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Guy Montalvo Carruthers, 89, of Belmont passed away peacefully on March 26, 2014. Guy was born on Feb. 8, 1925, in Havana, Cuba.


Guy immigrated to the United States when he was six years old. He graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco in 1942.


Guy served in the United States Navy from 1942 - 1946. He spent nine months stationed in the South Pacific during World War II and received a Purple Heart after being injured during a Japanese Kawanishi bomber attack in the Marshall Islands in 1944.


Guy received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1949 from the University of California where he was editor of the Daily Cal.
Guy joined the San Francisco Examiner as a reporter in 1949. Using the pen name ""Guy Gordon,"" he wrote a dog column for the paper, receiving the Dog Writers Association of America's award for the best newspaper dog column in 1963.


Guy joined Standard Oil Company of California in 1952. He served as a writer, news editor and assistant general manager of the public relations department. Guy wrote speeches for the Chairman of the Board and handled public relations during the 1973 oil crisis and 1979 energy crisis. At the time of his retirement in 1985, he was the manager of communications for Chevron USA.


Guy was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Patti Finn Carruthers, a fellow Cal alum. A brief second marriage ended in divorce in the fall of 2013.


Guy is survived by his three daughters, Lynn Carruthers of Oakland (Richard), Dorothe Patterson of Long Grove, Illinois (Dan) and Patti Werry of Palm Desert, CA (Scott); grandchildren Hallie, Chloe and Cooper Patterson and Sydney and Chase Werry; his brother, Ralph Carruthers (Phyllis) and numerous nieces and nephews.


Guy enjoyed playing tennis and golf and was a member of the Olympic Club and Contra Costa Country Club. He loved the San Francisco Giants and 49ers and the California Golden Bears. He was an avid fan of jazz, especially the Swing Era, and his wife's cooking.


No services were held. The family suggests that donations in Guy's memory be made to the University of California Bear Backers or Daily Cal Education Fund.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2014
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