Gerald Patrick Yoachum

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Gerald Patrick Yoachum October 22, 1945 - June 28, 2012 Gerald Patrick Yoachum, a native Californian born in Long Beach, California on October 22, 1945, died peacefully on June 28,2012, in his beloved San Francisco after a brave struggle with cancer. A retired investment banker in public finance, Jerry came to San Francisco in 1967 to spend a year finishing his undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University and never left, except to travel - which he loved almost as much as his adopted hometown. After obtaining a Master's Degree in International Relations from SF State, Jerry became the Executive Director of the San Francisco chapter of the United Nations Association, on the board of which he later served for decades, including a term or two as President. His dedication to world peace and the betterment of the human conditions led him to his next career as the statewide field representative for United State Senator Alan Cranston (with a leave of absence to serve as the Statewide Finance Director in the Senator's 1974 election campaign). As the Senator's "eyes and ears" Jerry went to every town in California to listen to and talk with constituents. If it had a stop sign, Jerry probably held an open house there; including a "listening tour" for Senator Cranston on behalf of newly elected US President Jimmy Carter to solicit Californians' views. In the early 1980s, Jerry moved to business, becoming a successful public finance investment banker, first with Shearson Loeb Rhodes and by his retirement in association with Sutter Securities. Jerry's real passion was international policy and the advancement of world peace in a civil, non violent society with help for all who needed it, which led to his long service on the board of directors of the Development Fund. A man of warm and generous heart, he loved speaking French, good food, wine, travel (trips preferably including his beloved Paris), the news, a good dog, and laughter. Above all, he was a man of exceptional integrity and honesty. The youngest of the five sons of Joan and Henry Yoachum, Jerry is survived by his brothers Mike and Jim Yoachum, his nieces Natasha Ulsh, Linda Zike and Karen Lemicke, his nephew Hank Yoachum, his godchildren, Martine Moore and Jackson Drolet, his best friend Steve Lathrop, his still much loved former wife, Pam Duffy and his extended Drolet/Duffy cousins, nieces and nephews, including his San Francisco family Frank, Jennifer, Jack, Max, Shannon and Andy. An announcement about a memorial service will be made soon. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the United Nations Association of San Francisco, 237 Kearny Street, San Francisco, 94108.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 30 to July 2, 2012