Ann Duryea Kirk Willard, the eldest daughter of a surgeon general of the United States Army who worked as a summertime physician in Montauk in the 1950s, died on Feb. 16 in Bedford, Mass. She was 93.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1919, in Colonia, N.J., to Anne Duryea Kirk and Maj. Gen. Norman T. Kirk. Described by her family as an “Army brat,” she grew up in Washington, D.C., Texas, and the Philippine Islands. Moving often as a child instilled in her a lifelong love of travel.
She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied music. During World War II, she worked on penicillin distribution at the War Production Board in Washington, D.C. While there, she met Brig. Gen. Harry L. Willard. The two married in 1944 in the chapel of what is now known as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The couple raised three children in Chappaqua, N.Y., spending summers in Montauk, where her family had vacationed for many years. In 1971, her husband began working at the former New York Ocean Sciences Laboratory in Montauk. The two then moved to East Hampton, where they lived year round until 1995.
While in East Hampton, Mrs. Willard was involved with the Ladies Village Improvement Society, tended to her rose garden, worked on needlepoint, and played organ music. For a time she worked in real estate here.
In 1995 the couple moved into an assisted living facility in Bedford to be near their three children. They are Kirki Thompson of Ipswich, Mass., Norman Willard of Concord, Mass., and John Willard of North Andover, Mass. Mrs. Willard leaves behind four grandchildren and four great-grandsons. Her sister, Jane Kimbrell of Pensacola, Fla., also survives.
Mrs. Willard’s ashes will be buried alongside her husband’s at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.