Paul Koester

Died March 9, 2020

Paul was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1946 and lived in Ankara, Turkey where he attended Ankara High in 1961-63. This added to his love of foreign travel which began in 1956 when the family lived in Italy in 1956.

He attended college at the University of San Francisco working on a liberal arts degree. The school had no Drama major offered, but they had an exceptional College Players group which consumed most of his passion. He appeared in most of the productions and received considerable attention for his performance as the Turkish General in Terence Rattigan’s Ross, and as the priest in The Potting Shed.

His work career consisted mostly of 30 years with Bank of America, but he kept his love of movies and drama alive as an independent film maker, writing and directing the short film “California Actor” and a short feature “The Marriage Counselor“, which was sold to HBO. He starred in the short film “Radio Rocket Boy” as an alien from outer space, and also appeared in the motion picture “Two Idiots in Hollywood”.

Paul has acquired life long friendships from both his Ankara High alumni and friends from USF Drama Group.

He died of heart complications (ventral fibrillation) and is survived by two of his four older brothers. He is also remembered for his life long love of music (Classical, Rock, Jazz) and his generous and kind independent nature.

He lived his own life his own way. He passed away peacefully in the middle of the night sitting in his favorite rocking chair. He will be missed.

Provided by Thomas Koester

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