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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/02/14, 9:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The son of a small town schoolteacher during the Great Depression, Allen B. Gresham became managing partner in a law firm with multiple locations and was a tireless, dedicated leader, according to those who knew him.

Gresham died on April 20. He was 82.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 24 at the Scottish Rite, Valley of San Bernardino, 4400 North Varsity Ave., in San Bernardino.

Two former mayors said Friday that San Bernardino has lost one of its great leaders with Gresham’s passing,

“He was compassionate and everyone respected him who knew him,” said Judith Valles, a two-term mayor and current Symphony Board president.

“His advice was sought out and he will be truly missed,” she said.

Evelyn Wilcox, former mayor and downtown business owner, said “He was involved in everything … he shared everything he had. He was helpful in a lot of ways…he gave freely of his time, talents and money.

“He was one who couldn’t seem to do enough for our community,” Wilcox said.

Gresham did not have much respect for “people who were not intellectually proficient and those who were self-serving,” Valles said.

She recalled using him as a sounding board while mayor because he was “so knowledgable and objective.”

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