Mary Perry, a member of the Pierce athletic hall of fame, 1964 and ‘68 U.S Olympic volleyball player and gold medal winner on the U.S national team in the 1967 Pan-Am Games, died Sunday night.
According to the LA Times, Perry suffered from a degenerative neurological disorder called multiple system atrophy, she was 69.
Perry attended Pierce College for four years in the early 60’s, she maintained herself active with many sports including volleyball, softball and track and field.
Athletic director at Pierce Bob Lofrano announced her death Monday via email and said she was introduced to the Pierce athletic hall of fame in January.
Perry was also a member of the hall of fame at California State University, Northridge, according to the LA Times.
“Thank you Mary for being a Brahma, thank you Mary, for being a trailblazer in women’s sports, thank you Mary for doing what you did so our women can play sports,” Lofrano said in the announcement.