Margaret Davison

    Margaret Davison, a former East Hampton summer resident, died on Aug. 1 in Lantana, Fla. She was 95.

    Mrs. Davison and her late husband, Robert, bought seven acres of woodland on Springy Banks Road in East Hampton in 1959. After her husband designed and built a small house, the couple and their children used it as a summer camp for decades. The family would spend the days at Sammy’s Beach, picking beach plums and generally having fun. The night sky was glorious in those days, the family recalled; with only two houses nearby, there was little glare to impede the view. Mr. Davison died in 2001.

    Mrs. Davison was a talented pianist, her family said, and taught piano privately for many years. She was a member of the Long Island Piano Club, a group that met each month to play for one another. The club still exists, and Mrs. Davison’s eldest daughter, Melisa Davison Lerner of Huntington, is a member.

    Mrs. Davison’s parents, Thomas and Ethel Campbell, were traveling east from a trip to the West Coast when she was born in Denver on March 11, 1918. She grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and on the Campbell family farm in Millerton, N.Y. She graduated from Oberlin College with an English degree and then earned a master’s degree in education at Columbia University.

    In 1940, she met Robert Davison, who was then a student at Columbia. They both took teaching jobs in Wilmington, Del., where they were married at Old Swedes Church.

    The couple became Quakers, and during World War II Mr. Davison was a conscientious objector and took a position in the Civilian Public Service for five years. During that time, Mrs. Davison taught English at the High School for Performing Arts in New York City.

    She raised her three children in Sea Cliff, where she served on the library board, on a beautification committee, and was active in other civic roles.

    “She was a voracious reader, devoted letter writer to friends all over the world, and extraordinary mother,” her daughter Sara Davison, the director of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, said.

    She retired to Florida with her companion of 12 years, Milton Zipper, who survives, as does her brother, John A. Campbell of Alexandria, Va., a son, Caleb T. Davison of Manhattan, and three grandchildren.

    A service will be held in Sea Cliff at a date to be announced.