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JAY LEIPZIG

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JAY LEIPZIG Jay Leipzig, writer, publicist, and resident of Regents Point, Irvine, died March 28. Born July 23, 1923 in New York City, he left Yale University in 1942 to serve with distinction as tech sergeant and navigator with the 4th Marine Air Wing. He flew missions in the campaigns for Bougainville in the Solomon Islands; Leyte and Samar Island in the Philippines; Iwo Jima; and Okinawa. He was awarded the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and five Battle Stars. After his discharge in October 1945, Leipzig graduated from the NYU School of Journalism in 1947 and worked for various advertising agencies, music publishers, and record labels, including The Big 3 (Robbins-Feist-Miller), J Walter Thompson, and N W Ayer. He founded The Music Agency (TMA) in 1968, a boutique creative shop specializing in brand development for a diverse array of artists, composers, and record companies. In 1990 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he garnered numerous awards for his work with Southwest clients, including The Santa Fe Opera, Fechin Inn, and McDowell Construction Company. Jay and wife Virginia were scholars of Native American culture and active in the arts community. In addition to his commercial endeavors, Leipzig wrote novels, plays, and poetry and was an avid Yankees and Lakers fan. He is predeceased by Virginia Digges Leipzig, his wife of 58 years, and brothers Stanley and Lloyd, and survived by daughter Dale Laszig, son-in-law Edward Laszig, son Matthew, daughter Carol L. Chavez, grandson Luciano Felipe Chavez, and sister-in-law Sherrill Digges Heard. A memorial service will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico at a date to be announced.

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