Obituary: Margot Warch

April 12, 1939 – April 17, 2016

Margot Warch, who served as Lawrence University’s “first lady” for 25 years as the wife of former President Richard Warch, died peacefully in her sleep at the home of her son, David, in St. Paul, Minn. Margot made her home in Ellison Bay in retirement. The Richard and Margot Warch Campus Center and the Richard and Margot Warch Fund for Scholarly Research, both of which bear her name, reflects her impact on the college. At the 2004 commencement, Margot was recognized with a surprise honorary master’s degree. A soft-spoken woman of exceptional grace and charm, Margot had a deep love for all things Lawrence. She also had great passion for Björklunden outside Baileys Harbor. In retirement she enrolled in at least one Björklunden seminar every summer. Margot was preceded in death by her husband, Rik, in 2013. A celebration of Margot’s life will be held in Door County on a date still to be determined. Memorials in Margot’s honor can be directed to the Warch Family Scholarship Fund in care of Lawrence University, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911.

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