Mary G. Warren, 86, historic preservationist

October 28, 2003

Mary G. Warren, who worked in her husband's photography business and was a champion of historic preservation in Annapolis, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday at Sunrise Assisted Living. She was 86.

Born Mary Giblin in Scranton, Pa., she earned a business degree and a master's degree from Marywood College. She joined the Navy WAVES in 1943 and was stationed in Washington.

In 1943, she married photographer Marion E. Warren and moved to Annapolis. She was the office manager and receptionist at her husband's business, M.E. Warren Photography and later M.E. Warren Gallery of Photography, from 1945 until retiring about 20 years ago.

Mrs. Warren was a charter member and board member of Historic Annapolis Foundation. She also served on the London Town Publik House and Gardens board and was a past president of Maryland Avenue Association. She also helped preserve Charles Carroll House on Duke of Gloucester Street and had been a volunteer at the Annapolis Visitors Center.

"She was a quite a preservationist. She fought to keep the old Courts of Appeals Building and the old Severn River Bridge," said her daughter, Nancy W. Atkinson of Pocomoke City. "She loved the old city."

Mrs. Warren also worked at the Maryland Historical Trust from 1975 to 1976.

Family members said she had an interest in old postcards and collected thousands of Maryland views.

She was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

A memorial Mass was offered yesterday at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband and daughter, survivors include a son, Paul D. Warren of Redington Beach, Fla.; another daughter, Mame Warren of Baltimore; a brother, Paul Giblin of Lexington, Ky.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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