Mary Pritchard Durkin

Jan. 19, 1941 - May 1, 2013
Mary Pritchard Durkin   Jan. 19, 1941 - May 1, 2013

    Mary Pritchard Durkin, who for 35 years spent her summers in East Hampton, died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan on May 1. She was 72 and had lung cancer.
    Mrs. Durkin lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and spent winters in Boca Grande, Fla., but considered East Hampton her home. She would visit her house on Lily Pond Lane year round, and her family would spend holidays there.
    She was an active member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Maidstone Club here. While in Boca Grande, she was a member of the Gasparilla Inn and Club.
    Born in Minneapolis on Jan. 19, 1941, to Manion Pritchard and the former Elizabeth McCann, she grew up there and went on to attend Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Ill. She later graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she studied liberal arts.
    She moved to New York and worked as a schoolteacher and as an independent photographer. On May 17, 1975, she married Charles P. Durkin Jr. in Manhattan. They had one son, Charles P. Durkin III.
    Described by her husband as having devoted her life to her family and friends, Mrs. Durkin also loved politics, playing bridge, traveling, entertaining, water aerobics, ice skating, and dancing. “She was fiercely loyal, deeply loving, principled, courageous, and thankful for the many joys in life,” her family said.
    In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by two siblings, Elizabeth Ueland of Philadelphia and Thomas Pritchard of Portland, Ore. Eleven nieces and nephews also survive.
    A funeral service was held on Monday at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. Msgr. George Deas officiated. Mrs. Durkin was buried at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in East Hampton.
    Memorial contributions have been suggested for the Mary Durkin Fund for Student Life at St. Andrew’s School, 350 Noxontown Road, Middletown, Del. 19709.