Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 03, 2002

Mary Maxine "Sally" Reed, 93, whose challenge to Idaho's law favoring men over women as estate administrators prompted the U.S. Supreme Court's first decision extending equal protection to women, died Sept. 26 at a Boise, Idaho, care home.

After her 16-year-old son committed suicide in 1967, Ms. Reed and her ex-husband applied to administer his estate - a clarinet and several hundred dollars. Mr. Reed was chosen under an Idaho law giving preference to males as administrators over equally qualified females. Ms. Reed sued. The Supreme Court ultimately voided the law.

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