OSBORNE, Daniel[1, 2]

Male 1934 - 2014  (80 years)

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  • Name OSBORNE, Daniel 
    Birth 21 Jan 1934  Colton, San Bernadino, CA USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Education BA & MA Architecture, Stanford University 
    Obituary From San Francisco Chronicle:

    Daniel Osborne

    Daniel Osborne, a San Francisco architect whose practice extended throughout Northern California, died at Kaiser Hospital Tuesday, September 30, at age 80.

    He was born January 21, 1934, in the San Bernardino town of Colton. His family moved to Whittier when he was a young child. As an award-winning swimmer in high school, he was recruited by many NCAA colleges and chose Stanford University, where he swam for four years on the university's varsity team and set many Pacific Coast Conference records. He graduated from Stanford in 1955 with a degree in architecture and received his master's degree in architecture from the university in 1957.

    Working for the firm of Spencer and Lee in the 1950s and early 1960s, he was part of the design team on projects in the Grand Tetons, Williamsburg, San Diego, and Yosemite where he designed the form of the Ahwahnee pool, its surrounding landscape, and the dining hall at Sunrise High Sierra Camp.

    In the mid-1960s Daniel and another Stanford graduate, Zach Stewart, formed Osborne and Stewart Architects and went on to do architecture, planning and landscape architecture for residences, schools and commercial buildings. Their work included campgrounds in Olema and Duncans Mills, elementary schools in Nevada County, Stinson Beach and Bolinas, Willard Park and Field House in Berkeley, and the Plumas County Museum.

    Osborne and Stewart also participated in the cultural and social developments in 60's San Francisco - providing the staging for the Trips Festival and producing the Sensorium and the 4,000 Years concerts at Grace Cathedral. They worked with poet Gary Snyder to conceptualize and build his home on San Juan Ridge above the south fork of the Yuba River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

    In the 1980s Daniel began working on his own, designing residences and small commercial projects, including a Sunset Magazine award-winning home on Boardwalk One facing the inlet in Larkspur.

    In 1961, Daniel became a member of the Dolphin Swimming & Boating Club and in 1994 joined the University of San Francisco's masters swim team. He served for many years on the Dolphin Club's Building Committee and when the Dolphin Club expanded in the 1980s, he designed the club's addition and oversaw the construction.

    Daniel continued to swim in the bay and the USF pool even after undergoing a lobectomy to remove a non-smoker's lung cancer tumor in 2011. He continued to enjoy a daily swim until one week before entering the hospital. His death was not an immediate consequence of the lung cancer (which had recurred in 2013) but instead from a torn mitral valve in his heart.

    He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mimi, an artist-illustrator whom he met at the Stanford Architecture School, and the couple's three children, Michelle Watson of Mountain View, James Osborne of Sonoma and Donald Osborne of San Francisco, along with six grandchildren - David Watson, Ariel Osborne, Janine Watson, Ryland Osborne, Rhett Osborne and Gage Osborne. A Celebration of his life will be held in the near future.

    Contributions in his memory may be made to the San Francisco Dolphin Swimming & Boating Club Building Fund.  [2
    Occupation Architect 
    Death 30 Sep 2014  San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I318  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2021 

    Mother UNNAMED 
    Family ID F3606  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family SHREVE, Miriam 
     1. OSBORNE, Michelle
     2. OSBORNE, James
     3. OSBORNE, Donald
    Family ID F128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 21 Jan 1934 - Colton, San Bernadino, CA USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S33] Hugh Byrne Notes, Date of Import: Feb 20, 2005.

    2. [S887] Daniel Osborne.

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