John R. Sterling

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John R. Sterling

John R. Sterling of Manhattan Beach died on May 13, 2012. He had resided in Manhattan Beach since 1951. He was born in 1920 in St. Paul, MN. After his parents divorced in 1932, his mother drove the Studebaker with John, his brother Tom and the St. Bernard dog west on Highway 66 to the end in Santa Monica. John graduated from Santa Monica High School and received his BS degree from UCLA. He was admitted to the Harvard Business School and obtained his MBA degree in 1942. After graduation from Harvard, he immediately entered the US Army where he served until 1946. Following Army service, he worked for five years for the Federal Government in St. Louis, MO. It was there that he met his wife, Joan Matlick, who died in 1985. Upon returning to California in 1951, he settled in Manhattan Beach and was employed by the Northrop Corp for twenty-six years as a manager in the administration department retiring in 1977. In the community he was active on many projects for the betterment of the city sewers, streets, city budget, signs, coastal plan, but most of all, the schools. In the 1980's, he was a leader in the effort to save Robinson School from being replaced by a housing development. In his business career his specailty was organizational planning and analysis that saved his employers enormous amounts of money. John is survived by his three children, Douglas R. Sterling of Hawaii, Stewart Craig Sterling (Treacy) of Half Moon Bay, CA and Elizabeth Ann Baresi (Lee) of Hemet, CA; six grandchildren, James Sterling, Julia Sterling and Bronson Sterling of Hawaii; Neil Sterling and Kaylyn Sterling of Half Moon Bay; and Bryce Baresi of Hemet. He also leaves his special friend, Mary Evelyn Hackett, who personally and with her family, contributed happiness to his later years. All services will be held at Holy Cross Mortuary and Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City on Thursday, May 24, 2012: Visitation 9am-10:45am; Mass 11am followed by private burial with reception to follow. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 20, 2012
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