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Paul Allen Grunland

10/27/1924 – 2/2/2018

Beloved father and husband Paul Grunland of Berkeley, CA died at the age of 93 after a massive stroke. Paul was born in Portland, Oregon and spent his early years on the family farm in Estelline, SD. He moved to Berkeley as a boy during the Great Depression, where he attended the Berkeley Public Schools and was a dedicated Boy Scout with Troop 6, obtaining his Eagle Scout. He attained Engineering and MBA degrees from UC Berkeley, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during college. He spent his career in retail, working for the Emporium-Capwell's department store chain for several decades in El Cerrito, Oakland and San Francisco, and later purchasing Fowler's Department Store in El Sobrante. In 1955, Paul married his wife of 62 years, Mary ("Peggy") Post Grunland, and they made their home in the Berkeley Hills, raising three children.
Throughout his life, Paul was an avid outdoorsman, spending time walking the Berkeley Hills, swimming, skiing in the Sierra Nevada, the Rockies and the Alps, hiking, and backpacking. Until his death was still a very active member of the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association and the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. He was renowned for his exhaustive knowledge of Berkeley's history and he created and led many historical walks in the East Bay. Additionally, he compiled a number of oral histories of important local residents, including ski architect Henrik Bull. Paul will be remembered for his kind heart, his devotion to civic, historical and environmental causes, and his unflagging enthusiasm and energy.
Paul is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary "Peggy" (Post) Grunland, son Tom Greenland of Brooklyn, NY, daughters Marta Bergen of Bayfield, CO and Betsy Fitzpatrick of Durango, CO, brother Philip Grunland of Thousand Oaks, CA, and three grandchildren, cousin Mary Louise (Rhodes) Gorman of Louisville, KY, plus nieces, nephews, and hundreds of friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Save The Bay, Save The Redwoods, or any local environmental cause.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 14, 2018
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