Volunteer, longtime Transylvania University board member dies

jkegley@herald-leader.comAugust 27, 2012 

Margaret Elizabeth Moody Wagner

A prodigious community volunteer and longtime member of the Transylvania University board of trustees died Monday after a long illness.

Margaret Elizabeth Moody Wagner, 95, was involved with numerous charitable organizations. Her life's work reflected her generosity and a love of arts, gardening and historic preservation, said friend Barbara Hulette of Danville.

The organizations for which Mrs. Wagner volunteered included United Way of the Bluegrass, Girl Scouts of America, the Florence Crittenton Home, Planned Parenthood, Living Arts and Science Center and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

She had been a member and president of the Lexington Junior League and a board member at the Hunt-Morgan House. She served twice as president of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation. Her numerous awards included the John Wesley Hunt lifetime achievement award and Lexington Optimist Cup, one of the city's leading honors.

Mrs. Wagner served more than 25 years on the board of trustees of Transylvania University, said Charles Shearer, president emeritus of the university.

She was born in 1916 in India to missionaries. She lived there until she was a young adult, Hulette said. During World War II, Mrs. Wagner was a Civilian Pilot Training Program instructor, and an instructor for Army and Navy cadets stationed at Centre College in Danville.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Milward Funeral Directors, North Broadway. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at New Union Christian Church, Versailles.

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