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Arthur Waller Baum

Born in San Francisco on August 26, 1914 and died on November 2, 2013. In 1920, moved to Roseburg, Oregon. Played tennis on the high school team and college team at Oregon State University. Graduated from Oregon State University in 1938 and returned to San Francisco.


During the war worked as a contractor at Mare Island Naval Shipyards, Hunters Point, and Port Chicago. At Port Chicago during a three ship explosion, a one foot piece of steel came down on his chair. Luckily it was at 11:00 p.m.


In 1947, started his own General Contracting business in San Francisco until 1973. Built a bridge in South San Francisco, Civic Center buildings in Santa Rosa, three school buildings in Marin County, a pier in Hunters Point Navy Yard, many alteration jobs for the City and State, and several private residences.


Built his house in Sea Cliff in 1958 where he lived and died. Enjoyed golf and was a member of Lake Merced Golf and Country Club and served on the Board. Enjoyed hunting for deer, elk and pheasants and had the best German Shorthair hunting dogs.


His father, Arthur Waller Baum lived in San Francisco and married his mother, Natalie Wollenberg, who was raised in Oregon and San Francisco. His mother graduated from the University of California in 1904. Her father was Hyman Wollenberg who came from Bavaria in 1860 and lived in Roseburg, Oregon.


Married his loving wife, Felice, in 1941 who passed away in 2002.


(Above obituary was written by Arthur in 2008)


He is survived by his loving daughters, Nancie Garfinkel (Sanford) and Cathy Michaels (George), grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other devoted relatives and friends.


A gift in his memory may be addressed to Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, "in memory of Arthur Baum -for SPS", and sent to Stanford at Development Services, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA. 94309 or to Foundation for Thoracic Surgery & Research, c/o Dr. Robert McKenna, 8631 West 3rd St., Suite 240, Los Angeles CA. 90048 or to a .


Private memorial services have been held.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2013
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