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Jon Henry Kouba

Jon Henry Kouba passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, July 31st in the comfort of his apartment with his partner Mark at his side. Jon had been a long-time resident of San Francisco, having arrived here in 1966 from Michigan. He had a strong allegiance to the University of Michigan where he did his undergraduate work and then went on to attend the law school there. Jon was born at the university hospital and so his connection to the university was a lifelong one. In recent years Jon established an endowment fund for the university to promote international law studies relating to peace and security, and the Kouba Essay Prize is awarded each year to a U of M law student studying abroad.
Jon's undergraduate major was political science and he continued his love for that subject as he actively served his community. Jon was president of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency during the Jordan and Brown Administrations and was instrumental in developing the Yerba Buena Center area. Jon was also an active member of the Bay Area Nonpartisan Alliance which promoted LGBT rights. In addition, Jon was a stalwart of the Democratic party, serving as a delegate for Gary Hart at the 1984 Democratic Convention and then going on to be an active supporter of the presidential campaigns for Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama.
Jon enjoyed a close political alliance with Senator Dianne Feinstein as co-chair of her Northern California gubernatorial election committee, and then as an avid supporter of her successful bid for the Senate. Civil rights were always a passion of Jon's as he actively supported the ACLU in their quest for social justice and in their LGBT cases.
Jon was seventy-three years old and is survived by his domestic partner Mark Eriksson, his brother William Kouba, and his nephew Eric Kouba.
There will be a memorial service for Jon at the Church of the Advent on Saturday August 16th at 10:30am. The church is located at 261 Fell Street (between Gough and Franklin).
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 10, 2014
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