In Memoriam

Saint Mary's Benefactor Howard J. Korth Dies

Howard J. Korth, a generous benefactor of Saint Mary's College who contributed to several large campus projects, including the korth Academic Center in the renovated Arcade and the Korth tower, passed away in his home in Piedmont, California on February 15 at the age of 90. korth was a President's Club member and a regent from 1981 to 1996; he became a regent emeritus in 1996. He contributed to the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex at Saint Mary's, named for his son, who preceded him in death. He and his wife, Geraldine, also established the Korth Family Endowed Basketball Scholarship, which benefits men's basketball players, and the Korth Family endowed Tennis Scholarship. Most recently, Korth contributed a major gift to the new Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center. He was born in Saginaw, Mich., in 1920 and graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied engineering and business management and played football for the Fighting irish. He served in the Navy and was honored with the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Heroism. After World War II, he became an aviation pioneer. He founded AAXICO airlines in the late 1940s and later acquired or merged with Saturn Airways, Trans International airlines and ultimately Transamerica Airlines, the largest charter airline in the world. He retired in 1985. korth supported numerous Catholic educational and charitable programs, including Saint Mary's, Notre Dame and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, while also helping needy seniors and children. korth is survived by his daughter Barbara Hegarty (George) of Pleasant Hill; his son Eric Korth (Susy) of Granbury, Texas; his son John Korth (Cheryl) of Troy, Michigan, and 23 grandchildren and spouses and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy, and his parents, William and Edith korth; his brothers Raymond, William, Alvin and James; and his wife, Geraldine. A memorial Mass was held on February 21 at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Piedmont.


  • Richard M. Callaghan, Jr. '53
  • Monique Carey, current student
  • Elizabeth Coughlin '78
  • Donald C. Donovan '51
  • Albert Charles Kolar '43
  • Don "Pete" Kramm '51
  • Edward W. LaCava '36
  • Randy Alan Laugel '95
  • William F. L'Heureux '35
  • Thomas F. Lowney Sr. '51
  • Gerald P. Martin, Jr. '53
  • Anna Eleanor Govern Mauro '96
  • John "Jack" McCaffrey '51
  • William C. McCarthy '51
  • Shannon M. McManus-Thorn '07
  • Hon. Edward P. Moffat, JD '69
  • Robert C. Morrish '67
  • Scott Peters '82
  • John "Jack" Picard '52
  • Albert G. Ratto '42
  • Clarence O. Shrader
    U.S. Navy Preflight Program
  • Patrick G. Skelly '78

Family and Friends

  • Dr. Robert J. Albo, parent of Deborah Albo N '84
  • Patricia "Patsy" Bartolero, wife of John Bartolero '50
  • John Joseph Bernie, friend of SMC, toured with the rugby team
  • David E. Burnham, parent of Melissa Bacci '94
  • Mabel Clayworth, friend of SMC
  • Gerald W. Conlan, friend of SMC
  • Frank D. Coppa, parent of Carla Coppa-Fox '94
  • Carol C. Edman, parent of Nancy C Burger '84 and Richard W. Edman '81
  • Gary Ellison, father of Michael Ellison '86
  • Kenneth Ross Fitzsimmons, Sr., friend of SMC Anthony Garcia, brother of Brother Armando Garcia FSC
  • Matthew Adam Goettsch, son of Dennis Goettsch E '95
  • John "Jack" Graves, Jr., brother of Dorothy Cvietusa EC R
  • Joseph Harrison, father of Russ Harrison MBA '79
  • Marianne Linggi, sister of Richard Klutz '68, rugby team traveler
  • Alice M. McNamara, friend of SMC
  • Michael Nelson, parent of Thomas Nelson '70
  • Jack Reviglio, parent of Rick Reviglio '88 and Kari (Reviglio) Woodead '93
  • Christopher Stephenson Papale, brother of Catherine Papale '05, MA '10
  • George D. Picetti, MD, friend of SMC
  • Richard C. Ruffino, parent of Gregory Ruffino '89
  • Berta Tsukahara, aunt of Ted Tsukahara '62
  • Joanne Voogd, grandparent of Jacob Voogd '08