DURHAM, N.C. – Mary Dinkins, a member of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 68.
Dinkins, a native of Plymouth, N.C., and 1972 graduate of Duke University, began her affiliation with the athletic department five decades ago as an undergraduate work study student. Hired by then head coach Mike McGee, she enjoyed a 22-year stint in the Blue Devil football office before transitioning into the role of Director of the Varsity Club in 1994, where she served as the liaison for all former Duke student-athletes and parents before retiring in April of 2016.
A memorial service will be held October 22 at the Duke University Chapel beginning at 10 a.m.
“To be sure, Mary Dinkins was an absolute treasure who devoted her entire career to Duke,” said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. “She always, and I emphasize ‘always’, put the best interests of Duke student-athletes at the very front of everything she did. No one cared more about their respective experiences. While Mary will be greatly missed by the entire Duke community, Mary’s enormous contributions to this department and campus will last forever.”
In addition to her service to Duke, Dinkins served as the school’s representative on the executive board and a past president of the Bill Dooley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Dinkins was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
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, N.C. 27708.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to www.clementsfuneralservice.com.