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April 22, 2013

Mary B. Howes

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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.

From 1960 to 1964, Mary studied modern languages at Trinity College in Ireland, where she met and married Laurie Howes. She later wrote about those years as part of a collaborative book written with her peers from the sixties: “Trinity Tales.”

Returning to the United States following a divorce, Mary pursued graduate studies in psychology at New York University, specializing in cognition, and was awarded her doctorate in 1979. Once she had attained her Ph.D., she accepted employment at the Educational Psychology department at SUNY Oneonta, later transferring to the Psychology department, where she remained until her retirement in 2005.

Mary leaves many reminders of her accomplishments and warmth, and she will be missed by her family and friends.

In addition to Bonnie, Nick and Zoe, she leaves behind her Aunt Ada; her cousins, Jennifer and Susan; and her nieces and nephews, Lynn, Shelly, Wooda, Russell and Steven.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on the 8th of June 2013, at the SUNY Oneonta College Camp on Hoffman Road, Oneonta.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to either of the following charities in Memory of Mary: The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, 46610 State Highway 10, P.O. Box 88, Delhi, NY 13753, http://www.heartofthecatskills.org/current/donate_online.htm or MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486,  https://www.mdanderson.org/gifts/faces/make-one-time-donation? or email gicing@mdanderson.com for a prepaid envelope.