Anne Mundell Creed, a Washington native who dedicated her adult life to supporting Catholic education and charities in New York, died on October 6 in Northwest Washington. She was 85.
Born September 23, 1928, she was a fourth-generation Washingtonian, the younger daughter of Joseph J. Mundell, a noted physician and chairman of Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, and Anne Swart Mundell. Ms. Creed attended the old Convent of the Sacred Heart, just around the corner from her family’s row house. Later, she graduated from Georgetown Visitation Junior College and the Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross in Washington.
Ms. Creed often recalled, as a girl, seeing President Truman walking by outside her home on his morning constitutional, trailed only by a handful of bodyguards as he greeted local residents by name. Later, when Ms. Creed had completed her education, she worked in the Eisenhower White House and for the committee to elect Richard Nixon.
In 1959, Ms. Creed married John F. Creed of Oil City, Pennsylvania, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and, at that time, an attorney at the Washington office of law firm Baker & McKenzie. After spending the early years of their marriage in Chicago, the coupled settled in the New York area in 1968, along with their young daughter, Annie. For many years, the family lived in Manhattan, Quogue and Westhampton. Annie Creed died in 2000.
Ms. Creed was known in New York as a tireless supporter of Catholic organizations, including the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan. She also served as president of the board of directors of Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers, a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting low-income families in New York. She also volunteered for Hospice, the Quogue Library and other philanthropic organizations.
Survivors include nephews and nieces, Robert J. Coffey Jr. of Nashville and Christine Ryan, Anne Coffey Proctor and Joseph Coffey, all of Maryland.
A memorial Mass will take place on November 12 at Immaculate Conception Church in Northwest Washington. Interment is private.