Elizabeth Neff Walker Rot­ter

Au­gust 12, 1941 – Novem­ber 26, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Daugh­ter of Wil­liam and Polly Walker, of Pitts­burgh, PA.

Born: Au­gust 12, 1941, Pitts­burgh, PA.

Sib­lings: 2 broth­ers, Bill (de­ceased); Al­bert (Cloverdale, CA)

Mar­ried: Paul R. Rot­ter, May 21, 1966, Mill Val­ley, CA.

Mother of two chil­dren: Laura Elizabeth, born Jan­uary 12, 1969, Lon­don, Eng­land (spouse Clay Shinn)

Matthew Paul, born July 16, 1971, San Fran­cisco, CA (spouse Joni Blecher)

“Neff” Rot­ter died peace­fully at her home in San Fran­cisco un­der the KP Hospice pro­gram on Novem­ber 26, 2018.

Neff ar­rived in San Fran­cisco in 1963 af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Brown Univer­sity with a de­gree in English Lit­er­a­ture. She met her hus­band, Paul Rot­ter, in San Fran­cisco in 1965, where they lived and worked be­fore mov­ing to Lon­don, Eng­land. Neff worked at the of­fice of ar­chi­tect Len Michaels, and Paul, an ar­chi­tect, at the Greater Lon­don Coun­cil. They re­mained in Eng­land for nearly three years be­fore re­turn­ing to the US. While liv­ing in Lon­don Neff and Paul did ex­ten­sive trav­els across Europe. Neff be­came preg­nant and gave birth to their daugh­ter Laura. Upon re­turn to the US in 1970 Neff, Paul and Laura trav­eled across the con­ti­nent ar­riv­ing in San Fran­cisco. In July 1971, Neff gave birth to their son, Matthew.

Neff was al­ways an avid fic­tion reader. She soon be­came a mem­ber of the Jane Austin so­ci­ety in San Fran­cisco, and was in­tro­duced to a book club of women who mainly read women writ­ers. This for­tu­nate join­ing en­cour­aged Neff to be­gin se­ri­ous writ­ing of her own. Her first pub­lished novel, a Re­gency ro­mance came out in 1976. Neff went on to write over 30 Re­gency and con­tem­po­rary ro­mances.

In 1998 Neff started e-book pub­lish­ing with “Bel­grave House” and added a sec­ond web ad­dress, “Re­gency Reads” about a year later. To date the two web sites have pub­lished over 800 books for about 80 authors. Pub­li­ca­tion will con­tinue un­der the man­age­ment of Neff’s son and daugh­ter in-law.

For some 40 years the Rot­ter fam­ily shared Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas hol­i­days with the Hill fam­ily of Berke­ley. She was a swim­mer and ex­er­cise en­thu­si­ast, a good friend and lis­tener.

Neff and Paul trav­eled fre­quently and jour­neyed to Europe, Africa, South-Cen­tral-North Amer­ica, Aus­tralia, and more. They be­came fre­quent trav­el­ers to Club Cas­cadas in Cabo San Lu­cas, where they en­joyed time with good friends and fam­ily. They were devoted snorkel­ers. Neff vol­un­teered at UCSF for over 20 years. She was a devoted fem­i­nist and pro­gres­sive.

A me­mo­rial to her life will be held on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12th at 5:00pm at the Pre­sidio Golf & Con­cor­dia Club. At the Ar­guello Av­enue en­trance to the Pre­sidio, turn west through the stone pil­lars onto West Pa­cific Av­enue. The Club en­trance is at the green awning, ahead on the left.

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