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35 Joseph Richard Boudreau, Aug. 21, 2006. A native of Seattle, he worked in Alaska as a gold assayer at the Lucky Shot mine. He and his longtime partner, Paul “Buzz” Biber, owned BELCO Belmont Sheet Metal and Appliance Company until the early 1970s. He is survived by his wife, Jane; and three children.
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Jesse Coffer, Aug. 30, 2006. A native of Vallejo, he was a member of the SCU football teams that won the Sugar Bowl in 1937 and 1938. He was a retired Navy officer and later retired from the Celanese Corp. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lucille; and four daughters.

Hubert Coles, April 11, 2006. He was born in Arizona and was the owner of Coles Carpets & Fine Flooring. Survivors include his wife, Antoinette; eight children, including George ’68; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Sylvester J. O’Connor, Nov. 6, 2006. A native of Bakersfield, he received a football scholarship to SCU, where he played in two Sugar Bowls. He was in the heating business for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Madeline; a son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Albert Walter “Walt” Nelson, July 31, 2006. A native of Corning, Calif., he began his career working at his father’s construction company in San Francisco. He owned and operated the San Rafael Airport until its closure, when he moved to South Lake Tahoe and opened a real estate office, which he ran until he formed a group to start radio station KTHO. He was very active in advancing aviation and creating the airport in South Lake Tahoe where a plaque bears his name today. He was an Eagle Scout and was a 32nd-degree Mason and a Shriner as well as a longtime member of the South Tahoe Elks Club and the Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; six children; and five grandchildren.

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George S. Abel, Sept. 2, 2006. A native of San Francisco and an accomplished horseman, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and procured horses and mules for service in the European and Asian theatres. He later oversaw his family’s agricultural holdings, and he owned and operated a cattle ranch in the Gabilan Mountains. He is survived by three children and three grandchildren.

Edmund C. Hurlbutt Jr. J.D. ’48, Sept. 26, 2006. A native of Alaska, he earned a Silver Star and Bronze Star in combat in the Pacific during World War II. He attended SCU on athletic and academic scholarships, played basketball and tennis, served as editor of the student newspaper, and was student body president. After earning his law degree, he joined a Visalia, Calif., law firm. He was president of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, the Tulare County Bar Association, and the Visalia Rotary Club. He was voted Visalia’s Young Man of the Year in 1956 and Visalia Man of the Year 12 years later. He is survived by his wife, Juanita; and their children Jacqueline ’71, Edmund III ’74, Thomas ’75, and James ’77.

 44  Alfred Melcer Jr., Aug. 21, 2006. A native of Oakland, Calif., he worked as a teacher for the Porterville Unified School District and Kern Community College District for 32 years before retiring in 1982. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran was a successful athletics coach, winning league championships in high school basketball, and was an innovative athletic director before working as a humanities professor at Porterville College. He is survived by his wife, Norma; five children; and eight grandchildren.
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Patrick David Dherty, S.J., Aug. 21, 2006. A native of Los Angeles, he attended Santa Clara University and West Point, where he earned a degree in ingineering in 1946. He continued his education at the University of Southern California and the California Institute of Technology, and, after working as an engineer in private industry for a year, he entered the Jesuits at Los Gatos on Aug. 14, 1950. During his course of studies, he earned a PH.D. in physics at St. Louis University and a master's in sacred theology at Alma College, Los Gatoes. He was ordained a priest in 1965 while teaching physics at Loyola Marymount University; he became involved with the newly emerging Catholic Charismatic movement, taking a leadership role in directing prayer groups. In 1973, he was assigned to the Jesuit retreat House in Los Altos. He directed weekend retreats for large groups and was a popular individual spiritual director. In the early 1980's, he worked as a counselor in crisis centers in the Boston area. Returning to California, he served as parochial vicar at Holy Family Church in San Jose until 1995 and continued doing pastoral ministry at Sacred Heart jesuit Center in Los Gatos through the late 1990's.

Leonardo Enrico "Len" Scarpelli , August 29, 2006. The Spokane, Wash., native attended Notre Dame University on baseball scholarship but left before graduation to enter the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. After the war, he earned a degree in electrical engineering from SCU. He played minor league baseball for a few years before starting a television sales and repair business in San Jose, which he operated for almost 50 years. He was a longtime ham radio operator and was an usher at St. Christopher and Holy Family churches. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Laretta, five children, including Steven Scarpelli '80; and four grandchildren.

48 Enrique Pereira, May 25, 2006. Born in Granada, Nicaragua, he attended school there and later at Bellarmine College Prep, followed by enrolment in the civil engineering program at SCU. After graduation, he returned to Nicaragua to establish his own company and approximately 40 others in banking, savings and loans, and construction. He is survived by his wife, Daisy; and eight children including Frances ’81, Lorena Pereira-Solorzano ’80, Daisy Anzoategui ’79, and Eduardo J. Pereira Sr. ’75.
49 James F. Bowe, July 30, 2006. The Stockton native served as editor and business manager of The Santa Clara newspaper and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu honorary society. For more than three decades he worked for American Can Co. and retired in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children; and eight grandchildren.
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M. Eugene Rodrigues, Sept. 12, 2006. Born and raised in Pismo Beach, he earned a master’s degree in school administration from Cal Poly and spent his early career as an educator and administrator in the San Luis Obispo County School District. Prior to his death, he was vice president of business development for M.E.R. and Associates, consulting with school districts for American Modular Systems, a manufacturer of modular school buildings. He is survived by his wife, Beverly “BJ”; a daughter; two stepsons; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Richard Camille Sabatini, Oct. 27, 2006. The Oakland native joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska. He played, watched, coached, refereed, or umpired just about any sport he could. He is survived by his beloved friend, Daisy Zeman; three daughters; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

51 Stephen Thomas White, Oct. 8, 2006. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a mechanical engineer for Rust Engineering. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three children; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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Joseph Richard (Dick) Benenato, July 21, 2006. The Phoenix native served two years in the U.S. Navy and worked for the Ford Motor Co. for three decades, retiring as an accountant. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dolores; four daughters; and six grandchildren.

Eugene Daniel Engle, Oct. 24, 2006. The San Francisco native was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Beverly.

Andrew J. Gawley Sr., Aug. 15, 2006. He had a career in the insurance industry and served in Europe with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an active lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He is survived by four children.

Donald Francis Whalen, Sept. 26, 2006. A native of Long Beach, he attended SCU and College of the Pacific on basketball scholarships, before earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University. He earned a doctorate in health and safety education from the University of Indiana and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He held the rank of first lieutenant when he was given an early honorable discharge. During his 29-year career at Fort Lewis College, he coached golf and basketball and served as athletic director, dean of education, vice president of student affairs, and two stints as acting president. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pauline.

53 John W. “Jack” Flynn, Oct. 1, 2006. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and worked as a civil engineer for the Department of Water Resources. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet “Mickey” Finn; and four children.
54 David J. Farley, Aug. 9, 2006. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he retired from Marquette University as the administrator of libraries. He also was a member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; six children; and 12 grandchildren.
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William “Bill” Schaub, April 19, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three children; and a brother, Richard ’51.

Eugene Patrick Tang, July 20, 2006. A native of Phoenix, he served with the U.S. Army and later owned Sweet N Sassy Candy Shop. He had also worked for Bank of America, Boeing, Seattle Trust, and Washington Mutual. He was a member of St. Vincent DePaul. He is survived by five daughters and 11 grandchildren.

57 Edwin Juan Valencia MBA ’65, Oct. 28, 2006. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and saw duty in Korea patrolling the demilitarized zone following the 1953 armistice. He worked in corporate finance at Hewlett-Packard for 28 years and took early retirement in 1986. He served as a eucharistic minister and belonged to the Lay Order of Carmelites in Carmel. He is survived by his wife, Denise; and three children, including son John ’94.
58 Don Nucci, Sept. 4, 2006. A native of Salinas, he served two years in the U.S. Army before attending the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned an MBA. He was co-chairman of Mann Packing Co., a supplier of fresh vegetables. He served on the school board of the Spreckels Union School District for 12 years and was a volunteer fireman. He is survived by his wife, Joan; three children; and a stepson.
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Salvatore R. Spano J.D. ’64, July 14, 2006. A native of New York City, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and enjoyed a career in law, managing his own law firm and later serving as an administrative law judge. He is survived by a sister and a daughter.

William Vincent Giammona, Sept. 29, 2006. A native of San Jose, he retired in 1996 after a 35-year management career with the J.C. Penney Co. He devoted his retirement to volunteering at Transfiguration Church in Castro Valley, where he chaired the finance committee and served as eucharist minister. He also acted as a trustee of the Alameda County Society of St. Vincent de Paul. While at SCU, he lettered in football and track. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; and their three children, including Donna Mathison ’86.

Richard Lawrence Roach, Nov. 16, 2006. A native of Juneau, Alaska, he went on from the ROTC program at Santa Clara to serve as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was a real estate developer and for more than 35 years was a partner with Lester, Roach and Gardiner. He was part of the land expansion of Notre Dame Elementary School and contributed to the building of St. Francis High School. His motto in life was, “It’s not what you have, it’s what you give.” He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Maureen; two sons; two daughters; and 11 grandchildren.

61 Patrick J. Grinsell M.D., July 26, 2006. A native of Napa, he was a physician for 35 years and was past president of the Northern California Radiological Society. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the medical corps. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, history, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie; three children; and three grandchildren.
65 James Edward Carter M.D., Oct. 6, 2006. A native of Kansas City, he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at SCU and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in medical physics at the University of Minnesota. He then went on to earn his medical doctorate at Loyola University and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He was medical director of the Women’s Health Center of South Orange County, fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and clinical associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He authored more than 40 research articles, co-authored the book, Pelvic Pain: Diagnosis and Management, served as editor for many professional journals, co-founded the International Pelvic Pain society and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, received five U.S. patents for surgical devices, and lectured internationally about pelvic pain treatment and laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. He is survived by his wife, Grace.
67 Dan O’Callaghan, Oct. 5, 2006. He is survived by two children.
68 Terry Selna, Nov. 14, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Joan ’68; children Brian ’91; Jennifer ’94; and Suzanne ’96, as well as his daughter-in-law, Rebecca ’91; and nine grandchildren.
70 Dennis David Casey, Sept. 12, 2006. A native of Portland, Ore., he earned a football scholarship to Santa Clara, but a serious knee injury in his freshman year ended his college athletic career. He and several of his brothers formed Casey Bros. Inc., a commercial and residential janitorial service and full-service home remodeling/improvement company, which operated for many years in the Sellwood area of Portland. He moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1983 where he owned and operated A-1 Flooring Supplies and A-1 Services. He is survived by his partner, Catherine Rawls; and a daughter. 
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Patricia G. Burkhalter, Sept. 26, 2006. She is survived by her husband, John C. Burkhalter; and four sons.

Fred Warren Gruver M.A, Aug. 28, 2006. The Oregon native served in the U.S. Navy and later worked as an engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was an outside salesman for Mercer Steel Co. before earning a teaching certificate at Portland State College and a master’s degree in mathematics from SCU. He retired in 1986 after teaching for 22 years at Santiam High School in Mill City, Ore. He also taught math for Chemeketa Community College and served as a director at Santiam Memorial Hospital. He is survived by three children.

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Dr. Jerome Wayne Murray M.A. ’73, June 23, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Sandi; three children; two step-children; and five grandchildren.

Paul Porter, Sept. 12, 2006, after suffering an aneurysm in August. He was chief executive officer of the Northern California Golf Association and Poppy Holding Inc. He also served as general manager of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach after 18 years at Northstar at Tahoe Ski Resort. In 2006, he was ranked the fourth most influential chief executive officer in the state by California CEO Magazine. He is survived by his wife, Nettie; and three children.

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Anthony (Tony) Joseph Crisafi, Oct. 24, 2006. A native of San Mateo, he was a partner in the family accounting firm, Crisafi & Sciabica (now Crisafi, Pryor, Farquhar & Sorensen) and served as a CPA and financial consultant for more than 30 years. He was an active member of Lake Merced Golf Club, the Olympic Club, and the Family Club in San Francisco. He is survived by his wife, Michelle; two children; and two step-children.

Joseph William Murphy, Oct. 13, 2006. A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, he served in the U.S. Army and became a U.S. citizen. While at SCU, he was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, and Beta Gamma Sigma. He worked for the State of California Employment Development Department as a supervising tax auditor for 30 years. He was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Folsom. He is survived by Lyn, his wife of 37 years; and a daughter.

76 Dan Edward Kingman, Sept. 14, 2006. After graduating from SCU, he worked at Mirassou Winery before working for several software companies including Signetics, Symmetry Communications, MDL, Lagato, and most recently as the human resource manager of Home Depot. He is survived by a daughter.
79 Harlan “Andy” Anderson, July 29, 2006. The Michigan native was the founder and owner of Anderson Environmental Management of San Jose. A tenured professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he taught classes in environmental science. He was a USA Track and Field starter for U.C. Berkeley, NCAA, Los Gatos High All Comers meets, and Northern California high school meets. He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Imogene; and a daughter.
84 Louis Miles Tolbert Jr. M.A. ’93, Sept. 27, 2006. A native of Alabama, he worked as a counselor and administrator in the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District and was a businessman with the El Cajon Project. He is survived by his wife, Regina.
86 Allen Greenwood MBA ’87, Jan. 14, 2006
06 Stephen W. Armstrong, Oct. 14, 2006. He was a law student at St. Louis University. He is survived by his parents, William and Ellyn; and a sister.


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Garvin Hale J.D., April 19, 2006. He is survived by a daughter.

John D. Stephens Jr. J.D., March 2, 2006. He is survived by a daughter.

64 Raphael “Rafe” Semmes Jones M.A., Aug. 23, 2006. A World War II veteran and native of Baltimore, he served as an instructor pilot in both gliders and fighters. He flew his small plane solo across the country twice, and was a volunteer docent with NASA Ames Aerospace Encounter at Moffett Field. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Looby Jones; two sons; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
70 Jimmie Lee Edwards M.A., Sept. 21, 2006. A native of Iowa, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1954. He was a computer programmer, but he also enjoyed a variety of jobs in his lifetime. Jim loved to play pool, and had a passion for writing. His other interests included numerology, ESP, UFOs, metaphysics, and reading. He is survived by two daughters.
71 Sallyann Lucido, June 22, 2005. She is survived by three children, including a son, Brian ’98.
72 Anthony R. Beccia M.S., Sept. 11, 2006. A native of Cleveland, he served in the U.S. Army and worked as an engineer and in management until his retirement from Compaq in 2001. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Doris; two daughters; and four grandchildren.
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Erwin L. Capener MBA, Sept. 8, 2006.

David A. Lee MBA, Sept. 28, 2006. A native of San Francisco, he served as CPA for David A. Lee Accountancy Corp. and as chief financial officer for Hell Bent Custom Components. He is survived by his wife, Ann Lee; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

74 James Christie Olsson MBA, Oct. 11, 2006. A native of San Francisco, he grew up in San Mateo and graduated from the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. He treasured his memories of playing basketball for Serra High School and USF. He was president of Pacific Coast Tariff Bureau for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary; and two children.
77 George Cajiga J.D., Nov. 3, 2006. He was a defense attorney with the office of the Fresno County Public Defender and was named the county’s public defender in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; and two daughters.
97 Timothy Townley J.D., Feb. 1, 2006.


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