Henry ‘Hank’ Waschow

March 11, 1936 – Feb. 5, 2010

Henry "Hank" Ernest Waschow was born March 11, 1936, in Waukesha and died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, in Walnut Creek, Calif., of complications related to lung cancer.

A 40-year resident of Marin County, Calif., Hank was best known for his willing and tireless service and support of others as well as a passionate love of the natural world.

Early in his career, he worked in executive management for the YMCA, first in Chicago and then in San Francisco.

He eventually discovered his passion for disaster preparedness through his management work at the American Red Cross, a short stay with the United Way and ultimately for the Office of Emergency Services for the County of Marin. In his retirement, Hank embraced his love of gardening by completing the University of California master gardener program and volunteering to share this knowledge with others through the Marin County chapter. He found great joy in spending time with his family, particularly his granddaughters.

Hank is survived by his daughters, Diane Waschow Townsend and Elizabeth Waschow Schrock, their spouses and his granddaughters, Averi and Rachel.

A celebration of Hank’s life is planned for Saturday, Feb. 27, in Mill Valley, Calif.

For further information, please e-mail to jwtdwt@townsendandtownsend.com

In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request donations be made to one of Hank’s favorite organizations in his name: World Watch Institute, www.worldwatch.org, or the Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org