Margaret (Peggy) Shippen Storrs French died Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at Salt Lake Regional Hospital.
She is survived by five sons, Harry T. French of New York City, NY; Rowland B. French of Corvallis, OR; John S. French of Fairbanks, AK; Arthur B. French of Stavanger, Norway; Charles C. French of Big Timber, MT; and one daughter, Julia M. French of Salt Lake City, UT; four grandchildren, Topher and Drew French, of Corvallis, and Katie and Julia French, of Stavenger; her sister, Julia M. Storrs Strode of Madison, VA; two brothers, Henry G. Storrs of Fairbanks, AK, and Charles L. Storrs of Bloomfield, CT; and many friends also mourn her.A gentle and generous person, Peggy fought ardently and selflessly for world peace, women's rights, and the poor. She was very active in the United Nations Association of Utah and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and was instrumental in founding the Interfaith Peacemaking Resource Center of Utah. In 1994 she was awarded the Rocky Mountain Conference "Peace and Justice Activist of the Year" by the United Church of Christ.
Born in Shanghai, China, of Congregational missionaries, Peggy grew up and received her early education in Shaowu, Fujian, China. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1943. She married Arthur B. French after graduation. She began her volunteer activities while raising her six children in Salt Lake City and Ann Arbor, MI. In 1969 completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She practiced at the Veteran's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Holladay United Church of Christ, 2631 East Murray-Holladay Road, Salt Lake City, on Monday, July 27, at 12 noon. Burial will be in Amherst, MA. Donations in her memory may be made to UNICEF, 333 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016, or the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 2082 East Evergreen Ave., Salt Lake City, UT 84124.
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