Donor passes away, leaves behind legacy of contributions


Akiko Bremar, Contributing Writer

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Margaret “Peggy” Ann Dunlap Thompson, mother of seven, UD Board member and generous donor.

Loved by everyone who knew her, Margaret “Peggy” Ann Dunlap Thompson will always be remembered as generous, kind and full of energy and high spirits. During Easter weekend, on Holy Saturday, Dunlap Thompson had a stroke and passed away. She was 79 years old.

A long-time member of the University of Dallas Board of Trustees, Dunlap Thompson and her family are known as “million-dollar donors” because of all their contributions to the university.

Dunlap Thompson set up the Dunlap Fund in memory of her mother, and through this endeavor, UD is able to afford musicians for weekend Masses, including flutists, clarinetists, trumpet players and special singers.

In addition, the reception area in the Art History building of the Haggerty Arts Village is called the Thompson Loggia in honor of the family’s gifts toward the project.

Dunlap Thompson is noted for her charitable personality, not only to UD, but to all she encountered. According to her obituary in the Dallas Morning News, Peggy was actively involved in several organizations, public and private, and she always put others ahead of herself.

“We will miss Peggy greatly,” university historian and friend of Dunlap Thompson Sybil Novinski said. “She was kind, fun, and generous, and a devout and welcoming Catholic.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, Dunlap Thompson was full of so much energy that her grand- and great-grandchildren called her “Peppy.”

Both Novinski and the Dallas Morning News described Dunlap Thompson as one who deeply loved her family.

She had “a large, wonderful family,” Novinski said. “She recorded their activities with a famous multi-part Christmas Card which we always received.” According to the Dallas Morning News, she remembered every special occasion for her family, loved family gatherings and attended as many events as she could for each child, grandchild and great-grandchild.

Dunlap Thompson will now be remembered for her faith, her support and her love for all her family and friends.

“Her funeral was very well-attended, as evident by the standing room only attendance,” Novinski said. “One of the speakers there had joked, ‘If Peggy’s not in heaven, we sure don’t have a chance!’”

Dunlap Thompson is survived by her husband Jere; seven children, Michael, Jere, Jr., Pat, Debbie, Kim, Chris and David; 23 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Cistercian Abbey in Irving, Nexus Recovery Center, Inc., MD Anderson Cancer Clinic, the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin, UT Southwestern Medical Center, or any charity special to the donor.


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