Peggy Gaynor Death, Obituary – Margaret “Peggy” Gaynor, who was 80 years old and from Fargo, North Dakota, passed away in the Sanford Hospice House on January 9, 2023. On March 19, 1942, Margaret K. Gaynor came into the world in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She was known as Peggy to everyone, including her family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. At the close of World War II, her parents, Margaret and Robert, uprooted their family and settled in Virginia. She received her high school diploma from Marymount High School in Arlington, Virginia, after having completed her education at St. Thomas More School.
After that, Peggy became a novice at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, where she was a part of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary order. Peggy obtained a teaching post at the Marymount School in St. Louis, Missouri, after completing her education and making her final vows as a member of the order. She continued her education after the school she attended shut its doors and eventually obtained a master’s degree in counseling from Washington University. Following the completion of her Master’s degree, she worked as a math teacher in a high school on Long Island, New York, and as a math and counseling instructor at Pace University in New York City.
Peggy and Fred Alm first met and married in New York City; in 1976, the couple made the joint decision to relocate to the Fargo-Moorhead area. In that same year, Peggy started her long and successful career at NDSU, where she was hired. She worked in the Equal Opportunity Office as well as a staff counselor for a total of twenty years during her career there. Peggy was not only employed as a counselor for the final ten years of her employment, but she was also given the title of Director of the Counseling Center’s Disability Services.
During the time that Peggy was in office, she received numerous awards and accolades for her devoted service to both NDSU and the community of Fargo-Moorhead. In 2003, she was honored with the Blue Key Doctor of Service award and was also inducted into the Diverse Talents Hall of Fame. In addition, she was honored twice by the Department of Residential Life and gained recognition at the Gunkelman Ceremonies, both of which took place in 1997 and 2000.
After she retired, Peggy volunteered her time and skills for a variety of community organizations and charitable organizations in the Fargo area, including the Fargo Symphony, the NDSU Vet Tech Program, the Salvation Army, the Fargo Library System, and Meals on Wheels. In addition to that, she had fulfilled her dream of becoming a pilot by acquiring her private pilot’s license.
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