Mary Jane Grady
1955 - 2019
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Grady, Mary Jane
Mary Jane Grady of Warwick, RI, passed away on March 12, 2019. She was born in Providence (1955) to the late Gloria and Frank Grady.
Mary worked as a self-employed freelance writer since 1999. She was a contributing editor at, an aviation website, and also wrote for Robb Report,, Rhode Island Monthly, and various other local and national publications. She was an adjunct professor in Geography at Rhode Island College for many years. She worked with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey to involve writers and artists in their local science events and helped to promote an ongoing art program at the Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park. She helped to create Sidewalk Astronomy events in Pawtuxet Village and at Waterfire. She served on the board of the Warwick Land Trust for many years, and helped to secure conservation protection for Passeonkquis Cove.
Mary graduated from Rhode Island College with a bachelor's degree in Geography, and earned a Master's degree in Geography from the University of Hawaii. She worked as an editor at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. for two years and at the Providence Journal for five years. She was an FAA-certified ground-school instructor and private pilot in airplanes and hot-air balloons. She also sailed as crew and as an environmental science instructor and science reporter aboard the tall ships Black Pearl and HMS Rose, and the NOAA research ship Ron Brown.
Mary is survived by her brothers, Ken Grady and his wife, Jean, of South Carolina, and Dennis Grady and his wife, Maryanne Murphy of Vermont, her sister, Patricia Cox and her nephew Randal Cox, both of Arizona, her god-daughters Katie and Skylar Eidem, of Pennsylvania, many cousins, two Aunt Marys, and many excellent friends.
Services will be private. Donations can be sent in her honor to Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, RI

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Published in The Providence Journal on Mar. 14, 2019.
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April 26, 2019
I met Mary at URI many years ago. I remember a sailing expedition we went on once.Pure enjoyment best describes the expression on her face as she skippered her little boat. Mary was always up for an adventure, and she had many. Sadly, her life was too short. Mary will be missed.
Hollie Elmer
Hollie Elmer
March 22, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was a regular visitor to Little Falls Cafe and a good neighbor in the village. I am happy we spoke not long ago when she shared about her diagnosis. My sympathy to her family. May she rest in peace.
Jeff St Germain
March 19, 2019
Mary wrote some wonderful articles on our renewable energy projects at Ponaganset High and always captured the essence of what the projects and people were about. Thank you Mary for your writing and all that you shared with us. Yours truly seems to be a full and adventurous life well lived.
God Bless you and your family
Ross McCurdy
March 18, 2019
I knew Mary as a writer for the Robb Report. She interviewed me on a number of actions for articles she was writing. Mary was always a delight to to work with, had a great sense of humor and was sharp as a tack. I will miss my interviews with Mary. My heart goes out to all her family and friends. God speed Mary.
William Quinn
March 18, 2019
This is tremendously sad news. Mary was one of my favorite aviation media people to work with, because she took the time to understand and get it right. I always looked forward to seeing her at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh each year. After reading her obituary, it shouldn't have surprised me that there was so much more depth in Mary's life than just the sliver where we interacted. We're all poorer because of her passing.
Dick Knapinski
March 17, 2019
My dear friend Mary~ always so kind and wise and willing to learn.
Always wanting to share her knowledge and ideas through her writing and artwork. I will treasure our many adventures ~ from riding the bus to Providence Public Library to roaming the old back trails of hidden Rhode Island. I will always love you my old friend.
Carol McTaggart
March 17, 2019
So very sad to learn of Mary's death. She was so full of life, learning, and sharing her knowledge. She will be missed..
Susan Loricchio
March 16, 2019
So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was one of the kindest people ever knew. A treasure. And a trusted friend in our high school days.
Ken Brindamour
March 16, 2019
Dear Ken and Jean, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Mary, one of my former students at Coventry High.

My condolences to your family. I will be remembering all of you in my prayers.

Carolyn Chirnside
Carolyn Chirnside
March 15, 2019
The readers, writers and media relations people of aviation will miss this very nice person -- one of my favorites.

Drew Steketee
Former Senior VP - Communications
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Drew Steketee
March 14, 2019
A loss that will be felt by all who knew Mary. I was luck enough to work alongside her at AVweb for more than a decade and will continue to learn from her for years to come.
Scott Simmons
March 14, 2019
CArolyn Chirnside
March 14, 2019
Pat so sorry for your loss
Lynne McAlister
March 14, 2019
Pat,so sorry for your loss
Lynne McAlister
March 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss Pat
Lynne McAlister
March 13, 2019
My condolences to those who loved her. Funny, I actually thought of her this past weekend. I was a student of hers at RIC many years ago the oldest student in the class! It was a summer class on the geography of Narragansett Bay. She took us to all these wonderful places by the bay and shared her abundant knowledge and endless kindness. Sad to hear of her passing. May she rest peacefully.
Carolyn Harris
March 13, 2019
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May reflecting on all the good times you've shared together help ease the pain that you now feel. May the God of all comfort strengthen you during this time of sadness and His promise for the future bring you peace. (Hosea 13:14)
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