In Memoriam

Obituary notices and memorial service announcements for current or past San Diego Unified employees can be included in the In Memoriam section of Newsline by e-mailing Out of respect for the individual, please include a link to a formal obituary or provide as much detail as possible about the individual's life and involvement at San Diego Unified.

Ray Adair: On December 8, 2017 Ray Adair, who spent his last five years before retirement as CPMA’s theater manager, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Ray was able to spend his last months being with his wife and family and had the opportunity to say goodbye to friends and loved ones alike as he retired through the SERP process in 2017.  To honor Ray, his wonderful wife Therese will be holding a celebration of his life at the place he loved most outside of home: the CPMA Performing Arts Center.  We invite all of you who knew and loved Ray as we did to join his CPMA family on March 18th (Sunday) at 2:00 pm for a celebration of his life and as a dedication of his legacy.  

To honor Ray’s memory, a scholarship fund will be set up in his name.  For information on how you can donate on his behalf or in his name, please click on the following link: 

Jack Brandais, retired district communications specialist, died on Feb. 3, 2018. Jack would probably insist that we DON'T post his obituary in this section, but as someone who worked with Jack in the Communications office of the district for 4+ years, I'm going to post it. In fact, Jack created the online version of Newsline that includes this section. Jack spent many years promoting the positive things happening in the district, always highlighting our great students and schools. He guided others when it came to writing, since he was a writer by trade. He was a firm voice during crises, as he had spent time working for FEMA and knew how to mobilize resources and communicate effectively. He was an asset to the team and a true friend to those of us that worked with him. After he retired, he focused on his "Joyride Guru" books and website that highlighted the great drives in and around San Diego. He was having fun again. We hope that fun continues for our dear friend. Please see his full obituary in the San Diego Union Tribune: 

Marcia A. Liberto, a retired SDUSD classified employee, passed away on February 5, 2018. She began her school district career as a volunteer classroom aide and noon-duty assistant.  She was hired as a School Clerk, and then promoted to School Secretary, and lastly Personnel Clerk. She retired in 1999. Marcia was a dedicated volunteer and employee for over 30 years and for many years after, continued her post-retirement service as a substitute secretary. She is survived by her husband Thomas M. Liberto, her daughters Debbie Shilberg, Lynn Womack (retired SDUSD Administrative Asst), Nancy Hemmings (retired SDUSD  Classified Supervisor), her son Thomas P. Liberto, SDUSD Director of Financial Planning, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  She was laid to rest at Greenwood Memorial Park on Monday, February 19th. See full obituary at

Johnnie Mae (Walker) Billingsley, August 1, 1937 to February 7, 2018
Johnnie Mae is survived by 2 sisters Dorothy Hornsby and Ruby Jewel Tolbert in Decatur, Georgia, 6 children, predeceased son George Jr., sons Ronald, Terence and Adrian, daughters Alfreda and Adriene, Daughters-in-law Dawn, Melanie and Marilyn, Sons-in-law Peter Moller and Eugene Price, 10 grandchildren and their spouses, 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Johnnie spent most of her years working as an educator with the San Diego Unified School District.  Please click here for full obituary and service information..

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