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Community Leader: Ron Egherman, 1944-2014

Photo credit: Catherine Krueger
Photo credit: Catherine Krueger

Ronald Sterling Egherman, 69, passed away with grace and dignity, surrounded by his family, on January 8, 2014 at his home in Kensington, CA after a two-year battle with cancer.

 Ron is survived by his wife Shelle Wolfe, his two daughters Dara Joy Royer and Rachael Faye Lopes, sons-in law Brent Thomas and Nat Hale, four grandchildren Nina Linden Royer, Marley Gwyneth Royer, Eli Graham Royer and Dimitri Hale Lopes, brother Lee Egherman and sister-in-law Sandy Egherman, and several nieces, cousins and extended family.

Born February 2, 1944 in Chicago, IL, Ron moved to the Bay Area in 1963 to study Architecture at UC Berkeley, where he became certified. He practiced architecture in San Francisco, served as Deputy Director of the De Young Museum and Legion of Honor and University Art Museum at Berkeley and Pacific Film Archive. He then became the Executive Director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco, changed careers to become a real estate agent for Templeton Company, Grubb Company and finally co-owner of Marvin Gardens East Bay.

Ron was community-minded and volunteered his time and talents. He served in the Peace Corps, created the Kensington After School Enrichment Program, was one of the founders of the Kensington Education Foundation, was President of the Berkeley Conservatory Ballet, President of the Kensington Fire District Board, served on the City of Albany Planning Commission, chaired El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee, and served on the Board of the West Contra Costa School District Ed Fund.

Ron touched countless lives with his generosity of spirit and deep love. He was a leader, family man, humanitarian, mentor and friend with a commitment to being the change he wanted to see in the world.

Memorial services were held on January 12 at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to “The Sterling Youth Arts and Ed Fund” to support his passion for youth arts and education in the East Bay area. Contact the Berkeley Association of Realtors, 1553 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94709.

This obituary by submitted by Marvin Gardens Real Estate


Dave Weinstein January 13, 2014 at 09:08 PM
I knew Ron from serving with him on El Cerrito's Environmental Quality Committee, which he chaired with great humor and obvious enjoyment. He'd come to the meeting with rubber chickens and make chicken sounds while we were working on an ordinance to allow for raising chickens in town. But he ran the meetings with a firm hand! A great guy with a wide range of interests and fun to be with.

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