The Santa Clara University community mourns the loss of three alumni who, in the words of President Paul Locatelli, S.J., “reflected the best of their Santa Clara education.” All three graduated from the University nearly 70 years ago. “They were committed to their families, committed to the University, and committed to being good citizens,” Locatelli said. “They were also leaders in their professional areas, and kind and generous in their relationships with other people.”
For more than 40 years, he was president and general manager of R. Cali and Brothers Feed, Grain, and Trucking in Cupertino. He was a former member of the board of the California Trucking Association; a former planning commissioner for the city of Cupertino, and director of First Valley Bank. He earned respect from many through his business leadership and his commitment to ethics in his work.
He is survived by his children Janet Arrigotti, Youce Kelley, and Ronald E. Cali ’72, as well as six grandchildren, including Laura Cali ’01 and Elizabeth Cali, a current SCU student. Mr. Cali was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Harriet.
A Mass was held for Mr. Cali at the Mission Santa Clara on March 2. His family asks that donations in his memory may be made to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County or the Diocese of San Jose’s Education Endowment Fund.
A native of San Francisco, Mr. Lautze was born 18 minutes after his identical twin, Robert, with whom he teamed up on the Santa Clara basketball team from 1936 to 1939.After completing his graduate studies in accounting at Stanford University, Mr. Lautze enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a lieutenant commander on the USS Guadalupe until 1946.
Following the war and their double wedding, the Lautze brothers joined the accounting firm of George J. Kasch, which is now known as Lautze and Lautze Accounting Corp. The company gave SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. ’60, his first job out of college and it continues to fund a scholarship for SCU accounting students.
Mr. Lautze is remembered by his friends and associates as a gentle and generous man. He and his brother were awarded the 2004 Louis I. Bannan, S.J. Award for their “distinguished and outstanding service” to the Santa Clara Alumni Association.
The Lautze Brothers were also named “Santa Clarans of the Year” for the Peninsula Chapter in 1966 and were co-winners of the 1997 Ignatian Award, which recognizes SCU alumni for their outstanding service to humanity.
Lautze is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lizette “Detty” O’Brien; children Christine Hatton ’67, Patty O’Neill, Peggy Metzger ’72, Rainy Lautze, Richard Jr., and John; his brother Robert ’39; and his sister, Elizabeth Ervin.
Born and raised in San Francisco, he graduated from St. Ignatius High School and earned a political science degree from SCU. He served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II and for 60 years was owner of Stanley Produce Co, which he and his father built up from scratch.
He was a founding member of St. Stephen’s Parish and was an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants (he made a tradition of taking his children to opening day games) and 49ers. Friends and family remember him as a man with a quick wit who always had a story at the ready, for his excitement for life, and his love of people. “He had a great sense of appreciation for what people had done for him,” said his widow, Lillian Corriea. He also loved to travel the world and he had a way of making friends wherever he went.
Mr. Corriea was preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Frances; and his daughter Joan Brunton. He is survived by Lillian, his wife of 14 years; and his children, Catherine Barrier, Ellen Buller, Laura O’Malley, and Stan Jr. He is also survived by Lillian’s seven children; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Among his grandchildren are SCU alumni Amy J. Hall ’96; Karen E. Cardoza ’89; and Jill S. Painter ’98.
A Memorial Mass in celebration of his life was held at St. Stephen Church in San Francisco.