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Peggy MacKnight, AB '67

38 years loyal

With 38 consecutive years of giving, Peggy MacKnight, AB '67, is one of Washington University's most loyal donors. Currently residing in Washington, D.C., MacKnight enjoys serving on the Board and Executive Committee of her synagogue, assisting in elections, taking courses, and spending time with her family. She recently shared with us how she stays connected to her alma mater.

First, could you briefly share a bit about yourself and where life has taken you since graduating?

After graduation in 1967, I went on to Columbia University to earn an MBA in marketing. Armed with education, I tackled the apparel industry, beginning with Maidenform in New York, Carter's Infant Clothes in Boston, and then the textile area of the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Opportunity and interest eventually led me to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where I served with the negotiating team on international trade in iron and steel. I was married to my late husband, Tom MacKnight, for 32 years. Our daughters, Eve and Rachel, are taking the world by storm, and my grandson Zachary, now one year old, is a delight. 

What inspired you to make your first gift to Washington University?

My four years in St. Louis were terrific, and my education at Washington University gave me a leg up for a great life. It is only natural for me to give back so that today's students can receive the same great experience and education that I did. 

How else do you stay involved and connected with Washington University?

I have helped interview applicants and prospective students from the Washington, D.C. area and thus assist the selection team in St. Louis. I have also had the honor of chairing or co-chairing several alumni reunions for the great class of '67, including our 50th reunion celebration this year.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

I love Olin Library. I sort of 'lived' there during the 1960's as it was my favorite place to study and find peace and quiet. Also, I met many interesting people there. By the way—adding a coffee shop to the library was a terrific idea! love Olin Library. I sort of 'lived' there during the 1960's as it was my favorite place to study and find peace and quiet. Also, I met many interesting people there. By the way—adding a coffee shop to the library was a terrific idea!

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