Cyril Thomas "Tom" Bendorf

Cyril Thomas "Tom" Bendorf June 4, 1924 - Oct. 6, 2012 Former Resident of Oakland Cyril Thomas "Tom" Bendorf was born to Cyril and Madeleine Bendorf June 4, 1924 in Flagstaff, AZ and passed away peacefully on October 6, 2012 in Aberdeen, SD. Predeceased by parents, wife Muriel "Murley" Aschen Bendorf, sister Martha Bendorf, SNJM, and grandson Brian McGuire. Survived by sister Margaret Callahan of Oakland; 12 children, including Heidi Bendorf of Oakland; 22 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Tom grew up in the Bay Area. Served in US Army Air Corps during WWII as a fighter pilot and in US Air Force during the Korean War; retired as a major in Air Force Reserve. BS and JD degrees from the University of San Francisco and a Coro Fellow in 1954. Worked in city management in El Cerrito and Santa Maria, CA, and participated in many presidential campaigns. Moved to Washington, DC in 1958 to assist Senator Clair Engle. Deputy Director of Finance for the State of California under Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown and later a Washington, DC government representative for Lockheed Corporation and the State of South Carolina. Served as Director of National Affairs and then Executive Director for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). Retired in 1984 to Turton, SD, where he enjoyed pheasant hunting and wide-open spaces. A master of networking before there was such a term; also an avid reader and especially remembered for his storytelling. Funeral Mass October 27, 3:00pm, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Turton, SD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Presentation Sisters, 1500 N. 2nd St., Aberdeen, SD 57401.

Published in Inside Bay Area on Oct. 14, 2012