Magazine article Montessori Life

In Memoriam: MARGARET ANN "PEGGY" LOEFFLER

Magazine article Montessori Life

In Memoriam: MARGARET ANN "PEGGY" LOEFFLER

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Peggy Loeffler, of Austin, TX, died May 15, 2016, at the age of 94. Born in 1921, in West Lafayette, IN, she moved to Oklahoma City, OK, with her husband, Walter, after World War II, where they lived for 50 years, raising 3 children. Peggy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in early childhood education at Oklahoma City University and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma. In 1959, with Bee Pape, she started a preschool based on the Montessori method at All Souls' Episcopal Church. This preschool later became the Primary Division of Casady School, a program Peggy would direct for 29 years.

Throughout her life, Peggy was an active advocate for Montessori education, on local, national, and international levels. She served on the first board of directors of the American Montessori Society, on Oklahoma Governor David Boren's Educational Advisory Council, on an early education advisory group for the Lyndon Johnson White House, and was both a Fulbright Scholar and a visiting researcher at Noam Chomsky's lab at Harvard University.

In 1962-63, Peggy and Dr. Sylvia Richardson obtained 2 years of funding to train teachers in the Montessori method at Oklahoma University College of Medicine's Child Study Center and Casady School's Primary Division. …

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