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Deaths for the week of Sept. 21, 2018


Obituaries are supported by a generous grant from Sinai Memorial Chapel.


Robert “Bud” Jacob died peacefully at home on Aug. 18 just after his 89th birthday. A San Francisco native, he was born Aug. 4, 1929 to Pearl and Edwin Jacob. After attending Lowell High School, he received a bachelor in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. In the summer of 1956, he proposed to Lois Irene Checkers on the shore of Lake Tahoe. They married that November in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

Robert “Bud” Jacob
Robert “Bud” Jacob

He started his career in franchising at Midas Mufflers, helping the company become an industry leader. He later worked as VP of franchise sales at Arby’s, taking the Ohio restaurant chain nationwide. In 1967, he returned with his family to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked in real estate development. In the 1980s, Bud brought his franchise expertise to Gymboree Corporation, helping to establish the brand internationally.

Bud was active in the Jewish community, serving as president of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. He was also an avid outdoorsman and adventurer who traveled extensively, and later in life, he remained active as a business consultant and mentor to young entrepreneurs.

Bud Jacob is survived by his sons Michael (wife Denise Meier and daughter Liora) of Sebastopol; Daniel (wife Michelle Sixta and daughter Emma) of Larkspur; Stephen (wife Dagmar and daughter Marlene) of Berlin, Germany; daughter Elizabeth Wallace (husband Duncan Wallace and their children Maggie and Alexander) of Portland, Oregon; and his partner of the last 5 years, Diane Penn (daughter Amy Norman, son Nathan Penn).

The family suggests donations in Bud and Lois’ name to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada, 2290 N. First St., Suite 101, San Jose, CA, 95131.


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Eva Langton

Eva Langton died peacefully surrounded by family in San Francisco on Sept. 5, 2018.

Born in Berlin, Germany on Feb. 13, 1930.

Loving wife of Daniel J. Langton and mother of Mark Langton. Pre-deceased by her entire family, including parents Hans Heymann, Jr., an economist born in Konigsberg, E. Prussia, and Ella Jeanette (Catz) Heymann, an opera singer born in the Netherlands; sisters Ilse Heymann (of No. Carolina) and Inge-Maria Liston (of San Francisco); and brother Hans Heymann, Jr. (of Bethesda, MD).

The family matriarch and youngest of four siblings, Eva (Eve) fled Nazi Germany and immigrated to America in 1936, arriving in New York with her parents, two older sisters and brother. In 1950, Eva and her husband, Danny, settled in San Francisco. Her SF State psychology degree, compassionate heart and intuition served her well as a social worker, therapist, deputy marriage commissioner, wife, mother and friend. She was a world-traveler, a writer, lover of opera, theatre and art. Settling in the Haight-Ashbury in 1954, both Eva and Danny were highly regarded as poets and true Bohemians in the North Beach literary Beat scene. She enjoyed long daily walks in Golden Gate Park, yoga, meditation, laughter and rich food.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 26, at 3 p.m.

at Congregation Sherith Israel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice or Congregation Sherith Israel.


Elliott Rivo, MD of Brookline, Massachusetts, at age 85 on Aug. 13, 2018. For 53 years, he was the beloved husband of Sharon Pucker Rivo. Loving father of Lisa Rivo; Steven Rivo and his wife Jessica Millstone; and Rebecca Rivo. Cherished “Tata” to Jones and Sylvie.

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Elliott Rivo

Accomplished OB/GYN physician, skilled surgeon and early pioneer in women’s health and contraception, including the development of the birth control pill, IUD, infertility treatments and microsurgery. Former faculty member of Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools.

He is survived by his devoted family, including his identical twin brother Dr. Morton G. Rivo of Mill Valley; niece Susie Rivo of Somerville, MA; nephew Michael J. Rivo, his wife Lily and their children, Julia, Henry and Sarah of Tiburon; brother and sister-in-law Bernard and Sue Pucker of Boston; and nephews Michael Pucker of Chicago, Ken and Jon Pucker and their families of Boston.

Donations in the name of Dr. Elliott Rivo may be made to Physicians for Reproductive Health (prh.org) or the Benjamin M. Banks MD Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116.