[JPL] OBITUARY

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Thu May 7 22:02:22 EDT 2009


Hi Toby,

Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.


Eric Jackson
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Toby Gleason wrote:
> 
> 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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