Ann Kappell Danner died on July 1 after living with cancer for 12 years.
Born on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on April 27, 1954, to Bernard and Marie Kappell, Danner graduated from Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (1972) and Goucher College (1976) and obtained master’s degrees from New York University (1979) and Johns
Hopkins University (1997).
Danner met her husband, Bob, when she was a student at Goucher and Bob was a student at Johns Hopkins. They married in July 1976, shortly after graduation. While Bob attended medical school in New York, Danner taught at Brearley School, The Chapin School and The Nightingale-Bamford School.
In 1983, when Bob accepted a position at the National Institutes of Health, they moved to Bethesda. Danner took a position at Sidwell Friends School in 1984 and taught middle school history for 11 years. In 2004, Danner began counseling at Green Acres School, where she spent the last 15 years of her career. She led the yearly trip to New York with the 8th graders and planned and participated in the Peruvian Exchange.
She was also a member of the Washington Area Independent School Counselors group, championing children’s mental health. Danner was an active member of Temple Sinai, where she became a bat mitzvah at the age of 42.
Danner taught religious school and served as a member of the board of trustees. She also volunteered with I Have a Dream Foundation at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, mentoring young women and helping to develop the local college coaching program.
Danner is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter, Rachel; sister, Jane; and cousin, Mel. Donations can be made to Temple Sinai Social Action Division, the Religious Action Center (RAC), ACLU Voting Rights Project and Central Kitchen.