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Ann (Rebecca) Goodridge

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(Rebecca) Ann
R. Ann Goodridge, 77, of Ottawa Hills OH died August 2, 2016, at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born in Garfield, GA on May 15, 1939, to Jesse Bryant and Effie Clark Funderburk. She and her family moved to Jacksonville, FL when she was a small child. Ann married Alan G. Goodridge on August 19, 1960, in Jacksonville. She worked at Bendix Systems Division in Ann Arbor, MI for three years. After leaving Ann Arbor, she stayed at home to raise her two sons. After they went off to college, she worked for several years as the Coordinator of the MD/PhD Program at Case Western University School of Medicine. She also was an Administrator in the Department of Medicine at the University of Iowa for nine years and Assistant to the Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry before retiring in 2002, when she and her husband moved to Ottawa Hills.
Ann loved the visual arts and amassed an admirable collection of glass art and paintings. She was particularly fond of the painting of Adam Grant and had several of his original oil paintings in her home. During a two-year stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, she got to know the Polish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and his wife, and donated two Adam Grant giclees to the Embassy. Adam Grant, a former prisoner at Auschwitz during World War II, then became the focal point of a 60th anniversary remembrance of the invasion of Poland by Germany and Russia. The reception at the Polish Embassy included several paintings by Grant. The main entertainment room in the Embassy Residence was named the Adam Grochowski Grant Hall. Her glass art collection emphasized artists from the Toledo area. She supported the Toledo Opera through her membership in the Toledo Opera Guild and several gifts.
In addition to her interest in art, Ann was a gourmet cook and loved to give small dinner parties for groups of people that she selected for their common interests and interesting personalities. She often said her entertainment was entertaining.
Ann is survived by her husband of almost 56 years, Alan; sons, Alan Jr. and Bryant; grandson, Brandon; granddaughters, Alexis and Sophie; brother, Gene Funderburk; nieces Kathy and Kellen and nephews, David and Kevin. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ralph Funderburk.
A celebration of her life will be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Ann's memory be made to the Toledo Opera or the Toledo Museum of Art.
As published in The Blade
Published in The Blade on Aug. 3, 2016
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