Albin A. Roman Retired military and civilian journalist, died October 7, 2013 in Greenbrae. He was 98 years old. Roman retired in 1973 from Oakland Army Base, where he served as civilian Public Affairs Officer of the Military Traffic Management Command. Prior to that he was a Public Information Officer at Hamilton Air Force Base in Marin County. During his Federal government career he also wrote a syndicated column for 15 dailies, authored six books and seven television plays. His latest novels, "The Silver Dollar Eyes" and "$50,000 An Ounce," published in 2000 and 2003, are still in print. Earlier he was a reporter, rewrite man and copy editor for Transradio Press in Chicago, the Miami (Fla.) Herald and the Miami Tribune. During World War II Roman was a first lieutenant in the 543d Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment for nearly four years, two of them in New Guinea and the Philippines. Roman was born in Chicago in 1914, moved to Carmel in 1943, and to Marin County in 1957. Between writing assignments, he traveled extensively to all 50 states and more than 67 countries, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from New Guinea to Easter Island. He also was active in nine Marin political campaigns as publicity director, and for more than 25 years served with TEAM Singles of Marin as president, director and publicist. Roman's wife, Catherine, a Novato school teacher, died in 1974. Survivors include his son, Robert of Greenbrae, daughter Dianne Felton of Newport Beach, and grandson Michael Felton.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Oct. 15, 2013