Mary Aleese Shaw, 94, a homemaker and former accountant, died of respiratory failure
Nov. 7, 2006 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. She was an Arlington
Mrs. Shaw was born in Front Royal, Va., and moved to Georgetown when she was 3.
She graduated from Western High School (1928) at 16 and in 1926 received an
undergraduate degree in accounting from Benjamin Franklin University (which merged
with George Washington University in 1987). She received a master of commercial
science degree from Benjamin Franklin University in 1933. Her family believes she was
the first woman to receive a graduate degree in accounting from the university.
Before her marriage in 1934, she worked as an accountant with Washington Tire and
In 1938, she and her family moved to Arlington, where she was an active member of the
Cathedral of St. Thomas More. She also volunteered for the Red Cross, Georgetown
Hospital, the Cub Scouts and the National Slag Association.
She enjoyed sewing, painting, reading and spending time with her children and
grandchildren. She also liked to travel.
Her husband, William Stafford Shaw, died in 1981.
Survivors include four children, Mary Aleese Schreiber of Annapolis, Ann Shaw, a sister
of the Congregation of Holy Cross, of Silver Spring, William J. Shaw of Potomac and
James S. Shaw of Springfield; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.