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Eugene Louis Oswald

January 21, 1935 - June 9, 2017

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Eugene Oswald Obituary
Eugene Louis Oswald died at home on June 9, 2017. Born on January 21, 1935 to Eleanor and Leo Oswald in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, Eugene moved in childhood to Marcus, Iowa with his family. He was known as a star athlete at Holy Name High School. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War and selected to train at Honest John's Rocket School, the first surface-to-surface nuclear missile assembly. He played basketball in center position across Europe, shooting three-pointers in Paris and laying down layups in Germany. Upon...

Eugene Oswald Obituary
Eugene Louis Oswald died at home on June 9, 2017. Born on January 21, 1935 to Eleanor and Leo Oswald in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, Eugene moved in childhood to Marcus, Iowa with his family. He was known as a star athlete at Holy Name High School. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War and selected to train at Honest John's Rocket School, the first surface-to-surface nuclear missile assembly. He played basketball in center position across Europe, shooting three-pointers in Paris and laying down layups in Germany. Upon returning home, he attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where as a graduate student in Economics and Mathematics, he met his wife, Sharon. They married in 1962 and embraced adventure together for the next 55 years. They moved to Oakland for Eugene to attend UC Berkeley as a doctoral student and bought their first home in the Sunset district of San Francisco in 1967. Their first daughter, Tiffani, was born into their new home, followed two years later by Frances. Eugene and his young family moved to Greenbrae in 1969 where they later brought home their third child, Brooksley. Eugene dedicated his life to educating students across every background and level, teaching at the University of San Francisco for over 35 years, where he was key in establishing the first night program focused on working students. He taught at Dominican University in San Rafael up until his death, where he particularly enjoyed working with those studying to become teachers themselves. A dedicated and respected educator, he was beloved by students and faculty alike, winning Teacher of the Year awards at both universities, and will be remembered as a gentleman scholar, always dressed to teach in a suit and tie. In addition to his commitment to education, Eugene excelled in building a meaningful real estate portfolio and establishing successful small businesses throughout his life.
He lived with compassion and acceptance at his side, using his brain and brawn to build family and community. He could sink a basket with a silent swish, operate a table saw as expertly as a sewing machine, and solve the most complex of equations in his head. Over the years, Eugene belonged to the Marin Rod and Gun Club, coached CYO basketball, and volunteered with the Democratic Party, always happily lending his time and talents. He loved relaxing with his family at Lake Tahoe in the Dollar Point home he built by hand. Eugene fixed the broken, found the lost, and fortified dreams. He will be remembered for his relentless kindness and genius intellect.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Sharon; three children, Tiffani, Frances, and Brooksley; seven grandchildren; Sophia, Gregory, Jack, Sydney, Mary, Emmett, and Ronin; and a sister, Mary. A memorial service will be held at Dominican University in the fall. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Eugene Oswald Scholarship Fund; P.O. Box 433, Kentfield, California 94904.


Arrangements under the direction of Keaton's Mortuary, San Rafael, CA.