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Dr. Ann Gorman Condon

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Condon, Dr. Ann Gorman Well known Canadian historian, scholar, popular teacher and community leader, Dr. Ann Gorman Condon died suddenly at the Regional Hospital in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on June 1, 2001. Daughter of the late Judge Joseph G. Gorman and Genevieve Smith Gorman of Pasadena, California, she is survived by her husband, Dr. Thomas J. Condon, UNBSJ Vice President Emeritus, their son, Gregory Gorman Condon and his partner, Lisa Foran, and two daughters in Toronto, Katherine and her husband Robert Woodford, and Caroline; her brother, Joseph Gregory Gorman, Jr. and his wife Molly of San Marino, California and their children, Jenny of Dublin, Ohio and Joseph Gregory Gorman III of San Francisco; her nephew Michael Smith, son of her late sister Phyllis Smith; nephews John and Michael Condon and nieces Mary Thomas and Christine Condon all of Connecticut. Growing up in Pasadena, Ann attended Mayfield School with which her family has been associated for three generations. She completed her B.A. at the University of California (Berkeley), her M.A. at Radcliffe College, and her Ph.D. at Harvard University where her dissertation received the DeLancey K. Jay Prize. For many years she taught at the Fredericton and Saint John campuses of the University of New Brunswick until her retirement in 1999 as Professor of History. In retirement Ann taught for a term in Beijing, China. She was the author of The Envy of the American States: The Loyalist Dream for New Brunswick and coauthored An Illustrated History of Rothesay, 1785-1920. Her most recent book, Architects of Our Fortunes: The Journal of Eliza A. W. Otis, 1860-1863, a work which she edited and provided an introduction for, was published this year by the Huntington Library Press in San Marino, California and launched there on April 1st. She was the author of many scholarly articles, reviews, as well as popular pieces. She had an abiding commitment to and love for the visual arts. She served for many years on the Board of the New Brunswick Museum and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. She played a substantial role in developing the Loyalist Papers Project which led to the creation of major microfilm repositories of Loyalist materials at UNBF, the University of London, the City University of New York, and the American Antiquarian Society. She was a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and Television, a member of the National Council of the Canadian Historical Association, President of the Atlantic Association of Historians and Chair of the Department of History and Politics. She loved teaching and did much to challenge, encourage and inspire many of her undergraduate and graduate students. She was a leading specialist in Canada and the U.S. on the history of the Loyalists. She was devoted to her family near and far, her friends, and to helping students in a variety of ways. The life of the mind was of central importance to her; her zest for life and conversation was unbounded. She will be greatly missed by many. Her funeral will be in Saint John on June 6, 2001 where there will be a mass of Christian burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 91 Waterloo Street. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada,506-634-7424,www.brenansfh.com. At the request of the family remembrances can be made to the Ann Gorman Condon Scholarship at UNB or to charities of the donor's choice.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 6, 2001
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