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BLUE HILL – Anne Bigelow Stern, 92, died Aug. 15, 2009, in Blue Hill. She was born Anne Bigelow Rosen, June 21, 1917, in New York City. She graduated from The Brearley School in 1934 and attended Barnard College. From her earliest years she led a life steeped in the arts. Her father, Walter Tower Rosen, was a noted collector of decorative arts and accomplished amateur pianist and her mother, Lucie Bigelow Dodge Rosen, was a pioneer of early electronic music, playing the theremin and touring internationally. In 1937, Anne married her first husband, Hungarian cellist and art historian, Janos Scholz, and in 1957 married Carl Stern, first cellist of the New York Philharmonic. She was an active patron of the arts and education. After her mother’s death in 1968, she worked to realize her parents’ vision of converting their home into a public museum to compliment the summer music festival they began there in 1945, serving the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts as president and board member for more than 20 years. She was a trustee of The Brearley School for 17 years, receiving the Frances Riker Davis Alumnae Award in 1971 for her dedication. She was the first woman to join the board of the Musician’s Foundation in the 1960s and served as its president. She also served as president of the board of Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival, sitting on the board for more than 25 years. In 1997, she was given the Maine College of Art Award for community leadership in music and the arts for her lifelong support of the arts and education. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club and the Grolier Club. She is survived by her son, John Bigelow Scholz and his wife, Margaret E. Barclay, of Camden; and her granddaughter, Lucie Anne Scholz of Portland. She was predeceased by her brother, Flying Officer Walter Bigelow Rosen, Royal Canadian Air Force; her son, actor Walter Rosen Scholz; and her two husbands. A service will be held this autumn at St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kneisel Hall, P.O. Box 648, Blue Hill, ME 04614; Musicians Foundation, Inc., 875 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001-3507; or The Brearley School, 610 East 83rd St., New York, NY 10028-7988 Condolences may be expressed at

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