John Jessup

March 19, 1922 - May 20, 2015

Born in Roslyn, New York, son of Everett and Helen Jessup, he attended St. Paul's school, New Hampshire, and Princeton University. John died peacefully at home with his family in Atherton, California.

John was married to Elizabeth (Lee) Anderson of Princeton, New Jersey and is survived by their three children, Deborah, John (Toby) and David. The couple moved to California in 1948 where they lived in San Francisco, Redwood City and Atherton. Following Lee's death in 1981, John married Carolyn Havre (Fox) of Berkeley and Woodside, California (died 2013).

John was brother of Richard Jessup of Mill Valley (died 2012). Surviving sisters are Mary Amonette of Ross and Joan Eddy of Boston, Massachusetts.

John's residential construction career included many years as a general contractor building notable homes designed by architect Cliff May. He continued designing his own additions and upgrades for many clients.

John enjoyed winemaking and caring for his vineyard. He was an avid skier and tennis player. John was a faithful and generous friend to many throughout his long life. His words and poetry will be long-remembered.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church in Portola Valley on June 5th, 2 PM. Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 31, 2015

John exemplified the best of the Forum… he was always intellectually curious about things he knew little about… will be missed by all

In Fellowship,

Hugh Burroughs



So well said!

Bill Lamkin


I was also struck by John's courage, determination and loyalty. It must have been very difficult for him to attend every meeting, with oxygen supply aboard his walker, but he did it with dignity and grace.

Andy Doty


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