In Loving Memory of Ann Gilhuly Littlejohn

September 01, 1932
Bridgeport, CT
July 01, 2017
New York, NY
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Mass of Christian Burial

545 Stratfield Road (RT 59),
CT 06825

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 11:00 AM


Family Gathering


Ann Gilhuly Littlejohn

Ann Littlejohn of New York, NY passed peacefully on July 1, 2017 after a brief period of declining health. Ann was born in Bridgeport, CT on September 1, 1932, the third of four children and the only daughter of Bernard and Helen Keane Gilhuly. Ann attended St. Thomas Elementary and Roger Ludlowe High School (class of 1950), and was a graduate of Marquette University.

Ann had a robust and successful working career. Directly out of college, she worked for Vice President Richard Nixon. She subsequently worked at ABC and then at NBC in Manhattan. Later, Ann was an instrumental player in the film and TV division at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ann was the widow of Francis “Fritz” Littlejohn, a pioneer of television news. They were married for over 40 years until his death in 2006. Ann and Fritz were well-known summer residents of the Village of Kismet on Fire Island from the mid-1960s until Fritz’s death in 2006. Together they shared many sunsets with friends and family from their westward facing deck providing an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Fire Island lighthouse. Ann was an avid award winning photographer, and in addition to becoming a published professional was also known on the island as the Deer Lady for her well known photographs of the island’s deer and island life in general. She was a world traveler and loved her time photographing China, South America, Cuba and other countries and cultures too numerous to list.

Ann was an ardent supporter of women's issues which reflected in her politics. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Bella Abzug in her successful run for the U.S. House seat from New York in 1972, and more recently, of Hillary Clinton, both in her successful Senate run and her failed bid for the 2008 Democratic nomination.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ann was pre-deceased by two of her brothers, Bernard Gilhuly and Robert Gilhuly. She is survived by her brother William Gilhuly of Fairfield, CT and many nieces and nephews who will cherish her memory. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield . For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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12 Guestbook Entries for Ann Gilhuly Littlejohn

  1. Bill, we are sorry for your loss. I know Ann is now sitting with my folks, all reminisce about childhood. My father, Jack, always thought very highly of Ann.

  2. I met Ann through the Sierra Club Photo Committee quite awhile ago, and we met also at PWP, which I joined only last year. We spoke often at meetings and shared our experiences as photographers. I enjoyed viewing the images Ann shared at the members’ nights and at group shows.

    I am so saddened by Ann’s passing. Please accept my deep condolences on your loss.

  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in God’s sure promise of a resurrection as set forth in the Bible. (Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29) Those who are raised to life will have the prospect of never again being subject to misery, sickness, or death. (Revelation 21:4) I hope that reflecting on these thoughts will give you some relief during this difficult time.

  4. Hi Ann,
    You will be missed greatly. You was a very good friend and client of M&M’s Express Chromes in 1991. I enjoyed your work knowing how passionate you were and made it possible together to reproduce your work exactly how you wanted it. After moving out of NYC and getting married Ron and I enjoyed meeting Fritz at your home whenever we were available to catch up. Most of all you were the best of contact to keep me informed with the latest in the field of Photography. By doing so I re-visited the field and started attending workshops and enjoyed Photography digitally. Your stories you shared were always so colorful with no details missed. You were the best story teller which made it a joy to meet with you whenever I could when in NYC.
    Deepest sympathy to your family for their loss!
    Your Very Good Friend

  5. I want to offer my condolences on the passing of your sister and aunt,
    Ann Littlejohn. I was her neighbor in New York for the past eighteen years and I treasured her friendship, appreciated her talent as a photographer
    and most of all admired her dedication to the democratic process, she would patiently gather signatures every year for the candidates and make certain her neighbors were registered to vote. I am lucky to have known both Ann and Fritz. Ann will be deeply missed at 349 East 49th Street her optimistic presence was a gift.

  6. I am one of Ann’s long time photography friends (and fellow campaigner for Hillary). Ann was very well liked among our photography groups and will be missed. I am sadened for the lose of a friend and wish I had seen her more often in the last months.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. She was such a lovely woman and gifted photographer. I thought highly of her and always looked forward to our conversations at Professional Women Photographers meetings. I’ll miss her very much, as will our colleagues.

  8. I have many happy memories of sitting on the deck in Kismet with Ann and Fritz. My family was friends with them for many years. Ann was so charming and vivacious, and it was a pleasure to talk with her about photography, travel, politics, and everything else. I’m grateful to have several of her photographs to remember her by. My deepest condolences to her family.

  9. Ann, I miss your smile, your laughs, your involvement with PWP and the trips we shared. We had so many friends in common!
    Soon, our spirits will dance together and we’ll resume our conversations about Mother Earth.
    May you rest in peace Ann!

  10. I am sorry to hear of the passing of this lovely lady. I knew Ann through a couple of organizations, involved with photography and nature. We talked by phone or met several times, and she was a vibrant, intelligent lady who also possessed a kind and generous heart. I will surely miss her. Louise

  11. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. I hardly knew Ann but always enjoyed our conversations & her beautiful images.