Obituaries

Mary Agnes (Hughes) Shipley, wife of Robert M. Shipley Jr., son of the founder of the Gemological Institute of America and a pioneer in creating gemological instruments, died on May 27 at the age of 92. In the late 1930s, Mary Hughes worked as a secretary for Bob Shipley Jr., who was instrumental in helping his father establish and develop GIA and the American Gem Society. She also worked for Richard T. Liddicoat Jr., who joined GIA in 1940 and later served as executive director, president, and chairman. Shipley Jr. was the GIA laboratory director—creating many of the first gem instruments for the industry—and later the director of education and research, until he left for wartime service. Mary married Robert Jr., on Nov. 2, 1940. "Mary was a lovely young Canadian who was very competent in stenography and office organization," recalled Liddicoat recently. "No one on the staff,
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