The Meredith College community mourns the loss of Trustee Margaret R. “Peggy” Beale, who passed away on October 13, 2019.
A Norfolk, Va. native, Beale was CEO of Paxton Company, a family-owned marine safety and industrial equipment supplier.
A 1977 graduate of Meredith, Beale held a B.S. in business administration. Along with her most recent service as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees, she served as Alumnae Association president from 2005-07 and was a former chapter leader and campaign leadership donor.
Beale received the Meredith College Distinguished Alumna Award in 2007 and the Meredith College Philanthropy Award in 2012. Her support of Meredith included establishing the Beale Family Faculty Development Fund for the School of Business, giving to the Class of 1977 scholarship, and regular support for The Meredith Fund. She was a member of the following Meredith giving societies: Thomas Meredith Silver Society, Stringfield Society, Iris Society, Heritage Society, and the Onyx Society.
Beyond her service to Meredith College, Beale was on The Maury Foundation Board, a public high school in Norfolk providing college scholarships, and was a past president of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc., and of the d’Art Center.
Meredith College President Jo Allen noted that Beale’s memorial service is planned on November 2, the same day as this year’s Cornhuskin’.
“How appropriate that Peggy’s memorial service falls on Cornhuskin’ 2019. If anyone loved this College and supported it with more distinctive loyalty, kindness, and faith than Peggy, our wonderful friend and angel forever, it is hard to imagine,” said Allen. “On this day of Meredith's most defining tradition, it seems just the right touch that we should be remembering Peggy and quietly moving on in full gratitude for the years and the rich friendships that abound here. She inspired us all and we are deeply saddened by this loss.”
To make a gift in Beale’s memory, visit meredith.edu/give. Checks can be mailed to Meredith College, Attn: Institutional Advancement, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607.