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In Memoriam


Nenveh Essa ’07, Sept. 22, 2006. A 21-year-old student at Santa Clara, she was tragically killed in a car accident. She was born in San Jose to Iraqi-born parents and grew up in Milpitas. She was studying accounting at SCU and working at the financial aid office, and after graduation she hoped to work for Disney. A Mass was held at Mission Santa Clara on Oct. 17.

 


Patrick Wroe ’09, Dec. 22, 2006. A Santa Clara sophomore, Wroe died in a car accident near his home in Osterville, Mass. He had just turned 20. At Santa Clara, his friends remember him as “the life of the party,” and his mother remarked how “he could light up a room. He was just one of those people that everyone seemed to know. He was one of a kind.” A memorial service was held in the Mission Church on Jan. 29.

 

Col. Michael Buckley Jr.

Col. Michael Buckley Jr., Aug. 17, 2006. The Arizona native was the oldest living graduate of West Point and was the first American prisoner of war in World War II. While at the U.S. Military Academy, he lettered in baseball, boxing, and soccer. Upon graduation in 1923, he was commissioned in the Army’s field artillery. After serving in World War II, Col. Buckley became professor of military science and tactics for the ROTC program at SCU. Following his retirement from the Army in 1954, he taught mathematics at SCU until 1968. Survivors include two sons, Michael Buckley, S.J., of Santa Clara and Thomas Buckley, S.J., of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

 

Roger D. McAuliffe, S.J.

Roger D. McAuliffe, S.J., Sept. 17, 2006. He was a Jesuit for 70 years. A native of San Francisco, he was ordained a priest in San Francisco in 1949. He taught English and Latin at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and philosophy and religion at the University of San Francisco before coming to Santa Clara University, where he served for 23 years as a teacher of religion and chaplain of students and athletics. In 1967, he served a term as president of the West Coast Athletic Conference. In 1975, he began the second phase of his priestly ministry, with a year at the Jesuit Retreat House in Azusa, Calif., and then several parish assignments. He served as both associate pastor and pastor at St. Ignatius parish in Sacramento, as associate pastor at St. Finn Barr parish in San Francisco, and, for 13 years, as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier parish in Phoenix. Declining health brought him to retirement at Los Gatos in 1992.

 

Paul R. Halmos

Paul R. Halmos, Oct. 2, 2006. A brilliant writer and lecturer, he was professor emeritus of mathematics at Santa Clara and, in the words of the Mathematical Association of America, a “major figure in 20th-century mathematics.” Born in Budapest in 1916, he came to the United States at age 13, graduated from the University of Illinois at 16, and completed his Ph.D. at age 22. Prior to teaching at Santa Clara, he held posts at universities including the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and UC Santa Barbara. He wrote 16 books and roughly 100 research papers, and he was revered as a consummate professional. He also enjoyed provoking discussion through titles of articles such as “Applied mathematics is bad mathematics.” Once asked the best part of being a mathematician, he replied, “I’m not a religious man, but it’s almost like being in touch with God when you’re thinking about mathematics.” A member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he was also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and numerous honorary doctorates. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia.

 

John “Jack” Philip Fleming ’73, J.D. ’76 John “Jack” Philip Fleming ’73, J.D. ’76, Dec. 6, 2006. A longtime member of the SCU board of directors, as well as president-elect of the SCU Alumni Association, Fleming died at Stanford Hospital after complications following a stroke. He was 55 years old. He studied business at Santa Clara before earning a J.D. from the Santa Clara School of Law. His expertise in finance and legal counsel led him to work with Deloitte, Haskin & Sells and with Silicon Valley firms including Intel, Convergent Technologies, Unisys, and Linear Technologies. He retired in 2001 to spend more time with family and to pursue volunteer interests in the community. “Jack was seen on a daily basis, walking in the hills of Portola Valley with his dogs and a big smile for everyone he met,” said his wife, Chrisi. The last word he spoke to his family members was “Smile.” He is survived by his wife; children Molly, Brendan, and Colin ’05, currently studying law at SCU; and two loving families: the Smith family of Los Angeles and the Fleming family of Ohio. Remembrances in honor of Jack Fleming may be made to the Alumni Family Scholarship c/o the SCU Alumni Office, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053; or Sacred Heart Nativity School, 310 Edwards Ave., San Jose, CA 95110.
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