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Kaye Dugoni, wife of emeritus Dean Arthur A. Dugoni, passed away Dec. 3

Dec 8, 2015

Katherine Agnes (Groo) Dugoni died peacefully at her home in Palo Alto, surrounded by family, on Dec. 3, 2015, at the age of 89.

Kaye, as she was known to her friends, was born in Montpelier, Idaho, on Aug. 12, 1926. As a child her family moved to Spokane, Washington, where she met the love of her life, Arthur A. Dugoni, in 1943. Art was a freshman at Gonzaga University and Kaye was at nearby Holy Names Academy. It was love at first sight for both of them and Art often remarked that Kaye was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Art and Kaye were married at St. Aloysius Church at Gonzaga in 1949.

The couple raised their family in San Mateo, while Art was building up his dental practice after graduating from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in his hometown of San Francisco (now Univeristy of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry). The family later moved to Seattle, when Art studied to become an orthodontist at the University of Washington, and then finally settled in Atherton, California, before moving to a retirement community in Palo Alto.

Kaye lived for her family, her Catholic faith and her community. She was a life master in duplicate bridge and volunteered many hours of service to her children's schools, her church as well as to University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where her husband, Arthur A. Dugoni, served as Dean for 28 years from 1978 to 2006. Kaye was the matriarch of four generations and she found the greatest joy in spending time with her seven children, 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 

Also a committed Pacific family, the Dugonis were honored as an Outstanding Family by the Pacific Alumni Association in 2010 at its 52nd Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony. Art and Kaye and their family have sponsored numerous endowments and scholarships at the dental school, including the Arthur A. Dugoni Endowed Professorship in Orthodontics and the Arthur and Katherine Dugoni Endowed Student Scholarship, and the Kaye Dugoni Family Room, which was funded by family and friends and named in her honor at the new dental school campus at 155 Fifth Street. Kaye was awarded the Medallion of Distinction by the school of dentistry alumni association on Feb. 6, 1998, for outstanding contributions to the school of dentistry and the profession of dentistry. More than a dozen family members have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees at Pacific.

She leaves behind her husband of 66 years Arthur A. Dugoni '48 DEN, her sister Joann Groo and seven children to cherish her memory: Steven '86 DEN and wife Lisa; Michael and wife Marianne '77 PHS; Russell and wife Maureen; Mary Rouleau and husband Bertrand '82 DEN; Diane Descalso; Arthur Jr. '87 COP and wife Kristen; and James '86 BUS and wife Lisa '05 PHS. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Patrick, Emily, Brian '05 COP, '08, '10 DEN, Christine, Paul, Eric, Sean, Aaron, Nicolas, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary, Benjamin, Tyler and Jackson '18 COP; and six great grandchildren: Brendan, Kenzie, Connor, Claire, Evan and Charlotte. 

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Rd., Redwood City, California. All friends and family are welcome to attend the service and reception immediately following. There will also be a celebration of life for the university community at 4:00 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2016, at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

In lieu of flowers, the family has indicated that those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary, 2911 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224, or to the Arthur and Katherine Dugoni Endowed Student Scholarship at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific, 155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. 

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