Mary Duke Biddle

Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hundreds Of Items From Duke-Semans Estate Up For Auction

A Steinway piano along with about 500 other items from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans' estate will be up for auction this weekend.
Credit Brunk Auctions

This weekend, bidders will have the opportunity to take home a piece of North Carolina history when hundreds of items from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans' estate go up for auction.

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.

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Education
6:45 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Mary DBT Semans Remembered at Duke Chapel

Funeral Services for Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans at Duke Chapel.
Duke University

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.   Duke President Richard Brodhead described Semans as the university’s principal link to Duke’s founding generation.  Leoneda Inge produced this audio postcard from Semans’ funeral.

Music performer:  The Ciompi Quartet

The Rev. Dennis Campbell:  When Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was born Duke University was no more than a twinkle in her great uncle’s eye.”

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Education
6:05 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Remembering Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

Mary D.B.T Semans
The Duke Endowment

A well-respected civic and philanthropic leader died yesterday in Durham.  Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was the great grand-daughter of Washington Duke - for which Duke University is named.   Family ties also include The American Tobacco Company and what is known today as Duke Energy.  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.

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