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David Kerr

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.

submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:40P


GRD Jesuit School of Theology '94
Victor Valdez

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.


submitted Sep. 6, 2013 2:09P
Robert George Langsner

Robert George Langsner MA ’94, passed away November 21, 2011. Born August 3, 1940, in Pasadena, Calif., to George Langsner of Brooklyn, New York, and Eileen Mary Johnston Langsner of County Cork, Ireland. He earned his bachelor of science in mathematics in 1962 from the California Institute of Technology and later earned a master of science in computer engineering from Santa Clara University. Robert was a pioneer in the early technology industry and led a storied career working initially for Aerojet and then for Scientific Data Systems, which later became Xerox Data Systems and finally Honeywell Large Information Systems. During this time Robert represented Honeywell on the American National Standards Institute for Fortran, for several years. Work and family eventually brought him to Reno, where he worked as a lecturer in mathematics and computer science at the University of Nevada, Reno and as a consultant to then-Sierra Pacific Power Company. In later years, Robert volunteered as a math tutor to calculus classes at Reno High School. Robert took immense joy from his time at the University of Nevada, especially when teaching and advising students; as an advisor he took particular care to reach out to the foreign graduate students he worked with. Robert also enjoyed sharing the university with his children, by introducing them to his students and colleagues, by showing them his intellectual pursuits, and by imparting to them his joy of learning. Later, through his volunteering, Robert enjoyed sharing his passion with the high school students he helped. As a young man Robert's curiosity led him to travel often to Europe and the Pacific Islands, and later in life he again pursued this joy. Above all else, Robert loved being a father. He took great pride in being a dad, and he loved his children dearly. Beginning with his tenure at the university and thereafter, Robert loved to take his family to UNR basketball and football games and especially loved watching his children learn and enjoy the games. Robert was a warm person who shall be remembered by his family and friends as someone who cared greatly for the well being of others. He is survived by his wife Margaret Slattery; children Patrick Reuther, Mary Langsner (Alain VTron), and Robert Langsner; granddaughter Paityn Reuther; cherished cousins Tom Popovich and Mike Johnston, among many others; sister Noreen Briggs; many dear friends; and several nieces and nephews.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:55P
Paul Siggins

Paul Siggins M.S. ’94 was a resident of Santa Clara. Born September 21, 1960 in San Jose, died at home in Santa Clara July 28, 2012 of melanoma cancer after a brave and valiant 6 month fight with family and friends at his side. He is survived by his devoted wife, soul mate, and best friend of 21 years Karen Siggins. Loving son of Hugh (deceased), and Frances Siggins. Caring brother of Carol (deceased), Gary (Barbara), Bruce (Laura). Cherished son in law of Irene Capurso. Brother in Law of John & Alan Field. Dear nephew of Don & Kathy Sindel. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. Lifelong friend of David Lowery. Paul was warm, patient & kind. He had a loving, good natured disposition & effervescent zest for life. Although death took him at age 51, Paul lived life to the fullest and experienced more than most people do over a long lifetime. He & Karen traveled the world together. He especially loved cruising, reading, & watching the 49ers with his BFF Dave. He was a huge animal lover. Paul was a well respected & talented Electrical Engineer who enjoyed his job. He rec'd his BSEE from San Jose State, and his MSEE from Santa Clara University. Paul was most recently employed by Alara, Intellidx, and Thermo Fisher.

submitted Sep. 6, 2012 12:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '94
Lori Kipp

Lori Kipp '94 passed away on March 26, 2011 at the age of 38. She lived her life to the fullest even though she battled stoically with the genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Lori was born and raised in Monterey, Calif., graduated from Monterey High School in 1990 and from Santa Clara University in 1994. She was a resident of Pacifica, Calif. and worked many years for the Peninsula Family YMCA in San Mateo. Lori was an avid and knowledgeable Giants baseball fan. She also loved traveling, especially to Europe and to Disney World with her family. After being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at nearly 5 years of age, Lori and her family became very involved with CF fundraising and educational activities. Recently, she helped to establish an Adult Cystic Fibrosis Advisory Council at Stanford Medical Center, with the hope of improving the quality of care, both within the hospital and in the clinical setting. Lori always made the best of what Cystic Fibrosis dealt her, never complaining, just accepting and moving on. The many tributes on her Facebook page are wonderful testimonials to a life generously and courageously lived. Sadly too late for her, Lori was put on the fast track path to a lung transplant which she and her family hoped would give her a life free of the lung disease she had always fought so hard to overcome.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 11:30A
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Gary D. Mizak

Gary D. Mizak '94, a resident of San Francisco, Calif., passed away at 47 on Tuesday May 5, 2009. He was born February 6, 1962 in Erie, the son of the late George and Kathleen Wassel Mizak. Gary was a 1980 graduate of McDowell High School and Penn State University. He later earned his master's degree from Santa Clara University. For the past 24 years, he has lived in California and had been working in the Finance department of Levi Strauss & Co. He loved his dog and enjoyed traveling the world. Most recently he was learning to speak Spanish. Gary is survived by a sister, LeeAnn McDonald, and her husband Glenn of Erie, and three brother: David B. Mizak of Akron, Ohio; Kevin G. Mizak and his wife Kathy of Russell, Pa., and George Mizak of Pittsburgh. He is the uncle of Lindsy and Kimberly McDonald and Mark, Kara, Greg, and Alexa Mizak. Also surviving is an aunt, uncles and cousins.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 12:42P
GRD Law '94
Cynthia D. Waddell

Cynthia D. Waddell J.D. ’94, resident of Danville, 60, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Danville, Calif. She was born on May 3, 1952 in Long Beach, Calif., the first child of Charles and Vaun Del Bonney. A graduate of the University of Southern California (BA) and Santa Clara University (JD), Cynthia was the Executive Director of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, and a world-renowned advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Waddell; by two daughters, Elizabeth Waddell and Christina Thompson; by her granddaughter, Julia Garcia; by her brother, Timothy Bonney; by her sister, Annette Van Vliet; and by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:27A
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Craig Hampton

Craig Hampton '94 passed away January 29, 2010, after an inspiring fight against a rare spinal cancer. Craig was born December 17, 1971, the youngest of six children, and raised in Simi Valley, California. He graduated with a marketing degree from Santa Clara University in 1994, and relocated from California to Spokane in 1997. Craig spent 15 years in the software solutions business. His passions included golf, fly fishing, and he was a well-decorated soccer player: "Bone" (AKA #4) was named an All-American as a senior at Simi Valley High School (1990), was US U-20 Men's National Team captain, and two-time captain at Santa Clara University. He also played for the Palo Alto Firebirds and Spokane Shadow (USISL), and San Jose Grizzlies (CISL). A loving husband to Kristina, and father to Madisen (10), Samantha (9), Landen (6) and Monroe (5), Craig enjoyed being involved withand supporting his children in their many activities. He found great comfort and love with Kristina, his family and friends, especially during the last months of his courageous battle. Craig is also survived by his parents, Wes and Sandy, whose devotion to their son's care was unparalleled; his sisters: Leslie Elkins (Rob), Kerri Rasmussen (KL), and Cindi Kramer (Chris); and brothers: Wes and Kevin (Nydia) and many extended family members.

submitted May. 26, 2010 11:41A
Betty Jane Rank

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.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:35P


Thatcher Bryant Perkins

Thatcher Bryant Perkins ’95 of Woodinville, a much-loved son, brother, husband, and father, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 26. He was born in Tarrytown, N.Y. on July 5, 1972. Thatcher graduated from Woodinville High School and Santa Clara University. He is survived by his grandparents, John and Jeanne Quinn; his parents, Dennis and Robin Perkins; his brothers, Chris, John and Patrick; and his own family: Aimee, daughters Parker and Morgan, and son Brenner. Thatcher's appetite for adventure and dynamic humor were second only to his love for his children. Parker shares his zest and spirit, Brenner carries his daddy's boyish charm, and Morgan has Thatcher's smile and laughing eyes. He lives in each moment we remember his life and his love for us.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:07A
Rachel Brant Peres

Rachel Brant Peres ’95, a resident of San Jose, entered into peaceful rest at age 39 on October 13, 2012 in San Jose after a courageous and inspiring 20-month battle with leukemia. Rachel was born March 6, 1973 at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. As a military "brat" she lived in 5 states prior to moving to Davis, Calif. in 1981. She graduated from Davis Sr. High School in 1991 where she played varsity soccer and volleyball. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Santa Clara University in 1995 and completed a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria. Rachel was an amazing writer and worked as a Public Relations and Marketing Specialist in Silicon Valley and she also started a small business selling her hand-made felt creations online and to boutiques in the Bay Area.

Rachel was married to Robert Peres in Santa Clara on September 17, 2000 and leaves two children Evan age 7 and Katherine age 5. As a family they enjoyed traveling around California and vacations to Hawaii. Rachel was active in the Hacienda Elementary School parent group and volunteering in her children's classrooms.

Rachel will be missed by many and forgotten by few. Survived by her loving husband Rob; her two beloved children, Evan and Kate: mother Linda Brant: stepfather William Brant (Barbara): stepmother Lesley Funk: brothers Ryan Brant (Tiffany), Dan Brant (Lindsay) and Jon Brant; and 10 adoring nieces and nephews. Rachel was predeceased by her father Warren K. Funk.

Rachel chronicled her illness on her Caringbridge blog which drew in thousands of readers who were inspired by her wit and courage.

submitted Oct. 22, 2012 12:23P
Nathan Hearn

Nathan C. Hearn ’95 passed away Feb. 14, 2012 in Denver. He was 38.

Born April 10, 1973 in Tillamook, Ore., to Vern C. and Olivia A. (Reich) Hearn, Nathan spent his youth in Portland. He was active in scouting programs, church youth activities, choir, computers, math, science, and model UN. He participated in chemistry and engineering competitions at the state and national levels, and qualified for an Intel Corp Internship.

He graduated from Sunset High School in Portland, Ore., received his B.S. in physics from Santa Clara University, and his ph.d in theoretical physics from the University of Illinois.

On November 26, 2005, Nathan married Sandra M. Kelly ’96 in Nevada City, Calif., and moved to Longmont, Colo., from Chicago in 2009.

After graduating from college, Nathan did his post doctorate research at Washington State University and the University of Chicago (Flash Group), followed by his employment at NCAR from 2009–2012.

Nathan attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont. His many hobbies included singing, photography, computer programming, playing video games, watching dumb movies, rollerblading, and sharing his unique sense of humor. Nathan belonged to a number of church choirs and several professional scientific and programming organizations.

Nathan is survived by his wife Sandra Kelly; his father Vern C. Hearn; his mother Olivia A. Hearn; his brother Joel C. Hearn; and his sister Charis A. Hearn.

submitted Feb. 26, 2012 5:23P
GRD Engineering '95
John Chuong Van Pham '89, MSE '95

John Chuong Van Pham '89, MSE '95, 42, son of Quy Pham and Oanh Dao, passed away on Oct. 16, 2010 in El Dorado Hills. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Gloria Renee Rodrigues, and their children, Nicholas, Anthony and Caroline. He leaves 9 siblings and their spouses, Bau (Dao), Kim (Ket Nguyen), Hoa (Xuyen), Gia (Tuyet), Thy Le (Nam), Christine (Tuong Trieu), Hanh (Tuan Nhan), Lindsey (Phillip), Huong (Jeremy) and 18 nieces and nephews. He is godfather to Robert Le, Brian Trieu and Lauren Khuu. He graduated from Santa Clara Univ. with a BS in 1989 and an MSE in 1995. After working for Cisco for 18 years and commuting from El Dorado Hills, John started working for Intel 4 months ago to be with his family every day. John loved nature and enjoyed hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding. He especially loved playing with his kids. A beloved husband, son, brother, cool uncle, friend and co-worker, John will be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, greatness of heart and lightness of spirit. You have to enjoy life, he would say. Visitation and viewing: Friday 10/22, 1-6 pm and Saturday 10/23, 10-6 pm (Vietnamese Rosary from 3-4:30 pm), at Miller Funeral Home 507 Scott Blvd. Folsom. A funeral Mass was held on October 25 at St. John's the Baptist Church.

submitted Oct. 20, 2010 3:16P
Donald C. Chavous Jr.

Donald Calhoun Chavous Jr. J.D. '95, 61, of Rancho Mirage, passed away July 29, 2014, in his sleep. Born Aug. 11, 1952, to Donald and Patricia Chavous, Don spent his early years in Bushnell, Florida. In 1967, Don received a congressional appointment to work as a page for the House of Representatives. He lived and worked in Washington, D.C., from 1967-1969, attending the Capitol Page School. Classes were held in the attic of the Library of Congress, during some of the most turbulent times in Washington, D.C., history. He received his high school diploma in 1969, at the age of 16. Don became a student at the University of Florida, majoring in chemical engineering. Just prior to completing his bachelor's degree, he was awarded the unheard of opportunity of early transfer to medical school at the University of Miami, achieving his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) in 1976. From 1977-1980, Don served as a doctor in the Navy, with the rank of lieutenant commander - traveling from Pearl Harbor to the Bering Sea, and eventually to Moffett Field, California. After working in California at Cupertino Medical Clinic (1980-1982), he co-founded and directed Los Altos Medical Clinic in 1983. It was around this time he fell in love with a nurse, Linda Larson, and her 6-year-old son, David. They married Sept. 9, 1985, and had a daughter, Emily, in 1988. Always one for a challenge, Don returned to school at Santa Clara University of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1995. While still hard at work full time as a physician, he began work as an attorney with his own private practice, specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury. In 1998, the family relocated to sunny Southern California, where Don continued double duty as an attorney-at-law as well as full time urgent care physician, saving lives with Desert Medical Group (now Desert Oasis Healthcare). Over the years, Don was an avid skier, tennis player, basketball player, golfer, hiker, and loved watching ESPN. He had a passion for the open road, and took many long rides across the Western U.S. on his '97 Valkyrie motorcycle, becoming very involved with the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club. He had memberships with the local gun clubs, and enjoyed going out for target practice. He is remembered for his sharp wit and keen sense of humor, his stimulating political banter, loyalty to friends and coworkers, and his fundamental human decency. Don had the nickname "AAA": he made himself available to help anyone - Anytime, Anywhere, for Anything. Don is survived by his wife, Linda Chavous; two children: David Berry of Portland, Oregon, and Emily Chavous of La Quinta, California; four granddaughters, Pearl, Sayde, Ginger and Rosie; his mother, Patricia Chavous, of Tampa, Florida; and siblings Shirley Purvis, of Leesburg, Florida; Alan Chavous of Tampa; Terri Bonner of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Brian Chavous of Oxford, Florida; his in-laws Larry and Marjean Larson of Rancho Mirage, California; countless friends and colleagues; and by the family cat, Bebe

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 11:54A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '95
Celia Ann Cavazos

Sister Celia Ann Cavazos, MCDP M.A. ’95, a Missionary Catechist of Divine Providence for 55 years, died on August 28, 2012, at the age of 75. She was born to Esteban Cavazos and Celia Gonzales on December 22, 1936, in Pierce, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Stephen Cavazos, Jr., her sisters and brothers-in-law, Minnie Rodriguez, Alice Montalvo, Domingo Montalvo, Rudy Rodriguez, and Luis Madrid. Sister Celia Ann is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Alma and Joseph C. Diaz, Mary Carmen Madrid, Celia Martha Weiss, Annie Marie Morales and Elias Morales; nieces and nephews, Domingo, Jr., Margaret, Elizabeth, Joseph, Virginia, Rudy, Steven, Christopher, Brian, Katherine, Mark, Jason and 17 great nieces and nephews.

Sister Celia Ann made her first vows as a Missionary Catechist of Divine Providence on August 6, 1957. She served her religious community as General Superior of the Congregation, a member of the Leadership Council, formation directress, and directress of a house of discernment in Fresno, CA. She served as Vicar of Educational Services and the Vocations Office in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. She also served as Director of the Office of Religious Education in the Diocese of Fresno and in the Offices of Religious Education and Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Austin. Sister Celia Ann served the needs of People of God as a catechetical leader in Texas parishes of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the Diocese of Fresno, the Diocese of Austin, the Diocese of Brownsville, and the Diocese of Corpus Christi. She was well known as a national catechetical leader. A graduate from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX, the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA, Sister served God's people with compassion and love. 


submitted Sep. 6, 2012 11:34A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Brian Hegarty

Brian Hegarty '95 on June 1, 2009. Hegarty, 35, had recently been named to head St. Clare Catholic School in Santa Clara as principal beginning in August. But Monday morning, after he didn't show up at school, he was discovered dead in his home. The coroner is still investigating the cause of death. Santa Clara police say they found nothing suspicious.  "The entire community is devastated," said principal Kathy Almazol. "Students say he's the best teacher they ever had. Parents say he's their favorite teacher."  He understood well both the mission of Catholic schools, she said, as well as the challenges of middle-schoolers. In his classroom, through discussions of current events, morality and faith, he tried to "raise students into adults that would make decisions based on conscience, commitment and compassion," Almazol said.  Hegarty's death came during the most festive and chaotic week of school, with eighth-graders celebrating their final school Mass tonight, then graduating Thursday. The eighth-graders started a Facebook memorial page in his honor and wrote notes about him on a big poster that hangs outside his classroom.  "Having a positive adult male role model at our school, especially for the middle school — he was just one of those guys that was cool," said Sheila Dowd, vice chair of the school's parent teacher group. "He always had a smile on his face and was the first to volunteer. He was just a good soul."  Hegarty grew up in Phoenix and graduated from the Jesuit-run Brophy High School there, but he was considered a "local boy" here. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a master's degree and earned his doctorate in education at the University of San Francisco. He began teaching at St. Clare in 1999.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 2:04P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '95
Barbara Freidrich

Barbara J. Freidrich M.A. '95, July 15, 1927 to June 21, 2014, resident of Union City.

Barbara Jean (Warren) Friedrich, 86, passed away peacefully in Union City on June 21 with family in attendance. Bobbie to her friends, Barbara was born in Evanston, Ill., then lived in Baltimore, Md., moving at age 5 to Berkeley, Calif., where she was raised. She graduated from Holy Names High School and UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Business Administration. In 1948 she married Paul Friedrich, to whom she was married for nearly 50 years before his passing. They raised 9 children. They subsequently lived in Alameda, Hayward, Castro Valley, and Broken Arrow (Okla.), before finally settling down in Union City.

Barbara obtained a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University and later a Master of Pastoral Liturgy from Santa Clara University. After working for a private law firm in San Francisco, she worked until retirement at Santa Clara University Law School as a librarian. Barbara gave unceasingly to her community as an involved PTA member and president, as co-president of the Union City Historical Society, as an active member in the League of Women's Voters, as a 4-H volunteer, as a Red Cross volunteer, as a Girl Scouts of America volunteer, and especially as a lay leader for Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Union City.

She is preceded in death by her husband Paul and her infant son William. She is survived by her children Mike Friedrich ’71 (Lee), Terrie Light (Bill), Paula Lucchesi (Dennis), Martin Friedrich (Marian), Rob Friedrich, Michele Friedrich (Steve), Joan Uhlig (Roger), David Friedrich (Ratsamee), Magi Diego (Rey), her grandchildren Susan (Dean), Tom (Ali), Patrick (Kimmi), Matthew, Kasey (Dom), Jenny, Dustin, Dinelle Lucchesi ’06, Bryan, Brendan, Kyle, Kristian, Daniel, Christie, Alex, Nick, Emmalea, Jordan, Marlena, and her great-grandchildren Arianna, Armando, Andres, Alexandra, Mallory, Jack, Trevor, Sophie, Juliette, Jace, and Makai. 

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:30P


GRD Law '96
William Harry Morris

William Harry Morris J.D. ’96, 78, of Ridgecrest, died Dec. 7, 2011, at his home. He was born Jan. 15, 1933, in Alma, Mich. His parents were Harry and Alice Morris. William was highly committed to education. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and during his service earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering. After working in the computer industry for more than 20 years, he continued his education at the University of Santa Clara and obtained his law degree. William continued to proudly practice as a certified family law specialist up until his death.

William was never satisfied and continued to further his education through many other activities including online lectures, traveling to exotic places, and was an avid reader of many subjects. William was a very huge supporter of his family members continuing their education. He enjoyed traveling, listening to classical music, attending operas, partaking in chess tournaments, hiking in the mountains, and posed as a tour guide full of knowledge for anyone who knew him or came along his path.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Morris of Ridgecrest; son John Morris of Menlo Park, Calif.; his former wife Maria Morris of Ridgecrest; three stepdaughters and their spouses, Vickie Gray  Patricia SoRelle, Paula Gibbs all from Kentucky, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Harry and Alice Morris and son William Morris.

submitted Dec. 14, 2011 9:13P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '96
Stephen Lawrence Nichols

Stephen Lawrence Nichols M.A. '96 died August 29 in his home at the age of 77. Born in Cleveland to Helen and Lawrence Nichols, he grew up in Troy, Ohio. He and his family later moved to Pasadena, then Winnetka, Ill., where he graduated from New Trier Township High School in 1952. He graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., in 1956, where he was a member of the tennis team and Phi Gamma Delta. He then went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the service, he began working for Montgomery Ward and then Mervyn's before starting a career in property management and commercial real estate in the Silicon Valley with Blackhawk Real Estate and Coldwell Banker. While working full-time in real estate, he attended Santa Clara University and earned his master's degree in counseling and psychology in 1996. In 2000, he and his wife moved to Twain Harte, Calif. to retire and build a new home. He served on the Twain Harte Homeowners Associations Board of Directors and was involved in the planning of the skateboard park, bocce ball court and the brick memorial at the tennis courts. He helped organize the Twain Harte's Litter Patrol and was referred to as "Captain Litter" by many of his friends and family. He enjoyed playing tennis and running, having completed the Boston Marathon in 1976 and the Avenue of the Giants Marathon with his son in 1977, water aerobics, working out at the gym and walking. He also enjoyed attending Sierra Repertory Theatre and raising funds for the theater. Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mikell Kelly M.A. '96, of Twain Harte; sister, Cynthia Nichols Russell, of Traverse City, Mich.; children and their spouses, Susan and John Stebal, of Willowick, Ohio, Stacey and Bill Larson, of Davis, Eanna Sarah, of Tuolumne, Calif., and Doug Johnson, of Pacifica; and grandchildren, J.P. and Anna-Lesia Stebal, both of Willowick, Ohio, Julia and Amanda Larson, both of Davis, and Mercedes Sarah, of Tuolumne. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Peter Nichols.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 12:51P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '96
Stephen Lawrence Nichols

Stephen Lawrence Nichols M.A. ’96: July 15, 1934 to Aug. 29, 2011. Nichols peacefully passed away at his home on Aug. 29 after losing his six-year battle with cancer. Stephen had just celebrated his 77th birthday; he was a resident of Twain Harte, Calif., for the past 11 years. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Helen Fergus Nichols and Lawrence Lewis Nichols, both deceased. Stephen lived his early years in Troy, Ohio. His family moved to Pasadena, Calif., then to Winnetka, Ill., before graduating from New Trier Township High School in 1952. He continued his education at Colgate University, where he was a member of the tennis team and Phi Gamma Delta. Upon graduation in 1956, Stephen entered the Navy as an officer. Stephen started his career in retail, working first with Montgomery Ward and Company and then Mervyns Department Stores. He was in retail for more than 20 years before changing careers to property management and commercial real estate. Stephen worked primarily in the Silicon Valley with Blackhawk Real Estate and Coldwell Banker-CB Richard Ellis. While working full time in real estate, Stephen continued his education at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1996 with a master’s in psychology. In 2000 Stephen and his wife, Mikell Kelly M.S. '96, made the move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Twain Harte to retire and build a new home. Stephen was active in the community serving on the board of the Twain Harte Homeowners Association. Also, he was involved in the community projects such as the Skate Board Park, the planning of a bocce ball court, and the brick memorial at the tennis courts. Stephen's favorite community project was organizing Twain Hartes Litter Patrol. He was known as Captain Litter. One could see him frequently around town and along Twain Harte Drive picking up litter. This project is now being carried on by his friends and is an integral part of the homeowner's association. Stephen was very active as a patron and fundraiser for Sierra Repertory Theater as a season ticket holder. He was always very excited to raise funds and donate to the theater. Stephen is survived by his wife, Mikell Kelly, also his sister, Cynthia Nichols Russell of Traverse City, Michigan. Children, daughter, Susan Nichols Stebal (John) of Willowick, Ohio; son, Peter (preceded in death in 1988); Stacey Larson (Bill) of Davis, Calif.; Eanna Sarah of Tuolomne, Calif.; Doug Johnson of Pacifica, Calif. He also leaves beloved grandchildren, J.P, Anna-Lesia, Julia, Amanda, and Mercedes.

submitted Feb. 11, 2012 11:07A
Lawrence R. Moots

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. 

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:33P
Carol Anne Lies

Carol Anne Lies MTS ’96 of St. Helena died on Friday, June 7, 2013. She was 65. Born in Minn. to Frank and Dorothy Waskow, and raised in Wis., she married James Lies in 1971 in Sacramento, Calif. They moved to Napa in 1979. A wonderful and devoted wife, supportive and insightful mother, and generous and funny friend, she attained her master’s degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1996. She was a passionate advocate for peace and social justice. Farmworker fair housing, prevention of nuclear proliferation, meals for the homeless, and abolishment of the death penalty were a few of the many causes she championed. Carol was also a long-serving member of the Napa County Library Commission. She is survived by her loving husband, James; daughter, Jenny; son, Lucas; daughter-in-law, Maxinn; sister, Sharon Wallenstrom; and brother, Richard Waskow. 

submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:14A


UGRD Engineering '97
Sherwin Manalo

Sherwin Manalo ’97, who was 37 and a former resident of South Lake Tahoe, California, passed away in a tragic car accident on September 3, 2012. He was the South Tahoe High School valedictorian for the Class of 1993 and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1997. After graduating from SCU, he was involved in many structural design projects with engineering consulting firms such as Mark Thomas & Company, Rajappan & Meyer, and BkF. Sherwin has left a mark in our communities with his structural designs which included improvements in our freeway interchanges and bridges. Sherwin left a mark in our hearts as well and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his parents, Tony and Elisa Manalo, brother, Ariel, and sister, Noreen. Sherwin loved his family and friends and will always be remembered for his generosity and keen wit. He will be missed dearly. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 3:14P
GRD Law '97
Paula Anne Farrell

Paula Anne Farrell JD ’97 passed away at her home on Nov. 22, 2011. Born December 12, 1954, Paula lived in the San Francisco Bay Area her entire life. Paula graduated from St. Luke's Nursing School in San Francisco in 1977. Her first job out of nursing school was at the Emergency Room at San Francisco General Hospital. Subsequently, Paula was a career Kaiser Permanente Nurse and Legal Nurse. Paula graduated from Sonoma State University in 1992 with a degree in English Literature. Paula graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1997. Paula was admitted to The State Bar of California in June 1999. Paula was devoted to her family, friends, and colleagues. She will be remembered for her tremendous love for dogs and horses. Paula is survived by her mother, Patricia Gilbert, and her siblings, Carla Kruger, Joseph Kruger, John Kruger, and Catherine Kohmann, as well as 15 nephews and nieces.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Lisa D. Telford

Lisa D. Telford '97, who was currently a graduate student in Counseling Psychology, died unexpectedly on April 7, 2010. Lisa would have completed her studies for a master of arts in Counseling Psychology this spring. To honor her, Santa Clara will be awarding her degree posthumously at the Graduate Commencement ceremonies on June 11.

submitted May. 5, 2010 11:43A
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