In 1955 Mary married jazz drummer Art Mardigan, who played with Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and others.Mary had a daughter, Marcie, with Art, and later another daughter, Marlena.
Educated at Oxford, and became leading figure in left-wing literary movement of 1930s. Younger brother of jazz record producer George Avakian and colleague of Kerouac's at Horace Mann School, 1939-40, where they jointly reviewed jazz records for the school magazine.
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Walter Wood Adams was born in New York and attended St Paul's School, Manhattan before Columbia University, where he met Kerouac and Ginsberg.
At Columbia he was president of the Philolexian Society.