Mary Giovannetti Mahoney

Published in The Washington Post on May 16, 2020


MARY G. MAHONEY Washington, DC Educator Mary
Giovannetti Maloney, a Washington educator who retired
in 1985 as principal of Anne Beers School for
elementary children died May 9, 2020, at her home in
Oak Hill, Virginia.

Mrs. Maloney joined the District of Columbia school
system in 1944 as a teacher at Pierce Elementary School and later at Davis
Elementary School. As a young classroom teacher in the 1940s and 1950s, Mrs.
Maloney expanded the horizons of her students by actively engaging them in the world
around them. Her innovative hands-on learning experiences gained her notoriety from
the local NBC-TV station when her sixth-grade class built and furnished a model
replica of the White House as part of a history lesson.

In 1957, she became a supervisor of elementary education for the DC Public School
System where she instilled in teachers the importance of igniting the imaginations of
children with the goal of making District students life-time learners and contributors. In
1965, Mrs. Maloney became the principal of Anne Beers School where she brought the
highest level of dedication and commitment to putting education at the center for
students, parents, and the entire Anne Beers community. For two decades Mrs.
Maloney brought a strong stable force to the Anne Beers community -- challenging
students to make their world a better place. In the 1970s, when President Jimmy Carter
asked students across the country to become good stewards of our Nation's natural
resources, Mrs. Maloney with students, teachers and parents led a beautification effort
to enhance the grounds of Anne Beers School. Her efforts continued in the 1980s
where Mrs. Maloney was instrumental in building support throughout the DC community
for a science center which composed an entire wing of Anne Beers School. The
Center served as a demonstration project in the D.C. Public School System where the
goal was to enhance students' curiosity in their world and develop their scientific
interest and abilities. In 1986 shortly after Mrs. Maloney's retirement the Center was
applauded by the U.S. Department of Education for its objective in enhancing scientific
thinking and discovery.

Mrs. Maloney was a proud native Washingtonian and a graduate of
Eastern High
and Wilson Teacher's College (predecessor to the University of the District of
Columbia). She received her master's degree in elementary education from George
Washington University in 1946.

She was a member of Saint John Neumann's Catholic Church in Reston, Virginia. Her
husband of 57 years, James E. Maloney died in 2003.

Survivors include four children, Katherine Valltos and Dr. Joseph (Gail) Maloney of Oak
Hill, Virginia; James (Lynne) Maloney of Springfield, Virginia; and Mary Ann (Mitchell)
Komaroff of Vienna, Virginia; a sister, Dr. Rita Cameron of Fort Washington, Maryland;
eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

The Family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Maloney's caregivers in
the final years of her life. The love and devotion of Trudy LaGuardia, Pat Thomas, and
her live-in-caregiver Ciony Corpus will never be forgotten.

There will be a final interment service at Resurrection Cemetery in Maryland.

A Memorial Service will be arranged at a later date at St. Peter's Catholic Church in
Washington, DC.

There will be a final interment service at Resurrection Cemetery in Maryland.