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Al Lindenbaum

Mr. Al Lindenbaum was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1928 and died peacefully on February 9th, 2019. He attended New Utrecht High School and graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA and MBA in Labor Economics. After serving in Korea for 18 months, he married his first wife, Jeanne C. Schneider, and moved to Montreal to join an importing business.

Al left Canada with his wife and child, Laurie, for San Francisco in 1966 to join Seaboard Paper Co., where he was president from 1970 until his retirement in 1989. During his business years, Al served on the boards of George Lithograph Co., Gluefold Inc., San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, and the advisory board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In 1974, Al married Suzanne Penney, moving to Belvedere in 1976, and raising their daughter, Lisa, born in 1979.

Al had diverse interests. While a member of San Francisco Rotary from 1980-2008, he traveled to China to assist surgeons repair cleft palettes and also helped disadvantaged teens to develop prospective business plans. He was a devotee of the San Francisco Symphony and traveled extensively to art galleries in the U.S. and aboard. He also loved tennis and bridge.

Al was a calm and caring presence to the many lives he touched. He was a loving husband, father, and devoted friend to his friendships of 80 years with three boyhood “chums” from Bensonhurst. N.Y. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Suzanne; his daughters, Laurel Brady of Lafayette and Lisa Lindenbaum-Ehrenberg of San Francisco; his sister, May Karel of Toronto; and his two grandchildren, Christopher Brady and Sophie Rose Lindenbaum-Ehrenberg.

A private service was held at Fernwood Cemetery, Mill Valley. Those who wish may make a donation in his honor may make it to the Southern Poverty Law Center or Doctors Without Borders.

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