In Memoriam

Alumni | Faculty


Charles Abrahamson, ’54 Marketing, age 89, on Jan. 20, in Glendora. A U.S. Navy and World War II veteran, Abrahamson was 3M Company’s senior sales/marketing manager for the western states.

Nancy Alvarez, ’86 Kinesiology, age 53, on Feb. 11, in Los Altos Hills. A member of the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) since 2000, Alvarez was a part-time faculty member in Foothill College’s Pharmacy Technician Program. As a student at Foothill College, she threw the javelin and competed in the Sacramento State Trials two years in a row.

Anthony Anastasi, ’37 Sociology, age 97, on Sept. 16, 2014. A native of Boston, Mass., and a U.S. Army veteran, Anastasi received a law degree from Stanford in 1940 and practiced as a business and labor law attorney in downtown San Jose. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Sainte Clare Club.

Michael Angelastro, ’74, age 70, on Jan. 19, in Utah. A New York native and U.S. Air Force veteran, Angelastro held positions at National Semiconductor and American Express during his career.

Dirick Arrowsmith, ’47 Business, age 89, on April 7, in Yuba City. A New Jersey native and World War II veteran, Arrowsmith worked in advertising before taking over the family business, Western Farm Chemical Company. He served on the board of directors of Fremont Medical Center and as president of Yuba City’s Rotary Club. He was also a member of the Yuba Sutter Aero Squadron and chaired Yuba City’s United Way fundraising drive.

Anita Jacobson Arthur, ’44, age 88, on Nov. 28, 2014, in Capitola. A native of Houston, Texas, Arthur was a veteran of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. A founding member of Family Service Auxiliary in San Jose, she received the Civitan Club Distinguished Citizen Award in 1960 and became a Bridge Silver Life Master in 2008.

Michael Bailey, ’85 Aeronautics, age 59, on Feb. 23, in Whittier. A pilot who served with the Mojave Desert Civil Patrol, Bailey worked as a programmer at Northrop Corporation and GNP Computers. From 2006 until his 2013 retirement, he was an information systems support assistant with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Lillian Baker, ’51 Education, age 85, on Jan. 2, in Petaluma. Baker worked as a substitute teacher for pre-school through eighth grade classes before her 1998 retirement.

Louis Balbi, ’51 Business Administration, age 87, on Dec. 9, 2014, in El Dorado Hills. A San Francisco native and U.S. Navy veteran, Balbi worked as an accountant.

Betty Basler, ’46 Education, age 89, on Oct. 30, 2014, in Sacramento.

Barbara Baxter, ’49 Business Administration, age 87, on Jan. 17, in Santa Clara.

Frank Benaderet, Public Administration, age 77, on March 3, in San Rafael. Benaderet joined the Palo Alto Police Department in 1963 and became one of the youngest police chiefs in the state, first serving as Pinole’s chief of police and later as San Rafael’s chief of police. He also taught criminal justice courses at Golden Gate University.

George Bergna, ’50 Physical Education, age 87, on Jan. 1, in Santa Cruz. A U.S. Navy veteran, Bergna worked as a coach, teacher and administrator in the Santa Clara Unified School District. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capitola.

Silvano Bernardi, ’88 International Business, age 50, on Feb. 21, in San Jose.

Marilyn Bettsborken, ’84 BA, ’89 MA, English, on May 11, 2014.

Louise Bilicich, ’44 Physical Education, age 91, on Sept. 14, 2014, in Watsonville. A native of San Francisco, Bilicich taught physical education at Watsonville High School for 38 years. She retired in 1983. She was a member of the Watsonville Woman’s Club, the Young Ladies Institute (YLI) and Soroptimist International.

Paul Bishop, ’81 Psychology, on Dec. 3, 2014.

Charles Black, ’64 Electrical Engineering, age 81, on Dec. 15, 2014. A U.S. Navy veteran, Black’s career with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale spanned three decades. He retired in 1992.

Nolan Blair, ’57 Biological Science, age 79, on July 25, 2014, in Mariposa. A native of Bakersfield, Blair served as a health inspector for 30 years.

Bruce Blanchard, ’90 Anthropology, on Dec. 23, 2014.

David Bowen, ’51 Engineering, age 88, on Jan. 8, in Carmel.

Warren Brady, ’46 Journalism, age 90, on March 13, in Los Gatos. Editor of The Spartan Daily and “King of Spardi Gras” while at SJSU, Brady worked for PG&E for 20 years and later as a real estate appraiser.

Glenn Braun, ’88 Social Science, on March 2.

Clyde Brewer, age 73, on March 20, in Burnet, Texas. A Texas native, Brewer began his career in education administration in Calgary, Alberta. In 1971, he became director of Records and Admissions at SJSU. As the university’s articulation officer, he developed the first official website detailing equivalent course transfers from California community colleges to SJSU. He retired in 2007.

Gale Bruce, ’55 Art, age 86, on Feb. 18, in Galt. A U.S. Army and Korean War veteran, Bruce continued to serve in the Army Active Reserve with the 351st Civil Affairs unit for 22 years. For 32 years, he taught art classes and developed interactive exhibits for children at the Palo Alto Junior Museum.

Frederick Burbank, ’51 Journalism, age 87, on Dec. 2, 2014, in San Mateo. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and U.S. Army veteran, Burbank was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Tom Bush, ’71 Library Science, age 65, on Nov. 29, 2014, in Capitola. A native of Santa Barbara, Bush served in the Scotts Valley Police Department for 29 years. He started as a reserve police officer in 1973, became the department’s first full-time detective in 1975 and was appointed chief of police in 2001.

Patrick Butler, ’55 MBA, on Oct. 15, 2014, in Fremont.

Inez Cahoone, ’38 Education, age 98, on Oct. 25, 2014, in Fair Oaks. A native of Myrtle, Idaho, Cahoone taught in the San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael for 38 years.

Marjorie Callow, ’51 Education, age 85, on Nov. 18, 2014, in Newark, Calif. Callow lived her entire life in Newark and taught for 45 years at Muller, Kennedy and Musick schools. Keenly interested in local history, she served as a docent at Patterson House and at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

Drusilla Campbell, ’62 English, age 74, on Oct. 28, 2014, in Bay Park. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Campbell moved to San Diego in 1976 and started a writing career, publishing 17 novels, including Blood Orange and The Good Sister.

Lu Campbell, ’56 Interior Design, age 82, on Jan. 26, in Laguna Beach. A native of Whittier, Campbell’s ceramic work and paintings were showcased at Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts. She was a signature member and board member of the National Watercolor Society and served on Laguna Beach’s original Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board.

Rao Canham, ’02 Marketing, on Jan. 1.

Raymond Capella, ’52, in January. A U.S. Coast Guard and World War II veteran, Capella also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve during the Korean War. A member of the San Mateo Elks #1161 for 32 years, he retired in 1985 as a lieutenant in the San Francisco Fire Department.

Ruth Morgan Carlson, ’37 Education, age 99, on Oct. 12, 2014, in Sacramento. A native of Berkeley, Carlson taught for 25 years in the Sacramento area. She was a member of Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church and the Sisters of Transfiguration.

Glen Chittenden, ’50 Business Administration, age 89, on Nov. 5, 2014, in Penn Valley. A Kansas native and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Chittenden was a combat photographer and served in the Battle of Okinawa. He worked at UARCO Business Forms in Emeryville and, later, at Gerber Products.

Adrian Cibilich, ’57 MA Education, on March 12.

Lillian Cincone, MA Social Science, age 89, on March 16, in Palo Alto. A native of Germany, Cincone held several leadership positions in the National Organization for Women, co-founded the International Women’s Studies Institute and worked at San Francisco’s Global Fund for Women offices until her retirement at age 84.

George Coles, ’44 Psychology, age 92, on Jan. 20, in Point Richmond. A U.S. Army and World War II veteran, Coles served as a medic in the Pacific Theater during the war. He taught at Contra Costa Community College and, after receiving a master’s degree in anthropology from UC Berkeley, opened an archaeological laboratory. A founding member of the California Society for Archaeology, he helped to form the California Native American Commission and drafted legislation to protect Native American archaeological sites in the state.

Sara Condie, Business, age 92, on Aug. 18, 2014, in Wilder, Vt. A native of Ohio, Condie worked as an assistant at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Studies and, later, as a real estate broker.

John Corrigan Jr., Business, age 71, on Feb. 5, in Watsonville. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Corrigan grew up in Watsonville and returned with his family in 1988. He worked as a produce salesman for many years and founded Corrigan’s Christmas Trees in 1992.

Marlene Hertel Crozier, ’54 Education, on Feb. 25. A native of Ventura, Crozier taught elementary school in Palo Alto before marriage. With her husband, she co-founded the Kern County Junior Golf Association.

Vincent Cucuzza, ’52 MS Chemistry, age 94, on Oct. 8, 2014, in San Jose. A U.S. Navy and World War II veteran, Cucuzza taught chemistry at Santa Rosa Junior College before his retirement.

Jerry W. Curry, ’62 Biological Science, on Jan. 20.

Evaline Curti, ’45 Music, age 91, on March 9. A native of Modesto, Curti began her 29-year teaching career in the farming community of Wasco and retired from Del Mar Elementary School in 1982. A member of Phi Mu National Music Honor Society, she was past president of St. Joseph’s Altar Society.

Joanna Baxter Curtis, Biological Science, age 88, on Nov. 30, 2014.

Gregory Alan Deardorff, ’89 Industrial Technology, on Aug. 4, 2014, in San Jose.

Henry De Graca, ’70 Civil Engineering, on Feb. 2.

Norma DeSalles, ’50 Education, age 86, on Dec. 6, 2014, in Fremont. DeSalles’s 35-year-career as an elementary teacher included posts at Alvarado Elementary School and Pioneer Elementary School. She retired in 1988.

Guadalupe Diaz, ’05 MA Instructional Technology, age 68, on April 17, in San Jose. A native of Mexico, Diaz taught at Cupertino High School and, beginning in 1983, at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose. She was a South Bay Musical Theater volunteer, serving at various times as costumer and spotlight operator.

Charles Dickinson, ’51 Radio/TV/Film, on Oct. 23, 2014.

Ed Dickinson, Business, age 88, in October 2014. A U.S. Marine Corps and World War II veteran, Dickinson hosted “Way Back Now” on Monterey’s KIDD Magic 63, a radio program that featured big band music. To the delight of his listeners, he interviewed the Carmel-based actress Doris Day each year on her birthday. He retired in 2012.

Kathleen Ann DiZio, ’87 MA Biological Science, age 65, on Feb. 28, in Elk Grove. A native of Oregon, DiZio worked as a senior toxicologist until 2012.

Nam Tran Do, ’97 Computer Science, on Jan. 26.

Russell Doolittle, ’87 Theatre Arts, on Dec. 12, 2014.

Gary Doyle, ’64 Business Administration, age 74, on Sept. 25, 2014, in Los Gatos. A member of Theta Chi fraternity, Doyle owned Mike Doyle & Associates, a brokerage firm.

Shannon Doyle, ’04 Speech Communication, on July 24, 2014.

Mary Dumas, ’77 Occupational Therapy, on Oct. 22, 2014, in Rancho Cucamonga.

Tom Edgar, ’71 Sociology, age 67, on March 7, in San Jose. A native of Palo Alto, Edgar taught school in Chile during the 1970s and later worked as a human resources representative at several Silicon Valley companies.

Peter Edmondson, ’52 Advertising, age 90, on Oct. 26, 2014, in Woodside. A native of Santa Barbara and U.S. Army veteran, Edmondson retired from his first career in newspaper advertising in 1985 to found Faucet Flower Company, a firm that manufactured bronze faucet handles and rain chains. A lifelong squash enthusiast, he played football and ran track at SJSU.

Marc Edwards, ’99 Finance, on Nov. 20, 2014, in Dublin, Calif.

Miriam Wallin Edwards, ’53 Art, age 84, on March 31, in Pacific Grove. A 42-year resident of Pacific Grove, Edwards was a member of the Altar Guild at Canterbury Woods.

Mildred Erickson, ’50 Psychology, on March 11.

Angela Ernstrom, ’50 Education, age 85, on Jan. 30, in Los Gatos. A native of San Jose, Ernstrom taught second grade in Santa Clara County for many years. An active member of St. Mary’s Parish in Los Gatos, she taught reading at St. Mary’s School until her 2008 retirement.

Ona Hardy Evers, ’38 Drama, age 98, on Jan. 3. An award-winning watercolorist and descendant of the Higueras, owners of one of the original 25 Spanish land grants in California, Evers wrote and directed the play Dark Tide while a student at SJSU.

Robert Fahey, ’68 Mechancial Engineering, age 70, on Feb. 6, in El Sobrante. A native of Richmond, Calif., Fahey was a mechanical engineer at Mare Island Naval Shipyard for 30 years. A gun enthusiast, he was a range master and member of the Richmond Rod and Gun Club board of directors. His family helped found the St. Callistus Catholic Church El Sobrante Parish.

Denise Fantone, ’75 MLS, age 63, on Jan. 8, in Washington, D.C. Fantone moved to Washington in 1978 and first worked as a presidential management intern at the Department of Justice. Later in her career she served as the budget director and assistant inspector general of the Peace Corps. In 2011, she retired as the director of strategic issues in the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She was a docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Arboretum’s bonsai garden.

Ron Farnetti, ’69 MBA, age 75, on June 7, 2014. Farnetti worked as an auditor for the state of California for more than 40 years and sang in a Doo-Wop group.

Coralie Fellows, ’50 Speech Communication, age 86, on April 18, 2014, in Rancho Bernardo. A native of San Jose, Fellows was a fourth-generation Californian.

Lester Ferguson, ’50 Electrical Engineering, on Nov. 27, 2013. A magnetic tape recording pioneer, Ferguson worked at Quement Electronics and as a test engineer at Sylvania’s Electronic Defense Laboratory in Mountain View early in his career. In 1966, he joined the startup ESL, retiring from the company in 1989 as special assistant to the president.

Carmendale Fernandes, ’63, age 90, on Oct. 15, 2014. A Turlock native, Fernandes taught school in Sunnyvale from 1946 to 1988. A past president of the National Forensics League, she was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame as well as the California High School Speech Association’s Hall of Fame.

Marilyn Fisher, ’55 Education, on Aug. 24, 2014, in Walnut Grove.

Daniel Fitch, Management, age 62, on March 13, in Prunedale. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Fitch worked as a DMV manager for 35 years.

Edward Fleming, ’57 Business Administration, age 82, on Dec. 3, 2014, in Los Altos. A native of San Francisco and U.S. Navy veteran, Fleming served in the Korean War. He founded two businesses, E. J. Fleming and Associates and the Polenta Company, and was an active member of St. William Parish.

Charles Fraley, ’77 Accounting, age 62, on Jan. 24, in Lexington, Ky. A U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam War veteran, Fraley worked in the mortgage banking industry. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and a Resurrection Parish youth ministries volunteer.

Elaine Frank, ’59 Education, age 77, on Jan. 16, in Petaluma. A native of Santa Clara, Frank served as the first kindergarten teacher at Two Rock School in Petaluma. After raising her family, she returned to work as a classroom aide at Petaluma’s McKinley Elementary School and McDowell Elementary School.

Claire Franklin, Occupational Therapy, age 92, on Dec. 20, 2014.

Catherine Hershey Fruth, Home Economics, age 91, on March 15, in Palo Alto. A native of Indianola, Iowa, Fruth lived 57 years in Palo Alto and served as chapter president of the American Association of University Women. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and taught children with learning disabilities for more than a decade.

William Gallagher, ’51 Physical Education, on Dec. 3, 2014.

Judy Gattuccio-Collins, ’68 MA Speech Pathology, on Oct. 26, 2014, in Chico. Gattuccio-Collins worked for 42 years as a speech/language specialist with the Butte County Office of Education and Chico Unified School District. She was a member of Chico Elks Lodge #423, the Sons of Italy and the Republican Women’s Foundation.

Jamshid Ghardashem, Civil Engineering, age 75, on March 5, in Turlock. A native of Iran, Ghardashem helped to plan and construct schools, airports and prisons throughout California. Before making Turlock his final home, he and his family lived for more than a decade in Lisbon, Portugal.

Gary Goade, ’71 Accounting, age 79, on Oct. 4, 2014, in Salinas.

Ruby Doran Goodnight, ’36 Education, age 100, on Oct. 28, 2014, in San Jose.

Richard Grant, ’51 Advertising, on Feb. 23.

Carol Green, ’57 Psychology, age 82, on Oct. 16, 2014, in Fresno. A San Jose native and U.S. Air Force veteran, Green was a founding member of the Fresno chapter of the California Association for Neurologically Handicapped Children. She was a group counselor at Fresno County Juvenile Hall for 22 years and retired in 1994.

Betty Greenley, ’39 Education, age 96, on Jan. 25, in Stockton. A member of Kappa Kappa Sigma sorority, Greenley’s first teaching job was in Weed, Calif. Later she served as a Girl Scout leader and active member of the Campbell Women’s Club. After moving to Aptos with her family in 1970, she served as a deacon for nine years at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Cornelius “Jack” Groves, ’47 English, age 94, on Jan. 25. A native of Casper, Wyo., Groves was a U.S. Army and World War II veteran who served in the Philippines and retired from the military as a first lieutenant. As a civilian, he began his career in education as a teacher at Merced High School in 1948. He retired in 1981 as principal of Atwater High School in the Merced Union High School District.

Catherine Gunther, ’39 Business Administration, age 97, on Sept. 17, 2014, in Issaquah, Wash. A native of San Jose, Gunther served as treasurer of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. She retired as an executive secretary at Wells Fargo in 1973 after 33 years of service.

John Habicht, ’92 Criminal Justice Administration, on Nov. 27, 2014.

James Haley, ’76 Aviation, on April 30, 2014.

Arthur Hardin, ’61 Industrial and Systems Engineering, age 76, on April 18, in Merced. A veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, Hardin farmed almonds in Merced County and was a member of the Odd Fellows.

Carol Hardy, MLS, age 82, on Oct. 18, 2014, in Burbank.

Susan Harju, ’81 Accounting, age 56, on Sept. 17, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A native of Seattle, Wash., Harju was treasurer of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity at SJSU and vice president of Kappa Delta sorority. She worked as an accounting manager and CFO in Green Bay, retiring from a corporate career in 2010 to purchase and operate The Urban Frog, a health food restaurant. In 1990, she sang at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Dudley Birder Chorale.

Michele Freethy Hassler, ’75, age 63, on March 21, in San Mateo.

Lea Ann Hernandez, ’67 Advertising, age 70, on April 10. Hernandez worked as a flight attendant for World Airways before becoming a realtor in Saratoga, Calif. She also helped run her family’s business, the Saratoga Oaks Lodge, and served on the board of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.

Luis Hernandez, ’77 Corrections, age 75, on Sept. 21, 2014, in Los Gatos. A native of Brady, Texas, Hernandez served for 30 years in the San Jose Police Department, retiring as deputy chief in 1993.

Thomas Hessler, ’62 Industrial Technology, age 75, on April 9, in Carmichael. An Oregon native and U.S. Army veteran, during his career Hessler worked for PG&E and Wismer & Becker Construction Company. He also oversaw part of the San Francisco Airport International Terminal expansion. A member of the Hangtown Hikers, he played jazz piano and published The Caucasus, A Novel (CreateSpace) in 2011.

Ann Hoehmann, ’75 Interior Design, on April 10, in Los Gatos. A native of Kansas City, Mo., Hoehmann owned Ann Hoehmann Interiors and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church.

Gary Hoffman, ’67 Accounting, age 69, on Oct. 12, 2014, in San Jose. A native of Detroit, Mich., Hoffman worked for the Defense Contract Audit Agency for 37 years.

Patricia Holsten, ’46 Education, age 90, on March 4, in Belmont. Holstein worked in San Mateo schools from 1946 to 1980, teaching for 10 years and serving as principal for 24 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Educational Society, the San Mateo Women’s Golf Club and the Knights of Malta.

Michael Horan, ’52 Business Administration, on Dec. 31, 2014.

James William Howard, ’86 Art History, on April 20.

Ronald Hruby, ’66 MS Physics, age 84, on Nov. 16, 2014, in San Jose. A U.S. Army and Korean War veteran, Hruby worked at NASA Ames. He was a member of Companions of the Trail and Cancer Victors.

William Hunter, ’51 Education, age 85, on March 21, in Belmont. A native of Hawaii and U.S. Air Force veteran, Hunter taught business classes at South San Francisco High School for 30 years.

Henry Hurst, ’64 Psychology, age 73, on March 1, in Port Ludlow, Wash. A native of New Roads, La., Hurst was a member of Tau Delta Phi fraternity and worked as a professional musician in San Francisco during the early 1970s. He returned to his hometown in 1984 and opened Bee Hive Natural Foods. Until his death, he worked as a videographer.

Michael Irving, ’57 Criminal Justice Administration, age 86, on Feb. 22, in San Jose. A U.S. Army and Korean War veteran, Irving worked in Santa Clara County’s Department of Juvenile Probation, serving as superintendent of James Ranch, Holden Ranch and the Muriel Wright Center. He was a founding member of the Scales of Justice Lions Club.

Edmund Jacobs, ’50 Physical Science, age 90, on Jan. 28. A U.S. Navy and World War II veteran, Jacobs earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He retired from the Navy in 1975 after 33 years of service. His final duty station was the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C.

Jane Jacobson, ’61 Education, on Dec. 2, 2014.

Susan Johansson, ’66 Elementary Education, age 70, on Oct. 26, 2014. A San Diego native, Johansson retired in 2005 from a 30-year teaching career, 20 of those years spent in the Rio School District in Oxnard.

Marie “Mary Lou” Johns, ’50 Education, age 86, on Feb. 24, in Pacific Grove. A native of Reno, Nev., Johns began her teaching career at Modesto Elementary School. After relocating to the Monterey Peninsula, she taught for 28 years at Del Rey Woods Elementary School. She retired in 1989.

Paul Johnson, ’66 Psychology, age 80, on April 12, in San Jose. An Oklahoma native and U.S. Navy veteran, Johnson worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company for 40 years, retiring as a Special Programs I engineer.

Gerald Kanter, ’74 Management, on Nov. 7, 2014, in Santa Clara. A native of San Francisco, Kanter was an Owens Corning employee for 37 years. He retired as the plant environmental engineer at the company’s Santa Clara facility in 2000.

Lloyd Wallace Keiley, ’58 Finance, age 83, on Dec. 30, 2014, in Edmonds, Wash. Keiley taught at Mountlake Terrace High School until his 1986 retirement.

Cynthia Brown Kelly, ’55 Education, age 81, on March 31, in San Francisco. A native of San Francisco and sister of Gov. Jerry Brown, Kelly taught school in Daly City early in her career and served on the board of the Modern Art Council, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Chris Kenison, ’69 BA, ’70 MA, Industrial Arts, age 69, on Feb. 13. A native of Georgia, Kenison moved to Oklahoma as a child and received his first undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Oklahoma. For more than four decades, he taught math and industrial arts in the Fremont Union High School District. He also served for eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Perry Kneisel, ’68 Business Administration, age 68, on Nov. 24, 2014, in Redondo Beach. A U.S. Army and Vietnam War veteran, Kneisel worked as a materiel manager at Hughes-Raytheon until his 2005 retirement.

Anthony Kropf, ’70 Accounting, age 71, on Jan. 10, in Silver Spring, Md. A native of Coplay, Pa., Kropf served four years as a U.S. Navy corpsman. During his career in the life insurance industry, he worked at State Mutual, Guardian Life and GE Financial.

Roy Krumland, ’49 Business Administration, age 89, on Jan. 31, in Antioch. A U.S. Army and World War II veteran, Krumland was part of the occupation troops in Japan and received a Bronze Star for his service. He retired from Brentwood’s Liberty Union High School in 1986 after a 37-year career in education.

Keith Lampson, ’51 Business Administration, age 87, on Feb. 8, in Santa Rosa. A U.S. Navy and Korean War veteran, after the war Lampson returned to his hometown of Geyserville to work at Lampson Tractor Company, the family business. A member of the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce and the Geyserville Christian Church, he also served as past president of the Santa Rosa Ski Club.

Eileen Higgins Lancaster, ’51 Business Administration, age 85, on March 21, in Cypress, Texas. A native of Watsonville, Lancaster worked for United Airlines and later as a teacher in Lafayette, La. A member of the Sew-Bees quilting circle, she made more than 70 quilts for friends and family and won four gold swimming medals in the Southwest Louisiana District Senior Games a few months shy of her 80th birthday.

Arnold Levine, ’58 MA Biological Science, age 91, on April 16, in Santa Cruz. Levine’s career in education included teaching at Branciforte Elementary and Junior High Schools and serving as principal of Harbor High School. He retired from Santa Cruz City Schools in 1981, served two terms on the Santa Cruz City Council and, for 28 years, served on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education, retiring as president of the board in 2013.

Norma Long, MLS, age 80, on Dec. 12, 2014, in Fallbrook. A native of Toronto, Canada, Long worked at McKesson Drug Company in Diamond Bar for 32 years until her 1992 retirement. She was a founding member of the Diamond Bar Congregational Church.

Stan Long, ’63 Accounting, on Dec. 9, 2014.

Diane Lovely, ’53 Business Administration, age 83, on April 24, in Sacramento. A member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Lovely worked as a data programmer at the California Department of Justice, Hawkins Data Center, for 25 years and was instrumental in developing the Automated Child Abuse System and the Violent Crime Information System. A jigsaw puzzle enthusiast and accomplished musician, she was a board member of the Sacramento Banjo Band.

Geraldine Andersen Luzietti, ’50 Philosophy, on Aug. 18, 2014, in Redding.

Marion Macon, ’59 Industrial Arts, age 82, on Sept. 29, 2014, in San Jose. A native of Edna, Texas, and U.S. Navy veteran, Macon served in the Philippines. He worked as a purchasing manager at Kaiser Aerospace in Palo Alto.

Christine Anderson Madsen, ’99 MS Nursing, age 63, on Dec. 30, 2014. Madsen served three years, 1979 to 1982, in the Army Nurse Corps and taught nursing at Cabrillo College from 2000 to 2013. She was co-leader of an El Salvador mission project, begun in the 1990s under the auspices of Light of Life Lutheran Church, Scotts Valley.

Jon Maestri, ’93 Physics, age 45, on Nov. 6, 2014, in Corvallis. Ore. A native of Stanford, Maestri worked as a computer programmer for 15 years. He was completing his degree in education in order to teach.

Susan Marsland, ’11 MPA, age 56, on Dec. 20, 2014, in San Jose. A teacher in San Jose’s Moreland School District, Marsland worked at the nonprofit Electric Power Research Institute earlier in her career. She served on the San Jose Arts Commission.

Earline Martin, Education, age 80, on Oct. 14, 2014. A native of Bellingham, Wash., Martin taught kindergarten for more than 20 years.

Jane Martin, ’45 Education, on Nov. 7, 2014.

Walter Martin, ’73 Sociology, on July 24, 2014.

Joan Marwitz, ’63 Education, age 73, on Feb. 16, in San Jose. A San Francisco native, Marwitz taught elementary school for 18 years and worked for Delta Airlines for 22 years.

Charles Mayo, Industrial Technology, age 81, on March 6, in Palo Alto. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Mayo worked for 20 years at AT&T and 19 years at H&R Block.

Charles McCue, ’81 MBA, age 76, on March 13, in Henderson, Nev. A Scotland native and Royal Canadian Air Force veteran, McCue was president of Koot & Associates, a company that specialized in import compliance solutions.

William McEnroe, ’49 Art/Theatre, age 93, on Jan. 25, in Olympia, Wash. A World War II veteran, McEnroe received a master’s degree in art from Stanford. Recruited to teach at Ventura College, he continued to teach watercolor, art history and scene design at the college for more than 30 years and also served as founding director of the New Media Gallery. He retired in 1982.

Jeanette McNeely, ’71 Sociology, age 78, on Sept. 4, 2014, in San Jose.

Charles Miguelgorry, ’52 MA Education, age 90, on Feb. 3, in Santa Clara. A Sunnyvale native and U.S. Navy veteran, Miguelgorry was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at SJSU. He taught at James Lick High School in San Jose until his retirement.

Doreen Mitchell, ’47 Social Science, age 91, on March 9, in Riverside. A San Francisco native and U.S. Navy veteran, Mitchell was a social worker before her retirement.

Florence Giannetto Montilla, ’79, age 73, on Nov. 11, 2014, in San Jose.

Ralph Morocco, ’56 Art, age 84, on March 24, in Saratoga. A Nebraska native and U.S. Navy veteran, Morocco owned a sign painting business.

Joan Morris, ’68 Sociology, age 69, on Feb. 11.

Marilyn Morrow, ’45 Physical Education, age 91, on March 20, in Modesto.

Jeanne Mullins, ’68 Elementary Education, age 70, on Jan. 29, in San Jose. A native of Fort Bragg, Calif., Mullins was a first- and second-grade teacher for 33 years.

Carol Nagengast, ’54 Interior Design, age 82, on Jan. 16, in San Jose. A native of Milford, Conn., Nagengast was an active member of St. Lucy Parish and an Altar Society volunteer.

Robert O’Neill, ’63 Industrial Technology, on Jan. 17, in Sunnyvale.

Victor Onofrietto, ’71 Aeronautics, age 58, on Nov. 27, 2014. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, Onofrietto worked in the mortgage industry in New Jersey.

Joseph Palermo, ’86 MA History, on Feb. 25.

Yousuf Palla, ’77 MS Electrical Engineering, on March 27.

Robert Parish, ’66 MA Education, age 97, on Feb. 10. A World War II veteran and native of Idaho, Parish taught school in California’s Millbrae School District for 25 years. He was a charter member of the World War II Museum in New Orleans and a lifetime member of the California School Teachers Association.

Nicholas Peters, ’61 Journalism, on March 23.

Patrick Pilling, ’91 MS Civil Engineering, age 50, on Dec. 7, 2014, in Reno, Nev. A native of Palo Alto, Pilling received a doctorate in geotechnical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a founding partner in Black Eagle Consulting and later served as the company’s president. He received the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Young Engineer of the Year award in 1996.

Robert Pinkham, ’93 Kinesiology, on April 13.

Lois Alma Pinkney, MSW, age 79, on Dec. 2, 2014, in Turlock. A native of Colchester, Vt., Pinkney chaired the board of trustees of First United Methodist Church in Turlock.

Blanche Porter, ’50 Education, age 85, on Nov. 13, 2014, in Napa. A San Jose native, Porter taught elementary school for more than 40 years in Redding, Sacramento, Oakland, Lodi and Napa. She retired in 1994.

Warren Potts, Criminal Justice Administration, on March 13, in Lodi. A native of Oklahoma, Potts served for three years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired as superintendent of scheduling at Golden Gate Transit and was a deacon at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lodi.

Art Powell, Physical Education, on April 6.

Lester Prestwood, ’74 Social Work, on Dec. 25, 2014, in San Jose.

Sandra Lee Puccio, ’06 MLS, on Nov. 10, 2014.

Anjali Puri, ’94 MA English, on Oct. 21, 2014.

Mike Quiroz II, ’95 Behavioral Science, age 51, on Dec. 15, 2014, in San Jose. A member of SEIU Local 1000 and a South Bay Labor Council delegate, Quiroz was a labor activist who worked as an apprenticeship consultant for California’s Department of Industrial Relations.

Peter Radin, ’49 Accounting, age 89, on Dec. 21, 2014, in Watsonville. A U.S. Army and World War II veteran, Radin received a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge for his war service. For more than six decades, he worked on his family’s Pajaro Valley ranch, where he cultivated his own apple varieties, including the “Radco Red.”

Elmo Rampone, ’38 Accounting, age 98, on Jan. 14, in Pleasant Hill. An Oakland native, Rampone worked for 38 years at the United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburg, Calif. He retired as manager of accounting in 1977.

William Reardon, ’76 Management, on Nov. 30, 2014.

James Reding, ’51 Education, on Oct. 25, 2014, in Capitola.

Patrick Reding, ’68 MA Education, on Nov. 22, 2014.

Lanier Moanahealii Reeves, ’07 MSW, on Dec. 3, 2014.

John Rhoades, ’83, on Oct. 11, 2014, in Campbell.

Dan Rix, ’64 Physical Education, age 73, on Feb. 11. A native of Pueblo, Colo., Rix taught and served as wrestling coach at Livermore Union High School before starting a software business, SoftRix, with his brother. He was a licensed pilot and flight instructor and sailed catamarans competitively.

Nancy K. Roberts, ’53 Nutrition Science, Feb. 6.

Frances Ross, ’41 Education, age 96, on March 6, in Modesto.

Jeffrey Russell, ’93 Industrial Technology, on Nov. 3, 2014.

Evelyn Rutherford, ’43 Physical Education, on Aug. 29, 2014.

Merry Rutledge, ’67 Business Administration, on Oct. 21, 2014.

Ronald Rydquist, ’51 Physical Education, age 86, on Nov. 30, 2014. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Rydquist served in the Office of Special Investigations in the U.S. and in Japan. He taught in San Jose for 33 years.

George Sachtleben, ’80 MPA, age 74, on Sept. 15, 2014. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Vietnam War veteran, Sachtleben served as commanding officer of Company H, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division and received a Silver Star. He was a sergeant in the San Jose Police Department before moving to Eureka, where he worked as a painter.

Betty Lou Saler, MLS, age 88, on Dec. 26, 2014.

Harry Sanders, ’50 Chemistry, on March 11.

Margaret Sanfilippo, ’50 Music, age 87, on Feb. 25, in San Jose. Sanfilippo taught music at elementary and junior high schools in the Palo Alto School District for more than 30 years.

Diane Sarmiento, ’85 MS Civil Engineering, age 58, on Jan. 16, in Antioch.

Robert Schlice, ’76 MS Criminal Justice Administration, age 79, on Feb. 21, in San Jose.

Katherine Schmidl, ’38 Education, age 97, on Jan. 4, in Live Oak.

Dina Scopesi, ’88 Corrections, age 50, on Oct. 28. Scopesi worked in San Mateo County’s Sheriff’s Office.

Walter Seebach, ’59 Civil Engineering, age 82, on Oct. 18, 2014, in San Jose. A native of San Jose, Seebach was a U.S. Army veteran.

Eunice Segura, ’93 MS Nursing, on Feb. 17.

George Skezas, ’70 Psychology, age 71, on Nov. 8, 2014. A native of Pennsylvania, Skezas was a U.S. Air Force veteran and boxed competitively in Korea. A long-time teacher, administrator and coach at Solano County’s Dixon High School, he retired in 2010.

Marilyn Smith, ’73 Nursing, on Sept. 12, 2014, in Trinity, Fla.

Arthur Oscar Stein, ’98 BFA Photography, on Feb. 9, in San Jose.

Eunice Stewart, ’74 MLS, age 79, on Jan. 8, in Carmichael. A 54-year resident of Carmichael, Stewart was a member of Celtic Cross Presbyterian Church.

Mary Stone, ’79 Civil Engineering, age 68, on Sept. 18, 2014, in Gilroy. A native of Gulfport, Miss., Stone worked from 1979 until 1986 on the San Felipe project to bring water from the San Luis reservoir to the Calero reservoir. From 1986 until her 2005 retirement, she worked for the Santa Clara Valley Water District in various capacities.

Marilyn Strack, ’77 MLS, on March 20.

Mark Stromberg, ’95 Economics, age 42, on March 12, in Sacramento. A native of San Jose, Stromberg was a market research analyst for the Gartner Group, an IT research and advisory firm.

James Sturgeon, ’69 Business, age 68, on April 6. A native of Montreal, Canada, and a U.S. Army veteran, Sturgeon worked in human resources for 30 years and was an active member of the Westlake Catholic Men’s Club.

Gladys Surina, ’56 Education, age 79, on Sept. 19, 2014, in Santa Clara. A native of Modesto, Surina was a retired elementary school teacher and active member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Donald Sweeney, ’61 MA Education, age 82, on Oct. 18, 2014, in Corralitos. A fourth-generation Californian and U.S. Army veteran, Sweeney was a teacher and administrator in the Mt. Pleasant, Lafayette, Piedmont, San Jose and Santa Clara School Districts. He was a member of the American Legion and the Audubon Society.

Frank D. Taylor, ’47 MA Industrial Arts, on Feb. 24.

Joseph Charles Taylor, ’70 Microbiology, on Dec. 10, 2014. A Salt Lake City native, Taylor received his doctorate from the University of Utah and completed post-doctoral studies at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in San Diego and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He worked in medical research at the City of Hope Research Hospital in Duarte, Calif., before embarking on a 17-year teaching career in Kings County. He retired in 2006. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served on a church mission to Chile in the 1960s.

Richard Taylor, ’53 Journalism, on Sept. 23, 2014.

Jean Theisen, ’46 Home Economics, age 90, on Jan. 2, in Pebble Beach. A native of Long Beach, Theisen was a member of Kappa Kappa Sigma sorority at SJSU. A 34-year resident of Pebble Beach, she was a member of the American Cetacean Society and a Monterey Bay Aquarium emeritus volunteer.

E.J. Thorndike, ’51 Political Science, age 89, on March 5, in Monterey. A native of Salem, Ore., and a U.S. Navy veteran, Thorndike enjoyed a long career in real estate construction and development, building and selling homes in Los Gatos, Carmel, Monterey, Salinas and elsewhere.

Bradley Tice, ’92 MA History, age 55, on Feb. 25, in Turlock. A native of Palo Alto and language specialist, Tice served as director and professor of language and linguistics at Cupertino’s Pacific Language Institute and also directed the Advanced Human Design company in Cupertino. He moved to Turlock in 2002.

James Togami, ’80 Management, on Jan. 18.

Ray Toshitsune, ’72 Molecular Biology, age 69, on Jan. 11, in Watsonville. A native of Palo Alto, Toshitsune retired as Santa Cruz County’s program manager of consumer protection in 2004, following a 27-year career in environmental health.

Adelaide Miller Townsend, MLS, age 95, on March 25. A native of Flushing, N.Y., Townsend worked as a medical librarian at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose before her retirement and was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos.

Ann S. Tyler, ’56 Education, on Jan. 14.

Andrea J. Tyrone, ’87 Occupational Therapy, age 53, on March 23, in Shelton, Wash. Tyrone was an ergonomic program coordinator for the state of Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries.

Margaret Valentine, ’74 MLS, age 89, on Sept. 17, 2014. A native of Dorchester, Mass., Valentine worked as a flight attendant alongside her identical twin sister before earning her degree at SJSU. She worked as a teacher/librarian at Luther Burbank School in San Jose and in retirement produced a prize-winning cabernet sauvignon with her husband. She volunteered at the Stanford University International Center, helping graduate students from Korea to improve their English skills.

Samuel Vaughan III, Art, age 63, on Nov. 28, 2014, in Mexico, Mo.

Mary Lou Vedo, ’63 Medical Technology, on Jan. 26.

Breda Voss, ’76 MFA Art, age 86, on Oct. 23, 2014, in Santa Cruz.

Bonnie Wagner, ’68 Kinesiology, age 68, on Jan. 8, in Walnut Creek. At SJSU, Wagner was a member of the track and field team and, later in life, played league soccer until her 60s. For 30 years, she taught life science and physical education at William C. Overfelt High School, Berryessa Middle School, Summerdale Elementary, Piedmont Middle School and Clyde L. Fisher Middle School.

Anise Chason Wallace, ’95 MLS, on April 19.

Lisa Wang, ’97 Nursing, on Feb. 19.

Thomas Watson, ’79 Criminal Justice Administration, on April 1.

Heidi Schiltz Westmoreland, ’12 Teaching Certificate, age 52, on June 5. A native of Fort Benning, Ga., Westmoreland held a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and taught mathematics at Crittenden Middle School in Mountain View. The Heidi Westmoreland Teaching Scholarship has been established through SJSU’s Tower Foundation to help a gifted teacher or teacher candidate pursue his or her education.

Florence Wheeler, ’52 Home Economics, on March 23.

Allan Whyte, ’59 Industrial Arts, age 78, on Oct. 7, 2014, in Alameda. A member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Whyte was a teacher, counselor and supervisor of child welfare in the Alameda Unified School District.

Clarice Wickstrom, ’51 Elementary Education, age 85, in Hilmar.

Lois Wilson, ’72 MA Education, on Oct. 11, 2014, in Sacramento.

Michael R. Wolf, Industrial Technology, age 67, on April 25, in Sacramento. A U.S. Army and Vietnam War veteran, Wolf worked as an industrial management consultant in San Jose.

Sharon Wolff, ’80 Human Resources Administration, on April 20.

Mary Ann Woodall, ’02 Computer Science, on Nov. 17, 2014.

Rosemary Goouveia Wren, ’53 Music, age 85, on June 26, 2014, in Sacramento. A native of Honolulu, Wren received a master’s degree in music from San Francisco State and in college served as a church organist in San Jose and Sacramento. She produced her own off-Broadway musical, Combat Boots, in New York and during the 1980s operated the Rosemary Wren Art Gallery in Monterey.

Keith Wright, ’75, on Dec. 29, 2014.

Haruki “Jerry” Yamaguchi, ’75 Industrial Arts, age 66, on Oct. 29, 2014, in San Jose. Yamaguchi began his 33-year career in education as a woodshop teacher at San Jose’s Leyva Junior High School. He retired as a principal in the East Side Union High School District.

Kay Yeaman, ’59 Mathematics, age 81, on Sept. 13, 2014, in San Jose. A native of Burley, Idaho, Yeaman was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Jane Friday Zachmann, ’62 MA Education, age 96, on Oct. 17, 2014, in San Jose. A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Zachmann taught in the Eastside Union High School District.

Ruth Ziebell, ’76 MLS, on Jan. 1.

Ronald Zils, ’62 Management, age 80, on Feb. 8. A jazz lover, Zils played drums and began performing in clubs at age 12. After a 30-year career in sales at IBM, he retired to Twain Harte.


Irene Dalis, age 89, on Dec. 14, 2014, in San Jose. An international mezzo-soprano opera star and founder of Opera San Jose, Dalis was born in San Jose and graduated from SJSU with a music degree in 1946. She made her professional debut in 1953 as Princess Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo. After 20 seasons performing with the New York Opera Company, she returned to her hometown and joined SJSU’s music faculty as a professor. She received tenure in 1978 and retired in 2004. “She was a true diva,” said her friend Andrew Bales, president of Symphony Silicon Valley. “Yet for those of us lucky enough to know her, she was also sweet-hearted and as loving as could be.”

Julianne Dutcher, age 79, on July 22, 2014, in Yachats, Ore. A native of Hartford, Conn., Dutcher received her undergraduate decree from Skidmore College and her master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1959. In 1978, she joined SJSU’s Department of Health Professions, now the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging, and was promoted to associate professor in 1989. She retired in 1992 and moved to Yachats, where she cooked meals for the homeless and served as a Little Log Church docent.

James Lovera, age 94, on Jan. 4. A ceramist and founding member of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California, Lovera was a graduate of the California School of Fine Arts. For 38 years he taught in the Department of Art, promoted to professor in 1969. In 1986, he retired from teaching and moved to California’s Gold Country, where he built and designed a house and pottery studio inspired by his love of Asian art.

John Rhoades, age 92, on Oct. 11, 2014, in Campbell. A North Dakota native, Rhoades received his master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1947 and his doctorate from the University of North Dakota in 1958. He joined the Department of Biology and Science Education in 1956 and was promoted to full professor in 1967. For two years he supervised Peace Corps volunteers who were teaching science in the Philippines. He retired from teaching in 1990.

Arthur Stump, age 97, on Feb. 1, in Eugene, Ore. A native of Monmouth, Ore., Stump received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oregon State University, earning his doctorate in 1963. He joined the Department of Chemistry in 1964 and retired in 1980 at the rank of professor.

Thomas Tutko, age 83, on Nov. 6, 2014, in Aptos. A native of Gallitzin, Pa., Tutko received his master’s degree and doctorate from Northwestern University. He joined the Department of Psychology in 1962 and was promoted to full professor in 1969. He retired in 1999. During his career, he lectured throughout the U.S., appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and counseled athletes on such teams as the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.

Dominique Marie van Hooff, age 65, on Oct. 30, 2014, in Stanford. A native of Besançon, France, van Hooff received her undergraduate degree from the University of  Besançon and her master’s degree and doctorate from Brigham Young University. A French literature scholar, she joined the Department of World Languages and Literature in 1989 and was promoted to full professor in 2000. She served as chair of the department from 2003 to 2012.

Jody Ulate

Jody Ulate, '05 MA English, is editor of the Washington Square blog and printed alumni magazine.

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