From the New York Times, Friday, August 20, 1963. Mary Regan was a daughter of Margaret Hanrahan Regan, daughter of Patrick and Johanna's daughter Mary Rose. Her name was misspelled "Rehan" on a marquee early in her career and she spelled it that way professionally from then on:


Mary Rehan, a Tariff Lawyer and a Former Actress, is Dead

State and Film Performer Changed Careers in '20s -- Founded Legal Firm


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis., Aug. 29 -- Mary Rehan, a lawyer and former actress, died yesterday at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She was 76 years old.

Miss Rehan, a native of Chippewa Falls, maintained a law office at 230 East 71st Street in New York. She specialized in tariff law in recent years and was reputedly the first woman admitted to practice before the United States Customs Court.

She was a former chairman of the jury award of the American Women's Association and a founder and patron of the International Bar Association.

After having studied at the Superior (Wis.) Normal School, Miss Rehan acted with the Ben Greet Players in New York in 1913. She played under the direction of the late Jessie Bonstelle, who developed many stars and had roles in films produced by Gaumont Pictures during World War I.

She appeared in "The Prince and the Pauper" with William Faversham; as Jo in "Little Women" and as Night in Maeterlinck's "Blue Bird". During the war she went to France to manage the Stage Women's War Relief.

Miss Rehan gave up acting for law during the nineteen-twenties and received an LL.B. degree from the Brooklyn Law School in 1927. During her first 10 years of practice she was with the New York firm of Barnes, Chilvers & Halstead. In 1937 she founded a firm there and later opened a Washington branch.

Miss Rehan had been secretary and treasurer of the Museum of Costume Art, which she helped found in 1937. She was a director of the Costume Institute of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and an honorary life fellow of the museum.

Miss Rehan had been a director of the Women's National Republican Club. She supported Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Presidency in 1932, but in 1936, when he sought a second term, she helped organize and became national treasurer of the Independent Coalition of American Women, an anti-New Deal group. In 1954 she received the New York State Citation of Merit.

Two sisters, Mrs. Willard Bunn and Mrs. Paul McKay, survive.


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