San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Saturday, February 27, 1988
A memorial service will be held on Monday for Emelyn K. Jewett, former president of the Oakland Tribune and daughter of the late Senator William F. Knowland.
Mrs. Jewett, who was 59, died of cancer on Thursday.
She was active in almost every major civic project in Oakland.
Mrs. Jewett was born in Alameda and grew up in Piedmont during the era when her grandfather, the late Joseph R. Knowland, was one of the most powerful figures in California's Republican Party.
Mrs. Jewett made her social debut in 1949 in Washington, D.C., with Virginia Warren, Governor Earl Warren's daughter.
Mrs. Jewett's father retired from the Senate to run for governor in 1958, but was defeated by Edmund G. (Pat) Brown. He returned to Oakland to become editor and publisher of the Tribune. When he died in 1974, Mrs. Jewett became president of the newspaper and continued in various executive posts after the family sold the newspaper in 1977.
Mrs. Jewett, who retired from the Tribune in 1985, belonged to dozens of organizations. She was on the board of directors of the Clorox Co., American President Companies and Kaiser Cement.
One of her favorite projects was the restoration of the string of 3,400 lights around Lake Merritt.
Survivors include her children, Harold W. Jewett III, Emelyn J. Carothers and Helen J. Erickson, all of Walnut Creek; a sister, Estelle K. Johnson of Hawaii; and a brother, Joseph W. Knowland of Alameda, a former Tribune publisher.
Her husband, Harold (Hal) Jewett Jr., died last year.
After a private funeral service, a memorial service for Mrs. Jewett will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland.