By: Lorna Hard
Margaret D’Albert, known as Peggy, was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She spent the first three years of high school at a prep school on the east coast of Florida and completed high school in Tucson, Arizona. After two years studying at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Peggy transferred to Scripps, one of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges in California.
Her first summer there, Peggy went on a tour of South America with two of her professors. They stopped in Buenos Aires following the death of Eva Peron, and Peggy experienced what life under a dictatorship is like. The following summer she went on a study tour to Mexico.
After graduation, Peggy moved to New York City, taking secretarial and public relations jobs, and attending classes at NYU. When one of her former professors retired, he organized a tour around the world, which Peggy joined. It began in Japan and ended in Spain. When she returned to New York, Peggy tutored with Literacy Partners, Inc., an English as a Second Language program. Subsequently, she completed her master’s degree in literature at NYU.
Peggy married Peter D’Albert, who was born in Switzerland and had American citizenship. Peter was based in New York and worked for a Swiss company. After their first son, Richard, was born, the couple moved to Long Island, living first in Manhasset and later in Locust Valley, where Peter had taken an administrative position with Hofstra University. The D’Albert’s had two more children: Kevin and Maria. Peggy now has eight grandchildren.
While Peter worked at Hofstra, Peggy completed a second master’s degree in education there. She also worked with the Junior League as Chairman of the Arts Committee, where she helped set up an arts loan library for the public schools, a calendar for Newsday, and a Saturday arts program for school children.
When the D’Albert’s divorced, Peggy moved back to New York City, where her children were living and working. She resumed her work with the English as a Second Language program, became President of Vacations for Senior Citizens (VASCA), and sang weekly with the Canterbury Choral Society.
Peggy is no stranger to Sarasota. Her first visit here was for the winter semester of first grade at the Out-of-Door Academy, which was then a boarding school. In her adult life, she spent many winters at her condo at The Landings. She became active with Sarasota’s Literacy Council, and for several years, she sang with United Congregational Church Choir in Sarasota and the Key Chorale.
In Sarasota, she particularly enjoys music, theatre, ballet, art galleries, lecture series at Sarasota Institute for Lifelong Learning, classes at Pierian Spring Academy, and brief kayak rides.
Peggy feels fortunate to be able to participate in the classes, exercises, lectures, and films in the community at Plymouth Harbor.