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San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, December 7, 2001
A 25

Donald Devoto, former S.F. hotel executive
by Ryan Kim, Chronicle Staff Writer

San Francisco -- Donald Jennings Devoto, a longtime San Francisco hotel executive and descendant of one of the city's original families, died Nov. 29 of a heart attack at his home in Mill Valley. He was 76.

Mr. Devoto, whose grandfather helped build one of the first homes on Nob Hill, was born and raised in San Francisco, and graduating from Lowell High School. He later attended Cornell University, where he earned a degree in hotel administration. During World War II, he served in Europe on the staff of Gen. Omar Bradley. After the war, Mr. Devoto began a 33-year career with Hilton Hotels. He served as an executive in San Francisco, Dallas and Atlantic City before retiring as the general manager at the Reno Hilton.

Mr. Devoto taught hotel administration part time at San Francisco City College for more than 30 years and also helped establish the hospitality program at the University of San Francisco after his retirement in 1986.

He served as the president of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association, where he was inducted into its Hall of Fame, as a director of the San Mateo Convention Bureau and as a trustee of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

He was an avid sportsman and environmentalist, and spent many summers at his vacation home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

He is survived by his wife, Nida of Mill Valley; daughters Dana Humber of San Rafael and Sally Hagstrom of Mill Valley; son Jeffrey Devoto of San Carlos;

and seven grandchildren and brother Justin Devoto of San Jose.

Services will be private. The family suggests donations to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.

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