To: The St. Lawrence Community
From: President William L. Fox
Date: June 10, 2016
Subject: In Memory: Marga S. Edwards, retired instructor in Modern Languages & Literatures
We have received the sad news that Marga Edwards, retired instructor in German, died on Friday, June 3, in Canton-Potsdam Hospital. She had been living in Potsdam.
A native of Germany, she came to the United States at age 11 and lived here through graduation from high school. She returned to Germany, and was not able to return for a period of time, due to the outbreak of war, and her being a German citizen. After returning to the U.S. in 1947, Marga earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University and taught at a number of schools, eventually coming to the North Country to briefly teach at Clarkson. Marga taught at St. Lawrence from 1964 until her retirement in 1983. She directed the University's program of study in Vienna, Austria, during the 1973-1974 academic year, and was awarded tenure in 1975.
I asked Professor Emerita Rita Goldberg, a longtime colleague of Marga’s, to share some memories with me. Rita notes: “Marga Edwards taught German language classes at St. Lawrence. This was a time of required language courses, including a scientific German course for science majors. Marga was known to be a patient and understanding teacher of these sometimes reluctant students. After St. Lawrence's international programs in Austria, France and Spain were created in the 60's, Marga became the first coordinator, taking on this responsibility along with her regular teaching duties. When it was her turn to travel to Vienna with the program, she was an enthusiastic and committed director and very much enjoyed her time in Austria. One of her retirement activities was participating in courses in the area SOAR (lifelong learning) program along with Marvin. She didn't talk much about her embassy and consulate experiences in Europe during and after World War II, but she did have some good stories to tell.”
Marga is survived by a daughter, Audray, in Syracuse, and cousins in Germany.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universal Church in Canton. I know you join me and Lynn in offering sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. You may share your memories of her here.