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“Your mom was a major influence on my life. I just learned of her passing. I know you miss her. I do. ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: Jim Mccollum - Baldwin, GA

“Your mom was a major influence on my life. I just learned of her passing. I know you miss her. I di. ”
2 of 30 | Posted by: Jim Mccollum - Baldwin, GA

“As a graduate of the 1972 class at DHHS, I was one of the students who learned from her both in the classroom and in her living room.  As I look...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Joan Wansley Down - Landenberg, PA

“She was an educator in the true sense--not just in the classroom, but in the lives of the young people who loved her for her understanding way and...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Alan Kaye - Cairo, GA

“Mrs. Eyles was one of the most amazing teacher/persons a student at Druid Hills High school could have.  The times at her house were amazing,...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Gail Peeler - Atlanta, GA

“Mrs. Eyles was a wonderful and caring teacher and kept lasting friendships with her students.  Fondly remember her stories and the fieldtrips to...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Jeannie Mayer Lippy - Stone Mtn, GA

“Mrs. Eyles was one of those special people who teenagers were drawn to during the years they needed guidance and understanding, but hadn't come to...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Sallie Pierce Metcalfe - GA

“Mary was a great teacher of life:  how to live it.  What a wonderful role model she was to so many.  We are so fortunate to have had...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Pierce - Bainbridge Island, WA

“I remember no biology from Mrs. Eyles class.  This is no poor reflection on her though, science was not my thing.  What I do remember so...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Jennifer Deer (Johnson) - Durham, NC

“Mary brought her personal wisdom into the classroom in a way few teachers are able to do.  She taught us values as well as biology.  She...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Debra Hunter - San Rafael, CA

“No one person other family inspired me to enjoy the outdoors like she did.  My favorite place on the planet is the Okefenokee Swamp.  I...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Earl M. Walker jr. - Leadville, CO

“The many lives that she has touched will be a tribute to her. ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: Keith Maxey - Gainesville, GA

“Mrs, Eyles opened her heart and her home up to many of us in need of direction.  You always new that you always had a good friend and listener...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Sherrie Pirhalla Braxton - FL

“A remarkable teacher and a remarkable person ”
14 of 30 | Posted by: Keith Perdue - Acworth, GA

“Mrs. Eyles will be missed by all who knew her. Her work at Druid Hills High School touched and affected all who came to know her.Condolences to Mrs....Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: David Zion - Marietta, GA

“Just want to thank God for the life of a wonderful lady. ”
16 of 30 | Posted by: Bob Manross - Athens, GA

“Mrs. Eyles was a wonderful and caring teacher and kept lasting friendships with her students.  Fondly remember her stories and the fieldtrips to...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Jeannie Mayer Lippy - Stone Mtn, GA

“She was an educator in the true sense--not just in the classroom, but in the lives of the young people who loved her for her understanding way and...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Alan Kaye - Cairo, GA

“Mrs. Eyles was one of the most amazing teacher/persons a student at Druid Hills High school could have.  The times at her house were amazing,...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Gail Peeler - Atlanta, GA

“Mrs. Eyles was one of those special people who teenagers were drawn to during the years they needed guidance and understanding, but hadn't come to...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Sallie Pierce Metcalfe - GA

“Mary was a great teacher of life:  how to live it.  What a wonderful role model she was to so many.  We are so fortunate to have had...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Pierce - Bainbridge Island, WA

“I remember no biology from Mrs. Eyles class.  This is no poor reflection on her though, science was not my thing.  What I do remember so...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Jennifer Deer (Johnson) - Durham, NC

“No one person other family inspired me to enjoy the outdoors like she did.  My favorite place on the planet is the Okefenokee Swamp.  I...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Earl M. Walker jr. - Leadville, CO

“The many lives that she has touched will be a tribute to her. ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Keith Maxey - Gainesville, GA

“As a graduate of the 1972 class at DHHS, I was one of the students who learned from her both in the classroom and in her living room.  As I look...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Joan Wansley Down - Landenberg, PA

“Mrs, Eyles opened her heart and her home up to many of us in need of direction.  You always new that you always had a good friend and listener...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Sherrie Pirhalla Braxton - FL

“A remarkable teacher and a remarkable person ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: Keith Perdue - Acworth, GA

“Mrs. Eyles will be missed by all who knew her. Her work at Druid Hills High School touched and affected all who came to know her.Condolences to Mrs....Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: David Zion - Marietta, GA

“Just want to thank God for the life of a wonderful lady. ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Bob Manross - Athens, GA

“Mary brought her personal wisdom into the classroom in a way few teachers are able to do.  She taught us values as well as biology.  She...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Debra Hunter - San Rafael, CA


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Mary Stipe Eyles died on Monday, August 29, 2005, beloved by many. Mary was born Mary Steed Stipe on March 7, 1917 in Oxford, Georgia, the third child of John Gordon Stipe and Annie Zuleika Dillard.  Her father was at that time a professor of Spanish at Emory College.  The family moved to Atlanta in 1919 after Emory University was established in its present location.  At Emory her father served successively as Registrar, Dean of Admissions, and finally Vice President and Dean of Faculty  Mary recalled cups of warm milk straight from the cow they kept at their house on Clifton Road, her father setting traps for rabbits nearby, reading Louisa May Alcott by a stream that ran through what is now Druid Hills High School, and the premier of ?Gone With the Wind?.  Mary attended Agnes Scott College and then transferred to Emory, one of the first women admitted there.  At Emory she met her future husband Don E. Eyles in the office of biology professor Woolford Baker.  They shared a passion for natural science and were married on June 17, 1941.  Don became a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service.  While heading a laboratory in Memphis, Tennessee he serendipitously discovered that contrary to accepted opinion a human could get ?monkey malaria?.  The discovery led to an assignment to study malaria transmission under natural conditions in Malaya.  Malaya was Mary?s greatest adventure. There were three children by now, a dog named Benny, a pet gibbon named Wah Two, and geckos crawling on the walls.  There were expeditions in jeeps to take blood smears of people living deep in the jungle, and side trips to Cambodia and Singapore  Her husband Don died in 1963.  Mary returned to Atlanta and started a new life as a science teacher at Druid Hills High School ? where she herself had graduated in 1934.  At Druid Hills Mary became a legend.  She felt that in the modern world a person needed to know biology to be a good citizen. She knew how to pique her students? interest.  She took them on field trips, and invited them to her house for ?brains and eggs?.  When they studied fungi, she brought blue cheese and crackers.  In 1971 she was honored as the best biology teacher in Georgia? (Atlanta Journal, May 26, 1971).  For years the living room of her house near the high school was the scene of nightly gatherings of her students and former students, often into the wee hours.  ?I may have taught more in my living room than in my classroom? she said.  Many of her students credit her as a major influence on their lives, and have kept in close contact ever since.  She has been proud of them as well.  Mary Eyles is survived by her three children: Don E. Eyles Jr. of Boston, Massachusetts; Mary Anne McGarraugh of Scotts Valley, California; John G. Eyles of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and two grandchildren Patrick and Kathleen McGarraugh.  Several years ago Mary Eyles wrote and published her memoirs under the title ?I?ve Been Writing a Book Since I was Ten Years Old?.  A Memorial Celebration will be held at Cannon Chapel, Emory University, at 1:30 PM on Monday September 5.  Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.



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