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Community - March 20, 2019

Celebration of life April 6 for Fred Herzer of Atherton

A celebration of the life of Frederick Ford Herzer Jr., a longtime Atherton resident who died Feb. 26 at the age of 92, is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, at Menlo Church.

Herzer, who lived in Atherton for more than 50 years, led "a rich and fulfilling life" despite having lost his eyesight as a 9-year-old boy in a train accident, according to his family.

Former Almanac publisher Tom Gibboney, in an article written 20 years ago, said that Herzer was "upbeat, gregarious, enjoys his leisure time with his wife, swims with his grandchildren, and rides his exercise bike every day." The then-72-year-old Herzer told Gibboney that the accident that took his sight "was a matter of kids playing too close to the tracks," but that he had no hard feelings about his blindness, or the railroad. In fact, he and his wife Virginia lived near the Atheron train station, and when the train stopped daily in that town, he was a frequent rider, hopping aboard to ride to his office in Menlo Park.

Born on Long Island, New York, Herzer moved with his family to the Los Angeles area, where he grew up. He had a fondness for mathematics, and earned degrees in economics and business from the University of California at Berkeley.

He founded Herzer Financial Services, a private real estate lending company now run by his son, David, his family said.

His interests included playing bridge and traveling the world with his wife. The Herzers visited may "exotic locations," including Kathmandu, Bangladesh and India, his family wrote in an obituary submitted to The Almanac's online Lasting Memories page. Fred Herzer was fluent in Spanish, and the couple traveled many times to Spain and numerous Central and South American countries.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, Virginia, and son David of Kentfield, Herzer is survived by daughters Ruth Herzer of Bend, Oregon, and Cynthia Richardson of Menlo Park; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The celebration of his life is set to begin at 1 p.m. April 6 at the church, located at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the UC Berkeley Disabled Students Program, attention Jessica Arevalo-Hillen, University Development & Alumni Relations, 1995 University Ave., Suite 400, Berkeley, CA 94704.


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