Dedicated Social Worker Anne Crofton Tyson Dies at 86

Anne “Annie” Crofton Tyson (nee Gilbert) died in her home on Dec. 25, 2015 in McLean after a short illness. She was born April 5, 1929 in New York to her parents Albert and Julia Washington Gilbert. Anne received a B.A. in 1951 and an M.A. in Social Work from Howard University in 1953.

She married Dr. James Noel Tyson in 1966, a professor of Pharmacology at Howard University. The Tysons lived in Washington, D.C. before building their home in McLean in 1970, where they resided together for 44 years. Tyson began her professional career in the field of sociology as a Social Worker at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and later worked for John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She retired from the City of Washington, D.C. after 30 years of dedicated service.

A devoted and loving wife, Tyson and her husband traveled the world, visiting all seven continents. She was an avid reader who kept up with current events and was a lover of the arts. A favorite pastime throughout her life was playing the piano. She played a recital in Carnegie Hall in the 1950s.

With the passing of her beloved husband in 2014, Anne is survived by her brother, Albert C. Gilbert and sister-in-law Iris Gilbert, Twinsburg, Ohio; three nephews Albert C. Gilbert III (Karen Gilbert), Oakland, Calif., Albert C. Gilbert IV, Oakland, Calif. and Richard Gilbert, Harrisburg, Pa.; one niece Brenda Gilbert, Las Vegas; two cousins – Jean Davis Washington, Lawrence, NJ and Jacqueline Robinson Waldstreicher, Wynnewood, Pa. and relatives by marriage Erinn M. Wilkerson, Jermaine and Aaron Wilkerson, NY. Preceding her in death were niece and nephew Walda Ann Gilbert and Charles Arthur Gilbert.

Tyson will be buried on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at the National Memorial Park and King David, Falls Church.