Bachelor of Music in Piano from Queens University, 1970
Mary's first professional positions as an academic librarian were at Georgia State University (Atlanta), Chesterfield County (Virginia) Public Library, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1970s. She and her family moved back to Abingdon, Virginia, to the family farm and she began teaching art history survey and Twentieth Century Art & Theory at nearby Emory & Henry College from 1998 to 2008 where she was also the curator of the college's 1912 Gallery. Mary served as chair of the board of the Library of Virginia in Richmond, chair of the Virginia Highlands Festival and vice-chair of the Washington County (Virginia) School Board. She also recently retired as Special Projects Coordinator for Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA 9th) to begin her new life as a full-time student in Charlottesville. She is married to David Haviland and they have two children, Simon in Eugene, Oregon, and Hannah in Stockholm, Sweden. Mary's dissertation focus is not confirmed but it may be Mapping in Conceptual Art: Process and Documentation.