Anne Lowe Hall Davis McMahon
Anne Hall McMahon, known by her friends as ‘Moanie,’ died peacefully in her sleep at home on December 7th at the age of 96. She was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. on January 23, 1923, the fifth of the six children of Marcus Brown Hall and Edith Chase Hall. The family spent summers on Cape Cod, where she met David Meacham Davis, her husband of 55 years and father of their five children: Diana Davis Kornet of Cohasset, Helen Davis Preston of Raleigh, N.C., Mary Davis Booth of Chestnut Hill, Bradford Merrill Davis, who has lived with her for seven years in Durham, N.C. and Edward Aaron Davis II of Tacoma, Wash. Their love of the water and sailing led them to settle on the Cape after W.W. II.
As the family grew, Moanie volunteered at the Cape Cod Hospital where her commitment eventually led to her becoming a Trustee, then board chairman of the Cape and Islands Hospital Consortium, followed by responsibilities at the state level and participation in the New England Healthcare Assembly. She worked with the American Hospital Association for many years, serving as a Trustee from 1994 to 1996; as a member of this organization she was an early lobbyist, working to inform members of Congress about important hospital issues. Her input was respected and appreciated because she was an independent volunteer – unpaid – who had no financial interest in the outcome of their deliberations and cared only about the delivery of excellent medical treatment.
Moanie was convinced that community colleges were uniquely positioned to provide education and training for the specific needs of their areas, and served on the board of the Cape Cod Community College from 1991 to 2002. She loved sailing and racing on Nantucket Sound and cruising ‘down east’ and along the New England coast, but finally, to escape the summer crowds on Cape Cod, in 1986 she built a little house near the village of Sneem in Co. Kerry, Ireland, where she spent several months every summer until 2018, cherishing her friends and time there. She moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1998 and married her second husband, the late J. Alexander McMahon, where they shared ten years of life together. In addition to her children, she is survived by her younger sister, Edith Hall Fisher of Pittsburgh, eleven grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren – living in Tacoma, Austin, Chicago, New York, Boston and Singapore. A celebration of her life will be held in Durham in the spring and in Ireland next summer.