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Marin Independent Journal
Friday, October 27, 1989

Philip K. Buskirk Sr.
Civic activist

Philip K. Buskirk Sr. of Corte Madera, a retired architect and longtime activist in a wide range of civic issues in Marin and the Bay Area, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1989, at the CareWest Bayside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kentfield. He was 72.

Mr. Buskirk was born in Bloomington, Ind. He graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in architecture.

Mr. Buskirk served in the Navy in the Pacific as an officer during World War II.

He had resided in Marin since 1965.

Mr. Buskirk was a leader of the former Marin Council for Civic Affairs, a group of liberal activists who worked on local and
countywide issues in the 1960s and 1970s.

The last project he took up was to oppose the Port of Oakland's plan to dump toxic dredged spoils on fishing grounds off Half Moon Bay. The plan was blocked by a court order.

Former Marin County Planning Commission chairman Margaret Azevedo of Tiburon, a fellow leader of MCCA, said Mr. Buskirk "was a good architect, first of all. He had more imaginary ideas for planning and architecture than ever could be used or were appreciated."

"His marvelous brain, coupled with his intense practicality, has served Marin over the years probably more than a lot of people know. When there was a big issue, Phil was there, putting in hours of research and thought and testifying about it.

"He was very generous with his talents," Azevedo said.

Mr. Buskirk is survived by his wife, Clemens Buskirk of Corte Madera; four sons, Philip K. Buskirk Jr. of Santa Barbara, Larry Buskirk of San Rafael, James Buskirk of Half Moon Bay and
Nicholas Buskirk of Paris; and three granddaughters.

A private family service was held Thursday at the Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo.

His family asked that memorial contributions go to the Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael.

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