Alumni & Friends
The Department of Justice Studies engages alumni and friends to remain actively involved with members of the Justice Studies community. We recognize there are many ways to be engaged and we encourage you to explore opportunities to stay connected to the Department, to fellow alumni and to students.
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Tom "TB" Lyons (1931-2016)
Brother Tom "TB" Lyons of Kailua, Hawaii, passed away on March 16, 2016. Brother Lyons was a police officer for San Jose and Honolulu Police Department and an insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha for 53 years. He also served in the US Navy during the Vietnam and Korean War. During his time here on San Jose State, he played football for the college team and was a member of the Chi Pi Sigma criminal justice faternity. Brother Lyons was a role model for what it means to be a loving, caring, lifelong Chi Pi Sigma Brother.
Chief Ruben Chavez of the Livingston Police Department recieved the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing from California Governor Jerry Brown at the 2016 California Police Chiefs Conference. The award recognizes innovative & collaborative programs in policing. Cheif Chavez was recognized for his work in the MAPS Program (Mental Health and Police in Schools) which pairs a mental health clinician and officer to address the challenges of middle school. The program has shown great success in reducing truancy, suspensions, and expulsions by 85-90%. As recipient of the 2016 James Q. Wilson Award for excellence in community policing, there is no doubt that the San Jose State's Justice Studies Program prepared me to lead, innovate, and collaborate in keeping the Livingston community safe! Go Spartans!
Judge Robert R. Rigsby of the District of Colombia Superior Court visited the department and spoke to some of our students and faculty. He recounted his time spent here as an undergrad and spent time learning about the changes since he attended.
Prior to his confirmation as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court on July 25, 2002, Judge Rigsby served as the Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia.
Judge Rigsby served in the United States Army from 1981 to 2014. From 1987 to 1992, he served on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a prosecutor, defense attorney, administrative law attorney, international law attorney, law of war attorney, legal advisor to the Multinational Force and Observers, and Special Assistant United States Attorney for Tennessee and Kentucky. As an Army officer, Judge Rigsby has received numerous awards, decorations, and honors for outstanding trial work and acts of heroism and valor. In June 2003, the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army appointed Judge Rigsby as a Military Judge. In May of 2014, Judge Rigsby retired from the United States Army after 33 years of service with the rank of Colonel.
Judge Rigsby was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Vallejo, California. He received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from San Jose State University. At the end of his sophomore year of college, Judge Rigsby was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.
Thomas R. Parker of The Sentinel Group (Santa Barbara, CA) dropped by to see the old department. He found the renovated offices a lot of new faces.
Ruben Chavez (B.S. class of 1992 and M.S. class of 2009)
On October 16, 2015, Chief Ruben Chavez was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award at our annual dinner and showcase.
Ruben grew up in the Bay Area where he began his law enforcement career as a dispatcher with the Milpitas Police Department. At the age of 21, he went on to work for the San José Police Department, and after serving 28 years, retired in 2010 as a police lieutenant. While at the San José Police Department, Ruben worked a variety of assignments including training new officers, traffic enforcement, mounted patrol, and technical services.
In 2012, he was selected as the chief of police for the Livingston Police Department where he currently serves. The City of Livingston is a very diverse community located in the Central Valley; it is home to Foster Farms Chicken and is known as the Sweet Potato Capital.
Ruben graduated from San José State University in 1992 with honors, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice with a Sociology Minor. While working at the San José Police Department, he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Justice Studies in 2009. As a graduate student under Dr. Ann Lucas, he studied cultural social injustices occurring in South Asia and shortly after, led a team of students to India to promote social justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has served on numerous boards including the San Jose Police Chaplaincy, The Alum Rock Counseling Center, and he currently serves on the board of directors for Merced County Young Life. He has a passion for family and children and has applied what he learned at San José State University to make Livingston the best community possible.
He and his wife of 31 years, Sandra, have 3 grown children and one grandchild. They will have a second future Spartan arriving in February 2016.
William Barney "Bill" Robins (1942-2016)
Brother William Barney "Bill" Robins of Boise, Idaho, passed away on January 26, 2016. Brother Robins was an Active in 1962-64. Brother Robins was an ATF special agent from 1971 to January 1994. He served in the Oakland and Boise Field Offices. He was a guest instructor at FLETC and participated in many task forces and details. He is survived by his wife Sharon, 5 children and 5 grandchildren. They include son Michael Barela, a Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Supervisory Security Engineer, and granddaughter Kathryn Barela, an FBI Information Specialist.
John Marlo (1934-2015)
Retired Judge John Marlo, passed away on May 26, 2015. John was born in San Francisco, on May 9, 1934 to John Marlo and Francis Bouchine and raised by Aunt Esther Marlo. John went to St. Josephs Elementary and Alameda High School. He then attended San Jose College (class of 1956) where he met and upon graduation married his wife of 58 years, Patricia Alyson Nock.
John served in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant and then became a policeman for the San Jose Police Department and worked on the force while he attended University of Santa Clara College of Law (class of 1961). After law school, he moved his family to Santa Cruz in 1961. John became a trial attorney and joined the Law office of Snider, Marlo, McPhail and Hall, specializing in Municipal law. In 1968, he was the city attorney for Capitola and taught Administrative Justice at Cabrillo College for 18 years. Judge Marlo co-authored the textbook "The Police Officer and Criminal Justice" and authored "Famous Quotations Illustrated for Children". John Marlo was appointed to the Municipal Court by Governor Ronald Regan in 1973 where he served with dedication and a sincere bond to the community and his staff. During this time, John and Patti started Aptos Vineyards, involving their 5 children to grow the Pinot Noir grapes. He also lectured internationally on wine.
In 1987 he was elected to the Superior Court and served 3 terms, continuing his devotion to resolving conflict and reducing crime. When Judge Marlo retired from the bench, he went to work for the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS), and successfully mediated and arbitrated for 20 years. He never retired. John was an involved Catholic and enjoyed his morning prayer groups. His love of Jazz, history, viticulture, art and books will always be remembered.
Above all, John Marlo was a dedicated and loving husband and father-instilling honor and integrity to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by: wife Patti, daughters Kimber Collins, (Joseph), Kamala Davis (Kyle), Sons Craig Marlo (Kathleen), Jock Marlo (Giselle) and Daughter, Bridgit Karo (Marc). He has a legacy of 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Brother Chester J. Miller (1922-2015)
CHESTER JUNIOR MILLER, aka Chet Miller, passed away on September 19, 2015 at his home in New Braunfels, TX. He was born in Visalia, CA on July 6, 1922 to Myrtle Greeley and Chester Charles Miller. Chet graduated from Bakersfield College in 1942 with a Pre-Law AA degree, served in the U.S. Navy as a Quartermaster through WWII, then graduated from San Jose State College in 1949 with a B.A. degree in Police Science and Administration, receiving department honors.
After working with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Palo Alto Police Department in California, Chet was appointed Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service in 1951 and retired in 1978. He worked under seven presidents, from Truman through Carter. After the Kennedy assassination, he became the assistant special agent in charge of gathering intelligence and technical information for the subsequent investigation of Kennedy’s death. He was stationed in the San Francisco Field office twice, the Washington Field Office, and retired from the San Diego Field office. After retiring from the Secret Service, he moved to Grandview, WA in 1989 and became a grape farmer until 2006, was very involved with Kiwanis (Lt Governor 1985-86) and moved to Texas the end of 2014. He was an honorable man who was dedicated to the highest level of personal and work ethic and a dedicated family man. Chet was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Ruth Marsh Miller and his wife of 9 years Nina Thomas Miller, two brothers Bruce and George Miller, and his daughter Susan Margaret Miller. Chester is survived by his sister Barbara Miller Echols, daughters Marilyn Miller, Cynthia Miller and Linda Miller David, grandchildren Susan Cruz, Melissa Joslin, Jessica Miller, Christopher David, and great grandchildren Eric and Linzi Joslin, Brodie and Jenna Cruz, and foster daughter Wanda Harder.
There will be no services. The family invites anyone to sign on his tribute wall at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/cjmiller.
'May he be reunited with our other Brothers in Heaven and enjoy a glorious 80th Anniversary celebration with the angels.'
Brother Ralph Mackey (1933-2015)
Brother Ralph Mackey was born in Bridgeport, Washington to Stanley and Leona Mackey in 1933. He passed away on May 15, 2015. He was an only child until the birth of his sister Linda when he was 18 years old.
Ralph graduated from Wenatchee High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany and upon his return he attended San Jose State College where earned a BS degree in Police Administration. Ralph, with his German Shepherd, Frieda, trained and participated in the first police dog program with the San Jose Police Department. Upon his return to Washington State, Ralph worked for the WA Dept. of Social and Health Services as a supervisor in Children’s Protective Services and later as the SW Regional Director. After retiring, he accepted the position of administrator of the Washington State Soldiers Home in Orting, WA. Retiring again from public service, he became a nursing home administrator working in the private sector for several years.
Ralph passed away at home in May of 2015. Ralph is survived by his wife Judi of Selah, WA; sister Linda Hendricks of Los Angeles and three children: Rex Mackey of So Lake Tahoe; Rae Dietrich of Selah, WA; & Brad Mackey of Seattle.
Condolence can be sent to:
PO Box 853
Selah, WA 98942-0853
Effective May 2, 2015, Monterey City Manager Mike McCarthy has named Assistant Police Chief Dave Hober to the position of Interim Police Chief. Dave was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Monterey Police Department in February, 2015. Dave began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the San Jose Police Department. Dave holds a B.S. Degree in Political Science and dual Graduate Degrees in Public Administration and Criminal Justice Administration from San Jose State University.
James T. Madigan (1949-2013)
Jim grew up in Menlo Park and attended St. Francis High School, Mtn. View (class of 68), then Canada College and then SJSU where he joined Chi Pi Sigma, pledging in Fall 1970. He worked for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, San Francisco Airport Police, San Francisco Police Department and Pacifica Police Department. After many years in Law Enforcement, he finished his career as a Reserve Officer for the San Jose Police Department before moving to Thailand. He died of natural causes on March 26, 2013 in Thailand. He is survived by his son, Brennan.
Bob Ladouceur (Class of 1977). Bob Ladouceur graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Criminal Justice. On May 5, 2015, San Jose State University announced that the legendary educator and former De La Salle High School head football coach will receive a honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Commencement, May 23. Ladouceur was the subject of the movie, When the Game Stands Tall, and is a member of the SJSU Spartan Sports Hall of Fame and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Sergeant Edward Barron USMC (Class of 2007). Sgt Barron graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Justice studies. He recently visited the department to view the flag he had flown to honor the Justice Studies Department while deployed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The flag and the accompanying certificate, is displayed proudly in the Chair's Office. Sgt Barron is currently a recruiter for the United States Marine Corp.
Michael T. Irving (1928-2015), Resident of San Jose, California. Michael Thomas Irving, Jr. was the first son born to Michael T. Irving, Sr. and Maria Dominica Etcheverri. Having been born in Oceanside and raised in Vista and San Diego, Mike was drafted and sent to Korea where he worked as a Radio Operator. Upon returning from Korea, where he served with the 23rd Regiment, US Army, Mike graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Penology. After an internship at San Quentin Prison, Mike took a position with the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Department where he served as Superintendent at the James and Holden Ranches and the Muriel Wright Center. Throughout much of his career and well into retirement, Mike was also actively involved with Lions Club International having been a member of the Morgan Hill Lions Club and more recently a founding member of the Scales of Justice Lions Club. He exemplified the Lions creed of "We Serve" having supported numerous Lions initiatives, including White Cane Day, City of Hope, Canine Companions, Spinosa Bears, etc. He was a lifelong member of the Lions Eye Foundation. Loving husband to Lorraine Irving (deceased) and proud father/grandfather to daughters Yvette M. Irving (Ignacio Velasco), Bettina M. Irving (Tom Stenstrom) and grandsons, Sebastian and Gabriel Velasco. Mike, also known as Tommy to his family in San Diego, CA is survived by his sister, Yvonne Louise Schmitten, and was preceded in death by siblings Jean Marie Greene, Raymond Lloyd Irving and John Kelly Irving. He was also a proud uncle to numerous nieces and nephews and a devoted friend to many. Mike's family would like to give a special thank you to Catholic Charities and Palm Villas Care Home for their compassionate care of their father during his last few years of life. In lieu of flowers the family suggests volunteering/donating to the Lions Club initiative of your choice. Rosary to be held Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Oaks, Oak Hill Cemetery. Funeral Services to follow on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The trial for the murder of alumnus, Albert Cobarrubias, is now underway. Albert was an advocate against racial profiling, who ironically may have been the victim of racial stereotyping. News of this event can be found here: http://www.mercurynews.com/News/ci_26494008/Murder-trial-begins-in-killing-of-aspiring-South-Bay-defense-lawyer
Walter D. Burleson, Jr. (1933-2014), of Burke, VA. passed peacefully at his home on July 13, 2014. Born September 23, 1933 in Mosquero, NM, he is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Catherine; his sister Sandra (Jim); his five children Paul (Teresa), Steven (Julie), Robert (Brenda), Rebecca (Randall), and Laura; his niece Robin (Kurt); and his 13 grandchildren; Kelly, Sara, Michael, Kate, Alex, Rick, Haley, Aubree, Layna, Reagan, Natalie, Catherine and Callan. In the late 1950's he attended the San Jose Police School and served as Chief of Staff. In 1959 he graduated from San José State. He served in local law enforcement and became a polygraph examiner before starting a career with the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Veteran's Affairs in the early 1970's. He retired from government service in 1993. As his wife Cathy noted, "He was a man that totally enjoyed his work. It showed in the results of his efforts." Internment will occur at Arlington National Cemetery. The family encourages contributions to be made to a charity of choice.
Joseph DeSoto (1925-2014) passed away peacefully at home, April 29, 2014, with his family by his side. Mr. DeSoto was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 23, 1925. He was a resident of Milpitas for 52 years. Mr. DeSoto attended public schools in Honolulu. The attack on Pearl Harbor ended his high school career prematurely as he joined the Pearl Harbor Fire Department in early December 1941. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. Aboard ship he saw combat in the Philippines and repatriated Japanese prisoners of war from China. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was an Army Reservist from 1948—58 as a first lieutenant, military police. The GI Bill enabled Mr. DeSoto to graduate from San Jose State University with a major in Administration of Justice-Criminal Law. There he was a member of the Chi Pi Sigma Police Fraternity and a competitive boxer on the varsity boxing team. His career in worker's compensation spanned 35 years at Transport Indemnity, Fidelity Surety, CNA, Transamerica, CIGNA, with 21 years at Fireman's Fund Insurance, San Jose. He was a Master Mason and Sciots, and a member of the Boots & Bloomers Square Dance Club of Milpitas. In retirement, he worked part time for Stanford University as security event personnel for 15 years, and as a county election precinct clerk and inspector. He frequented Mil's Diner and the local Denny's, he enjoyed all sports, especially golf, football and horseshoes. Mr. DeSoto was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha DeSoto of Castro Valley, his beloved wife of 52 years, Louise, and his oldest son, Syd. He is survived by his son and caregiver, Carl, of Milpitas: his daughter Sylvia Lindgren, son-in-law Brian Lindgren, and two grandsons, Caleb and Adam Lindgren, all of the Seattle area; his sister, Virginia Cook of Alabama; and his brother, Roger DeSoto of Union City; and "adopted daughter" (foreign exchange student), Tomoe Fujimoto of Tokyo, Japan. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.
Moses "Moe" Arispe Leon (1936-2014) of Tucson, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2014. Moe was born May 31, 1936 in New York City. He graduated from San Jose City college with an A.A. Degree, and his Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from San José State University, he also studied at Bethany College and the University of Santa Clara in California. Moe Taught Justice Studies at Pima College for 20 Years. He retired from PCC in 1999, having taught hundreds of students who chose law enforcement and related occupations as their career. Moe also served 27 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a volunteer "Week-end Warrior." Preceded in death by his wife Alice, and son, Aljandro (Hondo), he is survived by his brother, John (Suzanne) Leon, and sister, Lydia (Richard) Daino; six nieces and nephews and a very dear friend companion and caregiver, Carmine. [condolences]