September 16, 2014
A quiet life can mask a generous spirit. Outwardly unremarkable, Anne Homer Martin’s life contained its share of loss and reward. A 1937 graduate of Friends School, Anne attended college, traveled to Mexico with her sister Frances “Frannie” Homer, and returned to work at Friends. After serving in several different offices—and, for a brief stint, at St. Paul’s School for Girls—Anne eventually became viewed as the “Miss Marple” of the Friends Development Office because of her skill in tracking down lost alums.
Frannie’s death came as a blow, and Anne turned to philanthropy, creating a BCF fund in 1983 in her sister’s memory. A field hockey aficionado, Anne directed the fund to support the sport at two schools and updated the fund in 2002 to support Friends School athletics more generally.
A 2009 tribute recognizing valuable employees at Friends School remarked of her, “A loyal alumna whose generosity of spirit and resources abounds, Anne has directed significant funding from her sister’s memorial fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation, as well as her own Annual Fund gifts, to support the girls’ field hockey program at Friends.” She also endowed a fund to provide support for graduate study for Friends faculty.
Anne died in June 2013, leaving BCF an unrestricted bequest. Unrestricted funds are especially valued for their versatility, and her gift will help bolster BCF’s Invest in Baltimore fund, where it will address current and as yet unforeseen needs in memory of a warmly generous longtime resident.
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