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Date published: 4/30/2014

Margaret S. Rose

Margaret Pugh Saville Rose, 67, died in her Fredericksburg home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Margaret was born in 1946, the last of four children. It was the one and only time she found herself last, be it school, work, community service or any other endeavor. From speaker of the house at the 1963 Convocation of West Virginia Girls State Government to coordinator of foreign language and ESL for Stafford County public schools, Margaret was an engaging and encouraging leader.

Margie grew up in Jefferson County, W.Va., following her father into youth leadership of the local 4-H chapter and her mother into a career in education. She was a campus leader in both high school and college, graduating with honors from Charles Town High School in 1964 and West Virginia University in 1968. Perhaps most significant among her university laurels was a summer scholarship to study at the University of Avignon, France. Margaret's pursuit of learning continued throughout her life, earning her a master's degree in French from Tulane University and another master's in education from VCU.

Madame Rose was a passionate and cherished teacher, who inspired many of her students to follow her into the field of education. She taught French in New Orleans and Germany before answering the call to King George High School, where she served as teacher and department chair for more than 20 years. In 1994, she became an administrator in Stafford County and shifted her energies to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students who spoke English as a second language. Margaret was also a tremendous resource to her fellow teachers. For three decades, she spearheaded foreign language curriculum development in the state of Virginia and taught both methodology and French courses at Mary Washington College.


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