Annelle Stem




Annelle Stem Griffin, Class of 1952

Born April 23, 1934 - Died September 2, 2017


Art Teacher

and her

Artistic Indians

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 school plays.


Annelle 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 names.

Art Class 1955 - 1956

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


Art Student Extraordinaire!!!

Frank Sadler (’56)

... won the prize for best watercolor in GA under her tutelage!

Article written by '56 classmate,

John Huie

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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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