Class Notes | Obituaries
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Robert Kolbo '64, born in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1943, died in Red Bluff, Calif., on July 29, 2009. He passed away in his sleep after suffering a stroke. Bob was married to his wife, Suellen, for 46 years. They met while in high school and waited until just before his senior year at SCU before marrying. They had four daughters who survive him. Three live locally in Red Bluff: Ginger Olds, with her husband Robert and sons Josh and Jeremy; Erin Bracells, with her daughter Taylor and son Trevor; and Erin's twin Kathy Garrison in Los Molinos with her children Miranda, Abby, Andrew and William. Another daughter, Kelly Terry, lives in Pacific Grove, Calif., as does her daughter Amy Gonzalez. Their oldest granddaughter, Valerie Gonzalez, now lives in San Diego, after living here and attending Red Bluff High School. Grandpa will be sorely missed. Bob went to work in his father's construction business in Los Gatos right after college. He eventually took over that company in Silicon Valley, building many apartments and commercial buildings. He moved to development, specializing in small infill housing complexes. After time spent in Santa Cruz and Oakdale, he 'retired' at age 43. However one project after another popped up, and his retirement was filled with many more happy days of building. Bob and Sue came to Red Bluff 12 years ago, and the family followed. They bought a beautiful ranch at the end of Bend Ferry Road which was recently purchased by BLM and will be a wilderness area park close to town for all to enjoy.
Patrick J. McGarry '64 was born on March 10, 1943 and died on January 12, 2012 at the age of 68.
Oren Lee Christensen MBA ’64 passed away peacefully on Dec. 4, 2012, after a long, courageous battle against cancer. Born in Selma, Oren grew up in Fresno, attended Fresno State College and UC Berkeley, where he studied civil and structural engineering earning Phi Beta Kappa honors. Upon graduation he attended Midshipman's School at Notre Dame University and was commissioned an Ensign, Naval Civil Engineering Corps. He served with the 103rd Navy Seabee Battalion in California, Hawaii and Guam. After completion of his military duties Oren worked in civil and structural engineering design from 1946-1958. From 1959 to 1965 he was supervisor of Facilities Planning Group at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company preparing siting and design criteria for satellite ground stations in various locations. He also received an MBA from the University of Santa Clara during this time. From 1965 to 1977 he was director of facilities planning for Stanford Research Institute. From 1977 to 1987 he took a position as vice president for new building programs, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and supervised the construction of the bank's new facilities in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Upon retirement he continued as a building program consultant for several years before devoting his time to volunteer activities in Santa Rosa and Davis. Oren was blessed with a loving marriage to Mabel Fox for 52 years. In 2000 he and Eunice Adair were married and combined their families, both having lost their spouses to cancer. Oren was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, and University Covenant Church of Davis. He was active on both churches' building programs. Music was an integral part of his life and he always found time to sing in church choirs. One of his greatest pleasures came from volunteering at Mondavi Center for the Arts. He also devoted time to Grace House until his health declined. Oren is survived by his wife Eunice; daughter Sharon Hamilton and her husband, Don; son Darrell Christensen and his wife Sandi; stepdaughters Susan Coleman-LaPlanche, husband John, and Laura Ramalingam, husband Ravi. In addition he leaves seven grandchildren, D.J. Hamilton, Christen Hamilton-Simon, Jaime Hamilton, Cameron Hamilton, Erika Christensen, Jordan Ramalingam and Zachary Ramalingam; and four great-grandchildren who brought him great pleasure. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ruby Christensen and his wife, Mabel Fox Christensen.
Louie Gimenez Jr '64 of Little River, Calif. died May 30, 2011. He was born in Woodland, Calif. to Louis and Josephine (Bueri) Gimenez. In high school he boarded at Bishop Armstrong High School (now Christian Brothers High School) where he graduated. He married Paula Penrose in 1963. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1964. Louie was very active in both Christian Brothers and Santa Clara reunions and remained close with his classmates. He served on the Christian Brothers Foundation Board for many years. After graduation he worked on the family farm. He later became the manager of the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. While there he was responsible for working with legislators to fund and construct Indian Valley Reservoir. In 1982, Louie became the manager of Norcal Petroleum. He served in many oil industry leadership positions including president of the California Independent Oil Marketers Association. He retired in 2001. Louie was an avid diver, hunter, enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and his many friends. He led a full and happy life and truly ""Did it his way."" Louie is survived by his daughter, Kim Crum and her two daughters Ava Josephine and Paulina Marie. He is also survived by son, Mike Gimenez his wife Kimberly and their children Cade Louis, Kendall Lee and Jax Douglas. Louie leaves his only brother, Joe Gimenez and his wife Dawn; and nephews, Jeff and Phil Gimenez. He is also survived by his companion, Sherry Bridges; and his former wife, Paula Gimenez. He will also be missed by many other family members.
Joseph "Joe" Young J.D. ’64 died peacefully at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 11, 2014, from complications of a stroke suffered in Oct. 2009. Joe was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in Ione, Wash., to Harold and Barbara Young. He spent his early years in Montana. During the Great Depression, economic hardship forced his parents to place him and his younger sister in St. Thomas Orphans Home in Great Falls, Mont. He lived in the orphans home for six years. In 1944, when he was 14, he traveled in steerage by steamship to Anchorage where his mother lived. On the way up, he played poker to earn spending money. As a result of the hardship of his early years, he had a strong commitment to social justice and equality. While attending Anchorage High School, he became an accomplished ski racer. Joe's love of skiing and ski racing continued throughout his life. After graduating from Anchorage High School in 1947, he went to Aspen, Colo., and skied for the Aspen Ski Team. The next winter, he went to Sun Valley, Idaho. During the 1950s, he spent the winters in Sun Valley working as a ski instructor and ski patrolman and skiing for the Sun Valley Ski Team. He skied in the National Alpine Championships in 1951, 1954 and 1955. During the summers, he worked as a lineman in Anchorage. Joe was an excellent poker player and supplemented his income during those years by gambling. He was drafted in 1951, but not even the Army could get in the way of his skiing career. He was stationed in Germany and raced throughout Europe as a member of the Army International Ski Team. In September 1954, he married Mary Louise (Pudj) Johnson in Anchorage. In the early '60s, he started Joe Young Ski School and taught hundreds of Anchorage baby boomers how to ski at Alyeska and Arctic Valley. At the age of 31, he decided to go to law school. About that decision, he said, "I woke up and had a wife and a couple of kids and all I knew how to do was slide down hills and climb poles." Although he did not have an undergraduate degree, he scored high enough on his law school admissions test to get a waiver. He moved his young family to California to attend the University of Santa Clara Law School, graduating in 1964. In the '60s and '70s, he practiced law in Anchorage with the firm of Atkinson, Conway, Young, Bell and Gagnon. In the '80s and '90s, he practiced with the firm of Young and Sanders. As a lawyer, he specialized in representing widows, orphans and people who had been terribly injured through corporate negligence. He waged successful courtroom battles against such corporate giants as Eli Lilly, Volkswagen and McDonnell Douglas. Joe was named as one of the 80 top trial attorneys in the country by Town and Country magazine and was included in "The Best Lawyers in America." He was also a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive, invitation-only national group of top trial lawyers. He was a recipient of the Alaska Bar Association Award for Professionalism. In the early '90s, he retired from the practice of law to devote more time to his first passion, skiing. He and Pudj spent most of the year at their home in Sun Valley. During his retirement years, he raced in a number of National Alpine Masters races. In the summer, he enjoyed hiking the mountains of Idaho with his daughters, grandchildren and dogs. Throughout his life, Joe enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and boating. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family at his cabin on Kachemak Bay. He was a very devoted father and grandfather. The highlight of his last year was the birth of his first great-grandchild. Although he faced many challenges after his stroke, he never complained. His high school yearbook described him as "handsome and good natured" and he remained that way all his life. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pudj, of Anchorage; daughters, Kristen Frampton of Anchorage and Kari Young of Sun Valley; son-in-law Chad Frampton of Anchorage; grandchildren, Caroline Huntley (Ehrich) and Erik Frampton of Anchorage and Annabel Webster of Sun Valley; and great-granddaughter, Audra Huntley of Anchorage. A brother, Noel Young, of New York City, also survives him. His sister, Judith Wise, and half-brothers, Michael Young and Jack Midyett, preceded him in death.
Joseph Charles McCarthy, Jr. '64, M.D. Captain (Retired) USNR passed away August 20 in Gig Harbor, two years after the diagnosis of esophageal cancer. He was 69. Born August 13, 1942 to Joseph and Margaret McCarthy in Seattle, he attended and graduated from Assumption, Seattle Prep, the University of Santa Clara, and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was drawn into the U.S. Army by the Vietnam Conflict, and attended Airborne and Ranger schools. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, followed by a residency in Pediatrics at Tripler in Honolulu. He was board certified in these specialties in addition to Family Medicine. This was followed by a four year break in service on the Family Practice teaching faculty at the OHSU Medical School in Portland. His military career spanned 20 years, including assignments in Nurnberg, Germany and Madigan, and an inter-service transfer to the Navy, retiring in 1994 at USNH Bremerton. Following his military career, Dr. McCarthy worked in both family and emergency medicine at USNH Bremerton and Madigan. He appreciated and enjoyed family and friends, medical peers and co-workers, residents in training, and many of his patients. During his early years he enjoyed competitive athletics and later gravitated to the outdoors, backpacking, horse camping, skiing, sea kayaking, books, travel, the opera and symphony. He and his family appreciated the care and service provided by Dr. Ronald Dommermuth of USNH Bremerton, Dr. Thomas Baker and his group, and Franciscan Hospice, and our treasured friends. During his formative years, he was raised Catholic with excellent schooling and care. More recently, he came to appreciate a less prescriptive, more introspective approach to doctrine and the study of the Old and New Testament. His years of attending Harbor Covenant Church in Gig Harbor and more recently Sauvie Island Community Church in Oregon along with their members have been a great inspiration and support in his life. He is survived by wife of 38 years, Carolyn nee Grace of Portland, son, Thomas (Wendy McCarthy Pantoja and granddaughter Maya), daughter Kerry of Ketchum, Idaho, (Gretchen) and three children, brother Donald (Tevis) of Seattle.
James Russell Grube '64, 71, of Pinehurst, died unexpectedly, but peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was born to Russell and Adele Grube, Oct. 17, 1942, in San Jose, Calif. Rick's Auto Jim graduated in 1964 from the University of Santa Clara, where he played defensive positions on the football team, and the University of California (Boalt Hall), J.D., in 1967. Jim served as a captain, Infantry Branch, with the 11th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon returning to civilian ranks, Jim served as the assistant district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco from 1970 to 1975. He practiced law with the firm of Murray & Grube in Palo Alto, Calif., and the firm of Campeau & Grube, in San Jose, Calif. He was selected for the Best Lawyers In America, 1987. Jim was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, in 1988 and served until 2006. In this role, he served with passion to ensure that the litigants who came before him, whether institutional entities or individuals, experienced the fair administration of justice and understood the reasoning for his rulings. He particularly enjoyed and was generous in mentoring the law clerks who worked with him during his tenure on the bench. He often said that he learned as much from them as they had from him. In 1996, Jim married Marilyn Morgan, his colleague on the bench. He thrived on the robust collaboration with Marilyn to elevate the quality of the local practice and to make procedures more streamlined and accessible. During his career he belonged to numerous bar associations, such as The Inns of Court, which promotes civility, but also to the Rotary Club of San Jose, and he supported Habitat for Humanity and the San Jose Historical Society. An avid golfer with seven holes-in-one to his credit, Jim visited Pinehurst frequently before he and Marilyn retired to Pinehurst in 2009. Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn Grube; and his daughter, Annelise, and her husband, Rhamy Kirdani. He will also be sorely missed by his extended family, stepsons Terry Adamson and Mark Towery and their respective families.
Born August 9, 1942, James "Jim" Baer ’64 passed away peacefully in his home on July 23, 2009. He was a native of Sacramento graduating from Bishop Armstrong in 1960. He attended the University of Santa Clara and Heald's Business College majoring in accounting. Jim worked for AK Steel, Rainbow Liquor, Berbarian Bros. and later Young's Market. He is survived by his soul mate of 17 years, Jackie Marshall; brother Max Baer Jr. ’59; sister Maudie Goodwin (Tom); daughter Diana Lasus (Jared); granddaughter Madison; nephew Steve Goodwin; niece Staci Goodwin; along with great-nieces, Mary, Elizabeth; and great-nephew Max. He now rejoins his parents, the late Max Sr. and Mary Ellen (Sullivan) Baer.
Jack Ludwigson '61, J.D. '64 passed away October 31, 2009 at home surrounded by friends and family at the age of 71. He was born June 12, 1938 in Bellingham to Ed and Kay Ludwigson. Jack graduated from Bellingham High School in 1956 and earned his B.A. and law degrees from Santa Clara University, where he developed many lifelong friendships. Jack returned to Washington and worked for three years for the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle during which time he met his bride to be, Sarah Black, on a blind date. They were married in 1966 and returned to Bellingham in 1967 where Jack went into private practice and together they raised their two children. Jack loved life and loved to have fun. He enjoyed his family and friends more than anything and was at his happiest amongst them at the cabin on Orcas Island and fishing the San Juans. He was an amazing husband, father, and grandpa. His sense of humor, kindness, and friendship will be greatly missed by all. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Kay. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sarah; children and spouses Eric and Jenny Ludwigson and Susie and Rolan Coberly, of Bellingham; sisters Mary (Bill) Johnson of Bellevue, Margie (Chuck) Lindhout of Sandy Point, and Katie (Rod) Zorotovich of Mercer Island; grandchildren Joe, Maura, and Owen Ludwigson and Max and Jake Coberly. A celebration of Jack's life will be held in the spring.
Harvey Lawrence MBA ’64, 90, formerly of M-51 North in Niles, died Dec. 1, 2011, at Woodland Terrance in Niles of a brief illness. Mr. Lawrence was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Los Angeles to Harvey Jacob and Josephine Marie (Portesi) Lawrence. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Cal Tech and master of business administration degree from Santa Clara University. He was previously employed for Proctor-Gamble for 10 years and Lockheed for 16 years. In 1993, he moved to Niles to be nearer to his daughter. During World War II, Harvey moved to Canada to served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot, and when the United States entered the war, he transferred to the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a 1st lieutenant and pilot. He was also awarded the Purple Heart. He enjoyed the fellowship of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Elkhart, Ind. He was an amateur radio operator and enjoyed playing bridge. Mr. Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Serena (Troensegaard) Lawrence, who died Dec. 29, 2002. He was also preceded in death by two brothers. He is survived by his children, Helen Fester of Dowagiac, Peter Riggs and Mary Brown of Reno, Nev., and Ann Kroepel of Los Gatos, Calif; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gerald 'Gerry' Haran '64 of El Sobrante, Calif., left this world to be with the Lord on Friday May 22, 2009. Gerry leaves behind many people who respect and love him including his wife, Theresa Haran; many loving cousins (including his bud, Jim); loving aunts, Carol and Anne; countless friends, not to exclude his four-footed friends, as well as many others. Gerry had attended both St. Louis Bertrand Grammar School and Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif, and he graduated from Santa Clara University, Loyola University at the John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy, as well as Hastings Law School in San Francisco. In addition to being in 'retired' status and in good standing with the California State Bar Association, Gerry was retired from the San Francisco Sheriffs Department where he worked for over 20 years. This world was a kinder and more humane place for having Gerry in it, but his work was done and he has gone home to rest.
Fred de Funiak '64 died peacefully but much too soon at home in San Jose on June 13, 2011 at the age of 68. He was born in San Francisco, the youngest of William and Eleanor de Funiak's three children. He attended St. Ann's grammar school and Saint Ignatius High School (class of 1960), where he spent far too much time harassing the good priests and nuns who taught him, as anyone who grew up in San Francisco in the 40s and 50s will understand. After graduating from SI, he attended Santa Clara University, where he studied history and played left tackle for the Broncos football team. He was a lifelong SCU fan, even naming his Russian River cabin the Bronco Corral. Post-SCU, he began teaching at James Lick High School, which marked the beginning of his 35-year career with the East Side Union High School District. He spent the last five years of his career as principal of Silver Creek High School. Fred married his first love and high school sweetheart, Terri O'Connor, in 1967. They had four children, Tara, Jill, Matt, and Sue, who were very much the focus of their lives. Fred could often be found coaching softball teams or cheering from the sidelines at soccer games. Fred retired a few years after Terri died in 1998. He spent a great deal of time volunteering for both the Grand Jury and the Elections Commission for the City of San Jose. Fred also enjoyed playing bridge and golf—doing the former much better than the latter—and taking road trips with his friends, whom he called the "gang of reprobates." He especially loved being Pops to his six grandchildren. Though his health had declined in the past year, he had many visits from friends and family who let him know that he was loved. His sense of humor, his stories, and his off-key singing will be missed by all. Fred is survived by his son Matt (Christa Salo) and daughters Tara Komar (Matt), Jill Croft (Mike), and Sue Cumbo (Andrew), along with six grandchildren, Emma, Will, Aidan, Addie, Drew and Charlie. He is also survived by his brother Bill de Funiak (Barbara) and sister Olivia Fox.
Donal V. Croall ’64 July 8, 1942-Nov. 29, 2013 Resident of Campbell Don passed away peacefully at his home in Campbell on Nov. 29, 2013. He was born in Berkeley, California. He is survived by his wife Margie, his Mother Beth Croall, 3 sons Scott(Laurie), Kevin, Jeff(Dani), 2 grandchildren Hallie and Ryan and several cats. He was preceded in death by his Father Jack(JD) this past January. Don owned and operated Croall Radiography for over 35 years. During that time he was a friend and mentor to many. He was a resident of Campbell for 44 years.
Charles Patrick McCarty MBA ’64 passed away peacefully at home in Ashland, Ore. on Sept. 5, 2012, surrounded by his wife and sons.
Charles was born to Charles and Zena McCarty on May 4, 1924, in Portland, Ore. He was a graduate of the University of Portland and Santa Clara University. He served in the U.S. Army, Chemical Warfare Service in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II from March, 1943 to January 1946. He married his beloved wife, Rosemary, on July 1, 1950, at the Church of the Madeleine in Portland, Ore. He was a long time employee of SRI International. He loved reading and walking. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and with Rosemary was a volunteer for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He was a long-time parishioner of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church.
Charles is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosemary; sons Thomas [Kim], James, Steven [Ellen], and Patrick [Colleen]; grandchildren Caroline, Michael, Dominic, Claire, and Kathryn; and great granddaughter Layla. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa A. McCarty Quarman. Charles will be remembered as a cheerful, devout, loving husband, father, grandfather and, great grandfather.
Charles Joseph Dirksen Jr. '64, 71, of Datmouth, passed away Aug. 29, 2013. He is survived and missed by his caring wife, Nhat (Vu Thien); his daughters, Faye (Robert), Anna (Matthew), his granddaughter, Neala; his brothers, Frank Dirksen '66, Victor Dirksen '68 (Jeanne), and Tony (Elva); and many nieces and nephews. His laughter and humor will forever be remembered.
William Richard Costello Jr. ’65, of Los Gatos, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 27, 2011 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Pamela, daughters Alexandra, Mollie O'Connor (Michael), Christine Foxworthy (David) and three beautiful grandchildren Madelyn, Brendan and Elizabeth. He was born to William and Barbara Costello in Larkspur. He was second of four children, Ellen Miller, James Costello and Margaret O'Neill (deceased). Bill grew up in Marin County and attended Marin Catholic High School and Santa Clara University. Beloved husband, father and grandfather. Treasured friend to many and avid golfer. Bill had a 43 year career in commercial real estate.
William Martin Head M.S. '65 passed away Oct. 22, 2010 after an extended illness. He taught thousands of Salinas Valley students during more than 29 years as a junior high and elementary school teacher. Bill, whose family moved to Soledad in 1907 to start a commercial house and restaurant later known as the Head Inn, which he helped operate for 15 years, was born July 9, 1925. He had been a lifelong Soledad resident until moving to Salinas in 1998. Bill graduated from Salinas Union High School, class of 1943 and attended San Jose College until he entered the United States Navy during World War II later that year where he served until 1946. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State College in 1952 and a Masters from Santa Clara University, Class of 1964. Bill taught math for nearly three decades, most of that time at Washington Junior High in Salinas. His Masonic, Eastern Star and Scottish Rite activities in Monterey County spanned 63 years, including holding nearly every official title at lodges in Carmel and King City. He also was the recipient of the Hiram Award, the highest honor bestowed by a Masonic Lodge and the Grand Lodge of California. His civic activities and volunteering included serving on the Election Board for more than 20 years; being a member of the Soledad Elementary School Board, 1987-91 ; serving on the Monterey County Grand Jury; and working for 15 years with the Monterey County Mathletics Contest. Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy. He is survived by his wife, Lila '72; son, Bill Head, of Oakland; and daughter, Ann Head Hilton, of San Francisco.
William L. Jaeger '65 on Jan. 11, 2009. Born and raised in Seattle, he attended SCU on an academic scholarship. He served as student body president and later earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California's Boalt Hall. He worked in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department for four years and returned to the Bay Area in 1973 to begin his career in private practice. He was elected a member of the American College of Trial lawyers and retired from the practice of law at Townsend, Townsend & Crew in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Julie, and three children.
Vincenzo James Sisto ’65 on March 19, 2010.
Stuart E. Halliday '65, August 16, 2013. He was 70 and a thirty year resident of Evanston. Born in Chicago on June 7, 1943, he graduated from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He worked for many years at Northwestern University as a staff assistant. A talented folk and blues musician, Stuart performed on guitar and banjo at the No Exit Cafe when it was located in Evanston, and will be missed by the folk music community. Stuart was a well-educated man of many interests there was never a dull moment when in his company. He will be forever loved and cherished by his son, Ian and grandson, Liam of Norridge, Illinois, and his sisters, Nancy Halliday of Glenview, Illinois, Sue Brooks of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and Ann Ellis of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Stephen Dombrink ’65, passed away Dec. 3, 2011. A resident of Oakland, The Honorable Stephen Dombrink passed away surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant 15-year battle with Multiple Myeloma. Steve handled his ordeal with his illness with strength, courage, hopefulness and a sense of humor, making him an inspiration to those around him.
Proud of his Oakland heritage and the century long Dombrink family history in the East Bay, Steve earned his diploma from St. Elizabeth's High School, and greatly enjoyed planning and attending a recent 50th reunion with his classmates. He received his BA degree in 1965 from Santa Clara University and maintained lifelong relationships with a number of the friends he made there. He treasured having spent a memorable year in Rome, an experience that sparked a lifelong love of Europe. After receiving his JD degree from Boalt Hall Law School (UC Berkeley) in 1968, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served for four years with the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps. After studies in Paris, he returned to the East Bay, where he joined the Crosby, Heafey law firm and where he met and fell in love with his wife, Debi. Later he became a partner at the firm of Chandler, Bruner and Dombrink.
The highlight of Steve's career was his appointment as an Alameda County Superior Court Judge, where he distinguished himself for 20 years on the bench, retiring last year. Colleagues knew him as a dedicated, thoughtful, and caring judge who was fair and evenhanded. Known for his remarkably calm disposition, optimism, quick wit, self-effacing manner, intellectual curiosity and wry sense of humor, Steve was a man of culture. He loved and was completely dedicated to his family, and his greatest joy was spending time with his sons, family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling, reading, listening to a wide variety of music, watching the 49ers, A's and Giants games, and taking walks through his neighborhood and the Big Trees State Park. Steve is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debi Baird Dombrink, his two sons, Michael and Mark Dombrink, his sister Marilyn Salazar, his step-mother, Betty Dombrink, his aunt Norma Anderson, his beloved nieces and nephews, his sister- and brother-in law Beverly ("Sister") and John Zanarini, and his many cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco or Corpus Christi School in Piedmont. A service celebrating Steve's life will be held on Sat., Dec. 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland.
Robert B. Kavale MBA ’65 entered into rest on May 17, 2012, at the Tracy Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. He died of pneumonia following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born in the Czech Republic on January 11, 1926, to Josef and Ludmila Kavale. Known for his quick wit and good sense of humor, he will be sorely missed by friends and family.
Mr. Kavale, a resident of Manteca for four and one-half years and former resident of Saratoga, worked in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years in the industrial engineering field. A registered professional engineer and recipient of master's degrees from two California universities, including the Santa Clara University, he helped companies to reduce waste, cut costs, and improve productivity. Among other engineering responsibilities, he designed production facilities, wrote design guidelines, and developed processes and standards.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jean Kavale, two brothers and their spouses, Josef and Libuse Kavale and Karel and Kerstin Kavale, and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his infant son, David Joseph Kavale.