Dr. Mary Speirs served as Dean of the College of Home Economics, 1954-1971.
Led the faculty through detailed planning for additions to Dawson Hall and the Child Development Laboratory and won support from the Georgia General Assembly so that money was made available to more than double the facilities of the School of Home Economics. The addition to Dawson Hall was named Speirs Hall in honor of Mary in 1984.
First Georgian to be nominated by the American Dietetic Association for the office of Speaker-Elect of the ADA House of Delegates.
Recognized by Progressive Farmer as Woman of the Year in Agriculture in 1959.
Named Georgia’s first Distinguished Dietitian by the Georgia Dietetic Association in 1969.
Membership in Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Tau Sigma, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Gamma Sigma Delta, American Men of Science, Georgia Future Homemaker Association and Pillsbury Awards Council.