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Funeral for Brett Raymond Dick

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Funeral: 10:30 AM Wednesday, August 30th, 2023
Congregation Kol Shofar
215 Blackfield Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
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Brett Raymond Dick passed away on August 27, 2023, at the age of seventy-seven, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Molly, his three children Jennifer (Andrew); Jonathan (Astrid) and Andrew (Estelle) and seven grandchildren Marley, Eli, Chloe, Ezra, Peder, Leo and Samuel.

Brett was born on October 18, 1945, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Jerome and Zelda Dick, although the San Francisco Bay Area was the place he called home for over fifty years. A loyal Michigan Wolverine and passionate college football fan, Brett earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan as did his father before him.

Brett's professional journey led him to San Francisco, where he became the youngest lawyer to make partner at Pettit & Martin. His expertise in tax law was unparalleled. Throughout his decades-long career, he navigated the complexities of international tax codes with finesse and provided guidance to corporate clients, from venture capital firms to sovereign wealth funds. Brett's professional impact went beyond his legal prowess; he was known for his mentorship, nurturing the growth of young lawyers, and ensuring the well-being of his team. When the venerable law firm of Heller Ehrman collapsed in the 2008 financial crisis, at which Brett was a long-time partner, he steered his colleagues to a safe haven at Jones Day, where Brett eventually retired. In the words of one of his partner's "Brett was loyal to his team, not only when it was convenient but when it mattered most."

Following a family tradition, Brett felt a deep commitment to the Jewish community both at home and abroad. He created the Attorneys Division of the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco as well as chairing Super Sunday with his twin brother Randall Dick.

While Brett was dedicated to his profession, his heart belonged to his wife, Molly. In a marriage that spanned forty-six years, they built a life filled with a love of hiking, tennis, travel and golf; and they cherished the moments with their children and grandchildren at their home in Napa. He was a loving husband, a doting father, and a steadfast friend. Brett served as President of the Kentfield School District for 6 years, helping to steer the district out of financial woes. He coached his sons' Little League teams and drove them to tennis tournaments all over California. He was always there for his family and once remarked "you don't get those moments back." His legacy of intellectual curiosity, professional excellence, and the profound love he had for his family left an indelible mark on all who knew and loved him. He exemplified the importance of dedication, integrity, and the lasting impact one can have on the lives of others.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Grove Preschool at Congregation Kol Shofar.