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Margaret L. Duncombe

November 12, 1946 — March 3, 2024

Waltham, MA

Ms. Margaret L. Duncombe, of Waltham, formerly of Colorado Springs, Colorado died  March 3,  2024 in Care Dimensions Hospice Residence in Lincoln. She was 77. 

Margaret Louise Duncombe was born November 12, 1946 in Brockton a daughter of the late Alfred L. and Louise (Flagg) Duncombe. Raised in Brockton she graduated from Brockton High School with the class of 1964. She then earned both her Bachelor and PhD degrees from the University of Denver. 
She was a professor at SUNY – Plattsburg for two years before transferring to Colorado College in Colorado Springs where she taught Women’s Studies and statistics for over 30 years. Margi also served as Sociology Department Chair, Research advisor and was on the Admissions Committee. Margi was an avid supporter and leader in gender equality issues, including bringing a student group to Bejing in 1995 for the International World Conference on Women.

While at Colorado College she was a respected colleague, professor and mentor. Margi was instrumental in the implementation of the college’s first LGBTQ Council and served as its faculty liaison from its inception. She was also very active in community liberal politics as an active member of Citizen’s Project while living in Colorado Springs. 

Outside of the academic environment Margi was a voracious reader and in retirement took up the hobby of beading. Margi and her partner, along with their dog Sara, enjoyed RV traveling and toured most of the country in a camper. After retirement, they especially enjoyed the RV community they shared with the RVing Women Organization, spending most of the winter months roaming through Arizona with members of that community. They also enjoyed camping along the banks of the Cape Cod Canal at Bourne Scenic Park every summer. 

Margi was predeceased by her life partner of 54 years, Zoa Isabelle McGuire in December 2019; her brothers, Bruce F. in 2021 and  Peter K. Duncombe in 2011; her sister in law Ginny Duncombe in 2022 and her niece, Judith Duncombe Davis in 2024. 

She leaves her sister, Deborah H. Duncombe of Waltham; her sister-in-law, Sharon Duncombe of Gaithersburg, Maryland and fifty nieces and nephews spanning over four generations. 

 A Celebration of Life for Margi will be held at the Bourne Scenic Park at a date to be announced. 

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