The Rev. Mary Elizabeth Laney, Class of 1986, an advocate for social justice who served congregations in Philadelphia and Gladwyne, died of cancer on November 19, 2012. Laney, a native Philadephian, was the rector of St. Gabriel's in the city's Feltonville section for 15 years until about 2005. At the time her death, she was assistant rector of St. Christopher's Church in Gladwyne.
She was a leader of Philadelphia Interfaith Action, a faith-based community advocacy group which pressured public officials and business leaders on issues ranging from gun violence and public safety to affordable housing.
She is survived by her husband Earl of 52 years, daughters Nancy and Karen, daughter-in-law Angel Gray, son-in-law David Volpe, two grandaughters and two great grandchildren.