Class Notes | Obituaries
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John Joseph Bower '50, after four years of failing health, and having received the comfort and consolation of the sacraments, at age 93, died peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Pacific Coast Manor, Capitola, California, where he had resided since 2010.
John was born on April 20, 1921, in Kentland, Newton County, Indiana where his family had settled in the 1860s. He was the sixth child of eight children of the late John and Kathryn (Clark) Bower. Never married, he outlived all of his siblings. He was preceded in death by his only brother, James W. Bower (Mary) and his sisters Mary Freiling (Syl) ,Florence Puetz (Ray), Helen Brouillette (Arleigh), Rita Brunette (Jay), Dolores Esposito (Leo) ,Grace Garavaglia, and nephew Michael Bower.
John attended elementary school in Newton County, Indiana and began his studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana in 1935. After two years of philosophy, he entered the novitiate of the Benedictine Abbey at St. Meinrad. He left the seminary in 1946 but remained a loyal and generous alumnus. John served in the United States Army for two years and for one year was stationed in Alaska. He began his studies at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California in 1946 and graduated in 1950. That same year he began a very successful career at IBM which would last 30 years.
Known for his keen intellect, razor sharp wit and quick repartee, he was a welcome guest with his many friends and extended family. During his long career at IBM as an industrial engineer, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed travel in his leisure time as well. Because he was single, he was able to visit his siblings and their children on a regular basis and enjoyed keeping family members informed about one another. Generous to a fault, he was active in many not-for-profit organizations. No matter where he was stationed with IBM, he was active in the local Catholic parish, the Knights of Columbus and Alcoholics Anonymous. He was grateful that through the years he was able to help countless others become involved with AA and he was proud of the fact that at the time of his death, he had obtained over 60 years of sobriety. Always a faithful Catholic he assisted at daily Mass after his retirement insofar as he was able and was a faithful St. Vincent de Paul worker as long as his health allowed. He is survived by 20 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Albert Garavaglia.
Raymond "Ray" Bettencourt '53, born August 23, 1931, and a resident of Fremont, with great sadness we say goodbye to Ray who passed away on July 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Sr. and Anna Bettencourt and his loving wife Harriet Bettencourt. Ray was a brother to Donna Shoults, a loving father to Jeff (Sandi) and Greg (Liz), and a wonderful caring grandfather to Daniel, Renee, Eric, and Jenna.
Ray was born and has spent his whole life in Fremont where he graduated from Washington High School and played football. He then extended his education and graduated from Santa Clara University. Following this he served two years in the United States Army. He then earned his teaching credential and later taught Social Sciences for 30 years back at his alumni of Washington High School.
He was known for his great humor and sarcasm and was very well-liked by his students. After graduation many of his students would stop by to visit Ray, return several times and grew to really adore Harriet, who was a magnet to the neighborhood teenagers. In addition, he had an after school session known as "detention" which he actually enjoyed and derived great pleasure in conversing with the participants who were a captive audience for his wit and humor.
He was an avid golfer. He coached golf at Washington High School from 1961-1965. With only one family car his wife and eldest son would come to the school to load up the entire golf team in the station wagon and drive to the local golf course. To the end of his life he remained in contact with some of the members from these teams. He shared his love of golf with the neighborhood kids and inspired them by teaching them and giving them clubs and golf balls that he fished out of ponds at various golf courses to develop their own passion for golf.
In recent years he became very involved in genealogy. He traced back his family origins with the help of like minded relatives to the 1863 arrival of his Great Grandfather John to the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result of this interest he was very much involved in collecting, taking, and organizing photos of family and friends he had known throughout his life.
He also had a great passion for movies and has a vast collection of miniature movie posters which are displayed throughout his house. His love for movies is evident by his book and movie collection. Growing up in Fremont, Ray kept in touch with many friends from grammar school days through Monday morning breakfast, reunions, and frequent visits to each other's homes. He will be greatly missed by his friends as he missed those who went before him. Two of his many great qualities were his generosity and progressive thinking which allowed him to share and grow both spiritually and intellectually to the very end of his life. When you spent time with him, you felt as though you were growing along with him.
George Chris Fotinos '54, born March 11, 1933, died peacefully at home in Sonoma on August 6, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. A native of San Francisco, George was born to the late Christos and Angelina Fotinos. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He then served in the US Army Corp of Engineers administering the construction of radar bases in Iceland and Canada after which George continued his education earning a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from U. C. Berkeley.
George worked for many years at Ben C. Gerwick Company in San Francisco on several major bridges including the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the San-Mateo Hayward Bridge, the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and waterfront structures throughout the San Francisco Bay. Other structures include the Northumberland Crossing in Eastern Canada, Jamuna Bridge in Bangladesh, Bahrain Crossing in the Persian Gulf and the Seven Mile Bridge in Florida. In latter years, George worked as a consultant and was serving on the Caltrans State Seismic Advisory Board until the onset of his illness.
He is survived by his beloved wife Vivian and his three beloved daughters and their cherished husbands, Angela and Ted Koros, Margaret and Mike Morearty and Elaine and Jim Burrell. He adored and was adored by his eight grandchildren, Elaina, Peter and Ava Koros, Paulina and Maria Morearty and John, George and James Burrell. He is survived by his sisters Christine Kolaites and Mary Anagnostou and predeceased by his brother Tom Fotinos and sister Katherine Fotinos. A devoted Greek Orthodox Christian, George enjoyed a life filled with the love of family and was most often found happily working on his Napa Carneros vineyard where he grew premium pinot noir grapes for nearly 50 years.
Marshall W. Frazier J.D. ’57 was born in Fraziers Bottom, W.Va. in 1921. During and after WWII he served in the U.S. Navy for eight years. After earning a law degree, he established and maintained a private practice in San Jose for 33 years. He enjoyed fishing and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Faye, his son Thomas, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Billie "Bill" Horne '57, a friend to all who knew him, died May 27, at age 79 in Twain Harte, California. Bill was born in Mountain View, Oklahoma, and was active in ROTC at Santa Clara University. He served in the U.S. Army as a pilot for 4 years, earning the rank of Lieutenant. Professionally, Bill was active in real estate, including residential and commercial sales and property management. He served on the California Association of Realtors Board of Directors, as president of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Property Managers, Sacramento Chapter and was active in the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors. He operated his own property management business until his passing. He wrote and taught property management courses and was always an enthusiastic cheerleader for others, providing encouragement, advice and assistance. He will be remembered for his intelligence, professionalism and warm smile. Bill is survived by Jhonnie Horne, his wife of 32 years; sister, Noma Horne; sons, Steven Horne and Chuck Horne; daughter, Janice Horne; stepsons, Duke Darling and Marc Crum; and preceded in death by stepson, Scott Darling. He has 12 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild.
Raymond L. Welch '59, 82, passed away on July 12, 2014. He entered the world on May 9, 1932, in San Francisco, California. His parents were Elinor Nemis and Roy Wade who gave him over to be raised by William R. Welch and Ann C Welch. He grew up in San Francisco attending St. Anne's Grammar School. At the age of 14, he moved with his parents to Salinas where he attended Salinas High. He played on the tennis team and graduated in 1950. He went to college at Santa Clara University, and was on the college tennis team. He majored in economics. He served in the Army, attending Fort Ord and a year later served in Wertheim, Germany. Upon his return he went to work for his father in the men's clothing business called" The Hub" in Salinas.
In 1957, he married Carolyn J Fodrini from Alameda, California. They had three children: Suzanne M., Patrick M. and Steven D. Carolyn was a legal secretary for a while in Salinas. In 1960, they left Salinas and moved to Marin County where Ray went to work for UARCO in San Francisco. They lived in Mill Valley, Fairfax and later moved to Alameda, and then bought a home in San Leandro, California, where they lived for several years. They left their home in San Leandro, to move to Napa, California, in 1970. Ray went to work for Valley Business Forms in Calistoga. He remained there until 1985 when he went into business for himself starting the Welch Co. After 44 years of marriage his wife, Carolyn, passed away in 2001.
Ray later married Virginia L. Gomes from Maryland in 2002 and they resided in the Napa Valley and were members at The Silverado Country Club. Ray and Ginny loved playing golf among many other interests. Ray was a member of the Morning Napa Rotary Club, and had belonged to Napa Valley Country Club and Green Valley Country Club. In 2007, they moved to Chewelah, Washington, to build their "dream" home on the Chewelah Golf & Country Club where they currently reside. Ray leaves behind his wife, Ginny; his three children: Suzanne (husband Stephen), Pat (wife Kelly) and Steven (wife Kate); and three grandchildren: Morgan and Austin (Pat) and Chloe (Steven).
During Ray's young life he was a Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout and an Explorer Scout. Later, he was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Salinas, Mill Valley and San Leandro. He also worked with young teens in the Junior Achievement Program. He was also a member of the Salinas Elks Club. He also managed a Little League baseball team in Napa.