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Marge Dauber, 99, Community Activist and Schoolteacher

April 19, 2012
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Marge Dauber

Marge Dauber, 99, a local community activist and elementary schoolteacher, died March 29 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md., where she had lived since 2008. She was formerly a longtime Philadelphia area resident.

Dauber was active in local politics, serving on the Democratic Committee of Cheltenham Township for more than 40 years. In 1991, she was recognized for her work, being named "Distinguished Committeeperson" of the year. In 2002, she received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from then-Congressman Joseph Heoffel in "recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community."

A resident of the Lynnewood Gardens apartment complex in Elkins Park for nearly 50 years, Dauber actively campaigned for better conditions at the complex. She was a founder of its tenants' association and was instrumental in the successful fight to prevent the complex from becoming a condominium, which threatened to displace many of its elderly and minority residents.

In 2004, she moved to the Lafayette-Redeemer retirement community in Northeast Philadelphia.

Dauber was a teacher at McCloskey Elementary School in Mount Airy from 1966 until she retired in 1983. She was an active member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. After retirement, she served on the executive board of the union's Retired Teachers Chapter.

Dauber also was a member of Women's American ORT, Americans for Democratic Action, the League of Women Voters and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

In her earlier years, Dauber was a union organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. She planned and narrated a weekly radio program on WCAM in Camden, designed to recruit members for the Textile Workers Union, as it was then called.

She previously worked for the American Federation of Labor, the Upholsterers International Union and the Labor Education Association. She also taught English and citizenship to displaced persons as part of a Works Progress Administration program.

Dauber attended Central Evening High School and Banks Business College. She returned to college late in life, graduating from Temple University in 1966 at age 54 and receiving a master's degree in 1970.

Dauber is survived by a daughter, Risa Sandler, and two grandchildren.

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