Bellarmine Honors Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Posted: August 30, 2019

The Bellarmine Alumni Hall of Fame saw four new members join its ranks with the induction of Kevin Frandsen '00 (Athletics), Bill Del Biaggio '58 (Business), Jim Harville '63 (Humanities & Fine Arts), and Major General D. Scott McKean '86 (Public Service).

The evening began with a ceremony in Sobrato Center, which featured videos of each honoree telling their stories in their own words. All four videos can be viewed on the Bellarmine Bells Youtube Channel. A photo album of the event is also posted on the Bellarmine Alumni Facebook page.

After starring on the Bellarmine baseball team as a student and helping the Bells capture the 1999 CCS championship, Kevin Frandsen ’00 went on to become the most prolific hitter in San Jose State history before embarking on an impressive 12-year professional baseball career. Growing up a San Francisco Giants fan, his childhood dreams were realized when the Giants drafted him in the 12th round in 2004. As joyous as this time in his life was, Kevin’s family was devastated when, a few months later, his older brother DJ, a 1997 Bellarmine graduate, passed away from kidney cancer after successfully battling back against the disease five times previously. Throughout his career and beyond, Kevin and his family have carried DJ’s legacy and memory with them, and that legacy continues today through the “19 for Life” Foundation, which has provided support to children and their families battling cancer at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital as well as scholarships to athletes who have risen above challenges in their lives. In addition, significant annual support has been provided to the DJ Frandsen Endowment at Bellarmine. With his professional playing career behind him, Kevin continues to do all that he can to support Bellarmine and is a great model of a man who has used his gifts and talents to serve his community better.

A standout athlete and class president at Bellarmine, Bill Del Biaggio ’58 has used his business acumen to serve the San Jose community in many ways. After a 30-year career working for Santa Clara Valley Beer Distributors, Bill cofounded and served as the original chairman of Heritage Bank of Commerce. Along with Lon Normandin ’52, Bill founded Holy Spirit School in San Jose’s Almaden Valley in order to serve the expanding Catholic community better. He has truly put his talents at the service of others by serving as the president of the San Jose Police Foundation, Via Services, and the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, as well as positions on the Boards of The Daughters of Charity Health System and of both Presentation and Notre Dame high schools. Bill has also worked with Family Supportive Housing, Unity Care, History San Jose, the American Diabetes Association, the Diocese of San Jose, and the Santa Clara County Boy Scouts of America. Bill’s greatest achievement, though, is his family and the Bellarmine legacy he created, passing down the tradition of a Jesuit education to both of his sons, Boots III ’85 and Nick ’89, and all four of his grandsons, Boots IV ’16, Chase ’17, Nick ’18, and Andrew ’19. Bill has truly heeded Ignatius’ call to “Go forth and set the world on fire!” through his generous and selfless commitment to his community.

Jim Harville ’63 has been a model of what it means to be a true “man for and with others.” During his 45-year career at Bellarmine as an English teacher and 32 years as head of the Speech and Debate program, he was an inspirational, transformational educator. His wry wit, terrific rapport with students, passion for music, and great love of literature made him a favorite within Bellarmine’s evered English department. Jim introduced the department’s elective program and was one of the only teachers in the country to take on the instruction of James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses, a text often only attempted at the graduate level. He was also the driving force in building Bellarmine’s Speech and Debate team into the national powerhouse that it is today. A state champion himself, he coached 10 individual national champions, 13 state championship teams, and one national championship team in 1994. Jim also generously shared his own spirituality with his colleagues and students, becoming a key supporter of and contributor to the Kairos retreat and serving as a founding moderator of Bellarmine’s Gay-Straight Christian Life Community. Even with his remarkable ability as a speaker, it was in Jim’s genuine desire to listen to and learn from others that he embodied the Jesuit ideal of being a contemplative in action, inspiring generations of Bellarmine alumni to pursue careers in education.

Major General D. Scott McKean ’86 has served in the military for almost 30 years all while carrying with him the Jesuit ideals he learned at Bellarmine to place himself at the service of others. A first-generation son of Salvadoran immigrants, General McKean is the first from his graduating class at West Point to earn the rank of General, and in the many leadership roles in which he has served, has always sought to be a true servant-leader. He has been deployed to Iraq five times in addition to his service in Jordan, Kuwait, and most recently in South Korea. General McKean was also instrumental in helping to support the Florida government and federal agencies to provide relief from Hurricane Andrew in 1992. He has been awarded eight medals, including the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medals, and has been instrumental in helping to negotiate peaceful agreements during his time in the Middle East and Korea. McKean has also worked to help his troops understand and embrace the culture of the people where they serve. He recently said that he wanted to educate his soldiers to “understand the culture of our host. We are celebrating our time as guests.” General McKean truly lives out being a man for and with others as he toasted the strong connections between the Korean and American forces by saying “katchi kapshida” which means “we go together.”

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