DURHAM: Jean Allison Gilpatrick Losee, 78, wife of Wilmot H. “Bill” Losee, Jr., died Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Holbrook Center at the Forest at Duke.
Jean was born December 26th, 1937 in Washington, DC to the late Ray N. and Mary Elizabeth Drew Gilpatrick. Jean and Bill were married on July 18th, 1959 and together they raised three wonderful children. After graduation from Centenary College for Women in 1957, she started her business career as secretary to the Assistant Managing Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Following a two-year hiatus while her husband was serving in the Marine Corps, Jean became secretary to the Managing Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. After her children began school full-time, she resumed work as secretary/administrative assistant to the Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY. After Jean and Bill relocated to Durham in 1989, she joined the administrative staff of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, retiring in 2002.
Jean was very active in many local organizations, serving on the advisory board for the Episcopal Center at Duke University, and co-chair of the church’s 50th anniversary celebration. Additionally, she was instrumental in the development of the concert series at St. Stephen’s (CASS) and served on the search committee for the current rector, The Rev. Robert Kaynor. She was a member of Umstead Pines at Willowhaven Golf & Swim club and enjoyed golfing with her very close lady friends. Jean Losee was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and friend. She will be remembered for her exuberance, magnetic personality, quick sense of humor and gift of hospitality.
In addition to her husband, Jean leaves her children, two sons, Geoffrey Andrew Losee, and wife, Nancy C., of Wilmington; James Alden Losee, and wife, Kim V., of Fairfax, VA; and Elizabeth L. “Beth” McGurl, and husband, Stephen M., of Richmond, VA; grandchildren, Emily Virginia McGurl, Connor Stephen McGurl, Farrell Elizabeth McGurl, Liam Gilpatrick McGurl, Andrew Michael Losee, Patrick Thomas Losee, Alden An Losee, Dillon Duy Losee; and great grandson, Bradley Aiodhan McGurl. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Allison Clowes Losee, a son, Michael Drew Losee, and her brother, David Drew Gilpatrick.
A Requiem Eucharist will be offered on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11 AM in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, with the Reverend Dr. Derek Shows, the Reverend Robert Kaynor and the Reverend Canon David B. Lowry officiating.
Gifts in Jean’s memory may be made to: The Jimmy V. Foundation, 14600 Weston Place, Cary, NC 27513; Duke Cancer Institute , 710 W. Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701; or St. Stephen’s All Saints Memorial Fund, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham, NC 27707.