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In Memoriam: June Noble Larkin


News | Jun, 26th 2020

The Board, Orchestra, and staff of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) mourn the passing of June Noble Smith Larkin Gibson. An original member of the Lincoln Center Committee, she was an important part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's establishment in 1989-1990.  

Founding Chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center Gordon Davis remembers June as “absolutely critical to our (JALC’s) creation. As a powerful Lincoln Center board member, she paved the way for the creation of JALC and for JALC becoming a constituent.”  

Chairman Emeritus Lisa Schiff, who was brought to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Board by June Larkin, said, “June was a remarkable, smart, deeply compassionate, caring friend to so many people and cultural organizations. She loved Jazz at Lincoln Center and especially Wynton. She lived a full life and will always be remembered with love and so much gratitude.”

“June was a quiet, but insistent warrior for jazz from the very beginning, paving the way for many of our early collaborative triumphs” said Managing and Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis. “She was a generous supporter of our organization in so many ways and her steadfast involvement will forever be part of our DNA.”

 

Robert J. Appel, Chairman of the Board

Clarence Otis,  Chairman-Elect 

Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director

Gordon Davis, Founding Chairman 

Lisa Schiff, Chairman Emeritus

Greg Scholl, Executive Director 


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