Rosalind (Roz) Toy Johnson McGee was born in Chapel Hill; her parents were Cecil and Lucia Johnson. She is survived by her husband Zell A McGee, M.D., and her sister Lucia Johnson Rather of Chestertown, MD and her daughters Laura McGee, Bowling Green, KY and Alexandra McGee, Charlottesville, VA and her son Scott and his wife Diane of Jackson WY and granddaughters Clara and Lucia.
Roz and Zell were married in 1961, and she was an activist in the several communities in which they lived. In Nashville, TN she served as President of the League of Women Voters. While living in Salt Lake City, she served on the national boards of the League of Women Voters, the National Association of Child Advocates, the Urban Libraries Council, and Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu, NM). She was Executive Director of Voices for Utah Children, 1988-2001, guiding that organization in efforts to influence public policy in the interest of children, especially children living in low-income families. She also served on numerous boards, including Planned Parenthood of Utah, and was named to various task forces that recommended legislation and/or policy changes.
Upon retirement she ran for and was elected to three terms in the Utah House of Representatives, serving from 2003 to 2008 and for one term in House Democratic Leadership. She and Zell moved to Carol Woods Retirement Community in 2009 where she was elected as President of the Residents Association, 2013-14.
Over the years she was recognized often for community service, but her favorite award was the "Utah Issues 1991 Hell Raiser of the Year Award for Leading the Charge for Children in Utah." She attended Agnes Scott College and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1959. Upon graduation she was employed in the Trust Department of banks in Richmond, VA, New York City, and Washington, DC. In 1988 she returned to the classroom and secured a Masters in Public Administration, studying almost entirely "events that occurred or theories developed" since her college graduation 30 years earlier.
A Memorial Service will be held at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill at 3 pm on Saturday, June 20, 2015.
She requested that contributions in her memory may be made to Ghost Ranch (a Presbyterian Conference Center), HC/77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510; Voices for Utah Children, 747 E. South Temple, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84102-1221; or Carol Woods Charitable Fund, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.