Frederick Bold Jr.
Frederick Bold. Jr died peacefully in San Francisco on December 14, 2003, after a prolonged illness. Fred graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco, from Stanford University with Honors in 1935, and from Harvard Law School in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Artillery forces in the Army, participated in D-Day, & served in the Reserves for many years attaining the rank of Colonel. He began his law career with the Pillsbury Madison & Sutro law firm in San Francisco. He was a partner in the firm of Carlson, Collins, Gordon, and Bold in Richmond, California for 23 years. In 1970, he organized the law firm Bold and Polisner (now Bold, Polisner, Maddow, Nelson & Judson) in Walnut Creek. His primary focus as an attorney was California water law. He founded the Diablo Water District in 1953 and served as general counsel to both Diablo and Contra Costa Water Districts for many decades. When he retired in 2003, he was one of the oldest practicing lawyers in the state. The Randall-Bold Water Treatment Plant is named after legendary Contra Costa Water District Board President Craig Z. Randall and Frederick Bold, Jr. Together with his wife, Fred had many outside interests. He and his wife were avid horsemen and rode with Los Altos Hunt. He was an accomplished and skilled sailor. He, his wife, and his son raced and sailed frequently in San Francisco Bay and down the California coast on his boat, “Bold Flight.” He was a member of both the Presidio Yacht Club, where he served as Commodore in 1981, and of the St. Francis Yacht Club. He and his wife also enjoyed many cruises throughout the world.