Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Ann Getty

September 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the passing of Ann Getty:

“Paul and I are heartbroken to learn of the passing of our dear friend Ann Getty.  Ann loved San Francisco and dedicated her extraordinary life to strengthening and enriching the cultural life of our community and building a brighter future for all who call our city home. 

“For this she was well known, but Ann took special pride in being a wonderful mother and grandmother.  All those who were blessed to know Ann knew her as a woman of exceptional generosity and spirit.  Ann cared deeply for the well-being of others, always opening her beautiful home to raise awareness for the causes closest to her heart.  Whether it was securing quality, affordable education and health care for our children or preserving our environment and our natural heritage for generations to come, Ann was a leader who sought to advance progress for all.  As a philanthropist, Ann took particular pride in her work lifting up San Francisco’s world-renowned arts institutions, helping them reach new audiences and bring our community and our nation closer together. 

“Ann was also a champion in the study of paleo-anthropology.  Whether participating in digs in Africa or presiding at discussions by renown scientists in the field, she brought us closer to our origins.  This was an interest that she and Gordon shared.

“Through her dedication and love, Ann leaves a beautiful legacy for our city and for all those who carry on her crucial work.  May it be a comfort to her husband, Gordon, her sons, Peter, John and William, her grandchildren and the entire Getty family that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”