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Mary Lee Dickinson

Obituary for Mary Lee Dickinson

November 13, 1942 - July 6, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 75

... focused on the wellbeing of the citizens of Texas, especially children ...


Mary Lee Dickinson, "Lee" as she was known to all, of San Antonio and Spring Branch died on July 6, 2018 at DeMatel House of the Village at Incarnate Word in San Antonio. A resident of the Village for several years, Lee died of complications of Lewy body dementia and Parkinson's disease. Lee was born in Lubbock, TX on November 13, 1942 to Granville Lee and Martha Clowe Dickinson. Her brother Dan and sister M. Clowe predeceased her. Although she grew up primarily in the Washington D.C. area, Lee treasured the early years on her family's ranch in New Mexico.

Lee's professional career focused on the wellbeing of the citizens of Texas, especially children. She retired as Assistant General Counsel for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, where she began work in 1999. She received a J.D. from the University of Santa Clara and studied at Oxford as part of her legal training. Her first career was as a psychologist providing clinical intervention and support to children and later helping pediatricians develop those skills in working with their patients. After receiving a PhD in clinical and physiological psychology from the University of Georgia, Lee was Program Director for child and adolescent psychiatric care at San Jose Hospital. She then returned to Texas and worked at the San Antonio Children's Center where she also supervised post-graduate Fellows in psychology and child/adolescent psychiatry. At the same time, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center where she worked on curriculum and research for pediatric interns and residents. Both her legal and psychological careers were informed by her quick and deep perceptions of clients and her critical assessment of pretense. We are all the better for her work.

Lee was also an accomplished pianist and maker of beaded baskets who travelled the world for inspiration and her own education. She loved learning and enjoyed nothing more than a quiet weekend in her library.

Lee is survived by her niece Cloanne Hobson and her nephew Kevin Neill; great nephews Daman and Dexter Aaron and by the family of friends who have cared for her during these last years including Cornelia Beach, Kristin Hanson, Jeannine Kauffman and Jeanie Crosby.

All are welcome to attend a memorial service at the Chapel at the Village at Incarnate Word on Saturday, July 21st at 1:00 PM.

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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