LEDERER, Eppie (1918 – 2002)
American advice columnist and eventually a nationwide media celebrity who began her career writing the Ask Ann Landers column in 1955.
TLS – Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, 1993, written to a religious sister who sent her the painting of an owl. Accompanied by original mailing envelope and small color reprint image of Lederer. Reads: Your painting of Hoot is a stellar addition to my owl collection and I do thank you for taking the time to do it. The fact that Hoot is a resident of South Bend makes it even more exciting, since that city is close to my heart. I do hope you have a healthy, productive New Year. Please greet Father Ted when you see him next.
Lederer wrote her advice column for 47 years, by which time its readership was 90 million people. A 1978 World Almanac survey named her the most influential woman in the United States.
ELAINE V. DESROSIERS, O.P. – Was a Dominican religious sister, artist and scientist. For 21 years she was Director of Educational Media, University of Notre Dame. A close personal friend, she is greatly missed for her energy, intelligence and compassion.