Mary Lou (Williams) Paullin ’46

Posted On - Nov. 10


Mary Lou Paullin '46Mary Lou (Williams) Paullin ’46 passed away Sept. 29 at the age of 96.

M’Lou Williams was born in May 1925 in Oklahoma. Her family later relocated to Los Angeles and she attended Beverly Hills High School, where she met her husband, Leslie Paullin. They both attended UCLA and remained devout Bruins for their entire lifetimes.

As a student at UCLA, M’Lou earned her B.A. degree in educational psychology, was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and was Panhellenic President. In 1967, M’Lou served as the vice president of the UCLA Alumni Association and founded the UCLA Las Donas service organization. In 1974, she was honored with the UCLA Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.
Mary Lou Paullin '46
M’Lou’s greatest loves were God, her family and UCLA. Even though she eventually moved to Seattle, Washington, she never missed a Bruin football game and often quoted her friend John Wooden.

She is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren, including Shauna Davidson McManus ’01, who provided this biography, and eight great-grandchildren.

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