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Donald F. Dorward

September 23, 1931 - August 6, 2014

Donald Frederick Dorward, age 82, passed away peacefully in his Oakland residence on August 6, 2014.

Don was the son of Frederick and Gladys Dorward, and brother of JaneAnn Dorward Dow, all of who predeceased him. A native of San Francisco, Don grew up in Piedmont and graduated from Piedmont High School. He then entered the University of California, Berkeley where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and graduated with a Bachelors degree in business in 1955. Don served as a Corpsman in the United States Coast Guard during the Korean War.

Don spent the first seven years of his business career at Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, where he rose to the position of Director of Advertising and Public Relations at age 30. He then founded Allen and Dorward, a San Francisco based advertising agency with his business partner Francis Allen. As President and CEO, Don built the company to be the largest independently owned advertising agency on the west coast.

Don Dorward served on many corporate boards including Charles Schwab, 24 Hour Fitness, and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and was active throughout his life in many other professional and charitable organizations. He served as Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization and World Presidents Organization, as well as President of the Claremont Country Club and the San Francisco Fly Casting Club. He held leadership positions with a variety of advertising industry organizations including the American Association of Advertising Agencies and AMIN, an international organization of independent advertising agencies. In addition, he was a member of Spyglass Hill Country Club, the Outrigger Canoe Club, the St. Francis Yacht Club and The Bohemian Club. Don's charity work included The U.C. Berkeley Foundation and the Shriners and for forty years Don hosted a charity golf tournament that benefited the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Children's Hospital.

Don was an avid golfer and sportsman. A supporter of Cal Athletics and an avid fan of the 49ers and the Giants, he was a 49er season ticket holder from the early days of Kezar Stadium.

Don is survived by Nan White, his partner of fifteen years and his five children, Mary Anne Dorward (husband Rupert Webb), John, Steven (wife Toni), Charles, and Christopher (wife Holly). His son, Robert C. Dorward predeceased him. Don is also survived by five grandchildren, Sarah and Joshua Schenkkan and Bobby, Emily and Katheryn Dorward.

Nothing was more important to Don than his family and friends. His network was far reaching and the personal impact he had on the lives he touched was immeasurable.

At Don's specific request, a small family memorial service has already taken place. The family will be hosting a gathering of friends to celebrate his life. Specific details for this gathering will be announced at a later date. Please do not hesitate to leave your thoughts about Don and his impact on your life at his online memorial:

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 17, 2014
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