|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1912|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Nov. 29, 1998|
San Francisco County
Published San Francisco Chronicle
By J.L. Pimsleur
Wednesday, December 2, 1998
Mildred Albronda, a biographer who specialized in recounting the lives of California artists and a pioneer in making art and art history more accessible to the deaf, died Sunday at the Sequoias retirement home in San Francisco.She was 86 years old and, according to her son, Eric, died of ``the increasing frailties of aging.''
Nevertheless, motivated by her lifelong passion for art, Mrs. Albronda's last venture outside her residence was to see the major Alexander Calder show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.``Even though her eyesight was failing and she was in a wheelchair, she was delighted to be taken to the exhibition,'' said her daughter, Jeanne Heaton. ``She was the consummate museum guide -- blending her enthusiasm with her knowledge and sharing it all with us.''Mrs. Albronda wrote the definitive biography of Douglas Tilden, the 19th century sculptor who executed many of San Francisco's monumental bronze statues -- including the Mechanics Monument and Fountain at Bush and Market streets, the California Volunteers at Market and Dolores streets, Admission Day at Market and Post streets and Father Junipero Serra and the Baseball Player, which originally were in Golden Gate Park.Tilden's father, a physician, was instrumental in starting the institution that became the California School for the Deaf, in Berkeley (now in Fremont).An artist herself, as well as a writer, Mrs. Albronda sold more than 300 original oil paintings during her career.As a docent at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, as well, she understood the difficulties for the deaf in participating in the museum's guided tours and lectures.So she learned sign language and became a charter member of Docents of the Deaf.While working with the deaf, she became inspired to write about artists who had attended the California School for the Deaf.She wrote a biography of the deaf photographer, Theophilus Hope d'Estrella -- ``The Magic Lantern Man'' -- which was printed as a commemorative edition for the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the California School for the Deaf.She also wrote a biography of early California impressionist Granville Redmond. A major retrospective of Redmond's work, which was mounted by the Oakland Museum in 1988, used Mrs. Albronda's biography as the basis for the show's catalog.Mrs. Albronda was born in Los Angeles in 1912, attended Compton Union High School and the University of California at Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of California at San Francisco with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.In 1943, she married Henry F. Albronda, who became a professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco and in whose name his family established an annual student award given for excellence.Mrs. Albronda is survived by her daughter, Jeanne, of Athens, Ohio; her son, Eric, of San Francisco and Mount Shasta; and two grandchildren.At her request, there will be no memorial service.Contributions in Mrs. Albronda's memory may be made to Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services Foundation, Tomorrow Fund, 1501 Post St., San Francisco 94109.
Henry F Albronda (1917 - 1966)
Note: Mildred is not listed in the National Gravesite Locator for this plot, and there is no inscription for her on either the front or the back of the marker.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Record added: Jun 17, 2012
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