Grace Lieberman, 88, Letters, Modesto Branch
Grace Lieberman (1929-2018) was the epitome of an American Pen Woman. Although her membership was in the letters category, Grace was an actress, a singer/musician, and one of the Modesto community’s biggest supporters of the arts.
She was the executive director of the Stanislaus Arts Council for almost 35 years, and she appeared in many theatrical productions. Her passion for performance was matched by her determination to support other artists, and her Arts Council funded many area programs, including Stanislaus Artists as Resources to Schools (STARS), Serenades on Sunday music recitals, Senior Spotlight talent shows, and Excellence in the Arts Awards.
Grace was a friend to both starving artists/actors and community philanthropists, and she was interested in everything in the arts — music, painting, dancing, theater. She often arranged musical programs for the NLAPW Modesto Branch luncheons, and she will be missed by many.
As one of Modesto’s local businessmen so aptly commented, “Grace was absolutely selfless. Her whole life was devoted to giving to Modesto. It’s a big loss for Modesto.” And it’s certainly a big loss to the Modesto Branch.
Mary Elizabeth Perry Hildebrand, 99, Member at Large
Mary Elizabeth Perry Hildebrand (1918-2017) of Boulder City, Nevada, a member at large and a celebrated author, was formerly part of the now-disbanded Las Vegas Branch.
Mary was born, raised, and educated in New York City, graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University with advanced degrees in literature and languages. She transferred this deep respect for knowledge by teaching at the Cathedral Preparatory Seminary.
Her poems and short stories were published both nationally and internationally in such prestigious publications as Interim, Parnassus, Orphic Lute, and Poetry Review. In addition to writing poetry, she published and edited the literary quarterly, Pegasus, for 25 years. Her literary talent was recognized in Who’s Who in Poetry, Cambridge, Who’s Who in America, and Distinguished Women of Southern Nevada.
Mary was an astute student of life, world traveler and keen observer. She will be deeply missed by many family members, friends, collaborators, caregivers, and contributors to Pegasus.
weave your web;
I shall be
a willing guest
of your net.
— Elizabeth Perry