July 7, 1935 - April 1, 2021
Born in Oakland, Al was a 3rd generation Californian who lived in the Bay Area most of his life. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (BSEE) and, after a stint in the US Navy (Special Weapons), was hired by IBM. He subsequently earned an advanced degree from Santa Clara University (MSEE). After a 32-year career with IBM, Al retired and worked for then IBM subsidiary ROLM (now Siemens) for another 7 years.
Al and his wife Roberta (Bobbie) moved to Los Gatos, California, in 1960, raising their three children in a town surrounded by orchards. As the rural town began to grow during the early Silicon Valley expansion era of the 1970/80s, Al decided to join the Planning Commission. For 14 years, he and his colleagues established a tone – and various standards – for reasonable and aesthetic construction, both residential and commercial, that has helped Los Gatos retain the small-town character it displays to this day.
Al and Bobbie moved into The Terraces of Los Gatos (TLG) in 2006. TLG caught their eye when it was being built because it was located close to their home, and Al was the Chair of the Planning Commission when TLG was being approved. Al joined the TLG Advisory Board prior to moving there in order to ascertain how well TLG was run and whether or not their residents were satisfied with the housing and services. After moving in, Al became very active on several committees and boards. His experience on the Planning Commission was particularly important in the development and construction of the Fitness Center as well as The Grove (memory care facility) at TLG.
Throughout his life, Al remained in contact with childhood pals, particularly his "Falcons" gradeschool classmates, university friends, Los Gatos neighbors, and IBM colleagues. He derived great pleasure from meeting them for meals or coffee (always Peet's!) as well as taking road trips to visit those who had moved away. In addition, Al and Bobbie spent decades vacationing on Maui at their favorite spot to relax: Napili Kai Beach Resort, where Al served on the board and provided years of advice and counsel as the resort expanded and dealt with a variety of natural and business challenges.
Al is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bobbie, and his children Lynda (Tina), Jim (Belinda, deceased) and Karen (Scott). In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Al's most beloved charity:
Napili Kai Foundation
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761https://napilikaifoundation.org
The Napili Kai Foundation's mission is to perpetuate the Hawaiian cultural legacy through the children of Maui. Each year, scholarships are awarded to graduating members of the Foundation and to the children of Napili Kai Beach Resort employees. View the online memorial for Allen Slutman