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Community Pulse - June 1, 2012


William D. Wagstaffe

William D. Wagstaffe of Menlo Park died May 14, 2012. He was 89.

Born in Alameda, Calif., to Harold and Margareta Bergin Wagstaffe and raised on the Peninsula, he attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. A graduate of the Class of 1940, he was the first person in school history to work on the newspaper — the first edition of which came out in 1936 — all four years of its existence.

After graduating from Menlo College with the Class of 1942, he went on to attend Stanford University, majoring in business. Immediately following early graduation from the MBA program, he went to the San Francisco enlistment center on Market Street and shipped out to Notre Dame University for officer training at the onset of World War II.

Following an assignment at Fisher's Island in New York, he shipped out with the 7th Fleet of the U.S. Navy to the South Pacific, specifically the Philippine Sea frontier to the end of World War II.

Following the war, he served in the Naval Reserve Officers' Organization at Treasure Island for 29 years until he retired as Captain. He worked at Del Monte Foods in San Francisco for 40 years, with a final role as director of transportation.

He became a professor of business at the University of San Francisco, St. Mary's College, and, more recently, Golden Gate University, where he was the Professor of Operations Management for the last 23 years until his death.

An active member of Old St. Mary's Center in San Francisco, he met his future wife, Marjorie Thompson, there and they shared their first date at an East West Shriners football game at Kezar Stadium on New Year's Day in 1955. They were married at Old St. Mary's on Feb. 11, 1956.

At age 12, a caddy job at the Burlingame Country Club inspired a lifelong love of golf in him, which he nurtured for the rest of his life. He got his first hole-in-one at age 81.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marjorie; five children, Paul (Jennifer), Ann (Jeff), Rosemary (Roger), Skip (Lisa) and Eileen (Jeff); grandchildren, Ryan, Perry, Rachel, Julie, Lindsey, Rebecca, Roxanne, William, Tori, Audrey, Jessi and Ashley; nephews, Steve (Sue), Dennis (Cathy), Jim (Karen) and Raymond (Jacque); niece, Gerry; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gerard; sister-in-law, Jean; sister, Clare; and nephew, John (survived by Victoria).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bellarmine Alumni Association, Stanford University Alumni Association or Golden Gate University.