Endless enthusiasm and a few jokes

January 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

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BERKELEY — Jerry Carlin, who died last week, was raised in Chicago and was a well-educated lawyer (Harvard undergrad, University of Chicago master’s and doctorate, Yale Law School), founder of the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation. In the mid-70s, he gave up law to devote himself to painting.

One particular focus of his art was family, gatherings and celebrations. This seemed apt because his Bay Area family was particularly well known, especially to theater lovers. Jerry’s wife, Joy, is a director and actress, as is his daughter, Nancy. The Carlins were regulars at opening nights, Jerry equipped with endless enthusiasm, and always a few jokes, too. He was a kind and talented man, and although his paintings will be cherished, his presence will missed.

— LEAH GARCHIK, San Francisco Chronicle

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