Hans Mager
By Joan DuBois   
January 26, 2009
Hans Mager, 81, of San Luis Obispo died at home Monday, Feb. 28, 2000,
with his family at his side.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lady Family-
Sutcliffe Cemetery in San Luis Obispo, the Rev. Russ Gordon of Mount
Carmel Lutheran Church officiating.

Mr. Mager was born May 28, 1918 in Tallinn, Estonia. He lived in Estonia
and attended the Technical University of Tallinn until late 1943, when
impending Soviet occupation drove him to Finland, where he served in the
Finnish Navy. From there he moved on to Sweden and lived there for five
years while attending the Royal Technical University in Stockholm, from
where he graduated.

While in Sweden he was reunited with his fiancee, Irina, whom he married
there in 1947. In 1949 he came to the United States and became one of the
original instructors that year in the then new school of architecture at Cal
Poly San Luis Obispo. He taught there for 39 years in the department of
architectural engineering until retiring in 1988. While on sabbatical leave
during his teaching career, he also attended the Technical University of
Vienna, Austria, from where he received a doctor of technical sciences
degree in 1980. He was also a licensed civil engineer.
He enjoyed nature, particularly the ocean and forests, was an avid chess
player, and enjoyed the camaraderie of students and fellow professors in
his teaching career.

He is survived by his wife, Irina Mager; daughter Ingrid Irina Mager; son
Hans Fred Mager; sister Daisy Pello of Tallinn, Estonia; niece Tiiu Karp
of Tallinn, Estonia; great-nephew Toomas Pello; great-niece Moonika
Pello; and grandchildren Crystala Milton (Mager), Jane Ashley Mager,
Hans Juri Mager and Kate Ellen Mager.

Arrangements are by Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.

Obituary provided by Ingrid Mager Renault, daughter of Hans Mager.

Hans Mager - May you rest in peace.