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Mary Elizabeth Dinkins

February 19, 1950 September 4, 2018
Mary Elizabeth Dinkins
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DURHAM: Mary Elizabeth Dinkins, age 68, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2018 at Duke Medical Pavilion in Durham. She was born in Plymouth, NC to the late Charles Wright Dinkins and Mary Ellen Spruill Dinkins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by the love of her life, Claude “T” Moorman, II.

Mary grew up in Plymouth where she developed lifelong friendships with her special “Plymouth Girls”. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School and a 1972 graduate of Duke University. Mary was affiliated with the Duke Athletic Department for nearly five decades before retiring in April of 2016. She began her service to Duke as an undergraduate work study student and enjoyed a 22-year stint in the Blue Devil football office before transitioning into the role of Director of the Varsity Club. For many generations of Duke student-athletes, Mary served as the sunny welcome and steadfast supporter through their time at Duke and beyond. She generously and skillfully connected the Duke network with her beautiful smile and pervasive optimism for the benefit of all. She was also the school’s representative on the executive board and past president of the Bill Dooley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. She was a member of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame induction Class of 2016.

Mary Elizabeth is survived by loving family, her cherished friends and her Duke Football and Varsity Club family.

A memorial service will be held at the Duke University Chapel at 10:00 am on October 22, 2018. A private graveside service will be held in her hometown.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial donations be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the “Mary Dinkins Football Fund”, which was established in the Fall of 2017 to honor Mary and her years of service to Duke Athletics and Duke’s student-athletes. This fund is a permanent endowment which provides unrestricted support to the Duke University Football program and will continue to support the student-athletes, coaches and the program well into the future. Donations to the Mary Dinkins Football Fund may be sent to the Iron Dukes Office c/o The Mary Dinkins Football Fund, Box 90542, Durham, NC 27708.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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10:00 AM 10/22/2018 10:00:00 AM
Duke University Chapel

401 Chapel Dr.
Durham, NC 27708

Duke University Chapel
401 Chapel Dr. Durham 27708 NC
United States

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