Ann W Duvall

1948 - 2014
Ann Weinberg Duvall, 66, passed away from cancer on June 15, 2014 at her home in Sausalito, CA.

Born February 1, 1948, in New York City to Jay and Marian Weinberg, Ann grew up in Pleasantville, New York, with her parents, her brother, Jimmy, and her sister, Joan. She married William S. Duvall of Menlo Park, California, in her parents' home on January 22, 1977.

Ann graduated from Pleasantville High School with the class of 1965 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in 1969 and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Stanford in 1973. She worked for Westinghouse Learning Corporation, Xerox Data Systems, and Dr. Douglas Engelbart at SRI, where she met her husband, Bill. They went on to form Consulair Corp and subsequently Surfwatch Software. By showing an accessible and viable alternative to government censorship, Surfwatch played a key role in the successful 1997 challenge of the Communications Decency Act. Ann testified as a witness before the US District Court in that challenge.

Surfwatch was sold in 1996. A recent bout with breast cancer led Ann to refocus her energy. In addition to working as an advocate for other breast cancer patients, she enjoyed traveling, visiting her children and grandchildren, and spending time with her many friends. Ann loved people and welcomed anyone she met into her life with an amazing, warm smile and an honest, selfless openness. You could not meet Ann without feeling that she was suddenly your new best friend.

Passionate about the outdoors, Ann was an excellent tennis player, runner, swimmer, cyclist, skier, and backpacker. She was often on the podium of local races and tournaments. As a backpacker and a Francophile who spoke French, she and her husband hiked the entire 1000 km of the GR10 trail in France, going from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea along the French-Spanish border.

Ann and Bill went to France whenever they could, and lived at times in Grenoble, Paris and Annecy. They raised their family in the San Francisco Bay Area and Ketchum, Idaho. They have lived on a floating home in Sausalito, California, since 1998.

She is survived by her best friend and husband of 37 years, Bill, her children Dena, Matt, and Jessie, grandchildren Grace, Katie, Sadie, and Hank, her mother Marian Weinberg of Kendall on Hudson, New York, brother Jimmy Weinberg and sister Joan Thompson of Park City, Utah, multiple nieces and nephews, and the many, many friends whose lives she touched. She was preceded in death by her father, Jay Weinberg.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UCSF Symptom Management Service (, Hospice by the Bay (, Planned Parenthood (, or Breast Cancer Connections (

Published on from June 16 to June 17, 2014