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November 6, 2012

Mary Anna DeMarco

Mary Anna DeMarco

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mary Anna DeMarco passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the Glendale Nursing Home.

Born on Nov. 5, 1927, in Worcester, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Anna Gaffey Palmater.

Mary was an honors graduate of Oneonta High School in 1945 and received a Bachelor of Education degree from the State University in Oneonta in 1949, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Society in Education. In 1962 she was awarded a Master of Science degree by the State University in New Paltz.

In 1949, Mary began her 40-year teaching career in Saugerties, where she taught in the elementary school, junior and senior high schools. In 1952, she was appointed principal of the Hill Street Elementary School. While in Saugerties, she was a charter member of the Saugerties Youth Council, president of the PTA and played first violin in the Saugerties String Quartet.

In 1961, she taught in the Monroe-Woodbury School District where she was selected to work with a group of gifted children. Mary was appointed assistant professor at the State University College in Oneonta in 1963, where she served as chairman of the New Campus School Community, treasurer of the Oneonta Branch of the American Association of University Professors and a first violinist in the Oneonta Symphony Orchestra.

When her husband’s business was transferred to the Capital District, she became coordinator of the Remedial Reading Program in the Mohonasen School District, Schenectady, where she also established and coordinated the Learning Disabilities Program. She served as principal of the Mohonasen Summer School Program. While in Schenectady, Mrs. DeMarco served as president of the Schenectady County Reading Association and was on the Executive Board of the Iroquois Reading Council. She was selected as one of five teachers from a group of 50 applicants to serve as a Consultant in Education for the General Electric Company for eight years, during which time she worked to develop and test educational technology.

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