Mary Maxwell Gates
Name: Mary Maxwell Gates
Occupation: Teacher
Gender: Female
Birth Day: July 5, 1929
Death Date: Jun 10, 1994 (age 64)
Age: Aged 64
Birth Place: Seattle, United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Mary Maxwell Gates

Mary Maxwell Gates was born on July 5, 1929 in Seattle, United States (64 years old). Mary Maxwell Gates is a Teacher, zodiac sign: Cancer. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: $5 Million - $10 Million (Approx.).


She took on a number of volunteer roles that included serving the boards of the Children's Hospital Foundation and the Seattle Symphony.

Net Worth 2020

$5 Million - $10 Million (Approx.)
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Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Libby G. MacPhee Children N/A N/A N/A
#2 Kristi Gates Daughter N/A N/A N/A
#3 Libby Gates Daughter N/A N/A N/A
#4 James Willard Maxwell Father N/A N/A N/A
#5 Jennifer Katharine Gates Granddaughter N/A N/A N/A
#6 Phoebe Adele Gates Granddaughter N/A N/A N/A
#7 Rory John Gates Grandson N/A N/A N/A
#8 Adele Thompson Mother N/A N/A N/A
#9 Bill Gates Bill Gates Son $116 Billion $1 Million 65 Entrepreneur
#10 Bill Gates Sr. Spouse N/A N/A N/A
#11 Oscar Rodman Oakley N/A N/A N/A
#12 Isabella A. Thompson N/A N/A N/A
#13 Louisa Mary Woodworth N/A N/A N/A

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As per our current Database, Mary Maxwell Gates died on Jun 10, 1994 (age 64).


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Before Fame

She earned a degree in education from the University of Washington in 1950.


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Mary Ann Maxwell was born in Seattle, Washington on July 5, 1929, to James Willard Maxwell (Nebraska, 1901–1960), a banker, and his wife, whom he married in c. 1927, Adele Thompson (c. 1903–1987, probably born in Enumclaw, Washington). Her paternal grandfather, James Willard Maxwell (1864–1951), was president of the National City Bank in Seattle from 1911 to 1929 and a director of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.


Gates graduated from Seattle's Roosevelt High School and then attended the nearby University of Washington, where she received a degree in education in 1950. She married UW law graduate William H. Gates, Sr. in 1951, and she taught school in the early 1950s. After her husband co-founded the law practice that became Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle, Gates turned to a variety of civic activities. Gates' volunteer roles in Seattle and King County included serving on the boards of the Children's Hospital Foundation, Seattle Symphony, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, United Way of King County, and many other nonprofit organizations. She served as President of the Junior League of Seattle from 1966 to 1967.


In 1975, Governor Daniel J. Evans appointed Gates to the board of regents for her alma mater, where she led the movement on the board to divest the University of Washington's holdings in South Africa to protest apartheid. In addition, Gates served on the UW Foundation Board of Directors, the UW Medical Center Board, and the UW School of Business Administration's Advisory Board.


Beyond the Seattle area, Gates was appointed to the board of directors of the national United Way in 1980, becoming the first woman to lead it in 1983. Her tenure on the national board's executive committee is believed to have helped Microsoft, based in Seattle, at a crucial time. In 1980, she discussed her son's company with John Opel, a fellow committee member, and the chairman of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). Opel, by some accounts, mentioned Mrs. Gates to other IBM executives. A few weeks later, IBM took a chance by hiring Microsoft, then a small software firm, to develop an operating system for its first personal computer.


Gates died at age 64 on June 10, 1994, at her home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle after suffering from breast cancer for several months. Since then, her family has established two endowments in her name at the University of Washington. The UW's Mary Gates Hall is named in her honor and houses the UW's Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, the Career Center, and the Information School. A street on the northeast section of campus, formerly Union Bay Place, is named for her.

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