Remembering John Nolen Bailey

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Remembering John Nolen Bailey 

John Nolen Bailey
1935-2012

John Bailey, a former Executive Director of Trial Lawyers Care (2002-2003) whose career in association management took him around the globe, died peacefully March 22, at his home in Pebble Beach of cancer.  He was 76.
From newspaper boy to sports editor to publisher, and from night watchman to CEO, John lived a life of accomplishment.  Born in San Francisco on July 12, 1935, to Stanley and Virginia Blair Bailey, John loved travel and maintained an abiding interest in people and the written word.


His father was a respected journalist who covered labor for the San Francisco Chronicle during the turbulent '30s, and the stories of that time made a lasting impression on John, who frequently talked about his father's connection to the fiery labor leader of the period, Harry Bridges.  When John was a young boy, his parents bought the newspaper in the mountain community of Plumas County.  John grew up there and developed a lifelong love of nature and adventure. He enjoyed spending time there through his final days.


John initially followed his father's lead into the newspaper business, starting out as a sports reporter, but he soon moved from journalism to association management.  John's career as an association executive led to his service as Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and President and CEO of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).  In those roles, he had the honor of hosting distinguished guests at association events, including Margaret Mead, Joe DiMaggio, and Charles Kurault.


One of the highlights of his career was serving in New York (2002-2003) as Executive Director of Trial Lawyers Care, which provided pro bono legal services to the victims of September 11th.  Among the many awards John received, he was proud to be named U.S. Association Executive of the Year.  He was recognized with many national awards, including the Key Award, the highest honor presented to individuals in the association management profession.  He was also a recipient of the Points of Light Award, which was presented to him by President George H. W. Bush. (A lifelong Democrat, he did not applaud much throughout the ceremony)!


In 1988, he met Mary Adams and spent the rest of his life in a grand love affair with her as his beloved wife, best friend and travel mate.  John treasured his life on the Monterey Peninsula, moving there in 1998.  He served as Director of the Monterey History and Art Association and on the boards of the Forest Foundation, Del Monte Property Owners Association, Clark Foundation, Dorothy's Place, National Steinbeck Center and a Carmel Foundation project.

He was pre-deceased by his parents and his sister Dorothy Erickson.  He leaves his children Dean Bailey (Donna) of Folsom, Ginny Hanneman (Brett Tujague) of Roseville, Erin Bailey (Brian Louie) of Oakland, as well as grandchildren Shauna Schiume, Marissa Hanneman and Aiden Tujague, two great-granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews.  He will be missed forever by his devoted wife and many dear friends, including Dr. Nancy Rubin.


Services will be held at St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Grove on Tuesday, April 10th at 3 PM.  There will be a reception immediately following in Pebble Beach.


Contributions in John's honor may be directed to Dorothy's Place in Salinas, National Steinbeck Center, United Way Monterey County or any charity of choice. The world has lost a truly good man.


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