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Tribute to Portola Valley's Last Founding Father - Sam Halsted

Post Date:01/31/2019


Message from Portola Valley’s Mayor, Ann Wengert:


On January 16th,  the last living member of Portola Valley’s first Town Council, Sam Halsted, passed away. Sam was among the dozens of concerned residents who had the foresight in the early 1960’s to recognize the importance of protecting Portola Valley’s beauty and natural qualities from outsized and inappropriately scaled development. Following two failed attempts to incorporate the town, these dedicated residents succeeded in their incorporation efforts in 1964 and the Town of Portola Valley was born. Upon incorporation, residents elected Portola Valley’s first Town Council. Sam, along with Nevin Heister, Eleanor Boushey, Bob Brown and Bill Lane were the first elected officials of our beloved town.

All of us who live, work, or simply enjoy the natural beauty of Portola Valley owe a huge debt of gratitude to this dedicated and farsighted group. The value of Sam’s service to Portola Valley cannot be calculated. He and his former colleagues have bestowed us with their enduring legacy of protected open space.

This Saturday, February 2, the family is holding a service in his memory in the Town Center Community Hall from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. All who knew him and his work are welcome to attend.

If you’d like to read more about Sam, see the Almanac article from this week’s paper: https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2019/01/30/sam-halsted-a-member-of-the-first-portola-valley-town-council-dies

Founding Fathers

Photo (left to right): Sam Halsted, Bill Lane, Nevin Heister, Eleanor Boushey, Bob Brown