Carol, our condolences to you and your family at Hal's passing. I was an AGR 3 yrs. younger than Hal. Some personal memories of our meetings post college are rich in my memory, and I treasure them. Both Hal and I were transferred by our employers into San Francisco in the early mid-1960's. I worked for PG&E in the General Office on Market St. Hal & I arranged as AGR friends to meet, eat lunch together once monthly in the financial dist. As a executive in banking, he once told me candidly what he'd learned about the combination of human nature and money, saying soberly, "you can't trust anyone". Yes, one can trust people, by using a discernment, and Hal had that skill as one of his many gifts. Hal rose quickly in the banking profession for his exceptional combined people and money management skills. I remember when he was on the team that started MasterCard program.
In the late 1970's Hal was back in Modesto starting his own successful bank. In '87 I retired from PG&E having been an Area Manager in Madera. We elected to spend our retirement years in western Montana on Flathead Lake shoreline property. Carol, you and Hal at my invitation in 1989, now also retired, were planning on coming to MT to see us & mostly play golf at a new course in nearby Bigfork. That summer was an awful August of many forest fires in MT and our famed blue Big Sky was filled with choking smoke. Given the bad air quality, you elected to not come to Montana then and to my knowledge, never did see what makes this a special place. Your energies were nobly spent in Davis building, aiding UCD's growth and development.
We would see the Sconyers one more time 10+ years ago at one of the last AGR gathering arranged by Phil Wintz in Visalia. Now, Hal has passed on.
Truly, Hal was a kind person, endowed with a generous heart and I was privileged our paths did cross several times in different places after we graduated from college. He will be missed as the likeness and rareness of his stature, wisdom and intellect are seldom seen in today' society. Peace be with you. Al & Mary Lu Suneson
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