March 31, 1921 – February 11, 2013
Resident of Los Altos
Irving was a bright, easy going and gentle man. He was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, the second youngest of five siblings.
He attended Horlick High School and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where his studies were interrupted by WW II. Irv fought in the European arena with the 69th Infantry Division and was routed through the South of France into Germany and Austria. He was part of the “Greatest Generation,” men and women who did their duty without expecting recognition. After the war he finished his undergraduate studies at Madison and, taking advantage of the GI Bill, earned his MS degree in Food Technology at Cal Berkeley. His first job was with the 6th Army Medical Corp at Fort Baker, then with Curtis and Tompkins Analytical Labs in San Francisco. In 1959 he joined Barnes-Hind Pharmaceuticals in Sunnyvale, where he worked in the capacity of Director of Quality Control until his retirement. His first marriage was to Sarah Rayor, with whom he had two daughters. In 1960 he married Susana Sanger, with whom he had two sons and a long and happy marriage. Irving enjoyed skiing, playing tennis and bridge. And yes, he did like to play Black Jack in Las Vegas and on cruises. He was a member of Foothills Tennis and Swim Club and the Palo Alto Bridge Club. But first and foremost he was a loving family man.
He is survived by his wife Susana, his daughters Sharoan (Perry), Fern (Udi), his sons Tom (Britt) and Peter (Susie), seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. If you wish to recognize Irving’s life, consider a donation to “Doctors without Borders” or any charity of your choice.
A celebration of Irving’s life for family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 11:00A.M. at Foothills Tennis Club, 3351 Miranda, Palo Alto.