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Anne Northrop Ott

June 18, 1929 November 23, 2015
Anne Northrop Ott
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Anne (Northrop) Ott, 86, of Providence passed away peacefully on November 23, 2015 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born June 18, 1929 in New York City, she was the oldest child of Ruth de Conselyea Hester and Edwin Canfield Northrop. Mrs. Ott lived in Waterbury and Middlebury, Connecticut, attended St. Margaret’s and Westover Schools, and spent summers in Castine, Maine. In 1951, she graduated from Vassar College.
 
Following her interest in fashion and design, Mrs. Ott worked in the Pattern Department at the Ladies Home Journal and did graduate work in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). 
 
In 1959 she married Joseph K. Ott, and the couple bought the John Jenckes house (built 1774) on Benefit Street in Providence. The house was slated for demolition, but they worked hard to restore it to its original glory. It was one of the very first homes in the neighborhood to be restored, and the Ott’s efforts helped trigger a wave of historic preservation projects in Providence.

Mrs. Ott was a past president of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and a manager of the Gov. Stephen Hopkins House on Benefit Street.  She also volunteered at the Smith Hill Center, a community center in Providence, and was an active supporter of the RISD Museum, the Preservation Society of Newport County, the Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island Historical Society. Every year she sold pecans to raise money for the Vassar College Scholarship Fund.
 
Mrs. Ott is survived by her two sisters, Hester Girvin and Julie MacNary, her two sons, Joshua Ott and Andrew Ott (married to Charan Devereaux), and her four grandchildren.  Her brother, Edwin C. Northop, Jr., passed in 2012. 
 
A memorial service for Mrs. Ott is planned for Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 11am in the Redwood Chapel, Swan Point Cemetery (585 Blackstone Blvd, Providence, RI 02906).
 
The Ott family is grateful for every expression of support; however in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mrs. Ott’s name to the RISD Museum (224 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903, www.risdmuseum.org) or the Providence Children’s Museum (100 South St, Providence, RI 02903, www.childrenmuseum.org).

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