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Monroe Baer Jr. passed away March 23 in his San Francisco home of natural causes at age 91. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara in 2011. He was also predeceased by his sister Helen Jean Weil in 2002.   He is survived by his son Larry, daughter-in-law Pam, daughter Leslie Baer Carrington, and son-in-law Rogers Carrington. He is survived by the Baer Grandchildren - Joshua, Jonathan, Zachary and Alana.

Monty Baer lived a remarkable life.  He was born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, graduating from the first class at McClatchy High School where he ran track.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1944 after serving his country as a lieutenant in World War II in the Pacific Theatre.  

While attending Cal and vacationing in Lake Tahoe, Monty met Barbara Cerf who became the love of his life and his wife of 57 years.  Upon graduating Cal, Monty earned his law degree at Hastings Law School and launched a successful 50 year career practicing law in San Francisco.  He was a pioneer in many ways, practicing first corporate law, later doing civil rights and civil liberties work and also working with the State Bar of California on legal reform issues.  

Monty cherished his family and relationships with friends.  He possessed a remarkable sweetness and caring demeanor that earned him the unconditional love and respect of everyone he touched.  By nature, he was an eternal optimist who took the "glass half-full" approach to life.  He loved attending Grandparents Days at his grandchildren's schools.  In recent years, he spoke at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs of his grandchildren and shared in the celebrations of their graduations.  

Monty's loyalty to his friends and his strict routine was legendary. Every Friday for nearly 60 years, he had lunch with "the boys"-a group of friends formed in the 1950's working in downtown San Francisco.  They outlived multiple restaurants and kept strong bonds to this day.  Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the past two decades Monty exercised at his Senior Aerobics Class at the Concordia-Argonaut Club.  It was equal parts workout and camaraderie.

He and Barbara lived in the same San Francisco neighborhood for the past 60 years where Monty relished taking his daily walk, always marveling at the cool fresh air and beautiful vistas.  Monty and Barbara delighted in their neighborhood and enjoyed dinners on Clement Street every Sunday night.  

For the past 15 years in retirement, Monty attended virtually every San Francisco Giants weekday home game, rooting on the team he followed since they moved to San Francisco and Seals Stadium in 1958.  He journeyed to Spring Training in Arizona regularly. 

The Baer Family offers its deepest appreciation to Dr. James Davis and caregiver Rosario Rivera who, respectively, offered an unsurpassed quality of medical expertise and the most incredible caregiving imaginable.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the San Francisco Giants Community Fund or a .

Services remembering Monroe Baer Jr. will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday March 27 at Congregation Emanuel-El, Two Lake Street, San Francisco. 


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Mar. 25 to Mar. 27, 2014
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