Remembering Anne Salmond

Anne Salmond — a longtime Westporter — died Sunday in hospice care, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Anne and her husband Willie spent over 30 years in Africa, from Ghana to Zimbabwe to Uganda, working in international development. But since 1981, Westport was always their base camp.

A psychiatric social worker, Anne had a special place in her heart for orphaned children. After graduating from Queen’s University in Northern Ireland, her home country, she worked in London and then Uganda at the height of the AIDS pandemic. A million Ugandan children were orphaned.

Anne was appointed orphans’ coordinator with World Learning. She organized Africa’s first Orphans Conference, bringing together experts from government and international NGOs.

In Uganda, Anne rehabilitated a school for the blind. She requested donations of braille story books. Quickly, huge boxes arrived by air.

In retirement Anne continued to support children’s education, with help from her daughter Heather and others.

Anne Salmond

Locally, Anne was an active member of Y’s Women, and a longtime member of Saugatuck Congregational Church. She volunteered with its missions board, and helped Pivot Ministries and Homes With Hope. She also served many meals at the Gillespie Center.

Anne supported Amnesty International, was an associate member of the Iona Community, and a member of the Daughters of the British Empire. She made many good friends through those groups.

She loved Compo Beach in all seasons.

A service for Anne will be held Saturday, November 9 (11 a.m., Saugatuck Congregational Church).

5 responses to “Remembering Anne Salmond

  1. Truly, a life well lived.

  2. Geoff and Di Myers

    Geoff and Di Myers pass on their deepest condolences to Willie, Heather, Susie and Katrina at this sad time at the loss of their wife and mother Anne Salmond. We knew the family while we were in Kampala, Uganda and had many happy memories of our time with the family. Anne was a lovely caring person who always had good words to say about people she knew. Rest In Peace dear Anne.

  3. So saddened to learn about the passing of Anne. Her love, infectious smile and loving personality is surely going to be missed. Heart felt condolences to Willie and the entire family for their loss. RIP Anne and may the angels 👼 receive you….

  4. Obed Komla Adore

    WHAT ??? This is obviously the Saddest NEWS!’
    Anne Sterling Salmond; the kindest person I ever met!
    My deepest Condolences to the Salmond family.
    Anne, your Soul is Heaven-bound
    Rest In Peace!!

  5. Ahimbisibwe Brian

    Wonderful Anne, a phenomenal kind woman full of compassion and comfort. She mothered me & many of my folks in 101plus ways.Her dismiss is so heartbreaking but our comfort is that she’s resting in eternity. May the good Lord rest her good beautiful soul in peace. Nabukenya Josephine & I have decided to dedicate our annual 1st December Ariel superstars reunion here in Uganda in her honor. We’ll say a prayer for her, light up candles like the light she was to us & celebrate her life. May good Lord keep you and your family strong

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