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Sandra Marian Ann Grymes

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Don't Take It Personally.

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Don't Take It Personally.
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Biography

Born in 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Grymes was the daughter of Jeanette and Leon Grymes. On her mother’s side of the family, Grymes was a cousin to the famed and legendary singer Marian Anderson; Grymes and Anderson’s nephew, James DePriest, have been involved with legacy work for the singer for over thirty years.

Grymes graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1956; she earned her A.B. degree in sociology from Temple University; her master’s degree in social services from Bryn Mawr in 1962; and her master’s degree in business administration from Baruch College in 1984.

From 1973 to 1976, Grymes was employed in the New York City Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation – first as a senior consultant and later as acting director of the department’s Office of Standards and Review. From 1977 to 1988, Grymes held five top level positions at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York City, moving finally to the positions of director of long range planning, director of special projects, and, finally, marketing director. Grymes’s next position, held from 1988 to 1993, was as the manager of health services for the American Red Cross of Greater New York. From 1993 to 1995, Grymes was the senior deputy commissioner at the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Alcoholism Services. In 1996, Grymes became an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Grymes devoted many years of service as a director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center, and the Marian Anderson Award in Philadelphia. With DePriest, Grymes helped to establish the Marian Anderson Memorial Center at the University of Pennsylvania Library. Throughout her career, Grymes worked extensively in high level management positions in the non-profit and government sectors in New York City throughout the period between 1973 and 1995; her volunteer work and contributions to arts organizations, visual and musical, are notable.

In a state of semi-retirement, dividing her time between Martha’s Vineyard and New York City, Grymes remained the managing director of Guided Solutions, which consulted with agencies such as the Puerto Rican Family Institute in New York and the Tuskegee Institute’s National Center for Bioethics on issues related to health care and education on the community level.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes talks about her mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her mother's interests and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her relationship to singer Marian Anderson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her father's personality and his career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her maternal ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes talks about her sister, Marcia Grymes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes talks about her cousin, conductor James DePreist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her stepfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her cousin Marian Anderson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls the Philadelphia neighborhood where she grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes the sights and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls Thaddeus Stevens School of Practice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her aspirations as an elementary school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls Jay Cooke Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her early interest in psychology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her family's holiday traditions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her cousin Marian Anderson's homecomings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her family's religious affiliations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls working through college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes talks about attending Temple University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes reflects upon African American studies at Temple University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her interest in music and art in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her relationship with Marian Anderson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes talks about studying social work in graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her career in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her research at the New York University Child Study Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her work with Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls working at Planned Parenthood's national office in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her career at Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls deciding to pursue an M.B.A. degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls working at American Red Cross
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls her deputy commissionership of the New York Department of Mental Health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls working as a teacher and a consultutant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes talks about developing The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes recalls attending ceremonies on behalf of her cousin Marian Anderson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes talks about preserving Marian Anderson's legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes Marian Anderson's U.S. Postal Service stamp
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes reflects upon her trip to communist China in 1977
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes reflects upon her desire to travel and write
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sandra Marian Ann Grymes narrates her photographs