Anne Ferguson, long time La Jolla resident, dies at 86. Anne was born in Los Angeles on September 12, 1926, to Helen and John Penniman. Together with an older and younger brother (John and Russell III, respectively), she grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts. She entered Smith College in 1944 and played on the College's women's tennis team, winning the regional College Girls' Invitation Tournament doubles in 1948. After graduating in 1948, she married William (Bill) Edward Ferguson of La Jolla, California, on November 5, 1949, in Laguna Beach, California.|
From the time she moved to La Jolla in 1949, Anne Ferguson was known for her support of La Jolla's civic affairs, and in the process developed lifelong friendships with many founding members of the postwar La Jolla community.
Her support of local schools began in 1956 when she served on the La Jolla Country Day School Board of Trustees, which at the time was considering its move to a larger property from its existing downtown La Jolla location. She was an active volunteer at the schools her four children attended over the years. These included a stint as Treasurer of the PTA at La Jolla Elementary in 1968, and a lengthy role on the Board of Trustees of The Bishop's School from 1964 -1971.
Respected for her tenacity and dedication in a volunteer capacity, she occasionally found herself in these volunteer roles long after her children had graduated. She served as Treasurer of the fund raising effort which built the Parker Auditorium at La Jolla High School entirely through charitable donations. She remained in this position until the auditorium was completed, which turned out to be well after her youngest daughter entered college.
Anne pursued extensive volunteer work outside her children's school as well. "Mom set an example for all of us to give back to the community, an example that each of us have followed in our adult lives," said Rich Ferguson, Anne's son. She was an active member of Las Patronas during the early years of her marriage and of the San Diego Junior League from the early 1950s through early 1970s, holding the board positions of Secretary (1957), Public Relations (1963) and Treasurer (1964). However, she probably most enjoyed her repeated wins of the Junior League's annual bridge championship. She remained an active member of the Wednesday Club, which she joined in 1985, until her death on December 9, 2012.
She lived in La Jolla her entire adult life, including 53 years in her home in the lower Hermosa section of town.
Anne is survived by her husband of 63 years; their four children, Helen of Canby, OR, Linda of Tehachapi, CA, Richard of New Canaan, CT, Julia of Darien, CT; and three grandchildren, Alexandra, William and Christina.
A celebration of life will be held in the coming weeks in La Jolla.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Bishops School in her memory.
Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 24, 2013