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biologist , educator , endocrinologist

Mary Downey Coyne, American endocrinologist, biologist, educator. National Institutes of Health fellow, 1964-1966; grantee National Science Foundation ROA, 1985-1986, 92-93, Research Corporation, 1980-1982, National Institutes of Health, 1967-1973, 93-97.


Coyne, Mary Downey was born on January 17, 1938 in Lynn, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of James Edward and Mary Kate (Martin) Downey.


AB, Emmanuel College, 1959. Master of Arts, Wellesley College, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, University Virginia, 1964.

Student, Harvard/Arnold Arboretum Landscape Design Institute, 2004.


Instructor physiology University Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, 1966—1967, assistant professor, 1967—1968, Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, 1968—1970, clinical assistant professor, 1970—1972. Assistant professor Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 1970—1974, chairman biological science department, 1975—1978, 1982—1984, professor biological science, 1980—2002, professor emerita, since 2002. Visiting lecturer pharmacology Harvard Medical School, 1978-1979.

Visiting scientist graduate department biochemistry Brandeis Waltham, Massachusetts, 1985-1986, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, 1991-1992, United States Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, 1998-1999. Member endocrinology study section National Institutes of Health, 1989-1992. Consultant, reviewer high school biology texts, journal articles in field.


  • Other Work

    • Presenter science papers to professional conferences.


Board directors Citizens for Wellesley Public Education, 1985-1988. Chairman Committee on Science Education of Wellesley, 1986-1988. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Endocrine Society, American Physiological Society.


Married John Andrew Coyne, June 24, 1961. Children: Carolyn Marie, John Andrew Junior.

James Edward Downey

Mary Kate (Martin) Downey

John Andrew Coyne

Carolyn Marie Coyne

John Andrew Junior Coyne