Marcia Fogel
1927 - 2020
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Marcia Schwalbe FogelMarch 11, 1927 - May 15, 2020If Marcia Fogel had a spirit animal, it would have been the Energizer Bunny! Throughout her 93 years, she had boundless energy, endless curiosity, and a cheerful zest for life. Born in Denver, Colorado, Marcia had an unusual childhood. With her two younger sisters, JoAnne and Cindy, she grew up in the historic Argonaut Hotel, which was owned by her parents, Henry and Thelma Schwalbe. But living in a downtown hotel had its drawbacks. Since she didn't have a backyard, Marcia remembered crossing the street and roller skating through the marble halls of the Colorado State capitol building! And because all her meals were served in the hotel dining room, she never saw the inside of a kitchen. As a result, although she learned to appreciate fine food at an early age, she never quite mastered the art of cooking!

After attending the Kent Denver School and East Denver High School, Marcia was accepted into MIT. At the last minute, she was diverted to Stanford University to make room for the GIs returning from World War II. However, when she arrived at Stanford, they didn't know that she was coming, so she was forced to take their entrance exam. She passed and was admitted on the spot! It must have been fate, because, at Stanford, she met the love of her life, Dick Fogel. They were married in 1949 and settled in Oakland, California. While Dick worked his way up to the position of Executive Editor of the Oakland Tribune, Marcia raised three children and two Irish Setters. She also threw herself into a wide array of volunteer activities, serving as President of the Lincoln Child Center, President of the Stanford Women's Club, Chair of the Oakland Museum Docent Council, and President of the Oakland Ballet. Where did she find the time?

In 1978, Dick and Marcia partnered with Wayne Futak to found Bay City News Service, a regional newswire. As a reporter, she covered many important San Francisco stories, including fires, shootings, the visit of Pope John Paul II, the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Additionally, Marcia served as Bay City News' Entertainment Editor, compiling the "Leisure Log," a comprehensive weekly listing of all the greater Bay Area arts and cultural events. She also doubled as the service's chief drama, opera, and dance critic, writing under the pseudonym "Kimberly Miller."

Retiring in 2007, Marcia and Dick moved to University Village, Thousand Oaks. After Dick's death in 2009, Marcia became deeply involved in the UVTO community and made many friends there. She sat on the Women's Board, the Excursion Committee, and the LEO Club. She also served as Chair of the 2013 Budget and Finance Committee, Chair of the 2015 Resident Council, and Joint-Chair of the 2020 Capital Budget Requests Committee. Somehow, she also found time to travel abroad to England, Italy, Russia, Colombia, Panama, and Canada and spend summers at her family cabin in South Lake Tahoe.

Like the Energizer Bunny, Marcia hoped to keep going and going! But on May 15, 2020 she passed away after a brief illness. She is survived by her sister Cindy Loud; her daughter Vicki Fogel Mykles (Don Mykles); her sons Rich Fogel (Marilyn Morrison) and Jonathan Fogel; grandchildren, Rebecca Fogel (Austin Fox), Andrew Fogel (Katherine Walsh), and Christopher Mykles (Susie Kim Mykles); and great-grandson, Maximus Mykles. She also leaves behind a towering stack of papers on her desk, which was affectionately dubbed "Mount Marcia!"

Because of the pandemic, no memorial service is scheduled at this time, which is a shame because Marcia loved a good party! However, friends and family are invited to share memories and condolences on the obituary page of Fairmount Cemetery in Denver (https://tinyurl.com/marciafogel). In lieu of flowers, donations in Marcia's name can be made to The Stanford Fund at Stanford University (makeagift.stanford.edu) or Braille Institute (brailleinstitute.org/donate).

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
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June 1, 2020
My condolences to the entire family. Marcia sounds like a remarkable force and I am sorry, I do not remember her, even though I am sure we met when I was very young. My father, William (Bill) McDonald Miller, was a good friend of Dick's. He lived on 9th street and I believe the Fogel's lived nearby. I believe Dick was in my parents wedding. They went through Santa Monica schools together, as well as, Stanford University. My Mom was also a Stanford Grad. My parents lived in Santa Monica most of their lives. My father passed away in 1995 and my mother in 2001.
I loved your mother's pen name!
Kimberly Miller Klink
Friend
May 26, 2020
I loved being around Marcia, she was always warm and welcoming and truly curious about what was happening in others lives. She always had stories to tell. She opened up the Tahoe cabin several times to our family which are lifetime memories. We had a good competitive rivalry in sports, Cardinals vs Ducks, though we didn't really keep score. Glad to have spent time with Marcia and I'll miss her.
Louise Loud
Family
May 26, 2020
My condolences to family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold you strong in such times and comfort you with his hope! (John 6:40)
May 25, 2020
Hello, Comrade!
Rich Fogel
Family
May 25, 2020
Go Cardinal!
Rich Fogel
Family
May 25, 2020
Marcia & Dick, 2008
Rich Fogel
Family
May 25, 2020
My mother Marcia Fogel had a youthful enthusiasm for life. Right up until the very end, she was always looking ahead to what was coming up next (which might explain why she could never remember my birthday!). An avid Stanford football fan, she and her late husband Dick attended or watched almost every gave for 70 years. Win or lose, I enjoyed sharing this passion with them. She also loved to travel, so I hope shes having fun on this latest journey, wherever it may take her. Mom, I love you, and Ill miss you!
Rich Fogel
Family
May 24, 2020
Rest in Peace, Aunt Marcia. You were a rock & a candle for your family. You will be missed & long-remembered. Our condolences to your surviving family.
With Love,
Candice (Fogel) Haaga, Dave, Katie, & Megan Haaga
Candice A.F. Haaga
Family
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