Funeral for real estate tycoon, philanthropist Doug Shorenstein held at Emanu-El

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More than 1,000 mourners, including high government officials, filled the sanctuary at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco for real estate developer Doug Shorenstein’s Nov. 29 funeral. Shorenstein died of cancer Nov. 24 at his San Francisco home. He was 60.

In addition to close friends and family members, attendees included San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, former Mayor Willie Brown, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Stephen Pearce (emeritus) of Emanu-El delivered eulogies, as did business associates and members of Shorenstein’s family.

Shorenstein’s company, Shorenstein Properties, amassed $7.9 billion in assets, with such holdings as Chicago’s John Hancock Tower, and controlled 25 percent of San Francisco’s Class A office space in the mid-1980s, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. His father, the late Walter Shorenstein, founded the company. His sister, Carol Shorenstein Hays, is a noted theatrical producer.

A past chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Shorenstein was also a generous philanthropist, giving millions of dollars to education and environmental causes.

Shorenstein is survived by his wife, Lydia, and three children. Donations may be made to the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, 94145.