George Saxe
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George B. Saxe February 28, 1921 - July 28, 2010 Died peacefully in Palo Alto, California in the arms of his devoted wife of 62 years. Born in Mount Union, PA, George was a graduate of Mercersburg Academy and Cornell University. After serving in Europe in the U.S. Army during WWII, George married Dorothy Ruby in 1947 in Michigan City, IN. After their children were born, the family moved to Palo Alto in 1959 where George established a successful real estate development business. He was a long time member and past president of Congregation Beth Am and served as a respected board member of many organizations, including the Jewish Home of San Francisco, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Pilchuck Glass School, and California College of the Arts. He and Dorothy have become nationally known collectors of contemporary crafts, and have nurtured and inspired the careers of many artists and students. As a businessman, George was a generous and kind mentor. He and Dorothy believed passionately in the importance of philanthropy. George was a true community leader and visionary. He had a strong belief in the importance of family and created many opportunities for his family to be together. George is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Loren (Shelley), daughter Ellen (Jerry) and son Joel (Susan), and grandchildren David, Aaron, Daniel, Dena (Gary), Rebecca and Shira. The burial will be at Hills of Eternity in Colma on Sunday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a contribution to Congregation Beth Am, California College of the Arts, the Jewish Home, or the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jul. 30, 2010.
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August 2, 2010
Larry Stefanki
July 30, 2010
When all is said and done George will go to a special place in heaven for men who come to a place in life he was not born to be, and made the lives of so many others better than they could have imagined. He did everything he did with an amazing sense of confidence and instilled that in others. He made an enormous difference in his life and made others proud and many proud to know him and participate in his journey. I feel like I want to bade him farewell with a big hug and a whisper. You did good kiddo! Good work! Thanks, George. We will miss you!
Marge Levy
July 30, 2010
We will miss George's good humor and wisdom.

We still recall fondly the trip with George and Dorothy to SOFA-Chicago, and thereafter being flown to the studios of their midwest artist friends. We "discovered" the beauty of glass and even baseball thanks to George. More importantly after moving to the Bay Area some 20 years ago,we had the good fortune of getting to know George and Dorothy. How lucky we were !


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