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Obituary: Margaret Campbell Davison

A former Sea Cliff resident, Margaret Davison died of old age on August 12, 2013 in Lantana, FL. She was 95.


Her parents, Thomas and Ethel Campbell, were traveling east from a trip to the West Coast and got as far as Denver, CO, where she was born on March 11, 1918. She grew up in Mount Vernon, NY and the Campbell family farm in Millerton, NY. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in English and earned a masters in education from Columbia University. In 1940 she met her husband Robert Davison, also a graduate student at Columbia. They both took teaching jobs in Wilmington, DE, where they were married at Old Swedes’ Church.


They became Quakers, and during World War II Robert became a conscientious objector and served in the Civilian Public Service for five years. During that time, Mrs. Davison taught English at the High School of Performing Arts in New York, where she mentored many notable artists-in-the-making.


She raised her three children in Sea Cliff, where she was active in the community serving on the board of the Sea Cliff Library, the beautification committee and other civic activities. “She was a voracious reader, devoted letter writer to friends all over the world, and an extraordinary mother,” said her daughter Sara Davison, the director of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons.


Mrs. Davison was also a talented pianist and taught piano privately in her home for decades. She was a member of the Long Island Piano Club, a group of pianists who played for each other once a month. The club is still in existence, and Mrs. Davison’s eldest daughter, Melisa Davison Lerner is now a member.


She retired to Florida with her companion of 12 years, Mr. Milton Zipper, who survives her. In addition to her two daughters, she is survived by a son Caleb T. Davison, of

Manhattan, three grandchildren; Kate, Andrew and James Lerner and a brother, John A. Campbell.


The family is planning a memorial service at St. Luke’s Parish Hall in Sea Cliff on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.