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Anne Proctor Chapin

May 10, 1961 — January 26, 2024

Anne Proctor Chapin

Anne Proctor Chapin, 62, passed away on January 26, 2024 after a courageous three-year battle with brain cancer.

            Born in Philadelphia, PA, Anne grew up in Mountainside, New Jersey, opposite Manhattan, and graduated from the Pingry School before gaining her B.A. in Economics from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from UNC Chapel Hill. She joined the faculty of Brevard College in January 1998 and rose to Professor of Art History and Archaeology before her retirement after 25 years of teaching and research in May 2023.

            Always a supportive and encouraging mentor to students, Anne brought to the classroom exceptional energy and enthusiasm for all periods and genres of art. While challenging students to understand and appreciate the world of art, she also contributed numerous scholarly articles to the field of ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology. She edited two volumes of international research on ancient Bronze Age civilization and built a respected reputation for generous cooperation and collaboration.

            During her years as a college professor, Anne led and co-led a number of student trips abroad and to museums and places of art historical interest in the United States. She loved nothing better than to share with students her knowledge of the rich diversity of monuments that can be experienced in person. Always keen to be involved herself and contribute if she could, Anne worked as a volunteer excavator at the Agora Excavations in Athens, Greece, and directed the daily processing and recording of finds for eight years at the Gournia excavations on the island of Crete. Even after being diagnosed with glioblastoma in December 2020, she continued to work on publication of her assigned material from the excavation and successfully completed and submitted her contribution in September 2023.

            An avid equestrian for all her adult life, Anne kept a horse at Faith Farm in Pisgah Forest and enjoyed dressage and trail riding whenever her busy schedule permitted her to get away. “Love me, love my horse” was always her motto to family and friends.

            Living on West Main Street in downtown Brevard for 25 years, Anne (and her husband Bob) witnessed the remarkable development of the City and especially enjoyed being walking distance from the Brevard Music Center and Bracken Mountain hiking trails. But of all her activities, Anne loved hiking to the many waterfalls of Transylvania County and kept a list of all the many examples she and her family and friends had visited.

            Anne is survived by her husband of 30 years, Robert (“Bob”) Bauslaugh; her father, Laurence "Larry" Chapin; son, Andrew Bauslaugh Chapin, who graduated from BHS in 2015, along with her younger sister, Elizabeth, and step-children Ryan Bauslaugh and Erin McIntyre.

 A memorial service is planned for April in Brevard.

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