Ann Greif

For­mer pres­i­dent of the Hop­kins Hospi­tal women’s board was ac­com­plished pi­ano player who ad­vo­cated world peace

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Jac­ques Kelly jac­ques.kelly@balt­sun.com

Ann Bur­gun­der Greif, who headed the Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal women’s board and was a dis­ar­ma­ment ac­tivist, died Tues­day of com­pli­ca­tions from Alzheimer’s disease at her Pikesville home. She was 98.

Born Ann Bur­gun­der in Bal­ti­more, she was the daugh­ter of B. Bernei Bur­gun­der, an ex­ec­u­tive of the old S. Kann and Sons de­part­ment store in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and the for­mer Selma Kann. Raised on Law­ina Road in Wind­sor Hills, she was a 1935 grad­u­ate of Friends School. She earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree at Goucher Col­lege in 1939.

Mrs. Greif, who would go on to work for nu­mer­ous char­i­ta­ble causes, was fea­tured in The Bal­ti­more Sun in 1924 when she was 6 years old. She and other chil­dren raised $4.40 for the Chil­dren’s Milk and Ice Fund, a divi­sion of the Bal­ti­more Com­mu­nity Chest. Two years later, she and her friends raised an ad­di­tional $6.60 dur­ing the an­nual cam­paign. They staged what The Sun called “a lit­tle play in their Wind­sor Hills neigh­bor­hood.”

In 1940 she mar­ried Leonard L. Greif Jr., a pho­tog­ra­pher whose sub­jects in­cluded brides, fam­i­lies, debu­tantes and cor­po­rate lead­ers.

Mrs. Greif joined the women’s board of the Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal in the 1950s. She served as its trea­surer be­fore be­com­ing its pres­i­dent. As part of her du­ties, she vol­un­teered at its Carry On Shop in down­town Bal­ti­more. The re­tail store sold do­nated house­hold goods and clothes for the ben­e­fit of the hospi­tal.

“My mother was charm­ing, gracious, bright and op­ti­mistic,” said a daugh­ter, Carol San­dler of Pikesville. “She made the best of ev­ery­thing. She was prac­ti­cal and was a good prob­lem solver. She knew how to get things done.”

In 1970 Mrs. Greif was part of a com­mit­tee who en­gaged Bolton Hill artist Li­cien “Lun” Har­ris and au­thor Bar­bara Schuyler Haas to cre­ate a chil­dren’s book geared for a child bound for an overnight hospi­tal stay.

Mrs. Greif was an ad­vo­cate of world peace and be­longed to the United World Fed­er­al­ists, a move­ment formed in the 1940s. She wrote let­ters to The Sun that ad­vo­cated dis­ar­ma­ment and pro­moted world har­mony. “We need ad­vance prepa­ra­tions for the United Na­tions to in­ter­pret, en­act, and en­force world law. Only in this way can we achieve world peace,” she wrote in a 1966 let­ter to The Sun.

She was also ac­tive in Planned Par­ent­hood of Mary­land and sup­ported a 1962 ac­tion in which the State Board of Wel­fare be­gan al­low­ing case­work­ers to coun­sel cou­ples to visit fam­ily-plan­ning clin­ics.

“I am aware that the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Wel­fare is usu­ally swamped with mul­ti­ple-prob­lem cases,” she wrote to The Sun that year. “The feel­ing of se­cu­rity present in a fam­ily where all chil­dren are wanted should cer­tainly go a long way to­ward preven­tion of many of the re­cur­rent psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­ci­o­log­i­cal prob­lems gen­er­ally present in wel­fare cases.” Ms. San­dler said her mother had Fri­day night din­ner par­ties at her for­mer home on Old Court Road.

“My par­ents had a di­verse group of friends,” said her daugh­ter. “She fre­quently mixed peo­ple from the Hop­kins com­mu­nity with her friends.”

Mrs. Greif was a gifted pi­ano player and fre­quently ac­com­pa­nied her hus­band as he sang songs from Broad­way mu­si­cals. The cou­ple trav­eled to New York and Wash­ing­ton for mu­si­cal shows. For many years she was a Thurs­day night pa­tron of the Bal­ti­more Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

In 1998 she moved from her Old Court Road home to Slade Av­enue in Pikesville. Her hus­band of 64 years died in 2004. Ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levin­son and Bros., 8900 Reis­ter­stown Road.

In ad­di­tion to her daugh­ter, sur­vivors in­clude two sons, Stephen Greif of Columbia and Ge­of­frey L. Greif of Rux­ton; an­other daugh­ter, Rose Bur­gun­der Sty­ron of Martha’s Vine­yard, Mass.; a brother, B. Bernei Bur­gun­der Jr. of Wash­ing­ton, D.C.; six grand­chil­dren; and nine great-grand­chil­dren. For many years Ann Greif was a pa­tron of the Bal­ti­more Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

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