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born Mary MAXWELL

American businesswoman

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on July 25, 1929 in Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: on June 10, 1994 in Seattle, Washington, USA


Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, as Mary Maxwell to James Willard Maxwell (Nebraska, 1901 – 1960), a banker, and wife (married c. 1927) Adele Thompson (probably Enumclaw, King County, Washington, c. 1903.)

Gates received a degree in education from the University of Washington in 1950. She met and married law student William H. Gates, Sr., at that time. During the early 1950s, she taught school. After her husband co-founded the law practice that became Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle, Gates turned to a variety of civic activities. Gates' volunteer roles in Seattle and King County included serving on the boards of the Children's Hospital Foundation, Seattle Symphony, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, United Way of King County, and many other nonprofit organizations. She also served as President of the Junior League of Seattle from 1966–1967.

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