GILLES d'Aymery
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Gilles d'Aymery, 64, died peacefully on May 9 at his home in San Francisco after a lengthy illness. Aymery was born in France and educated at the Universities of Economics & Law of Toulouse and Paris, and at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He began his career in the international oil and gas industry, moved to the U.S. in 1982 where he eventually became a computer consultant to small businesses, and in 1996 he changed course to pursue his true passion: writing, launching the Web magazine Swans Commentary, where he was publisher, co- editor, essayist, and political commentator. Aymery was a long-time advocate of policies that promote cooperation, equal allocation and sharing of created wealth entailing redistribution of revenues, collective decision-making on the control of resources, and underconsumptionism to mitigate growing human-made ecological mayhem. As a contrarian by nature and a secular humanist by affinity, he was never a member of or affiliated with a political party, and never embraced any ideological chapel. His socioeconomic stance landed him in the socialist libertarian corner, and he was profoundly antiwar. His work included endless correspondence with the political and literary hodgepodge, assiduous reading, and researching that resulted in over 400 essays and articles that can be read at Swans condemned the commercialization of the Web and refused advertising, instead relying on the contribution of readers to support publishing costs. Aymery is survived by his wife, Jan Baughman, their beloved pets, and her family; mother Anne and brothers Patrick and Marc-Antoine of France and their families; and numerous friends, writers, and readers who will miss his brilliant mind, irreverent humor, revealing insights, sharp analysis, and willingness to challenge conventional wisdom, while promoting poetry, music, arts, and culture. Private remembrances will be held in the U.S. and France. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Published in New York Times on May 17, 2015.
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May 11, 2020
I sorely missed Gille's humane and very rational voice as the world faces an Existential Threat in the form of COVID-19. Continue to enjoy your well-deserved rest!
Femi Akomolafe
January 13, 2020
RIP, Gilles. You were one terrific Editor, and it was a great pleasure to have met you in person.
My condolences to the wife and the rest of the family.
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October 14, 2015
dear jan: i met gilles many moons ago - his wonderful mind captivated me & my husband and I would meet off and on in different countries - he defintely trod the path less trodden - how wonderful u came into his life - juliette
October 14, 2015
From remote good times shared in Mexico, France and Ecuador, I learn today of Gille's disappearance. Always kept you in my heart cher Gilles. My thoughts are with you Jan, although I do not know you, for Gilles was an incomparable friend and a brilliant mind.
Bertrand Dufieux
May 26, 2015
Gilles was an epic person. His impact will be long remembered by those whom he touched and published.
David Saslav
May 19, 2015
Our condolences goes to the loss of your dear love one Gilles D'Aymery. Draw close to God and he will draw close to you during the bereavement period . Cope with the memories of Gilles and keep his thoughts in your hearts. 1 Peter 5:6,7
May 18, 2015
Gilles & Jan 2004
May 18, 2015
Gilles will be remembered a generation from now for his yeoman work in creating a space for fine writing on politics and culture on the Internet. He was a pioneer.
May 18, 2015
My deepest sympathies go to Gilles' loving and supportative wife Jan and to all the extended families.....Rest in Peace Gilles
Ashley Berry
May 17, 2015
Thoughts and prayers are with you Jan. Thanks for letting us know. We lifted up Gilles, you, and your family in church today. Our children are exchanging Gilles stories this weekend. A brilliant mind! Not to be forgotten!
Carter Cunningham
May 17, 2015
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Guido Monte
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