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Mary Louise Vincent Back ’49

Mary Louise Vincent Back ’49, April 11, 2006, in Durham, North Carolina. Mary received a BA from Reed in literature. “I know that my life has been immensely enriched because of Reed,” she noted, for her 50th reunion year. Two professors, Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69] and Victor Chittick [English 1921–48],in particular, profoundly affected her. “Lloyd Reynolds’ classes showed me areas of interest and pleasure that had never come my way before . . . I was excited, challenged, and all my life since I’ve enjoyed things he introduced me to.” Her career included administrative work at the Dramatists Play Service in New York, and promotion management for Duke University Press. She married Kurt W. Back, a Duke professor, in 1969. Survivors include her stepson, Allan T. Back ’74, and a brother. Her husband died in 1999.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2006

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