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Nov.19, 2008

Vol. 109, No. 5


Matthew Kirby Gale Jr. ’61

Published in the Nov.19, 2008, issue

Kirby was lost at sea March 15, 2008, while sailing in a charity race outside of San Francisco Bay. He was sailing his 31-footer, Daisy, with a friend, Anthony Harrow, who also was lost. Anthony’s body was found, but Kirby’s was not.

Born in Cincinnati, Kirby came to us from the Peddie School, where he was class president. At Princeton he majored in English, was a member of Ivy, and played rugby. After Princeton he attended Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and then embarked on a career in neurology. During the past several decades he was associated with the Kaiser Permanente organization and resided in Mill Valley, Calif.

Described as a Renaissance man, Kirby enjoyed reading, travel, and learning new languages. He loved the land, sea, and air and was a hobbyist sailor for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Anna; two children from a previous marriage, Matthew and Elizabeth; and a sister, Kathleen, and her family. We join them in mourning his passing.

The Class of 1961

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