In Memory

Mary Colbert Derthick (Freimarck) - Class Of 1933

Mary Colbert Derthick (Freimarck)

Mary Freimarck (March 11, 1915 - November 14, 2010) grew up in South Pasadena, California and graduated from Occidental College in 1937.  Moving to New York for further study, she earned a master's degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a master's degree in fine arts from New York University.  She taught in several New York State school systems and was an active artist, working with oils, acrylics, and silk screen printing.  Her paintings and prints are in various private collections.  Mary was greatly influenced by her experience living in Japan and her artwork has a serene, austere, and meditative sense.

On moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1983, she became an active member of the University Presbyterian Church.  She and her late husband Vincent Freimarck were married for nearly 50 years, and lived at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill.  Mary and Vin delighted in their family and were active in the lives of many of their grandchildren and their children.

Mary is survived by her three daughters, Beverly Kring Dobbin of Homosassa Springs, Florida, Suzanne Kring Shapiro of St. Petersburg, FL, Kathryn Kring Toole of Homer, New York; stepchildren, John Freimarck of Manquin, Virginia and Anne Freimarck deAlva of Tucson, Arizona, and more than a dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The News & Observer, December 1, 2010