Transitions: Ann Davis Cobane |

Transitions: Ann Davis Cobane

Ann Davis Cobane, who published “The Aspen Flyer” newspaper during the early 1950s, died Aug. 4 in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. She would have been 78 years old on Oct. 3.

Ann wrote this summation of her life for the Vassar College 1946 commemorative edition, celebrating the 50th anniversary of her commencement.

“After Vassar, in sequence, I worked on a master’s degree in geology at the University of Michigan; joined the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Michigan; moved to Aspen, Colorado, to publish a daily flyer for the Aspen Institute (it was a mimeographed sheet); played hostess for the Holland American Line in the Caribbean; lived on a houseboat in Haarlem, Holland, and made my Grand Tour of Europe.

“Returned to Detroit as advertising manager for the Detroit Athletic Club News; ran the Junior League Follies; married Joe Cobane in 1957; reared a boy and a girl; became a student in grantsmanship, and helped build the Ronald MacDonald House at Children’s Hospital and a number of other civic buildings in Michigan; became a potter at the famous Pewabic Pottery in Detroit; traveled with the Antiquaries of the Detroit Institute of Art to ancient lands of Ur, Summer and Kush.

“Each child survived a major illness, and they and their families live near-by. Everything that Joe and I have had repaired or replaced has worked. Joe’s retirement seems to be for tax purposes only. We arise at 5:30 instead of 7 a.m. and he is off to counsel our son, who is now president of the corporation, and I’m off to counsel the grandchildren as both mothers are professional women.”

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