Aline Larkin Stevens, 72, of Buffalo and Naples, Fla., a leading figure in the field of needlework, died Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness.
She designed and created needleworks that are displayed in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the United Nations building in New York City, the Churchill Memorial in Fulton, Mich., and Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo.
She was awarded several first prizes by the American Needlepoint Guild in Monaco and received the Princess Grace Award for Best of Show in 1977. She also was author of "Free Form Bargello," published by Charles Scribners' Sons in 1977. Her work also appeared in several national magazines.
Born in Buffalo, she was the great-granddaughter of John D. Larkin, founder of the Larkin Co. "Gigs," as she was familiarly known, was a graduate of the Buffalo Seminary. She attended the University of Arizona and Sarah Lawrence College and was a graduate of the University of Buffalo.
She had a passion for French language and culture. Her extensive travels abroad included attending L'Institut de Francais in Villefranche-sur-mer and Version Francaise in Nice.
Mrs. Stevens founded the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Junior Group, was chairwoman of its Members Advisory Council and served as a gallery docent for many years. She also was a member of the executive committee of the State University of New York Arts Advisory Council.
She was a trustee of UB and the UB Foundation. She also served on the board of the Blind Association of Buffalo, the Junior Board of Buffalo General Hospital and the Women's Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, serving as chairwoman of the Philharmonic Ball. She was a member of the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C.
She was a longtime member and former president of the Garret Club. She also was a dedicated duplicate bridge player.
She and her husband, Raymond D. Jr., former board chairman of Pratt and Lambert United, were married in 1949.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Raymond D. III of Denver and Hunter H. of Sarasota, Fla.; two daughters, Larkin E. of Alexandria, Va., and Courtney S. Price of Durham, N.H.; a brother, Charles H. Larkin III of East Aurora; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.