Anne Grulich died on March 6, 2022, in Durango, Colo. She was born Jan. 24, 1954, the seventh of eight children, and grew up with her cheerful, active family in Crestwood, N.Y., and Greenwich, Conn. During her husband’s service in the Navy, Anne created happy homes for her own young family in Hawaii and Italy. She was a wonderful and loving mother to her sons, Luke and Andrew.
Upon return to the States, the family eventually settled in Eastern Maryland, where Anne graduated, summa cum laude, with a degree in anthropology/archaeology from St Mary’s College, followed by an MA in American studies with material culture and museum studies certificates from the University of Maryland. Her subsequent work spanned a full spectrum of hands-on art and artifact processing to policy, planning, systems development, research, writing, education, communications and publications for museums and other collections in Maryland and New Mexico.
Anne and her husband moved to Mount Desert Island in 2011. She enhanced the archives, coordinated grants, conducted research, designed exhibits and contributed to publications at the Cranberry Island Historical Society as well as consulting with other area organizations. She was deeply pleased to learn that the Cranberry Island Historical Society has named its archive in her honor.
Anne and Gerald relocated to Durango, Colo., in 2020, where her bright and outgoing personality won her a host of new friends, and where the landscape allowed her to hike, bike and cross-country ski to her heart’s content. Anne was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the end of January of this year. She died at her home in Durango. She is survived by her son Andrew, brothers Patrick Dowling and Bill Dowling, sister Margaret Wells and her husband, John, sister-in-law Barbara Meyers and numerous loving cousins. Her family and friends mourn her passing and miss her dearly.