Stephen Jewett McKee Died peacefully on Saturday, January 27th, 2007, at Marin General Hospital, after an extended illness. Born on September 16th, 1925 at the old Stanford Lane Hospital in San Francisco, California, he was descended from several generations of businessmen and bankers from both coasts of the United States. His father, paternal grandparents and great grandparents had lived in San Francisco while his mother and her family were from New Jersey and New York. He followed in their footsteps -- first in managing family assets in association with his father and then as vice president and trust officer at the Bank of California in San Francisco. Prior to his business career, he served in the Navy as an electronic technician's mate. The last year of his Naval service was spent aboard the USS Ingersoll, a Fletcher Class Destroyer, which, during that year, saw action in the last great battle of WWII at Okinawa. After his Naval service he attended Stanford University where he graduated in the class of 1949. In 1949 he and his wife, Sarah Louise Shaw were married. She is the daughter of Edward B. Shaw MD and Johnsie Rowland of San Francisco and Olney, Illinois. At the time of their marriage, Johnsie was deceased and Dr. Shaw had married Elizabeth Rolph who thereafter became Mr. McKee's beloved mother-in-law. After retiring from business in 1988, he served for about sixteen years as a volunteer teaching assistant, mostly at Davidson Middle School, in classrooms devoted to the teaching of English as a second language. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sally; daughters Kate, Martha, Susan and their spouses; sons David, Mark and their spouses; nineteen grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. There will be a Memorial Service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Salvation Army or to Boy Scouts of America.
Published in the Marin Independent Journal on 2/1/2007.