Long-time Orinda resident, Jean Lyford passed away in December, 2014. She taught 7th grade science at both Pine Grove and then Orinda Intermediate Schools in Orinda, CA. She later earned an MA in School Administration at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, and served as principal of Orinda Intermediate and interim principal of Del Rey Elementary School (both Orinda, CA).
Following her professional work in the Orinda schools, Jean served as a Trustee on the Board of the Orinda Union School District. She was a member, and the first female President, of the Orinda Rotary Club; a member of the Orinda Women’s Club; and an active participant in the Hummingwords Writing Workshop. She wrote four books of poetry, all published with Azalea Art Press: Waves of Time (2011), Remembrances (2013), Waiting for the Wind, and Opening (both 2014).
A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at 12noon on Monday January 12, 2015 at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park: Wildcat Canyon Road at Shasta Road, Berkeley, CA 94708. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Jean Lyford to the Educational Foundation of Orinda: http://orindaefo.org/