June 11, 1912 ~ October 13, 2004
Margaret Whiting Murry (Shaeffer) Dowd, 92, noted anthropologist and museum director, passed away October 13, 2004, in Pueblo, Colorado. Born June 11, 1912, in Warren, Arizona to Alexander and Marguerite (Whiting) Murry. She married James B. Shaeffer in 1939 and were divorced in 1972. They had three children, Murry, Sarra and Peter. On October 3, 1977, she married her present husband, James Dowd, V. She received her B.A. in education from the University of Arizona in 1932, her M.A. in 1937; served her post graduate at the University of Southern California. Margaret taught English at the Moore Senior High School in Oklahoma 1960-61; Norman Senior High School, 1961; served as associate director, chief curator at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska 1961-70; curator education Museum Environment Studies Center, Pensacola, Florida 1970-71; curator edu. Jefferson County Historical Society, Watertown, NY, 1971-72, then became director in 1972 through 1986Member of the American Association of Museums; N.E. Museum Conference; American Association State and Local Historical Society; Industrial Archeology; American Association of University Women; Museum Aid Panel NYSCA. She also served as curator of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation Museum, from 1946-1951. Private committal services will be held at the Ascension Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.