Anne Worrell: A life of philanthropy
Miller Center benefactor passes away at 99
Anne R. Worrell, a longtime champion of the Miller Center's work, passed away on August 1, 2019. Worrell was a former newspaper executive and noted community leader with a strong interest in historic preservation. She and her late husband, Gene, formerly owned Bristol Newspapers, Inc.; Worrell Investment Company; and the Worrell Land and Cattle Company. The two also established the Genan Foundation in 1986, and she served as its president.
Worrell's support for the Miller Center was extensive. She served on the Miller Center Governing Council from 2002-2014, as well as on the Center's Foundation Board. The Miller Center recognized her philanthropic commitment and dedication by naming the building's anteroom in her honor in 2009. In 2011, the Center gave Worrell the Elizabeth Scott Award for Exemplary Leadership, which recognizes and thanks individuals for their efforts on behalf of the Miller Center, the university, and the local community.
Over the many years she was affiliated with the Miller Center, she supported a number of important programs, including the National Discussion and Debate Series, the American Forum television program, and the Presidential Oral History Program.
Worrell was a member of the Miller Center's Holton Society, which recognizes longstanding friends and supporters who have dedicated their time, talent, and treasure to support the work of the Center. She was also the director of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Foundation and the honorary vice chairman of the Virginia Historical Society.