Mary Louise Wright
Passed Away

We are all saddened by this news.




Subject: Mary Louise Wright

It is great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our dear friend and 
colleague, Mary Louise Wright last evening [December 15, 2004]at 9:50 pm. 

Please remember her with affection.


11:12 PM 12/16/2004


Dear friend and colleague Mary Louise Wright passed away yesterday evening after a long 
battle with cancer. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her throughout her long 
and distinguished career in the sport of figure skating.

Mary Louise excelled at the sport at an early age. She became just the 24th skater to pass the Gold Figure Test and quickly rose through the ranks of the ladies division, skating in national novice ladies in 1938 and national junior ladies in 1939. She was also a member of the 1940 U.S. Champion Four and the 1941 North American Champion Four.
Mary Louise received her first appointment as a judge in 1939 and became a national judge in 1943.
Over the course of her off-ice career, she judged 13 World Championships, two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1992), four North American Championships, 30 U.S. Championships and many other international, regional and sectional competitions.
She proved invaluable to U.S. Figure Skating, serving as Chair of the College Figure Skating Committee from 1951-1953 and as Vice Chair of a number of technical committees. She was also an integral member of the Judging Standards Committee from 1943-1945, which prepared the first training manual for judged in singles, titled; łEvaluation of Errors in School Figures.˛
Mary Louise is an honorary member of the Skating Club of Boston and was co-founder of the University of Minnesota FSC. She was recently elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and will be inducted at the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Ore., Jan. 14, 2005. Mary Louise will be missed dearly by us all. Charles U. Foster, President US Figure Skating UPDATE: 11:01 AM 12/17/2004 The following is from today's Boston Globe, Mary Louise (Premer) Wright 81, of Belmont, on December 15, 2004. Survived by her husband of 52 years Benjamin T. Wright; a brother Dr. Robert F. Premer & his wife Ruth of Minneapolis, MN; two nieces Dr. Danna M. Premer & her husband Dr. Kenneth Tegtmeyer of Portland, OR; Dr. Sidney L. Premer & her husband Dr. Stephen Migliori of East Greenwich, RI; & seven great-nieces & nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. There will be no visiting hours & the Interment is private. Donations in her memory to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215, the US Figure Skating Assoc. Memorial Fund, 20 First St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906 or to the charity of one's choice would be sincerely appreciated. Short, Williamson & Diamond 617-484-6900 Published in the Boston Globe on 12/17/2004. Thanks for your message. A copy of the formal notice that will be in The Boston Globe and Boston Herald newspapers on January 29, 30 and 31 is forwarded herewith. The memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 pm on February 1st (Mary Louise's birthday) at Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, with a reception to follow at the Winchester Country Club. Lenny Colarusso is the organist and our friend Major Steve Carroll of the Salvation Army in Cambridge will preside. Among those who will provide words of remembrance is Chuck Foster. Your circulating the information in "Skating News" will be greatly appreciated. Kindest regards, Ben WRIGHT, Mary Louise (Premer) – 81, of Belmont, on December 15, 2004. Survived by her husband of 52 years Benjamin T. Wright; a brother Dr. Robert F. Premer of Minneapolis MN; two nieces Dr. Danna M. Premer of Portland OR and Dr. Sidney L. Premer of East Greenwich RI; and seven great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on February 1, 2005 at the Story Chapel of Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge. No flowers please. A reception will follow immediately at the Winchester Country Club, 468 Mystic Street (Route 3 North), Winchester. Donations in her memory to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215, the US Figure Skating Association Memorial Fund, 20 First Street, Colorado Springs CO 80906 or to the charity of one’s choice would be sincerely appreciated. Short, Williamson & Diamond 617- 484-6900 Suggest the second notice be run in The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald on Friday through Sunday, January 28, 29 and 30, 2005