Mary J. Kakas, fur magnate, dies at 78

Mary J. Kakas, a feisty philanthropist and mentor to many whose endless energy powered her to status as a fixture in Boston’s social scene, died Thursday at 78, her family said.

Kakas, the first female chief executive of the family fur company Edward F. Kakas & Sons, sat on dozens of boards of charities and raised millions of dollars for organizations.

One of her two sons, Joe Berkeley, said his mother’s presence would often strike fear in auto magnate Herb Chambers.

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