A. Robert Beritzhoff
Aug. 20, 1921-July 20, 2013
Resident of Walnut Creek
A. Robert Beritzhoff, known as Bob to his family, friends and associates passed away peacefully on July 20, 2013.
Bob was born in Alameda, California and attended school in Alameda and later at ST. Mary's High School in Berkeley. An outstanding athlete, excelling in basketball and baseball, Bob was inducted into the St. Mary's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He was an avid, excellent golfer for most of his life.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After basic training, Bob was accepted into the OCS program and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant Bob was a member of Material Air Command, 19th Air Support Squadron and served from 1943 through 1945 in the North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Southern France, and Rhine campaigns. His group supported bombers providing close-in air strikes and closely followed the allied ground campaigns. Attaining the rank of Captain, Bob returned to civilian life in 1946.
After the war, he met Barbara Macdonald Brooks at the 18th hole of Pebble Beach. They were married in 1947, and had four children, Michael, James, Thomas and Darcie.
Much of Bob's career was with the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, where he worked on developing Oakland as an "All-American" city and as a major transportation hub. For many years he represented the Chamber and other interests as a lobbyist in Sacramento.
From 1962 through 1966, Bob was the chief of staff/secretary to the Mayor of Oakland. During these years Oakland experienced tremendous growth and Bob was involved in building the Oakland Coliseum and bringing major league sports to Oakland; major expansion of the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport; and numerous highway and street projects that contributed to Oakland's economic and social growth.
Returning to the Oakland Chamber, Bob eventually led the organization as General Manager, Executive Vice President.
Upon retiring, Bob and Barbara travelled the world extensively. After Barbara's passing Bob continued to enjoy the company of his family, many friends and associates throughout his life.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, son James, and his brother Sig, who was as a father to him.
He is survived by his brother, Jack; his sons and daughter and their families, including six grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
At his request, there will be no memorial service.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 2, 2013