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July 28, 1990

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Anne Stanley says she fondly recalls her four-year romance with U.S. Supreme Court nominee David Souter, a man she describes as ″most comfortable in jeans and a flannel shirt.″

″It was a typical young love, a wonderful romance,″ Stanley, 49, said recently. ″It was always understood that we were engaged and we would marry one day.″

But they drifted apart in 1963. The former Anne Grant married David Stanley in 1965; Souter never married.

Souter and Stanley started dating in the summer of 1959 when they lived three miles apart in Weare, N.H., she said Friday. That fall, she entered Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., about 12 miles from Harvard, where Souter was a junior.

When Souter was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England, they wrote each other long letters and she visited once in 1963.

″He was unusually bright, honest, funny, witty, perceptive, self- disciplined and a good listener,″ she said. ″All of those good qualities have endured.″

President Bush nominated Souter, 50, on Monday to replace retired Justice William J. Brennan.

Stanley said she sent a note to congratulate her former beau.

No one answered the phone Saturday at Souter’s home in New Hampshire.

Souter’s mother, Helen Souter, said by telephone Saturday that she remembered Anne Grant well.

″We were very fond of Anne,″ Mrs. Souter said. ″She’s a lovely person.″

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