Jean Baughman
1918 - 2013
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Jean Baughman November 10, 1918 - July 28, 2013 Born in Grand Junction, CO on November 10, 1918 to Sylvester and Gertrude Baughman, Jean's life on a typical farm was enriched by weekly piano lessons, an early indication of things to come. Depression years' circumstances led her parents to leave the family farm in Colorado and relocate to Vista, CA. She graduated from Oceanside-Carlsbad High School where she participated in chorus and orchestra as well as studying music theory. She attended Pasadena Junior College, received her B.A. in music from Pomona College in 1943. She earned her M.A. in music from Claremont University in 1945. Her first (and only) full time job began in 1945 as music teacher to all grades at Lakeside Union Elementary School District in the farm country southwest of Bakersfield. There, for nearly forty years, she taught the children of farm owners and laborers and showed them the magic of music through weekly classroom hours for the lower grades and participation in multi-grade choruses in the upper grades. There were individual piano and guitar lessons for the older students as well. Over the years Jean was the moving force behind the Sunday Children's Concerts that introduced hundreds of children throughout the community to the Kern Philharmonic Orchestra, predecessor of the Bakersfield Symphony. In 1976 she was one of the four finalists for California Teacher of the Year. She also was the driving force behind Kern County Young Audiences, even deep into her retirement. She was active in numerous organizations dedicated to education and the fine arts: Messiah Community Chorus, Kern Philharmonic Chorus, Kern County Music Association as member and officer, Kern Philharmonic Board of Directors, Auditions Committee for Starring Kern County Young Artists, Board member for Bakersfield Community Cultural Arts Commission, and Delta Kappa Gamma, Honorary Educational Society, member and office holder. Left to mourn her are her cousins, her many co-workers from over the years and the thousands of students whose lives were touched by her teaching. Jean, you are gone, but the good that you did lives on in the enriched lives of those who were fortunate to have learned through you to love music and all the fine arts, or participated in the projects and programs you fostered. Anyone who knew Jean knew that she loved nothing better than getting together with "old timers" from Lakeside. We invite all colleagues, students and friends of Jean to gather in her memory at Lakeside School Auditorium, 14535 Old River Rd., Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will follow in the cafeteria, with David Barnard in charge of the barbecue. An RSVP would be greatly appreciated. E-mail Tamara Barnard-Robertson at or call Phila Casey at 661-323-2482. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lakeside Band fund.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2013.