Broken Wand

Here is a list of beloved members who have passed through this life and have touched our hearts with their own special magic both personally and professionally.  This is not a complete list, as we are currently gathering information from our files.  If you know of someone we may have missed, who was a member of S.A.M. #112 please contact us through the contact page and provide any information you have.

BobSteiner-150x150Robert A. Steiner (1934-January 4, 2013)


Magician and skeptic Robert A. Steiner died on January 4, 2013 in a nursing home in Concord, California, at age 78. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay area, Steiner was a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and spoke at several CSI(COP) conferences. A professional magician, he was a former president of the Society of American Magicians, and a member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He also was a Certified Public Accountant.

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Ragu-Nathan-150x150Ragu Nathan – 1945 – Dec, 25 2008

Ragu Nathan was born in Chennai, India, in 1945. He completed both his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering in India before joining Tata Consultants, a multinational IT company that serviced other industrial customers around the world. He worked for a short time in the Middle East for Tata before migrating to the United States.

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Addie-Van-Winkle-150x150Addie Van Winkle – Sep. 18, 1910 – Jan. 17, 2006

Addie (Adeline) Van Winkle, the most beloved member of Assembly #112, in 1939 married Marvin Rex, who died in 1973.

She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1953, where she married Rip Van Winkle in the mid 70s, a few years after they both had become widowed.

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Harry-Bartolomei-150x150Harry Bartolomei (August 4, 1926 – August 7, 2006)

Born in Alameda, California, of Italian immigrant parents, Harry spoke Italian before he learned English. Upon graduating from high school in 1944, Harry volunteered for the Army but ended up in the Navy, where he became an electronics instructor.

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IanMcLaughlin-150x150Ian E McLaughlin – Nov 21, 1915 – Apr 21, 2006

Ian E McLaughlin, one of the early members of our assembly (having joined in the late 1970s) participated in the battlefields in WWII as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps—leading one of the first anti-air-craft computer-guided mobile gun units. He then served as an officer in the United States Air Force Reserves, achieving the rank of colonel. But one of his most cherished accomplishments in life was becoming an Eagle Scout as a teenager.

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