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By Senators Nitka, Campbell and McCormack,

By Representative Devereux,

Whereas, Mary Davis, as she was better known, was a leader in the real estate industry and in the community life of Ludlow at a time when women were just starting to assume more substantive leadership roles in business and civic affairs, and

Whereas, she was born in Windsor and lived for many decades in Ludlow, and

Whereas, her entrée into the business world began in 1958 when she established Mary W. Davis Realtor Associates, Inc. in Ludlow, which represented a bold venture for a woman in the 1950s, and

Whereas, she recognized that Ludlow was starting to change from a mill town into a vacation center, and she specialized in the sale of second homes including property aside Okemo Mountain, and

Whereas, Mary Davis’s reputation as a bright and successful real estate entrepreneur spread, and she was appointed to sit on the Vermont Real Estate Commission and served as its chair for part of her decade-long tenure, and

Whereas, she recognized that the expansion in the number of new homes in the Ludlow area needed to proceed in an orderly fashion and was a member of Ludlow’s original zoning board, and

Whereas, for many years, Mary Davis devoted much of her limited spare time serving as a trustee of Ludlow’s Fletcher Memorial Library, and

Whereas, as a library trustee, she played an instrumental role in the construction of a children’s room, and a plaque, on which her name is inscribed, is on display in the library in her honor, and

Whereas, she served on the board of directors and as vice president of the Okemo Mountain resort during its early days of operation, and

Whereas, together with Diane Mueller, an owner the Okemo Ski Resort, she started the annual Ski Ball that has raised over the past quarter century a sum in excess of $1.3 million for technology improvements at local public schools and to improve their arts curriculum, and

Whereas, Mary Davis was a dedicated communicant of the Annunciation Church, served on its parish council and chaired its last capital campaign, and

Whereas, she had served as president of Black River Academy and led the fund-raising effort for the Black River School’s Tools for Technology project, and

Whereas, she had been honored as Ludlow’s Citizen of the Year and as the Windsor County Realtor of the Year, and

Whereas, after a full life of business success, civic leadership, and raising a family of five children, Mary Davis died on February 16, 2008, and her survivors include her husband Dr. John Tope, her children Justin, Rebecca, Kathleen, Joy and Kevin, seven grandchildren, as well as step-children and step-grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of Mary Davis Tope, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. John Tope.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont