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Name: Schlayer, Mary (1915-1987)
Fuller Form: Mary Elizabeth Schlayer

Historical Note:

Mary Elizabeth Schlayer was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 1, 1915.  In 1938 she received her B.S. from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University). She earned her M.A. in 1946 from the University of Hawaii and her Ed.D. from the University of Florida in 1951.  She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II where she became Lieutenant Commander and the first woman in U.S. History to commission two warships.  She received four Navy commendations and served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1942 to 1956.  She was editor of Texas-Club Women from 1962-1964.

Ms. Schlayer was involved with institutions of higher education, serving as coordinator of several programs, consultant, and lecturer, as well as with several women’s and charitable organizations in Houston, Texas.  From 1956 to 1964 she served as the publicity chair of the Home Economics Scholarship Group at the University of Houston, and was also a member of the library advisory committee.  From 1972 to 1975 she was the advisory director of Liberty Bank in Houston, and director of Bank of Harris County, Texas.

Her book How to be a Financially Secure Woman (authored with Marilyn H. Cooley), was first published in 1977 by Rawson, followed by a re-issue in 1978 and a Book Club edition in 1979, both by the same publisher; and paperback editions by Ballantine Books in 1979 and 1987.


Contemporary Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television and Other Fields. Detroit: Gale Research, 1990, Volume 129.

Who’s Who of American Women. 10th ed., 1977-1978. Wilmette, Ill. : Marquis

Who’s Who, 1978.

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