Howard F. Fletcher Jr. of Atherton died at home March 23 following a long illness. He was 85.
Mr. Fletcher grew up in Berkeley, where he attended Berkeley public schools and was an Eagle Scout in Troop 7. He graduated from Tamalpais School for Boys in 1942.
After induction into the U.S. Army, he was sent to Pomona College to study meteorology, then to officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia, receiving a commission as a second lieutenant.
Eventually stationed in Japan after World War II as a first lieutenant, he was special counsel for the Eighth Army special court martial board.
After the war, he graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1948. He then spent two years at Harvard Business School, earning an MBA.
Mr. Fletcher worked for the Container Corporation of America for seven years, first as assistant to the president, then as a sales manager.
After spending the next seven years at Bank of America in San Francisco, he worked in investment management, eventually becoming West Coast partner for Tiedermann, Karlen, and Boltres, until the last few years of his life.
Mr. Fletcher loved horses and horseback riding, was a beautiful skier and had a passionate fondness for dogs, say family members. He was a member of the ski team at Berkeley.
A member of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco and the Menlo Circus Club, he served as western chairman for the U.S. Equestrian Team and was a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
His family remembers his wry sense of humor, which was present to the end of his life, they say.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Olmsted Fletcher of Atherton; daughters Mallory Fletcher Price and Brooke Leigh Fletcher; sister Joan Fletcher Lane; caregiver Joaquin Jacome; and two grandchildren.
A family service will be held in April.