Robert "Bob" Philcox, a former mayor of Pleasanton who served on the City Council during a key period in Pleasanton's evolution of the 1970s, died at home surrounded by family on Saturday. He was 88.
Philcox, who remained actively involved in the Pleasanton community for decades after his public service, sat on the Pleasanton City Council from 1974-78, including a turn as the city's mayor in 1976-77. He continued in public office with a term on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors from 1978-82.
"Philcox was wholly committed to bettering his community, as exemplified by his participation in many service organizations throughout his life in Pleasanton," current Pleasanton City Manager Gerry Beaudin said in a statement Monday.
"His tenure on the City Council was typified by his thoughtful efforts to sensibly and sustainably grow the Pleasanton community, as the city began developing into the premier place it is today," Beaudin added. "Through his leadership, Bob helped prepare Pleasanton for a period of transformative growth that positioned the city for long-term success. Today we honor Bob's memory in gratitude for his service to our community."
The city will lower the flags at the Pleasanton Civic Center for 24 hours starting on Tuesday morning in honor of Philcox.
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