Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2014


Jaye Dougherty

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June 8, 2014

Steve - I never met you. I just learned of Jaye's death by searching for her online, as she was a dear friend to me in the 80's and we studied together to earn our CMA degree at the Laban/Bartneiff Institute of Movement Studies 83 - 84. She danced in my final project. I remained close to her until I left NYC in 1991. I was looking for her, as I was thinking of the Third Avenue Street fair (I was at the first one!) and just wanting to connect. I was saddened to learn of her death. She was a beautiful woman and a very good friend to me. Catherine Maguire

Joe Kraemer

January 27, 2014

Dear Steve, I can't begin to tell you how very sad and sorry I was to hear the news from you about Jaye's death: sad to think of a world without our dear friend in it, and sorry to imagine how bereft you and all the people closest to her must be feeling now-- family and friends, colleagues and students, and the Juilliard and Barnard communities who loved, valued and counted on her so.

I know you were with her throughout her long battle with cancer and her determined efforts to overcome it. I have no doubt your support, presence and love meant more to her every day than words can ever express.

I remember the day you and Jaye married as one of the very happy days of my New York life, and staying in touch with Jaye since I moved out to LA five years ago was always a fun priority for me. We exchanged emails as recently as last month, which made the news of her death all the more surprising. She sounded so good and strong—hopeful despite some new challenges she talked about—and always full of her characteristic high spirits and curiosity about how you yourself were doing, and that amazing, one-of-a-kind good humor of hers.

While it breaks my heart to know how much pain there had to have been for Jaye throughout these past years, I also know there had to be great joy in continuing to do the work she loved with the colleagues and students that always inspires her (and me too). And of course, what joy YOU brought her...

There is so much I will always recall with deep gratitude about our friend, and I know that some of those stories are being savored and shared by many on this guest book, at memorial services and in other one-on-one gatherings where her memory is very much alive.

While I feel the sadness of a beloved friend leaving this physical world we're all sharing for a short time, I feel quite blessed that our paths ran together for so long and with such real joy.

You are remembered now by many and Jaye will be too-- always.

With love,

Joe Kraemer

Bill Connington

January 19, 2014

Jaye was a gentle and lovely spirit. Kind-hearted, insightful, graceful, spirited. Her friends, students and colleagues will miss her greatly. Sending thoughts and prayers to Steve, and Jaye's whole family.

Bill Connington

Greta Berman

January 14, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Jaye's passing! I knew her as a fellow faculty member and colloquium facilitator. She was always upbeat, positive, full of spirit - till the end. She will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike!

Angelina Impellizzeri

January 13, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Jaye was a truly beautiful person, and one of the most generous people I've ever met.

Jaye has touched so many of our lives and I consider myself so lucky to have known her.

She taught me how to sparkle. She taught me how to be juicy.

She showed me what class really is.

The last time I saw Jaye she was giving us "hands on" as my classmates and I did a read thru of Caucasian Chalk Circle. After she was finished with me and moved on to the next person she looked back at me and gave me a little wink and a smile that said, "I gotcha girl."

Jaye put us first till the end.

Not only will she be remembered at Juilliard, but I believe her spirit will continue to live on thru us all.

Janice Stanton

January 9, 2014

Dear Steve,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you though this time.
Janice & Francesca

Barbara Tormondsen

January 6, 2014

Dear Steve,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's peace and loving memories help comfort you during this difficult time.
Barbara & John Tormondsen

John and Marianne DePalma

January 1, 2014

We love and miss you Jaye.

Sarah Ackerman

January 1, 2014

Jaye taught me Alexander technique at Juilliard. She also introduced me to ballroom dancing. What I remember most is her kindness and love to everyone who was fortunate enough to set her. Her bright smile will never be forgotten.

January 1, 2014


Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you during this most difficult time.

Lee and Ron Cote