John LeConte Jory

Friday August 13, 2004

John LeConte Jory died Aug. 8, 2004. He was born in Berkeley on Sept. 3, 1924 and missed his 80th birthday by only one month. He grew up in Berkeley, spent World War II as a pharmacist’s mate in the Navy in the South Pacific, studied business administration at Cal, worked for the City of Berkeley as a recreation supervisor for 15 years, took care of his handicapped wife, Cathy, until she died in 1988 and after that, took care of other elderly people.  

He was once told by a grandmother psychic that his karma in life was to give to others and he followed that all his life. He was active in the Friends Meeting, the Berkeley Interfaith Council, the Bay Area Funeral Society and the Gray Panthers. If there was a charity around, John was giving to it even when his own income was depleted. He is survived by five nieces and nephews, one brother, who is writing this and too many friends to mention here. He will be missed. 

—Stephen Jory, brother, four years younger›