Anne Vrooman

Anne, also known as Amne, was a wealthy American who in 1897 married Walter Vrooman. Two years later Walter co-founded Ruskin Hall with fellow American Charles A. Beard. Much of the funding was provided by Anne.

Though Anne and Walter divorced in 1903, she continued to work at Ruskin in the Correspondence Department. She reverted to her maiden name Grafflin and resided in Park Town, Oxford.

Anne continued to donate to Ruskin, giving £1000 towards the new building in Walton Street in 1902. She also laid one of the foundation stones when the new Walton Street buildings opened in 1913.

In 1915 she took on the key role of Correspondence Department Secretary (without pay) for 18 months, at which point she left Oxford to return to her home country of America.

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