Walter Mencken 2:08 p.m., Aug. 27
Paean to Jerry Dominelli
"De mortuis nil nisi bonum." (Speak no ill of the dead.) The University of San Diego Magazine for summer of 2010 notes in its "In Memoriam" section the death of J. David "Jerry" Dominelli, who graduated from USD in 1969 with a bachelor of arts degree. There is no mention that Dominelli, who died Aug. 2, 2009, ran an $80 million Ponzi scheme that rocked San Diego in the 1980s and early 1990s. One of his daughters, Jennifer, USD class of 1998, is quoted saying, "The inner man who was my dad was nothing like the outer image portrayed to the public...He understood deeply what life was really all about."