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Magdelaine Richmond Salvage Anthony

Mrs. S. Reed Anthony (Magdelaine Richmond Salvage) died peacefully at home on June 9, 2013. She was 96 years old.

Born on January 14th, 1917, to Sir Samuel Agar and Lady Katharine Richmond Salvage, “Mag” grew up on Long Island and was educated at The Green Vale in Old Brookville and at St. Timothy’s in Maryland. 

Mrs. Anthony served on the board of the North Country Community Association for more than 50 years, and as their president twice. She served on the board of the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club for many years, where she also held the position of secretary. The first woman on the executive committee of The Green Vale School’s board, she wrote a history of the school on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

President of the Women’s Long Island Golf Association, Mrs. Anthony had a lifelong love affair with the sport, telling her children that the results didn’t matter, but enjoying the game did. Having said that, she won the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Mother-Daughter twice with her daughter Mag and the Davis Cup Family Tournament four times, as well as the Liberty Bell at Piping Rock when she was 76 years old. She played into her 90s. Mrs. Anthony was renowned for her skating and particularly for ice dancing, which she gave up in her 80s, saying she worried her partner would fall on her. Her grace on and off the playing fields was legendary.


Presented at the Court of St. James’s in 1938, where she had to curtsy before King George VI and the Queen Mum, Mrs. Anthony was a fervent Anglophile and enjoyed many crossings of the Atlantic both by ship and later by air to visit Great Britain. She loved to travel and took many trips with her husband, Reed, and friends, but the trips she took with her children, and later with her grandchildren, provided countless hours of pleasure and were the jewels in her crown of memories.


She is survived by her five children, Silas R. Anthony Jr. of Manhattan, Magdelaine Smith of Dataw Island, SC, J. Bryan Anthony of Sea Cliff, NY, Robert W. Anthony of Millbrook, NY, and Katharine Palmer of Guilford, CT; ten grandchildren, Diane Page, Lisa Cullen, Wendy McCarthy, Silas R. Anthony III, Andrew Anthony, Katharine Hovick, Christine Haim, Arthur Anthony, Magdelaine Anthony and Sarah Anthony; and six great-grandchildren, Clifford and Brady Page, Magdelaine and Will McCarthy, Reed Hovick and Carter Haim. Her loving husband, Silas Reed Anthony, predeceased Mrs. Anthony in 1998.

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