| Mary Ferrell |
|Born||26th October, 1922|
|Died||20th February, 2004 (Age 81)|
|Member of||Association of Former Intelligence Officers|
Independent researcher who created a large database on the John F. Kennedy assassination
Mary Elizabeth McHughes Ferrell was an American historian and independent researcher who created a large database on the John F. Kennedy assassination. The Mary Ferrell Foundation has kept up her legacy, publishing a large amount of invaluable documents.
Life and career
She began collecting materials on the Kennedy assassination immediately after the event. Her assassination database was originally written on over 40,000 cards and included details of over 8,200 people involved in the case. These data were eventually entered into a computer. Ferrell also created a four-volume set of chronologies, covering all aspects of the assassination.
Ferrell died in Dallas. The Mary Ferrell Foundation, located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, is a non-profit "devoted to carrying on the legacy of Mary Ferrell, whose integrity and unwavering dedication to truth is an inspiration to many."
As the thirtieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy descends on us, I am much concerned that we are on the threshold of a failure from which there will be no forgiveness.
We must win this struggle for truth ... and do so very quickly, lest the assassination of President Kennedy flounder on some remote shoulder of highway, in a century whose history is on the way to the printer. In the next century, this case could be relegated to obscure questions on high school history examinations....
Time is our most relentless and uncompromising enemy. But what happens during this conference can make a difference. Of course we will be scoffed at and demeaned by the media and the wagging fingers of Warren Commission survivors, scolding us for refusing to believe the conclusions of these honorable men....
But history teaches us that significant changes are often accomplished by small numbers of people, facing large odds. Many of them have succeeded in defiance of the government.
Thomas Paine, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Washington and their followers represented a tiny fraction in this country's population. As it was with that tiny faction, I have every confidence that you are representative of millions who share your view....That is what keeps us united in our cause. It is a view, according to the polls, which is held by an overwhelming majority of our fellow citizens--that a conspiracy and government-sponsored cover-up blotted out the rights of our citizens and sanctity of the rule of law.
And that is what will forever be paramount among all of the issues which continually dog our deliberations. Issues about autopsy photos, magic bullets, pictures of Oswald which are obviously not Oswald, numbers and styles of coffins, and all the other issues, cannot eclipse the ultimate violation of the rights of citizens in a democracy designed for the people....
If we are truly living in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we'd better damn well prove it now.... 
- Cochran, Mike (22 October 2000). Research on JFK consumes the life of Dallas woman. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- McCarthy, Jerry. Biography of Mary Ferrell Archived 2006-05-28 at the Wayback Machine. NameBase NewsLine, No. 4, January–March 1994.
- Death notice (February 20, 2004). JFK Assassination Expert Dies, Mary Elizabeth McHughes Ferrell. Dallas Morning News