Ellen Tay­lor Hup­pert

May 7, 1936 - Novem­ber 13, 2018

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Ellen Tay­lor Hup­pert died in San Fran­cisco on Novem­ber 13. Pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Peter A. Hup­pert, par­ents Hart­ley and Sylvia Tay­lor, and brother, Bruce Tay­lor, she is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Ann Hup­pert, and her hus­band, Robert Corser; her son, Paul, and his wife, Frances Crouter; and three grand­sons, Si­las and Lars Hup­pert and Will Corser, all of Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton. She is also sur­vived by her sis­ter, Frances Tay­lor, and cousins, Tom Brooks and Cindy Carl­son, of San Fran­cisco, along with and ex­tended fam­ily of cousins and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

Born in Ann Ar­bor, Michi­gan, Ellen grew up in Wis­con­sin and Illi­nois. She at­tended Grin­nell Col­lege, re­ceived a BA from North­west­ern Univer­sity, an MA from Har­vard Univer­sity and a PhD in mod­ern Euro­pean his­tory from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.

Ellen spent her adult life in San Fran­cisco and chan­neled her in­ter­ests in his­tory and ed­u­ca­tion into mul­ti­ple civic en­ter­prises. After teach­ing at San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity and Holy Names Col­lege, Oak­land, she con­tin­ued her ca­reer as an in­de­pen­dent scholar. She was found­ing mem­ber of the In­sti­tute for His­tor­i­cal Study, es­tab­lished in 1979. Ellen served as the sec­ond pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute and re­mained ac­tively en­gaged through­out her life­time. In the same pe­riod she helped found the San Fran­cisco Par­ents’ Lobby in the wake of fund­ing cuts to pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. As found­ing pres­i­dent, she guided the group in cam­paign­ing for can­di­dates to the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, fol­lowed by con­tin­u­ing ac­tiv­i­ties as a lobby group at the dis­trict level over the en­su­ing decade. From 1981 to 1995, Ellen served on the board of the San Fran­cisco Ed­u­ca­tion Fund, and also for a pe­riod as its in­terim Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. In 1993, she joined the Board of Di­rec­tors of the Friends of the San Fran­cisco Pub­lic Li­brary, and her decade of par­tic­i­pa­tion in­cluded chair­ing the board dur­ing the cam­paign to build the new Main Li­brary. She re­mained a staunch sup­porter of the Friends and an ac­tive vol­un­teer for the li­braries un­til her death.

In re­cent years Ellen turned her at­ten­tion to fam­ily his­tory, in­ves­ti­gat­ing both her own fam­ily with roots in Mon­tana and the Mid­west, those of Peter Hup­pert in Europe. She com­bined her keen in­ter­est in the past with her love of travel, com­plet­ing trips through­out the world with both Peter and her sis­ter, Fran.

Dur­ing her five year bat­tle with idio­pathic pul­monary fi­bro­sis, Ellen con­tin­ued to rel­ish fam­ily, friends, re­search and travel. She re­mained an avid reader, knit­ter, seam­stress and cook. Ellen was a con­ge­nial host and her home served as the site of many meet­ings and fes­tive gath­er­ings. Those who reg­u­larly at­tended Ellen and Peter’s New Year’s Eve party should raise a glass in re­mem­brance on the 31st .

A memo­rial ser­vice is planned for Fe­bru­ary. Con­tact el­len­hup­pert­memo­[email protected] gmail.com for de­tails.

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