BERKELEY – Cal Athletic Hall of Famer Clif Mayne – who won the NCAA doubles championship and worked tirelessly to welcome new Golden Bears to Cal for many years in his role with the Big C Society– passed away on Monday. He was 80.
Also a member of the USTA NorCal Tennis Hall of Fame, Clifton Mayne Sr., was a product of Berkeley High School, who played on both the tennis and basketball teams at Cal. He captured the NCAA doubles title with partner Hugh Ditzler in 1952 and then was the NCAA doubles runner-up in 1953.
Mayne remained competitive in tennis after graduating from Cal, winning several U.S. national hardcourt age-group championships in doubles. He and Ditzler were inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame as a doubles tandem in 1991.
Mayne continued his love of tennis as a long-time member of the Berkeley Tennis Club and particularly enjoyed playing on the national Father/Son circuit with son, Clif Jr. They enjoyed some success on the court and perhaps more so appreciated the life-long friendships they made with a number of Father/Son teams. The Mayne family also relished the company of many friends at the Orinda Country Club.
Mayne had a successful career in the Direct Mail industry and served on the Executive Board of the Direct Marketing Association for several years.
Mayne will be remembered for his quick wit and sharp mind, and his love for all things Cal – in particular his association with the San Francisco Grid Club and the Big C Society. He was a Cal season-ticket holder in both football and basketball for more than 55 years.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Cal, Mayne and Ditzler would often join fellow future Cal Hall of Famers Rupe and John Ricksen to spar with members of the Cal tennis team. Jim McManus, Marty Davis and Chris Dunk learned many of their doubles skills during those sessions and went on to become Hall of Famers themselves.
Mayne was a devoted family man and was married to his loving wife, Betty, for over 53 years. Together they had four children, Mary, Susan, Clif Jr. and Sally. He is survived by Betty, daughters Mary Moore (husband Chris) and Susan Schwerdfeger (husband Stephen), son Clif Jr., and three granddaughters, Linden Moore and Anna & Erika Schwerdfeger. He was preceded in death by daughter, Sally, and grandson, Russell Schwerdfeger.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on May 16 at 1 p.m. at Santa Maria Church in Orinda, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Clif’s name to the Big C Society, PO Box 5075, Berkeley, CA 94705-5075.