Richard John Lamb October 18, 1943 - May 30, 2012 Shortly after his birth in New York City, Dick Lamb and his family moved to California, where Dick grew up in Palo Alto. After graduating from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, he first attended UC Riverside for his B.A. and then UCLA for M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science, with a concentration in South-East Asian Studies. A great reader and collector of books, Dick made them the focus of his professional life. He worked in publishing with W. H. Freeman and Company and in the distribution of books to emerging nations through Books for Asia. He was also involved with several local independent bookstores, including Cody's and Black Oak Books, and owned and managed his own bookstore in Oakland, Bay Bridge Books. His last career role was as Head of Regulatory Affairs of Mission Medical in Fremont, from which he retired in 2005. Dick was musically gifted and played the piano beautifully by ear. Learning languages came easily to him, and he mastered many, including Indonesian and Tagalog. He was always eager to learn and try new things. An avid A's and Giants fan, Dick was a community leader in youth sports. He reported on local leagues for the Berkeley Voice and coached teams in both the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League and the Albany Berkeley Soccer Club, which honored him as Coach of the Year. To commemorate his record of service to youth sports, his daughters have established the Dick Lamb Scholarship Fund to assist young soccer players to compete with the ABSC who otherwise might not afford to do so. Those choosing to donate to the fund can mail a check to: Albany Berkeley Soccer Club, 1442-A Walnut Street, #426, Berkeley, CA 94709, Donations can also be made on line: http://www.abscsoccer.com/clubs/962/pages/32365. In either case, it should be clear that the donation is for the Dick Lamb Scholarship Fund. Dick Lamb is survived by his sister, Bonnie Lamb, his daughters Margaret Jaffe Lamb and Emily Lamb Kuperstein, their husbands, Kai Jaffe and Ken Kuperstein, his granddaughter, Talia Anais Jaffe, and his many close friends in the community. A celebration of Dick's life will be held on Sunday, July 8, at 2pm at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 29, 2012