REVERE--Thomas Jonathan, 74, of Seven Gates Farm in West Tisbury, on Martha's Vineyard. Known as Jonathan, he was the son of Thomas and Althea Revere of New York City, and is survived by his sister, Lee Revere. Writer and poet, he was at the center of cultural life on the island, noted for his ability to bring together people in the arts with similar interests. His Class Poet at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1960, at the time of his death he was nearing completion of a novel. He had a deep interest in and encyclopedic knowledge of American literature, as well as music, theatre, and film, while his concern for government transparency led him to spearhead reforms in local government. He was an elected member of the Finance Committee of West Tisbury, and on the Board of Directors of MVTV, where he was also a producer and chronicler of island life. He was known island-wide for his generosity, wit, and constant loyalty. A memorial service is planned for the spring.
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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 24, 2014