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Mary Shilling taught speech at Taylor in 1901, then became the university’s first lady when her husband, John Shilling, became the acting president in 1902 following President Thaddeus Reade’s death. In June 1903, John left the presidency to pursue additional studies, only to pass away in 1904. Mary, with two sons to provide for, then returned to Upland to teach art at Taylor and the local public schools until retiring in 1930.