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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 07:01:37 :

A. Mackenzie Cantin

Died in his sleep at his home in Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, on Tuesday morning, January 29th, 2002 at age 90, following a long and valiant battle with pulmonary fibrosis. The son of Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Gail Sherman Van Kirk Cantin, Mac Cantin was born in Dresden, Germany on January 21, 1912, while his parents were touring Europe so that his father could study Architecture. (A.A. Cantin was the architect for the Orinda Theater in Contra Costa County, shared credit for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph building in San Francisco, did original buildings for the College of Marin, and designed many other well-known Bay Area buildings.)

Mac grew up to study Engineering for three years at Stanford, then graduated in Architecture at U. C. Berkeley. He became a prominent Bay Area architect in his own right, working first with his father -- they did San Francisco's Coronet Theater together -- and then on his own, designing schools, theaters, hospitals and homes throughout the Bay Area and beyond, including such buildings as the original Rheem Theater and Center in Moraga, The Merced County and Antioch General Hospitals, the Crest theaters in Los Banos and Sacramento, the Grove Theater in Pacific Grove, the Roxy Theater in Santa Rosa, and numerous other structures.

Aided by Norma Thorpe Cantin, his loving wife of 65 years, Mac physically built a family summer cabin at Tahoe, beginning work in 1939. For the next quarter century Mac and Norma enjoyed summers at the lake with their children, with Mac commuting from the Bay Area and work each weekend.

Mac and Norma also became enthusiastic world travelers, starting with a trip to Europe in the late 50's. After that first excursion, they criss-crossed not only this country but most of the world numerous times. They have also both been very active in Class of '35 Alumni activities at U.C. Berkeley.

Along with Norma, Mac leaves a daughter, Robin Cantin Ronan, a son, Eugene Thorpe Cantin, son-in-law Dr. James Scarfe Ronan, two granddaughters, Kellie Ronan Weatherholt and Cheryl Ronan Ways, and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Jalene Weatherholt.

Inurnment will be at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Norma and Mac Cantin Class of 1935 Alumni Scholarship, c/o The Alumni Association, U.C. Berkeley.

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