Mary G. Dwan M.A. ’74 was an amazing artist, successful therapist, philanthropist, and community member, a mother, a wife, a friend, and an energetic and positive force of nature, humor, and empathy. After earning her B.A. in Modern European Literature from Stanford in 1963, she taught literature in California and later moved to New York where she earned her master’s in education from Columbia. Returning to California and having her second son, she co-founded the first integrated nursery school in the San Diego area. She then moved north to earn a master’s in psychology at Santa Clara, which led to a long career as a counselor, educator, and psychotherapist. She and her family lived among a tight-knit community of therapists and social workers who naturally gravitated to each other in Modesto, and Mary brought friends together with their children for rotating pot luck nights called “Dinner Club” that kept everyone entertained and kindled friendships that last to this day. Mary was active in her Quaker faith, which was crucial in her short but hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. She died on June 22, 2020.

30 Sep 2020