Spring 2012 Obituaries

In Memoriam


Frank Domenichini, Sept. 15, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Mary.

William Earle Watson, March 28, 2011. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1942. He practiced law for more than 50 years, and was a member of the San Jose Rotary Club. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Frederick B. Maguire, B.S. ’57, May 29, 2010.


Lawrence Howard Bakken Jr., Dec. 24, 2011. Born in Chicago, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota. He attended graduate school at U.C. Berkeley. After law school, he worked in private practice in Hayward, Calif. He then worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 22 years. He was active in community groups, and was appointed to the Alameda County Consumer Affairs Council. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and one daughter.


James Jerome Herman, Aug. 31, 2011. He earned degrees from Ripon College, MIT, the University of Wisconsin, and SCU. At Lockheed in Sunnyvale, he worked on top-secret projects, such as Deep Quest and the space shuttle, and was an expert in guidance and control systems. He enjoyed skiing and doing volunteer work, especially for Habitat for Humanity. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, three children, five grandchildren, three great-grandsons, and two sisters.


Robert Fitzgerald, Nov. 18, 2011. He received a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Portland in 1968. He began his law career at his father’s firm, eventually becoming a partner in Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald. He practiced family law in Santa Rosa for 35 years, and was bar association president in 1978. He enjoyed coaching softball, basketball, vacationing at Lake Shasta, and skiing. He is survived by two siblings, three children, and six grandchildren.


Edward Bergo Jr., Oct. 17, 2009. A graduate of Stanford University, he worked for Aparicios in San Jose for many years. He is survived by a son, Justin, his parents, and two siblings.

Thomas More Cracraft, Sept. 1, 2011. He grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mathematics. He served in the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Peace Corps. He worked as a systems analyst and as a technology consultant. His most successful company was Technology Development Corporation, which grew to include several hundred employees. He finished his career in San Francisco as CFO for the game company University Games. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, three children, three grandchildren, and three siblings.

Neil Mackenzie Schwartz, Nov. 14, 2011. He grew up in Riverside and Fullerton, Calif., before attending Stanford University as an undergraduate. He practiced law in the Bay Area and Orange County for over twenty years, then became a certified meeting planner. He worked for Alder Droz in Laguna Beach and for the California Credit Union League. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and one sister.


James Rhine, Oct. 6, 2010.

Richard F. Lee, January 9, 2012. He graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara Law and began his career at Schramm & Raddue in Santa Barbara. He practiced most recently at Reicker, Pfau, Pyle and McRoy until his medical retirement in 2010. He held leadership roles in many civic organizations including the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, the Santa Barbara Barristers’ Club, and Santa Barbara County Teen Court. Survivors include his wife, Diana Jessup, four children, one brother, one sister, and six grandchildren.


Lillian Herlich Nerenberg, Nov. 2, 2011. She started law school at age 54, attending while continuing her 25-year career teaching political science at West Valley College. A charter member of the California State Bar dues-exempt contingent, she spent her entire legal career doing pro bono work for Senior Adult Legal Assistance. She was co-author of a high school text, American Government in Action. She was an honorary lifetime member of the American Association of University Women, and a charter member of Los Gatos League of Women Voters. Survivors include four children, nine grandchildren, and two brothers.


Thomas M. Small, Jan. 26, 2011.


Hon. Stephen Gibbs, Sept. 20, 2011. Born in San Francisco, he graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1977 with a degree in geography. He was in a car accident in 1978 and became a quadriplegic. He was articles editor on the Law Review while at Santa Clara, and had two articles published there. He worked as a solo practitioner for 18 years. In 2001, he became an administrative law judge with the California Unemployment Board of Appeals. He retired in 2008. Survivors include his partner, Elizabeth Johnson, his mother, six brothers, and a sister.


Paula Anne Farrell, Nov. 22, 2011. She graduated from St. Luke’s Nursing School in San Francisco in 1977, and then worked at the emergency room of San Francisco General Hospital. She was also a career Kaiser Permanente nurse and a legal nurse. She received a degree in English literature from Sonoma State University in 1992. She loved dogs and horses. Survivors include her mother, Patricia Gilbert, and four siblings.


Michelle (Stella) Moskalik, Nov. 24, 2011. She was born in Petaluma, Calif., and graduated from Rancho Cotati High School. Her career in contracts law spanned more than 20 years. Most recently she was an attorney with Paradigm Counsel. Survivors include her husband, Scott, and parents, Marie and Richard Stella.

In Memoriam | Ed Taylor (1939–2012)

Co-founder of Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman, Edwin H. Taylor taught Patent Office Practice for many years at Santa Clara Law, and he also served as a member of Santa Clara Law’s Board of Visitors, the Dean’s High Tech Advisory Council, and the High Tech Advisory Board. “He had a deep and sustaining interest in Santa Clara Law and in our mission of educating outstanding patent lawyers for Silicon Valley law firms and companies, and he was generous with his time,” said Dean Donald Polden. “He was a leader in Silicon Valley, and his expertise and involvement were tremendous assets to the law school.” For more on Taylor, see bstz.com/ed_taylor.