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Anne Matthews

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Stonington - Dr. Anne (Ford) Matthews passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Anne was born in Portland, Oregon, on March 24, 1946, to Dr. Peter and Barbara Ford, and was the oldest of six siblings. She graduated from David Douglas High School and earned her bachelor's degree at Lewis & Clark College in music and education. She held a master's degree from the University of Portland and later completed her doctorate in education from Portland State University.

Anne moved to Stonington, in 1999, after her marriage to her beloved late husband, Peter Matthews.

After nearly 20 years teaching music and art to elementary school students, Anne transitioned her career to school administration. She spent several years working as a staff development director with the Washington County ESD in Oregon, and later became the principal of Soos Creek Elementary School, near Seattle, Wash. Anne often remarked that some of her most rewarding professional work was as a professor of education at Connecticut College, where she helped shape and train young teachers.

Anne was a devoted educator and advocate for arts education, with a focus on gender equality and educational access. She passionately pursued her interests in art, music, and travel. She loved to spend time at the piano, in her garden, and among friends and family. She was an avid reader and an accomplished cook, earning a James Beard award for her talents.

Over the years, Anne participated in many local clubs and organizations and served on the board of the Salt Marsh Opera. Her friends and family will remember her passion for the arts, her interest in local and world affairs, her commitment to community, her sense of style, her impeccable manners, and her generosity.

She is survived by her sons, Curtis Jensch of Portland, Maine, and Eric Jensch of Santa Monica, Calif.; and her stepchildren, Susan Matthews of Jamestown, R.I., and Thomas Matthews of Charlestown, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne's name, to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (, the National Brain Tumor Society ( or a .

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Stonington.
Published in The Day on Jan. 24, 2013