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Mary Stenning Samaras

Mary Stenning Samaras, American entrepreneur, educator, video producer. Fellow in special education United States Office Education, 1971, 72. Member National Society Autistic Citizens.


  • Samaras, Mary Stenning was born on June 19, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Walter Jeffrey and Laura Eugenia (Karas) Stenning.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Wayne State University, 1949. Master of Arts, Wayne State University, 1952. Doctor of Education, University Southern California, 1974.


    • Speech therapist Michigan and California Public Schools, 1951-1970. Director Claremont (California) Speech & Reading Laboratory, 1965-1970. Teacher California Public Schools, 1965-1975.

      Instructor Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California, 1975-1990. President Nuvo, Ltd., since 1988. Appointed by Governor of California, State Board on Development Disabilities, 1980-1984.


    • Producer (videos) The Art of Table Napkin Folding, 1989, Fold-Along Napkin Art, 1991, Read English Today, 1993. Inventor ornamental fingertip prosthesis. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Denomination: Unitarian Universalist


    Member National Society Autistic Citizens.



    Folk singing, drawing, nature walks, reading, theater.


    • Married Thomas T. Samaras, June 1962 (divorced 1982). Children: William T. Jones, Daniel V. Jones.
    • father: Walter Jeffrey Stenning
    • mother: Laura Eugenia (Karas) Stenning
    • spouse: Thomas T. Samaras
    • children: William T. Jones Samaras
    • Daniel V. Jones Samaras
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    • 1949
      Wayne State University
    • 1952
      Wayne State University
    • 1974
      University Southern California
    • 1951 - 1970
      Speech therapist Michigan and California Public Schools
    • 1965 - 1970
      director, Claremont (California) Speech & Reading Laboratory
    • 1965 - 1975
      teacher, California Public Schools
    • 1975 - 1990
      instructor, Southwestern College
      Chula Vista, California, United States
    • 1988
      president, Nuvo