George  Pfau's Memorial

George Pfau
(1924 - 2013)


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Name: George Pfau
Gender: Male
Age: 89 years old
Lived: Wednesday, 7 May 1924 - Saturday, 2 November 2013

My Story

George Harold Pfau, Jr., 89, of San Francisco, CA, passed in his sleep on November 2, 2013. His family gathered in the early morning as the foghorns cleared him safe passage. Time was spent honoring George's memory, sharing stories of his amazing life and his boundless generosity.

At his request, there will be no formal memorial service. His ashes will be scattered on November 17th outside San Francisco Bay near the Golden Gate.

Born in Milwaukee, WI in 1924, George graduated from Thatcher in 1942 and Yale in 1948w with a colorful journey of military service in between that included joining the American Field Service, as a civilian, in 1945. At the end of the war George returned to Thacher to teach chemistry and physics, and in 1949 moved to San Francisco. George loved his city by the bay, made friends everywhere and cultivated meaningful connections across six remarkable decades.

Until his retirement in 2010, George had a long career as a well respected investment banker and financial advisor with White Weld, Merrill Lynch, Paine Webber, UBS, and Morgan Stanley. George loved reading, tennis, painting and traveling but was happiest when surrounded by family. He was active in family planning advocacy as well as cancer patient support, having lost his second wife, Anne, to cancer. Before his 2005 marriage to Susan (Colomb) Herpel, George was married to Elizabeth Spencer, 1951-1972, and Anne Mayhew, 1974 until her death in 2000. George was a dedicated member of the Bohemian Club, never tiring of the wonderful speakers, or endless games of dominoes with his Hillbilly campmates. 

His wife, Susan; his four children, Molly, Peter and wife Kim, Elizabeth and George and wife Hannah, his grandchildren Lindsey and Emmet; his sister, Elisabeth Pfau Wright; his nieces and nephews; and many extended family members survive George.

In lieu of flowers, George's wish was that memorial donations be made to The Second Opinion, 1200 Gough Street Suite 500, San Francisco, 94109; 415-775-9956,

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Date of Passing: 2 November 2013
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