Her logical mind leads Ann Pitzer to a solid career in software
Ann E. Pitzer was born in Berkeley, Calif., the eldest of three children of Kenneth S. Pitzer, a noted chemist on the Berkeley faculty, and Jean M. Pitzer. The family lived in Kensington; she went to school there and at El Cerrito, except for two intervals when they lived in the Washington D.C. area. After high school, Pitzer attended UC Davis, majoring in Home Economics with a strong general science emphasis and was a commencement speaker. She then attended UC Berkeley for a year, earning a masters degree in Textiles.
Her first job was as a home agent for the University of Hawaii Extension Service on the island of Kauai. After two years, she moved to Houston and managed a gift shop owned by a group of artists. Though fun and interesting, she decided to start computer programming at Baylor Medical School. That led to her move to La Jolla and work at the Salk Institute. She worked for SAIC for 23 years doing software development.
Retired since 2000, Pitzer is now a trustee of the Pitzer Family Foundation (founded by her parents), Pitzer College (founded by her grandfather), and the UC Davis Foundation. She enjoys traveling and volunteer work at the Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts and Textiles in Point Loma.
She is the widow of Captain Fred B. Bromley, a former Navy fighter pilot. She has five stepdaughters, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
What brought you to La Jolla?
In 1970, I was working as a programmer at Baylor Medical School in Houston when Dr. Guilleman’s lab moved to the Salk Institute. They offered me a job and I moved to La Jolla, too. Being a California native I was happy to be back.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
I would remove the red lines painted on the streets in our neighborhood and have all of the construction happily completed. Hopefully, then all would be able to and would park sensibly.
Who or what inspires you?
Mother Nature. One of the great things about being in California is the spectacular variety provided by nature. I love the ocean, high sierras, deserts, and all.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Far more than eight pop into my head, but here is a mix of people it would be fun to have dinner with. Some are of historical note, including ones I have read books about recently. And of course, a little entertainment would be nice: Alexander the Great, Galileo and his daughter Maria Celeste, Jane Austen, President and Michelle Obama, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fred Bromley, my husband.
What are you reading?
I have just started reading “Calendar” by David Duncan. Some of my favorites are the Susan Vreeland and Tracey Chevalier novels about artists, and Joseph Ellis’ books about the founders of the country.
What is it that you most dislike?
I really dislike intolerance of other’s thoughts and beliefs. It generates such negative behaviors. And I am tired of long political campaigns.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy attending the San Diego and La Jolla symphonies, going to art museums and the theater, reading, eating good food, visiting with friends and travel. And if there is any free time left, sewing quilts.
What is your most-marked characteristic?
I am told I have common sense, am logical and persistent.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
Try not to hurt anyone and keep busy doing interesting things.
What would be your dream vacation?
I always have a list of trips I would like to take. On the top my list right now is a trip to Bali that has an emphasis on culture and the beautiful textiles they produce, with some relaxation time to enjoy it all.
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