GWENDOLINE B. LOTHROP ALVORD
Wife of Charles B. Alvord, AAFA #1204
SAN MATEO COUNTY TIMES
San Mateo, San Mateo Co., CA—Thursday, 11 April 2002
Gwendoline Lothrop Alvord of San Mateo died
Easter Sunday morning, March 31, 2002, at age 84. She and her husband Charles
B. Alvord had been residents of their home on West Santa Inez Avenue for 35
years to the day. In two weeks the couple would have celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary. She died in her sleep after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s
The former Gwendoline B. Lothrop was born in
Medford, Massachusetts on October 14, 1917. She began her business career in
Chicago and went on to become secretary-treasurer of California Corporation.
After she and her husband raised their son [missing text] the Midwest, he
accepted a position in 1962 heading division of Souls Steel Company in San
Francisco. Gwen became well known in the real estate business in the San Mateo
area. More recently, Gwen helped her husband author a book on corporate management.
She also is the co-author of a second book title, The Ultimate Romance. This
chronicles the couple’s adventures through 57 countries on six continents plus
all 50 states.
Mrs. Alvord was buried in the family plot in
Marquee, Michigan, after a small service on Friday, April 5. Her husband and
son survive her.
In another article:
Northern Horizons, The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of
Northern Michigan University
Fall 2002, online edition
Gwendoline Alvord, March 31, 2002, San Mateo,
Calif. Prior to her death she and her husband created the Gwendoline and
Charles Alvord Scholarship Fund at NMU. They also willed their personal art
collection, featuring works from around the world, to the NMU Art Museum.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates
of Gwendoline L. Alvord (SS #346-01-3086 issued in IL).
Gwendoline married Charles B. Alvord, born Jan.
10, 1914, on Apr. 18, 1942. Charles was the son of Charles Benjamin Alvord and
Her husband’s Alvord lineage: Charles B. 1914 ??1,
Charles Benjamin 1881 WI2, Charles B. 1850 MI3, William
A. 1829 NY4, Theoditus 1792 NY5, Joseph 1733 MA6,
Joseph 1697 MA7, Ebenezer 1665 MA8, Alexander 1627 England9.
Charles has had a number of items published over
the years. The following is from his book Born to Adventure, which won
third place in the Non-Fiction Book category of the San Francisco/Peninsula
Writers 2005 Jack London Writing Contest <www.sfpeninsulawriters.com/conference/2005/contest_winners.html>:
This was Christmas Eve. Alone on
this day for the first time in at least sixty one years, I went to dinner at
six, making me one of the first in this gorgeous dining room hanging over the
Pacific. Thinking of Gwen and our many wonderful Christmases together, I would
write her a letter while seated at dinner. It began this way:
My dearest Gwen:
Beginning dinner in this
gorgeous dining room with a glass of champagne, all for you, my darling. My
first Christmas without you. Sixty one years ago tonight, two weeks after Pearl
Harbor, we became engaged.
One year ago tonight we
were alone by the fireplace in our bedroom with a glass or two of champagne as
we watched Christmas programs on TV.
Now I am in the dining room of the
same five star hotel we had planned a few years ago when we had to cancel for
the hurricane. You would love it were you here now....
Caught up in such
beautiful memories and trying to select the right words for this letter she
would never see, I had been wiping my eyes, with little attention to the few
other guests then arriving, although I could not miss two well dressed ladies
who brushed past my table as they were being seated two or three tables beyond
mine. I had not looked up to see their faces as I pondered my next lines and
sipped my complimentary champagne.
Thus, my mind was far away
when the waiter came to my table perhaps ten minutes later to tell me two
ladies wanted him to ask me if they could join me at my table for dinner. It
was the ladies who had passed my table. They had seen me wiping my eyes!