John Malcolm Aitken
John Malcolm Aitken, 83, passed away peacefully March 28, 2016 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Ore., after a short illness. John was born in Oakland, Calif. and grew up in Mountain View, Calif. He attended Mountain View Union High School where his father Malcolm Darroch Aitken, was a chemistry teacher and his mother, Margaret Powell Aitken worked in Mountain View as a librarian.
He graduated from San Jose State University in 1954 with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. He was student body president in his senior year and member, all four years, of the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity. He received the Thomas Arkle Clark Award for “Outstanding Graduating Senior” from the ATO national fraternity, and is listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities" 1952-1954. He was a member of the San Jose State University Heritage Society pledging future support of the SJSU Tower Foundation, a scholarship foundation for eligible full-time students.
After graduation he attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, R.I. and subsequently served in the United States Navy from 1955-1959, and was honorably discharged as a full Lieutenant. He served tours of duty in Kodiak, Alaska; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Yokosuka, Japan.
John was an avid and experienced world traveler and after leaving the Navy, he traveled on his own for a year throughout Mexico, Central America and South America. Upon his return, he started his long career selling advertising time at Viacom, KGO, CBS Radio & TV, San Francisco and KNXT in Los Angeles. He spent the last 17 years of his business career as an Account Executive at NBC's affiliate, KRON - TV, Channel 4, in San Francisco. In 1982, he was elected president of the San Francisco Milline Men's Advertising Club, and was inducted into the Northern California Broadcast Legends Organization in 1990. John was a long-time member of The Olympic Club in San Francisco, prior to moving to Medford, Ore., and was a member of the Marine's Memorial Club, Milline Men's Advertising Club, Native Sons of the Golden West, The Navy League of the United States, and E. Clampus Vitus (Clampers, Chapter YB1.)
In 1964, John married Carmen Lopez, a former New Yorker living in San Francisco, daughter of Mary Toro Lopez and Gerard Lopez. They enjoyed an extended honeymoon in Europe which included working at a ski resort in Lech, Austria for four months. Upon their return, they settled in San Francisco where they lived for over 30 years before moving in 2003 to a retirement community in Medford, Ore.
John enjoyed tennis, skiing, water volleyball, music and theater, and was a "cuddler" for almost twelve years in the NlCU at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Carmen; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. They had no children.
No memorial service is planned, per John’s request. His ashes will be interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Talent, Ore., at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, or to the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, Calif.