los Gatos Social Club. In addition to his wife, Dennise McNulty Carter, he is survived by two children from his first marriage, son P. Scott Carter '89 (Liza) and granddaughters Stephanie and Christina and son Shawn Villere Carter (Julie) and granddaughters Elle and Haley. Other survivors include his sisters Katherine Carter Powitchko (Jack), Patricia Carter Lowrie (Mike), Mary Carter Aulman (Mark), and V. Celeste Carter and brothers Joe Carter (Debbi), Paul Carter, Mark Carter, and Jonathan Carter (Deborah), in addition to numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Edwin "Scottie"Heim, Celestine Lisewski Carter and R. Joseph Carter, his aunt, Barbara Fields and by his brother, Matthew Carter. 

submitted May. 22, 2013 3:54A
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Pauline "Polly" Coughlan

Pauline "Polly" Coughlan May 25, 1919 - Aug. 20, 2013. Resident of Gilroy, CA, Coughlan was born in Redwood City, Calif. She was the fifth of six children born to Florence and John O'Brien. Polly attended Mt. Carmel elementary school, Notre Dame Belmont High School and San Jose State University. She married Jim Coughlan ’39 after WWII and had three children, Molly, Nan and Peggy. Jim died in 1989. Polly was predeceased by her siblings and friends and her grandson, Christopher Henley. Polly is survived by her daughters and their spouses; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and four great grandchildren.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:37P
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Jacqueline Ithurburn

Jacqueline Ithurburn, Oct. 9, 2013. Longtime Susanville resident Jacqueline (Jackie) Ithurburn passed away at Manor West Skilled Nursing Facility in Sparks, Nev. Her last days on the earth were spent with her family by her side. Jackie was born March 22, 1935 to George and Margaret (Corvello) Campidonica in Merced, Calif. She attended local schools and graduated from Merced High School. She went on to attend Hartnell College and San Jose State University. While attending San Jose State, she met the love of her life, Peter (Pete) Ithurburn '56, who was attending nearby Santa Clara University. They were married July 13, 1957 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merced. Jackie then moved to Susanville where she and Pete made their home. Jackie worked as a librarian at Diamond View School for several years in the 1970s. She devoted her life to her husband, children and eventually to her grandchildren. She was a past member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Caring and Sharing Group, past member of the Susanville Euskaldunak Basque Club and a devout member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ithurburn, brother, Robert Campidonica, and parents, George and Margaret Campidonica. Jackie is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Bob) Pieper, of Susanville, and Catherine Ithurburn, of Sacramento sons, Stephen Ithurburn, of Yuba City, Christopher (Kathy) Ithurburn, of Sacramento, and Phillip Ithurburn, of Susanville. Jackie's grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Matthew, Jacob, Amy, Samuel, Micheal, Stephanie, Paul, Andrew, Makayla and great-grandchild, Liam, will miss her kind blue eyes. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 9:12P

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Michael E. Kelly

Michael Kelly ’14 passed away on May 8, 2013, surrounded by his family and close friends. He was 21.

Born in Walnut Creek, CA, in 1992, Michael had lived in Modesto and was currently a junior at Santa Clara University. Michael is survived by his parents, Ed and Debbie Kelly, sisters, Kimberly, Maribeth and Bridget, brothers Zack Vagneur and Hasani Carr.

His passing at such a young age is reminder to us all to appreciate each and every person with whom we spend time, each and every day we share. May Michael's open and enthusiastic spirit nourish our own care for each other, especially in this time of grief.
submitted May. 23, 2013 1:26P
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Eugene A. Yuasa

Eugene Akio Yuasa J.D. ’89, March 7, 2013. He was 51, of Honolulu, and an attorney. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents James M. and Marjorie, brother Steven and sisters Frances Higashi and Ann Yuasa. 

submitted Oct. 14, 2013 9:04A
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