Obituaries

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Robert Mowry Wood was born Nov. 29, 1937, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and died May 20, 2018, in Alameda.

Robert was the son of the late Cornelius Mowry Wood and Ann Pauline (Mirth) Wood of Pittsburgh; brother of the late Beverly Ann (Wood) Edelmann of North East, Pa. He is survived by his brother, Col. C. Dallas Wood (USMC Ret.) of Green Bay, Wisc., sister, Molly Mirth (Wood) Pool of Pittsburgh, 18 nieces and nephews and his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara Ann (Roberts) Wood.

He attended grades one to three in McKees Rocks, Pa., four to 12 at Ben Avon in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Avonworth High School in 1955. 

Robert was employed at United Engineering & Foundry and Union Barge Line both in Pittsburgh. He served in the U.S. Army 1957 to ’59 at Ft. Polk, La.; Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; and Ft. Knox, Ken., as SP4, Squad Leader, in the Second Armored Rifle Battalion of the 55th Infantry.

He earned a Bachelors of Architecture degree at the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 1966. He became a licensed California Architect in 1969 and subsequently a licensed architect in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Guam. 

Robert joined the firm of Donald R. Roark, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Denver, Colo., from 1962 to ’65; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Architects, of San Francisco, from 1966 to 1971; and Mackinlay, Winnacker, McNeil (MWM) Architects of Oakland, from 1971 to 2005.  

Robert served as Vice President and Senior Vice President of MWM from 1979 to 2005. He worked at MWM offices in Guam, Honolulu, Al-Kobar Saudia Arabia, Sacramento and corporate headquarters in Oakland. 

A 46-year resident of Alameda, Robert resided part time in Kauai, Hawaii, from 2007 to 2017. He was a member of AIA from 1969 to the present. He provided 28 consecutive years of public service from 1979 to 2007 on various boards, commissions and mayor-appointed task forces in the City of Alameda, including: the Planning Board; Economic Development Commission; Recycling Task Force; Port Authority Task Force; Base Reuse Advisory Group; and Golf Commission. Robert was also a member of the Alameda Junior Golf Association Board of Directors from 2008 to 2018.

Robert was a devoted sports fan, softball player, golfer, amateur photographer, American history buff, and classical and jazz music listener. He was devoted to architecture of all kinds both professionally and as a life-long avocation. He loved travelling and spent time in 33 countries and territories. 

Robert remained always grateful for his much-rewarded life.

 

Nancy J. Wonder, 71, a lifelong resident of Alameda passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 17, 2018. Nancy was the second of four children born to Bob and Jean Jacobs. She attended Alameda schools. As a young woman, Nancy trained as a dental assistant, becoming an office manager and eventually worked as a dental office consultant before retiring in 1997. 

Nancy was a three-time cancer survivor and because of her passion for finding a cure, she chaired the American Cancer Society Alameda Relay for Life for several years, along with her sister and best friend, Susan Bunker, who preceded her in death. She was an inspiration to others as she shared her journey of treatment and recovery from cancer. Nancy’s nonprofit work also included serving on the board of Alameda Meals on Wheels. 

A die-hard Warriors fan, Nancy rarely missed watching a game. Never far from a good book or her Kindle, she was a consummate consumer of all things political and especially loved American history and mystery novels. 

Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Robert L. Wonder, her devoted son Robert M. Hamilton, sister Mary Tuttle, and brother John Jacobs (Patty). Nancy had a special bond with her niece and goddaughter Jill L. Poree, and grandniece Rachel Poree, who will miss their daily phone calls with “Aunt Nan.” Nancy is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins, and many friends in Alameda and Twain Harte. 

For more information call Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745) or visit www.alamedafuneral.org.

Alison Davis Dahl passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018, at the home of her father, James B. Davis, in Alameda. She is survived by her daughters Emery and Camryn Dahl, her sister Janet Davis, her father James B. Davis and her brother-in-law Rajiv Mathur.

Alison was born in San Francisco and grew up in Alameda. She graduated from Encinal High School and UC Davis. After graduating from college, she worked in advertising with Saatchi and Saatchi in San Francisco and then with Earle Palmer Brown in Washington, D.C.

Alison gave up her professional advertising career to remain home and raise her two daughters. She was a resident of Bethesda, Md. Alison returned to Alameda to the home of her father to continue her long and difficult battle with a brain tumor in the company of her loving family.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life followed by a reception today, Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. at the Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Dr., Alameda.  

In lieu of flowers her family prefers that memorial contributions be made in her name to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) at 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501. 

For more information call Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745) or visit alamedafuneral.org.

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