In Memoriam


David Bartlett, ’56 Business/Human Resource Management, age 84, on Nov. 19, 2018, in Scotts Valley. A native of Ogden, Utah, Bartlett most recently worked at Plantronics in Santa Cruz and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate of Santa Cruz County, assisting children in foster care.

David Boggini, ’54 Business Administration, age 86, on July 17, 2018, in Aptos. A native of San Jose, Boggini was a U.S. Army and Korean War veteran. He retired as San Jose’s deputy city manager after a 28-year career working for the city. A member of Resurrection Church in Aptos, he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Rotary Club and the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Dee Boyd Burr, ’58 Journalism, on March 5, 2018, in Crockett.

Larry Chilton, ’95 Political Science, on May 25, 2018, in Sunnyvale.

Richard Clauss, ’61 Education, age 82, on Sept. 28, 2018, in Spokane, Wash. A native of Hammonton, N.J., Clauss was a teacher, coach and principal in Spokane School District 81 and was recognized as Distinguished Principal for the State. He retired in 1993.

Thomas Curtis, ’74 Psychology, on July 14, 2018, in San Leandro.

Paul Dana, ’72 Entomology, age 70, on Aug. 11, 2018, in San Mateo. A native of San Francisco, Dana was a 34-year employee of the San Mateo County Health Department. He served on the county’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team for more than 20 years and retired in 2007.

Richard Dunasky, ’57 MA Education, age 86, on Jan. 31, 2018, in Arnold.

Richard Emery, ’66 Business Administration, on July 17, 2018, in Elgin, Ill. A native of Altadena, Emery was a U.S. Navy veteran who earned his Wings of Gold in 1960. Discharged from active duty in 1962, he remained in the Navy Reserves, retiring as commander after 20 years of service. As a civilian, he was a pilot for United Airlines. Promoted to captain in 1985, he retired in 1998.

Bernice Everett, ’47 Physical Education, on July 9, 2018, in Lodi. A native of Templeton, Everett taught P.E. in the Ventura Unified School District early in her career. In Lodi, she owned Senior Request Services and was a member of St. Anne’s Church.

James Ferenz, ’97 Industrial Technology, on Aug. 6, 2018, in Pleasanton.

Carole Freitas, ’62 MA Home Economics, age 80, on Dec. 12, 2018, in Los Gatos. Freitas began her career teaching at San Jose City College and later headed the college’s Department of Home Economics. With her husband, she founded Action Day Primary Plus in 1968, a preschool and elementary school that now has ten branches in San Jose.

Vicki Gausepohl, ’77 MS Recreation, age 73, on July 18, 2018. A native of Cottage Grove, Ore., at age 26 Gausepohl served as the first female director of the Department of Parks and Recreation in Madison, N.J. She later directed the city of San Jose’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. While living in Korea in the 1980s, she served as president of the American Women’s Club. In 2005, while living in China, she served as a consultant for the Shanghai Aquarium.

John Haggerty, ’63 Business Administration, age 78, on June 7, 2018.

Harry Hall, ’75 MA Education, age 85, on Oct. 4, 2018, in San Jose. A native of San Francisco, Hall served 30 years with the U.S. Army on active duty and as a reservist. He retired in 1980 as a colonel in military intelligence. His career as an educator in the Campbell Union High School District also spanned 30 years. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, the American Red Cross, the Sierra Club and the American Historical Association.

Beverly Bacon Haughton, ’75 Accounting, on Nov. 17, 2018, in Los Gatos. Haughton was a native of Alturas.

Evelyn Henriques, ’89 MA Education, on June 28, 2018, in San Jose.

Richard Herrin, ’18 Industrial Technology and Manufacturing, on May 26, 2018, in Santa Cruz. An Oroville native and U.S. Army veteran, Herrin was honorably discharged from military service in 1987. A machinist by trade, he had just completed his lifelong goal of attaining a college degree.

Jack Jensen, ’51, in August 2018, in Campbell.

Donald Kelly, ’63 Industrial Systems Management, age 83, on July 22, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. A Glendale native and U.S. Navy veteran, Kelly opened his first restaurant and night club, The Warehouse, in 1964 and later owned clubs in Sacramento and Los Angeles, where Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix performed. In 1976, he became a commercial walnut farmer in Los Molinos.

Leslie Larsen, ’50 Art, age 90, on Oct. 7, 2018, in Modesto. A Modesto native, Larsen taught art at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto for 33 years.

Ivy Laverty, ’77 Home Economics, on Dec. 13, 2018, in San Jose.

Donald E. Lindstrom, ’57 Business Administration, on March 25, 2018, in Chandler, Ariz.

Robert E. Long, ’58 Aviation, on Sept. 7, 2018, in Bethesda, Md.

Joan Dinsmore Macaulay, ’76 Recreation, age 69, on July 21, 2018, in Santa Rosa. A native of Hollywood, Macaulay worked as an interior designer in Sonoma County.

Parviz Mahdavi, ’76 Industrial Technology, on Feb. 22, 2018, in Los Gatos.

Sylvia Mancuso, ’84 Nursing, age 58, on Feb. 10, 2018, in Bluffton, S.C. During her 30-year nursing career, Mancuso worked as a nurse navigator in the Telfair Breast Center at St. Joseph’s in Savannah, Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton and North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Ga.

Philip May, ’62 Advertising, age 79, on July 22, 2018, in Williamsburg, Va. A native of Hackensack, N.J., May began his career in advertising in the Los Angeles office of J. Walter Thompson. In New York, he worked for several top advertising agencies, retiring from Dancer Fitzgerald Sample as senior vice president/creative director. Among his industry awards: the Venice Film Festival’s Bronze Lion.

Robert McCard, ’73 Political Science, age 72, on Aug. 10, 2018, in San Jose. A native of Oak Harbor, Wash., and U.S. Army veteran, McCard worked as a quality control engineer at Raytheon, Trimble Navigation, Litton Industries and other companies during his 30-year career.

Jean McMahon, ’63 Education, age 101, on March 2, 2018, in Clovis. A native of Montana, McMahon taught fifth grade for 14 years in San Jose’s Union Elementary School District and was a member of the San Jose Quilt & Textiles Museum Association.

Stephen Morse, ’75 Art, in September 2018, in Sunnyvale.

Edwin Mosher, ’52 Theatre Arts, age 89, on Jan. 27, in San Jose. A San Jose native and US. Marine Corps veteran, Mosher opened his first clothing store in downtown San Jose in 1955 and retired last January after more than 62 years in the retail business. A member of Delta Upsilon fraternity at SJSU, the Theatre Arts Department recognized Mosher as Alumnus of the Century in 1999 for his support and commitment to the department and the university.

Barry Neilsen, ’59 Business Administration, on March 19, 2018, in Oakland.

Sister Joan Panella, ’87 MSW, on Dec. 30, 2018, in San Jose. A San Francisco native, Panella entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1958. Before receiving her master’s degree, she taught in Notre Dame elementary schools and at Notre Dame High School in Alameda. As a medical social worker, she worked for 15 years at Community Hospital in Los Gatos and became residence administrator of the Notre Dame de Namur Province Center when it opened in 2003.

Scott Phelps, ’68 Psychology, ’73 MS Criminal Justice Administration, age 70, on Sept. 1, 2018, in San Jose. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Phelps served as a California National Guard military policeman and a San Jose police officer before joining the Secret Service, where he worked on cases of forgery and counterfeiting and in Presidential protection during the Richard Nixon administration. Later, he taught in Cabrillo College’s Department of Public Safety and coached track. In the 1980s, he cofounded Pacific Security and Investigations.

Hubert Riedle, ’52 Economics, on Aug. 30, 2018, in Fresno. A Los Banos native and U.S. Army veteran, Riedle was a founding member of Sigma Nu fraternity at SJSU. He worked for California’s Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA) for 47 years.

Lawrence Risling, ’68 Mechanical Engineering, on July 30, 2018, in Granite Bay.

James Roach, ’77 MA Education, age 69, on July 15, 2018, in Grass Valley. Roach worked as a police officer in the San Jose Police Department for 30 years.

John Sabel, ’61 Electrical Engineering, age 86, on July 15, 2018, in San Jose. A native of Cologne, Germany, Sabel was a U.S. Air Force and Korean War veteran. During his 33-year career at Kaiser Electronics, he developed circuitry for airborne display systems for the U.S. military.

Roberta Sarsany, ’95 Art, on July 21, 2018.

Joseph Shiosaka, ’75 Mathematics, on Oct. 4, 2018, in San Mateo.

Margaret Thissen, ’67 Physical Education, age 73, on Jan. 7, 2018, in Chowchilla.

William Toaspern, ’44 Chemistry, age 95, on Dec. 10, 2018, in Danville. A native of Alameda, Toaspern was a World War II and U.S. Navy veteran. A teacher and administrator in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for 34 years, he was a longtime Contra Costa County 4-H volunteer and lead the organization’s drama project for 35 years.

Yuriko Torigoe, MA Music, age 96, on Nov. 1, 2018, in San Jose. A native of Alameda, Torigoe taught piano privately for 36 years. She also served as president of the National Guild of Piano Teachers in San Jose and was organist and pianist at San Jose’s Wesley United Methodist Church.

Olga Fistolera Hockett Walters, ’59 Education, age 80, on Sept. 21, 2018, in San Jose. A Santa Rosa native, Walters was a member of Kappa Delta sorority at SJSU. She taught in the San Jose Unified School District until her 1996 retirement. A member of Saint Timothy’s Lutheran Church, she was also active in P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that helps women attain their educational goals.

Joy Weiss, ’57 BA, ’79 MA, Education, on Oct. 9, 2018, in Saratoga. A native of Guide Rock, Neb., Weiss’s 50-year career in education included teaching at West Valley Elementary School and serving as principal of Garden Gate Elementary School and Regnart Elementary School in the Cupertino Union School District. An educational innovator, she spearheaded the implementation of technology in classrooms, formed successful partnerships with Silicon Valley tech companies and was recognized as a Silicon Valley Woman of the Year in the 1980s. She also founded the first girls’ softball league in Santa Clara Valley.

Ernest Weller, ’41 Economics, age 95, on Oct. 30, 2018, in San Jose. A Hollister native, Weller was a U.S. Air Force and World War II veteran, who flew 38 combat missions as a B-24 Celestial Navigator. As a civilian, he worked for 38 years at Zellerbach Paper Company. He served as a lector and usher at St. Christopher Catholic Church in San Jose.

Gloria Russell Williams, ’87 MA Education, on Jan. 24, 2018, in Fairfield.

Guy Wilson, History, on Feb. 1, 2018, in San Jose.

Susanne Wilson, ’76 Political Science, age 90, on Dec. 12, 2018, in San Jose. A Texas native and trailblazer for women in public office in Santa Clara County, Wilson served on the San Jose City Council from 1973 to 1978 and was county supervisor for District 1 from 1979 to 1991. Board president of YWCA Silicon Valley from 1967 to 1970, she was a founding member of California Elected Women for Education and Research (CEWEAR) and former chair of the Valley Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. “Susie dedicated her life to making sure people have a fair chance to succeed,” said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, in tribute.

Eva Woodall, ’60 Microbiology, age 82, on Feb. 15, 2018, in San Jose. A native of Hungary, Woodall worked as a laboratory technologist and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Los Gatos.



Michael Ego, age 68, on Jan. 27, in Stamford, Conn. Dean of SJSU’s College of Applied Sciences and Arts from 1994 to 2004, Ego was professor of human development and family studies at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus. A member of the University of Connecticut faculty since 2005, he also served as associate vice provost at the Stamford campus from 2005 to 2010. He received his undergraduate degree in physical education from CSU Dominguez Hills in 1974 and his doctorate in leisure studies from the University of Oregon in 1980. His recent research focused on sports reminiscence therapy for individuals with dementia.

James Lima, age 94, on Jan. 27. An SJSU Department of Electrical Engineering professor emeritus and former associate dean of academic affairs, Lima received his master’s degree in electric engineering from SJSU in 1962 and a graduate degree from Stanford in 1968. An Oakland native, he was a World War II and U.S. Army veteran. He retired from SJSU in 1988.

Harry Powers, age 91, on Dec. 3, 2018, in San Jose. A painter, sculptor and photographer, Powers taught in SJSU’s Department of Art and Art History for 30 years. A U.S. Navy veteran, he received his undergraduate degree in art from SJSU in 1951 and a graduate degree in painting and art history from Stanford University. In addition to his SJSU classes, he taught workshops in Australia and England during his career. His artwork has been shown and collected by institutions and individuals in California, New York, Ireland, Spain, Australia and elsewhere.


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