Mary Allin Travers (November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter who was a member of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Noel “Paul” Stookey. Together, they formed one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. Peter is the shorter fellow. Paul is the taller man.

The Peter, Paul and Mary trio came to an end on September 16, 2009, when lead singer Mary Travers died after her long battle with leukemia at age 72. Peter and Paul posted their personal reflections about Mary at

I have fond memories of Peter Paul and Mary. They sang great songs which were fun to sing along with.  She had the hair I always wanted but humidity prevented me from ever having.I loved Mary’s bright personality. I loved her strong voice. So many years later and I still get a chill hearing her, ” It’s the hammer of justice. It’s the bell of free- ee-dom!”