Growing up with 11 siblings, John Gerhardt J.D. ’63 always had a lot of family and love to give. He and his wife, Sandra, loved traveling to Hawaii, and visiting their children and grandchildren for weekly dinners, sporting events, and costume parties. A devout Catholic, John believed in giving service to all by volunteering at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and at Kaiser, where he escorted new moms and babies to their cars. In 1973, he began volunteering first at South Valley YMCA and later at Mount Madonna YMCA, where John was the founding member and received the Heroes Award for 50 years of service. There was nothing he loved more than his family and he assigned a specific song and story to each of his grandchildren. John was witty, fiercely intelligent, compassionate and larger than life. He died on Nov. 10, 2021.

02 Dec 2021