Annelle Stem Griffin, Class of 1952
Born April 23, 1934 - Died September 2, 2017
By Martha LeSueur Nicholson
It was a
well-timed coincidence that placed Annelle Stem Griffin (’52) and her
newlywed husband, Dick, back in Albany just as school was about to open
for the 1955-1956 year. Dick was awaiting orders for military service,
and Annelle was contemplating a move to Athens to complete her art
degree at UGA.
At the same
time, AHS was suddenly in need of an art teacher when the one who had
been hired resigned just before school started. Mr. Mac called Annelle
and put her to work. She was very impressed with the “gorgeous” art
department. This was in a brand new building only one year into
operation, equipment was top notch, but money was scarce for supplies.
Annelle used her own ingenuity to find donations of things needed and
invested in supplies herself to complete projects such as backdrops for
recently found some pictures of her students from her year at AHS and
shared them with Albany High Times staff. If you see yourself or
recognize others in the pictures shown below, let us know so we can add
Art Class 1955 -
On the front row, first boy from
left to right, is my brother Bobby Wills (Class of 59) . I am
Deborah Wills Watkins (Class of '66).
Art Club 1955 - 1956
won the prize for best watercolor in GA under her tutelage!
Article written by '56 classmate,
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Annelle not only taught classes, but also formed an art club!
At the end of the year she and Dick rewarded her students with a
day trip to Callaway Gardens.
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