Erika Bai­ley

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Erika Bai­ley, 76, passed away on June 29, 2017, fol­low­ing a stroke. She is greatly missed by her hus­band, fam­ily and friends.

Erika was born in 1941 in Mu­nich, Ger­many, dur­ing World War II. Soon af­ter, her fa­ther was killed fight­ing in the Ger­man Army. Through­out her life, Erika stud­ied and dis­cussed U.S. and in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics, and Euro­pean his­tory in par­tic­u­lar, seek­ing to more deeply un­der­stand the causes and reme­dies for in­ter­na­tional con­flict.

Dur­ing her early life, she was raised in Mu­nich by her mother and grand­mother. At age 14, she moved to the U.S. with her mother Erna and step­fa­ther Paul Wag­ner, a Colonel in the U.S. Army. She spent her high school years in Vir­ginia and In­di­ana and grad­u­ated from In­di­ana Univer­sity with a B.A. in His­tory. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, she and a friend drove cross­coun­try to Cal­i­for­nia in a Mus­tang con­vert­ible. Erika set­tled in the Bay Area and had a long ca­reer as a sec­re­tary and ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant at com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Con­ti­nen­tal Can Co., Dig­i­tal Equip­ment Corp., Sil­i­con Graph­ics and HP.

In 1973, Erika mar­ried Philip L. Bai­ley, and the cou­ple made their home in Menlo Park. Be­fore and af­ter re­tire­ment, they en­joyed many trips to Ger­many, France, and other parts of Europe--ap­pre­ci­at­ing cen­turies of cul­ture in the cities, and hik­ing in the Alps with life­long Ger­man friends.

Erika was in­tel­lec­tu­ally cu­ri­ous, pas­sion­ate about en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion and pol­i­tics, and ac­tive on be­half of both causes. For many years, she was a vol­un­teer and do­cent at Filoli House and Gar­dens in Wood­side, and she took great plea­sure in car­ing for her own gar­den. She was a clas­si­cal-mu­sic lover, a fine cook, and a kind and thought­ful wife, sis­ter, step­mother and friend.

Erika is sur­vived by her hus­band Philip, brother Jack Wag­ner of Panama City Beach, FL, stepchil­dren Janet Bai­ley of San Fran­cisco, Bruce Bai­ley of Cen­ten­nial, CO, and Jennifer Bai­ley of San Jose, and seven nieces. Do­na­tions in her me­mory may be sent to Peninsula Open Space Trust, https://

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