Mary C. McAuley, 63

Business owner

January 01, 2008

Mary Carolyn "M.C." McAuley, a former Federal Hill resident and photographer's receptionist, died of undetermined causes Dec. 23 at her home in Harpswell, Maine. She was 63.

Born in Pittsburgh, she moved to Baltimore to attend the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where she earned a bachelor's degree in French. She then traveled throughout Europe.

She taught French at Lombard Junior High School in the late 1960s and worked as a receptionist for 23 years for photographer Leonard Grief at his Village of Cross Keys studio.

Ms. McAuley lived in Bolton Hill and in Federal Hill, where she assisted in the restoration of homes with her husband, Russell Dischinger; they later divorced. She was also active in the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill, Fells Point and Montgomery Street and opened her home for community tours.

Friends said Ms. McAuley enjoyed cooking and home decorating. She was also a former member of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church.

About 15 years ago, she moved to Maine and opened a dog-sitting business. She hosted an annual Blessing of the Hounds party. She had owned miniature dachshunds, three standard poodles and a long-haired Chihuahua.

Services were held yesterday in Brunswick, Maine.

There are no immediate survivors.

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