Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 05:22:53 :
April 2, 1964
William Kent Jr. Dies in Florida
William Kent Jr., member of a distinguished pioneer Marin family, died yesterday at Key Largo, Fla., at the age of 68.
Death was attributed to complications arising from an emergency abdominal operation. Mr. Kent and his wife, Sophia Morris Kent, were vacationing in Florida.
Mr. Kent, born in Chicago, the son of the late Congressman William Kent, was long identified with the social life of both Marin and San Francisco.
As a real estate developr, he created Kent Woodlands out of the historic Kent estate and Seadrift, a luxury-home tract on Stinson Beach's Seadrift sandspit.
Mr. Kent, a graduate of Yale, was president of Kent & Burke Co., a Nebraska land and cattle company. He was a director of the Kern County Land Company and the Bank of California, and the last president of the old Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway.
He also was a member of the Pacific Union Club, the Bohemian Club, the San Francisco Golf Club, and the Garcia Gun Club; a trustee of the Thacher School in Ojai; a parton of the Debutante Cotillion, and a director of t he Community Chest in 1950.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, William Kent III, recently named Man of the Year by the San Francisco Junior Chamber of Commerce; three daughters, Mrs. Donald McNeil and Eleanor Kent of San Francisco, the latter a teacher at San Francisco State College, and Mrs. Nickolas Soloski of San Anselmo; 13 grndchildren, and two brothers, Sherman Kent of Washington, D.C., and Roger Kent of Kentfield.
His mother, Elizabeth T. Kent, preceded him in death, as well as two brothers and two sisters, Albert E. and Thomas T. Kent and Elizabeth Kent Arnold and Daline Kent Howard.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
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