Vaso and Meredythe Medigovich

Vaso Runyan Medigovich Meredythe Crawford Medigovich Vaso Runyan Medigovich and his beloved wife of 30 years, Meredythe Crawford Medigovich, passed away on Thursday, May 29 at their home, ending her long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Vaso Runyan Medigovich was born May 3, 1941 in Akron, Ohio to George and Lophelia Runyan Medigovich. As a boy, he loved go-kart racing and spending summers at the beach in La Jolla, California. He attended Millbrook High School in Millbrook, New York, where he played goalie on the ice hockey team and worked in Millbrook's Trevor Zoo. In 1962 he joined the United States Army and was accepted into the Army Intelligence School at Fort Meade, Maryland. He studied German at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where he met his lifelong best friend and "brother" Richard Chasen, and was subsequently stationed in Berlin, Germany. During his time in the service, Vaso drove a red 1961 Corvette convertible, a car he always regretted selling. After leaving the service in 1965, Vaso attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the Pi Tau Sigma honorary society. He was fascinated by the evolution of computer technology and graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. In 1970 Vaso earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After leaving Palo Alto, he travelled extensively in Asia and drove across Australia in a van appropriately named "Big Nose Kate." After returning to the US, Vaso worked in LaCrosse, Wisconsin as a product manager for The Trane Company's computer room environmental control system. In 1975 he settled in San Francisco, California where he worked for a series of small technology firms. He always loved sailing with friends, especially on the San Francisco Bay. In 1983, Vaso moved to Marin County, California. When a series of torrential storms flooded the town that year, he formed the Flood Control Committee, beginning an enduring involvement in local government and public policy. He served on the Flood Control Committee for 30 years, including several terms as its chairman. In 1987, Vaso was elected to the Corte Madera Town Council, and he served as the town's Mayor in 1992-1993. He also represented Corte Madera as a delegate to the League of California Cities and the Association of Bay Area Governments. After retiring from the Town Council in 1995, Vaso continued his work in Corte Madera as Chair of the Flood Control Committee and as an active member of the Beautification Committee, planting hundreds of street trees throughout the community he loved. In 2006, Vaso was honored as Corte Madera's Citizen of the Year. In recent years he provided both construction skills and funding to create the new patio at the Corte Madera Community Center. He was also a major contributor to the development of Town Park Plaza at the entrance to Town Park. Meredythe Crawford Medigovich was born December 7, 1948, in Queens, New York to Jeannette Eberhard Crawford. She graduated from Flushing High School in 1966 and then went to various colleges and traveled in Europe. In 1976 she graduated with honors from Raymond College of University of the Pacific. She worked as Assistant to the Provost of Raymond College before moving to San Francisco, California, where she worked at Lone Mountain College as Director of Publications. Meredythe loved working with children and was a founding teacher of the Infant Development Center of San Francisco. She also earned an M.A. in film studies from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of San Francisco. When she moved to Corte Madera with her family, Meredythe pursued her writing. As a published author and avid reader, she was always devoted to the arts. She maintained ties to her alma mater, serving for four years as one of the judges for the Raymond College Writing Prize contests. Meredythe was very active in her community, volunteering at the local public elementary school, as well as helping to support her husband's political career. She loved hiking in the hills of Mount Tamalpais and kayaking off her deck on Corte Madera's lagoon. Meredythe had a fantastic and unique sense of humor, and anyone who knew her will remember her wonderful laugh. Vaso and Meredythe loved exploring the western United States, taking trips to Yosemite, the National Parks of the Southwest, and the Central California coast, and in 2004, they travelled the entire length of the Lewis and Clark trail. They especially loved visiting Pismo Beach and Monterey, where they were enthusiastic patrons of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and where Vaso enjoyed attending the Monterey Grand Prix at the Laguna Seca Raceway. They were passionate about politics, policy, and their community. In 2012 they moved to Los Angeles to be close to their daughters, by whom they were beloved, and to whom they were devoted. Vaso and Meredythe are survived by their daughter Tasha Sarian Medigovich, Vaso's daughters Christina "Charley" Lamb Medigovich, Lindsay Runyan Humphrey, and Lindsay's husband Ty Joseph Humphrey. A celebration of their lives will be held on Saturday, September 20th at 2:00 pm at the Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera CA 94925. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Corte Madera Community Foundation, Post Office Box 7109, Corte Madera, CA 94976, or online at www.cortemaderacommunityfoundation.org, in honor of Vaso and Meredythe Medigovich.

Published in Marin Independent Journal on June 22, 2014