Dr Ann Hennessy

Maryland United States
(b. - d. 2008)


LLL Leader Carol Meredith wrote:

Dr. Ann Hennessy was a well-respected leader in her community of Rock Hall, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She was a columnist for the Kent County News and a practicing psychologist. She was the 2003 recipient of the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award sponsored by the Chester Valley Ministers Association. She also wrote one book, The Zieglers of Pigtown. She earned graduate degrees from John Hopkins University and Loyola College and practiced Counseling and Psychotherapy in Columbia, MD. Ann Hennessy was a member of the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, where she served on the board and several committees. She served as president of the Kent County Human Relations Commission and was a member of the NAACP.

All of these achievements got their start in the 1960s when Ann was a young mother with five daughters and a son. At that time, she lived in Howard County and attended her first LLL meeting in Catonsville, becoming a Leader in 1965. Her co-Leaders were Sue Lieske and Maureen Keck. Before long, she started the Howard County group.

Each child she had was breastfed longer than the previous one. Through LLL influence, she changed the eating habits of her family and gave birth to her youngest child using the new husband-coached method of childbirth. The LLL group offered her the support, encouragement, and friendship that she needed and her children grew up with healthy attitudes about breastfeeding in general, and about breasts in particular. “La Leche League was such an accepted part of our family, that the older kids liked to make jokes about it”, she said. “One of them decided to nickname it the MMM, as in Mom’s going to the Mother’s Milk Meeting tonight. Also, when the youngest wanted to breastfeed, she would ask for ‘Milk of Mommy’”. Ann is proud to say that when her own children became mothers, it was natural that they, too, would breastfeed their babies.

As a brand new Leader with her own group, Ann gained the confidence and ability to conduct meetings and lead discussions. In helping mothers with their breastfeeding and mothering questions, she came to realize that she had natural counseling skills. She developed this talent, which enabled her to change her career from elementary school teacher to counselor.

Ann died September 4, 2008 at her home.