Class Notes | Obituaries
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Sharon Louise Knopf J.D. ’82, MBA ’82, a resident of San Jose, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. Sharon L. Knopf was born February 10, 1956 in Munich, Germany to Arthur and Alice Knopf. Sharon graduated from Willow Glen High, UC Davis (BS) and Santa Clara University (MBA, JD). She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduation she formed a law practice, Sasaki and Knopf, with Dale Sasaki in 1984. Sharon served on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Quilt Museum, helping to propel it to prominent status. She was passionate about plants, animals and preservation of historic buildings supporting the Nature Conservancy and National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sharon is survived by her husband Richard Johns of San Jose, Calif., father Arthur Knopf of San Jose, sister Susan Crase and husband Dietrich Crase of Mountain View, brother Jeff Knopf and wife Stacie Knopf of San Jose, and several nieces, nephews, god-children and many cherished pets. She was preceded in death by her mother Alice in 2005 and recently by her beloved German Wire Haired Pointer, Gus (Gustav Runciter Von Wee). Sharon was a tour de force whose favorite activities centered on restoring her vintage home. A consummate shopper, she delighted in filling her home with her collected treasures. Overflowing with knowledge and creativity, Sharon had ideas and plans and invited friends to come along for the ride. Sharon has touched lives from the West Coast to the East Coast. All those touched by Sharon feel an immeasurable loss. We will miss her energy, enthusiasm, companionship and presence.
Bill Adams '37 passed away on Sept. 10. The world lost an amazingly intelligent, well-traveled, kind and wonderful man. At the age of 96, William J. (Bill) Adams, Jr. led an outstandingly full life and he touched the hearts of many. His passionate involvement with his alma mater, Santa Clara University, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Catholic Church gave him strength and his influence will live on for generations. He is now reunited with the love of his life, Marijane.
Bill was the Nobili Award recipient in 1937 and a regent and past president of the Alumni Association. He received the Ignatian Award, the Bannan Award, and the Distinguished Engineering Award from Santa Clara University. He and his wife also endowed the William and Mary Jane Adams Mechanical Engineering Scholarship on campus, and he was also actively involved with the Diocese of San Jose, Catholic Charities, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Norman T. Burke ’38 passed away November 14, 2013 at age 96 in his home in San Mateo. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Esther. After graduating from SCU he spent his career in the paper and packaging industry with Fibreboard Corp. and Pacific Paperboard. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 assigned to the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers). He is survived by his four children Tom ’73, J.D. ’83, Laurie ’75, Michael and Dan; and by three grandchildren including Kathryn ’17.
John "Jack" Edward Richter ’39, Dec. 18, 1916 - June 20, 2013. A resident of Aptos, Calif., Richter passed away suddenly, after a fall. Jack was born in San Francisco and lived his younger years in Kentfield. Later, he moved to Willow Glen where he attended elementary school. After graduating from Bellarmine College Preparatory School, he furthered his education at University of Santa Clara and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then married Helen and moved to San Jose to raise his family. He enjoyed building his "cabin" in Felton where the family spent many happy days. Jack started his career at Wooldridge Mfg. and quickly advanced to Chief Engineer. Later, he joined Gould Bros. as a partner and Engineer of a fruit harvesting company in Milpitas. The company merged and moved to Modesto as AGMAC and was later purchased by FMC. After retirement, he moved back to the Santa Cruz area. Jack was a "MacGyver" type person that could fix anything from electrical, automotive to woodworking with no problems! He was well respected by his traveling trailer folks, mobile park friends and at his neighbors in Aptos. Jack is preceded by the death of his loving wife Helen on October 4th 1997 and is survived by his son John and daughter -in -law Joy of Felton; 2 grandchildren: Todd Richter of Ben Lomond and Sheri West of Aptos; 4 great-grandchildren: Darren Richter, Todd Richter Jr., Jacquelyn Richter and Kaile West and 2 great-great- grandchildren: Faith and Brooklyn Richter.
Frank R. Ryan ’39 Aug. 18, 1917 - July 31, 2001, from Los Angeles, Calif. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara, mother of his 11 children; daugther Loretta; and second wife Cynthia Daly. Survived by his 10 childresn, 19 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII, on active duty from Oct. 1940 to Dec. 1945, and in the Air Force Reserve from Dec. 1945 - Mar. 14, 1960, when he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He later joined his father and worked at Frank J. Ryan and Co. for over 42 years. He was most proud that his son William Ryan ’82, MBA ’91 and grandson Sean Brown ’97 also graduated from Santa Clara.
Bernard F. Cassidy, S.J., ’40, 96, died September 15 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. A Jesuit since 1954, he recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination.
Bernie was born in Los Angeles in 1917 and was a 1940 graduate of Santa Clara University, where he majored in electrical engineering. From 1940 until 1953 he worked as a civilian electrical engineer for the Army and Air Force, involved in the design, installation, repair and instruction in the use of electrical and electronic systems at military bases in Hawaii and Sandia, New Mexico. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1963, he taught theology and served as student chaplain at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (1965-67), and in parish ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, Christ the King Church, San Diego (1968-78) and Holy Family Church, San Jose (1979-82). In 1982 he returned to Hawaii and served as Director of Spiritual Services at St. Francis Medical Center, Honolulu, retiring in 1992. He then became a hospice chaplain until 2005, when he retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center. During his four decades of ministry Bernie touched the lives of countless students, parishioners and hospital patients.
Louis M. Caserza ’41, April 28, 2013. Dear husband of Bianca (Ratto), whom he married on August 18, 1956. Devoted father of Rosemarie ’80, Catherine, and Elizabeth ’81. Son of the late Dionizio and Rachele (Crescio). Brother of the late John and Alfred Caserza. Uncle of Richard (deceased), Gloria, Daniel, Teresa ’75, Steven, and David. Great uncle of Philip, Matthew, Christina, Timothy ’05, Melanie, Claire, Michelle, Mark, Sabrina, Diane, Dennis and Rachele. Great great uncle of Cooper, Rhea, and Alfred.
A lifelong parishioner of Holy Angels Church since 1916. Graduate of Jefferson Elementary School, St. Ignatius Preparatory, and University of Santa Clara with a BME. Proud retiree of 34 years with Bechtel. A member of several professional societies especially a 75 year member of ASME. He was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3773, Italian Catholic Federation Branch 19, Hillside Homeowners Improvement Association, The History Guild of Daly City/Colma, and Colma Historical Association. He always looked forward to the annual reunion with classmates from St. Ignatius up to the last one the class had - their 72nd reunion. He was also so proud to have received his golden diplomas from his high school and university. After he retired in 1984, he enjoyed many hours outside gardening and being busy at his work bench.
Eugene Graham Stephens Jr. ’41 died peacefully in Novato, Calif., on July 10, 2013. Eugene was born in Oakland, Calif., on October 3, 1919. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1937 and from The University of Santa Clara, Magna cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering, in 1941. In the same year he won first place for a research paper submitted to the 7th Annual Conference of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Branch at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. During his career, Eugene worked at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, served in the United States Navy, and ran a steel fabricating business, McDonough Steel Company in Oakland, Calif., later renamed MidCon Fabricators in Tulsa, Okla. Eugene was an avid golfer, and he belonged to SIRS Branch 22. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church. Eugene and Monica McDonough were married on July 11,1942, and celebrated fifty-seven years of marriage. As a widower, Eugene was blessed with a second wife, Patricia Bacich, Monica's best friend from childhood. They enjoyed almost fourteen years of marriage. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, by his brother, Philip Stephens ’43, by six children (Michele Janssen, Monica White, Madeleine, Margaret, Patrick, and Mary), and five step-children, by twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Monica McDonough, by his parents, Eugene and Elizabeth, and by his sister and brother, Suzanne Ortman and Richard Stephens.
William Howard Royer ’42 (April 11, 1920 – April 8, 2013) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He served as a U.S. Representative from the 11th Congressional District of California from 1979 until 1981. Born in Jerome, Idaho, he earned his B.S. at Santa Clara University and did graduate work at what is now Oklahoma State University. He served in the United States Army Air Corps (1943–45) and worked as a realtor before entering politics. He served on the Redwood City, California City Council from 1950 to 1966 (including service as mayor from 1956–60) and was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1972. He was reelected in 1976.In 1979, Royer won a special election to succeed the late congressman Leo J. Ryan (D-San Mateo), winning with 57% of the vote. He finished out the remainder of Ryan's term but was defeated for reelection in 1980, losing 46.4% to 43.3% to Democratic challenger Tom Lantos. Royer ran against Lantos again in 1982, losing 57% to 40%.Royer was married to his wife Shirley for 69 years and has had children and grandchildren. Royer died on April 8, 2013 at the age of 92 (days before his 93rd birthday) in his Redwood City home of natural causes. Relatives included granddaughter Whitney A. Sangiacomo '91, grandson Brady W. Royer '93, and son Dennis W. Royer '65.
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.
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.
Howard S. Dattan J.D. ’49, born January 26, 1920 in Seattle, Wash., passed away September 6, 2013. A complex and fascinating man who served in the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy during World War II, completed his education at the University of Southern California. After the war, he attended the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He had two sons with Evelyn (Angerhofer) Dattan ~ Scott Dattan of Anchorage, Alaska and Christopher Dattan of Seattle, Washington. Howard was a member of the California State Bar from 1949, served with the Judge Advocate in Japan during the Korean War, and was the first Dean of the University of San Diego, School of Law. He practiced law in California for many years. For the last twenty years of his life, he traveled the world with Jean Milam, the love of his life. He died gracefully in their home in Carlsbad, California. Howard will long be remembered for his love of the mountains, animals, flowers and poetry. He always looked forward to seeing USC beat Notre Dame in football and provided inspiration to his granddaughters, Devin, Valorraine, Lorelei, Gretta and Fiona. His wry sense of humor and the certainty that he was right will be missed.
Faculty & Staff
Faculty member Stephen J. Corio ’68, MBA ’76 died on October 5. A double alumnus of Santa Clara University, Steve joined the faculty in the Leavey School of Business in 1998. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, he had a successful career with IBM and wanted to give back during his "second career" at the University, teaching in the Marketing Department. He was dedicated to his students throughout his time here, having taught undergraduate and MBA students alike. Students filled his classrooms and benefited from his wise counsel as a student adviser. Together with his family, we mourn Steve's death while also thanking God for the gift of his life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
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Long-time law faculty member and Professor Emeritus Howard Anawalt died August 6, 2013, peacefully at home in his sleep. Professor Anawalt joined Santa Clara University School of Law in 1967 and was one of the first faculty members to specialize in the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry. He remained an active scholar and member of the Law School community even after he retired in 2003. Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community. He will be remembered as a kind and generous person who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues.
George J. Alexander, former law school dean and professor emeritus, died peacefully July 29, 2013, after a prolonged illness. George led the law school from 1970 to 1985—a period of great growth both in enrollment and in prominence for the law school, making him one of the most influential deans in its 100-year history. During his time as dean, George emphasized scholarship, hired distinguished faculty, and with his commitment to diversifying the legal profession, recruited talented students of color from across the country. He led the law school in developing a more international law curriculum and established it as a pre-eminent global legal educator.
As professor, dean and friend of Santa Clara, George embodied the University’s mission and values by combining a high regard for academic rigor with a personal commitment to making the world a better place. While we mourn George’s death, we also thank God for the gift of his life. The University community will miss his leadership, wisdom, and friendship.
Dr. Diane Hijos di Bari passed away on May 7, 2013. Dr. di Bari started teaching in the Liberal Studies Program in Fall of 2003. She was a popular and caring professor. She taught our Exceptional Child course (LBST 138) for the program a total of 17 times in the last ten years and impacted the education of hundreds of undergraduates.
Dr. di Bari had tremendous compassion for children and was a leader in the field. She was able to translate the science of exceptional children to individual lives. Santa Clara University and the Liberal Studies Program was fortunate to have her on our faculty.
Friends of the University
Noreen (Winnie) Fern Hook, June 11, 2013. A resident of Santa Clara, Hook was 107. She was born Noreen Fern Bastian on February 14, 1906, in San Jose to Louis and Fern Vicy Bastian. In 1923, she met and married Wilbur J. Hook, her husband of 60 years, who preceded her in death in 1983. They had two daughters Esther (Rick ’49) Rechenmacher and Sharon ’70 (Bill ’60) Gissler.
Pauline "Polly" Coughlan May 25, 1919 - Aug. 20, 2013. Resident of Gilroy, CA, Coughlan was born in Redwood City, Calif. She was the fifth of six children born to Florence and John O'Brien. Polly attended Mt. Carmel elementary school, Notre Dame Belmont High School and San Jose State University. She married Jim Coughlan ’39 after WWII and had three children, Molly, Nan and Peggy. Jim died in 1989. Polly was predeceased by her siblings and friends and her grandson, Christopher Henley. Polly is survived by her daughters and their spouses; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and four great grandchildren.
Robert Wieand ’62 passed away on September 17, 2012. He was a loving husband and father. Bob was born on Dec. 4, 1935. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956-1960. He then joined the Chart House Restaurants where he worked for 28 years. He truly lived by the rule of treating others the way he would want to be treated. Bob was the kind of Dad that would drop everything to be with his kids. Living in San Diego, Calif., Bob loved to be active and enjoyed tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Bob's smile lit up a room, and his joy was infectious. He will be remembered for his love for his family and friends. He will be truly missed. He is survived by his wife Judy and his children Kathryn and Michael.
Eugene Akio Yuasa J.D. ’89, March 7, 2013. He was 51, of Honolulu, and an attorney. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents James M. and Marjorie, brother Steven and sisters Frances Higashi and Ann Yuasa.