Thomas V. Roland
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Tom, still practicing law, died unexpectedly in his sleep at the age of 76. Survived by wife Betty and children Michelle, Geoff and Janai. Passionate guardian of Kaylan and Maurice. Born in Michigan. Co-founded the Oakland CORE office and was a Freedom Rider. Tom loved history, genealogy, restoring his Victorian and his goats and garden. A staunch atheist, lifelong activist, eccentric, and brilliant, he was tough yet cried easily. Despite his limited resources, he couldn't stop helping those in need. A memorial celebration will be held at Live Oak Park on Saturday April 6 (information at www.tomroland.com).
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 2 to Apr. 5, 2013