Anne Harvey Gerli, 92, Figure Skating Official

Dec. 28, 1923 - March 03, 2016
Anne Harvey Gerli - Dec. 28, 1923 - March 03, 2016

Anne Harvey Gerli, a past president of the Garden Club of East Hampton, third-generation member of the Maidstone Club, and the granddaughter of William H. Woodin, secretary of the treasury under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, died on March 3 in Manhattan, two days after suffering a stroke. She was 92.

Mrs. Gerli, a national figure skating judge for more than 70 years and a tennis player, had spent the previous weekend in East Hampton, where she was on the board of the Village Preservation Society, had worked with the East Hampton Historical Society, and volunteered at many long-ago Ladies Village Improvement Society summer fairs, her daughter, Anne (Coco) Shean of Manhattan and East Hampton, said.

“Somebody said that she was the rudder that, when we got off track, steered us straight,” Ms. Shean said yesterday. “She was very demanding and had very high standards — she was steering us straight a lot.”

Mrs. Gerli was a member of the Skating Club of New York and served as vice president and world team leader for United States Figure Skating, the national governing body for the sport, in 1985, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame last year. She was the organization’s Olympic representative in 1981 and ’82. 

Mrs. Gerli was the youngest person to become president of the New York Junior League. As president and board member of the Women’s Prison Association, Girls Service League, and Fountain House, she was a longtime advocate for the rights of women and the mentally ill.

She was born on Dec. 28, 1923, in Manhattan to Owen F. Harvey and the former Anne Woodin. She grew up in Manhattan, and attended the Nightingale-Bamford School and Barnard College there. Summers were spent in East Hampton. She also earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University, graduating with honors.

Mrs. Gerli’s first husband, Carl W. Gram, died in 1973. She married David Gerli in 1974. He died at the age of 98 in 2009.

In addition to Ms. Shean, two other daughters survive. They are Mary G. Clarke of East Hampton and Carol G. Deane of Boston and East Hampton. Six grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

A memorial service was held on March 11 at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, to which she belonged. The Rev. Kate Dunn officiated. Mrs. Gerli’s ashes are to be buried in the family plot at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. 

Her family has suggested memorial contributions to the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, 20 First Street, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80906 or 1961MemorialFund.com, or the East Hampton Historical Society at easthamptonhistory.org.