2005-08-24 / Obituaries

Margaret Clark Mudd

Margaret Clark Mudd, 75, a longtime resident of Cold Spring-on-Hudson, N.Y. before moving to Scottsdale, AZ, died Thursday, August 11, 2005 in Cambridge, MA.

Margaret was born on June 22, 1930 in Bryn Mawr, PA, the daughter of Dr. Stuart Mudd and Dr. Emily Hartshorn Mudd. Her father was eminent in the field of microbiology and was the discoverer of lifesaving blood plasma. Dr. Emily Mudd was well known for her work in family counseling.

Margaret graduated from the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr and went on to the University of Chicago where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in anthropology. Later she received a Masters Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in the field of history and social studies specializing in American and European history. Margaret also studied at the London School of Economies in London. She continued at Columbia with courses in anthropology with credits for a Ph. D.

Miss Mudd was employed as Research Assistant at Cornell Medical College and later became a research writer for Sloan-Kettering Research Institute.

Margaret was always interested in Native Americans to whom she was known as "Bright Leaf," a name she treasured. Miss Mudd also traveled extensively in India and in Europe. Her keen sense of noblesse oblige led her to support many programs of Native Americans, Hindu philosophy, as well as the Orthodox Christians of the Soviet Union. Her mentor in spirituality was Hélène Iswolsky who had moved to Cold Spring, and Margaret’s frequent visits to Hélène made her decide to move to Cold Spring, too.

Margaret loved to sponsor harmony among all races and people as dwellers in the whole earth. Her last heartfelt effort was the founding of Gentle Harmony, an association to reach out to the less fortunate in Haiti and other parts of the world.

Miss Mudd was active in her community having served many years as Conservation Chairman for the Highland Garden Club, Cold Spring. She was a member of the Putnam County Historical Society and was involved with Scenic Hudson. Margaret had served as past vice-president of the Peekskill Branch of the American Association of University Women. She was a longtime member of the World Federalists and was active in the Catholic Worker Movement.

In Beacon, Margaret was a member of the Howland Library Center and also participated in and supported the activities of the sloop, Clearwater.

Survivors include her brother, Dr. Harvey Mudd and sister-in-law, Marian Mudd; her sister, Mrs. Emily Mitchell, her brother, John Mudd and sister-in-law, Lucia; eight nieces and nephews as well as several great nieces and nephews.

In October there will be a memorial service at Camp World Fellowship, Conway, NH on Witten Pond where the Mudd summer home is also located. A memorial service in Cold Spring is planned for a later date that will be announced.

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