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Notice regarding Anne Tyler Netick

Provost Peggy Agouris sent the following message to the campus community on Oct. 27, 2021 - Ed.

Dear Colleagues,

Anne Tyler Netick was born in Richmond on September 28, 1934 and died on December 7, 2020 at Edgeworth Park in Williamsburg. She was educated in the Charles City public schools and at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College. Anne earned her master’s degree from Columbia University and her doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University in 1956.

She joined the William & Mary faculty in 1962 as an assistant professor in the Modern Languages department. During her career at William & Mary, she rose to the rank of Associate Professor and for many years directed the Russian Studies Program in the Department of Modern Languages. She played a key role in the development of the Russian program on William & Mary's campus, and  was responsible for designing new upper-level Russian language courses. She also expanded Russian literature course offerings, including new courses on Fedor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy’s novels. Her numerous publications and scholarly presentations reveal a solid commitment to research in modern Russian literature and a profound dedication to extending understanding of Russian culture to specialists and general readers alike. Professor Tyler Netick retired in 1992 after 30 years at the university. After retirement Anne was a director of the Poe Museum in Richmond and remained active in numerous historical and genealogical associations.

Professor Tyler Netick loved to travel and did so throughout her life. On a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, she met Joe Netick (1930-2015), a dermatologist from Texas, who also loved to travel. They shared a passion for languages and were both studying Czech and Slovak at the time they met. Joe and Anne were married on January 16, 1970 in the Wren Chapel. Together they purchased and restored “Woodbourne,” a Palladian style home in Charles City circa 1813, which was built by Anne’s great grandfather, President John Tyler, who resided there from 1813 to 1821 with his first wife, Letitia Christian. Professor Tyler Netick was an animal lover and horse enthusiast, who kept horses her entire life and rode them until she was in her seventies. She is survived by her four Arabian horses and two cats that she regarded as her children.

A memorial service was held on July 8, 2021, and due to Covid only her closest family could attend. 

Sincerely,

Peggy

Peggy Agouris
Provost