Class Notes | Obituaries
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Victor Reyes J.D. '74 March 6, 1943 - Feb. 28, 2014 The Governor's office of the American Bar Association, Law Student Division, Ninth Circuit, has announced the appointment of Victor Reyes of Merced as deputy governor for the Ninth Circuit. Reyes graduated from Le Grand Union High School and is a former resident of Planada, California. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Avila of Planada. He graduated from Merced College and then enlisted in the U.S. Marines attaining the rank of sergeant, after serving in Vietnam. Upon his return from military duty he attended and graduated from Stanislaus State College at Turlock. Reyes was the recipient of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity's scholarship and attended their pre-law institute at the Univeristy of California School of Law at Davis. At the termination of his summer intern with CLEO, Reyes accepted a three-year scholarship from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. Reyes was presented with the outstanding Community Service Award, "For exceptional service in advancing the best interest in the Law School Community," by the Student Bar Association at the University of Santa Clara. One of 15 students selected out of statewide law students for the position of law clerk with California Rural Legal Services, Reyes served as law clerk for the Madera Regional Office of CRLA. He was awarded placement as an intern law clerk with CRLA by the Law students Civil Rights and Research Council Scholarship. Upon returning to Santa Clara he was also informed that he is the recipient of another scholarship from the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund-San Francisco, to assist him with his legal education.
Tim George Salinas '74 on Jan 15, 2008. A native of Cleveland, he and his wife started Green Machine Landscaping in Ukiah and later, Potter Valley TurFarms. He is survived by two children and five grandchildren.
Thomas J. McCall, Jr. ’64, 'M.S. '74, a resident of Fremont, passed away in Monterey on Oct. 31, 2011. Tom is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bettina Igoa McCall, his three children Elizabeth and her husband Jason James, John and his wife Heather, Brian and his wife Cheryl, and four grandchildren: Blake, Calvin, Shaelyn, and Brynah. Survived by brother Harry and sisters, Virginia Bottino, Susan Pennel, and Sharon Cammack and their spouses and many cousins. Tom was born Aug. 25, 1942 in San Francisco to the late Grace Haley and Thomas James McCall. He graduated Burlingame High School in 1960 and then attended Santa Clara University where he received a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his career working at Spectra-Physics and Thermo Finnegan in the Silicon Valley. Tom was an Eagle Scout and kept very busy in his retirement hiking, traveling, working on renovation projects and enjoying time with his grandchildren. He will forever be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Steven Gunia MBA '74, a resident of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly October 21, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. He was 65. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Dolores; his mother Virginia of San Jose, sister Jacque Hennig (Jon) of Campbell, nieces Lindsay Hennig and Brittany Gilhooly (Tim), nephews Michael and Wyatt Gilhooly, stepson Sean Murphy, grandchildren Christina and Brenden Murphy (Laura) and great-granddaughter Scarlett. Born in 1948, Steven was a graduate of Blackford High School and San Jose State University. A lifelong thirst for education led Steven to continue his education and obtain his Masters degree at Santa Clara University, and later on his law degree. In 1985, Steven and Dolores moved to Monterey. In addition to his legal practice, Steven became very active in his community. The United Way, the Monterey Museum of Art, Jesters, The Monterey County Symphony and The Ombudsmen are among some of the charitable causes he gave his time to. He also loved to open their home and host events for many non-profit organizations. Steven loved to play bridge, and achieved Life Master status. He was a bridge director, and also began directing and teaching bridge on cruise ships, combining his love of the game with his passion for travel, allowing him and Dolores to travel the world. He loved museums, enjoyed cooking, was an avid golfer and enjoyed his membership at Corral de Tierra Country Club. A lover of nature, Steven enjoyed the outdoors - especially fly-fishing and skiing.
Robert C. Schwalbe ’74, M.A. '79, a resident of Santa Clara, was born in 1952 and died in January 2013. Robert was first introduced to Yosemite by his parents Marge and Bill Schwalbe, and his love of the park continued throughout his childhood with the adventures he shared with his siblings Ronald, Joan ’65, and Richard. Beyond his love of nature, Robert was a generous and compassionate human being. He loved life and enjoyed serving the community by volunteering at St. Justin's during the holidays and Yosemite in the fall. His positive, infectious spirit will be missed greatly by his adored wife, Linda, and beloved children Matthew, Jenna, and Roxanne.
Paul Nicholas Ilacqua ’74 passed from this life too soon on Feb. 16, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.
Born and raised in San Francisco, he graduated from St. Anne's Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. Paul earned a bachelor's degree at SCU and his master's degree in mathematics from Stanford University. Truly a math scholar, Paul helped many young people excel in mathematics.
He was a loving husband of Janet (Noordhoff) Ilacqua '75 and a devoted father of Nicholas Ilacqua (Kristina Scott). He was a beloved brother of Patricia (Jack) Bonanno and a caring uncle of Janine Bonanno, Annette (Robert) Olinger, Jacqueline (Derrick) Pallas, Catherine Bonanno, and Genevieve Mesch. He was a respected brother-in-law of Jack Bonanno, Paulette Noordhoff, and Mary Mesch.
Mary L. Mini '74 on July 18, 2008.
Kerry Krebsbach (Robbins) '74 passed away August 8, 2010 at home in Greenwich, after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. Her amazing strength and grace throughout the ordeal was truly inspirational. Born September 23, 1952, to Raymond and Lucille Krebsbach in Richmond, Calif., Kerry grew up in San Rafael, Calif., attended Marin Catholic High School and Santa Clara University. She lived many years in San Francisco, later moved to Connecticut, and worked for many years in the trust department at Wachovia Bank. Kerry had a joie de vivre that was contagious - she just loved to have a good time. Her first question to guests or family about a trip or special day was always, "Did you have fun?" Whether it was shopping (she loved traveling into Manhattan with her sisters to find just the right item at just the right price); going out to dinner with friends or family (Kerry always wanted to know what everyone was having and whether it was good or not); or gardening (an activity that required moving this plant here, that plant there, then moving all plants back to their original positions), Kerry was all about having fun. She will be sorely missed! She is survived by her husband Mercer Robbins; twin sister Mary Lou; sisters Jacquelyn, Lolita, Clare; brother Tom; many in-laws; and nephews and nieces, including Kaitlin and Ali for whom Kerry was their dear, ""crazy"" aunt.
John Gerald Duyn '74 departed this life into the arms of our Lord on Wed., April 30, 2014. John was born in 1952 to Carl Duyn and the late Donna Duyn of Carlton, Ore. John graduated from Jesuit High School in 1970 and received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University in 1974. John, the highly respected and successful CEO of Carlton Farms, grew the business over the last 40 years. Carlton Farms' high-end pork products are served in many of the finest restaurants and grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest. His never-ending dedication and commitment to excellence never overshadowed his devotion to his "family" of employees. His greatest satisfaction was being a "father"and friend to all. His generosity of time and talent was matched only by his kindness to give of his treasures to those less fortunate. His cherished Jesuit High School and the Trappist Abbey were among his favorite beneficiaries. John had the gift of charisma, and all those who were in his presence were captivated with his charm and easygoing spirit. John's never-ending selfless acts of kindness personified his inner beauty. He found great solace in the beauty of God's earth and enjoyed everything outdoors…golfing, hunting, fishing, skiing, walking, hiking, rafting… John was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Duyn (2010), and his beloved first wife, Susan Moore Duyn '74 (1981). He is survived by his loving wife and devoted partner of 32 years, Rita O'Hara Duyn. In remembrance of a man who made it his daily practice of warmly touching everyone's life, we invite you to do a random act of kindness in his memory.
Joel A. Hirschman ’74 died on September 17, 2010. He was born on September 1, 1948 in Portland, Oregon. Joel attended Oregon State University and later got his Masters in Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University. Joel Retired from IBM in 1993 after 25 years, he then became president of JHirschman Technologies in 1994-Present. Joel is survived by his father, Lawrence Hirschman; his wife, Paulette Scalese-Hirschman and five children, Leland Hirschman, Andrea (Mark) Evenson, Thomas (Jill) Hiller, Constance Scalese, Lisa (Ben) Hiller Pagel. Joel also had four grandchildren, Nicholas Lowe, Joey DeYoung, Victor Hiller and Sifer Evenson; brothers and sisters Rae LaMarche, Bruce Hirschman, and Francie Gabriel. Joel was in many organizations including the Catalina Rotary, One Man Band, Drinking Liberally, and the Breakfast Buddies.
James L. Moore, MBA '74 on July 9, 2009. The Kirkland, Wash., native served in the Army in Germany, graduated from the University of Washington in 1958, worked for General Electric in Richland, Wash. as a chemist for 4 yrs., Received an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1964; and worked as a biochemist at Livermore Laboratory for 9 years. He served as the MBA placement director while attending Santa Clara University from 1972-74 and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma. After completing his MBA he worked as an R&D drug project manager at Syntex Pharmaceutical Co. in Palo Alto for 19 years before retiring in 1993. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Norma, who is currently living in Newark.
James Fauria '74 of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. He was born and raised in San Leandro, Calif., the son of Helen and the late Marvyn Fauria. He attended Moreau High School and Santa Clara University. A mechanical engineer, he worked in nuclear power for 35 years, 23 at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He was a dedicated husband and father, and a member of the Nativity of Our Lady parish in San Luis Obispo. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Fauria of Fayetteville; children Kaitlin, Matthew, and Jessica; mother, Helen of San Leandro; and siblings Robert and Michael Fauria of the Bay Area, and Elaine Fauria-Cacomanolis of New York City.
James Edward McGhee '74, Sept. 2, 1952 to May 4, 2014. A resident of San Jose, he attended James Lick HS and Santa Clara University. James was employed in various management positions with Alpha Beta Grocery chain and Xerox where he was a Regional Sales Manager; KGO TV, as a consultant in the Broadcast Engineering department, and in Remote set-up as a Camera Technician at sporting events. Subsequently he developed his own consultant company, becoming CEO of Integrated Management Services. He founded the African American Parent Coalition (empowering parents in the Eastside Union School Districts). He was appointed to the Grand Jury, and held membership in the NAACP as well as many other Social Action Organizations. He leaves behind his wife Alison McGhee '72, his sons Eric and James, and his daughter Lisa. Also, his grandsons Khalil, Tiburcio, David, and great-granddaughter LeilaniRose join his sisters Regina, Edna, Jane, and Angela and a multitude of family and friends.
James A. ‘Jim’ Roberts '74, Ph.D. '79, 65, passed away September 5, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, after a courageous bout with cancer. He was born on March 11, 1944, in Vandalia, Ill., the son of James and Marjorie ('Toad') Roberts, both of whom preceded him in death. Jim grew up in Chanute where he graduated from Chanute High School in 1962 as student body president. He attended the University of Kansas, where he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity and became commander. He graduated in 1966 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, graduating first in his class. Jim moved to the Boston area, where he worked for RCA on the NASA Apollo moon mission project. During this time, he also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1968. In 1969, Jim moved to the Silicon Valley area, where he worked in the high-tech aerospace industry until 1983. While in Northern California, Jim obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. In 1983, Jim moved to the Denver area where he took over the management of a major aerospace project for TRW Inc., (now part of Northrup Grumman). He eventually became the manager of TRW-Denver. In 1990, he fulfilled a life- long dream and returned to Lawrence to become professor and Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. Beginning in January 1998, Jim served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Service and later as Associate Vice- Provost. He was the vice-provost for research from 2003 until 2007. In 2007, he returned to teaching as a full- time professor. During his time at KU, Jim also served as the president and chief operating officer of the KU Center for Research, Inc., and on Senator Pat Roberts' Advisory Committee on Science, Technology, and the Future. Among his numerous other professional, civic, and charitable activities, Jim served on the founding board of the Douglas County ECO2 Commission, the committee that wrote the Douglas County Bioscience Plan. He also served as president of the board of Big Brothers of Denver, president of the noon Kiwanis in Lawrence, and a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Personal interests included reading, genealogy, collecting Russian stamps, and spending time with family and friends at Grand Lake, Okla. He was particularly proud of his personal library, his ability to mix a great martini, and most importantly, his family. Jim married his childhood sweetheart, Carol Diane Helton, in June 1965. Other survivors include his son, Mike Roberts and his wife Anita of Overland Park, Kan.; his daughter, Sally Roberts Gorzelanski and her husband Mike of Littleton, Colo.; his four grandchildren, Abby Roberts, Jake Roberts, Max Gorzelanski and Hank Gorzelanski; his sister, Nancy Castellucci; his parents-in- law, Bill and Barbara Helton; his brother- in-law, Richard Helton and his wife Mechalina; his sister-in-law, Joan Myers and her husband Ken; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Glen Paul Campagna '74 Oct. 4, 1952 - July 30, 2010. A resident of San Jose, Glen Paul Campagna passed away after a hard fought battle with ALS. He is survived by his loving wife Katie McLaughlin-Campagna and son Kevin Campagna. Born the son of Robert and Antoinette Campagna, and raised in Mill Valley, Calif.,, Glen attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel elementary school, Marin Catholic High School, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1974. An accomplished athlete, Glen took pride in having completed 18 marathons, including running the Boston Marathon twice, and three triathlons. He enjoyed playing on the CSD softball team, ""leading"" hikes through the redwoods (WHO let GLEN hold the map!?) and bike rides. Despite the physical damage caused by the rapid progression of his illness, Glen, accompanied by his son Kevin and godson Brian Campagna completed a ten mile bike ride to help raise funds for the fight against ALS. Glen's intelligence and creativity served him well in his career as an engineer. After college, Glen was hired by Westinghouse to work on a project he frequently claimed was "so top secret" even he didn't know what it was. He was next recruited by United Technologies Chemical Systems Division, and later Lockheed Martin. Those same talents were also known to inspire the writing of a song or comic book sketch, and a role in a still controversial independent action film famous to a small but devoted fan base. Glen's dedication to his close family and friends extended to his local community. He served as a board president at Most Holy Trinity Church, sang in the choir for both MHT and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, and was a volunteer facilities manager for numerous Peninsula Skating Club events. In addition to his immediate family of Katie, Kevin and Rushi, Glen is survived by two brothers, Robert and Mark Campagna, his loving Aunt and Uncle Nancy and Nando Griffanti, a plethora of nieces, nephews, and cousins, sisters in law Kathy and Sharon McLaughlin and brother in law Don McLaughlin.
George Konrad Godlewski MBA ’74 was a long-time resident of Saratoga and died August 18, 2012, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 80 years old. Born Feb. 22, 1932, in Bayonne, New Jersey, George spent 35 years as an aerospace engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale, where he was known for his problem-solving abilities and technical know how. A graduate of Villanova University, who also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University, George came to California in the 1950s while serving in the Army. He was stationed at Fort Cronkhite near San Francisco. After eating Christmas dinner outside in his shirt sleeves, he decided to settle in the Golden State. An avid cyclist, George spent several years as the president of the Santa Clara Valley Bicycle Association. He campaigned for safer streets for bicyclists and encouraged businesses to accommodate their employees who chose to bicycle to work. George is remembered as a chivalrous, old-world gentleman with a love of classical music and all things scientific and historical. He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine Norman Godlewski, his parents, and a brother, Carl Godlewski. In 1989, four years after the death of his first wife, George married Carol Levitt of San Jose, Calif. He often said that he considered himself very lucky to have found love twice in one lifetime. Carol was a devoted wife and great source of comfort to George. In addition to Carol, George is survived by a sister, Bernadette Godlewski, daughters Liz Godlewski Irons, Ann Godlewski, and Katie Godlewski Keene, sons-in-law Randy Irons, and Aaron Keene, grandsons David and Matthew Irons and Trent Keene, granddaughter Sophie Keene, stepson Richard Brooker, stepdaughter LouAnn Dykuizen, her husband, Joe Dykuizen, and step grandchildren Josh and Matt Dykhuizen. The family appreciates the wonderful care George received at Vintage Silver Creek and the hospice team from Vitas.
Frank Dee Rabourn MBA '74 Nov. 21, 1929 - Nov. 13, 2013 Resident of San Jose Frank was a devout Christian throughout his life and passed into the arms of his savior, Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 13, 2013 surrounded by his beloved family: Joyce Rabourn, his wife of forty-three years, and his children- Karin Moscato, Michael Rabourn, Lise Lucas, Frank M. Rabourn, Dianne Rabourn, Nancy (Tina) Serfozo, and Jess B. Rabourn. He spent his early years in Texas and Oklahoma. His family was his first love, followed by flying his aerobatic airplane and scuba diving throughout the world. Frank also enjoyed hunting and had a rule that anything that was shot must be eaten. Once one of his young sons pridefully shot a crow on a telephone line from an impressive distance. Frank forced him to clean, cook, and eat his crow. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the post World War II occupation of Germany. He then graduated in Physics from the University of Oklahoma and from Santa Clara University with an MBA. His career took him to Tinker Air Force Base, North American Aviation, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Lockheed Martin. He leaves nine grandchildren: Sean Rabourn, Wayne Kearns, Michael Kearns, Douglas Kearns, Ethan Kearns, Caroline Rabourn, Donald Lucas III (Luke), Madeline Lucas, and Cole Lucas. He is also survived by siblings Ira Rabourn, Nan Conway and Jess C. Rabourn. The family thanks Frank's exceptional caregiver, Shanna Gans. Frank was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS, in late 2008. He was the inspiration for The ALS Emergency Treatment Fund, one of the few organizations focused on immediate treatment options.
Francis Joseph Hughes '71 J.D. '74 on Feb. 7, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Marya, and three children.
Elizabeth Ledyard Pitzer ’74, resident of Aptos, 59, passed away at her home in Aptos, Calif., on May 30, 2012, after a long illness. Born in San Jose on Nov. 29, 1952, she lived her entire life in her home state. She is survived by her mother Maryjane Ledyard, her daughter, Emily (Joseph) Figliomeni, two grandsons, Zachary and Gabriel, four siblings, Anne, James, Jane and Margaret, two nieces, Lisa and Kate, and nephew Brian. She is preceded in death by her father, Benjamin. Betsy graduated from Santa Clara University, where she studied art history. This led her to a lifelong interest in the visual arts and spending some years as a dealer and interior designer. She was also a connoisseur of great food and an expert cook, a skill that her immediate and extended family greatly appreciated. She is much loved and missed by her family.
Christina Robinson '74 on Feb. 27, 2009. Christina Marie Robinson passed away with grace, dignity, and the loving support of family and friends in her home after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and more recently, cancer. Diagnosed with IPF in 1999, she remained active much longer than most. Born to Gurney and Gabrielle (Mueller) Robinson in Livermore, Calif., she is survived by sister, Heather Robinson, brother-in-law, Tahir Akram of Kent, Wash., her aunt, Elisabeth Schaub and cousin Anna Schaub of Basel, Switzerland. As a child she traveled widely with her family but settled in San Jose after earning her BS degree at Santa Clara University and her Masters in Civil Engineering at Stanford. She very much enjoyed being part of the engineering community working for and with several firms in the area. She formed her own firm, Robinson & Assoc. in 1983, and most recently worked with Mason-Sulic, Inc. Along the way she happily participated with many engineering societies and worked diligently for scholarships and in the mentoring of students. She never missed the Senior Thesis Review of Civil Engineering Students at Santa Clara University, assisting many with their student projects. Christina enjoyed traveling, going each year to Basel, Switzerland for Fasnacht from which she always returned happy, rejuvenated, and armed with chocolate. The highlight of this past year was the great honor of being the celebrant at the marriage of Michael Meyer and William Bell who have been family since her college years. Special thanks are extended to Hospice of the valley, her nurse, Jeanne Fabricius and her caregivers, Seine Echeverria and Eufracia (Pressy) Orr for their excellent care and loving attention. Christina has asked that in lieu of flowers, people spend time in service to others. She will be greatly missed.
Carolyn Rebecca (Gray) Stewart ’74 passed November 29, 2010. Carolyn was born on November 7, 1951 in St. Joseph, LA to the late Arnola and Joseph Gray. She spent her childhood in Los Angeles and graduated from Los Angeles High School with honors in June 1969, earning her an academic scholarship to attend Santa Clara University. Carolyn received her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degrees in Social Work from California State University of Sacramento. Prior to receiving degrees from Sac State, Carolyn held the prestigious position of Professor de Language at Prince Albert I High School in Monte-Carlo, Monaco from 1977-1981. Carolyn worked at Kaiser Permanente Hospital (Sacramento) for 28 years before retiring in 2009. She also taught part-time at her alma mater, Sacramento State University. After Carolyn retired from Kaiser, she continued as a Professor at Sacramento State University where she taught in the Social Work Masters Program. Carolyn recently earned her second Master's Degree in Health Care Administration from University of Phoenix in June 2010. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 25 years, Michael Stewart, Sr ’73; three children: sons, Louis Joseph Stewart ’93 (Elk Grove, CA) and Michael (Yogi) Curtis Stewart, Jr. (Windermere, FL); and her daughter and best friend, Samantha Michelle Stewart (New York, NY); two daughters-in-law, Kerri and Nicole Stewart; five grandchildren, Derrius, Maliyah, Miles, Dharon and Sean. She also leaves behind three sisters, Paulette Agamegwa, Joette Gray and Phyllis Gray; seven nieces and seven nephews and a host of other relatives, ''adopted'' children, extended family and many, many friends including her Kaiser Hospital family and Sacramento State University students and faculty.
Carolyn Gallaghan '74 on November 16, 2009. Born in La Plata, Maryland, on May 6, 1945, Carolyn moved with her family to the San Lorenzo Valley at the age of 13. She attended San Lorenzo Valley High, and graduated from Santa Cruz High School before getting her BA from San Jose State University. She received her JD from Santa Clara University, and had a bankruptcy law practice in Santa Cruz for more than 20 years. She loved to travel, and went often to watch opera in San Francisco and New York. She went to Africa where she hitch hiked from Morocco to Capetown at the age of 18. She fought a valiant battle with two kinds of cancer over the last decade. She is survived by two daughters, Anne Finstad of Sunnyvale, and Catherine Bobb of Fresno, one grandaughter Aurora Finstad, one sister in Fresno, Nancy Whitmore, and two brothers, Arthur Gallaghan of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Dan Gallaghan of Durham, North Carolina.
Alfred Kok-Ching Chan M.S. ’74, a resident of Sunnyvale, died peacefully in his home on March 20, 2013. Born September 27, 1938 in Hong Kong, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. He is survived by spouse Chu Lee, children Clara and Timothy Chan, and siblings Paula Leung, Calvin and Albert Chan.
Alexander Metcalf Wert ’74, 61, died on April 25, 2012, two months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Woodside, Calif. Al was born May 1, 1950, and adopted by Ann Beyer Wert and Robert J. Wert of Menlo Park. He grew up on the Stanford campus where his father worked for the President's Office. Al later graduated with a BS in Business from Santa Clara University and became a general building contractor. He owned a successful general contracting business on the peninsula where he remodeled and built homes for 30 years. After retiring in 2009, he devoted himself full time to his passion for radio controlled helicopters. A true entrepreneur, he founded Starwood Scale Models, an internationally recognized model business, and worked tirelessly to develop and build flying scale models for sale around the world. Through this venue, he touched the lives of hundreds of fellow helicopter enthusiasts, helping them to successfully complete projects with generous expert advice. He concurrently sponsored and organized several annual scale helicopter events to foster interest in this hobby, while promoting the highest level of quality, craftsmanship, and integrity within the modeling community. Always willing to lend a hand to any who displayed genuine interest or need, he frequently sought to improve the lives of others and share his passion for life. Al spent his days enjoying the quiet natural beauty of the redwood forest surrounding the home he designed and built in Woodside. In his spare time, he explored astronomy, rock collecting, and crafting his own detailed scale models. He brought enthusiasm, honesty, and compassion to all aspects of his life and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Laura Reed, and his children, Eric and Hilary Wert. He also leaves his brother, Peter Wert of San Rafael, California and his sister Amy Johnson, of Woodinville, Washington, several nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of close friends.