MARY BOWER TROLAND (Age 69)
Of Washington, DC died January 31, 2018. She was born on March 19, 1948 in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Virginia Bower Troland and Charles Edward Troland. She is survived by her brother, Ted (Ellen) Troland, and her family of nieces, cousins, and great nieces and nephews. Mary Bower graduated from St. Catherine's School in Richmond in 1966 (as that year's June Scholar), Wellesley College in 1970, and the University of Montana School of Law in 1975 (again, first in her class). She clerked for Judge Tamm of the D.C. Circuit and worked with the Senate Judiciary Committee before moving to the Justice Department, where she served for over 25 years. She basically wrote the book on asset forfeiture, traveled all over Latin America, and demonstrated her badassery to all whom she met. She even danced with Manuel Noriega. She served as the Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs and capped her career as the Department of Justice Attache at the United States Embassy in her beloved London. Her active retirement culminated in a cruise to Alaska, the only one of the 50 states that she had not before visited. Her friends and relatives will miss her amazing stories, her strength and wit, her intellect, her seriously genuine smile, and, yes, even her fierce feistiness. In lieu of flowers, do yourself a favor and go live an amazing adventure. Private services.
Published by The Washington Post on Feb. 14, 2018.