Robert Raymond Jenks (BA Architecture '50), known as Bob to his associates and friends, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife, Lee Smith, and his long time caregiver, Ernesto, at his side on June 30, 2017. He is survived by his children Carol Nakamoto (Taro), Scott Jenks, Leslie Jenks Phillips (Nigel) and Raymond Jenks (Jerry) and by his Grandchildren Cory Nakamoto (Rose) and Megan Nakamoto Nasser (Greg) and Great Grandchildren Kai and Luke Nakamoto and Isley Nasser with a new Great Granddaughter expected in the fall. He and family and friends were blessed to have time with each other during the months before his passing.
Born January 9, 1922 to John Clifford and Ada Bruyn Jenks in Monmouth, IL, one of eight children. He is survived by his brothers Lynn and Russell. He served his country in WWII as a B-24 navigator in the Philippines.
After the war, he graduated from Berkeley School of Architecture, and pursued a long and successful career in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA. He was fond of telling the story of his brief meeting with Frank Lloyd Wright and was privileged to have worked for a time with Edward Durell Stone. He partnered with John Boyd in Palo Alto and spent over 40 years designing homes and commercial properties.
Building things that lasted was his passion. Not only did he build and design architecture but relationships as well. His friends, associates and loving family are testament to his success in life.
There will be a celebration of his life on August 26 in Palo Alto.
Reposted from the San Francisco Chronicle