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Mrs. Mary A. Brandwein

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My sincerest condolences on your loss. Mary was a wonderful and sweet lady who treated everyone by her mere presence. She was a gracious and generous hostess. I am so sorry that she will no longer be with us in person but I know that her work and that of Paul will live on with us in their spirits. Sincerely, Petrina McCarty-Puhl, Brandwein Fellow
From: Petrina McCarty-Puhl    10/31/2006 02:54 PM

Mary was truly a remarkable woman. While most of her friends and colleagues remember her for her dedication to science education and to Paul's work and memory, I knew her as a lover and supporter of the decorative arts. Her collections of pottery, glass, photographs, and much else, grace the galleries of musuems from Oakland to New York. She was an informed collector and wished to have her things enjoyed by the public. The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, benefited from her exceptional glass collection, and the Everson Museum of ARt in Syracuse, New York, received her American art pottery collection. We are all the better for her thoughtful generosity.
From: Barbara Perry    09/21/2006 03:36 PM

I'd like to send you my heartfelt sympathy. Mary Brandwein has been an inspiration to me and my classes here in Wasilla, Alaska. Hundreds of my students have become aware and involved in the protection of our streams and woodlands since I became a Branswein Fellow. She has made a difference here. Thank you, Mrs Brandwein.
From: Lura Hegg    09/07/2006 10:34 AM

Mary Brandwein (1911-2006) I only came to know and love Mary after her beloved husband (and my essential mentor) Paul died in 1994, but I came quickly to understand his devotion to this wonderful, intelligent, caring, resourceful, and loving woman. Aside from maintaining their beloved Sun Hill preserve in Greenville, Mary with Paul and after his death was an avid collector of American art pottery, many wonderful pieces of which the Brandweins donated to the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, New York). In addition, she enjoyed her interaction with Buckminster Fuller and at one time owned one of Mr. Fuller’s few Rube Goldberg machines — a cumbersome if totally stand alone toilet. While her husband lived, Mary facilitated his astonishing career not only by providing the still point to which he always returned but also through such homely tasks as being his driver. After he died, Mary, with her friend and Paul’s colleague Evelyn Morholt, established the Paul F-Brandwein Insitute, which she served as chairwoman, to ensure that, as she put it in 1997, his “dream of a viable conservancy serving children, teachers, and scientists interested in and committed to a thriving environment ... come[s] to fruition.”* Mary also loved and collected flags. I hope many will wave at her memorial. *Message from the Chairwoman,” Science in an Ecology of Achievement: The first Paul F-Brandwein symposium, p. 3 (Dingmans Ferry, PA).
From: Deborah C. Fort    09/07/2006 08:34 AM

The New Jersey Mycological Association and the members of the identification team of the Raymond Fatto Herbarium of the Paul F-Brandwein Institute express our deepest sympathy to the board members and friends of Mary Brandwein. One of the highlights of each collecting trip during the mushroom growing season have been our visits with Mary. She generously served us cold drinks, fruit salad and cookies - a perfect refreshment after 2 hours of rough collecting on the rocky slopes of Rutgers Creek. Lately she even planned small gift bags to reward us for our work. Our visits were short but we enjoyed talking with Mary, learning about Paul and sharing our discoveries. It has been 6 years of collecting and we have identified new species for the collection each time. We will finish our collecting for September and October but we will sadly miss our visits with our sweet and generous friend who had a remarkable vision for her husband's memory and her land.
From: Dorothy Smullen    09/07/2006 07:44 AM

When one of our friends must leave, an empty space remains in our day and in our hearts. Although they were brief, We'll miss our daily visits with Mary and "Sam". Orange County Senior Dining Program
From: Alex, Dale, Ed, Lucy, & Wayne    09/06/2006 06:14 PM

I have many wonderful memories of Mary Brandwein. She was an intelligent, curious, kind, and generous person. Although she never met my grandchildren, she frequently sent them gifts, sometimes arriving by Fed-Ex on Christmas Day! She carried on her husband's mission of the importance of science education after his death and established the Paul F-Brandwein Institute that supported teachers involved in field-based research. She was remarkable in so many ways and will be remembered fondly by countless friends.
From: Marily DeWall    09/06/2006 08:58 AM


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