In Memoriam

Ann S. Ormsby

Ann S. Ormsby served on the Board of Trustees at Bush from 1968-1980 and was a parent to two Bush alumnae, Sally Ormsby, M.D., and Abigail Ormsby.

In addition to The Bush School Board of Trustees, Ann gave her time and leadership to several Boards including, but not exclusively, the Board of the League of Women Voters and Municipal League, the Metropolitan Studies Commission, the Seattle 2000 Commission, and the Board of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). She was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Seattle City Council in 1973 and was elected Chairperson to the Seattle Board of Freeholders in 1974. She was a legislative assistant to the Seattle City Council Urban Development and Housing Committee for four years, and then worked in the Department of Construction and Land Use for  seventeen years. 

Ann was a true artist, though she never was professionally trained. She amused her granddaughters to no end, doing spontaneous creative dances, and was an avid figure skater in later life, passing her Bronze and Silver Dance levels. Her most enduring passion was gardening, and she was a member of the Seattle Horticultural Society and a docent at the Dunn Gardens.

The above memorial was condensed from Ann S. Ormsby’s obituary, as written by her daughter, Sally.
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