Gordon C. Cuneo

Retired Businessman and Dedicated Family Man

Gordon Cuneo was born in the idyllic town of Pearl River, just north of New York City, on January 15th, 1924. He was six years old when his family relocated to San Francisco, the birthplace of his father. He has stayed close to “The City” ever since, and now resides in Marin County.

In his youth he attended the Garfield and Francisco Schools and played basketball with the Salesian Boys Club in North Beach. In 1942 he entered the University of California at Berkeley, but his education was rudely interrupted by the Draft, which led him to service with the US Army Air Corps as a navigator of B-24’s. On his 24th mission over Axis territory, his aircraft was severely damaged and many of the crew were injured. Because Gordon was such an outstanding navigator, the crew was able to bring the crippled aircraft back to a safe landing in the UK. Fortunately, Gordon’s own injuries were not serious and he quickly recovered after being sent Stateside. Not so surprisingly, he subsequently volunteered for pilot training, but the war soon ended, and he returned to UC Berkeley as a sophomore. While at CAL he was a star basketball player for three consecutive years during which time they won a State Championship. Later, while working, he played basketball for the Stewart Chevrolet Team, forerunner of a professional league which eventually led to formation of the current NBA.

In 1949, after graduating from CAL, he married his campus sweetheart Ann Curtis, a Gold Medalist in swimming at the 1948 Olympics. Together they acquired land and built the Ann Curtis Swim Center in San Rafael, now in its 51st year of successful operation as both a training center and club. During the years of club operation Gordon worked as a Sales Executive with GMAC and thereafter as the General Manager of European Motors, the Mercedes dealership in San Francisco.

The object of his work ethic was always his family: Ann, three sons and two daughters. All participated in the “family business” as lifeguards and other- wise and shared many years of happiness together. They remain a very closely knit family and still enjoy the swim club, now run by the oldest daughter.

Our man of the Year has been a member of Il Cenacolo since 1986. He represents the finest example of a devoted Family Man, Citizen and the American success story.