[Marin County Obit Board]

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Marin Independent Journal
Saturday, August 8, 1992

Andrew S. Rayburn
Russian native

Andrew S. Rayburn of San Anselmo died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1992, at Marin General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 85.

Mr. Rayburn was born in the city of Rybinsk, Russia, on the Volga River in 1906 as Andrey Stepanovich Ryebinnin which translate as Andrew son of Stephen of the Mountain Ash. He was the great-great nephew of Nikolay Nakrasov, one of Russiaís most famous 19th century poets.

During the Russian Revolution in 1917, Mr. Rayburnís father bribed a train crew allowing his family to escape to Europe. Mr. Rayburn was raised and educated in Russia, Germany and England. The family immigrated to the United States during the late 1920s and settled in the Bay Area.

Mr. Rayburn had a 36-year career in the grocery business. He owned and operated grocery stores in Petaluma, Cotati, Novato, San Anselmo and Fairfax. His last store, Rayburnís Food Center in Novato, closed in 1967.

Mr. Rayburn was a former instructor of Russian studies in the College of Marinís emeritus program. He enjoyed the arts, particularly poetry and theater. A fan of Pushkin, he translated Russian poetry.

Mr. Rayburn also enjoyed gardening and playing bridge. He was active in the Whistlestop Seniors Center, the Stump Jumpers Square Dancing Club in Novato and the Holy Trinity American Orthodox Church in San Francisco.

Mr. Rayburn is survived by his wife of 53 years, Natalie Rayburn; his son, Steve Rayburn of San Rafael; and three daughters, Kathy Harper of Davis, Barbara Donnette of Seattle, Wash., and Vicki Rodger of Palo Alto.

Friends may attend a visitation at Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. It will include a short vigil at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco. Burial will follow at the Serbian Cemetery in Colma.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Vincent De Paulís free dining room, 820 B St., San Rafael and St. Anthonyís Dining Room in San Francisco.

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