Published in The Washington Post on July 16, 2017
MARY ESTHER WAGNER
Of New York City and formerly of Washington DC, died on Monday, July 10, 2017 after a
She was born on October 4, 1933 in Washington DC and graduated from Woodrow
Wilson High School in 1951.
As a child, she spent many delightful summers at Camp Tecumseh on the shores of Lake
Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, where her father was Director. Ms. Wagner graduated
from Wellesley College in 1955 with a degree in Chemistry. She spent the majority of her
professional career as a Laboratory Research Technologist at Weill Cornell Medical
College, and later at the Medical College of Milwaukee from where she retired in 2002.
Mary traveled extensively throughout Europe during her adult life and particularly enjoyed the
arts. She was a longtime member of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and an
enthusiastic supporter of the New York Public Library.
Mary leaves behind her devoted nieces and their families; Susan Hart Smith and husband
Matthew of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, Elizabeth Gardiner Hart of North Adams, MA,
Sarah Hart Petersen and her husband Timothy of Ann Arbor MI, and Julie Danforth Hart of
New York, NY. She also leaves behind her grand-nieces Amanda Danforth Smith, Allison
Brady Smith, and Jane Danforth Petersen and grand-nephew Jack Sinclair Petersen.
She was preceded in death by her parents Alvin Snyder Wagner and Hazel Spangler
Wagner, as well as her sister Nancy Wagner Hart and brother-in-law Rev. Sinclair Danforth
A memorial service will be held on August 18 at 11am at the Moultonborough United
Methodist Church in Moultonborough, NH.