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Several notable Bay Area residents passed away in 2018. They come from all corners of the region and all walks of life. The one thing they all have in common is the legacy they leave behind. Here are their stories.
Leon Fox, Jan. 4: The longtime judge presided over cases in Santa Clara County Superior Court for decades. He was 77.
Priscilla Elder, Jan. 7: The onetime “Rosie” who worked at the Kaiser shipyards during World War II in later life gave weekly presentations as docents at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond. She was 97.
Edwin Hawkins, Jan. 15: The Grammy-winner gospel star was best known for crossover hit “Oh Happy Day.” He was 74.
JoJo White, Jan. 16: The Basketball Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics great spent two seasons with the Warriors. He was 71.
Naomi Parker Fraley, Jan. 20: The former civilian worker at the Alameda Naval Air Station shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is credited with inspiring the “Rosie the Riveter” poster of World War II. She was 96
Dennis Peron, Jan. 27: The longtime San Francisco was considered the father of legal medical marijuana in California. He was 72.
Paul Granlund, Feb. 2: The longtime member of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association was a well-known East Bay historian. He was 93.
Frances Townes, Feb. 5: The longtime Berkeley activist whose desire to help the city’s homeless and runaway youth led her to found the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless. She was 101.
Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson, Feb. 7: He was a South Bay businessman whose love for art led to one of the world’s most significant collections of modern art being housed at Stanford University. He was 95.
Wesla Whitfield, Feb. 9: The accomplished jazz singer and cabaret star also performed with the San Francisco Opera. She was 70.
Don Biddle, Feb. 22: The longtime Dublin resident served on the City Council and was vice mayor. He was 80.
Charles Plummer, March 4: The longtime law enforcement officer served as chief of police in Hayward and eventually became Alameda County sheriff. He was 87.
Russ Solomon, March 4: The Tower Records founder helped change the way music was sold in the United States. He was 92.
Vince Collier, March 4: The “godfather of Santa Cruz” was one of the first people to surf at Mavericks and competed in the first big-wave contest near Half Moon Bay, in 1999. He was 57.
Anthony “Lil” Arnerich, March 9: The former baseball player with the Oakland Oaks also served as a member of the Alameda City Council and as vice mayor. He also a longtime advocate for youth sports. He was 89.
Tito Francona, Feb. 13: The father of Indians manager Terry Francona also played for the Oakland A’s. He was 84.
Nancy McFadden, March 22: The former student body president at San Jose State had a long career in politics, serving as deputy associate attorney general in the Clinton administration, deputy chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore and chief of staff to California Gov. Jerry Brown. She was 59.
Ken Hofmann, April 22: The former co-owner of the Oakland A’s and Seattle Seahawks also real estate developer and a major supporter of youth sports in Concord. He was 95.
Larry Harvey, April 29: His decision to erect a giant wooden figure and then burn it to the ground led to the popular, long-running counterculture celebration known as “Burning Man.” He was 70.
Julius Turman, May 13: The longtime labor and employment law attorney and former assistant U.S. attorney from the District of New Jersey also served as president of the San Francisco Police Commission. He was 52.
Billy Cannon, May 20: He was a star on the Raiders’ first Super Bowl team and the first of seven Heisman Trophy winners to play for the silver-and-black. He was 80
Jenny Miller, May 20: The beloved flower lady of the Oakland Police Department ensured that flowers commemorating the 53 officers killed in the line of duty since 1867 were fresh and that the marble wall with their names inscribed was clean. She was 73.
Paul Mayer, May 24: His eviction from his apartment of 44 years in west San Jose in 2017 inspired the San Jose City Council to pass new tenant protections, including a “just cause” policy. He was 93.
Dwight Clark, June 4: The charismatic San Francisco 49ers receiver, remembered for “The Catch” in the 1981 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys, waged a public battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 61.
Keith Fahnhorst, June 14: He was an offensive tackle on the 49ers first two Super Bowl teams. He was 66.
Larry Marsalli, July 2: The lifelong Santa Clara resident served on the City Council for more than a decade, including a stint as mayor in 1967-68. He was 92.
Clifford Rozier, July 6: He was selected in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors and played three seasons with the team. He was 45.
Art McGee, July 10: He was known for his research, curation and commentary during the first flowering of online communities on mailing lists and the blogosphere. He was 51.
Darryl Rogers, July 10: The former San Jose State football coach let program back to respectability in the 1970s, then later coached the Detroit Lions. He was 83.
Burton Richter, July 19: The former Stanford professor was the winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in physics and former director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He was 87.
Tony Sparano, July 22: The former NFL coach’s career included a 2014 stint as interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He was 56.
Elbert “Big Man” Howard, July 23: He was a founding member of the Black Panther Party who also served as served as newspaper editor, information officer and logistics genius behind the group’s social program. He was 80.
Ronald Dellums, July 30: The longtime East Bay politician began his career on the Berkeley City Council, then served in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly 30 years, then ended his political career as mayor of Oakland. He was 82.
Kent Rosenblum, Sept. 4: The legendary East Bay winemaker and “King of Zin” was the founder Rosenblum Cellars in West Oakland. He was 74.
Jason Hairston, Sept. 4: The former linebacker at UC Davis signed contracts with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos in the mid-1990s, but never played in a regular season game. He also was the founder of KUIU, a successful hunting apparel company. He was 47.
Walter Mischel, Sept. 12: The former Stanford psychologist created what became known as “the marshmallow test.” He was 88.
Will Casey, Sept. 15: The longtime Pittsburg resident served as police chief, city manager and city council member. He was 80.
Paul John Vasquez, Sept. 24: The San Jose native was a television actor whose credits include roles on “Sons of Anarchy,” “NYPD Blue,” “Justified” and “E.R.” He was 48.
Baba Hari Dass, Sept. 25: The silent monk inspired many at the Mount Madonna Center near Watsonville. He was 95.
Marty Balin, Sept. 27: He was one of the founding members of the legendary Bay Area band Jefferson Airplane. He was 76.
Hank Greenwald, Oct. 22: The longtime San Francisco Giants broadcaster was a fan favorite known for his low-key humor and vivid accounts of the drama. He was 83.
Willie McCovey, Oct. 31: The San Francisco Giants first baseman was a Baseball Hall of Famer who terrorized pitchers with his majestic home runs. He also charmed fans with his easy grace. He was 80.
Robert Stinnett, Nov. 6: He was a prize-winning Oakland Tribune photographer for decades, and among his best-known photos was a shot titled “The Play,” taken in 1982 at the Cal-Stanford Big Game football match-up. He was 94.
Ed Galigher, Nov. 27: The Hayward native starred in three sports at Chabot College before going on to play seven seasons in the NFL, including two with the 49ers. He was 68.
Pat Lovell, Nov. 29: The one-time Olympic wrestler served as commissioner of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League for more than three decades. He was 81.
Ray Taliaferro: The noted radio personality was the longtime host of the KGO Newstalk AM-810 show. He also served as the head of the local chapter of the NAACP and was the first black member of San Francisco’s arts commission. He was 79.
Julia Vinograd, Dec. 5: She was a poet best known in Berkeley as “the Bubble Lady.” She was 75.
Alan Gallagher, Dec. 6: The former Santa Clara University baseball star had a colorful career, including a stint with the San Francisco Giants. He was the first San Francisco native to play with the Giants. He was 73.
Anthony York, Dec. 7: He is the son of San Francisco 49ers owners Denise DeBartolo York and John York, and the brother of 49ers CEO Jed York. He was 35.
Susanne “Susie” B. Wilson, Dec. 12: The political trailblazer served on the San Jose City Council from 1973 to 1978 and on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors from 1979 to 1991. She was 90.
Kenny Foreman, Dec. 16: The noted evangelist built one of California’s largest congregations, the Cathedral of Faith in San Jose. He was 88.