Margaret (Peggy) Plummer Sanders
Lebanon, N.H. — Margaret (Peggy) Plummer Sanders, age 94, died on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Harvest Hill in Lebanon after a brief illness. She was born on May 20, 1919, in New York City to Dr. Harry Ephraim and Mabel Dibblee (Price) Plummer.
She attended schools in New York and New Jersey before studying photography at the School of Modern Photography in New York. After working for several prominent photographers, she established herself as a photographic journalist based in New York City. Subsequently, her photographs were published in a number of magazines including Life, Mademoiselle, The Saturday Evening Post and Ebony. She photographed many representatives and senators for the US News and World Report during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.
She was married to Malcolm D. Sanders in 1947 and moved to Wilton, Conn., where she did child photography. After a divorce, she moved to Hanover in 1960 to become secretary to Dean of the Faculty, Arthur Jensen, at Dartmouth. When Dean Jensen returned to the English Department in 1965, she became secretary to two Departments at the same time, Philosophy and Religion, where she remained until her retirement in 1984.
In 1985, she visited an old school friend in Haiti, who was the nun in charge of the Sisters of St. Margaret there. She photographed the works of the Sisters in Haiti and these photographs are now located in Austin, Texas in the archives of the Episcopal Church.
She is survived by her son, Malcolm MacLean Sanders, who is a member of the faculty of the University of Vermont, in the Department of Physics.
There will be a memorial service at St. Thomas Church on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. A small reception, in the St. Thomas parish hall, will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Community of St. John the Baptist, PO Box 240, Mendham, NJ 07945 or to The Sisters of St. Margaret, P.O. Box C, Duxbury, MA 02311-0605.