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In Memoriam: September 2016

Published: September 6, 2016

Margaret (Peggy) Moyer of Stanton, Calif., passed away on Aug. 3, after a nearly 10-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Born in San Diego, on Oct. 17, 1949, Moyer resided in areas of San Diego, Orange County, Long Beach and Rossmoor until settling on a small farm in Stanton about 15 years ago. She received her nursing degree in 1970, her B.S. in zoology from CSULB in 1975 and her MBA in 1985. Moyer’s two passions were teaching human anatomy and the animals she cared for on her farm. She began teaching human anatomy in the Biology Department at CSULB in 1976. Most notably were her 31 years teaching in the Physical Therapy Department at CSULB from 1985 until present. Her demanding but caring teaching style helped to prepare physical therapy students exceptionally well with the foundation they needed to build their clinical skills upon. Besides her passion for teaching and her love of students, Moyer was dedicated to animals. She ran a small farm and animal rescue, taking in cows, goats, pigs, sheep, dogs, chickens, ducks and geese that would have had no other home. She cared for these animals deeply and they became her purpose in life. She is survived by her sister Dr. Kathleen Miner and her brother-in-law Al Miner. No funeral services are announced, but there is a celebration of her life planned for the fall. Friends are invited to donate to a fund supporting naming the new physical therapy anatomy laboratory in honor of her legacy at CSULB. The “Peggy Moyer Memorial Anatomy Laboratory” will serve as a reminder of her true legacy which endures in the hearts and minds of the students whose lives she touched.