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Inta Sarma Macs Hasenkamp

Inta Sarma Macs Hasenkamp died on April 11, 2015, from complications following a stroke seven months ago.

Born on December 2, 1939, in Riga, she was proud of her Latvian heritage.  She and her family came to the United States after World War II, having survived the German and Soviet invasions of Latvia and the bombing of Dresden, and settled in Tacoma, Washington, where her father was a Lutheran pastor.

Mrs. Hasenkamp attended the College of Puget Sound and was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington.  She was an officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Northern California, a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and lived with her husband, Bruce, a lawyer and retired corporate executive, in Hillsborough, where she was active in local electoral politics and school and community affairs.

Among other efforts she spearheaded a successful $36 million bond measure to refurbish the Hillsborough elementary schools.

Inta Hasenkamp was especially fond of travel and exploring new places.  She and her husband traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Antarctica, Africa and the Americas.  Together they visited 129 countries.  She was a voracious reader and loved opera and symphonic music.

She had one grandson, Evan, who was a major joy in her life, with a second grandchild expected in August.  Her son Peter, an executive of electric car manufacturer Atieva, and his wife Allison live in San Mateo.

Mrs. Hasenkamp worked for a number of  years at KPIX in San Francisco, in the sale of commercial time,  leaving to become northern California press secretary for the 1972 Nixon reelection campaign, chaired by David Packard.  She subsequently handled statewide press for Houston I. Flournoy, when he ran for Governor, and managed many campaigns for the Hillsborough town council and Republican candidates for state and Federal office.

She had two brothers, Juris, a surgeon in Aberdeen, Washington, and Andy, a retired Weyerhaeuser executive, in Tacoma, Washington, a sister, Dace, in Seattle, and nearly a dozen nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in Washington, D. C., the Bay Area and abroad.

Visitation hours are 7-9pm on Friday, April 17 at Crosby N. Gray Funeral Home, 2 Park Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.  Services will be at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401 at 11am on Saturday, April 18, with burial service and lunch to follow.   
Contributions to her memory should be made to the Inta M. Hasenkamp Scholarship Fund of Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California, c/o Duncan Missimer, Treasurer, P. O. Box  Box 9, Mountain View, CA 94042-0009; 408-368-0835.  She wished to be remembered by all as a congenial spirit.

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