Warren Barrios Wilson
Warren Barrios Wilson, Oakland attorney and long time executive of Thomas Brothers Maps, died at home on Oct. 26.
During his 50 years as a practicing attorney and member of the California State Bar, he was driven by a strong sense of social justice and a desire to give voice to those who were underrepresented in the system.
Besides his active law practice, he was a successful businessman, serving as Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Brothers Maps, a renowned street map company headquartered in Irving, California.
After 43 years of leading this company, he sold it to Rand McNally in 1999.
For over 30 years, he practiced law at the Victorian Legal Center on 11th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, an old Victorian building he and his wife renovated.
In addition to other endeavors, he was a philanthropist, writer, patron of the arts and community activist.
He was the last surviving son of Louise Barrios and Jules Wilson, having been predeceased by his five brothers, Lionel, Kermit, Jules, Barry and Harold, and sister, Marjorie.
Born in Oakland on Jan. 18, 1921, Wilson was raised on 32nd and Chestnut Street. He graduated from University High, UC Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Casey; his five children, Gayle Wilson, Margot Maurer, Kim Jansma, Derek Wilson and Casey Wilson; and eight grandchildren, Laurel Nathanson, Todd Nathanson, Garrett Jansma, Bitta Jansma Sharma, Nicholas Maurer, Sarah Maurer, Elise Wilson and Nathaniel Wilson.
He also leaves behind his sister, Marie Anderson; nephew, Taj Wilson; and a network of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held for Warren Wilson on Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church at 685 – 14th St., Oakland. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Barrios Trust, 653 – 11th St., Oakland, CA 94607.