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• Chris and Lindsay Zoubek had a girl on May 16, 2013. She joins her three brothers and has already been anointed a princess! She's named after two of her great-grandmothers: Annabell Katherine.


Family Members Passing

Huntington Hartford (1911 - 2008) George Huntington Hartford II, grandson of George Huntington Hartford, the founder of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea ComHuntington Hartford meets the Beatles during the filming of HELP! on Paradise Island.pany, died May 19, 2008 at his home in Lyford Cay in the Bahamas. His father Edward Hartford died in 1922, leaving his share of the A&P legacy to his two children: Josephine and Huntington, then 12.  Hunt graduated from Harvard in 1934. He worked a brief stint at the A&P. Huntington was married four times and led a colorful life as an entrepreneur, writer, arts patron and man of leisure. Among his many accomplishments was the purchase in 1959 of most all of Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where The Beatles filmed HELP. Huntington leaves a daughter Juliet, and a son John. Another daughter, Catherine, died in 1988.

John Hartford (1954 - 2011)  John Hartford, age 57 of Sherman, CT, died peacefully on April 15, 2011 after a courageous battle with throat cancer. John was born in Santa Monica, Calif. He was the son of the late Huntington Hartford and Marjorie Fitzgibbon. He was the great-grandson of the founder of the A&P grocery chain. He is survived by his sisters, Oonagh Jacobsen and Juliet Hartford; his brother, Peter Fitzgibbon; his mother, Marjorie Fitzgibbon; as well as many good friends, including his former wife, Kathleen Hartford. John studied piano for four years privately, with Julliard professors, Sylvia Rabinoff and Herbert Stessin. His musical education continued with harpsichord studies under Igor Kipnis. He was employed by the Music Learning Center of Danbury, where he derived great joy from teaching. All of his life he was an adventurer and athlete. He traveled extensively through Africa and South America. He was an avid hiker, tennis player, rock and ice climber.

Nuala O'Donnell Pell (1924-2014)Nuala O’Donnell Pell (1924 - 2014) Nuala Pell, longtime HFF Trustee and supporter and the widow of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, died in April in Newport. Nuala had graciously hosted HFF for events at her homes in Newport and in Washington, DC. She was predeceased by her husband and two children, Julie and Herbert Pell. She is survived by her daughter Dallas and son Christopher, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nuala’s last major public appearance was on Jan. 28, when she joined her grandson Clay at the Rhode Island Convention Center as he announced his Democratic candidacy for governor. Mrs. Pell was also a trustee of Salve Regina University, home to the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island — which, like Salve, awarded her an honorary degree. She was a trustee for the John A. Hartford Foundation, Roger Williams Medical Center and the Redwood Library. An accomplished pianist, she served on the board of the Newport Music Festival.



Michael Allan McIntosh (1933 - 2015) Born on Nov. 18, 1933, Michael was raised in New York City, the second son of Josephine & Allan McIntosh. When he was 18, he spent a summer working on A&P fishing boats in Alaska. That experience nurtured his lifelong love of the Alaskan wilderness and his firm desire to spearhead its protection. He founded and ran The Boat Co. for over 30 years. This eco-touring nonprofit company provides wilderness experiences in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, to raise awareness on its need for preservation.In 1967, he married Winsome Dunn and they moved to Palm Beach in the mid-1970s. There the couple raised three sons: Mark, Hunter and Colin. In 1971, Mr. McIntosh became the director of the McIntosh Foundation and in that position, he helped to grow its assets from about $5 million to more than $40 million. Michael served on many boards including the Urban League of Palm Beach County, the Medgar Evers Fund, National Audubon Society, the National Commission on Superfund, The Wilderness Society, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund. Until his death, Mr. McIntosh served as a founder and director of ClientEarth, the first public interest law firm for the environment established in Europe. Michael was predeceased by his brother Peter and sisters, Joy and Karen. Winsome, his three sons and their families all reside in the Washington D.C. area.


Greater Hartford Family News Update

Clay Pell and Michelle Kwan married in January 2013 and have homes in Providence, RI and Newport, RI. Clay is an attorney and continues to drill as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Following Clay's exciting run for RI Governor last year, he and Michelle are both active on the Hillary Clinton campaign.


William Wrightson, Jr., Hilton Head, SC November 9, 2015 Hilton Head Island High School’s Bill Wrightson has been named the boys and girls 3-A Cross County Coach of the Year by the S.C. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. Wrightson led the Seahawks to the boys and girls Class 3-A state championships Saturday at the Sandhills Research Park in Columbia. Both teams were repeat winners and took home their sixth title in eight years. Wrightson, who has won the award several times, said it’s not really about him. “Every time, it’s based on what the kids do ...,” Wrightson said. “One of my favorite Mark Twain sayings is ‘if you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know he didn’t get there by himself.’ Bill and his wife, Joy, reside in Hilton Head and HFF reconnected with them at the Charleston Reunion.

Angel Collinson, HFF Trustee Yolanda Collinson’s Granddaughter Yolanda is very proud of all three of her grandchildren, but this recent video of the skiing dynamo, Angel, had to be shared. Angel was born July 13,1990 and grew up in the employee housing at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. Her dad worked for the snow safety department and her mom made their lifestyle possible by teaching in a one-room home school every winter, teaching kindergarten through high school to Angel, her brother Johnny and a few other kids. Angel ski raced until she was 18, and enjoyed a successful career of competing internationally. Eventually her enthusiasm for big mountain skiing got the best of her. Currently she attends the University of Utah, studying environmental law and competes on the Freeskiing World Tour. Watch this video if you dare, but we guarantee you will be holding your breath. 


Kathie Carpenter of Cherry Hill, NJ is pleased to announce that her first Kado mystery novel, Fall of Indian Summer , is now available on Order it by clicking Books and entering the title. When the image of the front cover appears (a tree in autumn), click it to go to the book’s description. Several events in the story are based on Kathie’s actual experiences as a high school teacher and others are pure fiction. Volume 2 of the Kado Mysteries, The Winter of Berry Discontent, will be coming soon.


Corinne H. Rieder 16 year leader and long time friend of HFF, Cory Rieder, retired from her position as Executive Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation in May of 2015. Dr. Terry Fulmer was named as the new Director by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Rieder, who joined the Foundation in 1996, said, "It has been an honor to lead the Foundation, to work with an excellent Board and staff, and with our outstanding grantees to advance our mission of improving the health of older Americans. I will always be proud of what we have accomplished together, and it is time now for me to pursue new directions in my professional and personal life.” During her tenure at the John A. Hartford Foundation, Dr. Rieder–the first woman to serve as executive director of the Foundation–expanded Hartford's efforts to build academic capacity in geriatrics in schools of medicine, nursing and social work, creating a lasting impact in all these disciplines.

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Hartford Family Foundation Family Tree 2011 The 2011 Hartford Family Tree has grown. Prints are 44"wide x 23"high. These "posters" can only be mailed in a tube. Please contact Avis Anderson with your order, and as always contact her with any additions to our tree.


Reunion Recap

2014 Hartford Family Reunion Friday, October 17 – 19 The clan met in Charleston, S.C. at the invitation of Chee Chee and Charlie McGinnes, who have a winter home in nearby Mt. Pleasant. A welcome cocktail party was held at their lovely home on Friday night. The meeting brunch was held at a lovely downtown restaurant. It was followed by a tour of the Joseph Manigault House, a historic home owned by the Charleston Museum. The home was saved from demolition by Henrietta Hartford. On Saturday night the group was treated to dinner and a sunset cruise which toured the Charleston Harbor and offered stunning views of nearby bridges and landscape.

2011 Hartford Family Reunion Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24  Newport, Rhode Island The weekend began with a Friday Evening Reception Honoring Nuala Pell at the New York Yacht Club. Mrs. Pell was presented with a lovely commemorative plaque featuring a photo of her dancing with John Hartford at her wedding. Saturday morning the Annual Meeting & Continental Breakfast was held at the Newport Harbor Hotel, followed by a Historic Home Tour of Rough Point, former home of Doris Duke. Dinner was held at the Clarke Cooke House, on the Newport Harbor.  Mrs. Pell also graciously invited guests to her beach club for lunch and a swim. On Sunday a Farewell Breakfast Picnic 
Tour of Green Animals Topiary, was held for those guests not hitting the road early.

2008 Hartford Family Family Reunion The 2008 annual meeting of The Hartford Family Foundation was held in conjunction with the annual Hartford Family Reunion, June 27, 28, 29 in New York City. The John A. Hartford Foundation hosted the foundation meeting in their corporate offices. Activities included a reception at The New York Yacht Club, a dinner at the Algonquin Hotel, and a Hudson River cruise on the wooden yacht Manhattan. Over 30 family and foundation members in attendance had a wonderful time.


Our thanks go to the following family foundations which keep H.F.F. operating: The Banbury Fund, courtesy of Bill Robertson and Anne Robertson Meier; The John A. Hartford Foundation, courtesy of matching grants from Toby Pell; The Wrightson-Ramsing Foundation, courtesy of Thor Ramsing; The McIntosh Foundation.We appreciate the help we receive from these foundations and also the support of our many individual members.


H.F.F. membership is now paid on an annual basis. Membership applications for the year 2016 can be downloaded from this link (and can also be found in the current newsletter). Please continue to support our programs and activities by paying your annual membership dues.


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