In Memory


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05/08/10 08:44 AM #1    

Mereth VanFrank (Huemer)

I remember Ann from 'The Leopard' Staff. At the end of our senior year she and a few other guys, notably, Rick Warner and Rick Douglas, put together a spoof of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" called "Butcher Cassidy and the Un-Kissed Kid."
Ann, of course, played the Katherine Ross part, riding on the handle bars of Butch's bicycle to the tune of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head". They fell over and it was a hilarious end to our years of Journalism.
I have thought of Ann many times over the years and wondered where she was and how she was doing. I'm sorry to know she in no longer with us. I'll miss her.

12/30/10 02:24 PM #2    

Kathryn Esplin (Esplin-Oleski)

Ann was so friendly to everybody. We lived near each other in the 17th East area. I took the bus on days when there was bad weather, and got off at a certain stop. I think on several days Ann and I happened to walk together.  She had a natural ebulience few could match.  Peace.

12/25/14 10:54 PM #3    

Jay Mower

Ann Kilbourn Journalist

Ann Kilbourn, long-time Salt Lake Tribune feature writer, died Sunday, March 9, 2008 at home, following a long siege with Multiple Sclerosis. She was 55. Ms. Kilbourn joined the Tribune in 1972 as an obituary writer while majoring in English at the University of Utah. She first showed symptoms of MS in 1973. She graduated to feature writing in the Lifestyle Section and despite progressive disability, continued working until retirement in 1992. Ms. Kilbourn was born Ann Elizabeth Kilbourn in Salt Lake City in 1952, to Dale and the late Patricia Webb Kilbourn. In 1980, she married Robert Erickson, of Salt Lake, who survives her. Ms. Kilbourn attended East High School and the University of Utah. At the Tribune, Ms. Kilbourn was renowned among staffers for her wit and whimsy. Her features ranged from essays on people with tattoos to comic strip superwomen (e.g. Wonder Woman). Daughter of a professional artist, she sought out such subjects as people in the arts, as well as leaders in public health. In 1981 she was named "Champion of the year" by the Utah Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 1988 she was awarded the Governor's Trophy honoring her "achievement, determination and example in encouraging the employment of people with disabilities." She was a member of Wasatch Presbyterian Church. Other survivors include brothers, Peter, John, and Edward, and sisters, Margaret (James) Barnes, Mary Jane (Jerry) Moore, all of Salt Lake City; and Diana (Stephen) Yates, of Gaithersburg, MD. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, March 14th at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 S. 1700 E., Salt Lake City, UT. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. A luncheon reception for friends and family will be held following the service with interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery thereafter.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2008 


12/26/14 11:12 AM #4    

Mereth VanFrank (Huemer)

Thank you so much for posting this, Jay. I had looked for her Obit and couldn't find it. She and I worked on the Leopard staff together and I always admired her spunk and sense of fun. She is missed. Thanks again. Mereth Van Frank-Huemer

01/11/15 07:16 PM #5    

Richard Warner

Tom Smart, The Unkissed Kid in our film spoof, promises to convert the original footage to DVD... If he can just

find the time!

Geoff Panos, Sharon Lence, Bryan Thielke and, of course, dear Ann.  What fun we had in the making of it.







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