The Coastal Post - April, 1997

John Duncan: 1915-1997


John Duncan, long-time writer of a column for the Coastal Post, died February 28 at his home in Mill Valley.

The Coastal Post started small. In fact, we were all editors in the early days. John Duncan was the first Senior Editor. "Of course I'm the senior editor," Duncan was heard to boast. "I'm the oldest member of the staff."

He was a former Bolinas resident, and while there he always sold tickets for the Lions Club's 4th of July raffle and barbeque. John was president of the Project Council for the Whistlestop Junction's Hot Meals Program for seniors, and served on the Marin County Area Agency for Aging. He was named "Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year" in 1978. He served as co-chairman of the Friends of the Point Reyes National Seashore. He was also president of the West Marin Chamber of Commerce.

He and his wife, Peggy, helped to create the Bolinas Museum in 1983, and worked in the museum's Thrift and Gift Store, no longer running.

John Duncan is survived by his wife Peggy. Donations may be sent to the West Marin Senior Services, Box 791, Point Reyes Station 94956.