Virginia Campbell Lemon died on July 21, 2007. She was born in Sheldon, Iowa, on November 16, 1921. She earned her B.A. from Grinnell College, her M.A. from Teacher College, Columbia University, and her PH.D. From the University of Maryland. She also studied law for a year at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.
Dr. Lemon had a colorful and adventurous career. Among her most interesting assignments were that of English Advisor to the Dominican Republic, English Advisor to South Korea, and Cultural Attache of the American Embassy in Rangoon, Burma. She enjoyed many years of guiding and supervising American educational and cultural relations with the Far East, working for the U.S. Department of State. She was the first Women's Activities Advisor to the U.S. Information Agency.
For seven years Dr. Lemon was married to Seymour B. Cooper; for 25 years to Dr. Paul C. Lemon. In 1984 the Lemons purchased their first home in Ashland, Oregon, and moved there permanently shortly thereafter. They were active members of the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
As enthusiastic environmental activists, the Lemons supported and encouraged all local, state and national efforts to save wilderness and wildlife habitat. Virginia founded and for several years chaired Environmental Action at the RVUUF. She also founded the Democratic Club at the Mountain Meadows Retirement Community. In 2002, at the age of 80, she ran for the Oregon State Senate.
Virginia is survived by her two brothers, Drs. Richard and Robert Geiger of Iowa and Florida their wives; her stepson, Michael Cooper of New York City; her stepdaughters, Laurel Springborn of Loundonville, N.Y. and Susan Richardson of Napa, California, as well as well-loved nieces, nephews, grandchildren and innumerable friends, and family of their first husband.
By her request there will be no service. Donations may be made to Earthjustice, 426 17th St. Oakland CA 94612
Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, OR.