William Neff

William Medina Neff

Oct 27, 1929 - Feb 12, 2013


One of San Francisco's native sons Bill Neff is the oldest son of Ruth Medina and Basketball Coach legend, Benjamin Neff.


He graduated from Lowell High School where he was Senior Class President in 1947. He was on the track and swim teams. He and his teammates were known as the 'Blue Boys" for swimming in the cold water at Fleishacker's Pool.


He continued his education at Stanford University, recieving a BA and PhD in Biology. He then taught at Knox College in Illinois, Chico State University CA, and retired from City College of San Francisco.


He always loved the ocean and spent many happy hours free-diving for abalone. Family and friends enjoyed the feasts. He was one of the first SCUBA divers in the 50's.


He is fondly remembered by his wife Joan, son Hal, and daughters Sue, Janet (deceased), and Tris (deceased), and his brother Pete. He has now gone to the big Ab in the sky.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 3, 2013