News for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ann Baumann Named to El Delirio Legacy Circle

Ann and Gustave BaumannAnn and Gustave BaumannAnn Baumann with her father Gustave at a Venetian costume party in the White sisters’ living room (now the SAR Boardroom), August 27, 1949.Ann and Gustave BaumannAnn Baumann with her father Gustave at a Venetian costume party in the White sisters’ living room (now the SAR Boardroom), August 27, 1949.

SAR was saddened to learn of the passing last November of Ann Baumann, a member and consistent supporter of the School for more than 25 years. We learned only afterward that she had named SAR as a co-beneficiary of her life insurance policy, with a request that the funds be allocated to the area of greatest need. We are grateful for her many years of commitment to the School, and are honored to add Miss Baumann’s name next to her mother’s on the roster of El Delirio Legacy Circle members, recognizing donors who have made gifts to SAR through their estate plans.

Miss Baumann was born in Santa Fe in 1927 to Gustave Baumann, an artist now famous for his color wood block prints, and Jane Henderson Baumann, an opera singer, stage actress, and community activist. As a child she was introduced to poets, painters, patrons, musicians, opera singers, playwrights, and social activism. Miss Baumann left New Mexico in 1944 to attend Bradford Junior College in Massachusetts. Upon graduation, she moved to California, settling in Pasadena while working at International House. In 1956 she enrolled at the University of California Berkeley, earning her B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Medical Social Work. She had been a resident of Sonoma County since 1964, where she worked for the State of California and the County of Sonoma as a medical and psychiatric social worker.

Despite her move to California, Miss Baumann gave generously to various nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe, including SAR, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, the Santa Fe Opera, and Historic Santa Fe, which purchased and restored her family home. In keeping with the way she lived, her family encouraged friends to make memorial donations to charitable organizations of their choosing.

If you are interested in naming SAR in your will, we would love to hear from you now so we can properly thank you during your lifetime and ensure that your gift will be used in the way you intend.

*Portions of this article were drawn from Miss Baumann’s obituary published in the Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA).

Map of El Delirio (1927), now SAR’s campusMap of El Delirio (1927), now SAR’s campus“Surveyed with a leather thong, drawn and animated by Gustave Baumann”Map of El Delirio (1927), now SAR’s campus“Surveyed with a leather thong, drawn and animated by Gustave Baumann”
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