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Monterey County Herald (online ed.), CA Dec 6, 2008

April 6, 1912 ~ December 3, 2008 Pebble Beach

FACULTY Raymond L. Washburn (96)

Pebble Beach ~ Raymond L. Washburn, a retired Pacific Grove music teacher, died at his home on December 3. A native of Sanger, CA, he was born April 6, 1912 and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley.

After graduating from Sanger High School, he received a B.A. Degree and Special Secondary Credential from Fresno State College and a Master's Degree in Music from U. S. C. Raymond was a music teacher and music supervisor in the Bakersfield City School from 1937 - 1942. During World War II, he was the Assistant Personnel Manager for Permanente Metals Corp. in Richmond, CA, in connection with the building of Liberty Ships and Auxiliary Repair Docks.

Raymond was the Instrumental Music Teacher and Music Supervisor in the Pacific Grove Unified School District from 1945 - 1973. He organized and directed the Pacific Grove Summer School of Music, which developed into one of the largest summer music schools in Northern California. Under his direction, the Pacific Grove High School Orchestra and Band won many honors at local and state music festivals. The Breaker Band was one of the oldest participating bands at the East-West Football Game, Cal Band Day and Stanford Band Day and was invited three times to perform on national TV at the 49er football games. In 1961, Raymond was presented a plaque by the Pacific Grove City Council for the Breaker Band's outstanding contribution to the City of Pacific Grove. He was also honored to serve as Grand Marshall in the 1975 Pacific Grove Winter Band Parade and, in 1973, received the Service Award Emblem and Life Membership from the California Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.

Raymond was a Life Member of the California Music Educators Association and Past President of the Central Coast Section, Past Vice-President of the Monterey Peninsula Concert Association and former member of the Fresno, Bakersfield and Monterey County Symphonies. Other memberships include the California Retired Teachers Association, Alliance on Aging, Carmel Foundation, Pacific Grove Art Center, Community Hospital Auxiliary and he was a charter member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Raymond is survived by his daughter, Betty (Tom) Finale of Pacifica; his grandson, Tommy (Michelle) Finale and his great-grandchildren, Kyle and Saralee Williams and Tyler, Kelli and Brendon Finale. He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche, in 1999 and his granddaughter, Kelly Williams, in 1994.

Raymond's family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Ken Hashimoto, to the staff of Heartland Hospice, and to Sela and Paulo Tuivialala for the excellent care they all provided to him. Memorial services will be held at The Paul Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, December 9 at 11:00 AM. Contributions are suggested to the Pacific Grove Unified School District Music Program, 555 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950.

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