Considered the golden child among his family, Gaetano De Mattei ’50 was the perfect combination of his energetic, entrepreneurial mother, Rose, and his inventive, mechanically gifted father, Tony. At the age of 10, Gate was already off on adventures navigating San Francisco’s ferry and bus system to reach the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. This zest for life carried throughout Gate’s twilight years; in his last year, he was skiing and biking. Gate traveled the world as a flight surgeon with the U.S. Air Force before settling back down in San Francisco with wife Gayle, a nurse. The two raised eight children, operated a small cattle ranch in Brown’s Valley, continued practicing medicine, and skied any chance they got. Gate died Sep. 26, 2023 and is survived by family, including son Gaetano De Mattei ’81.

17 Jan 2024