On Saturday, November 9, 2013, following a 9 year battle with Parkinson's disease, Jay Lippincott Molony passed away peacefully at home with Carter, his wife of 32 yrs. at his side. He was 89 years old. Jay was born at Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, the Philadelphia "Mainline" PA on July 18, 1924. He attended Lower Merion schools, and at the outbreak of World War II
, he moved with his family to New Orleans where his father, a civil engineer and WW11Navy veteran was sent to work building ships during World War II. Jay also joined the war effort after his graduation from Fortier High School, and commissioned a 2nd Lt., served his country as a bombardier navigator with the United States Army
Air Corps. At the end of WWII, Jay attended Tulane
University on the GI Bill, graduating in 1949 with a B.S. in Education. While still at Tulane, he organized a chapter of the Boy Scouts at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, and taught swimming at Audubon Park pool as well as other self-directed ventures. Those early efforts did not go unnoticed. Looking for the right person to run a newly forming teenage club by the name of "Valencia" in 1947, a group of parents led by Mrs. Evelyn Moyer, and Mrs. Dan Manget, (Margie) recommended Jay. He opened Valencia in1948 just before graduation from Tulane. He was to devote the next 30 years of his life to running one of the most unique, long-lived and hugely successful teenage clubs in the country. His high energy, interest in and dedication to providing the youth and future community leaders with challenging programs was key to Valencia's success. At the same time he sought young, budding entertainment such as Deacon John, The Neville Bros. and Irma Thomas and gave them exposure for their talent, whose early followers were Valencia's teens. But in his words, none of it could have been as successful without the help of Margie Manget, whose life-long friendship and her own involvement with children complemented Jay's efforts along with equally dedicated parents; a board of Valencia parents and alums with vision, who were themselves leaders in the New Orleans community; as well as Valencia's staff-some whose tenure and loyalty rivaled his own. Anyone who was a member of Valencia would remember "Big Louis" Woods, "Little Louis" Williams and also Emily Moran, whose friendship has endured until Jay's death. Long before young people were encouraged to participate in community programs for the betterment of New Orleans and surrounding areas, Jay assembled groups of Valencia teenagers to assist in cleanup efforts during Hurricanes Betsy and Camille, and early on was instrumental in marshalling their energy to help collect funds for the March of Dimes. In 1963, he chaired the Teenage March of Dimes, involving 1,200 boys and girls in fundraising. They raised nearly $11,000. Jay contributed his time and Valencia's teenagers for many similar community projects including Crippled Children's Hospital, The New Orleans Chapter of the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation. With the Valencia membership, he frequently hosted young people from other organizations around the region and other states, in a demonstration of New Orleans hospitality-in one instance specifically, participants in the Sugar Bowl, as guests of The New Orleans Mid-Winter Sports Association. He was especially concerned with the spiritual development of youth, and was involved with Young Life. Valencia's story lives on through a Face Book page administered by Michael Fagan, whose idea to "Remember Hanging Out at Valencia" keeps members who were separated by distance and years in close contact through those shared memories. Jay was a member of Lakeview Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, George Washington Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, Southern Yacht Club, also, Bienville Club, Krewe of Alexis Carnival Club, twice President of the Southern Amateur Athletic Union (Southern AAU), President of the Pelican Chapter Club Manager's Association. He served on Presidents Dwight Eisenhower's and John F. Kennedy's Advisory Council on Fitness, and served on Governor Dave Treen's Council on Physical Fitness. In 1961 while still at Valencia, he formed D & A Associates, Inc., as it's CEO, a major supplier of heavy duty playground and indoor athletic seating and equipment for schools and facilities around the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, including the NASA facility, Louisiana Superdome, LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Tulane's Turchin Baseball stadium, Fogelman Arena, and Reily Center, also Grambling University. He was an officer and organizing member of Surfco International, LLC a company with international partners to supply materials for poured in place playground surfacing. He was preceded in death by his parents; Harman Martin "Pat" Molony and Harriett Josephine Lippincott Molony; siblings Harman Martin, Jr. "Mike" and Margaret "Peggy" Molony LeGrandeur; and a granddaughter, Jessica Sistrunk. He is survived by his wife Carter Stevens Molony, and also his children, daughters and sons-in-law, Dana Hunter (husband, Dennis "Mike"); Kim Patton (husband, Barratt); and Lane Sistrunk (husband, Terry); his ten grandchildren, Patrick and Timothy West; Colleen West Canary; Ryan Webb; Jennifer Springer; John Patton; Courtney Adams; Christopher, Caitlin, and Camille Sistrunk; eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. The family wants to acknowledge the love and support given by his sitter Cherry Jackson and Canon Hospice especially the untiring services of Beth Williams, RN, Trimica Bell, his Nurse's Aid. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Audubon Zoo & Institute, New Orleans City Park, or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease, or
. A memorial service in celebration of Jay's life will be held at 11:00 am on January 11th, 2014 at the Southern Yacht Club, 4200 Roadway Dr., New Orleans. Graveside services are private. Please visit and sign the family guestbook at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.