Virginia Coigney

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Virginia A. Coigney (October 2, 1917 – December 18, 1997) was a civic leader, journalist and author.[1] She married journalist and author Robert Travers in the mid-1930s by whom she became the mother of folk singer Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary fame.

Coigney was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised near Albany, New York, where she quit school to become a reporter for the Albany Knickerbocker Press.[2]

In later life Coigney was an author and radio/television scriptwriter. She wrote scripts for the soap operas Young Doctor Malone and The Edge of Night.[2] She wrote a biography of Dr. Margaret Sanger the birth-control advocate.

Coigney died in a Greenwich, Connecticut nursing home. She was survived by daughters, Mary Travers and Ann Gordon, as well as four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.[2]

One of the books written by Virginia Coigney is a "Do you Know" series of books titled "Who Did It?" it was edited by Eve Merriam and illustrated by Murray Tinkelman. First edition was printed in 1963 in U.S.A and published simultaneously by Collier-Macmillion Limited, London. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 63-12789. Other books in the series include "Where is it?", "Who said it?" and "What's in the middle of a riddle?".


  1. ^ "Virginia Coigney". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 21, 1997. 
  2. ^ a b c "Civic leader Coigney dies". Associated Press. December 21, 1997. Retrieved 2009-09-17.