Former College Hill resident Mary Floyd passed away recently in Indianapolis. She was 75. The cause of death was cancer. Mary was a very private person and didn’t tell anyone about her illness. She died in June.
Mary lived at 917 Carr Street from 1991 to 2009. She was a good neighbor and a good friend. A professor emerita of history at UNCG, she taught at the school for 26 years. She specialized in Latin American history. After retiring, she returned to Indianapolis, her home town, to care for her mother, who died in February at age 95.
On Mary’s retirement in 2009, the university wrote:
As a teacher, Floyd always displayed an exemplary commitment to improving her students’ writing skills. She was also a pioneer in two important departmental initiatives. When the department launched a departmental advising system, Floyd took a leading role in making it successful. She also was among the first in the history department to develop online courses. Though many faculty members were hesitant to put the considerable up-front time required to develop an online course and were perhaps a bit intimidated by the technical aspects of online teaching, Floyd eagerly made the transition to this new method of delivering course content.