Margaret E. Dunlop died on March 5, 2020, in Brunswick, Maine.
(The following was published by Desmond Funeral Homes on March 5, 2020)
Margaret Edison Dunlop, 96, of Brunswick, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2020 at MidCoast Hospital, with her loved ones by her side. She was born in Skowhegan on June 27, 1923, the only daughter of Guy E. & Essie (Drillon) Dunlop. She was a graduate of Brunswick High School and she earned her A.B. from Wellesley College in 1944.
In 1945 she joined the Bowdoin College Admissions Office as a secretary. Margaret was appointed assistant to the director of admissions in 1955 and associate director in 1976, retiring on July 31, 1989. Director of Admissions William R. Mason III said of Ms. Dunlop’s retirement, “Margaret Dunlop managed this office for forty-four years with the highest standards of performance and courtesy. We will miss her both personally and professionally.”
In recent years Ms. Dunlop had studied at the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham. She was president and a member of the board of the Brunswick Area Humane Society, a member of the admission and distribution committee of the Brunswick Area United Fund and is former state education officer for the American Association of University Women. She was also a communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Margaret traveled extensively, enjoying most of those trips with her mother. Tossing whole peanuts out for the squirrels and watching them find their prize inside delighted her, as well as feeding the many birds.
Margaret was an avid Red Sox baseball fan. Checking their televised games before calling Margaret was appreciated, so as not to interrupt the game.
She has a big heart for animals, especially strays, and her cats and dogs over her lifetime were those she rescued off the street that came to her & her family for refuge.
She was also an accomplished Bridge player, and was in many tournaments. She traveled to Portland to play twice weekly into her 90’s, stopping at Denny’s for a breakfast meal before coming home, often times late at night. She was a very special lady and those that loved her will miss her greatly.