Mary Tiedman Hoagland
1924 - 2020
Monarch Society
1534 Pearl Street
Denver, CO
Hoagland, Mary Tiedman

On October 31, 2020 Colorado lost a remarkable citizen. Mary Tiedeman Hoagland, born August 19, 1924, died peacefully, surrounded by family, in the home she cherished, in the town she treasured. Mary was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, an inspiring role model, a pathbreaking attorney and a diehard Rockies fan. She leaves a powerful legacy, from a life full of love and deep friendships and an unwavering commitment to the causes to which she devoted her formidable energy, talents, courage and wisdom. Mary was happily married to Donald Wright Hoagland for over 60 years, until his death in 2012. She was the mother of Peter McLean Hoagland, Mary Hoagland-Scher, Sara (Suki) Hodges Hoagland and Ann Wright Hoagland Simonds. She is also survived by 12 wonderful grandchildren. Mary was born in Savannah, Georgia, but spent most of her childhood in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She graduated from Smith College in 1946, majoring in economics. After she and Don Hoagland married in 1949, they lived in Manhattan and she worked at the Museum of Modern Art. The young couple moved to Denver in 1951. They built a life enriched by family and a dedication to furthering the ideals they shared for educational opportunity, civil rights and access to legal representation. They also developed an abiding attachment to Colorado. In the 1970's Mary became increasingly involved in the women's rights movement. She was a founding member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and the Women's Forum and an active supporter of female candidates for political office. She determined that to have the impact she wanted, she had to be a lawyer. She earned her J.D. at the University of Denver Law School in 1975, at the age of 51. As a family law attorney, Mary championed the rights of women facing discrimination, divorce, custody battles and abuse. She led a class action lawsuit to secure equal pay for Colorado's nurses. She was a leader in the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar and the Women's Lobby. She chaired the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women and served on the board of Safehouse and countless others. For a person who hated to cook, she had a gift for stirring the pot - she was always ready to ask tough questions or to challenge injustices. DU recognized Mary as a Law Star in 1996, and honored Mary and Don together with the Korbel Humanitarian Award in 2001. Mary enjoyed her "River Rats" - friends from the Women's Forum who rafted several of the region's most beautiful rivers and continued to gather annually for decades. She was devoted to her Zodiac book club and appears to have read every book selection for over 50 years. She was a Rockies season ticket holder from day one and delighted in following the team, memorizing stats, evaluating trades, and going to spring training to scout each year's rookies. Mary also had a keen eye for design, a green thumb and a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts. Mary took delight in her grandchildren. She created Camp Goofoff at their home in Keystone, where grandchildren, once eight years old, would spend a week each summer with no parents and no rules. She kept up with her grandchildren on Facebook, always asking first about how their pets were doing. She inspired both her grandchildren and her children with her deep commitments, especially her dedication to advancing women's rights and to establishing women's rightful place in politics and government. Later in life, Mary's interests expanded and she became President of the Colorado Hemlock Society, which became Compassion in Choices, and served on its National Board. She believed fervently that people deserve the ultimate civil right, the right to die with dignity, which she did. She would want to remind everyone, "Don't wait to tell someone you love them." In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to There will be a celebration of her life when we can all safely gather.

Published by Denver Post on Nov. 8, 2020.
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I just now found out Mary has passed. I am terribly sad. We celebrated our birthdays every year at Piatti’s. She was so smart and fun. I loved getting together with her. I reached out a few times to see if I could bring her her favorite dessert from Piatti’s but she wasn’t up to it. I should have reached out again but didn’t want to risk making her sick due to COVID. I know her family misses her terribly. She was an amazing woman.
Marsha Temple
April 29, 2021
Sukiyaki and family, I just heard of your mother’s passing. She was a wonderful woman who welcomed me warmly to Denver. She was an icon to many of us. She will be missed.
Jane Feldman
February 2, 2021
Iam so devastated for this ,I work for her for 8 years when on vacation I cone back to find out that she was gone I still heart broken
Maria Campbell
December 24, 2020
Mary was wonderful woman and she and Don were a dynamite couple - giving tremendously to our community . I'm lucky to have known both of them.
Nancy Severson
December 10, 2020
The Colorado Women's Bar Association (CWBA) joins the Denver legal community and Mary Hoagland’s family in grieving the loss of one of the CWBA’s founding mothers, and one of the greats among the CWBA’s storied history. Click here to read our message sent to our members: To learn more about her lasting impression on our organization, please click here to watch our "Legacy Leaders" video featuring Mary and her memories about the CWBA. We are so grateful to Mary for her inspiration and dedication.
Kim Sporrer
November 30, 2020
I was a Mary T. Hoagland Scholar, who was able to go to law school because of Mary's generosity. It was one of my greatest memories of law school when Mary audited my Feminism in the Law class taught by Professor Sheila Hyatt. We sat together that semester and I learned more from sitting next to Mary as I could in any class. I remember walking the hall with her one day through the years of law school graduation photos, which visually depict the transformation from a time when women could not study the law to the day we were standing there, with women at the top of the law school class. I am forever grateful.
Kari Hershey
November 25, 2020
I had the honor and privilege to share Sunday mornings with Mary for over 5 years. She became a true and beloved friend. The lessons I learned through the stories and experiences she shared will be remembered. To have had those moments with her will be something I will hold dear. To her family, I love you with all my heart. To Mary, I love you FLY HIGH (and as I said every Sunday) "I'll see you next week, bye bye my friend"
Cortney Dixon
November 10, 2020
It was a singular privilege to know Don and Mary Hoagland since the late 1970's. For years, tennis was a weekly visit with Don. I don't remember a bad call or a fit of frustration. Mary and I worked together on end-of life-issues and she guided me and encouraged my commitment. I recall many evening dinners at our homes with never a lag in the provocative exchange of ideas. It will take a good deal of time to accept a world without them.
Charlie Hamlin
November 10, 2020
It was on a week long women's leadership trip down the Snake River in 1986 where I met a woman who would help change my life. We remained friends til her death. And she remained my role model after my own mother died prematurely. My heart aches to lose her. But her great sense of humor and wise counsel stays with does her crocheted door stop! Blessings to all her great kids and grand children. You were immensely lucky to have her as matriarch.

Peace Mariita Conley, Chicago
Mariita Conley
November 9, 2020
Don and Mary were always so kind to me when I joined Davis Graham & Stubbs over 20 years ago. She was such a pioneer, and yet, such a kind person. She left the world a better place, and it warms my heart that Don and Mary are back together.
Kenzo Kawanabe
November 8, 2020
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