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Mary Whitford Streit ’39

Mary Whitford Streit ’39 died July 13, 2016, at Hospice of Palm Beach County, Fla. She was 97.

Mary received a B.A. in French from Swarthmore, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. She earned an M.A. from Columbia University and did further graduate work at UCLA. During World War II, Mary worked for the French government in the U.S., for the Voice of America, and at Salem Academy in North Carolina. Mary taught high school French and Spanish on Long Island for 20 years and was the first president of the Levittown, N.Y., chapter of the American Association of University Women. Together with her husband of 72 years, Victor Streit, Mary traveled extensively in retirement, visiting more than 100 countries.


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