Remembering Anne Ladd

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"Anne Ladd, NYCC member, died Tuesday after a biking accident at the Grand Canyon. Her obituary and a note from her father are included.

Anne's obituary reads as follows:

Ladd, Anne Murray. Age 27. Died June 24, 2003 from accidental injuries sustained on a bicycle tour of the Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks in Arizona and Utah. Anne, a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City, graduated with honors from Wellesley College in 1998 where she was co-captain of the water polo team. Anne spent a semester at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and served as a summer intern for Senator Barbara Boxer.

A native San Franciscan born December 12, 1975, Anne was Scholar-Athlete of the Year in her 1994 graduating class at Lick-Wilmerding High School. She also attended San Francisco Day School and Pacific Primary School. As a volunteer Anne taught economics in a public high school in New York and also tutored in a middle school. Her interest in education was fostered by teaching at Aim High in San Francisco. Anne traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Anne is survived by her mother, Kathleen Murray, stepfather Arthur Perkins, father John Ladd, step-mother Kay Harnish-Ladd and her sister Jessica Ladd, all of San Francisco. She is also survived by her grandparents John and Bea Ladd, Francis Murray, and June Harnish, her uncles David Murray and Bill Perkins, her aunt Leslie Gustason, and many other loving relatives and friends. Anne lived her life fully, with energy, passion, thought. Her loving and compassionate spirit will be with
us always.

Her life will be remembered at services held at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union Street on Monday June 30 at 4:00 p.m.


The following message is from Anne's father:

Anne lived her life fully up to her last moment. She was doing what she loved to do. Her last night was spent under the stars in a campsite at North Rim on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. There is no scenery I know in the world with more terrifying beauty.

Anne did not suffer or linger. She was struck by an auto from behind and never regained consciousness.

Please, no flowers. There are two logical places for donations. Wellesley in one; the other is the Aim High program in San Francisco. Aim High is a high school readiness and tutoring program for middle schoolers, directed to disadvantaged children. Anne taught there for three summers while in high school and developed the curriculum still used for the Issues & Choices course (a.k.a., sex, drugs and rock and roll). Anne's sister Jessica is teaching this very course at Aim High, her second summer with the program. She is teaching the very curriculum which Anne helped develop.

We have not yet established any formal fund at either Wellesley or Aim High. We hope to resolve those issues next week and will e-mail you again about the specifics, mailing addresses, name to write on the check, etc.

We know that there are many who will have a private mourning for Anne. But if you would like to ""do something"", please take the time to recount an anecdote or two (true or apocryphal) about Anne and send it to any of us by mail or e-mail. We have learned that many people recall things that they assume we know, but we didn't. My sister-in-law remembers Anne and I stretched out on a bed, reviewing for the SAT. I had forgotten this but now can totally picture it, thanks to Leslie's recollection.

Photos, if you have them, are also appreciated. Any format is fine, though negatives and high-resolution digital photos are particularly appreciated. Mail delivery or e-mail attachments are fine.

Here are the relevant addresses for Anne's two San Francisco families. The step-parents are very much involved and are a huge comfort to Kathle"

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Carol Wood (not verified)

This news is heartbreaking. What a terrible loss of life and promise.

I hope that people who knew Anne (I did not) will honor the family's request to share stories about her, to comfort them and keep her memory alive.

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Philip Kiracofe (not verified)
Anne Ladd - NYC Remembrance, Sunday, July 13 at 1 PM

"Anne Ladd was a member of NYCC and completed the B-Sig in 2002. Please feel welcome to attend in honor of a beloved fellow cyclist.

Her family is from the West Coast and they have asked several people to speak about her day-to-day life in NYC. I will be speaking about her love of cycling and ultimate frisbee. If anyone who knew her, especially during the B-Sig, has stories, memories, photo's etc to contribute, her family would be incredibly grateful.

- Philip Kiracofe
[email protected]

-----Original Message-----
From: John Ladd [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 7:21 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Fw: Anne Murray Ladd - New York City Remembrance, Sunday, July
13 at 1:00 p.m.

Dear family and friends of Anne,

A remembrance and celebration of Anne's life and vision will be held

Sunday, July 13, 1:00 p.m. at

The Midtown Executive and Chemists Club
40 West 45th Street (between 5th and 6th)
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 626-9300

A reception will follow the remembrance.

Anne's Ultimate Frisbee League welcomes you all to a Frisbee match in Anne's
honor starting at 4 p.m. at Heckscher Softball Field #03 in Central Park.
Directions to the Club and to the Frisbee match are included below (as text)
and attached (as graphics).

Please feel free to re-distribute this message to other friends of Anne's.

Kathleen Murray & Arthur Perkins
San Francisco, CA
voice: 415-564-3809
e-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

John Ladd & Kay Harnish-Ladd
San Francisco, CA
voice 415-648-9279 or 415-643-9400
e-mail: [email protected]


BY CAR FROM NORTH: Take 95 South towards the George Washington Bridge, exit
before the George Washington Bridge at Henry Hudson Parkway South (it will
turn into the West Side Highway). Exit the West Side Highway at 48th Street
(it will be a left hand turn). Take 48th Street to Fifth Avenue. Make a
right on 45th Street. The Midtown Executive Club is on the left side of the

BY CAR FROM SOUTH: Take the New Jersey Tunnel (95 North) to the Lincoln
Tunnel Exit. Upon exiting the tunnel, follow signs towards ""UPTOWN"". Go to
46th Street and make a right (at this point, you will be heading east). Take
Fifth Avenue and make a right. Make a right at 45th Street. The Midtown
Executive Club is on the left side of the street.

BY SUBWAY: Take B, D, V and F and get off at 49-50 Rockefeller Center and
Avenue of the Americas. Walk down to 45th Street and make a left. The
Midtown Executive Club is located on the right side of the block. You will
see a blue awning with CQ.

OR: Take the N, R, 1, 2, 3, and 7 and get off at 42nd Street Times Square.
Walk up one block to the Avenue of the Americas and walk up to 45th Street
and turn right. The Midtown Executive Club is located on the right side of
the block. You will see a blue awning with CQ.

PARKING: The Midtown Executive Club is affiliated with Central Parking
System located at 100 West 44th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The cost
is $22.00 per 24-hour period. There are no in or out privileges.


Directions to Frisbee match (map attached)

Heckscher Softball Field #03 in Central Park

The field is located along 63rd St. off of Central Park West (and just south
of a group of softball fields). For those of you who can’t view the image
on the attachment, there are six Heckscher Fields bunched together at the
south west corner of Central Park. Five of the six are on a common field.
Our field stands alone and is the most southern of the fields.

From the West: If you enter the Park at West 63rd St and walk due east for
about 200 yards, you shou"

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