[Vandal] OBIT: Carl Berry

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>From the San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco, CaliforniaSunday, November 29, 2020
Carl Berry
Carl Grover Berry, born October 27, 1938 in San Francisco, CA died November 21, 2020after a long illness. He was the youngest son of Dorothy Brown Berry and Kenneth CharlesBerry. Carl is survived by his wife Linden, of Corte Madera, their son Josh Farrar anddaughter-in-law Tayef of Brooklyn, his brother Kenneth and sister-in-law Gail of SanFrancisco, sister-in-law Elizabeth Hanger of Los Angeles, sister-in-law Sally Shortridge ofCoeur D'Alene ID, brother-in-law McCarthy Hanger III of Manhattan, and numerous lovingnieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Susie Berry Naumann.
Carl spent his childhood in Sea Cliff, where he and his older brother Ken were deputized tolook for enemy war ships from the top floor of their home overlooking Baker Beach. Aftergraduating from Town School, Carl went on to Lowell as a member of the third generation ofhis family to attend the prestigious public school. Early trips to national parks with his familykindled his interest in nature and in 1957, he enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscowas a forestry major. Carl joined the Sigma Nu fraternity, which would provide his firstpost-graduate position as a recruiter for Sigma Nu's national headquarters in Lexington, VA.He had served as vice-president of his senior class, graduating from Idaho in 1962. 
In 1964, Carl left Lexington, VA to work for California Casualty, a family insurance business,until 1966 when he struck off on his own to become an independent real estate developerspecializing in the new field of fractional properties. He served on the board of the AmericanResort Developers Association and became a partner in the creation of two pioneering urbantimeshares   San Francisco Suites and the Manhattan Club. His company, California Resorts,went on to become the nation's leading consulting group for urban and resort-based timesharesand fractional ownerships.
Carl's leadership and fundraising skills were instrumental in the success of many capitalcampaigns including Lick-Wilmerding High School's library, a wing of the Sigma Nu Houseat the University of Idaho, the renovation of the Summer Playhouse in Bigfork, MT, theLionel Hampton Music Festival headquarters in Moscow, ID and the establishment of severaleducational programs at Glacier National Park. Carl and his wife joined the board of theGlacier Fund in 2010. When the Glacier National Park Conservancy was established in 2013,Carl chaired the Committee on Directors. He also served as mentor to incoming boardmembers at Glacier and was unanimously elected to serve another term on the Board justbefore his death. His love of Glacier National Park was infectious and he led numerousmountain treks there for intrepid friends and family who visited the Berry summer home onthe Swan River in Bigfork. 
Carl's affinity for non-profit board service led him to two additional eleven-year terms   asDirector and later President of the Lick Wilmerding High School Board from 1989-2000, andas a Director and Committee Chair at Marin Theater Company from 2008-2019. He waselected to the Alumni Hall of Fame at the U of Idaho in 2017 and became a Lifelong Directorof the Sigma Nu Foundation in 2019.
He and his wife were also active in the formation of the Meritus College Fund to help sendSan Francisco public high school students to college. He was very proud to provide support tothis group of first-generation college students. Carl was a lifelong lover of Yorkshire terriers,who often accompanied him on his long walks.
Gifts in Carl's memory may be made to the Marin Theater Company, the Glacier ParkConservancy, the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, or the University of Idaho Vandal Scholarship Fund.
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