Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 07:14:13 :
Friday, February 28, 1975
E. S. THAYER
Edward S. Thayer, former Mill Valley resident who helped design the San Francisco Bay Bridge, died yesterday in Berkeley of a heart attack after a brief illness. He was 89.
Thayer, a structural engineer, had major responsibility for the Yerba Buena Island tunnel and the suspension portion of the bay span. During his long career, he designed World War II air bases in the South Pacific, a dam and air bases in Korea and Japan during the Korean War and worked for Pacific Northwest utility companies, the Oregon State Highway Department, the Navy, Army Engineers, and major international construction firms.
He was born July 4, 1885 in Fredonia, N.Y., and as a child moved with his family to the sparsely settled Rainier, Ore. area. He was graduated in 1908 from Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University at Corvallis.
He served as a first lieutenant in the Army Field Artillery in France during World War I. He lived in Mill Valley from 1931 to 1940.
He retired to Berkeley, where he was secretary-treasurer of East Bay Regional Parks Association, a warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and a member of the City Commons Club and Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club. He helped develop Braille maps of the University of California and other East Bay locations.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine, of the Berkeley home; four sons, John S. Thayer of San Anselmo, Harry E. Thayer of Kensington, Paul S. Thayer of Richmond, and David S. Thayer of Odessa, Tex.; a sister, Jessie Lewis of Boulder, Mont.; three stepsons, eight grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.
The Rev. George F. Tittman will conduct a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley.
The family prefers memorial contributions to the church or to Oregon State University.
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