Ronald Marc Bankhead
December 3, 1945 - January 11, 2011
Born in San Diego, Marc graduated from San Diego State University, earning his Master's Degree in Engineering. He was employed by the City of San Diego in the Water Utilities Department as a Civil Engineer for 35 years, retiring in 2005. He enjoyed playing softball, and managed a Water Utilities Team for many years, leading them to a first place finish. Hiking and walking was also a passion, climbing Half Dome in Yosemite, and other local mountains.
I talked with Bill's cousin Sandra Crossland Cordell '63 in March 2005 and learned that he passed away at age 45 of a heart-related cause. His sister, Nancy, is living in Houston, Texas, I think. His other sister, Julie, is in San Diego but soon to move to Michigan -- Jim Horner '63
May 24, 1945 - July 1, 2012
Duane was born in Saint Paul, MN. The family moved to San Diego that same year, where Duane was raised with his three surviving brothers Vaughn, Ken and Roland. He worked in the grocery business after high school, then joined the United States Marine Corps, where he was honorably discharged. In 1979 he married Charmaine Blaney and moved to South Lake Tahoe. In 2000 they moved to Ivins, UT and eventually divorced. Duane maintained his positive attitude, even when the deleterious effects of malignant melanoma ravaged his body. He had an indomitable spirit and will not be forgotten.
January 20, 1946 - February 25, 1977
Mrs. Stefanie Bedillion Lovelady, a native San Diegan and a teacher in Chula Vista city schools, died Friday, February 25, 1977 in a hospital. She received her bachelor and masters degrees at San Diego State University. She was a past president of the Chi Omega Alumni Association, and was a member of the Mortar Board Association and the Los Amigos Junior Womens Auxiliary to the Home of Guiding Hands. She was survived by her husband Jerry Lovelady 63 and brother David Bedillion 75
March 10, 1945 - May 6, 1992
David died in early 1992. He was married for 23 years to former state Assemblywoman Carol Bentley. They divorced in 1990. He was survived by his wife, Gay, the daughter of former state senator Jim Ellis -- Karen Ekrem Miles '64.
August 28, 1945 - August 11, 1966
John was on vacation and drowned while swimming in Millerton Lake, 15 miles southeast of Madera, California. John was 20 and attending SDSU at the time -- Kathy Walters Dennis
Carol Ann Billings Taylor
October 10, 1945 - July 1, 2013
Carol was a nutritionist with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District for 10 years. She is survived by her husband, James Taylor and daughter Kelly
It is with a sad heart that I inform you of my sister's death. She passed away suddenly from breast/bone cancer. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Anyone wanting to may e-mail her sister Linda Billings Anderson 66 at castarla@Yahoo.com.
My step-sister Sherry died of cancer. She lived in the Los Angeles area and was survived by her two children -- Marie Stout 62
December 28, 1943 - June 21, 2011
Dennis loved living on "the mountain" in Sandpoint, Idaho. In his young life, he worked as a volunteer at the Museum of Man in San Diego categorizing artifacts. He also belonged to the San Diego Gem and Rock Club. He highly enjoyed cooking, ancient history, biblical and Egyptian archeology, fishing, hunting, Formula One car racing, and riding his ATV in the wilderness. He owned a sporting goods store in San Juan Capistrano, worked on anti-terrorism with the FBI in Quantico, VA, and did gunsmithing in Idaho.
November 15, 1944 -- December 24, 2008
Branch S. Cox
Jan. 26, 1946-June 1, 2002
Branch was born in Oakland and was a chemist for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy J. Cox; daughter, Jacqueline Flores of San Diego; sons, Bob Cox and Branch Cox of San Diego; brother, Steve Cox of Tucson; and two grandchildren.
September 25, 1945 - April 20, 1996
Passed away in an ATC accident Ocotillo Wells.
May 28, 1945 - July 1, 1980
Jerry died from melanoma while living in Texas with his wife and two young daughters -- Kathy Houser Nolan '63
July 29, 1945 - December 14, 2014
Chris was born and raised in San Diego. He was an officer in the ROTC program at Crawford. After high school he joined the Army, where his specialties included Intelligence Analyst, Correctional Specialist and Tactical Air Operations Specialist. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, one tour of duty in IndoChina, two tours of duty in Germany. He received an honorable discharge in March of 1984 as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and a member of the American Legion.
Ron passed away peacefully at his home in Spring Valley, CA. surrounded by loving family. He is survived be his wife of 46 years, Mary Jo; his two children, Steven and Laurie; extended family and many friends. He was the CO of VT-7 and the Air Boss on the USS Independence. After retirement, he launched a second career in the sport fishing industry.
Military services will be held on Wednesday, February 25th at 1:00 PM at NAS Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA. 92122.
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Robert Davis, Jr.
November 28, 1944 April 17, 1998
Bob was a life-long friend and my first roommate. We shared many good times. He served in Vietnam, married my childhood sweetheart, and led a good life. He was a great husband, stepfather and best friend. He died of heart failure in Oregon -- Donn Dufford
May 16, 1945 - April 5, 1963
|Marcia was killed -- on the Good Friday before Easter Vacation -- walking to school by James Jungblut '60 who then turned the gun on himself. James was distraught over the fact that Marcia had ended their relationship.
Maria de la Torre
February 14, 1945 - May 16, 1968
A native of Mexico, Maria was killed in an auto accident at Ft. McClellean, Alabama, where she was stationed. She was on the Dean's List at San Diego State, where she graduated in 1967. She was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps in July of 1967.
I met Maria in art classes at Crawford. It was she who taught me how to do calligraphy. Maria graduated from SDSU in l967 and joined the Army soon after. I believe she went through an officer's training program. She was killed in an auto accident while stationed in the south. I cannot recall the year or state where she died but know it was in the late l960s.She is buried at El Camino Cemetery in Sorrento Valley -- Kathy Walters Dennis
March 7, 1945 - April 22, 2002
Marcia Erickson Stough
Born March 28, 1945 - September 1, 1976
August 29, 1945 February 15, 2000
Rick passed away at his home in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Faythe Fitzgerald Taylor
July 13, 1943 - October 4, 2012
March 18, 1945 - May 9, 1988
Steve Flesner passed away at his home in Yreka, CA, where he had lived for many years. Steve loved the outdoors, surfing, baseball, friends, and family. He loved Yreka California, and the surrounding mountains and hills. He loved baseball, and was the "ACE" pitcher on the towns baseball team all through his 30s and early 40s. He took many camping/surfing trips to Costa Rica and Mexico. Steve grew up in San Diego, and had many friends in the Class of 1963. He finished his last year of high school in Northern California. He then joined the Air Force and had a stint of four years. Upon returning to civilian life, Steve attended San Diego State University. Steve married near the end of college, and they had a daughter, Kelli. The young family moved to Yreka at that point. Steve's wonderful daughter is married and resides in Northern California. She and her husband have two beautiful children. Steve is missed by many, including his 91-year old mother, his brother, family, and friends -- Dave Flesner 60
Ellis Gilley, Jr.
June 11, 1945 - December 26, 1995
Died of a heart attack
Kathy Goldie Lindsey
August 13, 1945 - October 22, 2001
My sister died very suddenly and unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage, (basically a massive stroke), on October 22, 2001. She was divorced at the time of her death, had worked as a legal secretary for many years and is survived by two sons, Brent Lindsey and Shawn Lindsey -- Fran Goldie Marcus.
February 18, 1946 - March 1977
Patricia Hammond Hoover
December 26, 1945 - November 6, 2007
Patricia passed in peace with her family by her side. She is survived by her husband Jerry, parents William and Julia Hammond; brother Bill Hammond, sisters Judy Hammond Gehloff 61 and Alice Hammond McGilvary 73.
Susan Helenschmidt von Gietzen
August 19, 1945 - September 25, 1996
Saundra Hendrick Rhoads
June 15, 1945 - March 6, 2014
Both her father and mother were in the U.S. Coast Guard. After moving from Ohio, where she was born, to San Diego, she had a natural affinity for the ocean and spent as much time as she could in its environs. She wrote a series of short stories about her childhood, but mostly about her Dad and the various trips she took upon his boats. Her favorite book was "Old Man of the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway. Sandi was always very involved in her family, in her church, and in her community. She was extremely active as President of the Junior Women's Club and spent hours when the cedar fires took many homes and left its residents homeless and without food and clothing. She had gallantly fought cancer with grace and spirit always concerned about how other people would be affected.
Nancy Hines Bachman
April 9, 1946 - March 31, 2006
Nancy died of complications related to cancer radiation therapy she received more than 30 years ago. A native San Diegan, she grew up in Talmadge. Nancy graduated from SDSU with a degree in education, and completed graduate work towards her Master's degree. In 1967, she and Dick Bachman were married and later had two children, Rich and Sarah. For 30 years, Nancy was on the faculty of S.D. Community Colleges, where she was a professor of English as a Second Language, and served from 1989 as an ESL Department Chair. She also held numerous leadership positions in her field, including several with the Academic Senate for Continuing Education Centers and with the California Association of Teachers to Students of Other Languages. She was recognized with several awards for service excellence. She also was active in the S.D. Adult Educators labor union and served as its vice president from 1986-88.
Carol Hoban Henderson
August 20, 1945 - September 1986
Susan Hobson Husted
Susan died December 6, 2008 of complications from the flu.
Homecoming Queen Barbara Lamb
August 22, 1945 - January 9, 2005
Barbara MacNeil, her zeal as teacher inspired many others
Jack Williams, San Diego Union-Tribune, January 17, 2005
To meet the needs of special-education students, Barbara MacNeil refused to put limits on her time, her talents or her tenacity.
Long workdays were the norm owing to her growing responsibilities as a special-education administrator for the San Diego Unified School District and her roles on local, state and national advisory boards.
"Wherever she went, she recruited teachers or aides, anybody bright and unsure of what they wanted to do with their lives," said MarySue Glynn, director of special education for city schools. "She tried to talk them into being special educators."
Yet, for all her time-consuming projects, Dr. MacNeil rarely failed to engage her lighter side. On holidays, birthdays and special occasions, she would compose lyrics to the melodies of popular tunes and sing them with characteristic panache as a gift to her colleagues.
For her retirement party planned for the end of this school year in June, Dr. MacNeil had composed a tune patterned after the Cyndi Lauper hit "Time After Time."
Instead, it will be sung or read by others during a celebration of life for Dr. MacNeil scheduled for 1 p.m. January 29th at Francis Parker School.
Dr. MacNeil, who had undergone surgery December 3rd for congestive heart failure, died January 9th at Scripps Green Hospital. She was 59.
"Although she had a heart problem, nothing slowed her down at work or at play," Glynn said. "Everything she did, she did hard."
Before being diagnosed in recent years with congestive heart failure, Dr. MacNeil twice overcame cancer non-Hodgkins lymphoma in her 20s and throat cancer in her late 40s, Glynn said.
"When you first met Barbara, you could be intimidated by her passion, her verbal skills and her commitment," Glynn said, "but if you needed anything on a personal level, she would be right there. She nurtured her friends and was the first one to come to your side."
Dr. MacNeil's three decades with city schools began in the special-education classroom as a student teacher in 1974. It was apparent from her job interview that city schools had a gem in the making.
"Intelligent, poised, realistic, energetic overall rating superior," wrote the administrator who interviewed her.
In 1981, Dr. MacNeil joined the administrative ranks, gradually expanding her role in a field in which she would receive national recognition.
She reviewed program grants for the federal government, edited and wrote for American Annals of the Deaf and developed strategies for the national Conference of Education Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf.
On the state level, she was co-chairwoman of the California Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Education Advisory Task Force. In 1999, the 16-member group published a report recommending that county offices of education should take the lead in coordinating statewide standards for such students.
As one who had overcome her own hearing impairment, partially through her lip-reading skills, Dr. MacNeil's compassion for special-education students ran deep.
Her experience as a student, however, was in mainstream classrooms.
Born Barbara Lamb in San Diego, she excelled academically and took music lessons as a youth.
After graduating 19th in her 800-student Crawford High School class, she earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in speech pathology and audiology at San Diego State University.
In 1986, she added a doctorate in education at the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction.
At city schools, her work ethic became legend, and she expected staff members to keep up.
"I never worked harder in my life, but I've never been prouder to work for somebody," said Stephen Sanders, a program diagnostic-resource teacher. "She was able to instill in all of us what was best for the kids, no matter what it took."
Within the last year, Dr. MacNeil had been involved in creating a pilot course in Braille for high schools, a preschool program for the visually impaired and a low-vision clinic, Sanders said.
Through it all, she promoted a family atmosphere in her ranks, which included nearly 300 teachers and teachers' aides.
"We all felt we were part of a family," Sanders said. "Anyone can be replaced, but I don't think there'll be another one like Barbara."
Survivors include her daughter, Erin Anne MacNeil of Salem, Ore.; mother, Ellen Lamb of San Diego; and sisters, Sue Ellen Smith and Cathy Wittmayer, both of San Diego.
Mary Leiser Galer
October 2, 1945 March 23, 2013
Mary passed away in Warrenton, Virginia. She was employed with the U.S. Government for 36 years, starting her career in San Diego with the General Services Administration. Mary worked at several other agencies, including the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Commerce. Marys government career included 21 years with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. While at the State Department, Mary worked in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and the Office of Inspector General. Mary was also proud to have served overseas at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 1998 to 2001. In addition to California, Virginia, and Uruguay, Mary also lived in Sicily, Italy, and Seattle, Washington. Mary enjoyed shopping, antiques and artwork, dining out, and getting together with friends. Mary was predeceased by her sister Katherine Katie Leiser 68.
Michael Mickey Lieberman
May 6, 1945 August 18, 1992
My brother graduated from USC and became a captain in the army. He ultimately managed an insurance agency and had a daughter and a son. Mickey raised his family in Danville, California. He passed away from heart valve disease. His parents and three sisters miss him with all of our hearts. He was not just a son or a brother but our best friend -- Jyl Lieberman Martins '66
March 14, 1945 - June 29, 2006
My brother passed away suddenly. There was no warning, and the family -- as well as friends and associates -- are in shock with this death. He was a doctor specializing in addiction medicine. He did his internship at UCLA Harbor Medical Center in Los Angeles, and residency in neurosurgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla. He opened his private practice in the Hillcrest area of San Diego in 1987. He was founder and medical director and chairman of the board of Bethesda Recovery Center since 1987. He was medical director of Choices in Recovery in Vista since 1994. He was a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Narcotics Anonymous, where he gave service on the local, national and international level for almost 25 years. He leaves behind his wife Jeanne, daughter Katy, stepson Andy and stepdaughter Trayce, in addition to his older brother Don '60 and myself -- Jean Groves
February 1, 1945 - March 2, 2015
Al passed away peacefully from malignant melanoma. He was born in St. Paul, MN and moved to San Diego in 1957. He served in the Coast Guard from 1965 to 1971. He was a proud member of Sheet Metal Union 206 for 46 years and retired in 2002. He leaves behind, among others, his brother Tom 70. His sister Susan Marko McArdle 75 preceded him in death.
Wife of Michael, mother of Stephen and Shane, aunt to Don and John and my sister, Lois died from complications of lupus. She loved life, loved living in Las Vegas, where she passed away, and is missed by all of us Janice Markov Dempsey
Died in March 2003 after a 3-month battle with colon cancer
Karen Jo May George
February 6, 1946 - November 30, 2011
I just received the sad news that Karen Jo May passed away this morning. She lived in Yuma AZ. She had been my best friend since second grade. Karen died of complications from a recent surgery. Bbeing a devoted mother and grandmother was her vocation. She moved to Yuma a couple of years ago after years in the cold, cold, cold of Michigan. She was the most positive person I knew, who always stayed positive in the worst of situations and could find something in it to laugh about. She used to sing on Tiny Town Ranch when it was on TV -- Jan Worrell Manietta '63
June 16, 1946 - April 29, 2012
Marilyn was born and raised in San Diego. She trained as a dental assistant and later a data processor, but due to illness could not stay in career. Marilyn made many friends and loved life. She is survived by her brother Steve and family.
Yvonne Louise Morse Cowan
February 24, 1945 - September 1, 1989
Yvonne died of cancer. She married Ernie Cowan '62 and was the mother of three sons. The Cowans lived in Escondido.
Larry Newport was killed on April 22, 1966 in an army transport plane crash in Ardmore, Okla. He was enroute from Fort Ord to Fort Benning, GA to begin Green Beret training -- Barbara Earley Powell '64
February 16, 1946 - July 25, 1988
Tim died of muscular dystrophy. He was a good friend -- Henry Fuentes
Jeanne Pritchard Skerko
December 7, 1945 - November 29, 2004
My mother died of lung cancer while living in Denver. Before living in Denver, she lived in northern California. Jeanne was a tax accountant and had her own business, Tax Magic, then did some other accounting work. I'm sorry to say that we weren't close, particularly the last 10 years of her life -- Kim Skerko Orth
September 3, 1945 - December 17, 1996
March 8, 1945 - November 6, 1990
Passed away in 1990 after a long bout with depression
Karen Sather Lange Woen
November 5, 1945 - April 22, 2012
It is with much sadness that I report the death of Karen Anne Sather. I do not know the details of her death, but she had been ill with Crohns Disease for a number of years -- Joan Sanders Minnick
William Glenn Secrist
February 8, 1945 - January 1, 1977
Carol Sessions Hoyt
July 20, 1945 - July 25, 2003
September 6, 1944 - November 13, 2009
Dianne Snow McCance
January 23, 1944 - February 27, 2002
Passed away from lung cancer
Jo Anne Souza Roberts
September 19, 1945 - August 19, 1991
December 5, 1944 - May 13, 2012
Dennis passed away in Fort Payne, Alabama where he made his home. He is survived by his wife Celia Arroyo Stout, daughter Aydena, and two grandchildren. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army
Virginia Stout Jurkovich
November 27, 1945 - August 20, 2001
My sister Virginia died of cancer. "Ginger" was survived by her four children, two grand-children, mother, brother and sister. Ginger was blessed with a sweet and gentle spirit. She is missed -- Marie Stout 62
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August 27, 1945 - March 16, 2007
Christopher Paul Thomas
September 28, 1945 - December 17, 2009
My half-brother Chris passed away of severe diabetes at
La Mesa Convalescent Hospital -- Dennis Thomas '61
Sharon Thornton Jojola
May 5, 1944 - April 24, 2002
Sharon died April 24, 2002 in Englewood, Colorado from a blood clot in the brain and dehydration brought on by complications from diabetes -- Kay Mullikin Hustad '62
June 19, 1945 - February 18, 2015
Raised in San Diego, CA but resident of Roswell, NM since 2006, The Tinman grew up with a love for surfing the California and Baja waves. Don had an appreciation of nature and the outdoors and that was reflected in the beautiful gardens he grew over the years. Don developed a passion for cycling and now has thousands of miles of open roads, as well as many races, under his belt. His natural artistic talent shone bright when he picked up oil painting during his years in Roswell, painting many scenes from his travels as well as portraits of dear friends. Barns, valleys and desert landscapes were a few of his favorite subjects. Dons favorite saying was Every day is a gift -- thats why they call it the present and that rings true to how he lived. A favorite pastime of Dons was taking long drives, exploring the back roads and tiny towns along the way. Drive on, drive on, drive on the blue highways. He formed friendships everywhere he went and all who knew him were touched by his generosity, humor, honesty, kindness, loyalty and strength of character. Don is survived by, among others, his sister Jennifer Tineo Graham 66.
March 2, 1946 - February 3, 1966
September 27, 1945 - January 26, 2013
Patricia was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to San Diego as a young girl. She married Robert Perry in 1963. They had two daughters. She worked as a pre-school teacher and bookkeeper. She later married John Hill. Despite many infirmities, she had a hearty zest for life and a robust laugh. She was an avid reader, puzzle worker and needlecrafter.
August 29, 1945 - March 7, 2007
Robert was my brother-in-law, and Rose Vigils brother. Rose and I have been married for 38 years. Robert had lived in Clearlake California for nineteen years. He suffered a stroke and then pneumonia. He fought a good fight, and this last year we were able to be with him during his hospital stays. He always gave life his best, and became frustrated at times that his body would not let him do what he desired too. But he came to peace within himself and was grateful for what he had.
Rose arranged a wonderful service that was held at his church, which he was active in. It was a packed house, and everyone stayed for the reception. A lot of wonderful things were said by those who loved him, and what a great thing for his family to hear. We learned of his life these last years and saw how many lives he had impacted in a loving way. I have included the link for his guest book, which is open to all. As Robert would say " Know That You're Loved ". -- Steve Mueller 66
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Yvette Muriel Vires
October 8, 1944 - May 13, 1990
February 3, 1946 - April 25, 1980
Janice Wilkerson Ziemann
November 7, 1944 - May 29, 2012
Janice died due to complications from diabetes and kidney failure. She was born in San Diego.. On August 21, 1971 she married Samuel Ziemann and they were transferred with the Navy to Bremerton, Washington in 1978. She worked her career in Food Service; first at Naval Base Bangor, then at Fred Meyer in Bremerton and the Red Apple in Bremerton, retiring in 2002 to concentrate on her health.
Patricia Penny Williksen Sawitski
September 4, 1945 - October 1, 2012
Penny was born in San Diego and passed away in Wheeling, West Virginia. Patricia was a salesperson by trade. She was a member of St. Joseph's Cathedral in Wheeling. She enjoyed volunteering at the church, being outdoors, music and lending a helping hand to anyone in need.
She is survived by her husband Alan, brother Al Williksen 66 and sister Roberta Williksen Carlton 60.