Remembering Margaret Barnett

Margaret Barnett — a longtime Westporter, and volunteer for countless civic causes — died earlier this month, in the bedroom of her South Compo Road home where she had lived since 1954. She was 103 years old.

A graduate of Barnard College in 1936, where she majored in botany, Margaret married Dr. Roy Barnett in 1941.

She was active in many local organizations, particularly the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and Earthplace (she was a founding member, when it was called the Mid-Fairfield County Youth Museum).

In the 1960s she hosted a weekly classical music show on WNLK radio, “The Norwalk Symphony Hour.”

Margaret Barnett in 2008, age 91.

Margaret was also very active in the successful effort to prevent construction of a nuclear power plant on Cockenoe Island.

She was known as a world traveler, tennis player, birder, a music, art and theater lover, devoted mother and grandmother, and great friend to many.

Margaret is survived by her sons John of Norwalk, and Ted of Rochester, New York, and 4 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband and daughter, Judge Edith Barnett.

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