PRIME MOVER • Ginia Davis Wexler
Photo by Roberta S. Kuriloff
GINIA DAVIS WEXLER BY RUSS VAN ARSDALE and Bruce Cassaday
Take one look at her family and you might think Ginia Davis Wexler would be lost in the crowd.
er father was “the millionaire maestro,” society band leader Meyer Davis. His credits include performances at the White House and for British royalty, plus soirées in the U.S. and abroad. Her mother, Hilda Davis, was an accomplished classical and jazz pianist who met Meyer in Bar Harbor during one high society party season. Ginia’s mother and Doris (Hodgkins) Monteux were sisters; in 1943 Doris and Pierre Monteux founded the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians, a summer school in Hancock, Maine that has earned an international reputation. 7
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Ginia’s brother, the late Garry Davis, was a former Broadway actor and World War II pilot who gained fame after renouncing his American citizenship and declaring himself to be “World Citizen Number One.” He founded the World Government of World Citizens and ran for president–of both the U.S. and the world at different times–saying individual sovereignty trumped that of nation-states and could end war everywhere. Another child might have been lost in the glare of spotlights on the rest of her family. However, Ginia drew on the musical talent that seemed to be in the blood and left the legacy of a musician who shared the joy of song around the world. Her early years were spent in Philadelphia, with summer visits to Maine, particularly the Bar Harbor area. Her parents were in demand for society functions here and there. Even in a child’s