Former Skal President Passes

Marvin Kingman Hand was an owner of Siemer & Hand Travel

Marvin Kingman Hand


On Feb. 19, Marvin Kingman Hand passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa, Calif., surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Grethe, and his four children, Cicely, Leslie, Geoffrey and Carter.

Born in the family home in San Francisco in 1922, Marvin was the youngest of three boys. He attended Grant School, Lowell High and UC Berkeley.

During the war, Marvin was a civilian pilot instructor and trained military pilots in Minden, Nev. After several years in the shipping and airline industries, he started Siemer & Hand Travel in 1959 and enjoyed a successful career in the travel and tourism industry for more than 30 years.

Hand was a member of the Skal Club, an international association of travel and tourism professionals and served as president of both the San Francisco Chapter and the National Committee.

Marvin joined the Bohemian Club in the 1970s and appreciated participating in the many activities the club had to offer. He especially enjoyed the annual encampment at the Bohemian Grove.

Travel and flying were Marvin's passions. He owned and restored several airplanes, including a World War I biplane, the Hanriot HD-1. He was invited to show the plane at the 1973 Paris Air Show and, years later, donated it to the Royal Air Force Museum in London, England, where it resides to this day.

Marvin spent many years traveling the world and always had a good story to share. His favorite place to come back to, though, was the Russian River. He spent his summers at Summer Home Park and loved having his family up for visits, sharing his love of the river and canoeing with his children and grandchildren.

Marvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle and will be missed by all his family and friends.