Mary Coon Walters, 1922-2001

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    Mary Coon Walters, 1922-2001

    The first female justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court, the first female district judge in New Mexico, and the first president of the New Mexico Women’s Political Caucus.

    Born in Baraga, MI, in 1922. During WW2, Walters joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots and served as a transport pilot. As a war veteran, she had the right to enroll in the University of New Mexico School of Law. She was the only woman in her class.
    After graduating at the age of 40, Walters served as a delegate at the New Mexico Constitutional Convention. Three years later, she was appointed as a Probate Judge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the first woman in the state to become a district judge.
    At the age of 62, Walters became the first woman to be nominated as a justice in the New Mexico Supreme Court, as well as the first president of the New Mexico Women’s Political Caucus.

    Another Interesting Anecdote:

    • A historical marker commemorating her, and her achievements, is placed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • More About Her Legacy

    * Inducted into the New Mexico Women's Hall of Fame

  • One of Her Landmarks

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  • Mary Coon Walters, 1922-2001

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  • Citations and Additional References:
    Wikipedia page.
    An article on Next Exit History website.