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Brian Russell Kirchoff January 31, 1950 - April 14, 2013 "Time is luck" Brian Kirchoff, a retired attorney, world traveler, Asiaphile - and lover of cats - died on April 14, from a heart attack. He was 63. Mr. Kirchoff served as regional counsel at the non-profit Trust for Public Land in San Francisco, which works to conserve land throughout the country including rural open space and urban gardens. Earlier in his career he practiced real estate law as staff attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Orange County. Before that, he was associate counsel at the Irvine Company in Newport Beach. After his stint in Southern California, Mr. Kirchoff returned to Marin, where he grew up, taking refuge in the county's natural beauty and clean air. He commuted on the Larkspur Ferry, sporting Tommy Bahama tropical shirts, happy to have shed the corporate suit and tie. He lived in the house where he grew up, which he'd inherited after his parents died. Mr. Kirchoff traveled extensively in Asia, collecting fine art wherever he went. At home he was a longtime regular at Kamikaze Japanese Restaurant in San Rafael. He sat on a favorite stool at the sushi bar, keeping a special pair of chopsticks there for his personal use. Another local haunt was nearby Pinky's Pizza Parlor, his favorite place to watch Giants' and 49ers' games, where he'd been coming since he was nine years old. Born in Marin, he was an only child whose father worked for the San Rafael Parks Department. After graduating from San Rafael High School, young Brian earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science at San Francisco State University. He went on to the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, graduating in 1979. A private man, Mr. Kirchoff had a small circle of friends and many acquaintances. Sharp-minded and analytical, he was up to the minute on current events and politics. A liberal-leaning Democrat, he sent friends flurries of e-mail, written telegraph style with minimal punctuation, supplying links to news stories, often about hard-to-believe examples of politicians' bad behavior. When others expressed disbelief, his favorite rejoinder was, "Oh yeah," meaning, "Oh yeah, it's true all right." A confirmed bachelor, Mr. Kirchoff appeared happy and content. He lived the life he wanted, telling friends, "Time is luck." He called himself a Cat Daddy, speaking of his two felines - an orange tabby male and a long-haired black female - as if they were his children. He was an active member of the Marin Amateur Radio Society, outfitting his Porsche Boxter with a special antenna for listening on the road. Mr. Kirchoff was predeceased by his parents, William and Gilma Kirchoff. He is survived by his beloved cats, Chelsea and Tarka, who are now being cared for at Brighthaven, an animal sanctuary in Santa Rosa. Mr. Kirchoff left a thoughtful last will and testament with a few specific bequests and the bulk of his estate bestowed to the Marin Humane Society. He chose the Public Administrator of County of Marin to administer his estate. A memorial gathering will be held at 1:00PM, Saturday, May 24, at Pinky's Pizza Parlor in Montecito Plaza. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marin Humane Society, for the express benefit of cats that come into the shelter's care.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from May 23 to May 25, 2013
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