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Friday, March 2, 2018

SFZC Memorial Service for Grahame Petchey

From SFZC Sangha News (not the photos - that's Grahame c. 1964)

Grahame Petchey Died on February 21, 2018

Memorial service at City Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco: Tuesday, March 6, at 6:10 pm
In the zendo (enter at side door on Laguna Street)

All of us at San Francisco Zen Center join in sadness at the passing of Zen Center's first president [actually Bob Hense was first], Grahame Petchey. Grahame arrived at Sokoji temple in 1961, was the first person who our founder Suzuki Roshi ordained as a priest in America, and was one of the first Westerners to practice in a Japanese monastery, Eiheiji.

Parts of Grahame's life and news about his passing and cremation ceremony are posted on

DC note: Bob Hense was ZC's first president, elected in 1961.
He started the incorporation of ZC but had a breakdown and left. Grahame Petchey was then elected president and got ZC incorporated (not yet SFZC). Richard Baker had written that Grahame was the first president in something he wrote about him this week and I hadn't thought about it but then he sent me a note asking if that was true and it rung a bell with me and I looked into it and was reminded about Bob Hense.

Grahame Petchey cuke page