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Elisabeth Roberts Craft in Memoriam

posted Oct 21, 2013, 9:43 AM by AIA DC   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 7:52 AM ]
Elisabeth Craft passed away Sunday, December 19th, 2011 at Sibley Hospital, after a brief illness. She was 92. Elisabeth had been a member of the AIA Washington Society for many years. For the last 10 years, she was Assistant Secretary and in charge of making arrangements for the Student Travel Fellowship. She was a regular attendee of the AIA Annual Meeting and was a member of the AIA's Near East Interest Group.

During her career as a court reporter, Elisabeth traveled extensively, working for a transcription service. After she retired, she volunteered for several archaeological excavations and began her writing career. For more than 25 years, she volunteered at the Smithsonian, reconstructing pottery from the Tel Jemmeh archaeological site in Israel. She was the published author of three historical novels: A Spy for Hannibal, In the Court of the Queen, and The Ambassador's Daughter.

Two years ago, she celebrated her 90th birthday. Shortly thereafter, she hopped on a plane and traveled to Petra, which she had wanted to see for some time. Last year, in the fall, she flew to France to take French lessons and in January 2010, she attended the AIA Annual Meeting in Anaheim.She had a rich and full life. She was an officer in the Friday Morning Music Group and worked with many young musicians. She herself was a gifted pianist and continued to take lessons throughout her life, including an annual master class at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She was a member of the DAR and served as a docent in Constitution Hall for more than 25 years. She regularly ushered at the Shakespeare Theater and occasionally at Arena Stage. She loved opera and ballet. Recently, she was admitted to the Cosmos Club. And she loved to sew, turning out elegant designs that suited her figure perfectly.