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News - June 25, 2014

Obituary: Mary Madison, journalist, Menlo Park resident

Mary Massey Madison, a veteran reporter and longtime resident of Menlo Park, died of heart failure on May 1 at Stanford Hospital. She was 82.

A memorial service will be held on July 22 at 2 p.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. A reception will follow.

Born on June 2, 1931, at the then Palo Alto Hospital (later Hoover Pavilion at Stanford), she was raised in Burlingame and then attended Stanford University, earning a bachelor's degree in journalism.

While at Stanford she served as an editor of the Stanford Daily newspaper with her future husband, James Madison.

They married soon after graduating in 1953 and were married for 60 years. They moved to Menlo Park in September 1956, and she lived there for the rest of her life.

Her time as a journalist, which lasted 40 years, included reporting roles at the Palo Alto Times, the Redwood City Tribune and the Peninsula Times Tribune, as well as work as a correspondent for the San Francisco Examiner, United Press International and the San Francisco Chronicle.

She also served as an adjunct instructor of journalism at Stanford. She retired in 1997.

Her reporting work garnered her a few awards, including a Pulitzer Prize honorable mention and a first place award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for her coverage of an apartment fire in Redwood City.

She is survived by her husband, James Madison of Menlo Park; her son, Michael Madison of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Matthew Madison of Denver, Colorado; and Molly Caouette of Sacramento; and three grandchildren, Kate, Dave and Carly.


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