Maralyn (Morton) Schoenberger was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Maine with her husband in 1956. Her political views were strongly influenced by a book read at the age of 16, Valley of Decision. Her husband, Walter Smith “Bud” Schoenberger, taught at the University of Maine, Orono after he graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She ran for the School Board in 1968 at the request of her daughter Corinne. She briefly lived in Silver Spring, MD when her husband took a leave of absence from the University of Maine. She was active on the Maine Democratic Committee as well as in organizing young voters. In 2000 she was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
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