Margaret Dankworth (Peg) was born in
Bellaire, Ohio, on July 22, 1920. She received her B.A. degree from Ohio
Wesleyan University in Business Administration and Economics and an
M.A. degree from New York University.
Peg had been the Office Manager for the National Recreation
Association in New York, as well as its Field Representative in the
Great Lakes District (1948-1958). She then became the Assistant
Executive Secretary of American Institute of Park Executives (AIPE) and
then the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) (1958-1970). In
this capacity, she handled the affairs of the AZA for both parent
associations. After 1970, she remained with the NRPA at the Oglebay Park
office in Wheeling, West Virginia. This had been the location of the
AIPE office (1957-1966) and then the NRPA office (1966-1970). In the
spring of 1970, the NRPA opened their Washington, D.C. office. Peg
remained at the Oglebay office handling AZA affairs until NRPA
consolidated with other affiliates in Washington, D.C. office.
When the AZA separated from NRPA and became an independent
association in January 1972, Peg was chosen as its first Executive
Secretary (later in Peg's tenure this position title was changed to
Executive Director). After handling Association affairs during its
crucial early years, and being instrumental in establishing the AZA
Management School, she retired from AZA in March 1975. Since then, she
has been active in historic preservation organizations and activities.
She is owner of Historic Morristown, Inc.