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Marin Independent Journal
Thursday, January 14, 1999
Section B, page 2

Robert C. DaCosta
Mill Valley resident

Robert C. DaCosta of Mill Valley was involved in numerous Bay Area civic activities, including the Golden Gate Audubon Society, the Marine Mammal Center and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory.

He died Jan. 8 at 89.

Mr. DaCosta was born in Muskegou, Mich., and attended Philadelphia schools.

He was an honors graduate of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa., in 1932.

He was an investigator, report writer and censor for Dun and Bradstreet in Philadelphia from 1935 to 1942 and later an executive secretary from 1942 to 1948 for the Pennsylvania Economy League in Allentown.

Mr. DaCosta became a training officer in the Bureau of Public Administration and later a professor of political science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1948 to 1951.

He worked at the Citizens Budget Commission in New York City from 1951 to 1955 as director of community relations, and at the National Conference of Christians and Jews in New York City as national director of special gifts from 1955 to 1961.

He then became executive director of the organizationís Northern California region in 1961 and worked there until his retirement in 1976.

Mr. DaCosta was a former member and on the board of directors of the Audubon Canyon Ranch, a former member of the Marin Human Rights Commission and the Mill Valley Human Rights Commission, a 30-year member of the San Francisco Press Club, a former member of the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and a member of Pi Delta Epsilon, the Political Science Honorary Society.

He is survived by his daughters, Nancy H. Dingle of Cape May, N.J., and Mrs. Thomas Chelton of Willingboro, N.J.; brothers, Edward H. DaCosta of Bryn Manor, Pa., and Martin DaCosta of Providence, R.I.; sisters, Mrs. Donald Mackay of Frederick, Md., and Mrs. Clarence Bombard of Burlington, Vt.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

No memorial service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Sea Otter, 2150 Garden Road, Suite B4, Monterey 93940, the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 4990 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach 94970 or to the Golden Gate Audubon Society, 2930 San Pablo Ave., Suite G, Berkeley 94702.

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