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Ann Biddle Hepburn

Ann Biddle Moran Hepburn, 78, formerly of Chestnut Hill and Wyndmoor, a businesswoman who had operated her own legal search and placement firm, died June 3 of complications related to chronic inflammatory demyelinating polhyneuropathy (CIDP) at Stapeley in Germantown, where she had been a resident since 2007.

In 1980, Mrs. Hepburn founded Ann B. Moran Associates, a nationwide company that provided personnel services to major law firms and Fortune 500 corporate legal departments. She retired in the 1990s and worked part-time as a real estate agent.

Earlier, she had been associate dean and director of placement for the Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, N.J.

In the 1970s, she was a consultant on fundraising and volunteer issues to several nonprofit organizations, among them Horizon House, the American Cancer Society, Catholic Social Services and Cliveden of the National Trust.

Born Priscilla Ann Biddle in Moorestown, N.J., Mrs. Hepburn was the daughter of Charles Miller Biddle III and Priscilla White Biddle, and the great-great granddaughter of Robert Biddle, one of the nine Philadelphia Quaker merchant founders of Riverton, N.J. in 1851.

She attended Westfield Friends School, Moorestown Friends School and the George School in Newtown, where she was co-captain of the lacrosse team and played field hockey. She was a graduate of Pembroke College of Brown University.

After graduation from college, she worked in the personnel department of Smith, Kline & French Laboratories, spending one year in the firm’s headquarters in London.

Mrs. Hepburn was an active volunteer and was a member of the Auxiliary of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1961 to 1973, during which time she established the hospital’s first volunteer program and was chair of the annual Daisy Day fundraising drive.

She was an avid golfer and tennis player, participating in individual, team and tournament play.

She was a member of The Philadelphia Cricket Club, and was a former member of the Forum of Executive Women, the Union League, the Junior League of Philadelphia, the Buck Hill Falls Golf Club, and the Savoy.

Mrs. Hepburn’s first marriage to John Douglas Moran ended in divorce in 1983. In 1994 she married Charles McGuffey Hepburn.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, John Douglas Moran Jr. and James Biddle Moran; brothers Charles Miller Biddle IV, M.D., of Moorestown, N.J., David White Biddle, of Hatfield, Mass., and Richard Lippincott Biddle of Philadelphia, and five stepchildren.

A Quaker memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 12, in the ballroom of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, 415 W. Willow Grove Ave., in Chestnut Hill. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Stapeley in Germantown, c/o Benevolent Fund, 6300 Greene St. Philadelphia, PA 19144, or to the George School. P.O. Box 4438, Newtown, PA 18940.