PEBBLE BEACH – Following a lengthy illness, HB Alvord died with his wife Jean at his side, at his home in Pebble Beach. A 4th generation Californian who was born in Oakland and moved to San Francisco at an early age, he was a Class of 1940 graduate of Lowell High School and San Francisco City Champion Shot Put in 1940. Later that year he entered University of California - Berkeley, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, co-publisher of "The Bear Blotter" and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1947.|
Like many of his generation, HB's college years were interrupted by WWII. He served 3 ½ years in the US Army 78th Infantry Division, and was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944. He underwent surgery at the US Armed Forces Hospital in Bedford, England, and received a purple heart and a bronze star. Fifty years later he was able to thank the surgeon, Dr. Francis "Jerry" Wooliever, who performed that operation and had retired to Carmel.
Following graduation from Cal, HB joined the American Trust Company/Wells Fargo Bank, serving in San Francisco, Stockton, and Sacramento until being appointed Treasurer and Tax Collector of Sacramento County in 1967. In 1975 he was appointed to fill the same position in Los Angeles County until retiring to Carmel in 1984. For 13 years in semi-retirement, he was a Mutual Fund Trustee for Citibank New York and for Brown Brothers Harriman, a private New York bank.
Throughout his life HB actively participated in civic and philanthropic organizations in his communities. Early on in San Francisco he was a member of the Boy Scouts Honor Court, awarding the Eagle Scout Badge to now Governor Jerry Brown. In Sacramento he served as president of the Host Lions Club and was a delegate to the international convention in Mexico City. Among many other civic and service organizations, he was a director of the UC Berkeley Alumni Association. He was also a 62 year member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco and president of the State Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors. In Monterey County, HB was a member of the World Affairs Council, The Group, Pebble Beach Sirs, Cal Alumni Club, the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and the Del Monte Forest Foundation.
HB was married to the former Jean Tracy of Sacramento, and was father of four devoted daughters, Katie (Kraig) Klungness, Adrienne (J. Stacey) Sullivan III, Marjorie (Michael) Berry, and Cici (Jackson) Nickerson; and grandfather of four, Kacey and Lowell Berry, and Will and Genevieve Nickerson.
HB will be remembered for his unswerving loyalty to his friends, his selfless community service, and his devotion to family. There will be a private family burial in East Lawn Cemetery, 43rd St, Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, where the American flag will fly at his gravesite every Memorial Day.
The family suggests memorials to The University Library, 131 Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 or a
Published in The Monterey Herald on Sept. 3, 2013