JOHN M. "Jack" RAYMOND

RAYMOND JOHN M. RAYMOND "Jack" (Age 92) John M. "Jack" Raymond Jr. died on February 11, 2016 at his home in Falls Church, Virginia of heart failure. He was 92. Mr. Raymond''s remains have been cremated. Disposal will be private. Jack Raymond was born on November 19, 1923 in Boston, MA and spent his childhood in Massachusetts where his ancestors on both sides of his family had lived since the 17th Century. In 1942, Jack moved to Washington, DC with his family when his father, a reservist, was called to active duty and ultimately became a General. Jack graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass in 1942 and then entered Princeton University. His college education was interrupted by World War II when he left Princeton and enlisted in the Army. He served with General George Patton. He landed in Normandy as a foot soldier and saw action in France, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the War, over 50% of Jack''s platoon had either died or been wounded. Jack managed to survive unscathed and was awarded the Bronze Medal. After the War, Jack returned to Princeton where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During his University career, he attended Cambridge University for a year as well as the University of Grenoble. He graduated from Princeton in 1949. Jack was hired by Washington Gas Light Company in 1949 and spent his entire working career with the Company holding a series of high level management positions. He retired in 1997. During Jack''s long and very productive lifetime, he was involved in many diverse and interesting activities. He was a significant and prolific collector of sound recordings and maps, a movie maker, a pilot, a published author and a world traveler. After he graduated from college, Jack obtained his private pilot''s license and over a span of many years spent many interesting and exciting times in the sky. He even landed occasionally in unusual places like on a highway in Texas and on a beach in the Bahamas. During his lifetime, he traveled to over 100 countries as well as to the Artic and to Antarctica. During his travels, Jack started collecting antique maps dating from as far back as the 15th Century. He ultimately assembled a very significant and valuable antique map collection which he left to the Library of Congress. Jack also made a number of movies. One of his films, Sweetheart Roland, which was adopted from a Grimm Fairly Tale, was shot in the crypt of the Washington Cathedral. All of the actors were recruited locally. Jack was the director, camera man and film editor. This film won a number of awards here and abroad. Jack''s principal and longest lasting hobby has was the collecting of over 10,000 sound recordings in all formats cylinders, 78rpm discs, LPs, CDs, and 16" transcriptions mostly of popular music from stage and films. In 1982 he assembled information from his collection and issued the reference book Show Music on Record, which has now gone through three editions, including one published by the Smithsonian Institution. The Library of Congress put the data from this book on its website www.loc.gov/rr/record/showmusic. Jack wrote a total of six published reference books about music. Jack''s entire sound recording collection was recently given to the Library of Congress by Jack. Over the years, Jack produced and provided material for a number of LP and CD reissues of early recordings, mostly for Pavilion Records in London, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. A 12 CD set that he conceived and produced, titled Music from the New York Stage, 1890 1920, reissued all extant original cast recordings made during that 30 year period when sound recording was in its infancy. Jack also produced 10 other custom CD sets, all of which were provided to the Smithsonian. Jack was predeceased by his sister, Carol Murray and is survived by his remaining sister, Hope Raymond. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as friends of all ages and backgrounds. Jack led a long and productive life and enriched the lives of the many people who knew him. He was truly a Renaissance man.Jack was predeceased by his sister, Carol Murray and is survived by his remaining sister, Hope Raymond. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as friends of all ages and backgrounds. Jack led a long and productive life and enriched the lives of the many people who knew him. He was truly a Renaissance man.

Published by The Washington Post on Mar. 6, 2016.
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It was an honor to have known Jack both at Washington Gas and in his retirement. He truly was a Renaissance man. He enriched many lives. Rest in peace.
Martha Duggan
March 7, 2016
To me, he will always be "Gentleman Jack." He was a caring boss and friend, with a ready wit, laugh and smile. An avid traveler, he ventured into areas of the world most would shy away from, and shared tales of his travels with his friends. He could talk intelligently on most any topic, and his knowledge of music was encyclopedic. We are all poorer for his passing. He is missed.
Jim Chido
March 6, 2016
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