Cynthia Meyer Grubb
September 20, 1932 – December 22, 2020
Cynthia Meyer Grubb died on December 22, 2020, at the age of 88, in San Francisco. Cynthia was born September 20, 1932, in Inglewood, New Jersey. Her father was Carleton W. Meyer of Wisconsin, and her mother was Dorothy Irwin Cox of Maryland. The family lived in New York for a year, and then moved to Inglewood, NJ. Two brothers were added to the family over the first eight years. After living in Inglewood for twelve years, the family moved to various suburbs on the East-coast and Midwest, because of Carleton’s career with the railroad. Cynthia attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, and graduated from Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1954, she graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a BA in French Literature. During that summer, she lived with a family in Beaune, France through The Experiment in International Living. The next year, she received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. In 1955, She followed her dream of moving to California, and began a teaching position in Palo Alto, CA. She taught there for twelve years. Always an adventurer, in 1960, she traveled to Madrid, Spain for a year to teach at the Torrejon Air-force Dependent School.
In the summer of 1967, she went on a Sierra Club trip to Alaska, and met the assistant leader, Ted Grubb, a native of San Francisco, and an outdoor enthusiast like herself. They got to know each other through tragedy, when the leader of the trip fell off a cliff to his death. On December 30th of 1967, they were married after a whirlwind romance. They lived in the Richmond District of San Francisco with their one daughter, Deborah Grubb Moskovitz. Ted owned and managed the Mountain Shop, which was an outdoor and mountaineering store. He died in 1981, but Cynthia continued to live in San Francisco for the rest of her life, eventually moving to the Sequoias.
In 1983, she began employment as an assistant librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco. She enjoyed working there for fourteen years, and retired in June 1997.
In her retirement, she was a very active member of the Save the Redwoods League, Calvary Presbyterian Church, and her Oberlin Alumni group. She enjoyed travel to Europe, Mexico, Canada, Central America, South Africa, and South America. She also enjoyed painting, and intellectual pursuits. You could always find her walking around San Francisco with friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Deborah Grubb Moskovitz, a son-in-law, Bob Moskovitz, granddaughters, Renee and Hana Moskovitz, two brothers James and Thomas Meyer, sister-in-law Elizabeth Lampen, niece Bevan Meyer Wisch, nephews Caleb and Jonah Meyer, and Michael and Stephen Lampen, and nine grandnieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Save the Redwoods League, 111 Sutter St 11th floor, San Francisco, CA 94104. Because of Covid-19, the exact date for a funeral is unknown.
Cynthia Meyer Grubb
July 15, 2021
To everyone who loved Cynthia (and there are so many of us!), I worked with Cynthia in the Schools of the Sacred Heart Hoffman Library for six years. She was a kind, dear, supportive, and fun colleague, and she was a friend too. I remember her very warmly and fondly, and cared about her greatly. My deepest sympathy to all.
February 20, 2021
I worked with Cynthia at the Schools of the Sacred Heart. She was a determined user of technology, in the early 1990's, when machines were not so simple to use! I thoroughly enjoyed Cynthia and her stories. She was always kind, upbeat, had that beautiful smile, and loved a tofu (?) sandwich. My best to her family.
January 13, 2021
Here's another picture.
January 13, 2021
I'm putting up a few pictures, and we would love to see any pictures that you have of her.
January 13, 2021
Thank you all so much for your lovely letters here on the site. I really appreciate what everyone had to say. They all mean a lot to me. I decided to put some pictures of her and us up here.
Joan (Egeberg) Hancock
January 8, 2021
Dear Debby, I remember you when you were a little girl. I met Cynthia on a Sierra Club hike before either of us were married. We became good friends and did a lot of hiking in those days. She was an empathetic friend and fun to be with. I am so sorry to lose her. My husband Bill died a few days before she did. This is a very sad season. Love to you and your family,
Anne Meyer Richards
January 5, 2021
Cynthia Meyer Grubb was a wonderful cousin. She was one of my father's many cousins. She came from the East to teach in California schools. She was very caring towards my parents. She came single, got married to Ted from San Francisco who owned a mountaineering shop. Everybody loved Ted. My father loved mountaineering and we all enjoyed hearing about the Sierra Club and various hiking adventures. Cynthia and Ted came for every Thanksgiving to our place at 240. Their presence was such a wonderful family tradition. Cynthia was there for my parents all the years of their lives. She was a beautiful person. I am so grateful for her.
January 4, 2021
I remember Cynthia with great fondness. I was a teacher at Sacred Heart when she worked in the school library. Cynthia always showed great care to all of the students. I remember her beautiful smile and friendly manner. I send my condolences to her daughter and family.
January 2, 2021
I met Cynthia when she first arrived in California. As one of my father's cousins, she visited my family often. She was lovely and fun. I remember best how much in love she and Ted were. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was also an avid outdoors person and a strong supporter of environmental conservation. She enriched the lives of those around her.
Our sincere condolences to her family.
Kathy and Jim Lockhart
December 31, 2020
Dear Debbie and family: I was sad to hear of Cynthia's passing on December 22, 2020. My memories are quilting based, as Cynthia is listed as the longest active member of Dorcas Quilters, dating back to the Bicentennial in 1976. We were always thrilled to have her join us on Wednesdays at St. John's Presbyterian Church when she was on vacation or holiday - that was her habit until she retired, when she became a 'regular'.
Covid-19 pandemic has changed our world but it was lovely to see Cynthia's smiling picture as we will remember her. Thank you and love to all.
December 31, 2020
Sending deepest sympathy to Cynthia’s family. I worked with Cynthia at Sacred Heart. I will remember her kind spirit, smile and stories of her travels. She was a joy to be around. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories bring you comfort.
December 30, 2020
I met Cynthia through Save The Redwoods League in 2003, when she was a Councillor and I was a staff person. We hit it off immediately -- who wouldn't?! Cynthia was vibrant, interesting, empathetic, kind, witty, intelligent, funny, well-informed, talented, committed to her family and friends and the natural world. I loved hanging out with her at her home and garden, on the redwood trails, in Japantown. Hers was a life well-lived, and the world is better for her presence. I'll keep fond memories close to my heart. My condolences to Debbie, Bob, Renee and Hana.