Jeannne Yvonne Hamby Gang
Jeannne Yvonne Hamby Gang
Jeanne Yvonne Hamby Gang was born in Oakland, California to the late Walter P. and Nina L. Hamby, May 9, 1921. She attended Piedmont High School, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her BA in Political Science. She was active on campus, holding — Senior Appointments, including Head of Entertainment under War Council, Treble Clef, was a member and Senior Representative for Alpha Chi Omega, was in Student Advisory Bureau for honor students to mentor, Panile and Prytanean Honor and activity societies, and was President of the Students of the Graduate School of Social Welfare. Jeanne recently attended her 60th Year university class reunion.
Ms. Gang did casework in Public Welfare, in community centers in San Francisco and worked in Army and Navy hospitals as a Red Cross Staff Aide during WW-II. Jeanne was a Recreation Worker for US Army Special Services in Germany from 1950-53. While there, she met and married Howard Gang in Heilbronn, Germany where he was stationed. They were married for 30 years. During her years in the Bay Area of California, she was a member of the National Conference of Social Work and the Horsemen's Association. Her father had helped start the Shrine Rangers Posse, and Ms. Gang took part in many horse shows and rodeos. She also worked with the San Francisco Council for Civic Unity and other organizations, such as the San Francisco Municipal Theater.
Coming from Germany to Oregon in 1953, Ms. Gang served a short time as Red Cross Executive for Home Service, Camp Fire Executive for Rogue Valley, was a caseworker for the Public Welfare Dept., then changed professions to teaching, receiving her Secondary and 5-Year certificates at Southern Oregon College. She taught PE and Health in Grants Pass for a year, then, beginning in 1969, spent 17 years teaching a variety of social studies courses at Eagle Point High School until 1987. After retirement, she taught English as a Second Language, home tutored and substituted mainly for School District 549-C.
Ms. Gang belonged to and served on boards of the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women, for which she was President of the Ashland Branch. She was a member of the National Education and Oregon Education Assoc., Retired Teachers, Southern Oregon Traditional Jazz Society, Oregon Aerospace Assoc. (having been an applicant for the Teacher in Space Program) and the Southern Oregon College Alumni Assoc.
She was a world traveler and had many interests including drama, having written many skits for different groups, wrote poetry, had many articles printed in newspapers and magazines, and most recently wrote a book entitled, "A Coming Together". Her book was part fact and part fiction - based on fascinating true accounts of her family history dating back to the 1600's.
Ms. Gang is survived by a son, Todd Gang, of Portland, Oregon, — grandchildren, a nephew, and several grand-nieces and great grand-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Walter "Buzz" Hamby. Jeanne's father and brother owned Hamby's Market in Piedmont, California and later in Ashland, Oregon. Her mother's ancestors were among the founders of the Brookings-Pistol River area.
There will be a memorial service at Memory Gardens on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00pm. Those wishing to make contributions in her name may donate to the American Cancer Society or their organization of choice.