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“Peg was more than a teacher...she was a guide. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Martha Benbow Pelot - Punta Gorda, FL

“What a life well lived. What a smile. What a kind and generous person and what an example to us all. God bless you Peg. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Twig - Key West, FL

“The joy of knowing and working with Peg throughout our time at motive Magazine marks a milestone in all of our lives. The wonders of producing a...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: B J Stiles - San Francisco, CA

“Peg Rigg was a dear friend for 60 years, and an inspiration to us all! ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Marjorie Felder - Clarkesville, GA

“I was a calligraphy student of Peg's, and she was one of my most significant mentors and inspirations. I have many fond memories (and mementos). When...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Tami Simms - St. Petersburg, FL

“After I graduated from Eckerd College in 1973, I drifted to other parts of the world and lost touch with Peg. Just the past Christmas I was blessed...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Guru Ravi Khalsa/Robin Neyman - AZ

“In a way, I actually met Peg the year before I arrived at FPC in 1967. I've forgotten how or why, but I subscribed to motive magazine and thought it...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Kitty Pelster Rawson - FL

“My mother, Elke Appelkamp, and Peg were best friends; when I was born in 1956 she became my godmother. She made it possible for me to study at...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Geeske John - Rellingen/ Germany

“I have fond memories of my days at Eckerd and my time in the art department, and Peg was definitely a big part of that. She was always positive and...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Susan DeMay - Smithville, TN

“Thanks for all the hugs and big grins, Peg. I'm gonna miss ya. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Davida Johns - St Petersburg, FL

“Such wonderful memories... and heartfelt thanks. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Todd Flatt - Louisville, KY

“Peace ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jennifer Spas - NY

“In 1965, when I was very perplexed freshman at Florida Presbyterian College, I found myself walking across the lawn toward Peg Rigg. Shyly I observed...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Harriette Grissom - Atlanta, GA

“My family moved to St Petersburg in 1963 across the street from Peg's mother. From early on Mrs Rigg and Peg would spend many Thanksgivings and...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Dr Beverly Burris-Thorman DC - FL


Margaret (Peg) Rigg, aged 82, of St. Petersburg, Florida died at Bayfront Hospital on July 16, 2011, from pneumonia after a serious fall in May. She was born on December 14, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Carl Hazlett Rigg and Ruth Standish Massey Rigg. She studied at Carnegie Mellon University and the Chicago Institute of Art. She was graduated from Florida State University and received an MA from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education.
In 1965 she joined Robert Hodgell and James Crane as a member of the Visual Arts Department at Eckerd College when the school was still known as Florida Presbyterian College. Professor Rigg was a superb mentor in other ways than in the classroom. She led by example in her work in calligraphy, painting, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture.
For eleven years prior to her arrival at Eckerd she was Art Director for motive magazine, a progressive Methodist publication. While an editor for motive she became deeply involved in the Civil Rights movement, fought for social justice by putting herself on the line during civil rights demonstrations, and was once imprisoned for her beliefs. Her association with the organization SCEF along with Anne and Carl Braden was longstanding and courageous.
Her work as a calligrapher was featured on two CBS special telecasts, I Need to Hear From You (1968), and Keep in Touch (1971). She was a Fulbright scholar in Korea in 1973, and has traveled extensively elsewhere, most particularly in Japan and Nicaragua. She was the author of three books, and she had over sixty one-person exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. An exhibition of her work was included in the 1987 Cultural Olympics in Seoul, Republic of Korea. She established the Possum Press, and designed and published three of her own books, as well as books by other authors.
At Eckerd College she founded the Women’s Resources Committee which still flourishes today. She retired from Eckerd College in 1998, following thirty-three years of teaching. She inspired the concept of Autumn Term for first year students, which continues to serve as the foundation of the College's mentoring program. In recognition of this innovation and her years of exemplary mentorship, in 2008 she received the John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award from Eckerd College.
Locally she was founder and first president of the Florida Gulf Coast Society of Scribes, and was quite active in the Tampa Bay area through that society as well as through the St. Petersburg Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and Florida Artists Group. Her personal papers will go to the Archives of the Boston University School of Theology Library. In 2006, she became a resident of Westminster Suncoast, where she started an art class. Once a teacher and mentor, always one! She is survived by hundreds of devoted friends all over the world, her cousin Torrey Isaac and her family, and the incomparable dog Cooper. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Petersburg Meeting of the Society of Friends and the Art Department at Eckerd College (Margaret Rigg Scholarship Fund). A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at the St. Petersburg Friends Meeting House, 130 19th Ave. S.E. , FL 33705, on September 3, at 2PM.