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Margaret Ruth Bogue
June 14, 1924 - March 8, 2018

Margaret Ruth Bogue

Margaret Ruth Bogue
Jun 14, 1924 - Mar 8, 2018

Margaret Ruth Bogue
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Madison - Margaret Ruth Bogue, 93, Emeritus History Professor at the University of Wisconsin, died March 8, 2018, at her home in Madison, Wisconsin.

Margaret was born in Washington, D.C. June 14, 1924, to parents James H. Beattie and Maude P. (Rock) Beattie. Margaret grew up near McLean, Virginia where her father ran an experimental farm for the Department of Agriculture. She attended the University of Maryland and received a B.A. (1945). She went on to receive her M.A., Cornell University (1947), and her Ph.D., Cornell University (1955).

Throughout her career, she taught at Vassar College, 1949-51; University of Western Ontario, 1951-52; University of Wisconsin-Extension, 1966-83; Division of Outreach, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983-1991; Joint Appointment with Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989-91; and retired 1991. Margaret was also President (1984) and Fellow (1995) of the Agricultural History Society.

Margaret wrote many books and articles during her career, most notably Patterns from the Sod (1959), Around the Shores of Lake Michigan (1985), Fishing the Great Lakes (2000), and Around the Shores of Lake Superior (2007). In addition, she edited The Jeffersonian Dream by Paul Wallace Gates (edited jointly with Allan G. Bogue).

Her work won numerous awards, including the University of Wisconsin-Extension Distinguished Service Award (1980), University of Wisconsin-Extension Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (1986), and University of Wisconsin-Madison Van Hise Outreach Award for Excellence in Teaching (1991). In 2015 The Midwestern History Association awarded her its first annual Frederick Jackson Turner Award, which is bestowed on an individual for lifetime service to Midwestern history.

For 66 years, Margaret was married to Allan G. Bogue, also a former American History Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The two met in graduate school at Cornell University and married in 1950. Allan passed in August 2016. Allan and Margaret followed their passion for American History while raising three daughters--often taking vacations to historical sites and even following the Lewis and Clark Trail. The family also spent time overseas in Sweden while Allan was on a teaching sabbatical at the University of Uppsala in 1968.

They shared a love of the great outdoors, camping, and canoeing and had a lake home in Northern Wisconsin where they spent vacations every summer. Margaret's passion for the outdoors and history converged when she wrote Around the Shores of Lake Superior, Around the Shores of Lake Michigan, and her final book, Fishing the Great Lakes.

She was a feminist from the beginning, carving out a career in a male-dominated field all while managing to raise her family, too. Her example was followed by her three daughters, who have all had successful careers in different fields.

Margaret Bogue is survived by daughter, Susan L. Bogue, DeKalb, IL; daughter, Margaret E. Bogue-Harper and her husband, Paul Harper, Minneapolis, MN; daughter, Ellie E. Bogue and her husband, Steve Linsenmayer, Fort Wayne, IN; grandson, Alex Linsenmayer, Fort Wayne, IN; and granddaughter, Rachelle Linsenmayer, Baltimore, MD.

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