A memorial service is planned for early next month for Louis H. Bell, an
East Bay lawyer who had also managed the public information office at the
University of California at San Francisco.
Mr. Bell, 64, a longtime East Bay resident, died December 12 at Kaiser
Hospital in Oakland. He had suffered from emphysema for three decades.
A native of Boston, Mr. Bell came to California in 1947 to attend the
University of California at Berkeley. A journalism student, he was editor of the
Daily Californian in his senior year. He worked at UCSF in the late 1950s and
early '60s before leaving to attend Hastings College of the Law.
After graduating, he worked at the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Library in
Berkeley, where he was co-author of a textbook, ''Police Misconduct Litigation:
Plaintiff's Remedies.'' He then spent 15 years in private legal practice, with
offices in Benicia, Albany and San Pablo. Most recently, he was as a special
education assistant at Oakland High School, helping to operate a cafe run by
developmentally disabled students.
Mr. Bell was also long active in local politics in Albany.
Survivors include his former wife, Anne, of Albany; three sons: Andrew of
Oakland, Christopher of Asheville, N.C., and Peter of New Haven, Conn.; a
daughter, Kathleen Spinner, of Seattle, and a sister, Courtenay Bell, also of
The family suggests contributions to the Meiklejohn library, 1715 Francisco
Street, Berkeley 94709, or to any social services organization.