Mary Perry, a 1984 inductee into the Cal State Northridge Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away Sunday night in Medford, Ore. according to her family.
Perry, a volleyball player from Burbank who played on 1964 and 1968 U.S. Olympic team and helped the U.S. National team win the gold medal at the 1967 Pan-American Games, had been suffering from multiple systems atrophy, a neurodegenerative disease.
She was inducted into the Cal State Northridge Hall of Fame in 1984 after a playing career that saw her earn All-America honors in 1972 and 1973 as well as win an AAU national championship at the end of the 1972 season. Perry's 1973 and 1974 teams both finished third at the AAU national championships.
"Mary was one of USAV's all-time greats and I remember her energy and vitality on the court," said Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball. "She was one of the most gifted and explosive players of her era who brought an uncommon enthusiasm to the game.
"It is never a pleasant task to acknowledge the passing of one of our greats, but Mary has left an edelible mark on our sport and the many teammates and friends who knew her so well and shared her great passion for life," added Beal.
- GO MATADORS -