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Mary Maples Dunn

Mary Maples Dunn wore an oxygen tube during her last few months in the Shakspere Society, and never mentioned it. She and her husband Richard had presided over the American Philosophical Society, long after she had been acting President of Radcliffe College during the merger with Harvard, President of Smith College, Dean at Bryn Mawr College and more active as a colonial history professor at William and Mary. Evidently, she was a masterly negotiator, but it was not particularly evident during the years I knew her. She was just a nice lady, very interested in Shakespeare.

Originally published: Sunday, June 25, 2017; most-recently modified: Thursday, May 23, 2019