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1959

GRD Engineering '59
Terrence Shields

Terrence Trainor Shields M.S. '59, age 73, of Red Bluff, California and Beatty, Oregon passed away from complication of ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). Terry was born August 14, 1935 in Sacramento, CA to Robert Shields '24, J.D. '24 and Claire Shields. He attended Serra High School and then Santa Clara. He was in the Naval Air Reserves. After graduating he worked for the Tehama County Road Dept and ranched, a lifelong passion. He married Jessie Lagomarsino February 16, 1962. He began his career with the US Forest Service in Susanville, then Santa Barbara and Redding, CA. His community involvement included membership in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, running The Shields Open benefiting Special Olympics, Mercy High School Board, and Shasta Land Trust Board. He is survived by his wife Jessie, daughters Jessie Flatt, Claire Shields '87 and Tammy Shields, his brother Robert Shields '57 and sister Sally Norton.

submitted Nov. 3, 2010 7:02P
UGRD Engineering '59
Robert J. Machado

Robert J. Machado '59, M.S. '71 passed away on November 17, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Stockton and grew up in Byron, Calif. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the US Navy as a LTJG. He was employed at Lockheed Missiles and Space for 35 years. He enjoyed woodworking and loved fishing. Bob was a strong person, patient man, supportive father and loving husband. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Lois of 45 years, children Mark '88, Scott, Linda, Troy and Laura, brother Clarence, sister Rosemary, daughter in law, Catherine and triplet grandchildren, brother in law, George Fetz and many nieces and nephews. His parents, Manuel and Eva Machado, preceded him in death.

submitted Apr. 18, 2011 3:45P
'59
Paul Rooney

Paul Rooney ’59 passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 2, 2011, after an eight-year battle with cancer. His acceptance of his illness and his will to live life to the fullest was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was born April 17, 1937, in Dorchester, Mass., the second son of William and Lillian Broderick Rooney. He grew up on the East Coast and loved to sail as a boy. The family moved to Portland, Ore., when Paul was a senior in high school. After graduating from Columbia Prep., Paul went to Santa Clara University, graduating in 1959. He spent two years in the Army based in Yuma, Ariz. His duties included traveling as a member of the tennis team.

Paul returned to Santa Clara and began a 30-year career with the Santa Clara County Probation Department. He spent many years working with child abuse victims. His expertise made him the "go to guy" for many public health nurses, physicians, and teachers in the area. Paul earned a master's degree in correctional counseling from Chapman College. He taught in the criminal justice departments of the College of the Redwoods and Gavilan College. After retiring, he worked with the Giarretto Institute.

Paul and Molly moved to Chico in 1997. Paul enjoyed life on the tennis courts, sailing his boat in S.F. Bay, golf with his buddies, Chico's bike paths, and traveling the world with Molly and friends. He was an active member of Our Divine Savior Catholic Church, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Knights of Columbus.

Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Molly Rooney '61; son, Sean (Denise) Rooney; daughters, Sheila (Stuart) Murray, and Katie Valenzuela; granddaughters, Kaitlin Rooney and Julia and Liza Murray; brothers, William F. Rooney Jr. and David Rooney.

submitted Jan. 12, 2012 1:46A
UGRD Engineering '59
Nelson Bernard Sorem
Nelson Bernard Sorem ’59 passed away peacefully at his home in Ojai surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the age of 73 after a courageous battle with cancer. Nelson was born on July 9, 1937 in Ventura to his parents Cliff and Mary Sorem. He married Mary Lou Zopfi on Feb. 22, 1975 in Ojai. Nelson grew up in the Foster Park area and later made his home in Ojai. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University in 1959 and his teaching certificate in 1960 from San Jose State University. Nelson taught chemistry, physics and mathematics and coached football and basketball at Villanova Preparatory School for 12 years. He extended his teaching career for another two years at the Ojai Valley School. Many people in Ojai knew Nelson from his two years as co-owner of Papa Romano's (now Boccali's). In 1975 Nelson changed careers and applied his engineering skills when he joined the Senior Canyon Mutual Water Company in Ojai. He went on to become the Manager of Operations and retired in 2005 after 30 years of dedicated service. Nelson always loved travel and new adventures and took many trips with friends and family throughout the world, usually involving his three favorite hobbies: bicycles, Porsche 356s and classic English motorbikes. Through Mary Lou's influence he became an ardent Francophile. A man of many talents and interests, he enjoyed and excelled at pottery, stonework and woodwork. Nelson is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Lou, of Ojai; his stepson, Domlin and his wife; his sister, Judith; and his brother, Joel. Nelson was also the favorite uncle to 13 nieces and nephews including Alexandra M. Riley-Sorem '03 and Andrea E. Riley-Sorem '95. Both his parents and his younger brother Mark Sorem '66 precede him in death.
submitted Apr. 13, 2011 10:01A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '59
Lawrence H. Cook Jr.

Lawrence H. Cook Jr. ’59 died on February 1, 2011. 

submitted Apr. 12, 2011 10:47A
'59
John Vasconcellos

John Vasconcellos '54, J.D. '59, the famously rumpled bear-of-a-man who served 38 entertaining and volatile years in the state Legislature representing the heart of Silicon Valley, died May 24, 2014. He was 82.

Friends said Vasconcellos, whose kidneys had been failing, died at 12:15 p.m. at his Santa Clara condo.
 
Vasconcellos gained national fame after Republican Gov. George Deukmejian in 1986 signed legislation that created the Democratic Vasconcellos' pet project: The California Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem, Personal and Social Responsibility.
 
A few months later, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau spent three weeks mocking the task force, imagining what went on inside flaky-sounding meetings.

While many politicians might have wilted under such enormous teasing, Vasconcellos -- colorful, witty, brilliant, angry, intellectual and elegantly foul of mouth -- turned the insults into a spread in People magazine and countless guest spots on TV and radio discussing the serious value of self-esteem.
"I've gotten more attention in the last several weeks than in the (previous) 20 years," he beamed in a 1987 Los Angeles Times profile.
 
"He had two sides: the legislator who was masterful of money flowing in and out of the Legislature and masterful in getting bills he wanted passed -- even if it took five to six years to get them done," Larry Gerston, a San Jose State political-science professor, said Saturday. Then there "was the humanitarian side. People viewed it as quirky, but he was dead serious.
 
"This was a person of two interesting, different minds, but both thrived."
Vasconcellos, who retired from politics in 2004 after serving 30 years in the Assembly and eight years in the state Senate, never married or had children but was widely revered and surrounded by friends at the end.
 
Lee Quarnstrom, a retired San Jose Mercury News journalist and longtime friend of Vasconcellos, said: "His friends knew him as a truly decent man who always based his politics on the notion that humans are basically good and that public policy that stimulates and encourages the good in humankind -- he called it the politics of trust -- should be the guiding principle for those who make the laws and develop governmental programs and policies."
 
HUMAN POTENTIAL
Many who admired Vasconcellos said he always remained a hard-charging, idealistic liberal who considered himself both a student and teacher of all things political.
 
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen recalled one vital lesson from the year she was a rookie in the Legislature and was trying to sponsor bill that put legislative information online. Capitol players kept calling meetings about the proposal but strategically did not invite Bowen.
 
She asked Vasconcellos what she should do about her disrespectful colleagues. His recommendation: Find out when the meetings are planned and just show up.
 
"I don't think I would have done that without John's advice," said Bowen, suggesting she might have resorted to a nasty war in the Capitol's back halls. "John showed me that I was perfectly entitled to be at those meetings -- and showing up forced the others to realize that too."
 
Bowen said the secrecy halted immediately.
 
Almost from the day of his 1966 election to the state Assembly, Vasconcellos was a thunderous Capitol presence. He was always searching for ways to salve his tempestuous inner demons. And he publicly employed an array of "human-potential movement" therapies, including psychosynthesis and gestalt, hoping to release rage, tension and fear. He was a devotee of the teachings out of Esalen, the Big Sur center of "New Age" consciousness.
In 1970, Vasconcellos began 13 years of practicing bioenergetics with Stanley Keleman. At one point, the therapist told the politician that if he continued the therapy, his inner rage might end up "blowing your entire political career!" But Vasconcellos would not stop the discovery process.
 
"It caused such a fallout that the state Assembly created a team of colleagues who rushed to his side when he and his rage erupted," according to a biographical profile by Vasconcellos' legislative staff. The fellow legislators "held his hands while he blew until he settled down. Eventually, he outgrew both his rage and his need for such support."
 
TOP SCHOLAR
John B. Vasconcellos Jr. was born May 11, 1932, in San Jose. His father was Portuguese, his mother German. Family lore has it that his dad was among the early Portuguese men who jumped ship in Hawaii to find work. That is how young John came to cherish Maui and build a large, extended family on the Hawaiian island.
 
For high school, he boarded at Bellarmine College Preparatory and graduated with top honors. He then trekked minutes up The Alameda to Santa Clara University, where he graduated magna cum laude. After serving two years as an Army lieutenant, he went to law school, also at Santa Clara, graduating in 1959 at the top of his class.
 
During the one year he spent on Gov. Pat Brown's campaign staff in the early '60s, politics were injected into his heart. And from the moment he finally took his first Assembly seat, Vasconcellos was a passionate, quotable and unique character.
 
"People are basically decent -- and given the right kinds of recognition, nurturance, love and support -- will live in constructive ways," he once said.
Throughout the 1970s, Vasconcellos actively lobbied for community-based nonviolent conflict resolution projects and university peace-study programs. He also promoted student representation on all the major governing boards in California higher education, according to the enormous cache of Vasconcellos papers, housed in a special collection at UC Santa Barbara.
 
Vasconcellos left the Assembly in 1996 when he was elected to the state Senate. In 1997, at age 65, he expressed an interest in running for governor, saying: "I'm better prepared than anyone else in terms of knowledge of the issues."
 
He was unapologetic about wanting a more expansive, generous government -- even when he was a budget wonk as chairman of the powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee. That expertise, plus his devotion to "human potential," made it easy for him to sell himself as a political unifier.
 
"Over the years, I've worked with hundreds of Californians on thousands of projects, bringing people together, from the homeless to high-tech executives," he said at the time. "I have a unique record on that."
 
But perhaps it was all that high self-esteem that led him to soon drop out of the race. "I didn't have the stomach to get on the phone and beg" for money, he admitted after a few months. "My life is too precious."
 
KINDNESS, CARING
 
When term limits ended his Assembly run in 1996, Vasconcellos was also chairman of the ethics committee. After winning the Senate seat, he soon chaired the Public Safety Committee. His "Tough & Smart Public Safety Program" took a preventive approach to public safety, but without making Democrats look soft on crime.
 
In the Senate, he also chaired committees on K-12 and higher education and the Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care. He was known for guiding them both with equal shares of fiscal responsibility, kindness and savvy.
"John was the sort of man whom many, many Californians thought of as a dear friend," Quarnstrom said. "He despaired ... about the state Capitol, a place he truly loved. And yet, it was a place that he always knew needed to get better and do better."
 
Bowen said Vasconcellos taught politicians on both sides of the aisle many important things about doing the job earnestly, while striving for personal growth.
 
Even when he was done with politics, she said, he humorously laid out a thoughtful plan for a positive retirement.
 
"I have three requisites," Bowen remembers Vasconcellos telling her. "I don't want to be cold. I don't want to have a schedule. And, most of all, I don't want to deal with assholes!"
 
Bowen laughed and said, "That answer was just so John."
 
 
submitted May. 30, 2014 4:10P
'59
John Ivanovich

John Ivanovich ’59 died on Aug. 26, 2012, at the age of 76, after a lengthy and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a graduate of Watsonville High School (class of 1954) and Santa Clara University (class of 1959). He was a member of the Watsonville Elks Club for more than fifty years, held membership in the Watsonville Knights of Columbus Council 958, and served as a past president of the Slavic-American Benevolent Society. He practiced locally as a public accountant until 1972, when he joined the partnership of the W.L. Jefsen Company in Watsonville, where he worked until shortly before his death.

John leaves his wife of nearly 48 years, Gayle Huff Ivanovich; his son, Louis ’87, and daughter-in-law Geneva Simone Ivanovich; his daughter, Elizabeth Ivanovich; his sister, Katherine Ivanovich, and his granddaughters, Francesca and Katarina Ivanovich, all of Watsonville. John was preceded in death by his father, Louis Ivanovich, and his mother, Klare Ivanovich, both of Watsonville.

submitted Aug. 31, 2012 3:24P
GRD Law '59
John Forrest Cronin

John Forrest Cronin '53, J.D. '58, of San Clemente died on April 18, 2010. John was a graduate of Loyola High School and Santa Clara University and Santa Clara Law School. He served with distinction as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, California for 31 years. John lived his life with passion and grace. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elisa; his children, Tina (Ted) Strickland-Wallace, Karen Cronin and John Patrick (Judy) Cronin; and his grandchildren, Michael Mulcahy, Daniel Mejdrich, Kellie Mejdrich, Kayleigh Strickland, Bobby Strickland and Maggie Cronin.
 

submitted May. 13, 2010 1:55P
'59
John F. Quirk III

John "Jack" F. Quirk III J.D. '59, 86, passed away in Bakersfield, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2014. Jack was born in Oakland, Calif., on June 22, 1927, to his parents Loretta Josephine Bowen Quirk and John Francis Quirk ll. Jack graduated from Salinas high school in 1945. He then attended San Mateo Junior College. While attending San Jose State College, Jack met his wife, Ann Virginia Page. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage together. Jack was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War, served at Far East Command Headquarters and reported directly to NATO commanders Gen. John Hull and Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor. Upon discharge from the army, Jack resumed his education at Santa Clara University, earning his J.D. in 1959. He and his family moved to Porterville, Calif., in Oct. of 1959, where he went to work in the Tulare County District Attorneys office under his mentor and friend Hon. Jaye Ballentine. He then transferred to the Public Defenders office. In 1961, Jack went into private practice and also served as the city attorney for Porterville for 17 years. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. George Deukmejian in June of 1984. Jack was predeceased by his wife Ann in Sept. of 2013. He is survived by his brother, James Patrick Quirk, his son John Quirk and wife Donna, daughter Diane Varner and husband Bob, daughter Erin Buell and husband Gary, and daughter Kelley Rockfellow and Keith Fullerton. He is further survived by grandchildren Shannon Knop and husband Carl, Katie Quirk, Grant Rockfellow, Mason Rockfellow, Connor Buell, and one great granddaughter, Clayton Knop. 

 

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 9:45P
'59
John "Jack" Gaddis

John "Jack" Gaddis ’59 was a resident of Lincoln. Born January 22, 1937 in Winchester, Mass., passed away peacefully at age 75 on July 29, 2012 with his family by his side. Jack leaves behind his wife Pat of 41 years, a daughter Jennifer Haas, her husband Chris, a son Tim Gaddis, his wife Caroline, a sister Betty Remstedt, her husband Walt and a brother Jim Gaddis, his wife Jaci and 12 brothers and sisters in law and numerous nieces and nephews. He was deeply devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren Nick and Jack Haas and Andrew and Patrick Gaddis.  He was raised in San Mateo, attended Serra High School, a graduate of Santa Clara University as a civil engineer and a longtime resident of Los Gatos, finally retiring to Lincoln Hills in 2001. After serving 20 years in the United States Marine Corp, retired as Lt Colonel in 1978. He had a zest for life, loved to travel and enjoyed attending to all his grandchildrens' activities, 49er games and playing golf. His humor and caring touch will be missed. 

submitted Sep. 6, 2012 12:34P
UGRD Engineering '59
Jerald T. Hamma

Jared T. Hamma '59 on November 9, 2009.

submitted Aug. 4, 2009 12:28P
UGRD Engineering '59
James Hamilton Kerins '58

James Hamilton Kerins '58 died July 1, 2009. Member of the Engineering Alumni Board at Santa Clara University. Judge of student engineering projects. Jim to was born March 2, 1937; Irish Baptized Catholic, Raised in Sacramento, Calif. Husband of Marcia Hutto Kerins. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2009. Father of Jim, Kevin, and Elizabeth. Brother of Pat and brother of Betsy. Grandfather of Matthew, Andrew, Steven, Jeffrey, and Jared. Father-in-law of Kirk and Danette. Brother-in-law to Bob, Bernie, and Ellen, and Hugh. Neighbor, friend, volunteer, helper. Scholar: Graduate of the Sacramento Christian Brothers High School; Santa Clara University, where he was the top graduate of his engineering class, and Engineering Society President. At Stanford University he earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering He was an Army Officer, Air Defense Artillery, Ft.Bliss, Texas; 1st Lieutenant US Army Reserve Microwave Design Engineer at Varian Associate and Alfred Electronics. IC Design Engineer and Manager American Microsystems Inc. Pioneer Design Engineer in the Integrated Circuit Industry with design credits for custom circuits for watches, calculators, timing devices, and automotive ignition and engine control systems. Engineer, Sr. Engineering Manager, Director General of Intels Design Center in Paris France. Catholic Gentleman. Attended almost daily Mass and was a communicant at this parish. He was a longtime active member of the Cursillo movement and a regular with the Bagel Bunch. Member of the Engineering Alumni Board at Santa Clara University. Judge of student engineering projects.

submitted Sep. 8, 2009 7:32P
'59
James Freeman Gill

James Freeman Gill ’59, a resident of Carmel, passed away at his home in Carmel, Calif. on Oct. 26, 2012. He was 74 years old. Jim was born January 6, 1938 in San Jose, California and spent his high school years at Bellermine College Preparatory. He took his career studies at Santa Clara University on a full baseball scholarship. Jim was a respected and successful businessman who owned and operated Muller Printing Company for over 35 years. He excelled at being both a leader and mentor and will always be remembered as someone who treated all his employees like they were family. So that Jim could spend more time with his wife, family, and friends, he allowed himself a well-deserved retirement in 2003. If Jim was not deeply immersed in one of his many building projects, he almost certainly could either be found enjoying the summers at his vacation house in Lake Tahoe, watching 49ers football, or quietly spending time watching the sunsets with Jana on Carmel beach. Jim was a man of faith, and he will be remembered for his generosity, his respect for others and his dry sense of humor. Jim is survived by his wife Jana Gill, son Christopher Gill, daughters Christy Pappas, Demi Pappas, and Katie Pappas, son Jim Gill Jr., granddaughters Samantha and Delaney Gill, and sister Jenny Braz. 

submitted Nov. 28, 2012 9:06P
GRD Law '59
Harold Tyvoll

Harold "Ty" Tyvoll J.D. '59, a retired San Diego attorney, passed away on July 7, 2011.

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 2:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '59
Harold "Hal" Petroni

Harold "Hal" Petroni ’59 on Dec. 23, 2010. Born and raised in South San Francisco, Hal passed away after a long illness. His wife, Lynda, of 46 years; his three sons, Kenneth, Thomas and Mark ’09; his daughter-in-laws, Molly, Rona and Brenda; nine grandchildren, and his sister, Jeanette Acosta, survive him. He grew up in South San Francisco and attended El Camino High School where he earned an All-American title in baseball. He went on to play baseball in college and earned a degree in Economics from Santa Clara University. After graduation in 1959, he served three years in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and served an additional five years in the Army Reserve. Hal worked for AT&T for 31 years and after retirement, worked for ADP for an additional ten years. Above all else he will be remembered as a family man who had an immense love for baseball, hunting and gardening. He coached for 31 years at Westside Little League in Santa Clara where he shared his excitement for the game and inspired many.
 

submitted Feb. 14, 2011 3:08P
GRD Law '59
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 '59
Charles "Chas" W. Reed

Charles "Chas" William Reed ’59, resident of Los Gatos, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on June 1, 2014, in Los Gatos at the age of 90.

Born on August 25, 1923, in Spokane, Wash., he was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Reed, brother to Mary E. Hopkins Salisbury and John M. Reed, all deceased. Chas served in the Navy in the South Pacific in World War II and settled in San Francisco, Calif., after the war. He married Margaret "Peg" Toepel in 1947. In 1952 he relocated from San Francisco to the Santa Clara Valley and established a successful jewelry and watch repair business, Chas W. Reed Jewelers, in downtown Santa Clara.

After selling the business, Chas attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1959 magna cum laude with a degree in business and accounting and established a CPA firm in Santa Clara specializing in consulting and tax services for general contractors. In 1970 he began a successful real estate career as a residential land developer, broker, and investor that lasted over 40 years. Chas is survived by his loving wife of 67 years and their four children: Lydia Franzese ’70 (Stephen), William Reed M.S. ’14, Veronica Miller (Michael) and Christopher Reed (Mary) and eight grandchildren. He will be missed by his loved ones and many friends.

submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:36A

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