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Margaret Bebie Thomson ’43

Margaret Bebie Thomson ’43, an activist and author, died peacefully Oct. 20, 2016, with her daughter-in-law Ann at her side. She was 93.

As a mother and grandmother, Peggy devoted much of her life to working for social justice. She entered Swarthmore as a 16-year-old and met her future husband, John ’43, during her first year. Peggy and John married in 1945 during his brief furlough from the Navy. Peggy began her lifelong career as a writer, taking a job with Life magazine in New York City. She also wrote five books about the Smithsonian Institute. Her most acclaimed book was Auks, Rocks and the Odd Dinosaur, about the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, which won a Horn Book Award in 1986 for best nonfiction for young adults.


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