Albion Interactive History / People / Mary Bobbitt

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Bobbitt, Mary Reed, 1914
    Died 1973

Mary was born on Long Island, New York. She graduated from the Emma Willard School, from Vassar College in 1937, and from the Columbia University School of Library Science in 1939. In 1942 she married Vernon J. Bobbitt, who later taught art at Albion College.

From 1939 to 1941, Mary was librarian at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and art librarian at the University of Iowa from 1942 to 1943. In 1944 she was on the library staff at the New York Historical Society in New York City, and after moving to Albion with Vernon, was on staff at the Albion Community Library in 1947 and 1948. For many years she served as librarian at the historical archives of the West Michigan Conference of the Methodist Church.

Mary was active in many organizations, including the First Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, E.L.T. Club, AAUW, Albion Historical Society, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was also an author and wrote several books, including A Short History of Albion and With Dearest Love to All, The Life and Letters of Lady Jebb, which was published in the United States and Britain and reviewed nationally. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Women.

The Bobbitts had two daughters. Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She died of breast cancer at the age of 58, and the lilac bushes in Rieger Park were planted by her husband in her honor.

Source: Albion Recorder, January 2, 1973

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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