Bachelor, University of California, Berkeley, 1942; Master of Arts (School Social Service Administration scholar), University of Chicago, 1947; Master of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, 1973.
She concentrated on social work, however, and received a Bachelor in 1942 from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master"s degree in 1947 from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. During World World War II she was held in the internment camp at Tule Lake for a year because of her Japanese ethnicity. From 1947-1969, she worked in the field of social work in Chicago, starting out as a case worker and eventually teaching as an Assistant Professor for Field Work at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, 1960-1969.
She then went on to teach photography at Columbia College Chicago for seven years.
Mary Koga died in Chicago on 8 June 2001.
Member National Association of Social Workers, Japan American Society Chicago, Inc. (board directors since 1960), society Photograph Education, Friends of Photography, Photograph Society, Arts Club of Chicago.
Married Albert M. Koga, June 28, 1947.