John R. Dalton |
On October 5, 2013 John Rhoads Dalton passed peacefully with family by his side after a long illness.
John Dalton, a direct descendent of 1846 California pioneers, was born in Boston in 1930 as his father taught at Harvard and worked for FDR. Mr. Dalton graduated from Berkeley High School and UC Berkeley. A lifelong athlete, John played rugby, football, and tennis throughout his adult life.
In 1950, Mr. Dalton joined the US Marines soon after hearing the Marines Marching Band on campus. He spent two years as machine gunner on the front line in Korea where he earned a purple heart as a result of an almost fatal bullet hit to his helmet. Mr. Dalton left the war with a kinship and empathy for soldiers that intensified as he grew older. Despite his weakness last summer, he was honored to attend the Korean War Memorial Dedication Ceremony in the Presidio on July 27, 2013.
Mr. Dalton resumed civilian life in San Francisco in 1952 when he launched his distinguished career in the financial services industry, most notably opening and managing branches for San Francisco's Charles Schwab & Co, the firm from which he retired in the late-nineties.
A tournament champion and member of the California Tennis Club from 1962, John Dalton also served as the club's president. Mr. Dalton ranked on Northern California Seniors and was a partner and opponent for close friends like Sandy Walker, Tom Brown, and countless others. He taught his daughters the game and coached his granddaughter into his early eighties.
John Dalton was an avid reader and immersed himself in philosophy, military history, literary theory, biography, contemporary fiction and poetry.
He enjoyed the best parts of San Francisco, including dog walking in the Presidio, museum visits and weekly lunches at Capp's Corner with friends. Most of all he loved his family.
John R. Dalton is preceded in death by his third wife Cecilia M. Valente. He is survived by brother Dennis Dalton and sister-in-law Christine Dalton, daughter Mary Dalton, daughter Sarah Dalton Franz, son-in-law Richard Franz, granddaughter Catherine Pentoney, niece Colleen Dalton, and nephews Marcus and Jeffrey Dalton.
John Rhoads Dalton will rest with his ancestors at East Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Sacramento. A reception for friends, family and members will be held at the California Tennis Club in San Francisco on Friday, November 8th at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation in John R. Dalton's name to the San Francisco Korean War Memoial Foundation by calling 415-750-3862, or by visiting Mr. Dalton's honorary page at www.kwmf.org.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 13, 2013