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Thomas Reilly
Devout and loving family man, philanthropist, gifted attorney, dedicated student counselor, loyal friend, and a true hero to many, Thomas J .Reilly ’65, 72, of Phoenix, passed peacefully into the Lord’s good graces on April 10, 2014.
 
Tom, the son of William P. and Mary Reilly, was born in Washington, D.C., in 1942. Although having been stricken by the ravages of polio in his early teens, Tom went on to attend Brophy College Preparatory and Central High School in Phoenix. Tom next accepted the challenge of attending college in Northern California where he completed his undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University and was the recipient of the Nobili Medal signifying the outstanding male graduate in academic performance, personal character, school activities and constructive contributions to Santa Clara University. Tom then attended law school and obtained his law degree from Stanford University with honors, which included his service as an editor of the Stanford Law Review.
 
After graduating from law school, Tom moved back to Phoenix and accepted a clerkship position with Judge Walter Craig of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Upon completing such clerkship, Tom was employed by the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, where he practiced corporate and tax law for approximately 20 years and, among many other activities, served as a member of his firm’s Executive Committee.
 
After deciding to retire from the practice of law for health related reasons, Tom accepted a new and important challenge by deciding to become involved in the lives of high school students. Tom became the proverbial jack of all trades at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix serving in a variety of roles, including financial assistant, college counselor, and scholarship assistance coordinator, helping countless numbers of students with their education and futures.
 
Tom lived a life of charity and used his real world experiences and force of will to obtain aid for those whom he felt were in need of a helping hand. His contributions to his community and his family are too many to list and he will long be remembered by those who were personally touched by his love, generosity, and his kindness.
 
Tom loved sports of all kinds, especially Arizona team sports. He was fully invested in St. Mary’s athletic teams and attended many games while he was still able to do so. When it became more of a physical struggle for him to attend St. Mary’s games, he requested constant updates from his family and friends. He loved and lived by the school’s motto, “We may not be the biggest, but we have a firm conviction that we can be the best.”
 
Facebook became such a wonderful device for Tom to reconnect with family, friends and past students. It became an avenue to express his common sense approach to life. Tom thrived on his ability to help, console, share positive life stories and give advice with his sly sense of humor and Irish smirk.
 
Tom’s family loved him so and knows that Tom was in firm control of his final challenge and readiness to meet those who had gone before him. He made his peace with the world, understood his blessings and fought the good fight until he could fight no more. In the truest sense, he humbly did not recognize the significant and constructive impact he had on so many lives. God love you, TJ.
 
Tom is survived by his two siblings: brother Bill Reilly (Sandi) and sister Liz Jenkins (Scott); his nieces, Kathy Hennessy (Neil) Lee Ann Baroch (Tom); his nephews, Bill Reilly III (Jenny), W. Scott Jenkins Jr. (Brandi), Michael Jenkins (Jennifer) and Brian Jenkins (Nicole); and his great nieces and nephews Michelle, Megan, Kelly, A.J. and Danny Hennessy, Tom, Robert and Kim Baroch: Lesley, Liam and Emma Reilly, and William, Sam and Emerson Jenkins.
submitted Apr. 24, 2014 9:31A
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Kathryn P. Islip

Kathryn "Kit" P. Islip ’65 died peacefully after a brief illness surrounded by her immediate family at Rideout Hospital on April 25, 2014. She was born   Sept. 22, 1943. Kit was the beloved wife of 45 years of Robert Islip, Esq; the loving mother of Robb Islip and Kathryn Sale and mother in law of Petar Sale. Proud grandmother of Anne, Adeline, and Sadie Sale. Kit, a 5th generation native of Marysville, was preceded in death by her parents George and Kathryn Prindiville. She was the loving sister of David and Ann Prindiville ’70; sister-in-law of Maureen C. Prindiville ’68 and proud aunt of Molly P. Linehan and Mathew Prindiville. Kit received her BA and teaching credential from the University of Santa Clara; was a dedicated teacher for 30 years in local high schools; participated in various local organizations. She was a parishioner of St. Isidore's Roman Catholic Church for 35 years; before that she, along with 5 generations of her family, was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. 

submitted May. 22, 2014 11:21A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
Jeanmarie Maher
Jeanmarie Maher '65, a tireless worker in Democratic Party political causes, died in her home in San Francisco on July 22, 2014, after a long illness. Ms. Maher, who suffered from chronic pulmonary disease, was 72.
 
She worked for the Asia Foundation and then began a long life of political activism, working at various times for a number of political figures, among them former Assembly Speaker Jess Unruh, former Gov. Gray Davis, former state Controller Ken Cory and state Democratic Party Chairman John Burton.  Ms. Maher sometimes worked in paid positions, but often as a volunteer in the hard grunt work of political life, helping raise funds, run campaigns, do mailings and make phone calls.
 
"She was a real go-getter and dedicated to Democratic Party principles," Burton said. "She worked hard for causes she believed in." 
 
Among them was tireless opposition to the death penalty in the United States, and because she was of Irish descent, efforts to promote peace in Northern Ireland. She was a member of several Irish political groups and had connections in Britain, Northern Ireland and the Irish republic. She met with at least two Irish prime ministers.  She also was senior supervisor in the offices of California Attorneys General Jerry Brown '59 and Kamala Harris. 
 
Ms. Maher had a sense of adventure and was in the crew of the paddle wheel tug Eppleton Hall, an antique vessel that sailed from England in 1969 on an epic voyage to San Francisco.  Born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 1941, she moved with her family to California when she was a girl. She graduated from Santa Clara University and moved to San Francisco.  She is survived by her brother, Charles Maher of Coeur d'Alene; a niece, Jennifer Brooks of Mary Esther, Fla.; and a nephew, Richard Maher of Plymouth, Minn.  
submitted Aug. 14, 2014 11:21P
'65
David H. Posner

David Hershel Posner MBA ’65 of Oroville 9/14/35 -3/25/14. He was a Korean War vet who received his MBA from Santa Clara University. While there, he married Marty in 1964. They moved east to be near his ailing father. He was a Manager at Price Waterhouse in Manhattan then San Francisco, living in Concord with his wife and children Sarena and Gregg. He retired from Levi Strauss as Corporate Systems Security Manager. Dave is survived by his wife and first love Marty Grant, with whom he spent the last 14 months of his life in Oroville, his daughter Sarena, son Gregg, grandchildren Rebecca, Racheal, Micheal, Brenden and Jessica, as well as his sister Ruth Nierenberg and her family. He is also survived by many special friends, including Janie Olofson of Alamo. Dave spent the last year during weekdays at Peg Taylor Day Treatment Center where he had many friends, including fellow veterans.

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:36P

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