Mary G. Waggoner, former NASA spokeswoman, dies at 86

November 13, 2013

Mary G. Waggoner, a former public affairs officer and spokeswoman for NASA, died Nov. 4 at Capital Caring’s Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington County. She was 86.

The cause was complications from diabetes, said her niece Anne Odland.

Mrs. Waggoner was a longtime District resident and worked for NASA for more than 15 years before her retirement in the late 1980s.

Mary Anita Griffin was born in Boston and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University in 1948. Before settling in Washington, she worked for nearly two decades in New York as a reporter and writer with the CondéNast publishing company.

In retirement, Mrs. Waggoner was a docent at the National Gallery of Art and volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Capital Caring hospice organization.

Her first marriage, to Joseph Fitzpatrick, ended in divorce.

Her second husband, Miles Waggoner, died in 1998 after 12 years of marriage.

She had no immediate survivors.

— Emily Langer