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Robert H. Gries

Born in Berkeley, California on November 28, 1917, Bob died peacefully on September 26 with Judy, his beloved wife of 42 years, at his side.
He is survived by his son, Robert Edwin Gries of Oceanside, CA, born to his first wife, Helen. He was predeceased in 2009 by his daughter, Sally Louise Gries, also of his first marriage.
Bob was enthralled at an early age by the challenges of early color photography and color print making. In the emerging field of color photography in the 1920's, innovation was happening in Hollywood and particularly New York, and Bob worked and studied there until World War II broke out. As a U.S. Coast Guard war photographer in the Pacific Theater, Bob's photos appeared on covers of Life magazine.
When the war ended, he began a successful 40-year career as a commercial photographer with well-known national food, fashion and printing companies, until retiring in 1989.
He loved boats and boating all his life, from early days on the Russian River and then on Lake Tahoe. His interest in sailing was influenced by his father, Captain Henry J. Gries, who had a long and distinguished career that began in the days of sailing ships in the 1800s as the captain of large ships, run by the American Hawaiian Company and others.
He was a life member of the Corinthian Yacht Club and enjoyed sailing on the Bay over the years in several sail boats and a power boat. He loved to sail up to the Delta, where he and his wife spent many carefree summers on his sailboat.
Bob greatly admired Emerson and Thoreau and liked a quiet life with his loving wife, Judy, in their home in Tiburon. No services.

(Published October 7, 2015)

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