Jay Adams Knight

Profile Updated: April 9, 2020
Class of 1963
Residing In: La Canada Flintridge, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: 2012 will mark 40 years of marriage to Connie
Children, Grandchildren: We have two sons Tyler who is an IT guy for NBC, is married and has two children, Kaleigh and Xander. More… My other son Christopher manages musicians and is married to Keltie Knight who interviews stars on CBS' Entertainment Tonight.
Occupation: Attorney-now inactive
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

In 1976 we were living in San Diego and I took a job with Rohr Industries in Chula Vista. An early assignment was to amend the benefit plans to comply with ERISA and thus a career was born. In 2010 I started work as West Coast ERISA counsel for Jackson Lewis LLP, a firm with about 700 lawyers country wide. A few years ago I was elected to the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel. I taught the course in Employee Benefits Law for LLM students for four years at Loyola Law School. I recall Ms. Destro in 8th grade suggesting a trade as I was not college material. Effective January 1,2020 after 48 years of practicing mostly employee benefit law I took inactive status with the California Bar.

Different places I have lived:

Claremont and San Diego, Ca
Heidelberg, Germany, L Canada Flintridge

Family history living in South Pasadena:

My mom graduated with SPHS which is why we moved to SP when I started 4th grade. Brother Kim was four years behind me at So. Pas. We both graduated from what is now Claremont McKenna College.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

See above

School Memories:

Too many to count.

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

Still an active Christian Scientist. Scouting was the only thing that got me through Junior High School.

Milestones & Epiphanies:

My area of the law involves a lot of change and hence a lot of reading. Spent several weekends working through the Affordable Care Act. Add in gardening, chores, cooking and food shopping, and raising two sons and I realized at some point I missed the party. Bummer! I wonder if you ever feel that you have the right balance of work, family and cutting up. Overall, I have achieved most of what I wanted to achieve family wise and career wise even if the goals changed a bit along the way. The trick now is to find some new goals or interests which is proving a bit elusive. Alternatively, can satisfaction be found?

What's happening in my life now:

Working, some travel, classical music, taking care of stately Knight Manor, cooking, playing with my grandchildren Sunday afternoons. A couple of years ago I renewed an old interest in horseback riding. What I really love is stadium jumping and have been taking weekly lessons so as to remain on the horse.
In early 2015, Connie and I spent nearly three weeks in Vietnam, having missed the chance in the '60s. We met a student (Ngoc), who was finishing up her BA and decided to sponsor her for an MA at Loyola Marymount. She returned home August 2016. In December 2018, Ngoc returned for a 6 week visit. Subsequently we Skype each Saturday night.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

travel, cooking, audiofile music, plays, horsing around

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Classical, folk and jazz. Connie was a singer in groups for many years so we have season tickets to the LA Master Choral as well as the La Philharmonic.

Things about me that you probably don't know.

I really like to travel. But not to just see buildings but to meet the locals, share a meal, learn about how the live, what they think, what is important to them.
Been doing all the cooking for the last many years and I don't mind doing the dishes.
In early 2020 we spent 3 weeks in Singapore and Thailand and upon return I have attempted to recreate Thai food.
I went to pre-school with Gretchen, Ted Hoffman, Serge, Palmerston, Durfee, Jennifer Hartzell, Bill McIntosh and my wife.

Additional Comments:

Not looking forward to retirement as I will then have no excuse for cleaning out the garage and attic of over forty years worth of semi valuable stuff. Since currently stuck at home due to virus I have started this. Ugh!

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