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Alden Elwood Wagner


1922 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
Alden Elwood Wagner Obituary
ALDEN ELWOOD WAGNER, SR. 1922 ~ 2012 CARMEL, CA - Alden Elwood Wagner, Sr., deeply loved by his family, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2012, surrounded by his loved ones. Born in 1922 in New Jersey, he was the only child of Adolph and Peggy Jean Wagner. Both of his parents died when he was a small child, and he was raised and educated by his grandmother and great aunt. He attended the Hinckley School, in Hinckley, Maine and in 1944 graduated with a BA degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. After graduation he attended Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business through the Navy's V-12 Program. Later at Columbia University, he was commissioned as an Ensign, before serving in World War II. Alden was a second officer in command of an amphibious ship landing tanks on the beachheads during the Normandy invasion on D-Day. In 1947, he received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy and settled in Dallas where he married Dorothy Helena Underwood. He started his business career as a mortgage banker, eventually becoming a homebuilder and building over 5000 homes in Dallas. After 1965, he concentrated on building shopping centers and developing commercial properties. Alden was Vice Chairman of the Mortgage Banking Committee of the National Home Builders Association. He was one of the original incorporators of the Richardson Heights Bank, past director of Stewart Title Co., and a director of La Quinta Motor Inns. He served on the board of St. Marks School of Texas, was President of the SMU Dad's Club, served on the board of the Hinckley School, and director of Cullen/Frost Bank. He was a member of the Park Cities Baptist Church, the Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach, CA, the Dallas Country Club, the Petroleum Club, Bent Tree Country Club, and the Beach and Tennis Club and Stillwater Cove Yacht Club of Pebble Beach. Alden was an active member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1974 and he was one the founding members of "25 Investors", a social/business group formed by close friends in 1949 that still celebrates together some 60 years later. Since 1965 Alden maintained a home in Vail where he loved to golf and ski. He was very proud to have built one of the first homes at the Country Club of the Rockies and enjoyed skiing the Arrowhead and Beaver Creek mountains. He was a past president of the Dallas Ski Club and traveled to ski resorts around the world. Family and friends have many fond memories of the Dallas Ski Club's annual trips to Aspen. As well, he took much pleasure in his weekly golf and tennis matches with his many friends. In addition to his parents, Alden was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Helena, the mother of his three children. In 1999, Alden married Gloria Somerville and for 13 years they have enjoyed travelling and spending summers in Carmel. This became his new favorite "home away from home" where he made many lasting friendships. Philanthropy was a hallmark of Alden's life. He donated generously to his alma maters, the Hinckley School and Colby College; as well as endowing a chair in the business school at UT Austin, and giving an annuity trust to the SMU Cox School of Business. Alden felt his greatest assets were his faith, family and friends. He was always positive and possessed a kind loving spirit. He lived and loved a full and happy life. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his present wife, Gloria Wagner; daughters, Peggy Zadina (Richard E. Zadina), Carolyn Toledo (Dr. George A. Toledo); and son, Alden E. Wagner, Jr. (Nancie); grandchildren, Deborah Zadina, Peggy Zadina Elder, (Brad Elder), Lauren Toledo, Jordan Toledo, Audrey Toledo, Alden Wagner, III, Walker Wagner, Preston Wagner and Elliott Wagner; and great granddaughter, Mackenzie Elder. Alden is also survived by his close friend and brother-in-law, George Underwood, Jr. and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his adored Westie "little Sonny Wagner" and his canary, Louis XIV who beautifully sang to him daily. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to his doctors, Dr. Carrie Carter, Dr. James Strauss, Dr. Roger Shiffman (CA), and his faithful caregiver, Isais Guarino. A memorial service in celebration of Alden's life will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Park Cities Baptist Church, Ellis Chapel, 3933 Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the Park Cities Baptist Church, or the Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach.
Published in The Monterey Herald from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2012
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