Magazine article The Tracker

Obituaries: MARY WALLMANN

Magazine article The Tracker

Obituaries: MARY WALLMANN

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Mary W. Wallmann died on September 26, 2013, of causes incident to dementia in Flower Mound, Texas, where she had lived the past two years at a memory care facility. She was 86. Born in 1927 in Albany, California, where she lived almost her entire life, Mary Wallmann was a Phi Beta Kappa student at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned degrees in French and Library Science in 1949 and 1950. She was librarian at Albany High School from 1966 until she retired in 1993. After retirement, she was a founding member of the Albany Education Foundation and served as a member of the Albany Unified School District Board of Education from 1998 to 2002.

Music was an important part of Mary Wallmann's life. She was six years old when she started piano lessons with a neighbor who herself had only had six piano lessons in her life, but Mary progressed rapidly. As a teenager, she earned money for college by playing the piano at 50 cents an hour for dancers and singers, even playing "Song of India" for a sword swallower's act. …

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