Margaret Louise “Peg” Bryan

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Margaret Louise “Peg” Bryan

Death 2 Oct 2010
Burial Newton, Harvey County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 59561226 · View Source
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October 2, 2010

Margaret L. (Peg) Bryan, 94, Lewisburg
The Daily Item Sat Oct 02, 2010, 10:37 PM EDT

— LEWISBURG — Margaret Louise (Peg) Bryan, 94, of RidgeCrest at RiverWoods, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, after a lengthy illness. Peg retired from Bucknell as professor of physical education emerita in 1981.

She was born in Newton, Kan., the only child of Caroline Stiles Bryan and John Lamar Bryan.

Peg's father was a railroad engineer on the famed Santa Fe and Super Chief on the leg between Newton and Dodge City, Kan., a position that provided access to railroad passes for family travel throughout the United States for Peg and her mother as she was growing up.

After high school she remained in Newton for freshman year at Bethel College and then transferred to Kansas State majoring in physical education. Her Master's Degree in Physical Education was obtained at New York University in 1939. In addition, she studied modern dance at Wichita State, Colorado College, and Bennington School of the Dance at Mills College in California. Her dance teachers included Martha Graham and Hanya Holm, and she became acquainted with a number of well-known members of the modern dance.

She held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, Parson's Junior College in Kansas and Concord College in Athens, W.Va., where in the middle of World War II, she was in charge of physical education for both men and women.

Peg came to Bucknell as Instructor in Women's Physical Education in 1945 and was named chairman of the department in 1947. She initiated a modern dance program in 1946 that is now part of the academic Department of Theater and Dance at the University, permitting a student to Minor in Dance. For many years she directed the annual May Day program, a festive pageant, including dancers, a Maypole, and May Queen and her Court, the special feature of Parent's Spring Weekend.

During her 36-year tenure at Bucknell, she negotiated the changes required by implementation of Title IX and equivalent opportunities in intercollegiate athletics for women as well as for men; the subsequent move from Tustin, the women's gym, to the co-ed Gerhard Field House; the rapid development of intercollegiate sports for women; and the integration of men's and women's physical education classes. As Bucknell has noted: Peg "played a key role in establishing the women's varsity athletics program at Bucknell. She served as the University's first director of women's intercollegiate athletics, organizing highly successful intercollegiate competition for college women long before the program received formal varsity recognition in 1974."

She was honored by the Bison Club Award in 1981 and inducted into the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. In addition, the Bryan-Humphreys Award is presented each year to the senior female athlete and the senior male athlete who demonstrate outstanding versatility in his or her sport. The latest recognition is the naming in her honor of the new scoreboard for women's lacrosse and field hockey on the new William Graham Field.

Peg has had many interests and hobbies. She studied oil painting at an early age, and after her retirement developed her skills by study with David Armstrong, Neil Anderson, Roz Richards and others. She was an expert photographer and knit beautifully, a skill developed during her six month hospitalization with tuberculosis at Devitt Camp in 1950. She was a collector of stamps, coins and old bottles as well as many classical tapes and CD's. An eclectic music lover, she faithfully recorded Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz programs every Sunday evening. Peg was a long-time guide at Packwood Museum. She was wonderful with children, serving as a volunteer 1st grade assistant at South Ward School for several years after retirement. She is remembered as a valuable assistant in the Zeller children's birthday parties.

She and Mary Jane Stevenson, the late retired Bucknell Dean of Women with whom she lived for over 60 years, spent four-to-six week summer vacations in a rustic cabin on their beautiful one acre island near the foot of Mount Katahdin in Millinocket Lake, Maine.

In retirement the two women were inveterate travelers in their RV throughout the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. Their overseas travel was equally comprehensive, including all of the continents except Antarctica, to which he closest they came was Ushuaia at the southern tip of South America.

Peg was predeceased by her partner, Mary Jane Stevenson, on August 12, 2010 and is survived by cousins including Robert Stiles Lawton, of New Jersey, Wilda Bryan Schuck, of Alliance, Ohio, Kathleen Bryan Fierstos, of North Canton, Ohio, Betty Stiles Cox, of Dallas, Texas, and Charles S. Stiles, of San Antonio, Texas; many good friends, her extended family of Martha and John Zeller, of Lewisburg and their children, Majie, of Boston, Jack, of Holland, Pa., and her namesake, (Margaret) Meg Zeller, of Cincinnati, and her close friend and legal representative, Suzanne McGuire.

A service to celebrate Peg's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Lewisburg followed by a reception in the church parlor. The service will be led by her pastor, MacKenzie Scott.

Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Kansas.

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