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Anne Tyler Netick, 86, taught Russian literature and language at the College of William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG — Anne Tyler Netick, 86, was born Sept. 28, 1934, in Richmond and died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at Edgeworth Park, Williamsburg. The daughter of David Gardiner Tyler Jr. and Anne Morton Shelton, Anne was raised at Sherwood Forest Plantation.

She was educated in the Charles City County Public Schools and at St. Catherine’s School, Richmond. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, where, like her mother, she was a member of Phi Mu. Anne earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University. She taught Russian literature and language at the College of William & Mary until her retirement in 1992.

After retirement, Anne was a director of the Poe Museum in Richmond and remained active in numerous historical and genealogical associations.

Anne 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 both spoke several languages and were both studying Czechoslovakian at the time they met. Joe and Anne were married Jan. 16, 1970, in the Wren Chapel at the College of William & Mary. Together, they purchased and restored “Woodbourne,” a Palladian style home built in Charles City circa 1813 by Anne’s great-grandfather, President John Tyler, who resided there with his first wife, Letitia Christian.

Anne was an animal lover and horse enthusiast, who kept horses her entire life and rode them until she was in her 70s. Anne is survived by her four Arabian horses and two cats, who she regarded as her children.

A memorial service will be held at Westover Episcopal Church, Charles City, hopefully in the springtime.

Share online condolences with the family at Vincent Funeral Home.


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