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April 22, 2013

Mary B. Howes

Mary B. Howes

TEXAS — Dr. Mary B. Howes, professor emerita of psychology at SUNY Oneonta, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013, following a three-year battle with cancer.

In April 2012, she moved to Houston, to be with her son, Nick, and his partner, Zoe. While in Houston, she received treatment at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, which greatly extended and improved the quality of her life. Mary spent a wonderful year with family and secured the publication of her latest book. She will be greatly missed.

Dr. Howes was a caring and beloved teacher to her students as well as a prolific researcher and writer. She has published two books in her research area of memory and cognition, and was working to finish a third. In addition to her scholarly works, Mary also wrote and published a novel, “With the Tide.” Her creative work on early memory, as well as her interest in and focus on psychological theory, were important contributions to her field.

Above all, though, her interest and her attention were on her students. She had a remarkable ability to convey complex ideas to her class, and always with concern, care and a smile. In short, she was an outstanding teacher and a well-respected scholar.

Mary was born in Ossining in 1942, to John Dickson Carr, a mystery writer, and Clarice Cleaves Carr, and had two older sisters: the late Julia McNiven and Bonita (Bonnie) Cron, who lives in New Zealand.

Mary moved to England from the U.S. in 1944, traveling with her mother and her sister, Julia, on a troop ship carrying Canadian forces for the D-Day Landing.

She returned to the United States in 1958, to attend high school in Westchester but for the remainder of her life Mary retained many English characteristics, her delightful accent, and a strong desire to return to visit England.

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