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Publication Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

Obituary Obituary (May 13, 2005)

Local builder Burt Avery dies at 82

Lewis Burtis "Burt" Avery, a prominent local businessman who founded the Mountain View Housing Council, has died. He was 82. An Atherton resident, Avery died on May 3 in Atherton after a year-long battle with prostate cancer. Avery kicked off his decades-long career on the Peninsula when he started the Avery Construction Company in 1960. One of the oldest members of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, he served on numerous committees in Mountain View, including the city's first anti-discriminatory council in the early 1970s. He was a founder of the Housing Industry Foundation, which renovates shelters and supplies emergency grants to families whose housing is threatened by a medical or financial disaster. He also founded the Stanford Water Polo Foundation and was one of the lead donors for the Avery Aquatic Center, located on the Stanford campus and said to be the nation' largest swimming complex. Raised by his parents Harold and Elizabeth in Oakland, Avery entered the Stanford Class of '45 and transferred to Cal's Navy V-12 program as a junior. He lettered in football, rugby and crew at Stanford, and in football and rugby at Cal. He later earned a degree from Stanford Business School. Avery is preceded in death by his parents and sister Betty Avery Snowden. He is survived by his wife Marion, his brother Robert of Walnut Creek, five sons and nine grandchildren. Donations may be sent to the Housing Industry Foundation Emergency Fund, 1845 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, CA, 95008, or to your favorite charity.

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