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Ann Rountree Forsberg

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a fifty year resident of Greenwich, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was born on July 4, 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida. Shortly thereafter her family moved to South Carolina where she attended Ashley Hall in Charleston and the University of South Carolina before moving to New York City to begin a successful modeling career with the Powers Modeling Agency and 20th Century-Fox. In 1938 she joined her sister, Martha Rountree, in the recording, television and radio business. She helped in the creation and production of NBC's initial programs "Meet the Press" and "Leave it to the Girls".

In 1944, she married publisher Franklin S. Forsberg. They moved to Greenwich in 1946.

Ann's focus was always first on her family; however, volunteer activities were an important part of her life. Throughout her life she was actively engaged in the Republican Party. She joined the New York Junior League and became the President of the Stamford Girls Club. When the family relocated to Illinois, she was very active with the Boys Club of Chicago. Returning to Greenwich in 1960, she again became very active with the New York Chapter of The Junior League. She worked closely with Dr. Howard Rusk in the development of the recreational programs at what is now known as the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.

When Franklin was appointed by President Reagan to be the United States Ambassador to Sweden, Ann moved with her husband to Stockholm, Sweden and worked tirelessly in a supportive role. After four very active years, they returned to Greenwich where she continued with various volunteer activities. Ann was a member of The Round Hill Club, The Junior League of Greenwich and the Colony Club of New York.

She had recently returned from Sweden where she presented a book to the Royal Family which had been commissioned by Ambassador and Mrs. Forsberg covering the impressive contributions of the Royal Family to international trade and commerce.

While she was visiting family and friends in Salt Lake City, she suffered heart failure. Recently she had dedicated a Communications Laboratory at the University of Utah in recognition of Franklin Forsberg.

Ann was predeceased in 2002 by Franklin, her devoted husband of 58 years.

She is survived by her three children, Kristin Green of Washington, DC, Lars Forsberg of Greenwich and Erik Forsberg of Charleston, South Carolina. She is also survived by five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Stanwich Congregational Church at 202 Taconic Road in Greenwich at 10:00 on November 2, 2007. She will join Ambassador Forsberg at Arlington National Cemetery at 9 AM on November 6, 2007.

Published in GreenwichTime on Oct. 26, 2007
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