Howard Ransom, 83, Golfing Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Howard Ransom, Sr.

Howard Ransom, Sr., 83, died Monday in his sleep of natural causes.
He had lived in Oakland for 50 years before moving to his family farms in Oklahoma. He and his daughter Sheila Medina, who lives in Los Angeles, were visiting the Bay Area for their relatives’ Thanksgiving celebrations.
Ransom became the first African American to manage a major metropolitan golf course when he took over the Galbraith Golf Course near the Oakland Airport. He also was the U.S. Army Golf Champion while serving during the Korean War.
He had operated many businesses and franchises in Oakland including Creamcrest Dairy, a Jack in the Box restaurant and a shoe store.
In 1966, he and Johnnie Lacy, Dr. Norvel Smith, Paul Cobb, Beatrice Slider, Booker Emery, Lillian Love and Ralph Williams started the West Oakland Economic Development Corporation, which was the forerunner of the Oakland Model Cities Program.
As a member of OCHI and OCCUR he helped establish and acquire numerous properties for seniors, low-income and homeless populations.
Ransom was born Feb. 27, 1927 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. His mother Isadore Cobb, his brother Stanley Delance Cobb and his late wife, LaRita Cooper Ransom all predeceased him in Oakland. His son Howard Ransom, Jr., died in 2009 in Los Angeles.
He is survived by is daughter Sheila Medina, granddaughter LaRita Medina and his son Phillip Ransom in Okalahoma City.
A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Baptist Church in December.