Marin Independent Journal
Friday, April 28, 2000
Section B, page 2
Fred Burckhalter Galbreath
Marine insurance agent
Fred Burckhalter Galbreath, a Marine insurance agent and a survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, died April 23. He was 98.
Mr. Galbreath was born in 1901 in Truckee. His family later moved to San Francisco, where the 1906 earthquake forced his family to evacuate their home and take up residence in Golden Gate Park.
He attended Sutro Grammar School. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1918, and enlisted in the Army at age 17. Armistice was declared six day after he enlisted, so he went to work in the marine insurance business in San Francisco.
In 1933 he worked at the Marine Office of America, and later became senior vice president. In 1967 he worked at Frank B. Hall World Wide Insurance Brokers as vice president and director. Mr. Galbreath later worked at Jardine, LTD. Insurance Brokers before retiring in 1988.
Mr. Galbreath owned a sheep ranch in Mendocino County, and was instrumental in improving the quality of merino wool. He was an active member in the Wool Growers Association of California and recently received an honorary doctorate of science from the California State University system for his contributions and interest in wildlife and the environment.
Mr. Galbreath was a supporter of the Save the Redwoods League. He was the director and president of several groups, including the Marine Exchange, the Board of Marine Underwriters and the Marine Association.
He was the chairman of several San Francisco and Pacific Maritime Development committees. He was also the chairman of the Kentfield School Board, president-director of the Kentfield Civic League and member of the Meadow Club in Fairfax.
He is survived by daughters, Nancy Galbreath Johnson of San Rafael and Sue Galbreath Johnson of Pacific Grove; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
His wife of 63 years, Jean Galbreath, died earlier.
A memorial service will be held at noon Monday at the Tamalpais Cemetery Chapel, Fifth Street in San Rafael.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Galbreath's name to the Marin Historical Society in San Rafael; the Anderson Valley Land Trust in Boonville; or the charity of the donor's choice.
An obituary also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, April 27, 2000, Section A, page 24.