Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 07:49:43 :
Monday, January 19, 1976
Walter S. Long, former mayor of Corte Madera
Private funeral has been held for Walter S. Long, former mayor of Corte Madera, who died Friday at a local hospital after a short illness. He was 66.
Long was mayor from 1956 to 1958, and served on the town council from 1956 to 1960. Previously he was on the parks and recreation commission.
He was active in attempts to secure open space for the town, and was instrumental in the creation of the 23-acre town park on Tamalpais Drive, which was opened in the mid-1950s.
He also strove to develop the town’s general plan.
He worked unsuccessfully for a town swimming pool and for the merger of town services with neighboring Larkspur.
Long lived at 3 Stetson Avenue at the time of his death, and was a 27-year resident of Corte Madera. He settled there in 1949 following his discharge from the Army in 1947.
He was born in Philadelphia, and attended the University of Pennsylvania. A sports enthusiast, he played minor league baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies’ chain in 1929, and professional soccer in Philadelphia from 1934 to 1940.
He entered the Army in 1943, serving the antiaircraft and quartermaster corps and attaining the rank of captain.
He was an insurance underwriter before and after the war, and for the past 18 years was a financial planner for several investment securities firms.
He was a member of Common Cause, the Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club and taxpayers’ organizations.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Evelyn Long of Corte Madera; two children, Robert Long of Granada Hills and Linda Kemp of Berkeley; and a sister, Grace V. Reiter of Oreland, Pa.
Burial was at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno. The family prefers contributions to the Marin County Heart Association or Friends of the Earth, 529 Commercial Street, San Francisco 94111.
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