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1952

UGRD Engineering '52
Neil L. O'Keefe

Lt. Colonel Neil L. O'Keefe '52 U.S. ARMY, Ret, third-time resident of Stevens Point, age 86, died peacefully on July 2nd, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King after an extended illness.

Born Nov. 21, 1927, Neil grew up in San Diego, son of a distinguished WW I Army veteran who later served as prosecutor and assistant district attorney in San Diego. Neil spent much of his youth sailing and racing in San Diego Bay with his older brother, Art. He went on to graduate from Santa Clara University, with a degree in engineering earning a commission in the U.S. Army.

He honorably served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, where he received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal. From 1968-72 he was the director of the ROTC program for UW-Stevens Point. While teaching military history at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania he met his lifelong bride to be, Nancy J. Campbell. She was on the faculty teaching dance and physical education. They were married for 57 years and he is survived by four children, Dan, Jennifer, Dave and Kathleen and their families, which include eight wonderful grandchildren. Following military retirement, Neil continued to work in the field of engineering and assisted in building the San Diego Court House. The family moved back to Stevens Point, where Neil worked for UW-Stevens Point's Alumni Association. Continuing the family tradition of moving, he and Nancy went on to live in Pebble Beach, Hawaii, Palm Springs and finally back to Stevens Point.

submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:27A
'52
Louis C. Sarto

Louis Charles Sarto '52, 84, died peacefully on August 21, 2014, after eight strokes. Lou was born June 6, 1930 to Norma and Guilio Sarto of Los Altos, California. He was educated at Mountain View Union High School, class of 1948, Santa Clara University, 1949, and graduated with a BA in accounting from San Jose State University in 1955. Lou was employed by the Adobe Creek Lodge as Social Director, by Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco, Trust Department, and with Gemello Winery in Mountain View, as Vice President and then President of the Winery, handling retail and wholesale sales, and blending of wines. He was proud that his California wines were among the first to beat the French wines in the now-famous blind tastings of 1976. His civic associations included Santa Clara Valley Wine Association, and Parkland of Monterey, where he served as Vice President and President of the Board of Directors. Lou served in the United States Army in Korea from 1950 to 1952, receiving an award for meritorious military service. Always a fine athlete, Lou participated in track and football, loved golf, and completed a 13-mile run/walk in the Big Sur International Marathon. As an accomplished artist in watercolor, sculpture, and stained glass, he created many original works. In 1999 he married Annette Foisie of Carmel Valley; he tells his friends that these years have been the best 15 years of his life.

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 12:11P
'52
Edwin M. McMahon

Edwin M. McMahon '52 May 28, 1930 - Dec. 6, 2013 The Rev. Edwin M. McMahon died Dec. 6 at his home in Sonora. He was 83. Mr. McMahon was born in Sonora to Anna Mae and Edwin Fremont McMahon. His father was a superintendent of the Mary Harrison and other gold mines in the Sonora area. Mr. McMahon graduated from Sonora High School in the late 1940s. He attended Santa Clara University before entering the Jesuit order in 1953. He earned a master's degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Washington and a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Ottawa in Canada in the early 1970s. Mr. McMahon founded the Institute for BioSpiritual Research with Pete Campbell in the 1970s. He was interested in researching the psychology of religion and creating workshop formats for integrating psychological studies into programs for pastoral care. They co-authored several books and offered workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland and the Czech Republic. He and his colleague lived in Greeley Hill for a number of years before settling in Sonora eight years ago. Mr. McMahon was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his companion and colleague of 60 years, Pete Campbell M.A. ’66, of Sonora; his sisters, Sally Ann Quaglino, of Morro Bay, and Judith Shimer, of Sonora. 

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:28P
'52
Edward J. Chavez

RyaEdward J. Chavez ’52, a beloved Marin County high school coach and revered patriarch of a legendary basketball family, died Sept. 10 at his home in Ross. He was 84.

Mr. Chavez had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2007. He was the father of six sons, all of them Marin high school basketball and sports stars. A coach for almost 50 years, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. He was confined to a wheelchair after the stroke, but was able to attend a celebration of his life last year in the St. Anselm School gym in San Anselmo.
 
"We had hundreds of people at the tribute to him," his niece, Bonnie Barron, recalled. "He had an amazing way of making everyone feel
loved and welcome in his home and in his life."
 
After starting his coaching career at St. Mary's High School in the East Bay, he was hired at Tamalpais High in Mill Valley in 1959 and quickly made his mark in Marin athletics, leading the Tam boys varsity basketball team to a league title in his first season and creating a basketball dynasty at the school in the 1960s.
 
But he was more than an Xs and Os kind of coach. "He taught lessons in life, not just how to go to your left and shoot threes," Eileen Chavez, his wife of 58 years, said. "Every kid who ever worked with him knew that whatever he asked them to do, it was because he cared."
 
Mr. Chavez retired from Tam in 1987, but his coaching days were far from over. He went on to coach tennis at the Branson School in Ross for more than 20 years. He confined his coaching to the tennis court, but now-retired Branson boys basketball coach Jonas Honick said in a 2008 Independent Journal story that he would often pick Mr. Chavez's brain before practice.
"The longer he coached, the more emphasis he placed on teaching," Honick said. "That doesn't mean he wasn't competitive, though. He set very high standards for all his teams."
 
During his time at Branson, Mr. Chavez's tennis team once went up against a Drake High squad coached by his wife, a longtime Marin teaching professional. Her team ended up winning.
 
Even though her husband wasn't used to losing, "He was so gracious about it," she remembered, then proudly pointed out that his teams were perennial champions, going to "the North Coast Section more than any other coach."
Born in 1929 in Panama, Mr. Chavez grew up in Vallejo and graduated from St. Vincent High School there. Although he was just over 5-feet-9 and 130 pounds, he went to the University of Santa Clara on an athletic scholarship, lettering in football, basketball and baseball.
 
After college, he was recruited by the New York Yankees, but had to turn that offer down to complete a two-year army commitment. A lieutenant, he spent his service time as a player coach for an army baseball team in Europe.
One of the reasons Mr. Chavez stopped coaching at Tam was so he could attend basketball games at Drake High School in San Anselmo, where his son, Eddie Joe ’78, was beginning a legendary career considered among the best in Marin County history. He went on to star at Santa Clara and to play professionally for 20 years overseas.
 
After Mr. Chavez was too incapacitated by the stroke to coach, his son, Buck Chavez, took over his coaching duties at Branson, remembering what his dad had taught him.
 
"My parents were more into letting us love a sport first and learn how to play it second," he once said in an IJ story. Beyond sports, Mr. Chavez emphasized the importance of family and community, and hung photos of the many players he coached on the walls of his home.
 
"He's been a father figure to all of us," former Branson athletic director Tom Ryan said once. "If people ever look back on me some day, the best compliment I could get would be if they said I was anything like Ed Chavez."
In addition to his wife, Mr. Chavez is survived by sons Eddie Joe and Buck, both of Woodacre; Greg of Santa Rosa, Pat of Petaluma, Terry of Southern California and Chris of Seattle. He also leaves two brothers, William and Charles; two sisters, Norma White and Debra Sordello, and 16 grandchildren.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:14P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '52
Carroll Heffernan

Dr. Carroll Arden Heffernan Jr. ’52, former Nev. resident, 82, passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2014 at his home in Carson City, Nev. Arden was born May 12, 1931 in Reno, Nev. to Wanoma and Carroll Heffernan Sr. He met Kay Howeth, at Porterville High School. After their graduation they married and started a family. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University and UOP Dental School in San Francisco. He was a dentist and Colonel in the California National Guard while at the same time working in private practice in San Jose, Calif. The family moved to Southern California in 1963. He obtained an orthodontic degree at USC and subsequently maintained an orthodontic practice in Torrance, Calif. retiring in the late '80s. Arden then moved back to the state of his birth, and at age 76 reinstated his Orthodontic License and started working again. He was employed with "Western Dental" for three years, travelling and practicing at various offices throughout Calif. before retiring a second time. Arden could accomplish anything he set his mind to. At age of 15 he made a dark room and taught himself photography and was a very talented amateur photographer. But, his number one passion was flying airplanes. He became a private pilot in the 1950s. He was a member of LIGA in the '70s, a charitable organization of flying doctors, and flew to Mexico on many occasions donating his time and dental expertise. He was a respected flight instructor who mentored many young pilots. He continued to stay connected with aviation until his passing, serving as "Wing Commander" with the Northern Nevada Civil Air Patrol and an honored member of the "QB"s. Carroll Arden Heffernan, Jr. is survived by his brother, Patrick; children, Lynn, Lori, Stacey and Kasey; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He has "Gone West And Is Now Flying With God." He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:16A
'52
Bob Koester

Bob Koester '52 passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 of kidney and heart failure just a week before his 86th birthday. He lived an active life racing bicycles, deep sea fishing, snow skiing, and flying aircraft. Bob was born in Pasadena to Louis and Anna Koester in 1928. and attended St. Elizabeth Elementary Catholic School, Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, and graduated from Pasadena Junior College High School Division in 1946. He won a football scholarship to Santa Clara University, but lost it his second year due to injuries. He worked and attended semesters alternately until he graduated in 1952 with a major in history. At this time the air force was on campus recruiting for enlistees into the pilot training program. He immediately signed up and went into the service. He went directly into the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and completed F-89 training as 1st Lieutenant before being sent to Iceland for 2 years. He was assigned to a jet fighter interceptor squadron to patrol the North Atlantic and keep "enemy" Russian airplanes from invading our borders. He was later assigned to Presque Isle Air Force Base, Maine. From Maine he participated in "Operation High Flight" which was ferrying single engine jets to Europe. He delivered them to England and Germany for final destination to Pakistan. While there, he enjoyed the sights of London and skiing in Germany. In 1956 the airlines were in need of qualified pilots, particularly with military experience. He had a choice of many major airlines, but went with United Air Lines. He was discharged in the spring, but elected to delay assignment with United so he could play football that summer and fall with a pick-up group in Pasadena. He hired on with United in January 1957. At United Air Lines Pilot Training School he met his wife, Frieda Eitzen, who worked for the Flight Instructors. They began courting in March 1957 and were married July 1957. His first assignment with United was in Newark, NJ, but as soon as something opened up on the west coast, the two headed for Los Angeles. They bought their first home in Rossmoor. After 18 years they bought a home in Huntington Beach and made it their permanent home. In his early forties he took up cycling because his knees couldn't take jogging anymore. He became hooked on bicycle racing and trained up to 300 miles a week on weekly Sunday rides with fellow cyclists. This led to bicycle trips with other bicycle zealots to New Zealand, Italy, Germany, New England, Oregon, California Coastal rides and several Century rides. It also led to competitions in the Senior Olympics - he won in 1974. While employed with United he and his wife travelled frequently. They explored Ireland, England, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Austria, the Rhine River, Panama Canal, South America, Alaska, Australia, and many parts of the US. He loved snow skiing and hit almost all of the mountains with ski lifts in the US. He also loved deep sea fishing and brought home many pounds of tuna and yellowtail. He volunteered with the 1984 Olympics as an assistant with the cycling events. He took that expertise to the Orange County Performing Arts as Chairman of the Triathalon. He was chairman of Flying Dutchman, a fund raising group, and president of the Wanderlust Ski Club. He attended many of the opera and organ concerts at Segerstrom Center. He had a deep love for classical music and was an avid book reader which filled all the bookcases and walls of the house. He spent many weeks in the summer with the family in Hawaii at a second home. He was a natural on the beach reading a book, body surfing, snorkeling, and having a beer. He even enjoyed the thrill of a catamaran or hanging ten on a surfboard in his younger days as a member of the San Onofre Surfing Club. He enjoyed talking about all of his experiences on the bicycle or skis and reliving events with friends. He leaves behind his wife, Frieda, son Steve, daughter-in-law Yanira, daughter Karen Starich, son-in-law Chris, and son Brian, daughter-in-law Laura, along with seven grandchildren: Jessica Hobbs, Kayla, Ivy, Dexter, and Ella Koester, Nicholas, and Alexa Starich. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Cross and brother, Bill Koester and many nieces and nephews.

submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:46P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '52
Basil Allaire

Basil "Baz" Allaire '52 passed away peacefully on July 9, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. A respected and loving doctor, father, grandfather and husband, he will be missed by his friends, family, and colleagues.

Basil was born in the Old Adobe in Monterey, now the Pacheco Club, the son of Marie J. Angles and Charles W. Allaire. He was a graduate of Carmel High School (1948), Santa Clara University (1952), Saint Louis University School of Medicine (1956), with his medical residency at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco.

After serving as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service, he returned to Monterey to join the Waligora Medical Group. He left the practice to study cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, then returned to Monterey to found the Cardio-Pulmonary Association. Following his work at the Association, he became Vice President of Medical Affairs at Community Hospital.

Baz retired from Community Hospital and moved with his wife, Maryann to the lovely mountains of Twain Harte in Tuolumne County. He loved family dinners, great stories, fishing and friends. 

At the age of 82, he fulfilled his bucket list and headed out in his truck on an 8,700 mile road trip, stopping to stay and visit with family and old friends, from Oregon to Niagara Falls. He ate his way across the country!

He is survived by his brother, Lou; sister, Eleanor; and his children: Therese (Guy), Michael Mendenhall (Kim), Charlie (Michal), Cheryl, Leigh (Karl), Basil, Robert (Amy), Michael (Mandy); and nine wonderful grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryann; brother, Charlie, and sister, Dorothy. He was loved by all – his sense of humor will be truly missed.

submitted Aug. 2, 2014 10:00A

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