" PORTRAIT OF MILDRED ALBRONDA
( MIAL) BY S. C.
It is a privilege to write about
Mildred. We were close personal friends for half a century and our
friendship gave much beauty and importance to my life. In addition to
the many times we were together we had weekly hour-long telephone
conversations. Mildred was a gifted conversationalist and we explored
every subject “under the sun,” but especially Medicine, Art, and above
all, our families.
Mildred had a natural dignity about her. Her regal bearing and depth
of interest in the world universally inspired confidence. I like to
think of her in the latter years of her life thoroughly enjoying her
high rise San Francisco apartment with its commanding view of the
Pacific ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. She truly belonged to a heroic
area, to a place for people with stature. I will always be grateful for
life long friend
"I met Mildred Albronda sometime about 1980. At that time, I was
director of Petersen Galleries, in Beverly Hills, and we were the
leading specialist-dealer in California Impressionism, 1890-1930. I had
advertised a large, superb painting by Granville Redmond entitled
"Passing Shadows" and she graciously wrote me a letter and included
wonderfully relevant historical data for my painting. We became fast
friends and colleagues, as we shared mutual interests in Granville
Redmond and in American Sign Language, in which I have a barely passing
capability. Mildred was a sweet, generous person and a great scholar,
and always the first one I turned to for specific Redmond information.
The Irvine Museum has a large representation of paintings by Redmond in
our collections and I think of her every time I see one. She would be
pleased to see how her scholarly work has contributed to our knowledge
and appreciation of Granville Redmond."
Jean Stern Executive Director The Irvine Museum
"Mildred was my friend for most of her
adult life. I was always impressed with her success whatever she was
especially her painting.
I treasure the watercolor I have of hers of the Golden Gate."
Mary Graw, lifelong friend and classmate at the University of
California , San Francisco, class of 1939.
Albronda opened the world of art to the Deaf in the San Francisco Bay
Area by serving as a Docent and inviting Deaf people to enjoy the art
treasurers being displayed. From her beginning as a Docent giving
access to Deaf people, she immersed herself in Deaf History and has
written several books that shed light on the contribution of some
noteworthy Deaf Californians. Her work on behalf of the Deaf will
live forever. Her spirit of service to the Deaf has prompted others
to take up the yoke of making art and museums accessible to the Deaf.
Hank Klopping Superintendent, California
School for the Deaf – Fremont.
Albronda in one of those people who leave the rest of us astonished. I
knew that she was as accomplished and insightful writer--whose heart
was as great as her talent-- She was also a painter, and not just a
painter, but a painter whose images pull in your senses and satisfy
your heart. I feel really lucky to have known her.
Carroll, Managing Editor Laurent Clerc
National Deaf Education Center Gallaudet
I met Mildred
in November of 1947 and from then on we became very dear and close
friends. We shared many wonderful experiences together. During the
time she was painting, we took some classes together and I enjoyed
watching her progress. We both shared an interest in our genealogy
and because of her I became a member of a long standing American
Woman's Organization. Her work with the deaf so impressed me that I
submitted papers to my chapter where she received the Medal of
outstanding work. This medal is the most prestigious honor awarded.
The recipient must have shown extraordinary qualities of leadership,
trustworthiness, service, and patriotism and must have made unusual
and lasting contributions to our American heritage.. ( Mildred
Albronda’s ancestors arrived on the River James in Virginia in
1614 ). After Mildred died, her daughter, Jeanne, came to us and
asked if we would adopt her – we are now blessed with two wonderful
Mrs. Claire Liska, life long friend and adopted family
of Jeanne Albronda
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