In memoriam: Stuart Moldaw

Stuart Moldaw, co-founder of U.S. Venture Partners, passed away late last month after a brief illness. He was 81.

Moldaw served as a general partner of USVP from 1980 to 1990, and helped form and run such retail companies as Ross Stores, Gymboree, Home Express, Pic-A-Dilly and Athletic Shoe Factory.

He also was a noted philanthropist and served on the boards of a number of Bay Area nonprofits.

“We can do so much to make the world a better place,” Moldaw wrote in a 2006 memoir written for his grandchildren, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “The advantage of financial well-being can make a person indulgent, rob him of the true measure of meaningful accomplishment and allow him to live a shallow life; or it can give him the ability to make a difference in the world that cries out for compassion, action and commitment.”

The Moldaw family was planning a private ceremony, and asks that any memorial gifts be sent to the Moldaw-Zaffaroni Boys and Girls Club of East Palo Alto, Calif.; Eastside College Preparatory School; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; or the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.

Moldaw is survived by his wife Phyllis, two daughters and four grandchildren. —Dan Primack