June Adele Englebright

Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2005

Former Juneau resident June Adele Englebright, 78, died July 23, 2005, in Grass Valley, Calif.

She was born Dec. 3, 1926, to Alfred Eugene and Viola Deward Englebright, and was raised in San Rafael, California. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1948, she lived and worked in New York City, and Honolulu, where she married Harris Van Alstyne "Van" Fleming. They made their home in San Clemente, Calif. She worked in radio broadcasting, wrote for network television, was a technical writer and analyst for one of the early environmental consulting firms, and designed and taught a technical writing course for California Department of Transportation engineers. She was active in school improvement, library development and environmental efforts, and was active in political and civic affairs. She made her home in the foothills of the Sierra in the mid-1970s, with husband Al Volpe. She was known for her work with League of Women Voters, Rural Quality Coalition, and the Foothill Theatre Company. In 2002, she moved to Juneau, and enjoyed walking local trails, meeting new Alaskan friends, and appreciating the rich artistic traditions of the Tlingit and Haida people.

She is survived by her children, Clara Vanessa Crowson and spouse William Crowson, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, Kelly Eugene Fleming and spouse Eileen Doherty of Cleveland, Ohio, Laura Lillian Fleming and spouse Fredrick Fisher of Juneau, honorary son Chikashi Furukawa of Tokyo, Japan and Taichung, Taiwan; and four grandchildren, Shia Caroline Fleming of Charlottesville, Va., Anna June and Aidan Donal Fleming of Cleveland, Ohio, and Evelyn Anne Fisher of Juneau.

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