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HALE, Ann Thoron Died peacefully on November 25 at the age of 92. She lived a full life. Born on March 13, 1928 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Violet Spencer Thoron and Benjamin Warder Thoron. She attended the Potomac School and Chatham Hall before earning a degree from the Teachers' College in New York City. She taught elementary students until her marriage, when she and her husband, the late George Hale, Jr., moved to San Francisco, CA. In those early years she participated in the Children's Theater before finding her true love, the San Francisco Zoo, where she volunteered for over thirty years in the Education Department. Martha's Vineyard was Ann's true home. As a teenager she spent her summers on Seven Gates Farm, much of it in the family house of High Hope, which is still enjoyed by many family members. She cared passionately about the Farm, joining the board of directors and ultimately becoming president in 1992. She is fondly remembered there for her steady leadership, honesty, and spirited demeanor. She moved to the Vineyard permanently in 2002, and remained there until 2012, when she moved to Carleton Willard Village, MA, where she resided until her death. Ann was passionate about the natural world and its conservation. Never without binoculars and a nature guide, she was an avid and accomplished birder, often heading to wildlife refuges during the spring migration. In her later years she was keenly involved with numerous conservation organizations, including the Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institute, the San Francisco Zoo, and the Ocean Conservancy. Her love of nature and an adventurous spirit took her all over the world, including visits to Japan, Cambodia, Europe, Australia, the Galapagos, and Antarctica. Africa was a favorite; she visited the continent numerous times, most recently taking her children and grandchildren on a memorable visit to Tanzania. Ann is survived by her son Christopher, daughter Cynthia, daughter-in-law Wendy, five grandchildren: Rebecca, Naushon, Tristan, Spencer, and Hunter, two great-grandchildren: Aster and Tima, and five nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Christopher Thoron and Sam Thoron. Ann's passion for nature, animals, the arts, and travel was infectious, and has been passed on to her children, grandchildren, and all who knew her. She will be greatly missed. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to charities representing two places that Ann called home, Martha's Vineyard and San Francisco: San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA 91432 and Vineyard Conservation Society, P.O. Box 2189, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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December 31, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Cynthia and family. I was sad to hear of your mothers passing. May your memories bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Hirschfeld
December 10, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
December 7, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the wonderful family of Mrs. Ann T. Hale. We are so deeply humbled by her and her family's compassion for their community and for the continued support of her passions.
Somana Tootsie
December 7, 2020
Ann was my Godmother. I spent more time with George, her very late husband. Still, I tend to have a decent memory.. She was honest, quite bright, i thought, and seemed to share my passion for calling out bs. A thoughtful person. I hope her style doesn't fade. She was a giver, not a taker.
Richard Morrison III
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