Mary Smythe

Mary Smythe

BOARD MEMBER

Climate Change Coalition of Door County

Mary was born in Alliance, Ohio, grew up in Detroit, outside Chicago (in the second deliberately integrated community in the U.S.), and in New York City.  She majored in Russian History at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and has worked at the Methodist Office for the United Nations and for the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics in Volunteer Services and Public Relations. Although she has been an active volunteer in her communities — church, family planning, hospice — and served as an elected school board member, her heart has always been in the out-of-doors.  An avid conservationist, Mary has, for many years (in Mississippi, Minnesota, Virginia, Wisconsin) participated in native plant societies, helped remove invasive species and promoted responsible landscaping.  A deepening concern for conservation of the earth’s environment led her and her husband Dick to found the Climate Change Coalition of Door County in December, 2012.