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Mary Harriet Lott Travilla

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Mary Harriet Lott Travilla

Virginia Beach - Mary Harriet Lott Travilla, 91, of Virginia Beach, Va., died on May 5, 2014. Born in Navasota, Texas, she was the only child of the late Thomas Jefferson and Christine Bowen Lott. She was predeceased by her husband, James C. Travilla, in 1980.

She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1944 and continued her studies at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where she earned her M.D. After completing her Ph.D. in Chemistry, she served as a teaching fellow at Oxford. Collaborating with Dr. Max N. Huffman at Southwestern Medical College and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, she conducted pioneering research involving the synthesis of steroids for use in the treatment of cancer. She co-authored more than nineteen scientific publications and was affectionately known among her colleagues as "Hormone Hattie." After her marriage, she focused her attentions on her family, and on assisting her husband in his work, much of it abroad, for General Steel Industries, Inc.

She was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Magna Charta Dames, the Colonial Dames and All Saints' Episcopal Church. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, an ardent altar guild volunteer and an excellent marksman.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Harriet T. and Allan S. Reynolds Jr. of Norfolk, Va.; three grandchildren, Mary Terrell Reynolds of New York, N.Y., Allan Simpson Reynolds III of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Jane Bowen Reynolds of New York, N.Y.; a niece, Mary Margaret Wrausmann, and her family of Chesterfield, Mo.; and cousins, Bronwyn Bowen and Bettie Bowen High of Austin, Texas and William Terrell Mayfield of Springfield, Va. The family wishes to thank the First Floor Nursing Staff at Westminster-Canterbury for their caring attention and support.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Chapel at Westminster-Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1004 Graydon Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507 or All Saints' Episcopal Church, 1969 Woodside Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. Arrangements are being handled by H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel. Online condolences may be sent through www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 7, 2014
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