Saturday, December 10, 2022

Still Life with Robin: Ann Hamilton, Good Citizen of Cleveland Park....and the World

by Peggy Robin

Sad news: Condolences to the family of Ann Hamilton, who died at her home in Cleveland Park on November 28, 2022. So much to admire about her well-lived life! I was fortunate to know Ann, both online as a longtime Cleveland Park Listserv member and a frequent, helpful poster, and in person as a neighbor, civic leader and activist for a wide range of local causes. 

I learned from the obituary published on Washington Post/ that Ann was instrumental in the launching of President Kennedy's Peace Corps in 1961, and then went on to work for Lyndon Johnson's Task Force on the War on Poverty in 1964. In the 1970 she joined the World Bank, where she was one of the first women in a leadership role, working on issues related to population planning, women in development, and equality of educational opportunity.

After a 27-year career at the World Bank, Ann went on to Georgetown Law School and became a member of the bar in both DC and Maryland in 1977.

Among her causes and accomplishments for the neighborhood were: leadership roles in the Cleveland Park Citizens Association and the Cleveland Park Historical Society, and as a founding member of the Rosedale Conservancy which preserved the "village green" of Cleveland Park.

Beyond the neighborhood, she was a committed activist for Planned Parenthood and a supporter of the arts, specifically, Arena Stage. 

The neighborhood and the city are better for having been graced by her presence.

We will miss her.
Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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