Our Far-Flung Alumni: Maggie Wilcox (’51)

August 24, 2010

I don’t think I ever met her, but since she was “a house afire” I wish I had.  Here’s part of the obituary from the Republican Journal, dateline Unity, Maine for Maggie Wilcox, class of 1951:

“Unity — Margret S. “Maggie” Wilcox, 80, died unexpectedly Aug. 17, 2010, while driving her car near the Field of Dreams in Unity.

“Born in Cleveland Nov. 27, 1929, she was a daughter of Albert P. and Lillian (Eckman) Schnaitman. Maggie received her bachelor of arts degree from Earlham College, her master’s degree in botany from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. in paleobotany from Cornell University.

“Through her life, Maggie lived in Ohio, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida and Maine. She was a college professor for many years and subsequently a piano teacher. Having taught piano for over 30 years since moving to Maine, her students were all ages, from young children through adults. She was instrumental in organizing recitals and puppet shows with her students and also played piano for a number of churches.

“Maggie was a master gardener and loved spending time gardening in both vegetable and flower gardens. She maintained a public flower garden in Unity that she designed as part of her degree work in master gardening. In addition to gardening, Maggie loved to bake bread, and particularly liked giving it as a gift at dinners and other gatherings.

“For many years, she served on the Board of Selectmen for the town of Unity. Maggie was described as “a house afire,” who was always happy and on the go.”

Sounds like an Earlhamite to me.

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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