ROGER BOAS
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BOAS--Roger.

San Francisco city official and business leader, 95, died February 10. Boas graduated from Stanford University, 1942, and enlisted in the Army the next day. He was an artillery forward observer in the 4th Armored Division of Patton's Third Army. Boas was awarded a Silver Star and Bronze Star and was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Boas recounted his war experience in his 2015 memoir, "Battle Rattle: A Last Memoir of WWII." After the war, Boas took over and expanded his father's automobile business, which continued for 65 years. He produced and moderated KQED's first public affairs show, "Profile Bay Area," in the 1950s. In 1963 he created and moderated "World Press," which became the longest running panel discussion televised on approximately 185 public access stations. Boas served eleven years on the S.F. Board of Supervisors, actively promoting the nascent rapid transit system (BART) and fighting to keep high-rises off the city's waterfront. He chaired Robert Kennedy's S.F. presidential campaign and was California Democratic Party state chair. In 1977, Mayor George Moscone named him Chief Administrative Officer, a post he held for 10 years, managing more than a third of the city's departments. He oversaw the construction of the Moscone Center, made the city competitive with other U.S. tourist-convention cities, ensured the growth of Hotel Tax Fund to support and expand all the arts, and administered the city's largest public works program, the $1.5 billion Clean Water Program. Boas taught Urban Studies at the Fromm Institute. Said a friend, "He left this world much better than he found it." Roger Boas is survived by his wife, Nancy Boas, children, John, Christopher, Anthony and Lucy, and six grandchildren.


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Published in New York Times on Feb. 26, 2017.
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February 26, 2017
Thoughts and prayers, be comforted by prayers, memories, and the loving support of family and friends. Wait for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, removing the effects of sin and death shortly.
February 22, 2017
Having known Roger's daughter Lucy for many years, I can say that through Lucy I have gotten to know Roger. Her love for her father and her whole family runs deep, and through even the few moments I met him personally, I can certainly understand why. Roger was a kind patriarchal figure, the kind of man you wanted to sit and listen to for hours, he had lived such a rich full life. I send love to Lucy, Nancy and the whole family. May Roger's memory be a blessing for you all, one you can dip into for all the years to come. Love, Abigail
Abigail Wald
February 18, 2017
I believe Mr. Boas was the owner of a Pontiac dealership from which my parents bought a car in 1960. I also remember that he ran for mayor of San Francisco in the 1980s. May he rest in peace.
Albert Alioto
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