November 21: Anne Elizabeth Langhaug (2000)

Anne Langhaug was a research manager with the Academy for Educational Development (AED), a nonprofit organization that focused on education, health and economic development for the disadvantaged in the United States and developing countries throughout the world. AED was a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Anne and her husband David were also active members of the Church of the Epiphany, where Anne served on the parish vestry. Born in Santa Barbara, California on January 6, Anne grew up in Berkley, Michigan. Her stepfather, Ben Harrison, was a professional luthier, or violin maker, handcrafting the instruments just like they were made centuries ago. The unusual aspect about Ben’s craft was the fact he was deaf.  Instead of using sound, he used a remarkably acute sense of touch. Anne’s mother, Marion, also became a luthier, creating over twenty of the instruments.

Anne attended the University of Michigan, where she received her bachelors and masters degrees in history and had done work in that subject toward a doctorate. While accompanying her husband to Foreign Service assignments, Anne had worked as a university curriculum adviser in Paris, where she lobbied for work opportunities for Foreign Service spouses and helped create the State Department’s community liaison office. She was also a book collector for the Library of Congress in India and a research librarian for USAID in Ecuador. Other postings included Thailand and Pakistan. After a full life, Anne passed away on November 21, 2000 at age 62. Her funeral was held at Epiphany.

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