Mary Margaret Perry
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Mary Margaret Perry

Mary Perry
Personal information
Full nameMary Margaret Perry
Born(1943-01-03)January 3, 1943
Burbank, California, U.S.
DiedJune 3, 2012(2012-06-03) (aged 69)
Medford, Oregon, U.S.

Mary Margaret Perry (January 3, 1943 – June 3, 2012)[1] was an American volleyball player. She competed at the 1964 and the 1968 Summer Olympics.[2] She died at home of the rare disease, multiple system atrophy.

Early life

Perry was born in Burbank, California, in 1943. Her passion for volleyball began when she enrolled in Pierce Junior College and grew after she formed the South California volleyball team, the Renegades.[3]


In 1963, Perry was chosen for the US Women's Volleyball Team to compete at the Pan American Games in São Paulo, Brazil. The team won the gold medal. At the top of her sport throughout the 1960s, she went on to participate in two Olympiads in 1964 in Tokyo and the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Life after the Olympics

After graduating from Cal State Northridge with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1971, Perry taught and coached in Honolulu and at Cal State Hayward, where she earned her master's degrees in P.E. and Education.

Perry moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1986 and assisted coaching women's volleyball at Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University). She received her third master's degree in psychology from S.O.S.C. and coached senior citizens in fitness through Elderhostel. She produced the acclaimed fitness video, "Early Morning Stretch" and worked with geriatric patients through Jackson County Mental Health until her retirement in 2002.


In 1984, Perry was inducted into the Cal State Northridge Athletics Hall of Fame.[4] In 2009, she was awarded the Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player Award and was inducted into the U.S. Volleyball Hall of Fame.[5]


Perry died at home of the rare disease, multiple system atrophy. At first she was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease but that was later defined as Multiple System Atrophy, aka Parkinson plus syndrome.[6]


  1. ^ "Obituaries Audrey Young, Mary Perry". LA Times. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Mary Perry". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Self Bio at the USA Volleyball Portal". Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Cal State Northridge Mourns the Passing of Former Volleyball Great Mary Perry". Archived from the original on June 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "2009 USA Volleyball's Highest Award". Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Official memorial and bio". Retrieved 2012.[permanent dead link]

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