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MADGE HECKMAN LESHER

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Birth Date: 1890
Birth Place: Bradford, Massachusetts
Passed Away: 1980

Honored By

Donor names:   Sue Lesher Huck
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
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Location on plaza map: A1
Areas of Achievement: Education, Home Making
 
Alice Marguerite Heckman Lesher (Madge)
Born 1890, Bradford, Massachusetts
Died 1980, Phoenix, Arizona
Matriculated University of Arizona, 1914 (two years)
Married C. Zaner (Zip) Lesher, Capt. U.A. Marine Corps, 1919
Re-entered University of Arizona, 1931
Graduated with Highest Distinction, 1933
Member Alpha Phi Fraternity

Children:
Robert Overton Lesher (42) and LLB (47)
Suzanne Lesher Huck (45)

Grandchildren:
Steven Harrison Lesher (75)
Janet Lesher (77)
Wendy Huck Godfrey (77)

Great Grandchild:
Daniel Charles Huck (07)

Madge has 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, but the ones named have graduated from or are attending the University of Arizona.
In September of 1913, a young lady from New England boarded a steamer bound for Galveston, Texas, via the seas around the top of Florida. From Galveston, a Pullman car on the Santa Fe Railway took her to Tucson, where she was greeted by a full desert moon and magic mountains. She never looked back!

Her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Charlie Willis, an MIT graduate and member of the faculty of the College of Mines and Engineering, helped her to matriculate at the University of Arizona, then a student body of 50 girls and 200 boys. She loved it all, entering in sports and many activities, including a life-long joy at her being cast as Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Herring Hall Theatre.

At the outbreak of World War I, she had become engaged to C. Zaner (Zip) Lesher, a handsome redhead, one of the founders of the local chapter of SAE. Upon his return from action in the trenches of France, they were married in Warren, AZ (a suburb of Bisbee!)

Madge left her classrooms behind while raising her two children, Bob and Sue, but when they were in school, she returned at approximately the age of 40 and received her degree, With Highest Distinction. Meanwhile, her husband and love of her life, Zip, had become Registrar and Director of Admissions for the University, and together they built a wonderful life centered around the faculty, friends and activities of the school they loved so much.