On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Margaret (Peggy) Grant passed away at the age of 98.
Her affiliation with the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park was a central part of her life. She had been a resident as a teenager attending the University of Chicago High School, and moved back for the rest of her life in 1952 when her husband joined the University of Chicago Divinity School Faculty.
Peggy was born Margaret Huntington Horton in Middletown, Conn., on December 3, 1917. Her father, Douglas Horton, became Pastor of the United Church of Hyde Park. He subsequently became the general secretary of the Congregational Church and later dean of the Harvard Divinity School.
Peggy graduated from Wellesley College in the class of 1939, and then obtained an master of arts in philosophy from Columbia University. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert McQueen Grant, Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, whom she married in 1940. Peggy was a 30-year volunteer at the Oriental Institute including volunteer director for a number of years. She was the third honoree of their James Breasted Award since its inception.
Peggy had a long term relationship with Chicago’s St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church where she had been director of the Sunday School. Some of her other interests included writing, acting and directing in University of Chicago Service League and Hyde Park Neighborhood plays, and attending the opera and symphony. She was outgoing and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. At Montgomery Place, the retirement home she moved to in her 90s, she was active in the poetry club and painting, and participated in the French Table and the German Table.
Randolph was the other important location in her life. She summered in her family compound there for more than 70 years. She always welcomed anyone of any age who came to her door. In the Randolph community she was active in the Randolph Mountain Club, where she was camps supervisor, board member and vice president. She was a lifelong believer in exercise and swam laps every morning until her mid-90s. She was an active hiker and almost every hiker in Randolph has hiked with her. She is survived by four children, Douglas Grant, Peter Grant, Susan Slattery and James Snyder-Grant, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include her three siblings, Alan Horton, Alice Tibbetts and Elizabeth Breunig, 14 nieces and nephews, and 24 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at Chicago’s Montgomery Place in the East Room at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. A memorial event will also be held in Randolph in August 2017.