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Ann Faricy Graham ’48

June 6, 2020, in Portland, Oregon.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ann attended Catholic schools and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in humanities. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching at Reed, and taught art and English in Portland high schools.

Ann also codirected an alternative high school and trained minority teachers through the University of Oregon. She became assistant principal at Parkrose High School and principal at Shaver Elementary School. She worked as district curriculum director before retiring in 1998. She viewed her work as her ministry; as an educator, she was creative, enthusiastic, professional, and popular.

After retiring, she had time to dance, socialize, swim, write, and paint. She and her partner, Lil Hosman, often attended local theatre, opera, dance, and symphony, and traveled to Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Australia.

Ann completed a two-year program to become an ecumenical spiritual mentor and joined the First Unitarian Church as a lay minister. She owned a houseboat for her painting studio, where she also entertained and kayaked the river.

She is survived by her partner, Lillian Hosman, her sister, Kit Faricy, and her brother, Bill Faricy. 

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2020

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