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Brian Clearwater, calendar coordinator for the California Supreme Court for more than 13 years, has died of an apparent pulmonary embolism. He was 49. Clearwater’s sudden death at his San Francisco home on Monday stunned co-workers, including the court’s seven justices. Chief Justice Ronald George said Wednesday that when he saw Clearwater last week, “he had what appeared to be a bad cold and didn’t feel well. It was a total shock to hear he had passed away.” George, to whom Clearwater reported, said he plans to make remarks in honor of his longtime employee at the beginning of oral arguments on March 12 in San Francisco. Those comments, he said, will be made part of the official minutes of the court’s proceedings. In addition, George said, there will be a separate “remembrance of Brian” by court staff sometime soon. As the calendar coordinator, Clearwater, who joined the court in another capacity in 1984, was responsible for handling the voluminous paperwork and scheduling cases from the time they were accepted for review until an opinion was reached. He also coordinated communications between the justices. “It’s a very important part of our operation,” George said, “but one that has very little to do with the public.” On Wednesday, saddened co-workers remembered Clearwater as a lover of literature, a tennis buff and a patron of the theatrical arts. “We were always talking about his next trip to New York and what shows he would see,” said Beth Jay, the principal attorney to the chief justice, “or his latest trip to New York and what shows he had seen.” Jay and others said Clearwater always had a cheery word for everyone and did his job extremely well. “He was always in a good mood, and was just able to get people to work with him to make the court run very smoothly,” said Hal Cohen, the court’s chief supervising attorney. A friend since Clearwater arrived at the court, Cohen said Clearwater loved watching tennis matches on television. Clearwater’s death “has thrown everyone here for a loss,” Cohen said. “It’s very hard to fathom. It’s going to take a while to sink in.” Court Administrator and Clerk Frederick “Fritz” Ohlrich echoed that sentiment, saying that everyone on the court was “thunderstruck.” Jay noted that Clearwater also was “incredibly proud” of his nephews. He had already taken one to New York to introduce him to the theater and the city, and had planned to take another one in March. Clearwater was the son of the late Leland and Helen Clearwater. A native San Franciscan, he graduated from San Francisco State University. Survivors include two brothers, Dan and Marc; a sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Kirk Gendotti; and nieces and nephews Evan, Drew, Nathan and Kianna Gendotti. He also will be missed by several friends, especially Jacob Wolfe. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Ave., Daly City. Friends are welcome at the mortuary between 4 and 9 p.m. for visitation. Donations may be made in Clearwater’s name to a favorite charity or to the National Film Preservation Foundation, 870 Market St., Suite 1113, San Francisco, CA, 94102.

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