Opal David

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Opal David

Electoral District Jack Jouett
Term Start 1976
Term End 1978

Biographical Information

Date of birth 1906
Date of death August 1999
Place of birth Michigan
Spouse Paul T. David

Opal D. David (1906-1999) was the first woman elected to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. She won election to the Jack Jouett Magisterial District as a Democrat in 1975, and served until the end of 1977. Among her legacies was a desire for county policy to be communicated in plain English. [1]


David moved to the area with her husband, economist and University of Virginia political science professor Paul T. David, in the 1960's. Mr. David died in 1994.

She died at the age of 92 in August 1999[2]


The University of Virginia library has an archive of her papers from professional life spanning from 1933 to 1990. Her papers include historical documents about the end of annexation, the community water supply plan, and the creation of Albemarle County's Comprehensive Plan. [3]

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society has a portrait of her painted by Frances Brand in their collection. [4]

External links


  1. Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, December 21, 1977.
  2. 'In Memoriam: Former Albemarle Supervisor Dies at 92', George Loper's website (original reporting from Daily Progress)
  3. Web. A Guide to the Opal David Papers, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, retrieved April 29, 2014.
  4. Web. Exhibits - Opal, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, retrieved April 29, 2014.