Alumni Service Award Recipient
College of Design, October 29, 2008
Margot Siegel attended the University High School at the University of Minnesota from ninth through twelfth grade and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts in 1944. While attending college, she worked for the Minnesota Daily. Her connection to the University was renewed in the 1960s when she was invited to model in a fundraising fashion show for the Women's Alumnae Board, which lead her to serve on the Women's Board and then later on, the Alumni Association. In 1978 she became interested in the Goldstein Gallery. Her interest and commitment lead her to found the Friends of the Goldstein Gallery, which helped provide public visibility, encourage financial and community support, foster volunteerism and contribute to the museum's operations. For more than 30 years she has played a key role in supporting the museum's service and outreach mission. She was instrumental in helping build an excellent group of over 700 designer garments as part of the Goldstein's costume collection, initiated the first annual benefit for the Friends of the Goldstein's, served as President's Club member for outstanding donors, co-curated the Goldstein's "Paris in the Cities" exhibition, and curated "Fashion Lives, Fashion Lives," an exhibition that focused on Margot's mother. Margot Siegel's commitment and service to the University, the College of Human Ecology, the College of Design, and to the Goldstein Gallery, can be described as exceptional, vigorous, and long-lived.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.