November 25, 1918-July 30, 2014Peter Avenali passed away peacefully at his home at the San Francisco Towers on July 30, 2014, at the age of 95.
A third generation Californian, Peter was born in Woodside on November 25, 1918, the son of Ettore Avenali and Mary Josselyn Avenali. He grew up in Woodside and San Francisco. He attended Menlo School in Atherton. He then attended the California Institute of Technology for one year and subsequently graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1939. After graduating from the Harvard Business School in 1941, he joined the United States Army, where he rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded a Bronze Star medal for his service in Europe during World War II.
Upon returning home, he married Joan Ehrman on July 25, 1945. He went to work for Dodge & Cox Investment Managers in January of 1946. Although he retired as Chairman of the Board in 1993, he maintained an office at Dodge & Cox until 2012.
Peter loved the family vineyard in Rutherford, fly fishing, duck hunting, golf at the Burlingame Country Club, bridge and dominoes at the Pacific Union Club, and family vacations at Lake Creek Lodge in Camp Sherman, Oregon, and on Kauai. In addition, he was a generous supporter of many worthy causes and a big fan of the San Francisco Giants.
Peter is survived by Joan, his beloved wife of 69 years, daughter Marianna "Susie" Schaefer (Ted), son Michael Avenali (Marilyn), daughter-in-law Ruth Cohen Avenali, granddaughter Hillary Cash (Tom), grandson Christopher Schaefer (Meaghan), granddaughter Katherine Roberts (Jeremy), great-grandchildren Ryan and Devon Schaefer and Emily and Matthew Roberts, and his five nieces and their families. He was predeceased by his eldest son Peter "Cado" Avenali and grandson Joshua Avenali.
A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the California Academy of Sciences, the UC Berkeley Foundation, or the
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2014