Paul C. Maier 1929-2012
Beloved husband, father, father-in-law and Opa to his adoring family: wife Lee, sons Jeffrey, Gadi and Stephen, daughters-in-law Christiane, Marlene and Nanette, and his loving grandchildren Dovave, Stefanie, Elan, Avi, Jason, Isaac and Simone Maier. He is also survived by many friends.
His family fled Germany in 1936 and Paul grew up in San Francisco, attending Lowell High School and then U.C. Berkeley.
He married the love of his life, Arlee nee Strellis, in 1953 and received his JD from Boalt School of Law the following year. He served in the U.S. military from 1954 to 1956, working as the legal advocate for the postwar military intelligence unit. His public service included active involvement in the Civil Rights movement, traveling to register African-American voters in Selma and moving his young family to Berkeley in order to participate in the nation’s first voluntary school integration program.
Professionally he practiced trial law in San Francisco for many years. He attained the first Conscientious Objector status for an enlisted man at the start of the Vietnam War. His work included cases establishing the first case of free agency status for local basketball star Rick Barry, and he did important work in the film and entertainment industry, representing clients that, among others, included the Doobie Brothers and George Lucas. Paul worked as a California Bar Examiner, did pro bono work in the community, and in his later years worked as a legal arbitrator for the State of California.
After moving to Berkeley in 1966, Paul became involved in local Berkeley politics and participated very actively in the local Jewish community. He served as local president and national vice president of the Jewish Community Relations Council and president of the East Bay Jewish federation from 1975 to 1977.
Most of all, he savored the time spent with his family, sharing his love of the Sierras, gardening, music and life. He leaves behind a legacy of impeccable integrity, support and wit. We are each a little better and wiser for having had him in our lives.
Services have been held. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Los Angeles ORT College, Temple Isaiah in Lafayette or the charity of your choice.
Stanley Allen Naftaly
January 8, 1926–November 22, 2012
Stanley Allen Naftaly, 86, born in and a lifelong resident of San Francisco, passed away on Thanksgiving. He graduated from George Washington High in 1942 and went on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated in 1945 at the age of 19. Trained as a chemist, Stan was also an avid photographer, spirited tennis player and passionate supporter of the performing arts, particularly opera.
Stan will be remembered for his humility, generosity, kindness and devotion to his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Bryna; son Eric of Daly City; son Bruce, daughter-in-law Sara, and grandson Sam of Seattle; and son Keith and son-in-law Nathaniel of New York City. He is also survived by his brother Arthur and sister-in-law Jackie; sister-in-law Betty, wife of his late brother Richard, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many cherished dear friends.
A private service was held at Salem Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Institute On Aging (www.ioaging.org) in Stanley’s memory.
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Rosabelle Rose Tobriner
Rosabelle Rose Tobriner, devoted wife of the late Mathew O. Tobriner, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, died of respiratory failure on November 26 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Rosabelle (Ro) was born on May 26, 1915 in Los Angeles, California, to Charles Rose and Sonia Neveloff Rose, Russian Jewish immigrants of modest means. She attended L.A. High School and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1939 with a B.A. in social work. She returned to U.C. Berkeley in her 40s and received an M.A. in Economics in 1959. She married Mathew Tobriner in 1939, and the couple moved into his family home on Jackson Street in San Francisco, where they lived until Mathew’s death in 1982. Ro was a beautiful, intelligent woman, always stylishly dressed, curious, outgoing and gracious.
Ro dedicated her life to community service and her participation was highly regarded. She served as a model in her day for young women interested in taking an active role in public life. She began her community work as President of the Madison School PTA and worked in Jewish Family Services as well as the Jewish Community Center. After serving on the Mount Zion Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and becoming its President, she went on to become a hospital board member. She served on the board of the Koshland Committee and was appointed by then–Mayor Dianne Feinstein to serve as a San Francisco Health Commissioner.
In 1984 Ro moved to 999 Green St., and in 1998 she moved to the San Francisco Towers, where she lived until her death. She was increasingly withdrawn after 2003 because of senior dementia but seemed to achieve a special peace with her life, particularly in the last few years.
She is survived by two loving sons, Michael C. Tobriner, a San Francisco attorney, and Stephen Tobriner, Professor Emeritus of Architectural History at U.C. Berkeley, and their wives, Stephanie Wildman and Frances Tobriner. She will be missed by four loving grandchildren: Mike Z. Tobriner and his wife Quynh Nguyen of Qatar; Armando Tobriner of Berkeley; Becky Wildman-Tobriner and her husband Ben Chung of Burlingame; Ben Wildman-Tobriner and his wife Vicky Parente of Durham, North Carolina. She is also survived by her deceased brother Milton’s two daughters: Alison Rose of New York and Belinda Rose of Redwood City. She will be especially missed by Julieta Dela Rosa who cared for her with loving patience and great skill for over 10 years. The family gives special thanks to Julieta and the group of superb caregivers she assembled: Conchita Agustin, Mary Lou Rogers, Jane Soriano and Lorraine Soliman. The family would also like to thank Tineke Colenbrander, who kept Ro’s books since the 1990s, and Rosemary MacCloud, of the San Francisco Towers, for her sensitive and timely help.
A private interment was held at Home of Peace cemetery in Colma on Nov. 27. A celebration of Ro’s long life will be held at the San Francisco Towers, 1661 Pine St., S.F., at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Gifts in her honor may be given to the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara University School of Law, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053 and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.
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