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Celebrating the life of

Mary Stimson McNamara

April 20, 1950 - January 26, 2022

Mary Stimson McNamara

Mary Stimson McNamara died peacefully at her winter home in Savannah, GA on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. She died surrounded by her loving family of five children and eight grandchildren. Mary and her husband Read recently moved from Nashville to Savannah. Mr. McNamara served as an Assistant Dean of The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University from 2010 to 2018.

Mary was born in Pasadena, CA on April 20, 1950. She was the eldest of three children born to Nancy Rounds Stimson, native of Auburn, Maine, and Charles Ewing Stimson of Pasadena, CA. She graduated from the Westridge School in Pasadena in 1968 and received her BA in neuroscience at Wellesley College in 1972.

In 1972 she married Read McNamara of New Milford, CT. and began a 50 year marriage which would see them live in five different countries on three different continents before relocating to Nashville. Despite their international living experiences, nothing prevented them from spending every summer at their beloved summer cottage in Popham Beach, Maine.

In addition to her husband Read of 50 years, Mary leaves behind five children and eight grandchildren, as well as mother Nancy of Pasadena and Popham Beach.

A celebration of Mary’s life will take place at a private family event in Maine in June.



Our deepest sympathies for your irreplaceable loss

- Albert & Honorable Anne-Marie Mastraccio, Sanford, Maine

Read & family, We are so sorry to learn of Mary's passing. The fact that she was surrounded by you, your children & grandchildren must have given her tremendous comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. John & Julia

- John & Julia Fay, Phippsburg, Maine

Read and Family, we are sorry to hear of your loss. You and Mary are part of our memories of the years we spent at Popham. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Carol & Bob Caín, Box Elder South Dakota

- Carol Cain, Box Elder , South Dakota

We are sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing

- Sue and Bob Nusbaum, Longboat Key, FL

I’m sorry I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know Mary better. I know we would have enjoyed being friends as well as next door neighbors. We look forward to getting to know you better Read and becoming part of your Skidaway family.

- Debby Stark, Savannah, GA

Read & Family, Please accept my condolences on Mary's passing. The McNamaras are a great Colgate family. The Colgate community shares in your loss.

- Cornelius J Milmoe, BRECKENRIDGE, CO

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

- Arthur E Clark, Jr, Havre de Grace, Maryland

Read: I was so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I can and do sincerely sympathize with you but am not sure I can fully empathize with you: I cannot imagine life without Jane. However, I know you understand that you must keep a forward-looking and positive attitude for those you love and who love you. Feel free to contact me if there is any way I can aid in your recovery from this most unfortunate time. Wags

- James Wagner, Akron, OH

Please accept my condolences on Mary's too-soon death. On February 9, 2022 I learned that my twin brother, Ken, died on February 6 from atherosclerosis. COVID-19 exacerbated the problem but was not the cause of death. I don’t know if he had been vaccinated or not. The news came as a shock. I got a text message from the Marana, AZ police regarding a certain case number about his death, and a woman, Jeanine Kleimo, who lived at Luther Towers, a senior living facility in Dover, Delaware, for people age 62 and older, called and informed me. Ken had an apartment near hers. Although Ken and I were estranged, I thought of him often and wondered how he was doing.

- John Abraham, Tucson, AZ

Read -- I read in Jim Milmoe's always excellent Colgate class notes about your wife Mary's passing away in January. I just wanted to add my voice in saying how sorry I am to hear that. Must be devastating. Just know that I'm thinking about you, and hope you're OK. If you ever get to NYC and feel like a meal or drink together, please just let me know. Peter Lewine

- Peter Lewine, New York, NY

With very fond memories of all the McNamara family during our lives together in Caracas, Venezuela, we express our sincere condolences.

- Stephen Hotchkiss, Westlake, OH

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Services Will Be Private