Roger Allen Danford Oct. 23, 1934 - Dec. 31, 2016 Roger Allen Danford passed away surrounded by his family on December 31st from complications following a fall. He was born in Tiffin, Ohio in 1934 and attended Heidelberg University there. After serving in the US Navy aboard the battleship USS New Jersey, he returned to college, earning a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. He began his career with Giffels & Rossetti, an architectural firm in Detroit, before moving to San Francisco in 1963 and eventually settling in Marin. He worked for a naval architect, then for a small firm, designing theaters, banks, and office buildings, before making the move to Bechtel Corporation in 1977 so he could incorporate his other passion: travel. As Principal Architect, he traveled from Lisbon to Jiddah, designing international airports, sourcing materials, and serving as the intermediary between client and company. He managed projects in Caracas, Al Khobar, Athens, Riyadh, Taipei, Las Vegas, Alaska, and Houston, among others, and his |family joined him in Karachi, Pakistan as he worked on three airports there. He also traveled for pleasure, tallying visits to 46 countries in all. Along the way, he found time to earn a master's degree in Environmental Planning at San Francisco State University and certifications in other aspects of building, including how to build on permafrost ("Don't," he told his family.) He was known best for his smart and very witty sense of humor, and could make friends laugh with a quick line and a roll of the eyes. He had entertaining stories from far-flung places but was just as content working on a project at home. He enjoyed woodworking, sailing, and hiking with his dogs in the hills of Marin. He is survived by Linda, his wife of 52-years, daughter Susan Diliberto (Jay), daughter Stephanie John (Andrew), son Peter Danford (Gina), grandchildren Dylan, Samantha, Carys, Jordan, Henry, brothers William, Richard, and Nicholas Danford, Gordon Brugman, and sister Danita Dumas. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 21st at 1:00pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center.
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