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Margaret Elizabeth Ginn Pease, 57, of Upper Arlington, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014. Margaret was born on September 25, 1956 in Memphis, TN to Dr. James T. and Mary Elizabeth (Middleton) Ginn. Margaret was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Olivia Pease. She is survived by her husband Dr. William Pease; children, James Pease (Elizabeth Berens) and Katherine Pease; grandson, William Berens-Pease; sister, Rene Ginn Riggs (Tom), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Margaret graduated from Saint Agnes Academy in Memphis in 1974 as Class President. She obtained her B.A. in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University in 1978 and co-founded the Vanderbilt chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. After earning a Master’s in Nutrition from University of Cincinnati in 1983, she worked for over fifteen years in pediatric research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In 1999, she earned her Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry at The Ohio State University, and continued at OSU for her post-doctoral research in Human Cancer Genetics. She taught, mentored students, and conducted research for over eight years as a professor of biochemistry at the College of Wooster and Capital University. Most recently, she returned to Nationwide Children’s Hospital as Associate Research Director in Pulmonary Medicine. Margaret was a passionate organizer and volunteer, serving as director of the Cystic Fibrosis Summer Friends camp for nine years, volunteer backstage coordinator for BalletMet, St. Joseph Montessori School, and Upper Arlington Vocal Music, science fair judge, and soccer coach. She also served as board member for numerous organizations, including the OWjL summer program, BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Girls Reaching Out With Science, the Ohio Historical Society, the OSU Wexner Medical Center Service Board, OSU Women in Philanthropy, and the Crighton Club. Margaret’s honors and awards included the Junior League of Columbus President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 1988 and Northwest Woman of the Year in 2005. Margaret was also an active member of Riverside United Methodist Church as a liturgist, prayer leader, council member, and event planner. Margaret loved to spend time with her family gardening, hiking, at the beach, and Walt Disney World. She cherished many memories of gathering family and friends together at her home. Her passionate creativity, insightful mind, endless enthusiasm, and generous heart will be truly missed by her family, friends, students, colleagues, and church. Family will receive friends Wednesday, July 30, from 3-6 p.m. at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Columbus. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 31, at Riverside United Methodist Church, 2701 Zollinger Rd., Columbus, Rev. David Griebner, officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date. Visit to share memories or condolence. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Riverside United Methodist Church, St. Joseph Montessori School Music Program, or the charity where you knew her the best. Schoedinger Funeral Home (614)457-5481
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Schoedinger Funeral Home Northwest Chapel
1740 Zollinger Road Columbus, OH 43221
(614) 457-5481
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Published in The Commercial Appeal from July 29 to Aug. 7, 2014
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