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Mary MacRae Rolph spacee Mary MacRae Rolph

Mary MacRae Rolph, a former Tiburon resident, died of lymphoma Feb. 27 at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno with her family at her side. She was 70.

Mrs. Rolph was born in Boston to John A. MacRae and Isabel MacDonald MacRae. She grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood, then Guilford, Conn., and Westwood, Mass. A graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy, she trained as an executive secretary at Katharine Gibbs School (now Gibbs College), which at the time was known as the best secretarial school in the country, training women to become administrative assistants to corporate heads. She became the director of the continuing education program at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for several years.

In 1968, she moved to San Francisco and married Henry Renton Rolph Jr. The couple moved to Tiburon in 1981 and raised their boys here. She encouraged her sons, who attended local schools, in their education, athletics and development of their musical talents; all play an instrument.

A devout Catholic, she was an active parishioner of St. Hilary's Catholic Parish, where she was a Eucharistic minister and catechism teacher. She worked at Frank Howard Allen Realtors and for a number of medical offices. The Rolphs were members of the San Francisco Yacht and Tiburon Peninsula clubs.

Later in life, she lived for a short time in Sneads Ferry, N.C., and took up the art of basket weaving. She made dozens of handmade baskets for her friends and family.

Mrs. Rolph was known as a loving and loyal friend who enjoyed making friends wherever she lived, her family said.

She is survived by her sister, Claire Thoms, of Arlington, Va., three sons, John Rolph of Bermuda, James Rolph of Fresno and Ronald Rolph of San Francisco; and her nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held later this year. Her ashes will be buried at a family plot in Boston. Memorial donations may be sent to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605.

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