Mary Duke Biddle http://wunc.org en Hundreds Of Items From Duke-Semans Estate Up For Auction http://wunc.org/post/hundreds-items-duke-semans-estate-auction <p>This weekend, bidders will have the opportunity to take home a piece of North Carolina history when<a href="http://www.brunkauctions.com/search-catalogues/current-catalog/"> hundreds of items</a> from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans' estate go up for auction.</p><p>Semans was a longtime Durham philanthropist and the great-granddaughter of Washington Duke, who helped to create Duke University and founded the American Tobacco Company. She passed away in early 2012, and left a lifetime's collection of art, jewelry, furniture and household items behind.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Avery Kleinman 21098 at http://wunc.org Hundreds Of Items From Duke-Semans Estate Up For Auction Mary DBT Semans Remembered at Duke Chapel http://wunc.org/post/mary-dbt-semans-remembered-duke-chapel <p>The Duke family and hundreds of their closest friends and supporters filled Duke Chapel yesterday in Durham to say good-bye to Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans.&nbsp;&nbsp; Duke President Richard Brodhead described Semans as the university’s principal link to Duke’s founding generation.&nbsp; Leoneda Inge produced this audio postcard from Semans’ funeral.<br><br><strong>Music performer:&nbsp; </strong>The Ciompi Quartet<br><br><strong>The Rev. Dennis Campbell:&nbsp; </strong>When Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was born Duke University was no more than a twinkle in her great uncle’s eye.”</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 3345 at http://wunc.org Mary DBT Semans Remembered at Duke Chapel Remembering Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans http://wunc.org/post/remembering-mary-duke-biddle-trent-semans <p>A well-respected civic and philanthropic leader died yesterday in Durham.&nbsp; Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was the great grand-daughter of Washington Duke - for which Duke University is named.&nbsp;&nbsp; Family ties also include The American Tobacco Company and what is known today as Duke Energy.&nbsp; Semans will be remembered for her role in growing the arts in North Carolina, preserving health care for others and her fight for equality for women and African Americans.<br> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:05:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 3366 at http://wunc.org Remembering Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans