Daniel Koshland Community Park

We were out taking a walk through San Francisco and happened upon this park near Hayes Valley (Buchanan and Page). The name caught my eye – the Daniel E. Koshland Community Park. “Surely that’s not the same Dan Koshland who proposed induced fit for enzyme action?” I said to my wife. “What?” she said. So we took a picture:

Dan Koshland Community Park

I didn’t know that Dan Koshland was independently wealthy from family money derived from Levi’s jeans. It looks as though his father was Daniel Koshland Sr., formerly president of Levi Strauss and Co. I’m guessing this park originates from Dan Koshland Sr, rather than his biochemist son (but perhaps someone can put me right on that) since otherwise the park would have been in Berkeley. The HQ of Levi’s is in San Francisco near the Embarcadero, though they used to be on Valencia near the Mission (B), 4 or 5 blocks away from the park (A).

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