Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 12 / 23 March 2017

Lawrence Wing (Lon) Rand, aka Quentin


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November 7, 1933 – December 9, 2016

Lawrence Wing (Lon) Rand, aka Quentin, was born November 7, 1933 in Port Angeles, Washington and died unexpectedly December 9, 2016 in Hillsboro, Oregon. He lived for several decades in San Francisco and Oakland as a proud member of the LGBT community. Quentin is survived by half-sisters Marla Smith Daugherty and Juanita Rand, and their children and grandchildren.

Quentin's passions were many but none greater than the world of music. He was a founding member of the San Francisco Gay Freedom Band & Twirling Corp, playing flute, piccolo, and sousaphone. He was also the band's first archivist and chronicled its early history. He played in the band's first concert in 1978, at Everett Middle School. This is where the band will perform its next concert, "Earth Songs," Saturday, March 25 at 4 p.m. A tribute to Quentin's life will take place during that concert.

While living in Melbourne, Australia for a time, Quentin became a proud member of the Melbourne Rainbow Band.

If you care to donate in Quentin's memory, the family suggests the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (visit or kindly support your favorite PBS station. And know that somewhere Quentin will be smiling.



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