She grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, attended college in Verona, Italy and at Columbia University. She was, at the age of 20, the first woman in Connecticut to earn a pilot's license. She worked at the Hartford Courant as the paper's first aviation editor, and went on to become the first woman at the Courant to have a byline.
Mary was the only female passenger on the Hindenburg when it overflew Hartford in 1936. She was the first woman to fly solo to Cuba.
In addition to flying, she worked in advertising and promotion, meeting her husband, Carl, while working at Walt Disney Production.
Mary served on the Board of Education, the Republican Town Committe in Wethersfield, and was President of the Women's Association.
Mary was inducted in the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in 2000.
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