Empowering Future Educators
As a lifelong educator, athlete and adventure enthusiast, Margaret (Peggy) Iden, '50, '51, understood the importance of physical activity and education for everyone.
Peggy grew up in a time when many girls were not encouraged to be athletic or adventurous. She convinced her parents to let her take flying lessons on the days she was not forced to take cotillion and earned a pilot's license before she could even drive a car.
Age proved to be just a number for Peggy. A competitive skier, Peggy skied around the world and even on her 90th birthday. She only retired from competitive skiing when she was the last skier in her age group.
Ohio State captured Peggy's heart from the moment she first stepped on campus. Her love and pride for the university were evident to everyone she met. A close friend said Peggy would describe her time at Ohio State as "magical."
Peggy eventually settled in Boulder, Colorado, but her love for Ohio State never wavered. She was once quoted as saying, "My love for Ohio State knows no bounds."
Giving to Ohio State was a principled priority for Peggy—both in life and after. She was consistently recognized in President's Club for her loyal and generous commitment to the university. In 2008, she funded the Margaret "Peggy" Iden Student Lounge in the Physical Activity and Educational Services Building.
Prior to her passing in April 2019, Peggy had the generous foresight to leave a gift to The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology in her will. This type of gift gave her the flexibility to protect her assets during her lifetime, while also supporting the places and causes that were most important to her.
The M. Peggy Iden Endowment will provide students with the financial resources to attain an Ohio State education. Peggy felt strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue an education, physical activities and athletic competitions. Her hope was that with her gift, she would empower younger generations of students to lead healthy, active and enlightened lifestyles.