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Anne Francis Hazard

Anne Francis Hazard

Female 1929 - 1999  (69 years)

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  • Name Anne Francis Hazard 
    Born 5 Dec 1929  Providence, Providence Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Jul 1999  Cheverly, Prince George's Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 28 Jul 1999  Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Boston Globe 
    • ANNE F. RICHARDSON, 69; ADVOCATE FOR LITERACY WAS KEY POLITICAL WIFE
      Anne Francis (Hazard) Richardson, the wife of former US attorney general Elliot L. Richardson, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Monday in Prince Georges Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md. She was 69.

      The prototypical political wife, Mrs. Richardson was "elegant without haughtiness and purposeful but softly charming," according to a story published in the Globe on Jan. 12, 1969.

      Her husband served as attorney general, secretary of defense, secretary of health, education and welfare, ambassador to Great Britain, and lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. Being a statesman's wife was a role she relished.

      "Don't downgrade the supplementary role of the wife; many women fulfill it with talent, wit, grace, energy, and intelligence," she said in a 1974 Globe article. "I certainly don't feel I've lost my sense of identity as my own person. And I can accomplish a lot more as Mrs. Elliot Richardson than I could as Ms. Anne Richardson."

      She used her celebrity to shine a spotlight on various charities and was chairwoman of Reading Is Fundamental, the national literacy advocacy group, from 1981 to 1996. She was also affiliated with the National Center for Voluntary Action and was chairwoman of the advisory board of Second Genesis, a residential drug rehabilitation program in the Washington area, where she lived.

      She was born in Providence and graduated from Radcliffe College. She was an occasional book reviewer for the Globe.

      She met her future husband at a dance, where she was swept off her feet by the law associate 10 years her senior. According to her son, Michael, she later recalled that Richardson made a pest of himself by constantly cutting in, but she put up with it because he was such a good dancer.

      When Richardson resigned as attorney general in 1973 rather than obey President Nixon's order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, thus becoming a national symbol of integrity in an episode that became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre," Mrs. Richardson was in on his decision.

      "My role throughout the week prior to Elliot's resignation was supportive," she said in 1973. "I think he did the right thing, and contrary to what some critics say, I feel he acted with extraordinary grace and big-mindedness.

      "There was never any doubt about Elliot's resignation," she said. "Once the president insisted that he remove Archibald Cox, Elliot knew that he had no choice but to step down.

      "He consulted with me about the details surrounding the announcement of his resignation and asked me how I thought the public would react to the news.

      "Neither of us expected the tremendous ovation his colleagues gave him when he walked into the Hall of Justice for the post-resignation press conference," she said. "I found it difficult to keep from crying. I had no idea that the people in Justice felt so deeply, agreed with Elliot so intensely."

      Yesterday, former first lady Barbara Bush described Mrs. Richardson as a "precious figure." "Thanks to her tireless effort with Reading Is Fundamental, millions of children have learned the joy of a good book," Bush said.

      Besides her husband, Mrs. Richardson leaves a daughter, Nancy Carlson of St. George, Vt.; two sons, Henry of Washington and Michael of Upper Montclair, N.J.; two brothers, T.P. Hazard Jr. of Rockville, Md., and Oliver C. Hazard of Bedford, N.Y.; a sister, Mary "Muffy" Conrad of Albuquerque; and seven grandchildren.

      A memorial service will be held in September.
    Obituary 28 Jul 1999  Washington, District of Columbia, DC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Washington Post 
    • Anne Richardson Dies Literacy Group Leader Was Cabinet Spouse

      Anne Francis Hazard Richardson, 69, who was chairman of the Reading Is Fundamental program from 1981 to 1996, died July 26 at Prince George's Hospital Center. She had Alzheimer's disease.

      She was the wife of Elliot L. Richardson, the former ambassador to Great Britain and cabinet officer in the Nixon and Ford administrations. Richardson resigned as attorney general in 1973 in the face of an order by President Richard M. Nixon to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

      Since 1978, Mrs. Richardson also had been chairman of the advisory board of Second Genesis, a Washington area residential drug treatment program. In this capacity, she was a mentor and counselor to staff members and residents.

      As the wife of a young Massachusetts politician, she campaigned in support of Richardson in his successful races for lieutenant governor in 1964 and attorney general in 1966, keeping an independent campaign schedule, making speeches and rallying supporters across the state.

      In 1973, when Nixon ordered Richardson to fire Cox, the independent prosecutor investigating the 1972 break-in at Democratic Party headquarters and the allegations of an official coverup, the attorney general discussed the matter with his wife.

      "There was never any doubt about Elliot's resignation. Once the president insisted that he remove Archibald Cox, Elliot knew that he had no choice but to step down, and I agreed with him," Mrs. Richardson told Parade magazine in November 1973. "He consulted with me about the details surrounding the announcement of his resignation and asked me how I thought the public would react to the news.

      "Neither of us expected the tremendous ovation his colleagues gave him when we walked into the Great Hall of Justice for the post-resignation press conference. . . . I found it difficult to keep from crying. . . . My role throughout the week prior to Elliot's resignation was supportive. I think he did the right thing."

      A resident of Mitchellville, Mrs. Richardson was born in Providence, R.I., and she graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College. She met her future husband, then a young law associate, at a dance during her senior year in college. She would later say that he made a pest of himself by constantly cutting in, but she put up with it because he was a superb dancer.

      They were married in 1952 after she graduated. "I can always remember," she told Parade, "how my girl friend reacted when I told her I was thinking of marrying Elliot. 'He's a nice guy,' she said, 'but you'll have such a dull predictable life. You'll be the wife of a Boston lawyer. He'll do well and you'll live in a slightly bigger house 10 years after you get married. You'll have no worries.' Every time I see her I think, 'Wow! What a bum steer you gave me.' "

      After her marriage, Mrs. Richardson taught school for a year in Brookline, Mass., but for much of their marriage, they lived alternately in Boston and Washington as he held a variety of government jobs.

      In 1969, she joined the board of directors of Reading Is Fundamental, the nation's largest literacy organization, which attempts to instill a love of learning in children. During Mrs. Richardson's years as head of the program, the number of children served grew to 3.7 million from 3 million, and the volunteer force increased to 219,000 from 100,000. To promote the program's message of the importance of reading, she traveled extensively across the United States, and she lobbied on Capitol Hill for federal funding, which increased to $13.2 million from $7.6 million during her stewardship.

      Awards for her literacy efforts included the National Parnassus Award from the Arizona Center for the Book, the Helen Homans Gilbert Award for Volunteer Service from Radcliffe College and an honorary doctorate from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

      In a statement from her Texas office, former first lady Barbara Bush, a longtime supporter of reading programs for children, said: "George and I are deeply saddened to learn of Anne Richardson's passing. She was a very precious friend, admired by so many, and thanks to her tireless efforts with Reading Is Fundamental, millions of children have learned the joy of a good book."

      Mrs. Richardson also was a singer and a member of several choral groups, including the Washington Oratorio Society, where she served 20 years on the board of directors.

      In addition to her husband, survivors include three children, Nancy Carlson of St. George, Vt., Henry Richardson of Washington and Michael Richardson of Upper Montclair, N.J.; a sister, Mary "Muffy" Conrad of Albuquerque; two brothers, T.P. Hazard Jr. of Rockville and Oliver C. Hazard of Bedford, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren.
    Obituary 29 Jul 1999  New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    New York Times 
    • Anne Richardson, 69, Patron of Literacy
      Anne Richardson, former chairwoman of Reading Is Fundamental, the nation's largest organization promoting children's literacy, died on Monday at a hospital in Cheverly, Md. She was 69 and lived in Mitchellville, Md., a Washington suburb, with her husband, former Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson.

      The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer's disease, said her son Henry.

      Ms. Richardson was a founding member of Reading Is Fundamental and served as its chairwoman from 1981 to 1996. By the time she stepped down, the number of children the organization was serving had grown to 3.7 million from 3 million, the volunteer force to 219,000 from about 100,000, and Federal financing to $13.2 million from $7.6 million.

      Ms. Richardson was born Anne Francis Hazard on Dec. 5, 1929, in Providence, R.I., the fourth of five children of a Rhode Island state senator. She graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe and later served on the Harvard University board of overseers.

      In addition to her husband and her son Henry, who lives in Washington, she is survived by two other children, Nancy Carlson of St. George, Vt., and Michael Richardson of Upper Montclair, N.J.; a sister, Mary Conrad of Albuquerque, N.M.; two brothers, T. P. Hazard Jr. of Rockville, Md., and Oliver C. Hazard of Bedford, N.Y., and seven grandchildren.
    Obituary 30 Jul 1999  West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co., FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Palm Beach Post 
    • ANNE RICHARDSON, RAN RIF
      Anne Richardson, former chairwoman of Reading Is Fundamental, the nation's largest organization promoting children's literacy, has died in Cheverly, Md. She was 69 and lived in Mitchellville, Md., a Washington suburb, with her husband, former Attorney General Elliot Richardson.

      Ms. Richardson was a founding member of Reading Is Fundamental and served as its chairwoman from 1981 to 1996. By the time she stepped down, the number of children the organization was serving had grown to 3.7 million from 3 million

      Ms. Richardson was born Anne Francis Hazard, the fourth of five children of a Rhode Island state senator.
    Person ID I11056  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2010 

    Father Thomas Pierrepont Hazard,   b. 26 Oct 1892, Peace Dale, Washington Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1968, Peace Dale, Washington Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Anne Francis "Nancy" Cope,   b. 14 Jul 1900, Newport, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1982, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1922 
    Family ID F26450  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elliot Lee Richardson,   b. 20 Jul 1920, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1999, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1952  Peace Dale, Washington Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • They were married in the garden of the Thomas P. Hazard home in Peace Dale.
    Children 
     1. Henry Shattuck Richardson
     2. Nancy Hazard Richardson
     3. Michael Elliot Richardson
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F4717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Dec 1929 - Providence, Providence Co., RI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Aug 1952 - Peace Dale, Washington Co., RI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Jul 1999 - Cheverly, Prince George's Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Boston Globe - 28 Jul 1999 - Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Washington Post - 28 Jul 1999 - Washington, District of Columbia, DC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - New York Times - 29 Jul 1999 - New York, New York Co., NY Link to Google Earth
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    Anne Francis (Hazard) Richardson (1929-1999)
    Anne Francis (Hazard) Richardson (1929-1999)