Barbara and Gunther Stuhlmann’s Generous Bequest
From the home they built in the small town of Becket, in western Massachusetts, Barbara and Gunther Stuhlmann conducted a long-lived literary enterprise as agents and editors representing, among others, Anais Nin, the noted diarist and sometime collaborator of Henry Miller as well as Richard Powers, the novelist.
The Stuhlmanns met in New York City where, in her twenties, Barbara had some success as a novelist. Gunther, thirteen years older, had emigrated from Germany after the war. In the early 70’s, the Stuhlmanns moved to the Berkshires settling in Becket, where they cleared land and built a house from which they continued to operate their thriving business. They also became ever more deeply involved over the years in the welfare of their adopted hometown. And Barbara, born and raised in rural Maine, returned to her passion for growing flowers and vegetables and watching birds and studying the stars. She also served on the Becket Planning Board and the Becket Athenaeum. Gunther Stuhlmann died in 2002, and Barbara carried on with both the business and community work until her own death in 2012.
Barbara and Gunther Stuhlmann loved books and literature and art. They gloried in the beauty of the Berkshires and were devoted to their community.
After Gunther died, Barbara established a donor-advised fund at Berkshire Taconic to support the arts, education, the environment, health, and social services not only within the town of Becket but in the hills and towns that surround it.
When she died, Mrs. Stuhlmann bequeathed a large portion of her estate to the fund. This generous bequest provides an enormous boost to the Foundation’s work in one of its most rural, and most beautiful, areas.