HANKS Margaret Taylor Hanks "pEG" "Peg" or "Peggy," as she was known to all, died peacefully at home September 22, 2020 in the company of her loving family and long-term caregiver Tanita Sipa, after a debilitating, decade-long struggle with corticobasal degeneration. Peg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 30, 1942 to Helen Murdoch Taylor and James Griffin Taylor. She attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where she was admitted to the Latin Honor Society, and then attended Mt. Holyoke College, graduating in 1965 with a B.A.in Economics and Sociology. She followed her sister Jean west to Pasadena, CA, where she met her husband Thomas C. Hanks. She held several positions at the California Institute of Technology, including one at the Seismological Laboratory where her husband was a graduate student. They were married in 1968 and moved to Palo Alto in 1975, where their two daughters were born. Peg volunteered in the Palo Alto Unified School District in many different ways and made many friends.. While her children were at Duveneck School, Peg assisted with classroom functions and was recognized for mastering the computerized library circulation system. She moved on to volunteer at Jane Lathrop Stanford and David Starr Jordan (now Greene) Middle Schools, Palo Alto High School, and finally the District Office when her children were in college. She also volunteered at the Stanford Medical School Blood Center. Peg was a long-standing member of the Association of Senior Day Health and the Garden Club of Palo Alto. Peg is widely known and remembered as the gracious hostess to hundreds of earth scientists across the country and around the world. Peg is survived by her husband Tom, sister Jean, daughter Molly and son-in law Brian, daughter Julia and son-in- law Johnny, and granddaughter Jane. We miss her greatly. A Memorial Service will be held when public-health considerations permit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Association of Senior Day Health, Brain Support Network, the Garden Club of Palo Alto, and Mission Hospice and Health Care (San Mateo). Arrangements were made by the Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, Palo Alto, CA.Arrangements were made by the Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, Palo Alto, CA.
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 24, 2020.