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William J. Crowley

William James Crowley ’44, May 19, 1922 to August 21, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Denver, CO where he attended Regis Jesuit High School and earned recognition as all-time all Regis honors in both football and baseball. From there Bill earned athletic scholarship to Santa Clara University where he excelled as a scholar athlete in those same 2 sports. While attending SCU he met the love of his life, Mary Rose, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage and raising a family of 9 children. Besides Mary Bill is survived by his children Michael (Cathy), Mary Jo (Jim), Tim (Lise), Dan (Joan), Kevin ( and the late Dawn), Sheila (Pete), Sean ’81 (Lisa), Maureen (Mark), and Colleen ’88, 21 grandkids, and 4 great granchildren. Bill excelled as a businessman starting his own company, Crowley Sales & Export which continues on today. Bill had an uncanny ability of making you feel at ease, treating everyone as an equal, making friends all day long. His sense of humor was unmatched.

submitted Aug. 26, 2013 6:51A
UGRD Engineering '44
Ulysses Stephen O'Connor

Ulysses Stephen O'Connor '44 died Oct. 25, 2009. He was known as Steve or the ""Big O," and he enjoyed his life to the fullest. He was someone you would not forget once you met him. He loved playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren. Steve was preceeded in death by his wife Illa Ruth O'Connor and his oldest daughter Christine Bredy. Steve was a Lieutenant during World War II. He was a Seabee with an award for being a Navy Expert. Upon his return he went back to school at the University of Santa Clara and played collegiate basketball. Later he became a successful Civil Engineer in Stockton. In 1972 he moved to Santa Cruz and sold real estate until he retired. We will all miss him especially his Sunday night steak BBQ's. He is survived by his sister Joan DeMoro, his three daughters, Barbara Hanson, Stephanie Woodward, and Diane Humphrey, His grandchildren, Mike Bredy, Deborah Bredy, Jeff Bredy, Mathew Humphrey, Perry Humphrey, Rachel Humphrey, Wells Woodward, Annikka Berridge, and great grandchildren Lucas and Vaughn Bredy. A private service was held on October 28, 2009 at the San Juaquin Catholic Cemetery in Stockton.

submitted Feb. 21, 2010 9:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '44
Thomas J. Doyle

Thomas J. Doyle '44 on March 13, 2009.

submitted Jun. 29, 2010 1:08P
'44
Robert Passalacqua

Fr. Robert Henry Passalacqua ’47, Nov. 6, 2012. He was 90 years old at the time of his death, having served as a priest of the Diocese of San Jose for nearly 30 years.

Robert Henry Passalacqua, the son of Henry and Blessilla Passalacqua, was born in Milan, Italy, on January 17, 1922, while his father, Henry, was on a singing tour of Europe.  After attending schools in Healdsburg, Calif., he entered Santa Clara University in 1940.  His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army from 1943 - 1946.  After the war, Lt. Passalacqua returned to Santa Clara and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and was the recipient of the Nobili Award (years later, in 1985, the Ignatian Award for community service). Following graduation, he attended Stanford University and earned his teaching and administrative credentials and a master’s degree.

 
During the war, Bob met U.S. Army 1st lieutenant Bernadine Barthel, a nurse with Patton’s 3rd Army, and married her in 1946 in Marburg, Germany.  Together they raised four sons:  James ’70, M.A. ’75, M.A. ’81, Daniel ’73, Philip ’75, and Kenneth.  The Passalacqua Family was active in Saint Christopher’s Parish in San Jose, where the boys attended school.  Bea was parish secretary, and Bob was a generous parish volunteer at St. Christopher’s.  Bob worked for over 30 years in the East Side Union High School District as a dedicated English teacher and Department Chairman at James Lick High School and as District Coordinator of English.
 
Bob entered formation for the Permanent Diaconate of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and was ordained a Deacon on April 20, 1979, six months after the death of his wife.  Eventually, Bob petitioned Archbishop Quinn to be allowed to study for the Priesthood.  He attended St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and was the first priest ordained by Bishop Pierre DuMaine in the newly established Diocese of San Jose on January 14, 1983.
 
Father Bob was assigned as Parochial Vicar in the following parishes in the Diocese of San Jose:  Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Ascension Parish, and Saint Lucy Parish.  He was also Administrator Pro-Tem at Ascension Parish and Parish Pro-Tem at Saint Nicholas Parish.
 
Retiring in 1997, Father Bob continued his priestly ministry at Saint Lucy Parish for several years.  Later, with the generous assistance of Ed DeGregorio and Mike Jeffords, he was able to extend his ministry all the way to his death.  He will long be remembered for his “fatherly” wisdom, his sense of humor, and his great desire to serve in any way that he was able.
 
Father Passalacqua is survived by his sons James, Daniel, Philip, Kenneth; daughters-in-law Barbara, Julie ’73, Susan, Corine; grandchildren Kevin (Katie), Stacey, Timothy (Jessi), Leanne, Katie (Dave Kintz), Mary, Misa, Robert, Sara, Rachel, Gabrielle; and great grandchildren Henry, Sophie, Max, and Mae.

 

submitted Nov. 13, 2012 12:10P
UGRD Engineering '44
Richard Paul Rossi

Richard Paul Rossi '44 died Oct. 30, 2009. A resident of Burlingame, he was born in San Francisco on Nov. 6, 1922. Loving and devoted husband of 62 years to Virginia, father to Paul, Anne Shelley (Terry), Carlo (Missy), John, and Lynne Horiuchi (Gordon). Survived by ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Sarah Ellen, grand-daughter Kristen Lynne, sister Elena Long, and daughter-in-law Alice Rossi. He is also survived by brother Robert (Evelyn) and numerous nieces and nephews. A 1944 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Engineering and a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Angels Parish for sixty years. Mr. Rossi was the grandson of Pietro Carlo Rossi (Amelie), wine-maker and first president of Italian Swiss Colony Wines. Son of Robert and Nellie Rossi, he graduated from St. Ignatius High School (Class of 1939) and retired from Binks Mfg. after a career that spanned 49 years as Branch Manager. The patriarch of four generations, Mr. Rossi was proudest of his family and friends; he loved traveling, spending time at his summer home at Asti in Sonoma County and also enjoyed his semi-annual vacations to Hawaii.


submitted Feb. 21, 2010 12:57P
'44
Michael McInnis

Hon. Michael L. McInnis  ’44 died on September 21, 2010. It is with great sadness that the family of Michael L. McInnis, Solano County Superior Court Judge, retired, announces his passing. Mike died in accordance with his wishes: quietly, comfortably, and quickly, with his family by his side. He was 87 years old. Born in Fairfield, he was the only son of the late Leo and Elsie McInnis. He graduated from Armijo High School, the Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco School of Law. His college was interrupted by World War II, when he served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. Upon passing the bar, he put up his shingle and was a sole practitioner in Fairfield for 25 years. In 1979 he was appointed to the bench of Solano County Superior Court, Dept Four. His chambers were in what was once his high school. He liked to say he didn't travel far, but he covered a lot of ground. Mike's greatest love was his family, particularly his grandchildren. He loved to play golf and travel. He was so happy to travel to Scotland with his wife and dear friends and play the course at St. Andrews. He was a fifty year plus member of the Olympic Club, San Francisco, as well as Green Valley Country Club. He was an accomplished drummer with the Armijo High School and Santa Clara bands, and enjoyed playing in the annual Kiwanis shows. His love of travel took him all over the world. Through his many pictures, we see the beautiful countries and people he met along the way. Mike will be lovingly remembered by all his extended family and friends for his outgoing manner, his ability to extract detailed information about themselves, and a genuine interest in them. Mike was a member of the California Judges Association, American Bar Association, Solano County Bar Association, Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce (President 1970), Kiwanis Club of Fairfield (President/Lt. Governor), Santa Clara University Association, to name a few. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Loretta; daughters Mary Scully (Mike) of Napa; Elizabeth Ann Lewczyk ’86 (Tom) of Petaluma; and Loretta's children Doug Richardson (partner Cindy) of Sacramento, Jeffrey Richardson (Dawn) of Vacaville; and Marianne Richardson of Fairfield. His cherished grandchildren are Meghan and Matt Scully, Kathleen, Laura and Will Lewczyk, and Joshua, Jason, and Audrey Richardson.

submitted Sep. 27, 2010 2:46P
'44
Marcel E. Gres

Marcel Emile Gres ’44, a long-time resident of Austin, age 90, died on January 5, 2013 in Austin. He was born to French parents Elie P. Gres and Germaine M. Gres on April 16, 1922 and was raised in San Francisco, California. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, he attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship and studied Mechanical Engineering. The week after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Marcel and several of his friends enlisted in the navy, and was assigned to the V-7 Officer Candidate Program and returned to college. In 1943, the V-7 program was replaced by the V-12 program and he and a train full of other California students were sent to the University of Texas, where he continued his studies. He played on the Texas football team that won the Southwest Conference championship in 1943. Most significantly, Marcel met Charlotte Mayes, whom he married in 1946 after returning from the war. After graduating from Midshipman's school he served on minesweepers in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In 1946 he was discharged from active duty and returned to U.T. to complete his studies and married Charlotte. After graduating, he and Charlotte moved to Schenectady, New York where Marcel worked for General Electric, Inc. After a year, they returned to Austin, having accepted a position as instructor in Mechanical Engineering and studied for his Master's degree. He also worked part time at U.T. Defense Research Laboratory. After he obtained his degree he gave up his instructor's position and went to work full time at DRL where he headed up the Mechanical Engineering section. In 1956 he, together with physicist Obie Baltzer and mathematician Gene Smith, left DRL and started Textran Corporation. Textran was a small engineering firm conducting research in countermeasures and very low frequency technologies. In 1962, Marcel was the catalyst for the merger with Texas Research Associates, another offshoot from DRL which was started by Richard Lane, Frank Mc.Bee and Ray Hurd, to form Tracor Inc. Marcel's contributions to the development of many of Tracor's defense and commercial product lines was significant. At Tracor Marcel was on the Board of Directors and held several management positions before retiring in 1987 as senior Vice President. He was a member of Sigma Xi and Pi Tau Sigma, Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity. In 2007 Marcel was inducted in U.T.'s Mechanical Engineering's Hall of Fame. Marcel enjoyed snow skiing with his family during winter vacations and sailing on Lake Travis. He was one of the founders of the Austin Yacht Club and a member of the Headliners Club. He served on the board of directors of Tracor and the Austin Cerebral Palsy Center. After retiring he did some consulting work at Tracor and several small companies in Austin. He also played golf to occupy his time. He and Charlotte traveled extensively after he retired. In 2003 they moved to Westminster Manor retirement community, where they enjoyed the friendship of the residents and kindness of the staff. Marcel is predeceased by his son-in-law David DeBerry and is survived by Charlotte, his wife of 66 years, his daughter Judith DeBerry, his daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Mac Shuford, his son and daughter-in-law John and Lisa Gres. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Christina Leinart, Quink DeBerry, Brooke Luz, Robert Shuford, Megan Cowell, and Patrick Gres, and by six great grandsons.

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:48P
'44
Louis Frank Boitano

Louis Frank Boitano, Nov. 22, 2008.  A native of San Jose, he left Santa Clara to fight in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, serving as a personal bodyguard to General Douglas MacArthur. He was present in Tokyo Harbor on Sept. 2 1945, when Japan surrendered to American forces. He returned to finish his undergraduate studies at SCU in 1947, earning a degree in business. During his time on campus, he received the Nobili Award, the University's top academic distinction. Shortly after graduating, Lou embarked on a lifetime mission of teaching and building a business, pursuing both with passion until his final days. In 1947 he received his public accounting license and the opportunity to student-teach at his alma mater, SCU. He later became a professor and his teaching career would last 25 years at Santa Clara. In 1952 he obtained his CPA license and five years later entered into partnership with Fran Sargent. This business relationship would develop into today's Boitano Sargent & Lilly. He was a member of The Knights of Malta, Serra Club of Santa Clara, The Knights of Columbus, Catholic Charities, and was on SCU's Board of Fellows. He received the Ignatian Award from the University for his commitment to helping others. He is survived by four children: Frank '68, Mark '71, Steven '77, and Julie Robson '83; and four step-children: Kathy Bridgman, Nancy Podesta, Sharon (Terry) DiCarlo, and Joan (Dan) Crowley; 23 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:57P
'44
John C. McPhee

John C. McPhee '44 was born Oct. 9, 1921 and passed away in Moraga, Calif., on Thursday July 23, 2009. He was a 44-year Moraga resident. John was a US Marine veteran of WWII. Survivors include his wife of 63 years Rosemary McPhee; daughters Rose Mary Lobato and Kathleen Gaston; son John J. McPhee; as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

submitted Aug. 4, 2009 3:10P
'44
James W. Dolan

James W. Dolan '44 on August 13, 2009.  James was a retired rancher and resident of Bozeman, Montana.  He is survived by hiw wife of 64 years, Jean, five children, including Ruthann '77, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. 

submitted Dec. 7, 2009 3:20P
'44
James E. Delehanty

James E. Delehanty ’44, 90 years young, passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2012, one day before his hero George Washington's birthday. He was surrounded by his much beloved wife of 63 years and his loving family. Jim was born in San Francisco to Alice Armstrong and James E. Delehanty Sr. in 1921. He attended Grant Grammar School and was a proud member of Boy Scout Troop # 14. After graduation from Lowell High School at age 16, he worked for Wells Fargo Bank for two years before heading south to Santa Clara University. During his second year at Santa Clara, he joined the Navy and was sent to the Philippines as a lieutenant in the Sea Bees. At the war's end, he completed his civil engineering degree at University of Texas in Austin. It was here that, by a stroke of Irish luck, he met Norma Stratton, former Sweetheart of the University and the life-long sweetheart of his universe. They were married in San Francisco and then moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Jim worked as a civilian engineer at the naval base. It was here that their first child, James Burke, was born. Following their time in Cuba, Jim and Norma moved to Texas, where their children Paula and Brian '76 were born. They then moved back to California, settling in San Mateo. In the sweet California sunshine, the family grew by four more: Kevin, Molly, Megan MBA '90 and Dan. Though he was trained as a civil engineer and ran his own roof decking business in Texas, Jim began new careers in California, working as a manufacturer's representative and a property developer. He maintained a true family business, where his sons Brian and Burke, as well as his daughter-in-law Mary Lee '77, continue to work. Besides his love of wife and family, Jim was sustained by his voracious appetite for the written word, particularly his interest in Irish history and the novelist, Vladimir Nabokov. He had a keen interest in jazz music, especially savoring the works of Coleman Hawkins and Benny Goodman. Into his eighties his passion for the game of tennis kept him fit, competitive and immensely satisfied. He also enjoyed a weekly game of dominoes with his buddies and loved warm sweaters, sunshine and French-fried potatoes. Norma and Jim charted many miles traveling throughout the world. Jim was a member and one-time president of both the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and the Burlingame Rotary Club. He served on the Mill's Hospital board for 17 years and during this time was instrumental in the merging of Mills and Peninsula Hospitals. He was also a member of the Peninsula Tennis Club, the Burlingame Country Club, the Pacific Union Club, the Hillsborough Racquet Club and the Green Valley Country Club. Jim believed that nothing surpassed the importance of family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, father in law, and friend whose witty, kind and honorable presence will never be forgotten by those who knew him. He is survived by his wife Norma, his sister, Helen Bofinger and her daughter, Peggy, seven children, four daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. We will always remember the twinkle in his eye, the way he made us laugh and the dignity, honesty and devotion that were the hallmarks of his well-lived life. The family deeply appreciates all the comforting words, thoughts, prayers, meals, flowers and other kindnesses that have been sent. They give great comfort and ease the pain from losing Jim. We would like to express a special thanks to Kalolaine Wight, Silvia Flores and Colin Delehanty '09 whose care for Jim in the last several weeks brought us all amazing comfort and peace. 

submitted Mar. 12, 2012 1:21P
'44
Herbert W. Roberson

Herbert "Herb" W. Roberson ’44, 92, passed peacefully March 29, 2014, after a brief stay in Modesto Kaiser Hospital. A decedent of the Choctaw Tribe, he was born in 1922 in McAllister, Okla., to Arthur L. and Maggie (Belcher) Roberson.

Herb came to California with his parents during the dust bowl era and married in 1943, raising his family in Salinas. After serving in the Army during WWII, he began his law enforcement career in Watsonville, where he developed the Department's Juvenile Delinquency Unit before moving on to the Salinas Police Department in 1951. He rose through the ranks to become the Police Chief from 1967 to 1977. 

His affiliations were numerous, both local and state-wide, having served on the Board of Directors for the California Delinquency Control Association, Peace Officers Association, Council for Criminal Justice, Attorney General's Advisory Committee, the Salinas Chamber, Rotary, Salvation Army, YMCA, Monterey County Chiefs' Association, Gavilan College Police Academy and Hartnell College Advisory. His police exploits were featured in several magazines and books. 

He worked for the MGM Grand Hotel, Reno, as their Chief of Investigations. Later, he worked as General Manager of Ace Parking Management, San Diego, before full retirement from Butler Uniform as General Manager. He earned his solo pilot's license to travel to the many stores in California and Nevada. He settled in Sacramento in 1987 until three years ago when he relocated to the Samaritan Village in Hughson. 

He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and camper. He was fond of Lake Tahoe and the company of his family. At the request of his family he was writing his life story. He was an altruist, a mentor to young people and his colleagues, and a true gentleman. 

In his last conversation he said, "I've had a good life." When he was told that we all love him he replied, "I love you, too." He was bright and in good humor to the very end. 

He is survived by his six children: daughters, Sandy (Paul "Skip") Morris of Pittsburg, Kan., Laura (John Stavely) Roberson-Giusta of Medford, Ore., and Leslie (Russell) Hancock of Prunedale; as well as sons, Tim (Elaine) of Salinas, Michael (Barbara) of Oakdale, and Dan of Jacksonville, Fla. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and his previous wife, Carolyn White of Escondido. 

He was predeceased by his first wife, Lucy T. Roberson, the mother of his children.

submitted Aug. 26, 2014 12:08P
'44
Frank M. Belick

Frank M. Belick '44, resident of San Jose, passed away on July 13, 2014. He touched countless lives through his pioneering work in water pollution control, as well as through offering a helping hand to those in need. Frank was born of Croatian parents in Los Angeles in 1922. The family moved to the Santa Clara Valley in 1934 in search of agricultural work. Amidst farm chores, he attended old Santa Clara High School, then obtained a civil engineering degree by study at San Jose State College and Santa Clara University, graduating cum laude in 1944. He conducted the first water quality studies to assess the polluted south San Francisco Bay for the City of San Jose in 1947. He was chosen to lead and implement San Jose's first wastewater control plant in 1956, becoming Engineer-Manager of this nationally recognized, technologically advanced treatment facility. He retired in 1981 as a Deputy Director of Public Works. Frank was predeceased by his wife Charlotte in 2009 after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by his children Tom Belick (Margaret) of Palo Alto and Denise Binderup (Tim) of Bellingham, Washington, grandchildren Chloe and Emma of Seoul, and sister Agnes of Berkeley. His help to friends, co-workers, relatives, and neighbors will be missed by all.

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 11:41A
'44
Francis Buzz Meagher

Francis Buzz Meagher, Dec. 19, 2008.  The former baseball player was enshrined in the SCU Athletic Hall of Fame.

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:58P
UGRD Leavey Business '44
Edmund Coony

Edmund Peter Coony '44 passed away on March 28, 2009 at the age of 86. He was born in Alhambra, Calif. on August 8, 1922 to Charles S. Coony and Agnes Coony. Ed served his country in the United States Army during both World War II as 1st Lieutenant Field Artillery Unit Commander in the 244th Field Artillery Battalion Germany and the Korean War. During his service he earned seven distinguished service medals. He graduated from Loyola High School and Santa Clara University and he was a member of the Fighting Forties. In 1948 he met and married the love of his life, Mary Catherine Dougherty Coony. Ed worked for Union Oil Company of California for over 38 years during which he helped open the Alaska Pipeline. Ed actively pursued his lifelong interest in sailing and he loved jazz music. His dedication to family brought him great joy and his lifelong connections to his large circle of friends augmented his rich and fulfilling life. Throughout Ed and Kay's 51-year marriage they were active members of S.S. Felicitas & Perpetua Catholic Church, San Marino, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Newport Beach. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Catherine Coony; his brothers, Fr. Charles Coony, S.J., Fabian Coony, Paul Coony and his sisters, Harriet Coony, Janet Coony and Mary Freymuth. He is survived by his children Peter Coony of San Pedro, California and Bridget Baldwin of Newport Beach and his grandchildren, Catherine Baldwin and Brian Baldwin.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 11:31A
'44
Duane "Dee" Pillette
Duane “Dee” Pillette ’44, eight-year major league veteran pitcher, died May 6, 2011 in San Jose, Calif. at the age of 88. Pillette, a member of the SCU Athletic Hall of Fame, broke into the majors with the New York Yankees in 1949, pitching until 1956 with the St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. He compiled a 38-66 record, leading the American League in losses in 1951 for the cellar dwelling Browns. He holds the distinction of being the last starting pitcher in Browns history and the first winning pitcher in Orioles history. Pillette was the son of former major league pitcher Herman Pillette, who spent four of his 26 professional seasons in the major leagues with the Reds and Tigers. The elder Pillette pitched until he was 48 in the Pacific Coast League. Despite his father’s long career in baseball, the patriarch did not want his son to follow in his footsteps. In a 2009 interview that I conducted with Pillette from his home in San Jose, he discussed how his father wanted him to stay far away from baseball. “My father never talked much about baseball except he didn't want me to play. He fought me tooth and nail when I was a kid. Even though he didn't make much money in the Coast League, he sent me to Parochial schools. He never got past the sixth grade,” Pillette remembered. His father stressed the importance of getting an education ahead of playing baseball. As any teenager would do, Pillette pleaded his case to his father. “I said, ‘You don't have any money and I don't have any money. I have to play baseball to get a scholarship.’ He said, ‘I'll let you play in high school, but if you have a scout come around, he has to talk to me.’” Pillette did in fact get that scholarship, due to the involvement of an important Yankee scout. “One Yankee scout, Joe Devine got me a scholarship at Santa Clara University.” Pillette signed with the Yankees in 1946 and immediately debuted with their top minor league ballclub, AAA Newark of the International League. Pillette battled a groin injury he suffered late in the 1946 season through his next few campaigns in the minors. He played for Newark the following season and then was sent to the Portland Beavers of the PCL to work on his curveball with Tommy Bridges. He developed it well and posted a 14-11 record in 1948, which earned him a spring training invite with the Yankees in February of 1949. Pillette was off to a great start in Florida and earned the confidence of manager Casey Stengel. “I went to spring training with the Yankees in 1949. I had a good spring and Casey had told the guys the last day before we broke camp that I was going to be the fifth starter and a long reliever.” Unfortunately for Pillette, General Manager George Weiss thought otherwise. “Then George Weiss had other ideas, he said, ‘He needs to go back to Newark and learn some other things.’” Pillette found himself in a familiar place, Newark, but not for long. “I stayed there about a good month and a half, maybe more than that,” Pillette said. He finally got the call in July to go with the big league club. “I was in Syracuse when they called me over. I joined them in Cleveland at 6 o'clock in the morning.” Little did Pillette know that he would be called upon to pitch the first day he was with the team. “They took Allie Reynolds out for a pinch hitter and Joe Page who was our number one reliever, we were playing catch. I didn't figure I was going to do anything and Casey came out and gave the sinkerball sign and I came in the ballgame. We scored a run on our half and went one run ahead. The very first hitter I pitched to hit a line drive at Cliff Mapes. He took a couple steps in and the ball went over his head for a triple and they tied up the ballgame. I ended up losing the ballgame, so I didn't scare anybody.” Pillette was right; he didn’t scare off his coaching staff, as they had him start four days later. “Jim Turner liked me a lot and Casey liked me so he started me four days later in Detroit. I pitched a day before my birthday in July. They scored two runs in the first inning and we lost the game 2-1. Then he started me in Yankee stadium against the White Sox, we went 0-0 for nine innings and Luke Appling hit a homerun with a man on first base in the tenth inning and we came back in our half,” Pillette recalled. Luck, however, was not on his side. “DiMaggio hit a line drive to right center and he very seldom got thrown out taking the extra base. They threw him out at second trying to make a double and the ballgame was over. They scored two runs in the first inning off me, then they didn't score two runs until the 10th inning [the next game] and I pitched 17 consecutive innings without allowing a run and I'm 0-3.” Pillette ended up 2-4 in 12 games that season and did not appear in the World Series for the Yankees in the postseason. Pillette would pitch briefly with the Yankees again in 1950 until he was included in a six-player deal that sent him to the St. Louis Browns. Even though he went from the top team in the American League to the worst, it gave him an opportunity to pitch full time. Pillette would be a key cog in the Browns rotation, pitching in 120 games from 1950-1953. It was there where he would befriend another baseball immortal, Satchel Paige. They shared a special connection as Paige was fond of his father, from their battles barnstorming on the West Coast. “My dad pitched against Satch in Los Angeles. I know because Satch told me that he pitched against my father. Satch happened to play against my father in Los Angeles when he was in the winter leagues. My dad picked up extra money playing in the winter leagues. They became pretty good friends because they both had been around awhile. He said he was a fine man. He told me, ‘He didn't pitch like anybody I ever saw. He threw more soft stuff than you could believe but he had a pretty good fastball. You get two strikes on you and you might look for it. He said he never wasted any energy and probably about as smart of a pitcher as you ever saw.’ That’s probably why I got along with Satch so well, he liked my father a lot.” After an arm injury ended Pillette’s career, he found success in the mobile home business. “After I quit baseball, I got in the mobile home business for 32 years. I helped to build and manage this park. I've got a nice 1,800 square foot mobile home. If you came on the inside, you wouldn't think it was a mobile home. They don't make them like this anymore,” he said. Pillette continued to stay active late in his life, gaining notoriety for his dancing. The notoriety wasn’t so much for his skills, but that he was one half of the oldest couple on the dance floor. “On Friday and Saturday I dance with a lovely young lady that's 85, and I'm 86. We even got our picture in the paper because we are the only two whiteheads on the dance floor and they were curious. The people from the paper came in to the hotel for a party of people who were retiring. We get out there and do a little bit of a dance and this outfit took some pictures,” explained Pillette. “The gal [Bev] who I take out was the bridesmaid at my wedding. About 10 years after her husband passed away, she called me one day and said that she wasn't sending anymore Christmas cards and she wanted to warn me. So we got to become good friends and she was a marvelous dancer. They got a hold of Bev and asked her some questions. They interviewed us at her home the next day. They showed the top part of us that we were dancing. A little story was written about it. We found a photo of Beverly in her album from my wedding and they put that in there too.” Pillette returned to New York last summer as one of the seven living members from the 1950 World Series team. He was thrilled about his appearance at the new stadium. "It was just wonderful being there surrounded by all of those greats. There aren't too many of us from that team left." Even though Pillette fell below the .500 mark for his career, he was an All-Star to the fans, generously signing autographs through the mail and speaking to researchers and historians with such candor about his career.
 
submitted May. 25, 2011 10:45A
UGRD Engineering '44
Adrian C. van Dyk

Adrian C. "Poppy" van Dyk '44, died peacefully at his home in San Jose on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. He was 88 years old. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho, on Sept. 6, 1921, to Adrian M. van Dyk and Francine (Zuur) van Dyk, and is preceded in death by his brother Vic van Dyk and his sister Rita Williams. He attended Lewiston High School and upon graduation he boarded a train and headed south to California where he enrolled at Santa Clara University. His time there was interrupted by World War ll. He served in the Navy touring the Pacific aboard a Marines supply munitions ship, the USS Betelgeuse. In 1945, during a two week docking in San Francisco, he married his childhood sweetheart, Rose Stenstrom. Following his service in the Navy, he ultimately graduated from SCU with a degree in mechanical engineering and moved on to a successful career at General Electric and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories working on national defense related projects. Adrian's most enjoyable activities included the annual 'extended' family camping trips on the North Coast, fishing and golf outings, traveling abroad with mom, yearly vacations in Maui, and numerous volunteering stints. Above all else his main focus and devotion was always family first. From the numerous baptisms, surprise 13th birthdays, Holy Communions, graduations, school plays, and weddings, he was always there to bless them. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife Rose of 65 years, and his devoted children: Bill (Margi Sullivan) van Dyk, Karen Pelosi, John (Margaret) van Dyk, Pam (Dan) Ross, Kitty (Bob) Dixon, Adrianne (Dave) Brown, Janet (Dan) Kirby, Sally (Mark) McGourty, Sueanne (Nick) Gera, Bob (Rhonda) van Dyk, and Rosemary (Mike) Lyons. Poppy, as he is affectionately called, will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Julie (Tom) Pelosi Malech, PJ (Tazia) Pelosi, and John (Janine) Pelosi; Elizabeth and Stefanie van Dyk; Meghan Dixon, Amy (Lance) Dixon Munselle, and Matt Dixon; Katie (Bo) Brown Peevey, and Jenni Brown; Dana, Dan, Scotty, and Laura Kirby; Kyle, Nick, and Alex McGourty; Marianne, Marko, and Klara Gera; Trevor and Kari van Dyk; and Kelly, Michael, and Jamie Lyons. And last but not least his great-grandchildren; Hudson, Presley, and Harrison Malech, and Merrill Rose Pelosi.

submitted Jul. 12, 2010 10:33A

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UGRD Engineering '45
Rob Minister

Rob Minister '45 on July 6, 2009. Republican Central Committee; founder and president of the Nevada Haygrower's Association; and an officer in the Nevada Cattlemen's Association. After retiring from ranching in 1976, Rob became very active in Lyon County and northern Nevada civic affairs. He was appointed by two different Nevada Governors to the State Board of Equalization and served 1981 - 89. He was the founder and head of the Mason Valley Economic Development Council, which he led from 1976 - 1986. The council promoted new industry and good paying jobs in rural Nevada. He was intimately involved with the Lyon County Republican Central Committee for over 60 years. He is survived by his son, David and his wife, Regina of Lafayette, Calif.; two granddaughters, Shelby and Paige Minister; his brother, Bolton F. of Yerington, and by many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Ione of more than 50 years in 1997. Family and Friends may sign the online guest book at www.FRFH.net

submitted Aug. 4, 2009 12:04P
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John Joseph "Jack" Hurley Jr.

John Joseph "Jack" Hurley Jr. ’45, born April 3, 1924, in Oakland, Calif., passed away Aug. 10, 2012 in Stockton. Mr. Hurley graduated from Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, California in 1941. He attended Santa Clara University from 1941 until 1943 at which time he enrolled in the Marines. Initial military training was done through the V12 Program at College of the Pacific from 1943 until 1944. While at Pacific he played football for A.A. Stagg earning All-Coast Honors in 1944. Upon graduation from 
Pacific Mr. Hurley was sent to boot camp at Parris Island South Carolina then to the Marine Corps Air Station at New River North Carolina. The remainder of his training was at Quantico Virginia and Camp Pendleton in San Diego. During World War Two he spent one year on the island of Guam. Following the war he attended the University of San Francisco School of Law from which he graduated in 1949. In 1950 he married Barbara Mary Boden in San Francisco and joined the Stockton law firm of Honey and Mayall. In 1954 he was made a full partner of the firm.
Mr. Hurley is survived by Barbara his wife of 62 years, five children, Karen Escabar (Stephan, Scott and Suzanne), Babs Silva (Dave) (David, Matthew, Kevin, Allison, Mark and Brian), John Hurley ’77 (Ryan and Lauren), Brian Hurley ’79 (Mary Ursula) (Caroline) and Leslie Bailey (Craig). 
He was a member of the Stockton Golf and Country Club, on the board of the Delta Blood Bank, and past president of the San Joaquin County Bar Association.

submitted Aug. 17, 2012 1:28P
'45
Dr. Pierce A. Rooney Jr.

Dr. Pierce A. Rooney Jr. '45 on Jan. 14, 2009.  The Sacramento native was a pioneering Sacramento County pathologist who investigated deaths ranging from sleeping babies to victims of notorious Northern California killers. In 1969, he became the first board-certified forensic pathologist in Sacramento and did extensive research into causes of sudden infant death syndrome. He served as a prosecution witness at sensational trials and was a founding member of Diagnostic Pathology Medical Group Inc. He was a past president of the Sacramento County Medical Society and associate professor at UC Davis Medical School. He also attended Gonzaga University and served as a Navy officer on troop transport ships in the Pacific during World War II. He returned to Sacramento after graduating from Creighton University Medical School in 1950, delivering babies and making house calls as a general practitioner for several years before completing a residency in pathology at UC San Francisco School of Medicine. He had six children with his wife of 63 years, Barbara. Survivors include a son, Kevin '73.

submitted May. 28, 2009 2:59P
'45
Bert "Bart" Gianelli

Bert "Bart" G. Gianelli ’45, Sept. 5, 1921- June 21, 2013. He was 91. Bart lived a full and active life of fishing, hunting, and golfing. He had just "bagged" a deer on a trip to Idaho in the past year. Bart was known as an avid local salmon fisherman and frequently traveled to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of the elusive fish. He also spent a lot of time working and hunting at his duck club in Los Banos, Calif. Bart truly lived the American Dream. Bartholomew George Gianelli was born the second son of an Italian immigrant commercial fisherman on the banks of the Columbia River in Astoria, Ore., on September 5, 1921. He was raised in Clifton, Ore., and later in Everett, Wash., along with his siblings, Andy (deceased), Ann (deceased), and Lucille of Everett, Wash. Bart received a scholarship to the University of Oregon where he was a two-way football star and also joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Bart later transferred to Santa Clara University to study business administration and eventually met the love of his life Florence ""Flo"" Volta who was a business student at San Jose State University. They met after a Santa Clara vs. UCLA football game that Bart had just played in. After the attacks at Pearl Harbor, Bart joined the U.S. Marine Corps and transferred to the University of the Pacific for officer training school. It was here, in 1943, that Bart played his final football season. This time for Hall of Fame coach Alonzo Stagg. The successful season led to Bart being selected by the Cleveland Rams in the 1944 NFL draft. But football had to wait. Bart married Flo and shipped off to war in the Pacific theater. He fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and witnessed the U.S. flag being raised on the top of Mt. Suribachi. After the war, Bart and Flo settled in Los Banos, Calif., to start a wholesale beverage distribution business and a family. Bart, Flo and their two sons, Bob and Rich moved to Ventura, Calif., in 1959, where they all took part in running the family business known as Gianelli Distributing Co., Inc. In 1996, Flo preceded Bart in death. Bart and Flo are survived by two sons, Robert (Beverly) of Koloa, Hawaii, and Richard of Ventura, Calif.; three grandchildren, Robert (Debbie) of Kilauea, Hawaii, Michael (Shelly) of Ventura, Calif., and Steven of Lihue, Hawaii; and three great-grandchildren, John, Noah, and Sarah. Bart was an excellent cook, which brought the family together frequently for Sunday dinners. He was an active member of the Rancheros Vistadores which included an annual ride on horseback through the Santa Barbara backcountry. Bart was a longtime member of Saticoy Country Club where he loved to play cards after a round of golf. He also spent many years as a member of the Ventura Yacht Club where he occasionally gave clinics on salmon fishing techniques for the other members. Bart continued to fish and hunt until his final year of life. 

submitted Jul. 19, 2013 5:04P
'45
Alan G. Horton

Alan G. Horton '45, April 16, 1922 - June 30, 2014.

Alan G. Horton, 92, of Monmouth died June 30 in Monmouth. He was born on Easter Sunday in San Francisco to George and Harriet Horton. The family moved around until settling in Chiloquin. He graduated from Chiloquin High School and attended the University of Santa Clara for two years. He joined the Army Air Corp and served in the Pacific as a B-29 bomber mechanic for four years. He married his high school sweetheart, Frances Looseley, in Portland. They settled in San Francisco, where Alan worked as an airplane mechanic for United Airlines. They moved back to Oregon in 1954, and he worked with his father-in-law on their cattle ranch in the Airlie area south of Monmouth.

He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in agriculture and soon developed a method for removing straw off the grass seed fields, being the first to do so in the Willamette Valley. Together with a few neighbors he started the Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative and managed it until his retirement in 1985. He served on the Polk County Extension Service Advisory Board and was a lifetime member of the Polk County Livestock Association. He and Fran joined the Peace Corps in 1985 and went to Belize, where Alan began a brand inspection program. After that they lived in Mexico for a year before moving back to Oregon, where they lived in King City for 10 years and returned full circle to Airlie in 1997. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, and daughter, Mary Alice. Survivors include his son, Chris (Joan) Horton; daughter, Paula (Darryl) Hines; four grandchildren; and extended family. 

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 10:59P

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UGRD Engineering '46
Judge E. Warren McGuire

 

Former Judge E. Warren McGuire ’46, whose courtroom at the Marin County Hall of Justice was a place of compassion, fair play and good humor for two decades, died at home in Kentfield on Jan. 2 of prostate cancer. He was 86. McGuire, an Army combat veteran, leaves a legacy of public service at the Civic Center, where he worked as county counsel and as assistant district attorney before Gov. Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Marin bench in 1968."Hello, Ron!" he blurted when Reagan called to offer him the judgeship, later worrying he hadn't shown enough respect. "He was a good man, a true gentleman of the old school who ran his courtroom low key, without a lot of fanfare," recalled Terrence Boren, presiding judge of the Marin Superior Court who prosecuted many cases before Judge McGuire as a young assistant district attorney. At the same time, he was a mischievous, fun Irish personality who loved self-deprecating humor and loud clothes. He wore blinking bow ties to office parties, red blazers at Christmas — along with blue pants and white shoes on occasion — and a bright green coat along with a green cap on St. Patrick's Day. "He wore golf clothes everywhere," said Sheriff Bob Doyle. "In another life I suspect he was a leprechaun," said Judge Verna Adams, who appeared in Judge McGuire's court as a lawyer. She said he was a jurist with a light touch but a no-nonsense gravitas that commanded respect and set the tone for the entire bench. "He really was a rock for all of us," Judge Richard Breiner said when Judge McGuire retired in 1988. Judge McGuire presided over some of the county's most sensational trials. His cases included those involving Angela Davis, George Jackson and others tied to the 1970 Marin courtroom shootout that left his beloved colleague, Judge Harold Haley, and three others dead. Mr. McGuire was scheduled to handle the San Quentin case that triggered the shootout that day, but a divorce he was hearing ran long and the case was given to Haley. Other cases included the trial of two San Rafael teenagers involved in the barbecue pit murders of the girl's parents; the trial of attorney Stephen Bingham, accused of supplying a gun used in a San Quentin escape attempt in which six died; and the "Pendragon" case in which youths killed a man as part of a bizarre plan to install a laser gun on Mount Tamalpais and take over the county. He was not afraid of making his views crystal clear, writing a blistering letter to a county administrator who criticized the judge's reluctance to release Angela Davis on bail, dispatching an unusually detailed letter to the editor explaining the reasons for reducing charges in a robbery case, and dismissing objections by county supervisors when he provided funding for a grand jury audit of county government. He was born Feb. 2, 1924, in San Francisco, the son of a milk industry executive who founded the California Dairyman's Association, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He attended Santa Clara University before joining the Army's 84th Infantry during World War II. He served on the front lines in Europe, and after recovering from combat wounds that killed his foxhole partner in Germany, he became a typist in a judge advocate's office in Paris. After the war, he earned a law degree at the University of San Francisco, married his wife, Joan, in 1950 and moved to Fairfax. He became active in politics while practicing law in San Rafael, organizing the Young Republican Association of Marin and serving as its first president, working on the GOP central committee, and helping out on nonprofit groups ranging from the Marin Symphony to the Tuberculosis Association.He became a deputy district attorney in 1952, joined the county counsel's office in 1957, and was named to head the office in 1960, taking over from Leland Jordan and serving as chief for three years before leaving the post in the hands of his assistant, Douglas Maloney, and joining the San Rafael law firm of Bagshaw, Martinelli, Weissich & Jordan. His many cases as private counsel included skillful representation of developer Robert Frouge in 1965, for whom he won a 3-2 vote from county supervisors to build Marincello, a $285 million "new city" of 25,000 on 2,138 acres in the Marin Headlands. The project was delayed by a tangle of legal battles before funding collapsed, enabling Nature Conservancy executive Huey Johnson to obtain an option allowing the land to become part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. "Looking back, I'm glad it didn't happen," Mr. McGuire said in 1999 of the massive Marincello project. In addition to his wife, Mr. McGuire is survived by three children, Adrienne, Richard and Marian; and four grandchildren.

 

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 2:59P
'46
John Wright Sand '46

John Wright Sand '46, passed away on May 23, 2010. Sand passed away peacefully at home in Del Mesa Carmel. He was born at the Old Adobe Hospital in Monterey. John's parents, Harold Oliver Sand and Margaret Wright Sand, were long time residents of Monterey and Carmel Valley. Harold established H.O. Sand Realty in Carmel Valley Village in 1946 and his grandson, Eric currently operates Eric H. Sand Real Estate in the same building which Harold built. His grandfather, Ben Wright, was associated with the Palace Drug Store and was mayor of Monterey. John's mother was a descendant of Joel Walker, signer and founder of the California State Constitution and his father was a West Point graduate. John attended San Carlos Elementary and Monterey High School, graduating in 1941. He also attended Santa Clara University before leaving to serve in the Air Force during World War II. On his return, he went to UC Berkeley, graduating with a Master's Degree in Political Science in 1950. John married Nancy Hale of Carmel in l947 in the Chapel at Carmel Mission. He and his family lived in Carmel for a couple of years before he joined the CIA and moved to the Washington, D.C. area. In 1955, he was stationed in Taipei, Taiwan and then moved to Bethesda, Maryland in l958, where he and his family had a home for 50 years. John, Nancy and their children lived in Athens, Greece from 1963 to l968. John retired in 1972 and pursued his love of Greek and Egyptian archaeology. In 2006, he and Nancy returned to their beloved Monterey Peninsula to live at Del Mesa Carmel. John renewed many childhood friendships and enjoyed visiting with them as much as possible. John enjoyed keeping up with world affairs, having spent much time in foreign capitals while working for the CIA. He spent many hours doing archaeological research on his computer in his home office. Eating out was a favorite pastime. John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy; three sons, Eric Sand of Carmel Valley, Toland Sand of Sanbornton, New Hampshire and Chris Sand of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Another son, Lee Sand, preceded John in death in 2003. He is also survived by eight grandsons: Kevin Sand of Monterey, Ryan Sand of Los Gatos, Luke and Austin Sand of Melrose, Massachusetts, Jameson Sand of Hollywood and Chris, Taylor, and David Sand of Carmel Valley; and four great- grandsons and one great grand-daughter. The Sand family is especially grateful to Lela Hartman for her devoted care of John in his last year and a half of life.

 

submitted Jun. 14, 2010 2:03P
'46
Gerald L. Colonica

Gerald L. Colonica '46 on Jan. 14, 2009.  A native of Santa Clara, he attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and completed his residency at the then-Santa Clara County Hospital. In 1954, he opened his medical practice as a general practitioner and surgeon in his father's candy store on Franklin Street in Santa Clara. His medical practice spanned 44 years, during which time he performed the physicals for the SCU, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Pop Warner football teams. He faithfully attended Bronco football and basketball games. He was a member of the Santa Clara Exchange Club, the 30's Club, the Italian Catholic Club, the AMA Tennis Association, the Friends of the Wine Maker, and the Society of Wine Educators. He was a president of the local chapter of the American Medical Association and was a lector at St Claire's Church. He was a member of the SCU Board of Fellows for 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn; six children; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

submitted May. 28, 2009 3:00P
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