In the Washington National Cathedral, Mary Ann French and Augustus Lindsey Palmer, Jr. were joined in marriage by the Rt. Rev. John Walker, Bishop of the Diocese of Washington assisted by the Rev. William Van Croft of Saint Luke's Episcopal Church. The ceremony took place on New Year's Eve which was followed by the renewal of marriage vows by the bride's parents, Dr. and Mrs. David Marshall French of Washington, D.C., Newton, Mass., and Abidgan, Ivory Coast -- who were married the same date 35 years ago as were her maternal grandparents, Mrs. William James Howard and the late Dr. Howard, in 1915. Mr. Palmer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Lindsey Palmer of this city, formerly of Houston, Tx.
The bride wore her mother's ivory satin wedding dress with cathedral train and the 12 attendants were in medieval red velvet designed by D. Jason Wood. Lynn Carol French was her sister's honor attendant and the groom's father, the best man.
Mrs. Palmer, a 6th generation Washingtonian, descends from Arthur Waring, an official in the American Society of Free Persons of Color (1830); William Waring, a lawyer and minister, was chaplain in the Civil War and later first pastor of Berean Baptist Church and trustee of the then new Howard University, and a founding officer of Capital Savings Bank, the first black bank in the country; Dr. James H. N. Waring, also a trustee of Howard, established one of the first free health clinics in this city, the first Boy Scout troop for Negro youths in Washington and was an educational administrator; The Rev. William J. Howard was pastor of Zion Baptist Church and noted for his humanitarian activities. Dorothy Waring Howard, a pioneer in nursery school education, established one of the first private schools, The Garden of Children, in 1929. Mrs. Palmer is also granddaughter of the late mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blaine French of Columbus, Ohio.
An alumna of the National Cathedral School here, the bride attended Boston University and Johns Hopkins University where she is a candidate for a master's at the School of Advanced International Studies. Her father, a surgeon and public health physician well-known in the field of international health, is a professor at Boston University Medical School and currently directs the 20-country Project for Strengthening Health Delivery Systems in Central and West Africa based in Abidjan. Her mother, Carolyn Howard French, is a specialist in early childhood education and administration.
Mr. Palmer, a financial analyst is a graduate of Deerfield Academy (Mass.) and Johns Hopkins University. He is with the management consulting firm, The Omega Group, Inc., in Washington. His father is Assistant Treasurer of Howard University and Financial Director of the Howard University Hospital. His mother, Mrs. Mercedes Palmer, is a child development specialist and consultant. The groom's grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hardwick of Savannah, Ga., where Mr. Hardwick was an educator and contractor, and of the late Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Palmer of Newport News, Va., prominent contributing citizens of the community.
The newlyweds make their home in Washington, D.C. after a wedding trip to the Ivory Coast.