Marie S. Aull
1897 - 8/8/2002
Marie S. Aull has been called the godmother of the environmental movement in the Miami Valley. Along with her husband John, Ms. Aull nurtured their woodland bordering the Stillwater River into a beautiful, peaceful landscape of flowers, streams and natural growth. This land they named Aullwood became the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, and was later given to the public. It was one of the first nature centers in the Midwest and has served as a model and guiding force for the creation of other preserves across the country. It draws over 80,000 visitors a year. Marie Aull’s vision for preserving green space and educating the public about the conservation movement also extended to playing key roles in the founding of Cox Arboretum, the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association and the Park District of Dayton and Montgomery County. She lived to be 105 years old.