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Rev. Gerald L. McKevitt, professor emeritus of history at Santa Clara University, died September 18, 2015, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, in Los Gatos. He was 76 years of age.
Jerry was born in Longview, Washington, on July 3, 1939. His family relocated to Quincy (Plumas County) where he graduated from the local high school. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1961 with a history major and philosophy minor and began graduate studies in history at the University of Southern California, earning an MA. In 1963 he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos to begin training for the priesthood. His studies took him to Gonzaga University, Spokane, and in 1967 he started doctoral studies in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received his Ph.D. in 1972. Theological studies were taken in Rome, where he received his degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Jerry was ordained a priest in San Francisco in June 1975 and began a lifetime association with Santa Clara University. As research professor and archivist, he was given the task of writing the history of the university. Based on his doctoral dissertation, his The University of Santa Clara, a History, 1851-1977, was published by Stanford University Press in 1979.
Through the years Jerry rose to the rank of full professor serving as department chair, University archivist, University historian, and rector of the Jesuit Community. In 2004 Jerry was named the Ignacio Ellacuria University Professor for Jesuit Studies at Santa Clara. In addition to teaching a variety of courses, he continued his research in Jesuit history in the U.S. and published numerous articles and book reviews in scholarly journals and contributed to scholarly reference works. His award winning book, Brokers of Culture: Italian Jesuits in the American West, 1848-1919, was published by Stanford University Press in 2007.
His other academic experiences included visiting professorships at Fordham University and Seattle University, memberships on the editorial board of Studies in Jesuit Spirituality, and board membership on the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara and Gonzaga Universities and was active in professional organizations. He curated an extensive collection of Jesuits in fiction, now part of the university’s special collections, and cultivated his hobby of watercolor painting.
After his retirement from the classroom, he continued his research and gave a number of lectures to a wide variety of audiences. At the time of his death he was working on a book length history of Jesuit higher education in the United States.
Contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.
Robert Finocchio Sr. '50, born Dec. 3, 1928 and a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on August 31 at the age of 86 with his loving wife and children by his side. Born and raised in San Francisco, Bob attended St. Ignatius High School and in 1950, graduated from Santa Clara University. In the summer following graduation, Bob married Virginia Arata of Ross, California, with whom he celebrated a 65th wedding anniversary on August 19th of this year. Bob had a long and successful career with the Bank of America where he started as a teller and nearly 40 years later, retired as a senior executive. Bob's work at the bank served to finance the transition of the Santa Clara Valley from an agricultural economy to the Silicon Valley we know today. Bob was also a dedicated alumnus of Santa Clara University, serving as a member of the Board of Fellows for many years. He loved hunting and golf and was an avid sports fan. Most of all, Bob was a devoted husband and father who created a family life filled with fun, laughter, and many wonderful traditions. In addition to his wife, Virginia, Bob is survived by his seven children: Robert J. Finocchio Jr. ’73 (Susan), who has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at SCU; Suzanne Rollin, Marianne Jackson, Judy Schebetta, Alan Finocchio, Chris Finocchio (Tiffany), and Melissa Burdekin (John), his seventeen grandchildren, Alex, Amanda, Bryce, Chris, Erik, David, Garth, Gray, Joseph, Jonathan, Kyle, Matthew, Madeleine, Nathaniel, Nick, Peter, Ryan, and his five great grandchildren, Brendan, Everett, Jasmine, Max, and Parker. A funeral Mass was held on Sept. 11 at the Mission Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scholarship Fund at Santa Clara University.
Timothy Carey McShane '89 died on July 7, 2015, in Seattle. Tim was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on February 27, 1967. He grew up on Capitol Hill in Seattle where he graduated from St. Joseph School and then in 1985 from Seattle Preparatory School. Tim was a very sharp, intelligent man. He was a 1989 magna cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University with a BA in political science. In his youth some of Tim's favorite activities were team soccer, debate team, and hanging out with his buddies. As an adult Tim enjoyed golf, cooking, reading, and traveling. Tim had a career in advertising and media sales and worked for many years at KZOK radio. More than anything Tim was a family man and loved spending time with his brothers, his mom and his dad, and especially with his two daughters, Katie and Liv. He was fun loving and goofy as well as kind, caring, and gentle. Tim is survived by his mother, Mary Carey; his father Paul McShane, Jr; his brothers Paul McShane III, Patrick McShane and Daniel McShane; his daughters, Katie McShane and Liv McShane, and a large extended family.
Michael Harris '15, son of former San Francisco 49ers CEO Peter Harris, died in a tragic boating accident near Catalina Island on Sept. 6.
Among the injured victims was Harris' girlfriend of more than two years, Kelly Wells '11, who is expected to make a full recovery. The couple lived in San Francisco and were planning to move in together. Harris' brothers, David and Richard, were encouraging him to pop the question. They said Michael was supportive and provided strength during tough times, and the two were lucky to have had him as a sibling.
"We know that he was having a very fun time with his friends, fishing and enjoying the water and being happy people," David said.
“He was a young man who was real, sincere, a great listener, always interested, warm, full of humor with the attendant laughter, who sincerely loved and prized family, who had a broad group of friends, old and new he cared for greatly, who was embarking on a career in psychology he embraced with passion helping adolescents because it mattered, and who as he matured into a man was a gift to me as his dad,” Peter Harris said in the Facebook post.
Harris had just started as a high school counselor at his alma mater Menlo School, in Atherton. The brothers said they will remember their sibling as someone who lived life to the fullest.