I often thought of contacting your father when I attended SCU but was never successful and now I learn of his passing. My condolences....
I had heard over the years that he had a history of Sweeney Ridge, San Mateo. I believe it gained its name from one of my ancestors. If you can help please contact me. alanamaury47
@yahoo.com Alana McSweeney Maury
Dr. Sweeney was a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor. My condolences to his family.
Chris Chiappari '85
Darling Sweeney "children" how often I have thought of you and your dad, you all welcomed me into your homes...
although I was far from a science student. You are in prayers, and I am so releived that his last years were filled with travel, good food and drink and his loving children.
Dr. Sweeney was a great guy and a great teacher. He knew his stuff and made learning it fun. The analogy I remember best was about entropy and socks scattered around the dorm room floor.
I'll always be grateful to Dr. Sweeney for arranging a paid internship for me at NASA Ames Research Center. There I got to run a gas chromatograph which was the first step in my 20 year career in export sales and marketing of gas chromatographs and other analytical instruments.
Dr. Sweeney was one of the most inspiring professors I had at Santa Clara. Through my senior research project with him, I discovered my interest which was the path for my career. RIP.
Mr. Sweeney had lots so patience, especially with his daughter Anna's high school girlfriends. I remember him piling 4 of us into his old Volvo and taking us for dinner in Carmel. We stopped for fried artichokes on the way, and he didn't even say "you'll spoil your appetites!" He was always kind and funny and had time for us crazy girls and didn't cringe when we would laugh hysterically or loudly as all girls do! He let us be ourselves and we all had fun together. He will be missed.
Dr. Sweeney was one of the best and funniest teachers I ever had, including grad school. I remember graduation day (1975) when he showed up wearing under his academic robes one of the SCU T shirts, which was misspelled that year, and which our senior chemistry class gave to him as a present. It was almost 40 years ago, yet I will never forget. I still laugh when I think of it.
Dr. Sweeney was a treasure. Kind, funny, smart, and did I mention funny? His analogies were always memorable, from kittens and piranhas to capillary action. They made you laugh, but they made you remember. He was also the first person of authority I ever heard answer a question with, "I don't know. ...but I'll find out and get back to you." That is a lesson I carry with me to this day. It's OK not to know. Thanks, Dr. Sweeney. You will be missed.
Dr. Sweeney was one of the most inspiring and gifted professors. He truly had a heart of 'Gold'
R.I.P. Dr. Sweeney. You were one of the best professors I had while at SCU.
-mitch '79, '81
Dr. Sweeney was one of the best instructors I had at Santa Clara. I will never forget his "puppies and piranhas" analogy to describe acid-base titrations. He was also my senior project advisor and his guidance taught me how to analyze problems and research solutions. I will not forget him. I'm greatly saddened by his passing and chemistry has lost a fantastic ambassador!
Greg, BSc Chemistry, '87
Dr. Sweeny was the kindest, funniest and most inspiring science professor I encountered while a chem major at SCU ('84). He encouraged me toward a career in medicine, which I greatly enjoy. His quiet gentleness, support, and love of teaching will always be remembered.
Dr. Sweeney was one of the rare professors who taught humility as well as his subject matter, usually demonstrated by his highly tuned sense of humor. This ability of his made it fun to learn a difficult subject. Along with Dr. Rosenthal, we were so very fortunate to have them in the Chem Dept.
I just used Prof. Sweeney's puppies and piranhas analogy for acid/base reactions in my own general chemistry class this week. I also remember he always had an easy question to start with on every test (one wrong answer for an indicator was cabernet sauvignon). I was the first person to turn in the Quantitative Analysis final exam in 1984 and he said to me "Way to psyche them out." He was one of my role models in my own career as a chemistry professor. I wish that I could better emulate his relaxed, but engaging style.
I have fond, fond memories of Dr. Sweeney. His General Chemistry class was my first experience in a large(by SCU
standards :) lecture hall. He taught us a lot, but what I remember more, was, he cracked us up, and obviously loved what he did. I always appreciated the comic relief. He was a special guy, he was proud of his kids, whom he would mention in class often.My condolences to his family. I am grateful to have been taught by him. Laura (Giambruno) Chielpegian, Combined Science 92'
Dr. Sweeney was an engaging and thoughtful teacher. He was one of the most memorable teachers I've had at SCU.
Dr. Sweeney was one of the most engaging teachers I have ever had. He made chemistry fun and was one of the best teachers I had at SCU.
Dr Sweeney was for sure the best chemistry teacher I ever had! Sorry he's gone! :-( Thanks for teaching so many of us what we're really made of!
- Joe (SCU '93)