[JPL] OBITUARY

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Thu May 7 18:48:03 EDT 2009


My condolences Toby. Sorry to hear of your mother's passing.

Jae Sinnett  

--- On Thu, 5/7/09, Toby Gleason <toby_gleason at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> From: Toby Gleason <toby_gleason at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: [JPL] OBITUARY
> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> Cc: "Toby Gleason" <trg at jazzcasual.com>
> Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 6:05 PM
> 
> Obituary
> 
> Jean Rayburn Gleason
> 
> (1918-2009)
> 
> Jean Rayburn Gleason of Berkeley, California, daughter of
> Eliza Elizabeth Miller and Ray Rayburn and widow of
> internationally renowned jazz and popular culture critic and
> television producer Ralph J. Gleason, passed away peacefully
> at her home on May 5, 2009, surrounded by family and
> friends. She was 90 years old.
> 
> Jean was born on December 31, 1918 in Pittsburgh,
> Pennsylvania, the fifth of eight children. She grew up
> primarily in upstate New York and became an avid jazz fan.
> She married Ralph in 1940.
> 
> As well as being the primary editor of her husband’s work
> throughout his career, in 1947 Jean co-authored a book
> entitled Cats, Cats & Cats. She worked closely with
> Ralph on the periodicals Jazz Information published in the
> 1940s and Jazz: A Quarterly of American Music published in
> the late 1950s and was the west coast campaign manager for
> Dizzy Gillespie’s 1960 write-in Presidential campaign. In
> 1982 she compiled and edited the first Rolling Stone Index,
> published in 1983. She continued to preserve and administer
> her husband’s legacy throughout her life.
> 
> Jean and Ralph opened their Berkeley home to a diverse
> array of political and social free thinkers, musicians,
> artists, writers and political activists. Their home became
> a gathering place for those in the forefront of artistic and
> political expression and Jean adopted many of them into her
> extended family.
> 
> Jean is survived by her sisters Merle, 94 and Joyce, 83;
> children Bridget, of Greenbrae, CA, Stacy, of Wauconda, WA,
> Toby, of Oakland, CA, and Katherine Haynes-Sanstad, of
> Berkeley, CA, grandchildren Kelly, Tasa, Kehala, Isaac and
> Aaron and her beloved dog Emma.
> 
> There will be a private memorial service in June. In lieu
> of flowers, please send a contribution to your favorite
> non-profit organization that supports music, social justice
> or President Obama’s re-election campaign. To contact the
> family off-list, e-mail toby_gleason at sbcglobal.net..--
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