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Robert Andrew "Bob" Kerr 74, who had recently lived part-time in Orinda, California, but was for most of his life a resident of Los Angeles, died Saturday January 30 at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek following a stroke. Bob began at Southern Pacific and spent most of his career at U.S. Borax Inc., holding the position of Traffic Manager until retirement in 2002. He was a graduate of Huntington Park High School and obtained a bachelor''s degree in philosophy from Stanford University in 1958. Bob was avid in his pursuit of multiple interests and a dedicated volunteer. After first encountering the game of bridge in college, he became a ranked Pairs player on the national tournament circuit, eventually rising to Emerald Life Master level. He sang with the Moraga Community Chorus and various church choirs. A devout Episcopalian, he was a longtime parishioner at All Saints Episcopal Church of Beverly Hills and in recent years a docent conducting tours at Grace Cathedral of San Francisco. He was a member of the Mechanics Institute and the Pacific Coast League Historical Society; a passionate sports fan (Stanford, Giants, A''s, 49''ers, Raiders-but not the Dodgers); a frequent patron at classic dining spots like Lefty''s and Tadich Grill; and a generous, deeply knowledgeable host to California sightseers. Devoted to family, he is survived by a brother, Howard, of Moraga, California, and his wife, Louise; a sister, Janice, of Orinda, California; three nieces: Lizabeth, and her mother, Miriam, of Costa Mesa, California; Catherine, of Watertown, Massachusetts; and Sarah, of Silver Spring, Maryland. And he is survived by cousins and by many friends who will miss him dearly. Visiting hours are Fri. Feb. 5, 6pm-9pm, at Pierce Bros. Westwood (1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles). A memorial service will be held Sat. Feb. 6, 10am, at All Saints Episcopal Church (504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills). Donations may be made to a charity of one''s choosing.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2010
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