MARY TROLAND

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.
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I just learned of Mary's passing, and wanted to pass on my condolences to all her family and friends. Mary and I were fellow Attaché's in London, and we had some wonderful times sharing all the challenges in a post 9/11 world. As you know, Mary loved her theater and never missed a chance to attend a London play/musical. I believe at last count, she was well over 100 when she left London! Oh, the stories she would tell from her many theater visits. I will miss my friend, but will always remember that sharp wit and contagious laugh.
Tony Monreal
Friend
July 30, 2020
I just saw this obituary about Mary and am saddened by the too early end of a life very well lived. I was a law school classmate of Mary, who we all knew as Mary B. Though I lost contact with Mary B. after graduation, I am proud and not at all surprised to read about her many important accomplishments. She was the top student in our class (I suggested that she change her name to Mary A), and well liked by everyone I knew, for her great personality, sense of humor, and unpretentiousness. I remember our delightful contracts professor saying I knew I had said something good during class today when I looked up and saw Mary B taking notes. I regret that I lost touch with Mary B over the years, because she was someone who made my law school memories much brighter. And I have no doubt that she had the same effect on many other of our classmates.
Stephen Roberts
Friend
June 23, 2020
An outstanding lawyer, and a terrific co-worker.
Robert Dalton
February 14, 2018
Mary,

Too soon gone, but left good works on your wake; we'll miss you.
Kevin O'Reilly
February 14, 2018
MARY AND I WOULD FREQUENT MANY EMBASSY FUNCTIONS AND MEET FOR HAVE COCKTAILS AT THE OLD EBBIT GRILL. SHE WAS HER VERY BEST AT EMBASSY FUNCTIONS, SHE AND I ALWAYS LIKED THAT ENVIRONMENT AND COULD SEE THROUGH ALL THE POMPOUS PRETENCES, AS WELL AS THE INTERESTING PEOPLE WE WOULD CONVERSE WITH AND ULTIMATELY AMUSE WITH OUR ECLECTIC WIT. ALWAYS A GOOD COMPANION AT SUCH EVENTS, SHE WAS AMAZED THAT I SECRETLY COULD SPEAK MANY LANGUAGES BUT DID NOT LET THIS BE KNOWN TO THE PEOPLE. SHE WAS A GOOD HEARTED SOUL WHO ALWAYS ENJOYED A GOOD POLITICAL METAPHOR OR BIZARRE ANALYSIS OF CURRENT EVENTS. YOUR OLD COLLEGUE, ARMANDO.
February 14, 2018
Love you. Miss you.
Craig Bailey
February 14, 2018
I am so saddened by this new of my friend Mary B. that's what I called her. I worked with her at the Dept of Justice for many many years I also was her secretary at the Office of International Affairs, we kept in touch after her retirement sending cards and pictures I will really really miss her.
MICHELLE CHARLES (JACKSON)
February 14, 2018
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