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Memorial service planned for Lafayette’s second mayor

By asoglin
Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 at 4:26 pm in Lafayette.

A memorial service for Gordon Holmes, one of Lafayette’s first councilmembers who sheperded the newly-incorporated city in the late 1960s, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2396 Overlook Drive in Walnut Creek.

Holmes supported the city’s incorporation some 40 years ago. He was elected to the first City Council in 1968, serving as mayor in 1969. That first council helped get the new city on its feet, hiring key staff members, forming commissions and developing a general plan that called for preserving Lafayette’s rural atmosphere.

The father of five was a vascular surgeon who lent his talents to refugees in Asia after the Vietnam War and who passed his knowledge onto students at the UC Berkeley/UCSF Medical School where he was a professor.

He died July 30 of chronic cardiovascular disease. He was 83.

For Wednesday’s article on Holmes, click here.

Katherine Tam

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