Mary Iglehart Duke, 77, Senior Olympics medalist

April 28, 2005

Mary Iglehart "Tony" Duke, a homemaker and Maryland Senior Olympics medalist, died of complications from pneumonia Tuesday at Sinai Hospital. The Homeland resident was 77.

Born Mary Iglehart Taylor in Baltimore and raised on Mount Royal Terrace, she was a 1945 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and continued to have lunch every other month with classmates. She made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon.

Elected athletic association president while earning a bachelor of arts degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, she played field hockey, badminton, tennis, basketball and volleyball. She also received the school's White Blazer Award as the "student acclaimed the all-around Notre Dame girl of the year."

In 1999, she was inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame, and she continued to take classes at the school through its Renaissance Institute continuing education program.

In the 1990s, she competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics and won gold, silver and bronze medals for basketball and tennis.

She was a volunteer at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Mount Clare Museum House in Carroll Park. A past president of the Perennial Flower Club, she also did bonsai gardening.

Her husband of 51 years, John F. Duke Jr., a real estate appraiser, died in 2002.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where she was honored last year for 40 years of service on its hospitality committee and for arranging flowers for religious feasts.

Survivors include four daughters, Deborah Digges Duke Davis of Baltimore, Mary Iglehart Duke Rollins of Towson, Eleanor Parrott Duke of Baltimore and Elizabeth VanDoren Duke Barnett of Westminster; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. Her son, John F. Duke III, died in 1983, and another daughter, Mary Margaret Howard Duke, died in 1976.

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