In December 1955 the New York Times published an obituary, titled "Mary McDowell, Peace Crusader." The subtitle read: "Teacher Dismissed in ’18 for Pacifism and Re-instated in 1923, a Quaker, is Dead." Mary Stone McDowell, age 79 and a member of Brooklyn Friends Preparatory Meeting, had passed away that month after a long bout with complications from cancer. Her meeting’s memorial minute, adopted First Month 1956, was a strong affirmation, stating that "those who knew her will always remember her for the values which she so untiringly and staunchly upheld. She lived in...

In December 1955 the New York Times published an obituary, titled "Mary McDowell, Peace Crusader." The subtitle read: "Teacher Dismissed in ’18 for Pacifism and Re-instated in 1923, a Quaker, is Dead." Mary Stone McDowell, age 79 and a member of Brooklyn Friends Preparatory Meeting, had passed away that month after a long bout with complications from cancer. Her meeting’s memorial minute, adopted First Month 1956, was a strong affirmation, stating that "those who knew her will always remember her for the values which she so untiringly and staunchly upheld. She lived in...

In December 1955 the New York Times published an obituary, titled "Mary McDowell, Peace Crusader." The subtitle read: "Teacher Dismissed in ’18 for Pacifism and Re-instated in 1923, a Quaker, is Dead." Mary Stone McDowell, age 79 and a member of Brooklyn Friends Preparatory Meeting, had passed away that month after a long bout with complications from cancer. Her meeting’s memorial minute, adopted First Month 1956, was a strong affirmation, stating that "those who knew her will always remember her for the values which she so untiringly and staunchly upheld. She lived in...

In December 1955 the New York Times published an obituary, titled "Mary McDowell, Peace Crusader." The subtitle read: "Teacher Dismissed in ’18 for Pacifism and Re-instated in 1923, a Quaker, is Dead." Mary Stone McDowell, age 79 and a member of Brooklyn Friends Preparatory Meeting, had passed away that month after a long bout with complications from cancer. Her meeting’s memorial minute, adopted First Month 1956, was a strong affirmation, stating that "those who knew her will always remember her for the values which she so untiringly and staunchly upheld. She lived in...

Gentle Persuader and Loyal Friend: Mary Stone McDowell

In December 1955 the New York Times published an obituary, titled "Mary McDowell, Peace Crusader." The subtitle read: "Teacher Dismissed in ’18 for Pacifism and Re-instated in 1923, a Quaker, is Dead." Mary Stone McDowell, age 79 and a member of Brooklyn Friends Preparatory Meeting, had passed away that month after a long bout with complications from cancer. Her meeting’s memorial minute, adopted First Month 1956, was a strong affirmation, stating that "those who knew her will always remember her for the values which she so untiringly and staunchly upheld. She lived in...

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Mary Lee Morrison is a member of Hartford (Conn.) Meeting and teaches, writes, and consults on peace education. This article is a revised version of a paper presented at the 2003 Friends Association for Higher Education conference held at Pendle Hill and Swarthmore College.

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