1944 ~ 2015
Jon died after a short illness on September 26th. He, along with his parents and his brother Mike, moved to Carmel in 1946. He was a student in the Carmel schools from kindergarten through high school. He graduated from Princeton University, received an MS from Stanford, and returned to Princeton for his PhD. His profession as an engineer and teacher enabled him to work in several different areas—earthquake research, structural engineering and the aerodynamic effects of extreme wind on bridges. He was able to solve problems using his analytical mind in combination with mathematics, creativity and intuition. He tackled problems with his head and his hands by designing models and testing them, over and over. He had an uncanny grasp of three-dimensional space and how objects like buildings and bridges occupied that space. He created Schools3, a non-profit which supports the construction of schools in developing countries. Through the generosity of this community and beyond, Schools3 has built 71 schools in Africa, Honduras and India. Jon loved music of many cultures—the rhythms of Africa were a particular favorite. He often built his own musical instruments out of plywood. Deep in his heart he always wanted to play in a marimba band. He designed and built furniture that was simple and fun. He had a passion for 40's and 50's architecture, which was only eclipsed by his passion for building boats—lots of boats! He was a sailor in his youth, a sliding-seat rower in his middle years and a die-hard kayaker to the end. His biggest joy in life was introducing his four grandchildren to the pleasures of being on the water. He leaves a devoted family including Tory, Mark, Maria, Joe, Hugh, Mae, George, Pilar and Owen, in addition to his brother Mike. His extended group of family and friends are filled with love and gratitude for his long, productive and generous life. Jon was committed to giving educational opportunities to children, both near and far. If you wish to make a donation in Jon's memory, please consider Schools3, Box DD, Carmel, CA 93921, or the school of your choice.
The celebration of his life will be at All Saints' Day School, 8060 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel on Friday, October 16th at 4 pm. Casual dress and bright colors are encouraged. View the online memorial for Jon Raggett
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Published by Monterey Herald Obits on Oct. 4, 2015.