Paul Tandler passed away peacefully in his Tiburon, CA, home in the company of his loving family. Paul was a great man, admired by all and he will be dearly missed.
Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1925, Paul was the son of Rudolph and Jenny Tandler. Paul’s parents and his wife Iris preceded him in death. Paul is survived by his loving family, sons Bob (Valli), Alan (Cynthia) and Jon (Susan) Tandler, and his grandchildren Michelle, Jaclyn, Jeffrey (Kristen), Danielle (Josh), Ryan, Ari and Talia, and his great-grandchildren Audrey, Marisa, Madeline and Nicholas.
A young Paul and his parents fled Austria to escape horrific religious persecution. With no possessions other than the clothes they wore, they incredibly made their way to St. Louis, MO. They made new friends and settled in to begin their new life with freedom for all in America.
Paul had to grow up quickly in his new surroundings. He learned his way to becoming a model student and U.S. citizen. He eventually graduated from Washington University with a degree in Engineering, served in the U.S. military and at a dance, met Iris, the girl who would be the love of his life. They married, embarking on a 71-year journey together, raising three boisterous boys.
Paul made every day count as he advanced his professional career, served as an elected official in his community and, along with Iris, took very good care of his family. As the patriarch, there was nothing more important to Paul than his family. His family knew this and loved him dearly.
After 45 years in the copper industry with one company, Paul retired as Vice President of Environmental Affairs. Never idle, Paul decided to pen his thoughts and authored a two-volume autobiography about his amazing life. He served on the College of Marin board and as a neighborhood trustee.
Paul was a true gentleman, known and highly respected for his broad intellect, humility, humor and compassion. He liked travelling and enjoyed corresponding with friends globally. He took numerous photos of his trips with Iris and categorized albums and slides for showing and narrating to family and friends. Paul loved opera, was a voracious reader, was well versed on most any topic and was a very accomplished Bridge player.
Paul’s accomplishments in life were vast and he created an enviable legacy. Paul has been an inspiration and enriched the lives of everyone who knew him.
The Tandler family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to his caregivers Alexandra and Josefina, who have been like angels for Paul as they were for Iris and the extraordinary nurses from By the Bay Health.
Paul’s life was celebrated with a family gathering at his graveside and shiva in accordance with Jewish tradition and custom. Donations in his memory may be made to By the Bay Health (Larkspur CA), HIAS and/or the Technion in Israel.