Mary Kelly passed away on November 9 at the age of 90. She was reared in New York, eventually earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry, and moved to South Carolina with her husband in 1965. We acquired her papers in 2008 and opened the rich and substantive collection in 2010. We value the collection chiefly as it documents her work to protect the environment and particularly her focus on the nuclear industry and its impact on the state. In 1984, she was recognized as the South Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year. She was an important figure in the League of Women Voters and served as President of the state League from 1985 to 1987. Eighteen feet of papers, 1970 to 2008, document her interest and expertise in environmental issues and involvement with the League.
Contributed by Herb Hartsook