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A life well lived

Mary Egan with her daughter Tracy Egan

Mary Egan with her daughter Tracy Egan

— Mary’s daughter Tracy said Mary’s relationship with the children was special.

“If she found out what a child was interested in, she would find a book on that subject and gave it to the child,” said Tracy. “She opened the door to a world of reading.”

Mary Egan remembers one student, Brad Randall, who was always giving teachers trouble because he wouldn’t sit still.

“I told him if he couldn’t sit still, he could learn to read standing up,” she laughed.

Randall went on to become a prominent lawyer in the Florida area and came back several years ago to thank her.

Besides her daughter Tracy, who was a newscaster for local station WTEN until 2008, two other newscasters have graduated from the school district. Jessica Layton is a newscaster on local station WNYT and Kate Snow is a national reporter working for NBC.

Egan loved the theater and became involved in the Ballston Lake Theater along with her husband. A lifelong reader and writer, Mary wrote a book called “Billy’s Village” that contains stories of her husband’s hometown of Ballston Lake. She is currently working on a second book, “Mary’s City,” which is about her life in Arbor Hill and trips to the Adirondacks with her family.

Though the foundation’s visited was spurred by Egan’s donation that continues to touch the lives of students, it was also clear from the laughter in the air and the stories exchanged, that it is not just youngsters who are being touched by a life well lived.

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