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UGRD Leavey Business '56
Thomas Farley

Tom Farley '56 on August 23, 2010. Tom was a prominent Colorado man and community member, as well as a former state legislator and CSU System Board of Governors member. He was 75 years old. Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, released the following statement on the passing of Tom Farley: “Tom dedicated a lifetime of service to Colorado and especially to the Pueblo community he loved so much. His passion for and commitment to education came through every day, particularly in his work with School District 60 and on the CSU Board of Governors. That Tom continued to work until his final days is a testament to the tenacious spirit for which he will be well remembered. He leaves behind a legacy of service to our state that few will match.” Farley's biography on the CSU Web site says the following about his career: "Tom Farley, a former state Representative in Pueblo from 1967-1975, is an attorney and senior partner in Petersen & Fonda in Pueblo who specializes in education and health care law. While in the state Legislature, he served as House Minority Leader. He is a past member and president of the CSU System Board of Governors and the board for Fort Lewis College, once known collectively as the State Board of Agriculture. He also has served as Community Advisory Director for the Wells Fargo Bank of Pueblo and on boards of the Colorado Forum, Public Service Co. of Colorado, Health Net, Inc., and Colorado Public Radio. He has been a commissioner for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and served as a trustee for the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo Foundation. He is currently a regent at Santa Clara University.  Among Farley’s many honors are membership in the Pueblo Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Awards from the University of Colorado and the then-University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo). Sierra Club awarded him the honor of “Foremost Among Fifty” in 1978. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University and the University of Colorado School of Law.

submitted Sep. 3, 2010 10:37A
UGRD Engineering '56
Roy George Palmer

Roy George Palmer '56 passed away on Friday, September 17, 2010, at the age of 77. He was born to Roy and Marie Palmer in Fairfax, Minnesota, and raised in Mount Angel, Oregon, where he attended St. Mary's Elementary School and Mount Angel Abby Prep High School. Roy received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Santa Clara, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves Corps of Engineers, earning the rank of Captain. Roy began his career as an engineer for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Airports at Los Angeles International Airport, where he met his wife of 48 years, Patricia. In 1962, Roy and Pat moved to Riverside, where he started his private engineering practice, Palmer Engineering, Inc., which he proudly operated for nearly 40 years. The firm served many clients throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including Stater Brothers Markets. While a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the California Society of Professional Engineers, Roy met many of his close, long-time friends. Roy, a loving husband and devoted father, is survived by his wife, Patricia; his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Lisa Palmer of Riverside; his daughter and her husband, Susan and Edward Sayer of Pasadena. He was blessed with four grandchildren: Scott, Audrey, Everett and Mary. In addition, Roy is survived by brothers, John and Daniel Palmer; sisters, Rose Dryden and Mary Kligel; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of Oregon. He was preceded in death by siblings, Helen Beyer and Michael Palmer. Roy loved fishing, snow skiing, golfing, gardening, and most of all traveling with his wife. Roy's deep spiritual faith was witnessed by his involvement in the Catholic church. He served on St. Catherine's Parish Council and also was elected President of Riverside Serra International, an organization that fosters vocations to the priesthood.

submitted Nov. 18, 2010 11:54A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '56
Ronald L. Deiro

Ronald Deiro '56 passed into the presence of Jesus on April 21, 2011 after a long illness. His family surrounded him with their sweet voices and the sounds of their guitars as he was passing. He was 75. Ron was born in Stockton, Calif., May 9, 1935, to Peter and Fernanda Deiro. There he graduated from high school and went on to the University of Santa Clara, where he graduated with a B.S. degree. Later in life, he went back to school and received his master's from St. Mary's College and a lifetime community college teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley. Ron's career, mostly in the field of clinical laboratories, spanned 44 years. Those who worked for and with him are unanimous in their love and admiration, which shows the true measure of Ron. Ron was interested in history, art, literature and the theater. He had a passion for gardening, wrote poetry, loved to cook, and was just beginning to paint with watercolors when he was stricken with dementia. When he retired, Ron really wanted to use his time to make a difference in his new community. Almost immediately after moving to Grass Valley, Ron began working with an animal rescue group, and he started helping out at Interfaith Food Ministry. He became a Master Gardener and enjoyed teaching classes, working plant sales, etc. He designed the landscaping for three Habitat for Humanity homes in Grass Valley. Ron's particular interest was in helping children, so he donated to Blood Source on a regular basis, because his type was used in the treatment of a particular disease that afflicts children. He was a member of Native Sons of the Golden West, and participated in its program that helps children who are born with cleft palates. He became a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and worked with them to raise money for Mount St. Mary's School. Ron was loved by and will be greatly missed by his wife on 55 years, Joan; his son, Mick and daughter-in-law, Shelly; his daughter-in-law, Angela; granddaughter, Melissa; grandsons, Patrick, Caleb, Jordan, Gabe; step grandchildren, Sean, Alison, Ryan; cousin, Frank; many nieces and nephews and their spouses and children; and his many friends. Ron was preceded in death by his son, Timothy, and his parents. His family and friends remember him as a very kind-hearted man.

submitted Jun. 7, 2011 10:51A
UGRD Engineering '56
Ronald Anthony Siemer

Ronald Anthony Siemer '56 Resident of San Jose. Ron Siemer left us peacefully in his sleep on July 20, 2010 after a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family daily. Ron is survived by his wife Betty, son Ronnie Jr., daughters Cheryl, Jennifer and Laura, grandchildren Jillian, Camilla and Thomas, and his cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who loved him dearly. Ron was born in 1934 in Wichita, Kan., and moved to California in his uncle's model-T Ford as a young child. Spending most of his childhood in Vallejo, Calif., he attended St. Vincent's School and upon graduation, went to Santa Clara University to study electrical engineering. While attending SCU, he met Betty at a party and proclaimed that night that he had "met the girl he was going to marry." Midway through college, he joined the Army and served two years in Germany, writing to Betty every day. Upon his return from Germany, they married in 1959 and moved to San Luis Obispo where he completed his electrical engineering degree at Cal Poly while Betty taught sixth grade. In 1960, they moved to New York, where he began his 35 year career with General Electric as a nuclear engineer. In 1962 they returned to California, living in Santa Barbara for a short while before finally settling in San Jose where they raised their four children. Ron's family was the most important thing to him. He taught his children by example the meaning of the words 'honesty', 'compassion' and 'integrity'. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family, putting all his children through college. He shared with them his love of science, math, sailing, dogs, and nature and his family has many wonderful memories of the places he loved like San Diego, Yosemite, the National Parks and sailing in the San Francisco Bay. With the nest empty, he traveled to Europe, the Caribbean and Hawaii multiple times with Betty and loved to discover new sights and new tastes, learning every day. He was an avid reader, gardener, chef, computer geek and had a sly sense of humor. Ron persevered through life with his family by his side, and he will be missed so much.

submitted Aug. 2, 2010 10:39A
Robert H. Viviano

Robert H. Viviano J.D. ’56 died on July 3, 2013, at the age of 81. He was the son of Anthony and Evelyn Viviano of Plainfield, New Jersey. Bob was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He graduated from Santa Clara University, Law School class of 1956 and later served in the Marine Corps. An Eagle Scout himself, for many years Bob counseled younger Scouts and coached youth baseball and football. He spent fifteen years serving as a member of the Orange Unified School Board. He is survived by Helen Viviano, who was his loving wife of 60 years; his daughter, Evelyn Harms; his son, Robert S. Viviano ’87; and his daughter-in-law, Mary Viviano. His six grandchildren include Austin, Micaela and Brennan Harms, and Lindsy, Robert and Emily Viviano. His grandchildren considered him "awesome."

submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:35P
UGRD Engineering '56
Robert Carroll Bush

Robert Carroll Bush ’56 passed away on June 28, 2012. A resident of Pleasanton, Robert C. Bush was born in Oakland, California to Condon and Mary Bush on September 1, 1933. He was raised in California, living in Willow Glen, Santa Rosa and Palo Alto. A graduate of Santa Clara University, with a degree in mechanical engineering he began his career working for Western Gear Corporation in Los Angeles. His job allowed him to move back to Northern California and an opportunity to work in New York City. He later went on to found Custom Gear Machine in Livermore from which he retired in 2010. After college he served in the U.S. Army reserve and was discharged as a Captain. His many activities included playing the trombone, building and flying radio-controlled airplanes, driving his '66 Mustang as well as travelling with Arlene to destinations around the world. His favorite passion was collecting and restoring wooden boats which he did with various family members. Robert served as the President of the International Antique and Classic Boat Society and enjoyed travelling throughout the U.S. for events. Many happy summers were spent at Lake Tahoe at his summer home boating with family and friends. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Arlene, his children Jane Castruccio (Tony), Timothy Bush (Teri), Ann Bucher (Greg), Susie Cabri (Greg), Alice Beck (Steve) and Ellen Bush (fiance Tim) and his sisters Cecile Jones, Ellen Bush and Margaret Niswander. He is also survived by a loving bunch of grandchildren, 15 in number and 1 great-grandson. 

submitted Aug. 3, 2012 10:58A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '56

Robert “Bob” Ratliff  '56, a Los Alamos resident and retired scientist, passed away at his home following a brief illness on June 17, 2010. A native Oklahoman, Bob was born in Shawnee to Theodore and Lucille Ratliff in 1931. At a young age, Bob and his family moved to San Jose, Calif., where he grew up with his three brothers, Theodore, John, and Ralph and two sisters, Janice (Sweet) and Julie (Judy). Bob graduated high school in June, 1949. A devout Catholic, he attended Santa Clara University where he graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1953-55. Bob enrolled in graduate school at St. Louis University where he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology. During graduate school, he was advised by Nobel Laureate Dr. Edward A. Doisy, someone Bob would enjoy as a mentor, lifelong friend, and colleague. During his graduate studies, Bob met the love of his life, Patricia Tunstell, whom he married on August 8, 1959. In the summer of 1963, after completing two years of post doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Bob, Patricia and their two children Gregory and Gilbert moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico where he took a position in the Life Sciences Division of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. At the Los Alamos Lab, Bob worked on methods for re-combining strands of DNA and developed a process to glue genes together in a desired combination. He made significant contributions to genetic engineering, cloning and the study of the human genome. He was regularly published and a member of multiple scientific organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. During his 47 years in Los Alamos, Bob enjoyed raising his family in the beautiful mountain environment. He was an avid skier, squash, racquetball and tennis player, and took full advantage of the mountains where he enjoyed fishing, cutting firewood and traveling the southwest with his family. Bob was a good man, full of honor. He lived his life committed to improving the human condition and deeply loved his wife and children. He had a quiet, loving spirit that touched many. Bob’s children, grandchildren Gillian and Sidra, their family and friends will miss him dearly and cherish his legacy. 


submitted Jun. 29, 2010 11:27A
Richard "Rick" Crawley
Richard "Rick" Crawley ’56 died December 26, 2010. He leaves behind him a large and loving circle of family and friends, who are greatly saddened by his departure, but joyful in his release from the dementia that had so diminished him. His particular blend of wisdom, kindness, honesty, compassion, and good humor will be sorely missed. He met the final challenges of his life as he met all the others: with courage, grace, and abiding faith. Crawley was a Korean War veteran (paratrooper) before he enrolled at SCU on the GI Bill. He was also as a member of the SCU Boxing team. He is survived by wife Sylvia, sons Mike, Steve, Mark, and Matt, daughters Terry, Kathleen, Elizabeth, and Mimi, sister Sally and nine grandchildren.
submitted Feb. 14, 2011 12:52P
UGRD Engineering '56
Redmond Kernan III

Redmond Kernan III '56 on April 13, 2009. Born in New York City, May 27, 1934, Redmond moved to Carmel, Calif., with his mother, aunts, grandmother, sisters, and brother to be closer to his father Redmond Kernan II, who fought as a General during World War II. Redmond and his friends did their part during the war, checking out Pebble Beach golf course for intruders. He graduated from Santa Clara University, then served in Korea. He remained in the Army as a reservist for many years, rising to lieutenant colonel. After leaving the service he had a job offer as an engineer in the City of Los Angeles, but left after two smoggy days to return to San Francisco. He started in the City of San Francisco engineering department, then joined the Redevelopment Agency. Before he left in 1990 he was acting director of the agency. He is proud of his leadership role in the design, development, and construction of Moscone Center, South Beach Harbor, and Yerba Buena Center. A standout in the many projects he helped foster was winning the fight to allow DeLancey Street to build its wonderful community in South San Francisco. Before and after he retired, he served on numerous boards, including San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), the Presidio Historical Association, and the California Heritage Council. He was a commissioner on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Advisory Council, and helped start NAP, Neighborhood Association for the Presidio. A long time board member of PAR, Planning Association for the Richmond, and recently received a commendation from the Doyle Drive planning committee, for his help in designing the new roadway through the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge, which is about to be funded as part of the federal stimulus. Redmond is known for his courage, commitment, and personal charm. All these qualities, plus a sense of humor, have been essential recently in the huge fight to protect the Presidio Main Post, a nationally designated historical landmark district. Mourned by his wife, Sharon Gadberry; his children John Kernan, Julia Garrett, Michael Kernan, and Brendan Williams; grandchildren Samantha, Sydney, and Kevin Garrett and Redmond James Kernan.

submitted Jul. 8, 2009 2:34P
Ray Speier Hausler

Ray Speier Hausler ’56 was born March 17, 1938, and died of complications due to diabetes and cancer on Oct. 15, 2012. A native Oregonian, Ray attended Columbia Prep H.S., Stanford University, University of Santa Clara ('56) and the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (MBA '66). Ray was a senior audit manager for the General Accounting Office in Portland, Seattle and Washington D.C. He was awarded the GAO distinguished service award for his work on NW energy and electric power policies for Congress. Regional work involved the Pacific NW Power Act, the Regional Power Planning Council, and the Bonneville Power Administration. He was a member of the University Club, the Multnomah Athletic Club, Duck's Unlimited and the Oysterville Restoration Foundation. He was a Captain in the Army Reserves Medical Corp. His interests were telecommunication stocks, Oriental and Northwest art, duck hunting and the Duke University Blue Devils. Ray lived for family, his wife of 44 years, Virginia; his three children, Victoria, Stephanie, Graham; and seven grandchildren.

submitted Nov. 1, 2012 10:23A
Peter D. Brethauer

Peter D. Brethauer ’56, of Danville, Calif., passed away Oct. 22, 2011. He will be dearly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his children Nancy, Jeff and Steve.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 7:29A
UGRD Leavey Business '56
Paul J. Peters, Jr.

Paul J. Peters Jr. ’56 passed away on Dec. 3, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. Born in 1934 in Big D, he served in the Army, earned an MBA, and was a CPA retired from Bell Helicopter as a tax specialist. Peters was married for 52 year and was a father of five and grandfather of five. He was an avid PGA senior amateur until diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2000.


submitted Mar. 15, 2013 3:47P
Myron Lee Jose

Myron Lee Jose ’56 was born on Feb. 22, 1927, and died on Jan. 30, 2013, in San Diego, California. He was 85 years old. Myron was a longtime resident of Pacific Beach, moving to San Diego with his family in 1972 from Northern California. He was born in Fresno and spent his early years in San Jose. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII, having worked in the Tokyo area as a quartermaster as part of early occupation force. He returned to the states upon the death of his father. On October 14, 1950, Myron married Billie J. Williamson in San Jose. Myron graduated from Santa Clara University and briefly attended the University of California, Berkeley. Myron worked as a civil engineer for Monterey County before moving to San Diego to work for the San Diego Unified Port District. Myron was head of construction and maintenance for the Port and managed many projects related to the airport, port facilities, and the convention center. Myron is survived by his wife of 62 years, Billie; daughters, Liane M. Schreffler (Eric) of San Diego and Caryn L. Kenny (Michael) of Foster City; and grandchildren, Timothy (Rachael), Danielle, Brian and Kristi. 

submitted Apr. 18, 2013 3:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '56
Martin J. Sweeney, Jr.

Martin J. Sweeney, Jr. '56 passed away June 15, 2011. He was born on May 22, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Penn. Martin is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Faust); five children, Kathleen (Jerry) Helderman, Ind., Jim (Tracy) Sweeney, Charlotte, N.C., Jeanne (Ray) Bowling, Noblesville, Ind., Rob (Lizza) Sweeney, Irvine, Calif.; five grandchildren, David and Christopher Helderman, Tara and Jena Sweeney (Jim), Kelly Sweeney (Rob); sister, Helen (Rod) Webre, Bend, Ore. Martin graduated from Serra High, Calif., received his B.S. degree from Santa Clara University, received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from St. Louis University, and did his postdoctoral research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. After two years in the Army Chemical Corps, Frederick, Md., he joined Eli Lilly and researched cancer drugs. He co-founded BetaMed Pharmaceuticals.

submitted Jul. 21, 2011 11:57A
GRD Law '56
Mark Thomas Jr.

Mark Thomas Jr., J.D. '56, a judge and keen historian of the local legal community, died July 18, 2010 of complications from prostate cancer. He was 80. Thomas was appointed in January 1975 to the Sunnyvale-Cupertino district municipal court bench by Gov. Ronald Reagan and elevated to the superior court bench in 1983 by Gov. George Deukmejian. He retired from the bench in 1991 and went to work for JAMS in San Jose in 1995. Thomas wrote at least 11 historical books and dozens of articles. He delved into topics as varied as the history of the San Benito County courts, the legal history of Santa Cruz County, and Santa Clara University School of Law . This year, he wrote the history of the Santa Clara County Law Library and the Santa Clara County Legal Secretaries Association, and contributed to a book about late Santa Clara Judge Wayne Kanemoto.  Over the years, Thomas also served on the history committee of the California Judges Association.  Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Paul Bernal described Thomas' ideas at court and in historical society meetings as practical and full of fun.  Besides being a "smart, fair jurist," Bernal wrote in an e-mail, Thomas was a memorable judge for "his warmth that was evident in every court hearing, his humor, which was quick and welcoming, and his encyclopedic knowledge of all things historic."  Born in San Jose in 1930, Thomas graduated from Stanford University in 1951 and served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Out of Santa Clara Law in 1956, he started his own personal injury and family law practice, Thomas, James & Pendleton.  Three weeks ago, Thomas recorded the oral history of Gerald Uelmen, Santa Clara law professor and former dean, in preparation for the school's 100th anniversary.  "He really had a passion for history," Uelmen said. "We're going to miss him. He was really a presence that we greatly treasured."  As recently as last week, Thomas was signing copies of his history of the law school for his alma mater, said his daughter, Eileen Thomas-Werner.  Yet to be published is Thomas' last book, "Memoirs of a Santa Clara County Judge."  He's survived by his wife Marjolie; his four children, Colleen, Eileen, Steve, and Ward; and seven grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 26, 2010 12:48P
UGRD Engineering '56
Laurence Francis Hearne

Laurence Francis Hearne ’56, M.S. '62, 78, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on August 18, 2012. He was born on December 28, 1933 in San Mateo, to Irene and Laurence Hearne. Larry spent much of his childhood in King City, CA. He went to high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. After 19 years as an engineer and manager at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, CA, Larry returned to King City to join the family business, L. A. Hearne Company, serving the agricultural community. After retirement, Larry spent his time in Tionesta, CA, Klamath Falls, OR, and most recently Redding, CA. Larry gave freely of his time. He participated in and held leadership roles in many volunteer organizations including Rotary Club (president), Knights of Columbus (Grand Knight), King City Planning Commission, Mee Memorial Hospital Board (president), AARP Tax Aid, Oregon Master Gardeners Association (treasurer then president), Lava Beds Natural History Association (board chairman), and Klamath Basin Fish & Wildlife Association (charter member). His efforts were key in the acquisition and management of a Wildlife Conservation Grant that facilitated preservation work at Camp Tulelake. Larry had many hobbies that he developed and nurtured over the years. He was a builder, gardener, and mechanic. He enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, and restoring his Ranchero. He was also a pilot and delighted in riding his Harley. Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia, his children, Maureen Beresini of Moss Beach, Laureen Lane of Nevada City, Timothy Hearne of Dublin, Patrick (Quinn) Hearne of San Francisco, Phillip Hearne of Whiting, IN, and Kevin Hearne of Chatham, NJ, sister Patricia Guidici Arena of King City, brothers Dennis Hearne, Frank (Mickey) Hearne, and Timothy Hearne, all of King City, and twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Gaisford. Larry was a wonderful and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend to all. Special thanks to friend Hal Williams and the excellent doctors and staffs at Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospice, and Comfort Keepers in Redding for their compassionate care and support of Larry and his family in recent months. 

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:35A
UGRD Engineering '56
John R. Giglio

John R. Giglio '56 on December 21, 2009.

submitted May. 27, 2010 2:03P
Jack Singer

Jack Valentine Singer Jr. ’56, a longtime Marin County resident, passed away peacefully following a long illness on March 20, 2014 on Maui, Hawaii with his wife of 42 years, Anna-Liisa Singer by his side. Jack was 79. Jack was born in Ross to parents Jack Valentine Singer and Gretchen Singer, both of whom practiced public accounting and maintained an office for many years in San Francisco. Jack graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School and attended the University of Santa Clara where he majored in accounting. Jack followed the footsteps of his parents and entered the accounting profession, maintaining an office in San Rafael and later in Petaluma. Jack loved life and he lived it fully. His interests were broad and included dancing, photography, golf, gardening, wine and carpentry. But none was greater than his desire to travel the world with his loving wife and with his children and grandchildren. Jack's grandchildren have a lifetime of memories, practical jokes and witty "grandpa-isms". Jack's sense of humor was a hallmark. Jack had many loyal clients whom Jack served with devotion. Those who knew Jack found him to be a bright light, an adventurer, fun, engaging and witty. Always looking for new beginnings, Jack and Anna-Liisa built or renovated numerous homes and ultimately moved to Meeteetse, Wyo. where they built a home on the Greybull river, from which Jack continued his accounting practice with his son Jack V. Singer, III ’77. Jack is survived by his daughter Doreen (Robert), son Jack V. Singer, III (Andrea), daughter Christine and six grandchildren.

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:40A
Gregory Jerome Miller

Gregory Jerome Miller ’56, J.D. ’59 was born May 18, 1934, and died Oct. 17, 2012. Gregory was the second son born to William Charles Miller and Angeline Ann Miller in Yountville, California. His family moved to Santa Clara, California where he attended Bellermine College Preparatory and took his career studies at Santa Clara University. He studied Civil Engineering and Law, graduating in 1959 with a Doctorate in Juris Law. He was self employed as an Attorney in San Jose, California. Gregory married Maria T. Hendricks on December 2, 1961 and together they raised 3 children. In 2004 Gregory and Maria moved to Florida. Gregory is survived by his wife of 50 years, children Brian (Shellie), Kristin Loggins (Dean) and Jennifer Damm (Jonathan), brothers William '60 (Claire), Cyr (Mary), Rory (Kristin), Reuel, 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

submitted Nov. 16, 2012 9:15A
UGRD Leavey Business '56
Gerald N. Baiocchi

Gerald N. Baiocchi '56 was a loving husband, father, brother in law and uncle. He slipped away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on March 12, 2010. He leaves his wife Mary Lee, sons Kenneth and Gregory (wife Sharon) and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory College in 1948 and then Santa Clara University in 1956, where he was awarded the Schwartz Prize for scholastic achievement in finance. He served in the Korean War 1950-53. After his family, golf was his passion. He belonged to a foursome group with friends at Santa Teresa Golf Club, where in his early years he maintained an eight handicap. We loved him and he will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

submitted Aug. 26, 2010 10:10A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '56
Gerald N. Baiocchi

Gerald N. Baiocchi '56 died on March 12, 2010. Resident of San Jose, Jerry was a loving husband, father, brother in law and uncle. He slipped away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his wife Mary Lee, sons Kenneth and Gregory (wife Sharon) and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory College in 1948 and then Santa Clara University in 1956 where he was awarded the Schwartz Prize for scholastic achievement in finance. He served in the Korean War 1950-1953. After his family, golf was his passion. He belonged to a foursome group with friends at Santa Teresa Golf Club where in his early years he maintained an 8 handicap. We loved him and he will be missed dearly by all who knew him.


submitted Nov. 5, 2010 1:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '56
George Charles "Chuck" Wiswall

George Charles “Chuck” Wiswall ’56 passed away on April 1, 2012. Born June 1, 1932 in Sacramento, he graduated from Bellarmine High School. From there he entered the Jesuit Noviate; although he decided the priesthood was not his true calling, the friends and experiences he had there lasted a lifetime. He graduated from SCU and truly loved his Broncos. Chuck was a funny, engaging man who saw humor in all walks of life. He referred to himself as the "Fly Man" as tribute to his business of cleaning dairy barns and killing flies. He had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and knew that this life was fleeting. His biggest joy in life was his wife Lynne Wiswall, and their six children, spouses and grandchildren. He and Lynne would have been married for 48 years on April 18, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mildred Wiswall, and his daughter, Sara Wiswall- Pudiwitr. He is survived by his wife Lynne Wiswall; daughter and son-in-law Molly and Bruce Busacca, and their children Anthony, Sophia and Isabella; daughter Katy Wiswall-Hestad ‘89 and son-in-law Matt Hestad, and their children Vincent and Bridget; son-in-law Buddy Pudiwitr; daughter and son-in-law Claire and Chris Talerico, and their daughter Mia; son George and daughter-in-law Danielle Wiswall, and their children Charlie and Ashlyn; son Billy and daughter-in-law Marie Wiswall, and their children Liam, Garrett, Sara and Gavin; and his brother Bill Wiswall ‘55 and wife Marsha.

submitted Apr. 7, 2012 10:14A
Edward H. Kranz

Edward H. Kranz ’56, 1934-2013, passed away peacefully at Cottage Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was born and grew up in Pasadena Ca., graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a degree in mechanical engineering, served as Lt. U S Army and retired after 36 years with TRW as VAFB Base Manager. During those years, he served as President, Mission Hills Community Council; President, Mesa Oaks Mutual Water Co., Founding member, Coach, Referee and President of the Lompoc Valley Soccer Association which then became the current AYSO organization; Board member, Village Rotary Club; Member, Board of Directors VCC; Board member and President VAFB Chapter Air Force Association; Chairman, Lompoc Chamber Military Affairs Committee; Board Member and President Lompoc Rotary Club; Board member and President VCC Mens Association; VCC Mackie Chairman.

Together with his wife he raised 3 sons. Preceded in his death were first wife Brenda, mother of his sons and his second wife Sharon. Survived by sons Michael and grandson Edward of Redding, Ca., Stephen and grandchildren Kendall, Austin and Evan of Lompoc, Richard and grandson Nathaniel of Marietta, Ga., and companion Frances Singson of Lompoc.

Ed was an avid outdoors man in his younger years, hunting, fishing, water skiing and camping, which he passed on to his children. He became a fixture at the Village Country Club where golf became his passion during retirement and played many rounds with his sons and grandsons. He was a good father and loyal friend to all. He will be missed.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 10:33A
Donald C. Bacon

Donald Charles Bacon ’56, Oct. 16, 2013. Donald Charles Bacon was born in San Mateo, Calif. in 1934 to John and Helen Bacon. He was 79 year old when he died, from a long-term illness, at his home in Tillamook. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, Calif. in 1952 and from Santa Clara University in 1956 with a B.S. in commerce. During the college summer breaks Don worked in lumber retail, meatpacking and construction. He was in ROTC Army during college and served active duty in Germany from 1957 to 1959. In 1960 he was promoted to 1st Lt. He served two years of reserve duty. In 1961 he was honorably discharged and married Bliss C. Vissiere of San Mateo, Calif. During the 21 years of living in the San Francisco area Don was in a business partnership for which he organized and worked in a nursery and garden supply retail complex in Millbrae, Calif. and started a contractor's equipment rental company. He was an officer and partner in the Western Garden and Trade Show, which became the San Francisco Outdoor Garden Exposition in 1967. He was member of numerous professional associations, serving on boards, or finance committees. When their three children were in elementary and middle school, Don wanted to be home on most weekends to spend time with his children, so he sold his share of the partnership and started a new career working for a large construction company as a business developer, who brought together the interested parties of proposed projects through negotiated contracts. His company operated in California and Hawaii and constructed warehouses, shopping centers, apartments, business complexes, mobile home parks, and hospitals. He later joined another company for which he planned land use, financing and managed leasing the developed projects. Then he bought and developed his own condominiums. When Don sold the condominiums in 1977, he and his family moved to Sun River. Don bought, and managed Breslers 33 Flavors of Bend, and Tree House Pizza Parlor in Sun River, and by 1987 sold both business. He enjoyed outdoor activities of snow skiing, camping, canoeing, bicycling with his sons, and supporting his daughter in her love of horseback riding and related competitions. In 1983, Don became the executive director of Central Oregon Economic Development Council. Two years later, he became the Director of Tillamook Action Team, charged with developing economic opportunities in Tillamook County. He was able to obtain grant monies for the following businesses: Tillamook Country Smoker, Roger's Evergreens, Hebo Sewer and Water, Tillamook County Fairgrounds, and Port of Tillamook Bay. In 1987, he became the Regional Manager of the Southwest Region for the Oregon Economic Development Department. Two years later, he and Bliss moved to Tillamook, when he accepted the manager's position with the Port of Garibaldi. After 37 years of marriage, Bliss died of cancer in 1998. Don came to the job with new ideas, a set of skills and much work experience. He improved the port with the support of his commissioners and staff. The 2009 Outstanding Special District Service Award for Manager was given to Don. He was nominated by his commissioners and staff. Don retired in that year. In 2010, Jack Graves, a former commissioner, dedicated his history book 'The First 100 Years' of the Port of Garibaldi, 1910-2010 to Don. Don was well liked and respected by so many people in the community. In 2001 he met Dione Vice from Lafayette, La. at a wedding in Portland. They were married a year and half later and Dione moved to Tillamook. They enjoyed traveling up and down the coast, exploring the cities of the ports, and playing golf at the different courses. They took trips to visit his family in Portland, California and New Jersey, and her family in Illinois and Connecticut. They did volunteer work, serving the public meal at St. Alban's church once a month. Don stayed active until his illness caused him to slow down in his last month alive. He will be greatly missed because he was so loved. Don's surviving family include is wife, Dione Vice Bacon; two sons of Tigard, Donald C. Bacon, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Alison, Andrew V. Bacon and Daughter, Jennifer A. Bacon of Beaverton; step children Amanda Vice Rowley and son-in-law Marc of Connecticut, Edwin A. Vice, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Mary, of Illinois; two grandchildren, Jackson Rowley, and Vivian Rowley; brother John Bacon and sister-in-law, Lynn Bacon of Atherton, Calif. There are seven adult children in John Bacon's family. Don has many second generation, and a few third generation nephews and nieces, whom he loved and enjoyed so much.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 10:09P
Clarence Machado

Clarence Machado '56 died peacefully May 4, 2012, at Hospice House after many years of failing health. He was born at St. Joseph's Hospital, and was raised on his family's ranch in Byron, Calif.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, and his DDS from University of The Pacific. He practiced dentistry in Stockton for thirty years, and managed his families' ranch till the time of his death. He is survived by Ann Machado, his loving wife of 50 years; his sons, Patrick Machado '86 of San Francisco and Jeffrey Machado of Roseville; grandsons Jason, Eric, Matthew and Jaren Machado; and sister, Rosemary Machado of Sausalito.

He will always be remembered for his devotion to his family, his love of farming, and his passion for hunting and fishing.

submitted Jun. 17, 2012 10:14A
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