By Lee Yousri
Ann Brandt was born in East Meadow, NY, and lived on Long Island for most of her formative years. For those of us from the New York City area who consider the string of towns that make up Long Island as commuter “bedroom communities,” it is hard to imagine that Ann lived on a commercial vegetable farm that supplied the markets of the Big Apple. The present eight-lane highways grew from the two-lane dirt roads of yesteryear!
After attending high school in Hempstead, she went to St. Lawrence University further north; she laughingly calls this “the party school.” Her mother died in a car accident so she transferred to Allegheny College and graduated with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in economics. She then found it was still necessary to go to secretarial school in order to find a job.
She worked in the personnel department at Republic Aircraft and in a bank clearing house before marriage. Later she moved to several states with her husband and became a stay-at-home mom with two children. While at home, she managed a triple-net shopping plaza for 50 years until she recently sold it.
It was when, sadly, her husband died that Ann returned to school at Bryant College, earning a Masters degree in taxation.
She also passed a two-day exam to become an agent enrolled to practice before the IRS in every state. She then opened her own tax practice, which she ran for 30 years. A second marriage added two step-children, ultimately producing five grandchildren.
Ann also developed a healthy zest for traveling, her son being a missionary and teacher in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. On several visits, she strayed beyond this country to many other interesting and diverse places on the “dark continent.”
Visits to her parents and sister, who wintered in Florida, introduced her to Sarasota, and she opted to retire and lived here for ten years before coming to Plymouth Harbor.
Ann’s many volunteer activities have focused on the First Methodist Church. She was president of the New England Conference Board of Pensions for eight years, a conference equalization member and board member of the New England Federal Credit Union. She has been treasurer of the Sarasota unit of United Methodist Women for the past five years and also volunteers each year as a tax aide for AARP during the tax season.
We are delighted to have her in the fold.