Mary Griggs BURKE

St Paul, Minnesota

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Mary Griggs Burke was my Godmother and a truly wonderful, talented, and generous person. She was a great friend of my mother Patsy Pearce and will be greatly missed.
Steuart Pearce, Godson

Mary and my uncle Jackson Burke were always kind to my family. My father was Jackson's brother and was best man at Mary and Jackson's wedding. From our brief encounters, I found Mary (she never liked "Aunt Mary") to be a woman of grace and good humor. She was a delight.

You have brought intelligence and love to the appreciation of Japanese art, inspiring the viewers in this country to want to know more about it. You are sorely missed. RESQUIESCAT IN PACE

Mary Griggs Burke's incredible life showed in the grounds at Forest Lodge and in her sensitivity in collecting the works of art she did. I had the honor of conducting an oral history project on her life and on Forest Lodge, and was sorry we didn't have more than the one summer we did. She was generous to our community and left a lasting legacy.

Beautifully accomplished woman who never stopped learning of Japanese art
and the grace and traditions of the Japanese way of life. She embodied so much of it in her life and gave so much
to everyone.

Ben Kernan

An extremely bright and talented woman with great grace who took the New York
City art world by storm when she arrived in the 60's and began her collection of Japanese. Her life
itself was the way of Japanese art and its beauty, love and traditions.

Ben Kernan

A wonderful woman, kind , generous and funny. Love, Pat Hart


Mary's Obituaries

Mary Griggs Burke was born on June 20, 1916, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the only child of Theodore W. Griggs and Mary Livingston Griggs. She died on December 8, 2012, in New York City. She resided in Oyster Bay, New York. Raised in Saint Paul, she attended Summit School and upon graduation...

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