Herbert Leonard Mager Jr.

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA -

June 9, 1942 Oc­to­ber 16, 2018

Herbert Leonard Mager Jr, died on Oc­to­ber 16, 2018, at his home in Oak­land. He was 76 years old.

Herb leaves be­hind his mom, Daisy; his sis­ter, Deb­bie; his son, Evan; his daugh­ter-in-law, Liz; his twin grand­daugh­ters, Is­abelle and Vic­to­ria; and his girl­friend, Janet. Herb also leaves be­hind countless friends and many ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers. Herb was mar­ried for 43 years to his wife, Bon­nie, who died in 2015.

Herb had a so­cial and in­tel­lec­tual life that brought him great joy. He au­dited classes at UC Berke­ley and was be­com­ing an ex­pert in Euro­pean his­tory. He helped found a men’s book group in 2000 that still meets ev­ery month. He joined and, at times, helped lead the Clare­mont Club in Berke­ley. He sup­ported many lo­cal the­ater com­pa­nies in the Bay Area. He par­tic­i­pated in a group that gath­ered ev­ery month to read Shake­speare plays. He trav­eled Cal­i­for­nia and the world with Janet. He spent lots of time with his grand­daugh­ters, shar­ing with them all the things he loved.

In ad­di­tion, Herb was a rav­en­ous reader, a great writer of lim­er­icks, a sin­cere An­glophile, a mas­ter of word games, a proud Oak­land res­i­dent, and a lov­ing fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, and hus­band. He had vis­ited 48 Amer­i­can states and more than 20 coun­tries.

Herb was born in Cleve­land, Ohio, on June 9, 1942, to Herb (Se­nior) and Daisy Mager. He was proud of his Cleve­land roots, a pride he shared with the close-knit ex­tended Mager fam­ily who all lived nearby on the West Side. He at­tended West­ern Re­serve Academy for high school. Herb then went to Har­vard, from which he grad­u­ated in 1964 with his un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in math.

Af­ter serv­ing in the Army for two years, Herb at­tended busi­ness school at UC Berke­ley and grad­u­ated with his MBA in 1969. At Berke­ley, he met Bon­nie Braniger while folk-danc­ing. They were mar­ried in 1971, lived in Lon­don to­gether in 1973, re­turned to live in Oak­land, and had Evan, their only child, in 1976. Herb and Bon­nie trav­eled all over Amer­ica and Eu­rope to­gether through­out their mar­riage. Herb worked for Bank of Amer­ica for 38 years, where he even­tu­ally be­came a vice pres­i­dent work­ing in tech­nol­ogy. He re­tired from the bank in 2007.

Herb will be greatly missed by his friends and fam­ily. A memo­rial ser­vice will be held af­ter the new year, but no date is set. In­stead of flow­ers, the fam­ily sug­gests do­nat­ing in Herb’s name to the Friends of the Oak­land Pub­lic Li­brary (fopl. org).

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