Mary Bickmore Tefft

Colby 1893, A.B.

Mary Bickmore Tefft was born in Camden, Maine.  She went to Farmington Normal School. Mary was a direct descendent of Thomas Bickmore, who settled the Massachusetts Colony in 1635 and was a former member of the New England Society of new York.  She enrolled in Colby in 1890.  At Colby, she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority.  However, following different aspirations, she left Colby after two years and worked as a teacher in Thomaston, Maine until 1895.  She taught in various high schools and academies until 1900 when she became a teacher of physics at Wadley High School in New York City.  She worked at Wadley until 1924 when she retired.  In 1904 she was happily married to Mr. Frederick Fowler Tefft.  Her “active spirit and inquiring mind always sought new inspirations.”  She took intensive courses at Cornell, Columbia, and New York Universities. Her loyalty, however, was always to Colby and in 1916, wishing to be truly identified with the College, she submitted her accumulated credits, wrote a thesis, and in 1918 received her degree of A.B. as the class of 1893. She spent much of her later life in Florida where she was a member of the Colby Alumni Club of St. Petersburg.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She died at the age of 79 in Mt. Vernon, New York.

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