Marion Van Noorden, long time San Mateo resident, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday July 25, 2010. Marion touched many lives in her 99 years of life with her gentle spirit and positive outlook on life. She was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. After she graduated from Cogswell High School, she worked for Otis Elevator until she married in 1934.
In 1944 she and Al moved to San Mateo with their two daughters where they bought their first home and owned and operated Thomas Alec Dry Cleaners in downtown San Mateo for 40 years. Marion still resided in the same family home until her passing and continued to enjoy traveling, music, dancing, cooking, and gardening; but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
During her years at Cogswell, Marion played basketball, served as Associated Girls Students President, was the office assistant for the Dean of Girls and a charming hostess for the football luncheon and 3A Tea. We will all miss her wonderful stories about Cogswell’s early days and her wonderful sense of humor.
-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement