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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