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Obituaries

30  Walter J. Desmond Jr., May 3. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; and four sons.
34 Charles E. Paganini, Aug. 4. A native of San Francisco, he served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he worked as an executive for Security Lithograph Co., then Diamond International. He is survived by five children, including Patti Momii ’74.
36  Walter F. Dunn Jr., June 24. During his working years, he was a member of the Immaculate Conception parish, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Elks, and the Red Cross. He is survived by three children and five grandchildren.



 
Fred F. Minniti, Jan. 27. Born in Tacoma, Wash., he lived there all his life and graduated from Bellarmine College Prep before attending Santa Clara. He is survived by five children; a brother, Bob; 16 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

41  John “Jack” A. Higgins, Feb. 4. After graduating from SCU with a degree in commerce, he went on to become manager at Higgins Shoe Store, which was opened by his father in 1908, and headed operational duties until the store’s closing in 1993. A Napa resident since 1982, he was raised in Vallejo and remained active in Vallejo business and community affairs until his death. He is survived by his wife, Dana; three sons; a sister; and four grandchildren.
 











Joseph F. White, June 18. A 58-year resident of San Mateo and long-time parishioner of St. Gregory Church, he was the owner/proprietor of J & M Hobby House in San Carlos. He is survived by his wife, Marcelle; five children; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Richard L. Powell, Jan. 12. In 1942, he left his studies at Santa Clara to join the U.S. Army. He served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. By the time he retired in 1973, he had earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and 11 battle stars. His hobbies included golf and RV travel. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons; a brother; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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Charles “Charlie” Lambert, May 12. A native of Willows, his college years were interrupted by his military deployment to Europe in World War II. He retired after a long career with Bechtel Corp. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lorraine; two sons; a brother, Robert Lambert ’50; nine grandchildren; and nephews James ’72 and Richard ’76, MBA ’79.
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Thomas J. Lyons, July 10. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean War, then joined the J.C. Penney Co. and rose through the company ranks to executive vice president of the office of the chairman. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Lou; six children, including Kevin ’87 of Costa Mesa; nine grandchildren, including Logan S. Ascher ’05, and Lauren S. Kida ’05; and a great-grandchild.
 


Lt. Col. Edwin S. Williams (retired), July 13. A native of Oakland, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and received the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and numerous other decorations. After the war, he attended SCU and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society. He held a variety of command positions with the Army in the U.S., Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. After his retirement, he worked for Johnson County Community College as database specialist, was a volunteer driver for the VA hospital in Kansas City, and delivered meals for the Johnson County Nutrition Program. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patrice; four children; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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Gerald T. “Jerry” Fry, May 24. A native of Pacific Grove, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps then began long careers in public service and business. He served on the Monterey City Council for 20 years, including six years as mayor, during which he was instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Monterey and the Cannery Row area. He was named the 1985 Monterey Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. He managed Palace Stationery in downtown Monterey for many years and co-founded Office Products + Interiors. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 51 years; five children; eight grandchildren; a great-grandson; and numerous other relatives.
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Creaghe Henry Gordon, July 13. He remained active with SCU beyond graduation, serving as an Ambassador, a member of the Osher Board; and as a member of the Board of Fellows. He was also past president of Kenna Club. He worked at Lockheed for 36 years and was active with the Los Gatos Parks Commission, the Santa Clara County Explorer Scouts, and other organizations. He is survived by his wife of more than 52 years, Lois; six children, including son, Patrick ’80; and 12 grandchildren.
 
Thomas P. Higgins, S.J., June 9. He was a longtime faculty member and chaplain at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. “Father Tom,” as his students knew him, entered the Society of Jesus in 1952. After preliminary studies, he taught Latin and coached football and golf at Bellarmine College Prep. He completed his theological studies at Regis College in Toronto, Ontario, where besides delving into scriptural exegesis, he staked out a plot of land behind the college and built a nine-hole golf course. He was ordained a priest in 1964. As a member of the Campus Ministry staff, he initiated his “Lucy Booth,” which he operated for many years on the lawn outside the offices; a sign on the booth said, “Spiritual Advice—5 cents.” Students dropped by every day between classes to give him a nickel and get a joke and some personal care in return.
 
Robert “Bob” Muxlow, June 12. A native of Long Beach, he was in SCU’s ROTC program and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. After completing his service, he began working with his father in a family owned business, M&M Perforating, located in Taft. He later ran the business until he sold it in 1996 and retired. He is survived by his special friend of 23 years, Marge Bentz; and five children, including Catherine Guglielmi ’92; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Charles A “Chuck” Leahy, May 14. A third-generation San Franciscan, he  attended St. Ingatius High School before coming to Santa Clara. He became a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, in 1957 wed Gerry Francis, and together the couple raised three children. For nearly a decade he ran the family business, R.J. Leahy, CO., before he moved to Oregon and pursued a career as a real estate broker. He is survived by his wife; their two daughters, Trish and Sharon; and their son, Michael.
56  William (Bill) Franklin Phillips Jr., May 17. He was dean of students at the University of San Diego for several years, and spent his retirement years traveling, golfing, fishing, and flying model airplanes. He is survived by his wife, Joan; their four sons; and six grandchildren.
58  Richard T. Onishi, May 29. He is survived by his wife, Violet; three daughters; and two grandchildren.
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William N. “Budd” Compagno Jr. M.E. ’67, April 27. A native of San Francisco, he worked for IBM for 30 years. Following his corporate career, he formed his own consulting firm. After his retirement in 2000 he was able to pursue his love of woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Leanne; five children; and six grandchildren.
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Wendall C. Gates M.E. ’66, May 26. A native of Crestline, Ohio, he was a licensed professional engineer who served in the U.S. Army. He later worked as an engineer for Manning Environmental Corp. before establishing his own company, Advanced Instrumentation Inc. He is survived by his wife, Tanya Harris-Gates.
65 Kathleen Ann Naughton, June 18. She was a retired U.S. government employee and a 40-year resident of Washington, D.C. She is survived by two siblings.
67  Cheryl Ann (Trinchero) Beauregard, June 19. A native of San Francisco but lifelong resident of Santa Cruz, she earned an associate of arts degree from Cabrillo College, a bachelor’s degree from SCU, and a teaching credential from San José State University. She taught first grade at Natural Bridges Elementary School for eight years. She was a devout Catholic and attended both Star of the Sea and Holy Cross Church. She is survived by a daughter.
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Donald Postelle J.D. ’79, July 12. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science before obtaining a law degree from Santa Clara. He lived in San Jose.
77 Nicholas Parshootto, March 25, 2004. 
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Dario Jose Sanchez, June 12. A native of Nicaragua, he worked for Summit Microelectronics Inc., and was a fourth-degree knight with the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Margarita; two children; and a grandson.
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Janet (Lum) Ryder, June 21. She is survived by her husband, Gary; two sons; and sisters Caroline (Lum) Kauffman ’78 and Diana (Lum) Szelong ’81.
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Kenneth John Green, June 29. He was a biology teacher for 16 years at Los Altos High School, an assistant golf coach, and a former high school football coach. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
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M. Timothy Inkmann, July 8. A native of London, Ontario, he majored in economics and history at Santa Clara and went on to earn his law degree from Gonzaga. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2000 and worked as attorney in the Inland Empire area for seven years. Survivors include his 2-year-old son, Thomas Victor; his mother, Connie Taylor; his stepfather, Parnell Taylor; two brothers; and a sister, Therese Inkmann ’95.
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Virginia Rosalie “Gena” Harris, June 28. She is survived by two children.
06 Brian L. Rose, June 18. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SCU. He is survived by his parents.

Five from '57

Graduating baseball-playing seniors of the Class of '57: from left, Norm Huletz, Dan Gaffney, George Soetje, Robert E.
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This summer we received the sad news of the passing of Bronco Bob Jones '57 and we went looking for a photo that might capture him in his essential spring. Behold, the graduating baseball-playing seniors of the Class of '57: from left, Norm Huletz, Dan Gaffney, George Soetje, Robert E. "Bob" Jones, and Dick Venezia.

San Francisco native Jones died June 20. A baseball scholarship brought him to Santa Clara—and he turned down a football scholarship to UCLA to come here. He went on to become captain of the baseball team, and he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi. After college, he went into the U.S. Army, where he was a captain in the 82nd Airborne Maroon Berets and a medic for two years, before landing a job with Ford Motor Company in San Jose. Work took him to many cities, including Cincinnati and New Orleans, before he retired as district sales manager after 30-plus years of service. He is survived by four children and five grandchildren.