Alexander Hamilton Schilling
Nov. 26, 1929-Nov. 30, 2018
Portola Valley, California
Submitted by Andy Schilling
Better known as ‘Mike’ to family and friends, he was born in San Francisco as the youngest son of Rudolph and Alexandra Schilling and was raised in Woodside and San Francisco. He attended Woodside Elementary School, Town School, Cate School and MIT and served as an agent with the Army Counterintelligence Corps in Germany during the Cold War. He returned to Boston where he met Barbara Hall from Rhode Island. They were married in 1957, returned to California and raised two sons in Atherton. In 1958 Mike joined Ampex where he followed a career in Engineering Administration and Marketing before he became President of a family investment company founded by his grandfather. He was widowed in 1992.
Mike married Dianne Pitts of Atherton in 1993 and they moved to Portola Valley where they established a welcoming home for their blended family. He enjoyed being a jack-of-all-trades while improving their property. Mike also served on the town’s Architectural and Site Control Commission while still continuing to be involved with family business. Mike and Dianne enjoyed traveling to Africa, Europe, Asia and many parts of the Western Hemisphere.
Mike is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dianne; his two sons, Alexander “Andy” Schilling, Jr. (Leslie) and Robert Schilling; three granddaughters, Alexandra, Lauren and Elizabeth Schilling; two step children, Janet Pitts Maher (Donald) and Jim Pitts; and two step grandchildren, Kristen and Matt Maher.