June 21, 2018

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Death of Retired Staff Member Mary Kemp

The following message is from the Office of the Provost:  

Mary Ivy Kemp, who worked at Mary Washington from 1971 to 2005, died on Friday, June 15, after a long struggle with leukemia. She began her time at Mary Washington as an administrative assistant in the Dean’s Office and eventually transitioned to the Office of the Registrar, rising to the position of Assistant Registrar for Degree Audit. She was universally respected and greatly admired for her meticulous attention to detail and for her flawless preparation of senior check sheets. Thanks to Mary, students and their faculty advisors knew exactly what was needed to meet all graduation requirements. For the majority of her career, Mary manually prepared every student’s check sheet and did so without the assistance of computer programs.  

Mary was a kind and generous person who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Professor Emeritus of English J. William Kemp, and a sister, Linda, in Jackson, Mississippi. Mary will be cremated in Fredericksburg and her ashes sent to Jackson, where she grew up. A memorial gathering will be held for the family at a later date in Jackson.

Expressions in her honor and memory may be made by donations to Hope House (loisannshopehouse.org).

 

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