Philanthropist, publisher, designer and ardent supporter of the arts, Ann Getty's mark on S.F. won't soon be forgotten.
When Ann Getty passed away on Sept. 14 at age 79, she left a multitude of accomplishments in her wake, including a successful interior design business and countless contributions to cultural institutions across the city and the world. But beyond the tangible, the celebrated host’s spirit—a mix of warmth, intellect, generosity and style—lives on through not only her husband, composer Gordon Getty, and their three sons, Peter, John and William, and six grandchildren, but through her legacy. Although elegant outfits and a perfectly appointed, antiques-filled home made it easy to classify her as a socialite, the bright and hardworking multihyphenate was so much more—a truly unique modern woman to look up to and emulate.
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