Sara Prince Anastaplo died on January 15, 2018.
Anastaplo was born on September 3, 1926, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Clarence Elmer Prince and Helen Corinne (Davidson) Prince. She graduated from the University of Texas (Austin) in 1947, and soon thereafter moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend the University of Chicago, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Social Work. In January 1949, she married George Anastaplo. Together, they lived in Woodlawn and then Hyde Park for their entire 65-year marriage.
In addition to raising their four children and managing the household, Anastaplo worked as a fact checker for the popular TV quiz show, College Bowl, graded papers for the correspondence high school, The American School, and for several years coordinated the annual update of the University of Chicago Directory. She was very active in the University of Chicago Service League, including the Drama and Italian Groups, and she also studied Chinese at Crossroads on Blackstone Avenue. She greatly enjoyed the cultural offerings at the University of Chicago and in the city, especially Lyric Opera and the Basic Program, where George taught during most of their marriage.
Perhaps most of all, Sara loved to travel. She spent nine months in Paris as a young woman, and returned regularly to Europe, including twice for extended camping trips with the entire family throughout Europe. She also traveled throughout the U.S. and to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Turkey, Egypt, the Sinai, China, India, Indonesia, and Tahiti, and spent many summers in Rome while George taught at Loyola Law School’s summer program there.
Anastaplo is survived by four children, Helen Scharbach Newlin, George Malcolm Davidson Anastaplo, Miriam Irene Redleaf, and Theodora McShan Anastaplo, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, and by three siblings, C.E. Prince, Jr., Helen Prince Furlong, and John F. Prince. Her husband, George, predeceased her in February 2014.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chicago Methodist Senior Services, for the benefit of Wesley Place, located at 1415 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.