Anne Stevens Hobler ’39 (1917–2016)

Anne Stevens Hobler ’39, a longtime employee of the College and former fundraiser for the prestigious Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, passed away on June 12, 2016.

Photo courtesy of the Sarah Lawrence College Archives

Anne devoted much of her life to education and the visual arts, beginning her career in the education department at the Museum of Modern Art soon after graduating from Sarah Lawrence. She later returned to her alma mater, first as the College’s alumnae director (1961–1966), then as executive assistant to President Esther Raushenbush and President Charles deCarlo (1966–1977), and finally as director of special giving (1977–1979). She was also secretary of the College in 1977.

Anne’s connections to Sarah Lawrence extended beyond her roles on the College staff. As president of the Alumnae Association, she served as the alumnae trustee from 1948 to 1951. She was named an honorary trustee in 1994, and she carries the distinction of being the first recipient of the Citation for Service, which was awarded in 1996. Anne was also a Sarah Lawrence parent; one of her three children, Anne “Andy” Hobler Dukehart, graduated in 1970.

“The last time I visited with Anne, I was touched to discover that she had kept all the handwritten notes she had received from Sarah Lawrence presidents, mine included. Anne was Sarah Lawrence through and through, and we will miss her greatly.”
—Karen R. Lawrence, President

Upon moving to the Washington, DC, area, where she lived for many years, Anne spearheaded development at the Phillips Collection from 1981 to 1985. Known for its wealth of Impressionist works—including Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party—the Phillips Collection was established in 1921 by art collector Duncan Phillips and his wife Marjorie, a painter, as the first museum of modern art in the United States.

Civic minded, Anne was passionate about giving back throughout her lifetime. At Ingleside of Rock Creek in Washington, her retirement community, she served on the development committee for several years. She was a trustee at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, a board member of Planned Parenthood, and an active member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. She spent her final months with her children in her beloved summer residence of Ephraim, Wisconsin, where she was continuously involved with the Ephraim Historical Foundation, only retiring from the foundation’s Heritage Board in 2015 at the age of 97.