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Mary F. Ward 1925-1999
First Historic Site Recognising a San Diego Preservationist
By Beth Montes
On February 27, 2003, a Mission Hills home was designated a historic site by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board. Site No. 572, located on Sheridan Avenue, has been named the Mary F. Ward/Emmor Brooke Weaver House. It is becoming more rare to have a home designated due to its association with a historic person. Homes are being primarily designated for their architectural features or design by noted architects. What makes this designation even more rare is the fact that Mrs. Ward died fairly recently, in 1999. Normally the historic person must be noted for his or her works fifty or more years ago. Mary had to be acknowledged as "an exceptional person in her field" to win this recognition.
What made Mary Ward so special? Her absolute dedication to history and historic preservation. Mary gave untold volunteer hours over many years to her passion. In 1986, Mrs. Ward's capabilities were officially recognized when she was hired as the County of San Diego's first historian. She retained that position until her death on January 1, 1999.
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