Friend of the Elderly 2007

Tom JenkinsThe Honorable Tom Jenkins

Tom Jenkins served as a Judge on the San Mateo County Superior Court from 1976 to 1990, and he served as the Presiding Judge in 1980. As an attorney, he was in private practice as a partner with Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus & Jenkins in San Francisco from 1956 to 1975.


Tom’s accomplishments include:


  • Mayor of San Carlos, San Mateo County in 1964, 1968, and 1972
  • Served on the City Council from 1964 to 1972
  • Juris Doctorate Degree from Hastings College, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelors of Engineering Degree from Chicago State University
  • Many honors and held many memberships.
  • Former chair and former member of the Board of for the California Center for Judicial Education
  • Former member of the Executive Board of California Judges’ Association
  • Former member of the California State Bar Association and Chair in 1967
  • Former member of the San Mateo County Bar
  • Former member of the National Conference of State Bar Judges
  • Former member of the Executive Committee for the Conference of Delegates for the State Bar of California
  • Served on the Board of Directors for League of California Cities from 1970 to 1974
  • Vice Chairman and member of the National Board of Directors of Camp Fire Girls from 1964 to 1968
  • President of the United Community Fund of San Francisco from 1962 to 1964
  • Member of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Association for Mental Health from 1971 to 1976
  • Member of the Governor’s Hospital Advisory Council for the State of California from 1963 to 1967
  • Chairman from 1979 to 1981 and a member of the Board of Directors of Northern California Presbyterian Homes from 1977 to 1989
  • Authored articles on aging and been published in national magazines

We recognize Judge Jenkins for his vision and leadership 46 years ago as a founder of both the California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now Aging Services of California) and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Both organizations were founded in 1961, as was RHF. Judge Jenkins was President of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in 1966 and 1967 and a member of the Board of Directors from 1962 to 1968.

The impetus of founding both CAHSA and AAHSA was the recognition of future national demographics and the need to address aging services in our nation and state and also to address the issue of tax exemption. For nearly five decades, Judge Jenkins has been a voice of wisdom in these two organizations, and he attends most annual meetings of both ASC and AAHSA. He is married to Anne, and they have three children.

For Judge Jenkins’ vision and accomplishments in the past and for his continued wisdom, Retirement Housing Foundation is pleased to present him with our 2007 Friend of the Elderly award.

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