In Memory

Arthur Carl Geldner Jr - Class Of 1944

Arthur Carl Geldner Jr

I know how much his class meant to him so I thought you should know that my father, Arthur Carl Geldner, Jr., passed away on July 4, 2010.  He had several strokes recently but he is now at peace.  As per my father's request, no services were held. 

I do recall my father's tales about riding the Pacific Electric Railway's Pasadena Short Line and the Oak Knoll lines.  Although the Red Cars no longer run, I did enjoy riding the Gold Line and walking to the Rialto to see a movie in "South Pas" not long ago.  The area will always remind me of my father and visits to his mother, my grandmother Jane, who lived on Monterey Road in San Marino.

Jeff Geldner,  Arthur's son



Arthur Geldner of La Costa Glen, California passed away while surrounded by family on the 4th of July, 2010, due to complications from a stroke.  Born December 26, 1926 in Lakewood, Ohio, he grew up in San Marino, CA where he was very proud of many honorable lifelong friendships made at  Huntington Elementary and South Pasadena/San Marino High School.

Some of his prouder achievements include:  World War II Navy Veteran stationed in Hawaiii in 1945-1946; recognition as a great football player while attending USC; business graduate from Pomona College (1949); serving as a founder/council member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fullerton; a highly successful executive sales career traveling world-wide; and ultimately hired as President of major steel distributor, Western Tube & Conduit Corp. resulting in meetings and planning with then governor Bill Clinton for the opening of Omega Tube & Conduit in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Arthur also enjoyed being a member of Hacienda Golf & Country Club, and served on the San Diego Langley Board of Directors. 

After retiring, he and his loving wife Laura of 36 years relocated to La Costa Valley to be closer to and enjoy their daughter and grandsons whom he adored, spending happy times with.  He will always be fondly remembered as a dignified gentleman, kindly neighbor, and friend to all with his big smile, twinkly blue eyes and positive words.

He is survived with great sorrow by his cherished wife Laura; caring daughter Laura McKenery; loving grandsons Michael and David McKenery; and sons Tom and Jeff Geldner.  His witty humor will be greatly missed, but he will never be forgotten for his many successful accomplishments and loving devotion to his family.

Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2010