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Paul Otellini

1950 - 2017
Paul Otellini Obituary
Paul Stevens Otellini

October 12, 1950 – October 2, 2017

Paul S. Otellini lived a full life with humanity and humor. He left us too soon. Born Oct. 12, 1950 in San Francisco to David and Evelyn Otellini, proud second generation Italian-Americans of the City. His love of family and life grew ever stronger. Paul passed away Oct. 2 at age 66.

Paul attended Holy Name Grammar School, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, University of San Francisco (B.A.) and UC Berkeley (MBA). He spent his entire career at Intel, rising through every sector to become Intel's fifth CEO until his retirement in 2013. Paul had many business achievements, but it was his colleagues and friendships he valued most.

In a span of 40 years, Paul was an integral part of the technology revolution with smart leadership, a driving work ethic, and creative ideas. He turned questions into action while taking time to mentor others. Paul's travels were worldwide, meeting with customers, employees and heads of state. However, it was the daily 100 mile round trip from his home in San Francisco to Santa Clara that attested to his love of the City.

During Paul's childhood, he spent many summers with his family at Lake Tahoe. Paul developed a lifelong love of the lake, enjoying all its beauty while boating and reading voraciously under the pine trees. He and wife Sandy also spent time at their Sonoma ranch pursuing his interest in wine making.

Paul served on many boards of directors in his lifetime, most recently with Google, the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and previously The Fritz Companies and Autodesk. He was involved with several charitable and philanthropic organizations including the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, the San Francisco Symphony and the Knights of Malta.

Paul's family was closest to his heart. Every occasion was celebrated, often including dear friends. Paul is survived by his mother, Evelyn; wife and life partner of 30 years Sandy; his son Patrick (Marissa) and daughter Alexis; grandchildren Nico and Mia, all of S.F.; brother Rev. Msgr. Steven Otellini, Menlo Park.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, October 10 at 3pm at St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave., San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests donations to the UCSF Foundation, with a note "Dyslexia Center in memory of Paul Otellini", P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339 or makeagift.ucsf.edu, "Dyslexia Center" in Other gift designation in memory of Paul.

This good man will always live in our hearts.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8, 2017
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