Stephen Dobbs, 73

Stephen Dobbs

Stephen Mark Dobbs, a Jewish historian, philanthropic adviserĀ  and community leader, died at his San Rafael home on Oct. 25 after a long illness. He was 73.

A graduate of Stanford University, Dobbs spent 15 years as a professor at S.F. State University, along with visiting professorships at Stanford, Harvard and other schools. He wrote more than 100 articles and eight books, including biographies of his late parents, former San Francisco Supervisor Harold Dobbs and Jewish community leader Annette Dobbs.

Stephen Dobbs was CEO of the S.F.-based Koret Foundation, president of the Marin Community Foundation, executive vice president of the Bernard Osher Foundation and executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture. He also was president of the Mount Zion Health Fund and Brandeis-Hillel Day School, and served on the board of directors for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Jewish Community Federation, the San Francisco State University Foundation, and J. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. Funeral arrangemens were unknown at press time.