Alger ChaneyAge: 78 years19242002

Name
Alger Chaney
Birth January 26, 1924
Portland, Clackamas, Oregon, USA
Latitude: N45.4239 Longitude: W122.737

Death of a maternal grandfatherRussell Alexander Alger Jr.
January 26, 1930 (Age 6 years)
Residence
Age: 6; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Grandson
1930 (Age 5 years)
Grosse Pointe Farms, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Latitude: N42.4092 Longitude: W82.8919

Death of a brotherHenry Francis Chaney Jr
October 14, 1942 (Age 18 years)
Death of a fatherHenry Francis Chaney
October 20, 1953 (Age 29 years)
Multnomah, Oregon, USA
Latitude: N45.5442 Longitude: W122.414

Marriage of a parentNils Rudolf (Jimmy) JohannessonJosephine AlgerView this family
1956 (Age 31 years)

Death of a motherJosephine Alger
April 1983 (Age 59 years)
Wayne, Michigan, USA
Latitude: N42.2846 Longitude: W83.2603

Race
White

Death March 16, 2002 (Age 78 years)
Indian Wells, Riverside, California, USA
Latitude: N33.7186 Longitude: W116.3083

Death
Age at Death: 78
March 16, 2002 (Age 78 years)
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Latitude: N34.4208 Longitude: W119.6982

Burial
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Latitude: N34.4208 Longitude: W119.6982

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Alger Chaney
Birth: January 26, 1924Portland, Clackamas, Oregon, USA
Death: March 16, 2002Indian Wells, Riverside, California, USA
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Henry Francis Chaney Jr
Birth: March 22, 1917Grosse Pointe, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Death: October 14, 1942Solomon Islands
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Marriage: 1956
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Alger Chaney
Birth: January 26, 1924Portland, Clackamas, Oregon, USA
Death: March 16, 2002Indian Wells, Riverside, California, USA
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Shared note
Reared in both Portland and Detroit, Michigan, he attended the Millbrook School and the Detroit Institute of Technology, before World War II interrupted any further formal education. He followed his elder brother, lost early in the campaign for Guadalcanal, into the Naval Air Service and graduated from flight school in mid-1945. He then joined the Marine Corp Reserve and in 1952-53 was called to active duty during the Korean War. He served as a squadron leader, flying one hundred combat missions in an AD Skyraider, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as six Air Medals. Starting in 1946, he followed in the career path of his father, a prominent Oregon lumberman, and began a life-long association with the timber industry. Upon completion of military service in 1953, and the subsequent death of his father, he became an executive of both the Medford Corporation in Medford, Oregon and the Baker, Fentress Company of Chicago, which he served for the rest of his business career. In 1961 he became President, and then in 1965, Chairman of the board of the Medford Corporation and was instrumental in transforming that company from a lumber mill to a broader based wood-products concern. During this period he also served on corporate boards of other lumber firms as well as being a founding director of the Memorex Corporation. From 1960, until his retirement in 1989, he worked in San Francisco and resided in Hillsborough. After 1989 he moved to Pebble Beach, California and then in 1996 moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to his children. He maintained a life-long interest in aviation, flying his own plane for almost 40 years, as well hunting and fishing. He enjoyed travel and was able to see much of the world after he began a 19-year marriage to Marjorie, the widow of Frederick C. Talbot, Jr. He was soft-spoken, modest of his own accomplishments, a true gentleman and always generous to his family, friends and community. He was an active supporter of a great number of charities and organizations, including both schools and museums. In 2001 he marked his 50th year as a member of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, his two children by previous marriages, Henry W. Chaney of Santa Barbara and Susan C. Purel of San Juan Capistrano, California, two grandchildren, Derek and Hunter, as well as his brothers, Jon B. Chaney of Kentfield, California and David D. Douglas of Londonderry, New Hampshire, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Diane and Lynden. The family requests that remembrances be made to any of the following organizations: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93105; the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 636, Santa Barbara, CA 93102; or his grandchildren's school: St. Margaret's Episcopal School, 31641 La Novia Ave, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Private graveside services and interment will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery. This article appeared on page E - 99 of the San Francisco Chronicle 26/3 2002.