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San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, August 18, 2001

Stephen S. Gilden
by Carl Nolte

San Francisco -- A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Bay View Boat Club near China Basin in San Francisco for Stephen S. Gilden, a landscape artist and cartoonist who died Aug. 7 at his San Francisco home after a viral infection. Mr. Gilden was 59.

Mr. Gilden was born in Arkansas and moved to Texas as a boy. When he was 5, he was stricken with multiple strains of polio and placed in an iron lung. His long and courageous battle with the disease drew considerable public attention in San Antonio, and his condition was the subject of daily radio broadcasts for a year.

Although polio left him handicapped for the rest of his life, Mr. Gilden was determined to become an artist. He moved to New York, where he attended the Cooper Union Art School and was a frequent contributor to the Realist and other publications.

He later moved to California, where his landscapes and other art were exhibited. He was a member of the board of directors of the Bay View Boat Club, where, according to his sister, Julia, "he was a beloved pillar of the club's social life."

He is survived by his father, Jules Gilden of Jacksonville, Fla., his mother, Helen Gilden of New York City, his sister, Julia Gilden of Sausalito, and two nephews.

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