Memorial Service Wednesday for Mary Albert, Former Director of Biology Labs

(6-15-98) -- A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus for Mary Albert, former director of Boston College's biological laboratories, who died June 11 at her home in Newton. She was 72.

Albert taught biology at Newton College of the Sacred Heart from 1964 until its merger with Boston College in 1975. She directed the biology labs at Boston College for the next 21 years, overseeing the introductory laboratory course annually taken by hundreds of undergraduate pre-med and biology majors, and conducting research into cytology, the study of the structure of cells. She retired in 1996.

Assoc. Prof. Donald Plocke, SJ (Biology), a former department chairman, recalled the intrepid spirit with which Albert conducted her teaching and research, despite being largely confined to wheelchair by lingering disabilities from an automobile accident.

"She carried on in an extraordinary way," said Fr. Plocke. "She was always cheerful. She was a very independent person."

Albert is survived by two sons, Eric of Newton and Ross of Kensington, Md.; a sister, Joan Mason of Wellsboro, Pa.; and a grandson.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton, Mass., 02159.

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