Obituary: Mary Ann Guitar

Former First Selectman Mary Anne Guitar died Tuesday, July 18.

Ms. Guitar was the Chairman of the Redding Land Trust, an organization she helped found in 1965, She was First Selectman of Redding from 1977 to 1989, proud that she was the first woman to hold that office. Also, a member of the Board of Selectmen from 1969 to 1975, Chairman of the Connecticut Siting Council from 1975 to 1977 and  part of the Redding Board of Finance from 1989 to 2007.

She was born in St. Joseph, Mo., where she “grew up with a nature preserve at my doorstep and longed to “go east” where my family roots were deeply imbedded in colonial history.”, she said in an interview several years ago.

Guitar graduated from Smith College in 1943 with Nancy Reagan as a classmate.She then went to NYC to work in publishing.

She bought her Redding home with a fellow editor in 1956 and found a new career in environmental activism and politics.

Ms. Guitar was known to be a mentor to many Redingotes and will be sorely missed.

Mary Anne Guitar Memorial

The Trustees of the Redding Land Trust are sponsoring, with Mary Anne Guitar’s family and friends, an outdoor, public memorial gathering on August 12th, at 4:30 pm, atop the Lonetown Meadow (tented and accessible), with a reception to follow.