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In Memoriam: Margaret DeVane Logue

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“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.” -Judy Blume

With tremendous sadness, the Wilson® community has said farewell to our longtime friend and colleague, Margaret Logue.

To say Margaret was dedicated to the field of education was an understatement. An alumna of Smith College, she taught English and history in the primary grades early in her career. In 1970, she began teaching at a private school in New York, remaining there for 12 years. During that time, she earned a master’s degree and a certificate in reading and learning disabilities from New York University. Margaret completed a course in the Orton-Gillingham approach to Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) instruction at Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1978.

Before long, Margaret’s journey introduced her to a variety of roles in education. Among them, she was a teacher at the Winsor School in Boston; a teacher and administrator at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn; and head of the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA.

In 1995, she became one of the original Wilson® Trainers, also known as the “Wise Owls.” In this position, she certified hundreds of teachers in the Wilson Reading System® (WRS). Margaret was also a skilled writer and editor with a keen eye for detail. As a result, she assisted with many Wilson writing projects throughout the years.

Margaret was a Wilson devotee and quite tech savvy, so it’s not surprising she was one of the first trainers to implement the online teacher training model. As the years went by and travel became difficult, Margaret continued her important work remotely. She enthusiastically attended every Wilson Trainer Meeting and kept up to date on the latest dyslexia research. She accepted new students until she was 93 years old.

When she wasn’t hard at work, Margaret enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and to more than 30 countries. At home on Martha’s Vineyard, she was active in many facets of public life. She served as clerk of the Chilmark Pond Association and was on the Dukes County Charter Commission, the Island Parent Advisory Council, and the West Tisbury library landscaping subcommittee. Margaret always warmly welcomed and entertained visitors at both her island homes.

“Margaret had a wealth of dyslexia and literacy experience and she passionately shared it with others,” said Barbara Wilson, author and Wilson co-founder. “A long-serving and well-respected member of the Wilson community, her many contributions are fondly remembered and will serve as inspiration for our ongoing mission. Although our dear friend is greatly missed, we have no doubt that countless generations of future students and teachers will benefit from her many years of dedication and advocacy.”