Gerhard (Gerry) Lowenthal

Gerhard (Gerry) Lowenthal passed away peacefully at home with his family after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.
Gerry was born in Berlin, Germany, and left for San Francisco in February, 1939 with his parents Max and Charlotte. He attended Washington High School, and did his undergraduate and graduate work at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley, focusing on a career in Education. After military service stationed in Europe, Gerry continued his professional career with the San Francisco Unified School District for the next 35 years. He began his career as a teacher, and then continued in the San Francisco School District for many years as a school administrator.
During his time in the schools, Gerry thrived in creating and maintaining top flight classrooms and schools that were held out as models for what public schools could achieve. He also served as a leader in the administration of the school system, being elected President of the School Administrators' Association. After retiring from the School District, he worked in real estate in San Francisco for many years. He was also a life-time leader and volunteer throughout the community, including serving on numerous Boards of Directors, including the Bureau of Jewish Education, Temple Beth-Israel Judea, JCRC, Jewish Family & Children's Services and others. Later in life, Gerry greatly enjoyed his time helping travelers in need at the San Francisco International Airport. When he was no longer able to work there, he very much missed his volunteer colleagues and the joy of helping others. Gerry was passionate about education, travel, music and friends, but particularly in spending time with his family.
Gerry was extraordinarily devoted to his family, including his parents, Max and Charlotte, and is survived by Elaine, his devoted wife of almost 60 years, his loving children Larry and Steve Lowenthal and Julie Ewing, their spouses Carolyn, MaryJane and Bob, his grandchildren Sean (Kamy), Justin, Jason, Audrey, Shana, Michael and Alison, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marilyn and Gene Handloff , and many loving nieces and nephews and their families.
Services will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm, at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jewish Family & Children's Services, Theta Delta Xi, assisting children in need, 339 Magellan Ave., San Francisco, CA 94116 or a .


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2013