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- tuition fee reduction
For more than seven decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Their organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.
Mary Gunther was born in 1927 and attended secondary schools in New Jersey, graduating from Weehawken High School in 1945. She got a business administration diploma from the Wood School in New York City in 1946.
Mary first worked as an architectural and executive secretary for an eminent church architect and then went on to become an engineering draftsman for a consulting engineering firm in 1952. She studied engineering in correspondence courses and on the job. She pursued the study for a professional engineering license. Mary focused on mechanical and electrical equipment in major buildings including schools, commercial buildings and institutional projects. She also started a freelance secretarial service on the side.
Mary worked in New York City and joined SWE in 1962 as a member of the New York Section although she lived in New Jersey. She was a signer of the petition to create the New Jersey Section of SWE in May, 1970 and became an active New Jersey member. Mary was a very quiet person and a great organizer. She was the one who was “always there”, ready to help on any project. A peer recalls her as a very devoted SWE member.
Mary named the SWE Scholarship Fund in a bequest of over $200,000 in her will to fund four scholarships of $2,000 each.