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Remembering Mortimer Fleishhacker III, 1932- 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Last week NCG learned that San Francisco philanthropist Mortimer Fleishhacker III passed away on October 25th.

Mortimer was the the eldest son of Mortimer Fleishhacker, Jr. and Janet Choynski Fleishhacker. The Fleishhacker family has been part of San Francisco since Mortimer’s great-grandfather, Aaron, a pioneer in the development of land and mining in Nevada, arrived here in 1851. It was Mortimer’s grandfather who founded The Mortimer Fleishhacker Foundation in 1947. In 1988 the foundation merged with the Janet and Mortimer Fleishhacker Foundation to form The Fleishhacker Foundation, a long-time member of NCG.

Committed to Serving the Community

The Fleishhacker family has a long tradition of serving their community. Mortimer built on that legacy through his support and work with numerous Bay Area organizations over the years including San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, the Greenbelt AllianceSPUR,  San Francisco Jewish Family Services Agency, The Big Brothers, the Guardsmen and The San Francisco Development Fund.

Additionally, he was a member of The Fleishhacker Foundation Board for many decades. He served as President of Temple Emanuel (a role his father once held) from 1987 to 1990, during which time he led the campaign to rebuild its historic structure.

A memorial service was held for friends at A.C.T. last Friday, October 28. The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to A.C.T., smazow@act-sf.org or the Greenbelt Alliance info@greenbelt.org.

Mortimer is survived by his wife, Francoise, (Frannie), his three children: Leslie Gaylord of Long Beach, Sandi Randall of Denver, Marc Fleishhacker of Short Hills, New Jersey, and eight grandchildren. His sister, Delia Ehrlich, and brother, David Fleishhacker, still reside in San Francisco and Woodside.

 

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